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A.R.E.'s New Aura Camera: The Science Behind the Lens

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A.R.E.'s New Aura Camera: The Science Behind the Lens  
By Autumn Eustis



 Aura PictureSome people are blessed with the gift to see people’s auras, but what if you could capture an image of your own aura revealing details about your personality type and state of mind? Now you can! The A.R.E. Bookstore and Gift Shop is proud to announce the new addition of an aura camera. The aura camera provides you with a colorful photograph of you and your radiant self. But can a simple camera really take a picture of a person’s invisible energy field?

The answer is both yes and no.

First thing’s first…it’s not just a camera. The aura camera system is comprised of a hand biosensor, the camera itself, and software that helps to decode the temperatures and electrical energy of the individual to determine their aura characteristics. The first step is to touch your hand to the biosensor and allow it to detect your temperature and electro-dermal activity (otherwise known as your electrical impulses). The computer then takes that data and works with the camera to capture a photographic representation of your aura.

There are two options when getting an aura photograph done. The first is to get just the photograph taken so you can show the world what a beautiful aura you have. The second option is to get both the aura photograph and the full report. The data received from the camera and biosensor create several pages of reports that provide descriptions to portray an individual’s emotional energy, personality type, and overall wellness statistics. In your report you will also find information about your state of mind, individual personality traits, a reading on your chakras, and more.

So, where did this technology come from…and how do we know it works? Dr. Valerie Hunt, a leading researcher at UCLA, conducted numerous studies using high-tech sensors that recorded peoples’ electro-dermal activity while clairvoyant healers described their aura. Dr. Hunt realized that the electric frequencies of the test subjects were indicative of aura colors that were described by the clairvoyant healers. This same technique is used with the aura camera. Using the information found from the study, the aura camera collects the electrical data from a person and matches it to the colors described by the clairvoyants. These colors represent different traits and characteristics of the individual and help to indicate how your aura is reflective of you as a person.

Bookshop CrystalsReady to test it out for yourself and get your aura photographed? Stop by the A.R.E. Bookstore and Gift Shop and ask an associate today. Aura photographs are $25, photographs with full reports are $45. The Bookstore and Gift Shop is open Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Sun 12 noon-5 p.m. The aura camera is also available during the monthly Psychic Fairs. Don’t forget to check out the A.R.E.’s exciting free daily activities when you visit!

 

Fifteen Positive-Thinking Books That Could Change Your Life

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Fifteen Positive-Thinking Books That Could Change Your Life
By Mitch Horowitz



Mind is the Builder Positive thinking is the most widely embraced philosophy in America. As I explore in my current book, One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, the gospel of positivity grew out of mystical subcultures in America starting in the mid-nineteenth century and went on to become closest thing we have to a national creed.


At the heart of positive thinking is the principle that thoughts are causative – or as Edgar Cayce put it: "Mind is the builder."


For any who are curious about what the "power of positive thinking" really prescribes, here are some of the key works of New Thought, or positive-thinking, spirituality.


  1. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale (1952) – The Protestant minister’s book made “positive thinking” into a household term. Peale’s innovation was to recast positive-thinking philosophy into language that proved acceptable to the church-going public. 
  2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (1937) – The journalist Hill created an enduring – and surprisingly deep – spiritual program to success. In particular, Hill explored the existence of a “master mind” – an analogue to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Over-soul” – that could be used for persuasion, power, and insight. The most influential and enduring book of its kind.
  3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936) – Carnegie produced one of the shrewdest works ever written on human relations. His book provided a blueprint for how to accomplish things inside of workplaces and large organizations. Carnegie’s basic counsel is: agreeable people win. He deftly saw through the human foibles that create friction and keep things from getting done.
  4. The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes (1937 revision) – The first forty pages of this voluminous work laid out the mind-power philosophy of this thoughtful, learned mystic. Holmes was a broad thinker whose work reflected a wide variety of influences, from Emerson to Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy.
  5. The Mental Cure by Warren Felt Evans (1869) – This pioneering work by the Swedenborgian minister and colleague of mental-healer Phineas Quimby laid the early groundwork for affirmative-thought philosophy. While it is little read today, the book displays a surprisingly modern tone. Evans gave early expression to the essentials of positive thought, including the use of affirmations, visualizations, and healing prayer.
  6. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (1910) – This concise manifesto combined the New Thought movement’s prosperity gospel with its early social ideals. Wattles, a Quaker minister and socialist activist, was not interested in “getting rich” as an end to itself, but in fostering a socially just economy characterized by mass abundance.

