It isn’t a vital ingredient of life, but love does make life a lot sweeter. Unfortunately, with the daily stress and challenges that come with making a living and surviving in our modern world, many of us are distracted from embracing love in our lifestyles. What the Panca Mahabhuta sessions available at Fivelements strive for is to achieve a balance of self with the universe. This balance restores peace and calm as the healer shifts and adjusts energy fields throughout the body, which leaves behind a deep sense of love and connectivity with the world.
“The most important (thing) is for the guest to reach a calm state, trust the process and be open to a holistic healing experience,” says Wayan Partha, an energy healer at Fivelements, a healing and wellness retreat near Ubud, Bali.
Partha, who first discovered Panca Mahabhuta as a teenager, has been a healer at Fivelements for almost three years. He came to be aware of this ancient practice through meditation and prayer, and by combining this gift he had and the knowledge he gained from the Hindu University [of Indonesia]. “I began cultivating the Panca Mahabhuta therapy, as I believed it could have a great healing effect on people,” he says, “and I felt a deep purpose to share that.”
Panca Mahabhuta means “the five elements” in Balinese Sanskrit, and it explains the way buana alit (internal) and buana agung (external) forces work together and unite in the universe, which brings about greater harmony.
Even though Panca Mahabhuta is a concept central to Balinese culture, its origins derive from Indian roots. “With a greater understanding of it, humans can expand their respect, attitudes and ways of living in accordance with this natural universal concept,” Partha explains.
Typically, the role of a Panca Mahabhuta healer is to be the conduit. “The healer understands he is facilitating a healing process in collaboration and alignment with forces of the Divine, the natural world and the guest,” Partha tells us. “The healer must have passion for prayer and meditation, purity of mind, speech and action, and he must not eat meat or use alcohol, tobacco or drugs.”