Mount Agung – Active Volcano, Holy Pilgrimage to Besakih Temple

As seen in Ubud Life, No.39 June – August 2019 Page 57 “Our Visit to the Holy Mountain” by Sharon Karyasa

If you’re the outspoken member of the Community you’re likely to get into trouble.

I have never been one to remain quiet.

I spent a significant amount of time in 2017 blogging about Mount Agung our active volcano whom I affectionately named The Big Fella.

I was accused of fearmongering, which I find amusing.

I became friends with a reader who decided to come for a vacation to Bali, after reading one of my creative blogs about our unpredictable mountain.

I made a point of letting my readers know that I am terrible at science, and quite frankly the technical compositions that make up our Big Fella sound like gibberish to me.

I have since learned that Mount Agung is a strato-volcano also known as a composite volcano, it didn’t surprise me at all to discover Mount Agung is amongst the powerful of all volcanoes.

The eruptions from these types of volcanos may be a pyroclastic flow, rather than a flow of lava.

A pyroclastic flow is a superheated mixture of hot steam, ash, rock and dust.

A pyroclastic flow can travel down the sides of a volcano at very high speeds, with temperatures over 400 degrees Celsius.

Composite volcanoes can rise over 8000 feet.

Our Holy Mountain woke up on December 30, 2018 and again on January 10, 2019 after being asleep during the entire five months when a series of earthquakes hit Lombok, which began in July 2018.

Devy K Syahbana, the PVMBG’s head of Eastern Region Volcano Mitigation Subdivision said in January 2019 that Mount Agung had returned to its eruption phase before the Lombok earthquake.

He further added a satellite report by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) in Darwin explaining that Bali’s Mount Agung eruption spewed volcanic ash reaching more than 2,000 meters from its summit, or about 5,400 meters above sea level.

In a press release on March 17, 2019 The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation of the Geological Agency, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Recourses, said that after 54 years the holy Mount Agung had began his eruption on November 2017 and that activities are still happening.

Yes they are.

A few weeks back I made a holy pilgrimage to Pura Besakih Temple with my husband and niece. Although I was aware of the possibility of an eruption at any time, I was not aware of the masses of Balinese who where also making this holy pilgrimage.

Besakih Temple sits 1,000 metres high on the southwestern slope of our Big Fella.

The Basakih compound is made up of over 86 temples. On the day we made our pilgrimage it seemed as though the entire Pasek clan from the Island of Bali had also decided to venture out.

This year a very special ceremony was taking place, known as Panca Wali Krama, a complicated ceremony to give gratitude to the Gods, which only occurs once every ten years.

Panca Wali Krama is the second largest ritual that happens at Pura Besakih after Eka Dasa Rudra, which is held once every 100 years.

It was during the Eka Dasa Rudra celebration in 1963 that the mighty Mount Agung erupted.  Miraculously the temple survived the devastating eruption at that time.

The thought did cross my mind about the possibility of an eruption as we waited in a human traffic jam for three hours to reach our ancestral temple. Then I remembered my faith and felt honoured to be part of such an auspicious spiritual journey.

Human traffic jam at Besakih

Holy Pilgrimage Panca Wali Krama at Besakih Temple Bali

Mount Agung has erupted several times since our pilgrimage.

21 April, 2019 at 6.55pm.  Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from BNPB tweeted.

A column of thick gray volcanic ash, leaning towards the West threw eruption material reaching 2,500 – 3,000 metres from the peak in all directions.

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Photograph Mount Agung eruption 21 April, 2019 at 6.55pm photograph Sutopo Purwo Nugroho @twitter

Life goes on as normal here in Bali, the most recent eruption happened while I was sweating it out in an aerobics class with women in my village. We were oblivious of any showcasing from The Big Fella.

One thing I know for sure is that there has never been a more exciting time to visit Bali.

You never know what will transpire in any one day.

Aerobics in Bali

Aerobics with Ibu Ibu in a Balinese Village

Blessings always

Sharon x

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Thank you to Mangku Bon for continuing to serve our active volcano Mount Agung who I named the “Big Fella”.

I am sad that your home has been reduced to rubble, confident however that the Gods have a plan and we will rebuild, thanks to the generosity of hard working charity organisations on this magical Island of the Gods called Bali.

Mangku Bon’s story has catapulted my career as a freelance journalist onto another level and I am truly grateful.  News.com.au have given me the chance of a lifetime, my dreams are continuing to manifest daily.

Yayasan Solemen Indonesia are like angels to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Please give generously for the people who are suffering both on our beautiful Island of Bali and Lombok.

Please take a moment to read about their incredible work.

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Blessings always

Sharon xx

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Gunung Agung, Mangku Bon adalah penjaga gerbang kebenaran Universal

Karangasem: 22 Desember, 2017

 HARAP DIPERHATIKAN: Mangku Bon telah memperingati berbahaya bagi siapa pun untuk mendaki Gunung Agung. Dia memiliki izin dari Tuhan. JANGAN TREK Gunung Agung

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Pertama kali saya melihat foto Mangku Bon saya merasa tenang. Saya menulis tentang perasaan saya ketika saya memperbarui blog saya 1 Oktober, 2017.

