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Our personal worldview, including our view
of life itself, directly affects us every day of our life.
It is the in the background, influencing how we respond
to every event and circumstance. A positive response, or
at least a neutral one, is always desirable because it reduces
stress and contributes to our joy in life. Because it is
so important, it is well to question ourselves about how
our own views were formed and whether we exerted sufficient
conscious choice in their formation.
I feel fortunate that I discovered and
was influenced by the Edgar Cayce Readings because they
are positive and optimistic in every way, yet tempered by
realism. Some sound too good to be true. If they came only from Cayce’s conscious self, or if he had
not also rendered selfless service to many, they would be
all too easy to disregard. Even so, they are still far too
easy to overlook because of the breadth and wealth of Readings
subject material that can absorb one’s attention. It also
becomes evident how valuable the health and healing readings
existence still brings many into contact with the readings
who would not be attracted by their ‘philosophy of life’
content alone. Along with the diagnosis and treatments he
suggested, Cayce could include loving comments about the
influence of negative attitudes and emotions, and how they
contribute to the physical problems being experienced. These
comments form some of the most valuable entries comprising
a beneficial philosophy of life. He continued to give readings
on people’s physical, mental, and spiritual needs for many
years before they began asking more philosophically or spiritually
oriented questions on their own.
Such evidence of the truth and good intentions
of the Sources of his information was crucial to my acceptance.
This was enhanced by the conduct of his life and the high
ideals that he displayed. . I tend to take it for granted
now and forget how fortunate it is to be able trust to the
goodness and accuracy of such wonderful information. I admit
that I had to struggle to accept the idea of reincarnation
and other subjects which arose later and were very new to
me but I succeeded and am grateful. Altogether, I have arrived
at a much improved philosophy of life based upon a far better
understanding of it gained through the Readings.
Now what are some of the startling but
very positive ideas that are hard to accept literally? The
first might be “Nothing happens by chance” stated in #3684-1
and confirmed in three other readings. It is well that it
is so confirmed because a single reading transcript might
have been considered an error. Who but someone like Cayce,
working from an unconscious state, could make such a statement
and not be ridiculed? Even so, the full impact of this statement
may not be felt immediately. Many people might be willing
to concede that pleasant events were only a natural and
expected outcome but undesired and unpleasant ones were
more likely an error or ‘by chance’. The Readings do not
support the latter. They do suggest instead that problems
are only opportunities in disguise. Another confirming reading says “It is not by chance that each
entity comes into the world but rather as part of a plan:
to fill a place which no other soul could fill so well.”
find this reading to be quite inspiring, This certainly
conveys the idea that
Spirit has a plan for each soul that enters this world and
that each of us have something of value to contribute.
The next reference is closely related to
the above and is particularly appropriate to negative circumstances.
“Know that in whatever state ye find thyself, that
– at the moment – is best for thee” #369-16. This is certainly
helpful in that it causes us to consider just how each and
every situation could be best for us and to accept that
as truth. I remember many articles and quotations in which
well-known people testified that, in retrospect, they recognized
the spiritual value of past trials and setbacks. I once
met a young man who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident.
While this was devastating to him then, he now could state
that he would not ask for his leg back if it meant that
he would lose what he learned from the experience that followed.
I can also look back upon many things in my life that seemed
wrong at the time but which I later appreciated as being
right for me. The longer I live, the more things fit that
Next there is “Know that what is truly
thine cannot be taken away from thee” #2448-2. This is entirely
positive and says that others are not in charge of our fate
or our possessions of any consequence.
“There are ever, for every soul, those that may be termed the
guides or guardian angels that stand before the Throne of
Grace and Mercy. If there is the finding of self in its
relationships to the spiritual life and the guiding of self
therein, then do the angels and guards in the spiritual
life protect those in their activities.”
# 405-1 This verifies the intervention of Spirit in the world in that
way. Why not
all ways (always)?
