Inspiration for Thanksgiving from the Edgar Cayce Readings
On November 20th, 1938, Edgar Cayce was asked to give a reading for Study Group #1 on with an explanation of the true spirit of Thanksgiving. It was a challenging time, like today, and the world was filled with fear and uncertainty. Following is the text of Reading 3976-21. May it fill you with inspiration and a greater appreciation of Thanksgiving. Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving from Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.
Gertrude Cayce: You will give at this time information which
may stimulate in the hearts and minds of those gathered here a greater
appreciation of the true spirit of Thanksgiving, and which may be to all those
to whom it is sent an inspiration and an explanation for Thanksgiving even in
the face of personal problems and spreading world-wide fears and hatreds that
seem to dominate so many minds today.
Edgar Cayce: Yes, we have the subject here; and many there
be that appear with the desire to give their own interpretation upon such a
subject. But rather would we choose--from the more universal need of those
here, as well as mankind everywhere that thought, that purpose, that
attribute of man's choice to show, to give thanksgiving for not only the
blessings as may be the experience of many but the fuller meaning of the
appreciation of Life itself and the opportunity which is offered to all through
same to become more and more aware of their relationship to the Creative Force
It is well that ye be reminded, then, of how--in those
periods when there were the preparations in the lives and experiences of a
peculiar people, under unusual circumstances, in extraordinary environments--they were reminded, not in their days of plenty but in the days when each day
they were given only sufficient for that day, that periods were to be, should
be, set aside when thanksgiving was to be a part of their activity--their
remembrances for all the joys, the sorrows, the disappointments, the hopes that
were and might be theirs if--if--they would but hold to those promises;
relying--as it was necessary in those days, those hours, for a complete dependence--upon the bounty of a merciful Father, who had a purpose in the bringing out,
in the edifying, in the directing.
And today, as ye look back upon those experiences, ye--too--find thyselves chosen.
Have ye chosen Him? For as was given then, "If ye will be my people, I will
be thy God!" This is a universal experience, then. To each soul gathered
here, to each soul throughout the land, to each soul as may be in all lands:
"If ye will be My people, I will be thy God!"
Then in this land--as ye understand--when in the
experiences of a handful of those seeking a place where they might worship God
according to the dictates of their own conscience, the bounties of the land
were in such measures as to preserve their lives--then there was the
proclamation that thanksgiving must be in the mind and heart of each soul. So in this land was set the precedent that has come to mean
so much that year after year thy rulers of the several States, thy director in
the general, have kept, do keep that precedent.
Then, to all: As ye do in the spirit of true thanksgiving
come to realize, as ye find in thy daily experience with thy fellow man--he
that is unappreciative of opportunity, of care, of thought, of longsuffering,
to thine own mind becomes very little. What, then, will ye - as servants--yea, as children of a
living God, of a living promise to thee--do about such a period, such a day?
For the day itself is as nothing. Remember how He as the
Teacher of teachers gave that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the
Then remember, Thanksgiving is thy opportunity to show thy
appreciation to thy friend, thy home, thy mother, thy children--yea, most of
all to thy God! As it may be truly said--of all the days for man's opportunity,
of man's making, of man's concern, truly Thanksgiving should be nearer and
dearer to the hearts of those who are appreciative of Life and its
opportunities, under any experience! For remember, it was instituted not under plenty but under
What is the need then of man in this day of disturbed mind,
That ye may reconsecrate, rededicate - each of you - thy
heart, thy body, thy purpose, to the living God! This is the message then that should be to all.
Let this day of Thanksgiving be not only that wherein to
enjoy that which may satiate the body, that which may make for the gratifying
of appetites of the body, but that day when each of you may give thanks to God
for being alive--with the opportunities to raise thy voice in prayer, in
praise, in thanksgiving for the love He hath shown, that He showers upon thee
day by day!
And as ye do this--in the spirit of love, in the spirit of
truth, of patience, of longsuffering--ye will receive that awareness of His
closeness to thee. And this will bring you to the greater knowledge, the
greater understanding of what He would have thee do.Let thy life, thy experience then, be not without purpose.
What do ye then purpose to do with His promises to thee?
In this land ye may give praise for freedom of speech, for
the opportunities to raise thy voice in whatever way and manner ye choose. For know, as He taught, the principles of life are that as
ye do unto the least of thy brethren ye do unto thy Maker. Then, as ye give thanks, as ye give praise to thy friends
for kindnesses, for gentlenesses, for those things that make thy experience
more bearable in a cruel world--under circumstances oft where a troubled
heart is made lighter--how much greater in this day, then, that is set aside
by thy laws, by the judgments of thy governors and of thy president--how much more ye would give thanks to God!
For it is in Him indeed that ye live, that ye move and have
thy being. Let thy heart then be glad. And as has been indicated, let each raise his voice in
thanksgiving for all that has, that may come to pass in the experience of each soul that prays, "Thy will, O God, be done in me--now. Not as I will, but as Thou would have me go."
