Hope for Cancer Patients

A dear friend, and a long time member of the Healing Prayer Council, passed on this  information that could be very helpful for cancer patients. Her beloved husband died years ago from brain cancer, and she says this might very well have helped him.

God’s healing energy works through science, medicine, sunlight, nature, and of course, healing prayer.  Never give up. Apply your God-given will power, creativity and intelligence to find a solution to your problems, be they physical, mental or spiritual.

Healing Affirmation by Paramhansa Yogananda:

Focus deeply at the spiritual eye, and repeat three times:

“I will with my own will, which flows from the divine will, to be healthy to be well, to be prosperous and spiritual, to be well, to be well.”    (see video at end of post)

Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business

Burzynski, the Movie is the story of a medical doctor and Ph.D biochemist named Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski who won the largest, and possibly the most convoluted and intriguing legal battle against the Food & Drug Administration in American history… more: http://burzynskimovie.com/

I’d love to know your thoughts. Please feel free to post your ideas in the comment field below. It might help someone!

I will be passing along some other helpful tips in the next day or so. Stay tuned!

God bless you!


Mary Kretzmann

Healing Affirmation by Paramhansa Yogananda:


April 2010 Newsletter

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA 95959

530-478-7560, ext. 7028

April 310 Dwapara

Dear Ones,

May these liberating words bless you, and uplift your healing prayers. Suggestion: pick one section below that speaks to your heart and soul, and focus on it for this day, week, or for the whole month. You decide. Then, when you are ready – pick a new one. May we grow together in God, deepening and expanding the healing power in this ministry, and comforting those in need. God bless you all!

Love in Him,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry


By Paramhansa Yogananda

Good habits versus human habits

No matter how long you have erred, there is hope for you

Human habits of beholding yourself as the little body and its small playhouse of the world, must be displaced by God habits. Human habit keeps reminding you of the little, unreal happiness of name, fame, territory and tiny, laughably valueless possessions. Possess the Universe, for the whole Universe is yours, O Prince of all Possessions! Forsake the slums of the beggar-ego and its pitiful claims to its tinsel kingdom of material beggary, O Prince-Image of God! Never mind even if you must live for a few incarnations in the slum of matter, becoming attached to its mirage of reality. Never mind what length of time you have spent and must still spend identified with matter. All of the ages past are as nothing compared to the Eternity of Time before you, that you may spend in the Bosom of God in the full and conscious possession of all His Glory. No matter how long you have erred and side-tracked away from God, you may NOW forsake the no-longer-attractive slums of ego and reclaim your kingdom of Divine Bliss in Eternity.

The Light shines behind darkness

Daily seeing the material sunlight, you are blinded and unable to see the magic world of eternally spread luminous electrons shining behind the darkness born of closed eyes. Open your eyes, O blind one! See how tiny your bird of ego is. Now close your physical eyes and keep your spiritual eyes wide open in the sunlight of new understanding. See how big YOU are, spread over Infinity and Eternity.

The hidden cosmic sound

Listening to little, incomplete vibrations, you have forgotten to float in the ocean of Cosmic Sound. The Cosmic Song is hidden behind the multitudinous little noises of your own voice and the voices of material noises. The ‘‘still, small voice’’ is never silent, but it cannot be heard for the clamor drowning it. And all about us, everlastingly, night and day, is playing the transcendental Music of the Spheres. ‘‘Seeing, ye see not; hearing, ye hear not. ‘‘

Lift the veils of light and thought and behold God

Stop beholding only the little toy-show of this world; close your physical eyes and plunge behind the screen of darkness. Lift the veil of silence, and behold the magic of soothing, rolling fires of planets, of trillions of multi-colored dancing atoms. Behold life-force dancing in the hall of electrons. Behold one layer of light lying within another. Behold consciousness dancing in the sphere of living light. Behold the Bliss-God and His blessed angels dancing in the thought-fashioned, wisdom-lighted Eternal Chamber of Perpetual, ever-new Bliss. Lift all curtains of light and behold God in the glory of bliss’ The Spiritual Eye is the tunnel through all veils of light, leading straight to God.

