An Answer to a Vital Question
By Barbara A. Derrick, PhD
Edgar Cayce was once asked whether it was possible to obtain information from the same Source that was available to him. His answer was simple and direct: “On any subject whether you are digging for worms or playing a concerto!” (1861-12)
It worked for me, in an unexpected way.
Once I had worked for months writing a story I knew was exceptional. Well researched, this story about the “Eye Bank” was prepared out of a spirit of service, but the publishers didn’t see the value I knew was present. After a number of rejection slips, I finally tucked the story in my vertical file and “forgot” about it.
Off and on, I thought about the story. The quality of research, writing, and presentation was excellent. Why wouldn’t it sell? Sixteen months later, I awoke one morning with instructions which came to me in a hypnogogic state (the twilight time between sleep and wakefulness): “Send the story to Guideposts.”
The message didn’t make any sense. I had already sent the story to Guideposts several months earlier, and Guideposts had turned it down. Still, the message was so strong that I decided to send the story anyway, hoping the editor who had rejected it before would not blister me in a return letter.
Once the decision was made to send the story, I dismissed my concern. Many times before, I had received instructions in the hypnogogic state, and no matter how illogical they were, these instructions usually had some positive benefit.
Several weeks later the article was returned, but this time with the manuscript there was an accompanying letter. A new editor’s signature was at the bottom of the page. The letter related how much he liked the story, complimenting me on the writing and research. Then, he dropped his bomb: “It just wasn’t right for Guideposts.” My heart sank. Another rejection. But, in the last paragraph he went on to say that this story appeared to him to be well suited to a magazine published by the AMA entitled Today’s Health. The story was so exceptional, he continued, that he would strongly recommend that I send it to the editor immediately.
To have an editor of one publication suggest another by name is highly unusual. The information about this magazine was new to me.
I sent the story to Today’s Health and immediately by return mail, I received an acceptance. I would never have thought of Today’s Health without some outside help.
My hope was that the story would be of service and as a result of the story’s appearance several people might become organ donors for their eyes to be used by others after their deaths.
I found that Edgar Cayce’s statement was true: It was possible to obtain needed information “On any subject whether you are digging for worms or playing a concerto!” (1861-12)
Barbara Derrick, PhD, a researcher, lecturer and writer on Edgar Cayce, is a counselor, family therapist, and mental health specialist who has successfully used a protocol suggested by Edgar Cayce to enhance and improve the lives of Alzheimer's patients. She has presented at the Edgar Cayce Health Symposium at Virginia Beach and her articles have appeared in Venture Inward magazine, available exclusively to Members by mail or online at