Spiritual Exercises: Key to Problem Solving

 

Spiritual exercises link you with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, which is seen as Light and heard as Sound. The inner Sound is the Voice of God calling us home. The inner Light is a beacon to light our way. All the Spiritual Exercises of ECK are built on these two divine aspects of the Holy Spirit.

They work similarly to physical exercises. If you want your body to be strong and healthy, you’ve got to swim or run or do something to keep fit. For the Soul body, you do the Spiritual exercises of ECK, a form of inner communication also called contemplation.

Learning spiritual consciousness is learning how to live in this world no matter what comes. We learn through these spiritual exercises how to live life graciously, from childhood to old age. We learn how to live life in the best way possible.

The Spiritual Exercises of ECK give you confidence in yourself. You learn that you are Soul, you are eternal. Then you know with certainty that you live forever, that death cannot destroy you.

When you do the Spiritual Exercises, fill yourself with love and goodwill.

Be patient with yourself. It is a rare person who has instant success and dramatic results right away. Expect subtle, gradual changes in your outlook on life over a period of weeks or months. A good way to keep track of this is by using a journal to not any insights, perceptions, or changes you notice in yourself.

Harold Klemp www.eckankar.org   ECK Wisdom on Problem Solving

 

Law of Reversed Effort

If you feel you are trying too hard to accomplish something, consider the Law of Reversed Effort. This law is a practical law of nature concerned with the use of the imaginative powers.

It goes like this: The more you concentrate on putting your imaginative powers upon something, the less you are able to do it. Or, the harder one struggles to avoid something, the more it will be attracted to him.

For example, when one is trying to ride a bicycle without hitting any rocks on the road, he is so conscious of hitting the rocks he’ll probably do so. Or if a person tries to walk a small plank from one building to another at the tenth floor, his mind would be on falling, not on walking.

This law is concerned with imagining and feeling.The negative thoughts are apt to be more effective than the positive, because the negative usually has more feeling with it.

Take your goal into contemplation, and focus on relaxing, letting go the negative feelings associated with not achieving this goal. Set up a positive image about the goal, then put feeling with it. It’s that simple.

This is a form of spiritual exercise.
By Harold Klemp
ECK Wisdom on Solving Problems

What Causes Our Problems?

     Each person has a whole series of experiences–good and bad–from the past. Our particular combination of experiences is what makes each one of us a unique individual, different from anyo

     Many of these experiences were caused by our own thoughts and expectations. Right or wrong, the wheels of life were then set in motion to bring us the experiences we needed to manifest our state of consciousness.

Soul enters the human form and begins its first earthly lives in a state of consciousness bordering on the naive and innocent. The individual believes the best of his fellow man. But as he goes through a progression of lives, he often becomes increasingly narrow and suspicious, sometimes falling under the influence of the dark forces.

In one way or another, he goes through the whole range of experiences. He is pulled left and right, back and forth, over and over throughout many lifetimes.

Gradually, he begins to be aware of the pain of living through these experiences of his own making. And when this occurs, he slowly comes to an understanding: He alone is responsible for his actions.

Identifying Our Problems

     On the (Spiritual path), we learn to identify the problems that are plaguing us. The Inner Master begins to open up small scenes from our past. We sometimes perceive these as disjointed dreams. These dream experiences give us a way to start finding out who and what we are.

As we move into the higher states of consciousness, we become more aware of our responsibility–first of all to ourselves, but also to other people. Our responsibility to others is mainly to allow them the same freedom we want for ourselves.

Pay Now, and Be Done with It

     “Nick” had a dream in which a beautiful young woman came to the office. She was trying to use the phone on his manager’s desk. Nick and the girl felt an immediate attraction for each other in the dream, and soon they began a passionate romance. But, to his frustration, it led nowhere. Then he awoke.

Some weeks later, a young student came to the office to get work experience. Nick loved her from the start. He did everything in his power to win her heart, but she coyly brushed aside his passion with promises. Later, always later. Soon everyone in the office was talking about their relationship. Then the sky fell in.

Through the office grapevine, Nick learned that this young woman had been having a secret love affair with his best friend at work. It had begun nearly the first week that she had arrived there. Worse, Nick had set the stage. One night that first week, he had to work late, so he asked his good friend to take her home. That was the beginning of the end.

Only the (Holy Spirit) kept Nick from losing his mind when he learned of the secret love affair. But he turned sour on life. Why had this beautiful young woman come–to purposely bring him grief?

In his anxiety and anger, he even forgot about the spiritual love of the Living ECK Master.

Then came a second dream. The Master took him on the Time Track and showed him a past life in which he had been a woman. Married to a wealthy man, this individual had two house servants, both of whom suffered due to Nick’s misuse of position and authority. One was this student.

“You made that karma,” the Master explained. “That debt stands between you and God’s love. Pay now, and be done with it.”

