Lord, Thou art my dwelling place! In Thee, О Father, do I trust! Let me see in myself, in my brother, that Thou wouldst bless in Thy Son, Thy gift to me that I might know Thy ways! Thou hast promised, О Father, to hear when Thy children call! Harken, that I may be kept in the way, that I may know the glory of Thy Son as Thou hast promised in Him, that we through Him might have access to Thee! Thou, О God, alone, can save! Thou alone can keep my ways! 262-73
[Based on Edgar Cayce readings 262-73 through 262-90]
We have come, in our search for God, to a point where we enter a new cycle. The information which we shall now study may be found by some to be at variance with much that has been presented by many others. Truth may be proved only by results. If we would be led by the Spirit that leads into all truth, we may expect to have many opportunities for proof in our own life. We alone can judge as to that which is truth for ourselves.
Our next three lessons will be on destiny: Destiny of the Mind, Destiny of the Body, and Destiny of the Soul. The first lesson, Destiny of the Mind, deals with mind in its relation to the varied attributes of the mental, physical and spiritual bodies.
Mind is of God. It was given as a grace to us, that we, that soul might be a companion with, one with, the mind of the Maker. Therefore, mind, a creative, Godlike force, is impelled by a spiritual impulse to build an at-one-ness with the Creator. Its various phases confuse many, yet they are made plain as we make our mind, our purpose, and our aims one with our Ideal, and realize that the Lord our God is one Lord.
Destiny is a law, an immutable law, as lasting as that which brought all into being. It is expressed in all the varied spheres of manifestation. We see its signs here and there, written in the experiences of all whom we meet along the way.
Destiny is that immutable law set by Mind, that called into being worlds, the universe, the earth, humankind. This MIND, God, gave to us a soul, a portion of Himself, and when we fell away He furnished a channel, a way, an access to the throne of grace, mercy, and truth, through the Son. The soul is that part of us that may be in accord with, in the presence of, the Father. Flesh and blood-until spiritualized as He, the Christ, spiritualized His body-cannot inherit eternal life. However, in the final analysis, the motivative force of each atom of the physical body is the Mind of Creative Energy.
"Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." What is this law of destiny? What is this gospel? What is this judgment? What is this truth? Is it summed up in, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" or "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise," or is it answered in the new commandment of the Master, "Love one another"? Yes, the whole law is fulfilled in love, in Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." The Lord is... not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." We wonder, can such be possible in threescore and ten years in the earth? We wonder, does the time of birth, the place of the environment, make or have a part in our destiny? Do the days or the years or the numbers all have their parts? Yes, and more. All these are signs, omens, marks along the way. But these signs do not design a destiny; for destiny of the mind, of the soul, of the body, is in Him. Nothing that we may do develops righteousness (262-75), but it is the mercy of the Father, exemplified in the Son, which provides for the destiny of mind, body, and soul in the endeavors and environs of their experiences. The way is so clear that there need not be any stumbling for those who put their trust in Him.
Let us be mindful; for the day of the Lord draweth nigh to many. While we wonder, let us search our hearts and know, as of old, that faith is counted as righteousness to those who love the Lord. The soul that seeks shall find. The soul that puts into practice day by day that which it knows may the sooner find peace and love in the earth. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." In such faith we will know that our destiny is in Him.