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January 2015 Update

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January 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi



This is my update for January 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:


Cassie Tarsia Blog 2015CASSINA TARSIA DONATES $1 MILLION TO CREATE NEW CENTER!
Dedicated Cayce student and longtime A.R.E. member Cassina "Cassie" Tarsia of Oceanside, California has pledged $1 million toward the creation of the A.R.E.’s new Tarsia Center. Under development now, the Center will offer programs in emotional processing, healing, integration, and wholeness. Think of it as a modern day Temple of Initiation. The Center’s Ideal: Creation of a state of oneness with the Creative Forces by awakening the heart and soul forces, connecting with the whole, and attaining harmony of being.


We expect the first program to be offered by the Center in January of 2016. I am working closely with former A.R.E. Board Chair Eileen Malo and Cayce expert Lynn Sparrow Christy to develop a program for this transcendent healing center initially called “the Program for Integrative Wholeness and Transformative Growth.” Eileen possesses an extensive background in health administration as well as advanced training and experience in both spiritual mentorship and personal coaching. Lynn possesses an extensive background in one-on-one spiritual mentorship, coaching, personal transformation and hypnotherapy. This program will be offered to participants who are ready to commit one full year to focus on their personal, spiritual, and emotional development – a serious commitment to a process that is designed to bring serious results. And we are thrilled about the possibilities.


By offering something new to the world, Cassie is also helping us achieve the goals we set out at the beginning of our multi-year CREATE Campaign—namely to bring the Cayce Work out to the world in a whole new way. Her donation takes us past the $26.5 million mark in our $30 million Campaign which ends this December.


Thank you, Cassie! We just can’t thank you enough. Many future generations will be grateful to you. Stay tuned for more information about the Tarsia Center, its mission, and its programs.


YOUR MONTHLY CREATE CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Our 2014 fundraising ended with a bang! Our Matching Gift Fund inspired nearly $300,000 in year-end contributions to the A.R.E. Thank you! And with the advent of 2015, we have just moved into the final year of our $30 million CREATE Comprehensive Campaign (capital, endowment, and programs) … and we have raised over $26.5 million – just $3.5 million to go! With the Cayce Hospital renovations successfully completed and $6 million raised already toward our $7.5 million capital projects goal, we now need to raise an additional $1.5 million to renovate our Virginia Beach Visitor and Conference Center; new restrooms, HVAC system, parking improvements, and upgrades throughout the building. Donors of $500 or more to the project will be listed on our Stairway to Heaven. You are still supporting our day-to-day program operations through your annual donations as well. We have raised well over $19 million for these great programs already!


OUR YEAR-END FUNDRAISING MATCH WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!
In last month’s update I told you about our special end-of-year Matching Gift Fund (up to $125,000). Well, you helped us blow right past that Match and donated more than twice that amount - $290,000 in December! Your generosity continues to astound me. We are all extremely grateful. Thank you.!


ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY NEW DEGREE PROGRAM IN LEADERSHIP TO BEGIN 2016!
Atlantic University already offers a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Studies, a Spiritual Guidance Certificate, and non-credit courses (open to all). Beginning in January 2016, the university will begin offering a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies with concentrations in Mindful Leadership, Global Leadership, and Organizational Leadership. For more information on existing courses, go to, www.AtlanticUniv.edu, or email us at, info@atlanticuniv.edu. For more information on the new Leadership Studies degree, email the university’s director at: James.VanAuken@AtlanticUniv.edu.

CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage continues to attract students from all backgrounds and ages, including military veterans, to our exciting program. Our 8 month sessions begin in January, June, and September 2015 and are fully accredited. Federal financial aid is available. We are excited about massage student community outreach at local sports events, EMT meetings, and senior care facilities. Our Continuing Education program is also thriving, with a number of new courses available to the general public. Please click the link: http://www.edgarcayce.org/ce for more information


A.R.E. HEALTH CENTER AND SPA
The A.R.E. Health Center and Spa is enjoying the beautiful new facility. We have recently introduced additional holistic clinical services like restorative breath work and acupuncture. We've also added some wonderful cleansing Spa packages, offered at substantial member discount. Our life-changing, holistic health intensives, the Cayce-based Wellness Weeks, are filling fast. There are still spots available for the June 13-19, 2015 week, http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/spa/spa_services.aspx?id=5295. We hope you will join us!


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HEADQUARTERS CONFERENCES
Experience a retreat like no other—a vacation for the soul—at our March 12-15, 2015 Spring Palestine Retreat, where Henry Reed, PhD and Don Carroll will help you Learn to Understand the Mind of God: Bringing Together Heaven & Earth Through Christ Consciousness (Download PDF). Now in its 51st year, this inspiring retreat will help you recharge your spiritual batteries and experience the fun and fellowship that only an A.R.E. Retreat can provide. Held at the beautiful Lakeview Conference Center in Palestine, Texas you’ll enjoy a picturesque setting on 1,400 acres featuring canoeing, hiking, and relaxing scenic views, as well as a soul-awakening program. Register before February 19th and get discounted tuition.


