Angel in the Basement
By Judy Cosgrove
After months of waiting to close and lots of hard work remodeling, our retirement home in a nearby 55+ community was finally ready. This was our third home and we expect it to be the last in our 46 years of marriage. Hanging the family photo collage on the living room wall brought back wonderful memories of our previous homes. Our first was a row home in downtown West Chester, Pa., where we spent five years. Our second, where we lived for 41 years, was a suburban home surrounded by wonderful neighbors near our parish church. Along with raising three children and caring for three dogs and two cats, we were also fortunate to welcome two grandchildren into our lives during those years. It was a special memory now from this second home that I was focused on while studying my photo collage and realizing how quickly the years slipped by.
It started out as a typical Sunday in our suburban home that spring day in 1973. My two boys, Michael, age six, and Steven, age four, were in the yard playing with their new friends. My husband Bill was out for the afternoon, and my seven-month-old baby girl, Lisa, was happily rolling around the kitchen floor in her walker as I did some chores. This was such a happy time in my life with my young family, my husband, our new home in the suburbs, with so much to look forward to.
I was tidying up the first floor early in the afternoon and then went to the basement to gather trash from my laundry room. After that chore, I came up the steps, went through the kitchen, and then outside and around the garage to empty the trash. Just as I opened the trashcan lid, I was struck with a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as a thought entered my mind. Did I remember to close the basement door before walking through the kitchen and outside? I quickly justified this terrifying feeling by saying to myself, “I would never have left that door open with Lisa in her walker!” I uttered a prayer, “Please God, if I did, send help for my baby”! My legs turned to jelly and fear was rampant within me as I walked back into the house to find baby and walker missing from my kitchen. Sure enough my worst fear was true; the basement door was wide open.
I stood at the basement doorway looking down the steps to the concrete floor, and there at the bottom was Lisa’s walker. But where was Lisa? I ran down the steps, turned the corner, and there in the middle of the floor was my baby girl—rather far from the stairs. She appeared to be in shock—chalk white—but other than that, she seemed perfectly okay. She wasn’t crying but whimpered instead. I felt so ashamed of myself as I carried her upstairs. I immediately called my pediatrician. He reassured me, saying, “She’s probably fine, but keep an eye on her to see how much she sleeps. It’s possible that she might have a concussion.” I made another call to my sister, a registered nurse, who lived nearby. She came over right away and shared my anguish and horror, but by the time she went home, she concluded, “I think she is fine.”
I made it through the rest of that Sunday chastising myself for the most careless thing I had ever done since becoming a mother! On the other hand, I realized something very special had taken place, which relieved my dreadful feelings. For my baby to land in the middle of the basement floor meant that she flew out of the walker as it fell down the steps. She must have gone airborne through the open handrail and dropped about six feet to the concrete floor, without even a throw rug to soften her landing. And yet, here she was, fine. How was that possible? My brief but heart-felt prayer had been answered.
During the days ahead, the horrible guilt subsided, and my baby continued to be fine and healthy. It was many years before I shared this story with anyone, for obvious reasons. I was reluctant to do so but yet was anxious to tell of the miracle that had taken place. Gratitude fills my heart now as I return to the present moment in my retirement home. Looking at the pictures in my collage of Lisa’s wedding, my son-in-law, and her two beautiful children, I’m no longer ashamed to tell this story. I know full well that none of this would have been possible without divine help on that day so long ago. I have come to believe that a very speedy angel caught my baby in mid-air and laid her softly on the concrete floor. There is no other possible explanation that comes into my mind after all these years. I often think of that Sunday and feel so special as I remember having my very own “angel in the basement.”
There are ever, for every soul, those that may be termed the guides or guardian angels that stand before the throne of grace and mercy. (405-1)
Judy Cosgrove is a spiritual seeker and long-time member of the A.R.E. A certified Asian body worker and graduate from the Meridian Institute in Wayne, Pa., she practiced Shiatsu and Tendino-Muscular Meridian work at a chiropractic center and a healing arts center, both in the West Chester, Pa. area. She retired from a career as an administrative assistant from a major corporation in the Philadelphia area. Following the death of her son Michael in 1992, she has been involved with “The Compassionate Friends” (TCF), a global support group for parents whose children have died. A volunteer, she leads workshops and writes articles on after death communication to help bereaved parents in their grief process. She has been married to husband Bill for 48 years, and is the proud mother of three children and two grandchildren.
