5 Things I Learned From a Balinese Healer

This is my account of spending a day with a Balinese healer where I did a private consultation and afterward a Hindu purification ritual in the sacred holy springs of Ubud, Bali. It was nothing less than magical and transformative.

If you’ve seen the movie and/ or read the book Eat Pray Love then you’ll appreciate this post a little extra. I adorned that novel for years (still do) and I also have an affinity toward ancient healing techniques so seeing this healer was a no brainer.

This tour was booked through Bali Agung Tours.

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Inside the Balinese Healers Living Quarters – Our local tour guide was adorable and full of knowledge

I am writing this over a week after the tour and can say that with time I do feel the consultation with this Balinese healer has increased the quality of my life in a positive and noticeable way.

The moment I sat down with this Indonesian medicine man he said, “you have backpain.” And I did. It’s been a problem for a year. And then he said, “why you no have no boyfriend?” Lol…

Longstory sort he was totally psychic, believe it or not. He knew a lot of my deepest desires and repetitive thoughts I had been pondering in the last year, a lot of which I have never even spoken of out loud. I’m not going into the details of this because it’s extremely personal… but I can say he offered me reassurance and guidance that I have been implementing into my life and the outcome has been very positive.

Here are 5 things I learned from the Balinese medicine man. Although this is tailored to my own self, I believe we are all interconnected and share similar experiences, so I hope that it will offer you value in some way. 

  1. Focus on positive thinking and stop worrying!! When we worry, we don’t trust ourselves. Trust yourself. Love yourself. Live more from your heart space, not your head. Stop overthinking and ease up. Have patience. Learn everything and do everything. Be grateful for what you have now and this will accelerate your growth toward achieving your goals. The healer predicted my future to an extent that sends shivers down my spine. He described my dream life in detail without me telling him anything at all, and so this made me trust the universe/ the process more than ever. Are we really that in control of our lives? I believe we are born with our unique desires and it is our job to live them out while we’re here on earth.
  2. He encouraged me to meditate daily, exercise more, and stay away from sugar. This is a practical one but sometimes its nice to be told what we know we need to do. If you know me, I am a huge advocate for meditation. I believe meditation is the holy grail of healing and thriving.
  3. He said while I wait for my largest manifestations to come, to create good karma and to learn everything I can until the middle of next year. In the middle of next year I will be delivered the “job” that I have been seeking. What I am learning now is preparing me, he claims.
  4. Get your energy right before all else. Things fall into place effortlessly when we are in a flow state. Take right action to stay in energetic alignment; everything is energy after all, and we attract what we are on an energetic level.
  5. Be happy and grateful, even when things don’t go as planned. Enjoy the journey. This healer seriously made me live in a more positive state of being that I have maintained every day since then. I’m sure being in a beautiful place like Bali is a major factor but still…

He then did a ritual to ‘detox my heart,’ because he is ‘preparing me for my future husband.’ This ritual was intended to rid me of my back pain, which it honestly has. I am writing this over a week later and have had little to no back pain.

I have implemented all of his advice and have honestly been smiling ALL the time lately. 

After the consultation with the healer, we did a purification ritual in the holy springs and then had lunch surrounded by rice terraces.

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The Holy Springs

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The Holy Springs where the purification ritual is performed
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A stop for lunch in the rice terraces

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Vegan Indonesian mystery meal

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I got to spend the day three other women from Canada and Greece. All three of them practice minimalism and live a zero waste life which was very inspiring to me.

I have met some highly conscious friends while staying in Bali, and many of them practice a zero waste lifestyle. They encouraged me to watch this TEDx talk on the subject and so I will keep their message going by sharing the video below.

Until next time,

Much love,

Alaina

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Why I Moved to Southeast Asia Alone At the Age of 22

I have recently moved to Bali, Indonesia from the United States (Michigan) and I feel inspired to share why I chose to make this move across the world alone at the age of 22.

Before the age of 25 I am highly prioritizing world travel and self-education. After age 25 our brains neuroplasticty declines, and our minds belief systems become more set in stone. I am going to places with drastically different values, cultures and lifestyles than my own so that I can learn from them and expand myself. I live with the belief that our environments greatly affect who we are. Becoming the best version of myself while having a high quality of life is why I moved to Ubud, the cultural and spiritual hub of Bali. It’s very important to me that I prioritize my self-education, my quality of life, my happiness, and my life’s purpose over anything else on earth.

While in Southeast Asia I am finishing my degree online part time and also making an income online through multiple streams.

