save in polarity with the idea of the infinite. Victor Cousin, in exhibiting the primary elements of the human consciousness, shows that there are two dualities. Let a man turn his attention in upon himself, he will find, first of all, the me and the not me as a dual conception. Apart from all details of information about the me or the not me, different persons know, some more, some less, about either or about the two, every infant, even in the very first moment of contact, is conscious of the me and the not me as an inevitable dual conception. But both of these are found in the limitation they impose on each other; and lo! there springs up here another idea, the idea of the limited - the finite; but this cannot be conceived apart from the simultaneous conception of the infinite; the finite has no meaning save as the pole or dual of the infinite. Here, then, is duality or polarity among the primary contents of the consciousness. And this but the beginning of the polarity of thought. [Scientific Basis and Build of Music, page 42]
"What is the difference between the soul and psyche? I am now going to explain the difference which your earthly psychologists may dispute, but nonetheless, this is the truth. The Soul is the 'Divine Flame' - a metaphor used to describe the essence of Divine Life which is drawn into individual being at the moment of conception. LIFE FORCE takes on personal form and releases the energy of 'electrical force of activity' and the magnetic impulses of 'bonding - rejection' to embark on the intricate work of construction of the body.
"Therefore, you have, at the core of your being,
this is Divine Intelligence / Divine Love Which is the powerful Divine Impulse to create, grow, nourish, nurture, heal, protect, fulfill every need, within a system of perfect law and order.
"This is the Reality which is your soul.
"Therefore, when you have overcome the ego impulses and invited the SOUL to hold dominion in your thoughts and feelings, you will be driven to express all of the Divine Impulses described above. You will be possessed by a desire to only promote the highest good of all living things and the universe itself. You will have become a true messenger from Divine Consciousness, expressing all Its qualities of Being.
"Until that time of soul re-unification with Divine Consciousness, the psyche occupies the deepest recesses of your human consciousness and draws its awareness from your soul. It is the hidden instinct within you which knows right from wrong." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 7, page 166-167, (13)]
5. (Q) Are the following statements true or false: Inception is the aerial activity to the nucleus.
(A) This is correct, if there is the understanding that there is the physical, the mental AND the spiritual aspect also.
6. (Q) Conception is the physical activity.
(A) Not necessarily. For, aerial activity produces conception. It is that movement by which the parts of the activity become one. THAT is conception." Cayce (281-55)
This psychic reading given by Edgar Cayce at his home on Arctic Crescent, Virginia Beach, Va., this 25th day of September, 1940, in accordance with request by those present.
Present: Edgar Cayce; Gertrude Cayce, Conductor; Gladys Davis, Steno. Esther Wynne, Florence Edmonds, Hannah Miller, Frances Y. Morrow, Helen Godfrey, Sallie Jones and Hugh Lynn Cayce. Time: 3:40 to 4:00 P. M. TEXT
GC: You will have before you the members of the Glad Helpers gathered here. You will give at this time the first of a series of discourses on the endocrine system in the human body, presenting this information in such a way as will aid us in understanding the functions of each of the seven major glandular centers in relation to other glands in the system; heredity, temperament, character, environment, physical, mental and spiritual growth and expression. You will answer the questions, as I ask them:
EC: Yes, we have the group as gathered here; their purposes, their desires. In giving that as may be understandable in the study of man, - man then as the inception and conception into that FROM the purpose, desire, and its relationships to the universe and universal consciousness, - it will be well to follow - in the first - what the happenings are in conception; the growth and the determining factors as to that growth, - spiritually, mentally, physically - by and through the word of that Creator.
Man was given the ability to create through self a channel through which the manifestations of spirit might be made manifest in a material world. As is observed in such, there needs be first that of desire, purpose. It is known as a fact that this may be wholly of the carnal or animal nature on the part of even one, and yet conception may take place; and the end of that physical activity is written in that purpose and desire.
Then it is evident that there is the ideal, as well as the partial or whole carnal force, that may be manifested or exercised in and through such activities, - as to bring a channel of mental, spiritual and material expression in the earth.
The ideal manner, first, is that there may be a channel through which the spirit of truth, hope, divine knowledge and purpose, may be made manifest.
What then, ye may ask, are the spiritual, mental and physical variations that may take place under the physical activities for varied expressions?
It may be seen that from the same source, even at the same period of conception, there may come quite varied expressions or characteristics in the INDIVIDUAL expression manifested.
