Don’t Look Beyond Yourself for the Supernatural

Angels, Fairies, Demons, and the ElementalsAn Excerpt from Angels, Fairies, Demons, and the Elementals: With the Edgar Cayce Perspective on the Supernatural World

by John Van Auken

We have a natural inclination to look outside of ourselves for the supernatural world. It is not out there. Well it is, but it is not visible. And it’s important to recognize that those who “see” the supernatural do not have additional parts to their eyes that you and I lack. Our physical eyes are virtually the same as theirs. We all see by the functioning of two types of photoreceptors in our retinas: rods and cones. We have roughly 120 million supersensitive rods and 6 to 7 million color-sensitive cones. Every healthy human has this arrangement. Normally we only see things that are within a very narrow range of the electromagnetic spectrum (the EM spectrum). This range includes less than five percent of the entire EM spectrum. When energy frequencies within the “visible light” spectrum strike our retina, electrochemical impulses are created that are transmitted to the area of our brain responsible for vision. A pattern in the visual cortex is created by these electrochemical impulses that imitate the visible light pattern striking the retina. Energy outside of this narrow range produces no response from the retina’s rods and cones. We normally see wavelengths from red to violet. But some creatures see frequencies on the outer edges of our visible light spectrum, namely infra-red and ultra-violet. For example, owls, hawks, and eagles perceive infrared frequencies—that is, they can perceive the energy waves created by heat. Bees, reindeer, sockeye salmon, and many birds perceive ultraviolet frequencies. Curiously, butterflies, which are often associated with fairies and the fairy kingdom, are considered by researchers to have the widest visual range of any creature!

Those who see the supernatural or, more likely, saw it when they were very young, were using the same eyes that you and I have; the only difference is—or was—their consciousness. A mind that is completely structured around the universe of matter only sees matter. A mind that is open to seeing, or probably more correctly, perceiving, the energy in all matter and particles will likely perceive these. Without getting too deeply into quantum field theory, it is helpful to understand how “fields” and matter interact and coexist. Every particle exists in a field related to that particle, and particles cannot exist without a field, but fields can exist without a particle (such as the Higgs field). And this is where the visible and invisible worlds coexist—and where supernatural entities like angels and fairies live. They only occasionally express themselves in visible form. Perceiving angels, fairies, and the other normally invisible life forms is about expanded consciousness.

The paradox in achieving this necessary consciousness is that it is approached from within us. It is found through a shift in our usual consciousness and our normal perception. Since our physical self considers all life to be out here in physicality, we miss the angels, fairies, and other invisibles—unless they intentionally manifest themselves within our visual range of perception. The way to the supernatural is through perception beyond physical matter. Our physical, carnal eyes and ears are not designed to perceive non-physical entities and energies. But we do have within us the ability to perceive the supernatural if our mind expands our range.

In Edgar Cayce’s volumes, we find some seventy-two discourses on “the unseen forces” and how much more of an influence they are in our lives than the seen. Cayce explained that seeing the unseen requires “a consciousness of that divine force that emanates in Life itself in this material plane.” (281-7)

Consider this: All the stars, planets, and galaxies that can be detected throughout the entire, infinite universe make up only four percent of the universe! Four percent! The other ninety-six percent is made up of substances that cannot be seen or easily explained. These invisible substances are called “dark energy” and “dark matter” (“dark” here means unseen and undetected, not evil). Astronomers base the existence of dark matter on the gravitational influence that it exerts on “normal matter” (or the parts of the universe that can be seen). Let’s just consider this a bit further; our universe may contain as many as 100 billion galaxies, each with billions of stars, massive clouds of gas and dust, countless planets and moons, and enormous amounts of cosmic debris—yet everything that we detect is only four percent of the total mass and energy in the universe!

Perceiving the whole requires an inner shift in perception, not better eyes and ears. Expanding our consciousness is the key to seeing and hearing the supernatural realms of angels and fairies, and the like. Cayce teaches, “…the fairies and those of every form that do not give expression in a material way … are only seen by those who are attuned to the infinite.” (2547-1) Attuned to the infinite?

From the time he was a very young boy, Edgar Cayce could see fairies, sprites, angels, and invisible friends. He could see discarnate souls among the incarnate. He could hear them and talk to them. He explained that it was like having a switch in his head—a switch that he could flip on in order to see ghosts and communicate with them. He also saw auras around the bodies of incarnate people. These auras emanated colors and patterns that gave him insight into the person’s mental, emotion, and spiritual condition, even as it changed during a conversation. Here are a few examples from his readings:

[An] aura is the emanation, or the influence that is ever present with an animate body, that may change or alter as to that which is the impelling influence of or about same—or from within . . . Aura changes, to be sure, [according] to the temperament. (282-4)

The aura, then, is the emanation that arises from the very vibratory influences of an individual entity mentally, spiritually—especially of the spiritual forces.” (319-2)

Hence we find in the aura the physical and the mental and spiritual emanations, that show for developments and retardments as well as abilities for the studying, classifying and applying of same. (1612-1)

(Q) Am I beginning to see auras?

(A) Beginning to see auras. As life, light, and love—with understanding—is reflected in self, so may there be seen those of the same reflection from others.

(Q) What is the significance of the flashes and forms which I frequently see?

