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September 2015 Update From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi

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September 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi

This is my update for September 2015 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:


With just over three months remaining in this “Capstone Year” of our $30 million CREATE Campaign (capital, endowment, and program support). In addition to needing funds for our programs and endowments, we still need nearly $1 million in order to renovate our Library and Conference Center (new restrooms, HVAC system, Library carpeting, expanding the auditorium, parking improvements, and upgrades throughout the building). Donors of $500 or more to the project will be listed on our Stairway to Heaven. Help us make a great impression on our visitors. Visit EdgarCayce.org/donate to help!



As a member, you have loved the Cayce work. As a donor, you have supported the CREATE Campaign. At this event, we will celebrate, together, the ways in which this $30 million Campaign has revolutionized the Cayce work; bringing it to a whole new level for a whole new generation. Help us raise the final funds so we can place the Capstone on the Campaign's gift Pyramid.  


Members of the Golden Circle and Edgar Cayce Legacy Society (and attendees of that weekend's Ancient Mysteries Conference) will attend this Virginia Beach event at no cost. Everyone else is welcome to attend for just $100 per ticket. For more information about attending in person, contact Mari Fedele at 757.457.7150 or email: mari@edgarcayce.org.  


Unable to join us in Virginia Beach? The Grand Finale program will be live-streamed from 7:30 until 8:15pm Eastern Time at EdgarCayce.org/grandfinale. Meet up with your study group or other Cayce friends and tune in to catch the vibe together.  


Whether in person or online, we look forward to seeing you on October 10


AU logo 90Our new MA in Leadership Studies is ready for its first cohort of students, starting on January 11, 2016. Please help us get the word out-send an email to your friends and family. This truly is a remarkable new program that students can take online with top quality faculty. James Van Auken, Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Chair of the Leadership Curriculum Committee, wrote a blog about the history of Atlantic University and how this new program fits in with the original vision. For more information about the new MA in Leadership Studies program, visit our website at AtlanticUniv.edu/leadership.
Our core program since 1986 is the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Studies, which is essentially a holistic overview of psychology and spirituality, is also open for new students. We recently added a number of amazing student testimonials from this program to our YouTube page. Take a look and see how this program is truly changing lives for the better. A.R.E. Members may find this particular interview of value: see graduate Bonnie Perry, MA speak about her time at Atlantic University.  
Both programs are accepting applications for the Spring Semester now through November 15th. 



ARE HoustonIn the past few months the Houston A.R.E. Center has been creating relationships within the Houston community to bring more awareness to the A.R.E Center and Spa. The Center’s energy has picked up and we are now seeing more new members of all ages. Our near-future plans include more workshops and classes on the teachings and remedies of Edgar Cayce. Some of these programs are: Edgar Cayce’s Exercises, Yoga, Creative Fitness and other familyoriented activities. Our goal is to stay true to the Edgar Cayce readings and manifest the love of God and Man.


For more information on the Houston Center go to EdgarCayceHouston.org



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The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage is actively recruiting and accepting applications for our next program starting on September 28, 2015 – any students who start the program in September will receive a $500.00 tuition discount. Visit CayceReilly.edu to apply online today.

We are also excited to announce the launch of our new Yoga Teacher Training Program. The 200-hour program will run from January through December 2016 – training classes will be held one weekend per month at our beautiful oceanfront campus where attendees will enjoy learning the art and science of yoga practice as well as the holistic health concepts found in the Cayce readings. Please visit our website for more details coming soon and to reserve your spot in this inaugural training!

Our Continuing Education program continues to thrive, with a number of new courses available to the general public. Please visit CayceReilly.edu for more information. And Come visit our Student Clinic to receive the unique Cayce/Reilly massage technique at a reduced price – call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment.



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are campA.R.E. Camp is now resting after the most adventurous summer on record! We made such wonderful memories with so many friends new and old. We hiked through the mountains, swam in the sunny Camp pond, ate vegetables straight out of the garden, lived a Cayce lifestyle, and had a blast. Now that Camp is all packed up and empty for the off-season, we're looking to begin construction on our NEW Dining Hall within the month! We're so excited to be breaking ground for this momentous building project, and looking forward to updating everyone as we go. It will take a big effort to complete this project in the short amount of time that we have! Nearly 200 people have already contributed to help make this new building a reality and to date we've raised about $70,000! THANK YOU! We’re looking to raise an additional $100,000 to help cover the gap between our needs and what insurance will cover. If you would like to pitch in to help, you can do so here.

