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Patience: Lesson VII




7.24.1932 Virginia Beach, VA

4;00 P.M. EST


1. GC: You have before you the members of Norfolk Study Group #1, present in this room, and their work on the lessons. We present the lesson, Fellowship, a copy of which I hold in my hand. As I call the number of each paragraph, you will advise us of any necessary changes or additions. You will answer the questions we ask.


2. EC: Yes, we have the group of individuals gathered here and their work of preparing lessons; ready for questions.


3. (Q) Lesson: Fellowship - Introduction - Par. 1.

(A) (Cayce answers “Very good”  to Paragraphs I through XI." To Par. XII – he replies, "Very good,” but “You may need to make some changes in your presentation as it applies to individual women and men. This is very good."  Paragraphs XIII through XXIX were "Very good," with exception of Paragraphs XV, XXII and XXV, which were "Good.")

4. (Q) Any suggestions regarding this lesson?
(A) It’s very good.

5.  (Q) Please give us the meditation for our daily prayer for the lesson, Patience.


In your preparation, as individuals, to make patience visible in your lives, you must experience this lesson - as other lessons - as individuals. If you want the love and patience of the Maker of worlds, you must show patience to your sisters and brothers.  As Peter asked of Him,”how oft shall I forgive? Seven times?”  “Yea, seventy times seven," so may you know what you are building in yourself.

Knowledge without understanding is nothing.  Worshipping the Lord leads to understanding; it results in the kind of love and patience that glorifies His gifts in the material, mental, and spiritual worlds. Understanding proceeds from patience. Stand still if you want to see the glory of the Lord. In patience possess ye your souls. As you gain more and more understanding of cooperation, of your self and the choices you make, the more you feel His presence in your life.  This patience enhances your life and the people and events you encounter; and your heart and your soul grow in understanding of His presence.  These gifts – attributes of His consciousness in your lives in the material world – change your character, and they lead you to the next lesson, The Open Door. Would you enter in the joys of your Lord?


6. Ready for questions.


7.  (Q) Please outline the central thoughts and bases upon which we should begin our meditations and questions on the theme of patience.

(A) To repeat, in patience possess ye thy presence before the Throne. Seek often to commune with the part of you which bears witness before that Throne. With patience you may reach this; for when you lose patience, you provoke those things that frighten you and scare those around you. Not that you should remain inactive, but in patience run the race that is set before you, looking to Him, the author, the giver of light, truth and immortality. That should be the central theme for each of you. Not in submissiveness alone, but in righteous wrath serve the living God.

8. (Q) [69]: When does patience cease to be a virtue?

(A) When you’re satisfied with your own state of affairs.

9.  (Q) [560]: In learning the lesson of patience, please advise how we may overcome the little harassing annoyances that come in our daily lives.

(A) As He said, as you seek, know there is that Comforter present that will speak for you under every condition; for, as He promised, I will not leave thee comfortless. Be not afraid. Be mad, but sin not!  Understand that He is your companion, present in every act and in every word; for every thought must be accounted for, and in grace - His grace is sufficient – provided you maintain a constant, prayerful attitude towards life and your purpose; if you forget yourself and favor another, instead. Lose yourself in Him. These will answer. Not as outward, but as inward growth – growth that makes for the beauty of the soul that has patience shining through. [262-25, Par. 6-A] 2

10. (Q) [993]: When we stop seeing faults in those we meet, have we attainted patience?

(A) When you see Him that you worship even in the faults of others, then you are at the beginning of patience.

11.  (Q) [[69]'s husband]: Explain my shortcomings in connection with patience, and furnish the remedy thereto.

(A) Quit criticizing or finding fault in others, and you will learn patience in word, deed and act. This is the beginning of wisdom. Do you know why a person is acting in a way you object to? Find and study your own shortcomings: this is the way to illuminate your path to patience. Before your react with a quick retort to some petty vexation, see if you share the blame in some way; if not, according to the standard of your ideal, then keep your mouth shut - just as He did when railed upon!

12.  (Q) [295]: What is the Master's definition of patience?

(A) Know ye that, in patience possess ye your souls! Our understanding of how you keep possession of your soul is that when you lose patience, influences can enter – as He said – that separate your real self, your soul, from the Maker.  Hence: in patience possess ye your souls!

13. (Q) Please comment on the following statements: Epictetus said there were two faults far graver and fouler than any others: the inability to bear and the inability to forbear.

