Archive for June, 2010

The mind of the surviving soul at death

June 29, 2010

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)

The answer is simply that there are no dead, despite
our common belief. There is no death and the “dead” are
actually alive. Therefore, God is not the God of the dead
but of the living.
This phrase is found in the Gospels and in Exodus 3:6.

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

was here.


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


Swimming in the River of Dreams

June 23, 2010

Brothers Sell Joseph into Slavery, Konstantin Flavitsky, 1855


What are dreams?

Cayce answers: “Dreams are of different natures, and have their inception from influences either in the body, in the mind, or from the realm of the soul and spirit.”

Therefore, one of the first steps toward interpretation of a dream is to identify what is the influence behind the dream: Is it the body, the mind, or the soul?

Cayce says that the most common influence impelling dreams is “mental development.”

Our subconscious (mind of our soul) and our superconscious (mind of our godly self) are attempting to correlate events and decisions with eternal, spiritual ideals and purposes.

On one occasion Cayce modified the word correlation to “co-relation of subconscious and superconscious forces manifesting through the developing mind of the entity.”

Generally, the feeling that accompanies the dream reveals how our soul feels about events, decisions, or conditions.

Beyond correlating, some dreams reflect conditions in the body that need to be cared for; some deal with opportunities that need to be seized; others are non-physical experiences in other dimensions of life that help us expand our consciousness.

In some dreams we break the time barrier and see far into the past or even into the future.

The subconscious mind is like a bird high above the road we are traveling; it can see around the next bend of our path and review the distant roads we’ve traveled and forgotten.

Dreams are multidimensional. It is this very quality that makes them so difficult to understand.

They have a language all their own; a language of imagery, symbolism, and sometimes bizarre activity.

As all who have studied their dreams can attest, dreams are often difficult to interpret and understand.

But humanity has received life-changing insight and guidance through dreams.

From biblical journeys with God to modern scientific breakthroughs, dreams have played a major role in human experience.

The Book of Job: When the Morning Stars Sang Together

Watercolour, 280 x 179 mm
Pierpont Morgan Library, New York

Blake’s images oscillate between dream and reason. Even direct references to the Bible, as here to the Book of Job, do not necessarily mean that this is an illustration of the Bible. The scenes are too much a part of the artist’s private religious vision. Here we see Job, who has been through torment and suffering, taken up by God. With His arms outstretched, God appears as the Lord of Light and Darkness, but the depiction could also be intended to show God as the Lord of the Earth. There is a striking similarity in the faces of God and Job.

The sheet is a drawing for one of the sequences of engravings that appeared from 1825.

In the Book of Job it is written:

“God speaks once, even twice — though man regards it not — in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon man, in slumberings upon the bed.

Then God opens the ears of humans, and seals their instruction, that He may withdraw man from his [selfish] purposes, and hide pride from man.

He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.”

Budget time for swimming in the river of dreams. They guide us to the shores of paradise.

Sleep is a shadow of death and the life beyond this world.

To live in dreamy sleep is to know heaven.

Writer James Agee was 45 years old in 1955 when he died of heart failure in the backseat of a New York taxicab. His unfinished novel, A Death in the Family, was posthumously edited and published to great acclaim two years later. It’s a deeply felt autobiographical remembrance of Agee’s childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the car crash that took his father’s life when the author was six years old. The novel won a Pulitzer Prize and became the basis for a stage play, All the Way Home, that garnered a Pulitzer of its own. (The play was adapted into a virtually forgotten 1963 film starring Robert Preston and Jean Simmons.)

Heaven is that place never ever dreamt of.

rosettasister Says:
February 17, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I don’t believe we humans can even begin to comprehend just how immeasurable God is.

On our Valentine’s Day thread, I mentioned how Robert Preston is my favorite actor ever.

Shortly after he died, I dreamt of him and you know what he told me?

He said, and I’ll never forget it as it was such an euphoric dream,

“Heaven is that place never ever dreamt of.”

I woke with tears in my eyes as I felt as though I’d been given a gift, just an inkling of what heaven must be like.

I told you I had strange dreams!

In this uplifting commentary, best-selling author John Van Auken reveals the simple yet profound path that takes one from living in the grind of karma to the light and peace of grace.

Using the foundation of spiritual living found in the fruits of the spirit and as given by psychic Edgar Cayce, Van Auken weaves a tapestry of love and light, of freedom from karmic reactions, of hope and happiness.

