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August 2015 Update

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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 CapstoneCREATE 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!


Luis PalmaLuis 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-SplannMichael 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 GleasonYvonne 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 info@atlanticuniv.edu or 800.428.1512

Cayce Reilly Massage School logo 2014CAYCE/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, 2015any 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 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.

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.

A.R.E. Camp 08 2015

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/

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!

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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.

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 tours@edgarcayce.org or by phone at 1-888-273-3339!


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!

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Knee Pain? Learn How You Can Help Yourself!

Josephine Adamson, MD

 wellness Wednesday blog05-20-015Recent 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.

Other Tips  

knee diagram arthritis

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.

JJosephine Adamson, MDJosephine 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.

Join the discussion! Like Holistic Tips for Healing Arthritis on Facebook for more valuable information on healing and preventing arthritis.


Lifestyle Keys to Longevity and Wellness - Wellness Wednesday

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Lifestyle Keys to Longevity and Wellness

Wellness WednesdayAn article on CNN reported that Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world's oldest living person, celebrated her 116th birthday on July 6, 2015. She attributes her longevity to sleep, clean living (she doesn’t drink or smoke), positive energy, and surrounding herself with loving relationships (she has 100 nieces and nephews).

The psychic readings of Edgar Cayce offered similar suggestions for longevity and wellness. From his trance state, Edgar Cayce reiterated that we are multidimensional beings; including physical, mental, and spiritual aspects, and must be viewed holistically. Long before scientific research confirmed that lifespan was based on individual lifestyle choices—including behaviors and environmental factors, the readings indicated that wellness and health were a state of wholeness and balance. The readings also stressed the significance of diet, exercise, and leisure long before the medical community noted their importance.

Balance Life style

A healthy lifestyle is the key to staying well and preventing disease. Each of us is responsible for making choices and applying what we know. Since we are physical, mental, and spiritual beings, "preventative measures"need to include all of these aspects. We can use balance in mental, spiritual, and physical activity using moderation, regular hydrotherapy, osteopathic treatment, exercise, proper diet, meditation, and prayer to prevent illness and extend life. We can also seek to reduce stress factors including extreme emotions, frustration, anger, and worry. Imbalance and incoordination can challenge us to grow and develop; thus illness can often be viewed as an opportunity for transformation.

In a reading given for a 37-year-old insurance agent, Cayce said: "There are certain tendencies, certain weaknesses that are present in the body. They are not diseases–these are rather dis-eases, when certain stresses or strains are brought to bear in the mental, in the spiritual, and physical experience of the entity."(Edgar Cayce Reading 2533-6)

Be HappyThis man was encouraged to adapt a more balanced lifestyle, improve his diet, and enjoy regular exercise. The readings stress that for life expectancy, health, and illness, the role of the mind was far more important than heredity and genetics. While Mr. 2533 had inherited a tendency for a glandular imbalance, he could focus his mind on a spiritual ideal and change his own expectations about aging and death: "…because your great, great, great, great grandfather died you will die too—is there, and is part of the expectancy of every cell of your body! It can be eradicated, yes. How? By that constant activity within self of expectancy that this condition does not have to happen to you!"(Edgar Cayce Reading 2533-6)

Also key to health and wellness is having a definite spiritual purpose or ideal and being of service to one’s fellow man. Having a purpose gives us a reason to continue when we encounter obstacles. Edgar Cayce taught this again and again. Here are a few of his readings on this matter:

"This the entity should alter within self, being not only good, but good for something. Lose self rather in the service of others…"(Edgar Cayce Reading 1726-1)

"Make the experiences of the life not only good but good for something, and we will find it will make the rest of the years of the entity’s experience in the earth much more worthwhile… For life…is an opportunity to show the appreciation to the divine within, with the divine in your fellow man, and if you act in that manner much more joy, much more worthwhile will be the earthly experience of this entity."(Edgar Cayce Reading 5294-1)

"... you will live as long as you desire and do good for others."(Edgar Cayce Reading 5223-1)

The Cayce readings also stressed the importance of sleep for restoration and rejuvenation. Lifestyle and behavioral factors can contribute to sleep disorders. Sleep is a period of restoration in which the various systems of the body return to a natural state of harmony and balance. At the mental and spiritual levels, sleep presents an opportunity for communion with the deeper aspects of the soul which may be remembered as dreams. According to Cayce, during "what is ordinarily termed sleep – the mind, the mental forces are caring for all the forces of the body … yet is as aware to the inner self and is as alive to the deeper forces or the soul influences as in its environs of an awake consciousness."(1276-1)

Since all healing comes from within, therapeutic interventions work best when assisting the natural, innate processes of healing. The Cayce source implied too that all knowledge is available within, if we seek patiently, persistently, and consistently. "For, as has been indicated so oft in each body, no medicine, no mechanical appliance does the healing. It only attunes the body to a perfect coordination and the Divine gives the healing."(1173-7)


Holistic Health For more information on health and wellness, visit the online Cayce Health database.

