May 2016 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for May 2016 to A.R.E. members and friends who are interested in the new and exciting trends occurring within Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University. A number of exciting things are happening this month! Please share the following with your friends:
CHARLES THOMAS CAYCE – 1942 - 2016
Everyone here at Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. was shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of Board Member Charles Thomas Cayce of cardiac arrest on April 29. A memorial service is being planned for June 25, the end of the 2016 Congress, in our Main Auditorium. You can read the A.R.E. press release about Charles Thomas. Although he retired from staff in 2006, he had continued his lifetime commitment as a Board member, a spokesperson, and a popular tour leader. He will truly be missed. The next issue of Venture Inward will include additional information about Charles Thomas Cayce.
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
Atlantic University is happy to announce that we have just been approved to offer a Graduate Certificate in Mindful Leadership.This Graduate Certificate provides students with a concentrated education in Mindful Leadership. The curriculum focuses on the practice of Mindful Leadership, mastering Mindful Leadership, leading from the inside out, and peace building. In addition to the new graduate certificate, Atlantic University also offers a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies, Master of Arts in Transpersonal Studies, Graduate Certificate: Regression Hypnosis, Certificate: Spiritual Guidance, and Lifelong Learning: Classes for Everyone.
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CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage is a hub of activity this month! We had 22 students graduate from our 700-hour program on May 1st. One graduate shared, "Coming to the School changed my life and was the best thing that ever happened to me. I feel like a totally better person!" Congratulations to our graduates!
Our current students are offering the unique Cayce/Reilly massage technique at a reduced price in our Student Clinic. Call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment. We welcomed over 1,000 clients to the Student Clinic last month and we hope to exceed that in May! We also gave free massages at Virginia Beach Sentara Hospital and Camp Allen (Marine Base) Health and Safety Fair - what a joy to share our work with our local community partners!
Cayce/Reilly is now accepting applications for the next class starting June 20, 2016. Apply online today to become part of a new era in holistic healthcare. Visit our website: www.caycereilly.edu for more details. Our Continuing Education program includes many wonderful classes for massage therapists as well as a number of great courses available to the general public like Reiki, Jin Shin Do Acupressure and MORE! Please click this link for details: http://www.caycereilly.edu/#!continuing-education-/cwdb
CAYCE BOOK AUDIO DOWNLOADS NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking for an easy way to share the Cayce information with friends or family? A number of A.R.E. Press books are now available as audio downloads on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible, including Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick's great book of stories from the Cayce files, True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives. Click here for more information: AUDIO DOWNLOADS!!!
A.R.E. CONFERENCES - DON’T MISS THE 85TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
Our 85th anniversary A.R.E. Congress is going to be one for the history books! For the first time ever we have two of the
premier historians from Edgar Cayce’s hometown of Hopkinsville, William Turner and Alissa Keller, joining us to bring a
unique and personal perspective on Cayce’s early life.
Living Legacy of Edgar Cayce will celebrate 85 years of the
A.R.E.’s commitment to enlighten body, mind, and spirit. The
week-long event, June 19-24, kicks off with a delicious fresh lunch catered by the Mayflower Café in our beautiful new
Cayce-Miller Café. Traditional activities include lectures, workshops, socials, talent night, and auction plus special guest
speakers including Peter Woodbury MSW, Kathy Callahan PhD, and Henry Reed PhD with artist James Turrell. Donations
of items for the auction are welcomed and encouraged, to keep Congress affordable for all. A special"Soul Growth
Saturday" event will start the week June 18th with Denise Furgason and Ellen Selover presenting the interactive
workshop The Power of Your Personal Vibration: Enhancing Your Energy the Edgar Cayce Way.
A.R.E. TOURS Visit http://www.edgarcayce.org/tours/
- Ireland: "The Land of Leprechauns, Fairies, and Elves" July 10-24, 2016. Led by
popular Tour Leader, Speaker, and Director of A.R.E. Join John as he shares his insights from his recent book about the
wee folk most commonly associated with these handpicked sites. Filling fast, call to
- England: "The Sacred Mists of Avalon". September 23-October 3, 2016. Led by Don
Carroll author of Sacred Geometry. Along with Glastonbury, Avebury, and the Chalice
Well, enjoy a private meditation on the site of the stone circle Stonehenge at Sunrise.
