The Only Begotten

By Dharmadevi Romano. At age 24, around the time that I started meditating consistently, I was surprised by a sudden, and seemingly out-of-the-blue, desire to go back to church. I had never been an enthusiastic church-goer by any measure! I was raised Catholic and my mom had brought me to church every Sunday, which was followed by Sunday school. This was up until I turned 14 years old, made it through Confirmation, and decided to never go back again. Needless …

Energization: The Energizer Bunny Part 2

I have now been practicing the energization exercises six times a day for six months. It’s been an adventure, and one that I am incredibly grateful to be on. Doing the exercises with such intensity and regularity has taught me some valuable lessons that I’m eager to dive even deeper into. I’ll share some of what I’ve been working on. 1) Energy is joyful! When I succeed in awakening, and raising my energy I find the experience to be incredibly …

Overcoming Oversensitivity

By Dharmadevi Romano Los Angeles is a breeding ground for oversensitivity. In a big city, you are constantly barraged by loud noises, foul smells, and disturbing sights. The nervous system gets overloaded and we find ourselves taking out our oversensitivity on others. We may find temporary relief in believing that others are the cause of our deepening oversensitivity but we can’t possibly get out of the mire of delusion until we realize that we have to change ourselves. The affirmation …

Follow Your Bliss

The other day Dharmadevi and I met with a young woman who was majoring in psychology. I asked her what she found interesting about psychology. She responded, “It explains everything. It shows that everything has a reason.” Her response got me thinking; what is my purpose and reason for being? I love the way Paramhansa Yogananda described the purpose of life: Self-realization! Ahh, I can get behind that with my whole heart, mind, and soul! Not only did he define …

The Heart’s Natural Love

After one of our recent classes, a student said to me, “Why was I crying when we were chanting? Is something wrong with me? I’m just talking about the music now and I’m getting choked up.” I responded, “You’re remembering your devotion. You’re remembering that you are a lover of God.” Through chanting and meditation, she was uncovering her heart’s natural love. What a blessing for her (and for me to witness)! As Sri Yukteswar said, “The first and most …

Energization: The Energizer Bunny Part 1

For some of you who may not know, I began an intensive Energization practice back in the beginning of May. I got the idea in April when I was required to work intensely long hours on a movie set, sometimes as long as 29 hours. I was working as a stuntman, and safety is our number one priority, so for the sake of the well-being of those I was responsible for, I began practicing the energization exercises in the bathroom …