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Planetary Cycles for Spring

(Earth Changes, Edgar Cayce Readings, Spiritual Growth, Astrology) Permanent link

 

Planetary Cycles for Spring

By Nicholas Theo



lotus-flowerSpring is a time to welcome renewed growth and activity. The strengthening sun animates long-dormant life, and it reminds us that, in truth, life is eternal. Cayce viewed astrology as a tool that gave us that continual connection to spirit so that we could achieve our goals that our soul chose to experience. He reminded us about maintaining that larger perspective:

“Also it is true that the earthly or earth’s sojourn is only a portion of the solar realm in which the soul finds self as an experience of a day in the earth’s sojourn.”
~ Edgar Cayce reading 553-1

 

Astrology and BookHere we are reminded to view our activities and goals from the deeper soul’s perspective. Thus, our current life is like one pearl on a necklace strand. The silk thread is the connecting experience of the soul while the pearl is the substance manifested by our reactions to the events of that specific life. If we then look at it from this level, we can choose how we want the pearl that is our current life to appear as it sits alongside our other pearls.

 

This March we saw the final of seven exact matches in the running square between Uranus and Pluto that we experienced over the last few years. This square will define these last years just as the 1965-68 Uranus-Pluto conjunction was the defining energy for the 1960s—a decade of rapid social change and upheaval; and Saturn’s opposition to Pluto in 1931-33 defined the Depression and the rise of Fascism. On a broad level, the energy from the Uranus-Pluto square brought into sharper relief the gulf between political and social belief systems. The greater noise and acrimony that volleyed through the media and politics forced us to find our own truth from within. However, more importantly, and on a personal level, many individuals experienced life-altering changes through external and frequently unexpected circumstances that brought trauma through the loss of home, health, relationship, or status.

 

Now that the greatest intensity of this energy is past, we live our lives in a new energy space. On a mundane level, these last few years were difficult, so we were forced to find a new peace and balance from within. Therefore, although the most challenging parts are behind us, this new space requires some time for us to get used to it. Yet, we must move forward. Absence of doubt is a rare companion on the journey to follow your own inner direction. In one fairly long reading about astrology and sunspots, Cayce used the final part of the reading to express some eloquent spiritual thoughts. At the end of the reading he said, “Let not your hearts be troubled; ye believe in God. Then just act like it—to others.” (5757-1) Cayce reminded us that even when we have inner questions and doubts, in order to remain in the universal flow of life, we must move forward.

 

people helpingCayce repeatedly stated the value of astrology. The cycles of the planets within our solar system reflect the many patterns we experience in life. In the last few years, one of those planetary cycles challenged us to step away from a pattern we no longer needed, and move into a new sense of self-awareness. Cayce explained: “The more ye become aware of thy relationships to the universe and those influences that control same, the greater the ability to help, to aid—the greater thy ability to rely upon the God-force within; but still greater thy responsibility to thy fellow men. For, as ye do it unto the least, ye do it unto thy Maker—even as to the Sun which reflects those turmoils that arise with thee; even as the earthquake, even as wars and hates, even as the influences in thy life day by day.” (5757-1)

 

Therefore, just as the spring energy renews nature, you can use its energy to renew ties and reach out to other people. The personal events that fell under the Pluto-Uranus square may have upended your life, or the life of a friend, family member, or a neighbor. In fact, you or they may still be in a muddle, and that is okay. However, the important thing to do now is to bridge links of support and encouragement as Cayce put it, “… ye believe in God. Then just act like it—to others.” Acting in the spirit of personal kindness and support is the antidote for these times, and if each one of us sows these seeds about us, this sustaining energy will take root, and then bring more balance to our world.  

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Nicholas TheoNicholas Theo, an operations and strategic manager, was raised with the Cayce materials and his interest in astrology started as a teenager. Because the Cayce readings on astrology consistently emphasize the importance of using astrology as a tool for self-discovery and understanding rather than as a primarily predictive system, over the years, his interest in astrology evolved into a side vocation with research on the application of soul astrology (Soulastrologer.com). He has been doing astrology readings since 1980. He is a regular contributor to A.R.E.’s blog at EdgarCayce.org/blog. A.R.E. members can view a video of his predictions for 2015 in the online member section at EdgarCayce.org/members.

 

 

 

 

May 2015 Update From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi

(Edgar Cayce Readings, Spiritual Growth) Permanent link

May 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi


 

This is my update for May 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 CAMPAIGN

Create CapstoneThis is the “Capstone Year” of our $30 million CREATE Campaign (capital, endowment, and program support)… and, thanks to some recent donations for our renovation project and upgraded technology (focused on world outreach), we have raised almost $28 million – just $2 million to go! $1 million of that is needed to renovate our Library and Conference Center (new restrooms, HVAC system, Library carpeting, expanding the auditorium, parking improvements, and upgrades throughout the building). Donors of $500 or more to the project will be listed on our Stairway to Heaven.

A.R.E. Camp is also raising funds to build a new shower house; our Prison Outreach program is expanding into prison libraries; and you are still supporting our various programs and our day-to-day operations through your Annual Fund donations as well. Thank you!

Golden Circle donors and Edgar Cayce Legacy Society members: Mark your calendars! Join us for our annual Donor Appreciation event the evening of Friday, June 26 at Virginia’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Details and invitations will be forthcoming.  


TWO BOARD MEMBERS LEAD THE WAY TO STRENGTHEN STUDY GROUPS, HONOR DORIS VAN AUKEN

Don Carroll Palestine Retreat 2015Lora Little on-demandBoard members Don Carroll and Lora Little (along with her husband Greg) have made it their priority to support the A.R.E.’s A Search for God Study Groups. Combined, they have pledged $75,000 to create funding for a new, part-time staff person to focus on nurturing Study Groups and they have created endowment funds which will support Study Groups for generations to come. The endowments will generate about $2,500 annually and – if you will add your donation to them – they could do even more. One fund is named in memory of Doris Van Auken whose decades-long dedication was inspirational to many. YOU are invited to contribute to “The Doris Van Auken Fund” in any amount if you wish to honor this wonderful woman’s memory. Thank you for your leadership and contributions, Don, Greg, and Lora!



HAZEL ZACHAR CALLS ON YOU TO GIVE – IN THE NAME OF WOMEN!

  Hazel ZacharWatch your mailbox from A.R.E. member and donor Hazel Zachar (and June Bro) who are calling for the Women of the A.R.E. to UNITE! And to contribute: EdgarCayce.org/Donate  

  • $10+ June Bro Level
  • $100+ Hazel's Friends
  • $1,000+ Unsung Hero Level (for all the A.R.E. women you have known)
  • $10,000+ Gladys Davis and Gertrude Cayce Level (they always cooperated for the good of the A.R.E., so they're doing the same here)

Join me in celebrating the Women of the A.R.E. by making a donation in honor of any A.R.E. Woman of your choosing. And when you donate by July 31, either YOUR name as a woman donor OR another you might choose to honor will be included in a list to be mailed out in our Year-End Newsletter in November. Watch for it there!

 


ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

Atlantic University celebrated its Spring 2015 Convocation on April 24. Six students presented their culminating projects to a full audience of members, alumni, faculty, and staff – AND, for the first time, were streamed live through YouTube: 


AU logo 90Amy McKay – Creative Authenticity: Art as a Transformative Practice
Mary Sandy – Spirituality and the Workplace
Luis Palma – Holistic Stroke Aid
Sandy Mayer – Exploration of Automatic Painting and Abstract Art
Matthew Small – Telepathy: An Application Project of Hypnagogia
Rosemary Watts-Dreyer – Dreaming Differences between Introverts and Extroverts

If you missed the live stream of this event you can still view the individual presentations on YouTube. Go to the Atlantic University YouTube page to watch these and many other profound and moving student presentations.

Visit our website for more information, AtlanticUniv.edu or call us at 800-428-1512.


A.R.E. eGROUPS - ONLINE COURSES

 

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 Groups 

  • The Spiritual Application of Self Hypnosis, June 3 – June 30, 2015, mentored by Henry Reed 
  • Co-Creating Your Life Using Whole Brain Thinking, June 17 – July 14, 2015, mentored by Mitzi Crall 
  • Reincarnation, Karma and Destiny, July 8 – August 4, 2015, mentored by Lynn Sparrow Christy 

To learn more and register, visit EdgarCayce.org/eGroups, or call 800.333.4499 


A.R.E. TO SUSPEND ITS CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY PROGRAM AS OF JUNE 30, 2015

After offering Charitable Gift Annuities (CGA) as an investment option to our members for many years, we have decided to take a hiatus beginning July 1. If you have been working with the Development Office on a CGA before now, and are 75 or older, please contact them to secure yours by June 30. Thanks to all of you who have participated in supporting us in this way over the years.


CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE

The Cayce Reilly School of Massage is currently accepting applications for our June 700-hour massage program – applications are due no later than June 10 and all students who start the program in June will receive a $750.00 tuition discount - visit our website: CayceReilly.edu to apply online today!

Cayce Reilly Massage School logo 2014The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage attracts students from all backgrounds and ages, including military veterans, to our exciting and unique holistic massage program. We are the only school in the Tidewater region that has a specialized, institutional accreditation in massage and bodywork, and we also accept Federal financial aid and GI Bill® educational benefits. Students can complete their training in as little as 8 months and be on their way to a rewarding career in the healthcare industry.

Our Continuing Education program is thriving, with a number of new courses available to the general public. Please click the link: 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.


 The Quickening BookNEW IN STOCK: THE QUICKENING! 

 

Are you ready to leap ahead on your spiritual journey? Author, speaker, and therapist Gregg Unterberger dares you to enter a miraculous world where ancient spiritual wisdom meets the cutting edge technologies of the new millennium. Using humor and metaphor and stories from his therapy practice, Gregg cuts through the spiritual jargon and shares direct and pragmatic ways to turbo-charge your spiritual awareness and take your spiritual journey to a new level! View the book here.


A.R.E. 2015 TOURS

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Old Quebec and Montreal – Led by Patrick and Jane Belisle, August 10-16, 2015.
Sacré bleu! Did you know that Quebec City was ranked as the 6th best destination in the world by Conde Nast travelers a couple of years ago? Ahead of its cousin Paris, France! No jet lag, just lots of fun and tours China Tibet 2014fellowship to be had!
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.tours NewMexico - Mesa Verde 2014
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.


AND COMING UP IN 2016:
Cuba, the “Return to Atlantis” Tour – Led by John Van Auken, February 13 – 21, 2016.
Travel with us as we touch ground that may have once been Atlantean soil! Will it stir deep memories? Will it reinforce your Soul’s Mission?


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!
Walk the ancient paths of Machu Picchu alongside renowned Shaman and Healer, Juan de Dios Kucho, and participate in a special Shamanic Ceremony. The ancient echoes of Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Tiahuanaco are calling you…

PLUS… IN THE WORKS:
Ireland – Led by John Van Auken, Summer of 2016!
Greece – Led by Charles Thomas Cayce, Fall of 2016!

If you would like additional information about any of our travel programs, contact our Travel Programs Administrator, Cheryl Bernath, at tours@edgarcayce.org or by phone at 1-888-273-3339!


 Teaching HQ130701HEADQUARTERS CONFERENCES

May 28-31, 2015, Headquarters Conferences is offering Neuro-Linguistic Programming Certification Training with Dr. Yvonne Oswald, author of Every Word has Power. Learn the transformative power of NLP, which guides you to find and achieve your purpose in your personal and professional life, improves your communication skills, and gives you the ability to create real, meaningful, positive changes to your life. Completion leads to certification as an NLP Practitioner. This program has limited enrollment, so early registration is encouraged.


 FIELD CONFERENCES

Summer is on the horizon, and Headquarters-sponsored Field programs has two retreats coming up that will give you a vacation experience for the soul: June 24-28, 2015, A.R.E. 50th Annual Summer Seabeck Retreat at Seabeck Washington, Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within You: How to Rejuvenate and Illuminate your Body, Mind, & Spirit with John Van Auken and August 14-17, 2015 A.R.E. 58th Annual Summer Granlibakken Retreat at Tahoe City, California Exploring Your Intuition, Your Consciousness and Your Soul Self with Kevin J. Todeschi and Mary Roach. Create a lasting memory and experience a transformative program with like-minded individuals in a relaxed retreat setting.


A.R.E. CAMP
Group shot Seabeck 2012It’s not too late to register for your one of a kind vacation at A.R.E. Camp – there are still spots available in our 2015 sessions! Give this gift to your child or family and expand your mind, body, and soul. At A.R.E. Camp, you will fill your days with meditation, workshops, arts and crafts, late afternoon swims in the pond, plentiful home cooked family style meals full of veggies from our organic garden, long conversations with new friends, and hikes through Blue Ridge Mountain paradise. Contact A.R.E. Camp Manager, Malenka Kaydan, for questions or more information at 757-457-7162 or email arecamp@edgarcayce.org. Check our 2015 offerings and register online at EdgarCayce.org/camp or by calling 800-3334499


 A.R.E. BOOKSTORE & GIFT SHOP

The Bookstore and Gift Shop has some great events coming up!

