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November Update 2014

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November Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi



This is my update for November 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. Please share the following with your friends:


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YOUR MONTHLY CREATE CAMPAIGN UPDATE
With just 13 months left in our $30 million CREATE Comprehensive Campaign (capital, endowment, and programs); we have just passed the $25 million mark! With the Cayce Hospital renovations successfully completed and over $6 million raised already toward our $7.5 million capital project goal, we have been focused this fall on building our endowment – currently $4 million in investments and $1 million in real estate. Happily, we received pledges to start 4 new endowment funds in the last month or so! We still need to raise an additional $1.8 million before the end of the Campaign next year (December 31, 2015). Want to create your own named endowment fund for our Prison Outreach or Prayer programs? A.R.E. Camp or our schools (Atlantic University and Cayce/Reilly School of Massage)? Or a new endowment to support A.R.E. in general? You are still supporting our day-to-day program operations through your annual donations as well. We have raised well over $18 million for these great programs already! Thank you.


ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
I want to highlight this month several people who used their time as Atlantic University students to make the world a better place. Here are just a few of the ways that A.U. graduates are helping to transform the world:


AU students 2014Amy Haible, MA, LMT, helped Maine fisherman understand their exceptional human experiences. See her article in the Oct/Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Venture Inward magazine (available to members of the A.R.E.). Member Log In: EdgarCayce.org/members


Michelle Hamady, MA, healing through Mandalas—life changing not only for her participants, but also for herself. Watch her culminating project presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofztn9lQcgk. Watch for her Mandala eGroup coming in 2015!


Dustin Pack, MA, bridges spirituality with nature through the perennial philosophy. Watch his culminating project presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSxUsBiV8d4&list=UU_6vv9MEzR-CM3VlvmB3VpA. Download his free for iphone and ipad App in iTunes: Spiritual Reflections https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/spiritual-reflections/id710130406?mt=8


To find out more about Atlantic University, go to www.AtlanticUniv.edu. Come grow with us.


CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School is celebrating the graduation of students from the April 2014 and Evening Studies Programs on November 23, 2014. Congratulations to all these graduates who worked so hard the last year to complete their training and will now carry the Cayce health legacy forward! We are busy working on recruitment for our next new class starting in January 2015 and participating in many wonderful community service opportunities. As we look ahead to the new year, we are thrilled to explore more targeted military-based outreach, launch a new website and welcome many new presenters to our Continuing Education program. Thank you for all your support! If you are someone you know is interested in the incredible training that occurs at the massage school, visit: CayceReilly.edu for more information.


WATCH YOUR MAILBOX and Help Us Meet the Match!
In the next week or two, you’ll be getting my letter announcing our Year-End Matching Gift opportunity! Some of our long-time members have pooled their year-end donations to create a $125,000 Matching Gift Fund!


They will match all NEW donations to the Good Karma Club ($20+ per month), Golden Circle ($1,000+ per year), AND any increased Golden Circle-level donations (bump up to $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000+) up to $125,000 before December 31. Give more than you did last year and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar!


Will you help us get the full Match? You can also see additional information at this link: EdgarCayce.org/donate


A.R.E. 2015 TOURS
A.R.E. 2015 TOURS Get ready for a fantastic tours line up for 2015 including:

  • Our first ever tour to CUBA! [Price recently reduced!] 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. Contact the travel programs office at tours@edgarcayce.org; or EdgarCayce.org/tours for details.
  • Southern Spain & Morocco – Led by Peter Woodbury, April 11 -22, 2015. Also offering an optional extension to the Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara Desert, April 22-26, 2015.
  • Old Quebec & Montreal – Led by Patrick and Jane Belisle, August 10-16, 2015.
  • JUST ADDED: China & Tibet – Led by John Van Auken, September 15-28, 2015.
  • New Mexico and Mesa Verde – Led by Don Carroll, October 24-31, 2015.

WHAT’S AHEAD FOR HEADQUARTERS CONFERENCES
($Take part in our holiday tradition--join us for our annual New Year’s conference. [Note for families: a special youth track runs concurrent with this event – see below.] This year features 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. Or start off 2015 with our January 16-18 Experiencing Sacred Inner Realms: Awakening to the Call of Your Soul and experience the healing power of meditation with proven techniques for reaching a deeper state of spiritual awareness and enlightenment with John Van Auken, James Van Auken, Joanne DiMaggio, and Judith Pennington. Open to all. (Life members may redeem their passes for this program.)


