Agelessly Fascinating—”ECKANKAR—The Key to Secret Worlds”
By Linda, Minnesota
Where do you look for answers? Do you identify as spiritual but not religious? Have you had puzzling spiritual experiences? Do you want something different than the conventional religions and churches of your childhood?
When I was in my early thirties, I had similar questions and desires. I’d grown up with a traditional religious education. Its beliefs were handed down to me like a quickly spent spiritual inheritance. For three years I’d searched for the right path. I enjoyed Transcendental Meditation; it put me into a soothing state of bliss. But during the stillness of meditating, spiritual longings stirred again. I hadn’t yet found satisfactory explanations for life, death, suffering, and heaven.
One summer afternoon, sprawled across my bed, I started casually reading ECKANKAR—The Key to Secret Worlds, by Paul Twitchell. I wish I could say I understood it. I didn’t. But esoteric, poetic passages began to speak to me. These weren’t merely words and sentences printed on paper. Like breeze-blown feathers, they gently drifted into my mind and whispered their truths.
I would stop reading, close my eyes, and surprise myself by declaring out loud, “I know this. I remember.” I couldn’t recall hearing about Soul Travel, the Time Track, the Real Self, the Spiritual Traveler, the Light and Sound of God, hidden heavenly worlds, or planes of existence. Yet these themes were familiar and as welcome to me as reawakening spring buds.
My excitement grew as I read profound passages, fell into deep sleep, and awakened to hungrily devour more. In spite of my initial trepidation, I loved it that Paul Twitchell made leaving the physical body sound as natural as drifting into a daydream.
This Was Truly Different
Paul’s interpretations of spiritual literature, such as the Christian Bible and Jesus’s teachings, were unlike anything I’d read. He wrote, “According to the Gospels, Jesus said, ‘Come, follow me.’ But few knew what he was saying, that he wanted them to go with him into the worlds beyond.”
Really? I’d never heard about travel to “worlds beyond.” Or the idea that there were heavens, not only one heaven. In his book Paul Twitchell described strange, hidden destinies that were not fantasies or imagination, but realities anyone could discover. Was exploration of secret worlds possible? Even for me?
After reading the last page, I emerged from my bedroom and began walking downstairs, still clutching this marvelous, mysterious book. What felt like a gale-force wind, accompanied by a deafening roar, rose out of nowhere and pinned me against the wall. I had to cling to the railing or risk tumbling down the carpeted stairs. I wondered if I was about to become Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Spiritually, I certainly no longer lived in Kansas.
At last, I surrendered to the embrace of the invisible wind. Yes, this was truly one powerful book. It was as if I hadn’t read it; the book and its author had read me.
My life would never be the same.
Discovery of ECKANKAR—The Key to Secret Worlds launched me on a journey to spiritual freedom. Every time I read it, this ageless book still answers my questions, gives me hope, and fills my heart with love.
ECKANKAR—The Key to Secret Worlds, by Paul Twitchell, published by ECKANKAR, is now a second-edition, fourth-printing paperback and e-book available at www.ECKBooks.org and at your favorite online booksellers. Linda, a member of the ECK clergy, works for the publisher.