Kali kedua Mangku Bon menarik perhatian saya pada tanggal 13 Desember 2017 ketika rekaman video yang dramatis menjadi terkenal di media sosial setelah perjalanannya ke puncak Gunung Agung.

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Berdiskusi banyak di facebook.

Saya menjadi bingung dengan dialog negatif dan merasa terdorong untuk membela dan melindungi orang-orang Kudus kita yang menjalankan tugas mereka untuk melayani Tuhan di Pulau Suci para Dewa kita.

Saya terhipnotis oleh Mangku Bon, energinya memancarkan sesuatu yang luar biasa. saya perlu mencari tahu lebih banyak. Saya bermimpi bertemu dengan Mangku Bon, dalam mimpi kami berdoa bersama. Pertemuan spiritual dengan Mangku Bon terjadi dengan mudah. Hubungan saya dengan I Kadek Putra Yasa berlangsung seperti sihir.

Saya berbicara dengan Kadek di telepon dan menjelaskan mimpi saya.

Saya juga menyampaikan komitmen saya terhadap agama Hindu Bali. Kadek mengadakan pertemuan dengan Mangku Bon dengan antusias, dia juga penasaran untuk bertemu dengan penjaga gerbang “Big Fella” kami. Ketika kami tiba di rumah Mangku Bon di kaki gunung suci kami, mimpi saya menjadi kenyataan. Saya diliputi emosi.

Di hati saya, saya tahu bahwa penglihatan saya telah membawa saya ke rumahnya karena suatu alasan. Sangat penting untuk mencatat dan mengirimkan pesan suci dari penjaga gerbang gunung vulkanik suci kita. Saya merasa seolah-olah Mangku Bon memegang kunci suci untuk kebenaran Universal.

Anugrah yang dia ungkapkan mencengangkan. Saya telah menyiapkan daftar pertanyaan untuk diajukan, bagaimanapun, saya memutuskan untuk mengikuti arus dan melihat apa yang terjadi.

Saya meminta keponakan kami Eka untuk mengingatkan saya untuk mengajukan pertanyaan penting yang telah saya tulis di buku catatan.

Saya mencatat percakapan lima puluh delapan menit di iPhone saya.

Eka dan Made menerjemahkan dialog tersebut.

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Dari Kiri: Eka, Made, Manku Bon, Cucu, Saya Sendiri and Kadek

Made: Istri saya melihat Anda di facebook saat Anda mendaki Gunung Agung dan ingin bertemu dengan Anda. Sebelum dia melihat Anda di facebook dia mengalami jantung berdebar-debar. Setelah dia melihat foto Anda, jantungnya menjadi normal lagi.

Mangku Bon :Saya tidak tahu bagaimana berbicara bahasa Inggris bisa anda terjemahkan?

Made: Iya. Saat pertama kali mendaki Gunung Agung pada bulan Oktober, istri saya menulis sebuah cerita tentang Anda. Saya tidak tahu tentang Anda sampai saya melihat Anda di Bali Post.

MB: Ya, saya mendaki Gunung Agung pada akhir September

.Kadek: Saat anda mendaki terakhir kali dengan Mangku Mokoh anda mulai dari tempat yang sama?

MB: Iya. Saya mulai di Jam 11 di malam hari dan tiba di 7 am di pagi hari. Saya telah berjalan kaki delapan kali. Terkadang saat saya berjalan kaki, saya tiba jam 8 pagi dan kadang jam 9 pagi.

MB Darimana asalmu? Bagaimana Anda menemukan saya? Bagaimana anda bertemu Kadek? Bagaimana anda mengatur untuk datang?

Made: Kami terhubung di facebook. Istri saya menelepon Kadek dan dia mengatur untuk bertemu dengan Anda.

MB: Dimana anda tinggal?

Made:Saya tinggal di Sangeh

MB:Oh baiklah. Saya pernah ke Plaga, Petang dan Penarungan. Saya telah berjalan kaki mendaki Gunung Batur dan tidur di sana satu malam. Saya juga mendaki Gunung Batukaru dan saya juga pernah tidur di sana. Saya pernah ke Pura Tanah Lot.

Made: Kenapa anda pergi ke sana?

MB: Putri saya sudah menikah dan tinggal di Tabanan Megati. Putri saya yang lain sudah menikah dan tinggal di Tabanan Samsam. Putri ketiga saya menikah dan tinggal di Abiansemal. Sekarang saya tinggal dengan anak saya yang belum menikah. Dia ada di pasar sekarang. Saya juga merawat kedua cucu saya.

Kadek: Saat anda mendaki gunung Agung apakah anda langsung pergi, atau apakah Anda beristirahat?

