At the end of October I came back to the Canary Islands with a one-way ticket. I spent 5 days in Gran Canaria (the Throat chakra, communication island) at the Surf Film Festival to introduce the "7 islands 7 chakras" book then I headed to Fuerteventura. I can't explain why I felt I needed to come back to FUE but I really wanted to. I initially thought to hire a car and drive around the island, explore the south part as I only stayed in the north last year.
A week before my travels I only had the car booked, no accommodation yet. I was looking for couch surfing opportunities and a guy confirmed that I could stay at his place just the day before I flew. I was happy because he was my first option to stay with because 1. he lives in the south, 2. he had many positive reviews on his profile. I know I broke my travel rule according to which "I do NOT stay at accommodations which are offered by a man and the man lives at the place too" but I had a good feeling about this one and eventually it turned out to be a great choice.
I contacted 8 people on couchsurfing.com and 2 of them replied. One of them, Theo, lived in the south, and the other person, Ana, lived in the north. This is perfect! That is what I wanted. One accommodation in the south and another accommodation in the north of the island. I also prepared to sleep in the car for a few days as my travel plan shaped on the go and because I needed to adapt to my hosts available dates. I was super excited to spend some nights in the car! This idea has been tickling me for a long time and it finally happened. After one week I left the south and drove up north to meet Sara, my airbnb host from last year, who in the meantime told me that she was going to leave the island to start her epic travel journey in South America with her boyfriend. I suddenly understood why I felt I needed to come back to the island: to say good bye to her. Not forever but it was the best time to catch up and re-connect again after a long time not seeing each other.
Sleeping in the car.
I wanted to experience who I am alone on the road. Literally. With no comfortable "home settings" that comes with hot water, electric sockets, bed and cooking facilities. I utterly enjoyed the freedom to be in a "mobile home" with only few possessions and no direct destination. The weather was quite pleasant on the island despite the occasional rain and the strong wind so I could wash myself outside the car under the starry sky which just made me smile. I got full naked in front of the dim light that came from inside the car, the radio was on ("Video killed the radio star" The Buggles) and I poured the water on me from the plastic bottle with one hand while the other hand run the soap quickly on my body parts. And I actually snuggled inside the car quite comfortably with hanging my poncho, towel and scarves around the windows to create a safe "hiding" place for the night. I loved the mood my colourful scarves reflected by the touch of the small mirror light and the music kept coming from the radio...until I decided it was time to fall asleep. I switched off the light and the radio, and locked the doors of the car. It was very relaxing and warm inside. I felt 100% safe. The nights and the mornings were peaceful, meditative and inspiring by the coast. The island is perfect for camping and you can do it freely as most parts are deserted. Many people feel lost, confused or nervous being alone because they are held together by voices that tell them who they should be and the things they believe helps them be these things. I am the opposite. I feel connected and free most times when I'm alone. I feel pure, unconditional love for myself and toward others. I remind myself of how loveable I am and admire myself for doing the things that feel right for me to do. I don't actually put them in words, it's just a natural feeling that I haven't yet felt coming from people toward me. I rather feel this when I'm under the sun, or walking on the rocks or in parks, or swimming in the ocean, or being around with animals. It is beautiful.
To make my stay more exciting and challenging I came up with the idea of photographing myself doing Bikram yoga poses (that I have been practising regularly since summer) in front of different backgrounds. There are 26 asanas in the Bikram series so I needed 26 different backgrounds. At the same time I battled with the weather, which was a variation of rain, cloud, sun and strong wind. My selfie stick probably hates me right now that I've put it through the adversities with the tapes, sand and stones I threw on it to keep it stable during the shoots.
Here's a mismatch of the Bikram yoga series:
And here are some more:
The rest (eight photos) is coming soon.
I feel highly inspired and free on this island. I love the long empty deserted roads, the creative and minimalistic lifestyle and outdoorsy activities: surf, kite surf, swim, hikes etc. There's so much space here! Space for being, space for breathing, space for creating, space for laughing, space for healing, space for doing whatever you want without being judged. :)
Fuerteventura has an amazing young, creative, DIY vibe. This is the oldest Canary island yet feels to be the youngest. On the other hand El Hierro is the youngest Canary Island and feels to be the oldest. I would say that the people's energy bring the difference. Fuerteventura may be the oldest geographically but the people/ visitors add their young, active, sporty, fun loving, creative energies. Their positive vibration and passion are coming through strongly. Most people I met seem to be very laid back, happy, open, friendly type who celebrate life instead of material values. And many young people come here to surf. The island offers a wide range of hostels for surfers.
Whereas on El Hierro the main population are the locals many of whom are elderly with traditional, religious mindset. It's a small island with many different faces for nature lovers but very little to offer for the interests of younger generations. During my stay of 4 months I hardly met people at my age. Most of them are in colleges on the bigger islands or find work elsewhere on the Spanish mainland. There is also a strict government rule regard the houses according to which people can not build new houses, they can only buy and reconstruct the abandoned ones which are again limited quantity - one of the locals told me. There are no hostels (at least I didn't find one), very few airbnb opportunities, and few costy long term rents available. Many people find this island boring or far away (El Hierro is the furthest Canary Island) and they don't come to visit. I had a great time though and I recommend it to everyone to discover! You can bring your tent or sleep in the car to add to the adventure.
Fuerteventura is the Third Eye chakra island. The energies here enable us to focus on and see the bigger picture. It gives me another reason to be here. To see my road ahead. The next step. The next move in life.
EMOTIONAL ISSUES: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions
IF THIS CHAKRA IS BALANCED: It can enable clairvoyance, telepathy, lucid dreaming, expanded imagination, and visualisation
Now lucid dreaming!
Can I tell you something? One night when I was in the south I experienced a bad dream. I was about to fall asleep and I was dreaming already. I was aware of me not sleeping yet, I felt my body in the physical and heard the outside noises and at the same time I already saw the dream. I saw myself on the bed and there were human size dark shades around me. Not an army of them but more then one. I was scared by them but I knew it was just a dream and I knew that I could wake myself up if I wanted to. So that's what I did. I counted 1, 2, 3 and instructed myself to open my eyes. The next day I realised that it was Halloween last night! So you can see how strong the energies are on the island that it brought the ability of lucid dreaming (is it what they call lucid dreaming?) out of me. If I was a practised lucid dreamer I would have asked the shades why they were here and what they wanted? The feeling of fear was very strong in me and all I could think of was get out of here. I honestly had a feeling I was in a different dimension between the 3D and the sleep mode in whichever dimension it may be (apparently there are 7 dimensions but some count 11 or even more). It was interesting that it happened on Halloween night... and I don't want this or any similar experience again, thank you.
(Clairvoyance is the alleged ability to gain information about an object, person, location, or physical event through extrasensory perception. wikipedia.com
Clairvoyance is the supposed faculty of perceiving things or events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact )
Another night I saw Sara in my dream with her boyfriend and a small child in their camper van. When I met her later I told her about my dream and she said that another friend of hers, who also lives on the island, had a vision of her being pregnant. Pregnancy in dreams, however, can mean the beginning of something new like a new project/ new job/ new adventure etc. and in her case we might have just been able to connect to her in 5D and confirm her already made travel plans with a camper van in South America.
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