This article appeared in two parts in the A.R.E. Journal in about 1975.
It is offered here, with the kind permission of the author, in the hope that
it may continue to help those wanting to align themselves with the principles
of economic harmony.
For a fancier version, using HTML frames, see ABUNDANCE IS YOURS
by Barbara Burgess Bullard
Professor Bullard has been an innovative, award-winning professor of speech communication at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California for 30 years. Barbara is known for her innovative and dynamic approach to teaching, communications, leadership, relationships and healing. Her involvement with the Edgar Cayce Readings and with the Monroe Institute, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, for more than 25 years, has lead to research, testing, and teaching about the healing impact of music and sound on the brain. These explorations along with research and testing were the impetus for a four-year effort to create a super-learning metamusic, the results of which are two “designer Metamusics” entitled Remembrance and Einstein’s Dream.
As we are ushering in our nation's Bicentennial, there appear to be many in our country who are questioning the celebration and expressing dampened enthusiasm due to the economic hardships that seem to abound in America and elsewhere. Daily, as we read or listen to the news, we hear of "inflation," "recession," "lowering of the gold standard," "the high unemployment figures," "famine, drought and starvation in many parts of the world," and so forth. Truly, these appear to be "times of crisis"; many have even compared our current state to that of the Great Depression of the 1930s. If there are any similarities, it would behoove those of us familiar with the clairvoyant readings of Edgar Cayce to turn to the insights afforded us in these readings for effectively dealing with economic crisis. Because so many people both during and after the Depression asked questions dealing with solutions to their financial and material concerns, a wealth of practical suggestions for effecting "economic healing" can be found in these readings. The theoretical insights, as well as the practical suggestions, offer us much knowledge, hope, and inspiration by which we can encounter these times.
I first became interested in researching this particular area in the Edgar Cayce readings during August of 1974. I had just returned from a sabbatical trip abroad, and, due to the inflated prices in Europe, the trip had cost much more than anticipated. Concurrently, the speakers' committee at the local A.R.E. council polled the Study Group members to gather their suggestions for topics to be researched and presented at the monthly workshops. One of the topics most often selected was "economic healing." Since I had a month off from school, was "broke," and felt in need of an economic healing, the committee agreed that I was a "qualified" candidate to research and present the workshop. I have benefited greatly from the information found in the Edgar Cayce readings, and, through applying many of the concepts discussed in this article, I personally have experienced the desired economic healing; so too have several other members of our Study Group. By applying the same ideas at the level of the local council, the budget has gone from broke in January to a most ample balance in four months. Also, our council enacted numerous successful fund-raising events for the A.R.E. Library Fund. Because many of us feel the impact of applying the laws of prosperity discussed in the readings, we feel the desire to share our research and enlightenment with other seekers.
This article will be written primarily from a first person point of view, but without the help of my husband and several other local Study Group members who shall remain anonymous (and receive their reward in heaven), there would be no story to share and no article in which to share the "enlightenment."
Because questions concerning financial matters were asked frequently throughout Edgar Cayce's psychic career, the present attempt has been to select only the more clear and dramatic quotes and to present them in a format that reveals an organized context in which economic healing may be approached. A theoretical framework will be presented first and will provide the appropriate basis for the more "practical" approaches enumerated in the latter part of the article. Interspersed throughout will be relevant Biblical references as well as anecdotal material from people who have applied the laws.
Before we delve too deeply into ways and means for approaching economic healing, let us investigate whether a person can be true to his or her spiritual ideals and purposes on this earth and yet have material and financial security; answering the adage that "poverty is somehow a virtue" and/or that "money is somehow evil." The sleeping Cayce noted for one person:
In Jupiter we find the ... inclinations that in the experiences of the entity will be great amounts of this world's goods . . . the training also then [should be]... as to the use of same [wealth], as being lent from Creative Forces and energies and not as for self-indulgence ... 1206-3
For another person the readings explained:
And if there will be first, in the present, the purposing and living in such a manner before God as to walk circumspectly in thine own conscience before Him ... ye may find—as this world's goods increase in thy hands (as they must necessarily do)— they will not and do not become burdens to thy conscience nor separate thee from thy home or thy fellow man. But rather is the opportunity to serve thy Maker. Ye have earned the right for much of this world's goods. Do not abuse that; else ye become—in thine own conscience—an outcast in this experience. 1901-1
A reading given for a third individual may give us further insight concerning this question:
Look into the hearts of those that apparently are successful in material things, and unless such successes are founded in the spirit of justice, mercy, love and long-suffering and brotherly kindness, they must fade and fall away. Yet, If they are builded in these things that are the fruits of the spirit, they will grow and blossom as the Rose of Sharon; and ever will thyself in the spirit of thy angel that stands before His face find pleasure and grace and mercy in the eyes and heart of thine Maker. 531-3
It seems, therefore, that according to the readings some people have "earned the right for much of the world's goods," but that the use of this wealth needs to be built on "the fruits of the spirit." There are those who point to the apparent poverty of Jesus' life on earth and declare that poverty must be a virtue. As I researched the Bible in preparation for this article, I could not view Jesus as being poor. Jesus was always welcomed with food, drink, and lodging wherever He went. In addition, He had wealthy followers such as Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea, and several of His disciples. One reading clarified this issue for me:
It is sometimes judged that most of the disciples were poor; and this was not true. For Zebedee and his sons, Matthew the publican, all who were closely associated were rather well-to-do. Peter and Andrew, of course, were servants or laborers with the sons of Zebedee; but Zebedee was among the wealthy...
For as these were a portion of the family of which John, James, Jude, Ruth and all became a part, these were kinsmen; and people that were in authority so far as capital is concerned—as ye would term in the present; and were not poor! 1151-10
John ... was the wealthiest of the disciples of the Christ. His estate would be counted in the present in American money as being near to a quarter of a million dollars ... he was a power with those in the Roman and Jewish power at the period. 295-8
Nowhere in the Scriptures could I find condemnation of wealth as such, only condemnation of the wrong use of wealth and of its power of possession over people who had not set the ideal of Oneness with God. However, other people that I spoke with brought up four examples from the Bible which have been commonly misunderstood when correlated with wealth.
The first of these Biblical passages is Paul's famous dictum from I Timothy 6:10 which reads, "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." Many people shorten this adage to "money is the root of all evil," which clearly is not what Paul intended. Paul condemned certain attitudes towards money, such as our love and covetous desires for wealth, not the wealth itself. This distinction is most important, for if we begin to place our faith in money or materiality, then our love may transfer from God to material wealth. This covetous desire for money and its inevitable train of sorrows may be seen in the story of King Midas and the golden touch.
This same confusion is further associated with the story of the rich young man of Luke 18 who chose not to become a follower of Christ. The following reading clarified this issue:
Q-3. Explain repentance and remission of sins as they apply to us.
A-3. Repentance means being sorry, as He, as He wept with the young man who turned away when he was told, "Sell all thou hast and give to the poor, and follow me." He was sorry for the young man. Why? As He gave, "Thou art not far from the kingdom of God." In other words, "Thou art not far from being wholly the law," but the fear of lack, the fear of the lack of the medium of exchange—or of wealth—hindered. 2533-7
Perhaps the reason that Jesus refused to accept the rich young man as one of His followers unless he sold all his wealth, and yet welcomed Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, was that the first was a slave to his wealth and the latter two were masters of their wealth. They knew how to use wealth in God's service, as stewards of God's bounty.
