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Dangerous Doorways to the Unconscious: Ouija Boards, Automatic Writing, and the #CharlieCharlieChallenge

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Dangerous Doorways to the Unconscious:
Ouija Boards, Automatic Writing, and the #CharlieCharlieChallenge
by Kevin J. Todeschi



charlie charlie challengeYES, the Edgar Cayce readings provide straightforward encouragement that each of us is potentially our best psychic and that everyone can access personal guidance at any time. In fact, Cayce provided a wealth of information regarding how the subconscious can be unlocked safely through such things as meditation, working with dreams, undertaking personal spiritual growth, developing empathy, learning how to recognize psychic hunches, and so forth. However, the readings also provide many cautionary tales of dangerous doorways to the unconscious, a number of which are detailed in Hugh Lynn Cayce’s book, Venturing Inward.


Having had the wonderful opportunity to recently edit the 50th anniversary re-release of Hugh Lynn Cayce’s classic, I was reminded of the true dangers associated with such things as automatic writing and Ouija boards and even the “new twist” on this old danger that is being called the “Charlie-Charlie challenge.” Literally tens of millions of people have already called attention to this game by using the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge. Drawing upon the same premise as automatic writing and the Ouija board, players essentially balance pencils over the words “yes” and “no” on a piece of paper and ask questions. Reportedly, the questions are answered by a demon named “Charlie” who moves the pencils to the appropriate response.


 spirit in doorwayBefore running off and trying the game, it might be helpful to know that Hugh Lynn Cayce worked with countless individuals over the years who had inadvertently opened themselves up to “possession” by playing what they thought were “harmless” games. The challenge is that once a discarnate entity (a dead person who doesn’t want to be dead) finds a receptive “ear,” the deceased spirit is not too keen to turn loose. Venturing Inward includes many tales of how this type of game led to connections with spirits that attempted to take over a person’s life, break up his or her marriage (sometimes even beginning a “sexual” relationship with the individual), causing the loss of jobs, etc. These kinds of games are not harmless at all—especially to those who are vulnerable due to such things as drugs or alcohol, injuries to the spine, the hormonal confusion of puberty, and ill health. And once the discarnate has a connection, it can be very hard to eliminate.


Whenever individuals came to Edgar Cayce and asked about how to deal with these types of experiences–experiences that may include such things as feeling the presence of a ghost, sensing that someone is invading your thoughts psychically, hearing voices, picking up on unwanted psychic information—his suggestions included a variety of approaches designed to bolster the body's natural defenses—physically, mentally and spiritually:

  • Consider seeing an osteopath or chiropractor to make certain there has not been a spine issue that is causing pressure on the nervous system. Oftentimes, individuals unknowingly open themselves up to other realms of "reality" because of a spinal injury or problem.
  • Eat a healthy well-balanced diet and get plenty of sleep. Do not skip meals or eat poorly. One of the easiest ways to continue having problems at the mental-emotional level is to abuse the physical systems of the body, and that includes a poor diet and sleep deprivation. 
  • BibleGive the mind plenty of uplifting (oftentimes spiritually-focused) material to read. Literature might include self-help books, uplifting poetry, the Torah, the New Testament, etc. Cayce often stated, “the mind is the builder” and what we focus upon becomes a part of us.
  • Work with prayer. Imagine surrounding yourself with a "white light of protection" whenever you feel troubled by an experience. You can also ask friends, family, a minister, or a Rabbi to pray with and for you.
  • Refuse to become fascinated by the experiences. Quite frequently individuals must get over their intrigue of the experience–in spite of their aversion to it–before healing can take place.
  • Find a sympathetic counselor or therapist with whom you can talk. This therapist should probably be familiar with Jungian psychology, the paranormal, or at least be open to the unknown.

dreamingYES, individuals can avail themselves of safe psychic experiences through a variety of means, but Ouija boards, automatic writing, and this new Charlie-Charlie challenge can be very dangerous and not at all constructive or useful. Instead, try writing out a question, read the question before going to bed, and then dream on it.


Alternately, you can play a safe psychic game recommended by Edgar Cayce. According to Cayce, if individuals truly want to have a psychic experience, they need to work with a friend for twenty days. At the same time each day, each individual is to sit quietly wherever he or she is and think about the other person. Each individual is to try to imagine the other person and feel what that other individual had been doing just prior to the agreed upon time for the daily exercise. This is to be repeated every day for twenty days. According to Cayce, at the end of twenty days, you will have gained firsthand experience with understanding a psychic connection.



Kevin Todeschi 180 pxKevin J. Todeschi is Executive Director and CEO of the Edgar Cayce work (EdgarCayce.org). As both student and teacher of the Edgar Cayce material for more than 35 years, he is the author of over 25 books, including the bestselling Edgar Cayce On the Akashic Records, Dream Images and Symbols, and his most recent (with Henry Reed), Contemporary Cayce.

