Jamu for every Pain

Jamu for every Pain

Jamu, the herbal tonic of Indonesia, is a widely used home remedy on the islands of Java and Bali. Families will go and grab fresh ingredients out of their garden and then boil up the herbal drink as a general health tonic or for specific aches and pains. Earlier I...
Intention in Healing

Intention in Healing

What is “Intention”? Intention is a thought, emotion, or goal the healer is trying to transfer to and achieve in the patient. How is it done? The most important element is the mind of the healer, but depending on the situation can also be the gods, the...
Balinese Secret to Health

Balinese Secret to Health

The #1 piece of health advice I’ve heard repeated by traditional healers and the local people on the island of Bali:   SMILE Initially recorded by Elizabeth Gilbert in her bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, Ketut tells her: To meditate, only you must smile. Smile...
Eat, Pray, Love: Bali — Did it really happen?

Eat, Pray, Love: Bali — Did it really happen?

Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love made Balinese healing famous.  But it was the medicine man, Ketut Liyer of Ubud, Bali, that has given it a bad name. The medicine man so revered in her book is (or at least has become) a fraud.  Cashing in on his fame,...
Influences on Balinese Healing

Influences on Balinese Healing

As an island nation at the center of the trade routes, located close to India, China, and Southeast Asia, Bali has been influenced by the major powers throughout the ages. But what makes Bali so magical is its ability to hold onto tradition, culture, religion, and...
Protocol when visiting a Balinese Healer

Protocol when visiting a Balinese Healer

Going to see a Balinese Healer, particularly those who are regarded as Usada (by some measures the most revered healers on Bali), is like going to see your doctor, your priest, and a high level foreign-government official all in one.  So the two words of the day are:...