Edgar Cayce on Mankind
Cayce on the development of Life and Mankind
(Recorded while in a subconscious
Man demands a beginning and a boundary, so in the beginning there was a sea
of spirit, and it filled all space. It was static, content, aware of itself, a
giant resting on the bosom of its thought, contemplating that which it was.
Then it moved. It withdrew into itself, until all space was empty, and
that which had filled it was shining from its center, a restless, seething mind.
This was the individuality of the spirit; this was what it discovered itself to
be when it awakened; this was God.
God desired to express Himself, and He desired companionship. Therefore,
He projected from Himself the cosmos and souls. The cosmos was built with the
tools which man calls music, arithmetic, and geometry; harmony, system, and
balance. The building blocks were all of the same material, which man calls the
life essence. It was a power sent out from God, a primary ray, as man thinks of
it, which by changing the length of its wave and the rate of its vibration
became a pattern of differing forms, substance, and movement. This created the
law of diversity which supplied endless designs for the pattern. God played on
this law of diversity as a person plays on a piano, producing melodies and
arranging them in a symphony.
Each design carried within it, inherently, the plan of its evolution,
which was to be accomplished by movement, growth, or, as man calls it, change.
This corresponds to the sound of a note struck on a piano. The sounds of several
unite to make a chord; chords in turn become phrases; phrases become melodies;
melodies intermingle and move back and forth, across and between and around each
other, to make a symphony. The music ends as it began, leaving emptiness, but
between the beginning and finish there has been glorious beauty and a great
(The terms “light,” “heat,” and “electricity” with regard to the cosmos
are of no use in this type of discussion, since they are effects observed
sensorily, within the earth’s atmosphere. The human senses do not operate
outside the earth’s atmosphere: the sun might be, to the surviving
individuality, an idea, an influence, or an angel.)
Everything moved, changed, and assumed its design in various states of
form and substance. Activity was begun and maintained by the law of attraction
and repulsion: positive and negative, attracting each other and repelling
themselves, maintained the form and action of all things.
All this was a part of God, an expression of His thought. Mind was the
force which propelled and perpetuated it: mind did everything God imagined;
everything that came into being was an aspect, a posture, of mind.
Souls were created for companionship with God. The pattern used was that
of God Himself: spirit, mind, individuality; cause, action, effect. First there
had been spirit; then there had been the action which withdrew spirit into
itself; then there had been the resulting individuality of God.
In building the soul there was spirit, with its knowledge of identity
with God; there was the active principle of mind; and there was the ability to
experience the activity of mind separately from God.
Thus a new individual, issuing from and dependent upon God, but aware of
an existence apart from Him, came into being. To the new individual there was
given, necessarily, the power to choose and direct its own activity; without
free will it would remain a part of the individuality of God. Mind, issuing as a
force from God, would naturally fulfill His thoughts, unless directed otherwise.
The power to do this—to direct otherwise the force of mind—is what man calls his
free will. The record of this free will is the soul. The soul began with the
first expression which free will made of its power, through the force of mind.
The first thought which it generated of itself, the first diversion of mind
force from its normal path, was the beginning of the soul.
The nucleus of the soul was in balance, positive and negative force in
equal power, producing harmonious activity: the positive initiating,
impregnating, thrusting forward; the negative receiving, nourishing, ejecting.
The steps of this action were the stages of thought: perception, reflection,
Thus the soul consisted of two states of consciousness: that of the
spirit, bearing a knowledge of its identity with God, and that of the new
individual, bearing a knowledge of everything it experienced.
The plan for the soul was a cycle of experience, unlimited in scope
and duration, in which the new individual would come to know creating in all its
aspects, at the discretion of will. The cycle would be completed when the desire
of will was no longer different from the thought of God. The consciousness of
the new individual would then merge with its spiritual consciousness of identity
with God, and the soul would return to its source as the companion it was
intended to be.
