I received an email from my brother this afternoon that had the words “INSTANTLY, WHEN YOU RECEIVE THIS PAGE, YOU MUST SEND IT TO AT LEAST 5 PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE PERSON WHO SENT IT TO YOU!!!“ This normally indicates that I won’t receive some special grace from God, The Divine Universe etc if I don’t participate and please don’t break the chain and ruin it for another. I just receive them in the spirit it was given and delete it because I don’t play those games that prey on the fear that if I don’t do something someone tells me that nothing good will come to me or by my lack of it will cause another to be victimized by my unwillingness to participate in some Chain Letter of Fear.
The message was about how everyone could use a hug of some kind and was a nice message. Originally I figured I would at least send it back to him as he’s going through a tough time and could use a hug, even if it was a cyber-hug.
Because I was busy and doing a quick scroll of it, I didn’t originally notice a photo named the same as the Subject of the email, “Rescuing Hug”, with two newborn infants, one with its arm around the other. The copy associated with the picture is what entirely turned me around and gave this email a brand new definition.
It said, “This is a picture from an article called “The Rescuing Hug.” The article details the first week of life of a set of twins. Apparently, each were in their respective incubators, and one was not expected to live. A hospital nurse fought against hospital rules and placed the babies in one incubator. When they were placed together the healthier of the two threw an arm over her sister in a endearing embrace. The smaller baby’s heart rate stabilized and her temperature rose to normal. Let us not forget to embrace those whom we love.”
What an absolutely incredible story!! I had to know more, so I did a search for “Rescuing Hug”. The first results was to snopes.com which for those of you that aren’t familiar with it is a great place for validating rumors and “Urban Legends”. I’ve debunked many emails with all sorts of fantastic claims as well as proving them. Snopes verifies that this is the real deal from a story that was originally published in the Worcester Telegraph & Gazette on November 18, 1995 and reprinted in condensed form in both Reader’s Digest May 1996 (Pgs 155-156) and Life Magazine June 1996 (Pg 18).
(Snopes link. Reprint of RD & Life)
Seeing that this is 14 yrs old, it may be an old picture for some yet I’ve never seen it so I’m sure it will be new for others. Even if you’ve seen it before, did you ponder this about what is in this picture? It clearly demonstrates that the Expression of Love is Innate in everyone of us!! These premature newborn infants were born 12 weeks early, their eyes are not open yet, they don’t really have any control of their body and need to be taken care of to survive; yet when the healthier of these two girls is put in with the other she “knows” that not only something is wrong with her twin sister but is “aware” enough to “know” what to do which is offer the only expression of love her premature newborn body can do by giving her a hug. Not only that but the healing was instantaneous!!
From the Readers Digest reprint:
“Suddenly, on November 12, Brielle went into critical condition. She began gasping for breath, and her face and stick-thin arms and legs turned bluish-gray. Her heart rate was way up, and she got hiccups, a dangerous sign that her body was under stress. Her parents watched, terrified that she might die….No sooner had the door of the incubator closed then Brielle snuggled up to Kyrie – and calmed right down. Within minutes Brielle’s blood-oxygen readings were the best they had been since she was born. As she dozed, Kyrie wrapped her tiny arm around her smaller sibling.” The girls ended up going home sooner than expected.
Love can truly heal this quick but the reason that it doesn’t for so many of us is that we’ve learned to put up blocks and resistances to it. For anyone who has witnessed the growth of a child from the womb, they are just bundles of Joy and Love. Emotions like Fear, Hate, Prejudice, etc have to be learned. Because these two had not yet learned these Love Blocking Emotions, the Power of Love was able to demonstrate itself instantaneously.
So the next time someone offers to give you a hug, no matter who they are, accept it with unabated Joy knowing full well that the Expression of Love is Innate in everyone of us and that alone can heal an aching heart, if you just let it. Also don’t be afraid to truly embrace the person because then your Heart Chakras will be touching allowing the Love to flow more freely!!!
A Life in measured by the amount of Love given and received. Hugs are one of the best expressions of Love one can give to another and as the song says, “What the world needs now is Love, sweet Love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of”. It is what will heal the world.
BE THE MIRACLE!!