The third misunderstood Biblical passage is also from Luke 18, that it "is harder for a rich man to enter heaven than it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle." A semantic/linguistic analysis of the phrase, "eye of a needle," may provide one explanation for the meaning of this passage. In Biblical times, this phrase commonly referred to a small opening in the walled cities for night passage to and from the city. During the daytime the main gates were open and all loaded wagons and animals could get in with no difficulty. But at night, the "eye of the needle" was so small that a camel loaded with goods could not pass through the opening. One of the possible lessons contained herein should be clear: since the only way for a man to get his camel in at night through the "eye of the needle" was to remove all his goods from the camel and bring them through (be in control of) one by one.
The fourth passage is from Matthew 6:24, 33 which states: "No man can serve two masters:... Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Therefore, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." This dictum is undoubtedly true and as we investigate into the Edgar Cayce readings it will become clear that we should serve God through stewarding the mammon or wealth, not that we serve mammon.
The foregoing discussion of Biblical references is intended to set forth the concept that money or wealth is not inherently evil. There does, however, appear to be a great responsibility to "use it and not abuse it." The following reading stated this issue most succinctly:
Know, all the desires . . . have their place in thy experience. These are to be used and not abused. All things are holy unto the Lord, that He has given to man as appetites or physical desires, yet these are to be used to the glory of God and not in that direction of selfishness alone...
Let this be rather the tenet of the mind, of the soul, of the body: Success must be to the glory of God rather than to the gratifying of any appetite, of any desire, of fame or fortune. Know that fame and fortune must be the result of thy seeking in His paths first, and then all will be lighted along the way. 3234-1
Let us now consider, in more detail, the two major themes thus far expressed—stewardship and the need for ideals. In the concept of stewardship we recognize that every gift of nature has been entrusted to us through the Grace of God. Therefore, we must use them in a responsible manner, in keeping with the laws and will of God, to establish His kingdom in the hearts of men. In his book, Stewardship—Call to A New Way of Life, Dr. Hugh O'Connel (1969:5) notes:
In recent times there has been a new emphasis on Christian stewardship and a more complete development of this idea. However, the doctrine is as old as the Bible itself. The concept that both the nation of Israel and the individual Jew were God's stewards is woven like a thread through the books of the Old Testament. The same is true of the New Testament. Sixteen of the 38 major parables of Christ are concerned with this idea. It has been said that one out of every six verses in the gospels deals with some aspect of stewardship.
Since much of the historical information of stewardship will be presented later in relationship to the concept of tithing, it is only necessary at this time that we consider one of the most famous parables regarding stewardship from the New Testament. You will remember that in the parable from Matthew 25, Jesus discussed three servants who were given respectively ten talents, five talents, and one talent. (Interestingly enough, I found out only recently that ten talents was actually equal to 6000 coins, thereby giving this parable even more relevance to the topic of economic healing.) The first two servants went out into the world, used their talents, and invested them. When the master returned, they had doubled their money. The master praised them and gave them even more responsibility. However, the last servant, who had been given only one talent, in his fear, had gone and buried it in the ground. He was chastised for his fear: his talent was taken away from him and given to the servant who had ten talents, for "Unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness ..." (Matt. 25:29, 30)
The parable of the ten talents was brought up as a lesson to various individuals who were given readings for economic problems. The readings seem quite clear as to our responsibilities in this matter:
For, know, the earth and all therein is the Lord's. The silver, the gold, the cattle on a thousand hills are His. He knows thy needs, but thou must choose as to what ye will do with the talents He hath given thee.
As ye apply, as ye make use of that in hand, more Is given thee. For, day unto day is sufficient, if use is made thereof... 1206-13
How, first, will ye use that which has and that may come from the use of the material gains? How has thou used them in the past? Art thou worthy in thine own meeting with thy Lord in His holy place to claim that thou may be entrusted with ten talents when thou hast used two badly? Hast thou the claim that thou may be given fifty talents when ten have been mislaid? 657-3
Not all to have even that which supplies the needs of the physical man, nor yet all to have this world's goods that may easily take wings and fly away. Rather that contentment which comes from proper relations with the fellow man, contentment of a service rendered in the eyes of the Maker, and with same comes a real success; for physical, mental or material goods in this mundane sphere are lent of the Lord. What wilt thou give in return? Thou art the keeper, thou art the husbandman, and one day there must be a reckoning with thy Maker. Then, in thy going ins and thine coming outs before man, know that all is in His keeping and He doeth all things well. The silver and gold is His. What thou hast, what thou may do is but as lent, then, from Him. In the service . . . self may show forth that concept of the duty thou wouldst perform in His vineyard ... as well as that as thou makest thine self to be worthy of handling of this world's goods; for to one He gave five talents, to another two. Art thou the one talent man that would hide, knowing that there will be required the reckoning? Rather he that uses self in service to His fellow man lendeth to the Lord. Of Him will there be given that that makes the success in the mental, in the material, in the spiritual understanding that comes from a life worth while in the vineyard of the Maker. 4866-1
Therefore, it seems clear that all that we have has been lent to us by God for the purpose of stewardship. We can choose to have more than we need if we do so with the right purposes. The readings admonish each of us to choose wisely for:
Look at those . . . money powers of the earth...
Are ye willing, then, to pay such a price?
Are ye willing that such shall be thine own temptation? that ye are to build within thine experience that which will give thee, in thine own personal self, the right to say Yea and Nay to thy brother in want here and there?...
As to the manners, then—these ye must determine within thine own consciousness; and these ye would weigh well with thy purpose through this material experience.
...Not that an individual is not to be endowed with purposes, desires and the like In relationship to his fellow man—or to conditions of every nature whether they be social, economic, political or what not. But for what purpose are these positions chosen by thyself? 826-9
The choice is ours, the responsibility is ours, and, before we accept either, we need to question fully our motives in seeking economic abundance—to have millions of dollars and not have the fertility of mind and the right purposes to utilize the wealth is to be like a mule that bears gold on his back out of the mines—he knows the burden of wealth but not the joy of practical use.
From the foregoing, it is clear that the second theme continually stressed is that of ideals. The ideals mentioned by the readings which are important to be held when seeking material success or economic healing were of three major types: 1) material success should come as the result of seeking our spiritual ideal, and not the main goal; 2) material success should never be sought for self-indulgence or self-aggrandizement; and 3) material success should go hand-in-hand with the ideal of service, for "I am my brother's keeper." Let us consider some of the insights afforded us by the Edgar Cayce readings in these three areas.
1) Material success should come as the result of seeking our spiritual ideal:
Q-2. In what field of endeavor am I most likely to succeed financially?
A-2. ...leave off the "financially." Let the financial be the result of honest, sincere desire to be and to live so that others may know the way also. God giveth the increase. 2409-1
Let the economic power, however, be not the first cause; let it rather be the result of carefully purposeful consideration of the use of abilities given to each entity, each soul—and be the result of such application. 1861-2
... let the material things, the material possessions, the material blessings, the material surroundings, be as a result rather than an end; let them be as an effect of seeking the Lord while He may be found. For all material things are only lent to be as opportunities for the individual, and that ye have given ye possess. 1257-1
And the material effects then may be the result of the spiritual application. And not the material the goal, but as the result of soul development. 1219-1
2) Material success should never be sought for self-indulgence or for self-aggrandizement:
...as was given of old, "Be thou fruitful and multiply; subdue the earth and that therein." It didn't say abuse the earth or that therein, nor use for thine own aggrandizement for only that that may be personally used from day to day is necessary. Considerest thou the lily and its beauty? It toils not, neither does it spin; yet Solomon in all his glory [was] not arrayed as one of these. Wilt thou, then, thine self, be a channel? or wilt thou attempt to turn the channels into thine own doing? 520-2
Q-29. Is  in a position now with the above situations pending to he assured of coming out of the depression and out of debt and again being reestablished?
