Of all the wonderful guidance to come through Edgar Cayce’s attunement to the Universal Consciousness, setting and living by an ideal was at the top of his list of importance. An ideal is a standard by which we measure ourselves: our actions, interactions, words, thoughts, judgments, and motivations. Cayce instructs that this ideal “cannot, should not, will not, be that that is man-made, but must be of the spiritual nature — that has its foundation in Truth, in God, in the God-head, that there may be the continual reaching out of an individual.” When he was asked to explain what he meant by “the God-head,” he answered: “That as from which the impulse flows, or returns to. The beginning – the end – of all.” How do we connect with that “from which the impulse flows,” the God-head, the foundation of Truth, in order to set an ideal? He surprisingly says that deep within us, even within the cells of our physical bodies, we know our ideal, but we do not always work toward that ideal.
“The body knows within self that which it holds as the criterion for every developing life. Then, whatever is set in self, the body should work toward, and the results will be in keeping with that activity.”
Cayce points to the quietness of reflection, the whisperedness of prayer, the silence of meditation, and the deepness of dreams as the ways to find the place from which the primal impulse flows. In these we can connect with that which is in our bones, that which knows the criterion by which life is best lived. Here we can get in touch with our God-made ideal, rather than our man-made ideas.
The readings tell us what the ultimate ideal is: “the gift of God to man is an individual soul that may be one with Him, and that may know itself to be one with Him and yet individual in itself, with the attributes of the whole, yet not the whole. Such must be the concept, must be the ideal, whether of the imaginative, the mental, the physical, or the spiritual body of man. All may attain to such an ideal, yet never px7 primal flow reviews become the ideal, but one with the ideal.” He said, “know yourself to be yourself, yet one with the Whole.”
To test Cayce’s assertion that we already know the ideal even in our physical bodies, take a few minutes at the end of your meditations for a week to “feel” deeply within yourself the ideal as Cayce describes it. You may be amazed to find just how real your oneness with the Whole is.
The Whole, of course, includes others, and Cayce had much to say about living well with others by using an ideal: “As there is applied in the conversation, in the acts, in the thoughts of self as respecting others, … measure then by that ideal that is set in self. Then there comes that peace that gives understanding. Seeing in others then that thou would worship in the Father; for the prayer was, ‘May they be one, even as Thou and I are one’, for, as given, a spiritual insight brings the seeing of the best in each life. There is good in all, for they are of the Father, and have been bought with the price…! Be patient, and see the glory of God! See in others something as may be glorified by Him, and see in self that you would consecrate to Him. Your daily acts, your words, your speech — these will bring that understanding, and the realization of the ideal being manifest in you, as well as in others.”
In the early years at A.R.E. many of us worked very hard and still do to set and live by an ideal. Just imagine what the effect would be to set loving oneness with God and others as your material, mental, and spiritual ideal, as the standard by which to measure yourself. Try it for a few months. You’ll be amazed at the change in your life, and what others say about the new you! The great truths are simple, but as we know, they are not simple to apply each day. Yet, living by an ideal is a transformative experience worth the effort. It is very helpful to have your ideal stated in a little mantra or affirmation that you can say within your heart and mind throughout the day. The following are two Cayce affirmations for living by the light of loving oneness.