|Edgar Cayce on Human
|From Spirit to Flesh
to Divine Union
Edgar Cayce [www.edgarcayce.org]
revealed volumes of
psychic material, much of which was verified
to be true to the amazement of doctors and scientists.
Cayce discovered at a young age he could go
self-induced trance and travel to other
afterlife realms - to obtain psychic information
on any subject. Cayce claimed anyone could do
what he did with the proper training and attunement.
The hypnotic trance Cayce induced produced an
out-of-body experience and spirit journey
indistinguishable from a
experience. During these near-death experiences,
Cayce was able to tap into a virtually unlimited
amount of information which he referred to as
He was able to reveal previously unknown information
on a wide range of subjects such as:
origins, just to name a few. The following
information on human origins was revealed to
Cayce during his excursions while out of the
body and as told in Thomas Sugrue's book,
There is a River.
Because of the archaic language used in Cayce's
description, I have paraphrased it slightly,
without losing any of original meaning, to make
it easier to read. This may be the most important
document you will ever read because it answers
the "what, where, how, when and why" of human
usually demand a beginning, so in the beginning there
was a sea of
spirit and it filled all of space. The spirit was
static, content, and aware of itself. It was a giant
resting on the bosom of its thought and contemplating
what it is.
Then the spirit moved into action. It withdrew into
space was empty. In the center, the restless
mind of the spirit shone. This was the beginning
individuality of the spirit. This was what the spirit
discovered itself to be when it awakened. This spirit
God desired self-expression and desired companionship;
therefore, God projected the
souls. The cosmos was built with
balance. The building blocks were all of the same
material - the life essence - God simply changed the
wavelength and rate of
vibration of these building blocks thereby creating
the patterns for multitudes of life forms. This action
resulted in the
law of diversity which supplied endless patterns.
God played on this law of diversity as a pianist plays
on a piano - producing melodies and arranging them in
design carried within it the plan for its
evolution - both
spiritual. This plan corresponds to the sound of
a note struck on a piano. The sounds of several notes
unite to make a chord; chords in turn become phrases;
phrases become melodies; melodies intermingle and move
back and forth, across and between and around each other,
to make a symphony. Then in the end, the music will
stop and the physical universe will be no more; but
between the beginning and the finish of the music, there
was glorious beauty and a glorious experience. The spiritual
universe will continue on.
Everything assumed its design in various forms and their
activity resulted in the
laws of attraction and
repulsion. All forms would attract and repel each
other in their evolutionary dance.
All things are a part of God and an expression of
God's thought. The
Mind of God was the force which propelled and perpetuated
these thoughts. All minds, as thoughts of God, do everything
God imagined. Everything which came into being is an
aspect of this One Mind.
All things, including the souls of individuals, were
created as "fractals"
of God for companionship with God - the "Whole." A fractal
This revelation from Cayce revealed the astonishing
fact of how
self-similar the universe is on every scale: from
biological organisms, from
human beings to the planet
solar systems to
galaxies, from the
The pattern God used to create
souls was the pattern of God's own Spirit. The spirit
is life. From the spirit, the mind builds patterns.
From the mind, the physical creation is the result.
This is how the spirit, the mind, and individuality,
became the pattern for souls. This is how cause, action,
and effect became the pattern for everything. First
there was the spirit (the
first cause); then there was the action which withdrew
spirit into itself; then there was the resulting individuality
The spirit of the individual existed before the soul
of the individual was created. The spirit keeps the
knowledge of its identity with God. The soul has the
ability to experience the activities of the mind in
a manner separate from God.
Thus, new individuals issued from God and remained dependent
upon God; but individuals were also aware of an existence
apart from God. Individuals were given the
power to choose (free will) and direct their own
activity. Without free will, it would only remain a
part of the individuality of God. The mind, issuing
as a force from God, would naturally fulfill God's thoughts
unless directed otherwise. The power to do this - to
direct the force of mind individually from God - is
free will. And the
record or memory of this freedom is the soul. The
soul began with its first expression of free will
through the force of mind. The first thought the spirit
generated from free will - the first diversion of the
force of mind from its normal path of unity with God
- was the beginning of the soul.
