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
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Joy!

Mary Kretzmann

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Iodine & Healing

Dear Ones,

One of the supplements that Dr. Rowen recommended for Tim was Iodoral (high potency iodine). Tim now takes 3 a day.

After reading up on it, I decided that I should take it, too. I started with half a pill and finally settled on taking one pill (12.5 mg) a day. (This roughly equals what the coastal Japanese would be getting from their food in 1960 – now they eat even more.) Some long-standing conditions started to clear up for me in days. (Some conditions had been constant for 20 years.) I was amazed. It was one of the clearest responses I have ever had from a supplement.  We have gotten some iodine over the years…I’ve taken seaweed, etc., but probably not enough.

And Tim has taken way less seaweed than I have over the years  – but he got some iodine in his multivitamin. So – it is one of his many anti-cancer supplements. So far his eyebrows have gotten thicker, which is a sign of vitality, so we can hope the iodine is also correcting all kinds of other things internally. There are also strong signs that the cancer mass is shrinking…

So that’s what we are doing. The information is compelling enough that I wanted to pass it along.

Blessings,

Mary Kretzmann

PS – More Iodine info for your own investigation:

  • IODINE:  Bring Back the Universal Nutrient Medicine (click to read great article)
  • Walter Last: “…According to my experience and understanding the greatest benefit of high iodine intake is its effectiveness in killing Candida and other fungi and microbes. This may also be a reason for its effectiveness with breast cancer and ovarian cysts. The secret of this success may be the fact that both iodine and fungi have an affinity for the mucous membranes. By keeping the mucous membranes healthy iodine greatly helps to overcome autoimmune diseases, sinus problems, asthma, lung cancer, and other lung problems, and also intestinal diseases, including inflammatory conditions and cancers…”
  • Iodine for Healthby Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD (Great article!) “…Iodine also induces apoptosis, programmed cell death. This process is essential…for destroying cells that represent a threat to the integrity of the organism, like cancer cells and cells infected with viruses. Human lung cancer cells with genes spliced into them that enhance iodine uptake and utilization undergo apoptosis and shrink when given iodine, both when grown in vitro outside the body and implanted in mice. Its anti-cancer function may well prove to be iodine’s most important…benefit…”

CHRONIC Iodine DEFICIENCIES, AND THE USE OF IODORAL– AN IODINE/IODATE SUPPLEMENT (excerpts)

by Robert Rowen, M.D.

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You have been told that many breast and prostate cancers are caused by one major nutritional deficiency. What you may not know is how this same deficiency can also cause fatigue, chronic illness (such as Graves’ disease), and autoimmune diseases. And it might even cause your indigestion! …How can I be so sure you’re likely to have this deficiency? Because the nutrient — iodine — isn’t found in many of our food sources. Here’s why:

Forty years ago, the food industry regularly added iodine to store-bought bread. One slice of bread once contained about 150 mcg iodine, the whole day’s RDA. Your average diet in 1960 contained about one mg of iodine per day, with bakery products providing 726 mcg. This amount was enough to significantly reduce your thyroid gland’s ability to absorb radioactive iodine. It also was enough to lower excess thyroid hormone release, preventing hyperthyroidism. And it would provide more availability of iodine for your breasts or prostate.

Then it was withdrawn for fear of adverse effects from too much iodine (Iodophobia). It is very difficult to get too much iodine from food. But to make matters worse, the food industry decided to replace the iodine with bromine in many instances.

Bromine belongs to the halogen group of elements, also containing fluorine, chlorine, and iodine. All these elements have similar electrochemical properties, with bromine and iodine the most similar because of their larger sizes. To the thyroid, bromine looks like iodine and tightly binds to thyroid iodine receptors. However, bromine doesn’t help the thyroid the way iodine does.

And, what’s worse, Bromine & Chlorine also inhibit iodine’s activity. Once the food industry stopped enriching your bread with iodine and replaced it with an element that doesn’t work, and knocks out any remaining iodine, your body suffered a double whammy. Americans, across the board, are becoming severely deficient in iodine (about 90% or more). Also, our soils are quite deficient in iodine and we Americans do not eat much seaweed and kelp which are good sources from the sea.

This deficiency is causing some terrible health problems. Researcher Guy Abraham, MD, my mentor on the subject, has amassed a ton of literature to prove the disease connection to iodine deficiency. Here are just a few:

Fatigue — An under-active thyroid typically causes fatigue. Iodine supplementation can quickly activate the thyroid and relieve fatigue. Dr Abraham reports iodine deficiency may harm pituitary-adrenal function in rodents. Your adrenal is essential for energy and stamina.