The Majestic Southwest: A Place for Dreams

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The Majestic Southwest: A Place for Dreams
Donald B. Carroll



Mesa_VerdeMany know of the fascinating readings of Edgar Cayce that speak of the American Southwest’s cliff dwellers. The readings called this area the land of “Og” and located it on the Colorado plateau, exactly where you will find such places as Bandelier, Chaco Canyon, and Mesa Verde. The readings also describe the injection and influence on this ancient ancestral Puebloan civilization (formerly called the Anasazi) from several different areas. Such influences came from immigrants escaping the sinking of Lemuria and Poseidia (Atlantis), the Lost Tribes and even “Og” sending representatives to an ancient world council to discuss the threat of huge animals still roaming the earth. The readings even speak of connections with cultures in the Yucatan, which archeologists have recently confirmed with evidence found at Chaco Canyon. I personally enjoy the reading below (1144-2) that tells of connections of the cliff dwellers, through Poseidia, to immigrants into the area of the Pyrenees. Interestingly, some 25,000 years ago, in that portion of Europe, there existed a people called the Solutrean Culture, identified by their unique arrowheads. The arrowheads, which have been found up and down the East Coast of the United States, are similar to the Solutrean arrowheads, causing some to speculate that those European immigrants are the same peoples.


Besides the historical information given in the readings, there is another aspect to these readings that is just as important and something that was personally experienced in New Mexico by Edgar Cayce himself! This is an area of the world that one may experience or re-experience in dreams and visions. Some examples from the readings:


In the one before this we find in that land known as the land of Og, now known as that of the American plateaus, or in north portion of now New Mexico, and such…

 

Q. Will the entity be able to use the knowledge she obtained in New Mexico, and how will she be able to recall this knowledge?

 

A. In dream! (993-2)

 

Hence the entity was among the daughters of the Law of One, being a priestess of the temple in the Poseidian land; among those that went to the Egyptian land with those peoples for the establishing of the associations; also visiting those that established themselves in now the Pyrenees—or the eastern portion of the continental Europe, and those that established themselves in what is now known as a portion of America—in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and those portions of the land.

 

Hence all of these lands have their influence in the experience of the entity, and there may be—through those periods of the deeper meditation, the periods of thought—the periods when the entity may through the mystic forces, in which there is the innate interest in the present, become more and more aware of the motivative forces of the Law of One, or of the Creative Force and its relationships to the souls of men and women in their experience through the earthly sojourn. (1144-2)

 

…in that portion of the land now known as Utah and New Mexico. Would the entity vision much of that portion of those lands lying in the southern portions of that land, and those of the Arizona and New Mexico lands, much as a dream would come to the entity. (358-3)


Now let me share Edgar’s experience of a dream/vision and manifestation when he spent about a month in these same areas.


dreaming-mindQ. Please elucidate upon the experience I had last month in New Mexico when seeing and talking with my mother, in which she materialized a silver dollar.

 

A. As has been given, either by vision, by prayer, by Urim, by Thummin, by dream, or in the material things, may the vision of those that are in the heart and mind of individuals given through the powers of those in the spirit plane to enter into association, communication, or activity with those that they seek to guide.

 

Here we find for the first, that has long been sought between mother and son, that of communication concerning those things that deal with the mysteries of life and of those things that may bring to bear in the experiences of all, and how that there may be used those things of materiality for the representing of the spiritual. (294-174)


What an incredible experience—an experience whose generation seemed to be assisted by this majestic, magical, and mystical area of the American Southwest.


The A.R.E. Travel Program tours this area every few years—including a trip to New Mexico and Mesa Verde in the fall of 2015 (see EdgarCayce.org/tours for details). I hope you can join me so that we may share and dream together.



don_carrollDon 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 the Cayce perspective. 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 A.R.E., visiting sites of a spiritual nature across the globe. His website is DonaldBCarroll.com.

An Easy Passage by June Bro

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An Easy Passage
June Bro


easy passage You and I have taken this journey before. We know all the traffic signals, all the landmarks. Once we set out on this path, we begin to remember each step. We see lighted passageways and familiar faces. We know that we have done this before. Departing on this trip should be like any other important leave-taking. It should be a comfortable, even a peaceful takeoff. And yet, facing death brings up many fears. Is this truly the end, or a new beginning? Is there a hell and is that where I’m headed? What about all the mistakes I’ve made? Can they be forgiven? Will I see anyone familiar or will I be all alone?


