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Major Astrological Influences for 2015

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Major Astrological Influences for 2015
By Nicholas Theo




As we enter the final weeks of 2014, many of us are wondering what is in store for us in 2015. In 2014, we saw the peak of a multi-year (2012-15) Grand Cross anchored by a Pluto in Capricorn squaring Uranus in Aries. This square picks up on some themes from the 1960s when, in 1965-67, a Pluto and Uranus conjunction ushered in a period of rapid social change. Consequently, we are living through a time of rapid change. In 2008, when Pluto entered Capricorn, its transformative energy exposed an imbalanced world economy, so when we add the energy of the square, an aspect of inner tension propelling towards change, it is not only the structure that shifted, but it is also a time of involuntary stretching and growth. We feel a sense of uncertainty from a crowding of ominous news events while in contrast, there are some areas that are seemingly stuck.


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On a more personal level, this energy broke down routine patterns in our lives though job losses and health problems. December 15 and March 16 bring the final two exact squares of Uranus and Pluto, so we are on the downside of the force of its energy; and as we progress through 2015, we will see an easing of this tension. The lesson of that energy in the past three years was for us to find our grounding from within. Remember, permanent security is not found in external circumstance but through connecting with our divine source from within. Although seemingly traumatic, many of the changes we went through were guiding us away from experiences no longer needed, no matter how comfortable, and bringing us into new spaces that challenge our growth and help us better define our true purpose and creative intent.


While Neptune ambles along in its home sign of Pisces in 2015, Saturn enters Sagittarius shortly before the New Year. With the exception of June 16 to September 17, when Saturn moves temporarily back into Scorpio, its focal energies turn toward higher education, law, publishing, and spiritual beliefs. In the next two years, we will see more news stories about challenges to the structure of college education and the best methods to train the workforce. Some debates should arise on civil and international law in 2015, while religious groups take a deeper look at their core beliefs. This may lead to splits, or the threat of splits, within these groups. The publishing industry also should go through reorganization and further adjustments.


zodiac-2015In 2015, Jupiter transits through Leo until August 11, when it moves into Virgo. This planet of expansion shines on Leo, which ignites our creativity before it shifts its energy into Virgo, thus the latter part of the year will find the focus is on more technical and down-to-earth things. Don’t be too surprised to see some announcements on breakthroughs in medicine and technology. More specifically, there may be new studies coming out about the body, mind, and spirit connection to illness as well as “future” technologies that are quickly adapted into the regular routine of daily living.


Eclipse seasons in 2015 will occur near the spring and autumn equinoxes. Eclipses tend to bring situations to a head for people who have a planet located immediately on or in opposition to an eclipse. On March 20, a solar eclipse occurs in the very last moments of Pisces just hours before the vernal equinox, while a lunar eclipse on April 4 falls in mid-Libra. Then the next solar eclipse occurs on September 13 at 20 degrees Virgo, and a lunar eclipse at 4 degrees Aries on September 27 rounds out the year.


Whenever a planet moves retrograde, it is a time for inner listening and reflection. The most well-known retrograde cycle is of Mercury. In 2015, Mercury goes retrograde three times: January 22 to February 11; May 18 to June 11; and September 17 to October 9. During these dates, just stop, look, and listen. Frequently, Mercury retrograde brings insights and new information that is helpful to your decision-making, thus the advice to hold still and wait. Once Mercury moves direct, you can use this new information to your advantage.


It is vital to remember that the planets do not cause events, nor are you helpless as the planets move through their regular cycles. Although your personal circumstances may be troubled from the recent events, know that these energies cleared away what was no longer necessary. Go within, and let your meditations, prayers, and dreams guide you towards your best outcome. Each of us has a divine connection to the living source of God.



Nicholas Theo Blog 02142014Nicholas 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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Baptism into Death and Beyond

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Baptism into Death and Beyond
by Dr. Pam Bro



telephone - blogOn All Souls Day, November 2, I found myself musing about death—especially loved ones who’ve died.  When I was in college, my grandmother died.  My mom decided not to tell me so as not to upset my studies, but when I found out two months later what she had done, I was furious!  I wanted to be able to say goodbye to my beloved piano teacher and baker and big-bosomed, great hugger, Nana—and I felt cheated.  I ranted and cried but felt no relief.  A few weeks later, I had a dream.  In it, Nana called me on the telephone, and I was overjoyed because, though I knew she was dead, here she was talking with me.  “Nana,” I cried out, “I love you so much!” And she was so happy to hear my voice that she died (again)!


I don’t possess the gift of talking to dead people, even loved ones of mine who have passed on.  There are plenty of folks around this area who do, I suspect.  Maybe even you, dear reader.  I used to live in the world of "certainties" and PhD's, but more and more I’m choosing to live in the world of Mysteries, of the Unknown or Not-understood.  I’m choosing to act on faith from what Edgar Cayce, Dr. Eben Alexander, and others tell us—that consciousness is not tied to the brain, but pre-exists our life and lives on after our death. And as the souls of our beloveds travel on to the next realm(s), they might still appreciate a word of love or encouragement from us. It can’t hurt, and maybe it even cheers them.  It can certainly help us cope.


My dear friend John Alton died a year ago. He was 60 years old and succumbed to a ravaging cancer after putting up a super-human fight. When he was near the end of his journey, he wanted to come to my house to visit the bay with me one more time. He never made it. The night he died, around midnight, I jerked around in my bed sensing someone had entered my room. I suspected it was John, popping in to say farewell. Now it was my turn to say good bye.


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The next day dawned, an exquisitely sunny, clear sky, fall day. As I walked out over the dunes and onto our bay beach, thinking about special times with John, I spotted fishermen desperately hauling their nets onto the sand. It seemed like they had inadvertently caught a whole school of young fish—“gilled” them, one told me. The fish were too young to eat, yet once they were hooked into the net, you couldn’t easily release them without tearing their gills and killing them. As hundreds flopped helplessly on the beach, I managed to carefully remove dozens of them, flinging them back into the life-giving salt water. Many swam back to their home in the sea, but after an hour, I was exhausted. 


Reluctantly, I admitted to God, “Well, I just can’t save them all. I guess I couldn’t save John with my love, and now I have to let him go back to his home in you, don't I?”


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Somehow, I felt relief as I walked back down the beach. All of a sudden, I was gripped with the notion to dive into the gentle surf, jeans and all, to baptize myself and John into our new lives. So I did it, and it was glorious! The water was warm and welcoming, the sun so bright—I felt God’s blessing all around us.


It is good to remember your life, John—our deep friendship, your death, our parting, and our baptisms—“Hey, buddy, we got to share in your final wish, after all!”  Selah.




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Dr. Pamela Bro is a spiritual counselor for the A.R.E. Health Center & Spa, founder and pastor of Living Waters, a dynamic motivational speaker and workshop leader, and a former associate pastor at Yale University. She holds her doctorate in theology and anthropology from the Chicago Theological Seminary, her masters in divinity from Union Seminary, and her masters in theatre from Schiller College, Berlin, Germany. She has enriched her field of spiritual counseling through her work with the Lakota Indians, Mindfulness Training with Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, and more than forty years of work with the Cayce readings. She has opened to many paths of spirituality and draws upon many spiritual traditions and practices. She is also the author of the book WomanQuest: A Trail Guide to Life (womanquest.org).

 

Only a Dream?

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Only a Dream?
By Yvonne P. Gleason



“Anything of importance that will ever happen to you will be previewed in a dream.” — Awakening Your Psychic Powers: An Edgar Cayce Guide
by Henry Reed PhD.

One night when I was a child, I had a vivid dream that shook me to my bones. In this dream, my dad died in a car accident while driving to work. When I woke up, the dream seemed so real that I believed it.


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The next morning at the breakfast table, while Dad was still upstairs, I told my mom about the dream. I told her that I didn’t want Dad to go to work. I thought if he did, he might die.


My mom said, “Oh honey, it was just a bad dream. Don’t tell your father. It’ll only upset him.”


“If it was just a dream, why can’t I tell him?” I asked


“Your father has enough pressure at work and he really doesn’t need to hear negative things right now.”


I persisted. “But Mom, I really think I should tell him. Please?”


“No. Please, honey, don’t upset him with this. Promise me.”


I didn’t want to upset my dad. Besides, Mom was always right about things. She was probably right about this too. Maybe I was getting worked up for nothing. It probably was just a bad dream—a nightmare.


“O.K., Mom. I won’t tell him,” I promised.


I let go of the issue and dug into my cereal. As Dad made his way out the door, I said, “I love you, Dad.”


He winked at me and said, “I love you too, Golden-girl,” just like always.


I grabbed my books and walked to school. By lunch, I’d forgotten about the dream.


Later that night I sat down to the dinner table as usual. My mom had dinner ready to serve, but Dad wasn’t home yet. Six-thirty came and went. Still no Dad.


I looked at the painting of Mary Poppins on the wall across from the table. It was bought after Mom had taken me to see the movie Mary Poppins years ago. I loved the movie because Mary Poppins helped Mr. Banks get closer to his children, Jane and Michael. It wasn’t until Jane and Michael wrote the want-ad for a nanny that Mary Poppins showed up and changed everything.


I didn’t need Mary Poppins, because my dad was always here for me at six o’clock sharp. It was a familiar routine to give him a big hug when he came home.


But tonight he wasn’t here. The tick-tick of the clock began to sound louder and slower than usual. Every second turned into an eternity.


Finally Mom picked up the phone and dialed the office. “An hour ago? Are you sure? Okay. Thank you.”


She hung up the phone. “He left at five o’clock, as usual.”


Seven-thirty came and went. I didn’t move from the table.


Mom started pacing. “Maybe he ran an errand. But I don’t remember him telling me . . .”


No matter how hard I tried to believe that he’d gone to the store or some other place, I really felt like something bad had happened to Dad.


“Why don’t you eat? It’s late,” Mom said.


I shook my head. “I’m not hungry.” The kitchen had grown bigger, hollow and otherworldly with the constant heavy strike of the second hand.


I looked through the sliding glass door that led to our backyard. There was no wind tonight, and I was old enough to know that Mary Poppins wouldn’t sweep down from the sky with her umbrella to help me or Mom.


I began to write my own want-ad in my head:


Dear God,
Please help us stay together. Please find my dad.


Then a few minutes before eight o’clock, my dad walked up to the sliding glass door along with a police officer. In one hand, Dad held his briefcase; in the other, the snow scraper from his car. His eyes were wide as if he was permanently surprised. Mom opened the door. I yelled, “Dad!” and ran to him.


The officer said that my dad was in a car accident while driving home from work. Dad further explained how he’d been pushed down a steep ravine to the very edge, with his car swaying back and forth, ready to drop at any moment. He’d had to be carefully maneuvered from the car.


Suddenly I understood that one move in the wrong direction would have meant disaster. My father had almost died.


blog-flowers11-2014Later that night, with the three of us finally sitting at the dinner table, Mom said, “Isn’t that strange? Your dream last night?”


Suddenly I remembered the terrible dream.


Dad asked, “What dream?”


I told him all about it. My mom apologized for not letting me tell. Dad said he believed it was a premonition.


Even though in my dream Dad was going to work, not coming from work, I knew it was a premonition. I felt grateful that part of my dream hadn’t come true. Dad was alive and here with us.


Dad leaned across the table and said, “The next time you have a dream like that, you let us both know.”


I said, “Okay, I promise.” To this day I’ve kept that promise.


Since that event, I’ve had many precognitive dreams. Some concerning my father; some concerning other loved ones. Over time, I’ve learned to discern which dreams are precognitive and which are not. The precognitive ones bring a sense of urgency to tell a particular person the information in the dream.


Perhaps when all of our souls are on the “other side,” before we’re born, we make promises to warn each other of what’s to come, as a form of protection, or a form of love. I just know that I’m thankful for all of my dreams and the guidance they continue to bring.


Precognitive dreams can come to anyone. I wasn’t “special” when mine started happening. I was just a girl going to elementary school, playing with friends, and making sure I finished my homework on time.


All my life I’ve kept a journal, starting at a very early age. My journals included writing down my dreams and trying to interpret them. Edgar Cayce said that dream journals not only help us to remember our dreams more clearly each time we dream, but they help to keep us open to receiving new dreams and the guidance that comes through them.



Yvonne Gleason Blog 112-14Yvonne P. Gleason has always been fascinated by dreams and their meanings. Her journals usually have plenty of dreams—some with messages—and some still left to be “translated.” Currently she is taking a course on dream interpretation at Atlantic University as part of the Spiritual Guidance Mentor Training certificate program. This is her first blog post for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.

 

The Opposite of War and the Secret of Creativity

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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.


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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.”


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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.


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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?


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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!


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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!


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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 conf 80x100Meryl 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.


Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Institute_of_Peace
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_War

 

Edgar Cayce’s Aurascope—Progress Report

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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)

aurascope being testedI’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.


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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.


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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?


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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: aurascope@info-1.com.





Sidney Kirkpatrick Legacy 2014Sidney 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.

 

 

October Update 2014

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October Update
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:


Library Endowment Fund 10-2014
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: pat@edgarcayce.org. Thank you!


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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 info@caycereilly.edu. 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
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.


Contemporary Cayce: A Complete Exploration Using Today’s Science and Philosophy 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!


Cuba Tours 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.


A.R.E. CAMP
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


 blog Dreams and Visions 102014SHARE WHAT MATTERS MOST WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MATTER MOST!
You’ll save 50% and they’ll enjoy benefits for a full year and receive a special gift: the book Dreams & Visions by Edgar Cayce In addition to our beautiful body-mind-spirit magazine Venture Inward, online access to a searchable database with all of Edgar Cayce’s readings, exclusive audio and video media, and a 20% discount on all A.R.E. Press products, your gift recipient will receive the Edgar Cayce Series book Dreams & Visions with Cayce’s insight and guidance for better dream recall, understanding and interpreting dreams, heightened ESP, and even better sleep (retail price $15.95).


Call us toll-free (1-800-333-4499 in the U.S. or Canada; or 757-428-3588, ext. 0, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday thru Friday and mention code MGIFT4Q. Visit EdgarCayce.org/gift for details. If all of our Members were to share the hopeful and healthful information of the Edgar Cayce legacy with a gift to a single friend, we could double our membership!


NEWS FROM OUR DEVELOPMENT OFFICE:
Consider joining the Good Karma Club, our monthly giving club where giving a little each month means a whole lot. Start by donating just $20 or more each month. Or, if you donate $85 or more, you become a member of our Golden Circle as well, and you get invited to several special events each year. Whatever you give, I hope you’ll remember that your gift helps souls all over our planet. www.EdgarCayce.org/donate.


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 susan.luscomb@edgarcayce.org or Marianna Theo at 757-457-7215 or email marianna.theo@edgarcayce.org.





 


Wishing each and every one of you a wonderful fall season!
Ever the same,


Ever the same,
k.todeschi-signature102014
Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO


 

Annual Conference in Sweden, Big Success

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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.


Sweden Conference 2014


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.


Chairpersons Sweden Conference
Conference Chairpersons


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.


John Van Auken Sweden Conference


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!”


Exercises Sweden Conference
Exercises


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.”




Photos: ©gosta@coming.se

 

Cayce Astrology as a Tool for Self-Understanding

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Cayce Astrology as a Tool
for Self-Understanding
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. 
AstrologyPlanets


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) 

 

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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.

DirectionReflecting 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 TheoNicholas 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.


To order your personalized Astrology Chart, visit ARECatalog.com.


References
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.

 

Good For Everyone Herbal Tonic

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"Good For Everyone" Herbal Tonic
By Bruce Baar, MS, ND



Edgar Cayce How to Develop Psychic AbilityIt was a day in late March of 1929, just at the beginning of spring, when the sleeping Edgar Cayce offered an herbal formula intended for both individual and more general use. Miss [5450], the reading recipient, was a young woman of 19 years whose skin was marred by a severe case of skin blemishes that she was understandably anxious to resolve.


The first reading in her series of three had taken place in Virginia Beach, Va. Here the underlying cause, reflected in the poor state of the young woman’s complexion, was identified as a number of spinal lesions, especially in the dorsal (thoracic) and lumbar areas. The effect of the resulting "pressures" on the elimination systems was a throwing of toxins into the circulation. The detrimental effects that resulted included toxemia, headaches, chronic low grade fever, a tendency toward both colitis and ulcers, and the appearance of pockets of infection, or boils, on the surface of the skin. Other symptoms included nausea, weakness, tingling of extremities, heavy feet, abdominal distress, and extreme sleepiness.


Cayce’s primary treatment recommendation had been a series of osteopathic adjustments supplemented by doses of Simmons Liver Regulator (a ragweed-based preparation, which is no longer available. Substitute this with Baar Ragweed Tincture) for intestinal cleansing, hot Epsom salts poultices over the lower spine and hips, Violet Ray applications to the eyes, a balanced diet, and Tim (now called Tibbex™) as a liniment for the boils.


Her initial reading was followed by two check readings, and it was noted that some of the treatments originally prescribed were not being followed.


Reading 5450-3 found general improvements but insufficient change in elimination patterns to clear the skin. Now Cayce advised eliminating all sugars from the diet and increasing savory foods. Spinal adjustments were to be continued, as were the colon cleanses and the use of a mineral-based laxative.


Also recommended was a new herbal formulation with the provocative comment, "and this would be good for everyone as a spring tonic…" This is an old-fashioned term for the custom of the annual springtime purge that helps the body release toxins accumulated during a long sluggish winter. This formula, different from the first, consisted of sarsaparilla root, wild cherry bark, dogfennel, yellow dock root, dogwood bark, and prickly ash bark, with balsam of tolu, oil of sassafras, and tincture of capsici. As Cayce observed, "This will assist in clarifying the whole system."


Reports do not indicate whether any of these recommendations were actually followed. Indeed, correspondence more than 35 years later suggests that they were not and that the health issues under discussion were not resolved: "So it seems to us that those lesions in [5450]’s spine were never fully corrected and that she needs the osteopathic treatments especially, with the other general cleansing treatments and tonics recommended in her own readings."


Fortunately for us, the New Seasons™, Herbal Tonic 545™ is now one that anyone can easily obtain. As an internal cleanser and energizer, it is ready to give the body a needed boost at any time of year. All ingredients work together for a specially calculated purpose, although it is also worthwhile to consider some of these herbs individually.


