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Ideals

I want to show to you some thoughts about Ideals.
About that wonderful chapter three in Volume One of A Search For God
called "What is My Ideal?"
And about the whole theme of Ideals that Cayce worked with in his Readings.
I want to do it by getting you to go with me in your mind, in your thoughts,
to listen to Cayce giving portions of readings.

It was my privilege to hear about 500 readings toward the end of his life.
To prepare the questions that were asked.
To be deeply involved with the people that came.
And I can picture what I like you to picture.
Walking into his little study.
Having him josh a bit because he did better if he laughed and we teased him.
And then having him get quiet.
And Pray.
Stretch out on the couch.
Hands up over his forehead.
Eyes would flutter.
Put his hands down over his waist.
He would soon clearly be breathing deeply and kind of unconscious.
But in a very focused kind of unconsciousness,
I must say, what his readings called "natural capacities."

And in reading after reading - there were many who came to get readings for the first time.
And not many at that time in his life who came for repeat readings.
The calendar was crowded with people in great need.
It was wartime in the 40's and people had just heard of Cayce.
And so we would be hearing the first readings often given for people who had taken a chance on this man.
Lying there unconscious in Virginia Beach.

They would be somewhere else.
Partly because you couldn't travel in wartime.
Partly because they didn't know whether it would be worthwhile to travel anyway to hear him.

And as we listened we would hear IDEALS spoken out again and again.
And it would be startling because he might be asked to deal with cancer of the liver or some kind of paralysis or some mental breakdown (schizophrenia perhaps) and here would come this material on IDEALS right with medications and colonics and rubs and surgery and hypnosis.

And still here is this lovely quiet note of IDEALS dancing like a musical melody.
A compelling attention almost-like the flute that calls you to follow the pied piper.
Here comes the call again - Ideals - Ideals.

Here is a young soldier who wrote in after he read about Cayce in Coronet Magazine was warned that he had to really
figure out his own DEEP IDEALS and not just take what looked good - someone elses.

For the readings said to him - the voice of Cayce lying there on the couch with his face kind of pulled together
in an intense concentrated expression and his lips pursed a little bit and speaking quietly almost rhythmically as he breathed.
Spoke to him about his Ideals and said
"Not merely saying as you read the tenets of a group or organisation - these are good -
I accept these. No! These are the tenets of others. Read thyself."
He said it with emphasis.
And that sense of reading oneself begins to put us on to something about the NATURE OF IDEALS.
That they are not beliefs in the sense of creeds that we accept or notions that we subscribe to.
Or concepts that we organise our thought around or read in a good book.

They (IDEALS) are the very nucleus of our souls.
The center of our selfhood.
The deep values that make us move.
As the chapter on "What is My Ideal" says:
"that which provides consciously or not  - the motivating forces in our lives."

And he's telling this person to get at YOUR IDEALS.
"Read yourself."
Dig down in.
"Read."
It is what Cayce did "He gave Readings."

And he's telling this guy - "Use your utmost discrimination and discernment.
Let the spirit help you."
As indeed in readings - to find out what is at the core of your being that you really really care about."

And that puts us in the right direction for dealing with that which Cayce said was every soul's business.
You remember he spoke about in one reading
that perhaps nothing was more important that we can do in a given lifetime then settle
on in some way and embrace and respond from our center of our beings.
To the deepest ideal or the deepest values we can formulate.

He spoke to a sick child - these are readings that I heard and they are still in my memory -
parents of a very sick child - and told them they must BUILD THEIR IDEALS of their own real experience.

You know to do this you might do something I've done and helped other people do.
And that is to "Keep a Journal for 24 hours or a few days."
And note decisions you make.
It's very awkward to be clearing the table and making a decision
whether you'll help with the dishes tonight
or a decision whether or not to read further in the paper and get up and go to work.
But just to keep a journal of actual decisions made.
And then beside it put the IDEAL on which THAT DECISION WAS BASED or as near as you can find.

What value you're honouring
or what convention
- what habit
- what notion which isn't an IDEAL
but merely a thought pattern
- some way that other people behave
- or some trend in your personality.

