Humor for the Body and Soul
By Louise Wild
We have all heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Some of us know that a sense of humor is essential for physical, mental, and emotional health. It can also, due to the positive attitude that accompanies it, improve our outlook on life and, in turn, encourage us to pursue those avenues that will make for spiritual development.
In the Cayce readings we find many references to the benefits of humor:
Cultivate the ability to see the ridiculous and retain the ability to laugh. For know only in those God hath favored is there the ability to laugh, even when clouds of doubt arise, or when every form of disturbance arises. For remember the Master smiled, and laughed oft, even on the way to Gethsemane. (Edgar Cayce Reading 277-1)
Keep an attitude of helpfulness, cheerfulness, hopefulness. Be optimistic! At least make three people each day laugh heartily by something the body says! It will not only help the body; it will help others. (Edgar Cayce Reading 798-1)
One that should cultivate more the humorous side of life; Not that which is at the expense of another; that is, never laugh at anyone but laugh with others often. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2327-1)
That the entity has a sense of humor has oft been a saving grace, in not only this experience but in others....Keep thy humor, keep the thinking well of self, but as well of thy neighbor. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2788-1)
At times the entity sees so well the humor in so many situations as to appear to see the ridiculous rather than that which is the creative force in humor. Do not lose this sense of humor. It will oft be a means for saving an unseemly situation. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2421-2)
Cayce’s readings addressed the ways in which humor aids spiritual development:
If ye lose the ability to laugh, ye lose that ability to be joyous. And the religion, the principle of the Christ – life is joyous! For remember He laughed . . . even at those that tormented Him. This is what angered them most. (3003-1)
The entity should attempt seriously, prayerfully, spiritually to see even that as might be called the ridiculous side of every question, the humor in same. Remember that a good laugh, an arousing even to what might in some be called hilariousness, is good for the body physically, mentally, and gives the opportunity for greater mental and spiritual awakening. (2647-1)
Obviously there is much agreement that an active sense of humor is beneficial to body and soul. We all know how good we feel after having a bout of laughter. In his conscious state, some have said, Edgar Cayce had a wonderful sense of humor. Apparently, that carried through to his readings, as is evidenced in the following witticisms:
Q. Any further advice on the body in general?
A. You better take a rest if you don’t want a long rest. (3436-3)
Q. Should I keep going to the same doctors?
A. If you want to die! (5051-1)
Q. Would it be better for the body to remain in bed without moving about?
A. It’ll move when you give it the castor oil, and that will be soon enough. (348-18)
Q. Which shoulder should be taped?
A. The one that’s hurt! (1710-5)
Q. If this treatment is followed properly, what period of time will be necessary to bring this body to its normal state?
A. One year, one month, one day, one hour, and 10 minutes from now. (4681-1)
Q. Is there any special name for the condition of the head?
A. Headache. (171-1)
Q. Give some specific lower limb exercise for the evening.
A. Those of the stooping, with the feet together, and those of the stooping with the feet, as the body raises, jumps up, and spreads feet apart – these are the best – be well to pull down the window shades though. (288-28)
Q. Have I ever contacted my husband in any other experience; if so, what way?
A. He bought you! Doesn’t he act like it at times? (1222-1)
The name then…was Lila. Before that it was known as Lulu, and was a lulu, too! According to the proverbial activity indicated from the name. (4046-1)
Q. Is the prediction true that I will die suddenly, at the age of 80, in Tibet?
A. If you go to Tibet and live to be 80, you may die there! This depends upon many, many, many circumstances. You will not die in Tibet, unless you go there; and there’s not the prospect now of going there! (2067-3)
…Hide not skeletons in thine own closet, for they will rattle when ye least expect them. (3246-1)
Q. What causes the bad disposition?
A. If the body had a more agreeable husband its disposition would be better! (2654-2)
Q. Will the body find himself in a lawsuit?
A. The body may find himself in any way. Best to find himself from within rather than in a law-suit. (213-1)
This last quote is certainly not a joke, but often an unexpected answer provokes laughter:
Q. Who will aid me most in my work and daily life?
A. God! (2444-1)
Don’t you feel better now that you’ve had a few laughs? Have a good laugh every day and give someone else one. You will de-stress and improve your health and disposition. Also, you will be more positive and more open to making the world a better place, rather than grumbling about it.
Excerpt from the Jan-Feb-Mar 2010 issue of Venture Inward magazine, available to A.R.E. members online at EdgarCayce.org/members.
