Unruly thoughts are the enemy of the individual practicing the Spiritual Exercises of ECK. In contemplation, as the mind responds to different stimuli, thoughts crop up continuously.
Watch these thoughts as they arise. Soon you will be aware of thoughts following so closely one upon another that they resemble a river. Gaze unperturbed at the interminable flow of thoughts as if you were sitting on a riverbank watching the water flow past.
Do not try to stop any thought process at this stage, just rise above it. The effort to stop a thought from arising inevitably creates other thoughts. Leave unshaped any concept or idea which appears; become indifferent to these thoughts, neither trying to stop them nor fall under their influence. Work from the Atman Plane, the Soul region, unconcerned with what the mind has to say or how it acts.
Imagine the mind is like a small child looking with interest at a toy. The mind is nothing more than a small child which sometimes becomes unruly and wants attention. Handle the mind as you would a small child.
This stage is called the first resting place. If you are successful to this point, you will have attained freedom from the mental tyranny of thoughts and be ready for greater spiritual tasks.
ECKANKAR has released a beautiful and dynamic mobile app that will help people connect with and experience the HU song. This app is available for free, as a gift to spiritual seekers around the world.
Through the HU app you will be able to
LISTEN to thousands of people singing their love for God (20-minute audio recording)
WATCH an uplifting video about the HU and how to recognize miracles in your life
TRY one or more spiritual exercises
LEARN MORE about HU
This spiritual exercise can be done while falling asleep, silently chanting HU or your personal word.
Start with a simple postulate, something very open and easy such as, “Mahanta, I love you.” Then quietly, in the background of the mind, begin to sing HU. Just let it run on spiritual automatic. But automatic doesn’t mean letting it turn into a meaningless mental repetition. Rather, in a very real sense, you remain conscious that the HU is rolling within you.
If you wake up in the middle of the night, you can spiritualize your consciousness by briefly putting your attention on the Mahanta, even for a second or two.
Know that you do this because you love God. You love the divine part within yourself. In this gentle, unpushy way, you become the lover of all life.
The Dream Master, who is really the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master, will not work with the dreamer unless invited in some way.
Before going to sleep, inwardly give permission to the Dream Master to be with you. Imagine unburdening yourself, giving your problems to him, and letting your mind relax its concerns and worries. Ask the Dream Master to help clear up the karmic conditions of whatever is standing in the way of your spiritual growth.
Then go to sleep, aware that you are resting in the care of the Dream Master who will look out for your best interests.
When you get out of the habit of listening, the voice of the Inner Master becomes weaker and weaker. Not because he is speaking in a quieter voice, but because you have turned down the volume control on the inner instrument of Soul.
There is a stream of consciousness from the mind that constantly goes through you. Chanting your word or HU keeps the stream pure. People who stop chanting or stop the spiritual exercises can all of a sudden fall into depression and negativity. They don’t know why.
It happens because that stream of consciousness, the play of the mind, has become polluted.
The singing of this sacred prayer song or name of God purifies the thoughts which lead to your actions. It makes for a happier, more harmonious life.
You’ll find by listening more and practicing the spiritual exercises every day that upliftment comes gradually as you are ready for it.