Seminars and more

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Please forward this to  your friends who would appreciate these healing opportunities! And you can read more here.


Mary Kretzmann

co-author of Divine Will Healing


  • Ananda ONLINE: Healing With Divine Energy – Based on the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda; Taught by Mary Kretzmann –February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2014  – Classes will be broadcast live and recorded for later viewing. – This is a great opportunity for people anywhere in the world to participate in the healing seminars.
  • Saturday, February 8, 2014 – Mary Kretzmann’s healing seminar will be hosted by Ananda’s Meditation group in Fresno, CA at 1-4:30 pm. Call Jackie at 559-285-2134. All are welcome!

And finally, please see this new page on Inspiring Stories of Healing. Please feel free to leave a comment regarding healing prayer there. We’d love to hear from you.

You might also like to read about Bringing Yogananda to Kenya

Finding Happiness

This wonderful clip captures Swami Kriyananda’s voice describing this intensely moving experience from 1949:

“This day,” Paramhansa Yogananda thundered, punctuating every word, “marks the birth of a new era. My spoken words are registered in the ether, in the Spirit of God, and they shall move the West. . . . Self-Realization has come to unite all religions. . . . We must go on—not only those who are here, but thousands of youths must go North, South, East, and West to cover the earth with little colonies, demonstrating that simplicity of living plus high thinking lead to the greatest happiness!”[1]

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Healing Weekend Nov 22-24


Mary Kretzmann
Director of the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

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This special seminar is called, Healing with Divine Energy and will be at Ananda’s Expanding Light. Click through for details.

I hope you can join us, and please share this with your friends!


Mary Kretzmann

PS – I share some testimonials, below.  I’d love to hear from others, as well, because your testimonials give people an idea  of the power of Paramhansa Yogananda’s healing path.  There is a special, universal healing power that we can receive when we loving call on God, Christ, Guru.divine-will-healing

Please share your thoughts in the comment field, below, or in a return email.

Testimonials from past participants: 

“Mary’s healing touch and energy work on me while she was in LA was really remarkable. It was beyond many reiki sessionI have had before. Pains and things I had built up in my heart started coming up – I could feel the energy rising from deep within my heart, up through my throat, and much was coming out in tears. She kept working on the energy and saying healing prayers and it really felt incredible to have these issues, which were nameless and unknown to me, to come up and out. Pains I didn’t even know I had. Thank you so much Mary, you have a gentle and beautiful touch and can do great healing for people.” ~ P., Los Angeles

“Mary is an incredible channel for Spirit. I hold a Master’s in Spiritual Psychology and have experienced many, many healers and healing techniques and I have never encountered a healer as powerful and gifted as Mary. She healed me of deep pain I had been carrying for 15 years around my grandmother’s death. I had gone to psychics, therapists and others all to no avail. In a single 1 ½ session with Mary, the deep pain and sadness completely lifted and were replaced by peace, joy and love for my grandmother. I am grateful beyond words.” – Julia Padawer, Santa Monica, CA

Added Bonus: Here is my Divine Mother Healing Prayer video with Spanish subtitles in case you know of anyone who would appreciate that.  More Spanish resources here:

Pray for Peace – on the eve of war


“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Jesus Christ

I have used this visualization privately, and in small groups and we have seen blessings come of it.  But it has to be kept up every day, and thus I realized I need to ask more people.  War appears imminent – but hopefully it can at least be mitigated… I’ve been wanting to write up the healing visualization for the Middle East all summer, and the recent escalation of events in Syria prompted me to act.

Frank Laubach, author of Letters of  Modern Mystic, retired in Washington, DC after serving long in the mission field. He was a Christian mystic who believed that practicing the presence of God would do more good for humanity than political and diplomatic schemes devoid of God.

“Prayer at its highest is a two-way conversation-and for me the most important part is listening to God’s replies.”
Frank C. Laubach

During his retirement, Laubach led a prayer group in DC to pray about national and international concerns. He said, “It is uncanny what can happen when you pray regarding world events, but  you have to keep it up every day.”

Years ago, when first reading that quote, I nodded my head in understanding, for I had also seen this “uncanny” response when praying about world events.  In that spirit, I ask you to join us in prayer for peace.

The USA is ready to strike Syria within days… warplanes and warships are now in place…  There is no easy solution to the troubles in the area, except Light, for even if we topple the unpopular Assad regime, it paves the way for Syrian rebels who have pledged loyalty to al-Qaeda.

Other nations strongly oppose our decision, and some feel it could even possibly lead to WWIII, something  that Paramhansa Yogananda  predicted. I’d hope to stave that off and see things as healed and mitigated as possible. At least some people will be blessed by our efforts, for no prayer is ever wasted.

If you haven’t kept up with all this – you can simply skim these recent headlines, below, and get the basic picture.

  • War on Syria Imminent, US Won’t Seek UN or NATO Vote

  • Syria crisis: Russia and China step up warning over strike

  • Syria strike due in days, West tells opposition – sources

  • Russian Deputy Premier Calls West ‘Monkey With Hand Grenade’

  • Does the ‘Red Line’ Apply to Syrian Rebels, Too?

  • Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda

  • Iranian Official: Israel to Be ‘First Victim’ of U.S. Attack on Syria

And so it goes….

For further inspiration, please read this:

“…The only solution for nations—I don’t say for individuals—is to use common sense. The best they can reasonably expect when meeting evil is to control it without adopting its attitudes of anger and hatred…” Swami Kriyananda

Please download and use the one-page visualization, below. And please share this email with others who might be inspired to pray.

God bless you all.

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry – Prayers for World Peace 

PS – Please also see: Frank Laubach’s Inner Journey –by Nakin Lenti

Plain text version:

Visualize the Meditating Christ, sitting in Light high above the lands of the Middle East.

As the Avatar born in that region, may His Infinite Light Bless All Souls NOW

May this Light bless and comfort the hearts of all those grieving over loss of loved ones.


See rays of this Light reaching down to guide and uplift those in leadership positions in the area. May their decisions be touched by Light, wisdom, compassion and right action.


See these rays also reach out to guide leaders in other nations (including the United States, Russia, China and nations of the European Union) in their policies and actions toward the Middle East. May their decisions be lifted above ego, and be guided by wisdom.


See this Light reaching down into the earth and cleansing the area of ages-old war-torn vibrations. May the Light of Peace shine. 


May this Light also shoot up into the heavens to strengthen the forces of Light blessing and guiding our planet NOW. May the forces of Light prevail NOW in any astral battles being fought regarding the Middle East.


May Thy Light of Peace shine in all hearts.

One year after loss…

Jesus Shrine

Jesus Shrine in honor of Tim
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This is offered in honor of Timothy Paul Kretzmann, and also as an inspiration for all those who have suffered profound loss.

I share this today because a friend in another community was crying daily over the loss of Swamiji and some other members… She needed encouragement in finding a tangible way to transcend that feeling of loss and grief.

This ceremony, below, could easily be adapted in suitable ways.  It could even be done in a home with a candle, a burning bowl, a photo of the beloved, and some sacred symbol that is dear to your soul. It could be done inside, or on a deck, or in a garden.

August 6

…I wondered how to honor him this day… My beloved, my husband, Timothy… What is the best way?

I lit a votive candle at a special altar in our home and kept it lit all day. I had quiet time, and also some supportive phone talks with friends, and gently relived some memories of when we first met over 38 years ago… I also wrote out some notes on how I would try to move forward, and serve others in new ways, in the name of loving and honoring him, and in gratitude for our life together.

We had a fire and flower ceremony at the special Jesus shrine dedicated to Tim’s soul (where months ago some of his ashes were placed beneath the boulder). I had been doing these sacred fire ceremonies quite frequently at a shrine on my deck, all through this year…So it was fitting to include the family now, and it was helpful to them, and to me.

  1. We traveled to the site, at Ananda Meditation Retreat, and first tended the shrine, and trimmed a bush that was blocking it.
  2. We each wrote a letter to God and to Tim’s soul – to express our love, and also to include a special prayer for ourselves and for the family – especially for Guidance on how to best proceed in our lives in a way that honors God, and this beautiful gift of having shared life with Tim, as Husband and Father.
  3. After a prayer – these letters were offered into the flame, to be released to God, and to Tim’s soul. We sang a very simple chant as this was happening – “God, Christ, Guru.”
  4. We sent quiet blessings to each family member, and for their private prayer intentions, as they offered their letter into the flames.
  5. We then sprinkled the shrine with beautiful rose petals, and then closed with chanting of AUM AUM AUM and AMEN AMEN AMEN

We were choked-up during the ceremony, and my grandson Bodhi’s eyes looked very concerned.  Our hearts were then touched to watch little Bodhi, age 10 months, so sincerely join in those AUMs…

After the closing, the family eventually wandered off to show Bodhi the other statues in the peaceful, forest garden, but I felt a strong urge to stay put… I sat on a bench where I could gaze at the shrine bedecked with flowers, and felt surrounded by love and gentle, comforting blessings… That love lingered for days… And I knew we had found a way meaningful to heart, mind and soul, to address this sacred-yet-sad anniversary.

May all hearts be comforted and blessed.

In Love,

Mary Kretzmann, and family

PS – Please feel free to offer your experiences of sacred remembrance for loved ones in the comment field, below. They may be of help to others… Perhaps in the future I will collect them together in a special booklet.

  • Lisa Powers told me that years ago she had heard that Master said it was very important to honor the one-year anniversary of a soul’s passing, so she offered a kirtan and short mediation at the Crystal Hermitage Chapel for Hassi and her family of four children, at the one year anniversary of the death of Rich Bazan

AUM AUM AUM for Swamiji…

Dear Ones,

Most of you have already heard the news of the passing of our beloved Swami Kriyanandaji… But some of my subscribers may be outside the normal Ananda circle…

Swami Kriyananda, aged 87, Ananda’s much beloved founder and spiritual leader, left his body and merged into the Infinite last evening (April 20) at 11pm Pacific time. He died in his home in Assisi, Italy (8am April 21 there).

