Here's what they wrote about this section of the mural:
"Amma is a global visionary and healer. She was born in a remote coastal village in Kerala, India. When she was nine, her mother became ill and Amma was taken from school to care for her seven siblings and help with the household chores. As she went door-to-door gathering food scraps from neighbors for her family’s cows, she saw intense poverty and suffering in her community. Defying tradition as a young girl, she stepped into an active role, giving away her family’s meager food supply and hugging those who were hurting. As a healer, Amma has healed thousands of people suffering from trauma and restored a sense of hope and purpose to their lives. She is included in this mural to bring the message that each of us can transform our own pain by loving, supporting and welcoming each other as an aspect of ourselves."
I love viewing Amma as someone who HEALS people from TRAUMA. There is so much trauma in the world today - and there always has been! - and yet we seem to be so hopeless, really, at treating it! But - amazingly - Amma has a very high success rate at helping people to heal from trauma, sometimes from trauma they are not even aware of, because abuse and neglect are just so much a part of our world.
I used to use energetic healings for trauma in my work as an acupuncturist - and also secret Daoist techniques for healing from trauma - that were surprisingly effective. And yet, I could really only work with one client at a time, and I had to dedicate at least ninety minutes per client. I could possibly have worked with two people at once, but no more than that. Yet Amma interacts in her healing way with hundreds of people every hour!
Don't kid yourself, this is no average woman, and no charlatan! Also, the final sentence is particularly insightful about Amma - that she teaches us to recognize each other as aspects of ourselves. Yes, she does. That seems to be the main message. Go, Amma!
Read more about the mural and the Homeless Youth project at: http://www.sfgate.com/art/article/Marin-s-homeless-youth-get-a-hand-3796582.php#ixzz2CiSju2Y3