July 2016 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for July 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:
So what's the big news? We've changed the name of our program to Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology.
We have seen the tremendous benefits of the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Studies program on our students and graduates, for it truly is a life changing experience. At the same time, we have strived to properly express these benefits to the public at large. Additionally, the master's degree in Transpersonal Studies has not provided as tangible of a degree outcome as more traditional programs.
Learn more about the program by visiting the information page: Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology.|
AtlanticUniv.edu |or 800-428-1512 | info@AtlanticUniv.edu
CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
Cayce/Reilly is now accepting applications for the next class starting September 30, 2016. Spaces are limited – apply online today and become part of a new era in holistic healthcare – your journey starts here - www.caycereilly.edu.
Come visit our Student Clinic and enjoy one of our discount priced sessions of Cayce/Reilly Massage or foot reflexology! Call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment for relaxation and rejuvenation. We usually have a 2-3 week waiting list, so call now to book your next session!
We also welcome you to experience one of our unique Continuing Education courses – we offer many wonderful classes for massage therapists as well as a many great courses available to the general public like Reiki, CPR, Jin Shin Do Acupressure and MORE! Please click this link for details: http://www.caycereilly.edu/#!continuing-education-/cwdb.
A.R.E. HEALTH CENTER AND SPA
The A.R.E. Health Center and Spa is welcoming everyone to sign up for our revamped Wellness Retreat September 17-23rd. More details at:
COMING SOON: New Website Design!
Just a reminder, our EdgarCayce.org website will be changing soon to a new, beautiful design that works on any device (from mobile phones and tablets to laptops and desktops)! We have a lot of new features we think our members and supporters will love. To learn more about it, read our blog post.
Field Conferences invites you to take a vacation for your soul at our upcoming retreat at
Granlibakken August 19-22! Space is still available! Enjoy 75 acres in a peaceful, beautiful
setting in the Sierra Mountains just minutes from nearby Lake Tahoe, and enjoy
recreational opportunities including hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, swimming pool,
and gym, or just relax in the sauna or hot tub, and dine on delicious chef-created meals.
PLUS you’ll experience an inspiring and life-changing program, Soul Lessons, Soul Patterns:
Awakening to Past Lives, Future Lives, and Life Between Lives featuring Past-Life Regressionist Peter Woodbury, MSW.
September 23-25, join us at Headquarters for a special
weekend of healing and renewal our new program Heal
and Be Healed! Featuring the legendary founder of the
American Holistic Medical Association C. Norman Shealy,
MD, PhD, plus Denise Furgason and Ellen Selover, Dr. Amelia Kemp, Joan Ranquet, and more, you’ll take a healing journey
that integrates spirit, mind, and body. And, includes a special session on energy healing for pets and animals!
- England: "The Sacred Mists of Avalon". September 23-October 3, 2016. Led by Don Carroll author of
Sacred Geometry, and member of A.R.E. Board of Directors. Don will lead you to his favorite sites as he shares
information from the Readings, and deep insights from these most sacred sites. Along with Glastonbury,
Avebury, and the famous Chalice Well, enjoy a private meditation on the site of the stone circle
Stonehenge at Sunrise.
- Bermuda Cruise: "Mysteries of Bermuda" October 23-30, 2016. Led by Patrick Belisle
and his wife, Jane. Leaving from NYC, tour the pink sand beaches of Bermuda, and enjoy
a moonlight boat cruise exploring the legends of the Bermuda Triangle. Go to
arebemudacruise.com to register. Register before July 31 and receive a $100. Discount!
- 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 rafting down the winding Sarapiqui River.
Exciting New Tours Being Planned for 2017:
- Mysterious Mexico led by Don Carroll (March)
- Beauty and Wonder of Brazil and John of God
led by Peter Woodbury (May)
- Western Canada including Banff and Lake Louise
led by John Van Auken (June)
- Hopkinsville, KY for the Solar Eclipse
led by Kevin J. Todeschi (August)
- China and Tibet
led by John Van Auken (September)
A.R.E. CAMP – Join us for your vacation, and/or send your kids!
Summer at A.R.E. Camp is officially under way! We are having an AMAZING time with the vibrant children’s and family sessions that have filled the valley over the past few weeks! The best part is that we still have space available in our upcoming Children’s, Family, and Adult 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 www.EdgarCayce.org/camp or by calling 800-333-4499.
Matching Gift Fund for Dining Hall Still Available —
We’re Almost There! A committed group of Camp fans has put together a $40,000 Matching Gift Fund that 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. https://secure.edgarcayce.com/supportCampBuildingFund.aspx. Keep us in your prayers and consider making a donation
HELP US CELEBRATE A.R.E.’s MISSION FOR THE NEXT 85 YEARS
It’s the A.R.E’s mission to help people transform their lives for the better, just as you, yourself have experienced. Did you know that the programs you are so passionate about are funded, in very large part, by your donations? Yes. It takes $25,000 per day to keep our operations running smoothly: digitizing the circulating files, sending Cayce books to prisoners, planting an organic garden at A.R.E. Camp, and SO much more, every dollar makes a difference.
