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ASFG READINGS: FAITH; VIRTUE & UNDERSTANDING


Faith: Lesson IV
262.15
262.16
262.17

Virtue and Understanding: Lesson V
262.18
262.19
262.20

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Faith: Lesson IV
262.13 thru 262.17


262.15 

4.3.1932, Virginia Beach, VA

4:35 P.M. EST


1. Please give us what we need to continue work on the lesson, Faith.

2. [Acknowledges group.]

3. As we have said, when you live in faith, you learn what may awaken spiritual longings in another man or woman.

4. Each of you has an ideal. Each of you grows spiritually according to how easy or difficult it is for you to apply your ideal to your daily lives. The exercise has made you humble.

You have also set an ideal for this group. It grows towards its ideal by way of your cooperation with one another. As practicing your ideal has yielded insight into yourself, so might that humility affect how you work with one another.

You supplement your individual effort by working cooperatively with this group.


5. Put to practical use what you learn about cooperation and from your personal aha moments during the day. You never know, in the course of a day, whom you might nudge towards a more enlightened view of their relationship to God and to other men and women.

6. As we showed you in the first lesson, you build understanding step by step. You discover what could become a living truth in your lives. You recognize the influence that you as an individual, or the group as a whole, might have on other men and women.

7. Ready for questions.


8.  (Q) [993]: I recognized the clue for my ideal, and I’ve passed through the test that accompanied it. Is my faith sufficient? How should I act? Please shed more light on the subject.

(A) As God has promised, My grace is sufficient, and Take no thought of what you will say in the hour of trial or test, for inspiration will be given you; you will understand that 'His Spirit bears witness with your spirit. Then, meet each challenge as it’s shown you, remembering that He has promised, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. I will not leave you comfortless, but will come to you, and he that takes my cross shall not bear it alone.


9.  (Q) [560]: Please give me a few words to strengthen my faith.

(A) Add to your faith works that show those qualities that express His spirit in the world. Faith is the evidence of things not seen, and His grace, His mercies, will abide with you wherever you go. He will grant you peace! Not conditional peace, but the peace that comes from losing yourself, your personality, in Him.


10.  (Q) [[69]'s husband]: Please explain what you meant , by "Use what you have in hand, for the ground on which you stand is holy!", in the reading of March 6th? [262-13, Par. 8-A.]

(A) As you use the insight you’ve gained from the spirit of truth, life, light and understanding, you grow. It is the same spirit—and Spirit—that created universes and worlds. All beings and places that the Spirit creates are indeed holy—including you! Your holiness is breathing inside of you. When you recognize it, you will know the Creative Force is the firmament of the world around you, no matter how humdrum your life seems at times.


11. (Q) We present the outline of Faith, which I hold in my hand. Please suggest any headings we should add.

(A) We’d like to see the paragraphs in the outline fleshed out with your own experiences, as living your ideal has tested your faith or confidence. Has the experience affected you through the physical conscious sense; or that of the spiritual intuitive sense that comes from close communion with the Holy Spirit, the promised Comforter, the consciousness of the Christ?

12.  (Q) When, during the meditation for Faith, we are told to pray, "Create in me a pure heart, O God". Does the word heart refer to the subconscious mind? Please define the word heart.

(A) The heart pumps lifeblood to all parts of the body. Heart, in the context of, create in me a pure heart, means a pure soul, a pure purpose; what in all circumstances, all conditions, in every way that you interact with other men and women, whether mentally or physically, you bring to the interaction. Bring life, light, and understanding to everyone you meet - as the heart brings life to the body.

The image of the heart helps you to see the source, the motivating force that prompts you to do His biddings; it
represents your purpose and intent as you go about your day. It includes your body, your conscious mind, your subconscious mind or soul, and your imagination. Heart is not the subconscious mind alone, as you asked.

We could have told you to pray: "Create within me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right, righteous, holy spirit within me."


13. (Q) How can we come to have faith? Is it a gift from God that we develop through its use?

(A) When God created you, he could have given you any power in the universe, but He gave each creation the power that would challenge them most as a species.

