Tuon Mandala

This is a Tuon ( pronounced as Two On) which is similar to Mandala where we use as a Focal Point for our prayers and devotion. In the middle of Tuon is the Word #Anito which is written in #Baybayin and the words that surround it are the Baybayin Characters that would spell the prayers of Luwalhati which is the official mantra of #LuntiangAghama and of the #HilotBinabaylan.

Learn how to use Baybayin in Rituals and Prayers by attending the #SiAdTala #BaybayinMysticOracle Attunement Workshop as facilitated by our Brother @alsent.aghama on October 20, 2021.

For more details kindly check out Lakay’s post at SiadTala.Wordpress.com

Recognizing and remembering our Racial Origin

Register now to our upcoming SiAd Tala Mystic Oracle Attunement Workshop on September 20, 2021 by filling up the form.
https://forms.gle/VHoqxcUpaQ4hSvvDA

“The Sibulan Adlaw Tala Mystic Oracle is the Celestial Lights that guides mankind through the Aeon of Time.”

Workshop will be held through Google Meet on October 20, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Philippine Standard Time. For our International Participants Time will be determined according to your location.

The SiAd Tala script is inspired by “baybayin”.

The word “Si bulan” means “The Moon”

The “Adlaw” is a Visayan term for “Sun” and

The “Tala” is a Tagalog term for “Star”.

Through our SiAd Tala Mystic Oracle Full Moon attunement Ritual we unleashed our Babaylan Energy to Empower ourselves physically and spiritually.

In this workshop the participant will be initiated in using Baybayin Script in accordance to the method of Sibulan Adlaw Tala Way.

At the end of the workshop, each participants are expected to be able to:

*Read and Write the Baybayin Script
*Interpret each symbol of Baybayin in 18 Characters plus.
*Use each symbol to improve one’s life through meditation, charm and so on.
*Use Baybayin Script and characters as an oracle or divinatory tool.
*Write and Read the name of individuals of baybayin to unleash their natural powers and abilities within their name.
*Understand the past, present and future possibilities of an individual that can be found on their name that is written in Baybayin.
*Combine the essential Baybayin Characters into a monogram to be your personal sigil for guidance, charm and protection.

Inclusion:
Workshop Module
Video Presentation (Via Youtube/ Google Drive Private Link)
Certificate of Attunement
Google Meet Participation Link

Registration Fee:
PHP 5000.00
Payment can be made through Paypal.me/alsentaghama
or through email at alsentaghama@gmail.com

September Class is Now accepting Enrollee’s

There are so much more to learn from our Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working Class. Aside from 3 Learning Units which composed of 19 Lessons which you could take on your own time, we have also a Weekly Video Conferencing that supplements your learning sessions with us.

So far we have done the following video conferences that could be converted as a Webinar series which an individual could have a Certificate of Attendance:

  • Hilot as Steward of the Earth
  • Spanking as our Ancestors way of Activating Life Force
  • Philippine Indigenous Realms of the Spirit: Understanding the Diwata, Anito and Engkanto
  • Understanding the malevolent spirit in balancing the polarity of nature
  • Hilot Orasyon: The Power of Prayer to Heal
  • Atang: The Healing Effects of Giving
  • Setting up an Altar: A way of attracting positive vibes in your life
  • The Medicine of Amulet, Charms and Talisman
  • Elements in Performing Ritual
  • Caring for the Soul after Death
  • Anangolay: The Retriever of Soul

These are only few of what our Students are enjoying in their class aside from the regular lessons that they are taking in our Google Classroom. And the video below is one of the topics that we have recently discuss on our meeting.

This video is about answering the question if a Human Soul can be replaced with an Animal soul. The full video of our discussion can be accessed at our Subscription Page at Filipino Magick. By the Way, membership to our Buy Me a Coffee Page will allow you to have a 20% discount when you enroll to our program.

Next class will start on September 26, 2021. So better enroll now to be included in our class of September.

The Spiritual Aspect of Hilot and why it is inseparable?

Hilot Academy of Binabaylan offers training program that mostly deal with the Spirits. But why we are offering this when Hilot tends to care for the Body of an ailing patients?

Well our ancestors believed that a Body without a Spirit is dead, and taking care of the Spirit of Life in human will provide them optimum health and wellness. We believe that Life comes from the Spirit and the integration of the Spirit to the Human body makes them live.

