Finding the Lost Memoirs of Edgar Cayce
By A. Robert Smith
As a newspaper reporter for over 30 years, I had interviewed all kinds of people—from governors and presidents to scatterbrains and shysters—but no one like Hugh Lynn Cayce, the son of Edgar Cayce and then president of the A.R.E., who had invited me for lunch one day in 1980. Over white wine and crab salad, I agreed to write his biography.
Unknown to me at the time was that Hugh Lynn had previously asked Jess Stearn, the author of the bestselling book, The Sleeping Prophet; but Jess was too busy and had recommended me in his stead.
Hugh Lynn agreed to come to my house in Virginia Beach for long interviews every Sunday afternoon; and he told Gladys Davis Turner, who had been Edgar Cayce’s secretary, to give me access to anything she had stowed in her bank-sized vault. That vault was so big that you could disappear inside of it while rummaging through Gladys’ stacks of priceless documents. Nobody, I learned, had ever set foot in Gladys’ treasure house without her permission.
Hugh Lynn Cayce
In our interviews, Hugh Lynn gave me so many stories—about how his father saved him from blindness, his courtship of the prettiest girl in Virginia Beach, being in the Battle of the Bulge Army service under General Patton, and the ups and downs of creating the A.R.E.—that it took five years for me to complete the book. It was titled, About My Father’s Business, but he died before he could read it. The process of writing it was great preparation for me in starting A.R.E.’s member magazine, Venture Inward, in 1984.
During the research process, I came across a marvelous find. Plowing around in Gladys’ secret hideaway, I discovered a manuscript that looked like it had been dictated. I asked Gladys about it, and she said:
“Mr. Cayce started to tell the story of his life, and I just typed it up as he progressed.”
“Did he finish it?” I asked.
“No. He was too busy giving readings.”
Too bad he didn’t complete it, I thought, but he was too focused on helping other people to tell his story.
Then I discovered another startling manuscript—a detailed narrative by Edgar’s father, Leslie B. Cayce (aka, the “Squire”), about Edgar’s childhood. Like a packrat, I made copies of both narratives and stowed them until I could figure out what to do with them.
I soon found a way to combine Edgar’s life story with the Squire’s account. Combining the two versions made for a more complete story.
The book was originally published by A.R.E. Press in 1997, and titled, The Lost Memoirs of Edgar Cayce. It was an instant bestseller among members and sold about 20,000 copies.
I liked Edgar’s take on his life because he was so frank and honest about his feelings, even about when his first love, a girl named Bess, spurned him after her father told her that Edgar was a bit crazy. Sprinkled freely through his memoir are confessions of doubts, of uncertainty, of yearning to be “normal” rather than blessed with an astonishing talent. His admissions mark him as a truly humble man who never let adulation undermine his motive of service to others. He remained the living fulfillment of that saying of his, “If we ever get to heaven, it will be by leaning on the arm of someone we have helped.”
Among those who read it was a literary agent, Sandra Martin. She told me she could sell it to a major New York publishing house, and did so with St. Martin’s Press. They paid an enormous sum and published a hardback edition in 1997 under a different title, My Life As a Seer. Their hardback was sold internationally, at least in Japan and Canada, and was followed by a paperback edition. Those editions sold about 40,000 copies, and the paperback is still in print.
Now St. Martin’s is publishing a digital edition (e-book) of My Life as a Seer: The Lost Memoirs of Edgar Cayce for readers who prefer an Amazon Kindle or the Barnes & Noble Nook.
So, sixty-nine years after Edgar Cayce’s death, his fabulous story is still being circulated in the latest format—a story that will never die.
A. Robert Smith
A. Robert Smith, an award-winning journalist and the author of ten books, has been an editorial writer, and a Washington correspondent covering Congress and seven presidents. The founding editor of A.R.E.’s member magazine, Venture Inward magazine and its editor for 20 years, he is the author of ten books including the novel Ben Franklin’s Secret Love; No Soul Left Behind; and God Gave Me a Mulligan. He lives in Virginia Beach, Va.