Yeah, it is a little awkward because you will find out that you haven't done your homework often and
that if you are like me - there are a whole lot of you running around inside - under your skin -
making decisions - whole lot of subselves that are not very integrated.

No wonder Cayce pushes over and over for this work of STUDYING THE IDEAL to UNIFY THE SELF.
And to be that which we were called to be:
For recall he says
"No soul comes by chance"
Nobody just drops in for a visit in this lifetime.

We got things on our minds - we got things on our souls -  things on our hearts.
And those are of the CHARACTER OF IDEALS
that govern the karma
that govern the service
that govern the growth.
They are to the soul maybe what they are to an autonomic nervous system is to the flesh.
They shape it and form it and move it.

And to the parents of this sick little girl - as I recall he said:
"To have IDEALS merely for the minister or the rabbi or the priest, isn't much good"
[for the father and mother or for the child! 3289-3]

Cayce could be a pretty bunjo.
"Christianity," he added "God-likeness, must be lived
Remember in spiritual, mental and material things
ye grow in grace, in knowledge, in understanding"

That notion of growing ones IDEAL has been one that has ripened for me down the years
For if I am reading these Readings correctly or at least somewhere near their spirit and their thrust.
There is a constant emphasis on this phsyce and the flesh
the very centers these delicate chakras that Cayce writes about or speaks about
and he wrote about it in some of his letters and he lectured about it too.
Work to magnify that which we have on our minds - that which we hold dear.

One of the definitions of meditation and its processes - central processes -
is that - THE IDEAL is what is lifted up and put into action by virtue of meditation through these centers.
It is called into the flesh and that beautiful process of which the gospel of John
speaks when it says "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us"

The implication is "The Word is fleshing itself in us through these IDEALS" in the way that Cayce talks about.
I am particularly struck not only by - in this passage speaking about living ideals
with the notion that -  Ideals are activated by that which deeply engages our energy - engages these very centers.
Not only meditation.
I suspect  that pain and suffering when they are worthwhile.
Or when we have laid our soul up naked against some blow.
And offer to receive that which life has in hope and trembling and in all sincerity in that blow.
That those centers are fired.

Mystics in many cultures and Saints have known pain and this beautiful firey energy of the kundalini are related.
And sometimes they have even cultivated pain by hardship.
To set that blaze going but life has its pain sufficient.
What is important here is the difference between
"mindless pain" which is just that of coming up against shock
and dismay and confusion, fustration and illness.
or "mindful pain" where as we are driven into our bed
or into a corner or into loneliness or into death
we discover that that which is the Ideal of the Soul is brought forth and made real.

I think it happens now I know I've done that dark and awesome path of pain and it happens with creativity
Whatever we fashion to Glorify God is in a dream that somebody brought to Cayce
or seeing somebody model a head of Zeus out of Clay.

And Cayce said we are all building our image of God all the time.
We are all modeling it with our lives whenever we create
a school curriculum, a health food store, a lovely family,
a church, a synagogue, a PTA, a ball-club that plays snappy ball
and whips that ball around the diamond in nice form.

Whatever we truly create again those Ideals are lifted up.
Now I am going to suggest here what I think is true to the readings
that these are not just a nice thing to do.
They have a place in the psyche which is immensely important to our becoming.
And I would add it is true in our loving too.
We pick up a sick child and hold it.
What's the ideal?
Is it shut up you brat, you're bothering me.
Now let me get you quiet as fast as I can and get a pacifier in your mouth.
Or is it that I shall help, be a helpful force to bring forth healing in this flesh.

Likewise in sexuality. When it is filled with love.
There is the quickening of these centers again in a far inward ideal comes to life.
And we may afterwards be irritated and bored or enlivened and healed, refreshed,
depending upon the ideal.

And I have already hinted that in dying itself
- the Ideal of the Soul is brought to the fore as in the Tibetan Book of the Dead
and the sayings and practices there are equiping the Soul to hold fast to the Ideal
through the stages that follow immediately after death.

So too in deep silence -
maybe driving a car -
maybe looking out over a mountain landscape -
maybe just awakened in the night and staring thoughtfully in the darkness -
maybe pausing after beautiful music in utter silence -
again the Ideal stirs within us in that fathomless depth of the spirit.

