Have you ever felt called to a place, a specific longitude and latitude on planet earth? Your own personal spot? That is what happened to me one day while planning my long-awaited family vacation. The vacation of a lifetime; expansive, adventuress, healing and educational: Sardinia, a land of ancient Wisdom Keepers called me to her land! The ancient Megalithic structures, Centenarians and the transparent healing waters resonated with everything I am about. Trusting my intuition, I booked the flight for the family vacation.
Sardinia is 1 of 4 of the most ancient islands on planet earth, whose tectonic plates are protected from earthquakes. This Island exists off the west coast of Southern Italy. A place less influenced by any single culture, rather multiple cultures are part of the fabric, Sardinia is home to the Sardinians. It’s an ancient culture with fewer episodes of war and conquerors than other lands of the Mediterranean. The lifestyle is close to the land, has a relaxed pace and a strong family value system.
Sardinia is considered a Blue Zone Island by some researchers, with more Centenarians per capita than other regions of the world. Its population density is low and the land is vast with rugged mountain ranges floating in a sea of transparent blue water, a grounding force of health and longevity.
In ancient times the land was rich with silver, so much so that the surface appeared to glow in some areas. What a sight it must have been for the early explorers when they came across this shiny Island. Sardinia means Sandal and is considered to have been made from the footprint of a Giant. She is home to some of the oldest megalithic structures known to man, Giants' Graves, Holy Wells, Nuraghi Temples, Towers and even Pyramids are everywhere on this island and are all perfectly aligned to Astronomical phenomena such as the Summer Solstice, the Equinoxes, the Big Dipper and the moon. The Sardinians believed in the Hermetic principle of “As above so below.” The ancient architecture reflects this connection between the cosmos and terrestrial life.
Researchers who are interested in Sardinia are skilled in archeology, astronomy, megalithic language of the stones, water and conductivity, architecture, resonance, astrology, and the healing powers of plants. Many researchers are examining Sardinia for its possible connections to Atlantis.
What prompts a pilgrimage and what causes a calling?
What sparks the direction of a journey?
For me it was family, heritage, curiosity and dreams. I followed a feeling and it led me to bliss, to connection, and spiritual cleansing for me and my family in body, mind and spirit.
Love amplified us all and left a residue of inspiration and light. I can honestly say, my kids, my husband and I highly recommend this shiny Island Sardinia, the footprint of a Giant floating in a sea of transparent water.
To put in or take out? Honestly, do we really need a supplement in order to detox, or a vitamin or mineral for what we are lacking? Don’t get me wrong I use them sometimes as well. But why not try this when going on a "get healthy kick." See what you can take out rather than what you can put in.
I have worked with hundreds of people and have personal experience. It really is not good for the body to take in too many herbs, oils, or powders unless the proper lifestyle is in place already. Transformation will only be painful and temporary. Detoxing the blood, the intestines, burning fat is a process that needs a continual healthy environment to support the desired outcome.
Next time you consider purchasing a cleanse or taking a supplement ask yourself first, “What can I give up or fast from in order to be healthier?” Get off coffee for thirty days and notice the transformation when your adrenal glands aren’t being saturated by caffeine. Maybe you go without salt, oil or sugar for a week and enjoy a fresh new palate. Take out processed food and see how your belly gets smaller and your skin gets brighter. Sometimes I wonder if we just want to fill a void. After all we are programmed to be consumers.
Put more water into those areas where you take things out. Every time when faced with putting in or taking out, have a glass of water, take a breath, and put your mind on something else. If that doesn’t work do it again. Stay with it and I promise the effects will be lasting.
My Irish Heritage
Growing up in Southern California I would love to sit on our front lawn and scour the grass for four-leaf clovers. I was sure that I would someday find one of these gems because Dad said I had the luck of the Irish. I never did find the four-leaf clover, but I did find a deep connection to my heritage in the eyes of my Dad. He was a second-generation Irishman who grew up in Boston. His Grandmother came from Ireland to the shores of Boston Massachusetts in July of 1872.
My great grandmother was from a remote region of Munster, Ireland’s southwestern province of Cork and Kerry and the boggy highlands of Limerick. Cork was considered “the rebel city” with many Irish outlaws who fought against their British rulers. They practiced Catholicism and aimed to preserve a distinct culture of Gaelic language, literature, song, and dance. My ancestors most likely were into potato farming and dairying. This must be where I get my strong bones.
I remember my mom making corned beef and cabbage every Saint Patrick’s Day for my Dad and at the dinner table he would educate us in the importance of Erin go Bragh. I never really understood what he meant until I traveled to Ireland and gathered my own allegiance to my heritage, the Celts and the powerful warrior woman of ancient times.
On this day I remember and honor my Dad, his mother and my great grandmother Mary. I am blessed with Irish wisdom, a rebellious and tenacious nature and mystical abilities of my Celtic ancestors. With loyalty and affection, I want to express “Erin go Bragh” Ireland forever.
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.