|Edgar Cayce on the Reincarnations
|Christ as the Crowning Glory
of Ancient Mysticism
Cayce (pronounced "Kay-see")
was a simple Sunday School teacher who, over the span of his
lifetime (1877-1945), had more near-death experiences than anyone
ever documented. Cayce learned at a young age that when he was
hypnotized, he could leave his body and journey into the afterlife
His self-induced out-of-body experiences
were identical to near-death experiences.
Cayce made over 14,000 otherworldly journeys in his life and
the information he gained from these journeys has astounded
people all over the world. Part of Cayce's revelations deal
with the many reincarnations of the
Christ soul which is the subject of this
Introduction to Cayce's Revelations of the Christ
The system of metaphysical thought
which emerges from the Cayce material can be described as a
"Christianized" version of the mystery
religions of ancient Egypt,
Chaldea, Persia, India, and Greece. It fits Christ into the
mystical tradition of one God for all people, and places Christ
in his proper place, at the apex of the philosophical structure
- the capstone of the pyramid.
Cayce was a fundamentalist Christian
who was raised in strict nineteenth century Bible tradition.
When he discovered that his subconscious information declared
the ancient mystic religions to be true and acclaimed Jesus
as their crowning glory, he suffered the greatest mental and
emotional shock of his life. Cayce had only a seventh grade
education and consciously knew nothing of what he said while
in a deep trance-like state. He was only versed in the Bible
and had no high school or college background of any kind. Up
until his revelations, Cayce had never heard of the mystery
religions. Yet the Cayce material agrees with everything about
them that is known to be authentic. He spoke at length on
well before the Gnostic writings were discovered after his death.
Cayce affirmed that Christian Gnosticism is the type of Christianity
that was taught by Jesus. Much of the information from Cayce
has solved some of the greatest mysteries of humanity, some
of which were later
validated after the discoveries of
the Dead Sea Scrolls and
the early Christian writings discovered in Egypt.
descriptions of the Essenes of Mount Carmel reveal the religious
sect to be an ideal for others who would prepare the way for
the Second Coming of Christ. Cayce's revelations of Jesus' so-called "lost
years" as a youth studying in Egypt, Persia, and India
suggest an important
compatibility of between the eastern
and western religions.
Cayce's Christology also makes the Christ soul not only an ideal
and pattern toward which everyone should aspire, but a living
presence to guide people toward "at-one-ment"
with God - the perfect divine-human unity which Jesus attained.
to the Cayce material, Jesus and Adam were different incarnations
of the same Christ soul. Eve and the Virgin Mary (Jesus' twin
soul) were also different incarnations of the same soul. This
karmic connection between Adam and Jesus explains why Jesus
was able to pay the "karmic debt" by atoning for the
"sin of Adam." This Adam-Jesus connection can be seen in
the following excerpt from the Cayce readings:
"When did the knowledge come to Jesus that he was
to be the Savior of the world?"
"When he fell in Eden." [2067-7]
According to Cayce,
many other personalities from the Old Testament and history
were also incarnations of Jesus. The Cayce material describes
the entire Christian Bible as part of the story of Jesus' long
struggle to attain "Christhood" and provide humanity
a pattern to do the same.
Here is a list of the incarnations
of Jesus according to Cayce:
first expression of Divine Mind (the
logos); the Christ soul before his incarnation
into a physical body (corresponding
the entity that Cayce described living
in the lost civilization of Atlantis
who redirected the process of human
evolution by creating a more appropriate
physical form for the influx of souls
to incarnate into rather than incarnating
into the ape-like human form which souls
had entangled themselves in.
Adam was the
first "son of man" and "son of God";
the Christ soul after his incarnation
into a physical body (corresponding
Enoch was the antideluvian patriarch
who journeyed to heaven to receive mysteries.
Hermes, also known
as Thoth, was the architect of the Great
Pyramid and the sage who began the
Melchizedek was the mystical high priest
and king of Salem (ancient Jerusalem).
Joseph was the son of Jacob who became
the Prince of Egypt.
Joshua was the warrior who led the Israelites
into the Promised Land.
Asaph was the music director and seer
who served under David and Solomon.