Field Conferences brings Headquarters -sponsored programs and dynamic speakers to cities near you! Our 2015 line-up includes new programs with favorite A.R.E. Press authors Kim O’Neil, Darrin W. Owens, Don Carroll and more! Check out our listing of programs near you in the Calendar of Events section of Venture Inward.


Youth New Years


A.R.E. NEW YEAR’S YOUTH PROGRAMS!
The A.R.E. Youth will be offering two programs for Teens and Young Adults this year from December 27 through January 1. Youth participants can expect to share meals and grow together through spiritual and personal exploration; all while living an enriching and meaningful Cayce-centric lifestyle. Come experience the magic of living ocean-side as we ring in 2015.


EDGAR CAYCE LEGACY SOCIETY
You Can Have Your Legacy Last Forever through ECLS. There has never been a better time to join the Edgar Cayce Legacy Society (ECLS) and ensure the future of the Cayce Work! Just invest in an A.R.E. Charitable Gift Annuity OR add us to your estate plans (or notify us that you have already done so) by December 31 and, as a new ECLS member, you will:

  • Receive a FREE DVD of the recent and very popular HQ Conference “Medical Intuition: Self Diagnosis and Healing with Your Body’s Energy Systems” by Dr. Norm Shealy, author of “Living Bliss: Major Discoveries along the Holistic Path” (NOT available for purchase)
  • Be entered into a drawing that include:
    • A 50th Anniversary Edition of “There is a River” autographed by Gladys Davis Turner, Edgar Evans Cayce, Charles Thomas Cayce, Dr. Harold Reilly and other early A.R.E. luminaries
    • A 75th Anniversary Edition of “There is a River” autographed by Edgar Evans Cayce, Charles Thomas Cayce and Kevin Todeschi
     

Contact 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 for more information.


FALL ASTROLOGY SALE – SAVE $5
Our fall astrology sale is in full swing, saving you $5 each on all charts. There’s no limit to the amount of charts you can order, so break out your holiday gift-giving list! The sale ends December 5! View charts here: http://www.arecatalog.com/Astrology-Charts/


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. Our next scheduled eGroup: Creating the Life You Want, November 19 – December 16, mentored by Patrick Belisle.


And in 2015 we are offering a Special Package designed just for you! You can enroll in all four A Search for God eGroups for the price of three! Just $165 for three courses, get one completely FREE (Offer valid until January 31st, 2015. Regularly $220, you save $55). To register for this package visit this link https://commerce.solutrix.com/are/aresecure/eGroupASfGoffer.asp

  • Book One, 1-6 February 11 - March 24, 2015
  • Book One, 7-12 April 22 - June 2, 2015
  • Book Two 1-6 July 22 - September 1, 2015
  • Book Two, 7-12 September 16 - October 27, 2015

For more information about eGroups, visit www.edgarcayce.org/egroups, or contact us at: eGroups@edgarcayce.org





Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving!


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Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO


 

New A.R.E. Press Book Bobbie’s Organic Planet Featured in Virginian-Pilot Article and Review

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New A.R.E. Press Book Bobbie’s Organic Planet Featured in Virginian-Pilot Article and Review

Bobbies Organic PlanetHaving lived in six countries on three continents, Bobbie Williamson's global travels afforded her the special opportunity to absorb not only the distinct qualities of foreign cultures, but also to learn a wide variety of culinary techniques. Her unique cooking style incorporates both Edgar Cayce's healthy philosophy regarding food combinations along with Bobbie's own favorite Mediterranean, Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisines in the new A.R.E. Press book Bobbie's Organic Planet: How to Buy Local and Cook Global.


Her firm belief is that people should know the source of the foods they eat and, as the Cayce readings stress, the importance of buying locally grown and organic products as often as possible. This can be a fun experience for families while they make outings to local farmers' markets to pick their own food, or better yet, have a vegetable garden at home.


Learn more about the book and the reviews, including the listing in The Virginian-Pilot Lorraine Eaton’s Five Best Cookbooks in her blog The fattest cookbooks of the decade (and the skinniest). Read the full article from the Virginia Beach native creates locavore-friendly cookbook.


