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..
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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.
We Are Stardust—
Scientists See Our Stellar Origins
By John Van Auken
In 1969, scientists analyzed a meteorite that landed in Murchison, Victoria, Australia,
called the Murchison meteorite. To everyone’s surprise, this little piece of space rock
contained all the ingredients necessary to form physical life! It contained nucleobases,
uracil, and xanthine—nucleobases are molecules that are the precursors to DNA and
RNA (Ribonucleic acid, present in all living cells). These are the basic building blocks of
physical life. The meteorite also contained 92 amino acids, 19 of which are found on the
earth (Earth and Planetary Sciences, June 15, 2008).
As far back as December 27, 1976, Time magazine was publishing the origins of life as
being from the stars: “In fact, the earth and its star—the sun—are built in part from the
ashes of dead stars, and human beings are literally star children. People—and all other
forms of life on earth—are collections of atoms forged in stellar furnaces. ‘All of
chemistry and therefore all of life has been formed by stars,’ says Astrophysicist Patrick
Thaddeus of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. ‘With the
exception of hydrogen, everything in our bodies has been produced in the thermonuclear
reactions within stars.’”
Astronomers explain that all the elements heavier than hydrogen originated inside stars,
long ago, as the stars shone by the fusion of hydrogen. The iron that carries the oxygen in
our blood was created when a star, in its dying phase, exploded.
Henry Moray, in his book The Sea of Energy, was among the first to reveal that space is
the biggest sea of energy that is known to exist, and we’re floating inside it. Not only is it
big, but its energy exceeds nuclear energy densities, so even a small piece of it is super
powerful. This space energy is called “zero point energy” or ZPE. Most agree that virtual
particle fluctuation contributes to it and that it may be an unlimited source of free energy
for homes, cars, and space travel. Zero point electromagnetic radiation energy has the
potential to power future interplanetary spacecraft and provide all the energy needed to
maintain a city on a distant planet.
But what’s more important is that it is the energy in which our bodies live and have our
being. Dr. John Bahcall from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (Einstein’s
workplace) said, “We are all quantum fluctuations. That’s the origin of all of us and of
everything in the universe.” These virtual particle fluctuations are changes that generate
energy, ZPE, and we are all virtual particle fluctuations, as is everything in the universe.
And then there is consciousness or “self-awareness.” Evolutionists admit that
“consciousness is one’s most precious possession” In their book, Evolution, the late
geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky and his co-authors wrote: “In point of fact, self-
awareness is the most immediate and incontrovertible of all realities. Without doubt, the
human mind sets our species apart from nonhuman animals.” And yet the origin of
consciousness and self-awareness is a mystery to scientists.
Edgar Cayce, and many others, saw the idea that brains developed consciousness as
having the whole process backwards, teaching that consciousness developed superior
brains in order to function better in the physical universe. And, human consciousness is
the highest form of awareness, revealing such functions as judgment, common sense,
insight, aesthetic sensibility, compassion, and—most of all—morality. No other animal
under the influence of instinctual urges will discern between females that are taboo
(sister, mother) and those that are acceptable for mating. Only the human shows the
ability to constrain powerful instinctual urges based on higher ideals and morals.
Human powers of rational comprehension exceed anything that could be simply an
evolutionary necessity. Perhaps that is what drove Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington to say,
shortly before he died: “The idea of a universal mind, or Logos, would be, I think, a fairly
plausible inference from the present state of scientific theory.” Or, as John Beloff put it in
his article “The Mind-Brain Problem”: “The position of mind in nature remains a total
mystery. It could be that there exists some sort of a cosmic mind, perhaps co-equal with
the material universe itself, from which each individual mind stems, and to which each
ultimately returns. All we can say is that it looks as if a fragment of mind-stuff becomes
attached to an individual organism, at or near birth, and thereafter persists with this
symbiotic relationship until that organism perishes (The Journal of Scientific
We are physically children of the stars and mentally symbionts of the Cosmic Mind, or
God’s Universal Consciousness. And we are seeking our way home.
Excerpt from the A.R.E. Member Newsletter (Spring, 2016), 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.
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