Notes on Halloween from a Supernaturalist
By Darrin W. Owens
As Halloween begins to creep around the corner it brings to mind the fanciful images of ghosts, pumpkins, and a witch’s silhouette flying across the moon. I have always loved Halloween; not just for the holiday ambiance, but for me, its true essence of being a time when the veil between our world and the supernatural seems to be at its thinnest. The ancients knew that the supernatural was just as natural as the air that we breathe, and Halloween was a day to be aware of that fact.
Since the beginning of time humankind has been fascinated—even obsessed— with the unseen world that exists all around us. From the communion of spirits within sacred rituals performed by our ancestors to the saturation of paranormal “reality TV” of today, it is in our very core—a deep desire to know and commune with the mystery behind the invisible curtain that separates our world from “theirs.”
I truly believe that even from the harshest of skeptics there is always that quiet wonder about what lies beyond—in the unknown. I was born into a world of ghosts and folklore. In the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, there still lives a rich tradition of spiritualism and magic. Even underneath the very buckle of the Bible belt you can still sense that there is mystery and supernatural wonder in “them there hills.” Souls that lost their way hundreds of years ago still wander in their timeless dream state, lost in the dark forests of the Ozarks. I have felt them there. I have heard the lonely cries calling from a world beyond ours. From my earliest years, the supernatural was natural to me. My grandmother filled my childhood with stories from her own childhood of things going bump in the night, ghosts walking up creaky stairs, and spiritual miracles of healing performed by granny witches who had the power of herb and chant. Little did I know at the time that my grandmother was telling me of very real occurrences and helping me to develop my own abilities to see these things by keeping my mind open to accepting different realities.
Becoming a “Supernaturalist”
While researching my next book project about the supernatural, I discovered a label that seems to fit me perfectly—it’s Supernaturalist. The term “Supernaturalist” is not a word you hear too often. When said aloud it rings with a very mysterious tone. The Collins English Dictionary defines this illusive word the best: “a person who believes in supernatural forces or agencies as producing effects in this world”; or “characterized by a belief in supernatural forces or agencies as producing effects in this world.”
In general, we can look at the supernatural as manifestation of the unearthly—weird and miraculous—and a supernaturalist is one who lives in constant awareness of its illusive presence. The definition of supernaturalist mentions the supernatural realms actually producing effects. This is very much the case in my work. I’m seeing, especially the past few years, the veil between our physical world and the supernatural world thinning at an increasing rate. We are, in fact, being affected by these otherworldly dimensions by the action being taken on both sides to lift the curtain and see what’s there. Not only are we curious, but the beings, entities, and other supernatural creatures on the “other side” are curious about our world as well. Over the years most of us have questioned, is the truth really out there? I’m here to tell you the truth is living right here in our own backyards. The highly popular film The Conjuring and the hit TV series Supernatural are both testament to what is unveiling itself as a reality. I can always tell when something is changing in the global brain by watching it as it begins to be reflected in our current pop-culture media. You can definitely see this in the plethora of the current paranormal and supernatural TV Shows.
This Halloween remember that there are many mansions and inhabitants in God’s multidimensional universe that will eventually emerge from the mists within which it resides. Have a respect for them. As we awaken to our spiritual selves we move even closer to more universal mysteries beyond the veil.
Darrin William Owens is an internationally renowned psychic medium, spiritual teacher, and best-selling author with 20 years of intense research and spiritual experiences. He is an acclaimed expert in the fields of higher consciousness, spirituality, mysticism, and soul consciousness living. His latest book, Becoming Masters of Light: Co-Creating the New Age of Enlightenment, was published by A.R.E.’s 4th Dimension Press. He is currently working on another title for A.R.E. on the topic that encompasses the supernatural realms. Learn more at his Web site DarrinOwensOfficial.com.
