John Van Auken (www.johnvanauken.com) is a former director of the Association of Research and Enlightenment, the Edgar Cayce Research Foundation. He is editor of the newsletter Living in the Light and author of many books, audio tapes, and videos. He’s an expert in Egyptian, Hebrew, and Christian mysticism, and is a skillful teacher of meditation from kundalini to his unique passage in consciousness. He practices the techniques he teaches and has become a popular speaker, leading retreats, workshops, and tours, and writes regularly as a columnist.
The following is a discussion concerning consciousness and how it relates to reincarnation. It is an excellent explanation of reincarnation that dispels many myths that people have about it. One particular myth is that people are forced to reincarnate immediately after death in the manner that some eastern religions teach. This myth is dispelled by many NDE testimonials which suggest that reincarnation is not bound by time nor is it necessarily a linear cycle. Time as we know it does not exist in the realm of the NDE. A soul can spend an “eternity of eternities” in the afterlife realms after death before deciding to incarnate again. Below is an excerpt from John Van Auken’s outstanding book, Reincarnation: Born Again and Again.
1. Introduction to consciousness and reincarnation
This source of answers to the mysteries of life has no unifying name for its body of knowledge. Various parts of its principal concepts are actually scattered throughout different cultures and countries with no central collection point for the ideas. Because of this, and because many of its ideas are not widely known (often the adherents of these ideas have purposefully withheld them from the public), this school of thought can be referred to as the “secret teachings.” But it is not a single school of thought; rather, it’s a hodgepodge of concepts from many diverse and often unrelated sources that reveal a very similar view of life and its meaning.
2. The beginning of consciousness
Science might categorize the secret teachings as metaphysical, meaning “beyond the known laws and observations of physics.” Religion might refer to them as mystical, meaning that they belong to a collection of thought considered too mysterious to consider or of dubious origin.
Science, too, has had its adherents to concepts held by the secret teachings. Many quantum physicists have written about theories of life beyond the physically observable. In the field of medicine, doctors have found that some patients, who have been declared dead and later revived have had near-death experiences that confirm many of the concepts found in the secret teachings.
According to the secret teachings, the universe was not first created out of matter, but existed prior to material creation in spirit form. Imagine a consciousness similar to our own, except that this first consciousness was boundless, a Universal Consciousness. This is God. At some point, the Universal Consciousness desired to express itself. It began to conceive, to imagine, and to express Its inner promptings. And so the creation began light, sound … eventually stars, galaxies, trees, and rivers. This point in creation was still prior to the physical creation of the universe that science records. This was a realm of thought; no physical forms existed, only thoughts in the consciousness of the Universe. The physical universe had not yet been created.
According to the secret teachings, there came a point in this creation where the Creator’s Consciousness desired to bring forth companions, creatures like unto Itself that would share in this expression of life. In order for the creatures to be more than creations, they had to possess individual consciousness and freedom so that they could choose to be companions. Otherwise, they would only have been servants of the Original Consciousness. So within the One Universal Consciousness many individual points of consciousness were awakened and given freedom.
It’s important for us to realize that at this point in our existence we did not have physical bodies. All of what has just been described occurred within the Mind of God. Consequently, its “form” resembled that of thought rather than physical objects. In the very beginning we were individual points of consciousness within the one great Universal Consciousness.
At first we were quiet, our wills content to observe the wonders of the spiritual creation as they flowed from the Mind of God. In these early periods we were so much a part of the Creator’s Consciousness that we were one with It, virtually indistinguishable from It. However, it wasn’t long before some of us began to use our wills and express ourselves. At first, we simply imitated the Creator, but eventually we gained experience, and with experience came knowledge and confidence. Then, we truly began to create on our own, adding new realms to the spiritual creation, much like a second voice adds to a song by singing harmony with the main melody.
This was exactly why we had been created to share in and contribute to the great expression of life and to be Its companions. To fulfill this purpose we were created in the image of the Creator: consciousness with freedom, capable of conceiving, perceiving, and remembering; capable of communicating directly with the Creator and the other companions.
Consciousness and free will were the greatest qualities given any creation, but they came with equally great responsibility for their use or misuse. Of course, the all-knowing Universal One knew the potential dangers in giving beings complete freedom to do as they desired. However, the potential joy of sharing life with true companions, not servants, was deemed worth the risk. Therefore, each of these new free-willed beings would simply have to learn to take charge of themselves and to subdue harmful desires in order to live in harmony with the other companions and the Creator. To do otherwise would only bring chaos, suffering, and separation.
Unfortunately, chaos came. As we continued to use our godly powers, we became more fascinated with them. We began to focus more and more on our own creations and became less concerned with and attentive to their harmony with the Creator, with the Whole. The more we thought of just ourselves and our own desires with less regard for the Whole, the more self-centered we became, eventually perceiving ourselves as separate from the Whole.
Of course, this sense of separation was all in our minds, so to speak, because there really was no way we could exist outside of the Whole because everything was of spirit. It was more a result of our sustained focus of attention on ourselves and our self-interests that resulted in a heightened sense of a distinct and separate self.
This was the beginning of trouble. It led to a very long fall for us. A fall that eventually left us feeling alone and separated from the rest of life, even to the point that we, who were actually companions and co-creators with the Universal Creator, today come to think of ourselves as little more than dust-like creatures, descendants of apes and inhabitants of a planet on the outskirts of a typical galaxy in the endless and diverse universe.
3. The universal law of karmic memory
This chaos occurred in spirit when no physical universe existed. To know ourselves and yet be one with the Whole was the ideal condition, but the centering of awareness on self alone resulted in a sense of separation from the Whole. The more we exercised our individual consciousness and free will for self-interest, self-gratification, self-glorification, and self-consciousness, the more we heightened our sense of self apart from the Whole.
The resulting loss of contact with the Source of our life and the purpose of our existence was the beginning of darkness and evil, which is ignorance. Without a clear sense of our relationship to the rest of life, many of us began to use free will in ways that were never meant to be. Others simply let themselves be carried along with the current of life, abdicating their free will to the will of others. In both cases, these were things that would make it very difficult for us to be companions to the Creator.
However, the Creator foresaw this potential and, prior to creating companions, It created a Universal Law: Whatever one did with its free will, it must experience the consequences. The law was not intended as punishment or retribution for offenses, but as a tool for education and enlightenment. Thus, as we used our freedom, we experienced the effects. In this we came to understand and learn.
Interestingly, both science and religion recognize this law. In science it is often stated, “For every action there is an equal and opposing reaction.” Its religious counterparts are, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”; “As you sow, so shall you reap”; and “As you do unto others, it will be done unto you.” Even today’s common knowledge expresses this principle in the saying, “What goes around, comes around.”
This is the law of karma, of cause and effect. It was, and is, the great teacher of the companions-to-be and it is an integral part of the secret teachings. Once this law was established, the Creator conceived and freed countless independent points of consciousness within Its own infinite consciousness and the companions came into being, each conscious and free. What a trembling wonder it must have been in those first moments!
Again, it’s important to realize that the companions were not physical bodies. They were like “ideas” in the mind of the Creator that were given freedom to be independently conscious. As they used their freedom, they developed into unique points of thought, feeling, desire, expression, and memory. Each was slightly different from the other by virtue of its different vantage point within the Universal Consciousness. Each companion had a spirit, mind, and a soul. Spirit is the essence of life. Remember the condition of the Creator before the creation; alive yet still. This is Spirit. It is the living stillness in the midst of activity. So often we identify life with motion, but the essence of life was there before the motion. Spirit is the essence of life.
Life in motion, or the power to move and shape ideas and even physical forms out of spirit, is mind. Mind is the sculptor, the builder who conceives, imagines, and shapes ideas out of the essence of life. Spirit is life; Mind is the power to use it.
Each of the companions had spirit and mind. As they used their life forces, they developed experiences, memories, desires, fears, etc. This caused them to become unique from one another each having its own collection of experiences and aspirations; each its own story. This individual aspect of the companion is its soul. Soul is the sum total of all that the companion had done with its free-will consciousness. It’s the companion’s story, its complex of memories. All of the companions have spirit and mind, but each developed a unique soul, because each built a different collection of memories and experiences, resulting in different desires, hopes, and attitudes about life. Thus, spirit is the life force, mind is the power to use it, and soul is the being that develops. All are one in consciousness.
4. The division of consciousness
The creation then progressed from essence to thought, thought into thought-form, and from thought-form into particle-form or atomic-form; in other words, matter. There are many realms to life. One of these realms is the three-dimensional physical form, as we know it today.
The companions, filled with their newfound consciousness and freedom, went out into the vast universe to experience life and to learn about themselves, the Creator, and their relationship to it. In their travels through the cosmos, some of the companions entered the three-dimensional influences of the planet Earth where they entered into physical form for the first time. Here they became so encapsulated in the physical that they began to identify themselves more with their form than with their consciousness. They began to think of themselves as physical entities rather than free, living consciousness. Incredibly, they began to think they were only terrestrial beings and their celestial origins began to be forgotten. Form was so substantial, so captivating that it was difficult to hold on to the more delicate reality of spirit-thoughts, pure point of consciousness in a Universal Consciousness.
To have an individual body was also the ultimate in self-identity and self-expression. It then had the power to separate the individual from the Whole and the formless spirit-thoughts of higher realms.
Strong identification with the physical made the companions subject to the laws of nature, and, of course, a part of nature’s cycle is death. The body would come to life according to the laws of nature, live for a time, and then die. In their original state, the companions were continually alive, but those that began to strongly identify with their physical bodies were now affected by death. Since they thought they were their bodies, they considered themselves dead when their bodies died.
This led to great confusion, and when the companions who had not become involved in the material universe saw what had happened to the others, they decided to help those in the flesh regain their former state. However, it was not going to be easy.
In addition to the influences of the physical dimension, the souls were building reaction patterns (karmic patterns) with their willful activities in the physical universe. According to Universal Law, these actions had to be met properly met in the physical universe where they had been initiated. The more one acted in the physical dimension, the more one built debts that had to be met in the physical. Death changed nothing except those with karmic debts to be paid had to pay them by incarnating into another physical body. The result of this was reincarnation.
Another effect of entering the physical dimension was the division of consciousness. According to the secret teachings, as an individual entered deeper into the physical, its consciousness separated into three divisions of awareness. Two of these divisions we acknowledge today: the conscious and subconscious. The first entails the physical realm where the human body required a three-dimensional consciousness to function. It has become the part of our consciousness we are most familiar with, what we have come to call the conscious mind. Many of us would consider it to actually be the “I” or “me” of ourselves. It is within this part of consciousness that we experience physical life, and our personalities are developed.
The second part of consciousness is shadow-like while one is incarnate in the physical dimension. It lives life as a shadow, always there, listening, watching, remembering, and only occasionally making its profound and sometimes frightening presence known. We have come to call this part of our consciousness the subconscious mind. From out of this area come dreams, intuitions, unseen motivations, and deepest memories.
According to many teachings, the subconscious is the realm of the soul that uses the conscious mind as a mechanism for manifesting in the physical realm through the five senses. Often the thoughts and interests of the conscious mind, combined with the desires of the body, become so strong and dominant that only its activities seem important and real; the subconscious seems illusionary and unrelated to outer life. But in truth, the real life is occurring in the subconscious.
The third area of the now divided consciousness is the most universal. It is the part we can perceive and commune with the Universal Consciousness. We have different names for it: the Collective Mind, the Universal Mind, the Collective Unconsciousness, and the superconsciousness (spirit).
The more one’s attention moves into the conscious mind, the more narrow and limited the focus and awareness becomes. The more one moves toward the superconsciousness, the more one becomes aware of the Whole, the Universal Forces, the Creator.
It may be more difficult to perceive the infinite when one is grossly involved in the finite, but the Universal Consciousness and the potential for attuning oneself to It remains. Curiously, access to it is through the inner consciousness of the incarnate individual and not outside of it, making it a very mysterious passage for a physical being.
In time, however, the companions trapped in the physical dimension could again become aware of the difference between terrestrial and celestial life. They could again come to know their original state and purpose, and regain their celestial birthright of companionship with the Creator. In time they could again come to realize that the conditions in their present physical life were the result of their free-will actions and choices before the present life.
If the companions trapped in the physical dimension could genuinely begin to believe that the physical cannot possibly be all there is to life, they could begin the long journey back from form to spirit, a very difficult journey. In many ways we, as human beings, are no longer spirit. Flesh has become very much a part of us, not just physically but mentally as well. Even when we are out of the body (through death, deep sleep, or some altered state such as meditation), bodily manifestation is still very much a part of us. Otherwise, there would certainly be no reincarnation. We would simply leave the physical dimension and never return.
The great paradox of humankind is that we are now both spirit and flesh. That’s like saying we are a combination of oil and water, two substances which do not combine. The mystical analogy would more properly be fire and water; these, too, don’t combine. How can anything be made up of two substances that are impossible to combine? Yet, such is the nature of humanity. We are constantly forced to reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable: mercy with justice, cooperation with independence, unity with diversity, tradition with change, feeling with thought, love with truth, and on and on.
5. The consequences of the division
In order to fully appreciate the secret teachings, we need to understand how the Universal Law of cause and effect works. It’s easy to say that the experiences in one’s life are the result of past activities, but the forces of this law are greater than we may first imagine.
Every action, every thought, every idle word sets up reactions, according to the Universal Law. When one thinks a thought, that thought makes an impression on the Universal Consciousness. Nothing is lost or done in secret. Everything is done within the Universal Consciousness, and the Whole is affected by it (as well as all others within the Whole).
This isn’t easy for us to believe, living in our own little worlds. The words “secret”, “private”, “alone”, and “separate” are active words in our vocabulary. This is due to our current separation in consciousness from the Whole. In the higher realms of consciousness, there is no space. Things and people are not separate, but part of a Whole. All is actually One. All is within the Whole. By increasing the focus on self, we have created the illusion of a self separated from the rest of life, but it just isn’t so. Our individual actions and thoughts make an impact on the Mind of the Universal One (the Whole).
6. Thoughts are things. Thoughts are real.
Reactions to past thoughts and actions become our fate, destiny, and karma. An individual’s fate is simply the rebounding effects of previous choices remembered by its soul. The reason the effects of these previous choices often seem unfair to the conscious mind is because the personality doesn’t see beyond its own life for sources of current conditions.
As companions of God, we are free to live and choose and grow almost as we desire, but not without being subject to the Universal, Spiritual law. Through meeting our thoughts, actions, and words we learn to discern wisdom from folly, lasting strength from weakness, and true life from illusion. In turn we become more able to fulfill our ultimate purpose for existing: to be a companion to the Universal Creator. The law is actually a magnificent tool for perfect learning. It is completely impersonal everyone experiences it equally and for the purpose of enlightenment.
The law of karma is not some fierce god in the sky keeping track of everything so that it can zap people when they least expect it. Most karmic reactions, in fact, come from the individual’s own deep memory of what it has done.
Karma has been described as memory. Karma is memory coming to consciousness again. What has occurred in the past is recalled and has an effect on the present. Now, the recollection may not surface to the conscious level; the personality may have no awareness of the memory, in fact. Yet, it exists at the deeper, soul level. Nevertheless, the soul sees through the same eyes as the personality and is reminded of its past use of free will and consciousness. Naturally, some of these memories will be compatible with the Universal Mind and some will not. Memory is an important concept in understanding how the law of karma works.
As a soul draws closer to the Universal Mind, it becomes aware that some of its memories are not compatible with the Creator, and since its ultimate purpose for being is companionship with the Creator, it seeks out opportunities to resolve these incompatible memories.
Suppose a soul criticizes another soul among its peers and behind its back. As it becomes more aware of its true nature, it will recall this wrong and, because of its incompatibility with the Creator, will seek to correct it. Now, the resolution could take many forms. The soul might seek out an opportunity to work closely with the injured soul as a supporter, assistant, publicist, agent, or the like. Or perhaps it would seek to re-create the original scene putting itself in a position to criticize the other soul again in front of the same peers. The test would be to see if the soul would choose not to criticize this time, even if it meant a certain loss of position for itself. Throughout all this the soul grows wiser and more compatible with the Creator.
If, however, a soul has gotten so far away from its true nature that it has no conscience, then the law of karma can become a formidable obstacle to any further free-will action. Such a soul becomes surrounded by its karma; everywhere it turns, it meets the terrible effects of its previous action and thoughts. Yet, even a soul who has gotten in this pathetic situation can return to perfection because there is no total condemnation from the Creator or the law. If the soul turns away from its self-centeredness and begins acting, reacting, thinking, and speaking like a companion to the Universe, then the law is just as perfect as it is with error; and the reactions begin to build and establish a new destiny for that soul.
Karma is memory. As one recalls or relives situations, one meets self again, and a new decision point, or crossroads, is presented to the soul. In life, “good” would be equated with compatible, harmonious actions and thoughts which consider the needs and desires of others, along with self’s needs and desires. “Evil” would be equated with actions and thoughts that are motivated by a self-orientation that pays little or no attention to the needs and desires of others and the Whole. Metaphysically speaking, good results in oneness, and evil results in a sense of separation. Decisions in one’s life could be approached by evaluating which choices promote greater oneness and which promote separation.
One must meet every bit of one’s karma. However, there is a way that it can be modified, softened, even ameliorated. If a soul, knowing another soul has wronged it, forgives that soul and holds no lingering resentment perhaps has even forgotten the wrong in the depths of its forgiveness and understanding then it begins to take hold of the power of forgiveness. The more it forgives, the more it perceives and understands forgiveness. Then, when it approaches the Universal Consciousness and realizes it possesses memories that are incompatible with It, forgiveness is much more viable, removing the barrier of separation. The law is so precise (what one gives one receives; no exceptions) that if one begins having mercy on and forgiveness of others, one begins to receive mercy and forgiveness upon oneself. Unless, of course, one refuses to forgive oneself.
All of one’s karma has to be met. And yet, no soul is given more than it can bear to carry this is the paradoxical blessing hidden in the limitations of time and space. A soul is given the time it needs to turn away from its selfish ways and, like the prodigal son, return home to a feast of joy and welcome from our Creator. Reincarnation is not a way to avoid judgment and responsibility; it is a way to allow the soul enough time to correct its mistakes and develop itself.
Edgar Cayce was able to obtain virtually an unlimited amount of knowledge on a multitude of subjects. One of these subjects was dreams and dream interpretation. Cayce was able to astound people by interpreting their dreams and giving them insight into their psyche, lives and even past lives. Cayce revealed that dreams are actually journeys into the spirit world. Cayce once said:
“Dreams, visions, impressions, to the entity in the normal sleeping state are the presentations of the experiences necessary for the development, if the entity would apply them in the physical life. These may be taken as warnings, as advice, as conditions to be met, conditions to be viewed in a way and manner as lessons, as truths, as they are presented in the various ways and manners.” (Edgar Cayce)
Each night the average person spends approximately ninety minutes in REM dream state. Some of us can remember all or most of our dreams, and others have trouble remembering even a snippet from one of their nightly sojourns. Ancient religious traditions held that it is your spiritual soul which creates your dreams and leaves the body to travel to other realms and meet other souls. They and other ancient cultures, including the Greeks, erected dream temples for seekers to find guidance about their lives. Many times purification rituals as well as other rites of preparation were performed by the seeker prior to entering the temple and the dream state. Upon awakening, the seeker consulted with the temple dream interpreters.
The dream state is an experimental playground which gives you a chance to explore and express emotions without the usual inhibitions you may display in your waking life. Dreams provide an avenue of expression for that part of yourself that knows both your history and your potential as a spiritual being. They are another way the universe provides guidance about relationships, careers, and health problems. Through dreams you may find answers to your spiritual questions and even receive encouragement to some challenge in your life. While some dreams may allow you to release bottled emotions from your day’s activities, others can lead to profound insights in a psychological or spiritual way.
However, Carl Jung said dreams are “the main source of all of our knowledge about symbolism.” This means that the messages you receive from your dreams are expressed symbolically and must be interpreted to find their true meanings. According to Jung, rarely do the symbols in dreams have just one meaning. And when interpreting the messages in your dreams, he suggests going with your first hunch, relying on your intuitive abilities, before applying more rational methods of dream interpretation.
Cayce believed that our dreams serve several functions. Somatic dreams – dreams referring to the body – are extremely important to be mindful of. Very often dreams will offer solutions to health problems. For example, one man was plagued with food allergies for many years, but was unable to find the source of his discomfort. Then one night he went to bed and he dreamed of a can of coffee. He quit drinking coffee and his symptoms disappeared.
One man reports that occasionally he hears a voice in his dreams. This voice usually is loud and strong and is not associated with any characters in his dreams. “Typically, I’m told something very specific to do or not to do,” he relates. “I know this is God speaking to me – loud and clear. And I know I’d better listen.”
Morton Blumenthal, who received more dream interpretations from Cayce than anyone else – often reported dreams of a disembodied voice, which offered counsel. Cayce usually indicated this was input from the Creative Forces, God. For example, in one dream, Blumenthal dreamt of a figure leading him by the hand, and a voice which said, “The Lord will lead you – but you must …” He had forgotten the rest of what was said to him, but Cayce interpreted it as follows:
“As in this, as is seen, again and again, the entity receives that reassurance of the higher forces guiding, guarding, and directing the entity in its actions, as it were, with the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.”
Blumenthal also had a fascinating dream in which God came to visit him. To the dreamer’s surprise, God was a modern businessman. Cayce’s interpretation pointed out that God was someone with whom we can “do business.” God is not only transcendent but also actively involved in human affairs. It was a powerful message and, in a sense, a wonderful revelation from the divine.
During the dreaming state of sleep, we experience the different levels of consciousness and receive input from the different realms of the spirit world. Through dreaming, we have special access to our spirit within. According to the Cayce readings, there is not a question we can ask which cannot be answered from the depths of our inner consciousness when the proper attunement is made.
All subconscious minds are in contact with one another. Through the subconscious, dreams may place us in attunement with those in the physical realm or those in the spiritual realm. We may be visited in the night by discarnate entities for many reasons: they may seek to give us assurance about their well-being in other realms of existence; they may come seeking our aid through prayer; they may come to bring us information which may be very helpful or limited; or they may come to influence us with their own desires or perspectives, which may be helpful or harmful. For example, there are dream reports of deceased relatives appearing and giving instructions about where to find a will or a lost object.
The events we experience in the third-dimension are, as it were, a “past condition” because this dimension is simply a projection or a reflection of what is being built at another higher level. Therefore, when we tune into these higher levels, as we may in dreams, we become aware of what is being built, and what may be projected into the physical in the future. Nothing of importance happens to us that is not foreshadowed in our dreams. Which is not to say that all dreams are precognitive or that the exact detail of everything we experience is given earlier in dreams. However, the word “foreshadowed” suggests that we may glimpse and be warned of what we are building now which may come into manifestation later. We call these dreams “precognitive” or “prophetic.”
Just as the angels spoke to people in dreams in the times of the Bible, the spirit world still speaks to people to this day. Some people came to Cayce with dreams of Christ. None was told that it was simply his imagination, but all were assured they were indeed in touch with him.
There is no dimension of human life, whether social, financial, emotional or physical, mental or spiritual with which the dream may not on occasion deal. Dreams may encourage or reprimand, instruct or deceive, inspire or seduce, guide or confuse. The potential for an immense array of experiences in consciousness is always there. What we actually receive depends upon our attitudes, motivations, the measure of our attunement, and the extent to which we have made applicable what was received in earlier dreams and in waking experiences.
Many people came to Cayce to have their dreams interpreted. An example was the dream of a young man about his father-in-law, who had recently taken his own life. In the dream a voice commented: “He is the most uncomfortable fellow in the world.”
Then the dreamer was shown his own baby crying for food. The image was to convey the dead man’s hunger for guidance and spiritual sustenance, said Cayce. The next night the dreamer heard the man’s own voice, together with “a wandering impression of restlessness.” The voice said: “I seek rest. I want to leave and be with my family down there.”
Again Cayce said the dream contact had been authentic, showing the dreamer how much his prayers were needed for the father-in-law, who was still an “earthbound discarnate“. He added that the reason the discarnate was turning towards people in earthly life was that “the lessons are learned from that realm, see?” It was a point Cayce often made, that souls who had once entered the Earth had to learn their final lessons in the Earth, where will is called into play in a fashion different from existence on other realms.
Yet contact between the dead and the living can be joyous. Sometimes it occurs because the dead want to show the living what death is like, to take away their fear and grief. Exploring the possible reality of such contact, one dreamer had her side pinched by a discarnate friend, so vividly that she screamed in fright, while another had his toe pulled when he asked for it – and did not ask again.
One dream took a man inside the brain of a woman dying of cancer, a relative, and showed him precisely what a relief death was, when it finally came. A later dream also showed him how a soul feels when awakening to consciousness after death.
Discarnates are not only rewarded by recognition from the living, they can experience the joy of teaching the living. They can also, in relatively unusual cases, work directly with the living for the fulfillment of worthy causes. The dead differ from the living only in this respect: they are in a permanently subconscious state because the conscious mind of the physical body no longer exists. But the body is an expendable shell, and all else is intact. On the astral level of existence, the subconscious mind (soul) replaces the conscious mind of the soul, and the superconscious mind (spirit) replaces the subconscious.
Hence, in dreams, we find that communication with those who have passed on is more logical than the average person is able to comprehend. The following are more excerpts from spirit communications in dreams as told to Edgar Cayce and interpreted:
One man related to Cayce: “Both my mother and father [deceased] came to me and were so glad to see me, but then they told me my sister had committed suicide.”
Cayce replied in trance: “This dream presents to the entity, through the mother and father both dead, the thoughts being entertained by the sister because of dissatisfaction to meet properly the conditions in her life. And as seen, the father and mother depend upon you to so instruct, to so direct, and to so counsel your sister. Give the sister spiritual counsel so that she may better understand, thereby enabling her to grow; otherwise, detrimental experiences will destroy her. Suicide is in her mind. Remember, too, that thoughts are deeds in the mental realm, and they increase or mar the activities of the higher self.” (Cayce Reading 136-70)
A woman related to Cayce this dream: “I dreamed my mother told me I should warn Aunt Helen against an accident between an automobile and a streetcar. My mother then became ill.”
Cayce replied in trance: “This is a warning. Tell Aunt Helen about it. If she observes the warning, and stays out of automobiles and streetcars until the waning of the moon, it will not happen. Warn her, then, for this is a direct communication from one in the spiritual realm to one in the physical realm. This attunement is made when the conscious mind is subjugated, as in meditation or in sleep, and an attunement with the universal forces is established. This is also an illustration of the ability of those in the spiritual realm to see the future.” (Cayce Reading 136-48)
Perhaps the most common dream experience in spirit communication according to Cayce is related by the message which in essence says: “I am fine and happy. Your grief, however, is holding me back and making me sad. You can help me greatly by trying to overcome your sorrow. You must stop grieving!”
3. Dream analysis tips from Edgar Cayce
• Keep a notebook beside the bed. Record your dreams as soon as possible after waking.
• Suggest to yourself every night as you fall asleep, “I will remember my dreams.”
• If you wake during the night, write down the main symbols, and the entire dream will usually come back in the morning.
• Practice keen observation in your dreams through self-suggestion prior to sleep.
• Look for these components in your dreams: the setting, the people, the action, the color, the feeling, and the words.
• Work on analyzing your dreams every day, otherwise their progression will be difficult to assess.
• If dreams are illogical, three reasons are possible:
Only the fragments of the dream have been recalled.
The dream is reflecting something illogical in the dreamer’s life.
Mental blocks have erased your recall.
• If you are unable to decipher an important dream, suggest to yourself, before your next sleep, that the dream repeat itself more clearly.
• Nightmares, which bring with them an inability to move or cry out, usually indicate the wrong diet. To end the nightmarish dreams change your diet.
• Dreams that are unchanged through the years indicate the dreamer’s resistance to change.
• Dreams of ill health can be either literal or symbolic warnings.
• When a problem confronts you, ask by prayer for guidance to be sent to you through your dreams.
• Be practical in your interpretations. Always look first for a lesson. What have you refused to face or been ignoring?
• Observe carefully recurrent dreams, as well as the serially progressive ones. These often illustrate progress or failure.
• Dreams are the reaction of the inner self to daytime activity and often show the way out of the dilemma. So relate them to current activity, because dreams may be retrospective as well as prospective.
• Dreams come to guide and help, not to amuse. They direct your attention to errors of omission and commission and offer encouragement for right endeavors. They also give us the opportunity to pray for others and to help them bear their burdens.
• If you receive an unusual message, reduce it to common terms. See if the symbolism of the Bible can be of help in interpreting the dream.
• Look for past-life experiences in your dreams. These manifest themselves not only in color, but in the proper costume and setting of their period. They come to warn you against repeating the same old mistakes; to explain your relationship and reactions to certain people and places; to reduce your confusions; to enable you to better understand life.
• Do not fear conversation with the so-called “dead” in dreams. If the communication is one-sided, it denotes telepathy. If both participate, it may be an actual encounter of bodiless consciousness.
• Dreams are primarily about self. Only a few dreams relate to family, friends, and world events.
• Watch for mental telepathy in dreams.
• Remember, persistence is necessary to learn any new language, and dream symbols are the forgotten language of the subconscious.
• Give daily thanks to God for all things and use daily prayer to improve the quality and reception of your dreams.
It would seem that sensory experiences are permanently recorded by our subconscious mind, even though we remain consciously unaware of them. Under hypnosis, eyewitnesses to a crime are able to recall detailed facts that they had previously been unable to remember. Asleep or awake, the subconscious, like the tape recorder, registers continuously. This is because the senses are aware of the inner self which never sleeps. This may also explain why associations with some symbols appearing in dreams are difficult to interpret – they are not consciously observed.
Dreams symbols, such as a house, a bird, or a friend, always represent much more than that which first meets the eye. This is why the beginner can benefit from help received from those who have made a serious study of dreams. Carl Jung voiced much the same thought when he said that, if one understands symbols, one can understand the dream as much by empathy as by formal analysis.
The ideal, however, is for the individual himself to learn to understand his dreams by writing them down. Dreams are more easily understood in series. Dream researchers have discovered that three or even four of the dreams each night often relate to the same basic problem or subject, but in different symbols.
It is also helpful not only to pray for guidance, but also to learn to meditate. Meditation, which is the art of listening with the ego subdued, improves the clarity of dreams, expands the consciousness, and encourages extrasensory perceptions by breaking down the barriers between the conscious mind and the subconscious and superconscious.
Perhaps the most fundamental aspect of symbology is that it is a universal language, teaching and preserving permanent basic truths. What shorthand is to words, symbology is to ideas. This is especially true of religious concepts.
According to Edgar Cayce, the Book of Revelation is a compilation of the Apostle John’s dreams and visions while he was in exile. It illustrates his growth in consciousness as he sought, through meditation and prayer, to fully comprehend the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in his life.
The system of metaphysical thought which emerges from the Edgar Cayce readings is a Christianized version of the mystery religions of ancient Egypt, Chaldea, Persia, India, and Greece. It fits the figure of Christ into the tradition of one God for all people, and places him in his proper place, at the apex of the philosophical structure; he is the capstone of the pyramid. The mysteries were concerned with man’s problem of freeing his soul from the world. In the mystery symbologies, the Earth was always represented as the underworld, and the soul was lost in this underworld until freed from it by wisdom, faith, and understanding. In the Greek mysteries, Persephone, was abducted by Pluto, Lord of Hades. Persephone represents the soul of man, whose true home is in the heavens.
It is interesting to speculate on the fact that Cayce was raised in strict nineteenth century Bible tradition, and suffered the greatest mental and emotional shock of his life when he discovered that in his spiritual readings he declared the truth of the mysteries and acclaimed Jesus as their crowning glory. Cayce had only a seventh grade education and consciously knew nothing of what he said under self-hypnosis. He was only versed in the Bible and had no high school or college background of any kind. Up until his revelations, Cayce had never heard of the mystery religions. Yet his readings check with everything about them that is known to be authentic. He spoke at length on Christian Gnosticism well before the Gnostic writings were discovered. Cayce affirmed that Christian Gnosticism is the type of Christianity that was taught by Jesus.