That silence forge us and begins to move.
And in that giving of ourselves which we call Prayer.
And that lovely enrichment of prayer we call Worship -
done with a group of like-minded people in humility before God.
Again those ideals are activated.

So that as we fall asleep at night, if I remember Cayce correctly, on this score,
"Dream after dream, compares our actual lives and aspirations, our efforts, our creativite efforts, and our loving
with those Deep Ideals, you can even describe dreams as ultimately a kind of journey in the night
of weighing life as we have lived it and are planning to live it with what we have chosen or responded to
or in some way committed ourselves to as Ideals.

Now in this chapter on "What is My Ideal?"
The focus is heavily on One Ideal
The organising governing ideal of all.
And in it the emphasis is of course on the Christ
but Cayce was a sneaky counsellor.
I have been a therapist a long time and I appreciate a sneaky counsellor.
He so often said to people "Do Some Work."
He said it to my wife.
He said to many people.
He did to me in another - in a different way -
but concretely he said as he did for a Rancher whom I heard got a reading,
from the West,
"That he should put his ideals in columns on a piece of paper.
Draw two lines and make three columns."
And then he would find ultimately working with these ideals
that they would focus and condense and coalesce in a master ideal if you wish
and Mark Thurston has lectured and written eloquently about the difference between Ultimate Ideals and
the Promiximate ones that we work on.

And listen to what Cayce says to this Rancher:
"Do first set the Ideal"
And that is though in conversation with the Rancher almost, he says
"This isn't the easiest job either"
You can almost hear the Rancher grumbling.
"Not merely saying Yes I believe this and yes I believe that"

Cayce is a churchman, and he understands belief and honours it.
Yet he won't buy belief as deep enough and we will come to that in a moment.
Because Will is engaged here and not just the mind.
He says to the Rancher:
"Put it on paper.
Draw lines.
Put headings.
"My Spiritual Ideal - What is it?"
"My Mental Ideal."
As to how the time should be spent in recreation and study, work, social activity,
various activities necessary for the individual to be well rounded."
And "Mental Ideal" becomes a lot more than just what kind of skills you have with your mind.
How you read.
What you know about.
Certain Attitudes.
It becomes a whole way of being alive.
And making choices.
And Edgar Cayce goes on:
"The Ideal way is not saying well I can't do this.
Like, ah, I got to lose weight but I don't know whether I can."
But pick the ideal weight and put it positively.
And work towards it.
Seems to me an important note in this whole body of material on Ideals.

And he goes on.
And put on the paper:
"My Ideal Physically"
And then kind of backs the person up to make sure the individual Rancher
is looking at his whole life and getting things into each column.
Getting things into the deep mystery of companionship with God.
Or Forgiveness and Confession and Joy and Celebration and Service Life.
Getting things into that mental realm where expectation and hope and promise and skill and discipline lie.
And into that Physical realm of situations and activities in our lives.
Getting on the phone to call somebody sick.
And staying after work to help the guy that's building something and is kind of confused about it.
And Stopping the car to help that fellow with a flat.

As Cayce says
"What sort of church would a church be if every member was just like yourself?"
That is a pretty pungent question.
"What would it be like?"
And He goes on:
"What sort of home life be if every husband were just like yourself?"

By now the Rancher is probably thinking
"How did I get into this?"

What's the Ideal Attitude of a husband, of a father?
"What is the Ideal Attitude of a neighbor" he asked.
And here you move clear grounds to board from a spiritual neighbour that Jesus' parable of a good samaritan.
to the practical neighbor who lends his next door neighbor the hedge trimmers.

And then he says.
What is the Ideal Attitude of a Rancher, of a brother, and those in political and social activities?
We don't often carry them out in the world in our thinking We try to make personal list.
He did not stop with that.
In fact this whole section of the Reading is community oriented and texture oriented to the networks in peoples lives.
"Set them down," he says, "under each of these headings see what they look like.
You'll rub these Ideals out many times where he envision, If I heard him correctly,
list of items that go in these columns are things that are dear and special to us."