Anita FlaglerAn anonymous donor has established three endowments in memory of Gail Anita Flagler, longtime member and former Vice President of Trading Operations for the Chicago Board Options Exchange. One endowment is for A.R.E. Membership Scholarships, one is for A.R.E. Camp, and still another is to support our Prayer Services program. These endowments – totaling $250,000 – will generate funds in Gail’s memory in perpetuity. The donor also directed another $250,000 toward the renovations of our 1975 Library and Conference Center with an emphasis on bringing the Library up-to-date.

CFCEdgar Cayce’s A.R.E. is now a Participating Charity with the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is an annual fundraising drive that provides an opportunity for federal civilian, postal, and military employees to donate to local, national, and international non-profit organizations. Make your donation to Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. (Charity #38083) September 1 until December 15!

Mark your calendars and book your tickets now for these three life-changing upcoming programs, all anticipated to sell out: October 18-23 Past-Life Regression Training Certification with Peter Woodbury MSW, October 8-10 Annual Ancient Mysteries Conference - Remnants of the Distant Past: Sacred Sites, Lost Lands, and Legendary Places with special guest legendary theorist Erich von Däniken, and November 5-8 Life Beyond Death: Afterlife Communication, Mediumship and Your Eternal Soul featuring an unprecedented gathering of five mediums including Lisa Williams and Robert Brown. Come tour the newly revitalized campus, have lunch in our café, shop in our expanded bookstore and gift shop, and enjoy the cool breezes and lower hotel rates of Virginia Beach in the fall.



For me this building is very special. It’s been the place where I have met many of you and have formed meaningful and lasting relationships. For over 40 years, it has been a gathering place for like-minded people to meet and create and strengthen a spiritual community. Now this building is dated, tired, and well worn. We need your help to revitalize it for the next generation.

A group of donors – including Hazel Zachar, Richard Copeland, and our Board of Trustees – have joined together to create a Matching Gift Fund for all donations of $500 or more (up to a total of $150,000) toward this project! And, if you donate that amount before December 31, your name – or the name of someone you wish to honor – will also be added to our beautiful Stairway to Heaven donor wall. This is also the last year of the Campaign, so consider making a multi-year pledge so we can count that total toward the goal.


  • New Mexico and Mesa Verde – Led by Don Carroll, October 24-31, 2015
  • Cuba, the "Return to Atlantis" Tour – Led by John Van Auken, February 13-21, 2016
  • Peru and Bolivia, Where Heaven Meets Earth - Led by Peter Woodbury with Andean Shaman, Juan de Dios Kucho, May 11 – 22, 2016, with optional extension to see and experience the Nazca Lines!
  • Ireland – Led by John Van Auken, July 10 - 24 2016!
  • Other locations pending...

If you would like additional information about any of our travel programs, contact our Travel Programs Administrator at tours@edgarcayce.org or by phone at 1-888-273-3339!

Thank you for your prayers, generosity and ongoing support for this great Work!

Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO

Advanced Technology In Society—It Happened Earlier Than You Think!

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Advanced Technology In Society—It Happened Earlier Than You Think!

By John Van Auken


While traditional scientists continue to reject the idea that technologically advanced societies existed, there is evidence to support the theory that amid the primitive humans and the earliest cultures, pockets of high sophistication could be found. Here are some examples.

Tamil Palm Leaf circa 300 BC

The so-called "Palm Leaf Manuscripts" of 5th-century BC, contain records of flying machines! Some of these flying vehicles were said to be able to "mount up to Surya mandala," meaning the solar region and the planets! And still others could go to the "Naksatra mandala," which is the region of the stars, the galaxy! One of the palm leaf manuscripts found in India is the Amsu Bodhini, which contains very detailed information about the planets. The information is so specific that only someone who actually traveled to the planets or sent flying machines to them could know these details. The information includes the different kinds of light, heat, color, and electromagnetic fields of the various planets, including Earth. And it also contains information about the methods used to construct machines capable of attracting solar rays and separating this energy into its components (as Cayce said the Atlanteans did with their crystals). It also includes instructions for the manufacture of machines to transport people to other planets. Amazingly, it details unknown alloys that the ancients used to construct invisible flying crafts-the human eye cannot see these alloys.


The Ramayana (Rama's Journey) is a Sanskrit epic poem (like Homer's Iliad and Odyssey) ascribed to the Hindu sage and Sanskrit poet Valmiki 5th to 4th-century BC, and he wrote: "The Pushpaka chariot that resembles the Sun and belongs to my brother was brought by the powerful Ravana; that aerial and excellent chariot going everywhere at will...that chariot resembling a bright cloud in the sky...and the King [Rama] got in, and the excellent chariot at the command of the Raghira, rose up into the higher atmosphere." 

