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ECK Masters—Paul Twitchell

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A Meeting with Paul Twitchell

Inner Guidance Leads This Woman to Eckankar


I decided to move closer to my family. So I packed all my things into a small truck and made the two-hour drive to Corpus Christi, Texas, with my five-year-old son.

When I arrived, I looked for a place to live. I thought it would be easy to find something quickly. But after a long and fruitless day, I still couldn’t find an apartment, and we had nowhere to go.

I drove to my family’s house, thinking we might be able to stay there while we got settled.

After a brief conversation, my mother made it clear there wasn’t enough space for us to stay with her. I felt alone and rejected. The only reason I moved was to be closer to my family, and now it seemed as if I wasn’t wanted.

Crying, I walked away to sit under a nearby tree. I began to pray and bargain with God for help.

“I’m so tired,” I said. “I really need help. Please help me find a place to stay. If you do, I will change my life for you!” Then I was quiet for a while, wondering if I’d get an answer.

At first, nothing happened. Then my youngest brother came outside to talk with me. He mentioned a place I hadn’t visited yet and offered to take me there.

I was happy to find there was an available apartment. I didn’t even need references or a deposit. I could move right in. I was so grateful.

I raised my arms up and said to God, “OK! I’m all yours!”

Within the next week, I began to have some unusual experiences. Whenever I closed my eyes, I saw a deep blue or purple light followed by what felt like an ocean wave sweeping through my whole body. The sensation was very strong.

This scared me at first. I didn’t understand what was happening to me and wondered if I might be dying.

One afternoon, I was very tired and decided to take a nap. Almost as soon as I fell asleep, I had an amazing experience. I found myself out of my body on the ceiling of my bedroom, looking down at my sleeping physical form.

I was surprised to see someone sitting on the bed next to me. It was a gentleman I didn’t recognize. As he began to talk to me, I had the strong impression to return to my body. I did and immediately woke up.

But I continued to clearly hear his voice inside me.

“Get dressed and follow me,” he said.

I silently wondered if this was just my imagination.

“It’s not your imagination,” he replied to my unspoken question. “Just get dressed, and I’ll give you directions on where to go.”

I felt a little foolish as I dressed and then got into my car.

“Well, where am I going to go from here?” I asked.

“Start to drive, and I’ll tell you where to turn,” he replied. I started the car and began to drive.

His directions led me to a nearby mall and into a bookstore. His instructions continued until I was standing in front of a variety of books on different spiritual topics.

Sticking out from the shelf was a book with a name I didn’t recognize--Eckankar. I took it off the shelf and began to read. I learned that my recent inner experiences were all expressions of the ECK, the Holy Spirit. I bought the book and took it home.

A short time later, I returned to the store to buy other books on the same topic. One of them had a spiritual exercise on singing HU. I decided to try it.

Instantly I found myself out of my body and listening to the beautiful sounds of flutes and violins. Joy and happiness flooded through me. This was exactly what I was looking for!

After the experience ended, I turned the book over and found a picture of the author on the back cover.

It was Paul Twitchell, the modern-day founder of Eckankar. I recognized him instantly; this was the man sitting on my bed!

I was amazed and so grateful. With Paul Twitchell’s inner guidance, I found the teachings of Eckankar and never looked back. I’d kept my promise to God and changed my life. That was over thirty years ago.

That day I learned that when you ask God and the ECK for help, an answer will come. All you have to do is be open to the guidance you receive.

Excerpted from the 2013 Eckankar Journal, copyright © 2012 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved.

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