Human is a complete being that is composed of the Physical Body, Emotional Body, Intellectual/Mental Body, Social and Spiritual Body. These aspects of Man pertains to the 5 Elemental Components or Ingredients that made mankind. Balancing the Elements by caring for the Spirit within Human will provide them the fullness of Life. In Hilot, we are not just dealing with the individual spirit of the person but also we deal with nature as they could affect the condition of the spirit of life of a person.

This is why we offer Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit working Course that offers certification to an individual to become a Magtatawas/ Pangatauhan/ Pangutanahan and Magaanito. All those terms or title are one certification that an Individual could use when they have completed this course. It is one qualification of a Babaylan out of 7 in accordance to the studies of Luntiang Aghama Natural Divine Arts Shrine of Healing Inc. In this certification program, Hilot Academy of Binabaylan will certify an Individual and grant them a title of Magtatawas/ Pangutanahan/Pangatauhan or Magaanito.

Magtatawas

This title are used by a person who does ritual divination or spiritual diagnosis.

Pangutanahan

This title is derived from the Visayan word Pangutana which means to ask questions. Thus the role of the Pangutanahan is to answer questions of the people who are ill.

Pangatauhan

This is a traditional Title or name of the Tagalog Diviner. This is much appropriate term to use rather than to Manghuhula which can be translated as Guesser or the one who makes a Guess.

Magaanito/Panganituhan

Magaanito or Panganituhan is more traditional term for magtatawas who conducts divinatory ritual or spirit diagnosis. They aim to communicate with the Spirits either of Human, Ancestral, Nature or Divine Spirit. Maganito means to conduct ritual.

In Tagalog Language- there are no translation for the word Ritual, but the term Anituhan which is working with the spirits can be used instead of the tagalized word “ritwal” for the english word RITUAL.

20% Discount on our Course Offering

Good news to everyone!

Hilot Academy of Binabaylan is offering 20% Discount to our Course offering when you become a Supporting Member of Filipino Magick! Filipino Magick is a Membership Blog of Luntiang Aghama Natural Divine Arts Shrine of Healing Inc. using BuyMeACoffee.Com as a Platform. Through this platform, people now can support us financially in a monthly or yearly basis by becoming a supporting member of Filipino Magick. Though by next year, we are planning to get a BuyMeACoffee Pluggins to our website when we upgrade our Plan with WordPress.Com from Premium to Business Plan. Your paid subscription with us will help that upgrade possible.

Filipino Magick

As you all know that Hilot Academy of Binabaylan is an Educational Ministry of Luntiang Aghama Natural Divine Arts Shrine of Healing Inc.. in short it is our Seminary where we share our knowledge on Filipino Indigenous Spirituality that involves also the practice of Health Care. In Filipino Magick, we cover the discussion about the Diwata, Anito, and Engkanto while we also directly teach our currently enrolled students at Hilot Academy about the souls of men as well as about the Non Human Spirits that may affect our daily lives. In Filipino Magick at BuyMeACoffee.Com, we also discuss about Psychism, Witchcraft and other paranormal stuff which people ask from us as a result of our YouTube and TikTok Content.

BuyMeACoffee allow us to create more content while monetizing our content like what people do in OnlyFans, Patreon or Ko-Fi. In our BMAC Page, we just have one membership level, but people can make donation every time we have a supporters post. You may donate for only USD 1.00 or more.

Our Monthly Membership is only USD 5.00 but you have an option to pay for the whole year for only USD 50.00.

And as a supporting member you have the benefits of the following:

  • Receive notification of Exclusive for Members post through Email.
  • An email invitation for our Bi Monthly (New Moon and Full Moon) Online Rituals via Google Meet.
  • Free 60 minutes Tawas Spiritual Diagnosis and Divination session with Apu Adman.
  • 20% Discount to all of Hilot Academy Courses. (New Courses will be available Soon!)
  • Receive an Honorary Title of Gat as an Entry Level Memebership to the Templong Anituhan ng Luntiang Aghama with Digital Certificate

Soon to Offer

As of this moment since we are still on a Pandemic, Hilot Academy of Binabaylan only offers the Online Pangatauhan/Pangutanahan/Magaanito/Magtatawas Certification through Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Training Course. In this training program, our students will be able to conduct Tawas Diagnostic, Spirit Communication and perform basic rituals. These skills are just few qualifications in order to become a Hilot Binabaylan. In these training program, we have explained why we call our selves as Hilot Binabaylan and not directly as Babaylan. When you enroll in this program you will learn our reasons why. So better get in to the class and be certified as Magtatawas/Magaanito/Pangutanahan or Pangatauhan.

