Once upon a time I met a spiritual healer in Bali. At that time I was in a very bad place. I had divorced my husband and my friend of 12 years. I had quit my job, left my life in London and moved to Asia. I was truly lost and felt unhappy. Only now, after so many years, I can say that visiting the healer in Bali was an experience that helped me to find myself.
This post is about my story – how I met the spiritual healer in Bali. I’m telling you about it because I would like you to be happy, too. Maybe the visit will help you, maybe not. However, I think it’s an experience you will never forget. Read on to find out more.
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Visiting the spirutal healer in Bali
I am standing on the corner of a street in Ubud. I am a bit agitated and anxious. Today my driver, Gede, is taking me to see a spiritual healer. I don’t know what to expect. How should I behave? Is it going to be all flower power and weird?
Gede shows up on time. We drive through a beautiful countryside. The sun is shining, the rice paddies are greener than green. Women walk by the side of the road dressed in sarongs, carrying huge loads on their heads.
Gede tells me a little about the healer. “He’s the best I know” – he says – “You know the one from Eat Pray Love? He’s no good. He only earns money on tourists. He doesn’t have time for Balinese people anymore. It’s sad”.
He then tells me that he does healing himself a little. “I’m not a healer” – he explains – “I just talk to others about their problem. I’m like a head doctor” – he laughs.
We arrive in a small village. The healer’s house is by the main road. He admits his “patients” in a small, lush green garden on a small concrete verandah. There is a matt and a carpet. The healer is nowhere to be seen. There is a Japanese man sitting on the floor. I take my shoes off and sit next to him. We wait…
Suddenly, from around the corner, a small, skinny man appears. He looks really old but walks in briskly. His hair is long and white, his skin wrinkled. He’s wearing a white long sleeved top and a brown sarong. There is an aura of calmness about him. He welcomes us without a smile, but with an expression of kindness on his face. He sits down on the chair and calls the Japanese patient to him. I watch in silence…
He tells the man to sit down on the floor in front of him. He touches the Japanese’s man head, ears. The man winces in pain. “Too much worry” – the healer says – “Your left side of mind is not in tune with the right”.
He tells him to lay down on the matt, sits down next to him and touches his toes with a small wooden stick. The Japanese screams in pain. “Yes” – the healers nods – “Computer.. too much computer… you are healthy, but too much worry”. This goes for a while. Finally, the healer waves his hands over the man, tells him to relax and lets him go.
At this point, I want to laugh. The healer is smart. Everyone knows that Japanese work hard and don’t have time to relax.
It’s my turn. I sit down on the floor in front of the healer, take my sunglasses off and look into the old man’s eyes. His eyes go wide. “Oh!” – he exclaims – “So young and so much sadness. Why so sad?” – he asks. My eyes water. How do I explain to him everything that’s happened to me recently? The divorce, the loneliness, my struggles… He doesn’t give me a chance. Gently he touches my shoulder. His eyes dig deep into mine. He tells me to turn around. He touches my forehead, mouth, ears… The pain! Oh, the pain! it’s like someone puts a hot rod into my skull! I pull away a little…
The healer stops for a moment. “A broken heart…” – he says – “Many times… but now a very broken heart. You lost love. You are lonely. You have a boyfriend?” – he asks. I smile and say that I don’t. “You find a boyfriend soon… You first need to heal your heart. Don’t look now for boyfriend. Heal your heart first”.
He tells me to lay down. He touches my toes just like he did with the Japanese. I scream in pain. He looks at me with worry. “You will kill yourself if you don’t stop worrying. First your liver… but liver is fine now. Not good in the future. First, your liver and then your heart will break. Stop worry. You give more money and I help you a little ok?”
Yeah, more money… Everything’s about the money in Bali, but I want to know what he will do and I am so in awe that I will pay any price. I agree to give him more.
He takes a marker, pulls down my top, so my chest is revealed and draws some symbols on it. He then stands up and prays for me.
He sits down again and does the same things with my toes. He presses the wooden stick hard, really hard, but I don’t feel the pain. ‘Ok now?’ – he smiles. I nod. I feel like I want to cry forever. I struggle to stop my tears from flowing.