You see they don't fit in to your Ultimate Ideal or Spiritual Ideal - there can only be one - Jesus the Christ.
Now does that mean then that we are all suppose to be little Jesuses walking around  kind of pious folks, 
with long faces, who think ready to make pronouncements on Spiritual things and
secretly aspiring to be healers with the next man?? would give

Is that what he is really saying when he says:
"Make the Ideal Jesus the Christ"
 
I hear him speaking both of an example which we could treasure and hold close
because with all the Cayce stuff on ESP you would expect that that which in the Universe
we cling to will be tombed to us and us to it and grab the cells and grab the mind and grab
the soul.

But in speaking of this Ultimate Ideal - I think he is speaking of a relationship with it.
As when Martin Buber writing beautifully about the "I - THOU" relationship says
"For a moment All Else shines in its light."
And the world is not less you know when that happens

If you look into the face of your kid:
I was just making a mess in the living room.
Or out in the yard in the mud.
But you see that face and for a moment all else shines in its Light.
All living growing things.
All the mysterious play of the universe.
The sparkle of sunlight.
The dew drop of tears.
The radiance of flowers.
Everything shines in the light of that face.

I think he is inviting us to that kind of relationship with One he called "The Master," with Jesus.
That is not simply "Isn't he nice!" "Isn't that a good exmple"
but "Oh, My Lord, Let me stand and walk with You"
"And be of Your Mind, and Your Spirit, and of Your Company, and in Your Service."
Something like that.

And to my mind that sets some character to this Ultimate Ideal.
So we aren't just writing down "some Nice thing that we want to be"
but that as Cayce so often quoted Readings that said:
"Know in whom you have believed.
And that He is able to keep unto the last day.
That you would have entrusted unto Him."

It's not just "have an idea," "have a conviction,"
I'm a  Churchman, how many times I have heard in churches,
"Do you accept Jesus as Your Lord, as the Christ, the Son of God?"
"Accept Us Now" can this picture
Walk up - Shake hands - Grab hold if you drop to your knees,
Hang on, because this is making an Ideal which will govern all the others
Making a relationship that will live and flower within us.

Now Cayce draws a distinction between Idea and Ideal.
And it is nifty and it is useful, draws a difference between
concepts which we have got to have and these precious precious values far within us.
They reinforce each other.
My judgement the Buddha spoke about "Right Aspiration" -
as one of the elements of the eight-fold path.
One of the eight elements of the Noble-eightfold path.
But with it and these would be like Ideals.
You can't get somewhere if you don't know where you want to get, the Buddha says,
Get that Aspiration before consciousness or nothing will happen.
But he also adds "Right Conviction" as the aspiration won't grip us
unless we thought out its implications, its dimensions.

So the Idea reinforces, unfolds, unpacks, if you will, grounds and orients, the Ideal.
And they work together in a succinctly (?some thinking?) we do turns to passion and direction.
Two powerful elements from the Biblical tradition that shape our lives.
Passion and Direction.
And our Ideals must have both.

The desire to live and be alive.
To love to be a channel.
To be in some profound final sense, passionately alive for something, for someone.
And at the same time to have a direction and if we do that we see
so many readings  I heard Cayce say:
"Not all will be given, but that will be given, which may be an helpful experience"
And the word helpful shown as his Ideal.
Enfusing reading after reading at that point.

Of course, we speak of something so common place in the history of the mystics.
that one drives back a little from even addressing it.

The choosing and the working with IDEALS is as old as the literature in any tradition
of those who deeply love God.
PATIENCE comes up again and again.
HUMILITY stopping and taking a deep breath and in beautiful language of Cayce:
"Emptying self to be filled"
OBEDIENCE "Here am I Lord, send me" "I will respond"
DETACHMENT - being able to let go of crud when its time or of ambitions that have consumed us.
And how sharp Cayce distinguishes between GOALS and AMBITIONS and TARGETS
on the one hand and the DEEP IDEALS which shape the presses of our lives
Not the Goals but the Ultimate living of them.
And so to the Mystics speak of TRUST - Of that Child-like wide-eyed merriness
that runs through kids when they are really trusting of those about them.
That secure solid hand in hand TRUST.
But you can be part of Ideals as can THANKFULNESS
A spirit of remembering Who's we are - Who centers us into life and calls us home.