Dangerous Doorways to the Unconscious:
Ouija Boards, Automatic Writing, and the #CharlieCharlieChallenge
by Kevin J. Todeschi
YES, the Edgar Cayce readings provide straightforward encouragement that each of us is potentially our best psychic and that everyone can access personal guidance at any time. In fact, Cayce provided a wealth of information regarding how the subconscious can be unlocked safely through such things as meditation, working with dreams, undertaking personal spiritual growth, developing empathy, learning how to recognize psychic hunches, and so forth. However, the readings also provide many cautionary tales of dangerous doorways to the unconscious, a number of which are detailed in Hugh Lynn Cayce’s book, Venturing Inward.
Having had the wonderful opportunity to recently edit the 50th anniversary re-release of Hugh Lynn Cayce’s classic, I was reminded of the true dangers associated with such things as automatic writing and Ouija boards and even the “new twist” on this old danger that is being called the “Charlie-Charlie challenge.” Literally tens of millions of people have already called attention to this game by using the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge. Drawing upon the same premise as automatic writing and the Ouija board, players essentially balance pencils over the words “yes” and “no” on a piece of paper and ask questions. Reportedly, the questions are answered by a demon named “Charlie” who moves the pencils to the appropriate response.
Before running off and trying the game, it might be helpful to know that Hugh Lynn Cayce worked with countless individuals over the years who had inadvertently opened themselves up to “possession” by playing what they thought were “harmless” games. The challenge is that once a discarnate entity (a dead person who doesn’t want to be dead) finds a receptive “ear,” the deceased spirit is not too keen to turn loose. Venturing Inward includes many tales of how this type of game led to connections with spirits that attempted to take over a person’s life, break up his or her marriage (sometimes even beginning a “sexual” relationship with the individual), causing the loss of jobs, etc. These kinds of games are not harmless at all—especially to those who are vulnerable due to such things as drugs or alcohol, injuries to the spine, the hormonal confusion of puberty, and ill health. And once the discarnate has a connection, it can be very hard to eliminate.
Whenever individuals came to Edgar Cayce and asked about how to deal with these types of experiences–experiences that may include such things as feeling the presence of a ghost, sensing that someone is invading your thoughts psychically, hearing voices, picking up on unwanted psychic information—his suggestions included a variety of approaches designed to bolster the body's natural defenses—physically, mentally and spiritually:
- Consider seeing an osteopath or chiropractor to make certain there has not been a spine issue that is causing pressure on the nervous system. Oftentimes, individuals unknowingly open themselves up to other realms of "reality" because of a spinal injury or problem.
- Eat a healthy well-balanced diet and get plenty of sleep. Do not skip meals or eat poorly. One of the easiest ways to continue having problems at the mental-emotional level is to abuse the physical systems of the body, and that includes a poor diet and sleep deprivation.
- Give the mind plenty of uplifting (oftentimes spiritually-focused) material to read. Literature might include self-help books, uplifting poetry, the Torah, the New Testament, etc. Cayce often stated, “the mind is the builder” and what we focus upon becomes a part of us.
- Work with prayer. Imagine surrounding yourself with a "white light of protection" whenever you feel troubled by an experience. You can also ask friends, family, a minister, or a Rabbi to pray with and for you.
- Refuse to become fascinated by the experiences. Quite frequently individuals must get over their intrigue of the experience–in spite of their aversion to it–before healing can take place.
- Find a sympathetic counselor or therapist with whom you can talk. This therapist should probably be familiar with Jungian psychology, the paranormal, or at least be open to the unknown.
YES, individuals can avail themselves of safe psychic experiences through a variety of means, but Ouija boards, automatic writing, and this new Charlie-Charlie challenge can be very dangerous and not at all constructive or useful. Instead, try writing out a question, read the question before going to bed, and then dream on it.
Alternately, you can play a safe psychic game recommended by Edgar Cayce. According to Cayce, if individuals truly want to have a psychic experience, they need to work with a friend for twenty days. At the same time each day, each individual is to sit quietly wherever he or she is and think about the other person. Each individual is to try to imagine the other person and feel what that other individual had been doing just prior to the agreed upon time for the daily exercise. This is to be repeated every day for twenty days. According to Cayce, at the end of twenty days, you will have gained firsthand experience with understanding a psychic connection.
Kevin J. Todeschi is Executive Director and CEO of the Edgar Cayce work (EdgarCayce.org). As both student and teacher of the Edgar Cayce material for more than 35 years, he is the author of over 25 books, including the bestselling Edgar Cayce On the Akashic Records, Dream Images and Symbols, and his most recent (with Henry Reed), Contemporary Cayce.
