The Opposite of War and
the Secret of Creativity
By Meryl Ann Butler
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What is the opposite of war?
If you ask 100 people what the opposite of war is, almost all will reply "peace." Then, if you ask them to describe peace, you'll get at least 99 answers explaining what peace is not.
It's not violence. It's not terrorism.
And it's definitely not war.
Even the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines peace in terms of what it is not: "freedom from war, or a stopping of war."
But these do not describe what peace is.
The inadequacies of our cultural descriptions of peace make it appear insubstantial and listless. Nevertheless, everyone seems to agree that peace would be good for us. But like Brussels sprouts or going to the dentist, it certainly doesn't seem very attractive.
D.H. Lawrence voiced our apprehensions about peace, "But then peace, peace! I am so mistrustful of it: so much afraid that it means a sort of weakness, and giving in."
And that is exactly what gives warmongers their stronghold. The exciting adventure of war seems far more thrilling than a frail and wimpy peace. And indeed, perilous experiences—such as those encountered in war—can offer many more opportunities to meet the Divine, face-to-face, than an uneventful existence. As often happens, there are jewels hidden in the dung.
Still, I think we can do better.
The first step is to move away from an anti-war consciousness in which we fight against that which is unwanted. And the next step is to move forward in crafting a strong image of what is desired.
How many times have peace activists protested war without replacing the image of war with an equally strong depiction of the attributes of peace? In the absence of this vision, peace activists actually contribute more substance to what they are protesting. This is why Mother Teresa said, "I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there."
This dichotomy is reflected in our own government. Revolutionary patriots, including George Washington, inventor Benjamin Banneker, and Benjamin Rush (Declaration of Independence signer and one of the bankrollers of the Revolutionary War) called for a cabinet level Secretary of Peace, but this position was never created. However, we have had a Department of War since 1789 (renamed the Department of Defense in 1949). Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) spearheaded several bills for a Department of Peace, including H.R. 808 in 2007, and in 2013 Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) revitalized that quest. But we have no Department of Peace yet.
Imagine the kind of world we would be living in if a Department of Peace had cabinet-level authority and a budget that equaled that of the Department of Defense! Perhaps the impetus for that reality must rise up from “we, the people.”
In order to have peace, live in peace, and thrive in peace, our collective image of a dynamic and exciting peace must be developed so that it becomes more substantial and more attractive than a vision of war. And to do that, we must identify what a thriving peaceful world looks like. As Cayce said, “Mind is the builder”!
The essence of war is destruction. Therefore, its opposite is not peace, but creativity, which offers thrilling and deeply soulful nourishment to our bodies, minds, and spirits.
Peace is simply the byproduct of a dynamically creative society. It’s not the goal. So if we’ve set our sights on peace, we’ve set them too low.
A truly peace-full civilization is characterized by a dynamic dance of both practical and artistic creativity that nourishes the soul and elevates the spirit, sending a ripple effect of wellbeing throughout humanity.
While creativity includes the obvious variety of artistic expressions, such as painting, writing, music and theater, it includes more humble activities, too.
Most everyone has experienced a connection with at least one of the arts that made the heart leap and the spirit sing, perhaps by viewing a painting, hearing a song, or attending a theater production. This is the kind of art that triggers an endorphin dance that thrills our souls and helps connect us with the best that we can be!
Edgar Cayce said that the process of creativity and psychic development are two aspects of the same thing. And it makes sense that as someone expresses or appreciates creativity, they become more attuned to the creativity of the divine. After all, what is the God of Genesis, if not a creative artist?
But creativity is not limited to the formal expression of visual or performing arts. It also includes activities that we are engaged in when there is joy in our hearts—from the selection of ingredients to mix together for soup to the planting of a garden. Many of our daily activities can be a product of inspired imagination and purposeful creativity. And getting three kids to their separate after-school activities simultaneously can require as much problem-solving creativity as painting the Mona Lisa!
