Sunday, February 17, 2019

Trinidad: Topaz

ABOUT three years ago, one of our clients was involved in a fatal accident in Binalonan, Pangasinan. He and his classmates went out late at night and were on their way to buy food in nearby Urdaneta when their vehicle slammed into a truck. Two died on the spot, another three were in a coma. Although he had bruises and a broken arm, our client was the only one conscious after accident.

A few weeks before this, our client’s sister gifted him with a blue topaz ring. The gem was tiny, measuring about 4 millimeters by 3 millimeters.
When his mom came to show us his ring, the topaz had lost its blue hue, and was now clear.

Just the other day, one of our clients showed us a harrowing video of how she slipped while preparing to dive while they were in Maranum Falls, Natividad, Pangasinan.

Her head was a mere inch away from the rock when she fell, I shudder remembering how close she had been to a fatal accident.

She had just purchased her topaz bracelet two days before her near death experience, and it was in the pocket of her shorts when she fell.

Topaz is the crystal for protection against accidents and sudden death. One of its other properties is for successful endeavors. We always tell our clients that their crystals have to be awake before they can fulfill their potential.

The first time we learned about the topaz some years ago was the day before we were headed to Boracay. I gave each of my kids a pendant. We were tired from lack of sleep when we got there, having left Baguio just after midnight to make it to the first flight out.

The hotel we were supposed to stay at did not send their van, so we took a tricycle. AA took the seat behind the driver, his first time ever to do so. He had his laptop bag tucked under an elbow, a piece of luggage under the other, and he was texting.

The tricycle started to climb, then negotiated an uphill steep curve. AA fell off.

I started screaming when I saw him lying motionless on the road, telling everyone not to touch him, and to call for an ambulance.

But AA stood up, dusted his clothes off, picked up his cellphone, his laptop bag, the piece of luggage, and we were off again. He had a small cut on his head. The doctor we went to said he was okay and just gave betadine and a band aid. His laptop which used to have a whirring sound like a car engine, fixed itself after the fall.

Chiara and I have our share of close calls, the last one happened in October last year. This experience cured her of any desire to speed up or overtake.

We were in Marcos Highway on our way up to Baguio. There was an irritating red car that was driving quite slowly, so when Chiara had the chance, she built up momentum and overtook the red car. We kept our speed, being on the right side of the road.

Just as Chiara negotiated a curve, a black truck came barreling down the other side. It had overtaken the bus in front of it.

I remember closing my eyes, expecting the impact. Miraculously, the truck missed us by an inch, perhaps.

Chiara and I both wear topaz bracelets. There is a piece of raw topaz in the car and a topaz pendant attached to the car keys.

There is a powerful prayer for protection during travel invoking St Michael. This prayer was given to us by good friend Tess Tumang. For a copy of the prayer, and for awakened topazes, visit us at #29 Sari-sari Section, Baguio City Market, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

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