May 2016 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for May 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:
CHARLES THOMAS CAYCE – 1942 - 2016
Everyone here at Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. was shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of Board Member Charles Thomas Cayce of cardiac arrest on April 29. A memorial service is being planned for June 25, the end of the 2016 Congress, in our Main Auditorium. You can read the A.R.E. press release about Charles Thomas. Although he retired from staff in 2006, he had continued his lifetime commitment as a Board member, a spokesperson, and a popular tour leader. He will truly be missed. The next issue of Venture Inward will include additional information about Charles Thomas Cayce.
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
Atlantic University is happy to announce that we have just been approved to offer a Graduate Certificate in Mindful Leadership.This Graduate Certificate provides students with a concentrated education in Mindful Leadership. The curriculum focuses on the practice of Mindful Leadership, mastering Mindful Leadership, leading from the inside out, and peace building. In addition to the new graduate certificate, Atlantic University also offers a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies, Master of Arts in Transpersonal Studies, Graduate Certificate: Regression Hypnosis, Certificate: Spiritual Guidance, and Lifelong Learning: Classes for Everyone.
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CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage is a hub of activity this month! We had 22 students graduate from our 700-hour program on May 1st. One graduate shared, "Coming to the School changed my life and was the best thing that ever happened to me. I feel like a totally better person!" Congratulations to our graduates!
Our current students are offering the unique Cayce/Reilly massage technique at a reduced price in our Student Clinic. Call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment. We welcomed over 1,000 clients to the Student Clinic last month and we hope to exceed that in May! We also gave free massages at Virginia Beach Sentara Hospital and Camp Allen (Marine Base) Health and Safety Fair - what a joy to share our work with our local community partners!
Cayce/Reilly is now accepting applications for the next class starting June 20, 2016. Apply online today to become part of a new era in holistic healthcare. Visit our website: www.caycereilly.edu for more details. 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, Jin Shin Do Acupressure and MORE! Please click this link for details: http://www.caycereilly.edu/#!continuing-education-/cwdb
CAYCE BOOK AUDIO DOWNLOADS NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking for an easy way to share the Cayce information with friends or family? A number of A.R.E. Press books are now available as audio downloads on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible, including Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick's great book of stories from the Cayce files, True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives. Click here for more information: AUDIO DOWNLOADS!!!
A.R.E. CONFERENCES - DON’T MISS THE 85TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
Our 85th anniversary A.R.E. Congress is going to be one for the history books! For the first time ever we have two of the
premier historians from Edgar Cayce’s hometown of Hopkinsville, William Turner and Alissa Keller, joining us to bring a
unique and personal perspective on Cayce’s early life.
Living Legacy of Edgar Cayce will celebrate 85 years of the
A.R.E.’s commitment to enlighten body, mind, and spirit. The
week-long event, June 19-24, kicks off with a delicious fresh lunch catered by the Mayflower Café in our beautiful new
Cayce-Miller Café. Traditional activities include lectures, workshops, socials, talent night, and auction plus special guest
speakers including Peter Woodbury MSW, Kathy Callahan PhD, and Henry Reed PhD with artist James Turrell. Donations
of items for the auction are welcomed and encouraged, to keep Congress affordable for all. A special"Soul Growth
Saturday" event will start the week June 18th with Denise Furgason and Ellen Selover presenting the interactive
workshop The Power of Your Personal Vibration: Enhancing Your Energy the Edgar Cayce Way.
A.R.E. TOURS Visit http://www.edgarcayce.org/tours/
- 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" 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)
Actress Lindsay Wagner spoke at A.R.E.
on April 2, and had this to say
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:
Summer 2016 is just around the corner, the Camp garden is already growing, and there is still time to register for your amazing get-a-way at A.R.E. Camp! 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, 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.
Help Rebuild A.R.E. Camp Dining Hall – MATCHING GIFT FUND in place now!
