When we look around, we see multiplicity, diversity, and separateness. You are there. I am here. Your thoughts are yours; mine are mine. Oneness is not evident. Yet, from Edgar Cayce’s trance-like connection to the Universal Consciousness, he saw and taught oneness: “The first lesson ... should be ONE - One - One - ONE; Oneness of God, oneness of man’s relations, oneness of force, oneness of time, oneness of purpose, ONENESS in every effort -- Oneness - Oneness!” For Cayce, our thoughts were not just ours! In fact, he could tell exactly what we had been thinking because our thoughts left an impression upon the Universal Consciousness. And he could “read” these impressions. Thoughts for him were “things.” During a reading he had difficulty determining if you or I had actually done something or just thought about doing it, because our thoughts made as strong an impression upon the Collective Consciousness as our actions! That’s a scary thought -- oops, I just made another impression upon the Collective Consciousness! Cayce was concerned that we all grasp the implications of this unavoidable oneness.
Is it possible that everyone and everything is a part of some unseen Collective, some indivisible Whole within which all the multiplicity exists, and each affects the composition of this Collective? Cayce says yes: “Not only God is God, but self is a part of that oneness.” In several readings Cayce pressed us to simply believe this and live as if it were true! In this way we would come to know that it is indeed true. “Let this, my children, be the lesson for you: The intent in relating to each and every individual should be to bring forth that best element in each, in ONENESS of purpose, in oneness of spirit, in oneness of mind, towards each and every one that you contact -- for the individuals, in the final analysis, are one.” In some manner that we don’t readily perceive, all the individuals we meet and interact with each day, including ourselves, are one.
These are hard teachings to understand and harder to live by. We’ve all heard the admonition, “think before we speak,” but this level of oneness would suggest that we need to “think before we think!” Does thinking negative thoughts about another person actually affect that person at some unseen level? Do these negative thoughts make a recording upon a Collective Consciousness, a recording that someone like Cayce can read? Ancient Hinduism included the concept of an Akasha, an etheric film that records all thoughts, all words, all actions from the first OM of creation until the last OM of silence again. Nothing is lost. Nothing is forgotten. Nothing is unknowable. Watching Cayce give readings on the activities of celestial godlings who lived before the Earth even existed certainly suggests that nothing is forgotten or lost or unknowable. While his body was on the couch and his conscious mind was for all intents and purposes asleep, his deeper mind could tell us about a long-forgotten event in our early childhood that still affects us today, or an ancient past life of our soul that influences our outer self’s feelings in this present life. In some readings he could see a person’s house and what they were doing as the reading was about to begin, such as: “Yes, we have the red mail box. We are entering the house. She is in the bedroom praying.”
In the 1960s and ‘70s, when meditation was taking hold in this country, meditators began to speak of experiencing a sense of oneness with all of life when they reached deeper levels in their meditation. When questioned about this, all they could say was that at some moment in their meditation all life seemed connected. But the gap between this inner meditative feeling and our outer sensory perception is a chasm. There is simply no outer sensory corroboration for such a position. Oneness is an inner perception that defies outer evidence. Apparently, oneness has to be experienced firsthand in order to overcome all the outer contradictions to its existence. And short of rare miraculous epiphanies, meditation appears to be the best way to perceive the unseen oneness. Even Jesus had trouble making the oneness argument with his disciple Philip at the Last Supper; finally conceding that if he could not believe Jesus’ oneness with the Father and that Philip had therefore known the Father by knowing Jesus, then let the outer miracles act as evidence of this oneness with God.
But let’s press this oneness idea a little further. How can selfish or evil people still be in oneness with the Collective? And if they are, simply because there is no way to be outside of the Whole, then why are they allowed to do so much harm to others in the Collective? In a very complex discussion between one of the greatest questioners of Edgar Cayce, Morton Blumenthal, #900, and the “sleeping” Edgar Cayce, attuned to the Collective, we can find some insights to these hard questions. Since the discussion is so complex, I’ll paraphrase here:
Mort: On Oct. 15, Thursday, at home I had this dream: It seemed my mother and I were in a hotel where many people were passing by. Then there was a typewriter with a sheet of blank paper in it, waiting to be used by one of the many applicants for the position of stenographer. The typewriter also seemed to be waiting for my more perfect understanding of something else - some final thing - the first 3 principles of which I had two. In the midst of all of this, a voice said: ‘ALL of these are GOD!’
Cayce: This dream is presenting to the entity the oneness of purpose, of intent, of the WHOLE BEING AS ONE. For ALL is of God, see? And as the entity gains knowledge from living the various phases of oneness, he gains that first principle of which the other two he already has. That first principle is this: God is in you manifesting to other individuals through every phenomenized situation that is presented in a physical world. For, every force which may not be separated or produced by man is of God and of the Universal Forces. These are the three forces in man: (1) Spiritual - of God; (2) Cosmic - the forces made by man; and (3) Subconscious - the force that bridges the Spiritual and the Cosmic, connecting the spiritual with the cosmic.
Mort: It seems to me that this dream imagery tries again and again to drive home to my dense physical mind that God is One....
Cayce: (Interrupting) Correct.
