At the hotel we chatted almost till midnight like young girls at a pajama party! This kind of chatting with close friends is like good nutrition for our spirit and souls.
One of the friends told us about something that had happened to a girlfriend of hers. She said that her friend decided to stop saying negative things about others and to stop complaining for three months. She was able to do it for three months. And during that time she found many blessings and good things happened to her, such as coincidences and serendipity, one after another.
In fact, I have tried to do the same thing in the past. But it was so difficult that I gave up after 3 weeks. (Mail magazine No.316)
Edgar Cayce left us with a very similar reading: we should not say negative things about others. To speak harshly of others and to criticize naturally hurts the other person, but it also hurts us. These words can hurt our future as well, because those words will return to us in some way in the future.
"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
"...but ye cannot even THINK bad of another without it affecting thee in a manner of a destructive nature. Think WELL of others, and if ye cannot speak well of them don't speak! but don't think it either!"2936-2
Sometimes, however, we want to fight back, because we feel that we are right and others are wrong. Even in such cases, Edgar Cayce says that we should not fight back against the other person.
"Though ye may be spoken of harshly, smile - SMILE! For it is upon the river of Life that smiles are made. Not grins! No Cheshire cat activities bring other than those that are of the earth, of such natures that create in the minds and the experiences those things that becomes repulsive. But the smile of understanding cheers on the hearts of those who are discouraged, who are disheartened. It costs so little! It does thee so much good, and lifts the burdens of so many!" 281-30
"Leave off speaking unkindly. If it is impossible to say nice things about a person, keep silent - even though what you might say may be true." 3376-1
If you believe in God, then you must accept this Cayce reading all the more. We Japanese don’t believe in just one God. We sometime visit shrines, temples or churches. I think this is evidence that we believe that there are gods. And therefore, we must live in alignment with this belief.
Edgar Cayce says that if you believe in God, please be patient even when someone says something against you. Please let it be.
This looks easy, but it is in fact, really hard.
"This requires, then, that the mental attitude be such as to not only proclaim or announce a belief in the divine, and to promise to dedicate self to same, but the entity must CONSISTENTLY live such. And the test, the proof of same, is longsuffering. This does not mean suffering of self and not grumbling about it. Rather, though you be persecuted, unkindly spoken of, taken advantage of by others, you do not attempt to fight back or to do spiteful things; that you be patient - first with self, then with others." 3121-1
(Q)Just what should I do about my husband and home?
(A) "As just indicated, live right SELF! Never so act, in ANY manner, in any inclination, that there may ever be an experience of regret within self. Let the moves and the discourteousness, the unkindness, all come from the other. Better to be abased SELF and have the peace within!"1183-3
"Today, I didn’t meet anyone and I didn’t say anything bad to anyone or about anyone. " I’m not saying that we should live like this, without ever meeting others. This is a very passive way of living. Instead, we live with others and meet with others, and then make the proactive choice to be kind, say nice things, and make others laugh and be happy rather than choosing to say something bad or negative about them or to them.
This is the true recipe for good fortune.
I want to introduce one more reading by Cayce. He gave this reading to a woman who had a disease.
"Keep an attitude of helpfulness, cheerfulness, hopefulness. BE OPTIMISTIC! At least make three people each day laugh heartily, by something the body says! It'll not only help the body; it'll help others!" 798-1
Cayce accepted that sometimes people feel positive and sometimes they feel negative.
Then he continued with the reading....
" But don't forget the recipe of making three people laugh every day! " 798-1
So here is the recipe:
Don’t say negative things. And never speak harshly to or of others. Make people laugh three times a day.
For today at least, please try this recipe,
Temple Beautiful Mail Magazine No.457. Sent on September.14, 2012