Breast Cancer Dreams Research Project
By Larry Burk
Can dreams warn us about important health concerns? Two of my close friends, who had no symptoms, experienced very vivid dreams about breast cancer that prompted them to get breast imaging studies leading to diagnosis. Never having heard of this phenomenon before, and being a radiologist, I started on a quest of study that led me to Virginia Beach, Va., in June 2013, where I presented on the topic at the International Society for the Study of Dreams annual conference. It happened to be co-sponsored by the A.R.E., which was a timely synchronicity as I discovered my friend Jerry Lazarus (Venture Inward’s dream columnist) had quoted an Edgar Cayce reading in his Dreams book stating that “any condition ever becoming reality is first dreamed.” (136-7)
Warning Dream Messages from Deceased Relatives
A third friend of mine was not so fortunate, as her dream of breast cancer was dismissed by her doctor, and she was diagnosed with Stage 3 disease a year later. Concerned that the significance of these remarkable stories could be overlooked, I was fortunate to discover Wanda Burch’s She Who Dreams. She wrote about a dream warning from her deceased father that led her to seek medical advice and another dream that localized the tumor for her surgeon to biopsy when he could not find it on physical examination or on radiological studies. Wanda also found another nine women in a breast cancer support group who had very similar dream warning experiences involving deceased relatives as messengers.
Online Breast Cancer Dreams Questionnaire
When I gave my presentation in Virginia Beach, the founders of Dreams Cloud, a social networking website devoted entirely to dreams, were in the audience and generously offered to assist me with a formal research project. After we got research approval through the Rhine Research Center, we decided to launch it during October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Women with proven breast cancer who have had warning dreams can participate by signing an online consent form, filling out a 19-item questionnaire limited only to dream information, and posting narrative descriptions of their breast cancer dreams on the social networking site using a pseudonym to maintain confidentiality.
Dreams Cloud Research Study Launch Page
This launch page can be found at www.dreamscloud.com/en/breast_cancer_dreams_study
and the dream stories at
Please spread the word, especially to breast cancer support groups around the country. The study will help inform healthcare professionals in the future about the most important aspects of warning dreams, so they know what to pay attention to when taking care of your loved ones. To quote Edgar Cayce again: “And too oft, ye disregard them; or too seldom do ye pay attention to them! They are parts of thy experience. How oft have ye visioned in symbol or in dream those very things that happened to thee later.” (1537-1)
Larry Burk, MD, CEHP, is a Certified Energy Health Practitioner and president of Healing Imager, Inc., in Durham, N.C., specializing in teleradiology, EFT, hypnosis, and dreamwork. Dr. Burk went to medical school and did his radiology residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He lived in Norfolk, Va., from 1991-1993 and was on the staff at Virginia Beach General Hospital. Dr. Burk is a long time member of the A.R.E. and has attended many conferences at A.R.E.’s headquarters in Virginia Beach. He was former associate professor of radiology and director of integrative medicine education at Duke University Medical Center and board president of the Rhine Research Center from 2007-2008. Dr. Burk is the author of the book, Let Magic Happen: Adventures in Healing with a Holistic Radiologist, and is a blogger for the Huffington Post. His scientific articles, newspaper columns, newsletters, and video blogs are posted at www.letmagichappen.com.
Why I Serve
by Toni Romano
I’m curious about what motivates people to volunteer; to give their time, their talents, and their money to this Work. What motivates us to serve, besides the greatness of the Edgar Cayce readings? I’d like to share an account of how I came to this service, and would love to hear your story as well.
I was brought up in an evangelical Christian church that emphasized giving one’s ALL to the Lord. That meant our time, our talents and our tithe—and more if there was a building campaign or project that needed additional funds! This was not questioned in our home. If the church doors were open, we were there! We had to take a city bus, transfer in the middle of town, and take a second bus to the church. And when the paycheck was cashed, the tithe went into the envelope for Sunday morning offering. This was during WW II, and our father was in the South Pacific defending our country! So the “we” was my mother, maternal grandmother, and sister.