A-29. Provided the ideal—and not merely an idea—is carried forward; and that the ideal is not drenched in self-indulgence, aggrandizement or glory by any of the associates and of  himself. 257-181
...do not be afraid of giving self in a service—if the ideal is correct. If it is for selfish motives, for aggrandizement, for obtaining a hold to be used in an underhand manner, beware. If it is that the glory of truth may be made manifest, spend it all—whether self, mind, body, or the worldly means—whether in labor or in the coin of the realm. 1957-1
3) Material success should go hand-in-hand with the ideal of service:
Where the purposes are [those of] the Prince of Peace ... "I am my brother's keeper—I will do the right," these [purposes] will keep and bring social security, financial security, and peace of mind and body to those that propagate same. 3976-17
Every phase of human experience and human relationship must be taken into consideration; Just as indicated from that given, that we are our brother's keeper.
Then if those in position to give of their means, their wealth, their education, their position, do not take these things into consideration, there must be that leveling that will come! 3976-19
It is also understood, comprehended by some, that a new order of conditions is to arise ... 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 leveling—or a greater comprehension of this need. 3976-18
Some of us who read these readings from the Times of Crisis booklet pondered whether our own times of economic crisis might just be the new order of economic conditions. The readings certainly do seem to indicate that, when one is serving his brother through the talents and riches that have been lent to him from the Universal Source, then individual and collective economic healing will come about as a natural result. Consider the following, for example:
Q-11. What should I do to protect my own financial position and obtain an adequate income in the future?
A-11. As indicated, when the body sets self in those capacities, in those conditions wherein the body may serve, he will be setting himself or insuring himself respecting his future income, his future material success, his future material and social activities. 877-2
Q-13. Who is the best person or what is the best channel for me to work through for my development and promotion?
A-13. Self—and God; and taking Him into partnership with you, In the directions with you—that's the only way for advancement! For all power and all might, that may be In the hands of man, is only lent for a purpose; for it is of God.
Then when an individual in any institution, in any business, in any relationship, in any walk of life, walks in the way and manner in which his days and his needs may be in keeping with that which is a proper consideration of the brother and of the brother's relationships, then we may know God will give the increase as the individual is able to bear it. 1388-1
Then, knowing the abilities, the fields of activities, that give self the opportunity to serve, use those in a way that will bring selfs understanding, and the material results, the physical results, are in His keeping; for never has he that served the living God wanted for the necessities of life. Consider the lilies, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; yet they are supplied even as those of all creation, that are used—and do not abuse—God's privileges. 348-14
Having explored the ideals expressed in the above readings and the concept of stewardship, let us now turn to some universal laws that govern the area of economics. Many of the readings given for persons desiring economic healing during the depression years stress the fact that man falls under the dominion of the laws of the universe and only as he applies himself in accordance with these laws can he experience a healing. For example, one man was told in response to his request:
Q-2. Outline and explain a method or technique of effective prayer as to apply the laws of increase...
A-2. As ye are in and under, and apply laws, ye become the law. As He applied the law—that is, as Jesus, the man, that is in relationship to thyself—as He applied the law He made Himself equal with the law, by becoming the law. No doubt, no fear, no animosity, no self—but selfless in God's purpose. This overcomes the law as related to all phases of materiality, including gravity, including supply, including all phases of the experience in the earth. 2533-7
Another was told:
...to attain in the better forces of life is to deserve—through self’s own efforts—that station, place, or position, by service self renders others, rather than by politic, or by birth—for all are born equal under the law, and the entity must learn to comply with all law to become the law, which is success attained in any form, for in service is the highest form of law. 4162-1
But in learning these laws, we are admonished by the readings not to apply these laws to anyone's disadvantage, as in the following:
The evasion of a law only puts conditions off, and must eventually be met... 3744-1
The understanding of all laws, for that is the law, the understanding of the law pertaining to any given condition. Then we would give any condition that may be met through such knowledge without the advantage taken of another individual, through its lack of such law or knowledge should be used. The use of psychic force by any individual, is only the using of the spiritual law that makes one free, but not freedom to take advantage, no more than that the gods take advantage of the knowledge of man's weaknesses to use them as means of destructive forces.
Through man, all law to the physical plane or material plane is made manifest, but the manifestation is of the compliance as made with the law. The knowledge of such gained through psychic force cannot be abused without receiving the same condition under which this puts such a condition upon the individual. 3744-1
The laws most often stressed by the readings as being necessary to understand and then apply are: 1) the law of love as expressed through giving; 2) the law of supply; 3) the law of faith; 4) the law of cause and effect; 5) the law of recompense; and 6) the law of expectancy. Let us briefly consider each of these laws as revealed through various readings.
With respect to the law of love as expressed through giving, one person asked. "What is the law of love?" and was told:
Giving ... The gift, the giving, with hope of reward or pay is direct opposition of the law of love ... Through that love, as man makes it manifest in his own heart and life, does it reach that law, and in compliance of A Law, the law becomes a part of the individual. That is the law of love. Giving in action, without the force felt, expressed, manifested, shown, desired or reward for that given. Not that the law of love does away with other laws, but makes the law of recompense, the law of faith, the law of divine, with the law of earth forces, if you please, of effect, not defective, but of effect. 3744-4
Another person was admonished to determine:
... 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" ...
Then, let His promise remain. For, as He has given of old; There has never been one that loves the Lord begging bread; nor one that lives the life of love failing to find harmony and peace in the inner man.
Then, do that thou knowest to do today! Tomorrow will be given thee the next step to take. 815-3
Two additional excerpts from the readings provide further clarification of the relationship of giving to the expression of the law of love:
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
... and in this sense, too, may the entity understand that law here does not refer to penal law, but rather to that called love; knowing that in love all life is given, in love all things move. In giving one attains. In giving one acquires. 345-1
The law of love as expressed in giving will be taken up more completely in the later section dealing with practical techniques for applying the laws. Therefore, let us now explore the second law, that of supply.
The law of supply is the promise of abundance as discussed in the following reading:
Q-5. I seek direction as to how to clear my debts.
A-5. These can be met only by measuring up to that which brings the promise—that is well known in self—from the source of supply—materially, physically.
For the earth is indeed the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. The silver and the gold are His.
When ye measure to that standard where there is needed such for the best mental and soul development, such is—will be—supplied. 877-29
It is our choice whether or not to apply the law, as the following reading stressed.
Q-1. Will my son be able to find a job?
A-1. That depends upon the application of the son; and much of the attitude of self as in relationships to same.
For these are ever the laws of cause and effect, the laws of supply and demand, the laws of the activities of associations of individuals ... 1438-3
Because of the misconceptions that surround the law of supply, it bears further analysis for a clearer understanding of the ramifications of this law. The law of supply presupposes that all we could ever truly need will be made available to us if we are seeking to obey all the 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/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!
When there was given the bounty to man through the activities of the law of the Lord, did He prepare other than that needed for the sustenance of all? In the preparation of the feast of Galilee in Cana what supplied He? The meats and viands of the table? No, only that lacking. When He supplied the needs to the thousands that were weak and ahungered and troubled, did He use other than that at hand? That at hand was multiplied in the blessings!