The mystery religions were a preparation for the coming of Jesus. He was the fruit of their efforts, and his message was a fuller revelation to the people at large of the mysteries themselves. In the scramble which Christianity made to establish itself as the dominant religion of the decaying Roman Empire, the mysteries were denied their proper place, since to grant that they had truth in them would justify their further existence.
The complex symbology employed by the mystery religions has survived fragmentarily in Christianity, notable in church architecture and in the sacrifice of the mass. The early Christians used every means possible to conceal the pagan origin of their symbols, doctrines, and rituals. They either destroyed the sacred books of other peoples among whom they settled, or made them inaccessible to students of comparative philosophy, apparently believing that in this way they could stamp out all record of the pre-Christian origin of their doctrines. The lost Christian doctrine of reincarnation and the Gnostic mysteries of Christ were declared heresies by the Church in 553 A.D.
Jesus the Christ, according to the Cayce readings, is the central instrument of God to make it possible for all souls to fulfill the original purpose of their creation.
Cayce affirmed that the trinity of the Godhood (the so-called Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is actually three-dimensional consciousness when viewed from the level of Earth consciousness, which itself is a three-dimensional realm in one. The Godhood in its multiplicity can be perceived as more complex than three-dimensional when viewed from the perspective of higher levels of consciousness. Nevertheless, the Christ, whether one speaks of the Godhead as three-dimensional or multidimensional, is seen as an essential part of the Godhead. Indeed, Cayce stated that the Body of Christ is the Father, the Mind of Christ is the Son, and the Spirit of Christ is the Holy Spirit. In other words, Jesus represented the body, mind and spirit of God. Jesus’ message was that “you are gods” (John 10:30-36). In other words, all humans can be as God in body, mind and spirit, just as Jesus was.
Jesus, who became the Christ (i.e., a full manifestation of the divine consciousness in flesh), is a soul created with other souls in the beginning and, like them, a part of God’s Universal Consciousness. This is not to say that the Christ Consciousness is a created being. Jesus was the created being. In the Cayce readings, the Christ Consciousness is the spiritual condition of integrally being one with God, or as Cayce would called “at-onement.” The union of the Christ Consciousness and the human Jesus constituted, according to the readings, a unique divine-human unity, although this relationship is properly the ultimate goal of everyone and is spiritually possible for all. Cayce affirms there seemed to be two wills – divine and human – in Jesus Christ. Cayce flat out states that the Christ soul’s first incarnation was Adam of the book of Genesis.
“Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.” (Romans 5:14)
Paul also drew between Adam and Christ a parallel that was also a contrast:
“So it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.'” (1 Corinthians 15:45)
Christ is thus seen as the last Adam, the one man who by his obedience undoes the results of the disobedience of the first (Romans 5:12-21). Jesus recapitulated the stages of Adam’s fall, but in reverse order and quality. It is understandable how shocking this statement of Cayce’s is to most fundamental Christians, that Jesus whom they have always believed to be sinless had been not only guilty of sin, but the very person who has been traditionally regarded as the author of sin on the human level. However, Cayce in no way states that Jesus as the Christ was guilty of any sin of any kind. At that stage of his personal and cosmic development his obedience was flawless, his relationship with God perfect. In Cayce’s words:
“… the perfect relationship to the Creative Forces or God, the Father – which the human Jesus attained when he gave of himself to the world, that through him, by and in him, each entity might come to know the true relationship with the Father.”
The Cayce material, however, goes on to speak of the singular appropriateness of Adam finally emerging as Jesus, the man, to become the savior of the world, the Christ. It must also be noted that sin did not begin with Adam according to Cayce, but it had its origins in spiritual realms before even the creation of the Earth. We can therefore assume that this was Adam’s redemptive intent all along – to be savior of the world.
The perception that Jesus had previous human incarnations did not originate with Edgar Cayce. For example, the early Jewish Christian group known as the Ebionites taught that the Spirit had come as Adam and later reincarnated as Jesus. The Samaritans believed that Adam had reincarnated as Seth, then Noah, Abraham, and even Moses. Other Jewish Christian groups such as the Elkasaites and Nazarites also believed this. The Clementine Homilies, an early Christian document, also taught many incarnations of Jesus.
According to Cayce, the incarnations of the Christ soul were as follows. Amilius the ruler of the lost civilization of Atlantis; Adam the first “son of God” and “son of man”; Enoch the patriarch who journeyed to heaven to receive mysteries; Melchizedek the mystical High Priest and ancient King of Jerusalem; Joseph the son of Jacob who became the Prince of Egypt; Joshua the leader of the Israelites into the Promised Land; Asaph the music director and seer who served under David and Solomon; Jeshua the scribe of Moses who helped write the Torah; Zend the father of Zoroaster who founded the Zoroastrianism religion; and finally Jesus the Christ who overcame death and will return again to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
2. Cayce on destiny, karma and fate
John Van Auken (www.johnvanauken.com) is a former director of the Association of Research and Enlightenment, the Edgar Cayce Research Foundation. He is editor of the newsletter Living in the Light and author of many books, audio tapes, and videos. He’s an expert in Egyptian, Hebrew, and Christian mysticism, and is a skillful teacher of meditation from kundalini to his unique passage in consciousness. He practices the techniques he teaches and has become a popular speaker, leading retreats, workshops, and tours, and writes regularly as a columnist.
In order to fully appreciate the secret teachings, we need to understand how the Universal Law of Cause and Effect works. It’s easy to say that the experiences in one’s life are the result of past activities, but the forces of this law are greater than we may first imagine.
Every action, every thought, every idle word sets up reactions, according to the Universal Law. When one thinks a thought, that thought makes an impression on the Universal Consciousness. Nothing is lost or done in secret. Everything is done within the Universal Consciousness, and the Whole is affected by it (as well as all others within the Whole).
This isn’t easy for us to believe, living in our own little worlds. Secret, private, alone and separate are active words in our vocabulary. This is due to our current separation in consciousness from the Whole. In the higher realms of consciousness there is no space. Things and people are not separate, but part of a Whole. All is actually One. All is within the Whole. By increasing the focus on self, we have created the illusion of a self separated from the rest of life, but it just isn’t so. Our individual actions and thoughts make an impact on the Mind of the Universal One.
When the legendary seer, Edgar Cayce, was in the deeper levels of consciousness and was asked to give a reading of the soul-record for an individual, he found it very difficult to determine whether the soul had thought of doing something or had actually done it. In the deeper levels of consciousness, thoughts and actions are equal in their impact. Perhaps this explains Jesus’ admonition that adultery in one’s heart is the same as committing it in deed.
3. Cayce on how thoughts are things
Reactions to past thoughts and actions become our fate, destiny and karma. An individual’s fate is simply the rebounding effects of previous choices remembered by its soul. The reason the effects of these previous choices often seem unfair to the conscious mind is because the personality doesn’t see beyond its own life for sources of current conditions.
“Rabbi, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:1-2)
Now if these disciples didn’t believe in and understand pre-existence of the soul and karma, why would they ask if this man’s own sins had caused him to be born blind? The only way this could happen is for him to have sinned before his birth! And, in fact, that is just what they thought he might have done. Notice also how the disciples thought that his parents might have brought this upon themselves through past mistakes. Here is a clear indication that within the inner circle of Jesus’ followers there was the concept that misfortune had a source, and that that source could extend beyond the present lifetime.
As companions of God, we are free to live and choose and grow almost as we desire, but not without being subject to Universal, Spiritual Law. Through meeting our thoughts, actions and words we learn to discern wisdom from folly, lasting strength from weakness and true life from illusion. In turn we become more able to fulfill our ultimate purpose for existing: to be a companion to the Universal Creator. The law is actually a magnificent tool for perfect learning. It is completely impersonal — everyone experiences it equally and for the purpose of enlightenment, even Jesus:
“Although he were a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8)
4. Cayce on memory and the Universal Mind
The law of karma is not some fierce god in the sky keeping track of everything so that it can zap people when they least expect it. Most karmic reactions in fact come from the individual’s own deep memory of what it has done.
You see, actions and thoughts build a consciousness much in the same way that exercise and food build a body. In a way, we are a memory complex. Our body and mind is the subtotal of all we have done. The memories, whether conscious or unconscious, make up our present condition. Thus, when we look at one another we are actually seeing a memory complex. Decisions are based on our past; reactions are based on our past; so are our goals. To understand a person, we must know something about their memory complex.
Not surprisingly, karma has been described as memory. Karma is memory coming to consciousness again. What has occurred in the past is recalled and has an effect on the present. Now, the recollection may not surface to the conscious level; the personality may have no awareness of the memory, in fact. Yet, it exists at the deeper, soul level. Nevertheless, the soul sees through the same eyes as the personality, and is reminded of its past use of free-will and consciousness. Naturally, some of these memories will be compatible with the Universal, and some will not.
Memory is an important concept in understanding how the law of karma works.
As a soul draws closer to the Universal Mind it becomes aware that some of its memories are not compatible with the Creator, and since its ultimate purpose for being is companionship with the Creator, it seeks out opportunities to resolve these incompatible memories.
Suppose a soul criticizes another soul among its peers and behind its back. As it becomes more aware of its true nature it will recall this wrong, and because of its incompatibility with the Creator, will seek to correct it. Now, the resolution could take many forms. The soul might seek out an opportunity to work closely with the injured soul as a supporter, assistant, publicist, agent or the like. Or perhaps it would seek to re-create the original scene — putting itself in a position to criticize the other soul again in front of the same peers. The test would be to see if the soul would choose not to criticize this time, even if it meant a certain loss of position for itself. Throughout all of this the soul grows wiser and more compatible with the Creator.
If, however, a soul has gotten so far away from its true nature that it has no conscience, then the Law can become a formidable obstacle to any further free-will action. Such a soul becomes surrounded by its karma; everywhere it turns it meets the terrible effects of its previous actions and thoughts. Yet, even a soul who has gotten in this pathetic situation can return to perfection because there is no total condemnation from the Creator or the Law. If the soul turns away from its self-centeredness and begins acting, reacting, thinking and speaking like a companion to the Universe, then the Law is just as perfect as it is with error; and the reactions begin to build and establish a new destiny for that soul.
Karma is memory. As one recalls or relives situations, one meets self again, and a new decision point or crossroads is presented to the soul.
In our portrait of life, good would be equated with compatible, harmonious actions and thoughts which consider the needs and desires of others along with self’s needs and desires. Evil would be equated with actions and thoughts that are motivated by a self-orientation that pays little or no attention to the needs and desires of others and the Whole. Metaphysically speaking, good results in oneness, and evil results in a sense of separation. Decisions in one’s life could be approached by evaluating which choices promote greater oneness and which promote separation.
However, it gets a little difficult to support this idea much further than that because in most of the secret teachings there is the belief that one must separate oneself from the world if one is to awaken to the greater reality beyond this life. Yet if we look closely at this belief, we find that the separation is more accurately a detachment than a separation. One is to strive to release oneself from the possessive power of the things of this world while still actively participating in it. In other words, one is to enjoy food and drink without being possessed by food and drink; one is to enjoy material life without being possessed by it.
Look at the Seven Deadly Sins of Western religion. Each of them (lust, envy, greed, gluttony, etc.) expresses a type of possessive power that overtakes the partaker. The Seven Virtues on the other hand, express selflessness on the part of the recipient: kindness, gentleness, patience, etc. Notice also that the Sins are mostly self-experienced, but the Virtues require another person in order for them to be realized. This follows Jesus’ teaching:
Sacrifice can be done alone, but mercy requires that one reach out beyond oneself and consider others and their needs.
Again, we come to the inevitable conclusion that sin is self to the exclusion of others and the Whole, while virtue is oneness with the Whole and consideration of others. It’s important to note here that the ultimate goal is not the complete loss of self-identity, rather, as Cayce so aptly phrased it: to know yourself to be yourself, yet one with the Whole.
5. Cayce on grace, mercy and forgiveness
In one sense it is true that “not one jot or tittle shall be removed from the Law.” One must meet every bit of its karma. However, there is a way that it can be modified, softened, even ameliorated. If a soul, knowing another soul has wronged it, forgives that soul and holds no lingering resentment — perhaps has even forgotten the wrong in the depths of its forgiveness and understanding — then it begins to take hold of the power of forgiveness. The more it forgives, the more it perceives and understands forgiveness. Then, when it approaches the Universal Consciousness and realizes it possesses memories that are incompatible with the It, forgiveness is much more viable, removing the barrier between Father/Mother and son/daughter. The law is so precise (what one gives one receives; no exceptions) that if one begins showing mercy and forgiveness for others, one begins to receive mercy and forgiveness upon oneself. Now, the law is very sensitive to the deep, true purpose for which one does something, and if the purpose for forgiving another is simply to obtain forgiveness for oneself, then little is gained. But if one truly forgives, and forgives by understanding, through empathy and compassion, then there is no way one can avoid receiving forgiveness upon oneself.
The law also works in some very curious ways. Somehow one’s greatest weakness possesses the potential to become one’s greatest strength. With each difficult situation, whether physical, mental or spiritual, there comes an opportunity. These “opportunities” sometimes appear to be hopeless problems, like a crippling disease, an uncontrollable habit or a situation in which one feels totally victimized without cause. More often they appear as annoyances or frustrations, like an unattractive nose, a difficult sibling, spouse, colleague, boss, lover or friend; or an ever present lack of money. In each case, the soul has an opportunity to resolve and overcome some weakness in itself, and by doing so with the right attitude, the soul can rise to new heights of consciousness, love, and companionship. Attempting to sidestep one’s crosses is simply a temporary diversion, delaying the eventual glorification that is the soul’s inheritance when it is sought.
All has to be met. And yet, no soul is given more than it can bear to carry — this is the paradoxical blessing hidden in the limitations of time and space. A soul is given the time it needs to turn away from its selfish ways and, like the prodigal son, return home to a feast of joy and welcome from its Father in heaven. Reincarnation is not a way to avoid judgment and responsibility; it is a way to allow the soul enough time to correct its mistakes and develop itself.
Almost every day, several times a day, for more than forty years, Edgar Cayce (www.edgarcayce.org) would induce himself into an out-of-body experience and reveal profound information on various subjects such as human origins, dreams, meditation, prayer, religion, afterlife realms, consciousness, the soul and spirit, and the Book of Revelation, to name a few. But it was the information that Cayce revealed about the future which he is probably most known for. He provided information about the history of humanity from the very beginning to a time in the future when humans will evolve into beings with supernatural powers. He described a new era of enlightenment and peace when divinity within humans would be manifested on the earth. But before this “kingdom of God” would rule the world, Cayce foresaw world events that can only be described as apocalyptic, a period of purification involving natural disasters that will dramatically alter the surface of the earth, wars, economic collapse, and socio-political unrest. These visions of the future agree with what is known about prophecies from NDEs.
Edgar Cayce (wikipedia.org) believed that these horrible future events could be averted if humanity changed its behavior. And this is the purpose for giving prophecies – to warn people to change so that the prophecies won’t happen. Because Cayce was not 100% accurate in his predictions, I believe this shows how some of his apocalyptic predictions have been averted. In fact, this demonstrates an important principle that a successful apocalyptic prophecy is one that has been averted. Cayce’s prophecies became well-known all over the world and a case can be made that Cayce may have had some influence in altering the course of history enough to avert some of his apocalyptic prophecies. Cayce would repeatedly say that even the Lord of Lords could not accurately predict future events because human free will can alter and change the future. Cayce is referring to the Biblical account when Jesus is asked when he would return. Jesus’ reply was:
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36)
Prophecy is never given for any other purpose than to serve as a warning. For this reason, a successful prophecy is one that has been averted and therefore does not happen. Skeptics of Cayce’s prophetic ability like to point out that because some of his predictions did not happen, this means he was a fraud. But from the perspective just mentioned, apocalyptic prophecies can change enough people to prevent them from occurring.
Cayce envisioned a time would come when all individuals would realize their responsibility toward one another — a realization that would change the consciousness of humanity. During the height of World War II, Cayce saw the possibility of a united world and a renewed sense of spirituality all over the world. When asked in 1944 which religious thought would lead the world toward the greatest amount of spiritual light and understanding, the reply was simply, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself!”
II. Cayce prophecies that came true
Cayce received many visions of the future and many of them have already come to pass. From these visions he made a number of remarkably accurate predictions. The following is a list of them:
1. The U.S. stock market crash of 1929
During the mid-1920’s, Cayce gave over 700 readings on business and the stock market chronicling its rise and fall and teaching his clients how to play the bull market. On February 26, 1925, Cayce gave a reading for a young doctor whom he said would soon find himself in possession of a great amount of wealth. But Cayce warned him about financial danger:
“Hence in the present sphere we find these conditions in the urge of the individuality of the entity … one that within the present sphere will have great amount of monies to care for. In the adverse forces that will come then in 1929, care should be taken lest this, without the more discretion in small things, be taken from the entity.” [Edgar Cayce reading 2723-1]
Cayce issued a second warning about the stock market in May of 1927 that the bull run would not last and that his clients had two years (to May of 1929) to fulfill their goals or else they would have to start all over again in 1934. [Source] Cayce told his clients how to prepare for the crash and even outlined what growth industries would give them the best long term portfolio after the market reached bottom. Then on March 6, 1929, six months before the stock market crashed on October 29, 1929:
“We may expect a considerable break and bear market, see? This issue being between those of the reserves of nations and of individuals, and will cause — unless another of the more stable banking conditions come to the relief — a great disturbance in financial circles. This warning has been given, see?” [Edgar Cayce reading 900-425]
Cayce’s clients did not heed his warning about the crash and, six months later, they lost everything when the stock market crashed.
2. Pre-war revolutions occurring in foreign lands
On March 26, 1935, Cayce said that unless there is more of the spiritual attitude raised in groups here and there, world conditions would terminate in a revolution throughout many of the foreign nations. At the time, there was nothing happening worldwide that anticipated such unrest; however, Cayce said:
“As to the unrest, first, in foreign associations and connections; these for the immediate future should not cause a great deal of anxiety. Yet these will eventually, unless there is more of the spiritual attitude raised in groups here and there, terminate in a revolution throughout many of the foreign nations.” [Edgar Cayce reading 261-14]
On November 4, 1933, when Adolf Hitler was chancellor of Germany — before the war and his atrocities — Cayce gave perhaps his most controversial readings on the subject, suggesting that even Hitler had the potential to be a force for positive change in Europe if his personal will could be turned toward the brotherhood of man. In the reading, Hitler was described as being “physically led,” and as having been called for a purpose, “not only in the affairs of a nation, but as in the affairs of the world.” Cayce admonished, “study … the impelling influence in the man, in the mind as it has acceded to power,” and pointed out that, “few [men] does power not destroy.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-13] However, Cayce specifically stated that Hitler would be a force for good only if he were able to avoid falling into the trap of the forces of “self-aggrandizement.” Cayce also tempered every positive statement about Hitler with qualifying clauses such as, “if imperialism does not enter in.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-13] But on January 19, 1934, Cayce predicted that Hitler would rise in power to reign over Germany by stating that, indeed, “[imperialism] is entering.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-15] On August 19, 1935, Cayce predicted Hitler would remain in power until it will “come as an overthrow or an outside war.” [Edgar Cayce reading 261-16] On March 25, 1938, eighteen months before war had officially broken out in September of 1939 when Germany invaded its neighbor Poland, Cayce condemned Germany in the harshest of words as “a smear upon its forces for its dominance over its brother, a leech upon the universe for its own sustenance!” [Edgar Cayce reading 1554-3] On September 25, 1939, three weeks after Hitler invaded Poland, when asked about Hitler’s future before the war ends, Cayce answered succinctly: “Death.” [Edgar Cayce reading 257-211]
Cayce gave two readings for a four-year-old girl named Faith Harding known at the time as “the Little Prophetess” whom Cayce affirmed possessed special gifts of prophecy and healing. On March 30, 1940, Cayce describes her as “a chosen channel of … love which the Father hath bestowed upon the children of men.” [Edgar Cayce reading 2156-1] Cayce suggested that she would never have a normal childhood, because she was not a normal child, having been born with gifts beyond those of even Edgar Cayce. One of the prophecies revealed by “the Little Prophetess” was that Pontius Pilate was a previous incarnation of Adolf Hitler.
It should be noted that, despite all of Cayce’s prophecies of Hitler, both positive and negative, Cayce’s trance readings seemed to have ignored Hitler’s 1926 “Mein Kampf” lunatic ideas of implementing Martin Luther’s anti-Semitism. Although Cayce was certainly no anti-Semite, he did instead advise Jews to consider Hitler’s attitude towards the Jews as fulfillment of biblical prophecy as a sign that it was time to return to Israel. In this respect, this is part of Cayce’s prophecy that the Jews will indeed return to Palestine to reestablish Israel as a nation.
4. The beginning of World War II in 1936
After World War I, President Woodrow Wilson was convinced that world peace would come only through international cooperation and the establishment of a League of Nations. His concept for the League was that countries would solve potential global issues through united political and military solutions. Wilson’s vision gathered international support, and the League of Nations was founded on January 10, 1920 as part of the Treaty of Versailles, which put an end to World War I. For his efforts, Woodrow Wilson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919. Unfortunately, due to American political conflict in the U.S. Senate, the United States never did become a member of the League. On January 15, 1932, Cayce gave a reading which suggested that the Spirit of Christ (through President Wilson) sat with the American delegation at peace table in Paris establishing the League of Nations:
(Q) “Will the United States be drawn into war or go to war within the next five years? If so, with whom and over what will the trouble arise?” (A) “The position or conditions that exist in the affairs, or the hearts of nations, is much as has been described. Now as to whether this will come to pass or not, depends upon whether there is the arousing in the hearts, souls and minds of a sufficient number of individuals — who will align themselves with that that is right in his sight, or not! Some years ago — this, we understand, is out of line with what many would have one believe — There was a peace table, and about same were gathered representatives of every nation under the sun! In the soul of the representative of the United States [President Wilson] sat the Prince of Peace [Christ] …As to whether it will be in three years or five years, depends upon those who would rally to, ‘I will make of my life a channel of blessing to someone, today!'” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-8]
On February 8, 1932, Cayce gave one of his greatest world prophecies when he predicted that America’s rejection of the League of Nations would result in a catastrophe beginning in 1936 which would “break up” many powers in the world involving the Soviet Union, the United States, Japan and England, and change the maps of the world:
(Q) “Please forecast the principal events for the next fifty years affecting the welfare of the human race.” (A) “This had best be cast after the great catastrophe that’s coming to the world in ’36 (1936), in the form of the breaking up of many powers that now exist as factors in the world affairs. The first notable change will be the acceptance or rejection of the world’s interference, or court of last resort for the world, in this present meeting as presented by France — and as rejected by America. Then, with the breaking up of in ’36 (1936) will be the changes that will make the different maps of the world.” (Q) “Name the powers that will be broken up in 1936.” (A) “Rather by 1936. Will be Russia, United States, Japan and England, or United Kingdom.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-10]
On October 7, 1935, Cayce warned of catastrophic events that were building within the international community leading to an entire world at war:
“As to the affairs of an international nature, these we find are in a condition of great anxiety on the part of many; not only as individuals but as to nations. And the activities that have already begun have assumed such proportions that there is to be the attempt upon the part of groups to penalize, or to make for the associations of groups to carry on same. This will make for the taking of sides, as it were, by various groups or countries or governments. This will be indicated by the Austrians, Germans, and later the Japanese joining in their influence; unseen, and gradually growing to those affairs where there must become, as it were, almost a direct opposition to that which has been the theme of the Nazis (the Aryan). For these will gradually make for a growing of animosities. And unless there is interference from what may be called by many the supernatural forces and influences, that are active in the affairs of nations and peoples, the whole world — as it were — will be set on fire by the militaristic groups and those that are “for” power and expansion in such associations…” [Edgar Cayce reading 416-7]
In the wonderful biography about Cayce by Jess Stern, The Sleeping Prophet, the author describes an incident in June of 1936 when Cayce was in his garden working when he saw a vision in the sky of a chariot drawn by four white horses. He then heard a voice behind him saying, “Look behind you.” When he turned around, he saw a being of light wearing shining armor of silver who then raised his hand in salute, and said, “The chariot of the Lord and thy horsemen thereof,” then disappeared. Cayce was shaken by this vision and rushed into the house. He later explained to his family that he had seen the approach of World War II, with millions of people dead. It was an obvious jolt to his conscious mind.
The year 1936 was when events began the lead up to World War II, causing the League of Nations to collapse, bringing an end to the post-World War I dream of collective security. On March 7, 1936, Hitler defied the Versailles treaty by marching into the Rhineland and remilitarizing in which he encountered little opposition from other European powers. When civil war broke out in Spain on July 17, 1936, Hitler and Mussolini lent military support to the Nationalist rebels while the Soviet Union supported the existing government. In October 25, 1936, Germany and Italy formed the Rome-Berlin Axis. A month later, on November 25, Germany and Japan signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, which Italy would join in the following year on November 6, 1937.
5. America’s entry into World War II in 1941
On April 28, 1936, Cayce gave a reading where he mentioned America’s future role as the “balance of power” in the world:
“The activities from the Soviet Union or the Asiatic relationships present rather a different condition, yet the very fact that there will be more and more the attempts through the Italian, the Spanish, the English for their investments, is the greater reason why America must remain – as it were – the balance of power in not only the money forces of the world but those influences that will later be for the manning of those powers where greater destructive forces will arise in those portions of the world.” [Edgar Cayce reading 261-21]
On July 6, 1939, Cayce gave a reading for a retired naval commander for which America’s entry into World War II was revealed:
(Q) “Am I likely to be recalled to active service within two or three years?” (A) “The only likelihood will be in ’41 (1941). This, too, if the people pray, and live as they pray, will pass.” [Edgar Cayce reading 1949-1]
On June 23, 1940, without specifically naming Japan, Cayce delivered a wide ranging prophecy about conquests of “isles of the sea” as the precursor for U.S. entry into the war. Cayce then went on to predict that eventually all of the activities of the Axis powers will be destroyed:
“Why then the turmoil in the world today? They have forgotten God! Not that it is merely a karmic condition of a nation, of a people; for, know ye not that the prayer of one man saved a city?… Then, as to the needs for those things and conditions which are to come to pass in America. When many of the isles of the sea, many of the lands, have come under the subjugation of those who fear not man nor the devil, but rather would associate with that in which they may proclaim might and power as being right in that of the superman, that would be of the generations as would be established, then shall thine own land see the blood flow as in those periods when brother fought against brother. Then, what may ye do, what may ye think? Upon what may ye call? Only He who is able to keep that ye have committed unto Him against any experience that may arise… Suffer with them by giving of thy means, thy mind, thyself as channels to make His message known in the earth! Ye each seek to know — or many do — as to what will be the outcome of those activities in Europe, in Africa, in Asia. All will be broken up.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-25]
Two months later, on August 31, 1940, Cayce refused to say U.S. involvement was inevitable more involved than it currently was (the U.S. was currently supporting Britain with its “lendlease” program). But Cayce observed that it won’t be until the later part of 1941 when the U.S. will enter the war:
(Q) “Will the U.S. go into war actively?” (A) “Not much more than at present; that is, for the present — but the war will be brought to the United States.” (Q) “Should i make any effort or attempt any plans to enter the Army or government service?” (A) “No; not under present conditions, though there may be those activities later, but not in ’40 or ’41 – or until the latter part of ’41, if then.” [Edgar Cayce reading 257-225]
On August 3, 1941, four months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Cayce gave a reading for a young man who was debating whether he should enter the Army or Navy and wanted to know how long he would have to serve. Cayce’s answer seemed to imply how long the war would last:
(Q) “Should the Army or the Navy be my life’s work?” (A) “If it is chosen as a life’s work, choose the Navy by all means…” (Q) “How many years are these [wartime] conditions likely to last?” “How many years are these conditions [wartime] likely to last?” (A) “Until at least forty-five (1945).” [Edgar Cayce reading 984-4]
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed the U.S. naval facilities at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which formally led to America entering into World War II. It ended on August 15, 1945 when Japan officially surrendered to U.S. armed forces — the year Cayce predicted.
6. Decisive World War II battles occurring in June 1943
On June 20, 1943, Cayce mentioned “strange” events would occur during the war of a decisive nature to occur within five days that would determine its length and outcome. Cayce was asked:
(Q) “You will have before you the conditions in the world today, and that needed by those seeking advice in helping to construct a permanent basis for international peace founded upon understanding of one another’s economic, social and spiritual problems. You will answer the questions, as I ask them.” (A) “Yes, we have — as we have had before — those problems which have brought about the upheavals and the wars, the distrust, the jealousy, the hate existing today. These are the result of man’s forgetting God, and that which truly represents man’s sincere attempt to worship, honor and glorify a living God… Thus — nothing new, nothing strange; yet on Friday next strange things will happen, that will determine as to how long, as to how many, as to what will be necessary..” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-28]
When asked about a timeline concerning Italy, Germany and Japan, Cayce mentioned by June 25:
(Q) “Is there any indication of the time at which hostilities will cease between this country and Italy, Germany? Japan?” (A) “These are dependent on the thoughts and principles of men. They will be able to determine much as regards more than one, by the 25th of June.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-28]
Indeed, during the time between June 20 and June 25, 1943, strange and decisive events were taking place which were about to change the course of World War II in the Allies favor. On Germany’s Eastern Front, the greatest tank battle in history was about to begin — the Battle of Kursk — which was originally planned by Hitler to begin on June 17, 1943, but was postponed until June 20, 1943 due to concerns of an Allied landing in the south of France or in Italy and delays in deliveries of the new tanks. But Hitler continued to delay the offensive to the dismay of some of his top generals involved which gave the Soviet Union even more time to prepare for a defense. Finally, on 1 July, Hitler announced 5 July as the launch date of the offensive. The Battle of Kursk ended on July 16 and was a great victory for the Soviet Union and was the turning point in the war. The battle was the final strategic offensive that the Germans were able to launch on the Eastern Front. Their extensive loss of men and tanks ensured that the victorious Soviet Red Army enjoyed the strategic initiative for the remainder of the war.
Meanwhile, in another theater, by June 25, 1943, the Allies had planned and fixed a date for the invasion of the “soft underbelly of the Axis” my means of Italy with pre-invasion bombing of Sicily through June 20-30, 1943, followed by an Allied landing at Sicily on July 9, 1943. The Allied invasion of Italy was highly successful leading to a coup in July which deposed Mussolini as head of the Italian government that ultimately removed Italy as part of the Axis forces. The Soviets had been pressing the Allies to open a “second front” in Europe which would lessen the German Army’s focus on the Eastern Front, where the bulk of its forces were fighting in the largest armed conflict in history.
In the Pacific, by June 20, 1943, Allied success in the Solomon Islands campaign paved the way for the planned Operation Cartwheel — an “island-hopping” grand strategy launched on June 30, 1943, which destroyed much of Japan’s sea and air supremacy and opened the way for Allied forces to recapture the Philippines and cut off Japan from its crucial resource areas in the East Indies.
Cayce had been asked about Italy, Germany and Japan, and he replied that more would be known “in respect to more than one [of these countries], by the 25th of June.” Cayce had observed, “There is nothing new, nothing strange.” Apparently, it was all part of a universal order in which there was no such thing as chance.
