Awakening to Peace
By Alison Ray
One of the key tenets in Edgar Cayce’s teaching is that soul growth requires application. Not just knowing information, but actually living it by making the time for the things that are most important especially, being of service.
Last week, I met a group of people who were doing just that. The group ‘13 Moon Walk 4 Peace’ is on a mission to awaken the heart of America and to transform how we relate to each other and the earth. They believe that humanity is going through a shift in consciousness and that together we can create a peaceful and harmonious world. For the past year, they have been walking across the United States; bringing their message of hope and peace to 42 cities. Their walk began in Atlanta, Georgia on 10/10/10 and will conclude on 11/11/11 with the establishing of a National Peace Trail.
While at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. in Virginia Beach, they planted a Peace Pole. The wooden pole was hand-crafted and capped with a small copper pyramid. On the sides were carved Oneness, Faith, and Peace. As with other communities where poles were planted, it is intended to create a Peace Zone based on the unique vision of community participants. After a brief ceremony of prayer and setting of intention, each person helped add the soil that would hold the pole in place for the future.
Their work and goals fit beautifully with the Edgar Cayce readings. During a reading in 1943, Mr. Cayce was asked if it would be possible to raise the world’s economic standards.
Not only must it be possible, it must be done! if there will be any lasting peace! But it must begin in the hearts and minds of individuals… As the vital cells of the body — when they have rebelled, and caused sufficient others to do likewise, destruction sets in. (Reading 3976-28)
In another reading, given May 10, 1944 a man working at a Naval shipyard asked what might be done by the American people to bring about a speedy, lasting peace. Mr. Cayce’s response stressed personal responsibility:
We haven't the American people. The thing is to start with yourself. Unless you can bring about within yourself that which you would have in the nation or in any particular land, don't offer it to others. (Reading 5101-1)
Another reading stresses the importance of getting started:
"Use that you have in hand today.” And as you use it, the way is shown…for the greater developments in all your activities… It may grow to that expression and experience, dependent upon the application of that you…already know and see in your inner self. Reading 1458-1
As to how it was to be accomplished, Mr. Cayce also had an answer:
This…must be little by little, line upon line; using that you have — and as you use…that necessary for your greater understanding…[and] greater development, is given thee day by day. (Reading 1458-1)
Analyze self and the purposes, the motives, the influences; and know that they agree with that which is your ideal. Not what you would wish God to do for you, but what may you do in appreciation of the love shown? Not as to what you would like to be, but what may you mentally give that will be conducive to constructive thinking in the experience of others? In the physical, not what you want others to do for you, but what may you do for them?
These are what we mean by constructive thinking, and as they are applied within the experience we will come to see what a spiritual life means. Not the eliminating of pleasures, for the purpose of life is pleasure, but that which is constructive and not destructive!
Live it…and…you may induce others…to try it. Not by nagging, not by finding fault. You would not want others to find fault with you! Then live so toward others that you do not find fault, but find the good in every experience. (Reading 1995-1)
The Peace Pole was planted near the Foot Reflexology walk at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. Headquarters in Virginia Beach. To learn more about 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace and to meet the individual members of the group, visit their website www.13moonwalk4peace.org or Communitiesofpeace.ning.com.
My Encounter with Cayce—
A Turning Point
By Mariangela Pino Landau
It was a windy January day in 1987 in Los Angeles, California and I awoke with an ache in the pit of my solar plexus. As I tuned into the ache, I got a crystal clear sense that I had grown sick and weary from concealing my true nature. I was born with the gift of psychic mediumship and channeling into an environment that could not nurture and support my true nature. I was cautioned to deny and disregard it to avoid being labeled "eccentric and delusional" or "possessed by the devil." I was repeatedly told that what I sensed, saw, and heard was the result of a combination of my vivid imagination and attention-seeking. My family and community's insistence that I accept being plain and normal temporarily triumphed over the song of my soul, and I acquiesced.
During the years of compliance, I suffered internally from the dis-ease of self-denial. Up until 1987, I soothed my soul ache by concentrating on hippie-inspired social activism, creative outlets, studying psychology, philosophy and the world's religions, and dabbling with various kinds of meditation.
On that January day in 1987, I reached a significant turning point. At around noon, a force came over me and compelled me to get in my car and drive. I had no idea where I was going. After about an hour, I found myself outside the Theosophical Society in Altadena, California. Inside was a library and bookstore to my right. I was greeted by an open-hearted, round-faced middle-aged woman who asked if she could help me. "I don't know," I replied, "I think I'll just look around." Within a few minutes I found myself in an aisle with books on either side of me, six shelves high. I began to feel a bit dizzy as if the energy from the books were reaching out to me. Since I didn't know what I was looking for, I just stood there nearly frozen until I noticed a footstool. I staggered to it, sat down and silently asked for help, saying "I don't know what to do; I need help, please guide me." Suddenly, a book tumbled to the floor from the fourth shelf. I reached down to find There Is a River by Thomas Sugrue. I cradled the book to my heart, sat, and started reading. Within minutes, I wept with relief and gratitude. This man—Edgar Cayce? "whose uncanny powers of clairvoyance provided him with miraculous insights that went far beyond the realm of reality–baffling doubters, astounding believers….and almost always proving correct" was now part of my life.