In this state the soul would retain its consciousness of a separate
individuality and would be aware that of its own free will it now acted as a
part of God, not diverting mind force because it was in agreement with the
action toward which this force was directed. Until this state was reached the
soul would not be a companion in the true sense of the word.
(The idea that a return of God means a loss of individuality is
paradoxical, since God is aware of everything that happens and must therefore be
aware of the consciousness of each individual. Thus the return of the soul is
the return of the image to that which imagined it, and the consciousness of an
individual—its record, written in mind—could not be destroyed without destroying
part of God Himself. When a soul returns to God it becomes aware of itself not
only as a part of God, but as a part of every soul, and everything.
(What is lost is the ego—the desire to do other than the will of God.
When the soul returns to God the ego is voluntarily relinquished; this is the
symbology of the crucifixion.)
The plan for the soul included experience of all creation, but it did not
necessarily mean, identification with and participation in all forms and
substance. Nor did it mean interference in creation by souls. It did not mean
that they were to spin their own little worlds, twisting and bending laws to
make images of their dreams.
But these things could happen. The soul was the greatest thing that was
made; it had free will. Once free will was given, God did nothing to curb it;
however it acted, it had to act within Him; by whatever route, it had to return
(The fact that man’s body is a speck of dust on a small planet leads to
the illusion that man himself is a small creation. The measure of the soul is
the limitless activity of mind and the grandeur of imagination.)
At first there was little difference between the consciousness of the new
individual and its consciousness of identity with God. Free will merely watched
the flow of mind, somewhat as man watches his fancy disport in daydreams,
marvelling at its power and versatility. Then it began to exercise itself,
imitating and paralleling what mind was doing. Gradually it acquired experience,
becoming a complementary rather than an imitative force. It helped to extend,
modify, and regulate creation. It grew, as did Jesus, in “wisdom and beauty.”
Certain souls became bemused with their own power and began to experiment
with it. They mingled with the dust of the stars and the winds of the spheres,
feeling them, becoming part of them. One result of this was an unbalancing of
the positive-negative force, by accentuating one or the other; to feel things
demanded the negative force; to express through things, and direct and mange
them, required the positive force. Another result was the gradual weakening of
the link between the two states of consciousness—that of the spirit and that of
the individual. The individual became more concerned with, and aware of, his own
creations than God’s. This was the fall in spirit, or the revolt of the angels.
To move into a portion of creation and become part of it, a soul had to
assume a new, or third aspect of consciousness—a method of experiencing that
portion of creation and translating it into the basic substance of mind by means
of thought. Man refers to this aspect of awareness as his “conscious mind.” It
is the device by which he experiences earth: physical body, five sense,
glandular and nervous systems. In other worlds, in other systems, the
device differed. Only the range and variation of man’s own thought can give an
idea of the number of these other worlds and systems and the aspects of divine
mind which they represent.
When a soul took on the consciousness of a portion of creation it
separated itself temporarily from the consciousness of its own
individuality, and became even further removed from the consciousness of its
spirit. Thus, instead of helping to direct the flow of creation and contributing
to it, it found itself in the stream, drifting along with it. The farther it
went from shore, the more it succumbed to the pull of the current and the more
difficult was the task of getting back to land.
Each of the systems of stars and planets represented, in this manner, a
temptation to the souls. Each had its plan, and moved toward it through the
activity of a constant stream of mind. When a soul leaped into the stream)
by immersing itself in the system through which the stream was flowing) it had
the force of the current to contend with, and its free will was hampered. It was
very easy, under these circumstances, to drift with the current.
(Each system also represented an opportunity for development,
advancement, and growth toward the ideal of complete companionship with God—the
position of cocreator in the vast system of universal mind.)
