A recent National Fund for Scientific Research and University of Virginia study found that most people believed they had changed over the course of their lives but didn’t think their personalities were likely to change in the future. Yet handling the inevitability of change gracefully is a skill most people want to have. A spiritual seminar sponsored by Eckankar of Missouri, which has an Eckankar Center in Ballwin, Missouri, will explore past lives, dreams, and Soul Travel as spiritual tools for dealing with and understanding change. Free to the public, the 2013 Missouri Eckankar Regional Seminar, “Change Your Consciousness, Change Your Life,” will be at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel, 10700 Pear Tree Lane, St. Louis, Missouri 63134, Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17. People may attend any or all of the sessions. Information at 636-527-7253 or www.eckankar-missouri.org/Seminar.pdf.
“Everything in life is about change,” writes Harold Klemp, the spiritual leader of Eckankar, in his book The Spiritual Laws of Life. “Yet it is mostly your ability to change your consciousness to the needs of the moment that counts above all. Graceful change of that sort will keep you spiritually young for all time.”
The seminar features guest speaker and author Linda Anderson, from Minnesota. Anderson is a St. Louis, Missouri native who wrote the book 35 Golden Keys to Who You Are & Why You’re Here and is also coauthor of a popular series about the spiritual connections between people and animals. She has given presentations about the teachings of Eckankar around the world and will speak at this seminar on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The seminar includes talks, creative arts performances, roundtable discussions, and interactive workshops. At the “Spiritual Experiences Fair” on Saturday afternoon, people are invited to share their spiritual experiences and gain a deeper understanding of them.
The Regional ECK Spiritual Aide (RESA) of Eckankar of Missouri, Margie Mende, says, “We invite anyone who wants a spiritual perspective on change or who wonders about spiritual experiences such as a vivid dream, a near-death or out-of-body experience, miracles, or past life memories to meet like-hearted individuals at this seminar and share stories and insights. Eckankar seminars are filled with love, acceptance, and joy.”
Eckankar is a nonprofit religious organization and church with members in over one hundred countries. The spiritual home of Eckankar is the Temple of ECK in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Eckankar is not affiliated with any other religious group. Its purpose is to help individuals find their way back to God through direct, personal spiritual experiences. The word Eckankar means “Co-worker with God.” Eckankar teaches simple spiritual exercises, such as singing HU, to experience the Light and Sound of God and recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit. A modern-day religion with ancient roots, Eckankar was reintroduced in 1965. Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master is the spiritual leader of Eckankar today.