Know Thyself—The Ultimate Search
by Kevin J. Todeschi
I recently had the opportunity to speak with a group of more than 20 young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 about their involvement with the Edgar Cayce information and their hopes for the future—both personally and for the Cayce organizations. One of the things that kept being repeated by the group was the fact that programs exploring the Cayce work and group activities involving that information had been instrumental in enabling many of these young people to come to know themselves. This same concept is at the heart of the Cayce readings on soul growth and personal transformation.
Historically, the phrase "know thyself" was immortalized by the Greeks at Delphi's Temple of Apollo. Written as an inscription over the entrance to the temple, visitors from throughout the known world came to Delphi seeking the wisdom of the god Apollo. This search to know one's self is often mirrored in ancient stories, fables and fairy tales that seek insights to the very human question, "Who am I?"
The Cayce readings suggest that one of the best ways to answer this question is through an exploration of the subconscious mind—looking at dreams, practicing meditation, dedicating one's self to prayer, and using the God-given talent of intuition. Rather than being an exercise in egotism, Cayce's rationale was as follows: "When one understands self, and self's relation to its Maker, the duty to its neighbor, its own duty to self, it cannot, it will not be false to man, or to its Maker." (Reading 3744-5)
Coming to know one's self was of such importance, Cayce told a small group of individuals involved in the study of personal spirituality that it was actually the second lesson (after cooperation) every individual should undertake for their own soul development (Reading 262-2). One reading summed it up simply, as follows: "Know thyself if ye would know thy God, if ye would be of a service to thy brother." (Reading 1256-1)
Perhaps one of the greatest challenges in coming to know one's self is that too frequently we associate the self with our human weaknesses and frailties rather than our spiritual heritage. However, it is important to remember that we are not physical bodies with souls but are rather souls, children of the Creator, who are gaining experience in the material world. The soul is that which is made in the image of our Maker; that which is destined to be a companion with the Creator. As we apply spiritual principles in our lives and in our relationships with one another, we come to an understanding of our true selves as well as our relationship with one another and our true relationship with God. This is what enables the inner self to be expressed in the material world. This is what enables each and every one of us to come to know ourselves.
Perhaps the time is now to take a new look at who we really are, and what it is we should be about. The very same refrain was echoed by a group of young people who proclaimed their excitement and enthusiasm about being in the earth at this time and having an opportunity to make a difference.
As Cayce told one individual:
"First, analyze thyself. Know thyself, for he indeed that knows himself knows his God also. And be sure ye know what and Who is, and where is, thy God. These must be answered within self. For, as the tenets of old, all the principles of the divine that are manifested in the material man are found deep within self. And all that we may know of a universal consciousness is already within self." (Reading 3004-1)
KEVIN J. TODESCHI is Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. He is also the author of numerous articles and more than 20 books, including Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, Edgar Cayce on Soul Mates, and The Rest of the Noah Story.
Pennyroyal Area Museum Celebrates Edgar Cayce’s Early Years
The Pennyroyal Area Museum is a general history museum located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The mission of the museum is to portray the history of southwestern Kentucky. Since all of us contribute to the story the history museum tells, it is pertinent at this point to introduce a native son, America’s greatest psychic – Edgar Cayce.
Edgar Cayce was born in Christian County, Kentucky on March 18, 1877. It was here during his formative years that he developed his remarkable psychic talents and embarked upon a lifetime of service to God and mankind. Every year in March the Pennyroyal Area Museum celebrates our native son’s birthday and we immerse ourselves in Cayce’s hometown history with the Annual Edgar Cayce Hometown Seminar. Guest speakers for this seminar are focused in one way or another on the balancing of the body, mind, and spirit based on the information from the readings of Edgar Cayce. In the past 18 years participants from all over the world have attended this seminar.
