House wife from Oberoi

Name: Sophia Fien Matahari
Age: 61
Occupation: Housewife
Location: Oberoi

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

When I got a gift from God to be able to cure people, I learned how to be patient at every step and with everything I make and do.

What’s most important?

My family, of course, their happiness and wellbeing.

What advice would you give to the younger generations?

We have to keep our eyes open all the time, in every place, and every situation. Please stay away from dangerous relationships, whatever they are. The young generation should also be careful in their social interactions. See bad experiences in the past as a mirror, so you don’t have that experience again.

Are you worried about dying?

No, people have to go through death. Why should we think about it, or feel worried about it? People must go through their life by taking the appropriate steps.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When I was married, and then had children. Now every time all of my family gathers when we celebrate holidays.

And the worst?

The chaos that happened in almost every part of Indonesia, if I am not wrong, it was in 2001. At that time I was visiting my family in one town and it (riots) happened suddenly and we had to take refuge for some days. That horrible time made me extremely scared. Since then, I have had traumatic feelings when seeing many people gather in one place. It makes me think as if they are planning something bad.

What’s humanity all about?

To enjoy every creature of God and keep the thought that “this is life.” To me this means sometimes people are on top, sometimes people are on the bottom, sometimes in the middle.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because of the advance of technology, people are now finding it easier to implement their missions. In addition, the population keeps increasing and increasing, and undoubtedly a huge number of mind patterns produce huge amounts of new thoughts and ideas. Therefore, causing disputes against one another. Besides that, people are too occupied with their selfish thoughts, especially world leaders.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

No, it all begins in our hearts, and depends on how we go through our lives. We should be brave enough to change our attitude, be better people and see bad past experiences as a warning to not repeat those experiences.

How old do you feel?

Younger than my age.

Is there anything you still want to do?

Well, helping more people, creating love and spreading it to people all around me.

Is one lifetime enough?

No, I wish I could live again and again.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

Bali used to be so beautiful. For me, the Bali of the past was the most beautiful island in Indonesia. Now with many immigrants competing to come to Bali, crime is everywhere and Bali now is more crowded.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes, of course. People all around the world can learn about and be in contact with Indonesian culture. Since Balinese culture is a very old culture, it’s one of the best cultures to represent Indonesian history. For example, traditions like Nyepi.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?

The West has more so-called selfish thinking while the East has a tolerant way of thinking. Also, I think the East is more hospitable.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure of it?

I have seen miracles all through my life. My prayers, my hopes, in the past and now, and I believe in the future also, are being fulfilled. Last but not least, I was raised with this religion.

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