In his psychic discourses, Edgar
Cayce made numerous references to longevity. In several "life"
readings in which he explained reincarnation and described prehistoric
civilizations (such as Atlantis), he noted that in previous eras the
human lifespan had been much longer than in the present. He stated
that it was not unusual for individuals to live to be several hundred
This theme was sometimes elaborated in follow-up
readings when he was asked about the practicality of multi-century
lives. In one exemplary case involving a man who was told that
he had been active for 177 years in a past life, a follow-up reading
was given which listed the various aspects of longevity, including
specific and general recommendations for extending human life.
Reading 2533-6 begins with an excellent discussion of the role of
heredity and genetics on life expectancy, health and illness.
Mr. 2533 is told that he had inherited a tendency for a glandular
"As we have indicated for the body, there are certain tendencies, certain
weaknesses that are present in the body. They are not diseases,
- these are rather dis-eases, when certain stresses or strains are brought
to bear in the mental, in the spiritual and physical experience of the
The stressor identified by Cayce included improper
diet and a tendency to become frustrated and then get down on himself
and others, even after the incident had passed. This pattern of
genetic weakness which can be triggered by stress is an example of the
concept of "diathesis/stress."
This man was encouraged to adapt a more balanced
lifestyle including improved diet and regular exercise. From a mental
and spiritual standpoint, he was told to focus on an ideal to change the
expectancy of aging and death:
"The tendencies as to the ideal are well. As to whether ye keep
same, this ye determine in thine own mind. But ideals are not your
mind, - ideals are principles acted upon BY the mind. But remember,
just as that expectancy - because your great, great, great, great grandfather
died you will die too - is there, and is part of the expectancy of every
cell of your body! It can be eradicated, yes. How? By
that constant activity within self of expectancy that this condition does
not HAVE to happen to you!"
This reading also emphasized the importance
of having a definite spiritual purpose for living. This was a common
theme in many of the readings which discussed longevity: "... you
will live as long as you desire and do good for others." (5223-1)
Edgar Cayce used the expression "preventative
measures" in reference to certain basic therapies and practices.
Regular use of hydrotherapy, osteopathic treatment and electrotherapy
(particularly the Radial Appliance) combined with exercise, proper diet
and meditation were consistently recommended to prevent illness and extend
In addition to these general preventative modalities,
the readings also contain specific suggestions for extending the lifespan.
For example, reading 120-5 stated that using gold and silver with the
electrical appliances (such as the Radial Appliance) could double the
Reading 311-4 states that if "the assimilations
and the eliminations would be kept nearer NORMAL in the human family,
the days might be extended to whatever period as was so desired."
This reading contains some practical advice about how to eat food to improve
assimilations and eliminations. Reading 311-4 also describes a simple
meditative technique which focuses on the pineal gland to reduce stress.
Interestingly, in a reading given for himself (294-141), Edgar Cayce observed,
"Keep the pineal gland operating and you won't grow old - you will always
be young!" This sentiment was also expressed in another important
reading on longevity (900-465).
Finally, keep in mind the importance of balanced
living: "MODERATION is the key to success or longevity!" (294-130)
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