The nucleus of the soul was the
balance of positive and negative forces equal in
power. These forces produce harmonious activities: the
positive force initiates, impregnates, and thrusts forward;
while its polar negative force receives, nourishes,
and ejects. The steps of this evolutionary process are
also the stages of the thought process:
the soul consists of two states of consciousness:
spirit which bears a knowledge of its identity
with God, and (2)
the soul which bears
a knowledge of everything it experienced.
The plan for the soul is a cycle of experience unlimited
in scope and duration. Through this evolutionary cycle,
the soul will come to know the creation in all its aspects
at the discretion of the will. The cycle would be completed
when the desire of the will was no longer different
from the thought of God. The consciousness of the soul
would then merge with its spiritual consciousness of
its identity with God. Then the soul will return to
its source as the companion it was intended to be.
As a companion, the soul would remain conscious of its
separate individuality and would be aware of its own
free will as it now acted as a part of God, but not
diverting its mind because it was in agreement with
God's influence on the mind of the soul. Until this
state of at-one-ment was reached, the soul would not
be a companion in the true sense of the word.
idea of returning to God means a loss of individuality
is paradoxical, since God is aware of everything happening
and must therefore be aware of the consciousness of
each individual. The return of the soul is the return
of the image to whom imagined it. The consciousness
of the individual - its soul record - could not be destroyed
without destroying a part of God. When a soul returns
to God it becomes aware of itself not only as a part
of God, but as a part of every other soul, and everything.
What is lost is the ego -
the desire to do other than the desire of God. When
the soul returns to God, the ego is voluntarily relinquished.
the symbology behind the
crucifixion of Christ.
plan for the soul included experiencing of all creation,
but it did not necessarily mean participating in all
forms and substance. Nor did it mean souls can interfere
with the creation. Nor did it mean souls are to spin
their own little worlds, twisting and bending laws to
make images of their dreams.
But these things could happen. The soul was the greatest
thing God made because it has free will. Once free will
was given, God did nothing to curb it. However it acted,
it had to act within God's reality. By whatever route,
the soul will return to God.
The apparent fact of the human body being a speck of
dust on a small planet in a regular galaxy in a universe
of galaxies can lead to the illusion of humans
being a small creation. But the soul is the unlimited
activity of the mind and the grandeur of imagination.
At first there was little difference between the consciousness
of the new individual (i.e., soul) and its
consciousness of identity with God (i.e., spirit).
Souls merely watched the flow of the Mind, somewhat
as people daydreaming, marveling at its power and versatility.
Then souls began to act itself, imitating and paralleling
what Mind was doing. Gradually souls acquired experience,
becoming a complementary rather than an imitative force.
It helped to extend, modify, and regulate creation.
souls became aggressive with their own power and began
to experiment with it. They mingled with the dust of
the stars and the winds of the spheres - feeling them
- and becoming part of them. One result of this was
an unbalance between the positive and negative forces.
To feel things demanded the negative force. To express
through things (and directing and managing them)
required the positive force. Another result of souls
becoming aggressive with their own power was the gradual
weakening of the link between the two states of consciousness
(i.e., spirit and the soul). Some souls became
more concerned with and aware of their own creations
rather than God's. This resulted in the fall of certain
souls to an even lower consciousness. The Bible allegorically
refers to this event as the
Fall in the Garden of Eden and
the revolt of the angels
Book of Revelation.
This event is also the basis for the cosmology of
To enter into another level of creation and become part
of it, the soul had to assume a new, or third consciousness
- a physical form. Assuming a physical form is a way
of experiencing that particular level of creation by
means of a conscious mind (i.e., the third consciousness).
Through the conscious mind, an individual can experience
physical consciousness: the physical body, the five
senses, the glandular and nervous systems. This transformation
of consciousness does not apply everywhere at this level
of creation. In other worlds and solar systems, the
transformation may differ. One can only imagine the
number of these other worlds and the aspects of divine
mind which they represent.
When a soul enters into another level of creation and
its consciousness, it separated itself temporarily from
the consciousness of its own soul, and became even further
removed from the consciousness of its spirit. Thus,
instead of helping to direct the flow of creation and
contributing to it, the soul found itself in the stream
and drifting along with it. The farther the soul traveled
from the shore, the more it succumbed to the pull of
the current and the more difficult was the task of getting
back to land.
