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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 6, 01/05/12: Rediscovering Spirit - Bali

This morning I took the girls to the monkey forest, despite my reluctance. The Banyan trees made it all worthwhile; their dangling roots were breath-taking. There's such energy about being in these trees, breathing their air and listening to natures' melody.

Back at the hotel we had another swim before the group officially came together. Before long we were en route to Ibu's ashram.

There was a homely sense of returning to something familiar here; ironic really given every experience here is anything but familiar. We talked amongst ourselves, changed into our sarongs and soon enough we were joined by Ibu, looking as radiant as ever.

One by one she tied silk temple sashes around our waists. As the music started we were called to move. This feels so natural and as she approached me I could feel her breath make contact; immediately I was down. Once again she recognised the energy of Durga coming through me.

Before long she had herself called in the energy of Ratuniang, the ancestor. As I sat before her, she touched my head. Immediately my head and body went completely limp; the weight dropping me like a stone head first into her lap. Ken translated as she said, "the angelic forces are very strong and present in you". She went on to say that this group hadn't formed and come together for healing but that instead we were brought together to raise consciousness and put in place our next steps on this journey. She also made a comment about the energy between us being very pure.

Ratuniang spoke to Karen specifically saying the golden coconut Melukat would be good for her; she passed comment that this was not the first time Karen had been there and that they had been together somewhere before. These words seemed to ring with a degree of truth for Karen as every time she looked at Ibu her chin wobbled and tears fell. Ratuniang said the emotion Karen was feeling was due to recalling this previous meeting.

Bronia was called to smoke with Ratuniang; apparently their two energies were smoking partners in an alternate life. As we danced with the fans I turned and moved from the spot; a pretty unusual thing for me to do as I normally stay put. In moving I hit my foot hard against the ashram pillar. The immediate sense was identical to that which I experienced in Burma when I broke my 2nd toe. Obscurely this was the third toe, on exactly the same right foot.

The collective energy of the group felt good; there was laughing and crying. I loved bearing witness to the transition between these two emotions and that people can experience them so freely without needing to explain or apologise.

Outside we were dowsed with the golden coconut, a very powerful blessing to open this trip. Here the intention was set.

As Ibu blew upon me I fell backwards. When I arose she said my teeth had grown three times their normal size and that I should try not to fight with Durga but to let her come through. She said the energy within me was beautiful, angelic but that the energy also had the capacity to be filled with fury, rage; power. Once again she commented on my very deep connection to Gaia, a connection which travelled from the centre of earth straight through to my third eye.

During this ceremony everyone appeared to fall. Karen's chin quivered and she was encouraged to let it go; encouraged to let it all come out. As Paula fell her body contorted and squirmed. Once again this looked like the energy of the Naggar but her sobs felt like they came from a place deep within; a hollow resonance which at times I found challenging to witness. Ibu commented that she should let it go as it was not hers to carry. Paula later commented that it had felt ancient.

After the Melukat we sat in prayer before Ibu delighted in showing us the inner sanctum of the ashram. Although there were tears there was also vibrancy to this energy matrix; Ibu herself seemed to be glowing.

She pointed to Bronia and me, her words touched us both. She said that we were old kindred spirits; for some reason this came as no surprise to either of us. On some level we have always known this to be the case. As Ibu bid us goodnight she made an impromptu request; she asked for us to return to be with her tomorrow and that for the duration of our stay in Bali she would re-work her plans to be available for us. Not sure where all this is leading but there definitely feels a different energy about her and her interactions with the group.

As we sat and talked over a Bintang, Paula expressed her need for some time alone, saying that her experience felt very different; a feeling/sense that has been visibly present since our time at Emerald's. I am thrilled she has voiced this to the group. Our time out here is a gift; by showing up we have set in place an invitation and how we cultivate, nurture and integrate that process is absolutely down to the individual and collective alike.