Updated: Dec 15, 2018
Discover Your Soul’s Purpose—Finding your path in life, work, and personal mission the Edgar Cayce Way: Second Edition byMark Thurston, Ph.D (review) --key insignts from the reading to help you assess the ways you go about finding your deepest desires and bringing them to fruition. You may even decide to purchase a copy.
Mark Thurston, Ph.D., was a pioneer not only in finding meaning in his own life at an early age, but also in carving his experiences into an astonishing how-to using the methods retrieved from Edgar Cayce’s famous “life readings.” Consequently, this book concerns the perspectives of Edgar Cayce as applied in finding meaning and direction in life. Thurston magnificently interpreted the paradox of fate versus free will and the monotony of our daily lives outlined in Cayce’s work, making it easy to digest Cayce’s allegory and symbolism while showcasing his own deep understanding of Cayce from both historically and conceptually. While later I expect to refer to Cayce directly, the following notes ae only as relayed by Thurston in his book.
The book largely centers around the title topic of purpose with the backdrop of believing in both God and a higher-self. Free will, reincarnation, and comparisons of Cayce’s contemporary counterparts are prominent points of discussion used to support the overarching ‘how-to’ practical techniques that make up the bulk of the book.
Here’s Cayce (a devout Protestant Christian) on creation:
A myth is truth so profound it can’t be expressed in logical terms. Thus the use of image and metaphor.
We were all created by God before the existence of time, for the purpose of companionship with him. Thus, we all have an impulse towards connecting with others.
God imbued us with spirit, mind, and free will. Spirit connects us and is immortal. Mind is creative and shapes our reality. Free will makes us independent. This is the independence to choose God or not, so that we are his companion and not his robot.
God made separate dimensions and realms for us to inhabit because he wanted us to know Oneness (God himself) and Individuality. Think of the teenager needing to separate from loving parents to grow and find him/herself. Enter rebellion; we used mind and free will selfishly for thousands of years and eventually forgot where we came from altogether. God offered us additional chances through reincarnation.
Cayce on purpose:
Each soul enters with a mission to perform, one always about relationships. Looking inward too much is unhealthy. Community and uniqueness are two sides of the same coin. All self-affirmations should honor the self in relationship to God.
You are born with everything you need to fulfill your mission, which requires strong will.
Resolving Karma is never the mission itself. Focusing on what makes life meaningful as opposed to what is the meaning of life will lead you towards your mission. Thus, an understanding of human history is necessary to appreciate the ornate framework of your mission.