MB: Saya selalu istirahat setengah jalan. Ada Pura setengah jalan mendaki gunung yang disebut Pura Dukuh Bujangga Sakti, tempat saya beristirahat dan berdoa. Saya beristirahat selama dua jam dan kemudian saya naik lagi.

Kadek: Benarkah ada generasi orang putih (albino) di Desa-desa di kabupaten ini di sekitar gunung?

MB: Ya ini benar Banyak generasi keturunan orang putih tinggal di daerah ini. Dulu Tuhan da: ri Pura Dukuh Bujangga Sakti yang benar-benar ajaib (sakti) nama Dewanya adalah Dukuh Bujangga Sakti dan disinilah tempat tinggalnya di Gunung Agung. Inilah alasan mengapa begitu banyak generasi orang putih tinggal di daerah ini.

Kadek: Berapa umur anda di tahun 1963?

MB: Umur saya sama dengan anak bungsu saya sekarang. Saya ingat letusan itu lebih besar dari sekarang. Sekarang tidak ada apa-apa dibandingkan tahun 1963. Pada tahun 1963 terjadi hujan debu, batu dan lahar di belakang rumah saya. Kami diberkati pada tahun 1963 karena hanya tujuh orang yang meninggal di daerah kami.

Kadek: Apakah kondisinya sama sekarang seperti sebelum letusan besar tahun 1963.

MB: Tidak. Gempa bumi pada tahun 1963 dimana 100 persen lebih buruk dari pada gempa yang kita alami sejauh ini.

Made: Kapan proses gunung berapi selesai? Apakah akan menjadi ledakan yang sangat besar? Bisakah anda beritahu saya dari mata penglihatan mata batin apa yang bisa anda lihat?

MB: Ini tidak akan menjadi ledakan besar. Ini akan terus menjadi letusan yang lamban. Saya yakin prosesnya akan selesai dalam 9 bulan. Ledakan berikutnya akan terjadi dalam 45 tahun. Ledakan berikutnya akan besar seperti tahun 1963.

Made: Apakah Anda membuat persembahan dan proses yang sama seperti yang Anda lakukan di tahun 1963?

MB: Tidak berbeda Kami melakukan banyak persembahan dan proses yang lebih besar pada tahun 1963. Sekarang saya melakukan proses yang sederhana. Misalnya tridatu. Saya membawa tridatu ke Gunung Agung dan melakukan restu suci dan kemudian menguburkannya di tanah.

Saya berdoa kepada para Dewa untuk menyelamatkan dunia.  Benang adalah tanda dari Tuhan sebagai berkat, di Sekala dan Niskala (dunia yang terlihat dan tak terlihat) kita harus selalu berdoa kepada para dewa untuk memberkati seluruh dunia. Saya berdoa kepada Tuhan untuk membuat daerah sekitar Gunung Agung aman.

Saya telah mendaki Gunung Agung delapan kali untuk berdoa.

1. Pertama kali saya menggunakan canang sari (persembahan sederhana).

2. Kedua kalinya saya menggunakan dua total persembahan pejati / daksina di tambah satu bebek putih dan satu ayam putih sebagai pengorbanan di kawah.

3. Ketiga kalinya kami berdoa untuk bhakti. Sebuah ritual berdoa yang lengkap untuk kemakmuran bagi petani memiliki tanaman yang sehat dan seluruh dunia memiliki kelimpahan. Saya berdoa agar segala sesuatu menjadi baik. Saya berdoa untuk orang-orang, saya berdoa untuk binatang dan agar tanaman aman. Anda bisa melihat rumput sehat di sekitar rumah saya. Semuanya hijau. Semuanya baik dan Tuhan telah memberkati dunia. Saya mendengarkan Pawisik, ini berarti sebuah pesan dari Tuhan.

4. Saya mengulangi ritual, sama seperti yang ketiga ke trek kedelapan. Pada kunjungan kedelapan saya menggali benang tridatu 42 hari dari saat saya menguburkannya. Saya membawanya bersama saya dan meletakkannya di kuil kecil di rumah saya.

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Pesan dari Tuhan adalah bahwa setiap orang di dunia ini harus percaya kepada hatinya, 100 persen dalam pesan Tuhan. Jika mereka percaya 100 persen di dalam Tuhan dia akan selalu memberkati dunia seperti surga. Tuhan sudah membuat dunia, kita percaya karena kita bisa melihatnya.

Bagaimana orang yang tidak percaya kepada Tuhan, kita memiliki bencana alam seperti gunung berapi, ini berasal dari Tuhan. Asap dan api sudah datang dari Gunung Agung. Saya tidak yakin apakah prosesnya selesai karena hujan batu, api dan lahar belum keluar dari kawah sama seperti pada tahun 1963.

Hati saya mengatakan bahwa tidak mungkin bencana itu sama dengan tahun 1963.

Made: Mengapa Anda mendaki puncak Gunung Agung berkali-kali? Siapa yang menyuruhmu pergi?

