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Invitation to Join the Board Prosperity Group

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Invitation to Join the Board
Prosperity Group




In the fall of 2013, around Thanksgiving time, the A.R.E. Board of Trustees and members of the A.R.E. staff began working with some of the concepts of “prosperity” that can be found in the Edgar Cayce readings. The group chose to watch their experiences for the month of December to see if Cayce’s suggestions relating to economic healing would have a measurable impact (both in their personal lives and for A.R.E. as a whole). The group used a daily affirmation as a reminder to keep their thoughts on the principles of prosperity.


The 2013-14 A.R.E. Board of Trustees
The A.R.E. Board of Trustees (November, 2013)


This project was based on previous economic healing and prosperity projects that have come from the readings. Some of the exercises and disciplines undertaken by various groups and individuals have included the following:

  • Daily prayer and meditation, not only to facilitate personal attunement and getting in touch with one’s spiritual core, but to also assist in overcoming any fear of lack.
  • Ongoing work with personal relationships—at home, school, and work—wherever they may be. Rather than seeing people as personal challenges that have to be put up with, the Cayce readings encourage us instead to approach all of our relationships with the ideal of “What am I supposed to be learning from this person?” or “What is this person trying to teach me about myself?”
  •   Being a good steward of the resources that have been entrusted to you. This includes paying bills promptly, not overspending or overindulging, giving yourself the freedom to buy what you need (although not necessarily everything you want), and tithing of both money and time without thought of receiving something in return.
  • Finally, it is also a good idea to keep an ongoing chart of your progress. This chart can include your daily prayer and meditation time, the success of paying off your debts, the notation of any surprise economic assistance that has come your way, personal tithing, positive experiences with improving your relationships, and so forth.

(See the Edgar Cayce series book Spiritual Healing for Personal Prosperity)


Cayce’s premise is that any economic challenge faced by an individual is inextricably connected to a personal lesson or an opportunity to apply spiritual or universal laws in everyday life. Rather than seeing financial hardships as some sort of punishment or mistakenly assuming that the experience of poverty can somehow make someone more “spiritual,” the Cayce readings suggest that, when seen correctly, the process of achieving economic healing can embody a worthwhile experience in personal growth.

Results on the most current project include the following:

  • On the very day the prosperity project began, A.R.E. got a contract on a piece of property it owns in another state and has been trying to sell for five years!
  • General contributions to the organization for the month of December 2013 were 39% higher than for the month of December the year before.
  • One group member discovered that an outstanding debt that she had been paying on for years would actually be paid off eight months earlier than she had thought.
  • Another group member got an unexpected check for $750—the very amount needed to pay a couple of unexpected repairs.

Good Harvest
Good Harvest


Because of the overwhelming positive experiences with the project – most notably the ability to maintain an awareness of our ongoing connection to spirit—the supply source of all that exists, the board has decided to continue their experiment and is inviting anyone interested to participate as well. If you would like to participate, in addition to some of the practices listed above, you may wish to focus on an affirmation like the following for a few minutes each day:

In the name of the Christ Spirit (or the Divine Spirit), I am thankful for all that I have been provided. I choose to be a good steward of all the abundance that flows to and through me. I also affirm and appreciate all the abundance that flows to the A.R.E., enabling the organization to help people change their lives for the better in many different ways. Amen.

If you participate in the project for several weeks or more and have any experiences you feel are connected to your participation, please send them to us at ARE@edgarcayce.org. If we decide to use some of these experiences in an upcoming article, all names will be kept in the strictest confidence.


›› Download the Prosperity Project Affirmation (PDF)

 

An Astrological View of World Affairs

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An Astrological View of World Affairs
By Raye Mathis

Life interconncetedDuring this period of financial crises and natural disasters around the world, it is sometimes difficult to find the meaning in all that is happening. Richard Tarnas, in Cosmos and Psyche, suggests that we have forgotten the interconnectivity of all things in the universe – the Oneness of all that the Cayce readings so often mentioned. Tarnas suggests that we need a new worldview.