The emphasis of the Hometown Seminar is to feature its most famous local son and to acquaint participants with Cayce’s native home. D.D. Cayce III, the Hopkinsville-Christian County Historian and distant relative to Edgar Cayce, presents a pictorial history of Edgar’s early life in Hopkinsville and Christian County. Participants can also take a hometown tour to see where it all began. A guided bus tour will take you around the county to visit sites such as the Beverly, Kentucky community to see Beverly Academy, where Edgar attended elementary school; Liberty Christian Church, the site of the church that Edgar joined in 1888; the site of Edgar’s boyhood home where he slept on the spelling book; the grounds where Edgar Cayce had a vision that prompted his life’s work and the pond where Thomas Jefferson Cayce, his grandfather, drowned in 1881. Other sites include houses where Edgar once lived, where he gave his first formal reading in 1901, Wesley Ketchum’s office, and Edgar and Gertrude’s gravesites.
Wayne Goolsby, a local educator, adds to the richness of preserving the history of Edgar Cayce. He has written several plays about the life of Edgar Cayce including The Pennyroyal Years: A Reflection upon the Youth of Edgar Cayce; The Gift: a monologue (with a few interruptions) about the life of Edgar Cayce; and Edgar Cayce: the Gift of the Pennyroyal. These plays have been performed at the Pennyroyal Area Museum.
D.D. Cayce III, a cousin to Edgar Cayce and local Edgar Cayce historian, is also affiliated with the Pennyroyal Area Museum. Additionally, the local CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau) has created a cell-phone tour of Edgar Cayce sites in Hopkinsville. This brochure can be obtained through the Pennyroyal Area Museum or: www.visithopkinsville.com. To be added to the Annual Edgar Cayce Hometown Seminar mailing list please contact: Pennyroyal.Museum@gmail.com or phone 270-887-4270.
The Good Steward
By Tina Erwin
Edgar Cayce was considered one of the most remarkable psychics of the 20th Century. His readings are so numerous (14,000+) that they are housed in the Edgar Cayce Foundation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This center has a metaphysical library that is so large that only the metaphysical library at the Vatican is larger. What makes this so remarkable is that the very foundation of this library is the massive collection of Edgar Cayce readings that cover topics ranging from healing the body to what happened in Atlantis.
When you study the life of Edgar Cayce, what you find is a man who had an astounding ability to tap into the spirit world when asked a specific question, and then to share that information with the rest of us. These readings offered glimpses of the future of the world as well as how to diagnose someone at a distance. Mr. Cayce didn’t just heal someone–he gave them the tools to heal themselves. Those tools gave information on everything from essential oils, electronic devices, and therapeutic massage to meditation, which can be found in the A.R.E. Library in Virginia Beach, on the Web site, and on the Official Edgar Cayce Readings DVD.
Perhaps the most important element of all the Cayce work is the integrity with which he used his ability to work with the spiritual world. Edgar Cayce was a man with tremendous psychic ability. This ability was not a gift. A gift is something unexpected that you receive on a holiday or your birthday.
Psychic ability is a very specific skill that you earn–life after life after life. You don’t just wake up one morning and you are suddenly psychic. Perhaps if you are hit by lightning, then you may find you have a sudden ability, but that ability is never a gift, because it carries with it a huge level of karma both positive and negative, based on how you choose to use that skill. Psychic ability is a responsibility. The greater a person’s ability, the more significant the responsibility, and the heavier the karmic burden. Abuse that ability by hurting another person with it, and the karmic price tag for that abuse is very high. It is costly because you earn your ability life after life by what you sought to learn each life. Perhaps you wanted to learn how to do hands-on healing or become a medical intuitive. Maybe you wanted to be able to see into the future and prevent disaster. Possibly you actively sought to see the dead, or auras, or the “stacks” (layers) of time. All of that is fine. But once you acquired this ability, what did you do with it? How did you use it?
Karma attaches, because once you have an ability you are karmically expected to share what you have earned and learned with the utmost integrity. The more you use your ability, the higher the ante is raised. This means that you are earning more intense positive karma with each wonderful, generous, and (above all) wise action you perform. The reverse is also true. People who participate in fostering psychic addiction by taking advantage of other people, such as fortune tellers, cult gurus, or energy vampires, know what they are doing and they energetically steal on a conscious level.
