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
Your Planetary Soujourns—How Astrology Works
By Raye Mathis
According to the readings, between earthly incarnations, your soul lives, or sojourns, in the “environs” of the planets.
Several theories have been offered over the years for how astrology works. A causal theory proposes that there may be an actual physical influence from the planets (like the Moon-controlled tides) that is too small to be measured at the present time.
Another suggested theory is Carl Jung’s theory of synchronicity stating that things happening at the same given moment are in some way meaningfully connected.
“We are born at a given moment in a given place and like vintage years of wine we have the qualities of the year and of the season in which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything else.” —C.G.Jung
The Cayce readings brought forward a more universal and cosmic view of astrology with the idea of planetary sojourns. According to the readings, between earthly incarnations, your soul lives, or sojourns, in the “environs” of the planets, and the astrological influences you experience during this lifetime result from those between-life periods spent (not in physical form) in the environs of the planets.
"Hence we find astrological aspects and influence in the experience, but rather because of the entity's sojourn in the environ than because of a certain star, constellation or even zodiacal sign being in such and such a position at the time of birth." (1895-1)
In addition, an astrological reading does not give information about past earthly lives.
"Q. What is a horoscope reading?
"A. That in which the planets and their relative forces having to do with the planets that control the actions without respect of will or without respect of the earthly existences through which the body has passed.
"Q. Do horoscope readings include former appearances in the earth plane?
"A. Not at all." (254-21 Emphasis mine)
Many ancient medieval and esoteric philosophies and mystery religions have suggested that there is an astral plane that the soul must cross on its way to entering an earthly life, and then again, after death. Angels and spirits are thought to populate these celestial spheres.
In addition, Paramahansa Yogananda reported the following story in Autobiography of a Yogi (1972). Sri Yukteswar, Yogananda's teacher, passed from the earth on March 9, 1936. He then appeared to Yogananda on June 19, 1936 and told him that, "I am in truth resurrected- not on earth but on an astral planet...there you and your exalted loved ones shall someday come to be with me."
The Cayce readings suggest interesting differences between the influences of past earthly lives and the planetary sojourns.
Planetary Sojourns (between earthly lives) influence your mental development, contribute to your individuality, and are responsible for the influences seen in a horoscope.
Past Earthly Lives influence your emotional development, contribute to your personality, and can only be accessed through life readings, such as the type Edgar Cayce gave. They cannot be seen in a horoscope.
"(the planetary urges)... are but the mental urges that arise and become as the individuality of an entity in expression in the material world; while the appearances in the earth through the various sojourns ...are as but the personality in the entity's experience-and are as the urges from the emotions that have been created." (633-2) (my emphasis)
How do the Cayce readings define personality versus individuality?
"Personality is that ye wish others to think and see. Individuality is that your soul prays, your soul hopes for, desires. They need not necessarily be one, but their purpose must be one." (5246-1)
The readings suggest that if the personality and the individuality are not balanced and integrated, then the horoscope might not fit the person.
"Urges termed astrological would be very far from correct in this particular entity. For, as has been indicated, the personality and the individuality of the entity are quite at variance." (5246-1)
When working with planetary influences that result from your planetary sojourns, the readings always emphasize the need for setting an ideal and using your will to make life choices.
"Then, as to the influences from the astrological aspects or sojourns during the interims, know that these are merely urges. As to what one does with or about an urge is oft dependent upon what an entity holds as its ideal-and then the application of will as respecting same. (1842-1)
Raye Mathis is a member of the faculty at Atlantic University where she teaches Spiritual Crisis and Symbols and Mythology courses. She has a BA in mathematics, a Master's degree in clinical social work, and has completed post-graduate work at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. She has maintained an on-going astrological counseling practice for almost 40 years. Her column, The Astrologer's Corner, appears in the A.R.E.'s Venture Inward magazine available exclusively to Members by mail or online at EdgarCayce.org/members. She is also a mentor for A.R.E.'s four-week online mentored courses (previously called eGroups).
The next Online Learning Mentored Astrology Course is with Carmen Turner-Schott. Explore the Mysteries of Your Eighth and Twelfth Houses begins June 29, register before April 30, 2016 and save $30!