Before the dawn of the scientific era humans perceived the cosmos in a very different way.
“The primal human being perceives the surrounding natural world as permeated with meaning, meaning whose significance is at once human and cosmic. Spirits are seen in the forest, presences are felt in the wind and the ocean, the river, the mountains. Meaning is recognized in the flight of two eagles across the horizon, in the conjunction of two planets in the heavens, in the unfolding cycles of the Moon and Sun. The primal world is ensouled.”
Richard Tarnas, PhD, Cosmos and Psyche

As the scientific era took hold, humans began to view themselves apart from the universe, rather than a part of the universe. This view of the world, although it has brought many technological advances, has also cast a very dark shadow in our treatment of nature and mother earth.


The Cayce readings remind us of how connected we are with our solar system:
“…as the souls are a part of the Creative Forces – the sun, the moon and the planets are as much affected by that influence of a birth, as affecting…” (2326-1)

With the help of Cayce’s readings and depth psychology, we have rediscovered these inner psychic connections that we have with each other through what Cayce called the superconscious.


At the present time we are becoming conscious of how all the countries in the outer world are interconnected – through travel, through trade, through war, and certainly through the World Wide Web. Lately, we have especially become aware of the economic interconnectedness and the domino effect that can happen worldwide when some of the major players experience financial problems.


What does astrology offer us during this period of such rapid change? Astrology and the Cayce readings offer a perspective that is very different from the scientific worldview. It is one that supports our interconnectedness with each other, nature, and the universe. In this worldview when we cause harm to one part of the cosmos we affect all…

The Coming Years

The financial cycle in astrology is ruled by the cycle of two planets: Saturn and Pluto. When those planets conjunct each other (the last conjunction was 1982), it symbolizes the beginning of an upswing in the economic arena and possibly the beginning of a bull market. When they oppose each other (the last opposition was 2001) it reflects the beginning of a contraction in the financial markets. We are still in the contraction side of the cycle and will not see an upswing, according to astrology, until Saturn and Pluto form their next conjunction in January 2020 and possibly not until Pluto moves out of Capricorn in 2023.


From 2012 to 2015, a tight square (90°) connecting Uranus and Pluto will occur several times between 6° and 15° of Cardinal signs. This stressful aspect can indicate sudden (Uranus) changes and upheavals (Pluto) occurring and the necessity for being able to adapt quickly to these changes. Both of these planets are associated with fanatical actions so it will be a time when you can make sweeping changes in life but it is also important not to do so in a fanatical way. This is so important, as we are already seeing so much polarization of beliefs and attitudes in the world.


The Cayce readings had much to say about negotiating times of change such as we are now experiencing. There are excellent articles in this A.R.E. blog about economic healing and earth changes as described in the readings.

“It is also understood, comprehended by some, that a new order of conditions is to arise; that there must be many a purging in high places as well as low; that there must be the greater consideration of each individual, each soul being his brother’s keeper. There will then come about those circumstances in the political, the economic, and the whole relationships where there will be a leveling – or a greater comprehension of this need.” (3976-18)

Read the entire article exclusively in our Member-only section.


Raye Mathis blog 11-2011Venture Inward Fall 2010RAYE MATHIS is a member of the faculty at Atlantic University where, among the courses she mentors, is her Transformational Astrology course. She has a BA degree in mathematics, a Master's degree in clinical social work and has completed post-graduate work at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. She has maintained an on-going astrological counseling practice for almost 40 years.Her column, The Astrologer's Corner, appears in the A.R.E.'s Venture Inward magazine available exclusively to Members by mail or online at EdgarCayce.org/members.

Raye will mentor the online eGroup Discover Your Vocational Talents Using Astrology as Your Guide from Jan. 19 to Feb. 15, 2011. Visit EdgarCayce.org/egroups for details.


