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New Year Portal Entry 31 December 2015

Hello Legions of Light

HAPPY 2016

Wishing You a Happy New Year Entry Portal into 2016

and a Very Very Happy New Year 2016

Welcome to the

NEW YEAR ENTRY PORTAL GATHERING 31 Dec at 10pm Lovely Gathering  and Invocation below

OPENING PORTAL

WELCOME to your Future. Are you wanting to enter the New Year surrounded by people who want to do so peacefully and in a sacred way? Well, I am holding a New Year Entry Portal Gathering on 31 December 2015 from 10:00pm to 01:00am on 1 January 2016.  Arrive at 10pm for a 10:30pm start.  Join me in holding a Powerful New Year Entry Portal for 2016.  Full details are below.

When you journey through the Portal of Light leaving 2015 behind and walking into 2016 you create a wonderful feeling of confidence and joy.

SMUDGING 2015

When The New Year Arrives, It Brings New Hopes, New Plans, New Efforts, New Feelings, New Commitments, New Responsibility, New Ideas, New Aims, New Dreams which produce New Achievements, New Inspiration, New Strength, New Abundance, New Creativity, New Wealth, New Wisdom, New Beginnings, New Foundations, New Growth, New Success, New Energy, New Confidence, New Happiness, New Completions, New Insights and New Newness. YOU open Your Life and Heart to receive Everything Waiting for You, for us to Make Your Life Better.

This is what the New Year Portal Gathering does for You. It opens You to Receive, to Engage, to Love and to Give. Would be great to see you there.

Wishing you a Great, Blissful, Healthy, Bright, Delightful, Energetic, Prosperous and extremely Happy New Year 2016

Love LEGION OF LIGHT Toks x

new year portal 2016

NEW YEAR ENTRY PORTAL GATHERING 31 Dec at 10pm

  A GATHERING

    A Gathering of Empowerment.  A Gathering of Knowing.  A Gathering of Value.  A Gathering of Life. A Gathering to Bring Light into the Darkest Hours of Your Soul.  A Gathering to Heal.  A Gathering to Fly.  A Gathering of Now.  A Gathering of Yourself.  A Gathering of Your Experiences.  A Gathering of Your Lessons.  A Gathering of Ritual and Ceremony.  A Gathering for Ritual and Ceremony. 

    TIME

    The Ceremony will begin at 10pm on Thursday 31st December 2015 and it will finish at 1am on Friday 1st January 2016.

    BRING WITH YOU: GIFTING

    Please bring with you a NEW YEAR PRESENT to gift one person. We will then close our eyes and start the New Year with a present from Spirit.  I am asking everyone to bring a New Year gift (worth £5-10) to give away.  We will each Gift a Present. We will each Receive a Present.

    BRING WITH YOU: FOOD 

    Please bring something to share – offering of food and drinks (food with no pork please). We will bring delicious food to share together, after having offered it to the Sacred Altar.

    WEAR WHITE

    Please wear white – You can change when you get to my flat. White is a spiritual colour of power and light.

    WHAT WE WILL COVER

  • We will create a Powerful Portal so that we will walk out of 2015 empowered and ready to face the wonderful unknown of 2016.

  • We will choose to celebrate with Sacred Ritual, Prayer and Invocation Blessings. It will be both a collective and individual experience.

  • We will ignite a powerful vortex of healing that will leave you happy and connected, to yourself and to each other.

  • It will be a real joyful experience of presence to treasure for everyone that is present.

  • We will Call in Our Power and Claim It.

  • We will each Gift a Present.

  • We will each Receive a Present.

  • We will have a great time together as we celebrate our individual and collective transitioning into 2016.

  • We will sing, dance, laugh, hug and heal ourselves and each other!

  • We will leave empowered, confident, strong and focused ready for 2016.

