Sense Memories: First Responses to Bali

Editor’s Note: Elisa will be back soon with a new post. In the meantime, here’s her first post from her Thriving Planet World Tour in Asia, from Oct. 6, 2013. — Susan

By Elisa Novick

In a recent session with a client, I had an insight that the sensations we store with our memories are keys or handles we can use to go back inside and clear the karma attached to those memories.

Elisa Novick; photo by Eric.

For instance, when I was a girl, my family took a trip to Washington, D.C. It had snowed and thawed and re-frozen so the entire city appeared as a continuous landscape in gleaming white marble. While there we went to see the movie Mutiny on the Bounty, in which I saw for the first time, bare breasted native women on a tropical Pacific island. (Unfortunately, here in Bali, they do not dress that way anymore as they once did.)

A woman sitting in front of us was wearing a strong perfume with a name I no longer remember. But I was not happy. I felt a sense of isolation and alienation that was characteristic of that period of my life. For years later, every time I smelled that perfume, I was back in Washington having all of those experiences.

Now I can utilize those sense memories and even the faded photos of the White House in the snow to key into that feeling to transmute and heal the negativity of that time and bring myself back into reality and the enjoyment of life. Healing the (seeming) past brings new life to the present.

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