Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers
By John Fuhler
When Edgar Cayce documented the Indian migrations from the Yucatan to the North American Southeast, he was engaging a subject that would become one of the most controversial in American archaeology. Though hypotheses of the Yucatan-American Southeast connection have circulated some 200 years, it was not until the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries that these relationships have been systematically explored and the hypotheses tested. Yet, as recently as 2003, some archaeologists considered the very discussion taboo! i
Language, like genetics, is an artifact of prehistoric cultures. With careful analysis of the data, linguists are able to deduce the origins and movements of peoples across space and time. The results are as relevant and incontrovertible as genetic data.
Joseph Greenberg assigned the Gulf languages of the American Southeast to the Penutian family of languages based his hypothesis that Yuki, a California language isolate, shares an affinity with the California Penutian languages and the Gulf languages of the American Southeast. ii In 1987, linguistics established the Penutian family to include California Penutian, Mexican Penutian, Yuki-Gulf Penutian, New Mexico Penutian (Zuni), as well as four other groups. Though not uncontested, this classification effectively confirmed the Yuki-Gulf relationship, thereby providing the crucial link required to affirm Greenberg’s rationale.iii
These data are very relevant to our study of the readings, two of which are crucial:
The entity was among those of the second generation of Atlanteans who struggled northward from Yucatan, settling in what is now a portion of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio; being among those of the earlier period known as Mound Builders. (3528-1)
…the entity was…among those called the Cliff Dwellers, being of those peoples who came up from Yucatan to the Northeast and to portions of Arizona and New Mexico… (5729-1)
These two readings recall Greenberg’s hypothesis about the linguistic relationship between the peoples of the Yucatan, the American Southeast, the American Southwest, and California. Likewise it echoes an observation about the Yuki that Robert Melton wrote to Morris Swadesh:
Ethnological evidence [indicates] that the Yuki do not “belong” in California, and have had seemingly direct contact with the Pueblo and SW, most likely in passage from near New Orleans.iv
Cherokee mythology also remembers their migration from the Yucatan to the American Southeast.v And the Cherokee blood group and antigen traits cluster most closely with the Eastern Maya and Nahua.vi
Several readings document that some migrated directly from the Yucatan to the American Southwest:
The entity was among those who came to what is now the Yucatan land, later journeying with many of those peoples to the south and west – or in portions of Arizona… (2576-1)
The entity came to the South and West from what is now the Yucatan… (1204-3)
In this regard, then, the presence of the Zuni, one of the congeners of the Penutian family of languages, confirms a relationship between the American Southwest and the Yucatan.vii
Thus, linguistic data reveal the relationship between the Yucatan and the American Southeast; the readings, Cherokee mythology and blood data attest to migrations from the Yucatan to the Eastern United States; and the readings and linguistics reveal a connection to the American desert Southwest.
Morris Swadesh postulated that a minimum of 96 centuries was required for the lexicostatistic diversity among what he called Macro-Mayan, which he stated includes Sapir’s Penutian.viii From the readings we learn that the egress to the Yucatan began about 12,550 YBP.
From time as counted in the present we would turn back to 10,600 years before the Prince of Peace came into the land of promise, and find a civilization being disturbed by corruption from within to such measures that the elements join in bringing devastation to a stiffnecked and adulterous people… (5750-1)
Given the limitations of Swadesh’ lexicostatistic measures to estimate the depth of time required to produced the diversity now found among these languages, future research might well reveal a time depth closer to that suggested by the readings.
Now that Mexican and American anthropologists are daring to explore the question of a direct relationship between the Yucatan and the American Southeast, they have found compelling discoveries. These include well-documented monumental and ideological elements as well as a plethora of material artifacts, all testifying to that relationship. We are only just now discovering its scope.