The solar system attracted the souls, and since each system is a single
expression, with its planets as integral parts, the earth came into the path of
(The planets of the solar system represent the dimensions of
consciousness of the system—its consciousness as a whole. There are eight
dimensions to the consciousness of the system. The earth is the third
The earth was an expression of divine mind with its own laws, its own
plan, its own evolution. Souls, longing to feel the beauty of the seas, the
winds, the forest, the flowers, mixed with them and expressed themselves through
them. They also mingled with the animals, and made, in imitation of them,
thought forms; they played at creating; they imitated God. But it was a playing,
an imitating, that interfered with what had already been set in motion, and thus
the stream of mind carrying out the plan for earth gradually drew souls into its
current. They had to go along with it, in the bodies they had themselves
They were strange bodies: mixtures of animals, a patchwork of ideas about
what it would be pleasant to enjoy in flesh. Down through the ages fables of
centaurs, Cyclopes, etc., have persisted as a relic of this beginning of the
soul’s tenancy of earth.
Sex already existed in the animal kingdom, but the souls, in their
thought forms, were androgynous. To experience sex they created thought forms
for companions, isolating the negative force in a separate structure, retaining
the positive within themselves. This objectification is what man calls Lilith,
the first woman.
This entanglement of souls in what man calls matter was a probability
from the beginning, but God did not know when it would happen until the souls,
of their own choice, had caused it to happen.
(Of the souls which God created—and He created all souls in the
beginning; none has been made since—only a comparative few have come into the
experience of the solar system, though many have gone through or are going
through a similar entitlement in other systems.)
A way of escape for the souls which were entangled in matter was
prepared. A form was chosen to be a vehicle for the soul on earth, and the way
was made for souls to enter earth and experience it as part of their cycle. Of
the forms already existing on earth one of the anthropoid apes most nearly
approached the necessary pattern. Souls descended on these apes—hovering above
and about them rather than inhabiting them—and influenced them to move toward a
different goal from the simple one they had been pursuing. They came down out of
the trees, built fires, made tools, lived in communities, and began to
communicate with each other. Swiftly, even as man measures time, they lost their
animal look, shed bodily hair, and took on refinements of manner and habit.
All this was done by the souls, working through glands, until the body of
the ape was an objectification—in the third dimension of the solar system—of the
soul that hovered above it. Then the soul descended into the body and earth had
a new inhabitant: man.
He appeared as a consciousness within an animal, a consciousness which
was felt on the earth in five different places in the Caucasus, the Carpathians,
and Persia. They yellow race appeared in what is now the Gobi Desert. The black
race appeared in the Sudan and upper west Africa; the red race appeared in
Atlantis; the brown race appeared in the Andes.
(The Pacific coast of South America was then the western coast of
Lemuria. The Atlantic seaboard of the United States comprised the lowlands of
Atlantis. Persia and the Caucasus were rich lands—the Garden of Eden. The poles
of the earth as we know them today were tropical and semitropical. The Nile
emptied into the Atlantic Ocean. The Sahara was fertile and inhabited. The
Mississippi basin was part of the ocean.)
The problem was to overcome the attractions of earth to the extent that
the soul would be as free in the body as out of it. Only when the body was no
longer a hindrance to the free expression of the soul would the cycle of earth
(In a smaller field this was the drama of free will and creation. In a
still smaller field each atom of the physical body, being a world in itself, is
a drama of free will and creation. The soul puts life into each atom, and each
atom is a reflection in flesh of the soul’s pattern.)
There were males and females in these new, pure races, and both had
complete souls. Eve replaced Lilith, and became a complement to Adam—The ideal
companion for the threefold life on earth: physical, mental, and spiritual. In
Eve the positive pole was suppressed and the negative pole expressed; in Adam
the negative pole was suppress, the positive expressed.
(Which a soul would become—male or female—was a matter of choice, unless
the soul was already entangled and unbalance. Eventually the positive and
negative forces would have to be brought into balance, so there was not,
basically more advantage in one than in the other. For souls in balance it was a
device to be employed for the duration of the earth cycle, and whichever sex
would best suit the problems to the attacked was chosen. It was a voluntary
assumption of an attitude, not a fall into error, and once a sex was assumed it
was generally retained through the cycle of earth lives, though it could be
changed from life to life, if the change were considered advantageous. Awareness
of sex was retained between lives, but could only be expressed on earth.)
became aware, with the advent of his consciousness, that sex
meant something more to him than to the animals. It was the door by which new
souls entered the earth, a door unnecessary elsewhere in the system. It was the
only means the trapped souls had of getting out of their predicament—by being
reborn through the bodies of souls which had entered the earth through choice.
