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We Are Stardust— Scientists See Our Stellar Origins

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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 dreamsEdgar 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 Exploration).


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 EdgarCayce.org/members.


John Van Auken 072015John 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.


Remembering Heaven

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Remembering Heaven
Rev. Dr. June Bro

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Dr. Eben Alexander

I have never doubted the authenticity of Near-Death Experiences (NDEs). Decades ago I was moved by the experiences of Dr. George Ritchie and Raymond Moody. When I recently heard the neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander, talk about his NDE and read his book (Proof of Heaven, which I highly recommend), I was assured again of heaven’s accessibility for each and every one of us.

I had been taught in Sunday School about heaven as an end time, but now I was beginning to think of it as a present reality, as close to me as my breathing. How could I doubt the truth of heaven as a present reality? At age 23 I sat in a room with Edgar Cayce as he gave a reading. Hearing that quiet voice so in tune with some beautiful far-away source (I thought then), and listening to that message of hope and healing, I said to myself, Oh, dear God, I must be in heaven! The atmosphere here is so breathtakingly holy, God must be in this room!

harmon_June_Congress-1944Then I remembered another moment of God’s heavenly presence. I recalled the charged atmosphere I felt as I walked into the vault for the first time to file correspondence or a typed-up reading. As I entered that long dimly lit room in the addition built onto Edgar’s and Gertrude’s home on Arctic Circle and 14th Street, where Harmon and I worked with the Cayces and Gladys, I felt as though I was entering a cathedral. How many healings in those files? How many lives changed? How much hope given to people with none? How much love given by Edgar as he lay still on that couch? How much compassion as Gertrude stayed composed and focused, giving the instructions Edgar needed? How much earnest concern did Gladys show with her stenographic skills and her daily loving presence?

Then I remembered something else. When Harmon and I came to Virginia Beach in 1943, I had a full scholarship at the Chicago Musical College, studying with the most coveted piano teacher in the area and I had expected to teach in one of the best music schools in the country or become a concert pianist. I never dreamed that Edgar’s reading for me would say anything different. But it did. He said, "Do make the home the career for this is the greatest career there is in the earth, and those who shun same will have much yet to answer for. Then make thy home as a shadow of the heavenly home." (5070-1)

I yearned for the time when our home would be filled with a heavenly fragrance, but we moved every few years and there were always boxes to unpack, new schools to attend, new friends to be made, and much anxiety over being unsettled and often broke. It was hard to create a peaceful, heavenly environment amidst that turmoil. Edgar’s beautiful picture of the soul and its journey kept me sane and plugging on.

The prophet Isaiah’s image of the "peaceable Kingdom" was a picture of heaven on Earth. He said in essence that a time would come when the inhabitants of Earth "would not hurt or destroy on all God’s holy mountain, and the earth would be as full of the Lord as the waters covering the sea." Eben is a scientist who believed before his NDE that consciousness came entirely from the brain. After a short time of being seriously ill with a rare strain of meningitis, he was pronounced brain-dead for seven days, but his journey past death taught him that consciousness does not come from the human brain. Cayce said, "Thy brain is not thy mind, it is that which is used by thy mind!" (826-11)

After our nine months with the Cayces was done, Harmon and I felt that to sing with the world-famous St. Olaf College choir would be the only way to fully absorb that special experience. The founder of the choir, F. Melius Christensen, had once listened to a top his children were spinning and heard the loveliest sound he had ever heard—a beautiful, clear, balanced chord. He had decided then and there that he would direct a choir some day that would sing that chord perfectly in unison. It meant that his group of singers would have to become one with him and the other choir members. It was an ideal of oneness which matched the oneness with God that Cayce had talked about.

Arms in the Air

We don’t have to be struck down by a terrible accident or illness to experience the equivalent of a near-death experience. We can become still, and remember the heavenly bliss that exists inside of us and all around us.

Excerpt from June Bro's "The Art of Living" from the Apr-Jun 2013 issue of Venture Inward magazine available to A.R.E. members at Edgarcayce.org/members.


June Bro Venture InwardDr. 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 set about sharing her interests with others as a pastoral counselor and minister, as well as by using her skills in the performing arts. She has a graduate ministerial degree from Andover-Newton Theological School, near Boston, and a doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching on six campuses 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 has served on the music staff in churches of most of the major Protestant denominations and draws on her background in the arts to illuminate myths, symbols, and dreams. At age ninety, 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.


What was the Language of Atlantis & Lemuria?

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What was the Language of
Atlantis & Lemuria?