John Fuhler has been involved in the field of alternative medicine for more than 25 years. He received his BA in anthropology from the University of Illinois and studied in Glasgow, Scotland, and Portland, Ore. As an amateur archaeologist, he participated in projects in Ariz., Calif., Hawaii, N.M., and Wis.; reporting discoveries in Ore. and Scotland. His tribal affiliations include: Saxon, Friesian, Bohemian, Irish (O'Meagher clan), and Wyandot. He volunteers his skills with organizations supporting the homeless, forest services, and families. He enjoys reading the bible in Greek and Latin.
i White, N.M. Prehistoric connections around the Gulf Coast. In White, N.M. (Ed.) 2005. Gulf Coast Archaeology: The Southeastern United States and Mexico. University Press of Florida: Gainesville, FL.
ii Greenberg, J.H. 1987. Language in the Americas. Stanford University Press: Stanford, CA. For a discussion of Greenberg’s hypothesis: Ruhlen, M. 1991 (reprinted with postscript). A Guide to the World’s Languages. Volume 1: Classification. 234-6.
iii Ruhlen, loc. cit.; Munro, P. 1994. Gulf and Yuki-Gulf in Journal of Anthropological Linguistics vol. 36 no. 2, 125-222.
iv Quoted in Ruhlen, op.cit. 235-6.
vi Kehoe, A.B. Wind Jewels and Paddling Gods: The Mississippian Southeast in the Postclassic Mesoamerican World. In White, N.M. (2005). 263.
vii Though the Zuni currently reside in New Mexico, this was not always the case. Cf. Reid, J. and S. Whittlesey. 1997. The Archaeology of Ancient Arizona. The University of Arizona Press: Tucson, AZ. 107.
viii Swadesh, M. Lexicostatistic classification. In McQuown, N. (Ed.) 1967. Linguistics. Vol. V. of Wauchope, R. (Ed.) Handbook of Middle American Indians. University of Texas Press: Austin, TX. 88-90.
Invitation to Join the Board
In the fall of 2013, around Thanksgiving time, the A.R.E. Board of Trustees and members of the A.R.E. staff began working with some of the concepts of “prosperity” that can be found in the Edgar Cayce readings. The group chose to watch their experiences for the month of December to see if Cayce’s suggestions relating to economic healing would have a measurable impact (both in their personal lives and for A.R.E. as a whole). The group used a daily affirmation as a reminder to keep their thoughts on the principles of prosperity.
The A.R.E. Board of Trustees (November, 2013)
This project was based on previous economic healing and prosperity projects that have come from the readings. Some of the exercises and disciplines undertaken by various groups and individuals have included the following:
- Daily prayer and meditation, not only to facilitate personal attunement and getting in touch with one’s spiritual core, but to also assist in overcoming any fear of lack.
- Ongoing work with personal relationships—at home, school, and work—wherever they may be. Rather than seeing people as personal challenges that have to be put up with, the Cayce readings encourage us instead to approach all of our relationships with the ideal of “What am I supposed to be learning from this person?” or “What is this person trying to teach me about myself?”
- Being a good steward of the resources that have been entrusted to you. This includes paying bills promptly, not overspending or overindulging, giving yourself the freedom to buy what you need (although not necessarily everything you want), and tithing of both money and time without thought of receiving something in return.
- Finally, it is also a good idea to keep an ongoing chart of your progress. This chart can include your daily prayer and meditation time, the success of paying off your debts, the notation of any surprise economic assistance that has come your way, personal tithing, positive experiences with improving your relationships, and so forth.
(See the Edgar Cayce series book Spiritual Healing for Personal Prosperity)
Cayce’s premise is that any economic challenge faced by an individual is inextricably connected to a personal lesson or an opportunity to apply spiritual or universal laws in everyday life. Rather than seeing financial hardships as some sort of punishment or mistakenly assuming that the experience of poverty can somehow make someone more “spiritual,” the Cayce readings suggest that, when seen correctly, the process of achieving economic healing can embody a worthwhile experience in personal growth.
Results on the most current project include the following:
- On the very day the prosperity project began, A.R.E. got a contract on a piece of property it owns in another state and has been trying to sell for five years!
- General contributions to the organization for the month of December 2013 were 39% higher than for the month of December the year before.
- One group member discovered that an outstanding debt that she had been paying on for years would actually be paid off eight months earlier than she had thought.
- Another group member got an unexpected check for $750—the very amount needed to pay a couple of unexpected repairs.
