Mga Ligaw Na Paru-Paro was among all those short films that SSSIP had seen in the recently-concluded Cinemalaya X independent Film Festival. And he never regretted watching it.
The film was dark comedy. And something really surprising came into at the middle of this highly-interesting short film. It would hold you in your seats, and would make you feel delighted, rather than dismayed.
It’s simple story-telling, and the director, no less than J.E. Tiglao (who already won as Best Director for his previous work Onyang), didn’t aspire a more artistic touch. No presumptions. But rather, he conveyed a more realistic touch as a short film maker.
A modern-day wife with an adopted son, but with a SECRET. And that was all. A very plain plot. But again, with a TWIST.
A half-woman, half-man (in short, a LESBIAN) was the main antagonist here. And Ms. Maria Isabel Lopez portrayed that surprising role. She suddenly came into the picture at the very night of the wife’s birthday. And they had sex.
Maribel Lopez delivered a very unique acting experience that a blogger hadn’t seen in years from a real woman who portrayed a character of a gay woman. Magnificent! She’s not the Maribel we’ve known, it’s as if she’s an entirely different person portraying that funny but very realistic lesbian character.
How we wished the short movie was prolonged. It could be more fascinating, indeed.
And director J.E. Tiglao surely knew what he’s doing. Congrats. (But sadly, this film didn’t win at the Cinemalaya X awards night. We wondered why. Haha).
During one of the “every second Saturdays of the month” bi-monthly meetings of the new set of officers of KAPPT (Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon), a blogger witnessed the “fire and intensity” of each of the newly-elected officers.
They’re here with no laughing matter, but dead-set serious with their responsibilities and tasks. Heated arguments, clashes of ideas, conflicting ideologies- only made them more PASSIONATE AND MOTIVATED.
Mr. Rez Cortez, the elected new President was calm, composed…but HOT. He corrected some wrong attitudes and protocols. He stood by with his convictions. He could command.
Ms. Evangeline Pascual, the Chairwoman was feisty, strong and articulate. She noted all the minutes of the meeting and kept a journal for the ‘Katipunan’. Her warmth made all the other officers “at hand”.
Ms. Maria Isabel Lopez, the VP for External Affairs, was direct-to-the-point, cooperative, objective. Her dedication to the ‘Katipunan’ was truly felt.
Other more officers were really ready to deliver. They all wanted a new ‘Katipunan’ that’s more into action, rather than WORDS.
Their first major event: FUN RUN WITH THE STARS is now creating much attention among all the actors (legitimate enough in the movie and TV industry) to join, participate and contribute something for the said worth while event.
On June 29, 2014, starting at 4:30 in the morning- actors and actresses, together with regular runners, will gather at the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, for 3k/5k/10k/16k fun run!
All for the sake of a ‘renewed’ good camaraderie among all the performing artists of the movie and TV industry, and the benefits of this health-oriented cause and event will be for everyone!
Organized by RUNtarantahan and KAPPT, this first major event of KAPPT will signal the start of a new and active Actor’s Guild of the Philippines.
Star Olympics 2014 will follow soon. And more, more more.
Be a part of “FUN RUN WITH THE STARS”. BE A MEMBER OF KAPPT.
Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT) na pina-ngungunahan ng Presidente na si Rez Cortez at ang RUNtarantantan Sports Management kasama ng Kapamilya, Kapuso, Kapatid at iba pang TV Networks ay magsasagawa o mag o-organisa ng isang Fun Run Activity.
Parte ng malilikom na funds sa suporta ng mga artistang magsisilahok ay makakatutulong sa mga proyekto ng KAPPT at sa mga myembrong na nga-ngailangan at may karamdamang pang kalusugan na mang-gagawa sa industriya ng Pelikula at Telebisyon.
And Good News! Your Actors Guild membership dues of P1K annually will be waived upon joining the fun run!