The Manggagamot Training Course is now in its process of development. Though this Training course requires an in person appearance compared to the Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Training Course which you can take it online. In this training program, we will explore the different healing practices that will help the person to recover from physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual illness. This training program will require a longer period of training and actual hands on application before you become certified.

And the Last Training Program in order for you to complete the Qualifications of becoming a Hilot Binabaylan is the Albularyo Certification Course which will help you identify plant medicine and its uses and also application.

We will also offer here soon the following:

  • Aghamic Divinity and Ministry Course (An initiatory course for the priesthood of the Shrine of Luntiang Aghama)
  • Sibulan Adala Tala Mystic Oracle Initiation Course (Now accepting Enrollee)
  • Binabaylan Tala (A Mastery Course in Filipino Indigenous Spirituality and Working with the Ancestors)
  • Psychic Awareness and Skill Development Training Course

We are Building Bridges through Hilot

It was on February 20, 2020 when my life turns a new. It was the time that I was hospitalized due to over fatigue. Yes! even a healer is subjected to illness specially if you don’t do what you teach. I am a Manghihilot as well as a healer. During that time, i was taking client as well as do teaching. To some of you may think it’s easy. But handling things are never easy specially when you put all your energies to the things that you do. That day is the day when the Universe have talked to me. The day when I think a lot and pray that I could make a decision if i should stop teaching or healing people.

When my Mother Died, I already have said that I will stop everything. But the spirit of my mother have come to me and encourage me to continue helping people either through healing or teaching. She reminded me that these are the one that I have asked the universe during the time that I lay down alone in the forest ground and see the moon and the stars to talk to me. This is the answer when I asked the Universe on How should I live my life and earn a living. The Universe have confirmed my skills in Healing. And they added up a new skills in sharing my wisdom to the people that I may duplicate or even multiply my self in healing people through teaching.

Hilot Academy of Binabaylan was established so that I may share my knowledge to the willing people to learn the ways on how i administer Hilot to the People.

Jose Miguel
Watanabe Yuko

It was Jose Miguel who is a Spanish National and Watanabe Yuko who is a Japanese National that were the Pioneering Students of Hilot Academy of Binabaylan which they took the course when we are still in Makati City. We did the Traditional Training Method of Face-to-Face interaction where they will Read, Listen, Watch, Observe and Perform. Though we do not have written exams during training except for return demonstration of the skills that they have learned through our Guidance. It is more likely mentoring style instead of Teaching where the students of Hilot can develop their own techniques rather than following steps by steps procedure.

From Makati City we go to Quezon City at Kings Point Subdivision to continue our work and also serve our Outreach Ministry. And from there we held a scholarship program which we teach a group of people to have their own livelihood as well as to serve their community as a Hilot. And individually we have received also students coming from different part of the world such as in Austria, Chile and US. Indeed, I love to share my knowledge to everyone as well as for everybody to experience what I do. Since Hilot is not just a Physical Touch but it is a Holistic approach in Healing.

I do not want to call my self (personally) as Teacher of Hilot. But what I do is just share what I know and let people experience How it is to be touched by Hilot. And through the Touch we provide, let Hilot work everything out to experience the Healing Wonder of this amazing modality that been passed unto us by our Ancestors.

From Kings Point Subdivision we moved to my hometown in Bulacan. Maintaining a huge house maybe is not my forte as it requires big amount of money to sustain it. I am feeling the burden not only in terms of Finances but also the daily activity of the Academy to make it work. During the time when people come in to learn, It is always my out most concern to make them comfortable in Learning. We prepare accommodation for them as well as plan for the food they will eat. Because most of the Time, learning Hilot is not just an academic theory to memorize the procedures and techniques but it is more on the experience where the student should learn. And if they are going to learn Hilot from experience so they must have a wonderful experience of it in order to learn.

