Longevity and Wellness
in the Cayce Readings
By Alison Ray
The concepts of longevity and wellness are as much a subject of discussion today as they were during Edgar Cayce’s lifetime. Scientific studies indicate that while lifespan is not only based on genetics, it is also based on individual lifestyle choices—including behaviors and environmental factors that can be modified. Most people would choose to live for a long time if they could remain healthy and energetic in body and mind. The psychic readings given by Edgar Cayce made numerous references to disease prevention and longevity, noting the importance of diet, exercise, and leisure long before the medical community noted their importance.
The Cayce approach to wellness begins with the idea that health is a state of wholeness and balance. Imbalance and incoordination can challenge us to grow and develop; thus illness can often be viewed as an opportunity for transformation.
From his trance state, Edgar Cayce reiterated that we are multidimensional beings; including physical, mental, and spiritual aspects, and must be viewed holistically. Since all healing comes from within, therapeutic interventions work best when assisting the natural, innate processes of healing. A healthy lifestyle is the key to staying well and preventing disease and each of us is responsible for making choices and applying what we know. The readings also stress that while all therapeutic modalities can be helpful, it is important to find the best combination of treatments for each individual using a person-centered approach that recognizes the uniqueness of each individual rather than limiting people to diagnostic categories and pathological labels.
Because we are physical, mental, and spiritual beings, “preventative measures” need to include all of these aspects. We can use balance in mental, spiritual, and physical activity using moderation, regular hydrotherapy, osteopathic treatment, exercise, proper diet, meditation, and prayer to prevent illness and extend life. We can also seek to reduce stress factors including extreme emotions, frustration, anger, and worry.
In a reading given for a 37-year-old insurance agent, Cayce said: “There are certain tendencies, certain weaknesses that are present in the body. They are not diseases–these are rather dis-eases, when certain stresses or strains are brought to bear in the mental, in the spiritual, and physical experience of the entity.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 2533-6)
This man was encouraged to adapt a more balanced lifestyle, improve his diet, and enjoy regular exercise. The readings stress that for life expectancy, health, and illness, the role of the mind was far more important than heredity and genetics. While Mr. 2533 had inherited a tendency for a glandular imbalance, he could focus his mind on a spiritual ideal and change his own expectations about aging and death: “…because your great, great, great, great grandfather died you will die too—is there, and is part of the expectancy of every cell of your body! It can be eradicated, yes. How? By that constant activity within self of expectancy that this condition does not have to happen to you!” (Edgar Cayce Reading 2533-6)
Also key to health and wellness is having a definite spiritual purpose or ideal and being of service to one’s fellow man. Having a purpose gives us a reason to continue when we encounter obstacles. Edgar Cayce taught this again and again. Here are a few of his readings on this matter:
“This the entity should alter within self, being not only good, but good for something. Lose self rather in the service of others…” (Edgar Cayce Reading 1726-1)
“Make the experiences of the life not only good but good for something, and we will find it will make the rest of the years of the entity’s experience in the earth much more worthwhile… For life…is an opportunity to show the appreciation to the divine within, with the divine in your fellow man, and if you act in that manner much more joy, much more worthwhile will be the earthly experience of this entity.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 5294-1)
“... you will live as long as you desire and do good for others.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 5223-1)
Finally, keep in mind the importance of a balanced life. The following was from a reading given by Mr. Cayce for himself: “Moderation is the key to success or longevity!” (294-130)
The Cayce source implied that all knowledge is available within, if we seek patiently, persistently, and consistently. “For, as has been indicated so oft in each body, no medicine, no mechanical appliance does the healing. It only attunes the body to a perfect coordination and the Divine gives the healing.” (1173-7)
For more information on health and wellness, visit the online Cayce Health database.
This information should not be regarded as a guide to self-diagnosis or self-treatment. The cooperation of a qualified health care professional is essential if one wishes to apply any and all of the principles and techniques from the Edgar Cayce readings. Edgar Cayce Readings © 1971, 1993-20013 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation.