Healing Cancer Story

We have a special team of people who volunteer to teach evening healing prayer classes here at Ananda’s Expanding Light retreat.   Sophia H. has a lot of experience with the healing prayers, and recently shared this story with me.

Last summer, a woman from Kentucky was visiting the Expanding Light, and she attended my evening prayer class.  She asked for prayers for her father who was very ill with cancerous tumors in the brain.  We prayed for him, and after class I suggested that she get a small group of friends to join with her in the healing prayers for him, once she got home. I just saw her again on her return visit here,  and she gave me an update.

She said, “I formed a small prayer group for my father,  and about a month later it was time for his check-up with the oncologist. The doctor compassionately asked my father  how he was feeling, since previously he had been having many headaches and troubles with his vision, etc.  My father replied, ‘I am feeling great! Wonderful, in fact! My headaches are gone and my vision is better, too!’  – Well, this surprised the doctor, of course, so he ordered a new MRI, which showed that all of the tumors we  now completely GONE!”

Do you have any family or friends who are facing serious challenges in body, mind or soul?  If so, I suggest that you create a small, informal healing group, just as the woman did in this story.   You could agree to meet for a month or two and see if it does some good for the person.  If so – keep it up.  Sometimes healing is gradual and sometimes it is instantaneous – but all prayer is helpful.

“..Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them...”  Matthew 18:19-20

Share this video with your group.  You could watch it together, and then practice the prayer.   They can pray in their own way, as well.   (If your family members are spread across the country, you could send them the link to this page. You could possibly do a group prayer session using skype, or a similar group phone call.)

The Divine Mother Prayer

***Click here for more healing prayer resources***

I wrote this, below, for those starting a more formalized healing prayer group, but it also offers inspiration even for more informal groups for family and friends. Read over it for your own insight and understanding, and then apply whatever seems right for your situation.

(However, if you are forming a more public, ongoing healing prayer group, I suggest you follow this suggested format rather closely.)

Good News about Abram!!!

UPDATE:

Dear Ones,

Good news! Abram is now out of surgery,  and he still has his foot! Thank you for all your prayers!

The surgeon said that the tumor just popped right out very easily so he couldn’t bring himself to take the foot, even though he had gone in prepared for that.  He got clear margins around the tumor. More test results are due back in 5 days, but this all looks very good for now.

Please keep Abram in your prayers for this week for his recovery, and for complete healing from the cancer and this karma.  Hopefully the karma popped right out with the tumor!

Perhaps part of the karma was mitigated through all the prayers, and by Abram’s willingness to let go of the foot – but in the end he didn’t have to do so.

Again, thank you for all your prayers.

God bless…

joy!

Mary

Original post:

Below is a note from Micheal about Abram – sent out to many in their large group of family and friends. I knew Abram was leaning in this direction, but I didn’t want to announce it here.  It was best to wait for Michael and Ann to take that step.

Abram is still in surgery as I write this – I’ll post an update when I receive it.

God bless you all, and thank you for your prayers for Abram and family.

In Master,

Mary Kretzmann

Sunday Night

Dear Family and Friends,

Abram’s surgery is at 10:15AM (in California) on Monday. It will start with removing the tumor to verify that it is the cancer they think it is. There were many ways to play this none of them with clear consequences and in the end it came down to Abram’s call. Arguably, his best shot at a long life is the amputation and he has chosen it. There is still some hope that the final biopsy test will lead this somewhere else and you are most welcome to join us in praying for such a miracle. We are all holding up fairly well (Abram better than the rest of us I think), and extremely thankful for all the kindness, prayers, and friendship so many of you have offered us.  We will get through this, and hopefully with a minimum of whining! We’ll get an update out tomorrow afternoon after the surgery and will let you know how everything goes.

We had the most wonderful trip to Ananda Village this weekend, catching up with dear friends and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Sierra foothills. “Abram’s Right foot memorial volleyball tournament” there attracted 40 enthusiastic players with about as many watching – we played until almost midnight!

