When We Come Back From The Dead

Saturday Stories June 16, 2018

Olaf Sunden was fourteen years old when he died. It was a simple tonsillectomy. But in those days, patients were given a whiff of ether as anesthetic – and his heart stopped.

The boy knew he was dead. He felt so happy and free. There was no pain. He lost interest in the things he was leaving behind. Death is insignificant next to the incomparable beauty that surrounded him.

Then he saw The Light. At that moment, he understood what the greatest scientists in history have been trying to find despite the limits of our finite physical brains.

But he was told to go back – it was not his time yet. The doctors were shocked that he revived after they pronounced him dead, and they even forgot to take his tonsils out.

Olaf became an honors student after that experience, and even after being told by his teachers that he had learning disabilities. His amazing increase of intelligence made him one of the leading engineers in the R&D field, and he now holds over …

Finding Your Own Fulfillment

Saturday Stories June 9, 2018

The song "The One I Love" by Mike McClellan is playing as I write this. It's perfect because it says what I want to say.

"I don't care for parties and I like the quiet life, and I've never felt at ease in a crowd..."

I think the most authentic people in the world are those who have embraced who they are, and they stay true to themselves in a world full of plastic.

These thoughts came to me as I re-read Leo Buscaglia's The Way of The Bull, the story of his own spiritual journey. His title was inspired by "10 Bulls," the classic Zen treatise by the Zen Master Kakuan during the twelfth century.

I'm happy to know that I wasn't the only one who had questioned the things we have been conditioned to believe. And I find it very inspiring that someone far wiser than I had also dared to listen to his own heart.

"I began to believe in my own senses, to trust my own mind," says Leo. "It soon became…

There Is No Death

Saturday Stories  June 2, 2018

The man reached into the coffin as I stood beside him. He pried the rosary from the cold, stiff hands of the corpse. It was fascinating to watch.

We were at a funeral in Manila years ago. The deceased was the aunt of a friend. Somebody had asked the morticians to wrap the rosary on her hands.

The elders had protested. They said it was bad luck. It may sound superstitious, but I don't scoff at traditions because I know the power of belief.

But even the relatives were afraid. I wasn't, but I also wasn't related. I just stood beside the only man in that room who could have done it.

I think of that scene as symbolic of people's fear of death. It is human nature to fear the unknown, and death is the ultimate mystery. Everybody wants to go to heaven – but nobody wants to die.

My concept of death has evolved in my current lifetime. I have my own personal reasons why I've lost the fear of death long ago. If we can just be open to the idea th…

The Story of Ishmael

Saturday Stories May 26, 2018

What if Hitler had won? All those who were not Aryans would have been killed.

New history books would have been written. They would say there were no other races or ideologies since the beginning of mankind – and the Nazis would have taken over the world.

One day at the University of New Heidelberg in Japan, two Aryan students were talking about the textbooks.

"I can't shake the crazy feeling," said one, "that there is some small thing that we're being lied about."

It is such a adventure to read the metaphysical classic Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. The story is simple on the outside: a young man, Daniel, finds a mentor who will change his life.

Yet in his daily visits, he learns to look deeply at his most fundamental beliefs. Even more important, he learns to think for himself: to find the answers by finding the right questions.

Why do we do what we do? And why do we believe what we believe? It is because of the stories we were to…

Edgar Cayce and The Legend of Atlantis

Saturday Stories May 19, 2018

A lot of people dismiss psychic phenomenon rather than question their own beliefs. And that's fine.

I'm happy because I can be open to new ideas without drama. I consider myself extremely blessed because my beloved grandmother taught me the love of reading when I was still a child.

One of the first books I've read over and over is Into The Unknown, the coffee-table book from Reader's Digest about the supernatural. It opened up new worlds beyond what I was being taught at school, and it began my lifelong affair with the paranormal.

That was where I first heard about Edgar Cayce, the most documented clairvoyant in history. I would later find some of the now out-of-print books about him like There Is A River and A Seer Out Of Season.

Cayce would meditate then go into a trance-like state. That was when he can answer any question. He began doing this for people with medical conditions where doctors have given up – and his perfect success rate …

I Left My Heart In Atlantis

Saturday Stories May 12, 2018

Psychic abilities are real. There are people who can read thoughts. There are those who can see the future. And there are folks who move things with their minds.

What if psychic powers can also be shared with someone else with just a touch?

It's rare for one person to be able to do all these. This is what makes Ted Brautigan different from others.

I read Stephen King's Hearts In Atlantis and I wondered what's it like to have something that makes you special but also makes you an outcast.

Ted comes to a small town he has  never been before, answering a newspaper ad for a boarder.

His powers make people with negative vibrations feel uncomfortable around him, like the landlady who was full of secret self-contempt.

Yet her young son, Bobby, liked him instantly, as all pure-hearted people react that way to Ted. 

Ted's gift is also his curse. It made him the target of those who would exploit him. His dark past include a world different than thi…

Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Saturday Stories May 5, 2018

Tony Stark is still hurting from his clash with Steve Rogers. They have been through so much, and he still considers him as a friend.

That's why, even after all that time, he still carries the old flipphone that Steve gave him in case he would need help.

And he continues to suffer from nightmares about that fateful event six years ago, when alien creatures invaded the planet.

Now the mastermind is coming, and this time, he is on the verge of absolute power.

Ironman cannot do this alone. He needs Captain America – and the rest of the Avengers.

But as he took out the phone, the city was suddenly plunged into chaos. The most powerful enemy they ever faced had already come.

When we watched Avengers: Infinity War last Sunday on the big screen, I was applauding along with the audience though I've seen all the spoilers, including the list of who will die.

I still enjoyed it. When I told a friend the following day, she got hysterical that I might give out…