July 2016 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for July 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:
So what's the big news? We've changed the name of our program to Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology.
We have seen the tremendous benefits of the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Studies program on our students and graduates, for it truly is a life changing experience. At the same time, we have strived to properly express these benefits to the public at large. Additionally, the master's degree in Transpersonal Studies has not provided as tangible of a degree outcome as more traditional programs.
Learn more about the program by visiting the information page: Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology.|
AtlanticUniv.edu |or 800-428-1512 | info@AtlanticUniv.edu
CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
Cayce/Reilly is now accepting applications for the next class starting September 30, 2016. Spaces are limited – apply online today and become part of a new era in holistic healthcare – your journey starts here - www.caycereilly.edu.
Come visit our Student Clinic and enjoy one of our discount priced sessions of Cayce/Reilly Massage or foot reflexology! Call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment for relaxation and rejuvenation. We usually have a 2-3 week waiting list, so call now to book your next session!
We also welcome you to experience one of our unique Continuing Education courses – we offer many wonderful classes for massage therapists as well as a many great courses available to the general public like Reiki, CPR, Jin Shin Do Acupressure and MORE! Please click this link for details: http://www.caycereilly.edu/#!continuing-education-/cwdb.
A.R.E. HEALTH CENTER AND SPA
The A.R.E. Health Center and Spa is welcoming everyone to sign up for our revamped Wellness Retreat September 17-23rd. More details at:
COMING SOON: New Website Design!
Just a reminder, our EdgarCayce.org website will be changing soon to a new, beautiful design that works on any device (from mobile phones and tablets to laptops and desktops)! We have a lot of new features we think our members and supporters will love. To learn more about it, read our blog post.
Field Conferences invites you to take a vacation for your soul at our upcoming retreat at
Granlibakken August 19-22! Space is still available! Enjoy 75 acres in a peaceful, beautiful
setting in the Sierra Mountains just minutes from nearby Lake Tahoe, and enjoy
recreational opportunities including hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, swimming pool,
and gym, or just relax in the sauna or hot tub, and dine on delicious chef-created meals.
PLUS you’ll experience an inspiring and life-changing program, Soul Lessons, Soul Patterns:
Awakening to Past Lives, Future Lives, and Life Between Lives featuring Past-Life Regressionist Peter Woodbury, MSW.
September 23-25, join us at Headquarters for a special
weekend of healing and renewal our new program Heal
and Be Healed! Featuring the legendary founder of the
American Holistic Medical Association C. Norman Shealy,
MD, PhD, plus Denise Furgason and Ellen Selover, Dr. Amelia Kemp, Joan Ranquet, and more, you’ll take a healing journey
that integrates spirit, mind, and body. And, includes a special session on energy healing for pets and animals!
- England: "The Sacred Mists of Avalon". September 23-October 3, 2016. Led by Don Carroll author of
Sacred Geometry, and member of A.R.E. Board of Directors. Don will lead you to his favorite sites as he shares
information from the Readings, and deep insights from these most sacred sites. Along with Glastonbury,
Avebury, and the famous 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, Return to Oneness" 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)
A.R.E. CAMP – Join us for your vacation, and/or send your kids!
Summer at A.R.E. Camp is officially under way! We are having an AMAZING time with the vibrant children’s and family sessions that have filled the valley over the past few weeks! The best part is that we still have space available in our upcoming 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.
Matching Gift Fund for Dining Hall Still Available —
We’re Almost There! A committed group of Camp fans has put together a $40,000 Matching Gift Fund that 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. Keep us in your prayers and consider making a donation
HELP US CELEBRATE A.R.E.’s MISSION FOR THE NEXT 85 YEARS
It’s the A.R.E’s mission to help people transform their lives for the better, just as you, yourself have experienced. Did you know that the programs you are so passionate about are funded, in very large part, by your donations? Yes. It takes $25,000 per day to keep our operations running smoothly: digitizing the circulating files, sending Cayce books to prisoners, planting an organic garden at A.R.E. Camp, and SO much more, every dollar makes a difference.
As we celebrate A.R.E.’s 85th Birthday this month, we are asking our members to consider joining the Golden Circle by making a donation of either $1,931 (the year we were founded) or a monthly donation of $85 or more. Being a member of the Golden Circle has special benefits like receiving unique gifts and event invitations throughout the year. Please know that we are grateful for whatever amount you contribute. Truly. Thanks for all you do to support this great work. https://secure.edgarcayce.com/donate-DW165.aspx
A.R.E. BOOKSTORE AND GIFT SHOP
Our Psychic Fair returns this month on July 30! Come meet our brand new vendors, speakers, and readers and celebrate the return of some of our favorites! Our Super Summer Clearance sale is still going strong with discounts up to 50% OFF!
Thank you for all you continue to do for this great Work!
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
The Spiritual Practice of Welcoming the Stranger
by Dr. Pam Bro, Ph.D.