Louise Wild received her M.Ed. from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., and worked as an editor for educational publishing companies and as a reading specialist in public schools. She and her husband, Ken, were introduced to the Cayce material in Massachusetts and, after moving to Virginia Beach in 1989, immediately joined A.R.E. Wild worked as an A.R.E. front-desk staff member for 10 years before retiring in 2009. She continues to volunteer giving survey lectures at A.R.E. several times per month and spending one morning each week at the Volunteer Call Center.
The All-important Acid/Alkaline
Balance in the Diet
by T.R. Aletheia
Although there are hundreds of diets and countless books written about them, when it comes to good health, the Edgar Cayce readings talk a lot about alkalinity and your pH. So what exactly is pH, and how does it affect your health? pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution as it relates to the concentration of hydrogen ions or, in this case, the tissues and fluids of a person’s body. The pH scale range is from 0-14. Neutral solutions, such as pure water, have a pH of about seven. Solutions lower than 7 are considered acidic: greater than 7 are alkaline.
The body functions optimally at an alkaline pH of approximately 7.35–7.45; any deviation just above or below this range can result in illness. Acid-base balance is maintained in the body by a number of intricate systems, of which the three primary ones are the blood, the respiratory system, and the kidneys. Illness or disease is a result of too much acid waste products in the tissues of the body. In fact, just as Edgar Cayce noted, an abnormal bacteria, fungus, or virus in the body can only survive in an acid environment. Unfortunately, acid waste that is not eliminated in a timely manner is reabsorbed from the colon into the liver and placed back into the general circulation.
It is thought that creating a more alkaline environment in the body can help prevent cancer. How then, does diet play a role in acid-base balance and cancer? All ingested substances, whether food, drink, medications, or supplements, and all circumstances, whether mental, physical, or emotional, that affect the body leave behind either an acid or alkaline (basic) ash residue in the body. Researchers have found that cold germs and flu viruses and other diseases, such as cancer, need an acid environment in order to grow and thrive. The goal, therefore, for health is to maintain a pH that is just slightly on the alkaline side. This is done by what many researchers refer to as the 80/20 rule in which 80 percent of the foods eaten are alkaline reacting, and 20 percent are acid reacting. This is the same recommendation given in the readings. In general, most fruits, vegetables, and herbs are alkaline-reacting while protein foods, starches, sugary foods (i.e., candy, cake), most dairy, and prescription drugs are acid-reacting.
Ironically, the Food Guide Pyramid recommended by the USDA, if followed as designed, actually promotes an acidic pH. The pyramid recommends two to three servings per day from the milk/dairy group, two to three servings from the meat group, three to five servings from the vegetable group, two to four servings from the fruit group, six to eleven servings from the bread/starch group, and to use fats, oils, and sweets sparingly. Thus, 65–67 percent of the pyramid is from foods that are acid-forming and 33–35 percent from alkaline-reacting foods. There has been much controversy surrounding the Food Guide Pyramid, with many opponents arguing that it should promote a healthier, plant-based diet. In addition, proponents argue that it was biased from the start, because it was developed by a group of people with strong ties to the dairy and beef industries whose goal was to promote their own products. In fact, in 2000, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) won a nine-month legal battle against the USDA for this very reason.
In the long run, the best diet to follow is one that promotes an alkaline pH using the 80/20 rule. The diet that best epitomizes this rule is the Edgar Cayce diet. This diet has been around for more than 60 years, and several books have been written about it (visit ARECatalog.com). Of course, it can be a challenge to practice this lifestyle, and even those of us who are educated on the effects of food and pH stray off course from time to time; however, just being aware of the effect of what you eat is half the battle.
Resources on the web:
T.R. Aletheia, MS, RD, CNSC is a registered dietitian with a passion for holistic healing. She earned a master's degree in holistic healing from the Clayton College of Natural Health. Having one foot in each camp, so-to-speak, she likes to combine her knowledge of conventional nutrition with her love for holistic methods. Her interest in alternative therapies was born after the death of her father from cancer. The information in this blog comes from a variety of sources including conventional medicine, holistic therapies, and the Edgar Cayce readings. Cayce was considered the father of American holistic medicine and a medical clairvoyant. T.R. Aletheia is author of Cancer An American Conspiracy which discusses successful alternative
cancer therapies and why the medical establishment is hiding them from the public. Her website is HealthyNutritionOptions.com.
