Edgar Cayce appears in my meditation and sits down next to me. For what seems like a few minutes, I am caught in the energy of his sweet, gentle eyes and while it would be easy to get lost in them, I have to pull myself together because I am here to conduct this interview.
He begins by saying, “Humans need to realize there is life beyond the river.” He speaks of crossing the river as representing the death that releases one back into spirit. But he also speaks of the river as the stream of consciousness that separates physical life from spirit, yet joins the two.
““Life and death are the trading of one existence for another, therefore there is no death. There is only life on either side. Life as a spiritual entity is a simple existence, while life as a human can be very demanding because the emotions and needs of the body drive the life, often causing one’s fall into the traps of desire that demand to be fulfilled. When one exits the human life there is not a single thought for these same desires. Nor are there thoughts for the possessions left behind, for once you are bathed again in spirit, spirit is all there is.”
An image is projected of his death. There were five guides waiting for him, five thoroughly brilliant guides who gloriously reunited with him as Edgar easily slipped back into the state where breath no longer worries.
Because it is shown that all five guides stayed with him during the “shedding” of his human life, I ask if he will speak about the process of “shedding.”
With seemingly great thoughtfulness he answers, “When the moment of death arrives, one is drawn back into one’s spirit immediately, for these spiritual ties are the ties that bind and cannot be broken.
“The freedom of death is difficult for many to imagine, but this same freedom from the human ties is something that people facing death become acquainted with. When death gets close enough the desire for that freedom helps one to accept their demise.
Suddenly Edgar’s eyes fill with bright light, yet there is a touch of sadness in them, so I ask him about that. He says he was always aware that he was not what many would consider a model human male. To begin with he did not fit in easily. Neither was he given the desire of possessions, therefore the drive to build a fortune was not present in him, and he feels his family paid the price.
“The worldly pursuits left me cold because I was going to fight for what? So that I could own more in order to have more to worry about? That never interested me. I had to be of service to others. The presence of God in my life was so strong, it fueled the desire to retreat rather than to charge into life with gusto. I desired the quiet of God rather than the noise of a life of gain. Life is transient at best and what do we take with us at the end?”
He is silent for a touch and then says, “Noise wore me down. Too many people make too much noise clamoring to fill their desires and when they do manage, are they satisfied? And the noise of those clamoring for easier lives…is life ever easy? I loved the silence of God and worship.
Edgars switches subjects and says, “The bonds of Earth are strong and not easily relinquished because the human fears death, therefore rejects it, desiring to cling to life instead. But there is a God.” He smiles the most beautifully ethereal smile that I literally melt into as he repeats, “There is a God. That is the only message that counts. There is a God,” he says again musingly.
“Do you wish to define God,” I ask?
“Imagine the utmost beauty of love and multiply it by any amount and you will be somewhat close. The beauty of spirit resides in love. Therefore there is no judgment in spirit. Neither is there blame or punishment. There is only love, the most brilliant love you can imagine. The acceptance into this love when crossing over is another piece of the desired freedom when facing death. Struggles are left behind in the body because upon entering spirit, the struggles cannot exist.”
“Turning your life over to God is a fruitful way of life. Desire peace because the struggles of the human are numerous, many of them stemming from desires that wage war within. Desire peace. Do not war with the self because it simply creates too much tension. Think peace.”
“Think about God, because in the act of thinking is awareness. That is all you have to do-think about God. Think of God’s pure essence, for it can only bring peace founded in love. Acceptance, rather than war, is the best recipe for life.”
“Sharing and service were two of my favorites words and actions because they are the words of true spirit,” Edgar adds. Whatever I could share and whatever I could do to be of service were two things I learned from my mother.”
I mention all the different visions and versions of God that people have on this earth. He laughs and says, “Yes, and every one of them blessed. There is no right or wrong when it comes to God, for God is all encompassing. Human lives are given as puzzles and mazes. Once born the quest begins to reach the center and then find the way back home. God gave all the versions of Himself to each for purposes too numerous to count.”
It reminds me that life here on Earth is a jungle and this is simply another piece of that jungle…trying to find our way either in or out while always seeking. There are so few who are truly happy and peaceful on Earth, yes?
He says it is not a planet of peace; therefore why expect it?
I laugh and say that is the cosmic joke about life on Earth, so many of us desiring peace, both inside and out.
He says that goes back to acceptance, accepting the given life and finding peace within its parameters. “Excising tension is the greatest recipe for health and life itself. The more bonds you have, the greater the tension. Acceptance equals fewer bonds (desires), which equals lesser tension, which equals greater health.”
“You were all about health, weren’t you?”
“I was about balance,” he says, “balance promotes peace, which allows the body to relax, which in turn promotes health. Peace and tension cannot live in the same house. Life should be about letting go of tension rather than adding. Those are the thoughts I tried to live by.”
“May I ask you about hell and different people’s perceived interpretations of it?”
Edgar’s eyes change and offer even greater depths as he says, “There is no hell. There is only consciousness that one returns to. Within this consciousness is an hierarchy of spirit that conducts people as they cross over. There is only beauty of spirit as one returns to the magnificence of one’s own spiritual wholeness. One needs to understand that a human life is just that, a human inhabited by spirit. Upon death, the human component is discarded as one returns to spirit where wholeness is once again embraced. If we follow that line of thought we will question how someone crossing over might be thrown into a hell or for that matter chastised for what it did in the human life? Spirit understands that the human is a foray into the unknown, but only for the human, for spirit directs the foray.
“Life is a play in progress with spirit as its director. So who is going to be thrown into a hell for doing what they were directed to do? Spirit has complete understanding, while man on earth struggles with perceived ideas.”
“Hell is simply a ploy to control others,” he adds.
“Could there be a version of hell for those who believe in it? “
He answers, “There is only love and higher consciousness in crossing over, so the spirit when returned to the whole is not going to require a hell. The human’s childish beliefs are forgotten when returning to higher consciousness because spirit is fully embraced. Never is the human punished. A return to God is a return to love.”