Recently, a client asked me an excellent question.
“How do I know how my soul is doing?” she asked.
Having read many of the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda, I knew that he tells us that when we are experiencing joy, we are experiencing communion with God. (Yes, I am paraphrasing him from memory in my own words, see, for instance, the book “Where There Is Light.”) Having experienced states of pure love, peace and bliss in meditation, and having experienced meditation as increasing love and joy within me, I decided it all ties together.
So I shared with her: “When you experience love, peace, and joy for a few moments, or for a few hours, your soul is doing well. The longer you experience love, peace, and joy or bliss, the better your soul is doing.” I replied something along those lines, tailored to her needs by the gift of intuition at the time.
I have recently re-committed myself to meditating more (my usual Raja Yoga meditation and Kriya Yoga meditation practice twice daily, or sometimes three times), and to practicing Falun Dafa more regularly and faithfully.
This morning, although I only got up at 6:40, I filled my morning with prayer, meditation, and Falun Dafa. Falun Dafa stills and quiets my mind beautifully, and I experienced a very peaceful sense of bliss this morning, which lasted awhile, despite financial challenges, which is excellent progress for me!
The night before, I had attended a meeting of Falun Dafa practitioners (for more on Falun Dafa, please go here: ) last night at a high school in Rockville, Maryland, where I live. Most of the meeting was spent reading Master Li Hongzhi’s book Zhuan Falun, in both English and Chinese, with everyone reading together and taking turns with each language alternating, paragraph by paragraph. The energy present there had felt quite lovely: peaceful and uplifting.
The people who attended, all called “practitioners” of Falun Dafa or Falun Gong, were all very nice to me and considerate and welcoming of me as a visitor and practitioner. The end of the meeting entailed practitioners sharing (in both languages) accounts of the effects of Falun Dafa and of Master Li in their lives. One miracle was recounted, and the rest consisted of beautiful stories of transforming themselves from self-interested, defensive individuals to loving, understanding, and forgiving individuals.
We ended the evening with Falun Gong meditation. I could feel higher energies (higher Beings) present, and the energy was wonderful. I felt very uplifted there, and being there renewed my commitment to practicing Falun Dafa.
When I manage to get up “early enough” (which has not been often, I confess), I usually practice the Falun Dafa first, and then go into the Raja Yoga Meditation, followed by Kriya Yoga Meditation. The combination is truly stunning – quite blissful and full of peace and love. Sometimes I do my own personal yoga routine instead of the Falun Dafa (it’s much shorter), and then meditate.
When we would like our soul to do well, practicing a variety of spiritual disciplines is the best way to get there. Practicing forgiveness might be one way to start: forgiving others for any perceived error or lack on their parts (as you are the one perceiving, correctly or incorrectly, as the case may be). Next forgiving ourselves for our own perceived lacks and errors is also important. Above all, loving ourselves and others is a great way to help our souls make progress. Loving ourselves and others becomes easier as we practice meditation, prayer, fasting, yoga and the like.
Each of us can inquire about how our souls are doing – it is actually a great question. Each day, when we meditate and pray, this is a great question to ask, and to listen for our Higher Selves to give us insight into how we can be more loving, wise, forgiving, compassionate, generous, patient, etc.
So, how is your soul doing? Are you finding yourself full of fear, anger, mistrust, doubts, anxiety, and the like? If so, I recommend meditating, fasting, and praying. Or are you finding yourself full of love-peace-bliss?
Love, peace, and bliss are Divine qualities with Divine intentions. I would even say that, if we could describe God, we could say that love, peace, and bliss are God. Moreover, the state of wellbeing in which we experience “all is well,” is also a state of being which reflects the very presence of God, for God, in essence, is also the source of the state of being we might call “All Is Well.” We could call God the “All Is Well.”
So, when we are full of love-peace-bliss, we experience life as a continual state in which all is well. When we are full of love-peace-bliss, we are full of God, and all is well with our souls. May it be so!
Love and Light,
(Carol means “song of joy,” and Anandi is the feminine form of “Ananda” which means “bliss” in Sanskrit. I am still seeking to grow into the meaning of my name and my given, spiritual name!)