Edgar Cayce on Religion
system of metaphysical thought which emerges from the
a Christianized version of
the mystery religions
of ancient Egypt, Chaldea, Persia, India, and Greece.
It fits the figure of Christ into the tradition of one
God for all people, and places him in his proper place,
at the apex of the philosophical structure; He is the
capstone of the pyramid.
The mysteries were concerned
with man's problem of freeing his soul from the world.
In the mystery symbologies the Earth was always represented
as the underworld, and the soul was lost in this underworld
until freed from it by wisdom, faith, and understanding.
In the Greek mysteries, Persephone, was abducted by
Pluto, Lord of Hades. Persephone is the soul of man,
whose true home is in the heavens.
Jesus said he came to fulfill the law, and part of that
law was the Kabbalah, the secret doctrine of the Jews
- their version of the mysteries.
Gnosticism as the Highest Form of Christianity
It is interesting to speculate
on the fact that Cayce was raised in strict nineteenth
century Bible tradition, and suffered the greatest mental
and emotional shock of his life when he discovered that
in his spiritual readings he declared the truth of the
mysteries and acclaimed Jesus as their crowning glory.
Cayce had only a seventh grade education and consciously
knew nothing of what he said under hypnosis. He was
only versed in the Bible and had no high school or college
background of any kind. Up until his revelations, Cayce
had never heard of the mystery religions. Yet his readings
check with everything about them that is known to be
authentic. He spoke at length on
well before the Gnostic writings were discovered. Cayce
affirmed that Christian Gnosticism is the type of Christianity
that was taught by Jesus.
mystery religions were a preparation for the coming
of Jesus. He was the fruit of their efforts, and his
message was a fuller revelation to the people at large
of the mysteries themselves. In the scramble which Christianity
made to establish itself as the dominant religion of
the decaying Roman Empire, the mysteries were denied
their proper place, since to grant that they had truth
in them would justify their further existence.
The complex symbology employed
by the mystery religions has survived fragmentarily
in Christianity, notable in church architecture and
in the sacrifice of the mass. The early Christians used
every means possible to conceal the pagan origin of
their symbols, doctrines, and rituals. They either destroyed
the sacred books of other peoples among whom they settled,
or made them inaccessible to students of comparative
philosophy, apparently believing that in this way they
could stamp out all record of the pre-Christian origin
of their doctrines. The
Christian doctrine of reincarnation
Gnostic mysteries of Christ
were declared heresies by the Church in 553 A.D.
the Christ, according to the Cayce readings, is the
central instrument of God to make it possible for all
souls to fulfill the original purpose of their creation.
Cayce affirmed that the trinity
of the Godhood (the so-called Father, Son and Holy Spirit)
is actually three-dimensional consciousness when viewed
from the level of Earth consciousness, which itself
is a three-dimensional realm in one. The Godhood in
its multiplicity can be perceived as more complex than
three-dimensional when viewed from the perspective of
higher levels of consciousness. Nevertheless, the Christ,
whether one speaks of the Godhead as three-dimensional
or multidimensional, is seen as an essential part of
the Godhead. Indeed, Cayce stated that the Body of Christ
is the Father, the Mind of Christ is the Son, and the
Spirit of Christ is the Holy Spirit. In other words,
Jesus represented the body, mind and spirit of God.
Jesus' message was that "ye are gods" (John
10:34). In other words, all humans can be as God in
body, mind and spirit, just as Jesus was.
who became the Christ (i.e., a full manifestation of
the divine consciousness in flesh), is a soul created
with other souls in the beginning and, like them, a
part of God's Universal Consciousness. This is not to
say that the
is a created being. Jesus was the created being. In
the Cayce readings, the Christ Consciousness is the
spiritual condition of integrally being one with God,
or as Cayce would called
The union of the Christ Consciousness and the human
Jesus constituted, according to the readings, a unique
divine-human unity, although this relationship is properly
the ultimate goal of everyone and is spiritually possible
for all. Cayce affirms that there seemed to be two wills
- divine and human - in Jesus Christ. Cayce flat out
states that the Christ soul's first incarnation was
Adam of the book of Genesis.