God gave you your will, and your soul. With those attributes, you can keep yourself in line with the Source of those attributes. In faith - then - grows (the will) to be one with the Source -- or going away from it, by exercising your will in another direction. So does your soul, which is what separates you from the whole, bend in the direction of your choices – for the good or the perverse.

You demonstrate your faith by how you use your will: for selfish gain, or in the service of God himself.


14. (Q) Please illustrate what you meant when you said, last time: "Most say they believe, and yet begin at once to explain as to how this means in the mental rather in the material source". (262.14, 19A)

(A) As we have just outlined, Jesus, as faith embodied, gave humankind, for the first time, the opportunity to exercise its freedom of will to choose faith. Choosing and practicing faith, where there is no obvious reward, advances your soul.

Some of you say, "Yes, I believe – but." "But" means that you doubt, that when push comes to shove, you hedge your bet, afraid to lose a possession, and you pretend that faith is not at issue! Then you scoff, or demand proof that faith is more reliable than muscle.

Yet, as you have witnessed over time, faith furthers, and muscle retards your soul’s advance.


15. We are through for the present.


For Bible citations from 262.15 Index, go here


                      





262.16 

4.4.1932, Norfolk, VA

9:40 P.M. EST


1. GC: (Dream Suggestion) Please discuss the dream Edgar Cayce had on Sunday, 2/21/32, in which he went everywhere, in every imaginable vehicle, and presented a box to a member of the group at each place.


2. EC: Yes, we have Edgar Cayce present in this room, and his dream, in which

he traveled to various parts of the country, met various members of the group

and presented them the message.


3. We see not only each individual of the group, but also the mission the group aspires to fulfill.

We also see which individual among you would most appeal to the people who

live in a particular region; that is, who would most likely succeed in imparting

the lessons based on geographic location.



4. As you gather this information, you will begin to see who is most fit to

present the message in each particular region.



5. The means by which you teach the peoples of each region are symbolized by

your mode of transportation. The vehicles of every imaginable type, as you

saw in your dream, represent possible methods of teaching the message. Do

you understand?


6. Ready for questions.



7. (Q) What is the message developed and given?


(A) The message is the compilation of these lessons, as indicated by the asking

of each, "Have you the little box or package?" It’s presenting the compilation

of those truths in the various regions of the country.





8. (Q) In what particular portion of the country was [69], and what is the

message?


(A) In the Middle West, or in Denver; you would have the most success, there.

The message is the one the group is compiling.





9. (Q) [307]: [The rest of the questions must have been similar to [69]’s,

asking to which region the individual was assigned.]


(A) In Cleveland, or that portion of the country; present the lessons as a study,

and emphasize their logic.





10. (Q) [993]:


(A) In the southland, or New Orleans; you may present the greater message

among such groups.





11. (Q) [560]:

(A) In Kentucky and Tennessee, where the studies of the scriptures have been

for many a day dominated by orthodox or ritualistic religion. These people will

be hard; but truth prevails!





12. (Q) [404]:


(A) Present the lessons in the eastern portion and northern portion of the country, in southern New England, especially among those of the spiritual faith.



13. (Q) [413]:


(A) Those in the eastern portion of the south, and in the peach orchard

section of southern Georgia and Florida.





14. (Q) [341]:


(A) Present the lessons more in the far west.





15. (Q) [295]:


(A) In the southwest, or San Antonio and that part of the country; among

those of the particular [Catholic?] sect.




16. (Q) [303]:


(A) Those in the Carolinas, and especially among the students.




17. (Q) [585]:


(A) We saw you in the valley country of West Virginia, or the northwestern

portion of that region. And as the mode of travel indicated, the areas you could

reach by water.

18. (Q) [379]:


(A) In Oklahoma, and in what would be called the Ozarks of southern Missouri.




19. (Q) [115]:


(A) Among those in the Southwest, and especially those of the cult natures.




20. (Q) Mrs. [69]'s husband:


(A) Those in the harder headed areas, in the north and northwestern parts of

Texas.




21. (Q) [288]:


(A) In the northeastern part of the country, the vine lands of New York.




22. (Q) [2112]:


(A) In Indiana and Illinois, that region inhabited by people many call peculiar,

most of whom adhere to folklore; or they’re Zionists.