Traditionally regarded as a stimulant and blood purifier, sarsaparilla was valued by Cayce for its strengthening effect on the stomach and intestinal system:


"The Sarsaparilla Root is an emit, or a strengthener to the activities of the secretions in the stomach and intestinal tract." (Edgar Cayce reading #643-1)


"The Sarsaparilla works with the gastric juices of the stomach, and the eliminations in the peristaltic movement through the intestinal tract." (Edgar Cayce reading #1012-1)


The bark of various kinds of cherries, including the black or wild cherry, has been employed as a sedative, stomach soother, cough remedy, and tonic for general weakness. Cayce emphasizes its stimulating effect on the respiratory system:


"The Wild Cherry Bark is an expectorant and a purifier, as combined especially with the other ingredients for the blood supply." (643-1)


"The active principle from the Wild Cherry Bark with the other ingredients is a stimulation to the lungs, throat and bronchials and those organs above the diaphragm." (2790-1)


Yellow dock has deep roots used for various tonic purposes and for its effect on various internal organs:

"The Yellow Dock Root is an emit and blood purifier, an active principle with the secretions of the liver." (643-1)


"The Yellow Dock acts with the DIGESTIVE fluids themselves." (1012-1)

Prickly ash bark has been used in folk medicine as a diuretic, heart remedy, specific for liver complaints and all-around general stimulant. Cayce focuses especially on the liver:


"The Prickly Ash Bark is for the blood supply, as acted upon in the emunctory forces of the liver itself proper." (2790-1)


"The Prickly Ash Bark acts directly with the activative forces in the liver itself, in the gall duct, and as a stimulant to the pancreas and spleen’s activity." (1012-1)


These and the other ingredients work together to ensure that New Seasons™, Herbal Tonic 545™ is an excellent tonic for anyone’s needs at every season of the year!



Bruce Baar, MS, ND 092014Dr. Bruce Baar is founder and CEO of Baar Products, Inc. He has a Doctorate in Naturopathy, a Masters in Health, and worked for 18 years in the medical diagnostic industry. He started Baar Products as a health care and personal care company and Nature’s Blessing™ as a high-quality supplement line. The new facility in Pennsylvania is run on solar power—clean, sustainable energy, and environmentally friendly Solar Crafted™. Dr. Baar has lectured around the world on a variety of health topics that inform, encourage, and empower us to take charge of our health choices and decisions. Merging his knowledge of traditional health care with alternative therapies, Dr. Baar has developed an enterprise team that serves those seeking to impact their mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. Baar Products is the Official Worldwide Supplier of Edgar Cayce Health Care items. Visit Baar.com for more information.

 

The Future of the “Stone of Destiny” in Question

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The Future of the
“Stone of Destiny” in Question
By Adrian Gilbert




As the September 18, 2014, date approaches for a vote on the referendum in Scotland to determine whether or not to leave the United Kingdom, a dilemma is brewing over the future of the “Stone of Destiny.” According to Adrian Gilbert, who researched the history of the stone for his book Secrets of the Stone Destiny: Legend, History, and Prophecy, this unassuming block of stone has an unusual history and a prophetic destiny. Currently, the stone resides in Edinburgh Castle, having been returned to Scotland in 1996 from England where it had witnessed the coronations of nearly all of England’s monarchs in Westminster Abbey since 1296. If Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom, the Royal Family will face a dilemma: should they demand that the stone be returned to England, for the next coronation?


stone of scone replica
A Replica of the Stone of Scone
Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/


Known also as “Jacob’s Pillow,” “Lia-fail,” and the “Stone of Scone,” this block of sandstone with two rusted handles protruding from its ends, is quite unspectacular. Yet, much older than the Crown Jewels, it is of enormous cultural and symbolic significance. The stone had been an object of veneration to the Scots, who believed that “while it remained in the country, the State would be unshaken.” Seated upon it, their kings were traditionally crowned at Scone Abbey, the last being John Balliol in 1292. In 1296, the stone was appropriated by King Edward I of England (1239-1307) and taken back to Westminster Abbey in London. Thereafter nearly all the Kings and Queens of England (and after 1603 of Great Britain) have been crowned on Edward's throne with the stone embedded in its base.



Coronation Chair Stone of Scone
The Stone of Scone in the Coronation Chair
at Westminster Abbey, 1855.
Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/


On Christmas Eve 1950, the stone was stolen by a group of Scottish students and taken back to Scotland. It was returned a few months later, well in time for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. On November 30, 1996, with official sanction, the stone was again returned to Scotland—in time to mark the 700th anniversary of its removal from Scone. This was done at the request of Michael Forsyth, Secretary of State for Scotland. He had seen cabinet papers dating from 1950 that promised the students that the stone would eventually be returned to Scotland. Under the 50-year rule, these papers would soon be released and, he believed, cause embarrassment to Scottish MPs of the Conservative Government. He warned Prime Minister John Major that Alex Salmond (the leader of the Scottish National Party) could be relied upon to harness any feelings of grievance over the issue in his on-going campaign for an independent Scotland.


Though the secretary of state had maybe exaggerated the case, as a Scottish Conservative he had good reason to be concerned. He and Major knew they needed to do something to counterbalance the view that the English Conservative establishment was out of touch with Scottish opinion. In this context, returning the Stone of Destiny to Scotland seemed like a gesture well worth making. With luck it would garner them a few more votes and help to maintain the union between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.


In the end, the gesture proved futile. The 1997 election saw the Conservatives lose their last Parliamentary seat in Scotland while a new Labour Government took power with Tony Blair. Blair, the new PM, immediately set about devolving power from Westminster to a new Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Since then the impetus for full Scottish independence has snow-balled. Today Alex Salmond is “First Minister” in Tony Blair's devolved Edinburgh Parliament. If his Scottish Nationalist Party wins the forthcoming referendum, then he will become the first Prime Minister of a fully independent Scotland since 1707. Perhaps, therefore, the return of the stone was a matter of destiny and was prophetic of the break-up of the United Kingdom.




Adrian Gilbert blog 2014Adrian Gilbert was born near London, where he attended St. Edmunds College as well as the University of Kent at Canterbury. In 1992, he met Robert Bauval and together they wrote what was to become an international bestseller, The Orion Mystery. Adrian has appeared in a number of documentaries, including two for the BBC: The Great Pyramid, Gateway to the Stars, and The Crystal Skulls. His A.R.E. Press book, Secrets of the Stone of Destiny: Legend, History, and Prophecy, is available from ARECatalog.com.

 

 

Peopling of the Americas

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Peopling of the Americas
By John Fuhler



The Edgar Cayce readings document a complex process for the peopling of the Western Hemisphere. According to the readings, the “red race” appeared in the American Southwest and the “brown race” appeared in the Andes. Lemurians settled parts of the American Southwest. Then, Atlanteans arrived in multiple waves, settling eastern North America and parts of South America. At a later date, natives from the Yucatan and from South America settled parts of the American Southeast.


Also identified are several other groups that influenced the Americas, including what the readings call “The Lost Tribes” or “The Children of Promise.” These epithets refer to the Children of Israel who were dispersed to the nations when Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem and razed King Solomon’s temple. The readings refer to another group as “those who crossed Beringia.” These were the people from East Asia who crossed the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska some time during the most recent Great Ice Age. The third group, the “Norsemen,” or Vikings, came from the Norse land, or what is now known as Norway.


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Beringia area coverage
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At least six life readings indicate that the Lost Tribes (or Children of Promise) settled areas of the Aleutians and parts of the American Southwest.



…the entity was among those when the strangers from the East…the remnants of those people who were of the tribes that were lost…that had settled in the Aleutian Islands… (Edgar Cayce Reading 620-1)


…the entity was in the…land of nativity…when there were the activities of those peoples that were dispersed by the carrying away of the children of promise into captivity…who escaped across the waters into what is now the southwestern portion of…(America). (Edgar Cayce Reading 2540-1)


Only one reading refers to trans-Beringia migrants:


Before this we find the entity was during those periods when there were the settlings in the land that is now known as the Northwest, when there were the entering into this land of those peoples from across what is now known as Alaska or Bering Straits, those individuals that journeyed into the lands now known as the Columbia River section. (Edgar Cayce Reading 620-1)


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And some 18 readings reveal that America was populated by peoples from the Norse land. Their activities extended from as far south as New York State, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and as far west as Minnesota.


…we find the entity, from the Norse land, came with those groups who remained in that known as Vinland, or a portion of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts… (1650-1)


…the entity was in the Norse land…and made many of the excursions into the various parts and lands. And that which eventually came to be the short way across New York State… (3042-1)


Before that the entity was in the Norse land, among those who journeyed into the greater western portion or near to the central portion of Minnesota… (3651-1)

The evidence for the presence of these groups in the Americas varies in quality. An abundance of anecdotal stories of the Lost Tribes in the Americas has circulated since the 16th century, but to date no incontrovertible evidence has surfaced.i In regard to those who crossed Beringia and the Norsemen, we stand on much firmer ground. Genetic and linguistic evidence affirms that the former refers to the ancestors of the Athabascan Indians, whose languages are closely related to Chinese and Tibetan.ii And the first confirmation of Norsemen in North America outside Greenland came to light in the 1960s, when archaeologists discovered unequivocal evidence at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. Since then several Norse sites have been confirmed on Baffin Island, Canada, as well as on Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland. iii


The readings provide information about two other possible influences on the Americas: Aliens and Phoenicians.


The entity was among the priestesses of the Mayan experience. It was just before that period when…there were the beginnings of the unfoldments of the understanding that there were…those that were visiting from other worlds or planets. (1616-1)


…the entity’s own peoples then were the first of the Syro-Phoenician groups extended off the borders of the Mediterranean; yea…even into the Sargasso Sea… (1159-1)


Although a modicum of evidence for the presence of the Phoenicians in America existsiv, the readings provide no information about that. Repeatedly various disciplines have confirmed the veracity of certain details provided by the readings. Many other details await corroboration. And so the stage was set for the great influx of Europeans that began in the 16th and 17th centuries that changed forever the cultures and civilizations they found.


John Fuhler Blog 072-013John 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 Nova has an interesting article covering this topic at their website: pbs.org/wgbh/nova/israel/losttribes2.html
ii Ruhlen, Merritt. 1991. A Guide to the World’s Languages. Vol. 1: Classification. Stanford University Press: Stanford. 388-9.
iiinews.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/10/121019-viking-outpost-second-new-canada-science-sutherland/; lanseauxmeadowsnewfoundland.com and livescience.com/37189-new-viking-voyage-discovered.html
iv Fell, Barry. America B.C.: Ancient Settlers in the New World. (Revised ed.)  

 

PATIENCE A Dimension of Consciousness

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PATIENCE
A Dimension of Consciousness

By John Van Auken



Edgar Cayce has a strange and fascinating perspective on patience. To him, patience is not just a virtue but also another dimension. “Time, space, and patience are those channels through which man as a finite mind may become aware of the infinite,” he explained. (Edgar Cayce Reading 3161-1) But then, in the same reading, he goes on to say, “There is no time, no space, when patience becomes manifested in love.” He explains, “Love unbounded is patience. Love manifested is patience.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 262-24)


Time as Illusion


When patience becomes an active principle in our lives, we rise above the boundaries of time and space. Our finite mind and our human side hold us in the dimensions of time and space but we have access to our infinite mind. Our Christ-like side can and will lift us beyond time and space. “Self in the physical grows weary, because you are only human, because you are finite; you have a beginning, you have an end of your patience, your love, your hope, your fear, your desire. But when these problems arise know you cannot walk the whole way alone, but He has promised in the Christ-Consciousness to give you strength, to give you life and that more abundant.” (3161-1) “In patience run the race that is set before you, looking to Him, the author, the giver of light, truth, and immortality. That should be the central theme in every individual.” (262-24)


Patience is not passive endurance and submissiveness. It is active, transforming, and filled with the power of God in action. “Taking or enduring hardships, or censure, or idiosyncrasies of others, is not necessarily patience at all.” (262-24) “Patience is active rather than passive.” (262-26) In one of his wonderful twists, Cayce asks us to consider the patience of God’s relationship with man. How has God manifested His/Her patience with us? Has He taken away free will? Has He crushed evildoers? Banned non-believers? Cayce notes “God is God of those who hate Him as well as of those who love Him. He is patient, He is kind, He is merciful.” (254-115) Again, Cayce expresses an active quality to patience:

“Love unbounded is patience. Love manifested is patience.... Remove self far from criticisms or fault-findings in others, and there comes then patience in word, deed, and act.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 262-24)


Actively trying to resist finding fault or criticizing others is patience. Actively trying to manifest love, when it hurts, is patience.


Cayce says, “Not in submissiveness alone, but in righteous wrath serve you the living God. Be mad, but sin not!” (262-24)


There’s an old Dutch proverb that seems to go straight to the point: “A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.”


Isaac Newton wrote: “If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.”


Leonardo da Vinci, a man who truly lived patience, taught:

“Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.”


Patience requires that we loose the hold our finite mind and human side have upon us and open to our infinite mind, the Christ-Consciousness, and our spiritual, god-like side. We should actively run the race set before us—loving, not condemning, those around us and walking the daily path with God. When we do this, we live in another dimension, one beyond the limitations of time and space. A path that is eternal and filled with peace that passes all understanding.


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St. Francis de Sales (French bishop of Geneva; 1567-1622) taught: “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them–every day begin the task anew.”


Jesus Christ: “In your patience  possess you your souls.”
(Luke 21:19 KJV)


We need to begin using our godly faculties more frequently in order to become who we ultimately are: companions to, and co-creators with God. Active patience in our daily lives is a fruit that carries the seeds of the Spirit within us, and when applied daily these seeds grow into a tree of life.




Edgar Cayce Spiritual ForcesJohn VanAuken 120x98 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. He is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt. John conducts seminars in the U.S. and abroad, and is a tour guide to the many sacred sites around the world. His latest book, Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within You is now available for purchase at ARECatalog.com.

Finding the Lost Memoirs of Edgar Cayce

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Finding the Lost Memoirs of Edgar Cayce
By A. Robert Smith



As a newspaper reporter for over 30 years, I had interviewed all kinds of people—from governors and presidents to scatterbrains and shysters—but no one like Hugh Lynn Cayce, the son of Edgar Cayce and then president of the A.R.E., who had invited me for lunch one day in 1980. Over white wine and crab salad, I agreed to write his biography.


Jess Stearn
Jess Stearn

Unknown to me at the time was that Hugh Lynn had previously asked Jess Stearn, the author of the bestselling book, The Sleeping Prophet; but Jess was too busy and had recommended me in his stead.


Hugh Lynn agreed to come to my house in Virginia Beach for long interviews every Sunday afternoon; and he told Gladys Davis Turner, who had been Edgar Cayce’s secretary, to give me access to anything she had stowed in her bank-sized vault. That vault was so big that you could disappear inside of it while rummaging through Gladys’ stacks of priceless documents. Nobody, I learned, had ever set foot in Gladys’ treasure house without her permission.


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Hugh Lynn Cayce

In our interviews, Hugh Lynn gave me so many stories—about how his father saved him from blindness, his courtship of the prettiest girl in Virginia Beach, being in the Battle of the Bulge Army service under General Patton, and the ups and downs of creating the A.R.E.—that it took five years for me to complete the book. It was titled, About My Father’s Business, but he died before he could read it. The process of writing it was great preparation for me in starting A.R.E.’s member magazine, Venture Inward, in 1984.


During the research process, I came across a marvelous find. Plowing around in Gladys’ secret hideaway, I discovered a manuscript that looked like it had been dictated. I asked Gladys about it, and she said:


“Mr. Cayce started to tell the story of his life, and I just typed it up as he progressed.”
“Did he finish it?” I asked.
“No. He was too busy giving readings.”


Too bad he didn’t complete it, I thought, but he was too focused on helping other people to tell his story.


Then I discovered another startling manuscript—a detailed narrative by Edgar’s father, Leslie B. Cayce (aka, the “Squire”), about Edgar’s childhood. Like a packrat, I made copies of both narratives and stowed them until I could figure out what to do with them.


I soon found a way to combine Edgar’s life story with the Squire’s account. Combining the two versions made for a more complete story.


The book was originally published by A.R.E. Press in 1997, and titled, The Lost Memoirs of Edgar Cayce. It was an instant bestseller among members and sold about 20,000 copies.


I liked Edgar’s take on his life because he was so frank and honest about his feelings, even about when his first love, a girl named Bess, spurned him after her father told her that Edgar was a bit crazy. Sprinkled freely through his memoir are confessions of doubts, of uncertainty, of yearning to be “normal” rather than blessed with an astonishing talent. His admissions mark him as a truly humble man who never let adulation undermine his motive of service to others. He remained the living fulfillment of that saying of his, “If we ever get to heaven, it will be by leaning on the arm of someone we have helped.”


Among those who read it was a literary agent, Sandra Martin. She told me she could sell it to a major New York publishing house, and did so with St. Martin’s Press. They paid an enormous sum and published a hardback edition in 1997 under a different title, My Life As a Seer. Their hardback was sold internationally, at least in Japan and Canada, and was followed by a paperback edition. Those editions sold about 40,000 copies, and the paperback is still in print.


Now St. Martin’s is publishing a digital edition (e-book) of My Life as a Seer: The Lost Memoirs of Edgar Cayce for readers who prefer an Amazon Kindle or the Barnes & Noble Nook.


So, sixty-nine years after Edgar Cayce’s death, his fabulous story is still being circulated in the latest format—a story that will never die.


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A. Robert Smith



A. Robert Smith, an award-winning journalist and the author of ten books, has been an editorial writer, and a Washington correspondent covering Congress and seven presidents. The founding editor of A.R.E.’s member magazine, Venture Inward magazine and its editor for 20 years, he is the author of ten books including the novel Ben Franklin’s Secret Love; No Soul Left Behind; and God Gave Me a Mulligan. He lives in Virginia Beach, Va.

 

Sun Spots, the Power of the Mind, and the Cayce Readings

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Sun Spots, the Power of the Mind,
and the Cayce Readings

By Don Carroll



An Edgar Cayce reading tells us that humankind’s state of consciousness on Earth can influence sun spot activity. Below are excerpts from this reading (5757-1).


"…do ye wonder then that there become reflected upon even the face of the sun those turmoils and strifes that have been and that are the sin of man?"


"…Much as that confusion which is caused upon the earth by that which appears as a sun spot. The disruption of communications of all natures between men is what? Remember the story, the allegory if ye choose to call it such, of the tower of Babel."


