|A Biography of Edgar
|The Life of America's
story of Edgar Cayce properly belongs in the
history of hypnosis. Cayce had the unusual ability of
inducing out-of-body experiences using a form of self-hypnosis.
His out-of-body journeys were identical to near-death experiences
with the exception that he was not clinically dead. Indeed,
one does not need to be dead to have a near-death experience.
There are many ways to induce your brain to free your consciousness
and I have a whole list of them on my
During a hypnotic trance, Cayce
was able to speak in an authoritative voice
on subjects far beyond the range of his normal knowledge.
Except for the Bible, he was not an avid reader of books.
While in a deep trance, all he needed was to be given the
subject to be discussed, or the inquiring person's name,
address, and whereabouts, by a conductor to make suggestions
and ask the questions, and a stenographer to take it all
down. Almost every day for forty-two years he had out-of-body
journeys in order to answer questions covering an immense
range of subject matter. He could do this at any time, any
Persons from all walks of life
came to him for help or advise. Among them were a movie
producer, an actress, a top steel magnate, a U.S. Senator,
a Vice-President of the United States; parents, the sick,
the lame, the disturbed. His strange gift of clairvoyance
has never been duplicated in modern times, although a few
other psychics have proved a measure of ability beyond any
The Cayce records are unique.
Twenty million words from an unconscious mind is not
a commonplace. If they can be believed, new frontiers wait
to be explored.
hypnotism, point the way to a better understanding of
the history and depth of the human mind and soul. A challenging
field lies before humans in their search for truth and the
meaning of human existence in Earth.
Cayce was born on a farm near
Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in 1877. A poor student, he received
no more than a grammar school education, and eventually
took up photography as a trade. His psychic powers were
accidentally discovered in 1901, when he was twenty-four.
He caught a cold and suddenly lost his voice. After a year
of numerous and unsuccessful medical treatments, he became
resigned to a life of rasping whispers.
About this time hypnotism was
enjoying a fad throughout the country, and a friend suggested
that he try it as a means of helping his condition. Cayce
was willing to try anything that might cure his throat.
A local hypnotist offered his services, and Edgar readily
accepted. He insisted, however, that he put himself to sleep,
with the friend making the suggestions after he was "under".
The experiment proved to be more
than successful. Cayce went into a deep trance and described
the condition in his vocal cords, advising, strangely enough,
what to do for it. The advice was followed by the hypnotist
- that of suggesting the blood circulation increase to the
affected area - and when Cayce awakened he had regained
his normal speaking voice. After a number of follow-up sessions,
the cure turned out to be a permanent one.
his family and his friend were astounded. When word got
around of this unusual occurrence, he was besieged with
requests by the sick to try his diagnoses and curative methods
on them. He was reluctant to attempt anything of the kind.
In the first place, he was uneducated and knew nothing of
medicine or anatomy in his waking state. After all, he had
no idea what went on while he was asleep. In the end, however,
he gave his consent, and his misgivings proved unfounded.
In most of the cases that were
presented to him, the celebrated psychic never met the persons
making the requests. They were received through the mail;
the recipients of the readings were usually
hundreds of miles away. All Cayce needed was the full
name of the person, his address, and where he would be at
the appointed time of the reading. Lying on the couch with
his necktie and shoelaces loosened - for better circulation,
the readings said - he could answer any question put to
him. His wife, Gertrude, usually made the suggestions and
asked the questions, while his lifelong secretary, Gladys
Davis, took everything down in shorthand. After a while,
the sleeping Cayce would start to mumble, as though searching
for something. Then he would clear his throat and speak
in a firm, authoritative voice. "Yes, we have the body," he
would begin, and then go into a half-hour discussion of
the physical condition of the person who was ill.
But in 1923 a startling new kind
of reading was discovered. Cayce was operating a photographic
studio in Selma, Alabama, when one day he met Arthur Lammers,
a well-to-do printer. His hobby was metaphysical philosophy,
and what he wanted to know was far beyond the range of Edgar's
"What is the meaning of life?" he
asked. "What is the real nature of man? What is the meaning
of birth and death? Why are we here? Cayce accepted Mr.
Lammers offer to explain these mysteries through his powers
of hypnosis. What followed was the beginning of the metaphysical
thought that emerged from 2,500 "Life" readings (information
about a person's past lives), as distinguished from the
"Physical" readings (medical diagnosis and cures) he had
previously been giving.
For Cayce, this was the beginning
of another period of tortuous self-doubt. Brought up in
an atmosphere of strict, orthodox, Protestant Christianity,
he was uninformed on the other great religions of the world
and their similarities with his own. What the readings now
said seemed foreign to everything he had been taught and
had been teaching in his Sunday school classes for many
years. The essential principles of the great religions,
said the readings, were nevertheless all the same - they
were only clothed in different garments.
Cayce withheld judgment on the
point for a long time. In the end he and those close to
the work came to accept
It was improvable of course, but in provable instances the
readings had shown themselves to be honest if not infallible.