23. (Q) [2125]:


A) Among the peoples at home!




24. (Q) [2124]:


(A) In the Southwest, in Arizona and New Mexico, especially among miners and

cattle ranchers.




25. (Q) [2673]:


(A) She in that region now called the far northwest, in Oregon and Washington;
that part of the land.

You should get to understand the individuals in the part of the country you’ve

been assigned, and decide which parts of the lesson they’ll be most open to.




26. We are through.






                     


262.17 

4.17.1932, Virginia Beach, VA

4:40 P.M.


1. GC: You will have before you the group gathered here, and their work on the lesson, Faith. Give us guidance in understanding faith, that we may make this lesson a living lesson. You will answer the questions as we ask them.


2. EC: Faith is a gift from God. In its essence, faith is a creative force. It becomes a living truth as you apply what you reap from prayer and meditation in your life.

If you practice faith in your daily life, the effects become apparent. Then, as you apply what you observe, you come to understand how faith might become the motivating force in your life. Ready for questions.


3. (Q) [413]: What is the comparative extent of my faith, and how may I extend and use it to achieve the most benefit?

(A) As we just said, faith is the driving force in your life if you are pursuing spiritual goals. So, to the extent that you apply what you learn of faith in your daily affairs does your faith expand and become the basis of each step you take.

As in the examples of those patriarchs of old, or as you have experienced, once you recognize what faith does for you, dare to do for Him what you have done for yourself!


4.  (Q) [255]: Staten Island, N.Y.: Should faith healing be included in the teachings of theology? If so, who is best qualified to teach it?

(A) There are ministers, who, through faith, practice the laying on of hands, anointing with oil, and praying over their parishioners in the course of their services. This is part of the orthodoxy of their religion. Even outside of orthodox faith, you may discover such a talent exists in you, if you are willing to harmonize yourself with the spiritual forces that you ask to guide you. Keep yourself unsoiled and avoid the world’s contamination, and treat your body with the reverence you regard a place of worship.

Who shall do such? You who feel called. As we have said before, some of you will feel called to teach, others to heal or minister. Others will find their calling through other of the various attributes of His love, and that will be their way of serving His force in this material world. Let those who are so called, then, sanctify yourselves, your bodies, and your minds, to humanity's service; for he that lends to the Lord covers a multitude of sins.


5.  (Q) [115]: Is the faith manifested in my East Indian incarnation sufficient for today? [See 115-1.]

(A) Each day is complete: it has all the good and evil challenges you need. Put into practice what you know each moment; your lack of prejudice and fear leaves room for ever greater understanding – now! The various facets of your life are grounding forces. Through faith, through his promise, the Creative Force delivers Christ Consciousness through your spiritual work!


6. (Q) [288]: Are my attempts at meditation accomplishing anything outside myself?

(A) You question your own motivations, and you question the promises we have made! We could say that you lack faith in yourself and our promise.
Each thought, each atom carries its own influence, a force you direct both at yourself and the world outside.

If you doubt yourself, you doubt Him!


7.  (Q) In what position may I best meditate?

(A) As we have said, each of you has your own style that works for you. If style becomes the guiding element, then hope or faith is lost in style!
Between the man who made long prayer, or the man who didn’t even raise his eyes, but smote his breast and said, God be merciful to me, a sinner! who was justified?

If we come to meditate in humbleness of self, humbleness of mind, humbleness of the whole individual (losing personality in Him) then it doesn’t matter in what manner we meditate -- prone, standing, walking, or sleeping -- for we live, we die, in the Lord.


8.  (Q) How can I make my faith more active and worthwhile in the lives of others?

(A) By being an example of it, yourself. We as individuals are reflections to others of what we worship in our own selves. Let your light so shine that others, seeing your light, may glorify God.


9.  (Q) [303]: How can I increase my faith?

(A) Continue to lose yourself in thoughts of Him who is able to make the tiny seed bring forth the great tree. As you lose yourself in doing His biddings, your faith grows. You grow by exercising your faith, by losing yourself in Him. In Him you see the attributes of the Father in your daily walk through life.

