ENTIRE TEXT OF READING 3976-27
Given by Edgar Cayce at the
office of the Association, Arctic Crescent, Virginia
Beach, Virginia, this 19th day of June, 1942, before the
Eleventh 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 (Steno), Marion Wolfe, Helen
Godfrey, Beverly and Riley Simmons, Eleanor and Frances
Y. Morrow, Julia Lawrence, Ruth Holland, Ruth LeNoir,
Ruth Denney, Mildred White, Evelyn Cruser, Helen
Ellington, Beulah H. Emmet, Gladys Dillman, Beatrice and
Richmond Seay, Sophia and Malcolm Allen, Eula Allen,
Mildred Tansey, Mae Verhoeven, Evelyn R. Gimbert, Ruth
Skelton, Mignon Helms, Minnie Barrett, Florence Edmonds,
Lucy A. Cooney, Hannah Miller, Hugh Lynn Cayce, and
Reading: 3:10 to 4:00 P. M. Eastern War Time.
R E A D
I N G
will give a discourse on a spiritual and practical
concept for World Peace, giving suggestions for
individuals and group operations to make it effective.
Then you will answer the questions that may be submitted,
as I ask them:
EC: Yes, we have those
interpretations that have been made by various
individuals throughout time, as to what would or does
constitute world peace.
In the study of the history
of various groups, in their varied activities through the
earth, these in the most part have sought that which
would satisfy or gratify the ideas and ideals of the few,
- or those that were set in power from various sources,
or by circumstance as had arisen in the affairs of men in
varied portions of the earth.
Today we find a world at
war. There is no individual but what is and will be
affected by the outcome of the conflicting emotions that
are prompting the activities in all the spheres of man's
experience in the earth.
Then, through whom, from
whence may man gather an idea, an ideal to which he - as
an individual or as a group, or as a nation - may adhere
with impunity; to which purpose, to which ideal, to which
surety he may put his faith, his confidence?
As has been indicated, it
is not in individuals or in personalities. For, these
have failed - and are in the present causing those
conflicts which have set the world on fire; causing
death, destruction. And fear has crept into the heart
even of the elect.
Unless these days be
shortened, - as has been given, - the very elect may be
shaken, may tremble at the destruction, the littleness to
which human life is held in the ideas of groups or
nations, or those purposes that have been set.
Then, there must be the
looking to HIM who has overcome the world; who hath known
death, who hath known wars, who hath known trials, who
hath known tribulations; who hath met man on his OWN
consciousness of physical, mental and spiritual emotions;
Him who hath given, "I come not to bring peace alone
but a sword - to those who have forsaken the way of
life"; Him - who came that man might have life more
abundantly; He who, though capable of defying man, said
in the hour of trial, "My hour is come - the prince
of this world cometh, but he hath no part in me - My
peace I give unto you; not as the world knoweth peace,
but my peace."
Then, we find, peace in the
world must begin first within the heart and purpose and
mind of the individual, prompted by that something which
answers within, - even as has been given, "My spirit
beareth witness with thy spirit, as to whether ye be the
children of God or not."
As man looks upon the world
today, there comes that understanding, that manner in
which choice and judgments may be drawn; even as He gave
to that one who had announced by the authority of the
prophets, "Behold the lamb of God, that taketh away
the sins of the world," who comes to bring peace
into the hearts of those who seek to do righteousness in
the earth. And yet because he had fallen into that
answering as of self to fears within, he began to doubt -
as apparently no measure was being attempted, outwardly
at least, to relieve him of his bonds; and he asked,
"Art thou He that was to come, or shall we look for
another?" The Master's answer is the judgment of
today, even as then. There was not the Yes or the No
answer, but "Go tell John that the sick are healed,
the poor have the gospel preached, the lame walk, the
Not merely the physically
lame, not merely the physically blind, not merely the
physically sick, - but it was that which answered to the
whole purpose of man's experience in the earth, which was
completed in Him; that makes it possible for as many as
believe to become the children of the living God.
Then, thinkest thou that ye
can treat thy neighbor, thy brother, with aught but the
spirit of truth, the fruits of the spirit that He gave,
and find other than that ye measure out? For, with what
measure ye mete it is measured to thee again. As ye do it
unto the least ye do it unto thy Maker.
Whose spirit, what manner
of peace, then, seek ye as individuals? That ye may
gratify the appetites of thy body? That ye may satisfy
the lust of the eye? That ye may know fame or fortune?
These fade, these pass away.
Only that which enables the
individual also to bear the cross, even as He, will
enable that individual to know that peace which
encompassed Him in such a measure that He broke the bonds
of death, overcame hell and the grave, and rose in a
newness of life; that ye - here - and now - might know
that peace in these troubled periods.
What CAN you do, then, as
individuals, that this plague of war, this injustice to
man be taken away, - this plague of death and fear of
YE MAY STAND - EVEN AS HE -
BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD!
Let those that die have
that purpose even as He, "It shall NOT BE IN
Let those that live LIVE
unto God; magnifying, spreading the fruits of brotherly
love, kindness, patience; that this plague of war may be
Ye cannot pray "Peace
- Peace" when there is no peace in thine own heart
and soul! but by knowing (for His spirit answers with thy
spirit) that each day, each person ye meet is GLAD that
you are alive! GLAD that YOU have come in touch with
them; for you have brought - and bring - hope to their
lives, just in the passing!