Sun Spots, the Power of the Mind,
and the Cayce Readings
By Don Carroll
An Edgar Cayce reading tells us that humankind’s state of consciousness on Earth can influence sun spot activity. Below are excerpts from this reading (5757-1).
"…do ye wonder then that there become reflected upon even the face of the sun those turmoils and strifes that have been and that are the sin of man?"
"…Much as that confusion which is caused upon the earth by that which appears as a sun spot. The disruption of communications of all natures between men is what? Remember the story, the allegory if ye choose to call it such, of the tower of Babel."
"…as ye do it unto the least, ye do it unto thy Maker—even as to the sun which reflects those turmoils that arise with thee…"
The Cayce readings remain on track. Last May, NASA began to publicly report on a huge solar storm event called a coronal mass ejection (CME); and the general media has picked up on it. That event occurred on July 23, 2012,when a massive electromagnetic storm shot through Earth’s orbital path, just missing giving Earth a broadside that scientists state would have set civilization back centuries! The potential damage to the U.S. alone was estimated at over 2 trillion dollars. NASA’s article also states that there is a 12 percent chance of such an event actually occurring in the next 10 years.
Coronal Mass Ejection
“July 23, 2014: If an asteroid big enough to knock modern civilization back to the 18th century appeared out of deep space and buzzed the Earth-Moon system, the near-miss would be instant worldwide headline news.
“Two years ago, Earth experienced a close shave just as perilous, but most newspapers didn’t mention it… According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair. … If Riley’s work holds true, there is a 12% chance we will learn a lot more about extreme solar storms in the next 10 years—when one actually strikes Earth.”
Another science article documents that the earth’s magnetic field is rapidly weakening. It is this magnetic field that gives us some protection from such solar events as discussed here. If these events happened concurrently, the results would have even a greater impact than already predicted.
"Previously, researchers estimated the field was weakening about 5 percent per century, but the new data revealed the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought… Researchers think power grids and communication systems would be most at risk.
"Earth's magnetic field acts like a giant invisible bubble that shields the planet from the dangerous cosmic radiation spewing from the sun in the form of solar winds."
As noted in the aforementioned Cayce reading, we almost experienced a modern tower of Babel event. Curiously such an event that would knock civilization back to primitive technologies is theorized by Dr. Robert Schoch in his book, Forgotten Civilization, as having occurred 12,000 years ago to ancient advanced civilizations. This recent “near miss” also seems to harken to some of the apocalyptic predictions of the Mayan prophesied date of 12/21/12.
Fear not! Though this may seem to be a report of doom and gloom and dire circumstances, it is actually one of good news. It was a near miss; we did in fact dodge the “bullet.” And why is that? Again the Cayce readings can give illumination.
“Know that thy mind—thy mind—is the builder! As what does thy soul appear? A spot, a blot upon the sun? or as that which giveth light unto those who sit in darkness, to those who cry aloud for hope?” (Edgar Cayce reading 5757-1)
It would appear that the consciousness of a number of humans was elevated and enlightened enough to fend off the darkness of others in turmoil and confusion, thus avoiding this cataclysmic event as the readings say can be done.
"As has been given, however, that which has prevented and does prevent the whole of civilization becoming a turmoil is the attempt of those who have the ideals of the Prince of Peace at HEART! And as of old, the prayers of ten may save a city; the prayers of twenty-five may save a nation - as the prayers and activities of ONE may! but in union there is strength. Then if that purpose would be kept, then it must ever be kept in mind that we ARE our brother's keeper!" (Edgar Cayce reading 1598-2)
There is even documented evidence that this may well be the case. Dr. Steven Pinker, an evolutionary psychologist, believes that we are in the most peaceful time ever in human civilization. Despite the constant media bombardment of wars and violence, Dr. Pinker traces all such events and more throughout civilization and has come to the conclusion that we are in the most peaceful of times. Pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/articles/media/2007_03_19_New%20Republic.pdf.