An Apple a Day? How about Six?
The Apple Diet in the Cayce Readings
Josephine Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT
Many people choose to fast for spiritual and/or health reasons. For some it offers a time of focus and reflection. For others it’s a kick-start for changing eating habits and losing weight.
For more than 20 individuals, the Cayce health readings recommended the “Apple Diet” as a three-day cleansing. The Apple Diet was a modified fast where one eats nothing but apples for three days and drinks only black coffee and water. One reading advocated eating at least five or six apples a day.
Apples of the “jenneting” variety were specified in the Apple Diet readings including Jonathan, Black Arkansas, Red and Golden Delicious, Oregon Red, Sheepnose, and Arkansas Russet. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary traces the derivation of the word “jenneting’ to an old French festival of St. John’s Day on June 24. These apple varieties were the ones ripening early in the growing season. Though most of these American heirloom apple types are hard to find, Jonathan and Delicious varieties are available in many large grocery stores. Those apples we now label as chemical-free, “organic,” are preferred. Even back in Cayce’s day, there were concerns about artificially ripened and preserved fruit. Many of our supermarket apples come from orchards as far away as New Zealand! Apples grown as close to the consumer as possible are the best choices.
Additional instructions appeared in another reading: “Drink plenty of water, and follow the three-day diet with the big dose of Olive Oil." (1409-9) The doses recommended varied from 2-3 teaspoons (3673-1) to two tablespoons (780-12) to as much as one-half a teacup (6 oz) – which would be 6 tablespoons (1622-1).
For some individuals the readings suggested that the person repeat the Apple Diet once a month for 2-3 months. For others the readings suggested a quarterly Apple Diet. In all cases, the readings counseled that the Apple Diet would be effective: “This is to change the activity through the whole alimentary canal.” (3673-1)
Instead of choosing a commercially-produced modified fast, the Cayce readings offer us a natural and holistic Apple Diet.
Please consult with a qualified health care professional before starting any fast or new diet program.
Josephine 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.
The Path Out of Failure
By Mitch Horowitz
The Closure—and rebirth—of the Cayce health center holds universal lessons in how to overcome setback.
In the winter of 1931, the Christian mystic and medical clairvoyant Edgar Cayce came to feel that his life’s work had amounted to nothing.
Edgar had long dreamed of establishing a hospital based on his channeled health readings. But in February of that year, the mystic’s Virginia Beach hospital and research center ran out of operating money and was forced to close its doors, less than two years after opening. Patients had to leave, files were carted off, and Edgar wandered the halls alone gathering his personal belongings before the building was shuttered.
The hospital building today.
The financial collapse arrived after longtime contributors quarreled with Edgar and abandoned him and his work. The Great Depression did the rest to gut his 30-bed facility.
“I’ve been tested,” Edgar told his wife Gertrude. “And I’ve failed.”
Today, the original hospital building is not only back in the hands of the organization that Edgar founded, the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), but the campus has recently undergone a major remodeling and is now a bustling facility that houses a well-regarded school of massage, a refurbished health spa, new classrooms, the offices of a reconstituted Atlantic University, and a health-food restaurant that ranks with dining experiences in “crunchy capitals” like San Francisco and Boulder, Colo.
The new health facility is sleekly designed – to the left I am pictured in its remodeled lobby with actress Lindsay Wagner (right), and A.R.E.’s own “bionic woman,” the tireless Marianna Theo (left).
Edgar’s dream of a dedicated health center is now alive in ways that he wouldn’t have imagined back in the grim winter of 1931. How did this turnaround occur?
Months after the hospital’s closing, while Edgar remained withdrawn and depressed, his eldest son, Hugh Lynn Cayce, then 24, approached him with an idea to reconstitute the Cayce work. But, as the future A.R.E. director saw it, his father needed to free himself from dependency on one or two big donors, as well as from fly-by-night seekers strictly interested in a personal reading. Instead, Hugh Lynn envisioned a member-supported organization that would keep people involved in all its facets of his father’s work – spiritual growth, personal healing, and ancient mysteries – while also providing a steady base of member support.
