I’m exploring the special little island of Siquijor by shifting accommodations once a week. I now have a very fancy, AC, apartment Zosimos Resort in Lazi. Such a move from a lower bunk in a cramped, mixed dorm room with bathroom down the way!
But not nearly so social! I’m on my own, with desk space and supposedly working wi-fi to catch up on all my computing duties… like blogging on my two websites. Like my 5th book manuscript. Ummmm. Half the time, I can’t get online. A weak signal, or sonething. The apartment costs four times what Tori’s Backpacker’s Paradise cost, but has worse wi-fi. Maybe the fancy TV will redeem it, but I’m so out of the habit.
I’m enjoying my 5th day at Tori’s Backpacker Hostel on a very tropical island where reggae plays day and night. I sleep very well in a tiny, mixed dorm bunkbed, which I curtain with sarongs to cut down on the light. I’m meeting lots of 20-and-thirty-something scuba divers, as this place is right on the beach.
I am letting go and letting God! Still here in the Wellnessland Wholeness Center in Cebu City, Philippines; but will checkout tomorrow and travel to the coastal town of Oslob, where I plan to spend a few days snorkeling with gigantic Whale Sharks and shooting a cover shot for my fifth book, just written here.
Yes, I have compiled a small book, Death Never Killed Anyone: But, Death Always Kills Every Body, full of quotations from my book, In Secret Diffusion, and my matching website of the same name. The cover will show me, freely swimming and perfectly safe, underwater in the ocean, consorting with sharks… known to be killers of all humans. Naturally, they are the objects of terror; just like death is.
Interestingly, these massive Whale Sharks don’t eat humans but cluster in a small bay because they are fed their vegetarian preferences so that we can meet them up close. Who’da thunk?
We’ve found an exception to the rule of our kneejerk prejudice! Same with death! Why do we so consistently panic at the thought or approach of it? Well, that’s what this long stay at WELLNESSland WHOL(Y)ness Ne(W)HEALTH Center has revealed to me. My philosophical pondering about that universal FEAR in everyone’s psyche led me to quickly produce this book, which will soon be propagated, like little chia seeds, free, all over these Philippine Islands. Let’s see if we can change that attitude to one of eager anticipation???? That would really be flipping things on their heads, wouldn’t it?
Well, you can join this experiment! When the booklet is complete in ebook form, it will be downloadable here. Help yourself and share it with your friends. Become a guinea pig and see if your Fear of Death is reduced by reading it? Become a lab rat in the name of science.
This weekend, twenty people gathered here at the Wellness Center for an overnight retreat. I was invited to be one of the speakers. I chose to weave the topic of Storytelling and Wordsmithing with the brand new international practice of Death Cafes . Google that. Lately, all over the world, people are gathering informally over tea and cake, to spill their guts about death. So, we did that and loved the sweet, teary, chuckling, cathartic results. This Center now intends to host a Death Cafe once a month!
I highly recommend that you try it, too! Ten people in a circle is probably perfect, but any number can be adjusted for. Homes, libraries, cafes. Just announce the meeting and let ‘er roll!