TEXT OF READING 3976-29
This Psychic Reading given by Edgar Cayce at the office of the Association, Arctic Crescent, Virginia Beach, Va., this 22nd day of June, 1944, before the Thirteenth Annual Congress of the Association, in accordance with request made by those present.
P R E S E N T
Edgar Cayce; Gertrude Cayce, Conductor; Gladys Davis and Mildred Tansey, Stenos.
R E A D I N G
Time of Reading 3:30 P. M.
1. GC: It has been indicated through this channel that much might be given regarding what the vibrations of nations, as individuals, might mean. You will give such information concerning these vibrations and their relations to the spirit of the various nations, particularly in connection with the seven sins and twelve virtues in the human family, which will be helpful to us as an organization and as individuals in our attempt to be channels of blessing to our fellow men. You will then answer the questions, which may be submitted, as I ask them.
2. EC: When there came about the periods of man’s evolution in the earth, what was given then as to why man must be separated into tongues, into nations, into groups? «Lest they in their foolish wisdom defy God.» What is here then intimated? That man, seeking his own gratification of the lusts of the flesh, might even in the earth defy God. With what, then, has man been endowed by his Creator? All that would be necessary for each individual soul-entity to be a companion with God. And that is God’s desire toward man.
3. Thus when man began to defy God in the earth and the confusion arose which is represented in the Tower of Babel — these are representations of what was then the basis, the beginnings of nations. Nations were set up then in various portions of the land, and each group, one stronger than another, set about to seek their gratifications. Very few — yea, as ye will recall, it even became necessary that from one of these groups one individual, a man, be called. His ways were changed. His name was changed. Did it take sin away from the man, or was it only using that within the individual heart and purpose and desire even then, as man throughout the periods of unfoldment put — in his interpretation — that of material success first? It isn’t that God chose to reserve or save anything that was good from man, so long as man was, is, and will be one who uses that living soul as a companion with God. That’s God’s purpose. That should be man’s purpose.
4. In the application of this principle, then, in the present day what has come about? Each nation has set some standard of some activity of man as its idea, either of man’s keeping himself for himself or of those in such other nations as man’s preparation for that companionship with God. For remember, there are unchangeable laws. For God is law. Law is God. Love is law. Love is God. There are then in the hearts, the minds of man, various concepts of these laws and as to where and to what they are applicable. Then, just as in the days of old, the nature of the flesh, human flesh and its natures, has not changed, but the spirit maketh alive. The truth maketh one free. Just as man has done throughout the ages, so in the present, as one takes those of the various nations as have seen the light and have, through one form or another, sought to establish as the idea of that nation, of that people, some symbol that has and does represent those peoples in those days of the fathers of the present land called America.
5. What is the spirit of America? Most individuals proudly boast «freedom.» Freedom of what? When ye bind men’s hearts and minds through various ways and manners, does it give them freedom of speech? Freedom of worship? Freedom from want? Not unless those basic principles are applicable throughout the tenets and lines as has been set, but with that principle freedom. For God meant man to be free and thus gave man will, a will even to defy God. GOD has not willed that any soul should perish, but hath with every trial or temptation prepared a way of escape.
6. There have come through the various periods of man’s unfoldment, teachers proclaiming «This the way, here the manner in which ye may know,» and yet in the Teacher of Teachers is found the way, He who even in Himself fulfilled the law. For when God said, «Let there be light» there came Light into that which He had created, that was without form and was void and it became the Word, and the Word dwelt among men and men perceived it not. The Word today dwells among men and many men perceive it not.
7. Those nations who have taken those vows that man shall be free should also take those vows «He shall know the truth and the truth then shall make him free.»
8. Then what is this that would be given thee today? Here is thy lesson: Hear ye all! Beware lest ye as an individual soul, a son, a daughter of God, fail in thy mission in the earth today; that those ye know, those ye contact shall know the truth of God, not by thy word, bombastic words, but in longsuffering, in patience, in harmony, that ye create in thine own lives, for it must begin with thee. God has shown thee the pattern, even one Jesus, who became the Christ that ye might have an advocate with the Father, for the Father hath said «In the day ye eat or use the knowledge for thine own aggrandizement, ye shall die.» But he that had persuaded the spirit, the souls that God had brought into being, to push into matter to gratify desire for self-expression, self-indulgence, self-satisfaction, said «Ye shall not surely die», or what were then the activities of man — for as had been said, «A day is a thousand years, a thousand years as a day.»
