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September 2015 Update From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi

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September 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi

This is my update for September 2015 to A.R.E. members and friends who are interested in the new and exciting trends occurring within Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University. A number of exciting things are happening this month! Please share the following with your friends:


With just over three months remaining in this “Capstone Year” of our $30 million CREATE Campaign (capital, endowment, and program support). In addition to needing funds for our programs and endowments, we still need nearly $1 million in order to renovate our Library and Conference Center (new restrooms, HVAC system, Library carpeting, expanding the auditorium, parking improvements, and upgrades throughout the building). Donors of $500 or more to the project will be listed on our Stairway to Heaven. Help us make a great impression on our visitors. Visit EdgarCayce.org/donate to help!



As a member, you have loved the Cayce work. As a donor, you have supported the CREATE Campaign. At this event, we will celebrate, together, the ways in which this $30 million Campaign has revolutionized the Cayce work; bringing it to a whole new level for a whole new generation. Help us raise the final funds so we can place the Capstone on the Campaign's gift Pyramid.  


Members of the Golden Circle and Edgar Cayce Legacy Society (and attendees of that weekend's Ancient Mysteries Conference) will attend this Virginia Beach event at no cost. Everyone else is welcome to attend for just $100 per ticket. For more information about attending in person, contact Mari Fedele at 757.457.7150 or email: mari@edgarcayce.org.  


Unable to join us in Virginia Beach? The Grand Finale program will be live-streamed from 7:30 until 8:15pm Eastern Time at EdgarCayce.org/grandfinale. Meet up with your study group or other Cayce friends and tune in to catch the vibe together.  


Whether in person or online, we look forward to seeing you on October 10


AU logo 90Our new MA in Leadership Studies is ready for its first cohort of students, starting on January 11, 2016. Please help us get the word out-send an email to your friends and family. This truly is a remarkable new program that students can take online with top quality faculty. James Van Auken, Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Chair of the Leadership Curriculum Committee, wrote a blog about the history of Atlantic University and how this new program fits in with the original vision. For more information about the new MA in Leadership Studies program, visit our website at AtlanticUniv.edu/leadership.
Our core program since 1986 is the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Studies, which is essentially a holistic overview of psychology and spirituality, is also open for new students. We recently added a number of amazing student testimonials from this program to our YouTube page. Take a look and see how this program is truly changing lives for the better. A.R.E. Members may find this particular interview of value: see graduate Bonnie Perry, MA speak about her time at Atlantic University.  
Both programs are accepting applications for the Spring Semester now through November 15th. 



ARE HoustonIn the past few months the Houston A.R.E. Center has been creating relationships within the Houston community to bring more awareness to the A.R.E Center and Spa. The Center’s energy has picked up and we are now seeing more new members of all ages. Our near-future plans include more workshops and classes on the teachings and remedies of Edgar Cayce. Some of these programs are: Edgar Cayce’s Exercises, Yoga, Creative Fitness and other familyoriented activities. Our goal is to stay true to the Edgar Cayce readings and manifest the love of God and Man.


For more information on the Houston Center go to EdgarCayceHouston.org



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The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage is actively recruiting and accepting applications for our next program starting on September 28, 2015 – any students who start the program in September will receive a $500.00 tuition discount. Visit CayceReilly.edu to apply online today.

We are also excited to announce the launch of our new Yoga Teacher Training Program. The 200-hour program will run from January through December 2016 – training classes will be held one weekend per month at our beautiful oceanfront campus where attendees will enjoy learning the art and science of yoga practice as well as the holistic health concepts found in the Cayce readings. Please visit our website for more details coming soon and to reserve your spot in this inaugural training!

Our Continuing Education program continues to thrive, with a number of new courses available to the general public. Please visit CayceReilly.edu for more information. And Come visit our Student Clinic to receive the unique Cayce/Reilly massage technique at a reduced price – call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment.



