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September 2015 Update From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi

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September 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi

This is my update for September 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:


With just over three months remaining in this “Capstone Year” of our $30 million CREATE Campaign (capital, endowment, and program support). In addition to needing funds for our programs and endowments, we still need nearly $1 million in order 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 EdgarCayce.org/donate to help!



As a member, you have loved the Cayce work. As a donor, you have supported the CREATE Campaign. At this event, we will celebrate, together, the ways in which this $30 million Campaign has revolutionized the Cayce work; bringing it to a whole new level for a whole new generation. Help us raise the final funds so we can place the Capstone on the Campaign's gift Pyramid.  


Members of the Golden Circle and Edgar Cayce Legacy Society (and attendees of that weekend's Ancient Mysteries Conference) will attend this Virginia Beach event at no cost. Everyone else is welcome to attend for just $100 per ticket. For more information about attending in person, contact Mari Fedele at 757.457.7150 or email: mari@edgarcayce.org.  


Unable to join us in Virginia Beach? The Grand Finale program will be live-streamed from 7:30 until 8:15pm Eastern Time at EdgarCayce.org/grandfinale. Meet up with your study group or other Cayce friends and tune in to catch the vibe together.  


Whether in person or online, we look forward to seeing you on October 10


AU logo 90Our new MA in Leadership Studies is ready for its first cohort of students, starting on January 11, 2016. Please help us get the word out-send an email to your friends and family. This truly is a remarkable new program that students can take online with top quality faculty. James Van Auken, Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Chair of the Leadership Curriculum Committee, wrote a blog about the history of Atlantic University and how this new program fits in with the original vision. For more information about the new MA in Leadership Studies program, visit our website at AtlanticUniv.edu/leadership.
Our core program since 1986 is the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Studies, which is essentially a holistic overview of psychology and spirituality, is also open for new students. We recently added a number of amazing student testimonials from this program to our YouTube page. Take a look and see how this program is truly changing lives for the better. A.R.E. Members may find this particular interview of value: see graduate Bonnie Perry, MA speak about her time at Atlantic University.  
Both programs are accepting applications for the Spring Semester now through November 15th. 



ARE HoustonIn the past few months the Houston A.R.E. Center has been creating relationships within the Houston community to bring more awareness to the A.R.E Center and Spa. The Center’s energy has picked up and we are now seeing more new members of all ages. Our near-future plans include more workshops and classes on the teachings and remedies of Edgar Cayce. Some of these programs are: Edgar Cayce’s Exercises, Yoga, Creative Fitness and other familyoriented activities. Our goal is to stay true to the Edgar Cayce readings and manifest the love of God and Man.


For more information on the Houston Center go to EdgarCayceHouston.org



Cayce Reilly Massage School logo 2014

The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage is actively recruiting and accepting applications for our next program starting on September 28, 2015 – any students who start the program in September will receive a $500.00 tuition discount. Visit 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!

Our Continuing Education program continues to thrive, with a number of new courses available to the general public. Please visit CayceReilly.edu for more information. And Come visit our Student Clinic to receive the unique Cayce/Reilly massage technique at a reduced price – call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment.



renew for two …and save 20% on Membership and receive a special Karma to Grace and Reincarnation Package Free! This offer Includes ALL of the following by John Van Auken: From Karma to Grace Book & DVD; Reincarnation, The Story of Our Souls DVD; plus Reincarnation and Karma, the Cayce Series Book. Run time: 155 minutes; retail value: $82.80

are campA.R.E. Camp is now resting after the most adventurous summer on record! We made such wonderful memories with so many friends new and old. We hiked through the mountains, swam in the sunny Camp pond, ate vegetables straight out of the garden, lived a Cayce lifestyle, and had a blast. Now that Camp is all packed up and empty for the off-season, we're looking to begin construction on our NEW Dining Hall within the month! We're so excited to be breaking ground for this momentous building project, and looking forward to updating everyone as we go. It will take a big effort to complete this project in the short amount of time that we have! Nearly 200 people have already contributed to help make this new building a reality and to date we've raised about $70,000! THANK YOU! We’re looking to raise 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.

