August 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for August 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:
CREATE CAMPAIGN UPDATE – Only 4 months left!
As you may know, this is the “Capstone Year” of our $30 million CREATE Campaign (capital, endowment, and program support)… and, thanks to some recent donations for our renovation projects, we have raised approximately $29 million! We still need $1 million 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 www.EdgarCayce.org/donate to help!
ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY – GET A CLOSER LOOK AT SOME OF OUR STUDENTS
Luis Palma, Class of 2015 just launched Palma Wellness Therapies. Luis is an Army Afghanistan War veteran with a background in Special Operations, and is currently a Captain serving as the Executive Officer for an Infantry Battalion. Luis is a peaceful warrior who is passionate about diplomacy and conflict resolution. After completing his Master of Arts in Transpersonal Studies degree with Atlantic University and the three levels of Integrated Imagery: Regression Hypnosis, Luis opened Palma Wellness Therapies in Lake Norman, NC. These therapies specialize in transpersonal hypnotherapy and energy wellness practices, as well as offer professional teachings of wellness modalities: www.palmawellnesstherapies.com.
Michael Bianco-Splann, Class of 2016 (projected) just released a new book: Conscious Leadership: 7 Principles That WILL Change Your Business and Change Your Life. In his latest publication, Michael writes about insightful alternatives and practices that will enrich your leadership skills while bringing into alignment the whole you, with all your unique and essential humanness. In addition to being a student at Atlantic University and an author, Michael is a life coach and motivational speaker. To learn more about his work, visit www.illuminateambitions.com.
Yvonne Gleason, Spiritual Guidance Mentor Training certificate student, Reiki Journeys. Not only is Yvonne Gleason a student at the University, she is also the editor of Reiki Journeys: Stories of Personal and Spiritual Growth through Reiki. A portion of the book sales directly benefit the Life with Cancer Family Center’s Reiki treatment program. Learn more about Yvonne and her community outreach by visiting: Reiki for Women, www.reikinorthernvirginia.com.
The application deadline for the Spring 2016 semester is November 15, 2015. For more information contact us at email@example.com or 800.428.1512
CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage celebrated the graduation of 16 students on August 9 with a lovely ceremony and a packed auditorium – congratulations to the newest generation of proud C/R graduates! The School 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 our website: www.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!
We are pleased to announce that, for the first time, the School is advertising in the Education & Training Military-to-Civilian Transition Guide – a publication that goes out to 250,000 service members seeking education and training opportunities following their military career retirement. We feel this is one of the most valuable means of promoting our wonderful and unique programs to the military-based target market!
A.R.E. ONLINE COURSES
A.R.E. online courses are designed to allow the participant to focus on your spiritual growth and personal enrichment from the comfort of home. With 24/7 access to all lesson material, staying connected to a network of like-minded seekers is easy and convenient. Upcoming eGroups:
Manifesting Creativity through Mandalas, Meditation, Ideals, and Yoga, August 19 – September 15, 2015
Mentored by Rachel Alvidrez. SPECIAL PRICE: $79
Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records and Relationships, September 2 – September 29, 2015
Mentored by Kevin Todeschi. SPECIAL EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $79 (ends August 26)
To learn more and register, visit www.edgarcayce.org/egroups, or call 800.333.4499.
SUMMER 2015 AT A.R.E. CAMP IS A SUCCESS!
The true spirit and resiliency of the A.R.E. Camp community was bright and steady this summer, as we rallied to open Camp on time after the devastating loss of the Dining Hall and Kitchen. Almost three months later, A.R.E. Camp has just finished the last program of this adventurous summer, the Adult Retreat! A full group of Campers enjoyed a week-long workshop with Ellen Selover and Denise Furgason, all while living a Cayce lifestyle, eating fantastic food, and having a ton of fun.
The planning stages for the NEW Dining Hall and Kitchen are in the works, and we hope to begin construction this autumn in order to have a fully operational and open facility for the start of our 2016 season! Nearly 200 people have already contributed almost $70,000 in funds and wish-list items to A.R.E. Camp in response to the fire. THANK YOU! We need to raise at least 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:http://www.edgarcayce.org/camp/
NEW YouTube CHANNEL VIDEOS
We’ve added several new videos to our YouTube channel in recent weeks. First, authors Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick reveal the fascinating stories they uncovered in their book True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives; next we have Atlantic University faculty member and author Bunny Paine-Clemes, discussing Creative Synergy with the head of Atlantic, James Van Auken; and finally, spiritual mentors Eileen Malo and Lynn Sparrow Christy sit together for a talk about personal spiritual growth and the new program Journey to Wholeness and Integrative Growth.