“Fun Run with the Stars” June 29, 2014 @ 4:30am Quirino Grandstand, Manila 3K/5K/10K/16K Organizer: RUNtarantantan and (KAPPT) Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon
– Inclusive of Singlet, Bib, Access to Zumba Party, New Balance Discounts – Everyone gets a Finisher’s Medal – 16K gets a Finisher’s Shirt – Register on the first 10 days and get guaranteed finisher’s shirt sizes
Registration Venue: (In Store: June 1-27, 2014, Monday-Sunday 1-8pm) 1. New Balance Glorietta 2. New Balance Alabang Town Center 3. Vibram Five Fingers – SM Megamall 4. Toby’s Mall of Asia 5. RUNNR Trinoma
Spas are getting to be one of the most in-demand leisures and relaxation for career-oriented people nowadays. A simple and affordable treat for busy bodies who provide necessities for their families and dependents, who compete day in and day out to reach their professional goals in their field of works, and who aspire for self-improvement and a greater being.
Thus, the spas were born. A thriving health and beauty business venture that’s now creating a good market all over the globe.
There are many kind of spas being established now in the Philippines. But the most successful ones are those that cater to the skin and fitness of a human persona or being of a person.
With the flow of many Spa business establishments in the country- dermatology and slimming spas are the most sought-after and very much in-demand.
Because these kind of skin and fitness spas don’t require surgery or cuts or blades. It’s less risky. .People who simply want to have a better-looking and younger skin would feel safe and beneficial.And also, a person who simply want to get rid of of unwanted fats and heaviness in weight, would again be more hopeful and feeling a more self-fulfilling task to further enhance his fitness and physical self.
This is where Mrs. Prescy Valenzuela Yulo, (owner of Skin Rejuve Elite: Aesthetic, Laser & Sculpture Centre) comes-in. with her six branches of aesthetic spas, she provides clients with the best and the most safest NON-SURGICAL procedures on skin and slimming enhancements.
The first time a blogger met Mrs. Precy Yulo during the Beauty & Arts 3 event of actress Maribel Lopez, he felt so touched by the warmth and kindness of this woman. She smiled so sincerely and even when they were both distracted during an interview by someone at that event, Mrs. Yulo didn’t show any aloofness and distance. Her very nice manner of dealing with the blogger was one of those unforgettable moments when a total good and kind stranger showed her warmth and sincerity to an interviewer. Thus, the blogger promised to himself that he’ll support Mrs. Yulo’s business undertaking in his blog! Surely.
Below are the questions of a blogger and Mrs. Yulo’s answers:
SSSIP: How did Skin Rejuve started?
PRESCY YULO (P.Y.): Prior to laser and slimming services, Ronald- my husband, and I, used to work with a company dealing with the medical industry. We’re both in the wellness industry for 15 years that provides hospital equipments. With that, we gained experience and later on, we both resigned to our employers. We decided to put-up our own in the year 2007. We distributed dermatology equipments to those people who need it. We also distributed body and sculpting equipments later on…
In the year 2011, we decided to put-up an Aesthetic Center, and we named it Skin Rejuve. We started with one clinic in Kamias Road, near corner Kasing-Kasing Street. From thereon, after that one branch, nag-grow ang business namin. Now, we have six branches na in less than six years.
SSSIP: What is Aesthetic, Laser and Sculpture beauty techniques?
P.Y.: Aesthetics are enhancements that improve the beauty of a person. It’s minimally invasive- meaning, no cuts, no blades. While Lasers are used for the removal of unwanted hairs- diminishing wrinkles and fine lines. Laser also removes acne scars and sun-damaged spots.And Sculpture treatments, on the other hand, are the slimming treatments with different machines that we have. There’s the Ultra Sound machines that we have that’s used in breaking down fats and even celullites. There’s the Radio Frequency machine that’s used on the other hand for tightening of skin. Plus other high-tech equipments that we have now- all for our Sculpting services for slimming purposes.
