KARMA AND GRACE
By Diana S. Lewis
The current topic of study in our A Search for God study group is "Grace and Karma." The
question kept arising about grace—with the law of karma operating, where does grace come in?
For example, in a letter to Mr. Cayce, a 42-year-old schoolteacher commented on her life
"I was interested in your statement to the effect that mine is an unusual reading.
The reading was also most interesting. I was especially glad of the assurance that I have not
piled up a lot of negative karma to be cancelled. As to the reconciliation of the law of karma and
the law of grace, I can't seem to get it straight. As I understand the law of grace, one can by
trusting in Christ avoid the consequences of a sin, or in other words not have to suffer according
to karmic law. If Jesus came, not to take away the Law how was it replaced by the Law of grace?
I am not so sure I know what the law of grace is." (Edgar Cayce Reading 3282-1, reports)
Mr. Cayce’s readings regarding this subject tell us the following:
"Yet, it is a fact that a life experience is a manifestation of divinity. And the mind of an
entity is the builder. Then as the entity sets itself to do or to accomplish that which is of a
creative influence or force, it comes under the interpretation of the law between karma
and grace. No longer is the entity then under the law of cause and effect, or karma, but
rather in grace it may go on to the higher calling as set in Him." (Edgar Cayce Reading 2800-2)
"... Just as that influence termed by some students as karma. This is the natural law, yes.
But there is the law of grace, of mercy. And this is just as applicable as the law of karma,
dependent upon the stress or the emphasis put upon varied things." (Edgar Cayce Reading 2727-1)
Prior to retiring one night, I asked for the answer. This is the dream I had:
There was a jailor. He took a prisoner and put him in a cell that was made of concrete
walls three feet thick. The prisoner, who was a holy man, immediately went to the only
window. There were sturdy iron bars on the window, but the holy man was able to take
his hand and make the bars move apart with ease. He had the choice, he knew, to be free
of his cell at any moment that he chose. The jailor who put him in the cell immediately
came over to inspect the bars on the window, but for him they did not move and were
impenetrable. In the second part of the dream, the holy man moved the bars of his cell
and stepped just outside of his cell. He didn’t run from his cell.
My interpretation was that the dream was an illustration of the law of karma and the reality of
grace. The jail cell is the law of karma. It is concrete, and to the untrained physical eye, it is
reality. And to the jailor, who can only perceive it as that, it is his reality. On the other hand, the
holy man knows this cell for what it really is. The cell is only an opportunity to learn the lessons
that he has come to learn. And he knows he chose to come and be in this place, at this time, for
his own benefit. He therefore is free of this situation, because he chose the situation willingly,
and can leave at the time of his choosing. That is the grace. Grace is the absolute spiritual reality.
Grace is the knowing that we chose this and we can exit if we want to. Hence when the holy man
stepped just outside of his cell, but chose to stay and not run, he was accepting his karma. He
was at peace because he was able to see it from a different perspective. The ability to see from a
different perspective is also a result of grace. Karma is the physical law. Grace is the spiritual
reality! Grace then, is the absolute reality!
I wrote a note to myself: So then we must ask ourselves, what is reality? Is reality the physical
karma that we deal with day to day, or is reality the ability to see our situations as stepping
stones on the path to enlightenment? Think then on this—perception is everything. If we meet a
situation with positive thoughts, looking to God, it frees us from doubt, fear, and worry. That
freedom is a direct result of being in a state of grace. Hence grace frees us. That freedom brings
us peace so we are able to be truly at rest even while working out our karmic debt.
Diana Lewis was introduced to Edgar Cayce, the A.R.E., and A Search for God (ASFG) study
groups at an early age when she began attending her parents’ study group while still a teenager.
After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University and nursing school, she married and
had two children. Her current ASFG study group is in Falls Church, Va. and she lives and works,
as a nurse, in Fairfax, Va.
Excerpt from the Spring, 2016 Newsletter available to A.R.E. members
Seeking a Reading from a Psychic
From the perspective of the Edgar Cayce readings, each of us is our own best psychic. Whether the information comes from a hunch, an intuition, our dreams, or synchronicity, each of us possesses a wealth of internal guidance that can be drawn upon whenever we need it. In fact, the Cayce material suggests that our true natural state is psychic and that as we progress spiritually in our lives we will have more personal experiences with this psychic dimension of our beings.