Notes on Halloween from a Supernaturalist
By Darrin W. Owens
As Halloween begins to creep around the corner it brings to mind the fanciful images of ghosts, pumpkins, and a witch’s silhouette flying across the moon. I have always loved Halloween; not just for the holiday ambiance, but for me, its true essence of being a time when the veil between our world and the supernatural seems to be at its thinnest. The ancients knew that the supernatural was just as natural as the air that we breathe, and Halloween was a day to be aware of that fact.
Since the beginning of time humankind has been fascinated—even obsessed— with the unseen world that exists all around us. From the communion of spirits within sacred rituals performed by our ancestors to the saturation of paranormal “reality TV” of today, it is in our very core—a deep desire to know and commune with the mystery behind the invisible curtain that separates our world from “theirs.”
I truly believe that even from the harshest of skeptics there is always that quiet wonder about what lies beyond—in the unknown. I was born into a world of ghosts and folklore. In the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, there still lives a rich tradition of spiritualism and magic. Even underneath the very buckle of the Bible belt you can still sense that there is mystery and supernatural wonder in “them there hills.” Souls that lost their way hundreds of years ago still wander in their timeless dream state, lost in the dark forests of the Ozarks. I have felt them there. I have heard the lonely cries calling from a world beyond ours. From my earliest years, the supernatural was natural to me. My grandmother filled my childhood with stories from her own childhood of things going bump in the night, ghosts walking up creaky stairs, and spiritual miracles of healing performed by granny witches who had the power of herb and chant. Little did I know at the time that my grandmother was telling me of very real occurrences and helping me to develop my own abilities to see these things by keeping my mind open to accepting different realities.
Becoming a “Supernaturalist”
While researching my next book project about the supernatural, I discovered a label that seems to fit me perfectly—it’s Supernaturalist. The term “Supernaturalist” is not a word you hear too often. When said aloud it rings with a very mysterious tone. The Collins English Dictionary defines this illusive word the best: “a person who believes in supernatural forces or agencies as producing effects in this world”; or “characterized by a belief in supernatural forces or agencies as producing effects in this world.”
In general, we can look at the supernatural as manifestation of the unearthly—weird and miraculous—and a supernaturalist is one who lives in constant awareness of its illusive presence. The definition of supernaturalist mentions the supernatural realms actually producing effects. This is very much the case in my work. I’m seeing, especially the past few years, the veil between our physical world and the supernatural world thinning at an increasing rate. We are, in fact, being affected by these otherworldly dimensions by the action being taken on both sides to lift the curtain and see what’s there. Not only are we curious, but the beings, entities, and other supernatural creatures on the “other side” are curious about our world as well. Over the years most of us have questioned, is the truth really out there? I’m here to tell you the truth is living right here in our own backyards. The highly popular film The Conjuring and the hit TV series Supernatural are both testament to what is unveiling itself as a reality. I can always tell when something is changing in the global brain by watching it as it begins to be reflected in our current pop-culture media. You can definitely see this in the plethora of the current paranormal and supernatural TV Shows.
This Halloween remember that there are many mansions and inhabitants in God’s multidimensional universe that will eventually emerge from the mists within which it resides. Have a respect for them. As we awaken to our spiritual selves we move even closer to more universal mysteries beyond the veil.
Darrin William Owens is an internationally renowned psychic medium, spiritual teacher, and best-selling author with 20 years of intense research and spiritual experiences. He is an acclaimed expert in the fields of higher consciousness, spirituality, mysticism, and soul consciousness living. His latest book, Becoming Masters of Light: Co-Creating the New Age of Enlightenment, was published by A.R.E.’s 4th Dimension Press. He is currently working on another title for A.R.E. on the topic that encompasses the supernatural realms. Learn more at his Web site DarrinOwensOfficial.com.
Communication with Edgar Cayce
Fact or Fiction? Part 2
By Hugh Lynn Cayce
A.R.E. Journal, 1974, Vol. IX, No. 1
Many individuals questioned Edgar Cayce about life after death. On one occasion he answered a specific question about communication with those who had passed on.
Q: Is it possible for this body, Edgar Cayce, in this state, to communicate with anyone who has passed into the spirit world?