In Divine Friendship,

Michael, Ann, Kiya, and Abram

November 309 Newsletter

I am sending this out early because of this announcement:

Special discount to the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry to the Vibratory Healing Experience! Just tell them you are a member of the Healing Prayer Council. I will be teaching on Wednesday – and there are some wonderful classes taught by Lila Devi – on flower essences, and by Mangala on affirmations and mantras, and more. Mangala and I have taught together many times in the past in the class called Divine Will Healing.

This event is next week – so this is a last minute discount for anyone who can make it! I understand that might be a little too close for most of you. Joy! Mary K.

Click below for your pretty, printable version of the newsletter:

November Newsletter  – printable version: http://www.scribd.com/doc/21773932/Nov-309-Newsletter

November NEWSLETTER:

Every year we celebrate Thanksgiving in this country (USA). Let’s try to take it deeper each year, and each day, as the 1934 letter from Paramhansa Yogananda reminds us on the following page.  Here in the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry, we receive many letters, e-mails and phone calls of gratitude. This, in turn, makes me very grateful for each and every one of you, who make this ministry possible.  So this month I will share some of those with you here. Of course, not all prayers result in full physical healing. But everyone who is open and receptive in some way does receive comfort and grace from these healing prayers in their time of need. God bless you all.

Joy to you,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry, Nevada City, CA 95959

Testimonials

Dear Ones,  Ken Loughman was given 2 months to live in Nov & Dec 2008.  Your prayers were answered and he has gone back to work.  Thanks to all. Blessing to All, Sylvia S.  – Lynn, MA

Thank you Mary for the prayers for Martin Magaya my sisters son who was suffering from pneumonia in Zimbabwe he is completely healed and is now a committed Christian. Thank you God bless. – Barbara D., Australia

Mary, I just wanted to give you feedback.  My Dad’s energy has returned and he’s doing well.  My daughter Kristy who you prayed for at the renewal week in your class is doing quite well and shortly after I put her picture in the frame with the photo of Master’s mother she got a full time job in an assisted living facility…

Thank you kindly, Blessings, Lynn W.  Fair Oaks, CA

Dear Mary, I received a phone call last night and was told that George S. is doing extremely well.  They did a test on him and it appears that he is doing so well that he will be going home in two weeks.  They said he will not need to go to rehab and that his sugar levels are normal so he doesn’t need any insulin.  This is truly a miracle.  Many thanks and blessings to all who prayed for him.  Joy to you, Kaye – Florida

Dear Mary, Thank You for your Healing Prayers for our son on Thursday night at the center in York, ME. I want to share with you that we have seen healing taking place in minute ways since then. We are very grateful… It was wonderful to see you and your family.

Blessings! A devotee in NH

“Thank you for praying for me when I broke my arms so severely. It was a serious break, especially for someone in her 80’s! The doctors are astonished that I am healing so well, and with so little pain. Thank you very much. I would like to come visit Ananda when I am completely well. I am doing wonderfully.

Thanks again! Pauline E. – Florida

Thanksgiving Letter to Friends and Students

BY PARAMHANSA YOGANANDA (Inner Culture Magazine, November 1934)

Every day should be a day of Thanksgiving for all the gifts of Life–for sunshine, water, and 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 only Great Source of all supply, which alone can unfailingly, undeceivingly bestow upon us the lasting gifts of wisdom, abundance, and Spiritual treasures without the confinement of any mundane measure.

There are millions of people today who are drunk with egotism, who think that they keep themselves alive because they feed themselves with their self-earned magic gold of delusion. They never stop to think that man can neither make a grain of wheat, nor a leaf of green, nor the illusory, glittering, yellow gold, nor the paper and ink of which greenbacks are made; neither can he create first life independently of God–the life that gives power to the precious green papers. For these people, Thanksgiving Day, although soiled with the blood of unthankful turkeys, is a great day of awakening and of thinking of the most important and the most forgotten Molder of our Destiny.