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are campA.R.E. Camp is now resting after the most adventurous summer on record! We made such wonderful memories with so many friends new and old. We hiked through the mountains, swam in the sunny Camp pond, ate vegetables straight out of the garden, lived a Cayce lifestyle, and had a blast. Now that Camp is all packed up and empty for the off-season, we're looking to begin construction on our NEW Dining Hall within the month! We're so excited to be breaking ground for this momentous building project, and looking forward to updating everyone as we go. It will take a big effort to complete this project in the short amount of time that we have! Nearly 200 people have already contributed to help make this new building a reality and to date we've raised about $70,000! THANK YOU! We’re looking to raise an additional $100,000 to help cover the gap between our needs and what insurance will cover. If you would like to pitch in to help, you can do so here.

Anita FlaglerAn anonymous donor has established three endowments in memory of Gail Anita Flagler, longtime member and former Vice President of Trading Operations for the Chicago Board Options Exchange. One endowment is for A.R.E. Membership Scholarships, one is for A.R.E. Camp, and still another is to support our Prayer Services program. These endowments – totaling $250,000 – will generate funds in Gail’s memory in perpetuity. The donor also directed another $250,000 toward the renovations of our 1975 Library and Conference Center with an emphasis on bringing the Library up-to-date.

CFCEdgar Cayce’s A.R.E. is now a Participating Charity with the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is an annual fundraising drive that provides an opportunity for federal civilian, postal, and military employees to donate to local, national, and international non-profit organizations. Make your donation to Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. (Charity #38083) September 1 until December 15!

Mark your calendars and book your tickets now for these three life-changing upcoming programs, all anticipated to sell out: October 18-23 Past-Life Regression Training Certification with Peter Woodbury MSW, October 8-10 Annual Ancient Mysteries Conference - Remnants of the Distant Past: Sacred Sites, Lost Lands, and Legendary Places with special guest legendary theorist Erich von Däniken, and November 5-8 Life Beyond Death: Afterlife Communication, Mediumship and Your Eternal Soul featuring an unprecedented gathering of five mediums including Lisa Williams and Robert Brown. Come tour the newly revitalized campus, have lunch in our café, shop in our expanded bookstore and gift shop, and enjoy the cool breezes and lower hotel rates of Virginia Beach in the fall.



For me this building is very special. It’s been the place where I have met many of you and have formed meaningful and lasting relationships. For over 40 years, it has been a gathering place for like-minded people to meet and create and strengthen a spiritual community. Now this building is dated, tired, and well worn. We need your help to revitalize it for the next generation.

A group of donors – including Hazel Zachar, Richard Copeland, and our Board of Trustees – have joined together to create a Matching Gift Fund for all donations of $500 or more (up to a total of $150,000) toward this project! And, if you donate that amount before December 31, your name – or the name of someone you wish to honor – will also be added to our beautiful Stairway to Heaven donor wall. This is also the last year of the Campaign, so consider making a multi-year pledge so we can count that total toward the goal.


  • New Mexico and Mesa Verde – Led by Don Carroll, October 24-31, 2015
  • Cuba, the "Return to Atlantis" Tour – Led by John Van Auken, February 13-21, 2016
  • Peru and Bolivia, Where Heaven Meets Earth - Led by Peter Woodbury with Andean Shaman, Juan de Dios Kucho, May 11 – 22, 2016, with optional extension to see and experience the Nazca Lines!
  • Ireland – Led by John Van Auken, July 10 - 24 2016!
  • Other locations pending...

If you would like additional information about any of our travel programs, contact our Travel Programs Administrator at tours@edgarcayce.org or by phone at 1-888-273-3339!

Thank you for your prayers, generosity and ongoing support for this great Work!

Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO

Advanced Technology In Society—It Happened Earlier Than You Think!

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Advanced Technology In Society—It Happened Earlier Than You Think!