Disclaimer: The treatment options discussed herein are provided for your consideration and educational purposes only. Should the reader choose to utilize any of the information herein, it is done so entirely at the reader's discretion and risk. The author is not liable for the misconception or misuse of information provided. The information provided herein is not intended to replace the advice of your physician or a competent professional.
Longevity and Wellness
in the Cayce Readings
By Alison Ray
The concepts of longevity and wellness are as much a subject of discussion today as they were during Edgar Cayce’s lifetime. Scientific studies indicate that while lifespan is not only based on genetics, it is also based on individual lifestyle choices—including behaviors and environmental factors that can be modified. Most people would choose to live for a long time if they could remain healthy and energetic in body and mind. The psychic readings given by Edgar Cayce made numerous references to disease prevention and longevity, noting the importance of diet, exercise, and leisure long before the medical community noted their importance.
The Cayce approach to wellness begins with the idea that health is a state of wholeness and balance. Imbalance and incoordination can challenge us to grow and develop; thus illness can often be viewed as an opportunity for transformation.
From his trance state, Edgar Cayce reiterated that we are multidimensional beings; including physical, mental, and spiritual aspects, and must be viewed holistically. Since all healing comes from within, therapeutic interventions work best when assisting the natural, innate processes of healing. A healthy lifestyle is the key to staying well and preventing disease and each of us is responsible for making choices and applying what we know. The readings also stress that while all therapeutic modalities can be helpful, it is important to find the best combination of treatments for each individual using a person-centered approach that recognizes the uniqueness of each individual rather than limiting people to diagnostic categories and pathological labels.
Because we are physical, mental, and spiritual beings, “preventative measures” need to include all of these aspects. We can use balance in mental, spiritual, and physical activity using moderation, regular hydrotherapy, osteopathic treatment, exercise, proper diet, meditation, and prayer to prevent illness and extend life. We can also seek to reduce stress factors including extreme emotions, frustration, anger, and worry.
In a reading given for a 37-year-old insurance agent, Cayce said: “There are certain tendencies, certain weaknesses that are present in the body. They are not diseases–these are rather dis-eases, when certain stresses or strains are brought to bear in the mental, in the spiritual, and physical experience of the entity.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 2533-6)
This man was encouraged to adapt a more balanced lifestyle, improve his diet, and enjoy regular exercise. The readings stress that for life expectancy, health, and illness, the role of the mind was far more important than heredity and genetics. While Mr. 2533 had inherited a tendency for a glandular imbalance, he could focus his mind on a spiritual ideal and change his own expectations about aging and death: “…because your great, great, great, great grandfather died you will die too—is there, and is part of the expectancy of every cell of your body! It can be eradicated, yes. How? By that constant activity within self of expectancy that this condition does not have to happen to you!” (Edgar Cayce Reading 2533-6)
Also key to health and wellness is having a definite spiritual purpose or ideal and being of service to one’s fellow man. Having a purpose gives us a reason to continue when we encounter obstacles. Edgar Cayce taught this again and again. Here are a few of his readings on this matter:
“This the entity should alter within self, being not only good, but good for something. Lose self rather in the service of others…” (Edgar Cayce Reading 1726-1)
“Make the experiences of the life not only good but good for something, and we will find it will make the rest of the years of the entity’s experience in the earth much more worthwhile… For life…is an opportunity to show the appreciation to the divine within, with the divine in your fellow man, and if you act in that manner much more joy, much more worthwhile will be the earthly experience of this entity.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 5294-1)
“... you will live as long as you desire and do good for others.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 5223-1)
Finally, keep in mind the importance of a balanced life. The following was from a reading given by Mr. Cayce for himself: “Moderation is the key to success or longevity!” (294-130)
The Cayce source implied that all knowledge is available within, if we seek patiently, persistently, and consistently. “For, as has been indicated so oft in each body, no medicine, no mechanical appliance does the healing. It only attunes the body to a perfect coordination and the Divine gives the healing.” (1173-7)
For more information on health and wellness, visit the online Cayce Health database.
This information should not be regarded as a guide to self-diagnosis or self-treatment. The cooperation of a qualified health care professional is essential if one wishes to apply any and all of the principles and techniques from the Edgar Cayce readings. Edgar Cayce Readings © 1971, 1993-20013 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation.
Holistic Pet Care – Catch the Wave of the Future
By Doug Knueven, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH
Holistic veterinary care is in great
demand these days. The term "holistic" implies that the entire being—body,
mind and spirit—is being addressed. The whole is considered to be greater than
the sum of its parts. This concept stands in direct opposition to the Western
reductionistic view of life. Modern medicine tends to break systems down into
smaller and smaller pieces, reducing them to their basic building blocks to gain
an understanding. While this approach can help us understand how the body
works, often the modern doctor loses sight of the forest for the trees.
