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Spiritual Exercises - Learn how to control dreams&Soul Travel

Spiritual ExercisesWhen you do the Spiritual Exercises of ECK, fill yourself with love and goodwill. Do one exercise every day. Spend about twenty minutes on it. This builds your spiritual stamina gently over time. Regular daily practice is the key to success. This exercise is from book The Spiritual Exercises of ECK. Are you looking for the personal experience of God—every day?

Each of us is connected to God through Divine Spirit (the ECK), which can be heard as Sound and seen as Light. Eckankar offers a spiritual toolkit to help you experience the Light and Sound of God. The Light and Sound are the twin aspects of the Holy Spirit, the divine life current that flows from God. This current, known as the ECK, sustains all life.

The Light and Sound of God together are the Voice of God. In scriptures we know It as the Word or Logos. In other words, it's God speaking from beyond creation to Its creation.

Sri Harold Klemp,
The Slow Burning Love of God


Light and Sound in Spiritual Tradition

Light and Sound have long been a part of religious rituals throughout the world. Chants and hymns are among the most well-known examples of sound in the Christian tradition. The singing of cantors plays an important role in Judaism. Om, sung in some Eastern religions, is often used in meditation.

Likewise, the Light of God is symbolically represented in most religions. Stained glass, precious stones, and skylights are common in religious structures. Native American celebrations, as well as those of certain other religions, use fire and drums, as well as chanting, all examples of light and sound. Each ceremony represents the effort of people to speak to God in their own way.

The Light of God has appeared to many saints and mystics. Saul of Tarsus had a dramatic encounter with the Light of God on the road to Damascus. Moses saw It in the burning bush. Throughout history light has been depicted around images of holy people and in illustrations of angels. Today, many refer to this light in popular books about near-death experiences.

Experiencing the Light and Sound of God

Eckankar teaches how to recognize the Light of God. Sometimes It comes as an inner scene or vision. It can be a flash of blue or white light. It appears in many ways.

The Sound of God was the rushing wind that visited the disciples during Pentecost. Some hear It inwardly. It can be heard as the sound of rushing water; the single note of a flute; the music of violins, woodwinds, or bagpipes; or even the buzzing of bees.

Of all religions on earth today, Eckankar offers the most direct teachings on the Light and Sound of God.

For people who experience these twin pillars of God, often through practicing the Spiritual Exercises of ECK, life becomes fresh and new again. As we unfold spiritually, we learn to express the love of God through service to others.

  simple daily spiritual exercises that can give you the experience of the Sound behind all sounds, and the pure Light of God;
techniques for personal experience with dreams, past lives, Soul Travel, and your spiritual destiny.

Eckankar means "Co-worker with God." It offers ways to explore your own unique and natural relationship with the Divine.

With the personalized study that is a part of Eckankar, you get divine guidance to apply in your everyday life and on your journey home to God. The full experience of God is possible in this lifetime!

Dreams touch every level of our life. They may let us glimpse the future, or give suggestions for healing, or share insights into our relationships. Above all, they can and will steer us more directly toward God.

Harold Klemp,
The Art of Spiritual Dreaming


How to start Spiritual Exercises

When you do the Spiritual Exercises of ECK, fill yourself with love and goodwill. Do one exercise every day. Spend about twenty minutes on it. This builds your spiritual stamina gently over time. Regular daily practice is the key to success. This exercise is from my book The Spiritual Exercises of ECK.

There are many ECK spiritual exercises. Each one opens you a little bit more to the Sound and Light of God.

This spiritual exercise is for three different groups of people:

those who don't dream but want to

those who dream but want to Soul Travel, and

those who want to go beyond dreams and Soul Travel to the state of direct knowingness.

Dreams, Soul Travel & Love

The exercise is so simple that it may seem as if I'm belittling your intelligence, but I'm not. Truth is always simple.

Just before you go to sleep, sit quietly on your bed. Close your eyes. Chant HU (pronounced hue) very softly, or if someone is in the room with you, chant it silently to yourself. HU is a special word, the ancient name for God. You could call it the manifested Word or the Sound; it has a power of its own.

As you take the time to sit there and chant HU, the name of God, you are making a commitment with Divine Spirit. Chant HU in a long, drawn-out way for three or four or five minutes, and let yourself settle down. Then wait for a few more minutes before starting the next step.

For those who have been unable to remember their dreams, simply chant the word dream spelled out. Chant it out loud, letter by letter: D-R-E-A-M. Do this for about five minutes. Next, chant the same thing quietly for a few minutes, and then just go to sleep. As you are falling asleep, say, "I would like to remember a significant spiritual dream." With this method, you are asking for truth to come through the dream state.

Some of you want Soul Travel, which is usually an advanced state beyond the dream state. Again, sit on your bed or on the floor, shut your eyes, and look into your Spiritual -Eye. This is located at a point just above and between the eyebrows. Don't expect to see anything there; just chant HU, the holy name of God.

Then spell out Soul Travel, chanting each separate letter: S-O-U-L T-R-A-V-E-L. Do this about three times out loud and then three times quietly.

Those who have Soul traveled may now want to go to the higher state of direct knowingness, without having to go through the intermediary stages. Dreams and Soul Travel are helpful and important, but at some point you outgrow them.

Simply chant the words divine love. Originally I was going to give it as L-O-V-E, but some people would mix it up with human love. The word divine takes it beyond human love. Divine love brings you all forms of love, including human love. To limit it to the usual definition of love is like working from the bottom, instead of working from the top of spirituality.

So, chant D-I-V-I-N-E L-O-V-E. This means you seek the highest form of love, which brings all blessings to you.

By Sri Harold Klemp


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