As we move in to Bulacan, new challenges have brought in to me which i should care for. Our place is located nearby the street where the noise of passing vehicles can be heard. Then within the vicinity, we have an animal companion such as chicken, dogs and cats. We do not have cooking tools in our place that during Lunch Time we went down to my Father’s House to take our lunch. But surprisingly, we have graduates who endure the situation that we have in Bulacan. The nice thing when you learn Hilot in Bulacan is that you will feel that you become part of our Family. That is why I am very thankful to Kai, Vicenzo and Doc Cathy that they took their class here in San Jose Del Monte City and learned how we live our life here as well as they learn Hilot.

It was Doc Cathy who is a Chiropractor from California who is the first and last international student who has seen and talk with my Mom. And Kai Mascarenas was the very first student who pay respect to my Mother’s grave when she become student of the Academy. It was an amazing experience also with me that these people allow themselves to be with us and even for a short while they became a family to me. After Kai of Washington DC, it was Vicenzo of Italy arrived then the French Couple Gerone and Jeremy. I know it became a challenging experience to them as they experience to sleep on a Banig on the floor. But having Kai, Gerone and Jeremy becomes a challenge to me as well as they were Vegans. So from them, I learn how to prepare vegan food which is meatless and animal product free.

After sharing my knowledge of Hilot to the French Couple Jeremy and Gerone, a good friend offer her place in Dona Petrona Subdivision, Fairview, Quezon City to be our new venue of training. There we have welcomed Julz and Jamee, Dina and Maria, so as the Spanish Therapist Noel and Laura. It was early 2020 when they arrived and at the same Time Taal Volcano have exploded. I thought they were not be able to make it, but the Universe made a way for them to complete their mission. Learning and Living in the same house seems to freeze time even that their scheduled stay with us is only for a short while. The only break time we had is during sleep and toilet break. During the awake period is like a learning opportunity where everyone could ask and answer about their thoughts. Of course we have a scheduled lessons to follow, but the flow of thoughts that everyone has is unlimited and hard to control. Those short days are not enough to learn, even the learning program that we have prepared is just a few compared to the entire mysteries of Hilot that our ancestors have shared and pass unto us.

Hilot Academy of Binabaylan, whether we have a stable place of not becomes a window of the past to our present. And as a Practitioner of this Ancestral Healing Arts and Science we become a bridge maker who will let the people from this present generation experience the past that they may bring along this wonderful experience to the future.

And now the Pandemic of Corona Virus is here with us and may stay for long, sharing this ancestral knowledge of healing does not stop us. It allows us to share this amazing healing modality and breaks the limitation of time and space through virtual online learning. As of this moment, the Academy provides the Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit working Class which will provide you a certification as Magaanito/Pangatauhan/Pangutanahan or Magtatawas; and soon we will be providing the Manggagamot Course and the Albularyo Course Online.

We are just completing our learning materials for the Manggagamot and Albularyo course. And once it is complete I will make it known here so that you may start learning and become a Hilot Binabaylan.

June 2021 has arrived!

YEY!

We are already on the 6th month of the Year 2021 at the time of Covid Pandemic Era and are surviving. The new normal have already changed our system specially on delivering the Training Methods we use to initiate new Hilot Binabaylan this modern times. We started implementing this new system of learning Last June 2020 as an experimental method of training and gratefully we succeed!

The Hilot Online Training program have made successful training of 4 batches that graduated last 13th of February 2021 and they are Lukayo Estrella, Bernice Dela Cruz, Michaela Sanders and Christine Lipat. And now this 6th of June 2021, the second batches of candidates for Graduation will take their oath as we conduct a ritual ceremony and they are Janalyne Umipig, Lawrence Pau, Akua Maat, Jenifer Ebilane and Jen Maramba.

As we will give them their charge, we are also welcoming potential new Hilot Binabaylan that will take the role as Pangutanahan/ Paganituhan/ Pangatauhan or Magtatawas. This is the certification that we are providing for the students who took the Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working Course.

Usually, the Magtatawas Training is part of our Hilot ng Aghamang Binabaylan Training Course which can be taken only in person as it requires face-to-face apprenticeship and immersion to the life of Hilot Binabaylan. Due to Pandemic and travel ban, we have designed a new method of training that does not require traveling and in person face-to-face contact which is the Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit working.

During this period of Pandemic, Hilot Academy of Binabaylan redesign our Training Delivery Method and bring it into a virtual platform which is the Google Classroom. Special thanks to our Mother which is the Shrine of Luntiang Aghama for arranging us a system where we could continue to share the ancestral knowledge of Healing Arts and Science online.

