Creating Peace on Earth
By Kevin J. Todeschi
In the face of unspeakable acts of terrorism and almost unbelievable examples of man's inhumanity to man, are there any insights that can be found in the Edgar Cayce material in terms of how to respond individually and collectively? What are we to do in the face of war or terror? What are we to do when things happen on the other side of the world? What should be our response in the face of fear?
During the early days of World War II when Europe was in the midst of war and the United States had galvanized much of society to deal with the threat of war, a remarkable reading was given in which those in attendance asked for practical and spiritual suggestions to assist them in bringing about World Peace. Cayce's surprising response suggested that World Peace could be made possible by collectively creating peace in each of their individual lives:
Ye cannot pray "Peace - Peace" when there is no peace in thine own heart and soul! but by knowing (for His spirit answers with thy spirit) that each day, each person ye meet is GLAD that you are alive! GLAD that YOU have come in touch with them; for you have brought - and bring - hope to their lives, just in the passing!
This means, then, that you may so live the life as He emulated in the earth, that ye radiate life, joy, peace! that which casteth out fear - by living, by being, by doing unto others, for others, that ye would like others to do unto you ... Only as ye USE that birthright, that purpose, that WILL within thine own consciousness to do justice, to do right, to LOVE good, to eschew evil, may ye as individuals, as a group, as a nation, stand between the living and the dead - and STAY the sin that maketh man make war - of any nature - against his brother.
Thou ART thy brother's keeper! Act that in thine own heart. Who IS thy brother? "Who is my mother? They that do the will of the Father, the same is my mother, my sister, my brother." … In this ye may build, here a little, there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept. (3976-27)
When the question was asked as to how the entire organization could work together to stimulate peace, Cayce responded:
Then let each one, as a son, as a daughter of the living God, feed His lambs, feed His sheep. With what? The spirit of truth, the spirit of peace! APPLY that NEW commandment as He gave, "Love one another." In all groups, all organizations, it is not what this or that name or group may do, but as ONE. For, the Lord thy God is ONE! And the Christ, the Savior, died for all - NOT for one!
And when asked about the issue of religious differences, Cayce replied:
… more wars, more bloodshed have been shed over the racial and religious differences than over any other problem! These, too, must go the way of all others; and man must learn - if he will know the peace as promised by Him - that God loveth those who love Him, whether they be called of this or that sect or schism or ism or cult! The Lord is ONE!
I reflected upon some of the above a couple of months ago when a longtime friend was condemning the violence in the Middle East and expressed his frustration that there was nothing he could do about it. Knowing this person fairly well, I also knew that he and his sister had essentially stopped speaking to one another over a family squabble more than 10 years ago. I decided to take the opportunity to suggest that the Edgar Cayce readings were adamant in their stance that he COULD do something about it by trying to heal his relationship with is sister. He brushed it aside as being unimportant and not worth the effort, and having absolutely nothing to do with the problems in the Middle East. I got a similar response when I mentioned to a co-worker the importance of trying to heal a longstanding, inharmonious relationship at work. The person had no interest in working on a healing.
What if Cayce is right? What if world peace is created an individual at a time? What if our collective "vibrations" of healing merge together to have an even greater impact upon the whole? What is going to occur if our continued response to world turmoil is simply turn the channel, while overlooking any attempt at peace and healing that needs to occur in our own lives? What if Peace on Earth and good will toward all truly resides within each and every one of us and is simply waiting for us to take a baby step? Is it really that hard to call a sister we haven't spoken with or be the first to reach out to a co-worker we are challenged by?
I don't think the readings would encourage unconditional pacifism to a government or a president in the face of war or terror; however, most of us are not in a position to impact a military or a government response. However, what we can do as individuals is follow an admonition that exists in many places throughout the Cayce readings: "do what you know to do and the next step will be given."
On one occasion, Morton Blumenthal (the individual who built the Cayce hospital) asked for information on Evolution and "survival of the fittest," Cayce suggested that evolution of the human creature was actually much more complicated. Cayce told Blumenthal:
… read history! Which has survived - the brute strength, or the development towards that of God? Which survives - the man that studies God and seeks to emulate His forces and powers, or the man that emulates the forces of earth or flesh? This answers itself! (900-340)
In other words, this suggests that eventually we will have peace on earth and good will toward all. But perhaps it only comes as each of us does our part.
Do you really want to help heal the world? Cayce would say take a first step and heal a relationship and cultivate peace in your own life.