Edgar Cayce, a man of prophecy, insights into the soul, and cures he prescribed while in trance was with me. I wasn't alone anymore. I stood up to see where the book had fallen from and discovered The Sleeping Prophet by Jess Stearn, included it in my embrace, and swiftly went to the cashier.
As I delved into his work, I found terms such as "akashic records," "soul mates," and "holism," and instantly knew I needed to find out more. And so began my more formal spiritual training starting with Unity Church, followed by the Church of Religious Science, and a myriad of spiritual, new age, and metaphysical books and holistic healing modalities. I could not satiate my voracious appetite. What I found most remarkable was that Edgar Cayce had constructed a foundation upon which so many have stood since. He had brought nearly all of the terms and concepts I read in other literary offerings to this realm years before it was even considered acceptable.
In 1997, I came out of the closet as a psychic medium and channeler, largely due to the helping hand of Edgar Cayce. Although I remain today one of the millions who have been touched by the life and work of a stunning farm boy who is the most resourceful, reliable, and trustworthy psychic in history, I think of Edgar Cayce with grateful fondness as the man who guided me home.
Mariangela Pino Landau is the founder of The Center for True North, an organization fostering personal authenticity and spiritual freedom. She is a psychic medium, mystic, metaphysical minister, ritual and ceremonial facilitator, poet, and author. She can be reached by eMail at Mariangela@thecenterfortruenorth.com or via her website www.TheCenterforTrueNorth.com. Mariangela's new book True North Transmissions®, Volume One: Spiritual Adulthood—Gateway to Freedom is available for a limited time as a free download in the Member-Only section of our Website at EdgarCayce.org/members.
Living Is Not Enough—Have Something
to Live for.
By John Van Auken
We do not do well when all we do is live. We do best when we have something to live for. Staying alive is not enough; staying alive for a purpose draws up a well of life energy within us and gives us a reason to keep on keeping on with as much vitality as we can muster. Obstacles mean little to one who is filled with purpose. Where there is a will, there is a way.
Edgar Cayce taught this over and over. Here are two of his readings on this matter:
"…being good as is seen from the gain, and not that of service. This the entity should alter within self, being not only good, but good for something. Lose self rather in the service of others, and find that in whatsoever state the entity finds self, in that be content; not satisfied, knowing that, that which is builded in self—whether of the material or of the mental forces—must be guided by that as is universal in its aspect, would it be the lasting or that sure foundation that will build for a life worth living." ( Edgar Cayce Reading 1726-1)
"Make the experiences of the life not only good but good for something, and we will find it will make the rest of the years of the entity's experience in the earth much more worthwhile. … There are abilities, there are urges latent and manifested, but first in self, find your own ideal: spiritually, mentally, physically. Then study to show yourself approved; that is, act like you knew what it's all about. For life is earnest; life is an opportunity to show the appreciation to the divine within, with the divine in your fellow man, and if you act in that manner much more joy, much more worth while will be the earthly experience of this entity." (Edgar Cayce Reading 5294-1)
I have personally felt the difference in my energy and my sense of purpose between those times when I'm just looking to live, to be comfortable, to be free, and those times when I feel a purpose, a calling, a role, a need that takes me into the lives of others and their needs. It can be as simple as continuing to help my grown children in the struggles of life. Or helping my grandchildren when their parents are tired or busy. Or, it can be as complex as being a part of a group of souls attempting to help other souls, or the community, or some service project that makes life better for others. I feel much more alive when up and doing for a purpose, than when seeking my leisure and letting the others find their way on their own.
"Each soul would find development for itself to become a better channel, a better servant of the Lord. As to how each may better accomplish this in the experience, it is the development and the unfoldment of a practical, a manifested, an exemplified life in the service of the Master. And, as He has given, 'A new commandment give I unto you, that ye love one another.' " (Edgar Cayce Reading 473-1)
Being a loving channel of God's love to others is a great service, a purposeful life to live. And there are so many whose lives would be better if they only felt a little love around them. Notice also how Cayce said the better channel of the Lord's love is practical. Often we find others need some practical help; and as channels of the Lord's power and ability, we may be that practical help for them. But we have to be involved in people's lives and challenges. And that requires budgeting time to communicate, coordinate, and engage with others. Which often takes us away from our TVs and entertainment and peaceful private time (which of course we do need at times).