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. https://secure.edgarcayce.com/supportCampBuildingFund.aspx
AND OTHER DEVELOPMENT UPDATES…
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 June 1 and we will celebrate with you on June 24 at our Donor Appreciation event at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. https://secure.edgarcayce.com/donate-DW162.aspx
Think about it
Planned Giving is about ordinary people making extraordinary gifts through charitable bequests to special programs at the A.R.E. Bequests touch lives… dozens of children will attend A.R.E. Camp this summer as the result of a bequest years ago. That’s just one example here! Have YOU already included the A.R.E. in your planned giving (put us in your will or made us beneficiary of an investment account)? Let me hear from you so we can welcome you into the Edgar Cayce Legacy Society. http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/donate.aspx?id=1201 Or contact Marianna Theo (757) 457-7215 and Marianna.firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all you continue to do for this great Work!
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
The Divine Name and Other Sacred Sounds
By Jonathan and Andi Goldman
Mantras are "words of power." They are sounds for personal and planetary healing. The
word "mantra" is Sanskrit and may be translated as the "thoughts that liberate from
samsara (the world of illusions)." Mantras are listened to or recited for many different
purposes; as a means of achieving different states of consciousness; to create resonance
with specific attributes of divine energy; and to manifest different qualities, from
resonating the chakras to embodying compassion. Mantras are found in all the different
sacred traditions including Judaism and Christianity—the "Hail Mary" or "Amen" in the
Christian tradition, or the "Shema" [pronounced sh’mah] or "Shalom" in the Hebrew
tradition are the equivalent of mantras, as is any repetition of prayer, chant, or sacred
sound. The prayers, chants, and sacred sounds of the Native American tradition or the
Islamic tradition may also be considered mantras. In fact, there is virtually no spiritual
tradition, including those of indigenous peoples, in which the recitation of sacred sound
as mantra does not occur.
While there are many mantras that are quite long and complex, people are often looking
for short mantras that may be easily sounded together in a group. Please note that it does
not seem to matter in what pitch, frequency, or keynote the mantra is chanted with regard
to the effect of the sound.
Of all the sacred sounds on this planet, the one that is most often chanted is the OM.
Undoubtedly, at any given moment, there is someone, somewhere, chanting this sacred
mantra. The OM is considered one of the oldest vocal sounds in existence—many
speculate that it has been chanted for untold thousands of years. It is considered to be the
"first of all mantras," the original, primordial sound—the mantra of creation.
OM is a mantra from the Hindu tradition, a Sanskrit word said to be the sound from
which the universe and all of creation first manifested. While pronounced OM, certain
Sanskrit scholars state that it is written as AUM. Many consider the two words to be
interchangeable. OM is said to be the sound that contains all sounds—it is the totality of
all other sounds. Swami Sivananda Radha says, "The cosmic sound AUM, or its
condensed form, OM, is the origin of all other sound. OM is everything. It is the name of
OM is a multi-dimensional sound and as such may be understood a number of different
ways. One understanding is that OM (or AUM) represents attributes of the major trinity
of Hindu gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Another understanding is that the A
represents the physical plane, the U the mental and astral planes and the M, all that is
beyond the reach of the intellect. AUM or OM is the initial syllable that begins almost all
mantras. Thus OM represents the Infinite, the One Mind, the all-embracing
Consciousness—that which is the very essence of existence.
THE DIVINE NAME
The Divine Name is a newly rediscovered sound that is universal in its origin and said to
be encoded within our DNA. This is not simply a word, but a vocalized sound that can
shift the vibratory rate of all who experience it. In addition, many sources believe that the
Divine Name was the most sacred of sounds found in the Old Testament—the
foundational book of the Abrahamic traditions, which is responsible for over half the
planet’s religions. The Divine Name was said to be so powerful that it became prohibited
from the Old Testament and then became lost for over 2,500 years. The Divine Name is
composed of a harmonically related series of vowel sounds that resonates all the chakras.
This sacred sound begins at the crown chakra at the top of the head, goes down to the
root chakra at the base of the spine, and then returns to the crown chakra.
The power of this sound is extraordinary. The Divine Name is composed of vowel sounds
with specific resonances that can be experienced by anyone, regardless of their spiritual
path, religion, or belief system. Because of the universality of this sound, knowledge of
this sacred sound has now been found in many different traditions throughout the world,
from Native American to ancient Egyptian.
