New Year, New Energies

A couple of days ago when I was walking my dog, I was suddenly overcome with the sense that I WAS a character in a movie—the plot being the battle between a cabal of mad men who have hidden the real world and people who were beginning to wake up and smell the coffee, so to speak. I felt like I was stuck under a tightly woven, thick, sticky web, but I was desperately stretching my arm toward a couple of specks of light I could see. I had to punch through!

All the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda, the beloved guru who established the Self-Realization Fellowship in 1920 in L.A., are about how to make the journey from the dark world of the little-self to the real world of light and Love. Each time I’ve read his famous book, Autobiography of a Yogi, I’m struck again by his devotion to the Divine, to Love, and to showing others the path Home. His tremendous Love washes over the reader and for a while we’re left with the sense, “Ohhh! So this ISN’T the real world? I see! I see!” Then, of course, comes the most difficult of journeys–the journey of lifetimes–the learning to let go of what we hold most dear to ourselves, to trust in our Higher Selves and in the Higher Plan. Which brings me back to punching through that sticky web!

It’s a new year tomorrow, 2012, the beginning of a new cycle in time. And, as Paul Walsh reports at his blog,, February 3rd marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, the year of the dragon. Unlike the evil, destructive European dragons, the mythic dragons of China represent good luck, wealth, potent power, strength, ambition, passion, self-assurance, and fearlessness—a tendency to act without thinking of, or even caring about, the consequences.

It will likely be an intense year for most of us in one way or another. We’ll need to consciously keep our balance and remind ourselves that this world of drama, money, politics, disasters and superficiality is not the real world. Beyond that awful sticky web is the world of Light and Love, a beautiful place where our souls are right at home. I believe that when we die, after a period of transition and help, we go to one of the levels of ‘heaven’ and that ultimately we will become fully aware of our oneness with God/Love/Universe. I hear we can achieve that state while we are alive, also, through meditation.

Whatever Father Time brings us in 2012, we can be fully confident that we are far more than the animals we have often been throughout our remembered history—we are the sons and daughters of God/Goddess/Great Mystery and knowing God is our birthright. May you be blessed with insight and Love in 2012. Thank you for reading here.

Enter the Portals of the New Year with New Hope, A Guest Post from Paramahansa Yogananda

By Paramahansa Yogananda

This is my message to you for the New Year:

Your cup of life within and without is filled with the Divine Presence, but because of the lack of attention you do not perceive God’s immanence. When you are in tune, as one tunes in a radio, then you receive Spirit. It is as if you take a bottle of sea water, cork it, and put it in the ocean; although the bottle floats in the waters, its contents do not mix with its oceanic surroundings. But open the bottle, and the water inside merges with the sea. We must remove the cork of ignorance before we can come in contact with Spirit.

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Infinity is our Home. We are just sojourning awhile in the caravanserai of the body. Those who are drunk with delusion have forgotten how to follow the trail that leads to God. But when in meditation the Divine gets hold of the prodigal child, there is no dallying anymore.

Enter the portals of the New Year with new hope. Remember you are a child of God. It lies with you as to what you are going to be. Be proud that you are a child of God. What have you to fear? No matter what comes, believe it is the Lord who is sending that to you; and you must succeed in conquering those daily challenges. Therein lies your victory. Do His will; nothing can hurt you then. He loves you everlastingly. Think that. Believe that. Know that. And suddenly one day you will find you are immortally alive in God.

Meditate more and believe in that strong consciousness that God is always with you regardless of what happens. Then you will see that the veil of delusion will be taken away and you will be one with That which is God. That is how I found my greatest happiness in life. I am not looking for anything now because I have everything in Him. Never would I part with That which is the richest of all possessions.

The excerpts above are from a talk given by Paramahansa Yogananda at the International Headquarters of the society he founded, Self-Realization Fellowship, on New Year’s Eve, 1934. The entire talk is published in Journey to Self-realization, Volume III of Paramahansa Yogananda’s Collected Talks and Essays. (Self-Realization Fellowship, copyright©1997, Los Angeles; reprinted with permission.) For more information about the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, visit