"…as ye do it unto the least, ye do it unto thy Maker—even as to the sun which reflects those turmoils that arise with thee…"

The Cayce readings remain on track. Last May, NASA began to publicly report on a huge solar storm event called a coronal mass ejection (CME); and the general media has picked up on it. That event occurred on July 23, 2012,when a massive electromagnetic storm shot through Earth’s orbital path, just missing giving Earth a broadside that scientists state would have set civilization back centuries! The potential damage to the U.S. alone was estimated at over 2 trillion dollars. NASA’s article also states that there is a 12 percent chance of such an event actually occurring in the next 10 years.


CME
Coronal Mass Ejection
Source: Wikapedia


July 23, 2014: If an asteroid big enough to knock modern civilization back to the 18th century appeared out of deep space and buzzed the Earth-Moon system, the near-miss would be instant worldwide headline news.


“Two years ago, Earth experienced a close shave just as perilous, but most newspapers didn’t mention it… According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair. … If Riley’s work holds true, there is a 12% chance we will learn a lot more about extreme solar storms in the next 10 years—when one actually strikes Earth.”
Science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/23jul_superstorm


Another science article documents that the earth’s magnetic field is rapidly weakening. It is this magnetic field that gives us some protection from such solar events as discussed here. If these events happened concurrently, the results would have even a greater impact than already predicted.


"Previously, researchers estimated the field was weakening about 5 percent per century, but the new data revealed the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought… Researchers think power grids and communication systems would be most at risk.


"Earth's magnetic field acts like a giant invisible bubble that shields the planet from the dangerous cosmic radiation spewing from the sun in the form of solar winds."
Huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/10/earth-magnetic-field-weak-flip_n_5574638.html

As noted in the aforementioned Cayce reading, we almost experienced a modern tower of Babel event. Curiously such an event that would knock civilization back to primitive technologies is theorized by Dr. Robert Schoch in his book, Forgotten Civilization, as having occurred 12,000 years ago to ancient advanced civilizations. This recent “near miss” also seems to harken to some of the apocalyptic predictions of the Mayan prophesied date of 12/21/12.


Fear not! Though this may seem to be a report of doom and gloom and dire circumstances, it is actually one of good news. It was a near miss; we did in fact dodge the “bullet.” And why is that? Again the Cayce readings can give illumination.


“Know that thy mind—thy mind—is the builder! As what does thy soul appear? A spot, a blot upon the sun? or as that which giveth light unto those who sit in darkness, to those who cry aloud for hope?” (Edgar Cayce reading 5757-1)


It would appear that the consciousness of a number of humans was elevated and enlightened enough to fend off the darkness of others in turmoil and confusion, thus avoiding this cataclysmic event as the readings say can be done.


"As has been given, however, that which has prevented and does prevent the whole of civilization becoming a turmoil is the attempt of those who have the ideals of the Prince of Peace at HEART! And as of old, the prayers of ten may save a city; the prayers of twenty-five may save a nation - as the prayers and activities of ONE may! but in union there is strength. Then if that purpose would be kept, then it must ever be kept in mind that we ARE our brother's keeper!" (Edgar Cayce reading 1598-2)


There is even documented evidence that this may well be the case. Dr. Steven Pinker, an evolutionary psychologist, believes that we are in the most peaceful time ever in human civilization. Despite the constant media bombardment of wars and violence, Dr. Pinker traces all such events and more throughout civilization and has come to the conclusion that we are in the most peaceful of times. Pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/articles/media/2007_03_19_New%20Republic.pdf.



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Perhaps this is the reason that all these predictions and events have not culminated in disaster. This is a call to keep the faith in our higher selves and not allow external events and media to cause us to falter in our belief of the greater good. Each one of us is integral in creating this higher consciousness and in shedding light for each other rather than shedding blood. Each and every one of us is vital to this. As so well illustrated in the proverb ‘For Want of a Nail’:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

As the readings have noted; the kingdom is within. With each one of us going within to our higher self, we keep the kingdom intact for us all.


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Don Carroll

Don Carroll spent his career working in Fire & Rescue, as a district chief, academy instructor, and paramedic. During those 30 years, he raised a family and pursued the meaning of life through extended study into the Cayce readings and other spiritual, scientific, and philosophical materials. Today, Carroll is a regular speaker and writer of metaphysical topics from Cayce to the Kundalini. He spent 10 years researching and writing his latest work, Sacred Geometry and Spiritual Symbolism: The Blueprint for Creation. Carroll is also an international tour leader for the nonprofit Association for Research and Enlightenment, visiting sites of a spiritual nature across the globe. His website is DonaldBCarroll.com.

 

Advice for Parents of Children Who Report Memories of Past Lives

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Advice for Parents of Children Who Report Memories of Past Lives
By Jim B. Tucker, MD



A little boy named Joey talked a number of times about how his “other mother” had died in a car accident. One night at dinner when he was almost four years old, he stood up in his chair and appeared pale as he looked intently at his mother and said, “You are not my family—my family is dead.” Joey cried quietly for a minute as a tear rolled down his cheek, then sat back down and continued with his meal. His parents—and their dinner guest—sat stunned.


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At the University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies, we have investigated over 2,500 cases in which young children reported memories of past lives. Parents frequently ask us for advice on how to handle their children’s statements. While each case has individual differences, we can offer some general guidance that may be helpful.


First, it is important to know that these statements do not, by themselves, indicate mental illness. We have talked with many families in which a child claimed to remember another set of parents, another home, or a previous death, and the children rarely show mental health problems. These statements are generally made by children whose development appears to otherwise be just like that of their peers. They can occur in families with a belief in reincarnation or in families where the idea of reincarnation had never been considered before the child began making the statements.


When children talk about a past life, parents are sometimes unsure how to respond. We recommend that parents be open to what their children are reporting. Some of the children show a lot of emotional intensity regarding these issues, and parents should be respectful in listening just as they are with other subjects that their children bring up.


When a child talks about a past life, we suggest that parents avoid asking a lot of pointed questions. This could be upsetting to the child and, more importantly from our standpoint, could lead the child to make up answers to the questions. It would then be difficult or impossible to separate memories from fantasy. We do think it is fine to ask general, open-ended questions such as, “Do you remember anything else?” and it is certainly fine to empathize with a child’s statements (“That must have been scary” when, for instance, a child describes a fatal accident).


We encourage parents to write down any statements about a past life that their children make. This is particularly important in cases where the children give enough information so that identifying a deceased individual that they are describing might be possible. In such a situation, having the statements recorded ahead of time would be critical in providing the best evidence that the child actually had experienced memories from a previous life.


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At the same time, parents should not become so focused on the statements that they and their children lose sight of the fact that the current life is what is most important now. If children persist in saying they want their old family or old home, it might be helpful to explain that while they may have had another family in a previous life, their current family is the one they have for this life. Parents should acknowledge and value what their children have told them while making clear that the past life is truly in the past. We do not recommend that children undergo past-life regression hypnosis.


Parents are sometimes more upset by the statements than their child is. Hearing a child describe the experience of dying in a painful or difficult way can be hard, but both parent and child can know that the child is safe now in this life. Some parents may be comforted to know that the vast majority of these children stop talking about a previous life by the time they are five to seven years old. This is the age at which children become involved with school and also the age at which they lose their memories of early childhood, and the talk about a past life fades along with those memories. Very rarely, the memories will persist into adolescence or adulthood, though with much less intensity than during the younger years. In many cases, however, as children get older they do not even remember that they ever talked about a past life.


Overall, parents often find children’s claims to remember previous lives more remarkable than do the children, for whom the apparent memories are simply part of their experience of life. The children then move on from the memories to lead typical childhoods.


Blog from OpenCenter.org reprinted by permission of the author




Jim Tucker 140x122Jim B. Tucker, MD, is Bonner-Lowry Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is continuing the work of Ian Stevenson at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies with children who report memories of previous lives. His first book on the research, Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives, has been translated into ten languages. His most recent book, Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives, tells the stories of recent American cases. His website is JimBTucker.com.


He will be featured at the A.R.E. Headquarters Conference Many Lives, One Soul: Reincarnation, Life Before Life, and Your Soul’s Plan from Sept. 26-28, 2014, in Virginia Beach, Va., with a presentation entitled, Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives.

The Way of Knowingness: The Intuitive Path to Your Spiritual Destiny

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The Way of Knowingness: The Intuitive Path to Your Spiritual Destiny
A new book by Kim O’Neill



book Way of Knowingness O'NeillRenowned author, psychic, and angel channel Kim O'Neill takes you on an amazing soul growth journey sharing astonishing new insights on ways to unlock the secrets of your destiny, bringing you total peace and a deep sense of purpose, happiness, and fulfillment in her new book. Below is an excerpt from Chapter 3: The Five Guiding Principles:  


Issues represent all of the different forms of human experience on the earthly plane. An issue is best described as a necessary learning experience that helps an individual evolve emotionally and spiritually.


Simply put, resolving your outstanding issues is paramount in allowing you to improve the quality of your life. You can easily recognize the issues you are currently working through by examining the apparent problems or patterns of turmoil in your life. There are some issues that remain so painful for us that we carry them from lifetime to lifetime, attempting repeatedly to resolve them. Other issues can be easily worked through without much anxiety or suffering…


If your childhood was traumatic, remember you purposely planned that situation as part of your destiny in order to evolve to a higher level of enlightenment. It might be said that those people who exposed you to their toxic dysfunction when you were a child have been your very best teachers.


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You deliberately picked those troubled people because you expected them to behave just as they did at their existing levels of enlightenment. Keep in mind that although you most likely suffered many wounds, it was a very strong and courageous decision on your part to plan something so distressing, especially knowing that in your most formative years you would be utterly dependent on those from whom you would experience the greatest adversity. Think for a moment about all of the spiritual wisdom and maturity you gained from those impossible relationships and how you learned what not to do from them. And if you’ve already learned everything you had intended, you’ll blessedly never be exposed to those issues again!


After I had been dating my husband, Britt, for several months, we started to talk about our respective histories, which included some painful memories of past relationships and the fact that both of us came from troubled families. I described how my alcoholic father had brutalized my mother verbally and physically throughout my childhood. Britt’s eyes filled with tears as he warmly embraced me, and then he murmured, “What a wonderful teacher he must have been. I can see why you chose him as a father. You were very fortunate.”


Very fortunate? I thought Britt was nuts! I was aghast that he said such a thing about a man who had traumatized my entire family. What could I possibly have learned from a man I could never respect or depend on as a father? I was fortunate to have a father who rejected and abandoned my brothers and me from the time I could remember because he was so consumed with destroying my mother and himself? Having endured emotionally painful therapy for some time to heal from these childhood wounds, I should be grateful to this man?


Britt saw my shocked expression, and before I could stutter a reply, he explained softly, “Don’t you understand? You chose him as a father because you knew he would behave exactly as he did. You must have had some issues that you needed to address, and your father fit the bill perfectly. You’re the person you are today partially because of that turmoil.”


His statement rang true to me, and I began to listen more openly. I started to see things in a very different light. We discussed the idea that because of the absence of my father’s love, I had no feelings of security or consistency as a child. And due to my father’s drinking and abusive behavior, I grew up in a war-zone environment that was characterized by ongoing financial hardships, fear of the sporadic beatings he gave my mother, and the awareness that at any time he might decide to make good on one of his frequent threats to kill her.


Britt helped me recognize that I didn’t have to respect, admire, or even like someone who had a purpose in my life as a teacher. Spiritually speaking, it was my father’s responsibility to me to act the way he did, and then it was my responsibility to myself to transcend the adversity and learn from it. So what was I able to learn from my father?


The early heartache of his neglect, rejection, and disinterest in me began the process of independence and empowerment that I am so proud of today. His abusive behavior toward my mother taught me about setting boundaries and helped me to understand the emotionally crippling effects of low self-esteem. In addition, as a result of moving beyond this difficult time, I was able to develop the determination to address my subsequent issues with less fear and unwillingness.


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Upon further reflection, I realized that I also learned what not to do. In my interactions with other people, particularly children, I always try to remember that every human being should be treated with dignity, respect, and consideration. Although my old wounds are healed and I’ve never been happier or more at peace, I can still vividly recall the terror of cowering from a parent gone berserk because of a combination of anger and alcohol. The memory of those early years helps me to share a heartfelt sympathy and compassion for those who have endured similar experiences.


Even in therapy, I hadn’t considered that my suffering could have been a precious opportunity to learn from my father, who was destined to be one of my most valuable teachers. Britt taught me, with his greater maturity and wisdom, that traumatic or disturbing issues can always be reframed as positive learning experiences as long as I am ready to become a willing student.



Kim O'Neill blog 82x104pxKim O'Neill, voted Houston's Top Psychic by Houston Press Magazine, is the author of How to Talk with Your Angels, Discover Your Spiritual Destiny, The Calling: My Journey with the Angels, and new book from 4th Dimension Press, The Way of Knowingness: The Intuitive Path to Your Spiritual Destiny. For over two decades, Kim has conducted private channeling sessions for an international list of clients, including business, media, political, and religious leaders, and fellow psychics, and established seminars and workshops designed to help people transform their lives and develop greater spiritual awareness. Her Web site is Kimoneillpsychic.com.

 

 

Our Research into Cayce’s “Hall of Records”

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Our Research into Cayce's
"Hall of Records"
By John Bunker and Karen Pressler



The story of the “Hall of Records” begins with Atlantis. Near the end of the days of the Atlanteans, the readings explain: “… there came the first egress of peoples to the Pyrenees and into what later became the Egyptian dynasties.” Images from these areas seem to represent the disaster:

“The first of the eruptions that awoke from the depth of the slow cooling earth, and that portion now near what would be termed the Sargasso Sea first went into the depths. With this there again came that egress of peoples that aided, or attempted to assume control, yet carrying with them all those forms of Amilius that he gained through that as for signs, for seasons, for days, for years. Hence we find in those various portions of the world even in the present day, some form of that as was presented by those peoples in that great development in this, the eden of the world [this reading is referring to astronomy and thereby associated with the development of the calendar]…that as for signs, for seasons, for days, for years.” (Edgar Cayce Readings 364-4)


What these people carried were records of the movement of stars and constellations. (Edgar Cayce Readings 364-4)

The readings tell us where they settled:


“In those periods when the first change had come in the position of the land, there had been an egress of peoples from the Atlantean land and they built a city near the edge of the Sahara.” (Edgar Cayce Readings 5748-6)


We also learn about the first pyramids built in Egypt. We discovered the reading of Miss [993] (in the Cayce readings, individual’s names are represented by numbers to protect their privacy), who had a past lifetime in Egypt during the period of the Great Pyramid’s construction and Ra-Ta was the priest (circa 10,500 BC, according to Cayce). The readings go on to describe two lifetimes before that one in the land of Og and another one in Egypt earlier when the first pyramid was built there. This proves that there were pyramids in Egypt before the Great Pyramid was built!


The readings tell us that this same country had been submerged for nearly a quarter of a million years since civilization had been in this portion of the country. (341-9)


When Ra-Ta and his people arrived in Egypt, they conducted archaeological research. (5748-6) They began to build upon those mounds that were discovered through research. With the storehouse or record house (where the records are still to be uncovered) there is a chamber or passage from the right forepaw to this entrance of the record chamber or record tomb. (5748-6)


The readings explain that “the monuments were unearthed and added to from time to time…many were buried beneath shifting sands.” (341-9)


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Khafra Pyramid


We began to suspect that the first pyramids may have been flat on top and that they may have been added to at a later date. One pyramid in particular, Khafra, appeared to have been constructed of two sections with two distinct construction styles, still visible today. This discontinuity could indicate an interval between the construction of the lower segment and the completion of the upper segment. (Complete Pyramids, Mark Lehner)


Another of the key monuments is the Sphinx. When describing it, Cayce sometimes called it the “Mystery,” as if that was what it was called in ancient Egypt. We began our research by searching ancient Egyptian texts for that word, and we found it. There were many places in the Theban Recension of the Book of the Dead (three volumes written in hieroglyphs) which included the word “mystery”. That was the genesis of our research. After many years of study and comparison of texts and star charts, we eventually discovered there was an astronomical correlation to the Sphinx. From the Edgar Cayce readings we learned that the Sphinx monument was later set as a guard. We discovered a star constellation known in ancient Egypt as a Sphinx. This meant that the Edgar Cayce readings may have been referencing both the Sphnix monument and the Sphinx star constellation. (378-16)


This in position lies, as the sun rises from the waters, the line of the shadow (or light) falls between the paws of the Sphinx, that was later set as the sentinel or guard, [This is referencing the Sphinx Monument on the ground.]


And which [the sealed room] may not be entered from the connecting chambers from the Sphinx's paw (right paw) until the TIME has been fulfilled when the changes must be active in this sphere of man's experience. [This is referencing the Sphinx Constellation that was in a certain position in the sky on a certain date at a certain time.]


The Other Sphinx


The ancient Egyptians imagined one constellation as a Sphinx. Today, we call it Centaurus since the Greeks later imagined that it was a Centaur.


There is a zodiac in the temple of Esne in Latopolis that shows this illustration of a Sphinx in place of the constellation Centaurus. This suggests that there was a Sphinx constellation before the Sphinx monument was created.


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Composite Image


Both civilizations imagined that the constellation represented a being with the head of a man and the body of a quadruped. The constellation perfectly fits within the illustration of the Sphinx from zodiac at Esne.


From The Book of Aker
From The Book of Aker (Ramses VI)


Next, we wanted to understand about the “guards” mentioned in the readings. The readings say: “Those who were left as guards may not be passed until after a period of their regeneration in the mount.” (5748-6)


This illustration shows the top of a pyramid, with the ancient Egyptian word “top” in the center at the point of the pyramid. It also shows an oval that was the ancient Egyptian word for “horizon.” This may hold the key.


The two Sphinx gods at opposite sides of the horizon are the constellations of Centaurus on the left (East) and Leo on the right (West). The flying serpent in the center of the horizon is Hydra, the largest constellation in the sky. The head at the tail of the serpent represents the planet Venus.


The readings explain that Giza was formed according to that which had been worked out by Ra-Ta in the mount as related to the position of the various stars … [and] the constellation Libra. (294-151)


This is the exact configuration of stars, planets, and constellations over Cairo, Egypt. In order for it to fit, you have to go back to the time of Ra-Ta, 10,390 BC. At the tail of the flying serpent is the planet Venus positioned within the constellation Libra.


