Gratitude Opens the Heart To Love. “Abundance flourishes in a grateful heart; gratitude is the secret of love." Harold Klemp, ‘The Spiritual Laws of Life’, p169
I have always felt grateful for the comfort my guardian angel gave me as a child growing up in Sydney. In a large family, we went to the Catholic Church where I was taught this. I prayed with my angel every day. I had a vivid spiritual experience during a very difficult time in my life. I was nine years old at the time.
During a lunch break, I went from the Catholic primary school I attended, across the playground to the church. No one was there. The blue light was shining on the altar. I had been taught that this meant God was present.
Boldly I went up to the altar and the light, and asked God to help me understand. Deep sobs of grief wracked my young body. Soon I was lying on the steps in front of the altar, bathed in a golden light of love. My crying melted away. I felt a love and peace as never before .A soft voice said to me, ‘There is always someone here for you!’ Comforted, I went back to the school playground as though nothing had happened.
On a deep Soul level I knew I had found spiritual truth. I just didn’t understand this then, and so began my search for truth and understanding. I asked my mother about what had happened. She said, “Don’t tell anyone, they lock people up for telling these sorts of stories”. I was confused and silenced!
After other spiritual experiences that no one could explain or understand, I kept on searching. My search would take me on a roundabout journey, mainly looking outside myself until I was around 35 years old. After my third child was born, I began a course to be an NLP counsellor, and we had to learn about using a technique called ‘Creative Visualisation’. This I found I could do naturally and easily.
I would start out seeing myself on the inner as in a dream walking along a beach. I discovered a cave and inside was a being. He was holding a sphere of blue light. I felt my fear melt away and the love and compassion from him reminded me of my childhood experience.
Dismissing this again as just my imagination, I told no one. I still felt compelled to keep going on the inner to meet with this wonderful, compassionate being. He took me through the sphere of blue light to meet other beings. Each had a quality, an essence unique to them, always there was love. I felt really grateful and uplifted with these wonderful experiences; I kept these experiences to myself. I was learning to Soul Travel I just didn’t know what it was called., Recalling my mother’s warning. This kept me from discovering who they were until several years later.
After my son was born a friend came to visit, bringing a most precious gift that I still use today. She said it was a love song to God, the song of HU (pronounced hue). She taught me and my family how to sing this simple but soothing sound, without directing it. Later she loaned me some interesting books. I started to pay attention, because they said things I knew in my heart were also my truth. When we went to an Eckankar meeting for new guests, there on a table were photos of paintings of these very same beings I had been seeing on the inner for years. I felt like I had come home to myself. I wanted to know everything about these beings, and found it was not just my vivid imagination. They were real, as others had also met them.
I joined Eckankar in 1994, and have not looked back, I began to see the same blue light and a six-pointed star, and can hear the sound of HU within me, which I learned to understand through Eckankar is the Light and Sound of God.
The miracles just keep happening every day as I become more aware of my spiritual guide always with me, and grateful for these easy-to-understand yet profound teachings of Eckankar working in my everyday life. They have taught me how to learn from my dreams, and to Soul Travel to other planes of existence, how past lives effect my life today, and also that karma was what was troubling me as a child. I was working out my karma through experiences with others in my outer life, and with this understanding I have more compassion for myself and others.
These wonderful ECK/Spirit teachings give me validation of who I am, and what I receive on the inner for myself. This always continues to fill me with joy, gratitude and love, so much so I just have to give out and share with others who are ready. My spiritual guide has taught me that through gratitude we are filled with love for everything in our lives, no matter what happens.