|Book Two, Lesson Five
Lesson V - Destiny of the Mind
Lord, Thou art my dwelling place! In Thee, О Father, do I trust! Let me see in myself, in my brother, that Thou wouldst bless in Thy Son, Thy gift to me that I might know Thy ways! Thou hast promised, О Father, to hear when Thy children call! Harken, that I may be kept in the way, that I may know the glory of Thy Son as Thou hast promised in Him, that we through Him might have access to Thee! Thou, О God, alone, can save! Thou alone can keep my ways! 262-73
[Based on Edgar Cayce readings 262-73 through 262-90]
We have come, in our search for God, to a point where we enter a new cycle. The information which we shall now study may be found by some to be at variance with much that has been presented by many others. Truth may be proved only by results. If we would be led by the Spirit that leads into all truth, we may expect to have many opportunities for proof in our own life. We alone can judge as to that which is truth for ourselves.
Our next three lessons will be on destiny: Destiny of the Mind, Destiny of the Body, and Destiny of the Soul. The first lesson, Destiny of the Mind, deals with mind in its relation to the varied attributes of the mental, physical and spiritual bodies.
Mind is of God. It was given as a grace to us, that we, that soul might be a companion with, one with, the mind of the Maker. Therefore, mind, a creative, Godlike force, is impelled by a spiritual impulse to build an at-one-ness with the Creator. Its various phases confuse many, yet they are made plain as we make our mind, our purpose, and our aims one with our Ideal, and realize that the Lord our God is one Lord.
Destiny is a law, an immutable law, as lasting as that which brought all into being. It is expressed in all the varied spheres of manifestation. We see its signs here and there, written in the experiences of all whom we meet along the way.
Destiny is that immutable law set by Mind, that called into being worlds, the universe, the earth, humankind. This MIND, God, gave to us a soul, a portion of Himself, and when we fell away He furnished a channel, a way, an access to the throne of grace, mercy, and truth, through the Son. The soul is that part of us that may be in accord with, in the presence of, the Father. Flesh and blood-until spiritualized as He, the Christ, spiritualized His body-cannot inherit eternal life. However, in the final analysis, the motivative force of each atom of the physical body is the Mind of Creative Energy.
"Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." What is this law of destiny? What is this gospel? What is this judgment? What is this truth? Is it summed up in, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" or "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise," or is it answered in the new commandment of the Master, "Love one another"? Yes, the whole law is fulfilled in love, in Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." The Lord is... not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." We wonder, can such be possible in threescore and ten years in the earth? We wonder, does the time of birth, the place of the environment, make or have a part in our destiny? Do the days or the years or the numbers all have their parts? Yes, and more. All these are signs, omens, marks along the way. But these signs do not design a destiny; for destiny of the mind, of the soul, of the body, is in Him. Nothing that we may do develops righteousness (262-75), but it is the mercy of the Father, exemplified in the Son, which provides for the destiny of mind, body, and soul in the endeavors and environs of their experiences. The way is so clear that there need not be any stumbling for those who put their trust in Him.
Let us be mindful; for the day of the Lord draweth nigh to many. While we wonder, let us search our hearts and know, as of old, that faith is counted as righteousness to those who love the Lord. The soul that seeks shall find. The soul that puts into practice day by day that which it knows may the sooner find peace and love in the earth. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." In such faith we will know that our destiny is in Him.
Mind in Relation to the Mental Body
There is the triune-the mental body, the spiritual or soul body, and the physical body, and these are one. They, in their own spheres of activity, have their attributes, their precepts, and their ideals. What one finds in the physical is a material manifestation of a spiritual import built by the mental aspect. In building the ideals, the mental body, or the mind, builds either from that which is spiritual (and thus everlasting) or from the material import which changes under varied seasons, environments and outlooks in the experiences of life.
In the beginning God created the heaven and earth. The mind of God moved, and matter with form came into being. Mind, then, in God, the Father, is the builder. Mind, in itself, is both material and spiritual. That which finds expression or manifestation in material things is of the physical, for matter is an expression of spirit in motion. That which is expressed or manifested in spirit, without taking body or form is of spirit, yet may be manifested in the experiences of an individual. Mind may function without form or body, but the Ideal is of the unseen Force or Spirit.