MB: Ini murni dari hati saya. Saya tidak mengharapkan apapun sebagai imbalan untuk mendaki ke puncak untuk mengunjungi Tuhan. Saya hanya ingin tahu tentang kondisi gunung berapi. Saya tidak peduli apa yang mereka katakan di televisi.  Saya ingin tahu sendiri.

Delapan kali saya berjalan kaki ke puncak, itu datang dari hati saya.

Made:Ketika ledakan terjadi pada tahun 1963, bagaimana Anda tetap aman? Kenapa kamu masih di rumahmu kalau ada orang lain di evakuasi kamp?

MB: Saya percaya bahwa tidak masalah dimana saya tinggal, jika saya bermaksud mati maka inilah waktuku untuk mati. Jika saya tidak mati maka bukan waktuku untuk mati.

Tidak peduli dimana saya tinggal, jika saya selalu berdoa dan percaya kepada Tuhan maka kehendak apapun yang dimaksud akan terjadi. Jika saya percaya kepada Tuhan, dia akan memberi saya pesan bagaimana agar tetap aman.

Saya memberikan hati, jiwa dan tubuh saya kepada Tuhan. Saya menyerah kepada Tuhan. Bahkan jika saya pindah ke rumah lain, jika Tuhan percaya inilah saatnya saya untuk mati, maka saya akan mati. Saya bermeditasi setiap malam untuk memusatkan perhatian pada Tuhan.

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Made, Mangku Bon

Made: Pada tahun 1963 berapa banyak orang tinggal di sekitar Desa ini? Berapa banyak orang yang selamat?

MB: Saya ingat banyak orang yang tinggal di sekitar daerah ini pada tahun 1963. Sebagian besar orang selamat. Hanya tujuh orang yang meninggal di daerah ini. Kita hidup sederhana seperti petani. Kami berdoa untuk tanaman sehat di pertanian.

Made: Apakah Anda merasa bahwa Gunung Agung sangat istimewa di dalam hati Anda?

MB:Iya.

Made: Apakah Anda berencana untuk melakukan perjalanan lagi ke puncak?

MB :Saya ingin pergi, namun saya masih mencari hari yang tepat. Saya harus menunggu pesan pawisik dari Tuhan.

Kadek: Apakah Anda merasa aman saat melakukan trekking?

MB: Saya tidak menggunakan masker atau kacamata saat melakukan perjalanan. Teman saya selalu menggunakan masker dan kacamata. Saya menghirup belerang. Saya tertarik untuk mengalami sensasi. Itu bukan masalah bagi saya karena saya memiliki perlindungan dari Tuhan.

Made: Kupikir belerang itu berbahaya, kata dokter belerang itu berbahaya?

MB: Saya bernapas di belerang dioksida. Saya percaya bahwa karena saya sudah terpapar, saya memiliki antibodi untuk melindungi saya. Saya memiliki fondasi yang kuat, tubuh saya kuat. Saya bermeditasi setiap malam.

Made: Apakah menurut Anda mereka memilih hari yang tepat untuk Eka Dasa Rudra sebelum letusan terakhir?

MB: Pemerintah memilih tanggal terakhir kali dalam konsultasi dengan Kalender Suci. Ya, saya percaya itu adalah hari yang benar.

Kadek:  Ketika Anda mendaki Gunung Agung terakhir kali apakah Anda merasakan Gempa Bumi?

MB: Tidak, saya beristirahat selama 1 ½ jam di atas. Suara itu begitu kuat. Saya tertarik untuk mendengarkan suara bising yang besar. Saya bertanya-tanya apa yang mungkin terjadi selanjutnya? Saya ingin tinggal lebih lama untuk melihat letusan besar. Teman-teman saya terus menyuruh saya untuk kembali karena mereka takut. Tidak ada yang terjadi jadi saya turun gunung.

Made: Apakah Anda merasa takut di atas?

MB: Tidak, saya merasa bebas. Saya tidak merasa panas. Saya merasa kedinginan. Jika saya meninggal di puncak itu akan lebih baik daripada jika saya meninggal di rumah saya. Sebagai manusia saat Anda dilahirkan dari Ibu Anda, Anda kembali ke Bumi. Jika saya mati dalam ledakan, maka itu memang seharusnya terjadi. Saya akan menjadi korban bagi para Dewa.

Made: Apakah Anda merasa seperti Anda dipilih oleh Tuhan sebagai penjaga Gunung Agung?

MB: Iya. Tuhan memakai tanganku untuk melakukan pekerjaan ini. Saya berdoa untuk Gunung Agung dan dunia. Tidak sebaliknya, terkadang orang menjadi bingung.  Tuhan selalu menjaga orang-orang dan memberi pesan. Kita harus mendengarkan. Kita harus melakukan apa yang Tuhan minta. Iya nih. Saya adalah penjaga Gunung Agung. Tuhan akan melindungi saya. (* Mangku Bon mengatakan ini dengan penuh semangat)

Made: Anda memiliki pekerjaan penting. Istri saya dan saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih dari hati kami karena menjaga Gunung Agung dan dunia.

