Edgar Cayce on Meditation
following is an excerpt from the late great Cayce scholar
Elsie Sechrist's book
Meditation: Gateway to Light.
More information concerning Cayce's insights into meditation
can be found at the
Cayce research foundation
Prayer is speaking to God and
mediation is listening to God. Mastering the technique of
meditation is not easy. There are three keys necessary to
succeed in meditation. The three keys to this door of communication
with God are sincerity, enthusiasm and perseverance.
sincerity, ask yourself these questions: Do I really know
who and what God is? Do I know him personally as a loving
Father, or do I just know about him? More important, does
he know me? Are we on speaking terms, or do we just nod
occasionally? If we find ourselves answering in the negative
to these questions, we may begin to realize how greatly
we need him. His promise has ever been that if we believe,
live by his laws, he will aid us swiftly when we call, no
matter where we happen to be.
is important because it is an inner fire, an inner light
seeking its own source. In Webster's dictionary, the origins
of the Greek word "enthusiasm" meant to be "inspired,
or possessed by a god." In meditation, this inner fire
stimulates every cell of the body and every reflex of the
brain to listen. How do we evoke enthusiasm for our search
for God? By first examining those people who, from the beginning
of time, have found him. The Bible tells of man's experiences
with God. Studying it in conjunction with efforts at meditation
and prayer awakens the necessary enthusiasm to begin.
is perhaps the most difficult key. We need to keep on, day
after day, in the effort to re-establish our communion.
When we first attempt to harness the thoughts, to control
the body, to sit still, we realize just how much the body
controls us, mind and spirit.
purification and control of the spiritual body takes place
within the endocrine glands, under the direction of the
and modern science concur that constructive thoughts and
emotions release healing hormones into the body and mind.
But the Cayce readings go further. They suggest that the
endocrine glands are the spiritual centers of the body and
that through them our spiritual forces find means of expression.
Meditation is a key to opening these spiritual centers.
These spiritual centers are: the
sex glands, the Lyden gland, the Adrenal glands, the Thymus,
the Thyroid, the Pineal and the Pituitary glands. The proper
application of the energies illuminates them, transforming
the individual into a light in the world.
enter the mind when led by the spirit. The Cayce readings
remind us over and over again that mind is the builder,
led by the spirit we are entertaining, the spirit of God
or the spirit of the devil -
What one thinks and eats, one becomes.
cleansing begins when the mind is in accord with his spirit.
It is across the bridge of the mind that we pass, as we
come to know God. Once a soul sets for itself an ideal which
is spiritual in essence, every cell in the body is made
aware of this and changes begin to take place. Our seven
spiritual centers become the points of contact with the
divine within; thus we experience a stepping-up of activity
in all these centers. We have redirected the use of this
energy to its highest function. A refining process has taken
place in the body, a lifting of the rate of vibration; these
centers now disseminate their energies and hormones to the
As the individual sits in meditation,
his mind focused on an
(an ideal), spiritual energy begins to move upward from
the sexual glands. Usually, at this point, a pulsation may
be felt at the end of the spine. If the spiritual force
has been able to rise unhindered and undefiled to the pineal
and pituitary, one may experience an incandescence as if
the whole body had been filled with light and become transparent.
at the pineal center that we gradually become oriented to
the Christ-presence, where we may even receive the Mind
of Christ, depending on the degree of the attunement.
then flows into the pituitary, from whence, being now in
purified form, it flows downward, cleansing and strengthening
body and mind.
Jesus also said, "He that believes on me, as the Scripture
has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." (John
7:38) The movement of these spiritual forces in meditation
are the rivers of living water.
we become able to still the conscious mind, the more trouble
we can expect from the subconscious mind, for it is the
conscious mind of the soul. It, too, must be purified. We
have stimulated this area of the mind as a result of the
ideal we have upheld; attitudes and thoughts previously
concealed in the subconscious rise to the surface for examination.
Symbols and old familiar scenes begin to flash before us
like pictures on a screen. However, this is still only the
beginning of meditation. We should not dwell too long on
these pictures but press on to the silence. In other words,
we must return attention to the affirmation.
at this point be fascinated by the many faces appearing,
or numerous pairs of eyes staring. We may even hear our
names called; we may feel as if we were in the midst of
a crowd, listening to chatter and laughter. We must not
stop there, for we are not yet in real meditation. Of course,
it is fascinating at first, for it is an entirely new experience.
The sounds, the voices, the pictures, the eyes and faces
may all belong to souls already in the beyond who, having
seen the light pouring through the open door (the spiritual
center), have been attracted. It is much akin to the sensation
of looking through a strange keyhole, only to see another
eye looking back. Intriguing, perhaps, but neither stands
to gain much from such a restricted encounter.