Anita FlaglerAn anonymous donor has established three endowments in memory of Gail Anita Flagler, longtime member and former Vice President of Trading Operations for the Chicago Board Options Exchange. One endowment is for A.R.E. Membership Scholarships, one is for A.R.E. Camp, and still another is to support our Prayer Services program. These endowments – totaling $250,000 – will generate funds in Gail’s memory in perpetuity. The donor also directed another $250,000 toward the renovations of our 1975 Library and Conference Center with an emphasis on bringing the Library up-to-date.

CFCEdgar Cayce’s A.R.E. is now a Participating Charity with the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is an annual fundraising drive that provides an opportunity for federal civilian, postal, and military employees to donate to local, national, and international non-profit organizations. Make your donation to Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. (Charity #38083) September 1 until December 15!

Mark your calendars and book your tickets now for these three life-changing upcoming programs, all anticipated to sell out: October 18-23 Past-Life Regression Training Certification with Peter Woodbury MSW, October 8-10 Annual Ancient Mysteries Conference - Remnants of the Distant Past: Sacred Sites, Lost Lands, and Legendary Places with special guest legendary theorist Erich von Däniken, and November 5-8 Life Beyond Death: Afterlife Communication, Mediumship and Your Eternal Soul featuring an unprecedented gathering of five mediums including Lisa Williams and Robert Brown. Come tour the newly revitalized campus, have lunch in our café, shop in our expanded bookstore and gift shop, and enjoy the cool breezes and lower hotel rates of Virginia Beach in the fall.



For me this building is very special. It’s been the place where I have met many of you and have formed meaningful and lasting relationships. For over 40 years, it has been a gathering place for like-minded people to meet and create and strengthen a spiritual community. Now this building is dated, tired, and well worn. We need your help to revitalize it for the next generation.

A group of donors – including Hazel Zachar, Richard Copeland, and our Board of Trustees – have joined together to create a Matching Gift Fund for all donations of $500 or more (up to a total of $150,000) toward this project! And, if you donate that amount before December 31, your name – or the name of someone you wish to honor – will also be added to our beautiful Stairway to Heaven donor wall. This is also the last year of the Campaign, so consider making a multi-year pledge so we can count that total toward the goal.


  • New Mexico and Mesa Verde – Led by Don Carroll, October 24-31, 2015
  • 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!
  • Other locations pending...

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!

Thank you for your prayers, generosity and ongoing support for this great Work!

Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO

Finding Meaning in the Mundane

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Finding Meaning in the Mundane

Thoughts from Lynn Sparrow Christy

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
- Civil rights leader Howard Thurman

EarthI came upon that quote this morning, and it struck me deeply. It made me wonder how often we have it backward when we seek to make a meaningful contribution to the world. I was especially primed to ask that question, because just a few days earlier I had read an article called “The Chef Who Saved Me.”[1] In it, journalist Brett Martin tells of how an assignment to interview the famous chef Jacques Pépin became the turning point at a very difficult time in his life. Depressed, broke, and unable to eat for weeks following a relationship break-up, Martin describes a post-interview lunch with Pépin at the chef’s culinary school, where Pépin’s warmth, openness, and generosity with his time as they discussed the various dishes they were served re-kindled his interest in living. “I sat in a state of wonder,” Martin reports, “At a time when I had forgotten the possibility of pleasure, Pépin had effortlessly, instinctively brought me back to life. Without knowing it, Pépin had extended a hand to a drowning man.”

CookingMartin went on to heal emotionally, write several books, and eventually settle into a happy relationship with someone who shares his newfound love of cooking. He tells of once again meeting Pépin several years later on another journalistic assignment, and once again sitting down to share a meal and conversation, most of it about the very ordinary things people talk about when they don’t know each other well. Then, Martin writes, “Suddenly I was seized by the urge to spill more: ‘I’ve tried, Jacques,’ I wanted to say. ‘Honestly I’ve tried. To live with an open heart. To give more than take. To work joyfully. To be awake to the world always. To live up to our lunch. But, it’s hard. And I fail all the time.’ What I said instead was, ‘I’ve tried. Over and over. But…I just can’t debone a chicken.’ ‘Ah, well,’ he patted my arm. ‘That’s probably OK, too.’”

