January 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for January 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:
CASSINA TARSIA DONATES $1 MILLION TO CREATE NEW CENTER!
Dedicated Cayce student and longtime A.R.E. member Cassina "Cassie" Tarsia of Oceanside, California has pledged $1 million toward the creation of the A.R.E.’s new Tarsia Center. Under development now, the Center will offer programs in emotional processing, healing, integration, and wholeness. Think of it as a modern day Temple of Initiation. The Center’s Ideal: Creation of a state of oneness with the Creative Forces by awakening the heart and soul forces, connecting with the whole, and attaining harmony of being.
We expect the first program to be offered by the Center in January of 2016. I am working closely with former A.R.E. Board Chair Eileen Malo and Cayce expert Lynn Sparrow Christy to develop a program for this transcendent healing center initially called “the Program for Integrative Wholeness and Transformative Growth.” Eileen possesses an extensive background in health administration as well as advanced training and experience in both spiritual mentorship and personal coaching. Lynn possesses an extensive background in one-on-one spiritual mentorship, coaching, personal transformation and hypnotherapy. This program will be offered to participants who are ready to commit one full year to focus on their personal, spiritual, and emotional development – a serious commitment to a process that is designed to bring serious results. And we are thrilled about the possibilities.
By offering something new to the world, Cassie is also helping us achieve the goals we set out at the beginning of our multi-year CREATE Campaign—namely to bring the Cayce Work out to the world in a whole new way. Her donation takes us past the $26.5 million mark in our $30 million Campaign which ends this December.
Thank you, Cassie! We just can’t thank you enough. Many future generations will be grateful to you.
Stay tuned for more information about the Tarsia Center, its mission, and its programs.
YOUR MONTHLY CREATE CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Our 2014 fundraising ended with a bang! Our Matching Gift Fund inspired nearly $300,000 in year-end contributions to the A.R.E. Thank you! And with the advent of 2015, we have just moved into the final year of our $30 million CREATE Comprehensive Campaign (capital, endowment, and programs) … and we have raised over $26.5 million – just $3.5 million to go! With the Cayce Hospital renovations successfully completed and $6 million raised already toward our $7.5 million capital projects goal, we now need to raise an additional $1.5 million to renovate our Virginia Beach Visitor and Conference Center; new restrooms, HVAC system, parking improvements, and upgrades throughout the building. Donors of $500 or more to the project will be listed on our Stairway to Heaven. You are still supporting our day-to-day program operations through your annual donations as well. We have raised well over $19 million for these great programs already!
OUR YEAR-END FUNDRAISING MATCH WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!
In last month’s update I told you about our special end-of-year Matching Gift Fund (up to $125,000). Well, you helped us blow right past that Match and donated more than twice that amount - $290,000 in December! Your generosity continues to astound me. We are all extremely grateful. Thank you.!
ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY NEW DEGREE PROGRAM IN LEADERSHIP TO BEGIN 2016!
Atlantic University already offers a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Studies, a Spiritual Guidance Certificate, and non-credit courses (open to all). Beginning in January 2016, the university will begin offering a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies with concentrations in Mindful Leadership, Global Leadership, and Organizational Leadership. For more information on existing courses, go to, www.AtlanticUniv.edu, or email us at, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the new Leadership Studies degree, email the university’s director at: James.VanAuken@AtlanticUniv.edu.
CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage continues to attract students from all backgrounds and ages, including military veterans, to our exciting program. Our 8 month sessions begin in January, June, and September 2015 and are fully accredited. Federal financial aid is available. We are excited about massage student community outreach at local sports events, EMT meetings, and senior care facilities. 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
A.R.E. HEALTH CENTER AND SPA
The A.R.E. Health Center and Spa is enjoying the beautiful new facility. We have recently introduced additional holistic clinical services like restorative breath work and acupuncture. We've also added some wonderful cleansing Spa packages, offered at substantial member discount. Our life-changing, holistic health intensives, the Cayce-based Wellness Weeks, are filling fast. There are still spots available for the June 13-19, 2015 week, http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/spa/spa_services.aspx?id=5295. We hope you will join us!
