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 Translating guidlines


Remove visual distractions:

Put all HIGHER case words into lower case.

Place the cursor at the end of blue, underlined words (hyperlinked words), and backspace over them.  The text color goes black and the underscoring disappears.

Change thee, thy, thou, thine to your; mine to my.

Cayce often uses that rather than what.  In the example below, you'll find the phrase, apply in their own daily life that they have contributed . . .  Clearly what makes more sense and is less distracting.

Pretend that Edgar Cayce is talking to you. Whenever possible, use you, rather than the passive voice. For example, say “your body” rather than “the physical body,” or “you” instead of “this entity,” etc.

Rather than, as is given, etc., say as we have told you, as the scripture says, or as Jesus said . . .

Omit needless words.  Choose one word when EC pesents a series of them that describe the same thing, the one that most resonates with you. This helps unclutter the sentence -- and your mind.

Be prepared to edit out phrases and even whole sentences of text.  The readings abound with gratuitous verbage, as if the speaker, uncertain of English grammar, errs on the side of excess.  The risk is that we might lose part of the meaning in the process, but minds more deeply connected to the readings will correct us.

On the other hand, Cayce sometimes tries to compress too much into one sentence.  You may need to expand the passage and write a complete sentence for each idea, or at least flesh out his abstraction.

There are some times when changing one word renders clarity to a difficult passage.  Use a thesaurus or a synonym finder when you're having trouble with a word.  My favorite is J. I. Rodale’s The Synonym Finder.  Find the right word, and choose the most vivid one.  Read your choice.  The result may look different in print than in your mind's eye; a single word may shade the meaning differently than you intended.

Break the blocks of text into smaller paragraphs.  Cayce's thoughts are more organized, and the page looks less daunting, that way.

 Finding the readings online


Once you have joined Edgar Cacye's Association for Research and Enlightenment at edgarcayce.org, from the left column of the Members' page, follow the link, Edgar Cayce Readings, to the page with the left and right columns. Click on the aqua Search tab at the top left, or the Word Search tab with the magnifyer.

Now you're on the aqua page. On the left is Simple Search. Type in a single reading, such as 262-1. The series number (262, etc.) must always be followed by a dash, never a dot, followed by an individual reading number (-1, -2, etc.). Click Search.

The search engine is generous. A lot more readings than you want will appear, so you'll have to scroll down until you find it. Once you do, you'll discover that the same reading offers you four further choices: Text, Background, Report, and Index. Click on the link with the Text, and the reading will appear in the right column.

Open a page in MicroSoft Word, or whatever word processing program you're using. Highlight a single paragraph, copy it, and paste it onto the page.

You're ready to rock and roll!

 Example translation


Here's a passage from a little further along in the series, 262-13.  The passages in Times New Roman font are verbatim from the original readings.

4. (Q) I hold in my hand an outline of the lesson on WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL? Advise us as to the expansion of this.

4. (Q) I hold in my hand an outline of the lesson, "What Is Your Ideal?" How can we best expand this?

(A) Insofar as each has contributed their portion, then, in the joining of each link let these be in the same manner or temperament of thought, that there are no stumbling stones between the truths as are presented by each individual, that there may be unison, that there may be oneness of purpose, that there may be wholehearted cooperation by all to whom same may be presented. Let each individual, themselves, apply in their own daily life that they have contributed toward the awakening of someone through THEIR thought. So does the lesson become a LIVING example known and read of men. So will the lessons, the studies, be given a soul, with life, that may live in the hearts and minds of others. Beautiful truths without personal application by the one presenting them is indeed casting pearls to swine, and will turn again to its own wallow.

In the outline, well has been much of that prepared. Let each know and feel, understand, that same is a part of them. Unless same IS a part of them, they have little or no part in same; for, as has been given, many are called but few have answered. The harvest indeed is ripe, the laborers are few! The lords have called, do call, for laborers in His vineyard. WHO will work today? He that has seen a vision of the love of Him that has been set as thine example, as thine
ideal. These founded in those that are of man's making MUST come to naught! With the cooperation of the spirit of truth it is MADE alive in Him, even as the overcoming of death itself through the applying of self to His will. Not MY will but thine, O Lord, be done in me! As the meditations should be, in the preparation of faith in self, in God, in thy ideal: CREATE IN ME A PURE HEART [Ps. 51:10] O GOD! OPEN THOU MINE HEART TO THE FAITH THOU HAST IMPLANTED IN ALL THAT SEEK THY FACE! HELP THOU MINE UNBELIEF [Mark 9:24] IN MY GOD, IN MY NEIGHBOR, IN MYSELF! --  Edgar Cayce Reading 262-13

(A) Each of you has made a contribution.  As you edit, weigh each point of view with equal respect. Reflect on each point of view with the same equanimity of thought, so you don’t prejudice your judgment when you consider the understanding of each individual. Through your wholehearted cooperation with one another, you attain the oneness of purpose, which is passing along the lessons to others.

Each of you should apply in your own daily lives what you have shared, and endeavor to awaken someone through your understanding. So will you become a living example of the lessons that your neighbors will recognize in your daily affairs, and, later, in your published words. By your example you will give the lessons a soul that may live in the hearts and minds of others. A beautiful truth without your personal application is indeed casting pearls before swine, who will return to their own wallow.

In the outline, much of what you have prepared is well. Each of you should understand that the lesson is part of you. If it isn’t, your contribution is for naught, for as He has said, many are called but few have answered. The harvest indeed is ripe and the laborers are few! The lords have called; do call, for laborers in His vineyard. Who will work today, they call? The answer: You who have seen a vision of the love of Him that you have set as your example, as your ideal. Ideals founded in man's making must come to naught!  With cooperation in the spirit of truth between your group members, the ideal founded in Him is made alive, just as you overcome death itself by applying yourselves to His will. Not my will but yours, O Lord, be done in me!

The meditation should be, as you prepare the lessons of faith in yourself, in God, and in your ideal: Create in me a pure heart [Ps. 51:10] O God! Open thou mine heart to the faith thou has implanted in all that seek thy face! Help thou mine unbelief [Mark 9:24] in my God, in my neighbor, in myself!

[Create in me a pure heart, O God! Open my heart to the faith you have implanted in all who seek your face! Help my unbelief in my God, in my neighbor, and in myself]


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