 SkyGlobe 10,390 BC
SkyGlobe: 10,390 B.C. over Cairo, Egypt


Edgar Cayce provided many clues to the location of the Hall of Records:


“The one in the Atlantean land, that sank, which will rise and is rising again; another in the place of the records that leadeth from the Sphinx to the hall of records, in the Egyptian land; and another in the Aryan or Yucatan land, where the temple there is overshadowing same.” (2012-1)


“For the entity's tomb then was a part of the Hall of Records, which has not yet been uncovered. It lies between—or along that entrance from the Sphinx to the temple—or the pyramid; in a pyramid, of course, of its own.” (2329-3)


“Hence we find the entity…was the first to set the records that are yet to be discovered…and for the preservation of the data, that as yet to be found from the chambers of the way between the sphinx and the pyramid of records.” (1486-1)

Cayce tells us that the second pharaoh, Araaraart “will be found…in the North Corner of the second Pyramid…” (341-1)


In a subsequent reading, he said the same entity, Araaraart, will be found “in the upper chamber of the northeast corner of the first pyramid builded.” (341-8).


In another reading, he said, “In the first of the pyramids built in the Valley of the Shadow, there still may be found unto this day portions of data as was preserved with the ruler, who afterward was worshiped as the representative of God made manifest in earth. These will be found in the northwest corner or chamber of this mound.” (5748-4)


It is our conclusion that the first and second pyramid refer to the same pyramid and that it is the pyramid of Khafra. Today it is known as the second pyramid, but we believe that in reality it was the first. We base this belief upon evidence from Edgar Cayce’s reading (993-1,#23) which explains that the first of the pyramids was constructed in Egypt long before the lifetime of Ra Ta and long before the construction of the Great Pyramid. This pyramid was underwater for nearly a quarter of a million years before Ra-Ta entered Egypt (341-9,#4).

 

We look forward to the time when the Hall of Records may be opened:

“Yet, as time draws nigh when changes are to come about, there may be the opening of the three places where the records are one, to those that are initiates in the knowledge of the One God.


“The temple of Iltar will then rise again. Also there will be the opening of the hall of records in Egypt.


“The RECORDS are ONE.” (5750-1)


© John Bunker & Karen Pressler 2014 All Rights Reserved




John Bunker Karen Pressler John Bunker is a successful business owner who has been a student of Edgar Cayce since 1994. Their latest book written with his partner, Karen Pressler, The Book of Aker is a complete new translation with almost 400 illustrations, 170 in color. This is the first exhaustive translation of the complete Book of Aker from the tomb of Ramesses VI. Their ongoing research is on their Web site: Sites.google.com/site/edgarcayceandthehallofrecords.

 

 

 

The Supernatural Crossroads

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The Supernatural Crossroads:
The Threshold between the Seen and the Unseen
By Darrin Owens


The crossroads, a place where two roads intersect, is the subject of many religious and old-fashioned folk belief systems worldwide. In my neighborhood, most crossroads are outside the borders of a town or intertwined in deep hollows in the countryside. These locations are often considered to be supernatural. As a child, I lived near a crossroads. There were two well-worn dirt roads that crossed each other, smack-dab in the woods. I was a country kid, and we lived in the boonies. When I disappeared, my mother would always go looking for me at the crossroads. There I was, sitting right in the middle of it. Even then, I must have realized there was power there, a thinning place of the veil between worlds. I believe there is a crossroads for every realm of the supernatural.


The crossroads legend became popular with the story of the renowned, American blues singer Robert Leroy Johnson and another musical colleague, Tommy Johnson. Both say they met a mysterious helper at the crossroads… According to the legend, as a young man living on a plantation in rural Mississippi, Robert Johnson wanted to become a great blues musician. He was instructed to take his guitar to a crossroads at midnight. There he was met by a mysterious black man who took the guitar and tuned it up to perfection. The crossroads spirit played a few songs and then returned the guitar to Johnson, giving him mastery over the instrument. Robert Johnson was able to create great blues music and become famous for it. I have always loved that story. As a matter of fact, Robert Johnson’s music in the background is helping me to write this chapter; that is inspiration at its best!


Robert Leroy Johnson - Blues Singer
Robert Johnson's studio portrait, circa 1935
Source: Wikipedia


With further research and study, I have learned that the idea of a crossroads as a supernatural entryway is not uncommon. The crossroads is a place that is not claimed by the living or the dead; it’s an in-between place where our physical world and the supernatural world merge. While investigating house hauntings, I have experienced several instances in which the origin of the supernatural happenings happened at the crossroads near those houses.


In this work, I’m going to describe my experiences, insight, and thoughts about the supernatural. I am on a symbolic journey and standing at the crossroads to record a very elusive reality that at one point or another will cross the threshold into our everyday existence. At that time, we will be forever changed in the way that we see life, death, and destiny. With each chapter, you will enter a different crossroads into other realms, deepening your understanding of what resides behind the inspirited curtain that separates us from the others…Whenever I pass a crossroads, I always feel comforted by the fact that no matter how concrete, plastic, or fake this world gets, there are still some actual supernatural wonders and magic somewhere in this great country of ours. No one can duplicate or fake the real supernatural. The answers are at the crossroads, and we are all headed there to see what wonders await. …


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From Chapter 3, The Nature Realm


As you walk into a thicketed forest, you can smell the evergreen foliage with its sweet, woodsy fragrance. You might feel the wind blow past as it takes a journey through the trees to parts unknown. The stillness of nature calls you to travel deeper and deeper into its realm. You realize at this time that you are hypnotized by the earth’s intelligence and wisdom and that the wind is actually guiding you to the core of nature’s beating heart. That core is like a distant drum, forever vibrating the song of God’s creation. I am amazingly in love and completely devoted to the power of the Nature Realm in all her glory. I say “her” because we are going to delve into the kingdom of Gaia, which is Mother Earth. …


… If you work with nature, nature will work with you. I’m often asked if humans can travel to the Nature Realm. As you have read, there are times when the veil thins, and we can take a peek into the faery world, but those are rare occurrences. If you are not fully in accord with the laws and support of Gaia, Mother Earth will not let you anywhere near her realm or her children. Our fur people, the animals and our pets, also have devas to guard them. Dogs, cats, and even creepy crawly creatures all are governed by their own specific devas. It’s truly amazing how congruent and well-ordered the supernatural realms are. All of God’s creations and mysteries are enveloped in his grace.



Excerpt from his recently released book Mysteries of the Supernatural: A Psychic’s Guide Beyond the Veil which addresses everything from angels to UFOs with intriguing experiences and hands-on storytelling from the field. Sneak a Peek:http://www.arecatalog.com/Images/previews/Owens-Mysteries- Supernatural.pdf


Darrin Owens radio 115X132 pxMysteries Supernatural book blogDarrin William Owens, psychic and supernaturalist, is the bestselling author of Reader of Hearts: The Life and Teachings of a Reluctant Psychic and Becoming Masters of Light: Co-Creating the New Age of Enlightenment. For more than 18 years, he has brought authentic enlightenment to countless souls through a powerful psychic gift that he has carried since birth. Since 1995 he has maintained a highly successful consultation practice, providing accurate readings to clients on an international scale. His website is DarrinOwensOfficial.com


Join Darrin at the Virginia Beach Conference Naturally Psychic: A Practical Course in Awakening and Developing Your Inner Wisdom which will be held from Sep 12-14, 2014. To learn more, visit EdgarCayce.org/Conferences.

From the Archives: Dedication Ceremony for the Library, Offices, and Vault

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From the Archives:
Dedication Ceremony for the Library,
Offices, and Vault
September 29, 1940



On November 15, 1938, Edgar Cayce sent a letter to all of the members of the Association for Research and Enlightenment. Here is a copy of that letter from 1469-1 Reports.

On the evening of November 4th I had this dream, vision or experience: I was in our office “reading room” discussing with some of the family the necessity for protecting and preserving the records we already have, and the means for doing this. Suddenly a master (the Master, to me) appeared and said:


Peace be unto you! Ask all whom you have tried to help to help you save these records, for they are their experiences and are a part of them! Whether they contribute a shingle, a beam, a window, a door, or the entire vault for the records, give them all the opportunity to have a part in the work.”


A place for preserving these records is becoming more and more necessary. We have…copies of individual readings, which we believe will, if preserved, be of inestimable value to the world through scientific research in the years to come. Investigators have told us that we have the largest collection in existence of the records of an individual psychic.


Such a place may be prepared at a cost of eighteen hundred dollars or more ($1,800), provided it is built adjoining my home here in Virginia Beach.


Do you want to have any part in this?


Yours in service,



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Edgar Cayce


It was this letter that Edgar Cayce mentioned in his Closing Remarks for the Dedication Ceremony of the Library, Offices, and Vault on September 29, 1940:

There is only one thing I want to say. That is, “Thank you.” As you know, two years ago I had a dream which gave me the first concrete idea as to a manner in which this building might come into actual existence. As I thought of it, it seemed far away. The Readings have indicated for years that when a sufficient number of individuals had been convinced personally as to the value of the information, they would help pass it on to others. When I had this dream, I sent a copy to every member of the Association. Today we are able to see the result of this letter. The money, time and energy which have made this possible have come from those whom I have tried to help.


One of the carpenters, working on the building, said to me the other day, “Well, Mr. Cayce, I’ve heard about you... I’ve heard a lot of people say a lot of things about you, but I don't think I’ve ever met a man just like you. I don’t know what it is, that is different, but there’s something!” He possibly has never seen even a copy of a Reading; he doesn't know what it is all about. Yet, when we started putting in our library, the first set of books was given by this man. It is helpful to know that our efforts stimulate such attitudes in individuals.


We are dedicating this building for a service to humanity. “Inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.” The service to our fellow man is the greatest service we can do for our Maker. For, it is seeing in our fellow man something we could worship in our Maker that leads us on, to hope for, to be the very best possible channel for good. The work of studying our records and preparing them for distribution is just beginning. We need your cooperation and the assistance of every member of the Association. We are ready to go forward.


Thank you! Thank you for helping me to make this possible.


Let us close with a word of prayer:
Gracious God, we thank Thee for Thy blessing to us. We thank Thee for the gift of Thy love, and the manifestations of Thyself in the earth through Thy Son, Jesus Christ. As we have come here this afternoon to dedicate this building for the purpose that we may better serve our fellow men, may we each dedicate...rededicate...our lives to Thee. For it is in Thee that we live and move and have our being. Be Thou, O God, the guide. Direct us in the things we do and say, and help us to choose Thy ways. Now, may the blessings of the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be on each and every one, as we ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.

Note: The Library, Offices, and Vault were an addition to Edgar Cayce's home on Arctic Crescent. This excerpt is from the material available in our online member only section. The above can be found in 254-107 Report.


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Join Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Cayce/Miller Café and newly renovated Cayce Hospital building on June 27, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. in Virginia Beach. You can join the celebration of these amazing and historic changes and learn how they will help with future growth of the Cayce Work. The program will also be live-streamed around the globe. For details, visit EdgarCayce.org/GrandOpening.




 

My Introduction to Edgar Cayce By John Van Auken

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My Introduction to Edgar Cayce
By John Van Auken




Edgar Cayce How to Develop Psychic AbilityI first read about Edgar Cayce when I was sixteen years old. My father, a naval officer, had been transferred to Virginia Beach, Virginia—home to the headquarters of the Edgar Cayce Foundation and the Association for Research and Enlightenment, founded by Edgar Cayce in 1931. The book was The Sleeping Prophet by Jess Stearn, a journalist and author of more than thirty books, nine of which were bestsellers. But it wasn’t until I got into college that I really began to study Cayce’s work. The professor of my writing class assigned us to write about a mystery, and since my mother had told me the mysterious story of Bridey Murphy, I thought that would be a good place to begin my research for this paper.


Bridey Murphy was the alleged name of a woman’s past life in the 1800s as an Irishwoman who died and reincarnated in the United States 59 years later. The book was The Search for Bridey Murphy by Morey Bernstein (published in 1952; it became a movie in 1956, starring Academy- Award winning actress Teresa Wright). It was the fascinating story of housewife Virginia Tighe (called Ruth Simmons in the book and movie), who, while under hypnosis, recalled (or virtually relived) her apparent past life as Bridey Murphy. Tighe’s hypnotic story (recorded on cassette tape) began in 1806, when Bridey was eight years old and living in or near Cork, Ireland. She was the daughter of Duncan Murphy, a barrister, and his wife Kathleen. At the age of 17, she married barrister Sean Brian McCarthy and moved to Belfast. Tighe told of a harsh fall season that caused Bridey’s death and of watching her own funeral. She described her tombstone and the state of being alive after her death—or more precisely, after her body’s death—in 1864. She said that she did not feel pain or sadness. Then, somehow, she was reborn in the Midwest of the U.S. in 1923. In this life, she had never been to Ireland and did not speak with even the slightest hint of an Irish accent—except when she was under hypnosis and “reliving” the Bridey incarnation! Then she spoke with an Irish brogue. In Bernstein’s book, he referred to Edgar Cayce and his remarkable abilities, explaining that he had investigated Cayce and could find no deception or trickery in his process. He thought that, as impossible as it may seem, the volumes of detail coming through Cayce on past lives couldn’t be anything but valid. Reading this, I decided to write my paper on the mystery of Edgar Cayce. Because it contained so many examples of Cayce’s readings on past lives and the karma that affected people’s present lives, I chose to use the best-selling book Many Mansions by Gina Cerminara. I got an “A” on my paper. But more than that, I developed an appetite for the Edgar Cayce information on past lives and karma.


Door to higher relms


Over the years, I read most every book about Edgar Cayce that there was. And though the initial “hook” that got me into the Cayce volumes was reincarnation and karma, it was the mystical, magical spirituality that filled his discourses that ultimately became my soul’s meat and potatoes. My soul and mind were being nourished by his spirituality. I could not get enough of his wisdom and stories, even though it was thick with King James biblical language and Christian terminology and concepts—things I had long ago deemed inadequate and often prejudiced, even racist and sexist, with a terrible history of violence. But Cayce’s perspective on Christian concepts was so open and so expansive, so beyond church dogma, doctrine, and historical acts, that I couldn’t get enough of it. His teachings included Buddhism and Hinduism. In fact, he taught that any faith that teaches the brotherhood and sisterhood of all humanity and the oneness of God was carrying the true message. In my twenties, this was exactly how I felt. His views found a receptive, responsive place within me. And the organization that built up around his work was open to all people from varying backgrounds and beliefs. They were “normal” people, not cultists, not living on the fringes of life, but quite a spread from our society. Now, after more than forty years of working with the Cayce material and concepts, and practicing them in my daily life, I have gathered together some of the key elements of his spirituality in this book. I’ve also added the wonders discovered by science—wonders of the outer life and outer reality, as well as wonders of the inner, unseen life and realms. And in writing this book, the material has reignited that flame of excitement that I had in my early twenties when I first encountered these ideas and their vast expansive vision into the purpose and meaning of life—of soul life. I truly would never have gotten to the awareness, vibration, and peace that I enjoy today, not to mention the quality of people I share my life with, without having studied and lived this material. I hope you find the light and inspiration that I found.




Edgar Cayce Spiritual ForcesJohn VanAuken 120x98 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. He is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt. John conducts seminars in the U.S. and abroad, and is a tour guide to the many sacred sites around the world. His latest book, Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within You is now available for purchase at ARECatalog.com.


Grand Opening Celebration: The History of A.R.E.

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Grand Opening Celebration:
The History of A.R.E.
By Sidney Kirkpatrick




During Edgar Cayce’s long walks in the winter of 1927, he would pause at a remote stretch of windswept beach at Sixty-seventh Street and Atlantic Boulevard. Looking inland, he would stare up at a grassy knoll above the pines, the highest sand dune between Cape Henry and the city limits, and in his mind’s eye he would paint a picture of the hospital that he had come to Virginia Beach to build. He envisioned the building rising like a “lighthouse” over the sand and sea, becoming an enduring example of the motto soon to be etched into its cornerstone: “That we may make manifest the love of God and Man.”


early Hospital Building


The Cayce Hospital for Research and Enlightenment welcomed its first patient in 1929. The four-story building was designed along the classical lines of an antebellum plantation house, with a wide porch at the front running the length of the second floor and around the sides. The ground floor housed therapy and examination rooms. Porch early hospitalThe entrance was on the second floor, with stairs leading up to it from the outside. Inside the front door was the lobby, opening into a dining room, doctors’ offices, lecture hall, and treatment rooms. The third and fourth floors housed beds for thirty patients. In keeping with Cayce’s holistic approach to living a balanced life, there were tennis courts, a croquet and shuffleboard park, a club room for card players, meditation garden, and beach cabanas where patients could experience the healing effects of the sea, sand, and sun.


A victim of the Great Depression, the hospital closed its doors in 1931. The realtor handling the property believed the building to be cursed because of the frequency with which it subsequently changed hands: over the next two decades the hospital became a hotel, a nightclub, a home for army nurses, a Masonic lodge, and a venue for summer theater. Mindful of Cayce’s dream of creating a permanent physical presence in Virginia Beach, the fledgling Association for Research and Enlightenment, the A.R.E., purchased the property back in 1955. “Like troops retaking ground lost in an earlier skirmish, its spiritual soldiers enjoyed a sense of triumph,” was how one grateful supporter described the return home.


modern Hospital Building


With the same bold leadership with which the hospital property had been reclaimed, the A.R.E. began a building campaign in 1973 which resulted in a million-dollar visitor center. The new building would come to house the most extensive collection of metaphysical books and manuscripts in the world, and conference rooms would host tens of thousands visitors each year to hear lectures on such subjects as ESP, dreams, holistic health, meditation, energy healing, and life after death.


On June 27th, the A.R.E. once again celebrates the Cayce legacy. Following the 2012 completion of the Don and Nancy de Laski Education Center, and the extensive 2014 renovation of the adjacent Cayce Hospital building, the A.R.E.’s world-class signature programs—Atlantic University, the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage, the Health Center and Spa, and the Edgar Cayce Foundation vault and study room—have new state-of-the-art facilities. And for the first time since Cayce walked what has become the A.R.E. world headquarters, students and visitors can enjoy one another’s company at the Cayce/Miller Café and Copeland Dining Room. The new building complex doesn’t just reclaim old ground; it stands as Edgar Cayce first envisioned it: a welcoming “lighthouse” for fellow travelers on the spiritual journey.


Grand Opening Hospital Building Blog


The Grand Opening Celebration of the Cayce/Miller Café and Newly Renovated Cayce Hospital Building will be June 27, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. in Virginia Beach. You can join the celebration of these amazing and historic changes and learn how they will help with future growth of the Cayce Work. The program will also be live-streamed around the globe. For details, visit EdgarCayce.org/GrandOpening.




