Saturday, October 31, 2009

Nov.1: Undergrads Honor the Glorious Graduates

First Day of November. This is at the center of a season when we who are still currently taking up the Earth Life Practicum Course of Soul Growth pay grateful homage to those who have Gloriously Graduated to further levels of progression, by visiting areas where now rest the physical remains of their erstwhile physical vehicles. Their non-physical remains are in their diaries, and in the grateful hearts of all the people whose lives they had touched one way or another.

We are grateful to them because when we were physiscally together in shared and mutually-witnessed intimate experiences, they taught us how to live and how not to live in order to learn well the lessons for soul maturity, like unconditional love, unconditional peace, unconditional goodwill and the underpinning consciousness of all these: consciousness of the oneness of all.

It is a time for pondering our own mortality, the finiteness of our enrollment in this round of the practicum. It is a time for pondering which adventures in our own respective growth paths deserve to be remembered well and deeply thank one another for. It is a good time to contemplate the miracle of Life Experience.

It is also an apt time to ponder attachments, closures, letting-go, the full healing of the pain of "permanent separation," and welcoming of deeply-felt permanent togetherness in the soulhug of all.

We are all saints, in our own respective unique paths and stages of development as saints. Today is our day, as is every day.

November 1, 2009

ding reyes
of subic, zambales
(now in makati)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Realizing the Oneness of Humanity to Meet Global Challenges

The "Power of One" is in the sharpness of focus of its oneness. This is why laser beams can slice through hard solids. Filipinos can share with the world our Revived Bayanihan culture to help Humanity meet the challenge of global climate change; the challenge of global financial crises; and the elusiveness of real lasting world peace. Let the big and small gains in our "Balik-Bayanihan" campaign create real lasting solutions to a whole lot of solutions to many of our collective problems.
We all have to learn fully well the profound lesson articulated by our youthful Filipino revolutionary sage, Emilio Jacinto: "The Humanity of all is one."
ding reyes
October 27, 2009
Tagaytay City

Friday, October 23, 2009


When We Have Evolved Enough
To Really Live Our Oneness,
T h e n W e S h a l l H a v e B e c o m e

F u l l y H u m a n !

When we have learned to view the world, with both eyes , then we can finally learn to respect, value and combine a plurality of varied viewpoints. With only one viewpoint, we see the world flat, but with both eyes seeing differently we see the world in its three-dimensional beauty.

When we have finally learned to emulate the native Americans -- and other people of the earth -- then we might humbly desist from claiming to know another's life until after we have walked a mile in that one's moccasins. We can expand human capability to learn from one another's life experience, including our capability for full compassion and wisdom about life on earth. In that way we might be able to make decisions beneficial to the lives of our fellow humans.

When we have finally discovered that our individual selves go well beyond our skin, we can finally discern as "at least possible" our deep unconditional connectedness, and we will draw ever closer to knowing fully well our oneness in spirit.

When we have finally started heeding the Prophet Isaiah's call to "beat (our) swords into ploughshares and (our) spears into pruning hooks," we can finally see human society evolved past the violent hunting stage of development that was centered on weapons, and well into the peaceful stage of agriculture where ploughshares mattered much more. Then we can move on to validate with enough collective maturity all our technologies and knowledge and make them fully useful in the service of the human and other species.

When we have finally learned to strongly uphold the discernment that warriors on both contending sides are really on one side, multitudes will no longer goad their respective chosen sides to hate the other side, or even allow themselves to do the same. We will thus stop energizing wars, violence, and hatred with the separative passions transmitted together from within our hearts.

When we have finally ceased all mind-sets and practices that restrict human development and erect walls of division among people, we can finally begin to experience and enjoy full human development and real human harmony, where human development results in more human harmony, and where human harmony spurs more human development.

When we have finally discovered our oneness in receiving our sustenance from the unified Lifeweb of Nature, we can at last shatter the powerful illusions of scarcity from which all greed ultimately comes, and start enjoying together the reality of abundance
for every single one's need.

When we have finally learned to stand together as one human race before the rest of the bio-diverse citizens and elements of our living planet Gaia, to take full responsibility for past and present environmental destruction, and to lovingly commit a conscious synergy of efforts, we can actually rescue and heal, conserve and exalt, our planet and insure our collective survival.

Today, October 24, 2007, the 62nd anniversary of the United Nations, we of Sycone International, pursuing the attainment of Synergy in Conscious Oneness ("sycone"), solemnly salute the United Nations with all its conferential bodies and service instrumentalities, the United Religions Initiative with all its coordinative bodies and cooperating circles around the world, Byakko and all the participants in its symphonies of prayers for peace, the Humanist Movement all over the world, as well as all of the spiritually-unified multitudes of other similar international, national and local organizations, instrumentalities and actions of all groupings and individuals of humans performing their respective roles of choice and ability in moving Humankind forward to the next stage of evolution, the stage of Conscious Oneness
and Real Peace.