He points at the symbols on my chest. ‘No photos’ – he says – ‘You go back home, look in the mirror at the drawings and do that…’ he extends his hand, pretends that he catches something and then puts that into his mouth.
Gede and I leave. I don’t say anything for a while. He stops me and says “You know, every day when you get up you say “thank you god for this beautiful day!” Because every day is a new day. Look at yourself in the mirror and say ‘I’m fine. I feel good’ and you will be fine. You will see”. I just nod… I can’t utter a word.
We get to his car and drive away. He puts traditional music on and sings along. ‘Today, Joanna, we celebrate your new life’ – he smiles at me.
“Well…” – I answer – “I just want to cry, to be honest”.
He smiles. “Then cry my dear. Crying is good… But cry from happiness. Cry because you can be here!”
I cry the whole way back… I feel like a heavy load has lifted off my shoulders.
Gede has been my taxi driver here in Ubud. He was recommended to me by my fellow blogger, Emily from the Innocent Nomad.
Gede is not only reliable but knows lots about the area and can take you anywhere you want for a good price. He’s also a very nice and kind person. I must say that Gede changed something in me and I have never forgotten him. If you’re also feeling lost, or you simply want to go through something special, I really recommend meeting him and the healer.
Would you like to meet Gede?
I shared my story here because I also want others to experience something amazing while they are on Bali. It’s been over 6 years since I last saw Gede and the healer and their kindness and care is with me until today.
A lot of my readers have gone to Bali to meet Gede and the healer. Some of them emailed me back with photos and their story.
I have recently received an email from Pamela, who was so kind and agree to show you some of her photos.
We had such an amazing day!!! We visited the healer that you went to and it was magical to say the least. Holy crap did it hurt though – you were not kidding. I, like you, just sat in Gede’s car and cried after. It was so freeing to me and so great to know that it was normal to have this reaction (thanks to your post)!!!
I’m truly happy that she had such an amazing experience and I hope you will, too.
Would you like to meet Gede? He can take you around the island and, if you want, he will also introduce you to the healer. If you would like his contact details, here is what I have for you:
- An ebook guide, which includes the full story of how I got to Bali and why I have decided to use the healer’s services. You will also learn how I felt before meeting him and after. I tried to be as honest as possible. I’ve added some advice on how to prepare for the session, too, so you can feel safe and prepared for what will come. Of course, the details for Gede are there as well!
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All the best on your journey!
Jenna Moore says
I’m visiting Ubud soon and was wondering if I could please have the details for Gede and the healer that you saw?!
I hope to hear back from you soon,
I have just sent you an email.
Hi, would you please give me the details of the healer and Gede the driver. Cheers. Xxxx
Could you share the healer’s details as well and perhaps Gede’s too?
Thank you! Informative article!
Hi! I have just sent you an email.
Hi there! Would love Gede’s info as well… In Ubud now and just reading your post!
I am in Ubud at the moment, could you please send me the details for Gede and the healer.
Hi blond. I read you blog and felt like crying also.
Could you please send me some details for your driver and healer?
Thank you and I hope you’re feeling better.
Hi blond , your story really touched me , If you don’t mind can you please email me the healers info , as myself have personal issues to deal with
anuj kotwal says
Hi blond, cab you share with me the details please?
The Travel Junkie says
I’m in love with this place! 😉
Yes, I really want to go back!
Can you share contact detail of the healer & Gede? Thanks!
am visiting ubud in sept…could you please share the contact info for Gede as well as the healer you visited.
hi there. i would be most grateful if you could send me details on how to reach gede. i will be in ubud in 2 weeks and am hoping to get to see a spiritual healer while there. i enjoyed reading about your experience. many thanks.
I am going to Bali as a lone traveler and would like the number for Gede and the name of the healer.
I hope your life is better now
Hi there! Your story is touching. I’m heading to Bali and I was wondering if you could send me the contact info for your driver and for the healer you went to? Thanks a lot!
Hello Joanna, thank you for writing this post. I am currently in Ubud, enjoying my second trip here; and experiencing another layer of healing. When you have the time, may I ask that you kindly send me the details of both the balian you saw and of Gede, your driver? Om Swasti Astu.
Hi! I’m in Ubud now and just reading your post, I was wondering if I could please have the details for Gede and the healer that you saw?
