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Reading 281-41 Edited
In the mind of many there is little or no difference
between meditation and prayer.
And there are many gathered here who,
through their studies of various forms,
have very definite ideas as to meditation and prayer.
There are others that care not whether there be
such things as meditation, but depend upon someone
else to do their thinking, or are satisfied to allow
circumstance to take its course
- and hope that sometime, somewhere, conditions
and circumstances will adjust themselves
to such a way that the best that may be
will be their lot.
Yet, to most of you, there must be something else,
- some desire, something that has prompted you
in one manner or another to seek to be here now,
that you may gather something from a word,
from an act, that will either give thee hope
or make thee better satisfied with thy present lot,
or to justify thee in the course ye now pursue.
To each of you, then, we would give a word:
Ye all find yourselves confused at times
respecting from whence ye came and
whither ye goeth.
Ye find yourselves with bodies, with minds,
- not all beautiful, not all clean, not all pure
in thine own sight or in thy neighbor's.
And there are many who care more
for the outward appearance than that
which prompts the heart in its activity
or in its seeking.
But, ye ask, what has this to do with Meditation?
What IS Meditation?
It is not musing, not daydreaming;
but as ye find your bodies made up
of the physical, mental and spiritual,
it is the attuning of the mental body
and the physical body to its spiritual source.
Many say that ye have no consciousness
of having a soul, - yet the very fact that ye hope,
that ye have a desire for better things,
the very fact that ye are able to be sorry or glad,
indicates an activity of the mind that takes hold
upon something that is not temporal in its nature,
- something that passeth not away with
the last breath that is drawn but that
takes hold upon the very sources of its beginning
- the soul, - that which was made in the image
of thy Maker - not thy body, no, - not thy mind,
but thy soul was in the image of thy Creator.
Then, it is the attuning of thy physical and mental
attributes seeking to know the relationships
to the Maker.
That is true meditation.
How do you accomplish same?
How would ye as an individual
go about learning to meditate?
For, ye must learn to meditate,
- just as ye have learned to walk, to talk,
to do any of the physical attributes of thy mind
as compared to the relationships with the facts,
the attitudes, the conditions, the environs
of thy daily surroundings.
Then, there must be a conscious contact
with that which is a part of thy body-physical,
thy body-mental, to thy soul- body
or thy superconsciousness.
The names indicate that ye have given it metes
and bounds, while the soul is boundless
- and is represented by many means or measures
or manners in the expressions in the mind
of each of you.
But there are physical contacts which the anatomist
finds not, or those who would look for imaginations
or the minds.
Yet it is found that within the body there are channels,
there are ducts, there are glands, there are activities
that perform no one knows what! in a living, moving,
In many individuals such become dormant.
Many have become atrophied.
Why? Non-usage, non-activity!
because only the desires of the appetite,
self-indulgences and such, have so glossed over
or used up the abilities in these directions
that they become only wastes as it were
in the spiritual life of an individual who has so abused
or misused those abilities that have been given him
for the greater activity.
Then, purify thy mind if ye would meditate.
Depending on what is thy concept of purification!
Does it mean to thee a mixing up with a lot of
other things, or a setting aside of self,
a washing with water, a cleansing
or purifying by fire or what not?
Whatever thy concept is, be true
to thine inner self.
Live that choice ye make,
- do it! not merely say it but do it!
Purify thy body.
Shut thyself away from the cares of the world.
Think on that as ye would do to have thy God
meet thee face to face. "Ah," ye say
"but many are not able to speak to God!"
Many, you say, are fearful.
Have ye gone so far astray that ye cannot approach Him
who is all merciful?
He knows thy desires and thy needs,
and can only supply according to the purposes
that ye would perform within thine own self.
Then, purify thy body, physically.
Sanctify thy body, as the laws were given of old,
for tomorrow the Lord would speak with thee
- as a father speaketh to his children.
Has God changed?
Have ye wandered so far away?
Know ye not that, as He has given,
"If ye will be my children, I will be thy God"? and
"Though ye wander far away, if ye will but
call I will hear"?
If any of you say, "Yes, but it was spoken to those of old,
- we have no part in such," then indeed ye have no part.
They that would know God, would know their own souls,
would know how to meditate or to talk with God,
must believe that He is, - and that He rewards those
who seek to know and to do His biddings.
That He gave of old is as new today as it was
in the beginning of man's relationship
or seeking to know the will of God,
if ye will but call on Him within thine inner self!
Know that thy body is the temple of the living God.
There He has promised to meet thee!
Are ye afraid?
Are ye ashamed?
Have ye so belittled thy opportunities,
have ye so defamed thine own body
and thine own mind that ye are ashamed
to have thy God meet thee within thine own tabernacle?