Cayce explained to a reincarnated Atlantean: "The entity was in the Atlantean land, during those periods particularly when there was the exodus from Atlantis owing to those activities which were bringing about the destructive forces. There we find the entity was among those who were not only in what is now known as the Yucatan land, but also the Pyrenees and the Egyptian. For the manners of transportation, the manners of communications through the airships of that period were such as Ezekiel described of a much later date." (1859-1, my italics)

And Cayce corroborated the strange alloys of the ancient sophisticates: "The metals that were used as the braces, these were the combinations then of what is now a lost art-the tempered brass, the temperament of that as becomes between aluminum (as now called) and that of uranium, with those of the fluxes that are from those of the combined elements of the iron, that is carbonized with those of other fluxes-see? These made for lightness of structure, non-conductor or conductors of the electrical forces-that were used for the impelling of same, rather than the gases-which were used as the lifting. See? For that as in the Nature's forces may be turned into even the forces of that that makes life, as given, from the sun rays to those elements that make for, or find corresponding reaction in their application of same, or reflection of same, to the rays itself-or a different or changed form of storage of force, as called electrical in the present." (364-6)

Aliens Playing a Role?

Now some researchers/writers have suggested that aliens may have played a significant role in humanity's evolution, and Cayce appears to agree: "The entity was among the priestesses of the Mayan experience. It was just before that period when those as from the east had come, and there were the beginnings of the unfoldments of the understanding that there were other portions of the same land, or those that were visiting from other worlds or planets." (1616-1, my italics)



In this next Cayce reading he indicates that we people of Earth are eventually going to meet "people of the universe": "Man may become, with the people of the universe, ruler of any of the various spheres through which the soul passes in its experiences. Hence, as the cycles pass, as the cycles are passing, when there is come a time, a period of readjusting in the spheres, (as well as in the little earth, the little soul)…" (281-16) 

And as for us actively existing prior to incarnating into matter and getting trapped in the evolution up through matter, he gave this reading: "As it has been often presented by one school of thought, the dwellers upon the Moon (the satellite of the earth) preceded the abilities for matter (expressed in a form that is known as matter in the earth). And this entity was among those that so dwelt, and is influenced by two sojourns there [on the moon]." (264-31, EC's parentheses, my italics)


This blog was excerpted from the article Two Suns in Our Solar System! as published in the July-September, 2015 issue of Venture Inward Venture Inward is an A.R.E. Membership premium. Members may access Venture Inward online.

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John Van Auken  137x170 pxJohn Van Auken is a director at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., and is one of the organization’s most popular speakers, traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad to address audiences on the body-mind-spirit topics found in the Edgar Cayce readings. He is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt. He writes Venture Inward's Ancient Mysteries column and is the author of several books, including Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within YouFrom Karma to Grace and Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah.

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The Story Behind the Fort Dearborn Massacre

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The Story Behind
the Fort Dearborn Massacre
By John Fuhler

Taken out of context, the Fort Dearborn massacre was a notorious attack perpetrated by several groups of Indians against white settlers, including women and children. But this fifteen minute skirmish represents only one of a myriad battles in the War of 1812. The roots of the Fort Dearborn massacre, however, run much deeper.

Tomahawks- War of 1812

More than four dozen readings provide details for the events around and about Fort Dearborn at the time of the August 15, 1812 massacre. Often the information provided by the readings concurs with historical data; and sometimes it does not.

With the passage of the Northwest Ordinance in 1787, the United States designated the land south of the Great Lakes, East of the Mississippi River, and north of the Ohio River as Indian territory. The ordinance specifically prohibited white settlement in the Northwest Territory. Although the United States recognized a limited sovereignty of the resident tribes, many settlers, land speculators and even state governments treated the Indians as obstacles to be removed.i In effect, the Northwest Ordinance became a tool to promote aggressive settlement in the territory, guaranteeing the displacement of entire tribes and the demise of any hope of a permanent confederacy of Indian nations. The recognition of that potentiality had motivated the great Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, to strive to unify as many tribes as possible to realize that dream. It also led him to align his warriors with the British in the War of 1812. It is almost certainly Tecumseh's "Rebellion" to which reading 3003-1 refers:

…the entity was in the land…in what is now…Dearborn, when there was the fleeing of many from the Fort because of the uprising through that portion of the land.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 3003-1)

Native American War 1812

At the time of the massacre, the Potawatomi controlled a territory extending across northern Indiana, northern Illinois, and in central and eastern Wisconsin. The only parcel within that territory not under their sovereign authority was the six square miles at the mouth of the Chicago River ceded to the United States in 1795.ii Against this backdrop, then, unfolded the events of that horrid summer morning.