Mort: God is all of these people passing in the hotel and all of the applicants for the stenographer job....
Cayce: (Interrupting) Correct.
Mort: All these people are phenomen-ized forms of God. Also God is all of these consciousnesses....
Cayce: (Interrupting) Except that God is not the cosmic forces made by free-will man. These are not related to spiritual forces. These are earth made.
In many of his readings Cayce explained that evil is man’s misuse of the gift of free will. The Creator allows this because free will is the only way for any soul to reach its original purpose for existence: to know itself to be itself yet choose to be one with the Whole, with the Creator and the creation. If free will is taken away, then the soul no longer has the potential to become an eternal companion with its creator. As the theological concept goes, man was made a little less than the angels but with the potential to judge even the angels. This is why souls misusing free will are allowed more time to discover their true purpose, even if they do much harm along the way. Eventually, as recorded in the Revelation, God will stop time, separate misusers from those who have tried to fulfill their purpose. He/She will then “wipe the tears from everyone’s eyes” and set up “a new heaven and a new earth” for the companionable souls to enjoy with God.
According to Cayce’s readings and many other classic sources, before anything was created there existed something that caused the creation to begin. The potential for the creation was latent in pre-creation emptiness. Cayce often referred to it as “the first impulse, the first cause.” A good way for us to grasp how there could be anything before the creation is to think of the infinite emptiness as a consciousness, much like our own, except that this consciousness was infinite and perfectly still, no thoughts, quiet. Imagining this with our own minds is one of the states of meditation: a clear, quiet mind -- hard to do for even a few minutes. At some moment this infinite mind began to move, to conceive, and the creation began. Imagine how the idea of light awoke, and playing with this idea, the infinite mind conceived of stars and galaxies of all shapes, sizes, and colors. At some moment in this conception process, Cayce says, the Universal Consciousness conceived of companions to itself, companions made in its own image: minds, with life, creativity, and free will. Countless little minds were conceived in the one, infinite mind. At first we all remained consciously connected to the One Mind. But as we began to use our free wills to experience individual consciousness, we focused more on our own consciousness and gradually lost our connection with the Infinite Mind. We did not go anywhere. There was nowhere to go beyond the Whole. We simply lost consistent consciousness of our oneness with the Infinite Consciousness. Today, billions of years after it all began, we struggle to regain and retain conscious awareness of the One Mind within which we all exist and with which we are all destined to consciously companion forever -- if we choose to.
Just as this is all getting clearer, Cayce tosses a brick into our thinking when he says such mind-boggling things as “there is no time, no space.” He explains that at a deep level there actually is no beginning, no end, all time is one. He explains that there actually is no here and no there. As demonstrated by his own readings, he could tell us what we (our deeper selves) thought eons ago, as if it were yesterday, and could physically be in Virginia Beach while viewing a person in San Diego! During his reading, there was indeed no time, no space. All was one.
Cayce said it this way: “Learn these lessons well: First, the continuity of life. There is no time; it is one time. There is no space; it is one space. There is no force, other than all force in its various phases and applications. The individual is such a part of God that one’s thoughts may become crimes or miracles, for thoughts are deeds. That that one metes must be met again. That one applies will be applied again and again until that oneness of time, space, force are learned and the individual is one with the whole.”
Fortunately for our three-dimensional selves, he did instruct that time and space were helpful tools for developing souls to use in our day-to-day, step-by-step process of application and enlightenment. But his deeper mind did not want us to get lost in the limitations of time and space, encouraging us to budget some time and space for experiencing the timelessness and spaceless-ness; in other words, the oneness.
He also instructed seekers to watch themselves go by, watch themselves interact with others, watch their minds thinking about situations and people, and see if our words, actions, and thoughts reflect the truth of the oneness or the illusion of separateness, multiplicity, and diversity.
From Cayce’s trance perspective, the greatest evil in the earth and in the hearts and minds of individuals is contention, fault-finding, lovers of self, and lovers of praise, because these forces separate. The greatest good in the world is love, patience, kindness, forgiveness, and understanding, because these forces unite.
“These are times when every effort should be made to preserve the universality of love....” He instructed one person to “study the truths about oneness, whether Jewish, Gentile, Greek, or heathen!” Among religions, Cayce said that wherever the principle of one God and one people is taught, there is truth. Cayce stated that, in many of the world’s great religions, the principle of oneness is there, but men have “turned this aside to meet their own immediate needs, as a moralist or the head of any independent power, but ‘Know the Lord thy God is One!’ whether this is directing one of the Confucius thought, Brahman thought, Buddha thought, Mohammedan thought ... there is only one. The whole law and gospel of every age has said, ‘There is ONE God!’”
As with all of these concepts, they begin within our individual minds and hearts, and since there is oneness, the more individuals believe in the oneness and live it in their lives, the more it makes an impression upon the Collective Consciousness and finds its way into other individual minds and hearts. We are the leaven that can leaven the whole loaf of humanity. Let’s budget time to experience the oneness in meditation. Let’s practice oneness in our thoughts about others and interactions with others. Ultimately, despite all the indications to the contrary, the world and humanity will be one.