People, drunk with delusions, eat meat almost every day, and at the same time forget the Savior who saves them from all sorrows. It doesn’t matter how many turkeys are sacrificed in order to offer thanks to the Giver of all Life, if only meat eaters may have their meat and think of the Most Adorable One at the same time. However, it is better to eat meat and think of God, rather than add to meat-eating the highest sin–God-oblivion. But many of you could thank God in meditation more consciously and better while munching on the meat of peace, than while dipping your lips in the gravy and the flavor-camouflaged flesh of a turkey, where once sensitiveness guarded the throne of Life.

Millions of people who eat turkey forget to thank God at all, and think more of the turkey than of God. A few people thank Him for the taste of savory turkey. If you eat turkey, be sure to stuff it with the best Bliss-spiced dressing of thankful remembrance of God for all His highest gifts of wisdom, peace, power to accomplish, and also for His other inconsequent gifts of turkey dinner, and so forth. Be sure to thank God for forgiving you for compelling the quickening of the turkey’s evolution against its own will. And also thank God that you are not the turkey, to be used for the festivity of Thanksgiving.

I am glad for you if you can find Heaven just by not forgetting God while partaking of your august turkey dinner, and I shall have to be happy for the turkeys, that they have found Heaven, and freedom from the misery of daily gobbling and the fear of waiting their doom through all of you, even though they were unwilling that it should happen.

Anyway, don’t mind my sympathy for the turkey, for I am more sympathetic toward you, who are superior to the turkey, lest you bring greater trials upon yourselves by forgetting God. He is waiting to hear your unceasing knock of devotion and to open the Gates of Omnipresence to receive you. Whether you eat turkey or not does not matter if you will only knock hard with devotion on the doors of your heart. He will open the Gates of Omnipresence to receive you.

Make every day a day of Thanksgiving (without regular feasts) and continuous contentment will sparkle in your body, mind, and Soul. If you eat turkey, be sure to search for the all-freeing God from then on until you find Him on the brink of unceasing seeking.

Dear Ones,

I couldn’t resist sending you this Thanksgiving letter from 1934…It rings with inspiration, humor and compassion for all (including the turkeys!).  I do know many of you will have a vegetarian Thanksgiving, which was almost unheard of in 1934, but some of you will be at family gatherings… God bless you all.
Mary Kretzmann

God bless you all.

Joy to you,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

October Newsletter – 309 Dwapara

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

(Note: I send it out here first…you can get a printable copy on scribd here)

Healing Story of Light:

Several weeks ago a woman called me from town, wanting prayers for her grown daughter concerning a very serious and unusual matter.  As we spoke, I was struck by her spiritual good sense, and yet I could see that she needed extra support for her special prayer concern. We kept in touch as the situation developed, and I gave her some healing suggestions to keep God strongly in her mind during this time. Meanwhile, I got a small, specialized prayer team to focus on her prayer need. The last time we spoke – it was clear that Light had entered the picture, and this matched some of the reassurance that I had felt in prayer. A member of the prayer team also confirmed this. So – this created a special understanding over the phone, and she then told me why she had called the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry in the first place.

She said that about 18 years ago she was at a very low point in her life.  She had married a veteran who had Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. She loved him and wanted to help him, but in the end, his troubles brought out her own pain, and she turned to alcohol. One night she was in very deep despair about her life, and was overwhelmed and helpless. She then awakened in the middle of the night to a bright light filling her room with healing grace and peace. At the center of the Light, she saw the face of Paramhansa Yogananda. She recognized his face from book covers but she had never read his books. She was not a disciple or a follower at that time – she just knew who he was.)  She asked, “Where is this Light coming from?” and she received the answer, “It is coming to you from Ananda.”

She said this was unquestionably the most important event of her life. She changed her life; she left her husband, and got sober. She visited Ananda Village a few times over the years, but never really latched on, so to speak. However, she became very dedicated to Christ. He became her guide. She has also helped to shepherd others toward clarity and Light.

This experience of Light happened to her so many years ago that there is no way to confirm if anyone had actually placed her name on the prayer list, but it is very probably so. (We often pray for local situations, for it is one of our best ways to be truly neighborly. People remark that they feel the healing prayers, and are greatly helped. This has helped to foster positive vibrations with the local community.)

