As I walk into the Virginia Beach headquarters of Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.,, a friendly woman named Edie greets me from behind the Information Desk. She asks if I have been to A.R.E. before, and I answer shyly, “Yes, but it has been a long time.” Edie doesn’t blink an eye and, as she explains all the resources available to me at the A.R.E., I feel embraced, like the prodigal son returning! This acceptance is one of the wonderful things about the A.R.E.; you may come and go, yet walking through those doors will always feel like coming home.
While we’re looking at the conference brochures on the wall, I tell Edie that I am a psychic from New York thinking of moving to Virginia Beach. She suggests I may want to take part in the A.R.E. Bookstore’s Psychic Fairs. Too soon, my visit is over. Yet, I leave knowing regardless if I participate in the Psychic Fair, the A.R.E. is a place I can come anytime to nourish my soul.
I first came to Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment in the early 90’s on a class trip with my Metaphysical Teachers Training Program from New York. Designed to create metaphysical teachers who speak from more than one source, our program included teachings from Cayce as well as the Theosophical Society, Hermetic Philosophy, Golden Dawn, and other mystical groups. As we toured the A.R.E. campus, our teacher reminded us of Cayce teachings. I didn’t realize then that although Cayce didn’t study other mystical teachings, much of his wisdom shared similar tenets. This universality came to the forefront when preparing my first talk for the A.R.E.’s Conscious Community Series, but I will get to that in a moment.
Almost a year after meeting Edie at the Information Desk, we moved to Virginia Beach. Still thinking about her recommendation to be a psychic at the Psychic Fair, I return to the A.R.E. campus to experience the fair from the patron side. I read online that we should get there early, so my husband and I arrive at 9 a.m. I’m surprised to see at least 30 people in line! I think, Wow, this is impressive! At 9:30 sharp, we all pile in, greeted by volunteers handing out a brochure with a paragraph about each of the psychics and the schedule of free lectures. Excitedly, I follow the crowd into the mini auditorium to schedule my psychic reading! It is quite busy, so my appointment with Shannon isn’t until 1:15 p.m. My husband and I visit the vendors and look at the list of free workshops. We decide to attend a free crystal bowl meditation. After an impressive reading and amazing meditation, we leave A.R.E. feeling fulfilled and energized! I can see the value participants receive: fun, education, insight, and spiritual community.
I absolutely knew I wanted to be involved with this enlightening event, so after an audition process of providing a full psychic reading to three A.R.E. employees, sharing why I wanted to be a part of the psychic fair, delving deeply into my educational and work history, and answering questions about my life purpose, I was approved to participate in the Psychic Fairs. I felt honored to be accepted into the A.R.E. family and to offer psychic readings to fair participants.
Since that time, the attendees I have since met at the fairs have been wonderful people from all walks of life and many are new to the Cayce material. Looking to improve both their daily and spiritual lives, many are eager to learn more about Edgar Cayce and the A.R.E. I quickly understood that both education and promoting personal growth are important gifts A.R.E. has to offer this new influx of seekers. I wanted to be a part of their education too. Thankfully the bookstore staff invited me to lecture for the Conscious Community Series, a free 90-minute lecture that occurs monthly. Preparing for my talk is where I began my deeper exploration of the Edgar Cayce material and discovered the combination of universality and uniqueness within.
The title of my lecture was simply Introduction to Metaphysics. I had given this talk many times and had enough information from my own diverse background to easily fill the time. Yet, I needed to incorporate information from Cayce’s over 10,000 topics including those found in the 2,400+ metaphysical Life Readings. I wondered how much I would have to add to or change my talk to include the Cayce material. This called for a trip to the A.R.E. bookstore. As an A.R.E. member, I have access to all 14,000+ readings online, yet sometimes it is nice to have a book devoted to the topic I want to explore. This is where John and others at the bookstore come in handy. Just ask them about any topic interesting you, and they will take you right to the perfect book, or books in my case. I like that I can sit and read a little before I choose which ones to purchase. When I told John I wanted a biography on Cayce, he showed me There Is a River by Thomas Sugrue; and for a book on Cayce’s metaphysical views, he walked me right over to Contemporary Cayce by Kevin Todeschi and Henry Reed. Each was perfect to begin my exploration. There Is a River is the only biography to be written when Cayce was still alive. Contemporary Cayce offers an overall understanding of the main topics covered in the Cayce readings. I picked up a few more books: Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces within You by John Van Auken and Origin and Destiny of Man by Lytle Robinson. Thankfully, my membership gives me 20% off A.R.E. books!
As a psychic and spiritual teacher coming to Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., what did I find? I found a place filled with like-minded and accepting people where I can safely feed my soul. Learning more about Cayce himself, I found an abundance of inspiration and set of ideals including humility, graciousness, gratitude, and kindness. As I continue to study the readings, I find an inexhaustible source of wisdom, both universal and unique, that guides, nourishes and supports me in my own spiritual journey. I find a better way to live my life. What a blessing! Thank you Edgar Cayce and your A.R.E. You welcomed me home, and for that I am truly grateful!