CHANNELLING

I will be Channelling and bringing down the precise energy for 2016 for each person present….and much more…

DONATION

I am doing the New Year Entry Portal Ceremony 31 Dec 2015 at 10pm to raise money for the Royal National Institute of Blind People, (RNIB), because they do such great work helping people.  In order to attend, please make a generous donation to the Royal National Institute of the Blind as I would like to raise money for them through this gathering. THANK YOU in advance for DONATING to RNIB by clicking on this link: DONATE WITH JOY  Pay CASH at the door and I will put the money into RNIB on your behalf.  Thank you. Please feel free to donate even if you cannot physically be there! THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS.

VENUE

Flat 5, 1 Alexandra Place, London NW8 0DY.  Please let me know if you are coming.  Thank you. xxx

HISTORY

To read one of my Blessings from a previous Year, click here: 2014/2015 MOON PORTAL

THANKING YOU in advance for DONATING to RNIB by clicking on this link:  DONATE WITH JOY

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2016

NEW MOON AND SUN IN CAPRICORN

On Sunday 10 January we enter the New Year with a New Moon.  I will be holding the New Moon meditation from 7pm.  We will be celebrating the New Year and the Entry Portal that opened up which will be very very potent.  See you there! Book HERE

FREE Download 2016 Calendar to print and use

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2016 MOON DATES WITH TOKS COKER

Love Always

Toks xxxxx

NEW YEAR ENTRY PORTAL GATHERING in London

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We had a powerful gathering full of release, power, joy, laughter, sharing and amazing exercises that cleared, protected and empowered. The testimonials below say it all.  Enjoy the Invocation below.

NEW YEAR ENTRY PORTAL GATHERING in Turkey

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I was invited by Merve Tufekci to read my freshly channelled Invocation Blessing before Turkey entered the 2016 New Year.  It was a wonderful honour and privilege to be in the presence of the fabulous beautiful powerful and female gathering with Merve Tufekci.  Thank you Merve for this wonderful opportunity to serve you, your clients, students and friends.  To find out more about Merve please click her link: Merve

     Merve smiling and Toksadding value to lives

INVOCATION BLESSING

for the New Year Entry Portal 2015-2016

hello everyone

We Greet You

With the New Year 2016

Portal Opening and Entry

Celebrating with Ceremonial Ritual

We Greet You

new year singing

We Greet You

With Your Portal Gathering

Gathering Momentum

Awaiting this Auspicious Opening

We Greet You

dog fox wolf

We Greet You

With the Knock on the Portal Door

Ready We Are

To Walk Through to the Portal Tunnel

We Greet You

We Greet You

We Greet You

With the Portal Opening

Ready to Receive Us

Flying Floating Through

We Greet You

offerings

We Greet You

At the Midnight Hour

Channelling Sirius, the New Year Star, High Above Earth

Ritual Receiving of the New Year

We Greet You

be protected

We Greet You

With the Portal Entrance of 2016

Walking in with Confidence

Knowing We are Protected

We Greet You

great men

We Greet You

With Orion’s Belt Pointing to Sirius

Marking the Point of Moving Forward

Bringing the Force to Us

We Greet You

receiving

We Greet You

With Sirius, the Dog Star

Sacred Star of Isis and New Year Star

Sirius, meaning Sparkling or Scorching

We Greet You

happy happy happy

We Greet You

With the Blessings of the New Year 2016

Anointment from Sirius

Sparkling Radiance to You

We Greet You

hugging talking

We Greet You

With the Diamond Radiance of Sirius

Our Sparkling Celestial Star

Marking Each of Us: an Earthly Sparkling Diamond

We Greet You

deep meditation

We Greet You

With Earthly Sparkling Diamond

Radiating Your Brilliance

Your Brilliant Presence

We Greet You

brothre and sister

We Greet You

With Your Powerful Vortex of Celestial Light

Anchoring in Your Anointment

Your Gifts and Blessings

We Greet You

receiving your gifting

We Greet You

With the Sacred Pyramids

Isis (Sirius) Osiris (Orion) Horus (Sun)