Then, woe be unto thee, - lest ye set thy house in order.
For as has been indicated, there are physical contacts
in thy own body with thy own soul, thy own mind.
Does anyone have to indicate to you that if you touch
a needle there is pain felt?
Ye are told that such an awareness is an activity
of consciousness that passes along the nervous system
to and from the brain.
Then, just the same there are contacts with that which
is eternal within thy physical body.
For there is the bowl that must one day be broken,
the cord that must one day be severed from thine own
physical body, - and to be absent from the body
is to be present with God.
What is thy God?
Are thy ambitions only set in whether ye shall eat tomorrow,
or as to wherewithal ye shall be clothed?
Ye of little faith, ye of little hope, that allow such to become
the paramount issues in thine own consciousness!
Know ye not that ye are His?
For ye are of His making!
He hath willed that ye shall not perish,
but hath left it with thee as to whether ye become
even aware of thy relationships with Him or not.
In thine own house, in thine own body there are the means
for the approach, - through the desire first to know Him;
putting that desire into activity by purging the body,
the mind of those things that ye know or even conceive
of as being hindrances, - not what someone else says!
It isn't what you want someone else to give!
As Moses gave of old, it isn't who will descend
from heaven to bring you a message,
nor who would come from over the seas,
but Lo, ye find Him within thine own heart,
within thine own consciousness!
If ye will meditate, open thy heart, thy mind!
Let thy body and mind be channels
that ye may do the things ye ask God
to do for you!
Thus ye come to know Him.
Would you ask God to do for you that you would not do
for your brother?
If you would, you are selfish - and know not God.
For as ye do it unto the least of thy brethren,
ye do it unto thy Maker.
These are not mere words,
- they are that as ye will experience
- if ye would know Him at all.
For He is not past finding out; and if ye will know Him,
tune in to Him; turn, look, hope, act in such a way
that ye expect Him, thy God, to meet thee face to face.
"Be not afraid, it is I," saith He that came to those
seeking to know their relationship with their Maker.
And because He came walking in the night,
in the darkness, even upon the waters,
they were afraid.
Yea, many of you become afraid because of the things
that ye hear, - for ye say,
"I do not understand - I do not comprehend!"
Have ye so belittled thyself, thy body, thy mind,
thy consciousness, that thou hast seared,
that thou hast made of none effect those opportunities
within thine own consciousness to know thy Maker?
Then, to all of you:
Purify thy body, thy mind.
Consecrate thyselves in prayer, yes
- but not as he that prayed
"I thank Thee I am not like other fellows."
Rather let there be in thy heart that humbleness,
for ye must humble thyself if ye would know Him;
and come with an open, seeking, contrite heart,
desirous of having the way shown to thee.
And when thou art shown, turn not thy face the other way;
but be true to the vision that is given thee.
And He will speak, for His promise has been
"When ye call I will hear, and will answer speedily."
Then, when He speaks, open thy heart, thy mind
to the opportunities, to the glories that are thine,
- if ye will but accept them through that attuning
through meditation of thy consciousness,
thy desire to the Living God; and say and live within
thyself as He of old gave,
"Others may do as they may, but as for me, I will worship,
- yea, I will serve the living God."
He is not far from thee!
He is closer than thy right hand.
He standeth at the door of thy heart!
Will ye bid Him enter?
or will ye turn away?
Background for reading 281-41,
extracted from Eighth Annual Congress Booklet
prepared following the Congress by HLC:
The Eighth Annual Congress of
the Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc.,
opened at the Hotel Warner, Virginia Beach, Virginia,
on Thursday afternoon, June 15th,
with approximately forty members present
from outside the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area.
The main dining room of the hotel,
where all of the afternoon and evening meetings were held,
was comfortably arranged.
Throughout the Congress period the management of the hotel
made every effort to make the Congress guests enjoy their stay
at the Beach.
Meditation the Topic For the First Discussion
The first meeting was opened with a few words of welcome
from Mr. Edgar Cayce.
The manager of the Association then took charge
and introduced Miss Florence Edmonds
who spoke on some of the studies being made
of meditation by a Norfolk Study Group.
Miss Edmonds, a member of the Board of Trustees,
has been directing the work of this group,
devoted especially to the study of meditation
for mental healing, for several years.
Her remarks led up to the reading
on the general subject of meditation.
Before each reading a short period of silence
was held in preparation for the reading of the afternoon.
The following was originally Supplement:
June 18, 1939 - Sunday Afternoon
CLOSING OF THE EIGHTH ANNUAL CONGRESS
REMARKS BY EDGAR CAYCE
[See also under 262-121 Reports.]
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
- 281-39 Reports.]
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: 7 July 2013