Thyroid disease — When there’s not enough iodine to bind with cell membranes, it allows enzymes called peroxidases (which can damage those membranes) to wreak havoc and cause autoimmune disease, such as thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s or Grave’s). In fact, Dr. Abraham has several cases of both thyroiditis and hyperthyroidism (not just hypothyroidism) that have corrected after sufficient iodine/iodide supplementation. For over a century, high doses of iodine have helped both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Many doctors fear giving too much iodine will cause Hashimoto’s to worsen. But this usually isn’t the case.

While iodine will help the thyroid increase the production of hormone where necessary, it also inhibits over-release from the gland by giving thyroid enzymes what they want. These iodine-seeking enzymes that attack thyroid membranes can be normalized when they get the iodine they need. This old information is terrific news for the many people (usually women) who have been told to have their thyroid removed to end hyperthyroidism. These draconian measures ensure the patient will have to rely on prescriptive thyroid hormone for the rest of their life. But iodine can completely solve the problem.

One 1860 French physician mistakenly gave a tincture of iodine when he meant to give digitalis to a woman with Grave’s Disease. She recovered within three weeks. When he discovered his mistake, he switched to digitalis, and her symptoms came back. He switched back to the iodine and achieved a remission.

Poor digestion —Many organs need iodine, but can’t absorb it until the blood measurements reach very high levels. The stomach and salivary glands are two such organs, but they can’t uptake iodine in any significant amounts until the blood level reaches 100 times what the thyroid needs. Most people do not produce enough stomach acid as they grow older. I firmly believe low gastric acidity can be caused by iodine deficiency, as iodine promotes stomach acidity!

Breast, ovarian, and skin cysts — In addition to fixing almost all cases of breast cysts, iodine also has a remarkable healing effect on ovarian cysts, and even on skin cysts. (For the latter, I recommend rubbing in iodine right over the cyst.)

Dementia and glaucoma — Iodine is found in large amounts in the brain (including the parts of the brain associated with Parkinson’s disease) and the ciliary body of the eye, a possible factor in glaucoma.

Other illnesses — Iodine reduces the dangerous activity of lipoprotein(a). When elevated, this protein can lead to excessive blood clotting and vascular disease. Iodine has been used successfully in headaches, keloid formation, parotid duct stones, and Dupytren’s and Peyronie’s contractures. Doses up to six times the RDA have been used safely for months to combat the excessive mucous in chronic lung diseases…

Cancer…We know iodine deficiency is a factor in breast and prostate cancer, so there’s no need to test. Other cancers probably warrant taking the test even though deficiency is likely…

 Just how likely is deficiency in cancer? In an in-house study, 60 cancer patients (various types) were given the iodine-loading test and then measured for urinary excretion. All 60 patients were found to be seriously deficient in body stores of iodine and some had great excesses of bromine. The best case excreted only 50 percent of the load and the worst excreted only 20 percent (that means they were retaining a very high 80 percent). Folks, these are some serious numbers. One hundred percent of these cancer sufferers were deficient in iodine! I assure you the problem is population wide.

….If you’re deficient and think iodized salt is your answer, I can assure you it’s not. First, the amount of iodine (as potassium iodide) added is relatively small. You will need a minimum of 100 grams of iodized salt daily (20 tsp) to get adequate levels. Even saltaholics can’t eat this much salt.

Iodoral: Dr. Abraham has developed a convenient iodine/iodide preparation you can take by pill instead of the usually unpleasant Lugol’s solution. Called Iodoral, a tablet is quite literally dried Lugol’s solution, providing 12.5 mg of iodine/iodide. In his research, Dr. Abraham found that a person abundant in iodine should excrete at least 90 percent, over the next 24 hours, of a loading dose of four tablets (50 mg). If you excrete less, that means your body needs and is retaining it.

Dr. Abraham believes the dose of iodine for maintaining sufficiency of the whole body is at least 13 mg per day (100 times the paltry RDA) – six mg for the thyroid, five mg for the breasts, and two mg for the rest of the body. Men would likely need less, though not always.

Not everyone needs this much, though. Take Betty for example. She visited me with complaints of terribly painful and cystic breasts. She often had to shoo her husband away. Simply providing Iodide at a level of five mg per day completely reversed the problem and made her feel womanly and erogenous again.