chefThat article left me with a profound sense of just how much our daily life can be the arena of our deepest service. “Chef” might not be the first occupation that comes to mind when we think of spiritual vocations, yet Pépin’s role in Brett Martin’s life could not have been more spiritual. For those with core values around serving and making a contribution, we can so easily leap to the idea that our service to the world must be something clearly demarcated as “spiritual” or “helping,” something of clear value to society. We can feel stuck and fear that we are not living our soul’s purpose if we don’t find ourselves in the kind of role a spiritual person “should” occupy. Yet, in the wisdom of the Edgar Cayce readings we often find the idea that our deepest contribution comes in the little things we do to manifest our ideals over the course of daily living. And, to build on the opening quote from Howard Thurman, living is the operative word here.

woman-on-beachAs Thurman astutely points out, being fully alive is, in itself, a contribution to the whole of Life. Finding those things that make us come alive is the greatest platform from which to share life with others. Beyond that, keeping the spirit of life in what we do is equally important. I am reminded of a dream I had years ago, when I was given the message, “Choose life. Not the thing.” At the time, I understood it to be an admonition — almost a warning — not to mistake the forms of life for life itself. So quickly we crystallize our roles, our identities, and our interests into things rather than processes that keep us engaged with life. Even our work, be it what we do for a living or the work we do on ourselves to grow, can so easily become a thing, something that takes on hardened form as an it.

feather-graphicYet the essence of spiritual development is just the opposite. Rather than cling to the hardened forms of our lives, we are called to engage in ongoing evolution — which is just another world for change. Memoirist Cheryl Strayed put it this way: “Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.” Yet how often do we do just that? “To work joyfully” and “be awake to the world” is how Martin describes the aspiration that Chef Pépin awakened within him. To be awake to the world is to stay open to new possibilities, new ways of being and thinking and, yes, serving. Here is where our joy is to be found, and this, too, is part of what the Journey to Wholeness and Integrative Growth is all about. Here’s to Life!


[1] The Week, August 21, 2015. Excerpted from the original, which appeared in GQ


 Lynn Sarrow Christy 2014 speakersLynn Sparrow Christy has been working in the field of spiritual growth and personal healing for her entire adult life. This work has been shaped by a deep connection to spirituality during childhood that led her through traditional Christian faith to the barrier-shattering work of Edgar Cayce and on to the leading edge thinking that characterizes the contemporary integral/evolutionary movement. Along the way, she has developed an eclectic career as a writer, conference speaker, hypnotherapist-life coach, minister, and trainer. She is trained as a master hypnotherapist, hypnosis trainer, life coach, and master N.L.P. practitioner. She has also done extensive personal study, training, and practice with energetic modalities such as qigong and energy medicine and often shares these practices with her clients. 

She is a director for The Journey to Wholeness and Integrative Growth program, the initial program offered by the Tarsia Center (at the Association for Research and Enlightenment), which offers programs in emotional processing, healing, integration, and wholeness.


The Giving Tree

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The Giving Tree

By Heather Preston

Tree TopLeaning 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.

LeafI 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?”

Eggs in TreePretty 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.

FlowersOne 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 PrestonHeather 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 Power of Intent

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The Power of Intent

By Elaine Hruska

mindful womanMost well-known healers, including those who have a specialty or technique to impart to others, embrace the notion of intent as a guiding principle in their work. Probably, next to centering (a grounding, meditative practice that usually precedes the therapeutic, healing sessions), intent is an all-important component of the process, focusing on the motivation of the practitioner.

This component involves several aspects. Not only does the healer need to have a strong desire to help, but also an understanding of how to achieve the goal and how to facilitate the intervention and relinquishment of attachment to the outcome. Understanding one’s motives (why one wishes to help or to heal) is part of the healer’s responsibility in self-learning, making the healing act one of careful consideration and mindfulness.

Before we present Edgar Cayce’s approach to intent, here are several explanations from the dictionary and from other healers that may help to clarify the meaning of intent.