Because of the overwhelming positive experiences with the project – most notably the ability to maintain an awareness of our ongoing connection to spirit—the supply source of all that exists, the board has decided to continue their experiment and is inviting anyone interested to participate as well. If you would like to participate, in addition to some of the practices listed above, you may wish to focus on an affirmation like the following for a few minutes each day:
In the name of the Christ Spirit (or the Divine Spirit), I am thankful for all that I have been provided. I choose to be a good steward of all the abundance that flows to and through me. I also affirm and appreciate all the abundance that flows to the A.R.E., enabling the organization to help people change their lives for the better in many different ways. Amen.
If you participate in the project for several weeks or more and have any experiences you feel are connected to your participation, please send them to us at ARE@edgarcayce.org. If we decide to use some of these experiences in an upcoming article, all names will be kept in the strictest confidence.
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Dealing with Difficult Astrological Influences
By Nicholas Theo
For the past several years, some alarmists have warned of potential widespread cataclysms that await us as we live through the long-running dance of the “Pluto in Capricorn-Uranus in Aries” square from 2010-15. Recently, this aspect last touched exact during the holidays; and in April, several other planets will make exact aspects to this same square. As a result, there is energy for a reshuffling in economic and social conditions. However, there is a flipside to the energy contained within this square that is frequently overlooked: it offers the added benefit of momentum for inner change and direction. If there ever is a period when you want to make lasting change in your life, then now is the time to harness this energy to your benefit.
One of the greatest insights that the Cayce readings offer to astrology is that at its core astrology’s prime purpose is meant as a guide or road map for our individual potential soul growth rather than as a mere method of prediction. Therefore, we are not meant to be helpless spectators in a world that is subject to the fixed effects of the planetary motions within our solar system. We specifically incarnate Earth for the purpose of enacting our will and direction within this dimension. The readings remind us that,
“Astrological urges are not existent because of the position of the Sun, Moon, or any planet at the time of birth, but rather because the soul-entity is a part of the Universal Consciousness and has dwelt in those environs. Thus they yield, or wield, an influence upon individual application of spiritual or mental truths or laws, as they are brought into material manifestations.” (Edgar Cayce reading 2132-1)
The readings go on to state that through free will, we have the ability to harness these energies: “Yet no influence of any nature—astrologically, hereditary or environmental—surpasses the will of the entity, the birthright of each and every soul.” (Reading 2505-1)
Looking at astrology from this viewpoint, it is clear that every person has the ability to use the planetary energies to direct change and movement of activity within their respective lives. Specifically, as we look at the Pluto in Capricorn/Uranus in Aries square, it generally represents a tension in striking the balance between holding onto the status quo (Capricorn) while there is revolutionary change (Aries), and we are witnessing this tension on a grand scale as we project it into our political and popular cultures. The tension of the Pluto-Uranus square then seems overwhelming. Yet, remember that all soul growth and understanding is internal, and it is as Cayce frequently stated that “mind is the builder.” Through meditation and prayer and our attitudes and emotions we can set our intentions.
The energies of this square bring changes and sometimes upheavals into our lives. However, we are amply shown by the world around us that change is a constant: observe nature as the flora and fauna adjust and thrive through the ever-changing tides and seasons. So, we too, need to learn to observe the energy that is activated in the current season, and then make appropriate actions that improve our situation.
Pluto and Uranus
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Probably the greatest benefit of this square is that it plainly shows us where in our lives we outgrew a situation, and there is then a need to set our sights on a better foundation. When we experience long-running tension, it is a sign that we are afraid to welcome this new energy space. It is akin to wearing old clothes that no longer fit you. It may be your favorite shirt, but if it is too small or threadbare, what is the shirt’s true worth to you? It is the same thing with our beliefs. Sometimes we get so used to a belief or thinking pattern that we forget to step back and see if that belief is still useful to us. Circumstances, at times, then force us to focus on what needs to be changed so we are better able to meet our highest good.
If you find yourself in a circumstance that is stressful or at an impasse, remember to use your inner tools at hand: meditation, prayer, and dream analysis. By going within and listening, you connect with a deep wisdom that gives you the means of transformation from that situation and into creating the movement and momentum necessary for you to meet your right place.
At the very least always bless where you are and the people in your life, since criticizing or condemning your situation only ties you to it negatively and stagnates your movement. When you bless, you not only free yourself from the tension generated from an internal impasse, but indirectly you also lessen the perceived negative impact of the Pluto-Uranus square in our politics and culture by no longer projecting your restricted energy into the mix. Instead you now come from a point of peace, a centered and directed agent who uses the energies generated from the Pluto-Uranus square for positive change.