The Cayce readings say we are all naturally psychic, and this September 25-27, Headquarters conferences brings you You Are Psychic: A Step-By-Step Course for Advancing Your Intuitive Potential --an experiential weekend filled with practical hands-on ways to develop and apply your innate intuitive abilities and take them to the next level! Featuring professional psychics, trainers, and authors Carol Ann Liaros, Suzanne Giesemann, Henry Reed PhD, Jeycea Thompson, Donita King, and Donald B. Carroll, this inspiring weekend also includes a special opening social and meet-and-greet with the Wayshowers, a group trained in psychic development and spiritual service by Henry and Carol Ann. In HQ-sponsored Field programs, we are excited to launch a new 2-day program on Ancient Mysteries in the Vacaville, Calif. area-- Light from the Distant Past: Ancient Insights Revealed for Today , November 13-14, featuring David Hatcher Childress, John Van Auken, and James Tyberonn! Don’t miss this exciting Friday evening-Saturday evening program featuring some of A.R.E.’s most renowned explorers!
A.R.E. 2015 TOURS
- China and Tibet – Led by John Van Auken, September 15-28, 2015. Walk the back of the dragon on the Great Wall of China…feel the peace and serenity of that past life as a Tibetan monk… This once-in-a-lifetime adventure 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. Join us as we “walk the good red road” and tune into the sacred energies of Mother Earth in a land that long been an area of pilgrimage by those seeking the wisdom of the Native American cultures.
AND COMING UP IN 2016:
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!
- PLUS… Greece – More details to be announced.
If you would like additional information about any of our travel programs, contact our Travel Programs Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-888-273-3339!
A.R.E. BOOKSTORE & GIFT SHOP
This month the bookstore is proud to announce the arrival of new product lines that embody the Cayce ideal to make the world a better place! We are now featuring Chavez for Charity bracelets and Basic Spirit Pewter, which donate a percentage of sales to benefit worthwhile charities all over the world.
In addition to that, we’ve begun our Weekly Wisdom Workshops! Every Thursday night you can join us in the bookstore to learn about things like Psychic Development, EFT, Crystal grids and more. Call 757-457-7258 to register or for more information.
Thank you for your prayers, generosity and ongoing support for this great Work!
Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO
Knee Pain? Learn How You Can Help Yourself!
Josephine Adamson, MD
Recent research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of daily knee self-massage for those with arthritis and other knee pain. Interestingly, the Edgar Cayce readings recommended knee self-massage for arthritis 100 years ago!
The Cayce readings recommend massaging the knee joint with organic peanut oil every day in the morning and at night to prevent arthritis. A towel should be placed under your knee as you sit upright in a chair. Use a mixture of firm and light strokes above, below, and around the patella (kneecap). Don’t forget the back of the lower thigh and the upper calf. The massage should feel good! Avoid direct pressure on the kneecap.
Maintaining a healthy weight will relieve your knees of excess pressure. Squats and other thigh-strengthening exercises will improve the ability of the quadriceps muscles to support knee activity. Stronger quads equal less knee pain. Check with your healthcare professional before starting any new exercises.
The knee is the largest and most complex joint in the human body. Many people suffer from knee pain. Self-massage is an excellent therapy to improve blood flow and relax tight muscles.
Josephine B. Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT, is the Medical Director for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. She received her MD from Duke University’s School of Medicine and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage. A former director and co-owner of a medical device company, she has a wealth of experience creating and maintaining health-related non- profit and for-profit businesses. She joined A.R.E. as part of the organization’s renewed focus on the health information, one of the most important, enduring legacies from the Edgar Cayce readings. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the health outreach and administration and interfacing with the stellar staff of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage—which provides a comprehensive education in the art and science of therapeutic massage—and the holistic A.R.E. Health Center & Spa—which provides holistic therapies to clients from around the world in its oceanfront Virginia Beach, Va., setting complete with a Café.
A.R.E. Members can download several circulating files—a collection of verbatim Edgar Cayce readings and reading extracts carefully selected and arranged by topic—on arthritis from our online member section.
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Rediscovering the Roots of Atlantic University
By James Van Auken, MBA
Years ago, when Virginia Beach, Va., was just a simple fishing village, Atlantic University was a dream being discussed on the sand dunes. The dream was one of bridging mainstream education with the fascinating emergence of philosophies expressed by Edgar Cayce. Atlantic’s co-founders, Edgar Cayce and New York stockbroker Morten Blumenthal, discussed the possibilities and came up with a three-pronged concept: spiritual philosophy, cultural studies, and business [see Edgar Cayce reading 254-48 for details].
