No to the Mountain

Bad news. My doctor, Dr Tolley, ENT specialist a St Marys etc, has forbidden me to go circumnavigate Mount Kailash in Tibet. I was just about to book flights and a place on an expedition at the end of May. I thought it might be best to check in with him. He said I’d be mad. This is because I have asthma, amongst other things.  I could get into trouble at 6000 metres.

I’m pretty disappointed. I was going to make the trip as part of my research for my new book. I also just really wanted to go to this mountain, some say it’s one of the seven ‘earth chakkras’, three major religions see it as the holiest spot on earth. It is said to be the abode of Lord Shiva, and the mountain, according to tantrikas, represents his lingam – (that’s ‘cock’ to Westerners). Other says Mount Kailash is a contender for the mythic Shangri La. Now I can’t go cos if I got wheezy up there I could pop it.

So: I’ll have to go back to the drawing board. Instead, I  am thinking along the lines of a visit to the Integral Institute in the USA, a seminar with Ken Wilbur, maybe even David Deida. Or a wimmins tantra group with Diana Richardson.

I am a bit tubby these days, so I was planning on taking a yak around the mountain. I was planning to circumnavigate Lord Shiva’s cock on a yak. It would have been funny to write about.

Now there will be no mountain.

I’m a little depressed, it has to be said.

Ideas would be welcome – power places of the world? Yak treks etc.


~ by moniqueroffey on April 30, 2009.

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