Taste God honeycombed in everything

The little centuries of human years are but days, nay, but a few hours in God’s consciousness. Awaken! Arise from dreams of littleness to the realization of the vastness within you. You are dreaming you arc a big moth, buzzing around the poisoned honey of blossoming sense-lures. Come! I will show you, my beloved, that you are the Eternal Fire which is drinking with countless mouths the Nectar-Bliss hidden in the honeycombs of all hearts and all things. God is honeycombed in everything. Drink Him through all noble experiences.

Revive your Omnipresent habits

Feed no longer your human habits with delusive human actions. Let them slowly starve for want of the food of activity. Now, Come! Meditate daily, with earnestness and devotion. Love God without ceasing. Thus may your Omnipresent habit-nature be revived in your consciousness, displacing the body-bound, sense-limited, world-caged human ideas, beliefs, and conscious and subconscious habits of earth life of this and past incarnations.

Love God through all hearts

Drink the nectar of God-love in all hearts. Poison the veins of body attachments, all small world-attachments. Use every heart as your own wine cup from which to drink the fresh ambrosia of God-love. Drink not this Divine Love from one heart only, but drink freely from all hearts the love of God alone.

Feel God as joy of meditation. Think of Him in every action

Learn to love God as the joy felt in meditation. Victory is very near. Only choose good paths before you start the race to the goal of realization. Then think of God as you start on the path of your material or spiritual duty. Then think of God with each footfall of your advancing feet as you make your way carefully and joyously over the broadening road of fulfillment. Then think of Him after you have traveled far on your life’s path and finished your progressive action. Ask God to be with you when you, by your own will, choose good action. Then think of God before you eat body-nourishing food; then think of Him while you are eating it. Then, when you are finished eating, think of God.

Keep centered in God, instead of in matter

When you act in the world, forgetting God, you have changed your centre from God to matter. And this grafted material nature will throw you into the whirlpool of change and will stifle you with worries and sorrows. Now revert to your own nature. Change your centre from material desires to desire for God. These material nature beggaries are only your grafted nature, so the only way you can forget these is to remember God as Peace and Bliss in your heart always. Ask God to make your peace, silence, joy and meditation his holy altars, where your soul may meet and Commune with Him in the holy of Holies. Let your prayer be: “Make my understanding the temple of Thy guidance!”

Continued next month (final installment)

This free e-booklet, below,  contains great info on the healing power of sunlight… Paramhansa Yogananda was very enthusiastic about this topic, and said it was an area of study that would grow, and benefit many people.

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

Luther Burbank’s Methods

Dear Ones,

I was writing up next month’s newsletter, I had to cut this section (below) from the print version.  But it is too good – so I am sending it along as a bonus to you!


Mary Kretzmann

Luther Burbank’s Methods

excerpted from: Quickening Human Evolution

BY PARAMHANSA YOGANANDA (East-West, January–February 1929)

How is the human brain going to acquire in a lifetime all knowledge and wisdom? That is my question. When I met Luther Burbank, he showed me a walnut tree, and he said, “I took off more than one hundred years from its usual period of growth. I grew that in twelve years.” And you could see the tree bearing walnuts! He made almonds have soft shells, made over the tomato and created the Shasta daisy from bulbs, and the cactus without thorns. In primitive times the different animals used to eat the cactus, so the cactus developed thorns. When one life begins to hurt another life, that life develops weapons of defense. Burbank went into the garden, looked at the cactus, and every day began to talk to the cactus. “Please, beloved Cactus, I am Luther Burbank, your friend. I don’t mean to hurt you. I am not going to hurt you at all, so why develop thorns?” And so the thornless cactus was developed by talking, by attention, by his knowledge of nature’s laws. You can impress certain vibrations on protoplasm. If the walnut tree can be made to grow in twelve years instead of one hundred and fifty years, there is a chance for human beings also. How is a human being within sixty years of existence to develop so that he can be the center of all knowledge? That is the point I want to drive home in your mind. I have shown how machinery quickened world evolution. Where did machinery come from?—from the factory of human minds. If man quickened evolution in business, man can quicken his evolution in all branches of life, including his own inner life.

In ordinary study there is a vast difference between the methods applied by teachers in India and in the West. In the West, they pump into the brains of children the ideas, “How many books have you read; how many teachers have you had?” A man returned from college with a Ph.D. in making sugar from different fruits. He was asked if sugar could be made from the guava fruit. After some deep thought, he said, “I did not study that. It was not in my curriculum.” Using common sense was beyond him. It is not pumping from the outside in, that gives you knowledge.