In essence, Hugh Lynn called for self-determination. He wanted the newly formed A.R.E. to demonstrate: 1) financial independence, with a scrappy willingness to do as much, or as little, as its member-based budget permitted; and 2) intellectual integrity, with a determination to organize, verify, and cross-reference the readings so that patients and seekers were not treated in isolation. Hugh Lynn’s formula transformed temporary defeat into renewed action and purpose.
Hugh Lynn’s program is every bit as serviceable for anyone facing setback today as it was for his father in the early 1930s. Here is what Hugh Lynn told Edgar, as recounted by Cayce family friend and biographer Thomas Sugrue:
“Maybe there’s something wrong with us. Suppose we stop expecting people to do things for us and start doing them for ourselves. The world doesn’t owe us a living because we have a psychic medium in the family; we ought to work for what we get just as everyone else does.
“In the first place, we don’t know anything about the thing we’re trying to sell. We look at the information as if it were a faucet. Just turn the tap and whatever we want flows out. We were going to give the world our wisdom – the wisdom that came out of the faucet when we turned the tap. We figured it was our wisdom because we had the faucet.
“We don’t know anything about psychic phenomena. We have our own experiences, but we don’t know what else has been done in the field.
“What do we know about the Life Readings? Do we know the history well enough to check the periods mentioned for people and give them a bibliography – a list of books and articles – with each reading? Certainly not!
“Do we know enough about philosophy, metaphysics, and comparative religion to check the readings on what is said in these fields?
“When a reading makes a statement and says it is a philosophical truth, do we know what philosophers believed the same thing, and what religions have it in their dogma?
“When a statement about anatomy, or about a disease, or about the use of a medicine or herb is made, do we know whether medical authorities believe the same thing or condemn it, or know nothing of the matter?
“If a person asked us for everything the readings have said about appendicitis, or ulcers of the stomach, or migraine, or the common cold, or epilepsy, or marriage, or forgiveness of sin, or love, could we produce it? Certainly not. That work was barely begun when the hospital closed.
“I think it would be wise if we stopped looking for large donations, stopped dreaming of another hospital, and concentrated on developing a little stock-in-trade. Then, when the next change comes, we’ll be better prepared and we won’t muff it.”
“I don’t know how to do that sort of work—” Edgar began.
“You don’t have to,” Hugh Lynn said. “I’ll do it … I’ll take over the job of manager of the Association. We’ll keep it small; we’ll have a modest budget and a modest program.
“We’ll work quietly, by ourselves, with the help of the local people who are interested. We’ll start study groups. We’ll take series of readings on various subjects. We’ll build up a library on psychic phenomena.
“Then when people come and ask what we do, we can say something other than that we take two readings a day, send them to people who pay for them, and put copies in our files. That isn’t much for an organization that goes around under the name of the Association for Research and Enlightenment.”
I ask you to consider how Hugh Lynn's ideas can be applied in your own life today. I find four principles in his statement:
- Self-Sufficiency. As much as possible, cultivate a sense of realistic self-reliance. Are your plans or projects rightly scaled, or are they overly dependent upon the resources or approval of others? Outsiders can withdraw their support just as quickly as they give it. Build on solid foundations.
- Higher Vision. Regularly check yourself to be certain that your plans are based on the ethical and spiritual certainty of serving something higher, and interjecting real benefit into the world.
- Steady Goes It. Build your projects patiently and methodically. Be willing to do as much, or as little, as resources permit. This is not only practical but also grants you the satisfaction of knowing that you are functioning without compromise and within your own means.
- Sweat Equity. Constantly ask: Am I performing my work with the highest quality and integrity? Do I suffuse my work with the skill and effort necessary to provide the finest possible service?
And, finally, I challenge you to apply these principles in one more way. If you are not already an A.R.E. member, please consider supporting the vision that Hugh Lynn brought into the world. With each of us who steps up, Hugh Lynn and Edgar’s work is further validated and realized.
Mitch Horowitz is a PEN Award-winning historian and the author of Occult America and One Simple Idea: How the Lessons of Positive Thinking Can Transform Your Life. He introduces and narrates the audio edition There Is River: The Story of Edgar Cayce by Thomas Sugrue, and many other audio books. Mitch most recently spoke at A.R.E. on the theme of Mind As Builder.
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