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EXCERPTS ON THE IDEALS EXERCISE FROM THE CAYCE
While those [therapeutic] administrations
as have been and as are being given, will be and are effective in a
physical manner, they only are of a temporary or of a putting off of
conditions - unless the mental attitude, the nerve and the resultant
expressions of same - through impulses to the physical organisms - are
stimulated or brought - through the mental body, and through the physical
forces - to near a coordination in system, the conditions cannot remain
in a normal state though only physically corrected!
... take more time to be holy in thought, in the
expression of same. To forgive and not forget is to burden self
physically and mentally. To retain suppressions, through grudges,
or discontent, is to build for a mental inability of control of self
through an ideal that may attempt to be held before self in the mental
and spiritual applications of growth. In this direction the body
should take thought, not of self so much as of the expression of self's,
through self's own application of the ideal held, as it may reflect
in the lives of others ... for when we correct that disturbance mentally,
those depressions and improper impulses physically and nervously, and
change the vibratory forces in system - we may have a nearer normal
Keep the mind pure, and hold to an ideal, working
or living better in a manifestation of that ideal. (272-1)
If that towards ideas are in keeping with the ideals,
follow those. Have ideals, not ideas! Ideas may be as thoughts,
made criminal or miracles. Be sure the ideal is proper. Follow
that irrespective of outside influence. Know self is right, and
then go straight ahead. So live each and every day that you may
look any man in the face and tell him to go to hell! (1739-6)
Q. Is my attitude toward life conducive to good health?
A. The condition of the physical body is not conducive to an attitude
towards constructive thinking!
There must be, naturally, innate, a coordination of
the body, mind and soul, - which is a necessary force.
The body finds itself body, mind, soul, - these are
influences that are active within the experience. And only that
which is constructive or creative CAN be everlasting.
These bring, then, with those thoughts, those activities,
constructive forces into the experience.
Q. In regard to my spiritual life, what do I need to feed my nature,
and how may I get it?
A. Analyze self and the purposes, the motives, the influences; and
know that they agree with that which is thy ideal. What is thy ideal?
spiritually, mentally, physically? 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 ye would like to be, but what may ye
mentally give that will be conducive to constructive thinking in the experience
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!
Q. How can I make my husband see this complete spiritual life and
also have it!
A. Live it in self, and thus you may induce others and those about
you to try it. Not by nagging, not by finding fault. Ye 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. (1995-1)
... ideals are not your mind - ideals are principles acted upon by the
No soul enters by chance, but that it may fill that
it has sought and does seek as its ideal. Hence, as
may be the first injunction to this entity: Do not too oft accept what
others say, unless it answers to a something deep within self.
Do not, then, merely have a verbal or vocal ideal.
Do write what is thy ideal. Begin with that under these three headings:
Spiritual, Mental, Material. And write what is thine own ideal.
As ye find, these may change from time to time. For, each soul grows
in grace, in knowledge, in understanding. Just as the awareness,
the unfoldments come to the self as the entity applies that it has chosen
and does choose from day to day. (3051-2)
Q. What do I do that is wrong?
A. Who made us a judge over thee or anyone else? What are
thy ideals? Parallel thy activities with thine ideals, not merely
in mind but put it on paper so that you may study and take a lesson from
First the entity should study well the ideals and
purposes of self as related to the entity as a whole ...
For, mental and spiritual guidance should be related
to what an individual entity chooses as its ideal, and what it will or
should do about that ideal, not ideas but ideals.
In choosing and in analyzing self and the ideal, do
not merely carry these in mind but put them, as it were, upon a paper
in a manifested form. Write PHYSICAL. Draw a line, write MENTAL.
Draw a line, write SPIRITUAL.
Put under each, beginning with the spiritual (for all
that is in mind must first come from a spiritual concept), what is thy
spiritual concept of the ideas, whether it be Jesus, Buddha, mind, material,
God or whatever is the word which indicates to self the ideals spiritual.
Then under the MENTAL heading, write the ideal mental
attitude, as may arise from concepts of the spiritual, relationship to
self, to home, to friends, to neighbors, to thy enemies, to things, to
What is the ideal material, then? Not of conditions,
but what has brought, what does bring into manifestation the spiritual
and mental ideals? What relationships does such bring to things,
to individuals, to situations?
Thus an individual entity analyzes itself.
Then set about to apply the knowledge ye have
attained, for ye will get ideas and that ideal. Ye may change them
from period to period, as ye study them over. For as ye apply them
they become thy ideals. To be just as theories they do not belong
to thee, they are still theories so far as thy personal being is concerned.
It's the application of same that counts. What do they bring into
thine experience? These are well if ye will apply them. (5091-3)
Do first set the ideal. This isn't the easiest
job, either. Not merely saying, "Yes, I believe this," and "Yes,
I believe that." Put it upon paper. Draw lines. Put
headings: "My spiritual ideal"; what is it? "My mental ideal," as
to how the time should be spent in recreation, in study, in work, in social
activity, in the various activities necessary for an individual to be
well rounded. The ideal way is not, "Well, I can't do this," but
the ideal way and work towards it. Then, "My ideal physical." What
sort of a church would that church be if every member was just like yourself?
What would it look like? What sort of home life would there be,
if every husband was just like yourself? What is the ideal attitude
of a husband, of a father? What is the ideal attitude of a neighbor?
of a rancher? or a brother? of those political or social activities?
Set them down under each of the three headings. See what they look
like. You will rub them out many times ... (5400-1)
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health