Talks with an Indigenous Sorceror

I’ve been talking to and chronicling a Filipino indigenous sorcerer for 6 years.  I have lots of material.  I thought I’d share it with all of you.  He spoke good English, but took a long time to understand his terminology in relation to his spirituality.

His name is Arik (pronounced Aur-rik) of the Manobo tribe of Mindanao.  I met him here in Cebu City.  We’ve been meeting for quite some time, with my students and one on one in restaurants, parks, and beaches.  He has profound insights into people as a result of his tribal spiritual School’s tradition and it’s singular metaphysical teachings.

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Arik completely surprised me at his impressions of Western Foreigners.  He said, “You people walk about as if you know what you’re doing, but you don’t see you just want to fill yourself up.  When you see another, you see that person as something to get something from.”  

“I think if you saw your self-centeredness squarely in the face, you’d be shocked out of your shoes”.  

“It is comical, really, to see you all go about as if you were so important and intelligent- when you are only children in grown-up bodies.”

I asked him what would be a better way to behave? How is it we are self-centered?

He said, “You have no sense of the sacred, you just take what you want like the world is your own private looting ground.”

“Your assumptions are wrong, if you gave up your preformed assumptions, you would be happier and brighter. 

Your education taught you to place body-armor on yourselves to protect you.”  “There is nothing that can harm you but you don’t realize that.  I see you suffering when you’re waist high in the river and crying for water.  Nothing outside yourselves can do it or save you.”

I asked, “Arik, how do you know we’re suffering?  Are all foreigners like this?”

“Yes”, he replied, you and all the Filipinos. (he did not consider himself Filipino) “I read your faces.  You condemn yourselves and do not know what Consciousness is.  You are lazy when life brings you shocks and you do not use them. Your attention is wasted criticizing the behavior of others, either openly or secretly.  You worship a false person inside that is illusory.”

I likened this to the psychological definition of an ego-self.  

He agreed and went on to say, “Your minds work like a foolish man bragging of his new jacket while you are running across a collapsing bridge.”

He spoke with such reverence to Consciousness 

I asked him, “Arik, aren’t we all of us conscious?”

“You are all very asleep and do not know it”.  He emphasized, “And do not even know it!”

“Wow”, I said, “Am I this way also?”

“Yes, but you are teachable,” he said softly. “You must see how damaged you are and give up your old and useless medicines.”

“The way becomes clear as you work to be transparent to yourself.”

Max Woodside

Retired psychologist having fun in Philippines. Was lucky enough to meet an indigenous Manobo sorcerer from Mindanao. The word sorcerer is the only word we could agree on, because I wanted to call him a priest. He didn’t like that word, so that’s how it ended up. I hope to publish a book from many notebooks and talks he graciously provided thru the past 6 years.

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Karim Lalani

Thank you very much for this post Max Woodside. Arik is the kind of soul I want to be hanging our with in the retirement (awakening) phase of my life.

I would be curious to know about the journey that got you two connected. Awaiting publication of your book.

Alex Mooney
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Retirement is a fantastic opportunity to fall in love with something and study it. All the material I never had time to dive into while I was working all the time. I mean, I really loved my job! But this is sacred time now.
Philippines has been so good to me. Met Arik, sweet people, nice weather, good prices.

Luke Tynan
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Luke Tynan

Interesting article, I would be very interested in your book, once you have written it.. Thank you

Jay Alexander
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Jay Alexander

How fortunate for all of us. I hope one day to become teachable and your book may be the catalyst.

Gary
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Gary

Heavy stuff man. Reminds me of a fella I met in New Mexico 1966, named Don Juan.

John Reyes
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John Reyes

I am reminded of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the transcendental meditation fame.

Mr. Woodside, I have a question: Since he doesn’t consider himself Filipino, did he tell you what he is?

Mike
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Mike

Very interesting – he talks of the human spirit and of self-healing. But it is the viewpoint of one person and other spiritualists may think differently on some points. “Western Foreigners … walk about as if you know what you’re doing, but you don’t see you just want to fill yourself up. When you see another, you see that person as something to get something from.” Hmmmm …. I see so many Western Foreigners who look TO GIVE …. but then perhaps in ‘giving’ they also ‘receive’. I gave a peanut/mango-seller lady P100 yesterday for nothing (i.e. no purchase) as… Read more »

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Mike

Your comment “… which I found profound, but disturbing. In fact, every meeting with him was disturbing, but disturbing in an exciting way.” rings a bell. Profundity can be very disturbing because it tells us truths we do not always know – how can we accept the real truth that we are but a very infinitesimal speck in time and space (but we echo long after we have gone). This rips our ‘sense of self’ apart and perhaps life is a journey to replace it with something more outside of us rather than merely within – the inner self is… Read more »

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No, that is excellent. Arik is always talking about cancelling time, collapsing time. The now being a vertical, instead of a horizontal line-where there is the potentiality of the infinite. He would always tell me that it “illogical” to find ourselves where we are and just die.
The whole point is to have our sense of self ‘ripped apart’. I’m sure if he were here, he’d say “The more ripped, the better”!

Karim Lalani
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Karim Lalani

Meaningful coincidences? Synchrodestiny perhaps?

Alex Mooney
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Yes, thanks. I’m still rather stunned at events.

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