By Leona Thomas
I had already done my singing bowl therapy training in Boudha, Kathmandu but now I was building up a full set of therapy bowls for myself. My wonderful friend, Saroj, was working in the shop that day but although they had more than 100 bowls of various sizes on display they did not have the one I wanted.
He pulled down the shutter to the shop and we went to the main storeroom nearby. The room was not very exciting (unless you like singing bowls) - shelving was on 3 1/2 walls of the room from floor to ceiling. And bowls filled every space on those shelves. The floor itself was also covered in piles of bowls. The only other things in the room were some sticks and cushions, an industrial weighing scale and a small Nepali stool.
We both entered the room and he shut the door behind me. That was when the trouble started. We began to laugh. And we could not stop. We laughed and laughed non-stop for probably more than 10 minutes! It really was hysterical but we had no reason to be laughing. What was going on???
Eventually Saroj managed to stop laughing just long enough to ask, "Leona, why are we laughing?" and I was able to stutter a quick, "I don't know" before we were off again in fits of giggles. What was going on?
Finally we were able to calm down and return to some sense of normality. Saroj suggested that I sit down on the stool and he would pass the bowls to me so I could try them out.
The stool had a blue catalogue sitting on top of it. I picked it up and was astonished to discover that it was a business telephone directory! Dear God! Nepalis are that organised?? I was astounded. As I went to put it on a nearby shelf I had an impulse to turn the book over and look on the back cover.
Oh my goodness! I have no idea what kind of business it was that had bought a full-page advert for that back cover. I only noticed their name. In large capital letters it said,
" ANGEL "
I knew there were angels working with me when I use my bowls but that day there was some kind of angel party going on in the singing bowl storeroom! Angel energy is a very high joyful vibration and the two of us just could not hold it in...
It seems that angels don't just use white feathers to let people know they are around. Sometimes they just point out the obvious with one simple word.