9. What was the length of life then? Nearly a thousand years. What is your life today? May it not be just as He had given, just as He indicated to those peoples, just as He did to the lawgiver, just as He did to David — first from a thousand years to a hundred and twenty, then to eighty? Why? Why? The sin of man in his desire for self-gratification.
10. What nations of the earth today vibrate to those things that they have and are creating in their own land, their own environment? Look to the nations where the span of life has been extended from sixty to eight-four years. You will judge who is serving God. These are judgements. These are the signs to those who seek to know, who will study the heavens, who will analyze the elements, who will know the heart of man, they that seek to know the will of the Father for themselves answer «Lord, here am I, use me, send me where I am needed.»
11. Just as have been those principles of your present conflict. «Send help, for man’s heritage of freedom will be taken away.» By whom? He that hath said, «Surely ye will not die.» There are those two principles, two conflicting forces in the earth today: the prince of this world, and that principle that says to every soul, «Fear not, I have overcome the world and the prince of the world hath nothing in me.» Can ye say that? Ye must! That is thy hope; that «The prince of this world, satan, that old serpent, hath no part in any desire of my mind, my heart, my body, that I do not control in the direction it shall take.» These are the things, these are the principles.
12. What then of nations? In Russia there comes the hope of the world, not as that sometimes termed of the Communistic, of the Bolshevistic; no. But freedom, freedom! that each man will live for his fellow man! The principle has been born. It will take years for it to be crystallized, but out of Russia comes again the hope of the world. Guided by what? That friendship with the nation that hath even set on its present monetary unit «In God We Trust.» (Do ye use that in thine own heart when you pay your just debts? Do ye use that in thy prayer when ye send thy missionaries to other lands? «I give it, for in God we trust»? Not for the other fifty cents either!)
13. In the application of these principles, in those forms and manners in which the nations of the earth have and do measure to those in their activities, yea, to be sure, America may boast, but rather is that principle being forgotten when such is the case, and that is the sin of America.
14. So in England, from whence have come the ideas — not ideals — ideas of being just a little bit better than the other fellow. Ye must GROW to that in which ye will deserve to be known, deserve to receive. That has been, that is, the sin of England.
15. As in France, to which this principle first appealed, to which then came that which was the gratifying of the desires of the body — that is the sin of France.
16. In that nation which was first Rome, when there was that unfolding of those principles, its rise, its fall, what were they that caused the fall? The same as at Babel. The dissensions, the activities that would enforce upon these, in this or that sphere, servitude; that a few might just agree, that a few even might declare their oneness with the higher forces. For their’s was the way that seemeth right to a man but the end is death. That is the sin of Italy.
17. The sin of China? Yea, there is the quietude that will not be turned aside, saving itself by the slow growth. There has been a growth, a stream through the land in ages which asks to be left alone to be just satisfied with that within itself. It awoke one day and cut its hair off! And it began to think and to do something with its thinking! This, here, will be one day the cradle of Christianity, as applied in the lives of men. Yea, it is far off as man counts time, but only a day in the heart of God — for tomorrow China will awake. Let each and every soul as they come to those understandings, do something, then, in his or her own heart. [See 3976-29, Par. R3.]
18. Just as in India, the cradle of knowledge not applied, except within self. What is the sin of India? SELF, and left the «ish» off — just self.
19. Then apply in thine own life truth. What is truth? It might have been answered, had an individual entity who stood at the crossways of the world waited for an answer. Yet that soul had purified itself and had given the new commandment that «ye love one another!»
20. What is it all about then? «Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, thine soul, thine mind, thine body, and thy neighbor as thyself.» The rest of all the theories that may be concocted by man are nothing, if these are just lived. Love thy neighbor as thyself in the associations day by day, preferring as did the Christ who died on the cross rather than preferring the world be His without a struggle.
21. Know, then, that as He had His cross, so have you. May you take it with a smile. You can, if ye will let Him bear it with thee. Do it.
22. We are through for the present.