The word “Christ” is most often associated with the name Jesus as though it were a last name. But the word “Christ” comes from the Greek word “Christos” which means anointed. In Hebrew the same word would be “Mashiach,” or Messiah. Since many of the ancient manuscripts were written in Greek, the word Christ became associated with the name of Jesus. Properly used, it should be “Jesus the Christ” as it has been translated in some Biblical versions of Matthew 16: 20.
The Christ, as it is becoming more correctly understood today, is not a person but a consciousness. The Christ Consciousness is the Universal Consciousness of wholeness, unity, and oneness. Since the Source of all creation is Infinite Potential without form or limits, the Christ Consciousness can be imagined as the “mind of God,” the original thought expressed by the Godhead that is most often called the “Father.” The “Son of God” can then be more easily understood as the Christ Consciousness since it is the first and most intimate manifestation of God the “Father.” This was the consciousness within the man called Jesus, enabling him to say, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” (John 14: 11)
The Christ Consciousness is a harmonious whole in which everyone and everything is included. As a Consciousness of wholeness and unity, the Christ Consciousness recognizes no separation, conditions, or limitations. There is no “us vs them” or “me vs you” because “me” is the same as “you” and “us” becomes identical to “them.” All is One thing, without separation, as pure unconditional love. The Christ Consciousness has no limitations and, therefore, is not limited to the man called Jesus. It is available to all who are willing to shed ego’s identity with selfishness and separation in order to take on the Christ Consciousness and become like Jesus.
The anti-Christ is most often thought of as a particular individual who is the personification of evil. However, this consciousness can take root within groups as well, particularly when it is aroused through a common belief. This can be recognized easily when people of the same mind act as a group to express their feelings of self-righteousness, fear and hate. The consciousness of the anti-Christ is the product of ego living in a world of duality, a world that is seen as a threat to its own existence. It separates that which it considers to be good from that which it considers to be evil. That which is thought to be good will provide solely for its own benefit and beliefs, while that which deters it from accomplishing its selfish desires, or that disagrees with its beliefs, will be considered evil. As the opposition to the Christ, it is a consciousness of separation from the Whole. It is disharmony and disruption, that which cannot accept the Consciousness of the Christ.
While physical pain is more difficult to overcome than emotional pain, physical pain is often the result of blocked emotional energy that needs to be released. Several attempts may be required to become entirely free of the distressing emotion, but with each use of this practice, the emotional distress will eventually heal, and whatever triggered it will no longer have an effect.
A method for releasing emotional or physical pain has been given to us by many spiritual teachers, a few of the lessons have been provided below:
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. ~ RUMI
Instead of (avoiding our moods and emotions) invite them to come in and have a cup of tea. Yes, it would perhaps be better to offer it a Scotch-and-soda … because the idea is to encourage it, to invite it to be itself with a vengeance … for this is accepting its independence of the ego, that is, allowing it to behave as it wills … instead of denying it, we affirm it … to experience it to the full … for even the blackest mood has a profound meaning for us and is a blessing in disguise. … The point is not to accept it in order that you might pass on to a higher state, but to accept it because acceptance itself is that higher state.”
~ from The Meaning of Happiness by Allan W. Watts
By turning your attention to any emotional or physical pain, observing it and feeling its energy, the identification of the pain as being you is broken. Sustained conscious attention severs the link between the pain and your feelings, providing you with a process of transmutation.
~ from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Your unique personal vibrational frequency determines the quality of your life. By accepting the energy of your vibrational resonance and taking charge of it you can change your thoughts and emotions. A transformational shift will occur providing limitless possibilities. To liberate the feelings and beliefs that no longer serve you, fully embrace them allowing them to be released. This will bring freedom to the pure vibrational energy within. ~ from Panache Desai
Despair, pain and grief are held to be unpleasant and thoroughly undesirable. Dearest friend, take the lighted candle of your own faith, and enter completely into your despair. Be there. Look around. Let your self-remembering light that cavern, demanding nothing, expecting nothing. Rather than push away your despair, just say yes to it. If you say yes to your pain, then that pain is filled with Love. This is not something to think or merely perform. It is something to be. Say ‘yes’ in that despair-filled moment when you are able, and with your next breath say ‘yes’ again. And, if you are willing to allow the structure of despair to alter, you will observe it beginning to change. … Whatever your predicament may be, ‘yes’ will not solve it. It will dissolve it. ‘Yes’ is not obedience or acquiescence. It is an embrace.”
