SFG 1 Resources – Know Thyself

Know Thyself Resources

Some Cayce quotes to get you started:

In the spiritual forces and study, know – to know the world without, one must first know the world within. For of the earth is the physical man made, but of the UNIVERSE is the mind and the soul infinite. And thus the study of self becomes the first and foremost in the experience of him that would be a good neighbor, a good father, a good friend. And in him that would be the greater in any experience or capacity is the ability to serve those that are – as self – made in the image of the Maker. For as ye do it unto the least of thy brethren ye do it unto thy God.
     Then, to be to thy neighbor that as ye would have thy Father, thy brother, thy God be to thee, is indeed being a channel through which the glories of that ye may worship as thy ideal may act in such a manner as to make the leaven – as He gave – that leaveneth the whole lump.
     Know thyself if ye would know thy God, if ye would be of a service to thy brother. (1256-1)

First knowing self – for in knowing self one finds God.  (97-2)

Then, the first law of knowing self, of understanding self, is to become more and more sincere with that thou doest in the relationships one to another. For the proof of same is the fruit thereof. And when thou hast found the way, thou showest the way to thy brother. (261-15)

As has been given from time immemorial, seek to know thyself.  Not as an egotist but the ego within self, the I AM consciousness … (440-20)

First make an analysis of self, of self's relationships, of the impelling influences that cause others to act in their manners in the present. Do not condemn self, do not condemn another; but leave the activities that would bring about condemnation rather in His hands, who requireth at the hands of all that there be meted, "As ye would that should be done to thee, do ye even so to thy fellow man!" (290-1)

Know thyself first. Look within thine own heart. What is it ye would purpose to do? Satisfy thine own appetites? Satisfy thine own desire for power or glory, for fame or fortune? These, as ye have experienced and as ye know within thy deeper self, easily take wings and fly away. Only those things that are just, those things that are beautiful, those things that are harmonious, that arise from brotherly kindness, brotherly love, patience, hope and graciousness, LIVE. (1776-1)

Also we find the inclinations for the entity at times to become, when aggravated, rather severe in its criticisms of others. This should be tempered; for what one says of another will usually be one's own state also – in one form or another. (1669-1)

For each soul, each entity, CONSTANTLY meets self. And if each soul would but understand, those hardships which are accredited much to others are caused most by self. KNOW that in those you are meeting THYSELF!   (845-4)

Each individual constantly meets self. There are no coincidences, or accidents, that arise in the meeting of people or individuals.  (2074-1)

For that one cannot endure within itself it finds as a fault in others. That thou findest as a fault in others is thine own greatest fault, ever!  (815-2)

For to all: Ye may meet thy Maker in thine own self. Hence it is necessary that what we hate in ourselves or our associates BECOME that we see in the experiences of life, which will make for each an understanding.  (288-37)

Know in self that the greater part is ever within self when trouble arises between self and daughter, between self and neighbor, between self and husband. For that we think, that we give voice to in condemnation of others, we will find within our own selves. For the Lord thy God is one. And where ye condemn, so are you condemned. As ye forgive, so are ye forgiven. (3457-1)

It is not that the daughter has taken judgement against you. You have taken judgement against that which she worships, which she adores. The trouble lieth within self, as it does concerning thy husband. It is within self that ye must find thy answer. (3457-1)

Know that the fault ye find in others is a reflection of a fault in thyself. Be to others just as you would have others be to thee, and ye will remove much of that.  (1688-9)

Faults in others are first reflected in self. When such conditions arise in the experience of an entity, there should be first those considerations of that in self that has produced such a reflection … (452-3)

Know thyself, then, to be as a corpuscle, as a facet, as a characteristic, as a love, in the body of God.  (2533-7)

Hence as has been given, know thyself, in whom thou believest! Not of earthly, not of material things, but mental and spiritual–and why! And by keeping a record of self–not as a diary, but thy purposes, what you have thought, what you have desired, the good that you have done–we will find this will bring physical and mental reactions that will be in keeping with the purposes for which each soul enters a material manifestation. (830-3)