Can you please send me the info for Gede and the healer? I am in serious need and your experience sounds amazing.
Many thanks and best wishes!
Loved your article. Thank you for sharing your Ubud experience. Mu husband and I will be there in a few weeks. Would love to contact Gede, your driver and also the healer you visited. Thanks!
Thank you for sharing your story. Would love to contact Gege and the healer you visited. Thank you!
How are you now, Joanna?
I am very well, I must say. I travel the world, work remotely and have a partner that I love. Life is good 🙂
Hi, could you give me Gedes contact details .. I’m in Ubud and would love for him to show us around.
Joana can u please give me d adress n name of that healer? I really need it rightnow 🙁
Valerie Henry says
Hi, would love to see the healer. Can you send me his details please? I’m in Seminayak now.
Hello, I am going to kuta Lombok and was wondering if you knew any healer over there …..
I have already been to Ubud but would like to have your contacts for next visit, thank you so much, take care, louise
Hello Louise, I’m afraid I don’t know any healers nor guides in those areas.
i would love the specific names you have as ill be there soon
Thanks for sending me the contact to Gede. He was taking me around the nearby areas of Ubud – he is an excellent tour guide.
And he is a wonderful and special man that can give you great advice!
Without him my trip wouldnt have been the same.
Hi, I’m glad that you liked Gede and your trip and I’m also glad I could help 🙂
Can you send me the name of the healer? I have motorbike, i don’need a driver
Andrea, I don’t have the name of the healer. You need to contact Gede. He took me there. If you would like his details, please fill in the form.
Micaela De Germán Ribón says
Hi, im gonna be living in Bali for the next 6 months! could you send me Gede information, or the healer one?? Thank you! Loved your article!!
Joanna | The Blond Travels says
Hi, please read the post again. There is a pretty big, pink button that is hard to miss – after clicking on it you will be taken to a form. Fill it in and you’ll get the details straight to your mailbox.
Micaela De Germán Ribón says
Yes, Ive Already tried that, but it says processing and then nothiung happens, it stays there.
Chris Grabiński says
Hi Micaela, I have fixed the form and it should work fine now. If you still encounter problems let me know and I will send you the details manually.
Deborah Neale says
I am going to bali in oct. I would love to visit the healer
Thanks for the email Enquiry. I haven’t been able to travel to Bali as yet but I am hoping to visit there in October 20017 and will update you as soon as I can.
Anyway I do hope you are well and enjoying your travelling.
Joanna | The Blond Travels says
Hi, please do so. I wonder how Gede is doing and if the healer helped you a little.
Hi, I tried to use the pink button to submit the form but it is stuck at “Processing,” if you could please email me Gede contact information I would be very grateful!
Thank you for shariny your experience.
Can I ask you for a contact of Gede?
I have tried to use the pink button, but something is wrong with the link.
Mariya Uzunova says
Hello! I tried with clicking on the pink button but I still didn’t received any e-mail with the name of the healer. Could you please tell me his name here os send it to my e-mail : [email protected]? Thank you in advance ! 🙂
Mark Ludeman says
i and my wife went with Gede to see the healer it was wonderful. I have seen healers all over the world. each one is a unique experience. we had been in Bali for a week and a half. it was on my list to see healers. we contacted Gede he scheduled one day then he rescheduled which we liked better. he was a little late because of google maps . we got there and there was no one else there. Turns out he was seeing just us that day and because he knew Gede made a special appointment for us. So we got extra time with him. It was my wife and i. He siad my brain was well balanced. Though he did touch between my toes with his stick ouch. and then adjusted my back. i definitely feel different. He did more with my wife. So glad we went.And Gede was wonderful we went to a temple and a waterfall also. We had a great connection with him highly recommend him
Joanna | The Blond Travels says
Mark, thank you so much for posting this comment. I am so glad that you had an amazing time and you loved it. All the best to you and your wife!
HI – I filled out the form and never got an email. Can you please send it as soon as possible? I am only ion Bali until Dec 20. Thanks so much.
Mark Ludeman says
WE loved Gede the driver and after we saw the one you talked about we went to another one that gede recommend a lady who was very feminine and also a great healer . Both times there was no one else there. Then the last day we had the most amazing session with a healer my driver not gede and his wife took us to see. i also do healing work. My driver wife has now it appears had lupus. i did five healing sessions on her. It at this time appeared to have cured her.