The next in our series of highly successful Psychic Fairs will be on Saturday, June 13. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Visitors Center, and the last appointment is 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so plan to arrive early!

Next, on June 3rd, we’ll be partnering with Whole Foods to host a meet and greet book signing with Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet and a frequent guest on The Dr. Oz Show. We’re excited to have him here!

Watch our Facebook page and new bookstore webpage EdgarCayce.org/Bookstore for details!

And finally, we will be hosting a special evening with Bruce Baar on Thursday, June 18, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, in our Main Auditorium. Bruce will be discussing the wet cell and radiac appliances as well as the many other Cayce Care remedies. This event will be free and open to the public. Be sure to bring any questions you have about Baar products!




Thank you for your ongoing support, your prayers and your generosity!

 

Ever the same,


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Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO

Time for a Spiritual Call for Action

(Edgar Cayce Readings, Spiritual Growth) Permanent link

Time for a Spiritual Call for Action
By Judith Lickert



Have the headlines of actions that have gained attention in the world left you feeling distraught, hopeless, or fearful?  It’s quite understandable. Perhaps it’s time to try out a new perspective. Instead of seeing things as hopeless, what if we saw an opportunity to use our spiritual "muscle"?


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You may be asking, what is my spiritual muscle? Perhaps a new perspective is required here, too. God is love. You and I were created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, you and I are love as well. Love isn't some airy-fairy emotion; it is the energy that the universe—thus you and I—are made of. The stars, the sun, the water, the earth, the plants, the trees, the animals, the cup you may be holding, the supplements you may be taking, and yes, even the medications. Love is the basis of everything; it is the fundamental building block, and you and I in our creation were given the ability to use it. And we do so all of the time, but perhaps not consciously. Now it is time to wake up.


out in natureHow can you do this? Quiet yourself and reach within.  Feel something stir.  Don't think about it.  Get out of your head, for your mind has been the keeper of the veil of forgetfulness.  Go forth from your heart.  Allow yourself to feel the energy in your body. Be aware of the energy around you and move this awareness out further and further until it reaches the stars. Use your imagination for it is centered in the heart and leads the mind. The energy within your body and surrounding it is all the same; it is love. The energy that holds the universe together while creating all about us is also within us. Allow yourself to remember this through your heart and connect with the power that has been given to you.


What can you do for the world? As you move through your day, with each thought, stay in your true being, in love. In each interaction with other people or situations, remember who you are and stay in love. It is possible. You build your spiritual muscle by using it. Maybe once a day at first, but the more it is used, the stronger and easier it becomes.


Since we are all part of the same whole, the One, as we change, we make it easier for all to change. We lift our own vibrations, and others feel that energy and want to join it. The desire creates the change. As the whole is lifted back into remembrance of whom it is, the world changes to reflect that energy.


Why spend your time and energy despairing for the condition of the world, when you can bring peace into your life and create a loving world by simply being what you really are? Do not believe that life has to be arduous; you are love and joy—be willing to accept that and live from it.


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Here are some truths from the Edgar Cayce readings:


 

That which makes for the dividing line between the finite and the infinite, the divine and the wholly human, the carnal and the spiritual. For the will may be made one with Him, or for self alone. With the Will, then, does man destine in the activities of a material experience how he shall make for the relationships with Truth. What is Truth? That which makes aware to the inmost self or the soul the Divine and its purposes with that soul. (Edgar Cayce reading 262-81)


Why worry, when ye may pray? Know that the power of thyself is very limited. The power of Creative Force is unlimited. (Edgar Cayce reading2981-1)


Judith Lickert blogJudith Lickert has been a student of the Cayce readings for over 40 years. She is a Life Member and a volunteer in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area. This past year she experienced some life-threatening illnesses. She has found that these have given her the opportunity to deeply recover some memory of who she really is and to live from it.

 

The Beauty of the Body—the Temple of God

(Energy Work, Holistic Health, Spiritual Growth) Permanent link

The Beauty of the Body—the Temple of God
By June Avis Bro



I have always trusted my body to pretty much heal itself , to warn me when I’m out of balance and could become ill, to get me where I’m going, and to gather the energy I need for specific tasks. I think that my trust of my body came from an incarnation in Egypt where Mr. Cayce said I taught the care of the body in the Temple Beautiful and probably witnessed the priest Ra-Ta rejuvenate his body after years of exile.