Anyway, isn’t it amazing that so much can be happening and we don’t even know? So many blessings of our Masters are available through Ananda via books, music, the websites, meditations and healing prayers; it brings to my mind this quote from the Gospel of St. John: (John 21:25)

“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”

Swami Kriyananda in Los Angeles

I also felt expansive blessings going out during Swami Kriyananda’s recent talk in Los Angeles. It was a very special feeling to be outdoors in the amphitheater, with the darkness and peace of the evening all around us, listening to Swamiji. The audience, made up of long time Ananda people and many first time listeners, felt very connected in the heart to what he was saying. I highly recommend you watch the video of the event here.

And finally, I wrote a piece in September for my healing blog called, “The saddest prayers…” concerning the tragedy of how to pray for victims and families of suicide.  Here is a condensed version. More can be found at healingprayers.wordpress.com. I also invite you to sign up there to receive the special e-mails if you haven’t already.

The saddest prayers… (Excerpt)

1) I will pray for the soul of the person myself… When praying this way, I first make doubly sure that I am feeling strong in the Light of God, Christ, Guru.   I look at picture of Paramhansa Yogananda’s eyes, whether I am praying in my office or before an altar.

I ask the Masters’ power and grace to flow through me to that soul. When I feel a sense of contact with the soul, I pray: “Look up! Look up! Look up into the Light!”

No matter into what dark mists a soul may temporarily fall, there are angels there – right above – waiting for him to look up again…In suicide, a person…temporarily lost faith in his own ability to  “look up” for the Light…The soul needs to be firmly called, and re-awakened to look up again.

It is also very good at this point to make a strong prayer demand to God, Christ, Guru: “Help this soul, NOW. Please touch this soul NOW with Thy Light!” (Note – if you feel at all uneasy, do not pray in this way.  It may be “too close” for you. Please read on for a more “removed” prayer in #3:)

2) We put the names of the family on the prayer list for healing of their shock and grief.  We will also mention the name of the suicide victim in the prayer request…This helps you to empathize with the family on their loss, and to send some prayers to the victim, but only if you feel able…

3) So, if you feel so inclined, you can add in a prayer for the deceased soul as well. You can use the one-part Divine Mother Prayer, and then ask the Masters to watch over that soul.  …When you do the three AUMs, make them strong and powerful. This keeps you strongly as a powerful sender of the energy and not a potential “receiver” of the darkness or depression that overwhelmed the soul.

4) I will also suggest to the family and/or close friends to pray for the soul for years to come. This is a great source of spiritual comfort and direction for a soul who has died in this way:

Get a picture of the deceased in which he looks relatively happy, or strong…  Place it on a special shelf as a prayer altar, with holy things to remind you of God…When you see that altar – send loving thoughts of God’s Light to the soul….  As time goes on, do whatever seems natural and best for you, and allows you to heal in God’s peaceful presence… Continue with prayers for that soul daily, or weekly, …or on holidays, birthday and anniversaries. All of your loving prayers are helpful…

God bless you all.

Joy to you!

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

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Healing with Divine Energy blog

Update on Rifqa Bary/Prayer by Yogananda

I’ve had time to reflect more on this prayer request. I remain deeply moved by the story, and I am so grateful for this answered prayer, which some have referred to as modern day David and Goliath story. It is very important to feel gratitude when prayers are answered. It is a form of God’s presence in this world.

This was an important first step, and many wheels are in motion now to help her in the court. Her next hearing is on September 3, and prayers would be very good for that.

“I’ve been a Christian for 4 years of my life. I love my parents but I am in fear of my life because of the past abuse. I assure your honor, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior”
Rifqa Bary, age 17, courtroom statement (excerpt)

Her court room scene reminded me a bit of St. Francis declaring to the ecclesiastical court, “I will no longer say, ‘My father, Pietro Bernadone’, but, ‘Our Father, which art in heaven…’

It is important to pray to support her right for religious freedom and safety. Simultaneously, we must remain mindful that those who are in error, are still God’s children, as well, and to keep our hearts immersed in God’s love.