The Divine Name puts the person chanting it into deep meditation with higher levels of
consciousness. Along with the powerful spiritual effects of this self-created sound, the
Divine Name can be used to create extraordinary health benefits for us on a personal
level, balancing our chakras and our electro-magnetic field. Through learning to create
this sound we’ll activate our innate God force; generating major positive changes and
transformational healing for ourselves and the world.
Contained within the Divine Name are the sounds of three mantras OM/AUM, AH, and
HU. Many perceive the Divine Name as not only a universal sound, but that it is also the
personal name of God.
Excerpt from the Jan-Mar 2016 issue of Venture Inward magazine, which is available
online to A.R.E. Members at EdgarCayce.org/members.
To learn more about membership, please visit EdgarCayce.org/Membership.
Watch the Reflections: Wisdom of Edgar Cayce interview with Jonathan and Andi Goldman.
Jonathan Goldman, MA, an authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of
harmonics, is the author of several books including his recent release, The Divine Name.
His award-winning recordings include Chakra Chants" and "The Divine Name." He is
Founder and Director of the Sound Healers Association and CEO of Spirit Music.
Andi Goldman, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist specializing in holistic counseling and
sound therapy, Director of the Healing Sounds® Seminars and Co-Director of the Sound
Healers Association, and the wife and partner of Jonathan Goldman. Their website is
The Giving Tree
By Heather Preston
Leaning on the deck rail of my little Sausalito house one spring day, straining to see through the upper leaves of a large tree obscuring the hill beyond, I wished idly that if only the top two feet of the tree were gone, my view could be restored. Within the next few days, leaves began dropping from the top of the tree, but only from the top two feet. A few days later the last leaf dropped from that area of the tree.
I could once again see the hill across the valley.
It became apparent, a couple of weeks later that no more leaves were going to follow, that the remaining lower leaves were intact, healthy, and secured. Then it dawned on me that something utterly remarkable had happened. I caught my breath in confusion and amazement. Was this possible? There, indeed, was the view I had wished for. It was as if the tree had “understood” and granted my wish. A thrilling idea.
I was grateful. But as time passed, I became uneasy, for even though I couldn’t have expected what happened, the tree had granted my wish at its own expense. I read once that a tree’s topmost leaves are unique in that they protect it in some way, processing the sun’s energy differently from its other leaves.
After telling a few friends this story and showing them the empty top branches, some were silent and some squinty-eyed. Cold observation proved the tree to be bare on top. “Right, it’s bare on top,” they would say and point out possible reasons, “Not enough water?”
Pretty soon the novelty turned into concern for the tree’s well-being.
I wanted those leaves back more than I wanted the view. I went out and pleaded with the tree to grow the leaves back and said that I was really sorry to have caused it any harm.
Slowly, to my great relief, buds started reappearing on the empty branches, tiny ones at first, only a scattering of green here and there. Then more and more popped open and stretched into leaves. Within a short time, the treetop was filled with beautiful new green leaves. I was weak with gratitude. Friends now marveled to see the perfectly normal tree. The rationalizers still rationalized. But I knew what I knew.
One of my friends, Francis Rath, who prior to becoming a bookstore owner had been a rather imposing law enforcement officer, found that in the course of his work, he could put his hands on people in trauma, and they would instantly stop convulsing and breathe normally. He was a true healer and a sensitive. About a year after the leaf-dropping incident, Francis was at my house for a party. He stepped outside for a breather and leaned against this tree. He later told me that he felt it to be remarkable; its emanations were compassionate and giving. He asked me if I knew that this was “one special tree.” So I told him the story that I have just told you.
“Compassion is no attribute.
It is the Law of Laws…a shoreless universal essence,
the light of everlasting right and fitness of all things,
the love of love eternal.”
From Buddhism: The Seven Portals
Heather Preston is an award-winning artist and author. After graduating with honors and distinction from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she studied in Europe, taught fine art, was represented by leading galleries, and exhibited widely. Her book "Tree Spirits: Tales and Encounters" won the silver finalist medal for the 2010 INDIE Book Awards; it is available at ARECatalog.com. She is a regular contributor to Venture Inward magazine, a benefit for members at EdgarCayce.org/members. For an extensive biography visit HeatherPrestonArt.com.
