An Educational Ministry of Luntiang Aghama Natural Divine Arts Shrine of Healing Inc.
Author: Apu Adman Aghama
I am the Chief Priest and Founder of Luntiang Aghama Natural Divine Arts Shrine of Healing Inc. which is a Formal Correllian Wiccan Shrine in the Philippines.
I am a First Degree Clergy of the Correllian Nativist Tradition of Wicca; a dedicated member of the Correllian Order of Peace Weavers; and A Correllian Shaman Guide who leads the Orange Feather Camp.
My Priesthood in Luntiang Aghama have created several ministries under the Shrine which consist of the Sacerdotal Order of Luntiang Aghama, National Community of Filipino Pagans, Philippine Correllian Aghamic Circle, Templong Anituhan ng Luntiang Aghama (TALA), Peace Prayer Interfaith Ministry, Hilot Academy of Binabaylan and Kaduwa Movement Equality through Compassion.
Yesterday we start to migrate our training materials to our Online Platform which is the Google Classroom. This training requires the student to have either laptop, desktop, Ipod/Tablet or smart phone. It is advised that your device must have a built in Camera and Microphone. Or When using Laptop or Desktop, we will ask you to secure a Camera so you can you can upload your work to our Classroom. When you use Tablet or Smart Phone, you will be asked to download a web browser either Google Chrome, Mozila Firefox or Microsoft Edge. As a teacher, I am using Laptop and Android Phone that has a Google Chrome Browser. Aside from this if you are using mobile phone, we ask you to also download the following Apps:
And the activities we could do within the classroom are the following:
Read the uploaded Learning Material using Google Document. (Since you have downloaded the Google Drive you can access the Reading Materials to it posted inside the Google Classroom.)
Watch the Video Presentation/ Lecture (as you watch, you are asked to take down notes on the subject presented and ask it out during the Video Call Conferencing through Google Meet.)
Video Call Conferencing using Google Meet ( this will be real time conversation/ discussion of the things you have noted during the Video Presentation that you have watched through Google Drive/ Youtube.)
Answer the Self Assessment/ Evaluation Quiz through Google Form posted in Google Classroom. (With this we could assess and evaluate your learning process)
Filming or video recording ( The student will be asked to video record to capture the process on how they will perform the activity task. This will be a form of grading or evaluating your learning capacity as we present the skills through Video Demonstration. In our Live and In person Learning Session we call that as Return Demonstration.)
As its System Administrator and Training Director for this Online Training, it make me feel excited in doing this as it makes us to explore many potential possibilities on how we can promote our Traditional Healing Methodologies using Modern Technology. Indeed, we become the Doorway of Time as we use this modern method in teaching the the old ways of healing arts and sciences.
With these, i want to share to everyone a 6 minutes video that is part of our 60 minutes video lecture presentation on the Non Contact Hilot Healing Modality which is the Mind and Spirit Working.
If you find this post interesting and want to learn more, consider enrolling to our Hilot Online Training. Click here so that we could help you process your enrollment.
This June 2020 we are about to implement our Hilot Online Program (HoT). This mean that there will be no Face-to-face classes but instead we are going to transfer the Ancestral Knowledge of Philippine Traditional Healing Arts and Science purely online. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to take class without coming here in the Philippines where ever you are in the world. The Hilot online Training will save you from spending travel fare and room accommodation expenses.
As a requirement, you need to have at least a Desk Top, Laptop, Ipod/Tablet or smart phone that can be connected to Internet. Then on your device you need to have a web browser either Google Chrome, Mozila Firefox, Microsoft Edge, etc. You also need to download Google Classroom App, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Drive and Google Meet for Video Call and Conferencing.
Our expected activities during the class will be the following:
Reading Information Sheets
Watching Video Presentation/ Demonstration
Answering Self Check Evaluations
Video Filming for return demonstration/ Observation
Video Call/ Conferencing for evaluation/ assessment.
