Levels of Consciousness
Cayce identifies three levels of consciousness or dimensions of mind: conscious, subconscious, and superconscious.
The subconscious is that part of our minds that bridges the outer self with the spiritual self.
According to Cayce, the subconscious is both in the body, through the autonomic system, and beyond the body, in the soul realms of telepathy, non-physical life, and timelessness.
This mind is the mind of the soul, says Cayce.
As the mind of our outer self is the conscious mind and that portion containing our personality, so the subconscious mind contains our developing “individuality,” which Cayce identifies as our true self.
To know the superconscious, Cayce says that one must learn to achieve deep levels of meditation.
He said that if a dream feels more like a vision than a dream, then it most likely originated from this highest level of consciousness.
At death, the conscious mind is gradually absorbed into the subconscious (the mind of the surviving soul), and the subconscious becomes the operative mind, with the super-conscious now in the position the subconscious held while we were incarnate.
Later, upon reincarnation, the subconscious projects another portion of itself into the newly developing outer, three-dimensional mind.
Intuitions, “knowings,” and psychic perceptions come from the projected subconscious.
Cayce explains that not all of the subconscious is projected; some of it remains in very high levels of perception and activity.
But the portion that is in the body maintains the autonomic systems of the body (respiration, circulation, digestion, etc.) and the seven spiritual centers or chakras, which correspond with the seven endocrine glands.
We may feel that we do not know our subconscious soul-self, but we do, and we are comfortable with it.
“He came from heaven to help us. Those tyrants and jailers have now been routed. In their place has come Jesus Christ, Lord of life, righteousness, every blessing, and salvation. He has snatched us poor, lost creatures from the jaws of hell, has won us, has made us free, and has brought us again into the Father’s favor and grace. As his own possession he has taken us under his protection and shelter, so that he may govern us by His righteousness, wisdom, power, life, and blessedness.”
Quote on the 2nd Article from Luther’s Large Catechism (para. 27-31)
In each rendering in the Gospels, Jesus is trying to
convey to his listeners that the dead are not dead but
alive, and that God is the God of the living. The situation
is this; some people had been trying to trick Jesus with
a question about the resurrection of the dead, asking
who in heaven would be the husband of a woman who
had had two husbands on Earth. Jesus answered that
there is no marrying in heaven, and then he turns his
attention to the question about resurrection after
death. At that time there was a belief that the dead
were actually dead, even to the point of being located
in their graves – completely unconscious – until the final
trumpet sounded, and only then did the dead awake.
Jesus counters this by saying, “But as touching the
resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which
was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of
Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’
God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
(Matthew 22:31-32) This scene and the comment are
also recorded in Mark 12:27. But in Luke 20:38 Jesus
adds a little closing comment to the phrase: “Now he is
not the God of the dead, but of the living: for all live in
The Cayce reading is simply picking up on this idea,
saying that our “dead” relatives are not dead but are
alive and are affected by our prayers for them. These
mediums you see on TV are not connecting with a dead
being on the other side but a live one, who is
communicating in real time. Your dear wife is as alive as
she was when she was in this world, and your prayers
for her are as important now as they were when she
A.R.E. Video series, Is there life after death. Life after Death series host Mark Thurston, produced by Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.
Edgar Cayce on Life After Death Part 2
Musica for Rosalie
Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Op. 92_II. Allegretto