Jeshua was the high priest who helped
organize the return from exile and the
rebuilding of the temple (as recounted
in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah) and
who is claimed by Cayce to have compiled
and translated the books of the Bible
Zend, also spelled
"Zen", "Zan", "Sen",
or "San," was the father of
Zoroaster who wrote the Zend Avesta
and founded the religion
the man who attained complete "at-one-ment"
as the divine-human unity known as "the
The Christ soul will reincarnate again
to be the Messiah foretold by the Hebrew
prophets in order to usher in the so-called "Throne
of David" (i.e., the kingdom of
heaven) on Earth.
to Cayce, the "fall
of man" was an event
recorded symbolically in Genesis where souls from heaven first
descended to the Earth plane to began incarnating as humans.
The first wave of souls to incarnate (known in the Bible as
"the sons of men") became entrapped in the Earth plane accidentally,
through their misuse of free will. These events gave rise to
legends of the "fall of the angels" and to mythical
beasts of the kind described in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord
of the Rings."
The second wave of incarnations (known
in the Bible as "the sons of God") consisted of those souls
led by Amilius - the Christ soul - who voluntarily became entrapped
in order to assist the first wave of trapped souls. They accomplished
this by steering the process of physical evolution in a way
that created more appropriate physical forms for these souls.
Cayce places Amilius on
but says that he did not physically incarnate until the human
physical form had been created, at which time the Genesis accounts
of Adam and Eve begin. Cayce sometimes used the word "Adam"
to also refer to the entire group of souls which had accompanied
the Christ soul into incarnating into the Earth plane and who
incarnated as the five races of humanity on five separate continents.
Adam (as the Christ soul) joined his
twin soul Eve in allowing himself to be seduced by materiality
himself. This is symbolized by his acceptance of "the forbidden
fruit." The other sons of God followed his lead and incarnated,
and as a result were moved to express their materiality by interbreeding
with the "daughters of men" (Genesis
6:1-2) who were the homo
sapiens that evolved from ape-men according to Darwin's theory
of evolution. According to the Cayce material and Christian
Gnosticism, their banishment from the Garden of Eden was actually
a great blessing because death and reincarnation are designed
to draw our attention away from materiality and the flesh, and
toward our true spiritual nature.
Cayce also identified
as an incarnation of the Jesus-entity. Melchizedek was the "king
of Salem" and "priest of the most high God" who shares bread
and wine with Abraham in
Melchizedek is also mentioned both in the
Dead Sea Scrolls
(I I Q Melch) and the
Nag Hammadi codices
(NEC IX 1), where he appears as a cosmic angelic figure similar
to the risen Christ. Hebrews 5:10 refers to Jesus "a high
priest after the order of Melchizedek." According to Cayce,
Melchizedek wrote the Book of Job which contains many unusual
verses that Cayce would often quote from while in trance. For
example, Cayce stated, "For, as the sons of God came together
to reason, as recorded by Job, "WHO recorded same? The
Son of Man! Melchizedek wrote Job!"
Cayce also identified the Biblical
to be a Jesus-entity incarnate. Enoch is described in
several pseudepigraphal writings
as well as some
The modern Bible has a brief mention of Enoch:
"And Enoch walked with God:
and he was not, for God took him." (Genesis 5:18-24)
of Enoch describe the fall of the angels into materiality -
the beginning of the incarnation of souls from heaven. It also
describes Enoch's several heavenly journeys where it is revealed
to him the future up until the time of the Messiah. Enoch is
also taught traditional topics as angelology and the divine
introduces Enoch to a messianic figure referred to as "the Son
of Man." The Hebrew scripture known as "Apocalypse of Enoch"
describes Enoch transfigured into an angel named Metatron. In
the New Testament, Enoch is mentioned in
with the latter passage apparently quoting from the pseudepigaphal
Enochian literature. The fact that the Bible itself quotes from
the Book of Enoch is evidence that Cayce was correct about the
book being a valid source for higher spiritual knowledge.
Cayce also identified the Biblical
(son of Jacob) as an incarnation of the Jesus-entity soul. Accordingly,
Joseph's escape from the pit was not only a literal event, but
a symbolic anticipation of Jesus' resurrection. Cayce's identification
of Joshua, the notorious genocidal leader of Israel in the Old
Testament, as an incarnation of the Jesus-entity is a little
more difficult to believe. But Cayce viewed Joshua's claim to
fame as being the scribe for Moses who "psychically" dictated
much of what is attributed to Moses. This interesting bit of
information explains how "Moses" wrote about his own death.