Giving a thirsty individual a cup of water rewards your faith and quenches the thirst of the thirsty. A kind word brings the joy of faith to the one you speak to, and to you an immediate lesson of faith -- in His name. Not that it brings you a measurable reward, but the reward is the joy the act brings you.

Note the great difference!


10.  (Q) [404]: In praying, should I keep praying until I get a definite answer, or should I only ask and leave the rest with God?

(A) If you look for the answer to your question, you’ll find it. Know in whom you have believed, and believe still - in faith. He is able to manifest what you have committed unto Him against any condition in your life. Your will, O Lord, be done - not mine! Ask -- then leave the result to Him. His promises are sure. "Heaven and earth may pass away, but my promise shall not pass away."


11. (Q) [2125]: What is the meaning of the name "Abercrombie" that so often comes to me?

(A) Abercrombie is associated with your spiritual pursuits, or you are associated with Abercrombie’s.


12. (Q) Please explain further regarding the name Abercrombie.

(A) You have our explanation.


13. (Q) [379]: How can I strengthen my faith?

(A) Put the faith you have to the test in yourself. Know that as you use your faith, it grows.


14. (Q) [2124]: Please explain more explicitly the following answer to my question (Par. 8-A - Reading of March 6, 1932) [262-13, Par. 8-A]:


(Q): [2124] In what way may I best obtain my ideal?

(A) It’s well that you know that the reward of a materialistic ideal is satisfaction, while the reward of a spiritual ideal is contentment. Then be content with what you have, and employ it with honor so that you bring praise and glory to your ideal; more and more will be provided you as long as you make proper use of what you have, for as the Master said,

The Kingdom is like a man who, preparing for a journey, called his servants. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one talent. As they worked, they obtained not approval, but understanding. They were rewarded for the quality of their effort.

So, obtaining your ideal is making spiritual use of your resources first. The lesson is: seek the Kingdom first, and your needs will be provided. [262-17, Par. 14-A.]


(A) Let’s say you’ve set your ideal. Experimenting with your ideal in your daily life teaches you certain things. If you employ what your practice has taught you, and you aim what you know in a particular direction, then using what you know reinforces inwardly, and reflects outwardly, all the virtues of your ideal.
So, as the scripture says, use the insight you gain, for more perfect understanding comes from employing your ideal in your daily life.


15. (Q) Can this group aid further in the Lindbergh case?

(A) Leave it alone.


16. (Q) Is there any message for this group at this time?

(A) Prepare the way for the next lesson, which should include virtue and understanding, as you meditate:

LET VIRTUE AND UNDERSTANDING BE IN ME, FOR MY DEFENSE IS IN THEE, O LORD, MY REDEEMER; FOR THOU HEAREST THE PRAYER OF THE UPRIGHT IN HEART.

Let virtue and understanding be in me, for my defense is in You, O Lord, my Redeemer; for You hear the prayer of my heart.


17. We are through.


For Bible citations from 262.17 Index, go here

                              

 

                            




Virtue and Understanding, Lesson V

Readings 262.18 thru 262.20



262.18 


5.1.1932, Virginia Beach, VA

4:30 P.M. EST


1. GC: You will have before you the group gathered here and their work on the lessons. You will first tell us if any changes or additions should be made to the lesson, Faith, a copy of which I hold in my hand. You will then answer the questions on the continuance of our work.

2. EC: Yes, we have the individuals of the group gathered here, and the lesson they have prepared, Faith, and their work as a group.

3. Ready for questions.

4. (Q) Regarding the lesson, Faith. Par. I.

(A) This is very good, and the proper presentation of the subject.


Cayce’s response to all 23 of the paragraphs (Questions 4 thru 26) was, Very good, with the following exceptions:

9. (Q) Par. VI.

(A) That's better.

14. (Q) Par. XI.

(A) Very good. You will need to make some changes in the punctuation, but the matter, as you’ve written it, is very good.

Please see Report of Reading 262-18 in The Edgar Cayce Readings for the original form of Faith.


27. (Q) Any advice regarding this lesson?

(A) This is very good, except for the minor changes. Leave the sequence of paragraphs as they are, and don’t add any, unless, during your study of faith, you run into more questions.


28. (Q) Are the divisions correct which Florence Edmonds has made [as per 281-5, Par. 20-A] of those seeking aid from our healing group [281], a copy of which I hold in my hand?

