Rev. Dr. June Bro
|Dr. Eben Alexander
I have never doubted the authenticity of Near-Death Experiences (NDEs). Decades ago I was moved by the experiences of Dr. George Ritchie and Raymond Moody. When I recently heard the neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander, talk about his NDE and read his book (Proof of Heaven, which I highly recommend), I was assured again of heaven’s accessibility for each and every one of us.
I had been taught in Sunday School about heaven as an end time, but now I was beginning to think of it as a present reality, as close to me as my breathing.
How could I doubt the truth of heaven as a present reality? At age 23 I sat in a room with Edgar Cayce as he gave a reading. Hearing that quiet voice so in tune with some beautiful far-away source (I thought then), and listening to that message of hope and healing, I said to myself, Oh, dear God, I must be in heaven! The atmosphere here is so breathtakingly holy, God must be in this room!
Then I remembered another moment of God’s heavenly presence. I recalled the charged atmosphere I felt as I walked into the vault for the first time to file correspondence or a typed-up reading. As I entered that long dimly lit room in the addition built onto Edgar’s and Gertrude’s home on Arctic Circle and 14th Street, where Harmon and I worked with the Cayces and Gladys, I felt as though I was entering a cathedral. How many healings in those files? How many lives changed? How much hope given to people with none? How much love given by Edgar as he lay still on that couch? How much compassion as Gertrude stayed composed and focused, giving the instructions Edgar needed? How much earnest concern did Gladys show with her stenographic skills and her daily loving presence?
Then I remembered something else. When Harmon and I came to Virginia Beach in 1943, I had a full scholarship at the Chicago Musical College, studying with the most coveted piano teacher in the area and I had expected to teach in one of the best music schools in the country or become a concert pianist. I never dreamed that Edgar’s reading for me would say anything different. But it did. He said, "Do make the home the career for this is the greatest career there is in the earth, and those who shun same will have much yet to answer for. Then make thy home as a shadow of the heavenly home." (5070-1)
I yearned for the time when our home would be filled with a heavenly fragrance, but we moved every few years and there were always boxes to unpack, new schools to attend, new friends to be made, and much anxiety over being unsettled and often broke. It was hard to create a peaceful, heavenly environment amidst that turmoil. Edgar’s beautiful picture of the soul and its journey kept me sane and plugging on.
The prophet Isaiah’s image of the "peaceable Kingdom" was a picture of heaven on Earth. He said in essence that a time would come when the inhabitants of Earth "would not hurt or destroy on all God’s holy mountain, and the earth would be as full of the Lord as the waters covering the sea."
Eben is a scientist who believed before his NDE that consciousness came entirely from the brain. After a short time of being seriously ill with a rare strain of meningitis, he was pronounced brain-dead for seven days, but his journey past death taught him that consciousness does not come from the human brain. Cayce said, "Thy brain is not thy mind, it is that which is used by thy mind!" (826-11)
After our nine months with the Cayces was done, Harmon and I felt that to sing with the world-famous St. Olaf College choir would be the only way to fully absorb that special experience. The founder of the choir, F. Melius Christensen, had once listened to a top his children were spinning and heard the loveliest sound he had ever heard—a beautiful, clear, balanced chord. He had decided then and there that he would direct a choir some day that would sing that chord perfectly in unison. It meant that his group of singers would have to become one with him and the other choir members. It was an ideal of oneness which matched the oneness with God that Cayce had talked about.
We don’t have to be struck down by a terrible accident or illness to experience the equivalent of a near-death experience. We can become still, and remember the heavenly bliss that exists inside of us and all around us.
Excerpt from June Bro's "The Art of Living" from the Apr-Jun 2013 issue of Venture Inward magazine available to A.R.E. members at Edgarcayce.org/members.
Dr. June Avis Bro found her life deeply affected by working daily with Edgar Cayce when she and her husband, Harmon, came to Virginia Beach in 1943. She set about sharing her interests with others as a pastoral counselor and minister, as well as by using her skills in the performing arts. She has a graduate ministerial degree from Andover-Newton Theological School, near Boston, and a doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching on six campuses while raising five children, she has been a research assistant at Harvard, lectured and held workshops in many cities, led overseas tours to the Near East and China, and served as pastor. A concert pianist, she has served on the music staff in churches of most of the major Protestant denominations and draws on her background in the arts to illuminate myths, symbols, and dreams. At age ninety, she released her first piano CD called "Soul Soundings," which is being sold in the A.R.E. Bookstore. Her column for A.R.E.’s Venture Inward Magazine, "The Art of Living" is based on her life reading given by Mr. Cayce in 1944. She wrote the forward to the re-released book A Seer Out of Season written by Harmon Bro.
