About:Bali has a long tradition of Bali Usada, also known as Balinese traditional healing. The Balinese live equally in two worlds: the seen or conscious world called sekala, and the unseen or psychic world, called niskala. In traditional Balinese healing, both of these elements need to be addressed in order to truly heal.
What to expect:The experience will be very public. The healer may make magic, create fire, use mudras, draw patterns on your body, spit wads of chewed herbs on your skin, apply scented oils, poke you with sharp sticks and/or give you a deep tissue massage or manipulation.
Discovering Ritual, Dance & Spirit in Bali
I was first introduced to the idea of the Healers' Healing Journey upon the fertile soils of Burma; a chance to plunge deeply into the custom & spirit of the Balinese culture. No sooner was the seed of thought planted did it begin to take root; the intention to cultivate was firmly in place and I was focused on discovering a way and means to travel to Bali for the passing of the new moon in November 2011.
So what's it all about? Well Bali is the land of Spirit; an island manifesting beauty, where the veil between the inner and outer worlds is thin.
Unlike most of Muslim majority Indonesia, approximately 93% of Bali's population adheres to Balinese Hinduism, formed as a combination of existing local beliefs and Hindu influences from mainland Southeast and South Asia.
Balinese Hinduism is deeply interwoven with art and ritual. With an estimated 20,000 puras (temples) and shrines, Bali is known as the "Island of a Thousand Puras" or "Island of the Gods".
Balinese Hinduism has roots in Indian Hinduism, Buddhism, and in the adopted animistic traditions of the indigenous people (the doctrine that all natural objects and the universe itself have souls). This influence is underpinned by the belief that the Gods and Goddesses are present in all things. Every element of nature therefore possesses its own power, which reflects the power of the Gods. Objects such as rocks, trees or even a naturally woven cloth can exist as a potential home for the spirits whose energy can be used for good or evil.
In Bali the world unfolds as Niskala/Sekala, Niskala being the inner. Here it is believed that the outer comes into creation from the inner world. As with so many of the ancient cultures the underlying philosophy is simple, 'as above, so below, as within so without' yet within such simplicity lies the most potent of connotations.
In Bali what you see is a colourful world of ceremony, ritual, dance & drama. What you do not see, Niskala; is the doctrine and energy underlying the pageants, the codes underlying the ceremony and magic that underlies the dance.
This is a sacred land where the energy is strong, here we seek her authentic power to hold and facilitate us as we transform and are transformed. With intention, love, and laughter we dance with and are danced by some of the most exquisite, potent energy matrixes; our hearts as light as feathers. Wind, Water, Fire, Air and Earth come together, teasing, flirting and using us; a vehicle through which we move higher, move deeper into the realms of other.
Upon the volcanic soils draped in warmth and colour the process unfolds with an invitation to rise in love; hearts as open as the sky, to learn to live even more, with unbridled freedom and depth. To experience this is to see, to feel and to recognise our true essence. We will begin to explore ourselves; reveal ourselves and thus provide ourselves and each other with the necessary space, nutrients and support needed to unfold like the lotus, in absolute beauty. In Bali we are offered a wealth of treasures, most notably in the form of her people and healers; for it is these who will become our container.
"Satsang" is a Sanskrit word that literally means 'meeting in truth'. Be under no illusion this process is not an Eat, Pray & Love journey that so many are being drawn to. What this is however is depth work for those who are seasoned spirit & sky walkers. Meeting in truth takes courage, a desire to face those hidden aspects that so many deny; to walk with our hands and hearts open, our souls exposed as we step into a void of great uncertainty. Upon Bali we offer ourselves, simply as we are.
So my friends I ask you to buckle up and take heed as I embark on a magical mystical tour...the healers' healing journey, the journey home...