Pray that peace may be in the minds and hearts of those who
direct the destiny of the many, throughout the world. For they are not in power
of themselves, but that ye--too--may learn a lesson to do, and to seek to do,
the will of thy Father; and not to do that which is IN direct contradiction to
that of praise to thy Lord, thy God.
Keep then that Day in praise, in thanksgiving, in such ways,
such a manner that ye show to thy conscience that what ye worship as thy God is
aware of thy appreciation of life!
We are through.
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The Continuing Search for Edgar Cayce’s Mother Pool
by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
In my biography of Edgar Cayce, and in two previous articles for Venture Inward, my
wife and I wrote at length about Edgar Cayce’s search for the Mother Pool, an enormous
untapped sea of oil which was identified in the readings as being located in the vicinity of San
Saba, Texas. Edgar and various partners, on a few occasions in the 1920s, undertook to find this
oil with the goal of raising funds to build a hospital where patients could go to receive Cayce
health treatments. Due to various forms of sabotage and insufficient funds, Edgar Cayce and his
partners were never able to reach the Mother Pool. After Cayce’s death, numerous attempts were
made to follow in his footsteps without the benefit of personal readings by Cayce.
The decision to try to use the Cayce trance readings to find the legendary Mother Pool
was a bold and risky move. Cayce himself was well aware of not only the potential good that
might come from such an endeavor, but also the risk. Over the course of his career, Cayce
offered both advice and caution to those who would follow in his footsteps. Before even giving
his first oil reading in 1919, he consulted the source about the morality and ethics of using
psychic information to find oil, natural gas, and minerals. After all, experience had taught him
that giving certain types of non-medical readings didn’t generate much long-term good, and
could actually be quite harmful to not just himself but those who obtained them. Using psychic
power to gamble at the race track or poker tables amounted to taking an unfair advantage over
others. The same could be said for using psychic power to locate buried treasure. Hidden gold or
other valuables didn’t necessarily belong to the person or people who went seeking it. The source,
however, reassured Cayce that using the readings to help people find oil and natural gas could be
a good thing. Petroleum, or riches from the earth, belonged to the people who owned the land it
could be found on. Nothing was wrong with the notion of helping people—for a fee or
percentage—to locate it, just as Edgar’s grandfather, a douser, had used his talents to help
farmers find water.
Over the years, Cayce went on to give several hundred oil readings, many of which
survive in the Cayce vault at A.R.E. headquarters, and many others which have been lost. The
first requests came from people and companies looking for help drilling their own wells. The
fantastic success that came from giving these early oil readings—several notable individuals
became millionaires and one became a multi-millionaire—inspired Cayce to join friends and
family to create his own oil prospecting partnership. Its purpose, from Cayce’s point of view, was
to generate income to build a hospital where the readings could be used to heal the sick and help
build a community that could, as he said, “Manifest the Love of God and Man.”
With this in mind, the Cayce Petroleum Company drilled at least two wells in central
Texas in 1921, leased thousands of acres where he intended to drill, and gave readings on many
different locations where earlier readings indicated oil could be found. But by 1924, Cayce had
all but abandoned his dream of funding a hospital with revenue from oil prospecting. Time had
proven that the Cayce readings seemed to help others in their search for oil, but while they
pinpointed oil for Cayce, he and his partners could not seem to get to it and bring it to the
surface. In several instances, his company was underfunded. At other times, outside interests
resorted to devious means to undermine his work. Hugh Lynn Cayce often told the story of how
one oil driller hired by Cayce dropped a tomb stone into a well shaft to make it look as if he had
fulfilled his contract by drilling “down to the granite.” There was also suspicion that the sabotage
occurred so that the Cayce leases and money to renew them would run out before they struck oil,
and then the saboteurs could step in and find the oil for themselves. This may be one reason that
in trance, Cayce instructed them to purchase 99 year leases, one of several suggestions that were
ignored. On a more spiritual level, what may also have been true, however, was that Cayce and
his partners did not share a psychic “accord” which the readings said was necessary if success
was to be realized on a material level.
Oilman and one-time Cayce partner Curtis Willmott, perhaps more than anyone
connected to Cayce’s oil ventures, understood this principal in both the abstract and literal sense.
“All hands,” he told Edgar, “have to be pulling together with a common purpose.” Moreover,
their common purpose couldn’t be the desire for riches, but “God’s purpose,” or the “First
Purpose.” As Edgar himself later acknowledged: “There are cosmic or...[Divine] laws just as we
have a penal law. [Treasure hunters must give up the idea of finding great wealth until] each one
has come to the consciousness of making himself right with the Creative Forces”—a provision
repeated many more times in the readings in years to come. The moment the “material” side of
life takes over from the spiritual,” the source admonished, “conditions are materially turned,” and
the seekers will lose, and literally become the enemy of one another.