By John Van Auken

Question: Did Lemuria and/or Atlantis have a written language? Can it be deciphered now? What language is most similar?

Answer: This is a good question and one that will help all of us regain a level of consciousness we once had—I should say, our souls had, for our personalities never had this level of consciousness. In answering your question, I am using Edgar Cayce’s information from four principal readings: 364-10, 378-13, 378-14, and 2329-3, but also bits from the entire 364 series, the so-called "Atlantis Series."


We must understand that Lemuria was a very, very ancient time, literally millions of years ago, and Lemurians were not physical until the very last stages of their push into matter, roughly a few centuries. Atlantis, on the other hand, was a much closer period that lasted from 210,000 BC to 10,014 BC. And it is helpful if we divide Atlantis into three periods: the early formative centuries, the middle struggling centuries of increasing self-awareness resulting in rising selfishness, and then the final migration period as Atlantis sank in stages.

In the early period, Lemurians and Atlanteans were not like the people of today. Back then, you and I (our souls) would have been pure minds and spirits without physical bodies. And, importantly, we (our minds and spirits) were still connected to the Great Spirit and the Universal Consciousness of our Creator. We lived in conscious cooperation with our Creator, and possessed "all the attributes of the spiritual or unseen forces," giving us many abilities that we do not actively use today (they are now latent within us). Therefore, we did not use language the way we do today.

The Cayce material teaches us that back then we were profoundly psychic. And when he was asked, "Give in detail of the psychic powers he [a reincarnated Atlantean] developed at that time [of Atlantis]?" Cayce replied, "This would almost be impossible." (378-13) Then Cayce attempted to explain that during our present "material age," we could hardly comprehend the oneness of consciousness among the Children of God and their Creator. In another reading he adds, "Individuals in the beginning were more of thought forms than individual entities with personalities as seen in the present..." (364-10) Can we today conceive of ourselves as minds without bodies?

To a small degree, Edgar Cayce could be an example of an Atlantean, for even in his normal conscious state, he could know what you were thinking and had been doing. Telepathy was the means of communication back then, not sounds using vocal cords. But even this example can be misunderstood, because we today think of telepathy as "hearing" words in thought, but there were no words.

Singing StarsAs we Children of God, or "Morning Stars" as the book of Job referred to us, pushed our minds deeper and deeper into matter (this third dimensional plane), we became more individualized, and our expansive consciousness was narrowed into this world of form and physicality. When we were finally "out of Spirit, out of the ability to have all the attributes of the spiritual or unseen forces…" (364-10) and more fully in matter, then we moved toward writing and speaking.

Language began as pictograms and pictographs, a language in which ideas are transmitted by drawing images, and these images are symbols representing a concept, object, activity, place, and the like—a picture being "worth a thousand words." For example, today if we saw a sign with an airplane and an arrow on it, we’d know, without words, that it shows the way to the airport. From pictographs developed logographs with increasing phonetics, symbols moving to sounds—mostly as a result of spoken language. This required vocal cords, and we were now in physical bodies, though Cayce states that bodies then were not as dense as ours today.

Hieroglyphs are both pictographs and logographs. For example, the name "Ramses" is composed of pictographs of Ra (Sun god) and mess ("to be born"), meaning "he who is born of Ra." (See illustration.) But these symbols are also sounds, thus the phonetic name, which was originally spelled Ramesses, later simplified to Ramses.


Cayce’s readings indicate that the latter stages of Lemuria and Atlantis was a time when the whole world spoke one language, a time prior to the Tower of Babel legend in the Bible: "the understandings were of one tongue! There had not been as yet the divisions of tongues in this…Atlantean…land" (294-148) Therefore, we could assume that the three sets of Atlantis records are in the same language. In one reading, Cayce indicated that the Atlanteans had a slightly different dialect of the worldwide language: "…translations to the various dialects…" (852-12)

In another reading (2329-3), he actually stated that there are 32 plates or tablets— "records made by the entity itself," that are preserved in the Egyptian hall of records. He said that these tablets would require interpretation, and that this interpretation would take some time. It is likely that the glyphs on these tablets are a precursor to hieroglyphics, and therefore we should be able to decipher them.

Excerpt from the A.R.E. Member Newsletter (Fall, 2015), available at EdgarCayce.org/members.


John Van Auken 072015John 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.



