A Reading for the New Year
By Alison Ray

On the afternoon of June 28, 1936, the Fifth Annual A.R.E. Congress was taking place, and Edgar Cayce gave a reading for the occasion, addressing the member participants with “specific suggestions and council as may be helpful…” during the coming year. It is as appropriate today as it was over seventy years ago.

“Yes, we have the purposes of the Association for Research and Enlightenment, the members that are present; as a group or a membership and as individuals.

“In considering the work of such an organization and its standards, that as composed of individuals of all character of experience, all influences that are of a nature that has brought about the interest in a work of that purposed by the activity of such an Association, we find it is—as has been given oft—first to the individual, then to the groups, then to classes and masses.

“As to the activities that are before this organization, first—as we find—there is a period just ahead in which there will be given the greater opportunities for service by each and every member. This is not only owing to the general conditions of an unsettled nature but to the termination of a period and the beginning of a period when there is to be the living by individuals of that which has prompted them. Not as ones seeking for self-exaltation, not as individuals seeking for an easy way, not as individuals seeking for a manner or a means of escaping their own selves; but rather as in using their understanding, their comprehension, their knowledge, their love their patience, their long-suffering, in such ways and manners that there may not indeed be the perishing of hope and faith in the earth.

“Such opportunities are before all those who have purposed in their heart to do good unto those not only of the household of faith in their individual tenets or beliefs but unto all, because each soul that manifests itself in human form is thy brother—and the spirit and soul of same is in the form of thy Maker. For the Lord's sake, then, the opportunities are not to be used to self's own glory but that the glory of the Father may be made manifest in the earth.

These be the opportunities, these be the experiences through which each and every soul will pass within the next year.”

We wish you the very best for the New Year.

Excerpts from Edgar Cayce Reading 254-91 All readings are available in the member-only section.
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