7. The end of World War II in 1945
World War II officially ended when Japan formally surrendered to the U.S. on September 2, 1945. Twice in 1941, even before the U.S. entered the war, Cayce gave a number of readings which predicted the end of the war would be in 1945 or 1946. On April 27, 1941, Cayce gave his first reading on the subject:
(Q) “Will the present European conflict create greater repercussions in the United States than those following the last World War?” (A) “As just indicated, there will be greater repercussions [Pearl Harbor?, December 7, 1941], but as for the reactions afterward — these are being very well safeguarded and, if there is not too much of excitement, should come through in a very different form and manner.” (Q) “When will this purge end and humanity enter a new era of peaceful living?” (A) “In ’45 and ’46.” [Edgar Cayce reading 270-47]
Then on August 30, 1941, Cayce gave another decisively clear prediction of the end of World War II:
“For, through the efforts of the entity much may be accomplished when in ’45 to ’46 peace again rules in the earth. Much is to be taken into consideration. Keep ahead, in knowing that justice and mercy are the basic principles in dealings with one another, in dealings with groups, in dealings with states and nations. For these are right in the Lord.” [Edgar Cayce reading 1151-29]
On May 30, 1942, Cayce predicted that normality would return to the world in about 2 to 2 1/2 years after the war has been declared closed, or after the fighting has ceased:
(Q) “When will things return to normal once the war is over?” (A) “In two to two and a half years after the war has been declared closed, or after the fighting has ceased.” [Edgar Cayce reading 257-244]
As mentioned previously, World War II ended on September 2, 1945 with the Japanese surrender. The time period that Cayce gave for when the world would return to normal was 2 to 2 1/2 years after the end of the war, which was from September 2, 1947 through March 2, 1948. Cayce was once again correct. When President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan on April 3, 1948, granting $5 billion in aid to 16 European nations, it ultimately resulted in a post-World War II economic boom. The post-1948 West German recovery has been called the German economic miracle. The U.S. emerged much richer than any other nation after the war and by 1950 its gross domestic product per person was much higher than that of any of the other powers and it dominated the world economy.
8. America will maintain the “balance of power” in the world
In 1935, after many predictions about the economic recovery, Cayce predicted that the troublesome “breaking up” events in Europe (conflict between Germany, Spain, France, England, Italy and others which destroyed the League of Nations, would drive a boom to recovery in many directions in America. He foresaw that greater and greater amounts of foreign capital which came into the U.S. for parking in a safe haven and as a growing demand for war materials. On April 28, 1936, Cayce predicted that America would become what Roosevelt later figuratively termed the “arsenal of democracy“:
(Q) “Will you comment on the present trends of events in Europe that will most affect conditions in this country, and what the effects here are likely to be during the next few months?” (A) “… the whole of Europe may be said to be looking rather to America for a security in the monetary activities of new associations in world influence in this direction. The activities from Russia or the Asiatic relationships present rather a different condition, yet the very fact that there will be more and more the attempts through the Italian, the Spanish, the English for their investments, is the greater reason why America must remain — as it were — the balance of power in not only the money forces of the world but those influences that will later be for the manning of those powers where greater destructive forces will arise in those portions of the world.” [Edgar Cayce reading 261-21]
9. The day of Cayce’s own death
According to Jess Stern’s book about Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet, Cayce’s own readings repeatedly warned that if he “read” more than twice a day, he would disintegrate. But because Cayce would receive thousands of requests for help, arriving at the rate of fifteen hundred a day, he would ignore these warnings and people with readings anyway. Many letters were from mothers who were worried about their sons fighting in the far corners of the earth. Cayce had two sons in the war and sympathized with them greatly. But Cayce could not turn from anybody. Often he undertook seven or eight readings a day. As he helplessly looked at the huge mailbag, crammed every day with fresh appeals, he would lie down with a sigh, and pray that something would come through. But by the fall of 1944, Cayce’s final readings warned him that the time had come for him to stop working and rest. On August 28, 1944, in a reading for himself, Cayce was advised to get out the office and stay for awhile at a nearby nursing home.
(Q) “How can the body best free himself of worry and anxiety concerning the office routine?” (A) “Get out of the office!” (Q) “Would it be well for me to go to Roanoke, Virginia?…” (A) “You can get all of these treatments there…” (Q) “How long should I stay?” (A) “Until you are well or dead one!” [Edgar Cayce reading 294-211]
Restless at home, and with each day’s bag of mail staring at him accusingly, Cayce went to the nursing home. By now he could neither sleep to read by, nor to rest. The vital energies were slipping away. On September 17, 1944, Cayce continued to be tired, frazzled, and worn out. A reading for himself reiterated the same message:
(Q) “Would you advise us staying on here in Roanoke for a while?” (A) “Stay on until you are well or dead one, as has been given.” [Edgar Cayce reading 294-212]
In time, the man who seemed to know everything when asleep, could no longer go to sleep. His weary body and mind would no longer respond to his suggestion. In late November, as thin as a wraith, he returned home to spend his last days, and would tell visitors cheerfully, “It is all arranged. I am to be healed on Friday, the 5th of January.” His friends understood what he meant. On January 1, 1945, Cayce announced that he would be buried in four more days. His funeral was on Friday, the 5th of January. Cayce was elsewhere were his true healing would occur. He was sixty-seven when he died of pulmonary edema.
In April of 1926, nearly twenty years before his death, Cayce had a dream which he interpreted to be the way he would die. In his dream, he visualized himself immersed in a tub of hot water. Two weeks before his death, his doctor warned him that he was in danger of “strangling to death” of pulmonary edema. This was yet another prediction that proved to be true.
10. The deaths of FDR and JFK before great social unrest
On June 16, 1939, while giving a reading on “the mass thought of the American nation, its ideals, principles and purposes,” Cayce predicted two U.S. Presidents who would die while in office before “mob rule” would break out involving disputes between capitalists and labor in America including racial turmoil:
“All of these are problems in America today, as well as that of religious thought, religious principles, racial concern — which are mass as well as individual and group thought. And these as they are stressed become more and more of a problem… Ye are to have turmoils — ye are to have strifes between capital and labor. Ye are to have a division in thine own land before there is the second of the Presidents that next will not live through his office — a mob rule!” (Q) “Are capital and labor fulfilling their responsibility toward each other? Where does the basic fault lie and what attitude should we take in correcting this condition?” (A) “Who is to judge one against another? As has been indicated, so long as there are disputes among labor, capital need not fear. When labor becomes a united effort, capital may fear. As to the fault, and the attitude — in that same principle that he that labors may eat, he that labors not may not eat. These are principles; and, to be sure, capital labors as well as he that worketh with the hands. But not to the detriment of, but to the united effort of all to be a greater channel of service.” (Q) “What should be our attitude toward the Negro, and how may we best work out the karma created in relations with him?” (A) “He is thy brother! They that produced, they that brought servitude without thought or purpose have created that which they must meet within their own principles, their own selves. These should be taken in the attitude of their own individual fitness, as in every other form of associations. For He hath made of one blood the nations of the earth.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-2]
The two Presidents who died in office after Cayce gave this prophecy were President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President John F. Kennedy. President Roosevelt died in office in April 1945. In November 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, when racial tensions and race riots in the United States were just beginning to boil in the 1960s. Cayce is affirming that unless there is more give and take, consideration by capitalists for those workers who produce, with better division of the excess profits from labor, there must be greater turmoil in the land. Also, after the JFK assassination. President Johnson greatly increased American involvement in the Vietnam War which led to massive social unrest in the 60’s which can be described as a struggle between the capitalist, military industrial complex, versus the working class. Cayce’s reading on this subject was an excellent vision of the racial and Vietnam social unrest of the 60’s.
11. The establishment of the United Nations in 1944-1945
Cayce was clear about America being the world’s balance of power established upon principles of secular democratic ideas fused with older spiritual values. On August 13, 1941, Cayce gave a reading for a woman who was seeking guidance because she felt that a new life of service to humanity was calling her and she wanted definite information as to just what this work was. In the reading Cayce said:
“For, with those changes that will be wrought, Americanism – the ism – with the universal thought that is expressed and manifested in the brotherhood of man into group thought, as expressed by the Masonic Order, will be the eventual rule in the settlement of affairs in the world. Not that the world is to become a Masonic order, but the principles that are embraced in same will be the basis upon which the new order of peace is to be established in ’44 and ’45.” [Edgar Cayce reading 1152-11]
Freemasonry is a spiritual force which seeks to improve men morally and spiritually by associating with other idealistic men who want to improve the quality of life around them by means of teaching its members the principles involved in attaining a universal brotherhood of man which emphasizes the Fatherhood of God. The principal purposes of the Fraternity are to develop brotherly love and respect for truth, not the truths of scientific facts or history, but the truths which guide a man to live happily and harmoniously with his fellow man. For that reason Masonic meetings do not permit the introduction of discussions about sectarian religious differences or partisan political opinions. Freemasonry is an educational organization where Masons learn and teach the truths of morality, justice, patriotism, and the necessity of brotherly love to achieve those universal ideals.
George Washington, the first U.S. President and Royal Arch Degree Grand Master Mason, said of Freemasonry, “The grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.” The fact that many signers of the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons is evidence that America was founded on principles of Freemasonry.
After World War II ended in September of 1945, the only “new order of peace” which Cayce said in 1941 would be established in “1944 and 1945” that “will be the eventual rule in the settlement of affairs in the world” was the United Nations (UN). The UN was formulated and negotiated in 1944 among the delegations from the Allied Big Four (the Soviet Union, the UK, the U.S. and China) at the Dumbarton Oaks Conference. The UN is an intergovernmental organization to promote international co-operation and is a replacement for the ineffective League of Nations. The UN officially came into existence on October 24, 1945 after World War II to prevent another such conflict. The Preamble to the UN Charter is as follows (condensed):
We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom. And for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples… and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.
To see how accurately Cayce’s prediction that a United Nations organization would be established upon the principles of Freemasonry, I compared the entire answer to the question, “What are the Masons?” with the UN Charter using special software and discovered they shared these same keywords:
Cayce’s prediction about the United Nations couldn’t be more clear.
12. India’s independence from Britain
On January 15, 1932, Cayce predicted Europe would be “a house broken up” and that Britain is losing India to non-resistance in a reference perhaps to Mahatma Gandhi:
(Q) “From the general trend of events, what is to be expected in the struggle between Great Britain and India?” (A) “Great Britain is losing an excellent fight. Non-resistance is hard to be broken!! [Mahatma Gandhi] As to whether those peoples will remain, or whether the prayers and supplications of others will be with those, depends upon individuals.” (Q) “What can be expected in the trend of events in the political and economic conditions in Europe?” (A) “Europe is as a house broken up.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-8]
“Through the clear channel of his subconscious he peered down the corridors of time into the troubled international scene, describing the future of the Soviet Union, China, Japan, England, the United States. He (Cayce) foresaw England losing India, when nobody else did; he saw a free India unloved, because it was unloving.”
In 1932, the British controlled Indian government granted untouchables separate electorates for which Gandhi protested by embarking on a six-day fast on September 20, 1932, while he was imprisoned. The resulting public outcry successfully forced the government to adopt an equitable arrangement. This was the start of a new campaign by Gandhi to improve the lives of the untouchables. Gandhi famously led Indians in challenging the British rule through non-violent resistance and later in calling for India’s independence from Britain in 1942. Gandhi’s vision of an independent India was based on religious pluralism. Eventually, in August 15, 1947, Britain granted India independence — more than fifteen years after Cayce’s predicted it would happen.
13. Predictions of human origins which later proved accurate
Cayce was far ahead of paleontologists on some of subjects. It took nearly 73 years for the predominance of evidence from around the world to prove Cayce correct in his claim that the human species is tens of million years old. According to Cayce, about 10.5 million years A.D., the first ape-like humans came down from the trees, formed into family groups, lived in caves, and began to become more human than ape. Cayce identified this time period as the time when souls (i.e., fallen angels) from heaven began to gradually possess the bodies of apes to become the human race — a time the Bible says was when the “sons of God” mated with the “daughters of humans”:
Bible: “When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.’ The Nephilim (their offspring) were on the earth in those days — and also afterward — when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.” (Genesis 6:1-4)
On May 28, 1925, Cayce gave a reading “regarding the information of the first laws concerning man’s relations to the Higher Forces” and stated that 10.5 million years ago there were 133 million human souls on earth:
“Now, as we see, as given, how and what the classifications were of the physical in the earth’s plane at that period, the numbers then of human souls in the earth plane being a hundred and thirty and three million (133,000,000) souls. The beginning then of the understanding of laws as applied from man’s viewpoint being in this second rule in the country now Egypt… The period in the world’s existence from the present time being ten and one-half million (10,500,000) years, and the changes that have come in the earth’s plane many have risen in the lands. Many lands have disappeared, many have appeared and disappeared again and again during these periods, gradually changing as the condition became to the relative position of the earth with the other spheres through which man passes in this solar system.” [Edgar Cayce reading 5748-2]
On July 17, 1925, Cayce gave a reading for a man concerning his relationship with “the Universal forces” and his past lives which extended 10 million years into the past:
“In this we find the entity developed much and gave much to the peoples who were to succeed in this land, and in the ruins as are found that have arisen, in the mounds and caves in the northwestern portion of New Mexico, may be seen some of the drawings the entity then made. Some ten million years ago.” [Edgar Cayce reading 2665-2]
The chimpanzee–human last common ancestor (CHLCA) is the last common ancestor shared by the extant Homo (human) and Pan (chimpanzee) genera of Hominini. Originally, protein studies in the 1970s suggested the CHLCA was less than 8 million years in age. Genetic methods based on orangutan-human and gibbon-human last common ancestor (LCA) times were then used to estimate a CHLCA of 5 to 7 million years. Later, Vincent Sarich concluded that the CHLCA was no greater than 8 million years in age, with a favored range between 4 and 6 million years before present. Since the 1990s, the estimate has again been pushed towards more remote times, because studies have found evidence for a slowing of the molecular clock as apes evolved from a common monkey-like ancestor with monkeys, and humans evolved from a common ape-like ancestor with non-human apes. Then, in December of 1998, a scholarly paper was published entitled, “Molecular timing of primate divergences as estimated by two nonprimate calibration points“, that through the use of mitochondrial DNA, it has been established that the date of the divergence between Pan (chimpanzee) and Homo (human) is 10-13 million yearsbefore present (MYBP) and that the date of the divergence between Gorilla and the Pan/Homo linage is approximately 17 MYBP. It appears that Cayce’s reading of human origins beginning approximately 10.5 million years ago is accurate.
14. The Essene community and the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Essenes were a sect of Second Temple Judaism that flourished from the 200 BC to 100 AD. The Essenes are not mentioned in the Bible; but people in Cayce’s day would have known about them from the classical writings of Josephus, Philo, and Pliny the Elder. Josephus gave a detailed account of the Essenes in “The Jewish War” (c. 75 AD) claiming first hand knowledge, he lists them as one of the three sects of Jewish philosophy alongside the Pharisees and the Sadducees. He relates the same information concerning piety, celibacy, the absence of personal property and of money, the belief in communality, and commitment to a strict observance of Sabbath. He further adds that the Essenes ritually immersed in water every morning, ate together after prayer, devoted themselves to charity and benevolence, forbade the expression of anger, studied the books of the elders, preserved secrets, and were very mindful of the names of the angels kept in their sacred writings. Pliny the Elder relates in a few lines that the Essenes do not marry, possess no money, and had existed for thousands of generations. Unlike Philo, who did not mention any particular geographical location of the Essenes other than the whole land of Israel, Pliny places them next to the Dead Sea.
Some modern scholars and archaeologists have argued that the Essenes inhabited the settlement at Qumran, a plateau in the Judean Desert along the Dead Sea, citing Pliny the Elder in support, and giving credence that the Dead Sea Scrolls are the product of the Essenes. This theory, though not yet conclusively proven, has come to dominate the scholarly discussion and public perception of the Essenes (Ellegard, 1999).
Yet, during the 1930s and early 40s, Cayce correctly described the Essene community and its specific location many years before the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. He revealed information concerning Palestine about people who were told they had past lives together during the life and times of Jesus. While the word “Essene” is never used in the Qumran texts (the Dead Sea Scrolls), most scholars accept that the Qumran sect were either identical or closely related to the Essenes of these classical authors. Nevertheless, the Dead Sea Scrolls were not discovered until 1947, so Cayce could not have been influenced by these authors.
The Cayce readings affirm that Jesus, his mother Mary, and Joseph were affiliated with an Essene community based on Mount Carmel, which was a continuation of a “school of the prophets” begun by Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, and ultimately Melchizedek. On May 20, 1941, Cayce was asked a question inspired by H. Spencer Lewis‘ theory that the Essenes were a Palestinian branch of the Great White Brotherhood in Egypt whose purpose was to prepare for the coming of the messiah. (Lewis, 324):
(Q) “What is the correct meaning of the term ‘Essene’?” (A) “Expectancy.” (Q) “Was the main purpose of the Essenes to raise up people who would be fit channels for the birth of the Messiah who later would be sent out into the world to represent their Brotherhood?” (A) “The individual preparation was the first purpose. The being sent out into the world was secondary. Only a very few held to the idea of the realization in organization, other than that which would come with the Messiah’s pronouncements.” (Q) “Were the Essenes called at various times and places Nazarites, School of the Prophets, Hasidees, Therapeutae, Nazarenes, and were they a branch of the Great White Brotherhood, starting in Egypt and taking as members Gentiles and Jews alike?” (A) “In general, yes. Specifically, not altogether. They were known at times as some of these; or the Nazarites were a branch or thought of same, see? Just as in the present one would say that any denomination by name is a branch of the Christian — Protestant faith, see? … The movement was not an Egyptian one, though adopted by those in another period — or an earlier period — and made a part of the whole movement. They took Jews and Gentiles alike as members — yes.” [Edgar Cayce reading 254-109]
Cayce mentioned the Essenes in 171 different readings and revealed a lot of interesting information about them. Although Cayce was not consciously aware of it, while in a trance he confirmed what a number of occult gospels had written about the Essenes. For example, that Jesus and John the Baptist were members of the Essenes, and hence, members of the Great White Brotherhood. Typical themes include white robes (mentioned by Josephus), mastery of the healing arts (Philo’s observation that they cared for the sick), and a quasi-Masonic hierarchy (an extrapolation from Josephus’ comment that their order consisted of four classes). On June 27, 1937, Cayce gave a reading which said the Essenes were:
“…students of what ye would call astrology, numerology, phrenology, and those phases of the study of the return of individuals, or incarnation…” [Edgar Cayce reading 5749-8]
On November 6, 1937, Cayce mentioned the Essenes would record experiences of:
“…the supernatural or out of the ordinary experiences; whether in dreams, visions. voices, or what not.” [Edgar Cayce reading 1472-1]
On June 21, 1942, Cayce revealed that white-robed Essenes were mistaken for angels during the Annunciation to Mary, the mother of Jesus, an event mentioned in Luke 1:26-38 where Mary is made known she will give birth to the Christ child. According to Cayce:
“This was a part of that group of Essenes who, headed by Judy, made those interpretations of those activities from the Egyptian experience — as the Temple Beautiful, and the service in the Temple of Sacrifice. Hence it was in this consecrated place where this selection took place.” [Edgar Cayce reading 1010-17]
Cayce’s readings on the Essenes also revealed how the Essenes made the arrangements for the Christ child and his family for their flight into Egypt; and how they supervised Jesus’ resurrection which they accomplished through their advanced healing arts.
15. The return of the Jews to the nation of Israel
In 1933, Cayce advised the Jews to regard the advent of fascist anti-Semitism in Europe as the time to fulfill the biblical prophecy which foretold that the Jews would return to Israel. On November 4, 1933, in one particularly controversial passage, Cayce suggested that the Jews had wandered “far afield, and their rebelliousness and their seeking into the affairs of others has rather brought them into their present position,” and made reference to the fulfillment of end time Bible prophecy concerning “the beginning of the return that must come throughout the earth” referring to the return of the Jews to their homeland in Palestine:
(Q) “Analyze Hitler’s attitude towards the Jews.” (A) “When the character of those that have received, in a manner, their dictations — or the dictates of the activity of the director in affairs — is considered, then it will be understood how that this is but that diction which was given of old; and how that those peoples though they were called — have wandered far afield, and their rebelliousness and their seeking into the affairs of others has rather brought them into their present position. Read they not that which has been given? ‘When ye forsake my ways ye shall be scattered, ye shall be without those things that would bring ye into the knowledge — until that time is fulfilled.’ Hence the attitude that is assumed is rather a fulfillment of that prophecy that has been made, and is the beginning of the return that must come throughout the earth.” (Q) “What should become of the Jews?” (A) “They should harken to that call given of old. Their gathering together in their own land.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-13]
Cayce’s reading affirmed that Hitler’s treatment of the Jews would be the fulfillment of Bible prophecy of a time when the Jews would return to their homeland and the nation of Israel be re-established. These prophecies were fulfilled on May 14, 1948, when the British Mandate for Palestine ended and a Jewish state in Israel was reestablished after almost 2,000 years. There are several end time prophecies regarding the reestablishment of Israel; and one of them was give by Jesus in the Bible:
Bible: “‘Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’ He told them this parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.'” (Luke 21:24-32)
On June 5, 1967, during the Six-Day War against its Arab neighbors, Israeli forces captured Arab-controlled East Jerusalem thereby ending “Gentile” control over Jerusalem and fulfilling Jesus’ prophecy of Luke 21:24-32. Along with this prophecy associated with Jesus’ return, he mentions astronomical “signs” in the sun, moon and stars; and world anxiety over the ocean’s strange behavior and threats from outer space. Jesus said this will be the time of his return. According to Cayce expert, Robert Grant, in his book, “Edgar Cayce on Angels, Archangels, and the Unseen Forces,” the “generation” which Jesus said “will not pass away until these things have happened,” according to Cayce, is a group of souls who are reincarnating to help fulfill the earth’s spiritual destiny — the reuniting in consciousness of humanity with God.
16. The discovery of land from Atlantis off the U.S. coast
According to Wikipedia, the “location hypotheses of Atlantis” are various proposed real-world settings for the legendary island of Atlantis, described as a lost civilization mentioned in Plato‘s dialogues Timaeus and Critias, written about 360 B.C. In these dialogues, a character named Critias claims that an island called Atlantis was swallowed by the sea about 9,200 years previously. According to the dialogues, this story was passed down to him through his grandfather, Dropides, who in turn got it from Solon, the famous Athenian lawmaker who got the story from an Egyptian sanctuary. Plato’s dialogues locate the island in the Atlantic Pelagos “Atlantic Sea”, “in front of” the Pillars of Hercules, a location that some modern Atlantis researchers associate with modern Gibraltar; however various locations have been proposed.
According to Cayce, the lost continent of Atlantis was located from the Gulf of Mexico to Gibraltar and was destroyed in a final catastrophic event circa 10,000 BC. — information which agrees with Plato’s account. Cayce revealed that new land will appear in 1968 and 1969 off the east coast of North America, the so-called “rising of Atlantis.” On December 20, 1933, Cayce was asked about a person’s past life in Atlantis which prompted him to give a prediction about where parts of Atlantis would be discovered:
“A portion of the temples may yet be discovered, under the slime of ages of sea water – near what is known as Bimini, off the coast of Florida. And in the temple records that were in Egypt, where the entity later acted in cooperation with others in preserving the records that came from the land where these had been kept.” [Edgar Cayce reading 440-5]
Then on June 28, 1940, Cayce gave a reading which mentioned when parts of Atlantis would be discovered:
“And Poseidia will be among the first portions of Atlantis to rise again. Expect it in sixty-eight and sixty-nine (1968 and 1969); not so far away!” [Edgar Cayce reading 958-3]
On September 3, 1968, in The Florida Times-Union, a Jacksonville newspaper, an article entitled Do Bahamas Hold Clue To Atlantis Legend? by Bill Middleton, described how a Miami archaeologist, Dr. J. Manson Valentine, was reported to have said he had discovered in Bahamian waters and ancient “temple” he thought might be part of the legendary lost continent of Atlantis. The archeologist based his information partly upon Cayce’s prediction that parts of Atlantis would begin to reappear in 1968 and that the first appearance would be that of a temple in the waters near Bimini.
Cayce maintained that Atlantis was an ancient civilization that was technologically superior to even our own. He said the Atlantians had constructed giant laser-like crystals for power plants, and that these were responsible for the second destruction of the land. Cayce blamed the final destruction of Atlantis and the disintegration of their culture on greed and lust. But before the legendary land disappeared under the waves, Cayce revealed that there was an exodus of many Atlanteans to ancient Egypt. Cayce attributed the Biblical Great Flood of Noah to be a result of the sinking of the last huge remnants of Atlantis. According to Cayce, a vast number of souls who lived past lives in Atlantis have been incarnating to America for a long time now to usher in a new era of enlightened human consciousness. In all, Cayce referred to Atlantis no fewer than 700 times over a span of twenty years. For more information about Cayce and Atlantis, read this article entitled, “Atlantis and the Edgar Cayce Readings.”
17. Religious freedom would come to the Soviet Union
The Soviet Union was established in 1922 by the Bolsheviks and became the first nation to have, as an ideological objective, the elimination of religion and its replacement with universal atheism. The communist regime confiscated religious property, ridiculed religion, harassed believers, and propagated atheism in schools. The confiscation of religious assets was often based on accusations of illegal accumulation of wealth. In the period from 1922 to 1926, 28 Russian Orthodox bishops and more than 1,200 priests were killed. Many more were persecuted. It was within this context that Cayce gave a reading on February 8, 1932, for a “plan for establishing peace on earth and good will among men” and predicted a strong religious movement would come out of Russia:
(Q) “What should be the attitude of so-called capitalist nations toward Russia?” (A) “On Russia’s religious development will come the greater hope of the world. Then that one, or group, that is the closer in its relationships, may fare the better in the gradual changes and final settlement of conditions as to the rule of the world.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-10]
On November 29, 1932, Cayce again predicted a Russian revolution of religious freedom:
“..for changes are coming, this may be sure – an evolution, or revolution, in the ideas of religious thought. The basis of it for the world will eventually come out of Russia; not communism, no but rather that which is the basis of the same, as the Christ taught – his kind of communism!” [Edgar Cayce reading 452-6]
During World War II, more open expression of Christian beliefs was permitted when the Soviet government sought the support of Christians in the fight against fascism, but restrictions were reimposed when the war ended. But in the 1980s, under the reformist regime of Mikhail Gorbachev, a policy of “glasnost” (openness) allowed for greater toleration for the open practice of religion. The subsequent dissolution of the Soviet Union on December 25, 1991, made religious freedom a reality and revealed that large sections of the population had continued to practice a variety of faiths. Indeed, Russian nationalists who emerged beginning in the 1990s identified the Russian Orthodox Church as a major element of Russian culture. As Cayce predicted, the resulting freedom to practice religion released a flood of Russian spirituality. Gorbachev’s policies of glasnost did indeed become the greater hope of the world as Cayce foresaw.
18. The collapse of communism and the Soviet Union
Edgar Cayce gave 29 readings from 1921 to 1944 that have been grouped together as “World Affairs Readings” since the requestors were seeking to better understand the events happening around them from a global perspective. Some of these readings were about the future of the Soviet Union. On June 22, 1944, Cayce predicted freedom would come to Russia, instead of Communism, that would result in Russia becoming the hope of the world:
“What then of nations? In Russia there comes the hope of the world, not as that sometimes termed of the communistic, of the Bolshevistic; no. But freedom, freedom! that each man will live for his fellow man! The principle has been born. It will take years for it to be crystallized, but out of Russia comes again the hope of the world.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-29]
This reading suggests that it is the Russian people’s concern for their fellow man that is the basis for this hope. Cayce’s words, despite all disbelief, were fulfilled on December 25, 1991, when the Soviet Union dissolved as a nation, abandoned Communism, thus ending the decades long Cold War.
19. An alliance between the Soviet Union and the U.S.
Cayce foresaw that the Soviet Union would one day become America’s ally. Russia, he said, would be guided by friendship with the United States. The Soviet Union’s attempt to rule “not only the economic, but the mental and spiritual life” of its people was doomed to failure. On February 8, 1932, Cayce was asked:
(Q) “Should the United States recognize the present government in Russia?” (A) “Many conditions should be considered, were this to be answered correctly. You could say yes and no, and both be right, with the present attitude of both peoples as a nation, and both be wrong; for there is to come, there will come, an entire change in the attitude of both nations as powers in the financial and economical world. As for those of raw resources, Russia surpasses all other nations. As for abilities for development of same, those in the United States are the farthest ahead. Then these united, or upon an equitable basis, would become — or could become — powers; but there are many interferences for those already investments, those already under questions, will take years to settle.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-10]
Cayce suggested that an equitable partnership between the Soviet Union and the United States could become beneficial for both as the Soviet Union possesses more raw resources than any other nation and the U.S. has better abilities to develop those resources. Then on June 22, 1944, Cayce again mentioned a future friendship between Russia and the U.S.:
“…out of Russia comes again the hope of the world. Guided by what? That friendship with the nation that hath even set on its present monetary unit “In God We Trust… In the application of these principles, in those forms and manners in which the nations of the earth have and do measure to those in their activities” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-29]
From November 1985 through 1988, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev met for several important groundbreaking summits that led to a thawing of Cold War tensions, brought sweeping arms control reductions, and resulted in a friendship between Reagan and Gorbachev such that Reagan said to reporters, just outside the Kremlin, that he no longer thought of the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.” Just after the November 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall, in December 2, 1989, President George H. W. Bush met with Gorbachev in a conference on the Mediterranean island of Malta. Though no agreements were signed, the meeting was viewed largely as being an important one; when asked about nuclear war, Gorbachev responded that the Soviet Union would never start a hot war against the U.S. and would like their relations with the U.S. to develop in such a way that they would open greater possibilities for cooperation. The meeting was received as a very important step to the end of the Cold War. Another summit was held in July 1991, where the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) was signed by Bush and Gorbachev in Moscow. The treaty took nine years in the making and was the first major arms agreement since the signing of the Intermediate Ranged Nuclear Forces Treaty by Reagan and Gorbachev in 1987. START reduced strategic nuclear weapons of both nations by about 35% over seven years, and the Soviet Union’s land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles would be cut by 50%. After the dissolution of the USSR on December 25, 1991, President Bush and Gorbachev declared a U.S.-Russian strategic partnership, marking the end of the Cold War. Cayce’s vision of U.S. and Russian friendship was fulfilled.
20. The shift of the Earth’s poles around the millennium
On January 19, 1934, Cayce gave a reading regarding future spiritual, mental and physical changes coming to the earth regarding a shift in the world’s magnetic poles during a time period of 1958 to 1998:
“…there will be shifting then of the poles — so that where there has been those of a frigid or the semi-tropical will become the more tropical, and moss and fern will grow. And these will begin in those periods in ’58 to ’98, when these will be proclaimed as the periods when His light will be seen again in the clouds. As to times, as to seasons, as to places, alone is it given to those who have named the name – and who bear the mark of those of His calling and His election in their bodies. To them it shall be given.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-15]
Cayce’s prediction of a magnetic pole anomaly occurred in 1998. According to a 2002 NASA Jet Propulsion laboratory article, in 1998 something changed the Earth’s gravitational field which moved the magnetic poles closer together possibly due to climate change. The NASA article explained that as the ice on the poles melted, ocean currents moved water toward the equator, which factors researchers believe to be partly responsible, in conjunction with shifts in atmospheric patterns, for this ongoing shift in the Earth’s magnetic field. This NASA finding affirms Cayce’s prediction of a pole shift. On August 11, 1936, Cayce indicated that the pole shift would become apparent in 2000 to 2001:
(Q) “What great change or the beginning of what change, if any, is to take place in the earth in the year 2,000 to 2,001 A.D.? (A) “When there is a shifting of the poles; or a new cycle begins.” [Edgar Cayce reading 826-8]
According to a 2011 GlobalRumblings Blog post, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) maintains a data set of annual magnetic north pole coordinates going back to the year 1590, noting that there has been lots of reporting of pole shift lately, to the point where the phenomenon is actually causing real-world issues such as temporary airport closures. Since 1860, the magnetic pole shift has more than doubled every 50 years. That is pretty significant. It’s alarming to discover the amount of pole shift just since the last 50 years. From the time period of 2000 through 2010, the magnetic north pole has shifted nearly half of the total distance of the past 50 years! In other words, the pole shift has apparently sped up substantially. And during the past 150 years, the pole shift has been in the same direction. According to the data set, during the year 2000 the magnetic north pole actually shifted more than 70 kilometers. In 2003, BBC News published an article entitled “Is the Earth preparing to flip?” which mentioned how some researchers think the behavior of the Earth’s magnetic field may presage a geomagnetic reversal when the north and south magnetic poles flip. A 2017 article, “Are the Earth’s Magnetic Poles About to Flip?” makes an even stronger case.
