Celebrating the CHRIST-mas Spirit
By Darrin William Owens
The Spirit of Christmas is upon us. Honoring the sacred birth of Jesus the Christ hopefully revisits our hearts and reminds us to receive the light and love of the holiday season. I'm a staunch advocate for preserving the CHRIST in Christmas. I don't hold this devotion for any religious purposes but for spiritual awareness. Just as Thanksgiving touches us with the ideals of gratitude, Christmas returns every year to awaken the ideals and the blessings of giving and receiving-giving and receiving the Christ Spirit.
Let's not, as humans tend to do in our sometimes altered state of unconsciousness, forget the pure intent of what it means to receive the gift of Divine Love (The Christ), and remember how this love was borne into the world to reshape our minds and souls and point the way to a higher purpose.
This season I find myself in great distress as I watch holiday shoppers clawing and fighting their way for a black Friday special on a big screen TV. When did Christmas become an international wrestling match? I'm truly saddened by what at times seems like the departure of the meaning and intent of Christmas these days. The desperate consumption of material goods seems to be the worship of a false idol, hanging lost souls on a broken cross; a cross that bears no promise of glad tidings with great joy. It deceives us with a temporary sensation of happiness, only to bury us later in deeper debt to the physical dimension. The global mind has created this "idol worship" of materialism to make up for a sense of loss within the inner self. Sometimes we think that if we can get more "stuff" we will be happy, or our family will be happy, and all will be well. What a sad thought system to feed during what should be a celebration of the birth of a new consciousness. Not only does the addiction to buying more stuff arise from this type of clouded perception, but money worries, depression, and loneliness set in for many.
I remember a Christmas during my childhood when money was very tight. My mother and two older brothers could only afford one small gift for Christmas. It was an adorable stuffed kitty with a radio. I loved it! I remember the sadness in their eyes as I opened my gift. At the time I did not realize where the sadness was coming from, but I as I grew older I realized they were wishing they could have given more. There was a belief among all three of my family members that there was a need for money in order for Christmas to be had by all. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing bad about giving or receiving gifts during the holiday season. My message is that gifts, money, and material things are not what Christmas is about and should never be the foundation of celebrating this holiday. We know this, but we still need to apply the message of the Christ Spirit in our hearts and be givers and receivers of its light. That Christmas oh-so-many years ago may have been a sad time for my family, but for me it was one of the best. My mom and my brothers were all there with me, and that's what counted in my mind.
Unto Thee is born, Yea, unto thee-each one-is offered a knowledge, an understanding of the life of the Christ that will renew thy life, thy purpose-if ye will but sing that new song, "Love One Another." (Reading 262-116, given December 19, 1937)
It's time to not only recognize the Christ Spirit in Christmas, but learn to resurrect over false attachments, and allow the Season of Miracles to re-awaken the Joy, Peace, and Enlightenment that lies within all of us. It is, as the Cayce reading implies, time to sing a new song this season-one of love. Every gift is love, and let the heart receive it, the Christ Spirit.
I hold fast to the knowingness that if each soul took the time to realize the light within them, they would no longer scavenge for a sense of joy in materialism. Gifts and cool toys can be an added bonus, but it's not the real meaning of the Holiday Season. The new song of love that each one of us can begin to sing, note by note, can feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, light the eyes of a child that is poor, and warm the fur coats of our animal friends on a winter's night; that is the Christ Spirit in action. During this Christmas Season, please remember the birth of a baby in manger, a divine archetype of spiritual power that gave the gift of the ultimate ideal, showing all lost souls a path back to God.
God hath not willed any soul should perish, but hath given even His Son, who brought into the world the Spirit of Christmas. (Reading 281-59 given December 21st 1941)
Darrin William Owens, psychic and supernaturalist, is the bestselling author of Reader of Hearts: The Life and Teachings of a Reluctant Psychic, and Becoming Masters of Light: Co-Creating the New Age of Enlightenment. His latest title, Mysteries of the Supernatural: A Psychic's Guide Beyond the Veil is quickly becoming known as the "bible for the supernatural" with all you ever wanted to know about everything other-worldly and paranormal. For more than 18 years, he has brought authentic enlightenment to countless souls through a powerful psychic gift that he has carried since birth. Since 1995 he has maintained a highly successful consultation practice, providing accurate readings to clients on an international scale. His website is DarrinOwensOfficial.com.
Join Darrin online for the new on-demand course The Energetics of Your Psychic Self - Darrin W. Owens.