Peace is the inherent result of an enthusiastic and creative society, and naturally accompanies any golden age of artistic expression and joyful creativity. Who can imagine people who are deliciously engaged in daily, blissful, creative expression, ever wanting to tear themselves away to step toward war?
Passion and exhilaration are the pumps that keep the essences of life circulating, and the human animal is engineered to gravitate toward whatever will enhance the fullness of the life experience. So as we create a consensual vision of a dynamic and fulfilling peaceful society that is more exhilarating than war, we also invent a new kind of world, a world where people will begin to salute the world’s artists and thank them for their service to society.
And the more attuned to the creative divine we become, the further we find ourselves from an attunement with war.
So, plant peonies, bake brownies, paint pictures, sing songs, and pen poetry. Make a quilt—they aren't called "comforters" for nothing! Join in the interwoven heartbeat of a community drum circle. Dance like nobody's watching. Take a class in a creative pursuit that you have dreamed of exploring—like scrapbooking, acting, or pottery. And the ripple effects of your own creative joy will surround the planet!
Or find another creator's artistic expression that brings you happiness, and have fun appreciating it at a museum, a playhouse, craft fair, or in the words of a book. Einstein noted that it was impossible to simultaneously prevent and prepare for war. And that is because we can only dance in one place on the creation/destruction continuum at any given moment.
Every single choice we make that supports creativity and the arts takes us one step further from war and destruction, and that much closer to birthing a peaceful world that bursts with creativity and joyful wellbeing!
All illustrations are the copyrighted work of the author, Meryl Ann Butler. http://www.merylannbutler.com. An earlier version of this article was published on Opednews.com as “New Years' Musings on the Opposite of War: It's Not What You Think!”
Meryl Ann Butler is an award-winning artist, author, editor, labyrinth builder, speaker, and Renaissance woman who has offered presentations at A.R.E. since 1986. Her artwork hangs in hundreds of collections around the world, including those of Caroline Myss, Dr. C. Norman Shealy, Dr. Patch Adams, and the late Nelson Mandela. She is managing editor and arts/images editor of OpEdNews.com, which is ranked in the world’s “Top 100 Blogs” by Technorati, and where her contributions have received over 900,000 views.
Join Meryl Ann at the Annual A.R.E. New Year’s Conference, Dec. 29-31, 2014, The Creative Edge: A Hands-on Retreat for Inspiring and Unleashing Your Dynamic, Intuitive Self!, where she will be facilitating an exciting workshop entitled, “Creativity and Joyful Expressions of Spirit: Integrative Intuition.” Other expert guides in the conference include Henry Reed, Robin Wimbiscus, Judith Stevens, Kirk Nelson, Elizabeth Waitekus, and more; so ring in the New Year with like-minded friends old and new at this traditional gathering which includes a festive party with music, dancing, and refreshments and a peaceful midnight meditation.
Edgar Cayce’s Aurascope—Progress Report
By Sidney Kirkpatrick
“Auras are twofold. That which indicates the physical emanations, and that which indicates the spiritual development... The aura, then, is the emanation that arises from the very vibratory influences of an individual entity... (Edgar Cayce reading #319-2)
I’m pleased to share a brief update on Edgar Cayce’s Aurascope, the device I wrote about in the Jul-Sep 2014 issue of the A.R.E.’s Venture Inward magazine. To best understand what we are doing, I encourage you to read Auras, by Edgar Cayce which is included in the book Edgar Cayce on Auras & Colors (A.R.E. Press, 2011) by Kevin J. Todeschi and Carol Ann Liaros, available from book retailers and ARECatalog.com.