And the Earth’s magnetic field is now getting weaker. According to a NOVA PBS program entitled “Magnetic Storm“, according to university studies, the rate of change in the Earth’s magnetic field is greater over the last 300 years than it has been for any time in the past 5,000 years. It’s going from a strong magnetic field down to a weak magnetic field, and it’s doing it very quickly. And the rate of decline is increasing. In just a few centuries it could be gone altogether leaving the Earth vulnerable to the sun’s destructive radioactive magnetic storms.
The NOVA show revealed that the shift has indeed begun in the South Atlantic Ocean region, between Africa and South America. Here the north-south polarity is fluctuating back and forth, weakening the shield against solar radiation. During the pole shift process, the planet’s electromagnetic shield will no longer channel the solar winds to our current poles, where few people live. The Northern and Southern lights are a result of radiation moving to the poles. Since radiation causes many problems, the weakening of the shield is a concern. A weak magnetic shield also means that the Northern and Southern lights will be seen all around the planet, even along the equator making a beautiful display of lights in the night sky. This may be why Cayce links the pole shifting to “when His light will be seen again in the clouds” — a reference to the “signs in the sky” prophecy given by Jesus in Luke 21:25 concerning his Second Coming — which we will cover later in this article. Whether it’s recent increases in the Earth’s pole shift and anomalies, or decreasing magnetic field, or increasing dangers from the sun’s magnetic storms, Cayce’s prediction of pole shift is clearly accurate.
21. Psychic phenomena will be scientifically provable before 1989
On September 25, 1939, Cayce gave a reading predicting that within 50 years (ending 1989) psychic phenomena will become just as acceptable and provable as physics:
(Q) “Will psychic phenomena ever, or within say 50 years, be accepted and provable on directly scientific measurements; that is on meters (instruments) and mathematics? If not, why?” (A) “When there is the same interest or study given to things or phases of mental and spiritual phenomena as has been and is given to the materialized or material phenomena, then it will become just as practical, as measurable, as meter-able, as any other phase of human experience. Ye did it before! Ye used it correctly, – even though the whole world was against you: Would you again?” [Edgar Cayce reading 2012-1]
Concerning scientifically proving psychic phenomena, Cayce said in archaic language, “Ye did it before! Ye used it correctly, – even though the whole world was against you” suggesting psychic phenomena was already scientifically proven in the past — before 1939 — but was worldwidely rejected. The study of physics and the study of consciousness converged around the beginning of the 20th century with the beginning of quantum mechanics which ultimately led to the study of quantum consciousness. Quantum mechanics gradually arose from breakthroughs by Max Planck in 1900 and Albert Einstein in 1905 paper which offered a quantum-based theory to explain the properties of light. Early quantum theory was profoundly reconceived in the mid-1920s. Later work by David Bohm, described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century, who developed the “holomovement” in quantum mechanics in 1980 which led to the creation of the holographic principle in 1995. In the same year, 1995, the holographic principle was incorporated into string theory which has emerged as the leading candidate of the ultimate theory of the universe. Cayce mentioned “the whole world was against” him, which could be a reference to the fact that Bohm was persecuted in 1949 during the McCarthy era, was arrested, suspended from Princeton University, and deported to Brazil. In his day, Bohm’s theories were considered “unorthodox”. Cayce was right that, at one time, it seemed the whole world was against David Bohm.
Closely related to his ability to read science well in advance of its practitioners, Cayce astutely predicted the broad stream of the technological future. He was able to fully describe the major technology industries which would drive the development of the American economy after World War II. Consistently, 10 to 30 years in advance of the economy, while ideas were still in their novelty stage, Cayce advised his clients to focus on all aspects of radio, telegraphy, telephones, communications and electronics industries which were associated with war products, deluxe fine furniture cabinetry for electronic products, composite woods and molded materials, and plastic resins. For example, a man named David Kahn, Cayce’s best friend, made millions of dollars with this information. The following are Cayce’s most astute prophecies on science and technology:
a. The existence of the long economic cycle
On September 8, 1931, Cayce gave a reading describing a long term economic cycle of 24 to 25 years which predicts depressions and major recessions:
(Q) “When will be the peak of the next period of general business prosperity, and the bottom of the next period of general business depression?” (A) “As the cycles come and go, these may be judged much for the future as they have been in the past. There is, as has been seen, those general periods — going back, as we find, the greatest depression as arose from ordinary causes. Those in the present are out of the ordinary, for they are the combinations of both wrath, oppression and sin, in the one nearer akin, as we find, in 1907. Hence a cycle seen — this, then, of the greater next depression, would be another cycle, or a seven (7), which comprises — as is seen — near to twenty-four to twenty-five (24 to 25) years. This, you see, makes the combination of peak made — oppression or depression, also of business.” [Edgar Cayce reading 282-3]
According to Cayce, starting with a base year of 1907, every 24th or 25th year precisely describes an economic downturn. Based on Cayce’s definition, assuming a 25-year cycle, the major economic downturns were forecast for the years 1932, 1957, 1982, and 2007. The next major economic downturn in a 25-year cycle will be the year 2032. The cycle does not describe all of the downturns but it definitely describes the worst downturns.
According to Cayce scholar, Michael Mandeville, in his book “Return of the Phoenix” (Volume 2), Cayce seems to be saying that there is a seven-year cycle which, in combination with other factors, makes a longer term cycle of 24 to 25 years. I cannot understand what Cayce is saying about a seven-year cycle but his projection about a 25-year cycle of depressions is pretty clear. Will we find them in the records? The answer is an unequivocal yes. The year Cayce references is 1907, which is not a bad pick but 1908 is better. A recessionary period started in 1907 and the GDP actually contracted in 1908 by 8%, a true “depression”. The next year it was up. Thus 1908 is the bottom year. There were two other contractions in the GDP between 1909 and 1930, but they were each smaller, which seems to correspond to Cayce’s commentary. If we add or subtract 25 years to 1908 we get the following table. Since 1858, the cycle hasn’t missed a beat, though the 1958 and 1982 recessions did not result in an actual contraction of the overall economy, just a slow down to almost no growth.
These economic bad years are not by any means all of the depressions or recessions which have been recorded in the U.S. There were several other recessionary periods. Economists have defined many different cycles, and there are many schools of thought on the issues of economic cycles. A 24-year cycle has been identified, as well as 54, 50, 48 (Kondratieff Waves), 7, and 3 year cycles. None of them work perfectly in predicting economic events in any given year and all of the long range models by the economists and the statisticians are quite “sloppy” indeed. They vary by several years. This Cayce cycle doesn’t predict all downturns, but it definitely predicts the bottoms of some of them quite accurately.
b. The rise of the aviation and radio industries
Months after the October 1929 Stock Market Crash, on May 29, 1930, despite the deepening depression, Cayce gave a reading which predicted the industries which would become the next U.S. focus of industrial activity: those of the aerial nature: radio and aviation. At the time, both the commercial radio industry and commercial aviation industry were still widely regarded as commercially unproven toys:
(Q) “What industry is to become this country’s next source of activity?” (A) “Those of the aerial nature; that is, radio and its associations; aerial and its associations.” (Q) “What existing or new leader of industry is to come out of the future to stir the creative genius of this nation?” (A) “This has been given.” (Q) “Give advice regarding shares held in Western Union.” (A) “Hold to ’em!” (Q) “Give advice regarding shares held in Great Lakes Aircraft?“ (A) “Don’t dispose of them.” (Q) “Give advice as to future handling of contemplated purchase of Missouri & Kansas Pipe Line stock?” (A) “This we wouldn’t be too fast about.” (Q) “Will a change of the Divisional Headquarters of the Telegraph Co. from San Francisco to Los Angeles materialize next year?” (A) “Seems to be the year after. Thirty-two.” [Edgar Cayce reading 270-25]
Western Union was the first communications empire and set a pattern for American-style communications businesses as they are known today. Western Union is best-known for its business in the exchange of telegrams. By 1900, Western Union operated a million miles of telegraph lines and two international undersea cables. It first developed the intercity fax in 1935. The company continued to grow, acquiring more than 500 smaller competitors. Its monopoly power was almost complete in 1943 when it bought Postal Telegraph, Inc., its chief rival It developed commercial intercity microwave communications in 1943. In 1958, it began offering Telex service to customers in New York City. It became the first American telecommunications corporation to maintain its own fleet of geosynchronous communications satellites, starting in 1974. Western Union now as several divisions, with products such as person-to-person money transfer, money orders, business payments and commercial services. Cayce’s forecast of Western Union’s success certainly proved true.
Prior to 1927, the U.S. commercial radio industry was supervised by the Department of Commerce. Then, the Communications Act of 1934 created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). During the 1920s, commercial radio broadcasting in the U.S. was a fledgling industry until the October 1929 Stock Market Crash when all radio stocks tumbled significantly. During the 1930s, the CBS radio network developed a successful business model that made CBS the first to become one of the largest radio networks in the U.S., and eventually one of the Big Three American broadcast television networks.
The U.S. commercial aviation industry during the 1920s were sporadic and most airlines were focused on carrying bags of mail. In 1925, however, the Ford Motor Company began construction of the all-metal Ford Trimotor, which became the first successful American airliner. With a 12-passenger capacity, the Trimotor made passenger service potentially profitable. Air service was seen as a supplement to rail service in the American transportation network. At the same time, a crusade began to create an air network that would link America to the world through the Pan American World Airways airline, a fleet of flying boats that linked Los Angeles to Shanghai and Boston to London. Pan Am and Northwest Airways (which began flights to Canada in the 1920s) were the only U.S. airlines to go international before the 1940s. With the introduction of the Boeing 247 and Douglas DC-3 in the 1930s, the U.S. airline industry was generally profitable, even during the Great Depression. This trend continued until it was interrupted during the World War II years. Cayce’s prediction of the rise of U.S. industrial activity proved true.
c. The great influence of aviation upon the world
During the 1930’s Cayce told his clients to get out of rails and to get into the air. On February 13, 1933, he affirmed the most outstanding change would come to be airplane manufacturing and transportation industry:
(Q) “The belief is held that the aeroplane manufacturing and transportation industry will become the outstanding cornerstone to mark this country’s return to prosperity, just as the automobile industry did in 1921 and the radio activity did in 1925. Is this correct?” (A) “Partially so, yes. It may be given as the most outstanding change that would come…” [Edgar Cayce reading 270-30]
The “Jet Age” is a period in the history of aviation defined by the advent of aircraft powered by turbine engines, and by the social change this brought about. The British de Havilland Comet was the first jet airliner to fly (1949), the first in service (1952), and the first to offer a regular transatlantic service (1958). Jet airliners were able to fly much higher, faster, and further than older piston-powered propellers, making transcontinental and intercontinental travel considerably faster and easier.
On November 5, 1942, Cayce predicted that air transportation will become more and more the basis of all relationships with other nations, countries, as well as the internal or national activity:
(Q) “How, when and where should I associate myself with air transportation? If this is advised, please tell me something about the future of this business after hostilities cease.” (A) “This, to be sure — air transportation — will become more and more the basis of all relationships with other nations, countries, as well as the internal or national activity. Thus, all communications are a part of this activity.” [Edgar Cayce reading 416-17]
When the Boeing 707 began service on the New York to London route in 1958, this became the first year that more trans-Atlantic passengers traveled by air than by ship.
On June 2, 1944, Cayce predicted that “any town that has any name will eventually be on an airline” in another ten to twenty years and will replace the railroad even in its “badness”:
(Q) “Would I make any changes in my present work, if so when and through whom?” (A) “As has been indicated, there should be those tendencies towards expansions that must eventually, and will, be a part of the great changes which will come with the next two to three years when the present disturbances are more in accord, but there will come first some serious disturbances, not necessarily with this body, but in the general conditions. These still haven’t gotten away from Baltimore, and you needn’t get away from Norfolk or Virginia Beach, for any town that has any name will eventually be on an airline and when they’re off it’s as bad as being off the railroad (in another ten to twenty years).” [Edgar Cayce reading 416-18]
As of March 2010, there are around 5,200 general aviation airports in the U.S. that service civil aviation operations; and 560 scheduled commercial flight airports in the U.S. — for a total of 5,760 airports in the U.S. And as of 2013, the U.S. has a total of 3,144 counties and county equivalents. This means there is a ratio of 1.83 airports per U.S. county. That’s almost 2 airports per county in the U.S.. Cayce’s prediction that “any town that has any name will eventually be on an airline,” like it once was with the railroads, certainly came true.
d. The development of infrared technology for night vision
Humans normally see wavelengths from red to violet; but some creatures see frequencies on the outer edges of our visible light spectrum, namely infrared and ultraviolet. For example, eagles, hawks and owls perceive infrared frequencies — the energy waves created by heat. One of Cayce’s friends, Edwin Blumenthal, got an idea from a dream about fog-penetrating vision. But on December 7, 1925, Cayce gave a reading where he told him his approach wouldn’t work all that well. Instead the reading outlined a technology which was far ahead of its time, pointing directly to the concept of night vision. He correctly claimed it would be superior to any attempt to use artificial light to see in darkened conditions:
(Q) “The idea of inventing a fog penetrating lamp is one that I have in mind often. While thinking of this I saw an aeroplane fall to earth while in battle. The aeroplane had been trying to hide behind its own smoke screen, but the fog piercing lamp made it visible.” (A) “…this may be produced; yet… hindrances… for the refractory rays from such a light would act upon objects on which the rays were directed, in such a manner as to bring destructive forces in many; yea most, movable objects. The success of such a rays or light may be made perfect, when a better understanding is gained of what may be termed the night side of life… The night side, or invisible side, which is meant by night, the abilities to overcome with those rays as are found now in those invisible forces to the naked eye in that of the ultra violet and the red ray, raised to an nth degree in its brilliancy or refractory effect, see?” [Edgar Cayce reading 137-38]
Cayce was probably the first human being to describe the concept of infrared night vision which is now one of the mainstays of U.S. military superiority.
e. The union of the radio and telegraph industry
Cayce foresaw the rapid integration and expansion of the communication industry which would be driven by the new technology. The following reading, given on April 7, 1929, is an interesting one on the convergence of large communications companies. These mergers did indeed occur. Also, Cayce’s description of how varied channels of communications working in a more cooperative and structured manner has come to pass:
(Q) “Will the consolidations take place of the communications company as given in 1928, American Telephone & Telegraph – International Telephone & Telegraph?” (A) “These combinations in communicative forces, as has been give will take place. As to when, and how, consider the conditions as prevent such a coalition at this time. Not only are there some of the laws as concerning same to be changed, but many of the larger holdings are to be won over by death even. In these changes, then, these are to be a gradual change, and will come about much in the same way and manner as the various Express companies came under the direct correlation physically in one form. Not that wars alone are to produce same, but the rumors of many of same, making the necessity of communications in the varied fields to come under one supervision, will make physical coalition. As to when, in time – it may be years, but all of the varied channels of communication will work one with another, and thus the varied commodities in their various divisions – as has been given – will offer an opportunity of investments as for holdings; and as for speculative interest – both those of the air and of physical contact, meaning those of telegraph, telephone, as well as radio or radial operative forces – including International American, Western Union, Westinghouse, and Radio.” [Edgar Cayce reading 257-36]
Cayce’s April 1929 prophecy above, of the united activity of radio and the telegraph lines, was predicted to be fulfilled by 1939 in a reading given by Cayce on October 7, 1935:
“As we find by ’39 should be a fact – that is, the united activity of radio and the telegraph lines. This is indicated by the entrance into the field of activity through the radiograms from not only communications in the distant portions and from vessels, but from land communications that are being handled in much the same manner.” [Edgar Cayce reading 416-7]
By the end of the 1930’s the ITU had created the technical standards which allowed all forms of communication to inter-operate. In November 5, 1942, Cayce added:
“Thus, all communications are a part of this activity. This means not only radio and telegraph (for these must be eventually one) … but more and more the air as the greater means of communications. With more and more satellite communication facilities coming on line, even in the 1990’s, it is more and more the air.” [Edgar Cayce reading 416-17]
According to Cayce scholar, Michael Mandeville, in his book “Return of the Phoenix” (Volume 2), in 1934 the International Telegraph Union was transformed into the International Telecommunication Union. By the end of the 1930’s the ITU had created the technical standards which allowed all forms of communication to inter-operate and various companies and services began to experiment with inter-operability. Using wartime advances in radio communications, Western Union pioneered the first commercial intercity microwave system in 1945 and inaugurated an 11,000-mile transcontinental microwave system in 1964. The communication industries spawned the electronics and mass broadcast industries. These industries in turn directly created the computer and advanced telecommunication industries such as the internet. Cayce had the beginning direction for the long-term industrial future clearly pegged.
f. A successful technological investment strategy
Cayce had outlined a master investment strategy for his clients to which he added those sectors in the communications and electronics industries which were associated with war products. On October 7, 1935, Cayce gave a reading advising a client to invest in communications:
“…deal with the communications. Especially as to those relationships that must eventually come, and that as we find by ’39 should be a fact — that is, the united activity of Radio and the Telegraph lines. This is indicated by the entrance into the field of activity through the radiograms from not only communications in the distant portions and from vessels, but from land communications that are being handled in much the same manner.” [Edgar Cayce reading 416-7]
On March 12, 1936, Cayce gave a reading where he advised a client to buy stock in allied industrials for the short term and long term as a safe investment:
(Q) “What are the best investments now and for next few years — want to know to help clients?” (A) “Those that have to do with communications, when considered for years. Those that are of allied industrials, that deal with preparations of war materials, for the next few months. But the industrials having to do with communications of all natures, for long terms.” [Edgar Cayce reading 877-6]
According to the timeline of communication technology, Cayce’s advice to invest both in the short and long term in the communications and electronics industries was very sound. In 1942 the frequency hopping spread spectrum communication technique was invented. In 1947 Bell Labs proposed a cell-based approach which led to “cellular phones.” In 1947 full-scale commercial television was first broadcast. In 1949Claude Elwood Shannon, the “father of information theory“, mathematically proved the fundamental bridge between continuous-time analog signals. In 1958 the first photocopier suitable for office use was developed. In 1963 the first geosynchronous communications satellite was launched. In 1965 the first email was sent at MIT. In 1969 the first hosts of ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet, is connected. In 1971 a computerized switching system for telephone traffic is invented. In 1976 the personal computer market is born. In 1981 the world’s first automatic mobile phone is put into operation. In 1989 a prototype system which became the World Wide Web was build at CERN. In 1991 solitary waves were transmitted through an optical fiber at high speeds for the first time. In 1994 Internet radio broadcasting was born. In 1999 Sirius satellite radio was introduced. In 2004 what would become the largest social networking site in the world, Facebook was launched. Investing in both the communications and electronic industries in 1935 as Cayce suggested would certainly have proven successful in both the short term and the long term.
g. A successful consumer products investment strategy
On September 24, 1942, Cayce gave a reading where he advised someone to buy stock in any electrical appliances, all forms of home appliances as a safe investment.
(Q) “What types of investments offer the best protection for investors of their principal and of the purchasing power of their incomes?” (A) “Those of utilities in the present, as we find, and will be for some time to come, even following the eventual establishing of peace relationships through the world. These then will still offer the safer investments — such as the home appliances and those things that have been and are being curtailed so as to necessitate the better placing of same in homes throughout the land. Any electrical appliances, all forms of home appliances, those of greater conveniences — all of these will offer the greater investment now and for the future – for the next few years, at least.” [Edgar Cayce reading 261-35]
These consumer products drove the economy for a long time and companies which manufactured them become huge. It is still true today, in the form of computers and digital electronics. On March 29, 1944, Cayce again affirmed post-war economic leadership for technology in all of the industrial products, including radio, ice box, automobile, lights. He predicted at the same time that TV would become an important consumer product before the TV broadcasting industry had even been conceived.
(Q) “Upon termination of the last World War the automobile and radio became important industrial achievements. What principal product will enjoy similar leadership after present duration?” (A) “All of the industrial products, including radio, ice box, automobile, lights.” (Q) “Will electronic modulation coupled with television become an important consumers product when present war ends?” (A) “It will.” [Edgar Cayce reading 270-49]
According to Cayce scholar, Michael Mandeville, in his book “Return of the Phoenix” (Volume 2), after a short period of re-adjustment at the completion of World War II, the advent of the baby-boomer generation drove the economy, creating unprecedented demand for household items of all kinds, especially for electrical appliances, refrigerators, radios, record players, and TV’s. During the 1950’s ice boxes finally disappeared, replaced with refrigerators. As an example, General Electric stock is probably as good an indicator of this strategy as one can find. In 1942, it could be bought for between 21 to 30. Its high in 1946 was 52. In 1951 the high had moved to 64, and to 92 in 1953, at which it split 3 for 1. The new low price in 1954 was 30, high was 48. In 12 years, investors would have easily tripled their money. It was possible that a $21 share would have turned into $192, depending upon the exact timing at which they bought and sold it. That’s an outstanding return for any 12 years, no matter what twelve years you are talking about.
h. Blood will be used as a diagnostic tool
During the course of a physical reading given for one individual, Cayce foresaw future medical advancements that might make diagnosis from a drop of blood a possibility. The reading was given on November 10, 1927, at the time when the prediction would have been considered the makings of science fiction:
“For, as is seen, there is no condition existent in a body that the reflection of same may not be traced in the blood supply, for not only does the blood stream carry the rebuilding forces to the body, it also takes the used forces and eliminates same through their proper channels in the various portions of the system. Hence we find red blood, white blood and lymph all carried in the veins. These are only separated by the very small portions that act as builders, strainers, destroyers, or resuscitating portions of the system — see? Hence there is ever seen in the blood stream the reflections or evidences of that condition being carried on in the physical body. The day may yet arrive when one may take a drop of blood and diagnose the condition of any physical body…” [Edgar Cayce reading 283-2]
Dried blood spot testing (DBS) is a form of biosampling where blood samples are blotted and dried on filter paper. The dried samples can easily be shipped to an analytical laboratory and analyzed using various methods such as DNA amplification developed in 1983. The concept that capillary blood, obtained from pricking the heel or finger and blotted onto filter paper, could be used to screen for metabolic diseases in large populations of infants was introduced by Robert Guthrie in 1963. Neonatal screening for metabolic disorders became nationwide in 1969-70; and more recently for congenital hypothyroidism, sickle cell disorders and HIV infection. The limitations of sensitivity and specificity when screening such small volumes of blood restricted the use of dried blood spots for many years. This type of blood testing is now available for use at home by consumers in the U.S. Available blood tests include vitamin D, estrogen, testosterone, cortisol, TSH and lipids.
i. The discovery of the La Nina and El Nino effect
Amazingly, on May 28, 1926, Cayce gave a reading which made a connection between temperature changes in deep ocean currents and weather changes:
“As the heat or cold in the various parts of the earth is radiated off, and correlated with reflection in the earth’s atmosphere, this in its action changes the currents or streams in the ocean …” [Edgar Cayce reading 195-29]
According to Cayce scholar, Michael Mandeville, in his book “Return of the Phoenix” (Volume 3), trendlines in various planetary databases directly prove that most crustal motion and tectonic change is directly driven by the constantly changing location of the pole in a 6.5 year cycle of Chandler’s Wobble which is due to a phenomenon called “vortex tectonics” to provide it a label for subsequent scientific discussion. Vortex tectonics can be used to accurately and easily forecast the danger periods for earthquake and volcanic activity in various regions of the earth. Most surprisingly, the El Nino phenomenon is directly produced by Chandler’s Wobble. As the earth wobbles through the midpoints of its 6.5 year extremes in polar motion, the great rifts of the ocean bottom expand and contract, permitting greater lava and heat flow into the bottoms of the ocean. This heats the ocean water which produces the El Nino weather patterns. Doubtless, this is the most surprising finding of the Cayce readings. The El Nino weather patterns are in fact a product of vortex tectonics, they are in fact an earth change within the meaning of Cayce’s predictions, and they do directly indicate and provide a measure of the rate of change in the earth. The record-breaking severity of the 1998/99 El Nino / La Nina oscillation in the weather directly fulfills Cayce’s prediction that the rate of change in the earth would be seen to have increased by the period 1998.
j. The existence of two more planets in our solar system
Cayce would give “life readings” where he would describe an individual’s past lives including pre-birth “astrological/afterlife realm” influences. Cayce provided many descriptions of the workings of the world and the cosmos. Many of them seemed implausible in his day but during the past 50 years none of Cayce’s comments about science or the natural principles of how the cosmos works has been unproven. Many have been proven and more and more of his ideas have come to form the basis of modern science. Concerning past lives, there is abundant scientific evidence suggestive of reincarnation. Concerning astrology, there is a growing body of evidence showing that the movements of the sun, moon and planets in our solar system have a significant influence on our lives. In his life readings, Cayce gave several readings mentioning the existence of the ninth planet, Pluto (which he called “Vulcan”), five years in advance before astronomers discovered Pluto on February 18, 1930. Here is an example of one of Cayce’s astrological life readings mentioning Vulcan which he gave on May 15, 1925:
(Q) “You will give the relation of this entity and the Universe, and the Universal Forces, giving the conditions that are as personalities, latent and exhibited, in the present life…” (A) “Yes, we have the entity here, and those relations with the Universe and the Universal Forces, as are latent and exhibited in the personality and individuality of the entity in the present earth plane. In the entering we find the entity comes or takes its place from that of Mercury, Vulcan and Jupiter, with those relations in Leo that have to do with the personalities as exhibited, with adverse influences in Venus, with Saturn.” [Edgar Cayce reading 470-2]
Once Pluto was finally discovered by astronomers in 1930, someone finally asked Cayce during a reading whether or not Vulcan and Pluto were the same planet. On August 11, 1936, Cayce was asked:
(Q) “Is there a planet anciently known as Lilith or Vulcan?” (A) “Pluto and Vulcan are one and the same. No Lilith. Lilith is a personality.” [Edgar Cayce reading 826-8]
In his astrological life readings, Cayce also referred to a yet unknown planet which he called “Septimus”. For example, on January 19, 1924, gave the following reading:
“Now with this we have those conditions in this entity that have to be considered so far as the will has already influenced the conditions under which the planets rule the destiny of the individual… and the influence of the Sun and of that of Mercury are the ruling forces, with that of Jupiter, Uranus and of Septimus. This gives then these influences with the afflictions afar of Saturn and Mars. In the Moon’s change the new or the early changing of the first quarter has the most influence from these lunar forces.” [Edgar Cayce reading 4361-1]
In a NASA article entitled, “Hypothetical Planet X“, it describes how in January 2015, Caltech astronomers found evidence suggesting there may be a “Planet X” deep in the solar system. This hypothetical Neptune-sized planet orbits our sun in a highly elongated orbit far beyond Pluto. The prediction of this giant planet is based on detailed mathematical modeling and computer simulations, not direct observation. If this “Planet X” turns out to be scientific fact, it will be yet another affirmation of Cayce’s prophetic abilities.
III. Cayce prophecies occurring now
1. The second coming of Christ occurred in 1998
Edgar Cayce had much to say about Jesus and the past lives of Jesus — even covering the “lost” years that were never addressed in the Bible. But Cayce also spoke of Jesus’ return and here is an excerpt on that subject. On June 28, 1932, gave the following reading where he revealed the world at the time was about to enter the Tribulation (test period) which is a reference to World War II::
(Q) “He (Jesus) said he would come again. What about his second coming?” (A) “The time no one knows. Even as he gave, not even the Son himself. Only the Father. Not until his enemies — and the earth — are wholly in subjection to his will, his powers.” (Q) “Are we entering the period of preparation for His coming?” (A) “Entering the test period, rather.” (Q) “Any message to the group gathered here?” (A) “In that ye seek to know the manner of preparation of him that would be your guide, seek also to prepare yourselves to be his subjects with that same diligence as that which has prompted the seeking here.” [Edgar Cayce reading 5749-2]
Although Cayce mentioned nobody knows the exact date of Jesus’ return, Cayce did predict in another reading that Jesus would return in the year of 1998. Critics who are not familiar with the Cayce readings have declared Cayce wrong on this prediction because 1998 has come and gone; and Jesus has not appeared. Some of these critics wrongly expect Jesus to appear in the sky with a chorus of angels while dead bodies crawl out of their graves on the Last Day. But this false notion of the Resurrection of the Dead is the result of a misunderstanding of Jesus’ secret teachings of reincarnation — the true meaning of bodily resurrection — and how to be liberated from it (spiritual resurrection).
According to Cayce, it won’t be the second time Jesus returns to earth — but it is one of many past lives Jesus experienced. So it is more logical, and more realistic, for Jesus to return the same way as he did in his previous lifetimes — through childbirth. For this reason, I believe Jesus has already returned in 1998 just as Cayce foresaw; and this means that Jesus is currently living on earth as a young adult. On June 30, 1932, Cayce gave a reading concerning prophecies of the Great Pyramid in Egypt in which he gave the year of Christ’s return in 1998:
(Q) “You will please give at this time detailed information regarding the origin, purpose and prophecies of the Great Pyramid of Giza near Cairo, Egypt…” (A) “In this same pyramid did the Great Initiate, the Master, take those last of the brotherhood degrees with John, the forerunner of Him, at that place. As is indicated in that period where entrance is shown to be in that land that was set apart, as that promised to that peculiar peoples, as were rejected – as is shown in that portion when there is the turning back from the raising up of Xerxes as the deliverer from an unknown tongue or land, and again is there seen that this occurs in the entrance of the Messiah in this period – 1998.” [Edgar Cayce reading 5748-5]
As mentioned previously in this article, the “Brotherhood” is a reference to the “Great White Brotherhood” who are a group of “master” souls who help in humanity’s spiritual and physical evolution. They are mentioned in Revelation 7:9-10 as the multitude of “saints” who are “wearing white robes” and standing before the throne of God.
On April 15, 1932, Cayce gave a reading implying Jesus will return before the “Millennium” — a literal thousand-year golden age of peace known in the Bible as the “Kingdom of God” on earth:
(Q) “Please explain what is meant by ‘He will walk and talk with men of every clime.’ Does this mean he will appear to many at once or appear to various peoples during a long period?” (A) “As given, for a thousand years he will walk and talk with men of every clime. Then in groups, in masses, and then they shall reign of the first resurrection for a thousand years; for this will be when the changes materially come.” [Edgar Cayce reading 364-8]
On July 9, 1933, Cayce gave a reading where he mentioned his generation was living during the time period known as “the day of the Lord” which prophets in the Bible always describe as an event when God brings judgment either upon Israel or upon Israel’s enemies:.
(Q) “What is meant by ‘the day of the Lord is near at hand’?” (A) “That as has been promised through the prophets and the sages of old, the time — and half time — has been and is being fulfilled in this day and generation, and that soon there will again appear in the earth that one through whom many will be called to meet those that are preparing the way for his day in the earth. The Lord, then, will come, ‘even as ye have seen him go.'” [Edgar Cayce reading 262-49]
From the above reading, Cayce revealed “the day of the Lord” was indeed at hand in his generation — World War II and the Holocaust. The “time – and half time” is a reference to the 3 years and six months in Daniel 7:25, which is equal to the 42 months in Revelation 11:2, and the 1260 days in Revelation 11:3. America’s involvement in World War II against the Nazis (the enemy of Israel) was exactly 1240 days (about 3 years, 5 months) so the case can be made that World War II was the fulfillment of the Biblical Apocalypse described in the Book of Revelation that was to occur before the return of Jesus:
On August 6, 1933, Cayce affirmed Jesus had not yet appeared (which agrees with his prophecy that he returned in 1998) and that Jesus only existed at the time in spirit form. Cayce also revealed Jesus would appear in the flesh (as a human being) and suggesting he would even be born with the same body (i.e., DNA) he was born with the last time:
(Q) “Is Jesus the Christ on any particular sphere or is he manifesting on the earth plane in another body?” (A) “As just given, all power in heaven, in earth, is given to him who overcame. Hence he is of himself in space, in the force that impels through faith, through belief, in the individual entity. As a spirit entity. Hence not in a body in the earth, but may come at will to him who wills to be one with, and acts in love to make same possible. For, he shall come as ye have seen him go, in the body he occupied in Galilee. The body that he formed, that was crucified on the cross, that rose from the tomb, that walked by the sea, that appeared to Simon, that appeared to Philip, that appeared to ‘I, even John'”… (Q) “When Jesus Christ comes the second time will he set up his Kingdom on earth, and will it be an everlasting Kingdom?” (A) “Read his promises in that ye have written of his words, as John gave, ‘He shall rule for a 1000 years. Then shall Satan be loosed again for a season.” [Edgar Cayce reading 5749-4]
Note that in the above reading, Cayce appeared to be “channeling” John of the Book of Revelation. In the above reading, Cayce references Revelation 19-20 which describes John seeing much rejoicing in heaven and the appearance of Christ (Revelation 19). Then Revelation 20 describes an “angel” casting the “devil” into a “bottomless pit” for 1000 years; but afterward, the “devil” is released upon the earth for a short time before being cast into “hell”. In Revelation 21, John then sees a “new heaven” and a “new earth” come into being. Cayce interpreted the dream symbolism of the Book of Revelation as follows: during the 1000 year golden age on earth, souls from lower afterlife realms will not be permitted to incarnate the earth (casting the “devil” into a “bottomless pit” in Revelation 20:1-3). At the end of the 1000 years, souls from lower afterlife realms will once again be allowed to incarnate, bringing with them their unsatisfied ambitions and desires (Revelation 20:7-10). This, of course, will attempt to bring about the former conditions of imbalance (wars and plagues); but after 1000 years of established peace on earth, these conditions of imbalance, all man-made, are now themselves eliminated and all mental forms and patterns not formed by divine will are purged (Revelation 20:14).
There are more reasons why I agree with Cayce that Jesus has been born, and is now alive on earth, since 1998. Here is a list:
Reasons Why I Agree With Cayce in a 1998 Second Coming of Christ
a. Cayce has a good track record about his predictions.
b. Cayce was a very spiritual person in love with Jesus. He actually met Jesus on occasion during his afterlife sojourns and had a strong personal relationship with him.
c. As a Christian “prophet”, the second coming of Christ would be perhaps Cayce’s most important prophecy to make. It would seem highly unlikely that he would be so accurate on other prophecies and not accurate on the event his heart was set on most.
d. One particular NDEr supports the idea that Jesus has already returned. Dr. Richard Eby had an NDE in which he was told by Jesus that he would not die until Jesus returns. But on December 2, 2002, Eby died. Thus, either Jesus is already here, or Dr. Eby and/or Jesus is lying. The lying theory seems improbable.
e. Another NDEr supports the idea of a early return of Jesus. In 1991 Angie Fenimore had an NDE where she was given information suggesting Jesus was to return very soon. Notice also that Fenimore agrees with Cayce about spiritual warfare going on at that time.
“Humanity is in the final moments before Jesus Christ returns to this earth. The earth is being prepared for this event. The war between the forces of light and the forces of darkness are growing so intense on earth, humanity is in danger of being consumed by the forces of darkness.” (Angie Fenimore)
IV. Cayce prophecies yet to be fulfilled
1. War will occur in the Persian Gulf and other straits
On April 28, 1941, Cayce gave a reading where he foresees a war arising near the Davis Straits, and in Libya, and in Egypt, in Ankara, and in Syria; through the straits around those areas above Australia, in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf. The locations involved in the conflict suggest it is a worldwide conflict over oil mostly involving the Middle East:
“…we find nation against nation; the powers of death, destruction, the wrecking of that which has been and is held near and dear to the hearts of those who have through one form or another set ideals. These are not to be questioned, in that as may be a helpful force; but what is coming to pass? And how may ye as individuals help?… Strifes will arise through the period. Watch for them near Davis Strait in the attempts there for the keeping of the life line to a land open. Watch for them in Libya and in Egypt, in Ankara (Turkey) and in Syria, through the straits about those areas above Australia, in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-26]
“Davis Strait” is a channel located in the arctic between mid-western Greenland and Canada’s Baffin Island. According to Wikipedia, it has been estimated that at least 13% of the worlds undiscovered oil deposits and 30% of the worlds undiscovered gas pockets are located in the Arctic, with the seas around Greenland potentially holding large amounts of natural gas and lesser amounts of crude oil and natural gas liquids. This has led to a large number of off-shore concessions to potential oil and gas extraction, primarily the Davis Strait and Baffin Bay. On March 20, 2011, the U.S. government began to authorize offshore oil drilling in the arctic Outer Continental Shelf which was a major breakthrough for the petroleum industry and big loss for drilling opponents. in 2012, Greenpeace unsuccessfully attempted to prevent a deep sea drilling rig manufactured in Turkey from being set up in Baffin Bay, Greenland. It is possible that this environmentalist attempt to prevent oil drilling in the arctic is what Cayce referred to as “attempts there for the keeping of the life line to a land open” in the area “near Davis Strait.” Could “keeping of the life line to land open” suggest that the “life line to land” is the Baffin Bay fishery (that Greenpeace is trying to protect) could possibly be in danger of being destroyed by another deep sea oil blowout?
Concerning Libya, Egypt, Ankara (Turkey), and Syria, a look at the current news headlines about the Syrian Civil War against ISIS and terrorism is enough to know how easily this prophecy of a greater war could certainly be a possibility. Cayce’s mentioning of the Persian Gulf, the site of the world’s largest single source of crude oil and world’s largest offshore oilfield, is even more evidence of a global conflict over oil as foreseen by Cayce. Iran control’s the Persian Gulf and their military power in the region has only grown stronger in recent times. The straits above Australia and the Indian Ocean are routes where marine tankers transport crude oil around the world.
The question is why would Cayce link the beginning of arctic oil development on March 20, 2011, with the Syrian Civil War? Probably because the Syrian Civil War began on March 11, 2011, when protesters marched in the capital of Damascus, demanding democratic reforms and the release of political prisoners. Coincidence? Given Cayce’s track record, I suspect it is not.
2. Major discoveries on human origins will be found
Cayce predicted there will be three profound archeological discoveries of a very ancient and important nature which will revolutionize the way we understand human origins, cosmology and religion. Cayce stated these discoveries will occur when humanity attains a more higher level of spirituality. The three repositories, called “Hall of Records” by Cayce, are located (1) in Egypt near the Great Pyramid, (2) the Bimini area where the possible portion of Atlantis has already been discovered, and (3) the Yucatan peninsula where the asteroid struck and killed off the dinosaurs. On October 29, 1933, Cayce gave a reading describing how the people of Atlantis became aware of the fact that their civilization was about to be destroyed. And as a result, they hid identical records of the Atlantean civilization in Bimini, in Egypt and in the Yucatan which will be discovered someday in the future:
(Q) “Give in detail what the sealed room contains.” (A) “A record of Atlantis from the beginnings of those periods when the Spirit took form or began the encasements in that land, and the developments of the peoples throughout their sojourn, with the record of the first destruction and the changes that took place in the land… This in position lies, as the sun rises from the waters, the line of the shadow (or light) falls between the paws of the Sphinx, that was later set as the sentinel or guard, and which may not be entered from the connecting chambers from the Sphinx’s paw (right paw) until the time has been fulfilled when the changes must be active in this sphere of man’s experience. Between, then, the Sphinx and the river.” [Edgar Cayce reading 378-16]
On November 12, 1933, Cayce gave a reading predicting the Hall of Records in Egypt will be discovered when the earth changes are about to occur:
(Q) “In which pyramid or temple are the records mentioned in the readings given through this channel on Atlantis, in April, 1932?” (A) “As given, that temple was destroyed at the time there was the last destruction in Atlantis. Yet, as time draws nigh when changes are to come about, there may be the opening of those three places where the records are one, to those that are the initiates in the knowledge of the One God: The temple by Iltar will then rise again. Also there will be the opening of the temple or hall of records in Egypt, and those records that were put into the heart of the Atlantean land may also be found there — that have been kept, for those that are of that group. The records are one.” [Edgar Cayce reading 5750-1]
Cayce provided many clues to the exact location of the Hall of Records near the Great Pyramid in Egypt. On May 1, 1941, Cayce revealed the Hall of Records lies somewhere between the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid:
“For the entity’s tomb then was a part of the Hall of Records, which has not yet been uncovered. It lies between — or along that entrance from the Sphinx to the temple — or the pyramid; in a pyramid, of course, of its own.” [Edgar Cayce reading 2329-3]
In 1992, scientists Robert Schoch and Thomas Dobecki used ground-penetrating radar and discovered cavities underneath the Sphinx. Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval‘s stated in their 1997 book entitled “Message of the Sphinx” that American archaeologists and the Egyptian government had blocked investigations around the Sphinx, including attempts to locate any underground cavities. In 1998, Dr. Zahi Hawass, Chief Director of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, undertook excavations beneath the main body of the Sphinx at Giza and re-discovered access tunnels to several large, apparently natural, caves directly under the Sphinx. Dr. Hawass commented, to the TV documentary crew that documented the 1998 excavations, that he suspected that there could be other cavities beneath the structure, based on the evidence of the small watercourse that had caused some minor structural damage to stonework on the flank of the Sphinx. Robert Bauval later wrote in his 1999 book entitled “Secret Chamber” that Egyptian authorities granted an American team a license to search for the Hall of Records under the Sphinx and how they discovered there may be three passages around the Sphinx; two with unknown origin and one that is supposedly a small dead-end shaft behind the head of the Sphinx of nineteenth-century origins. But according to Bauval, for decades any real and significant progress in the quest for the secret chambers at Giza has been thwarted by Dr. Hawass. In July 2011, however, Dr. Hawass lost his position with the Supreme Council of Antiquities during the Egyptian Crisis with the Muslim Brotherhood and it remains to be seen if the new administration will allow the search to begin again.
3. China will become “the cradle of Christianity”
Decades before the rest of the world was thinking about the enormous impact that China would have upon the global stage, Cayce predicted great things for China and its people. On August 3, 1943, Cayce gave a reading for a man who asked about the destiny of China just prior to going there to serve as a Christian missionary. In the reading, Cayce promised China would lead to more democracy and greater religious freedom. He also suggested that eventually the height of civilization would move from the West to the Chinese people:
(Q) “May it be indicated as to the destiny of the Chinese during the next twenty years — whether they are likely to take a more democratic turn or a more authoritarian turn?” (A) “More of the democratic. For, as has been indicated, more and more will those of the Christian faith come to be in political positions, and this in China will mean the greater rule in certain groups — according to how well these manifest. And these will progress. For, civilization moves west.” [Edgar Cayce reading 2834-3]
Given the fact that, at the time of the above reading by Cayce, China was currently occupied by the invading armies of Imperial Japan during World War II, this reading is quite remarkable. Then on June 22, 1944, Cayce gave a reading which went even further when he envisioned a future for China:
“This, here, will be one day the cradle of Christianity, as applied in the lives of men. Yea, it is far off as man counts time, but only a day in the heart of God — for tomorrow China will awake. Let each and every soul as they come to those understandings, do something, then, in his or her own heart.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-29]
On the face of it, this prediction by Cayce about China appears to be completely ridiculous and highly improbable; and it has stumped a lot of people who are not familiar with the Cayce readings. Some critics use this prediction by Cayce in an attempt to prove that “the Sleeping Prophet” was fallible. My answer to these critics is that, first of all, Cayce has already been shown to be less than 100% in his predictions and there is no reason to believe that anyone with Cayce’s ability has to be perfect in their predictions. After all, the future is based upon mathematical probabilities and is not “set in stone”. As Cayce himself gave, free will can always metaphorically “draw the sword from the stone.” This aside, those who are more knowledgeable about the Cayce readings knows that the brand of “Christianity” which Cayce affirmed to be the highest form of Christianity, is neither modern nor traditional Christianity (neither Orthodox nor Protestant), but rather Christian Gnosticism. Christian Gnosticism is not only an esoteric version of Christianity, it has many similarities to the Chinese folk religion (Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism) because of common beliefs such as bodily resurrection (reincarnation), God’s law (karma), God within human beings (Buddhahood), the problem of evil (the problem of suffering), the need for liberation from the flesh (the need for enlightenment), etc.
According to Wikipedia article on religion in China, during the 20th century in China there was increasing urbanization and Western influence which led to the delegitimization of the Chinese folk religion as a superstitious obstacle to modernization. The suppression of the local religion intensified with a 1928 policy attempting to abolish all cults of gods. From 1927 to 1937, a civil war was fought in China between the government and forces loyal to the Chinese Communist Party. The Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), a theater of World War II, forced an uneasy alliance between the government and the Communists; but after the war ended, the continued distrust between the government and the Communists led to the resumption of civil war. In 1947, constitutional rule was established; but the policy attempting to abolish all cults of gods were implemented in communist China after 1949. Note that Cayce predicted in 1943 that China would become more democratic within the next 20 years (by 1963) which it did in 1947; and would one day become “the cradle of Christianity”. But the “Cultural Revolution” in China between 1966 and 1976 of the Maoist period was the last systematic effort to destroy the Chinese folk religion. However, after Chairman Mao‘s death in 1976, the people responsible for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution were quickly arrested and held responsible. In 1978 Deng Xiaoping took power and instituted significant economic reforms. The Communist Party loosened governmental control over citizens’ personal lives, and the communes were gradually disbanded in favor of private land leases. This marked China’s transition from a planned economy to a mixed economy with an increasingly open market environment. After 1978 Chinese folk religion started to rapidly revive in China, with millions of temples being rebuilt or built from scratch. Since the 1980s the local government’s new relationship with local society is characterized by practical mutual dependence which gave much space for popular religion to develop. China adopted its current constitution on 4 December 4, 1982. In recent years, in some cases, local governments have taken an even positive and supportive attitude towards indigenous religion in the name of promoting cultural heritage. China’s economic development has brought a spiritual renewal and the Chinese folk religion provides the Chinese people a means to face the challenges of modernization.
Confucianism and Taoism, later joined by Buddhism, constitute the “three teachings” that historically have shaped Chinese culture. There are no clear boundaries between these intertwined religious systems and elements of each enrich the popular Chinese folk religion which is practiced by roughly 81% of the population today. There are also remarkable similarities between the “three teachings” and Gnostic Christianity which is why I make the case that China is indeed becoming “the cradle of Christianity.” One of the most respected scholars on the subject of Gnosticism is Elaine Pagels. She noted in her book, The Gnostic Gospels, that the similarities between Gnosticism and Buddhism have prompted some scholars to question their interdependence and to wonder whether “…if the names were changed, the living Buddha appropriately could say what the Gospel of Thomas attributes to the living Jesus.” Other scholars have dealt with comparative religious studies between Taoism and Christianity. This has been of interest for students of history of religion such as J.J.M. de Groot, among others. The comparison of the teachings of Lao Tzu and Jesus of Nazareth has been done by several scholars who believe that they have parallels that should not be ignored. In the opinion of on scholar, J. Isamu Yamamoto, the main difference is that Christianity preaches a personal God while Taoism does not. Yet, a number of scholars, including Lin Yutang, have argued that some moral and ethical tenets of these religions are similar. Concerning Confucianism and Christianity, ever since Europeans first encountered this ancient Chinese way of life, the issue of how Confucianism should be classified has been subject to debate. In the 16th and the 17th centuries, the earliest European arrivals in China, the Christian Jesuits, considered Confucianism to be an ethical system, not a religion, and one that was compatible with Christianity. The Jesuits, including Matteo Ricci, saw Chinese rituals as “civil rituals” that could co-exist alongside the spiritual rituals of Catholicism.
Tian (heaven) is a key concept in Chinese mythology, philosophy, and religion. The Chinese referred to their supreme god as Shangdi (“Lord on High”) or Di (“Lord”) and, over time, Shangdi became synonymous with Tian, or Heaven. Heaven worship was an orthodox state religion of China before the 20th century. Heaven worship is a Chinese religious belief that predates Taoism and Confucianism, but was later incorporated into both. Shangdi is the supreme unknowable god of Chinese folk religion. The worship of Heaven is highly ritualistic and requires that the emperor hold official sacrifices and worship at an altar of Heaven, the most famous of which is the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Heaven worship is closely linked with ancestor veneration and polytheism, as the ancestors and the gods are seen as a medium between Heaven and man. The Emperor of China, also known as the “Son of Heaven“, derived the Mandate of Heaven, and thus his legitimacy as ruler, from his supposed ability to commune with Heaven on behalf of his nation. Early Abrahamic missionaries saw similarities between Shangdi/Tian and the Abrahamic God, and therefore rendered “God” as “Shangdi” in Chinese.
I should note here that Christian missionaries have gone to China with the mission to evangelize its people for hundreds of years including my great-grandfather. My grandfather, David Scofield, was born in China and lived there until he was 19 years old. He spoke fluent Chinese; and judging from his long life, I wonder if Chinese culture had more influence on him and his family than any Christian evangelizing that took place. I served one year in Seoul, South Korea in the military and can testify to how the great and wondrous ancient Asian culture can greatly change a person’s life and perspective in a very positive way forever.
4. Volcanic activity will proceed earthquakes and tsunamis
On January 21, 1936, Cayce gave a reading where he mentioned great volcanic activity from Mount Vesuvius (which is 9 miles east of Naples, Italy) and Mount Pelee (which is located in the Caribbean) would proceed devastating earthquakes and tsunamis on the western coast of the U.S.
“If there are the greater activities in the Vesuvius, or Pelee, then the southern coast of California — and the areas between Salt Lake and the southern portions of Nevada — may expect, within the three months following same, an inundation by the earthquakes. But these, as we find, are to be more in the southern than in the northern hemisphere.” [Edgar Cayce reading 270-35]
The last eruption of Mt. Vesuvius occurred in 1944. Over 3 million people live in the immediate area of Mt. Vesuvius. More people live dangerously close to it than to any other volcano anywhere in the world. The most famous eruption happened in 79 AD. when Mt. Vesuvius erupted continuously for almost a day, killing thousands of people and completely burying the nearby city of Pompeii. The last major eruption of Mt. Pelee occurred in 1902 in a massive explosion that killed over 30,000 people — an explosion also known as the worst volcanic eruption of the 20th century. The 1902 eruption finally stopped on July 4, 1905. On April 9, 1932, Cayce gave a reading where he stated that earth changes will begin to become apparent when volcanic activity (assumed to be great volcanic activity) occurs with Mount Etna on the Mediterranean island of Sicily:
(Q) “How soon will the changes in the earth’s activity begin to be apparent?” (A) “When there is the first breaking up of some conditions in the South Sea (that’s South Pacific, to be sure), and those as apparent in the sinking or rising of that that’s almost opposite same, or in the Mediterranean, and the Aetna area [Mount Etna], then we may know it has begun.” [Edgar Cayce reading 311-8]
Mount Etna is the largest volcano in Europe and is considered the second most active volcano on the planet as of 2015 after Kilauea located in Hawaii. Almost half of Etna’s major eruptions have happened during the last 100 years. Major 20th-century eruptions of Mt. Etna occurred in 1910, 1911, 1928, 1950-1951, 1971, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, and 1987. Major 21st century eruptions occurred in 2001, 2002-2003, 2004-2007, and 2014. It is interesting that Cayce chose major eruptions by the volcanoes Vesuvius, Pelee, and Etna as precursors to major U.S. earth changes. These three volcanoes are among the most destructive volcanoes in history.
5. Ocean levels will rise and devastate coastlines
With the shifting of the Earth’s magnetic poles that began in 1998 will come a gradual melting of the polar ice caps and eventually cause inundations of many coastal regions resulting in a drop in the landmass of about 30 feet. In 1941, Cayce elaborated on this effect on August 13, 1941 when he gave the following reading:
“…What is the coast line now of many a land will be the bed of the ocean. Even many of the battle fields of the present will be ocean, will be the seas, the bays, the lands over which the new [world] order will carry on their trade as one with another. Portions of the now east coast of New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear. This will be another generation, though, here; while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia – these will disappear. This will be much sooner. The waters of the [Great] Lakes will empty into the Gulf [of Mexico], rather than the waterway over which such discussions have been recently made. It would be well if the waterway were prepared, but not for that purpose for which it is at present being considered.” [Edgar Cayce reading 1152-11]
According to Cayce scholar, Michael Mandeville, a doctoral student in modern systems theory, consultant in energy technology:
“Without doubt, the wobbles of the Earth’s spin axis, which are primarily influenced by the Moon and the Sun, are directly connected to seismic and volcanic activities. In literal fact, this wobble of the spin axis is a chattering of the crust of the Earth around a slowly changing point. Most likely this chattering motion induces movement directly into the individual tectonic plates of the Earth, strongly aided and abetted by direct east-west pulls of the Moon and the Sun. A variety of cycle studies and forecasting techniques which have emerged during the past 60 years also demonstrate that there are connections of the motions of Earth’s tectonic plates with the motions and relationships of the planets of the solar system but there are no systems of cycles which directly correlate the whole of the 1958-2000 trends. Hence, within the material parameters as known by the sciences of the 20th century, there does not appear to be any known way to predict the timing of a major shift in the location of the axis.” (p.345, Mandeville, “Return of the Phoenix“, Volume 3).
6. Earth changes will destroy nations around the world
Due to the gradual shifting of the earth’s magnetic poles and volcanic disasters, Cayce foresees dramatic earth changes to Japan, Europe, America and around the poles. On January 19, 1934, Cayce gave a reading describing this description:
“The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye. Land will appear off the east coast of America. There will be the upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the Torrid areas, and there will be shifting then of the poles – so that where there has been those of a frigid or the semi-tropical will become the more tropical, and moss and fern will grow.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-15]
According to Michael Mandeville, a doctoral student in modern systems theory, consultant in energy technology and Cayce scholar:
“We can observe increasing earthquake activity (1958-2000) for the world as a whole, as wells as for Japan and for western North America. The increasing seismic activity clearly began shortly after 1958 and has at least doubled since then, perhaps tripling. There is no apparent end to the trend, but different regions of the world show a different profile of ups and downs. The correlation of this activity with the [earth’s] Wave motion of the spin axis impels one to conclude that this activity in the Pacific is strongly linked with the 6.5 year synchronicity of the Chandler Amplitude ‘low’. In Southern California and Japan, a sharp increase of earthquakes generally follows the low point of the [earth’s] Wave [motion of the spin axis]. Since the [earth’s] Wave is low during 1999/2000 it is likely that earthquake activity during the next low of the [earth’s] Motion during 2000 will be especially virulent in the Pacific region.” (p.345, Mandeville, “Return of the Phoenix“, Volume 3).
NDE researcher Dr. Kenneth Ring discovered how many near-death experiences he was studying foretell future Earth changes such as earthquakes, volcanoes, a pole shift, strange weather patterns, droughts, famines, tidal waves and a new social order followed by a golden age. These NDE visions of the future agree completely with the Cayce predictions.
7. A thousand-year golden age will follow earth changes
On April 15, 1932, Cayce gave a reading where he foresaw a thousand years peace on earth when Christ returns following the major earth changes:
(Q) “Please explain what is meant by ‘He (Jesus) will walk and talk with men of every clime’. Does this mean he will appear to many at once or appear to various peoples during a long period?” (A) “As given, for a thousand years he will walk and talk with men of every clime. Then in groups, in masses, and then they shall reign of the first resurrection for a thousand years; for this will be when the changes materially come.” [Edgar Cayce reading 364-8]
Cayce’s prophecy of a thousand-year golden age corresponds with a doctrine in Christian eschatology called “Millennialism” which is based upon Biblical references in Revelation 20. A core principle of this doctrine is the expectation that the Second Coming of Christ is very near and that there will be an establishment of a Kingdom of God on earth. According to an interpretation of prophecies in the Book of Revelation, this Kingdom of God on earth will last a thousand years (a millennium). On June 20, 1938, Cayce gave a reading describing events leading up to the thousand year reign of Christ:
“It is also understood, comprehended by some, that a new [world] order of conditions is to arise; that there must be many a purging in high places as well as low; that there must be the greater consideration of each individual, each soul being his brother’s keeper. There will then come about those circumstances in the political, the economic and the whole relationships where there will be a leveling — or a greater comprehension of this need. For as the time or the period draws near for these changes that come with the new order, it behooves all of those who have an ideal — as individuals, as well as groups or societies or organizations, to be practicing, applying same in their experience — and their relationships as one to another. For unless these are up and doing, then there must indeed be a new order in their relationships and their activities. For His ways will carry through. For as he (Christ) gave, “Though the heavens and the earth may pass away, my word will not pass away.” [Matthew 24:29-35] …for all power in heaven and in earth hath been given into his hands… And his laws, his will, will not come to naught! Though there may come those periods when there will be great stress, as brother rises against brother, as group or sect or race rises against race — yet the leveling must come.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-18]
It should be noted that although Cayce interpreted the golden age through a Christian “lens”, the idea of a future golden age is not limited to the Christian faith. Under Hindu eschatology, the current age we are living in is called the “Kali Yuga“, a period of decline. Some day in the future, Kalki (the “Destroyer of Filth”) will appear to purge all evil, beginning a golden age of Satya Yuga. In Zoroastrian eschatology, the world to come is the frashokereti, where the saoshyant (the Zoroastrian savior) will bring about a resurrection of the dead in the bodies they had before they died. This is followed by a last judgment. Angra Mainyu (the Zoroastrian version of “Satan”) and the last vestiges of wickedness in the universe will be destroyed; and the world will ultimately be restored to the perfection it had at the time of creation. The late Hindu leader and guru of the Transcendental Meditation movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is associated with the Maharishi “Heaven on Earth” Development Corp. (MHOED) which is a for-profit real estate developer whose short-term goal is to build utopian projects in the U.S., Canada, and Africa with a long-term goal to “reconstruct the entire world”, at an estimated cost of $100 trillion. The U.S. arm planned to work with developers to build 50 “Maharishi Cities of Immortals” in the US and Canada. There is also a concept in futurism often associated with the establishment of something similar to a golden age by technological means called the “technological singularity“. It is a hypothesis that the invention of artificial superintelligence will abruptly trigger runaway technological growth, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization. According to this hypothesis, an upgradable intelligent computer would cause an intelligence explosion resulting in a powerful superintelligence that would, far surpass all human intelligence. Ray Kurzweil, a prominent proponent of transhumanism, suggests that the singularity will lead to medical advances allowing people to protect their bodies from the effects of aging, making the life expectancy limitless. At the 2012 Singularity Summit, a study of predictions by experts for the year the singularity occurs, found a median value of a predicted year of 2040.
8. The Battle of Armageddon will be a spiritual battle
According to Cayce, the entire Bible can be viewed as the symbolic account of the past, present and future of humanity: from the fall of human souls from heaven (the Book of Genesis) to the restoration of human souls to their divine origins (the Book of Revelation). During several of Cayce’s journeys into the spirit realms, he was able to unlock the secrets to the symbolism in the Book of Revelation. He gave a large amount of information specifically for the purpose of discovering the book’s hidden meaning. The Battle of Armageddon described in the Book of Revelation represents in a symbolic manner both the spiritual conflict within human beings and within the earthbound realm where positive and negative spiritual forces coexist. Cayce foresaw Armageddon beginning at the start of the thousand-year golden age on earth when the “forces of light” from higher afterlife realms would start to prevent souls from lower afterlife realms from reincarnating to earth during the thousand years of golden age earth time. By preventing souls from the lower afterlife realms from reincarnating to Earth, only enlightened souls will be permitted to reincarnate. The result will be a thousand years of building an enlightened world of peace and “kingdom of heaven” on earth. After the thousand years of golden age, souls from lower afterlife realms will be allowed once again to reincarnate to earth. By this time, the so-called “kingdom of heaven” will have already been established on earth; thereby allowing the souls reincarnating from the lower afterlife realms to become enlightened. On July 1, 1932, Cayce gave a reading where he described the Armageddon struggle in the earthbound spirit realm:
(Q) “If the Armageddon is foretold in the Great Pyramid, please give a description of it and the date of its beginning and ending.” (A) “Not in what is left there. It will be as a thousand years, with the fighting in the air, and – as has been – between those returning to and those leaving the earth.” [Edgar Cayce reading 5748-6]
On January 19, 1934, Cayce gave a reading where he linked the beginning of the earth changes with the Second Coming of Christ and the beginning of Armageddon as a battle between the influences entering the earth plane and those being forced out of it:
“And these (the shifting of poles and earth changes) will begin in those periods in ’58 to ’98, when these will be proclaimed as the periods when his (Christ’s) light will be seen again in the clouds (Northern Lights). As to times, as to seasons, as to places, alone is it given to those who have named the name — and who bear the mark of those of his calling and his election in their bodies. To them it shall be given… And those that in the inmost recesses of theirselves awaken to the spiritual truths that are to be given, and those places that have acted in the capacity of teachers among men, the rottenness of those that have ministered in places will be brought to light, and turmoils and strifes shall enter. And, as there is the wavering of those that would enter [into the world] as emissaries, as teachers, from the throne of life, the throne of light, the throne of immortality, and wage war in the air (spirit realm) with those of darkness, then know ye the Armageddon is at hand. For with the great numbers of the gathering of the hosts of those that have hindered and would make for man and his weaknesses stumbling blocks, they shall wage war with the spirits of light that come into the earth for this awakening; that have been and are being called by those of the sons of men into the service of the living God.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3976-15]
In an article by Cayce expert, John Van Auken, entitled “The Unseen Forces, Beings, and the War between Light and Dark,” Van Auken points out that even the light-bearing souls struggle against dark forces within themselves to maintain their hold on the Light; and how it is difficult to be pure channels of the Light in this life, in our families and workplaces, even in our own hearts and minds. It is a terrible battle, a war of selfishness and darkness against loving care for others and the light of truth, hope, and love. In order to avoid the subtle, insidious influence of evil and selfishness, even the best among us must seek the protection and assistance of the divine influence, that consciousness of the divine with us. And when we fail to maintain our mindfulness of the divine and the higher bodily vibrations of the divine awakened within us, we must get up and try again, never condemning ourselves or limiting the divine’s ability to redeem us, to cleanse us and make us stronger.
