November 13, 2023
Kings and Queens
Location : Siquijor Island, Philippines
I was invited to attend the coronation of the kings and queens who reign from The Other Side. These are regular people in our default world, but on the other side, they rule as royalty.
The Other Side?
To put things in context, this is Siquijor - the enchanted island where denizens of the other world walk amongst mortals in this default world - and vice versa. The Other Side is called by many names - astral planes, heaven, 4th dimension, the nth jhana, subtle realm, etc. It is supposed to be inhabited by beings who have a glow in them. It's supposed to be a much nicer place where food tastes much better. Our world in comparison would seem like a ghetto. Even water is sweet. The crazy thing about this, is not just denizens but also 'things' from the other side are brought here to the default world. They resemble talismans and they are supposed to be endowed with magical powers. Yes, magical power seems to be the currency of choice within these 2 worlds.
Talks ranged from fringe to being 'way out there' - immaculate conception, entering other people's bodies, remote impregnation, raising a family from the other side, manifesting physical objects that came from the other side, marriage between human and 'fairy'. You would think it was a script from a Harry Potter movie.
The Chosen Ones
I asked one of the 'royalties', "Did you apply for this or were you chosen?" Apparently, he was chosen. But it wasn't clear to me what the criteria were for being chosen. The inductees were about 12 - women and men, young and old, rich and poor. They were all immaculately white during the ritual. All took turns with their narratives - how they got started, the calling, brief bio, etc. For the most part, the whole ritual was about sharing.
I've joined their 3rd Eye rituals a few times. And while others were able to venture out of their physical bodies and into the other side, I remained exactly where I sat - on God's green earth (in short, nothing happened). I wish I was able to OBE (out-of-body experience) so I could come back and write about it, but it hasn't happened. I could only go with how it was described to me. I could have gone for more rituals, but it's not an obsession - but a nice thing to experience, not unlike a wild roller coaster ride. If it never happens to me, I'm ok with that too.
Do I believe in all that other-worldly talk? I do. I believe that our limited human perception is immeasurably minuscule relative to the bigger reality that eludes our knowledge and understanding. This unseen reality has been vividly described across millennia by different cultures across the globe. It spans across time, space, and culture. It's too uncanny to be coincidence.
Moreover, reality as we know it is essentially perception. I'm not even sure if there is objective reality. What do I mean? Have you ever had a super delicious dish where the flavors burst inside your mouth like the 4th of July? You felt the smooth texture and the rich consistency. And then you woke up and realized that there was no food in your mouth. But while dreaming, it felt as real as your blue balls. And even in our awake state, some people will see a blue dress while others see a gold dress, but they're looking at the same picture. What then is reality?
Had I been invited to join their ranks, would I? Access to other dimensions is always tempting (and this is my only interest in their practice). But I would decline. As the addage says, "It's better to dig one deep hole than to dig many shallow holes." I am already too invested in my yoga practice to dip myself in other disciplines. Besides, I'm happy with yoga - but it's good to know of other alternatives to self-realization. I never thought there was such a thing as a one-size fits all in any spiritual practice.
Until science and mysticism converge to reveal a hidden natural law explaining this cloaked reality, we'll just have to rely on these shamanic adepts to pave the way for us.
--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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Siquijor Island Local Info
Jeeps - there are only 2 routes for jeeps within Siquijor Island - and they are rare. Most people have their own motorcycle transport.
Food - these were suggested by a local to me
Siquijor Island Map
Siquijor - Dumaguete Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
Siquijor - Tagbilaran - Cebu City Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
En route to Cebu City, the ferries usually make a stop-over to Tagbilaran (Bohol) to pick-up more passengers or unload.
Siquijor - Plaridel Boat Trips(as of Jan 2023)
Siquijor - Cebu (Liloan) - Cebu City BUS Trip(as of Jan 2023)
There is only one bus plying this route - Sugbo Urban. Tourist class coach, a/c, comfortable, Sun-Fri (these dates keep changing). P420 for bus, P275 for ferry to Liloan. Larena Port around 5 am, makes a clockwise roundtrip around Siquijor Island - Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi (stops at Lazi market for breakfast and leaves 6:50 am), San Juan, Siquijor (arrives 8am, P50 from Lazi to Siquijor Poblacion) and catches the 1pm ferry at Larena Port (Sundays at 3 pm) for Liloan, Cebu and resumes its land route. Arrives Cebu City (South Bus Terminal) 10 pm.
Sugbo Urban is the cheapest and most convenient way because it goes around the island (clockwise) along the circumferential road, passing through - Enrique Villanueva, Maria, Lazi, San Juan, Siquijor...and back to Larena where it takes the ferry at 1 pm. This saves you the hassle and high transport cost of a tricycle. Besides, it's a long trip from the other side of the island to be taking by tricycle.
Suggested Destinations After Siquijor Island
These are the nearest popular destinations from Siquijor by boat
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