By Harold Klemp
Soul Travel is a valuable skill that can be learned by almost anyone who is willing to invest the time and patience. It is a bridge over the gulf that divides the human from the spiritual consciousness.
Soul Travel is a natural progression that is reached through the Spiritual Exercises of ECK.
A chela in Africa lay down in bed, covered his ears with pillows, and listened to the ECK Sound, which was like a sibilant, rushing wind in the distance—but still very close and within him. Soon, he felt a sucking motion at the top of his head, but he was not afraid. He then felt himself totally withdraw from his physical body and hover in space over the bed. Read More
By Harold Klemp
An eighty-five-year-old woman didn’t understand the way of ECK and often argued with her ECKist daughter, trying to get her to return to what the older woman held was the true way back to God. One day while she was talking in this way, she fell and cracked a vertebra and was no longer able to walk. So, the daughter took her mother into her home to care for her.
Over the following six months, the mother began to have spiritual experiences. She began to see ECK Masters coming into her room, showing her that relatives and loved ones, who had departed before her, were waiting for her to join them. Many things were explained to her. Read More
By Harold Klemp
A woman I’ll call Donna found Eckankar after her son Justin’s death in a motorcycle accident. She was very close to her son. Devastated by her loss, Donna was unable to find comfort at church. She regularly cried through the entire service. If only there was a way to feel closer to God, then maybe He would help her understand why the accident had occurred. More important, where was Justin now? Was he all right? She constantly prayed for help.
Five months later, while at her lowest ebb, she had an experience that changed her life. At first, she thought it was merely a dream, but it was actually Soul Travel. Read More
By Seti, Singapore
Sarah, a friend in ECK, translated recently after a bout of illness. I was the doctor who had diagnosed and treated her. Later, I was entrusted with the responsibility of having to inform her parents and her friends of her passing.
It was a difficult task as many of her friends had not known of the terminal nature of her illness. My initial concern about having to deal with the emotional distress of her friends turned into a profound experience as many of her friends revealed that Sarah had very recently “appeared” to them.
A school friend of Sarah, who had not heard from her for thirty years said in surprise, “Oh! That’s strange. For the first time, I met Sarah in my dreams last week. It was just like we were in school.” Read More
By Rosemary, United Kingdom
My younger sister was ill. She kept fainting, and no one knew how to help her. Eventually, she went to her doctor and received a devastating diagnosis: She had an inoperable brain tumor and had only a few months to live. She was only thirty-six years old.
When I heard the news, I wanted to see her. Although she was of another faith, I thought it might help her to have some material on the ECK teachings, so I packed some books and tapes on Eckankar.
When I arrived, I gave her what I’d brought and also gave her a picture of the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. I let her know the Mahanta was the Inner Master and could help her during this difficult time. Then I shared the HU with her. Read More
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.
By Harold Klemp
Why do we dream? Why is it important to dream? Because dreaming comes from the creative imagination, which is God’s gift to you and me. It is the nature of immortal Soul to dream. This is why your dreams, both in everyday life and while asleep, are so important.
Through your ability to dream, you often have experiences in the other worlds where you act as an observer. But as you move farther along, you become the participant in your dreams. You become the actor.
You begin to see goals, spiritual goals which may be as valid as finding a home for your family. You want a place where they can be happy, a haven away from the fast pace of today’s society. You create a warm place where friends are welcome. Read More
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.
ECKANKAR teaches simple spiritual exercises to experience the Light and Sound of God. These exercises also help us Soul Travel, to move into greater states of consciousness. A spiritual exercise can be as simple as relaxing and singing the word HU, an ancient name for God. As we practice these spiritual exercises, we learn to recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We learn that each of us is Soul, a spark of God sent to this world to gain spiritual experience. And as we unfold spiritually, we learn to express the love of God through service to others. Read More