My first memory of my first visit to Bali was the scent in the air. As I stepped out of the plane onto the moveable stairway the smell of incense in the warm air embraced me from all directions. It was in that exact moment that I knew I had been here before, many times, perhaps even many lifetimes. I felt at home, this deep sense of safety. Over the last nine years when I disembark from the plane and feel the air on my skin and take a deep breath, the scent drops me into the present immediately. And everywhere you go in Ubud, where I live part-time, the smiles for miles and smell of incense lead you moment to moment to live in gratitude.
Besides incense I also use medicinally the practice of burning S A G E — also known as smudging — which is an ancient spiritual ritual to cleanse a person, a group of people or a space. If you come to my home, anywhere I live, I will ask your permission to smudge you before you enter my sacred space so the energy in my home stays clear.
The ritual burning of herbs is common to many cultures in the world. From the rich #frankincense of the Catholic Church, which is another childhood memory that I love, to the heady incenses of Asia, to the raw energy of brush burning in many native cultures—the purification of space through this modality is a global phenomenon with benefits for everyone.
Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people or space. While Native American sage burning is the most commonly recognized form of it today, it has nevertheless been a shared practice in other cultures too. From the ancient Celtic druids who used sage as a sacred herb alongside Oak Moss for burning as well as medicinal purposes, to the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon whose Palo Santo (sacred/sainted wood) sage burning ceremonies are still practiced to this day. My heritage of South America, my birthplace, may be one of the reasons why this method of cleansing feels so natural to me.
Smudging also has science supporting its benefits too.
1. Purification
The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties. This means they keep infectious bacteria, viruses, pollution, mold and fungi at bay.
White prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) is both antimicrobial and antibacterial. White sage (Salvia apiana) is also antimicrobial. And both have been shown to repel insects. One 2007 study found that burning sage for an hour decreased the level of aerial bacteria by 94 percent. These effects were preserved for up to 24 hours afterward.
**Though scientifically unproven, burning sage is thought to release negative ions. This is said to help neutralize positive ions like pollution, dust, mold, pet dander.
2. Cleansing
Smudging is a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others you pick up going about your day. It cleanses yourself and your space for manifesting through positive energy. Think of this based in the Law of Attraction. This cleansed space helps us to create a vibrational vortex of positivity. Positive energy attracts positive energy. We are vibrational beings attracting like energy. Cleansing negative vibration makes us more magnetic for positive things to flow our way.

You can cleanse not only yourself and your space but your belongs. For instance after you’ve worn your Malas for a while they need to be cleansed. Use smudging as a way to

3. Reduces Stress
A 2016 research project for the University of Mississippi established that white sage (Salvia apiana) is rich in compounds that activate certain receptors in the brain. These receptors are responsible for elevating mood levels, reducing stress, and even alleviating pain.

If you believe smudging distresses your day as a part of a coming home ritual, or evening ritual then it will have the impact you want it to have based upon your belief. The stronger you associate distressing with the scent of sage and marry this to the science the better it will work. The better it works, the better it works.

Today is a very good day for sage.

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How to Make Nature Mandala 10 Step Process

We wall want to feel safe, be loved for who we are and be happy in our sense of belonging. We are all brothers and sisters and finding your Soul Family changes everything. “We’re all just walking each other home,” says Ram Dass.
Today connect with the Human Mandala around you and make a Nature Mandala too! Making a Nature Mandala is an important meditation technique harnessing the power of mandalas to explore consciousness. These mandalas can be interpreted for their spiritual guidance for your life’s journey.
How to Make Nature Mandala 10 Step Process
1. Find a location you love. Working on a mandala takes time and can be a very quiet and reflective activity like near a beach where you can hear the ocean.
2. Scout the spot. Look for a place where its not in direct line of traffic.
3. Gather the materials. Go on a bit of a nature walk and look for anything to add to your pattern. If it’s laying on the ground, it’s usually OK to pick up. Try not to pick too many things (like leaves or grasses) to add – instead try to find things that have already fallen.
4. Create the canvas: Create 4 sections North, South, East, West.
5. Make the Mandala: Start in the center or anywhere, there is no wrong.
6. Make it personal. Put something that symbolizes yourself somewhere in the Mandala
7. Sit with your Mandala and ask a question of Spirit. Listen for the answer.
8. Take a photo of your Mandala
9. 24 hours later go back and be with your Mandala again. See what’s changed. Take a photo of your 24 Hour Mandala so your Guide can interpret the results.
10. Learn the lesson of impermanence by destroying it. Give it back to nature.
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My Healing Story Bali Melukat at Sebatu

I’ve been interested and invested in my own healing since I was 25 years old. That happens when you’re in a hit and run. Truth is that by the time I graduated college I had already seen my fair share of trauma. And by the age of 27 I had suddenly lost my Father, Enrico, to a heart attack.

As a result, I don’t apologize for seeking healing. To be fair, you should also know I admittedly have an ingrained skepticism that has influenced the modalities I’ve used for my own healing. However, from my personal experience I do trust this advice from Caroline Myss because it has proven to be true in my own life:

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind”

“Belief in oneself is required for healing.”

“Healing requires taking action – it is not a passive event.”

“Finding the right healing path requires all or nothing. Once you place conditions on healing, all you can achieve is conditional healing.”

My healing story takes place all over the world. I have sought advice, counsel, insight, clearing from medicine men, acupuncturists, guides, therapists, shamans, doctors, taxi drivers, a Mayan wonder woman, intuitives, readers, Mother Nature and of course from the divine.

I have only love for those that would judge me. I don’t pretend to have the “right” answers for you. I am convinced that part of my dharma is to share my story and its lessons. From there you can discern how it inspires you to take action towards your own deepest healing.

This video is a peek at one of the many healing ceremonies I’ve blessed myself to receive with an open heart and mind. It takes place in Bali. This one is Melukat of which there are six different kinds. It takes place at Sebatu where you’ll see me bathing in the holy water of this holy waterfall.

Melukat defined: Wikipedia (to quote an official source) defines it as “a ceremony of mind and soul and spirit in human.” It is a purification ritual. Think of this as a Spiritual Cleansing. Or even better yet think of it as a karmic cleansing of things acquired in our present life and from past lives.

What I know is that I believe in the power of water to heal. My first water initiation was baptism. Besides air, what we next most need to survive is water. In the chakra system water is a form of energy (prana) associated with emotion, the alchemical realm of the second chakra.

My Belief Statement:P1070877

-I believe in purification.
-I believe in miracles.
-I believe in possibilities.
-I believe in 3rd chances.
-I believe in magic.
-I believe in those things we cannot prove or see with the mind such as Love.
-I believe in living with less pain.
-I believe in actively loving myself.
-I believe in my potential to heal.

I trust a benevolent universe that offers us a three part cycle: hurt, healing, healed.

If any of this is interesting to a point where you have questions but you don’t have anyone to talk to about it or want something more than Google don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I am happy to tell you more of my own experiences around the world.

To me all of this falls under the category of self-care. How much, what it involves, whom you ask for help from, and how far you go to prioritize your happiness is up to you. Love yourself, love your day, love your life, Silvia


Melukat derived from the word “lukat”, derived on Balinese-Kawi (old Javanese languages) dictionary means “bersihin, ngicalang” (in Balinese language) “to cleanse or purified (in English). In the Indonesian Dictionary, the word ‘lukat’ means ‘letting go’ (to releasing some stuff), then get the prefix ‘me‘ becomes ‘melukat’, which means doing a job to release something ‘negative’ in the body and soul, through a ritual.