blinkstar.gif (494 bytes) Metaphysical Mystery Religions Of Old
by Kevin Williams

The following was revealed to Cayce during his excursions while out of the body and as told in Thomas Sugrue's book, There is a River.

"The system of metaphysical thought which emerges from the readings of Edgar Cayce is a Christianized version of the mystery religions of ancient Egypt, Chaldea, Persia, India, and Greece. It fits the figure of Christ into the tradition of one God for all people, and places him in his proper place, at the apex of the philosophical structure; He is the capstone of the pyramid - the Stone the builders rejected.

"The mysteries were concerned with man's problem of freeing his soul from the world. In the mystery symbologies the Earth was always represented as the underworld, and the soul was lost in this underworld until freed from it by wisdom, faith, and understanding. In the Greek mysteries, Persephone, was abducted by Pluto, Lord of Hades. Persephone is the soul of man, whose true home is in the heavens.

"Jesus said he came to fulfill the law, and part of that law was the Kabbalah, the secret doctrine of the Jews - their version of the mysteries.

"It is interesting to speculate on the fact that Edgar Cayce was raised in strict nineteenth century Bible tradition, and suffered the greatest mental and emotional shock of his life when he discovered that in his spiritual readings he declared the truth of the mysteries and acclaimed Jesus as their crowning glory. Edgar Cayce had only a seventh grade education and consciously knew nothing of what he said under hypnosis. He was only versed in the Bible and had no high school or college background of any kind. Up until his revelations, Cayce had never heard of the mystery religions. Yet his readings check with everything about them that is known to be authentic. He spoke at length on Christian Gnosticism well before the Gnostic writings were discovered. Cayce affirmed that Gnosticism is the highest form of Christianity.

"The mystery religions were a preparation for the coming of Jesus. He was the fruit of their efforts, and His message was a fuller revelation to the people at large of the mysteries themselves. In the scramble which Christianity made to establish itself as the dominant religion of the decaying Roman Empire, the mysteries were denied their proper place, since to grant that they had truth in them would justify their further existence.

"The complex symbology employed by the mystery religions has survived fragmentarily in Christianity, notable in church architecture and in the sacrifice of the Mass. The early Christians used every means possible to conceal the pagan origin of their symbols, doctrines, and rituals. They either destroyed the sacred books of other peoples among whom they settled, or made them inaccessible to students of comparative philosophy, apparently believing that in this way they could stamp out all record of the pre-Christian origin of their doctrines. The doctrine of reincarnation and the Gnostic mysteries of Christ were declared heresies by the Church in 553 A.D.

"Jesus the Christ, according to the Cayce readings, is the central instrument of God to make it possible for all souls to fulfill the original purpose of their creation. Cayce affirms the Godhead to be three-dimensional, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, when viewed from the level of Earth consciousness, which itself is a "three-dimensional plane in one." The Godhead in Its multiplicity can be perceived as more complex than three-dimensional when viewed from the perspective of higher levels of consciousness. Nevertheless, the Christ, whether one speaks of the Godhead as three-dimensional or multidimensional, is seen as an essential part of the Godhead. Indeed, Cayce stated that the "Body" of Christ is the Father, the "Mind" of Christ is the Son, and the "Spirit" of Christ is the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Body, Mind and Spirit of God. Jesus' message was that "ye are gods". In other words, we can be just like God in body, mind and spirit as Jesus was.

"Jesus, who became the Christ, the full manifestation of the divine consciousness in flesh, also known as the Messiah, was also a human - specifically, a soul created with other souls in the beginning and, like them, a part of God's Universal Consciousness. This is not to say that the Christ Consciousness is a created being. Jesus was the created being. In the Cayce readings, the Christ Consciousness is the spiritual condition of integrally being one with God. The union of the Christ Consciousness and the human Jesus constituted, according to the readings, a unique divine-human unity, although this relationship is properly the ultimate goal of all entities and is spiritually possible for all. Cayce affirms that there seemed to be two wills - divine and human - in Jesus Christ. Cayce flat out states that the Christ soul's first incarnation was Adam of the book of Genesis.

"The Cayce readings, however, go on to speak of the singular appropriateness of Adam finally emerging as Jesus, the man, to become the savior of the world, the Christ. It must also be noted that sin did not begin with Adam according to Cayce, but it had its origins in spiritual realms before even the creation of the Earth. We can therefore assume that this was Adam's redemptive intent all along - to be savior of the world.

"The perception that Jesus had previous human incarnations did not originate with Edgar Cayce. For example, the early Jewish Christian group known as the Ebionites taught that the Spirit had come as Adam and later reincarnated as Jesus. Other Jewish Christian groups such as the Elkasaites and Nazarites also believed this. The Clementine Homilies, an early Christian document, also taught many incarnations of Jesus. 

"According to Cayce, the incarnations of the Christ soul were as follows: Adam, Enoch, Melchizedek, Joseph, Joshua, Jeshua (the scribe chiefly responsible for forming the Hebrew Bible according to Cayce) and finally Jesus.

"How will Jesus come again? The Cayce readings affirm the second coming of Jesus: "He shall come as you have seen him go, in the body he occupied in Galilee." So Cayce suggested a literal return in body from the sky in the same manner he departed. But there are other Cayce readings that the second coming with be spiritual. Perhaps it is both. Cayce often stated in his readings that "the day of the Lord is indeed at hand". When asked how soon the second coming will be Cayce responded: "When those that are his have made the way clear, passable, for him to come."

"According to the Cayce readings, our solar system is a cycle of experiences for the soul. It has nine afterlife realms, physically represented by the nine planets; they represent focal points for the afterlife realms, or environments in which the afterlife realm can express and materialize themselves - although materialization of each afterlife realm is different. The Earth realm is a representation of the three-dimensional afterlife realm, and it is a sort of laboratory for the whole system, because only here is free will completely dominant. This is also the only planet where three-dimensional physical life exists. On the other planes, souls exist in spirit form corresponding to that afterlife realm. On the other afterlife realms, some measure of control is kept over the soul to see that it learns the proper lessons.

"The control is usually by the soul itself, if it has evolved sufficiently, because once the body of this dimension has been left and the consciousness of this life has been absorbed into the subconscious, the separation between the two is lifted.

"The subconscious is the record of all the lives of the soul, in this system and in other systems, out among the stars. It is the story of what we do with our spirit - the portion of God that is given to us for life, with the gift of individuality, or separate existence from God. Our problem is to perfect our individuality, and then we return to God. Our spirit and soul, or individuality, are joined to Him."

Copyright 2003