MB: Saya telah berdoa berkali-kali. Bukan hanya untuk wilayah saya, tapi juga untuk seluruh dunia. Saya berdoa untuk semua manusia, semua hewan dan semua tanaman. Saya berdoa untuk semua.

Jika tanaman itu sehat maka lingkaran kehidupannya sempurna. Saya berdoa untuk keseimbangan di dunia.

Kita semua adalah saudara di dunia ini, kita semua adalah keluarga.

Kita semua sama. Bahkan jika itu adalah ledakan besar, saya berdoa agar tidak besar dan tidak akan menghancurkan dunia.

Saya hanya manusia dan saya tidak bisa menghentikan prosesnya karena ini adalah siklus gunung berapi.  Itulah sebabnya saya berdoa untuk keseimbangan global di alam dan manusia. (* Mangku Bon mengatakan ini dengan penuh semangat).

 Tolong Tuhan, aku berdoa untuk segala sesuatu di dunia ini yang ada di tanganmu. Kamu adalah pencipta Aku berdoa untukmu Tuhan. Apa pun yang Anda putuskan adalah hal yang baik.

Tidak satu orang pun di dunia ini berbeda. Kami semua keluarga. Jika ada orang jahat atau buruk, saya selalu berdoa untuk hal yang baik. Saya tidak pernah berdoa untuk hal yang buruk. Misalnya, jika seekor sapi datang ke ladang saya untuk memakan rerumputan saya dan sapi itu bukan milik saya. Saya masih berdoa untuk hidup sehat yang baik bagi sapi.

Contoh lain. Jika macan atau Gajah atau hewan menakutkan datang kepadaku, aku tidak berdoa kepada Tuhan untuk menghancurkan mereka.

Saya selalu berdoa untuk hal yang baik. Saya berdoa kepada Tuhan untuk menjaga mereka tetap sehat dan tenang dan untuk menghirup (energi positif).

Ketika pertemuan kami menyimpulkan, Mangku Bon bertanya kepada Made, Eka dan saya sendiri jika kami ingin berdoa di kamarnya yang kecil. Kami telah menyiapkan persembahan yang ditempatkan Mangku Bon di baitnya yang kecil.

Mangku Bon memberkati kami dan memberi kami sepotong benang tridatu, benang yang sama yang dia dapatkan dari gunung suci. Kami memakai gelang benang di sekitar pergelangan tangan kami.  Mangku Bon mengulangi restu ini untuk

Kadek dan teman-temannya. Kami berdiri di kaki Bukit Suci Agung dan mengambil foto. Foto berdoa di depan Agung.

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Bersama Mangku Bon

Kadek tersenyum padaku dan berkata,

 “Sharon, impianmu menjadi kenyataan” 

Saya diberkati oleh Mangku Bon di dasar gunung berapi aktif yang paling menarik di planet ini. Ini adalah perasaan damai yang luar biasa. Saya berdoa semua orang akan membaca kata-kata Mangku Bon.

Saya berdoa agar saya bisa mengikuti kebijaksanaan Mangku Bon. Mangku Bon adalah seorang petani sederhana, ayah, kakek dan petualang cinta yang suka berdoa dan bermeditasi. Dia adalah penjaga gerbang dan penjaga ke Gunung Agung Kudus kita.

Saya benar-benar percaya bahwa Mangku Bon memegang kunci yang menjawab pertanyaan yang telah kita cari. Jawaban untuk teka-teki universal disebut kehidupan.

Blessings always,

Sharon

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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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Mount Agung VOLCANO ERUPTION …. The “Big Fella” is a STAR

Our mighty Mount Agung continues to surprise us.

Living on the Island and documenting my feelings has certainly been an interesting exercise.

It’s hard to believe this is my 18th blog since my first live stream on the 24th September, 2017.

I tried to stop writing about “The Big Fella”…. (I wonder when I decided to call him that?), it is impossible though as he has enticed me hook, line and sinker.

Our Holy Gunung Agung is a powerful addictive drug and I am at his merci.

I am flattered that members on facebook groups are also using his nickname I coined affectionately “The Big Fella”.

Some argue that he is not a man, he is a woman.

Some argue that he just a bloody Volcano, why talk about him like he his is human? They may have a point, however I feel as though he is a man, just as the Balinese Hindu Religion believes he is the masculine Holy Mountain and that Mount Batur is a female because she is surrounded by water and is smaller in size.

Our man of the moment has woken us up and I am now sitting in front of the computer frantically searching, scanning, researching and seeking information.

In addition to Vlogging and hobbling beside Made (my toe is still not 100%) on our morning walks to take live footage of Mount Agung.

This week has been intense.

I believe most people here on the Island who have been following the progress closely believed our guy would have fully erupted by now. He has not.

