Carol Nicholson, PhD.
Carol Nicholson, PhD.

Who Was Edgar Cayce?

The Man Who Came to be Called “America’s Sleeping Prophet”

 

For forty-three years of his adult life, Edgar Cayce gave readings for medical diagnosis and eventually “Life Readings” aka soul readings, from the Akashic Records. Cayce possessed the ability to put himself into a deep trance state to access medical and spiritual information for the benefit of clients and sometimes mankind in general.

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Cayce in Later Years

In the early 1900’s, Edgar Cayce was living in Kentucky and developed a severe case of laryngitis. The disturbing condition had gone on for a full year which was catastrophic for the man because he made his living as a salesman. Young Cayce visited doctor after doctor yet not one could find the reason for his condition. In desperation, he went to a hypnotist. The hypnotist asked the man, who had been placed in deep state of trance, what was causing the laryngitis? For the first time in a year and in his normal voice, the man diagnosed the physical reason for the problem and even suggested his own cure. It eventually worked. This man was Edgar Cayce who would later be acclaimed as “America’s Sleeping Prophet!”

In a very short time, others heard of this remarkable incident and begged Cayce to diagnose their ailments as well. Cayce, a devout Christian, was extremely reluctant at first, but diagnosed and prescribed successful cures for them as well. If the treatment didn’t seem to work, it was usually because the patient did not follow the exact remedies set forth by Cayce. This was all done under the wing of an attending physician who strongly believed in Cayce’s mystifying abilities.

During the early years of his newfound calling, Cayce wrestled with the whole issue of his readings (as he called them) as he worried that he was doing conflicted with the very tenets of the fundamentalist religion he was raised on. Most of the time, the cures did work and Edgar Cayce on to spend much of his life diagnosing serious maladies when traditional medicine could not. This was always done in state of deep trance. Cayce never remembered his readings upon awakening. Others had to write down what he said. Needless to say, many doctors were stymied but supported him after rigorously testing his ability. Some did not and accused him of fraud. This upset Cayce but did not deter him from continuing on.

One day a patient asked Cayce for a past life reading. Cayce was not sure what this was but gave it a try. (In those days the idea of reincarnation was not widely accepted or even known about in the western world). The surprising information which came through eventually opened the door for many more such readings. When Cayce put a question to his Spirits asking where this information came from, the collective group Spirits “told him” all was obtained from something called “The Akashic Records”.

 

Throwing Accepted Facts on their Ear

Edgar Cayce often commented on topics that defied standard belief systems. For example, he firmly stated in a reading that the Sphinx in Egypt is actually 12,500 years old rather than the accepted age of only 5,000 years old. This claim is now being corroborated by some well known geologists.

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As time when on, Cayce began calling the “Akashic Records, “The Book of Life “. By doing this type of reading, he was able help people work through emotional problems, depression, past life vocations, and a plethora of other illnesses as well as life situations. If the individual chose to follow the advice given, they could utilize it in a positive way to better their lives. The thousands of readings were numbered keeping the names of the patients anonymous. Cayce died in 1945 and the world mourned the most amazing psychic that lived in modern times.

The following article comes from The Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, Virginia, which Edgar Cayce founded. It is most commonly referred to as the A.R.E.

The Akashic Records contain the entire history of every soul since the dawn of Creation. These records connect each one of us to one another. They contain the stimulus for every archetypal symbol or mythic story which has ever deeply touched patterns of human behavior and experience. They have been the inspiration for dreams and invention. They draw us toward or repel us from one another. They mold and shape levels of human consciousness. They are a portion of Divine Mind. They are the unbiased judge and jury that attempt to guide, educate, and transform every individual to become the very best that she or he can be. They embody an ever-changing fluid array of possible futures that are called into potential as we humans interact and learn from the data that has already been accumulated.

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The Plane of the Akashic Records

Information about these Akashic Records – this Book of Life – can be found in folklore, in myth, and throughout the Old and New Testaments. It is traceable at least as far back as the Semitic peoples and includes the Arabs, the Assyrians, the Phoenicians, the Babylonians, and the Hebrews. Among each of these peoples was the belief that there was in existence some kind of celestial tablets which contained the history of humankind as well as all manner of spiritual information.g capacity of the Akashic Records.