Monday, June 18, 2012

Edgar Cayce & the A.R.E

I did something today that I've been thinking in the back of my mind about doing for a number of years now - I became a member of the A.R.E. And I'm really excited about it. When I woke up this morning it wasn't on my mind at all, not something I'd even been thinking about doing. But somehow, I ended up on the A.R.E. website anyway, and next thing you know, I'm a member. That's been happening a lot lately - the Universe has been none too subtle in pointing the way forward. I've found myself unexpectedly revisiting significant aspects of my past numerous times in recent weeks - being reminded of particular things I hadn't given thought to in years. Clearly, the time was right for them to present again.

There are many gifted and dedicated people who do such wonderful spiritual and metaphysical work, and I admire and respect each and every one of them immensely. But there is one who stands apart from all others - one who was like no other. The uniquely gifted Edgar Cayce. How he has impacted my own personal life, I couldn't even begin to explain.

I still clearly remember the very first time I ever heard of him. I was walking down the main street in Cowes on Phillip Island. It was 1999. I noticed the headlines in some of the newspapers at the local newsagents. Said something about Edgar Cayce predictions for the new millennium. And I remember thinking - who the hell is Edgar Cayce, and what would he know anyway? Ok. So clearly, I had no idea!

On the night of January 2, 2000 (which I would months later realise, turned out to be the eve of the 55th anniversary of the passing of Edgar Cayce) - back home in North Queensland for a visit, and I found myself in conversation with one of my mother's friends. I told her about some experiences that I'd had, and she suggested that I should read about Edgar Cayce. Two days later, on January 5th, she unexpectedly arranged for me to meet with the leader of the local Edgar Cayce discussion group, and he handed me a copy of Thomas Sugrue's fascinating book 'There is a River', with the words "Sue wants you to have this". It was months before I actually began to read the book, but from the moment I picked it up, I was spellbound. Then I read Sidney Kirkpatrick's 'Edgar Cayce - An American Prophet'. And I got completely lost in that book. I didn't want to put it down, and I didn't want it to end. Edgar Cayce affects me in a way that no one else ever has. And I couldn't possibly try to explain to anyone else exactly how or why that is. I honestly wouldn't know where to begin. His life, his dedication, his gifts were simply stunning.

I would give anything to be able to visit the A.R.E. To visit the places where he was born, grew up, lived his life, did the the amazing things he did. Perhaps one day it will happen.

Nearly six years ago I started a Flickr account. I feel more than a little silly now for giving it the name I did, and I've gone to change it more than once. But every time I go to, something always stops me. I just can't bring myself to do it. And although I haven't used this account in quite some time, it remains my own very personal tribute to this extraordinary man.

Quite simply, there was and is no one else quite like Edgar Cayce. He was special. Unique. In so many ways. One of a kind. Divinely blessed and abundantly gifted.

Love & light

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