At this moment, Hilot Online Training only provides Non Contact Hilot Modality such as the Mind and Spiritual Workings which will help you to master on Psycho and Emotional Health as well as on Bio Chemistry through employment of Herbs.
Before we make our schedule on the actual training, let me express my self clearly through this Video.
Ever since we start our training program in the Academy, the method of teaching hilot was always been live and in person. It is the same thing that our ancestors do in transferring their knowledge of the Healing Arts and Science to their apprentice. Since Learning Hilot is not just transferring skills knowledge and techniques of healing, but it is more about developing relationship from Students to their teacher. It is the same thing that you will do when you are already practicing Hilot to your patient/client you have to build relationship with them.
Learning in Hilot Academy of Binabaylan is not about satisfying the amount of money you pay to learn Hilot, but it is about gaining experience of what really Hilot is all about. That is the reason why we asked our previous student to stay with us in one roof to learn Hilot with us, because most of the lessons in hilot can not be found on a scheduled learning materials but on the random event that occurs during the training period.
Each words, actions and thoughts that come to us during the days you stay with us are part of the learning process. Each breathe; each emotions and even single creatures that come to pass on our way will give us message that will bring forth learning to us. And now, time is teaching us to evolve and adopt to the modern changes that is happening around us. And we will face this with Faith to the Divine that we will overcome this challenge and bring us success.
So until then, wait for our further announcement on when we are going to start our class this June 2020.
The City government of San Jose Del Monte have announced on May 29. 2020 that the Whole Province of Bulacan will under go from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine to General Community Quarantine as per IATF- EID Resolution No. 40. This only means that still there will be no Face-to-face or in Person Classes for us here in Hilot Academy of Binabaylan.
For almost 3 months we have been affected by this Community Quarantine by staying at home and physical distancing, but the Good Thing with it is that we were able to find ways to make our Training Program more accessible for everyone. In our Old System, our Training Program requires the student to show up to receive in person guidance in performing task to accomplish the Hilot Procedures, but now You can stay-at-home and still learn some Hilot Modalities that does not require Physical Contact to the Patient.
We Define our Worth
To be honest with everyone, we struggle a lot for the past 2 months with Anxiety and depression as we undergo the Community Quarantine. As Manghihilot, we communicate our mind to Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care that we could help the Essential Health Workers in serving the community to prevent and relieve the symptoms of Covid 19 while the experts are working to find cure and vaccine to end the spread of this deadly virus.
Though we stay at home and physical contact are forbidden, as Manghihilot we employ our non physical contact modality in providing our service to the community. As Human Being, our existence does not limit to our Physical Body alone as we also have our emotional, mental, social and spiritual body.
Our body may not touch one another as we are advised to maintain 2 meters distance apart when we are in public places, but our love and concern from one another will not be separated by this virus as it is more powerful enough than the virus it self.
Instead of protesting as the Government define the worth of Traditional Medicine practitioners such us, we continue to mold up our selves to be the Primary Health Care provider at home.
Yes! Our Home is the most sacred site in our life that we need to defend from the Enemy. We defend and protect our Home by making sure that Life Force will continually flow within and not spill out by having illness among members of our household.
We do that by constant communication, observing proper hygiene, modified diet and supplemental nutrition to boost our immunity and physical activity/ exercise.
Simple Cough, Cold and Fever can be relieved by Hilot. And these can be experienced by our Family members at home. And through the Knowledge of the Healing Arts and Sciences of our Ancestors, we can prevent it to be worst and with that the number of patients that our medical front liners are treating in the hospital will be lessened because we already have treated their conditions at home.
I start propagating Mulberry Tree only this April 2020 during the Enhance Community Quarantine because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, I made stem cutting from our only tree (that i got from my Tita Edith in Cupang, Muntinlupa) and soak it to water until it grow roots.
When i got success from growing its root i transfer it to our garden. And this month when i checked on it, i am so happy to see that it already bears fruit.
