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Discovery The Spirit of Bali

Duration: 10 Hours

Overview

Traditional Balinese healers (Balians) play an important part in Balinese culture and help the patient restore balance in both worlds. Balians (dukuns/shamans) are traditional healers who work with divine energy to treat physical and mental illnesses, remove spells and channel energy from ancestors. Some Balian have learned their art from studying the ancient scriptures called lontar and apprenticing with a master. Others have received wahyu or divine inspiration and heal from the heart. Both have an esteemed place in Balinese society. Often the problem lies with the ancestors, who can cause mischief or indeed real harm if not treated regularly to their favorite treats and offerings. Balians may go into a trance state to discover the root cause of the problem and either give the patient natural plant medicine, a massage or a list of offerings to be made. The Balinese live equally in two worlds: the seen or conscious world called sekala and the unseen or psychic world, called niskala. In traditional Balinese healing, both of these elements are addressed in order to truly heal an ill patient.

The spotlight was shone on Balians in Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat Pray Love’ book and movie and since, more and more travelers have added a visit to a Balian as a must-do when visiting Bali. It is important to understand the ancient and traditional nature of a Balian’s work. Ask yourself why you want to visit a Balian. Visiting a Balian in Bali is a serious matter, not a tourist sideshow and should be attended with respect if you genuinely need healing. The Balian is an instrument of divine healing, and the client enters a covenant to receive this healing with respect, reverence and humility.

In Bali, Balians are viewed with the same status and respect as a western doctor and have different specialties to heal specific problems of the body. When visiting a Balian you need to show respect by dressing in a sarong and temple scarf, never touch their face or head or point the bottom of our feet at the Balian during your healing. Your experience will be very public, with all the other clients watching avidly. The healer may make magic, create fire, use mudras, draw patterns on your body, spit wads of chewed herbs on your skin, apply scented oils, poke you with sharp sticks and/or give you a deep tissue massage or manipulation that will be very painful indeed. You will probably howl; most people do. But you will probably feel better after and you may need several treatments to be fully healed.

During your Balinese Traditional Healing session, you may be given natural medicine, a collection of basic healing herbs made into remedies. Popular Balinese natural medicines are: Loloh – where leaves are crushed and mixed with water to drink and boreh – ground up herbs and roots which are smeared onto the skin. A Balian is committed to service, and may never turn anyone away. Tourists who casually enter the Balian's compound expecting to be seen often delay the healer from working with the genuinely ill Balinese who have come to see him or her. Because of this, foreign visitors (including resident expats) should make an appointment with the Balians who prefer this.

After breakfast at the hotel, meet with the guide and driver and leave for a unique experience with a local Balinese shaman Ketut at the Mas Village.

You will start the day with a visit to the Temple of Pura Desa (temple of the village, dedicated to the gods of the trinity). You will discover the temple and the importance of rituals in Balinese daily life. You will walk towards a house and learn how to make the traditional Balinese offerings at Ketut Liyer House that will be necessary for the ceremony; the guide will explain the philosophy of these 'Canang Sari'. Then we will have reading of luck. Pak Ketut reads and interprets various lines of the palm and performs a future forecast while you will be drinking traditional Balinese tea or coffee and biscuits.

Then continue you will take the offer (Canang Sari) to the family temple and pray, guided by the shaman. Last but not least of the procession he will perform a purification ritual followed by opening a chakra and reading the palm. With his singing and his prayer, the shaman is able to "detect" the unbalanced energy, as well as the negative auras. Then perform a purification ritual by spraying coconut water to neutralize the negativity. After this purification it is possible to open the chakra. The chakras are seven points that behave like the central energies of the human body that are related to self-esteem, emotion, affection, mental stability and wisdom. The unbalanced energy in a person's body means that one chakra has become more active than the others and the opening of the chakra is performed to maintain the right balance.

After this first experience, head to a nearby local restaurant for a traditional Balinese lunch with organic drinks. After lunch, you will go with the guide to the center of Ubud to explore and discover the charm of this wonderful city. Visit the Agung Rai Art Museum (ARMA Museum) and enjoy one of the best permanent collections of Balinese and Indonesian paintings and sculptures. A visit to the ARMA museum offers a great overview of the island's rich artistic traditions. Back to hotel for overnight.

Note: out of respect for the local Hindu religion, it is suggested to wear Balinese clothing (sarong and band around the waist). Please remember to have long hair gathered, to avoid sleeveless vests and not to wear trousers under the sarong.

Tours inclusions : Private air - conditioned transport (Not seat in coach) ,A bottle of mineral water, Lunch at local restaurant , Local English speaking guide, donations/entrance fee .

Exclude: Tipping for guide, Souvenir

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