...spiritual magnetism is something different. It is the power of the soul to attract or create whatever it needs for all-round happiness and well-being.
-Yogananda from The Divine Romance
We are fortunate indeed to have the wise counsel of contemporary spiritual masters who understood this century’s challenges. Paramhansa Yogananda founded his headquarters in California in 1925. He experienced the Great Depression and World War II and taught us how to “stand unshaken ‘midst the crash of breaking worlds.”
This fall we have experienced world events that have caused waves of fear about our economic stability. Economic analysts agree that the panic of the 1929 Great Depression was caused by psychological fears of scarcity and loss. What if we as a core group of conscious individuals refused to give into fear and used our thoughts for our and humanity’s own true good? What tools would we use? How would this look as our spiritual practice?
In How To Be a Success Yogananda talks about spiritual magnetism–each person has either positive or negative magnetism. “To develop positive magnetism, we must do everything with deep concentration. Everytime you are looking, listening or lifting your hands, you are throwing out magnetic current. When you send a thought, you are sending energy with it. To be firm is magnetic; to be just is magnetic; to be kind is magnetic.”
To be with others who are spiritually strong, we project a stream of successful and inspirational ideas and thoughts into the univeral flow of energy. These thoughts vibrate at a high rate and attract other similarly composed thoughts–spoken words vibrate at a lower rate than thoughts.
Yogananda stressed that moments are more important than years–we can use our moments skillfully by developing habits of positive thoughts and speech. We now know through quantum physics experiments that the outcome of thoughts can be measured (See the DVD Down the Rabbit Hole or the book The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggert). Why not view our current stock market trying to right itself after unskillful handling as a grand experimant? Do not be fooled by the magnetic headlines of gloom and doom. Go on a media fast and create your own powerful headlines by affirming positive change.
Yogananda said there are no obstacles, only opportunities! By continuously sending out positive thoughts, while working cautiously and with wisdom on current circumstances, we can turn the tides of destiny to a favorable outcome for ourselves and the world.
Let us envision a better world of peace, prosperity, equanimity and spiritual growth for all humanity.
Namaste, Darlene & Jamey