#1405 The Path to Self-Realization

Sit Quietly and Create Calmness

In our last +1, we talked about our Heroic Big 3 protocol and the fact that focusing our brains on who we are at our best—even just for a minute or three in the morning—programs our minds to find opportunities to shine.


That can be life-changing.

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In that +1, I mentioned the fact that I wanted to chat about the pair of virtues that show up in my Energy, Work and Love protocol.

I commit to living with these virtues (along with a bunch of others) EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Before I tell you what those virtues are (in the next +1!), let’s create some more context with a little more Yogananda wisdom.

In Living Fearlessly, he tells us: “Many people come to me to talk about their worries. I urge them to sit quietly, meditate, and pray; and after feeling calmness within, to think of the alternate ways by which the problem can be solved or eliminated. When the mind is calm in God, when the faith is strong in God, they find a solution to their problem. Merely ignoring problems won’t solve them, but neither will worrying about them.”

He continues by saying: “Meditate until you become calm; then put your mind on your problem and pray deeply for God’s help. Concentrate on the problem and you will find the solution without going through the terrible strain of worry.”

And, he tells us: “Remember, greater than a million reasonings of the mind is to sit and meditate upon God until you feel calmness within. Then say to the Lord, ‘I can’t solve my problem alone, even if I thought a zillion different thoughts; but I can solve it by placing it in Your hands, asking first for Your guidance, and then following through by thinking out the various angles for a possible solution.’”

And… He says: “God does help those who help themselves. When your mind is calm and filled with faith after praying to God in meditation, you are able to see various answers to your problems; and because your mind is calm, you are capable of picking out the best solution. Follow that solution, and you will meet with success. This is applying the science of religion in your daily life.”

As you may know, Yogananda created what is known as the “Self-realization fellowship.” The main idea behind his concept of Self- (with a capital S!) realization?

He tells us: “Self-realization is the knowing—in body, mind, and soul—that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it comes to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing.”

That’s basically just another way to say what the great Franciscan priest Richard Rohr tells us in Falling Upward. He tells us: As Desmond Tutu once told me on a recent trip to Cape Town, ‘We are only the light bulbs, Richard, and our job is just to remain screwed in!’

Want to live fearlessly?

Connect to something MUCH bigger than yourself.

Trust THAT wisdom.



Here’s a hint: Notice the most frequently used word in that passage above.

If you could see my copy of the book, you’d see just how many times (SIX!) Yogananda used the words “calm” or “calmness” in the above passage. I circled it countless other times throughout the book.

If we want to connect with God (or whatever you choose to call that power that is bigger and wiser than our small selves), we must CALM our minds.

Let’s do that…


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