~ from Emmanuel’s Book III, What Is an Angel Doing Here? by Rodegast and Stanton
The practice is a three-step process of: 1) acknowledging what is going on internally during a distressing physical or emotional situation, 2) welcoming it, and 3) letting it go. … Close your eyes and feel the emotional and/or physical pain. Stay with the sensation for a minute or two, exploring how it feels in your body. After a minute or two, consciously move in the opposite direction, still working directly on the sensation. Relax, take a deep breath, and come down into your being. Soften inwardly. Open to the sensation of your own presence, and try to stay with that presence no matter what inner racket is going on. Keep returning consciously to that sensation of inner openness until you can feel calmness beginning to return. If you are patient and firm, it eventually will. The aliveness of your “I AM” presence, sensed directly in this way, will eventually heal any mental or emotional turmoil that temporarily preempts it.
~ from The Wisdom Jesus, Transforming Heart and Mind – A New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault as provided in The Welcoming Prayer
Also see the Notice and Ease Tool by HeartMath
Since 2012 many people have been experiencing difficult health symptoms. Depression is one that appears to be common. For those who practice some form of spiritual exercise, the symptoms could be the result of energy called kundalini. However, this is true even for those who do not practice, or even think about spirituality. In her book, Journey Through Transformation; A guide to mystical awakening, kundalini, emotional clearing and spiritual emergence, Kaia Nightingale explains that, of the 110 participants in her survey who felt they had a spiritual experience, 43% of them were not engaged in any spiritual practice, and 15% had no belief at all in spirit prior to their experience. The causes that triggered the experience were varied from such things as meditation, stress, and illness. The type of experience also varied among the participants and included everything from revelations to UFO sightings, all of which are described in the book.
Any spiritual experience can be either joyful or frightening, especially when it is not understood. The energy within each person opens doors to parts of the psyche that have been hidden from consciousness, and when they are suddenly released, disturbing consequences follow. If there is some deep-seated emotional content such as fear, anger, grief, or anxiety, it may be raised to a conscious level resulting in stressful emotional turmoil. Even those who have an understanding of the way in which these openings occur can be unprepared for the actual experience. While the experience itself will generally be of short duration, trying to make sense of it may keep the mind engaged in fear and stress.
Some of the symptoms of a spiritual awakening described in this book include: sensitivity to crowds, colors, foods, and noises; pain, eyestrain, headaches; involuntary movements; skin sensations; heat in various places in the body or throughout the body; time distortions. Remedies are provided for internal clearing and grounding.
Unfortunately, as pointed out by Kaia Nightingale from her own experience, many gurus have no knowledge of how to deal with difficult spiritual awakenings. The medical profession is of little, if any, help since there is no physical cause for the symptoms and people are often referred to a therapist or psychologist.
This is an excellent book but it is not intended to replace the need for prudent care with the help of a physician. Symptoms always should be ruled out as having a physical cause before suspecting them to be spiritually related.
Many additional resources for information about the difficulties of a spiritual awakening are also provided in this book. It can be purchased online at amazon in print or electronic format.
A few online sites are included here for immediate reference:
Spiritual Emergence Service – http://spiritualemergence.net/
Spiritual Emergency Resource Center – http://www.spiritualcompetency.com/se/resources/senciis.html
Kundalini Awakening – http://www.spiritualcompetency.com/blackboard/lessons/types/kundalinitype.htm
Spiritual Competency Resource Center – http://www.spiritualcompetency.com/blackboard/lessons/lesson5.html
For the early Christians, “the Father” God was that highest, unknowable and unreachable God. Therefore there was much meaning for them in the message of John 14:6 where Jesus is quoted as saying that, “I am the *way*, the truth, and the *life*. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” For them it meant that there was now a direct connection between them and the highest God.
When we think of consciousness as *life* force and the medium through which we gain perception of our world, we can also understand that our world view has continued to expand over time because consciousness is expanding. When our view of God the Father is seen as the unconscious part of ourselves (the Kingdom of God within us), where infinite possibility exists but is not yet created, then we can get an idea of the *Way* in which Jesus, through a perfectly harmonized human consciousness of Love, brought consciousness into the unconscious Source that was previously inaccessible. In this way, Jesus made God accessible to humans so that each of us, through a consciousness of perfect Love, could become one with the infinite Father God. This is the meaning of enlightenment, realization, and the Biblical passage:
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father.” (John 14:8-12)
TIME AS ONE TIME (taken from SPIRIT AND TRUTH by Samuel Mann)
As a way of gaining some understanding of the unity of time, we refer to the explanation by theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku. On the internet’s YouTube he talks about Time and explains the idea that all of time, as we know it, exists at once. According to Dr. Kaku, there are many different frequencies of time existing together, and the time of which we are aware is only one of those frequencies. We experience just one particular time because our consciousness is “tuned in” to the vibratory force of three dimensions. It is much like tuning into one particular television frequency to watch a single program while there are many other programs broadcasting simultaneously. This “tuning” is called sympathy by Dale Pond who explains that sympathy is extremely important to us because without it we could not hear sounds or see objects. We act as “receivers” of vibrating waves coming from the environment and, because of our sympathy with them, we are able to translate these vibrations into comprehensible objects and sounds.
