Off the beaten track in Central Sulawesi

My story today in the Jakarta Post expresses my real passion, which is LOVE without religious boundaries.

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blessings always

Sharon x

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My story today in the Jakarta Post expresses my real passion, which is LOVE without religious boundaries.  Follow this link to read, it only takes 2 minutes

 

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SHARON KARYASA: FAMILY VIOLENCE TRAILBLAZER

I am super proud to be acknowledged for my work in my beloved Bali, today May 23, 2018 in the Bali Advertiser.

Thank you to Bill Dalton for taking the time to report and highlight the importance of keeping up the discussion about the sensitive issue of Domestic Violence.

The conversation must continue.

I believe in signs.

How incredible that my grandfathers name was William Dalton Rowlands (Bill Dalton) the same name as our respected Author and Journalist who also wrote a feature article about my work last year in the Jakarta Post.

My sincere gratitude to both Bill’s.

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A New Day is on the horizon

I am sending you, my readers an abundance of New Years optimism. I know its late, however it’s always a good time to transmit good will. 

I am sending an affirmation to all, who will read this scribe, for every year to be superb, take a chance and enjoy your life. 

My blogging in the second half of 2017 was all about our active Volcano, Gunung Agung. I felt obliged to update my Community of readers regularly about our “Big Fella”, I became obsessed with the process of the Volcano.

Although I still keep a close eye on our “The Big Fella” I now feel calm, knowing that the activity of the eruption will follow the course of nature.

My interview with Mangku Bon  has left me feeling composed and focused on what is important.  My daily ritual of prayer and meditation continues to keeps me aligned. I believe that faith is a constant reality of truth.

I am joyful, my soul is filled with gratitude every day I wake up on this beautiful planet we all occupy.

It is my intention to inspire my readers, to seek out a positive outlook even when faced with the toughest of challenges.

I am optimistic and excited about the future for our majestic Island of the Gods, I feel blessed to be living in Bali at this time in history.

I was thrilled to be interviewed by news.com.au  about my fascinating meeting with Mangku Bon, additionally the story was featured in the International Business Times.

For now I will resign from my self appointed role, which was updating my blog on the activities of Mount Agung. Check the Official site MAGMA regularly for updates.

What I would like to diarize in this blog, is my enthusiasm and excitement I feel this year.

I envisage a fresh wave of confidence for the future. Reinforced by my creative muse Oprah and her unforgettable speech at the 75th Golden Globes Award Ceremony on January 7, 2018.

A New Day is on the horizon

There are so many reasons why the 75th Golden Globes Award Ceremony was one I will never forget. My admiration for the actress and activists campaign hit close to home, my own involvement in advocating for survivors of domestic abuse has also been phenomenal.

How incredible that A list actresses Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern amongst others wore black as a sign of respect for victims and survivors of domestic violence.

The scene was dramatic, the world wide audience was made aware of the Time’s Up Campaign , an initiative which is raising money for the legal defense fund, this fund will provide support to victims of sexual harassment and assault.

The campaign also seeks inclusion, equality and parity for women and marginalized people across all industries.

A powerful moment in the show was when Reese Witherspoon accepted the Golden Globe for Big Little Lies, which won the Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television.

In her speech Reese gave thanks to the many women who had broken their silence, she reassured the audience by saying,

“Time is up, we hear you, we see you, and we will tell your stories”

Finally Oprah was welcomed to the stage by Reese to accept The Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

I was in awe, in fact I needed to find her speech on social media to play it over and over again.

75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Season 75

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Oprah began her speech by talking about herself as a little girl in 1964, sitting on the linoleum floor of her mother’s house in Milwaukee, watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor, which was awarded to Sidney Poitier at the 36th Academy Awards. She went on to talk about her Mum being bone-tired from cleaning other people’s houses.

It was incredible, the first page of my memoir starts in 1964 when my 21 year Mother was sitting on the floor with her baby girl. She was in her suburban home in Melbourne watching a small black & white television as The Beatles arrived to a frenzy of hysterical fans.