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for December 2014 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:
YOUR MONTHLY CREATE CAMPAIGN UPDATE
With just 12 months left in our $30 million CREATE Comprehensive Campaign (capital, endowment, and programs); we have just passed the $25 million mark! With the Cayce Hospital renovations successfully completed and over $6 million raised already toward our $7.5 million capital project goal, we have been focused this fall on building our endowment – currently $4 million in investments and $1 million in real estate. Happily, we received pledges to start 6 new endowment funds in the last few months! We still need to raise an additional $1.8 million for endowments before the end of the Campaign next year (December 31, 2015). Want to create your own named endowment fund for our Prison Outreach or Prayer programs? A.R.E. Camp or our schools (Atlantic University and Cayce/Reilly School of Massage)? Or a new endowment to support A.R.E. in general? You are still supporting our day-to-day program operations through your annual donations as well. We have raised well over $18 million for these great programs already! Thank you, especially for your year-end donations going to help us meet the big Matching Gift Fund.
CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School is winding down from a year full of change and new energy! In addition to the massage curriculum, our Continuing Education programs have become very popular. Currently, we are actively recruiting for our day and evening programs starting in January 2015 and are excited to engage with our community in many service opportunities throughout next year. If you are someone you know is interested in the incredible training that occurs at the massage school, visit: www.CayceReilly.edu for more information.
We would like to express our deep appreciation to Sheila Garrett, who provided a generous donation to the school that will allow us to provide career and educational support to military veterans as well as participate in military-based outreach and recruitment – we are honored to serve those men and women who have served our country - thank you Sheila!
THANK YOU FROM ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
Atlantic University would like to graciously thank all of our donors for their continuous support of this vital and life transforming work. Without these donations and assistance Atlantic University would not have had so many successful graduates, new courses developed, and innovative planning for the future. Atlantic University looks forward to a prosperous future building even higher upon the platform which has been constructed. Thank you, and Happy Holidays.
If you would like to give to Atlantic University, please visit our website:http://www.atlanticuniv.edu/donate.html.
Join Us for Life: Save $250 plus Free Readings DVD-Rom. Now is the best time to increase your support of this work by becoming a Life Member. Benefits include special discounts on books, conferences, camps, and other activities, and free tuition for you and your spouse to one specially selected A.R.E. HQ conference each year to share your experience with newer members. For a limited time, we are offering the special price of $2,150 plus we’ll send you the Official Edgar Cayce Readings on DVD-Rom. We also offer a monthly payment option. To learn more, visit EdgarCayce.org/life.
Headquarters Conferences has two transformative programs on the horizon for 2015: February 27-March 1, 2015, we have Gregg Braden presenting a full-day workshop on The Turning Point: Prophecy and Revelations of the Future. Joined by John Van Auken, Lynn Sparrow Christy, and Kirk Nelson, they will explore the rapid socioeconomic, political, spiritual, and planetary changes affecting us today, and their meaning for our future. March 8-13, we have the return of Foundations in Hypnosis: Training and Certification Course, A.R.E.’s popular new certification course featuring one of our best- rated and most experienced trainers, psychologist and master hypnotist Dr. Jason Parker. This certification has limited enrollment, so early registration is encouraged. And, watch you mailboxes for our new 2015 Annual Calendar, or download it at EdgarCayce.org/Conferences
NEW FROM A.R.E. PRESS
Edgar Cayce's Guide to Colon Care. Now back in print, this classic healthcare guide, by Sandra Duggan, RN, is the definitive guidebook for the care and maintenance of your colon. As Cayce taught us, clearing your colon of years of toxic build-up is the first and most important step to more physical energy, mental clarity, and relief—and this book will empower you with easy-to-follow tips, advice, and solutions!
A.R.E. 2015 TOURS
Get ready for a fantastic tours line up for 2015 including:
- Our first ever tour to CUBA! Join John Van Auken on this one-of-a-kind journey. Visit Cuba legally on a people-to-people, cultural exchange program. This will be an opportunity like no other to experience the cultural richness and diversity of this beautiful island. January 31- February 8, 2015. Price reduced! Contact the travel programs office for details.
- Southern Spain & Morocco – Led by Peter Woodbury, April 11 -22, 2015. Also offering an optional extension to the Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara Desert, April 22-26, 2015.
- Old Quebec & Montreal – Led by Patrick and Jane Belisle, August 10-16, 2015.
- JUST ADDED: China & Tibet – Led by John Van Auken, September 15-28, 2015.
- New Mexico and Mesa Verde – Led by Don Carroll, October 24-31, 2015.
