Monthly Archives: June 2023

A Fond Farewell to Luzita Davila

Copied from the Subud California Sun newsletter.

by Halimah Collingwood

For nearly 60 years, Luzita Davila and I were the best of friends. We met in the music scene of the Bay Area in the mid-1960s. She was this happy, smiling, friendly genuine spark of Life that was at every music concert, party or gathering where she would light up the room.

My boyfriend at the time and I moved in with her in a tiny funky one-bedroom house in Larkspur, a small town in Marin County. She always had her friends from Santa Cruz visiting and going to, you guessed it, parties. When it was just the two of us living in the house, we were like sisters of the Spirit, ready to be on the go…somewhere.

I had already joined Subud when we met and when a job took her to New York City, I knew she was going to need something to keep her sane. I gave her the phone number of a helper I knew there and soon she was an applicant. I’ll never forget the first time I saw her after she was opened. She came to visit me on my houseboat in Sausalito. I went to the door at her knock, threw it open and there was this Light in front of me – her smile was so bright, her eyes twinkling and I fell in love with her all over again. My feelings were so deep, I knew that I would die for her to save her life.

We met up again in 1970 at Skymont just before Bapak’s visit. She was dating Ralph and they became a couple while there. I went to Indonesia after Bapak left and then the UK, but we continued to write (real letters) and keep abreast of the happenings of our lives.

I wasn’t able to attend her double wedding with the MacNeils at Skymont but I was there for their first child’s birth. My dear Godson, Hartwell, was born in their tiny cabin in September of 1971, surrounded by her Subud sisters and her Subud midwife. I distinctly remember Ann Holiday saying after two hours of pushing, “If you don’t have your baby now, I’m going to take you to the hospital.” He popped out shortly after that!!

In 1983 when my family moved from the UK to the US, we stayed with Ralph and Luzita for 10 days while we decided where to go to find our new home. My sons, three and five, who had lived their first years in a village of 100 people in Scotland without any nearby friends, were overjoyed to be living with four Davila children and with the many Gleeson kids next door. Our lives were bound together forever.

When Luzita was a National Helper, she traveled around the country, making close friends wherever she went. Everyone loved her. She was everyone’s best friend. I remember going to Subud meetings and gatherings and spending very little time with her because she had to catch up with this lady or have lunch with someone else. I once told her that I was jealous because she never made a point to be with me. She was surprised because we were so close that she thought we’d always be there together. Ever after that she was conscientious to spend time with me at each event.

Over the years, Luzita helped many women transition to their new life, giving her all to those people she loved and who deeply loved her. I once told her I wanted her to be my death doula when it was my time. Little did I know that it would be me who was one of her close friends at her side to say good-bye.

“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day!”

I ran across this link from the Subud California newsletter.  Interesting stories from the Arcata group.  It is called the Foggy Flyer!

Review of Bathroom Protocols.

There have been some questions about access to the bathroom by the upstairs kitchen.  This is what is posted on Airbnb, VRBO, and iTrips.  It has remained unchanged since we entered into an agreement with iTrips in October 2020.

It was communicated clearly to the group at that time.
Some members have apparently been unable to follow these guidelines, and the committee in consultation with the itrips agent determined the best course of action would be to install a timed electronic lock which would still allow access at the times listed below.  Nothing has changed other than the electronic lock ensuring guests of privacy outside of the agreed upon hours.  This is important because we could potentially lose the Airbnb contract for breach of agreement and 60% of our income due to members not respecting the privacy of renters.  If I was a renter, I would feel violated if this happened to me!
Here is the verbiage from October 2020.

This home has a private entrance but is attached to the Subud spiritual community’s Chapel and meeting hall. Subud has small group meetings on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am -12:30pm, Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:30pm (downstairs hall – no access to the shared bathroom) and on Saturday and Sunday mornings 9:30am -1:30pm. Please be aware that the only shared space during the Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday morning services is the main floor bathroom.

NOTE: As long as the kitchen door remains locked, there is no access to the home. Rental Guests can choose to maintain privacy at all times by not using the main floor bathroom.

Bapak’s Birthday!

Dearest Subud USA,

We are sending you this invitation from Subud Indonesia, along with our love and gratitude to each of you.

May we all receive the blessings Bapak asked for us and may we be guided by his example.

May we pray for the blessings of Almighty God for Bapak, and may Bapak be near us – at the anniversary of his birth and always.
Subud USA National Helpers
Benjamin Boyce
Michal Brownell
Loretta Covert
Jim Dehner
Latidjah Miller
Sofia Nicoletti
David Nicoletti
Dearest all Subud brothers & sisters around the globe,

(Note: 5.00 am Central Java, Indonesia time on Thursday 22nd June is 6pm Eastern/ 5pm Central/ 4pm Mountain/ 3pm Pacific and noon Hawaiian time on Wednesday,  June 21.)
Friendly reminder: according to autobiography of YM Bapak Subuh that YM Bapak Subuh was born on June 22 at 5 AM in central Java, Indonesia. As always and in divine memory of that, there will be a very special Latihan Kejiwaan on June 22 at 5 AM in Indonesia’s time calendar. So please kindly set your calendar and alarm accordingly to feel the vibration of this special Latihan Kejiwaan simultaneously. Together.
At last but not least, please do spread this calling to all Subud members in every block and corner around the globe.
May YM Bapak Subuh always guide the Latihan Kejiwaan we do.

Latihans abound!
Sundays in Seattle 11:00AM
Tuesdays in Seattle 10:00AM
Thursdays in Kent: 6:00PM, currently just men, but there is room for Women also.
Thursdays in Seattle, Men only (currently), 6:00 PM
Frequent Thursdays on the Eastside, Men and Women, often preceded by dinner, contact Rayma, Rachman, or Oswald
Fridays on the Eastside, 5:15 PM, currently Women only, but there is room for men also.  Contact Annie.

General Meeting and Potluck this Sunday!

General meeting and potluck this coming Sunday, the 11th, after latihan!

We’ll have a general meeting Sunday after latihan.  It will be a potluck; all are welcome food or no food!
We plan to have a helper report, bring you up to date on committee work, ask how the group would like to prioritize any discretionary spending (if there is any), and discuss current projects.
Eastside Latihans!

Attendance has grown at latihan on the Eastside as we continue our approximately twice monthly soup dinners followed by Latihan in various members’ homes (thus far including Cantrell, Norton, O’Brien).  There were 11 people (6 women, 5 men) last Thursday at the Nortons.   Meeting at 6:30pm for our light dinner followed by latihan means it’s not very dark by the time people head home around 8:30.