Desire, first, creates certain forces about which there is a physical nucleus that is the pattern of the universe; with a number. Thence it is given by some sages that each entity, each expression in a material experience has its number. Yet the more often there is the "guess" or mistake as to what physically caused there to be a number for an individual entity. There may be all the variations possible represented in thy digits from one to nine. This means the variations of the positive and negative influences or the neurones or electrons, or forces that form that vibration upon which that individual entity WILL or DOES vibrate at its period or source of conception. And each relationship of its vibration to the universe is relative, according to its number, in relationships to influences and environs, heredity as well as those influences which are a part of its conscious experience.
Thus the greater unison of purpose, of desire, at a period of conception brings the more universal consciousness - or being - for a perfect or equalized vibration for that conception.
As an illustration of such (that this may be wholly - or in part, by some - understood): When Hannah desired that there be an expression that God, the Universal Consciousness, had not forgotten that there were prayers and alms offered, was there wholly the lack of selfishness? or was there the shadow of jealousy?
Then we find there was the promise of the dedication and the purposes, that this expression would be wholly given the Lord, ever. Yet it brought into being an entity, though dedicated as few - yea, as none other individually - to the Lord, unable of himself to give that expression which would keep his own offspring in the SAME vibration!
Thus we see the RELATIVE relationships of the electrons, the neurones, the positive and negative forces brought into being at the period when there begins the OPPORTUNITY of conception.
Then, when such takes places, - no matter as to what may be the vibrations that are set by the union of body, of mind and of purpose or spirit at such a period (for, to be sure, these are as varied as the individual), - there remains the IDEAL manner.
But - ye are asking - what physically takes place? Is it a physical activity of a gland, an impulse, a heartbeat, that becomes an influence for activity through the body so conceived?
The cord that is eventually known or classified as the pineal is the first movement that takes place of a physical nature through the act of conception; determining eventually - as we shall see - not only the physical stature of the individual entity but the MENTAL capacity also, and the spiritual attributes.
We would rest for the period.
BACKGROUND 281-38 on the endocrine glands. See 281-16 , 281-28 through 281-37 on interpretation of The Book of Revelation.
This Psychic Reading given by Edgar Cayce at his home on Arctic Crescent, Virginia Beach, Va., this 2nd day of October, 1940, in accordance with request made by those present.
Present: Edgar Cayce; Gertrude Cayce, Conductor; Gladys Davis. Steno. Esther Wynne, Florence Edmonds, Frances Y. Morrow, Helen Ellington, Ruth LeNoir, Helen Godfrey, Sallie Jones and Mae Verhoeven. Time: 3:30 to 3:50 P. M. TEXT
GC: You will have before you the members of the Glad Helpers gathered here. You will continue with the discourse on the endocrine system in the human body.
As the nucleus forms, there begins that activity which becomes the motivating force of the mental, the physical and the spiritual influences as related to GROWTH.
It has been indicated, by the sage, the manner of growth in the womb is not understood by man; yet here ye may find a concept of that development.
That gland [pineal?] a nucleus extending in the shape or form of a moving atom, gathers from its surroundings physical nourishment; and from the mind of the body it takes its PHYSICAL characteristics, or the moulding as it were of its features as related to the external expression of same.
Then as the mind of the bearer binds those forces that are its natures in itself, its purposes, its desires, its hopes, its fears, these begin gradually to extend themselves through the nucleus; so that as the shape or form begins to find expression, there are also the channels through which the growth of the spiritual being gives its expression.
It is centered first, then about that known as the cranial center; next the 9th dorsal, or that which is the motivative force to other portions through the umbilical cord, that begins then in the third week to give material manifestations in physical development. Then the centers of the heart, liver and kidney areas begin their expression.
Thus we have first the pineal, the aerial [See 281-53 , Par. 8-A & 281-55 , Par. 5-A, 6-A], the adrenals, the thymus - or the pump gland of the heart itself.
Each organ as it materializes in its development forms its own nucleus for the production of that which enables it in itself, from its own glandular system, to reproduce itself.
With the production of itself, the blood system begins its flow - then - in the second month of conception.
Then there begins the growth of the glands that forms eyes, ears, nasal passages; and those areas begin their formations. The seeking here is for that area, that center, in which the system makes its relative relationships or associations with spiritual, mental and physical being.
These areas indicated, that have come through growth into being in relation to the mental, spiritual and physical attitude of the mother, are constantly dependent upon that one from which the body draws its PHYSICAL sustenance; but purpose, desire and hope are through the mental. Thus these centers are opposite the umbilical cord, or those areas through which ALL messages of desire, or of the mental nature, pass; not only to the brain in its reflexes but along the cords to the pineal, - that has been and is the extenuation of is first cause.
In those glands that are eventually known as the genital, or in the lyden, and the inner centers of the thyroid through and from which the exterior forces are indicated in their activity, there begins then the formation of the superficial circulation; that leads or connects between its spiritual import, its mental purpose, and its physical development - for their coordination.