For the beginning of knowledge is to know self and self's relationship to God! Then the relationship to the fellow man; then material knowledge to any entity, any soul, may become valuable, worth while, aggressive, advancing – success!  (1249-1)

Seek, then, to know self, to know self's relationships to the Creative Forces that may be MANIFEST in the activities of the mental and the spiritual life! KNOW that the Creative Energy called God may be as personal as an individual will allow same to be; for the Spirit is in the image of the Creative Forces and seeks manifestation. It may take that personality, that will be allowed by the individual itself; for we are co-laborers, co-creators with that Energy we call God, that Energy we call Universal Forces. While this may appear to be the Whole, if we will understand that "The Lord thy God is ONE" and all power, all force emanates from that One Source, we will get an understanding of ourselves and our abilities. KNOW SELF! Be TRUE to SELF, and ye will not be false to anyone!  (391-4)

Some, then, dare say that ignorance is bliss; yet to stumble in the darkness is to become as the groper and the dependent one upon another influence. Yet the crying has ever been from the Father that each soul should stand upon its own feet and dare to call God its Father, its God, and claim the right to be one with Him, and not a groveler in the dust of the earth – or a groper. (500-1)

(Q)  How can this body reach the highest mental and spiritual development, Mr. Cayce?
(A)  By the study of self first and make a personal application to self, then you will understand others.  (4264-1)

For the soul liveth, and is a portion of the Creative Energy, and it returns to the Whole, yet reserving in itself the oneness in the ability to know itself individual, yet a portion of the Whole.  (136-70)

For the Lord thy God is One; and the soul, the entity, is that portion that may be – with the application of self – made one with the Creative Forces or God. Yet it is capable, with that gift of eternal force within self, to KNOW itself separate but one WITH the Creative Forces.  (873-1)

For each soul has and does become aware of its separation from the Father, God. It seeks not justification in itself but through the promises in Him to again come into that presence, that consciousness, that oneness in such a manner as to know itself to be itself, yet one with that Creative Force or God – even as He.  (1610-2)

Do you ever find two blades of grass alike? Ever find two leaves on a tree alike? No. But all are the handiwork of God. So, with individual souls, with their complexities of activity. And each soul must know itself to be itself and yet one with God. That's Christianity!  (254-114)

That it, the entity, may KNOW itself to BE itself and part of the Whole; not the Whole but one WITH the whole; and thus retaining its individuality, knowing itself to be itself yet one with the purposes of the First Cause that called it, the entity, into BEING, into the awareness, into the consciousness of itself.  That is the purpose, that is the cause of BEING. (826-11)

The soul, then, must return to its Maker; the WILL being that factor which may be used to carry the entity, the soul, back to the First Cause, to identify itself as being an entity worthy of acclaiming the name that makes it ONE WITH the Whole yet known to be itself, a part of the Whole.  (633-2)

Know that it is not all just to live, – not all just to be good, but good FOR something; that ye may fulfil that purpose for which ye have entered this experience.  And that purpose is that you might know yourself to be yourself, and yet one with the Creative Forces, or God.  (2030-1)

… that gift of the Father to each soul that it may be one with Him, yet know itself to be itself and one with Him.  (818-1)

All of these are urges but none of these surpass the will of the entity as a whole – that which is the gift of the Creative Influence or Force, or God, to each soul; that it, that soul, that entity, may know itself to BE itself yet one with the Creative Forces.  (880-2)

For the Creative Forces are more even than companionship; for the heritage of each soul is to know itself to be itself yet one with that Creative Force.  (1000-10)

For a man is a little lower than the angels, yet was made that he might become the companion of the Creative Forces; and thus was given – in the breath of life – the individual soul, the stamp of approval as it were of the Creator; with the ability to know itself to be itself, and to make itself, as one with the Creative Forces – IRRESPECTIVE of other influences.  (456-1)

