Eastern & Western religious philosophy is one of my areas of interest about which I write essays exploring the nature of reality and being.
The Practice of Healing Routines
Scientific Healing Affirmations: Theory and Practice of Concentration is a practical book by Paramahansa Yogananda, teaching concentration in service of healing. One of the most valuable lessons the great guru Paramahansa Yogananda teaches is how to be practical. The spiritual life is grounded in intelligent practice, not merely ethereal beliefs and musings.
The Practicality of Scientific Spirituality
The great guru Paramahansa Yogananda explains that thoughts have power when deeply understood through words. In opening lines of his valuable book Scientific Healing Affirmations: Theory and Practice of Concentration, the great guru sets out to explain the foundation for the science of affirmation healing practices:
Man's word is Spirit in man. Spoken words are sounds occasioned by the vibrations of thought; thoughts are vibrations sent froth by the ego or by the soul. Every word you utter should be potent with soul vibration. A man's words are lifeless if he fails to impregnate them with spiritual force.
Thus, in unself-realized individuals, the ego is apt to send out vague and even false thoughts, but the soul always sets forth truth and power. It is through practice of deep concentration that each human being grows nearer her/his own soul. When individuals speak from the ego, they are speaking from shallowness, but when they speak from the soul, they speak the heart of truth, as the great guru says, "Speech without soul force is like husks without corn."
Theory Plus Practice Make Perfect
Scientific Healing Affirmations: Theory and Practice of Concentration remains one of the most practical books authored by the great yogi guru, Paramahansa Yogananda; it is a short eighty pages, divided into two sections, "Part I - Theory of Healing" and "Part II - Method of Practice." This marvelous spiritual guide, Scientific Healing Affirmations, is a pleasure to read, and one that devotees will want to retain as a reference for future use.
Part I: Theory of Healing
In "Part I - Theory of Healing," Paramahansa Yogananda is explaining why affirmations work in a subsection of that same title. He elucidates how the mind is operative in bringing about the states of both illness and wellness. This section also features the great guru explaining how life energy is the actual source that cures all diseases. He explains how to stimulate that life energy and arouse it to work for healing. The great guru explains,
Each thought of depression or happiness, irritability or calmness, cuts subtle grooves in the brain cells and strengthens the tendencies toward sickness or well-being.
"Part I Theory of Healing" also demonstrates ways to prevent all levels of disease—physical, mental, and spiritual. Paramahansa Yogananda then evaluates the various methods of healing, demonstrates divine laws as applied to matter, and shows his readers how to acquire power over the life energy, which is the vital force without which no illness can be eliminated.
In the last section of "Part I Theory of Healing," the great guru further explains the connection between consciousness and matter. He shows how a comparison of our experiences of dreams can help us understand the reality of the soul—in other words, the differences between reality and cosmic illusion, or maya.
Part II: Method of Practice
"Part II - Method of Practice" offers instructions for the practice itself. Devotees are taught the method for learning to sit for practice as well as the progressive stages of chanting. In addition, students and devotees learn about the nature of the cosmic sound of aum and its importance. Paramahansa Yogananda explains in clear non-technical language the function of the three physiological centers that impact all spiritual practice in yoga.
The final subsection in "Part II - Method of Practice" provides the affirmations themselves. Examples are "Affirmation for General Healing," "Affirmation by Power of Thought," "Affirmation for Material Success," "Affirmations for Spiritual Success," and many others.
The following is an example of an affirmation for spiritual success:
Thou art Wisdom,
And Thou dost know
The cause and end of all things.
I am Thy child; I want to know
Life's true mystery.
Life's true joyous duty.
Thy wisdom in me shall show
All things that Thou dost know,
That Thou dost know.
My Favorite Affirmation
The following is one of my favorite affirmations:
My Heavenly Father is love, and I am made in His image. I am the sphere of love in which all planets, all stars, all beings, all creation are glimmering. I am the love that pervades the whole universe.
This affirmation assist one in realizing the concept of being entwined with everything in the cosmos, as one continues to affirm: "I am the love in which all planets, all stars, all beings, all creation are glimmering." It is through the efficacy of being one with this idea that the devotee can begin to understand how miracles work, including how the avatars know our minds even though they exist no longer on the earth plane.
These affirmations work, when we make the effort to work them. Through deep attention, affection, and determination, these miraculous chants can burst from the soul like bombs of vibration that have the delicious ability to both shatter the illness and then instill vibrant health into body and mind.
Making Spiritual Practice Personal
Paramahansa Yogananda, known as the "Father of Yoga" in the West, has urged his students to practice the lessons he bestowed on them in their individual, spiritual laboratories—specifically their mediation rooms. They are urged to experiment and observe the wonderful changes, which these techniques bring about in the life of each individual. As each individual progresses to a more deeply intimate knowledge of the theory and practice of the techniques, one can then create a personal technique and/or affirmation, based on the spirit and practice offered in the instructions.
The great guru always reminds us that after our regular meditation session we should sit long in prayer, talking to God, pouring out our feelings and concerns, in the “language of our hearts.” Thus, I have created my own personal technique that I have added to my mediation routine.
A Stillness Routine
After performing Paramahansa Yogananda’s meditation techniques, I then sit quietly in complete stillness, feeling what seems like a "hum" that is emanating throughout my entire body. I then closely listen with open ears to the great AUM sound. I call this practice, which I created based on the great guru’s teaching, my “Stillness Routine.”
As part of the “Stillness Routine,” I engage the following affirmation that I composed as I speak to the Divine Creator in the “language of my heart”:
I am health
I am wealth
I am whole
I am a perfect
This affirmation assists me in remembering that I am fashioned in the “image of God”; therefore, my soul is perfect. I am, thus, working to unite my mind with the perfection of the soul, and I must keep practicing to keep my mind in a positive state, avoiding any negative impression and thoughts that are easily overcome through these positive wareness and union with the Divine.
A Beginner's Meditation
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