(A) The divisions are fine. You’ll have to make changes only when the individuals’ conditions or circumstances change.  This will happen from time to time.  Then change the treatment as necessary.

The best thing is to begin.


29. (Q) Will you give us the position of the hands for [146]?

(A) Put the right hand on the 3rd and 4th cervical.  Put the left on the auditory plexus, at the lower portion of the ear, with the thumb and finger on either side, see? [See 146-7 Reports.]


30. (Q) Please share with us what we need to understand and to begin work on our next lesson, Virtue and Understanding.

(A) In beginning to study this lesson, it would be well for each of you, or your students, to review the lessons up to this point.

In the beginning you learned to cooperate with a group, or to join other individuals in a concerted effort to achieve singleness of purpose. Next, you looked into yourself, and prepared yourself in the humility you discovered as you learned cooperation. Then you became active with what you had gained. Then you learned the fundamentals by which you approach the forces within each of you, that you, through faith, may manifest works in your daily lives.

Now begin adding virtue and understanding to your faith. Virtue, for the purposes of this study, will be the means by which you put your faith into active service.  Without the purity that virtue grants your mental, material and spiritual self, you can understand little.

Faith, virtue and understanding rouse you.  You begin to grasp the importance of cooperation, knowing yourself, and setting your ideal.  Faith makes it possible for each of you to manifest spiritual results in your lives.

So, these are the beginnings. Apply yourselves to the lessons. Show by your example that you have learned the lessons, as individuals and as a group.  This is how you gain understanding - if you live your lives with the same pureness that you demand of others.


31. (Q) [307]: I greatly desire to be filled with virtue and understanding. Is there any message for me?

(A) Keep in line with what He has set before you; sure is the way - for it is His way.


32. (Q) [303]: Please lead me more truly towards virtue and understanding.

(A) Apply the lessons you’ve learned and you will understand. Be true to what is pure in your purpose, for this is virtue. In virtue comes understanding; for they are as the tenon and the mortise, they fit, they dovetail one with another.


33. (Q) [404]: Does understanding come only with experience?

(A) Understanding comes with application. You may apply yourself mentally, physically, or spiritually. With the ideal you set comes your awakening. To the extent that your awakening is shaken by doubts or fears, or there is the germ of a doubt that muddies your experience, you dull your understanding.


34. (Q) Please define spiritual faith.

(A) Finding ways every day to put to practical and personal use what the spirit has awakened in you: live the lessons you learn.


35. (Q) [341]: Please tell us how we should define virtue.

(A) Virtue is what each of you applies to your daily lives with respect to your ideal and your knowledge of yourself; and with respect to cooperation and faith, as you understand them.

Each of you is an individual entity, even while you work towards common understanding and definitions - but each of you has your own approach.  God is not one thing to you, and another thing to your neighbor.  Instead, He animates each of you individually.  Each of you sees things differently, depending on how you have met your challenges over many lifetimes.


36. (Q) [585]: Would the interpretation of my dream of several weeks ago, in which I was permitted to see the world from a distance, as though from space, be helpful in any way to this group? If so, please give it.

(A) Each of your experiences is helpful to someone else, provided the experience compels him or her to move. Your dream, as surely as a real experience, may be helpful to other seekers.

Some of you seek a lifetime with people of similar beliefs; others of you seek and experience a lifetime that is individualistic.  But each of you, once you begin your search, absorbs the lessons in a way that makes sense to you.  The Spirit operates in the material world so that each of you hears, feels, and knows or understands in your own language; you interpret the One through the filter of your own lifetimes.

Yet all the interpretations are one, as you learned from the beginning, because the ideal must be one in Him.  Your relationships with one another must have one purpose and one aim.  In faith, recognize the virtue in what you have believed and have set before yourself.  In each experience in your day, find what enables you to answer the question, "What is it all about?"

[GD's note: Mrs. [585] told me on February 23, 1966, that she and Mrs. [413] came late into the group. Mrs. [2125] said to them, "Why don't you start your own group?" Mrs. [585] said to Mrs. [413], "I don't think I'll go any more - they don't seem to want us." At another meeting she told Mrs. [413] afterwards, "I don't think I'll go any more - I don't know what it's all about!" She then submitted Q-36 at the next reading for the group and was convinced beyond question of the divine source.]


