The Sacredness of Each Moment
El and Shelley Hyndman, decades-long members of Eckankar, shared their heartwarming love story with thousands of attendees at an Eckankar international seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the familiar, funny, conversational style of a longtime married couple, they brought their relationship’s sacred moments to the foreground.
Many years ago, while both Shelley and El were recovering from painful breakups, they connected unexpectedly on a sunlit beach filled with people. Although they’d met at Eckankar gatherings in the past, this encounter was intense and noteworthy.
For El, it was as if time and space disappeared. The two of them seemed to be alone on the crowded seaside. In a flash of inner awakening, El’s spiritual guide opened El’s heart to Shelley like a kiss from the Divine. El says, “I saw, between Shelley and me, the Inner Master. I had my hand in his right hand, and she had hers in his left. He took a step back and joined our hands.”
Shelley also was stunned by the tender moment on the beach with El. But, still smarting from previous poor choices in the romance department, she hesitated. Instead of taking a survey to see if their interests and backgrounds matched, she sought spiritual help from the Mahanta, the Inner Master. Assured that God loved her and would answer her questions, she asked, “Which way do I go? Which is best for my spiritual good?”
As she’d requested, the inner guidance and confirmation Shelley received were clear and direct. “This is your spiritual partner. Just stay open,” she heard as a whisper from the Inner Master.
Twelve years together and two beautiful children later, Shelley and El each had wake-up calls that signaled startling twists. El awoke from a disturbing dream in which Shelley had removed her wedding rings. That morning, without knowing about her husband’s dream, Shelley felt distressed because she couldn’t find her rings. After contemplating on the spiritual messages of the missing rings, they realized that their marital karma, all the baggage they’d each carried into the relationship, had dissipated.
Now they were faced with new questions: What if our marriage is over? But we still love each other. We don’t want to break up. What should we do next?
As you listen to Shelley and El’s delightful talk, perhaps you too will discover how relationships can nurture your spiritual growth.
What secret did the Inner Master reveal to Shelley and El that could help your relationships blossom from ordinary into extraordinary?