Experience a retreat like no other—a vacation for the soul—at our March 12-15, 2015 Spring Palestine Retreat, where Henry Reed, PhD and Don Carroll will help you Learn to Understand the Mind of God: Bringing Together Heaven & Earth Through Christ Consciousness (Download PDF). Now in its 51st year, this inspiring retreat will help you recharge your spiritual batteries and experience the fun and fellowship that only an A.R.E. Retreat can provide. Held at the beautiful Lakeview Conference Center in Palestine, Texas you’ll enjoy a picturesque setting on 1,400 acres featuring canoeing, hiking, and relaxing scenic views, as well as a soul-awakening program. Register before February 19th and get discounted tuition.
In Headquarters Conferences news, we are thrilled to have Apollo 14 astronaut and IONS founder Edgar D. Mitchell ScD on March 27-29, 2015 —our first ever visit from someone who has walked on the moon, incarnate, in this lifetime! Explore the uncharted territories of the conscious mind, the reality of psychic ability, the body-mind connection, and the survival of the soul after death at Breakthroughs Toward a New Consciousness: Science, Spirituality, and the Limitless Mind, which also features Stephan A. Schwartz, Marilyn Schlitz PhD, Kevin J. Todeschi MA, Neil Helm MA and Loyd Auerbach MS.
FREE! - THOUGHT FOR THE DAY APP
Our Edgar Cayce readings "Thought for the Day" app, which is available on Apple and Android devices, is now being offered for free! Just search your cell phone or tablet app store for “Edgar Cayce” and you will find the apps we have to offer, including our “Thoughts” app. We will continue offer "thoughts" daily in the following manner as well:
- Our daily “Thought” is posted online each day on our website
- We will post a reading each day on two of our Facebook pages:
- We will post to our Twitter account
- We will post to Google+
A.R.E. 2015 TOURS
Nothing compares to an A.R.E. Tour! Will you join us in 2015? We have an amazing line up!
- Southern Spain & Morocco – Discover the magic of Spain and the mystery of Morocco on a stellar journey of two cultures that share a common history yet have their own exotic charm and character. Led by Peter Woodbury, April 11 -22, 2015. Also offering an optional extension to the Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara Desert, April 22-26, 2015.
- Old Quebec & Montreal – Led by Patrick and Jane Belisle, August 10-16, 2015.
- JUST ADDED: China & Tibet – Led by John Van Auken, September 15-28, 2015.
- New Mexico and Mesa Verde – Led by Don Carroll, October 24-31, 2015.
- Our first ever tour to CUBA will be on its way starting January 31st! John Van Auken will be leading this one-of-a-kind journey to this beautiful and vibrant island.
If you would like additional information about any of our travel programs, contact our Travel Programs Administrator, Cheryl Bernath, at email@example.com.
Registration is now open for the 2015 season at A.R.E. Camp! We have some fantastic programs lined up for our 2015 season, including two fantastic family camps, children’s sessions, and even young adult and adult programs too! Come spend some time in the sundrenched Blue Ridge Mountains this summer, creating magical memories with friends old and new, enjoy programs hosted by popular resource people, hike the surrounding mountains, swim in the cool crisp pond, and live life the Cayce way! To register now, or for more information, visit www.EdgarCayce.org/SummerCamp.
If you’ve been to A.R.E. Camp, you’ll know that the experience would be incomplete without the extraordinarily creative and joyful staff! Camp is so lucky to have so many people who come to help create the magic each year! If you, or someone you know, would like to join us in serving with joy on the A.R.E. Camp Staff this summer, the staff application can be found at www.EdgarCayce.org/SummerCamp, or you can contact Malenka Kaydan, A.R.E. Camp Manager at Malenka@edgarcayce.org.
A.R.E. BOOK AND GIFT SHOP
Please join us for our February is for Families -themed Psychic Fair on February 21st. FREE activities for all ages throughout the day, including a mandala workshop, a past life regression, crystals for kids, and more! Readings start at just $20 for A.R.E. members. Come early to register! Doors open at 9:00 am.
ANNOUNCING ECLS PRIZE WINNERS! Congratulations to the winners of the 'Class of 2014' prizes offered to the Edgar Cayce Legacy Society (ECLS) members:
- Rev. Lowell K. Smith - Autographed 50th Anniversary Edition of "There is a River"
- Randall J. Wadsworth and Suzanne Shipley - Autographed 75th Anniversary Edition of "There is a River"
Other ECLS “Class of 2014” prize winners will receive prizes including "About My Father’s Business"
by Hugh Lynn Cayce
and the Complete Edgar Cayce Readings DVD.