Upwards of 200 people have now had the opportunity to try the Cayce Aurascope, and nearly all have reported seeing color patterns and phenomena not unlike those described by Cayce, who was able to see auras without the assistance of such a device. This is not definitive evidence that someday soon the device will be used as a non-invasive means of diagnosing illness, as Cayce suggested would be possible. Rather, the vast majority of people who have tried the device under optimal conditions (for 6-10 minutes in full sunlight) see patterns of color that appear to be different from what can normally be seen from the refraction of light through a prism. Assuming that we are seeing through the Aurascope something along the lines of what Cayce saw, the good news is that a great many of us who would not otherwise think of ourselves as psychically talented will have an opportunity to judge the truth of psychic phenomena for themselves. To my mind, never has the Cayce phrase, “All can do it,” held such resonance.
Taking the next logical step—understanding how to interpret the patterns of colors that one sees—will require testing. Does a particular shade of orange indicate potential kidney trouble? Do healers emanate pure emerald green with a dash of blue? Do shafts of colored light coming down over one’s shoulder indicate that one may be receiving Divine guidance? Cayce suggested all of these things, and much more. As Kevin J. Todeschi has pointed out in Edgar Cayce on Auras & Colors, the aura not only provides a pictorial representation of an individual’s health, but also their thoughts, talents, and life potentials. It’s a barometer of the whole self—body, mind, and spirit.
Only two operational Aurascopes have yet been assembled. All that can be said with certainty is that three individuals (different ages, and without an obvious common denominator) haven’t been able to see the effect, several individuals using progressive bifocals have had to remove their glasses to make the device work for them, and people with the ability to differentiate subtle variations in color have the easiest time. A professional cinematographer saw more in 10 minutes than I experienced over several months. One person has been so adept using the device that she may actually be successfully diagnosing illness. The vast majority of us, however, are too overwhelmed by the initial experience (it’s thrilling!) to interpret what we are seeing. (I became a true champion of the device when viewing a woman eight-months pregnant. Her belly looked to me like a rippling pool of rainbows.) Further, as I referenced in the article, it is becoming clear that the longer one practices with the Aurascope the easier it is to experience the effect, and the greater one’s ability. With time and practice, one may actually develop the ability to see auras without use of the device (as Cayce said they would). At this point, however, it's too early to say.
The latest prototype (with an easily removable housing)
The only comprehensive way to test the technology is to produce and distribute more Aurascopes. Since the device’s official debut at the A.R.E. Congress in June, 2014, a committee of A.R.E. members have come together to try to develop the device; incorporation papers have been filed; and a patent application has been submitted. Just as other Cayce products have been manufactured and sold, a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the A.R.E. As the major expense of producing the Aurascope is the cost of the prisms, the more prisms we can order at wholesale prices, the less each unit will cost. Our goal is to produce the device for several hundred dollars, which is a fraction of the $5,000 that the “A Search for God” study group in Miami paid for their prototypes. To this end, we have requested bids from several optical manufacturers and will be experimenting with new construction designs. The current model (pictured) uses finely cut prisms in a hand-tooled hard-wood paddlewheel-design viewer. Less costly plastic prisms in a molded plastic viewer may work equally well and result in huge savings.
The latest prototype.
The next step will be testing. Our intention is to circulate the first Aurascopes to established “A Search for God” study groups of dedicated individuals already steeped in the Cayce work. Team efforts to study the effect will be greatly appreciated. Further, we will need to create a questionnaire that viewers testing the effect can use to document their experience. We will want to know, for example, if all viewers looking at the same individual are seeing the same color patterns. What are the optimum conditions to use the device? How does one’s aura change throughout the course of a day, a week, months, or years? Do particular illnesses or conditions manifest in distinct and identifiable color patterns? Does an individual’s aura change while they are meditating or in prayer? How long does an individual’s aura remain with their physical body after they transition from this life? What does a newborn’s aura look like?
These and many other questions need to be answered. If you or someone you know are interested in helping compile a list of protocols and questions which we can use to study the device, your help will be greatly appreciated. Please send us your questions and suggestions. One system we have been using to document the experience has been to distribute a 64-pack of Crayola crayons and a simple line drawing of a human torso. After using the Aurascope, the viewer is asked to draw/color what they have seen. This system, in combination with a detailed questionnaire, may be the way to proceed. Before moving forward along these lines, however, we would especially welcome volunteer help from people trained in scientific methodology. (I’m a writer, not a scientist!)