June 2016 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for June 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:
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR
CHARLES THOMAS CAYCE
The memorial service will be held at the end of Congress on June 25, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in our Main Auditorium. Harvey Green, former Board Chair will be officiating. You can read the Press Release about Charles Thomas’s passing at the following link:
We hope you can join us for this celebration of Charles Thomas’s life and his lifelong commitment to this great Work.
Founded by Edgar Cayce in 1930, Atlantic University focuses on educating students through a holistic, interdisciplinary perspective. The teachings and philosophies of the A.R.E. and Edgar Cayce are infused in the mission and vision of Atlantic University and can be found in nearly every course and resonating throughout our virtual halls. Learn more about how to nourish your soul and expand into the inherent possibilities of human development at these links: Transpersonal Studies| Leadership Studies| Mindful Leadership | Regression Hypnosis | Spiritual Mentoring | Lifelong Learning.
AtlanticUniv.edu |or 800-428-1512 | info@AtlanticUniv.edu
"He that is grounded in the truths as set forth here is grounded indeed in the truths that makes the individual one with, in will and purport, the whole creative energy, and will make for that individual the faith that moves mountains and maketh the pastures green where there was consternation and trouble before." 254-48
CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
Cayce/Reilly is still accepting applications for the next class starting June 20, 2016. Spaces are filling up quickly – if you still want to be included in the summer class, apply online today and become part of a new era in holistic healthcare - www.caycereilly.edu.
Our current students are offering the unique Cayce/Reilly massage technique and foot reflexology sessions at a reduced price in our Student Clinic. Call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment. We usually have a 2-3 week waiting list, so call now to book your next session!
We have hosted over a dozen fantastic weekend workshop courses so far this year! Our Continuing Education program includes many wonderful classes for massage therapists as well as a number of great courses available to the general public like Reiki, CPR, Jin Shin Do Acupressure and MORE! Please click this link for details:
ASTROLOGY CHART SALE AT ARECatalog.com
From now until July 11, all astrology charts at ARECatalog.com are on sale for only $14 non-member/$11.20 A.R.E. members. Now is a great time to buy and save!
A.R.E. HEALTH CENTER AND SPA
The A.R.E. Health Center and Spa happily presents our June Spa therapy special. To commemorate the
A.R.E.’s 85th anniversary, for $85 we are offering an hour combination of Cayce/Reilly Massage & Foot
Reflexology. This would normally be valued at $110! (No other discounts or specials apply.)
We are also excited to share our revamped Wellness Retreat September 17-23rd which includes
kayaking, a dinner cruise, Cayce-readings-recommended walks on the beach and in the state park, morning yoga, etc.
along with our traditional Cayce body-mind-and spirit rejuvenation. The group size is limited to 12. Details can be found
We have two unique and insightful one-day programs coming the HQ this August—perfect for a summer vacation
for the soul!
Saturday August 13 Medium Rev. Janet Nohavec and "spirit artist" Joseph Shiel share the art and science of
mediumship with tips and techniques plus live gallery readings. And, experience a special evening of messages from the
other side as part of the full program or as a separate event.
Sunday, August 14, 2016, we have Edgar Cayce’s Sacred Stones: Using Gems to Enhance Your Spirit, Mind,
and Body! featuring Shelley Kaehr, PhD. Based on her best-selling new book, a highlight includes a guided
meditation where you are led to the stone that will help you most on your current soul journey, by your
higher self and Edgar Cayce!
- Ireland: "The Land of Leprechauns, Fairies, and Elves" July 10-24, 2016. Led by
popular Tour Leader, Speaker, and Director of A.R.E. Join John as he shares his insights from his recent book about the
wee folk most commonly associated with these handpicked sites. Filling fast, call to
- England: "The Sacred Mists of Avalon". September 23-October 3, 2016. Led by Don
Carroll author of Sacred Geometry. Along with Glastonbury, Avebury, and the 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)
COMING SOON: New Website Design!
Sometime this summer, we’ll be rolling out a new design for our website, EdgarCayce.org. Besides the beautiful modern look, the new site will enable users from mobile and tablet devices to view and use our website functions with ease! (A growing number of people are visiting our site from these devices!) Some other functions that we’re excited about include:
- Search Our Blog by Topic and Key Words;
- Search Our Events by Location, Speaker Name, and more!
- New Member Section has an Improved Readings Database.
We hope you enjoy visiting our current website, and look forward to greeting you with a new design this summer (as early as next month!)
NEW A.R.E. PRESS BOOK ON THE ESSENES
John Van Auken partnered with long-time A.R.E. Member and donor Ruben Miller, PhD, to bring us the story of the Essenes as given in the Edgar Cayce readings. Their new book, Edgar Cayce on the Mysterious Essenes: Lessons from Our Sacred Past, is available now from ARECatalog.com (or 800-333-4499). You can read an excerpt from this book at EdgarCayceBooksBlog.com.
