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The Eighth Annual Congress, and message concerning
Today and Tomorrow in his or her spiritual and mental life.
(A) In the interpreting of the desires and purposes in thy heart
and thy life, keep ever first and foremost,
"Lord, use me; not in my way but Thine, that there may in my day,
my generation, come a greater awakening to the needs
of Thy ways in the lives and hearts and minds of those
I meet day by day.
"And may I live my life in such a manner as to constrain others
to look to Thee, and not trust in those arms that are short
by their very selfish purposes.
"Keep the ways that I choose in those directions
that may bring this to pass in my experience."
(A) Today, hope; today, desire.
Today those things that would make thee afraid are far, far away.
Shadows and doubts and fears will arise in thy experience,
but keep before thee the light of all good consciousness,
of all good and perfect service to Him; and ye will find that
the shadows of doubt and fear will fall far behind.
Let those things that cause the doubts and fears
be far removed from thee, through just the little kindness,
the little service ye may do here and there.
For as ye keep thy mind, thy body, in service that His kingdom
may come in the earth, so will joy, peace,
harmony come into thy experience.
(A) Joy, happiness in a life well spent in seeking, is
in thy experience today.
Keep thou the ways that thou hast known, checking as it were
upon thy own self day by day.
Know in what and in Whom ye have believed.
And be sure that He in Whom ye have believed
is able to keep every promise He has made thee.
Put thy trust, then, in Him rather than in those things
that falter and fade away.
Let love rule thy life!
(A) In thy experience comes material, spiritual, mental experiences.
Be a thorough discerner of truth.
Hold to that which is eternal and changeth not in its purpose
or in its intent with the children of men.
To be sure, individuals grow in grace, in knowledge,
in understanding; and as they apply that they know,
the next step, the next purpose is shown to them.
For the promise is,
"I will be with thee always, even unto the end of the world."
He was with thee in the beginning.
Ye wandered away, as with those activities
that brought the needs for the material experiences
that grace might indeed the more abound;
for it is not by works alone but by every word
that proceedeth from the mouth of the Father,
- not others, but from the Father-God!
Keep thy purposes, thy desires,
thy ways circumspect in thy own conscience.
(A) "In the Lord's house are many mansions,
- if it were not so I would have told you."
What meaneth this in thy experience today?
How have ye furnished, how will ye furnish that place,
that room, that mansion?
Will it be with those things that fade away,
or with that which is eternal?
Only that which grows by its usage is eternal.
[See 9/07/39 ltr. under Reports of Reading 951-4.]
Only that which is of the fruit of the spirit of truth is eternal.
Discern ye, then, the Spirit.
That which denieth He hath come in the flesh,
have naught to do with same!
As ye seek, so will ye find.
For this is among those promises that have been
to the children of men since they sought to have
their own way, their own desire, their own purpose.
Let thy might, thy strength then, be expended
- yea, lost in Him.
For He is the light, He is the way.
And He standeth at the door of thine own heart
Will ye not sup with Him?
(A) As today is expended so will the morrow bring joy,
hope gladness or sorrow and doubt and fear.
For God is not mocked among the children of men,
nor in all the earth is there any other than the one God.
As ye then seek, as ye then give, let that blood
that cleanseth from all doubt and fear
be not given as naught for thee.
Great are thy abilities.
Great are thy hopes.
So, too, great are thy responsibilities!
For of those to whom much is given is much required.
Then, let thy yeas be yea, and thy nays be nay.
Be ye stable in thy purposes, in thy desires;
and let thy prayer be,
"Here am I, God; send me, Use me!"
(A) That doubts, that fears in the material things come
into thy experience is today a portion of thy lot.
As ye have trusted wholly in Him,
these fears, these doubts have faded away.
For His promises are,
"Rely ye on the Lord, and see if He will not open
even the windows of heaven to pour out
a blessing upon thee!"
Then, let thy desires be in the ways that are in keeping
with those activities that ye know indicate to self
as well as demonstrate to others where
thy heart and thy purpose lies.
For, though ye gain the whole world in every way of fortune,
fame or what not, and lose hold of that love that cometh
from just being kind and patient, ye have lost that harmony,
that peace which comes from being at one with Him.
The way grows brighter, if ye will come with Him
into the light of thy own understanding!
(A) As thy purposes have been from the mental as well
as the spiritual purposes in thy life, ye have found,
ye do find joy in the expression of life in thy experience.
When those things have prompted thee to desire
or to feel a slight when none was felt or given or intended,
these have brought fears, these have brought disappointments.
So, look to Him who is the light, who is the joy of life itself.
Being the water of life, the bread of life, feed then upon
love of God in expression of just being kind to thy fellow man.
(A) Again would there be given, seek ye the Lord
while He may be found!"
For, they that put their trust in those things that fade away,
those things where moth and rust doth corrupt,
find that sorrow, disappointments, fears begin to take
the place of joy in service.
And know, He that is the greatest among you
is the servant of the more.
He that would come to know the Lord and His ways
must practice in the daily life those things that partake
of the Spiritual life.
