Harold Klemp – from his book – The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

HK_largerUnruly Thoughts

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.

—Sri Harold Klemp
The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

Harold Klemp ~ Listening ~ The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

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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.

—Sri Harold Klemp
The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

By Harold Klemp

A how-to collection of 131 spiritual exercises for spiritual growth and upliftment.

Eckankar book: The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

Available at local and online bookstores and the Eckankar

Spiritual Exercise ~ Harold Klemp ~ Spiritual Exercises of ECK

Meeting the Light Giver     

Harold Klemp - eckankar.org
Harold Klemp – eckankar.org

Imagine that you are walking along a path that you’re very familiar with. Along one side of this walkway are lampposts topped with large globe-shaped lights. One of the lampposts has a ladder leaning against it. Go over and climb the ladder. Using the cloth and window cleaner that you brought with you, polish the glass globe very carefully, so that when the light goes on, it will shine through clearly.

Focus your attention on what you are doing, and really get into it. As you polish the globe, know that you are moving and expanding in your consciousness. Eventually a darkness will fall, because Soul is moving into areas It knows nothing about; and where there is no knowledge, there is no light. This applies only in the lower worlds as you work with Soul Travel.

As you notice that it’s getting dark, an automatic sensor switches the light on. You want to use this light to guide you as you continue your walk on the path to God, but you can’t very well carry a lamppost in your hand. So what you do now is visualize the thing getting smaller and smaller, until it becomes something you can conveniently hold in your hand.

Now resume your walk. But remember, there may be things along the path, such as the wind, that will try to put out the light. It’s best to be prepared for anything. Make sure your pockets are packed with extra batteries, matches, wicks, fuel, and flints—whatever your light needs. If the light goes out, don’t worry about it; just relight it.

Some people like to visualize unplugging an electric cord and switching to batteries. This symbolizes letting go of the silver cord. Now you are working with a self-contained battery pack, and you can go anywhere you want. But in case the batteries run down, you can always go back to the natural elements and use flints on the material you find around.

Like attracts like and light attracts light, so just keep walking and looking for another light. Somewhere on the path you will notice an individual coming toward you, totally illuminated with a silvery white light.

As he moves nearer, you will see that it is the Light Giver, the Mahanta.

—Sri Harold Klemp
The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

By Harold Klemp

A how-to collection of 131 spiritual exercises for spiritual growth and upliftment.

Eckankar book: The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

Available at local and online bookstores and the Eckankar Online Bookstore

Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God

 

First Landmarks of Soul Travel ~ Harold Klemp ~ The Spiritual Exercieses of ECK

Harold Klemp ~ eckankar.org
Harold Klemp ~ eckankar.org

One way to leave the body via Soul Travel is to lie down after dinner when you are drowsy. Plan to nap for five minutes, and watch the process of falling asleep. If you try the exercise with your spouse, agree to meet outside the body a few minutes later. Then watch carefully as your mate steps free of the physical body and enters the spiritual one in a burst of radiant light.

One always goes out of the body when he falls asleep, but it is an unconscious act. In Soul Travel, the only difference is that we are trying to get out of the body in full awareness.

The moment Soul leaves the body, It finds Itself in a blue-grey zone near the Physical Plane. This zone is an approach to the Astral Plane. The sensation of moving from the Physical to the Astral body is like slipping through a large iris of mild wind currents; this iris is the Spiritual Eye. Soul enters this neutral zone of blue-grey tones in Its Astral form, a sheath which looks like a thousand sparkling stars.

This buffer zone, or corridor, between the Physical and lower Astral Planes resembles the underground silo of an enormous rocket that is perhaps two hundred feet in diameter and more than two thousand feet deep. The ceiling if this circular pocket is open and may display a brilliant canopy of white light, or you may see a night sky sprinkled with specks of twinkling stars. There may even be a pastoral scene by a river, whose waters murmur their pleasure at life.

Whatever scene is displayed in the opening of the vast ceiling, Soul is drawn toward it at a mighty speed. Most people begin to recall their dreams only after their departure from this launching zone between the two worlds, and after their arrival at a faraway destination on the Astral Plane.

—Sri Harold Klemp
The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

By Harold Klemp

A how-to collection of 131 spiritual exercises for spiritual growth and upliftment.

Eckankar book: The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

Available at local and online bookstores and the Eckankar O

Best Sleeping Techniques for Soul Travel ~ Harold Klemp ~ The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

Harold Klemp ~ eckankar.org
Harold Klemp ~ eckankar.org
Best Sleeping Techniques for Soul Travel  There are three main steps to prepare yourself for Soul Travel in the dream state:
  1. Arrange your schedule to get as much sleep as needed to be fresh in the morning.
  2. For a few minutes before sleeping, read from one of the ECK books to signal your intent to pursue spiritual activity during sleep. I recommend The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, Book One or Two, or Stranger by the River.
  3. At bedtime contemplate upon the image of the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. In this spiritual exercise, give an invitation to the Master like this: “I welcome you into my heart as my home. Please enter it with joy.”
Then go to sleep as usual, but leave the eye of Soul alert to the coming of the teacher. Look for me, because I am always with you.—Sri Harold Klemp
The Spiritual Exercises of ECK
The Spiritual Exercises of ECK
By Harold Klemp
A how-to collection of 131 spiritual exercises for spiritual growth and upliftment.
Eckankar book: The Spiritual Exercises of ECK
Available at local and online bookstores and the Eckankar Online Bookstore
Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God

 

Reminder ~ Harold Klemp ~ The Spiritual Exercises of ECK

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If you wish to Soul Travel while you are asleep, remind yourself of this several times during the day. For example, say to yourself, “Tonight I will Soul Travel in my dream.”

Your mind will accept ideas that are repeated more readily than ideas that are not repeated.

Visualize the kind of dream you want to have as though it were already happening. After you have pictured the dream, picture its results. Try playing a movie scene in your mind of how you will feel when you have the advice or help you seek from the Dream Master.

—Sri Harold Klemp
The Spiritual Exercises of ECK