When I was just about getting on eighteen years old and away from home for the first time and a freshman in college I came across my first encounter with a living avatar of the goddess Lakshmi.
I was quickly in over my head with many of the aspects of life and in particular early womanhood. Beyond the aspects of puberty and the changes we undergo there- those had been tackled, but the next level of the dance of human beings in particular the intricate choreography of men and women.
Up until that point all my relationships and interactions were well contained. I had a good head on my shoulders and a lot of wisdom, but had not had the real task of putting it all in play and so for the most part was still quite a baby bird just out of the nest.
I was free-falling at a great rate at some point once I realized I had not yet really learned how to fly. Too many suitors and one in particular who was hell bent on locking me down in a permanent manner that was about to take my own life away.
Feeling I was at the end of my rope one day after being so overtaken by the one who had all intention of never letting me out of his sight again- I reached out to the one person who I felt could help me and she came.
She lived down the hall and had been at school for two years already. She knew the lay of the land and she knew the intention of the man in question. She came and rescued me. Helped me get out of the main problem that was on hand and lay out a plan for moving forward. And she continued to guide me and be my friend. She even gave me her part-time job that she was leaving to help me gain an understanding of how to manage time and make my own money. She warned me to be aware of the effect I have on the men around me and to be careful and understanding.
Fast forwarding many years and the roles are a little reversed. I have had to step into her life recently and help her the way she had helped me. She has been in a bad marriage for many years and it had reached its point of no repair. She decided to begin divorce proceedings. This man is out of control in the way he has damaged her life. She felt she was at her wits end and reached out for help.
I am helping her as she has helped me in the past. For some reason we are both somehow able to intrinsically know what and how to do for each other when. A gift we both both have evident from the Gods. This friendship is quite the experience in the meeting of Ochun, Yamoya and Lakshmi. All truly the same aspect of energy in the universe -Love- Family-Prosperity-Health-Beauty. I am woman- hear me roar.