Holistic medicine takes many
forms, but there are common beliefs among these various techniques. First of
all, health is considered to be more than simply the absence of disease. It is
a state of well-being expressed as a vitality that resists disease. Health is a
dynamic balance of internal and external forces. From this point of view, there
is a broad spectrum of physical conditions ranging from perfect health to
As an animal declines from health
toward disease, she is first affected by dis-ease.
Dis-ease begins as an imbalance, which may go undetected by conventional means.
If left untreated at this early stage, detectable disease and possibly death
will eventually result. Often, holistic approaches to health can detect
problems at the dis-ease state and correct the imbalance before disease sets
The Energy of Life
Holistic therapies embrace the
vitalist concept that has been abandoned by conventional medicine. The
vitalists believe that there is more to the body than meets the eye. There is a
vital energy that animates the flesh. The Chinese call it "Qi," the
Japanese call it "Ki," the doctors of India call it
"Prana," homeopaths call it the "Vital Force," and
chiropractors call it the "Innate." It is this life force energy that
is the difference between life and death, and it must be nourished to maintain
The Body Can Heal Itself
While conventional medicine fights
disease, holistic therapies generally strengthen the body. The body is viewed
as containing its own pharmacy. Research bears this fact out. You may have
heard of the “placebo effect.” This medical anomaly predicts that 30% of
subjects treated with a sugar pill will improve; no matter what the disease is.
High blood pressure, low blood pressure, allergies—all can be alleviated by the
patients' own bodies. It is considered a case of mind over matter but it proves
that our bodies can heal themselves if conditions are right. The idea of
holistic therapies is to produce the right conditions for the body to produce true
Of course, fighting disease and
strengthening the body are not mutually exclusive approaches to health. For me,
holistic pet care embraces the best of what each has to offer. This concept is
referred to as integrative medicine. There are some cases for which surgery or
antibiotics may be the best option. At the same time acupuncture, chiropractic,
herbs or nutritional supplements may be used to speed healing in conjunction
with or in place of Western medicine.
Diet is the basis of health. It is
very difficult to build a healthy body if you do not supply it with wholesome
building materials. As is so often the case, when it comes to nutrition, the
closer we stick to Mother Nature, the
better off we are. Animals evolved over millions of years eating unprocessed
diets that are much different than what we currently offer them. Eating
strictly processed foods is as unhealthy for our pets as it is for us. Feeding
a balanced raw diet is best for pets.
Vaccines are an important tool for
disease prevention in veterinary medicine. Just like any tool, it can cause
more harm than good if used improperly. Yearly distemper vaccines should be a
thing of the past. Many studies now show that this vaccine lasts for years in
the majority of pets. Vaccinating an animal more than necessary does not make
them more immune to disease. Instead, it damages the pet’s immune system. Pets
should be vaccinated based on their individual disease risk and immune status.
The Wave of the Future
There is a reason that many pet
caregivers are seeking alternatives to conventional care. While Western
medicine can be important in some situations, there are times when holistic
methods work better. Combining the best of East and West is the emerging
paradigm of health care. This holistic-integrative approach to wellness is the
wave of the future, and in my view, is the best option for both pets and
Dr. Doug Knueven
Doug Knueven received his veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1987.
He owns and operates Beaver Animal Clinic in Beaver, PA (near Pittsburgh) where
he shares duties with 2 other veterinarians. He has earned certification in veterinary acupuncture,
veterinary Chinese herbal medicine and veterinary chiropractic. He also has
advanced training in natural nutrition, massage therapy and homeopathy. Dr Doug
has been practicing alternative veterinary medicine since 1995. He lectures on
the subject at state and national veterinary conferences including the annual
AVMA convention and the North American Veterinary Conference which is the
largest veterinary conference in the world.
written two books on the subject; Standby Me: A Holistic Handbook for Animals, Their People and the Lives They ShareTogether, and The Holistic Health
Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog. He also authors the “Holistic Pet
Care” column for Venture Inward
Magazine, available online to members at EdgarCayce.org/members. He’ll
be in Virginia Beach on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for the
Top Ten Practical
Tips on Holistic Pet Care program, a free event sponsored by the A.R.E.
Bookstore & Gift Shop.
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