Another Biblical personality named by Cayce to be a Jesus-entity
incarnate is the high priest named Jeshua who helped organize
the return from exile and the rebuilding of the temple (see
Ezra and Nehemiah). According to Cayce, this Jeshua is the one
who compiled and translated the books of the Bible. In essence,
Cayce identifies all these Biblical personalities to be psychic
An interesting fact is that "Joshua",
"Jeshua", and "Jesus" are really the same name. The name "Jesus"
is a Latin version of the Aramaic name Jeshua or "Yeshua." And
Yeshua is Hebrew for Joshua or "Yehoshua." Thus, Cayce has assigned
the soul-entity Jesus to be incarnations of the three Biblical
characters having the same name. Cayce also mentions that Jesus
who was registered by his Essene school under the name of "Jeshua".
Concerning the so-called "Second Coming"
of Christ (which is really not the second, but many) Cayce sometimes
interpreted it to be an internal spiritual and psychic event
within the individual (see
Cayce on the Book of Revelation).
On other occasions, Cayce interpreted it to be an actual return
of Jesus Christ in physical form. When Cayce gave
about the massive geological changes predicted to being around
2000 AD, he stated that:
begin in those periods from '58 to '98 when these
will be proclaimed as the periods when His light
will be seen in the clouds" [Cayce Reading 3976-15].
This reading from Cayce suggests that
Jesus will appear in the sky and return to Earth in bodily form.
Cayce stated that Jesus will walk the Earth again:
for a thousand years he will walk and talk with
men of every clime. Then in groups, in masses, and
then they shall reign of the first resurrection
for a thousand years; for this will be when the
changes materially come." [Cayce Reading 364-8]
Cayce gave the year of the "entrance
of the Messiah into this period -1998." [Cayce Reading 5748-5]
He also mentions that no one knows the exact day of event because
it cannot occur "until His enemies - and the Earth - are wholly
in subjection to His will, His powers." [Cayce Reading 5749-1].
So this suggests that Jesus return will not be a future incarnation
in the flesh since Jesus has already transcended the need to
after Cayce's death in 1945, the
Dead Sea Scrolls
were discovered in Qumran. This remarkable archeological discovery
revealed a large amount of information about a religious sect
around the time of Jesus referred to as the Essenes and affirmed
information provided by Cayce. The word "Essene" is never used
in the Dead Sea Scrolls but most scholars accept that the Qumran
sect was either identical or closely related to the Essenes
of the classical authors such as
and Pliny. According to Cayce, Jesus was an Essene along with
Mary and Joseph who was affiliated with an Essene community
based on Mount Carmel which was a continuation of a "school
of the prophets" begun by Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, and Melchizedek.
Cayce described the Essenes as an pious religious community
of men and women whose purpose was to prepare the way for the
coming of the Messiah. Archeology does not reveal the meaning
behind the word "Essene" but Cayce mentioned that it means "expectancy."
According to Josephus, the Essenes were known for divination
(foretelling the future) which agrees with Cayce's descriptions
of them spending their time recording experiences of "the supernatural
or out of the ordinary experiences; whether in dreams, visions,
voices, or what not" (1472-1). Cayce also mentioned that the
Essenes were students of astrology, numerology, and reincarnation.
The Dead Sea Scrolls describe the
Essenes as an authoritarian, highly disciplined community that
controlled every facet of member's lives. They had to give all
their money and property over to the community after a year's
probation. Their theology stressed a good versus evil duality.
It also describes
a conflict between a "Teacher of Righteousness,"
a "Wicked Priest," and "the Liar."
They separated themselves from the outside world in an anticipated
final war between the sons of light and the sons of darkness.
As for the Jesus connection to the Essenes, scholars believe
the idea of Jesus being an Essene does not fit the personality
and teachings of Jesus despite the many interesting similarities
between Jesus and the Qumran community. For example, scholars
believe the Essenes wouldn't have approved of Jesus' bending
of the moral standards such as associating himself with prostitutes
and tax collectors. It is also believed that John the Baptist
was an Essene because of the similarities between himself and
the Essene community.
