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 ….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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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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