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The Priestess

Last summer, before I traveled to Bali I was told by a friend about a mythical Balinese priestess living close to a waterfall in an inland village.  So when I arrived I was determined to find her. There was no webpage or address online.  Everything written about her whereabouts was rather vague. Others, who had been blessed and cleansed by her water ceremony, did not mention her location on their social media pages, following their visits.

By chance or divine intervention, a lovely local staff member of the resort I was staying in heard I was asking about the priestess through another member of staff.  She came to see me and told me the priestess lived in her village. She promised to speak with her and arrange for me to meet her.

On the day of the scheduled visit, I was advised to arrange a car to be with her for midday. However when I woke up I had a feeling I needed to get there earlier. So I set off a couple of hours earlier than arranged.  When almost halfway there I received a call from the resort to say the priestess’s assistant had called to say she couldn’t see me because she was called away from the temple to perform a ceremony and was about to leave. Maybe it was my intuition talking to me, but I decided to continue my trip to see her as I felt certain she would be there.

When I arrived at the entrance of the temple I saw a flurry of activity from the temple staff carrying flowers and urns of water and placing them in a van.  When I went inside the temple I saw the priestess.  She was remarkably young and very striking, wearing traditional Balinese clothing. She was sitting on a big stone platform performing a water ceremony on two women.  I was told by her assistant that she would see me before she left.   After she completed the ceremony on the two women I was called to stand in front of her platform. I stood in trepidation not knowing what to expect. She spoke in perfect English and told me I would have all negativity, sadness or blocks washed away from me using holy water from a spring.  She started to chant and sing while pouring ice cold water on my head. I felt overwhelmed with emotion and my knees buckled several times, mostly from the cold water and from the emotions which hit me as soon as she started the ceremony.

After she finished cleansing me, the priestess told me to stand in the sun in the temple and raise my hands and release anything I was feeling. As I did I saw what I thought to be a bird swoop past my right shoulder and circle the priestess twice. But it wasn’t a bird, but a giant butterfly. Legend has it that each of holy person has an animal guide who helps and protects them whilst they work. I left feeling completely overwhelmed yet strangely calm.  We are all guided to expand our consciousness and to see the infinite beauty and endless possibilities in what we call life. But we have to look for signs and follow them.

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