Intuitive insights come to each of us. They are, after all, the soul’s way of perceiving. Sometimes they come as a clear knowing; at other times, as a hunch; and often as just a whisper of feeling. True intuition is God’s way of guiding us, but most of us ignore our intuitions most of the time. This last weekend we saw a remarkable validation of what happens when, in spite of all obstacles, you act on your intuition.

Janakidevi has always been a woman with strong intuition. She lives at Laurelwood, an Ananda community near Portland, Oregon. Age was beginning to take its toll, and she was starting to lose her sense of purpose and hope. Then one morning in meditation she received the strong message that she should build a sanctuary in nature where people could come to pray, but ignored the thought as just another of what she calls her “zany” ideas. A few days later, however, the impulse came back even more strongly, and she clearly saw a larger than life-sized statue of Yogananda surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Yogananda Gardens Statue with Rainbow, lifesize statue of paramhansa yogananda in oregon

Rainbow bowing down to the statue of Yogananda.

She began taking a step at a time to realize her vision. And—this is very important if you want to accomplish anything big—she didn’t stop taking those steps even though at the age of eighty-five she felt that the project was beyond her abilities. Her enthusiasm soon attracted helpers: her husband, Byasa; a wonderful sculptor, Gary Roller, who was having similar intuitions; and many others who were also willing to donate money and time.

Last Saturday, at Ananda Laurelwood, we unveiled the eight-foot statue. There was an amazing sense of grace, as if the bronze was permeated with Master’s presence. Everyone felt that this would be a place of pilgrimage for countless years ahead, and two days later a rainbow blessing added to the feeling. There are lessons here for all of us.

Be open to your intuitions: Yogananda said, “Tune yourself with the creative power of spirit. You will be in contact with the Infinite Intelligence that is able to guide you and solve all problems. Power from the dynamic source of your being will flow uninterruptedly so that you will be able to perform creatively in any sphere of activity.”

Yogananda statue lifesize close up of face, Yogananda gardens of oregon statue paramhansa yogananda

Source: KentWilliamsPhotography.com.

Strengthen your intuition: Intuition usually speaks to us in whispers rather than shouts, and you must quiet your desires and thoughts to hear them more clearly. These subtle messages sometimes come with subconscious longings mixed in, so be wary of any ideas that aren’t accompanied by a feeling of calmness and humility. Intuition’s feeling should be more “Thank you” than “Oh, boy!”

Act on your intuition: The more you act, the stronger its power becomes. Take a step at a time, and keep checking in to feel if you are on the right track. When your intuition is truly from the Divine Intelligence, it will continue to guide you. If your power of intuition is well developed then you can act more confidently: At his school in Ranchi, India, Yogananda had a vision calling him to America—and left that very afternoon!

Great things can happen: It would not be a stretch to say that all great works are built on the foundation of intuition. Be open. Be trusting. Be persistent. You never know what the Divine wants to accomplish through you.

In joy,

Nayaswami Jyotish

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  1. Dear Jyotish-ji,

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful picture of Master and the rainbow. In the Old Testament, a rainbow is a reminder of God’s Promise of Grace. I needed this article. Like Janakidevi, the Divine Mother and Master-ji placed a Vision in my Heart; a Vision of Service. I’ve second guessed and balked at the validity of this Vision. In the Truth, I vacillated between Trust/Faith and fear…fear of failure.

    The timing of this article has tipped the scale for me. No more fear! No more “Oh boy.” Today, and this day forward I say, “Thank you!”

  2. It’s wonderful.Thank you very much for sharing.I’m impressed.This types of thoughts also come in my mind that should build aAshram type place nereby my home town for meditation and spreading the teachings of Gurudev.But Don’t know how to do and what to do?
    Thanks and Pranam to both of you.
    JaiGurudev

  3. God and Gurus encourage us through you so wonderfully. Thank you. Never give up! Listen, quietly listen. Thank you for this devotee’s story and the amazing presence of Master through her dream come true.

  4. I sit not moving at the top of the slide,
    The leaves of a few shade trees sway & dance
    In a gentle breeze,
    As they play hide & seek with the Sunlight.
    And as a bird sings a song about being alone,
    Two squirrels play tag & chase each other…
    Unaware of the dancing leaves,the bird & its song,
    Alive in the quiet playground…their home.

  5. Thank You Jyotishji.
    Practicing more and more attunement by being open to intuition. Allowing myself to be guided by Master and Divine Mother.

    Thank you for this quote: “Tune yourself with the creative power of spirit. You will be in contact with the Infinite Intelligence that is able to guide you and solve all problems. Power from the dynamic source of your being will flow uninterruptedly so that you will be able to perform creatively in any sphere of activity.”

    The more I allow, surrendering my will to the Divine Source (Creative Power of Spirit) I feel that Intelligence – the Cosmic Consciousness speaking to me. It truly is powerful, inspiring, and awesome that Master shared these teaching, and we are living them. We can do it!!!

    Jai Guru! Jai Ananda!

  6. Thank you, Jyotish! Your clarification that intuition’s feeling should be more “Thank you,” and less, “Oh boy!” was very helpful for me.

  7. Wow it is wonderful!! I love the statute of Paramahansa and I defenely will be paying more attention to intuition. Thank you very much

  8. YES I AGREE, MY LIFE HAS ALSO HAD A FEW VERY BEAUTIFUL SUCH EXPERIENCES WHERE OUR INTUITION SIMPLY TAKES CONTROL TO GUIDE US AND LEAD US THRU’ THE WAY!!

    BUT CERTAINLY INTUITION CANNOT BE CONFUSED WITH COERCION, IN WHATEVER WAY THRU’ WHOEVER I GUESS……….AND REALLY IT IS BUT TRUE THAT WE ARE ALL MERE ACTORS PLAYING OUR ROLES IN THE BIGGER PICTURE OF LIFE MASTERED THRU’ HIS PLAN FOR US!!

  9. Dear Nayaswami Jyotish Ji,

    Thank you for this wonderful and inspiring blog 🙂
    This line in particular “so be wary of any ideas that aren’t accompanied by a feeling of calmness and humility. Intuition’s feeling should be more “Thank you” than “Oh, boy!” is very much of a help

    Wonderful statue of Master and how lovely to see the Rainbow showering on Master :))

    In Joy,
    Prem

  10. There really is a definitive feel that this work is for the future indeed. The rainbow picture – no words!

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