I have written about Edgar Cayce and his views on Astrology and also on what he had to say about Health. I have also been attending a local study group about Cayce, reading and discussing the books “A Search for God”. He has held a fascination for me since I discovered him and his A.R.E, Area of Research and Enlightenment Center in Virginia Beach back in the late 1970’s.
I decided to do a search through my books to see if I could find out how and when he received his gift of going to sleep and getting information.
When he was a young teen, he was sitting near his retreat in the woods by the creek reading his Bible, which he often did. At this point he had read through it 13 times for the 13 years of his life.! As relayed in the book by Thomas Sugrue, “There is A River” he saw a woman by the creek and at first he thought it was his mom. The sun was in his eyes but he said there was something on her back that made shadows behind her, shaped like wings. Her voice was soft and very clear and almost musical. She told him his prayers had been heard and asked him what he wanted most of all. He was frightened but said he wanted to be helpful to other people and most especially to children when they are sick. She said his prayers were answered and then she disappeared. His mother, whom he felt it safe to confide in, believed his story, knowing him to be a truthful boy. He told his mom he would like to be a Preacher and a Missionary.
He usually had trouble remembering his spelling lessons and the following day was kept after school. That evening his dad was so frustrated with him when he just could not seem to spell the words, that he slapped him knocking him off his chair. Edgar heard a voice inside him, it was the voice of the lady he had seen the day before. She was saying “If you sleep a little we can help you.” He asked his dad if he could just rest for a few minutes, he was sure he would know his words when he got up.
Edgar laid down with his spelling book and fell asleep on it. His dad left the room and returned in a few minutes to wake him up. He told his dad he knew all the words. and his frustrated dad quizzed him one more time. The answers came quickly and correctly. In fact, he knew everything in the book. His dad just didn’t believe that he hadn’t known the lessons the whole time and smacked him again. He ran up to bed with his book and thanked the lady. The next morning after his dad left, he asked his mom to hear his lesson and he still knew it. He told his mom what happened and she kissed him and reassured him that the lady was keeping her promise.
In school, Edgar was still doing poorly with his other subjects. He decided to bring home his books and sleep on them one at a time. He prayed and asked the lady to help him again. From then on, he was able to see pictures of the pages in his textbooks in his mind and read from them. He began to make progress as a scholar. His dad asked him to explain this change and said I hope you are not crazy!
Strangely, Edgar Cayce had the nickname ‘Old Man’ as a kid. Everyone called him that except for his mother. He felt different from the other boys and was embarassed every time his father bragged about his ability to others. While playing a game similar to baseball, he ran to a base and the ball hit him at the end of his spine. He returned to his classroom and began acting strange, which continued after he went home. When he went to bed, he asked his mom to make a poultice and place it on the back of his head near the base of the brain. He told her he was suffering from shock and would be alright in the morning if the poultice was kept on all night. His mom made it for him since it contained nothing that would hurt him. He was fine in the morning, but recalled nothing of the entire incident.
Years later, Edgar lost his voice. It just suddenly dwindled to a painful whisper and even the throat specialists were unable to help him. This went on for months. Hypnotism was undergoing a fad at the time. Cayce went to see several, but they were unsuccessful. Then he decided that he would put himself to sleep and the Hypnotherapist was to ask him to view his body and describe the trouble in the throat. He suggested Edgar should speak in a normal tone of voice, which he did. Edgar also stated that circulation was to be increased to the throat. This suggestion was given along with another that the throat problem be removed. After about 20 minutes he coughed and spit up blood and his voice became normal again. The Doctor said that if he could do this for himself, he should be able to do it for others.
This was the beginning of Edgar Cayce’s ability to diagnose and help heal people while sleeping, as long as someone gave him the suggestion and wrote down what he said. He never remembered anything he said while asleep!
This photo was taken in 1910 when he was 33 years old.
Edgar was a Pisces, with Taurus Moon and Leo Rising.