By Suzie, Ontario
I was very curious about Soul Travel when I was new to Eckankar and wanted to experience it for myself.
So, with great anticipation, I practiced my nightly spiritual exercises, hoping I would leave my body and travel the inner worlds as Soul.
But most of the time, I just dozed off to sleep and woke up the next morning with little recollection of any experiences. Still, I patiently wrote down in my journal whatever I learned from my dreams. This went on for a long time.
Then one night, it happened!
I was lying in bed, feeling very relaxed. Quietly, I began to sing HU, an ancient love song to God. As usual, I started dozing off to sleep.
All of a sudden, I had the sensation of feeling feathery light, as if I was floating on air. I knew my body was in bed, and yet there I was—floating!
With my eyes closed, I looked around with my inner vision. There were trees everywhere. Then I knew I was out of the body.
Slowly I floated toward the kitchen, and I found I was in the middle of a forest. The wall that separated the bedroom from the kitchen was gone. I looked toward what was supposed to be the kitchen window.
Instead of seeing the street, I saw a river surrounded by shrubs and trees and heard the sound of rushing water.
Happily, I said to myself, This is fantastic! I’m out of my physical body. This must be Soul Travel!
Then I accidentally wiggled a toe on my right foot.
Immediately I was back in my body in bed. I remained awake for a while, trying to comprehend this incredible and awesome experience. It was so real!
As I lay there, I thought, So this is what Eckankar is all about. It is a teaching to realize and know one’s True Self!
I had proven that I am Soul, a spiritual being that is separate from the physical body. It was the beginning of my conscious spiritual journey back home to God.A Spiritual Exercise to Try
Some of you want Soul Travel, which is usually an advanced state beyond the dream state. Again, sit on your bed or on the floor, shut your eyes, and look into your Spiritual Eye. This is located at a point just above and between the eyebrows. Don’t expect to see anything there; just chant HU, the holy name of God.
Then spell out Soul Travel, chanting each separate letter: S-O-U-L T-R-A-V-E-L. Do this about three times out loud and then three times quietly.
—Sri Harold Klemp, The Art of Spiritual Dreaming