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  • 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.

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Day 20, 15/05/12: Rediscovering Spirit - Bali

Drove back to Ubud today; I'm glad to be leaving the beach, at times I've found being there a challenge. On arriving at the hotel Ken asked if I was interested in deepening the work with Ratuniang at the request of Ibu.

My response didn't require any thought; absolutely, what an opportunity.

As Ken, Dharma and Ibu talked in the ashram I found myself drawn to both the sky and the distant island of Nusa Penida. Immediately I had made a connection and was circling and moving. With a few splashes of blessed water the trance was broken.

Ken and I were then asked to dance to Om Mani Padme Hum, once again trance came through; Ratuniang was finding her way into me with a greater fluidity. My posture slumped; I was asking for coffee and sweet potato, all the while taking long drags from a cigarette. None of which may I add is particularly "normal" behaviour for me.

As Ken took photos, Ibu handed me a walking cane. My response was one of absolute joy. This elderly woman beamed to have hold once more of her beloved cane and I knew it. The cane fitted my posture perfectly.

When the trance was broken Ibu told me to consider wearing a yellow sarong for it is Ratuniang's colour. She also said that I should consider growing my hair as this will enhance the potency of my healing abilities. Hmm not sure what healing abilities she's exactly referring to?

She also asked if Ken and I would return in the morning as she would have a cane for me. She commented that the energy was very strong. Ibu said that whilst Ratuniang was embodied in me she made a series of transmissions, one at a time into my palms and into my chest; the area of my heart chakra.

She said that when I return to Bali I should be present during one of the evenings when she works with members of the local community who are in need of healing. She feels I should be a part of this facilitation.

As I sat in front of her she asked (through Ken's translation) for me to immediately invite in Ratuniang. Before I could wonder on the "how" of doing that my body started moving. I was then told to open my eyes and release every bit of her from me. The release, she said was as important, if not more important than the original entry.

Ibu spoke to me of her own shyness and how Ratuniang's power was able to bridge all that unfolds for her. She mentioned that I should use my scarf; the musky scarf that had been tied around me earlier in the journey. That I should practice channelling Ratuniang at home to deepen my connection to her. That I should also keep some blessed water in front of me with a flower head to awaken after the trance. She believes the potential is strong to move through the levels - though I have no idea what that means.

She also mentioned that my time to do this wasn't limited to my time in Bali but that this energetic awakening had the potential to continue from this point forward.

As she spoke, something flashed by her. She paused momentarily, she then said she could see Ken and me together somewhere in the West and told Ken that he needed to make sure he had sweets and coffee for Ratuniang.

Being here and being exposed to all of this is just so surreal. It truly feels as if I'm on a quest, with each day comes a new awareness, a new initiation. This is the stuff of my childhood dreams; this was the content of many a vacant moment and daydream growing up.