Cayce approaches the Revelation most closely to the symbolic view, but even here he takes it far beyond the normal symbolic interpretation. In fact, Cayce teaches that the Revelation should be studied as a kind of roadmap for the final spiritualization of our bodies and minds. The symbols and scenes in this mysterious book represent experiences and stages through which we pass in our struggle to awaken again spiritually and regain our close connection with God and the Garden we once shared. Cayce says that some symbols and places in the Revelation actually represent glands within our bodies and thought patterns within our minds that bring about spiritual enlightenment. On March 13, 1933, Cayce gave a reading in which he explained that:
“…the visions, the experiences, the names, the churches, the places, the dragons, the cities, all are but emblems of those forces that may war within the individual in its journey through the material, or from the entering into the material manifestation [i.e., physical body and world] to the entering into the glory, or the awakening in the spirit….” [Edgar Cayce reading 281-16]
In the same reading, Cayce describes the “Antichrist” and other aspects of the Revelation as spiritual concepts rather than literal interpretations:
(Q) “In what form does the antichrist come, spoken of in Revelation?” (A) “In the spirit of that opposed to the spirit of truth. The fruits of the spirit of the Christ are love, joy, obedience, long-suffering, brotherly love, kindness. Against such there is no law. The spirit of hate, the antichrist, is contention, strife, fault-finding, lovers of self, lovers of praise. Those are the antichrist, and take possession of groups, masses, and show themselves even in the lives of men.” (Q) “Will we be punished by fire and brimstone?” (A) “That as builded by self; as those emblematical influences are shown through the experiences of the beloved in that builded, that created. For, each soul is a portion of creation — and builds that in a portion of its experience that it, through its physical-mental or spiritual-mental, has builded for itself. And each entity’s heaven or hell must, through some experience, be that which it has builded for itself. Is thy hell one that is filled with fire or brimstone? But know, each and every soul is tried so as by fire; purified, purged; for he (Christ), though he were the Son, learned obedience through the things which he suffered. Ye also are known even as ye do, and have done.” [Edgar Cayce reading 281-16]
9. A glimpse into the future and Cayce’s future
In Mark Thurston‘s book, “Edgar Cayce’s Predictions for the 21st Century,” Thurston mentioned how, on June 29, 1936, Cayce had a dream where he sees into the future during a future reincarnation in the year 2158 where he described himself living in Nebraska; but not the Nebraska as we know it today:
“I (Edgar Cayce) had been born again in 2100 A.D. in Nebraska. The sea apparently covered all of the western part of the country, as the city where I lived was on the coast. The family name was a strange one. At an early age as a child I declared myself to be Edgar Cayce who had lived 200 years before. Scientists, men with long beads, little hair, and thick glasses, were called in to observe me. They decided to visit the places where I said I had been born, lived, and worked in Kentucky, Alabama, New York, Michigan, and Virginia. Taking me with them the group of scientists visited these places in a long, cigar-shaped metal flying ship which moved at a high speed. Water covered part of Alabama. Norfolk, Virginia, had become an immense seaport. New York had been destroyed either by war or an immense earthquake and was being rebuilt. Industries were scattered over the countryside. Most of the houses were built of glass. Many records of my work as Edgar Cayce were discovered and collected. The group returned to Nebraska, taking the records with them to study…”
The next day, on June 30, 1936, Cayce gave a reading to further understand his dream:
“That is the interpretation. That the periods from the material angle as visioned are to come to pass matters not to the soul, but do thy duty today! Tomorrow will care for itself. These changes in the earth will come to pass, for the time and times and half times are at an end, and there begin those periods for the readjustments. For how hath He given? ‘The righteous shall inherit the earth.'” [Edgar Cayce reading 294-185]
Given some of the shocking earth changes Cayce foresees for the future, his subconscious mind seems to reassure himself and us to stay focused on today because “tomorrow will care for itself.”
10. Human lifespan will be extended
We know that humans are now living longer than at the time of Edgar Cayce, but his readings seem to indicate that a healthy human lifespan would extend years beyond that which we are currently living. On October 18, 1926, Cayce gave a reading where he mentioned human beings will one day live much longer than ordinarily:
“Now, we find there are many changes in the body since we have had this — many for good. Many of the organs and the conditions show the changes as come about by the natural, or so called natural conditions in changes as the body succumbs to the effects of age or usage in the system. Much of this may be overcome. (Man should live much longer than has been ordinarily given — and will!)” [Edgar Cayce reading 244-2]
Biogerontologist Marios Kyriazis suggested that biological immortality in humans is an inevitable consequence of natural evolution. His theory of extreme lifespans through perpetual-equalizing interventions (ELPIs) proposes that the ability to attain indefinite lifespans is inherent in human biology, and that there will come a time when humans will continue to develop their intelligence by living indefinitely, rather than through evolution by natural selection.
11. A new human “root race” will evolve
The term “root race” is defined as a time period, an epoch, or a stage in human evolution according to Edgar Cayce and esoteric cosmology. However, many esoteric cosmologists believe the term “race” is a misnomer to use for modern humanity because root “races” have nothing to do with human racial types. According to Cayce, the time period around World War II (the end of Dynastic Imperialism) was the end of the so-called fourth “root race”, the “leveling” which was part of the process for the beginning of the next root race. Cayce predicted the fifth root race would begin to appear in the year 1998 and the advent of the “Christ Consciousness” on earth – leading to the creation of “a New Heaven and a New Earth”. I believe near-death studies and the proliferation of NDE insights are playing a part in bringing this “new heaven” to earth.
In an article by NDEr and NDE expert, P.M.H. Atwater, Ph.D. (Hon) entitled “The Fifth Root Race – In Ascendancy,” Atwater defines “root race” as “the gene pool in the human family.” In esoteric literature, advanced beings were used to describe groups of people who were decidedly different from their ancestors. The more of these advanced beings there were, the more assuredly they bore the mark of evolution-physiological and psychological traits characteristic of gene mutation. DNA changes over time and can be accelerated if transformative events occur in numbers large enough to jumpstart the evolutionary process. Once the new traits overspread land masses and population groups, a genetic “makeover” — a species-wide alteration can result. According to Atwater, that shift is now happening which can be viewed as an update within the human family. Cayce mentioned that the initial appearance of the first root race occurred around 4.5 billion years ago with the entry of spirit into matter. Cayce’s prediction is that the previous root race consciousness, the fourth root race, which was separated into two hemispheres (East and West), would fuse together during the fifth root race period; a global leap in species refinement.
The Cayce readings suggest that humanity’s fifth root race consciousness is an evolutionary occurrence that would mark the golden age to come and a new understanding of humanity’s relationship to God. On June 22, 1942, Cayce gave a reading to a 52-year-old construction engineer who asked about this expanding consciousness. Cayce commented that each individual had to essentially work with personal soul development in order to resonate to that new consciousness:
“You expect a new root race. What are you doing to prepare for it? You must prepare food for their bodies as well as their minds and their spiritual development!” [Edgar Cayce reading 470-35]
Ten years earlier, on July 1, 1932, Cayce gave a reading on the Great Pyramid in Egypt where he suggested that the ancient Hall of Records would be discovered at a time signifying the manifestation of this new fifth root race consciousness:
“There will come a greater influx of souls from the Atlantean, Lemurian, La, Ur or Da civilizations. These conditions are indicated in this turn in the journey through the pyramid. How was this begun? Who was given that this should be a record of man’s experiences in this root race? For that is the period covered by the prophecies in the pyramid…” (Q) “What is the significance of the character of the figure of the Sphinx, mentioned above?” (A) “…With the storehouse, or record house (where the records are still to be uncovered), there is a chamber or passage from the right forepaw to this entrance of the record chamber, or record tomb. This may not be entered without an understanding, for those that were left as guards may not be passed until after a period of their regeneration in the Mount, or the fifth root race begins.” [Edgar Cayce reading 5748-6]
12. A “city of gold” will be discovered in the Gobi Desert
Cayce predicted a “City of Gold” will be discovered in the Gobi Desert in northern China complete with a golden temple with elevators; electric cars, and magical elements. On August 9, 1935, Cayce gave a reading where he said the ancient “Temple of God” in the Gobi Desert currently remains intact:
“Then the entity was among the natives of the Egyptian land, and rose to power through those cleansings in the Temple of Sacrifice; then becoming a portion of the activative service in the Temple Beautiful when it made for those abilities within self to mete out to many those things necessary in their physical and mental understanding. And with the correlating of the thought, the entity became first as the representative of the Temple Beautiful in the Indian land; and later – and during the period of its greatest height – in the land of the Gobi, or the Mongoloid. There the entity was as the priestess in the Temple of Gold, which is still intact there.” [Edgar Cayce reading 987-2]
On October 28, 1935, Cayce gave a reading for a person who had a past life at this City of Gold named Taoi:
“The entity was among those that were chosen for such activities in the land of Taoi, in now the Gobi, or in the Mongoloid activity.” [Edgar Cayce reading 1037-1]
On September 12, 1936, Cayce gave a reading where he said the Temple of God will one day be discovered:
“As to the manner of locomotions in the experience, the entity injected much of that which – when there is the discovery of the Temple of Gold — will be found; lifts or elevators, the one-line electrical car, the very fast aerial locomotion – there were a portion of those experiences with which the entity had much to do.” [Edgar Cayce reading 877-11]
In Mary Ellen Carter’s book, “Edgar Cayce on Prophecy“, Cayce said of the lost “City of Gold” — Taoi — is buried somewhere inside what is now the Gobi desert (pp. 55-55). Cayce said that the “City of Gold” in the Gobi desert, the nation of Taoi, was thriving around 10,000 BCE, contemporary with the equally cultured nations of India, Norway and Og (which is Peru, not to be confused with the lost Atlantean island of Og.) Most tantalizing of all is that Cayce said that in the future we will discover temple records from these earlier times that are identical in Egypt, the Yucatan, and the Bahamian island of Bimini. (Carter p.115)
13. A self-fueling perpetual-motion machine will be discovered
Perhaps with the current focus on renewable resources and energy conservation, we will see Cayce’s prophecy of a self-fueling perpetual-motion machine come to pass in our lifetimes. In an article by Alison Ray entitled “Edgar Cayce’s Perpetual Motion Machine,” Ray described Cayce’s quest to build a motor capable of providing power for the whole world. Beginning in February 1928, Cayce met inventor Marion Stansell, who had a near-death experience while stationed in France during World War I. During the experience, a “spirit guide” escorted him to another dimension where he was given blueprints for a revolutionary motor. He was told that this motor would save the planet from environmental destruction in the next millennium. The motor was designed in the spirit realm by DeWitt Clinton, deceased governor of New York, who was largely responsible for the construction of the Erie Canal.
In hopes of building the motor, Cayce introduced Stansell to Tim Brown, an auto parts manufacturer from Detroit, and Morton Blumenthal, a New York stockbroker and friend of Cayce. Over the next few months, Cayce gave a series of readings on what was called a “perpetual motion” machine that once started could continue to run indefinitely “by creating energy of its own source.” The hope was that money generated from this invention could fund the future work of Cayce’s Hospital. On March 8, 1928, Cayce gave a reading during which he answered important questions about the machine:
(Q) “You will have before you the gasless motor invented by Marion Stansell.” (A) “Yes, we have the body and inquiring mind of Marion Stansell, also the associations and those conditions surrounding the perfection of motor which will develop power in its own action. As has been given, the idea and the plans as have been worked out in part along those lines that pull more of the power as produced in compression in drum, with the leads made in these forms that gather vibrations from the air as is forced through drum, are, as we find, the better application of the created energy. In the cams as have been used too much slack or play is allowed in their rotation. This is in the drum’s head action that these must be shortened in play. The connection of Tim Brown and Morton Blumenthal with same — best that these have Stansell’s operations closer under their observations when the completed product is near attained.” (Q) “How may we bring him under our observation?” (A) “Bring him to… Ohio or N.Y.” (Q) “Is this machine the same as brought to Washington now by Charles Lindbergh?” (A) “No. As is here, the Stansell machine would operate on stationary conditions impelling forces; even for now that in gas motors — for, as tested by others, has more to do with that thrown in air and gaining its impelling force from that source.” (Q) “Would it operate perpetually if perfected?” (A) “Not perpetually, but once started could be kept in motion by created energy of its own source. Other has to have some source of impellation.” [Edgar Cayce reading 4665-1]
A reading for Tim Brown on April 7, 1928, confirmed that the group had indeed understood the instructions and would be able to demonstrate the motor in the patent office as well as explain how the machine works while filing a patent. The theory of how the motor worked was recorded in the Reports:
“Theory of Motor Working: The phrase ‘getting something from nothing’ is incorrect — for we know there is no such a thing as nothing. We do know that everything is a force or some form of energy. We do not know the relation of these forces of energy to each other — or, in other words, the Relativity of Force — but we can assume that this relationship exists. Therefore, in the case of our motor, when we look at the two substances, water and air, we look at them as forces, and by using a mechanical contrivance to accentuate and retard these forces at the right time it is possible to utilize the resultant force or Component force. This is what has been done in Stansell Motor.” [Report of Edgar Cayce reading 195-51]
It was an unlikely partnership, and there was distrust amongst the group, but Cayce continued to give readings for the trio, trying to explain the details required to build the motor and provide the answers to numerous questions about diagrams that were created by the group. The readings touched on the topics of vibrations, the theory of relativity, gravitational forces, and more. While working on the motor, a letter from Brown indicated:
“Though the law of relativity which the machine demonstrates will for a time upset some of the present scientific statements…” [Report of Edgar Cayce reading 195-56]
Initially, two motors were built, one for test purposes and the other one (a smaller size) to be used at the patent office when the application was made for a basic patent. Further readings suggested changes to the design and the reports suggest that it was rebuilt several times. However, the motor was never completed or fully operational and the project was abandoned. In March of 1973, a letter was sent from the Cayce Foundation to Stansell’s daughter after he died. A new team of researchers was looking for copies of the original designs or the patent application from Stansell’s files. The daughter responded that her father had worked on the motor until he died 10 years prior. She added, “As far as anyone knows no papers were ever found. It does seem a terrible shame.” According to the Cayce Foundation, there are still individuals working on building a motor based on the readings of Edgar Cayce.
Less than 20 of more than 14,000 Cayce readings actually discuss physical earth changes. For the most part, Cayce’s perspective of the future is very positive. A number of Cayce’s readings suggest that the earth changes will be gradual not cataclysmic, resulting in the dawning of a “golden age” of hope and community for all of humankind. However, according to some individuals’ interpretations of the Cayce readings, there are a number of readings which suggest that the earth would begin to receive major physical changes before 1998. Earth changes of this magnitude would have had catastrophic effects upon all of humankind, most likely destroying much of the world’s civilization. Because Cayce was insistent that the changes would occur, and they haven’t (according to their interpretations), they assume Cayce was wrong concerning the earth change prophecies. But I don’t agree.
First of all, Cayce mentioned numerous times how humanity’s divine gift of free will had the power to overcome astronomical forces of nature. He also emphasized that the timeline of future events is not fixed or absolutely predestinated. In some of Cayce’s readings involving prophecies, he would not give a precise year – rather he would give a time range such as 1945-1946 suggesting future events are based upon probabilities. This may be why prophecies from other very credible sources rarely give an exact date. Jesus, for example, said even he didn’t know the date and time when he would return (Matthew 24:36). This should be a “grain of salt” to everyone who comes across a prophecy with an exact date.
NDE visions of the future also show how the future is not fixed and can change. For example, one of Margot Grey’s NDE research subjects stated:
“During my experience … I was also shown events that are likely to happen in the near future, but was made to understand that nothing is absolutely fixed and that everything depends on how we choose to use our own free will, that even those events that are already predestined can be changed or modified by a change in our own way of relating to them.” (Grey, 1985, p. 123)
This suggests that the future is always changing from moment to moment based upon our current actions and decisions. This principle is also supported by quantum physics.
Also, we must consider the main reason apocalyptic prophecies are given: a successful apocalyptic prophecy is one that doesn’t happen. This is because the goal of apocalyptic prophecies are to warn enough people and change current trends to prevent them from happening. Prophecies from other well-known “prophets” foretold to occur around the millennium did not happen. Skeptics point out this proves they were false prophets. But a better understanding of prophecy reveals that either (a), (b) or (c) is true:
(a) The prophecy was successful in permanently diverting the outcome by the raising of the world’s consciousness.
(b) If the prophecy gives an exact date, the prophecy may still be valid; but the date may be wrong.
(c) The prophecy was wrong.
So even if we agree with some interpretations of the Cayce readings regarding the earth changes that they have not occurred, this does not mean these earth changes will not occur some time in the future. Cayce insisted on it.
One the interesting topics of information Cayce received was concerning prayer. Cayce believed that the energy of prayer was sent by thought – almost like a beam of white light being sent out to the individual(s) for whom we are praying.
Meditation does not lessen the need for prayer, because it does not take the place of prayer. Prayer is a mental activity on our part addressed to God. Meditation is a listening state so that we may hear God speak to us.
Prayer comes before meditation, before the affirmation; and we may pray, if need be, all day long as we go about our daily work. Jesus found it necessary at times to pray for long periods. Certainly prayer should be a constant activity of the religious heart. The Cayce readings remind us that:
“He that would know the way must be oft in prayer.” (Edgar Cayce)
There are many types of prayer. Unfortunately the most common one is the “gimme” prayer, wherein we beg God for favors. Is this wrong? Not for some people. For prayer, the art of prayer, is an ever-growing experience. When there is an acceptance of God’s presence, one knows that God will supply all that is truly needed to fulfill one’s purpose in life.
The art of visualization, so common today as a form of prayer, is another type of the gimme prayer. We want to make sure that God knows exactly what we want, so we send him pictures of it. If we are going to tell God that we know what is best for ourselves what is the point in praying in the first place?
Jesus prayed, “Not my will, but thine be done.” The enlightened soul relegates the gimme prayer to the nursery toy box, and turns to the prayer of thanksgiving, of adoration, of petition for the woes of others, always adding, “Thy will be done.”
The Cayce readings tell us that the daily prayer of Jesus was, “Others, Lord, others.” From this it is self-evident that the prayers of supplication of the awakened soul deal primarily with the needs of others. The more we pray for others, the more we gain in the power to pray, and the more are we ourselves blessed. For how can we sincerely pray for another, and not be praying for ourselves, too?
Asking God for forgiveness shows proper repentance for wrongs committed, but unless those wrongs are righted by our own conscious effort, we shall never feel forgiven.
We may pray for guidance, but if we are not trying to do what we think is right, will God hear us? Yes, but we may not hear him. As the Bible tells us, an unrepented sin seals our ears to the voice of God.
May we pray to escape further trails and tribulations? Certainly. Jesus did; but when he knew that he had to die on the cross to fulfill his purpose, he accepted it unfalteringly.
God does not wish to see us suffer; our adversities are of our own creation. We have transgressed by either commission or omission, something we should not have done, or something we should have done. Just as a parent punishes a child in order to correct it, so the laws of God prove immovable when we try to resist them. The more we struggle to resist, the more hopelessly do we entangle ourselves at the mental or physical or material or emotional level, and sometimes on all four levels simultaneously.
Our attitude when we are sick or suffering should be, again, “Thy will be done.” This calls for an inner submission while awaiting recovery, but doesn’t stop us from doing all within our power to get well. A rededication of heart and mind and an acceptance of suffering as a needed lesson have on more than one occasion brought instantaneous healing.
“Thy Will. Thy Spirit. Thy Ways” is the cry of the awakened soul.
How does one pray? Just as the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, so many people today ask the same question; it would be presumptuous of us, however, to tell another exactly how he should formulate the words of anything so personal and private as a prayer. The words themselves are not important. It is the spirit in which they are said which is all-important. God already knows more about the contents of our hearts than we do; our real need is to be perpetually aware of him as the source of our protection, and so we pray to keep unbroken contact with him. The words in themselves are not as important as some people would have us think. As Kahlil Gibran says:
“God listens not to your words save when He utters them through your lips.” (Kahlil Gibran)
What is the best position in which to pray? A group of ministers once met to decide that very problem. They talked at length without reaching any conclusion. Some insisted that it was essential to kneel. Those with bony knees said that it was just as effective to keep seated. Others felt that they had to pace to and fro to generate the necessary fire. When the debate threatened to become heated, they decided to leave the decision to the only parson who had been silent throughout. He came from a rural parish, and he answered them thus:
“One day when I was late for service, I ran across a neighbor’s yard and fell headlong into his well. Half way down, my foot caught in a broken board, and I hung there upside down. Brethren, I have never prayed so well before or since!”
I hope that proves it is not our position but our sincerity which makes our prayers effective.
Prayer directs the consciousness to God. Through prayer, we solicit aid from divine power. Prayer encourages humility, takes one outside of self to him, brings guidance, releases tensions and brings healing. Many people go into a state of meditation without realizing it when, worn out from prayer, they wait for answering help. Here the results of prayer are one with the rewards of meditation.
While we need always to call on the Lord, we need even more to listen to Him, and it is in the quiet of meditation that there is a stepping-up of spiritual receptivity in every phase of our being.
We learn so much more by listening. This is what the Bible means when it says:
Every religion speaks of the quest of the soul for the holy grail – the place of the Most High. The Chinese speak of it as the “old road.” The Hindus call it the “path of return.” Christians refer to it as “the way.” Meditation is the gateway that leads us to God.
Praying Tips from Edgar Cayce
Prayer is supplication for direction, for understanding. Meditation is listening to the divine within.
Prayer is like a plea to your superior. Meditation is meeting your superior on common ground.
Those who want to know the way must pray often and joyously, knowing that God gives life to those who sincerely seek to be a channel of blessing to someone.
Prayer is attuning your consciousness to the divine consciousness, either with others or individually.
All prayer is answered. So don’t tell God how to answer it.
Why worry when you can pray? Your power is very limited. The power of God is unlimited.
In Harmon Bro‘s biography of Edgar Cayce, “A Seer Out of Season,” Harmon Bro writes of Cayce’s brush with death as a child and the psychic aftereffects that resulted from it:
“He told of how he had drowned and been pronounced dead in his youth and how the invisible playmates of his childhood had returned to him once as an adult” (Bro, 1989, p.426).
Cayce’s father, Leslie, also wrote about his son’s drowning incident giving more details:
“On one occasion after some very heavy rain had filled the ponds, lakes and lowlands to overflowing. Edgar decided to go fishing. He got his little fishing pole, hook, and line and started out perfectly alone.” The heavy rain had caused Edgar’s favorite pond to overflow onto a generally shallow area where some fish were now stranded. Edgar put down his pole and was happy wading out into the shallow water and just picking up fish with his hands and throwing them on the bank. However, in his enthusiasm Edgar ventured toward what was a deep hole some 10-12 feet deep. He slipped down the steep sides of the hole. Edgar had to stick his hands and feet in the muddy side of the hole to try to pull himself out. Luckily, a hired man on the farm came along with horses and a wagon of logs or rails. He saw the fishing pole, fish along of the road bank, and Edgar’s hat floating in the water, and he knew “that he [Edgar] was about to be drowned — or had been.” The hired man grabbed Edgar by the hand, pulled him out, and applied simple resuscitation skills that were generally known and brought the boy back to life. The hired man loaded Edgar on the wagon and took him back to his mother. Leslie then wrote that Edgar’s mother was frightened by hearing what had happened and “what he (Edgar) had seen.”
After Cayce’s NDE, all of his psychic gifts and abilities followed. He began reading the Bible, opened himself to God, and received psychic gifts such as precognition: the ability to look into the future and discern past events. These are normal aftereffects from having an NDE. He was able to see and talk to his late grandfather’s spirit, and often played with “imaginary friends” whom he said were spirits on the Other Side. He also displayed a supernatural ability to memorize the pages of books simply by sleeping on them.
At the age of twelve, Edgar asked for his own Bible and resolved to read the Bible straight-through once for every year of his life, even to the extent of catching up with the twelve years that had already passed. He stuck to his promise to the very end when he died at the age of sixty-seven. He had read the Bible sixty-seven times.
Moved by the Holy Spirit to declare himself a believer, Cayce was baptized by immersion at the age of thirteen. Shortly afterward, while Cayce was reading his Bible in a secluded spot near his home, a bright light filled the place where Cayce sat, and a figure all in white bright as the noon day light appeared. The figure said to Cayce:
“Your prayers have been heard. What would you ask of me, that I may give it to you.”
Cayce’s prayer was:
“…just that I may be helpful to others, especially to children who are ill, and that I may love my fellow man.”
Then the figure was gone.
Later in life, Cayce discovered that he had the ability to put himself into a self-hypnotic trance by lying down on a couch, closing his eyes, and folding his hands over his stomach and place his mind in contact with all time and space (the universal consciousness). From there, he could respond to questions as broad:
“What is the meaning for the universe?” and “What is my mission in life?” to as specific as, “What can I do to help my headaches?” and “How were the pyramids of Egypt built?”
His reply to these questions became known as psychic “readings“. People today continue to consult these readings for advise.
2. Cayce’s afterlife journeys — a verbatim account
The following is the only waking description of Cayce’s journey in the trance state, taken verbatim from comments he made at a public lecture. Within his descriptions I have tagged corresponding NDE elements to the NDE:
“I see myself as a tiny dot out of my physical body, which lies inert before me.” [out-of-body] [orbs]
“I find myself oppressed by darkness and there is a feeling of terrific loneliness.” [the Void]
“Suddenly, I am conscious of a white beam of light, knowing that I must follow it or be lost.” [the Light]
“Upon the first levels there are vague, horrible shapes, grotesque forms such as one sees in nightmares.” [astral realm]
“Passing on, there begins to appear on either side misshapen forms of human beings with some part of the body magnified.” [another astral realm]
“Again there is change and I become conscious of gray-hooded forms moving downward. Gradually, these become lighter in color.” [heavenly realm] [spirit guides]
“Then the direction changes and these forms move upward and the color of the robes grows rapidly lighter.” [higher heavenly realms]
“Next, there begins to appear on either side vague outlines of houses, walls, trees, etc., but everything is motionless.” [I believe this realm is the physical realm which would appear outside of time.]
“As I pass on, there is more light and movement in what appear to be normal cities and towns. With the growth of movement I become conscious of sounds, at first indistinct rumblings, then music, laughter, and singing of birds. There is more and more light, the colors become very beautiful, and there is the sound of wonderful music. The houses are left behind; ahead there is only a blending of sound and color.” [cities of light] [heavenly music]
“Quite suddenly I come upon a Hall of Records. It is a hall without walls, without ceiling, but I am conscious of seeing an old man who hands me a large book, a record of the individual for whom I seek information.” [a good description of the Temple of Knowledge that people refer to in other NDEs]
3. Cayce’s afterlife journeys to the Hall of Records
According to Cayce scholar Henry Reed‘s book entitled Edgar Cayce on Channeling Your Higher Self which describes Cayce’s afterlife journeys, Cayce said he would feel himself to be like a bubble traveling through water to arrive at the place where he always got the information – the Hall of Records in heaven.
4. Cayce’s afterlife journeys through the NDE Tunnel
Cayce scholar Henry Reed quotes from Cayce’s experience with the NDE tunnel:
“…went up and up through a very large column, passing by all the horrible things without coming in contact personally with them, and came out where there was the house of records. Cayce stated that as he ascended the column, there would be beings on either side of him calling out to him for help or trying to get his attention. Cayce knew that any deviation from the column and the beam of light would mean he would not be able to return to his body. It, the column, wound around on a wheel like the Rotarians have.”
Cayce mentioned that he felt very secure traveling this way.
5. Cayce meets the angel of death
While preparing to undergo one of his otherworldly journeys, Edgar Cayce had lost consciousness and had a dream. Usually, he would travel through a tunnel toward the light. But in this instance, he met the so-called “Angel of Death” and learned about the silver cord. The following is his experience described in his own words:
“As I went out, I realized that I had contacted Death, as a personality, as an individual or as a being. Realizing this, I remarked to Death: ‘You are not as ordinarily pictured – with a black mask or hood, or as a skeleton, or like Father Time with the sickle. Instead, you are fair, rose-cheeked, robust – and you have a pair of shears or scissors.” In fact, I had to look twice at the feet or limbs, or even at the body to see it take shape. He replied: ‘Yes, Death is not what many seem to think. It’s not the horrible thing which is often pictured. Just a change – just a visit. The shears or scissors are indeed the implements most representative of life and death to man. These indeed unite by dividing – and divide by uniting. The cord does not, as usually thought, extend from the center – but is broken from the head, the forehead – that soft portion we see pulsate in the infant. Hence we see old people, unbeknowing to themselves, gain strength from youth by kissing there; and youth gains wisdom by such kisses. Indeed the vibrations may be raised to such an extent as to rekindle or reconnect the cord, even as the Master did with the son of the widow of Nain. For he did not take him by the hand (which was bound to the body as was the custom of the day), but rather stroked him on the head – and the body took life of Life itself! So, you see, the silver cord may be broken – but the vibration …”
6. Cayce’s NDEs analyzed by Kevin Williams
Edgar Cayce did not experience clinical or brain death, but he was able to control his mind to travel consciously through the identical process of the near-death state. This can be done by anyone, according to Cayce, if the proper attunement is made. Cayce also mentions that this is done by everyone when they fall asleep and enter the realm of dreams, only it is done subconsciously not consciously. The same is true for death.
Cayce’s experience reveals more aspects about the nature of the tunnel so often described in near-death experiences and more about the structure of the afterlife. One of the afterlife levels that Cayce observed while in the tunnel appears to be like our own except it is motionless. In my opinion, this motionless afterlife level is the physical realm – our physical universe. While Cayce journeys through the tunnel and the eternal now, time on Earth stands still. This principle can even be found in Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.
The afterlife level that Cayce saw where human beings appear with some body part magnified has been described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead and other religious traditions as being hell. It is a place where a particular desire has been overemphasized while in physical life. The level where hooded monk-like beings appear has also been described by many other near-death experiencers such as Dr. George Ritchie and Betty Eadie. Cayce was able to describe very accurately some of the various levels of the afterlife that appear in near-death accounts.
Prayer is speaking to God and mediation is listening to God. Mastering the technique of meditation is not easy. There are three keys necessary to succeed in meditation. The three keys to this door of communication with God are sincerity, enthusiasm and perseverance.
As for sincerity, ask yourself these questions:
Do I really know who and what God is? Do I know him personally as a loving Father, or do I just know about him? More important, does he know me? Are we on speaking terms, or do we just nod occasionally?
If we find ourselves answering in the negative to these questions, we may begin to realize how greatly we need him. His promise has ever been that if we believe, live by his laws, he will aid us swiftly when we call, no matter where we happen to be.
Enthusiasm is important because it is an inner fire, an inner light seeking its own source. According to Wikipedia, the origins of the Greek word “enthusiasm” means to be “a person possessed by God.” In meditation, this inner fire stimulates every cell of the body and every reflex of the brain to listen. How do we evoke enthusiasm for our search for God? By first examining those people who, from the beginning of time, have found him. The Bible tells of man’s experiences with God. Studying it in conjunction with efforts at meditation and prayer awakens the necessary enthusiasm to begin.
Perseverance is perhaps the most difficult key. We need to keep on, day after day, in the effort to re-establish our communion. When we first attempt to harness the thoughts, to control the body, to sit still, we realize just how much the body controls us, mind and spirit.
The purification and control of the spiritual body takes place within the endocrine glands, under the direction of the mind. The Cayce readings and modern science concur that constructive thoughts and emotions release healing hormones into the body and mind. But the Cayce readings go further. They suggest that the endocrine glands are the spiritual centers of the body and that through them our spiritual forces find means of expression. Meditation is a key to opening these spiritual centers.
Ideals enter the mind when led by the spirit. The Cayce readings remind us over and over again that mind is the builder, led by the spirit we are entertaining, the spirit of God or the spirit of the devil – self. What one thinks and eats, one becomes.
Spiritual cleansing begins when the mind is in accord with the spirit. It is across the bridge of the mind that we pass, as we come to know God. Once a soul sets for itself an ideal which is spiritual in essence, every cell in the body is made aware of this and changes begin to take place. Our seven spiritual centers become the points of contact with the divine within; thus we experience a stepping-up of activity in all these centers. We have redirected the use of this energy to its highest function. A refining process has taken place in the body, a lifting of the rate of vibration; these centers now disseminate their energies and hormones to the entire body.
As the individual sits in meditation, his mind focused on an affirmation (an ideal), spiritual energy begins to move upward from the sexual glands. Usually, at this point, a pulsation may be felt at the end of the spine. If the spiritual force has been able to rise unhindered and undefiled to the pineal and pituitary, one may experience an incandescence as if the whole body had been filled with light and become transparent.
It is at the pineal center that we gradually become oriented to the Christ-presence, where we may even receive the Mind of Christ, depending on the degree of the attunement.