A.R.E. Camp is ready for you to start making plans to join us for the 2015 Summer! When you give the gift of Camp to yourself or your loved ones, you are giving the experience of a lifetime. Participants at A.R.E. Camp live in the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and spend days filled with meditations in nature, meaningful workshops, inspired arts and crafts, late afternoon swims, plentiful home-cooked family style meals, and living the life Edgar Cayce intended for us when he began his great work. There are plenty of Camp opportunities for kids, teens, young adults, families, and adults! Register before 2015 and receive $50 off per person! View the 2015 schedule at www.EdgarCayce.org/camp. To register, call 800-333-4499 or contact Malenka Kaydan, A.R.E. Camp Manager, at Malenka@edgarcayce.org or at 757-457-7162
GIVE YOURSELF A GIFT WHILE GIVING TO A.R.E.!!
During this season of giving, take advantage of this final opportunity to participate in the very special drawing on January 2nd for unique gifts, including:
- A 50th Anniversary Edition of "There is a River" autographed by Gladys Davis Turner, Edgar Evans Cayce, Charles Thomas Cayce, Dr. Harold Reilly and other early A.R.E. luminaries
- A 75th Anniversary Edition of "There is a River" autographed by Edgar Evans Cayce, Charles Thomas Cayce and Kevin Todeschi.
HOW can you participate? Just do one of the following by December 31st and let us know!
- THE EASIEST: Name A.R.E. as beneficiary on a bank or investment account, IRA or 401K;
- Include A.R.E. as a beneficiary in your will or trust; or
- Invest in an A.R.E. Charitable Gift Annuity, with income guaranteed for life. IF YOU NEED TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR 2014, ask about the great tax benefits!
Every participant will also receive a FREE DVD of the very popular HQ Conference "Medical Intuition: Self Diagnosis and Healing with Your Body’s Energy Systems" by Dr. Norm Shealy, author of "Living Bliss: Major Discoveries along the Holistic Path" (NOT available for purchase).
Contact Susan Luscomb at 757-457-7125 or email email@example.com or Marianna Theo at 757-457-7215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
A.R.E. BOOK AND GIFT SHOP
There are lots of exciting new developments in the Bookstore! Join us on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. TO 5:00 p.m. for our New Year, New You - Psychic Fair for great readings and free activities all day!
As always, we’re hard at work bringing in new and exciting items and products, including several new lines from local artists and craftspeople. And we’ll soon have our very own aura camera!!! Stop in to see what we have in store for you!
HOLISTIC AGING SERIES
A free series of talks presented in cooperation with SeniorAdvocate meets monthly on the third Wednesday of each month; from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (registration opens at 9:30 a.m.). Join us for one or all of the talks in this free series. To learn more, please visit EdgarCayce.org/HolisticAging.
Our first talk is on January 21: Health & Rejuvenation: The Edgar Cayce Approach presented by Peter Van Daam. Peter is a graduate of both MIT and Brown University and is a nationally recognized pioneer in home-based education. Introduced to the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce over 40 years ago, he has been studying, applying, and sharing those concepts ever since. He lectures frequently at the A.R.E. presenting the core elements essential for building a lifestyle to rejuvenate the body and awaken the soul.
Future dates and topics:
- February 18: Spiritual Wellness presented by Peter Woodbury
- March 18: Guidance from Dreams presented by Dr. Judi Doumas Henry
- April 15: Remedies for Body, Mind, and Spirit presented by Dr. J.P. Amonte
- May 20: Our Amazing Soul Life presented by John Van Auken
- June 17: The Joy of Mindfulness and Beauty in Aging presented by Betty Davis
DOUBLE YOUR DONATION…HELP MEET OUR MATCH BY DECEMBER 31!
As I hope you read in the letter you got from me recently, some of our longtime members have pooled their resources to create a $125,000 Matching Gift Fund! They will match all NEW donations to the Good Karma Club ($20+ per month) and the Golden Circle ($1,000+ per year), AND they will match any INCREASED Golden Circle-level donations (bump up to $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000+) up to $125,000 before December 31. Essentially, when you give more than you did last year, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar! Will you help us get the full Match? Donate here: https://commerce.solutrix.com/are/aresecure/donate2011.asp.
Did you have a good year in the stock market? Remember, you can donate appreciated stocks and avoid capital gains taxes. http://www.edgarcayce.org/donate/gifts_of_Stock.html.
p.s. Nearly 40% of A.R.E.’s income comes from your donations. You DO make a difference here.
WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A BLESSED AND BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO
Spending the Night in the Great Pyramid
By Ann Jaffin, MS
In November 1976, I went on my first A.R.E. overseas tour to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. This fabulous adventure with over 100 participants was led by Hugh Lynn Cayce, the elder son of Edgar Cayce. With special permission, small groups of our members were allowed to spend the night in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid! I eagerly volunteered and, although sleeping on a thin mat on a very dusty stone floor was uncomfortable, I was so excited that nothing else mattered.
We were locked inside the pyramid for the night with a portable toilet around the corner. Our group voted to have a candle lit since when the electricity was turned off, this mysterious chamber was totally and completely dark. Mark Lehner, who has become a renowned Egyptologist, told us that if any problem arose, we should just say “Zahi, Zahi” to the guards. For many years, Dr. Zahi Hawass was the senior official in charge of the monuments on the Giza Plateau. Mark went on to help measure and map the Sphinx with great detail and accuracy and to lead the excavation of the Lost City of the Pyramids where the workers who built these wonders had lived.
Recently I came across the notes I made during the night I spent in the pyramid:
- Our chanting sounded like pipe organs.
- During meditation, something brushed the bridge of my nose. Could it be a fly or a mosquito? (Or something else more ethereal, I now wonder.)
- Our pyramid-shaped candle cast a shadow on the wall that was shaped like a hooded figure.
- At some time, I thought I heard a dog whine. (Interesting in view of my dream below.)
The Great Pyramid
Despite sleeping poorly, I recorded a dream that revealed some of my anxiety about this unique experience:
I dreamed we were in a pyramid in Tibet. A wild and mangy dog got in the gates and came in where we were up on top of small picnic tables. I was afraid. The dogs ate and growled, and I turned over two tables in fright. Somehow I crossed the room, but I wanted to get back to where I had been. The guards were Arabs with rifles, and we all wondered how the dogs had gotten in. By the time we left, we felt better about the dogs.
During our stay in Cairo, our tour members were able to participate in three psychic experiments designed to test the effects of the Great Pyramid on clairvoyance, telepathy, and dreams:
- After meditating in the Great Pyramid, we were asked to sketch or write a description of the contents of a sealed envelope. Then after meditating outside of the Great Pyramid, we were asked to do the same thing with a different sealed envelope.
- We were asked to record our dreams, knowing that each night that we were in Cairo, Charles Thomas Cayce, Edgar Cayce’s grandson, would pray for all of us whether or not we were sleeping in the Great Pyramid. While praying, Charles Thomas would be looking at a target picture. Later, our dreams were examined to see if the target picture had been incorporated into them, and whether or not this occurred more frequently for dreamers sleeping inside or outside of the pyramid.
- Those who chose to sleep in the pyramid were asked to seek a dream by formulating a question focused on either our group’s common spiritual purposes or on a personal concern.
After we returned home and the results of the experiments were analyzed, Charles Thomas wrote a letter to the group outlining some of the results:
- With the picture-drawing experiment, there was no difference in the number of ESP hits inside or outside of the pyramid.
- With the dream telepathy experiment, there were more hits outside of the pyramid than inside it.
It seemed that the pyramid shielded individuals inside the King’s Chamber from outside influences. Since the Cayce readings say that the Great Pyramid was a temple of initiation in which Jesus and John the Baptist underwent spiritual training and had mystical experiences, it would seem that shielding initiates from external influences would have been very important.
Ann Jaffin, MS, a life member and field volunteer of A.R.E., has been a member of an A Search for God study group for 40 years. Retired from the federal government, Ann has a master’s degree in Family and Community Development from the University of Maryland. In addition to writing several articles for Venture Inward magazine, she is the author of the book Past Lives and Present Karma. She is a frequent speaker at A.R.E. events, a dedicated user of Cayce’s remedies and therapies, and she has traveled the world, often with A.R.E. Travel & Tours.
Ann and her late husband Stan were stunned to discover out that several members of Stan's extended family had Cayce readings. They identified readings for 20 family members and 14 friends and interviewed the recipients all over the U.S. and in Europe. You can learn more about the Jaffin family in our Virtual Library under the Jaffin Family Archives and Research Project.
"Crown of Thorns"
By Richard Gaspari, as told to Judy Cosgrove
Would you ever think that prayer and a painting could heal an illness? No, me neither. But something changed my mind. In 2009, I was happily employed at a medical research company. However, cutbacks were part of the industry and now it was my turn to be laid off. I started applying for positions that matched my skill and experience levels, but to no avail. I couldn’t even get an acknowledgement that my applications and résumés were even received. I noticed myself silently slipping into depression.