6. The Invisible Planetary
Afterlife Dimensions of Our Solar System
and solar systems became a temptation to souls. Each
solar system had its own course and its own plan. Souls
moved toward them through the activity of a constant
stream of mind. When a soul leaped into the stream (by
immersing itself in the system through which the stream
was flowing) it had the force of the current to contend
with, and its free will was hampered. It was very easy,
under these circumstances, to drift with the current.
Each solar system also represents an opportunity for
development, advancement, and growth toward the ideal
of complete companionship with God - the position of
co-creator in the vast system of universal mind.
Our solar system also attracted souls. Since each solar
system is a single expression of the divine, with its
planets as integral parts, the Earth came into the path
Each solar system in the universe is like an atom in
a universe of worlds. Atoms have quantum levels for
electrons to travel around. The sun has "quantum
levels" for planets to travel around. The planets
of our solar system are physical representations of
heavenly dimensions. These levels as a whole are the
consciousness of our solar system. There are nine planetary-afterlife
dimensions to the consciousness of our solar system.
The planet Earth represents the third dimension where
three-dimensional life is experienced in our solar system.
God's Three-Dimensional School of Hard Knocks on the
Third Rock from the Sun
Earth is an expression of Divine Mind with its own laws,
its own plan, and its own evolution. Souls, longing
to feel the beauty of the seas, the winds, the forest,
and the flowers, mixed with them and expressed themselves
through them. They also mingled with the animals, and
made thought forms in imitation of them. Souls played
at creating and imitated God. But this interfered with
the evolutionary plan of the Earth. Thus, the stream
of mind carrying out this plan for the Earth gradually
drew souls into its current. Souls had to evolve into
the bodies they had themselves created.
This entanglement of souls into physical form was a
probability from the beginning. But God did not know
when it would happen until the souls, of their own free
will, had caused it to happen.
All souls were created by God in the very beginning
- before the universe was created. No other souls have
been created since then. This means all souls on this
planet, pre-existed before birth. Of the souls which
God created, only a comparative few have entered into
the experience of our solar system. Many other souls
have gone through or are going through a similar entanglement
in other solar systems in the universe.
way to liberate the souls entangled in matter was created.
A physical form became available as a vehicle for the
soul on Earth. A way became available for souls to enter
the Earth and experience it as part of their evolutionary/reincarnation
cycle. Of the physical forms already existing on Earth,
a species of
most nearly approached the necessary pattern. Souls
descended on these apes - hovering above and about them
rather than inhabiting them - and influenced them to
move toward a different goal from the simple one they
had been pursuing. They came down out of the trees,
built fires, made tools, lived in communities, and began
to communicate with each other. Eventually they lost
their animal look, shed bodily hair, and took on refinements
of manner and habit.
The evolution of the human body occurred partly through
the soul's influence on the endocrine glands until the
ape-man was a three-dimensional objectification of the
soul hovering above it. Then the soul fully descended
into the body and Earth had a new inhabitant: the homo
Homo sapiens appeared in
five different places on Earth at the same time, as
the five races. This evolved human is what the Bible
refers to as "Adam". When souls incarnated
into physical form, it would bring the divine consciousness
(i.e., the spirit) in with it. Cayce referred to this
divine consciousness as the "Christ
or "Buddhahood" or the "superconsciousness".
Christ consciousness has little to do with the personality
known as Jesus. It means a person has attained a complete
human-divine unity. This human-divine unity has been
attained by many people thus far - one such person was
The problem for the soul entangled in flesh was to overcome
the attractions of the Earth to the extent the soul
would be as free in the body as out of it. Only when
the body was no longer a hindrance to the free express
of the soul would the cycle of Earth be finished. This
is the condition of having a perfect unity of the human
with the divine.
In a smaller field, this was the evolutionary drama
of free will and creation. In a still smaller field,
each atom of the physical body is a world in itself
where a drama of free will and creation is occurring.
The soul brings life into each atom, and each atom is
a physical reflection of the soul's pattern.
With the advent of consciousness, humans became aware
of sex meaning something more to them than to the animals.
Sex is the "door" which new souls enter the
Earth, a door unnecessary in other heavenly planetary/realms.
Sex is the only means which trapped souls have of being
liberated from their predicament - through the cycle
of birth, death and rebirth.