At the tender age of seven, I found my way to the altar to give my heart to the Lord. I knew from a young age that I was to dedicate my life in service to God. I taught Sunday school in my teens, held offices in our Youth Fellowship, attended our church college, majored in Christian Education, and married a ministerial student. Church activities and church members made up most of my life until I was in my thirties.
While my husband was co-pastor of a church after seminary, the civil rights movement was born, and we became very active. The church “fathers” determined that being active in civil rights was not an acceptable expression of the ministry and took the credentials away from three of the activist ministers, including my husband.
You might take away credentials, and you might change where you work, but a life of service doesn’t change. It didn’t matter whether I was volunteering at my children’s school, teaching in a public school classroom, working in a community program, or working in a state bureaucracy. The same sense of dedication and commitment motivated me to give my all in service. However, what I experienced at this time in my life was that service in itself was not enough. My soul was hungry. I began searching for more meaning in my life.
One door after another began opening—a weekend of yoga with my sister, an interest in astrology (learning about the blueprint I was born with), learning to meditate with a co-worker, and, as fate would have it, connecting with someone at a state government meeting that became my first spiritual teacher and counselor!
That relationship brought me to the Edgar Cayce material and the A.R.E in 1983. I was making a major life change, leaving a 26-year marriage, a comfortable home, and striking out on my own for the first time in my life! And here’s this “little girl” from the cornfields of Illinois moving to the big city of Chicago. I knew only two people where I found my first job, and that was it! My counselor told me to find an Edgar Cayce study group. Who was this Edgar Cayce? What would I be getting myself into? If she said it, I trusted it!
I searched and searched the papers until one day I found an A.R.E. program announcement: Finding Your Soul’s Purpose, with Mark Thurston. I went to the program, became a member, and found an “A Search for God” study group four blocks from where I was living and working! I put my foot on the path right then and there!
The Cayce principles have opened me to more understanding of “a life of service” that began when I was seven years old. I now see that this choice was actually my IDEAL. Each time a group exercise focused on discovering ones Ideal, I would come up with Service—no surprise. Looking at the Ideal from a spiritual, mental, and physical perspective gave much more meaning to Service. I found myself at one point, honing the Ideal by adding Loving Service. That made me more aware of “how” I was giving service.
When I became so engrossed in the busyness of doing the work, I found myself neglecting the spiritual practices to keep me centered. I didn’t like how my life was going! The next time I worked with my Ideal, I added Joyous to Loving Service to remind me that it is not the doing that is as important as the way we are being when we are serving. So that has brought me to an Ideal to Be Love, Be Joy, and Be Peace.
And that’s my story… so far! If you are inspired to share your story of what motivates you to give your time, your talents, and your financial support to this Work, I would love to hear from you. Love and blessings!
Toni Romano holds an MS degree in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois. An A.R.E. Life Member, she has been a member of a study group for 30 years. She worked as the Coordinator of the Midwest Heartland Region and Chicago Center for 9 years before moving to Virginia Beach where she worked as Outreach Coordinator for A.R.E. headquarters for 9 years. She is presently a facilitator for the Personal Transformation and Courage Institute, Inc. online at TransformationandCourage.org. She volunteers for the A.R.E. Call Center and is an active member of Glad Helpers Healing Prayer Group. Please send her your stories at ConnectWithToni@gmail.com.
Holistic Pet Care – Catch the Wave of the Future
By Doug Knueven, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH
Holistic veterinary care is in great
demand these days. The term "holistic" implies that the entire being—body,
mind and spirit—is being addressed. The whole is considered to be greater than
the sum of its parts. This concept stands in direct opposition to the Western
reductionistic view of life. Modern medicine tends to break systems down into
smaller and smaller pieces, reducing them to their basic building blocks to gain
an understanding. While this approach can help us understand how the body
works, often the modern doctor loses sight of the forest for the trees.
Holistic medicine takes many
forms, but there are common beliefs among these various techniques. First of
all, health is considered to be more than simply the absence of disease. It is
a state of well-being expressed as a vitality that resists disease. Health is a
dynamic balance of internal and external forces. From this point of view, there
is a broad spectrum of physical conditions ranging from perfect health to
As an animal declines from health
toward disease, she is first affected by dis-ease.