The will of the entity is that gift of the Creator, or that portion which makes it an entity, an individual; with the ability to know itself to BE itself yet one with that desired – whether knowledge or truth or good, or bad or evil or what! (1522-1)

Know that there is no influence within self, however, or without self, that may surpass the human will; which may overcome, alter or change ANY of those urges that may arise in the experience. The will is that birthright which makes each individual entity an INDIVIDUAL soul; thus with the ability to know itself to BE itself, and yet separate from the influences about it. But to attain to that oneness which is the ability of each soul, in its experiences in whatever sphere of activity it may attain, is the purpose of consciousness in any sphere or dimension.  (2520-1)

(Q) Give meaning and pronunciation of the word J-A-H-H-E-V-A-H-E.
(A) Java; meaning the ability within itself to know itself to be itself and yet one with, or one apart from, the infinite; to be a part of that realm of helpers; to know self as a part of and in that realm where the angels are, or in that realm of the individuals who have been, who are, with the Announcer, the Lord of the Way, and who have attained the consciousness of the Christ-within.  (2533-8)

Know that no influence, no astrological urge, no experience exceeds the will of the individual; that gift from its Maker which makes the individual able to know itself to be itself and yet one with the Creative Forces or God.  (2564-3)

While there are those influences, those urges latent and manifested, know that no urge surpasses the will of the entity, – that birthright given each soul that it may know itself to be itself and by choice become one with the Creator, or magnify self in its associations in material life.  (2571-1)

It is true, then, that there are latent and manifested urges, manifested abilities, manifested virtues, manifested faults, in the experience of each entity. These faults, these virtues may be pointed out, yet the usage, the application of same is of free will – that which is the universal gift to the souls of the children of men; that each entity may know itself to be itself and yet one with the universal cause.  (2620-2)

The activities in Uranus bring the extremes, and yet patience, yet turmoil. These are the characteristics or the influences in which the entity finds itself at times in turmoil as to choices that may be made. These, as should be interpreted, – no influence or urge surpasses the will of the individual entity, the birthright given of the Father that each entity may make the choice, may know itself to be itself and yet one with the Father.  (2624-1)

Know, no urge surpasses the individual will of an entity, that birthright of each soul, that gift of the Creative Forces that makes or causes the individuality in an entity, the ability to know itself to be itself and yet one with the Creative Forces.  (2629-1)

(Q) Will the entity's style be individual?
(A) The more the entity applies self to those forces as are emanations from the Spirit, that become AS the self through the application of the mental forces OF the entity individually; more INDIVIDUALITY MUST be that as emanates, whether in writing, drawing, painting, or what not. THAT'S individuality! Personality is that seen by others. Individuality is that which shines out from within, separating one from another. Though one may be but a dot, that dot remains ever individual! Though it may be in line with many lines, yet it – the individual entity – the gift from the Creative Energy, that would have emanations to be within self! yet a portion of the whole. The nearer one becomes to that which will give its INDIVIDUALITY – yet losing itself in the whole – the MORE individuality one attains!  (345-2)

The purpose of the entity in the earth, is that it may know itself, also to be itself, and yet at one with the Creative Forces, fulfilling those purposes for which the entity comes into the earth; accepting, believing, knowing then thy relationship to that Creative Force.  (3508-1)

These others are also necessary in their elements, and these may be made, and the body may so build that, that necessary element may be creative within the system itself, through that same consciousness as brought life, health, and BEING to all creative energy as manifests itself through a living, moving organism in the physical self, able to KNOW itself to be one WITH the whole, yet NOT the whole, but manifesting that portion of same in its particular sphere or environ.   (900-453)

As the entity goes on and on, and passes through these spheres – the sun, the planets, the earth – it develops TOWARDS – taking all, being a portion of all, MANIFESTING all – to carry that back to that source from whence it came; giving the ability to become one WITH the whole, yet NOT the whole, and knowing self to be itself, a portion OF the whole, and one WITH God.  (413-1)