Still, there are times in life when we may feel the need to receive external guidance. Just as it is appropriate for individuals to seek out help from a doctor, a counselor, a minister, or a trusted friend, there may be occasions when we feel the need for intuitive information.
Whenever A.R.E. features a professional psychic on one of our seminars, programs, or psychic fairs, it is because the individual has demonstrated some measurable ability. However, individuals on our programs are not being endorsed by the A.R.E. While we have worked with individuals who are sincere, ethical, and interested in being helpful to others, we have yet to find an individual who is 100% accurate – and that includes Edgar Cayce, whose calculated 85% accuracy rate is still considered the highest known in contemporary times. The physical, mental, and emotional condition at the time of the reading of the person getting guidance, as well as that of the psychic, may affect the accuracy of the information and/or the ability to communicate/understand this information clearly and coherently.
To get the most from a psychic reading, whether it is external (from a psychic, a numerologist, an astrologer, a “guide,” etc.) or internal (one’s own dreams, inner guidance, visions, intuition, etc.), it is extremely helpful to do a little preparation first.
- The purpose of the reading: Edgar Cayce’s own readings indicated that the purposes of those requesting a reading, as well as the purposes of the psychic in giving a reading and the purposes of those most directly concerned or surrounding both people, played crucial roles in the clarity and depth of the reading obtained.
- Examine your own ideal, values, and soul purpose: Again, the ideals (motivation) and purposes of those directly concerned and surrounding the psychic and the person requesting the reading have an important impact on the quality of the reading. If there is a confusion of purposes, of ideals or if the request for the reading is prompted by greed, curiosity, or desire for power, the quality, clarity, and wisdom of the reading may be considerably less.
- Formulate the questions you want answered: There are some examples below that may help you with the wording. You will want to ask the best questions to elicit the clearest answers.
- Seek guidance making decisions: Be clear in your own mind that you’re looking for help to make your own decisions rather than unconsciously trying to shift the responsibility to someone wiser and with a better view into the future. Getting others perspectives is most helpful when used for making your own informed decisions.
- Examine your own dreams (visit EdgarCayce.org/dreams for more about working with your dreams).
Following are some sample questions:
- Soul's Purpose: What is my mission for this lifetime? How can I best make use of my abilities in the context of my soul’s mission for this lifetime?
- Your own past lifetimes: Describe those past-life experiences that most directly influence me in my current life. Describe those past lives that relate to my present relationship with (insert name).
- Understanding interpersonal relationships: In order to attain real forgiveness and peace, please give me that information I can now use constructively about past-life experiences with (insert name and birth date). Please give that information which will help me understand the source of my problem (provide example) with (insert name and birth date) and what I can do to experience love and healing in our relationship.
- Transforming a particular attitude or emotion: I’ve always had trouble with (emotion for example: losing my temper); what is the source of this and what can I do about it? Lately I find myself plagued with irrational anxiety and insomnia. How can I understand the causes and what can I do about it?
- The future: My ideal is to be of service to God; with this in mind, can I expect that my present employer, (Company Name)to be the place where I can fulfill that ideal in my work life, or should I be looking for another employer?
How to evaluate psychic information, both internal and external:
- Does it have a “ring of truth” for me? Confirmable facts? A feeling of rightness?
- Does it give me applicable things to try to do? If so, what are the results when I do them? Do benefits result for me and all other people involved?
- Does it call me to begin doing the best I know to be doing in my life?
- Does it empower me to take charge of my own life ― giving me a personal next step ― rather than becoming dependent on the psychic source?
- Does it leave me with a sense of hope about my life?
- Does it “speak my language”? Do I feel as if the psychic information addressed me personally, using words, images, metaphors, and examples to which I can relate?
- Let someone else look at the question and answer. What does a trusted friend have to say about the information?
- Does it answer unasked questions, which lie within me?
- Does it stretch me to new, unconsidered aspects of myself and of my life?
- Does it seem to get better with time? When I look back at it six months or a year later, has my evaluation of the reading become even higher?
Visit Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. on Saturday, July 25 for our next Psychic Fair.
