Mentored by David McMillin, MA
June 26 - August 6, 2013
Have you ever wondered:
- Is there God?
- And if so, what is our relationship to the Divine?
- Why does something exist rather than nothing at all?
- What is the source of the universe? Was it created by God?
- And if there is a Creator, why must we Search for God? Is God hiding?
- Or is God an absentee landlord that created a grand cosmos and then withdrew, leaving it to run its natural course, as some philosophers have surmised?
- If there is a God, why all the contradictions in the various religions? And even outright warfare at times in the name God or a religious doctrine?
In this course we will be exploring these and many other questions from the perspective of the 20th century American mystic Edgar Cayce (1877-1945). On an almost daily basis, Cayce entered a self-induced altered state of consciousness that allowed him to answer questions of almost any nature ranging from medical conditions to the origin and nature of the cosmos. His psychic dissertations became known as "readings" and were assigned numbers to protect the privacy of those who sought his guidance.
It was in September 1931 when a group of Cayce's supporters, ordinary people with a desire to be of service, approached Cayce seeking a way forward in those troubled times. Some of those individuals simply wanted to work more directly with Cayce's psychic information – to become more spiritual and develop their own psychic abilities. Others were more focused on bringing light and love to a distressed world.
This is where the story takes a fascinating turn with powerful implications. Instead of simply giving psychic readings to provide information, Edgar Cayce's psychic process approached the challenge from a different direction.
The model was to provide just enough information and guidance for the members of the group to work within their daily lives. Each person prayed, meditated, and applied the material in the midst of life while making notes and meeting to discuss their findings.
Thus, rather than relying on an authoritative source that dictates a rigid and demanding doctrine, the individuals were encouraged to take personal responsibility for the outcome as part of a group process. The entire interactive process lasted until 1942, encompassing 130 readings, and eventually resulting in the compilation and publication of "A Search for God" – Books I and II.
Subsequently other authors have created supplementary works to expand upon the interactive process began in 1931. This work is just another in the long line of materials seeking to complement and reinterpret the original material in a more modern, universal format.
Although Edgar Cayce was born and raised in the Bible Belt of America, taught Sunday School regularly, and read the Christian Bible completely through once for each year of his life, the Cayce readings do include a broader perspective that is inclusive of other spiritual traditions, encouraging individuals to participate in a religion of their choice.
In fact, A Search for God does not require any involvement in organized religion. It involves walking on a spiritual path in daily life, wherever that may lead.
The Cayce approach to spiritual awakening and a search for God is not theoretical – it is an applied approach. The process involves both inner work and outer application. The inner work is primarily prayer and meditation. The outer application involves service to others in the midst of daily life.
How to Use This Course
In recognition of the varied levels of interest and experience of the individuals studying this material, the course itself is presented at various levels and formats:
- Video Overviews – The video segments for each lesson will tend to provide background and an overview of each topic. This will help orient newcomers to the Cayce approach and create a level playing field for those who wish to work with the concepts as an online course.
- Application – For each lesson there are written materials that can be viewed online and applied in daily life. The lessons are sequential, each one building on the applied knowledge learned in previous lessons. So do them in order and take time to do the exercises and apply the information in your daily life.
Summary of your 6-week experience:
- Week One - Lesson 1: Opportunity
- Week Two - Lesson 2: Day and Night
- Week Three - Lesson 3: God's Manifestation
- Week Four - Lesson 4: Desire
- Week Five - Lesson 5: Destiny and the Mind
- Week Six - Lesson 6: Destiny and the Body
David McMillin, MA, earned a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Springfield and has worked in both public mental health and private practice settings. For several years David was part of a team at Meridian Institute that researched the Cayce health readings and other alternative medicine approaches. As a complement to his academic and research activities, David has had numerous mystical experiences that confirm the continuity of life and multidimensional nature of reality. The varied media products for sale on this web site are a synthesis of David's diverse interests and philosophy of life.
What's an e-Group?
Your A.R.E. eGroup will meet on an Internet discussion board. This discussion board has been created especially for A.R.E. by BulletinBoards.com, a secure Internet site that makes learning online interactive and easy. In Internet terms, your eGroup is called a "discussion board", a virtual meeting room where you will join with other like-minded people and your mentor, David McMillin, in an interactive discussion on A Search for God: Book Two, Lessons 1-6
In the virtual meeting room, you will have access to the written and audio/video materials prepared for you by David McMillin. Every Wednesday, he will post a lesson along with exercises for you to practice during the week. Posting is very similar to sending an e-mail, except that all the e-mails are viewed within your virtual meeting room. You may post your thoughts, questions, and experiences on the site for your mentor and the other participants to read and respond to. In this way, everyone will benefit from one another's experiences and insights and the coaching offered by the mentor to individuals.
Once you register for your A.R.E. eGroup, we will send you an e-mail from eGroups@edgarcayce.org detailing how to access and navigate our discussion board for the eGroup A Search for God, Book Two, Lessons 1-6. Then, you're in! You will be able to visit your eGroup any time you desire. The meeting room is accessible 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week and you may participate at your convenience from anywhere in the world. There are no specified times that you have to be in the room. You decide when and how often you wish to post and participate.
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