So excited about my book!!!
For many years, my friends have been urging me to write down some of the stories about my life. If I am really honest, I was kind of dreading it! There are so many magical moments that made up this thing I called “my life” and I knew that once I began writing some of these stories down, I would have to dive deep into my memories of the past. The intensity of some of these stories transported me back to magical/mystical places that I hope will awaken some curiosity in You, The Reader.
So I am going to post my stories here and hopefully, you can give me some feedback and tell me if these stories are worthwhile sharing!
Excerpt from Petra Nicoll’s soon to be published book Storyteller
“I chose not to sleep in a bed for 2 years while I was on the Path with the Masters and usually went to the Hindu Temple in the middle of the Ashram grounds. The Temple had a Statue of Hanuman inside it and every day people from the neighboring town would come to worship. It was quite strange for Westerners to see the red paint all over the Statue and it looked almost grotesque to me.
The temple was small and had a little platform around it where I had placed my little chair and where I could lean my head against the wall of the North Side of the Temple. One night, it was maybe 2 am and suddenly I felt this wind going by me really fast. I had the sense that something was flying by me, and that being came around and was behind me. The first night when this happened I thought that it was a bird of some sort. The second night the wind was more intense and then something started picking on my hair like a little monkey and then it came around and looked at me, and I opened my eyes and it was Hanuman. I freaked out! I felt like he was kind of giddy, many arms, he was all over. There was lots of movement and it was like in and out of consciousness, because it was a different dimension. Hanuman was looking straight at me like what are you doing here in my territory. I did not know at the time much about Hindu Religion but become quite fascinated with it, especially with Hanuman the mighty ape that aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces. He is one of the most popular idols of the Hindu pantheon. Believed to be an avatar of Lord Shiva, Hanuman is worshipped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. Hanuman’s tale in the epic Ramayana where he is assigned the responsibility to locate Rama’s wife Sita inducted by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, is known for its astounding ability to inspire and equip a reader with all the ingredients needed to face ordeals and conquer obstruction in the way of the world.
On the third day, I ran went to the office at the Ashram to speak with my Teacher. “Master! Master! Master! I just saw something at the Temple that looked like a Monkey with many arms. The Master remained quite calm and said: “Ok, its all fine. It will be just fine.”
The next day that statue in the temple was gone. He had six of the guys in the ashram take the statue out and bury it. It was all done secretly.”