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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Galungan dan Kuningan_April 2017

So much preparation goes into making elaborate offerings to appease the Gods and welcome the spiritual ancestors.

The spiritual ancestors descend on Bali and stay for 10 days before heading back on Kuningan Day.

This tradition happens every 210 days as detailed on the complicated Balinese calendar.

Living in a family compound amongst this pomp and ceremony can be confronting and intimidating.

Some of you who know me or have read my memoir will know that I began praying to the Bali Gods after a miracle happened to me in a temple.

My relationship with the Balinese Gods, Goddesses and Spirits has been intense, complicated and unexplainable just as the ancient rituals, but different.

Words cannot describe the profound effect the spirits have radiated through my soul since that miraculous day in 2010.

Maybe one day I will be able to articulate the radical transformation that has transpired in my soul, which started that day when I was rescued lovingly and embraced by a force so powerful I have not yet found a way to share with you in the written word.

I have decided this Galungan not to participate with my Village people, my Gods, Goddess and Spirits are whispering to me, instructing me to breathe and relax.

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My family praying in our home temple

They are whispering to me, advising me to rest, pray and meditate while the Village people are busy throughout the spiritual vortex of this magical land.

They are saying it’s okay to read, write, sleep and love peacefully. It’s okay not to be participating in the traditional activities of the rhythmic machine and intricate processes.

May all of you who have taken the time to read my blog be blessed in abundance by your ancestors, may your life be touched with magic just as it has done with me.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

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