Be patient, all. For all will pass through, In material experience, the greatest bounty of all. 262-89
Other people I talked with were afraid that the supply is limited and that, if they were to seek economic healing, they might be taking supply away from someone who might need it more. Once again, this reasoning shows a lack of understanding of the law of supply which states that abundance is equally available to all who apply the laws. All the bounty of the world was created in the beginning, and the supply therefore does not decrease in hard times and increase in good times. The primary difference between times of economic abundance and economic hardship stems from our lack of application of the laws, not in the law of supply itself. Let us return to the example of Jesus. Jesus indicated His comprehension of this law when He admonished His disciples to trust in infinite supply as they carried the "Good News" from place to place. He assured them that their Father had eternally foreseen all that they would ever require, and had provided the bounty for every contingency. Because infinite supply was available to them at all times, there was no need to burden themselves with material things they could not use, therefore, they were to carry nothing with them except the clothes on their backs. Perhaps this same message is being expressed in the admonition to the following individual:
The entity then was among those who were In the Ibex Rebellion, being among those of the household of the young King's brother; keeping the tenets of those who expressed in that activity: "If you don't take care of yourself, no one else will do it for you."
This isn't true. If you live right yourself, everyone will take care of you. 3479-2
One final insight regarding the law of supply needs to be discussed. Although it is certainly part of the law that supply is infinite, we need to analyze our lives to determine whether we are desiring more of the world's goods than we need, and that we are not hoarding the supply that we have in hand out of fear for the future. Fears for the future appear to run rampant in our country today with people putting all their money into savings, and laying away years' supply of food and provisions. This saving for tomorrow seems to belie trust in God's bounty. We need to reaffirm that God can take care of us in bad times as well as good, if we apply the laws. As the readings indicate:
In Him there are no limitations. One only limits self by doubt and fear. 2574-1
... yet the so oft seeking and becoming discouraged because of material things that fade away. Lay not up treasures then in material things, for these change ... 1257-1
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
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.
Therefore, closely connected to the laws of love and supply is the law of faith. 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. The following readings urge this faith:
... placing self In the hands of ... the power of God—His is the All Force. Believest thou that thou livest in the midst of the Father? Then act that way. Never has there been seen one that wholly trusted in God at want, nor their seed begging bread. 5563-1
Q-I3. Can I plan to open my home this fall with assurance of harmony in operation and adequate income to meet expenditures?
A-13. ... If there is the whole trust in Him who is the Giver of all good and perfect gifts, sufficient of the means, of moneys, of help, of aid of every nature will be thine. 1158-22
The law of faith has as its premise the lack of fear; therefore, if we are truly trusting in God we should have no ideas of poverty or lack. We should avoid talking of hard times, of famines, and so forth. Interestingly, the fear of lack, exemplified in the rich man from the Biblical parable, was identified by the readings as a major cause of the Depression:
As far as depression is concerned ... when fear has arisen in the hearts of the created, sin lieth at the door. Then, the change will occur—or that seeking will make the definite change—in the latter portion of the present year . Not that times financially will be better, but the minds of the people will be fitted to the conditions better. 5748-6
Q-1. 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 he made toward correction of the money order as operated today?
A-1. 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
A return to a complete trust in God is important, for as the readings note:
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
As everyone should see ... there must be first the individual conviction of the need to trust God for the needs of His people at all times and under every circumstance, whether this is under democracy or any other form of government....
Then ... each of you here—give God a chance to show what great blessings He will give to those who love Him ... For, know ye, His laws fail not—"As ye sow, so shall ye reap." 3976-23
In the previous quote the fourth law—that of cause and effect—is again mentioned. It is clear that the law of cause would be at work in any type of healing, including economic healing: what we sow, we shall reap. In that regard an individual was told:
Know, in thy forming of policies and attitudes towards others, that there are immutable laws; and that what ye would give out—if ye would have any semblance of success, or a growth within thy own experience—must be constructive in its nature. Also know that what ye sow, in mental, material and physical relationships, will be measured back to thee again. 1634-1
The law of cause and effect was my first actual experience with economic healing. Although I had little knowledge of the principle, I applied it and have been rewarded ever since. 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.
The law of cause would indicate that 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
Q-5. Is there anything special that I can do to make it successful?
A-5. Work like thunder! 5417-2
Closely related to the law of cause and effect, and often confused with it, is the law of recompense, which is described in the Edgar Cayce work readings:
Q-6. How shall the Board raise the necessary funds to supply money to pay salaries and the immediate overhead of the Association?
A-6. Dig in! and begin. With the beginning, as has ever been—and will be—will be that sufficient for the care or needs. For "The silver and the gold is mine," saith the Lord, and I will recompense him who would serve in that that would make thine brother nearer to that understanding of the relationship of man to man and man to the Maker. 254-43
Whereas, the law of cause and effect stresses that what we sow, we reap, the law of recompense stresses more specifically, that the Lord will compensate richly those who will help bring His kingdom into the earth. Recompense implies the multiplication of efforts in His behalf, as another work reading notes:
Give and it shall be returned fourfold. Give, give, give, if you would receive. There has never been the lack of necessities, neither will there be, so long as adhering to the Lord's way is kept first and foremost. 254-11
Obviously, an important foundation upon which all of the previously mentioned laws rest is the law of expectancy. The readings encourage us to expect that the promises will be fulfilled as we begin to apply the laws. For example:
Expect much, you will obtain much! Expect little, you will obtain little! Expect nothing, you will obtain nothing! 5325-1
Expect something—of self, of God. 2952-1
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
Do these. Be consistent, be persistent, be prayerful. Expect something to happen. Know what you believe spiritually. Know the source of thy healing. 3779-1
The importance of an attitude of expectancy in relationship to economic healing is seen in the following readings:
And if you do not expect, how can it be creative? For the increase in material things, in the activities that are necessary to be increased to meet that need that would continue for the soul development? 1463-1
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. For the love of the Father constraineth thee to keep thine counsel with those thou meetest day by day that thou mayest aid. 557-3
To summarize the foregoing theoretical portion of this article: first we discussed the importance of establishing and maintaining a spiritual ideal which will help us in our responsibilities as stewards of God's abundance. Second, we considered the misunderstandings involving material wealth, while recognizing the temptation to use our talents unwisely. The ideals to be held in seeking economic healing or material success of any sort were set forth: 1) Material success should be a result of right living and not a goal in itself; 2) we should not seek material success for self-aggrandizement or self-indulgence; and 3) the attainment of material success, however large or small, should go hand in hand with the ideal so often expressed in the readings—I am my brother's keeper. And lastly, we explored the necessity to understand and seek to apply the economic laws of: 1) love as expressed in giving; 2) supply; 3) faith; 4) cause and effect; 5) recompense; and 6) expectancy.
A majority of the readings given by the sleeping Cayce for those interested in economic revival stress the need for analysis by all who seek economic healing. Sin lies at our door primarily in failure to apply the ideal—I am my brother's keeper! The connection between economics and this ideal is prevalent in the readings.
