A New Day is on the horizon

repost from February, 2018

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.

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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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Scarlett Voices In the Shadows

Lombok Earthquake – It was like Surfing on a Rubber Band

Three Australian mates were enjoying a steak at the Palate Café & Restaurant in Central Lombok last night when a devastating magnitude-7 Earthquake hit the holiday Island.

Businessman Michael Grossman from the coastal town of Torquay in Victoria Australia, described the sensation like he was surfing on a rubber band.

The three men remained calm when the quake began, Senior Constable Mark Jarman a Surfer from Victor Harbor in South Australia, checked his phone seeking information from an App called Earthquake, he was trying to ascertain what they were dealing with.

The information they were searching for was whether a Tsunami warning had been issued.

“That 13 minutes seemed like hours, it was total mayhem, I felt as though I was watching a movie as the scene unfolded before my eyes”, Michael said.

“The Earth started to shake, it was like surfing on land or riding a rubber band. The locals started to panic and run onto the street after the Earthquake didn’t stop, I knew we were dealing with something serious”.

Rather than evacuate, the three men made a decision to remain so they could help out by keeping people calm.

Thousands of tourists and locals were running onto the streets in panic, we felt it was necessary to do what we could the men explained.

“It was horrific witnessing what seemed like thousands of people, both locals and tourists in shock. People were crying and searching for loved ones, it was totally surreal”, Michael said.

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From Left, Tony Coad, Michael Grossman & Mark Jarman

Finally after 13 long minutes my phone flashed the information we were seeking Mark said,

“No Tsunami Warning Issued”.

In true blue Aussie style Tony Coad also from Torquay declared,

“Okay then let’s have another Bintang, no need to evacuate to the hills”

 

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Off the beaten track in Central Sulawesi

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

Please take a moment to enjoy

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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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 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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Why I call myself a Humanist

I want to send a big thank you and Christmas cheer to my supporters and also to my haters, seriously I have learnt so much this year on my quest to publish my memoir.

This year has given me a new perspective, it has given me the strength to keep going, I have triumphed after attempting a very tough challenge.

I have self published my memoir and created a publishing company in my mothers name called Valda Press, and distributed my book to over 50 bookshops throughout Indonesia and Australia.

In addition Scarlett Voices in the Shadows is available to print on demand through Amazon, anywhere in the world.

I have been flabbergasted what has transpired this year. I have been encouraged and supported in addition to being, shunned and  verbally threatened .

It takes a lot of guts to speak your truth. It takes a lot of guts to bear your soul as I have done in my memoir Scarlett Voices in the Shadows.

My mission is not yet complete, my vision for Scarlett is to be read by the masses globally.

In my heart of hearts I know my story is an inspirational one, I know my story will help the lives of many. In my heart of hearts I know writing is the gift I have been given to share.

I was delighted when I received a review from a reader about how she describes the reaction from an elderly women who is bedridden,

My daughter works in Aged care and cares for a 96 year old lady who is blind and sadly now bedridden. My daughter took Scarlett to work with her and has been reading to her client. She is absolutely loving hearing about your travels (she traveled in her early days)

As she put her to bed for the night she would ask “what country are we in tonight” – she really thought she had been on the travels with you, so obviously she could visualise the places because you had described them so beautifully.

My story is for both Men and Women. I have received emails and phone calls from my readers (both Men and Women) telling me that my story has touched them emotionally. My memoir is also easy to read, below is just one of many reviews I have received,

I don’t read many books, but this one I loved as could not put it down….wanting to know what happened next in this inspiring women’s life. I wanted to be on her adventure some of the time……some of the time not, as she endured a lot of heartache and sadness. What she did for domestic violence sufferers was amazing…changing their lives for the better. This truly was a ‘good read’. Cant wait for her next book!

During the process of writing my memoir and publishing by book I have come to the realization that I am not a man hater, I am in fact a man lover.

I respect men. I admire men. I love their masculinity and I love their femininity.

During my journey this year I have changed my preconceived opinion that most Australian men over the age of 30 are chauvinist pig’s, I was wrong.

It was the Men this year who helped me on my quest to publish Scarlett Voices in the Shadows. It was the men who supported me, and not for sexual reasons.

These men supported me because of my achievement, my skill, my tenacity my perseverance and most importantly because of my writing ability.

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Some women have supported me, although to my utter surprise and disbelief women who I have known and respected for years turned their back on me.

I have also come to the realisation this year that I would prefer to call myself a humanist.

I believe the word feminist belongs in the past, for me anyway.

Any type of “ist” seems to conjure up discrimination in my mind. I know the definition of feminisim is a person who supports equality between the sexes.

Sure I believe in that, although in my mind, I don’t think we need to have a term for that.

I think it should just be a given. No label should be given for equality; we should just live our lives that way.

We should treat our peers with dignity and respect.

I feel as though it’s time to unite, for both Men and Women to come together without discrimination.

That is my truth, I will continue to speak my truth.

I am sending a heart filled shout out from Bali to follow your dreams and reach for what ever you want.

Blessings always,

Sharon x