By John Van Auken


While traditional scientists continue to reject the idea that technologically advanced societies existed, there is evidence to support the theory that amid the primitive humans and the earliest cultures, pockets of high sophistication could be found. Here are some examples.

Tamil Palm Leaf circa 300 BC

The so-called "Palm Leaf Manuscripts" of 5th-century BC, contain records of flying machines! Some of these flying vehicles were said to be able to "mount up to Surya mandala," meaning the solar region and the planets! And still others could go to the "Naksatra mandala," which is the region of the stars, the galaxy! One of the palm leaf manuscripts found in India is the Amsu Bodhini, which contains very detailed information about the planets. The information is so specific that only someone who actually traveled to the planets or sent flying machines to them could know these details. The information includes the different kinds of light, heat, color, and electromagnetic fields of the various planets, including Earth. And it also contains information about the methods used to construct machines capable of attracting solar rays and separating this energy into its components (as Cayce said the Atlanteans did with their crystals). It also includes instructions for the manufacture of machines to transport people to other planets. Amazingly, it details unknown alloys that the ancients used to construct invisible flying crafts-the human eye cannot see these alloys.


The Ramayana (Rama's Journey) is a Sanskrit epic poem (like Homer's Iliad and Odyssey) ascribed to the Hindu sage and Sanskrit poet Valmiki 5th to 4th-century BC, and he wrote: "The Pushpaka chariot that resembles the Sun and belongs to my brother was brought by the powerful Ravana; that aerial and excellent chariot going everywhere at will...that chariot resembling a bright cloud in the sky...and the King [Rama] got in, and the excellent chariot at the command of the Raghira, rose up into the higher atmosphere." 

Cayce explained to a reincarnated Atlantean: "The entity was in the Atlantean land, during those periods particularly when there was the exodus from Atlantis owing to those activities which were bringing about the destructive forces. There we find the entity was among those who were not only in what is now known as the Yucatan land, but also the Pyrenees and the Egyptian. For the manners of transportation, the manners of communications through the airships of that period were such as Ezekiel described of a much later date." (1859-1, my italics)

And Cayce corroborated the strange alloys of the ancient sophisticates: "The metals that were used as the braces, these were the combinations then of what is now a lost art-the tempered brass, the temperament of that as becomes between aluminum (as now called) and that of uranium, with those of the fluxes that are from those of the combined elements of the iron, that is carbonized with those of other fluxes-see? These made for lightness of structure, non-conductor or conductors of the electrical forces-that were used for the impelling of same, rather than the gases-which were used as the lifting. See? For that as in the Nature's forces may be turned into even the forces of that that makes life, as given, from the sun rays to those elements that make for, or find corresponding reaction in their application of same, or reflection of same, to the rays itself-or a different or changed form of storage of force, as called electrical in the present." (364-6)

Aliens Playing a Role?

Now some researchers/writers have suggested that aliens may have played a significant role in humanity's evolution, and Cayce appears to agree: "The entity was among the priestesses of the Mayan experience. It was just before that period when those as from the east had come, and there were the beginnings of the unfoldments of the understanding that there were other portions of the same land, or those that were visiting from other worlds or planets." (1616-1, my italics)



In this next Cayce reading he indicates that we people of Earth are eventually going to meet "people of the universe": "Man may become, with the people of the universe, ruler of any of the various spheres through which the soul passes in its experiences. Hence, as the cycles pass, as the cycles are passing, when there is come a time, a period of readjusting in the spheres, (as well as in the little earth, the little soul)…" (281-16) 

And as for us actively existing prior to incarnating into matter and getting trapped in the evolution up through matter, he gave this reading: "As it has been often presented by one school of thought, the dwellers upon the Moon (the satellite of the earth) preceded the abilities for matter (expressed in a form that is known as matter in the earth). And this entity was among those that so dwelt, and is influenced by two sojourns there [on the moon]." (264-31, EC's parentheses, my italics)


This blog was excerpted from the article Two Suns in Our Solar System! as published in the July-September, 2015 issue of Venture Inward Venture Inward is an A.R.E. Membership premium. Members may access Venture Inward online.