A.R.E. IN THE MEDIA
The New Thought Channel, a new broadcast channel introduced to us by Mitch Horowitz, has added his Mind As Builder talk and will add two additional videos of ours: Guidance from Dreams by Dr. Pam Bro and Cayce 101 by Peter Woodbury. This is an opportunity to introduce Cayce to a larger audience, as they describe it: The New Thought Channel is a central location on your television and on Roku and Amazon Fire TV that is a gathering place for the spiritually open-minded: www.newthoughtchannel.com
Joyce Keller, American television and radio host, psychic medium, and the author of the new A.R.E. Press book Why Am I Here? A Concise Guide to Your Purpose and Potential will be on Coast to Coast with George Noory (CoasttoCoastam.com) on Sunday night July 3 at midnight Pacific time (which is Monday morning July 4 at 3 am Eastern or 2 am Central) for two hours. According to Edgar Cayce reading 2823-1, "Each soul…has a definite job to do. But ye alone may find and do that job." Her new book, written with daughter Elaine Keller, reiterates this important concept and includes information on using angel guides, astrology, karmic patterns, the Akashic records, and more.
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’ve been enjoying all of the friends and volunteers that have joined us in the Camp valley for Construction Camp to help get our facilities ready for the coming programs. We’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of our all-summer staff, who will be filling the valley in just a few days.
We still have space available in our Children’s, Family, and Adult Sessions! Give this gift to your child or your entire family and expand your mind 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Check our 2016 offerings and register online at: www.EdgarCayce.org/camp or by calling 800-333-4499.
The Camp Dining Hall rebuild is going well, and we are pushing hard to get it built in time for this summer’s sessions. We need your help to make it happen:
Matching Gift Fund for Dining Hall Still Available – 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.
EDGAR CAYCE LEGACY SOCIETY (ECLS) AND GOLDEN CIRCLE DONORS WILL BE APPRECIATED FRIDAY, JUNE 24
This year’s Donor Appreciation event for members of the Golden Circle (donations of $1,000 or more in a year) and ECLS (those of you who have included us in your will or estate plan) will be held on Friday, June 24 – the last day of Congress. We will be treating these donors to an evening at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, featuring a scenic tram ride, a Secret Garden wine reception, special dinner, and an inspirational program with Kevin Todeschi and Sidney Kirkpatrick among others. Join the Golden Circle and RSVP by June 20. Last year, donations accounted for almost 50% of all revenues at the A.R.E. and these two donor groups accounted for almost 90% of those donations. Thank you for entrusting us with your donations and helping us make the world a better place.
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 carrying out that mission through the programs you are so passionate about are, in very large part, funded by your donations? From keeping 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 summer, 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. Thanks for all you do to support this great work. https://secure.edgarcayce.com/donate-DW165.aspx
A.R.E. RECEIVES 2016 CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE
We received Trip Advisor’s 2016 Certificate of Excellence! The logo will appear on our Visitor Center doors, the VB website page, and automatically shows up on our Association for Research and Enlightenment Facebook page under the Trip Advisor tab, viewable here:
Thank you for all you continue to do for this great Work!
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
What was the Language of
Atlantis & Lemuria?
By John Van Auken
Question: Did Lemuria and/or Atlantis have a written language? Can it be deciphered
now? What language is most similar?
Answer: This is a good question and one that will help all of us regain a level of
consciousness we once had—I should say, our souls had, for our personalities never had
this level of consciousness. In answering your question, I am using Edgar Cayce’s
information from four principal readings: 364-10, 378-13, 378-14, and 2329-3, but also
bits from the entire 364 series, the so-called "Atlantis Series."
We must understand that Lemuria was a very, very ancient time, literally millions of
years ago, and Lemurians were not physical until the very last stages of their push into
matter, roughly a few centuries. Atlantis, on the other hand, was a much closer period
that lasted from 210,000 BC to 10,014 BC. And it is helpful if we divide Atlantis into
three periods: the early formative centuries, the middle struggling centuries of increasing
self-awareness resulting in rising selfishness, and then the final migration period as
Atlantis sank in stages.
In the early period, Lemurians and Atlanteans were not like the people of today. Back
then, you and I (our souls) would have been pure minds and spirits without physical
bodies. And, importantly, we (our minds and spirits) were still connected to the Great
Spirit and the Universal Consciousness of our Creator. We lived in conscious
cooperation with our Creator, and possessed "all the attributes of the spiritual or unseen
forces," giving us many abilities that we do not actively use today (they are now latent
within us). Therefore, we did not use language the way we do today.
The Cayce material teaches us that back then we were profoundly psychic. And when he
was asked, "Give in detail of the psychic powers he [a reincarnated Atlantean] developed
at that time [of Atlantis]?" Cayce replied, "This would almost be impossible." (378-13)
Then Cayce attempted to explain that during our present "material age," we could hardly
comprehend the oneness of consciousness among the Children of God and their Creator.
