Bali Unseen

Repost from June, 2017

Okay so I am married to a Balinese man.

I live in a Balinese family compound, I live a blessed life. That is true, however my true fascination with Bali started long before I met Made.

How do I even begin to write a short article about my obsession with Bali.

Yes I have written about Bali in my memoir Scarlett Voices in the Shadows, although I have just skimmed the surface about my insatiable craving for this incredible Island.

I guess the best way to sum up my feelings at this point as I tip tap on the keyboard is to attempt writing a short fascinating, entertaining scribe about my feelings and Bali.  Although only one word sums it up:

“Niskala” the Balinese word for Unseen

Let me put it another way.  There is NO word. The addiction I have for Bali is unexplainable.   Off the top of my head here are a few examples that kind of gives you a picture.

Bali creates a feeling

Bali creates a knowing

Bali creates magic

Bali creates mystery

Bali creates fascination

This morning I felt elated after my morning walk, the natural beauty of my surrounds, the infectious smiles of the farmers in the rice field and the workers at the monkey forest.

I felt elated after witnessing what we thought were wolves in the forest.  I felt elated by the musical sounds coming from the monkeys, who were obviously as happy as we were.

I felt elated by the miraculous spectacle of Mount Agung as it was waking up, the sun rising above its vast splendor, luminating its all powerful presence.

I was going to write this blog about some of the Villagers, the farmers, or the characters we meet and talk to everyday.

I was going to write this blog about some of my experiences living amongst the many layers of my Niskala community.

I couldn’t decide, the task was too difficult.  I believe a much better idea would be if I commenced my next book about my extraordinary life living in Bali.

So I will wind up this little scribe with a short poem I wrote on Instagram after we returned home this morning.

We live in a world of magic and wonder

My affirmation this day and everyday is for love, nature and kindness to win

Its time to unite

We must dismiss fear, hatred, anger and violence

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My life has taken on a different type of rhythm since returning from Hollywood.

Only the Gods, Goddesses and my universal spiritual guides will know where my next chapter will steer me.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT level 3 _aerobics and jiggling chandeliers

Most mornings I crawl out of my bed at around 5.30am and walk our dogs with Made.

Some mornings I give it a miss, I justify this to myself believing that last night’s vigorous aerobic work out was enough exercise.

I was sipping my coffee, flicking through the international news on my television when the shaking started.

The quake shook my tiny house, the chandelier jiggled, the windows rattled. I was thinking,

“Wow this quake is big, maybe I should go outside?”

By the time I crawled out of bed and walked onto my balcony it had stopped.

I looked at my family who were attending to their normal activities making offerings.

They looked at me and said,

“Linuh … (pronounced linoo) the Balinese word for Earthquake”.

By the time Made returned I had scanned social media to ascertain what had just happened.

PGR 3 Bali:
An earthquake occurred with the following parameters:
Strength 5.0 SR
Date 09-Nov-17
Earthquake Time 04:54:18 WIB – Jakarta Time
Latitude 8.26 LS
Longitude 115.57 ET
Depth 10 Km
Locations:
Bali Region, Indonesia
Information:
11 km northeast of KARANGASEM-BALI
30 km northeast of BANGLI-BALI
40 km northeast of GIANYAR-BALI
60 km northeast of DENPASAR-BALI
999 km southeast JAKARTA-INDONESIA
Evaluation:
This earthquake did not trigger a tsunami

I’m not about to go into technical language as I am not an expert.

In an article written by Tempo.com, according to PVMBG Devy Kamil Syahbanam who is the Head of Mega Monitoring Division of Eastern Volcano, Devy advices that,

“ Gunung Agung has not been completed yet, there is still a lot of energy,”

Please follow the link to MAGMA Indonesia who are doing a fabulous job keeping us updated daily.

Mount Agung is still on Level 3 Alert, today’s movement may result in a new wave of sensationalism about what will happen next, or maybe not?

The “Big Fella” is consistent in keeping us bewildered.