Dangerous Doorways to the Unconscious:
Ouija Boards, Automatic Writing, and the #CharlieCharlieChallenge
by Kevin J. Todeschi
YES, the Edgar Cayce readings provide straightforward encouragement that each of us is potentially our best psychic and that everyone can access personal guidance at any time. In fact, Cayce provided a wealth of information regarding how the subconscious can be unlocked safely through such things as meditation, working with dreams, undertaking personal spiritual growth, developing empathy, learning how to recognize psychic hunches, and so forth. However, the readings also provide many cautionary tales of dangerous doorways to the unconscious, a number of which are detailed in Hugh Lynn Cayce’s book, Venturing Inward.
Having had the wonderful opportunity to recently edit the 50th anniversary re-release of Hugh Lynn Cayce’s classic, I was reminded of the true dangers associated with such things as automatic writing and Ouija boards and even the “new twist” on this old danger that is being called the “Charlie-Charlie challenge.” Literally tens of millions of people have already called attention to this game by using the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge. Drawing upon the same premise as automatic writing and the Ouija board, players essentially balance pencils over the words “yes” and “no” on a piece of paper and ask questions. Reportedly, the questions are answered by a demon named “Charlie” who moves the pencils to the appropriate response.
Before running off and trying the game, it might be helpful to know that Hugh Lynn Cayce worked with countless individuals over the years who had inadvertently opened themselves up to “possession” by playing what they thought were “harmless” games. The challenge is that once a discarnate entity (a dead person who doesn’t want to be dead) finds a receptive “ear,” the deceased spirit is not too keen to turn loose. Venturing Inward includes many tales of how this type of game led to connections with spirits that attempted to take over a person’s life, break up his or her marriage (sometimes even beginning a “sexual” relationship with the individual), causing the loss of jobs, etc. These kinds of games are not harmless at all—especially to those who are vulnerable due to such things as drugs or alcohol, injuries to the spine, the hormonal confusion of puberty, and ill health. And once the discarnate has a connection, it can be very hard to eliminate.
Whenever individuals came to Edgar Cayce and asked about how to deal with these types of experiences–experiences that may include such things as feeling the presence of a ghost, sensing that someone is invading your thoughts psychically, hearing voices, picking up on unwanted psychic information—his suggestions included a variety of approaches designed to bolster the body's natural defenses—physically, mentally and spiritually:
- Consider seeing an osteopath or chiropractor to make certain there has not been a spine issue that is causing pressure on the nervous system. Oftentimes, individuals unknowingly open themselves up to other realms of "reality" because of a spinal injury or problem.
- Eat a healthy well-balanced diet and get plenty of sleep. Do not skip meals or eat poorly. One of the easiest ways to continue having problems at the mental-emotional level is to abuse the physical systems of the body, and that includes a poor diet and sleep deprivation.
- Give the mind plenty of uplifting (oftentimes spiritually-focused) material to read. Literature might include self-help books, uplifting poetry, the Torah, the New Testament, etc. Cayce often stated, “the mind is the builder” and what we focus upon becomes a part of us.
- Work with prayer. Imagine surrounding yourself with a "white light of protection" whenever you feel troubled by an experience. You can also ask friends, family, a minister, or a Rabbi to pray with and for you.
- Refuse to become fascinated by the experiences. Quite frequently individuals must get over their intrigue of the experience–in spite of their aversion to it–before healing can take place.
- Find a sympathetic counselor or therapist with whom you can talk. This therapist should probably be familiar with Jungian psychology, the paranormal, or at least be open to the unknown.
YES, individuals can avail themselves of safe psychic experiences through a variety of means, but Ouija boards, automatic writing, and this new Charlie-Charlie challenge can be very dangerous and not at all constructive or useful. Instead, try writing out a question, read the question before going to bed, and then dream on it.
Alternately, you can play a safe psychic game recommended by Edgar Cayce. According to Cayce, if individuals truly want to have a psychic experience, they need to work with a friend for twenty days. At the same time each day, each individual is to sit quietly wherever he or she is and think about the other person. Each individual is to try to imagine the other person and feel what that other individual had been doing just prior to the agreed upon time for the daily exercise. This is to be repeated every day for twenty days. According to Cayce, at the end of twenty days, you will have gained firsthand experience with understanding a psychic connection.
Kevin J. Todeschi is Executive Director and CEO of the Edgar Cayce work (EdgarCayce.org). As both student and teacher of the Edgar Cayce material for more than 35 years, he is the author of over 25 books, including the bestselling Edgar Cayce On the Akashic Records, Dream Images and Symbols, and his most recent (with Henry Reed), Contemporary Cayce.