The Online Training Platform is a Big Leap for Hilot Academy as well as to the Philippine Traditional and Indigenous Healing System. As Folk and Traditional Medicine was called to be unscientific but now through studies and use of technology, we are bringing science in order for us to advance the Status of Hilot that can complement and integrate into the modern healthcare delivery system.

As of this moment (June 2021) the available course in an online platform format is the Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working Class, and soon we will add the Manggagamot Course which consist of Body Work Techniques and Manipulation and the Albularyo Course or Hilot sa Halaman (Herbalism) Course.

Each of the Training program will certify an Individual according to the course you have taken. But your certification will only provide you a title according to the course you have taken. For example, you have taken the Magtatawas Training Course or Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working, the Title that you will achieve here is the Magtatawas or Panganituhan/Pangutanahan/ Pangatauhan ng Hilot Binabaylan. That means you are not yet on the level of Hilot Binabaylan Title as you only acquire the Magtatawas Skills. In order to obtain the Title of Hilot Binabaylan, you must have taken the Magtatawas, Manggagamot and the Albularyo Skills which we certify separately or you may take it whole by taking our face-to-face, in person live in apprenticeship program which is the Hilot ng Aghamang Binabaylan.

We are accepting students for June 2021 Class

On June 7, 2021- we will be opening again our Google Classroom for a new class on Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working. People now can enroll with us by clicking on the link and fill up our registration form.

Register here to enroll

This class has 3 Learning Units that will introduce you to Hilot as Philippine Traditional Medicine. Hilot as a whole is a complete healing system employed by our Filipino ancestors for diagnostic, preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative healthcare. In Hilot Academy of Binabaylan, we divide the role of Manghihilot into 3 function: the first is Diagnostic or Magtatawas/ Magaanito which the Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working class provides certification on this skill level; the next is Manggagamot and lastly is the albularyo course. As an individual accomplished acquiring all these skill level, Hilot Academy of Binabaylan grant the person a title of Hilot Binabaylan.

Since we are all in a Pandemic Situation social distancing and travel ban has been implemented, we could not provide the Hilot Binabaylan Training Course for the students to take as it requires personal contact/ Face-to-face learning interaction and one-on-one apprenticeship/mentoring in order for the individual to be properly initiated. Our last initiate for the Hilot ng Aghamang Binabaylan Training Course is Angelica “Kai” Bautista of Glendale, California who took the full course on February 2020 and she almost stuck up in the Philippines because General Quarantine has been immediately implemented on March of 2020. We are thankful to the Philippine Department of Tourism who helped Kai to be sent home safely in the US.

But now thanks to modern technology, our Traditional Healing Arts and Science was able to cope up with the changing times by making its teaching available online. To know more about our course offering on Non Contac Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working Class you may click the link below for more details.

Hilot Online Training

Kilubansa: The God of Healing

I started searching to know this Filipino God of Healing on 2009. I remember that on 2010 i went to a Coven Leader from Las Pinas if he know about this local God. He said that he will search his files and shared it to me until that my request for the information has been forgotten. Hilot is the only Magick that I have aside from reading Tarot as Divination and Tawas. This is my strength that i develop to my self that other see as a weak form of Magick.

From the start that I embrace Hilot, i see it as a Gift of the Divine in helping humanity as it only not provide relief but also as an art that truly heals. Since the time I use hilot, i already see the connection of our Body to the Spirit and I see that the Spirit makes the body complete in order for Life to exist to an individual. I know that Hilot is the Filipino Traditional Medicine that is connected to Spirituality of our Ancestors. It is an inseparable fact that when a body separates itself from the spirit it will die. Hilot aims to maintain and preserve life, and I know that God is the only source of life to all the lives on Earth.

So in my desire to connect Hilot to Spirituality i must search a Filipino God of Healing that from my desire I found the Diwatang Kilubansa. I even asked Baylan Alibata (who is now Lakay Magbaya Aghama) if he have information about Kilubansa, but unfortunately he doesn’t know either. So i decided to channel Kilubansa through the art of Tawas and an image appear before me. A man with a long hair that almost look like Jesus Christ but it has a rabbit in front of him.

Well Kilubansa, is that you? I ask then I sang a Chant for him so that through sounds that i make the Spirit of Kilubansa may talk to me. And i sing:

Kiiiii Lu Bansa! Kiiii Lu Baaansaaaa! Kiii Luo Baaaan Sa! Kiiii Lu Baaan Sa EeehhheeeYa!