To learn more about membership, please visit EdgarCayce.org/Membership.



John Van Auken  137x170 pxJohn Van Auken is a director at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., and is one of the organization’s most popular speakers, traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad to address audiences on the body-mind-spirit topics found in the Edgar Cayce readings. He is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt. He writes Venture Inward's Ancient Mysteries column and is the author of several books, including Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within YouFrom Karma to Grace and Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah.

Join John Van Auken, legendary Ancient Astronaut Theorist Erich Von Danikken, geologist geologist Robert Schoch, researcher Freddy Silva, and more for A.R.E.’s Annual Ancient Mysteries Conference October 8-11.Ancient Mysteries banner AM 2015


Total Lunar Eclipse!

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Total Lunar Eclipse!

By James Mullaney

lunar eclipseOn the evening of September 27, skywatchers throughout North America will be treated to one of nature’s grandest celestial sky shows—a total eclipse of the Moon. And unlike the one in April (2015), which occurred in the early predawn hours, this one will happen during convenient evening ones.


This cosmic spectacle begins with the full Moon entering the Earth’s dark inner shadow (the “umbra”) at 9:06 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and continuing to become ever-more fully immersed in it for the next hour. Totality itself will start at 10:11 p.m. EDT, and last more than one hour until 11:23 p.m. EDT, after which the Moon begins to slowly emerge from the cone of darkness in reverse order. Adding to the beauty of the overall scene at this eclipse (especially during totality itself, while the sky is dark), the Moon will be accompanied by some of the early rising bright winter stars.


woman and moonThere are several interesting things to notice as you watch this event unfold. Most obvious are the darkness of the eclipsed Moon and the range of colors displayed, both of which vary from one eclipse to another. These depend on the clarity of the Earth’s atmosphere at the time, which refracts or bends sunlight around into the umbral shadow. There have actually been eclipses so dark that the Moon remained all-but invisible during totality—and ones so pale that you had to look carefully to see that there was even an eclipse in progress! Among the colors that have been seen are shades of reddish-orange, brown, copper, rose, and even blood-red. Notice, too, that the Earth’s shadow is curved at all phases of the eclipse, as the Moon passes through it. This is direct proof that the Earth itself is round— something recognized by many early skywatchers. And finally, realize that you’re actually seeing our lovely satellite move eastward in its orbit — as it first passes into, through, and then out of the shadow at roughly its own diameter each hour.


While lunar eclipses can certainly be enjoyed with the unaided eye alone (as they have been throughout most of history!), they are best-seen in binoculars. An ideal pair for this would be a 7x50 or 10x50 glass, the first number indicating its magnification and the second the aperture in millimeters. Telescopes themselves, with their relatively narrow fields of view, typically don’t provide enough sky coverage around the Moon to get the full effect of its globe being suspended in space. An exception here, however, is Edmund Scientifics’ amazing Astroscan wide-field reflecting telescope. Providing a three-degree actual field of view at its low magnification of 16x, it takes in an astounding six full-Moon-diameters of sky— something many have described as looking through the porthole of a spaceship!


j.Mullaney AMspeaker100x128James Mullaney is an astronomy author, speaker, and consultant who has published nearly 1,000 articles and nine books on observing the wonders of the heavens, including Edgar Cayce on the Cosmos. He has logged over 20,000 hours of stargazing time with the unaided eye, binoculars, and telescopes. Formerly Curator of the Buhl Planetarium & Institute of Popular Science in Pittsburgh, and Director of the DuPont Planetarium at USCA, he served as staff astronomer at the University of Pittsburgh's Allegheny Observatory and as an editor for Sky & Telescope magazine. One of the contributors to Carl Sagan's award-winning "Cosmos" PBS-Television series, his work has received recognition over the years from such notables (and fellow stargazers) as Sir Arthur Clarke, Johnny Carson, Ray Bradbury, Dr. Wernher von Braun, and former student NASA scientist/astronaut Dr. Jay Apt. His lifelong mission has been to "Celebrate the Universe!" and get others to look up at the majesty of the night sky to personally experience the joys of stargazing. In recognition of his work he has been elected a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Astronomical Society of London.