I believe in an education system that helps people learn to make an income for themselves and then travel the world, rather than staying inside a few buildings for 4 years (just what works for me!:). I see many great people in my life who get a college degree and then don’t know what to do after graduation. I believe universities should place more of an emphasis on making an income in a practical way so that people can explore more freely while they are young. The world is the best teacher. I believe if you want to learn Spanish, go to Spain. If you want to learn ancient Egyptian history, go to Egypt. If you want to learn geography, travel. That’s real life to me. Thats my message. I moved to Southeast Asia because if I didn’t follow what I believe I would be a hypocrite. 🙂

I am also moving because I believe procrastination kills dreams. Conditions are never perfect. Do it anyway. I’ve been wanting to travel around Southeast Asia for a while but I still have 20 credits left at Michigan State University to graduate. I told my university my situation and they are making accommodations for me to finish online.

If you want something, ask;)

I had a strong intuitive pull to come to Bali with a one way ticket and so far it has been an amazing journey. I have met a lot of great people and have learned more about myself and the world. Indonesian people are the happiest people I have ever met; I think it’s rubbing off on me (I hope).

Until next time, much love.

Alaina

 

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My first Day Around Ubud, Bali – Travel Vlog and Photos

I have finally arrived from Michigan to Bali after much anticipation. So far I am in love with Ubud, located in the heart of the island. Ubud is the spiritual and cultural center of Bali and I can certainly see that everywhere I look. Seriously great vibes all around. I am one happy girl!

Check out my first ever travel vlog and photos, both taken with my favorite camera, the Sony Alpha a6000. This is a great travel camera for vlogging and photography.

Here is my itinerary of a day tour around Ubud, Bali, which I booked through the Pillow Inn Hostel.

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The Bali Swing (There are TONS of swings all over the place in many different rice terraces. The price is around $15, and yes they strap you in.)

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balicooledit56Kopi Luwak- Next to the swings was a coffee plantation where we tried the famous Balinese Coffee called kopi luwak, which means asian palm civet; a type of Balinese cat. The coffee is made by the digested coffee beans of the cat. Gross right.  Kopi Luwak is known as the worlds most expensive coffee, although we got it for free while visiting this business. It tastes like normal coffee to me…

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Rice Terraces – Ubud is covered in rice terraces and wow, they are stunning. We hiked all over these babies and got quite lost. Local venders are ready to serve you fresh coconuts to drink on your hike. The views are spectacular.

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The Holy Springs – These springs are where sacred rituals are done for purification of mind, body and soul. We had to wear a sarong to enter. Women on their periods are not allowed to enter the temples. I am doing a full day healing ritual with a Balinese healer here next week so stay tuned.

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Waterfalls – We were taken to see two waterfalls on this tour and they were both very accessible and swimmable.

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Ubud has my heart – In 2 weeks I will move onto Canguu, the Balinese surfing town. I am in no rush to travel. For now I am enjoying a slow paced life here with new friends from around the world. Until next time, much love.

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4 Steps to Overcome Self-Limiting Beliefs

  1. Identify your limiting beliefs. Be specific.

What is holding you back in your life? What is it you want to change? It could be around relationships, self-worth, money, insecurities, unprocessed emotions, etc. Try journaling around this topic and/or talking to a friend, therapist, or coach about what you feel is holding you back. Get crystal clear on what you want to change.

2. Realize the truth.

The truth is that you are limitless. It’s only in our minds that we ever feel less than. Adapt to a growth mindset about the possibilities for yourself, rather than a fixed mindset, which will not help you change. Remembering your wholeness is key. You are whole and lacking nothing. You have all you need of this earth to live the life of your dreams. You are supported and guided in every step you take toward living your best life. If this feels hard for you to remember, try a meditation. It’s easier to feel your wholeness when we let go of the outside world. Fill your mind with positivity and inspiration daily and cut out media that doesn’t serve your highest good. 

3. Reset your limitations

This is my favorite part! Once we see our limitations and realize how silly they are to live with when we are know we have control on who we become, we get to create our new mindset. Daily Repetition is key while we preprogram our belief systems. Having someone to hold you accountable is helpful. 

A powerful way to create our new limitless belief system is through affirmations, meditation, and visualization. We have to dig deep and go into our subconscious minds if we want to truly experience lasting behavioral change. The following practices do that. 

Meditation

In a meditative state we can easily penetrate into the deeper layers of our minds. Our subconscious mind rules over 95% of our behavior and so that’s where we need to do the real work. Meditate for at least 10 minutes a day while doing your affirmations and visualizations. They will be much more powerful while you are in a susceptible state of mind.

