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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 21, 16/05/12: Rediscovering Spirit - Bali

Up early to be at the ashram with Ken and Ibu; whilst there she cooked us a delightful breakfast. The intensity of the flavours is something the everyday professional in me would love to have access to; the bean paste had such a deep fiery kick.

It was great to just chill out and be present in this environment. Already the building work has come on leaps and bounds since we were here last as a group. I feel so privileged.

Ibu presented me with her healing cane of twenty years; it was a deeply moving moment. I received it in the back room in front of the painting of Ratuniang herself. In receiving it I bent forward to touch my head on Ratuniang's scarf in a show of gratitude.

On so many levels I feel like I am being initiated with some sort of magical staff; the child in me is in absolute awe. The critical adult however is struggling profusely with all of this. In all honesty a large part of me feels unworthy of that which has been given; I feel like an imposter. I feel like this has been given to the wrong person.

Maybe my path is to seek out and deliver this healing cane to its rightful master.

After showing me, she again asked me to call in Ratuniang; suggesting that I do this as par of the course. She also reminded me how to release Ratuniang back out of my body. She spoke of the energy of the group and mentioned Ratuniang as all encompassing, suggesting that the potential was there for her to embody all at the same time.

She clarified that when I release Ratuniang I don't have to force her out or visualise her leaving through any one part of my body. I had asked if this were the case. She said Ratuniang is released in every direction; crossing all dimensions simultaneously.

I enquired as to my protection in all of this. Ibu replied that Ratuniang, the Great Ancestor was the protection. She then went on to speak of the connection between Ken and me. She mentioned that our hearts were connected as Ken was coming from a place of Buddha; Kwan Yin and that I was coming from a place of Shiva.

Once again I have no idea about anything other than I feel blessed, truly, truly blessed. I feel I have experienced and learnt so much over the duration of my time here yet I also feel I know and understand less than I did before I came. How can one learn to unlearn?

We arrived back at the hotel in enough time to see Taina off. It's been an incredible journey and I am so grateful for the people that showed up. My time out here has been special beyond words. I sincerely hope that sense is felt by all whom were present. Who knows when, where or even if our paths will converge again; with all my heart I lightly hold and welcome that potential.