The plan for the Earth cycle
of souls was a limited series of incarnations with periods
in between of dwelling in other heavenly dimensions
of consciousness. Reincarnation would continue until
a soul's every thought and action of the physical body
was in accord with the plan originally laid out for
the soul (i.e., a human-divine unity, Christ consciousness).
When the body was no longer a hindrance to the free
expression of the soul - when the conscious mind had
merged with the subconscious, the Earth cycle was finished
and the soul liberated to move on to new adventures.
This conquest of the physical body could not be attained
until there was perfection in the other dimensions of
consciousness which are physically represented by our
solar system. Astrologically, the goal for the soul
is to attain a level of consciousness representing
the total divine expression
of the sun and its planets.
Whichever level of consciousness the soul assumes, it
becomes the focal point of activity. The other states
of consciousness receded to the position of urges and
10. The Evolution of the Christ
Soul from Adam to Jesus to Christhood
human race was fostered by a soul who had completed
his experience of creation, attained Christhood, returned
to God, and became a companion to God and a co-creator.
This is the soul known as Jesus. The first evolutionary
transformation of ape-men to homo sapiens is who the
Bible refers to as "Adam". This was the beginning
of the divine consciousness into flesh on the Earth.
The soul known as Jesus, was one of the first souls
to enter into one of the Adamic races.
The soul of Jesus was interested in the plight of its
fellow souls trapped in Earth. After supervising the
influx of souls into flesh, the Christ soul took form
itself, from time to time, to act as a leader for the
At first, these souls just
slightly inhabited the bodies of ape-men while remembering
their true identities as spirit beings. But gradually,
after many incarnations, these souls descended even
further into physical consciousness and the result was
a decrease in their spiritual mentality. They remembered
their true selves only in dreams and in fables which
were handed down from one generation to another. Religion
came into being as a ritual of longing for lost spirit
memories. The arts were born which included music and
geometry. This knowledge was brought into the world
from incoming souls who gradually forgot their heavenly
source. This knowledge had to be written down, learned,
and taught to each new generation.
Finally, humans were left with a conscious mind separated
from their own individuality as souls. This individual
identity as a soul became the subconscious mind. The
individual identity or awareness of the physical world
became the conscious mind. The subconscious mind (i.e.,
the soul) influenced the conscious mind and gave it
its stature and quality. The subconscious mind dwelt
in the "suit of clothes" which is the physical
body and only in sleep is it disrobed.
Conscious minds, left to its own influence, will work
out the plans and desires of God. Humans eventually
developed theories for what they felt was true, but
no longer knew to be true. The result was the creation
of philosophy and theology. Humans searched and discovered
higher knowledge which they carried within themselves
but could no longer reach with the conscious mind. This
resulted in the creation of science.
Humans evolved from having an awareness of higher spirit
knowledge to having only mystical dreams, revealed religions,
philosophy and theology. This evolution of consciousness
ultimately reached a plateau and humans generally only
believed what they could see and feel and prove in terms
of their conscious minds. Then humanity began the struggle
of regaining this higher knowledge.
Meanwhile, the Christ soul
continued to teach and lead humanity by incarnating
as the Biblical characters named
Enoch and Melchizedek experienced neither birth nor
death. Then Christ soul realized after these incarnations
it was necessary to give humanity a pattern by which
they could follow in order to return to God. The Christ
soul achieved this goal by incarnating as the personality
known as Jesus, who became victorious over the death
of the physical body by laying aside the ego, accepting
the crucifixion of the body in order to return to God.
Jesus created a pattern for humans to follow. Through
the acts of leading a perfect life and becoming unjustly
killed, this reversed the negative karma (i.e., the
law of God, an eye for an eye) which came from Jesus'
first incarnation as Adam.
11. The Law of Karma as a
Lesson for Soul Evolution
present, humanity is in a state of great spiritual darkness
- the darkness which precedes dawn. Humanity developed
a level of
which reached a point where it forced humans to make
conclusions they knew was intuitively wrong. At the
same time, humanity continued their investigation of
natural phenomena to the point where conscious awareness
disproved all the higher knowledge souls had acquired
in the beginning. The free will of humanity is discovering
how all roads to higher knowledge leads toward the same
destination and conclusions. Scientific, theological,
and philosophical knowledge, which has no desire to
join forces, are
approaching a point of merger.