(A) Those of the higher vibrations of inter-between, as well as spiritual forces taking forms in or before the mental self. (281-4)

See how he said “taking forms in or before the mental self”? That’s the difference between seeing with carnal eyes and seeing with an expanded consciousness in the mental self. The mind is the true perceiver of angels, fairies, and the invisibles. Actually, in truth, the brain-mind is the perceiver of everything that strikes the retinas, and a more open mind perceives more than physical matter.

John Van AukenJohn Van Auken is a director at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., and is one of the organization’s most popular speakers, traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad to address audiences on the body-mind-spirit topics found in the Edgar Cayce readings. He is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt. John conducts seminars in the U.S. and abroad, and is a tour guide to the many sacred sites around the world.

For a list of John’s conferences and events, visit EdgarCayce.org/johnvanauken.

Posted in Angels, Supernatural Realms | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Healing with Sacred Stones

Edgar Cayce's Sacred StonesHow and Why Gem Healing Works

By Shelley Kaehr, PhD

Excerpted from Edgar Cayce’s Sacred Stones

Everything in the universe consists of vibrations, and this idea is highlighted in much of the Edgar Cayce material…

Gems and stones, along with music, essential oils, and other wonderful tools that we have at our disposal, are very beneficial for realigning us with our natural healthy vibrational balance.

Gem healing is like music. Have you ever heard people trying to play music when it is out of tune?  There is something off, and it doesn’t sound quite right.  That is what happens to the body—the physical body, as well as the energetic body. On the contrary, when you hear singing or playing that is harmonious, it lifts the spirit as though the heavens have parted.

When a guitar is off tune, the guitarist must strum a note and adjust the strings to bring the whole instrument back into harmony. We are similar.  The influences of other people, daily stress, environmental toxins, and more add up until we become out of harmony with our blueprint of perfection, which is how we feel when we are in perfect alignment.

We can get back on track. As I recently experienced, sometimes all it takes is slowing down.  However, if we don’t stop and listen to our bodies long enough to take the proper steps to realign, we might develop some unhealthy discomfort or dis-ease.

I am extremely concerned about the idea of frequency sickness.  Our society is often so plugged into phones, computers, televisions, and other devices that we have become out of sync with nature.  This is not good!

During those few days when I was ill, I could not stand the sight of any screens or loud sounds.  I was literally sick of anything electronic.  I had to unplug.  I am a very sensitive person, and I am greatly concerned about the masses that may be unaware of what electronics are doing to us.  I certainly believe that technology has been a blessing to society in many ways.  Communication has become more accessible, but on the other side of the coin, various health issues are arising. As they continue to emerge, I believe we will see more ramifications in the future.

Now more than ever, it is extremely beneficial to understand Cayce’s work and to learn how to use natural methods to shift our energy when necessary.

Subtle Bodies

Aside from the physical body, there are three areas of energy within all of us.  Actually, there is just one big energy field, but I like to break it down in order to work with it more easily.

The first is the etheric energy layer.  This is the field that resides closest to your physical body and is most intricately tied to your health and well-being. If you are blocked here, it will result in an actual, physical illness.

Second is the mental or emotional body, which is six inches away from the body.  This is where our memories and emotions are stored.  When we do not adequately express our emotions, this area is affected.

Finally, the causal or spiritual body is about a foot away from your physical body and extends to infinity.  I believe that all of our challenges in life begin here. Some challenges derive from karma that we incarnated here to work on, and some challenges are new lessons that we have decided to take on after our birth.  If we can address our issues at this level, then we do not need to be concerned with the emotional aspects or physical aspects of our energy bodies.  That is easier said than done, of course! As my story about being ill demonstrates, we do not normally make changes unless there is mental or physical discomfort first.

When you place a stone on your body, that mineral exists at a higher vibrational frequency than that of the body. Because it is natural and free from the mental or emotional garbage that affects the rest of us, the stone holds its own. When introduced to the physical shell, it will create a change in the above-mentioned energy fields.

Different stones bring different qualities to us.  Do you need love, health, or money/security?  Depending on what you want to create, certain stones hold a frequency for those circumstances or attributes. By using the stones, your field can begin to shift and align in order for you to attract what you want.  We will explore how this energy shift works throughout this book.

ChakraschakramanHQ130303

The other way gems work is to align us with the frequencies of colors in the rainbow spectrum as well as the colorful energy centers of light within each one of us.

Crown chakra:

Color – white

Location – top of the head

The crown center connects you to your higher power.  If this area is blocked, you will feel disconnected from life and depressed.  Clear crystals are best to help open your crown.

Third Eye chakra:

Color – violet

Location – center of the forehead

The third eye is the seat of your intuition.  Amethyst, which we will discuss later in the book, is a carrier of the violet ray and will help to open this center.

Throat chakra:

Color – blue

Location – under the Adam’s apple, just above the collarbone

The throat center helps us to speak our truth.  Sapphire is a carrier of the blue ray and will help to open this center.  There will be an entire section about sapphire later in this book.

Heart chakra:

Color – green or pink

Location – near your physical heart, in the middle of the chest

Society has many heart issues that are both physical and spiritual.  Learning to love others and ourselves is the key for this energy center.  You can use rose quartz or emerald to assist in opening the heart.  There will be more on emerald, the carrier of the green ray, later in the book.