…the entity was in that land…during those periods when there were the settlings in the land, and particularly in those adjacent lands to what is now Fort Dearborn…
(Edgar Cayce Reading 823-1)

Fort Dearborn's captain, Nathan Heald, wrote that his decision to destroy the ammunitions, arms, and alcohol triggered the attack that day.iii On August 13, 1812, he had met with representatives of the Potawatomi in order to discuss the distribution of the stores that the troops would leave behind. Entity [342] was apparently privy to these discussions:

The entity was among the peoples of the north country…seeing how there might be brought about the taking of all that was then in possession of the post…without the formality of returning an exchange for same…
(Edgar Cayce Reading 342-2)

But the readings cite another and probably more important reason for the attacks:

…in that land…during those periods when those frontiers were being defended by those peoples who entered into the land to possess same… (Edgar Cayce Reading 2123-2)

…the entity was in that land…during those periods when there were the settlings in the land, and particularly in those adjacent lands to what is now Fort Dearborn…
(Edgar Cayce Reading 823-1)

It was the encroachment of white settlers in the land that triggered the assault that day. History records at least 50 dead, 42 captured, ransomed or released, 12 rescued and five escaped.iv Seventeen readings specifically refer to escapees, captives, or massacre victims.v

War of 1812

Both the readings and history record the remarkable fact that the Indians permitted traders to remain in the land. Apparently the Indians placed great value on these relationships.

…the entity was in the land…when there were…people being driven from Fort Dearborn...among those in the trading business…While others fled, the entity made peace – and later became a part of an activity for the building up farther to the west.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 3581-1)

One trader, John Kinzie, whose trade depot occupied the north bank of the Chicago River opposite the fort, faced imminent death. The Potawatomi had occupied his house and were threatening to slaughter him and his family, when Sauganash, (aka, Billy Caldwell), son of a British officer, interceded to save their lives.vi

On August 16, 1812 the Indians burned the Fort.vii

…the entity was in the land now known as…Dearborn…during those periods of turmoils and strifes as brought about the destroying, or destruction, or warring upon the old fort.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 2385-1)

There were no victors in the War of 1812, from a material perspective, but the Indians were certainly the biggest losers. From a spiritual perspective, some of the entities there gained through their heroic attempts to save and protect those around them. Some gained in their attempts to promote peace and harmonious relationships. Others created their own personal hells through self-recrimination. And still others lost due to their selfishness. Materially speaking, many of those involved lost, if not their lives, then their resources. Some of those who received readings continued to bear the emotional scars. Only a few came away relatively unscathed.

John Fuhler Blog 072-013John Fuhler has been involved in the field of alternative medicine for more than 25 years. He received his BA in anthropology from the University of Illinois and studied in Glasgow, Scotland, and Portland, Ore. As an amateur archaeologist, he participated in projects in Ariz., Calif., Hawaii, N.M., and Wis.; reporting discoveries in Ore. and Scotland. His tribal affiliations include: Saxon, Friesian, Bohemian, Irish (O'Meagher clan), and Wyandot. He volunteers his skills with organizations supporting the homeless, forest services, and families. He enjoys reading the bible in Greek and Latin.



 Photos courtesy of the John Fuhler

i Waldman, C. 1985. Atlas of the North American Indian. Facts on File, Inc.: New York, p. 190; Hickey, D.R. 2012. The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict. University of Illinois Press: Urbana, IL, p. 66.
ii Waldman, op. cit., map 7.
iii'[Letter from] Nathan Health to Thomas A. Cushing, October 23rd, 1812' in The War of 1812: Writings from America's Second War of Independence. D.R. Hickey (Ed.). Library Classics of the United States, Inc. New York, p. 102.
iv 'Muster Roll of Fort Dearborn'. In Genealogy Trails. 2006-7. Torp, K. (transcriber). http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1001.html.
v See, for example, 340-15, 587-3, 2537-1, 2123-2, 1995-1, 2530-1, 2641-1, 3135-1, and 3360-1. The twelve readings referring to John Bainbridge have not been included based on the information provided by 1523-4, in which it is stated "…the entity was…with [[294]…and became one to whom EVERYONE came for counsel…that gave strength of many of the hearts of those who later became a part of the defense of the land in 1812."
vi 'Shaubena's Adventure at Chicago'. In Genealogy Trails, op. cit.
viiGrossman, Ron. '15 minutes that shaped a city'. Chicago Tribune. August 12, 2012.  

