Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Awakening our Spiritual Power

"A precious and brilliant gem is more polished and has a great value. Just like problems - it is like polishing us to become the best that we can be and become a person that is as brilliant as the diamond, that comes with great value and importance"

We have discussed spiritual power for this month in response to the second lecture of our spiritual mentor, Master Del Pe. He has shared insights on how to awaken our spiritual power and how it is beneficial to our existence and life purpose.

I am sharing with you what I have learned from the lecture and from our group discussion and how I am going to apply this special power.

What is Spiritual Power

We humans have a lot of human power that we discovered or yet to be discovered. Sometimes we use it unconsciously which leads to unwise use of power. However, there is a power that is superior or infinite that no physical power can compare.

Spiritual Practitioners gained spiritual power through spiritual practices and guides from spiritual mentors or masters.

It is priceless which can not be bought or taken away. It is inherent in nature but yet to be awakened if not fully discovered or being misused.

Developing Intuitional Power

To become intuitive, we must be able to study ideas and principles. We may have a lot of ideas and we follow different principles, so we must ponder on them deeply. Becoming more intuitive is important for our survival instinct and it also serves as a guide towards understanding higher truths with regards to universal truths.

Sometimes, what we believe is not definite unless we seek the absolute truth. What we think is just a product of our mind alone, without knowing that we are being guided by different laws or principles.

For instance, I have an idea about something, but I could not prove it to be absolute since that idea may come from past experience or just creative imagination. The best thing for me to do is to verify that idea or principle with regards to what has been established already or the universal truth that is being understood and accepted by many.

In my past experiences, I have been using my intuition but I could not say that I have made the right thing. My intuition says to act on something or decide on something, but I based my actions and decisions on my personal beliefs which are only limited. In this case, I may have done the wrong decision or action.

With this, I have learned that it is important to seek for what is the universal truth to avoid the fallacy of ideas and actions. Universal truths serve as my guiding principle for the attainment of intuitive power and wisdom.

Likewise, using creative imagination is also vital for developing intuitional power. The way we express our thoughts or ideas is a product of our creative imagination. For instance, our brilliant input or output of something is a result of the creativity of our mind.

I believe that the great things that we see around are a product of man's creative intelligence. In fact, we have to develop a creative imagination to achieve great things. Those who are leaders in the global industry were able to create great products being used today, because of their mind's creativity. In our own way, we can do something great if not for the benefit of the many at least for ourselves only if we use creative intelligence.

Another way of developing intuitional power is through the practice of meditation. I myself have been a practitioner for 8 months already and I can say that it has a great impact on my present life. There is a gradual transformation in almost all aspects of my life; physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.

I consider meditation as my spiritual tool for nourishing my soul when I am in a moment of silence. I also feel the divine oneness and the healing benefit thereafter. In fact, the first post I have made is about the power of meditation since it has made a great transformation in my life.

Developing Wisdom Power

There are some strategies to develop wisdom power and one of which is to study past experiences and to digest life lessons.

In our lives, we have been experiencing different problems which we consider as obstacles or hindrances to our plans and goals. However, if we are going to reflect deeply, problems are part of the challenges that we must face so that we will become much stronger and better people.

In my life, I have encountered so many problems, big or small, and I was able to face them and look at them as a challenge rather than an obstacle. It has made me become a better person and that I have learned a lesson from it that will serve as my guiding principle whenever I will encounter the same problem.

I believe that the world's most accomplished people have faced tough challenges that put them to where they are. We may perceive them as if they don't have a problem since they have everything but, we may never know that they have gone through difficult times in their life before they have attained success and fulfillment.

Whenever a problem comes our way we should never give up but we have to fight for it. I believe that "A precious and brilliant gem is more polished and has a great value. Just like problems - it is like polishing us to become the best that we can be and become a person that is as brilliant as the diamond, that comes with great value and importance".

Another way of developing wisdom power is being in the company of wise people or having our own life coaches or mentors. These people are considered masters of life and they are more accomplished. Their ideas are very valuable and can become a source of inspiration and guidance to live a better life.

Life coaches or mentors are devoted to helping us to direct towards the right path, for us to be able to achieve lasting success and fulfillment.