Sidney Kirkpatrick 80x100pxSidney 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, 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." His latest book is a true story of Nazi plunder titled Hitler's Holy Relics. 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 is a regular presenter at A.R.E. conferences. He and his wife Nancy regularly host events at their Portage Inn Bed & Breakfast (PortageInn.ca) in Muskoka, Ontario.

Humor for the Body and Soul

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Humor for the Body and Soul
By Louise Wild




Laugh 01We have all heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Some of us know that a sense of humor is essential for physical, mental, and emotional health. It can also, due to the positive attitude that accompanies it, improve our outlook on life and, in turn, encourage us to pursue those avenues that will make for spiritual development.

In the Cayce readings we find many references to the benefits of humor:

Cultivate the ability to see the ridiculous and retain the ability to laugh. For know only in those God hath favored is there the ability to laugh, even when clouds of doubt arise, or when every form of disturbance arises. For remember the Master smiled, and laughed oft, even on the way to Gethsemane. (Edgar Cayce Reading 277-1)


Keep an attitude of helpfulness, cheerfulness, hopefulness. Be optimistic! At least make three people each day laugh heartily by something the body says! It will not only help the body; it will help others. (Edgar Cayce Reading 798-1)


One that should cultivate more the humorous side of life; Not that which is at the expense of another; that is, never laugh at anyone but laugh with others often. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2327-1)


That the entity has a sense of humor has oft been a saving grace, in not only this experience but in others....Keep thy humor, keep the thinking well of self, but as well of thy neighbor. (Edgar Cayce Reading  2788-1)


At times the entity sees so well the humor in so many situations as to appear to see the ridiculous rather than that which is the creative force in humor. Do not lose this sense of humor. It will oft be a means for saving an unseemly situation. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2421-2)

Cayce’s readings addressed the ways in which humor aids spiritual development:

If ye lose the ability to laugh, ye lose that ability to be joyous. And the religion, the principle of the Christ – life is joyous! For remember He laughed . . . even at those that tormented Him. This is what angered them most. (3003-1)


The entity should attempt seriously, prayerfully, spiritually to see even that as might be called the ridiculous side of every question, the humor in same. Remember that a good laugh, an arousing even to what might in some be called hilariousness, is good for the body physically, mentally, and gives the opportunity for greater mental and spiritual awakening. (2647-1)

Laugh 02Obviously there is much agreement that an active sense of humor is beneficial to body and soul. We all know how good we feel after having a bout of laughter. In his conscious state, some have said, Edgar Cayce had a wonderful sense of humor. Apparently, that carried through to his readings, as is evidenced in the following witticisms:


Q. Any further advice on the body in general?
A. You better take a rest if you don’t want a long rest. (3436-3)


Q. Should I keep going to the same doctors?
A. If you want to die! (5051-1)


Q. Would it be better for the body to remain in bed without moving about?
A. It’ll move when you give it the castor oil, and that will be soon enough. (348-18)


Q. Which shoulder should be taped?
A. The one that’s hurt! (1710-5)


Q. If this treatment is followed properly, what period of time will be necessary to bring this body to its normal state?
A. One year, one month, one day, one hour, and 10 minutes from now. (4681-1)


Q. Is there any special name for the condition of the head?
A. Headache. (171-1)


Q. Give some specific lower limb exercise for the evening.
A. Those of the stooping, with the feet together, and those of the stooping with the feet, as the body raises, jumps up, and spreads feet apart – these are the best – be well to pull down the window shades though. (288-28)


Q. Have I ever contacted my husband in any other experience; if so, what way?
A. He bought you! Doesn’t he act like it at times? (1222-1)


The name then…was Lila. Before that it was known as Lulu, and was a lulu, too! According to the proverbial activity indicated from the name. (4046-1)


Q. Is the prediction true that I will die suddenly, at the age of 80, in Tibet?
A. If you go to Tibet and live to be 80, you may die there! This depends upon many, many, many circumstances. You will not die in Tibet, unless you go there; and there’s not the prospect now of going there! (2067-3)


…Hide not skeletons in thine own closet, for they will rattle when ye least expect them. (3246-1)


Q. What causes the bad disposition?
A. If the body had a more agreeable husband its disposition would be better! (2654-2)


Q. Will the body find himself in a lawsuit?
A. The body may find himself in any way. Best to find himself from within rather than in a law-suit. (213-1)


This last quote is certainly not a joke, but often an unexpected answer provokes laughter:


Q. Who will aid me most in my work and daily life?
A. God! (2444-1)


Laugh 03Don’t you feel better now that you’ve had a few laughs? Have a good laugh every day and give someone else one. You will de-stress and improve your health and disposition. Also, you will be more positive and more open to making the world a better place, rather than grumbling about it.


Excerpt from the Jan-Feb-Mar 2010 issue of Venture Inward magazine, available to A.R.E. members online at EdgarCayce.org/members.



Loiuse WildLouise Wild received her M.Ed. from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., and worked as an editor for educational publishing companies and as a reading specialist in public schools. She and her husband, Ken, were introduced to the Cayce material in Massachusetts and, after moving to Virginia Beach in 1989, immediately joined A.R.E. Wild worked as an A.R.E. front-desk staff member for 10 years before retiring in 2009. She continues to volunteer giving survey lectures at A.R.E. several times per month and spending one morning each week at the Volunteer Call Center.

Incals in Florida

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Incals in Florida
By John Fuhler



The readings document one of the most interesting stories of the peopling of North America:


Before this…we find the entity was in the land of its present nativity, in what is now known as…Florida; during those periods when there were those settlings…from the lands of On (?) or the Inca….and those that gathered upon what is now the east portion of Alabama and Florida…
(Edgar Cayce Reading 1298-1)


Timucua Village
A sketch by Le Moyne that shows a Timucua village.
Source: Wikipedia



How and when these South American Indians arrived in Florida is a story which began about the time of the first upheavals in Atlantis.


…the entity was in the Peruvian land. For, with the first upheavals in Atlantis, the entity was among those who journeyed…to what later became the Inca land. (Edgar Cayce Reading 3042-1)


…the entity was in the Inca or Peruvian land, when there had been the first of the upheavals in the Atlantean land…
(Edgar Cayce Reading 2829-1)


At some time after these Atlantean refugees had established themselves in the land, the Ohums conquered them.


In the one before this we find in that land now known as the Peruvian, or Ecuador. The entity then was among the Ohums…of that period, and among the peoples who journeyed in and conquered the peoples from the Atlantean upheaval, or the first of the series of upheavals that occurred.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 99-6)

The Ohum occupation of the Peruvian lands began prior to the coming of the Incals and the Poseidians. It continued until after the sinking of southern Atlantis.

In the one before this we find in that land known now as the Peruvian, during the period of the Ohums…before Incals and the peoples of the Poseidian land entered.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 1916-5)


In the one before this we find in that land now known as Peruvian, the entity being among the Ohums…when there were the changes being wrought in the land through the inflow of the peoples from Poseidia and Latinia…that southernmost portion of that land [Atlantis] sunk…
(Edgar Cayce Reading 488-5)

In turn the Ohums were subjugated by the Inca.

We find in that period when the Arms [Aymaras? Ohms were?] in that land now known as through [Peru, though] the entity then [was] among those that ruled in the land and being subjugated by the Inco [Inca?]…that took possession of the land from those that ruled.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 4292-1)


The land referred to as the Peruvian land was much broader than the modern country of Peru. According to the readings, the Peruvian land included a part of the Atlantean land, a part of On (Og?), and Ecuador. Sometimes the Peruvian land was equated with the Incal land, which was also identified as Oz and Og.


…the entity was within that same Peruvian land, though not exactly in the same territory; rather in that from a part of the Atlantean, as well as a part of what became later the On [?Og?] or the Incal land…
(Edgar Cayce Reading 1637-1)


…the entity was in the land now known as the Inca, or Peruvian, or Ecuador land…
(Edgar Cayce Reading 1895-1)

The entity was among those that journeyed to the land of the Incal, as now called, but then to the land of Oz and Og.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 1183-1)


From the readings we learn that these people included good engineers, and that they were great explorers and adventurers who traveled to the Yucatan, Central America, Argentina, and the American Southwest. Current archaeological data suggest that the earliest evidence of agriculture and the earliest known precincts with mounds and plazas in the Western Hemisphere occur in Peru. i


Pottery Incals


Out of this culture did Ms. 1298 travel to Florida, though at a much later date. This South American connection has been demonstrated linguistically.


In 1984 Julian Granberry published the first edition of A Grammar and Dictionary of the Timucua Language.ii In it he demonstrated that the Timucua, a group of Indians who resided in northern Florida and southern Georgia, were South American émigrés from the area of modern Colombia and Venezuela. The language family to which Timucua belongs encompasses an area extending down the Andes into Argentina, up the Isthmus of Panama into Central America, and deep into the Amazon jungles.iii Based on the measures available to him, Granberry estimated these South American immigrants arrived by at least 4,000 years ago. The trade network established by these seafaring adventurers was centered in what is now Colombia. The main trade item was pottery. In fact, the earliest pottery in North America appears on the Georgia and Florida coast, the direct result of this trade network. The Timucua were not the first South American traders to make the journey.iv


The more than four dozen readings pertaining to the Peruvian land make several assertions, including Incal influence in the American Southwest, that have yet to be demonstrated by the sciences. But, given the veracity of the ‘Incal’ influence in Florida, we can expect many interesting discoveries in the decades to come.


John Fuhler Blog 072-013John 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 Clark, J. E. and Kroll, M. The American Formative Revisited. In White, N. M. 2005. Gulf Coast Archaeology: the Southeastern United States and Mexico. University Press of Florida: Gainesville. 288, 293
ii His discovery was first reported in 1979 by James M. Crawford
iii Greenberg, J. 1987. Language in the Americas. Stanford University Press: Stanford. Pp. 388-9
ivGranberry, J. 1993. A Grammar and Dictionary of the Timucua Language. niversity of Alabama Press: Tuscaloosa. Pp. 2, 50-51, and 59  

 

For the Love of Animals, Part 2

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For the Love of Animals, Part 2
By Jennie Taylor Martin

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At this point, I felt I had a good concept of the nature of animals, but I hadn’t yet fully explored what the readings had to say about life after death for our animal friends.


As it turns out, I found Cayce’s answer in a group of readings given to several family members from February to September, 1933. Belonging to the family’s aunt and uncle was a little dog named Mona. Mona must have had quite a personality, because she was asked about in four of the readings given to this family over that eight-month period.


The first reading in which she is mentioned is for the 44-year-old aunt. The woman asked where and how she had been formerly associated with her husband, her brother, her niece, and then … there it was, “My little dog, Mona?”


To which Cayce responded that she was associated with Mona during a Roman experience. This Protestant woman, in 1933, for reasons perhaps known only to her, and for which I am very grateful, went on to ask, “Was she a dog then?” Cayce’s reply was emphatic, “A lion!” (Edgar Cayce Reading 268-3)


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It didn’t stop there. This reading was followed a week later by a reading for the woman’s husband. In his reading, these questions were asked and answered:


“(Q) What relation is he to the little dog Mona?
(A) He fought with the body in the Roman experience.”

“(Q) What was Mona then?
(A) The lioness that fought with the entity, and with those that destroyed many that the entity was then seeking to aid.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 280-1)


Can you imagine this lioness trying to find expression in their home as a small domestic dog? This Mona must have been one tough little dog! Perhaps as tough as my Izzy!


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Next we have a reading for the woman’s 11-year-old niece. This reading was given seven months after Mona is first mentioned in the readings, and the question was asked:


“(Q) Will Mona always be a dog?”
Cayce’s reply was:
“That depends upon the environ and the surroundings. No.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 405-1)


In other words, as tough as that lioness may have been during this family’s Roman experience, if she wanted to be a companion to this family again, coming back as a lion obviously was not an option. Due to the family’s current times and living environment, she instead became Mona, a spirited little dog.


The last reading that mentions Mona is perhaps the most interesting one. It was given for the woman’s 14-year-old nephew. In his reading, the question is asked,


(Q) Could a Life Reading be obtained through these sources for Aunt [268]'s little dog Mona?
Cayce replies, “(A) May be. As to WHAT it may be is different! It may not be understood, unless you learn dog language!” (406-1)


This is a great example of Cayce’s humor in the readings, but I also think he was quite serious about that answer! And I found a collaborative reading that elaborates on this concept with this analogy:


Venture Inward According to these readings, the lives of animals do continue after death. They also reincarnate, and it appears that, like us, they may stay with certain soul groups. Just as I can imagine human souls hovering over parents, deciding upon their “re-entry,” looking for that opportunity to once again bring spirit into the earth, I now have an image of our animals doing the same thing.


Excerpt from an article published in the Jan-Mar 2014 issue of Venture Inward magazine. A.R.E. members can read the entire article in the online member section at EdgarCayce.org/members.


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Jennie Taylor Martin Blog 2014Jennie Taylor Martin is the marketing director of A.R.E., and a former director of the PETA Foundation to Support Animal Protection. Out of love and respect for animals, she chose to commit to a vegan lifestyle in 1996. She is currently writing a book on this topic and welcomes stories of experiences you’ve had with possible animal reincarnation and or with animals and the afterlife. You can write to her at ARE@edgarcayce.org.

 

For the Love of Animals, Part 1

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For the Love of Animals, Part 1
By Jennie Taylor Martin

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I was born the youngest of seven children. This was in the 1960s when large families were not uncommon. Though we struggled financially, we always had pets. More specifically, we had a family dog, and I had mice, turtles, and a bird (cats, rabbits, gerbils, and guinea pigs would come later). My mom knew I had a passion for animals, and in spite of my family’s financial situation, she always supported my love for animals by allowing me to have pets and taking me to the zoo as often as we could manage.


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Shortly before my ninth birthday, my dad died. It was sudden and unexpected, and it put our family on a completely different path. Wherever we were headed before, we weren’t heading that way anymore. I was young, but I understood what had happened. I knew my father was dead. I had a concept of heaven from church—I attended Sunday school each week and went to vacation Bible school during the summer. I felt confident that my dad was in heaven.


But what I wanted to know was, do animals go to heaven too? During that time period in my family’s life, while staying over my aunt and uncle’s house, my young brain was trying to sort out what I believed and what I still questioned, so I asked my aunt, “Do animals go to heaven?” Her reply was, “No, they don’t.” I adored my aunt. I admired her, and I respected her. But her response broke my heart and called into question my young faith. I told her how I felt about it. “If animals don’t go to heaven,” I said, “then I don’t want to go there either.”


There is a RiverFlash forward several years, and as a teen I started reading books of a metaphysical nature, like Richard Bach’s Illusions. My mom and I had the same taste in spiritual material, but though she was aware of Edgar Cayce, I didn’t find out about him until my mid-20s when, under synchronistic circumstances, I ended up working at A.R.E. in the Membership Department. It was 1988 when I first read There Is a River, and that’s when my spiritual studies really began to take off.


At the same time, I had become a volunteer at the local zoo that my family had visited for all those years of my childhood. My love for animals would always be a part of my nature, and no matter what I read or studied, in the back of my mind were my aunt’s words and my desire to prove them wrong, because I wanted heaven, but I wanted the animals too.


Back in the 1980s, the Cayce readings were not yet in electronic form. If you wanted to research the readings, you had to either read books and other materials by authors who had done the research and published their works, or you had to physically go to A.R.E.’s library and look them up directly. There were no published works on Edgar Cayce and animals that I could find. It was only natural that I began to research what the Cayce readings had to say about animals. I wanted to know everything. What was their nature? Did they have souls? And, of course, did they live on beyond death? My research started at the beginning with this reading:


“Spirit pushed into matter—and became what we see in our three-dimensional world as the kingdoms of the earth; the mineral, the vegetable, the animal—a three-dimensional world.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 262-114)


This reminded me of the creation verses in Genesis but with an added depth. Seeing the animals as a spiritual kingdom and an expression of spirit as it had “pushed into matter” was an interesting concept for me. I wanted to understand this better, and I also needed to know what was meant by kingdom, so my research continued. I found more with this reading:


“In the material world, where we find expressions of the physical and of the spiritual, we find Mind. Yet what is known as the Group Mind—or that of the plant kingdom, the mineral kingdom and the animal kingdom...returns (as its Destiny) to the Creative Force which is its author, its maker. MAN—the free will agent...makes his Destiny as to whether his Mind...is one with or in opposition to the Creative Forces.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 262-80)


This concept of a Group Mind sounded to me like what we call animal instinct. I did not feel that this meant animals could not also be individuals, but rather I was reminded that animals are full of innocence. As this reading seems to indicate, that’s because animals are always in accord with the Creative Forces. Whereas humans—with free will—can act in “destructive” ways that are against the Creative Forces, this reading seemed to be saying that animals cannot.


Elephants Mtn Kilimanjaro
Elephants at Amboseli national park against
Mount Kilimanjaro Source: Wikipedia


Animals are living in accord with natural law, or the Creative Forces; that is, unless they are under the influence of a human’s free will. And yes, a human can teach a dog not to pee in the house, and yes, a human can teach an elephant to perform in a circus, but these are unnatural behaviors brought on by the force of a human’s free will (for better or for worse) and not in accord with the animals’ Group Mind (i.e., instinct or natural nature).


Because of humans’ free will, which can be used constructively or destructively, animals are dependent upon us for their wellbeing. Venture InwardAs was stated in the book of Genesis, we have dominion over animals and the earth. But since we have free will, it is our choice of how we wield it—for ill or for good, in discord or in accord with the Creative Forces.


Excerpt from an article published in the Jan-Mar 2014 issue of Venture Inward magazine. A.R.E. members can read the entire article in the online member section at EdgarCayce.org/members.


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Jennie Taylor Martin Blog 2014Jennie Taylor Martin is the marketing director of A.R.E., and a former director of the PETA Foundation to Support Animal Protection. Out of love and respect for animals, she chose to commit to a vegan lifestyle in 1996. She is currently writing a book on this topic and welcomes stories of experiences you’ve had with possible animal reincarnation and or with animals and the afterlife. You can write to her at ARE@edgarcayce.org.

The Mound Builders: Giant Skeletons and the Soul’s Journey to the Sky

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The Mound Builders: Giant Skeletons and
the Soul’s Journey to the Sky

By Dr. Greg Little & Dr. Lora Little



Ohio mound buildersEdgar Cayce gave 68 readings that in some way related to ancient America’s history. Of those 68 readings, a total of 14 directly discussed the mound-building culture that was active in America from roughly 3000 BC to historic times. Among Cayce’s statements about the mound builders was that the culture actually moved from the south to the north. He also related that the first true mounds were built in the south around 3000 BC.


