my training in multi-cultural and indigenous forms of healing brought me to the island of bali, indonesia. here, i was introduced to the ancient healing tradition of "shaking" at the ashram of Ratu Bagus, which translates into "good king."
for the western-oriented mind, it is a strange practice that they do: it is simply "shaking" your body for hours. it is believed that by actively shaking the body for prolonged periods, the conscious mind calms down, allowing the "Sacred Fire" within the person to ignite and heal deep emotional and even ancestral wounds.
gettin' down, shaking all over
the Sacred Fire is experienced as internal heat and sweating, spontaneous movement, and emotional releases through laughing or crying. they teach that you should persevere in shaking especially when you feel that you've reached your limit with the hope that a "breakthrough" ensues. A "breakthrough" refers to a deeper level of emotional, physical, and energetic detoxification.
what a privilege to immerse myself in the healing practice of this exotic culture.
all that shaking got me hungry, so i sped off to the local market!
hmmm... i've never been to a market in the philippines that looked this aesthetic ...
bye bye ratu bagus!