"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 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.
"Let that light be within me in such measures that I,
as a child of God, may realize His love for man. May I live
that, then, in my life day by day." --262-129
"Our Father, through the love that Thou hast manifested
in the world through Thy son, the Christ, make us more aware
of 'God is Love.'" --262-43