In these days of so much hostility to the "other," the stranger, the immigrant, LGBT people, etc., and in these days of incivility in much of our public life, I’m highly recommending we intentionally practice the spiritual dictum of "welcoming the stranger.” In my Judeo-Christian tradition, this is a commandment (Exodus 22:21): "Do not mistreat or oppress a stranger, for remember, you were once a stranger in the land of Egypt.”
I am currently a stranger in a strange land—strange to me that is: Utah. Its mountains are breathtaking in scope and beauty; the Alpine lakes beckon one to relax and restore one’s self. I know two people here—my daughter and her husband—and their hospitality couldn’t be more loving. I am so grateful. It’s a safe place to start slowly but surely to build the spiritual community I so deeply valued back in my old beloved home, Virginia Beach, Va.
It occurred to me recently that there are three times during the year when Americans open their doors willingly to strangers. One is Halloween, when we not only open our doors but we offer sweet treats as well! I’ve always preached that this should be a Holy Day for Christians, because opening our doors to neighbors and strangers alike, and especially children, should be a Christian trademark.
The second instance is garage sales and estate sales. Having just held an estate sale myself, as folks traipsed through my whole home, asking prices and making offers, some of us actually began to feel like a party was afoot! In fact, at one point I quipped, "Gee, I’ve met more neighbors here today than in the 10 years I’ve lived here. I should have held the estate sale when I first arrived!” Garage sales are usually friendly events, as well. I’ve been to several in Park City, Utah, and they have exhibited some of the old-fashioned small talk and bantering that I miss and still crave among neighbors.
Last, but not least, I recently attended a new church in this area. Though there were only about 30 older adults, and the pastor had asked newcomers to raise a hand to identify themselves (I did and was the only one), not one person came up after the service to welcome me. I was quite disappointed, and even a bit shocked. How I missed my beloved community, Living Waters Sanctuary, at that point! Whenever a stranger wandered into our midst, several members would immediately go up and introduce themselves and start a conversation with that person. What a wonderful practice, and we did it for 10 years, and it made God smile! For our Creator is the ultimate host, always inviting us to the table to sup with Him/Her in our hearts on Love and S/He invites us to do the same with our fellow humans.
So, friends, I know many of you are already practicing this "extravagant welcome" (a phrase coined by Rev. John Thomas, former president of the United Church of Christ). Let’s keep it up. Let’s teach our children how to do it. Let’s open our hearts and our doors whenever possible, so that the stranger—and the more diverse from us, the better—becomes an ally, and the ally becomes a friend. We have nothing to lose and a world of neighbors to gain.
Dr. Pam Bro is a former spiritual counselor for the A.R.E. Health Center & Spa, and founder and newly retired pastor of Living Waters Sanctuary in Virginia Beach, Va. A former Associate Pastor at Yale University, she is a dynamic motivational speaker and workshop leader. She holds her doctorate in theology and anthropology from the Chicago Theological Seminary, her Masters in Divinity from Union Seminary in NYC, and her Masters in Theatre from Schiller College, Berlin, Germany. She has enriched her field of spiritual counseling through her work with the Lakota Indians, Mindfulness Training with Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, and has more than 40 years of working with and lecturing on the Edgar Cayce readings. Her grandmother, Margueritte Bro, and her parents, Harmon and June Bro, knew Mr. Cayce in 1943. In April 2016, she received the Human Rights Award from the Human Rights Commission in Virginia Beach, Va. Open to many paths of spirituality, she draws upon diverse traditions and practices. She is the author of the book SoulQuest: A Trail Guide to Life. To learn more, visit PamBro.com.
Demonic Possession in the News,
What Did Cayce Say?
by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
On July 1, 2016, I was surprised to find an article in the Washington Post on the topic of
demonic possession. What’s remarkable about this article, written by Dr. Richard Gallagher, is
that a major U.S. newspaper had the courage to print it. Editors didn’t dismiss his story as a
hoax, misunderstanding, or Hollywood hype; his first-person account of paranormal activity was
feature news. The ostensible reason is the author’s credentials. Dr. Gallagher is a board-certified
psychiatrist and a professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College and holds
degrees from Princeton, Yale, and Columbia. The credentials most relevant to readers, however,
are his deep-seated Catholicism and extracurricular work for the church, which is the stimulus
for the article’s provocative title: "As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot
Readers will note that many of Dr. Gallagher’s concepts support basic principles put forth in the
Edgar Cayce readings. Among them is the reality of spirit possession. As Cayce tells us in
reading 5753-1, "Discarnate entities… may influence the thought of an entity." Cayce goes
further in 5221-1, by identifying "discarnate entities" as the root cause of a woman’s physical
illness. At the onset of 638-1, given for an elderly patient suffering insanity, Cayce overtly
declares: "We have possession."