This force then flows into the pituitary, from whence, being now in purified form, it flows downward, cleansing and strengthening body and mind.
And Jesus also said, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:38) The movement of these spiritual forces in meditation are the rivers of living water.
The more we become able to still the conscious mind, the more trouble we can expect from the subconscious mind, for it is the conscious mind of the soul. It, too, must be purified. We have stimulated this area of the mind as a result of the ideal we have upheld; attitudes and thoughts previously concealed in the subconscious rise to the surface for examination. Symbols and old familiar scenes begin to flash before us like pictures on a screen. However, this is still only the beginning of meditation. We should not dwell too long on these pictures but press on to the silence. In other words, we must return attention to the affirmation.
We may at this point be fascinated by the many faces appearing, or numerous pairs of eyes staring. We may even hear our names called; we may feel as if we were in the midst of a crowd, listening to chatter and laughter. We must not stop there, for we are not yet in real meditation. Of course, it is fascinating at first, for it is an entirely new experience. The sounds, the voices, the pictures, the eyes and faces may all belong to souls already in the beyond who, having seen the light pouring through the open door (the spiritual center), have been attracted. It is much akin to the sensation of looking through a strange keyhole, only to see another eye looking back. Intriguing, perhaps, but neither stands to gain much from such a restricted encounter.
We must leave this entertainment behind and “press on to the mark of the high calling,” his mark, the superconscious mind, the Christ Consciousness, the Holy Spirit, the “hill of the Lord.”
Spiritual height is reached by attunement to the Creative Forces in meditation. The release of energy should never be forced by such methods as exercise, or holding the breath, or by focusing one’s mind on a special center, or by willing the center to open. When meditation is properly approached, these centers will open voluntarily. The knowledge, power and illumination of the soul which accompany this opening will then be concentrated on the good of others and not to one’s own misdoing.
The opening of the centers should come only as a result of spiritual growth, not through any abnormal means. Unless the power released is used to express his spirit with and for others, it will but inflame our lower natures.
The glands of reproduction are the reservoirs of the life force. They house the creative energy of the body. As the individual sits in silence, having lifted his mind by use of the Lord’s Prayer (an excellent affirmation), creative energy is released at this level. This energy now carries the stamp of the divine, because both the purpose and the thought which released it were holy.
The Lyden gland, control-center of the soul’s activity, opens its doors to this energy, enabling the mind of the soul – the subconscious mind – to rise to the level of the pineal, seat of the Christ consciousness. This energy is then transmitted to the other centers of the body by means of the pituitary. As it passes through the centers, it illuminates them.
Meditation brings an increase in vigor and improved health. An expansion of consciousness is achieved, and with this expansion comes the realization that we are in eternity now. The realization dawns that indeed there is no death. The only real death is the separation in consciousness of the soul from God. When this has been overcome there is no death, for consciousness is continuous in whatever realm one manifests.
Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” (John 14:2) These mansions of God are afterlife levels of consciousness. Where is consciousness? Within the bodies we now occupy, wherever we are. “For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)
Through meditation, we may become aware of these afterlife realms of consciousness as in dreams. Therefore, whether we are on this Earth, or in another afterlife realm, the “house of the Lord” is the shell which we occupy. For while God wills that no soul shall perish, he will not force humankind to seek him.
Meditation Tips from Edgar Cayce
Meditation is the attuning of the mental and physical body to your spiritual source.
During meditation, you can increase the spiritual forces taking place within your inner self.
This is necessary to help you attune and become one with the Creative Force – just as in the pitch of a song of praise.
Raise these spiritual forces in yourself and you will enter the presence of your Maker.
No sacrifice is necessary except your desire to be one with God.
You will know within yourself when you are in an at-onement with God.
Read about the promises of Jesus in the book of John, chapters 14-17, to learn about the spirit of light within you to help unlock your inner self.
Set definite time periods to listen to the voice of your Maker. Meditate either at 11:00 am to noon in the day or 11:00 pm to midnight in the evening. The best time is 2:00 am to 3:00 am in the morning. (For at least 30 minutes)
Meditate facing east (for polarity with the Earth) and in the same place each day.
For some people, the song of the spheres is necessary for their comfort in meditation and to rest the senses.
Sit or lie in an easy position, without any binding garments around your body.
Sit as in readiness. Crucify desires within yourself. Turn yourself inward.
Quiet yourself mentally. Cleanse the inner room of your mind. No unkind thoughts are allowed.
Shut out all thoughts pertaining to activities or attributes of carnal forces.
The hands should always cross the solar plexus, the balancing between the forces of the body, when meditating or seeking to open yourself to the unseen sources.
Never open yourself without surrounding yourself with the Christ Consciousness by thought, by word of mouth, by impressing it upon yourself – also for protection.
Certain types of breathing are suggested, that there may be an even balance in the respiratory system, that the circulation becomes normal in its flow through the body.
With low music or incantations, let yourself go deeper, to the seeing, feeling, experiencing the creative forces of love and enter into the Holy of Holies.
Then listen to the music of your inner spiritual centers responding.
Enter in the closet of your inner self and pour out your self so that you may be filled with the Spirit of God.
Find what is the impelling desire (i.e., your ideal) in your inner self – council with your soul.
Make your will to be one with the whole.
In your temple, let the voice, the feeling, the spirit of your purpose be free in its direction to yourself.
Meditate on the fruits of the Spirit in the inner secrets of the consciousness and the cells in the body will become aware of the awakening of the life in their activity.
Only in patience can you become aware of your soul’s activity.
Attune yourself almost in the same manner as you would tune a violin for harmony.
Seek God’s face and God’s ways. When you are fully attuned, let your intonations, breathing, and posture be rather an outgrowth of your attunement.
As the body attunes itself, it may be a channel where there may be instant healing with the laying on of hands.
Voices can be heard when attuning yourself during meditation.
Visualizing while attuned in meditation can influence others.
Many people meet their spirit guide during their first experience of meditation. Do not be satisfied with a guide other than one from the Throne of Grace itself.
After raising your consciousness, God meets you in your own temple (the Holy of Holies, the third eye).
No one can know attunement who has not developed their inner self.
If we fail to apply what is given us in meditation, the body will act!
The following discussion of Edgar Cayce’s understanding of the soul and spirit comes from the great Cayce scholar, John Van Auken (www.johnvanauken.com). Van Auken is a former director of the Association of Research and Enlightenment, the Edgar Cayce research foundation. He is editor of Living in the Light and author of books, audio tapes, and videos. He’s an expert in Egyptian, Hebrew, and Christian mysticism, and is a skillful teacher of meditation from Kundalini to his unique passage in consciousness. He practices the techniques he teaches and has become a popular speaker, leading retreats, workshops, and tours, and writes regularly as a columnist.
“… be best that these be classified, that these be not misunderstood in their relations one to another.” [Edgar Cayce reading 5756-4]
Let’s consider these two aspects of our being, which are so often overshadowed by our physical aspect.
2. The spirit
According to Cayce, spirit is the life force, the vital spark that animates life. He said:
“Spirit is the spark, or portion of the Divine that is in every entity.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3744-5]
But spirit is not just a force. It is a consciousness with individualness, though not nearly as individual as we are in our physical condition. Jesus tells the woman at the well that:
“God is a spirit, and seeks same to worship Him.” (Jesus Christ, John 4:23)
[This is] a call for us to get into our spirit if we would really connect with God. According to Cayce, our spirit self is, has been, and always will be before the throne of God. It is perfect, unblemished, made in the image of Elohim, as recorded in Genesis 1. Cayce says that it is a thing apart from anything earthy, and does not descend into the realms of Earth unless we lift ourselves up to it and connect with it. Even then, it remains shielded from earthly influences.
That spark Cayce spoke of is the light and life of mind, or consciousness. Within the one, universal, collective mind of God are infinite points of consciousness, spirits like the Great Spirit. The consciousness of our spirit is the superconscious, a level of consciousness that is nearly indistinguishable from God’s consciousness. Psalm 82 expresses the situation in the spirit realm this way:
“God stands in the congregation of God; He judges among the gods; and later, You are gods, sons of the Most High.” (Psalms 82:1-6)
It’s important to realize that these sons are spirits, not bodies; male and female energies are combined. As Jesus explained:
“In heaven there is neither marriage nor giving in marriage.” (Jesus Christ, Matthew 22:30)
The phrase the congregation of God reflects how intimately connected the godlings are to their Creator. This collective nature of the Creator is also expressed in the use of the plural word Elohim for the name of God. The Creator includes all of life; nothing exists outside of the Whole. Fascinatingly, the author of Genesis changes the name of God in the second chapter to Yahweh Elohim, which most English Bibles translate as Lord God. It is this aspect of God that creates our soul self, different from the spirit self that Elohim made in Genesis 1:26. Yahweh Elohim forms us from the dust of the ground and breathes the breath of life into us, and we become living souls (Genesis 2:7).
3. The soul
Cayce sees soul as the developing portion of our whole nature. It is ever changing, growing, and learning, and uses free will to explore, create, test, discover, and more. Soul is the ultimate companion to the Creator; a true companion, because it has the free will to choose to be a companion or not. The soul is also uniquely able to bridge the gulf between the spirit realms and the physical realms, between our divine, godly self and our earthly self. The mind of the soul is the subconscious. It may operate independently of the Collective Consciousness of the Creator. (At least, it is allowed to think it does. After all, there is no way to actually be outside of the Whole.) Or, it may act in harmony and conscious at-onement with the Collective Consciousness.
Question: “Mr. Cayce, what is the soul of a body?” Cayce: “That which the Maker gave to every entity or individual in the beginning, and which is seeking the home again or place of the Maker.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3744-1]
Cayce: “All souls were created in the beginning, and are finding their way back to whence they came.” Question: “Where does the soul go when fully developed?” Cayce: “To its Maker.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3744-5]
From Cayce’s perspective:
“The study of subconscious, subliminal, psychic, soul forces, is and should be the great study for the human family. Through self, man will understand his Maker when he understands his relationship to his Maker. He will only understand that through himself. What one thinks continually, they become; what one cherishes in their heart and mind they make a part of the pulsation of their heart, through their own blood cells, and build in their own physical, that which his spirit and soul must feed upon.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3744-5]
I found Cayce’s comments on death and communicating with the dead to be helpful in understanding spirit and soul. For example, consider this reading:
“When the soul passes from the physical body, the subconscious mind, which never forgets, is then as the sensuous mind of the soul body; the spirit or superconscious mind becomes the subconscious of the soul. While incarnate, the sensuous mind is what we call the conscious mind. But after death or, for that matter, even during sleep (for Cayce says, sleep is a shadow of death), the active mind becomes the soul’s mind, the subconscious.” [Edgar Cayce reading 5756-4]
Question: “Is it possible for this body, Edgar Cayce, in this state to communicate with anyone who has passed into the spirit world?” Cayce: “The spirit of all that have passed from the physical realm remain about the realm until their development carries them onward or are returned [reincarnated] for their development here. When they are in the realm of communication or remain within this sphere, any may be communicated with. There are thousands about us here at present.” [Edgar Cayce reading 3744-1]
That’s an unsettling thought, isn’t it? But the key point here is the phases of development that may lead us back into incarnate life or on beyond this sphere altogether and out of the reach of communication. I remember a reading he gave to Mort Blumenthal in which Mort was regularly communicating with his deceased father through his dreams. On one occasion, Cayce informed Mort that his father had actually moved beyond this world, but Mort could still use the dream image of his father as a symbol for good advice. In another reading for Mort, Cayce explained that the waxen figures Mort had seen in one of his deeper dreams were the remnant casings left behind by entities that had moved beyond this world and the realms around it.
4. Experiencing soul
A few years ago I decided to follow Cayce’s example and try to get into a deep attunement to the Universal Consciousness to better understand the difference between my soul and me. Over a period of a month I came to feel (that’s the best word I can use to describe how the knowing or understanding came to me) what the difference was. It was paradoxically a significant difference, and yet these two aspects of myself were very, very close to one another. One morning as I was awaking from a dream, I experienced firsthand the difference between my outer self and my soul self. I’ve shared this many times, but it seems appropriate to repeat here.
I was dreaming a fascinating dream. As I came closer to waking consciousness, I realized how full my bladder was and decided to go empty it, then come back to bed and process the dream. Of course, when I returned to bed, the dream was gone. I had absolutely no recollection of its content. As I lay there, wondering how this could be possible, the dream content returned! At that very moment I knew I had slipped back into my soul-self, my subconscious, and there was the dream. So subtle was the veil between my inner and outer self that I did not notice when I moved from one to the other. Yet, so opaque was the veil that I could not see back through it to my dreaming soul-mind. That was a great breakthrough for me. From that day on I worked at developing my ability to distinguish when I was shifting from conscious self to subconscious self, from earthly person to soul. But I also wanted to know firsthand the difference between my soul self and my spirit.
5. Experiencing spirit
A Cayce reading explaining the Biblical Book of the Revelation helped me understand the nature of our spirit. In his explanation Cayce noted that twice in the revelation the disciple John saw an angel appear, whom he bowed down to worship. But the angel would have none of this, saying:
Cayce explained that the godly-looking being, that angel, was in fact the spirit-self of Peter, who had promised John that he would endeavor to contact him after his demise. If we could see one another in our true spirit-self, we would appear so godly that we would bow down and worship. Yet, our spirit-self would retain enough of its individualness to speak to and guide us, as Peter did to John. Amazing, isn’t it? Of course, it is just this kind of talk that gets the evangelical Christians upset with us. We are saying that some aspect of us is in the image and likeness of God and is a godling within the one Most High God. The subtle but key point here is that we are not saying that we are God. Rather, we are a portion of God, our Creator. Cayce put it this way for Mort:
“Know that not only God is God… but self is a part of that Oneness.” [Edgar Cayce reading 900-181]
In my effort to personally experience my spirit self, I used the methods and maps that Cayce gave for going from physical consciousness through dimensions of consciousness to spiritual consciousness. I published an article on this in Venture Inward several years ago, subsequently wrote a book about it (Spiritual Breakthrough), and later wrote an illustrated manual (Passage in Consciousness). By practicing these methods I did experience what I perceived to be superconsciousness, a level of consciousness in proximity to or in oneness with God’s Universal Consciousness. During these sessions, which can be compared to deep meditation, I at times retained a sense of individualness while in the collective, universal condition. But at other times, I lost all sense of individualness and only after attempting to regain a sense of myself did I realize that I had lost individual consciousness, which caused me some concern about this practice. However, Cayce reassuringly explained to the practitioners he guided that they would indeed lose consciousness at times but that if they kept practicing, they would ultimately maintain semi-consciousness or even full consciousness during the transitions into the higher states of consciousness.
For me, it was as if my consciousness turned off a gravitational force that somehow maintained selfness, allowing my mind to slip into an infinite vacuum much like the difference between a contained planetary atmosphere and infinite, airless outer space. I assume this is what the Eastern seekers mean by entering the Void.
Miraculously, I was somehow able to turn the gravitational force of self-consciousness back on and recompose myself in a relatively sane and Earth-relevant condition. But, as so many near-death experience people report, once having touched the dimensions beyond this world, you are never quite the same.
Some sessions contained imagery beautiful, ethereal imagery. But some sessions were simply a matter of feeling a shift from individual, finite perception to universal, infinite awareness. Some sessions were quite energizing, invigorating, and inspiring; while other sessions were as still, quiet, and lifeless as death. Coming out of one of these death-like sessions required long transition times before normal consciousness and physical activity could be regained. It could take me from twenty minutes to two days to get back to my normal self again, depending, I suppose, on many factors, including how much I really wanted or needed to get back to my normal self.
The effects of these practice sessions were profound. Though I still had my daily personal issues to deal with my weaknesses and strengths, and certainly my karma I always felt that I had seen the other side of the mountain. Therefore, nothing could keep me from knowing that all was going to work out well in the end, despite how hard or disappointing the journey might be now. Paradise did exist. I knew it firsthand.
Stuart Dean, the manager of A.R.E.’s Study Group department, had a similar experience. He explained that he simply wanted to attune to the Source, had about ten different ways to describe that, but decided to just ask God to do it for him. And He did. Dean described what happened:
“I immediately found myself in a beautiful place, right next to the Light and Presence of God, where we are all living traces of His movement, yet still Him in essence. We are ourselves, yet also Him. I could feel it! All unique, but still Him. We all were open both to God and to connecting with each other, and there was nothing else except this! This was prior to inner and outer worlds, prior to space and time, prior to existence itself! This is the place where there are no limits, where peace is not yet disturbed, where surrender is natural, and where our life is wholly our relatedness to each other and to God. Then it came to me that these are our spirits, as opposed to our souls, which grow and develop. As spirits, we are eternally young, perfect, innocent, and happy. We are completely light and completely love. I felt like the first generation of the Sons of God, and that we still are, at our core, these spirits around the Throne. Creative energies before creation; with feelings of perfect willingness to cooperate with every other spirit, knowing that we are all units of One Love. I have always felt fairly close to my soul, but I never thought I would actually connect with my spirit. Now that I have, I can hardly get over how childlike and unafraid my spirit is, and how perfectly open it is to other people, recognizing them as Pure Selves, like itself. This is like having a little piece of God with me all the time.” (Stuart Dean, the manager of A.R.E.’s Study Group department)
I think this is the distinctive difference between the spirit and the soul. The soul is on a journey with many twists and turns in the road of life. But the spirit is high above the road, overarching it from beginning to end, and knows the peace that passes understanding, the contentment that is never shaken, the Paradise that is ours to enjoy forever. The great thing about this is that we may experience the Paradise while still on the road! The flesh is heavy and weak, but the spirit is willing and waiting. With a few simple techniques, a longing heart, and trust in God’s promise to meet us if we seek Him/Her, we can take a break from the often lonesome road and enter into the congregation of God.
6. Understanding the mind
From his deep attunement to the Mind of God, that Universal Consciousness, Edgar Cayce stated that mind is the light, the builder, and the bridge to liberation and enlightenment. Here is his perspective on the mind:
“The Spirit moved … and there was Light – Mind. The Light became the light of men.” [Edgar Cayce reading 1947-3]
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. How? The Mind of God moved, and matter, form, came into being. Mind, then, in God the Father, is the builder. How much more, then, would or should Mind be the builder in the experience of those that have put on Christ or God, in Him, in His coming into the Earth?” [Edgar Cayce reading 262-78]
“Each entity finds itself in a three-dimensional phase of existence or experience: the world without, the world within, and the mind that may span or bridge the two.” [Edgar Cayce reading 1100-26]
He explained that life, all life, begins in the spirit, which is the creative force that brings all into existence. Then mind takes this life essence, and builds with it. Finally, the physical is the result:
“Mind the builder, the spirit the creator, the material [is] that created. Great truth! Keep it before you.” [Edgar Cayce reading 900-374]
It certainly is a powerful concept to keep before us. All outer things have their origin in the unseen spiritual forces, then find expression in the mind, and ultimately appear out here in the physical. So often we physical beings think that the outer, physical forces are the more powerful. But Cayce frequently encouraged us to accept that:
“… the unseen forces are greater than the seen.” [Edgar Cayce reading 900-243]
If we want to change something, it must begin in the spirit and the mind.
“That you think, that you put your Mind to work upon, to live upon, to feed upon, to live with, to abide with, to associate with in the mind, that your soul-body becomes! That is the law. That is the destiny.” [Edgar Cayce reading 262-78]
He expands upon this:
“Mind [is] the builder, the appreciator, the paralleler, the drawer of conclusions, the chooser…” – Edgar Cayce
And, Cayce says, mind is driven by the ideal.
7. The ideal is the mind’s navigator
“As you contemplate, as you meditate, as you look upon the Mind, know the Mind has many windows. And as you look out of your inner self, know where you are looking, [where] you are seeking. What is your ideal? What would you have your mind-body to become?” [Edgar Cayce reading 262-78]
In a deep contemplation session on this teaching, my deeper mind saw the ancient boat of Pharaoh, with its twenty-four oarsmen and the navigator’s hut on the bow. As I sought to know the meaning of this imagery, Cayce’s teaching about the twelve nobles before the Throne of God in the Book of the Revelation came to mind. He said that they represent the twelve paired cranial nerves (24) in our own heads! As these nerves turn their attention away from worldly pursuits and toward heavenly ones, they bring a new heaven and a new Earth, meaning a new mind, a new body. As I reflected on this, I realized that the twenty-four oarsmen on Pharaoh’s boat represented these same nerves and their ability to bring us across the barrier that the Nile River represented, that barrier between what the Egyptians called the land of the living, which is the place of the physically incarnate, and the land of the dead, the realm of the spiritually living. I realized that the navigator was indeed the ideal held as we sought to cross the barrier between this world and the spiritual.
“That upon which it [the mind] feeds it becomes. The most important experience of this or any individual entity is to first know what is the ideal — spiritually. Who and what is your pattern?” [Edgar Cayce reading 357-13]
Cayce frequently said that Christ is the consciousness and Jesus is the pattern. Jesus, for Cayce, is the ideal pattern for humans to use to build their own mind — just as one would use a pattern to make clothes from new fabric. Jesus exemplified a human at-one-with God and making that oneness manifest in his life among others. Cayce often noted that Jesus simply went around doing good according to God’s inner guidance to Him. An ideal way for all of us to live.
We have covered the topic of ideals in detail in a previous issue, but for our purposes here, consider this from Cayce:
“What, then, is an ideal? As concerning your fellow man, He gave, ‘As you would that others do to you, do you even so to them’; take no thought, worry not, be not overanxious about the body. For He knows what you have need of. In the place you are, in the consciousness in which you find yourself, is that which is needed today, now, for your greater, your better, your more wonderful unfoldment. This is that attitude of mind that puts away hates, malice, anxiety, jealousy. And it creates in their stead the fruits of the spirit: love, patience, mercy, longsuffering, kindness, gentleness. Against these there is no law. They break down barriers; they bring peace and harmony; they bring the outlook upon life of not finding fault because someone forgot, someone’s judgment was bad, someone was selfish today. These you can over-look, for so did He.” [Edgar Cayce reading 357-13]
Such a state of attitude, of mind, toward life sets up a powerful map for navigating oneself through the day’s challenges and opportunities. This is an ideal, a navigational star by which to guide oneself each day. With this ideal, the mind approaches every obstacle, every crosscurrent, every undertow, and winds its way through them by holding to the ideal, the map set before us as the best way. This is the power of an ideal held by mind as we live life. Yet, as we grow and learn, we may see the need to adjust our ideal. Cayce encouraged us to write our ideals down, but to do so in pencil. As we gain a greater understanding we see over the next mountain, we gain an increasingly better perspective of the whole truth, the way, and we adjust our ideal accordingly.
8. Thoughts are things
Another fundamental Cayce teaching is:
“Thoughts are things, and as their currents run they become miracles or crimes in the experiences of individual life.” [Edgar Cayce reading 906-3]
For the deeply attuned Cayce, thoughts were as real as actions. In fact, during his readings from the Book of Life, he had to strain to determine whether the person he was reading for had actually done something or had just thought about doing it!
“Thoughts are things; just as the Mind is as concrete as a post or tree … and the Akashic Record, the Book of Life, records them as such.” [Edgar Cayce reading 1581-1]
This is a hard one to hear. The first time I read it, it pained me to think how many times my thoughts had done harm to another and placed a negative influence in the Collective Mind. Watching our thoughts is important.
9. Watch self pass by
Cayce was once asked: How may I learn to know self as I am known? He answered:
“Being able to literally stand aside and watch self pass by! Take the time to occasionally be sufficiently introspective of that, that may happen in self’s relation to others, to see the reactions of others as to that as was done by self; for no man lives to himself, no man dies to himself … Be able, then, to see self as others see you. Stand aside and watch self pass by!” [Edgar Cayce reading 262-9]
This is a powerful learning tool. For Cayce, this was not just good mental advice, it was good physical advice:
“If the body will watch self and the reactions of the various foods or preparations, and draw a comparison from what may be termed a combination of all the various authorities, then the body will find what is best for self. See?” [Edgar Cayce reading 278-2]
Want to know the best diet for yourself? Watch how the various foods and cooking methods affect you. This information will be better than anyone else can give you, because it is revealed in your own body.
10. The subliminal mind
Dreams and meditations are two of Cayce most recommended means for fully engaging the power of our minds. According to Cayce, our subliminal mind will engage with our outer mind to review and discuss all influences:
“In this there is seen both the action of the subconscious and subliminal mind and the physical mind, reasoning together, as it were, of the past, present, and future conditions as relating to the mental attitude of the entity; for, as is seen in the final analysis of the real Mind, the Builder, and as this is presented in the view of the dreams, the meditations of the entity in those days when the inner consciousness of the entity built in the mental forces those conditions as would bring the great joy, peace, and happiness to the entity, these, as we see, took on physical forms in the mental aspirations of the entity.” – Edgar Cayce
Seek within ourselves through dreams, meditations, and deep reflections, and our subliminal mind will convey the insights.
Even God will help, as seen in this Cayce reading:
“Thus the individual entity finds … that the first creation of God, the mind, is the way; or the way through which light may come to the entity from the Father. Even as He brought to remembrance the promise, for memory brought in the light of consciousness is the outpouring of spirit. (Memory is the mind of the soul.) Keep not only the body clean, the mind pure, but in the light of the spiritual forces as aid — keep in at-onement with same.” – Edgar Cayce (Note: The parenthetical statement about memory is Cayce’s.)
11. Subconscious: the police
“The only real guide that may be relied upon is that subconscious force that is as the police to the entity, both in the physical, material, and in the spiritual realms. And, as this [the subconscious] will guide and direct the entity, in that same way and manner as the police in their regular capacity … in the physical life.” [Edgar Cayce reading 900-243]
What a fascinating concept. Our subconscious is our conscience, our policing power.
“That is, the police, the subconscious mind, represent the law that guides, directs, and that way upon which the entity, which any entity, may rely for the enforcement of that which will keep in peace, in war, in any condition, that straight way for the best interest of each and every individual.” [Edgar Cayce reading 900-243]
However, even as physical police departments can become corrupt, so can our subconscious police become misdirected by powerful suggestions of self-doubt, self-condemnation.
“In the same way and manner as these (the police) may become subject to all of the vicissitudes that are ever present within the conditions in life, so may the subconscious forces, misdirected, misguided, or seeking to belittle the self … through its experience in the Earth’s realm.” [Edgar Cayce reading 900-243]
The only way to protect against this misdirection is to hold to a higher ideal that lifts us beyond our self-doubt, self-condemnation. God does not condemn us. God has erected no barrier. Self is the only obstacle to full enlightenment and reunion.
12. Levels of Consciousness
Cayce identifies three levels of consciousness or dimensions of mind: (1) conscious, (2) subconscious, and (3) superconscious.
Conscious mind is the level that we are most familiar with. It is the level within which our personality and three-dimensional self develops and has much of its activity.
The subconscious is that part of our minds that bridges the outer self with the spiritual self. According to Cayce, the subconscious is both in the body, through the autonomic system, and beyond the body, in the soul realms of telepathy, non-physical life, and timelessness. This mind is the mind of the soul, says Cayce. As the mind of our outer self is the conscious mind and that portion containing our personality, so the subconscious mind contains our developing individuality, which Cayce identifies as our true self.
The superconscious level is the portion made in the image of the Creator, as recorded in Genesis. It is that portion of us that is a god or godling, as the ancient Egyptians termed it. Cayce explained that the superconscious is a thing apart from anything earthly, and only makes its presence known or is knowable when the soul-self lifts itself and portions of the conscious mind up into the vast, expansive level that is the superconscious. This is the portion of our being that Cayce referred to when he said that:
“… not only God is God, but self is a part of that oneness.” [Edgar Cayce reading 900-181]
To know the superconscious, Cayce says one must learn to achieve deep levels of meditation. He said that if a dream feels more like a vision than a dream, then it most likely originated from this highest level of consciousness.
At death, the conscious mind is gradually absorbed into the subconscious (the mind of the surviving soul), and the subconscious becomes the operative mind, with the superconscious now in the position the subconscious held while we were incarnate. Later, upon reincarnation, the subconscious projects another portion of itself into the newly developing outer, three-dimensional mind. Intuitions, knowings, and psychic perceptions come from the projected subconscious. Cayce explains that not all of the subconscious is projected; some of it remains in very high levels of perception and activity. But the portion that is in the body maintains the autonomic systems of the body (respiration, circulation, digestion, etc.) and the seven spiritual centers or chakras, which correspond with the seven endocrine glands.
We may feel that we do not know our subconscious soul-self, but we do, and we are comfortable with it. For example, when we are waking with a dream, but notice that our bladder is full and go empty it, only to return to the bed with no recall of the dream, then we have just experienced our two selves. One is the dreaming mind, the subconscious soul-mind, and the other is in charge of the bladder and the central nervous system that moves the body to the bathroom (somatic system). Yet, notice how comfortable we were in the dream state. Notice how we felt that WE were dreaming. That is because this is the true self, and we know it well. Yet, there is a veil that drops when we move outward, a veil that is opaque. The outer self cannot see back through that veil, cannot recall the contents of the dream, because it never had the dream and was only awakened when the physical body needed to move. Now you can see how we can die to this body and this world, and still live, still be active. Sleep, the shadow of death, is that condition in miniature each night.
Mind is our true nature. It is that portion of us that lives forever. What would it be like to live our lives as minds in bodies, rather than bodies with minds? Surprisingly, Cayce considered the mind to be a savior, a redeemer. It is that portion of our being that can mend and restore us. Let’s engage our minds and fully awaken to our spiritual selves.
Edgar Cayce was a near-death experiencer who had more recorded out-of-body journeys than anyone ever recorded and revealed volumes of psychic material much of which was verified to be true to the amazement of doctors and scientists. Cayce discovered at a young age he could go into a self-induced trance and travel while out-of-body to afterlife realms to obtain information on virtually any subject. Cayce claimed anyone could do what he did with the proper training and attunement. During his out-of-body journeys, Cayce was able to tap into a virtually unlimited amount of information which he referred to as the “Universal Mind“. He was able to reveal previously unknown information on a wide range of subjects such as: astrology, the afterlife, religion, the future, consciousness, and human origins, just to name a few. The following information on human origins was revealed to Cayce during his excursions while out of the body and as told in Thomas Sugrue’s book, There is a River. Because of the archaic language used in Cayce’s description, I have paraphrased it slightly, without losing any of original meaning, to make it easier to read. This may be the most important document concerning Edgar Cayce you will ever read because it answers the “what, where, how, when and why” of human origins.
People usually demand a beginning, so in the beginning there was a sea of spirit and it filled all of space. The spirit was static, content, and aware of itself. It was a giant resting on the bosom of its thought and contemplating what it is.
Then the spirit moved into action. It withdrew into itself until all of space was empty. In the center, the sparkling mind of the spirit shone. This was the beginning of the individuality of the spirit. This was what the spirit discovered itself to be when it awakened. This spirit was God.
God desired self-expression and desired companionship; therefore, God projected the cosmos and souls. The cosmos was built with music, arithmetic, geometry, harmony, system, and balance. The building blocks were all of the same material – the life essence – God simply changed the wavelength and rate of vibration of these building blocks thereby creating the patterns for multitudes of life forms. This action resulted in the law of diversity which supplied endless patterns. God played on this law of diversity as a pianist plays on a piano – producing melodies and arranging them in a symphony.
2. The evolutionary plan for souls
Each design carried within it the plan for its evolution – both physical and spiritual. This plan corresponds to the sound of a note struck on a piano. The sounds of several notes unite to make a chord; chords in turn become phrases; phrases become melodies; melodies intermingle and move back and forth, across and between and around each other, to make a symphony. Then in the end, the music will stop and the physical universe will be no more; but between the beginning and the finish of the music, there was glorious beauty and a glorious experience. The spiritual universe will continue on.
