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
for 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
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
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 mind. The Cayce readings 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
Ideals 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 entire body.
As the individual sits in
meditation, his mind focused on an affirmation (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
is 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.
force then flows into the pituitary, from whence, being
now in purified form, it flows downward, cleansing and
strengthening body and mind.
Jesus also said, "Whoever believes in me, as Scripture
has said, rivers of living water will flow from within
7:38) The movement of these spiritual forces
in meditation are the rivers of living water.
more 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.
may 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 Christ Consciousness,
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.
opening 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.
glands 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.
Lyden 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.
brings 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."
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 source.
Meditation builds a protective
barrier around yourself
against harmful forces.
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 guidance.
During meditation, you can
increase the spiritual forces
taking place within your
This is necessary to help
you attune and become one
with the Creative Force
- just as in the pitch of
a song of praise.
Raise these spiritual forces
in yourself and you will
enter the presence of your
No sacrifice is necessary
except your desire to be
one with God.
You will know within yourself
when you are in an at-one-ment
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 minutes)
Meditate facing east (for
polarity with the Earth)
and in the same place each
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 body.
Sit as in readiness. Crucify
desires within yourself.
Turn yourself inward.
Quiet yourself mentally.
Cleanse the inner room of
your mind. No unkind thoughts
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
Never open yourself without
surrounding yourself with
the Christ Consciousness
by thought, by word of mouth,
by impressing it upon yourself
- also for protection.
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 Holies.
Then listen to the music
of your inner spiritual
Enter in the closet of your
inner self and pour out
your self so that you may
be filled with the Spirit
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 Grace itself.
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!