Quite a unique approach to the Revelation

June 17, 2010


The painter Raphael Sanzio’s fresco of The Prophet Isaiah of 1511-12 in Sant’Agostino, Rome was commissioned by the Head Chancellor of the Papal Court, Johannes Goritz of Luxemburg.

The Prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, was a member of the royal family. He made his first public appearance as the Divinely inspired prophet in the year of Uzziah’s affliction with leprosy, and he ministered to the people for about ninety years, during the reigns of kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.

 Traditionally, there are four approaches to interpreting Revelation: 1) preterist, 2) historicist, 3) symbolic, and 4) futuristic.

The symbolic view maintains that the Revelation portrays the conflict between good and evil throughout the entire span of human history. The Book attempts to encourage the faithful to keep up the fight because, despite the magnitude of the challenge and depth of suffering involved in this fight, good overcomes evil in the end and reigns forever. This view does not attempt to associate the symbols with nations or events in history, but simply with the various forces that make up the good influence and the evil influence in humanity’s journey.

Edgar Cayce approaches the Revelation most closely to the symbolic view, but even here he takes it far beyond the normal symbolic interpretation.

The Revelation, according to Cayce, is a very special part of the great biblical story and should be studied as a kind of roadmap for the final spiritualization of our bodies and minds.

The symbols and scenes in this mysterious book represent experiences and stages through which we pass in our struggle to awaken again spiritually and regain our close connection with God and the Garden we once shared.

Cayce says that some symbols and places in the Revelation actually represent glands within our bodies and thought patterns within our minds.

He explains that “the visions, the experiences, the names, the churches, the places, the dragons, the cities, all are but emblems of those forces that may war within the individual in its journey through the material, or from the entering into the material manifestation [i.e., physical body and world] to the entering into the glory, or the awakening in the spirit….”

This is quite a unique approach to the Revelation.

In every line of the Revelation, every activity, every symbol, we find good and evil rising in a struggle.

This struggle, according to Cayce, is within us and is because we were created to be heirs, joint heirs with Christ, as sons and daughters of God, to that everlasting glory that my be ours with Him in God.

But the material, physical forces, and self-satisfying interests take strong hold of us, and we forget our spiritual destiny.

Yet, Cayce does not see the physical as evil or a stumbling-block to spiritualization; rather as a tool, a steppingstone to aid in our spiritual struggle if we use it properly, as the Revelation reveals.

Here are some examples of Cayce’s interpretation of symbols, scenes, and characters found in the Revelation:


New Heaven and New Earth:

These represent a new mind and a new heart.

Through out the Old Testament you may have noticed that the Lord makes occasional reference to giving us new hearts or “circumcising” our hearts.

Here, in the final book of the Bible, we have received our new hearts.

These also represent a new vibration in the seven spiritual centers. The “wheels” are spinning with a new purpose, a new life-force; one that is spiritualizing.

Therefore, we have a new body, too. One that helps the heart and mind maintain higher consciousness.

Water of Life:

This is the transformative, rejuvenative influence of the Spirit of God flowing through our purposes, which have been made pure in “the blood of the Lamb — which is in Jesus, the Christ, to those who seek to know his ways.”

Ingesting this water is cleansing, making us new and reborn.

But, once again, it is not actual water that we are talking about.

It is the essence of water from within us, as Jesus meant when he said, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, from within him shall flow rivers of living water,” John 7:38.

Jesus’ reference to the scriptures is to Isaiah 58:11 where we find a similar comment about the inner water: “And the Lord will guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in dry places, and make strong thy bones; and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”

Tree of Life:

This represents “the sturdiness of the purpose of the individual in its sureness in the Christ.”

The tree’s leaves represent our activities that are as healings to others and ourselves in the material life. The fruits of this special tree are the “fruits of the spirit.”

Cayce listed them in many of his discourses as: kindness, patience, joy, understanding, gentleness, longsuffering, forgiveness, etc.

The tree’s ability to bear fruit each month indicates the continuousness of the influence of this sturdiness and these activities that bring forth the spiritual fruits in our lives.

Cayce’s interpretions call each of us to participate in a great struggle to be born again in the Spirit and spiritualize our lives, bodies, and minds.

John Van Auken is a longtime staff member and director at A.R.E. He is one of our most popular and renowned speakers and is the author of twenty-one books, including Toward a Deeper Meditation, Ancient Egyptian Mysticism, and the new Kabbalah: A Resource for Soulful Living . A popular tour guide to sacred sites across the globe, John is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt.