37. (Q) [288]: Just what should I understand and gain from my experience of Wednesday afternoon, April 20, 1932 [during reading 1800-18] of seeing a prophet, Christ on the cross, and the all-seeing eye?

(A) You had this vision as a sign that God has heard your prayers and supplications, the same as He answered the prophets of old. ["If I could only understand!" See 288-30, Par. 10-A.]   The way of the cross is opening for all people to see as God works through you.  As the prophet and Christ figures represent a portion of the life you are living now, so make yourself more and more the channel for blessings to others.


38.  (Q) Any message for the group at this time?

(A) Keep the way open. Do not become a stumbling block to anyone.  Know in what you have believed, and where you’ve placed your faith. By their works you will know them, and by their fruits.  Virtue is a fruit of faith: your understanding grows – and becomes the mature seed ready for planting.

 

For Bible citations from 262.18 Index, go here

                                    
                           




 [Editor’s note: As presented in the original manuscript, 262-19 is muddled; parts of the outline are mixed with the questions and answers, and two Bible verses did not point to the intended paragraph. I have reordered the opening paragraphs, using Roman numerals for the outline and Arabic numbers elsewhere. I have also matched the verses to the appropriate paragraphs, which are numbered differently than in Miss Davis’s 1932 Index.]


262.19

5.15.1932, Virginia Beach, VA

4:00 P.M. EST


GC: You will have before you the group gathered here and our work on the lesson, Virtue and Understanding. You will resume the information which will aid us in our work, and will answer the questions which various individuals will ask.


EC: Yes, we have the group of individuals gathered here.


(Q) Is the following outline of Virtue and Understanding complete and inclusive enough to cover the lesson which we should present? Please advise and suggest any additions or changes, as I read this to you:

VIRTUE AND UNDERSTANDING.

I. Both virtue and understanding are essential to right living.

II. Virtue and understanding are spiritual and can be found only in the spiritual way.

III. The way to virtue and understanding is open to you if you will:

A. Become a channel of blessings to others.

B. Thoroughly acquaint yourself with yourself.

C. Have your ideal set in Him. The one way - the straight and narrow way.


IV. Faith, the chief cornerstone in acquiring virtue and understanding

V. Virtue, a defense; Understanding, a weapon.

VI.  The effect of virtue and understanding upon self and others.

(A) This is fine. Well that you understand that virtue and understanding deal primarily with you and your relationship to the Creative Forces, or God, and that your virtue and understanding is reflected in the way you treat other people, and not a judgment on them. Judge yourself by your understanding and your own virtue, not by their presence or absence in anyone else - for virtue and understanding are spiritual values, and must be judged by the spirit. Judge not that ye be not judged.

In preparation for studying your relationship to other women and men, you must know and understand yourselves and your relationships to the creative forces.

Hence the next lesson must be Fellowship. As you go forward, virtue and understanding are necessary requisites for the relationships that you will study further.


7.   (Q) [993]: I would appreciate a message from the Master to guide me now in virtue and understanding.

(A) Look at how you’ve chosen to serve, and all you’ve built during your work!  That’s what your harvest will be, if you will keep your faith in Him who gives you the wherewithal to manage the problems in your daily life. There will be nothing that you don’t understand, if you will open your heart to that intuition that comes from your close walk with Him.

Keep to the way you know; keep to the path you have trod, for He is able to deliver you in every trial, in every way, for unto him who is faithful comes the crown of life.


8.   (Q) [69]: Through what source may I gain a greater understanding?

(A) Through prayer and meditation in Him, for He is the way, He is the understanding.  Your understanding begins the moment you see your life as a union of your physical, mental and spiritual aspects.  In Him is understanding. The approach to the Father is through Him.


9. (Q) What is the meaning of the phrase I got in meditation, "18 carat gold," that was repeated over and over?

(A) That’s how you would have judged the value your ideas, if you could have weighed them by a material standard.


10
.   (Q) [379]: Is there a message for me regarding virtue and understanding?