Cayce’s Bedside Healing

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Cayce’s Bedside Healing

By Deirdre Aragon

orange-pillI recently found myself in the local emergency room for chest and abdominal pains. One doctor thought my symptoms were heart related, another thought it was my gallbladder. As I awaited testing to determine the cause of my discomfort, I turned to the Edgar Cayce readings. Having been raised in a “Cayce Home,” I have been trained to turn to the information located within the readings for guidance. Fortunately, this time I was able to access them from my hospital bed.


Over the last 20 years, the accessibility of the Edgar Cayce readings has changed drastically. I still remember when the readings were being cataloged in a DOS database. Today, members from all over the world can access the readings from a computer or tablet. The A.R.E. Member-Only Section has an array of information, including all 14,306 documented readings as given by Edgar Cayce.


Although the readings are easily accessible, searching for specific information can require a bit of finesse. With some of the readings being over 100 years old, it can be daunting to find information on current medical conditions. chakrasJust because a word or phrase is not searchable in the readings, does not mean there is no information on that topic.


A perfect example is “chakra.” There is extensive information in the readings regarding chakras, but you will not find the word “chakra” in any of them. Cayce referred to chakras as spiritual centers within the body. The word chakra was not a common word during his time. With this in mind, I find it easier to search for symptoms or terms rather than specific names.


While lying in my hospital bed, I accessed the readings with my tablet. At first I decided to focus my efforts on the gallbladder. Proving my point, gallbladder was not in the readings, but I did locate information regarding the “gall duct.” I had already come to the conclusion that I needed to start using castor oil packs to aid in eliminations. The readings I looked through supported this idea. I was also able to make some personal connections with people who had suffered similar ailments and sought out help from Cayce.

Those properties in the diet and the applications which have been taken for the allaying of those tendencies we would keep. Also we would apply Castor Oil Packs over the caecum and the gall duct or lacteal duct area, periodically; at least an hour each day for four days in succession, then a rest period of a week, and make the applications again—for at least three or four such rounds. (2441-3)

Within an hour, I had found information in the readings to relieve my symptoms. From my hospital bed, I was able to plan a course of action to heal my body. Twenty-five years ago, I would have had to locate books in libraries and request A.R.E.’s circulating files (readings categorized into booklets by topic) to find this same information—taking days, weeks, or even months to gather what I found in a matter of minutes.


I am personally grateful for the invaluable information contained within the A.R.E. Member-Only Section. Whatever arises, I know I can research the readings for answers and guidance. Today, the readings are helping thousands throughout the globe. Cayce would have been delighted to know that his work can be accessed from hospitals all over the world as well.

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  Deirdre AragonDeirdre L. Aragon is a Laguna Pueblo Indian, who spent the early years of her life on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico. Her paternal grandmother and aunt, who were tribal healers, taught Deirdre the wisdom and teachings of her tribe. She was raised in a home where metaphysical principles and holistic healing were accepted and practiced as a way of life. During a near death experience when she was ten years old, Deirdre was given the “mark of the shaman” from the Spirit World. Accepting her abilities, Deirdre has designed several healing techniques based on her personal experiences and knowledge gained through various sources and is an active speaker. She participated in A.R.E. Search for God Study Groups since she was a child and she is currently working with the Edgar Cayce Oahu Team. Deirdre currently resides in Oahu with her family. You'll find her website Noble Minds, a companion on the path of enlightenment, online at Noblemindsllc.com.


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