We must leave this entertainment
behind and "press on to the mark of the high calling,"
his mark, the superconscious mind, the
the Holy Spirit, the "hill of the Lord."
height is reached by attunement to the Creative Forces in
meditation. The release of energy should never be forced
by such methods as exercise, or holding the breath, or by
focusing one's mind on a special center, or by willing the
center to open. When meditation is properly approached,
these centers will open voluntarily. The knowledge, power
and illumination of the soul which accompany this opening
will then be concentrated on the good of others and not
to one's own misdoing.
of the centers should come only as a result of spiritual
growth, not through any abnormal means. Unless the power
released is used to express his spirit with and for others,
it will but inflame our lower natures.
of reproduction are the reservoirs of the life force. They
house the creative energy of the body. As the individual
sits in silence, having lifted his mind by use of the Lord's
Prayer (an excellent affirmation), creative energy is released
at this level. This energy now carries the stamp of the
divine, because both the purpose and the thought which released
it were holy.
gland, control-center of the soul's activity, opens its
doors to this energy, enabling the mind of the soul - the
subconscious mind - to rise to the level of the pineal,
seat of the Christ consciousness. This energy is then transmitted
to the other centers of the body by means of the pituitary.
As it passes through the centers, it illuminates them.
an increase in vigor and improved
health. An expansion
of consciousness is achieved, and with this expansion comes
the realization that we are in eternity now. The realization
dawns that indeed there is no death. The only real death
is the separation in consciousness of the soul from God.
When this has been overcome there is no death, for consciousness
is continuous in whatever realm one manifests.
Jesus said, "In
my Father's house are many mansions." (John 14:2) These
mansions of God are afterlife levels of consciousness. Where
is consciousness? Within the bodies we now occupy, wherever
we are. "For you are the temple of the living
God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in
them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people."
(2 Corinthians 6:16)
we may become aware of these afterlife realms of consciousness
as in dreams. Therefore, whether we are on this Earth, or
in another afterlife realm, the "house of the Lord"
is the shell which we occupy. For while God wills that no
soul shall perish, he will not force humankind to seek him.
Tips from Edgar Cayce
Meditation is the attuning
of the mental and physical
body to your spiritual
Meditation builds a
protective barrier around
yourself against harmful
Meditation will help you
manifest the fruits of the
Holy Spirit and the white
light of the Christ.
Meditation allows you to
obtain information on any
subject and the answer will
come from within.
Meditation is the way to
at-one-ment with God.
Constant communication with
God through meditation will
result in spiritual
During meditation, you can
increase the spiritual
forces taking place within
your inner self.
is necessary to help you
attune and become one with
the Creative Force - just as
in the pitch of a song of
Raise these spiritual forces
in yourself and you will
enter the presence of your
No sacrifice is necessary
except your desire to be one
You will know within
yourself when you are in an
at-one-ment with God.
Read about the promises of
Jesus in the book of John,
chapters 14-17, to learn
about the spirit of light
within you to help unlock
your inner self.
Set definite time periods to
listen to the voice of your
Maker. Meditate either at
11:00 am to noon in the day
or 11:00 pm to midnight in
the evening. The best time
is 2:00 am to 3:00 am in the
morning. (For at least 30
Meditate facing east (for
polarity with the Earth) and
in the same place each day.
For some people, the song of
the spheres is necessary for
their comfort in meditation
and to rest the senses.
Sit or lie in an easy
position, without any
binding garments around your
Sit as in readiness. Crucify
desires within yourself.
Turn yourself inward.
Quiet yourself mentally.
Cleanse the inner room of
your mind. No unkind
thoughts are allowed.
Shut out all thoughts
pertaining to activities or
attributes of carnal forces.
The hands should always
cross the solar plexus, the
balancing between the forces
of the body, when meditating
or seeking to open yourself
to the unseen sources.
Never open yourself without
surrounding yourself with
the Christ Consciousness by
thought, by word of mouth,
by impressing it upon
yourself - also for
Certain types of breathing
are suggested, that there
may be an even balance in
the respiratory system, that
the circulation becomes
normal in its flow through
With low music or
incantations, let yourself
go deeper, to the seeing,
feeling, experiencing the
creative forces of love and
enter into the Holy of
Then listen to the music of
your inner spiritual centers
Enter in the closet of your
inner self and pour out your
self so that you may be
filled with the Spirit of
Find what is the impelling
desire (i.e., your ideal) in
your inner self - council
with your soul.
Make your will to be one
with the whole.
In your temple, let the
voice, the feeling, the
spirit of your purpose be
free in its direction to
Meditate on the fruits of
the Spirit in the inner
secrets of the consciousness
and the cells in the body
will become aware of the
awakening of the life in
Only in patience can you
become aware of your soul's
Attune yourself almost in
the same manner as you would
tune a violin for harmony.
Seek God's face and God's
ways. When you are fully
attuned, let your
intonations, breathing, and
posture be rather an
outgrowth of your
As the body attunes itself,
it may be a channel where
there may be instant healing
with the laying on of hands.
Voices can be heard when
attuning yourself during
Visualizing while attuned in
meditation can influence
Many people meet their
spirit guide during their
first experience of
meditation. Do not be
satisfied with a guide other
than one from the Throne of
After raising your
consciousness, God meets you
in your own temple (the Holy
of Holies, the third eye).
No one can know attunement
who has not developed their
If we fail to apply what is
given us in meditation, the
body will act!