Inspiration for Thanksgiving from
the Edgar Cayce Readings
On November 20th, 1938, Edgar Cayce was asked to give a reading for Study Group #1 on with an explanation of the true spirit of Thanksgiving. It was a challenging time, like today, and the world was filled with fear and uncertainty. Following is the text of Reading 3976-21. May it fill you with inspiration and a greater appreciation of Thanksgiving. Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving from Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.
You will give at this time information which
may stimulate in the hearts and minds of those gathered here a greater
appreciation of the true spirit of Thanksgiving, and which may be to all those
to whom it is sent an inspiration and an explanation for Thanksgiving even in
the face of personal problems and spreading world-wide fears and hatreds that
seem to dominate so many minds today.
Yes, we have the subject here; and many there
be that appear with the desire to give their own interpretation upon such a
subject. But rather would we choose--from the more universal need of those
here, as well as mankind everywhere that thought, that purpose, that
attribute of man's choice to show, to give thanksgiving for not only the
blessings as may be the experience of many but the fuller meaning of the
appreciation of Life itself and the opportunity which is offered to all through
same to become more and more aware of their relationship to the Creative Force
It is well that ye be reminded, then, of how--in those
periods when there were the preparations in the lives and experiences of a
peculiar people, under unusual circumstances, in extraordinary environments--they were reminded, not in their days of plenty but in the days when each day
they were given only sufficient for that day, that periods were to be, should
be, set aside when thanksgiving was to be a part of their activity--their
remembrances for all the joys, the sorrows, the disappointments, the hopes that
were and might be theirs if--if--they would but hold to those promises;
relying--as it was necessary in those days, those hours, for a complete dependence--upon the bounty of a merciful Father, who had a purpose in the bringing out,
in the edifying, in the directing.
And today, as ye look back upon those experiences, ye--too--find thyselves chosen.
Have ye chosen Him? For as was given then, "If ye will be my people, I will
be thy God!" This is a universal experience, then. To each soul gathered
here, to each soul throughout the land, to each soul as may be in all lands:
"If ye will be My people, I will be thy God!"
Then in this land--as ye understand--when in the
experiences of a handful of those seeking a place where they might worship God
according to the dictates of their own conscience, the bounties of the land
were in such measures as to preserve their lives--then there was the
proclamation that thanksgiving must be in the mind and heart of each soul. So in this land was set the precedent that has come to mean
so much that year after year thy rulers of the several States, thy director in
the general, have kept, do keep that precedent.
Then, to all: As ye do in the spirit of true thanksgiving
come to realize, as ye find in thy daily experience with thy fellow man--he
that is unappreciative of opportunity, of care, of thought, of longsuffering,
to thine own mind becomes very little. What, then, will ye - as servants--yea, as children of a
living God, of a living promise to thee--do about such a period, such a day?
For the day itself is as nothing. Remember how He as the
Teacher of teachers gave that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the
Then remember, Thanksgiving is thy opportunity to show thy
appreciation to thy friend, thy home, thy mother, thy children--yea, most of
all to thy God! As it may be truly said--of all the days for man's opportunity,
of man's making, of man's concern, truly Thanksgiving should be nearer and
dearer to the hearts of those who are appreciative of Life and its
opportunities, under any experience! For remember, it was instituted not under plenty but under
What is the need then of man in this day of disturbed mind,
That ye may reconsecrate, rededicate - each of you - thy
heart, thy body, thy purpose, to the living God! This is the message then that should be to all.
Let this day of Thanksgiving be not only that wherein to
enjoy that which may satiate the body, that which may make for the gratifying
of appetites of the body, but that day when each of you may give thanks to God
for being alive--with the opportunities to raise thy voice in prayer, in
praise, in thanksgiving for the love He hath shown, that He showers upon thee
day by day!
And as ye do this--in the spirit of love, in the spirit of
truth, of patience, of longsuffering--ye will receive that awareness of His
closeness to thee. And this will bring you to the greater knowledge, the
greater understanding of what He would have thee do.Let thy life, thy experience then, be not without purpose.
