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Published on Jul 14, 2009
Imagine what it would have been like to attend one of the early meetings of the A.R.E. Congress. This short film was taken while a group of A.R.E. Members assembled outside of the Hotel for the June 1939 A.R.E. Members Congress in Virginia Beach. Please note, the audio was recorded by Peter Woodbury.
Following are the closing remarks of that Congress: 6/18/39 - Sunday afternoon CLOSING OF THE EIGHTH ANNUAL CONGRESS REMARKS BY EDGAR CAYCE [Used in the Reports of Readings 254-104, 262-121, and 281-41.]
Friends, I always approach this part of the Congress with just a bit of sadness. The presence of each one of you at these Congress meetings has meant a great deal to me. All that you have said has given me greater courage to go on.
I have one request that I would like to make at this time, and I hope that you will carry it as a message to all those who were unable to attend this Congress.
Last year about this time one of the Departments of the Association sent out an appeal for cooperation in holding special prayer or meditative periods for me each day at the time I try to help individuals through readings. A number of individuals responded and for a time I could feel a decided change in my feelings about the reading periods. Gradually individuals began to drop out and forget the morning and afternoon periods.
Whenever you can at a regular time each week on some day, either in the morning or afternoon, will you hold a short meditation seeking to help me render greater service through the readings? Each day between ten-thirty and eleven-thirty in the morning and three-thirty and four-thirty in the afternoon I give a reading for some individual. During those periods hold the thought that I may make the best possible attunement for that individual. You need not hold the whole hour. The help you may render me lies in the spirit of your thought, not in the form.
I hope that each one of you has found this series of meetings worthwhile. If you have found inspiration for a little more hope, a little more reason for life and your part in it, our Congress has been most successful. If you have given something to lighten the burden of another, to cheer some individual present here, our Congress has been most successful.
Let each of us question within, "What am I doing about my concept of the force I call God?"