Perhaps this is the reason that all these predictions and events have not culminated in disaster. This is a call to keep the faith in our higher selves and not allow external events and media to cause us to falter in our belief of the greater good. Each one of us is integral in creating this higher consciousness and in shedding light for each other rather than shedding blood. Each and every one of us is vital to this. As so well illustrated in the proverb ‘For Want of a Nail’:
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
As the readings have noted; the kingdom is within. With each one of us going within to our higher self, we keep the kingdom intact for us all.
Don 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 Cayce to the Kundalini. 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 the nonprofit Association for Research and Enlightenment, visiting sites of a spiritual nature across the globe. His website is DonaldBCarroll.com.
Our Research into Cayce's
"Hall of Records"
By John Bunker and Karen Pressler
The story of the “Hall of Records” begins with Atlantis. Near the end of the days of the Atlanteans, the readings explain: “… there came the first egress of peoples to the Pyrenees and into what later became the Egyptian dynasties.” Images from these areas seem to represent the disaster:
“The first of the eruptions that awoke from the depth of the slow cooling earth, and that portion now near what would be termed the Sargasso Sea first went into the depths. With this there again came that egress of peoples that aided, or attempted to assume control, yet carrying with them all those forms of Amilius that he gained through that as for signs, for seasons, for days, for years. Hence we find in those various portions of the world even in the present day, some form of that as was presented by those peoples in that great development in this, the eden of the world [this reading is referring to astronomy and thereby associated with the development of the calendar]…that as for signs, for seasons, for days, for years.” (Edgar Cayce Readings 364-4)
What these people carried were records of the movement of stars and constellations. (Edgar Cayce Readings 364-4)
The readings tell us where they settled:
“In those periods when the first change had come in the position of the land, there had been an egress of peoples from the Atlantean land and they built a city near the edge of the Sahara.” (Edgar Cayce Readings 5748-6)
We also learn about the first pyramids built in Egypt. We discovered the reading of Miss  (in the Cayce readings, individual’s names are represented by numbers to protect their privacy), who had a past lifetime in Egypt during the period of the Great Pyramid’s construction and Ra-Ta was the priest (circa 10,500 BC, according to Cayce). The readings go on to describe two lifetimes before that one in the land of Og and another one in Egypt earlier when the first pyramid was built there. This proves that there were pyramids in Egypt before the Great Pyramid was built!
The readings tell us that this same country had been submerged for nearly a quarter of a million years since civilization had been in this portion of the country. (341-9)
When Ra-Ta and his people arrived in Egypt, they conducted archaeological research. (5748-6) They began to build upon those mounds that were discovered through research. With the storehouse or record house (where the records are still to be uncovered) there is a chamber or passage from the right forepaw to this entrance of the record chamber or record tomb. (5748-6)
The readings explain that “the monuments were unearthed and added to from time to time…many were buried beneath shifting sands.” (341-9)
We began to suspect that the first pyramids may have been flat on top and that they may have been added to at a later date. One pyramid in particular, Khafra, appeared to have been constructed of two sections with two distinct construction styles, still visible today. This discontinuity could indicate an interval between the construction of the lower segment and the completion of the upper segment. (Complete Pyramids, Mark Lehner)
Another of the key monuments is the Sphinx. When describing it, Cayce sometimes called it the “Mystery,” as if that was what it was called in ancient Egypt. We began our research by searching ancient Egyptian texts for that word, and we found it. There were many places in the Theban Recension of the Book of the Dead (three volumes written in hieroglyphs) which included the word “mystery”. That was the genesis of our research. After many years of study and comparison of texts and star charts, we eventually discovered there was an astronomical correlation to the Sphinx. From the Edgar Cayce readings we learned that the Sphinx monument was later set as a guard. We discovered a star constellation known in ancient Egypt as a Sphinx. This meant that the Edgar Cayce readings may have been referencing both the Sphnix monument and the Sphinx star constellation. (378-16)
This in position lies, as the sun rises from the waters, the line of the shadow (or light) falls between the paws of the
Sphinx, that was later set as the sentinel or guard, [This is referencing the Sphinx Monument on the ground.]