Let joy fill thy heart, for the day grows in every way before thee.
(Q) 's wife:
(A) Let that peace that has come today, in thine heart,
find a resting place there.
Not by thy relying upon just the sentiment of those hopes,
but by creating by thy daily activity that hope in the heart
and life, in the mind and purpose of those about thee.
For the Lord will keep thee in that way which will bring
greater blessings to thee, as ye give unto others
that joy, that hope ye have found today.
Then, let thy life be so filled with that love,
that tomorrow brings the greater joy,
the greater glory, the greater beauty
of a life of service.
(A) As today brings thee wonderment in thy own self,
in thy own experience - and as ye analyze,
as ye determine in thy own consciousness
the purposes that prompt thee to activity,
- know the sources of same must arise only from wells
of pure, living water of mercy and grace and peace and beauty.
For, with those things that bring contempt or fear
in thine own heart or mind, these are magnified
by the very water ye would drink to understanding.
As ye grow, then, in the grace and mercy
of thine own understanding, let this be magnified
in the manner and way ye give to others
that expectancy, that hope.
Expect much of thyself, and then go about to see
that ye are not disappointed.
(A) Hold fast to that thou hast purposed in thy heart.
As ye vision the lights of the lives ye have led,
let them be as directing lights to thee.
For His promises have been to bring to the remembrance
of those who love Him the knowledge that needs be
for the souls to manifest in the material plane
that needed for not only their own development
but for the very joy and hope and life for the others
that such will aid in their activities through
this material experience.
Think not more highly of thyself than ye ought to think.
For He humbled Himself and became as one
with the lowest of men, - that love might be made manifest.
So may ye, in the humbleness of heart, come to know
the greater glory by and through the greater service
ye may render to thy fellow man.
Harmonize thy life as ye do the tones of nature itself;
and more joy and beauty will be in thy daily experience.
(A) As ye grow in appreciation of the love of thy fellow man,
and the needs of such in thy daily experience,
give the praise to the Father-God; that ye may be used
more and more in a service for others.
And this will bring less and less of fear,
and more and more of hope.
For remember, these are at war one with another
- hope and fear.
Let not thy mind, let not thy body, let not thy purpose,
thy desire, entertain fear.
For as ye entertain these that make for the building within
thy consciousness, so may ye grow in that understanding
and in thy purposes with those conditions of every nature
that ye meet day by day.
(A) As today ye come to those experiences of seeing,
of feeling greater hope and love, greater peace and beauty,
so rest ye in the Lord.
Oft hath He given, fret not thyself but stand still and see
the glory of the Lord.
These apply in thy experiences day by day.
Keep in the way of the seeking, - opening thy heart,
thy mind for a greater service to others.
Teach thyself in teaching others to be patient,
to be content; not satisfied
but content in the ways of the Lord!
(A) Keep that thou hast purposed.
As ye have taught, as ye have aided others
in searching out themselves, so search thine own heart;
putting away from same all those things that would hinder,
and run the perfect race.
Or, as has been indicated to thee, turn to the right,
- walk straight ahead!
Find not fault with others who have stumbled in the way.
Lend a helping hand, and climb - climb to those heights
of content upon those things ye have seen as failures
in the lives of others.
Encourage those who are disturbed.
Give strength and aid to those who falter.
It isn't those who have attained that need thy counsel,
but those who falter and fear.
Remember, He that is thy Light came not to save those
who are satisfied with the way they have chosen.
Know the difference between contentment and being satisfied;
not only in thine own life but in the lives and purposes
of those ye meet day by day.
Call ye oft on the Lord, that He may draw nearer to thee.
As ye walk then and talk with Him
(for as ye walked then and talked with Him,
as ye have counseled), so may ye counsel
with thy fellow man, and look for and expect
His strength to sustain thee throughout every activity
- here and now!
(A) Look not on that which has passed as that to be thought
of or turned to. Remember Lot's wife.
But lift up, look up; knowing that He hath said,
"When ye call I will hear - and answer speedily."
So as ye keep in the way of applied understanding,
so may ye grow in grace, in knowledge,
in comprehension of what He would have thee do.
Say not in thy heart, nor in words, what ye would do,
"Lord, lead Thou the way."
[1/02/43 See 264-57, Par. 16-A.]
(Q) L. F.:
(A) As ye seek, as ye knock, so may the way be opened unto you.
For His ways are not past finding out; and as He hath given,
"Seek me, try me," that ye may indeed find
- the Lord thy God is mindful of thee!
For He calleth His own by name.
As ye seek, then, so will ye find.
Let His words be with thee, ever, -
"Come! Open thy heart, that the Father and I may abide with thee."
Be satisfied with nothing less than those promises fulfilled
in thy life and thy experience.
Be not disturbed by those who seek through any other channel,
but know that the Lord is thy strength and thy might.
For indeed in Him ye live and move and have thy being.
Trust Him, as ye would He would trust thee.
(Q) R. M. B.:
(A) Disturbances are thine today, because of the thoughts
of and the desires for the application of others.