As a noun, intent signifies a purpose or aim that is firmly directed or fixed, with some degree of earnestness and intensity. It implies a meaning or significance to an act that may not be explicitly expressed. There’s also a spirit of determination in carrying out the act.

mother earth“Early in the development of Therapeutic Touch” (a healing modality that has been taught to tens of thousands of health professionals), co-founder Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN, stated, “Dora Kunz and I had realized that a foundational concept underlying its efficacy was that the therapist rebalanced vital energies with intentionality. The connotation of that term ‘intentionality’ is not only that the will was involved—for example, wanting the person to get well—but there was also the implication that there is a goal in mind for the object of the intention. Logic would then suggest that Therapeutic Touch is being done as a conscious, mindful act based on a person’s knowledge of the therapeutic functions of the human vital-energy field.” (Therapeutic Touch: Inner Workbook, Bear & Company, Inc.). Dr. Krieger began to recognize that the mind directs the flow of energy, transferring it through the universal field. The therapist is helping the one being healed to relocate his or her own center; and the impetus for this transport of energy is the therapist’s intentionality.

accupunctureOsteopath Dr. John Upledger received his introduction to the power of intent in the late 1960s, when he and other physicians began using acupuncture to treat patients at several free clinics in Florida. Some of the doctors had great success, while others didn’t—even on the same patients. As described in his book Your Inner Physician and You, Dr. Upledger at first thought it was suggestion, so the doctors tried to control any negative or positive comments about the expectation. What they discovered is a seemingly strong correlation in the practitioners’ unspoken attitude: Those physicians who genuinely believed in the beneficial effects of acupuncture got better results than those who didn’t. It became apparent that it wasn’t where or how the needles were placed that counted, but who put them there.


“The therapist’s attitude...has much to do with the success of the patient in his/her healing process.” Indeed, the success rate seemed in this instance to reach beyond technique. Cayce consistently emphasized the importance of attitudes for healing success. In several readings regarding massage, we have examples of intention on the part of the therapist. One 38-year-old man was given this advice, some of which was also aimed at the practitioner:

A gentle massage to quiet the body would be well, with prayer—and not by those who do not live what they pray. Do not merely pray that he will be well, but well for what? Do not pray for the body to be well for what the body can do for self but for those whom he has aided and also hindered. (3439-1)

For a five-year-old boy the time during the massage was to be a “period for meditation and prayer, and for the conversation about the spiritual life to the unfolding mind and body.” (5406-1) Good conversations during massages were also mentioned in other readings. The quality of the massage was addressed in this reading:

Do not hurry through the massage. Take time to give same, and let it be done with the spirit of truth, of hope, of purpose, of the suggestive influence as will aid in establishing the coordinations needed for the rebuilding, the replenishing for this body of those conditions. (2642-1)

Often in the readings the word intent is equated or linked with purpose, such as, “The intent, the purpose, is to serve...” (254-34) Mentioned in nearly 600 readings, intent denotes one’s “highest motives” (31-1) and, when used in healing, that certain conditions will be overcome.

For, while mind is the builder, it is the purpose, the intent with which an individual applies self mentally, that brings those physical results into materiality. (257-252)

green meditatingThe power of intent, it may be said, awakens a response in the body for the healing to begin. Whether done with the laying on of hands, a massage, a pack, or a spinal adjustment, there is a force that will flow through us when we begin to apply what we know.

The methods of healing we use—be they of the physical, the mental, or the spiritual—simply awaken within the cells and atoms of our bodies the willingness to allow this life force to flow through us. In achieving this awakening through intent, we, as practitioners, become, then, authentic channels of blessing to those for whom we care.

Excerpt from the Spring, 2013 issue of Venture Inward newsletter, available to A.R.E. members at Edgarcayce.org/members.

Elaine Hruska 115x132 px radioElaine Hruska is a therapist for the Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Health Center & Spa located in Houston, Texas. She holds her MA in transpersonal studies from Atlantic University and is considered an expert on the Edgar Cayce health readings. She trained under Harold J. Reilly, a pioneer in the field of massage therapy and a world-renowned physiotherapist who created the Cayce/Reilly Massage. She is the author of the best-selling books Edgar Cayce's Quick & Easy Remedies and Your Key to Good Health: Unlocking the Power of Your Lymphatic System.


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