Here we see that when a stem has been cut to its main tree, it remembers it stage when it was cut. This stem cutting was bearing fruit, so when it was cut off from the main tree it stop growing. But when we replant it again, it continue its work in bearing fruit even for a short period of time being replanted. It remembers its work when it was still part of the main tree. The situation that happened to the stem made me think of the same process that happens to reincarnation. When a person die, its soul may chose to be reborn again or reincarnated in order to continue the work s/he is doing in the previous live. We can see this through the behavior a person expresses as s/he grow.
For us who are living right now in the present world, we have our memories of the past that we will pass through the obstacles and challenge of today’s world. Our real selves have already experienced numerous calamities, epedemics and pandemics through out time. And this Time at 2020, we will all overcome this Pandemic and relive our life to the best as we can.
Summer is about to end in the Philippines but the heat is still on and the temperature here in the City of San Jose Del Monte, Province of Bulacan reaches 36 degree Celsius or 97 degree Farenheit. As we are struggling to beat Covid 19, many of us who stay at home are also beating the wave of summer heat.
As some people say that summer heat is good to beat covid 19, but do not be comfortable with that as this heat may also bring some disaster towards our health such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, fainting and heat rash. It is said that the elderly, infants and young children, the obese, out door workers (front liners such as the Police, Military and Barangay Tanod at check point), and those with chronic medical conditions are prone to be affected with heat related illness or Hyperthermia.
So what are the signs and symptoms of having hyperthermia?
Elevated Body Temperature
How to prevent Heat Related Illnesses?
First is to drink a lot of water. Water is a cooling agent that will refresh your body. It is advised that with in an hour you have to take at least 2 to 4 glass of water. Pure water or fresh fruit juice are okay and avoid hot and alcoholic drinks as it will warm up your body.
During hot season the summer heat makes a person to sweat a lot and excessive sweating may consume all the minerals in your body that may cause you to have muscle cramps. With that at least eat a least a pinch of salt or drink sports beverages such as Gatorade. By the Way, Kefir water is a probiotic drink can also help to prevent muscle cramps as it has minerals that is similar to salt. Some of the Water Kefir Grains are being fed not only with sugar but also with a little bit of salt. Aside from Water Kefir as Probiotic Beverage you can also take the LAB from rice water. Watch the Video below in order to learn to make home made probiotic using rice.
Aside from Drinking of course taking a cool bath is the best way to beat the summer. And after that wearing light weight and light colored clothing to cool us down. Staying at Home is the best way to avoid the scorching heat of the sun and cooling down with native abanico fan or pamaypay, electric fan or AC unit. As much as possible plan your activities outdoor and limit travelling specially now that we are all under quarantine. Remember it is not only the heat wave we are trying to beat here but also the pandemic outbreak of Covid 19.
If ever that it occurs to you that you get a Heat Rash, Prickly heat or any skin illness condition due to summer heat it is advised that you apply aloe vera gel on it.
I don’t exactly remember the phrase my teacher told me about having good health. As i remember it, the late Dr. Rueben M. Galang Jr. have told me that “good health starts in the pan”. Well what he mean is that the food that we eat affects our health and it is as we get our daily nutritional needs from the food that we eat.
Many of us loves to eat. And eating was the very first lessons that we have learn as a human. Though to be true to our self it was sucking milk from our mother’s breast was the earliest form of feeding that we have learn. As it is said that breast milk contains all of the essential nutrients, antibodies, and other factors that a new born babies need for growth and development.
As grown up we are not limited anymore in eating the food we want. Aside from the nutritional supply we receive from eating, it also becomes a reward system for us or even a stress reliever. We include food in all occasion and activities of our life. But now-a-days, food has been also become a tool of protest that people promote such as being Vegetarian or Vegan. Though i am not a vegan but i respect them when they are with me by preparing food that they will eat in a vegan style. But whether you eat pure vegetable or meat or combination of both, it is our digestive system that work out to convert the food to be a source of nutrition and energy to our body. As each of us enjoy our individual differences, we should also be mindful of our digestive health.