- Bermuda Cruise: "Mysteries of Bermuda" October 23-30, 2016. Led by Patrick Belisle
and his wife, Jane. Leaving from NYC, tour the pink sand beaches of Bermuda, and enjoy
a moonlight boat cruise exploring the legends of the Bermuda Triangle. Go to
arebemudacruise.com to register. Register before July 31 and receive a $100. Discount!
- Costa Rica: "Spirit of the Rainforest" November 10-18, 2016. Led by popular Tour Leader, Peter
Woodbury MSW. Join Peter as he shares Cayce Concepts in the Jungle Paradise known for its
dedication to conservation and World Peace. Highlights include visits to Coffee and Chocolate
Farms, Zip Lining in the Rainforest, and rafting down the winding Sarapiqui River.
Exciting New Tours Being Planned for 2017:
- Mysterious Mexico led by Don Carroll (March)
- Beauty and Wonder of Brazil and John of God led by Peter Woodbury (May)
- Western Canada including Banff and Lake Louise led by John Van Auken (June)
- Hopkinsville, KY for the Solar Eclipse led by Kevin J. Todeschi (August)
- China and Tibet led by John Van Auken (September)
Actress Lindsay Wagner spoke at A.R.E.
on April 2, and had this to say
A.R.E. IN THE MEDIA
The New Thought Channel, a new broadcast channel introduced to us by Mitch Horowitz, has added his Mind As Builder talk and will add two additional videos of ours: Guidance from Dreams by Dr. Pam Bro and Cayce 101 by Peter Woodbury. This is an opportunity to introduce Cayce to a larger audience, as they describe it: The New Thought Channel is a central location on your television and on Roku and Amazon Fire TV that is a gathering place for the spiritually open-minded:
Summer 2016 is just around the corner, the Camp garden is already growing, and there is still time to register for your amazing get-a-way at A.R.E. Camp! We still have space available in our Children’s, Family, and Adult Sessions! Give this gift to your child or your entire family and expand your mind, body, and soul. At A.R.E. Camp, you will fill your days with meditation, workshops, arts and crafts, late afternoon swims in the pond, plentiful home-cooked, family-style meals full of veggies from our organic garden, long conversations with new friends, and hikes through Blue Ridge Mountain paradise. Contact A.R.E. Camp Manager, Malenka Kaydan, for information at 757-457-7162 or email email@example.com. Check our 2016 offerings and register online at www.EdgarCayce.org/camp or by calling 800-333-4499.
Help Rebuild A.R.E. Camp Dining Hall – MATCHING GIFT FUND in place now!
A committed group of Camp fans has put together a $40,000 Matching Gift Fund where they will match your donation of $200 or more dollar-for-dollar! AND they'll match donations of $1,000 or more at a rate of TWO-TO-ONE! Think of all of our happy campers… and please donate what you can. Thank you. https://secure.edgarcayce.com/supportCampBuildingFund.aspx
AND OTHER DEVELOPMENT UPDATES…
CELEBRATE EDGAR CAYCE’S A.R.E. 85TH ANNIVERSARY WITH US!
There’s no better way to celebrate the A.R.E.’s 85th Birthday than by renewing your commitment to this organization. Commit today to joining us for a conference or tour in 2016. Join a study group or come to A.R.E. Camp this summer. Give someone a gift membership, Mentored Group, or Cayce book this year.
