In the face of unspeakable acts of terrorism and almost unbelievable examples of man's inhumanity to man, are there any insights that can be found in the Edgar Cayce material in terms of how to respond individually and collectively? What are we to do in the face of war or terror? What are we to do when things happen on the other side of the world? What should be our response in the face of fear?
During the early days of World War II when Europe was in the midst of war and the United States had galvanized much of society to deal with the threat of war, a remarkable reading was given in which those in attendance asked for practical and spiritual suggestions to assist them in bringing about World Peace. Cayce's surprising response suggested that World Peace could be made possible by collectively creating peace in each of their individual lives:
Ye cannot pray "Peace - Peace" when there is no peace in thine own heart and soul! but by knowing (for His spirit answers with thy spirit) that each day, each person ye meet is GLAD that you are alive! GLAD that YOU have come in touch with them; for you have brought - and bring - hope to their lives, just in the passing!
This means, then, that you may so live the life as He emulated in the earth, that ye radiate life, joy, peace! that which casteth out fear - by living, by being, by doing unto others, for others, that ye would like others to do unto you ... Only as ye USE that birthright, that purpose, that WILL within thine own consciousness to do justice, to do right, to LOVE good, to eschew evil, may ye as individuals, as a group, as a nation, stand between the living and the dead - and STAY the sin that maketh man make war - of any nature - against his brother.
Thou ART thy brother's keeper! Act that in thine own heart. Who IS thy brother? "Who is my mother? They that do the will of the Father, the same is my mother, my sister, my brother." … In this ye may build, here a little, there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept.
-- Edgar Cayce reading 3976-27
When the question was asked as to how the entire organization could work together to stimulate peace, Cayce responded:
Then let each one, as a son, as a daughter of the living God, feed His lambs, feed His sheep. With what? The spirit of truth, the spirit of peace! APPLY that NEW commandment as He gave, "Love one another." In all groups, all organizations, it is not what this or that name or group may do, but as ONE. For, the Lord thy God is ONE! And the Christ, the Savior, died for all - NOT for one!
And when asked about the issue of religious differences, Cayce replied:
… more wars, more bloodshed have been shed over the racial and religious differences than over any other problem! These, too, must go the way of all others; and man must learn - if he will know the peace as promised by Him - that God loveth those who love Him, whether they be called of this or that sect or schism or ism or cult! The Lord is ONE!
I reflected upon some of the above a couple of months ago when a longtime friend was condemning the violence in the Middle East and expressed his frustration that there was nothing he could do about it. Knowing this person fairly well, I also knew that he and his sister had essentially stopped speaking to one another over a family squabble more than 10 years ago. I decided to take the opportunity to suggest that the Edgar Cayce readings were adamant in their stance that he COULD do something about it by trying to heal his relationship with is sister. He brushed it aside as being unimportant and not worth the effort, and having absolutely nothing to do with the problems in the Middle East. I got a similar response when I mentioned to a co-worker the importance of trying to heal a longstanding, inharmonious relationship at work. The person had no interest in working on a healing.
What if Cayce is right? What if world peace is created an individual at a time? What if our collective "vibrations" of healing merge together to have an even greater impact upon the whole? What is going to occur if our continued response to world turmoil is simply turn the channel, while overlooking any attempt at peace and healing that needs to occur in our own lives? What if Peace on Earth and good will toward all truly resides within each and every one of us and is simply waiting for us to take a baby step? Is it really that hard to call a sister we haven't spoken with or be the first to reach out to a co-worker we are challenged by?
I don't think the readings would encourage unconditional pacifism to a government or a president in the face of war or terror; however, most of us are not in a position to impact a military or a government response. However, what we can do as individuals is follow an admonition that exists in many places throughout the Cayce readings: "do what you know to do and the next step will be given."
On one occasion, Morton Blumenthal (the individual who built the Cayce hospital) asked for information on Evolution and "survival of the fittest," Cayce suggested that evolution of the human creature was actually much more complicated. Cayce told Blumenthal:
… read history! Which has survived - the brute strength, or the development towards that of God? Which survives - the man that studies God and seeks to emulate His forces and powers, or the man that emulates the forces of earth or flesh? This answers itself!
-- Edgar Cayce reading 900-340
In other words, this suggests that eventually we will have peace on earth and good will toward all. But perhaps it only comes as each of us does our part.
Do you really want to help heal the world? Cayce would say take a first step and heal a relationship and cultivate peace in your own life.