They Called him a Sleeping Prophet
Edgar Cayce was born in Hopkinsville Kentucky, in 1877, he was the only son in a family of five children.
At the age of seven he began to go to school, Mrs. Ellison (a Mormon) was boarding at his aunt's house had agreed to teach a class. It was said, during this time period Edgar had his first experience playing with “spirit children.”
Cayce was introduced to Christianity but he was also exposed to the world of the occult. He attended old Liberty Church which was s Campbellite off-shoot Presbyterian denomination. He began to read his Bible and intended to read the Bible through once, each year of his life and at one time wanted to be a minister. As a young child he often visited a place in thee nearby woods to read his Bible. At age 13, while sitting at his regular reading place in the woods, an “angelic” woman appeared in white clothing with wings on her back who told him, “Your prayers have been heard. Tell me what you would like most of all, so that I may give it to you.” Frightened, he said he wished to help others, especially sick children.” The woman then vanished.
Edgar was having trouble spelling and was being tutored in the evening at home. One evening while being tutored, the tutor went into the kitchen to get a drink of water. Edgar was tired and fell asleep laying his head on the spelling book. While asleep Edgar heard a voice saying, “Sleep and we will help you.” after several minutes of sleep Edgar woke up. He was then tested by the tutor on spelling the words, Edgar knew the words perfectly, as well as any words anywhere in the book. He began to tell the tutor what words were on which pages and pictures that corresponded to the page. He was given a paranormal ability that we would call today “remote viewing.” He was being led astray by a spiritual experience that continued to convince him throughout his life.
Edgar had an ability to see and hear things that others did not. He reportedly had visions even as a young boy and He had “little playmates” who supposedly disappeared when others came around.
By the time he reached his 16th birthday, he was able to diagnose and prescribe remedies for illnesses. At twenty-one he developed a gradual throat paralysis which resulted in the loss of his voice. Months went on , doctors were unable to find a cause for his condition. “Dr.” Al Layne, a local correspondence-school trained Osteopath and hypnotist convinced Cayce to let him try to help. Cayce laid out on the couch and put himself to sleep. Then Layne suggested to the unconscious Cayce to look into his own body and discover the source of the problem. He did and replied that the throat muscles were paralyzed and recommended increasing the circulation of blood into the area by mental suggestion. Layne took the cue and made the hypnotic suggestion. Soon afterward Cayce's throat turned bright red. After about 15 minutes, the throat area returned to the normal pink color. The next day Cayce put himself to sleep and analyzed Dr. Layne's stomach problems. Cayce's diagnosis corresponded exactly with what various doctors had told Layne, but his recommended treatments were different.
In this sleep state, he was able to recommend a cure for himself that successfully repaired his throat muscles and restored his voice. He soon discovered that he could do the same for others.
The following months, Cayce began his psychic/ remote readings for people with various diseases that were received through the mail usually from hundreds of miles away. In his self induced sleep he was diagnosing illnesses and prescribing treatment for physical problems that he was completely uneducated on, such as medicine or anatomy He had no idea what he was saying while he was asleep. Cayce entered the same sleep that he did to learn his school lessons years as a child.
His method to diagnose and cure others without his patients being present for him to discover their problem was being developed. Cayce would enter a trance and see them wherever they were residing. The only thing Cayce needed to have from a patient was their complete name and address and where they would be at the time he did his reading. He would fall asleep,” spiritually “travel” (astral travel) to their location to examine them, and prescribe a remedy for their sickness. From this he earned his famous title: “The Sleeping Prophet.'
Shortly after putting himself “under” and being told the name and address of the person needing the reading, the sleeping Cayce would say, “We have the entity” as if looking directly at the person in question. Notice the word we; it indicates another spiritual presence; of a spirit or spirits. His inner sight was apparently better than any x-rays or cat-scan because he visually observe the problem in another realm, he also “received” the desired course of treatment. Entering this sleep would clear him as a clean slate. This would be the preparation for him to a vehicle where something else, a entity of greater intelligence but not benevolent would then have access to his body and spirit.
His remedies usually involved natural foods, physical massage, various oil rubs, chiropractic adjustments, ointments of various kinds, medicines that were both common or rare, that were no longer used. While his motives were good and his remedy was accurate, it was the method that needed to be questioned and discerned. Since Cayce himself was clueless being an unconscious vehicle for these viewings.