Monday evening after scanning through my twitter feeds I discovered Mount Agung was the leading story on the The New York Times twitter feed.

I was so impressed I took a snapshot and posted it on my Instagram page.

The following morning I was sleuthing online when I discovered the source of the magnificent photograph the New York Times featured.

I also read on Made Nagi’s Instagram feed when a reporter from Reuters contacted him to ask permission to use the photograph.

What an instantaneous world we live in. I was so captivated by Made Nagi’s image which prompted me to write a caption. I felt as though Mount Agung was sending me a message.

Black and white, Hitam dan Putih, Saput Poleng, good and evil, truth and lies. I believe the answer we are looking for is hidden in our Mighty Mount Agung. Which side do you choose?

Black and white is significant in the Balinese Hindu Religion.

If you look around you will notice the black and white check cloth called Saput Poleng draped around temple, statues, trees and worn by people. The spiritual aspect of Saput Poleng signifies good and evil and somewhere in between.

The air we breathe is different now.

When Made admits there is a change in the air then I know it’s serious.

It was confronting looking at a visual of our beautiful Island covered in red when I read an article written by Earth Observatory.

I decided I should wear my mask more frequently, even on a cloudy day some satellites excel in detecting components in the atmosphere that are invisible to human eyes, such as sulfur dioxide (SO2).

I refuse to worry or give into fear, I was a smoker for years. I reckon my lungs can take toxins for a while.

I refuse to be vindicated for speaking the truth about how I feel living through this phenomenon on the most magical place on Earth.

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The most magical photo I have seen of “The Big Fella”… a true Star Photo Credit  Kyle Kesterson

The seismic monitors have been going berserk, inside the Volcano a powerful cocktail of molten rocks, fluids and gases move from deep within the earth to the top.

We have seen spectacular photographs of images showing thick plumes of steam and ash being bleached out. I have been following Dr Janine Krippner who is a Volcanologist on twitter, her fabulous description of what is transpiring on the mountain has been reported worldwide this week.

Yesterday something else emerged, there have been reports of groans and noise coming from within the creator. We have also had reports of the earth moving unlike an Earthquake. A friend posted on facebook,

“OMG Just had a burst rumble from underneath, not like anything I have felt before. Like a pressure cooker lid blowing off”

Approximately 100,000 people have been directed to leave their homes and relocate to evacuation Centers.  Kopernik, Mount Agung Emergency response fund has been set up. Please give generously.

For up to date official warnings, please go to MAGMA Indonesia.

Bali’s only airport was closed. Then it was open. I cannot report on the status of the airport or flights, everything is at our fingertips now. The answer to these questions can be found out 24 hours a day online.

The only thing we cannot find is when our “Big Fella” the star on the worldwide stage will do his final performance.

As one of my friends reminded me, in 1963 Mount Agung took 12 months to fully erupt…. is this a mini series or an epic movie?

Stay tuned.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 9_ tolerance, messages and signs

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 7_ Football, Holy men and a Volcano

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 7_ Football, Holy men and a Volcano

Although over 130,000 plus people have been evacuated from their homes here in Bali, life must go on.

We are all doing our best here on the Island, I refuse to get into negative speak, if I see anything scathing or judgmental online, I will hit delete without a second thought.

I am being asked the same question daily, should I come to Bali?

Is it safe to come to Bali?

Tell me Sharon, should I come to Bali?

I refuse to answer that question. That’s not my call, that’s up to you.

It’s all about balance.

I feel a strong connection to the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha, I pray to this wise guy when I am feeling confused.

Lord Ganesha is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati and is known as the The Lord of Obstacles, The Lord of Beginnings, The Lord of Prosperity, you can google him if you are interested.

I find peace in Lord Ganesha’s wisdom, you will find a statue of him welcoming you into almost every family compound and business on our Island.

Visit Indonesia Tourism has assured visitors that Bali is open for business as usual.

Rick Loxton from Finn’s Bali reiterated Indonesia Tourisms response by opening up his impressive doors today free to non-members for the Australian football league grand final.

Made and myself wanted to expose our nieces to a small slice of Australia without leaving Bali.

I was blown away by the facilities, the size of the film screen was impressive to say the least and the affluent Australian expats and tourists of Canggu society filled the lawn area.

The atmosphere reminded me of being at the Melbourne races or at an open air music festival.

A massive romantic marquee with tables set up, staff made sure the happy footy fans glasses were refilled with a never ending flow of champagne and beer.

When the congregation of Aussies stood up and sang the Australian national anthem, goose bumps radiated throughout my body.

I was thrilled when Richmond, a traditional Melbourne team took home the cup.

The local expatriates and tourists didn’t seem to have a care in the world.

It was interesting, although I did wonder how many people had packed face masks, goggles and ear plugs in their handbags?

Maybe you are wondering how a group of wealthy Australians could be enjoying a fun day out when over 130,000 people are in camps all over the Island.

I say why not!

The Balinese are certainly getting on with life as normal, so why shouldn’t expats and tourists.