Edgar Cayce Readings on Atlantis Links


Rasa — Devotion

Page Springs Fish Hatchery

June 9, 2010

Nestled among the cool pines of the Coconino National Forest, the Page Springs Fish Hatchery offers a cool retreat from the desert during hot summer months. Families enjoy hiking the nature trial bordering Oak Creek, and kids like visiting the show ponds to see the hatchery’s finest and largest trout.At 82 acres, this is the state’s largest coldwater fish production facility, producing nearly 700,000 trout a year. The property also includes a smaller warm water hatchery, Bubbling Ponds. In recent years, Bubbling Ponds produced sportfish such as bluegill, largemouth bass, and walleye, and sensitive species such as razorback suckers and Colorado pikeminnow used by the department in native fish conservation and recovery efforts.
Recreational Opportunities – Day Use Only

The hatchery includes an interpretive center and a self-guided hatchery tour, finishing in a visit to the show ponds. These amenities are accessible to the disabled. The hatchery is open 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).

A recently completed nature trail, with signs describing riparian habitat and wildlife, meanders through the hatchery grounds and along Oak Creek. The trail is a great place to see wildlife and view birds.

Camping: There are no camping facilities at the hatchery. However, camping areas are available nearby on Forest Service lands, or at Arizona State Parks such as Red Rock State Park near Sedona or Deadhorse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. For camping information, a park map, or weather data, click on Red Rock State Park or Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

Bubbling Ponds, just west of Page Springs.

 This is a warm water hatchery fed by hot springs which keep the water at a steady 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It is operated by AZ Fish and Game.

Crescent Moon Picnic Area

One of the most photographed scenes in the southwest is towering Cathedral Rock reflected in the waters of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing. It should come as no surprise, then, that the picnic area located at that same site is as popular as it is beautiful. People come here to fish, swim, and wade in the creek, as well as to picnic and photograph the scenery. At times it can become quite crowded. But if you come early in the morning or on a weekday, it’s possible to have the world class beauty of Red Rock Crossing all to yourself, or nearly so.

Location: 37 miles south of Flagstaff, 7 miles southwest of Sedona. Elevation is 4,000 feet.

GPS: N34° 49′ 33.78″, W-111° 48′ 26.7114″

Access: Drive west from Sedona on US 89A. Just outside town, turn south on FR 216 (Upper Red Rock Loop Road). Drive about 1.5 miles and follow the signs to Red Rock Crossing. All roads except the short segment leading from Red Rock Crossing Road to the picnic area are paved.

Season: All year, hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day; off-season, 8 a.m. to dusk.

Attractions: Picnicking, Waterplay, Wildlife watching, Photography, Fishing

Facilities: Accessible Picnic Tables, Cooking grills, Vault Toilets, Group Ramada

Drinking fountain available. Bring your own bulk water.
No camping is permitted.

For more information contact:
Red Rock Ranger District, P.O. Box 20429, Sedona AZ 86341, (928) 282-4119

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The silence and solitude of animals

June 1, 2010

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

 By John O’Donohue

The animals are more ancient than us.

The animals are more ancient than us. They were here for millennia before humans surfaced on the earth. Animals are our ancient brothers and sisters. They enjoy a seamless presence – a lyrical unity with the earth. Animals live outside in the wind, in the waters, in the mountains, and in the clay. The knowing of the earth is in them. The Zen-like silence and thereness of the landscape is mirrored in the silence and solitude of animals.

Animals know nothing of Freud, Jesus, Buddha, Wall Street, the Pentagon, or the Vatican. They live outside the politics of human intention. Somehow they already inhabit the eternal.

The Celtic mind recognized the ancient belonging and knowing of the animal world. The dignity, beauty, and wisdom of the animal world was not diminished by any false hierarchy or human arrogance.

Somewhere in the Celtic mind was a grounding perception that humans are the inheritors of this deeper world. This finds playful expression in the following ninth-century poem.

The scholar and his cat, Pangur Bán

(from the Irish by Robin Flower)

I and Pangur Ban my cat,
‘Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.

Better far than praise of men
‘Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill-will,
He too plies his simple skill.

‘Tis a merry task to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.

Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur’s way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.

‘Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
‘Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.

When a mouse darts from its den,
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!

So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.


Tuck & Patti – Tears of Joy (including Mad Mad Me)