From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
Celebrating the A.R.E. Community
By Kevin J. Todeschi
In 1931, during the course of a reading focusing on membership, Edgar Cayce suggested that the A.R.E. should begin an annual tradition in which members from around the country would be encouraged to get together. The reading recommended that the event take place somewhere between June 15 and July 1; and that the purpose would be for these members to hear speakers, and collectively "renew the faith, confidence, purposes, aims, of the work itself." (254-57) The annual event came to be called the A.R.E. Congress.
The first annual Congress was held June 27 to July 1, 1932. The agenda featured psychic readings by Edgar Cayce on the following subjects: (1) The Great Pyramid; (2) Training Children in Psychic Development; (3) The Life of Jesus before His Ministry; and (4) The Sphinx. The total number in attendance was not well documented-one of Gladys Davis's notes on file simply states: "Room crowded with Group members [Norfolk Study Group #1] and visitors." (5749-2)
A couple of years later, the 1934 Congress (third annual) was heralded as "the most successful so far attempted," and boasted attendees from Alabama, New York, Michigan, Georgia, and Virginia." The following year, the A.R.E. was pleased to announce that it had 244 members, and a mailing list of approximately 3,000 individuals.
On my office wall, I have a framed Congress photo (dated 1945) (see photo, above) showing 19 individuals in attendance (at least for the picture). Some of our members may recognize Gina Cerminara, the author of Many Mansions, on the far right with long hair.
By 1948, we were doing a far better job keeping track of attendance, and noted that the event attracted "77 individuals from 17 states and Canada."
On a number of occasions, I have stated that my first personal experience with Congress was 35 years ago during our 50th Anniversary Congress (1981). I had the opportunity to attend with one of my best friends from my ASFG Study Group in Colorado, Darlene Bodnar (see photo, left), who has remained a lifelong friend (and Congress attendee). The event was truly incredible-attracting people from around the world-and featured a series of dialogues from A.R.E. luminaries Hugh Lynn Cayce and Harmon Bro. I remember being transfixed by the discussion and even now can recall that tenor, and the appeal of Hugh Lynn's voice when talking about this Work, and asking those hundreds in attendance, "How can you not share the best that you know?"
Those Congress events that correspond to 5-year anniversaries have generally attracted the largest audiences. The 75th Anniversary of Congress (2006) had 252 individuals registered plus we held a 75th Anniversary day-long Open House on Saturday, June 17, that attracted approximately 400 individuals, including Virginia Beach's then-mayor, Meyera Oberndorf, who read a city proclamation to the crowd announcing it as the "Association for Research and Enlightenment Day."
This year marks our 85th anniversary. Please consider joining us for the June 19-24 event. Having been to 34 Congress programs myself, I can tell you that it will be quite a celebration! You can find more information on our website or by calling 1-800-333-4499.
Happy Birthday, A.R.E.!
Kevin J. Todeschi is executive director and CEO of Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University, responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Edgar Cayce organizations. He is also the author of countless articles and more than twenty books, including Contemporary Cayce: A Complete Exploration Using Today’s Science and Philosophy, Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, and Edgar Cayce on Soul Mates.
How the Universal Laws
Bring Prosperity Into Our Lives
By Jennie Taylor Martin
For the last several years, I have made a concerted effort to work with the laws of the universe as advised in the Edgar Cayce readings. More recently, I've also tried to change my consciousness from one of lack to one of prosperity-realizing that there is enough prosperity in the world for everyone; in fact, more than enough! And if I can apply a positive attitude toward prosperity, perhaps I can attract more of it into my life. Not for selfish reasons, but just acknowledging that there's nothing wrong or negative about money—it's really all about how we use it. And I can state that it is working.
I know from the Edgar Cayce readings that mind is the builder ("thoughts are things") and that our attitudes and emotions can affect more than just our happiness. In fact, what the Cayce readings stated about the effects of attitudes and emotions on our health has been confirmed by modern science as well.
