If there is one thing that we all have, it is our core values, these are the primary beliefs that shape our view of the world. They give us the lenses through which we interpret everything about life. People have differing spiritual beliefs, life perspective, and opinion hence the variety of religion all around the world. Some people are more in touch with their spirituality while others don't believe in those kind of stuff.
Personally, I believe in the Holy Bible, God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I am also practicing crystal healing and gem therapy as I believe that they are created by God to assist us. Energy healing, astrology, aura cleansing, and reiki are some of the things that I am also open to believing and learning. I think that in one way or another, all of these work alongside together in this Universe!
I have always been drawn to the esoterics since I was young, however it's only been 3 years since I started experimenting with it. Most people usually call esotericism as "The Mystery Tradition".
The internet refers to it as "understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest" while some of my friends call it "psychic stuff". Haha! I don't consider myself as psychic or what but because of this interest, most people in my past called me "weird". I also wear bold and large acessories and jewelry pieces too, that might have had added to that "bold and odd" appeal then, eh? Haha nevermind!
Nowadays, I am glad that I have been meeting lots of people who also share the same interest, those whom I can talk to about things like this and finding comfort in knowing that they wouldn't call me insane.
One of the places where I encounter these people is at The Crystal Diva. It is like a safe haven for magical, esoteric, and spiritual practitioners.
P.S. Now before you freak out, hear me out! Let me make it clear that not all practitioners are doing witchcraft and dark arts, or worshiping the devil! The people here are light workers, those who believe in God and won't use their abilities to harm others. In short, hindi naman po kami kulto! Chill!
The other night, I went to The Crystal Diva's Psychic Fair wherein the practitioners will only charge Php 500 per session. Of course I wouldn't miss it as it is already pretty affordable to be honest as other practitioners in other places charge thousands for each service.
Just a li'l background story for those who don't know yet: before finding out about The Crystal Diva, I'd already tried tarot reading from other psychics too in the past. I have also been collecting and working with healing crystals for 3 years now. Read how I started with my healing crystals journey HERE.
The first time I went to TCD, I had a past life regression session with Tony Suvega who also gave me a little bit of akashic records reading about my past lives. (I haven't blogged about it but I shared the story before in my Facebook status).
The second time, I had tarot reading, aura cleansing, crystal layout healing, and reiki with August Tambunting, READ HERE.
The third time, I attended the Crystal Healing Workshop by Julius Nequia. The Psychic Fair event is the 4th time that I went to TCD.
So you see, whenever I go to their place, I've always felt at home! I meet new and different practitioners each time, sooooo interesting, indeed!
Now back to my experience at The Psychic Fair the other day, I went there to have a Kudlit session with "pagluluya" which was done by Dian Hurim Buwawan, a Babylan. You may be asking, what is a Babaylan?
"Babaylan (also balian or katalonan, among many other names), were animistic shamans of the various ethnic groups of the pre-colonial Philippine islands. These shamans were almost always women or feminized men (asog or bayoc). They were believed to have spirit guides, by which they could contact and interact with the spirits (anito) and the spirit world. Their primary role were as mediums during pag-anito séance rituals. There were also various subtypes of babaylan specializing in the arts of healing and herbalism, divination, and sorcery.
Babaylan were highly-respected members of the community, on par with the pre-colonial noble class. Their influence waned when most of the ethnic groups of the Philippines converted to Islam and Catholicism. Under the Spanish Empire, babaylan were often maligned as witches and "priests of the devil" and were persecuted harshly by the Spanish clergy. In modern Philippine society, their roles have largely been taken over by folk healers, which are now predominantly male.
Most babaylan inherited their status from an older babaylan they were voluntarily apprenticed to, usually a relative. In some cultures, like among the Isneg people, older shamans can choose apprentices from among the eligible young women of the village.
A few, however, become babaylan after experiencing what has been termed a "shamanistic initiatory crisis" (also "shamanic illness" or "shamanic madness"). This includes serious or chronic illnesses, near-death experiences, sudden seizures and trembling, depression, strange events or behavior (including climbing balete trees or disappearing for several days with no memory of the events), bouts of insanity (including those induced by psychological trauma from a past event), and strange visions or dreams. These are regarded as encounters with the spirits, where the soul of the person is said to be journeying to the spirit world. In cases like this, it is said that a spirit chose the person, rather than the other way around.
After being chosen, shamans go through an initiation rite. These rites are meant to gain or transfer the patronage of a spirit. In cases of people with "shamanic illness", these initiation rites are regarded as the cure, where the initiate regains health or sanity by conceding to the wishes of the spirits and "answering the call". When volunteered rather than volunteering, their relatives are usually required to pay a large fee to the senior shaman for the training. Initiation rites can range from simply inducing a trance through herbs or alcohol, to inducing personal crises through physical or psychological hardship. Extreme examples of initiation rites include getting buried alive or being immersed in water overnight.