It is the power and largeness of receptivity within that determine how much and how quickly you can grasp knowledge. The man who has the power of receptivity quickly sees everything. An intelligent man lives far ahead of the idiot. All your experiences are measured in terms of the cup of your receptivity.

Prof. James of Harvard said that most of our habits come through heredity. Feeble-minded people, science says, cannot be helped. Scientists take measurements and believe in the stamp of heredity too much. They forget this: that by awakening the brain cells, man can quicken his evolution. The power of receptivity of the brain cells can become so great that a man can receive all the things he wants to absorb within himself in a normal lifetime.

How can you quicken evolution? By consciously condensing all your experiences, by the power of concentration. By concentration you gather your attention, focusing it to a point. By condensation you again use your attention to quickly do a thing which ordinarily would take a long time. I will tell you of such an experience:

A friend of mine said I was all right as a spiritual man, but that I could not succeed in business. I replied, “I am going to make five thousand dollars in business for you within two weeks.” He said, “You will have to show me. I am from Missouri.” I did not rush to invest money on unwise things. I used concentration, disengaged my mind of all disturbances, and focused my attention on one thing. (Most of us have the searchlight of our attention turned outside all the time instead of inside—we should turn the searchlight of the mind on the divine source. Every change in business, every change in the planetary system, in the physical system—everything is recorded there. We are living on one side of the universe; the other side is more tangible than this side.) So I touched that source. Ordinarily men do not concentrate—the mind is restless, and the restless mind jumps at conclusions and races for something that does not belong to it. You must obey the law. Remember, concentrate and then ask Divine Power. Thus, as soon as I contacted that source, there were shows to me lots of houses. But I did not sit quietly in my room and say, “The Heavenly Father will open the ceiling and drop five thousand dollars in my lap,” because I had favored Him with a fervent prayer. I bought the Sunday papers and looked at real estate advertisements. I picked out a few houses, and told my friend to invest his money in them. He said, “Everything seems pretty shaky,” and I said, “Never mind, doubting Thomas, don’t try to spoil success by your doubts.” In two weeks there was a real estate boom and prices of houses went way up high. He sold the houses and had a clear profit of five thousand dollars. I showed him that the power of God or mind works wherever we apply it with faith.

September 309 Newsletter

Ananda Healing Prayer Council Newsletter

Paramhansa Yogananda was quite enthusiastic about the healing power of sunlight; he also recommended people take cod liver oil! (Luckily there are now flavored versions)  …Of course, both sunlight and cod liver oil give the body Vitamin D, along with many other health benefits. Eggs are another source of vitamin D, but most chickens live indoors, so they are vitamin D deficient, too! However, eggs from free-range hens contain three to six times more vitamin D than typical supermarket eggs… because they get some sunshine every day. So – we all need it!

Yogananda called his sunlight healing techniques, “Heliotropics.” He emphasizes that a person can use mind power to draw the healing power of the sun going right past the skin and entering deep into the body. I have seen this give profound and immediate results in certain cases of serious infection. I will discuss it a little bit here, and there is a chapter on Heliotropics in Divine Will Healing, a book on Yogananda’s teachings on healing.

Story of Healing with Sunlight

A couple of years ago, a young mother called me wanting my help because she had a very bad sore throat. Her husband is very well versed in herbal remedies and normally that works for her, but this time she just could not shake this infection. She wanted my prayers, and sometimes I have helped her family in that way – they are very receptive to prayer! But this time I said – “It is a very sunny day – why don’t you come by and I will guide you in Master’s techniques on Heliotropics. Bring your little girl, and I’ll watch her while you do this.”

So, they came right over.  I met her outside and asked her to open her mouth wide, toward the sun. I then checked to make sure the sunlight was directly hitting the infected area, and that is when I got a good look at it. Wow – no wonder she was hurting – it was very red and swollen and it made it very difficult for her to talk clearly, or to eat or drink. I then taught her this:

Open mouth wide and turn head up so that sunlight can penetrate your mouth and nostrils. While doing this, gently quiver your head, concentrating upon the mucous membrane and the throat. Think that the energy you are sending by quivering is absorbing and chemicalizing the sunlight into a hot healing force, passing through your mucous membrane and throat, helping to roast the disease germs. Practice for fifteen minutes.

