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How to Start a Healing Prayer Group by Mary Kretzmann

How to Start a Healing Prayer Group by Mary Kretzmann

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These are some of the basic techniques for starting a prayer group with the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry; a worldwide ministry sponsored by Ananda Sangha
These are some of the basic techniques for starting a prayer group with the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry; a worldwide ministry sponsored by Ananda Sangha

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Published by: Mary Kretzmann on Apr 18, 2009
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14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA 95959 530 478-7561 ext 7028 
The Instrument is blessed by what flows through it.
 Paramhansa Yogananda
How to Start a Local Healing Prayer Group
 By Mary Kretzmann, Director of the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry
Thank you for your interest in starting a local healing prayer group using the sacred techniquesas taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. We can provide you with the tools you need to get started:
 
Ananda Healing Prayer Council
training packet
 
Sample Healing Prayer Request forms
Recommended Resources:
 Divine Will Healing 
 book,
 Healing Affirmations in AUM 
CD, or the Mantra CD or the AUM CD; or 
 
 by Mary Kretzmann
  By 
Mary Kretzmann,Director of Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry 
Suggested Format for a Healing Prayer Service
We suggest a one-hour healing prayer group once a week, however, you can set the scheduleaccording to what works for your group. At
we meet once a week, for an hour or more. Other prayer groups might meet one evening a month for 60-90 minutes. It is largelydetermined by the energy and commitment of the group, but in all Ananda communities, somegeneral healing prayers are said at the end of daily meditation, whether in groups, or asindividuals. In general, we have seen that meeting once a week allows the prayer group to growin depth and healing power.You can stay in touch with your group via group e-mails, both for meeting times, and for prayersregarding emergencies for those connected to your group (including their close friends andrelatives). This builds a compassionate group spirit, especially if you only use it sparingly.
Set Up:
Arrange chairs in a semi-circle in front of an altar with pictures of the Masters. Thesemi-circle allows the group to be connected both to each other and to the altar, but you canarrange them in straight rows if you prefer. Light one or more white candles on the altar.
Invocation to the Line of Gurus:
The invocation is the most important part of the service for we are asking the presence of 
God, Christ, Guru
to guide us and bless us in our healing efforts.
 Divine Mother, Heavenly Father, Friend, Beloved God. Jesus Christ, Babaji Krishna, Lahiri  Mahasaya, Swami Sri Yukteswarji, beloved Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, we humbly bow at Thy feet. Fill us with Thy Healing Light that we may share Thy blessings with those in need. Lord, give us Thyself, that we may give Thee to all!
If the group is not familiar with the
 Ananda
line of gurus, you can adapt the invocation:
 
 Divine Mother, Heavenly Father, Friend, Beloved God. Jesus Christ, Great Masters of India,and beloved Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, we humbly bow at Thy feet. Fill us with Thy Healing Light that we may share Thy blessings with those in need. Lord, give us Thyself, that we may give Thee to all!
This reverence to the Infinite, God, is essential for true spiritual healing. Always remember thatwe are serving as willing instruments for a much greater power than our own little selves.Paramhansa Yogananda said,
“Just heal and forget. Say, ‘
God 
is the Healer!’”
 
Chanting and Meditation:
You can lead a chant (
 Door of My Heart, Ever New Joy,
or anyothers you know). We try to use chants that either energize the group or develop empathy andcompassion. However, since so many prayer requests can be sad, it is good to start withsomething joyful, or heart opening. You can read the poem,
 I Was Made for Thee
 
(see attached) by Paramhansa Yogananda, or one of his healing affirmations These help us to open our heartsand tune in to divine healing energy.
Meditate
 for 10 – 15 minutes depending on the length of the service and thenumber of healing prayers. If your healing prayer service directly follows Sunday service or ameditation, then this can be shorted to several minutes, simply to interiorize again before doingthe healing prayers. In general, you want to feel inspired to do the prayers. Your group mightalso enjoy this 
online video series by Swami Kriyananda.
Healing Prayers:
These techniques are in your Ananda Healing Prayer Councilpacket.
Start with some of the simple “Divine Mother” prayers – in the “three shorter HealingPrayer techniques
You can also do the “Longer Deeper Healing Prayer Technique” if you feel comfortablewith it, and if you think your group is ready for it
 Near the end of the prayer session, you can lead general healing prayers for the planet, and for 
 Ananda
worldwide.
Close with sending three AUMS for general blessings to all truth seeking souls, and a prayer of gratitude to God, Christ, Guru for the opportunity to serve the Light. A simple
 pronam
or bow completes this, and serves as a way to give it all back to God.Basic Divine Mother Prayer:
“Divine Mother, Thou art omnipresent.Thou art in all Thy children.Thou art in ( 
 say the person’s name
 
 ) Manifest Thy healing presence in his/her body, mind and soul.” 
 
Rub your palms together briskly, and then hold up your hands and chant AUM three times,sending this divine healing energy to that person.

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