was born March 18, 1877 on a farm near Hopkinsville, Kentucky. At an early age he found
that he was able to learn
his school lessons by sleeping on his textbooks.
He was also able to see and talk to his
grandfather's spirit, and often played with "imaginary friends" whom
he said were spirits on the other side. Edgar
Cayce dropped out of school after the seventh or ninth grade, there are
conflicting accounts. Either
was not unusual for the time, living on a farm.
Cayce’s outlook on his life
undoubtedly influenced by the Christian revivalist meetings which were
at that time all over the country. At
the age of seven or eight Edgar was sitting in a wooded clearing
Bible when he saw what he described as a bright vision of a winged
clothed in white.
The vision asked the child
wanted in life, and Edgar Cayce responded that he wished to help
others. The next
day, Edgar was having difficulty
learning his spelling homework. In
mind he heard the voice of his vision telling him to ‘sleep, that you
helped’. The boy did as he was told, laying his head on his spelling
He woke up
later, to find he knew the spelling
of every word.
was a devoted churchgoer and Sunday school teacher. At
a young age, Cayce vowed to read the Bible once
for every year of his life. At
of his death in 1945, he had accomplished this goal. Perhaps
his readings said it best, when asked
how to become psychic, Cayce’s advice was to become more spiritual.
the age of fifteen, he suffered an accident at school. He was struck on the back of
his neck by a
baseball. The young
Edgar Cayce went
into a semi-stupor, and while in that state, told his parents to
special poultice and apply it to the nape of his neck, at the base of
brain. To appease
their son, his parents
did as they were told, and in the morning, Cayce was completely
was Edgar Cayce’s first health reading,
and he soon discovered that he
could do the same reading for others.
left school in Hopkinsville to find work where he could. He worked on a farm, then in
a shoe store, and
later a bookstore. By the age of twenty-one, he had become the salesman
wholesale stationery company.
time Cayce developed a gradual
throat paralysis that developed
caused the complete loss of his voice. The Doctors Cayce approached
were unable to help
him, and he began to regard his problem as incurable.
Edgar Cayce resorted to
but this had no useful effect either.
occurred to him one day to attempt re-entering the same type of
which had enabled him to learn his schoolbooks when he was a boy.
Edgar Cayce found a
was willing to give him the necessary suggestion. Once
in the trance, Cayce reportedly spoke in
a clear voice, spelling out precisely what his symptoms were, and what
be done to cure them. Edgar
succeeded in curing himself. This
launched him on a lifelong career as a psychic diagnostician and
than 40 years of his adult life, Edgar Cayce was able to find intuitive
insights into nearly any question he was asked, by lying down on a
closing his eyes, and folding his hands over his stomach.
In this state of relaxation
and meditation, he
was able to place his mind in contact with all time and space. Cayce called this the
also known as the super-conscious mind.
It made no difference to
his patient was sitting next to him in the same room, or a total
living hundreds of miles away. Preparations
for any reading Edgar Cayce made were always the same.
As Cayce himself described
would first loosen his clothing in order to have a perfectly free
would then lie on the
couch in his office, with his head to the south, and his feet to the
hands on his forehead between his
eyes, Cayce would wait a few moments until he received what he would
call the go
signal, which he described as a flash of brilliant white light.
Cayce would then move his
his solar plexus, and fall into a trance. His
wife would tell him the name and location
of the patient, leaving out any mention of age, sex or physical
might pause a while before repeating the
name and address until he had succeeded in 'locating' the patient, he
then describe that person’s condition. Cayce
would then prescribe medication and any other corrective measures.
Edgar Cayce always ended his
reading with the words: "We are through."
state, Edgar Cayce could respond to
questions as broad as, "What are the secrets of the universe?" or "What
is my purpose in life?" and as specific as, "What can I do to help my
arthritis?" and "How were the pyramids of Egypt built?
sleep-like trance state that gave him the nickname, “The Sleeping
he gave while in the
trance have come to be known as "readings".
Cayce was the first to use such terms as
"meditation," "Akashic records," "spiritual
growth," "auras," "soul mates," and "holistic
health" that have since become household words to millions.
