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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, apply scented oils, poke you with sharp sticks and/or give you a deep tissue massage or manipulation.

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Day 19, 19/11/11: Discovering Spirit - Bali

After bidding farewell to Ken and Lisa we headed into Ubud, stopping off in Bali Boudha to pick up some snacks for Borneo.

After lunch I walked back to the hotel to meet Dharma. As I approached the hotel thunder began to erupt from the sky above. Dharma was picking me up on his moped and together we were riding through the streets of Ubud into the countryside where I could collect the illustrious (read ugly) Durga carving.

I'd originally turned down the opportunity to purchase the statue but after the continued unfolding, it seemed I would always regret not having her in my house if I returned home without her.

Now as Dharma picked me up under a thundery sky I was starting to have second thoughts about this little adventure.

No sooner had we left Ubud the clouds had cleared. It was great darting in and out of the traffic and when I saw the statue of Durga I was satisfied the right decision had been made. She looked absolutely, God forsakenly ugly - perfect!

As they wrapped and wrapped her she grew in size. Now being the height of a 4yr old it was a job to balance her, Dharma and me on the moped. I'm sure we looked like a scene from Dumb and Dumber but as we coursed through the streets it would seem other people carried a lot more than we were.

Tonight was our last night, for a bit anyway in Bali. So Jo, Paula, Rob, Shelley and I headed into town to enjoy some great food and even better company. It seems like we've been here for months, so much has happened and unfolded and as I look around this table every one of us looks different somehow.

As one journey comes to an end and another seamlessly follows I'm left wondering how to answer the question which will undoubtedly be asked, 'So, Emma what have you learnt from your time in Bali?'

My reply will be easy for what I have learnt is clear and simple...

"...Understanding really is the booby prize".