Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Heart's Desire: Living A Humanitarian Life



This day marks the beginning of a new journey to life; the start of a soulful experience of a higher self beyond the physical realm of existence. This day also marks the re-discovery of true self beyond ego and lower emotions. When the lost soul wanders, it surely will find its place to regain self and follow the guiding light.

The lost chapters may be out of sight, however those darkest moments find a way to escape leading to a brighter and fulfilling journey. Through a deeper self-reflection, one has to find the right path and live with its soul purpose -- the so-called dharma.

The darkest moments in life are the unheard hopes and aspirations; the endless sufferings and blockages towards living a better life. Being redirected on a long tunnel is to experience the reality of the negative side of the physical world. To experience not just the good but also the unfavorable things beyond personal control. To be human is to experience suffering. Learn from it and continue to seek for the answer; find the truth and be the guiding light to those who wander. When you've been there, it will be easy to relate to the suffering one is dealing with and you become a master of your life -- your thoughts and emotions.

Those years when I started to discover another dimension of life, was a great spiritual experience and of personal transformation. It wasn't easy at the beginning. You have to undergo self-restraint and sense of control in thoughts and emotions. It was only then, lower emotions are defeated through enlightenment of the nature of man's suffering -- an endless suffering.

The initiation towards the path brought significant change not only to self but to a greater world. Being called to serve humanity and the world revealed the spiritual powers vested on me and it became a way of living.  Understanding the nature of  humanity requires certain values one must learn to live.  It was then I've learned to unleash love and compassion  that is innate and the core of our being. I couldn't have given it to people without deeper understanding and loving of my self. I have loved myself and had given it away.

Truly, humanitarian service is the greatest expression of love and compassion. To regain myself is to continue the lost journey. It will be a challenging task, but hopefully will be a rewarding journey ahead. Following Our Heart's Desire serves as a guide to live one's purpose and for me, service to humanity through education and personal development is the path -- the soul purpose to live and master not only today, but for a lifetime.

© 2017 Del Cusay


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The State of Philippine Justice System

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The recent issue about the reinstatement of death penalty was brought up to legislative body and this has awaken the moral consciousness of the Filipino people who are in-favor and against capital punishment. The debate on death penalty is significant since it involve the present and future welfare of the Filipinos. We have been giving impulse statement or deepest insight as a symbol of freedom of expression on the moral and social implications of major decisions to be imposed for all Filipinos.

Our Nation's Justice System

Corruption is still evident in our political and justice system. Through the years, we have been dealing with corrupt practices of our leaders resulting to bad governance. Today, after many generation of living with a corrupt government, the justice system is still tainted with corruption issues and this has become a cancer of our society. In a country where the elite and rich are more powerful, only poor Filipinos are victims of injustice -- unfair judicial process. Those who have nothing can't stand up and speak up for themselves against opponents who have everything to escape from judicial execution. Unjust judicial system are in favor of them and the poor usually are the victims of oppression and impartiality of the judicial process.

Moral Dilemma 

Revival of the death penalty will only lead to a bigger problem. Our society will suffer from moral dilemma brought by corruption and loopholes on the judicial system. Those who are law offenders deserve some fair punishment through judicial trial once proven guilty. They are criminals, but they are also human being who happen to be directed to a wrong path in life. They can also be a victim of immorality and injustice and they have been trapped on this for years. Our society of millions of Roman Catholics believes on the teachings of the holy church. However, we are now becoming divided on this issue due to our spiritual disconnection. The recent War Against Drugs: A major Mistake  is brought by moral dilemma in our consciousness. We believe that man is good in nature, but we have become impatient and irrational on our social and spiritual beliefs. We have despised the church on their stand against any injustice and we ridicule our spiritual and political leaders who protects the moral and social welfare of everyone.

The root cause of crime

Solving root causes of heinous crimes must be the ultimate goal to accomplish. This will also correct impartiality in justice system. Everyone, rich or poor; old and young can commit a crime due to several circumstances. For instance, social justice is corrupted where equal opportunity is tarnished can lead to committing a crime. Poverty due to lack of resources and social services can lead to frustrations and faulty mindset leading to criminality. Most Filipinos are losing their moral and ethical values and that they're losing spirituality. The mindset that is corrupted with anger and vengeance will not correct our social problem, but it will only create a disastrous and chaotic society of lawless and violent citizens.