In early 1929, these two men laid the groundwork for the university that opened its doors in 1930. While the dream never died, Atlantic could not keep its doors open after funding dried up from the 1929 stock market crash.
Fifty-five years later, a group of psychologists led by Jim Windsor, PhD, put their heads together and brought Atlantic University back from the dead. They saw that Abraham Maslow and Stanislov Grof’s new psychology movement, Transpersonal Psychology, blended well with the original vision of Atlantic University.
In the mid-20th century, there were two major schools of psychology: behaviorism and Freudianism. Behaviorism is the study of the behavior of animals in order to better understand humans Freudianism is based on psychoanalysis. Maslow noticed unanswered questions about the human condition: what about the uniquely human experiences of love, art, self-consciousness, personal freedom, morality, and religion; and what about healthy populations, human potential, and higher functions of the psyche? This birthed Humanistic Psychology. But admittedly, Grof and Maslow asserted that they had forgotten something: they’d forgotten the spiritual dimension of the human psyche, which they named Transpersonal Psychology. Academics and psychologists Henry Reed, PhD, Charles Thomas Cayce, PhD, Harmon Bro, PhD, Mark Thurston, PhD, and others saw the connection of transpersonal studies and Edgar Cayce philosophy. They launched a new master’s degree program in Transpersonal Studies in 1986, reestablishing Atlantic University and gaining national accreditation. The program is still thriving and has more than 250 graduates.
Abraham Maslow and Stanislov Grof
image source: en.wikipedia.org
From Our Founding Vision to the Present
Students in Atlantic’s Transpersonal Studies program explore areas of higher consciousness, expended identity, spirituality, and human potential. They study exceptional human experiences and explore spiritual awakening versus underlying mental illness. Students practice meditation, dream work, and personal mythology and learn about research. This is a unique and valuable program designed for people interested in exploring these concepts in an academic setting in order to apply them in a wider context.
This program in transpersonal studies has been the norm for Atlantic University since 1986. Now, nearly 30 years later, Atlantic University is returning to the original dream and introducing a new program: the Master of Arts in Leadership Studies.
Back in 1929, Mort and Edgar envisioned a university that incorporated spiritual philosophy, culture, and business. The MA in Transpersonal Studies broadly covers spiritual philosophy. The new program not only covers all three areas, it also reaches out much more into the mainstream area of education with a deep infusion of the core values of Atlantic University. The program is designed with the value of helping people achieve higher human potential and be of profound service to others. Can you imagine leaders at all levels, in all industries, living at their highest human potential—with the personal values of being of profound service to others? That’s a special picture, and one that we wish to create for our world.
The MA in Leadership Studies approaches leadership through three unique lenses: mindful leadership, global leadership, and organizational leadership. (see chart below)
The Mindful Leadership area is designed for established leaders who are looking to improve upon themselves as leaders, and to become more self-aware and self-managed, recognizing that their actions affect the people around them—their behavior and their motivation. Students in this specialization will utilize contemplative practices, explore what it means to have genuine presence, and examine the work of thinkers such as Otto Scharmer, Peter Senge, Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Bill George.
The Global Leadership area is designed for people who work in areas that intersect with multiple cultures. With the improvements in technology and ease of travel, our world has become smaller, and this focus considers the impact of those changes and prepares leaders to evolve their understanding of what it means to be a citizen of the world. Students in this specialization will focus on increasing cultural awareness, managing change, and transforming conflict.
The Organizational Leadership area is designed for people who may be new to their company or new to their position. The focus is to guide students through the methods and practical application of leading people, teams, and even organizations themselves, as well as to teach students how to coach and develop leaders. Students will explore theories and will engage in applying that knowledge in order to truly gain understanding and self-empowerment.
Three Unique Lenses: Specializations
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Students in the new MA in Leadership Studies will take courses in all three of these specializations and will then take a deeper dive into one of the three areas. The curriculum was meticulously created for the emerging, aspiring, or established leader in any and all industries. The highly qualified faculty members come from a variety of industries and backgrounds, and are profoundly inspired to work with students. Visit our faculty page for details.
We invite you to be a part of the first cohort, beginning in January of 2016. We are accepting applications now through mid-November. If you’d like to learn more about this unique and valuable program—if this speaks to you—visit our website or contact our office for more information. If you think this might interest someone you know, please share it with them.