Dr. Kaku’s explanation directly relates to Cayce’s statement, given many years before Kaku’s, when he said that “all time is one time,” and also that, in our material plane, time is dependent upon the “rate of the vibratory force” as it is set into motion. Cayce was in agreement with Kaku when he told one individual that “all that is has been, and all that is to be has been already.” And to another person Cayce said, “You are already in eternity, your soul has been there since the beginning.”
Meher Baba explained that, since there is no time in eternity, everything that has happened, is happening, or will happen, has already happened. This is because there is no past or future in eternity, only the everlasting present where everything came to conclusion with the initial urge of the Creator to begin creative activity.
Even Eckhart Tolle agrees as he asks:
Have you ever experienced, done, thought, or felt anything outside the Now? Do you think you ever will? Is it possible for anything to happen or be outside the Now? The answer is obvious, is it not? Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future – it will happen in the Now.
Have you ever seen a child’s book that lets them make up a story by offering different choices? Such a book is Journey Under the Sea by R.A. Montgomery. The book description is:
This book is different from other books. You and YOU ALONE are in charge of what happens in this story. There are dangers, choices, adventures, and consequences. YOU must use all of your numerous talents and much of your enormous intelligence. The wrong decision could end in disaster – even death. But, don’t despair. At any time, YOU can go back and make another choice, alter the path of your story, and change its result. Now enter the mysterious and beautiful world of Atlantis… YOU may be famous, you might decide never to return to the earth world above, or you may not get a chance to make that decision. Whatever happens, good luck!
This is much the same idea as our concept of time. We have many decisions to make and the ones that we choose are the ones we experience. All of the other possibilities are there, but we just don’t get to experience them. Mind boggling isn’t it?
For more information like this, read SPIRIT AND TRUTH by Samuel Mann
In order to appreciate the significance of Jesus it is necessary to understand that everything is composed of energy, and energy works in cycles. A cycle continues from its beginning to a point of completion. A life cycle in our natural world is one in which energy promotes growth from a beginning with potential, to an end that brings that potential to a total transformation – as the life cycle of a seed to a tree, or of an infant to an adult. The same idea applies in the dimension of Spirit.
The energy that powers natural life and growth has a spiritual basis and its nature is indefinable. This energy, as the Source of all things, is most commonly called “God” and has no attributes, features, qualities, parts, characteristics or form because It existed before any of these came into existence. God is also beyond mind and is encountered as darkness or emptiness, an abyss, or nothingness when experienced by those who become enlightened or realized. So, if we think back to what it was like prior to creation we see that there is only “nothing” or “no-thing” – only the Source of creation exists that we refer to as “God.” In this Source there is no awareness because there is nothing of which to be aware. However, as quantum physicists have discovered, and as those who have realized it have declared, this “No-thing” contains every conceivable possibility as unexpressed potential. Jesus referred to this Source as “the Father” because it is a concept that people could relate to and understand. Most people, even today, have difficulty comprehending the idea of God as being a reservoir of everything and yet a “No-thing” as compared to “things.”
The Christian Bible tells us that it was through the “Word” that all things were created. (John 1:3) John equates this “Word” with God, and the “Word made flesh” he describes as the man called Jesus. This idea of a “Word” implies an expression of sound, sound being energy. The newly created “light” of Genesis is also an expression of energy, and these similes are used to describe pure consciousness that has no way of being defined. This consciousness might more fittingly be called the “Mind of God” in which creation developed over eons of time. Then it becomes more easily understood as the energy of pure consciousness that is forming ideas and impressions. It is the same consciousness, personified as Adam, that left its spiritual source to enter the dimension of the physical. Once consciousness became attracted to the denser dimension of matter, it became necessary for this energy to find its way back to its Source.