Solar Plexus Chakra:

Color – yellow

Location – stomach, at the convergence of the ribcage

The solar plexus chakra is the seat of your personal power and material abundance, representing courage and manifestation on the physical plane.  Citrine is the carrier of the yellow ray.  Citrine is amethyst that has been heated up by either natural sunlight or, in many cases, artificial means.  A wonderful stone, citrine never needs to be cleansed as most other stones do. It is very good to use for opening up all of the chakra centers, and it will energize you.  A delightful by-product of citrine is that it will bring cash and money into your life (there is a difference between “abundance” and money).  Known as the “Merchant’s Stone,” citrine will stimulate growth when you put it in your cash register or wallet.

Sacral chakra:

Color – orange

Location – two inches below the navel

The sacral center is about creativity and productivity in the world at large.  Carnelian is a carrier of the orange ray and beneficial to use on this area.  More is written about carnelian later in the book.

Root chakra:

Color – red

Location – base of the spine

The root chakra helps connect you to the earth, grounding you in the physical body.  Ruby is the carrier of the red ray and is wonderful to use for grounding.  A remarkable healer, we will explore ruby at length in a later section.

Note: This is an excerpt from Edgar Cayce’s Sacred Stones.

Shelley Kaehr, PhDShelley Kaehr, PhD, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, became widely known as one of the world’s leading authorities on energy healing and mind-body medicine by using gems and minerals with her hypnosis clients. She believes our memories are stored holographically in the energetic fields surrounding our bodies, and by combining hypnosis with healing work, lasting change is achieved. She has been featured on Coast to Coast AM, Canada’s X-Zone and William Shatner’s Weird or What, and truly believes that everyone can leave the past behind to live happier lives. Shelley received her Ph.D. from the American Institute of Holistic Theology in 2001, and lives near Dallas, Texas. She is also the author of Edgar Cayce’s Guide to Gemstones, Minerals, Metals and More.

Posted in Edgar Cayce Readings, Gems and Stones | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Top 12 Reasons to Be Creative

An excerpt from Creative Synergy: Using Art, Science, and Philosophy to Self-Actualize Your Life

By Bunny Paine-Clemes, PhD

CreativityAre you creative and don’t know it? Creativity is in almost everything we do. Why is it so important? Here are the top 12 reasons from Bunny’s book Creative Synergy.

1.    Develops Your Full Potential

As the old army recruiting poster said, “Be the Best that You Can Be.” According to Abraham Maslow’s famous hierarchy, we fulfill our needs in this order: physiological, safety, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. We must first have air, water, and food; then we need to have a safe place to live; then we need to have friends and/or a group; next we need to feel good about our accomplishments; and at last we need to experience actualization of our full potential. In his later years, Maslow added an even higher need: “transcendence,” the need to transcend our narrow identities and expand our awareness.

2. Creates Rapid Growth through Competition: The Best Ideas Will Win

Thomas L. Friedman calls our current world “flat,” because technology has connected us and eliminated many hierarchies. Bloggers are competing with standard news outlets. Mega-corporations are now competing all over the world, and one entrepreneur with a computer and an idea can compete as well. Friedman says that since the demolition of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, and the mid-nineties proliferation of the Windows PC, followed by the explosion of the World Wide Web, we are all in competition with one another, and the best ideas will win.

3.    Creates Effective Use of Resources

Because of the “flat world” mentioned above, we will have to learn to use our human resources wisely. Peter D. Hart Research Associates asked this question of U.S. employers. In 2006, the firm interviewed 305  employers with a staff of at least 25 and conducted focus groups with  executives in Milwaukee, Wis.; Fairfax, Vaa; and Atlanta, Ga. Overwhelmingly, these employers said that they wanted to hire new workers who had the “soft skills” provided by a liberal education: among them, teamwork (76%), oral and written communication skills (73%), critical thinking and analytical skills (70%), the ability to be innovative and think creatively (70%), and the ability to solve complex problems (64%). In addition, employers felt that colleges did not place enough emphasis on the same abovementioned skills.

4.    Fosters Discovery of “New and Better Ways to Solve Problems”

See the survey listed above. With critical thinking you can break problems into parts and critique them; with creative thinking you can synthesize ideas and have the “aha” moment that leaps beyond logic. Richard Ogle says that imagination isn’t just another form of thinking. It is a discontinuous leap based upon what he calls “idea-spaces”—nodes of influence where “the extended mind” shares ideas with others.

5.    Develops Society

According to Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,  says: [While] “left-brain” capabilities powered the Information Age. . . thecapabilities we once thought of as frivolous—the “right-brain” qualities of inventiveness, empathy, joyfulness, and meaning—increasingly will determine who flourishes and who flounders.

In other words, the new global culture demands creativity. Walter Isaacson says that in this new global economy, “A society’s competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic table, but from how well they stimulated imagination and creativity.”

6.    Enhances your “Knowledge” Base

When you study the notebooks of Leonardo, the design of Brunelleschi’s dome, the specifics of Newton’s experiment with prisms, or the process used by Einstein or Feynman to generate ideas, you will have a bag of tools that you can apply to your own life.

7.    It’s Part of Being Human

You may think that you are not creative, but you are. Most psychologists believe that like any other skill, creativity operates on a continuum, from the “Creativity with a capital C” that denotes the thinkers listed above to the “everyday creativity” you can apply to cooking or amateur art. By studying some processes and procedures, you can learn how to enhance the creativity you have.

