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.
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.
Best Sleeping Techniques for Soul Travel There are three main steps to prepare yourself for Soul Travel in the dream state:
Arrange your schedule to get as much sleep as needed to be fresh in the morning.
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.
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
Soul Travel occurs in two ways. One form is experienced as the apparent movement of the Soul body through the planes of time and space. It is not really movement, because Soul already exists on all planes. What seems to be movement, or travel, is simply Soul coming into agreement with fixed states and conditions that already exist in the lower worlds.
This explains the imaginative technique for Soul Travel. You imagine a scene, and you are there in the Soul body. It may feel as though you are moving along very quickly, and this is why it is perceived as travel. Actually, it is the process of changing the setting around you.
To practice this, you can take a scene from your memories and control the actions in it. For example, imagine the sea beating against a beach. Now try to see the sea as being as still as lake water. Try it on things you know by stilling or stopping actions.
You may experience a rushing sound, like wind in a tunnel, and the sensation of moving incredibly fast.
The other form of Soul Travel is the expansion of consciousness. This is closer to the state of true personal revelation or enlightenment that we are looking for in ECK.
A growing fear – walking in a highway Every morning on the way to work I had to walk along a highway at night. A lot of long haul trucks used the road to be able to make their morning deliveries. At high-speed they were frightening monsters passing just a couple of feet away. I felt brave but I was scared too. I got this “what if” attitude. Every day I thought about this. What if an accident happens? As an ECKist I have a best friend, Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. He is holding his my hand over me and protects me from harm’s way. I have to take care of my own life, but he watches in case there are lessons to be learnt. In this case I asked for help and said I was willing to learn the lessons that came with it. And the little drops of fear still kept coming. One cold spring morning the ice on the ponds had started to melt in the morning sun and the black ice was gone. I had got passed the stretch on the highway in one piece and relaxed. It was still some water on the parking lot, not deep enough to be above the soles of my winter shoes. The wind was blowing and the water had some ripples on it. No ice I sighed in relief. One step out in the water, and I knew. The black ice had not melted completely. Flat out in the air my head hit the bumper of the parked car just inches away from the tow hook. I ended up with some blood running down my face. A lady from a nearby shop drove me to the Emergency Room. Four small stitches were all I needed. And it was the best plastic surgeon on duty. It left no scar. Then the Mahanta guided me again, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” With a little bandage and some visible blue bruises I was the major attraction for the school kids when I drove the school bus the next week. They were so caring. They wondered if it was painful and so on. They got a lot of wisdom that might benefit them in the future. It hurts a little when it happens but the pain goes away and what it would look like day by day. What really happened here? Why did the Master not intervene? Well, he helped me. He watched as I grew this karmic debt of fear that would finally cause a fatal accident. I had unconsciously been creating my own translation, holding on to this negative pattern of fear. And I did not know. In due time, he allowed a minor accident to happen. Missing the tow hook by inches he indicated it was close to a major accident. If I had hit it, I would not have been here today. The minor accident removed the grip of fear that had built up over years. Knowing this I was grateful and happy and I was able to let go of the negative thought pattern. The Master gave me a valuable lesson, and helped a group of school children learning that a few stitches and a bruise did not cause any major problems. I thank you for teaching me to sing HU for protection and increasing the contact with my guardian Angel, the one that gave help in the day of great need.