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"Creation Story: by Thomas Sugrue" 


 
   
Creation Story by Thomas Sugrue

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 the mind
separately from God.

Thus a new individual, dependent upon and issuing from God,
but aware of an existence apart from Him, came into being.

To the new individual there was given, necessarily,
the power to direct and choose its own activity:
without free will it would remain a part of the mind of God,
since there would be no course of action open but that
of His thought.

Mind, issuing as a force from God, would naturally fulfill His thoughts,
unless directed otherwise.

The power to so direct the force of mind was what man calls
the consciousness of the individual.

The record of this consciousness - this free will
- began with the first expression which it made of its desires,
through the force of mind.

That was the beginning of the soul.

The nucleus of the soul was in balance, positive and negative force
in equal amounts, 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, opinion.

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 individual bearing a knowledge of everything it experienced.

The plan for the soul was the cycle of experience, unlimited in scope
and duration, in which the individual would come to know creation
in all of 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 individuality would then merge with the consciousness
of identity with God, and the soul would return to its source as the companion
which it was intended to be.

In this state the soul would retain its sense of individuality and the knowledge
that of its own free will it acted as a part of God.

Until this state was reached the soul would not be a companion
in the true sense of the word.

The idea that a return to God means a loss of individuality is paradoxical,
since God is conscious of everything that happens,
and must therefore be conscious of the individuality of each soul.

Thus the return of the soul is the return of of the image to that which imagined it,
and the individuality of a soul could not be destroyed without destroying
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 other soul and everything.

What is lost is the ego - the desire to do other than the will of God,
and this, when the soul returns, is voluntarily relinquished:
this is the symbol 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 substances.

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 creation; 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 to Him.

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 the mind
and the grandeur of the imagination.

Certain souls become bemused with their own powers and began
to experiment with them.

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 the 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 manage 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 his own creation than with God's.

This was the fall in spirit, or the revolt of the angels.
It is a step in the story of God and man which was either omitted
or not stressed in most of the pagan philosophies,
though Pythagoras included it as a basic part of his metaphysical structure.

To move into a portion of creation and become part of it
a soul had to take on the consciousness of that portion.

In man this is represented by the physical body, the five senses,
and the awareness which is called the conscious mind.

In other worlds, in other systems, the cloaks which the soul had to put on
differed: only the range and variation of man's own thoughts
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 thus took on the consciousness of a portion of creation
it separated itself temporarily from the consciousness of its own individuality,
and became thus 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,
the more difficult was the task of getting back.

Each of the systems of stars and planets represented, in this manner,
a temptation to the souls.

Each represented also an opportunity for development, advancement, and growth
toward the ideal of complete companionship with God
- the position of co-creator in the vast and wonderful system of universal mind.

The solar system attracted souls, and since each system is a single expression,
with its planets as integral parts, the earth came into the path of souls.

It was an expression of God with its own laws, its own plan, it's own evolution.

Souls, longing to feel the beauty of the seas, the winds, the forests, 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 what had been set in motion gradually entangled the souls,
so that they became trapped in the plan of earth's evolution, inside the bodies
they had themselves created.

This is incomprehensible from what man terms the scientific standpoint,
for it involves the law of relativity and laws of atomic structure
which have not yet been discovered.

This period in the earth's history, however, is very well-documented:
it was the Age of Fable, when gods and goddesses - the souls
- roamed the earth, turning into trees, speaking from rocks,
and inhabiting the bodies of Centaurs, Cyclops, and other creatures
which were half animal, half human.

Sex already existed in the animal kingdom, but the souls, in their thought forms,
were androgynous.

Therefore, to experience sex,
they created thought forms for companions,
isolating the negative force in a new thought form,
retaining the positive in 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 it would happen, or when,
until the souls, of their own choice, had caused it to happen.

Then a way of escape from the predicament was created.

A form was chosen to be a proper vehicle of the soul on earth
and the way was paved for souls to enter earth and experience it
as a part of their cycle.

