by: ALISON RAY
Edgar Cayce gave 29 readings from 1921 to 1944 that have been grouped together as “World Affairs Readings” since the requestors were seeking to better understand the events happening around them from a global perspective (Series 3976). These readings twice mention that “out of Russia will come the hope of the world.” We have recently noticed that some online posters are claiming that this “hope” is tied to a specific person. But rather than referring to an individual, the readings seem to indicate the spirit of the nation. The first statement, given in 1932, specifically mentions Russia’s gradual religious development. The second, given in 1944, seems to suggest that it is rather the concern of the Russian people for their fellow man that is the basis for this hope. There is also a suggestion that an equitable partnership between Russia and the United States could become beneficial for both as Russia possesses more raw resources than any other nation and the U.S. has better abilities to develop those resources.
In Reading 3976-10, given on Feb. 8, 1932, the suggestion to the sleeping Cayce included a request for a “plan for establishing peace on earth and good will among men.”
(Q) What should be the attitude of so-called capitalist nations toward Russia?
(A) On Russia’s religious development will come the greater hope of the world. Then that one, or group, that is the closer in its relationships, may fare the better in the gradual changes and final settlement of conditions as to the rule of the world.
(Q) Should the United States recognize the present government in Russia?
(A) Many conditions should be considered, were this to be answered correctly. You could say yes and no, and both be right, with the present attitude of both peoples as a nation, and both be wrong; for there is to come, there will come, an entire change in the attitude of both nations as powers in the financial and economical world. As for those of raw resources, Russia surpasses all other nations. As for abilities for development of same, those in the United States are the farthest ahead. Then these united, or upon an equitable basis, would become – or could become-powers; but there are many interferences for those already investments, those already under questions, will take years to settle.
The suggestion given by the conductor, Gertrude Cayce, for reading 3976-29 on June 22, 1944, provides a framework for understanding and interpreting the deeper meaning of the comments about individual nations:
It has been indicated through this channel that much might be given regarding what the vibrations of nations, as individuals, might mean. You will give such information concerning these vibrations and their relations to the spirit of the various nations, particularly in connection with the seven sins and twelve virtues in the human family, which will be helpful to us as an organization and as individuals in our attempt to be channels of blessing to our fellow men. You will then answer the questions, which may be submitted, as I ask them.
From his trance state, Edgar Cayce responded:
What then of nations? In Russia there comes the hope of the world, not as that sometimes termed of the Communistic, of the Bolshevistic; no. But freedom, freedom! that each man will live for his fellow man! The principle has been born. It will take years for it to be crystallized, but out of Russia comes again the hope of the world. Guided by what? That friendship with the nation that hath even set on its present monetary unit “In God We Trust.” (Do ye use that in thine own heart when you pay your just debts? Do ye use that in thy prayer when ye send thy missionaries to other lands? “I give it, for in God we trust”? Not for the other fifty cents either!) (3976-29)
Edgar Cayce did predict World War II, but the readings do not suggest that there will be a third World War. In 1935, he warned a 29-year-old freight agent of catastrophic events that were building within the international community:
…unless there is interference from what may be called by many the supernatural forces and influences, that are active in the affairs of nations and peoples, the whole world-as it were-will be set on fire by the militaristic groups and those that are “for” power and expansion in such associations… (416-7)
The readings rarely predicted specific future events, because they were given in response to specific questions. Additional information was not usually volunteered by the sleeping prophet. The future is still in flux. While Cayce’s predictions were based on the current conditions, individuals could assert their will and change what might happen. The readings where Russia is mentioned do not mention an individual, a definite outcome, nor a timeframe. It is important to remember that all of us collectively, with our thoughts and actions, create the future. And as Cayce said, peace begins with self.
If ye would know peace and harmony, bring peace and harmony to the experience of another soul. (262-87)
Alison Ray works as marketing manager for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. where she is responsible for membership, public information, and Venture Inward. Before moving from Chicago to Virginia Beach, she was the Assistant Vice President of Discover Home Loans, a private label mortgage program under Morgan Stanley, offering home equity loans to Discover Card members. A long-time Egypt enthusiast, she regularly practices meditation and Tai Chi, and makes jewelry.