Tipple Energy Vortex

We Greet You

Merve New Year Portal

We Greet You

With the Sirius Star of Immortality

Calling Forth the Golden Perfection of You

The Golden Ratio Transforming Your Life

We Greet You

Turkish New Year Portal

We Greet You

With the Eternal Love of Life

The Perfection of 2016 for You

Activating Your Wisdom

We Greet You

connecting to divine

We Greet You

With the Proof of Success

Manifesting in Your Life

Holding the Code of Perfection

We Greet You

on our golden ship

We Greet You

With the Streaming Light Codes of Sirius

The Streaming Light Codes of the North Star

The Streaming Light Codes of the Divine

We Greet You

happy new year

We Greet You

We Greet You

We Greet You

Channelled by Toks Coker for the New Year 2016 Portal Opening and Entry Ceremony and Ritual 31 December 2015

Some Testimonials on the New Year Opening & Entry

What was the energy like before the New Year Entry – 31 December 2016?

  1. I liked the questionnaire at the start.  The meditation was the best. 
  2. Liberating.  Much healing took place.  It was a diverse experience full of love, strength and strong energy. GUITAR PLAYING
  3. I loved that I was able to enter 2016 in this way.
  4. It was wonderful energy.
  5. Very beautiful and true.
  6. Amazing. Liked the four directions and fire exercise.

What was it like in the New Year Entry Tunnel – transition tunnel to 2016?

  1. It was interesting, safe and warm.
  2. This was very strong. 
  3. Wonderful.
  4. Realisations.
  5. Very heart warming and heart opening.
  6. I had to think a lot through the meditation and be aware of everything.
  7. Balancing my masculine and feminine energies. 

What was it like entering into the New Year  – in 2016?  SLEEPING

  1. Love, warm, safe.
  2. I felt like I had just crossed over and went into a lucid state. 
  3. Solidifying my power.  I found it and claimed it.
  4. Refreshing.
  5. Enlightening and enlivening.  Expansive and powerful in a gentle way.  Life Affirming and wholesome.  Grounding in a higher order of truth.
  6. Loved the I SEE YOU exercise.

What moved you?

  1. Joy, vision of the future – the 3 minutes film – beautiful.
  2. The entire experience was moving.  I experienced a feeling of safety and letting go.
  3. Seeing that my Spirit Guides were waiting for me here and I felt a sense of home and compassionate power.  511
  4. Realising that my addictions do not rule me.
  5. Opening my heart.
  6. Peace. Wisdom.  Knowledge.
  7. You helped me figure some things out.  I was told that if I did a spiritual exercise I would get the answer.  I came here today and I figured things out.  I know the lady who is going to be my wife. I am going to ask her to marry me. This is my Queen.  This is 2016.
  8. The sharing of the food.

What are you taking away with you?