Visit BobbiesOrganicPlanet.com to learn more about the author, read other book reviews, and enjoy sample recipes. A.R.E. members save 20% on the price of the book at ARECatalog.com.

The Reincarnation of James Huston

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The Reincarnation of James Huston

Kevin J. Todeschi


I could not begin to count the number of times over the years I have heard stories about young people with seeming psychological traumas (including innate fears and reoccurring nightmares) that to students of the Edgar Cayce materials would appear to be reincarnation based. Unfortunately, almost without exception, these young people are simply treated with medications and psychotherapy in an effort to stop “the problem.” Because an understanding of reincarnation and the way in which memory transfers from one incarnation to the next has yet to enter into our mainstream worldview there has not been an openness to look at these issues from the perspective of the soul rather than simply from the perspective of the mind. That is until now. The story of downed World War II pilot James Huston reincarnating in our contemporary time as James Leininger may do much to change the way in which parents and health care providers look at fear, reoccurring nightmares, and the journey of the soul.


Book: Soul Survivor Recounted in Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot  is the story of two-year-old James Leininger who began having repetitive and horrific nightmares about a man who was stuck in a plane that was on fire, crashing toward the water. He began drawing pictures of the scene – an event that shaped many of his waking thoughts. He told his parents that the man had been shot down. When they asked by whom, the child appeared stunned by their ignorance and replied, “The Japanese.” The child stated that he had been the man in the plane and provided extensive details about the man, his name, James Huston, the ship he was from and the individuals who had served with him. In time, his parents tracked down both family and surviving servicemen who had known James Huston, and little James Leininger provided specific information that could have only been known by Huston. The Japanese even invited young Leininger to return to the place where his planned had been downed more than 60 years ago. The impressiveness of the tale has caused the Leininger story to be picked up by media throughout the country, from ABC’s Primetime to Fox News.


For me, the story of James Leininger is a refreshing reminder that we are eternal spiritual beings having ongoing physical experiences in a process of personal growth and enlightenment. There is no doubt in my mind that stories like this will become more commonplace and more accepted, for we are on the verge of a global shift in perception and consciousness – a shift that will lead us to truly understand our connection to one another and our relationship with the Divine. After all, when the workings of reincarnation became the worldview then all the things that divide us – whether religion, or power, or ideology or differences of any kind – will simply fade away.

 

Meet Bruce Leininger at the A.R.E. Headquarters Conference  Courageous Souls: Reconnecting with Your Past Lives, Soul Groups, and Soul Purpose, February 19-21, 2010.

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol and Edgar Cayce’s Insights

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Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol and Edgar Cayce’s Insights

By John Van Auken


Get ready for another fast-paced, action-packed thriller with Tom Hanks as Harvard professor Robert Langdon searching to break the mysterious code of arcane symbols to discover the secret that will end the horror! Actually, in this latest thriller, professor Langdon is looking for a pyramid that contains the key to turning men into gods. Langdon is driven into this dark world to save his mentor, Peter Solomon, the kidnapped and mutilated CEO of the Smithsonian Institution (and an obvious pointer to Solomon’s Temple and the Masons). Anticipating huge demand, Doubleday printed 6.5 million copies of Dan Brown’s latest book, The Lost Symbol! (There are 81 million copies of The Da Vinci Code in print!)


In this newest mystery-thriller, Brown reveals what many have surmised, that Washington, D.C., was laid out according to a secret geometric code designed by the Freemasons, those most secretive, underground rulers of nations. Tradition holds that the men who built Solomon’s Temple founded Freemasonry and that many of the Founding Fathers of the United States were indeed Freemasons. Of the 56 persons who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1778, 15 of them were Masons. Of the 39 signers of the United States Constitution, 28 were high degree Masons. Fourteen presidents were openly Freemasons; nine more have been suspected of being Masons.


Key among Washington’s designers was Thomas Jefferson, who developed initial plans and modified the final plans for the capital district of the new nation—despite the hiring of Pierre L’Enfant as the primary architect. Jefferson, along with many of the Founding Fathers, incorporated the secret symbolism of Freemasonry into the new nation’s icons, notably the Great Seal of the nation—both sides of which appear on the one-dollar bill.

Great Seal USAEagle - Great Seal USA


Annuit Coeptis means “Announcing the birth of,” and Novus Ordo Seclorum means “New World Order,” thus it says, “Announcing the Birth of the New World Order.” The date in Roman numerals is 1776. The Latin E Pluribus Unum means “Out of Many, One.”