Thus we find, as indicated in the bodily expressions, there comes in these areas - or from those centers of the areas given - the disturbances of a physical nature to which the young are more susceptible; which are of a glandular nature, finding expressions in the various forms in the physical to the superficial and the deeper circulation, between the cerebrospinal and sympathetic, or to the organs that are under the direction of same. We refer to such as measles, mumps, conditions of throat, the head and eyes. All of these are glandular centers.
That is why in portions of the Scripture the extenuating activities that take place in the spiritual being are described by the expressions through those body centers.
These follow through, throughout the periods of gestation, and are dependent still upon the environs, the mental attributes and activities, the purposes and aims of that individual BEARING the entity.
Thus it comes into the material world with that held to by THAT parent, with the CHARACTERISTICS that are the sum of spiritual, mental AND material purposes of the FIRST cause, as combined with its age and era or period of development.
We rest here.
This psychic reading given by Edgar Cayce at his home on Arctic Crescent, Virginia Beach, Va., this 16th day of October, 1940, in accordance with request made by those present.
Present: Edgar Cayce, Gertrude Cayce, Conductor; Gladys Davis, Steno. Florence Edmonds, Esther Wynne, Hannah Miller, Frances Y. Morrow, Helen Ellington, Helen Godfrey, Mae Verhoeven, Sallie Jones, Louise Dill, and Gladis Hardin. Time: 3:20 to 4:00 P. M. Eastern Standard Time. TEXT
GC: You will have before you the members of the Glad Helpers gathered here. You will continue with the discourse on the endocrine system of the human body.
EC: Yes, we have the group as gathered here; and their study of the endocrine system.
It has been indicated as to what takes place at the time of conception, and the manner, and the influences which regulate activities spiritually, mentally, physically, through the period of gestation. It will possibly be well to illustrate same; that there may be drawn, by those studying same, the experience as in the life of individuals.
We begin then with the seers or sages of old, from that period indicated as to how influences affected the offspring: When Abraham and Sarah were given the promise of an heir through which the nations of the earth would be blessed, there were many years of preparation of these individuals, of the physical, mental and spiritual natures. Again and again it is indicated as to how they each in their material concept (watch the words here, please, if you would understand) attempted to offer a plan, or way, through which this material blessing from a spiritual source might be made manifest.
Hence we find as to how the material or mental self-misunderstanding, misconstruing the spiritual promises - offered or EFFECTED channels through which quite a different individual entity was made manifest; and through same brought confusion, distress, disturbance one to another in the material manifestations.
Yet, when the last promise was given, that even in their old age there would be given an heir, we find that when Sarah thus conceived there was the development of a body physically, mentally and spiritually so well balanced as to be almost etheric in his relationships to the world about him, when the material manifestation had grown to maturity.
Here we find, then, that mind and matter are coordinated into bringing a channel for spiritual activity that is not exceeded in any of the characters depicted in Holy Writ.
What, then, were the characteristics, the activity of the glandular system as related to that individual entity? We find that there was a perfect coordination in and through the whole period of gestation, and the fulfilling of the time according to the law set in motion by the divine influence that was the directing force of both parents through the period.
We find also that throughout the period of gestation the activities about the entity, the mother, were such as to INFLUENCE the entity yet unborn, in patience to a degree not manifested in any other of the patriarchs. While the physical conditions made manifest in the body during the growth into manhood were affected by MATERIAL laws, there was not the changing or deviating whatsoever from the spiritual through the mental.
Hence we have that illustration of what may be termed the individual ideally conceived, ideally cherished and nourished through the periods of gestation. As to the care afterward, - these vary, as we shall see from other illustrations.
What, then, were the developments of that ideally conceived entity as related to the study here of the endocrine system?
First, - the individual was one conceived in promise; with the desire, the purpose, the hope - in the act OF conception - to bring forth that which had BEEN promised. Hence the ideal attitude of both parents in that individual case.
Hence as given, first the pineal, the cranial, the thymus; then the aerial, then the gradual development of those influences which brought a goodly child; one subject to the care of both parents - by natural tendencies from conception; bringing into materialization that one worthy of being accepted and of RECEIVING the promise beyond MANY of those who were of the seed of Abraham.
Then we have that illustration in the sons of Isaac, when there were those periods in which there was to be the fulfilling of the promise to Isaac and Rebekah. We find that their MINDS differed as to the nature or character of channel through which there would come this promise; when, as we understand, there must be the cooperation spiritually, mentally, in order for the physical result to be the same. HERE we find a different situation taking place at the time of conception, for BOTH attitudes found expression. Hence twins were found to be the result of this long preparation, and yet two minds, two opinions, two ideas, two ideals. Hence we find that HERE it became necessary that even the DIVINE indicate to the mother that channel which was to be the ruler, or that one upon whom would be bestowed the rightful heritage through which the greater blessings were to be indicated to the world, to humanity, to mankind as a whole.