According to Edgar Cayce we don’t die at all: we just leave one lifetime with its gains and losses and move to another realm to prepare for the next one. The soul never dies. The brain may die but consciousness continues. The truth of this is corroborated in many exciting stories of near-death experiences. Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon, who has spoken here several times, tells the story of his own near-death experience. His book is entitled, "Proof of Heaven." If you have any doubts about the next world, read this book.


Dr. Alexander had believed that the brain is the beginning and the end of consciousness. After a severe case of meningitis he was pronounced dead. He could see his body on the bed, with the doctors and family members standing around, the life supports removed. His brain was dead and yet he was aware of all that was going on in that hospital room. How could that be? Then he found himself traveling in the beautiful life-after-death-mode. His story is inspiring and this experience completely changed his understanding of death, the brain, and consciousness.


A question was asked at his last conference here. "Did Edgar Cayce ever have a near-death experience?" There were serious accidents in Edgar’s childhood when he might have had one, but I had seen Edgar Cayce go into his prayer/trance state and I was aware of his disciplined focus and complete offering to God of his body, mind, and spirit.


Hugh Lynn Cayce told my husband Harmon and me that every time his father gave a reading, he moved into a prayerful, focused state that was more like a death state than anything else.


When he was giving a reading, he was in the Spirit and it would have been very easy for him to leave his body for good: the threads between this life and the next were very delicate in this trance state and needed to be treated with the greatest respect and prayer. The vibrations around Edgar always needed to be of the highest order. The pull of the ‘other side’ with its freedom from the responsibilities of the physical realm, and the peace and joyful atmosphere of the spiritual realm, could be very enticing,


Hugh Lynn also told us about a time at the end of a reading period, when Gertrude was slow in giving Edgar the suggestion to return to consciousness, and his breathing became slower and slower and more and more shallow, until Gertrude, Gladys and Hugh Lynn all got down on their knees beside the cot to pray for his life. Finally, his breathing became more normal and he returned to consciousness.


There is no way that Edgar Cayce was afraid of death. On his own deathbed he heard the music of the spheres—heavenly choirs. For him, the passage to the other side was easy. He had been practicing it for most of his life.


Some of you will remember Jim Dixon who was bead of the Study Group Department for many years. When his wife was dying of cancer, he invited my husband and me to visit them in Arizona. His wife Beth and I were very close because she had a beautiful soprano voice and whenever we got together we would spend hours at the piano making music together. I had a dream shortly after this visit.


Jim and Beth Dixon
Jim and Beth Dixon


In the dream, I saw Beth sitting on their king-size bed. In front of her lay shells of all sizes, colors, and shapes which she had arranged in beautiful designs. In the dream I started to weep. I turned to Jim who sat on a chair near the bed and I said through my tears, "Beth is not afraid of dying, Jim. Look at these designs! She trusts the beauty of the process. But there are so many people who don’t know how to die!" Jim nodded in agreement. I awoke, my face wet with tears.


"Then there should not be sorrow and sadness in those periods when the physical turmoils and strifes of the body are laid aside, for the moment, for the closer walk with Him. For indeed to be absent from the material body is to be present with the Lord… And then when…there is the meeting at the river, there will be indeed no sorrow when this barque puts out to sea." (Edgar Cayce Reading 1824-1)

Excerpt from June Bro's The Art of Living from the Jan-Mar 2015 issue of Venture Inward magazine available to A.R.E. members at EdgarCayce.org/members.



JuneBroDr. June Avis Bro  found her life deeply affected by working daily with Edgar Cayce when she and her husband, Harmon, came to Virginia Beach in 1943. She set about sharing her interests with others as a pastoral counselor and minister, as well as by using her skills in the performing arts. She has a graduate ministerial degree from Andover-Newton Theological School, near Boston, and a doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching on six campuses while raising five children, she has been a research assistant at Harvard, lectured and held workshops in many cities, led overseas tours to the Near East and China, and served as pastor. A concert pianist, she has served on the music staff in churches of most of the major Protestant denominations and draws on her background in the arts to illuminate myths, symbols, and dreams. At age ninety, she released her first piano CD called “Soul Soundings,” which is being sold in the A.R.E. Bookstore. Her column for A.R.E.’s Venture Inward Magazine, "The Art of Living" is based on her life reading given by Mr. Cayce in 1944. She wrote the forward to the recently re-released book A Seer Out of Season written by Harmon Bro.