You can also help us celebrate by renewing your financial commitment with monthly donation of $85 via our Good Karma Club. With a donation of $85 per month you become a member of our Golden Circle. Being a member of the Golden Circle has special benefits like receiving unique gifts and event invitations throughout the year. Donate before June 1 and we will celebrate with you on June 24 at our Donor Appreciation event at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. https://secure.edgarcayce.com/donate-DW162.aspx
Think about it
Planned Giving is about ordinary people making extraordinary gifts through charitable bequests to special programs at the A.R.E. Bequests touch lives… dozens of children will attend A.R.E. Camp this summer as the result of a bequest years ago. That’s just one example here! Have YOU already included the A.R.E. in your planned giving (put us in your will or made us beneficiary of an investment account)? Let me hear from you so we can welcome you into the Edgar Cayce Legacy Society. http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/donate.aspx?id=1201 Or contact Marianna Theo (757) 457-7215 and Marianna.firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all you continue to do for this great Work!
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
Celebrating the A.R.E. Community
By Kevin J. Todeschi
In 1931, during the course of a reading focusing on membership, Edgar Cayce suggested that the A.R.E. should begin an annual tradition in which members from around the country would be encouraged to get together. The reading recommended that the event take place somewhere between June 15 and July 1; and that the purpose would be for these members to hear speakers, and collectively "renew the faith, confidence, purposes, aims, of the work itself." (254-57) The annual event came to be called the A.R.E. Congress.
The first annual Congress was held June 27 to July 1, 1932. The agenda featured psychic readings by Edgar Cayce on the following subjects: (1) The Great Pyramid; (2) Training Children in Psychic Development; (3) The Life of Jesus before His Ministry; and (4) The Sphinx. The total number in attendance was not well documented-one of Gladys Davis's notes on file simply states: "Room crowded with Group members [Norfolk Study Group #1] and visitors." (5749-2)
A couple of years later, the 1934 Congress (third annual) was heralded as "the most successful so far attempted," and boasted attendees from Alabama, New York, Michigan, Georgia, and Virginia." The following year, the A.R.E. was pleased to announce that it had 244 members, and a mailing list of approximately 3,000 individuals.
On my office wall, I have a framed Congress photo (dated 1945) (see photo, above) showing 19 individuals in attendance (at least for the picture). Some of our members may recognize Gina Cerminara, the author of Many Mansions, on the far right with long hair.
By 1948, we were doing a far better job keeping track of attendance, and noted that the event attracted "77 individuals from 17 states and Canada."
On a number of occasions, I have stated that my first personal experience with Congress was 35 years ago during our 50th Anniversary Congress (1981). I had the opportunity to attend with one of my best friends from my ASFG Study Group in Colorado, Darlene Bodnar (see photo, left), who has remained a lifelong friend (and Congress attendee). The event was truly incredible-attracting people from around the world-and featured a series of dialogues from A.R.E. luminaries Hugh Lynn Cayce and Harmon Bro. I remember being transfixed by the discussion and even now can recall that tenor, and the appeal of Hugh Lynn's voice when talking about this Work, and asking those hundreds in attendance, "How can you not share the best that you know?"
Those Congress events that correspond to 5-year anniversaries have generally attracted the largest audiences. The 75th Anniversary of Congress (2006) had 252 individuals registered plus we held a 75th Anniversary day-long Open House on Saturday, June 17, that attracted approximately 400 individuals, including Virginia Beach's then-mayor, Meyera Oberndorf, who read a city proclamation to the crowd announcing it as the "Association for Research and Enlightenment Day."
This year marks our 85th anniversary. Please consider joining us for the June 19-24 event. Having been to 34 Congress programs myself, I can tell you that it will be quite a celebration! You can find more information on our website or by calling 1-800-333-4499.
Happy Birthday, A.R.E.!
Kevin J. Todeschi is executive director and CEO of Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University, responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Edgar Cayce organizations. He is also the author of countless articles and more than twenty books, including Contemporary Cayce: A Complete Exploration Using Today’s Science and Philosophy, Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, and Edgar Cayce on Soul Mates.
How the Universal Laws
Bring Prosperity Into Our Lives
By Jennie Taylor Martin
For the last several years, I have made a concerted effort to work with the laws of the universe as advised in the Edgar Cayce readings. More recently, I've also tried to change my consciousness from one of lack to one of prosperity-realizing that there is enough prosperity in the world for everyone; in fact, more than enough! And if I can apply a positive attitude toward prosperity, perhaps I can attract more of it into my life. Not for selfish reasons, but just acknowledging that there's nothing wrong or negative about money—it's really all about how we use it. And I can state that it is working.