... when any conditions arise that make for distress, whether they be in body, in mind, in the economic influences ... sin lieth at thy door! Not thine neighbor’s! Blame not the other fellow. Seek first to know within self that which has prompted thee, and when thou hast set thine house in order, when thou hast made thine peace with thy own conscience (that would smite thee, if ye will look within your own heart), then may ye find the answers that will come to every soul that seeks... 3976-14
The following readings emphasize the question each of us must answer in relationship to economic influences:
This is the answer for meeting every problem, every question as to the economic conditions of the nations. For He gave, "Let him that hath two coats give one to another." Let the one who is forced to do this or that go the whole length. These are the basic principles upon which world order, world economic and social relations may be established, manifested among men. 3976-27
Does mankind consider he is indeed his brother’s keeper? This is the manner in which man may answer the question. There will be no want in bread for mankind when mankind eventually realizes he is indeed his brother's keeper. For the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, and the bounty in one land is lent to man to give his brother. Who is his brother? "Our Father" (we say)—then each of every land, of every color, of every creed is brother of those who seek the Father-God Instill this as you intrepret. Be faithful to the trust given you. 5398-1
The same thing is true in respect to economic conditions.
He that saith he loveth God and seeth his neighbor in need of food or a coat, and saith "Go in peace—God be with thee," is false to self and will one day create those things that will bring discontent and disputations in the earth. 3976-28
These admonitions seem to deliver a heavy order, especially for those who feel they are in economic hardship already. Although it may not be immediately clear to some how giving of what little we have to those around us in need will help effect an "economic healing," the clue may be found in the context of "ten just men may save a city."
An effective system that has been used to promote systematic stewardship is that of tithing—the contributions of a tenth of what a person earns. Up until last summer when I undertook this research, I had a tremendous resistance to the concept and tradition of tithing. But when I read the following quotation from the readings, I decided that perhaps it was time for me to seek to understand more of the theory and workings of this system:
Q-7. How much should she give of her earning capacity to charity?
A-7. Ten per cent, as all should. 451-1
The percentage of the tenth had always seemed somewhat arbitrary to me. Because I have great faith in the principles that came through these readings and am cognizant of the fact that statements such as "all should" are rarely put forth, I was moved to open my mind to this percentage system. As I researched the history and development of tithing through Biblical passages, I overcame this negative bias. The passages are listed for your own research in the bibliography section; therefore I will just briefly cover some of the highlights for those readers who, like me, may not have fully understood the origins of the tithe.
Traditionally, the tithe was the right an owner retained on his land whenever he rented it or entrusted it to an occupant to receive the first tenth of the occupant's produce. In Hebrews 7:2 we find that Abraham paid the tithe to Melchisedech in recognition of the role that the High Priest played as God's representative of the land where Abraham had become wealthy. In the next historical link, Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, made a contract with God after leaving his father's house, saying:
If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so that I come again to my father's house in peace ... then ... of all thou shall give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee. (Genesis 28:20-22)
Before the Jews entered the Promised Land, Moses was the first to officially transfer to God the right of tithe (Lev. 27:30-34). Since God was assumed to be the true owner of the Promised Land, it was tacitly understood that He had the right to have the tithe paid to Him as an offering at every harvest. Therefore, the Old Testament mentioned the tithe as a reasonable and just return to the Lord by way of acknowledgement of Him as the source of all supply.
It is most revealing to witness the evolution of consciousness that appeared in the use of the tithe throughout the Old Testament. In the beginning the first tenth was burnt in sacrifice and praise. But as the following reading indicated, "I, the Lord, hath said, I no longer seek sacrifice of animals or of goats or of bullocks or of rams." (815-3) Through an increasing awareness of God's preference for alms for the poor over the smoke of sacrifices, the tithe gradually became socially oriented. Deuteronomy 14:22-26 seems to be the first place in the Scriptures where money was substituted for the tithe of the first produce and offspring. The tithe was to be given to the Levites who took care of the Temple, and they in turn were to give a tenth of the tithe received to the Priests, who were not allowed to do other than God's work in the Temple and had to live off the tithe. (Deut. 14:27-29).
As long as the Israelites tithed and honored God, they prospered. However, during the Restoration Period, they stopped tithing and fell into hard times. Therefore, the last of the Old Testament Prophets, Malachi, chastized the Israelites for their lack of the tithe, "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, How have we robbed thee? In tithes and in offerings ..." (Mal. 3:8). Malachi then pointed out that better times would again come when the people would again place God financially first:
Bring all the tithes into the storehouses ... and test me if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing that there shall not be room enough to hold it. (Mal. 3:9.10)
Some believe that Jesus removed the responsibility of the tithe. They mention particularly His chastizement of the Pharisees for "tithing dill and cummin and seed" while failing to fulfill their other more compassionate duties. As I read Matthew 23:23, it appeared that there was no such outlawing of the tithe as a principle. He commented that the Pharisees should pay more attention to the latter without neglecting the first. Therefore, in my opinion, Jesus was stressing the spirit of the law over the letter of the law. It is certainly clear that stewardship is stressed in the parables of Jesus.
Perhaps, as we read from Paul's writings, we will again see the concept of our giving to God's work clarified. In 11 Cor. 9:6-8, Paul asserted the right of the Church to gather in the tithe for God's work. However, Paul appeared to make it more voluntary, taking away the formalized tenth. He commented that "the offering shall be a just and fair proportion of all that one receives." The amount settled upon by Paul was, "As he may prosper." Herein again the importance of giving to further God's work is stressed. But a new element is injected: the free will of the giver to exercise his individual faith and judgment and choice—we can give nothing or everything—not just a tenth. In a justification of the right of the tithe for the Church, Paul stated in 1 Cor. 9:7, "Who has there ever been that kept a flock and did not feed on the milk from his flock?"; and, in 9:11, he further stated, "If we have sown spiritual things for you, why should you be surprised if we harvest your material things? Others are allowed these rights over you and our right is surely greater."
Even as I discovered the historical and Biblical basis for the tithe, I still questioned the arbitrariness of the tenth—why not 5% or 15%? A further investigation into the numerological significance of 10 provided much insight. The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary notes that the ancients considered this number to be a mystical number symbolizing increase. In Isaiah 6:13, we find that if there is even a "tenth" of the normal life left in the body it will serve as "Holy Seed" and the fruit thereof will be eaten again. Throughout the Bible and the Cayce readings we find that the prayers of only ten righteous men can save a city, a nation. And finally, reading 261-14, A-19 noted: "Ten—back to One again. One—all the power." Therefore, the tenth appears to be symbolic of the notion that all is One as reading 3976-24 stated, "The social order, the religious order, the economic order must all be for One God!"
Since it takes at least ten righteous men to save a city, and a tenth of the cells remaining healthy in order to rebuild a body, it seems reasonable to conclude that the use of the one-tenth as a method for economic healing represents the "Holy Seed" dedicated to God's work which can also help us to work with God's laws.
After the research, I became aware that the system of tithing was not just an arbitrary number, but was logical and symbolic. In addition, it became clear that another advantage to tithing was that it established a consistent method of giving and for stewarding the bounty. This consistency would help the mind to build toward supply, abundance, and further giving.
First, analyze self. See where your shortcomings have been. See how that you must make your life a consistent one! 1587-1
Let this be kept first and foremost in their minds; that there are in their experiences in the present opportunities for service! Do not sow thy pearls before swine ... but let thy activities in thy daily dealings with thy fellow man be consistent with that ye profess to believe! 254-96
Whether one chooses the tithe or another method, consistency is necessary in giving. The following reading stressed the need for our complete and persistent involvement whenever we set about to effect healing:
There has been given the way, the manner. When this is conformed to, it must be in self a proof of the activity or an arousing of that interest, purpose, aim, desire. To be sure, if such is gone at in a willy-nilly or half-hearted way or manner, doubting, then the same will be the result. Know in self the amount of effort, the amount of faith, activity, that is to be builded, that is possible to be builded through that given thee. 2733-3
Whatever our choice is, it must be our individual choice as is most emphatically stated in the following reading:
Q-4. What proportion of net earnings from any endeavors should I give to give to the ... church?
