There are several important scholars in the history of spiritualism who must be understood. All have been bad mouthed which served the purpose of chasing most scholars away.
The whole subject was essentially relaunched after centuries of been ignored because the Church itself dismissed the implied doctrine and ended further efforts to investigate more or less at the dawn of the Renaissance. Helena Blavatsky's contribution was a massive investigation into sources in India that helped popularize Indian esoterism. Today these ideas are commonly understood and taken for granted and generally accepted but include karma and meditation.
Then we had two other major contributors. One was Cayce who developed the protocol of hypnotic withdrawal allowing his own spirit to address the problem by communicating with the spirit of a patient for example. This is empirical science at its best.
Them we had Rudolph Steiner. He was an accomplished philosopher who contributed to our understanding of Goethe and Nietzsche and to a range of other topics. He was also ac skilled Mathematician. He has largely been ignored because he also was able to successfully query the physical world of the spirit. His work provides a wealth of testable data. Ultimately he became a very successful lecturer and picked up on the audience that Helena created to the mutual benefit of the society and himself. Yet he has been largely ignored mostly because science has not understood the physical reality of the spirit. He did not know for sure either.
This article is an excellent intro into the book and a study of his work.
A member of my family, one of my children, had been in great and continuing pain. We’d been to all the doctors and dentists in the area and all the tests were negative and the pain was still there. I wrote Cayce, told him my child was in pain and would be at a certain place at such-and-such a time, and enclosed a check for $25. He wrote back that there was an infection in the jaw behind a particular tooth. So I took the child to the dentist and told him to pull the tooth. The dentist refused – he said his professional ethics prevented him from pulling sound teeth. Finally, I told him he would have to pull it. One tooth more or less didn’t matter, I said – I couldn’t live with the child in such pain. So he pulled the tooth and the infection was there and the pain went away. I was a little shook. I’m the kind of man who believes in X-rays. About this time, a member of my staff who thought I was nuts to get involved with this took even more precautions in writing to Cayce than I did, and he sent her back facts about her own body only she could have known. So I published Sugrue’s book.
In this we see the plan of development of those individuals set upon this plane, meaning the ability (as would be manifested from the physical) to enter again into the presence of the Creator and become a full part of that creation. Insofar as this entity is concerned, this is the third appearance on this plane, and before this one, as the monk. We see glimpses in the life of the entity now as were shown in the monk, in his mode of living. The body is only the vehicle ever of that spirit and soul that waft through all times and ever remain the same.
Many people ask me how I prevent undesirable influences entering into the work I do. In order to answer that question let me relate an experience I had as a child. When I was between eleven and twelve years of age I had read the Bible through three times. I have now read it fifty-six times. No doubt many people have read it more times than that, but I have tried to read it through once for each year of my life. Well, as a child I prayed that I might be able to do something for the other fellow, to aid others in understanding themselves, and especially to aid children in their ills. I had a vision one day which convinced me that my prayer had been heard and answered.
As a matter of fact, there would seem to be not only one, but several sources of information that I tap when in this sleep condition. One source is, apparently, the recording that an individual or entity makes in all its experiences through what we call time. The sum-total of the experiences of that soul is “written,” so to speak, in the subconscious of that individual as well as in what is known as the Akashic records. Anyone may read these records if he can attune himself properly.
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