"For the self is constantly
meeting self. And as ye may learn to stand aside and
watch self pass by, there may come more and more the knowledge
and the comprehension that it is earnest, it is real; and
that the real is rather the unseen than that which is so
material as to cause disappointments, fears, and those things
that make the mind of man afraid." #1771-2,
pp. 4. To me this says that we should pay more attention
to spiritual reality than physical reality. Whether reviewing
a life event or a dream, we should ask “Why is this part
of my dream?" In either case, a nightmare should not
be discounted and blamed upon someone else.
And for a real clincher, how about “For
only that which is good, that which is constructive, that.
which is true, that which is spiritual, CAN live, DOES live,
ON and ON” #1691-1. [Emphasis his].
Doesn’t this indicate that all that is unworthy of
man will at some time cease to exist? That history can actually
Here are several more that really don’t
need a comment.
“All prayer is answered. Don’t tell God how to answer it. Make
your wants known to him- then live as if you expected Him
“He who seeks will find. He who knocks,
to him it shall be opened. These are irrefutable; these
are unchangeable laws. # 5244-1
“That to which an entity may attain is
limited only by self and that which self sets as an ideal.”
“Is God’s hand short that there would not
be all that each soul would require?” # 5755-2, 11
We should not close without including:
“All time is one time”. That appeared in so many readings
that it is not considered necessary to quote a reading #
To me, these [and many others] all confirm
that Spirit is indeed in charge of events here on earth,
even those we may prematurely tend to classify as bad. None
of these even remotely implies that life is as it appears
to be on the surface. All, however, are hard to accept and
so they are not ordinarily discussed either. I suggest that
it is time we discuss them seriously – or better -- genuinely
accept them now.
I earlier stated that Cayce was also realistic.
In support of that, I offer the material in #252-56 given
to the original A Search for God study group, formed while
Cayce was still alive.
21. [Q] Comment upon the following. Is
it worthy of expansion; that is, does it carry any light
of truth? …. The Creator, in seeking to find or create a
being worthy of companionship, realized that such a being
would result only from a free will exercising its Divine
inheritance and through its own efforts find its Maker.
Thus, to make its choice really a Divine one, [the Creator]
caused the existence of states of consciousness that would
indeed tax the free will of a soul; thus light and darkness.
Truly, only those tried so as by fire can enter in.
Cayce’s answer supported what was said
and added to it. That doesn’t exactly promise a bed of roses,
does it !! Another example; “And all illness comes from
sin—this everyone must take [accept] whether they like it
or not. It comes from sin whether it be of body, of mind,
or of soul, and these manifest in the earth.” #3174-1, pp.5.
Later in that same reading we find: 17. (Q) “What are both
the basic (or original) and also the contributing causes
of my illness?
just what has been given.
It's self !”
However harsh this may seem, if Spirit is in charge,
we can at least feel certain that all are treated with fairness
and love, albeit tough love at times.
It is probably sufficient for many to accept
what the readings said about all the above on faith alone.
What is amazing is that they also contain information, although
obscure indeed, on how it all can be accomplished. This
is found in a reading Cayce gave to a woman who was once
his elder sister in that period now called The Persian Legacy
when he was Uhjltd and she was Uhjltda. The Reading is #259-8,
pp. 6, where it says: “For will is the factor which makes
for growth in the soul’s sleep through the earth experience,
for with the birth of a physical body the soul slumbers;
and its dreams are the deeds by which the soul is judged
in its associations with its fellow man”. If ever a Reading
required confirmation, it would be that one. It is indeed
confirmed by a number of others and I have written an article
drawing upon them. It contains diagrams to help convey the
concepts. It is available upon request as “Reincarnation,
Dreams of the Soul’, Part 1.
In addition, the concept that life is a
dream has been with us throughout the ages and has been
confirmed by many mystics besides Cayce. I would mention
Paramahansa Yogananda and Sathya Sai Baba as some of the
most recent, well-known ones but there are many others.