The Majestic Southwest: A Place for Dreams

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The Majestic Southwest: A Place for Dreams
Donald B. Carroll

Mesa_VerdeMany know of the fascinating readings of Edgar Cayce that speak of the American Southwest’s cliff dwellers. The readings called this area the land of “Og” and located it on the Colorado plateau, exactly where you will find such places as Bandelier, Chaco Canyon, and Mesa Verde. The readings also describe the injection and influence on this ancient ancestral Puebloan civilization (formerly called the Anasazi) from several different areas. Such influences came from immigrants escaping the sinking of Lemuria and Poseidia (Atlantis), the Lost Tribes and even “Og” sending representatives to an ancient world council to discuss the threat of huge animals still roaming the earth. The readings even speak of connections with cultures in the Yucatan, which archeologists have recently confirmed with evidence found at Chaco Canyon. I personally enjoy the reading below (1144-2) that tells of connections of the cliff dwellers, through Poseidia, to immigrants into the area of the Pyrenees. Interestingly, some 25,000 years ago, in that portion of Europe, there existed a people called the Solutrean Culture, identified by their unique arrowheads. The arrowheads, which have been found up and down the East Coast of the United States, are similar to the Solutrean arrowheads, causing some to speculate that those European immigrants are the same peoples.

Besides the historical information given in the readings, there is another aspect to these readings that is just as important and something that was personally experienced in New Mexico by Edgar Cayce himself! This is an area of the world that one may experience or re-experience in dreams and visions. Some examples from the readings:

In the one before this we find in that land known as the land of Og, now known as that of the American plateaus, or in north portion of now New Mexico, and such…


Q. Will the entity be able to use the knowledge she obtained in New Mexico, and how will she be able to recall this knowledge?


A. In dream! (993-2)


Hence the entity was among the daughters of the Law of One, being a priestess of the temple in the Poseidian land; among those that went to the Egyptian land with those peoples for the establishing of the associations; also visiting those that established themselves in now the Pyrenees—or the eastern portion of the continental Europe, and those that established themselves in what is now known as a portion of America—in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and those portions of the land.


Hence all of these lands have their influence in the experience of the entity, and there may be—through those periods of the deeper meditation, the periods of thought—the periods when the entity may through the mystic forces, in which there is the innate interest in the present, become more and more aware of the motivative forces of the Law of One, or of the Creative Force and its relationships to the souls of men and women in their experience through the earthly sojourn. (1144-2)


…in that portion of the land now known as Utah and New Mexico. Would the entity vision much of that portion of those lands lying in the southern portions of that land, and those of the Arizona and New Mexico lands, much as a dream would come to the entity. (358-3)

Now let me share Edgar’s experience of a dream/vision and manifestation when he spent about a month in these same areas.

dreaming-mindQ. Please elucidate upon the experience I had last month in New Mexico when seeing and talking with my mother, in which she materialized a silver dollar.


A. As has been given, either by vision, by prayer, by Urim, by Thummin, by dream, or in the material things, may the vision of those that are in the heart and mind of individuals given through the powers of those in the spirit plane to enter into association, communication, or activity with those that they seek to guide.


Here we find for the first, that has long been sought between mother and son, that of communication concerning those things that deal with the mysteries of life and of those things that may bring to bear in the experiences of all, and how that there may be used those things of materiality for the representing of the spiritual. (294-174)

What an incredible experience—an experience whose generation seemed to be assisted by this majestic, magical, and mystical area of the American Southwest.

The A.R.E. Travel Program tours this area every few years—including a trip to New Mexico and Mesa Verde in the fall of 2015 (see EdgarCayce.org/tours for details). I hope you can join me so that we may share and dream together.

don_carrollDon Carroll spent his career working in Fire & Rescue, as a district chief, academy instructor, and paramedic. During those 30 years, he raised a family and pursued the meaning of life through extended study into the Cayce readings and other spiritual, scientific, and philosophical materials. Today, Carroll is a regular speaker and writer of metaphysical topics from the Cayce perspective. He spent 10 years researching and writing his latest work, Sacred Geometry and Spiritual Symbolism: The Blueprint for Creation. Carroll is also an international tour leader for A.R.E., visiting sites of a spiritual nature across the globe. His website is DonaldBCarroll.com.

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