These bodies were not entangled with animals or thought forms. They represented
the idea vehicle for the soul on earth.
Therefore sex was a creative power which could be used for good or evil.
Used rightly, the race would be kept pure, the earth would be a paradise for
souls in perfect bodies, the trapped souls could be freed of their cycle of
rebirth in monstrous, half-animal forms, and provided with perfect bodies.
(This is the story of Adam and Eve, the serpent, and the apple. The
serpent, wisdom, offered the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Eve, the negative, receptive force, took and fostered it. When Adam, the active
force, partook of it, the peaceful animal life of man was ended.)
The plan for the earth cycle of souls was a series of incarnations,
interlarded with periods of dwelling in other dimensions of consciousness in the
system—the planets, until every thought and every action of the physical body,
with its five senses and conscious mind, was in accord with the plan originally
laid out for the soul. When the body was no longer a hindrance to the free
expression of the soul—when the conscious mind had merged with the subconscious,
and the atomic structure of the body could be controlled so that the soul was as
free in it as out of it—the earth cycle was finished and the soul could go on to
new adventures. This conquest of the physical body could not be attained until
there was perfection in the other dimensions of consciousness in the system, for
these made up, with the earth the total expression of the sun and its
satellites. Whichever state of consciousness the soul assumed became the focal
point of activity. The other states of consciousness receded to the position of
urges and influences.
The race of man was fostered by a soul which had completed its experience
of creation and returned to God, becoming a companion to Him and a cocreator.
This is the soul man knows as the Christ.
The Christ soul was interested in the plight of its brother souls trapped
in earth, and after supervising the influx of the pure races, it took form
itself, from time to time, to act as a leader for the people.
Though at first the souls but lightly inhabited bodies and remembered
their identities, gradually, life after life, they descended into earthiness,
into less mentality, less consciousness of the mind force. They remembered their
true selves only in dreams, in stories and fables handed down from one
generation to another. Religion came into being: a ritual of longing for lost
memories. The arts were born: music, numbers, and geometry. These were brought
to earth by the incoming souls; gradually their heavenly source was forgotten,
and they had to be written down, learned, and taught to each new generation.
Finally man was left with a conscious mind definitely separated from his
own individuality. (He now calls this individuality the subconscious mind.) The
subconscious mind influenced the conscious mind—gave it, in fact, its stature,
breadth, and quality. It became the body under the suit of clothes. Only in
sleep was it disrobed.
With his conscious mind man reasoned) for all mind, left to itself, will
work out the plans of God). He built up theories for what he felt—but no longer
knew—to be true. Philosophy and theology resulted. He began to look around him
and discover, in the earth, secrets which he carried within himself but could no
longer reach with his consciousness. The result was science.
The plan of man went into action. Downward he went from heavenly
knowledge to mystical dreams, revealed religions, philosophy and theology, until
the bottom was reached and he only believed what he could see and feel and prove
in terms of his conscious mind. Then he began to fight his way upward, using the
only tools he had left: suffering, patience, faith, and the power of mind.
Atlantis and Lemuria sank; civilizations rose and fell; man was here a
little better, there a little worse. He descended to the depths of earth
consciousness, then slowly began to climb back. In earthly seasons it was a long
journey from the moment when the first soul, looking down through the trees, saw
a violet and wanted to pluck it, to the instant when the last soul should leave
its body forever.