Out of such an endeavor may come a wide range of new information that will carry our work, and Cayce’s work, into the future. Consider what development of the microscope meant for biologists. We may also be able to locate individuals (and groups) who are most adept at using the device, and who may, by their talents, consistently (and non-invasively), correctly diagnose illness, a skill demonstrated by professional medical initiatives.
We are excited to move forward and encourage your participation. Some of you have already (patiently) expressed an interest in having an Aurascope, or want a set of prisms so you can build one for yourself. We are working to make this possible.
If you are interested in trying the Aurascope out for yourself, I’ll be bringing one with me to all events where I will be lecturing on Cayce including the day-long Edgar Cayce event on October 25, in Ottawa, Canada (EdgarCayceCanada.com). Please look for my wife, Nancy, and me at A.R.E. events in 2015! (EdgarCayce.org/FieldConferences).
If you haven’t already joined Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), we encourage you to do so, and to study the Aurascope readings for yourself. To join, visit Edgarcayce.org/Join.
For future updates, please send us an eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sidney D. Kirkpatrick III Award-winning documentary filmmaker and best-selling author, Sidney D. Kirkpatrick is a graduate of Kent School, in Kent, Conn.; Hampshire College, in Amherst, Mass.; and NYU Film School in New York. His critically acclaimed books include A Cast of Killers, Turning the Tide, Hitler's Holy Relics, and Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet, which is a biography of Edgar Cayce published in September 2000 that has been described by The New Yorker as "a codex for the New Age." Kirkpatrick is also the producer and director of My Father the President, a much-loved documentary film on President Theodore Roosevelt as seen through the eyes of his daughter Ethel Roosevelt Derby. He and his wife Nancy regularly host events at their Portage Inn Bed & Breakfast (PortageInn.ca) in Muskoka, Ontario.
Our next book,True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives: Lives Touched and Lessons Learned from the Sleeping Prophet, will be released by the A.R.E. in the spring of 2015.
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for October 2014 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:
Donors Douglas and Darian Torrance, CEO Kevin Todeschi
and Library Manager, Laura Hoff
DOUGLAS AND DARIAN TORRANCE CREATE THE FIRST-EVER LIBRARY ENDOWMENT FUND
Longtime members, Doug and Darian Torrance of Columbus, Ohio, were moved by the letter they received from Charles Thomas Cayce to pledge $25,000 to establish the Douglas and Darian Torrance Library Endowment Fund - the first such endowment for the Library. Funds generated by the Torrance Endowment will augment the Library's program budget annually in perpetuity! “We are moved to support the A.R.E. Library since it has such a large influence and strong effect on all three major areas of the Edgar Cayce work: A.R.E., Atlantic University, and the Edgar Cayce Foundation,” Doug said at the Endowment Signing Ceremony in September. “We are grateful for all we have received from the Cayce material and want to give back to the future.” Thank you, Doug and Darian!
HUGH LYNN CAYCE ENDOWMENT CHALLENGE
Two longtime A.R.E. members have pledged $10,000 toward our Hugh Lynn Cayce Endowment Fund – supporting A.R.E.’s operations – as a Matching Gift Challenge. If you knew Hugh Lynn or just want to see him honored for future generations, please consider contributing here (just fill in HLC Endowment under ‘other’): EdgaCayce.org/donate or contact Development Director Patrick Belisle: email@example.com. Thank you!
YOUR MONTHLY CREATE CAMPAIGN UPDATE
With just 16 months left in our $30 million CREATE Comprehensive Campaign (capital,
endowment, and programs); we have reached the $25.5 million mark! With the Cayce Hospital renovations successfully completed and over $6 million raised already toward our $7.5 million capital project goal, we now turn our attention to building our endowment – currently $4million in investments and $1million in real estate. We need to raise an additional $2 million before the end of the Campaign next year (December 31,
2015). We still need endowment funds to be established (by you?) for our various
programs like Prison Outreach, Prayer, Camp, and our schools (Atlantic University and Cayce/Reilly School of Massage) as well as the A.R.E. in general. You are still supporting our day-to-day program operations in wonderful ways. We have raised well over $18 million for these great programs already! Thank you.
CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
We are very pleased that the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage welcomed 17 students for the Fall semester – AND we’ve already received a record number of inquiries for January 2015.
And thanks to A.R.E. Life Member Sheila Garrett of Virginia, it will now be much easier for retiring veterans to enter the field of Massage Therapy. Sheila has gifted A.R.E. with the creation of the George Williams Garrett Fund for Veteran Support, in memory of her husband, to honor his service to our country, and to support our veterans. The fund will facilitate enrollment for these returning service men and women, by getting word to them about the Cayce/Reilly School’s highly respected, COMTA accredited program, the GI bill availability for tuition, career opportunities, and job placement assistance upon graduation. Look for more information in future Updates about the Garretts and this very special fund to help our veterans.
If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this legacy of health and healing, contact us at 757-457-7270 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And visit our website at www.EdgarCayce.org/CayceReillyMassageSchool/
THE A.R.E. HEALTH CENTER & SPA
Your A.R.E. Health Center & Spa rolls out a new brochure in October, including Personal Counseling, new Clinical Spa Packages and, by popular demand, a Back Facial – which will be the Cayce-traditional hot-towel and clay “facial” method, and includes foot massage to raise the relaxation value! In each of the last few months, the Spa has welcomed close to 200 new clients per month. From October 20-26, we are participating as a provider in the national Spa Week, when we’ll have 1-hour Cayce/Reilly® Massage, Acupressure, or CranioSacral Therapy for $50 each. Call the spa at 757-457-7202 early to schedule – this week books up fast!
Atlantic University student Jennifer Lipski recently launched 8 Minutes of Awesome. This website is a collection of candid interviews with people sharing their unique journeys and profound messages with the world. From around the globe, you’ll hear genuine experiences. While every conversation is unique, each person weaves amazing focus, intention, and passion into their individual message.
“The concept of 8 Minutes of Awesome came to me during a vivid dreamscape one afternoon in March of 2014, while living and traveling abroad on my own personal journey. This awakening was awesome, light-filled, and joyous - and I knew unequivocally that which I needed to do. From that moment, I was lit from within to bring forward the stories and voices of others. And thus my mission began: to help share the personal and inspired messages that need to be heard."
~ Jennifer Lipski
Visit her website http://www.8minutesofawesome.com/ or follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/8minutesOfAwesome
We invite you to join the student body of Atlantic University – Let us help you put your wisdom to work. You can participate in the entire curriculum as a graduate student or simply take a course for non-credit. Visit our website for more information, www.atlanticuniv.edu, or call us at 800-428-1512.
NEW FROM A.R.E. PRESS…
Contemporary Cayce: A Complete Exploration Using Today’s Science and Philosophy by Kevin J. Todeschi and Henry Reed. Henry and I have studied, applied, and taught the Cayce material for decades. Using contemporary language that speaks to our time, the book covers twenty-four major topics from the readings and explore the material given from Cayce in light of what we know today in modern science, philosophy, and physics.
Whether you are new to Edgar Cayce or have studied the readings for years, we hope this modern, comprehensive look at his material speaks to where humankind is today in a way that has never before been explored and without the sometimes difficult-to-understand language of the readings.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR HEADQUARTERS CONFERENCES
Don’t miss Dr. Eben Alexander this November 7-9, at our Life Everlasting: God’s Open Door and the Continuity of the Soul, which also features three mediums sharing insights and messages from the other side. And, our annual New Year’s conference will feature lots of fun, out-of-the-box activities designed to engage the creative forces and your higher self. The Creative Edge: A Retreat for Inspiring and Unleashing Your Dynamic, Intuitive Self! will be held December 29-31 and will also feature a New Year’s Eve party with music and refreshments and a peaceful midnight meditation. Be sure to check the October-December issue of Venture Inward for our 2015 Conferences Preview Calendar, and start planning your visit to A.R.E. Headquarters in 2015!
