Sacred Gifts: Discovering Your Soul's Talents*
Association For Research
and Enlightenment Summer Conference
By Lorrie Kazan**
It was easy to feel
peaceful in the lush, green surroundings of the Asilomar Conference grounds
where the summer A.R.E. conference was held.
Here one doesn't surrender
the forest for the sea since both are equally present. Wooden walkways wind
through the conference center and out to the beach where the salt scent of the
sea and the sound of the waves create a warm greeting for the heart.
A.R.E.'s C.E.O., Kevin
Todeschi, and his wife, psychic Mary Roach, were the key speakers. A
pre-conference numerology class was offered by Henry Conlan and a powerful past
life regression was conducted by the A.R.E.'s Development Director,
Edgar Cayce on Soul Growth
is the part of us that is eternal. Our path is to grow closer to our creator.
Our human experience is
reflected in the story of the prodigal son. We may wander off to explore the
world but we come back to our source. That source is ultimately within us.
So, how do we cultivate
that magnificent relationship from which all others spring? Cayce encouraged
us to choose an ideal. We can update our choice as we grow.
forgiveness are three examples of an ideal
one could pick for a period of time. To make it applicable, we break it down
into a pattern of being, thinking and behaving.
For instance, our
hand-out highlighted love as the spiritual ideal in the section marked
"to be." Some mental attitudes listed under "to think" were love,
compassion, and forgiveness.
Physical activities "to
do" included what you would do for self and for others:
Pray/Meditate on forgiveness
Make an effort to be the first to forgive/apologize, etc. (I thought
this one was particularly unique. How many of us practice or would be willing
to practice this in our lives?)
We're continually growing
in our association with God. Therefore, whatever emotional responses we have to
our circumstances sets in motion a different set of learning. Cayce emphasized
that there was a purposeful experience for each.
He expressly encouraged us
to energize positive patterns in our lives and let the negative aspects
dissipate from lack of attention.
Mr. Todeschi gave the
example of an unconscious co-creator: like someone going to the
movieplex and seeing whichever feature the ticket-taker gave you.
A conscious co-creator
can choose a way of being (an ideal) that feels the best fit for now and
then create ways to live it, as exemplified above.
"You can become a Christ
or a Frankenstein," Cayce said. The choice is yours.
Cayce emphasized the value
of regular prayer and meditation. Interestingly, he said if you couldn't find a
consistent time to meditate, pick 2 a.m. Most people know where they'll be at
that hour and would simply have to wake themselves from sleep. People who have
consistently meditated at 2 a.m. reported having powerful psychic experiences.
(So much so that
will be offering a long distance course based on incorporating this 2 a.m.
The Psychic Game
We formed groups of four
or more and each person wrote on a slip of paper: What do I need to work on
spiritually? We signed our names, and then folded the pages into quarters,
which were shuffled before each of us got someone else's to hold.
As you felt the energy
emanating from another's paper, you were then prompted to think of a movie,
whatever came to mind in that moment, and then a scene from the movie, and I
think an actor.
Afterward, we went around
the group and each person shared the images they'd received for their page. A
group member got Field of Dreams when holding my page. Her scene was
when the famous baseball players show up on the field. She saw Kevin Costner as
an actor of substance.
I saw The Godfather II
for the page I held. I forget the scene but the actor was Al Pacino
powerfully playing Michael Corleone. We only had a few moments to connect the
images with what they might mean for the receiver. It would have been fun to
spend more time as a group sensing how the movie might relate to that person's
life. There was so much interesting information that we had to keep moving
Culled from the Cayce
readings was a "Daily Dozen" list of actions to balance our lives. Examples:
Eat a raw vegetable salad, eliminate fried foods, smile at a stranger.
illustrated Cayce's correlation between the Lord's Prayer and our chakra system.
Verse: Our Father which
art in heaven
Awareness of Oneness
Verse: Hallowed be Thy
Awareness of universal Christ consciousness
(the part of self that
identifies with the Creator)
Verse: Thy kingdom come,
they will be done
Awareness of turning self's will over to God's will
Verse: In Earth as it is
Center: Lower Four, Upper Three
Awareness of letting the divine part of self manifest in the earth
Give us this day our daily bread
Awareness of having access to that amount of energy that
Self can use productively
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
Awareness of forgiving
self and others for anything
Out of harmony
And lead us not into temptation
of Leydig (adrenals and gonads)
Awareness of being led appropriately by the
Verse: But deliver us
Awareness of choosing love of others over selfishness
Verse: For thine is the
Awareness of turning self's will over to God's will
Verse: And the Power
Awareness of universal Christ consciousness,
i.e., that part of self
that identifies with the Creator
Verse: And the Glory
Center: Pituitary/third eye
Awareness of Oneness.
As a group we focused and
meditated on the affirmation: "Not my will but thine, oh Lord, be done in and
provided an overview of world consciousness that charted the Piscean age as
having begun with Jesus 2,000 years ago. That age began dying around 1945, the
end of World War II, the death of Edgar Cayce and the explosion of the atom
Ms. Roach highlighted Phil
Donohue as a TV personality who influenced us by opening up frank discussion of
personal topics such as therapy, divorce, eating disorders, etc, that were
previously kept under wraps.
I would also include the
EST training, which came to prominence in the early 70s and 80s. EST was a
profound player in consciousness expansion, the effects of which are still felt
Ms. Roach experienced
another notable shift in consciousness during the 1987 Harmonic Convergence.
She sees these shifts moving our development up the octave scale.
We start with personality
(self-oriented) and move to the second octave where the focus is on the soul and
the consciousness of "we" rather than just I.
"It's here that you become
the person you need to be because of the wound you've sustained."
Octave three brings us to
God/Oneness, which she depicts as heaven on earth. It's here that we are
co-creators with the divine.
Mary portrays us going up
the octave scale: do, re, me, fa, so, la, te, do, climbing another consciousness
rung with each scale.
From a Cayce perspective,
our goal as souls is to bring heaven into the earth. Thus, we start the way a
baby does: self-focused. In this stage we learn about power vs. love. We
undergo karmic lessons and develop a sense of personal identity, talents and
skills. Here we look for love that's easy.
In the second stage (or
octave), we move from personality level to soul.
Now it's about us rather than just me. We learn to balance power and love and
find mastery through our karmic lessons. In this stage we use the wounds
we've sustained to transform ourselves into the people we need or choose to be.
Our awareness allows us to
challenge and master patterns that no longer serve soul development. We become
co-creators in life rather than mere students at earth school.
In this stage we learn
unconditional love. One way of learning unconditional love is to love someone
who can't love you back.
In the third octave we
shift to God and Oneness. It's here that we experience heaven on earth.
These stages of evolution
remind me of Carl Jung's depiction of soul's growth.
Ms. Roach sees 2008-2012
as the Feminine age.
This is a time when spiritual souls come and take their true place in the
world. This is also a time when outdated patterns die. Just as the newborn's
push from the womb can be perceived as death, so our emergence may take on the
trauma and adventure of new life.
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