In my years in the prayer ministry, I have sometimes prayed for some very difficult situations, such as war torn areas, and for the soul of a murdered girl, and much more. It is almost automatic in such cases to want to pick sides, and say one is the bad guy. Of course, there are bad actions and motives, and these bring pain and misery to the victims, and also to the perpetrator, sooner or later. For karma is exact, and we are all connected.

It is important to pray for the vulnerable party, while being careful to “judge not” the erring party. We can assess them as “the erring party” – but not condemn them as such in our hearts, for all are God’s children – even those in error. I’m am not saying this to excuse them from their bad karma, but simply to say that we are not the ones to stand in judgment. For if our hearts close up in harsh judgment, we block the flow of grace within us, and a side effect is that we will burn out, and not be able to pray as effectively about the bigger issues.

These are my lessons and insights drawn from prayer experience. Others, however, will have the karma to fight evil more outwardly and directly. Thank God for that. We need any and all forces for the Light. Even so – in any form of service to spreading Light, they will be more effective if their hearts can remain as clear as possible.

All – ultimately – are seeking happiness, or at least the avoidance of pain. Even honor killing, despicable though it is, can be seen in that light. It comes from a very strong and harsh world view that teaches certain things must be nipped in the bud, or else the whole culture goes down. It doesn’t really matter why (in terms of prayer). What does matter is that we strive to keep our own hearts free from hateful polarization. Any person, once touched by God’s grace, can change in a heartbeat. We never know when that moment will come, but painful events often bring the most growth. It may seem unlikely, but it keeps our hearts open to remember the possibility is there.

However, we need to keep our eyes wide open. We can and should assess the situation, and pray for the one most vulnerable, and in immediate need of help. In this case, I still say it is the daughter, Rifqa Bary, though some others in the media seem to say it is the maligned family and Muslim religion. Having reviewed a lot of information that has become public since I saw that first video, I firmly believe in the genuineness of her plight and need.

Paramhansa Yogananda says that healing depends on the power of the healer, and the receptivity of the patient. Rifqa has shown her receptivity to God’s grace in many ways. Some may argue that we should pray to change the causative factors that exist in her family, or her former religion, but again, the above statement would guide us in this: “the power of the healer (do you have that much power?) and the receptivity of the patient”- (do they look all that receptive right now?).

However, even as we pray for Rifqa Bary, some of the prayer glow, so to speak, may also change those who may seek to harm her. I wouldn’t count on it as a the main method of safety for her (that would be naive) but I am saying it could be one side-effect of the prayers for her. It remains to be seen.

Here’s a healing testimonial from many years ago:

A woman asked us for prayers because a man had been stalking her and making harassing phone calls. She did not know his name. We only had her name, so we put her on the prayer list, asking for her to be protected.

About a month later I got a letter from her in which she said that after several weeks, the man called her and said, “I am the one who has been stalking you and calling you, and I want to let you know I won’t be doing that anymore.”

It felt as though the prayerful light within and around her magnetized goodness to come to her, and in that way changed him. I also see this in Rifqa’s case. The prayers for her magnetized goodness toward her, in the form of the Governor of Florida and the judge, and many people who sympathize with her plight.

Many times when praying for people in troubling circumstances, I will feel a blessing or grace in answer to that prayer – and then I will simply watch (as I continue to pray each day) and see how the positive force manifests itself. (“Manifest thy healing presence….) This will sometimes then guide me in my prayers, as well, for the area of receptivity has been made more apparent.

So, even though I don’t personally feel inspired, or able, to pray effectively to change the big causative factors in Rifqa’ case, I do recognize that those factors are ultimately mutable, for all souls are part of God.

I offer this video poem below, which seems very fitting for this prayer update on Rifqa. It includes wonderful inspiration on each soul’s need and right to be free in God, and also encourages us to see God in all, even in our “error-intoxicated” brothers.

May all souls be free.