(A) These faults express how women and men react to frustration during the day. They express inactivity on the one hand, and over anxiety on the other.

14.  (Q) "All great things are slow of growth."

(A) Exactly true!

As we have often said, the soul grows upon what it’s fed. The soul of humankind is the greatest of all creation, for it may be one with the Father. Little by little, line upon line, here a little, there a little - these are the manners of growth, that your soul may be one with Him. Don’t let slip through your fingers what Jesus gave you; He the greater of all those who gave the truths, the man who was not only one with Him but an individual in his own right! Not God, but equal with God - one with Him.

You, then, are not aliens, but the daughters and the sons of the Holy One.

15. (Q) "Content but not satisfied."

(A) Content in the sense of "Have Thy way, Lord. Use me as a channel. Not my will but Thine be done!" That is content. 

Satisfied means gratified.  It’s the beginning of the falling away, for you are glorifying yourself.

16.  (Q) "The offences committed through desire are more blamable than those which are committed through anger."

(A) Be angry, but sin not. When you have lost respect for another woman or man, your anger becomes light that burns into and disperses the darkness and reveals the truth. This depends on the individual, of course; some would find an excuse to indulge their anger. Instead of that, surrender your disappointment to Him.  This may result in knowledge of Him: you may discover the light which comes from patience with yourself, with your neighbor, seeking ever that He, the Lord, should lead.

17. (Q) [2125]: Could I develop automatic handwriting?

(A) Anyone could. [See also 262-25, Par. 15-A, 16-A.]

18.  (Q) Is there any message for the group as a whole at this time?

(A) Take the necessary steps towards patience as you work to gain approval in His eyes, for the door will open.

19. We are through.



1 See 2 Timothy 1:10 below


2 (Q) [560]: In the reading of July 24, 1932, what did you mean by, "Be mad but sin not"? Please explain. [262-24, Par. 9-A]

(A) If you can control your anger, you have begun your approach to wisdom. If you can keep from resenting a person for what he or she might say; disregard the words said; dislike the ugliness which produced such a comment, yet love the soul of that person, then you are learning patience.

This is patience; this is love; this is hope and meekness and purity of heart. The meek shall inherit the earth, said He - the pure in heart shall see God. These are promises! Do you believe Him? Then be angry and sin not is to know that these are promises - to you - to you!


3 Stoic philosopher, 55 – 135 CE.  Philosophy, Epictetus taught, is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are determined by fate, and are thus beyond our control; we should accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. However, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline.

Suffering arises from trying to control what is uncontrollable, or from neglecting what is within our power. As part of the universal city that is the universe, it is our duty to care for all our fellow men. Those who follow these precepts will achieve happiness and peace of mind.   


For Bible citations from 262.24 Index, go here





8.7.1932, Virginia Beach, VA

4:10 P.M. EST

1. GC: You have before you members of the study group and their work on the lesson, Patience, an outline of which I hold in my hand. You will please help us to expand this outline, and advise us of any necessary changes or additions. You will answer questions which various members will ask.

2. EC: Yes, we have the group and the individuals and their work on the lessons - the lesson, Patience, in particular.

3. Your outline is very good. You should expand the idea that patience is meekness in action, that purity of heart enables you to become aware of your soul's growth by way of the creative energies.

As your spiritual life expands, your walk through daily life reflects the life of Christ and the characteristics that originate with the creative energies. You express love in its essence in every word, act, thought and event during the day, just as Jesus did.

Patience functions in your mind, body, and spirit to let you to know whether or not you’re being faithful to your ideal; whether you’re applying yourself to faith or to works; whether your virtue is a result of understanding or just following the rules; whether you possess the ideal and are applying it in cooperation with other individuals.

With this lesson, you must sum up of all you have learned through teaching others, what you now, yourselves, live in your daily lives – so that He might find you ready to enter in.

We are ready for questions.

4.  (Q) [307]: How may I live that I may, through patience, gain understanding?

(A) By applying what you know day to day. The Spirit does not call on you to live what you do not already know and understand. You learn through practice, by trial and error what you need to know.  Today, now, is the accepted time! If you will enter in, you will trust the knowledge you’ve gained through faith; you’ll wait with patience for understanding. Use the tools you’re accustomed to.

5.  (Q) [303]: Is there a message for me that will help me practice patience?