It also appears in “A Course In Miracles” [called an illusion
there] and in the “Conversations With God” series of books
as well as in the SETH material. I discuss and list over
20 references in Part 2 of the above article
It seems broadly accepted that night dreams are fashioned for
our specific and personal needs and are able to fulfill
those needs without being limited by physical resources.
Our dreams do not restrict someone else’s dreams or conflict
with them. Dreams are independent of each other as well
as independent of linear time, as required by "all
time is one time". It would be misleading and irresponsible
to use the word dream to describe life if it didn’t share
the same characteristics. I don’t believe that Cayce or
any other respected sources would have done so. According
to this concept, our lives [or life-dreams] are exactly
the same. It is thus the perfect plan, one that only God
could conceive and carry out.
Is it important or necessary to believe
that life is a dream of the soul? Of course not, if without
it you can love God and your neighbor as much as you should.
In Reading #2072-14, pp. 16, Cayce gave: "Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all thy mind, thy heart and thy
body; and thy neighbor as thyself.” I include this because
it confirms that a threefold love of God is needed. Can we have that much love if we don’t understand
the world or God adequately? The dream concept tells us
that things are not at all what they seem to be; they are
actually much better. They appear as they are because a
perfect world and life would not provide proper opportunities
for soul development.
In reading # 262-56 mentioned earlier,
we did not give the full details of Cayce’s answer. This
(A) The only variation that
we would make is that all souls in the beginning were one
with the Father. The separation, or turning away, brought
there became the necessity of the awareness of self's being
out of accord with, or out of the realm of blessedness;
and, as given of the Son, "yet learned he obedience
through the things which he suffered."
What I believe this points out is that God did not
start this “contrast of light and darkness’ thing until
we provided the need for it !!
So all souls started out in the Realm of Blessedness,
with God, and erred. Adam and Eve failed in the surroundings
of the Garden of Eden. It is also said to be harder for
a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to pass through
the eye of a needle. All these say that perhaps things really
are best being the way they seem to be. In other words,
the imperfections are perfect and produce the intended outcome
of soul development.
And what does the word ‘obedience’ in his
answer refer to ?
Is it obedience to God ? …to Law ? ….to Love ?
Cayce gave that these are all the same, as in # 3754-1
we find: Truth
is the unalterable, unchangeable law ever. What is truth
? Law ! What
is law ? Love ! What
is love ? God ! What is God ? Law and Love !
So while the word obedience may be somewhat
‘hard to swallow’, we see that it is appropriate and unavoidable
when it comes to the matter of love. And yes, the directives
of the law of love seem impractical and unrealistic in the
world as it seems to be. However, if life is a dream, and
anything is possible in a dream, then they are realistic
and practical ! We should also be able to see why life has
its dark side, called troubles, just as dreams have theirs,
called nightmares. We have created our own reality. We know
why it is the way it is and we know how to change it.
Those who can accept the concept that life
is a dream have experienced a profound change in their opinions
and attitudes toward life related to their new understanding
of it. It has allowed me, and others, to form a higher view
of life than we had ever considered before. One recent believer
said, I quote, “There is a great difference in how one walks
upon the earth when it is viewed as a life dream, as opposed
to a hard physical reality. This is true without in
any way diminishing the significance of the lessons involved.”
Another said “It is an extremely challenging topic, and
most people probably are not ready to deal with it.
But a few are, and once they are exposed to it, oh what
a difference it will make! Others will come along
later. This is a key, I think, in our evolution back
toward our previous spiritual state.”
Of course those words were rewarding to me. I hope
they will encourage you to investigate it seriously. Here
is a most appropriate quotation in this regard. “There are
two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything
or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.”
It would be impractical to pursue the subject
in greater depth here but I encourage the reader to do so
on their own. It has opened up a whole new world of understanding
for me and a further reason for optimism too.
Quoted in Reader’s Digest, May, 1998. From; Manhood of Humanity,
By Alfred Korzybski, Institute of General Semantics.