But the last healer oh my goodness i went because i wanted to see what he would do with Apel my driver wife. He spent the most time with me. First told me there was a old man behind me. then after going into a trance state and becoming a female did all kinds of things on my prophesed about me and my healing practice in America. Hugged me several times kissed me on both cheeks gave me a gold painted buddha for prosperity. etc etc etc. Here is what i wrote
One of my passions is healing I have had this every since I had my first awakening at eighteen And was told among other things that I had the gift of healing
I have traveled on long trips to see healers
So when I came to Bali it was on my list to visit with some local healers
Ubud the cultural new age
Center of Bali became famous partly because of the the book Eat Pray Love. In the book author visits a Balinese healer which changes her life
That healer is no longer alive living to the old age of 112 and from.the book became famous.
Our experience was quite different from what she described in the book
As he did not work on her physical body.
But our healer is also living a long life he is currently 96 has two families as his first wife died. And had a son when he was in his seventies
I contacted a local driver Gede who knows our healer takes visitors there and has a relationship with him
We first make a appointment for Wednesday. Then Gede messages me and asks to change it to Monday. I agree that is sooner and I am excited to go
After a few delays he arrives to pick us up
Our location is at a dead end and a little hard to find
It is 8 am
Gede says it is best to go early in the morning when the healers energy is higher
We are actually a bit later than we want to be
It is about a twenty drive. I really have no idea where it is
though I am slowly learning my around
It is difficult in a new place And the streets are do different. There is lots of roads all of them narrow winding roads often only one narrow car width
We arrive at his compound
And park. It is quite large
There is a large covered area with platforms and shrines
All with beautiful elaborate woodwork a lot of it painted in gold
They recently had a large expensive ceremony a important part of Balinese life so it was prepared for that
There is no one else here that is unusual
We sit down and Gede goes off to check in. He is having breakfast
After a bit he comes out he first goes around to the different shrines and touches and communicates with the spirits
He is getting energy from them
We are them told to go over to the area where he does the healing
We first make our payment
This is put into a basket covered by a larger basket
When he arrives he reaches in and touches our money which is three hundred rupreees a person about 27 dollars
Jennifer goes first he is sitting in a chair we sit on the floor our legs extended. Our backs touching his legs
He feels our heads working his fingers over the sides of our heads around the ears and the front each of our experiences is different
He tells me I am very well balanced in my mental thoughts and actions
Then he has me lay down on a mat that has a small pillow
He gets a small stick and presses it between my toes Ouch there is a sharp pain
He has me sit up he does something to my back
Then presses between my toes again it no longer hurts
He had me lay down and sit up several times he is pleased
I get up easier
He then has me squeeze his hands and finger one hand at a time. He is playful and strong
We are done it took about twenty minutes
Gede tells later that we got a long session and that he was seeing no one else that day as he was going to a ceremony
He has a connection with Gede so agreed to see us
We go to a waterfall and a temple and have some great and very helpful conversations learning about how the Balinese see life
He tells us the healer was a mechanic on Java for years and was very bad that was necessary for him to help others and for him to become a great healer. It is all a important part of life
Marta Sari says
Please send me the Number of Gege, i really need to see the Healer you went to 🙂 Thx in advance for your help!
Stacey Barclay says
Hello Johanna, I am heading to Bali in a month and am wondering if you could send me the contact information for Gede, and also the name and contact of the healer you went and saw
Thank you so much!
Becky Beesley says
I don’t think I went to the same Healer, but I was able to get a hold of Gede, he is fantastic! His English is really good, so it was easy to communicate and he answered a lot of my cultural questions and gave me a lot of good advice before and after seeing the Healer. It was funny, because the Healer couldn’t ‘find’ my problem with the head probing, so I had to tell him. And yes, the piece of wood in the toe did hurt! Hopefully it’s a sign that some emotional pain was released from my body. I would also highly recommend Gede. I’m here for a month and am going to call him again!
Joanna | The Blond Travels says
Hi Becky, I’m glad you had a great experience. Gede is amazing and I tried Luwak coffee too 🙂