“These are trance discourses which Cayce revealed while in a hypnotic or “sleeping” state. While “awake” he claimed generally not to remember what he had said while “asleep”. The readings themselves explain that the unconscious mind has access to information which the sub-conscious mind does not... (source: http://www.crystalinks.com/edgar_cayce.html)
After 22 years of readings that were devoted to health issues (1923) Cayce was asked by Arthur Lammers to do a reading for him. What Lammers did was probe the sleeping Cayce about spiritual topics like astrology, theosophy, mysticism, reincarnation, yoga, alchemy, the cabala, the mystery religions, and various other things related to the occult. When the reading was over and Cayce read the answers he had given to the questions put to him by Lammers. He was amazed and frightened as these new readings supported all sorts of occult beliefs. Cayce said to Lammers:
“But what you've been telling me today, and what the readings have been saying, is foreign to all I've believed and been taught, and all I've taught others, all of my life. If ever the Devil was going to play a trick on me, this would be it.”
Cayce became deeply concerned about all this and especially about what he said on reincarnation. Years of reading the Bible were being directly challenged. But instead of listening to his instinct he had on this, Cayce accepted Lammer's explanations on reincarnation and other spiritual matters. He allowed himself to be influenced and turned away from a literal interpretation of the Bible to a mystical reinterpretation. He believed that if the health readings were true, that the new information coming from what he named “life readings” also must be true.
Lammers convinced Cayce that reincarnation was compatible with the Bible, and when Cayce embraced reincarnation, he was able to accept many of the other occultic beliefs. Reincarnation became the central doctrine to Cayce’s new belief system if reincarnation were proven to be false all else would be disbelieved.
The subject of reincarnation was explored in nearly 2,000 Life Readings. He taught that “All souls were created in the beginning, and are finding their way back to whence they came.” “Why do people on earth think they can attain salvation in one life time? Try to understand that as we return again and again to earth to complete our purification, we are beset by sins which we must overcome; if we do not overcome them, we do not grow,” (Edgar Cayce's Story of Jesus, Jeffrey Furst, p. 116).
One thing lead to another and like most cultists and occultists, He began to teach reincarnation of biblical people. Cayce came to the conclusion through his sleep readings that Luke was not the author of the book of acts but Cayce was, in his previous life he was Lucius the bishop of Laodicea. Cayce came to believe that Jesus was not the unique Son of God. He believed Jesus was a soul like us who made mistakes through his reincarnation. He claimed that Jesus was reincarnated 30 times before He became “the Christ.” That Jesus grew up in Capernaum not Nazareth. That God had in his nature both male and female making him father-mother God.
Whatever spirit was working in his life it had him deny Jesus incarnation, saying: “He [Jesus] is an example for man, and only as a man, for He lived only as a man, He died as man” (Association for Research and Enlightenment, Edgar Cayce, reading #900-10 from Circulating File: Jesus the Pattern and You (A.R.E. Press, 1971), p. 53.)
Cayce held that Jesus was reincarnated as Joshua in Shilo, Melchizedek and even as Adam in a previous life.
Question: `When did the knowledge come to Jesus that he was to be the savior of the world?
Answer: (Cayce): `When he fell in Eden... In Adam, he brought sin,'“ (Psychic Healing, p. 75).
Question: What is the main purpose of Jesus' incarnation?
Answer: (Cayce): “To glorify the Christ Consciousness in the Earth . In the lives of those with whom ye come in contact, and to live the same thyself. (Reading 2441-4 )
Question: “What is the meaning and significance of the words Jesus and Christ...?
Answer (Cayce): “Just as indicated. Jesus is the man, the activity, the mind, the relationships that He bore to others. Yea, He was mindful of friends, He was sociable. He was loving. He was kind. He was gentle. He grew faint, He grew weak and yet gained that strength that He has promised, in becoming the Christ, by fulfilling and overcoming the world! Ye are made strong in body, in mind, in soul and purpose by that power in Christ. The power, then, is in the Christ. The pattern is in Jesus” (Reading 2533-7)
We can see many of the world religious teachings through Cayce, except for one, biblically Christianity. We find that Cayce accepted the occult world view, he could supposedly read auras, describe a person's past life, and see into their future. He often called it the Spirit of the Creative Force.
Over the course of forty three years (1901 to 1944), Cayce gave a total of 14,246 psychic readings, while in a trance. Although the majority (70 percent of his readings) were medical diagnosis and advice on their health, there were other topics discussed. These included reincarnation, aura charts, psychic phenomena, dreams and the interpretation of dreams, ancient civilizations, including Atlantis and Egypt, meditation, numerology, and the future of mankind and earth.
He had various categories for these readings.
Physical Readings: (99,603) known as “health readings” he would diagnose them and prescribe a cure.
Life Readings: (1,920) readings Cayce described the client's present physical, emotional and mental condition of their past life and present experience
Dream Readings: Dream reading involved Cayce interpreting his clients dreams, even filling in the forgotten areas. He would also encouraged them to interpret their own dreams.
He also gave other reading such as for business that included advice on the stock market, business partners, business ventures.
Cayce was known for his intuitive insight that could not be learned. The majority of Cayce's “sleep readings” were transcribed and catalogued, stored at his Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Founded, 1931 A.R.E. is an organization devoted to spreading Cayce's philosophies.
A publication printed by A.R.E. states, “Perhaps the most generally applicable information given by the sleeping Cayce is contained in the thousands of references to the Bible and the message it carries to all men. These references suffuse the reading in all categories, and serve to point up the unifying principle that underlies all the Cayce material. “While advocating no specific philosophy, religion or ism it expresses a deep belief in a Divine Creator of whose plan man is a part,” (...for the time has Arisen..., p. 7).
Included among these readings are a number of statements that foretell devastating global disasters. Numerous psychics before Cayce (Nostradamus) and after Cayce have made similar predictions about cataclysmic changes to the earth and widespread natural disasters, Cayce was the first to make such prognostications in our modern era.
“Cayce was noted for his predictions concerning future cataclysmic events. These included the catastrophic destruction of New York City, massive earthquakes that would devastate a large portion of America's coastal regions, and a major shift in the poles that would permanently alter the planet's weather patterns. Cayce believed that a New Age of global unity and prosperity would eventually emerge in the new millennium, following this widespread destruction. (the New World Religion Gary Kah).
This is a psychic reading given by Edgar Cayce at his home in Pinewood on Lake Drive, Va. Beach, Va., April 28, 1932.
Edgar Cayce; Gertrude Cayce, Conductor; Gladys Davis, Steno. Mildred Davis, H. L. & L. B. Cayce.
Time of Reading 10:45 A. M. Eastern Standard Time.
1. ; Gertrude Cayce: You will have before you the information given through this channel on the Lost Continent of Atlantis. You will please answer the questions which I will ask regarding this:
2. Edgar Cayce: Yes, we have the information that has been given as respecting the continent Atlantis; also the information that has been given through these channels as respecting same. Ready for questions.
3. (Question) In what country, and in connection with what religion or philosophy, did Jesus live as Ur? [As indicated in 364-7,Par. 8-A.]
(A) Ur was rather a land, a place, a city - and the thought, or intent, or the call was from Ur. Ur, then, as presented or represented in the experience of Jesus, as one that impelled or guided those thoughts in that period, or experience.
4. (Question) What part did Jesus play in any of His reincarnation in the development of the basic teachings of the following religions and philosophies? First, Buddhism:
(Answer) This is just one.
5. (Question) Mohammedanism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Brahmanism, Platoism, Judaism.
(Answer) As has been indicated, the entity - as an entity - influenced either directly or indirectly all those forms of philosophy or religious thought that taught God was One.
6. (Question) What name was borne by Jesus in His reincarnations in France, England, America?
(Answer) Rather these have been as the Spirit of the Christ, or the Master walked among men, than incarnated in these different countries; for whether among the priest, as it were, in France - or among the lowly monk in England, or the warrior bold in America, the SPIRIT that “God is ONE! Prefer thy neighbor, thy brother, before thyself!” These, as we find, took possession of - or rather labored with, until their own PERSONALITIES were laid aside in individuals. Do thou likewise, would thou have Him walk with thee. “Not my will, O Lord, but thine, be done in me - this day, now!”
