Cayce Health Database
Cayce sometimes recommended the use of a companion (he also used
the terms attendant, sympathetic nurse, etc.) to help in the maintenance
of a therapeutic environment, particularly in cases involving major
mental illness. Spiritual qualities such as kindness, gentleness,
patience, etc. were important in the selection of a companion.
Persons coming from Unity, Christian Science, or other "New Thought"
movements were recommended in the readings. Professional counseling
skills were not considered essential.
The companion's job was to keep the therapeutic
process on track and adhere to the suggestions provided by the readings.
The companion modeled the behaviors required of the patient and provided
assistance in the use of the various appliances.
Companions were not suggested for all cases.
A rule of thumb presented in the readings was that a companion was
necessary "until there is an equal balance in the mental and physical
activities" (386-1). In other words, if the individual was able
to maintain a relatively high level of functioning (and adherence
to the treatment plan), a companion was usually not recommended.
Individuals suffering from schizophrenia and certain forms of depression
were most often cited as needing companion therapy.
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