Abundance is Yours, Part I

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Abundance is Yours, Part I

Adapted from an article by Barbara Burgess Bullard in the
Circulating File Economic Healing Part 1
(Circulating Files are a compilation of extracts from the Edgar Cayce Readings, select files are
available for download in the Member-only section.)

The world today has many of the same issues and concerns as we have faced for the last century. Economic hardships that seem to abound in America and elsewhere as we read or listen to the news, we hear of inflation, recession, the high unemployment figures, foreclosures, and homelessness in many parts of the world. These appear to be times of crisis similar to that of the Great Depression of the 1930’s. We can turn to the wisdom from the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce for insight both during and after the Depression. These insights and practical suggestions offer us much knowledge, hope, and inspiration by which we can encounter these times.

The law of supply presupposes that all we could ever truly need will be made available to us if we are seeking to obey the universal laws, especially that of love. Supply is merely the natural result then of working in harmony with these other laws; we do not need to dwell on how it works. But neither should we interfere with the workings of this law through denial. Many people that I have talked with give much thought and energy to the belief that poverty is a virtue and that somehow God wishes us to live in want. The readings stress that we should never be self-indulgent with the supply, but that through the proper use of supply it becomes abundant, infinite, and available to us as we need. Christ is stressed in the readings as an example that one should not waste or misuse the abundance entrusted into his or her care. In the Search for God readings, the question was asked, “Is our lack of material necessities due to the fact that we have not first sought the Kingdom, or the lack of faith in not speaking the word?” The answer given provides clear insight for all of us as to the economy of the law of supply:

Both. For what saith the Law? Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all things shall be added unto thee thou hast need of! Most of us think we need a great deal more than we do!     262-89


…what is thine ideal. What is thy purpose in life? Is it to get, through the attitude of “Gimme—Gimme—Gimme!” or is it to give—give—give! If it is the latter, then there should be the knowledge and security from within as given of old: “Let others do as they may, but for me—I will know the living God.”     815-3


It would be well, in the application of self in these directions, for the entity to learn that what is of the constructive nature is in giving. For, as ye receive, so should ye give. The word give is the prompting of the expression of love in, “The Lord gave His son that ye, through Him, might have life, and have it more abundantly.”     1107-1

For the same reason that food kept too long spoils, clothes held back only for “good” soon go out of fashion, and unexpressed ideas or intuition benefit no one, so also the readings suggest that we use that money and goods we have in hand. When we hoard for the future, we are interfering with the flow of abundance because of our fear and lack of trust. We should trust in the Lord and let tomorrow take care of itself.

The law of faith stresses our need to trust wholly in God at all times to supply our needs as long as we seek to serve Him through serving others. If we are truly trusting in God we should have no ideas of poverty, fear, or lack. The following readings urge this faith and the expectance of abundance:

When fear of the future occurs, or fear of the past…put all such away with this prayer— not merely by mouth, not merely by thought, but in body, in mind and in soul say: “Here am I, Lord—Thine! Keep me in the way Thou would have me go, rather than in that I might choose.”     2540-1


Q: As has been indicated…money is the root cause of the general economic unbalance of our country. Will you give specifically the reasons for this statement and the approach that can be made toward correction of the money order as operated today? A: Fear on the part of those who control or direct the investing of capital into channels that give the greater outlet of their characters of outlet. As to how this may be corrected—it is only through patience, persistence, and a return to the trust in God, and not in the power or the might of self.     3976-24


Remember, my children, it is the fear of the material conditions that wrecks the material body. It is the fear of this or that, that prevents a channel from making for the greater supply.     254-85

My first experience with the laws occurred before I had conscious knowledge of these principles. Four years ago when I was Director of Forensics, the speech team I helped coach had won so many trophies that they were invited to attend the National Speech Championships to be held in Michigan. The team members worked very hard raising the money for each member to be able to compete. After a month of earning money in every conceivable way, there was not enough, and one student was to be left behind. I made my first economic choice involving a large donation at that time rather than see the student stay home. Soon after we won the tournament, the local chapter of an organization called the A.R.E. asked if I would coach their members in speech skills. I inquired how much they could afford to pay me and it ended up being the exact amount that I had donated to send the student to the tournament. The moment I heard the speakers from A.R.E. talking about the philosophy of Edgar Cayce and the organization, I joined the Association and have been active ever since with new rewards at every corner.