As I learn from the readings and from other kindred materials, the energy you put forth is returned back to you—much like cause and effect. Cayce put it this way:
"For, to have friends, show thyself friendly; to have love, give love to others; to have patience, manifest same in thine own relationships; like begets like." (2905-3)
Just last week, I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) on my ride in to work, when I heard a story about a homeless man that reminded me of the universal laws and how they apply to prosperity. (Shapiro, Joseph, May 5, 2016, Colorado Springs Will Stop Jailing People Too Poor To Pay Court Fines, NPR.org)
The story discussed a change in the practice of the Colorado Springs, Colo., court system, which had been imprisoning people who couldn't pay their court fines. That action, which was judged unconstitutional and likened to the debtors' prisons that were done away with in the 1800s, resulted in the city itself being fined and asked to make payments to the people it had wrongly jailed. The ACLU of Colorado discovered nearly 800 cases where people had gone to jail in Colorado Springs when they couldn't pay their tickets for minor violations, and one of those people was Shawn Hardman, aka, Q-Tip.
Q-Tip, a homeless man who claims he is not a panhandler but a "flyer" (a term used for someone who stands and holds a sign—an action covered within the laws of "free speech"), was nevertheless jailed for panhandling and then being unable to pay his fines for what ended up being a total of 90 days within just one year. But instead of feeling anger over his arrests, Q-Tip's response was gratitude—after all, being in jail was better than being on the street during a Colorado winter, and it came with other perks too, in the form of three square meals a day.
Besides Q-Tip's positive attitude, I was also struck by the content of the signs he held. This is how he described them:
"My sign always said, 'Have a beautiful day. God Bless You…' "And I always put my famous logo: 'TLA. Q-Tip.' It stands for 'True Love Always.'"
When the Edgar Cayce readings speak of universal laws, they often mention how our own thoughts and actions bring similar energy into our lives, such as with this quote:
"For, there are universal and spiritual laws that are a part of the self as well as of the universal consciousness. For, like begets like in every phase of material, mental and spiritual experience." (2560-1)
When another reading recipient asked about reaching his full potential, he received this advice from the sleeping Cayce, stating that one must first know their ideal and that harmony and peace and prosperity "are one" if bound by love:
"First, know what is thy ideal—spiritually, mentally, materially. Know they must be dependent one upon the other… just as the adherence to those principles interpreted in the material relationships brings harmony and peace and prosperity. For, these are one-if they are bound together in brotherly love." (2809-1)
When I hear Q-Tip's messages of love, I have a pretty good idea of what his ideal may be. And when Q-Tip meets adversity with gratitude, I believe the energy he is sending out exudes positivity. If one believes in the law of attraction, the energy of love and gratitude sent by Q-Tip and his flying signs were creating and attracting that same energy right back to him.
If we examine this story further, we can also see how the negative actions of Colorado Springs resulted in a loss of "prosperity" to that city. But perhaps their restitutions—payments to those who were wronged—will bring more prosperity for the city in the future. As for Q-Tip, he will receive about $11,000 from the settlement ($125 for each day he was wrongly held in jail). He says he's going to use it for a place to live and to advocate for homeless people. I'm not a bit surprised to hear that.
Jennie Taylor Martin is the marketing director of Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. She was first introduced to the Edgar Cayce readings in the 1980s. She is also an advocate for animal welfare and is combining her two loves—animals and spirituality—into a book about animal reincarnation and the afterlife. If you have a story to share about the reincarnation or afterlife of your animals, she'd love to hear from you. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Which Element Is Your Pet?
By Doug Knueven, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH
When Edgar Cayce spoke of the constitution of a person he was most commonly referring to the physical character of the person's body as to strength and health. Another way to think about the constitution of a human or animal is that it refers to the aggregate of the individual's physical and psychological characteristics. This is the meaning of the word when used within the realm of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) which is based on Chinese medicine for people.
In TCVM, an animal's constitutional type reflects the pattern of inborn tendencies. It is the manifestation of the animal's genetic strengths and weaknesses. Knowing an animal's constitution can help you anticipate what types of diseases a pet is prone to, as well as behavior and personality traits. If you can see part of the constitutional pattern, you can predict the rest. Interestingly, over the years, holistic veterinarians have found that a pet's constitutional type often matches that of his owner.
The Five Elements or Constitutional Types
In TCVM there are five constitutional types-Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. These five concepts are what the Chinese termed the Five Elements. The Chinese did not think of these as chemical elements as we might think. Rather they are processes that are reflected in all of nature. Every pet and person is a mixture of the five elements but usually one dominates their constitution.