8.    Augments of Your “Mental Health”

If we are prevented from exercising our full potential, we can feel depressed or even ill. Creativity, however we practice it, is part of our higher need for self-actualization. Industrial engineers have come to realize that the old assembly line jobs, with their mind-numbing monotony, have an adverse effect on workers. Creativity is one of the basic human virtues

9.    Grows Your Body of Interest

A rich diversity of materials is now available on creativity, from the popular to the academic or the pragmatic to the theoretical. Specialized approaches also abound. Biographies of scientists like Barbara McClintock and artists like Michelangelo illuminate their creative processes. The business community regularly comments on what it calls “innovation,” and in 2006, the academic liberal arts association AAC&U released an entire issue on creativity as one of its Peer Review magazines. Between 1920 and 1950, “out of the 121,000 titles listed in Psychological Abstracts . . . only 186 dealt with creativity . . . From the late 1960’s until 1991, almost 9,000 references have been added to the creativity literature.” See the bibliography at the end of this book for many examples.

10.  Applies to “All Disciplines” in Life

One of my colleagues, upon being told of creativity in science, engineering, math, business, and maritime transportation, exclaimed, “And I thought creativity was just an artsy-fartsy thing!” Not at all! Creativity is all around us, even in the everyday objects we use.

 11.  Fosters Effective Leadership

A leader today must know how to be creative and to inspire creativity in others. A good example is U.S. Captain Michael D. Abrashoff, who commanded what he called “The Best Damn Ship in the Navy.” He states his philosophy as follows: “I worked hard to create a climate that encouraged quixotic pursuits and celebrated the freedom to fail. I never once reprimanded a sailor for attempting to solve a problem or reach a goal. I wanted my people to feel empowered, so they could think autonomously.” In the modern maritime world, the empowerment that supports both creativity and leadership occurs in the system of Bridge Resource Management.

12.  Enhances the “Learning Process”

Thomas L. Friedman says that in our fast-changing global economy, “Average Joe has to become special, specialized, synthesizing, or adaptable Joe.” The world of the future belongs to the lifelong learner— someone willing to explore new ideas.

The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind—computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. These people—artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers—will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.

Bunny Paine-Clemes, PhD, is a professor of transpersonal studies at Atlantic University. For 20 years, she was a Professor of Liberal Arts at Cal State Maritime, specializing in humanities, world culture, and creativity. She has an MA and PhD in British literature. She lives with her husband, father, and many cats in an 1887 home once owned by a sea captain who corresponded with Albert Einstein and Edgar Cayce and is the subject of a novel by Jane Smiley. Her interests include creativity, metaphysics, Eastern philosophy, non-ordinary states of consciousness, reincarnation, and European culture. She is the author of the novels A Winter’s Day andLove and Death in Vienna, and many small works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Posted in 4th Dimension Press, Self-Help | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Can I Develop ESP?

By Carol Ann Liaros

Unlocking Your IntuitionThere is nothing difficult about developing ESP. In fact, it is such an easy and natural process that most of us simply overlook it. The most difficult task I have consistently faced in my workshops is convincing students how easy it is to use. Once that hurdle is passed, individuals are able to see some clear evidence of their own intuitive abilities.

The real question may be “Why develop your intuition at all?” Some individuals have cited very practical reasons, such as wanting to use it to help solve problems or for obtaining insights in order to make better decisions. Others hope to gain objectivity for setting realistic goals or perhaps in order to increase their own creativity. Many are interested in using ESP in their daily lives, in their personal situations, and at the workplace. Some people clearly want to help in understanding personal psychic experiences which may have started at a very early age. Regardless of the reasons, everyone can benefit from getting in touch with the intuitive capabilities which we all possess. After forty-five years of experience, there is no question in my mind that developing ESP broadens self-understanding and brings people closer to one another. Many individuals see positive results in every area of their lives: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as soon as they begin working with the additional insights that intuition has to offer. In fact, psychic development offers a larger perspective on life and a new sense of connectedness with family, friends, and all of humanity.

Unfortunately, there is still a common misconception that intuitive experiences happen infrequently and only to a handful of “special” individuals. However, the truth is that most people have experienced extrasensory perception numerous times in their lives, and for many it is actually a very common experience. Regardless of how common it is, many people remain skeptical of psychic phenomena and most never seriously considered the thought that they may be psychic themselves.

I would describe people who are psychically aware in this way: they are warm, sociable, and easy going; they are quick, alert, and show their emotions easily; they are adventuresome and show enthusiasm for life; and they are practical and realistic. In short, these are the very characteristics one would expect to find in any healthy, well-balanced individual. All healthy, grounded individuals have the ability to utilize psychic information in their everyday lives. Those who are out of touch with this fact are ignoring one of life’s adventures as well as an incredibly useful asset. Most of us haven’t begun to imagine the capacity of the human mind. Experts agree that we’re using only a small fraction of our brain capacity, perhaps as little as five to twenty percent. Regardless of the percentage, it’s an established fact that we are not using our full potential. Part of this untapped potential relates a heightened sensory system that each individual can become aware of through experience and training. It is something that everyone can develop because psychic awareness is not so much a thing as it is a process. Intuition makes use of the intellect and the imagination—both attributes of the brain. To understand how it works, it is helpful to understand how the brain functions.