But I want to suggest that with working with Ideals can be pretty dull
If we simply list a lot of nice things.
Kind of a shopping list of the spirit.
I don't know if it comes this way
And I have talked with Mark Thurston about this and others in some depth.

The way in which Ideals come dynamically linked to their opposites.
- You don't get one without the other.
Like the song says about Love and Marriage
You can't have one without the Other.

If you choose an Ideal
Let us say A Wisdom - a Deep understanding of the Mind springing to life
within sight in judgment and conviction and there comes like it's ancient pledged twin -
the whole riddle of LOVE.
For WISDOM without LOVE is cruel and judgmental  - remembers too much - forgets too little.
And LOVE comes to soften and to direct and Free and make a bond out of Wisdom.
And make at other times a compost out of all the smarts we have so that something live can grow.

And if we choose LOVE as an Ideal then something deep within us gives us the twin of Wisdom.
Says you may not Love without Knowing Whom You Love.
Who is this person?
Who are these people?
What is this tradition?
What is this institution?
What is it that you choose to love?
For You may not love blindly.
Blind love is possessiveness.
And ?injunctions? and attractiions -  Love!.
And so it is.

We can walk through one after another.
The deep Ideals that men and women of God have held up to Light down the centuries.
And find they are linked to one another.
Choose one and you get the other.

How often have I seen that in Leading Guided Imagery that which we start with often evokes a healing of
complementary opposites.

Now I want to make a few quick comments about "The Nature of Ideals"
The elements we sometimes miss.

We sometimes contrive Ideals and say:
"Well I think I ought to be smarter.
I think I ought to be more generous.
I think I ought to be better tempered."

But it seems to me that ultimately IDEALS are calls.
Extended to us by the Universe, by the Creative Forces.
And that our task is not to invent them but to hear them.

Thus Edgar Cayce in the meadow after reading the Bible and being ignited with Hope
has an experience of seeing encountering a Presence.
And something asks him from out of that Presence.
"What would you have, really, who would you be?"
And the answer was his Ideal
"To be of service to those ?that need Him? and especially to children."

And that whole sense of Encounter to me defines "the Working with Ideals."
Not that I shall invent myself, but that I shall hear when I am addressed.
This Biblical language:  Address and Response.
And for this I invite you to get that kind of help we all need to recognize an Ideal and
its stirring within us.
Somebody else can often see it better than we.
See it in our faces.
Hear it in our voices.
Understand that we are being addressed.
And that something powerful is forming within us.
Somebody says "Shall I undertake this divorce in a sick and deadly marriage."
surges up the idea of straight-forwardness and cleansing, and renewal,
and pledging which leads us deeper in the marriage or out of it.
But that comes as a call and not as a contrivance.
I want you to think about that,
but I want to make a couple of other comments as well:
about "Working with Ideals."

It seems to me that they are in some sense "A Cry" and "A Promise."
A Cry that says "Lord, I hear you, this I would do." "this I would be"
as in the night scriptures speaks about
God calling to Solomon, speaking to Solomon: "What would you have?"
And Solomon answers "Wisdom for my people"
And God answers "You shall have it."
For He was well pleased with the response.
And then offers him a peaceful reign as well.

And there is that element of "Cry" and "Promise" in Solomon's response
"This I ask of you, Oh Lord."
"This I promise to do well if you give it to me."

In a way "the Model for Ideals" is really VOWS ultimately,
as in wedding vows which are taken traditionally,
the language of the Christian services
that we are met for this Joining in the sight of God and the face of this company.
Ideals are those promises we make in the sight of God and the face of this company.

And in order to work with them effectively several things seem to me important,
grown on me over the years.
One of them we have to do like Solomon and specify
"What people we choose to do this for?"
For on a wedding vow we say for this one whom I choose and by implication the family
which we will create together are those whom we will serve as though they were family.
And if we fail to be clear about "To Whom" we will give that which flows from this ideal
we joke often on our own spirituality

Our patience become smug - Neglect.
Our humility becomes obsequious.
Quoting of God - Manipulation.
Our detachment becomes indifference.
Our trust becomes presuming.

Unless our hands hold the hands of others whom we have specifically chosen and named
in our deepest prayer and longing. I do not think the Ideal will work very well.
They simply become the souls' puffing up at various points.