Skepticism faces destruction by its own hand.
Humanity is at all times the total of what they have
been and done, what they have fought and defended, and
what they have hated and loved. In the three-dimensional
consciousness of every human, in every atom of the human
body, is a reflection of the soul and a crystallization
of their individuality. Their emotional and nervous
structures, their mental abilities, aptitudes, aversions,
preferences, fears, follies, ambitions, and character,
are the sum of what humans have done with their free
will. This makes every personality, as the earthly "cloak"
of an individuality, is different from every other personality.
The law of
which is Earth's law of cause and effect ("of
reaping what one sows") also makes humans
different from one another in their joys and sorrows,
in their handicaps, their strengths, their weaknesses,
their virtues and vices, their appreciation of beauty,
and their comprehension of truth. Transgressions humans
make in life must be corrected in life, if not in the
same life, then in a future incarnation. The Earth's
natural law, not the law humanity or God, demands an
eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
This same law applies to groups of people, as they act
together. There is karma for families, for tribes, for
races, and for nations. For example, when a nation of
individuals started a war in a previous lifetime and
are reincarnated, a war will be committed against that
nation. Only when such a nation is defeated in humility
by a nation with justice and mercy, will the karma of
war be lifted from the defeated nation.
Every person's life is shaped to some extent by karma:
their own, their associates, their loved ones, their
nation, their race, and the entire world itself. But
karma is not greater than free will. It is what a person
does with these influences and urges, how they react
to them, which makes the difference in their soul development.
Because of karma, some things are more probable than
others, but as long as there exists free will, anything
Thus free will and predestination coexist within human
beings. Their past experiences limit them in probability
and incline them in certain directions, but free will
can always "draw the sword from the stone." The combination
of free will and predestination means humans freely
choose their own predetermined destiny to return to
No soul incarnates without having a general plan for
the life to be experienced. The personality a person
expresses in life is only one of the many personalities
(i.e., facets of the soul) a person can express.
The mission of every soul is to work on one or several
facets of the soul's karma (which can be thought of
as the soul's memory of its prior actions). A soul does
not choose a mission which is more than the soul can
handle or which is too much for the personality assigned
to or chosen by the soul. Some souls can freely choose
their own conditions in which to be born and complete
their missions. Other souls who have made too many mistakes
in past lives and who have become dangerously influenced
by worldly desires, are incarnated into conditions chosen
by law of karma at a time and under circumstances best
suited to help them with their karmic debt. Their mission
is seldom perfectly fulfilled because of the such a
soul's large amount of negative karma. Their mission
is sometimes badly neglected.
The circumstances and conditions a soul chooses to incarnate
into is usually made at conception, when a channel for
a soul's expression is opened by the parents. When this
occurs, a pattern is made by the mingling of the soul
patterns of the parents. This sets up certain karmic
conditions. A soul whose own karma approximates these
karmic conditions will be attracted to the opportunity
presented. Since the karmic pattern created by the parents
will not be exactly the same the incarnating soul's
own karma, the soul must take on some of the karma of
Conditions other than the created pattern are conditions
the soul must consider when choosing a body to be born
with. Such conditions include: the future of the incarnated
person's life, former associations with the parents,
the incarnation of souls it wishes to incarnate with,
live with, and with whom the soul will have problems
to work out with. In some cases the parents are the
only reason for a some souls to incarnate. Such a child
will be devoted to them and remain close to them. The
child then completes its mission by dying so the child's
death can teach the parents very valuable lessons in
life and of spirit. In other cases, the parents are
only used as a means for which the child can leave home
and go about its business in completing its mission.
12. The Personality as a Facet
of the Soul's Individuality
The soul may actually occupy
a fetus as early as three months after conception or
even as late as a month after birth. In the latter case,
the soul hovers over the infants body since birth to
decide whether or not to occupy it. Once the decision
is made and the occupation completed, the separation
between the conscious mind (i.e., personality) and subconscious
mind (i.e., the soul) takes place and the soul record
(i.e., memory) of the child begins. The fact that some
babies are miscarried does not mean it was refused as
a vehicle for a soul. Just the opposite is true. The
opportunity to incarnate was taken away from the soul
due to natural forces and this made the occupation of
that particular body impossible.