(A) In analyzing what you need for a closer relationship to faith, to knowledge, to self, to cooperation, to knowing yourself, to your ideal, consider them from the spiritual angle rather than from the arbitrary, material point of view, and you will arrive at a more perfect understanding.

Knowledge and understanding are two different things.  You experience miracles every day, and so often, that you acknowledge them matter-of-factly, without understanding they are part of the mercy and glory the All-Wise Creator is showering upon you.

You won’t gain understanding by accumulating data. Your frustration lies in your standard of measure, what you base your judgment on.  You get understanding by approaching the throne more closely, for he that has understanding may move mountains.

11.   (Q) [404]: Please expand on the statement, "Truth is not learned, it is earned."

(A) You learn a little about truth with each lifetime.  Hence, you earn truth, in the way your finite mind becomes conscious of what truth is. Truth is a growth, a yearning, and is earned by you who apply what you know in the manner that is in keeping with His will, rather than by satisfying your own desires.

You shouldn’t deny that this or that urge exists, in order to make yourself believe.  Truth is earned through lifetimes of bumping up against the laws of truth: He is truth!

12. (Q) Please expand on the statement: "Open our hearts to those unseen forces that surround the throne of grace, and beauty and might, throwing about us the protection found in the thought of the Christ." [262.3, 16A]

(A) These expand by doing it! That's the best expansion!

13.   (Q) [2125]: Am I pursuing the right course for my development?

(A) As you sow, so shall you reap.  As you remain in that attitude of seeking, so will there be opened unto you what you seek. In Him is the light, and no darkness at all. Seek the way, and it will be opened unto you.

14.   (Q) [2124]: Am I still on the straight and narrow path?

(A) That must be answered from within, to Him in whom you have put your faith, your trust, your hope, your hereafter.  Who am I to judge you?  Who is good? He said, None save the Father, not even the Son of man.  Rather in Him is the way, and My Spirit, He said, bears witness with your spirit whether you be the sons of God or not.


15. (Q) Compilers: We have sent the paper on, "Present World Conditions" [3976-9] to "The Westerner", the Westerner Limited, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, some weeks ago for publication. We have received no reply from our letter in regard to the paper. Should we write to publishers again?

(A) It has gone abroad. Wait at least a week.


16. (Q) Any message for the group at this time?

(A) Keep in the way set before you, for you may accomplish in what you have undertaken.


17. We are through.


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262.20 

6.5.1932, Virginia Beach, VA

4:00 P.M. EST

1. GC: You have before you the group and their work on the lessons they are preparing with the aid of the forces through this channel, Edgar Cayce. You will give us at this time any further counsel we need to complete the lesson, Virtue and Understanding.  I hold in my hand a copy of our work so far.

2. EC: Yes, we have the group of individuals gathered here, as well as the lessons they are preparing.



3. The draft of the lesson, Virtue and Understanding, is good so far.

As we’ve said before, the success of your group depends on your cooperation with one another, and the lesson depends on each of you making your contribution.  Each of you must know that you are a portion of the whole and must contribute your part.  The lesson can only be widely applicable in the lives of interested individuals if you prepare it that way. Let us remind you that no one finite mind may contribute that which may touch everyone who reads these lessons.  On the other hand, your individual contributions, because they are living truths, will resonate in the lives and hearts of many people.  You contribute experiences that could have come from their own lives.  They are more likely to feel that what these lessons propose could improve their lives.

Let each of you contribute and help make the lesson complete.  You are responsible to yourselves, to the group, and to your Maker, of whom you reflect your conception in the minds of the men and women who would apply the lesson in their daily lives.       

4. As we have said, virtue and understanding are the qualities that make your relationships with the creative forces possible.  The same attributes prepare you to meet other women and men as individuals, people whose personalities are likely to differ from yours.  The better prepared you are to engage a variety of personalities, the more adept you’ll become at tailoring the lessons to a wide range of individuals; you’ll be able to show them how to apply the lessons to their daily lives.  The more these individuals see how the lessons apply to their daily lives, the more valuable the lessons are.

5. Ready for questions.

6. (Q) [2112]: What is the difference between psychic forces and occult forces?

