$1 a HUG:
I made some awesome friends on my way to Denver, on the Greyhound bus , still unable to access the money in my accounts and not able to cash in the scratch it I won $20 on. One of the amazing guys I made friends at the massive lay over in Las Vegas gave me a tin of mixed nuts to eat. I was from 6:30am until 7:30pm in Las Vegas for a lay over and struggled to find anywhere to charge my phone, plug in my laptop and use the internet for some work, success was in the way of a nice restaurant, I was desperate to go to the toilet and was so relieved they had internet and power as I needed. I had just enough cash to buy a coffee and had no idea when the banks would release my money, as I sat in faith and moved forward knowing all needed would show up.
When I finally got back to the bus station very hungry I attempted to use one of my cards for a vending machine, a kind guy asked where I was going and where I was from, we had a chat after my card wouldn’t work and he offered me some chips, gratefully I received. We had a chat and I went back to working while waiting patiently for the bus to board. At some point in this time, I began chatting to two young guys whom I had noticed chatting earlier, we discussed what I was doing, making my way from Australia to get to Standing Rock in North Dakota to protest the Pipeline. They were amazed and we all began chatting about philosophy and other things, and they had only just met. Lucky I was that due to the delayed trip the station gave everyone free Pizza and one of the guys I was with got me extra due to being there so long, after dinner we went outside for fresh air and a guy sitting next to the station asked for a marker for a sign, he seemed very low and we inquired what was wrong, this guy was clearly high on something but coming down very quickly, explaining how his stuff was stolen and he was homeless with nothing. I held his hand and spoke to his soul, willing that spark in him to find hope as he appeared to have lost all hope in life and didn’t know if he would make it through the night. I gave him my blanket to make sure he was warmer and got him some water in my bottle, to drink. Soon out bus was boarding and we all felt really connected through the experience.
The next 24 hours no money showed up in my account, when we were stopped in Denver, the boys decided to wave a sign for money and I was hungry so I went with them, new to me this activity, maybe I have never been so desperate, but I didn’t know people do that to beg for money, but one of these new brothers said they do it all the time when they don’t have much money and travel, so I joined. I decided I would sit on a hill with a sign reading “1 a HUG need CASH for Food”. As I created a free hugs campaign years ago, I sat on a hill near a dog park in the city of Denver for over an hour, with my sign, people looking and some smiling, not a single person even stopped, I was shocked, I know people who would drop a $5 note and not bother to pick it up and hear in the city of Denver nobody wanted a hug and to help out a traveller looking for some food. I was very sad for the people of that town, how far disconnected from love must they be, I give even with no money, of my time, my gifts, my things because we are all connected. I had experienced so much generosity from so many other strangers on my journey and in my life. I send love to all the people of Denver, for them to feel within themselves more connection. I must point out I didn’t look homeless, I looked clean and well presented, I had a smile on my face, 100’s of people saw me and didn’t even stop to talk to me or ask what was happening.
When I went back to the station I had explained what had happened and the other people who were on the bus with me offered to help, one gave me a dollar for a hug and then was raving about how it reminded him of his mother and he felt so at home and familiar after the hug and then another women paid me $1 for an oracle reading, and then gave me more, while I was doing her reading a guy who had been watching came over and asked if I was doing fortune telling, I explained what I was doing and he was very interested, so he sat down to watch. After the lady was finished and happy with the reading, quite shocked at the accuracy, I spoke to the young guy and he said he had no money, and apologised, I asked if he would mind doing a review and he said he can’t read or write. I continued and explained it was OK, he had a very hesitant energy and I could sense how sensitive he was, after the reading, explaining his path and his purpose was in the power of the spoken word, he said to me, “I am turning myself in” he thanked me and said he needs to with a smile, I gave him a big hug and said he will do great things.
The shop opened at the station to get some food, luckily when we arrived that morning we were offered a food voucher for the shop opening that afternoon, there was some confusion with me getting water and I had the perfect about extra from the people off the bus to cover the difference. From this experience of the people of the busy city and the generosity of those with little, I was so blown away by the contrast of people and the environments they are in. I was so supported and I didn’t need to go to the lengths of sitting and begging for money, although offering some form of healing in return.
We as people need to wake up, out of this fog of lack and being so separated with what is ours and others, leaving people behind. All on this earth is symbiotically connected and we are all one great Family.
My journey continues into the unknown as I make my way to Standing Rock to protect our Mother Earth and her water.
Much Peace, Love and Light.
“To glorious travels, adventures and life”