The personality is a facet of the soul's individuality
experienced in three-dimensional consciousness (i.e.,
body, soul, spirit). The other facets of the soul remains
in shadow - in the background. It gives tone to the
personality through its urges, appreciations, tastes,
avocations, and intuition.
A particular personality of an individual is shaped
by three or four incarnations. The emotions and talents
of a person reflects these past incarnations. A person's
dreams, visions, and meditations are reflections of
the soul's experience in other dimensions (i.e., heavenly
realms) of consciousness associated physically by our
solar system. The human intellect was created from the
stars and planets. The intellect is the mind force of
the soul which is conditioned by its previous incarnations
on Earth and its experiences in other dimensions and
even in other solar systems. The intellect becomes dimmed
or brightened by its recent experiences within the three-dimensional
consciousness of the solar system and the experiences
within other dimensional realms of consciousness.
Thus, a personality is only one facet of the soul. The
soul may incarnate as any facet to express that particular
portion of itself. As a soul approaches its completion
of the solar cycle of consciousness, the personality
becomes more multi-sided and expresses greater facets
of the soul. This is because each incarnation "burns
off" negative karma which requires less and less
attention. Finally, the personality will become a complete
expression of the soul and the cycle of reincarnation
is finished for the soul.
As the soul succumbs
to worldly desires by abandoning its intellect for sensuality,
it becomes more and more one-sided.
13. The Soul's Liberation
from Reincarnation Through Human-Divine Unity
the individual has attained complete human-divine unity,
its cycle of reincarnations is finished, the soul is
liberated, and the soul then merges with its spirit
and, therefore, with God. The soul record (memory) is
forever retained. This record is, at all times, is the
sum total of what the soul personality has been: all
it has thought, all it has experienced; all it has eaten,
drunk, and felt through the ages.
Thus, as the soul is subjected to reincarnation, both
the atheist and the religionist are correct. The atheist
believes the personality does not survive after death.
The religionist believes the soul is judged after death
by its Creator. Substituting "personality"
for "soul", both are expressing the truth.
The personality is evaluated after death and then returns
to the soul which created it, thereby giving up its
own independent existence and becoming once again a
facet of the soul. This process is different from the
process where the soul merges with the spirit after
it completes its cycles of reincarnation.
With each incarnation into the physical realm (the solar
system) and the other realms of consciousness, the general
plan for perfecting the soul proceeds. Another facet
of the soul is assumed and incarnated to experience
tribulation in order to reinforce the character of the
soul's entire personality.
The trials and tribulations of individuals, groups,
nations, and races, are dealt with time and time again
through free will until they are solved. Then souls
are free to journey to other worlds, or other solar
systems, or other universes, or other dimensions of
the hierarchy of consciousness.
14. Quotes from
Edgar Cayce about the Cosmos and Souls
In the beginning God created the heavens and
the Earth. How? The Mind of God moved, and matter,
form, came into being.
Spirit is life. Mind is the builder, and the
physical is the result.
In each atom, in each corpuscle, is life. Life
is what you worship as God ... and earth is
only an atom in the universe of worlds.
All souls in the beginning were one with the
Father. The separation or turning away brought
For man may separate himself from God - the
Spirit - but the spirit does not separate from
All souls were created in the beginning and
are finding their way back to whence they came.
Each soul is destined to become a portion again
of the First Cause, or back to its Maker.
The Father has not willed that any soul should
perish, and is thus mindful that each soul has
again, and yet again, the opportunity for making
its paths straight.
Life is, in all its manifestations in every
animate force, Creative Force in action; and
is the love of expression - or expressing that
life; truth becoming a result of life's love
expressed. For, these are but names - unless
experienced in the consciousness of each soul.
All power, all force, is a manifestation of
what is termed the God-consciousness.
The coming into the Earth has been and is, for
the evolution or evolving of the soul unto its
Birth in the physical is death in the spiritual.
Death in the physical is the birth in the spiritual.
Each soul enters with a mission. We all have
a mission to perform.
The conquering of self is truly greater than
were one to conquer many worlds.
He who understands nature walks close with God.
What is truth? Law. What is Law? Love. What
is love? God. What is God? Law and love. These
are as the cycle of truth itself.
You grow to heaven. You don't go to heaven.