I have been a follower of some spiritual mentors like Bo Sanchez and other international life coaches like Jack Canfield, Bob Proctor, and Master Del Pe. I have been following their blogs, articles, webcast, and their wise teachings, and I have read some of their books and gained insights about mastering life.

Having a mentor is more likely to succeed in life than those who do not have one. Even the most popular celebrities in their own field of expertise have their own coaches or mentors. However, we have to be cautious about whom to follow. We have to look for a mentor whom we think will be able to change our life and create a big impact. There are numerous life coaches but only a few are truly qualified and truly master of life.

We can also gain wisdom power and intelligence through the use of metaphorical quotations. The quotable quotes of famous people serve as our inspiration in life and we can learn from them if we understood deeply the content of their quotes.

Some of them use metaphors which should not be interpreted literally because it has a deeper meaning. In fact, some metaphors can not get out of our minds once we have read or listened to them. It is instilled in our minds and we use it to our own benefit and for giving wise sayings to others.

In our lives, we have noted several metaphorical quotations and we have uttered the same in our own way of thinking. These quotations might not be well-known or recognized by many but unconsciously, we have inspired other people and somehow it might leave an imprint on their


Wisdom power can also be achieved through reading books and other forms of literature that are sources of knowledge and wisdom. The principles we have learned can be applied in living a better life.

One of the books that I liked most is "Purpose Driven Life" authored by Rick Warren. The book is simple and easy to understand and each chapter has challenging questions to ponder. It is a spiritual book that teaches life lessons as guiding principles.

I learned a lot from reading and I consider it as a lifetime education. I will continue to read and expand my mind and share the knowledge that I have gained.

Intuitive powers and wisdom powers are both indispensable to attain spiritual powers. We must apply these teachings to direct us to the right path of life. It is important that we know our life's purpose for us to have a better understanding of our responsibility to serve, and that our spiritual powers will be our best weapon to live the better life that we deserve.

© 2011 Del Cusay

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Oprah's Lifeclass Lesson 25 : "You've Always Had the Power"

I am grateful to have watched Oprah's Lifeclass (Season 1) through a webcast. I have learned some life lessons from the show on every topic she discussed in every session. Below are some of the questions that I have pondered on the Lifeclass by Oprah.

1. You have the power—and the responsibility—to make your life better. How will you own that power?

I believe that I possess some powers that are inherent or acquired and I use that power to be in control of my life because I believe that I am responsible for shaping my life and who I will become in the future. I must be able to preserve this power and continue to hone it and use it wisely for my own benefit.

2. Who would you be, and what would you do, if you had no fearful beliefs?

I would have become a great speaker or writer should I have gained enough confidence and had no fears and doubts.

3. Look at your life: This is a portrait of your beliefs. What is beautiful about it? What's troubling? What will you change—because you can?

What's beautiful about my life is the presence and the support of my family and friends. They are always supportive of my dreams and goals and they serve as my inspiration to move forward despite adversities that come my way. What's troubling me is my fear and doubt of my capabilities and the use of my power. Sometimes I feel that I am not enough, not capable, and incompetent. Since I believe that I can do something if I trust myself, then I have to move out of my comfort zone and start to renew my life so I will be able to achieve my dreams and attain success in life.

4. How do you define "success"? What has truly made you happy in the past? Are you pursuing your version of success, or someone else's? Can you choose yours?

Success is the attainment of my goal or dream may it be simple or ambitious. My previous accomplishments have made me truly happy both in my personal life and career. I follow my own version of success and at the same time, I also follow another success coach because I can learn a lot from their wise ideas and they are more accomplished people. I can choose to go with my own definition of success and also with my success coach life lessons.

5. Describe your highest hopes. Now ask, "What would be better"? Keep asking this until you can't imagine anything better. That's your new dream.

My highest hopes are to become somebody who is respected and expert in my field of expertise and to become a better person who has achieved and proven something.

6. How are you going to sustain your hope and faith when times get tough? Do you have a plan in place for nurturing yourself in the moments your faith wavers?

When times get tough I have to remain strong and believe in myself. I should never give up but instead, I have to rise up from where I have fallen. I must be able to move on since life is indeed a cycle, there are moments in life that I feel down and sometimes I feel good. Life is good so I have to live my greatest life.