The Christ soul helped man. As Enoch, as Melchizedek, it took on flesh,
to teach and lead. (Since it was to be active it had to be male.) Enoch and
Melchizedek were not born, did not die. The Christ soul realized after these
assumptions of flesh that it was necessary to set a pattern for man, to show him
the way back to himself. It assumed this task, and was born of woman, beginning
voluntarily a new individuality, a new soul record; though behind this new
individuality shone the pure Christ soul. But on this the veil dropped, and the
Son of God began His pilgrimage. He was born as Joseph, again as Joshua, again
as Heshua—the scribe of Enoch who rewrote the Bible—and finally as Jesus. He,
Jesus, triumphant over death and the body, became the way, laying down the ego
of the will, accepting the crucifixion, returning to God. He is the pattern we
are to follow.
(At present man is in a state of
great spiritual darkness—the darkness which precedes dawn. He has carried his
scepticism to the point where it is forcing him to conclusions he know
intuitively are wrong. At the same time he has carried his investigation of
natural phenomena to the point where it is disproving all it seemed to prove in
the beginning. Free will is finding that all roads lead finally to the same
destination; Science, theology, and philosophy, having no desire to join forces,
are approaching a point of merger. Scepticism faces destruction by its own
Man is at all times the total of what he has been and done, what he has
fought and defended, what he has hated and loved. In the three-dimensional
consciousness of earth every atom of his physical body is a reflection of his
soul—a crystallization of his individuality. His emotional and nervous
structures, his mental abilities, his aptitudes, his aversions and preferences,
his fears, his follies, his ambition, his character, are the sum of what he has
done with his free will since it was given to him. So every
personality—the earthly cloak of an individuality—is different from every other
This has been true from the beginning. The first independent thought of
each soul was a little different from the first independent thought of every
So people are different in their likes and dislikes, in their desires and
dreams. The law of karma—cause and effect—likewise makes them different in their
joys and sorrows, in their handicaps, their strengths, their weaknesses, their
virtues and vices, their appreciation of beauty, and their comprehension of
truth. Debts incurred in the flesh must be met in the flesh.: natural law, not
man or God, demands a eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
The same law applies to groups of people, as they act together. There is
karma for families, for tribes, for races, for nations. When the souls who
committed a war return to a nation, a war will be committed upon that nation.
Only when defeat is endured by a nation with humility and understanding, only
when victory is dispensed by a nation with justice and mercy, will the
karma of battle be lifted from them.
Every person’s life is shaped to some extent by karma: his own, that of
his associates and loved ones, that of his nation and race, and that of the
world itself. But these, singly or together, are not greater than free will. It
is what the person does about these influences and urges, how he reacts to
them, that makes a difference in his soul development. Because of karma some
things are more probable than others, but so long as there is free will anything
Thus free and predestination coexist in person. His past experiences
limit him in probability, and incline him in certain directions, but free will
can always draw the sword from the stone.
No soul takes on flesh without a general plan for the experience ahead.
The personality expressed through the body is one of many which the
individuality might have assumed. Its job is to work on one or several phases of
the karma of the individuality. No task is undertaken which is too much for the
personality to which it is assigned—or which chooses it. (Some souls choose
their own entrances and set their own tasks; others, having made too many
mistakes and become dangerously subject to earthly appetites, are sent back by
law, at a time and under circumstances best suited to help them.) The task is
seldom perfectly fulfilled, and sometimes it is badly neglected.
Choice of incarnation is usually made at conception, when the channel for
expression is opened by the parents. A pattern is made by the mingling of the
soul patterns of the parents. This sets up certain conditions of karma. A soul
whose own karma approximates these conditions will be attracted by the
opportunity presented. Since the pattern will not be exactly his own, he must
consider taking on some of the karma of the parents—relatively—in order to use
the channel. This concerns environment, companionship with the parents, and
certain marks of physiognomy.
Things other than pattern concern the soul in its selection of a body:
coming situations in history, former associations with the parents, the
incarnation, at about the same time, of souls it wishes to be with and with whom
it has problems to work out. In some cases the parents are the whole cause of a
soul’s return—the child will be devoted to them and remain close to them until
their death. In other cases the parents are used as a means to an end—the child
will leave home early and be about its business.