Kevin J. Todeschi is the Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (www.EdgarCayce.org), and Atlantic University (www.AtlanticUniv.edu). As both student and teacher of the Edgar Cayce material for more than 35 years, he has lectured on five continents in front of thousands of individuals. A prolific writer, he is the author of 25 books, including Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, Contemporary Cayce (co-authored with Henry Reed) and Edgar Cayce on Mastering Your Spiritual Growth.
Living the Scriptures You Love
Dr. June Avis Bro
Q. What present printed version of the Bible gives the nearest to the true meaning…?
A. The nearest true version for the entity is that ye apply of whatever version ye read, in your life. It isn't that ye learn from anyone. Ye only may have the direction. The learning, the teaching is within self. (2072-14)
I have a friend who goes to Buddhist Scriptures for his inspiration and direction in life. Another friend gets her divine leading from Confucius. I get the guidance I need for my spiritual growth from studying the Bible. This was true of Edgar Cayce too. The truth is that whatever course we are on is the right one.
Sometimes it seems that the spiritual path we have chosen has lost its savor. The words of another faith touch us just where our problems and our questions lie. To skip from religion to religion may fascinate us at the moment, but in the end, the new religion will also lose its flavor if we haven't taken its core teachings very seriously and worked hard with them to solve our problems and inspire us to ever higher states of consciousness.
As I see it, no matter what religion we have chosen as right and challenging to our spiritual growth, it is our job to read their Scriptures and to go ever deeper into their meaning for our lives: taking them into our hearts, living the precepts as best we can and then letting our lights shine. It is a matter of living constantly with the Scripture passages that we treasure, taking seriously those words of hope that give us peace of mind and the courage to face each day. It is a matter of taking on the disciplines and doing them daily even though sometimes we feel that it requires too much.
Edgar Cayce grew up in a small Kentucky town at a time when the church was the center of everyone's lives. He took the various church responsibilities very seriously and worked them all from janitor to teaching children's Sunday-school classes, to working with the youth and adult groups. He loved it all.
When Harmon (my husband) and I arrived in Virginia Beach in 1943, Edgar was teaching an adult Sunday school class at the Presbyterian Church. Harmon and I never missed a Sunday. When the minister who invited him to teach moved on, the church didn't want him to teach there anymore. Edgar was heartbroken.
In one of Edgar's own readings, he was told that he had been a Jew-Lucius, the bishop of the new churches that sprang up after Jesus' death. He lived in Laodicea, where I was told in my reading that I had worked to save the struggling new church by getting them to sing the Psalms of David. (It's interesting that Harmon, my husband in this life, was Edgar's son in that same incarnation.)
After the church stopped his Sunday school classes, Edgar found another way to share his faith. He had a Bible study class every Tuesday night at the Association (A.R.E.) headquarters, and he had a short preparation for his afternoon session of giving readings by calling all the staff into his office at 2:00 p.m., for Bible reading and prayers. It was obvious to me that Edgar's love of God and Jesus was foremost in his spiritual journey. He told us that he believed Jesus to be the guiding source of his readings. He talked about Jesus as though he was a very dear friend or family member.
At age 23, my spiritual position was not yet clearly formed. I had grown up in the Christian faith and had always loved the church. My experiences in Sunday school, church picnics, and church family gatherings were a large part of my life. Seeing that Edgar's faith in God was strong helped me to accept his strangely biblical gifts. I did not experience Edgar as weird, but as someone who loved God, Jesus, the Bible, prayer, and helping people wherever he could. I experienced him as a man of God, one who really tried to live his faith. I saw how much he missed his sons, who were both serving in the military during World War II. He died without ever seeing them again. I saw how he handled losing his Presbyterian class. I heard his pain of not finding the oil he was looking for in Texas, of losing the hospital and university which were his life-long dreams, of almost losing Gertrude to tuberculosis, of losing his baby son before he got to know him, and the list of failures and losses goes on and on.
But with the help of prayer, his readings, his wife, his secretary, deep friends like David Kahn and the first study group, he always bounced back. We can learn as much from Edgar Cayce's scripture and faith-filled life as we can from the legacy of his readings.
Excerpt from June Bro's "The Art of Living" from the Oct-Dec 2015 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. 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 foreword to the re-released book A Seer Out of Season written by Harmon Bro.
Join her every Tuesday morning from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. for an informal "Chat" at the global headquarters of Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. in Virginia Beach. Visit EdgarCayce.org/VaBeach for all upcoming events.