After initiation, the apprentices are then trained in the details of their role. This training includes learning about the rituals, the chants and songs, the sacrifices appropriate for each spirit, oral histories, herbs and healing practices, and magic spells, among others. They usually assist the senior shaman during ceremonies until their training is complete, which can take months to years. Each shaman can have one or more such apprentices, at varying ranks or specializations.
The shaman's power to communicate with the spirit world is derived from their spirit companions that guide them and intercede for them. These spirits are usually referred to in euphemistic terms like abyan ("friend"), alagad or bantay ("guardian"), or gabay ("guide"), among other terms. Shamans have at least one abyan, with more powerful shamans having many. Certain individuals like powerful leaders or warriors (especially those with shaman relatives) are also believed to have their own abyan that give them magical powers. Abyan are also believed to guide, teach, and inspire skilled artists and craftsmen in the community.
Abyan spirits can be ancestor spirits, but they are more commonly non-human spirits. Shamans either had spirit companions from birth, drew their attention during the "shamanic illness", or gained their allegiance during initiation into shamanism. Spirits are believed to be social beings, with individual quirks and personalities (both good and bad). The friendship of abyan depend on reciprocity. The shamans do not command them. People with abyan must regularly offer sacrifices to these spirits, usually consisting of food, alcoholic drinks, ngangà, and blood from a sacrificial animal (usually a chicken or a pig) in order to maintain good relations. This friendship of abyan, once earned, is enduring. They become, in essence, part of the family."
-with the advise and permission of Babaylan Hurim, I took this explqnation from Wikipedia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babaylan
Whenever I am looking for some guidance and clarity, I go to The Crystal Diva. Of course, I pray and meditate as well but sometimes, consulting with a spiritual practitioner and hearing the message straight from them helps too. Before going there, I was wondering whether I have some energy blockages thrown at me.
Before recommending a certain healing service or rituals to a client, The Crystal Diva's owner, Ms. Myra, suggests having an assessment with their Babaylan or Hoodoo practitioners first. That way, they can refer what healing modality is best for you.
Since my concern was about prosperity and blockages, I went for a ritual service called KUDLIT (originally priced at Php 1,500 per session).
Kudlit is an ancient Filipino shamanic practice designed to redraw palm lines or marks by stimulating them gently with a heated needle which could change the position of the lines or create or grow new lines on the palms which is believed to simultaneously change the way a person thinks and behaves as well. This is commonly used to avert accidents, misfortunes, poverty, illness and karmic patterns together with “tuos”.
To be honest, it was the very first time that I have heard about this ritual and I had no idea what it was about or how it was going to be done until I already got there and talked to the Babylan.
CURIOUS? READ ON!
Before we start, there was a plate of "offering to the Spiritual Guides" that was prepared by him. It consisted of pieces of ginger, an egg (should be untreated and not salted because salt repels spirits), a handful of bigas (uncooked rice), and three pieces of coins (should be given by me). These items should be thrown away after the session and should never be brough inside your home).
First, I was told by Babaylan Hurim to hold this piece of ginger for several minutes. This is the item that he's going to use to connect with my spirit guides (could be my Guardian Angels or ancestors, he said). The Spirit Guides are the ones who will be "telling" him the information of whatever my subconscious is willing to reveal: am I receiving ill-wishes and psychic attacks? Do I have any karmic debts to pay for? Do I have terminal sickness? So on and so forth.
After holding the "luya", he told me to do a sign of the cross using the ginger over my forehead, shoulders, and stomach. After that, he took it and started whispering on it, breaking them piece by piece, and throwing them around me. I even noticed him whispering a prayer or chanting, or something while holding my head. After that, he analysed my palm lines on both hands. I also think that he was trying to sense my energy or auric field perhaps? If you are familiar about palmistry, a bit of it was also done in this ritual.
For those who don't know, palmistry is the reading of character and divination of the future by interpretation of lines and undulations on the palm of the hands. Normally, the human hand shows evidence of the person’s health, cleanliness, and occupational and nervous habits. Hands are routinely examined in medical diagnosis and provide clues with which the palmist may often astound the unsophisticated. In the psychic or occult sense, the reader will analyze the major palm lines (heart, head, life, and fate), mounts, etc.
When the Babaylan notices something of concern while reading your palm lines and energy, he will be asking your Spirit Guides for permission to correct the line. For example, your heart line shows that you might have persisting trouble in marriage or relationships, the Babaylan MAY correct the line by straightening it (if it is broken), however he won't do it recklessly or just because he wanted to. The reason why is because, depending on the situation, sometimes a heartbreak is a lesson that you MUST experience to achieve personal growth and character development.
So how was that done? No worries, it's pain-free!