Kilubansa Kilubansa

Kilubansa Kilubansaaaa

Kilubansa Kilubansa

Kilubansa Kilubansaaa Ahoy!!!!

Hilom Lunas Hilum Lunas

Kilubnansa Hilom Lunas

Hilom Lunas Hilom Lunas

Kilubansa Hilom Lunas

Ahoy!!!

The chant for Kilubansa

At the start, I do not know about Kilubansa as the source of this information that I found on the Internet does not tell anything about him. It just mention that Kilubansa is the God of Medicine and the Father of Dihas which is the Goddess of Herbal Medicine, and aside from it there are no more information. There are links that connects Kilubansa to one character in a Role Playing Computer Game which do the same work of healing. But other information such as what tribe he came from there are no information.

Other people might throw this info as there are no supporting document or evidence that this God exist in Philippine History. But for me since he was mentioned somewhere (specially on the internet) his name is just enough evidence that the energy of Kilubansa exist. And from that time i devote myself in raising the energy of Kilubansa that it may give it’s blessings to us today in the modern times.

On 2011 I started working out with Kilubansa. I have created a Facebook Page dedicated to this God so that people may see him and prove his existence. I have developed a Healing and Diagnostic Procedure named after him and now, Kilubansa moves and exist. From 2012 upto this date, I have taught this system to people and have used it to help people know themselves as we believe that each individual has their own ability to heal themselves as Kilubansa is within them too. I want to share here some testimony of our fellow Hilot Binabaylan as they learn the art of Kilubansa.

I can see Kilubansa as a beautiful way of re-membering Ancestors and channelling the elements to access that embodied support. Kilubansa is an accessible way to provide support for individuals and families in-person and or online. I can also see Kilubansa as a way of connecting & remembering ancestral stories through the direct counsel of the reading. The counselling or conversation allows individuals to be in relation to what they already know of their Ancestors along with the practitioner providing the diagrams and information on Ancestral Trinity, 7 Ancestral Powers, and Circle of Ancestors. It is a connective way for the medicine that is offered through this process and what wants to be known through the Elements.

From the works of Jen Maramba

Kilubansa is indeed a wonderful art. You may get know the techniques if you enroll to our Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working class which will open a new cycle on June 7, 2021.

Defining Hilot according to Filipino living abroad Part 1

This pandemic of Coronavirus, staying at home and physical distancing made us to utilize more the available resources that we have such as the use of our laptop, desktop and mobile device to learn our cultural pride which is at the same time our very own Traditional Healing Arts and Science that we know as Hilot. It is a struggle for me to create this training program, since Hilot is more of Traditional Method whereas now we are using modern devices in order to share the wisdom of our Ancestors in Healthcare.

As we begin our online study on Non Contact Hilot training program, we ask our student on how they will define Hilot in this present generation. I will omit their name here but will share the works they have done and these are what they write about defining Hilot:

Introduction (from our June 2020 online trainee)

When I was growing up, my father taught me a form of massage that I thought was hilot, but in this essay, I will review the complex system of indigenous healing that is hilot based on the eight different sections presented by the Hilot Binabaylan Academy taught through Apu Adman and Lakay. These eight sections give an overview of the origin and virtues of hilot through the generations of healers, the terminology of health and illness, the understanding of health and illness through the natural law that is divided into purpose and integrity, and the modalities and healthcare delivery system of hilot. Lastly, I will conclude with how I would explain hilot to others.

General Overview

The overview’s glossary of Tagalog-to-English terms, as well as clarify that hilot is more than just massage, is the highlight of this section for me. It is especially important for people in the diaspora, who may be reclaiming and relearning their languages to have access to the specific terminology of illness and wellness. Much of the heart of the culture is the language, and by beginning with a language lesson, we begin with a meeting of the heart and the mind, to bring about the voice.

Modalities

Since the first section established that hilot is more than just massage, I found that this section on modalities is extremely important to describe what else is part of hilot. It also goes through the general framework of hilot procedures, which is very helpful and clear– there is a divination/diagnosis of illness with tawas, a cleansing with banyos and/or suob, then deep healing with hands-on methods, and then recommendations for home-care treatment such herbs, prayers, and lifestyle changes.