(A) We have often explained the difference between the two.  You would do well to study them again, and consider more closely what you already know.
But once again: One is the study of the other. One is the essence of the sources, and the other the channels through which we are able to study the sources.


7.  (Q) [69]: Please explain what you meant by the spiritual eye, or third eye, in relation to psychic development. Should we today seek to develop this particular facility? If so, how?

(A) As we have said, there is always a way in which a force may manifest itself in the material world. Hence the phrase, Angels took form, that there might be the vehicle for an individual force to take form.

In the spiritual forces (which are psychic forces), there has always been a part of your anatomy through which spiritual forces come to you.  These influences may take various forms and lodge in the most congruent part of your body.

The eye may be interpreted this way in the scripture, Let thine eye be single.  If you have lost your ability to perceive spiritual instruction, other glands may act as channels, such as your pituitary1 or lyden2 glands - we find expressions in various glands of your body. These spiritual influences, as has we have said elsewhere, are more apparent in women than they are in men, manifesting by what is called intuition, or that which is active in that portion of the system.
That is just one expression of spiritual influence from that portion of your body.  You can add more by feeding those glands. They need the same nutrition as other perceiving parts of your body.  You nourish not only your glands; you grow portions of your body that have become lax.  Development in the spiritual sense - by meditation, prayer - depends on the spiritual forces, or on creative energy, for its viability, rather than on soil-grown food.
 
We recommend that you develop your psychic and occult sensitivity if it builds a closer relationship between you and what you worship as your ideal!  That doesn’t mean each of you should make yourselves a psychic channel and unwittingly destroy yourselves, for, as we’ve said, there are many things that, if you pit yourself against them, could destroy you.  But if you gain a greater understanding of the relationships between yourself and the creative forces in a universal, and not just in an individual sense, for your personal use and gain, then you’ve found a way to walk more closely with God, that from which the essence of life itself emanates.

In your body, that which connects the pineal3, the pituitary, and the lyden glands, may be truly called the silver cord, or the golden cup that may be filled with a closer walk with that which is the creative essence in physical, mental and spiritual life; for the destruction of any will sever the soul from its house of clay.

In purely material terms, if we were to make an anatomical or pathological study of you for a period of seven years (which is a cycle of change in all the body elements) during which time you fed upon the third eye alone, we would find that, having fed upon spiritual things, you would have become a light that shone from and in the darkest corner.
If you feed upon the purely material, you will become a Frankenstein that is without a concept of any influence other than material or mental.


8.  (Q) Regarding the lessons at this time, we seek individual guidance and advice in enabling us to better cooperate in carrying forward this work of our group.

(A) Study what we’ve said regarding cooperation! Apply that to your individual lives and you will have what you need to carry on. Do not become weary of doing good, for soon we must come to the lesson, Patience, which will follow Fellowship.


9.  (Q) Any special message for the group at this time?

(A) Remember that each of you is a link in the chain, a spoke in the wheel. Do not be the whole, but fulfill what you may do, that there may be the perfect accord; for he who gives a cup of water in His name is greater than he who concquers a city for his own aggrandizement.


10. We are through.


1 From the Cayce Health Database glossary (verbatim): PITUITARY Called the "master gland of the body," the pituitary is a key endocrine gland situated at the base of the brain. The pituitary secretes several important hormones which regulate other endocrine glands and various physiological processes within the body.

2 From the Cayce Health Database glossary (verbatim): LEYDIG (OR LYDEN) The leydig gland is a small (pea-sized) gland in the urogenital system. Discovered in 1892 by anatomist Franz Leydig, this gland was regarded by Edgar Cayce to be the "seat of the soul" in the human body. In 1850, Franz Leydig also discovered the cells of leydig, which are now recognized as producers of testosterone in the gonads. Medical science has not yet rediscovered the leydig gland.

3 From the Cayce Health Database glossary (verbatim):  PINEAL The pineal is a small endocrine gland located in the center of the head. It is richly supplied with blood vessels and nerve fibers. In certain fishes, frogs, and lizards, the pineal is associated with a well-developed light-sensitive organ, or so-called "third eye," and in all species the pineal is affected by light. The pineal is known to be involved in the regulation of cycles and rhythms in the body.


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