PRAYER-DEMAND:
ASKING GOD TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD
by Paramhansa Yogananda
Voice: Swami Kriyananda

Thank God: Rifqa Bary is Safe

Thank you all for your prayers. It is truly God’s grace that this went so well today. Many were saying it couldn’t/wouldn’t happen this way. But things change, because prayer is a force of Light, as are actions of care and mercy for the vulnerable.

John Stemberg, an attorney representing the teen, said, “What occurred today was an amazing victory for Rifqa and an amazing victory for religious liberty and freedom in America.

Please continue your prayers, but know that this was a very important hurdle today. Such things have momentum, and it feels that the dark force behind this has been given notice, similarly to how Jesus said, commandingly, “Get thee behind me, satan!”

No matter how you slice it – “honor killing” (or the threat or implication thereof) of an innocent young girl for any reason, and especially because she loves God in her own chosen way, is a form of the greatest darkness.


Legal proceedings:

Judge Dawson says “at first blush” it appears his court has jurisdiction in this custody matter, since no Ohio court has taken up the matter. The judge says he’s inclined to refer this matter to mediation and keep this matter in his court.

A representative from Florida Department of Children and Families has told the court that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has agreed to investigate the matter, because DCF fears she is in danger.

A legal representative for Rifqa says since Ohio has no prior legal proceeding in this case, then Florida can claim jurisdiction. Staying in Florida, her legal team argues, would keep her safe. Judge Dawson said he has had no contact with Ohio courts, so he doesn’t know if Ohio wants jurisdiction in this case.

“Rifqa wants to be here,” said one of her lawyers.

He told he court the teen’s safety would be compromised back in Ohio, referring to some ‘terrorist activity’ in the region where she lived. He did not elaborate.

Judge Dawson asked if Rifqa is a legal immigrant. She was born in Sri Lanka. Her attorneys say they are trying to determine that and need the parents’ cooperation. Her father, Mohammed, said she arrived in the U.S. on a visa. Since she has turned 17, her legal status is in question.

update: A hearing is set for September 3rd at 2:30 p.m. A dependency petition will be argued at that time.


Rifqa in the court today:

Rafqa’s statement to the court: “I’ve been a christian for 4 years of my life. I love my parents but I am in fear of my life because of the past abuse. I assure your honor Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I am a Christian, a believer.”

Also, Rifqa will spend some time with her younger brothers, but does not want to meet with her parents at this time.

Rifqa is staying in a foster home. Her foster parents are not willing to allow supervised visitation of Rifqa’s family or friends right now. The judge is recommending DCF take charge of the issue and hold these meetings in an outside location where it can be videotaped.

From Rifqa’s friends and teachers:

One of Rifqa’s out of state friends used to talk to Rifqa frequently on the phone. She said they had to use code words (that they had established earlier) when talking about Christianity so her parents would not know what she was saying on the phone.

A police officer involved in this case from Columbus, said that he had talked to 20 people, and almost all 20 said she was in fear for her life.

And one of Rifqa’s teachers said she knew Rifqa’s life was in danger, but became very frightened when told by the school to “stay out of this”…

Rifqa Bary

Rifqa Bary

This e-mail form the Florida Governor’s office arrived later today, after the hearing:

Governor Crist today expressed his gratefulness to Circuit Judge Daniel Dawson for his decision to grant Fathima Rifqa Bary the right to remain in Florida. In this case, the first and only priority of Governor Crist’s administration is the safety and wellbeing of this child. The Governor also expressed gratitude for the good work of Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon and his General Counsel, Rob Wheeler, for personally advocating the administration’s position by attending today’s hearing.

Please be assured Governor Crist will continue to fight to protect Ms.
Rifqa Bary’s safety and wellbeing as this case moves forward.

August ’09 Newsletter

Ananda Healing Prayer Council Newsletter

Dear Ones,

This letter contains a few special items. First I wanted to share a story that deeply impressed me with the feeling that we are all connected, a notion that is very helpful in distance prayer!