In one of Edgar Cayce’s famous past-life readings (1208-1), he identified Thomas Jefferson as the reincarnation of another nation builder who also built an enormous library: Alexander the Great, who built the renowned library of Alexandria, Egypt. Curiously, in 1814, when the first U.S. Library of Congress burned down, as had the great library in Alexandria, it was Thomas Jefferson’s library that replaced the lost Library of Congress.


Cayce also said, “Americanism, with the universal thought that is expressed and manifested in the brotherhood of man into group thought, as expressed by the Masonic Order, will be the eventual rule in the settlement of affairs in the world. Not that the world is to become a Masonic order, but the principles that are embraced in it will be the basis upon which the new order of peace is to be established.... When these things are considered, then, it is self-evident that individuals should be up and doing.” (1152-11)


What are some of the mottos and codes of the Masonic order? Dan Brown’s book focuses on the Scottish Rite Masonry, putting its seal on the front cover of his book.Seal of Lost Symbol In this we see the number 33, which is the highest degree awarded in the Scottish Rite; the double-headed eagle, which symbolizes East and West united; and the words Ordo ab chao, which means “Order from chaos.” Freemasonry espouses the values of brotherly love, relief (i.e., charity), and truth (i.e., good morals). The masonry part comes from the idea that, by applying in our lives the precepts of ancient master builders, we can all benefit—of course, those precepts are proprietary Masonic knowledge. Freemasonry believes in a Creative Principle, or force, from which everything emanates. The Freemasons use architectural symbolism to explain life.


One of their principal symbols is the square and architect’s compass, tools of the trade of masons.Masonic Symbol As measuring instruments, the tools represent judgment and discernment. The compass, which is used to draw circles, represents the realm of the spiritual and eternity. It is symbolic of the defining and limiting principle, and also of infinite boundaries—the Kabbalah’s orbs on the Tree of Life. The square measures the angle, the symbol of earth and the realm of the material. The square represents fairness, balance, firmness, and the like, which is reflected in phrases such as "on the square" and "squared away." Something that is squared is something that is stable, a foundation for building upon. The square represents matter, and the architect’s compass symbolizes the spirit or mind. The architect’s compass straddles the square, representing the interdependence of the two. In the space between them, there is optionally placed a blazing star or other symbol of Light, representing truth or knowledge. Alternatively, there is often a letter G, said to represent God and/or Sacred Geometry.


George Washington Symbol

In Dan Brown’s new book, the Washington Monument is at the center of the secret geometric grid, and its cap contains the lost secret! George Washington was a strong Mason, and inside the entrance to his monument, just about his image, is the Egyptian Winged Orb of God Consciousness, with two cobras, symbolizing the kundalini energy, or élan vital, and a five-pointed star, representing the five senses and appendages of the body.


Dan Brown’s premise that Washington, D.C. was secretly arranged according to a Masonic pattern will be a surprise to those living in Sandusky, Ohio, because, according to their town’s records, Hector Kilbourne, first “Worshipful Master” of the Sandusky Masonic Lodge, laid out the grid for the downtown of Sandusky, Ohio, in 1818, as the only city in the world originally laid out on Masonic symbols.


Cayce’s readings say, “Washington is and will be the center of the world. From those environs must go much that will rule or direct the thoughts of men of the world, everywhere.” (3003-1)


DC Layout


Here is the supposed layout of Washington. The triple Tau is the “Sacred Name” expressing the Trinity of the Divine and is secretly used in Masonic rites and design. The Grand Commander of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Albert Pike, wrote: “The triple Tau, in the center of a circle and a triangle (see illustration) typifies the Sacred Name; and represents the Sacred Triad of the Creating, Preserving, and Destroying Powers [Hindu gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, the latter is the destroyer of illusions); as well as the three great lights of Masonry: Wisdom, Strength, and Harmony.”


Triple TauAccording to The Lost Symbol, the Masons also hid lost words of great power inside their secret grid. The evil one in this book is a bodybuilder, covered from head to toe in occult tattoos, who nicknames himself Mal’akh (Moloch), after one of the devils in Paradise Lost. He is determined to possess that magic word. Remember, Dan Brown writes entertaining fiction, no matter how much he makes it sound like fact!

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