Father, God, in Thy mercy, in Thy love, be Thou with us now. For we know and we speak of Thy love. And help us then to put away, for the hour, the cares of this life; that we may know in truth that the Spirit and the Lamb say, "Come." Let them that hear also say, "Come." Let all that will, come and drink of the water of life. 262-113
[Based on Edgar Cayce readings 262-113 through 262-124]
Spirit is FIRST CAUSE, the essence of Creative Power, the source of light, and the motivating influence of all life. It is God.
Let us not be confused by terms. What are the relationships among such terms as: The spirit of the times, the spirit of the age, the spirit of America, the spirit of'76, the spirit of the pioneer, the spirit of Fascism, the spirit of the earth, the spirit of the departed, the spirit of the church, the spirit of Truth, the Spirit of the Christ, the SPIRIT OF GOD?
It has been given that there is One Spirit. All manifestations of life in any plane of consciousness are crystallizations by Spirit.
When we, through exercising free will, choose to misdirect and divert this power into selfish channels of personal aggrandizement, rather than toward the expression of its original impulse, the glorification of the Creator, then sin comes into existence.
The spirit of the pioneer need not signify cruelty and destruction nor the spirit of strife and hate, but spirit beings encased in the physical seeking freedom as an ideal. All force is one force. It is we who brought diversity of expression and perception, and we through the Way must return to unity. "Get thee behind me, Satan ... for thou savourest not the things that be of God [the Spirit], but those that be of men." These words were spoken by Jesus, when two ways were before Him: self-glory, or the glory of God.
We must understand why and how Spirit came into material manifestation. Where did we come from?
... we must know from whence we came, how, why, and whence we go-and why. 262-114
In the Beginning
God created us in His image, spiritual beings, with souls, minds and wills. In all states of consciousness there are opportunities for the expression of these.
Error came into existence before the earth, the heavens, or space were created. Using free will, expressing selfish desire, spiritual beings (souls) separated themselves from a consciousness of Oneness with Creative Will. Life, in material bodies, is the reflection of this separation in this state of consciousness.
Through the law of love, God prepared a way back (a road, a ladder, a knotted rope) for all humankind. Until this way was prepared there was no consciousness of time or space. These concepts are aids, not hindrances, to a clearer perception of the Divine Will; for through time and space, and patience, we will come to know the Lighted Path.
Only those who seek may find this way. Flesh and blood may not reveal the truth to us. It is the quickening of the Divine Spirit within which brings each personal revelation.
The Children of God became the children of men, as they sought selfish expression into the earth plane. They pushed themselves into matter, upsetting existent patterns of evolution going on in the earth; first, as forces seeking expression through the natural elements of mineral, plant and animal life, then, as hardened thought forms molded after the pattern of animal life in the earth. In these thought forms spiritual beings became entangled. They lost the consciousness of their divine origin. Monstrosities resulted. There was chaos. The darkness which existed is beyond the comprehension of the finite mind. The earth plane was only a three-dimensional point of expression for the chaotic state which existed.