A-4. These should be chosen by the entity. For what is to be given in this or that direction for any purpose shall be prompted by the real heart of the individual, and not by even a suggestion from others. 3663-1
Most of us from the committee who were involved in the research gained new respect for systematic giving through the tithe. As we chose to begin applying this system in our lives, one of the first questions that we asked was, "To which organization should I or may I donate with the tithe? Can it be only to the church?" As indicated in the previous reading, this decision is to be made by the individual at all times. However, as we reread many of the readings contained in this paper and studied other sources regarding tithing, we felt quite certain that the important component was the attitude of giving freely. After much discussion and meditation we decided that, logically, contributions should be given to those people or organizations that we individually felt were doing God's work in the earth. Our decisions were further based on numerous readings found in the Edgar Cayce work readings which explained that we should give to those organizations from which we had individually benefited. Consider the following:
Q-12. Should the establishment of such a Foundation be dependent alone for its financial support on the contribution system in effect at the present in the Association?
A-12. Be rather more inclusive and that those who have been aided in any channel or manner throughout their own experience must of not only their surplus but of themselves give, that the glory of God may be manifested in the earth. 254-83
Q-5. Should not the resources of all the earth be at his command from now on so that the Father's Kingdom on earth may speedily arrive?
A-5. These arise, my children, in the hearts and minds of those aided. It is rather in thine hands that ye make those that have received and do receive of the crumbs, of the glory, of the bounty, become aware of their position in same. 254-85
In the present conditions there needs to be a more thorough understanding from and to all those who have already given credence to the benefits that are, have been and may be received through such work, and that the work is depending upon the support of same through the goodness, the consciousness, the ever willing soul, spirit, physical force that will supply those needs necessary to care for those giving of their selves. 254-5
There are many others who will be attracted to such group from time to time, and the work only needs that impetus necessary that others may know and have the knowledge that those who gather from time to time to study such work gain that which cannot be bought with money and is without price. 254-17
These readings speak to the premise that we should support those organizations from which we have personally benefited, as well as wherever and whenever we see someone in need wherein there is something that we can give to help channel God's mercy to them.
Most of us on the committee felt that we have truly gained that which is without price from our involvement with the work and the readings of Edgar Cayce. Therefore, we chose to help support the A.R.E. with portions of our monthly tithe. Some of us chose the Library Fund as the area of primary concern; others chose the Study Group Department, Research Department, Education Department, Atlantic University, or the A.R.E. Clinic. We found that we had each gained in so many different areas. But gained we had, and support we would, following the admonition of the following reading:
Remember, if ye would gain from such ye must also contribute to same. For ye may gain only so much as ye contribute to any society, organization or group, whatever it may be. For each individual is made in the image of Creation, and unless ye are a creator in such ye are taking from same. If ye are taking from it, it lessens and lessens the abilities in every phase of the experience to be a permanent success. For the attitude of "Gimmee—Gimmee" ... leads only to a miserable failure in the long run. 3528-1
We felt clearly that each person should steward the abundance entrusted into his or her hands to the organization from which he or she felt a personal gain at a spiritual, mental, or physical level. We do not need to seek far off to know where to contribute. We need only to look around and support those areas that have touched our minds and our hearts. It is all ONE.
Although not within the major thrust of this article, it should be noted that for everything that has been presented regarding giving of our material abundance, equally as much could be presented regarding the need to contribute or tithe our time and energies to those organizations or charities we feel are "representatives of God's work in the earth." One reading should suffice to remind us:
Q-9. What charitable work can I do to make me more worthy to my fellow man?
A-9. It isn't charitable work that's needed! It's yourself that's needed. It is yourself that you need to expend in helping others! Charity doesn't go much farther than the fellow you contact talking about what a big fellow you are in glorifying yourself in an organized work. But serving yourself is quite different—and is that which counts the most.
Q-10. In keeping with the foregoing advice, exactly what city or place is the best place for me to live, in order for me to express myself more fully?
A-10. Where you are—wherever you are! For as has been indicated from the beginning, the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. The organization with which you affiliate yourself must be the same. If it is not, change it. 2981-4
Using insights afforded by the Cayce readings and other literature, the members of the committee set about to apply the principles. As most of us realize, knowledge unlived is sin, so apply we did! And rewarded we were! We would like to share some of the more important mental and physical means for applying these principles from our own experience.
1) In seeking an economic healing one should analyze the situation. Based on all that has been presented, where are we not applying the laws? If we are in debt, let us ask ourselves why. If we do not give regularly, let us ask ourselves why, and so forth. As the readings comment, assess what you have in hand.
2) Based on the findings from the assessment, prepare self to change the situation as is desired to work with the laws. The decision must be made, before a consistent plan of action can be placed into action. We must be ready to work with the laws, or as the readings note:
You'd better prepare yourself and make yourself worthy of such first.... Know, as has ever been given, when ye are prepared for a thing, the opportunity to use it presents itself. 3544-1
3) As one assesses what actions have been in error and what future actions should be undertaken, decision-making meditation should be used for inner guidance. The readings speak to this need in the following:
Q-2. What can I do personally to help improve my financial condition?
A-2. That these conditions have in the past offered, and do in the present offer great obstacles from the human or the material standpoint is obvious ... that these must be met for the peace of the mind is a portion of that which must be met in that holy of holies, and there—and there alone should the entity, the body, the mind, find the answer. 657-3
Q-12. How can I best serve God and live a full and free life with perfect self-expression and adequate supply to enable me to function without worry and anxiety?
A-12. As it becomes or behooves one in one's preparation for any specific mental or material activity, first make the preparations from within. And whom thou would serve at least be on the same speaking associations with, that is necessary for every activity in that direction. This, as in material surroundings, insures or fortifies one as to one's success. There has been and is ever the promise to every soul that He, thy Father, thy God, will meet thee in thy holy temple. Then accept same. Prepare self. Dedicate self; making those necessary activities for insuring self of that influence.... 877-2
4) Seek to rid yourself of indebtedness in a consistent manner. Three years ago when I first joined the A.R.E., I was approximately $10,000 in debt and was rather wasteful in my life style. As the readings note, "Most of you think you need more than you do." I wrote all my debts on three sheets of paper in the order in which they needed to be paid. I cut up seventeen credit cards and did not allow myself to charge anything until the debts were paid off. Each month I would try to make minimum payments on the numerous bills, but, in addition, I made certain that I paid at least one or more of them in toto. As each debt was paid, I crossed it off. Two years later when I crossed off the last debt, I was proud of myself but also surprised how easy it was to become solvent once I had made my mind up and consistently applied myself. Who knows, the process might have been even quicker had I known of tithing at that time. In addition to the money that I received from teaching the speech course for the local council, money came from the strangest places and each time I received the money, I paid off another bill. I am certain that it was essential for me to cut down on my wasteful spending before abundance could be showered on me. Concerning this type of approach to getting rid of indebtedness the readings comment:
Q-3. How can I best adjust my upset financial affairs due to the depression?
A-3. Just as has been indicated again, go to those whom thou owest obligations—and those things that materially demand consideration. Give the explanation, give the thought to same. Ask, and ye will receive the opportunities for being able to meet them in thy service for others. 1362-1
Q-13. What can I do to prevent stress or embarrassment by requested payment of indebtedness before I am able to settle?
