World Health Organization’s (WHO) Statement on Processed Meats Confirm Edgar Cayce Readings
Josephine Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT
The World Health Organization (WHO) released a bulletin this week categorizing processed meats like bacon, lunchmeats, and sausages as cancer-causing. Processed meats are meats that are preserved through smoking, curing, or added chemical preservatives. These meats are often cooked with high heat, enhancing their carcinogenic effect. The WHO also categorized red meat as a cancer-promoting food.
Interestingly, the Edgar Cayce health readings (given from 1905-1944) recommended eating only small amounts of meat and avoiding all foods with preservatives. The Cayce diet, similar to the Mediterranean diet, emphasized fresh vegetables, nuts, beans, and fruits, along with cultured dairy products and healthy oils such as olive oil. Cayce stated that 80% of our diet should come from these categories; the remaining 20% may include whole grains, fish or fowl, and the occasional (preferably honey-sweetened) treat. The Cayce health readings recommended similar moderation with alcohol consumption, another WHO-labeled cancer-causing agent.
The studies that spurred the WHO bulletin tracked people who consumed these processed meats on a daily basis. The WHO, like the Cayce readings, did not advocate that everyone become a vegetarian, rather that those who do enjoy meat eat processed meat and red meat sparingly. Lean protein sources like poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy are good alternatives.
Diet is just one factor in preventing cancer. The most important lifestyle change any of us can make to prevent cancer is to quit smoking. A healthy diet and regular exercise, recommended by the Edgar Cayce readings 100 years ago and echoed by current medical research, are the next most important factors in decreasing cancer risk. Both the Cayce readings and the WHO empower us to optimize our health.
Josephine B. Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT, is the Medical Director for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. She received her MD from Duke University’s School of Medicine and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage. A former director and co-owner of a medical device company, she has a wealth of experience creating and maintaining health-related non- profit and for-profit businesses. She joined A.R.E. as part of the organization’s renewed focus on the health information, one of the most important, enduring legacies from the Edgar Cayce readings. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the health outreach and administration and interfacing with the stellar staff of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage—which provides a comprehensive education in the art and science of therapeutic massage—and the holistic A.R.E. Health Center & Spa—which provides holistic therapies to clients from around the world in its oceanfront Virginia Beach, Va., setting complete with a Café.
A.R.E. Members can download several circulating files—a collection of verbatim Edgar Cayce readings and reading extracts carefully selected and arranged by topic—on arthritis from our online member section.
How and Why Gem Healing Works
An excerpt from Edgar Cayce's Sacred Stones
By Shelley Kaehr, PhD
Everything in the universe consists of vibrations, and this idea is highlighted in much of the Edgar Cayce material.
Recently, after a long period of working non-stop over the holidays, I developed a headache that lasted for three days. It was so severe that I had no choice but to go to bed and rest. When we need rest but refuse to listen to subtle clues, the body will eventually make the decision for us. Such was the case with my headache…
I was so "out of it" the first day that it wasn't until the second day before I finally got up and selected some rocks. I chose my favorite citrine for my solar plexus, some amethyst for my eye sockets, a carnelian for my abdomen, and some quartz for the collarbone and neck area.
Within about twenty minutes of laying the gems on my body, I began to feel better. The stones, along with a vaporizer filled with eucalyptus, a lavender pillow on my eyes, and music consisting of alpha waves, all worked together to help me turn the corner in my healing.
This example of using stones explains how working with gems or any vibrational remedy can be successful. When you feel out of alignment in any way-and normally on a much more subtle level than what I just described-you need something to help you to restore your alignment.
Gems and stones, along with music, essential oils, and other wonderful tools that we have at our disposal, are very beneficial for realigning us with our natural healthy balance.
Gem healing is like music. Have you ever heard people trying to play music when it is out of tune? There is something off, and it doesn't sound quite right. That is what happens to the body-the physical body, as well as the energetic body. On the other hand, when you hear singing or playing that is harmonious, it lifts the spirit as though the heavens have parted…
I am extremely concerned about the idea of frequency sickness. Our society is often so plugged into phones, computers, televisions, and other devices that we have become out of sync with nature. This is not good!
During those few days when I was ill, I could not stand the sight of any [computer] screens or loud sounds. I was literally sick of anything electronic. I had to unplug. I am a very sensitive person, and I am greatly concerned about the masses that may be unaware of what electronics are doing to us…
Now more than ever, it is extremely beneficial to understand Cayce's work and to learn how to use natural methods to shift our energy when necessary.
Aside from the physical body, there are three areas of energy within all of us. …
The first is the etheric energy layer. This is the field that resides closest to your physical body and is most intricately tied to your health and well-being. If you are blocked here, it will result in an actual, physical illness.
Second is the mental or emotional body, which is six inches away from the body. This is where our memories and emotions are stored. When we do not adequately express our emotions, this area is affected.