Some Filipinos are shouting for the revival of the death penalty due to conflict on their ethical and moral self . They have forgotten their spiritual nature of being a just and morally-upright human being. Most people are living in mental and spiritual torture carried away by lower emotions of hatred, anger, revenge and evil thoughts against humanity.

The problem with death penalty

Capital punishment is inhumane and immoral which is against the law of God and of man. We should not put criminal justice on our hands but it needs moral and just verdict in accordance with the rule of law and correct justice system. There is a need to cleanse the justice system to provide equal justice to all who have sinned against the law. We deserve social justice and as a civilized country, we must live according to moral and ethical decisions and actions. Our leaders must have a deeper insight on this issues and not for personal interests. Good governance is guided by right mindset and our leaders must be enlightened to speak for the welfare of all Filipinos. We don't want to see our leaders to be impatient, unjust and corrupt on their thoughts and actions. We must  choose to be on the bright side of life by helping people to regain themselves when they are lost and misguided.

A Moral and Just Society

Filipinos may be losing its identity and our leaders are becoming unjust, but we shouldn't give up on them. We have the obligation to speak up and remind them to practice good politics so we can achieve Good Governance Towards A Better Philippines. We deserve a nation that is lawful and morally-upright citizens and a government that will protect and win his people, not only today but for a lifetime. We will not give up on our nation that this will soon rise up to be a champion in human rights, human dignity and social justice. 

© 2017 Del Cusay





Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Evolution of The Mind: Path Towards Right Consciousness

I was in mid 20s when I decided to live a different path of human consciousness. It's not an ordinary life where freedom is absolute, but it was a life full of challenges and sacrifices. At first it was not so easy until I have discovered my capabilities and unique qualities that are beyond the limits. I struggled... I endured the pain and I persevered the uncertainties that comes my way. During those times I have pondered on the meaning of my existence and my role in service to humanity and the world.

I am blessed with being born from a loving and supportive family. My parents have raised us well and able to send us to good school to get the right education that eventually gave us a comfortable life. My parents valued  the education of their children more than what they have accomplished. For them education is an opportunity to succeed in life; although it may not be a guarantee, still they pushed us to get the education that we wanted. 

I graduated with bachelor's degree in nursing and became a registered nurse. Back then, I was fully supported by my family for what I would become -- to live my life as a nurse. Perhaps I would have become a bedside nurse abroad and live a more comfortable life just like other Filipino nurses that are enjoying the greener pasture. But those were just a missed opportunity and a fantasy to my vivid imaginations. I did not become a  nurse and I remain to live in my country. It was a failure since the goal was not hit and it diverted my attention to other things that can satisfy my senses and provoke my creative imagination. I started to think and asked questions about the future. What do I want? What will I become?  I needed a rescue out of the blue. Clueless about the future, I couldn't  think but act like a happy go lucky; no destination ... nothing to see. It was dark and I needed a guiding light.

Mid 20s is when I started to rewire my inner dialogue. Connecting the missing link that helped me to regain my life for the greater opportunity. That was the time I entered an ashram. A school of initiation for higher consciousness. I developed several intelligence that are not attained by ordinary people not devoted to spiritual journey. It was in the ashram that I learned to become a trainer and a public speaker. I decided to improve my skills both intrapersonal and interpersonal and it led to a magical journey -- I couldn't believe the things that I am capable of doing. I envision to be the best version of my self, upgraded my skills and learned to decipher reality from obsolete beliefs. The learning was truly indispensable and that made me who I am today -- renewed and transformed. 