Some of the earliest brain research was done with individuals who had suffered brain damage through accidents or illness. Researchers discovered that the two hemispheres of the brain controlled not only different sides of the body but also different brain functions. The left hemisphere controls the right side of the body and is involved with rational, analytical thought processes, for example language and mathematics. The right hemisphere controls the left side of the body and specializes in spatial and holistic functions, integrating many operations at once. Imagination, visualization, and psychic processes are all examples of right-brain functioning.

brain

Neither hemisphere of the brain is smarter nor more advanced than the other. But in most individuals it is common to see one hemisphere more developed than the other. Ways in which connections between the left and right hemispheres can be accomplished include relaxation and meditation, creative imagery, intuition and laughter. The exercises in Unlocking Your Intuition can assist individuals in integrating the left and right hemispheres of their brain as they learn to balance the functions of the intellect, the imagination, and the intuitive processes. The result can be a more fully integrated, balanced personality and a balanced-brain individual, who can be more successful both personally and professionally. And, as an individual works at such integration, psychic or extrasensory information can be made extremely practical as well as much more readily accessible.

Psychic processes know no boundaries of space and time. Therefore, the impressions you receive may concern events from the past, the present, or the future. Precognition involves knowledge of future events obtained through psychic means. Retrocognition, on the other hand, involves having or perceiving knowledge of the past through the intuitive processes.In my experience, I have found that working in groups of two or more is one of the most productive environments for beginning students of ESP. A shared experience seems to enhance the process, for students learn as much from each other as they do from the material. Also, another person or a group provides immediate, direct feedback and support, which makes the whole experience more enjoyable. However, Unlocking Your Intuition does provide exercises for practicing on your own, and many of the group exercises can easily be adapted to try alone as well.

 

Although the advantages of obtaining psychic insights into the future are innumerable and obvious, the ability to obtain knowledge about the past is also quite useful. Archeologists have used it to help locate buried sites and gain information about artifacts and ancient civilizations. The police have used it to help solve criminal cases and find missing persons. Mental health professionals often use retrocognition in therapy with clients who may need to remember past events and experiences that have been repressed or forgotten. Retrocognition also allows for the ability to see into past lives. You should be aware that retrocognition and precognition impressions may be experienced through clairvoyance, clairaudience, or clairsentience. For information about future events, try concentrating on moving ahead in time. For information from the past, concentrate on moving back.

intuitionAs you can see, there is more than one way to receive information psychically. A common misperception is that all psychics are clairvoyant, receiving most of their impressions visually. This isn’t always the case. In a typical reading, various impressions of all kinds may be perceived. For example, I once gave a reading for a Chicago man who had come to me for a consultation. As I concentrated on him, I saw three arrows connecting him to three foreign countries. I wasn’t sure what countries were represented, but I told him my impression and he offered to get me an atlas from the next room to help identify the locales. As he got up, I heard these words spoken silently: “India, France, and England.” As I concentrated on his next question concerning his connections with those countries, I had strong feeling responses that provided the additional information he requested. I felt that his lifelong dream was to go India, that his ring was from France, and that he would be making a business trip to England. The man confirmed each of my feelings and in fact, stated that he would probably have to go to England within six months since he was collaborating on a book with an individual from that country.

This is a typical example of the kinds of psychic impressions you may receive in a reading, all in a very short span of time. In this case, the first impression was clairvoyant (symbols representing arrows and foreign countries). The next impression was clairaudient (the words “India, France, and England” spoken in a thought). The final impressions were clairsentient (an inner knowledge about his connections with each country).

The intuitive process utilizes unconscious material and brings it to conscious levels of awareness. However, when a barrier exists between these levels of awareness, it can be more difficult to obtain the information. Fear, tension, and interference by the intellect are all barriers to the unconscious mind; these are also the most common problems experienced by individuals beginning to work with their ESP. Some people are afraid to contact the unconscious mind. They may have had negative or frightening psychic experiences as children, or they have learned to be frightened of them from parents or religious authorities who believed that it was “the work of the devil.” At the root of this fear is the belief that psychic processes are uncontrollable and therefore dangerous; the fear in losing control is a problem only if an individual is unbalanced emotionally or if he chooses for it to be a problem. The exercises in this book are all safe and manageable; at no time will you be out of control of your experience. Throughout all of these exercises you will be in complete control and have the choice to turn on and turn off the psychic process at will. Many priests, nuns, ministers, doctors, health care professionals, business people, parents, students, and children have been able to make personal intuition extremely practical, benefitting greatly from their own psychic abilities in the process.

There are many ways to develop intuitive abilities. The exercises here offer an approach I’ve been using for over forty-five years in workshops and training programs. These techniques have proven themselves again and again. They offer a wide range of learning experiences. Some of them will appeal to you more than others. I encourage you to find and use the techniques that work best for you. Although you may find that you are more naturally adept at one more than another, it is to your benefit to develop all of your psychic senses.

And one more thing: it’s important to have fun while you’re exploring your intuition. It is a process of self-discovery, personal unfoldment, and nearly limitless insight.

[This blog post is excerpted from the book Unlocking Your Intuition: 7 Keys to Awakening Your Psychic Potential by Carol Ann Liaros.] Continue reading

Posted in 4th Dimension Press, Afterlife Communications, Psychic Development, Spiritual Guidance | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why Edgar Cayce?

An excerpt fromTrue Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives
By Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick
True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives

Like many journalists, I once arrogantly believed that psychic phenomena was a subject unworthy of serious study and that anyone who put his faith in a trance medium was either fooling himself or the unwitting victim of fraud. Then along came Nancy Webster, who would become my writing partner and wife. “Edgar Cayce is going to be the subject of your next book,” Nancy prophetically declared. Not wishing to be rude or condescending, I politely declined further discussion. But Nancy, a dedicated student of Cayce’s work since she had been in high school, was unrelenting. Books and articles about the socalled “sleeping prophet” of Virginia Beach appeared in my mail box with such regularity that to finally put the matter to rest, I read one.

To say that the Cayce story challenged my imagination is an understatement. A backwoods Kentucky farm boy with an eighth grade education, he allegedly had the ability to enter into a deep hypnotic trance from which he could diagnose illness, witness events in the distant past, preview the future, and converse with angels. No subject was off limits, regardless of how simple or complex the question—whether it was help finding a lost pocket watch, how to perform a surgical procedure, or what to expect in the hereafter. Cayce would lie down on a couch, fold his hands over this stomach, seemingly drift off to sleep, and miraculously answer any question put to him. Rarely, if ever, was he proven wrong.

IMG_4424In the course of his forty-one year career, Cayce reportedly saved hundreds of people from intractable diseases and crippling injuries. A hospital dedicated to his healing arts was built in Virginia Beach where patients received his trance readings, and specialty technology, years ahead of its time, was used to treat them. He guided the business interests of Detroit auto-parts manufacturers and helped New York stockbrokers along with Texas oilmen become millionaires. He identified the location of buried treasure, solved a murder, and dictated trance-induced Hollywood screenplays. Yet Cayce and his family led lives of constant struggle and hardship, moving from home to home often under threat of being persecuted for fortunetelling or practicing medicine without a license. He didn’t profit from giving trance counsel nor did he promote himself. For much of his life he earned his livelihood as a portrait photographer and was a much-admired husband, father, and church deacon.

Cayce’s story was altogether too incredible to be true. This was why, I suspected, fifty years had elapsed since a comprehensive biography of Cayce had been written. No serious writer or journalist would devote time to making a rigorous examination of the facts because they wouldn’t stand up to scrutiny. Dig deeper and Cayce’s story was sure to unravel. Or so I supposed.

IMG_0100Always a step ahead of me, Nancy would send me transcripts of Cayce’s trance readings. Accompanying them were physician’s reports and convincing first-person testimony of how his recommended health treatments—frequently dismissed in his lifetime as the fanciful products of his imagination—had later become fully accepted by the mainstream medical community. Trance discourses he gave on such subjects as foods for health and healing, hydrotherapy, massage, and the intimate connection between psychological and physical health would earn Cayce distinction as the undisputed father of today’s holistic health movement. Information he gave on world history, physics, electrical engineering, and earth sciences also proved uncannily accuxiv rate. And though he died decades before widespread popular interest in paranormal phenomenon, Cayce’s trance readings on subjects such as remote viewing, life after death, reincarnation, the secret of the Sphinx, and the lost continent of Atlantis would set the standard by which nearly all metaphysical information has subsequently been judged. He was to the world of psychics and mediums what Babe Ruth was to the world of baseball.

Most compelling, Cayce didn’t speak in vague, ambiguous terms that were open for interpretation but used precise medical and scientific terminology well beyond his education and training. Further, he didn’t perform these superhuman feats a few hundred times in the course of his career. He gave well over sixteen thousand trance readings, each one different, and some lasting thirty minutes to an hour. On many occasions professors from Ivy League universities, notable church leaders, bank presidents, historians, physicians, inventors, and scientists attended his trance session. Master magician Harry Houdini, having dedicated himself to exposing the fraudulent practices of hundreds of occult mediums and spiritualists, failed to debunk or explain the Cayce phenomenon, as did Hugo Münsterberg of the Harvard Medical School.

Even this, however, was not what made the Cayce material most relevant. As his trance readings make clear, their ultimate purpose was not simply to provide diagnostic insights to aid physicians, bring about miraculous cures, locate lost treasure, or to excite the intellect. They were provided to help individuals to understand and accept the truth of the multidimensional world in which we live. Cayce had provided incontrovertible evidence for the existence of a consciousness beyond our five senses. His work was an open door into another dimension through which we can more fully understand ourselves and our place in the universe.

The question that I was soon asking myself was not whether Cayce did what he was alleged to have done—the evidence was overwhelming—but how he did it. Thus began our study of Edgar Cayce, and along with it, a partnership was formed between myself, a nonbeliever, and Nancy, whose faith in Cayce never faltered. Together we would research Cayce’s life and work as it had never been conducted before, producing his definitive biography, Edgar Cayce, An American xv Prophet; authoring numerous articles; contributing to movie and television projects; and most important, endeavoring to apply his trance guidance into our everyday lives and those of our four children.

