People with spiritual and supernatural abilities are often seen as those who are different from the rest. Little did we know that these people did not just acquire these abilities easily. In fact, they underwent and experienced difficult challenges before they got to accept what they are capable of doing. They would need the help of fellow gifted individuals to achieve this—a chain of kindness featured in the October 31 episode of Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan.
One of them is Christian Caballero who has long been a sufferer of sorcery. He’s been experiencing unusual things with his body ever since he was in elementary. Even his family became victims of black magic. His brother was almost bed-ridden while his parents have always had illnesses that even doctors couldn’t explain. Christian decided to seek help from a traditional healer and that’s when he knew that a woman was applying black magic on him because of envy. He then had a dream which served as a way for him to know what special ability was given to him.
Later on, he believed that he was given the power to heal people, and he was the one who stopped his longtime sufferings when he was able to cure himself and his family. He was even able to help other people as well. However, Christian did not get support from his family because they wanted him to finish his studies, which he didn’t fulfill anymore because he decided to continue his mission. But later on he met Rasha Mae Baena, a clairvoyant who advised him to understand his family. She also applied rituals so that Christian’s family could learn to accept his decision. And that happened immediately. Just after less than a week, Christian already had a good relationship with his family and they have come to accept his decision. To thank Rasha, Christian gave bond papers to symbolize their constant communication.
Rasha is someone who has a supernatural ability in seeing or predicting what will happen in the future. She admitted that she already felt she’s different from others when she was still a kid. As she grew older, she perceived events that actually happened especially in their place. Because she was afraid that people would judge her, she kept it from everyone. But when she had her own family already, she wasn’t able to keep it from her husband who accepted her. Rasha believed that his grandfather who was a faith healer was the one who passed his ability onto her.
But because she felt worried and afraid of her supernatural ability, Rasha chose to ignore it. And that caused her to not see what was about to happen to her and to the child that she carried during that time. When she got pregnant, she felt something unusual with her abdomen that’s why she and her husband decided to go to a traditional healer. After that, they also went to the hospital but the doctor told them that she already lost their baby. And the person behind her tragedy was a woman seen as a witch by many. When she would have premonitions, she would share it to the social media to inform people. However, some would still judge her and would tell hurtful things about her. Thankfully, Zernan Mataya, an earth empath who enlightened people about what she does, defended her. To thank Zernan, Rasha gave him a talisman or a protection from bad energies or spirits.
Zernan is someone who can sense the activities of the earth - may it be a storm, an earthquake, or a solar flare. When a natural occurrence or disaster is linked to air, Zernan feels so thirsty and experiences sore throat. When it’s related to water, he feels thirsty and his lips get wounded. These manifestations will only stop if that natural event starts to happen. And this ability affected him while growing up. When he was still in school, he would get weak and sick as he absorbed the energy of his classmates.
Religious people told him that his ability came from a demon because if it came from the Lord, it wouldn’t be difficult for him to bear. He even got exorcised, however nothing changed. He also consulted medical people and they told him that he has bipolar disorder with schizoid personality and ADHD. He took medications for five years but he soon started to have allergies and felt numbness in his body. Thankfully, he was accepted by his partner. However, her family was not able to do the same. Zernan reached the point where he already lost his faith in God. He suffered from depression and became suicidal.
But one natural disaster made him realize what really was his capability. Before the disastrous Typhoon Ondoy hit the country in 2009, he felt so thirsty and his mouth was bleeding. But after Ondoy passed, he went back to normal. He would also hear high pitch ringing and would perspire blood when there’s going to be an earthquake. Zernan was already so confused with what was happening to him that time. He almost wanted to die. Thankfully, he met Atho dela Cruz, a wellness coach who eventually became his mentor. It was Atho who told him about his real condition and abilities. Since then, Zernan learned to embrace the gift that was given to him which he saw at first as a curse. To show appreciation to Atho, Zernan gave him a book that showed all his travels for five years that symbolized his fulfilling journey in finding and discovering more about himself.
Atho de la Cruz is a life coach, energy healer, card reader, psychic, and a counselor. All his spiritual abilities started when his ‘third eye’ opened. He shared that his grandfather, a known faith healer, brought him to a Balete tree. When his grandfather touched his forehead, he started to see that tree as a huge house. Atho could even remember that he saw a ‘party’ inside that tree.
There came a point that Atho had resentment towards his family when he met his father. His family even wanted to transfer his grandfather’s ability to him, but he refused to accept it. When he became distant with his family, he started seeing the souls of dead people. At first, he felt really scared and worried as those spirits or souls would often bring discomfort to him. But later on, he knew that these entities only show themselves to people who need their help and people whom they can ask help from in return. And ever since he decided to give help to these spirits, he started receiving blessings and luck in his life. One of dreams, which was to have a child, was fulfilled when he was able to adopt a baby boy. But, tragedy struck when the baby passed away. He lost his faith in God and even wanted to end his life. But one book changed his life - ‘A Course in Miracles.’ He was able to forgive himself and his biological family. He even reached out to them and apologized.
Atho’s wide appreciation of such supernatural abilities made him relate to what Zernan was going through. He made him accept his gifts as an earth empath, a rare power that is widely misunderstood, and this led him to encourage a similarly confused Rasha, who was concerned about her queer ways of sensing the future, of embracing her being a clairvoyant. And as she was fully emboldened with what she can do, Rasha likewise helped Christian by applying her mystic abilities to clear his path to become a full-fledged healer.
Such chain of kindness truly changes lives—even for those who has abilities beyond the natural realm, yet need all the help they can get in the challenges they face. These outpouring of generosity is what we feature weekly on Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan, hosted by Judy Ann Santos, Saturdays, 6:15pm on the Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live and A2Z Channel 11.
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