A-13. Meet these fair and square in the face, as thou would have others do. Meet them in the same way and manner, using those channels that have been indicated that may be an outlet, in the speculative forces—provided thou hast made thine inner self right with God. 657-3
Throughout the past year I have seen many examples of the promise, "Ask and ye shall receive the answer." The first almost instantaneous reaction of the laws occurred last summer. My husband, Jay, was worried that he might not have enough money to pay our bills, since he had been in Europe during the busy swimming pool construction season. Since I had just finished reading about the self-fulfilling prophecy of fears of lack, I suggested that he send out the thought of being of service to someone who might need a pool. With a flick of his hand he zinged the thought into the ether and left for school. Five minutes later, a man called on the telephone to ask Jay to build a swimming pool for him. Because my husband had been especially recommended to him, he had waited all summer for Jay to return. The story continues because Jay was truly of service to the man in more ways than just building the pool. And both of us were quite impressed with the instantaneous action of the law.
5) In whatever situation we may find ourselves, we should be content but not satisfied. The feeling of contentment tends to eliminate the resentment towards whatever economic situation we find, but will not reduce our desire to continue to grow in God's grace. The following readings remind us of the difference in these two mental attitudes:
Here, too, should be a lesson—never be satisfied but content. For, he that is satisfied has ceased to grow. Being content and consistent becomes another experience for an individual. 2509-2
Q-8. How or what can I do to help my husband abundantly fill all of his indebtedness, cancel same, and demonstrate enough over to meet our every need with a surplus to bless the world?
A-8. O that all—and the self with same—would gain that consciousness, "Use Thou me, O Lord, as Thou seest that I—as Thy servant—may serve the better!"
And to be, then, in whatsoever position ye find thyself, not satisfied—but spiritually, mentally, content!
For without contentment no peace may be had. But if peace is found, if harmony is obtained in self, then may there be the greater outpouring of the blessings of the Father—whether in the material, mental or what not—upon thee and thy household! 1158-15
6) One should appreciate whatever he or she finds in hand, and begin now to send it out. Each of us can gain insight from the readings given in the beginning of the formation of the Edgar Cayce Foundation and the A.R.E. Several people inquired of the sleeping Cayce how the necessary funds could be raised to begin and to support the work. The following readings are representative of the answers:
Q-6. How shall the Board raise the necessary funds to supply money to pay salaries and the immediate overhead of the Association?
A-6. Dig in! and begin! 154-43
Q-7. To this end will it be well for Mr. Cayce to assist in the development and manipulation of natural resources or of business through the cooperation of business associates who could be called together for this purpose?
A-7. ... Use rather, my children, that thou hast in hand. For what said He? "Surely the ground upon which thou standest is holy." For he that hath dedicated his life, his service, his ability, is called of the Lord. What hast thou in thy hand? Cast it from thee that thy hand, thy mind, thy soul, may be awakened to Him who maketh for the increase in the experience of every soul! Man may sow, man may water, man may nurture; yet only God may give the increase.... Let thy light shine where ye are! 254-85
Use, then that thou hast in hand today, and He may increase it—yea thirty, yea sixty, yea an hundredfold—if ye will but harken and trust wholly in Him. 1809-1
Whenever we lack the faith necessary in casting forth that which we hold in our hands so it may be multiplied, let us remember the little boy who gave all his fishes and loaves that Christ might, through the power of God, feed the multitudes. As one man was told:
... For He did not lose patience with His disciples when they said, "Should we go away to buy bread to feed this mob?" "What have we here?" (That is, what have we to do with, to offer?) ... only a few loaves, a few fishes, yet in the hands of those who could realize as ye may, "Of myself, I can do nothing, but through His power" ...it may be multiplied into blessings. 5089-2
For a modern day demonstration of these principles, we can gain inspiration from a Southern California church which gave its members $5.00 checks at the door one Sunday after the pastor's sermon on the Biblical parable often talents. He asked them to use the money in whatever way was compatible with their individual talents to make money for the church and help erase a $3,700 budget deficit. Many members found ingenious ways to multiply the money, including parties, barbecues, foods, crafts, plants, paintings, and a special church bazaar. At the end of one month, the collection of the proceeds from the multiplied talents revealed that over $8,000 had been raised from the basic investment of $2,730! Only sixteen of the 546 parishoners failed to increase their allotments.
Our local council area members also sought to follow the admonitions of faith while using that in hand. Willing members dreamed up ideas for fund-raising, and each had his or her own project. One person taught numerous members of the council how to decoupage, and the decoupages were then sold; other members potted plants for sale, bought cassette tapes at a discount and made them available to A.R.E. members, held garage sales, collected bottles, and so forth. Thus, a united effort based upon an investment of what we had in hand multiplied $50 to $500 in a very short time, for another lesson in applying the laws of economic healing.
7) For those beginning to apply, there must be no withholding just because the offering seems small. It is not the amount of the offering but the spirit in which it is given that determines its value and power. The readings comment:
... there should never come the time when he that puts in his mite is not considered as great a giver as he that puts in his surplus, and even a greater giver also ... for all are passing under the rod and must measure up to the line as is expected through their understnding of the truth. 254-49
The widow's mite of course refers to the instance mentioned in Luke 21:
And He (Jesus) sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins. And He called His disciples to Him, and said to them, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she has, her whole living." (Luke 21:1.4)
Some of us who have been in financial binds may feel that we cannot afford to give of the little funds that we have in hand. But based on an understanding of the universal laws discussed thus far, it would seem that periods of economic hardship are the most appropriate times to give of our "widow's mite." The thought or saying. "But I have nothing to give," becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Therefore, it seems more sensible to give the little that we can and become one with the flow of abundance. This is common practice in business where extensive advertising is undertaken during the hard times when business is slow. This advertising provides the first step towards filling the vacuum that may be caused by fears of lack. The following reading seems quite emphatic that the law multiplies from our sacrifice more than from our surplus:
What said He? She that cast in the penny gave more than them all. Not of thy surplus doth the Lord build, but of that which is born of the sacrifice made by him that buildeth. 254-85
And for those who espouse an attitude of future giving when enough money is coming in to cover expenses, the readings seem quite clear that the choice is now:
Learn ye what to do with them (the possessions of the earth). For if you say, "Had I much, I would give to the poor; had I plenty I would be kind to the unfortunate," and you do not do the same with your mite, you would not do it if you had much! What said He? "She that cast in the penny gave more than them all." So you are only fooling yourselves if you're not giving, doing, being, even thy little! 254-95
Q-6. Is my desire to accumulate wealth In order to render service to humanity a laudable one?
A-6. A laudable one; but do not put the cart before the horse! For, if one cannot render service though his income will barely keep body and soul together, even if it were tripled or multiplied by a million he would not do any better!
Thus, use, practice that ye profess to preach. 2409-1
For, the same tenet that applies in one is true in the other. For he that would declare, "If I were so and so, how charitable I would be," or "If I were in this or that position what an effort I would make to magnify this or that," only attempts—in saying such—to give others a high opinion of self, and yet is not fooling even himself or anyone else! For if you give not when you have not even sufficient, though you were blessed with many millions, very possibly you would be much more stingy than you are now—and much harder to get along with—though you declare you wouldn't be! 3063-1
Q-4. How much money must the entity accumulate to enable him to comfortably provide for his family—etc.?
