Back Into the Bliss of Your Being

When I was in high school, one of my favorite subjects was geometry. Why? I loved proofs. I enjoyed getting to back into the answer from a set of variables and proving without the shadow of a doubt. It was crystal clarity. You state what you’re going to prove and then you prove it! Now I’m working on another proof. This proof is much harder than the ones I encountered in high school. It states, “You are a divine being. …

Turbulence

It’s always a little unsettling when you’re flying through the air at 30,000 feet and hear the announcement “Is there a doctor on the plane?” Our flight back from visiting family on the east coast was not a smooth one. First, we were diverted because one of the flight attendants got sick and the pilot had to make an emergency landing in Dallas. When we got back in the air, to save time, he chose a route that brought us …

Diary of Dreams – Part 2

This second dream took place on the night of All Saint’s Day, the night after my Voluntary Torture Chamber dream. Climbing up a steep, old, stone stairway, I was accompanied by an acquaintance who can have a very challenging personality. As we climbed higher and higher, my fear of heights kicked in and I felt as though I would fall off the narrow staircase, which had no railings. At this point, we were hundreds of feet into the air. I …

Happy Thanksgiving

Every day should be a day of Thanksgiving for all the gifts of Life — sunshine, water, the luscious fruits and greens, which we receive as indirect gifts from the Great Giver. He makes us work so that we may consciously and thankfully deserve to receive His Gifts. The All-Sufficient One does not need the benefit of our thankful hearts, but when we are grateful to the Fountain of all gifts, our attention is concentrated for our own highest benefit upon the …

Faith Works

Paramhansa Yogananda once said, “You must stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds.” With all of the challenges, our world is currently facing it feels as if it is already broken! The important question for us is which way will we break? Towards fear and hatred or will we become warriors of the light? To become a warrior of the light, we need to excavate our divine superpower: faith. What is faith? What’s the difference between faith and belief? …

Diary of Dreams – Part 1

All Hallows’ Eve (also known as Halloween) and All Saints’ Day are holy days celebrated around the world. They are known as a time when the veil between the astral world and physical world is thinner and we can contact the saints and our departed loved ones more easily. On these two nights, I had two very significant dreams. (I’ll share the other in an upcoming blog.) I believe they were what Paramhansa Yogananda called Superconscious Dreams; certainly they would …

What Is the Best Way to Pray?

Two young boys spent the week before Christmas at their grandparents. At the end of the first day they knelt before their beds to pray. The younger brother began to yell almost at the top of his lungs: “I WANT A NEW BICYCLE!” “I WANT A NEW SET OF LEGOS!” “I WANT A NERF FOOTBALL!” Finally, the older brother in exasperation leaned over and nudged his younger brother saying, “You don’t have to scream your prayers. God isn’t deaf.” To …

Inspiration at Will!

Someone once asked Paramhansa Yogananda, “Is it possible for inspiration to be under the control of one’s own will?” “Yes, indeed!”, the Master replied. “Take down this poem.” I believe he was getting ready for a lecture and was busy at the time of the question. He paused in silence for a moment and then recited this poem: Demand for the Opening of the Spiritual Temple Doors Everywhere “O Father, when I was blind I found not a door which …

Imagination Vs Intuition

During Spiritual Renewal Week at Ananda Village in August, I sat around with a group of friends, exploring new ideas for raising money for Ananda LA. Here we were in a beautiful house that up until that point had been used only for visits from friends and family. The owner of the house was sitting with us and generously offered for the house to be rented out and the proceeds to go to Ananda LA. But who would prepare the …

Energize Your Life (Part 1)

Many of us have practiced the energization exercises. We’ve all heard that they have profound benefits; they energize our body, harmonize our feeling nature, increase our willpower, help us to concentrate, and perhaps most importantly they teach us that our true nature is energy. But how many of us actually experience those benefits every time we practice? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to feel, through your own experience, a deepening understanding of all those qualities? Here are some simple ways you …