I know from the Edgar Cayce readings that mind is the builder ("thoughts are things") and that our attitudes and emotions can affect more than just our happiness. In fact, what the Cayce readings stated about the effects of attitudes and emotions on our health has been confirmed by modern science as well.
As I learn from the readings and from other kindred materials, the energy you put forth is returned back to you—much like cause and effect. Cayce put it this way:
"For, to have friends, show thyself friendly; to have love, give love to others; to have patience, manifest same in thine own relationships; like begets like." (2905-3)
Just last week, I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) on my ride in to work, when I heard a story about a homeless man that reminded me of the universal laws and how they apply to prosperity. (Shapiro, Joseph, May 5, 2016, Colorado Springs Will Stop Jailing People Too Poor To Pay Court Fines, NPR.org)
The story discussed a change in the practice of the Colorado Springs, Colo., court system, which had been imprisoning people who couldn't pay their court fines. That action, which was judged unconstitutional and likened to the debtors' prisons that were done away with in the 1800s, resulted in the city itself being fined and asked to make payments to the people it had wrongly jailed. The ACLU of Colorado discovered nearly 800 cases where people had gone to jail in Colorado Springs when they couldn't pay their tickets for minor violations, and one of those people was Shawn Hardman, aka, Q-Tip.
Q-Tip, a homeless man who claims he is not a panhandler but a "flyer" (a term used for someone who stands and holds a sign—an action covered within the laws of "free speech"), was nevertheless jailed for panhandling and then being unable to pay his fines for what ended up being a total of 90 days within just one year. But instead of feeling anger over his arrests, Q-Tip's response was gratitude—after all, being in jail was better than being on the street during a Colorado winter, and it came with other perks too, in the form of three square meals a day.
Besides Q-Tip's positive attitude, I was also struck by the content of the signs he held. This is how he described them:
"My sign always said, 'Have a beautiful day. God Bless You…' "And I always put my famous logo: 'TLA. Q-Tip.' It stands for 'True Love Always.'"
When the Edgar Cayce readings speak of universal laws, they often mention how our own thoughts and actions bring similar energy into our lives, such as with this quote:
"For, there are universal and spiritual laws that are a part of the self as well as of the universal consciousness. For, like begets like in every phase of material, mental and spiritual experience." (2560-1)
When another reading recipient asked about reaching his full potential, he received this advice from the sleeping Cayce, stating that one must first know their ideal and that harmony and peace and prosperity "are one" if bound by love:
"First, know what is thy ideal—spiritually, mentally, materially. Know they must be dependent one upon the other… just as the adherence to those principles interpreted in the material relationships brings harmony and peace and prosperity. For, these are one-if they are bound together in brotherly love." (2809-1)
When I hear Q-Tip's messages of love, I have a pretty good idea of what his ideal may be. And when Q-Tip meets adversity with gratitude, I believe the energy he is sending out exudes positivity. If one believes in the law of attraction, the energy of love and gratitude sent by Q-Tip and his flying signs were creating and attracting that same energy right back to him.
If we examine this story further, we can also see how the negative actions of Colorado Springs resulted in a loss of "prosperity" to that city. But perhaps their restitutions—payments to those who were wronged—will bring more prosperity for the city in the future. As for Q-Tip, he will receive about $11,000 from the settlement ($125 for each day he was wrongly held in jail). He says he's going to use it for a place to live and to advocate for homeless people. I'm not a bit surprised to hear that.
Jennie Taylor Martin is the marketing director of Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. She was first introduced to the Edgar Cayce readings in the 1980s. She is also an advocate for animal welfare and is combining her two loves—animals and spirituality—into a book about animal reincarnation and the afterlife. If you have a story to share about the reincarnation or afterlife of your animals, she'd love to hear from you. Write to her at email@example.com.