I look back on my initial blogs and laugh. Life is exciting, I have embraced the Balinese philosophy,

Kehendak alam (the will of nature)

It’s really silly, however the Doris Day song Que Sera Sera comes to mind,

Que sera, sera

Whatever will be, will be

The future’s not ours to see

Que sera, sera

What will be, will be

Life is still the same here in Bali.

I am writing, advertising our gorgeous Villa and enjoying the quiet time here in Paradise.

I am also spending a considerable amount of my time advocating through social media.

I am bewildered about the horrendous situation that is unfolding on Manus Island where 600 men are starving because of a political nightmare, in regards to their human right to  seek asylum as described in a article written by the New York Times.

I have been following the progress of the refugees for years, admiring the humanitarian work by the not for profit organisation, ASRC, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre .

I feel an overwhelming sadness at the unfathomable circumstances that can be allowed to transpire in today’s age.
I wholeheartedly agree with Russell Crowe,

 

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Made is busy preparing for Kuningan on Saturday in addition to hosting two guests from Western Australia who have booked a spiritual tour tomorrow.

It really is a fabulous time to be here in Bali, there is always something extraordinary happening.

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There is always something extraordinary happening in Bali. Photo credit Greg Newman

Please send me an email or check my twitter updates if you have any questions.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT ….Now on Level 3 _Galungan dan Kuningan.

Updated 16.00 29 October at 16.00
URGENT UPDATE: 29 October 2017 The level has decreased Status of Mt Agung Bali from Level IV (Caution) to Level III (ALERT) On 29 October 2017 at 16.00 WITA. Communities around Mt Agung and climbers / visitors / tourists not to move, not climbing and not camping inside the Mt Agung crater area and in all areas within a 6 km radius of the top crater of G. Agung or at elevations above 950 m from sea level and added sectoral expansion to the North, Southeast and South-Southwest as far as 7.5 km. Communities around G. Agung and climbers / visitors / travelers are expected to remain calm while maintaining vigilance, not to be bothered by issues about Mount Agung’s unclear eruption. Source: PVMBG.

Life goes on here in Bali, Made is convinced Mount Agung will go to sleep.

Maybe he is correct, however we still need to go about our lives mindful of the fact that the “Big Fella” could very well erupt.

This coming Wednesday, November 1, we celebrate Galungan dan Kuningan.

Galungan is the day that our ancestors come to visit. We give elaborate offerings, pray and welcome them.

Our ancestors stay for 10 days and then we celebrate Kuningan.

Kuningan is the day we farewell our ancestors, the process will continue in 210 days time. This is a continual ritual.

Galungan dan Kuningan represents the victory of dharma (good) over adharma (evil).

It really is a beautiful time to be in Bali.

The Penjors lining the Streets are exquisite. I love the story Made tells. He believes the Penjors represent humility, the way he explained it to me is that the top of the Penjor represents the top the mountain.

Once you reach the top of the mountain you must remember to look back down to where you came from.

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Beautiful Penjors line the Streets in Villages all over the Island of Bali, Indonesia

I love this story.

I feel respect for our ancient Balinese Hindu traditions, particularly at this time with our Holy Mount Agung still active and making his presence known.

I believe the uncertainty about the eruption has lead to soul searching for many of us here on the Island.

It’s a gorgeous day here at Tri Sandhya Villa.

I feel truly blessed to have an incredible life here in Paradise, the weather is perfect we look forward to welcoming you soon.

This is breaking news about Mount Agung, as soon as I hear more information I will let you know.

Blessings always,

Sharon x

see also Galungan dan Kuningan_April 2017

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We seem to be at a stalemate here on our paradise Island of Bali.  As of October 21, 2017 we are still on Level 4 High Alert.

More than 180,000 plus people have been evacuated from their homes here in Bali, life goes on, please help by donating to Kopernik.

My heart aches for these people who have been away from their homes, temples and animals for some weeks now.

For updates check MAGMA Indonesia’s website.

I reported on my previous blog information that my husband Made translated from the Bali Post on October 10, 2017.

The official number of evacuees as quoted from Bali’s Governor Made Pastika totals 185,865 people, from 54,788 families.

