Edgar Cayce: Was he a Sleeping (False) Prophet?
20th Century Sleeping Prophet
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Was Edgar Cayce a Christian?
Individuals who become interested in the work of Edgar Cayce and the organization he created, the Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc (A.R.E.), are sometimes confronted by friends and family members who wonder if Edgar Cayce was a Christian, or perhaps whether A.R.E. is some kind of a religious organization. Any of Edgar Cayce’s biographies will confirm his strong lifelong Christian faith as well as his love for Jesus. Edgar Cayce taught Sunday school most of his life and was an elder in his church. The A.R.E. is a non-profit research and education organization whose primary purpose is to disseminate the information contained in Cayce’s psychic insights. The A.R.E. is not a religious movement and is, in fact, made up of individuals from every religion and walk of life.
In addition to exploring the psychic information of Edgar Cayce, one of A.R.E.’s primary purposes is to “help people change their lives for the better through the ideas in the Edgar Cayce material – physically, mentally, and spiritually.”
In terms of physical help, most of the Edgar Cayce information deals with promoting physical health and the treatment of illness. Thousands of health-care professionals throughout the world have found valuable insights into health and wellbeing that were decades ahead of their time. In fact, doctors and researchers have found that many recommendations Cayce gave to individuals even decades ago for the treatment of various illnesses seems to be applicable on a much wider scale. In fact, the American Holistic Medical Association was founded, in large part, by medical professionals who had been introduced to holism through the work of Edgar Cayce. A further investigation of the health information is available at the following link: http://www.edgarcayce.org/health/hrc_index.asp. The link also has additional information on A.R.E.’s Cayce/Reilly Massage School, which has trained hundreds of individuals from around the world in massage – a frequently recommended treatment in the Cayce files.
In terms of addressing the mental needs of individuals, the Cayce material covers many topics that can be helpful in today’s world. Questions like, “How can I discover my life’s purpose?” and “How can I work with Depression?” and “What can I do to help heal this relationship?” are all covered by Cayce’s information. In fact, the helpfulness of the Cayce’s work has resulted in more than 300 books, a variety of television programs, and Edgar Cayce Centers in more than 30 international communities! Additional information on a number of “life issues” is available at edgarcayce.org. In addition, if you are interested in books on specific topics that address issues that you may be experiencing in life or that explore subjects on which you would like additional information, you may find a wide selection at the A.R.E. Catalog link: A.R.E.Catalog.com.
Regarding the spiritual insights contained in the Edgar Cayce information, the Cayce work stresses that we are all children of God, and that regardless of our religious affiliation, Jesus came to show each one of us the way back to our Father. In this regard, Edgar Cayce called Jesus the “pattern” for every soul in the earth. All of A.R.E.’s outreach activities are ecumenical. A.R.E. has an enormous Prayer Network made up of individuals from every religious denomination. There is a Prison Outreach Program that is available to inmates, regardless of their religion. The organization invites individuals from all walks of life and religious backgrounds to learn more about such topics as meditation, the power of prayer, and the importance of service in an individual’s spiritual path, etc. In fact, from Cayce’s perspective, one of our purposes in life is to realize our connectedness and our responsibility toward one another. A frequent statement in the readings is that “we are our brother’s keeper” – regardless of whether our brother is next door or on the other side of the world. Additional information about spiritual topics, such as prayer and spiritual discussion groups, as well as a free online meditation course is available at this link: http://edgarcayce.org/personal spirituality.
Edgar Cayce, himself, realized that individuals wouldn’t always agree on everything. However, he suggested that religions should explore what they had in common – a concept he called “oneness.” He also stated that in terms of “spirituality” everyone could share the same ideal. To Cayce, this one ideal was the answer to the problems of the world:
Man may not have the same idea. Man – all men – may have the same IDEAL!...not the one idea, but “Thou shalt love the Lord Thy God with all thine heart, thy neighbor as thyself!” This the whole law, this the whole answer to the world, to each and every soul. That is the answer to world conditions as they exist today. (Edgar Cayce reading #3976-8)
From Cayce’s perspective, Jesus is the elder brother for all of humankind, deeply committed to assisting all souls in reawakening to the awareness of their oneness with God. With this in mind, even in the midst of our diversity as a human family, we share a common spiritual heritage. We are all Children of the same God. We are all part of the one spiritual Source. And, we are all destined to return to our Creator, our Mother/Father, our God. When asking about the prospect of facing personal difficulties, one individual was told:
As to how to meet each problem: Take it to Jesus! He is thy answer. He is Life, Light and Immortality. He is Truth, and is thy elder brother...“What would Jesus have me do?” regarding every question in thy relationships with thy fellow man, in thy home, in thy problems day by day. This rather should be the question, rather than “What should I do?” (#1326-1)
Edgar Cayce Cited the Importance of Jesus:
The following quotes from the Edgar Cayce material will provide additional verification that Edgar Cayce was deeply committed to spirituality, the teachings of Jesus, and to assisting individuals in understanding their relationship to God:
For the Master, Jesus, even the Christ, is the pattern for every man in the earth, whether he be Gentile or Jew, Parthenian or Greek. For all have the pattern, whether they call on that name or not; but there is no other name given under heaven whereby men may be saved from themselves. (#3528-1)
Administering to others is the best way to help self. More individuals become so anxious about their own troubles, and yet helping others is the best way to rid yourself of your own troubles. For what is the pattern? He gave up heaven and entered physical being that ye might have access to the Father. Then what are you grumbling about because you dislike your mother? She dislikes you as much, but change this into love. Be kind, be gentle, be patient, be long-suffering, for if thy God was not longsuffering with thee, what chance would you have? (#5081-1)
...unless each soul entity (and this entity especially) makes the world better, that corner or place of the world a little better, a little bit more hopeful, a little bit more patient, showing a little more of brotherly love, a little more of kindness, a little more of long-suffering – by the very words and deeds of the entity, the life is a failure... (#3420-1)
Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel. What was that gospel? ...You shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, thy mind, thy soul; thy neighbor as thyself. For this is the whole law – the whole law. (#262-100)
What will ye do with this man thy elder brother, thy Christ, who – that thy Destiny might be sure in Him – has shown thee the more excellent way. Not in mighty deeds of valor, not in the exaltation of thy knowledge or thy power; but in the gentleness of the things of the spirit: Love, kindness, longsuffering, patience; these thy brother hath shown thee that thou, applying them in thy associations with thy fellow man day by day, here a little, there a little, may become one with Him as He has destined that thou shouldst be! Wilt thou separate thyself? For there be nothing in heaven, in earth, in hell, that may separate thee from the love of thy God, of thy brother, save thine own self! (#849-11)
For additional information on Jesus from this enlightened Christian source, read Edgar Cayce and Christian Faith, by Lynn Sparrow, available at: www.A.R.E.Catalog.com, or at the “Bookstore” link on www.edgarcayce.org.
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