When I first arrived at Baras Resort on the island of Guimaras, and I looked out from the veranda of the cottage, I already noticed that big island at a distance.
In all of the ten nights that I stayed though, I didn’t ask for its name.
I had meant to, but I kept forgetting. I didn’t have any compelling reason to. Now, I do. And, thanks to the rainbows, now I know what that island is.
It is one of the four provinces of the island of Panay that lies at the heart of the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.
I’ve never been to Antique. I also don’t know anything about it. I don’t know if there are beaches and other creations of Nature that would suit my preferences and lifestyle.
But I just know that it would be the next place for me to explore! Thank you, rainbows!
A lovely description, eh? It’s enough to entice me to explore her and her many treasured gifts!
Long white sandy beaches. (Can’t live without them!) Lush coral reefs. Waterfalls. Lakes. Sulphur hot spring. Cold spring. Caves. Tibiao fish spa, the country’s pioneer. A dormant volcano, Mount Madia-as (or Madjaas) that, wikipedia says, “is the highest peak on Panay island…. with lakes and 14 [enchanting] waterfalls. Mt. Madia-as is said to be the legendary home of Bulalakaw, the supreme god of the ancients, and beckons as a challenge for hikers and trekkers.”
“Bulalakaw,” synchronistically, is the Filipino word for “meteor,” “shooting star,” “rainbow,” which, as I shared in my earlier post, was what led me to Antique. And as I wrote, “I feel the Divine’s hand in all these.” Undoubtedly! 🙂
I feel an increase in my heartbeat. I begin to imagine all the possibilities.
The heaviness that weighed me down when I woke up is quickly replaced by a quiet knowing that everything will be alright.
A sense of calm. A sudden lightness. A melting away and release of all tension.
Everything will be alright. All that I need to assist and support me in my travels and journey will be provided to me — be it people, resources or whatever else. This, for as along as I continue to be true to myself and my path, for as long as I continue to love, honor and respect myself, and for as long as I allow myself to be surrounded and be in the midst only of those who love, honor and respect me.
I remind and affirm myself that. I need to constantly remind myself that.
Antique wouldn’t have shown up and caught my attention if my focus were still on making things work in Guimaras — specifically at Baras Resort — albeit painfully and effortfully — so not how Divine Flow feels! As I also wrote in an earlier post, there may be a lot of wonderful things going for me in the cottage, but there are just as many downsides to it.
My biggest predicament concerning my move is transporting and storing all the stuff that I left at the resort in Sugar Beach that I have yet to come back for and pack. It was, after all, my home for one and a half years. It’ll be like moving houses. I am, in fact, moving houses — albeit and thankfully, a scaled down version. Even so, we all know how moving can be quite a daunting task!
But before the morning is over though, a kind-hearted soul who I met only recently in Guimaras, generously offered to keep my stuff for me while I explore Antique. This, instead of me keeping my stuff in storage — something I have yet to figure out how and where!
(Storage services in the Philippines, unlike in other countries such as the U.S., isn’t a norm; It’s almost unheard of. I don’t even know if there’s one in the city of Iloilo, the closest city to Antique and Guimaras. And if there is, I don’t know how safe and sanitary it is to keep my stuff.)
Not only is this caring individual keeping my stuff for me, she’s willing to ship them to me, as when needed!
Time and again, any and every situation that I get into brings me back to this space of knowing that I AM being led, guided and looked after — however, whenever, wherever…always and ever! 🙂
So, after all the distress that I experienced during my stay at the resort in Sugar Beach — which is why I left in haste and came to the island of Guimaras — I AM much more recharged and re-centered, thankfully!
But I’m not quite ready and there yet to head back to Sugar Beach.
I’m still researching about Antique and making preliminary preparations for my eventual trip and stay. In fact, I’m waiting for an important phone call as I’m writing this post!
I’d also like to integrate first all of what I had experienced since I left Sugar Beach five weeks ago. There’s still some releasing and purging, reflecting and writing that I’d like to do — in private and for a public audience.
When I’ve done all that, I know that my Light will beam even brighter than before I even first stepped foot at Sugar Beach in January 2014. My Light will shine brightly to guide me and prepare me for my next steps, to illuminate my path as I take action, and to fuel me and fill me up even more, as I begin a new episode and phase in my journey.
Ahhhh… And all that after getting a nudge from the rainbows, thank you!
And not only did I find my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow — it found me, yay! 🙂 We found each other, yeah! 😀
But I needed to be ready. I needed to be willing and be in a state of receiving and allowing.
Whether or not Antique ends up as my next island destination — be it long-term or simply a stop-over to the next one — I AM being reminded that it is, indeed, the journey not the destination. And there is a pot of gold for each of us that will find us. It will find its way to us.
The treasure, the gifts, the blessings — they will find their way towards us. We will find each other and be brought to each other — when it is time.
But we need to keep ourselves open and be in a constant state of Grace and Gratitude — no matter the circumstances.
We need to allow the gifts to unfold and to be revealed. And we need to receive them graciously and appreciatively — no matter the packaging or the timing.
After all, everything is in Divine Order and Timing, Pacing and Phasing, isn’t it? 😉 And the Universe is indeed always conspiring. Always.
Then, we will come to the knowing that the pot of gold that’s at the end of the rainbow is, in fact, inside each one of us.
😀 ⭐ ❤ ⭐ 😀
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