Everything assumed its design in various forms and their activity resulted in the laws of attraction and repulsion. All forms would attract and repel each other in their evolutionary dance.
All things are a part of God and an expression of God’s thought. The Mind of God was the force which propelled and perpetuated these thoughts. All minds, as thoughts of God, do everything God imagined. Everything which came into being is an aspect of this One Mind.
All things, including the souls of individuals, were created as “fractals” of God for companionship with God – the “Whole.” This revelation from Cayce revealed the astonishing fact of how self-similar the universe is on every scale: from the atom to biological organisms, from human beings to the planet Earth, from solar systems to galaxies, from the universe(s) to God.
The pattern God used to create souls was the pattern of God’s own Spirit. The spirit is life. From the spirit, the mind builds patterns. From the mind, the physical creation is the result. This is how the spirit, the mind, and individuality, became the pattern for souls. This is how cause, action, and effect became the pattern for everything. First there was the spirit (the first cause); then there was the action which withdrew spirit into itself; then there was the resulting individuality of God.
Thus, new individuals issued from God and remained dependent upon God; but individuals were also aware of an existence apart from God. Individuals were given the power to choose (free will) and direct their own activity. Without free will, it would only remain a part of the individuality of God. The mind, issuing as a force from God, would naturally fulfill God’s thoughts unless directed otherwise. The power to do this – to direct the force of mind individually from God – is free will. And the record or memory of this freedom is the soul. The soul began with its first expression of free will through the force of mind. The first thought the spirit generated from free will – the first diversion of the force of mind from its normal path of unity with God – was the beginning of the soul.
The nucleus of the soul was the balance of positive and negative forces equal in power. These forces produce harmonious activities: the positive force initiates, impregnates, and thrusts forward; while its polar negative force receives, nourishes, and ejects. The steps of this evolutionary process are also the stages of the thought process: perception, reflection, and opinion.
3. The nature of the spirit, soul and ego
Thus, the soul consists of two states of consciousness: (1) the spirit which bears a knowledge of its identity with God, and (2) the soul which bears a knowledge of everything it experienced.
The plan for the soul is a cycle of experience unlimited in scope and duration. Through this evolutionary cycle, the soul will come to know the creation in all its aspects at the discretion of the will. The cycle would be completed when the desire of the will was no longer different from the thought of God. The consciousness of the soul would then merge with its spiritual consciousness of its identity with God. Then the soul will return to its source as the companion it was intended to be.
As a companion, the soul would remain conscious of its separate individuality and would be aware of its own free will as it now acted as a part of God, but not diverting its mind because it was in agreement with God’s influence on the mind of the soul. Until this state of at-onement was reached, the soul would not be a companion in the true sense of the word.
The idea of returning to God means a loss of individuality is paradoxical, since God is aware of everything happening and must therefore be aware of the consciousness of each individual. The return of the soul is the return of the image to whom imagined it. The consciousness of the individual – its soul record – could not be destroyed without destroying a part of God. When a soul returns to God it becomes aware of itself not only as a part of God, but as a part of every other soul, and everything.
The plan for the soul included experiencing of all creation, but it did not necessarily mean participating in all forms and substance. Nor did it mean souls can interfere with the creation. Nor did it mean souls are to spin their own little worlds, twisting and bending laws to make images of their dreams.
But these things could happen. The soul was the greatest thing God made because it has free will. Once free will was given, God did nothing to curb it. However it acted, it had to act within God’s reality. By whatever route, the soul will return to God.
The apparent fact of the human body being a speck of dust on a small planet in a regular galaxy in a universe of galaxies can lead to the illusion of humans being a small creation. But the soul is the unlimited activity of the mind and the grandeur of imagination.
At first there was little difference between the consciousness of the new individual (i.e., soul) and its consciousness of identity with God (i.e., spirit). Souls merely watched the flow of the Mind, somewhat as people daydreaming, marveling at its power and versatility. Then souls began to act itself, imitating and paralleling what Mind was doing. Gradually souls acquired experience, becoming a complementary rather than an imitative force. It helped to extend, modify, and regulate creation.
5. The entanglement of souls with flesh
Certain souls became aggressive with their own power and began to experiment with it. They mingled with the dust of the stars and the winds of the spheres – feeling them – and becoming part of them. One result of this was an unbalance between the positive and negative forces. To feel things demanded the negative force. To express through things (and directing and managing them) required the positive force. Another result of souls becoming aggressive with their own power was the gradual weakening of the link between the two states of consciousness (i.e., spirit and the soul). Some souls became more concerned with and aware of their own creations rather than God’s. This resulted in the fall of certain souls to an even lower consciousness. The Bible allegorically refers to this event as the Fall in the Garden of Eden and the revolt of the angels in the Book of Revelation. This event is also the basis for the cosmology of Christian Gnosticism and Jewish mysticism.
To enter into another level of creation and become part of it, the soul had to assume a new, or third consciousness – a physical form. Assuming a physical form is a way of experiencing that particular level of creation by means of a conscious mind (i.e., the third consciousness). Through the conscious mind, an individual can experience physical consciousness: the physical body, the five senses, the glandular and nervous systems. This transformation of consciousness does not apply everywhere at this level of creation. In other worlds and solar systems, the transformation may differ. One can only imagine the number of these other worlds and the aspects of divine mind which they represent.
When a soul enters into another level of creation and its consciousness, it separated itself temporarily from the consciousness of its own soul, and became even further removed from the consciousness of its spirit. Thus, instead of helping to direct the flow of creation and contributing to it, the soul found itself in the stream and drifting along with it. The farther the soul traveled from the shore, the more it succumbed to the pull of the current and the more difficult was the task of getting back to land.
6. The invisible planetary afterlife dimensions of our solar system
Planets and solar systems became a temptation to souls. Each solar system had its own course and its own plan. Souls moved toward them through the activity of a constant stream of mind. When a soul leaped into the stream (by immersing itself in the system through which the stream was flowing) it had the force of the current to contend with, and its free will was hampered. It was very easy, under these circumstances, to drift with the current.
Each solar system also represents an opportunity for development, advancement, and growth toward the ideal of complete companionship with God – the position of co-creator in the vast system of universal mind.
Our solar system also attracted souls. Since each solar system is a single expression of the divine, with its planets as integral parts, the Earth came into the path of souls.
Each solar system in the universe is like an atom in a universe of worlds. Atoms have quantum levels for electrons to travel around. The sun has “quantum levels” for planets to travel around. The planets of our solar system are physical representations of heavenly dimensions. These levels as a whole are the consciousness of our solar system. There are nine planetary-afterlife dimensions to the consciousness of our solar system. The planet Earth represents the third dimension where three-dimensional life is experienced in our solar system.
7. God’s three-dimensional school of hard knocks on the third planet from the sun
The Earth is an expression of Divine Mind with its own laws, its own plan, and its own evolution. Souls, longing to feel the beauty of the seas, the winds, the forest, and the flowers, mixed with them and expressed themselves through them. They also mingled with the animals, and made thought forms in imitation of them. Souls played at creating and imitated God. But this interfered with the evolutionary plan of the Earth. Thus, the stream of mind carrying out this plan for the Earth gradually drew souls into its current. Souls had to evolve into the bodies they had themselves created.
This entanglement of souls into physical form was a probability from the beginning. But God did not know when it would happen until the souls, of their own free will, had caused it to happen.
All souls were created by God in the very beginning – before the universe was created. No other souls have been created since then. This means all souls on this planet, pre-existed before birth. Of the souls which God created, only a comparative few have entered into the experience of our solar system. Many other souls have gone through or are going through a similar entanglement in other solar systems in the universe.
8. The sons of God unite with the daughters of men
A way to liberate the souls entangled in matter was created. A physical form became available as a vehicle for the soul on Earth. A way became available for souls to enter the Earth and experience it as part of their evolutionary/reincarnation cycle. Of the physical forms already existing on Earth, a species of anthropoid ape-man most nearly approached the necessary pattern. Souls descended on these apes – hovering above and about them rather than inhabiting them – and influenced them to move toward a different goal from the simple one they had been pursuing. They came down out of the trees, built fires, made tools, lived in communities, and began to communicate with each other. Eventually they lost their animal look, shed bodily hair, and took on refinements of manner and habit.
The evolution of the human body occurred partly through the soul’s influence on the endocrine glands until the ape-man was a three-dimensional objectification of the soul hovering above it. Then the soul fully descended into the body and Earth had a new inhabitant: the homo sapien.
Homo sapiens appeared in five different places on Earth at the same time, as the five races. This evolved human is what the Bible refers to as “Adam“. When souls incarnated into physical form, it would bring the divine consciousness (i.e., the spirit) in with it. Cayce referred to this divine consciousness as the “Christ Consciousness” or “Buddhahood” or the “superconsciousness“. Christ consciousness has little to do with the personality known as Jesus. It means a person has attained a complete human-divine unity. This human-divine unity has been attained by many people thus far – one such person was Jesus.
The problem for the soul entangled in flesh was to overcome the attractions of the Earth to the extent the soul would be as free in the body as out of it. Only when the body was no longer a hindrance to the free express of the soul would the cycle of Earth be finished. This is the condition of having a perfect unity of the human with the divine.
In a smaller field, this was the evolutionary drama of free will and creation. In a still smaller field, each atom of the physical body is a world in itself where a drama of free will and creation is occurring. The soul brings life into each atom, and each atom is a physical reflection of the soul’s pattern.
9. The evolution of the soul through reincarnation
The plan for the Earth cycle of souls was a limited series of incarnations with periods in between of dwelling in other heavenly dimensions of consciousness. Reincarnation would continue until a soul’s every thought and action of the physical body was in accord with the plan originally laid out for the soul (i.e., a human-divine unity, Christ Consciousness). When the body was no longer a hindrance to the free expression of the soul – when the conscious mind had merged with the subconscious, the Earth cycle was finished and the soul liberated to move on to new adventures. This conquest of the physical body could not be attained until there was perfection in the other dimensions of consciousness which are physically represented by our solar system. Astrologically, the goal for the soul is to attain a level of consciousness representing the total divine expression of the sun and its planets. Whichever level of consciousness the soul assumes, it becomes the focal point of activity. The other states of consciousness receded to the position of urges and influences.
10. The evolution of the Christ soul from Adam to Jesus to Christhood
The human race was fostered by a soul who had completed his experience of creation, attained Christhood, returned to God, and became a companion to God and a co-creator. This is the soul known as Jesus. The first evolutionary transformation of ape-men to homo sapiens is who the Bible refers to as “Adam“. This was the beginning of the divine consciousness into flesh on the Earth. The soul known as Jesus, was one of the first souls to enter into one of the Adamic races.
The soul of Jesus was interested in the plight of its fellow souls trapped in Earth. After supervising the influx of souls into flesh, the Christ soul took form itself, from time to time, to act as a leader for the people.
At first, these souls just slightly inhabited the bodies of ape-men while remembering their true identities as spirit beings. But gradually, after many incarnations, these souls descended even further into physical consciousness and the result was a decrease in their spiritual mentality. They remembered their true selves only in dreams and in fables which were handed down from one generation to another. Religion came into being as a ritual of longing for lost spirit memories. The arts were born which included music and geometry. This knowledge was brought into the world from incoming souls who gradually forgot their heavenly source. This knowledge had to be written down, learned, and taught to each new generation.
Finally, humans were left with a conscious mind separated from their own individuality as souls. This individual identity as a soul became the subconscious mind. The individual identity or awareness of the physical world became the conscious mind. The subconscious mind (i.e., the soul) influenced the conscious mind and gave it its stature and quality. The subconscious mind dwelt in the “suit of clothes” which is the physical body and only in sleep is it disrobed.
Conscious minds, left to its own influence, will work out the plans and desires of God. Humans eventually developed theories for what they felt was true, but no longer knew to be true. The result was the creation of philosophy and theology. Humans searched and discovered higher knowledge which they carried within themselves but could no longer reach with the conscious mind. This resulted in the creation of science.
Humans evolved from having an awareness of higher spirit knowledge to having only mystical dreams, revealed religions, philosophy and theology. This evolution of consciousness ultimately reached a plateau and humans generally only believed what they could see and feel and prove in terms of their conscious minds. Then humanity began the struggle of regaining this higher knowledge.
Meanwhile, the Christ soul continued to teach and lead humanity by incarnating as the Biblical characters named Adam, Enoch, and Melchizedek. Enoch and Melchizedek experienced neither birth nor death. Then Christ soul realized after these incarnations it was necessary to give humanity a pattern by which they could follow in order to return to God. The Christ soul achieved this goal by incarnating as the personality known as Jesus, who became victorious over the death of the physical body by laying aside the ego, accepting the crucifixion of the body in order to return to God. Jesus created a pattern for humans to follow. Through the acts of leading a perfect life and becoming unjustly killed, this reversed the negative karma (i.e., the law of God, an eye for an eye) which came from Jesus’ first incarnation as Adam.
11. The law of karma as a lesson for soul evolution
At present, humanity is in a state of great spiritual darkness – the darkness which precedes dawn. Humanity developed a level of skepticism which reached a point where it forced humans to make conclusions they knew was intuitively wrong. At the same time, humanity continued their investigation of natural phenomena to the point where conscious awareness disproved all the higher knowledge souls had acquired in the beginning. The free will of humanity is discovering how all roads to higher knowledge leads toward the same destination and conclusions. Scientific, theological, and philosophical knowledge, which has no desire to join forces, are approaching a point of merger. Skepticism faces destruction by its own hand.
Humanity is at all times the total of what they have been and done, what they have fought and defended, and what they have hated and loved. In the three-dimensional consciousness of every human, in every atom of the human body, is a reflection of the soul and a crystallization of their individuality. Their emotional and nervous structures, their mental abilities, aptitudes, aversions, preferences, fears, follies, ambitions, and character, are the sum of what humans have done with their free will. This makes every personality, as the earthly “cloak” of an individuality, is different from every other personality.
The law of karma, which is Earth’s law of cause and effect (“of reaping what one sows“) also makes humans different from one another in their joys and sorrows, in their handicaps, their strengths, their weaknesses, their virtues and vices, their appreciation of beauty, and their comprehension of truth. Transgressions humans make in life must be corrected in life, if not in the same life, then in a future incarnation. The Earth’s natural law, not the law of humanity or God, demands an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
This same law applies to groups of people, as they act together. There is karma for families, for tribes, for races, and for nations. For example, when a nation of individuals started a war in a previous lifetime and are reincarnated, a war will be committed against that nation. Only when such a nation is defeated in humility by a nation with justice and mercy, will the karma of war be lifted from the defeated nation.
Every person’s life is shaped to some extent by karma: their own, their associates, their loved ones, their nation, their race, and the entire world itself. But karma is not greater than free will. It is what a person does with these influences and urges, how they react to them, which makes the difference in their soul development. Because of karma, some things are more probable than others, but as long as there exists free will, anything is possible.
Thus free will and predestination coexist within human beings. Their past experiences limit them in probability and incline them in certain directions, but free will can always “draw the sword from the stone.” The combination of free will and predestination means humans freely choose their own predetermined destiny to return to God.
No soul incarnates without having a general plan for the life to be experienced. The personality a person expresses in life is only one of the many personalities (i.e., facets of the soul) a person can express. The mission of every soul is to work on one or several facets of the soul’s karma (which can be thought of as the soul’s memory of its prior actions). A soul does not choose a mission which is more than the soul can handle or which is too much for the personality assigned to or chosen by the soul. Some souls can freely choose their own conditions in which to be born and complete their missions. Other souls who have made too many mistakes in past lives and who have become dangerously influenced by worldly desires, are incarnated into conditions chosen by law of karma at a time and under circumstances best suited to help them with their karmic debt. Their mission is seldom perfectly fulfilled because of the such a soul’s large amount of negative karma. Their mission is sometimes badly neglected.
The circumstances and conditions a soul chooses to incarnate into is usually made at conception, when a channel for a soul’s expression is opened by the parents. When this occurs, a pattern is made by the mingling of the soul patterns of the parents. This sets up certain karmic conditions. A soul whose own karma approximates these karmic conditions will be attracted to the opportunity presented. Since the karmic pattern created by the parents will not be exactly the same the incarnating soul’s own karma, the soul must take on some of the karma of the parents.
Conditions other than the created pattern are conditions the soul must consider when choosing a body to be born with. Such conditions include: the future of the incarnated person’s life, former associations with the parents, the incarnation of souls it wishes to incarnate with, live with, and with whom the soul will have problems to work out with. In some cases the parents are the only reason for a some souls to incarnate. Such a child will be devoted to them and remain close to them. The child then completes its mission by dying so the child’s death can teach the parents very valuable lessons in life and of spirit. In other cases, the parents are only used as a means for which the child can leave home and go about its business in completing its mission.
12. The personality as a facet of the soul’s individuality
The soul may actually occupy a fetus as early as three months after conception or even as late as a month after birth. In the latter case, the soul hovers over the infants body since birth to decide whether or not to occupy it. Once the decision is made and the occupation completed, the separation between the conscious mind (i.e., personality) and subconscious mind (i.e., the soul) takes place and the soul record (i.e., memory) of the child begins. The fact that some babies are miscarried does not mean it was refused as a vehicle for a soul. Just the opposite is true. The opportunity to incarnate was taken away from the soul due to natural forces and this made the occupation of that particular body impossible.
The personality is a facet of the soul’s individuality experienced in three-dimensional consciousness (i.e., body, soul, spirit). The other facets of the soul remains in shadow – in the background. It gives tone to the personality through its urges, appreciations, tastes, avocations, and intuition.
A particular personality of an individual is shaped by three or four incarnations. The emotions and talents of a person reflects these past incarnations. A person’s dreams, visions, and meditations are reflections of the soul’s experience in other dimensions (i.e., heavenly realms) of consciousness associated physically by our solar system. The human intellect was created from the stars and planets. The intellect is the mind force of the soul which is conditioned by its previous incarnations on Earth and its experiences in other dimensions and even in other solar systems. The intellect becomes dimmed or brightened by its recent experiences within the three-dimensional consciousness of the solar system and the experiences within other dimensional realms of consciousness.
Thus, a personality is only one facet of the soul. The soul may incarnate as any facet to express that particular portion of itself. As a soul approaches its completion of the solar cycle of consciousness, the personality becomes more multi-sided and expresses greater facets of the soul. This is because each incarnation “burns off” negative karma which requires less and less attention. Finally, the personality will become a complete expression of the soul and the cycle of reincarnation is finished for the soul.
As the soul succumbs to worldly desires by abandoning its intellect for sensuality, it becomes more and more one-sided.
13. The soul’s liberation from reincarnation through human-divine unity
When the individual has attained complete human-divine unity, its cycle of reincarnations is finished, the soul is liberated, and the soul then merges with its spirit and, therefore, with God. The soul record (memory) is forever retained. This record is, at all times, is the sum total of what the soul personality has been: all it has thought, all it has experienced; all it has eaten, drunk, and felt through the ages.
Thus, as the soul is subjected to reincarnation, both the atheist and the religionist are correct. The atheist believes the personality does not survive after death. The religionist believes the soul is judged after death by its Creator. Substituting “personality” for “soul”, both are expressing the truth. The personality is evaluated after death and then returns to the soul which created it, thereby giving up its own independent existence and becoming once again a facet of the soul. This process is different from the process where the soul merges with the spirit after it completes its cycles of reincarnation.
With each incarnation into the physical realm (the solar system) and the other realms of consciousness, the general plan for perfecting the soul proceeds. Another facet of the soul is assumed and incarnated to experience tribulation in order to reinforce the character of the soul’s entire personality.
The trials and tribulations of individuals, groups, nations, and races, are dealt with time and time again through free will until they are solved. Then souls are free to journey to other worlds, or other solar systems, or other universes, or other dimensions of the hierarchy of consciousness.
14. Quotes from Edgar Cayce about the cosmos and souls
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. How? The Mind of God moved, and matter, form, came into being.”
“Spirit is life. Mind is the builder, and the physical is the result.”
“In each atom, in each corpuscle, is life. Life is what you worship as God … and earth is only an atom in the universe of worlds.”
“All souls in the beginning were one with the Father. The separation or turning away brought evil.”
“For man may separate himself from God – the Spirit – but the spirit does not separate from man.”
“All souls were created in the beginning and are finding their way back to whence they came.”
“Each soul is destined to become a portion again of the First Cause, or back to its Maker.”
“Life is, in all its manifestations in every animate force, Creative Force in action; and is the love of expression – or expressing that life; truth becoming a result of life’s love expressed. For, these are but names – unless experienced in the consciousness of each soul.”
“All power, all force, is a manifestation of what is termed the God-consciousness.”
“The coming into the Earth has been and is, for the evolution or evolving of the soul unto its awareness.”
“Birth in the physical is death in the spiritual. Death in the physical is the birth in the spiritual.”
“Each soul enters with a mission. We all have a mission to perform.”
“The conquering of self is truly greater than were one to conquer many worlds.”
“He who understands nature walks close with God.”
“What is truth? Law. What is Law? Love. What is love? God. What is God? Law and love. These are as the cycle of truth itself.”
This is Part 3 of a 3-part series of articles by longtime Edgar Cayce researcher and an A.R.E. Board member, Harvey A. Green, on the afterlife realms as revealed by Edgar Cayce. Harvey Green has written several books including: (1) Life and Death: The Pilgrimage of the Soul, (2)Voyage through Eternity, and (3)Letters to His Beloved. The following is an excerpt of his book, Life and Death: The Pilgrimage of the Soul which is his analysis of what happens after death using the important metaphysical knowledge of Cayce and others.
In the First Region of the Spirit Land we are surrounded by archetypes of material things. From this realm matter is transformed from the mental to the material. There is life and activity everywhere in this, the lowest region of the Spirit Land. Here in the First Region all activity is heard as music and all of the music blends together in magnificent harmonies. The physical forms created here appear more as a presence than as fixed. Gradually the presence is seen as a distortion and finally as dark outlines against the colors which emanate from the harmonies.
Steiner commented that what is considered to be just thoughts in lower realms become reality in this First Region. Here we move among the thoughts and we experience their essence. The thoughts have form, and as we pass through them we experience the full potential of each one. We now have the opportunity to see how reality arises in the Earth and how our thoughts work upon the fabric of reality. Although we live in community, we no longer have a sense of personality. We have a much greater sense of membership than we do of self. We feel a growing unity with our community, our society, and the entire region. We feel an inseparable union with the archetypes, all that they transform into reality, and one with the primordial spirit.
Those in the Earth who eventually feel one with nature and one with the material region draw this awareness from the First Region of the Spirit Land. It is in this First Region we have the opportunity to see and experience our thoughts as ultimate reality.
In the Earth we experience thought on a continuum of time and space. This means that our experience takes place gradually and in measured amounts. In this First Region of the Spirit Land we experience primal creative thought in its fullest sense from origin through manifestation.
In the Earth what sets clairvoyants apart from others is the ability to perceive and understand potentials which arise from thought. From this First Region and onward we experience and are fully aware of just such potential.
As in the regions of the Soul Land, there are those in the Spirit Land who are permanent residents in each realm we pass through. As we work in each region we are as unaware of their presence as they are of ours. Those souls that we commune with in each region are part of our eternal family with whom we have always been connected. Many souls that we encounter are those we have lived with in most of our earthly incarnations, while others have moved with us through successive realms, and many are members of our soul family with whom we have never lost touch throughout creation.
2. The second spirit region
In the Second Region of the Spirit Land we find the archetypes of life. Steiner noted that these archetypes transform thought matter into living things in the Earth. Here in this region we see the relationship of life in the human family and all other living creatures. We develop an appreciation and respect for the oneness of all life and how any one life affects all other life. Unity takes on a whole new meaning for us in the Second Region where we experience not only the commonness of all life but the interdependence of all forms of it. We mix with the life forms as they flow, and we gain our understanding in part from personal experience. Our communities are now becoming wider, and we are more likely to live with members of our larger soul family than only those with whom we shared earthly experiences. The capacity to know ourselves as one with all living things arises from this Second Region.
It should be born in mind that as we move from region to region we do not go anywhere in a time and space sense of the words. All of life interpenetrates, as all realms do. Our movement takes place in consciousness rather than in a time and space perspective.
We have noted that as we grow in awareness we embody more and more of a single region and eventually all of the region. This does not crowd out anyone or anything else and ultimately all of creation occupies the same space but not the same consciousness of proximity. If this is difficult to understand let us look at two individuals in the same automobile. One is driving and the other is not. The longer one drives the car, the more opportunity one has to use all of one’s driving skills, the more familiar one becomes with how the automobile reacts to one’s skills, the more intimate a part of the machine one will feel. Likewise, the longer one remains a passenger in the automobile, the more comfortable one gets, the more one enjoys the experience, the more a part of the purpose of the auto one feels he or she has become. Further, each occupant is approximately in the same area but because of the focus each views differently all that is within and all that each passes through. By virtue of each individual focus each rider of the automobile can be said to occupy the same point but differ in proximity to the reality of the journey. In reality our awareness can occupy the same time and space as some one else but each individual awareness would exist in its unfettered purity.
3. The third spirit region
As we enter the Third Region we experience the archetypes who are transforming mental substance into soul qualities as used in the Earth. Passions, instincts, desires, wishes, sensations, and feelings within the incarnate soul all arise in the Third Region of the Spirit Land. These soul qualities not only arise from this region but their expression in the Earth can be seen here in their true essence. One may be startled by light storms here which give off discordant sounds and disrupt the harmony of the archetype’s creation. This is the counterpart of sorrow, vengeance, and jealousy, when soul qualities are lifted up in the expressions to the Third Region.
Here in the Third Region we learn how to use the pulls on our souls. We learn to direct our instincts and desires of every kind in a totally unselfish manner. Those who have used their aspirations as benefactors in the Earth have drawn this knowledge from the Third Region of the Spirit Land. Ultimately anything of a selfish nature will be lost in the Third Region, transformed by the archetypes and sent into the Earth to be used for good.
4. The fourth spirit region
When we leave the Third Region and have rid ourselves of our last traces of any self-centeredness, we are now prepared for what Steiner described as the Fourth Region of the Spirit Land. Here we no longer participate directly in the affairs of materiality but in the care and maintenance of the archetypes in other realms. At the same time spirit from higher realms is drawn into the Fourth Region and transformed into usable substance for archetypes to work on in other lower regions. In the transformed spirit sent from the Fourth Region the very creative forces of the archetypes may be found, and even within those forces exists the pattern for creativity.
In the material world each creation is imbued with the pattern for its perfect manifestation. The pattern may be found as a fiber in the life which emanates from higher realms. It is not fed once into each living thing or even renewed periodically.
As spirit, life is permanently flowing new into all living things; so too is the pattern for its perfect manifestation. As creatures in the Earth we draw upon this spirit and use it to meet the daily challenges of material manifestation, as well as to build creatively in the many realms intimately connected with materiality. It must be borne in mind here that the Earth is not an inferior realm. It is in fact where all realms representatively come together. There is nothing in any of the realms we experience that cannot be compared to its representation in materiality, and that includes life in the Fourth Region of the Spirit Land and beyond.
Here in the Fourth Region we find an opportunity, previously unequaled, to selflessly devote our lives to the care and maintenance of all living things that do not owe their existence to us. Those gifts for genius in arts, science, and government are drawn from the Fourth Region; one who manifests any of these talents well in the Earth has previously worked in this region. If we did not pass through the Fourth Region between incarnations, we would have no interest in things common to all of humanity.
5. The fifth spirit region
The Fifth Region of the Spirit Land is bound up mostly in intentions and purposes. Having discarded all earthly imperfections, we exercise judgment differently than we formerly had imagined possible. Now we truly fill the spirit region with our lives, loves, and hopes. In the Fifth Region prophecy is an integral, inseparable part of life; we are free to view as many of our future incarnations as we wish. If one does not experience this region between material incarnations, the person will be found to be lacking direction in the next Earth life.
6. The sixth and seventh spirit regions
The Sixth and Seventh Regions of the Spirit Land are also intimately involved in creation by drawing spirit from higher realms and transforming it so it can be used by the archetypes for an infinite variety of manifestations in the lower realms. In the Seventh Region of the Spirit Land we reach the very center of the three realities of Spirit Land, Soul Land, and Materiality. Here we live in the presence of the seeds of life which Steiner and Swedenborg called “life kernels” (or “soul-seeds”). We now recognize ourselves as our own life kernel. From the Seventh Region we have a complete view of life unfolding in each successive realm; the Spirit Land, Soul Land, and Materiality.
7. Returning to materiality
As we discussed, there is a certain order in which we move through realms and that order is dictated by sympathetic resonance as well as proximity. Sympathetic resonance is the overriding factor in our journey through reality, and proximity is the shading influence. The timing for our return is first and foremost a personal choice, while the influence which makes this a longer or shorter, a more difficult or easier journey is proximity. All throughout our spiritual journey between earthly incarnations we live and grow in communities with those we consider to be our soul family, with whom we have shared experiences. There is no level of reality where we do not have members of this soul family of ours, and we commune with them wherever in creation we go. We even plan together for our next incarnation and this, of course, greatly influences our return. We do not plan our return with certain members of our soul family simply because we like them or they like us. Such plans are conceived because of karmic considerations and because such a relationship is vital to what we hope will be accomplished in our next earthly life.
We do not sit down at a certain point in creation, take a view of what is in Earth, assisted or otherwise, with the options, and make an instant decision regarding our next incarnation. We do not make informed decisions in the Earth that way nor do we do so outside of the Earth. We take into consideration relationships with those who have preceded us into materiality as well as those who will follow us. It would be foolish to think that decisions of such magnitude for each of us would be so poorly planned. Such a choice is made little by little as one grows in reality, and the final step is a small one indeed. Gradual planning to be part of a family unit, a community, and a nation takes place over what we would conceive of as time from an earthly perspective. The Edgar Cayce discourses make a very strong case by insisting that we choose our families, our parents, and even make agreements, where possible, to choose our spouses and children. This is not to infer that changes in plans will not occur, but we should be aware of the vast amount of planning that is done before our earthly incarnation.
When we are making most of our plans and agreements for our next incarnation, we do not have physical details before us. Instead we have before us relationships to others, to situations, and to those forces which have prepared us.
In our decision-making process about our next material incarnation we deal largely with two factors. First we work with motivation, then with potential, and all the rest is the great adventure we call life. Let us not think that we incarnate for the adventure alone. For life and its living can be just as exciting for all who incarnate, whatever their goals may be. For life to be truly constructive we must deal with the motivation and potentials which are best for us at the time; thus we not only experience the adventure our God has prepared for us, but we do so for our greatest good. As we move through the realms around the Earth, motivation is laid bare before us. Soon it is the most obvious condition and the framer of all experience. We learn to identify motivation very easily and accept it as the creative essence of the soul. Respect for this primal motivational cause becomes inescapable early on in our journey between Earth lives, and we learn that motivation is the first condition in reality. In the realm ruled by cause and effect, motivation is the fulcrum through whose action all things come into being.
So here we have it; we made plans bit by bit, as we traveled through reality, regarding our next material incarnation, and we were drawn to the proper timing just as we were drawn by correspondence to the realms in which we resonate. When the proximity is correct, when conditions are best, we then make a final decision and in so doing we gain immeasurably. Half the gain in life is “showing up”; consequently, according to Edgar Cayce, half the gain in an earthly incarnation is in deciding to do it. Throughout the whole of the experience the angels of grace are there to give us all that we have need for at any time. They are likewise ever present to help us in our decisions regarding our next material incarnation.
There are those of us who have so squandered our opportunities that we do not have the fullness of freedom as do others. In such situations our route through spiritual realms is not full enough for us to enjoy the lessons which would be learned by a slower, more wholesome period of recovery. As a result, some of us cannot clearly see motivation and potential while others may not even care. There are those of the angelic ministry who guide such myopic souls toward their next incarnation, but it is always the decision of the individual to incarnate or not.