April 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for April 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:
This year, 2015, is the “Capstone Year” of our $30 million CREATE Campaign (capital, endowment, and program support)… and, thanks to some recent donations for our renovation project and upgraded technology (focused on world outreach), we have raised almost $27.5 million – just $2.5 million to go! $1 million of that is needed 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.
A.R.E. Camp is also raising funds to build a new shower house; our Prison Outreach program is expanding into prison libraries; and you are still supporting our various programs and our day-to-day operations through your Annual Fund donations as well. Thank you!
Golden Circle donors and Edgar Cayce Legacy Society members: Mark your calendars! Join us for our annual Donor Appreciation event the evening of Friday, June 26 at Virginia’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Details and invitations will be forthcoming.
Twice a year the university honors students by holding a Convocation where they can present their final project to faculty, administration, alumni, fellow students, and the public at-large. This presentation is not a thesis defense, but an exhibition of their hard work and unique findings. In being a distance education program, many students have never been to the Virginia Beach campus, so this is their first face-to-face interaction with their peers, mentors, and the A.R.E. Please join us in supporting these deserving students at the bi-annual Atlantic University Convocation, April 24, 9:00am-4:15pm, with reception to follow.
CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce Reilly School of Massage has unveiled its new website! Please visit www.CayceReilly.edu and see our new look! We encourage members to locate a graduate in their area and enjoy a comprehensive Cayce/Reilly massage. We would also like to congratulate our students who graduated the 700-hour and 1,000-hour programs on April 12, 2015.
The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage attracts students from all backgrounds and ages, including military veterans, to our exciting and unique holistic massage program. We are the only school in the Tidewater region that has a specialized, institutional accreditation in massage and bodywork, and we also accept Federal financial aid and GI Bill® educational benefits. Students can complete their training in as little as 8 months – our next programs will begin in June and September 2015.
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. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our programs and courses, please contact the school staff at 757-457-7270 or visit www.caycereilly.edu.
A.R.E. eGROUPS - ONLINE COURSES
Bring the Cayce philosophy into your home with an easy and interactive online course. There are no specific times to be online to glean this unique information – you can learn and study on your own time, in your own home. Each online course has an experienced mentor ready to guide you through the material, enhancing your understanding of the material for your greatest benefit. Click Upcoming eGroups for additional information about these and other topics:
- Raye Mathis – Relationship Astrology
- Dave McMillin – A Search for God, Book 1, Lessons 7-12 (there are no prerequisites)
- Nancy Eubel – Past Lives
May 28-31, 2015, Headquarters Conferences is offering Neuro-Linguistic Programming Certification Training with Dr. Yvonne Oswald, author of Every Word has Power. Learn the transformative power of NLP, which guides you to find and achieve your purpose in your personal and professional life, improves your communication skills, and gives you the ability to create real, meaningful, positive changes to your life. Completion leads to certification as an NLP Practitioner. This program has limited enrollment, so early registration is encouraged.
Summer is on the horizon, and Headquarters-sponsored Field programs has two retreats coming up that will give you a vacation experience for the soul: June 24-28, 2015, A.R.E. 50th Annual Summer Seabeck Retreat at Seabeck Washington, Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within You How to Rejuvenate and Illuminate your Body, Mind, & Spirit with John Van Auken and August 14-17, 2015.
A.R.E. 58th Annual Summer Granlibakken Retreat at Tahoe City, California Exploring Your Intuition, Your Consciousness and Your Soul Self with Kevin J. Todeschi and Mary Roach. Create a lasting memory and experience a transformative program with like-minded individuals in a relaxed retreat setting.
A.R.E. 2015 TOURS
These mystical adventures could soon be featured in your scrapbook or on your Facebook Wall… If you would like additional information about any of our travel programs, contact our Travel Programs Administrator, Cheryl Bernath, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-888-273-3339!
- Old Quebec & Montreal – Led by Patrick and Jane Belisle, August 10-16, 2015.
Did you know that Quebec City was ranked as the 6th best destination in the world by Conde Nast travelers a couple of years ago? Ahead of its cousin Paris, France!
- China & Tibet – Led by John Van Auken, September 15-28, 2015.