A.R.E. 2015 TOURS
Get ready for a fantastic tours line up for 2015 including:
- Our first ever tour to CUBA! Join John Van Auken on this one-of-a-kind journey. Visit Cuba legally on a people-to-people, cultural exchange program. This will be an opportunity like no other to experience the cultural richness and diversity of this beautiful island. January 31-
February 8, 2015.
- Southern Spain & Morocco
Led by Peter Woodbury, Spring 2015
- Old Quebec & Montreal
Led by Patrick and Jane Belisle, August 2015
- JUST ADDED: China & Tibet
Led by John Van Auken, September 2015
- New Mexico and Mesa Verde
Led by Don Carroll, Fall 2015
For more information about any tour, visit www.EdgarCayce.org/tours or call: 888-273-3339.
The summer is officially over at A.R.E. Camp and the mountains are now blanketed in autumn colors after a joyful and laughter filled summer. A.R.E. Campers enjoyed vibrant Children’s Camps, and two sold-out Family Camps, including one with Kevin Todeschi! This summer, thanks to the support of many generous individuals, we were able to offer scholarships to over 20 children and families in need of a little extra help to make their Camp dreams come true. We’re already looking forward to our 2015 season – it’s going to be full of new adventures, wonderful fresh food, laughter, and friends sharing in living the legacy Edgar Cayce in the sublime beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For details, visit our website at www.edgarcayce.org/summercamp or contact Malenka Kaydan, A.R.E. Camp Manager, at Malenka@edgarcayce.org.
A.R.E eGROUPS AND ONLINE COURSES
A.R.E. online courses are designed to allow the participant to focus on your spiritual growth and personal enrichment from the comfort of home. With 24/7 access to all lesson material, staying connected to a network of like-minded seekers is easy and convenient. Upcoming schedule:
- Astrological Cycles: The Timing of Life,
October 8 – November 4,mentored by Raye Mathis
- Achieving Higher States of Consciousness Using Ancient Egyptian Concepts,
October 22 – November 18, mentored by John Van Auken
- Spirits Among Us,
November 5 – December 3, mentored by Nancy L. Eubel
For more information about eGroups, visit www.EdgarCayce.org/egroups, Email: eGroups@edgarcayce.org
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NEWS FROM OUR DEVELOPMENT OFFICE:
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The winner of the Edgar Cayce Legacy Society (ECLS) drawing is New Society Member Heather McIntosh! As the grand prize winner, Heather will receive two free tickets to the Dr. Eben Alexander’s Conference, “Life Everlasting: God’s Open Door and the Continuity of the Soul” at A.R.E. Headquarters, November 7-9. Congratulations, Heather!
You can still participate in the next drawing by joining the Edgar Cayce Legacy Society by December 31, 2014. The grand prize for this drawing is a 50th Anniversary Edition of There is a River autographed by Gladys Davis Turner, Edgar Evans Cayce, Charles Thomas Cayce, Harold Reilly and other early A.R.E. luminaries, plus other great gifts. And by just entering the drawing, you will automatically receive a free, four-DVD set of Dr. Norm Shealy’s popular HQ Conference, Medical Intuition: Self-Diagnosis and Healing with Your Body’s Energy Systems.
The ECLS now has 322 members, and counting! Do YOU have the A.R.E. in your will? Learn how and see the new Sample Codicil at www.EdgarCayce.org/donate/plannedgiving. Or contact our staff directly: Susan Luscomb at 757-457-7125 or email email@example.com or Marianna Theo at 757-457-7215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing each and every one of you a wonderful fall season!
