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11.27.2009

When No Attraction Works

Nokia C6 Unlocked GSM Phone with Easy E-mail Setup, Side-Sliding Touchscreen, QWERTY, 5 MP Camera, and Free Ovi Maps Navigation (Black)I've had 8 cellphones but none of them was personally bought by me. All of them were gifts or hand-me-downs. I'm not a cellphone fanatic. I'm no texter either. I use a cellphone because somebody gave me one.

My very first cellphone was one of the earlier Nokia models - the one that's heavy that you can drop a number of times and would still work. It was a hand-me-down from my sister. After a year, that kind of cellphone was something you would be ashamed to use. People called it something you throw to your misbehaving husband. I wished someday, I would have a newer one.

One of my clients then gave me one. This one was a lighter Nokia model. It wasn't new. Her son found it at school. With that, I handed down my old one to my brother. Another year passed, my sister handed down her old cellphone to me, so, again I handed down mine to my brother, who handed his to his son.

Another year passed, my sister gave me another cellphone because she was moving to the USA. It's a new Nokia model but with no camera features. At least, the LCD was in color. In time, the cellphone was already showing signs of malfunction. I couldn't have it repaired because it was not priority. One December, I lost that cellphone to a pickpocket while on a train.

For many months, I had no cellphone. I couldn't afford to buy one and I didn't care. Before there was pager, we survived without mobile phones. So, having no cellphone was no big deal for me. My friends could not keep in touch with me. At least, even for a short period, my world was quiet.

After a few months, my other sister allowed me use her old cellphone. A few days after, my other sister won rewards from Globe - it's an old myPhone model with camera features. She gave that to me. So for the first time, I possessed a new cellphone.

A few days after, my friend in US learned that I lost my cellphone. So, she handed me down her old Samsung phone. Now, I have two cellphones. My sister-in-law in California also learned that I lost my cell, so she bought one for me - a Motorola unit that was on sale for $10. Now, I have three cellphones. Last September, I was surprised to receive a message from GMA New Media. I won a Nokia cellphone from the SOPWIN promo (a text and win promo by SOP, a Sunday show on TV). So, now I have four cellphones. I gave one to my nephew, and kept the two until needed. I was happy and grateful.

When I lost my cell, I didn't bother to buy one. Not only that I couldn't afford it, but also, I wasn't interested. But in my mind, maybe someday I would have one. Indeed, a few months after, I received not just one but four cellphones without spending a single cent. All I did was go on with my cellphone-less life. There was even no conscious or unconscious effort wish or desire to attract a cellphone.

So, was there a law of attraction there? Simply, God blessed me even if I was not asking for it.

3.22.2009

Gratitude and Serendipity

With only 200 pesos on hand, I spent P88 to buy detergent. I felt a miracle was coming and that God would provide my needs. Last March 19, I prayed at Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph. After the mass, prayed-over pieces of bread were distributed to the community. It was called St. Joseph's bread. It was the first time that it was done in our parish.

I brought home a piece of bread, cut it into 9 slices and shared it with the ones at home. In my heart, I felt the bread was going to bring us food or blessings daily. A few days ago, we were all like starving at home. We didn't have enough money to buy food for us. It's kind of pathetic but I was being positive. I bought 1.5 liters of Coke to made us feel that as if we had nothing to eat more.

With P200 on hand, I saved P100 for the detergent and the remaining to buy lotto tickets. I was feeling lucky today. Before I went home, I stopped by an ATM. I thought I should check my account. With a quick prayer, a wish, and a visualization of seeing P5000 in my account, I was surprised to see P5000 in my account.

I had to share my blessings so I thought of buying 5 kilos of rice for my family. Then, I went to my room and thought of thanking God by way of meditation. I Googled the Net on how to meditate and it brought me to 108 Meditation techniques. I clicked the number 1 item, which was Visualization of Cellular Healing. I didn't know how a healthy cell looked like, so I Googled the Net again. The result page showed four images of healthy cells. I clicked the first image and it brought me to 48-Hour Fasting May Help Healthy Cells Survive Chemotherapy. It's interesting to know how fasting can help our healthy cells be protected from chemotherapy, so I thought of sharing the article on my blog hoping patients who are undergoing chemotherapy may find it helpful.

Then I clicked on the second image of healthy cells which brought me to the Sound/Cellular Research . I found the site very interesting. The research shows photos of how cells reacted to sounds. The cells transform into auric light of varying colors. If at rest, the healthy cell is blue. If reacting to a sound, it's usually pink. Based on the photographs, pink appears to be the color of healing. I would suggest clinics and hospital rooms be painted pink.

I proceeded to my meditation. I couldn't afford to buy a pair of eyeglasses. For many months now, I had to endure working with a blurry vision. So, I thought of meditating on the healing of my eyes. I pictured pink light on my eyes and visualized the blue and pink images of healthy cells. After the meditation, I opened my eyes. A few minutes after, I noticed that it actually helped.

I'm a devotee of Mary, Help of Christians. This Marian icon's color happens to be blue and pink. Coincidental? May be not! Nothing happens by chance.  I am happy for what I discovered. Truly, everything happens for a reason.

Thanks be to God!