Dis-ease begins as an imbalance, which may go undetected by conventional means.
If left untreated at this early stage, detectable disease and possibly death
will eventually result. Often, holistic approaches to health can detect
problems at the dis-ease state and correct the imbalance before disease sets
The Energy of Life
Holistic therapies embrace the
vitalist concept that has been abandoned by conventional medicine. The
vitalists believe that there is more to the body than meets the eye. There is a
vital energy that animates the flesh. The Chinese call it "Qi," the
Japanese call it "Ki," the doctors of India call it
"Prana," homeopaths call it the "Vital Force," and
chiropractors call it the "Innate." It is this life force energy that
is the difference between life and death, and it must be nourished to maintain
The Body Can Heal Itself
While conventional medicine fights
disease, holistic therapies generally strengthen the body. The body is viewed
as containing its own pharmacy. Research bears this fact out. You may have
heard of the “placebo effect.” This medical anomaly predicts that 30% of
subjects treated with a sugar pill will improve; no matter what the disease is.
High blood pressure, low blood pressure, allergies—all can be alleviated by the
patients' own bodies. It is considered a case of mind over matter but it proves
that our bodies can heal themselves if conditions are right. The idea of
holistic therapies is to produce the right conditions for the body to produce true
Of course, fighting disease and
strengthening the body are not mutually exclusive approaches to health. For me,
holistic pet care embraces the best of what each has to offer. This concept is
referred to as integrative medicine. There are some cases for which surgery or
antibiotics may be the best option. At the same time acupuncture, chiropractic,
herbs or nutritional supplements may be used to speed healing in conjunction
with or in place of Western medicine.
Diet is the basis of health. It is
very difficult to build a healthy body if you do not supply it with wholesome
building materials. As is so often the case, when it comes to nutrition, the
closer we stick to Mother Nature, the
better off we are. Animals evolved over millions of years eating unprocessed
diets that are much different than what we currently offer them. Eating
strictly processed foods is as unhealthy for our pets as it is for us. Feeding
a balanced raw diet is best for pets.
Vaccines are an important tool for
disease prevention in veterinary medicine. Just like any tool, it can cause
more harm than good if used improperly. Yearly distemper vaccines should be a
thing of the past. Many studies now show that this vaccine lasts for years in
the majority of pets. Vaccinating an animal more than necessary does not make
them more immune to disease. Instead, it damages the pet’s immune system. Pets
should be vaccinated based on their individual disease risk and immune status.
The Wave of the Future
There is a reason that many pet
caregivers are seeking alternatives to conventional care. While Western
medicine can be important in some situations, there are times when holistic
methods work better. Combining the best of East and West is the emerging
paradigm of health care. This holistic-integrative approach to wellness is the
wave of the future, and in my view, is the best option for both pets and
Dr. Doug Knueven
Doug Knueven received his veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1987.
He owns and operates Beaver Animal Clinic in Beaver, PA (near Pittsburgh) where
he shares duties with 2 other veterinarians. He has earned certification in veterinary acupuncture,
veterinary Chinese herbal medicine and veterinary chiropractic. He also has
advanced training in natural nutrition, massage therapy and homeopathy. Dr Doug
has been practicing alternative veterinary medicine since 1995. He lectures on
the subject at state and national veterinary conferences including the annual
AVMA convention and the North American Veterinary Conference which is the
largest veterinary conference in the world.
written two books on the subject; Standby Me: A Holistic Handbook for Animals, Their People and the Lives They ShareTogether, and The Holistic Health
Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog. He also authors the “Holistic Pet
Care” column for Venture Inward
Magazine, available online to members at EdgarCayce.org/members. He’ll
be in Virginia Beach on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for the
Top Ten Practical
Tips on Holistic Pet Care program, a free event sponsored by the A.R.E.
Bookstore & Gift Shop.