Finally, the causal or spiritual body is about a foot away from your physical body and extends to infinity. I believe that all of our challenges in life begin here. Some challenges derive from karma that we incarnated here to work on, and some challenges are new lessons that we have decided to take on after our birth. If we can address our issues at this level, then we do not need to be concerned with the emotional aspects or physical aspects of our energy bodies. That is easier said than done, of course! As my story about being ill demonstrates, we do not normally make changes unless there is mental or physical discomfort first.
When you place a stone on your body, that mineral exists at a higher vibrational frequency than that of the body. Because it is natural and free from the mental or emotional garbage that affects the rest of us, the stone holds its own. When introduced to the physical shell, it will create a change in the above-mentioned energy fields.
Different stones bring different qualities to us. Do you need love, health, or money/security? Depending on what you want to create, certain stones hold a frequency for those circumstances or attributes. By using the stones, your field can begin to shift and align in order for you to attract what you want. We will explore how this energy shift works throughout this book…
Healing Self and Others
Once you understand how and why gem healing works, it's time to put that knowledge to use by healing yourself and others with the stones…
When I do self-healing, I like to lie on my back and place stones on my heart center, my torso, and my forehead. In addition, I often place a crystal at the top of my head on my pillow to help open the crown. Sometimes the placement varies, depending on what I believe I need at the time.
Please remember that there is no right or wrong in this method. Your intuition will let you know what is best for you. Simply place the stones on or around the body, leaving them there while you take a brief nap or meditation. When you awake, the stones will have assisted you in producing the needed shift, as they did for me.
Shelley Kaehr, PhD, is one of the world's leading authorities on the practical uses of gems and stones for energy healing and mind-body medicine. She is the author of Origins of Huna: Secrets Behind the Secret Science, Gemstone Journeys, and Edgar Cayce's Guide to Gemstones, Minerals, Metals and More. She is a member of the American Board of Hypnotherapy and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She travels throughout the world conducting thousands of journeys through hypnosis and training energy healing practitioners.
Cayce’s Bedside Healing
By Deirdre Aragon
I recently found myself in the local emergency room for chest and abdominal pains. One doctor thought my symptoms were heart related, another thought it was my gallbladder. As I awaited testing to determine the cause of my discomfort, I turned to the Edgar Cayce readings. Having been raised in a “Cayce Home,” I have been trained to turn to the information located within the readings for guidance. Fortunately, this time I was able to access them from my hospital bed.
Over the last 20 years, the accessibility of the Edgar Cayce readings has changed drastically. I still remember when the readings were being cataloged in a DOS database. Today, members from all over the world can access the readings from a computer or tablet. The A.R.E. Member-Only Section has an array of information, including all 14,306 documented readings as given by Edgar Cayce.
Although the readings are easily accessible, searching for specific information can require a bit of finesse. With some of the readings being over 100 years old, it can be daunting to find information on current medical conditions. Just because a word or phrase is not searchable in the readings, does not mean there is no information on that topic.
A perfect example is “chakra.” There is extensive information in the readings regarding chakras, but you will not find the word “chakra” in any of them. Cayce referred to chakras as spiritual centers within the body. The word chakra was not a common word during his time. With this in mind, I find it easier to search for symptoms or terms rather than specific names.
While lying in my hospital bed, I accessed the readings with my tablet. At first I decided to focus my efforts on the gallbladder. Proving my point, gallbladder was not in the readings, but I did locate information regarding the “gall duct.” I had already come to the conclusion that I needed to start using castor oil packs to aid in eliminations. The readings I looked through supported this idea. I was also able to make some personal connections with people who had suffered similar ailments and sought out help from Cayce.
Those properties in the diet and the applications which have been taken for the allaying of those tendencies we would keep. Also we would apply Castor Oil Packs over the caecum and the gall duct or lacteal duct area, periodically; at least an hour each day for four days in succession, then a rest period of a week, and make the applications again—for at least three or four such rounds. (2441-3)
Within an hour, I had found information in the readings to relieve my symptoms. From my hospital bed, I was able to plan a course of action to heal my body. Twenty-five years ago, I would have had to locate books in libraries and request A.R.E.’s circulating files (readings categorized into booklets by topic) to find this same information—taking days, weeks, or even months to gather what I found in a matter of minutes.
I am personally grateful for the invaluable information contained within the A.R.E. Member-Only Section. Whatever arises, I know I can research the readings for answers and guidance. Today, the readings are helping thousands throughout the globe. Cayce would have been delighted to know that his work can be accessed from hospitals all over the world as well.
Deirdre L. Aragon is a Laguna Pueblo Indian, who spent the early years of her life on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico. Her paternal grandmother and aunt, who were tribal healers, taught Deirdre the wisdom and teachings of her tribe. She was raised in a home where metaphysical principles and holistic healing were accepted and practiced as a way of life. During a near death experience when she was ten years old, Deirdre was given the “mark of the shaman” from the Spirit World. Accepting her abilities, Deirdre has designed several healing techniques based on her personal experiences and knowledge gained through various sources and is an active speaker. She participated in A.R.E. Search for God Study Groups since she was a child and she is currently working with the Edgar Cayce Oahu Team. Deirdre currently resides in Oahu with her family. You'll find her website Noble Minds, a companion on the path of enlightenment, online at Noblemindsllc.com.