In Headquarters Conferences news, we are thrilled to have Apollo 14 astronaut and IONS founder Edgar D. Mitchell ScD on March 27-29, 2015 —our first ever visit from someone who has walked on the moon, incarnate, in this lifetime! Explore the uncharted territories of the conscious mind, the reality of psychic ability, the body-mind connection, and the survival of the soul after death at Breakthroughs Toward a New Consciousness: Science, Spirituality, and the Limitless Mind, which also features Stephan A. Schwartz, Marilyn Schlitz PhD, Kevin J. Todeschi MA, Neil Helm MA and Loyd Auerbach MS.


FREE! - THOUGHT FOR THE DAY APP
Our Edgar Cayce readings "Thought for the Day" app, which is available on Apple and Android devices, is now being offered for free! Just search your cell phone or tablet app store for “Edgar Cayce” and you will find the apps we have to offer, including our “Thoughts” app. We will continue offer "thoughts" daily in the following manner as well:


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A.R.E. 2015 TOURS
Nothing compares to an A.R.E. Tour! Will you join us in 2015? We have an amazing line up!

  • Southern Spain & Morocco – Discover the magic of Spain and the mystery of Morocco on a stellar journey of two cultures that share a common history yet have their own exotic charm and character. 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.
  • Our first ever tour to CUBA will be on its way starting January 31st! John Van Auken will be leading this one-of-a-kind journey to this beautiful and vibrant island.

If you would like additional information about any of our travel programs, contact our Travel Programs Administrator, Cheryl Bernath, at tours@edgarcayce.org.


A.R.E. CAMP
Registration is now open for the 2015 season at A.R.E. Camp! We have some fantastic programs lined up for our 2015 season, including two fantastic family camps, children’s sessions, and even young adult and adult programs too! Come spend some time in the sundrenched Blue Ridge Mountains this summer, creating magical memories with friends old and new, enjoy programs hosted by popular resource people, hike the surrounding mountains, swim in the cool crisp pond, and live life the Cayce way! To register now, or for more information, visit www.EdgarCayce.org/SummerCamp.


If you’ve been to A.R.E. Camp, you’ll know that the experience would be incomplete without the extraordinarily creative and joyful staff! Camp is so lucky to have so many people who come to help create the magic each year! If you, or someone you know, would like to join us in serving with joy on the A.R.E. Camp Staff this summer, the staff application can be found at www.EdgarCayce.org/SummerCamp, or you can contact Malenka Kaydan, A.R.E. Camp Manager at Malenka@edgarcayce.org.


A.R.E. BOOK AND GIFT SHOP
Please join us for our February is for Families -themed Psychic Fair on February 21st. FREE activities for all ages throughout the day, including a mandala workshop, a past life regression, crystals for kids, and more! Readings start at just $20 for A.R.E. members. Come early to register! Doors open at 9:00 am.


ANNOUNCING ECLS PRIZE WINNERS! Congratulations to the winners of the 'Class of 2014' prizes offered to the Edgar Cayce Legacy Society (ECLS) members:

  • Rev. Lowell K. Smith - Autographed 50th Anniversary Edition of "There is a River"
  • Randall J. Wadsworth and Suzanne Shipley - Autographed 75th Anniversary Edition of "There is a River"

Other ECLS “Class of 2014” prize winners will receive prizes including "About My Father’s Business" by Hugh Lynn Cayce and the Complete Edgar Cayce Readings DVD.


ECLS members are promoting the perpetuation of A.R.E., its history, and life-changing lessons. You, too, can be part of this honored group of most supportive members by including A.R.E. in your estate plan and/or investing in an A.R.E. Charitable Gift Annuity. For more information, contact Susan Luscomb at susan.luscomb@edgarcayce.org or 757-457- 7125 or Marianna Theo at marianna.theo@edgarcayce.org or 757-457-7215. Look for more special news for the ECLS "Class of 2015"!



NOTICE: POLICY CHANGE FOR A.R.E. CHARITABLE
GIFT ANNUITIES

Members seeking dependable retirement income guaranteed for life (up to 9%!) through A.R.E. Charitable Gift Annuities will want to know our new policy concerning age eligibility. As of January 1, 2015, immediate annuities are available for those 65 and older. You may be eligible for a deferred annuity at the age of 60 or older, with payments to begin not earlier than age 65. These annuities offer tremendous tax benefits, with charitable deductions, tax-free income and more. For more information, contact Susan Luscomb at susan.luscomb@edgarcayce.org or 757-457-7125 or Marianna Theo at marianna.theo@edgarcayce.org or 757-457-7215. Ask for your personalized free sample report today!


NEW A.R.E. COMMERCIAL LAUNCHED!
We recently launched a 30-second commercial that is showing on select television channels, as well as on YouTube and on our website. If you would like to view the commercial – or send the link to friends – you can watch it here: http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/edgarcayce.aspx?id=1036.




Hope 2015 is off to a great start for you and your families!


Ever the same,


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Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO

December Update

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December Update
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.