7. Do you still define success according to how much stuff you have, or how admired you are? Notice that this is the ego's definition. Gently put it aside, and notice what your spirit defines success.

Success is not only defined or measured by material possessions but by the quality of life that you're living at the present. I have to ask myself, am I the same person now as compared to 3 years ago or even 3 months ago? have I gained valuable virtues and values and learned from my lifes' lesson? Am I truly a renewed person? or am I living my greatest life? Then, if the answer is yes, I could say that I am a successful person.

8. What's one step you can take toward your vision of a fully realized life? Is there one small thing that’s part of your ideal future that you can take today?

To be able to achieve my highest ideals and aspirations, I have to renew my life in all aspects and hold on to virtues and values as they are an integral part of my success. I think one of the factors of future success is to benevolent and that is the virtue that I would like to practice today. I have learned that sharing is a good thing to do and it will bring back something good to me in any way in the future. I may never know what the future shall bring, but I can predict on it as to what I do in the present.

9. What's the most important thing you've learned over these 25 lessons?

I have learned that life is truly worth living and fighting for. Life may be full of adversities, but I should not take it as a hindrance but I should take it as a challenge to fight for. Life is good and I must never give up hence, to do my very best. I am blessed in life and I must be a blessing to others also.

I am looking forward to the 2nd season, early next year for another knowledgeable and inspiring life lesson. The lessons that I have learned are valuable for the formation of my values and for creating the kind of life that I deserve. Every day is a journey and I must live on the present, learn from the past and prepare for my future.

© 2011 Del Cusay

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Group or Team Power : How it can change the world...

"Group Power is essential for success and we should not underestimate what it can do hence, it can make or break something. We have to be responsible by using this power carefully and for good intentions only"

In my previous posts, I have discussed about different sources of power and given examples of some prominent people who possess such powers and how they use it to make social impact and global influence. However, I have not included one source of power that is very important nowadays--the group or team Power.

I will cite an example on how we use group power and its effect to mankind and the world. This is very timely since I am referring to the global environmental campaign of the "New7Wonders of Nature" which is the organization founded by Bernard Weber of Switzerland. The global campaign started on 2007 after the declaration of the "New7Wonders of The World" on 7-7-7 or July 7, 2007. After 4 years, another campaign on the title of "New7Wonders of Nature" has been participated by people worldwide and on 11-11-11 or November 11, 2011 - the 7 provisional list was named by the organization's founder himself.

I was able to watch the video of the announcement he made and I am glad that Puerto Princesa Underground River made it to the list. Although it is provisional and unofficial, still it has a good chance of making it to the official list of the "New7Wonders of Nature".


The campaign started from a simple goal of a man named Bernard Weber of Switzerland. He aims to create a global memory by garnering participation of people worldwide. He founded the organization in 2001 which is based on the same principle with the "Seven ancient wonders of the world". That list of seven wonders was attributed to Philon of ancient Greece.


I have asked this question to myself if what is the difference between the two great man and I have come up with the realization that Philon's, "Seven Wonders of Ancient World" was chosen and declared only by himself since he was powerful during his time. Weber, founded the "New7Wonders of the World & Nature" was chosen and participated by people globally. Thinking of what is the difference comes with the "Group Power" as the answer.


If we try to analyze, the campaign will not become successful only for the reason that Weber is powerful. Certainly, he has got some sources of his power like, power of education and expertise, being expert in the field of film making. He has the power of position being the founder of the said organization. He has power of Social intelligence through his ability to attract millions of followers in his campaign. He has Physical Power as he shows energetic personality.

He also got international fame and recognition through the Power of Media by using the Power of Nature and the Group power through the active participation of his supporters and followers. He almost got every sources of power and the good thing is that he use it wisely for a good cause.


Philippines is a bio-diverse archipelago of 7,107 islands and over a thousand of these islands can be found in Palawan. Dubbed as "The Last Frontier" - it is one of the largest island province in the country and one of the cleanest and safest place in the archipelago.

Once again we have proven that we have something to share to the rest of the world. Through unity, we have made it to put the Puerto Princesa Underground River in the global map to be one of the best ecological tourist destination in the world.