In my Village only yesterday a procession of elaborately dressed neighbours randomly paraded past my compound.

Additionally, today Made woke up at 4am to make sate with a group of Village men.

Preparing sate is a common task and part of the offerings which is required for the complicated cremation process.

Cremation processes vary throughout the Island, depending on which village and caste you belong to and what you can afford.

The series of ceremonies involve the panca maha butha, the five elements, is called pengabenan (Nhaben) in common Balinese.

The procession in the video below is called Nyekah, which is a process to cleanse the soul.

My village neighbours are heading down to the river to cleanse the soul.

Afterwards they will return to their family temple and carefully place the soul into the three chambers of the temple called Kemulan. The soul will wait in the temple chamber until it’s time for reincarnation.

Made told me according to his Mother’s stories his soul is the reincarnation of Manku Gede, that would certainly explain his continual studying and quest to read and interpret the ancient Hindu scriptures.

I was chatting to our niece Eka about the volcano, she told me a fascinating story about the Pura Besakih Temple on the slopes of Mount Agung.

The story was about the 100 year celebration called Eka Dasa Rudra, Centennial Purification of the Universe, which took place in 1963 just before the eruption of Mount Agung. The ceremony is to restore harmony.

After the eruption in 1963 there seemed to be a debate about whether the correct date was chosen because the eruption caused the death of in excess of 1,000 people.

According to research from Fred B. Eiseman, Bali Sekala & Niskala Volume I,some say the year was wrong, that it was chosen for reasons more political than religious and god showed his wrath by bringing the lava down.

Religious leaders, however, say that to declare 1963 the wrong year questions the wisdom of the holy priest who set the date.

I asked Made his thoughts on Mount Agung’s possible eruption.  Made agrees with the theory that an eruption should happen for a cleansing and rejuvenation to take place, he describes it as the cycle of the Volcano.

Both Made and myself are praying to the Gods for wisdom in the wake of an eruption.

We are praying for faith, to believe what will happen is meant to be for the greater good of our Paradise Island and for the world.

Eka showed me a facebook post which was certainly enchanting, Mangku Bon had hiked to the top of Mount Agung seeking answers.

His facebook post simply asked that people share his photograph and pass on the message that what he was seeking was not found.

Made, Eka and myself started chatting about the adventurous Mangku,

Made was quick to respond,

“See, I told you I wanted to climb the mountain to find out”.

Made had been urging me to go with him and climb Mount Agung, I pleaded with him not to go, I am glad I won that argument.

He was happy when we arrived at a Warung in our Village and on the front page of the Bali Post, 30th September, 2017 was Mangku Bon.

Mangku Bon’s only request on his facebook post was missing from the Bali Post report,

“I wanted to climb Mount Agung to find out when Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva would walk, in other words when will he erupt?, I didn’t find the answer to that question at the top of the mountain”.

I woke up this morning and checked Mangku’s post, I was delighted to see that he has already had 4.8K views and 23.5K shares. I noticed comments like,

“Thank you for sharing, I feel at peace, this post makes me calm down”

Mangku Mokoh

Mangku Bon climbed to the top of Mount Agung to see what he could find.  His message to the world  is that he can’t answer the question when Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva will walk (when the volcano will erupt)

I must add though that anyone in Bali who may be reading my blog, and considering climbing the Big Fella……DONT DO IT, we are still on level 4 orange alert.

My own Journey over the past week has been one of an emotional roller coaster, however I now feel at peace.

We must have faith that what ever is meant to happen is God’s will.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream

Here on the Island of Bali, Indonesia, we are on standby.

The district around the mighty Mount Agung has been evacuated.

The Volcano alert has been lifted to level 4.

However, we really don’t know…?

I decided to ignore the news, ignore facebook posts and take a stroll to see what I could find out.

I found out on our walk from my husband Made, that locals around the area have spread the word via Facebook.

The word spread and locals decided to make significant offerings to try and appease the Gods, to offer their prayers to Mount Agung.

The offerings are a gift of gratitude to appease Mount Agung … if he decides to erupt, please be less dramatic than when he erupted and dominated our Idylic Island in 1963.

I will keep you all updated from the gossip of locals on my blog.

 

see also Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Live stream 2

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Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 6

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 7_ Football, Holy men and a Volcano

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 8_ Can’t people just be nice?

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 9_ tolerance, messages and signs

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 10_ Mount Agung is pregnant

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 11_ let’s talk about the Island of the Gods

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

Bali – Mount Agung VOLCANO ALERT…. Blog 14_ Welcome to Bali

 

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Balinese Magic

I was intimately involved in the process of our cousins becoming Sulinggih (priests)

I have woken this morning and feel different, like a dream, better than a pleasant dream.

I will write about this life changing phenomenon.

I feel privileged that as a writer, I will document the historical significance of last night.

I feel honoured and so very proud of my family, particularly my husband Made and myself for being servants to both the seen and unseen worlds. A rebirth…..literally.

