The Light of the Christ Within
Inspired Talks by Reverend John Laurence

Reverend John Laurence, edited by Elana Joan Cara

The Light of the Christ Within

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John Laurence—minister, modern mystic, and direct disciple of the great spiritual master and world teacher, Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi)—presents, in this volume of talks, an outline of the inner path with practical spiritual teachings. Laurence’s speaking style is refreshingly straightforward and lively as he highlights timeless truths via fascinating stories from the lives of saints from East and West. Laurence’s message of how to grow spiritually is universal and non-denominational, and his compelling discussions of life after death are centered in the foundation of Laurence’s own psychic abilities and high spiritual state.

The Light of the Christ Within was compiled and edited by Elana Joan Cara. Ms. Cara has been a devotee of Paramhansa Yogananda for more than thirty years, and studied closely with Rev. Laurence from 1978 until his death in 2003.

What Others Are Saying

"A direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, Reverend John Laurence was a modern mystic, world teacher, and founder of the Metaphysical Design for Living Church in San Francisco. His joyful spirit, humor, and compassion are evident in every page of this book, a treasure trove of his talks compiled and edited by Elana Joan Cara. Based on the Psalms [and other scriptural readings], these uplifting messages are universal and non-denominational. As a young man Reverend Laurence studied the lives of the saints, fascinated by their special powers. He reminds us that we are all a spark of the Infinite, capable of living like spiritual giants. In a straightforward and lively manner, he offers guidance on how to return to our natural state of joyous light. This inspiring collection includes stories from the lives of saints East and West, and compelling discussions about life after death."

Diane Holcomb, East West Bookstore, Mountain View


"I was introduced to Rev. Laurence in San Francisco. Though in his eighties, John was energetic, kindly, and the soul of generosity as he graciously told me how he had met Paramhansa Yogananda in 1933, and of his later connections with the great teacher. One could sense John's expanded consciousness and his deep awareness. This book captures John's spirit and brings the reader in direct contact with an advanced disciple of a spiritual master. It is as if John were right here, talking to you directly through these pages, answering your questions, and directing you ever inward and upward to the great goal: oneness with Spirit."

Richard Salva, author of Walking with William of Normandy