Could Oprah have read my book?

I don’t know the answer to that question yet, however what I know for sure is this. It doesn’t matter if Oprah has read my book, I now know that my heroine thinks like me. I am still dumbstruck by the similarities.

The rest of her speech was truly phenomenal, my friend Lisa Zimmer summed up my feelings perfectly when she wrote on her Instagram Post,

 Power~ Strength~ Truth~  by Lisa Zimmer 

Watching Oprah receive the Cecil B. DeMille award last night showed such poignancy to our nation, and to those watching our country.  We saw a woman with steadfast integrity, awareness and intelligence stake claim to the power of standing in truth. 
We watched as a country that currently struggles with truth and security, validate the importance of standing in integrity.
We saw that power and strength does not lie within a specific gender, but within truth.
We witnessed leadership in a woman
who silently, has mentored millions, simply by showing up in authenticity. 
She has showed us that shattering illusions created to repress aren’t just possible, but applauded, because by speaking truth, we create positive change.
We saw a leader last night, a leader for all of humanity. God bless you Oprah for all you have created in our world.

I will sign off my first blog for the year and reiterate wise words from Oprah, the beautiful soul who continues to guide me in my creative accomplishments, 

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,  I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon”

Blessings always,

Sharon x

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Mount Agung VOLCANO ERUPTION_volcanic pressure cooker

For me, presently living on the The Island of the Gods is like being on a roller coaster ride that never ends.

There are a small group of people (mainly expatriates) in Bali who have become the Island’s messenger service through facebook forums.

They take their job seriously. They are charting, noting and sharing research from various sources.

I am grateful to these hard working Community members who are passing on valuable information to the rest of us mere mortals.

I have never claimed to be an expert or a Volcanologist, in fact I have previously made claim that I hated science at school, I much preferred chatting, painting, dreaming and writing. Please check MAGMA Indonesia for official updates.

I have been blogging and vlogging about the human side effects I have been experiencing since The Big Fella started causing waves.

I felt compelled to publically share my online diary.

I have had positive feedback from readers all over the world. People are fascinated with Bali, why wouldn’t they be? We live on the most extraordinary Island in the world.

The waiting game of not knowing how long it will take for our guy to erupt and how much damage he will cause is indeed challenging. The uncertainty of having no idea when Gunung Agung will perform his final act is causing emotions to run high.

Mount Agung is not the only one building up like a pressure cooker…emotions are running high on our tiny Island.

Things seem to have intensified, insidious nasty and bitchy comments on facebook forums that would not be tolerated in a school ground are happening on Community forums here.

A war of words about what should and shouldn’t be said, written, posted and disguised.

I have been banned from two such forums as I have been accused of profiteering from one group and self promoting from another.

I feel like its groundhog day for me when on October 6 I announced my anxieties in a blog titled Why can’t people just be nice.

Some of us inhabitants left here on our tiny Island are bubbling, confronting realities and personal truths.

Some of us in business are facing moral dilemma’s daily, should we our keep staff?

Should we reduce wages?

If we sack our staff of course it will effect peoples lives. What about our own lives? How do we keep ourselves protected?

Some expats and wealthy Balinese do not have as much pressure as others. Some retirees also need not worry.

The stark reality of the impending eruption is that we have no idea when Mount Agung will perform his finale.

I have the utmost respect for the humanitarian soldiers out in the field, working tirelessly (often under personal attack).

People like Michele Yoga and her team who have persevered from the very beginning.

It has been lovely watching her progress since I wrote about her in October in a blog titled Tolerance, Messages and Signs.  Michele has been relentlessly fundraising, campaigning and collaborating with other organisations to help.

Michele has now set up a charity called Team Action for Amed, Michele and her team are truly miraculous.

In fact over the weekend a fan from the USA was so impressed with her work he decided to pack his bags and fly over to join her growing team members.

Michele is also becoming somewhat of a celebrity, over the weekend she received over 22K views on one of her live feed commentaries about Mount Agung.

