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.
Which Element Is Your Pet?
By Doug Knueven, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH
When Edgar Cayce spoke of the constitution of a person he was most commonly referring to the physical character of the person's body as to strength and health. Another way to think about the constitution of a human or animal is that it refers to the aggregate of the individual's physical and psychological characteristics. This is the meaning of the word when used within the realm of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) which is based on Chinese medicine for people.
In TCVM, an animal's constitutional type reflects the pattern of inborn tendencies. It is the manifestation of the animal's genetic strengths and weaknesses. Knowing an animal's constitution can help you anticipate what types of diseases a pet is prone to, as well as behavior and personality traits. If you can see part of the constitutional pattern, you can predict the rest. Interestingly, over the years, holistic veterinarians have found that a pet's constitutional type often matches that of his owner.
The Five Elements or Constitutional Types
In TCVM there are five constitutional types-Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. These five concepts are what the Chinese termed the Five Elements. The Chinese did not think of these as chemical elements as we might think. Rather they are processes that are reflected in all of nature. Every pet and person is a mixture of the five elements but usually one dominates their constitution.
As I talk about the constitutional types, I will mention a breed of dog that best exemplifies each element. It is the stereotypical dog of that breed that I'll talk about. I do not want to leave the impression that every dog of that breed is necessarily associated with that specific element. There is individuality even in the animal kingdom. And of course, cats and other pets can also be categorized into one of the elemental categories. So, let's look at the constitutional types and see where your pet fits.
The Fire constitution is represented by the typical Toy Poodle. The Fire pet is full of excitement and enthusiasm. When this constitution is balanced, the pet shows love and affection and is good at communicating with her owner. When this type becomes sad, lonely, and lacks interest, it is said to be deficient of Fire. On the other hand, excess Fire is manifested by over-excitement and manic or inappropriate behavior. The organ for this constitution is the heart and Fire pets are prone to cardiac disease.
The Earth constitution is typified by the Labrador Retriever. Earth animals tend to be gentle caregivers who hover, nurture, and protect. When this element is balanced the individual is sympathetic and supportive. If there is a lack of Earth energy then the animal tends toward excessive worry. Too much of the Earth tendency can cause the pet to be clingy and possessive. The digestive system is associated with the Earth element and these pets are prone to obesity, food intolerance, and diarrhea.
The Border Collie is the dog breed that best represents the Metal constitution. This constitutional type is focused on getting things done right. When in balance, metal animals have an easy rhythm of taking in and letting go. Those with a deficiency of Metal energy may have an inability to form lasting bonds and tend toward isolation. An excess of Metal leads to inflexibility and an extreme need for control. The Metal element is linked to the respiratory system and this constitution tends to have lung problems such as asthma or pneumonia.
The Water constitution is best demonstrated by the St. Bernard. They tend to be "thinkers, not doers." When the Water animal is in balance, they have a firm will and are not easily discouraged. Too little Water energy can result in an animal that is fearful and easily discouraged. Excessive Water can lead to stubbornness. Physical problems associated with the Water constitution include birth defects, kidney and bladder issues, and deafness.
Finally, the Wood constitution can be seen in the Jack Russell Terrier. These types are always active and doing something. When balanced, the Wood constitution conveys confidence and creativity. With a deficiency of Wood, a pet becomes uncertain, has low self-confidence, and is easily dominated. Too much Wood energy leads to aggressiveness, impatience, anger, and frustration. The Wood element is associated with the liver and this constitutional type is prone to liver disease as well as redness of the eyes and vomiting of bile.
Learning about these five constitutional types can help you better understand your pets and anticipate their needs. You might even learn a little about yourself in the process.
Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH, received his veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1987.
He owns and operates Beaver Animal Clinic in Beaver, PA (near Pittsburgh) where
he shares duties with 2 other veterinarians. He has earned certification in veterinary acupuncture,
veterinary Chinese herbal medicine and veterinary chiropractic. He also has
advanced training in natural nutrition, massage therapy and homeopathy. Dr Doug
has been practicing alternative veterinary medicine since 1995. He lectures on
the subject at state and national veterinary conferences including the annual
AVMA convention and the North American Veterinary Conference which is the
largest veterinary conference in the world.
written two books on the subject; Standby Me: A Holistic Handbook for Animals, Their People and the Lives They Share Together, and The Holistic Health
Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog. He also authors the “Holistic Pet
Care” column for Venture Inward
Magazine, available online to members at EdgarCayce.org/members.
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