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Edgar Cayce, the collective consciousness, and oneness, by John Van Auken

Spirit and flesh: the union of matter and mind, heaven and earth, emptiness and form.

 

 

When we look around, we see multiplicity, diversity, and separateness. You are there. I am here. Your thoughts are yours; mine are mine. Oneness is not evident. Yet, from Edgar Cayce’s trance-like connection to the Universal Consciousness, he saw and taught oneness: “The first lesson ... should be ONE - One - One - ONE; Oneness of God, oneness of man’s relations, oneness of force, oneness of time, oneness of purpose, ONENESS in every effort -- Oneness - Oneness!” For Cayce, our thoughts were not just ours! In fact, he could tell exactly what we had been thinking because our thoughts left an impression upon the Universal Consciousness. And he could “read” these impressions. Thoughts for him were “things.” During a reading he had difficulty determining if you or I had actually done something or just thought about doing it, because our thoughts made as strong an impression upon the Collective Consciousness as our actions! That’s a scary thought -- oops, I just made another impression upon the Collective Consciousness! Cayce was concerned that we all grasp the implications of this unavoidable oneness.

Is it possible that everyone and everything is a part of some unseen Collective, some indivisible Whole within which all the multiplicity exists, and each affects the composition of this Collective? Cayce says yes: “Not only God is God, but self is a part of that oneness.” In several readings Cayce pressed us to simply believe this and live as if it were true! In this way we would come to know that it is indeed true. “Let this, my children, be the lesson for you: The intent in relating to each and every individual should be to bring forth that best element in each, in ONENESS of purpose, in oneness of spirit, in oneness of mind, towards each and every one that you contact -- for the individuals, in the final analysis, are one.” In some manner that we don’t readily perceive, all the individuals we meet and interact with each day, including ourselves, are one.

 

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