A column by Bles Carmona
For the week of June 3-9, 2015
Graduations and healing
Around this time, commencement ceremonies are happening all over the 50 states, signaling what appears to be the end of a period of study for the proud and ecstatic graduates. Around this time, I marched across the stage at Chabot College in Hayward, CA to receive my certificates in a couple of human services fields. Also, I received a certificate of achievement from the Angel Light School of Metaphysics in Berkeley for having completed three “Awareness” classes: on Stones, Crystals, and Chakras (energy sockets of the body according to ancient Asian traditions).
Graduating students have the right to be proud of their achievements. For example, in a community college like Chabot, some of us had to juggle jobs and classes. We have war veterans among us, single parents, seniors, the disabled. The list goes on but what I enjoy most in my college is the incredible diversity within its student body. Furthermore, our professors are topnotch, challenging us academically.
On graduation day, everybody strives to make it as memorable as possible. Graduates cart along with them a mini-community made up of their family and friends who would gladly belt out rebel yells once their graduate’s name is called and the student walks across the stage to receive her diploma from the school official. The resounding shouts are joyously rowdy, eliciting the stares of the people around them. But wait until it’s that family’s graduate’s turn to march onstage. Clapping, catcalls, shout outs, “We love you!” Everybody is so proud to be a part of the commencement ceremony, from mere spectators to active participants, from parents and family to good friends or a partner. It’s a special moment, surely unforgettable, and it could be emotional when some of the speakers may either get you teary-eyed with sentiment or side-stitched with laughter. Have you noticed this: the last graduate to be called is always the most applauded? Sometimes things just work out that way.
For students who are graduating this year, please allow me to share a Facebook post by my Manila Science High School-classmate Ms. Monina Hernandez Gesmundo, one of the founders of the Filipino Nurses Association of New Zealand, Inc. The post was originally from Collective Evolution: “A person’s most useful asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help others.”
There you have it in a nutshell. It’s all about love, listening, and service. Whether you are going to a four-year college after your Associate degree, or going for your Associate in Science or Arts after your certificate, or going straight to work after graduation, one factor remains the same: this is only the beginning. We never stop learning. By the way, Merriam-Webster defines “intelligence” as the ability to learn or understand things or to deal with new or difficult situations. I like the second portion of the definition because it presumes that for one to be considered intelligent, she must apply some or all of what she already knows to adapt to a novel or challenging problem. What goes on inside her could be a complex cascade of many processes – who knows exactly how the human brain works? – but we do know that our mind is not just limited to our brain. It is in fact a bodymindheartspirit fusion and to deny any or some of these components of our humanity does our evolved selves untold injustice. We are all of ourselves: our bodies, minds, hearts, and spirits.
That’s why it’s equally important for me to learn metaphysics aside from the usual academic subjects. I have to nourish the parts of me that somehow just “know” that there is more to life than purely physical phenomena. I could play the skeptic as I once have so that for example, if I prayed to a god and my wish didn’t come true, I could say that these supreme beings didn’t exist anyway so what’s the point. But what if I started really tuning in to my inner child, the one who believes in answered prayers, miracles, and manifested intentions, and what if I then witness prayers coming true, miracles being wrought, and intentions being manifested?
I cannot “force” my beliefs and experiences on you. I’m just here to tell you how it has been for me. Type “indigo children” or “crystal children” in your search engine. These are the new generations of young people in existence now who have heightened psychic abilities and hence very acute senses. They are gentle, intelligent, and are more comfortable with nature than with people. Some of them are said to be very sensitive to discordant sounds in the environment. As children, some of them may speak later than usual, thus being mislabeled autistic. But they may be thinking: Why speak? They can read your mind anyway.
We must be ready to help the next generation of our children. What kind of care and education do they require? Do you see a more natural eco-friendly and synthetic-free Earth for them? This is where metaphysical schools like Angel Light School of Metaphysics in Berkeley, CA are leading the way. If you go to their website: http://www.angellightschool.com, here is what you’ll read on their Home tab: “Angel Light School of Metaphysics offers classes, training, and certifications in the psychic and healing arts. Affiliated with Angel Light Books & Gifts in Berkeley, California, we have been providing classes and products in the metaphysical field since 1989. At Angel Light School of Metaphysics, we have created a harmonious environment that is conducive to aligning body, mind and spirit. Most classes have less than 10 students providing more individualized attention and participation. With a small close-knit group, people have established lasting friendships with others of like-mind and spirit. Students who are serious and apply themselves have developed successful careers as healers, readers, and teachers. Others have enhanced their lives by utilizing tools they have learned from our school such as manifesting, meditation, opening up their psychic abilities, clearing their aura, and practicing a holistic approach to living. Join us as we co-create a life of physical, mental and spiritual well-being and open our lives to our highest potential. To meet some of our instructors and practitioners, check out our Angel Light Metaphysical Fair held every 3rd Sunday of the month from 1-4p.m. at Angel Light Books & Gifts in Berkeley, California. Or, schedule a private session with many of our gifted readers and healers listed on the website. Peruse our wide selection of metaphysical classes. We are currently adding our on-line classes to make it accessible to people around the world.”
In these three classes: Stones, Crystals, and Chakras, I am finally able to synthesize the correlation among quartz crystal, stone colors, the seven colors of the rainbow (ROYGBIV)* and chakras. *Red-Orange-Yellow-Green-Blue-Indigo-Violet. A final takeaway that makes so much meaning to me is: “What color stone is beneficial for general healing and wellbeing?” “That color is green, corresponding to the Heart chakra,” according to our teacher, Ms. Valencia Chan, “thus one may use green aventurine, malachite, or jade for this purpose. The green/heart chakra is right in the middle of the seven chakras- three above and three below the heart- so it’s already inherently balanced, making it ideal for healing.” I therefore declare a eureka moment and with all my blessings: Green is the insignia of healing!
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