It is reputed as the longest navigable subterranean river in the world which approximately is 8 kilometers long--is a magnificent ecological spot with diverse ecosystem. Now that it is on its way to the official declaration as "New7Wonders of Nature", it is expected to boost the tourism industry of the country considering the flocks of tourist who will visit the place. As of 2009, it was reported already by the local government of Puerto Princesa City that the tourism increased by 50 percent--an evidence that the "New7Wonders of Nature" campaign is an effective means of boosting tourism industry.


Now that the Puerto Princesa Underground River is gaining global recognition and fame, there are some things that should be taken into consideration--the effect of environmental progress.

Development of the the city of Puerto Princesa is ongoing since many tourists arrived in the city recently. I have watched a documentary film about Puerto Princesa City Mayor, Edward Hagedorn who invested for the building of infrastructure projects that are of truly world-class in preparation for the big blessing which is the coming of tourist from other parts of the world.

We just hope that the place will not be fully commercialized just like other tourist destination in the country where they sacrificed the environment for the massive income. Along with progress comes possible environmental issues that may arise such as the waste management, cutting of trees, pollution, etc.

Palawan is truly a paradise and deserves to preserve its beauty and charm so the next generation will be able to love and appreciate it. It is not only for the Filipinos but also for the people of the world. We can not control development but we can do our share by protecting it and criticizing the environmental neglect and abuse.

Group Power is essential for success and we should not underestimate what it can do hence, it can make or break something. We have to be responsible by using this power carefully and for good intentions only. I always believe in the saying, "In unity there is strength" and that is applicable to the present-day scenario, that to be on the top, we need people to support us with our ideals and aspirations, people who will push us to our limits and people to will help us to raise the bar to become what we are meant to be.

© 2012 Del Cusay

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Power of Nature

"We can make a difference by simple gestures of concern to our nature and by supporting the various environmental causes. Our nature serves as a great source of power, so we have to care for it and for what it has to offer. It is also for the benefit of the future generation to experience the beauty of our nature and its wonders."

Nature has caused a lot of damage and destruction in various ways. These include natural or man-made calamities such as typhoons, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, landslides, etc. This causes severe damage that we are not in control of; the so-called "force majeure" literally means "greater force" which is an unforeseen event beyond human control. Sometimes these destructive forces of nature brought damage to properties, lose valuable possessions, and even loved ones.

Every year, many countries suffer from different natural calamities and worst catastrophes that affected the lives of millions of people. Here in the Philippines, we are known to be one of the world's most calamity-prone country which is somehow true. Filipinos have been the victim of these greater forces of nature and the situation continues to worsen every year.


It was recently that scientists have made an in-depth study of global warming in relation to climate change. The study is very important so we will know the extent of damage to earth mankind has caused. There is a great debate that is going on with regards to this topic as it draws massive global environmental concerns most especially to the environmentalist.


We have a great obligation to our environment. All of us have the capacity to preserve and protect our natural and most people have done their part and will continue to do so as part of their environmental contribution and legacy. 

However, some people have been careless, greedy, and have the power to destroy nature. Some people simply underestimate the power of nature for purpose of gaining financial power. Illegal logging and mining are both destructive environmental activity that is still being practiced today. If only they know the negative effects of such activities, they might have saved many lives.


An organization that aims to promote environmental preservation and protection has been started by a visionary man named Bernard Weber. He is the founder and President of the "New7Wonders of Nature". The objective of the said organization is to identify and promote natural wonders that really stand out that could be a world-class tourist destination. The founder wants us to realize the importance of nature and somehow appreciate its wonders and beauty.

The power of Social Media has been utilized for this global campaign to choose the next new 7 wonders of nature among hundreds of participant countries who joined. People can participate in this campaign by casting their votes online through the organizations' website You will have to choose the top 7 natural wonders of choice to be able to vote and will receive a confirmation email to let you know that your vote has been counted.


Luckily, through peoples' support, our very own underground river has been chosen and included in the top 28 finalists and also included in the top 10. The big announcement of the "New7Wonders" will be on 11th November 2011 or 11-11-11. I am fortunate to have been part of this campaign by online voting and encouraging others to do the same to show their support. Indeed, it was an overwhelming response from them, and that they have shown active participation by sharing the information with their friends.