Hence we find two natures, two characteristics, - physically, mentally, spiritually. Here we find what might be termed a perfect channel again, and with same a testing - not only of the parents themselves but of the individuals that were begotten under those conditions in which the promise was as clear to them as it had been to Abraham.
What, then, were the physical and mental attitudes which contributed to this condition which existed in that period, and that may; be used as an illustration of those ideas being presented here for the study of man, his nature, his characteristics, his spirituality, his weakness in physical being?
Here we find, as indicated, there was NOT a union of purpose in those periods of conception. Hence we find both characteristics, or both purposes of the individuals, were made materially manifest.
What then, ye may well ask, made this difference in the characteristics of the individuals; conceived of the same parents, under the environ or the law from the body of the one; with such a different characteristic made manifest as they grew to maturity?
As indicated, the first cause, - that purpose with which the individuals performed the act for conception to take place, or under which it did take place. THAT is the First Cause! And the growth of that conceived under the same environ, through the same circulation, through the same impulse, was such that - when gestation was finished - one was of the nature or characteristic of the mother, the other was of the nature of indifference with the determination of the father; one smooth as the mother, the other hairy, red, as the father in maturity; and their characteristics made manifest were just those examples of the variations. Though conceived at once, born together, they were far separated in their purposes, their aims, their hopes; one holding to that which made body, mind and soul coordinant; the other satisfying, gratifying the appetites of the physical and mental without coordinating same through its spiritual relationships to the progenitor or those conditions and environs from which they each drew their desires, their hopes, their wishes.
Do ye think that one received a different instruction from the other? Each received the same, yet their reaction, their choice of that in the environment made physical characteristics that varied in their activity.
Why were the characteristics such that one desired or loved the chase, the hunt or the like, while the other chose rather the home, the mother, the environ about same? Were these depicted in the very physiognomy of each individual? When they had reached that period when the CHOICES were made, these were manifested. But when did they begin? What gland developed this characteristic in one and not in the other? The cranial and the thymus receiving the varied vibration, one brought harmony - not fear, but harmony - with caution; the other brought just the opposite, by this "stepping up" in the rate of vibration. Or, if we were to study these by numbers, we would find one a three, the other a five; yet conceived together.
What do we mean here by the vibration of the number? One had the nucleus, the structure about same, three to one of its spiritual import; the other five to one of the material import, see?
Hence we find there the various forms or manners in which there is illustrated those characteristics that made for individual activity, that PROMPTED the carrying on of that through which the channel of hope might be made manifest.
Let's change these then to those illustrations of quite varied forms, in which more of the characteristics became manifested of the environmental nature; for the illustrations we have just used show how the characteristics of the individuals responded to the environment as each grew to maturity and became active in relationships and dealings with others.
Then, with Jacob and Rachel we have the material love, and those natures in which the characteristics of material love were athwarted. Yet, in the very conception of same - though under stress (for there is held here by the mother the desire to outshine, as it might be poorly said) - we find a goodly child, one with all the attributes of the spiritual-minded individual; partaking of both the father and the mother in the seeking for a channel through which God might be manifested in the earth. And yet the entity had those physical attributes that brought into the experience of individuals those things that were reflected in the mind, in the movements and activities of the mother throughout the periods of gestation, - when the entity had grown to manhood.
Also from the same attitude taken by those parents when the second son, Benjamin, was conceived, - what were the varying characteristics here? The material love was just as great, the satisfying of material desire was completely fulfilled; yet it lacked that desire to BRING such as was wholly a channel through which the SPIRITUAL was to be made manifest. But it was a channel that EVENTUALLY brought the material made manifest in Saul [See 221-2], an incarnation of Benjamin.
Hence we find the varied characteristics illustrated not only by the attitude of the pair as the channel being made manifest, but the attitude of that channel which was given from the beginning.
Now, conceive first what the variations are in the sexes, as given in the beginning in the creating of same; one to be a channel of material and mental satisfaction to the other; the other to be a channel, a manner, through which there was to be the alleviation of desire when spiritualized in the purpose toward the mate.
Hence we may find again and again here, in the Word, that which IS the connection between man and his Maker; that finds its final concept in the manner which John presents to the elect, - in which all the varied attributes of the human development - in body, in mind, in spirit, with each phase of man's development - are also chosen as channels through which expressions of same are given.
We would rest with the illustrations; for there are others that need to be given.
We are through for the present.