By Harold Klemp
In this spiritual exercise, you practice keeping an open heart throughout everyday life. It’s very tough; I have to work at it all the time too.
No one technique will work for everyone, but there are ways to keep your attention on having an open heart. Start with something you can love, even a pet or a plant, and just love it a lot. As the love comes, let it pour through you.
The habit of love is catching; it builds, gains momentum, and becomes easier. But like a plant that needs watering and loving care every day, the habit of love takes constant attention.
Love won’t come through unless the heart is open. To work with an open heart is to love or care for something or someone more than you do for yourself. This is the first step to the divine love that we are looking for.
Excerpted from The Spiritual Exercises of ECK, where more than 130 spiritual exercises like this can be found. Learn more about spiritual exercises.
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