Yakult Everyday makes our Tummy Okay!
Yakult was the earliest food supplement that i take everyday when i was a child. I believe everyone who was born on the ’70s know yakult. And now-a-days when you go to 7-eleven you will find a contemporary of Yakult which is the Delight and Go Long Cultured Milk. All of these are Probiotic Beverages.
But what is probiotic?
Probiotics are (good bacteria) live micro organism that can provide numerous health benefits such as improved digestion, enhanced immune function, healthier skin and weight loss. All of these are due to the work of probiotics in balancing the activities of the Bad Bacteria which is inside our body that can be found in our gut or tummy. As Human Being aside from the organs, tissues and cells that can be found inside our body there are also numerous bacteria that dwells within us. And the Probiotic are the one who balances it.
According to Healthline, Probiotics provide us health benefits such as:
Reduce systemic inflammation
reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
lower total bad cholesterol level
Improve blood pressure
enhance immune function
useful for skin health
Being mindful to what we eat will help us to obtain optimum health and wellness. As we strive to live our life in a healthy manner, it should not be too expensive. You can see Probiotic products that you can buy in the market, but these micro organism can be found in nature which you can get for free. There are probiotic formulas available which you can make at home without buying expensive ingredients. The art of fermentation is also one way of culturing live microorganism or good bacteria that is probiotic in nature.
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In the Tagalog language of the Philippines, there are one word that can be spoken about that has multiple meaning such as the word that we are going to discuss today that has important relevance in Healing. If you are going to take the Hilot Binabaylan Certification class, one of its first lesson is about the definition of terminology that you are to encounter while practicing hilot as we all the true meaning of our Craft which is Hilot.
The first meaning that we are going to discuss about the word “Galing” will pertain to the place of origin.
“Galing ako sa Bahay para kumuha ng makakain.” in English it is translated as: “I went home to get some food to eat.” In this sentence , we can see that the word “Galing” describes the speaker’ where about which tells that S/he went home. Now. let us see another meaning of this word through this sentence:
Tagalog: “Ang Galing mong Magluto ng Adobo.”
English: “You are great in cooking adobo.”
At this sentence the word “galing” describes the persons ability to cook, thus the meaning of the word “Galing” here pertains to the level of mastery of our ability which is on its highest level. The next definition of the word “Galing” will be described on the following sentence which can be found with a Suffix:
Tagalog: “Magaling na ako. Wala na akong Sakit!”
English: “I am better now. I am not sick anymore!!
On our last sentence, the word “Galing” describes the persons health condition. It shows that in this sentence that the speaker has recovered or relieved from illness.
In hilot, it is important to us to know the persons place of origin and its ability. The illness that the person has limits its ability as his/her souls wonder. As Manghihilot, it is our duty to restore back the persons ability and retrieve his/her soul back to the body.
As a General Principle, we firmly believe that an individual has their own ability to heal themselves. As practitioner of the healing arts and science, we are just a catalyst and facilitator of healing. We integrate the healing wonders of nature that can be found in our surroundings from the 8 directions of the world. We use this gift of nature to make the sick person whole again thus we say: “Magaling ka na!” or “You are now Healed!”
I remember as a kid when we have cough and fever, my mother will pick up some lagundi leaves, oregano and ginger. She will pound it together and extract the juice of the combined herbs and make us drink the juice. She will add little amount of sugar so that it may taste good.
Lagundi or Vitex Negudo was known in English as the 5 leaves chaste tree. It is one of the 10 Herbs that the Philippine Department of Health approved to be known as Herbal Medicine. Though there are lot herbs can be found in the Philippines that shows potency as medicine but only 10 were approved to be classified as medicine and one of it is Lagundi.