The body is intricately designed and extremely inventive whenever it responds to illness or trauma. I remember some research my husband, Harmon, reported on some 30 years ago. Someone had a serious injury to the eye and doctors explained how nearby tissue had moved in to help do the work of the injured and missing tissue and healed it.


lungsAt the 2014 A.R.E. Member Congress (an annual conference held at A.R.E.’s Virginia Beach headquarters), Sidney Kirkpatrick brought to the stage a man who had tuberculosis (TB) in his youth and spent years in sanitariums. Back in the 1920s and ‘30s, people with TB were treated as lepers, because the disease is very contagious and there was no cure. They went to the sanitariums to die. This patient, George, had heard of Edgar Cayce, gotten a reading, and started to use the same charred oak keg that was prescribed for Gertrude Cayce (when she had TB). He didn’t tell anyone about this, not even his family.


Later, an x-ray had shown George’s lungs were healed of TB and that his right lung had grown larger to handle the work of the left lung, which had become useless. Somehow, Sidney found George and arranged for him to come to the A.R.E. Congress to tell his story of healing.


Many Christians have for centuries been afraid of the body and its instincts and some even view the body as evil. Some religions teach that bodies, especially female bodies, have to be fully covered.


Edgar Cayce’s view of the body shocked people living in the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. He said over and over again that the body is God’s gift to us, and we should treat it with the utmost respect—as the “temple of God,” which Jesus had said over 2,000 years ago.


OneThis we should take seriously, because if we view the body as God’s temple, we will treat it differently. We will watch what we put into our bodies, we will watch what comes out of our mouths, and we will lead as balanced a life as possible—making a place for work, for laughter, and play; for music and the arts; for nature; and for reaching out to others in selfless service.


Nearly every temple, church, or mosque has a place for music and artworks. Edgar was an artist, an award-winning photographer. Although not trained in music, he had much to say about the positive influence music can have on people. As he was preparing to cross over, he heard heavenly music: the music of the spheres. The rapture on his face must have been beautiful to see. It was a final blessing on his life of dedicated service to God.


The holy emblem displayed at the center of a church, temple or mosque, signifies the focus, the ideal, the deep prayer and longing of the soul for connection with the Holy One. The body helps us make this connection with its endocrine gland centers. Every church, temple, or mosque has pads for us to kneel on. As I get down on my knees, I offer my mind, body, and spirit to God. Edgar’s term for God was often “the Creative Forces.” I love this name for God, because it suggests God’s creativity is in me too. I actually join my creativity with God’s creativity, and together we produce something wonderful.


So we are body, mind, and spirit. One is not less than the other. All three aspects of us must work together to bring us closer to God.


When my granddaughter Katie was four, she took her first plane ride. I asked her how she enjoyed her flight. She said, “Oh, Gramma, the plane went up and up and up and pretty soon I was right next to God!” That’s what the physical, glandular parts of our bodies can do for us if we learn to train the body to be still and cooperative, the mind to be quiet and focused, and the spirit to be free and guided by the Holy One.

Spirit that uses matter, (the body as temple), that uses every influence in the earth’s environ for the glory of the Creative Forces, partakes of and is a part of the universal consciousness. (3508-1)

A.R.E. members can see the video of Sidney’s A.R.E. Congress presentation at Edgarcayce.org/members. He is a featured presenter at the June 2015 Congress in Virginia Beach. His new book, written with Nancy Kirkpatrick, True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives will be released in May, 2015.


Excerpt from June Bro's The Art of Living from the Oct-Dec 2014 issue of Venture Inward magazine available to A.R.E. members at Edgarcayce.org/members.


June Bro

 Dr. June Avis Bro found her life deeply affected by working daily with Edgar Cayce when she and her husband, Harmon, came to Virginia Beach in 1943. She has a graduate ministerial degree from Andover-Newton Theological School, near Boston, and a doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching while raising five children, she has been a research assistant at Harvard, lectured and held workshops in many cities, led overseas tours to the Near East and China, and served as pastor. A concert pianist, she draws on her background in the arts to illuminate myths, symbols, and dreams. At age 90, she released her first piano CD called “Soul Soundings,” which is being sold in the A.R.E. Bookstore. Her column for A.R.E.’s Venture Inward magazine, "The Art of Living," is based on her life reading given by Mr. Cayce in 1944. She wrote the forward to the re-released book A Seer Out of Season written by Harmon Bro.

 

 


 

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