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Who was Edgar Cayce?

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Introduction To The Occult

Edgar Cayce's first spiritistic encounter occurred when he was only a toddler. He often spoke of "invisible playmates" who would visit him, (Thomas Sugrue, There Is A River, p. 37).

He also claimed to have a visitation from a "shining lady" who said he could have anything he desired. He responded that he would like to help people, especially children (Ibid, p. 23).

On one occasion, when he was having trouble studying his school lessons, this "shining lady" told him to lay his head on the textbook and rest. He obeyed and quickly fell asleep. After a few minutes he returned to consciousness and knew the entire content of the volume, (Ibid, p. 19).

At the age of 20, Cayce mysteriously lost his voice. He consulted several doctors, took numerous prescriptions and finally resorted to home remedies. Nothing worked.

A travelling hypnotist attempted to cure the malady, but failed.

A friend, Al Layne, suggested that Edgar undertake an effort of self-hypnosis, whereby he could diagnose his own illness and prescribe a cure. The experiment was successful! (Ibid, pp. 121-122)

Cayce lost his voice on several other occasions. Each time he would slip into a trace and get a "reading" on himself and cure the problem.

Layne was ecstatic. He encouraged his friend to go into business as a trance medium.

Convinced that he could help others with so-called incurable ailments, Cayce began scheduling several readings per day. Believing that he was rendering a "Christian" service, he refused to accept payment.

Edgar Cayce's fame spread. In the October 9, 1910 issue of the New York Times the headlined declared, Illiterate Man Becomes a Doctor When Hypnotized. Strange Power Shown By Edgar Cayce Puzzles Physicians.

The article pricked the interest of its readers and within weeks thousands of letters poured into Hopkinsville from people seeking medical help.

Cayce tried to rationalize his psychic abilities by affirming that they actually came from God. Deep within his heart of hearts Cayce may have suspected otherwise.

At one point he pondered, "Could this be the Devil's power in disguise using me as an innocent tool to destroy others?" (Ibid, p. 23)

His wife begged him to abandon his occult activities. On several occasions he did stop, but each time he suddenly lost his voice. The only remedy was to slip back into a trance.

For twenty years the "sleeping prophet" offered help to those in need. The use of his extra-sensory powers would soon be altered.

Mr. Art Lammers, a wealthy printer and student of metaphysics, approached Cayce for a reading. Lammers was not concerned about health, however; he wanted to know about the future. He wanted a life reading!

Lammers drilled the unconscious medium about the end of the world, creation, the lost continent of Atlantis, the path of salvation and a host of other religious-type subjects, (Ibid, p. 234).

Cayce responded. He proclaimed the world to be a pantheistic manifestation of God, announced that reincarnation was the secret of ultimate reconciliation of man to God and that Jesus became the first perfected man by being reincarnated some thirty times.

Despite the unscriptural nature of the information, Edgar Cayce accepted the discourse as truth.

Others sought Life readings. Some wanted to make contact with the spirits of soldiers who had been killed during World War I. The spirits manifested themselves through Cayce's vocal cords. They brought messages of hope and assurance that Heaven awaits all mankind.

The spirits universally rejected all the major doctrines of Biblical Christianity. Unfortunately, Cayce accepted the spirits' messages as true.

In his lifetime, Edgar Cayce gave over 14,000 readings. Of these 5,000 dealt with religious matters.