November 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for November 2015 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:
Atlantic University’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, James Van Auken, attended the Mindful Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, along with 750 individuals from all industries. While listening to speaker after speaker, James truly saw how impactful the Master of Arts in Leadership Studies program could be on changing the world. Atlantic University’s small, dedicated staff has worked countless hours to create a program on the cutting edge of contemporary leadership.
The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies program includes esteemed faculty, whose professional experience combined with deep and lived experiences creates unique courses. It’s time to create your future: We’re here to help. Inquire today and a trusted advisor will contact you shortly.
CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage is actively recruiting and accepting applications for our next program starting on January 25, 2016 - visit our website: CayceReilly.edu to apply online today.
We are also excited to announce the launch of our new Yoga Teacher Training Program. The 200-hour program will run from January through December 2016 - training classes will be held one weekend per month at our beautiful oceanfront campus where attendees will enjoy learning the art and science of yoga practice as well as the holistic health concepts found in the Cayce readings. Please visit our website for more details and to reserve your spot in this inaugural training!
Our Continuing Education program continues to thrive, with a number of new courses available to the general public. Please visit CayceReilly.edu
for more information. And Come visit our Student Clinic to receive the unique Cayce/Reilly massage technique at a reduced price - call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment.
JOIN EDGAR CAYCE'S A.R.E. ON #GIVINGTUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015
Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. is participating in #GIVINGTUESDAY. When you make a donation to Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. on #GIVINGTUESDAY you are supporting our mission: helping people transform their lives for the better.
Be a part of this global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide to help make the world a better place. Be on the lookout for more details!
YOUR YEAR-END DONATION
Did you know that 46% of all our revenue last year came from contributions? These contributions fund all the programs that you know and love at the A.R.E. They enable us to get the healing, peace, and love contained in the Cayce material out to thousands of seekers throughout the world. All because of you! Please consider making a donation during this season of thanks.
2016 A.R.E. CONFERENCES
Start your 2016 with a trip to A.R.E. Virginia Beach Headquarters for an enlightening new program featuring psychic angel channel, and author of The Calling: My Journey with the Angels
Kim O'Neill. Held January 15-17, 2016, How to Talk With Your Angels and Departed Loved Ones: Intensive Channeling Certification
will help you build a more tangible relationship with your angels and develop greater confidence in your ability to hear and understand their messages. A certificate is awarded.
Three of A.R.E.'s most popular Field Conference presenters have exciting new programs to add to our 2016 schedule. John Van Auken shares, The Story of Our Souls:The Bigger Picture of Life & Destiny, Dr. C. Norman Shealy brings Awakening to Wholeness: Body, Mind, and Soul, and Peter Woodbury MSW shares Soul Lessons, Soul Patterns: Awakening to Past Lives, Future Lives & Life Between Lives. Look for these and other great programs coming to a city near you!
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Give a gift of A.R.E. Membership – you’ll save 50% and they’ll enjoy benefits for a full year and receive Soul & Spirit, the Edgar Cayce Series book as a gift. You can also feel good knowing that your support allows us to bring the message of hope and health from the readings to thousands of people every year.
A.R.E. TOURS - FOR YOUR ADVANCED PLANNING
• Peru and Bolivia, Where Heaven Meets Earth
- Led by Peter Woodbury
with Andean Shaman, Juan de Dios Kucho, May 11 - 22, 2016, with optional extension to see and experience the Nazca Lines
! This tour encompasses all the BEST in one remarkable program. Come this year and experience it for yourself!
• Ireland, Land of Leprechauns, Fairies, and Elves! - Led by John Van Auken, July 10 - 24 2016! Walk the winding paths through
quaint cottages, touch the standing stone circles, wander the lush green valleys, and raise a glass at a traditional Irish Pub to toast your latest adventure.