The challenge that Dr. Gallagher highlights is the difficulty differentiating possession from
mental illness. Cayce presents a broader range of options, and goes further by identifying causes
for conditions that can give rise to both mental illness and possession. For instance, Cayce
identifies spinal injury as the root cause for a loving husband who, seemingly possessed, starts
beating his wife and children (1513-1), and for an artist whose sudden and inexplicable self-
destructive behavior requires that she be tied to a hospital gurney (1789-1). Add stress-related
psychosis into the mix (3315-1), blood deficiency-inducing nightmares (4519-1), and cancer-
created delirium (1004-1), and proper assessment requires help from the Akashic records. The
problem is compounded because trauma and poor health lead to insanity, and insanity can lead to
possession. This is the message in 281-24, conducted for the "Glad Helpers" healing group.
The most striking difference between what Dr. Gallagher reports and what appears in the Cayce
readings may be the point of view. Using the standard protocols required by the Catholic Church,
only one individual profiled in the entire body of Cayce readings exhibits the severity of
behavior that might qualify for exorcism. He is the alcoholic husband of 1183, a man who
undergoes a chilling Jekyll and Hyde transformation when he becomes intoxicated and,
according to Cayce, a malevolent spirit takes control of his body.
Church doctrine presents other limitations on our understanding of the spirit world as well. For
instance, as the readings make clear, not all spirit communications are diabolic, and not all
discarnates have demonic motives. This is conveyed in 5756-13, in which departed loved ones
provide comfort to the living. Reading 5756-14 contains a message from a deceased father to his
daughter telling her that love knows no boundaries. Furthermore, possession may have a karmic
component that is not recognized by the church. In 436-2, for example, there’s a warning for an
elevator operator susceptible to the influence of a spirit identified as "Big Rock, Black Rock,"
with whom he had been entangled in a previous incarnation. Reading 693-3 chronicles the
haunting of a child who, as an adult two centuries earlier, persecuted witches in Salem.
Given the complexity of these cases and what psychiatrists (and priests, too) encounter in the
field, Dr. Gallagher should be applauded for giving voice to a subject dismissed by his medical
colleagues as mere superstition. But where the American Psychiatric Association maintains no
official opinion that might help possessed individuals, and Dr. Gallagher advises psychiatric
counsel and Vatican-certified exorcism, Cayce’s recommendations may prove to be the most
effective. His preventative advice includes massage and osteopathy, use of low-voltage
impedance devices such as the Radiac, positive and uplifting prayer and meditation, and in cases
featuring karma, forgiveness for oneself and others. By filling one’s mind with the holy, Cayce
says, there is no room for the demonic.
Radiac - Cayce Readings Remedy
One can take an even more proactive approach as described in a reading conducted for a woman
battling discarnates (422-1). Similar to a priest’s marching orders at an exorcism, Cayce instructs
her to demand that the intrusive spirits acknowledge the supremacy of Christ. Should the spirits
fail to comply, the woman must order their expulsion: "Get thee behind me," and "I will have no
part with thee," she is to proclaim. "Through His name only will I… ACCEPT direction."
Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, is author of Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet, which is widely considered the definitive biography of the seer from Virginia Beach. His most recent book, co-authored with this wife, Nancy Kirkpatrick, is published by A.R.E. Press, and titled, True Tales from the Cayce Archives: Lives Touched and Lessons Learned from the Sleeping Prophet..
Big News at Atlantic University
For the past 30 years, the Master of Arts (MA) in Transpersonal Studies has been the hallmark degree of Atlantic University. Founded upon Transpersonal Psychology, the MA in Transpersonal Studies has served as a method of delivering a master’s degree in a field related to the Edgar Cayce philosophy—a holistic approach to understanding the human experience with an emphasis on human transformation, self-expansive states, exceptional human experiences, and interconnectedness. This degree program has served many students and graduates, providing them with a launching pad for their pursuits of gaining knowledge and wisdom on the spiritual path with an outcome of producing something of value—many students used their gained knowledge and expertise to write books, enhance their careers or start new ones, or to synthesize their beliefs with their actions, living their path.
At Atlantic University, we have seen the tremendous benefits of this program on our students and graduates for it truly is a life-changing experience. At the same time, we have strived to properly express these benefits to the public at large. However, the MA in Transpersonal Studies has not provided as tangible of a degree outcome as other programs offer in more mainstream academic studies. With this in mind, we have changed the name of the degree program to a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology, fulfilling the original intention of this tremendously valuable program while better articulating the degree itself and its outcome for our graduates.
Only minimal changes have been made to the curriculum since the courses already teach numerous elements of transpersonal psychology, although a brand new course will be offered starting in 2017, titled “Foundations of Transpersonal Psychology,” which will serve to educate students on the evolution of transpersonal psychology from humanistic psychology as well as to provide a solid overview of transpersonal psychology itself. We are very pleased to be offering this life-changing degree to the public and hope you will take some time to explore it for yourself.
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