SSSIP: What are the advantages of non-surgical procedures? Do Skin Rejuve clinic wish to compete, in a different way, with the likes of Belo or Calayan clinics?
P.Y.: You see, Robert, non-surgical procedures are less-traumatic to a person. It’s faster in recuperation time and less expensive! If you are a practical person – then, Skin Rejuve clinic is for you. Plus the fact that even ordinary employees, students and senior citizens can really afford our very reasonable prices in our beauty services…. When it comes to competing with the likes of Belo clinic or Calayan clinic, well, our services is entirely different from them. Because they do surgical procedures while Skin Rejuve certainly don’t do that. Skin Rejuve only offers non-surgical procedures.
SSSIP: Do you really think it’s high time for people in the Philippines to beautify themselves?
P.Y.: Yes, of course! And that’s the reason why me and my husband worked hard to open a clinic that can make our fellow Filipinos more beautiful. And our beauty enhancement services is the answer for that! Plus the fact that our services are really affordable.
SSSIP: That’s all for now, Prescy. Thank you.
P.Y.: Thank you, too, Robert.
(end of interview)
from SSSIP: Two more blog features on Mrs. Prescy Yulo and the Skin rejuve clinic to come-out soon. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Pinasyalan namin minsan si Mama Maribel Lopez sa taping ng The Legal Wife. Very vibrant and positive ang kanyang energy that day at tunay na nakakatangay ang kanyang uplifting mood. Pero bukod doon, may good news si Mama Maribel, dahil ang kanyang everdearest daughter na si Mara Lopez ay may bagong pelikula para sa darating na Cinemalaya Filmfest 2014.
“She will play the lead role once again in that film, Robert!”, very proud na kuwento ni Mama Maribel sa isang blogger. “At ang magdidirek ay si Ida Anita del Mundo, anak ng literary great na si Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. Ukol sa mga Tboli tribes ang film. At ako mas higit na excited para kay Mara! I am so happy! I am so proud of her, being her her mother, di ba naman?”
Nag-research na daw si Mara para mapag-aralan pa ng husto ang kanyang karakter na gagampanan sa said Cinemalaya film entry na ‘yun para sa New Breed Category. Nag-iinternalize na rin ito ng husto to fully motivate the character of a Tboli tribe princess.
Kay gaganda ng mga indie films na nagawa na ni Mara, and that made her the “Indie Films Princess” for this blogger. Makakalimutan ba ng lahat ang pelikula niyang Palitan (naging entry sa Cinema One fest), Debosyon (naging entry naman last year sa Cinemalaya) at Kuwento Ng Mabuti (na naging film entry naman sa Cine Filipino fest). Kaya naman no doubt about it, ang kanyang pagiging isang aktres ay tunay na may KALIDAD.
Ang pamagat ng new film ni Mara sa darating na Cinemalaya ay: “K’na, The Dreamweaver”.
“Thank you, Lord for all the beautiful blessings. I am really excited to play the role of K’na. And direk Ida, thank you so much for your trust!” – Ito naman ang naging Facebook Status ni Mara sa petsang Marso 15, 2015 sa kanyang personal FB account. Tinutukoy niya dito ang kanyang pagkakapili bilang title-roler sa nabanggit na pelikula, kasabay ng pag-post niya sa unang litratong kuha niya sa said film katabi ang kanyang guwapong leading man (na isang new actor na si RK Bagatsing)).
“All beauty queens na naging artista na, they all must be there!”, bungad na sagot ni Maribel Lopez sa unang katanungan ng isang blogger na nag-interbyu sa kanya- sa isang very special lunch date na naganap between them and another beauty queen-actress na si Evangeline Pascual.
“Iyan ang gusto kong mangyari at ang extreme target ko talaga sa darating naming General Assembly sa buwan ng Mayo. They must support me and Vangie (Evangeline) dahil naman, beauty queens din kami na tulad nila. Kaya dapat talagang naro’n silang lahat sa aming first and big event na darating para sa pagbabagong bihis ng KAPPT (Kapisanan ng mga Artista sa Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon)!”
