“Words saturated with sincerity, conviction, faith, and intuition are like highly explosive vibration bombs, which, when set off, shatter the rocks of difficulties and create the change desired.”
Tuesday, January 5th, marks the date that Yogananda was born in 1893. As we celebrate the upcoming birth of the guru who brought Kriya Yoga to the West and the beginning of a new year, it is an auspicious time to examine the past year and set our intention for the year ahead. Many people make New Year resolutions. I will eat better, lose weight, exercise more. We usually state those in a future tense – something we will do that we are not doing now. With Kriya Yoga, we are encouraged to develop a spiritual intention for the year and state that intention as an affirmation. Instead of trying to achieve something that the ego thinks will “improve us”, we state what is essentially already true about our essential nature. We draw on the soul’s innate power to create and bring forth whatever is needed.
When we tell ourselves what is true at our core, we allow that to manifest. We make a statement not as what will be but as what is already true at the soul level. We let that sink into our being, mind and body. We change our inner dialogue, our viewpoint from lack to fullness. We write out our intention, we speak it aloud. We reflect on it. We put it on sticky notes and put it up where we will see it. We take the time every day to experience it. We refer to it upon waking and upon going to sleep. In this way it takes root. It influences the choices we make. It overpowers our negative self-talk. We connect to that Divine creative energy through our thoughts and speech and what we affirm becomes our reality.
As Yogacharya O’Brian tells us in her book The Jewel of Abundance, “Instead of allowing conditions to determine our state of mind and situation, we draw upon the true nature of the soul as full, infinitely prosperous. It’s simply a true statement about the soul. By affirming in this way, we begin to live from the soul level of our being, overriding the ego’s grip on scarcity thinking.” (JOA, p. 199)
Rev. Nita Shankari Kenyon