I first visited Encinitas, California, in June 2000 as part of the annual Self-Realization Fellowship Convocation. When I walked into the SRF temple where dozens of devotees were silently meditating, I was immediately enveloped in thick, palpable loving energy. I stopped in my tracks, transfixed. I wanted to stay right where I was, rooted to the ground, and let this incredible energy wash over me for hours. I forced myself to sit in a pew but was too overwhelmed to meditate. When I finally walked outside again, I left the energy behind at the door. I walked around in a giddy daze for quite some time.
In January 2005, I was blessed to be able to bring my twenty-five-year-old daughter, Erin, to Encinitas with me. She said she felt a peaceful energy the moment we drove into town. I had been looking forward to showing her Paramahansa Yogananda’s Hermitage a few blocks from the temple. This was where Yogananda lived for quite some time and where he wrote the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. After waiting in line with other visitors, we were led inside for a brief tour. When I approached Yogananda’s study, I was overwhelmed with his loving presence. It was very similar to what I felt when I first entered the Encinitas temple back in 2000. It was wonderful, absolutely wonderful. I just wanted to stay bathed in that peaceful, healing energy all day. Even after Erin and I left and were walking down the street, I still felt that energy surging through my body. Erin said she could tell something was happening to me as I stood outside Yogananda’s study. She also said she sensed a peaceful energy in the Hermitage. What a gift to have her with me in Encinitas, my favorite place on Earth!
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
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Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.