Let rather that fill thy mind and heart which has been given of old, - that it is not who will ascend
into heaven to bring us a message, - not who shall come
from over the sea that we may hear and heed,
- for Lo, the answer to all thy problems is in thine own heart!
Set thy face and thy purposes toward the light of truth
that is in the promises of God!
Make them thine, - not by just acclaiming same,
but by so living in thine own heart, and in thine own activities
with thy fellow man, that what ye have builded and
do build becomes the fulfilling of those promises
in the lives of others!
In this way alone may ye know the peace He hath promised.
(A) Let that purpose, that desire which has prompted thee oft
to approach the throne of mercy, continue in thy heart
and mind today, tomorrow, forever.
For the Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever.
They that put their trust wholly in Him shall not want,
- neither shall their seed beg bread.
But do ye the will of the Father in thy relationships to others,
in the office, in the home, in the street, - wherever ye meet
thy fellow man.
Thus may they know, not by thy boasting but by thy gentleness,
that ye walk oft with the Lord thy God.
(A) Thou hast purposed oft, - thou hast sought oft.
Ye are drawing closer and closer to that day
of the greater awakening.
Then, let not discouragement, let not disappointments cause thee
to falter in the ways thou hast chosen to serve thy fellow man;
but give God the praise, and never threaten another by
thy own might, nor by thy position.
For, know, each soul merits that condition, that position it
But be not thou the judge.
Rather open the way that new hope, new light, new joy,
new aspirations may be in the hearts and minds
of those ye would serve.
(Q) L. M. S.:
(A) Fear and doubt have been a part of thy experience,
because of the suffering, because of the fears
thou hast seen in the experiences of those nigh unto thee.
Put ye rather, then, thy trust in the Lord.
For He is life, and health, and strength to those
who put their trust in Him.
Not everyone that saith
"Lord, Lord," shall enter in, but he that doeth the will
of the Father by just being patient,
just being kind to others.
(Q) K. L. T.:
(A) Boast not thyself because of those experiences
that have brought thee to be in that position of power
For with thy purposes ye may become the blind leading
the blind, and both may fall in the ditch.
Let rather the love, that has been shown in the Father
through the gentleness and patience with
the children of men, be manifested in thy own life.
Then may peace rest with thee indeed.
(Q) C. A. Z.:
(A) Much has been thy purpose, little at times has been
thy activity in the Lord.
Know that He is thy strength.
Thy purpose, then, should be rather in those things
that take hold upon the ways of the Lord.
For if ye will but come into the more perfect knowledge
of Him, the more perfectly ye may serve thy fellow man.
(Q) I. B. Z.:
(A) Ye have sought, ye have heard, ye have listened
to the many who have cried,
"Lo, here is the way, - Lo, this is the direction,
- this is the manner of approach."
Rather turn ye to these:
In the 30th of Deuteronomy find what is told thee
- thee - to do!
Turn again to that as found in the 150th Psalm,
and give praise that He, thy Lord, thy God,
has entrusted to thee that way, that belief innate
in thy purposes.
Then turn to the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th of St. John,
and know that He speaks again with thee,
- and that in thine own heart, in thine own mind
will come that peace of the way chosen,
- that leadeth to life everlasting, to joy
that knows no confines, to peace
that passeth understanding!
We are through.
See  series on the Work.
6/18/39 - Sunday afternoon - Closing of the eigth
Annual congress remarks by Edgar Cayce
[Used also in Reports of Readings 281-41 and 254-104.]
Friends, I always approach this part of the Congress
with just a bit of sadness.
The presence of each one of you at these Congress
meetings has meant a great deal to me.
All that you have said has given me greater courage
to go on.
I have one request that I would like to make at this time,
and I hope that you will carry it as a message to all
those who were unable to attend this Congress.
Last year about this time one of the Departments
of the Association sent out an appeal for cooperation
in holding special prayer or meditative periods
for me each day at the time I try to help individuals
[See 8/38 A.R.E. Bulletin article by HLC entitled
IMPROVING THE READINGS
- Reports of Reading 281-39.]
A number of individuals responded and for a time
I could feel a decided change in my feelings
about the reading periods.
Gradually individuals began to drop out
and forget the morning and afternoon periods.
Whenever you can at a regular time each week
on some day, either in the morning or afternoon,
will you hold a short meditation seeking to help me
render greater service through the readings?
Each day between ten-thirty and eleven-thirty
in the morning and three-thirty and four-thirty
in the afternoon I give a reading for some individual.
During those periods hold the thought that I may make
the best possible attunement for that individual.
You need not hold the whole hour.
The help you may render me lies in the spirit
of your thought, not in the form.
I hope that each one of you has found this series
of meetings worth while.
If you have found inspiration for a little more hope,
a little more reason for life and your part in it,
our Congress has been most successful.
If you have given something to lighten the burden
of another, to cheer some individual present here,
our Congress has been most successful.
Let each of us question within,
"What am I doing about my concept of the force
I call God?"
God bless each of you.
Updated: 9 July 2013