It is well known
that the apostle Paul wrote of Adam as:
reigned from the time of Adam to the time
of Moses, even over those who did not sin
by breaking a command, as did Adam,
who is a pattern
of the one to come." (Romans
and drew between
Adam and Christ a parallel that was also a contrast:
"So it is written:
'The first man Adam became a living being”;
the last Adam,
a life-giving spirit.'" (1
Christ is thus seen as the
last Adam, the one man who by his obedience undoes
the results of the disobedience of the first (Romans
5:12-21). Jesus recapitulated the stages of Adam's
fall, but in reverse order and quality. It is understandable
how shocking this statement of Cayce's is to most fundamental
Christians, that Jesus whom they have always believed
to be sinless had been not only guilty of sin, but the
very person who has been traditionally regarded as the
author of sin on the human level. However, Cayce
in no way states that Jesus as the Christ was guilty
of any sin of any kind. At that stage of his personal
and cosmic development his obedience was flawless, his
relationship with God perfect. In Cayce's words: "...
the perfect relationship to the Creative Forces or God,
the Father - which the human Jesus attained when he
gave of himself to the world, that through him, by and
in him, each entity might come to know the true relationship
with the Father."
Cayce material, however, go on to speak of the singular
appropriateness of Adam finally emerging as Jesus, the
man, to become the savior of the world, the Christ.
It must also be noted that sin did not begin with Adam
according to Cayce, but it had its origins in spiritual
realms before even the creation of the Earth. We can
therefore assume that this was Adam's redemptive intent
all along - to be savior of the world.
The perception that Jesus
had previous human incarnations did not originate with
Edgar Cayce. For example, the early Jewish Christian
group known as the
Ebionites taught that the Spirit had come
as Adam and later reincarnated as Jesus.
Samaritans believed that Adam had reincarnated as
Seth, then Noah, Abraham, and even Moses.
Other Jewish Christian groups
such as the
Nazarites also believed this. The
Clementine Homilies, an early Christian document,
also taught many incarnations of Jesus.
According to Cayce, the incarnations
of the Christ soul were as follows.
Amilius the ruler of the lost civilization of Atlantis;
Adam the first "son of God" and "son of man";
Enoch the patriarch who journeyed to heaven to receive
Hermes the sage and architect
of the Great Pyramid;
Melchizedek the mystical High Priest and and ancient
King of Jerusalem;
Joseph the son of Jacob who became the Prince of
Joshua the leader of the Israelites into the Promised
Asaph the music director and seer who served under
David and Solomon;
Jeshua the scribe of Moses who helped write the
Zend the father of Zoroaster
who founded the
Zoroastrianism religion; and finally
Jesus the Christ who overcame death and will return
again to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
Van Auken is a
former director of the
Association of Research and
the Edgar Cayce research foundation. He is editor of
Living in the Light and author of many books, audio
tapes, and videos. He's an expert in Egyptian, Hebrew,
and Christian mysticism, and is a skillful teacher of
to his unique passage in consciousness. He practices
the techniques he teaches and has become a popular speaker,
leading retreats, workshops, and tours, and writes regularly
as a columnist. He is also
the author of many outstanding books on the Cayce readings
Born Again and Again: How Reincarnation Occurs and What
It Means to You, •
Edgar Cayce on the Revelation: A Study Guide for Spiritualizing
Body and Mind; •
Jesus: His Words Decoded, His Mystery Teachings Revealed; •
Christ: The Power and the Passion; •
Spiritual Breakthrough: Handbook to God-Consciousness; •
From Karma to Grace: The Power of the Fruit of the Spirit; •
The End Times: Prophecies of Coming Changes; •
2038: The Great Pyramid Timeline Prophecy; •
Edgar Cayce's Atlantis; •
Edgar Cayce's Tales of Egypt; •
Ancient Egyptian Mysticism and Its Relevance Today; •
Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah; •
Past Lives and Present Relationships; •
Toward a Deeper Meditation; •
Edgar Cayce on Rejuvenation of the Body.
In order to fully appreciate
the secret teachings, we need to understand how the
Universal Law of Cause and Effect works. It's easy to
say that the experiences in one's life are the result
of past activities, but the forces of this law are greater
than we may first imagine.
action, every thought, every idle word sets up reactions,
according to the Universal Law. When one thinks a thought,
that thought makes an impression on the Universal Consciousness.