This means, then, that you
may so live the life as He emulated in the earth, that ye
radiate life, joy, peace! that which casteth out fear, -
by living, by being, by doing unto others, for others,
that ye would like others to do unto you.
O, ye say, this is not new!
Neither is thy present disturbance, nor thy present hope,
nor ANYTHING! For, even as he said, "There is
nothing new under the sun." What is has been, and
will be again. Only as ye USE that birthright, that
purpose, that WILL within thine own consciousness to do
justice, to do right, to LOVE good, to eschew evil, may
ye as individuals, as a group, as a nation, stand between
the living and the dead - and STAY the sin that maketh
man make war - of any nature - against his brother.
Thou ART thy brother's
keeper! Act that in thine own heart. Who IS thy brother?
"Who is my mother? They that do the will of the
Father, the same is my mother, my sister, my
If ye do the things of the
devil, are ye not his? If ye do the things of the Lord
(He is God), are ye not His?
Then study to show thyself
approved unto God, a workman not ashamed, rightly
dividing the words of truth, keeping SELF unspotted from
In this ye may build, here
a little, there a little, line upon line, precept upon
Fear and doubt cast away,
trusting in the Lord. He alone can save.
What should be the specific form of collaboration of the
members of the Association to insure fulfillment of its
purpose in the establishment of the new World Order?
(EC) Study - each
individual member - to show thyselves approved unto God.
KNOW, as has so oft been indicated, oft what may be good
for one may be questionable for another. But know that
the Lord knoweth His own and calleth them by name.
Then let each one, as a
son, as a daughter of the living God, feed His lambs,
feed His sheep.
With what? The spirit of
truth, the spirit of peace! APPLY that NEW commandment as
He gave, "Love one another."
In all groups, all
organizations, it is not what this or that name or group
may do, but as ONE. For, the Lord thy God is ONE! And the
Christ, the Savior, died for all - NOT for one! no sect,
no schism, no ism, no cult. For, the first to meet the
Lord in peace was he that was also crucified. That
should, in each heart, make those who have named the
Name, and who claim God as the Father, Jesus Christ as
the elder brother, know that no sacrifice is too great in
order that the glory, the honor of the Lord may be
demonstrated, manifested among men.
What is the test? The
spirit, the fruits of the spirit, - that brings hope,
kindness, longsuffering, patience into the experience;
not merely the offering of self as one who would make of
self a martyr, no. For, remember, the Lord COULD, the
Lord might have kept away from the Cross. But for thy
sake He bore the shame, though without sin. Remember ye
what the thief said? "Rail not, for we but meet our
own sin (or self), and He is without sin."
Then, make not of thyself a
martyr, but as one that stands between the living and the
dead, to glorify the Lord!
In praying, speaking, writing, members of our Association
may in a small way aid in promulgating sound spiritual
concepts regarding obstructions to World Peace. As some
of these obstructions are mentioned, please give the
basic principles upon which constructive attitudes may be
based: First, Economic inequalities of nations.
(EC) These are all answered
in that question asked, "Art thou the Christ, or
must we look for another?" What was the answer? Not
"Yes, I am he that ye announced some three and a
half years ago at Jordan," no. "Tell him the
sick are healed, the blind see - " This is the
answer for meeting EVERY problem, every question as to
the economic condition of the nations. For He gave,
"Let him that hath two coats give one to another.
Let him that is forced to do this or that go the whole
length." These are the basic principles upon which
world order, world economic and social relations may be
established, manifested among men.
For, while all have fallen
short of the glory as manifested in Him, know that God -
even as the Christ on the day of His crucifixion - is not
a respecter of persons, nor of their employment. For,
what good thing did the thief on the cross but to warn
his brother thief, "We are meeting our just
dues"? recognizing his shortcomings, - hoping, -
doing something ABOUT same!
Let ye as individuals, as a
group, as an Association, do something ABOUT the
problems. Not as to direct, not as to sit in high places;
for no individual is in ANY place or position save by the
grace of God.
Who then CAN stand before
the Lord? Only those who have the pure heart, the pure
purpose. To them there is peace, even in the midst of
strife, even in the midst of bloodshed.
(EC) This also is answered
only in that the Lord is not a respecter of persons.
"He that doeth the will of the Father, the same is
my brother, my sister, my mother." Those, to man,
represented the closest relationship, - blood of his own
spiritually, DO SOMETHING ABOUT those of the races that
are misunderstood, or who have been neglected here or
(EC) There should be the
feeling for the own self, but not unto the detriment of
others. For, though He were the Son, He took upon Himself
the form of man, became as naught, subject to all the
trials, all the sorrows of thine own self.
Then, what right has any
man to set state or nation above that principle of
But always "Render
unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the
things that are God's."
(EC) These are the swords
He brought into man's material understanding. And more
wars, more bloodshed have been shed over the racial and
religious differences than over any other problem! These,
too, must go the way of all others; and man must learn -
if he will know the peace as promised by Him - that God
loveth those who love Him, whether they be called of this
or that sect or schism or ism or cult! The Lord is ONE!
We are through for the