January 2016 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
Hello and Happy New Year! This is the first update of 2016 to A.R.E. members and friends who are interested in the new and exciting trends occurring within Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., Atlantic University, and the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage. A number of exciting things are happening this month! Please share the following with your friends:
CREATE CAMPAIGN WRAPS UP WITH $31.6 MILLION - TOTAL!
We announced back in October that our multi-year CREATE Campaign had surpassed its $30 million goal as it made its way to a December 31 finish. Now we are proud to announce that – thanks to your generosity – we blew past the goal by more than $1 million! The final total was $31.6 million. This total includes $7.5 million for building projects, nearly $2 million to enhance our endowment, and more than $22 million in support over the years that went into underwriting our life-changing programs and initiatives. Congratulations to everyone who helped over these Campaign years… and THANK YOU to each and every one of you who contributed to the A.R.E., Atlantic University, and/or the Edgar Cayce Foundation over the years. Well done!
What now??? Well, we still have to raise a bit more money to finish our Visitor Center renovations and HQ landscaping (lighting, parking, and other such “glamorous” projects); we still have to build a new Dining Hall for A.R.E. Camp before this summer (another $100,000 or so is needed); and, of course, we always need financial support for our ongoing programs to thrive: Prison Outreach, Library, Camp, Prayer Services, Study Groups, and so on. For more info on these projects, contact Development Director Patrick Belisle at email@example.com or – to give now – go to:http://www.edgarcayce.org/support
RICHARD COPELAND ESTABLISHES ENDOWMENT FOR A.R.E. PRISON OUTREACH
Longtime member and benefactor Richard Copeland has established the Copeland Prison Outreach Fund – an endowment that will generate funds annually to support the operation of our transformational Prison Outreach program. In the short-term, funds generated by the Copeland Fund will allow us to expand our new Prison Libraries program and begin to purchase a new paperback edition of A Search for God, Book I to mail out to requesting inmates. Since most prisoners are denied hardback books, this is a huge step in getting this material back into the hands of those who are desperately seeking a new way of life. Most importantly, this endowment gives long-term financial stability to this important program. Thank you, Richard, for making a real difference in the lives of these seeking souls. And Happy 94th Birthday to you!
U.S. CONGRESS MAKES IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER PERMANENT!
Now You Can Help A.R.E. and Save More on Taxes. This could be your opportunity to help "Make the World a Better Place" while saving on your taxes. Last month, Congress voted to make the IRA Charitable Rollover permanent! This law – revitalized and now permanently extended – allows anyone 70 ½ and older to contribute their Minimum Required Distribution from their IRA account (up to $100,000) directly to a non-profit (Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.), thereby reducing their yearly taxable income. For additional information on how you can take advantage of this opportunity, please contact: Marianna Theo, 757-457-7215 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW POST TO EDGAR CAYCE BOOKS BLOG
Excerpted from John Van Auken’s new book, we hope you’ll enjoy this blog post on the supernatural, what it is, and what it isn’t: Angels, Fairies, Demons, and the Elementals. We have a natural inclination to look outside of ourselves for the supernatural world. It is not out there. Well it is, but it is not visible. And it’s important to recognize that those who “see” the supernatural do not have additional parts to their eyes that you and I lack. You can also hear John talking about the book at our ARECatalog site: http://www.arecatalog.com/ProductCatalog/Product/6892/Angels-Fairies-Demons-and-the-Elementals.
NEW POST TO OUR SPANISH-LANGUAGE BLOG
For our Spanish speaking friends, members, and supporters, we offer regular posts—often translations of our English blog—on our Spanish Wordpress blog located at this link:
https://edgarcayceespanol.wordpress.com/. Please share with your friends and family who may be interested!
Atlantic University would like to welcome Peter Woodbury, MSW, to our faculty. Peter is an accomplished psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. He is also a popular presenter for the A.R.E. and leads A.R.E. tours to South American sacred sites. Peter will be mentoring Integrated Imagery: Regression Hypnosis Level 1 in Summer 2016. This course can be taken as a Graduate Certificate or part of the Master’s in Transpersonal Studies degree.
Join Peter as he shares techniques and guides students into experiencing a psycho-spiritual experience. This experience makes deliberate use of altered states of consciousness to enable people to access the many dimensions of the unconscious mind. Classes are offered as a hybrid of online instruction mixed with a mandatory four day face-to-face residential in Virginia Beach. To register go to http://www.atlanticuniv.edu/integratedimagery.html or call 800-428-1512. Application deadline is March 27, 2016.
CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage will welcome its newest class of students on January 25, 2016 and will also celebrate a graduation of the June 2015 class on Sunday January 24. Our next class will start on June 20, 2016 – visit our website: www.caycereilly.edu for more details on our 700-hour program and to apply online today.
Our Continuing Education program includes many wonderful classes for massage therapists as well as a number of new courses available to the general public. Please visit CayceReilly.edu for more information. And come visit our Student Clinic to receive the unique Cayce/Reilly massage technique at a reduced price- call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment.
Registration is now open for the 2016 season at A.R.E. Camp! We have some fantastic programs lined up for our 2016 season, including two fantastic family camps, children’s sessions, and even young adult and adult programs too! Come spend some time in the sundrenched Blue Ridge Mountains this summer, creating magical memories with friends old and new, enjoy programs hosted by popular resource people, hike the surrounding mountains, swim in the cool crisp pond, and live life the Cayce way! To register now, or for more information, visit www.EdgarCayce.org/SummerCamp.
If you’ve been to A.R.E. Camp, you’ll know that the experience would be incomplete without the extraordinarily creative and joyful staff! Camp is so lucky to have so many people who come to help create the magic each year! If you, or someone you know, would like to join us in serving with joy on the A.R.E. Camp Staff this summer, the staff application can be found at www.EdgarCayce.org/SummerCamp, or you can contact Malenka Kaydan, A.R.E. Camp Manager, at Malenka@edgarcayce.org.
2016 A.R.E. CONFERENCES
The "Bionic Woman" is coming to A.R.E. Headquarters! Lindsay Wagner, known to many as an award-winning television star, is also a renowned spiritual teacher and author. She joins us April 1-3 for The Golden Thread of Wisdom and Oneness: The Great Teachings That Enlighten and Unite Us All along with Mitch Horowitz, Peter Woodbury MSW and others. Come discover the great spiritual teachings that unite us all, and explore the concept of Oneness, which is an important core teaching from the Edgar Cayce readings.
2016 A.R.E. FIELD CONFERENCES
Experience a vacation for the soul at A.R.E.’s spring retreat at the beautiful Lakeview Conference Center in Palestine, Texas, featuring beloved presenters and Cayce researchers Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick, the March 17-20. True Tales from the Cayce Archives: Lives Touched & Lessons Learned from the Sleeping Prophet will include lectures, hands-on activities, and workshops, plus time to be inspired by the lush nature trails, boating, fishing, and more. Enjoy delicious meals and cozy rustic lodging with like-minded friends old and new. For a listing of other Field Conferences near you, visit:
TOURS CORRECTION: In January-March Venture Inward, page 61 the dates of two tours were reversed. The dates you will find below are correct. We apologize for any inconvience.
- Peru and Bolivia, Where Heaven Meets Earth .
Led by Peter Woodbury with Andean Shaman, Juan de Dios Kucho, May 11 – 22, 2016, with optional extension to see and experience the Nazca Lines! This tour encompasses all the BEST in one remarkable program. Come this year and experience it for yourself!
- Ireland, Land of Leprechauns, Fairies, and Elves! – Led by John Van Auken, July 10 - 24 2016! Walk the winding paths through quaint cottages, touch the standing stone circles, wander the lush green valleys, and raise a glass at a traditional Irish Pub to toast your latest adventure!
- England, "The Sacred Mists of Avalon," led by popular tour leader, Don Carroll, September 24th to October 3rd, 2016. This tour includes exceptional, private access to the Temple of Stonehenge (where the general public is no longer allowed to visit).
- Bermuda Cruise, "The Mysteries,"
led by Patrick and Jane Belisle, October 23 to October 30, 2016. Departing from NYC on the fabulous, new, Norwegian Breakaway, enjoy past life regressions, meditations, and dream sharing on this economically priced "tour like no other." For more information and registration go to www.arebermudacruise.com.
- And in the works for early November, our first ever A.R.E. Tour to beautiful Costa Rica.
Join ever popular tour leader, Peter Woodbury, in this "Island Adventure" like no other. Visits to the Rain Forest, Quaker Peace Center, Zip Lining, Raft Adventures, and exploration of the mysterious Stone Domes. Sure to be a first-time adventure you won’t want to miss.
A.R.E. GIFT SHOP AND BOOKSTORE
The first Psychic Fair of 2016 is Saturday, January 23. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Visitors Center, and the last appointment is 4:30 pm. We have some new readers, new vendors, and new speakers lined up for the new year! Space is limited so plan to arrive early! For more information, call Dalia Bassett at 757-457-7258.
Wishing each of you a Blessed start to a Brand New Year!
Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO