There was a time in my life when I lived in London and knew it was time for a change. I closed my business and made plans to go exploring California with a friend. But when it came to booking our tickets, we changed our minds and flew to India instead. From there we went to Thailand, and then my friend flew home, and I went on to Bali by myself.
In retrospect, abandoning me in Thailand was the best favour he ever did me. Arriving all alone in Bali allowed me to open to the place in a way I would never have done with an English-speaking companion at my side. I fell totally in love with the island, with its 25 volcanic peaks (most of them mercifully dormant but two still active), its 20,000 temples, and its unique spiritual culture, where space clearing is a complete way of life.
Just about every traditional culture has a form of space clearing, but nowhere have they developed it to such a high level as in Bali. I began to learn the languages (three levels of Balinese and Indonesian), and travelled around the island putting vision on purification ceremonies conducted by priests and shamans. I’d already spent 12 years in England developing a reasonably effective form of space clearing, but this took me to a completely new level. From there it was an easy choice to make Bali my permanent home for 20 years, deepening my space clearing skills with every passing year.
And now I’m back in England again and absolutely loving it. I didn’t miss England at all when I lived in Bali, and never actually thought I would live here again. But here I am, and very happily so. This is where I want to be for the next phase of my life.
The choice of England was made after a lot of geographical exploration and deep soul searching, visiting over a dozen countries with my husband, and staying long enough in each for us both to get a feel for how it would be to live there. There was no doubt about it for either of us. England it was.
But where in England? The next phase of our search saw us driving hundreds of miles, criss-crossing the country, and renting for two years until we finally found and bought our new home in the Malverns, on the edge of the Cotswolds (see photo).
Why spend so much time and effort on this, some of you reading this may be wondering? Because I know how important it is for each person to find their place on Earth, and even more so when engaged on a path of spiritual development. Living in a place where there is little or no compatibility with the land energies can hold a person back much more than they can possibly imagine, until they move to a place that is better for them and truly feel the difference. Everything in life works better if you can get this right. As every real estate agent knows, it’s all about location, location, location, and this is a deeper understanding of why this is so.
Initially, I must admit, I felt a resistance to moving back to Malvern, having lived here previously, before I lived in Bali. But now I can see the wisdom of living on these hills, with a solid foundation of granite beneath me to gear my Kidney energy into, fresh country air, and views that stretch for miles. I’ve been looking for a place where I can land myself to write and write and write, and this is it.
Copyright © Karen Kingston 2012
The art of owning space