When I awoke this morning, I turned on my television and tuned into ABC 24 to try and catch up on some news from my other home in Australia.

It seems these days astonishing events are unfolding almost hourly.  Did I hear right?  Was the former Prime Minister of Australia talking about volcanoes and offerings to the Gods?

I missed the report so I quickly jumped online, to my horror Tony Abbott was quoted as saying,

“Primitive people once killed goats to appease the volcano gods, we are more sophisticated now but are still sacrificing our industries and our living standards to the climate gods to little more effect”

This quote shocked me.

I felt sick.

I became weak, then I rushed to my computer to express my emotion.

Only yesterday I was invited to a complicated ceremony in a very special temple. For now I would prefer not to go into the details of where, when, why and how come.

I am writing a book about my extraordinary life and my commitment to the Balinese Hindu Religon.  Let’s just say it’s complicated.

What I will say is that we had a very special guest, who is a Buddha Pendeta Priest from Karangasem.  Our special guest performed a series of rituals.

I was in awe of this priest, I had never seen a priest wear yellow.  I asked Made if he had ever seen a priest dressed in such an elaborate way.  Made was also surprised and intrigued.

Our special guest was powerful.  I was hooked into a daze of fantasy.

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I knew yesterday that without a shadow of a doubt that these rituals (amongst other reasons) was to give blessings to our Holy Mount Agung. Photo credit Gus Alit Saskara 

I witnessed an incredible secret ritual.

I knew yesterday that without a shadow of a doubt that these rituals (amongst other reasons) was to give blessings to our Holy Mount Agung.

In my heart of hearts I believe these types of ceremonies are happening all over Bali, after all we are the Island of the Gods.

Now I didn’t see any sacrificing of animals yesterday, however I am not saying it didn’t happen prior to the opening ceremony.

I would like to sign off today’s blog with something my dear Mum would say to me,

“Respect all people, religions and places. We are all different, if there is something we don’t understand we must not make judgement”.

Blessings always

Sharon x

first published October 13, 2017

 

 

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 14_ Welcome to Bali

Hi all,

It’s hard to believe I have written 13 blogs (although I have skipped that illusive number in my sequence) since the confrontation of a potential eruption of Mount Agung, who I have affectionately named the “Big Fella“.

I can’t stop now, I am obsessed, his magnificence is awe inspiring. Check out the Instagram story I recorded before the drama began earlier this year.

My last blog caused a little bit of controversy on a facebook forum, apparently the title of my blog was too sensational.

I truly apologise if I caused any harm.

My intention is to report what I have researched from the authorities and to write entertaining scribe which includes stories from my Balinese family.

In addition I am uploading VLOG’s, which I have been recording on Instagram.

The last week has been a busy time in our Village, with preparations for an epic pomp and ceremony that happens only once in a decade.

I promise to write about it at some point.

A friendly reminder to all that we are still on level 4 High Altert for the possible eruption of Mount Agung.  Daily updates can be found on MAGMA Indonesia’s website.

We have more than 180,000 plus people who have been evacuated from their homes, please give generously the price of a cup of coffee can make a big difference.

I would like to sign off my blog with a warm and fuzzy story from our magical Island of the Gods.

 

Blessings always,

Sharon x

 

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We seem to be at a stalemate here on our paradise Island of Bali.

More than 180,000 plus people have been evacuated from their homes here in Bali, life goes on.

My heart aches for these people who have been away from their homes, temples and animals for some weeks now.

Bali is open for business as usual.

The airports are open, the hotels and restaurants welcome your business with warmth and sincerity you will only find in Bali.

Below is the latest histogram for the period 24 hours prior to the reading at midnight October 15, 2017.

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Histogram , 24 hour update until midnight 15 October 2017.  Sincere gratitude to Rachel Bergsma for updating this graph daily.

I have nothing to report other than a story from Made, we have relatives who are evacuees.  See our silly instagram story for true news from Bali today.

*This was a conversation that took place in the hospital.  I am assuming this happened before the family were evacuated.  Please don’t ask any further questions, this is a story from my husband.  Our cousin is very sick from a stroke and cannot speak or move.