ECLS members are promoting the perpetuation of A.R.E., its history, and life-changing lessons. You,
too, can be part of this honored group of most supportive members by including A.R.E. in your
estate plan and/or investing in an A.R.E. Charitable Gift Annuity. For more information, contact
Susan Luscomb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-457-
7125 or Marianna Theo at email@example.com or 757-457-7215. Look for more special news
for the ECLS
"Class of 2015"!
NOTICE: POLICY CHANGE FOR A.R.E. CHARITABLE
Members seeking dependable retirement income guaranteed for life (up to 9%!) through A.R.E. Charitable Gift Annuities will want to know our new policy concerning age eligibility. As of January 1, 2015, immediate annuities are available for those 65 and older. You may be eligible for a deferred annuity at the age of 60 or older, with payments to begin not earlier than age 65. These annuities offer tremendous tax benefits, with charitable deductions, tax-free income and more. For more information, contact Susan Luscomb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-457-7125 or Marianna Theo at email@example.com or 757-457-7215. Ask for your personalized free sample report today!
NEW A.R.E. COMMERCIAL LAUNCHED!
We recently launched a 30-second commercial that is showing on select television channels, as well as on YouTube and on our website. If you would like to view the commercial – or send the link to friends – you can watch it here: http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/edgarcayce.aspx?id=1036.
Hope 2015 is off to a great start for you and your families!
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO
What Is Personal Transformation?
Mark Thurston, PhD,
We all have voices in our head. Sometimes they shout; sometimes they whisper. Sometimes they make unreasonable demands; sometimes they offer sage advice. One frequent voice says, "You need to change. You need to do better." Maybe that call-to-change makes you feel guilty or uncomfortable, or maybe it inspires you.
The first challenge when you hear an inner voice calling for change is to listen deeply and recognize what kind of personal change would be required. Is it a call to "self-improvement" or a call to "personal transformation"? In order to tell the difference you need to remember that there are two different aspects of yourself: the personality and the individuality. The personality is your familiar identity. It’s made up of your habit patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. It’s the self that you show to the world—your persona—and it operates most of the time on automatic pilot. At best, the personality will be interested only in self-improvement, little adjustments that don’t really alter your life in a very meaningful way.
On the other hand, the individuality is your deeper, more authentic self. At its core it’s your spiritual ideal. What’s more, the individuality is the seat of your freedom; it’s the home of your free will. Rather than being controlled by habit and routine, the individuality is capable of transformative change. And its call is an invitation to a remarkable new way of living.
Here are two metaphors for personal transformation that I have found helpful. The first is "Building a cube rather than just improving a square." In this analogy, think of your personality as a square—that is, a two-dimension figure. You might even imagine drawing a square on the surface of a tabletop. There are ways to change that square—for it to experience "self-improvement," so to speak—by making rather superficial adjustments. You might make the borderline of the square more colorful or thicker. It could become a nicer or more attractive square, but it’s still a square. On the other hand, the square could undergo a transformative change if it grew into a cube. That means adding a dimension by going up and breaking out of the tabletop. That’s transformational change. The original square is still there, but now it is just one part of something profoundly enriched. Something just like that is possible for your life!
The second analogy comes from physics. It illustrates the principle I call "Transformative change takes an investment, and it takes patience." Consider how water can go through changes as it is heated—changes of state in which H2O can move from being solid ice to liquid water to gaseous water vapor. When a change of state occurs, we have a good analogy for a transformational change. But look what is required. If we start with ice-cold water (32o F), it takes a certain amount of heat to warm that water to boiling hot, but still liquid, H2O at 212 degrees. But to get that water to transformationally change into steam, we have to add five times more energy than we invested getting it from 32 to 212 degrees. That extra investment of energy can remind us of an important fact. Sometimes we have to expend a lot of energy in transformational work before we experience results. And that takes patient, consistent effort. Nevertheless, something is happening even when it’s not apparent.
Perhaps those two analogies are helpful, but the work of personal transformation is still complex and not easy to understand. It’s truly a lifetime adventure. Here are two features of personal transformation that I believe are crucial. It’s issues like these that I will be exploring in future columns.