This information should not be regarded as a guide to self-diagnosis or self-treatment. The cooperation of a qualified health care professional is essential if one wishes to apply any and all of the principles and techniques from the Edgar Cayce readings. Edgar Cayce Readings © 1971, 1993-20013 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

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The seventh in a series of discussions from the Cayce health readings.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Josephine Adamson, MD

 wellness Wednesday blog05-20-015Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that often initially affects the small joints in the hands and feet. Unlike the wear-and-tear bone damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the membranes lining the joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are more than 1.5 million Americans with rheumatoid arthritis (compared to 27 million with osteoarthritis.)

An autoimmune disorder, RA occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's tissues. In addition to causing joint problems all over the body, rheumatoid arthritis sometimes can affect other organs like the skin, eyes, lungs, and blood vessels. Many research initiatives are trying to target the cause behind immune system malfunctions like RA. Current theory involves a possible environmental (chemical or infectious) trigger for those with genetic susceptibility.

The Mayo Clinic summarizes the common signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis as:

  • Tender, warm, swollen joints
  • Morning stiffness that may last for hours
  • Firm bumps of tissue under the skin on the arms (rheumatoid nodules)
  • Fatigue, fever and weight loss

Rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms may vary in severity and may even come and go. Treatment focuses on controlling symptoms and preventing joint damage. Anti-inflammatory, immune suppressing, and new Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic (DMARDs) footballdrugs can relieve symptoms and slow disease progression, but the drugs have serious side-effects. Physical therapy and sometimes surgery can also help RA patients.


In Cayce’s day, rheumatoid arthritis was referred to as “atrophic arthritis.” Medical scientists in the early 20th century did not understand the complexities of the human immune system, though they did notice that “atrophic’ arthritis patients presented in a different way than those patients with osteoarthritis. Interestingly, the Cayce readings describe atrophic or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as the body’s reaction to an accumulation of toxins. Scientists today are learning that those toxins are released from the patient’s own cells. Recommended therapy in the Cayce readings focused on supporting the body’s natural healing ability and thus calming the patient’s immune functioning.


The Cayce readings detail four main therapies for RA:

fruits and veggies1. Diet/Assimilations

Changing the diet was a major component in the treatment for RA found in the readings. The readings recommended primarily a fiber-rich, plant-based, diet. For some, figs and dates were suggested to help with the laxative effect of the diet. Vegetable juices, cooked beets, and carrots especially were advocated. One meal of green raw vegetables at noon was frequently suggested.
Fish, fowl, and lamb were described as preferred meats for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The readings recommended that no fried foods should ever be used. One patient was told to avoid salt except in kelp or sea salts. Starches and sweets together were to be avoided along with carbonated drinks, alcohol, and stimulants. The readings advised following these diet suggestions to strengthen the body’s natural ability to heal.

2. Avoiding Constipation/Eliminations

Though following the diet recommendations above would prevent constipation, the readings also encouraged Epsom salts baths, fume baths, and hot baths to gently stimulate the digestive system. For those who had a significant problem with constipation, colonics were suggested. The readings do not advise colonics, enemas, or cathartics for all with arthritis since these rigorous therapies might lead to chemical imbalances in debilitated patients.

3. massageMassage

Mobilizing and relaxing the body through gentle massage is very important for those with rheumatoid arthritis. The Cayce readings usually recommended massage with pure organic peanut oil. Olive oil and peanut oil, two ounces each, with one ounce of lanolin was also often suggested as a massage oil.

4. Endocrine and Immune Stimulation

The most consistent routine of therapy for arthritis mentioned in the Cayce readings was the combination of Atomidine, Epsom salts baths, and massage. Atomidine, an iodine preparation, was an important supplement for proper health in Cayce’s day. By the 1930’s, however, most Americans received the necessary nutrient of iodine through their diet in the form of iodized table salt. Those with RA should work closely with their healthcare professional to prevent endocrine insufficiencies.

Several Cayce readings recommended that those with severe RA take gold chloride by mouth. Gold salts therapy can be toxic to the kidneys, the liver, and the skin, but has been found to reduce self-destructive immune reactions. Though the patient taking these preparations must be closely monitored by a physician, oral and injectable gold salts are still an important and effective therapy today for severe RA.

The readings also mentioned using appliances like the wet cell battery for gentle stimulation of the immune system. A wet cell battery is a simple chemical battery connected to the body via wires and plates to produce a very low direct current. Interestingly, experimental medical treatments like Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) utilize the same theory of electrical stimulation as the wet cell battery.

medicineThough RA is a very painful condition, the Cayce readings warned of the side effects of sedatives and narcotics: "... injections and sedatives … are just clogging the body further and will make the body become more and more useless for activity later on." (3363-1)

Rheumatoid Arthritis remains a painful and challenging disease today, as it was in Edgar Cayce’s day. By understanding the healing principles found both in the Cayce readings and today’s scientific research, new therapies will be developed that are effective and have fewer side effects.

JJosephine Adamson, MDJosephine 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 including Arthritis: Rheumatoid from our online member section.


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