Edgar Cayce – The Sleeping Prophet

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!

Edgar Cayce pic 1910

This photo was taken in 1910 when he was 33 years old.

Edgar was a Pisces, with Taurus Moon and Leo Rising.


What Did Edgar Cayce Have To Say About Health Problems

When I was writing about Edgar Cayce and what he had to say about Astrology, Mr. Edgar Cayce picture   I knew I wanted  to      share what he had to say about physical health.   While taking a nap on his couch, he would be told the gender and location of the person with a health problem. Within a few minutes, he could diagnose the health condition and then suggest remedies to heal the problem.  Cayce seemed to travel in his mind to view that person, no matter how many miles away and look into that body.   He could perceive the physical, mental and emotional state.   He would recommend medicines, foods, surgery, physical therapy, osteopathic adjustments, exercise and psychological guidance. He could  locate a particular medical doctor and recommend this doctor for the person in question. He always stressed the importance of a balance between alkaline and acid intake, which is now accepted  by many doctors in the medical profession.  He was not aware of anything that he said while asleep.   Just a few things Cayce tells us:

Choose foods grown in the area where you live for your body to assimilate them well.Set Out Pots of Herbs in Wedges of Pizza Garden

Do not take milk or cream in your coffee or tea as it will turn to leather in the stomach.

Do not combine different starches in the same meal, e.g. white bread and potatoes.

Carrot Juice – drink in small amounts, about an ounce, sipped slowly taking fifteen to twenty minutes to drink or sip small amounts throughout the day to help control the kidneys and act to help the body eliminate poisons. Carrot_juice : carrot juice and parsley

Yogurt as part of the diet – an active cleanser through the colon and intestinal system, to purify the alimentary canal, the blood stream and lymphatics, the neuro-muscular system and respiratory system to strengthen the body so it can resist the infection and build up the nerves.

Jerusalem Artichoke –  preserve and use all the juices – (the tuber, not the California artichoke)  given every ten days to help make better coordination for the working of the pancreas as related to the kidneys and pelvic organs, which produce an irritation on the nervous system. This can eradicate the craving for sweets and dark circles under the eyes.  The Jerusalem artichoke was prescribed for many conditions, such as arthritis and diabetes, as well as general circulation, since it contains insulin and phosphorus, Eat a small artichoke with meals.  It was also prescribed for hypertension along with green leafy vegetables.    Jerusalem Artichoke : Jerusalem artichoke on a white background

Almonds – several raw almonds taken daily and you will never have tumors growing in the body.  The almond has more phosphorus and iron in a combination easily assimilated than any other nut.  You’ve heard it said, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, well an almond a day keeps him away too!

Peanut Oil – Massage pure peanut oil into the joints of the body to prevent arthritis.

Caster Oil Pack – One of the most well-known Cayce remedies – used on the abdomen for a wide range of problems, such as pain, slipped discs, hyperactivity, tinnitus, nausea, fibroid tumors, gall stones, diverticulitis and many other conditions.  The application seems to bring about total relaxation as well.

Sea Salt or Kelp Salt suggested as best for the body.

Grape Juice taken 30 minutes before a meal will help curb obesity. Include raw salad and have nothing fried.

Avoid shell fish but have boiled fish and green vegetables for arthritis.  Crystallization in the joints partially can be caused by cold and partially by too many sweets.  Eat a lot of fruit and include vegetables.  Any sweets should be made with honey, especially in the honeycomb, but not with cane sugar.

Colds and flu – use an egg that is room temperature, beat up the white.. add the juice of one lemon, drop slowly into the egg white.  Also, drop slowly a tsp. of honey and 3 drops, one at a time of glycerine.  Beat thoroughly.  take a teaspoonful every two or three hours.  This will clear the cold, relieve stress through the throat and nasal passages, bronchi and larynx.  (Today we do have to be a bit careful of using raw eggs, they are very different than they were in Cayce’s time).

Do not mix candy with any other foods when dealing with colitis, they become especially harmful when taken with starches.  Proteins are made more harmful when eaten with sweets.