  1. Love and Confidence.
  2. Peace, giving up the fight.  Allow the unfolding!
  3. Peace. Self-Belief. Companionship.  Pure Hope.  Love.
  4. A recharged soul and a new sense of personal power and healing.
  5. Love and Light.
  6. My power. My dreams fulfilled for 2016m 2018 and beyond.  An open and receiving heart for all that is good.
  7. Peace.  Warm Heart.  Tranquillity.  Goals / Aims.  Hope.
  8. PRESENTS and GIFTING – the exchange of presents was very nice.  Everyone got the right present.  THANK YOU for the presents.  The fun in choosing the presents – moving the presents around – before the person chooses their present.  The fun everyone had in changing the position of the presents before the person choosing their present takes their present with their eyes closed. Receiving the first present with eyes closed.  Receive good energy in the presents.  Energising the presents so they are received with love and light and gratitude. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the presents. hello
  9. SYMBOLIC GIFTS:  SOUNDS OF HAPPINESS  Enjoying the sound of unwrapping presents and the oohs and laughter and joy at unveiling the presents. Words: Awesome.  Fabulous.  Do you know how good this is for you?  You can drink it, use it on your face, bath, etc.  Gifts of love.  A cleansing gift.  A healing gift.  A very high energy vortex energy.  This is so cool – a dream catcher.  A poem how wonderful.  An MP3 player – fantastic.  My children will make good use of this.  Mash mellow and chocolate – I love it – I am not sharing it.  Now I have permission to drink hot chocolate.  How does one use moisturising lotion? I am going to use the hand wash and moisturising lotion – Mandarin Tea Tree – this year fruit has to play a large part in my life.  An aloe vera plant – on my God that is wonderful – no way that is an aloe vera plant.  You can juice it, put it on your face. I am going to have herbal baths.  I love the incense sticks.  I am excited about the incense sticks – straight up Diwali for me.  Candles for light.  I wanted the Dream Catcher.  Bottle opener and belt in one – very handy.  I use it all the time and it is amazing.  Short breath biscuits – I may share this today.  Lots of layers in the presents.  Thank you for bringing me here.
  10. POEM by Nathan READ ALOUD to Group by Nathaniel:   Hello Big things are happening tonight. Now change back and the magic is not lost. I write this and do not know who you are. But I know what you are.  A BEING. You, just are.  You are an Exploding Vibration of the Atom split.  You are an eternal wave of Eternity. All sound too much?  OK I love you.
  11. hugsThe wonderful happy FIRST of everything in 2016.  The first present I receive in 2016.  The first hug I received in 2016.  The first song I sang in 2016.  The first live musical performance in 2016.  The first picture/s in 2016. The co-operation in taking the group pictures was very nice and happy full of laughter and happiness.  So much laughter in 2016.  Such great sounds of laughter.  First sound of fireworks in 2016. Lots of laughter in 2016.  Lots of sharing in 2016.  Lots of hugs in 2016.  Lots of learning in 2016.  Lots of questions answered in 2016. Loved the fact we took pictures during the sound of the 2016 Fireworks around 1am.  The Fireworks look like DIWALI. It is Diwali. The first time I brought in the New Year is such a lovely way.  The energy in the room is fabulous.  The first crystals bought in 2016.  The first crystals we enter the New Year 2016.  The prayer blessing hug for everyone. Lots of laughter and laughter and laughter.  Lots of smiles and smiling and smiling and smiling.  Holding hands in 2016.  ‘One of those.’
  12. Dancing to a cuddle.

joy peac loveToks is a beautiful warm Light.  She holds a safe healing space.  The best way to bring in the New Year, with so much love and wonderful people.  The first time I have ever brought in the year so strongly. Thank you.  Stephanie

Toks structured the Portal Entry really well.  She held the space and guided the session with a sincerity and undiluted connection with Hands of Light.  This was an experience i will never forget.  I’ve done many things on New Years Eve but this was by far the best.  Evan

The energy in the room is so good and so lovely.  Oh that is fabulous (present).  Happy New Year Everyone.  Next time I will book my taxi later.  I am going to miss the food and drinking, but I will be with you in Spirit. Kath

Because of this setting, comfort and meditation I am now able to be in a new being.  Thank you Toks this will not be forgotten.  It was so dope.  Tish x

smilesDelivery is perfect.  Setting is brilliant.  I just want to see you in lights.  Having attended my first event with Toks / Hands of Light I found her to be full of love and light.  I found her to be full of love and light. Her knowledge is vast and she is A MUST for anyone journeying through spiritual. Vishal

This is the best New Year’s Eve I have ever experienced.  it was so beautiful, healthy and wholesome, heart warming and heart opening.  We were gently propelled into a dream fulfilled 2016 and beyond!  Yanni

The workshop was amazing.  Enjoyed it all round. If you need answers and solutions to issue in reality the workshop will assist you in your path.  I recommend it without any hesitation. Nish

Toks, Thanks to you: for your space time offered to us. The exchange has been fruitful.  If naught else, the setting of goals ahead of this year has tremendously confused me – brilliant! I’ve had to really think about this for a while.. for maybe 7 days… "The real question to be asking is what causes peace? We know what causes war: indifference. However, what causes Peace, and Her birth: that is a progressive conversation worth having."   Peace and blessings to both you and Patrick. And a Happy New Year, Regards, Nathaniel COLQUHOUN-BUTLER (email received 7 Jan 2016)

We meet again at the:

New Year Portal Door Opening and Entry into 2017 and again in 2018.

