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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 7, 07/11/11: Discovering Spirit - Bali

Up for breakfast and then Bpae and Samphos took us to Yodas' house to meet the rest of the group (as they were receiving their diagnoses).

Yodas' wife cooked us lunch and then we had our second Melukat. As I sat waiting for the flowers to cease being turned and water to start falling I was somewhat apprehensive. My first Melukat had certainly shocked me, and now my body was well aware of what preparatory measures were needed in order to keep me safe. Needless to say that involved my body developing a premature state of rigor.

As the fragrant water and flower heads poured over me it was a completely different experience. My breath was calm and steady and I was beginning to experiment with new ways to survive; new ways to breathe more deeply and new ways to actually enjoy the process.

After the ceremony we headed out to the outdoor shrine of Ganesh - the remover of obstacles who, incidentally is also the son of Durga. The temple was set in the low ground amongst the paddies. Above us hung the canopies of dripping palm leaves as the tears of heaven were gently falling upon us.

The temple guardian, an elderly man in his 90's walked us down the many irregular steps. I couldn't help but notice his feet were splayed like hands. I remembered a conversation with Sandra as she was giving me reflexology. She had mentioned that some of my toes "hide behind each other" and interestingly those were the very toes associated with emotion. Though looking at this guy's feet there was definitely no hiding.