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Thoughts on a Thursday Morning: Helping the homeless; using a pendulum

IT is obvious that without FEMA, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and hundreds of volunteers from around the globe, the commonwealth would have been caught very short after Soudelor. On a local level, were simply unprepared for the magnitude of the blast.

As I write this, there are still homes who have endured 43 days without electrical power or water.

We were not alone. Taiwan got hit worse and there were many deaths. Weeks before Soudelor, Rota took a major hit and still shows signs of damage.

Now is the time to prepare for the next one, and there will certainly be another typhoon in our lifetimes. It may not pack the wallop of Soudelor, but it’s out there, somewhere.

Our local government is not exactly skilled at planning, but, if they were wise, our local lawmakers might meet with professionals — such as FEMA and the Red Cross — and figure out how to best prepare for the next one.

How does one protect the tin shacks that many people live in? To replace them with concrete buildings is awfully expensive, especially if the roof is concrete. But something must be done.

There are many vacant concrete houses in Garapan — might they be used to house people? However, if I recall correctly, a developer is looking to buy the entire area and set up a new hotel on that property. It’s a big chunk of land, which also houses Garapan Elementary School and Paradise Hotel on the north end of the property. Is this going forward? Will all of those houses be knocked to cinder?

Priorities

Which is of greater value to the CNMI: to protect its citizens who live in shacks by relocating them to more secure housing, or to give up all of those Garapan homes to a developer?

There are quite a few empty, solid, houses around the island. There’s a big one right across Isa Drive from Capital Hill Market. It has fallen into disrepair, but it still looks pretty good. Apparently the owner has vacated the premises and now lives elsewhere. Would it be proper, or even legal, for the homeless to occupy it, on a tenant-at-will basis?

I do not fully understand the concept of eminent domain, but perhaps it could be employed so residents don’t have to live in mud puddles.

An assessment of all empty or abandoned houses would have to be undertaken and then the owners contacted. This is a huge task, but it might be worth it, especially for families with small children. Is there a way to help them? I sure hope so.

Flirting with the paranormal

We endured many days without power or water, but we had candles, a radio, and rainwater.

During the daytime I read a lot of books, and one of the books was “Walking Through Walls” by Philip Smith.

His father, Lew Smith, was an interior decorator — until he discovered he had the ability to heal people via a hands-on technique. He was also extremely psychic, and could immediately see what was medically wrong with someone.

Over the years he refined his healing technique and, toward the end, began to use a pendulum to get answers to questions. He showed his son, Philip, about using the pendulum but Philip didn’t quite believe it. And yet, Lew Smith was convinced: the answers he got — yes, no, not known — were consistent and helpful.

I don’t know how or why I bought a pendulum, but — while we had a long time of waiting for power and water — I found it and began to use it at my kitchen table.

It is a piece of pointed quartz crystal, which dangles at the end of a small silver chain, about eight inches long.

You hold the top of the chain between your thumb and first finger and you ask questions. You don’t even have to say them aloud — you can merely think the question.

If the answer is yes, the pendulum will swing forwards and backwards. If the answer is no, it will swing left to right. If there is no known answer, it will twirl in a little circle.

In order to get the correct answer, you have to ask the same question many times, over a period of days. If you always get yes, then that is probably the right answer. If you always get no, that is also true.

However, some days you will get both yes and no to the same question.

Sometimes I ask very simple questions, such as “does so-and-so like me?” I was surprised to learn that many people don’t like me, including some of my relatives. And yet, I was also surprised to learn that people I didn’t think liked me, actually do.

Yes, this is junior high stuff, but it’s still intriguing. After all, we all want to be liked, especially by people we admire. I asked about a friend, who — the pendulum affirmed — likes me. But his wife doesn’t.

I asked about the Lukh sisters and if they were still alive. Some days it said yes, other days it said no. When it said yes, I asked if they were alive on Saipan, but then it will move in a circle, indicating that it didn’t know.

People who use pendulums frequently suggest that the answers come from our “higher” consciousness, where one has access to all possible information — the past, the present, and the future.

I was at dinner the other night with some friends and I sat beside my friend’s wife. I told her about the pendulum and she was interested. She was wearing a necklace, and I said, “You can use the necklace as a pendulum. All you need is a little chain and a weight at the bottom.”

So I held the necklace and we asked a lot of questions. We were amused and surprised by some of the answers.

Most people will insist that there’s nothing to it — that I am subconsciously controlling the direction of the pendulum. But I am not so sure. Clearly something is causing the movement, and it’s nothing I am doing deliberately. I just hold it dead still so it dangles, about an inch over the table. Then I think of a question and it starts to move — seemingly all by itself.

Maybe it’s just an intriguing game; but I am going to continue to play it. What the heck.

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