Edgar Cayce on Dealing with
Personal Financial Problems
Kevin J. Todeschi
Considering the fact that Edgar
Cayce lived during a time of global uncertainty, the Great Depression, personal
and economic hardship, and the world at war, it may not be surprising to learn
that nearly 200 of Cayce’s psychic readings mention the topic of personal
financial problems and economic healing. People from every imaginable
background and occupation came to him seeking answers to questions about their
health, their personal challenges, their family situation, their careers, their
direction in life, and their finances. The information they received continues
to be helpful – studied by individuals the world over – as Cayce’s insights for
every imaginable issue and personal problem remain just as relevant today.
What may be surprising is that
the information in the Cayce files on personal financial problems is about much
more than money. Ultimately, material gains cannot be an end unto themselves.
Instead, Cayce’s premise is that any economic challenge faced by an individual
is inextricably connected to a personal lesson or an opportunity to apply
spiritual or universal laws in everyday life. Rather than seeing financial
hardships as some sort of punishment or mistakenly assuming that the experience
of poverty can somehow make someone more spiritual, the Cayce readings suggest
that – seen correctly – the process of achieving economic healing can embody a
worthwhile experience in personal growth.
Ultimately, everything we think
we possess is in fact lent to us by God for the purpose of stewardship and
service. Forgetting or ignoring or remaining ignorant of this premise is
frequently one of the reasons that we encounter challenges in our personal
finances. However, it is not that we are asked to give away everything we have.
Instead, we are encouraged to become cognizant of the fact that personal
success is best measured in terms of how we use our success to assist others.
In terms of giving money away, Cayce specifically recommended giving a tithe of
ten percent to charity, service activities, or to an individual in need.
Another issue that sometimes
leads to financial lack is fear. Whether fear of the future, fear of monetary
problems, or fear of situations that arise from personal challenges – such as
the loss of a job – all of these things can work contrary to the flow of
universal abundance. In the case of fear, Edgar Cayce often encouraged
individuals to have faith and to use what they had in hand in order to draw to
themselves additional opportunities and financial assistance. He often reminded
individuals of economic healing principles from scripture, including Matthew
6:28-33, which is not an encouragement to sit idle and do nothing but rather an
admonition to make certain one’s focus is in the appropriate direction:
the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin …
if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast
into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or,
Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
… for your heavenly Father
knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall
be added unto you.
In addition to overcoming fear,
cultivating faith, using what you have in hand, and practicing stewardship and
personal tithing, the readings provide a number of suggestions for improving
financial well-being. These include working with spiritual ideals, becoming
cognizant of personal lessons needed by the soul (and attempting to learn
them), living your soul’s purpose, and being of service to others.
During the 1940s, a group of
Cayce enthusiasts from New York City began working with various concepts from
the Cayce readings and universal laws in an attempt to overcome the financial
challenges that each of the individuals had been experiencing. Members of the
group immediately recognized that their own economic problems were not linked
to a lack of talent or potential but instead to other factors. For that reason,
group members chose to begin applying spiritual principles to their material
lives, while removing any of their own mental blocks regarding the challenges
with their own finances.
The group began working as
essentially an economic healing support group and undertook a three-month
program of prayer, meditation, working with spiritual principles, and improving
attitudes and their relationships with others, as well as tithing money and
time. Although the group was small and not all of the individuals in the group
completed the program, those who did continue working with economic healing
began to see some amazing results. What may be most impressive, however, is
that the group’s exercises have been replicated since that time by countless
groups and individuals over many decades, causing many others to attest to the
validity of this material. Some of the exercises and disciplines undertaken by
various groups and individuals have included the following:
- Daily prayer and meditation, not only to facilitate personal attunement
and getting in touch with one’s spiritual core but also to assist in overcoming
any fear of lack.
- Ongoing work with personal relationships – at home, school, work –
wherever they may be. Rather than seeing people as personal challenges that
have to be put up with, the Cayce readings encourage us instead to approach all
of our relationships with the ideal of “What am I supposed to be learning from
this person?” or “What is this person trying to teach me about myself?”
- Being a good steward of the resources that have been entrusted to you.
This includes paying bills promptly, not overspending or overindulging, giving
yourself the freedom to buy what you need
(although not necessarily everything you want),
and tithing of both money and time without thought of receiving something in
- Finally, it is also a good idea to keep an ongoing chart of your
progress. This chart can include your daily prayer and meditation time, the
success of paying off your debts, the notation of any surprise economic
assistance that has come your way, personal tithing, positive experiences with
improving your relationships, and so forth.
By working with these ideas,
many individuals and groups have found the Edgar Cayce information extremely
helpful. This book of verbatim excerpts from the Cayce readings has been
compiled to provide an understanding of economic healing and personal prosperity,
and suggestions for improving personal financials by working with universal
laws and spiritual principles. The approach found in the Edgar Cayce readings
for achieving personal material success is about much more than money. It is an
approach that encourages individuals to use what they have in hand and to
discover and live out their life’s mission. It is an approach that admonishes
people to become good stewards of the resources they have been entrusted with
and ultimately to be able to use every experience encountered in life to become
all that they were meant to be.
Introduction from the new book
Spiritual Healing for Personal Prosperity by Edgar Cayce.
KEVIN J. TODESCHI is Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. He is also the author of countless articles and more than twenty books, including Edgar Cayce on Soul Mates, God in Real Life: Personal Encounters with the Divine, and Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records.