    Dale Carnegie, Mary Baker Eddy and Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Dale Carnegie, Mary Baker Eddy and Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/

  7. Psycho-cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz (1960) – The cosmetic surgeon Maltz devised a ground-breaking secular re-sounding of mind-power principles. His bestseller reframed positive thinking as a process of psychological reconditioning rather than a summoning of metaphysical agencies. Maltz set the stage for success gurus such as Tony Robbins.
  8. Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, first series (1841) –These are America’s great self-affirming spiritual manifestos, such as “Spiritual Laws,” “Compensation,” “Self-Reliance,” and “The Over-soul.” Also see Emerson’s essays “Nature” (1936) and “Success” (1870). The Yankee mystic set the tone for the self-directed spiritual search in the Western world and his influence has never been surpassed.
  9. Philosophical Conceptions and Practical Results by William James (1898) – The philosopher James is often credited with legitimizing mind-power metaphysics in his classic Varieties of Religious Experience (1902); but in this much shorter work he powerfully argued for a practical spirituality, which could be measured in the conduct and happiness of daily life.
  10. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen (1903) – This brief, brilliant meditation framed mind-power principles in a sober, ethical manner. Allen avoided sensationalism and spread the idea of mental manifestation to people of many different religious backgrounds and beliefs. 
  11. Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy (1875, multiple updates and editions) – This is not a positive-thinking book in any conventional sense, but much of the literature mentioned here would have gone unwritten without its influence. The spiritual healer’s highly original metaphysics and language touched nearly every figure in the mind-power world for fifty years.
  12. Alcoholics Anonymous (1939) – Written chiefly by A.A. cofounder Bill Wilson, this book distilled the ideas of figures ranging from Carl Jung and William James, to Mary Baker Eddy and James Allen, into the famous twelve steps to recovery. This is arguably the most practical book ever written for people in crisis.
  13. The Power of Awareness by Neville Goddard (1952) – Any book by Neville (he preferred the singular name) is an extraordinary journey into his core philosophy that the human imagination is God. Neville was one of the most radical New Thought voices – and may yet prove to be the most enduring.  
  14. The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science by Thomas Troward (1909 revised edition) – Troward, a British judge, attempted to work out a persuasive and sturdy philosophical proof for the powers of the mind. In my view, he does not fully succeed (he leaves too many dangling questions) but his effort represents one of the few ambitious attempts to create a foundational reasoning behind positive thinking.
  15. The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale (1956) – This spoken-word lecture distills the positive-thinking philosophy into an engaging 30-minute summation. A dignified and well-read man, Nightingale helped launch today’s field of business motivation.


Mitch Horowitz 04 2015Mitch Horowitz is a PEN Award-winning historian and the author, most recently, of One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, which is currently available in a special $1.99 eBook promotion on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and other digital outlets. He has also written the new introduction to the reprint of There Is a River, the classic biography of the famous psychic Edgar Cayce.

 

 

The Story Behind the Fort Dearborn Massacre

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The Story Behind
the Fort Dearborn Massacre
By John Fuhler



Taken out of context, the Fort Dearborn massacre was a notorious attack perpetrated by several groups of Indians against white settlers, including women and children. But this fifteen minute skirmish represents only one of a myriad battles in the War of 1812. The roots of the Fort Dearborn massacre, however, run much deeper.


Tomahawks- War of 1812


More than four dozen readings provide details for the events around and about Fort Dearborn at the time of the August 15, 1812 massacre. Often the information provided by the readings concurs with historical data; and sometimes it does not.


With the passage of the Northwest Ordinance in 1787, the United States designated the land south of the Great Lakes, East of the Mississippi River, and north of the Ohio River as Indian territory. The ordinance specifically prohibited white settlement in the Northwest Territory. Although the United States recognized a limited sovereignty of the resident tribes, many settlers, land speculators and even state governments treated the Indians as obstacles to be removed.i In effect, the Northwest Ordinance became a tool to promote aggressive settlement in the territory, guaranteeing the displacement of entire tribes and the demise of any hope of a permanent confederacy of Indian nations. The recognition of that potentiality had motivated the great Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, to strive to unify as many tribes as possible to realize that dream. It also led him to align his warriors with the British in the War of 1812. It is almost certainly Tecumseh's "Rebellion" to which reading 3003-1 refers:


…the entity was in the land…in what is now…Dearborn, when there was the fleeing of many from the Fort because of the uprising through that portion of the land.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 3003-1)


Native American War 1812


At the time of the massacre, the Potawatomi controlled a territory extending across northern Indiana, northern Illinois, and in central and eastern Wisconsin. The only parcel within that territory not under their sovereign authority was the six square miles at the mouth of the Chicago River ceded to the United States in 1795.ii Against this backdrop, then, unfolded the events of that horrid summer morning.