Inamin pa ni Maribel sa blogger na kausap nu’ng katanghalian na iyon, na medyo nanahimik nga ang KAPPT nitong nagdaang taon. Pero ayaw na niya- at silang mga napiling bagong set of officers at Board Members ng KAPPT– na maungkat pang muli ang mga naging problema sa nirerespetong Kapisanan na ito ng popular na mga aktres at aktor sa Philippine showbiz. Lalo na para kay Maribel, na mas naka-focus ngayon sa mga mas positibong bagay o aspeto at sa mga magagandang pagbabagong mangyayari sa kanilang Kapisanan sa taong ito ng 2014.
“Excited na ako sa gagawin naming facelift o rehabilitation sa KAPPT“,anya pa.”Kasi for me, it’s really long overdue already.Dapat noon pa nagawa iyan o kaya, noon pa nila sana naisip. Kaya salamat sa aming bagong Presidente sa KAPPT na si Rez Cortez at siya ang nagsilbing ‘mobilizing force’ para sa aming lahat. You see, ang daming gagawin ngayon sa organisasyon o Kapisanang ito. Ang daming dapat ayusin, ang dami ring dapat mabago.Total rehabilitation nga talaga at all-out reinvention ang kailangang na maisatupad.”
Gusto ring maibalik ni Maribel this time ng mga ‘Category A‘ actors and actresses na mga miyembro dapat, sa paniniwala niya.
“Dapat maging aktibo sila muli at dapat na ang mga katulad naming kabilang doon sa so-called na ‘Category A‘ na mga artista, ang siyang mas maging majority ng mga miyembro. Kasi,kami ang magsisilbing ehemplo o inspirasyon ng mga nasa ‘Category B‘ na actors and actresses-sila ‘yung mga nasa supporting roles, mga extras at stuntmen, o ‘yung mga nagsisimula pa lamang. Kapag naro’n kami, mas mai-inspire ang iba pa.
“Gusto ko ring maibalik ang Pride and Dignity ng aming Kapisanan”, dugtong ni Maribel.”Tulad ng Screen Actors Guild sa Hollywood. Kapag sinabing miyembro ng Screen Actors Guild, mataas agad ang respeto at tingin nila dun’n sa artista. Ganyan sa Hollywood…Naroon ang kakaibang pagtingala sa mga miyembro ng Screen Actors group nila.Kaya ngayon, ‘yan din ang vision o dream ko sa KAPPT, na kung saan ay ako ang nahirang na Vice President for External Affairs.”
Recently, katatapos lang na nairaos ni Maribel ang kanyang ‘pet project’ na Beauty & Arts III– a painting exhibit of Beauty Queens.Naging very successful ito at marami ang pumuri kay Maribel sa kanyang naging magaling na pag-organize ng isang artistic but worthwhile kind of event on beauty and arts.
Aside from the fact na visible din ngayon si Maribel sa telebisyon at mga pelikula.
“Let’s admit it, ang trabaho ko pa rin sa mga pelikula at telebisyon- tulad ng pagkasama ko ngayon as one of the major cast sa teleseryeng The Legal Wife sa ABS-CBN channel 2- I must say, ang siya pa ring bread and butter ko”, pagwawakas na naging pahayag ni Maribel.”Kasi, ‘yung other artistic endeavors and charitable works ko, hindi naman ‘yun ang bumubuhay sa mga tulad naming artista. I just want to be realistic and practical, we all still need to pay the bills and put food on the table.Kaya naman, it’s still my work as an actress ang siya pa ring mangibabaw sa lahat.”
She’s the epitome of class, beauty and grace. She looked seemingly ageless, undefiable and sweet- as she sat there writing a poetic note to her friend Maria Isabel Lopez before a great event was about to start.