Ever the same,
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO
Annual Conference in Sweden, Big Success
September 6-7, 2014, Foundation Edgar Cayce Centre in Sweden organized its 25th Conference since the start in 1994, so it was also 20 years since the Swedish foundation was established.
In the beginning of the 1990s, Ole Barry in Sweden read the book Edgar Cayce on the Dead Sea Scrolls by Glenn D. Kettler. He was fascinated and decided to introduce Edgar Cayce to the people in Scandinavia. In 1992, he started his publishing house called Reincarnation Books, and published his first translation of The Sleeping Prophet by Jess Stearn. Two years later he established Foundation Edgar Cayce Centre and organized the first conference with help from the A.R.E.
The Foundation was established in Tyringe, a small town with about 10,000 inhabitants, in the south of Sweden, where also the conferences were held for about the first 10 years. By that time it was no longer possible to be at the hotel where the conferences took place, so they were moved to a place by the sea but are now back in Tyringe.
The conference hotel is called Tyringe Kurhotell and was established in 1904, as a health resort hotel with modern therapies, fresh air, good nature, and different kinds of water and light therapies. The employed doctor, Dr. Otto Reimers, was interested in holistic health and had been to the U.S. Had he met Mr. Cayce? We’re not sure. A couple of blocks from the resort there was a spring to which the guests walked and drank water. The spring is still there, but you have to take the water from a tube that has the same water as the town—a very good and healthy water though. The health resort was active until the end of the 1950s when it became a place for conferences.
So, this year the Swedish Foundation celebrated its 20 years with a fantastic conference. We were very happy to have John Van Auken as our lecturer. Van Auken was one of the lecturers at the conference in 2011 as well, and was most appreciated. Many wanted him to come back, and we were happy that he had the opportunity to come at this special occasion. The theme of this conference was Edgar Cayce on the Life Forces within You: Unlock Your Soul’s Dimension of Life.
Almost 100 people came to our conference, most of them from Sweden but also from other European countries. About half of them had arrived already on Friday, when there was a very nice coming together in the evening. Among the delegates were the founder Ole Barry and also the second chairman of the Foundation, Gösta Montelius, who is now living in Turkey.
Saturday morning, September 6, the present chairwoman, Gun Olofsson, welcomed all the participants telling a bit about the place and the Swedish Foundation. She also gave a short biography of Edgar Cayce since some of the participants were visiting the conference for the first time.
Then it was John Van Auken’s turn to present, with the translator Eva Tragardh. Many Swedes know English, yet many want the translation so as not to miss anything.
The first lecture was Edgar Cayce’s Vision of our Ancient Existence as Celestial/Cosmic Beings, a most wonderful opening. The next talk had the title Understanding and Mastering Ego, Self-Expression, and the Ultimate Destiny and Purpose for Your Existence, a talk which gave a lot of exciting and useful information. After a fantastic lunch, the subject was Dreams, Intuition, and Higher Consciousness, a very interesting and giving talk.
The Sunday talks were titled Our Metaphysical Body and Mind and Prophecies, Cycles, and Coming Events. Both days contained meditation sessions and discussion sessions, and were most appreciated.
During the breaks a lot of people wanted to talk to John, asking questions and having books autographed, so John was fully occupied all the time—no breaks!
The participators of this year’s conference were more than satisfied. Everybody appreciated John’s amazingly interesting and informative lectures and the wonderful translator. They did a very good job together. So John is on the top of the list of coming lecturers! And we wish him “Welcome back!”
The two days passed so quickly! Being together like this is an enriching experience. Many of the participants are coming every year, meeting friends, listening to interesting lectures, being filled with energy, and also making new acquaintances. The people who are returning as well as new participants often say, “It is as meeting old friends.” And for sure we all have known each other some lifetime earlier; as Cayce’s reading 2492-2 says it: “Friendships are only the renewing of former purposes, ideals.”
