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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Edgar Cayce 1877 – 1945 Edgar Cayce, Clairvoyant, Healer

Edgar Cayce was born near Beverly, seven miles south of Hopkinsville,USA , March 18, 1877.

During his lifetime he was credited with assisting thousands of people suffering from all manner of ailments. But there was also a lesser known aspect to Cayce's psychic revelations. Occasionally while in a self-induced trance, Cayce would speak of events to come. He predicted the First and Second World War, the independence of India and the 1929 stockmarket crash. He also predicted, fifteen years before the event, the creation of the State of Israel. His most disturbing predictions, however, concern vast geographical upheavals which by the year 2009 will result in the destruction of New York, the disappearance of most of Japan, and a cataclysmic change in Northern Europe

Though Cayce died more than half a century ago, the timeliness of the material in the readings is evidenced by approximately one dozen biographies and more than 300 titles that discuss various aspects of this man's life and work. These books contain a corpus of information so valuable that even Edgar Cayce himself might have hesitated to predict their impact on the latter part of the twentieth century. Sixty years ago who could have known that terms such as "meditation," "akashic records," "spiritual growth," "auras," "soul mates," and "holism" would become household words to hundreds of thousands? Further details about his life and work are explored in such classic works as There Is a River (1942) by Thomas Sugrue, The Sleeping Prophet (1967) by Jess Stearn, Many Mansions (1950) by Gina Cerminara, and Edgar Cayce-An American Prophet (2000) by Sidney Kirkpatrick.

In 1907, Edgar and his wife suffered major setbacks with two studio fires that devastated the business. Their first child, a son, Hugh Lynn, was also born that year. Edgar moved to Alabama to look for photographic work while Gertrude returned to Hopkinsville with Hugh Lynn.

During this time, Edgar's father, Leslie, introduced Edgar to Dr. Wesley Ketchum, who was new to the town suffering from an ailment diagnosed as appendicitis. Edgar did a reading for Ketchum, and gave forth a totally different diagnosis and treatment which proved to be correct and cured the doctor.

Because of this, Ketchum went to Cayce for his most difficult cases. In 1910, Ketchum submitted a paper about Edgar Cayce's amazing talent to the American Society of Clinical Research. News about Edgar's psychic talent traveled fast. Edgar moved back home to be with his family and with Ketchum, his father, and a hotel owner formed the Psychic Reading Corporation. Edgar was able to reopen a photographic studio and did readings in his spare time. He was at his happiest when he was his is photographic studio.

They had a second son, Milton Porter in 1911. Unfortunately, he died within two months, Edgar bitterly regretting not doing a reading for his own son until it was too late, to affect a cure for the infant. Gertrude fell seriously ill soon after for several months. When her diagnosis was changed to TB and death imminent, Edgar went into his sleep-like trance and did a reading with a treatment for his wife. Within a few days she was showing incredible improvement and within a few weeks fully recovered.

In 1912, Edgar dissolved his partnership and returned to Alabama and was able to purchase the same studio he had worked not long before. There, in Selma, Alabama, Edgar was able to achieve some of the normal life he so craved with his family and love for photography. That is, until a horrible accident almost claimed the eye and sight of his first born son, Hugh Lynn.

Hugh Lynn was in the studio playing with flash powder and severely burned his eyes. Doctors did what they could and told the Cayce’s that he would be permanently blind and that they wanted to remove one of his eyes. Edgar went into his trance and did a reading, stating his son's sight was not lost, and prescribed a means of treating his son's eyes and to not perform the surgery. Soon, Hugh Lynn's eyesight returned. News of this went like wildfire and Edgar's fame increased, with more requests for readings of all kinds came pouring in from all over. In 1918, the Cayce’s welcomed another son, Edgar Evans.

In 1923, Cayce began to add readings about reincarnation/astrology to his medical and physical readings. This caused him some inner turmoil with his strict Christian faith. He consulted others and his beloved bible, then realized how the idea and philosophy of reincarnation was compatible with Christianity and many other faiths. So, Cayce began life readings which expanded from the medical and physical to mental, spiritual, meditation, past lives and even dream interpretations.

In 1925, the Cayces moved to Virginia Beach.

In 1927, the Association of National Investigators was formed. The purpose of this association was to explore and experiment with the information obtained in Cayce's readings. The motto was "That We May Make Manifest Our Love for God and Man."

In 1928, a hospital and an university was opened by the newly formed association to assist with the seemingly unorthodox treatments that doctors over the years were hesitant to treat after Cayce's readings. Such treatments were unknown and unheard of in his day. With the Great Depression that began in 1929, the hospital was unable to continue operating and closed its doors 1931 with the university closing a few months later.

In 1931, the Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. (A.R.E.) was formed and still exists to this very day. The association was formed for delving into and trying to understand the readings done by Cayce. The Association delves into Holistic health care, along with ESP and meditation, life after death, reincarnation and spiritualism. According to Cayce, if a person became more spiritual, they would be able to achieve a higher level and find their own psychic abilities "for psychic is of the soul." Cayce wanted people to incorporate and interpret the readings into their own religious beliefs.

Over the years, Cayce was able to achieve the same readings in a waking state and not having to completely go to sleep. He also developed the ability to see peoples' auras, and incorporated this ability for their mental and physical conditions within the readings.

A biography was written by a strict Catholic, Thomas Sugrue, who came to Cayce to debunk him, but ended up being a devote believer of Cayce and his abilities. During World War II, bags of mail full of requests for Cayce's help piled up. There was over two years worth of readings contained in those mail sacks.

In 1944, Cayce began to weaken. He actually gave himself his own reading with his wife, Gertrude, at his side recording the session. She had begun to record his sessions a few years before. Gertrude asked Cayce how long he had to live and Cayce answered "until he is well or dead." Not long afterward, he had a stroke and died on January 3, 1945.

There are over 14,000 readings cataloged and took over twenty years after his death to finish the indexing and cataloging them with over 10,000 different subjects. Hugh Lynn worked with the Association until his death in 1986. A.R.E. now has thousands of members all over the world.

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