A blogger looked further at her. There’s an aura of magnifying presence that surrounded her. A very magical aura- that a blogger seldom saw in showbiz and artistic events like this. This beauty queen, indeed, could be someone “close” into his ethereal-like dreams, and friends…
A rare beauty. And a very warm person-
MS. EVANGELINE PASCUAL.
As a blogger approached her, she already smiled. Her refined movements and gentle but motherly approach (though she’s not farour age— sssip*) further fascinated a blogger. Being beside her already felt like… HEAVEN.
And as she said YES for an interview, the world stopped. Because when beauty is around, life would never be the same again.
“I am right here from the start”, Ms. Evangeline Pascual answered at once when the blogger asked her about the Beauty & Arts 3 event held recently. “It’s my third year at this Beauty & Arts event. Right from the start, I was there already. Me and Maribel conceived this idea. But it was Maribel who mobilized it all and I gave her my 100 per cent moral support. This event, it’s all Maribel’s strength. She comes-in as the fruit of all these. And I’m so happy to be a part of it all.”
In last year’s Beauty & Arts 2 event (this year is Beauty & Arts “3”), Evangeline’s exhibited paintings there were all sold-out. And her paintings were the highest-prized paintings, a blogger later learned. In this year’s exhibit, her paintings were more vivid, grandeur and tantalizing to look at.
“I entitled one painting of mine as LOL, meaning Levels of Love”, Evangeline continued saying. “I worked on that painting for almost a year! It’s almost like my masterpiece. It took sometime to paint that because it required drying it first before I continue painting new segments on it. It needed a lot of drying in the sunlight, if not, it will wilt. But it turned-out fine, and I can say that it’s the most expensive painting being exhibited here tonight at this event.”
There’s one other new painting that Evangeline exhibited that night. It’s entitled LYU. As you gazed at the painting and study it more carefully, it implied images of one man’s journey of giving and appreciating. It showed series of many experiences and many levels of humanity.
“It’s the highest point of love”, Ms. Evangeline further said about her painting LYU (translation: “traveller”). “That a man has to take many flights and many journeys- go beyond the fences and the boundaries, until finally giving it all back again in the end. The green colors on that painting represents the ability to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you- the horses, the flowers…”
And the interview turned into revelations of Ms. Evangeline Pascual and her many great philosophies, visions and opinions about the depth of human existence. A blogger didn’t accurately grabbed her beautiful words and sayings because of many distractions were coming-in already at that night’s event- as some guests already flocking-in. Nevertheless, Ms. Evangeline assured a blogger for another interview next time.
Presently, Ms. Pascual went back to school. She’s now taking a graduate school at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Loyal School of Theology. And that’s why she’s now into Partial Counselling- helping some people and children whose families were left behind. An angelic task. That makes Ms. Pascual a great advocate.
Plus the fact that she’s also now taking care of her 83 year-old mom, that’s why she had to quit her own radio show several months back already.
” I needed to get out of my comfort zone and spend more time this time with my mom”, she said. “But in-between, I do TV appearances in drama shows still and my counselling tasks go along, too.”
In case you don’t know yet, Ms. Evangeline Pascual was the very first Filipina to be able to get the beauty title of Miss World, Ms. Maegan Young only came second.
Evangeline first became First Runner-Up in 1974 Miss World, but months after, the title-holder was dethroned and Evangeline became the Miss World of 1974.
What could she say now about Maegan Young?
“I believe in her so much”, Vangie said at the end of the interview. “Once you become a beauty queen, it offers a lot of responsibilities and I know, Maegan can do it so well. The reign of a beauty queen begins after the reign. It’s how you make it last that matters in the end.”
(words by robert manuguid silverio)
MANY THANKS TO: MR. ERICKSON DELA CRUZ FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS
“The Philippines is a very spiritual country. It was here that I learned more about the spiritual world — about God, about the meaning of life. What I am sharing is here at the foundation are universal principles,” says Regina Dee.
