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: http://anandaespanol.wordpress.com/


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.

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 crystalclarity.com.

Recently I have been updating the healing prayer section on ananda.org.  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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Laughing Bodhi

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Dear Friends,

This is a personal sharing… It may help others, too.

People often ask how I am doing… What can I say? There is grief, love and joy altogether… and it pushes me, and make me open up to God even more… It almost leaves no choice, for it is such an astonishing gap adjusting to life without Tim here in our lives… One can either shrink from it all, or try to rise into the Infinite Spirit – to reach his love there…

My son, David, sent me a link to this song yesterday… It touches my heart very much right now… My heart sings it continuously to God & Guru and to Tim’s expanded soul…

Your heart as wide as the world… Holding me in your arms’ vast embrace… Only love shining in endless space …All I need is to be with you… All my prayers have been heard… All I want is to rest inside Your heart as wide as the world …I looked away Your beauty too much to bear …Where could I run? Your eyes, I found them everywhere… All I want is to sing to you The song that no one has heard All my life has lead me to A heart as wide as the world Shree Raam Jai Raam Jai Jai Raam

And Bodhi’s laughs and smile helps us all so much…

Love and Blessings to you all,

Mary Kretzmann

Laughing Bodhi





January Newsletter

Dear Ones,

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God bless you all.

Mary Kretzmann


Be Still, My Child (poem)

I wrote this up early yesterday, before hearing about the slain children in Newtown, CT… My heart goes out to those families experiencing such a heart-wrenching and devastating loss.  I post this now in deep empathy for their journey ahead…

My son, David, age 20, has written another exquisite poem regarding the loss of his father (and my husband), Timothy Kretzmann, on August 6, 2012, from cancer. (I mention this because some new members have signed up since then) .

I offer the poem here in empathy to others who may also be grieving such a loss, and as a window into the soul process when a family loses such a precious being… It compels us all to move closer to God and the Source of all Love, for it is now much too painful to stay away…

Blessings to all,

Mary Kretzmann

Be Still, My Child

by David Timothy Kretzmann

Oh how I miss you
I wake but the dream is not lifted
This weight cannot be shifted
My slumber haunts me
With images that could have been
But not in this new reality
My conscience forces me to ask
How could it happen this way
Why were you taken away
Everyone watching, powerless
As you move from this world to the next
Yet your eyes showed no fear
How could you not be scared?
I weep for a future without you there
And when I reach all despair
In the darkened moments
When sorrow abounds
And I tremble with regret
I listen for your voice
Anxious for you alone
Desperate to bring you back
And when my hope is lost
Inside grows this feeling
Your thoughts seep into my being
To bring me where I belong
Your voice that was there all along

“Be still, my child
Weep not for my body
Love is the timeless vessel with which we are connected
Fear not the future, for I am with you
Cry not for my presence, for I am here
Cling not to doubt, for I have traveled the Path you tread
Inside you will find what you seek
Adventurous joy and joyous adventure
Drift not to angst, you will see me again
Eternity’s pole will guide you
Our true home lies not in this world
Travel forward, my child
Worry not for the trials ahead
For you are a part of me
And I of you
Look inside and you will see
A glimmer of the world that is to be
This is life’s journey
Ever patient, ever courageous, ever joyful
Time is but a mirage of separation
I cannot forget you
Just as you cannot forget me
Yet your journey here remains
Learn that which you need to learn
And when you are ready
When your time is near
Let there be no fear
This dream will be lifted
With open arms, I will be waiting
To say Well done, my son
You are home now
Come! let me show you
Together, we will be free.”

DEC 2012 letter – PRINTABLE

PRINTABLE version  – click below to see the art in full size…

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Dear Ones,

I wanted to share this beautiful song, The Christ Child’s Asleep, by Swami Kriyananda, with all of you this Christmas…..

May you be filled with Christ’s Light, now and always, and may you ever be an instrument for Divine Love and Light.

Thank you for sharing God’s Light through healing prayer.

In Divine Love,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

Christmas DEC 2012 newsletter

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry Newsletter

December 312 Dwapara

Dear Ones,

I wanted to share this beautiful song, The Christ Child’s Asleep, by Swami Kriyananda, with all of you this Christmas. I then recalled Ashleigh’s beautiful art to go with it (see the following page).

May you be filled with Christ’s Light, now and always, and may you ever be an instrument for Divine Love and Light.

Thank you for sharing God’s Light through healing prayer.

(Soon I will send out the printable version of this letter, too. )

In Divine Love,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14

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Artist Ashleigh Moore writes:

This painting of Jesus Christ was inspired during a seclusion I took in December 2011 as well as the song, The Christ Child’s Asleep, written by Swami Kriyananda.

…Deep peace and wonder await us in the unknown. The lion looks up in great awe and wonder at the journey that lies ahead of him. Not knowing what is at the end of his path, he continues patiently.

The lion represents the lion like yogi that exists within each of us, searching for truth, searching for love, happiness and ultimately, searching for bliss. The owls represent the three Wise Men who come to greet him as he arises and lifts himself up to meet the Christ consciousness that is within him. Jesus Christ represents, not a man, he represents the Christ consciousness that resides within each one of us. He is there to encourage us all that he came not to tell us how great he is, he came to tell us, how great we are, and he gave us the keys on how to find the kingdom of heaven from deep within our very own selves… the keys that can unlock the doors and lead us to deeper understanding and true knowing, through our own direct experience. Seek that knowing in deep silence, shhhh, listen and know that peace awaits you in the unknown. You are one and you are free, awaken to your divine full potential and know that you are never alone.”

Link to Ashleigh’s beautiful art: http://fineartamerica.com/customshop/ashleigh-moore.html

The Christ Child’s Asleep, lyrics and music by Nayaswami Kriyananda

1) The Christ child’s asleep. The silence is so deep that round about, with hope in their eyes.. The animals await, their breathing they abate: They know their time has come to arise.

2.) For Jesus came on earth, To offer second birth to all who would the blessing receive. The inner peace he brings, Can lift us on soul-wings, to soar in light, and heaven perceive.

3.) Our pleasures and pains, our losses, our gains, have kept us long bound, The ropes of yearning hemmed us round. We dreamed of imposing on desert sand, flower gardens of beauty, Verdant vales of delight: Imagination misted our sight!

4.) The freedom we would know Christ offered long ago, And even from his slumber flows peace. All creatures here on earth, Alive to their own worth, Can welcome love, and win their release.

Sung by LA Joy Sngers, including my son, Peter Sanjaya Kretzmann, Laurie Willard, and Ramesha and Bhagavati Nani – all of them long-time Ananda members, and currently serving in Ananda Los Angeles.


Mary Kretzmann
Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

Healing With Divine Energy

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