Edgar Cayce and Reincarnation

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Edgar Cayce (pronounced Casey) was born on a farm near Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA on March 18, 1877.
Dubbed “America’s Most Mysterious Man” and “The Sleeping Prophet”, Cayce gave over 14,000 readings during his lifetime. These readings include numerous cures and tips for staying healthy, which is one of the reasons why Cayce is known as the “father of holistic medicine.” But aside from health readings lies a wealth of information on reincarnation, Atlantis, prophecies, dreams, and countless other topics.
This page is only a snippet of what the man said.

The belief that the soul incarnates many times has long been a belief held by many religions and different civilizations.
The readings given by Edgar Cayce, however, have helped the concept gain ground in the Western world as well.
Over 2,500 of the Cayce readings deal with this topic. Through the study of the concepts raised in the readings, we can gain valuable insights into ourselves and begin to realise our connection with one another and know we are indeed all ONE.

Why do we reincarnate?

This is probably one of the first questions a person considers on this subject. Interesting answers lie within the Cayce readings. We were created in undeveloped form, to allow us room to learn and grow and develop our individualities. We were/are not mirror-images of the Creator which enables us to partake in the wonders of being and development.
We were created in undeveloped form, so as to allow us room to learn and develop our individualities.
This is the reason souls’ incarnate. To grow and develop, so that each may eventually earn his place beside the Creator. Reincarnation offers us the chance to learn from our mistakes and to develop our talents. And all of this learning cannot be done in the span of one lifetime! It is a gradual process.
The readings state that often it takes more than thirty incarnations on the earth plane for a soul to finish its development!

We cannot discuss reincarnation sensibly without talking about the Laws of Karma. (see `What about Karma` below)

How often does a soul incarnate on the earth plane?

There is no set interval between lives. Sometimes a soul may choose to come back within weeks of its last death, other times it may be centuries before it returns. In one reading, Cayce told a man that he had not been incarnate on the earth plane since the times of Atlantis. This does not seem to be a common occurrence in the readings, however, so one may safely assume that most souls reincarnate with greater frequency. It all depends on the lessons to be learned.
However, it’s very important to define what we call a life, and how we determine an entity??

Is it possible for a soul to reincarnate as male or female?

The soul itself is androgynous, meaning that it maintains both male and female qualities. Yet, when incarnating on the earth plane, a soul must choose to be one or the other, and to take on some of the polarities of that sex. When a soul enters a female body, for example, the male qualities of that soul are often de-emphasised whilst the feminine qualities are accentuated.
In one incarnation, it may be better suited for a soul to choose to be male, while in another the soul will gain more through a female experience. This “switching off” helps the soul gain the most of both polarities.
As spiritual beings, we wish to learn and grow. Therefore we have all choosen lifetimes whether as male or female and indeed heterosexual, homosexual or transsexual to learn specific lessons and to continue certain growth factors. At a higher level of consciousness – before we enter a lifetime – we choose to work on certain themes, to overcome given blockages and limitations, to develop certain personal qualities at a soul level and to make our unique contribution to the universe.
We carefully select our culture, background, race, sex, parents, childhood experiences and sexual orientation to work on our intended life-themes.

What about Heaven and Hell?

An individual may stop and ask himself where the popular concepts of Heaven and Hell fit in with the scheme of reincarnation. The Cayce readings do address this subject. They tell us that Heaven is when one is in the presence of God, while Hell is that state of separation from God.

Cayce stated several times that mind is the builder. Our own negative thoughts and actions create hell, whether it be one we experience here in the physical body or in another plane.
Our own free will gives us the power to banish ourselves from the presence of God/Spirit.

Since hell is a self-created state, it is possible to leave this state. The soul may gradually awaken from this self-created darkness and continue on with its development. Cayce suggested that we pray for those who have passed on to help them through their difficulties.

How does the concept of reincarnation explain population growth?

If one thinks of reincarnation only in terms of the physical plane, then this question may confound you. However, we must keep in mind that the readings state that souls also exist in other planes.
The earth plane is only a small part of the whole. More souls are incarnating on the earth plane now than before because the need is greater, and there are more lessons to be learned.

Growth, expansion and new ways of learning are continuously evolving on all levels and planes of existence.
Other planes offer lessons for the soul, although not in material form.

