How to Soul Travel: Beyond Astral Projection and Out-of-Body Experiences
This clip—and the transcript below—is from Harold Klemp‘s 2013 talk “Just Keep Trying.”
This story is about “Uba,” who’s currently living in the United States. In an African language, “Uba” means rich.
Way back when he was a Second Initiate, Uba wanted to Soul Travel more than anything. Because as far as he was concerned, if he could Soul Travel, this would prove that Eckankar was real, and that the ECK teachings were what they said they were.
He was so desperate to learn to Soul Travel. He tried a three-day, dry fasting technique that his Christian father had taught him before he died. Yet the deceased can come in dreams and tell you all kinds of things.
So Uba left the quiet and calm of his village, and he went off by himself. He sat there for three days, and absolutely nothing happened. Nothing at all. So he came back.
But what kept his faith in ECK, when he got back to town, was that this complete stranger came up to him and said, “Your friend wants me to be introduced to your religion.” Uba said, “What friend?” And the stranger said, “The one who goes with you everywhere in town.”
Uba was looking at this. Here he was: he just lost his father, he had two toddlers at home, and he didn’t have a job. Yet he had the company of an ECK Master.
Sometimes people wonder, If someone else can see the Master, why can’t I? Because it isn’t necessary. Sometimes it would detract you from your true goal, which is going home to God. In some way, spiritually, it’s better for you that you just know that the Master—or one of the ECK Masters—is always with you.
But when Uba got the news that he had this friend, this invisible friend, going everywhere he did, he became more active in ECK activities and also the Spiritual Exercises of ECK. This is a recurring theme of those people who just keep trying in ECK. You double down.
Then one night after doing his spiritual exercises, Uba went back to bed. Before he knew it, he was out of the body, just as smooth and easy as you please. There was such ecstasy, so much ecstasy in this state.
Uba felt so good, he put his fist in the air and said, “It works, Mahanta, it works!” That was when he was still out of the body. He said, “ECK works! Thank you, Mahanta.”
These Soul Travel experiences went on for many more nights. Then slowly, ever so slowly, they began to let up. Years later, Uba wondered, Why can’t I Soul Travel now? Because usually when people Soul Travel, it’s in one of the lower worlds, where they are spiritually. And that’s where Uba had been as a Second Initiate.
But as you get into the higher areas, you no longer Soul Travel. As you move toward your goal—returning to the Kingdom of God—your expansion and your maturation take other forms.
Now, it will be different for each one of you. Some of you will have guidance through intuition, much more than before, or some other way. You’ll just know. At a certain level, it’s Seeing, Knowing, and Being. If you’re not there yet, just keep trying.