THANK YOU FOR DONATION TO RNIB

Thank YouTHANK YOU for your donation at the NEW YEAR ENTRY PORTAL 2016. I have put the £80 cash donated into RNIB.  Thank you Vishal Desour​l, Nishan, Tish SP Chhaya​, Nathaniel, Jo Manuel​ , Steph Yiangson and Evan Yiangson.  THANK YOU THANK YOU.  THANK YOU to everyone who donated directly to RNIB.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.   Yanni Konstantinopulos​, Catherine Jackson​, Lillian Ogbogoh​  and a generous anonymous donation from Katkin Drizzle​..  We raised £195  with this New Year Entry Portal.

WOW Thank you very much for your donation. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated. It really means a lot to me as well as to Royal National Institute of Blind People. Thank you very much. May the year 2016 bring you abundance in many ways as this portal opens great opportunities for you. Amen. With Love Light & Joyful Gratitude Toks Beverley Coker xxxxxxxxxx

Please feel free to donate if you can. Click this link to donate  RNIB   THANK YOU XXX

Thank You

Thank you to Colin, Yanni and Patric for all your supportive work in 2015 xxx

New Moon Alchemy on 10 January

See you at the Alchemical Gathering 7pm-10pm.  Click for details: New Moon

Radio Show on 26 January

Listen to my radio interview with Sara Troy on January 26 Click for details: Energy of Now

Wedding Celebration & Ritual

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Weddings are happy occasions to celebrate a meeting of hearts between two people; between two families; and between friends.  Every country has its own celebration and ritual to do with marriage and family. In Nigeria the families choose a colour to wear to celebrate the occasion.  The colour lets you know who the family members and friends of the family are.

Here I share an event I went to with the energy of the Super Full Moon in Pisces and Sun in Virgo. This wedding filled my heart with joy and made me smile from deep within me. 

The couple are young and beautiful. They are rich in character and blooming with hope.  I am sharing this sacred event because it is a reminder of your possibilities and your potential. Never give up on your dreams.

The pictures are in the order I saw everything happen.  May these pictures heal you and give you hope and enable you to take action to achieve your happiness.  Note which pictures move you the most. 

Love Toks xxx

Groom Waiting for Bride

The young man waits patiently for his young lady he has chosen to be his wife. 

waiting waiting waitingGroom waiting for his bride

Dancing Ladies arrive

The music and line of dancing ladies announcing the arrival of the beautiful Bride,  hidden behind them.

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Veiled Bride arrives

The young lady has said ‘Yes’ to her life and to her handsome young man.  She arrives dancing – a spectacular splendour – in gold, yellow and blue – with a soft gentle veil over her face.  She is dressed in the traditional Nigerian outfit.  She is just simply stunning.

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Money is showered on her as she dances.  As she passes where are parents are sitting, she lowers her head sadly, as she is leaving her parents home and is moving in with her husband. A family member smiles at her. 

dancing bride spayed with moneyVeiled Goddess of LightBride is greeted by her dancing ladies

Father Prays for his Daughter

The daughter kneels before her father to receive a blessing from him.  He starts to cry.

kneeling before fatherFather crying tears of joy

Father hugs his daughter and blesses her silently.

Father whispers blessing to his daughterFather hugs daughter

There is silence in the room as father blesses his daughter.

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Blessing from Mother of the Bride

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Bride’s Family Blesses Beautiful Bride

Members hold their hands out sending blessings and prayers to the bride.

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Blessing from Bride’s Family is Over

Once the blessings are over from the Bride’s family, the Bride sits between her mother and father.

blessing from family completeBlessed by Father

Groom’s Mother Prays for Bride

The beautiful bride kneels before her future Mother in Law, who blesses her with joy.  She then removes her veil and welcomes her.

kneeling in front of grooms familymother of groom blessing bride

Groom’s Family Prays for Bride

With arm outstretched prayers are poured on the Bride for a happy life and marriage.

Groom's Family praying for Bride

Blessing from Groom’s Family Over

Once the blessings are over from the Groom’s family, the Bride sits with her  new family. 

Groom's mother hugs Bride

Blessing – Meeting of Minds

Guided by the MC, the Bride kneels in front of her Groom.  They look into each other’s eyes and smile.  He removes his cap and brings his face close to her face. They bless each other.