The Power of Intent
By Elaine Hruska
Most well-known healers, including those who have a specialty or technique to impart to others, embrace the notion of intent as a guiding principle in their work. Probably, next to centering (a grounding, meditative practice that usually precedes the therapeutic, healing sessions), intent is an all-important component of the process, focusing on the motivation of the practitioner.
This component involves several aspects. Not only does the healer need to have a strong desire to help, but also an understanding of how to achieve the goal and how to facilitate the intervention and relinquishment of attachment to the outcome. Understanding one’s motives (why one wishes to help or to heal) is part of the healer’s responsibility in self-learning, making the healing act one of careful consideration and mindfulness.
Before we present Edgar Cayce’s approach to intent, here are several explanations from the dictionary and from other healers that may help to clarify the meaning of intent.
As a noun, intent signifies a purpose or aim that is firmly directed or fixed, with some degree of earnestness and intensity. It implies a meaning or significance to an act that may not be explicitly expressed. There’s also a spirit of determination in carrying out the act.
“Early in the development of Therapeutic Touch” (a healing modality that has been taught to tens of thousands of health professionals), co-founder Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN, stated, “Dora Kunz and I had realized that a foundational concept underlying its efficacy was that the therapist rebalanced vital energies with intentionality. The connotation of that term ‘intentionality’ is not only that the will was involved—for example, wanting the person to get well—but there was also the implication that there is a goal in mind for the object of the intention. Logic would then suggest that Therapeutic Touch is being done as a conscious, mindful act based on a person’s knowledge of the therapeutic functions of the human vital-energy field.” (Therapeutic Touch: Inner Workbook, Bear & Company, Inc.). Dr. Krieger began to recognize that the mind directs the flow of energy, transferring it through the universal field. The therapist is helping the one being healed to relocate his or her own center; and the impetus for this transport of energy is the therapist’s intentionality.
Osteopath Dr. John Upledger received his introduction to the power of intent in the late 1960s, when he and other physicians began using acupuncture to treat patients at several free clinics in Florida. Some of the doctors had great success, while others didn’t—even on the same patients. As described in his book Your Inner Physician and You, Dr. Upledger at first thought it was suggestion, so the doctors tried to control any negative or positive comments about the expectation. What they discovered is a seemingly strong correlation in the practitioners’ unspoken attitude: Those physicians who genuinely believed in the beneficial effects of acupuncture got better results than those who didn’t. It became apparent that it wasn’t where or how the needles were placed that counted, but who put them there.
“The therapist’s attitude...has much to do with the success of the patient in his/her healing process.” Indeed, the success rate seemed in this instance to reach beyond technique.
Cayce consistently emphasized the importance of attitudes for healing success. In several readings regarding massage, we have examples of intention on the part of the therapist. One 38-year-old man was given this advice, some of which was also aimed at the practitioner:
A gentle massage to quiet the body would be well, with prayer—and not by those who do not live what they pray. Do not merely pray that he will be well, but well for what? Do not pray for the body to be well for what the body can do for self but for those whom he has aided and also hindered. (3439-1)
For a five-year-old boy the time during the massage was to be a “period for meditation and prayer, and for the conversation about the spiritual life to the unfolding mind and body.” (5406-1) Good conversations during massages were also mentioned in other readings. The quality of the massage was addressed in this reading:
Do not hurry through the massage. Take time to give same, and let it be done with the spirit of truth, of hope, of purpose, of the suggestive influence as will aid in establishing the coordinations needed for the rebuilding, the replenishing for this body of those conditions. (2642-1)
Often in the readings the word intent is equated or linked with purpose, such as, “The intent, the purpose, is to serve...” (254-34) Mentioned in nearly 600 readings, intent denotes one’s “highest motives” (31-1) and, when used in healing, that certain conditions will be overcome.
For, while mind is the builder, it is the purpose, the intent with which an individual applies self mentally, that brings those physical results into materiality. (257-252)
The power of intent, it may be said, awakens a response in the body for the healing to begin. Whether done with the laying on of hands, a massage, a pack, or a spinal adjustment, there is a force that will flow through us when we begin to apply what we know.
The methods of healing we use—be they of the physical, the mental, or the spiritual—simply awaken within the cells and atoms of our bodies the willingness to allow this life force to flow through us. In achieving this awakening through intent, we, as practitioners, become, then, authentic channels of blessing to those for whom we care.
Excerpt from the Spring, 2013 issue of Venture Inward newsletter, available to A.R.E. members at Edgarcayce.org/members.
Elaine Hruska is a therapist for the Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Health Center & Spa located in Houston, Texas. She holds her MA in transpersonal studies from Atlantic University and is considered an expert on the Edgar Cayce health readings. She trained under Harold J. Reilly, a pioneer in the field of massage therapy and a world-renowned physiotherapist who created the Cayce/Reilly Massage. She is the author of the best-selling books Edgar Cayce's Quick & Easy Remedies and Your Key to Good Health: Unlocking the Power of Your Lymphatic System.
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