Once she was thus instructed, I played with her little girl (age 2) so Mommy could stay focused for a full 15 minutes. What a nice luxury for a mom! When I returned – she said she felt much better, and she let me take a look.  I was amazed – ALL the red and swollen tissue had returned to normal! She looked and felt great. It was a lasting healing. Now, as I said, her family is very receptive to prayer and healing energy …but even so, this was still a dramatic healing. I was very happy for her.

God bless you, and thank you for your service through prayer.

Joy to you,
Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

You might also like to see my article: Prevent Flu with Sunlight and Vitamin D3 “…While experts say that 15-30 minutes of sun per day is adequate for most adults, they also recommend supplementation when sunlight isn’t practical; some suggest 1500-2000 IU/day or more to help ward off infection…”


By Paramhansa Yogananda

Now, it must be noted that the Life Force in the body must be kept alive and alert, for it is this force which vitalizes and chemicalizes the most important of all energies. Ultra violet rays are ineffective on a dead man. The method of simultaneously using Life Force and sunlight is the great new Heliotropic or Heliotherapic method of healing. Every one of the following methods is based upon quickening the Life Force and sun’s rays to combine into a greater force for the healing of different body parts. Ordinary sun baths are partially effective, but very little about harnessing sunlight to Life Force for therapeutic purposes is yet known.


Lie flat on your back on a woolen blanket in the sunlight any time during the day. Every day expose chests, thighs, and feet. Open mouth wide and turn head up so that sunlight can penetrate your mouth and nostrils. While doing this, gently quiver your head, concentrating upon the mucous membrane and the throat. Think that the energy you are sending by quivering is absorbing and chemicalizing the sunlight into a hot healing force, passing through your mucous membrane and throat, helping to roast the disease germs. Practice for fifteen minutes.

For chest colds: Let the sunlight play on the chest while you are in a sitting or lying position. Rapidly but gently rub chest, injecting energy into it through your hands. Mentally visualize that the Life Force in your hands is chemicalizing the sunlight falling on your chest. This new force is known to be very effective in destroying disease germs of the respiratory organs. This exercise must last about half an hour, both morning and afternoon, on a light stomach. Once a week it has been found effective to fast on orange juice with only fruits and nuts for the daily dinner. This is especially beneficial for persons suffering with catarrh.


Glass windows, clothing, unopened pores of the body due to infrequent baths or hasty baths without rubbing, showers, staying indoors, and going only from home to office and from office to home.


Please remember that the ancient Orientals worshiped the sun as the life of everything, and the body as well. They were real “Sun worshipers.” They meditated in the open, with their bare bodies, and every thirsty Life Force drinking Ultra Violet Rays through the pores of the skin.

Modern man, with his indoor life and too much clothing, creates darkness in his body temple, inviting the demons of bacteria to dance the dance of disease and destruction. Become a true “Sun Worshipper” loving the Sun of Life within and outside your body.

The follower of the above with the Vita-Heliotropic method, flushes his body pores with cheerful vitality from within, and unobstructed sunlight from without. Such a vitalized man lives in a temple of living energy, in which the powers of mind and wisdom love to come and remain.

To be continued…

Prayer Demand by Paramhansa Yogananda:

“Father, teach me to remember and be grateful for the years of health which I have enjoyed. Teach me to open my closed eyes of belief and behold Thy instantaneously-healing Light.”

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry,

14618 Tyler Foote Road,

Nevada City, CA, 95959


Prevent Flu with Sunlight and Vitamin D3

Paramhansa Yogananda was quite enthusiastic about the healing power of sunlight, and he also recommended in his lessons that his students take cod liver oil. This was unusual since he normally recommended a vegetarian diet, though he did make exceptions in some cases. Of course, both sunlight and cod liver oil give the body Vitamin D, along with many other health benefits.

Yogananda called his sunlight healing techniques, “Heliotropics.” Over the course of this winter, I will highlight some of those techniques in future posts and give helpful pointers. For now, suffice it to say that a person can use mind power to visualize the healing power of the sun entering the body, going right past the skin and deep into the body. I have seen this give profound and immediate results in certain cases of serious infection. It needs more serious discussion than I can it give here. Let’s just consider this point an introduction to the whole concept. However, there is a chapter highlighting  Heliotropics in Divine Will Healing, a collection of Yogananda’s teachings on healing.

