Saturday, July 10, 2010

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 those things that are the fruits of the spirit, they will grow and blossom as the Rose of Sharon. -Edgar Cayce Reading 531-3

Those who have come to the attitude of seeking physical gratification find that this is plain hell itself. -Edgar Cayce Reading 5250-1

Heaven? Where? Within the hearts, the minds, the place where Truth is made
manifest! Wherever Truth is made manifest, It gives place to that which is heaven-- those that seek and love truth. But it's a mighty hell for those that seek gratification of their own selves! -Edgar Cayce Reading 262-87

This is why one mustn't mistake thinking of heaven or hell as actual places or locations, neither up nor down per say, but these each are more as dreams in the regard that they can be as wonderfully loving and happy... or nightmarish and dark a state of mind as you would make and create within yourself! People who have been afflicted by or battled any kind of addiciton will likely tell you that it is very much like trying to conquer and climb out of an awful personal hell. Drinking, excessive or causal sex or what have you, these are quick means of satisfying impulsive urges and destructive desires within self. If you constantly desire alcohol and do not have the self-control to resist it, you will become a drunk. But if you replace the desire and the habit with even could very well become an Olympian. Replace it with nothing but good music and you could become a gifted musician. Replace it with the Spirit of Truth and you will became a channel for truth.

In this respect, any recovering addict must also be very careful and wary when entering relationships after getting sober. I know several people who have overcome some kind of addiction, only to hastily replace it with bad marriages or some kind of abusive relationship. They traded a love of alcohol for a love of the ongoing power struggles that tend to occur between men and women. Most people in recovery are vulnerable, they are afraid of making decisions for themselves or being in control of their own lives because for so long, the risky decisions and choices they made to get drunk or high-- hurt and damaged themselves. They are afraid of their own freedom because they abused it to alter themselves with sedatives or stimulants. So when they meet someone after being cured of their addiction, they replace it with lust for that person to distract or redirect the cravings and simply allow that person to dictate everything in their lives so they don't revert back to their old habits of coping.

To fulfill that purpose for which an entity, a being has manifested in matter is the greater service that can possibly be rendered.
Is the oak lord over the vine? Is the dollar weed beset before the tomato? Are the grassy roots ashamed of their flowers beside the rose?
All of the forces and details in nature are fulfilling rather their purposes to which their Maker, their Creator has called and assigned them into being...reflecting--as each soul, as each man and each should do in their particular sphere--THEIR concept of their maker!! -Edgar Cayce Reading 1391-1

To break this down, the reading is essentially saying that even those who do not believe in God, even terrorists and murderers who are more like weeds among the roses, they too have a natural purpose and a role to carry out. Different religions are much like different fruits. One may taste sweeter than the other, some may appear oddly shaped on the outside, but each has different nourishing qualities within that are mostly admirable and helpful, if only for the zestful spirit of fellowship and veins of truth they offer. One fruit is not better than or above any other, but you have to eat something should you hope to survive and grow and flourish. And just as fruits can rot, surely there are religions or people who claim to be religious individuals who in fact suffer from various forms of rot or disturbing infestation of unclean parasites and unhealthy desires. But not all of these are a fair or appropriate representation of the entire crop.

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