From the point of creation’s beginning as light and/or sound (both being vibratory energies) a cycle was begun and is playing itself out as consciousness within the minds and souls of humans. The cycle that was begun in Adam, was completed in Jesus. While Adam brought consciousness away from the spiritual into the physical world, Jesus brought that consciousness back into the dimension of Spirit. In this way Jesus established the law of grace which is more powerful than the law of karma. The life of Jesus may then be seen as a demonstration of the way in which a cycle of life energy, or consciousness, might be brought back to its Source having become fully transformed.
As Jesus took his last breath, he remarked, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) This indicated a completion of the cycle from a “Nothingness” that had no way of perceiving Itself, to the consciousness in a human so faultless as to perfectly reflect back to the Source all that it was. In this way, Jesus was the first to make the unconscious Source conscious through his own physical mind. Before the lifetime of Jesus, humans were conscious of God, but because of Jesus, the unconscious Source that we call “God” became conscious in a man. This is the meaning of the Christ Consciousness, also referred to as the Universal Consciousness, and it is also the meaning of the atonement or at-one-ment. It is a complete merger of a human’s body consciousness with the unconscious source of our being. This is an intimate joining of the “Mind of God” with the mind of a physical body, a melding of the deeper super-conscious mind with the shallower conscious awareness of a living human’s brain. Man and God become as one.
The destiny and purpose of each and every soul as an offspring of Adam is to return to its Source, or beginning, having become reconciled through the balancing of its energies. This is made possible as each unique individual soul participates in earthly experiences until it becomes a perfect reflection of its Creator in at-one-ment. The role of Jesus was to show us how to do that through love. Jesus is the perfect model for us to follow because he demonstrated, through his life on earth, the way that we should live to balance the energy of our souls in order to accomplish this purpose, the purpose that was established in the beginning.
For a more detailed explanation of the ideas presented here, read my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH.
John Ernst Worrell Keely (1837 – 1898), an inventor from Philadelphia, claimed to have discovered a new motive power based on “vibratory sympathy.” Keely’s theories have been incorporated in ‘Sympathetic Vibratory Physics’, a merging of science and new age philosophy. (from Wikipedia)
Keely’s ideas about vibrations extended to the biological and spiritual. According to Keely, the nerve cells of the human brain are composed of spherical resonators. Keely referred to these resonators as atomoles, and the universal thought force to which they resonate as atomolic. The atomolic thought force, he said, permeates all space in endless, eternally active waves resulting in thought, cognition, intellect etc. as it acts upon the atomoles. This atomolic force may be directed only through a developed will, the undeveloped will producing the varying emotions and impulses in humans of lesser developed states.
Keely believed that this one supreme universal thought force is a harmony of vibrations that is much like an octave of many tones. This force contains all the higher qualities we think of as virtues. It is expressed in the human organism as concordant settings depending upon the dominating impulse of the individual. This results in the differences between one human and another as the various chord settings within each person are either allowed or suppressed. Suppression of the harmonious chords from the one supreme universal thought force causes them to become latent, and by repeated suppression the person finds that life is dominated by the dis-harmony that results. Those forces that Keely calls self-will of the outer personality may be carried over from one lifetime to another as either latent or developed, and can be undone only by yielding to the dominance of the chord-setting of the Supreme Force. Continuous yielding to the dominance of the Super Force builds a habit which produces the sweet and lovable personality while suppression yields those who become victims of their own habit making them unpleasant and morose. All experiences have an opportunity contained in them for us to either allow for a more perfect dominance of the celestial, or to suppress it, and it rests with the individual to embrace or reject these opportunities. From this he points out that we can change ourselves as we so choose.
Keely observed that, “The work of activating the latent chord-setting is sometimes equivalent to giving birth to an entirely new condition in the person, the intellect and the imagination having to actively cooperate in the endeavor to produce even the minutest degree of activity. In such persons their hardest experiences may be of the greatest benefit to them, if rightly taken, for it is through certain orders of experience, with suffering, that these centers are powerfully acted upon.” Intensely emotional experiences produce a much greater effect, producing a personality change for the better or for the worse. This change is a result of a former dormant center having been powerfully aroused, or more completely suppressed.
