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About Edgar Cayce’s dream
Edgar Cayce’s dream tells me more about the material world than the spiritual world.
About nine years ago, one of my brothers announced a party for his wife’s 50th birthday, and invited us all to come. It turned out not to be her birthday, but rather a pretext for us all to get together while we still had Mom with us and were all well enough to travel. We all lived in different states. I went.
I came back and told my boss at the dollar store, “My brothers live in a world of beauty such as our customers cannot imagine. It’s simply beyond their ken.” Conversely, my brothers cannot possibly imagine the depravities that were commonplace in the ‘hood where I lived at the time.
Edgar Cayce’s dream similarly reports different realms. One is tantamount to “the outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Another is tantamount to a world of eternal light. Other realms exist intermediate between those extremes. My point: they correspond exactly to conditions in different places in the material world. For all practical purposes, this life is the next; heaven and hell are here and now, in whatever people create for themselves and one another.
Edgar Cayce saw himself rising upward within a shaft of light, through various realms. The lower realms are fully of darkness, chaos and despair. The higher realms are progressively full of light, harmony and joy.
An ascension from darkness into light, an upward motion, corresponds well to what we commonly experience and say about various emotional or spiritual states. The terms “elation” and “depression” themselves indicate upward and downward directions. One can be “on a mountaintop” or “in a valley” — or “a pit” — emotionally.
The popular literature about psychism likewise includes many references to “lower” and “higher” “vibrations” — that is, vibrations of one’s soul at lower or higher frequencies. Given dynamics of consonance, dissonance and interference; in the spiritual world, souls — or vibrations — automatically separate themselves so as to have contact almost solely with like-minded other souls — souls that are “in tune with” one another. As George Ritchie said, “Birds of a feather flock together.”
In the end, one’s place on this continuum is one’s own choice. How can this be?
In prayer and in life — and prayer may be life, and life prayer —
you get what you choose
People often choose things they don’t want,
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One single set of principles governs all events and processes in the cosmos, in the material world and the spiritual world also, as if there were no separation. We may refer to this as “God’s will” or “natural law.”
The laws of physics, for example, are special-case expressions of these principles as they apply to the world of matter. Every law in the material world has its corresponding analogue in the spiritual world.
All living things are both present and active in both the spiritual world and the material world, at all times.
The spiritual analogue of gravity is attention. Attention operates the same way in the spiritual world as gravity does in the material world.
Anything you pay attention to — that is, choose — will appear larger, closer, and more massive than other things. In effect, you are being drawn toward it, and drawing it toward you. Your attention makes it “matter” — to you.
It makes no difference whether you like or dislike the scenario you choose to attend to. Either way, your emotions feed energy and power into the attraction. The stronger the emotions, for good or ill, the more power one feeds into the attraction, for good or ill.
Consider, for example, a toothache. Attention to the pain magnifies it. Dislike of the pain magnifies it even more. Consider likewise racism, or white supremacy. Some fixate on it so much that, to them, little else matters in life. They have so empowered it, that it completely dominates their world.
The preferable alternative is to choose what you want — pay attention solely to scenarios that you do like, that you will like, that will bring you happiness and joy. Then when they come, you will have what you want, and happiness, and joy.
Some people prefer to live in a state of perpetual crisis. They conceive the cosmos as inevitably a place of need, where the only joy one can have in life, one must forcibly take away from others. They draw to themselves, and are drawn to, like-minded souls and people; they engage in like-minded conduct; and they ultimately incarnate into like circumstances.
Others seek harmony. They conceive the cosmos as potentially a place of plenty, where people can strive together to create joy for themselves and one another. They draw to themselves, and are drawn to, like-minded souls and people; they engage in like-minded conduct; and they ultimately incarnate into like circumstances.
Ever since grade school, I’ve been fervently interested in prison reform. I had compassion for these “bad people.” I would want the prison experience to give a “bad” person every reason, every chance, every motivation to mend one’s ways. But this is definitely not happening in our prisons now.
Likewise as to reincarnation, I have wanted the believe that an all-loving, all-powerful God would cause “bad” people, who have been accustomed to choosing, expressing and acting on negative emotions, to be reborn into circumstances that will given them every reason to mend one’s ways. But this is not what happens, either.
Whatever feelings one chooses to feel (sic), express and act on, produce circumstances (results) that, being expressions of those feelings, are prone to justify or validate those feelings — to give the impression that those feelings were appropriate or correct. So, those circumstances are prone to evoke again the exact same feelings as produced them.
A soul who customarily chooses to feel resentment and ill-temperedness, will incarnate into circumstances expressive of resentment and ill-temperedness — which circumstances are prone to re-evoke the exact same feelings as brought one there. The same is true likewise of a soul who customarily chooses to feel goodwill and joy.
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One child’s story epitomizes the potential cycle of negativity.
Jamarion Lawhorn was born into a living hell.
His mother was a mentally ill, active addict. Years before the events to be told, she forfeited parental rights as to two toddlers; the two-year-old had multiple unexplained fractures and was covered with cigarette burns.
The man present in the home throughout Jamarion’s time was a mentally ill, active addict also.
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Given what he went through in that home, at age 12, Jamarion decided it was time to leave this world completely. But he was not going to go alone.
Intending suicide, he swallowed a handful of “pink pills” he found in the home. Then he took a long knife from the kitchen, went to the playground, and fatally stabbed a boy he’d never met before.
And waited for the police.
Medical staff examining him on intake at the detention center, found him covered with bruises from head to toe. He explained that the man in the home called him “stupid” and gave him a whuppin’ therefore every day.
Upon this information, authorities removed the remaining children from the home.
Whatever karma caused Jamarion to be born into that lot, clearly those circumstances only called forth from within him the same destructive and self-destructive tendencies as brought him there to start with.
The boy he killed is credibly portrayed as little short of angelic. It is entirely possible that he came into this life with the specific mission of being Jamarion’s victim; for reason that he was predisposed to forgive completely and at once, and thus carry no lasting wounds or scars into the next life. On the one hand, he will never have any impulse to retaliate. On the other hand, the murder served to remove Jamarion to a place where that woman and that man cannot hurt him any more; where his karma may be more manageable.
In recent years, when children commit horrendous crimes, the defense often contends that they are physiologically incapable of adult responsibility. It is evident that karma disagrees: adult karma is often visited upon children, and children are perfectly capable of acts that have momentous consequences for the rest of this life and into lives to come.
Jamarion’s story is not by an means unique. State interventions are powerless against karma: many children are removed from biological parents by whom they have been horrifically abused, only to suffer horrific abuse at the hands of foster or adoptive parents — from which some escape into the arms of traffickers.
This does not mean we should not have compassion on the victims; nor does it exonerate the perpetrators. On the contrary, I have great compassion for Jamarion, and wish him only the best. The best we can do for such children, however, is to be the best parents we can be ourselves, to any children in our care — and to ourselves. Seek to correct, not punish. Bring forth the awareness of oneself as a beloved child of God. Own that awareness for oneself.
We are all special needs children.
It would seem to be a no-brainer, that everyone wants to ascend into the realms of harmony and light, so that the question becomes how to go there.
In point of fact, however, many people don’t want to go there, which is why the world is as it is.
George Ritchie and Robert Monroe both testify that, on the astral plane, to want to go anywhere is to go there. Whatever one wants, in this regard, happens. The desire and the act — or the event — are one and the same.
In that case, there is no need for the imposing discussion I first supposed, about centeredness, balance, wisdom, emotional intelligence and autonomy. The answer is instead very simple.
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