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Cayce’s Bedside Healing

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Cayce’s Bedside Healing

By Deirdre Aragon

orange-pillI recently found myself in the local emergency room for chest and abdominal pains. One doctor thought my symptoms were heart related, another thought it was my gallbladder. As I awaited testing to determine the cause of my discomfort, I turned to the Edgar Cayce readings. Having been raised in a “Cayce Home,” I have been trained to turn to the information located within the readings for guidance. Fortunately, this time I was able to access them from my hospital bed.


Over the last 20 years, the accessibility of the Edgar Cayce readings has changed drastically. I still remember when the readings were being cataloged in a DOS database. Today, members from all over the world can access the readings from a computer or tablet. The A.R.E. Member-Only Section has an array of information, including all 14,306 documented readings as given by Edgar Cayce.


Although the readings are easily accessible, searching for specific information can require a bit of finesse. With some of the readings being over 100 years old, it can be daunting to find information on current medical conditions. chakrasJust because a word or phrase is not searchable in the readings, does not mean there is no information on that topic.


A perfect example is “chakra.” There is extensive information in the readings regarding chakras, but you will not find the word “chakra” in any of them. Cayce referred to chakras as spiritual centers within the body. The word chakra was not a common word during his time. With this in mind, I find it easier to search for symptoms or terms rather than specific names.


While lying in my hospital bed, I accessed the readings with my tablet. At first I decided to focus my efforts on the gallbladder. Proving my point, gallbladder was not in the readings, but I did locate information regarding the “gall duct.” I had already come to the conclusion that I needed to start using castor oil packs to aid in eliminations. The readings I looked through supported this idea. I was also able to make some personal connections with people who had suffered similar ailments and sought out help from Cayce.

Those properties in the diet and the applications which have been taken for the allaying of those tendencies we would keep. Also we would apply Castor Oil Packs over the caecum and the gall duct or lacteal duct area, periodically; at least an hour each day for four days in succession, then a rest period of a week, and make the applications again—for at least three or four such rounds. (2441-3)

Within an hour, I had found information in the readings to relieve my symptoms. From my hospital bed, I was able to plan a course of action to heal my body. Twenty-five years ago, I would have had to locate books in libraries and request A.R.E.’s circulating files (readings categorized into booklets by topic) to find this same information—taking days, weeks, or even months to gather what I found in a matter of minutes.


I am personally grateful for the invaluable information contained within the A.R.E. Member-Only Section. Whatever arises, I know I can research the readings for answers and guidance. Today, the readings are helping thousands throughout the globe. Cayce would have been delighted to know that his work can be accessed from hospitals all over the world as well.

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


August 2015 Update

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August 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi

This is my update for August 2015 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:

Create CapstoneCREATE CAMPAIGN UPDATE – Only 4 months left!
As you may know, this is the “Capstone Year” of our $30 million CREATE Campaign (capital, endowment, and program support)… and, thanks to some recent donations for our renovation projects, we have raised approximately $29 million! We still need $1 million to renovate our Library and Conference Center (new restrooms, HVAC system, Library carpeting, expanding the auditorium, parking improvements, and upgrades throughout the building). Donors of $500 or more to the project will be listed on our Stairway to Heaven. Help us make a great impression on our visitors. Visit www.EdgarCayce.org/donate to help!


Luis PalmaLuis Palma, Class of 2015 just launched Palma Wellness Therapies. Luis is an Army Afghanistan War veteran with a background in Special Operations, and is currently a Captain serving as the Executive Officer for an Infantry Battalion. Luis is a peaceful warrior who is passionate about diplomacy and conflict resolution. After completing his Master of Arts in Transpersonal Studies degree with Atlantic University and the three levels of Integrated Imagery: Regression Hypnosis, Luis opened Palma Wellness Therapies in Lake Norman, NC. These therapies specialize in transpersonal hypnotherapy and energy wellness practices, as well as offer professional teachings of wellness modalities: www.palmawellnesstherapies.com.

Michael Bianco-SplannMichael Bianco-Splann, Class of 2016 (projected) just released a new book: Conscious Leadership: 7 Principles That WILL Change Your Business and Change Your Life. In his latest publication, Michael writes about insightful alternatives and practices that will enrich your leadership skills while bringing into alignment the whole you, with all your unique and essential humanness. In addition to being a student at Atlantic University and an author, Michael is a life coach and motivational speaker. To learn more about his work, visit www.illuminateambitions.com.