What do ye then purpose to do with His promises to thee?
In this land ye may give praise for freedom of speech, for
the opportunities to raise thy voice in whatever way and manner ye choose. For know, as He taught, the principles of life are that as
ye do unto the least of thy brethren ye do unto thy Maker. Then, as ye give thanks, as ye give praise to thy friends
for kindnesses, for gentlenesses, for those things that make thy experience
more bearable in a cruel world--under circumstances oft where a troubled
heart is made lighter--how much greater in this day, then, that is set aside
by thy laws, by the judgments of thy governors and of thy president--how much more ye would give thanks to God!
For it is in Him indeed that ye live, that ye move and have
thy being. Let thy heart then be glad. And as has been indicated, let each raise his voice in
thanksgiving for all that has, that may come to pass in the experience of each soul that prays, "Thy will, O God, be done in me--now. Not as I will, but as Thou would have me go."
Pray that peace may be in the minds and hearts of those who
direct the destiny of the many, throughout the world. For they are not in power
of themselves, but that ye--too--may learn a lesson to do, and to seek to do,
the will of thy Father; and not to do that which is IN direct contradiction to
that of praise to thy Lord, thy God.
Keep then that Day in praise, in thanksgiving, in such ways,
such a manner that ye show to thy conscience that what ye worship as thy God is
aware of thy appreciation of life!
We are through.
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Longevity and Wellness
in the Cayce Readings
By Alison Ray
The concepts of longevity and wellness are as much a subject of discussion today as they were during Edgar Cayce’s lifetime. Scientific studies indicate that while lifespan is not only based on genetics, it is also based on individual lifestyle choices—including behaviors and environmental factors that can be modified. Most people would choose to live for a long time if they could remain healthy and energetic in body and mind. The psychic readings given by Edgar Cayce made numerous references to disease prevention and longevity, noting the importance of diet, exercise, and leisure long before the medical community noted their importance.
The Cayce approach to wellness begins with the idea that health is a state of wholeness and balance. Imbalance and incoordination can challenge us to grow and develop; thus illness can often be viewed as an opportunity for transformation.
From his trance state, Edgar Cayce reiterated that we are multidimensional beings; including physical, mental, and spiritual aspects, and must be viewed holistically. Since all healing comes from within, therapeutic interventions work best when assisting the natural, innate processes of healing. A healthy lifestyle is the key to staying well and preventing disease and each of us is responsible for making choices and applying what we know. The readings also stress that while all therapeutic modalities can be helpful, it is important to find the best combination of treatments for each individual using a person-centered approach that recognizes the uniqueness of each individual rather than limiting people to diagnostic categories and pathological labels.
Because we are physical, mental, and spiritual beings, “preventative measures” need to include all of these aspects. We can use balance in mental, spiritual, and physical activity using moderation, regular hydrotherapy, osteopathic treatment, exercise, proper diet, meditation, and prayer to prevent illness and extend life. We can also seek to reduce stress factors including extreme emotions, frustration, anger, and worry.