A-4. Use that thou hast in hand! and he that will not contribute to the humanitarian interest with one penny above that needed from day to day, will not contribute were there millions at hand! This is a truth. 520-1
The meaning of these readings and others researched appear to emphasize that we are to begin applying the laws now in whatever situation we find ourselves.
8) As we give by paying debts or in tithing, let us hold as our attitude, "Freely ye received, freely give." (Matt. 10:8) Send the abundance out, and leave the increase to God. We must not concentrate on what we desire in return nor make mental demands for recompense on those who have received from us. A gift with reservations is not a gift; it is a bribe. Give unreservedly, with the faith that what we are sowing is "Holy Seed." for as the readings note:
And don't forget—you may sow the seed; God alone gives the Increase. You may sow the seed In thy mental association—God alone must give the increase. You may sow the seed in an organization for cooperation in distribution—God alone may keep these in the way. 1797-3
Edgar Cayce once remarked, "This is the way we are, if we plant a seed today, we dig it up tomorrow to see how it is growing." As ye sow the seed, let us dedicate it to God and develop patience.
9) As we plant the seed, let us mentally acknowledge the Source by our blessing the money or the gift as we send it. The sleeping Cayce in referring to America's placement of "In God We Trust" on our monetary units, posed the question:
Do ye use that [ideal represented by "In God We Trust"] in thine own heart when ye pay your just debts? Do ye use that in thy prayer, when ye send thy missionaries to other lands "I give it, for in God we trust"? 3976-29
It is helpful to bless, either silently or audibly, all money spent and received. Therefore, many of us on the committee began the practice of verbalizing a blessing whenever we paid a bill, sent a gift, or donated to a cause. One affirmation from Unity that I especially like states, "Divine Love through me blesses and multiplies this money." I say it three times aloud as I donate my tenth each month. Another person whenever receiving money, used the affirmation, also from Unity. "A tenth of this goes to God and He knows exactly what He wants to do with it." A third member used an affirmation from the readings, "What contribution can I, as an individual soul seeking God, seeking to know His face, make that may hasten the day of the Lord?" (3976-22) Each person can find the affirmation to which he vibrates, but the basic reasoning behind this technique is to further the power of "mind as the builder." In addition, if we believe that thought and speech are powerful vibratory forces, then perhaps the import of the verbal blessing can be more evident. Money of itself can do nothing, but surrounding the gift with a quickening vibration of love as we send it out can give the gift a new spiritual value.
10) As we send or receive, let us do so in the spirit of thanksgiving for our abundance. The readings remind us of this need in a commentary on the days of the Old Testament:
Mrs. C: You will give this time information... and an explanation for Thanksgiving even in the face of personal problems and spreading World-wide fears and hatreds that seem to dominate so many minds today.
Mr. C: ... they were reminded, not in their day of plenty but in the days when each day they were given only sufficient for that day, that periods were to be, should be, set aside when thanksgiving was to be a part of their activity—their remembrances ... [of] the hopes that were and might be theirs if—if—they would but hold to those promises; relying—as it was necessary in those days, those hours, for a complete dependence—upon the bounty of a merciful Father, who had a purpose in the bringing out, in the edifying, in the directing. 3976-21
11) Let us not cancel out the effect of giving by fears of lack. As many of the previous readings have already stressed, we need to trust in the Lord's abundance, for fear can be most destructive. The readings comment further that "the holding of a problem does not change it one whit—it is what one does about it that makes the change!" (1747-5) Therefore, take action, and leave the worry or the fear behind.
One woman in our Study Group found herself fearing that she would not have enough money to support herself and her son during Christmas. We discussed the effect of fear of lack and the principles of tithing with her. She decided to tithe from what she had in her purse right then to the Study Group pot and leave her fears behind. That week she suddenly received several requests for designing and sewing. The money that she received was much needed and the next week she enthusiastically tithed of the amount received. Each week her contributions kept increasing along with her good fortune. And at the A.R.E. local council Christmas party, her raffle ticket was drawn for the "grand prize" of a brand-new sewing machine—one ticket in 6,000! After that demonstration, more members from our Study Group undertook the same path and have experienced similar economic healing. As another woman remarked, who tithed from her proceeds from the sale of her house to a special educational project that was without funding, "Once I started tithing regularly, I haven't missed the money and I seem to have all that I need. Plus, I feel so good."
12) When we give, we should not feel that we are bestowing charity; there is no such thing as charity in the popular context. Since everything belongs to God, then all of us are naturally equally entitled to the bounty. The fact that one who has a surplus gives to another who lacks, does not make the first a benefactor nor the other a dependent.
Then, be more democratic with those whom ye would aid. Not from a mercenary angle or viewpoint, or merely for policy, but that brotherly love may indeed be the factor that would prompt the entity to give consideration to the spiritual and physical needs of the lowliest whom ye would aid. 1901-1
13) When giving, it is advisable for us, therefore, to follow the dictum, "Don't let your right hand know what your left hand is doing." Let us not seek for recognition or praise for our giving, but rather give in the spirit of selflessness. One member of the local Study Groups had received a gift of money in time of need. But when things got better the donor would not accept repayment of the loan. After meditation, the member knew that an opportunity would present itself for the money to help another person. The member had to wait only a few days before the opportunity came. This time the money was donated anonymously with an accompanying note explaining the history behind the donation, how it had helped her in need, and that it was not to be returned. The note further said that when they were in a position to return the money, to pass it on to another person in need who would appear to them. No one knows where the chain of love ends.
14) An important guideline to follow as we approach economic healing is to expect the laws to work in our lives but not try to force them to. Those of us who are familiar with the visualization techniques practiced by some of the "prosperity" approaches, should also remember the warnings given by the readings:
Q-12. To bring a desired thing or condition into manifestation, is it advisable to visualize it by making a picture or just to hold the idea in prayer and let God produce it in His own way without our making a pattern?
A-12. The pattern is given thee in the mount. The mount is within thine inner self. To visualize by picturizing is to become idol worshippers. Is this pleasing, with thy conception of thy God that has given, "Have no other gods before me"? The god in self, the God of the universe, then, meets thee in thine inner self. Be patient, and leave it with Him. He knoweth that thou hast need of before ye ask. Visualizing is telling Him how it must look when you have received it. Is that thy conception of an All-Wise, All-Merciful Creator? Then, let rather thy service ever be, "Not my will, O God, but Thine be done in me, through me." For all is His. Then, think like it—and, most of all, act like it is. 705-2
15) As we begin to apply the law of love consistently through giving with complete trust in the Father, the more we are building the pattern within us that will enable God to use us as channels. We need only to do what we know to do, and the next step will be given. For as the readings indicate:
If there is the satisfying in doing that thy hands find to do in the present, in meeting those conditions in the daily activity of the body, then these will come about in their natural turn, their natural activity. For, as has been oft given, when there is used properly that thou hast in hand from day to day the next step is given thee that will bring to thine soul and to thine inner self those things necessary as the Lord hast need of thee. 520-3
The readings stress the need for application, activity, doing, and being the law; it is not enough to have the knowledge and hope to apply it someday. "Dig in! Begin!" One final reading stresses the reward of patience in application:
But as for a preparation, is a sound apple prepared at once or does it grow that way? Is the sun's light all of a glow or has it grown that way? The consciousness of the ability to serve is only by service, not by just wishing. 294-185
As always, those of us who researched this area of economic healing through application of the laws have benefited greatly. We hope that through the sharing of our experiences with these readings others have gained insights with which to deal effectively with any economic situation they might encounter.
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