…the entity was in that land…during those periods when there were the settlings in the land, and particularly in those adjacent lands to what is now Fort Dearborn…
(Edgar Cayce Reading 823-1)


Fort Dearborn's captain, Nathan Heald, wrote that his decision to destroy the ammunitions, arms, and alcohol triggered the attack that day.iii On August 13, 1812, he had met with representatives of the Potawatomi in order to discuss the distribution of the stores that the troops would leave behind. Entity [342] was apparently privy to these discussions:


The entity was among the peoples of the north country…seeing how there might be brought about the taking of all that was then in possession of the post…without the formality of returning an exchange for same…
(Edgar Cayce Reading 342-2)


But the readings cite another and probably more important reason for the attacks:

…in that land…during those periods when those frontiers were being defended by those peoples who entered into the land to possess same… (Edgar Cayce Reading 2123-2)


…the entity was in that land…during those periods when there were the settlings in the land, and particularly in those adjacent lands to what is now Fort Dearborn…
(Edgar Cayce Reading 823-1)


It was the encroachment of white settlers in the land that triggered the assault that day. History records at least 50 dead, 42 captured, ransomed or released, 12 rescued and five escaped.iv Seventeen readings specifically refer to escapees, captives, or massacre victims.v


War of 1812

Both the readings and history record the remarkable fact that the Indians permitted traders to remain in the land. Apparently the Indians placed great value on these relationships.


…the entity was in the land…when there were…people being driven from Fort Dearborn...among those in the trading business…While others fled, the entity made peace – and later became a part of an activity for the building up farther to the west.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 3581-1)


One trader, John Kinzie, whose trade depot occupied the north bank of the Chicago River opposite the fort, faced imminent death. The Potawatomi had occupied his house and were threatening to slaughter him and his family, when Sauganash, (aka, Billy Caldwell), son of a British officer, interceded to save their lives.vi


On August 16, 1812 the Indians burned the Fort.vii


…the entity was in the land now known as…Dearborn…during those periods of turmoils and strifes as brought about the destroying, or destruction, or warring upon the old fort.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 2385-1)


There were no victors in the War of 1812, from a material perspective, but the Indians were certainly the biggest losers. From a spiritual perspective, some of the entities there gained through their heroic attempts to save and protect those around them. Some gained in their attempts to promote peace and harmonious relationships. Others created their own personal hells through self-recrimination. And still others lost due to their selfishness. Materially speaking, many of those involved lost, if not their lives, then their resources. Some of those who received readings continued to bear the emotional scars. Only a few came away relatively unscathed.



John Fuhler Blog 072-013John Fuhler has been involved in the field of alternative medicine for more than 25 years. He received his BA in anthropology from the University of Illinois and studied in Glasgow, Scotland, and Portland, Ore. As an amateur archaeologist, he participated in projects in Ariz., Calif., Hawaii, N.M., and Wis.; reporting discoveries in Ore. and Scotland. His tribal affiliations include: Saxon, Friesian, Bohemian, Irish (O'Meagher clan), and Wyandot. He volunteers his skills with organizations supporting the homeless, forest services, and families. He enjoys reading the bible in Greek and Latin.

 

 


 Photos courtesy of the John Fuhler

i Waldman, C. 1985. Atlas of the North American Indian. Facts on File, Inc.: New York, p. 190; Hickey, D.R. 2012. The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict. University of Illinois Press: Urbana, IL, p. 66.
ii Waldman, op. cit., map 7.
iii'[Letter from] Nathan Health to Thomas A. Cushing, October 23rd, 1812' in The War of 1812: Writings from America's Second War of Independence. D.R. Hickey (Ed.). Library Classics of the United States, Inc. New York, p. 102.
iv 'Muster Roll of Fort Dearborn'. In Genealogy Trails. 2006-7. Torp, K. (transcriber). http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1001.html.
v See, for example, 340-15, 587-3, 2537-1, 2123-2, 1995-1, 2530-1, 2641-1, 3135-1, and 3360-1. The twelve readings referring to John Bainbridge have not been included based on the information provided by 1523-4, in which it is stated "…the entity was…with [[294]…and became one to whom EVERYONE came for counsel…that gave strength of many of the hearts of those who later became a part of the defense of the land in 1812."
vi 'Shaubena's Adventure at Chicago'. In Genealogy Trails, op. cit.
viiGrossman, Ron. '15 minutes that shaped a city'. Chicago Tribune. August 12, 2012.  

