The Giving Tree
By Heather Preston
Leaning on the deck rail of my little Sausalito house one spring day, straining to see through the upper leaves of a large tree obscuring the hill beyond, I wished idly that if only the top two feet of the tree were gone, my view could be restored. Within the next few days, leaves began dropping from the top of the tree, but only from the top two feet. A few days later the last leaf dropped from that area of the tree.
I could once again see the hill across the valley.
It became apparent, a couple of weeks later that no more leaves were going to follow, that the remaining lower leaves were intact, healthy, and secured. Then it dawned on me that something utterly remarkable had happened. I caught my breath in confusion and amazement. Was this possible? There, indeed, was the view I had wished for. It was as if the tree had “understood” and granted my wish. A thrilling idea.
I was grateful. But as time passed, I became uneasy, for even though I couldn’t have expected what happened, the tree had granted my wish at its own expense. I read once that a tree’s topmost leaves are unique in that they protect it in some way, processing the sun’s energy differently from its other leaves.
After telling a few friends this story and showing them the empty top branches, some were silent and some squinty-eyed. Cold observation proved the tree to be bare on top. “Right, it’s bare on top,” they would say and point out possible reasons, “Not enough water?”
Pretty soon the novelty turned into concern for the tree’s well-being.
I wanted those leaves back more than I wanted the view. I went out and pleaded with the tree to grow the leaves back and said that I was really sorry to have caused it any harm.
Slowly, to my great relief, buds started reappearing on the empty branches, tiny ones at first, only a scattering of green here and there. Then more and more popped open and stretched into leaves. Within a short time, the treetop was filled with beautiful new green leaves. I was weak with gratitude. Friends now marveled to see the perfectly normal tree. The rationalizers still rationalized. But I knew what I knew.
One of my friends, Francis Rath, who prior to becoming a bookstore owner had been a rather imposing law enforcement officer, found that in the course of his work, he could put his hands on people in trauma, and they would instantly stop convulsing and breathe normally. He was a true healer and a sensitive. About a year after the leaf-dropping incident, Francis was at my house for a party. He stepped outside for a breather and leaned against this tree. He later told me that he felt it to be remarkable; its emanations were compassionate and giving. He asked me if I knew that this was “one special tree.” So I told him the story that I have just told you.
“Compassion is no attribute.
It is the Law of Laws…a shoreless universal essence,
the light of everlasting right and fitness of all things,
the love of love eternal.”
From Buddhism: The Seven Portals
Heather Preston is an award-winning artist and author. After graduating with honors and distinction from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she studied in Europe, taught fine art, was represented by leading galleries, and exhibited widely. Her book "Tree Spirits: Tales and Encounters" won the silver finalist medal for the 2010 INDIE Book Awards; it is available at ARECatalog.com. She is a regular contributor to Venture Inward magazine, a benefit for members at EdgarCayce.org/members. For an extensive biography visit HeatherPrestonArt.com.
The Beauty of the Body—the Temple of God
By June Avis Bro
I have always trusted my body to pretty much heal itself , to warn me when I’m out of balance and could become ill, to get me where I’m going, and to gather the energy I need for specific tasks. I think that my trust of my body came from an incarnation in Egypt where Mr. Cayce said I taught the care of the body in the Temple Beautiful and probably witnessed the priest Ra-Ta rejuvenate his body after years of exile.
The body is intricately designed and extremely inventive whenever it responds to illness or trauma. I remember some research my husband, Harmon, reported on some 30 years ago. Someone had a serious injury to the eye and doctors explained how nearby tissue had moved in to help do the work of the injured and missing tissue and healed it.
At the 2014 A.R.E. Member Congress (an annual conference held at A.R.E.’s Virginia Beach headquarters), Sidney Kirkpatrick brought to the stage a man who had tuberculosis (TB) in his youth and spent years in sanitariums. Back in the 1920s and ‘30s, people with TB were treated as lepers, because the disease is very contagious and there was no cure. They went to the sanitariums to die. This patient, George, had heard of Edgar Cayce, gotten a reading, and started to use the same charred oak keg that was prescribed for Gertrude Cayce (when she had TB). He didn’t tell anyone about this, not even his family.
Later, an x-ray had shown George’s lungs were healed of TB and that his right lung had grown larger to handle the work of the left lung, which had become useless. Somehow, Sidney found George and arranged for him to come to the A.R.E. Congress to tell his story of healing.
Many Christians have for centuries been afraid of the body and its instincts and some even view the body as evil. Some religions teach that bodies, especially female bodies, have to be fully covered.
Edgar Cayce’s view of the body shocked people living in the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. He said over and over again that the body is God’s gift to us, and we should treat it with the utmost respect—as the “temple of God,” which Jesus had said over 2,000 years ago.
This we should take seriously, because if we view the body as God’s temple, we will treat it differently. We will watch what we put into our bodies, we will watch what comes out of our mouths, and we will lead as balanced a life as possible—making a place for work, for laughter, and play; for music and the arts; for nature; and for reaching out to others in selfless service.
Nearly every temple, church, or mosque has a place for music and artworks. Edgar was an artist, an award-winning photographer. Although not trained in music, he had much to say about the positive influence music can have on people. As he was preparing to cross over, he heard heavenly music: the music of the spheres. The rapture on his face must have been beautiful to see. It was a final blessing on his life of dedicated service to God.