This dream of a trip is filling up very quickly, so get a move on and save your space!
- New Mexico and Mesa Verde – Led by Don Carroll,October 24-31, 2015.
Not only is this area absolutely rich with ancient sites but it has also been a frequent visitation spot for UFOs…the "Star Brothers"!
- Cuba 2016
Our travelers from A.R.E.’s first ever tour to Cuba are back and reporting that it exceeded even their highest
expectations! Luscious food, inspiring art and dance, and the welcoming, friendly people of Cuba are beckoning us to return… and so we shall! Mark your calendars! Tentative dates are February 13th – 21st, 2016.
A.R.E. BOOKSTORE & GIFT SHOP
The Bookstore & Gift Shop is proud to announce the debut of our Aura Camera! Stop by the store to get a photo of your aura or a full report on your chakras and energy system. Special member discounts apply!
It’s not too late to register for your one of a kind vacation at A.R.E. Camp – there are still spots available in our 2015 sessions! Give this gift to your child or family and expand your mind, body, and soul. At A.R.E. Camp, you will fill your days with meditation, workshops, arts and crafts, late afternoon swims in the pond, plentiful home cooked family style meals full of veggies from our organic garden, long conversations with new friends, and hikes through Blue Ridge Mountain paradise. Contact A.R.E. Camp Manager, Malenka Kaydan, for questions or more information at 757-457-7162 or email email@example.com. Check our 2015 offerings and register online at www.EdgarCayce.org/camp or by calling 800-333-4499
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In "The Energetics of Your Psychic Self," Darrin W. Owens will take you into the energetic world of consciousness, energy, and self-diagnoses with his in-depth class on developing psychic intuition. Take a step into the innate world of energy anatomy and learn about the two levels of energetic vocabulary--that of the intuitive nature the soul, and the psychic dynamics of the higher self. The full conference video is available on-demand online at http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/onDemand.aspx?id=3066. For a sneak preview, visit our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH8kqUd-9HA.
WHAT IS YOUR LifePrint? SIGN UP TO FIND OUT HOW TO PERFECT YOURS
Your LifePrint is the unique way you live today that impacts the world tomorrow. It is irreplaceable evidence of your soul’s experience in this world. Much like your footprints will show the path you have chosen to walk in the physical world, you can determine what your LifePrint will be in the world of meaning, as entered onto your Book of Life in the Akashic Records. Just think of the many ways you can and do use your gifts of time, talent, and treasure to make the world more loving and whole. Wouldn’t intentionally forming your LifePrint be a goal worth pursuing? How should you begin? Contact Susan Luscomb at 757-457-7125 or firstname.lastname@example.org for your free consultation
APRIL SHOWERS – YOUR DONATIONS MAKE IT RAIN (in a good way)!
You – our dedicated members – continue to amaze me by showering the A.R.E. with your love and money. Thank you! And if you haven’t yet added us to your personal prayer list or your personal donation list, I hope this invitation will get you to do both. Make a donation to A.R.E.’s Annual Fund which supports every aspect of the A.R.E.’s operations www.EdgarCayce.org/donate. Your donation is applied where it is needed most. Consider joining the Good Karma Club with a monthly donation of just $20 or more. If you make a monthly donation of $85 you become a member of our Golden Circle and you’ll be invited to our annual Donor Appreciation event at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art on June 26th. I sure hope to see you there.
Thank you for your prayers and generosity!
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO
Fifteen Positive-Thinking Books That Could Change Your Life
By Mitch Horowitz
Positive thinking is the most widely embraced philosophy in America. As I explore in my current book, One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, the gospel of positivity grew out of mystical subcultures in America starting in the mid-nineteenth century and went on to become closest thing we have to a national creed.
At the heart of positive thinking is the principle that thoughts are causative – or as Edgar Cayce put it: "Mind is the builder."
For any who are curious about what the "power of positive thinking" really prescribes, here are some of the key works of New Thought, or positive-thinking, spirituality.
- The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale (1952) – The Protestant minister’s book made “positive thinking” into a household term. Peale’s innovation was to recast positive-thinking philosophy into language that proved acceptable to the church-going public.