In a reading given for a 37-year-old insurance agent, Cayce said: “There are certain tendencies, certain weaknesses that are present in the body. They are not diseases–these are rather dis-eases, when certain stresses or strains are brought to bear in the mental, in the spiritual, and physical experience of the entity.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 2533-6)
This man was encouraged to adapt a more balanced lifestyle, improve his diet, and enjoy regular exercise. The readings stress that for life expectancy, health, and illness, the role of the mind was far more important than heredity and genetics. While Mr. 2533 had inherited a tendency for a glandular imbalance, he could focus his mind on a spiritual ideal and change his own expectations about aging and death: “…because your great, great, great, great grandfather died you will die too—is there, and is part of the expectancy of every cell of your body! It can be eradicated, yes. How? By that constant activity within self of expectancy that this condition does not have to happen to you!” (Edgar Cayce Reading 2533-6)
Also key to health and wellness is having a definite spiritual purpose or ideal and being of service to one’s fellow man. Having a purpose gives us a reason to continue when we encounter obstacles. Edgar Cayce taught this again and again. Here are a few of his readings on this matter:
“This the entity should alter within self, being not only good, but good for something. Lose self rather in the service of others…” (Edgar Cayce Reading 1726-1)
“Make the experiences of the life not only good but good for something, and we will find it will make the rest of the years of the entity’s experience in the earth much more worthwhile… For life…is an opportunity to show the appreciation to the divine within, with the divine in your fellow man, and if you act in that manner much more joy, much more worthwhile will be the earthly experience of this entity.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 5294-1)
“... you will live as long as you desire and do good for others.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 5223-1)
Finally, keep in mind the importance of a balanced life. The following was from a reading given by Mr. Cayce for himself: “Moderation is the key to success or longevity!” (294-130)
The Cayce source implied that all knowledge is available within, if we seek patiently, persistently, and consistently. “For, as has been indicated so oft in each body, no medicine, no mechanical appliance does the healing. It only attunes the body to a perfect coordination and the Divine gives the healing.” (1173-7)
For more information on health and wellness, visit the online Cayce Health database.
This information should not be regarded as a guide to self-diagnosis or self-treatment. The cooperation of a qualified health care professional is essential if one wishes to apply any and all of the principles and techniques from the Edgar Cayce readings. Edgar Cayce Readings © 1971, 1993-20013 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation.
By Deirdre L. Aragon
Metaphysics teaches that in order to change a situation, a person should first begin with self. To heal others, you must first heal yourself; to love others you must first love yourself, etc. As simple as this may seem, it is one of the hardest concepts for people to accept and practice.
Regardless of the desired outcome, each person must meet their self. This leads to the questions, “Who is self,” and “how do I meet self?” According to Edgar Cayce there are ample opportunities to meet self each and every day.
Merriam Webster defines self as the person that someone normally or truly is. The Cayce readings describe self through the concepts of personality and individuality. Personality is that seen by others. Individuality is that which shines out from within, separating one from another. (345-2)
There are many methods to meeting the personality of one’s self. Perhaps one of the most comfortable ways to meet self is in meditation. A quiet, safe, and familiar atmosphere is the ideal environment to begin this self-discovery. Through focused intentions, an individual is able to make sense of their thoughts and truly meet their self.
In my meditation, I focus on my breath. Reducing my body to a simple function allows me to quiet my mind and listen to my inner self. During this stillness I am able to commune with the Christ within and bring myself into peace.
Meditation is a practice that takes work and it does not call to all people. Another opportunity to meet self is through dreams. It is a simple fact that all humans dream and this is the perfect way for self to speak to the conscious mind.
Throughout the ages dreams have affected individuals in their waking lives. Cayce spoke about the importance of dreams and provided invaluable insights to people through his readings. He recommended that people record and analyze their dreams, for dreams are that of which the subconscious is made, for any condition ever becoming reality is first dreamed. (136-7)
As a child I was seldom affected by my dreams, but in the winter of 1990 I was startled by the following dream:
“I was on a space ship leaving the Earth. Everyone was forced to evacuate to avoid danger. As my futuristic family and I flew away, the Earth imploded. We watched the whole destruction from an observation room. We were safe, but the Earth was gone.”
As a young child, I awoke from this dream terrified. My mother soothed me, assured me it was just a dream, and I went back to sleep. A few short months later, at the age of 10, I fell into a coma and had a near-death experience. My prophetic dream was spot on. My world had imploded, but just as in the dream, everyone was safe in the end. Although I did not understand the message of my childhood dream, self was sending me a warning of things to come.
Meditation and dreams are personal ways of meeting self. Another, sometimes less pleasant way of meeting self is through another person. Cayce mentioned on several occasions that self is constantly meeting self. (1771-2) When there is an encounter with someone who appears to be unpleasant, that person is generally reflecting an aspect of ourselves that needs our attention. Sometimes the attribute is from a previous lifetime, at other times it reflects our current life.