Lagundi has been tested clinically to be effective in treatments of cold, flu, bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and pharyngitis. With the rise of Coronavirus Disease we have seen Caloocan City is distributing Paracetamol and Lagundi as part of their help to the citizen in battling Covid 19. Though there is no record that it has been used to treat the disease but it plays role in the prevention of the spread of the virus. As a herbal medicine that been recognized to treat respiratory problem, this might be a promising herb that also has a potential relief or even cure to the Coronavirus Disease.
Though at this moment, the role of Hilot in the Philippines works on preventive and promotive health care, taking lagundi as tea will protect an individual from having the symptoms of the disease as long as the guidelines on social distancing, hand washing and physical fitness is observed. Healthcare professionals can also consider administering this herbs to treat the symptoms as it is used to treat colds, fever, flu, chronic bronchitis, pharyngitis, rheumatism, dyspepsia, boils, diarrhea and certain skin and digestive complaints.
Below are the list of traditional use of Lagundi:
Sore throat relief
Promotes wound healing
Reduces risk of cancer
As Traditional Medicine Practitioner, we recommend you to see your healthcare professional or Certified Manghihilot before taking any herbal remedy. It is good to identify the symptoms first in order to have a proper treatment that will result to a successful cure of any ailments. Self Medication is discouraged and right procedure of herbal administration is required.
For more information on Philippine Traditional Hilot and Healthcare, you may contact me at +639952467040 or connect with me at Facebook at Rolando Gomez Comon.
With the rise of this pandemic outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019, many people around the world are asked by our government to stay at home and be safe. This is one of the model that we as human being can beat the spread of the Coronavirus Disease which is by not being exposed and contaminated with this pestilence that is spreading to fast.
Staying at home means that you only connect with people that you trust. You are not exposed to strangers that you do not personally know outside of your home and the person you might encounter outside be a carrier of the deadly virus. But it seems that staying at home is difficult to do. The more we are asked to stay at home and be safe, the more we struggle to go out and have the chance to be infected with the virus. This is the current problem of the world government right now aside from the virus, are the people or the citizens specially here in the Philippines. It seems that this simple ordinance of our government is the most difficult law to observe. People think of it as an abuse of authority and violation of the government to human rights. Well our government can explain themselves in implementing this law but to the commoners it will be difficult for them to understand.
As Manghihilot we already have recognize the danger of what can this virus bring on to us, but we must also understand why do people around the world are having difficulty to stay at home?
Probably the first reason why is it difficult for people to stay at home because as human we are designed to come out like when we are born into this world, we are pushed out from our mothers womb. And when we are growing, we are being cultivated to go out of our home such as playing in the park or hanging out at the mall with friends, buying stuffs at store, market or groceries. We even go out of our home to study at school and even worship God in a church.
Almost all human activities requires of going out of our home and this because of the progress of commercialization of almost every thing. We are being influenced that all of our needs to have a better life can be found outside our home. Such as in having a good income opportunity you have to go out of your house to work in a company that pays good salary. The Filipino way of thinking that working in Manila or even abroad is much better that staying at home. But what we all forget is that life started inside and not outside.
At this pandemic outbreak of the Coronavirus, our planet is transforming into a new world. Many of us may not understand what is happening, but one thing for sure is that we are being taught to go back to the basic. And the basic thing that we need to learn is to stay at home. Staying at home right now can be likened into a seed planted on the ground. We need to be inside the earth so that we could germinate life. It is the same thing that happen to a caterpillar, he weave his cocoon and stays there until he is transformed into a beautiful butterfly.
Transformation will not happen if we stay outside. Today is a day where we change our selves into something beautiful and wonderful. This is a wonderful time for us to heal and be re created into something worth of praise and glory. This is the time for us now to be part of Human Evolution, which is strong and healthy and at the same time united in love with our Family.
