Odyle Knight is a writer and astrologer from Sydney, Australia, who has lived in Bali’s tranquil Sanur for over 20 years. A “reluctant psychic,” Knight most recently published Bali Magic, a spiritually themed collection of stories, and shared her day with The Bali Times
Looking at Mt. Agung makes me feel in touch with the mysticism of the island.
I wake up in the morning with a smile on my face because without fail my cat is next to me in some preposterous position. I’m a late riser because my mind tends to come alive around 9 or 10 at night and I work until around 2 or 3am. I’ve been this way ever since I was at university.
Usually I don’t eat anything until 10 or 11, so I just drift a bit in the morning and afternoon; my body starts to motivate in the late afternoon and evening. Every day is a mystery and I rarely plan anything; I just wait to see what I feel like doing.
Sometimes during the day or evening I see friends. A lot of them have very full lives, but I’m able to snatch moments with them. I meet them for tea or a much-needed chat. Each of my friends here has their own particular tale and many of them become characters in my writing.
If the creative spirit moves me, I’ll write, but right now writing feels like a luxury and is rare. Recently I wrote a book in six weeks. I just poured it out day after day, but other times you have to live the process before you can write anything.
After publishing two books recently, I feel like I’ve had an exorcism of the mind and have finished the creative process. I’ve had to switch from the left to the right side of my brain to be able to edit, lay-out and organize the business side of the publishing. It’s a completely different mindset.
Sometimes I go to the beach to be cleansed by the sea air. One of my greatest pleasures is sitting on Sanur Beach looking out at Mt. Agung. Sometimes you can see it and sometimes it’s hidden in cloud, and it’s always a pleasure to arrive at the beach and see it clearly. Looking at the mountain makes me feel in touch with the mysticism of the island.
My life in Bali has been a very difficult passage and without my spiritual beliefs I don’t think I’d have made it through. Beliefs allow you to cope with anything life can throw at you.
In Sydney I’m a practicing astrologer, and I believe completely in the practice. Astrology is the logic behind the strength I have had to get through everything I have. Once or twice a week I refer to my charts. It helps me to understand the sort of things that are happening to me or the way I feel at any given time. It gives me perspective and reminds me that we are part of a greater plan.
Once a week I have a pick-up day where I approach people and start chatting to them. I try to find interesting characters to remind myself of the diversity of people, but also to stimulate my mind. One of my most interesting pick-ups was in the hot tub at the Bali Hyatt, when I started chatting to a couple from Vienna who said they had my book next to their bed back in Vienna. They threw me a party at their suite. I also picked up a lady who turned out to be an opera singer on a recent trip to Sydney. She is now a good friend and I get to go to the opera house to see her perform.
At night after the frenetic energy of the day has died away and my mind has come alive, I love to listen to the sound of silence. There is nothing to distract me from writing and thinking. I love the sounds so particular to Bali, like a coconut falling from one of the palms in my garden or bats dropping fruit on the roof as they fly over my house.Filed under: One Day