EXPERIENCE A DIFFERENT KIND OF HEALING
Among the most profound and enlightening experiences as expressed by our yoga and wellness retreat participants is a session with a Balinese traditional healer. As sessions with a Balian is much like seeing a doctor and is very personalized based on the need of the individual, we ask that you contact us with your inquiry and desire so that we can craft a package appropriate for you and your needs.
THE BALINESE BALIAN
Healers in Bali are called Balian. We have worked with dozens of Balians and healers in Bali over the last couple decades and have found a handful of what we feel are the most exceptional and gifted for a variety of treatments. We can schedule you with particular healers that excel in a modality that may benefit you. We must be discrete and discerning about the healers personal information and location as their primary duty is to their community.
FOUR TYPES OF BALIANS
The first kind is a Ketakson who acts as a channel between the client and God. The Pica/Paica Balian is a medium who may not be a formal student of magic. This kind of Balian receives physical objects which appear and disappear spontaneously and are used during healing sessions. The Balian Usada is a person who either has the intention to become a Balian or may receive divine knowledge during a severe illness. The fourth kind of Balian combines all of the above. Many may appear crazy or psychotic, or hear voices, while the wisdom in entering them.
BALI HEALER METHODOLOGY
First, will be an initial meeting in which the healer will engage a range of techniques to ascertain the well being, imbalances and possibly past lives of the individual. He will study the person’s name, palm and aura. The Balian then enters a trance state and invites Naga (The Balinese Dragon Spirit) to enter him. In a few minutes time, the Balian will share his findings. He may be able to derive significant life events, traumas, past lives, future events, warnings, etc. Many Balinese healers have the ability to derive this type of information. What sets the gifted Balian apart is the offering of a cure or direction; a prescription, if you will.
The Balian explains that he must reveal exactly what is revealed to him and he will not sugarcoat it. Certainly not all of his readings reveal undesirable aspects, in fact many are optimistic, but some recipients may not be prepared to learn what may be transmitted.
THE MALUKAT PURIFICATION RITUAL
One possible initial prescription may be a Melukat ritual. A Melukat is a spiritual cleansing ritual and part of the Manusa Yadnya (Balinese Hindu life events). Its purpose is to purify a human body and soul. It is said to wash away turmoil and sickness acquired from negative karma in both this life (prarabda karmaphala) and past lives (sancita karmaphala).
In order to purify the aura and karma from past lives, align and clear the chakras, and remove disease, Balian Taksu will invite the individual back for an evening Melukat on an auspicious day such as Kajeng Kliwon (a day in the Balinese calendar which is believed to have magical power), purnama (full moon), tilem (new moon), or a variety of others.
If it is decided that further purification is necessary, the Balian may prescribe a more intensive Melukat ritual that will take place at a confluence of rivers and waterfalls
The suggestion of a Balian, Mangku or other traditional Balinese healer to undertake a Melukat is very much like a prescription written by a western doctor. A couple of our yoga and wellness retreat participants were disappointed that they were not asked to partake in the Melukat. Just as a doctor would only prescribe antibiotics for a person with a bacterial infection, a true Balinese healer would only suggest a Melukat for those in need.
COMMUNITY IS PRIORITY
A Balian’s primary obligation is that to his banjar or local village. He or she must tend to them first and foremost. In today’s ‘Eat, Pray, Love blogging world’, some traditional Bali healers become hyped and promoted with or without their blessing. Sadly, this happened too many times. Several years ago a Balinese healer sat in his small compound offering sessions to his neighbors, a film crew happened upon him, put him in a film, and now there are tourist busses lined up outside his home. He can no longer effectively see to the health and wellbeing of his village. We don’t want to see that happen again, so we will not print the name or location of our authentic and remarkable balian.