For those who are into receiving free hugs, I've just received a hug from the ultimate hugger, Mother Amma. How did this come about? I hear you cry. Do you want a short response or the shaggy dog story version? It's going to have to be the shaggy dog story version, I'm afraid.
A few days ago, I had a major inner shift. I realised that although it's fun expressing various attributes of my True Self, it's about time I focused on my life purpose, which is to "to demonstrate that Love is life; Love is truth; Love is freedom; Love is wealth; Love is the only power; Love is reality; and Love is all there is." Specialist Subject - Love In other words, I was saying Yes to being Love in every moment.
Around that time I saw a woman who reminded me of an old friend, whom I met when I was studying creative writing about fifteen years ago and later at a festival.
Earlier today, I received an email from my friend in India, who is a devotee of Mother Amma. Who is Mother Amma?
For the past 35 years Amma has dedicated her life to the uplifting of suffering humanity through the simplest of gestures – an embrace. In this intimate manner Amma had blessed and consoled more than 25 million people throughout the world.
When someone asked Amma why she receives every person who comes to her in a loving embrace Amma replied, "If you ask the river, 'why do you flow?' what can it say?"
Amma spends most of her waking hours receiving the distressed and all who come to her for comfort, day after day without a break. Amma
My friend has been to Mother Amma's Amritapuri ashram and received her hug/darshan. He said she was currently in London at a venue that was only up the road from where I live. I looked it up on her website and saw that she was in London for three days, today being the final day. I told my friend I would have loved to meet her, but it was too late now. I didn't fancy traipsing all the way from where I was just to receive a hug. Besides, there's bound to be hundreds, if not thousands, of people waiting to see her. Something told me to go anyway.
I was "shown" what bus route to use that will get me to my destination in the quickest time possible. The two buses appeared as soon as I got to the bus stops. I arrived in no time at all. Hmmm, this is way too easy.
Just as I thought, there were hundreds of people in the hall. I had no idea about protocol at all. I saw people had left their shoes and boots outside so I did the same. I saw people queuing to be seated so I did the same. It was then I saw this woman walking by. I couldn't believe my eyes! It was my friend from my creative writing classes. It was so good to see her. She hadn't changed at all; she was still as lovely and adorable as ever. I told her I'd been thinking about her. She said she'd just received a hug from Amma. I asked her how she'd been keeping. She said she's been suffering with ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). She's still writing and currently working on a book. She recently moved to Devon near Exmoor National park and she is very happy in her new home. A volunteer attracted my attention so I had to go. I wished my friend well.
I was then allocated a seat. Another volunteer asked me what my token number was. I told her I didn't have one. A gentleman beside me said I needed to get one, which is a numbering system they have to see Amma. When your number comes up you are asked to kneel in the aisle and slowly shuffle your way towards Mother Amma. At the time they were at letter D; my token was M. One of the volunteers told me that I probably had a 2 to 3 hour wait. He said I could sit in front if I wanted to wait. I had a much better idea.
On my way out, I noticed my friend and I went to speak to her. I told her I didn't fancy waiting for 2 to 3 hours. I marvelled at how I had only thought about her the other day and there she was. I told her I would keep her in my thoughts and said goodbye, again.
As soon as I got out of the building I noticed my bus was leaving the bus stop. Damn, that means I have to wait for another one! The next bus seemed to take forever to arrive. Soon two guys approached the bus stop. I asked them if they'd been to see Amma and they said yes. I said I had left because I didn't fancy waiting for hours. One guy said that I could ask to be given priority. He said they were given priority because they were out of London. He suggested that I tell the volunteers that I have to leave and need to be given priority.
Hmmm, is the Universe trying to tell me something?
I thanked my friends and returned to the hall. I explained to a volunteer that I needed to be given priority and was directed to a priority seat. Within half an hour I was receiving a lovely hug from Amma, rather like a mother hugging her baby. In my right ear, she whispered in her native language words of love, and then gave me a sweet, which is part of the ritual.
I can imagine if you've never experienced pure unconditional Love like that before then Amma's Love would be overwhelming. Because I experience this kind of Love all the time, Mother Amma's hug didn't feel any different. It felt like a drop of water merging with the river or the ocean. In other words, Love being hugged by Love is still Love.
After using the toilet, I decided to head back into town. On my way out, I saw my friend. She said she'd just had a nice massage. She'd been thinking of getting some food but wasn't attracted to anything. I had a feeling there was a reason why our paths had crossed again. I asked her to write her email address in my diary. As we walked to the bus stop, we chatted about the kinds of stuff we both write. Her book is fantasy. I said I now share experiences about the magic of life like the way we met up, and how I am following my bliss.
My friend said just before she moved out of London, she's went through a tough time. Her relationship had ended and she wasn't feeling well. She had been thinking of moving out of London for a while but didn't feel she was quite ready. One day she decided she was ready and said Yes to her new home. She put out an intention that she wanted to live in a log cabin near the forest. Soon she had the opportunity to visit a friend in Devon. She looked around the area and found she loved being there. She saw an advert for a flatmate in a shop window and went to view the house and it was exactly what she had in mind. Apparently, her landlady had also prayed about the kind of tenant she was looking for and my friend was a perfect match. As "luck" would have it, around the time my friend was due to move to Devon, some friends were visiting the area so they offered to move her stuff to her new home.
Ah, so that's the message my friend had for me. She was there to confirm that the moment you say Yes to what you love, the Universe also says Yes. After I said Yes to focusing only on Love as my purpose, not only did I met my friend who mirrored my belief, I got to meet someone who is Love in expression.
Thank you dear friends for your gifts of Love.
I say Yes to Love in every moment.
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