• And in the works … We have just added England, "The Sacred Mists of Avalon" (including exceptional, private access to the Temple of Stonehenge, where the general public is no longer
allowed to visit) and Bermuda, "The Mysteries" to our 2016 lineup.
A.R.E. BOOKSTORE & GIFT SHOP
Our November 21st Psychic Fair promises to be our most exciting event so far! We will have new and exciting vendors available so you can start your holiday shopping and we'll be offering a $1 discount on your reading with a donation to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
CARL NELSON JOINS THE A.R.E. HEALTH CENTER & SPA!
A.R.E. Health Center & Spa is delighted to welcome Carl Nelson, DC, another deeply Cayce-based chiropractic provider. Many of you are familiar with Dr. Nelson’s long and exciting work with the Meridian Institute and with his contributions to that wonderful work, which created an enormous body of information – all tools we constantly use in our provision of Cayce healthcare. We could not be more pleased that he joins us now, in practice here at A.R.E. Health Center. Dr. Nelson will be available for appointments on Wednesday afternoons, as a start, although we will certainly work with our affirmations that he be here more often. Please join us in celebrating his arrival home to A.R.E.
SUSAN LUSCOMB'S RETIREMENT MESSAGE TO YOU
In late 2011, I retired from private law practice to join A.R.E.’s Development team in order to help members wishing to support the Cayce work with “planned gifts” – bequests and other gifts made primarily through members’ estate plans, such as beneficiary designations. I will be retiring from A.R.E. next month, and I want to share some observations with you.
THE GOOD NEWS:
The planned gifts received during this period made an enormous impact on A.R.E.’s ability to sustain, reinvigorate and even expand its programs throughout the world. You might be surprised to know that the planned gifts received in the past four years exceed $2,300,000! Many bequests were from folks who felt unable to make cash donations during their lifetime, but wanted to support A.R.E. when they died. Some were large amounts, but most were more modest. But they all add up. And their impact was HUGE! All of you who simply let us know of your intended gift become Edgar Cayce Legacy Society members and are included in lots of wonderful events. You, too, can join this group of committed supporters. We need only 22 new ECLS members to reach our goal of 365 members by the end of 2015! Will you?
THE BAD NEWS:
Some members who tried ‘short-cuts’ - didn’t want to pay to see an attorney, prepared online or ‘homemade’ documents - made it more difficult, or even impossible, for A.R.E. to benefit from their good intentions. Please, do it right and visit an estate planning attorney – for the sake of you, your loved ones, and A.R.E. Sound estate planning does not need to be complicated or expensive, but it can be crucial to have some professional guidance to be sure it’s done properly and to know your options, some of which don’t cost a penny.
I CAN STILL HELP YOU NOW. If you have questions and would still like an opportunity to speak with an estate planning attorney (ME) without charge, now is the time to call! But be assured that – even after my retirement - you still have access to wonderful guidance about planned gifts. Patrick Belisle, Development Director, and Marianna Theo, Planned Giving Officer, have many years of experience and they are ready, willing, and able to help you support A.R.E. in a variety of ways. You only need to ask! Contact Pat at 757-457-7126 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Marianna at 757-457-7215 or email@example.com.
AN EXCERPT FROM THE READINGS ABOUT THANKSGIVING
… Thanksgiving is thy opportunity to show thy appreciation to thy friend, thy home, thy mother, thy children – yea, most of all to thy God! (3976-21)
Thank you for your prayers, generosity and ongoing support for this great Work!
Wishing each of you a blessed and beautiful fall season!
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO
Health Buyer Beware
Josephine Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT
Advertisers bombard us all day long about products that purport to cure us of anything that ails us. Drug companies, vitamin and supplement makers, health food producers, and others claim to have exactly what we need to be healthy. In this world of too much information, we must all become sceptics and educate ourselves.
