Crosses of Light in the Philippines
by Estrella Narvadez
Crosses of Light with miraculous powers of healing are appearing in many different parts of the world. People take the crosses as a sign of divine promise; many believe they signify the return of the Christ.
From the moment he first saw a cross of light on display in Manila, the Philippines, Dr Ching, a medical practitioner specializing in acupuncture and also a student of a school of esoteric studies, the Divine Wisdom Lodge, has cherished the hope that perhaps one day he, too, would be granted such a cross.
The phenomenon of the appearance of crosses of light in window panes is not limited to any one particular place nor is it an entirely new occurrence. Crosses first appeared in 1988 in El Monte, California, and in increasing numbers since then, scores of crosses of light have been discovered in Seattle, Western Canada, Washington DC and now in the Philippines.
The crosses all seem to conform to a particular pattern: a brilliant even-armed cross within a diamond shape. They appear in frosted glass and give the impression of floating suspended in mid-air, between the glass and the light source. The first such cross in the Philippines, appearing in a small piece of glass, was given to the Divine Wisdom Lodge by Michiko Ishikawa, who brought it with her from the USA. Ms Ishikawa is a volunteer who works in both the US and Japan to help make known the reappearance of Maitreya. It was in March this year, when this particular cross was on display in Manila, that Dr Ching first saw it.
Inspired and moved by the crosses of light, and knowing of the healing and miraculous powers attributed to them, Dr Ching freely admits that he often went "cross hunting". He and his fellow students kept a look-out for crosses and always checked their own windows. At the clinic where he works, Dr Ching began sensing a different kind of energy which, he believed, explained the sudden, unusually fast rate of recovery of their patients. "What normally took an average of 20 treatments before would just take about five to 10 treatments now," he said. "I know it was not any effect I was having; I have been practising medicine for 16 years and I have never seen such results so quickly. This holds true now for all our patients and it happens all the time," explained Dr Ching. However, despite this unusual development there was still no sign of any cross.
Then, while one of Dr Ching's associates, Nieves Taguinog, was locking up at the clinic one night, she noticed a cross on one of the windows. To make absolutely sure Ms Taguinog waited until the next night to see the cross again before telling Dr Ching. The cross seemed to be the same image as had appeared in other window panes, in California, for instance. All the windows in the clinic were then checked and to their surprise almost all windows held the image of the cross. The other windows where no crosses had appeared showed the usual reflection of a squarish pattern. More crosses were discovered in neighbouring houses.
Meanwhile, more apparent miracles and mysterious events unfold around the first cross of light in the Philippines ó that given as a gift to the Divine Wisdom Lodge by Ms Ishikawa. During Holy Week, the piece of glass with its radiant cross was put on display for the public in the home of Juanito Crisostomo, a teacher and leading figure of the Divine Wisdom Lodge. Many photographs were taken of the cross, all more or less from the same angle. However, one of the photographs is quite different from all the rest. Amazingly, a hand held up as if in the act of blessing can be seen shining through the cross.
In a telephone interview
with Newsday, Benjamin Creme (on a lecture tour of Japan at the time)
said that his Master had confirmed that
the hand in the photograph is that of the Christ, "blessing the world
through the cross, blessing the Philippines through that cross". He
also said that people would be healed and that there would be many spiritual
experiences through the cross. Mr Creme went on to say that soon crosses
of light would be manifested in such numbers throughout the world that
they would draw great attention. People would begin to realize that
the crosses represent something of great and unusual significance. Many
would take the crosses as a sign of the Christ's presence or of His
return. Hundreds of people are already experiencing the spiritual energies
radiating out from the crosses which are all made to appear by the Christ.