Yvonne GleasonYvonne Gleason, Spiritual Guidance Mentor Training certificate student, Reiki Journeys. Not only is Yvonne Gleason a student at the University, she is also the editor of Reiki Journeys: Stories of Personal and Spiritual Growth through Reiki. A portion of the book sales directly benefit the Life with Cancer Family Center’s Reiki treatment program. Learn more about Yvonne and her community outreach by visiting: Reiki for Women, www.reikinorthernvirginia.com.

The application deadline for the Spring 2016 semester is November 15, 2015. For more information contact us at info@atlanticuniv.edu or 800.428.1512

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The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage celebrated the graduation of 16 students on August 9 with a lovely ceremony and a packed auditorium – congratulations to the newest generation of proud C/R graduates! The School is actively recruiting and accepting applications for our next program starting on September 28, 2015any students who start the program in September will receive a $500.00 tuition discount. Visit our website: www.caycereilly.edu to apply online today.

We are also excited to announce the launch of our new Yoga Teacher Training Program. The 200-hour program will run from January through December 2016 – training classes will be held one weekend per month at our beautiful oceanfront campus where attendees will enjoy learning the art and science of yoga practice as well as the holistic health concepts found in the Cayce readings. Please visit our website for more details coming soon and to reserve your spot in this inaugural training!

We are pleased to announce that, for the first time, the School is advertising in the Education & Training Military-to-Civilian Transition Guide – a publication that goes out to 250,000 service members seeking education and training opportunities following their military career retirement. We feel this is one of the most valuable means of promoting our wonderful and unique programs to the military-based target market!

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 eGroups:

Manifesting Creativity through Mandalas, Meditation, Ideals, and Yoga, August 19 – September 15, 2015 Mentored by Rachel Alvidrez. SPECIAL PRICE: $79

Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records and Relationships, September 2 – September 29, 2015 Mentored by Kevin Todeschi. SPECIAL EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $79 (ends August 26)

To learn more and register, visit www.edgarcayce.org/egroups, or call 800.333.4499.

The true spirit and resiliency of the A.R.E. Camp community was bright and steady this summer, as we rallied to open Camp on time after the devastating loss of the Dining Hall and Kitchen. Almost three months later, A.R.E. Camp has just finished the last program of this adventurous summer, the Adult Retreat! A full group of Campers enjoyed a week-long workshop with Ellen Selover and Denise Furgason, all while living a Cayce lifestyle, eating fantastic food, and having a ton of fun.

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The planning stages for the NEW Dining Hall and Kitchen are in the works, and we hope to begin construction this autumn in order to have a fully operational and open facility for the start of our 2016 season! Nearly 200 people have already contributed almost $70,000 in funds and wish-list items to A.R.E. Camp in response to the fire. THANK YOU! We need to raise at least an additional $100,000 to help cover the gap between our needs and what insurance will cover. If you would like to pitch in to help, you can do so here:http://www.edgarcayce.org/camp/

We’ve added several new videos to our YouTube channel in recent weeks. First, authors Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick reveal the fascinating stories they uncovered in their book True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives; next we have Atlantic University faculty member and author Bunny Paine-Clemes, discussing Creative Synergy with the head of Atlantic, James Van Auken; and finally, spiritual mentors Eileen Malo and Lynn Sparrow Christy sit together for a talk about personal spiritual growth and the new program Journey to Wholeness and Integrative Growth.

The Cayce readings say we are all naturally psychic, and this September 25-27, Headquarters conferences brings you You Are Psychic: A Step-By-Step Course for Advancing Your Intuitive Potential --an experiential weekend filled with practical hands-on ways to develop and apply your innate intuitive abilities and take them to the next level! Featuring professional psychics, trainers, and authors Carol Ann Liaros, Suzanne Giesemann, Henry Reed PhD, Jeycea Thompson, Donita King, and Donald B. Carroll, this inspiring weekend also includes a special opening social and meet-and-greet with the Wayshowers, a group trained in psychic development and spiritual service by Henry and Carol Ann. In HQ-sponsored Field programs, we are excited to launch a new 2-day program on Ancient Mysteries in the Vacaville, Calif. area-- Light from the Distant Past: Ancient Insights Revealed for Today , November 13-14, featuring David Hatcher Childress, John Van Auken, and James Tyberonn! Don’t miss this exciting Friday evening-Saturday evening program featuring some of A.R.E.’s most renowned explorers!