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.
The All-important Acid/Alkaline
Balance in the Diet
by Carolyn D'Our
Although there are hundreds of diets and countless books written about them, when it comes to good health, the Edgar Cayce readings talk a lot about alkalinity and your pH. So what exactly is pH, and how does it affect your health? pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution as it relates to the concentration of hydrogen ions or, in this case, the tissues and fluids of a person’s body. The pH scale range is from 0-14. Neutral solutions, such as pure water, have a pH of about seven. Solutions lower than 7 are considered acidic: greater than 7 are alkaline.
The body functions optimally at an alkaline pH of approximately 7.35–7.45; any deviation just above or below this range can result in illness. Acid-base balance is maintained in the body by a number of intricate systems, of which the three primary ones are the blood, the respiratory system, and the kidneys. Illness or disease is a result of too much acid waste products in the tissues of the body. In fact, just as Edgar Cayce noted, an abnormal bacteria, fungus, or virus in the body can only survive in an acid environment. Unfortunately, acid waste that is not eliminated in a timely manner is reabsorbed from the colon into the liver and placed back into the general circulation.
It is thought that creating a more alkaline environment in the body can help prevent cancer. How then, does diet play a role in acid-base balance and cancer? All ingested substances, whether food, drink, medications, or supplements, and all circumstances, whether mental, physical, or emotional, that affect the body leave behind either an acid or alkaline (basic) ash residue in the body. Researchers have found that cold germs and flu viruses and other diseases, such as cancer, need an acid environment in order to grow and thrive. The goal, therefore, for health is to maintain a pH that is just slightly on the alkaline side. This is done by what many researchers refer to as the 80/20 rule in which 80 percent of the foods eaten are alkaline reacting, and 20 percent are acid reacting. This is the same recommendation given in the readings. In general, most fruits, vegetables, and herbs are alkaline-reacting while protein foods, starches, sugary foods (i.e., candy, cake), most dairy, and prescription drugs are acid-reacting.
Ironically, the Food Guide Pyramid recommended by the USDA, if followed as designed, actually promotes an acidic pH. The pyramid recommends two to three servings per day from the milk/dairy group, two to three servings from the meat group, three to five servings from the vegetable group, two to four servings from the fruit group, six to eleven servings from the bread/starch group, and to use fats, oils, and sweets sparingly. Thus, 65–67 percent of the pyramid is from foods that are acid-forming and 33–35 percent from alkaline-reacting foods. There has been much controversy surrounding the Food Guide Pyramid, with many opponents arguing that it should promote a healthier, plant-based diet. In addition, proponents argue that it was biased from the start, because it was developed by a group of people with strong ties to the dairy and beef industries whose goal was to promote their own products. In fact, in 2000, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) won a nine-month legal battle against the USDA for this very reason.
In the long run, the best diet to follow is one that promotes an alkaline pH using the 80/20 rule. The diet that best epitomizes this rule is the Edgar Cayce diet. This diet has been around for more than 60 years, and several books have been written about it (visit ARECatalog.com). Of course, it can be a challenge to practice this lifestyle, and even those of us who are educated on the effects of food and pH stray off course from time to time; however, just being aware of the effect of what you eat is half the battle.
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Carolyn D'Our, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian with a passion for holistic healing. Having one foot in each camp, so-to-speak, she likes to combine her knowledge of conventional nutrition with her love for holistic methods. Her interest in alternative therapies was born after the death of her father from cancer. The information in this blog comes from a variety of sources including conventional medicine, holistic therapies, and the Edgar Cayce readings. Cayce was considered the father of American holistic medicine and a medical clairvoyant. Carolyn D'Our is author of Cancer Remedies that the Medical Establishment Doesn't Want You to Use which discusses successful alternative cancer therapies and why the medical establishment is hiding them from the public. Her website is HealthyNutritionOptions.com.
Disclaimer: The treatment options discussed herein are provided for your consideration and educational purposes only. Should the reader choose to utilize any of the information herein, it is done so entirely at the reader's discretion and risk. The author is not liable for the misconception or misuse of information provided. The information provided herein is not intended to replace the advice of your physician or a competent professional.
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