IMG_0091A trip to Virginia Beach, Virginia, was our starting point. Here, at the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) are housed the Edgar Cayce archives, which consist of an estimated half-million pages of trance readings, correspondence, family papers, and photographs. As Cayce primarily gave readings for particular individuals who requested his help and follow-up biographical research had been conducted to determine the effectiveness of his advice, we had a massive collection of additional reference material which we would use to track down the people who received the readings and judge the truth for ourselves. The vast majority of names of these individuals meant little or nothing to us at the onset of our research, for they had led otherwise undistinguished lives as farmers, housewives, building contractors, musicians, students, and nurses—even an Alabama tombstone cutter. Children and adults from nearly any profession one can name came to Cayce for advice.

However, among these individuals were names that we instantly recognized. Composer George Gershwin and Hollywood film pioneer Jesse Lasky had readings, as had inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, electrical engineers at RCA and NBC, and the president and founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Readings were conducted for the mother of Ernest Hemingway, on behalf of the husband of aviator Amelia Earhart, and though shrouded in secrecy, for President Woodrow Wilson. This aspect of Cayce’s work had not heretofore been called attention to because Cayce had never promoted himself. He didn’t trade on the names of the rich and famous who consulted with him for the same reason he didn’t charge a fee for giving readings. He believed that his gift was from God and not to be used for selfish or self-serving purposes, but for the brotherhood of man; what the readings say is our collective purpose or soul’s destiny.

In Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where Cayce lived and worked for the first half of his career, Nancy and I camped at the edge of a farmer’s field, walked the woods where Cayce played as a youth, and visited the tobacco barn where he had first begun communicating with the spirit world. 5-CIn Selma, Alabama, we visited the First Christian Church, xvi in whose archive we read the minutes once kept by its church secretary, Edgar Cayce. In Cleburne, Texas, we met the son of a newspaper reporter who had worked with Cayce to develop the Desdemona oil fields, one of the largest petroleum and natural gas deposits ever found. In Dayton, Ohio, we interviewed a man whose employer’s dream was to build the hospital dedicated to Cayce’s healing arts. Many others who knew Cayce personally or had received readings came forward with stories that had previously gone unrecorded. As we would discover, their enthusiasm for Cayce went beyond the trance counsel he provided. They enjoyed his company—whether he was teaching Bible study, working alongside them in the photo studio, or joining him at his favorite fishing hole. A humble, kind, and affectionate man, he preferred the company of children, friends, and co-workers over and above his many rich and famous acquaintances. He touched their lives, and they touched his.

Herein lies the theme of this book. Edgar Cayce could not do what he did alone. Deep in a hypnotic trance, he had no conscious memory of anything that was said. He needed someone—more often than not his wife, Gertrude—to guide him into trance and put questions to him. He also needed someone to record and transcribe what he said, a task which would ultimately fall to his devoted secretary, Gladys Davis. He needed plenty of others—physicians, nurses, physical therapists, scientists, engineers, and biblical scholars, even an Alabama tombstone cutter—to help recipients of the readings make the most of the advice that was provided. Most important, he needed someone who genuinely wanted his help. The more deeply felt and true the desire for that help, the longer, more detailed and often more profound was the information that came through. He needed a team, just as the trance readings tell us that all of us need a team or partners with whom, and by design, we are to share life’s experience.

Now, more than two decades after first entering the Cayce vault in Virginia Beach, it is not just Edgar that keeps us coming back for further research and study, but the many people whose lives gave shape and meaning to his trance readings. Understanding their challenges, triumphs, failures, and desires is to understand the higher purpose of our own life’s journey. This is what is meant by “Cayce’s work.” It’s not just his work, but our work, too.

[This blog post is excerpted from the book from True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archivespublishing by A.R.E. Press and available at ARECatalog.com]


Sidney Kirkpatrick is an award-winning filmmaker and international best-selling author. Sidney partnered with his wife, Nancy Kirkpatrick, to write Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet before partnering again to write  True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives.

Posted in A.R.E. Press, Edgar Cayce Readings, Edgar Cayce's Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts on Suicide and the Afterlife (from We Are Never Alone)

By Anthony Quinata

We-Are-Not-AloneQ. My son died of suicide, depressed, and addicted. What was his life review like? Was he instantly healed of those issues or does he have something to do before he finds peace? Is he okay now?

A. First of all I want to thank you for having the courage to ask this question. As I said before, suicide is the skeleton in all of our closets. I’m going to answer your questions from the point of view of my experience as a medium, dealing with suicides, and not as a counselor or therapist.

Whenever I have a session during which a soul who has crossed himself over comes through, one of the first things he wants to assure his loved ones of is the fact that he is at peace and safely in the arms of God. Whatever torment caused him to choose to end his live here no longer exists for him on the Other Side. Souls have said that the Eternal Light of Love understands that those who take their own lives didn’t want to die as much as they wanted only to end their torment. These souls simply don’t have the strength or desire to continue any longer in this life than they have to. Many of these precious souls have said during my sessions with them that even though they functioned in a way that allowed them to get through the day “normally,” their mental torment was a huge factor in their decision.

Your son was not judged for what he did nor was he condemned to “hell.” It’s quite the opposite, actually. Based on what the souls have said to me before, he may have been taken to a place where he could reflect, and heal, from the anguish that he had endured and had thought there was no way out of. During this time and in this place, there is no one to get in his face, so to speak. His companions during this period will be small creatures such as birds, rabbits, kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs as well as other animals that are there to help the healing process by offering unconditional love to souls such as your son’s.