The Importance of Volunteers
Kevin J. Todeschi
A.R.E. volunteers are the heartbeat (and remain at the core) of so many of our ongoing activities! These events occur in Virginia Beach, throughout the United States and Canada, and even in dozens of places around the world. Our volunteers help sponsor local conference programs. They host ASFG Study Group meetings in their homes. They present local inquirers meetings. They provide all manner of educational materials at local events. They help ship books to prisoners. They work in our volunteer call center, answering every kind of question. They commit to daily working with prayer and sending out healing energy. They work in every department at A.R.E. Headquarters: from the Library and the Visitors Center to Conferences and Buildings and Grounds. The officers on the Board of Trustees of the Edgar Cayce organizations are all volunteers. In a very real sense, our volunteers make the work of A.R.E. possible.
In Virginia Beach alone, last year our volunteers logged a total of 16,886 volunteer hours in 24 different departments! If we simply calculated having to pay $7.25 per hour (Virginia's minimum wage), that would account for more than $122,000 in non-paid labor! We are so grateful to our volunteers! (If you live in the Virginia Beach area and would like to be considered for volunteer activities at headquarters, visit: EdgarCayce.org/volunteers.)
In terms of the greatest number of hours logged at headquarters by any one group of volunteers, that distinction goes to the Board of Trustees. In addition to meeting in Virginia Beach three times per year (at their own expense), the board collectively logs more than 5,000 work hours each year in Board phone calls, committee meetings, and on-site visits. Thank you, A.R.E. Board Members!
Next to the Board, the next five most active volunteer areas consist of: 1) Helping at A.R.E. Conferences in Virginia Beach; 2) Taking part in the Glad Helpers Healing Prayer Group that meets each Wednesday morning (and is open to the public); 3) Talking to callers and answering members' questions in our Volunteer Call (and email) Center; 4) Volunteers giving the free daily lecture at our Visitor Center (offered every afternoon); and, 5) Working in our Prison Program-opening and logging correspondence and mailing out books to inmates throughout the country-in fact, our Prison Program gets more mail than any other department at the organization!
In terms of opportunities outside of Virginia Beach, there are dozens of ongoing volunteer teams throughout the United States, involving the efforts of hundreds of individuals. These volunteers help A.R.E. Headquarters put on conferences and retreats in their areas, as well as hosting their own local conferences. At over 100 various programs each year, they work the book tables, the study group information tables, and the membership tables. They write articles for local newsletters. They update website information. They answer calls from local inquirers. They take "road trips" to surrounding communities and provide every manner of information about the Cayce work. They give conference speakers rides to and from the airport and wherever else needed. They open their homes for regular meetings. A conservative estimate is that they collectively account for more than 30,000 volunteer hours each year! (If you live in the United States or Canada and would like to be considered for volunteer activities near you, Contact Us to let us know!) Many of our volunteers also gather each year at our annual Membership Congress.
Our international activities at dozens of Edgar Cayce Centers throughout the world are also made possible by volunteers. For example, the biggest Edgar Cayce Center outside of Virginia Beach is in Japan. There all of the Board members are also volunteers. Volunteers help the center publish its magazine and newsletters. Volunteers help the center translate the Edgar Cayce readings into Japanese. (In fact, the Center plans to have all readings translated into Japanese by 2020!) During the Center's 20th-anniversary conference last year, 10 volunteers helped host more than 300 participants. According to Shigeru Mitsuda, the Center's president, "Without the help of volunteers, we could not continue to carry out our activities!" (If you are a member of the international community and would like to see what kinds of activities are available near you, visit: EdgarCayce.org/international and click on "events.")
On behalf of all of us, I wish to extend a big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers for making this work possible!
Kevin J. Todeschi is executive director and CEO of Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. (EdgarCayce.org) and Atlantic University (AtlanticUniv.edu), responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Edgar Cayce organizations. As both student and teacher of the Cayce material for 35 years, he has lectured on five continents in front of thousands of individuals. He envisioned the Cayce organization's multimillion dollar renovation and construction projects, which have added 11,000 square feet to the international headquarters campus in Virginia Beach, Va., and renovated the organization's facilities. A prolific writer, he is the author of more than 25 books, including Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, Edgar Cayce on Vibrations, Edgar Cayce on Soul Mates, Edgar Cayce on Auras and Colors (co-author), and his most recent book Contemporary Cayce, an overview of the Cayce material in easy-to-understand language, which he co-authored with Henry Reed.