Cayce Astrology as a Tool
By Nicholas Theo
When the Edgar Cayce readings spoke about astrology, the view was far different than those of traditional astrologers who saw astrology as a method only used to describe fixed traits and destinies. It is only in the past 20 years that the greater astrology community has caught up with Cayce’s perspective. Cayce explained how astrology could be used as a tool to gain self-understanding. His view of astrology was that its goal was for us to gain soul growth from understanding the use and direction of our free will in expressing our drives, goals, and energies.
Astrology is a way for us to see that we are an integral part of the ecosystem within our solar system. In 1936, in a life reading for a woman from Canada, Cayce clearly explained astrology’s objective in relation to our own soul experience, “Considering then life, a soul, an entity as a continuous stream of experience—and the activities in the earth's plane as a lesson that is learned by the entity—the experiences through the astrological sojourns become rather as a digesting or an assimilating of that which has been experienced or gained in the lesson.” (Edgar Cayce reading 1230-1)
An astrological birth chart then becomes a useful and active tool of learning and guidance when an astrologer interprets the chart from this vantage point. An astrologer trained in this method offers others a reason and a goal for understanding their life purpose. A trait of short-temperedness shown by a planetary aspect from Mars to Uranus, for example, as seen from this perspective gives the native an insight on why their soul chose this energy to experience, and from that conscious realization, they then have an active role in deciding how to work with anger in their current life. Through exercising free will this individual may choose to consciously work on directing their anger into productive channels, or may decide to do nothing at all, and thus meet the events of daily life with ever a short temper.
Cayce consistently reiterated that we control our own destiny because of free will. In one of the first readings Cayce gave on the subject of astrology in 1923, he stated: “…but let it be understood here, no action of any planet or phases of the Sun, the Moon or any heavenly bodies surpass the rule of man’s will power, the power given by the Creator of man, in the beginning, when he became a living soul, with the power of choosing for himself.” (Edgar Cayce reading 3744-3) It is within this statement that Cayce presents us with the blueprint of our existence: when we choose to live actively self-aware, we acknowledge our relationship with the Creator, and consequently we approach our potential for the expression of our creativity and will.
Reflecting Cayce’s view on astrology, in recent years there is an ever widening circle of astrologers whose focus is to ensure that an astrological chart is interpreted from the understanding that the human soul is eternal, and thus the current life is but a chapter within its experience, and that the soul exercises free will. Astrology is a language of the subconscious mind where its symbols reflect the tendencies and drives of the person, but it is in no way rigid and fatalistic in its interpretation. British therapist and astrologer Mark Jones eloquently states this in, Healing the Soul, “The natal chart is not a cage from which we must be released. It is not a reality imposed upon us from without. The natal chart is the symbolic expression of the infinite field as it has been translated into human form and it is the expression of our karmic potentiality as held within that field. That potentiality emerges from the nature of who we really are.”
When you choose to use your astrology chart as a means for self-discovery, make sure that the astrologer reading your birth chart adheres to the two basic principles that Cayce instructed us on astrology: a guide for soul growth and free will choice. In the weeks after the reading, allow time for your insights and understanding to surface into your consciousness. Take the information and guidance from your chart analysis, and then actively apply it to your life.
Nicholas Theo is an operations and strategic manager and has done work for organizations including A.R.E. and Atlantic University. He was raised with the Cayce materials and his interest in astrology started as a teenager. Because the Cayce readings on astrology consistently emphasize the importance of using astrology as a tool for self-discovery and understanding rather than as a primarily predictive system, over the years, his interest in astrology evolved into a side vocation with research on the application of soul astrology (Soulastrologer.com). He has been doing astrology readings since 1980.
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Astrology Part 1, The Edgar Cayce Readings (Vol. 18, p. 522, 551). (1985). Virginia Beach, VA: A.R.E./Edgar Cayce Foundation (all Edgar Cayce Readings are available to A.R.E. Members at EdgarCayce.org/members. Visit EdgarCayce.org/join to join.
Jones, M. (2011). Healing the Soul (p. 13). Portland, OR: Raven Dreams Press.
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