It was 2 years ago. I was brooding over how to continue traveling. Just then, I found 2000 USD in my account.
Short Travel Stories: The Miracle Appears in My Account
I come with a story that is very unique to those who want to believe in miracles. It is one of the most common questions since I started traveling; How do you solve the money issue? As I am planning to answer this question with a separate post, with this one I am adding a new example to my travel stories with a great example of what guardian angels are capable of: The Miracle in my account. It was about two years ago …
Mountains Won’t Endure on What Lies Ready
Mountains won’t endure on what lies ready. When I was working as a white collar, I quit without any money rather than my savings account. And now, I am working as a staff member in Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in America after my teachers training course. I’m about to fill my six-months stay in America. Even though I have a 10-year visa, I have to cross the border and come back. Mentally, I’m in preparation for this. I’m looking for where should I go and come back. I don’t have much intention to travel at all. That’s why I have to go where I want to see the most.
And that’s Machu Picchu – Peru. Although I’m in North America, flight tickets are burning hands. Whatsoever I can afford the tickets, but how can I spend 4 weeks there? This question is echoing in my mind. I don’t have an idea of how to travel economically since I a fish with old elitist habits. Whats more, I have no idea about traveling alone. So, I’m searching for taking a tour. And I found one just for my taste; including some hiking and many adventures. While I still have white collar habits inside, the price of the tour doesn’t seem expensive at all. But it’s going to cost me $ 4,000 including my flight tickets and extra costs. Money is not a big deal for me, it’s just a figure. But when I get out of this amount from what I have in my account, there will not much money leave behind. And I’m planning one day, going to India, to Nepal and Thailand? Panic wraps my cells.
I find myself in seclusion with negative thoughts. Calculating whatever I have and I need is, a complete trouble. Even as a statistician, I try to figure it out, but it doesn’t fit unfortunately. There still is a $ 600 to pay to the ashram for my 3 month expenses, and eventually I will go back to Turkey. So add another flight ticket to Turkey. So in the end, should I go to Peru, or should I go back to Turkey and when I feel ready then to go for a trip to Asia? Questions, questions … At the moment I do not feel ready to return to Turkey. My spiritual journey, my hunger for learning continues. I must continue this rhythm in the ashram. Fortunately, after these 3 months, ashram will not ask for money more money. Fortunately!
After spending two days with these thoughts, I start to return to normal and talk to people. After telling my friend Raymond about my worries, he shouts ‘Fund me!’. This sentence miraculously reminds me of something, it turns on a light in my mind. A long time ago, once we were talking about how can I finance myself if I want to travel someday with my yoga teacher, he came with an answer; there is a website. The name of the site was ‘Go Fund Me’! Yes, for the first time in my life I come across a platform where people collect donations for their individual projects. I wasn’t interested in this option that time, because I was working as a white collar and making money. How could I ask people for donation? But now, as I said in the 3rd paragraph, money is not a big deal for me, it’s just a figure. So the definition of the money also has changed during these times.
Immediately with Raymond, we are writing the phrases that we need for my campaign to www.gofundme.com. Everything is so good, I have this passion for what I’m going to do, but how much money should I ask for? Yeah, I’m gonna spend $ 4,000 for the whole trip, but I’ve got some money. After a little bit of thinking, we decide to make it to $ 2,200. At that time, according to the TL-USD rate, this amount corresponds to my former salary which was a few months ago. I realize this when I announce my campaign on Facebook to my friends. I say yes, the practice I have done has given fruits and indeed I don’t have ego. I don’t care what people think. Besides, I don’t even think people would look at this thing negatively. After all, what is money?
What Money Is?
Yet I am sharing my campaign with a group of friends in both Turkish and English. Some people leave the group saying good luck, others leave without saying anything. Without being aware of what I am doing, I’m changing the way people look at me. My dear old coworkers donate to me like saying ‘Go for it’. And no voice coming from my friends or family! I don’t say there is no money from them, there is no sound actually. I wish it isn’t that much of an issue. Anyways…
A lady I met in ashram saying, I believe you and giving 100 dollars. Money is coming from the channels I’ve ever expected. After a few days of excitement, the amount in the account reaches to 350. There is still way to go. Something must come from Go Fund Me’s donors. Nothing’s coming.
In brief, a Japanese friend whom I met at a language course in London about four or five years ago is writing to me. I know very little about him that he is an architect, and he lives in Tokyo. He says Gonca, why do you need this money? I tell him that is written in my campaign. He wants some details from me. I’m just telling him about what I’m going to do without thinking, excited. He’s asking me a whole bunch of questions about my family, why they can’t help. Since family is kinda poor, whatever I’ve done, I’ve done it myself. He is convinced about what I said. And this doesn’t make sense to me…
And stay tight! The miracle is happening here. My dear friend, who doesn’t want his name exposed here, says he’ll send me the whole amount that I need. I say no, I can’t accept it. I say you’re also a white-collar worker in the end. He says he has money but he doesn’t have time to spend it. And he says HE BELIEVE IN ME, IN MY DREAMS. Can you imagine? He believes in me. My resistance ends after a while and I accept the offer. He doesn’t want me to give his name on the site. So he asks for my account details, after 10 days he will transfer the money. Even though I’m missing $1850 out and still don’t have an expectation about this transfer, I find $ 2000 in my account 10 days later.
According to today’s exchange rate it is 11.400TL. Who gives you such money, for God’s sake? I’m not telling you guardian angels exist. I mean, I have a miracle that I wouldn’t think of for years. Again, there is something that makes me feel I am supported spiritually and I am flowing with it. I also witnessed many tiny miracles when I started this path. If this decision is somehow supported by external powers, it must be the decision. Without effort, if it is easy… I get goose bumps.
The Result is India
Yes, fellas, there are miracles and if we have a purpose, a path opens up. I had dark times when I forgot this miracle. And some of my friends were reminded of me. This was one of the most beautiful things that ever happened to me. When you are in trouble, the help comes…
After all, there was a change about my decision until this amount entered to my account. During a meditation, I received a kind of call from India. It was so unfortunate that no thought has ever imagined this call. It was a living call that I felt in my heart that was totally alive. There was no need to marinate with it, filter, or think about this call. I was on my way to Mooji‘s satsang program. There is no worry remains about if I’m alone, my gender is female, or I’ve never been to Asia before, I’m going to be traveling for hours and hours from the west to the east. It was such a clean intention, what could have happened to me ?! Yeah, I wasn’t in the mood for a trip to Peru. I had to obey the call of my heart, even if there were 12 thousand kilometers.
As a result, this money is transferred to my account. Of course I explained my situation to my friend. I put my money in my pocket, then go to Turkey for visa, after 10 days, I am in India.
I’m wishing this story may become an inspiration for you. I’m sending you my positive energies for your wishes vibrating in your heart.
God speed everyone on the path!
After an interval of 1 year, I will again start my journey by listening my heart again. This time, with a couple of dollars even. Miracles and travel stories won’t come to an end. Please find my ‘Support Me’ announcement that I offer some options to pay back: http://www.journalofayogini.com/support-me. Why wouldn’t you have a pinch of salt in this soup?
And please find my other travel stories athttp://www.journalofayogini.com/kategori/travel-with-me/short-stories.
Wish you have plenty of miraculous days!