Nothing is lost or done in secret. Everything is done
within the Universal Consciousness, and the Whole is
affected by it (as well as all others within the Whole).
isn't easy for us to believe, living in our own little
worlds. Secret, private, alone and separate are active
words in our vocabulary. This is due to our current
separation in consciousness from the Whole. In the higher
realms of consciousness there is no space. Things and
people are not separate, but part of a Whole. All is
actually One. All is within the Whole. By increasing
the focus on self, we have created the illusion of a
self separated from the rest of life, but it just isn't
so. Our individual actions and thoughts make an impact
on the Mind of the Universal One.
the legendary seer, Edgar Cayce, was in the deeper levels
of consciousness and was asked to give a reading of
the soul-record for an individual, he found it very
difficult to determine whether the soul had thought
of doing something or had actually done it. In the deeper
levels of consciousness, thoughts and actions are equal
in their impact. Perhaps this explains Jesus' admonition
that adultery in one's heart is the same as committing
it in deed.
Reactions to past thoughts
and actions become our fate, destiny and karma. An individual's
fate is simply the rebounding effects of previous choices
remembered by its soul. The reason the effects of these
previous choices often seem unfair to the conscious
mind is because the personality doesn't see beyond its
own life for sources of current conditions.
are Things and Thoughts are Real
|"Master, who did
sin, this man, or his parents, that he was
born blind?" (John 9:1-2)
Now if these disciples didn't
believe in and understand pre-existence of the soul
and karma, why would they ask if this man's own sins
had caused him to be born blind? The only way this could
happen is for him to have sinned before his birth! And,
in fact, that is just what they thought he might have
done. Notice also how the disciples thought that his
parents might have brought this upon themselves through
past mistakes. Here is a clear indication that within
the inner circle of Jesus' followers there was the concept
that misfortune had a source, and that that source could
extend beyond the present lifetime.
companions of God, we are free to live and choose and
grow almost as we desire, but not without being subject
to Universal, Spiritual Law. Through meeting our thoughts,
actions and words we learn to discern wisdom from folly,
lasting strength from weakness and true life from illusion.
In turn we become more able to fulfill our ultimate
purpose for existing: to be a companion to the Universal
Creator. The law is actually a magnificent tool for
perfect learning. It is completely impersonal -- everyone
experiences it equally and for the purpose of enlightenment,
"Though he were
a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things
which he suffered." (Hebrews 5:8)
law of karma is not some fierce god in the sky keeping
track of everything so that it can zap people when they
least expect it. Most karmic reactions in fact come
from the individual's own deep memory of what it has
see, actions and thoughts build a consciousness much
in the same way that exercise and food build a body.
In a way, we are a memory complex. Our body and mind
is the subtotal of all we have done. The memories, whether
conscious or unconscious, make up our present condition.
Thus, when we look at one another we are actually seeing
a memory complex. Decisions are based on our past; reactions
are based on our past; so are our goals. To understand
a person, we must know something about their memory
surprisingly, karma has been described as memory. Karma
is memory coming to consciousness again. What has occurred
in the past is recalled and has an effect on the present.
Now, the recollection may not surface to the conscious
level; the personality may have no awareness of the
memory, in fact. Yet, it exists at the deeper, soul
level. Nevertheless, the soul sees through the same
eyes as the personality, and is reminded of its past
use of free-will and consciousness. Naturally, some
of these memories will be compatible with the Universal,
and some will not.
is an important concept in understanding how the law
of karma works.
a soul draws closer to the Universal Mind it becomes
aware that some of its memories are not compatible with
the Creator, and since its ultimate purpose for being
is companionship with the Creator, it seeks out opportunities
to resolve these incompatible memories.
a soul criticizes another soul among its peers and behind
its back. As it becomes more aware of its true nature
it will recall this wrong, and because of its incompatibility
with the Creator, will seek to correct it. Now, the
resolution could take many forms. The soul might seek
out an opportunity to work closely with the injured
soul as a supporter, assistant, publicist, agent or
the like. Or perhaps it would seek to re-create the
original scene -- putting itself in a position to criticize
the other soul again in front of the same peers. The
test would be to see if the soul would choose not to
criticize this time, even if it meant a certain loss
of position for itself. Throughout all of this the soul
grows wiser and more compatible with the Creator.
however, a soul has gotten so far away from its true
nature that it has no conscience, then the Law can become
a formidable obstacle to any further free-will action.