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A.R.E. 2015 TOURS

  • China and Tibet – Led by John Van Auken, September 15-28, 2015. Walk the back of the dragon on the Great Wall of China…feel the peace and serenity of that past life as a Tibetan monk… This once-in-a-lifetime adventure is filling up very quickly, so get a move on and save your space!
  • New Mexico and Mesa Verde – Led by Don Carroll, October 24-31, 2015. Join us as we “walk the good red road” and tune into the sacred energies of Mother Earth in a land that long been an area of pilgrimage by those seeking the wisdom of the Native American cultures.

Cuba, the “Return to Atlantis” Tour– Led by John Van Auken, February 13 – 21, 2016.

  • Peru and Bolivia, Where Heaven Meets Earth - Led by Peter Woodbury with Andean Shaman, Juan de Dios Kucho, May 11 – 22, 2016, with optional extension to see and experience the Nazca Lines!
  • Ireland – Led by John Van Auken, July 10 - 24 2016!
  • PLUS… Greece – More details to be announced.

If you would like additional information about any of our travel programs, contact our Travel Programs Administrator at tours@edgarcayce.org or by phone at 1-888-273-3339!


This month the bookstore is proud to announce the arrival of new product lines that embody the Cayce ideal to make the world a better place! We are now featuring Chavez for Charity bracelets and Basic Spirit Pewter, which donate a percentage of sales to benefit worthwhile charities all over the world.

In addition to that, we’ve begun our Weekly Wisdom Workshops! Every Thursday night you can join us in the bookstore to learn about things like Psychic Development, EFT, Crystal grids and more. Call 757-457-7258 to register or for more information.

Thank you for your prayers, generosity and ongoing support for this great Work!

Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO

Knee Pain? Learn How You Can Help Yourself!

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Knee Pain? Learn How You Can Help Yourself!

Josephine Adamson, MD

 wellness Wednesday blog05-20-015Recent research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of daily knee self-massage for those with arthritis and other knee pain. Interestingly, the Edgar Cayce readings recommended knee self-massage for arthritis 100 years ago!

The Cayce readings recommend massaging the knee joint with organic peanut oil every day in the morning and at night to prevent arthritis. A towel should be placed under your knee as you sit upright in a chair. Use a mixture of firm and light strokes above, below, and around the patella (kneecap). Don’t forget the back of the lower thigh and the upper calf. The massage should feel good! Avoid direct pressure on the kneecap.

Other Tips  

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Maintaining a healthy weight will relieve your knees of excess pressure. Squats and other thigh-strengthening exercises will improve the ability of the quadriceps muscles to support knee activity. Stronger quads equal less knee pain. Check with your healthcare professional before starting any new exercises.

The knee is the largest and most complex joint in the human body. Many people suffer from knee pain. Self-massage is an excellent therapy to improve blood flow and relax tight muscles.

JJosephine Adamson, MDJosephine B. Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT, is the Medical Director for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. She received her MD from Duke University’s School of Medicine and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage. A former director and co-owner of a medical device company, she has a wealth of experience creating and maintaining health-related non- profit and for-profit businesses. She joined A.R.E. as part of the organization’s renewed focus on the health information, one of the most important, enduring legacies from the Edgar Cayce readings. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the health outreach and administration and interfacing with the stellar staff of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage—which provides a comprehensive education in the art and science of therapeutic massage—and the holistic A.R.E. Health Center & Spa—which provides holistic therapies to clients from around the world in its oceanfront Virginia Beach, Va., setting complete with a Café.

A.R.E. Members can download several circulating files—a collection of verbatim Edgar Cayce readings and reading extracts carefully selected and arranged by topic—on arthritis from our online member section.

Join the discussion! Like Holistic Tips for Healing Arthritis on Facebook for more valuable information on healing and preventing arthritis.


Rediscovering the Roots of Atlantic University: From Our Founding Vision to the Present

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Rediscovering the Roots of Atlantic University
By James Van Auken, MBA


AU logo 90Years ago, when Virginia Beach, Va., was just a simple fishing village, Atlantic University was a dream being discussed on the sand dunes. The dream was one of bridging mainstream education with the fascinating emergence of philosophies expressed by Edgar Cayce. Atlantic’s co-founders, Edgar Cayce and New York stockbroker Morten Blumenthal, discussed the possibilities and came up with a three-pronged concept: spiritual philosophy, cultural studies, and business [see Edgar Cayce reading 254-48 for details].


Morten Blumenthal

In early 1929, these two men laid the groundwork for the university that opened its doors in 1930. While the dream never died, Atlantic could not keep its doors open after funding dried up from the 1929 stock market crash.