Keely also recognized that there is an amplitude of force: “The amplitude of vibration is directly increased or diminished by increasing or diminishing the size or number of creative aggregates.” The intensity of such forces as love or fear, forgiveness or revenge will have an effect upon the human ego according to circumstances dominated by these forces in proportion to their intensity, and the intensity of the force will be proportionate to the number of units vibrating at that particular pitch. For instance, fear and panic in a crowd, though the danger is insignificant, is contagious among people mutually sympathetic because of the rapidity with which etheric waves transmit all feeling. Thus the number of egos contributing to the vibration of fear will increase its intensity. Keely said that those who intensify the force of cruelty in one place may strengthen an evil doer’s hand in another place. Those who feel the force called love, which on higher planes is known as sympathy, harbor waves of force which are already strong, augmenting them or increasing their intensity. Those who are loving and encourage such forces may hinder some evil. This, he maintained, is brought about through the agency of etheric waves which transmit forces with undiminished intensity even to great distances. This phenomenon he termed, transympathetic and has been shown to be valid in quantum physics.
By strengthening will and consciously awakening within us those centers that are concordantly sympathetic with the force of universal goodwill, Kelly believed we could aid in the establishment of universal brotherhood. His advice was: “As we struggle to attain the goal of higher harmony do not despair. Though you fall many times, do not be discouraged, for as yet your organisms and all their centers of resonation are not yet concordant to the focalized vibration of the higher harmonies. Being still related to the mass, you are drawn again and again into the whirlpool of the vibrations which affect the mass, for these you cannot yet resist. But know that you can change all this rapidly or slowly as your purpose is steadily intense or vacillating. With the cessation of your lower desires comes the cessation of the action upon you of the lower forces, the resonating centers which formerly distributed this force, no longer active, become latent and are absorbed back to an embryonic condition. Every person contains, developed or embryonic, all conditions of the Infinite. Therefore, no height is too great to reach.”
Taken from: “The Physics of Love, The Ultimate Universal Laws” by Dale Pond
See a great deal more about Sympathetic Vibratory Physics along with information about John Keely at this website: Sympathetic Vibratory Physics
Easter Sunday celebrates the rising from the dead of the man called Jesus. Having been crucified on a Friday, his body was laid in a cave-like tomb with a stone rolled across the entrance, as was the custom of the day. It was also the Jewish custom to anoint the body of the deceased, but this had not been possible because it was not allowed on a Saturday, which was the Sabbath or Jewish Holy Day. So the women went to the tomb early on Sunday to anoint the body, but they discovered that the body was not there.
We are told that Jesus consequently appeared to many of his followers, causing some to be afraid because they thought they were seeing a ghost. However, Jesus showed them that his body was just as solid and as real as their own by asking for food and eating it. This is basically the story of the resurrection.
What is different about this story from other stories telling of dead bodies being brought back to life (such as the raising of Lazarus) is that the body of Jesus was not the exact same physical body that had hung on the cross. His physical body had dissolved and his resurrected body was reconstructed from the vibratory light energy of his soul. Essentially, this was a result of Mind over matter in the ultimate sense, and it demonstrates the fact that the energy intake through the five senses builds the quality of the soul which, in turn, determines the quality of the physical body. Since everything is composed of energy (including the soul) the soul is built from the energy of our thoughts, words, actions and experiences that it “feeds” upon. This energy is then used to produce a physical body which will be formed according to the quality of the vibrations of the soul. It also demonstrates the meaning of “as we sow, so shall we reap” as well as being an argument for reincarnation.
So now the question is – why did Jesus have to die and what does all this mean for us? And the short answer is that we were given access to the Father God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Let me explain:
First we have to imagine what it was like prior to creation – when the force or power that we call “God” was without form or substance – before time, place or things existed. Then, as scientists claim, there was a “big bang” causing chaos as massive amounts of energy began to move and coalesce into created “things.” From the spiritual standpoint, this “big bang” was the Son of God, His “first born,” the original emanation from which everything else was created. It was the Immaculate Conception through which all things were conceived in the now existing “Mind of God.” It consisted of a new dimension that was separate from, and yet one with, the original Source of formless, substanceless, timeless power that we call God – that which we think of as “the Father.” This was the initial awareness that required something of which to be aware – and so it brought about creation as we understand it today. It was the beginning of the Master Soul, of which we are all a part, having been conceived immaculately within the womb of creation.
