Rev. Dr. June Bro
|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!
Then 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.
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.
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 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?
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.
As 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
John 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
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).
The 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.
Nefertiti 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 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 Grace, Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah, and his newest release Angels, Fairies, Demons and the Elementals.
Join John Van Auken in his online mentored course Angels, Fairies, and the Light and Dark Forces May 4, 2016.
By Kirk Nelson
Edgar Cayce said in his readings that the builders of the Great Pyramid left a record of the history of mankind from the beginning under the great Sphinx. He said that the entrance to this "Hall of Records" was by the right front forepaw of the Sphinx.
"This in position lies, as the sun rises from the waters, the line of the shadow (or light) falls between the paws of the Sphinx, that was later set as the sentinel or guard, and which may not be entered from the connecting chambers from the Sphinx's paw (right paw) until the time has been fulfilled when the changes must be active in this sphere of man's experience."
(Edgar Cayce reading 378-16)
In 1982, when Stanford Research Institute did acoustical soundings under the right front forepaw of the Sphinx, there were no indications of openings along the paw itself-but under the large masonry box behind the forepaw, there were dead spots in three different places, indicating open spaces underground. In addition, earlier tests indicated that there was a vertical shaft underground there. So I believe that this could be where the entrance to the Hall of Records is located.
Very few people realize that the Great Pyramid had eight sides. This was observed in 1940, when a British military plane flew over the Great Pyramid at sunset on the equinox and took a photograph which showed a shadow of one of the sides. Remarkably, this feature can only be seen from the air at sunrise or sunset on the spring or fall equinox. It is not visible at any other time of the year. The way the builders of the Great Pyramid must have accomplished this was by indenting the sides by 1%, so that the sun has to be perfectly aligned with the pyramid for the shadow to appear. Perhaps this was done to tell us that the Hall of Records will be opened at sunrise or sunset on one of the equinoxes.
Edgar Cayce said that there are prophecies built into the Great Pyramid that are correct as to the hour, day, year, place, country, nation, town, and individuals involved. That's how specific these prophecies are.
But how do you build a Pyramid to indicate an exact hour, day, year, place, country, nation, town, and individuals involved? Perhaps you build it so that it has eight sides that only show themselves at sunrise or sunset on the equinoxes and point one of their shadows to the entrance of the Hall of Records. I believe that the builders of the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx left us a message that the entrance to the Hall of Records is located under the right front forepaw box and will be opened at sunrise or sunset on some future equinox. But which one?
To figure this out, I began looking at the astrology of the future. I discovered that from 2024 to 2027, we will have what I view as the best astrological aspects of the next 35 years.
This is because Uranus and Neptune move very slowly through the zodiac and from 2024 to 2027 they will be in good aspect with each other. This is an aspect that happens only once every 30 years or so. It represents a great opportunity for the human race to develop its psychic and mystic powers and evolve to a higher level of spiritual understanding. Once again, I cannot emphasize how good these aspects are.
During this time period, the year that has the best aspects of all is 2026. There are several days in 2026 that have spectacular aspects, but the one that really stood out was March 20, 2026, the spring equinox! On that day, at sunrise, the Moon, Venus, Saturn, Neptune, and the Sun all come over the horizon together. This is a spectacular configuration! This group is lined up in good aspect with Uranus and Pluto. It represents the physical manifestation of spiritual ideals.
So I thought, "When was the last time we had aspects like March 20, 2026?" I looked at my ephemeris and discovered that the last time we had these types of aspects was in November of 1989, and on November 9, 1989, one of the most important events of the last quarter of the 20th century occurred-the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Later that month, on November 29, 1989, a large triangular UFO appeared over the town of Liege in Belgium. Over the next several months, that triangular UFO appeared again and again and was witnessed by thousands of people, sometimes at very close range. It was the most amazing UFO wave in human history. The Belgian Air Force tracked these objects on radar and even held a press conference to show the radar readings to the media.
So what would be a 21st-century parallel for the events of November 1989? Alien contact? The opening of the Hall of Records that Edgar Cayce says is under the Sphinx? It's hard to know.
Is this real? I think so. In any case, if there were no Great Pyramid and no Sphinx and no prophecies, the influence of the planets on that day will still be spectacular for the human race, and I believe it will be a time of great advancement for all of us.
Kirk Nelson has been a student of prophecy for over 30 years and his specialty is the effect of planetary influences on world affairs. He is the author of three books on prophecy, astrology, and the life of Jesus. Kirk has lectured in over 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows. Kirk works as a realtor in Virginia Beach. His website is 2026Awakenings.com. He is a presenter at the 85th
Annual A.R.E. Congress—The Living Legacy of Edgar Cayce Conference at
A.R.E. Headquarters in Virginia Beach from June 19-24, 2016.
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