Similar to prayer, these spiritual exercises help you open your heart to Divine Spirit, the Light and Sound of God. ECKANKAR teaches over one hundred different exercises, all designed to give you a greater understanding of yourself and of God. They can be practiced privately and at your own pace. Success at Soul Travel is not dependent on any special diets, customs, or ascetic practices. It is truly a natural ability.
Many people experience Soul Travel as an expansion of awareness and knowingness: an inner nudge to call a friend or seeing beyond their difficulties to a deeper meaning. Others may have dramatic experiences full of spiritual majesty. In ECKANKAR you can learn to prove spiritual truths to yourself through your own experiences.
The traditional concept of Soul is that you have one, but that it is distant from your everyday life and will become important only when your physical body ceases to exist. The ECKist, on the other hand, believes that each person is Soul and that It is the essential and permanent center of our being. It can never be lost.
We can, however, forget who we are. Our physical senses and emotions become overwhelming, and we lose Soul’s spiritual viewpoint. Regaining this viewpoint is called Soul Travel. And Soul Travel is accomplished by practicing the Spiritual Exercises of ECKANKAR on a daily basis.