I have ordered a personalized certificate from the "New7Wonders" website which shows my top choice which is the Puerto Princesa Underground River. This serves as my remembrance for joining this global campaign for environmental awareness, protection, and tourism. This is a very historical event and I am grateful to have participated and supported this campaign.

I am hopeful that our candidate will be on the official list of the "New7Wonders of Nature" and that we will continue to have environmental awareness in protecting and preserving the wonders of nature. 

We can make a difference by simple gestures of concern to our nature and by supporting various environmental causes. Our nature serves as a great source of power, so we have to care for it and for what it has to offer. It is also for the benefit of the future generation to experience the beauty of our nature and its wonders.

© 2011 Del Cusay

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Nature and Sources of Power

"Power is universal and can be achieved externally or internally. We must be able to acknowledge and develop our sources of power for us to achieve lasting success and fulfillment. However, we must be responsible for our powers and use them wisely. Power can be temporary or permanent, inherent or acquired, and can either make or break"

Recently we have discussed an interesting topic which is about the sources of human power. It was a good discussion and I have learned so many ideas that are insightful and could be a great source of wisdom through the development of human potential. As human beings, sometimes we are not fully aware that there are inherent powers within us. This kind of power is something that is valuable and be could be enhanced to achieve lasting success - we call it Inner Power.

On the contrary, human power is never permanent hence it could be a temporary possession. For instance, Political power is always temporary if an elected official has taken his oath to serve for a specified term. A person may be in the highest possible rank or position but time will come that his power is about to end. However, there may be some exceptions when a leader, for instance, is too greedy for power and has been practicing dictatorial leadership for a couple of decades. Just like the fate of the former Libyan President is an example that no matter how long you are in a certain position or whether you are powerful enough to conquer everything then, power if being misused will lose its value.

Power of Position is a good thing to have only if used for the common good and not for self-interest only. Are you holding a certain position? How big is your responsibility? Does it have a certain term of office? Well, some people love to be in a position of power which comes with the power to be in control and have greater influence. Think of the most powerful people in terms of influence to the world, who come to your top list?

Recently, Forbes magazine published its annual list of the world's most powerful people for 2011. Among the list comes President Obama - the US President being on the top. He has great political power and global influence being the leader of the world's most powerful economy. Bill Gates - the founder and Chairman of Microsoft is on the 5th rank. He is now known to be the greatest living philanthropist who co-founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The couple donated billions of dollars to other foundations and supports the funding of global health issues. Pope Benedict - the head of the Roman Catholic Church is on the 7th rank. The Pope has been influential with regards to the morality and spirituality of its followers. Surprisingly, the founder of the most popular social network: Facebook, is probably the youngest on the list comes in the top 9. Mark Zuckerberg, changes the way people communicate. His ultimate goal is to make the world connected through the power of social media which he co-founded in 2004 in Harvard dormitory. Having more than 700 million members worldwide, Facebook has attained a certain degree of success and influence that changed global communication. Zuckerberg uses the power of media and has gained fame and prestige globally. Oprah is also one of the most respected and successful media personalities today. She has gained fortune through her media power which she also uses for doing philanthropic works; the reason why she is so magnetic and being loved by her followers.

Another source of power is your lineage. Do you belong in a powerful clan? Do you carry a family name that is well known because of its societal influence? then, you have got the power of lineage. For instance, the royal family is very much well known and adored by the people and they possess power through inheritance of the throne, while those in a political dynasty are so powerful that nobody can defeat them in the position.

Physical power is also one of the most important things. It is about your ability to execute your valuable ideas. If we have all the energy to do great things then we will have more achievements. However, no matter how brilliant and rich a person may be, but if he is not in good health condition then, he may not be able to achieve lasting fulfillment. Take the case of Steve Jobs as an example. When Steve was living, he is among the top global and respected leaders and also one of the most influential people, but his money did not save his life. He became physically weak that he gave up his position since he can not do the responsibility that is expected of him. The lesson is, we should never take for granted our health: the source of physical power. We do not have to be weak because we have a lot of potentials to achieve something in life. The saying, "health is wealth" is true and powerful.