The Majestic Southwest: A Place for Dreams

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The Majestic Southwest: A Place for Dreams
Donald B. Carroll



Mesa_VerdeMany know of the fascinating readings of Edgar Cayce that speak of the American Southwest’s cliff dwellers. The readings called this area the land of “Og” and located it on the Colorado plateau, exactly where you will find such places as Bandelier, Chaco Canyon, and Mesa Verde. The readings also describe the injection and influence on this ancient ancestral Puebloan civilization (formerly called the Anasazi) from several different areas. Such influences came from immigrants escaping the sinking of Lemuria and Poseidia (Atlantis), the Lost Tribes and even “Og” sending representatives to an ancient world council to discuss the threat of huge animals still roaming the earth. The readings even speak of connections with cultures in the Yucatan, which archeologists have recently confirmed with evidence found at Chaco Canyon. I personally enjoy the reading below (1144-2) that tells of connections of the cliff dwellers, through Poseidia, to immigrants into the area of the Pyrenees. Interestingly, some 25,000 years ago, in that portion of Europe, there existed a people called the Solutrean Culture, identified by their unique arrowheads. The arrowheads, which have been found up and down the East Coast of the United States, are similar to the Solutrean arrowheads, causing some to speculate that those European immigrants are the same peoples.


Besides the historical information given in the readings, there is another aspect to these readings that is just as important and something that was personally experienced in New Mexico by Edgar Cayce himself! This is an area of the world that one may experience or re-experience in dreams and visions. Some examples from the readings:


In the one before this we find in that land known as the land of Og, now known as that of the American plateaus, or in north portion of now New Mexico, and such…

 

Q. Will the entity be able to use the knowledge she obtained in New Mexico, and how will she be able to recall this knowledge?

 

A. In dream! (993-2)

 

Hence the entity was among the daughters of the Law of One, being a priestess of the temple in the Poseidian land; among those that went to the Egyptian land with those peoples for the establishing of the associations; also visiting those that established themselves in now the Pyrenees—or the eastern portion of the continental Europe, and those that established themselves in what is now known as a portion of America—in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and those portions of the land.

 

Hence all of these lands have their influence in the experience of the entity, and there may be—through those periods of the deeper meditation, the periods of thought—the periods when the entity may through the mystic forces, in which there is the innate interest in the present, become more and more aware of the motivative forces of the Law of One, or of the Creative Force and its relationships to the souls of men and women in their experience through the earthly sojourn. (1144-2)

 

…in that portion of the land now known as Utah and New Mexico. Would the entity vision much of that portion of those lands lying in the southern portions of that land, and those of the Arizona and New Mexico lands, much as a dream would come to the entity. (358-3)


Now let me share Edgar’s experience of a dream/vision and manifestation when he spent about a month in these same areas.


dreaming-mindQ. Please elucidate upon the experience I had last month in New Mexico when seeing and talking with my mother, in which she materialized a silver dollar.

 

A. As has been given, either by vision, by prayer, by Urim, by Thummin, by dream, or in the material things, may the vision of those that are in the heart and mind of individuals given through the powers of those in the spirit plane to enter into association, communication, or activity with those that they seek to guide.

 

Here we find for the first, that has long been sought between mother and son, that of communication concerning those things that deal with the mysteries of life and of those things that may bring to bear in the experiences of all, and how that there may be used those things of materiality for the representing of the spiritual. (294-174)


What an incredible experience—an experience whose generation seemed to be assisted by this majestic, magical, and mystical area of the American Southwest.


The A.R.E. Travel Program tours this area every few years—including a trip to New Mexico and Mesa Verde in the fall of 2015 (see EdgarCayce.org/tours for details). I hope you can join me so that we may share and dream together.



don_carrollDon Carroll spent his career working in Fire & Rescue, as a district chief, academy instructor, and paramedic. During those 30 years, he raised a family and pursued the meaning of life through extended study into the Cayce readings and other spiritual, scientific, and philosophical materials. Today, Carroll is a regular speaker and writer of metaphysical topics from the Cayce perspective. He spent 10 years researching and writing his latest work, Sacred Geometry and Spiritual Symbolism: The Blueprint for Creation. Carroll is also an international tour leader for A.R.E., visiting sites of a spiritual nature across the globe. His website is DonaldBCarroll.com.

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