Right now, as kids are getting back into school, I wanted to let you know about the healing benefits of Vitamin D3, and how it might be of great help to you this fall and winter. I was especially glad to get this information, because for the last 6-7 years I have struggled with asthma, and it tended to get very bad by late winter; any little sniffle would go straight to my lungs and cause a serious infection.

I have fair skin, and I’ve been careful to avoid getting too much sun. Well – maybe I was being too good at that! It turns out that vitamin D deficiency is a big part of infectious asthma for many people. Once I learned this, I started taking 2000 IU of Vitamin D3, at the suggestion of a naturaopath. I feel better already. I won’t go into details; suffice it to say you might look into it, too. You can also get your vitamin D levels tested and monitored, if you prefer to go that route. As they say, “Ask your health care provider.”

I’ve been happy with: Vitamin D3 – 2000 IU $6.39

Swanson Health Products – they also sell D3 in 1000 IU

I also buy Twin Labs cod liver oil there. I mention this for convenience sake – I have no financial relationship with this company.

My youngest son also had a very difficult time with serious colds that caused him to miss quite a bit of school.  Once we started him on lemon-flavored cod liver oil, he developed a much more robust immune system and became one of the healthier kids in his class.

Egg yolks are another source of vitamin D, but the poor little chickens spend most of their time indoors, so they are vit D deficient, too! Try to get eggs from chickens who spend their days out in the sun:

Eggs from free-range hens contain three to six times more vitamin D than typical supermarket eggs, according to a new study conducted by Mother Earth News magazine. (Organic Consumers Association)

Vitamin D deficiency and Swine Flu?
Notice the vitamin D implications in the 2 studies on swine flu, below. Both of the cities are far to the north (Chicago and Boston), and at least in those climates, the people who were hardest hit with swine flu were blacks and Hispanics. The darker skin pigmentation was genetically designed to block out the stronger rays of the sun near the equator. So – if you do have darker skin, and yet live in a northern climate, you might want to make an extra effort to get more direct sunlight, and take vitamin D3 and/or cod liver oil. (Notice that northerly folks, like the Icelanders, practically drink the stuff, and they are quite healthy, even though their climate is very cold and dark in the winter.)

And all of us, black, white, and in-between, need to be mindful of getting enough Vitamin D because our lifestyle has moved indoors, for the most part.

Swine flu sends more blacks, Hispanics to hospital(abridged)

By MIKE STOBBE (AP) – 2 days ago

ATLANTA — Swine flu was four times more likely to send blacks and Hispanics to the hospital than whites, according to a study in Chicago that offers one of the first looks at how the virus has affected different racial groups…

…Researchers looked at more than 1,500 lab-confirmed swine flu cases reported to the Chicago Department of Public Health from late April through late July. Blacks with swine flu were hospitalized at a rate of 9 per 100,000, and Hispanics at a rate of 8 per 100,000. For whites, the rate was 2 per 100,000, the study found.

Earlier this month, Boston health officials released some unpublished information that found three out of four Bostonians hospitalized with swine flu were black or Hispanic.

More resources on the value of vitamin D:

“Have A Flu Free Winter”

Dr. John Cannell on Vitamin D
Watch this interview with Vitamin D Council Executive Director Dr. John Cannell, where he explains vitamin D’s effect on innate and adaptive immunity and what that means in relation to preventing viral infections, such as the flu or the common cold.

The Vitamin D Newsletter: H1N1 Flu and Vitamin D

By Dr. John Cannell – Vitamin D Council

…Vitamin D is emerging as one of the most vigorous antibiotics out there.  In 2006, the journal Epidemiology and Infection reported on a study showing that activated vitamin D works as a steroid hormone, and that children who are D deficient are more susceptible to viral infections and respiratory ailments.   The journal Pediatric Research concurred, citing the increased risk of viral infections in children deficient in the vitamin.

The abstract to the above mentioned study referred to solar radiation as nature’s “seasonal stimulus.”  Skin cancer not withstanding, most of the American population is lacking in vitamin D.  While experts say that 15-30 minutes of sun per day is adequate for most adults, they also recommend supplementation when sunlight isn’t practical.  Health.com suggests 1500-2000 IU/day to help ward off infection. Food Consumer – Lisle, IL, USA

Vitamin D Council : Helpful information on the role of vitamin D deficiency in many disease processes including cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s, depression, and more.

And – wash your hands!

To your joyful health,

Mary Kretzmann