Angels, Fairies, Demons, and the Elementals
By John Van Auken
Fairies, Sprites, Elves, and More
One of the most surprising readings Edgar Cayce gave was to an oilman seeking help finding a new oil field. The man asked if he should seek the help of a person in New York City or another in London, to which Cayce replied, "Rather had the entity best listen to the voices from within, that present themselves as the activities about the entity-or brownies." (1265-2) Brownies? Yes, brownies! This had to be a shock to those listening to this instruction. In fact, they weren't sure if they understood him correctly, so they followed up with another reading the next day, asking: "What is meant by the term 'brownies' in the last answer of the Check Reading?" The sleeping Cayce replied, "The manner in which those of the elementals-entities who have not entered into materiality-have manifested and do at times manifest themselves to the entity. Apparently this man was being approached by brownies but was not listening to them! Cayce went on to explain, "Brownies, pixies, fairies, gnomes are not elementals, but elements that are as definite entities as man materialized, see?" (1265-3) Here we see Cayce parsing the details of elementals and entities, clarifying that fairies are of the elements but are in fact individuated entities like humans are as well. We'll have more on the elementals in Chapter 9. For now, we're focusing on the fairies and their variations, as well as other types of invisible little people.
To a young lady getting a reading, he said, "Don't be afraid to acknowledge that you see fairies as ye study, for you will nurture these experiences. Don't be afraid to say that you see the gnomes which would hinder peoples at times." (5359-1)
To another person getting a past-life reading, he explained, "Before this [incarnation] the entity was in the Scotch land. The entity began its activity as a prodigy, as one already versed in its associations with the unseen-or the elemental forces; the fairies and those of every form that do not give expression in a material way and are only seen by those who are attuned to the infinite." (2547-1)
A fascinating reading came when Cayce was asked how to put forth an argument to persuade a man to accept the deal that was being offered to him. Cayce explained that there were unseen forces preparing "proper connections and a proper set-up" that would ultimately affect the desired outcome, and if they were patient "the little brownies come along and tell him what to do!" (257-87)
Fairies, elves, and gnomes are beings affecting the world but remain mostly unseen. Brownies are actually of the family of fairies. Nymphs are female elves. Sprites are fairies of a particularly pleasant appearance and disposition. Pixies are mischievous fairies. Folklore describes them all as magical beings of diminutive human form. Gnomes are usually described as shriveled little old men that inhabit the interior of the Earth and act as guardians of its treasures.
It would seem that the young people today are closely "attuned to the infinite," as Cayce put it, and are therefore interested in books and movies about the normally unseen fairies, elves, and gnomes. Let's keep our eyes open, or as Jesus might have put it, whoever has eyes to see, let them see!
Unusual Beings in Legend and Lore
Let's now explore the lore and legends of all the unusual beings that are often listed among the mystical little people. The list would look something like this: fairies, pixies, sprites, brownies, nixies, gnomes, nature spirits, kobolds, duendes, goblins, wee folk, elves, fauns, trolls, the Fates (Moirai, pronounced either moi-ruh or moy-rye), and so on.
Though certainly among ancient lore and legend are mermaids, mermen, centaurs, satyrs, sirens, harpies, and others of these kinds, they are not fairies and are not among the mystical beings. They are monstrosities that predominantly lived in the physical world among humans, like the Nephilim in Genesis 6. They are the result of the wayward sons of God breeding with animals! Many consider them to be the Fallen Angels branch of the sons of God. In fact, implied in their name is "fallen," from the Hebrew root n-ph-l. (There were no vowels in Hebrew, but for us to pronounce these words, vowels were added.) Even though some writers attempt to connect fairies to the Nephilim, there is no connection that can be truly made. The Nephilim are clearly the uncontrollable giants: "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." (Genesis 6:4) The word "renown" originally had a negative meaning something akin to "infamous," though today that connotation is lost. In the biblical book of Numbers 13:32-33, we find this account of the Nephilim: "… and all the people that we saw in it are of great height … the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them." A pre-Inca oral legend carried on by the Quechua natives of Peru tells of an unexpected landing of a remnant group of Nephilim on the shores of their lands. This legend describes the Nephilim as so gigantic that a good-size native warrior only stood as tall as the kneecap of a Nephil! This caused the people to move high up into the mountains. The legend says that these Nephilim were struggling to survive. They had no women among them and were hated by everyone. According to this ancient tale, the great Creator God cleanses the pre-Incan lands of these remnant giants in one single disastrous flood.
This article was excerpted from John Van Auken's newest book Angels, Fairies, Demons and the Elementals.
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. He is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt. He writes Venture Inward's Ancient Mysteries column and is the author of several books, including Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within You, From Karma to Grace, Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah, and his newest release Angels, Fairies, Demons and the Elementals.