Making time to commune with God and then with others helps us develop into better channels of the Lord's love in practical ways. And it gives us a much more worthwhile life to live—energizing us with the spirit of purposefulness and service to God's 'sheep and lambs.'
Living is not enough; we need to have something to live for. What greater purpose to live for than being a channel of God's love. This should add much purpose and meaning to our daily lives.
John Van Auken, a director at the Association for Research and Enlightenment, is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt. John conducts seminars in the U.S. and abroad, and is a tour guide to the many sacred sites around the world with A.R.E. Travel. He is the author of numerous books, including Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah, Ancient Egyptian Mysticism and From Karma to Grace. He will be presenting at several upcoming Virginia Beach Conferences including the Annual Ancient Mysteries Conference: Searching for the Ancient Records: Closer Than Ever Before from October 6-9 featuring Dr. Hawass.
Chakras of the American Indians
By Deirdre L. Aragon
Most people are familiar with the Edgar Cayce teachings (281-29) of the chakras, which are similar to the Hindu beliefs. Very few, however, are aware of the chakras as taught in the myths of the Pueblo Indians of the Southwestern United States. The following article gives a brief overview of these chakras according to traditional Pueblo teachings.
Like Edgar Cayce's readings, the Pueblos refer to the chakras as spiritual centers, which directly correlate to physical parts of the body. These centers or points form an axis in the body that is related to the polar axis of the Earth. Each center has its own vibration. These vibrations travel up and down the body's axis similar to the kundalini force of the chakras in the readings. The First People 1 of creation were given these points to remind them of their spiritual connection to both the Creator and the Earth. At the time of the First Creation the poles had not yet shifted to their current positions and the Earth energy flowed in a different direction than it does now. Therefore the energy of these chakras moves from the head down, rather than from the bottom up.
The first of these spiritual centers lies at the top of head. This is where the soul enters the body upon birth and exits upon death. As a person ages, this center hardens and the connection with the Universal Consciousness becomes less recognized. This explains why young children are more apt to see auras and spiritual beings. Their minds are still open to the possibilities Western Culture does not accept as reality.
The next vibratory center corresponds with the brain. The true function of this point was to help you understand the plan of the Creator and thus carry it out. The physical functions of the brain-thoughts and actions are considered to be secondary to that of the Creator's original plan.
Below the brain center lays the throat and place of speech. This center connects humankind to the "breath of life" in all creation. Through vocal prayers and praises humans are able to commune with the Creator from their physical existence on Earth.
Moving downward, the heart center represents the duality of nature and life. A person of true intent is said to be of One Heart, one purpose, and one ideal. If their thoughts and actions are not at one with the Universe they are said to have Two Hearts. Those of Two Hearts were the first to bring physical illness to humankind. The last spiritual center is at the solar plexus. It is the Throne of the Creator from which the spiritual life of the person is directed. It can be thought of as the central center of spiritual thought. Physically this is the center of digestion for the body.
Unlike the First People, who were more attuned to their spiritual connections, humankind today has two additional lower chakras. These are based in the physical realm and were not needed by the First People. As humans evolved through each successive world, we lost touch with the Creator's plan and became more focused on the physical world instead of our spiritual self.
Many prophecies from different cultures, including those of the Hopi Pueblo, say we are moving towards another pole shift (826-8). When the Fourth World ends and we move into the Fifth World, it is likely that humankind will see another change in our chakras. This time the change may be back to our less physical side, similar to the First People. In another generation, as we reconnect with our spirituality (1436-1), human bodies may no longer have a need for the lower physical chakras. This will help humanity on our journey back home to the Creator.
1 According to Pueblo stories there are five worlds of humankind. The first three were destroyed because humans separated themselves from the Creator. We are currently in the Fourth World.
Deirdre L. Aragon is a Laguna Pueblo Indian, who spent the early years of her life on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico. Her paternal grandmother and aunt, who were tribal healers, taught Deirdre the wisdom and teachings of her tribe. She was raised in a home where metaphysical principles and holistic healing were accepted and practiced as a way of life. During a near death experience when she was ten years old, Deirdre was given the "mark of the shaman" from the Spirit World. Accepting her abilities, Deirdre has designed several healing techniques based on her personal experiences and knowledge gained through various sources and is an active speaker. She is actively involved with A.R.E. in Northern Virginia and has participated in A.R.E. Search for God Study Groups since she was a child. She has been a student of the Unity Movement for over 15 years. You'll find her website Noble Minds, a companion on the path of enlightenment, online at Noble-minds.com. She is hosting a "Transformational Event" featuring A.R.E. author and lecturer Kathy Callahan, PhD, in Oakton, VA on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Visit her website for upcoming details.