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Re: Cayce & Psychism

Aug 30, 1996 10:45 PM
by Bee Brown

At 02:11 PM 28/08/96 -0400, you wrote:
>In response to Martin's request for further details concerning
>Cayce's approach to psychic powers etc.:  I sense a much more
>positive attitude generally in A.R.E. circles towards
>clairvoyance, telepathy, astrology, auras, kundalini, etc. than in
>Theosophical circles.  There are frequent workshops and
>conferences at the headquarters on such things-- an upcoming one on regression,
>for example-- and the whole point of the study group program is
>a practical, daily approach to the spiritual life.  Although
>Cayce is just as insistent as HPB that the psychic cart not be
>put before the spiritual/intellectual horse, he still sees
>psychism as an integral and valued part of life rather than
>simply a pitfall.
>My sense of the cause for this difference involves the
>Masters.  Theosophy preaches that they (They?) are far above us in
>evolution, paragons of virtue and knowledge, and that only such
>beings are qualified to explore the paranormal in practical
>ways.  The rest of us should devote ourselves to study and
>service, and some lifetime or other we might attract the
>attention of a Master-- and that will signify that we are ready
>to learn something practical.  The Cayce approach minimizes the
>importance of Masters, emphasizes the Christ Consciousness as
>an ever-present guide, and encourages people to balance
>physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the path.  It regards
>psychic faculties as ordinary and unremarkable, to be used with
>caution but without exaggerated anxiety.
>Hope this is responsive, Martin.
Sounds like a practical approach to the enormous interest in psychic things
that abound today. I have run across the idea that the sutras of Patanjali
should be revived and the methods of attaining mastery of ones own psychic
energies should now be encouraged because humanity's evolutionary stage has
arrived at a point where these various psychic abilities are beginning to
manifest themselves. It was suggested that the high incidents of mental
instability in the world today could have some links to this blockage that
had been placed against teaching people that psychic phenomena can be
encouraged and sensibly managed. If the psychic centers are beginning to
stir then it seems sensible to educate people about that, rather than let it
happen out of the blue and cause fear and possible mental problems.
I read a report from a European meeting of psychiatrists etc, that around
65% of the worlds population have mental disturbances in varying
degrees.Only a very small % of those are under treatment. The behaviour of
people in general seems to indicate that such may be the case. I wonder what
will be done about it, if anything!!
Bee Brown
Member Theosophy NZ, TI.

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