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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The Meteora Monasteries of Greece – UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nature & Art

Meteora is the second most important site in Greece, next to the Acropolis. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site under both nature and art. Only a few UNESCO sites in the world qualify for two categories.

Meteora means suspended in space. It is home to six mountaintop monasteries. Even if you’re not religious they are so worth the visit. They literally took my breath away the second I saw them; pictures do not do this place justice. My entire family was left in awe from the sites here. It feels otherworldly.

The reason the monasteries were built suspended on these mountains were to keep monks safe, beginning in the 14th century. They had to rock climb or be carried up in a basket just to access the monasteries. It wasn’t until the 1920s that stairs were built.

There are two types of monasteries in Meteora –  communal and living as a hermit. Only one of the monasteries today houses female nuns. A typical day for the monks and nuns involves waking at 4am for three hours of prayer, and them carrying out their assigned duties.

Women who enter the monasteries must wear a skirt to enter; they offer tie on skirts at the door if you need one.

Cats are everywhere in Greece, even the monasteries

Fun fact: Meteora appeared in the James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only.

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The little charming town of Kalambaka is right behind the monasteries.

My family and I rented a car from Thessaloniki and drove here for the day. I highly recommend getting a tour here since there is so much to know and see. Some of the best places are actually quite hidden. Check out tours to book here.

Although the Meteora monasteries are not as popular for tourists as other places in Greece, this is such a special place that you don’t want to miss. There is no place like this on Earth.

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Athens, Greece Photo Guide

Here are my favorite photos from 2 nights in Athens hosted by The American College of Thessaloniki. Athens is an incredible city and it was nice to have guided tours of all the major icons of the city. There is so much to see here!
*Acropolis Museum

*Acropolis with its beautiful Parthenon

*Changing of the Guards

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Above is the famed Parthenon, which is on the acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis Museum - houses artifacts from the Greek Bronze Age through Roman and Byzantine Greece

The Acropolis Museum – houses artifacts from the Greek Bronze Age through Roman and Byzantine Greece

“Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence.” -John Milton

“Many of our ideas of democracy, so much of our literature and philosophy and science can be traced back to roots right here in Athens.” -Barack Obama

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The Changing of the Guards – If you go on a Sunday, there is a ceremonial changing of the guards outside the Greek Parliament building

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Amazed by the Theatre of Dionysus

Amazed by the Theatre of Dionysus

The Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum

Have you been to Athens? What is your favorite place to see?

The Best Things To See in Ireland

Two words to describe Ireland: Green and cozy.

Ireland is ranked in the top 10 safest countries in the world (The U.S. is #106). The people are warm and friendly and the scenery is hard to beat. It is one of my favorite European countries and a top destination I would recommend for solo travelers.

Here are 7 of the best things to see in Ireland:

The Cliffs of Moher & Galway 

We took a day trip from Dublin to Cliffs of Moher and it was excellent. Our tour guide sang us Irish lullabies on the bus ride and told us ancient myths about faeries. We stopped in Galway for lunch, which is a lovely city as well.

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Cool fact: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was filmed here. img_5014

Trinity College Library – Dublin

I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS PLACE. It’s a book lovers dream. Its also ranked one of the best libraries in the world. It holds the historic Book of Kells, a gospel book created by Celtic monks around 800 AD, along with journals, maps, special collections, etc.

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Tour the Guinness Storehouse – Dublin 

This is a must see. It’s an impressive building that spreads across seven floors. You get a pint of Guinness and one of the best views of the city. I learned a lot about the science and art behind brewing beer.

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See all of the amazing parks. Ireland has some of the most enchanting parks I’ve seen. The colors in the fall are out of this world. These pictures were taken in Dublin.

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Tour some Castles and Cathedrals – Dublin It will be hard to see them all (they are EVERYWHERE) but I loved the guided tour of Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, as well as Dublin Castle.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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Christ Church Cathedral

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Inside the basement Christ Church Cathedral. The show The Tutors was filmed here.

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See the Irish Countryside. There is so much magic in the Irish countryside. Even if you only have a couple days in Dublin, be sure to leave the city because the green rolling hills, castles, and coastlines are breathtaking.

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Explore Downtown Dublin – Dublin has a lot to see, both modern and ancient. The famous Temple Bar area is a must. There are also great museums dedicated to Irish authors.

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