Ancient Wisdom and Civilizations in the Cayce Readings
While in a trance state, Edgar Cayce's ability to peer into the past with uncanny psychic accuracy was demonstrated repeatedly. This type of information is called "retrocognition" and the Cayce readings attest to the variety of material available in this manner: previous happenings in an individual's life, including accidents or forgotten traumas; as well as ancient history, including the geological evolution of the planet and details of tribes and civilizations that predate recorded history.
For example, more than eleven years before the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947, Edgar Cayce provided a great deal of information on a Jewish sect called the Essenes. Cayce claimed that in the Essene society men and women lived and worked together. Scholars, however, believed that the Essenes were a monastic society composed exclusively of men. It was not until archaeological excavations occurred after Cayce's death that his psychic information was verified.
Through the use of retrocognition, the Cayce readings provide a wealth of insights into the ancient world. More than simply discussing hidden archeological sites and uncovered records of forgotten civilizations, Edgar Cayce claimed that the history of humankind went back some ten million years! Although much of this material may be impossible to verify, sometimes contemporary research has uncovered evidence to confirm information given in Cayce's trance state. As one example, a number of readings discussed the fact that the Nile had changed its course over eons and had once emptied into the Atlantic Ocean:
Edgar Cayce: ...The Nile entered into the Atlantic Ocean. What is now the Sahara was an inhabited land and very fertile. What is now the central portion of this country, or the Mississippi basin, was then all in the ocean; only the plateau was existent, or the regions that are now portions of Nevada, Utah and Arizona formed the greater part of what we know as the United States...
Edgar Cayce: ...In the one before this we find again in this same land now called Egypt (this before the mountains rose in the south, and when the waters called the Nile then emptied into what is NOW the Atlantic Ocean)...
Edgar Cayce: ...In those periods when the first change had come in the position of the land, when the Nile (or Nole, then) emptied into what is now the Atlantic Ocean, on the Congo end of the country. What is now as the Sahara was a fertile land...
As if to confirm some of the above, an article published in Science (August 1986), reported that the Shuttle Imaging Radar from the Space Shuttle had discovered previously unknown river valleys beneath the driest part of the Sahara. Through satellite imaging and on-site archeological investigations, it appeared as though the present day Nile had changed its course, once flowing across the Sahara, through Africa, and into the Atlantic Ocean! Only time will tell how many more of the readings historical claims regarding such places as Atlantis, ancient Egypt, and ancient Persia, will eventually be verified.
The A.R.E./Edgar Cayce Foundation's recent satellite project was the first comprehensive analysis of all subsurface features around Bimini. The project covered 630 square miles and imaging was done via the IKONOS satellite. Via special processing, imaging was able to look at the seabed contours at a depth of approximately 75 feet. The precise location of all features that were identified is easily determined via special program.