We also seek help from all willing hearts and hands in various continents, countries and localities to help us sow far and wide the seeds of light of Sycone, for the current imperative of Human Evolution – the attainment of the collective state of Conscious Oneness, knowing and living the truth that "The Humanity of All is One."

(Sgd.) Ed Aurelio C. Reyes, Philippines, and
(Sgd.) Donald D. Goertzen U.S.A.,

Initiators and Spokespersons, Sycone Humanity

Makati, Philippines

October 24, 2007

( 62nd Founding Anniversary of the United Nations )


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[ SYCONE International's lead initiator, Prof. Ed Aurelio C. Reyes of the Philippines, is a writer, educator and active advocate on many themes of the people, author of over 24 books on various topics (these are catalogued in, including Biped on the Blue Ball (, which first came out on Earth Day 1990, and copies of which were distributed among delegates from some 60 countries at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. His poem/prayer for Earth Synergy, titled, A Giant Leap for Humankind (read in, written in 1999 was translated into 15 various languages of Asia, Europe and America by the time of Earth Day 2000, and various versions of a solemn ceremony he created around this poem, titled “Handshakes & Hugs for Earth Synergy” were reported to have been held in at least six countries in just its first year (2000). Ding Reyes has headed the UN-mandated World Environment Day-Philippines network since 2000, and currently holds the position of Secretary-General. He is scheduled to speak next week at the United Nations Development Programme regional workshop conference on good practices in the pursuit of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ding’s close-in partner in the Sycone International project is Don Goertzen, an American citizen and long-term resident of the Philippines, who is an educational administrator, writer, and former development worker. A third team player is Rev. Olof Lindstroem, a Swedish pastor who is deeply involved in social development projects in various parts of the Philippines and has kept himself intimately in touch with the personal lives of many Filipinos. As of November 1, 2007, Indonesian development worker Abdurrahman Syebubakar, who works with UNDP, joined the Sycone International core team. ]

"They shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more."

Isaiah II (King James Version)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Balik-Bayanihan: Napakahirap Pero Hindi Naman Imposible

May mga kaibigan ko na nagsabing napakahirap pero mabuti ang pagsisikap na ito... na ibalik ang bayanihan sa normal nating pamumuhay bilang mga Pilipino.

Mahirap na kung mahirap! Basta't hindi imposible, mapapangahasan at mapagtiyatiyagaan pa rin natin iyan!

Ang mga nakakakitang mahihirapan nga tayo ay hihingan ko ngayon ng sagot dito-- aling mga hakbang na ating mapagsisimulan ang pinakamahirap at bakit pinakamahirap? Sa pagsagot n'yo rito ay tumutulong na kayo! May pag-asa talagang magtatagumpay tayo, o kahit man lang makakapag-umpisa na tayo, at hindi naman tayo magmamadali nang dahil sa pagiging mainipin, di ba? Sige na po, sabihin n'yo, ano ang dapat naging gawin? Una, sali muna kayo sa Cause Group na Balik-Bayanihan. Pumindot dito:

Tapos, i-post n’yo ang mga sagot n’yo. O kaya'y i-post n'yo bilanf comments sa blog na ito. Mag-imbita rin sana ng maraming kaibigan na sumali rin sa Cause Group para dumami tayong mga mag-iisip at magsusumikap na maibalik nga ang Bayanihan! Makasaysayang pagsisikap ito! SALI NA! Palakasin natin ito! Salamat sa inyong lahat!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Rizal's Knights Defend Bonifacio's Monument

(Solidarity on Sense of History)

October 10, 2009


The KAMALAYSAYAN Solidarity on Sense of History salutes the Knights of Rizal for its recent resolution “informing the concerned government authorities about, and strongly protesting against, the desecration of the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City with the construction of MRT structures very close to the Monumento in that City.”

This historic resolution represents a significant move by top followers of Jose Rizal in uniting with followers of Andres Bonifacio by taking the cudgels to defend the dignity of the latter’s grand monument at the northern gateway of the Metropolitan Manila area, the most major work of National Artist for Sculpture Guillermo Tolentino.

The Knights’ move is a noble gesture contributory to the unification of the followers of the two most prominent Philippine heroes, who have been the subject of an artificial competition scheme imposed on them by ill-advised history scholars and aficionados. KAMALAYSAYAN has long been campaigning for the Filipino people to resist the ill-advised tendency promoted by divisive elements of our society to pit Rizal and Bonifacio against each other.

As a plenary speaker during the Knights’ International Assembly held in Calamba City, Laguna last February, I had reason to choose this KAMALAYSAYAN call as the central theme of my talk. If that talk of mine in the City Hall of Calamba last February had anything to do with this resolution of the Supreme Council of the Knights of Rizal, then it proves that Rizal and his official followers are not to be identified only with ideas and ideals but also with action. Conversely, we all ought to realize by now that Bonifacio should not be limited to decisive actions because his decision to start the revolutionary Katipunan in July 1892 the day after Rizal’s arrest for exile in Dapitan was not at all a precipitate knee-jerk move, as proven by the fact that the Katipunan first took four long years to prepare the people morally and ideologically for Revolution before starting the “Unang Sigaw” in August 1896. KKK’s armed struggle was almost completely victorious across the entire archipelago before another two year were over.