(A) As you begin to embody trust, hope, and faith by your patience day by day, you become more aware in your own inner consciousness that all is well with Him. You know that if the Lord is on your side, who may be against you? Trust, and do what you know to do, plunging forward as the spirit moves you - and don’t look back; remember Lot's wife. [See also 262-28, Par. 7-A.]1

6.  (Q) [560]: In the reading of July 24, 1932, what did you mean by, "Be mad but sin not"? Please explain. [262-24, Par. 9-A]

(A) If you can control your anger, you have begun your approach to wisdom. If you can keep from resenting a person for what he or she might say; disregard the words said; dislike the ugliness which produced such a comment, yet love the soul of that person, then you are learning patience.

This is patience; this is love; this is hope and meekness and purity of heart. The meek shall inherit the earth, said He - the pure in heart shall see God. These are promises! Do you believe Him? Then be angry and sin not is to know that these are promises - to you - to you!

7.  (Q) When I am patient, am I expressing: Possess ye your soul? If not, please tell me simply how I may do so.

(A) You can possess your soul through patience no matter how you’re engaged.  Having patience makes you one with, a child of, the living God. You do not get possessions from Him; instead, Spirit makes your soul thrive if you express Christ consciousness in a material, mental, or spiritual plane. All of you can possess your souls no matter what you’re doing. As to whether you think this or that individual is doing this in the manner you would do it, this is to judge. Who is the judge? He is the judge! Your soul -- make that one with Him.

8. (Q) [413]: What has really happened when I think my patience has completely worn out?

(A) You have lost patience with yourself.

9.  (Q) [379]: Is there any message for me that will help me to more perfectly practice patience in all my work and under all conditions?

(A) Be trustworthy day by day, for if you are trustworthy over little things you will be made ruler over grander things.

If you’re aware of the Spirit that dwells within you, that lives in all who seek to know His face; if you know that this is the day, the time, when all humanity must seek to be patient with one another, under all conditions and circumstances; if you wish be one with Jesus who, in patience, endured all so we might have access to the Father through the patience, love, and consciousness that the Christ embodied, then be faithful to what you know is right and don’t question what anyone else has chosen -- or whether or not they have chosen at all!

Do what you know is right!

10.  (Q) What time is referred to in James 5:8, "Be ye patient; stablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh"?

(A) This is the time. Today!

Now is the time for you to magnify His presence through patience: time that you extend to other individuals; trials you endure with other individuals; going out of your way for other individuals -- that you may glorify Him. The Father has promised rewards to those who patiently await his coming.

Live, then, as though you expect the Master Christ to dine with you today. What do you have to offer as the fruits of your own life: your thoughts, your acts, your deeds? For, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my little ones ye have done it unto me.

11.  (Q) [585]: Does my lack of patience make my problems hard to overcome? If so, how may I gain the patience I need?

(A) First, is your ideal founded in Christ, and are you in accord with your ideal; and do your virtue and understanding square with these? If so, and if you are patient and sensitive, you will, sooner or later, understand what you need to overcome, just as He did. You will know, once you take inventory, what your character lacks, whether it’s patience, faith, virtue, knowledge, brotherly love, or some other void.

Do not blame your problem on other women or men; instead, cleanse your own mind, heart and soul, and you’ll find the solution to whatever problem you’re having is to grasp the meaning of love that knows no fear; love that is content in His praise, in His love, and in His understanding.

12. (Q) From time to time I have had come into my room a friend who has passed on. Is this contact harmful or beneficial?

(A) In death, there are always those seeking our help and those that may help us; for as we help another soul does help come to us. Pray for that friend, that the way through the shadows may be easier for them. In so doing, it becomes easier for you.

13. (Q) [993]: Have you a message that will help me to practice patience?

(A) Use what you know, and with patience wait for the light that comes with knowing, I am using that Thou gavest me.

14.  (Q) [69]: I have the understanding of oneness with the Father-Mother-God. Why do I not experience the joy and bliss, and overcome all disharmonies, which is my divine birthright? May I have the answer from Master Jesus, if possible?

(A) With patience wait for that.

If you have attained the Consciousness of the Master who comes to you in all your hours, then with patience wait on the Lord; for as you learn when you understand the One, when He finds that the vessel is acceptable, He keeps it full.