Breast Cancer

Of course, some people need more. Veronica, 46, limped in on crutches with stage-IV Breast Cancer with severe pain in her hip from an advanced metastasis. She received IPT, artemisinin, and nutritional supplements, which checked the disease. Her iodine-loading test showed great deficiency. After three months of Iodoral, her iodine level had not yet come up, but her excretion of bromide had increased 10 times.

She now receives only occasional IPT, and is still stable on several nutritional supplements including Iodoral (six daily — 75 mg). Dr. Abraham tells me he also has seen two apparent remissions of breast cancer from the use of Iodoral —two tablets, three times daily.

Another physician has a case of prostate cancer in apparent remission with the addition of Iodoral and other supplements. George Flechas, MD reports that many of his diabetes cases need lowered insulin or drugs when taking “sufficient” iodine. I have seen the same!

Thyroid

Some people may see alteration in their thyroid blood tests or require adjustment in their thyroid medication and iodine dose. Medical supervision is suggested.

If you want to get your iodine from food sources, brown and red seaweeds (kombu, fucus, etc.) contain the most iodine. I see no downside to getting abundant iodine from seaweed, since it’s a whole food. Eat as much as you like. You can find it at your local health food store or Asian market.

Dr Robert Rowen –

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Newsletter June 312 Dwapara

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June 312 Dwapara

Dear Ones,

I’ve received several requests for updates about Tim since I last wrote about him in the May Newsletter. He’s doing better and better. Though he still needs a lot of rest, he can work 2-3 hours a day in the office of his business, MeditationBench.com He continues to play hammer dulcimer and he does some light gardening.

Tim’s oncologist is very pleased that the cancer (which had been large enough to block the flow from the kidneys) is shrinking already.  It seemed beyond what he was expecting from the hormone blockers alone. Thank you for your prayers! The combined effort of healing prayers, affirmations, positive thinking, music, hopefulness, western medicine, and some high powered natural supplements are moving him quickly toward healing.  But we aren’t out of the woods yet, so your prayers are still very deeply appreciated.

My mind has been immersed more deeply in affirmations lately. I even made a printable prayer card for this affirmation, below, so that it may bless others.  healingprayers.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/eternal-light/

I am submerged in eternal light.

It permeates every particle of my being.
I am living in that light.

The Divine Spirit fills me within and without.

Paramhansa Yogananda

Spiritual Eye Meditation

Healing Affirmations by Paramhansa Yogananda

Tim has found inspiration in this affirmation:

My body cells are made of light.

My fleshly cells are made of Thee.

They are perfect, for Thou art perfect;

They are healthy, for Thou art Health;

They are Spirit, for Thou art Spirit;

They are immortal, for Thou art Life.

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We often do this affirmation together at night:

Perfect Father,

Thy Light is flowing through Christ,

Through the saints of all religions,

Through the Masters of India, and through me.

This Perfect Light is present in all my body parts,

I am well.

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I adapted the “Perfect Father” affirmation to use as a repetitive prayer throughout the day, which helps me focus my mind and energy in a positive direction. It has been powerful and comforting for me to pray in this way, deeply feeling the power of each line:


Perfect Father,

Thy Light is flowing through Christ,

Through the saints of all religions,

Through the Masters of India, and through Tim.

This Perfect Light is present in all his body parts,

He is well!

 

(Photo of Tim from a few years ago. See him well!)

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These affirmations reassure me that we will be guided each step of the way on the road to healing:

“I will go forth in perfect faith in the power of Omnipresent Good to bring me what I need at the time I need it.”

“God is just behind my reason, today and every day, and is guiding me to do the right thing always. God is the indwelling Self of man and the sole Life of the whole universe.”

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I hope these ideas can bless your family, as well. Thank you for your prayers.  God bless you!