Michele has not waivered in her love for Mount Agung. Like myself our obsession with The Big Fella reflects in our happy snaps below.

Beautiful Sunset taken in Amed by Michele Yoga  November 30th &  A dramatic scene I snapped yesterday December 10 near our home 

You would think it would be a simple task to advertise a good cause.

It is not.

A perfect example is a story about Kenny.

Kenny’s post was deleted from the same facebook forum that has refused to share my blogs.

Kenny was spruiking a good cause.

I don’t know the details as to why Kenny’s post was deleted, however I do know that one of the questions asked by the administrators was to list the address of the evacuation camp.

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Kenny collaborated with VisionBali and  Nyoman Danny Sridana to donate eye drops and books to Evacuees in the Red Zone.

I am so relieved that Kenny refused to answer that question as it is extremely dangerous to give out camp locations on social media. Strangely enough I didn’t know that until today.

Michele and her team made an announcement on her  page Team Action for Amed,that she had formed an alliance with Glen Hulley from Project Karma to keep evacuees safe from human trafficking and sex crimes.

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Forming an Alliance.  Michele Yoga from Team Action for Amed and Glen Hulley from Project Karma

After a couple of hours of research and messages to both Glen and Michele the stark reality of Bali’s possible future outcome for some of it’s residents became frightening.

Recently while I was sitting at the Immigration Office in Denpasar I noticed a poster warning people of the dangers of Human Trafficking.

What I am about to write about may be confronting to some, it certainly is to me.

I am talking about human lives and Children’s human rights.

In an interview on The Jakarta Globe News Channel Glen discusses with Dean Benitez the organization’s efforts to combat child trafficking and exploitation. The importance of education and awareness to prevent traffikers infiltrating Bali.

Glen has generously donated Rp4 million in goods to Team Action for Amed and will donate a further Rp3 million this coming Thursday when he visits Amed to give an educational talk to evacuees.

Afterwards they plan to have entertainment for the Children

I am talking about the Island of the Gods in crises, this issue must be discussed, it must be addressed immediately.

The reality in Bali today is that life can change in a moment. The eruption of Mount Agung is ongoing. We don’t know when or if the The Big Fella will do his final performance, maybe I wont have time to upload this blog or maybe we still be facing the unknown in months to come.

The reality we face is the here and now.

The reality we face is that people will starve, or possibly already starving?  The reality we face is that human trafficking could become a problem on our Paradise Island.

Now is the time for the holiday makers, wealthy expats and rich Balinese to share their wealth and expertise. How you may ask? Well that’s easy.

Jump on Team Action for Amed or Project Karma’s website or any of the charities I have mentioned in my previous blogs.

Call into the Fly Café on Friday night if you are in Bali and meet Kenny who will happily accept donations for eyedrops to deliver to the unofficial camps.

I am calling out to all who love Bali, dig deep and give at Christmas time.

Every little bit helps.

Blessings always,

Sharon x

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 12_ the land was moving like a dolphin, a story from an evacuee

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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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream

 

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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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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 6

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 5

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. 4

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream 3

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream 2

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream

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Reflection

Some days we want to swing, laugh, embrace natures beauty and forget.

Some days the Universe sends messages of warnings that all is not as perfect as it seems in an idyllic illusion.

Do we keep swinging or do we take a leap?

Now is the time to Unite in love, it IS possible, nature is yearning for a brave new world.

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Am I the Odd One Out

Am I the odd one out?

Do they judge me?

Do they laugh at me?

Do they gossip about me?

Do they abandon me because I’m a different colour?

Do they disown me because my mind gets confused?

Do they shun me because I wasn’t born in their Country?

Do they laugh about me because my retention of their language is blocked?

NO

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Village life equates to many many temple ceremonies.  We visit our family and give offerings to the Gods. We then pray to our ancestors. Gratitude is the key to continual harmony in our Communities.

I am accepted as a community member without judgement.

Love and gratitude to our ancestors is the answer to freedom, after all ….

We are one 🙏

Blessings always

Sharon x

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