Balinese Balance and Harmony

Balinese Balance and Harmony

Brenda Pugh McCutchen August 25, 2014   Bali  is magical. For centuries it has conducted itself according to its world view as the naval of the universe, the keeper of peace in the cosmos.  Omnipresent rituals reenact forces of good fighting bitterly with malevolent forces which try to upset balance and peaceful co-existence. The Balinese wisely understand that good can never eradicate evil, yet the effect of positive can neutralize the threats of negative so as to achieve balance and harmony.   To truly visit is to look beyond the lush tropical beauty of rice terrace vistas outlined by coconut palms to find the unforgettable treasures in the people, their stories, and the arts. Both art and story intertwine in daily ceremonies and temple rituals where visitors can glimpse the unseen spirit world that interacts at all levels in the tight-knit communities.   To explore the layered Balinese heritage is well worth the effort as there is no place like it, especially for artistic stimulation and renewal of spirit.   Those who are willing to bypass the luxury resorts will find beautiful Balinese owned and operated hotels around the island that envelope one with invitation into the more authentic community.   Be prepared to notice how life revolves around family and the trust in what is sacred.  Notice the evidence of the spirit world everywhere–in the temple ceremonies, in the mask museum, on the stages, and in the daily presentations of canang to heap blessings on the tiny island and its people. To relish this culture, as well as to honor it, is to investigate the heritage, the stories,...