So mind is the moving influence that promotes growth within us and makes for expressions in materiality. What is the meaning then of: "For as he thinketh, so is he"? It is in this way that growth comes. In material things, as we shall find as respecting the Destiny of the Body, as one eats so is the physical person. So it is what we continue to think, we become. We destine that which is the growth of influences in our experiences, that which fulfills the purpose for which we came into being, or just the opposite. Not by a thought do we change this or that, but by constant thinking, constant building.
Christ came into the world to teach us how to think constructively, in order that we might return to our original estate. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who... thought it not robbery to be equal with God." He lived in the earth, in matter, yet with the mind, with the thought, with the manifestation of Creative Force in every phase of expression. Through God's gift of a free will to the soul, each entity is endowed with the power to use this building force, the mind, to glorify self or find attunement with God.
As we contemplate, as we meditate, we should know what we are seeking. What is our ideal? What would we have our mind-body become? Let us remember, it becomes that upon which it feeds, either by thought, by assimilation, by activity, by radial force, by atomic influence, or by the influences of activity in any sphere in which it finds itself. Frequently, we are confused in trying to analyze the source of any impulse. We cannot tell whether it comes from the activity of the physical mind or from some indefinite spiritual source. The result is that we are likely to become involved in interpreting the difference in the spiritual import and the physical necessity of such an impulse. What has been set? It is what we do about that which we know which brings growth; for the first movement of mind from the spiritual aspect or from the material aspect is ever a portion of our activity. Therefore let us set our Ideal in Him who shows the way, and know in whom we believe.
Mind in Relation to the Physical Body
Souls chose to manifest in material bodies, and thus mind found an expression in the physical plane. Mind is still the building force. Through the action of the physical mind, our activity, the food we eat, the very contour and expression of our features are gradually molded. We are an organism partaking of all about us.
The question, naturally, is asked: Is the destiny of our mind set at the time of our birth into materiality as to what we shall think, what our environs will be, and what will be the length of our period of expression in the earth? Are we destined to have this or that experience? We should remember that our choice, our wills add to the pattern we are building. This pattern destines that we will pass through experiences that are necessary to give us greater opportunities to become one with that purpose for which we came into being. Thus, that which our mind works at in its thinking, in its purpose, we become. Does this belie that which the Master gave, "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?" It indicates-rather, assures those who accept what He has given-that it, the thought, the growth is never accomplished through inactivity, but through repeated activity.
Have we then anything to do with our days in the earth? How do we read? "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." Then is it with us? Is it within the gift of the Father? Both, "For in Him we live, and move." If we think and live the life of love in Him that is life, that is Love, we fulfill that destiny which He has purposed for us.
Mind in Relation to the Soul Body
What we think, what we put our mind to work upon, to live upon, to feed upon, to live with, to abide with, that our soul body becomes. That is the law, as in the beginning each thought of the Creator bore within itself its own fruit. What propagates the species in the seed of the oak, the grass, animal, or the human being? It is the active force that moves within its own realm of activity, giving expression of that first thought of Creative Forces. That is the destiny which the Easterners say was set in the beginning. But this is only half a truth; for if the mind dwells upon spiritual things, it follows that it becomes spiritual; if the mind dwells upon self-indulgence, self-aggrandizement, self-exaltation, or selfishness in any of its forms or variations, then it has set itself at variance with the First Cause. Even before we came into matter-the will, through the mind, was at variance with Creative Forces.
This law, "Hear, О Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord," enabled us to comprehend the true nature of the Father: One, from everlasting to everlasting. When we become constructive in our thinking we create in our experience the knowledge of this oneness. There has been that battle of duality between flesh and spirit from those periods when we first projected ourselves into flesh. While flesh, as all matter, dies in the physical plane, the soul does not; for it is life itself, a gift of God to us, and only in patience may we possess it.
Signs Along the Way
In the earth plane there are certain signs which we may interpret according to individual understanding. They indicate the development reached in the soul's journey through many spheres of experience and point the way to the path chosen by the soul for this present life's expression. It is regarded by many that some of these signs are found in the study of astrology, numerology, phrenology, and palmistry. We should exercise great caution in allowing any of these to become the ruling influence in our interpretation of destiny; for they are all subject to the will and indicate only development and possibilities.