In the end, Nick recognized the hand of karma and the long, outstanding debt that he needed to settle. It took awhile for the crushing pain to subside, of course, but now he’s happy he settled the debt. After the pain had finally gone, Nick felt a new sense of freedom and lightness.

God’s love could now shine more directly into his heart. That obstructing block of karmic debt was gone.

By Sri Harold Klemp

Eck Wisdom on Solving Problems

 

What is Spiritual Growth?

Since much of the spiritual growth journey is experiential it can be hard to explain to family and friends why your spiritual growth is important to you. This article explains what spiritual growth is, the benefits of spiritual growth and why it is important.

As you progress on your spiritual journey, people close to you may begin to notice, and be confused by, some changes in your life perspectives. How do you explain to them what it means to grow spiritually?

Especially when so much of spiritual growth is experientialthe feeling of peace and harmony during meditationthe development of “natural knowingness” that is beyond logic and emotionthe sensitivity to the call of your heart and soulthe ability to joyfully surrender to the flow of your life.

Here is how I was finally able to define spiritual growth:

Spiritual growth is a process of developing your awareness of the reality that exists outside the range of your 5 senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell). Other words for “developing your awareness” would be “expanding your consciousness.”

We know there is a reality beyond our 5 senses because science can measure it. There are colors and sounds we cannot perceive, there are electrical impulses in our brain we are not aware of, there are billions of simultaneous activities going on inside the cells of our bodies that we can’t feel, yet they are all measurable with scientific instruments. Continue reading

How Spiritual Healing Is Better Than Traditional Healing Techniques?

Spiritual healing is a practice of treating someone who seeks spiritual treatment for his or her well being. Spiritual healing or sometimes called as shamanic healing is performed by spiritual healers, who perform healing practices through transmitting energy that works on body, mind and spirit which are considered as one unit that must reconcile for good health.

Many people believe that spiritual healing is an alternative to traditional medicine, but it should never be considered as a substitute to orthodox medicine. It needs to be recognized as complementary to the traditional remedies. Suppose you are unwell and getting treatment from a traditional doctor. However, if you are simultaneously receiving this healing method with your traditional medication then it will complement your treatment and the two will work together to cure you better.

Spiritual healing is constituted of two words – “spiritual” and “healing”. Spirituality is to recognize, accept and realize the power of God beyond our understanding. In other words, for being a spiritual person you need to believe in yourself and others. And the word “healing” stands for treatment. It is also known as shamanic healing and is an art of transmitting positive energy waves to the person who needs it. It acts on body, mind and spirit which are considered as the unit that must reconcile for good health. It is always suggested to take healing sessions from a licensed and expert spiritual healer.

Spiritual healers are like a mechanism of the divine, who allow the power of the God to heal through him or her. A good spiritual healer knows that he or she is not really healing and they are just the way or the instrument by which the person seeking healing surrenders to the divine or god. Continue reading

Finding Spiritual Guidance

Looking for direction? Not sure if you are being guided? Spiritual guidance is all around us when we know what to look for. Here are some helpful ideas on how to recognize, tap into and work your inner guidance.

There is spiritual guidance all around us… are you listening for it?Spiritual or inner guidance is available at all times, everywhere. It is found in casual conversation, in books that fall into our hands, in “wrong” numbers dialed… always available when we listen. After all, we believe that the Divine presence is everywhere, so why would the Divine voice of guidance not be everywhere, too? And so it is, provided we are not too busy to listen!I find that listening to my inner guidance can save a lot of time and effort. Being goal-oriented, I used to have a tendency to move ahead without waiting for clear guidance. I soon learned that trying to hasten the outcome only inhibits and may even delay the outcome. When this happens, the wisest move is to simply step back from the frenetic activity and to return to center. From that place of inner balance, guidance gently emerges to lead my steps, and life flows with synchronicity and ease.

Maintaining neutrality is an important aspect of receiving inner guidance. In kinesiology testing, attitudes of judgment or skepticism are found to calibrate at a level that undermines truth and can be destructive. When we ask for confirmation of guidance, it is important to do so from an attitude of desiring to know and align with truth, and to be detached from the outcome.

When we are open and receptive, we are also more inclined to recognize guidance we are given throughout the day. I have had people tell me how they asked for guidance in a difficult situation, only to have the business card of someone who could help, fall from a wallet. At times, I have asked for clarity on an issue and when the phone rang a few minutes later, the caller presented the solution to the issue without any prior knowledge of my predicament!Guidance often arrives in synchronistic ways, like the humorous experience I had on a first date. Throughout the evening, I felt vaguely uncomfortable: my companion was doing and saying all the appropriate things, yet I could not shake a vague sense that there was something amiss. I silently asked for guidance and clarity. Continue reading