If we are feeling poor economically, then it probably stems from our failure to observe these universal laws. We must choose to begin applying ourselves in such a way as to allow God to provide us with a healing. Work, as the following individuals were told:

Know that all comes to him who puts his trust in the all-powerful influence of love and harmony, the real poem of life, and then works like thunder for same!     2337-1


Expect much, you will obtain much! Expect little, you will obtain little! Expect nothing, you will obtain nothing!     5325-1


Expect much, demand much; but when ye do, be willing to give much. For as ye give, or as ye measure to others, so is it measured to thee again. This is the spiritual law, this becomes the mental law—and the mind is the builder.     1532-1


For, he that expects nothing shall not be disappointed, but he that expects much—if he lives and uses that in hand day by day shall be full to running over.     557-3

In all, the readings contain over 180 references to economic healing during times of challenge. Cayce told individuals not to lose faith in the divine, or in their own abilities and talents. He encouraged some to see the challenge as a purposeful experience that would bring them to where they really needed to be in life. He advised helping those who were less fortunate with time, money, prayer, or simply a listening ear. And he assured them that God had not forgotten their needs or remained ignorant of their challenges:

Ask and ye shall receive. Knock and it shall be opened to you …The supply will come from that storehouse that is of His building…Be thou faithful, then, guided, guarded, directed, by Him.     294-41

From Cayce’s perspective, at least, personal challenges with finances are perhaps some of the best opportunities to place more focus on spiritual practices, and reaffirm our connection to the divine.

Abundance is Yours, Part I

(Economic Healing, Universal Laws) Permanent link

Abundance is Yours, Part I

Adapted from an article by Barbara Burgess Bullard in the
Circulating File Economic Healing Part 1
(Circulating Files are a compilation of extracts from the Edgar Cayce Readings, select files are
available for download in the Member-only section.)

The world today has many of the same issues and concerns as we have faced for the last century. Economic hardships that seem to abound in America and elsewhere as we read or listen to the news, we hear of inflation, recession, the high unemployment figures, foreclosures, and homelessness in many parts of the world. These appear to be times of crisis similar to that of the Great Depression of the 1930’s. We can turn to the wisdom from the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce for insight both during and after the Depression. These insights and practical suggestions offer us much knowledge, hope, and inspiration by which we can encounter these times.

The law of supply presupposes that all we could ever truly need will be made available to us if we are seeking to obey the universal laws, especially that of love. Supply is merely the natural result then of working in harmony with these other laws; we do not need to dwell on how it works. But neither should we interfere with the workings of this law through denial. Many people that I have talked with give much thought and energy to the belief that poverty is a virtue and that somehow God wishes us to live in want. The readings stress that we should never be self-indulgent with the supply, but that through the proper use of supply it becomes abundant, infinite, and available to us as we need. Christ is stressed in the readings as an example that one should not waste or misuse the abundance entrusted into his or her care. In the Search for God readings, the question was asked, “Is our lack of material necessities due to the fact that we have not first sought the Kingdom, or the lack of faith in not speaking the word?” The answer given provides clear insight for all of us as to the economy of the law of supply:

Both. For what saith the Law? Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all things shall be added unto thee thou hast need of! Most of us think we need a great deal more than we do!     262-89


…what is thine ideal. What is thy purpose in life? Is it to get, through the attitude of “Gimme—Gimme—Gimme!” or is it to give—give—give! If it is the latter, then there should be the knowledge and security from within as given of old: “Let others do as they may, but for me—I will know the living God.”     815-3