According to Cayce, Jesus' mother
Mary was chosen by the Essenes at the age of four to begin intensive
spiritual training lasting three years in preparation for the
conception of the Messiah. Her election as the mother of the
Messiah occurs during a special ceremony in the temple at Mount
Carmel in which an angel leads her by the hand to the altar.
Remarkably, this Cayce reading agrees with an apocryphal book
Infancy Gospel of James
where Mary is presented to the Lord at the age of three when
her father Joachim "set her on the third step of the altar,
and the Lord God gave grace to her ... and she received food
from the hand of an angel." (325) Cayce and the Infancy
Gospel of James agree that Joseph was chosen to be Mary's husband
by lot. They also agree that Joseph was much older than Mary.
Cayce gives their ages at the time of their marriage as thirty-six
and sixteen, respectively. Cayce and the Infancy Gospel of James
agree that Jesus was born in a cave.
According to Cayce, Jesus was
sixteen years old when his education about the ways of the ancient
teachers began. First, he traveled to Egypt where, as an infant,
Jesus was taken after his birth by his parents to flee Herod
as the Gospel of Matthew states. After spending time learning
in Egypt, Jesus spent three years in India and finally a year
The idea that Jesus had spent his
"lost years" wandering Asia did not originate with Cayce. Its
first proponent seems to have been the Russian war correspondent
(1858-1916), who described his travels in British India in a
book entitled "The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" published in
1894. According to his book, Notovitch was told by the "chief
lama" of a monastery that their library contained records of
a visit by Jesus in ancient times. The chief lama finally relented
to Notovitch's requests to examine the records. From two large
bound volumes written in Tibetan, Notovitch translated them
through his interpreter as "The Life of Saint Issa: Best of
the Sons of Men."
The text begins
by summarizing the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, Israel's lapse
into sin during the prophetic period, and the subsequent Roman
occupation. But God has mercy on one poor couple (Mary and Joseph),
whom he rewards by giving them a son, Issa (which is the Qu'anic
name for Jesus). All is well until the boy turns thirteen and
the parents arrange a marriage for him. Issa "... left the parental
house in secret, departed from Jerusalem, and with the merchants
set out towards Sind, with the object of perfecting himself
in the divine word and of studying the laws of the great Buddhas.
[IV. 12- 13]
he encountered the "erring worshippers of Jaine" a reference
to Jainism. Then he spent six years studying the Vedas and learned
the art of exorcism and intercessory prayer. Issa rebuked Brahmin
priests for upholding the caste system. Issa also would violate
their customs by giving teachings to the lower castes. He is
seen rejecting the authority of the Vedas and Puranas, denying
the Trimurti and the incarnation of Brahma as Vishnu, Shiva,
and other gods. It is written that Issa belittled idolatry and
barely escaped India with his life. In Nepal, he grew proficient
in Pali and spent six years studying Buddhist sutras. He condemned
human and animal sacrifices, sun-worship, the dualism of good
and evil, and the Zoroastrian priesthood. The Zoroastrian priests
seized him and abandoned him to the wilderness to be devoured
by wild beasts but he escapes anyway.
a distinction between
Jesus and "the Christ."
He said that "Christhood" is the goal which every human should
strive for. Jesus was simply the first evolved human to attain
it. Cayce referred to Jesus as our "elder brother" and "the
pattern" for our own spiritual growth. The Bible states that
Christ fulfilled the law and, according to Cayce, so can we.
That is the entire purpose of Jesus' teaching. Cayce wrote:
law of God made manifest [that] He becomes the law
by manifesting same before man; and thus - as man,
even as you becomes one with the Father" [Cayce
Because of Jesus' triumph over "flesh
and temptation", Jesus "became the first of those that overcame
death in the body, enabling Him to so illuminate, to so revivify
that body as to take it up again, even when those fluids of
the body had been drained away by the nail holes in His hands
and by the spear piercing His side." [Cayce Reading 1152-1].
Cayce described the Christ soul as the impelling force and core
of truth behind all religions that teach that "God is One."
"I and my Father are
one. Then they took up stones again to stone him.
Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shown
you from my Father; for which of these do you stone
me? They answered him, saying, For a good work we
stone you not; but for blasphemy; and because that
you, being a man, make yourself God. Jesus answered
them, "Is it not written in your law: I said
'you are gods?" -
John 10:30-34, Jesus quoting
Psalm 82:6 to defend his teaching that God dwells
within all human beings.