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I’ve finally finished reading  Teacher Man, just in time for the official start of Lent tomorrow which is Ash Wednesday.  I’d like to set aside reading books that are not spiritual in nature, at least through the whole days of Lent, a simple act of self-denial and sacrifice.

Have you ever heard of Frank McCourt? He was the author of the more popular  bestsellers Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis both memoirs which he wrote earlier. Teacher Man is his third book.  I was lucky enough to buy a hardbound copy a few weeks ago in one of my forays at Booksale. He told  his story as a high school teacher for thirty years in New York  City, the travails he encountered as a first time teacher who was supposed to teach English but ended up telling stories about his childhood and his past life, finding himself yearning for his students’ respect. He was frequently in trouble with school administrators because he didn’t want to follow the school curriculum but he ended up as the best-loved  teacher in his school. I like the simple quality of his writing. He made me laugh, he made me smile but he made me cry when I was reading his first two books.

I remember my father who gave me a hint  that he wanted me to be a teacher when I was still starting in college.  But I didn’t want to be a teacher, back then, I had so little patience. I just wanted to write and make research so I majored in Economics –  lot of analysis, a little of Math, more on Statistics, lots of feasibility studies and remembering the Law of Supply and Demand by heart.  Once you become a parent, teaching is a done deal. I mean, from dawn to  sundown, you are a teacher, a playmate and best friend to your children. And you never stop learning too  about life .  Everyday of your existence, there is something you learn, you become the eager student  and struggle to be the best teacher to your kids.

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I was talking to my seven-year-old niece a while ago and told her that one of our Koi fish died.  She asked me a barrage of questions that only an active  and intelligent mind of a seven-year old could ask about.

Anong kulay  Tita, yung namatay?’, she asked. It’s as if she knows that depending on the color alone  she could identify which of the bigger ones died. Earlier on she asked why it died, so I told her that when her Tito (my hubby) was cleaning the pond last Friday, he transferred the Koi in a large pail failing to put the net on the lid. One of the bigger  Koi jumped and landed on the soft carabao grass near the pond.  It was still alive when hubby placed them all back to the pond but this one kept on swimming near the surface so I told him that it might die. It was grasping for breath when I took a look late evening of Friday.

Sayang naman Tita”, my niece told me. It was one of the first ten Koi that we bought a year ago when we removed the three Pangasius fish that used to occupy our small pond. It’s like these creatures are also part of the household just like our four dogs romping in the garden everyday. When we removed it from the water, I was surprised to see that the dead Koi was bigger than I thought measuring around six inches in length. The funny thing was, our four dogs just stayed near the dead fish, not even touching it. It’s like they knew that this one was not theirs to eat. This is not the first time though that accidents like this happened. There are two left of the original ten now. Although we replaced them with smaller ones, I miss the silver and golden hues of the dead ones.

Why am I mourning over a dead fish? It could be replaced anytime right? The thing is, they are part of my daily routine – visiting the garden every morning, saying a prayer or two to Mama Mary while in front of her image at the grotto atop the pond. I usually watch the fish swim and they are a joy to see while they grab the colorful pellets of food that hubby give them every day. It’s the feeling of peace and quiet  and the graceful way the fish swim back and forth, unmindful of anyone watching that make me admire these creatures.  In their world, everything is defined, they might just be contented just exercising their colorful and shiny bodies while swimming in a confined space.  And yes, I remember my inquisitive niece asking almost a year ago, do fish ever sleep? And I have to research on that, learning how to answer the wisdom of a six-year old.

And I’d like to add, fish swim, they don’t fly!

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Whether it’s a love relationship or just a platonic friendship, some connections are deeper than others.  You feel like they have been there forever.  Sometimes, it feels as if you’ve known one another your entire lives.  Our perception of soul mates are mostly based on movies, televisions and books but the metaphysical definition of a soul mate is someone you knew in your past life and it has been found through research that it is mostly karmic.  They are predestined by your soul but not your personality before you were even born.  We have many soul mates but our personalities and emotional baggage sometimes interfere with our relationships.  Not all soul mates are meant to be long-term or harmonious.

And here’s what Jaime Licauco, a foremost authority on mind development, paranormal activities and mysticism has to say in his book, Soulmates, Karma and Reincarnation:

Soul mates need not be of the opposite sex.  There is a very strong telepathic rapport between soul mates such that one will know what the other is thinking of or planning to do before he/she does it. One will know if the other needs him or is calling him by merely tuning in on her  with his mental apparatus.  In most cases, the rapport will be so perfect that they themselves would be surprised at the seeming power or knowledge one has about the other.

What is important to keep in mind in a soul mate encounter  is that external circumstances, such as social status, religious or political differences and social conventions do not and will not matter at all.  Two souls meet when it is time for them to meet.  In a soul mate encounter, there are hardly any “ifs”  or “buts” although the lower intellect or reason may struggle against it.

There is also something to be said about the exchange of energies between two soul mates.  When they meet, the atmosphere becomes magnetically charged.  The two auras merge, forming a whole.

The physical attraction between soul mates is very strong, but it is not a predominant or primary consideration.  It is a means towards the higher goals of spiritual unity, never an end to itself.

A soul mate relationship may even be traumatic at times.  There may have been unresolved conflicts in the past that may be brought into the present lifetime’s encounter.  The partners need to resolve these conflicts to progress together spiritually.  But despite these conflicts, soul mates fully realize the true nature of their involvement with each other and can usually weather the storm.


There is even a topic on how to meet your soul mate, how to recognize your soul mate etc. But one thing important that I  learned in this book is this” a soul mate leads you to God and to your spiritual destiny”.

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