As Jesus goes to Jerusalem and says it is not right that a prophet shall die away from Jerusalem
and He goes to His death.
But He is not going to budge.
And He will do this thing.

And each of us has to choose who are the people to whom we hold ourselves accountable
or in the language of Karma with whom we came to do business when we came this time.

As Cayce spoke of wanting to render a service.
And spoke specifically about children.
That kind of focus:
thought out and received as a call and answered:
I think makes the Ideal come to life.

Secondly, seems to me that the Ideal works if "We Promise It,"
"Mean it" as an effort in which we agree to take the sweat that comes with the Ideal.
Say, I would like to be more musical.
Play an instrument.
Sing to be at home with.
Chords and Harmony and Melody and counterpoint,
is meaningless unless we are willing to practice.

Say, I want to be strong of body
but I am not willing to wrestle or to hike or to swim.
I just want to be strong is meaningless.

There is that in an Ideal that is says
I will take the sweat.
Do the training.
I will take the risks.
I will endure the failures as they come.
And failures there are and Trials.
The Ideal is "The promise."

The vow is "The Lord as you give me strength
I will take all the pain that goes with reaching for this ideal."
And the hidden opposites that I never dreamed of.
And the tests and the stern demands that flow from this Ideal.

Thirdly,
It seems to me setting forth an Ideal in all seriousness
is promising to "start with what we have in hand."

Cayce is so clear about this, he uses this phrase over and over.
It is not just a matter of integrity apparently it is matter of if we don't start with something
we can't see what is around us.
You can't see the next thing because it does not occur to us, our vision does not fall on it,
it doesn't get to us until we are in motion when we set those lovely Chakras vibrating with effort.

So the promise is "Start with what you have in hand"
and then see where that Ideal go.

As the Master, the young Rabbi, who taught service of one another.
One who's group swell to thousands and were hungry and did not want to leave.
And his disciples says "send them away"
And He said "what have we here?" "What have we in hand?"
And he took the loaves and fishes that were there and somehow in the act of sharing
brought abundance that left loaves and fishes over.

To ?play games of our ports? but the ultimate energy is love and caring
and starting right now with what we have in hand.
So the same one that dealt with the loaves and fishes can at another time
because he knows what it is to take what you've got and share it
Can say to his friends when he's about to die
"look guys, I am eating with you, have a drink of wine."
And it's my blood, and remember me, when you drink like this,
It's good blood. And it's for you.
As your blood may be for others. "
And He said,
"And this bread, have a bite, it's me.
It's my presence, Its my caring, it's my vitality, it's my blessing,
I give it to you, freely"
And it will be broken this night, this body of mine.
But it's yours, if you will give it away.
Start with that is close at hand, as this cup, and this bread,
in My hand right now on this table

And I think Fourthly,
When we take up an Ideal we promise to lift it up in prayer
to go apart, write it down, Hold it up and say
"God I'm serious about this."
"I want to be more honest.
"I don't like distorting the truth."
"I really want to be a person who says what he means and nothing else as far as I can."

And we keep lifting that up in our quiet times.
We may also do it in reverie.
We may do it in our imagination.
We may do it in drawing and the arts.

For these are all ways of touching the deeper self that communes with the divine.
And prayer in this sense spills out into all kinds of altered consciousness and into
working with symbols and flesh the word that we have spoken.

Finally, it seems to me that when we hold up an ideal we make promises to other people.
We do it at a wedding.
A wedding is nothing if it is just two people who sort of just grin at each other
with affection and attraction and say "I like you" and "I'll take you on."

It's that promising before others that turns it into an awesome and terrifying time,
people, I have married who have that privilege, out of my training,
tremble when they see his hands before this company.

An ideals are going to be work are going to be those promises we make to others
Life is apparantly beautifully spun to work with Ideals all through the lifespan.

As kids we have models.
Parents - Teachers - Scoutmasters
- friends down the block
- often adults - sometimes our peers -
- whose they hold upon our imagination
- often we dream about these people all our lives
especially our parents and certain relatives.
They become what Cayce called Criterion figures.

But as we reach adolescence Ideals really fire off.
What, but, wire-frames around on which our ideals can be woven before
now come to life and turn from stone to reality as in fairytales.