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

Tim’s Affirmations

Dear Ones,
I’ve received several requests for updates about Tim. He’s doing better and better. He continues to play hammer dulcimer and he does some light gardening.  Though he still needs a lot of rest, he can work 2-3 hours a day in the office of his business, MeditationBench.com
Tim a few years ago….see him well
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Tim had a good visit with his oncologist last Thursday.  The doctor was truly amazed at how quickly the cancer seemed to be shrinking. It was beyond what he was expecting from the hormone blockers alone. Thank you for your prayers! I believe the combined effort of healing prayers, affirmations, positive thinking, music, hopefulness, western medicine, and some high powered natural supplements are moving him quickly toward healing.
He still has drainage tubes from his kidneys – though there is strong evidence that the ureters are no longer blocked. (That was why he went into acute kidney failure at Easter time.)  The urologist is playing it safe and wants to leave the tubes in a while longer… So, your prayers are still very deeply appreciated.
We have a follow-up phone appointment with Dr. Robert Rowen this coming Wednesday to review the supplements Tim is taking to heal from this cancer. (Tim doesn’t yet feel ready to travel down to Santa Rosa to see him.) A lot can be accomplished through this phone call. Dr. Rowen also stresses we need to heal the causative factors in body/mind/soul (he also is a meditator) but our consultation will be focused around fine tuning the supplements, etc.
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Tim has found a lot of meaning in this affirmation, and he also uses it as a visualization:
My body cells are made of light.
My fleshly cells are made of Thee.
They are perfect, for Thou art perfect;
They are healthy, for Thou art Health;
They are Spirit, for Thou art Spirit;
They are immortal, for Thou art Life.
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Sometimes at night we do this affirmation together:
Perfect Father,
Thy Light is flowing through Christ,
Through the saints of all religions,
Through the Masters of India, and through me.
This Perfect Light is present in all my body parts,
I am well.
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Recently, when I realized I needed to overcome the pattern of worrying about Tim, I adapted the above affirmation in a way that I could use it as a repetitive prayer throughout the day, keeping my mind engaged in a positive manner.  It has been powerful and comforting to adapt the prayer in this way:
Perfect Father,
Thy Light is flowing through Christ,
Through the saints of all religions,
Through the Masters of India, and through Tim.
This Perfect Light is present in all his body parts,
He is well!
This has helped me to focus my mind and energy in a positive direction during this challenging time when I have often felt challenged with anxiety about Tim (until I started doing this prayer…)
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Previous posts about Tim can be found in the TIM category (click here).
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Thank you again for your prayers. And feel free to tell me what you think, or to share your favorite affirmation in the comment field, below.
Blessings,
Mary Kretzmann
PS – Below are some youtubes made by Dr. Rowen in 2007, when he still lived in Alaska. Many more are available here and here
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Dr. Robert Rowen, MD Tells Why He Became Alternative Doctor (very interesting video)

“The cancer treatments I saw were a disgrace, and still are…”

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Dr. Robert Rowen, MD Bioenergetic Medicine Hope For Future

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Dr. Robert Rowen, MD Good Nutrition Critical For Health

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Eternal Light

I am submerged in eternal light.

It permeates every particle of my being.

Spiritual Eye

I am living in that light.

The Divine Spirit fills me within and without.

Paramhansa Yogananda

A devotee called asking us to pray for her long-time friend, Kelley, who is “spiritual, but not religious.”  Kelley’s cancer has returned and is now in the liver (It was originally ovarian cancer).  I suggested some practical things that could help her – even at this late juncture, such as names of experts who have been known to help late stage cancers. No promises could be made, of course.

Kelley is age 62, and has the will to live, but the prognosis is not good. We are praying for her, and I wanted to offer her some inspiration that suits her nature. The prayers could indeed heal her – but we need to address her combined needs of body/mind/soul, now and always.

Her friend and I cooperatively created the affirmation card, below.  We were looking for the theme of helping her aspire toward the Light… It can be downloaded and printed, to be used for yourself, or to share with a friend.  Consider folding and laminating it to make a nice bedside affirmation card. Let me know what you think in the comment field, below.

Blessings,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

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Newsletter – May 2012

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Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry Newsletter

Invoke the blessings of Babaji and Christ to fill the planet with Healing Light…See Divine Mother blessing all in Her Love.

 

Dear Ones,

Back in January I asked the email members of the Ananda Healing Prayer Council to pray for my husband, Tim. I was deeply moved by the many messages offering loving prayers in response to that letter.  It was a long and winding road getting to a diagnosis, but on April 9th he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. Sometimes karma itself can put a veil on the diagnosis process, even when in retrospect the case seems pretty clear (but the unusual twists and turns made it complicated). The “Shiva” aspect of God teaches us our harder lessons, so sometimes a devotee’s natural good karma must temporarily be veiled or blocked for that to occur. Tim’s vedic astrology chart showed a very complex “Saturn” period this winter, but it is lightening up a bit now.

Tim’s case is paradoxically both serious, and yet also very hopeful, especially using integrative medicine, along with our spiritual “tools.”  Your prayers are very deeply appreciated. I will share deeper insights, as time and healing move along, on “Healing with Divine Energy.” healingprayers.wordpress.com

Tim’s energy is increasing already, and he is whistling much more – a good barometer for how he is doing. He also started playing his hammer dulcimer again daily; a very joyful sound now fills the house. It replenishes him very directly and immediately. Over the past several years his playing had dropped off to almost nothing once his Joyfull Strings business went dormant. So, part of the long-term healing plan includes taking time to play the music, smell the roses, and nurture friendships, etc. These areas were getting crowded out by work, but this karma forced a change. Everything has its own perfection, even illness. And, of course, we all need to make time for God. Tim was already strong in that; his inner strength and peace have blessed us all over the years, and I am sure that that will now go even deeper.