I remember my first several encounters with a very unpleasant woman at my church. She was grumpy and unapproachable, yet she was an active member in the community. While attending a class, I was randomly placed into a workgroup with her. This did not please me whatsoever, but it was only for a short project, so I just accepted the assignment. At the beginning of the second class, this woman ran up to me as I entered the sanctuary and she scolded me for not responding to the group email she had sent out. I informed her that between my mother’s chemotherapy treatments, my two children under the age of three, and my full-time position as a store manager, her email was not a priority. I walked away from her, took my seat, and prepared for class.
A couple of years after that encounter, the same woman came to me and informed me that shortly after we met she had made it a personal goal of hers to make me smile. She said I looked so unhappy when we first met and she found me difficult to approach. I laughed and told her of my first impression of her. She was shocked that anyone would think of her that way, but she appreciated the feedback and acknowledged the importance of our conversation. After coming to know one another through a common service to our church, we had become friends. I supported her when she decided to serve as a board member, and she took the time to get to know me and my family.
My experience with this woman is the perfect example of meeting self through another person. Through mirroring negative aspects of one another we were given the opportunity to change ourselves. Both of us met this opportunity and we each grew as individuals and friends.
Keep in mind that life is filled with opportunities to meet self. Be thankful for the pleasant encounters in life and be prepared to work at the unpleasant ones. Know that each soul constantly meets its own self. No problem may be run away from. Meet it now! (1204-3)
Deirdre 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 is actively involved with A.R.E. in Northern Virginia and has participated in A.R.E. Search for God Study Groups since she was a child. She has been a student of the Unity Movement for over 15 years. You'll find her website Noble Minds, a companion on the path of enlightenment, online at Noble-minds.com.
A Spiritual Connection
By Michael McAdams
Man’s desire to reach out and achieve oneness with the divine is as old as primitive man staring in wonder at a full moon. Contemplation of the divine and our position in the universe enables the realization of an existence beyond this physical world that gives hope to mortal man that this earthly sojourn is a temporary but necessary existence that prepares us, or allows us to prepare ourselves, for the next stage in our progression of life.
Religion is the manner in which we express our personal connection with God in an organized and social setting. Worship is the personal expression of faith that we hold within our consciousness of the existence of a supreme being that leads us, guides us, and protects us as we participate in this experience fulfilling the expressions of love and the expectations of achievement and accomplishment that tests our patience, draws from us the courage and the will to persevere against all obstacles and difficulties, to emerge victorious, confident that we have run a good race fulfilling our obligations to friends, family, and our Creator. For in the time our consciousness has resided in this physical form, we have held our head high, held true to our convictions and values, and spoken truth when the opportunity presented itself that others may benefit from the knowledge and wisdom we have gained through the living of life itself.
The connection available between man and our Heavenly Father and His direct representatives exists within us as our birthright. We are enabled at birth with the ability to touch a heavenly presence at will. This spiritual connection is strong, and once established will not be broken unless by choice of your own free will you abandon this available avenue of guidance and direction to focus your attention instead on physical gratification and worldly possessions at the exclusion of all else that would allow you to avail yourself of the love, guidance, and support available from those spiritual beings and God’s direct representatives who have your best interests at heart.
Opening this spiritual connection is simply a matter of clearing our minds of conscious thought, touching a level of receptiveness with an open mind, and receiving—just as if we were tuning in a frequency on a radio. Edgar Cayce was able to attune his mind to the divine using a similar process. Our open mind and the benevolent intentions of our heart enable us to receive.
Steps to attune with the divine:
- Say a prayer asking for protection as you relax your mind and allow yourself to enter into a receptive state.
- You may write down questions or describe situations, circumstances, or conflicts that you would like to resolve.
- Ask for love, understanding, and wisdom to deal with that which is being presented to you at the time.