Only when he is strong enough, will relatives, friends, and guides appear to help him understand and learn what he needs to know to continue on his spiritual journey. Christ also appears, not as a judge, but more as a consoler, helping him through his hurt and confusion over what he’s done.

God doesn’t make mistakes, but understands when we do. The souls have told me over and over that suicide is a mistake on the part of those who have ended their time here in this way. It’s a blunder they committed in their confusion. They take complete responsibility for what they’ve done and insist that there’s nothing for their loved ones, who are still here, to feel guilty about.

Finally, your son would want you to know that you will be reunited with him on the Other Side, when you’ve learned the lessons you’re here to learn, and not see suicide as a way to speed up the reunion. Until then he will continue to be with you as your “guardian angel,” never abandoning you or leaving your side. He will continue doing the best he can to help you understand that everything which happens in this life benefits you in the next—even surviving the tragedy of his suicide.

Q. From what I’ve read, you say that you’ve never heard from a soul who took responsibility for ending its own life express regret over what it had done. Yet, you also say that souls discourage their loved ones from doing the same thing, saying that what they did was a mistake. Is it because suicide is not part of any soul’s plan for when they incarnate in the first place?

A. First of all, let me just say that while the souls who have crossed over by their own hand don’t talk about “regret” with regards to what they did, they understand that it probably wasn’t the best decision on their part. Due to the constant confusion in their lives, many, if not all, of those, who pass by their own hand, thought that the decision to end their lives was a good one. These souls are not judged by the Eternal Light of Love but are treated in a very special way because the anguish they went through was to their spirit as cancer is to the physical body.

For that reason, whenever the souls speak of “regret,” it’s not over anything that they’ve done, but the things that they didn’t do. When they ended their life by their own hand, they also cut short the opportunities to learn from the experiences that life has to offer to us. But as the souls once told me, “When someone doesn’t like himself, his soul
shrivels up.” A woman named Debbie booked an appointment to see me. Even though she paid for a medium session, she wasn’t sure that’s what she needed. “I just felt compelled to call you. I don’t know why, but it was like the spirits wanted me to talk to you.” The last time I had seen her was probably three years before. Since that time she had divorced a man who was mentally and emotionally abusing her, telling her she wasn’t lovable which, unfortunately, she believed. She told me that since her divorce she had tried to take her own life twice in two weeks. The first time she was saved, ironically enough, by her ex-husband. The second time she told me that she knew God was telling her that this wasn’t the right thing to do, so she took steps to get help after she took an overdose of pills. Since she didn’t book an appointment to help her with her grief over losing someone she had loved, I felt the souls wanted me to help her deal with her distress over being alive. I shared with her a little of what the souls have told me about suicide, and I thought I’d share the same with you in this post.

Whenever someone comes across who has taken his own life, one of the ways I know is that his energy is as heavy at it gets. After doing a number of readings in which victims of suicide come through, I’ve come to understand that suicide is a disease that slowly erodes the person’s will to live. For most of us, when we experience times that make us question how much more we can take, we respond by developing ways of coping until the pain passes or we overcome whatever obstacles are in our way. For these precious souls however, they just don’t seem to be able to do that. I don’t think it’s because of a weakness in their character. In fact, it may be the opposite . . . they may just be too good for this world. Whatever the reason, they aren’t able to develop the protective barrier around themselves that they need to withstand the trials and tribulations we must all face during our life here. When this happens, they choose to learn the lessons they need in a world of peace. I have never had a soul that chose this route say that it regretted its decision, but every one of them cautioned their loved ones against doing the same. Why? Because the lessons are so much easier to learn here.

Darlene wanted to take her own life because she felt unlovable. She married a man who constantly reinforced this belief. The lesson she’s meant to learn is that she is lovable. She was created by the Eternal Light of Love who finds her impossible not to love, especially in her darkest moments. If she were successful in either one of her attempts, she would still have to learn why she’s lovable, ironically, in an environment in which she is surrounded and supported by God’s love. In other words, she’ll find herself overwhelmed by love, not knowing why, because she crossed over not believing she was worthy of being loved. Not only that, but she’ll have to learn why without the benefit of anyone getting in her face.

What I did with Debbie that night was to have her question whether she truly was unlovable. “I see you the same way God sees all of his children,” I told her. “I see you as perfect, just the way you are. What’s not to love?” I then helped her find all the reasons she is lovable. She left our appointment shining with joy and hope. “Besides,” I told her, “You still have lessons to learn and to teach others.” “How do you know?” she asked me. “You’re still breathing.”

[This blog post is excerpted from the book from We Are Never Alone, publishing by 4th Dimension Press (an imprint of A.R.E. Press) and available at ARECatalog.com]


Anthony_Quinata_011813_croppedAnthony Quinata is a gifted medium, speaker, and author. Anthony is furthering his work with this new work that reads as a Q&A to the spirits on the other side, covering 52 topics in a discussion format that is both readable and dynamic. Questions answered from the other side are those that have arisen around his work as a medium. His first book, Communications from the Other Side, is also available from ARECatalog.com.

Posted in 4th Dimension Press, Afterlife Communications, Edgar Cayce Readings, Life After Death, Soul's Purpose, Spiritual Guidance | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments