Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT ….Repost _ do you believe in magic?

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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Vibrations

I feel the vibration shifting tremendously

Here in my spiritual Bali the Gods are sending me signs

I am searching my soul

My clarity is murky

The black and white is seeping into grey

sangeh

Who can we trust ?

Now is the time, the biggest challenge we must face

Dark days approach

Asking for faith

My heart is aching for the world, for the people, for the sadness

Dig deep and breathe

Dig deep

We must believe

Vibrations

Sharon Karyasa © 2017

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Originally posted February 9, 2017

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.

Histogram 15 Oct

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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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.

Below is the latest histogram for the period 24 hours prior to the reading at midnight October 13, 2017.

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Histogram , 24 hour update until midnight 13 October 2017

For updates check MAGMA Indonesia’s website.

To be honest I have no idea what it means.

I do however understasnd that nothing has changed in regards to still being on level 4 high alert for a possible volcanic eruption.

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.

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

 

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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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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 6

The weather here on the Island of the Gods has been idyllic the last few days, it’s hard to believe our majestic giant is causing so much attention.

I had a chuckle this morning when a local posted a status on his facebook,

This is why you shouldn’t believe anything u read on the fucked up internet!

I’m currently looking at the volcano and Jack shit has happened it’s still the sleeping monster it has always been #fuckfakenews!

I totally get this, my friend from Torquay sent me a message yesterday advising me that Mount Agung will erupt within a few hours, according to some reports in Australia.

Some reports though have been great, like the one written by Matt Davies from news.com.au titled,

Indonesia ready to divert tourists as Bali volcano rumbles

Matt quoted a line from my blog and linked me into his report,

“Hands up who else on the Island feels anxious”

Needless to say I have taken my husband’s carefree advice and relaxed.

“Kehendak alam, what ever will be will be”

I feel extremely proud of the community here on the Island and the outstanding coordination from all levels of government, as detailed in today’s Jakarta Post,

“In an impressive show of solidarity, communities and individuals have banded together to provide assistance for evacuees who have had to escape the rumbling Mount Agung in Bali”

We decided to spend our wedding anniversary today at our favourite small Warung beachside in Sanur on a perfect day in Paradise.

In between eating, swimming and sun baking I was researching information about Volcanos and Mount Agung.  I had with me an old fashioned reference, a book.

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Perfect today at Sanur Beach

Bali Sekala & Niskala Volume II by Fred B. Eiseman, JR, is a comprehensive resource on all things Bali. I didn’t have to search far, as the first Chapter is titled,

Island of Bali, Volcanoes, Monsoons, and Tides

Eiseman details fascinating data about the history of our Big Fella’s eruptions, including the benefits to the land after an eruption.

With my knew found interest in finding out more about Volcanoes, Monsoons, and Tides, I asked Froggy who has been a Surfer and Ocean man in Sunur for 30 years.

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Froggy started surfing when he was 10 years old. 

The short answer from Froggy was NO. There has been no change in the tides what’s so ever over the last week.

Everyone wants so know if and when the Big Fella will roar?

You can furiously ask google for the answer to that question, however our Paradise Island has it’s own schedule,

Only our Balinese Hindu Gods know that answer to that question.

Blessings in love and solidarity,

Sharon x

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It’s been a long day.

It’s 9.30pm here in our Village, I feel weird, the only word that comes to mind about how I am feeling and the atmosphere in Bali is eerie.

My husband and family members in our Village compound are going about their every day lives with an acceptance.

That’s just what they do… they accept what will be, without what seems like too much worry at all?

Today I have been feeling every emotion, I would say a feeling of anxiety is at the top of my list.

I feel empathy and sadness for the locals from Karangasem, who have been evacuated from their homes, away from their temples and animals and who are now refugees in their own Country.

It seems the number of people are in the vicinity of 10,000 and increasing by the hour.

Volunteers have banded together co-ordinating the delivery of essential supplies and collecting donations.

More information can be found on Kopernick’s website who have set up a fund, MOUNT AGUNG EMERGENCY RESPONSE.

It’s interesting to be an Aussie chick married to a Balinese man right at the moment.

I am in mini breakdown mode, planning, stocking the cupboards, buying masks and everything else I have been reading about that is necessary when facing an impending Volcanic Eruption.

Made is just going along his merry way without a care in the world.

Tonight we decided to take a ride to the rice fields where the local farmer told us this morning where we would see Mount Agung in all his glory if he erupted.

All was quiet, eerie, not even a star in the sky.

Until my next update,

Take care and

Blessings always

Sharon xx

 

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