Fifty-five years later, a group of psychologists led by Jim Windsor, PhD, put their heads together and brought Atlantic University back from the dead. They saw that Abraham Maslow and Stanislov Grof’s new psychology movement, Transpersonal Psychology, blended well with the original vision of Atlantic University.

In the mid-20th century, there were two major schools of psychology: behaviorism and Freudianism. Behaviorism is the study of the behavior of animals in order to better understand humans Freudianism is based on psychoanalysis. Maslow noticed unanswered questions about the human condition: what about the uniquely human experiences of love, art, self-consciousness, personal freedom, morality, and religion; and what about healthy populations, human potential, and higher functions of the psyche? This birthed Humanistic Psychology. But admittedly, Grof and Maslow asserted that they had forgotten something: they’d forgotten the spiritual dimension of the human psyche, which they named Transpersonal Psychology. Academics and psychologists Henry Reed, PhD, Charles Thomas Cayce, PhD, Harmon Bro, PhD, Mark Thurston, PhD, and others saw the connection of transpersonal studies and Edgar Cayce philosophy. They launched a new master’s degree program in Transpersonal Studies in 1986, reestablishing Atlantic University and gaining national accreditation. The program is still thriving and has more than 250 graduates.

Abraham Maslow and Stanislov Grof
Abraham Maslow and Stanislov Grof
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From Our Founding Vision to the Present

Students in Atlantic’s Transpersonal Studies program explore areas of higher consciousness, expended identity, spirituality, and human potential. They study exceptional human experiences and explore spiritual awakening versus underlying mental illness. Students practice meditation, dream work, and personal mythology and learn about research. This is a unique and valuable program designed for people interested in exploring these concepts in an academic setting in order to apply them in a wider context.

This program in transpersonal studies has been the norm for Atlantic University since 1986. Now, nearly 30 years later, Atlantic University is returning to the original dream and introducing a new program: the Master of Arts in Leadership Studies.

Back in 1929, Mort and Edgar envisioned a university that incorporated spiritual philosophy, culture, and business. The MA in Transpersonal Studies broadly covers spiritual philosophy. The new program not only covers all three areas, it also reaches out much more into the mainstream area of education with a deep infusion of the core values of Atlantic University. The program is designed with the value of helping people achieve higher human potential and be of profound service to others. Can you imagine leaders at all levels, in all industries, living at their highest human potential—with the personal values of being of profound service to others? That’s a special picture, and one that we wish to create for our world.

The MA in Leadership Studies approaches leadership through three unique lenses: mindful leadership, global leadership, and organizational leadership. (see chart below)


The Mindful Leadership area is designed for established leaders who are looking to improve upon themselves as leaders, and to become more self-aware and self-managed, recognizing that their actions affect the people around them—their behavior and their motivation. Students in this specialization will utilize contemplative practices, explore what it means to have genuine presence, and examine the work of thinkers such as Otto Scharmer, Peter Senge, Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Bill George.

The Global Leadership area is designed for people who work in areas that intersect with multiple cultures. With the improvements in technology and ease of travel, our world has become smaller, and this focus considers the impact of those changes and prepares leaders to evolve their understanding of what it means to be a citizen of the world. Students in this specialization will focus on increasing cultural awareness, managing change, and transforming conflict.

The Organizational Leadership area is designed for people who may be new to their company or new to their position. The focus is to guide students through the methods and practical application of leading people, teams, and even organizations themselves, as well as to teach students how to coach and develop leaders. Students will explore theories and will engage in applying that knowledge in order to truly gain understanding and self-empowerment.

Three Unique Lenses: Specializations

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Students in the new MA in Leadership Studies will take courses in all three of these specializations and will then take a deeper dive into one of the three areas. The curriculum was meticulously created for the emerging, aspiring, or established leader in any and all industries. The highly qualified faculty members come from a variety of industries and backgrounds, and are profoundly inspired to work with students. Visit our faculty page for details.

We invite you to be a part of the first cohort, beginning in January of 2016. We are accepting applications now through mid-November. If you’d like to learn more about this unique and valuable program—if this speaks to you—visit our website or contact our office for more information. If you think this might interest someone you know, please share it with them.

Atlantic University is looking to make dreams a reality. Join our mailing list, visit our website, apply for a program, and share with your loved ones. We are a non-profit university, offering accredited online education.

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jamesVanAuken-blog082015James Van Auken is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Atlantic University where he works with faculty and administrative staff to fulfill the university’s mission. He is also a faculty member at Atlantic University and the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage where he teaches courses on leadership and mindfulness.


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