The answers were consistent.
Eventually, somebody thought to
ask the sleeping Cayce where he was getting his information.
He gave two sources his mind apparently succeeded in tapping.
One was the unconscious or subconscious mind of the subject
himself; the other was what was called the
universal memory of nature,
Jung's Collective Unconscious, or the
Akashic Records. This is the "Recording Angel", or the
Say the Cayce records: "Edgar
Cayce's mind is amendable to suggestion, the same as all
subconscious minds; but in addition thereto, it has
the power to interpret to the objective mind of others what
it acquires from the subconscious minds of other individuals
of the same kind. The subconscious forgets nothing. The
conscious mind receives the impressions from without and
transfers all thought to the subconscious, where it remains
even though the conscious be destroyed" as in death.
The readings also say, "The information
as obtained and given by this body [Edgar Cayce] is gathered
from the sources from which the suggestion may derive its
information. In this state the conscious mind becomes subjugated
to the subconscious, the superconscious, or soul mind (the
spirit), and may and does communicate with like minds, and
the subconscious or soul force becomes universal.
From any subconscious mind information
may be obtained either from this realm or from the impression
as left by the individuals that have gone before. As we
see a mirror directly reflecting that which is before it
- it is not the object itself, but that reflected."
is a new idea. If it is true, then Cayce's mind was able
to tap the mass of knowledge possessed by millions of other
subconscious minds, including those who have passed over
to the spiritual, cosmic realms in death. This would be
an almost unlimited source of wisdom, since it was universal
and Cayce was unhindered by time and space. Upon this "Akashic
record" is supposedly registered every sound, every thought,
every vibration since the beginning of time. Cayce, then
was no "medium." When this idea first appeared in a reading,
few, including Cayce, could believe it. Science knew nothing
of any such etheric substance.
Newspaper headlines did not affect
him as offers of fame and large sums of money came. Although
he never earned more than a modest living at best, he turned
down all efforts by others to commercialize on the readings.
Desperately poor at times, he once flatly refused an offer
of $1,000 a day to go on the stage. Simple in his tastes,
he was an expert fisherman and a horrible golfer. He loved
to talk about the Bible and would preach a sermon at the
drop of a word.
By 1944 he was a year behind in
appointments and suffering from over-exertion and edema
of the lungs. A stroke confined him to bed. At the age of
67, he never recovered. His last reading, given for himself,
was not followed by the doctors in charge. On January 3rd,
1945, Cayce passed over to the other side. No person ever
left the world a stranger legacy.
The following are some of excerpts
from the Cayce material:
|Quotes from Edgar Cayce
"The spirits of all that
have passed from the physical realm remain about
the realm until their developments carry them onward,
or they are in the realm of communication, or remain
with this sphere, any may be communicated with.
There are thousands about us here at present." (3744-2)
"The soul is the God-part
in you, the living God." (262-77)
"What is the
highest possible psychic realization?"
"That God, the
Father, speaks directly to the sons of men." (440-4)
"Is the destiny
of every spiritual entity to eventually become one
"Unless the entity
wills its banishment ... Yet God has not willed
that any soul should perish." (900-20)
"If the soul
fails to improve itself, what becomes of it?"
"Can the will
of man continue to defy its Maker?" (826-8)
"The judge shall be your
own conscience; for conscience is that which awakens
the mind of the soul; the soul that of your self
that is the nearest portion of the dwelling place
of the Holy of Holies Himself - the Spirit of the
then, is the pattern of divinity in materiality,
or in the Earth. As man found himself out of touch
with that complete consciousness of the oneness
of God, it became necessary that the will of God,
the Father, be made manifested, that a pattern be
introduced into man's consciousness. Thus the Son
of Man came into the Earth, made in the form, the
likeness of man; with body, mind, soul. Yet the
soul was the Son, the soul was the Light." (3357-2)
"Christ [the spirit] is the
Universal Consciousness of love that we see manifested
in those who have forgotten self, as Jesus [the
man], give themselves that others may know the truth."
"He came into the Earth that
we, as soul-entities, might know ourselves to be
ourselves, and yet one with him; as he, the Master,
the Christ, knew himself and yet one with the Father."
"Know the Lord your God is
One. And all that you may know of good must first
be within self. All you may know of God must be
manifested through yourself. To hear of him is not
to know. To apply and live and be is to know!" (2936-2)
"The Lord abhors the quitter." (518-2)
"Happiness is a state of
mind attained by giving same to others." (2772-2)
"The spirit of hate, the
antichrist, is contention, strife, fault-finding,
lovers of self, lovers of praise." (281-16)
"Let that rather be the your
watchword, 'I am my brother's keeper.' Who is your
brother? Whoever, wherever he is that bears the
imprint of the Maker in the Earth, be he black,
white, gray or grizzled, be he young, be he Hottentot,
or on the throne or in the president's chair." (2780-3)