Blessings always,

Sharon xx

 

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This update will be short and sweet.

Basically everything I know is covered in the Instagram story below.

Links to charities and official Indonesian Government websites are listed on my previous posts.

I sincerely appreciate your comments as it keeps me motivated to be able to connect with you.

Blessings always on a magnificent day from this magical place called Bali, also known as the Island of the Gods.

Sharon x

 

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More than 130,000 plus people have been evacuated from their homes here in Bali, life goes on.

For updates check MAGMA Indonesia’s website.

Bali is open for business as usual.

The airports are open, the hotels and restaurants welcome your business with warmth and sincerity you will only find in Bali.

Our hospitality on this magical Island is truly unique, even under the toughest of circumstances.

Today in our compound we are celebrating Tumpek Uduh (Pengatag), we are giving offerings in our family temple to the Gods to say thank you for horticulture.

The Island’s six monthly ceremony Galungan dan Kuningan is fast approaching, today we pray to the Gods and hope that we will be blessed with fruit, flowers and leaf from the trees, this produce will be used in offerings for Galungan dan Kuningan.

It seems timely that nature is the current theme, it certainly needs to be an urgent discussion.

Natural disasters are happening all over the world more frequently, only two days ago Prince Charles called for decisive action be taken on climate change.

Here in Bali we are in a state of suspension, strange things are happening, the energy on the Island is unexplainable for us sensitive souls.

Vicki Ruhr gives sound advice,

As long as there is no ETA to hold to and live by, how about we try and live by the Balinese sentiment of tolerance* and making the best of an extraordinary situation? *remember the words tolerance and suffering are interchangeable too…..

For anyone who maybe reading my blog for the fist time maybe you’re thinking, here we go, another expat in Bali with too much time on her hands, the experts have the situation covered. What’s left to report?

Well maybe your right, please feel free to stop reading now if I am boring you or the content of my blog is not beneficial in any way.

After my rant last night about being nice to each other, I may as well continue the conversation about feelings and sensitivity.

It is certainly a relief that I have written publically about my shadow voices in my memoir Scarlett Voices in the Shadows.

I can hear you now, 

“Who does she think she is, full of self importance and self promotion”

Negative speak washes off me easily these days.

When I heard Oprah speak about manifestation and listening to signs as normal, I felt relieved.

I was not alone.

If #Oprah feels connected to a higher source, then I am okay.

Michele Yoga who has lived in Bali for nine years also gets messages.

I am going to put it out there because she wants me to.

My own shadow voices are fully wired at the moment, they wont stop chattering away furiously.

They urged me to call Michele this morning after she posted another majestic photograph of Mount Agung.

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Mount Agung at 6.30am  7 October, 2017  Photograph by Michele Yoga

I must add though that I have never met Michele, my only connection with Michele is though my observation online.

I have been admiring her humanitarian work in Amed and the surrounding area.

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Michele organised bedding and food for people sleeping under a tarp in a private house of their friends.

I sent Michele a message last night requesting permission to publish her photographs.

I was grateful when she happily agreed.

To my utter surprise Michele explained how she also hears messages, the signals are coming from Mount Agung.

Michele speaks my language.

I get it.

Michele’s messages were clear and concise. The messages were given to me at the exact moment she was staring at Mount Agung,

Energy buzzing at high frequency in my left ear

He is saying don’t ignore me

Stop thinking of yourselves, open your hearts and connect with others

Don’t become complacent

Don’t ignore me

Afterwards Michele told me she had goose bumps radiating throughout her body.

I also felt goose bumps radiate through my body at that synchronised moment.

Michele told me she has been mesmerised by Mount Agung for years, his energy is part of her soul and she feels hypnotised by the force of his power.

Additionally she feels compelled to stay close, to help were she can in and around the Amed district.

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Baby was born with cleft palate on 23 September, although not a evacuee Michele referred the baby to Solemen Indonesia who will take care of surgery to correct this.

How should I conclude my blog after publically putting out messages from an awe inspiring mountain with the possibility of an eruption?

