The Spirit of Thanksgiving
By Brenton Bickerstaff
On November 20, 1938, Edgar Cayce was asked to give a reading for Study Group #1 to give them a greater appreciation of the true spirit of Thanksgiving. It was a challenging time, with different issues including a looming war. The world was filled with hatred, fear, and uncertainty. I’d like to paraphrase the text of Reading 3976-21. Although Thanksgiving is a holiday unique to the American spirit, the idea of giving thanks is a universal theme celebrated the world over, transcending social and cultural boundaries. My hope is that it will fill you with inspiration and a deeper appreciation of Thanksgiving.
Members of the first A Search for God group
The reading began with the importance of finding a daily appreciation of life itself, the ebb and flow, the opportunities for spiritual growth offered to us through our interaction with all those we meet. Cayce stated that the Creative Forces, often referred to as God, are in constant motion, working through us to facilitate a deeper appreciation of all things.
He reminds the group to remember and honor the lives and experiences of the special group of souls who refused to waver in their purpose and ideals of establishing a nation built upon equality and freedom. Those colonists who first shared land with the local natives were constantly reminded not to just be thankful on days of plenty, but also the importance of remaining thankful in times when in each moment they were given only what was sufficient for that day. In those trying times, it was essential that they remember to give thanks for all the joys, the sorrows, the disappointments, and the hopes for the future.
Cayce reminds us that we are the torch bearers, the chosen ones to carry on the American spirit by working together for peace. We are encouraged to give thanks for our differences, and find strength in our diversity. We are a global family with a shared ideal of unity, cooperation, and mutual respect. This idea of Thanksgiving must be in the mind and heart of each soul, as we respect all of our unique paths and embrace opportunities to support each other. It is not by judging and condemning our political leaders that we will find our answers, but rather in daily Thanksgiving for the opportunity to participate in the process that helps create and evolve an ideal-driven experiment that is the United States of America.
In this great country, we are given opportunities—ones not afforded to much of the world—to put into practice the ideals our country was initially founded upon. This is the true spirit of Thanksgiving: to give thanks for the chance to lift the spirits of those around us who have lost focus, and those who have become unappreciative of our opportunities and the basic freedoms we enjoy. Thanksgiving is a reminder that every day is an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to an ideal-driven life full of purpose and passion; a day to remind us to see the living God in all that we encounter on our path. A day when each of us may give thanks for simply being alive!
As we give thanks—in the spirit of love, truth, patience, and compassion—we will receive the gift of greater awareness and understanding. Our lives will fill with the fruits of our labor, wisdom, and depth of clarity in our purpose for being alive now. Synchronicities will provide guidance and light our path.
Cayce reminds us of the ideals established in the early days of the American colonies: “In this land you may give praise for freedom of speech, for the opportunities to raise your voice in whatever way and manner you choose…Then, as you give thanks, as you give praise to your friends for kindnesses, for gentleness, for those things that make your experience more bearable in a cruel world… Let your heart then be glad.” (From reading 3976-21)
Far too often, I find myself forgetting to appreciate the basic human rights acknowledged in our country’s constitution. I always have to take a step back and extend my heartfelt prayers to all those at home and around the globe suffering from oppression, discrimination, and inequality—as I also remember to forgive myself for any oppressive acts and remain open-minded and of service to all who are in need. I also want to give thanks to all those who selflessly step in to protect the many freedoms we enjoy in our beautiful nation; all the servicemen and women who work tirelessly to protect our basic rights. As individuals, we may label ourselves insignificant, but this could not be further from the truth. As we bring change in the hearts of individuals, we enact change on a large scale.
I strive daily to maintain an attitude of gratitude—thankful for the blessings received, but also thankful for the struggles I encounter, for these are opportunities to grow in depth of awareness. Only by applying what we have learned can we find deeper meaning in life and strengthen our purpose, opening ourselves to a life of greater love and compassion.
Let each raise his voice in Thanksgiving for all that has, that may come to pass in the experience of each soul that prays, "Your will, O God, be done in me—now. Not as I will, but as You would have me go."
Brenton Bickerstaff is the host of Reflections: The Wisdom of Edgar Cayce internet television and radio talk show. He moved to Virginia Beach from Florida to work with Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. in 2012. He has been a student of the Edgar Cayce readings as well as other metaphysical and esoteric wisdom teachings since he was a teenager, with a special interest in educating and empowering teens and young adults to find their spiritual path.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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!
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!
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 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.
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:
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: email@example.com. Thank you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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.
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!
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.
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
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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 email@example.com or Marianna Theo at 757-457-7215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing each and every one of you a wonderful fall season!
Ever the same,
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.”
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