The form already existing which most approached the needs of the souls
was what man would call one of the anthropoid apes.

Souls descended on these bodies - hovering above and about them
rather than inhabiting them - and influence them to move toward
a different goal than 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 the glands,
until, at last, there was a new inhabitant of the earth: man.

He appeared as a consciousness within an animal.
Soon he was that which his pattern demanded of objectification in the earth;
he was a little higher than the beasts, a little lower than the angels.

The appearance of man - of his consciousness in this world
- was in five different places, as the five different races, at the same time.

The white race appeared in the Carpathian basin,
the yellow in Tibet,
the red in Atlantis,
the brown in Lemuria,
the black in Africa.

The difference in color represented an adherence to laws already set in motion
for the earth.

The world of the earth was to be cognized by five senses
- five methods of awareness.

Thus the earth had to be experienced, and perfection had to be reached,
in these five methods of awareness.

The races represent these five.

There were males and females in these new, pure races;
and both had complete souls.

Eve replaced Lilith, and became the complement to Adam,
the perfect helpmeet, the ideal companion for the three-fold life of earth:
physical, mental, and spiritual.

In Eve the positive pole was suppressed and the negative pole expressed;
in Adam the negative pole was suppressed, the positive expressed.

Which a soul would become was a matter of choice, unless it was already
entangled and unbalanced.

Eventually the positive-negative would have to be brought in balance,
so there was not, basically, any difference.

For souls in balance it was a device for the duration of the earth cycle.

It was not a voluntary assumption of an attitude, not a fall into error.

Man became aware, with the advent of his consciousness,
that sex meant more to them than to the animals.

To him it represented the door by which new souls were to enter the earth.

It was the only means the trapped souls had of getting out of their
unfortunate predicament.

It worked not as an integral part of creation, of God's mind, as it did in animals,
but separately, at the direction of man's own soul.

It was a creative power that 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, and the trapped souls could gradually be freed
from their cycle of rebirth in monstrous, half-animal forms,
and provided with perfect bodies.

The plan for the earth cycle of souls was a series of incarnations,
interlarded by periods of dwelling in other dimensions of consciousness
in the system - the planets - until every thought and 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 soul, when its atomic structure
could be spiritualized so that it no longer existed as matter, the earth cycle
was finished and the soul would 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, by the law of relativity, these made up, with earth,
the total expression of the sun and its satellites.

The race of man was fostered by a soul which had already returned to God
and had become a companion and co-creator with Him.

This is the soul man knows as 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
to the people who were often bewildered.

Souls at first only lightly inhabited bodies; they remembered their identity.
Gradually, life after life, they descended into earthiness, into less mentality,
less consciousness of the mind force.

They remembered themselves in dreams, in stories, in fables.

Thus religion came into being, and the arts of music, numbers, and geometry.

These were brought to earth by the incoming souls;
gradually their heavenly source was forgotten,
as the source of the story of themselves and their God was forgotten.

Finally man was left with a conscious mind definitely separated
from his own individuality, which he now calls the subconscious mind.

He felt the influence of himself, and he was able to reason
with this conscious mind - for all mind, left to itself,
will work out the plans of God.

So man built up reasons for believing what he felt to be true,
but what he no longer knew by inner knowledge.
Philosophy and theology resulted.

Finally man began to look around him and discover, in the earth,
the secrets of which he carried within himself but could no longer reach
with his consciousness.
The result was science.

The plan went into action.

Downward went man from heavenly knowledge to mystic dreams,
to revealed religions, to philosophy and theology,
until the bottom was reached and there was no more connection
with that which he had left.

Then he began to fight his way back toward it with the tool of reason,
and with suffering, patience, and faith.

Atlantis and Lemuria sank; civilizations rose and fell;
man was here a little better, there a little better.

Downward he went to the depths of immersion in the consciousness of earth;
backward he slowly began to climb.

The Christ soul helped him.
As Enoch, as Melchizadek, He took on flesh, to teach and lead.
He was not born, He did not die, as these persons,
and He realized that He could not show the way to mankind
unless He made a pattern for them.

He could not descend into their midst and teach them and expect them to follow;
He had to suffer and think and experience earth as they did, and show them
how to emerge from it.

He was born as Joseph, again as Joshua, again as Jeshua,
the scribe of Ezra who rewrote the Bible, and finally as Jesus.

He showed the way: He became the way:
He overcame death and the body, and returned to God,
laying down the ego of the will, accepting the crucifixion.

All this you know, all this you have heard before.

You know the law of cause and effect
that the errors of the flesh must be met in the flesh,
the errors of the spirit must be met in the spirit.

You know that you cannot go around or go away from, or stand aside from the cross.

You know that you must go back, and you must go back the way you came.

You know the world today has reached the great parting of the ways,
when the forces that led us downward are making their last stand
against the forces that have turned and begun the march upward:
this is the darkest hour, the hour before dawn.

We have been headed toward this since the first soul looked down through
the trees and saw a violet, and wanted to pick it.

Hate, prejudice, ignorance, misunderstanding, fear, violence, stalk the land,
the sea, and the air.

They will be followed by other things: hunger, pestilence, despair.

This is not the cry of a Casssandra;
this is not a reading of handwriting on the wall.

You know this; you have heard it before.

You can fill in the horrid details for yourselves.

The point is, we can no longer avoid doing something about it.
Those who know this truth must live it:
for them it is that thing which is more sacred and worthwhile
than career, home, lands, happiness.

It is what makes for them their duty.

It is what Edgar Cayce means to you.

It is what you mean to him: for why else, through forty years,
should he have kept inviolate the well from which you have drawn waters
to quench the thirst of your mind and heal the wounds of your body;
why else, through the ages, has this been kept for you?

So that you might do something about it, for yourselves and others.

Edgar Cayce has done his part; he has kept it for you and for me and given it
to us whenever we asked:
to some of us he has been giving it for a long time.

We were reminded of this by some verses which were written for him
on his last birthday.

Sunrise over the flooded Nile,
Dawn on the coast of Tyre,
Morning waits for a little while
Till the Dover cliffs take fire.

Here where the feet of Ra-Ta moved,
There where the Persian walked,
On hills where the Roman deeds
were grooved Destiny is stalked...

Stalked by the golden hands of God
That finger the earth with thought,
Making the trails the heart has trod,
Pricing the loves it brought.

Sunrise over the flooded Nile,
Dawn on the coast of Tyre,
Follow the clipper ships a while
Till Hatteras takes fire.

Here where the east and the north winds strafe,
In the face of the running tides,
The pattern of dream is safe
The sacred flame abides...

What must you do?

Let the source of the truth which you know tell you.

I quote from a reading which asked this question.
"Not in mighty deeds of valor,
not in exultation 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 thy self.

"Then, be up and doing;
knowing that as thou hast met in Him
those things that would exalt thy personal self...
these ye must lose in gentleness, in patience.

For in patience ye become aware of thy soul;
thy individuality lost in Him; thy personality shining
as that which is motivated by the individuality
of thy Lord and Master.

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 they fellow man.

For he that hides himself in the service of his fellow man
through gifts, through the promises 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 thy self and thy fellow man.

For, as He has given,
"As ye do it unto 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 is 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 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 one - even as He is one.
"Keep the faith."

In just what manner each of us will keep the faith we do not know.
Tomorrow we scatter, each to his particular environment,
there to labor in his own field, to speak in his own tongue.

Let this, then, be our promise tonight.

That in the days and years which are now to assail us,
when that which would destroy our hope, our faith, our honor, is abroad
- we will take this truth we know and go with it to the temple of our spirit,
and wait there, at the door...

Then, when we go forth to meet that which will come against us,
we shall not walk alone.

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Updated: 10 October 2013