Doctors and those pretending to be doctors can make a convincing sell, but we must remain skeptical and demand scientific proof. Is someone just trying to sell us something? Though most of these products are merely ineffective, some can be hazardous. In the past few years the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. found that, for example, some zinc cold remedy users lost their sense of smell and some infants were exposed to potentially harmful levels of the toxic nightshade plant in homeopathic teething tablets.
Though I have an M.D. and a M.P.H. (Master's in Public Health), I am comfortable advocating information from the Cayce health readings precisely because the readings did NOT try to sell miracle cures. The readings were given for specific individuals in their particular physical, emotional, and social situations. Some of the Cayce readings do mention suggestions that were stated as being for everyone. These generalizable suggestions offered no quick fixes but instead demanded focus and determination on the part of the suffering person to change his or her own health. The behavior changes recommended in the Cayce readings are the same ones that modern medical science promotes today: eat healthier food, exercise, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, decrease stress, and change negative attitudes. These lifestyle changes enable the body to heal from the inside out.
Yes, sometimes people need medication or surgery - the readings agree, "And whether there is the application of foods, exercise, medicine, or even the knife, - it is to bring the consciousness of the forces within the body that aid in reproducing themselves," (Edgar Cayce reading 2696-1) but we all need to follow healthy lifestyle recommendations. No vitamin or device is going to undo the damage of cigarettes, fried foods, and sitting all day. It's much easier to pop a pill in our mouth or drink some expensive H2O, but scientific studies show over and over again that lifestyle changes are the main tools we have to improve our health. These changes are not easy to make, but they are inexpensive and they WORK.
Josephine B. Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT, is the Medical Director for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. She received her MD from Duke University’s School of Medicine and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage. A former director and co-owner of a medical device company, she has a wealth of experience creating and maintaining health-related non- profit and for-profit businesses. She joined A.R.E. as part of the organization’s renewed focus on the health information, one of the most important, enduring legacies from the Edgar Cayce readings. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the health outreach and administration and interfacing with the stellar staff of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage—which provides a comprehensive education in the art and science of therapeutic massage—and the holistic A.R.E. Health Center & Spa—which provides holistic therapies to clients from around the world in its oceanfront Virginia Beach, Va., setting complete with a Café.
Creating Peace on Earth
By Kevin J. Todeschi
In the face of unspeakable acts of terrorism and almost unbelievable examples of man's inhumanity to man, are there any insights that can be found in the Edgar Cayce material in terms of how to respond individually and collectively? What are we to do in the face of war or terror? What are we to do when things happen on the other side of the world? What should be our response in the face of fear?
During the early days of World War II when Europe was in the midst of war and the United States had galvanized much of society to deal with the threat of war, a remarkable reading was given in which those in attendance asked for practical and spiritual suggestions to assist them in bringing about World Peace. Cayce's surprising response suggested that World Peace could be made possible by collectively creating peace in each of their individual lives:
Ye cannot pray "Peace - Peace" when there is no peace in thine own heart and soul! but by knowing (for His spirit answers with thy spirit) that each day, each person ye meet is GLAD that you are alive! GLAD that YOU have come in touch with them; for you have brought - and bring - hope to their lives, just in the passing!
This means, then, that you may so live the life as He emulated in the earth, that ye radiate life, joy, peace! that which casteth out fear - by living, by being, by doing unto others, for others, that ye would like others to do unto you ... Only as ye USE that birthright, that purpose, that WILL within thine own consciousness to do justice, to do right, to LOVE good, to eschew evil, may ye as individuals, as a group, as a nation, stand between the living and the dead - and STAY the sin that maketh man make war - of any nature - against his brother.
Thou ART thy brother's keeper! Act that in thine own heart. Who IS thy brother? "Who is my mother? They that do the will of the Father, the same is my mother, my sister, my brother." … In this ye may build, here a little, there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept. (3976-27)
When the question was asked as to how the entire organization could work together to stimulate peace, Cayce responded:
Then let each one, as a son, as a daughter of the living God, feed His lambs, feed His sheep. With what? The spirit of truth, the spirit of peace! APPLY that NEW commandment as He gave, "Love one another." In all groups, all organizations, it is not what this or that name or group may do, but as ONE. For, the Lord thy God is ONE! And the Christ, the Savior, died for all - NOT for one!