The soul may occupy the body as early as six months before birth, or as
late as a month after birth, though in latter case it has been hovering over the
body since birth, deciding whether or not to occupy it. Once the decision is
made and the occupation completed, the veil drops between the new personality
and the soul, and the earthly record of the child begins. (the fact that a baby
is born dead does not mean that it was refused as a vehicle for a soul. Just the
opposite is true: the channel is withdrawn form the soul; no occupations is
The body is formed in the womb according to the pattern make by the
mingling of the life forces of the parents, each with its respective pattern.
This is the metaphysical symbolism of the 47th problem of Euclid, the
Pythagorean theorem: the square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal
to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. As soon as occupations by a
soul takes place, the pattern of the soul begins to work its way through the
body, and the child’s personality begins.
The personality is a high-lighted portion of the individuality,
experiencing three-dimensional consciousness. The rest of the individuality
remains in shadow, giving tone to the personality; urges, appreciation, tastes,
avocations, and what is loosely termed “charm”—the background to which intuition
The personality is shaped by three or four incarnations, the portions of
the earthly experience on which the individuality wants to work. The emotions
and talents of the person reflect these incarnation. The dreams, visions,
meditations—the deep, closely guarded self-consciousness of the personality is
the pattern of experience among the other states of consciousness of the solar
system. The intellect is, roughly speaking, from the stars: it is the mind force
of the soul, conditioned by its previous experience in creation outside the
solar system, and dimmed or brightened by its recent experiences within the
Thus a personality is only an aspect of an individuality. A soul,
deciding to experience earth again, might assume any of several personalities,
each of which would express a portion of itself. As a soul approaches completion
of the solar cycle the personality becomes more many-sided, expressing greater
portions of the individuality. This is because each incarnation has less adverse
karma, requiring less attention. Finally the personality is a complete
expression of the individuality, ant the cycle is completed.
(As an individuality succumbs to earthiness, abandoning intellect for
emotion for sensuality, it becomes more and more one-sided.)
The incarnations which influence the personality reflect their patterns
in the person’s life. Sometimes they intermingle: a child’s parents may
re-create the environment of one experience, while his playmates will re-create
the environment of another. Sometimes the influences work in periods: home and
childhood may re-create the conditions of one incarnation, school and college
those of another, marriage those of a third, and a career those of a fourth.
Usually the people and the problems of the incarnations have interlocking
relationship, so that the pattern of the personality’s experience is a rational
development, and the problems are presented to him as he is prepared to meet
them. Because the incarnations only reflect their problems )their blessings as
well as their handicaps), usually the karma of more than one can be undertaken
in a single life; ;if the life is successful, considerable progress is made
toward freedom from flesh.
When a life is finished the personality vanishes. Its pattern is absorbed
into the individuality. Its record is retained, but it becomes a part of the
individuality, which at all times is the sum total of what it has been: all it
has thought, all it has experience; all it has eaten, drank, and felt through
(Here is an example of how extremes may meet. Both the atheist and the
Christian seem to be right. The atheist says the personality does not survive
after the death; the Christian says the soul is judge after death and returns to
its Creator. Substituting personality for soul, both are expressing a truth. The
personality is judge, returns to its creator—the individuality—and is absorbed,
giving up its own independent existence.)
The general plan for perfecting the individuality in its experience of the
solar system then proceeds. Another state of consciousness is assumed, as a
trial or as a means of reinforcing the character of a future personality.
So the problems of individualities, the problems of groups, the problems
of races and nations, are worked upon time and again until, by free will, they
are solved, and the souls go on to other worlds, other systems, other universes.
The readings say:
“Know that thyself,
in its physical state, is a part of the plan of salvation, of righteousness, of
truth, of the Creative Forces, of God, in the earth.
“Each person is a corpuscle in the body of that force called God.
“Each person is a manifestation of the Creative Forces in action in the
earth. Each person finds himself with a body that seeks expression of itself,
and a mind capable of becoming aware of what the body presents, what other men
present, and what influences are acting upon the body and upon the mind itself.