And which [the sealed room] may not be entered from the connecting chambers from the Sphinx's paw (right paw) until the TIME has been fulfilled when the changes must be active in this sphere of man's experience. [This is referencing the Sphinx Constellation that was in a certain position in the sky on a certain date at a certain time.]
The Other Sphinx
The ancient Egyptians imagined one constellation as a Sphinx. Today, we call it Centaurus since the Greeks later imagined that it was a Centaur.
There is a zodiac in the temple of Esne in Latopolis that shows this illustration of a Sphinx in place of the constellation Centaurus. This suggests that there was a Sphinx constellation before the Sphinx monument was created.
Both civilizations imagined that the constellation represented a being with the head of a man and the body of a quadruped. The constellation perfectly fits within the illustration of the Sphinx from zodiac at Esne.
From The Book of Aker (Ramses VI)
Next, we wanted to understand about the “guards” mentioned in the readings. The readings say: “Those who were left as guards may not be passed until after a period of their regeneration in the mount.” (5748-6)
This illustration shows the top of a pyramid, with the ancient Egyptian word “top” in the center at the point of the pyramid. It also shows an oval that was the ancient Egyptian word for “horizon.” This may hold the key.
The two Sphinx gods at opposite sides of the horizon are the constellations of Centaurus on the left (East) and Leo on the right (West). The flying serpent in the center of the horizon is Hydra, the largest constellation in the sky. The head at the tail of the serpent represents the planet Venus.
The readings explain that Giza was formed according to that which had been worked out by Ra-Ta in the mount as related to the position of the various stars … [and] the constellation Libra. (294-151)
This is the exact configuration of stars, planets, and constellations over Cairo, Egypt. In order for it to fit, you have to go back to the time of Ra-Ta, 10,390 BC. At the tail of the flying serpent is the planet Venus positioned within the constellation Libra.
SkyGlobe: 10,390 B.C. over Cairo, Egypt
Edgar Cayce provided many clues to the location of the Hall of Records:
“The one in the Atlantean land, that sank, which will rise and is rising again; another in the place of the records that leadeth from the Sphinx to the hall of records, in the Egyptian land; and another in the Aryan or Yucatan land, where the temple there is overshadowing same.” (2012-1)
“For the entity's tomb then was a part of the Hall of Records, which has not yet been uncovered. It lies between—or along that entrance from the Sphinx to the temple—or the pyramid; in a pyramid, of course, of its own.” (2329-3)
“Hence we find the entity…was the first to set the records that are yet to be discovered…and for the preservation of the data, that as yet to be found from the chambers of the way between the sphinx and the pyramid of records.” (1486-1)
Cayce tells us that the second pharaoh, Araaraart “will be found…in the North Corner of the second Pyramid…” (341-1)
In a subsequent reading, he said the same entity, Araaraart, will be found “in the upper chamber of the northeast corner of the first pyramid builded.” (341-8).
In another reading, he said, “In the first of the pyramids built in the Valley of the Shadow, there still may be found unto this day portions of data as was preserved with the ruler, who afterward was worshiped as the representative of God made manifest in earth. These will be found in the northwest corner or chamber of this mound.” (5748-4)
It is our conclusion that the first and second pyramid refer to the same pyramid and that it is the pyramid of Khafra. Today it is known as the second pyramid, but we believe that in reality it was the first. We base this belief upon evidence from Edgar Cayce’s reading (993-1,#23) which explains that the first of the pyramids was constructed in Egypt long before the lifetime of Ra Ta and long before the construction of the Great Pyramid. This pyramid was underwater for nearly a quarter of a million years before Ra-Ta entered Egypt (341-9,#4).
We look forward to the time when the Hall of Records may be opened:
“Yet, as time draws nigh when changes are to come about, there may be the opening of the three places where the records are one, to those that are initiates in the knowledge of the One God.
