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