The Beauty of the Body—the Temple of God
By June Avis Bro
I have always trusted my body to pretty much heal itself , to warn me when I’m out of balance and could become ill, to get me where I’m going, and to gather the energy I need for specific tasks. I think that my trust of my body came from an incarnation in Egypt where Mr. Cayce said I taught the care of the body in the Temple Beautiful and probably witnessed the priest Ra-Ta rejuvenate his body after years of exile.
The body is intricately designed and extremely inventive whenever it responds to illness or trauma. I remember some research my husband, Harmon, reported on some 30 years ago. Someone had a serious injury to the eye and doctors explained how nearby tissue had moved in to help do the work of the injured and missing tissue and healed it.
At the 2014 A.R.E. Member Congress (an annual conference held at A.R.E.’s Virginia Beach headquarters), Sidney Kirkpatrick brought to the stage a man who had tuberculosis (TB) in his youth and spent years in sanitariums. Back in the 1920s and ‘30s, people with TB were treated as lepers, because the disease is very contagious and there was no cure. They went to the sanitariums to die. This patient, George, had heard of Edgar Cayce, gotten a reading, and started to use the same charred oak keg that was prescribed for Gertrude Cayce (when she had TB). He didn’t tell anyone about this, not even his family.
Later, an x-ray had shown George’s lungs were healed of TB and that his right lung had grown larger to handle the work of the left lung, which had become useless. Somehow, Sidney found George and arranged for him to come to the A.R.E. Congress to tell his story of healing.
Many Christians have for centuries been afraid of the body and its instincts and some even view the body as evil. Some religions teach that bodies, especially female bodies, have to be fully covered.
Edgar Cayce’s view of the body shocked people living in the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. He said over and over again that the body is God’s gift to us, and we should treat it with the utmost respect—as the “temple of God,” which Jesus had said over 2,000 years ago.
This we should take seriously, because if we view the body as God’s temple, we will treat it differently. We will watch what we put into our bodies, we will watch what comes out of our mouths, and we will lead as balanced a life as possible—making a place for work, for laughter, and play; for music and the arts; for nature; and for reaching out to others in selfless service.
Nearly every temple, church, or mosque has a place for music and artworks. Edgar was an artist, an award-winning photographer. Although not trained in music, he had much to say about the positive influence music can have on people. As he was preparing to cross over, he heard heavenly music: the music of the spheres. The rapture on his face must have been beautiful to see. It was a final blessing on his life of dedicated service to God.
The holy emblem displayed at the center of a church, temple or mosque, signifies the focus, the ideal, the deep prayer and longing of the soul for connection with the Holy One. The body helps us make this connection with its endocrine gland centers.
Every church, temple, or mosque has pads for us to kneel on. As I get down on my knees, I offer my mind, body, and spirit to God. Edgar’s term for God was often “the Creative Forces.” I love this name for God, because it suggests God’s creativity is in me too. I actually join my creativity with God’s creativity, and together we produce something wonderful.
So we are body, mind, and spirit. One is not less than the other. All three aspects of us must work together to bring us closer to God.
When my granddaughter Katie was four, she took her first plane ride. I asked her how she enjoyed her flight. She said, “Oh, Gramma, the plane went up and up and up and pretty soon I was right next to God!” That’s what the physical, glandular parts of our bodies can do for us if we learn to train the body to be still and cooperative, the mind to be quiet and focused, and the spirit to be free and guided by the Holy One.
Spirit that uses matter, (the body as temple), that uses every influence in the earth’s environ for the glory of the Creative Forces, partakes of and is a part of the universal consciousness. (3508-1)
A.R.E. members can see the video of Sidney’s A.R.E. Congress presentation at Edgarcayce.org/members. He is a featured presenter at the June 2015 Congress in Virginia Beach. His new book, written with Nancy Kirkpatrick, True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives will be released in May, 2015.
Excerpt from June Bro's The Art of Living from the Oct-Dec 2014 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 has a graduate ministerial degree from Andover-Newton Theological School, near Boston, and a doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching 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 draws on her background in the arts to illuminate myths, symbols, and dreams. At age 90, 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.
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