The holy emblem displayed at the center of a church, temple or mosque, signifies the focus, the ideal, the deep prayer and longing of the soul for connection with the Holy One. The body helps us make this connection with its endocrine gland centers.
Every church, temple, or mosque has pads for us to kneel on. As I get down on my knees, I offer my mind, body, and spirit to God. Edgar’s term for God was often “the Creative Forces.” I love this name for God, because it suggests God’s creativity is in me too. I actually join my creativity with God’s creativity, and together we produce something wonderful.
So we are body, mind, and spirit. One is not less than the other. All three aspects of us must work together to bring us closer to God.
When my granddaughter Katie was four, she took her first plane ride. I asked her how she enjoyed her flight. She said, “Oh, Gramma, the plane went up and up and up and pretty soon I was right next to God!” That’s what the physical, glandular parts of our bodies can do for us if we learn to train the body to be still and cooperative, the mind to be quiet and focused, and the spirit to be free and guided by the Holy One.
Spirit that uses matter, (the body as temple), that uses every influence in the earth’s environ for the glory of the Creative Forces, partakes of and is a part of the universal consciousness. (3508-1)
A.R.E. members can see the video of Sidney’s A.R.E. Congress presentation at Edgarcayce.org/members. He is a featured presenter at the June 2015 Congress in Virginia Beach. His new book, written with Nancy Kirkpatrick, True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives will be released in May, 2015.
Excerpt from June Bro's The Art of Living from the Oct-Dec 2014 issue of Venture Inward magazine available to A.R.E. members at Edgarcayce.org/members.
Dr. June Avis Bro found her life deeply affected by working daily with Edgar Cayce when she and her husband, Harmon, came to Virginia Beach in 1943. She has a graduate ministerial degree from Andover-Newton Theological School, near Boston, and a doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching while raising five children, she has been a research assistant at Harvard, lectured and held workshops in many cities, led overseas tours to the Near East and China, and served as pastor. A concert pianist, she draws on her background in the arts to illuminate myths, symbols, and dreams. At age 90, she released her first piano CD called “Soul Soundings,” which is being sold in the A.R.E. Bookstore. Her column for A.R.E.’s Venture Inward magazine, "The Art of Living," is based on her life reading given by Mr. Cayce in 1944. She wrote the forward to the re-released book A Seer Out of Season written by Harmon Bro.
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
NEW 4th DIMENSION PRESS BOOK BY ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY FACULTY MEMBER
When we act in cooperation with "the Force"—using our whole being to integrate and cooperate with "what is trying to happen" already—then every aspect of our lives is transformed. In the act of cooperating with the Universe, we can aid our own self-actualization as well as the continuing evolution of life and culture on this planet. We become whole as we make others and the culture more whole. We can then embrace our life’s mission and the part we play in the universe. Author Bunny Paine-Clemes PhD teaches us the same principles by which creators like Einstein, Michelangelo, and Leonardo achieved their greatness in her new book Creative Synergy: Using Art, Science, and Philosophy to Self-Actualize Your Life now in stock.
NEW YouTube VIDEO
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
A.R.E.'s New Aura Camera: The Science Behind the Lens
By Autumn Eustis
Some people are blessed with the gift to see people’s auras, but what if you could capture an image of your own aura revealing details about your personality type and state of mind? Now you can! The A.R.E. Bookstore and Gift Shop is proud to announce the new addition of an aura camera. The aura camera provides you with a colorful photograph of you and your radiant self. But can a simple camera really take a picture of a person’s invisible energy field?
The answer is both yes and no.
First thing’s first…it’s not just a camera. The aura camera system is comprised of a hand biosensor, the camera itself, and software that helps to decode the temperatures and electrical energy of the individual to determine their aura characteristics. The first step is to touch your hand to the biosensor and allow it to detect your temperature and electro-dermal activity (otherwise known as your electrical impulses). The computer then takes that data and works with the camera to capture a photographic representation of your aura.
There are two options when getting an aura photograph done. The first is to get just the photograph taken so you can show the world what a beautiful aura you have. The second option is to get both the aura photograph and the full report. The data received from the camera and biosensor create several pages of reports that provide descriptions to portray an individual’s emotional energy, personality type, and overall wellness statistics. In your report you will also find information about your state of mind, individual personality traits, a reading on your chakras, and more.
So, where did this technology come from…and how do we know it works? Dr. Valerie Hunt, a leading researcher at UCLA, conducted numerous studies using high-tech sensors that recorded peoples’ electro-dermal activity while clairvoyant healers described their aura. Dr. Hunt realized that the electric frequencies of the test subjects were indicative of aura colors that were described by the clairvoyant healers. This same technique is used with the aura camera. Using the information found from the study, the aura camera collects the electrical data from a person and matches it to the colors described by the clairvoyants. These colors represent different traits and characteristics of the individual and help to indicate how your aura is reflective of you as a person.
Ready to test it out for yourself and get your aura photographed? Stop by the A.R.E. Bookstore and Gift Shop and ask an associate today. Aura photographs are $25, photographs with full reports are $45. The Bookstore and Gift Shop is open Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Sun 12 noon-5 p.m. The aura camera is also available during the monthly Psychic Fairs. Don’t forget to check out the A.R.E.’s exciting free daily activities when you visit!
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