“KJT: I think we all have that as a lesson. In fact, in ‘Cayce’s Twelve Lessons in Personal Spirituality,’ that’s lesson number seven. It’s one that we all ultimately have to go through.
“SHM: What are some of the others?
“ KJT: The first one is cooperation. How they developed was in 1931, when the Edgar Cayce Hospital closed, a group of Cayce’s friends rallied around him. They really wanted readings on how they could become more psychic themselves, and Cayce began the first reading and suggested that the goal wasn’t really to become psychic. The goal was to become more spiritual, and as we became more spiritual, we would become more psychic as a byproduct. And so the first lesson was cooperation. Right away, when we hear the word cooperation, we think we know what it means, and we assume we know how to cooperate, or we don’t. But from Cayce’s perspective, it’s not so much with other people, but rather, it’s cooperating with God –– that somehow we set aside our beliefs of how something needs to be done, or what somebody should be doing [for us], or maybe our personal agendas, and we set ourselves aside and allow the Creator to speak to us, or to be guided in a certain way, or to look for synchronicities, or to just be open to whomever the universe might send our way. And that’s cooperating with the universe –– cooperating with the universal forces.” ~ Stephen Hawley Martin
Cooperation is Lesson One
We all know that cooperation is important, yet most of us seem to avoid it as much as possible. Can you imagine what a mess a modern assembly line would be if each station on the assembly line did whatever they felt like doing instead of the assigned task for that station? Or if each player on a football team decided to play whatever part he felt like playing that day? It would be a fiasco. Yet for many other things, we run our lives as if cooperation didn’t matter.
Cooperation with God Above Man
While you can see from the examples above that cooperation with our fellow man can be important, it is not as important as cooperating with God. This is the point Edgar Cayce was trying to make when he made cooperation the first of his Twelve Lessons. If you can get this one right, the others may be pointless. But here there is another problem. The problem is how do we cooperate with God when we don’t know what God wants? The answer to that sounds simple, but can be quite complex and difficult to do.
Knowing What God Wants
Out mind is connected to the physical world, not the spiritual. Since God and the Angels are spirits, the mind has no way to communicate with them. Only our spirit and soul can communicate with spiritual beings. But those spiritual faculties must be awakened first. Then once you know what God wants, you can cooperate.
Spiritual not Psychic
Edgar Cayce made it clear that the goal of his twelve lessons was to become spiritual, not psychic. Today, many still don’t know the difference and think that if they have developed some psychic ability, they have become spiritual. On social media, we see people talking all the time about their spiritual “gifts” when what they really mean is psychic abilities. There is nothing wrong with having those abilities, but it isn’t spiritual. The psychic level of being and consciousness is between the material and the spiritual. If you stop there and get comfortable with being there, you will probably never bother to move up one more level to the spiritual, and that is unfortunate. If you want to cooperate with Gid, then your goal has to be the spiritual, not the psychic.
Set Aside Our Beliefs
The first thing to do if we want to cooperate with God is to set aside our own beliefs and habits. These mental filters prevent us from seeing truth and from seeing the true path. It’s like when people are visited by an angel, but because of their religious beliefs, they see Jesus or Mary rather than an angel. It may be harmless but it isn’t truth. The visitation is real, but the interpretation of it is altered by your beliefs. To truly cooperate with God, we have to work on having an open mind and getting rid of unproven beliefs that are blocking us from seeing the truth.