The Majestic Southwest: A Place for Dreams
Donald B. Carroll
Many know of the fascinating readings of Edgar Cayce that speak of the American Southwest’s cliff dwellers. The readings called this area the land of “Og” and located it on the Colorado plateau, exactly where you will find such places as Bandelier, Chaco Canyon, and Mesa Verde. The readings also describe the injection and influence on this ancient ancestral Puebloan civilization (formerly called the Anasazi) from several different areas. Such influences came from immigrants escaping the sinking of Lemuria and Poseidia (Atlantis), the Lost Tribes and even “Og” sending representatives to an ancient world council to discuss the threat of huge animals still roaming the earth. The readings even speak of connections with cultures in the Yucatan, which archeologists have recently confirmed with evidence found at Chaco Canyon. I personally enjoy the reading below (1144-2) that tells of connections of the cliff dwellers, through Poseidia, to immigrants into the area of the Pyrenees. Interestingly, some 25,000 years ago, in that portion of Europe, there existed a people called the Solutrean Culture, identified by their unique arrowheads. The arrowheads, which have been found up and down the East Coast of the United States, are similar to the Solutrean arrowheads, causing some to speculate that those European immigrants are the same peoples.
Besides the historical information given in the readings, there is another aspect to these readings that is just as important and something that was personally experienced in New Mexico by Edgar Cayce himself! This is an area of the world that one may experience or re-experience in dreams and visions. Some examples from the readings:
In the one before this we find in that land known as the land of Og, now known as that of the American plateaus, or in north portion of now New Mexico, and such…
Q. Will the entity be able to use the knowledge she obtained in New Mexico, and how will she be able to recall this knowledge?
A. In dream! (993-2)
Hence the entity was among the daughters of the Law of One, being a priestess of the temple in the Poseidian land; among those that went to the Egyptian land with those peoples for the establishing of the associations; also visiting those that established themselves in now the Pyrenees—or the eastern portion of the continental Europe, and those that established themselves in what is now known as a portion of America—in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and those portions of the land.
Hence all of these lands have their influence in the experience of the entity, and there may be—through those periods of the deeper meditation, the periods of thought—the periods when the entity may through the mystic forces, in which there is the innate interest in the present, become more and more aware of the motivative forces of the Law of One, or of the Creative Force and its relationships to the souls of men and women in their experience through the earthly sojourn. (1144-2)
…in that portion of the land now known as Utah and New Mexico. Would the entity vision much of that portion of those lands lying in the southern portions of that land, and those of the Arizona and New Mexico lands, much as a dream would come to the entity. (358-3)
Now let me share Edgar’s experience of a dream/vision and manifestation when he spent about a month in these same areas.
Q. Please elucidate upon the experience I had last month in New Mexico when seeing and talking with my mother, in which she materialized a silver dollar.
A. As has been given, either by vision, by prayer, by Urim, by Thummin, by dream, or in the material things, may the vision of those that are in the heart and mind of individuals given through the powers of those in the spirit plane to enter into association, communication, or activity with those that they seek to guide.
Here we find for the first, that has long been sought between mother and son, that of communication concerning those things that deal with the mysteries of life and of those things that may bring to bear in the experiences of all, and how that there may be used those things of materiality for the representing of the spiritual. (294-174)
What an incredible experience—an experience whose generation seemed to be assisted by this majestic, magical, and mystical area of the American Southwest.
The A.R.E. Travel Program tours this area every few years—including a trip to New Mexico and Mesa Verde in the fall of 2015 (see EdgarCayce.org/tours for details). I hope you can join me so that we may share and dream together.
Don Carroll spent his career working in Fire & Rescue, as a district chief, academy instructor, and paramedic. During those 30 years, he raised a family and pursued the meaning of life through extended study into the Cayce readings and other spiritual, scientific, and philosophical materials. Today, Carroll is a regular speaker and writer of metaphysical topics from the Cayce perspective. He spent 10 years researching and writing his latest work, Sacred Geometry and Spiritual Symbolism: The Blueprint for Creation. Carroll is also an international tour leader for A.R.E., visiting sites of a spiritual nature across the globe. His website is DonaldBCarroll.com.
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