Join John Van Auken in his online mentored course Angels, Fairies, and the Light and Dark Forces May 4, 2016.
Claiming the Most Special Hour of the Day
By Mark Thurston, PhD
The best hour for meditation is two o'clock in the morning. The better period would be that…in which the body and mind may be dedicated to that.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 2982-3)
I am not sure when I first heard this strange idea about an optimal time for meditation. It was probably more than 45 years ago-at one of my first A.R.E. conferences, or perhaps at a meeting of my first A Search for God study group. Get up in the middle of the night and meditate at this time that is perfectly suited for attunement and personal transformation. I am sure my initial reaction was similar to what most anyone else would say or think, "Oh, sure, that sounds great, but there is no way that's going to happen for me!"
But in spite of my early reluctance to embrace such a radical project, I have had periods in my life where I did, in fact, become a devoted practitioner. And I have come to believe it may be one of the most powerful and accessible tools for transformation that Edgar Cayce ever mentioned. Let's consider what he had to say. I hope it will convince you to give it a try.
In one reading, a 35-year-old woman asked, "What are the best hours for meditation?" His answer gave a specific time and emphasized dedication: "The best hour for meditation is two o'clock in the morning. The better period would be that which will be set as a period in which the body and mind may be dedicated to that." (2982-3) The same advice was given to the original A Search for God study group when they tried to find a time to meditate together daily. But was 2:00 a.m. the only time when everyone was available? Or was there a deeper spiritual or even physiological significance?
Cayce may have been pointing to a profoundly important fact of our evolutionary history and the way our brains are designed to operate. Scientific evidence for this possibility emerged more than four decades after Cayce's death. In 1992, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr published a study in the Journal of Sleep Research in which he reported on a month-long study done with volunteers who were placed in a controlled environment that had 14 hours daily of darkness. For the first few days the subjects slept an average of 11 hours, seemingly compensating for their longstanding sleep deprivation. By the fourth week a new pattern emerged: approximately four hours of sleep followed by a natural awakening for one or two hours, followed by another phase of about four more hours of sleep. That intermediary period was characterized as a period of quiet wakefulness or calmness that could be likened to meditation.
Approaching this as a historical issue, Professor Roger Ekirch's book At Day's Close: Night in Times Past describes the extensive evidence that before the modern era of electric lighting, people naturally slept in a pattern like the one Wehr had discovered in his lab: a "first sleep" for four or five hours, then a calm, meditative-like wakefulness for an hour or two, and finally a "second sleep." It sounds like Cayce's advice about a best time to meditate was really just an invitation back to making the best possible use of an hour that is already embedded in our ancestral DNA.
So why is it so hard to say "yes" to this advice? Surely, our modern culture of 24-hour news and entertainment provides a strong force to counter this innate tendency to 2:00 a.m. wakeful calm. In his recent book Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age, Clark Strand makes an impassioned plea for us to have the discipline to disengage from our computer screens and TVs in the evening and to reconnect with the natural rhythms of light and dark. In fact, he makes the case-without any reference to Edgar Cayce's work-that the survival of our civilization depends on our willingness to embrace the darkness, to reclaim the ancient wisdom of the goddess, and to make optimal use of that hour in the middle of the night when we are called to wakefulness.
Maybe you feel you want to experiment with this in your own life. Try it for 28 days. Even if you don't feel ready to make such a commitment, you'll probably still have those nights when you wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m., and perhaps you can reframe what is going on. Instead of insomnia, you can see it as an opportunity to commune with God in the silence of the night.
It's just the way that thousands of years of human history have programmed your brain and hormonal system. It's an opportunity to use that time wisely, and there's no better use than a meditation period on those nights.
Mark Thurston, PhD, is an author, psychologist, and educator who worked at A.R.E. and
Atlantic University from 1973 through 2008. He is now a faculty member at George
Mason University's Center for the Advancement of Well-Being where he teaches
courses about consciousness, mindfulness, and spirituality; he is also the creator of
"Discovering Your Mission In Life" on DVD. More about his work can be found at
Join Mark in Virginia Beach for the Inner Life Retreat: Experiencing Your Sacred Self March 4-6, 2016. Learn more.
The Divine Name and Other Sacred Sounds
By Jonathan and Andi Goldman
Mantras are "words of power." They are sounds for personal and planetary healing. The
word "mantra" is Sanskrit and may be translated as the "thoughts that liberate from
samsara (the world of illusions)." Mantras are listened to or recited for many different
purposes; as a means of achieving different states of consciousness; to create resonance
with specific attributes of divine energy; and to manifest different qualities, from
resonating the chakras to embodying compassion. Mantras are found in all the different
sacred traditions including Judaism and Christianity—the "Hail Mary" or "Amen" in the
Christian tradition, or the "Shema" [pronounced sh’mah] or "Shalom" in the Hebrew
tradition are the equivalent of mantras, as is any repetition of prayer, chant, or sacred
sound. The prayers, chants, and sacred sounds of the Native American tradition or the
Islamic tradition may also be considered mantras. In fact, there is virtually no spiritual
tradition, including those of indigenous peoples, in which the recitation of sacred sound
as mantra does not occur.