For in the teens life hits us with chemicals so powerful that Ideals are ruthless.
They are powerful.
We will do all sorts of things to answer to Ideals.
Nobility and Service and Wisdom and Helpfulness.
That fire off in these years.

But then comes the Young adult period and life says
well if you are serious then we'll equip you to handle these Ideals.
We'll give you an Ego and healthy strength and a home and companions
or something like it. And a vocation.
And through our young adult years we turn inward upon our personal needs,
requirements and our nesting and our communities.
And we establish ourselves as somebody definite.

And then in the midlife again comes back the Ideals in all their glory, they trouble us.
Something bigger than making a buck, making an impression seizes us again.
And now we have the strength to do something about them.
And we traffic with life in no uncertain terms.
Much of our life in the ARE study groups are at this period.

When we moved out of or have some dealing with establishing ourselves.
And gaining an identity.
And now the wild deep wonder of life is after us again.
The Hound of Heaven
?Shoes in our heels?

Then in Late Life comes Time and Obligation.
To simplify.
To learn what we have learnt.
To say what we have seen.
To share what we have known.
To find ways to pass on the Grace was been given to us.
And if Cayce is right there is more yet.
For we will ship out between lives and into realms that magnify an ideal.

If we would have Wisdom we go into a consciousness in a realm called Mercury
in Cayce readings and the Stoics called it that and Rudolf Steiner.

If we would have Force and Energy we ship out into consciousness called Mars.
And so it goes.

If it would be Beauty and Harmony in Relationships and in Art.
We ship out to Venus.

The Ideal becomes our Destiny Then as Now.

Now in closing,
I want to ask you to do with me a little exercise of your deep imagination.
A little journey in the far caverns of the Soul where secrets are kept.
I want to have you encounter Edgar Cayce, giving a bit of a Reading, just a portion, for you.

Oftentimes groups came to him. And as he moved around the group.
The Study Group.
The healing group.
He gave a message, a thought, to one at a time.
And each was different.
Oh were they different.
Paced differently.
The tone was different.
The theme was different.
Each one seemed immensely personal and touching and moving
in its gracious salutation of each Soul.

I'm not going to ask you to step right out of your chair in the reading group go with me first.
Close your eyes.
Settle back.
Get quiet.
Get anchored in your real being.
Get down there.
Where the final things are.
And then let yourself follow.
Up a sidewalk.
Then in a path.
Down to the ocean.
At Virginia Beach.
The Ocean is lovely.
All year round.
Climb up over a sanddune.
Walk down at a quiet time.
Not much happening.
Not many people.
The wind blows on the face of the water.
The waves surge in their old indescribable rythm.
And your own soul rocks gently in the hands of the Creator.
As that water move back and forth.
Back and forth.
And you stand at the margin of land.
And unspeakable distance of water.
As you might stand on a margin of daily activities.
In the ultimate sea of the spirit.
And let yourself to be collected and focused.
And healed of it.
And then turn about.
And walk a couple of blocks to Cayce's home.
And go in and greet him and his wife and secretary.
They're good people.
And since time is short and there is a whole group.
Press in with them into the Reading Room.
And there wait.
And hear that quiet gentle loving voice speak to you.
And speak in terms which he called mental and spiritual
No life reading.
No guidance of the flesh and healing.
Just what you are about.
What's most precious to your spirit.
What God called you to be:
His Troopidor.
His labourer.
His builder.
His healer.

And hear that voice speak to you
Of that your soul knows in it's quiet moments
Then Let him speak to you as a mentor.
Of the interests that come from Astrological ties and your between life experiences.
And your long journeys in the Earth.
Speak of those things you know of to do because you have done them in other lives.
And that you care about.
And then let him speak to you of the Physical Ideals.
that he sees in you.
As to the circumstances and the health and the skills.
All the things that give flesh to what you dream.
And then quietly let these so deeply into you.
That that they may awaken again in the night.
Or in your quiet time.
Or Prayer and Meditation.
For God Loves You friends.
He always has.
He always will.
And He waits.
For you to come home.
Knowing who you are.
Where you've been.
That's a promise in the Cayce Readings.
Thank you.

 

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Updated: 8 August 2017