Bride kneels in front of GroomBless Each OtherLinking Minds

Groom invites Bride to sit on his lap

Groom lifts Bride and sits her on his lap. She takes his cap and puts it on his head.

Groom invites Bride to sittogethersitting on his lap

she puts on his cap for himman and wife

Groom Lifts Bride Up and Kisses her

Time to lift your lovely lady and give her a kiss, then put her down gracefully.

liftinglifting his womancarrying with joy

carrycarryingputting wife down

The Ring

The young wife-to-be goes to the gift table and picks one gift from the table.

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She gives it to her husband to be.  He unwraps the gift and in it is the ring he has bought for her. He puts the ring on her finger. He kisses the ring on her finger. 

husband opens giftRing ready for Fingerring on fingerman kisses ring

She dances around the room showing off her lovely new ring to everyone. 

showing off the ringshowing ringshowing her ring off

The Cap

She takes his cap and swings it in her hands as she dances round the room. Then she puts the cap back on the head of her husband.

dancing with grooms capswirling his cap with loving joyputting cap on husbandputting cap on slowly

Thank You: Groom’s Family thanks Bride’s

grooms family thank brides

thank you for bride

Thank You: Bride’s Family thanks Groom’s

Bride's Family Thanks Groom'sThank you

After thanking and greeting the family, money is placed into three bowls to say thank you to the MC.

Brides family greets Groomsgifting of money for MC

Ending Prayer

ending prayer of gratitudeending prayerprayer

Relaxing

The Groom takes a relaxing picture with his new in-laws.

groom with new inlaws

Dancing Wife and Husband

One of the wonderful things about Nigerian weddings and engagements is the spraying (gifting) of dollars on the couple while they are dancing.

spraying money on married couple as they dancewife and husband dancingnew husband and wife dance

Celebrating Lifecelebrating full happinessdancing with husband

Nigerian Drummer

The drummer is an integral part of African life.

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After the ceremony there was eating of wonderful delicious food. 

Day of Silence 21 March 2015

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ENERGY OF NOW

Day of Power 21 March 2015

BALI Day of Silence / Saka New Year / Nyepi Day

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The day after the New Moon in Pisces, the Solar Eclipse and the Vernal Spring Equinox we have THE DAY OF SILENCE IN BALI.  How auspicious.

LINKING IN:  We will be linking in with the rituals and ceremony from London to take part in the silence and will SIT IN SILENCE for ONE HOUR on the 21 March. If you can and you want to; SIT IN SILENCE FOR AN HOUR on the 21 March 2015.  Let me know how you do sitting in silence. Choose a time that is convenient and easy for you.

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What is this about? 

Offers and Holy WaterNyepi Day in Bali is a New Year’s celebration unlike anywhere else on the planet. Also known as Bali’s celebration of the Saka New Year and the Bali Day of Silence, it is ultimately the quietest day of the year, when all of its inhabitants abide by a set of local rules that brings all routine activities to a complete halt. The roads all over Bali are void of any traffic and nobody steps outside of his or her home premises.  No Travel – no cars on the streets; except ambulances and police patrols and emergencies.  No Activity. No Fire.  No Entertainment.  No lights are turned on.  Total Darkness.  Total Seclusion from 06:00 to 06:00.  A time to relax and contemplate.

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Nyepi is a public holiday in Indonesia, it is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese people. Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection, and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all.

The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.

This unique DAY OF SILENCE marks the Saka Calendar, which is 78 years behind the Gregorian Calendar. Saka New Year 1937 falls on March 21, 2015. The next Nyepi days are March 9, 2016; March 28, 2017; March 17, 2018; March 7, 2019 and March 24, 2020.

BEFORE DAY OF SILENCE:  Village meeting halls known as ‘banjar’; and streets; feature papier-mâché effigies called ogoh-ogoh, built throughout the weeks leading up to the Saka New Year. Youth groups design and build their mythical figures with intricately shaped and tied bamboo framework; before many layers of artwork.