It isn’t often that you come across a spiritual teacher — someone who has spent over 30 years helping others transform their lives, a pioneer in the field of spiritual enlightenment, a spiritual consultant who helps you get in touch with your inner consciousness through counseling, meditation, and workshops designed to make a better you and thereby change your world.
Regina Dee is one such person. Warm and soft-spoken, Regina radiates kindness and humility that belie a privileged upbringing. Born in Shanghai in the late 1920s and raised in various parts of China, she is the daughter of a distinguished political figure known in media and political circles as O.K. Yui, once a mayor of Shanghai, and a prime minister who served in the government of Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek in the Republic of China.
Because of the turmoil in China, Regina and her sisters were sent to the United States to pursue their studies. There, Regina obtained a liberal arts degree at Oberlin College and a BS degree from New York University. She came to the Philippines to visit a sister who lived here, but eventually stayed on to start a family and a new life.
In the Philippines, she became a director of a major commercial bank for 20 years, as well as several other corporations. Despite the prosperity, there was, for Regina, a burning curiosity about life, human existence and God. “Ever since I was young I started asking questions about life and about God. When I came to the Philippines a number of years ago, I learned about the New Thought Movements and it made a lot of sense to me. And I started searching and seeking further and deeper, and that’s why I started this movement called the Inner Peace Foundation. It used to be called the Inner Peace Movement that was founded by Dr. Francisco Coll in the United States. The movement I founded is really based on that.” Dr. Coll is known as one of the world’s foremost spiritual leaders and one who was active in the field of spiritual research for over 45 years. He was the inspiration, director and leading light of the Inner Peace Movement, its chapters and programs around the world. Regina is a certified Americana Leadership College Spiritual Consultant, having studied under Dr. Coll.
As to her movement and its purpose, Regina says, “It’s good to ask ourselves why we are here, what’s the purpose of life. I think planet earth is a school of learning and all of humanity is divided into groups depending on the state of learning. So a lot of people say ‘Join this group, it is better than the other,’ others say ‘Another group is the best.’ But I think we shouldn’t judge or criticize because it really depends on the consciousness of the individual. Here at the foundation, we may be in the same class but are at different levels of understanding. We give each one the freedom to learn. What we are about is trying to learn more about God, because God is infinite and if we can only understand how to relate to God, we would all have a pretty good life.”
Regina says that living in the Philippines has given her the freedom to grow. “The Philippines is a very spiritual country. It was here that I learned more about the spiritual world — about God, about the meaning of life. What I am sharing is here at the foundation are universal principles,” she says.
Through the years, Regina has written books on Christian virtues, distilling words and thoughts from the Bible, as well as the insights of wise men and spiritual thinkers into handy keepsakes, calendars and books of essays that serve as guides and companions for those on a spiritual path or those seeking to reach the better part of themselves. On Dec. 9, 2012, she launched her latest book In the Company of Miracles. The first half of the book talks about the experiences of those who led troubled lives and how they moved on to find peace and contentment by being in tune with the teachings of Christ and practicing positive thinking as a way of life, thus attracting the good to come into their lives. These people come from all walks of life — lawyers, businessmen, expatriate wives, socialites, professionals or others who have risen from a life of deprivation to a life of prosperity. All of them have come to the Inner Peace Foundation because they needed a shot in the arm, they wanted to start anew, and they needed help to be able to do so. The second half of the book dwells on the words and principles from the Bible and how we can apply them to our lives.
But what would Regina say to skeptics or non-believers? “Each religion has its good points and we can learn from each one. I myself was sent to a Catholic school so I absorbed Catholic teachings, but I also subscribe to the beliefs of many other faiths. The Inner Peace Foundation is not really for people who insist on one religion but for those who really want to have a better life and who are free to practice what they want to practice. How to gain inner peace? Everyone wants peace but that has to come from the inner self, it isn’t a matter of searching out there but looking deeper within ourselves.”