Aloe Vera or Sabila is my very first herb that i like most. It actually is my favorite and for me i called this as my personal sacred Plant. I grew it as a child and even filled the wall of our fence with it. I thought it was just an ornamental plant but when i grow up I learn it has a powerful medicine within it. I also have seen its flower. Yes! Through time it gives flower and it smells sweet. Though i rarely see it blooming in pots and i don’t know when it will give flower once again. I’m so sad that i was not able to capture it flowers through film because that time i don’t have camera nor mobile phone that has camera. Yeah! I’m very old school that only knows soil and its healing herbs.
Aloe Vera or Aloe Barbadensis Miller has been known for its medicinal and cosmetic purposes. I have read that this plant was used to embalm ancient Pharaohs of Egypt as well as Jesus Christ. The word Aloe has an arabic origin which means Shinning Bitter substance while Vera is a Latin word meaning True. In my old notes on healing herbs, i found that this herb can endure extreme stress such as i test it hanging on the air without soil and water for about a year but still it is alive and didn’t dried up. It taught me spiritually to become patient, tolerant and humble. As i work on it, i found its power to be amazing. I apply it to open wounds, burns and even on skin infection. Our Elders have taught that this plant is a good hair grower and can heal all kinds of skin disease. And later on i found out that we can scrape of the white gel on it and eat it directly.
In making Herbal Healing Oil i add 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel in distilling coconut oil with mix herbs and when i put my finger in it while boiling i didn’t get burn.
It is found out that Aloe Vera has many active potential constituents such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugar, lignin, saponins, salicylic acid and amino acids.
Vitamins: It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. Antioxidant neutralizes free radicals.
Enzymes: It contains 8 enzymes: aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. Bradykinase helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically, while others help in the breakdown of sugars and fats.
Minerals: It provides calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. They are essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme systems in different metabolic pathways and few are antioxidants.
Sugars: It provides monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides: (glucomannans/polymannose). These are derived from the mucilage layer of the plant and are known as mucopolysaccharides. The most prominent monosaccharide is mannose-6-phosphate, and the most common polysaccharides are called glucomannans [beta-(1,4)-acetylated mannan]. Acemannan, a prominent glucomannan has also been found. Recently, a glycoprotein with antiallergic properties, called alprogen and novel anti-inflammatory compound, C-glucosyl chromone, has been isolated from Aloe vera gel.
Anthraquinones: It provides 12 anthraquinones, which are phenolic compounds traditionally known as laxatives. Aloin and emodin act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.
Fatty acids: It provides 4 plant steroids; cholesterol, campesterol, β-sisosterol and lupeol. All these have anti-inflammatory action and lupeol also possesses antiseptic and analgesic properties.
Hormones: Auxins and gibberellins that help in wound healing and have anti-inflammatory action.
Others: It provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids. It also contains salicylic acid that possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Lignin, an inert substance, when included in topical preparations, enhances penetrative effect of the other ingredients into the skin. Saponins that are the soapy substances form about 3% of the gel and have cleansing and antiseptic properties.
On basic uses of Aloe Vera, it is effective on wound or burn healing. I remember my nephew when he was 3 years old playing around my kitchen on our Canteen and he accidentally placed his whole hands on a boiling pot of soup. It was too hot because we boil it continually in low fire using fire wood for our Mami Soup and thankfully i have my aloe vera around and apply it directly, and amazingly no trace of burn can be found on my nephew.
Another testimony on the effectiveness of Aloe Vera is when my younger sister accidentally hammered her little finger. We brought her to the hospital and the doctor said she need to undergo surgery removal of her finger or stem cell treatment. We do not have enough money for the surgery so we just went back home and apply aloe vera on her finger. With patience and faith in God her finger was cured and no trace of being hammered can be seen.
Aloe Vera Gel can also be taken internally to treat stomach ulcer. It is also used to clean up our intestine and give us good bowel movement. It is said that Aloe Vera can also use to lower blood sugar and it has antioxidant to boost our immunity.
Plant aloe vera in your home it may be handy and helpful for you someday as it will heal you from your illness or it may be your living companion in your house that will listen to your prayers.