Temple Priest

The Day Before the Day of Silence every Balinese Household starts the evening with BLESSINGS at the FAMILY TEMPLE and continues with RITUALS called the pengrupukan; where each member participates in ‘chasing away’ malevolent forces, known as bhuta kala, from their compounds – hitting pots and pans or any other loud instruments along with a fiery bamboo torch. These negative spirits manifest as ogoh-ogoh, the papier-mâché effigies created earlier.  They are carried in a possession and then burnt to ward off the negativity of the ogoh-ogoh.

Then there is the DAY OF SILENCE.  Complete Silence. On the day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni, social activity picks up again quickly, as families and friends gather to ask forgiveness from one another, and to perform certain religious rituals together.

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These are the Rituals Performed:
  • First, The Melasti Ritual is performed 3–4 days beforehand. It is dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi Wasa. The ritual is performed in Pura (Balinese temple) near the sea (Pura Segara) and meant to purify Arca, Pratima, and Pralingga (sacred objects) belonging to several temples, also to acquire sacred water from the sea.

  • Second, The Bhuta Yajna Ritual is performed in order to vanquish the negative elements and create a balance with God, Mankind, and Nature. The ritual is also meant to appease Batara Kala by Pecaruan offering. Devout Hindu Balinese villages usually make ogoh-ogoh, demonic statues made of bamboo and paper symbolizing negative elements or malevolent spirits. After the ogoh-ogoh have been paraded around the village, the Ngrupuk ritual takes place, which involves burning the ogoh-ogoh.

  • Third, the Nyepi Rituals are performed as follows:
    • Amati Geni: No fire or light, including no electricity
    • Amati Karya: No working
    • Amati Lelunganan: No travelling
    • Amati Lelanguan: Fasting and no revelry/self-entertainment
  • Fourth, the Yoga/Brata Ritual starts at 6:00 a.m. and continues to 6:00 a.m. the next day.
  • Fifth, the Ngembak Agni/Labuh Brata Ritual is performed for all Hindus to forgive each other and to welcome the new days to come.

  • Sixth and finally, The Dharma Shanti Rituals is performed after all the Nyepi rituals finished.[

I got all the above information on Bali from the following links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyepi and Bali Day of Silence / New Year / Nyepi Day.

Thank You for the Crystal

Magical Connections in Bali

Visiting Bali brought forth many new ways of living. 

The night I arrived I met up with my new friend JP Parker, who was introduced to me by the wonderful Mynoo Blackbym via Skype.   When I told her I wanted to see Bali from a spiritual perspective she introduced me to her friend and guide.  He became my Guide too.  He took me to Uluwatu Temple, Kuta Beach and Vision Villas, where I met the dashing smiling Roger Hamilton; who had just arrived from Singapore.  What was so nice was the my guide, Yanta Wayan  had already phoned ahead to Vision Villas to tell them I was coming.  Great initiative.  At Uluwatu I loved the actual temple priest blessing me with holy waterYanta Wayan  is an exceptional Guide. 

Names & Birthdays in Bali

There are four names in Bali that both men and women share. They are:  Wayan, Made, Nyoman and Ketut. The names are given to each child by the order of birth.  The first boy or girl is Wayan.  So I guess I would be named Wayan.  The second child is Made.  The third child is Nyoman. The fourth child is Ketut.   If a Balinese family have more than four children they start the name from number one and the fifth child is called Wayan.   Balinese people like using nicknames or family names to refer to themselves.

As a woman I am called “Miss Toks Beverley Coker” in London, in Bali I would be “Ni Wayan”.  Men are “Mr” in London; and “I” in Bali.  So a first born boy would be “I Wayan”.   This really is a different life style. 

The Balinese celebrate their birthday every 6 months.  Another wonderful new information to digest I thought.  I thought he just told me he is 43 English years; that makes him 86 Bali years. I decided to end the conversation.  Too much maths I thought.

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Island of the Gods: Rituals Ceremonies Offerings

Walking around Ubud, Bali, I saw a lot of rituals being performed by the ladies in the hotels, the restaurants, the streets, the front of homes, the toilets, the gardens, in the road (middle of the road, corner of the road), the temples, the forest, the caves, etc.  It was absolutely fascinating watching the way the women walked and carried the offerings on their heads or holding the offering tray in one hand. 