While there are many mantras that are quite long and complex, people are often looking
for short mantras that may be easily sounded together in a group. Please note that it does
not seem to matter in what pitch, frequency, or keynote the mantra is chanted with regard
to the effect of the sound.
Of all the sacred sounds on this planet, the one that is most often chanted is the OM.
Undoubtedly, at any given moment, there is someone, somewhere, chanting this sacred
mantra. The OM is considered one of the oldest vocal sounds in existence—many
speculate that it has been chanted for untold thousands of years. It is considered to be the
"first of all mantras," the original, primordial sound—the mantra of creation.
OM is a mantra from the Hindu tradition, a Sanskrit word said to be the sound from
which the universe and all of creation first manifested. While pronounced OM, certain
Sanskrit scholars state that it is written as AUM. Many consider the two words to be
interchangeable. OM is said to be the sound that contains all sounds—it is the totality of
all other sounds. Swami Sivananda Radha says, "The cosmic sound AUM, or its
condensed form, OM, is the origin of all other sound. OM is everything. It is the name of
OM is a multi-dimensional sound and as such may be understood a number of different
ways. One understanding is that OM (or AUM) represents attributes of the major trinity
of Hindu gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Another understanding is that the A
represents the physical plane, the U the mental and astral planes and the M, all that is
beyond the reach of the intellect. AUM or OM is the initial syllable that begins almost all
mantras. Thus OM represents the Infinite, the One Mind, the all-embracing
Consciousness—that which is the very essence of existence.
THE DIVINE NAME
The Divine Name is a newly rediscovered sound that is universal in its origin and said to
be encoded within our DNA. This is not simply a word, but a vocalized sound that can
shift the vibratory rate of all who experience it. In addition, many sources believe that the
Divine Name was the most sacred of sounds found in the Old Testament—the
foundational book of the Abrahamic traditions, which is responsible for over half the
planet’s religions. The Divine Name was said to be so powerful that it became prohibited
from the Old Testament and then became lost for over 2,500 years. The Divine Name is
composed of a harmonically related series of vowel sounds that resonates all the chakras.
This sacred sound begins at the crown chakra at the top of the head, goes down to the
root chakra at the base of the spine, and then returns to the crown chakra.
The power of this sound is extraordinary. The Divine Name is composed of vowel sounds
with specific resonances that can be experienced by anyone, regardless of their spiritual
path, religion, or belief system. Because of the universality of this sound, knowledge of
this sacred sound has now been found in many different traditions throughout the world,
from Native American to ancient Egyptian.
The Divine Name puts the person chanting it into deep meditation with higher levels of
consciousness. Along with the powerful spiritual effects of this self-created sound, the
Divine Name can be used to create extraordinary health benefits for us on a personal
level, balancing our chakras and our electro-magnetic field. Through learning to create
this sound we’ll activate our innate God force; generating major positive changes and
transformational healing for ourselves and the world.
Contained within the Divine Name are the sounds of three mantras OM/AUM, AH, and
HU. Many perceive the Divine Name as not only a universal sound, but that it is also the
personal name of God.
Excerpt from the Jan-Mar 2016 issue of Venture Inward magazine, which is available
online to A.R.E. Members at EdgarCayce.org/members.
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harmonics, is the author of several books including his recent release, The Divine Name.
His award-winning recordings include Chakra Chants" and "The Divine Name." He is
Founder and Director of the Sound Healers Association and CEO of Spirit Music.
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The Teachings, Part 3
Atlanteans in Central America
By John Fuhler
You may also want to read The Teachings, Part 1: A Firm Foundation and The Teachings, Part II: Mosaic influence.
Several of Edgar Cayce’s readings relate the establishment of Atlantean culture in the Incal land.
…the entity was in the Inca land when there had been the journeyings of the Atlantean peoples
for setting up…the Incal activities…The entity was a companion of the one that acted in the
capacity of a leader in setting up the customs, rituals and activities in that land… (Edgar Cayce Reading 3345-1)i
Elements of Atlantean rituals survive in contemporary mythologies of the Desana and their Tukanoan
cousins, as well as among the Kogi Indians, all residents of modern day Colombia. Here is an example:
In Desana origin myths, the hero searches for the “center of the day,” or that place where the sun
overhead casts no shadow. Earth and sky meet, and life unfolds around this center. The hexagon formed
by the stars Pollux, Procyon, Canopus, Achernar, T3 Eridani, and Capella define this bounded space in
which life unfolds. Epsilon Orionis, the star at the center of Orion’s belt, occupies the center.