LIFE MEMBERSHIP
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
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


Colon Care- AREPress smallNEW 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!


2015 A.R.E. Tours

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 2015

A.R.E. CAMP
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 susan.luscomb@edgarcayce.org or Marianna Theo at 757-457-7215 or email marianna.theo@edgarcayce.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!


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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,


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Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO

Spending the Night in the Great Pyramid

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Spending the Night in the Great Pyramid
By Ann Jaffin, MS



Hugh Lynn Cayce BlogIn 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.)

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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 - blog photoAnn 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.

 

 

The Spirit of Thanksgiving

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The Spirit of Thanksgiving
By Brenton Bickerstaff



On November 20, 1938, Edgar Cayce was asked to give a reading for Study Group #1 to give them a greater appreciation of the true spirit of Thanksgiving. It was a challenging time, with different issues including a looming war. The world was filled with hatred, fear, and uncertainty. I’d like to paraphrase the text of Reading 3976-21. Although Thanksgiving is a holiday unique to the American spirit, the idea of giving thanks is a universal theme celebrated the world over, transcending social and cultural boundaries. My hope is that it will fill you with inspiration and a deeper appreciation of Thanksgiving.


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Members of the first A Search for God group


The reading began with the importance of finding a daily appreciation of life itself, the ebb and flow, the opportunities for spiritual growth offered to us through our interaction with all those we meet. Cayce stated that the Creative Forces, often referred to as God, are in constant motion, working through us to facilitate a deeper appreciation of all things.


He reminds the group to remember and honor the lives and experiences of the special group of souls who refused to waver in their purpose and ideals of establishing a nation built upon equality and freedom. Those colonists who first shared land with the local natives were constantly reminded not to just be thankful on days of plenty, but also the importance of remaining thankful in times when in each moment they were given only what was sufficient for that day. In those trying times, it was essential that they remember to give thanks for all the joys, the sorrows, the disappointments, and the hopes for the future.


Cayce reminds us that we are the torch bearers, the chosen ones to carry on the American spirit by working together for peace. We are encouraged to give thanks for our differences, and find strength in our diversity. We are a global family with a shared ideal of unity, cooperation, and mutual respect. This idea of Thanksgiving must be in the mind and heart of each soul, as we respect all of our unique paths and embrace opportunities to support each other. It is not by judging and condemning our political leaders that we will find our answers, but rather in daily Thanksgiving for the opportunity to participate in the process that helps create and evolve an ideal-driven experiment that is the United States of America.


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Pumpkin Pie 
Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/


In this great country, we are given opportunities—ones not afforded to much of the world—to put into practice the ideals our country was initially founded upon. This is the true spirit of Thanksgiving: to give thanks for the chance to lift the spirits of those around us who have lost focus, and those who have become unappreciative of our opportunities and the basic freedoms we enjoy. Thanksgiving is a reminder that every day is an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to an ideal-driven life full of purpose and passion; a day to remind us to see the living God in all that we encounter on our path. A day when each of us may give thanks for simply being alive!


As we give thanks—in the spirit of love, truth, patience, and compassion—we will receive the gift of greater awareness and understanding. Our lives will fill with the fruits of our labor, wisdom, and depth of clarity in our purpose for being alive now. Synchronicities will provide guidance and light our path.


Cayce reminds us of the ideals established in the early days of the American colonies: “In this land you may give praise for freedom of speech, for the opportunities to raise your voice in whatever way and manner you choose…Then, as you give thanks, as you give praise to your friends for kindnesses, for gentleness, for those things that make your experience more bearable in a cruel world… Let your heart then be glad.” (From reading 3976-21)


Far too often, I find myself forgetting to appreciate the basic human rights acknowledged in our country’s constitution. I always have to take a step back and extend my heartfelt prayers to all those at home and around the globe suffering from oppression, discrimination, and inequality—as I also remember to forgive myself for any oppressive acts and remain open-minded and of service to all who are in need. I also want to give thanks to all those who selflessly step in to protect the many freedoms we enjoy in our beautiful nation; all the servicemen and women who work tirelessly to protect our basic rights. As individuals, we may label ourselves insignificant, but this could not be further from the truth. As we bring change in the hearts of individuals, we enact change on a large scale.


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I strive daily to maintain an attitude of gratitude—thankful for the blessings received, but also thankful for the struggles I encounter, for these are opportunities to grow in depth of awareness. Only by applying what we have learned can we find deeper meaning in life and strengthen our purpose, opening ourselves to a life of greater love and compassion.


Let each raise his voice in Thanksgiving for all that has, that may come to pass in the experience of each soul that prays, "Your will, O God, be done in me—now. Not as I will, but as You would have me go."



Brenton Bickerstaff radio 2014Brenton Bickerstaff is the host of Reflections: The Wisdom of Edgar Cayce internet television and radio talk show. He moved to Virginia Beach from Florida to work with Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. in 2012. He has been a student of the Edgar Cayce readings as well as other metaphysical and esoteric wisdom teachings since he was a teenager, with a special interest in educating and empowering teens and young adults to find their spiritual path.

 

 

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