Affirmations – I am ______

I call affirmations sacred sentences. They are one-liners to speak, write, chant, and/or think on a daily basis. They are words that rewrite the story of our lives to our liking. Humans run off their stories whether we like it or not, so taking control of our story is incredibly powerful.

Use the phase “I am _____” For example, if you want to see more money in your life begin saying “I am a money magnet. I am abundance. I am paid for my great work. I am worthy of all I desire.”

Get creative and customize your own to best suite you. Write them on sticky notes and place them around your house. Make them the home screen on you phone. Get used to saying them outloud daily. You can speak things into existence. Record yourself saying them on audio. Do guided meditations with your favorite affirmations. There are thousands of free ones online.

I hope you realize how incredibly powerful and capable you are of changing your life.

Shop books on Affirmations here.  

Visualization

Whatever we see, feel, and think consistently will show up in our lives. Envisioning your desired outcome will get you there faster. If you’re limiting belief is that you can’t do something, begin visualizing yourself doing it. Feel the fear, accept it, and then watch it fall away. If you want to travel to Paris but your limiting belief is that you can’t afford it, start visualizing yourself there. The “how?” is not your problem. Get very specific on the details of your vision. Create a vision board. The key is to FEEL the emotion of your desire before you have it. Feel this way as much as you can throughout your life and watch how quickly things change for the better.

4. Marry Your Vision. Know it’s already done.

Bring yourself to a state where it’s already done. KNOW and FEEL that you are the embodiment of who you want to become. If you feel weak and helpless but your affirmation is “I am strong” know you already are strong by embodying strength in meditation. Get used to this feeling and carry it with you. Now that you know it’s inside of you and that you are capable of experiencing it in the world, you will become a magnet for this experience in your life.

Move into the space of the person you want to become on a consistent basis.

Things are worse in our minds than in reality. Tuning up your mindset on a regular basis is well worth it.

These tools are fun and they have majority enhanced my life. It does not work if you do not implement; try it before you judge it!

“Stop acting small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” -Rumi

My Simple Skin Care Routine While I Travel

I’ve had trouble with acne in the past and have finally figured out how to get the skin I want. It took over a year of seeing various specialists in various fields, from dermatology to functional medicine. I’ve tried A LOT of natural remedies, dietary restrictions, vitamins, etc. I refused to take antibiotics or birth control like typical western doctors wanted to prescribe me.

Here’s what I’ve learned: If you are having acne there is an imbalance on your skin and/or in your body that is saying it needs help. Don’t just mask the symptoms; find the root cause and heal it.

While traveling, your body may be under more stress and so it’s more important to take care of your skin. Here are some tips and a routine that will leave you with glowing and radiant skin while you travel.

First step, stop putting harmful chemicals and toxins on your skin. Check out this list of common ingredients to ALWAYS avoid. They ruin the microbiome of your skin, strip it’s natural oils, and some are endocrine disruptors that are linked to cancer. This is important. Opt for organic products. It’s always worth it to pay more for quality when it comes to your health and wellbeing.

Second step, Keep your space clean. Disinfect cell phone often. Clean your makeup often with an alcohol spray. Wash your pillow case a couple times a week. silk pillowcases hold less bacteria. Wash your face twice a day with the right products for your skin type. When you rinse your face, use a fresh cloth every time. Opt for Organic. Include products with probiotics.

Third step, follow this routine to get max benefits with your products. An aesthetician I trust taught me the proper routine to follow when applying your different skin treatments. It’s not just what you have, it’s how you use it. Here’s the routine:

AM

  • Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Treat
  • Moisturize
  • Makeup Application
  • Sun Protection

PM

  • Cleanse and exfoliate
  • Tone
  • Treat
  • Moisturize

MASK APPLICATION

(before a mask at night you want to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and treat first)

  • Mask – 15 minutes and then remove
  • Tone
  • Treat
  • Moisturize

*Guide for Layering Products: Lightest to Richest

Cutting back on processed food and sugar is key as well. I stopped eating gluten and dairy and this made my skin clear up more. I also started supplementing with high quality whole food supplements that fixed nutrient deficiencies I realized I had when I got my blood paneled by a functional medicine doctor. All of these things combined will do wonders for your skin. It is true that beauty comes from the inside. If you want radiant skin you have to treat your entire body with love and nourishment.

The brand Eminence Organics is my favorite organic skincare line; handmade in Hungary. I have had amazing results with them over the last 2 years. They also plant a tree with every product sold.

Shop Eminence Organics travel sized starter set on Amazon here. 

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