I met Amma Karunamayi fourteen years ago in Sedona. I’d gone for a hike, and turned around when I was suddenly guided to visit a friend. “Why am I here?” I asked the friend. I had planned to hike all day.
She laughed and handed me a skirt with nicer top. “Put these on. You’ll see. We’re going to see Amma. You can’t wear shorts.” I didn’t know who Amma was. I only knew that I looked like a bag lady in clothes much larger than I was! Strangely, I didn’t care. I felt excitement.
As we drove to the venue, my friend told me a little bit more about Amma.In India she is known as a saint – an incarnation of the Divine Mother. Her birth was predicted. She exhibited huge compassion for the poor as a child, and when she was a young adult she left her life and spent ten years in seclusion in the forests in India, praying, fasting, and meditating until she melted into a union with the Divine so profound that it never left her.
She emerged from her decade in silence and began a world mission promoting peace and compassion, blessing people with miraculous love and grace all over the world, and doing innumerable humanitarian works. I was amazed I’d never heard of her.
I sat in the audience with anticipation, not quite knowing what I should do or what to expect. Those who knew Sanskrit mantras (sacred chants) began to sing them. A tiny Indian woman entered the room with a smile as radiant as sunshine – sweet, innocent, and yet so powerful that as she walked by waves of love washed over me. I felt the same as I did when I was in the Presence of Jesus or the angels.
One by one, we went up to her for her silent blessing. God was in her eyes and in her touch. She was completely surrendered to love. Through her silent presence, she resurrected this love more deeply within each one of us. She burnt off our darkness and pain. Driving home to Phoenix late that night, I smelled of roses and felt as is my soul had been washed clean.I’ve seen her for blessings every year since. She sees your light, your essence and your soul.
As with all truly enlightened souls, she never asks anyone to change their spiritual path, but rather to embrace their chosen path more deeply. Years ago, my Catholic mom went to see her, upon my recommendation, and called me in tears. She had never felt the Presence of such love. She received immense help with her health challenges during the following year.
I always get what I need. The second year I went to see her I was working through a lot of anger at an old relationships. As I sat in the crowd waiting for her to enter, I felt her loving Presence in spirit. I started to burn as if on fire. My skin broke out in red hives and I felt as if I was in flames. I went between hot and cold, and shook violently for several minutes. Suddenly the heat subsided. My skin went back to normal. The anger was gone.
She appeared in my car once, in spirit. She chatted, smiled, and told me she was protecting me. A second later, the car next to me lost a hubcap. I was driving next to a cliff side on a downhill slope as the sharp metal came straight towards my tire. I had nowhere to go. Suddenly I felt a wave of love wash over me. The hubcap flattened out, went under my car and went careening over the cliff. I was fine.
This year, in her presence, I felt such an exquisite love and communion with the Divine that new gifts are already starting to emerge. It was like gazing for hours. Her Love and Presence have been both an inspiration in my life and a powerful force to drive away the darknesses of fear and frustration that used to abide within me. I strive, as she does so purely, to witness the light and truth within all. When I do it drives away others’ fears and pains.
Love truly is the highest power on this earth. People start corporations, have fund raisers, and do all sorts of good works, and yet this one tiny woman who channels an immense light works miracles, relieves pain, lifts emotional burdens, and catalyzes life changes. She is a humanitarian who has used the donations of her followers, which she never solicits, to build free schools, free hospitals, give free vaccines to the poor, rebuild villages, and feed the poor not only in her native India but in many other countries. She has spoken at the UN and, been a proponent of women’s rights, organic food, local farming, and healthy living. One woman filled with the grace and presence of the Divine has achieved so much.
We too, in our own way can experience and contribute love’s restorative powers in our lives. We can seek love, share love, and be love in oh so many ways, great and small.
Here are some ideas to resurrect love’s healing powers in your life:
1. Seek and Ye shall find…
If you look for love you will see it everywhere. You can find it in all that is beautiful good and true. Hear the love in your favorite music. Witness the love in the beauty of nature, in a breathtaking piece of art, or in your favorite saturated color. Taste love in your food. Look for love in the grocery store, in line, in traffic even – maybe in an inspiring license plate. Love is everywhere if you’re willing to look for it.
2. Love without reason… Except that it feels good!
Be kind to a stranger. Pray for someone you don’t like. Look in the mirror and tell yourself three wonderful things about you. Don’t love for something in return. Love because it feels good.
3. Seek out the Presence of those who embody love…
Sit with your angels. Breathe, believe, receive. Or invite in your favorite spiritual master – Jesus, Buddha, or anyone who has brought love to the earth. John Lennon, Einstein… Just sit quietly for a few minutes, breathe, and ask for their presence to bless you. See what you feel.
Or you can seek out enlightened beings or transmitters of light who are alive and walk the earth. Enjoy their presence if only via YouTube or online. Energy is not confined to the body, space, or time. You need not be in the presence of these beings to feel them. You only need to connect.
This time of year is a great time to resurrect love. May each and every day be an opportunity to do the same!
If you want to see if Amma is coming to your town, you can check out her website here.