A: The spirit of all that have passed from the physical plane remain about the plane until their development carry them onward or are returned for their development here, when they are in the plane of communication or remain within this sphere, any may be communicated with. There are thousands about us here at present. (Reading 3744-2)
The following question brought further clarification on the subject:
Q: What is meant by souls within this sphere may be communicated with by the body, Edgar Cayce, in the psychic state?
A: Each and every soul entity, or earthly entity, passing through the earth's plane, radiates in that plane those conditions that are radiated from the soul or spiritual entity in the individual. This then becomes the fact, the real fact, in the material world.
When the body Edgar Cayce is in the psychic or subconscious condition, he is able then to reach all the subconscious minds, when directed to such subconscious minds by suggestion, whether in the material world or in the spiritual world, provided the spiritual entity has not passed entirely into [another level]. Then we only reach those radiations left in earth's plane that are taken again when entering in earth's plane, whether [the] entity is conscious of same or not. The consciousness of reaching that condition wherein the physical body may take up that truth known, must be reached by all. (Reading 900-22)
Many types of psychic information, purportedly from entities who have passed on, suggest that all emotions and even physical suffering are not wiped out at death. This extract from the Edgar Cayce data is one such example:
Q: Does death instantly end all feeling in the physical body? If not, how long can it feel?
A: Death—as commonly spoken of—is only passing through God's other door. That there is continued consciousness is evidenced…
As to how long —many an individual has remained in that called death for what ye call years without realizing it was dead! The feelings, the desires for what ye call appetites are changed, or not aware at all. The ability to communicate is that which usually disturbs or worries others.
Then, as to say how long—that depends upon the entity. (Reading 1472-2)
Other details about the forms of life following physical death appear in the answers to questions of a person who felt that he had had a projection into what he called “the astral plane.” This individual saw human-like forms there, some of which were motionless, wax-like figures, and others which were animated. Here are the questions and answers concerning the incident:
Q: In regard to my first projection of myself into the astral plane, about two weeks ago: Some of the people were animated and some seemed like waxen images of themselves. What made the difference?
A: Some—those that appear as images—are the expressions or shells or the body of an individual that has been left when its soul self has projected on, and has not been as yet dissolved…to the realm of that activity.
For what individuals are lives on and takes form in that termed by others as the astral body. The soul leaves same and it appears as seen. Other individuals, as experienced, are in their animated form through their own sphere of experience at the present.
Q: Why did I see my father and his two brothers as young men, although I knew them when they were white-haired?
A: They are growing, as it were, upon the eternal plane. For, as may be experienced in every entity, a death is a birth. And those that are growing then appear in their growing state. (Reading 516-4)
This background of general information from the Edgar Cayce readings on survival after physical death encourages us to turn directly to the purported communications from Edgar Cayce. From time to time through the years since his death, a great many people have written to me, or spoken to me, indicating that they believe they are in touch with Edgar Cayce who is conveying messages through them to me. On all such occasions I have expressed what is certainly genuine interest, and in each case have written to ask that they seek identification for me. That is, I have asked them to have Edgar Cayce give information which would assure me and other members of the family that it is indeed he who is communicating. Over a period of several years I have asked all of these persons the same question, “What can you tell me about Gail?” Here are some of the answers which have been received over a period of three years.
Response No. 1: “Gail is a woman who was a friend of mine at one time. She was so despondent over lack of money that she was contemplating suicide. I was able to prevent this by informing her that her father was trying to communicate with her, to say that the money was coming soon. I also gave her a reading on the last day of my life by letter.”
Response No. 2: “Gail was a playmate of yours, a ten-year-old girl that drowned. Gail was walking on a fallen tree, struck her head as she fell in the water. You were blamed, but you were the innocent bystander… She's a grey-haired woman now. Big-boned, I'd say.”
Response No. 3: “Gail's death was an accident, due to the fact that he liked to climb. He had climbed up a tree, lost his balance and fell, hitting a tree limb with his head. There was also a spinal injury.”
Response No. 4: “Gail is a vacation area or resort, with a stationary boat included, for sleeping.”
Part 3 will continue with more about Gail and the possible sources for this information.
Hugh Lynn Cayce (1907-1982) was the eldest son of Edgar Cayce and a leading thinker, author, and spokesperson for psychological and paranormal subjects. Before his death, Hugh Lynn served his father’s Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. (A.R.E.), as chairman of the board. He was also author of the book Venture Inward, an examination of safe and unsafe methods of exploring personal psychic experiences and The Outer Limits of Edgar Cayce’s Power which explores the relatively small number (200) of readings that appeared to be inaccurate.
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