It would be well, in the application of self in these directions, for the entity to learn that what is of the constructive nature is in giving. For, as ye receive, so should ye give. The word give is the prompting of the expression of love in, “The Lord gave His son that ye, through Him, might have life, and have it more abundantly.”     1107-1

For the same reason that food kept too long spoils, clothes held back only for “good” soon go out of fashion, and unexpressed ideas or intuition benefit no one, so also the readings suggest that we use that money and goods we have in hand. When we hoard for the future, we are interfering with the flow of abundance because of our fear and lack of trust. We should trust in the Lord and let tomorrow take care of itself.

The law of faith stresses our need to trust wholly in God at all times to supply our needs as long as we seek to serve Him through serving others. If we are truly trusting in God we should have no ideas of poverty, fear, or lack. The following readings urge this faith and the expectance of abundance:

When fear of the future occurs, or fear of the past…put all such away with this prayer— not merely by mouth, not merely by thought, but in body, in mind and in soul say: “Here am I, Lord—Thine! Keep me in the way Thou would have me go, rather than in that I might choose.”     2540-1


Q: As has been indicated…money is the root cause of the general economic unbalance of our country. Will you give specifically the reasons for this statement and the approach that can be made toward correction of the money order as operated today? A: Fear on the part of those who control or direct the investing of capital into channels that give the greater outlet of their characters of outlet. As to how this may be corrected—it is only through patience, persistence, and a return to the trust in God, and not in the power or the might of self.     3976-24


Remember, my children, it is the fear of the material conditions that wrecks the material body. It is the fear of this or that, that prevents a channel from making for the greater supply.     254-85

My first experience with the laws occurred before I had conscious knowledge of these principles. Four years ago when I was Director of Forensics, the speech team I helped coach had won so many trophies that they were invited to attend the National Speech Championships to be held in Michigan. The team members worked very hard raising the money for each member to be able to compete. After a month of earning money in every conceivable way, there was not enough, and one student was to be left behind. I made my first economic choice involving a large donation at that time rather than see the student stay home. Soon after we won the tournament, the local chapter of an organization called the A.R.E. asked if I would coach their members in speech skills. I inquired how much they could afford to pay me and it ended up being the exact amount that I had donated to send the student to the tournament. The moment I heard the speakers from A.R.E. talking about the philosophy of Edgar Cayce and the organization, I joined the Association and have been active ever since with new rewards at every corner.

If we are feeling poor economically, then it probably stems from our failure to observe these universal laws. We must choose to begin applying ourselves in such a way as to allow God to provide us with a healing. Work, as the following individuals were told:

Know that all comes to him who puts his trust in the all-powerful influence of love and harmony, the real poem of life, and then works like thunder for same!     2337-1


Expect much, you will obtain much! Expect little, you will obtain little! Expect nothing, you will obtain nothing!     5325-1


Expect much, demand much; but when ye do, be willing to give much. For as ye give, or as ye measure to others, so is it measured to thee again. This is the spiritual law, this becomes the mental law—and the mind is the builder.     1532-1


For, he that expects nothing shall not be disappointed, but he that expects much—if he lives and uses that in hand day by day shall be full to running over.     557-3

In all, the readings contain over 180 references to economic healing during times of challenge. Cayce told individuals not to lose faith in the divine, or in their own abilities and talents. He encouraged some to see the challenge as a purposeful experience that would bring them to where they really needed to be in life. He advised helping those who were less fortunate with time, money, prayer, or simply a listening ear. And he assured them that God had not forgotten their needs or remained ignorant of their challenges:

Ask and ye shall receive. Knock and it shall be opened to you …The supply will come from that storehouse that is of His building…Be thou faithful, then, guided, guarded, directed, by Him.     294-41

From Cayce’s perspective, at least, personal challenges with finances are perhaps some of the best opportunities to place more focus on spiritual practices, and reaffirm our connection to the divine.

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