With the injection of those of greater power in their activity in the land, during that period as would be called 3,000 years before the Prince of Peace came, those peoples that were of the Lost Tribes, a portion came into the land; infusing their activities upon the peoples from Mu in the southernmost portion of that called America or United States, and then moved on to the activities in Mexico, Yucatan, centralizing that now about the spots where the central of Mexico now stands, or Mexico City. Hence there arose through the age a different civilization, a mixture again.


Those in Yucatan, those in the adjoining lands as begun by Iltar, gradually lost in their activities; and came to be that people termed, in other portions of America, the Mound Builders.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 5750-1)


Hence throughout those periods the entity became then that one that led the first establishing of the activity in the varied lands that came to be known as later the Mayan, the Yucatan, the Inca, the Peruvian—and later the Mound Builders in the northern portions of the entity’s present sojourn. [Ohio?] (1208-1)


At the time of the readings these ideas were considered preposterous to mainstream archaeology. Today that same chronology is accepted. A 2001 book (Mound Builders: Edgar Cayce’s Forgotten Record of Ancient America) that we coauthored with John Van Auken detailed all of Cayce’s readings on ancient America and how well his readings matched what was currently accepted by archaeology and the emerging genetic research. Cayce’s readings about the ancient migrations to the America’s are startling and actually are now supported by modern archaeological research.


…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.


Then the entity was among those who supplied to the peoples the fruits of the soil, learning how to crack corn, wheat and grain, that it might be prepared into foods through cooking—though much in those periods was taken raw.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 3528-1)

According to Cayce, the mounds were erected as replicas of the Yucatan, Atlantis, and Gobi experiences. The mounds and earthworks were built by people migrating into the Americas in several waves beginning as long as 50,000 years ago. These waves of people entering the Americas merged with the tribes already present.


For some years we have conducted A.R.E. tours of America’s mounds. While the mounds and earthworks of ancient America are truly worthy of visits on their own merit, the major reason the A.R.E. has sponsored tours of them is because they are mentioned in Cayce’s readings.


The A.R.E. Ohio/West Virginia Mound Builders Tour from July 8-13, 2014 will visit nearly 50 mounds. For the first time be allowed access to mound sites that mimic the layout of the Center City of Atlantis as described by Plato some 2,400 years ago. We will also visit the largest and most extensive set of geometric earthworks in the world in Newark, Ohio.


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1848 Squier and Davis engraving, plate number XXV, : Newark Earthworks in Licking County, Ohio: Scource Wikapedia


At Newark there remains a well-maintained set of earthworks that nearly defies description. A near-perfect circular earthwork formed by an outer wall of earth 8-14 feet high encloses 20 acres. Attached to the circle is a massive octagon formed by walls of earth. The octagon encloses 50 acres. At each corner of the octagon stands a truncated earthen pyramid.


It is accepted by mainstream archaeology that its function was to chart the 18.61-year cycle of the moon enabling the builders to predict eclipses. Also in Newark is a massive circular formation formed by a 14-foot high earthen wall with a 7-foot deep moat on the inside. There is one opening into the circle.


great circle
Great Circle Earthworks : Scource Wikapedia


One of the key pieces of information that we’ll be presenting on the tour is precisely what these ancient people believed about death. Incredibly, the ideas we’ll present were only recently revealed by mainstream archaeologists. We’ll explore the journey of the soul in detail and visit Great Circle where we’ll conduct a Native American ceremony. Great Circle was a magic machine of earth, which was used as a way of pointing souls in the right direction and propelling them into the sky. Ceremonies will be performed at several sites along the way.


Some of the new mound sites we will visit are places where giant skeletons were reportedly excavated. There are more than 1,000 old newspaper accounts of giant skeletal remains being found at mound sites, most of which come from excavations done by the Smithsonian Institute in the 1800s. Many writers have accused the Smithsonian of being involved in a cover-up and conspiracy. It is a fascinating story and one that has both truth and exaggeration in it. But there actually were numerous skeletons excavated from mounds indicating that the individuals who were buried ranged from 7 feet to nearly 9 feet in height. Where did they come from and why were these tall people so revered as to be buried in the most prominent tombs?


The entity’s sojourns then were with those of a race of unusual height, unusual proportions to what might be termed in the present. For they were then the lords of the land… (1298-1)


What we hope to do on this tour is to truly explain what these mysterious people believed, why they constructed these incredible earthen formations, and what the implications of it might be. Some of the ceremonies we’ll perform will mirror what the Mound builders actually did at the sites. We’ll also explain the truth about the giant skeleton controversy. The facts of this story are actually much more interesting and intriguing than any fictional story generated to explain it. Andrew Collins and Greg Little are completing a well-illustrated book on the topic of America’s mound builders, the giant skeletons, and their beliefs about death. We plan on having it completed by the time of the tour.


 Greg and Lora Little 05BlogLora Little, EdD, has been a longtime student of the Cayce readings, especially focusing on his readings on archaeology, ancient biblical history, and spiritual development. She is coauthor of six books including A.R.E.’s Search for Atlantis and Secrets of the Ancient World. Gregory L. Little, EdD, part Seneca, is author of the authoritative guide to America’s mound sites, Illustrated Encyclopedia of Native American Mounds & Earthworks and co-author of Mound Builders. Both he and his wife have been featured in documentaries on Discovery, Learning Channel, History Channel, Sci-Fi, MSNBC, and National Geographic.


(The tour leaders are Dr. Greg Little, Dr. Lora Little, Brent Raynes, and Joan Raynes. Brent is the long-time Editor of Alternate Perceptions Magazine and Joan is Cherokee. Venture Inward Newsletter 052-14For details, go to EdgarCayce.org/tours or call the Travel Programs Office toll-free at
888-273-3339. The registration deadline June 2, 2014.


This is an excerpt from an article in the Summer 2014 Venture Inward Newsletter available online to A.R.E. Members at EdgarCayce.org/members. Dr. Greg Little will be a guest on Reflections: The Wisdom of Edgar Cayce television and internet radio talk show. For details and schedule, visit EdgarCayce.org/Reflections.

Noah the Movie – A Missed Opportunity, part two

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Noah the Movie – A Missed Opportunity, part two
By Kevin J. Todeschi

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Perhaps more than any other Old Testament tale, it is the story of Noah and the Flood with which individuals of all ages and religious backgrounds are most familiar. In Christian, Jewish, and Islamic literature, the story of the Deluge plays an important role. There are actually more than 200 “Great Flood” traditions scattered throughout the world. With this in mind, coupled with the fact that I have been a Noah’s Ark enthusiast for more than 30 years, I have to admit to disappointment in the movie Noah for missing numerous details of this archetypal tale and failing to bring to public awareness the fact that this story has relevance for all humankind.


The Deluge
"The Deluge", by John Martin, 1834.
source: Wikipedia


In the Christian world, the story of Noah has played an important role for 2,000 years. Between the Middle Ages and the 19th century, the fact that fossilized bones of sea creatures could be found on mountain ranges throughout the world was generally believed to be proof that a great flood had occurred. In Christian medieval towns, while biblical mystery-morality plays were making the circuit, the story of Noah and his family was a frequent favorite. Even with the discovery of plate tectonics in the 1800s, and the knowledge that ice sheets had once covered much of the Northern Hemisphere—challenging the medieval belief that “fish bones on mountaintops equals world-wide deluge”—the belief in Noah’s flood was never doubted by those faithful to scripture.


Further confirmation of the existence of the ark even after the 19th century came in the form of eyewitness accounts of the craft upon Mount Ararat in Turkey, near the borders of Armenia and Iran, by many reputable investigators, scholars, military professionals, and theologians. In fact, there have been more recorded sightings of Noah’s Ark since 1840 than during any other period of recorded history! Historical references to the discovery of the ark are traceable at least as far back as the third century BCE.


Mount Ararat
View of Ararat from Iğdır, Turkey.
source: Wikipedia


Over the years, what has fascinated me the most about this story is the fact that it can be explored from various unrelated perspectives—a process that will lead to the discovery that a number of source materials describe complementary aspects of Noah’s tale and expand it. For example, because of the information contained in Genesis 2:5-6, some Christians believe that rain was absent from pre-deluge earth and that the planet received moisture from a water vapor canopy that engulfed it: “…for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth…But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” This same premise was also advanced by Austrian-born philosopher, educator and clairvoyant, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), the founder of the Anthroposophical Society. In describing the pre-deluge earth, Steiner stated:


…at that time the air was saturated with water mist vapors. Man lived in the water mist, which in certain regions never lifted to the point where the air was completely clear. Sun and moon could not be seen as they are today, but were surrounded by colored coronas. A distribution of rain and sunshine, such as occurs at present, did not exist at that time… (Steiner, “Cosmic Memory”)


Some individuals contend that it was the disappearance of the water vapor canopy and the resulting influx of solar radiation that was responsible for the tremendous decrease in humankind’s longevity—from almost 1,000 years to the present lifespan of 7-10 decades. Scripture further supports this premise in that, immediately after the flood, lifespans begin to decrease with each subsequent generation.


According to the Old Testament, the ark’s incredible dimensions measured 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. Historically, a cubit is thought to be the length of a man’s forearm, or somewhere between 18 and 22 inches. It is interesting to note that the ark’s dimensions of 6-to-1 (length-to-width) were considered so seaworthy that Marine architect George W. Dickie purposefully used the same ratio when constructing the U.S.S. Oregon, which was launched in 1898, and was considered the flagship of the American fleet and one of the most stable vessels ever constructed.


Ark
A ship modeled after the biblical description of Noah's Ark,
Ark van Noach, in the Netherlands
source: Wikipedia


The Edgar Cayce readings add more information to the story of the flood. First of all, Noah and his family were not the only individuals saved from the destruction. The eight souls were saved to preserve the consciousness that had been brought into the earth through Adam and the followers of the Law of One, and to continue the spiritual and mental evolution of mankind. However, all over the earth other individuals found safety in crafts of their own making—lending credence to the fact that flood traditions exist worldwide. In fact, the readings suggest that the flood occurred during the second destruction of Atlantis, causing migrations of individuals from Atlantis to other parts of the world.


From the readings standpoint, God did not send the deluge; instead, God intervened to prevent mankind from completely destroying itself. (Interestingly enough, Jewish historian Josephus was also convinced that God did not send the flood and believed that the flood was brought about by humankind.) Apparently, some of the Atlanteans had gotten hold of the energy crystal that supplied power to the continent, misused the energy source, and caused an explosion that tore the continent apart—condensing the water vapor mist that completely surrounded the earth (much like the planet of Venus is surrounded by a cloud canopy).


From a psychological perspective, the Great Flood Myth symbolizes the pattern of being overwhelmed by personal transformation and change and yet somehow becoming a more enlightened individual because of that experience. What is fascinating about the archetypal significance of this tale is that in the last decade of the 20th century, the story of Noah experienced a tremendous rise in popularity. Almost overnight the market seemed flooded with numerous children’s toys, night lights, magnets, collector’s plates, ornaments, clothing, figurines and even several movies about Noah’s Ark. The archetypal reason was not because for some inexplicable reason this man and his family suddenly fascinated society. Instead, because so many individuals now feel in the midst of personal transformation and change this archetype has resurfaced. People feel motivated to put a Noah’s magnet on their fridge because subconsciously it resonates to something they are experiencing deep within themselves.


Flood Tablet
Gilgamesh tablet XI
Flood tablet in Akkadian
source: Wikipedia

Jungian psychologist Eleanor Bertine (ca 1944) found much archetypal significance in the flood story and suggested that the flood epic itself was far older than either the biblical or Gilgamesh accounts. Like many researchers, she pointed to a Sumerian version and its Ziusudra Noah that is traceable to at least the third millennium BCE. The biblical and Gilgamesh tales agree with all essential details of the Sumerian version. Bertine was convinced that both the Gilgamesh and the biblical accounts were traceable to the Sumerian version; however, she was also certain that the Sumerian version had been based on something even earlier: “dating back so far that the bottom falls out of time…” (Rohrbach, Pg. 197) Back so far that it corresponds with Cayce’s timing of Atlantis?


In the end, what may be most inspiring for me about the tale is the fact that there is an ancient Armenian legend which states that a gopher-wood craft, enormous in proportions, rests high upon the mountains just waiting until the moment is right for its discovery. According to the tale, God in His omnipotent wisdom, hid the craft, for He knew a time would come in the history of humankind when all the peoples of the world would need the chance to believe.


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Kevin Todeschi 80x100 pxKevin J. Todeschi is the Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University. His is the author of twenty-five books, including Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records and The Rest of the Noah Story.

 

 

Toward a Universal Christ

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Toward a Universal Christ
By John Van Auken



“Christ is not a man.”—Edgar Cayce reading 991-1


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With his outer mind quietly set aside and his deeper mind at-one with the Universal Consciousness, Edgar Cayce told us, “…know what you will do with this man, Jesus of Nazareth—Jeshua of Jerusalem, Joshua in Shiloh, Joseph in the court of Pharaoh, Melchizedek, as he blessed Abraham, Enoch as he warned the people, Adam as he listened to Eve.” (3054-4) In a reading for a person who had both Jewish and Christian training and was wrestling to decide which religion he preferred, the Source of Cayce’s readings asked: “Have you not found that the essence, the truth, the real truth is ONE? Mercy and justice; peace and harmony. For without Moses and his leader Joshua (that was bodily Jesus) there is no Christ. Christ is not a man. Jesus was the man; Christ the messenger; Christ in all ages, Jesus in one, Joshua in another, Melchizedek in another; these be those that led Judaism! These be they that came as that child of promise, as to the children of promise; and the promise is in you, that you lead as He has given you: ‘Feed my sheep.’” (991-1)


Obviously, when in contact with the Universal Consciousness, Cayce’s perspective on Jesus Christ is much different from that of the church and even of his own outer self. Cayce and his family were Bible-reading Christians. Yet, when he set aside his outer self and lifted his deeper mind into the Oneness with what the readings called the “Universal Consciousness,” a new perspective on Jesus Christ came through him to us, a perspective that is greater than one incarnation and beyond three-dimensional limitations.


From this perspective Christ is the Word, the Logos, the universal light of God manifested through an incarnate person. Cayce’s readings explain that the light of Christ first incarnated in Poseidia in Atlantis around 106,000 BC, doing so to help souls who had lost their conscious connection with God and had become trapped in matter. The attuned Cayce sees us as spirits and minds; physical bodies came long after our original creation in the image and likeness of the Universal Creator. The Christ spirit realized that it was going to take a series of incarnations in order to fully overcome the influences that had taken possession of our minds and hearts, and it came out of the heavens into matter to help us along the way.


The Christ spirit did not incarnate only in the Western world. Cayce explains that wherever the concept of one God and one brotherhood/ sisterhood was proclaimed, the Christ spirit was there. As the disciple John wrote in the opening lines of his gospel: “In the beginning was the Word [the Christ], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were created through this One; and nothing that has been made was made without this One. In this One was life, and the life was the light of humanity. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The Word [the Christ] became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.” A portion of the trinity of God came among humanity to help us. Cayce says this first happened in the legendary times of Atlantis; then again in Eden, between the Tigris and Euphrates; and again in Egypt, and again and again, continuing even today. In one of Cayce’s most often-published readings, he stated: “For the time never was when there was not a Christ...” (262-103)


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Many devoted Christians wrestle with the edict that a person must “name the name” in order to achieve full resurrection, redemption, and eternal life. Even the Cayce readings quote this phrase, but with a significant twist to it: “He that would name the name must have become perfect in himself!” (254-3) How many of us Christians can say we have achieved this requirement? Another reading says: “Magnify that name—that name—that becomes on every tongue that of the crucified one in the manner that self is crucified to the fleshly desires…preferring the spirit of the Holy One before self, and considering the neighbor as yourself.” (137-118) Using this reading’s definition of the name, couldn’t a person who has heard little of Jesus be “naming the name” if he or she has crucified fleshly desires, preferring God’s will over his own, and loving his fellow man as himself? Is the name a word or is it spirit? Is salvation the name “Jesus” or is it loving God and others as Jesus instructed? Is Christ only Christian or universal? Is God and the manifestation of God among us limited to select souls? Does not God love and seek the companionship of all His/Her children?


“As an entity, a soul, a mind, enters [the spiritual dimensions] put about the self the cloak, the garment, yea the mantle of Christ; not as a man, not as an individual but the CHRIST—that universal consciousness of love that we see manifested in those who have forgotten self but—as Jesus—give themselves that others may know the truth.” (1376-1) Here we see Cayce equating Christ with “the universal consciousness of love.” This consciousness may be achieved by anyone of any religion or even no religion.


Consider the apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia, in 1981. A woman holding a baby was seen surrounded by exquisite rays of light. The young people (mostly teenagers) who saw her said that she looked like the sun, had 12 stars over her head, a luminescent white veil, and a pearl-gray dress. She introduced herself as “the mother of all people.” She encouraged one of the Christian children to follow the example of a good Moslem woman in her community. She said that her message was for all people, and “If it is necessary, I will appear in each home.” The luminescent lady warned her listeners that it is time for complete reconciliation among people. This message was given in Bosnia, where Christians, Moslems, Croats, and Serbs had much underlying hatred and prejudice toward one another.


Maria Podbrdo
Statue of Virgin Mary at Podbrdo,
site of the Medjugorje apparition. Source Wikipedia


We Christians need to allow Jesus Christ to be bigger than Christianity. As Jesus said (or the Christ spirit with whom Jesus made himself one), “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and they shall become one flock, one shepherd,” John 10:16. Jesus said that he taught and did what he was guided to do from God, the Father, within him. And before leaving us to become completely one with God, Jesus informed us that the “Comforter,” the “Spirit of Truth,” would come to us and guide us.


Of course, not only Christians have to let go of religious elitism. Jews, Moslems, and others have contingents that believe their faith is the only true faith, and all must swear allegiance to their doctrines. As difficult as it may be, Christians, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus, and other religious groups are going to have to allow God to be the God of all people, and open their own hearts to all people. As the psalmist observed, God is everywhere and creator of everyone: “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there. If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there thy hand leads me, and thy right hand holds me,” Psalm 139:7-10. Cayce often quoted the passage: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord,” Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29.