It should be understood that Life is One, that each soul, each entity is a part of the Whole, able, capable of being one with the Source, or the Universal Power, God, yet capable of being individual, independent entities in their own selves. (294-155)

What, then, is the first cause of man's expression? That he may know himself to be himself and yet one with the Father; separate, yet as Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one, so the body, the mind, the soul of an entity may also be at-one with the First Cause. (815-7)

God, the first cause, the first principle, the first movement, IS! That's the beginning! That is, that was, that ever shall be! The following of those sources, forces, activities that are in accord with the Creative Force or first cause – its laws, then – is to be one with the source, or equal with yet separate from that first cause. (262-52)

That thou mayest have been called, this, that and the other name may make for confusion to many. But when ye say Creative Force, God, Jehovah, Yahweh, Abba, what meanest thou? One and the same thing, carrying through in the various phases of thine own consciousness; or of those who in their activities seek, as thou (if thou seekest aright), to be one with Him yet to KNOW self to BE self, I AM, in and with the GREAT I AM. The Destiny of the Body, then, lieth with the individual. (262-86)

… the soul that it may be everlasting, that it may be a companion with the Creator, that it may be aware of itself yet one with those influences that make for the spiritualizing of that force which is creative in itself – that makes for god-likeness in the individual soul or activity.  (262-63)

For a man is a little lower than the angels, yet was made that he might become the companion of the Creative Forces; and thus was given – in the breath of life – the individual soul, the stamp of approval as it were of the Creator; with the ability to know itself to be itself, and to make itself, as one with the Creative Forces – IRRESPECTIVE of other influences. (1456-1)

The companionship in God is being one with Him; and the gift of God is being conscious of being one with Him, yet apart from Him – or one with, yet apart from, the Whole.  (5753-1)

… for in His image are ye made, that ye may indeed through the application of thine own understanding become as a companion with Him, KNOWING thyself to BE thyself, yet one with HIM.  (991-1)

In giving then the interpretations of the records for the entity, we find the entity was born under those astrological aspects not because of the position of a star or a planet or any phase, but rather is the entity AS a living soul a part of the whole universe. And as God is, the entity, the soul is.
     As to what the entity has done about God, then, brings it INTO relationship WITH the universe under certain environments; with the characteristics, with the emotions, with the desires. That the will is the birthright, that the entity might be one with God, is the gift to each child, to each son, to each daughter; that they may become one with Him, yet conscious of being themselves.  (1765-2)

The soul is a portion of the whole, with that companionship of the subconscious or unconscious forces (the mind of the soul), with its spiritual companion that makes the individual entity as a portion OF the Whole, with the will that makes it so, and knowing itself to be a portion of the whole yet NOT the whole, yet retaining its identity in the whole … (1924-1)

Though all are as one, remember it has been given that the purpose of the heart is to know YOURSELF to BE yourself and yet one with God even as Jesus, even as is represented in God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit; each knowing themselves to be themselves yet ONE!  (281-37)

And all good, all hope, all mercy, all purpose of DIVINE flows from Love itself; that He would have man in his former estate, knowing himself to be one with Him yet individual, capable of making those influences upon, those influences roundabout, that make known the joy of LOVE – that law is love, love is law to all, as it expresses itself.  (1157-1)

For, as each soul is a part of the whole, individual in itself through the mind of the Creative Forces, it is thus – as a soul – a co-worker with or against that first cause or principle.  (2113-1)

Study again and again, self – and through this as is given, find that self is a portion of the Whole, and such a portion that others may be awakened to the oneness of man with the divine energy, that brings into being those that would serve Him. (2365-2)

Or, as we have given as to how a soul becomes conscious, aware, of its contact with the universal-cosmic-God-Creative forces in its experience; by feeding upon the food, the fruits, the results of spirit, of God, of Life, of Reality: Love, hope, kindness, gentleness, brotherly love, patience. THESE make for the awareness in the soul of its relationship to the Creative force that is manifest in self, in the ego, in the I AM of each soul, and of I AM THAT I AM. (378-14)

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