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Know Thyself – The Ultimate Search
Know Thyself – The Ultimate Search
By Kevin J. Todeschi, Executive Director and CEO of ARE
I recently had the opportunity to speak with a group of more than 20
young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 about their involvement with
the Edgar Cayce information and their hopes for the future – both personally
and for the Cayce organizations.
One of the things that kept being repeated by the group
was the fact that programs exploring the Cayce work and
group activities involving that information had been instrumental
in enabling many of these young people to come to know themselves.
This same concept is at the heart of the Cayce readings
on soul growth and personal transformation.
Historically, the phrase “know thyself ” was immortalized by the Greeks
at Delphi’s Temple of Apollo.
Written as an inscription over the entrance to the temple,
visitors from throughout the known world came to Delphi seeking
the wisdom of the god Apollo.
This search to know one’s self is often mirrored in ancient stories,
fables and fairy tales that seek insights to the very human question,
“Who am I?”
The Cayce readings suggest that one of the best ways to answer
this question is through an exploration of the subconscious mind –
looking at dreams, practicing meditation, dedicating one’s self to prayer,
and using the God-given talent of intuition.
Rather than being an exercise in egotism,
Cayce’s rationale was as follows:
“When one understands self, and self ’s relation to its Maker, the
duty to its neighbor, its own duty to self, it cannot, it will not be false
to man, or to its Maker.”
Coming to know one’s self was of such importance, Cayce told a small
group of individuals involved in the study of personal spirituality that it
was actually the second lesson (after cooperation) every individual should
undertake for their own soul development (262-2). One reading summed
it up simply, as follows:
“Know thyself if ye would know thy God, if ye
would be of a service to thy brother.”
Perhaps one of the greatest challenges in coming
to know one’s self is that too frequently we associate
the self with our human weaknesses and frailties rather
than our spiritual heritage.
However, it is important to remember that we are not
physical bodies with souls but are rather souls,
children of the Creator, who are gaining experience
in the material world.
The soul is that which is made in the image of our Maker;
that which is destined to be a companion with the Creator.
As we apply spiritual principles in our lives and in our relationships
with one another, we come to an understanding of our true selves
as well as our relationship with one another and our true relationship
This is what enables the inner self to be expressed in the material world.
This is what enables each and every one of us to come to know ourselves.
Perhaps the time is now to take a new look at who we really are,
and what it is we should be about.
The very same refrain was echoed by a group of young people
who proclaimed their excitement and enthusiasm about being
in the earth at this time and having an opportunity to make a difference.
As Cayce told one individual:
“First, analyze thyself.
Know thyself, for he indeed that knows himself
knows his God also.
And be sure ye know what and Who is,
and where is, thy God.
These must be answered within self.
For, as the tenets of old, all the principles of the divine
that are manifested in the material man are found
deep within self.
And all that we may know of a universal consciousness
is already within self.”
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Updated: 8 August 2017