- Quiet your mind and expect a response.
- Give thanks to God and His direct representatives for the information, insight, and perspective being given. Watch for answers coming at any time, in dreams, chance meetings, or during daily activities.
Edgar Cayce’s readings suggested daily meditation and prayer. He said that prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God.
Wilma Jean Jones, my mother, received messages and teachings dictated directly from spirit teachers over a 22-year period. The following dictated message was received by Wilma on July 8, 1996:
“Treacherous times will cause many to decide on the basis of their own understanding issues that will become the hallmark of their existence. Man has allocated a place for himself without shelter from adversity in spite of all warnings and interruptions that were given so that considerations would bring insight and direction to allow adequate intelligence to lead them in a manner that would insure their safety. Regardless of times past when men would seek to enlarge their capacity to understand the meaning of this existence, apathy and complacency has led them to display urgency only for those things that will multiply their pleasures or add distinction to their accomplishments. Rely on your own knowledge given so that those who are entitled to your appraisals will seek to include His Holy works in their daily contact with those of lesser understanding. Take your stand with those who have not entitled to advance themselves so that as time progresses and iniquities become common place even in attitude, showers of information will be given in order to obtain release and conviction on the part of those so inclined to listen.”
“Regardless of sophisticated scholarship, minds will be turned inward in order to obtain comfort where discomfort has created dismay and an inability to seek resources that man has been given by his Creator to enable him to rescue himself in times where no help is in sight nor any refuge given. Remorse sometimes brings about change just as good tidings can bring joy where there was remorse. In order to obtain the highest level of understanding one must return to that which is given to uphold him in time of need as well as possession of rewards. Caution those who are complacent to adjust their schedules so that matters of importance can be discussed. God has given each of us a task to be completed with the knowledge that He gives us strength in the aftermath of destruction and the ability to trudge forward in spite of obstacles that loom large before us. Therefore keep close to His admonishments where He directs the conditions required to enable us to return unfettered to that place of safety and His love abounds.”
“There are many explanations man can give for examples put before him. However weak in his understanding, there is a parcel of truth obtained within. That is why it is so necessary to seek that which God has given for always He warrants our attention and devotion, as undeserving as we may feel. Anxieties wither our abilities and our eyes are filled with misty recollections of memories long put away when this Spirit within was attached to His glorious being and protected in order that we may learn with freedom from obstacles that which would always lead us back to this state of being where His nature alone enlightens and fills to full measure all that has been equated with His Word. Spoken many times but forgotten in many cases, His Word embellishes in His own familiar way that which would remain inadequate but for His intervention. Therefore look ahead to that promise embedded deep within your spirit by His very own hand and rely upon the leading of His Spirit in all things that pertain to your safe return to His keeping. Those who are aware must prepare the way for those less conscious of this ability to confront issues on the basis of His knowledge easily obtained, and not exclude His discipleship as a path to be followed and not ignored in the face of calamity and indecision that can overtake those whom have deemed themselves alone capable of charting their own course regardless of the treacherous waters that must be dealt with whether in His keeping or on their own. Jesus has set the course we must all follow on our way back to the Father’s House. Let us keep ourselves in agreement with His Word and His direction for a safe return.”
Blessings be upon you as you walk your path in this existence. May you find divine wisdom and comfort in the spiritual connection of your own spirit teachers. They await your call. ©2013
Michael McAdams offers a set of his own writings called Spiritual Parchment Prints as a fundraising item for youth groups, churches, and to the public. He and his mother, Wilma Jean Jones, worked closely together as she received these messages and teachings dictated from spirit teachers over a 22-year period. This collection of messages and teachings is being published as the book An Angel Told Me So. Michael writes for Infinity Magazine (available at Facebook.com/pages/Infinity-Health-Magazine/150572801647195). Learn more about Michael’s work and view Wilma Jean Jones’ television interview at SpiritSpeaks.com.
For sample prayers including one for protection, please see Edgar Cayce's Meditation for Everyone.
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