forty-three years of his adult life, Edgar Cayce demonstrated the
uncanny ability to put himself into some kind of self-induced sleep
state by lying down on a couch, closing his eyes, and folding his
hands over his stomach. This state of relaxation and meditation
enabled him to place his mind in contact with all time and space.
From this state he could respond to questions as diverse as, "What
are the secrets of the universe?" to "How can I remove a wart?"
His responses to these questions came to be called "readings" and
contain insights so valuable that even to this day individuals have
found practical help for everything from maintaining a well-balanced
diet and improving human relationships to overcoming life-threatening
illnesses and experiencing a closer walk with God.
Though Cayce died more than half a century ago, the timeliness of
the material in the readings is evidenced by approximately one dozen
biographies and more than 300 titles that discuss various aspects
of this man's life and work. These books contain a corpus of information
so valuable that even Edgar Cayce himself might have hesitated to
predict their impact on the latter part of the twentieth century.
Sixty years ago who could have known that terms such as "meditation,"
"akashic records," "spiritual growth," "auras," "soul mates," and
"holism" would become household words to hundreds of thousands?
Daily for over forty years of his adult life, Cayce would lie down
on a couch with his hands folded over his stomach and allow himself
to enter a self-induced sleep state. Then, provided with the name
and location of individual anywhere in the world he would speak
in a normal voice and give answers to any questions about that person
that he was asked.
These answers, which came to be called "readings" were written down
by a stenographer, who kept one copy on file and sent another to
the person who had requested the information.
Today on file at the Association for Research and Enlightenment,
Inc. (A.R.E.), In Virginia Beach, Virginia, are copies of more than
14,000 of Edgar Cayce's readings. These are available to the public
and have been filed along with any follow-up reports received from
the individuals who had asked for the readings.
This material represents the most massive collection of psychic
information ever obtained from a single source. The organization
founded by Cayce in 1931 to document, research and disseminate his
information has grown from a few hundred supporters at the time
of Cayce's death in 1945 to one which is worldwide.
Countless individuals have been touched by the life work of this
man who was raised a simple farm boy and yet became one of the most
versatile and credible psychics the world has ever known. In addition
to the Cayce readings, the organization makes available a large
collection of Edgar Cayce books, New Age books, Self-help books
and Metaphysical Books.
Since 1901, the information in the Cayce readings has been explored
by individuals from every imaginable background and discipline.
In addition to individuals from all walks and stations of life,
this vast scope of materials has come to the attention of educators,
historians, theologians, medical professionals, and scientists.
No doubt, part of the attraction has been that regardless of the
field of study, Cayce has continually proven himself years ahead
of his time. Decades ago, he was emphasizing the importance of diet,
attitudes, emotions, exercise, and the patient's role - physically,
mentally, and spiritually - in the treatment of illness. As a result,
he has been called "the father of holistic medicine" and has been
recognized for describing the workings of the human body and foreseeing
the direction of health care.