Values and ideals are the starting point of any personal transformation process. We continually need a point of reference when we embark on deep work with the psyche and the body. Nothing is more important than to have a clear sense of one’s core values, or better yet, a statement of one’s personal spiritual ideal. It needs to be something that really means something to us; it needs to evoke feelings of hope, inspiration, and vitality when we are reminded of it. Then we have a powerful force of orientation when we are moving through the inevitable tests and challenges of personal transformation.
Personal transformation is nurtured by social support. We need each other if we are going to change in a profound way that fulfills the aspirations of the individuality self. Certainly there can be value in times alone or personal retreat. But transformational work depends on making deep, authentic connections—within ourselves and (most importantly) with others.
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Mark Thurston, PhD, is an author, psychologist, and educator who worked at A.R.E. and Atlantic University from 1973 through 2008. He is now a faculty member at George Mason University's Center for the Advancement of Well-Being where he teaches courses about consciousness, meaning, mindfulness, and spirituality. More about his work can be found at markthurston.com
Seeds for the Garden of Life
By Jerry Lazarus
The most important seeds ever planted are the ones that blossom in the garden of life. When these seeds are sown carefully and the plants tenderly nurtured, they produce a garden that beautifies and enriches life for family, friends, and others who may step onto your path.
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Here are some instructions for planting seeds in the garden of life:
Love: Perennial—evergreen—if planted with attentive care. Sow this seed anywhere year-round. Bears fruit first season, but the yield grows more prolific as the plant matures. Hardy, self-seeding.
Patience: Seeds will not germinate if sowed too early. Will bear large fruit if allowed to grow until the end of fruiting season. Easy to propagate in your home garden. Curbs impatiens overgrowth.
Faith: For best results, before seeding, improve the soil with hope. If properly cared for, this plant produces heavy clusters of fruits of the spirit. Support the fruits until harvest. For vigorous growth, plant alongside patience; doubt intolerant.
Kindness: Excellent when mixed in with Love. Germinates quickly. Make sure to water regularly and the yield will be plentiful. Attracts many beneficial creatures, including friends, neighbors, and strangers. Top seller!
Joy: Annual. Must seed each year for new growth.
Compassion: Best sown in areas where other seeds are hard to germinate. May take time to see results. Fruit is full of character. Drip irrigation recommended.
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Truthfulness: This is a natural deterrent for all types of pests and will keep a garden looking beautiful and healthy. Sow in between rows. Fragrant and attractive blooms. Self-pollinating.
Generosity: Prolific growth and fruiting year-round. Because of heavy fruiting, it’s a favorite to share with neighbors. Makes an excellent gift, especially during the holiday season.
Peace: Companion planting with Tolerance recommended. Once germinated, will grow with all combination of plants. Can endure any conditions. Regular picking provides a continuous supply of fresh Peace. Everyone seems to get along when peace is planted with Tolerance.
Cooperation: Will adapt to any conditions. For optimal yield, plant on common ground. Promotes cross-pollination among all. A favorite of community gardens.
Special Instructions: Do not use pesticides, such as hate, jealousy, haste, anger, fear, arrogance, blame, or belittling. Although they may provide short-term relief, in the end they are toxic to gardeners, soil and plants.
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Before planting, prepare soil with openness, willingness, and thoughtfulness. Fertilize the soil to help seeds to grow.
Enjoy the fruits of these seeds of the heart year-round!
These certified organic seeds can be grown in all zones. Call now, guidance is only a heartbeat away! The Master Gardener is standing by for all your prayers and questions!
Jerry Lazarus is a spiritual teacher, counselor, and author. He has a master’s degree in
religion and meditation, and has studied Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and
Christianity. Jerry is the dream columnist for Venture Inward magazine, a speaker for
A.R.E. conferences. He leads workshops and retreats on spiritual and mystical topics
across the United States. His book, Dreams: Listening to the Voice of God, is available
at his Web site: jerrylazarus.com. Jerry is the featured presenter in the new Soul Growth
Saturday workshop Edgar Cayce on the Wisdom of Dreams: Listening to the Voice of God Conference in Virginia Beach on Jun 20, 2015.