Part of our family vacation was a “cousin’s reunion” on my husband’s side. For various reasons, he had lost touch with some of them since childhood. As conversation progressed, one cousin learned we lived at Ananda, and she said that both her brother and she worked at a private school that bordered the Ananda Community in Portland, OR. On hearing this I exclaimed, “Oh! Years ago a friend took me on a walk through that campus.  It was very beautiful, and I was deeply moved by a memorial garden established in memory of some children on a school trip who died when an unseasonable snow storm in the mountains trapped them. The memorial was very tastefully done, and I remember it still.”

She replied, “I am the gardener there, and I created that garden, and my brother (also a cousin) teaches there.”

So strange to realize that we’d been linked in this way, unknowingly! A similar event happened while teaching healing at the Ananda Center in Maine. There were only 20-30 people there. In casual conversation, I came to know that one of the first-time visitors had often played jazz gigs with my brother, Peter, in New Hampshire. These things struck me as a variant of the saying of Buddha that we should be kind to one another, because in our innumerable past lives we have all been connected as father, mother, brother, sister, or friend.  It also reminds me of this saying from the Bible: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2

It was also a great joy to meet up again with many long-term members of the healing prayer council who came to the healing evening at the Ananda Center in Maine. Something deep is transmitted when practicing the healing prayer techniques together, even for those who have been doing the prayers for some time. The director, Kristy Hecht has asked me to visit again in the future, so I am thinking of what might be the best programs to help people go deep in short seminars, for both our experienced prayer members, as well as for new people.

Thank you all for your service through healing prayers. God bless you!

Joy to you,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

14618 Tyler Foote Road

Nevada City, CA 95959


Beautiful Testimonial, from a member of our Prayer Council in Assisi, Italy

To all – from Eefje:

I want to thank all of you for your prayers for my cousin, Ellen….About 3 weeks a go, she came to visit me in our community in Assisi together with her sister, grandmother, another cousin and my mother. It was kind of a coming together before Ellen goes to America (where she has been accepted in this very famous cancer clinic in Texas!). I felt from the beginning that coming to Assisi would be more important than any other treatments she would get in the future. One day, while walking through the streets of Assisi, I felt a strong intuitive call to give her my astrological bangle. When she put it on her arm she said “I feel as if I’ve been wearing this forever!”

The next morning we all went to yoga and meditation together. During meditation, I looked at Ellen and she was sitting there, relaxed in complete silence, her face was expressing acceptance, serenity and strong faith!

Back home to Belgium, she had to go for another check up and 2 weeks later for another chemo treatment and check up again. The chemo treatment wasn’t meant to cure anything but to try to keep the tumor under control as it was a very aggressive, fast growing tumor and before she can go to the USA, they had to keep the tumor under control in Belgium.   So two weeks after she went back to Belgium, I got a phone call from Ellen; “Eef, that bracelet you gave me…I think it’s working! I went to a check up today and the doctors were stupefied… the tumor in my brain is gone! It’s gone!! And the cancer cells in my blood went from 65 to 40%!!!”

I told her that so many people also have been praying for her to which she said, “Thank you, I think it’s a combination of that bracelet and the prayers!”

Thank you for all your prayers!!!

Love, Eefje

(Eefje trained at Ananda Village to be a school teacher in the Living Wisdom system, and she currently teaches in Assisi, Italy.)

Encouraging news from Harvard about the healing power of meditation:

“Researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered that in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, far more “disease-fighting genes” were active, compared to those who practiced no form of relaxation. In particular, they found genes that protect from disorders such as pain, infertility, high blood pressure and even rheumatoid arthritis were switched on. The changes, say the researchers, were induced by what they call “the relaxation effect”, a phenomenon that could be just as powerful as any medical drug but without the side-effects…More encouraging still, the benefits of the relaxation effect were found to increase with regular practice – the more people practiced relaxation methods such as meditation or deep breathing, the greater their chances of remaining free of arthritis and joint pain with stronger immunity, healthier hormone levels and lower blood pressure…

“After two months, their bodies began to change – the genes that help fight inflammation, kill diseased cells and protect the body from cancer, all began to switch on.”…