Have lots of vegetables which contain iron and silicon to help teeth to be healthy.   smile while you still have teeth

Tomato, of all the vegetables, carries most of the vitamins  in a well balanced easily assimilated manner and is preferable eaten after being canned.  Tomatoes are actually not acid forming in the system, and can be destructive  if not allowed to fully ripen on the vine before picking them.  If canned, be sure they do not contain benzoate of soda also known as sodium benzoate!  Today we learn that tomatoes contain lutein, which is good for the eyes, especially after being cooked.tomatoes

Edgar Cayce also said:  “A great deal will depend upon the mental attitude of the body.  Listen to sublime music which is very soothing for the body.   Be aware not merely of your thoughts, but also what you think  and say about others and how you treat them personally.   Keep an even mental balance.  Don’t worry, which is easy to say, but how to prevent it?  By keeping control of the mind, not only through the very will of self, but by keeping occupied in doing something for others.”

Edgar Cayce on Astrology

Back in the early to mid 1980’s I discovered Edgar Cayce and the ARE, which is the Association for Research and Enlightment.  Where I grew up in New Jersey, there were very few metaphysical book stores, so I ordered my books on Astrology and other Metaphysical subjects from the ARE book store.    I always wanted to visit the ARE center in Virginia Beach, but I never had the chance.

As a long-time Astrology student, I devoured every book I could find on this subject.  Today I have a pretty extensive collection of Astrology material and several of these books are used in my work as a Professional Astrologer.  What did Edgar Cayce have to say about Astrology? His definition:

“that position in space about our own earth that is under the control of the forces that are within the sphere of that control, and all other spheres without that control.  That is Astrology, the study of those conditions.  In the beginning, our own plane, the Earth, was set in motion.  The planning of other planets began the ruling of the destiny of all matters as created, just as the division of waters was ruled and is ruled by the Moon in its path about the earth, just so as the higher creation as it begun is ruled by the action in conjunction with the planets about the earth.  The strongest force used in the destiny of man is the Sun first, then the closer planets to the earth, or those tht are coming to ascension at the time of the birth of the individual.  But let it be understood here, no action of any planet or the phases of the Sun, the Moon or any of the heavenly bodies surpass the rule of man’s will power, the power given by the Creator of man in the beginning, when he became a living soul with the power of choosing for himself.  The inclinations of man are ruled by the planets under which he is born, for the destiny of man lies within the sphere or scope of the planets.”   He goes on and adds, “We see there is the influence of the planets upon an individual, for all must come under that influence, though one may pass from one plane to another without going through all stages of the condition, for only upon the earth plane at present do we find man is flesh and blood, but upon others, do we find those of his own making in the preparation of his own development…… many of the forces of each planet is felt more through the experience, by the entity’s sojourn upon the planets than by the life that is led other than by will, for will is the factor in the mind of man that must be exercised.:  Cayce also said many, many thousands of years ago, Astrology was used by the people, per the records of Job, who lived before Moses.

A little bit of information about this very special man taken from the book “Edgar Cayce – The Sleeping Prophet” by Jess Stearn – Edgar would lay down on his couch.  He would close his eyes and then start to talk in his sleep.  He would be in a trance state and unaware of what he was saying.  He tuned in to subconscious information, apparently the product of a Universal Mind which had been available to him since he was young.


He would accurately diagnose sick people who came to him in person, or just wrote to him for help, and consequently cure them.  But he also would get predictions of future earth events, as well as information about previous events.  His wife wrote down what he said and later his secretary Gladys took over.  He could apparently travel in time and space.  He spoke of a belief in reincarnation, with its concept of many lives for the same soul spirit.  Edgar Cayce, somehow was able to look inside of everything that fell into the realm of his unconscious – –  the human body and soul, the earth, the Universe itself.   Edgar Cayce was an uneducated man, never having gone beyond the sixth grade in Hopkinsville, Kentucky where he grew up.

Many years have passed since his death in 1945 and the collection of documents on his various readings for people are on file in the library at the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach.   While he was alive, he was scorned by the medical profession, but today many inquiring minds in the medical profession are looking at and using his diagnoses and remedies.  One medical authority stated that medically, he was 100 years ahead of his time.   Many today are being successfully treated using  his readings.

Through the years, I left Edgar Cayce behind and moved forward into other metaphysical pursuits.  Recently a friend told me about an Edgar Cayce Study Group and I joined.  I learned that these Cayce study groups are happening around the world.   I have been guided back into my old books, which I once relied upon for good health, using the Cayce remedies.  I did move away from it all, but destiny has brought Cayce back into my life again twenty five years later.  I feel the urge to write more about Edgar Cayce in future blogs and I know I am to share more about this amazing man.