To evolve in consciousness is to change self-limiting beliefs and habits that doesn't give meaning to higher existence -- universal service through spirituality. I meditated, chanted and used special mantra to achieve sense of contentment and bliss. It changed my personality and reached certain level of maturity through service. It was then I have learned to appreciate the tagline "Live Your Greatest Life." I thought living a good life is just enough, but then to live one's life to the fullest is something that is more meaningful and substantial -- truly a spiritual bliss. Then, going beyond esoteric practice is "Serving Humanity and The World." It was the ultimate realization and fulfillment of my goals. I discovered to unleash my hidden potentials and increased my self-worth. I became stronger and firm with my philosophies and elevated my personality to connect with stronger souls. If I didn't, then I wouldn't survived from the start. My inner compass would have directed me towards the path. 

I traveled and lived in India for more than a year and reached out to different groups. I became one with the people. I dressed up and maybe started to sound like them too. I met various groups; from the elite families and well-known personalities down to the grassroots level of the society. The experience gave me serenity and sense of purpose. I gained wisdom from eastern philosophies with an integration of western practicality and that contributed to confidence in exoteric teachings. In India, I taught different subjects that are mostly of spiritual origin. It was very fulfilling and memorable. My greatest achievement would have been the construction of "Third Eye" which is spiritually guided. It was then I felt the Divine guidance that intervened my being. I feel empowered and did extraordinary things. My life back then  may not be a common path to some, but being enlightened to some degree gave me a better perspective about the kind of life that one must live. Service to humanity is truly a benchmark or man's existence. Service to improve their lives and for them to search for a brighter meaning of their so called 'dharma' or soul purpose. It was in India that I became a master of my own thinking. I challenge my own self based on my choices, and persuade others for what they believe in that's not aligned with the universal truth revealed in the ashram.

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How could I thrive years of service when I started to bring back my old self? I strive to become better, yet couldn't see the light. Perhaps I challenged myself even more, then I realize that service to humanity is everywhere; in the community where we live in or in a place where life have brought us. Wherever we go is the place to leave a legacy. Maybe unknown to many, but popular to those whom we have touched lives. Our own 'dharma' is our legacy that is inherent to us. We may be wrong with our choices at times, but we can always choose to regain ourselves and become wiser and live a better life. We have been ridiculed, but our principles could help us to hit our target. There may be times when we no longer tune in to lower vibrations, yet we thrive to live an extraordinary life just like the old days -- deeper soul connection. 

Now that everything has change, I am still evolving towards the right path. I am still uncertain about the future, but with the evolution and integration of Divine energies, nothing can be greater than our renewed self. We continue to develop and we keep the spark to give some illumination to others. Our evolution will be for a lifetime and when the time comes that we need to look back to assess our old versions, then we can say that 'I did my best' and now  the path that I am taking is the path towards the right consciousness -- not from a selected group, but a universal consciousness that everyone deserves. 

©  Del Cusay




Monday, February 6, 2017

Pasinaya 2017: Arts for Peace


Preservation and restoration of the Philippine Arts and Culture has been a significant cause of Filipino artists and nationalists. Through the years, we have been slowly transformed into following a western lifestyle where we have accepted and embraced the modern way of living. Our entertainment has become westernized through modern music, dances and other performances. We have somehow lost our cultural identity of being a Filipino by heart.

The Pasinaya Festival 2017 which is the largest multi-arts festival aims to regain our Filipino arts and culture in all genres and they have been successful over the years in attracting followers and viewers on this festival.  It is through this initiative that we regain the glorious days of the past as experienced in our modern time. It brings a nostalgic feeling and an even past life regression to some extent. It's a vivid imagination of a refined and wonderful days of the past.

This year's theme is about bringing peace through arts and culture. When we are having national issues in peace due to political and cultural divisions and beliefs, we Filipinos are pulling the strings that connects us together -- as one nation. Our dear brothers whom may have different philosophical and political beliefs may have caused damage to our cultural identity as they may not have helped our government in cultural and arts preservation. We have been divided through years and we struggle to fight for a peaceful nation of strong yet gently people. This year's theme: "Arts for Peace" is a symbol of unity through diversity. We may have different voices; various faith and religion, yet we can become one nation through arts and culture. Filipino artists and viewers from around the country and the world convene together to witness and celebrate our national identity. That we are a Filipino and we are proud to say that I Am A Filipino in words, in deeds and thought.