God bless you all,

Mary Kretzmann

April 313 D newsletter

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April 313 Dwapara

Dear Ones,

Happy news: the book,  Divine Will Healing will be back in print in late May on

Recently I have been updating the healing prayer section on  Please take a look at thesesections:  Prayers for World Peace and  Articles on Prayer.  More improvements will be coming soon!

“Why Jesus Traveled About” (see reverse page) contains cautionary words about healing,especially regarding choosing a spiritual healer above medical healing, even though the“healer” has not yet proven he can heal that level of illness. (Healing prayer can always be used in addition  to practical healing.) The point is to not take undue risks with your life and health in the name of being spiritual or “alternative.” Life is a gift, use it wisely. Assess what is your “best bet” for your  particular problem. Prayer can help heal you directly, as well as guide you to your best course of action.

Finally, I wrote this collection of stories a few years ago (based on our teachings). I am sharing it again now for your inspiration. Search:“Jesus Appears after Easter” by Mary Kretzmann or click through.

May God and Guru bless and guide us all in our prayerful service.

Joyto you!

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

Testimonials (I used to share these in the past, and I hope to do so more regularly again!)

  • From January:  “Alex has a bipolar condition and was in jail in Auburn, CA for driving away from gas station in Tahoe without paying during a manic episode. After the prayers started, everything turned around dramatically. His father could talk to him, and get through to him, and his son (Alex) was making sense.  After talking to officials, they let  him out a day early from jail to go to a halfway house in Boulder, CO  to continue treatment.  Alex hoped to get back to snowboarding.  (He wants to be an instructor.)  Alex’s difficulties have been going on for seven years.  His father was very touched, and grateful for the prayers.  He hasn’t had any experience with this kind of thing like Ananda.” (He later made a generous donation to Ananda healing prayer ministry)… (Alex’s father is the cousin of a long- time Ananda Village member)


  • Dear Mary…. My apologies for such a long delay….Things had turned really bad, but miracles happen & it did happen in our lives too.  She is well now.  God & Gurus blessed her.  Many thanks to you also….. Joy, Manoo

The Second Coming of Christ: Why Jesus Traveled About
BY PARAMHANSA YOGANANDA (Inner Culture, May 1935)

“All men Seek for Thee” [Mark 1:37] signifies that Jesus was sought by the spiritually hungry Souls of His day. Just as the fragrance of flowers draws the bees, so Souls like Jesus, who are fragrant with God, automatically draw spiritually hungry Souls unto themselves.

“And He said unto them: ‘Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.’ [Mark 1:38]

And the people sought Him, and came unto Him, and stayed Him, that He should not depart from them. And He said unto them: ‘I must preach the Kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.’  [Luke 4:42-44]

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people, and cast out devils. And His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought unto Him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and He healed them. And there followed Him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.  [Matthew 4:23-25]

Jesus did not want to confine Himself in His preaching to one land only, for He felt that His message was universal and He wanted to give His teachings to all spiritually needy people, irrespective of caste, creed, or color. He came forth from the Spirit to give His message to all the children of the Spirit. That is what is meant by: “Therefore came I forth.”

How different are the many missionaries, both in the Orient and the Occident, who come forth from theological schools to preach to others. Self-elected soap-box orators can create emotional upheavals but they cannot save or uplift Souls. To save others one must first save oneself. To heal others, one must have healing power. Only those who are thoroughly grounded in meditation and who could really contact God (whether they have book learning or not) are qualified to teach.

Jesus was not a school or a college graduate. He was a Master, and a Ph.D. with highest honors, acquired in the university of meditation. Those who try to preach before contacting God, lead their followers into the pit of ignorance and worry themselves with the financial problems of a spiritual organization. But those who are settled in God are the ones who can successfully transmit God to other Souls.

Jesus, being in touch with God and His all-healing, all-creative Cosmic Energy, could change any diseased atoms of the body into healthful atoms. Ordinary healers should try to heal only nervous disorders, mental ailments, and bad habits by suggestion, Divine will force, and invocation of God’s power. In the beginning, they should leave the responsibility of handling chronic cases to doctors. Only developed Souls should try to heal chronic cases. Jesus attracted multitudes by demonstrating His Divine power, not as a matter of display, but in the cause of helping the physically and mentally sick.

That is the best kind of advertisement. He also attracted people by the fragrance of Divine Love and magnetism which saturated His Lotus Soul. It is all right to draw people by advertisements if one has something good to give to them.

Jesus wanted to go from place to place to pick the Souls in the different crowds of different cities. Real Souls are rare and hard to find, and when they were already found in one city, Jesus wanted to go to another city to pick the real Souls who lived there. Jesus did not want to waste His precious time among the multitudes only.[1]

[1] Second Coming of Christ by Paramhansa Yogananda, Inner Culture, May 1935

Jesus Appears after Easter…

Jesus Appears after Easter, by Mary Kretzmann

Based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda

I wrote this a few years ago, and I like to send it out at this time of year

Newsletter, March 2013 EASTER


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“I was made for Thee” (FEB 313 D.)

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