A blooming lotus flowerThe best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.  ~Mahatma Gandhi

The other day, I walked past a homeless man sitting at a sidewalk cafe with his chair turned toward the afternoon traffic.  He was surrounded by cloth bags, frantically waving his hands in the air, swatting invisible flies, and making angry remarks with rude gestures to the pedestrians and cars passing by.  I considered stopping to assist but he was too angry for comfort so I kept walking.

Two yards past him, something made me stop, turn around, and sit at the table behind him. His anger was intense so I didn’t try talking to him.  Instead, I drank tea, silently prayed, and transmitted healing energy. A fellow patron sat down so I chatted with him, a fascinating mathematician and philosopher, but continued praying all the while.

Eventually, the homeless man became still and quiet, so I got up to leave.  Just then, a woman rushed out of a clothing store, grabbed my hands and whispered, “That man is violent! Last time he was here, he broke all my store windows.  I’m terrified he’ll do again.  I don’t know what to do.” This “aha!” moment made me laugh and say, “Oh!  That’s why I was turned back on my way home!” I told her,”It’s okay. I’ve been praying for that man for the last hour so you don’t have to worry. He’s pretty calm now.”

The woman was relieved and grateful and pointed to a statue of Mother Mary in her store window.  She thought it was Mother Mary who’d stopped me on my way home. I supected it was Jesus or perhaps Buddha. Regardless, a day later, when I walked by the shop again, the woman’s store windows were fine.

Divinity! Angels and guides work through us.  It’s not always easy and the bigger picture isn’t always clear, but I’m learning to be more open, trusting, …and obedient. :o)