Cayce Health Database
Vitality is the essential quality of life. It distinguishes
between living and nonliving organisms. It is the capacity to
live and develop. Vitality is the vigor and power of health and
wellness. It is the force that animates our being. It is
the creative force that inspires us to our greatest artistic endeavors.
It is the energy that drives sexual reproduction.
Edgar Cayce referred to various aspects of
vitality. He sometimes used the expression "elan vitale" when
speaking of the life force of the body. This electro/vibratory
form of energy was said to function at two levels within the body.
At a low intensity (vibration) it is the energy of growth and development.
It keeps us alive and healthy.
At a higher level of intensity, the life
force alters our consciousness. This may happen naturally in many
ways such as during the dream cycle of sleep, during sexual orgasm,
during pregnancy, during the certain stages of development (e.g., puberty),
and during deep meditation. Unfortunately, the life force can
also get out of control resulting in certain forms of mental and emotional
illness such as schizophrenia and manic-depressive disorder.
Edgar Cayce sometimes referred to the raised
energy level of the life force as "kundalini." Within the yogic
traditions of meditation, kundalini refers to the "coiled serpent" which
lies sleeping at the base of the spine. This energy is awakened
during meditation and moves upward through the centers of the body.
This awakening can result in psychic experiences.
Certain forms of healing are associated with
the raised vibration of the life force. For example, the traditional
practices of "faith healing" and "laying on of hands" are said to be
manifestations of the creative energies within the body. Persons
with naturally high levels of vitality are particularly suited to this
form of healing. This form of vital energy is also called "animal
magnetism," referring back to the work of Anton Mesmer.
The natural vitality of the body may be enhanced
by various practices and therapies. Nutritious food, adequate
sleep and rest, moderate exercise, and prayer and meditation are all
simple means of increasing vitality. While Edgar Cayce sometimes
recommended vitamin supplements as a means of increasing vitality (particularly
in cases of severe deficiency), more often he preferred that individuals
gain the vital energies from fresh food, locally grown and simply prepared.
In as much as the Cayce readings equate the
vital energy of the body with a low form of electrical vibration, it
is not surprising that they also recommend various forms of electrotherapy
to increase vitality, maintain wellness, and aid in healing. The
Wet Cell Battery, Radial Appliance and Violet Ray Appliance were frequently
recommended to increase the vitality of the body.
At a physiological level, the Cayce readings
stated that the vital energy of the body is mediated through four primary
organs of the system: the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs. These
organs were sometimes referred to as the hepatic system (the liver,
heart and lungs being the upper hepatic circulation and the kidneys
representing the lower hepatic circulation). He even went so far
as to call the liver and kidneys the positive and negative poles of
the battery of the body. Many of the therapies recommended in
the readings were directed at improving the efficiency of the hepatic
system, resulting in increased vitality.
From a cosmic perspective, the creative energies
of the Universal Forces permeate all space and matter. Edgar Cayce's
descriptions of this form of vital force parallels Hindu concepts such
as prana. The readings speak of a radial activity that emanates
from the sun and other celestial bodies. The physical body can
tap into this source of vitality through breathing fresh air and exercising
in sunlight. The Radial Appliance utilizes this form of energy.
This is why Edgar Cayce suggested that the appliance and attachments
be placed in direct sunlight when possible.
The doctrine of vitalism states that the
functions of a living organism are due to an energy or vital principle
that is distinct from physical (material) processes. In other
words, life is not entirely explicable by the laws of physics or chemistry.
Here is a description of vitalism provided by Richard Grossinger, in
his book Planet Medicine: From Stone Age Shamanism To Post-Industrial
Healing (North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA).
"Vitalism is, at once, a science, a religious philosophy, and a doctrine
which radically alters all other theories of matter and being.
It states that life is unique, that it possesses properties in some
manner above and beyond its physics and chemistry.... Vitalism assumes
that the forms of the world are imparted by a template existing outside
of matter as we know it. This entity, or process, in some unknown
way, touches the archetypal force of creation and communicates the
secret of life to those creatures who then are born.... Vitalism does
not challenge the chemical oneness of the universe; in fact, it tends
to take this scientific discovery as partial confirmation of its own
beliefs; i.e., science has discovered the unity of all things, which
vitalism only intuited." (Grossinger, 1990, pp. 116 - 122)
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