Snapshot: Cayce and the A.R.E.

He was known as the “Sleeping Prophet” because his “readings” were given while he was in a sleep-like trance. These readings at first mainly concerned health issues, but eventually they began to deal with theology, spiritual matters, past lives, and moral teaching. There were also sporadic prophecies of future events—such as the prediction that the lost Continent of Atlantis would arise from the ocean sometime in 1968 or 69. This demure, humble man from Kentucky would come to be hailed as one of the greatest psychics and “prophets” of the 20th century. His name was Edgar Cayce.

Cayce began as a simple church-going man in his native Kentucky. Early on he was known as a devout follower of Christ. He even considered becoming a missionary. But Cayce also displayed some unusual abilities. For example, he was known to place a school textbook under his pillow, and then awake the next morning knowing his assigned lesson completely. He was known to have supernatural dreams and visions, see supernatural beings, and hear strange voices.

A turning point came when Cayce was 24 years old. He lost his voice, and no one could find a cure. Finally a hypnotist was consulted. Cayce went into a deep trance state, and his voice returned. After this, Cayce began to go into self-induced trances and diagnose and prescribe cures for many ailments of his friends and neighbors. Readings dealing with those who were sick soon became a standard feature of his psychic work.

In 1923 met Arthur Lammers, a Theosophist and student of the occult. Under Lammer’s influence Cayce’s readings began to turn away from orthodox Christianity. Soon he was giving readings that were supposedly relaying information from the Akashic Records, a supernatural source of divine wisdom. Cayce’s readings now dealt not only with health matters, but reincarnation, past lives, Atlantis and Lemuria, the spirit world, psychic powers, and future events.

During his lifetime he gave over 16,000 readings on a large variety of topics. An organization called the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) was formed to record, house and study these readings. Located in Virginia Beach, Va. the A.R.E. is still in existence and fosters study in the fields of parapsychology and the occult. Cayce, who died in 1945, is considered a prophet and spiritual teacher by many, including those in the New Age Movement. A visit to the A.R.E. (which we do not recommend) exposes a person to lectures on everything from reincarnation to auras, meditation rooms, psychic diagnostics, heretical literature about Jesus, and a mish-mash of occult, Eastern and New Age humbug.

Basic Teachings

God: A view similar to Eastern religion; God is a Creative energy permeating the universe. God is not a personal being.
Jesus: A very Gnostic approach—Jesus was indwelt by the Christ-spirit. Jesus had to be reincarnated 33 times before he achieved the Christ-status.
Sin: Sin is basically wrong thinking, error.
Salvation: Reincarnation is the key to salvation in Cayce’s theology. We work out karmic debt through repeated lives.
Authority: The Bible is given some acknowledgement, but Cayce’s readings are the real source of what is considered true and authoritative.

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