A Measure of Success.

i’d like to share some wisdom from Edgar Cayce ( those not familiar with him can google or Wiki him).

Success should never Only be measured against material standards, or to quote exactly:

” we should not attempt to measure Spiritual things by material standards, nor material things by Spiritual standards.”

To expand just a little, Mr Cayce was saying that often times it is our ‘failures’ that offer us the greatest spiritual successes – that push us to seek out the reasons things did not go as we planned or hoped and so make some progress on our Spiritual Journey – our Higher Path in life.

That a life that could be viewed as being very ‘unsuccessful’ materially may indeed prove to be very valuable and successful to our Spiritual Journey.

I believe if this message was spread more widely then those people who feel like they never ‘measure up’; are screw-ups; or are just not as good as other people might have more Hope – more reasons to think themselves not unworthy or unloved or useless at ‘life’  which leads them to want to try to end it.

Those who seek the rewards of this life already have their reward.

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Jesus in Matt 6: 19-21


  1. Love, i love this! You’re right, it is very much like my post.

    Zig Zigler once said “Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.”

    If some of us could remember this, we could learn to forgive a little more…both others and, especially, ourselves.

    Our faillures don’t define us or our worth. But, if we let them, they can make us stronger.


  2. J-R You raise another good point to this subject in your comment …

    ‘Our failures don’t define us or our worth. But, if we let them, they can make us stronger.’

    IF WE LET THEM!!!. Failure is often seen to be a ‘negative’ in our society, something to be avoided and if we ever have failure then some take it on ‘personally’ and associate themselves as ‘a failure’.

    THIS IS A CHOICE!, Moreover it is OUR ‘Choice’ and we can often take the attitudes of others in our lives as reinforcing this.

    What another says or thinks of us is so much less significant that what we (or God) think of us.

    If we remember that failure at an attempt can be used to show us something important about our Spiritual nature and that how we deal with the disappointment of our own ‘preferred’ option for our life can be used for greater success in the future, and also that perhaps what is being said to us is we may be choosing something our spirit would prefer we did not – or in a way we did not.

    Our spirit has a purpose – being human our ego wants us to do what it wants to justify it’s own place as the most important thing in our lives… sometimes our ego will even use our Spirit’s message to us to try and take God’s place in our life, putting its self (and it’s wants/needs) as of more importance than those God would have for us..

    Our ego is the real enemy and will cause us to make poor choices when it’s advice is listened to over that of our Spirit.

    We are free to make the right choices – especially when we understand the truth – that failure CAN be used for our long-term success, both in our material, but especially in our Spiritual lives. 🙂


  3. I have felt like a failure for quite a long time now.

    I think I’m just beginning to see that the failures have been the catalyst for the greatest spiritual growth in my life, and my family’s.

    We do need to understand materialism was never the point. Not in God’s economy. When I read the Beatitudes, I don’t see us being blessed with “stuff.”

    Thank you, Brother Love. 😉


  4. Material rewards can enhance our lives, like a high powered computer, or shiny new car, but they don’t define having a successful life.

    I considered my self a failure as long as I let other people define what success meant. I expect to be judged, but I no longer let that control what I do in life.

    We can’t know what we are capable of until we try. Every time we try something new it is unlikely we will get it exactly right. Failing is only a problem if we don’t learn from it.

    I define the state of my spirit by the degree of joy I feel in living. By how quickly I can recover when I fail a test. By how easy, or hard, it is to see the beauty in the world around me.


  5. Sis, Ed – Exactly! 🙂

    You’re welcome, any time, Sis!… by the way…

    God did not make you to BE a failure so feeling like one is probably not exactly in line with His Will.

    I understand that particular ‘temptation’ quite well – it is a lie.
    The Bible says we knew not sin before we knew the Law. However i don’t believe the same logic applies to ‘failure’…

    By that i mean i don’t believe we know failure because First we know Success in it’s ‘true’ form. What we are lead by some to believe is ‘success’ is in fact a failure of our spirit – it is the triumph of this world over the next… of (Physical) self over Spirit.

    Those who currently may not be being as successful in matters of the Spirit as they might Hope or believe they are would do well to bear in mind The Beatitudes, you mentioned…

    Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven :-).


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