Such a soul becomes surrounded by its karma; everywhere
it turns it meets the terrible effects of its previous
actions and thoughts. Yet, even a soul who has gotten
in this pathetic situation can return to perfection
because there is no total condemnation from the Creator
or the Law. If the soul turns away from its self-centeredness
and begins acting, reacting, thinking and speaking like
a companion to the Universe, then the Law is just as
perfect as it is with error; and the reactions begin
to build and establish a new destiny for that soul.
is memory. As one recalls or relives situations, one
meets self again, and a new decision point or crossroads
is presented to the soul.
In our portrait of life, good
would be equated with compatible, harmonious actions
and thoughts which consider the needs and desires of
others along with self's needs and desires. Evil would
be equated with actions and thoughts that are motivated
by a self-orientation that pays little or no attention
to the needs and desires of others and the Whole. Metaphysically
speaking, good results in oneness, and evil results
in a sense of separation. Decisions in one's life could
be approached by evaluating which choices promote greater
oneness and which promote separation.
it gets a little difficult to support this idea much
further than that because in most of the secret teachings
there is the belief that one must separate oneself from
the world if one is to awaken to the greater reality
beyond this life. Yet if we look closely at this belief,
we find that the separation is more accurately a detachment
than a separation. One is to strive to release oneself
from the possessive power of the things of this world
while still actively participating in it. In other words,
one is to enjoy food and drink without being possessed
by food and drink; one is to enjoy material life without
being possessed by it.
at the Seven Deadly Sins of Western religion. Each of
them (lust, envy, greed, gluttony, etc.) expresses a
type of possessive power that overtakes the partaker.
The Seven Virtues on the other hand, express selflessness
on the part of the recipient: kindness, gentleness,
patience, etc. Notice also that the Sins are mostly
self-experienced, but the Virtues require another person
in order for them to be realized. This follows Jesus'
|"I seek mercy,
and not sacrifice. He who has ears..."
Sacrifice can be done alone,
but mercy requires that one reach out beyond oneself
and consider others and their needs.
we come to the inevitable conclusion that sin is self
to the exclusion of others and the Whole, while virtue
is oneness with the Whole and consideration of others.
It's important to note here that the ultimate goal is
not the complete loss of self-identity, rather, as Cayce
so aptly phrased it: to know yourself to be yourself,
yet one with the Whole.
Mercy and Forgiveness
one sense it is true that "not one jot or tittle shall
be removed from the Law." One must meet every bit of
its karma. However, there is a way that it can be modified,
softened, even ameliorated. If a soul, knowing another
soul has wronged it, forgives that soul and holds no
lingering resentment -- perhaps has even forgotten the
wrong in the depths of its forgiveness and understanding
-- then it begins to take hold of the power of forgiveness.
The more it forgives, the more it perceives and understands
forgiveness. Then, when it approaches the Universal
Consciousness and realizes it possesses memories that
are incompatible with the It, forgiveness is much more
viable, removing the barrier between Father/Mother and
son/daughter. The law is so precise (what one gives
one receives; no exceptions) that if one begins showing
mercy and forgiveness for others, one begins to receive
mercy and forgiveness upon oneself. Now, the law is
very sensitive to the deep, true purpose for which one
does something, and if the purpose for forgiving another
is simply to obtain forgiveness for oneself, then little
is gained. But if one truly forgives, and forgives by
understanding, through empathy and compassion, then
there is no way one can avoid receiving forgiveness
law also works in some very curious ways. Somehow one's
greatest weakness possesses the potential to become
one's greatest strength. With each difficult situation,
whether physical, mental or spiritual, there comes an
opportunity. These "opportunities" sometimes appear
to be hopeless problems, like a crippling disease, an
uncontrollable habit or a situation in which one feels
totally victimized without cause. More often they appear
as annoyances or frustrations, like an unattractive
nose, a difficult sibling, spouse, colleague, boss,
lover or friend; or an ever present lack of money. In
each case, the soul has an opportunity to resolve and
overcome some weakness in itself, and by doing so with
the right attitude, the soul can rise to new heights
of consciousness, love, and companionship. Attempting
to sidestep one's crosses is simply a temporary diversion,
delaying the eventual glorification that is the soul's
inheritance when it is sought.
has to be met. And yet, no soul is given more than it
can bear to carry -- this is the paradoxical blessing
hidden in the limitations of time and space. A soul
is given the time it needs to turn away from its selfish
ways and, like the prodigal son, return home to a feast
of joy and welcome from its Father in heaven. Reincarnation
is not a way to avoid judgment and responsibility; it
is a way to allow the soul enough time to correct its
mistakes and develop itself.