15. (Q) [2125]: You told me [262-24, Par. 17-A] that anyone could do automatic writing. Will you please tell me how I may develop it?

(A) By practice. Sit alone with pencil and paper, and let the guide you seek - or may come in - direct. It will come. Anyone may; but are you any better for it? You may only benefit when you surround yourself with constructive spirits alone.

16. (Q) Who is giving me this message?

(A) The one you seek.

17. (Q) Compilers: Is there any message to the Compilers?

(A) Expand our notion that patience is meekness in action, and weave it into what you already have, in such a manner that it may become a blessing to those who seek.

18. We are through for the present.


7. (Q) [303]: In the reading of Aug. 7th, please explain what you mean by "Look not back. Remember Lot's wife." [262-25, Par. 5-A]

(A) Always look forward, for as you look towards the light, the shadows fall behind and do not become stumbling blocks to your development. Thoughts are things, and while the past may be used as stepping-stones to higher things, looking back causes you to stumble, even as Lot's wife looked back at what she had left behind, longing for those elements that satisfied her carnal, rather than her spiritual life.

For Bible citations from 262.25 Index, go here





8.21.1932, Virginia Beach, VA

4:00 P.M. EST

1. GC: You will have before you the group gathered here and their work on the lesson, Patience. You will give to each, as I call their names, a personal message on patience which will enable them to complete the lesson within themselves. You will also answer the questions which will be asked.

2. EC: Yes, we have the group; the work, the experiences through which each pass in their attempt to apply what they’ve gained in the study of patience.

3. You should take this as a basis for applying patience in your lives:

4.  Patience is active rather than passive.  Through patience you may gauge your resistance to or your affirmation of the quality you have chosen as your ideal, whether that attribute is virtue, purity, hope, faith, understanding, cooperation, brotherly love, loving-kindness, or patience itself.  These are characteristics of your soul, and are spiritual in their essence.

Patience also makes you aware whether you have committed to seeking Christ-consciousness, or you have chosen an ideal that addresses any facet of your soul: mental, material or spiritual. With patience do you seek, and through patience do you accomplish; for whom the Lord loves He chastens. Should you find that you no longer need to exercise patience in your life, you are no longer on a road to that kingdom - and are no longer a son or daughter of light.

5. These are the tests you should apply to determine whether you are worthy to enter in.

6. We are ready for questions.

7.  (Q) Please furnish a personal message bearing upon patience for each of us, starting with [115].

(A) Let that mind be in you as was in Him.  Through patience may you understand your relationship to the Creative Forces, and recognize the shape they have taken on the earth.

8.  (Q) [404]:

(A) Keep before you what you’ve chosen as your ideal, whether in relationships to individuals, home or abroad, and know that every trial is accompanied by the resolution by way of your ideal.  If itn’t, your ideal is below the mark of the higher calling grounded in Him.

9.  (Q) [341]:

(A) By being patient, you begin to understand your relationship to your ideals.  The ideals that are unworthy of being tried are unworthy of being trusted for entering into His presence.  Who goes to war without first counting the cost? Meditate on your ideals as you meditate on your relationship to the genius of the Father, and count your ideals’ worth through the patience you gain.

10.  (Q) [288]:

(A) Don’t count any day as ideal that you have not overcome something in your efforts to gain patience.  As ye sow ye reap - and the reward is in Him.

11.  (Q) [307]:

(A) By doing the right thing by His standards day by day, you grow.  You grow in grace, in knowledge, in understanding, through Him. Through patience you acquire the skill to apply what you learn day by day, line upon line, here a little, there a little. As you vanquish your stumbling blocks, you gain strength.

12. (Q) [2124]:

(A) Keep walking in the way that leads you to express His virtue.  You are the steward of the bounty He has entrusted to you. What will you return for that as has been given you?

13. (Q) [295]:

(A) In patience do you express His virtue in your relationships with others. The kingdom is within, and through patience you manifest your knowledge and understanding of its gifts.  Let your acts day by day be in keeping with what He has given.

14.  (Q) [303]:

(A) Watch, that you are not depleted. Watch and pray, for as the Father provides so do you come to understand what you might accomplish in your relationships with others.  You are the light bearers for Him. [See also 262-28, Par. 8-A.]1

15.  (Q) [993]:

(A) You know in whom you have believed. Take care of what has been entrusted to you, so that your commitment may be reciprocated.