As I talk about the constitutional types, I will mention a breed of dog that best exemplifies each element. It is the stereotypical dog of that breed that I'll talk about. I do not want to leave the impression that every dog of that breed is necessarily associated with that specific element. There is individuality even in the animal kingdom. And of course, cats and other pets can also be categorized into one of the elemental categories. So, let's look at the constitutional types and see where your pet fits.
The Fire constitution is represented by the typical Toy Poodle. The Fire pet is full of excitement and enthusiasm. When this constitution is balanced, the pet shows love and affection and is good at communicating with her owner. When this type becomes sad, lonely, and lacks interest, it is said to be deficient of Fire. On the other hand, excess Fire is manifested by over-excitement and manic or inappropriate behavior. The organ for this constitution is the heart and Fire pets are prone to cardiac disease.
The Earth constitution is typified by the Labrador Retriever. Earth animals tend to be gentle caregivers who hover, nurture, and protect. When this element is balanced the individual is sympathetic and supportive. If there is a lack of Earth energy then the animal tends toward excessive worry. Too much of the Earth tendency can cause the pet to be clingy and possessive. The digestive system is associated with the Earth element and these pets are prone to obesity, food intolerance, and diarrhea.
The Border Collie is the dog breed that best represents the Metal constitution. This constitutional type is focused on getting things done right. When in balance, metal animals have an easy rhythm of taking in and letting go. Those with a deficiency of Metal energy may have an inability to form lasting bonds and tend toward isolation. An excess of Metal leads to inflexibility and an extreme need for control. The Metal element is linked to the respiratory system and this constitution tends to have lung problems such as asthma or pneumonia.
The Water constitution is best demonstrated by the St. Bernard. They tend to be "thinkers, not doers." When the Water animal is in balance, they have a firm will and are not easily discouraged. Too little Water energy can result in an animal that is fearful and easily discouraged. Excessive Water can lead to stubbornness. Physical problems associated with the Water constitution include birth defects, kidney and bladder issues, and deafness.
Finally, the Wood constitution can be seen in the Jack Russell Terrier. These types are always active and doing something. When balanced, the Wood constitution conveys confidence and creativity. With a deficiency of Wood, a pet becomes uncertain, has low self-confidence, and is easily dominated. Too much Wood energy leads to aggressiveness, impatience, anger, and frustration. The Wood element is associated with the liver and this constitutional type is prone to liver disease as well as redness of the eyes and vomiting of bile.
Learning about these five constitutional types can help you better understand your pets and anticipate their needs. You might even learn a little about yourself in the process.
Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH, received his veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1987.
He owns and operates Beaver Animal Clinic in Beaver, PA (near Pittsburgh) where
he shares duties with 2 other veterinarians. He has earned certification in veterinary acupuncture,
veterinary Chinese herbal medicine and veterinary chiropractic. He also has
advanced training in natural nutrition, massage therapy and homeopathy. Dr Doug
has been practicing alternative veterinary medicine since 1995. He lectures on
the subject at state and national veterinary conferences including the annual
AVMA convention and the North American Veterinary Conference which is the
largest veterinary conference in the world.
written two books on the subject; Standby Me: A Holistic Handbook for Animals, Their People and the Lives They Share Together, and The Holistic Health
Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog. He also authors the “Holistic Pet
Care” column for Venture Inward
Magazine, available online to members at EdgarCayce.org/members.
April 2016 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for April 2016 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:
VISITOR CENTER RENOVATIONS HAVE BEGUN!
Thanks to a major contribution from longtime member Hazel Zachar last fall, we have started renovating our Visitor Center restrooms!
If you have ever been in these 1975 restrooms, you'll understand why we are so excited for this wonderful upgrade to the modern era. This phase of the interior renovations should be finished in a few weeks, but it's only the beginning of the project. We are also replacing our 40-year old heating and air-conditioning unit before the summer heat is upon us, and then will come the Library and Meditation Room renovations.
If you'd like to help us renovate the lobby - our truly FIRST IMPRESSION on visitors to the A.R.E. - you can donate here
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
CAYCE/REILLY SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage is now accepting applications for the next class starting on June 20, 2016 – be a part of a new era in holistic healthcare! Visit our website: CayceReilly.edu
for more details on our 700-hour program and to apply online today. Our Continuing Education program includes many wonderful classes for massage therapists as well as a number of great courses available to the general public. Visit CayceReilly.edu
for more information. And visit our Student Clinic to receive the unique Cayce/Reilly massage technique at a reduced price – call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment.