I will quote the Queen herself,

Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new centre of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand”

“If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”

#Oprah Winfrey

Blessings always,

Sharon x

 

 

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 8_ Can’t people just be nice?

I had no intention of writing another blog about Mount Agung, however my shadow voices are urging me to reach out to my readers who have expressed their desire to be updated.

I am being sent messages of appreciation for being a voice from someone who is on the ground, this magnificent ground also known as The Island of the Gods.

I have been blown away by the negative feedback on social media.

Although things started out harmoniously, I am disappointed to note that personal agendas have caused all sorts of problems on facebook forums.

I have not hidden my feelings about being on an emotional roller coaster, why should I? I share everything else with you.

I felt particularly disappointed when I woke up this morning, I was convinced Mount Agung would erupt last night, so did Made.

I must note though our reasoning for our prediction was for no other reason than a feeling.

When I woke up this morning I felt weak.

I decided to crawl out of shell and record an Instagram story.

I felt so much better after declaring my anxieties to whoever was interested, even if nobody was interested it made me feel better.

I had a great day planning my next blog, which has nothing to do with impending eruptions of volcanos.

There has been a unanimous decision by the authorities that the time and date of an eruption of Mount Agung is unknown.

There has been a unanimous decision by the authorities that the Big Fella may not erupt at all.

We are informed.

We are still on level 4 High Altert.

Bali is open for business.

The reasoning that prompted me to write a blog update this evening was a facebook comment.

At approximately 7pm Friday 6 October 2017, a local expat on the ground in Amed posted these magnificent photographs of the Big Fella.

 

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The hypnotising Mount Agung.  Photograph by Michele Yoga

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The mighty Mount Agung.  Authorities have advised we are on level 4 High Altert.  Bali is open for Business. Photograph by Michele Yoga

The below comments prompted me to rush to my computer and tip tap tap tap away at my keyboard,

Person 1: Wow, more gloom n doom

Person 2: I don’t see any doom and gloom, just factual pictures of what the volcano is doing

Person 1: This was all over the web last week with false reports when will it stop. Pictures of the volcanos eruption, flights cancelled but nothing yet. Let’s see when it’s actual.

Person 2: Our group has been showing pics of Mount Agung almost everyday, then in real time from Amed. Person 3 is on the ground there. We are not showing any eruptions, just letting member’s see the steam/vapour.

The above banter to me, sums up the mood on the Island perfectly.

People are conflicted, confused and in my case going slightly mad (okay, okay, I admit it, I am already slightly mad).

My little tanty is over.

I can go back to watching my marathon binge television fix of the series Westworld.

Can’t people just be nice?

Have a great evening

Blessings from Bali,

Sharon x

 

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Although over 130,000 plus people have been evacuated from their homes here in Bali, life must go on.

We are all doing our best here on the Island, I refuse to get into negative speak, if I see anything scathing or judgmental online, I will hit delete without a second thought.

I am being asked the same question daily, should I come to Bali?

Is it safe to come to Bali?

Tell me Sharon, should I come to Bali?

I refuse to answer that question. That’s not my call, that’s up to you.

It’s all about balance.

I feel a strong connection to the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha, I pray to this wise guy when I am feeling confused.

Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati and is known as the The Lord of Obstacles, The Lord of Beginnings, The Lord of Prosperity, you can google him if your interested.

I find peace in Lord Ganesha’s wisdom, you will find a statue of him welcoming you into almost every family compound and business on our Island.

Visit Indonesia Tourism has assured visitors that Bali is open for business as usual.

Rick Loxton from Finn’s Bali reiterated Indonesia Tourisms response by opening up his impressive doors today free to non-members for the Australian football league grand final.

Made and myself wanted to expose our nieces to a small slice of Australia without leaving Bali.

I was blown away by the facilities, the size of the film screen was impressive to say the least and the affluent Australian expats and tourists of Canggu society filled the lawn area.

The atmosphere reminded me of being at the Melbourne races or at open air music festival.

A massive romantic marquee with tables set up, staff made sure the happy footy fans glasses were refilled with a never ending flow of champagne and beer.