Keys to Unlocking Your Intuition
An excerpt from Unlocking Your Intuition
By Carol Ann Liaros
Having given readings for 45 years, I have discovered there are certain formulas that work. I am sharing these formulas in the Seven Keys; these keys will be helpful as you learn to use your intuitive skills…
Key Number Seven-Practice, Practice, Practice
The seventh key to unlocking your intuition has three parts to it-practice, practice, practice! Confidence will come with practice and feedback. Intuition is like other skills. Even though an artist has wonderful talent, certain amounts of training and practice are required to develop that talent. You wouldn't expect to take one or two tennis lessons and be an excellent player. Like any skill or talent, intuition takes practice and feedback to gain confidence.
Having been in a scientific laboratory where I had the opportunity to practice, receive immediate and extensive feedback, and thus gain confidence was fortunate for me. One of the things people ask is "How can I practice? I can't go up to strangers on the street and say let me give you a reading! Let me tune into you. I want to practice." Actually, all you need to do is let your friends know that you are studying intuition, and they will usually say something like this: "Well, I don't believe in this, but here…here's a photograph, or here's my watch, or tune into me, or tune into my daughter." Most will be more than willing to have you practice with them, and at the same time, you have the freedom to say "I'm just learning."
Practice with a situation in which you don't have an emotional investment. Take the newspaper, and with an election tomorrow (you don't care who wins) decide who is going to win. Keep in mind though that if you are a staunch party member, your conclusion might be colored. There are many TV shows (like a quiz show) you can practice with and get immediate feedback. After you have developed a track record and want to make decisions using your intuition (along with your intellect) about important issues in your life, you have confidence that you can be objective.
Here are other suggestions for practicing. When you are standing in front of an elevator, decide which of the elevators is going to come first. If you are shopping for a particular object, select three or four stores where you might find it; then intuit which store will have the object. Intuit the price as well. Then call the stores for confirmation. Is it the store you have intuited? Is the price higher or lower? If you want to play the stock market, pick a stock. Will it go higher or lower? What will the selling price be? While listening to the news, intuit outcomes, such as what the verdict is going to be in a trial which is in progress.
Suggestions When Visiting a Psychic
"Each one who has a soul has a psychic power." Edgar Cayce (5392-1)
- Every person has his or her own area of expertise. If possible, find out if it is relationships, precognition, retrocognition, locating lost objects, etc. What are your needs?
- Make a list of questions to cover everything you want to know. Some people are nervous or intrigued with information the psychic gives them and may leave with questions unanswered.
- Be prepared: If the psychic does psychometry, have all of your objects ready. Follow the instructions of the psychic. Allow the reader to proceed in his or her own manner. Record the reading. Sometimes we hear what we want to hear, not what was said. Also, you can check the accuracy of the psychic to discover what areas he or she has been most accurate for you. (Be concerned if the person will not allow taping.)
- Do not send telepathic messages. You will not want your fears/guesses/wishes fed back to you.
- Be courteous, even if you are a skeptic. The individual deserves to be treated with consideration. As the psychic is concentrating, do not rattle papers, smoke, squirm in your seat, interrupt, or display other distracting behaviors.
- Do not press for information. The psychic will give you everything he or she receives. A good reading is designed to help you cope with your life.
- Be discerning. Not critical.
- Keep an open mind-but not a sieve!
- Remember the percentage of accuracy varies with each psychic. Get the perspective of friends whose judgment you trust to review the reading with you. Sometimes our blind spots interfere with our evaluation!
- Inaccuracies can occur in readings if the psychic is reading your mind (telepathy) or misinterpreting information he or she receives. It can be a good idea to ask how the person receives the information. You may recognize the information while he or she may be interpreting from his or her own experiences. Be willing to verify.
- After the reading is completed, share the information that you can verify. Psychics are human and feedback can be very helpful for them. If the psychic makes predictions, it would be very thoughtful to write and let the person know the outcome…
Carol Ann Liaros, was the subject of psychic research with E. Douglas Dean, Ph.D., Sister M. Justa Smith, Ph.D., and Shafica Karagulla, M.D.; her accuracy over a 2-year study was 93-97% in predicting the future.
For over 40 years, Carol Ann has been a professional psychic, lecturer, workshop presenter, and author. She has appeared on international TV, hundreds of radio shows, in the movie Inner Spaces, and has been a speaker and mentor for Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) for more than 25 years. She has worked for business leaders, psychotherapists, senior corporate executives, health organizations, spiritual groups, and churches designing workshops, meditations, innovative psychic techniques, intuition programs, and more. She is the author of Unlocking Your Intuition and co-author of Edgar Cayce on Auras and Colors (A.R.E. Press, 2012).
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