To participate in the celebration of my home Village Sangeh’s newest High Priest and High Priestess.

Ida Pandita Mpu Siwa Daksa Natha Parama Sadhu at Gria Agung Lingua Busan Pemacekan Sangeh

Om Santi Santi Santi Om

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Inspirational Scribes

I would like to take a moment to send a note of gratitude to my colleagues who sit down in front of their computer, who like me are on a passionate quest, for their voices to be heard.

The Universe has sent me angels to keep me focused, to keep me motivated to forge ahead, my designer pen close, fingers tap, tap, tapping away on a literary battlefield.

My first encounter with a published author was here in Bali.

Deborah Craylon, author of award winning Mama Kuma: One Woman, Two Cultures was holding a one day tutorial, Deb called her class Writing from the Heart.

That day four years ago in Bali was a pivotal moment in my life long dream to publish my story.

It was the day I started believing in myself as a writer, it was also a day I made a new friend.

My next encounter was online.  I was curious about a friend of a friend who was the author of erotic fiction.

I was in awe of anyone who had published a book, however three books in the Lost Woman Series is impressive.

I decided to download the first book titled Awakening the Lost Woman.  I was totally engrossed, Anna’s writing was compelling, I couldn’t get enough.  I was turning page after page wondering what would happen next in the life of the fabulous Aussie Character Christina Maxwell.

After reading all three books, I made contact.  To my utter surprise I knew Anna, I worked with her many years ago when I was married to my first husband and living close to her in inner city Melbourne.

Making contact with Anna was yet another turning point in my life as a writer, we quickly become friends and co-conspirators on the quest for our voices to be heard.  I feel privileged to have reunited with Anna this year sitting on the deck of her fabulous home, overlooking the cosmopolitan Melbourne skyline.

I did wonder though if it was the exact house she described when her character Christina also renovated her trendy Melbourne home.

The next connection came via Tri Sandhya Villa.  When I first met Doroit d’Scarlett she was looking rather sombre.  I actually wondered why anyone would come on holiday to Bali and look so miserable.

I soon discovered that her only son was missing in Nepal, she had just been filmed by Western Australian Television before boarding a flight to Bali.  I was sitting quietly listening to Doroit’s story, then she connected to the wifi and discovered that her son was back online and safe.

Doroit is also a writer and blogger. Besides being a fun, intelligent woman she also has a very interesting surname. The name Scarlett is obviously one of my obsessions… emm?

Doroit has already completed her debut fictional book and is now at the dreaded editing stage.

We became online buddies, encouraging each other whilst we sat for hours and hours tapping away at our computers.

Okay what came next?  Yes it was an old school buddy, Nicole Abbatangelo re entered my world via Facebook.  Nicole’s battle with Cancer is written with a raw and sometimes humorous flare through her blog titled the brutal truth….

I am in love with Nicole’s writing talent, her courage to scribe on such a deep emotional level give’s me goose bumps, even now as I write my own blog.

Nicole’s yearning for Ubud, Bali and her connection through a mutual acquaintance is another divine intervention on the Road that leads to the solidarity of writers.  It was a real compliment when Nicole in boxed me last week advising me that she had read Scarlett Voices In the Shadows in one sitting and that she loved my story.

Okay what came next?  Oh yes it was my investigating and obsessing over all things related to the Oprah Brand.

I discovered through Instagram that the Oprah Magazine’s Style Director, Christine Mulhearne writes a blog titled, Style Me Sassy.  Of course I read the blog and instantly became a fan. Goose bumps again… is that a sign?

Christine is not only The Style Director of O Magazine she is also a blogger and single Mum to a gorgeous boy by the name of…. wait for it… James.

Christine is also a Pisces just like myself, her fun sense of adventure and positive outlook reminds me of me actually. Christine is a dynamic woman reaching for dreams, working hard with a kind and loving outlook.

Okay, while we are on the #Oprah topic another name popped up in my sleuth investigation and quest to meet with the Queen.

I discovered another Aussie author, who like me is obsessed with all things Oprah.  I will say though that Juliette Power has one thing up on me.  She has been on a cruise to Alaska with not only #Oprah and #Gayle, but with an entire ship full of published authors and creative minds including Christine.

I am currently reading Juliette’s memoir titled Juliette’s Angel and enjoing every minute of her self discovery whilst climbing Mount Everest with her daughter Bonnie.  I am particularly enjoying the flashbacks which are so Australian and so very familiar.

Being a member of the Ubud Writers Group has given me the opportunity to meet a talented group of inspirational men and women who are bloggers, journalists and published authors.

I have to pinch myself to believe I have become friends and colleagues with such an accomplished group of writers from a vast range of genres.

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I would like to sign off this blog with a quote that Christine posted on her Instagram page recently that motivated me to write this little blog.

Supporting

another’s

success

won’t

ever

dampen

Yours 

Have a great week.

Blessings always

Sharon x

 

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