Cayce Health Database
INTRODUCTION TO THE
CAYCE READINGS ON HEALTH AND HEALING
by Mark Thurston, Ph.D.
No matter what illness or
ailment concerns us, certain basic principles about health and healing
are relevant. These are the premises upon which all of the Cayce
health information rests. For those who would like to make a more
careful study of these basic principles, the recommended Circulating
File is entitled "Principles of Healing." Here, in essence, are
the ideas found in that file. They may prove to be very useful
to your more in-depth study of the specific ailment that requires healing
The first fundamental idea about healing requires
that we maintain a creative balance between two principles:
- All healing comes from the infinite -- that is, from attunement
and harmony with our spiritual source. The infinite is just
as accessible and available in the visible, physical world as
it is in the invisible realm.
- At the same time, each person must take responsibility for
his or her own healing process. No one can simply sit back
and wait passively for healing to occur.
This second principle -- the need for
self-responsibility -- can take many forms. For example, healing
requires attunement, and no one knows better than ourselves exactly
what has gotten us out of attunement in the past. Often, if we'll
look closely at our lives, we can see (without needing a gifted medical
clairvoyant such as Edgar Cayce) what's causing our illness.
To illustrate self-responsibility further, the human
body has a marvelous, innate drive to heal itself, but we've got to
do our part to help. A broken bone will naturally try to mend;
however, the fracture needs to be set properly for the healing to be
complete and effective.
Another important principle relates to energy medicine,
a new field for which Edgar Cayce was a pioneer. His readings
consistently speak of the roles played by vibrations or vibratory forces
-- right down to the level of individual atoms. According to Cayce,
there is a type of consciousness that exists in each atom.
Although most of the passages about the atomic physics of healing seem
rather esoteric, it might be easier to follow the analogy of the attunement
of a stringed musical instrument. A violin or piano that is out
of tune makes sour, discordant music -- symbolic of disease or illness.
Just as a skilled musician can bring the instrument back into attunement,
we experience healing when our vibrations -- right down to the atomic
level -- are adjusted in a correct manner. In essence, all healing
is the changing of vibrations from within.
Balance among body, mind, and spirit is another key
to Cayce's philosophy of healing. For healing to be complete and
lasting, we must recognize and meet the needs of each of these three
levels. Virtually no illness or disease can be treated successfully
at only one of these three levels.
What's more, Cayce affirms that the human body will
naturally stay healthy -- and even rejuvenate itself -- if a kind of
internal balance can be maintained. "Dis-ease" starts when one
part of the body draws energy from another part. One portion of
an organism may become overcharged with the creative life force, while
another portion becomes undernourished. The result is a gradual
disintegration of the body and the onset of illness.
The opposite of this sort of disintegration is rejuvenation.
The readings assert that we are continuously rebuilding our bodies.
Within any seven-year period, each cell is replaced. If we'll
allow it, our bodies will transform any problem and resuscitate any
condition. But our ingrained habits usually block this healing
potential -- the habits of action and, even more potent, the habits
What role do drugs and medicine play in the healing
process? Cayce's philosophy clearly sees a place for them, but
warns of misunderstanding how they work and of expecting more of them
than is possible. Any healing method attempts to create an experience
of oneness, in hopes of then stimulating a similar response in the body.
For some people in some situations, a drug may be the best way to accomplish
this -- just as in other cases, surgery may be the best way to stimulate
healing. Medicines can be a practical application of the one life
force. Occasionally they must be very potent in their reactions
in order to get the patient through an acute illness. But Cayce
from time to time encouraged people to consider the herbal formulas
he recommended to be tonics and stimulants, rather than medicines.
The dangerous side of medicines is their potential
to diminish the body's own healing work. This is what Cayce
alluded to when he warned about "palliatives" that deceive the soul
with half truths and temporary relief. It's also what he meant
when he warned that we shouldn't come to rely on any condition outside
of ourselves that could be assimilated by the body inwardly. All
of this is to say, take the medications prescribed by the physician
you trust. But keep in mind this thought: what those chemicals
can do is temporarily -- and somewhat artificially -- give your body
an experience of greater oneness. Healing that really takes hold
and lasts must come from changing one's inner consciousness and vibration.
That happens most effectively from consistent and persistent human effort
(i.e., engaging one's desires, purposes, and will) -- something that
pills all too easily allow us to skip.
Cayce's healing philosophy includes other insights
that can help us avoid misunderstanding. For example, one principle
states that the best treatment procedures sometimes cause a temporary
worsening of conditions. If we didn't recognize this possibility,
we might give up just before the benefits begin to appear. A closely
related principle states that when a body is re-establishing its attunement,
it tends to be more sensitive. Again, if we misunderstand that
heightened sensitivity, we might not see the good that is slowly being
The mind is a focus of other healing principles.
The unconscious mind plays a role in many illnesses and diseases.
One example of this is the karmic factor in health problems. Memories
from previous incarnations, stored in the soul mind, can trigger problems
in the body. Of course, we shouldn't go so far as to suppose that
every health challenge has past-life roots; nevertheless, the perspective
of reincarnation can help us understand what we could possibly be dealing
with as we seek healing.
The familiar Cayce axiom, "Mind is the builder,"
leads us to wonder exactly which attitudes and emotions best foster
healing. The readings emphasize several:
* Self-acceptance. As we rid ourselves of self-condemnation,
we make room for
healing forces to enter.
* Optimism and hope. We're encouraged to expect healing.
* Patience. It's much easier and quicker to destroy health
than it is to rebuild it. We need to be willing to patiently
invest whatever time is required.
Alongside these specific attitudes
and emotions, we're invited to use the creative potential of visualization
to stimulate our own healing. The mind's image-making capacity
can be directed in such a way that we "see" the healing transformation
taking place. This is not something that's accomplished in a single
visualization session. Like all the Cayce health-promoting approaches,
it requires persistence and works best in conjunction with other healing
Perhaps the most important principle of the mind's
relationship to healing concerns purposefulness. A person can
experience temporarily an outer healing -- that is, in the physical
body only -- yet still be spiritually sick. What cures the soul?
A commitment to a purposeful life. Not just any purpose, but instead
one that reflects care for other people.
On occasion a reading from Cayce would pose this
question to the person who was ill: What would you do with your
life if you were healed? The position of Cayce's psychic
source was simply this: Why correct the physical condition unless there's
also going to be an inner correction? People who are looking for
both inner and outer healing are the best candidates for restored health
and vitality. In Cayce's philosophy, healing should equip us to
be more useful to others.
With this ideal of service in mind, we might also
wonder just how we can be channels of healing to others. What
principles govern our efforts to be healers to those for whom we have
concern? One principle is based on the spiritual connections that
exist between all people. It states that as we bring the experience
of oneness into our own consciousness, it can profoundly help someone
else experience oneness, attunement, and healing. Cayce's way
of putting it was, "...raising the Christ Consciousness in self to such
an extent as it may flow out of self to him thou would direct it to."
For this to be most effective, the recipient must
desire such help and have requested healing prayer. Of course,
we can always pray for someone, even if that individual hasn't asked
us. But it's important that we not assume we know what's needed in any
person's life. For one who hasn't specifically asked for prayer,
we can simply offer prayers of protection and blessing, rather than
try to direct healing energies to that person or for a specific condition.
In summary, the Cayce readings remind us that our
natural state is wholeness and health. An innate wisdom within
ourselves knows what's needed for healing. We should expect to
get well, and we should be willing to do our part to make it possible.
Note: The above information is not intended
for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified
health care professional for assistance in applying the information
contained in the Cayce Health Database.