Over the last several years, interested Cayce followers have been drawn together to
support the search which initially began with David Mangum (a member of A.R.E. Houston)
with the help of his son, Darin, who were subsequently joined by a Canadian and US based oil
company, Integrative Energy (IE). IE, whose principal Rick Hatala is a long time member of the
A.R.E, has been overseeing the project with the help and support of a small, highly dedicated
management team and staff, board of directors, and board of advisors. Among the company’s
unique features is their intention that profits are not only to be shared by the investors, but also to
be used to develop clean alternative and new energy sources, provide education in the form of an
Integrative Leadership & Learning Center, and to help fund Edgar Cayce’s Association for
Research and Enlightenment (the A.R.E.).
Using the Cayce readings to locate the correct drilling location and obtaining the
necessary leases to drill on property identified in the readings has turned out to be a daunting
task with many internal and external conflicts that were resolved by adhering and acting in
accord with universal principles of relationship. In Integrative Energy’s most recent drilling
attempt last August, several locations where Cayce had previously drilled had been identified,
but the specific leases that Cayce Petroleum drilled on in the 1920’s, could not be acquired. The
company then relied on leading edge technologies to find nearby locations that might contain
geological fractures which would, IE believed, connect them to the same Mother Pool discussed
in the readings. Although in their first attempt they found oil, it was not in commercial quantities.
The lessons learned from the most recent drilling attempts has resulted in the team going
back to conduct research in old land files, maps, the Cayce readings, and many other sources.
The goal was to identify a new location—one more directly linked to where the readings
indicated oil would be found. They now believe they may have identified several locations
recommended by the readings, and are in the process of obtaining any leases on locations they
don’t already have. This next well will be funded jointly by Integrative Energy and investors
buying an interest in the Cayce well itself, with a continuing interest held by past IE investors.
If you would like to learn more about Edgar Cayce’s oil years, you can download a free
copy of our booklet, “Riches from the Earth,” at www.integrativeenergyusa.com/cayce.
As both investors, and supporters of the Cayce work, my wife Nancy and I are waiting in
earnest for drilling to begin again. We desire, like so many Cayce supporters, to see the readings
once again be proven out and the Cayce legacy strengthened, and to see profits from oil go,
perhaps for the first time, to a community that will use them for the betterment of mankind.
Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
Author of Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet
When Will the Changes Occur?
Kevin J. Todeschi
We have become so accustomed to change that we no longer recognize it when it happens. Ours is
the age of the worldwide web, interactive social networks, and virtual reality. We possess the ability to
find the answer to virtually any question at the touch of a button. Our grocery store checkout lines
read prices with lasers, we don’t have to even leave our home to buy virtually any product or service
online, and all 14,000 Edgar Cayce readings are available instantaneously on the worldwide web.
Whether in medicine, relationships, technology, ecological-awareness, or internationalism, the earth
today is very different than it was even 10-15 years ago.
There are wars and rumors of war broadcast around the globe in the blink of an eye. We hear of floods
and famine and hate-crimes as they occur; and a day doesn’t pass when we don’t see renewed
evidence of gang-wars or drugs or our inhumanity to one another. But all of this information has
become so common that we may often simply shrug our shoulders, change the channel, or turn the
page. In many places, the world has become more fractured than ever before, as politics, race,
sexuality, culture and especially religion divide us. Countless thousands of individuals have been killed,
are dying, or have given up all sense of hope. The dis-eases of our time have crippled bodies, tortured
minds, or imprisoned souls. And yet, in spite of the fact that change is all about us, some of us
continue to wait for the Big One as evidence of “changing times.”
On a more positive front, our age of change has also had more life-affirming ramifications. Many
events have been hope-renewing: the collapse of Communism, the formation of the European
Economic Community, a renewed sense of hope in solving such issues as the oil crisis, the healthcare
crisis, and the ever-growing awareness that we must bind together as one planet to heal the ecological
world we call home. There has even been a renewed sense of faith in God for hundreds of thousands.
We are now allies and friends with those we once fought. We have the technology and the desire to
bind together in the face of natural or man-made disaster, helping those who have been impacted
with food lifts, medical supplies, and restoring hope.
Many changes are underway that seem to suggest our potential unity as one human family. Actually,
more than anything else this is what the Cayce readings suggest is at the heart of our collective future.
Kevin Todeschi is
A.R.E.'s Executive Director and CEO. As both student and teacher
of the Edgar Cayce material for thirty years, he is the author
of over twenty books, including his most recent, God In Real Life: Personal Encounters with the Divine, and
the bestselling Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records. Known for his ability
to explain complex subjects in a straightforward and easy to
understand manner, Kevin is popular for his insight and his sense
Copyright 2009, Kevin J. Todeschi
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