“The temple of Iltar will then rise again. Also there will be the opening of the hall of records in Egypt.
“The RECORDS are ONE.” (5750-1)
© John Bunker & Karen Pressler 2014 All Rights Reserved
John Bunker is a successful business owner who has been a student of Edgar Cayce since 1994. Their latest book written with his partner, Karen Pressler, The Book of Aker is a complete new translation with almost 400 illustrations, 170 in color. This is the first exhaustive translation of the complete Book of Aker from the tomb of Ramesses VI. Their ongoing research is on their Web site: Sites.google.com/site/edgarcayceandthehallofrecords.
From the Archives:
Dedication Ceremony for the Library,
Offices, and Vault
September 29, 1940
On November 15, 1938, Edgar Cayce sent a letter to all of the members of the Association for Research and Enlightenment. Here is a copy of that letter from 1469-1 Reports.
On the evening of November 4th I had this dream, vision or experience: I was in our office “reading room” discussing with some of the family the necessity for protecting and preserving the records we already have, and the means for doing this. Suddenly a master (the Master, to me) appeared and said:
“Peace be unto you! Ask all whom you have tried to help to help you save these records, for they are their experiences and are a part of them! Whether they contribute a shingle, a beam, a window, a door, or the entire vault for the records, give them all the opportunity to have a part in the work.”
A place for preserving these records is becoming more and more necessary. We have…copies of individual readings, which we believe will, if preserved, be of inestimable value to the world through scientific research in the years to come. Investigators have told us that we have the largest collection in existence of the records of an individual psychic.
Such a place may be prepared at a cost of eighteen hundred dollars or more ($1,800), provided it is built adjoining my home here in Virginia Beach.
Do you want to have any part in this?
Yours in service,
It was this letter that Edgar Cayce mentioned in his Closing Remarks for the Dedication Ceremony of the Library, Offices, and Vault on September 29, 1940:
There is only one thing I want to say. That is, “Thank you.” As you know, two years ago I had a dream which gave me the first concrete idea as to a manner in which this building might come into actual existence. As I thought of it, it seemed far away. The Readings have indicated for years that when a sufficient number of individuals had been convinced personally as to the value of the information, they would help pass it on to others. When I had this dream, I sent a copy to every member of the Association. Today we are able to see the result of this letter. The money, time and energy which have made this possible have come from those whom I have tried to help.
One of the carpenters, working on the building, said to me the other day, “Well, Mr. Cayce, I’ve heard about you... I’ve heard a lot of people say a lot of things about you, but I don't think I’ve ever met a man just like you. I don’t know what it is, that is different, but there’s something!” He possibly has never seen even a copy of a Reading; he doesn't know what it is all about. Yet, when we started putting in our library, the first set of books was given by this man. It is helpful to know that our efforts stimulate such attitudes in individuals.
We are dedicating this building for a service to humanity. “Inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.” The service to our fellow man is the greatest service we can do for our Maker. For, it is seeing in our fellow man something we could worship in our Maker that leads us on, to hope for, to be the very best possible channel for good. The work of studying our records and preparing them for distribution is just beginning. We need your cooperation and the assistance of every member of the Association. We are ready to go forward.
Thank you! Thank you for helping me to make this possible.
Let us close with a word of prayer:
Gracious God, we thank Thee for Thy blessing to us. We thank Thee for the gift of Thy love, and the manifestations of Thyself in the earth through Thy Son, Jesus Christ. As we have come here this afternoon to dedicate this building for the purpose that we may better serve our fellow men, may we each dedicate...rededicate...our lives to Thee. For it is in Thee that we live and move and have our being. Be Thou, O God, the guide. Direct us in the things we do and say, and help us to choose Thy ways. Now, may the blessings of the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be on each and every one, as we ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.
Note: The Library, Offices, and Vault were an addition to Edgar Cayce's home on Arctic Crescent. This excerpt is from the material available in our online member only section. The above can be found in 254-107 Report.
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