7. (Question) Was Atlantis one of the five points at which man appeared in the beginning, being the home of the red race?
(Answer) One of the five points. As has been given, in what is known as Gobi, India, in Carpathia [?], or in that known as the Andes, and that known as in the western plain of what is now called America - the five places. In their presentation, as we find, these - in the five places, as MAN (Let's get the difference in that as first appeared in what is known as Atlantis, and that as MAN appearing from those projections in the five places - and, as has been given, from their environ took on that as became necessary for the meeting of those
varying conditions under which their individualities and personalities began to put on form) - one in the white, another in the brown, another in the black, another in the red. These, as we find, taking that form - Would snow be the place for the black? or the sun the place for the white? or the desert and the hills for either the white or black? As were partakers of those things that brought about those variations in that which enters, or becomes as the outer presentation, or the skin, or the pigment that is presented in same. [See 5/2/63 in 364-9, Par. R1.]
8. (Question) The center or beginning of these projections was in Atlantis? (Answer) Was in Atlantis. Hence we have, as from the second incarnation there - or the story as is given in Judaism doesn't vary a great deal from that of the Chaldean; neither does it vary at all from that that WILL be discovered in Yucatan; nor does it vary a great deal from that as from the OLDER ones of the Indian (East Indian, of course - as it is from the present).
9. (Question) What was the greatest period of the development of the occult sciences in Atlantis and how did the people use them?
(Answer) This, as we will find, will require a great deal of an explanation even to bring to the consciousness of an individual, in the present day way of thinking, as to what is meant by occult or mystic science; for the NATURAL trend – or the NATURAL condition of individuals, or entities - was the USE of these; as it is natural to eat!
One of Cayce’s most famous predictions involved Atlantis that would rise. Cayce explained that the Sphinx had been built in 10,500 BC and that survivors of Atlantis had concealed beneath it a Hall of Records which contained all the wisdom of their civilization and the true history of the human race. Cayce prophesied that this Hall of Records would be rediscovered and opened between 1996 and 1998 and connected the opening to the second coming of Christ.
Others prophecies were supposed to have occurred “in those periods” between 1958-1998. Another was LA and San Francisco would be destroyed by earthquake in 1998 and much of Japan would be submerged.
“The earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye. Land will appear off the east coast of America. There will be the upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the torrid areas, and there will be the shifting then of the poles - so that where there has been those of a frigid or the semi-tropical will become the more tropical, and moss and fern will grow..
Portions of the now east coast of New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear.... [The southern portions of Carolina, Georgia - these will disappear.... Los Angeles, San Francisco, most of all these will be among those that will be destroyed before New York even.”
Cayce also stated, “In the next few years land will appear in the Atlantic as well as in the Pacific. And what is the coast line now of many a land will be the bed of the ocean. Even many battle fields of the present will be ocean, will be the seas”
Observer: “What great change or -the beginning of what change, if any, is to take place in the earth in the year 2000 to 2001 A.D.?”
Cayce: “When there is the shifting of the poles, or a new cycle begins.”
Besides the failure of these events, what seems to be consistently and conveniently overlooked is Cayce's timetable The disasters were scheduled to happen within “one generation” of 1941. The mysterious mythical continent of Atlantis would rise from the ocean floor and dated 2001 was the terrible “Pole Shift” year.
Contemporary occult and paranormal adherents believe that Cayce's predictions confirm the prophecies of other prophets who also predicted global disasters, but he only joins them as being wrong.
A sleeping prophet he WAS NOT- Whatever was speaking to Cayce we know it was not God’s Spirit that speaks only truth but one that denied the prophets in the word of God, a good portion of his information was channeled, especially about the future.
In ancient times God judged his spokesman who abandoned his word by having them sleep- Isa. 29:10 -For the LORD has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets; and He has covered your heads, namely, the seers.
Cayce became convinced by his experiences that began when he was a child and continued through his adult life. As he continued on this course, it changed his spiritual view. He had fallen for the idea: if its real- it must be true. Being engrossed in deception he never tested his experiences to see if they were from God or from another source, unfortunately he became a example of what not to do.