Edgar Cayce used his powerful psychic ability from a place of the utmost integrity. He is one of the finest examples any of us can study in just exactly how to use any spiritual ability and hold ourselves up to the highest karmic/spiritual standards. He did not promise what he could not deliver. Cayce was honest in what he could and could not do for someone, and he realized that he could not heal everyone. No one could do that, not even the Christ, because not even Christ could randomly remove the karma of another person.
Edgar Cayce was truly the finest steward of the psychic and spiritual ability that he had. He was a humble man with a deep and powerful love of Christ, the Divine, and the spirit world. Cayce also loved all people of all religions so much that he would often sacrifice himself to help a person in great need. In the crazy world we live in, perhaps now and then it is a good practice to study those more spiritually advanced souls who walked among us, and follow their example of outstanding spiritual stewardship.
TINA D. ERWIN, CDR, USN, Ret. has studied metaphysics all her life to enable her to understand her own psychic abilities. These intense studies were further enhanced by the experiences of a dynamic 20-year career in the Navy, working for the U.S. Submarine Force, retiring at the Commander level. Erwin is the author of the A.R.E. Press book, The Lightworker’s Guide to Healing Grief.
Edgar Cayce Energy
by Peggy Sue Skipper
In November 2009, I moved my office into the Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center in Houston, TX. It was one of those serendipity situations because just at the point where I realized I had to move, a friend called and told me the A.R.E. had an office for lease. I hung up the phone and drove over right then and wrote a check before I left that day.
Only later did I find out there were seldom offices available at the A.R.E. and a number of people were interested but had not yet made the financial commitment. I had been in the center a few times over the years and always had a respect for Edgar Cayce’s work but I was not actively involved with A.R.E. I just knew the energy was much better than where I had been and that was my primary criteria for a new office.
I spend a lot of time in my office when I am in town, and what a difference it has made to be in an environment where I can just be myself. Over the past months, it has become more and more clear just how important my energetic environment is for my spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well being. As I have said many times since moving in, “People here just get me—for the first time in my life I do not feel like I have to watch what I say.”
Our world is still so divided on the subject of spirituality and all that it encompasses, and it can be dangerous territory. I had lived for so long turning what I believe off-and-on depending on my surroundings that it became second nature—at least I thought it had. I just thought I had that mastered. What I didn’t take into consideration is what that flip-flopping was doing to me.
Recently I did a presentation at another center in Houston and one of the promoters of the event e-mailed me several days later to say she felt my intuition had taken a giant leap, and she is correct. I attribute that directly to my new environment at the A.R.E. In addition to just being in great energy every day, I have, for the last several months, been participating in one of the Edgar Cayce study groups here at the center and I so look forward every week to putting in two hours with that group. The material we study, in A Search for God, confirms my own beliefs, and what a treat it is to openly discuss them in a safe environment.
Recently I discovered that the United Nations has declared September 21 each year as International Day of Peace, a concept I can get behind. I mentioned it to Carl and Ed who run the Houston A.R.E. and next thing I know the center is sponsoring a free meditation from 7-8pm that evening. Shortly after that decision was made, Jim Commander was in my office and I told him about it and he agreed to play live for the event! Jim’s CD Edgar Cayce Sounds of Meditation is one of my favorites but I have never heard him play live, so I am looking forward to it. If you are in the Houston area, or know someone who is , and would like to join us, please come on out! If you read this article after the fact, then mark your calendar for September 21, 2011! We will be here.
“These are the days when the paths must be made straight, that indeed there may be peace on earth, good will to men.” Edgar Cayce Reading 1468-1
Peggy Sue Skipper is the co-founder of The New Era Times, an online newspaper which seeks to present innovative ideas and ideals as a beacon for those seeking understanding of the evolving consciousness (TheNewEraTimes.com). She is the author of two books: The Art of Conscious Evolution and Love Signs and is working on a new book scheduled for release in early 2011. She is also the producer and host of "The New Era Cafe" TV show.
For information on the International Day of Peace visit InternationalDayofPeace.org. For information about Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., Houston visit EdgarCayceHouston.org.