The energy emanating through the Mind of God began creation through an infinite number of vibrations that blended into harmonies from waves of sound. Their fluctuations wavered between creation and the unbounded, eternal force that began them. This was the beginning of a cycle, a cycle being an integral part of vibration, vibration having been poetically described as God’s “Word” by John in the Bible. This cycle of creation continued throughout history as this single consciousness became lost in the myriad forms of its own making. As this consciousness became intimately connected to form, individual souls were nurtured and shaped by taking in vibrations of all that they experienced. One of these souls followed the course of the main spiritual cycle that was set in the beginning, and eventually it appeared on earth in the body that was called Jesus. Through his spirit-filled life, Jesus brought the fulfillment of the cyclic spiritual journey that began in the uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God in which there was no awareness (because there was nothing of which to be aware) to its end in a created, fully human individual with full awareness, and in whom that uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God could finally become aware of all of His creation. That is to say, God became consciously aware for the first time through the medium of a human’s consciousness. In this way, the resurrection of Jesus completed the cycle of Spirit.
The life of Jesus was a reflection of the Father Spirit or Source through which creation began and is sustained. By living a holy life, Jesus showed us the Way we must travel to get back to our roots, our beginning, our Source. Through his example, he showed us that we are all loved as children of God, and through his teaching we learned that our heritage is to become spiritual beings, capable of performing all the miracles of which He had the power, and even more.
In essence, Jesus showed us that we are on earth to cultivate and grow a spirit of love within us to form a vibratory condition for the soul that will enable it to merge with its Source. We are to become fully united again with God, so that God may become aware in us. This was not possible for any human being until Jesus gave his life. This was required of him through a physical body so that he could return its consciousness to the Father and provide a way for each of us to do the same. It required a complete giving up of self, a death that for us is the death of ego as it becomes transformed through integration with Spirit. It is then that our soul’s vibrations will become harmonized with those of Spirit so they may blend and become One – so that we may know ourselves to be ourselves while part of the Whole. It is then that God will become conscious in us and we may say, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”
An interesting article appeared in the June 2007 issue of Discover Magazine that describes the evaporation of the body of a devout lama in Eastern Tibet. Such cases have been referred to by Tibetan Buddhists as “rainbow bodies.” The article has 4 parts and also discusses the search for a soul. Read the article here: Soul Search
See also: The Resurrection of the Body
According to the Apostles’ Creed, Christians believe in the resurrection of the body. Edgar Cayce was asked what body, referred to in the Creed, will be resurrected? This was asked by those who believed in reincarnation – that a soul takes form in many different bodies in many different places and in many different lifetimes. Cayce answered that it refers to the physical body, the same body each individual had from the beginning and throughout the ages. Otherwise, he asks, how could it be individual? He further explained that when the unity of consciousness initially separated into individual beings, each being took on a shadow form (thought form) to provide for its individuality. Since each being had mind and will, it used the creative forces of which it was still a part, to create experiences that could feed or build a soul body. Once the soul enters the physical dimension it takes the matter it has drawn to itself to form another body. Although the physical body decays and dissolves, mind, being the builder, uses the vibrations the soul has accumulated to create a new body. What becomes of the body, he said, depends upon the choices that have been made. The destiny of the body, then, depends upon the individual. (Edgar Cayce Reading 262-86)
Because the soul uses those vibrations which it has experienced to build a physical body, an individual will find himself or herself in a body conforming to vibrations that produce health or infirmity, strength or weakness. This is where the balancing power of karma will have its effect.
While all of this may be difficult to believe, scientific research is proving it to be valid. Walter Semkiw, M.D. has written two books about reincarnation, Born Again, and Return of the Revolutionaries. The latter presents evidence–including photographs–that John Adams, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, and numerous other American Revolutionaries have been reincarnated as the political and spiritual leaders of today, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Marianne Williamson, Shirley MacLaine, and others, in order to begin a Spiritual Revolution. He documents past life recollections of people with current photos along with those of their recalled past life person. He found that facial features, body postures, and hand gestures can be consistent from one lifetime to another. He believes there is an “energy template” or possibly a holographic image that the developing fetus uses to shape the body.
Another interesting facet of this research was the finding that individuals did not necessarily reincarnate in the same ethnic affiliation, religion, nationality, race or gender from one lifetime to another. Dr. Semkiw maintains that once it is understood that Muslim Palestinians may become Jewish Israelis, Protestants may become Catholics, Islamic terrorists may become Christian Westerners and Shiites can become Sunnis, and vice versa, then it will make no sense to perpetuate violence on one another. He states that, “When we see ourselves as universal souls, we understand that we are all brothers and sisters who are evolving together through lifetimes on Earth.” More can be learned from his article, Principles of Reincarnation or How Reincarnation Works, available on the website of the Institute for the Integration of Science, Intuition and Spirit (IISIS).
More information about these concepts can be found in my book, Spirit and Truth, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers.