I have had a fascinating time over the last few days. I am learning to shelve my Western scepticism while I come across new and different world views.
First I went to PACOS, in the wonderfully named Taman Flash Gordon, just outside KK. They say their main drive is to “advocate and support indigenous communities in Sabah” and they do. I met the delightful Yogi who talked to me about the two worlds the Kadazandusun inhabit and the Bobohizan (usually a woman) who is a channel between them, using chanting and rituals to connect. I am, I hope, going to meet one as I am much excited about putting this into #Feverfall. Watch this space.
The Kadazandusun are very much connected with nature and the natural world and express their respect for it in many ways – for instance, if you don’t ask permission to enter the forest, there is a very good chance you will find yourself going round and round in circles. There is a tune they whistle to raise the breeze in the paddy fields, and rice is very important to them, so they apologise if they don’t finish it at a meal. And so on. All fascinating and I want to know more.
And – something completely different – yesterday I went to a Chinese doctor, Dr Tan, who inscrutably did a little crystal healing, and then took out two small white electric probes which he applied to acupuncture points to help my lower back pain and my general energy. He had looked at my palms and asked if I had lower back pain and had had any digestive problems. As you may remember, that is an understatement. Anyhow, it hurt, which he said showed there was a problem but after using them says he doesn’t think I need to see him again. He has recommended a meridian clearing procedure which I have booked for the week after next. May as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb – I’m on a roll. I am, for instance, almost converted to drinking warm and not cold water when thirsty. I have been told so often that this is good for you that I am beginning to believe it. Cheers.