The way we deal or communicate with people is another source of power. The power of social intelligence is an advantage to those who learned and mastered the art of personal magnetism. People are charismatic and magnetic because of their personality and also they know how to deal with people effectively. They have made a lot of admirers and followers and gained respect and loyalty.

Financial power is another thing that most people aspire. Money is indeed an important tool for survival and it is very valuable. One common thing about the most powerful people is their financial power. They are able to give away their money to those who need it. Bill Gates together with his friend Warren Buffet, made the effort to encourage their fellow billionaires to share their massive wealth with the less fortunate. They are both good examples of leaders who use financial power to make a difference.

Do you have any of the sources of power mentioned? If none, then do underestimate the power of your expertise and education. Your knowledge and wisdom are very powerful that it can lead to the sources of power that is mentioned earlier and it can be interrelated to other powers. For instance, Knowledge Professionals and experts in their field have gained social intelligence through constant communication with people. They were able to get the attention of the media who later on advertises their expertise to the people. And lastly, they have been able to achieve the power of position and have made fortune in the end.

Power is universal and can be achieved externally or internally. We must be able to acknowledge and develop our sources of power for us to achieve lasting success and fulfillment. However, we must be responsible for our powers and use them wisely. Power can be temporary or permanent, inherent or acquired, and can either make or break. We have to remember that we are powerful in our own way only if we know ourselves better. As the saying goes, "great power comes with great responsibility".

© 2011 Del Cusay

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Power of Meditation

Together with the yogis in New Delhi, India

Meditation is an ancient spiritual tool used by Yogis and Sages, mostly in the Himalayan Region. It's incredible that this practice has been preserved and passed down through generations.

A lot of studies and researches have been done to prove the claims of its healing results in the body and mind. Indeed, it's a wonderful life tool for everyone who wanted some relaxation and calmness of the body, mind, and spirit.

I've been a meditation practitioner for several months already and it has contributed a great impact on my life. I've become calmer with my emotions and able to take control of difficult situations. It has also improved my memory. I became more focused and aware of my work and for whatever is happening in my surroundings.

Meditation has helped to correct my breathing pattern since I am a shallow and fast breather, but now I've learned that deep and regular breathing habit is important not only for physical health but also for emotional and mental health.

It is said that meditation is a tool for spirituality and it's true because I believe that the Divine Beings are present in moments of silence especially when you are ready to have a quiet moment and able to listen to inner voices.

Meditation uses special location, body positions, and hand seals which have significant meanings. To be able to concentrate well during meditation, you must be in a place that is free from noise and distraction. It is also appropriate to be in an open space or well-ventilated room. The back must be aligned and straight and the legs should be placed in a lotus or semi-lotus position or you may sit straight on a chair to make it more practical. Hands are placed on lap with hands facing upward. Hand seals must be used because it's one of the core essences of meditation as a tool for spirituality. When you join your index finger and thumb together, it symbolizes spiritual power, while joining the thumb and the middle finger together would mean material energy or power. Joining the thumb, index, and middle finger together would be the best practice as it is more balanced--the material and spiritual power combined together.

I meditate whenever I feel stressed, fatigued, and bored, and I've proven it to be very effective in regaining vitality. It makes me feel more relaxed and have peace of mind. Meditation has become an indispensable tool for me and I consider it to be valuable in all levels of health; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and well-being.

Meditation is originally practiced using one's imagination and visualization, but for busy people, it's made easier and practical by just purchasing a voice-guided meditation available in the market today.

There are some meditation DVDs and books on the market today. It is also be purchased through the online store and it's also available on some of the popular video-sharing websites. However, be careful in choosing which meditation products to buy and consider the author's expertise and reputation.

I'm fortunate to have been taught by a real master of meditation. He spent some of his wonderful moments in the Himalayas and was also mentored by great masters. He has a deeper understanding of meditation practices and their hidden dangers. The knowledge and wisdom I've gained from him are beneficial in my own practice and for teaching other people through seminars on special meditation programs that he designed and created.

If my life has been transformed through the benefits and healing results of meditation, then I must believe that you must also start to give it a try and see for yourself how it changes your life's ideal and perspective.

© 2011 Del Cusay