Virtues

Though I am already familiar and have a deep respect for the virtues of hilot, what was important for me to understand here was the explanation around giving money and the belief that it lessens the ability to heal. My father has told me that according to the traditions in his lineage of hilot, we cannot put a price on the healing or touch the money directly afterwards and instead only accept donations preferably sent as an e-transfer or given to a third party to put in a box somewhere, but he never explained why this tradition existed. This beautiful explanation that life cannot be bought, that this is more of an energetic exchange, resonates with me deeply.

Origins

This is the first time I have been introduced to the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs and I am so deeply grateful. I am familiar with the petroglyphs of the indigenous peoples of this land and how it is connected to their healing and way of life, and to know that our people have that too makes me determined to not only do a pilgrimage to the petroglyphs of the Anishinaabe, but the petroglyphs in the Philippines. I am also grateful to the Kabunian creation story, and the use of the hands as the first healer, and the different kinds of clay that made the different peoples. I disagree that some people are burnt or undercooked, and instead see them as reflecting the different colours of the world around us.

Concept of Life, Health, Illness, and Wellness

The world “silbi”, or purpose, was significant for me in understanding life, health, illness, and wellness, as my whole understanding of wellness revolves around purpose. I appreciate the 10 different functions of life that is understood to be part of the purpose, but I also understand that each function is actually representative of a much larger spiritual concept, such as each organ or limb is a physical manifestation of a spiritual concept. For example, “reproduction” can mean physically reproducing, but it can also mean spiritual bringing forth more creation energy into the world through art, technology, creativity, joy. “Excretion” can mean the physical removal of waste, but it is also connected to all cleansing processes, including the spiritual ones. “Metabolism” are chemical reactions about breaking things down and releasing energy, but they are also the spiritual connection we have to other beings, and our place in the cycle of life and death. “Respiration” is very similar in that it represents spiritual connection, but this is more about the reciprocal stage that maintains life, as opposed to the cycle that also includes death.

Elements & Faculties

This section covers 13 different parts of life and humanity: 3 faculties (thoughts, words, and deeds), 5 elements (earth, wind, fire, water, spirit), and 5 aspects (physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual). By understanding the harmonious relations of these 13 concepts with each other and in themselves, we also have another picture of how “silbi”, what individual purpose, is all about, beyond the 10 functions described in the previous section. But more than just individual purpose, we have integrity, or dangal. The harmony of the functions, elements and aspects must be expressed in the faculties, which then can be witnessed as dangal/honour. Our individual purpose must manifest in this world with integrity, otherwise there is an imbalance, an illness.

Indication & Contraindication

Like the first section, I love the sixth section for the same reason– the language lesson, the deeper understanding of culture, and in this case, of “pilay”. By understanding the “natural law” that is also deeply outlined in sections 5 and 6, pilay can also be seen as ways that the natural law is broken. For example, “pilay lamig” is an indication that the elements are out of balance, that there isn’t enough fire, while “pilay hangin” shows that there is too much wind. Supporting rites of passage as a human grows also supports the function of “growth” and “metabolism” and “respiration”, the connections between beings, and the cycles of life and death.

Healing Practices and Healthcare Delivery System

Though I am familiar with the history of the different generations of healers, what is very helpful and new to me was the categories of preventive, promotive, curative/therapeutic, and rehabilitative. I find this very helpful because when I am doing tawas and it shows the different imbalances in the past, present, and future, then also I can use the framework of the healthcare delivery system to understand what to prescribe. If I am talking about the tawas paper that represents the future, then I will be prescribing preventative and promotive. If I am talking about the tawas paper in the past, it may be curative or rehabilitative. The tawas paper of the present can be any of the four.

Conclusion

From all that I have learned so far under this sacred and human guidance, I would tell people that Hilot is all about understanding natural law — what is the purpose of life and humanity, and how is that purpose expressed with integrity and honour. This natural law means many different parts are in balance (such as the functions, elements, and aspects), and when they are not in balance, we become ill. Pain and illness is a message from the universe about what needs balancing around us, and we understand that through tawas, a form of communication with the natural law of the human and the world around that human. Once the imbalances are determined, there are numerous methods to bring balance back, that must be done with the active participation of the one that is ill. This does not just include massage, but herbs, talismans, charms, potions, prayers, exercises, and lifestyle changes. The manghihilot is not just a masseuse– they are actually an interpreter and channel of natural law, a vessel for the Creator’s power and plan. 


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