In another reading he adds, "Individuals in the beginning were more of thought forms
than individual entities with personalities as seen in the present..." (364-10) Can we today
conceive of ourselves as minds without bodies?
To a small degree, Edgar Cayce could be an example of an Atlantean, for even in his
normal conscious state, he could know what you were thinking and had been doing.
Telepathy was the means of communication back then, not sounds using vocal cords. But
even this example can be misunderstood, because we today think of telepathy as
"hearing" words in thought, but there were no words.
As we Children of God, or "Morning Stars" as the book of Job referred to us, pushed our
minds deeper and deeper into matter (this third dimensional plane), we became more
individualized, and our expansive consciousness was narrowed into this world of form
and physicality. When we were finally "out of Spirit, out of the ability to have all the
attributes of the spiritual or unseen forces…" (364-10) and more fully in matter, then we
moved toward writing and speaking.
Language began as pictograms and pictographs, a language in which ideas are
transmitted by drawing images, and these images are symbols representing a concept,
object, activity, place, and the like—a picture being "worth a thousand words." For
example, today if we saw a sign with an airplane and an arrow on it, we’d know, without
words, that it shows the way to the airport. From pictographs developed logographs with
increasing phonetics, symbols moving to sounds—mostly as a result of spoken language.
This required vocal cords, and we were now in physical bodies, though Cayce states that
bodies then were not as dense as ours today.
Hieroglyphs are both pictographs and logographs. For example, the name "Ramses" is
composed of pictographs of Ra (Sun god) and mess ("to be born"), meaning "he who is
born of Ra." (See illustration.) But these symbols are also sounds, thus the phonetic name,
which was originally spelled Ramesses, later simplified to Ramses.
Cayce’s readings indicate that the latter stages of Lemuria and Atlantis was a time when
the whole world spoke one language, a time prior to the Tower of Babel legend in the
Bible: "the understandings were of one tongue! There had not been as yet the divisions of
tongues in this…Atlantean…land" (294-148) Therefore, we could assume that the three
sets of Atlantis records are in the same language. In one reading, Cayce indicated that the
Atlanteans had a slightly different dialect of the worldwide language: "…translations to
the various dialects…" (852-12)
In another reading (2329-3), he actually stated that there are 32 plates or tablets—
"records made by the entity itself," that are preserved in the Egyptian hall of records. He
said that these tablets would require interpretation, and that this interpretation would take
some time. It is likely that the glyphs on these tablets are a precursor to hieroglyphics,
and therefore we should be able to decipher them.
Excerpt from the A.R.E. Member Newsletter (Fall, 2015), available at
John Van Auken, is a long-time A.R.E. staff member and current Director of E.C.F. and one of our
most popular teachers of meditation and mystical spirituality. He has appeared on several television
programs and is the author of dozens of books, audios, and DVD’s including Angels, Fairies, Demons, &
the Elementals. He manages A.R.E.’s Archaeological Research and is a respected leader of international
tours to sacred sites.
A Heartfelt Response to Tragedy
The tragic killings that have taken place in Orlando, Fla., are a sadness to all of us at Edgar Cayce's A.R.E., and to the world at large. As many of us have found prayer to be a hopeful aspect in life, we are joining together through A.R.E.'s Prayer Services to deeply pray for all of the souls and the families and friends affected by this unexpected and violent event. It is shocking to the very core of our souls.
The Edgar Cayce readings are timeless in their ability to direct us toward a hopeful, noble, and spirit-filled response to world happenings. This excerpt from the Cayce readings may bring hope and help to our human family that is processing this event.
“If you call, I will hear…”
“This is not of old, but a living thing in the hearts and souls of those today. For the fact of thy consciousness in a material world. Though troubled and bloodstained world, thy prayer, thy blessing may bring a new hope, and may blossom into joy on earth, peace among men.” Edgar Cayce reading 2629-1
“God is LOVE. Then—in thy activity under stress, strain, even disappointment and heartbreaking experiences – CALL For he hath promised, ‘if you call I will HEAR and answer speedily.’ Yet the answer can only be in that measure with which ye mete thy fellow man.” Edgar Cayce reading 2401-1
When we need to find a soft place for our minds, hearts, and souls to rest during difficult times, the Cayce material points us towards prayer, faith, and love as active forces we can use to sustain us and to remember our highest ideals. If you need a reminder, like most of us, during difficult times-simply consider this phrase, "If you call, I will hear."
Peace and blessings to you and yours from all of us here at A.R.E.
We invite you to join with us in prayer for all those affected by this horrendous tragedy.
Blessings to each of you,
Kevin J. Todeschi
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