Lord, let me-my mind, my body, my soul-be at-one with Thee: that I-through Thy promises in Him, Thy Son-may know Thee more and more. 262-88
[Based on Edgar Cayce readings 262-73 through 262-90]
Humanity in its natural state is soul. In the beginning all souls were created in the image of the Creator. Thus the first creation was spiritual.
The development of our souls in a material world is as a garment that is made up of the warp and woof of materials that we have gathered through our experiences in every plane of consciousness. In our sojourns in the earth, we wear many kinds of garments-working clothes, prison garbs, and wedding gowns. Just so we build into our souls, through our mind directed by our will, that which is Godlike and uplifting, or selfish and degrading. That which we build within our soul gives it the opportunity for occupying a position of honor or dishonor. Through the will, however, we may make those things that are of dishonor as stepping-stones to positions of honor. This, too, makes its mark on the soul. Our will is a divine attribute; how we use it determines our destiny. Each soul is an offspring of Creative Force of GOD, and is innately the result of the manner in which it has manifested the prerogative of WILL.
Let us strive to understand that life in its essence is spiritual force, and is continuous. The point of expression may be in matter, as here on earth, or in any of the many different planes of consciousness, but mind is the universal moving force which acts and builds through all planes, and gradually brings an awareness of our own individuality in that Creative Force we worship as God.
Creation of Soul
The soul is of God. It had its beginning in God and its ending is only in Him. To name the name of God is to recognize that we are a part of the Whole, and we know, because we are of the Whole. Our soul, as a part of Creative Force, came into being, and was given breath, by the will of the Father, that it might be a companion with Him in His activity. Our soul is everlasting, containing eternal creative power, and through expressions of this power we may come to know ourselves to be one with Him. Then the destiny of the soul, as of all creation, is to become one with the Creator.
The entity is the manifestation of soul in spiritual, mental, and physical form. Though our soul may have wandered far afield, though it may make its bed in hell, though it may take the wings of the morning and fly to the utmost parts of the universe, eventually it must wend its way back to the source from whence it came, to its God, its Maker.
Our soul never dies. How can Spirit die? How can God die? How can God destroy Himself? Though our soul may choose to take up body afterbody, though it may seek experience in this or that sphere of consciousness, it is ever seeking the way back from whence it came. What is the origin of the soul? What is the origin of eternity? Eternity is from everlasting to everlasting. "When the morning stars sang together"-we were there. When the heavens fold up and time will be no more, behold-we will be there. Now, as in the beginning, we are children of God, and our destiny is to be rulers and priests and priestesses unto Him.
The Soul's Association with the Mind and the Body
The soul body is the image of the Creator, a companion in spirit with the Creative Force. It is too wonderful to describe. It, as God, must be experienced to be known. Our physical body is simply a temporary house for our soul. Opportunities are presented to us through physical experiences for using and directing the soul powers lent to us by God. The way we use these powers in relation with others shows the concept or degree of awareness of our attunement with God.
Through sojourns in the earth our soul, through will, brings upon itself many experiences that may result in confusion, turmoil and strife, or a better understanding of the purposes of life. For example, if we consider that slights, slurs, and unkind words are directed against us, and we remain untouched within and can rise above the selfish desire to strike back, then we can understand what Jesus taught as He urged us to seek attunement with the Father. Jesus overcame in this way and knew that we, too, could rise above being hurt, or tempted, or mistreated. With Him as the pattern there is within us no desire to strike back. Each time we resent, we add to these confusing urges that become stumbling blocks for us. Thus we may use those things that have hindered, that would cause the quickness of speech, the anger at being thwarted, as stepping-stones to a more perfect understanding and to a realization of being in accord with His Way.