The Pasinaya 2013 was a previous experience where Filipino-Chinese culture was embraced. We can live in harmony and camaraderie by sharing our culture no matter how different it is. We can appreciate and embrace it as part of our culture and tradition. This year 2017 is no different from previous Pasinaya event. The message is always clear that we can not move forward if we fail to deeply understand our national identity through arts, culture and heritage.

I am an advocate of the Arts, Culture and heritage preservation of our country and we deserve a national identity that is truly Filipino. As we work together for peace and progress, let's not forget our culture and heritage. This will be passed on to the next generation of heroic Filipinos. The future generation that is braver and stronger. A citizen who will continue to raise the voice to the world that we are 'One Filipino' in words, in deeds and thought -- today and forever.

© 2017 Del Cusay



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Good Governance Towards A Better Philippines


Our nation, our beloved Philippines has been on the spotlight of controversies since the beginning of Duterte's presidency. We have become a global newsmaker due to negative events that took place in our society brought by governmental policies both national and foreign. We have been condemned by the international community due to our president's undiplomatic approach to governance and communications. We may be enjoying the attention gained, but we may also be suffering the consequences brought by the madness and impatience of our President to solve the social problems of our time; poverty, corruptions, crimes... What is wrong with our President's government policies? Is he just being misunderstood or he himself is confused and incapable of leading the nation of more than a hundred million people? How could our President exercise good governance by being undiplomatic, irrational and showing violent social behavior? 

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PROBLEM IN COMMUNICATION

Our people, the Filipino people deserves a straightforward and seriousness in communication most especially from the president whose messages and major pronouncements are so important. What the president has to say to the Filipino people must be relevant and not subject for several interpretations from his communications team. Since the beginning of his presidency, we have observed some vague statements which later on were interpreted by his secretaries to defend him from further embarrassment. There's a circus in communication and that has caused confusion to the Filipino people. Is there something wrong with the president's way of communication? 

The Filipino people deserves a clearer communication from our leaders. Chaos due to misunderstanding happens when we are playing with words that we don't mean. We can decipher the truth from a false statement. We do not only hear, but instead we listen and try to understand every singe word coming from the most powerful man of our land. 

Great power bestowed to our president comes with greater responsibility to his people. He is responsible to his words, thoughts and emotions. Now, what is happening to our society is due to miscommunication from our government leaders most especially the president. We are now suffering from a major mistake in communication. For instance, the president has been clear from the beginning that the war on drugs will be bloody. We have been hearing the statements like  "I will kill you" and the non-stop cursing which is highly unacceptable and unbecoming of a statesman.

The President has planted a negative seed of thought  to his men -- to the law enforcers on his war on drugs. His thought forms suggest that extra judicial killing is a must to eradicate crimes due to illegal drug use and trading. He even mocked that he has killed drug addicts in front of policemen when he was a mayor in Davao city, southern Philippines. 

Now, what is the effect of the president's communication style? That negative seed of thought planted to the minds of our law enforcers are being corrupted and it has already materialized. We have the extra judicial killings happening everywhere in the country. We have the "tokhang for ransom" and "tanim droga" which is proven to be existent. These unfortunate events are caused by the false empowerment made by the president. The war on drugs accompanied by a due process is good, however abuses like extra judicial killing is not tolerable. We can't tolerate a lawless society and it will never lead to a peaceful country that we would want to achieve. 

PROBLEM IN CORRUPTION 

Corruption is a never-ending political and social problem that our country has been facing. It is like a cancer of our society and it has never been eradicated just like our problem with illegal drugs and criminality. The President has to focus on solving the root cause of our societal cancer and he has to set as an example of a leader who is just not only in words but also in deeds and thoughts. He should not corrupt the minds of his people. Corruption is not only in the form of money, but it is also on our moral and emotional and spiritual beliefs. 

The President has been tough to our church leaders who are consistently fighting for injustices and immorality in our society. He has cursed our priests, bishops and even the Pope. The President has corrupted our principle when he embraced China against our territorial right in the West Philippine sea. The President has corrupted our good relationship with our long-time ally, the United States. The President has corrupted the minds of the Filipino people in his stand about morality and justice system.  

