The Cayce information explores more insights into understanding the nature of symbolism than any other source I have ever encountered. In fact, over the years I have frequently had the opportunity to tell audiences that in addition to everything else people might associate with him, Edgar Cayce was truly a master of personal symbolism. The readings’ exploration of symbolism includes dream interpretation, understanding personal astrology, discussing how numerology can be helpful to individuals, examining our Akashic records (also know as the “book of life”), investigating how the symbolism of the Book of Revelation is a blueprint for understanding personal consciousness growth, perceiving what colors mean in the aura, creating Life Seals as a mandala of one’s strengths and weaknesses, and the list goes on and on. What is perhaps most important about all of these insights is that each of these tools are ultimately designed for personal reflection and the opportunity for each individual to come to know her or his self.
“Who am I, and why am I here?” “What is the purpose of my life?” “What can you tell me about my relationship with this individual?” “Why am I having this particular financial challenge?” Regardless of what the personal question might be, the Cayce readings are adamant that each of these – and many, many others – are explored in the substance of our dreams. The challenge for most of us, however, is that we are not predisposed to working with dreams. Our parents generally didn’t ask us: “What did you dream last night?” And with the possible exception of a psychology class, rarely does any teacher in school talk about dreams. But Cayce is very clear in terms of the importance of dreams, saying on one occasion:
As we see, all visions and dreams are given for the benefit of the individual, would they but interpret them correctly…
-- Edgar Cayce reading 294-15
In terms of the symbolism of astrology, in reading 311-10 Cayce stated that “everyone” should learn to understand astrology. It wasn’t really because of daily horoscopes, but because somehow astrology contained a map of the soul’s journey just prior to incarnating into the earth. That map encompasses information about the soul’s past, its strengths and weaknesses, its desires and potentials, and so forth. From his perspective, the placement of the planets at the time and place of birth was essentially a cosmic blueprint of the individuality of the soul. Cayce used the expression:
Thus the universe stood still, as it were, that ye might manifest in a certain period that ye had attained by thy activity in the earth.
-- Edgar Cayce reading 3003-1
Understanding astrology is knowing one’s self.
Obviously, with more than 1,900 readings discussing individual past lives, examining the content of one’s Akashic record was a source of frequent exploration by Cayce and his contemporaries. However, what may not be as well understood by most of us today is that we are always encountering our personal Akashic records in our daily experiences, in our relationships, and even in our thoughts. We are the sum total of all we have ever done. When we meet someone for the first time and have an instant like or dislike to that person, where does that come from? Essentially, we pick up our relationships exactly where we left off. Every one of our experiences in life is designed to help us become better people. The Akashic records pull toward us everything we need to ultimately become a better person. Free will enables us to ignore a situation or an experience for a time, but the fact that it will eventually need to be mastered is there nonetheless. If we want to see what we need to work on spiritually, look at the challenging people we keep attracting to us. If we want to see what we have to work with spiritually, look at the people in our lives that we really love and admire. That’s knowing one’s self.
In terms of the symbolism of the Book of Revelation, in spite of the fact that it was studied by Edgar Cayce and the original prayer group for more than 10 years, it remains a relatively untapped resource of information in terms of spiritual and consciousness growth for each and every individual. Rather than being a vision of doom and gloom or the end of the world, or having something to do with an “Anti-Christ.” The fact of the matter is that the word anti-Christ isn’t even in the Book of Revelation. The readings contend, instead, that John’s vision of the Revelation was essentially a personal experience in spiritual transformation as his higher self warred with his lower self, and eventually reigned supreme. The Cayce information goes even further in stating that this struggle is something that will eventually be encountered by each and every soul:
For the visions, the experiences, the names, the churches, the places, the dragons, the cities, all are but emblems of those forces that may war within the individual in its journey through the material…
-- Edgar Cayce reading 281-16
What is it that the clothes we are drawn to each morning should tell us about ourselves? Are we picking something with red because we need a little more energy? Are we drawn to blue because somehow that has an affinity with some feeling of “spirit” we sense within ourselves. Do our colors reflect some of the shades in our own personal auras, or are we drawn to certain colors because we need more of that energetic vibration within our aura? Or both? Cayce suggests that are auras contain a blueprint of our thoughts, our feelings, our fears, our hopes – even our past lives, and that our personal auric field is encountering other auric fields all the time.
One of the many creative endeavors suggested by the readings was for individuals to explore making their own Life Seals – a personal mandala that they could reflect on that would contains symbols of hopes and dreams, as well as strengths and weaknesses. Regardless of one’s talents with drawing (or lack thereof), I have found audiences throughout the world fascinated by personal Life Seals and how such things as an imaginative reverie can bring to consciousness elements of past lives, personal strengths, and a desire for change relatively easily.
These are just some of the many ways the Cayce readings suggest that personal symbolism can be used essentially as “signs along the way.” Tools to help us overcome our shortcomings and instead draw upon the best self / ideal self / divine self that we possess inside.
In ancient Greece, visitors from around the known world came to Delphi’s Temple of Apollo seeking wisdom. Over the entrance to that temple, visitors were greeted by a gold inscription meant to suggest the ultimate path to Wisdom: “Gnothi Seauton” [NO-THEE sow-ton], which translates “Know Thyself.” Ultimately, learning to know one’s self is what exploring personal symbolism does for each and every one of us, because it accesses out core being, our identity, the subconscious makeup that goes into to creating who we really are. In a 1924 reading Cayce stated:
The study from the human standpoint, of subconscious, subliminal, psychic, soul forces, is and should be the great study for the human family … When one understands self, and self's relation to its Maker, the duty to its neighbor, its own duty to self, it cannot, it will not be false to man, or to its Maker.
-- Edgar Cayce reading 3744-5
Edgar Cayce was a master of the use of symbolism and symbolism interpretation. As we work with these very tools in our personal reflection, we can truly come to know ourselves, our relationship with one another, and our collective relationship with the Creator.
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