The First Trip
I first visited bali in 1991. A 21 year old , just out of the Army on my way to University, with a heart and soul that was going to conquer the world! I was so enchanted by the most beautiful ladies making their morning offerings. Touched by how their day was dedicated to God. The music of the Gong and the movements of the Legong dancers are the grandest productions made for heaven. I was forever changed after that first trip to Bali.
The Onion was seeded in in the darkest times of my life.
Somewhere along the way i grew up. Lived the life of a “responsible adult”. Trying to meet the social expectations of society. I was lost in my personal lie. Fearful of letting down the ones I loved. So far way from the gong filled, Ubud nights where i would watch the beautiful Legong dancers.
Deep down inside i knew there must have been another way (the faint echoes of a distant balinese gong still rang in my ears). There was a “disconnect“. I was living an illusion, a lie? lost in all my layers, I had to find my way back, but how? who was I? It became my mission to start discovering what this “disconnect” was. MiracuIously once I had set my intent to discover my self, the right teachers and resources began showing up in my life. I discovered “mindfulness” I read books, attended seminars and programs. By learning to pay attention to my thoughts and feelings I began to bridge the” disconnect“. I was un-learning all the layers of my Onion. The layers of illusion I had created around my inner most being. This is the journey of the Onion, the journey within to the very core of our being to our “no-thingness”. I am still on my journey if you are wondering but I have had had fleeting moments of arriving at this destination.
The Onion Experiment 2007 (moving to Bali)
In 2007, I returned to Bali’s shores to test out and apply the concepts of “mindfulness” I followed my joy, a thought, a book, surfing, studying, reading, moving to Bali, wanting to stay in Bali, starting a restaurant as a means of staying, touching peoples lives, sharing the journey and so on and so forth… 13 years later… the Onion seed has blossomed into an albeit small yet potent centre for personal growth and learning. Having touched thousands over the years by planting little Onion seeds in the minds of the ready. The Onion Collective is a collection of all those small little joys and we continue to grow in this way.
What started as an experiment in a new way of mindful living has turned out to be the best thing i have ever done in my life! This new way of thinking made it ok for me to acknowledge my feelings, leading me back to my core. A one-ness with spirit and God. The journey has led me back to Bali where the spirit and the physical world exist in harmony.
“The Onion Collective is my Offering and dedication to God to serve as a place of refuge, healing and re-birth.“- Mark Kuan 2020