Two Secret Rooms Discovered in King Tut's Tomb

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Two Secret Rooms Discovered in King Tut's Tomb 
By John Van Auken


In a press conference held in Cairo on March 17, 2016, Egypt's Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty, announced the discovery two hidden rooms inside of King Tutankhamun's burial chamber. Radar scans of the tomb showed anomalies in the walls at the back of the tomb, suggesting a hidden door and chamber behind the decorated wall. Further analysis of the scans suggests that they may contain metal or organic material. In August of 2015, a prominent English Egyptologist, Dr. Carl Nicholas Reeves, published a 50-page paper outlining the evidence of two hidden doorways inside of King Tut's tomb (see figure 1). He theorized that the final resting place of world-famous Queen Nefertiti, whose tomb has yet to be found, might be intact behind the walls in Tut's, which was found in the Valley of the Kings in 1922, by Howard Carter and George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon. And all indications are that these doors have not been touched since ancient times. (A.R.E. Members can read the original article "Is Nefertiti Hidden in Tut's Tomb?" by John Van Auken in the Winter, 2015 Newsletter).


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Nefertiti Museum BustThe bust of Nefertiti (see figure 2), whose name means "the beauty [or beautiful one] has come," is among the most recognizable artifacts of ancient Egypt. Even Edgar Cayce owned a reproduction of her bust, a gift from Louise B. Chisholm. The chief wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, Nefertiti became Pharaoh Neferneferuaten, leading the nation between the reign of Akhenaten and Tutankhaten (Tut), circa 1334-1332 BC.


In the fourth year of her husband's reign, the couple decided to leave the magnificent, gigantic Karnak complex and move the capital to a region known today as Tell el-Amarna, north of Thebes (Luxor). In her husband's fifth year, Amenhotep IV officially changed his name to the now famous Akhenaten, and Nefertiti changed her name to Neferneferuaten-Nefertiti. The name change indicated the shift of the spiritual sect of Amun to Aten (also Aton), the nurturing aspect of Ra, shown as a sun disc with rays extending with a caring hand at the tip of each ray, one holding an ankh, the symbol for life (see figure 3). Archaeologists believe that this changed Egypt's religion from a polytheistic one to a religion that has been described as henotheism, meaning "one god." By the 12th year of his reign, there is evidence that she was elevated to the status of co-Pharaoh with her husband. And after his death she was the Pharaoh, using the epithet "Effective for Her Husband" in one of her cartouches.


AkenatonNefertiti also had influence on the younger royals in the court during her power years; as her life was ending, Tut's reign was beginning. It is believed that she died in the third year of Tut's reign, circa 1331-1330 BC. In that year, Tutankhaten changed his name to Tutankhamun, signaling a return to the official worship of Amun (also Amon), the unseen god. Amarna was abandoned and Tut returned the capital to Thebes.


Research by Dr. Zahi Hawass, former head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, suggests that Tut's mother was a daughter of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye known as "The Younger Lady," a mummy discovered in the Valley of the Kings. DNA tests to examine the parentage of Tut using his hair showed that Queen Tiye was the mother of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Tut's grandmother. Most Egyptologists agree that The Younger Lady is the genetic mother of Tut even though she was Akhenaten's full-blooded sister. This incestuous parentage likely contributed to the genetic problems found in Tut's mummified body. He suffered a deformed foot, a slightly cleft palate, and curvature of the spine.


An analysis by Marc Gabolde, a French Egyptologist and the director of the archaeological expedition of Université Paul Valery-Montpellier III in the Royal Necropolis at Tell el-Amarna, suggests that Akhenaten and Nefertiti were cousins and that Tutankhamun is their son. In a talk at Harvard's Science Center, he said he is convinced that Tut's mother was not his father's sister but rather his father's first cousin and chief wife, Nefertiti. He attributes the apparent genetic closeness revealed in the DNA tests to be the result of generations of marriage between first cousins.


Is it possible that Nefertiti's tomb was in the same location as Tut's, and when Tut died so young (19 years old) around 1324 BC, they simply buried him in the forward portion of Nefertiti's tomb, concealing access to the famous queen's chamber? Only time can tell. At the press conference last week, El-Damaty said it was too early to tell what the metal and organic material could be, saying only that he thinks the new chambers could contain the tomb of a member of Tutankhamun's family.


John Van Auken 052013 120x98John Van Auken is a director at Edgar Cayce's A.R.E., and is one of the organization's most popular speakers, traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad to address audiences on the body-mind-spirit topics found in the Edgar Cayce readings. He is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt. He writes Venture Inward's Ancient Mysteries column and is the author of several books, including Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within You, From Karma to GraceEdgar Cayce and the Kabbalah, and his newest release Angels, Fairies, Demons and the Elementals.


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