The Order of the Knights of Rizal, which was created by Republic Act 646, protested that the ongoing construction work and the expected finished product of the extension of the Metropolitan Light Rail Transit from its North Avenue station in Quezon City, to interlink with the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) at the Monumento station” at Grace Park in Caloocan “would have the effect of denigrating the grandiose prominence and profound solemnity intended to surround the 75-year-old Bonifacio-Katipunan in Grace Park in that City).”
The KOR resolution was signed last on October 6 by Sir Virgilio Esguerra, KGCR, Supreme Commander, and Samuel Samuela, KGOR, Supreme Pursuivant, and a copy was sent to Kamalaysayan by fax to me at the International Academy of Management and Economics (IAME) in Makati where I have been teaching Philippine History and the Rizal Course.

KALAMALAYSAYAN congratulates Rolando Ocampo, initiator and pointperson of the Caloocan based community group calling on all Filipinos anywhere they are in the world to come to the defense of the sacred monument that memorializes not only Bonifacio but the entire Katipunan and the heroes of the Filipino people as well as the entire process of the birth of the nation in the 1896 Revolution of which all Filipinos have reason to be proud.”

It was the impassioned work of Ocampo, himself a KAMALAYSAYAN member, that has has drawn some action from the respective offices of Sens. Manuel Roxas III and Loren Legarda as well as of the Heritage Conservation Society led by Miss Gemma Cruz-Araneta. Rollie’s work also gave me some materials for my Calamba speech last February and he delivered a moving presentation some months ago before a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Knights of Rizal at the order’s Intramuros headquarters, after which the Council members decided to pass this resolution that KAMALAYSAYAN is now celebrating as a one of profound historical value. Let all other hero-specific civic organizations follow the Knights’ example to unify our belief in the Filipino people’s collective heroism.

In the name of KAMALAYSAYAN and our incumbent chairman, Prof. Bernard L.M. Karganilla of the University of the Philippines Manila, I also seek to join Ocampo in his call for the major political and cause-oriented groups in the country, notably the Bagong Alyansang Bayan (BAYAN) and the Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party, to include the defense of the Monumento’s dignity (against a growing culture focused on profit and convenience) among these groups’ urgent concerns. To ignore this issue would be to send an unfortunate signal to the people that developing a keen sense of history and national honor is not among their respective sets of priorities. KAMALAYSAYAN also seeks to invite all interested parties to a short meeting on Sunday, October 18, at one of the chain food shops in the Araneta Square beside the Monumento itself in Caloocan City.

Prof. Ed Aurelio C. Reyes
Lead Founder and National Spokesperson
Kalalaysayan Solidarity on Sense of History
October 9, 2009

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Consequential Dreaming

Looking at the same glass of water, the optimist would see it as half-full, while the pessimist would see it as half-empty.

In place of that glass of water, let’s have that word, “dreaming” and instantly we form similarly opposing observers. One group would bw seeing in dreaming an exercise in futility, a clear waste of time in unproductive idleness, (Take that song popularized decades ago by the Everly Brothers, carrying lines that say “I can make you mine, taste your lips of wine anytime, night or day. Only trouble is, gee whiz! I’m dreamin’ my life away!”)

The other would perceive it as the motivating drive behind all inventions ever made in the entire history of human science and technology. But dreaming can be a starting stage that leads to another, the stage of accomplishing, which is crucial in giving all that dreaming any consequentiality that it can possibly attain.

How about a qualified concept of dreaming, like “consequential dreaming”?

The most vicious foe of this concept is probably the mutually exclusionary “either-or” mindset as applied to the relationship between dreaming and action.

Action is not possible in many cases if it were not for the dreaming that had gone on before, pointing out the need for such action, or providing the passion factor that gave the strong determination that pushed the continuation of the action past the seemingly insurmountable difficulties and obstacles.

But only action can make the dreaming consequential. If you just dream and dream without even planning to translate the dream into reality, or if after dreaming you just waited endlessly for it, or parts of it, to come true, chances are nothing of it will.

It was Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens (Archbishop of Malines-Brussels 1904-1996) who gave us this classic quote: “Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” The price? Prudent and passionate effort. Prudence involves making wise decisions that involves careful planning that seeks and prepares for difficulties and obstacles, the better to make it a certain that you would overcome them.

If you passionately want to succeed in pursuing your dream and translate it to reality, or the benefit of the person or of the people you really care for, you wouldn’t gamble by half-guessing what plans would almost-definitely work in contrast to one that just might. The price pay? Do some homework. Do your homework. Think it; do it! Otherwise, you would probably use up all the time later on, guessing what you really ought to do.

(to be continued)
Makati City, Philippines
October 1, 2009