Abundance is Yours, Part I

Adapted from an article by Barbara Burgess Bullard in the
Circulating File Economic Healing Part 1
(Circulating Files are a compilation of extracts from the Edgar Cayce Readings, select files are
available for download in the Member-only section.)


The world today has many of the same issues and concerns as we have faced for the last century. Economic hardships that seem to abound in America and elsewhere as we read or listen to the news, we hear of inflation, recession, the high unemployment figures, foreclosures, and homelessness in many parts of the world. These appear to be times of crisis similar to that of the Great Depression of the 1930’s. We can turn to the wisdom from the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce for insight both during and after the Depression. These insights and practical suggestions offer us much knowledge, hope, and inspiration by which we can encounter these times.

The law of supply presupposes that all we could ever truly need will be made available to us if we are seeking to obey the universal laws, especially that of love. Supply is merely the natural result then of working in harmony with these other laws; we do not need to dwell on how it works. But neither should we interfere with the workings of this law through denial. Many people that I have talked with give much thought and energy to the belief that poverty is a virtue and that somehow God wishes us to live in want. The readings stress that we should never be self-indulgent with the supply, but that through the proper use of supply it becomes abundant, infinite, and available to us as we need. Christ is stressed in the readings as an example that one should not waste or misuse the abundance entrusted into his or her care. In the Search for God readings, the question was asked, “Is our lack of material necessities due to the fact that we have not first sought the Kingdom, or the lack of faith in not speaking the word?” The answer given provides clear insight for all of us as to the economy of the law of supply:

Both. For what saith the Law? Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all things shall be added unto thee thou hast need of! Most of us think we need a great deal more than we do!     262-89

…what is thine ideal. What is thy purpose in life? Is it to get, through the attitude of “Gimme—Gimme—Gimme!” or is it to give—give—give! If it is the latter, then there should be the knowledge and security from within as given of old: “Let others do as they may, but for me—I will know the living God.”     815-3

It would be well, in the application of self in these directions, for the entity to learn that what is of the constructive nature is in giving. For, as ye receive, so should ye give. The word give is the prompting of the expression of love in, “The Lord gave His son that ye, through Him, might have life, and have it more abundantly.”     1107-1

For the same reason that food kept too long spoils, clothes held back only for “good” soon go out of fashion, and unexpressed ideas or intuition benefit no one, so also the readings suggest that we use that money and goods we have in hand. When we hoard for the future, we are interfering with the flow of abundance because of our fear and lack of trust. We should trust in the Lord and let tomorrow take care of itself.

The law of faith stresses our need to trust wholly in God at all times to supply our needs as long as we seek to serve Him through serving others. If we are truly trusting in God we should have no ideas of poverty, fear, or lack. The following readings urge this faith and the expectance of abundance:

When fear of the future occurs, or fear of the past…put all such away with this prayer— not merely by mouth, not merely by thought, but in body, in mind and in soul say: “Here am I, Lord—Thine! Keep me in the way Thou would have me go, rather than in that I might choose.”     2540-1

Q: As has been indicated…money is the root cause of the general economic unbalance of our country. Will you give specifically the reasons for this statement and the approach that can be made toward correction of the money order as operated today? A: Fear on the part of those who control or direct the investing of capital into channels that give the greater outlet of their characters of outlet. As to how this may be corrected—it is only through patience, persistence, and a return to the trust in God, and not in the power or the might of self.     3976-24

Remember, my children, it is the fear of the material conditions that wrecks the material body. It is the fear of this or that, that prevents a channel from making for the greater supply.     254-85

My first experience with the laws occurred before I had conscious knowledge of these principles. Four years ago when I was Director of Forensics, the speech team I helped coach had won so many trophies that they were invited to attend the National Speech Championships to be held in Michigan. The team members worked very hard raising the money for each member to be able to compete. After a month of earning money in every conceivable way, there was not enough, and one student was to be left behind. I made my first economic choice involving a large donation at that time rather than see the student stay home. Soon after we won the tournament, the local chapter of an organization called the A.R.E. asked if I would coach their members in speech skills. I inquired how much they could afford to pay me and it ended up being the exact amount that I had donated to send the student to the tournament. The moment I heard the speakers from A.R.E. talking about the philosophy of Edgar Cayce and the organization, I joined the Association and have been active ever since with new rewards at every corner.

If we are feeling poor economically, then it probably stems from our failure to observe these universal laws. We must choose to begin applying ourselves in such a way as to allow God to provide us with a healing. Work, as the following individuals were told:

Know that all comes to him who puts his trust in the all-powerful influence of love and harmony, the real poem of life, and then works like thunder for same!     2337-1

Expect much, you will obtain much! Expect little, you will obtain little! Expect nothing, you will obtain nothing!     5325-1

Expect much, demand much; but when ye do, be willing to give much. For as ye give, or as ye measure to others, so is it measured to thee again. This is the spiritual law, this becomes the mental law—and the mind is the builder.     1532-1

For, he that expects nothing shall not be disappointed, but he that expects much—if he lives and uses that in hand day by day shall be full to running over.     557-3

In all, the readings contain over 180 references to economic healing during times of challenge. Cayce told individuals not to lose faith in the divine, or in their own abilities and talents. He encouraged some to see the challenge as a purposeful experience that would bring them to where they really needed to be in life. He advised helping those who were less fortunate with time, money, prayer, or simply a listening ear. And he assured them that God had not forgotten their needs or remained ignorant of their challenges:

Ask and ye shall receive. Knock and it shall be opened to you …The supply will come from that storehouse that is of His building…Be thou faithful, then, guided, guarded, directed, by Him.     294-41

From Cayce’s perspective, at least, personal challenges with finances are perhaps some of the best opportunities to place more focus on spiritual practices, and reaffirm our connection to the divine.