As we celebrate A.R.E.’s 85th Birthday this month, we are asking our members to consider joining the Golden Circle by making a donation of either $1,931 (the year we were founded) or a monthly donation of $85 or more. Being a member of the Golden Circle has special benefits like receiving unique gifts and event invitations throughout the year. Please know that we are grateful for whatever amount you contribute. Truly. Thanks for all you do to support this great work. https://secure.edgarcayce.com/donate-DW165.aspx
A.R.E. BOOKSTORE AND GIFT SHOP
Our Psychic Fair returns this month on July 30! Come meet our brand new vendors, speakers, and readers and celebrate the return of some of our favorites! Our Super Summer Clearance sale is still going strong with discounts up to 50% OFF!
Thank you for all you continue to do for this great Work!
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
Demonic Possession in the News,
What Did Cayce Say?
by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
On July 1, 2016, I was surprised to find an article in the Washington Post on the topic of
demonic possession. What’s remarkable about this article, written by Dr. Richard Gallagher, is
that a major U.S. newspaper had the courage to print it. Editors didn’t dismiss his story as a
hoax, misunderstanding, or Hollywood hype; his first-person account of paranormal activity was
feature news. The ostensible reason is the author’s credentials. Dr. Gallagher is a board-certified
psychiatrist and a professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College and holds
degrees from Princeton, Yale, and Columbia. The credentials most relevant to readers, however,
are his deep-seated Catholicism and extracurricular work for the church, which is the stimulus
for the article’s provocative title: "As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot
Readers will note that many of Dr. Gallagher’s concepts support basic principles put forth in the
Edgar Cayce readings. Among them is the reality of spirit possession. As Cayce tells us in
reading 5753-1, "Discarnate entities… may influence the thought of an entity." Cayce goes
further in 5221-1, by identifying "discarnate entities" as the root cause of a woman’s physical
illness. At the onset of 638-1, given for an elderly patient suffering insanity, Cayce overtly
declares: "We have possession."
The challenge that Dr. Gallagher highlights is the difficulty differentiating possession from
mental illness. Cayce presents a broader range of options, and goes further by identifying causes
for conditions that can give rise to both mental illness and possession. For instance, Cayce
identifies spinal injury as the root cause for a loving husband who, seemingly possessed, starts
beating his wife and children (1513-1), and for an artist whose sudden and inexplicable self-
destructive behavior requires that she be tied to a hospital gurney (1789-1). Add stress-related
psychosis into the mix (3315-1), blood deficiency-inducing nightmares (4519-1), and cancer-
created delirium (1004-1), and proper assessment requires help from the Akashic records. The
problem is compounded because trauma and poor health lead to insanity, and insanity can lead to
possession. This is the message in 281-24, conducted for the "Glad Helpers" healing group.
The most striking difference between what Dr. Gallagher reports and what appears in the Cayce
readings may be the point of view. Using the standard protocols required by the Catholic Church,
only one individual profiled in the entire body of Cayce readings exhibits the severity of
behavior that might qualify for exorcism. He is the alcoholic husband of 1183, a man who
undergoes a chilling Jekyll and Hyde transformation when he becomes intoxicated and,
according to Cayce, a malevolent spirit takes control of his body.
Church doctrine presents other limitations on our understanding of the spirit world as well. For
instance, as the readings make clear, not all spirit communications are diabolic, and not all
discarnates have demonic motives. This is conveyed in 5756-13, in which departed loved ones
provide comfort to the living. Reading 5756-14 contains a message from a deceased father to his
daughter telling her that love knows no boundaries. Furthermore, possession may have a karmic
component that is not recognized by the church. In 436-2, for example, there’s a warning for an
elevator operator susceptible to the influence of a spirit identified as "Big Rock, Black Rock,"
with whom he had been entangled in a previous incarnation. Reading 693-3 chronicles the
haunting of a child who, as an adult two centuries earlier, persecuted witches in Salem.
Given the complexity of these cases and what psychiatrists (and priests, too) encounter in the
field, Dr. Gallagher should be applauded for giving voice to a subject dismissed by his medical
colleagues as mere superstition. But where the American Psychiatric Association maintains no
official opinion that might help possessed individuals, and Dr. Gallagher advises psychiatric
counsel and Vatican-certified exorcism, Cayce’s recommendations may prove to be the most
effective. His preventative advice includes massage and osteopathy, use of low-voltage
impedance devices such as the Radiac, positive and uplifting prayer and meditation, and in cases
featuring karma, forgiveness for oneself and others. By filling one’s mind with the holy, Cayce
says, there is no room for the demonic.
Radiac - Cayce Readings Remedy
One can take an even more proactive approach as described in a reading conducted for a woman
battling discarnates (422-1). Similar to a priest’s marching orders at an exorcism, Cayce instructs
her to demand that the intrusive spirits acknowledge the supremacy of Christ. Should the spirits
fail to comply, the woman must order their expulsion: "Get thee behind me," and "I will have no
part with thee," she is to proclaim. "Through His name only will I… ACCEPT direction."
Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, is author of Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet, which is widely considered the definitive biography of the seer from Virginia Beach. His most recent book, co-authored with this wife, Nancy Kirkpatrick, is published by A.R.E. Press, and titled, True Tales from the Cayce Archives: Lives Touched and Lessons Learned from the Sleeping Prophet..
NEW! Responsive Website Design
for EdgarCayce.org to
Launch in July
Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) was founded by Cayce in 1931 to help people transform their lives for the better by sharing important information offered through the Cayce readings and kindred materials. These past 85 years, we’ve continued to share this information with the world. And as the world’s method of communication continues to evolve and change, we have tried to keep up.
Just take a look at how you’re reading this article. It’s pretty safe to assume that you are on a cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. The Internet has provided us with access to an immense amount of knowledge, and it may be more important than ever before to ensure that the Edgar Cayce work is reaching mass audiences worldwide to promote our mission: to help people transform their lives for the better—in body, mind, and spirit.
In order to reach a growing number of mobile and tablet users, and to stay current with the web trends of today, we must have an online presence that is both inviting and easy to navigate.
This summer, we will be launching a new redesign of EdgarCayce.org. The fascinating articles, enlightening information, and vital content will remain—but this redesign will introduce changes to help users (experienced and new) to more easily find the information they are looking for.
We wanted to take this chance to share with you some of the biggest changes that we are most excited about:
- New Look and Feel: EdgarCayce.org is getting a major facelift. Our new website will be modern, clean, and inviting. We spent a great deal of time focusing on the details to make this website inviting to our current users, as well as new users who are just beginning to learn about the Edgar Cayce material. The font was chosen for its readability, and we even chose specific colors shown to evoke emotions of wisdom, happiness, wellness, and harmony.
- Responsive Design: Looking at our website analytics, we find that half of our website visitors are using smart phones and tablets (mobile devices) to access our content—and that number grows every single day. Our current website is difficult to navigate and read on mobile devices. Our new website design will automatically resize to fit whatever device is being used to access it. This type of design is called “responsive.”
- Explore Our Blog: Each week, we post informative blogs on a wide variety of topics. We have blogs with incredible content from years ago that we want you to be able to access. Now, you will be able to search our blog for topics and keywords that are important to you.
- Search Events: Our events section has received a complete overhaul in order to make it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for! You will be able to search just the events section for any term, or choose filtering options that include category (conferences, online courses, livestreams, Virginia Beach activities, and more), date ranges, speaker names, and locations.
- New Member-Only Section with Up-to-Date Readings Search: A.R.E. Members will have access to a new and improved Online Member-Only section. Read hundreds of articles from experts in various fields, watch hours of video content, and search all of the Edgar Cayce readings online. Not only will the Members-Only section have a new design and layout, but the online Edgar Cayce readings database is being revamped to be easier to search and more user-friendly. If you have not yet joined us to become a member, now is an excellent time to join to experience this dramatically improved membership benefit.
As you can see, we have many fantastic changes on the horizon for you to experience on our new website. As always, we thank you for your support and are excited for the next chapter in spreading the Edgar Cayce work worldwide. Our new website is currently scheduled to go live in late July!
NEW! An Alliance for Global Consciousness
Promoting Global Connectivity and Expanded
By Kevin J. Todeschi
One of the undergirding premises in the Edgar Cayce readings is the concept of our connectedness to one another. In fact, the readings go so far as to suggest that we are ultimately responsible for our neighbor—whether that neighbor lives next-door or on the other side of the world.
The readings are also adamant that a concept of Oneness should be the underlying philosophy of all spiritual and religious traditions, and even recommended that this premise be incorporated into our educational principles as a human family:
"The first lesson for six months should be One—One—One—One; Oneness of God, oneness of man's relation, oneness of force, oneness of time, oneness of purpose, oneness in every effort—Oneness—Oneness!"
(Edgar Cayce reading #900-429)
For the past year, A.R.E. has been working with other like-minded organizations to find a way to share what we have in common with one another and to collectively promote expanding human awareness. Out of this mutual cooperation, the Alliance for Global Consciousness has been born:
Made up of individual organizations whose members explore topics like personal spirituality, subtle energies, near-death studies, health and healing, life after death, meditation and mindfulness, personal enlightenment, human connectivity, energy medicine, out-of-body experiences, ESP, and psychic phenomena, and every avenue of human consciousness—the mission of the Alliance for Global Consciousness is to elevate our service to humankind and advance the evolution of our work, both individually and collectively, while moving further toward a shared purpose:
The transformation of human consciousness
across the globe
As an alliance of organizations, our aim is to assist one another and to share each other’s events with interested individuals throughout the world.
As a founding member of the Alliance, Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. invites you to explore the AGC website, visit each organization's page, and check out each organization’s events, helping to create Global Connectivity and Expanded Human Awareness in the process.
Welcome to this new adventure!
KEVIN J. TODESCHI is the Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment (www.EdgarCayce.org), and Atlantic University (www.AtlanticUniv.edu). As both student and teacher of the Edgar Cayce material for more than 35 years, he has lectured on five continents in front of thousands of individuals. A prolific writer, he is the author of 25 books, including Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, Contemporary Cayce (co-authored with Henry Reed) and Edgar Cayce on Mastering Your Spiritual Growth.
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