At that time, I didn’t consider myself a religious man, but troubled times led me to soul searching and to prayer. It was then that I started watching a religious TV station in our area. Early one morning, after a particularly sleepless night, I turned on a show entitled, “Holy Land Rosary,” which was being aired in Jerusalem, Israel.
The crucifix on a rosary.
On the show, a priest was praying the “Sorrowful Mysteries” Rosary to an audience in Jerusalem. These five mysteries describe the sufferings of Jesus on the first Good Friday over 2000 years ago. “The Agony in the Garden,” “The Scourging at the Pillar,” “The Crowning with Thorns,” “The Carrying of the Cross,” and “The Crucifixion.”
The camera led us to each ancient site. When “The Crowning with Thorns” was announced and prayers began, scenes from the Church of the Flagellation were shown. This church was built on the location where it is believed that Jesus was flogged on his way to Calvary. Icons representing the crucifixion story were displayed around the doorway to the church. Inside, hand-painted on the wall above the altar was a beautiful depiction of the Crown of Thorns, and flowers in stained glass surrounded the magnificent painting. The shades of gold, purple, deep crimson, and brown blended beautifully with the stained glass.
Jerusalem, Church of the Flagellation
It was during the “Sorrowful Mysteries” that this Crown of Thorns really caught my eye. I felt personally touched by it and a wave of comfort flowed through me. I could feel my depression lifting and hope taking its place. The Crown of Thorns painting showed me pain and humiliation, yet it also brought me comfort. How could something so painful and humiliating bring peace and comfort? This Crown of Thorns suddenly appeared as the most beautiful and multifaceted creation I had ever seen. That was when I started praying the rosary, and still do to this day.
I found myself pondering the thought of painting the crown myself, but it seemed like too complex a project. I became aware of sick people around me and wanted to share with them the comfort it brought to me. The struggle of how to paint Jesus’ intricate Crown of Thorns and bring it to justice on canvas kept me from beginning.
While I was still thinking about it, my life continued to improve. I was able to obtain a position in a pharmaceutical company. Part of the hiring agreement was for me to complete additional college-level courses. This included some elective courses, and I was able to select an art course that would help me start my Crown of Thorns painting.
As I thought about how to start, my first stumbling block was a logistical one. The crown being round would relate to a square frame versus a rectangular one, which I preferred. This problem was solved by incorporating the icons shown outside the church on either side of the crown. I now had the desirable size and shape for my picture and was ready to start.
However, just at that time I came down with a bad case of the Shingles. If you’ve ever had Chickenpox, Shingles can strike when you least expect it, and can cause a blistering rash that may bring deep, penetrating pain that can last for 30 days or longer. Most people get Shingles blisters around the middle of their body, but what became ironic for me was that my blisters wrapped around my head! My pain manifested into migraine headaches that lasted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When I say headaches, I mean “a headache”—one long headache that lasted for five weeks. I was barely able to concentrate on work, let alone begin a complex painting. The only time I wasn’t in pain was when I was sleeping—or so I thought, but my wife told me I was even moaning in my sleep! The continuous headache eventually subsided into daily headaches starting in the sixth week. Now, stronger than ever, I had the desire to start my painting.
Using my camera, I took pictures of the crown and icons right from the TV as I again watched the “Sorrowful Mysteries” being aired on the same TV show. I was able to adjust the lens until the pictures were the desired shape. I then worked on pencil sketches until I was happy with one. I discovered in class that my favorite medium for painting was watercolor. I worked on the painting project off-and-on for 15 to 20 hours at a time.
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Finally, I felt confident in my endeavor, and the painting was completed! That night, I experienced the best night's sleep I'd had in months, and the next morning my head was clear. I said to my wife, “I'm done with the Shingles!” Something within me knew that they were over and that completing the painting had brought me healing.
Now, whenever I have family or friends in need, I like to present them with a framed copy of my Crown of Thorns painting. I tell them my story and how I felt that Jesus reached out to help me through this beautiful work of art in a church in Jerusalem.
Judy Cosgrove Judy is a spiritual seeker and long-time member of the A.R.E. A certified Asian body worker and graduate from the Meridian Institute in Wayne, Penn, she practiced Shiatsu and Tendino-Muscular Meridian work at a chiropractic center and a healing arts center, both in the West Chester, Penn area. She retired from a career as an administrative assistant from a major corporation in the Philadelphia area. Following the death of her son Michael in 1992, she has been involved with “The Compassionate Friends” (TCF), a global support group for parents whose children have died. A volunteer, she leads workshops and writes articles on after death communication to help bereaved parents in their grief process. She has been married to husband Bill for 48 years, and is the proud mother of three children and two grandchildren.
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