Having presented this universal Christ, it’s important to acknowledge that in daily personal spirituality, one uses the practices, concepts, and ceremonies of one’s own religion and culture. In homes in Cairo, Tel Aviv, New Delhi, and New York, families flourish best when using their own religious customs. These evoke the spirit and love of God in particular ways that are ingrained into the nature of one’s being. These become sacred. Universalism is not a call to deny one’s unique ways. It is a call to cleanse our hearts and minds of prejudice against others in the name of God. This evil spirit of prejudice overtakes even the most well-intended, causing moral people to commit immoral acts, justified in the name of religious or ethnic purity. And this spirit does not just occur in war. It occurs in daily life, in little ways. All religious people have felt this from others. Jews, Moslems, and even Christians have felt the sting of prejudice against them. Many secularists in society today have an anti-any-religion attitude, and they base their prejudice on the negative actions of religious people throughout the ages. A new spirituality needs to be born. One that is universal. One that allows God to be God of all people. One that has faith that God can and will save all the souls that can be saved, no matter what their religious or nonreligious perspective.


John Van Auken 100 X 120John Van Auken has been studying the Edgar Cayce material for nearly 40 years. Popular with audiences around the world, he has written over 20 books and manuals, and a dozen videos. He has led 34 tours of Egypt and has meditated in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid over 80 times. His latest books include 2038: The Great Pyramid Timeline Prophecy,Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah, and From Karma to Grace and his latest videos are Edgar Cayce’s Tour of Egypt with John Van Auken and Meditation Techniques to Boost Soul Growth. John’s extensive knowledge of the Edgar Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient Egypt, and other world religions is combined with years of practical application of these truths in his own life. His exciting presentations are packed with useful information combined with insightful and revealing stories.

 

 

Remembering the Prime Directive of the Cayce Work

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Remembering the Prime Directive
of the Cayce Work

By Lynne Salomon Miceli



Edgar Cayce How to Develop Psychic AbilityWhen people think of the Edgar Cayce information, many think first of the more than 9,000 health readings that Cayce gave. Or the readings that focused on controversial Earth-change predictions. Others are most fascinated by the readings on ancient cultures. But there is one main theme that runs through the readings. It comes through in the health readings, the readings on Earth changes, and the information on Egypt, Atlantis, and other ancient cultures. And it’s as important for us today as it was at the time the readings were given.


One of the advantages of working for Atlantic University is that I can attend the weekly lunchtime meetings of the Egypt Study Group in the A.R.E. Visitor Center. Ann Clapp, who compiled the Edgar Cayce Library Series volumes on Egypt, founded the group at the urging of Elizabeth Waitekus, now co-facilitator with Ann. This group has waxed and waned during the past 16 years but its current mode is of exuberant growth. The focus of our study is the era approximately 10,500 B.C., when, according to the Cayce readings, Ra Ta, or Ra (an early incarnation of Edgar Cayce) was High Priest in Egypt. Also incarnated in Egypt at the time were numerous members of what we have come to call Cayce’s “soul group.”


This era, the readings tell us, was “one of the most momentous occasions or periods in the world’s history” (Edgar Cayce reading 900-275). Great efforts were made to develop human beings physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to fulfill our highest potential. This effort was pursued in the ancient temples: the Temple of Sacrifice, the Temple Beautiful, and the Great Pyramid. The tenets put in place in Egypt at that time were those later taught by the Master—who studied in Egypt, among other places, during his time of preparation.


Despite the archetypal enormity of their activities and the challenges they met, people of that time in Egypt seem to have been much like people of our time in so many ways—having many of the same appetites, temptations, failings, and struggles.


eye of horus with globe


One theme emerges time and again in these readings, though expressed in many different words. In the Egypt Group, we keep a small bell on hand and jingle it each time this refrain is repeated in the text.


From life reading 97-2: “In the one before this we find in the land now known as Egypt. The entity then among that peoples who gave the first study of the laws as pertaining to the relationship of man to man, and man to the creative energies…”


From life reading 2652-2: “...with the acceptance of that taught by those that set up the study of the relations of man to man, and man to God, and God to man. The entity gained in the application of same…”


From life reading 355-1: “the entity...aided in bringing much to a peoples... for the maintaining of those influences where…there might be given greater expression to the manifestations of the relationships between man and man, and between the Creative Influences…”


Ra Ta and his colleagues sent emissaries to other nations to share these teachings to correlate them with the spiritual understandings of other people.

From reading 1159-1: “...The entity made for an assistance in those activities when there were the correlations of those teachings from the peoples of the land now called the Indian, or the land of Saneid, the land of On, the people from the Mongolian land, as they gathered in those experiences for their correlation of the best in each that...might be applied...as they sought to make for greater and greater manifestations of their dealings with their fellow man and their activities that brought them in closer relation-ship and understanding with the Creative Forces.”

The theme was stated clearly in a reading Edgar Cayce gave for himself: “Let’s don’t forget the thesis, or the key for which all of this understanding had come: That there might be a closer relationship of man to the Creator and of man to man.” (294-149)



In 1928, reading 254-42 was given for the Board of the Association of National Investigators—a precursor of the A.R.E—which indicated that this should remain the prime directive for the Work:


“...This, then, should be first and foremost: The determined purpose...to have whole hearted cooperation, in a one-minded purpose, and that purpose to make manifest the love of God and man; man's relation to man; man's relation to God. In THIS there must come, as has ever been given, success in such terms as the service is meted…” In 1929, reading 2087-1, given for the development of Atlantic University (and specifically for its first president, William Mosely Brown) stated: “This shall be kept first and foremost in the heart and minds of each and every individual. Not as a tenet to blind the eyes of any. Not merely as a catch-phrase…but rather as a living motto in the hearts, in the lives… of each and every individual, whether this be the truckman, the gardener, the instructor, the pupil, or he that would head such an endeavor - but let it ever be ‘That We May Make Manifest OUR Love, MY Love, ALL Love, for God and Man’.”

Today, written over the doorway of the A.R.E. Visitors Center are the words, “That we may make manifest the love of God and man.”


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Still, we might need to remind ourselves that our organization exists—now as in ancient Egypt—to foster a closer relationship between man and God, God and man, and man and man. Let us remember this and claim the promise given in reading 2673-1: “... may it be said of self—‘Even the stars in their courses will fight for the entity’ in aiding others to understand their relationships with the Creative Forces and their fellow man!”



Lynne Salomon Miceli  Blog 120x98Lynne Salomon Miceli is a founder and former director of the A.R.E of N.Y. Center. She lives in Norfolk, Va., and is the registrar at Atlantic University.


(Adapted and reprinted by permission from the article “The Heart and Soul of the Cayce Work” in the Oct-Dec. ’13 issue of The Open Door, newsletter of the A.R.E. of New York Edgar Cayce Center. Visit them online at EdgarCayceNYC.org.)


Noah the Movie – A Missed Opportunity, part one

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Noah the Movie – A Missed Opportunity, part one
By Kevin J. Todeschi

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Having been an Ark enthusiast for more than 30 years, I had some measure of anticipation when I first heard about the recent Noah movie: Would the movie capture some of the archetypal significance that resulted in Flood Stories for nearly every culture and civilization on the planet? Would it bring together the tales from various scholarly traditions? Would it explain unexplained portions of the Genesis account? Would it follow some of the same threads of information that had so inspired me? And so on. Unfortunately, I have to say that five minutes into the movie any anticipation I had went right out the window, as the film I watched had absolutely no bearing on the Noah I have come to know.


Noah and Dove

Wikipedia:12th century Venetian mosaic
depiction of Noah sending the dove


As background information, I was first inspired by the Noah story while reading the Genesis account and realizing two things that had never been pointed out to me: Methuselah was Noah’s grandfather, and the scriptural timing for each individual’s respective lifespan suggested that Methuselah had died during the Flood. My passion for the story was further enhanced while reading an Edgar Cayce life reading (those readings dealing with reincarnation) that was given to a 28-year-old woman in 1944, when Cayce stated: “What an unusual record—and one of those who might be termed as physically the mothers of the world! For the entity was one of those in the ark.” (3653-1)


Eventually I was led to Violet Cummings’ book that dealt with her husband’s search for the Ark: Noah’s Ark: Fact or Fable? And I came to understand that since 1840 alone there have been more than 20 recorded sightings of Noah’s craft by approximately 200 people. My enthusiasm for the story grew, and I scoured dozens of resources. I eventually wrote my master’s thesis on the topic of “The Ark Myth: Biblical, Rabbinical, and Transpersonal,” (1988), and in time my novel, The Rest of the Noah Story (2010), pulling together all that I had discovered through many decades of research and study. Unfortunately for today’s movie goers, the producers didn’t even get the Genesis account correct.


The movie contains giant rock creatures (similar to the Ents, large tree creatures in Lord of the Rings or the rock monster in Galaxy Quest—I am not making this up)! From the movie’s perspective, only Shem has a wife aboard, which contradicts the Genesis account: “In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark.” (Genesis 7:13) Causing quite a bit of frustration for at least one of Noah’s other sons. There is also an evil stowaway onboard, Tubal-cain, who in the Bible is Noah’s cousin and a maker of iron and brass (Genesis 4:22). The movie also has Noah convinced that his mission is to help God put an end to humankind, at one point coming to the brink of almost killing his granddaughters so that no further wombs will be available to birth humankind.


There is a wealth of rabbinical wisdom and inspiration that the movie also overlooks or never knew of to begin with. Rather than having a vision of Enoch (a biblical forefather that never died but was “taken up” by God [Genesis 5:24]), Noah has a crazed dream. Rather than drawing upon some of the rabbinical thought as to why Ham deserted his family and became a wanderer and the eventual father of slaves, the movie version portrayed him as mad at his dad for allowing his girlfriend to die in a mob stampede. The list goes on and on.


Noah's Sacrifice

Wikipedia: Noah's Sacrifice
by Daniel Maclise


Perhaps more than any other Biblical tale, the story of Noah, his family, the Ark, and the Flood are known by individuals all over the world. A conservative estimate is that more than 1.5 billion of the earth’s inhabitants are familiar with the tale! However, the story of Noah is not the only known Flood Tradition. In fact, the “Epic of Gilgamesh” from Babylonian tablets dates back to the 7th Century B.C. and is also widely known.


This story, in essential detail, can be recited by countless individuals around the world. What is not so well known is the fact that Genesis contains not one account of the flood story but two! Modern religious scholarship has isolated at least three major sources for the Book of Genesis: the “J source,” the “P source,” and the “E source,” standing for Jehovah, the Priestly document, and Elohim, respectively. It is the J source and the P source which each have their own account of the Flood.


Originally, the different sources of Genesis were discovered because of the way in which the sources referred to God. The J source uses only the name “Yahweh” (Lord) when referring to God; the P source uses the names “Elohim” (God) and “El Shaddai” (God Almighty), and the E source uses both “Yahweh and “Elohim.” When the Bible was being compiled (no, it did not fall from the sky in one piece), it was the job of a “redactor” to compile all major sources together into one story, but in several instances it is easy to see items in the Noah story that were overlooked by the redactor. Examples: 1) each account has a different number of animals that Noah was instructed to take into the Ark, and 2) each account has a different length of time for the Flood itself.


P Source

 

Total number of animals = One pair of each creature (Genesis 6:19).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total length of Flood: The water lasted 150 days and remained on the earth for a total of one year and 11 days.

J Source

 

Total number of animals: Seven pairs of birds and “clean” animals, and one pair of unclean (Genesis 7:2). Essentially a “clean animal” is one which chews a cud and has a divided hoof (Leviticus 7:1-11); a clean animal never eats other animals.

 

Total length of Flood: The rain lasted 40 days and 40 nights and the water evaporated after three seven-day intervals of Noah releasing the dove out of the Ark to see if it was safe. Total = 61 days.



Regardless of whether or not we believe the Flood story, it is an archetype, because it is a part of the human experience all over the world. More than 200 “Flood Stories” are scattered throughout the various cultures and continents on the planet. The story has meaning across time and traditions and, as an archetype, is a symbol that deeply touches some aspect of human experience. What this means is that over and above any possible literal truth, the Ark can be seen as a symbolic representation of transformation and change, because the ship’s occupants underwent a journey over which they had no control and yet somehow ended up at a higher level of awareness because of their catastrophic experience. In most of these accounts, legend describes how a family survives a deluge of enormous proportions. Prior to the disaster, the family generally pulls together everything that is part of their world (such as the animals in the story of Noah described in Genesis) and finds refuge in a craft or a ship in which they can ride out the storm. Oftentimes, the family has no control over their journey for the ship is inundated from above and below and they are forced to simply ride out the storm. At the end of the flood, the craft generally finds higher and stable ground and the occupants can disembark and begin their lives anew. Everything that was a part of their old world is now a part of their new (e.g., the animals get off the Ark as well). The difference is that now all of the ship’s occupants find themselves upon higher ground.


Because so much of the today’s world finds itself in the midst of transformation and change, this archetype has resurfaced. However, take my advice—skip the movie and read the Genesis account.


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Kevin Todeschi 80x100 pxKevin J. Todeschi is the Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University. His is the author of twenty-five books, including Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records and The Rest of the Noah Story.

 

 

The Language of the Cayce Readings

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The Language of the Cayce Readings
By Gina Cerminara



Gina Cerminara with catMany thousands of people are introduced to the Edgar Cayce information every day. Some find it hard to understand the readings in the format in which they were given— what some call a King James-style of language. In 1945, Gina Cerminara, author of the best-selling book Many Mansions, wrote an article about the language of the readings for an A.R.E. Bulletin. We thought it would be helpful to revisit her insights. Here is an excerpt of her article.


Anyone who has ever had a reading from Edgar Cayce knows that the language in which it was couched was very often hard to understand… Why was the language so odd? …To this question we cannot give a complete authentic answer, because we are not in possession of all the facts in the case. But we can draw some reasonable deductions from what the readings themselves have offered as explanation, and we can make an intelligent appraisal of all the facts as we know them, in connection with the phenomenon of language in general…


Now it seems fairly clear that—whichever source he used to obtain his information, he was speaking from a point of view infinitely vaster and more intricate than the point of view of earth-plane man, and it is perhaps for this reason that a language difficulty arises… Exactly what the language mechanism was has never been explained by the readings themselves, except for very fragmentary remarks to the effect that higher-dimensional realities cannot easily be expressed in three-dimensional terms. This sounds reasonable…


It must be remembered that the readings were given from a point of view of an enlarged consciousness—that is to say, the source of information was conversant with many dimensions, and needed to condense what he knew into 3-dimensional terms. This is a difficult thing for us to grasp, because we are all so completely imbedded in a 3- dimensional consciousness that we cannot conceive of realities of 4, 5, 6, 7, and more dimensions. Yet both mathematicians and physicists, occultists and clairvoyants, assure us that higher dimensions do exist; and the readings themselves…often make reference to the fact.


By way of learning to appreciate the difficulty involved in compressing knowledge into narrower terms than those really adequate to describe it, one might try a little experiment. One might attempt to make a description of something, say the American flag, without using any words that contain the letter “r,” on the assumption that you were talking to a person whose…language contained no letter “r.”


It seems a simple enough sort of assignment. Yet the moment you began to refer to the most basic features of the thing you would realize that you could use neither the words stars nor stripes. Your first task would be to find other ways of expressing those ideas. Not even bars…perhaps bands would be the closest available equivalent. For stars you might begin to say, “five-pointed figures,” and in the midst of it realize that figures would be incomprehensible to an “r”-less people; so you would settle on five-pointed symbols of heavenly bodies.


USA Flag


Red would be your next preoccupation. You could neither say darker nor deeper shade of pink, but finally you would approximate the idea by saying deep pink… You cannot say there are thirteen bands which alternate in color, nor can you remark that there are forty-eight stars which represent forty-eight states of the United States of America. Even country would be unavailable to you.


Devising circumlocutions for all these…non-existent words—you might finally emerge with a description something like this:


“The flag of the United States of the Continent of the West (that is, the land found by Columbus) consists of eight and five bands of white and a tint that might be called deep pink, passion pink, wine pink, that is to say, the tint of blood—a band of white and then a band of this tint. In the top left of the flag is a field of blue on which we see twenty and twenty-eight five-pointed symbols of heavenly bodies, each to stand as symbol of the twenty and twenty-eight states that make up the land.”


This—as anyone who has ever read a Cayce reading will admit—sounds extraordinarily like a reading—and its clumsiness very likely arises from the same basic cause.


The readings, of course, need no apology. Their merit has been proven so many thousands of times in so many extraordinary cases that the genuineness of their clairvoyance can simply not be questioned. But it has seemed worthwhile to write this article in the interest of bringing out into the open a matter which, to some people at least, looms large as an obstacle to the full acceptance of the readings…


Excerpts from an article in the A.R.E. Bulletin (Dec. 1945); reprinted in The A.R.E. Journal (Apr. 1966)


Gina Cerminara photo blogGina Cerminara (Apr. 11, 1914–Apr. 1984) was an American author in the fields of parapsychology, spirituality and reincarnation. She was born in Milwaukee and received BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology from the University of Wisconsin. She spent years researching the readings of psychic Edgar Cayce before publishing the best- selling book Many Mansions. She toured as a lecturer in the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, and Japan.

Feel the Power of Affirmations

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Feel the Power of Affirmations
By John Van Auken



Of all the wonderful guidance to come through Edgar Cayce’s attunement to the Universal Consciousness, using an affirmation is unique. Affirmations can help us change our mind, mood, and health, and reach new levels of awareness and happiness. He gave over a hundred affirmations to people seeking physical, mental, or spiritual help.


Affirmations


From his perspective, an affirmation is an ideal structured in a potently suggestive statement. He instructed us to speak (aloud or silently) the affirmation, being sure to maintain a consciousness of the meaning of the words, and to speak it with a positive, expectant attitude, until the whole of our mental being was affected positively by the meaning. He suggested that the affirmation be repeated three to five times, but the goal was to achieve a “full, positive response” from the mental portion of our being. Try this. It works.


I have selected three of Cayce’s affirmations, which are at the end of this article. The first one was intended to take hold of desires, needs, and attitudes that we all experience in life and move them to a higher, more universally attuned condition, resulting in greater harmony and happiness in our lives. After sharing this affirmation, Cayce sharply instructed the person to “leave it with Him” rather than to keep wondering and doubting in anxious waiting for immediate results. He wanted people to feel the power of the affirmation in their mental self and then let it go free. The reason for this, he explained, was that the “unseen forces” are more powerful than the seen and work in a special way. The unseen forces work best when we have faith in them, a demonstrated faith shown by allowing them to work their magical way through our bodies, minds, hearts, and lives. He said that the spirit of patience, expectancy, and contentment are fertile soil from which the unseen forces can bring forth their miracles.