Meditation is a manner of looking within, says Regina. Yet she points out that “there are as many ways of meditation as there are people, there is no right way or wrong way. It is a matter of making an inner connection with the higher self and learning to listen,” she says. “Many times, God is talking to us but we don’t hear it because we are so busy talking to God. We have to be quiet sometimes and go into the silence and listen. Sometimes we get our messages from God directly, from guardian angels, from books or newspapers. We just have to keep an open mind and be aware that God is everywhere.”
The Inner Peace Foundation was founded in 1981 and meets every week at Regina’s home. There are usually 25 people in attendance. Discussions are held on selected readings, with time allocated for meditation. Participants learn techniques on unfolding the higher consciousness, properly releasing and forgiving, relaxing and recharging, protecting themselves from negative forces, and finding a purpose and direction in life. Before learning these techniques, participants are encouraged to attend a basic training program to understand the foundation’s background and what it aims to achieve. Then, there’s a one-on–one session to get a profile of your “spiritual energy” so as to have better control of one’s energy and live life more effectively. After that you can choose to attend the weekly study groups. Participants can also experience, “rebirthing” or the breath-of-life experience, an ancient art form developed to release tension, improve the health, rejuvenate the cells, and to elevate the consciousness.
With no advertising and virtually no media coverage, the Inner Peace Foundation has managed to thrive for over three decades. People usually come by word of mouth. Like many of the case studies cited in Regina’s book, people initially come for a private session and then attend the weekly group sessions. Every 10 years, one group moves on and another takes its place.
I ask Regina, what of the less fortunate people who do not have access to education and much less to the spiritual principles she advocates, what can they do to better their lives? “They can improve their lives by just being honest, kind and understanding. You don’t need to go to school for that. If they would only realize that even if no one sees them their lives will be affected by their thoughts and what they do,” she explains. And so I ask her if the laws of cause and effect are really at work? “There is no getting away from that law,” says Regina. “If we can only remember this law we would create a better world for ourselves and for everyone. We reap what we sow. Sometimes when we sow seeds they don’t sprout right away, the harvesting comes later. Lucky if it comes back sooner; when it’s delayed, it’s compound interest upon compound interest. All we have to do is change one person — myself — and my world will change. How do I attract the good things into my life if other people don’t know about the good that I do? It’s a matter of emotions — we are energy emotions, so be aware of the emotions we express and automatically circumstances change — life is that simple,” says Regina.
It’s a Thursday afternoon when I come back to see Regina in her home. In the living room, rows of chairs are arranged in front of a large projection screen. As this is the appointed day for the weekly group meeting, the participants will watch a DVD, and then have a discussion moderated by Regina before proceeding to another room for meditation. She hands me a list of topics and DVD showings that have been selected for viewing. Among the topics are: “The Wisdom of the Ages,” “The Gift of Mindfulness,” “The Power of Forgiveness,” “Spirituality and Aging” and “The Way to Inner Peace.” Such subjects have a wide-ranging appeal. And one way or another, many of us have pondered on such things, at least at some point in our lives.
There are times when Regina thinks it may be time to call it a day. “It’s more than 30 years now, I may be getting old and it may be time to retire. Yet there are always new people coming and how they come we don’t know since we don’t advertise. That’s why I think a higher force is orchestrating this.” These days, Regina allows more people to lead and facilitate the discussion. Before we part ways, she tells me, “life is simple but we complicate it. We have been programmed to live our lives to meet the expectations of others. We have to tune into the right channel. We have to learn to be aware of when God is talking to us.”
Regina Dee is a voice of sobriety and good sense in an age of hype. It’s comforting to know that there are those who can make a difference in the lives of others and do so in a quiet way. There is indeed a consciousness out there that returns to us what we give to life.
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For more information on the Inner Peace Foundation, please call 816-0101.