Our Third Eye: A Sacred Symbol
By John Van Auken
From very ancient times, human beings have marked their foreheads for sacred, spiritual reasons. In ancient Egypt and South Asia, we find paintings and sculptures with the forehead mark. In Hindu-Yoga teachings, this area of the forehead is the chakra, or spiritual center, known as the agna or ajna, meaning "command." It is said to be "beyond wisdom" and is the center where life is gathered in concentration. During meditation, the latent energy in the lower body is awakened and rises to the base of the brain, and then through the brain to the frontal lobe and forehead. It is taught that energy in the human body is controlled and disseminated from here. Some traditions teach that the creation of the body temple began here.
In India and southern Asia, we see some men and many women marking this spot with red dots using kumkum made from vermilion, which is a brilliant red pigment made from mercury sulfide (cinnabar). The marks go by various names: tika, pottu, sindoor, tilak, tilakam, and bindi. The tilak on Krisna devotees' foreheads, which the U.S. saw a lot of in the 1960s, begins with a long U-shaped line from the scalp down to the upper nose, ending on the nose with the Tulasi leaf ("Holy Basil").
It has become popular to attribute the Chinese flower forehead decoration with Hindu/India influences, but that's not the way it happened in China. The flower forehead originated from the legend of Princess Shouyang, favorite of Emperor Songwudi (363-422 AD). The princess fell asleep under a plum tree, and one of the tree's flowers landed on her forehead. The court ladies were so impressed with how it looked that they began painting the plum blossom on their foreheads.
Even the early Christian Church marked this spot using ashes on the first day of Lent, known as "Ash Wednesday." Ashes are historically a symbol of deep sorrow and grief. Lent is a period of repentance prior to the joyous resurrection of Easter, and corresponds to the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert and enduring the temptations of Satan (Mark 1:13).
Today the priest or minister applies ashes in the shape of a cross on foreheads, saying, "You are dust and unto dust you shall return," repeating God's words to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:19, after they had eaten of the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The early church also had a little ritual of dabbing "holy water" on one's forehead. Another practice was making tiny crosses with the thumb on one's forehead, lips, and heart. These mini crosses were intended to align and shield one's thoughts (forehead), words (lips), and emotions (heart) by the crucifying of self's weaknesses with the Spirit of God's influence. It is a ritualization of what we may call: think no evil, speak no evil, and feel no evil.
Medical science identifies the forehead "command" center with the pituitary and hypothalamus in the center of the brain just under the frontal lobe. The pituitary is the master endocrine gland of the body and secretes hormonal messages to all parts of the body. This sacred, spiritual forehead center is important to physical, mental, and soulful health and enlightenment. When it is enlivened, the whole body temple is lit.
Edgar Cayce explains how to activate the forehead center using metaphysical terms:
The spirit and the soul is within its encasement, or its temple within the body of the individual, see? With the arousing then of this image [the ideal of humbling oneself before God, as in "the mark of the Lamb of God"], it [the "creative force"] rises along that which is known as the Appian Way, or the pineal center, to the base of the brain, that it may be disseminated to those centers that give activity to the whole of the mental and physical being. It rises then to the hidden eye in the center of the brain system, or is felt in the forefront of the head, or in the place just above the real face, or bridge of nose, see? (281-13)
Many of us who have practiced meditating and developed some skill with it report feeling sensations on our foreheads during meditation, right on and around this sacred, spiritual spot. Activation of this sacred spot is better than decoration.
Excerpted from the Summer 2015 Venture Inward newsletter available to A.R.E. Members at
John Van Auken is a director at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., and is one of the organization’s most popular speakers, traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad to address audiences on the body- mind-spirit topics found in the Edgar Cayce readings. Having studied the Edgar Cayce material for nearly 40 years, he is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, and on the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt. He conducts seminars in the U.S. and abroad (see EdgarCayce.org/Conferences), and is a tour guide to the many sacred sites around the world. He is the author of more than 20 books including the recently released Angels, Fairies, Demons, and the Elementals, Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within You, and the best sellers From Karma to Grace, 2038: The Great Pyramid Timeline Prophecy, and Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah: A Resource for Soulful Living.
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