Featuring favorite medium John Holland and best-selling author of the Conversations with God books series Neale Donald Walsch, this event will present new insights into the everlasting nature of the soul and our relationship with God. If you are considering attending, please register now to ensure your place!
Did you know many of your favorite Headquarters Conference speaker presentations are available online, live and on demand anytime? Go to EdgarCayce.org/online
for a listing of speakers and topics including Mark Thurston PhD, Tom Baker MDiv, MSW, and John Van Auken!
NEW YOUTUBE INTERVIEW
I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with author M.K. Welsch about her new book, Sacred Journey: Edgar Cayce, the Bible, and the Path to Enlightenment. M.K. is a long-time student of the Cayce readings, and you can see how passionate she is about this topic in her interview. I hope you enjoy listening to her insights into this subject matter. See the interview here.
It’s time to register for your one-of-a-kind vacation at A.R.E. Camp – there are still spots available in our Children’s Camp and Family Camp sessions! Give this gift to your child or your entire family and expand your mind, body, and soul. At A.R.E. Camp, you will fill your days with meditation, workshops, arts and crafts, late afternoon swims in the pond, plentiful home-cooked, family-style meals full of veggies from our organic garden, long conversations with new friends, and hikes through Blue Ridge Mountain paradise. Contact A.R.E. Camp Manager, Malenka Kaydan, for information at 757-457-7162 or email email@example.com
. Check our 2016 offerings and register online at EdgarCayce.org/camp
or by calling 800-333-4499.
MATCHING GIFT FUND—HELP US REBUILD THE CAMP DINING HALL IN TIME FOR SUMMER
Most of you know that Camp's Dining Hall burned down last June. Now, in the past couple weeks, we have broken ground to build a new one. Can we get it built in time for this summer's sessions?? We're counting on it…and we need your help. Keep us in your prayers and consider making a donation.
A committed group of Camp fans has put together a $40,000 Matching Gift Fund where they will match your donation of $200 or more dollar-for-dollar! AND they'll match donations of $1,000 or more at a rate of TWO-TO-ONE! Think of all of our happy campers…and please donate
what you can. Thank you.
CELEBRATE EDGAR CAYCE'S A.R.E. 85TH ANNIVERSARY WITH US!
There's no better way to celebrate the A.R.E.'s 85th Birthday than by renewing your commitment to this organization. Commit today to joining us for a conference or tour in 2016. Join a study group or come to A.R.E. Camp this summer. Give someone a gift membership, Mentored Group, or Cayce book this year.
You can also help us celebrate by renewing your financial commitment with monthly donation of $85 via our Good Karma Club. With a donation of $85 per month you become a member of our Golden Circle. Being a member of the Golden Circle has special benefits like receiving unique gifts and event invitations throughout the year. Donate before May 31 and we will celebrate with you on June 24 at our Donor Appreciation event at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens.
- Ireland, Land of Leprechauns, Fairies, and Elves! – Led by John Van Auken, July 10 - 24 2016! Walk the winding paths through quaint cottages, touch the standing stone circles, wander the lush green valleys, and raise a glass at a traditional Irish Pub to toast your latest adventure!
- England, "The Sacred Mists of Avalon," led by popular tour leader, Don Carroll, September 23rd to October 3rd, 2016. This tour includes exceptional, private access to the Temple of Stonehenge (where the general public is no longer allowed to visit).
- Bermuda Cruise, "Mysteries of Bermuda"
led by Patrick and Jane Belisle, October 23 to October 30, 2016. Departing from NYC on the fabulous, new, Norwegian Breakaway, enjoy past life regressions, meditations, and dream sharing on this economically priced "tour like no other." For more information and registration go to www.arebermudacruise.com.
- Costa Rica, "Spirit of the Rainforest, Return to Oneness" November 10-18, 2016. Led by popular Tour Leader, Peter Woodbury MSW. Join Peter as he shares Cayce Concepts in the Jungle Paradise known for its dedication to conservation and World Peace. Highlights include visits to Coffee and Chocolate Farms, Zip Lining in the Rainforest, and lazily rafting down the winding Sarapiqui River.
- Visit EdgarCayce.org/tours.
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO
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