My Answer to Spring Cleaning
By June Bro
I don’t consider myself a hoarder, just a procrastinator. It is time to get my house in order. You see, I have boxes and boxes of possessions that I must get to when I have nothing else to do. That day never comes. I have made lists of the boxes and their contents, and have a rough idea of the size of the job that is coming up for me. You see, I have moved many times in my life and simplified my belongings at each move. But somehow, boxes of books, papers, memorabilia, photos, clothing and correspondence have kept accumulating until they fill one closet, a half of another closet, and half of a screen porch. I also have a few beach items in an outside storage area. When I think about the work of sorting that is ahead of me I get panicked. I think to myself, "I can’t do it. It’s too big a job. I will never be able to follow through."
"Big Sweep", sculpture at Denver Art Museum, Colorado
My friend Gail came over one day and helped me sort through some boxes of clothes on the floor of my bedroom closet: four or five boxes. It took half a day. It was a good start, and my friend was unrelenting. "Are you sure you need that?"
My question was, "Can I keep doing this on my own?" I was worried that memories would flood back with each item of clothing (like the expensive black dress I wore to my husband’s memorial service) and slow me down. And when I came to the boxes of photos and correspondence would the memories and regrets over letters unanswered do me in?
The more I thought about it the more I was sure I couldn’t do it alone. I couldn’t ask my friend to take all the time needed to help me get this task accomplished, either. I had to devise another plan.
Finally it occurred to me that I could ask for Jesus’ help. I could pray and meditate for the right answer for me.
Not long after I realized that I should ask the Creative Forces for help, I had a dream. I was standing facing a man in a robe of some kind. He had a very kind face and obviously he was a beautiful soul. He looked me straight in the eye and said, "June, will you marry me?" I looked him straight in the eye, too, and I said without a moment’s hesitation, "Of course I’ll marry you. I love you with all my heart!"
As I thought about the dream, I knew that it must be Jesus. No one else has ever looked at me so intensely with such love. It was as though he was asking me for a commitment, a promise. I knew immediately what the dream meant. I would get the help I needed for this huge task, but only if I remained faithful to my ideals.
James Tissot – The Lord's Prayer (Le Pater Noster)
Brooklyn Museum Source: Wikipedia
So the advice from Edgar Cayce in his life reading for me was the ideal I needed. He said, "though you have started on a career in music, make the home the career, for this is the greatest career there is in the earth. Those who shun same will have much yet to answer for. Then make thy home as a shadow of the heavenly home." That a family group and their living quarters can mirror the peaceful, orderly, creative, joyous heavenly home seems an almost unattainable goal here on Earth. But I am committed to giving it a try. Edgar assured us that the trying is "counted for righteousness."
I have Virgo rising so I love order. But loving order and creating order are two different things. I am on a journey to find out how to create order.
These are the questions I will be asking myself:
Can I give thanks every day for the loving care God has given me throughout my life? That loving care is often expressed in the thoughts, gifts and words of friends. Can I give thanks and throw out all but the most treasured correspondence? How long will I see an unanswered letter and be overcome with feelings of guilt?
I have many years of memories: cherished items of my children’s growing-up years, family photos, photos of tours Harmon and I have led, tapes of our lectures, correspondence of all sorts, clothes I will probably never again wear, like the expensive black dress I bought for Harmon’s memorial service. There are so many boxes, that if I counted them, I would probably give up the whole venture. Well, not since my dream.
These are the questions I keep asking myself:
- Can I keep the Holy Spirit alive in me as I work?
- Can I be patient with myself when I start to tire?
- Can I stop for a moment to listen for the guidance I need to hear?
- Can I find joy in every aspect of the task at hand?
- Can I wait for that sweet jolt of heavenly energy and go on when the going gets hard?
Excerpt from June Bro’s column “The Art of Living” from the Jul-Sep 2013 Venture Inward Magazine.
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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 set about sharing her interests with others as a pastoral counselor and minister, as well as by using her skills in the performing arts. She has a graduate ministerial degree from Andover-Newton Theological School, near Boston, and a doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching on six campuses 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 has served on the music staff in churches of most of the major Protestant denominations and draws on her background in the arts to illuminate myths, symbols, and dreams. At age ninety, 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 recently re-released book A Seer Out of Season written by Harmon Bro.
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