This post too, like the previous one on ‘What Psychoanalysts and Shamans Must Not Miss’, has been prompted by the current events in my life, in this case again something I have read just a few days ago, but on another blog: I did put a brief comment there itself, but as I intended to take up this subject again (two posts already on it) anyway soon, I decided to write immediately at least on how Edgar Cayce spoke on this topic, because the person on the other blog happens precisely to be studying about Edgar Cayce at the moment – and to need perhaps more awareness of ‘Thought Power’.
‘THOUGHT POWER’ is one of the main ‘Categories’ on my own blog, and a topic I feel it is particularly urgent for every human being to see the importance of in their own day to day ‘conscious evolution’ self-training. It is only over the years that I myself have started realizing the potentially huge and entirely positive impact that more attention given to our thoughts could have in our existences.
And yet I have been reading about it since quite a long while: the book I am going to quote from was published in 1974, and is probably out of print by now!… I bought it about ten years later and I am very glad it has stayed with me that long, for it is one of the nicest and most readible books on Edgar Cayce’s ‘Readings’ I have ever found. It’s inviting title is ‘Edgar Cayce’s Secrets of BEAUTY THROUGH HEALTH’, and its pastel cover shows a small sized Venus statue as the body of a beautiful butterfly with its wings wide open on both sides of that lovely Venus body… quite a promise for all the young ladies, like me at the time, who purchased that book!…
An amazing characteristic of ‘the Cayce Material’ (my pun, inspired by Jane Roberts’ first ‘Seth’ book: ‘The Seth Material’), all given before 1945 when Edgar finally died of exhaustion, is how holistic it all was before that word even existed. It was never just the symptoms that Cayce in trance addressed through his ‘Readings’. His approach was always that of the whole person, and even more: the whole being with all its inner dimensions – including specific personalities from other lifetimes whenever necessary.
Here is how Lawrence Steinhart, who calls himself simply the editor of the book, introduces the immense scope of the ‘Readings’:
‘From the Readings emerged answers to riddles which have puzzled mankind for countless years. There emerged a new understanding of the human body and its intricate workings. Cayce seldom puts a name on the trouble, saying that names merely gave the trouble metes and bounds. As he stressed the individuality of each entity, he treated the patient as a whole person and not as a collection of categorized ailments. Sometimes he would ignore the symptoms completely, knowing that when the cause was eliminated, the symptoms would disappear of their own accord. Most important of all perhaps was the emergence of a complete philosophy regarding the question olf man’s existence.’ (…)
Cayce speaks of ‘entities’. What is an ‘entity’?
“The entity is that combination of the physical body throughout all its experiences in or through the earth, in or through the universe, and the reactions that have been builded by those various experiences or the spiritual body of an individual. That which is individual. That which his THE SUM TOTAL OF ALL EXPERIENCE.” (262-10)
Directly quoted from the trance-spoken ‘Readings’, what Edgar Cayce was saying often was difficult to follow word by word, but easier to grasp as an overall meaning, like in the above instance.
One has to realize that the importance of our mental attitude starts with the most physical aspects of our life, as the editor of the book points out for those concerned by the beauty of their skin:
‘The health of the skin is a chain reaction stemming from not only the health and cleanliness of the body, but also from the mind.
Cleanliness is more than just an external wash, it is a multi-level affair, for are we not multi-level beings? It could be described as a spiral of habit patterns which affect our being. For instance, our mind and attitude as we sit down to eat affects our choice of food, as well as the action the food will have on our bodies. The elimination of this food – or lack of elimination and its consequences – results from the mind’s action upon the body as well as the physical actions which govern our daily habits. (…) A propos of our concern for the mental attitude, Cayce cautioned 1928:
“There is nothing outside of self that is half so fearful as that that may be builded or brewed within self’s own mental and physical being.”
And to 348:
“Be constructive mentally, don’t build poisons as fast as you eliminate them.” (…)’.
To sum it all up as Edgar Cayce used to put it: “MIND IS THE BUILDER.”
Here is the amusing but revealing little story through which Lawrence Steinhart introduces then the very notion of ‘Thought Power’ in the words of Edgar Cayce:
‘Though castor oil wasn’t mentioned in the Readings for cosmetic use, it did appear as a remedy for just about everything else. It is widely accepted as a softening and smoothing agent for the skin.
One top-priced New-York dermatologist was in the habit of prescribing a small bottle of castor oil for her patients, to be applied to the under-eye area before retiring. The charge for filling this prescription was usually about five dollars, although the cost of the oil was only nineteen cents. One patient had her son, a pharmacist, fill the prescription and the cat was out of the bag. When confronted by the patient, the dermatologist simply stated that if it were known that the ingredient was pure castor oil, her patients would not be consistent with their use of it, and how many would expect results?
“Expect much you will obtain much! Expect little, you will obtain little! Expect nothing, you will expect nothing!” (5325-1) “For he that expects much – if he lives and uses that in hand day by day – shall be full to running over.” (557-3)’
We have to realize the actually enormous responsibility this means: we complain sometimes that we are helpless victims of Fate, or that God keeps us in a powerless condition; this is far from being true: we have in fact to some extent the very same Creative Power as ‘God’ has, only we usually aren’t aware of it. It is not yet something which is widely told, for example, already to children when they are young: our thoughts have creative power, for good or bad, it is up to us to choose, but we better learn to harbor in our mind only the thoughts that we really want to have, for thoughts held repeatedly or for a long time, whether with strong desire or on the contrary with fear, will definitely bring about their own realization… So let’s beware of negative thoughts, and if some do come, let’s consciously acknowledge them, and then replace them by the intense thoughts of what we really want to see happen.
This applies to all of our life, including our health, of course, as is explained in another chapter:
‘One of the major laws of the Universe and one which can work for ‘weal or woes’ is the law of expectancy. (…) A beautiful example of this law in action was displayed when 3564-1 asked if there was likelihood of bad health in March? Cayce told her:
“If you are looking for it you can have it in February! If you want to skip March, skip it – you’ll have it in June! If you want to skip June, don’t have it at all this year.”
This truly makes one stop and think about one’s expectations. Do you stock up with aspirin and extra oranges and tea bags when you hear that a flu epidemic is raging? When asked if you have had a cold this year, do you answer “Not yet”?
The big secret is not in the expectancy alone, but in the expecting and BELIEVING:
“Each individual is, in reality, that manifestation of the individual’s conception of the impelling force from within, whether it be termed or called God, Nature, Universal Forces, nature powers or what not.”
We are living and projecting what our conception of God is.
“If an individual doesn’t expect great things of God, he has a very poor God, hasn’t he?” (…)
The mind is the blue print for the whole structure of our being. Make sure you have a plan which can be relied upon; what is your ideal? Can you construct from your blueprint as it now stands a worthy edifice? Or would it be a hovel?
Realizing your part in the true scheme of things and your true worth, don’t settle for less than a palace – you deserve it. It is your legacy.’
The ever recurring, forceful advice from Cayce was:
“Keep and attitude of helpfulness, cheerfulness, hopefulness. Be optimistic! At least make three people each day laugh heartily by something the body says! It’ll not only help the body – it’ll help others.”
So, as we can see, Edgar Cayce too was even advocating what I call ‘The Way of Fun’!