The Light and the Dark of Bali

While Bali is famous for her beauty, which has been well documented and portrayed in movies, travel documentaries, and on television, there is another side to Bali that is less well known, its Dark Side. The Barong play, as portrayed in the photograph, is the story of a battle between good and evil spirits. It is the same internal struggle which each of us confronts in our daily lives. Should we do the ethical thing which may be difficult, or should we take the easy way out even though we are compromising our integrity? The battle between right and wrong, good and bad, dark and light, is eternally ongoing and challenging.

Because the beauty of Bali is so overwhelming and enchanting, when her Dark Side arises it can be devastating. Bali has literally kicked my butt this trip. Having to put two new hard drives on my computer was hard enough, but in the second week of my trip I had an attack of “Bali belly” … which I assure you was no fun. I was sick with that for a couple of days but it was nothing like the ten-day sickness I just got over. I had a really bad cough which culminated in my going to the doctor five days into being sick and being put on antibiotics and cough medicine and basically taking to my bed for the next five days. I had no appetite and all I wanted to do was sleep, sleep, sleep. And when I opened my eyes, I looked out my window onto the most beautiful orchid-filled gardens of Oka Kartini. I will talk about Oka and her gardens in a later post

I was very blessed to have my friend Marcia from California here with me. She is a retired nurse and she took excellent care of me, checking my meds, making sure I drank enough, rested enough … and basically giving me the tender care which I have missed so much in life, never having had a mother. So, in that way, my sickness was a gift. I was actually being mothered by Marcia. What an incredible experience that was for me. I am so fiercely independent, feeling like I have to do everything myself … but this time I couldn’t … and there was Marcia, so willing to be my personal nurse and in her nurturing and mothering way, making sure I was well before she got on the plane to go back to California.

Bali was saying, okay, Lakshmi, you say you want to live here. Well, we’ll just see how badly you want it. I survived Bali’s tests and I’m now halfway through my three-month holiday here. I am open and anticipating what the second half has in store for  me.

I am not going to analyze the Black Magic and White Magic which is practiced in Bali other than to say these magic spells can be used for good or bad purposes. I have personally been present to an exorcism … removing a Black Magic spell from a person’s body … and I must say it was one of the most intimate, powerful, and loving things I’ve ever experienced.

Bali, Bali, Bali … what a trip it is being here! This island has a heart and soul all its own. And the deeper I’m able to delve into the spirit of Bali, the more I love her.


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20 Responses to “The Light and the Dark of Bali”

  1. naresh Says:

    ah ha!! reminds me of the lake [lake atitlan] …..she”ll let you come for a visit ….and if you want to stay ….then , ”let me help you adjust” she said …..i’m going to send you jim humble’s 3rd book ….on the mms products …that would assist you with the bad guys ……love to you …naresh

  2. lakshmilove Says:

    I know you know what I’m talking about, Naresh! Love you!

  3. Ilene Cummings Says:

    dearest, dearest Lakshmi, I read your post today and am in awe of your ability to be present with, “what is.” The dark side is the side so many do not want to travel with but of course, this is where true soul progression lives. You are so brave to have gone through this experience. We do not learn as much from being happy as we do from the dark threads of life. My hat goes off to you, beautiful woman. in love and grace, Ilene

  4. Magdalena Babuljak Says:

    Wow, Laksmilove, you’ve certainly been challenged – and then well taken care of by an angel called Marcia. Her love for you was so nice to hear – we all need an angel like her in our lives. Now that you are back on your feet, Bali awaits you. Enjoy the rest of your visit – can’t wait to hear abut it.

    Love and hugs,


    • lakshmilove Says:

      Thank you for your love and your well wishes for the rest of my trip. Marcia is an angel indeed and just one of the many blessings in my life. You are another!

  5. Shera Says:

    love you . ..let ‘s connect by SKYPE week of July 25 . need to get out of the fog belt here in Kensington.I haven ‘t seen the sky in a week

  6. David Alexander Says:

    Glad you’re feeling better. Can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks already!

  7. Christie Lynn Achor Says:

    Dear Sweet Lakshmi I am so happy to hear you are feeling well and healing. Thank you to dear Marcia for being there and “mothering” you back to health. I send you my love and prayers for continued discovery on your journey. Blessings dear sister Christie

    • lakshmilove Says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Christie. In the midst of all the beauty of Bali and her people, I am alone and yes, indeed, it is a journey of deep discovery. I wouldn’t change it for the world. Easy? No. But definitely worth it. Big Bali love and magic to you, my friend.

  8. Karen Wong Says:

    Lakshmi, sorry you got sick and am glad you’re feeling better! Hope you are able to enjoy Bali the way you want

    • lakshmilove Says:

      Hi Karen. I am enjoying Bali so much. All of it is good. God works in mysterious ways and I feel very blessed to be here. Big love to you and all my buddies, Lakshmi

  9. lakshmilove Says:

    I know, David, half over. What an experience it has been! Stay tuned for more. Love to you, Lu, my Y friends … and some Bali magic. Lakshmi

  10. Abel Says:

    Thank for the update Lakshmi! I’m glad you are doing better!

  11. kim karkos Says:

    Hello Sweet Woman,

    I so appreciate your sharing your journey with us. I feel so fortunate to be hearing the intimate details of your trip. Keep them coming. I wish i could be there with you! i hope that the rest of your trip finds you healthy and happy as always.

    love you,

    • lakshmilove Says:

      What a trip (in so many ways) this has been! I have been forced to be with myself, my inner self, my mind … all of it! And the deeper I go, the more joy I find, and the more healing I need! OMG! I think of being here with you and how much fun we had! Love you, dear one. Lakshmi

  12. Jim Lewis Says:

    The Bali Belly. Must be something about that corner of the world. I had the Bangkok Belly for a week or so. Lost seven pounds one night. 21 years of age, I arrived in BKK at 195, left a year later at 156. I do remember the misery and I feel yours. It helps to be 21. When we are a little older, we are more resentful of upside down digestive systems. Thank goodness you had Marcia there to nurse you. Please thank her for all of us.

    • lakshmilove Says:

      Jim, my Bali belly lasted for two days. The bronchial illness I had recently lasted ten days, five of which I was in my bed. I am happy to report that I am better and, in fact, I have more energy than I had before I got sick. I love Bali more every day, I am establishing an incredible life for myself here. Sending big love to you and Renee. Lakshmi

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