Atlantic University is looking to make dreams a reality. Join our mailing list, visit our website, apply for a program, and share with your loved ones. We are a non-profit university, offering accredited online education.
James Van Auken is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Atlantic University where he works with faculty and administrative staff to fulfill the university’s mission. He is also a faculty member at Atlantic University and the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage where he teaches courses on leadership and mindfulness.
The Importance of Applying
By Jennie Taylor Martin
One of my favorite Edgar Cayce quotes encourages us to take action—even if that action turns out to be wrong. It reads:
(Q) Has any progress been made in the last two or three incarnations?
(A) There is progress whether ye are going forward or backward! The thing is to move! (3027-2)
When I first saw this reading, I was both heartened and confused. Heartened, because I know that I have made mistakes in this life and have certainly “fallen back” on more than one occasion. But confused, because I couldn’t understand how one can make progress by moving backward. I had assumed that my fall backs were exactly that—a step in the wrong direction that I have (hopefully) since made up for with steps in the right direction.
But the more I studied all of the Cayce readings, particularly those on application, the better I understood this one.
Cayce is very clear that there is more to our spiritual growth than simply having knowledge. We can study the great spiritual teachers of past and present, and read the Bible for every year of our lives (like Cayce did), but without application of what we’ve learned, it will do us little good.
… each should apply that known, and in the application gain a clearer, a better understanding, in experience. (262-7)
For, as ye apply does there come the understanding in the activities. (497-1)
We can see that Cayce is telling us that application and experience give us a better understanding of what we’ve learned. And experience, as we all know, sometimes comes from making mistakes. He goes on to express that as we apply what we know, more knowledge will be given to us.
As given, use that thou hast in hand; and as the ways open for the activities in relationships to those about the body, the entity, there may come that needed for the next steps … (441-1)
Cayce also promises us that application of the fruits of the spirit (love, faithfulness, patience, kindness, joy, charity) brings us closer to God:
For only in doing the fruits of the spirit may ye attain to the use of the Knowledge and the fruit thereof. To have love, give it; to have patience, show it; to have long-suffering, be it; to have the love of God, live close to His ways. (262-98)
Cayce reminds us that we have an example in the life of Jesus as he embodied the Christ Spirit:
For as it was said, "He went about doing good." Not being good but doing good… (412-9)
He even gives us this warning against not applying our knowledge, or not even wanting to apply it (remember thoughts are things!):
Knowledge without the ability to apply is harmful. Knowledge without the purpose and aim to apply is devilish. Knowledge without any desire to apply is worse than no knowledge at all! (255-11)
He also states that application can bring contentment to our lives:
… the entity may find the greater abilities and the greater contentment in the application of that knowledge gained. (361-13)
As with many Cayce readings, we are encouraged to have patience and take small steps. Application doesn’t have to be hard—but one does have to move!
Ye do not stitch the whole seam at a flash, but one stitch at a time. Hence as has been given, it is precept upon precept, here a little, there a little; making practical application. (412-9)
And here’s a promise that with application not only will more be given to us, but we will receive gifts that are “accorded” to us. And it is in this manner that Spirit—or the Creative Forces—can help us. As we take action, the Creative Forces take action.
We would study well that as has been given, and apply self in this present earth plane, that the gifts as are accorded the entity may manifest in this present day and generation. (900-16)
Reading Cayce’s advice on application and his admonishment to "move!" always reminds me of the metaphorical story of a man stranded on his rooftop during a flood. He remains on that roof, refusing to budge, even when rescue workers come to him—the first two attempts in a rescue boat and the third in a helicopter. Each time he states that God will save him and stays on the roof. Eventually he is overtaken by the waters and drowns. When he finally meets God, he asks, "Why didn’t you save me?” To which God replies, "I sent two boats and a helicopter!" Let’s remember that story the next time we’re tempted to sit on our symbolic "roof"!
Jennie Taylor Martin is the marketing director of A.R.E., and a former director of the PETA Foundation to Support Animal Protection. Out of love and respect for animals, she chose to commit to a vegan lifestyle in 1996. She is currently writing a book on this topic and welcomes stories of experiences you’ve had with possible animal reincarnation and or with animals and the afterlife. You can write to her at ARE@edgarcayce.org.
This article first appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of the Venture Inward Newsletter, a membership benefit that is mailed quarterly and also available online at EdgarCayce.org/members. You can learn more about membership and enjoy a free sample of our magazine at EdgarCayce.org/welcome.
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