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (1937) – The journalist Hill created an enduring – and surprisingly deep – spiritual program to success. In particular, Hill explored the existence of a “master mind” – an analogue to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Over-soul” – that could be used for persuasion, power, and insight. The most influential and enduring book of its kind.
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936) – Carnegie produced one of the shrewdest works ever written on human relations. His book provided a blueprint for how to accomplish things inside of workplaces and large organizations. Carnegie’s basic counsel is: agreeable people win. He deftly saw through the human foibles that create friction and keep things from getting done.
- The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes (1937 revision) – The first forty pages of this voluminous work laid out the mind-power philosophy of this thoughtful, learned mystic. Holmes was a broad thinker whose work reflected a wide variety of influences, from Emerson to Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy.
- The Mental Cure by Warren Felt Evans (1869) – This pioneering work by the Swedenborgian minister and colleague of mental-healer Phineas Quimby laid the early groundwork for affirmative-thought philosophy. While it is little read today, the book displays a surprisingly modern tone. Evans gave early expression to the essentials of positive thought, including the use of affirmations, visualizations, and healing prayer.
- The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (1910) – This concise manifesto combined the New Thought movement’s prosperity gospel with its early social ideals. Wattles, a Quaker minister and socialist activist, was not interested in “getting rich” as an end to itself, but in fostering a socially just economy characterized by mass abundance.
Dale Carnegie, Mary Baker Eddy and Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Psycho-cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz (1960) – The cosmetic surgeon Maltz devised a ground-breaking secular re-sounding of mind-power principles. His bestseller reframed positive thinking as a process of psychological reconditioning rather than a summoning of metaphysical agencies. Maltz set the stage for success gurus such as Tony Robbins.
- Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, first series (1841) –These are America’s great self-affirming spiritual manifestos, such as “Spiritual Laws,” “Compensation,” “Self-Reliance,” and “The Over-soul.” Also see Emerson’s essays “Nature” (1936) and “Success” (1870). The Yankee mystic set the tone for the self-directed spiritual search in the Western world and his influence has never been surpassed.
- Philosophical Conceptions and Practical Results by William James (1898) – The philosopher James is often credited with legitimizing mind-power metaphysics in his classic Varieties of Religious Experience (1902); but in this much shorter work he powerfully argued for a practical spirituality, which could be measured in the conduct and happiness of daily life.
- As a Man Thinketh by James Allen (1903) – This brief, brilliant meditation framed mind-power principles in a sober, ethical manner. Allen avoided sensationalism and spread the idea of mental manifestation to people of many different religious backgrounds and beliefs.
- Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy (1875, multiple updates and editions) – This is not a positive-thinking book in any conventional sense, but much of the literature mentioned here would have gone unwritten without its influence. The spiritual healer’s highly original metaphysics and language touched nearly every figure in the mind-power world for fifty years.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (1939) – Written chiefly by A.A. cofounder Bill Wilson, this book distilled the ideas of figures ranging from Carl Jung and William James, to Mary Baker Eddy and James Allen, into the famous twelve steps to recovery. This is arguably the most practical book ever written for people in crisis.
- The Power of Awareness by Neville Goddard (1952) – Any book by Neville (he preferred the singular name) is an extraordinary journey into his core philosophy that the human imagination is God. Neville was one of the most radical New Thought voices – and may yet prove to be the most enduring.
- The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science by Thomas Troward (1909 revised edition) – Troward, a British judge, attempted to work out a persuasive and sturdy philosophical proof for the powers of the mind. In my view, he does not fully succeed (he leaves too many dangling questions) but his effort represents one of the few ambitious attempts to create a foundational reasoning behind positive thinking.
- The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale (1956) – This spoken-word lecture distills the positive-thinking philosophy into an engaging 30-minute summation. A dignified and well-read man, Nightingale helped launch today’s field of business motivation.
Mitch Horowitz is a PEN Award-winning historian and the author, most recently, of One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, which is currently available in a special $1.99 eBook promotion on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and other digital outlets. He has also written the new introduction to the reprint of There Is a River, the classic biography of the famous psychic Edgar Cayce.
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.
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)
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  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
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 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 […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
Donald B. Carroll
Many 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.
Q. 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 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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