The celestial hexagon determines the terrestrial boundaries of the Desana and their Tukanoan cousins.
"The image is that of an enormous transparent rock crystal standing upright, the six corners of which are
the six stars…on earth, the corners are formed by six major waterfalls…The center, the axis of this crystal
tower, is a vertical line between Epsilon Orionis and a large boulder covered with petroglyphs…" ii
The Tukanoan Indians divide the hexagonal territory into six phratries, representing the six equilateral
triangles of which the hexagon consists. And the celestial hexagon provides the model of the traditional
Tukanoan longhouse; its central posts correspond to the stars of Orion. “(The Desana) shamans are
quite explicit about the importance of the philosophical dimensions that capture the mind when
contemplating the sky, and will insist that the celestial vault is the one and only model for (Humanity’s)
material and spiritual well-being.”iii
The Kogi of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta believe the entire Sierra Nevada to be a magnificent
hexagon. Six sacred sites mark the corners that correspond to the six stars surrounding Epsilon Orionis,
the center star of Orion’s belt. The highest peak of the conically shaped Sierra Nevada demarcates the
terrestrial center of the Kogi Territory. The very mountain represents the primordial sacred mountain.
The sky over the mountain is a map of the land; and the temple architecture incorporates this
cosmology.vi As with the Desana and their fellow Tukanoans, a great hexagonal crystal links the
terrestrial and celestial hexagons. For these tribes the middle star of Orion’s belt represents the center
of the sky.
The Kogi mythology especially correlates to the imagery of the Temple Beautiful as reference in the
Cayce readings; the temple was said to have the form of an ovate solid surrounded by a pyramid and
topped by a hexagonal crystalline column.
It was in the form of the pyramid, within which was the globe… (Edgar Cayce Reading 281-25)
...the obelisk upon which the light is put, should be more in the shape of a six-sided figure…It is
not the attempt, in the building of the Temple Beautiful, to indicate a spire but as a source of
light… (Edgar Cayce Reading 5746-1)
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta resembles a pyramid, itself corresponding to the primordial mound in
Central American mythology. There the pyramid equates with the daytime sky. This seems to be an
attribute of the Temple Beautiful, as well.
…an inside view of the Temple Beautiful; this indicating the seven stations, or seven
centers…with the heavens seen in the dome or ceiling... (Edgar Cayce Reading 993-6)
The reading states the hexagonal crystalline column above the temple appeared as a beam of light; the
Indians of Colombia envisioned this channel as surrounding the tribal boundaries completely. As with
the Maya and Egyptians, Orion’s stars symbolize the channel linking the place of creation on earth with
the spiritual heights of heaven.
The descriptions of these Colombian cosmologies bring to mind the Tuaoi stone mentioned in the Cayce
readings as the source of energy in Atlantis until it was used for destructive purposes. Below is the
answer a question asked about the shape and form of the Tuaoi stone:
…a six-sided figure, in which light appeared as the means of communication between infinity
and the finite…In the beginning it was the source from which there was the spiritual and mental
contact. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2072-10)
In time these teachings would find their way to the Yucatan and North America.
…in that land now known as the Peruvian…the entity…led a peoples into…Yucatan… (Edgar Cayce Reading 772-2)v
…the entity was in…Florida…when there were those settlings from the Yucatan, from the lands
of On…or the Inca… (Edgar Cayce Reading 1298-1)
…the entity was in the land of the present nativity…when there were the spreadings of those
teachings from…Atlantis…Yucatan, the Inca…in…the central portion of Ohio… (Edgar Cayce Reading 1286-1)
…when those peoples first came from…the Peruvian country, to settle the plains of now
Southwestern portion of North America. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2667-5)
And thereby tenets of the children of the Law of One persist to this day in diverse tribal beliefs
throughout the Americas.
John Fuhler has been involved in the field of alternative medicine for more than 25 years. He received his BA in anthropology from the University of Illinois and studied in Glasgow, Scotland, and Portland, Ore. As an amateur archaeologist, he participated in projects in Ariz., Calif., Hawaii, N.M., and Wis.; reporting discoveries in Ore. and Scotland. His tribal affiliations include: Saxon, Friesian, Bohemian, Irish (O'Meagher clan), and Wyandot. He volunteers his skills with organizations supporting the homeless, forest services, and families. He enjoys reading the bible in Greek and Latin.
i Cf. 845-1, 1208-1, and 5750-1.
ii Reichel-Dolmatoff, G. Astronomical Models of Social Behavior Among Some Indians of Colombia. In Aveni, A.F. and Urton, G. (1982). Ethnoastronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the American Tropics. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Volume 385. 167- 169; 175.
iii Op. cit. 167- 169; 175.
iv Op. cit. 177-178; 181 n.13.
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