Dreams, astrology, numerology, the vibrations from metal, stones, and so on, should be considered only as lights or signs in our experiences. They are as candles that we stumble not in the dark. Worship not the light of the candle; but rather that to which it may guide us in our service. The vibrations of numbers, metals, and stones are merely influences to help us to be in attunement with the Creative Forces. The pitch of a song of praise is not the song nor the message therein, but a helpmeet for those who would find strength in the service of the Lord. So let us use them only to attune ourselves. How? As we apply that which we know, we are given the next step. These do not give the messages! They only attune us so that the Christ Consciousness may give the messages. It is the application that makes for the development in relation to conditions or experiences. The birth on a certain date does not destine this or that. The destiny is only that certain urges may arise, but what we do about them makes for the changes. Each country, state, and town makes its own vibrations by or through the activities of those who live there. Much confusion arises as many of us may try to interpret signs in accordance with the changes in vibrations which have been brought about purely by our will.
In seekingfor light let us not confuse the signs with that which is sought, nor confuse the impulses that may arise from inner urges, or from the emotions of the body that take hold upon the spiritual forces, with that which has prompted them. All power, all force, is in Him, and is subject to His will. In Him is the light that we should seek, that we, in body, mind, soul, and purpose, may be one with Him. He is the Way! (See 818-1.)
Do dreams of physical conditions come to pass? Are such conditions set at the time dreamed? Why should we dream of any given conditions? These may be answered for us if we recall that the law of cause and effect is immutable through choice in our experiences. Hence, as our thoughts, purposes, aims and desires are set in motion by mind, their effects are as a condition that IS.
In dreams we attune our minds to those storehouses of experience that we have set in motion. At times there may be the perfect connection, while at others there may be static or interference by our inability to coordinate our own thought with the experience or fact set in motion. The result of a perfect attunement is evidenced in our lives, for some see visions, some are interpreters of the unseen; some are dreamers of dreams, some prophesy, some are healers, some are teachers; yet all is from the same spirit. This may have little reference to destiny, but it has much to do with mind, the soul mind.
We are fellow travelers on the road to God. There are many routes and many ways of transportation from which we may choose. We may be directed along the way by teachers, but no one can show us the whole way except Him who is the Way, and in whose keeping is our destiny.
So, know ye the way; point it out. For, as He has given, though ye come to the altar or to thine church or to thine group or to thine neighbor pleading not for self but for others, and it is that ye may be exalted, that ye may be honored, that ye may be spoken well of, for others; He cannot hear thy petition. Why? Because there has another entered with thee into thy chamber, thy closet, and He, thy God-that answers prayer, that forgives through His Son-is shut out. In His name, then, only; for, as He gave, "They that climb up some other way are thieves and robbers" [they that robbed themselves of attaining perfection through the Way]. [See John 10:1.]
Then, today, will ye not rededicate thyself, thy body, thy soul, to the service of thy God? And He that came has promised, "When ye ask in my name, that will be given thee in the earth." Then, do not become impatient that ye are counted in this day as a servant, as an humble worker, as one that is troubled as to food, shelter, or those things that would make thy temporal surroundings the better. For ye grow weary in waiting, but the Lord will not tarry; eternity is long, and in that ye may spend it in those things that are joy and peace and harmony, make thy self sure in Him. How? "As ye do it unto these, my brethren, ye do it unto me." [See Matt. 25:40.] Just being kind! Thy destiny is in Him. Are ye taking Him with thee in love into thy associations with thy fellow man, or art thou seeking thy own glorification, exaltation, or thine own fame, or that ye may even be well-spoken of. When ye do, ye shut Him away.
Enter thou into thy chamber not made with hands but eternal; for there He has promised to meet thee. There alone may ye meet Him and be guided to those things that will make this life, now, happiness, joy, and understanding.
As ye have received, love ye one another even as He has loved you, who gave up heaven and all its power, all its glory, that thy mind can conceive, and came into the earth in flesh that ye through Him might have the access to the Father, God. In Him there is no variableness or shadow made by turning. Then, neither must thy thoughts or thy acts cause a frown or a shadow upon thy brother-even as He. For He gave, "Be ye perfect, even as thy heavenly Father is perfect." Ye say, This cannot be done in this house of clay!" Did He? Ye say, This is too hard for me!" Did He grumble, did He falter? To be sure, He cried, "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass." Yea, oft will ye cry aloud, even as He. Ye cannot bear the burden alone, but He has promised, and He is faithful, "if ye put thy yoke upon me, I will guide you..." Take Him, then, in thy joys, in thy sorrows, in all of thyself; for He alone hath the words of life. 262-77