Back to Basics By Sandy Torah McShane

I’d been travelling for about five months, living out of a suitcase and simultaneously listening closely to my intuition, with the intent of returning my health to a state of balance, of homeostasis.

Whilst travelling, I’d had some incredible experiences. I’d visited landscapes that were far beyond beautiful and unlike anything I’d ever seen before. I was privileged to visit villages where there were no roads, where chooks and dogs roamed free, ladies weaved on old looms, and children played in the dirt without any devices, shrieking with the most contagious laughter and maybe the most bursting smiles I’ve ever seen. I left these villages grinning from ear to ear.

At the same time, however, I was managing some extreme health challenges. I carried with me a suitcase full of natural medicines and a few pharmaceuticals as well. Additionally, there are a lot of therapeutic avenues available in Asia that are either unavailable or unaffordable in Australia. I could have chosen to stay at home, but that felt like a dead-end street – literally. So I chose to follow my intuition instead, and I have no regrets. Although it was a bit of a roller coaster ride, travelling was healing for me, as my longing to explore this wonderful Earth is very strong and deserves a much greater level of fulfillment than I have given it so far. Staying still isn’t something I find easy, I’m really a gypsy at heart.

I needed to return to Australia to attend to some personal business and was really quite concerned about how I would go without all that I loved about Asia that soothed my soul on such a deep level. I had a quick trip planned, jam-packed with way more than I could handle. After a couple of weeks, my fears came true – I was completely drained. I had a feeling of being extremely heavy and not really up to anything requiring any degree of speed.

One day, at the place where I was staying, I was lying around feeling heavy and cloudy, as if I had to literally drag my body around, when something wonderful occurred to me. Something I already knew about yet had forgotten! I could take my comfy little fold-out mattress outside and lie on the ground! Previously, I had done this regularly, but whilst travelling I’d just stopped doing it. Initially this was because I’d spied a scorpion trotting over the ground at one of the places I’d stayed at in Thailand. The grounds and trees of this place were beautiful and I’d really wanted to lie on the ground but there was no way I was lying down there!

Now, off I went – out the back, onto the grass and under the canopy of a magnificent tree with the most beautiful leaves and branches, and flashes of blue sky and sunlight peeking through the gaps. It was one of nature’s endless masterpieces, a work of art. I lay there for hours and the Earth held me, taking away all the heaviness I’d been carrying. I felt so held and loved. My load was lightened just like that and it had cost me zero dollars, when just hours beforehand I’d been wondering how on earth I was going to get myself out of this state (no pun intended LOL).

The sun warmed me and caressed my skin. It was the perfect temperature … not too hot, just beautiful … and to top it all off, the lovely cat where I was staying came padding up and lay between my feet! Cats are my favourite animal. Personally, I seek to be more like them as they seek out the sun to lie in, they stretch, they rest and they purr – they know how to release tension from their bodies.

This whole experience of lying on the Earth and all that came with it tantalised my senses and relaxed my entire being. I’ve continued to do it ever since and it has done absolute wonders for my health and well-being.

We live within walls these days and in front of our screens; we are often busy and do too much. And yet we have endless natural resources at our fingertips and beneath our feet! We have the Earth, the sky, the sun, the trees, the animals and so much more to be grateful for – endless potential adventures are all around us. We just need to remember what we have and utilise it. So, if you’re in need of balance, remember, the ground is not far away!

(PS, if you like the sound of what I have written about here and you are looking to bring about more balance in your life, I highly recommend the documentary,

If you would like to be notified when my book, The Frequency of Freedom, is going to be released (aiming for July) or you would like to pre-order a copy, visit my website.

Sandy McShane

Sandy Torah McShane shares her amazing transformational journey and is the author of 'The Frequency of Freedom' with a release date of July 2022.

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