And when asked about the issue of religious differences, Cayce replied:
… more wars, more bloodshed have been shed over the racial and religious differences than over any other problem! These, too, must go the way of all others; and man must learn - if he will know the peace as promised by Him - that God loveth those who love Him, whether they be called of this or that sect or schism or ism or cult! The Lord is ONE!
I reflected upon some of the above a couple of months ago when a longtime friend was condemning the violence in the Middle East and expressed his frustration that there was nothing he could do about it. Knowing this person fairly well, I also knew that he and his sister had essentially stopped speaking to one another over a family squabble more than 10 years ago. I decided to take the opportunity to suggest that the Edgar Cayce readings were adamant in their stance that he COULD do something about it by trying to heal his relationship with is sister. He brushed it aside as being unimportant and not worth the effort, and having absolutely nothing to do with the problems in the Middle East. I got a similar response when I mentioned to a co-worker the importance of trying to heal a longstanding, inharmonious relationship at work. The person had no interest in working on a healing.
What if Cayce is right? What if world peace is created an individual at a time? What if our collective "vibrations" of healing merge together to have an even greater impact upon the whole? What is going to occur if our continued response to world turmoil is simply turn the channel, while overlooking any attempt at peace and healing that needs to occur in our own lives? What if Peace on Earth and good will toward all truly resides within each and every one of us and is simply waiting for us to take a baby step? Is it really that hard to call a sister we haven't spoken with or be the first to reach out to a co-worker we are challenged by?
I don't think the readings would encourage unconditional pacifism to a government or a president in the face of war or terror; however, most of us are not in a position to impact a military or a government response. However, what we can do as individuals is follow an admonition that exists in many places throughout the Cayce readings: "do what you know to do and the next step will be given."
On one occasion, Morton Blumenthal (the individual who built the Cayce hospital) asked for information on Evolution and "survival of the fittest," Cayce suggested that evolution of the human creature was actually much more complicated. Cayce told Blumenthal:
… read history! Which has survived - the brute strength, or the development towards that of God? Which survives - the man that studies God and seeks to emulate His forces and powers, or the man that emulates the forces of earth or flesh? This answers itself! (900-340)
In other words, this suggests that eventually we will have peace on earth and good will toward all. But perhaps it only comes as each of us does our part.
Do you really want to help heal the world? Cayce would say take a first step and heal a relationship and cultivate peace in your own life.
Kevin J. Todeschi is the Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (www.EdgarCayce.org), and Atlantic University (www.AtlanticUniv.edu). As both student and teacher of the Edgar Cayce material for more than 35 years, he has lectured on five continents in front of thousands of individuals. A prolific writer, he is the author of 25 books, including Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, Contemporary Cayce (co-authored with Henry Reed) and Edgar Cayce on Mastering Your Spiritual Growth.
Living the Scriptures You Love
Dr. June Avis Bro
Q. What present printed version of the Bible gives the nearest to the true meaning…?
A. The nearest true version for the entity is that ye apply of whatever version ye read, in your life. It isn't that ye learn from anyone. Ye only may have the direction. The learning, the teaching is within self. (2072-14)
I have a friend who goes to Buddhist Scriptures for his inspiration and direction in life. Another friend gets her divine leading from Confucius. I get the guidance I need for my spiritual growth from studying the Bible. This was true of Edgar Cayce too. The truth is that whatever course we are on is the right one.
Sometimes it seems that the spiritual path we have chosen has lost its savor. The words of another faith touch us just where our problems and our questions lie. To skip from religion to religion may fascinate us at the moment, but in the end, the new religion will also lose its flavor if we haven't taken its core teachings very seriously and worked hard with them to solve our problems and inspire us to ever higher states of consciousness.