VALUES EDUCATION, MORAL RECOVERY AND SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION

In school, we have taught our children the right values. However, there is a need to strengthen this approach and there must be an active participation of the family. Values education enhances ones' character and personality. If we can raise a  well-disciplined and responsible citizen, then we can have a better world to live in. 

We can envision a society free from conflicts and wars. For years, we have been on war; and that is war on poverty, crimes and now the war on drugs which is not the ultimate root cause of our social problem. We have to eliminate poverty consciousness and replace it with an abundance mindset. We will get tired of fighting our social problem if we will not go back to the basic. What is really happening within the family? What about our upbringing? Whatever happened to the teachings of our parents and of the church? 

GOOD GOVERNANCE IS FOR ALL

It's about time to consider what is the most important. According to Senator Angara, good governance also means good politics. Since we see something wrong with  our leaders' political stance and strategies, then we have not yet achieved good governance. It is for everyone and not just to our leaders. Even ordinary citizen has to contribute towards good governance. For years, we have been fighting for freedom of expression and today's generation are empowered to speak up for truth backed up by good values and character. We deserve a better Philippines and we should not wait for our leaders. We can also do it! As we work together for peace and progress, we can leave a good legacy to the next generation and they will enjoy a just and clean society that they deserve. 

© 2017 Del Cusay


Thursday, February 2, 2017

President's War on Drugs: A Major Mistake



President Duterte is embarrased and disappointed with the corruption in the Philippine National Police and this resulted to halting of 'Oplan Tokhang' -- a term for searching and killing of those involved in illegal drugs use and trade. Illegal Drug users, drug lords and the so-called 'narco-politicians or protectors are not spared from the massive campaign on war on drugs. The declaration was made on the election campaign for May 2016 presidential election when Duterte said that it will be a bloody war on drugs to eliminate crimes. Filipinos who are convinced of eradicating heinous crimes due to illegal drug use supported Duterte and that made him win the presidency. That was his winning campaign promise to the Filipino people -- a promise giving false hope to the people.

About six months in office, it was reported that at least seven thousand alleged drug offenders were killed by policemen through the 'oplan tokhang' and this is considered as extra judicial killing since no due process of law was done. The scheme of killing instead of arresting was empowered by the President who vowed to protect and even pardon those policemen who might be sentenced guilty of extra judicial killing. But who empowers the policemen anyway? Who gave a go signal to protect the injustices and lawlessness act of our policemen?

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Now that the morale of the Philippine National Police is low due to the killing of a Korean national who's alleged to be involve in drugs, the policemen are on the spotlight and the subject of blame and corruption by none other than his excellency.

If not due to the false empowerment made by the president, they wouldn't be a victim of the failure on the war on drugs. It is a failure due to the reason that the 'oplan tokhang' cost thousands of lives lost due to greediness and abuse of power by those in the authority. On this day, February 1, 2017, it was reported by the Amnesty International that Filipino cops are paid the amount of 8 -15 thousand pesos for every person killed due to drug involvement. As a prominent human rights organization, they have made a fearless report on the current status on the corruption in the Philippine National Police who are supported by higher office in the Philippines.

The extra judicial killing will continue until the end of Duterte's administration and we can expect that the number of people killed will increase significantly in the years to come. The war on drugs is not a 6-month game plan as promised, but it will continue to haunt for more greediness and corrupt practices if not corrected on the basis of lawful decision and action.

In due time, Filipinos will rise up from being a victim. People will decipher the truth from false leadership. Filipinos will again have a real voice and the power to stop the madness. Endless suffering will continue if we choose to be blind with the reality that is happening in our society. We deserve a peaceful country by not stepping on the human rights malpractices. A lawless society is cancerous and we are currently living on it. The power to cure an ill society lies not on the leaders alone but to every Filipinos who can be more vigilant, empowered to speak for the truth.

A major mistake is hard to forgive and  to correct especially when we are dealing with people's lives. So this must be stopped. We can start again by correcting those corrupt practices and false ideologies. It may be challenging, but we have to learn from this biggest mistake the hardest way.

© 2017 Del Cusay

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