Krishnabai, our daughter, is pregnant with our first grandchild, due in September. Please see also her surrounded in healing light during this topsy-turvy time of both joy for the baby, and concern for her father.

Family picture from August 2011, right before Tim got sick – see Scribd document – above

L-R : me, Tim, our daughter, Krishnabai, Cullen (her husband) and our sons, Peter Sanjaya, and David, holding “Java”.

Thank you all for your loving prayers, and for your service.

Love in Him,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry


Healing words from Paramhansa Yogananda

From Divine Will Healing: THE LAW OF DIVINE HEALING, Part III (Soon to be reprinted)

“…Just as the life force is the principal source of energy of the body, so the sun is the vitality of the atmosphere that we breathe and of the earth forces — mineral, vitamin-laden vegetables, animals, and human beings. Therefore, all matter and all living creatures depend principally upon immanent cosmic life, energy, and sunlight from without. Diseases start when these two great energies fail to enter the system. Hence, one must know the various avenues through which these energies can penetrate the body. Besides, there is a great deal of reaction of life force on the sunlight. It is the chemically conglomerated force of the sunlight and life force that helps to support the human body.

Remember that doubt, mental fatigue, worry, indifference, boredom, fear, restlessness, timidity, mental and physical laziness, over-indulgence, unmethodical life, lack of interest, and lack of creative ability are counteracting static agents which make it impossible for the cosmic energy to tune in with man. Working with interest and desire to help others, creative spiritual ambition, calmness, and courage, unconquered attitude, tolerance, patience, and peace are avenues through which cosmic energy can help you.

This is a great secret law that some know, but few put into actual practice. If you continuously persist in thinking that your body is full of vitality, especially at the time when it is weak, then you will find that you have started to open up a new secret, invisible source of vitalizing yourself other than from the external material sources of food, and so forth. Metaphysically realize that your body (mental and spiritual) and vitality remain undiminished, because, as the Christian and ancient Bibles say: “You are made in God’s image.” Realize that only thought and consciousness exist as permanent realities. All matter is only cognized through ideas, and hence, realize that in working you are not using up energy, but using up thoughts of energy or materialized ideas; hence, you can never feel physical weakness if you continue to vitalize from your own thought continuous energy and enthusiasm…”

Inspiration on the healing power of music, from Cosmic Chants,

by Paramhansa Yogananda

Sound Is the Most Powerful Force in the Universe

“…Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe, and music is a divine art, to be used not only for pleasure but as a path to God-realization. Vibrations resulting from devotional singing lead to the contact of the Cosmic Vibration or the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”—John 1:1. God is the Word or the Cosmic Vibration…

Americans Audiences Understand These Soul-Chants

         …Music which is saturated with soul-force is the real universal music, understandable by all hearts. I have had many demonstrations of this truth during years of lecturing before American audiences. I was giving a series of lectures at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1926, and at that time I first suggested to some musical friends the idea of my singing one of these chants, asking the whole audience to join in, without previous rehearsal. My friends thought the chants would be so alien to American understanding that they warned me to expect overripe tomatoes as a possible commentary on my innovation.

I protested that music is the universal language of the soul’s devotion to God and that all soulful people, whether familiar or not with Eastern or Western music, would understand the divine yearning of my heart during chanting.

The next evening, while my friends sat behind me on the platform, fearing for my safety, I started to chant “O God Beautiful,” and asked the audience, who had never before heard the song, to join me in chanting it. For one hour and twenty-five minutes, the thousands of voices of the entire audience chanted, without discord, “O God Beautiful,” in a divine atmosphere of joyous praise. Even when I left the stage, the audience sat on, chanting the song. The next day, many men and women testified to the God-perception and healings of body, mind and soul which had taken place during the sacred chanting, and numerous requests came in to repeat the song at other services.

This experience, which occurred in Carnegie Hall, the musical temple of America and scene of the triumphs of many great singers and artists, was a spontaneous tribute to the universal nature of soul-music and to the untutored understanding of East and West regarding spiritual aspirations.

Since that first evening, I have used these chants thousands of times with large American audiences and have seen infinite divine benefits showered on the sincere devotees who chant the Lord’s name with love…”