As I see it, no matter what religion we have chosen as right and challenging to our spiritual growth, it is our job to read their Scriptures and to go ever deeper into their meaning for our lives: taking them into our hearts, living the precepts as best we can and then letting our lights shine. It is a matter of living constantly with the Scripture passages that we treasure, taking seriously those words of hope that give us peace of mind and the courage to face each day. It is a matter of taking on the disciplines and doing them daily even though sometimes we feel that it requires too much.
Edgar Cayce grew up in a small Kentucky town at a time when the church was the center of everyone's lives. He took the various church responsibilities very seriously and worked them all from janitor to teaching children's Sunday-school classes, to working with the youth and adult groups. He loved it all.
When Harmon (my husband) and I arrived in Virginia Beach in 1943, Edgar was teaching an adult Sunday school class at the Presbyterian Church. Harmon and I never missed a Sunday. When the minister who invited him to teach moved on, the church didn't want him to teach there anymore. Edgar was heartbroken.
In one of Edgar's own readings, he was told that he had been a Jew-Lucius, the bishop of the new churches that sprang up after Jesus' death. He lived in Laodicea, where I was told in my reading that I had worked to save the struggling new church by getting them to sing the Psalms of David. (It's interesting that Harmon, my husband in this life, was Edgar's son in that same incarnation.)
After the church stopped his Sunday school classes, Edgar found another way to share his faith. He had a Bible study class every Tuesday night at the Association (A.R.E.) headquarters, and he had a short preparation for his afternoon session of giving readings by calling all the staff into his office at 2:00 p.m., for Bible reading and prayers. It was obvious to me that Edgar's love of God and Jesus was foremost in his spiritual journey. He told us that he believed Jesus to be the guiding source of his readings. He talked about Jesus as though he was a very dear friend or family member.
At age 23, my spiritual position was not yet clearly formed. I had grown up in the Christian faith and had always loved the church. My experiences in Sunday school, church picnics, and church family gatherings were a large part of my life. Seeing that Edgar's faith in God was strong helped me to accept his strangely biblical gifts. I did not experience Edgar as weird, but as someone who loved God, Jesus, the Bible, prayer, and helping people wherever he could. I experienced him as a man of God, one who really tried to live his faith. I saw how much he missed his sons, who were both serving in the military during World War II. He died without ever seeing them again. I saw how he handled losing his Presbyterian class. I heard his pain of not finding the oil he was looking for in Texas, of losing the hospital and university which were his life-long dreams, of almost losing Gertrude to tuberculosis, of losing his baby son before he got to know him, and the list of failures and losses goes on and on.
But with the help of prayer, his readings, his wife, his secretary, deep friends like David Kahn and the first study group, he always bounced back. We can learn as much from Edgar Cayce's scripture and faith-filled life as we can from the legacy of his readings.
Excerpt from June Bro's "The Art of Living" from the Oct-Dec 2015 issue of Venture Inward magazine available to A.R.E. members at Edgarcayce.org/members.
Dr. June Avis Bro found her life deeply affected by working daily with Edgar Cayce when she and her husband, Harmon, came to Virginia Beach in 1943. She has a graduate ministerial degree from Andover-Newton Theological School, near Boston, and a doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching while raising five children, she has been a research assistant at Harvard, lectured and held workshops in many cities, led overseas tours to the Near East and China, and served as pastor. A concert pianist, she draws on her background in the arts to illuminate myths, symbols, and dreams. Her column for A.R.E.'s Venture Inward magazine, "The Art of Living," is based on her life reading given by Mr. Cayce in 1944. She wrote the foreword to the re-released book A Seer Out of Season written by Harmon Bro.
Join her every Tuesday morning from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. for an informal "Chat" at the global headquarters of Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. in Virginia Beach. Visit EdgarCayce.org/VaBeach for all upcoming events.
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