 

My Answer to Spring Cleaning

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My Answer to Spring Cleaning 
By June Bro

I don’t consider myself a hoarder, just a procrastinator. It is time to get my house in order. You see, I have boxes and boxes of possessions that I must get to when I have nothing else to do. That day never comes. I have made lists of the boxes and their contents, and have a rough idea of the size of the job that is coming up for me. You see, I have moved many times in my life and simplified my belongings at each move. But somehow, boxes of books, papers, memorabilia, photos, clothing and correspondence have kept accumulating until they fill one closet, a half of another closet, and half of a screen porch. I also have a few beach items in an outside storage area. When I think about the work of sorting that is ahead of me I get panicked. I think to myself, "I can’t do it. It’s too big a job. I will never be able to follow through."


big sweep 2
"Big Sweep", sculpture at Denver Art Museum, Colorado
Source: Wikipedia


My friend Gail came over one day and helped me sort through some boxes of clothes on the floor of my bedroom closet: four or five boxes. It took half a day. It was a good start, and my friend was unrelenting. "Are you sure you need that?"


My question was, "Can I keep doing this on my own?" I was worried that memories would flood back with each item of clothing (like the expensive black dress I wore to my husband’s memorial service) and slow me down. And when I came to the boxes of photos and correspondence would the memories and regrets over letters unanswered do me in?


The more I thought about it the more I was sure I couldn’t do it alone. I couldn’t ask my friend to take all the time needed to help me get this task accomplished, either. I had to devise another plan.


Finally it occurred to me that I could ask for Jesus’ help. I could pray and meditate for the right answer for me.


Not long after I realized that I should ask the Creative Forces for help, I had a dream. I was standing facing a man in a robe of some kind. He had a very kind face and obviously he was a beautiful soul. He looked me straight in the eye and said, "June, will you marry me?" I looked him straight in the eye, too, and I said without a moment’s hesitation, "Of course I’ll marry you. I love you with all my heart!"


As I thought about the dream, I knew that it must be Jesus. No one else has ever looked at me so intensely with such love. It was as though he was asking me for a commitment, a promise. I knew immediately what the dream meant. I would get the help I needed for this huge task, but only if I remained faithful to my ideals.


Jesus teaches
James Tissot – The Lord's Prayer (Le Pater Noster)
Brooklyn Museum Source: Wikipedia


So the advice from Edgar Cayce in his life reading for me was the ideal I needed. He said, "though you have started on a career in music, make the home the career, for this is the greatest career there is in the earth. Those who shun same will have much yet to answer for. Then make thy home as a shadow of the heavenly home." That a family group and their living quarters can mirror the peaceful, orderly, creative, joyous heavenly home seems an almost unattainable goal here on Earth. But I am committed to giving it a try. Edgar assured us that the trying is "counted for righteousness."


virgo - symbolI have Virgo rising so I love order. But loving order and creating order are two different things. I am on a journey to find out how to create order. These are the questions I will be asking myself:


Can I give thanks every day for the loving care God has given me throughout my life? That loving care is often expressed in the thoughts, gifts and words of friends. Can I give thanks and throw out all but the most treasured correspondence? How long will I see an unanswered letter and be overcome with feelings of guilt?


I have many years of memories: cherished items of my children’s growing-up years, family photos, photos of tours Harmon and I have led, tapes of our lectures, correspondence of all sorts, clothes I will probably never again wear, like the expensive black dress I bought for Harmon’s memorial service. There are so many boxes, that if I counted them, I would probably give up the whole venture. Well, not since my dream.


These are the questions I keep asking myself:

  • Can I keep the Holy Spirit alive in me as I work?
  • Can I be patient with myself when I start to tire?
  • Can I stop for a moment to listen for the guidance I need to hear?
  • Can I find joy in every aspect of the task at hand?
  • Can I wait for that sweet jolt of heavenly energy and go on when the going gets hard?

 

Excerpt from June Bro’s column “The Art of Living” from the Jul-Sep 2013 Venture Inward Magazine. A.R.E. Members can read the current issue and past issues in our online Member Section at EdgarCayce.org/members.


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JuneBroDr. June Avis Bro  found her life deeply affected by working daily with Edgar Cayce when she and her husband, Harmon, came to Virginia Beach in 1943. She set about sharing her interests with others as a pastoral counselor and minister, as well as by using her skills in the performing arts. She has a graduate ministerial degree from Andover-Newton Theological School, near Boston, and a doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching on six campuses while raising five children, she has been a research assistant at Harvard, lectured and held workshops in many cities, led overseas tours to the Near East and China, and served as pastor. A concert pianist, she has served on the music staff in churches of most of the major Protestant denominations and draws on her background in the arts to illuminate myths, symbols, and dreams. At age ninety, she released her first piano CD called “Soul Soundings,” which is being sold in the A.R.E. Bookstore. Her column for A.R.E.’s Venture Inward Magazine, "The Art of Living" is based on her life reading given by Mr. Cayce in 1944. She wrote the forward to the recently re-released book A Seer Out of Season written by Harmon Bro.

 

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