16. (Q) [[69]'s husband]:

(A) Day by day demonstrate your love of the Father. In patience do we become aware of His love in our own lives, and how His love strengthens the spiritual individual. In hope, in faith, in charity, in love and in patience does our understanding and knowledge and intellect and integrity advance.

17.  (Q) [294]:

(A) Keep the way open that patience may progress in you, knowing that the crown comes to those who master themselves.

18. (Q) [560]:

(A) The way is set before you. In patience vary not from that way. In the glory of the Father may all be accomplished. Follow in His way.

19. (Q) [379]:

(A) By your works, through the faith in what you believe, does patience exercise itself in your life. Know, as you are known, that the answers to your problems are grounded in Him.

20. (Q) [538]:

(A) Through patience and endurance does the crown of joy, happiness, as the peace of His presence, give those blessings that are from His throne. His presence, with peace, is the promise of those who with patience endure the crosses that are set before you [and them] day by day.

21. (Q) [2125]:

(A) Keep the faith, and in patience know in what your faith is placed. Patience is the crucible of all earthly virtues that glorify the Father.

22. (Q) [69]:

(A) In patience does your knowledge of the peace and understanding of His presence advance. It is an active force, not a passive one.  It’s necessary that you exercise patience so that you know the hope, faith, knowledge, and the understanding of His ways in the earth.

23.  (Q) [413]:

(A) Along with knowledge and power comes responsibility, which is also a test of your patience. Be not overcome by either trials or by those joys that may make forgetfulness of the source from which the power comes. In patience is the race of life run, that the joys may be the greater in Him.

24.  (Q) [585]:
(A) As patience magnifies His presence in your life, so does the praise of "Well done" come as you express love, hope, charity, and patience. You know the way - and He is your guide. By patience you possess your soul.

25.  (Q) [462]: Is there a message for me today?

(A) By that spark that brings you knowledge of the Father, and in the midst of relationships with individuals day by day, may you, by being patient, gain an appreciation of the crosses that others bear, and secure greater knowledge of His will. He that is without those crosses has ceased to be of notice, and is no longer among the sons. In patience, then, you accumulate the knowledge and the abilities to apply patience in your among women and men, for "All power is given me in heaven and in earth", and in patience may you receive the promise of "My presence will be thy guide, my peace will be thy reward."

26.  (Q) [404]: How does tribulation work patience, as given in Romans 5:3?

(A) As scripture says, "Whom the Lord loves He chastens", and purges every one; for corruption may not inherit eternal life, and must be burned up. Know that your God is a consuming fire, and must purge every one, that you may enter in. In patience do you rise above.

27.  (Q) Is there a message on patience for me today?

(A) Keep your promise. They are yours, who are faithful in the little things; you will be ruler over many.

28. (Q) [295]: Of what significance in this lesson was my experience during meditation recently, in which a voice asked, "[295], can you reach?" and then stopped suddenly. Did I hear all of the question, which stopped so suddenly?

(A) Compare that with what we just said, in that you purge yourselves through patience of what would hinder you from entering in.

29. (Q) Compilers: What should we do regarding the paper on "Present World Conditions" which we sent to the Westerner, Calgary, Alberta, Canada? [See 3976-11, Par. R1.]

(A) Be patient, for this is on its way.

30.  (Q) What is their attitude regarding this paper?

(A) With patience wait, that you may know - for it works as the leaven.

31.  (Q) [[69]'s husband]: Furnish the information concerning the disaster which has been predicted to happen around the last of this month, the results and location.

(A) As we find, from those various channels through which such information has come, know rather what He said - "The hour ye know not, and the time ye know not. Not even the Son, but the Father." These predictions are more in the vein of spiritual awakening than they are of material disasters in the present; for the time has not yet come - the oracle testifies - for it is not yet fulfilled.

32. (Q) Is there any message for the group as a whole at this time?

(A) You have taken upon yourselves a task that is worthy of the calling grounded in Him. "Ye have chosen me, even as I have chosen you." Be faithful and patient, that you may enter in.

33. We are through.

8. (Q) [303]: In the reading of Aug. 21st, [262-26, Par. 14-A] I was told, "Watch that ye be not overcome." Is there any specific thing of which I should be watchful?

(A) That you not look back upon associations, relations, or conditions; that you not dwell upon the past, which you tend to do.


For Bible citations from 262.26, go here.


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