“Each soul enters the material plane not by chance, but through the
grace, the mercy, of a loving Father; that the soul may, through its own choice,
work out those faults, those fancies, which prevent its communion and at-onement
with the Creative Forces.
“As to whether a soul is developed or retarded during a particular life
depends on what the person holds as its ideal, and what it does in its mental
and material relationships about that ideal.
“life is a purposeful experience, and the place in which a person finds
himself is one in which he may use his present abilities, faults, failures,
virtues, in fulfilling the purpose for which the soul decided to manifest in the
“Know in thyself that there are immutable laws, and the universe about
thyself is directed by laws set in motion from the beginning.
“So, as ye condemn, so are ye condemned. As ye forgive, so may ye be
forgiven. As ye do unto the least of thy brethren, so ye do it unto thy Maker.
These are laws; these are truths; thy are unfailing. And because He may often
appear slow in meting out results does not alter or change the law. An error, a
fault, a failure, just be met. Though the heavens, the earth may pass away, His
word will not pass away. His word is the way, the truth, the light. Each soul
must pay to the last jot or tittle.
“How can ye do His bidding?
“Not in mighty deeds of valor, not in exaltation of thy knowledge or
power; but in the gentleness of the things of the spirit; love, kindness,
longsuffering, patience; these thy Elder Brother, the Christ, has shown
thee…that thou, applying them in thy associations with thy fellow man day by
day, here a little, there a little, may become one with Him as He has destined
that thou shouldst be! Wilt thou separate thyself? For there is nothing in
earth, in heaven, in hell, that may separate thee from the love of thy God, of
thy brother, save thyself.
“Then, be up and doing; knowing that as thou hast met in life those
things that would exalt thy personal self—these ye must lose in gentleness, in
patience. For in patience ye become aware of your soul; your individuality lost
in Him; your personality shining as that which is motivated by the individuality
of thy Lord and M aster. Thus does your destiny lie within yourself, and the
destiny of the world.
“Hold fast to that faith exemplified in thy meditation, in thy counsels,
in thy giving out to thy fellow man. For he that hides himself in the service of
his fellow man through the gifts, through the promise as are in Him, hides many
of the faults that have made him afraid through his experience in the earth.
For it is not what one counts as knowledge that is important, nor what
one would attain in material realms, but what one does about that which is known
as constructive forces and influences in the experience of thyself and thy
fellow man. For, as He has given, ‘As ye do it unto to others, ye do it unto Me’
He is the way, the life, the light. He is the Creator; He is the giver of all
good and perfect gifts, Man may sow, man may act in material manifestations, in
matter, of spiritual forces…yet the returns, the increase, must come from and
through Him who is the gift of life. It is not a consideration of where or even
how the seed of truth in Him is sown; for He gives the increase if it sown in
humbleness of spirit, in sincerity of purpose, with an eye-single that He may be
glorified in and among thy fellow man. This is the way, this is the manner, that
He would have thee follow.
“Let thyself, then, become more and more a channel through which His
manifestations in the earth may arise, through thy efforts, in the hearts, the
minds, of thy fellow man. For mind—in a man, to man—is the builder, ever. That,
then, must be directed, given, lost in singleness of purpose, that there may
come the greater awakening within the consciousness of thy fellow man that He is
in the earth; that His words are as lights to men in dark places, to those that
are weak, to those who stumble. For He will give thy efforts that necessary
force, that necessary power, to quicken even those that are asleep in their own
selfishness, in their own self-indulgences, and bring to their awakening that
which will make for glorious activities in the earth.
“Keep, then, the faith thou hast had in Him; for He is thy strength, He
is thy bulwark; He is thy Elder Brother. In Him, ye may find that which will
bring to thee, and others, joy, peace, happiness, and that which makes men not
afraid. For He is peace; not as men count peace, not as men count happiness, but
in that harmonious manner in which life, the expression of the Father in the
earth, is on…even as He is one. “Keep the faith.
the book, There is a River
(By Thomas Sugrue)