The Babaylan will be using a needle for this ritual. He will warm the needle by the candle fire, dip it in water, then start drawing lines over your palm lines. That way, he could correct them by stimulating the skin to leave a "mark".
While doing so, the Babaylan and I were having a light chat. The reading was personal so I won't go into detail alright but he mentioned psychic attacks being thrown at me. But since my spirit is strong and I am protected (since I have faith in God and I also use healing crystals), ill-intents toward me are not able to penetrate my auric field. However, if the people around me or if my home is not protected, the ill-intent may bounce off of them and they will be the ones who will get affected.
AND SO THAT IS WHERE THE KUDLIT RITUAL IS FOR! Remember the egg and the other pieces of ginger included in the "offering"? It was used to absorb all the negativity surrounding me. He was massaging the egg over my head, my arms, my back, my legs, my hands, etc while saying a prayer.
Oh boy, that felt soooooooo good! I couldn't explain the sensation while the egg was being massaged over my head and arms, it was like, a heaviness was being sucked out and it left you feeling lighter! Although I was tols that, that is not YET the full effect of this ritual, still ang sarap sa pakiramdam talaga!
After the Kudlit ritual, the offerings were put inside a red cloth. I was instructed to throw it away and never let it get inside our home. The needle that was used to line my palms was supposed to be pierced into a plant wherever so that whenever someone wishes me bad luck or something, the plant will be one to receive it instead of me.
Of course, rituals like this won't work if one is 100% cynical and if you don't have faith in God (or to those belonging in other religion, if you don't believe in the Divine).
After this ritual, I was able to talk to two Hoodoo practitioners: Tim and Neal. One of them is an intuitive reader and empath who can sense your energy right away! Amazing, right? They did a bit of tarot reading and oracle reading for me.
Based on the intuitive reading, tarot and oracle reading, they were giving me some advice on what I shluld do regarding my concern. They couldn't tell exact dates, places, times, nor dates of course, and they reminded me that success will only happen for me if I make a choice, commiting to it, and cleansing myself of clutter (could be spiritual, mental, emotional, and of course physical too). They reminded me that soon enough, I will attain clarity but I have to keep on praying about it and doing something about it too. Of course, need din gumalaw galawa diba, hjndi puros isip-isip! Hahaha!
So before I end this blog, let me share with you my thoughts about one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life, haha! As shared in my Facebook profile as well:
"Illl-wishes and psychic attacks may materialize to your targets (depending on how spiritually strong they are or how protected their auric field is). However, once you give that negativity or curse away, it will come back to you threetimes fold. For example, if you gave ill-intent to a newlywed, you will never find true love and everybody you meet will only just hurt you, or if you wish someone's career won't succeed because you are jealous, then you will forever struggle when it comes to money matters, something like that.
So the best solution is to always pray, to protect yourself from negativity by cleansing rituals or protective crystals, by sending and choosing to receive only positivity, by being conscious of your thoughts and feelings: never letting envy and bitterness consume you, and of course, clearing and making bawi any curses you gave away to someone in the past. When you have no baggage, only then could prosperity happen to you.
Wealth is not measured by just the money you earn and have or the material stuff you own. It could also mean the quality of your relationships towards family, friends, loved-ones, and of course if you are at peace with yourself. So the question is, are you REALLY happy? Why and why not?"
About The Crystal Diva
- A bunch of "gifted" individuals who decided to work altogether to put the special gifts that had been bestowed upon us into good use.
- A team that is dedicated to promote natural and holistic wellness to make a difference in this world, in our own little way.
To nourish a person's "well-being" by taking care of his "whole being."
Our advocacy towards natural and holistic wellness be present across the world.
The Crystal Diva is also a shop that sells healing crystals (polished, tumbled stones, generators, etc), lucky crystal charms and jewelries, crystal-infused scents, essential oils, cleansing waters, incense, himalayan salt lamps, and more.
They have a physical store as well as online store that can be seen in Instagram, Shopee, and Facebook.
Creative and cost-conscious in providing service, products and spa environment.
Respect each individual’s differences and maintain confidentiality and professionalism.
Yield experience, learn to listen and be open to new ideas.
Share and promote the advocacy by practicing what you preach.
Treat everyone as a family and be honest in every situation.
Accountability is a must in every products, services and information being carried out.
Love what you do and it will love you back.
Deliver every ordinary things in extraordinary way daily.
Innovative wellness programs to address the diverse individual needs in all stages of wellness development
Value small things and always be positive no matter how tough the day is.
Always care about the community and help the society.
To know more about The Crystal Diva's services, products, and rates, visit their website at www.thecrystaldiva.com.
To experience their rituals, visit them Unit 5MA6 Victoria Station 1, 793 EDSA Kamuning, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City 1103 (beside GMA 7 and MRT- Kamuning Station) which is open from amonday to Saturday at 1pm to 10pm.
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