Bali really is the Island of the Gods. I can say I have never seen so many rituals in one hour.   It was every day, every hour, every minute.  There was no stopping the never-ending procession of women doing rituals in traditional clothing with a smile on their face.  Fascinating. 

I found all this time consuming; and wondered at the expense of the offerings (flowers, fruits, incense, leaves, money, etc.) and clothing.  I realised they spent a lot of their money doing all this.  Even when working they will take time off to do their rituals.  They cannot live with out these rituals, offering and ceremonies.  Every two to four days is a religious ceremony.  I felt an element of self-sacrifice and order was needed to keep this cycle going.  I could see the practice of good thought, good speech and good deed in action everywhere I observed as they performed their sacred duties.   

There are fives types of ceremonies: Ceremonies for the Gods, for human’s important life events, for priests, for ancestors and for devils.  Rituals and Ceremonies between Spirits (good and bad) and Humans.  Offerings are made to the different gods – god of the temple, the family temple, the main temple, to nearby temples, and to original temples.  Offerings are also made to Nature gods, Mother Earth, and the Sea god.

In my hotel they were doing a lot of ceremonies for healing and protection.  I would be having my breakfast; and; then I would watch a woman slowly meandering; in her feminine attire; walking to the spot where she would be doing the sacred offering.  I would watch with reverence as she moved her delicate hands and her serene face would be muttering silently a prayer.  It really was a very peaceful process to watch.  I simply loved the style of walking – feminine, slowly, focused and gentle.  No rush.  I thought that is one thing I need to take away with me – no rush.  With graceful intent, purpose and focus; they made offerings of love. They are thanking and praising the gods. Feminine Woman Warrior Power.

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offerings of loveI loved the colourful display of the offerings the ladies carried around.  Each object had a meaning.  The three major Hindu gods are symbolised by the offering of lime (Shiva), betel nut (Vishnu) and gambier (Brahma).  There were flowers everywhere. I was always seeing lots of marigold around: in water ponds, in toilets, in pathways and by doorways’.  I asked what the flowers represented and I was told that they represent different directions, and gods.  The Gods have their own colour. 

  • White-coloured flowers that point to the east as a symbol of Iswara
  • Red-coloured flowers that point to the south as a symbol of Brahma
  • Yellow-coloured flowers that point to the west as a symbol of Mahadeva
  • Black, Blue or Green coloured flowers that point to the north as a symbol of Vishnu
  • Centre is Shiva

You can read more about what is in the offerings on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canang_sari

Wearing White I love wearing white in London when I do my work; and I loved wearing white in Bali.  I loved the fact that the priest wear white and it made me happy as I remembered the dream I had before I left.  I was told to take white clothes and wear white. I love my messages and whispers. 

Lovely LadyI loved the feminine attire of the women.  I loved the fact they wore slippers.  I normally do not like slippers, but in Bali my toes seems to like them and feel no pain!  Magic already.

Visiting the temples, the sacred temples, the water temples, the rice fields, the monkey forest was such a treat for me.  I observed everything and recorded everything in my memory.  It pulled at a very deep portal; deep within me. 

It was nice to be like a school girl and learn again.  It was nice to start again and not be the teacher or leader. It was nice to learn from my Bali Guide, Yanta.  I loved it when he said the Hindu like the number three – they have three main gods – Brahma whose Holy Letter is A, Vishnu whose Holy Letter is U and Shiva whose Holy Letter is M.  Put together they make the word AUM pronounced OOOMMMMM.  They are the generator, operator and destroyer of life. 

I loved the school children in their uniform with their big smiles and determined academic manner.  I loved watching the people of Bali sit in circles on the floor, laughing, talking to each other, sharing happy moments and quality time together.  They are a people who come together as ONE in the truest sense.  They give life meaning; and; allow the concept of knowing the unknowable. I loved the concept of freedom they showed and their sense of freedom they expressed amongst themselves and their family.

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