The second affirmation was designed to help a person find the best way to be a channel of blessings to others. Cayce explained that the phrase “my going in and my coming out” (taken from Exodus 28:35) is speaking about going in to the Holy Place within us, where God meets with us, and coming out from the Holy Place to relationships with others and our outer work. The going in is mostly done during sleep, prayer, meditation, and moments of reflection and stillness.



Door to higher relms


The third affirmation was designed to connect us with what Cayce called “the Christ Consciousness,” a state of mind and perspective that best channels the power of light and love into and through us — an excellent state to experience.


“Let my desire and my needs be in Your hands, You [are the] Maker, [the] Creator of the universe and all the forces and powers therein! And may I conform my attitude, my purpose, my desire, to that You have as an activity for me. And leave it with Him, and go to work!” Edgar Cayce reading 462-8


“Lord, here am I! Use me in the ways You know as best. May my going in and my coming out always be acceptable in Your sight, my Lord, my Strength, and my Redeemer.” Edgar Cayce reading 2803-3


“Let that Mind be in me that was in Him, who knew that of Himself He could do nothing, yet in the power of the light of the Father of all may we, may I, may all, come to know His love the better. Your will, O Father, be done in me just now.” Edgar Cayce reading 436-3


For more on Ideals, see the blog “The Importance of Ideals” by Kevin J. Todeschi.


John Van Auken 052013 120x98John Van Auken, is an internationally renowned speaker, long-time staff member and current Director at A.R.E. He is the author of many books including From Karma to Grace and his newest, 2038: The Great Pyramid Timeline Prophecy, and is a regular contributor to Venture Inward magazine. He is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, and meditation.

 

Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers

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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  


 

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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)


Circle in Southwest


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 Blog 072-013John 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.
v http://www.tugaloocorridor.org/cherokee/history_old-v-new.htm
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 Prosperity Group

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Invitation to Join the Board
Prosperity Group




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 2013-14 A.R.E. Board of Trustees
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.

Good Harvest
Good Harvest


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.


›› Download the Prosperity Project Affirmation (PDF)

 

Dealing with Difficult Astrological Influences

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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.


Astrology Predictions


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 -Hubble Photos
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 TheoNicholas 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

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The All-important Acid/Alkaline
Balance in the Diet

by T.R. Aletheia



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.


Balance Life style Blog 11-2013


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.


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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.


Resources on the web:


T.R. Aletheia Blog 2014 T.R. Aletheia, MS, RD, CNSC is a registered dietitian with a passion for holistic healing. She earned a master's degree in holistic healing from the Clayton College of Natural Health. 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. T.R. Aletheia is author of Cancer An American Conspiracy 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.

 

Making Resolutions that Count

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Making Resolutions that Count
By Deirdre L. Aragon





(Q) Will the New Year unfold greater opportunities for my professional advancement and my greater service to my fellow man?
(A) These are part of self’s own development and must rise within by taking advantage of those opportunities which are offered from day to day. As has so oft been indicated, and this body will find same within its own experience, it is as we use that in hand that the greater opportunities are given. (Edgar Cayce Reading 1472-9)

With the passing of each year, all of us are faced with the time-honored tradition of New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions date back to Babylonian times, through Ancient Rome, on the coattails of Christianity, all the way to Puritan New England. There is something about the passing of time that calls humankind to change for the better.


Resolutions Common resolutions include, but are not limited to read more, lose weight, save money, be kinder, avoid stress, and meditate. Whatever the idea behind the desire to change, many of us do not follow through with our resolutions. By Valentine’s Day, the list is buried somewhere in the bottom of a purse or was used as scratch paper for last week’s grocery list.


From personal experience, I have learned that change rarely occurs overnight, and it takes work to change. If change were easy, humankind would not need to set resolutions every year! With a few simple steps and practical tips, I believe anyone can make it through the year with their resolutions intact.


He without an ideal is sorry indeed; he with an ideal and lacking courage to live it is sorrier still. Know that. (Edgar Cayce Reading 1402-1)

Step 1: Compile a List

Resolutions may be simple or elaborate. Try to keep the list concise. This list is not to be considered as etched in stone, but flexible to change, as a person does, throughout the year.
 

Keep the most current list handy.

  1. Improve Diet
  2. Lose Weight
  3. Exercise Three Times a Week
  4. Write More
  5. Start School
  6. Be of Service to Others
  7. Read Daily
  8. Run the Halapua Half Marathon in April
  9. Be More Prosperous
  10. Run the Honolulu Marathon in December
  11. Meditate Daily
  12. Create a Four-Part Blog on Resolutions

One of the influences that must first be builded, then, is to first know thy ideals—spiritually, mentally, materially, (Edgar Cayce Reading 2021-1)

Step 2: Climb Steps, Not Boulders

There are no rules to resolutions. Many times we over burden ourselves with expectations of change. Is it no wonder, then, that resolutions are hard to keep? Do not try resolutions all at once. There are 12 months to a year in which an individual may work on themselves. The best part is that any resolutions that are not completed this year, may be completed the following year.

Step 3: Allow the Momentum to Build

I recommend designing resolutions to build throughout the year. Include some good habits from the previous year that you desire to maintain this year. Do not set yourself up for failure. If a person desires to finish his/her master’s degree this year, but has yet to complete a bachelor’s degree, then that resolution may not be realistic and should be saved for another time. Use logic and be kind to oneself.

Step 4: Give Thanks

Make resolutions fun and remember to celebrate accomplishments, no matter how small. The universe will recognize the effort regardless of the outcome. Just the desire to better oneself is of significant value.

It is the “try” that is the more often counted as righteousness, and NOT the success or failure. Failure to anyone should be as a stepping-stone and not as a millstone. (Edgar Cayce Reading 931-1)

Step 5: Visualize the Outcome


Visualize Outcome


Personally I am planning to layer my resolutions throughout the year. I currently read and meditate daily, so I will continue to do so in 2014. I have plans to run a half marathon in April, I will need to improve my diet to lose a couple of pounds, and I will need to begin my 12-week training schedule very soon. By mid-April, I am planning to complete almost half of my 2014 resolution list. I have already begun to write more in 2014.


The length of a person’s resolution list does not matter. It will not matter if all or none of the resolutions are achieved. The universe will recognize the desire of the individual that is a change in and of itself.

The unseen forces work best when we have faith in them, a demonstrated faith shown by allowing them to work their magical way through our bodies, minds, hearts, and lives.
From John Van Auken’s book Jesus: His Words Decoded, His Mystery Teachings Revealed


Deirdre L. Aragon 8-2011Deirdre L. Aragon is a Laguna Pueblo Indian, who spent the early years of her life on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico. Her paternal grandmother and aunt, who were tribal healers, taught Deirdre the wisdom and teachings of her tribe. She was raised in a home where metaphysical principles and holistic healing were accepted and practiced as a way of life. During a near death experience when she was ten years old, Deirdre was given the "mark of the shaman" from the Spirit World. Accepting her abilities, Deirdre has designed several healing techniques based on her personal experiences and knowledge gained through various sources and is an active speaker. She participated in A.R.E. Search for God Study Groups since she was a child and has been a student of the Unity Movement for over 15 years. Deirdre currently resides in Oahu with her family. You'll find her website Noble Minds, a companion on the path of enlightenment, online at Noble-minds.com.

 

Evolutionary Spirituality and the Edgar Cayce Work

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Evolutionary Spirituality
and the Edgar Cayce Work
By Lynn Sparrow Christy




Adapted from her article The New New Age: Re-Discovering the Cutting-Edge Qualities of the Edgar Cayce Work in Oct-Dec 2013 Venture Inward, members can read the full article online at EdgarCayce.org/members.


Edgar Cayce dreamsAs the New Age movement picked up momentum during the last decades of the 20th century, Edgar Cayce began sounding pretty stodgy to many people. Seek a life of service; root out tendencies toward selfishness in your patterns of thought and behavior; attend to your body’s health with careful nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle choices; set an ideal that you can live by as you go about your normal life activities; form intentional groups to bolster your resolve and follow through; make a difference in your world; pray; meditate—none of these had quite the wow factor that seemed to fuel popular New Age culture. What about experiences in altered states of consciousness? What about great psychic attainments? What about contact with entities on higher planes? What about the power of stones and crystals? While the Cayce readings address all of these things and more with great depth and considerable sophistication, they were often branded as beginners’ material simply because they do not emphasize the phenomenal aspect of the spiritual path.


If we take the time to look, we will find that the Cayce material is at the cutting edge of some of the most important developments on the contemporary spiritual scene. For, even as the popular explosion of New Age interest in the late 20th century was drawing increasing criticism for its tendency toward somewhat narcissistic and magical thinking, other influences were growing up alongside it. Influences that took the best of the burgeoning spiritual awakening and wedded it to science, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. Influences that have now come together to form an expansive and promising spirituality for the 21st century that is both “integral” and “evolutionary” in the way it draws upon diverse sources of knowledge and wisdom in order to engage creatively with an evolving cosmos, world, and human psyche—a new New Age that is all grown up in comparison to its late 20th-century counterpart. And it turns out the Cayce work was there all along.


Like integralism, the “evolutionary” approach to spirituality promises to reshape the way we think about our place in this world. To appreciate its impact, it is important to recognize that evolutionary spirituality goes beyond the age-old concept of soul evolution, which casts the earth as the place where we come to learn lessons, grow, and work through our karma. From this perspective, the earth plane is often at best little more than the schoolhouse of the soul and at worst the prison of illusion that we seek to escape at the earliest possible time.


By contrast, from the evolutionary perspective, the opportunity of incarnation has as much to do with the evolution of the cosmos as it does our own development. And most evolutionary thinkers point to human consciousness as the current frontier of evolution as it manifests here on earth. The Divine Source from which we arise has an irrepressible drive to create, and we are on the advancing edge of ongoing creation. Our primary role is that of co-creator and the theater of our creative operation is here, in this three-dimensional world of form.


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Lynn Sparrow Christy HQ131202Lynn Sparrow Christy is a teacher, writer, and hypnotherapist-life coach. With more than 40 years’ experience in both traditional and alternative approaches to spirituality and personal growth, Lynn is committed to helping today’s spiritual seekers find authentic and practical pathways to growth. Her latest book, published recently by A.R.E. Press, addresses the “evolutionary” aspects of the Cayce readings with Beyond Soul Growth: Awakening to the Call of Cosmic Evolution.

Snow in Egypt?

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Snow in Egypt?
By Alison Ray



For the first time in more than 100 years (more precisely 112 years) people from all nations saw the images of snow falling on Cairo, Egypt and even the Giza plateau. Given its desert climate, any precipitation in Cairo is rare; the city averages less than an inch of rain per year and warm, the average temperature in Cairo in December is nearly 60 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there were images of Cairo blanketed in snow, pictures of camels curled up in the snow, even images of the pyramids with a light dusting of snow. The photo of the pyramids, which was shared by tens of thousands of social-networkers has since been deemed a ‘fake’ but the outlines of the majestic pyramids seeming to glow with a bright white hue caused me to wonder if that was how they looked when they were first built.




While traditional archaeology suggests that the Great Pyramid was built around 2500 B.C. under the Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops) who ruled from 2551-2528 B.C., according to the Cayce readings, the pyramids are much older. The Great Pyramid was constructed between 10,490 and 10,390 B.C. by the efforts of an earlier incarnation of Edgar Cayce as the high priest Ra Ta and the efforts of the native Egyptians and the Atlanteans. For all things old are not primitive, in fact, the readings indicate that this was a spiritually and technologically advanced society that created temples for teaching the ‘Law of One.’ In addition, there were centers of learning called Temple Beautiful much like universities for teaching of vocations, meditation, and universal laws. There was also the Temple of Sacrifice much like a hospital and spa for physical and mental purification and rejuvenation. There were emissaries sent around the world to share the teaching and ideals.


It was the building of the Great Pyramid that unified the people with “what may be truly termed the first national or nation spirit of a peoples…” (Edgar Cayce reading 195-151) “Hence there began the first preparation for what has later become that called The Great Pyramid, that was to be the presentation of that which had been gained by these peoples through the activities of Ra-Ta…” (195-151) The Great Pyramid was built for the preservation of their understanding “not only for those in the present but for the generations that were to come…” (Edgar Cayce reading 294-151)


The Great Pyramid was built by Ra Ta working with Hermes as the construction architect and Ra Ta’s wife, Isris, for counsel and advice. “Then began the laying out of the pyramid and the building of same…” (294-151) It was designed based on “the position of the various stars, that acted in the place about which this particular solar system circles…” (Edgar Cayce reading 294-151) The Great Pyramids was “to be the place of initiation of the initiates that were to act in the capacity of leaders in the various activities…” (294-151)


Reading 5748-6 explains how the pyramid was built:


(Q) How was this particular Great Pyramid of Gizeh built?
(A) By the use of those forces in nature as make for iron to swim. Stone floats in the air in the same manner. This will be discovered in '58.


While the readings did not predict snow in Egypt, they did suggest that one day we may again become unified as one people and that one day the Hall of Records will provide “proof of the information may be found…for physically there are evidences of the activity of mental man in archaeological works, see?” (Edgar Cayce reading 254-47)



AlisonAlison Ray works as marketing manager for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. where she is responsible for membership, public information, Venture Inward, and the Web. Before moving from Chicago to Virginia Beach, she was the Assistant Vice President of Discover Home Loans, a private label mortgage program under Morgan Stanley, offering home equity loans to Discover Card members. A long-time Egypt enthusiast, she regularly practices meditation and Tai Chi, and makes jewelry.

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Edgar Cayce, Feng Shui, 
and Mindfullness
By Peggy Joy Cross




The mind is the builder. How many times have we heard and read these words from the Edgar Cayce readings? Our minds form our thoughts, and from our thoughts come our actions, or sometimes lack thereof, and from our actions come our results—the life that we create in our work, our play, our abundance, our service, our friends--all that we perceive in the world of form.


“For mind is the builder and that which we think upon may become crimes or miracles. For thoughts are things and as their currents run through the environs of an entity's experience these become barriers or steppingstones, dependent upon the manner in which these are laid as it were…..” (Edgar Cayce Reading 906-3)



Myriad of options


Our thoughts are elements of creation. They are the seeds we sow for today, for this moment that will never again exist. We choose to be open or closed in our thoughts about what the universe presents to us as opportunities for guidance, learning, new experiences, service—a myriad of options that present themselves. When our minds and hearts are open, our experiences in turn generate further uplifting thoughts. This is a wonderful energy to offer to the universe as it will generate more of that same energy. This is the purpose of working with Feng Shui, to uplift our lives through the vibrations of our homes and ourselves and to share this with others.


However, sometimes our thoughts and the seeds we sow generate fear—a fear of lack, a fear of loss, a fear of the unknown, or perhaps useless thinking about the path not taken. Cayce said, “Fear is the root of most of the ills of mankind…” (5459-3) Our thoughts determine how we choose to perceive our world.


Our thought-filled minds are the source of our intentions, and paying attention to our intentions is at the foundation of the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist School of Feng Shui. In Feng Shui, the energy of our homes is seen and analyzed as a reflection of our inner self—our furniture, the color of our walls, our artwork, clutter or orderliness—they all have meaning. As within, so without. We choose those aspects of our lives we desire to enhance and shift and thoughtfully create our intentions and select objects to support those intentions. These might include artwork, mirrors, plants, candles, furniture, crystals, lights, wind chimes, fountains, flutes, and colors. Any object in your home or office to which you ascribe a special meaning can be utilized as one of these helpful reminders.


Coins Fung ShuiOur thought-filled minds are the source of our intentions, and paying attention to our intentions is at the foundation of the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist School of Feng Shui. In Feng Shui, the energy of our homes is seen and analyzed as a reflection of our inner self—our furniture, the color of our walls, our artwork, clutter or orderliness—they all have meaning. As within, so without. We choose those aspects of our lives we desire to enhance and shift and thoughtfully create our intentions and select objects to support those intentions. These might include artwork, mirrors, plants, candles, furniture, crystals, lights, wind chimes, fountains, flutes, and colors. Any object in your home or office to which you ascribe a special meaning can be utilized as one of these helpful reminders.


Color may be used to uplift, energize, or calm the emotional balance in a given room. Cayce said, “…the body mentally – and the body in its nerve reaction – would respond as quickly to color forces as it would to medicinal properties….” (4501-1) I have seen amazing and positive changes in romantic relationships as a result of the intentional use of pink and red.


BaguaModern schools of Feng Shui rely on the Bagua, a life map that is used in conjunction with our homes and offices to help us see literally and metaphysically what is going on in our lives (because our personal space is a reflection of our life). There are specific areas of the Bagua, called Guas, that relate to all aspects of life. In the center of the Bagua is the tai chi symbol representing eternal change and flow—the integration of yin and yang, the complementary balancing and integration of opposites. There is no light without the dark. There is no rigid without the yielding. Using the Bagua to consider our life helps us to consider ourselves as deeply as we choose our inner life, our outer life, our work and purpose, our relationships, and every aspect of our being. This center, the Ming Tang, represents health—spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health—unity, and balance of all aspects of our life.


Feng Shui principles are a guide to living a life of purposeful work, harmonious relationships within families and business, increased knowledge, abundance, creative fulfillment, service, and a deep connection to the Divine in every aspect our of lives. This connection is at the core of Cayce’s life and teachings.


Cayce also understood the importance of peace and harmony in our homes, saying:

“For, as has been indicated from the innate experience as well as from the longings within, a home—home—with all its deeper, inner meanings, is a portion of the entity's desire; to know, to experience, to have the ‘feel’ of, to have the surroundings of that implied by the word home! Is it any wonder then that in all of thy meditation, Ohm-O-h-m-mmmmm has ever been, is ever a portion of that which raises self to the highest influence and the highest vibrations throughout its whole being that may be experienced by the entity?” (Edgar Cayce Reading 1286-1)



Peggy Joy Cross Blog 012014Peggy Joy Cross, ASID, has been a professional Feng Shui teacher, lecturer, writer and consultant since 1998. In her lectures and consulting she incorporates her background as an interior designer along with the knowledge from other schools, dowsing, meditation, ancient rituals and the Edgar Cayce readings. Peggy received her BFA in Interior Design from The Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL and her BA in Political Science from Indiana/Purdue Universities at Indianapolis. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and The International Feng Shui Guild as well as a Florida licensed realtor and Virginia Certified Interior Designer. She will present the a new conference New Year, New Life: Using Feng Shui, the Creative Forces, and the Edgar Cayce Readings to Renew Home, Life, Body and Soul in Virginia Beach on Jan. 18, 2014.

 

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