What about Karma?

Karma plays an important part in reincarnation. It is the law that tells us that we must sow what we reap; that all of our actions have consequences, whether they are good or bad. It helps explain why some are born with physical ailments and others aren’t; why for some life is a smooth road and for others it is rocky. However, do not assume that just because a person has a physical handicap that he is facing up to karmic consequences. Sometimes the soul may choose a difficult life to help it learn its lessons more quickly. There is much misconception about karma and exactly how it operates.

Understanding the law of karma can give us confidence that we are in control of our own lives. When we realise that all of our experiences are the result of our own conscious and unconscious choices, we also see that we ourselves are in control of our own fate. Nothing is beyond our control. Cayce explained that the purpose of karma is to help us live in harmony with the laws of the universe, not to punish us.
In fact what creates the karma is not the deed, but the belief that led to the deed itself.

It is thought and feeling that drives the Universe, not deeds
In other words, Karma is the Universal law of cause and effect. It is a law that is embedded in this Universe.
We all have free will, freedom to choose how to grow. You may choose to grow with joy, or alternatively, through pain, anguish and fear. The law of karma is not a justice and retribution system, so anyone who has had much suffering in this life is not a victim of ‘bad karma’, but simply finds themselves in predicaments that are simply the result of their own beliefs about themselves. It is not only humans that feel guilt, but souls can feel it, experience and carry it round with them for many lifetimes. “The Law of Karma” is not a justice and retribution system, so anyone who has had much suffering in this life is not a victim of ‘bad karma’,…” For example, if a person should hurt another human being, it is not the deed in itself that attracts the karma, it is the emotional state and the beliefs about Self that led to the act of `hurt` that will create the karma, or result, at a future date.
Be that date in the current or a future life.
“Every event in your life, whether or not you choose to view it as being either good or bad, is Divine Grace in action…..”

Law of Grace

The law of grace supersedes the law of karma. If at one point we realise that we have done wrong and have truly learned our lesson, we may find ourselves dealing with the intervention of grace. This is when we can “dodge” the corrective action of karma because we have come to realize that what we have done is wrong, and we go to work fixing this. However, grace is not an excuse to avoid our responsibilities and make up for them later. It only comes to us when we have truly gained understanding, and we move to use that understanding in our lives.

Awareness of grace can come to us when we are facing a difficult situation and we call out for help.
At that moment, it may feel as if someone has lifted an enormous weight off our shoulders, or we feel as if everything is going to be all right. It can come to us at a time when we feel down and suddenly we find the strength to continue, or in a moment of inspiration. Opening ourselves to grace can make our paths easier to travel.

Quotes From the Readings

“What is life? It is a manifestation of a soul. Remember that the self is made up of body, mind, and soul. And the soul would know, does know these are all the gift of the Creator and the Maker. The purpose in life, then, is not the gratifying of the appetite nor of any selfish desire, but it is that the entity, the soul, may make the earth, where the entity finds its consciousness, a better place in which to live.” (4047-2)

“In the beginning all souls were as a unity to the God-Force. As self added or subtracted that which was in keeping with God’s purpose, ye added or subtracted from the blessings ye might be conscious of in materiality. Thus karma is builded. And the law is perfect – what ye sow ye reap. There is no law causing man to separate himself from his Maker. There is no cause except man’s own indulgence or neglect.” (3660-1)

“Truth is growth! For what is truth today may be tomorrow only partially so, to a developing soul.” (1297-1)

“For each entity in the earth is what is it because of what is has been! And each moment is dependent upon another moment. So a sojourn in the earth, as indicated, is a lesson in the school of life and experience. Just as it may be illustrated in that each entity, each soul-entity, is as a corpuscle in the body of God – if such an entity has applied itself in such a manner as to be a helpful force and not a rebellious force.” (2823-3)

“For one enters a material sojourn not by chance, but there is brought into being the continuity of pattern or purpose, and each soul is attracted to the influences which may be visions from above. Thus there the turns in the river of life may be viewed. To be sure, there are floods in the life; there are dark days and there are days of sunshine. But the soul-entity stayed in a purpose that is creative, even as this entity may find the haven of peace which is declared in Him.” (3128-1)

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