When the congregation of Aussies stood up and sang the Australian national anthem, goose bumps radiated throughout my body.

I was thrilled when Richmond, a traditional Melbourne team took home the cup.

The local expatriates and tourists didn’t seem to have a care in the world.

It was interesting, although I did wonder how many people had packed face masks, goggles and ear plugs in their handbags?

Maybe you are wondering how a group of wealthy Australians could be enjoying a fun day out when over 130,000 people are in camps all over the Island.

I say why not!

The Balinese are certainly getting on with life as normal, so why shouldn’t expats and tourists.

In my Village only yesterday a precession of elaborately dressed neighbours randomly paraded past my compound.

Additionally today Made woke up at 4am to make sate with a group of Village men.

Preparing sate is a common task and part of the offerings which is required for the complicated cremation process.

Cremation processes vary throughout the Island, depending on which village and caste you belong to and what you can afford.

The series of ceremonies involve the panca maha butha, the five elements, is called pengabenan (Nhaben) in common Balinese.

The procession in the video below is called Nyekah, which is a process to cleanse the soul.

My village neighbours are heading down to the river to cleanse the soul.

Afterwards they will return to their family temple and carefully place the soul into the three chambers of the temple called Kemulan. The soul will wait in the temple chamber until it’s time for reincarnation.

Made told me according to his Mother’s stories his soul is the reincarnation of Manku Gede, that would certainly explain his continual studying and quest to read and interpret the ancient Hindu scriptures.

I was chatting to our niece Eka about the volcano, she told me a fascinating story about the Pura Besakih Temple on the slopes of Mount Agung.

The story was about the 100 year celebration called Eka Dasa Rudra, Centennial Purification of the Universe, which took place in 1963 just before the eruption of Mount Agung. The ceremony is to restore harmony.

After the eruption in 1963 there seemed to be a debate about whether the correct date was chosen because the eruption caused the death of in excess of 1,000 people.

According to research from Fred B. Eiseman, Bali Sekala & Niskala Volume I,some say the year was wrong, that it was chosen for reasons more political than religious and god showed his wrath by bringing the lava down.

Religious leaders, however, say that to declare 1963 the wrong year questions the wisdom of the holy priest who set the date.

I asked Made his thoughts on Mount Agung’s possible eruption.  Made agrees with the theory that an eruption should happen for a cleansing and rejuvenation to take place, he describes it as the cycle of the Volcano.

Both Made and myself are praying to the Gods for wisdom in the wake of an eruption.

We are praying for faith, to believe what will happen is meant to be for the greater good of our Paradise Island and for the world.

Eka showed me a facebook post which was certainly enchanting, Manku Mokoh had hiked to the top of Mount Agung seeking answers.

His facebook post simply asked that people share his photograph and pass on the message that what he was seeking was not found.

Made, Eka and myself started chatting about the adventurous Manku,

Made was quick to respond,

“See, I told you I wanted to climb the mountain to find out”.

Made had been urging me to go with him and climb Mount Agung, I pleaded with him not to go, I am glad I won that argument.

He was happy when we arrived at a Warung in our Village and on the front page of the Bali Post, 30th September, 2017 was Manku Mokoh.

Manku Mokoh’s only request on his facebook post was missing from the Bali Post report,

“I wanted to climb Mount Agung to find out when Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva would walk, in other words when will he erupt?, I didn’t find the answer to that question at the top of the mountain”.

I woke up this morning and checked Manku’s post, I was delighted to see that he has already had 4.8K views and 23.5K shares. I noticed comments like,

“Thank you for sharing, I feel at peace, this post makes me calm down”

Mangku Mokoh

Mangku Mokoh climbed to the top of Mount Agung to see what he could find.  His message to the world  is that he can’t answer the question when Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva will walk (when the volcano will erupt)

I must add though that anyone in Bali who maybe reading my blog, and considering climbing the Big Fella……DONT DO IT, we are still on level 4 orange alert.

My own Journey over the past week has been one of an emotional roller coaster, however I now feel at peace.

We must have faith that what ever is meant to happen is God’s will.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

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