Edgar Cayce had not been a
student as a child. Later
in life, he
would become renowned for how educated he sounded when he spoke while
conscious, waking state,
he appeared to his contemporaries as a quiet, humble, self-effacing
somewhat unschooled, and deeply religious.
psychic readings constitute one of the largest and most impressive
intuitive information to come from a single individual, with 14,879 in
on over 10,000 different topics.
array of subject matter can be narrowed down into a smaller group of
that, when compiled together, deal with the following five categories:
Growth, Meditation, and Prayer
years the information he gave, dealt mainly with medical
the scope of his readings expanded
to include such topics as meditation, dreams, reincarnation, and the
transcripts of these readings have
provided the basis for over 300 popular books about Cayce's life and
In 1933, when he had been
readings for 31 years, he explained that he still understood very
what he was doing.
I am one of the few who can lay aside their own
personalities sufficiently to allow their souls to make this attunement
universal source of knowledge -- but I say this without any desire to
In fact I do not claim to possess anything that other
not inherently possess. Really and truly, I do not believe there is a
individual that does not possess this same ability I have.
I am certain
all human beings have much greater powers than they are ever conscious
of -- if
they would only be willing to pay the price of detachment from
that it takes to develop those abilities."
Those who came into contact
Cayce were continually amazed by the depth and breadth of medical
displayed during his sleep state.
would frequently recommend the use of drugs which were not generally
yet on the market, or which had long since passed out of use.
Although he had a conscious
knowledge only of the English language, Edgar Cayce is estimated to
in some two dozen foreign languages while in a trance.
The unconscious Cayce
believed there was a
cure for every health problem in nature, providing that cure could be
time. This even included cancer.
Edgar Cayce seldom advocated
operations, believing that surgery was over used. He
took a holistic approach to health. Edgar
Cayce believed that people were composed
of body, mind and spirit, and that all three are one.
Cayce talked about
in the cells of the body, each contributing to the total consciousness
person. Health, he
from a perfect harmony of body and mind.
accordance with the concept that we are
what we eat, think, and believe, Cayce would often urge his patients to
their mental and spiritual outlook in order to regain their health.
Treatments recommended for
patients by Edgar Cayce, included many forms of drugless healing, such
special baths, oils, heat, light, colonic irrigation (enemas), massage,
knowledge of anatomy
displayed by Cayce while in trance perplexed more than one physician. The first physician to use
Edgar Cayce in his
own work was Doctor Wesley Ketchum of Hopkinsville.
Ketchum wrote of Cayce;
psychological terms and description of the nervous anatomy would do
credit to any professor of nervous anatomy. There is no faltering in
and all his statements are clear and concise.
He handles the most
jawbreakers with as much ease as any Boston physician, which to me is
wonderful in view of the fact that while in his normal state he is an
illiterate man, especially along the lines of medicine, surgery and
of which he knows nothing... in six important cases which had been
strictly surgical he stated that no such condition existed, and
treatment which was followed with gratifying results in every case."
It was Dr. Ketchum who
Cayce to start a business as a psychic diagnostician, giving readings
day. It wasn’t long
before Cayce was
receiving sacks of mail every day from people anxious to use his
Occasionally while in his
self-induced trance, Edgar Cayce would speak of events to come. He predicted both World
Wars, the independence
of India, and the 1929 stock market crash.
also predicted, fifteen years before the
event, the creation of the State of Israel.
Edgar Cayce's prophetic
often emerged during the readings he gave. For
the most part, his prophecies had little
or nothing to do with the original request for a reading.
Sometimes they were to do
matters, although Cayce's readings repeatedly stressed that they should
used for personal gain.
In fact Edgar Cayce himself
early on in his career that if he did attempt to make money from the
information he received in his trances, he would suffer for it
attempt at personal gain from one of his
own readings brought on headaches and stomach upsets.
Other people however, were
gave advice to
businessmen who were worried about the location of their holdings or
of their stocks.
occasion, he pointed
to the location of oil wells, and correctly foretold a real estate boom
Norfolk-Newport area of the United States.
In April of 1929, six months
before the stock market crash, Edgar Cayce warned people to sell
they owned in the market. Many
followed Cayce before, failed to pay attention to his warning, and lost
His most disturbing
however, concern vast geographical upheavals which by the year 1998
result in the destruction of New York, the disappearance of most of
a cataclysmic change in Northern Europe.
Cayce's predictions on the end of the world are well known. He predicted a major
global change in 1998. He
explained that the Sphinx had been built in
10,500 B.C.E. and that survivors of Atlantis had concealed beneath it a
Records containing all the wisdom of their lost civilization and the
history of the human race.
would be well if this entity were to seek either of the three phases
of the ways and means in which those records of the activities of
were preserved -- the one in the Atlantean land, that sank, which will
is rising again; another in the place of the records that leadeth from
Sphinx to the hall of records, in the Egyptian land; and another in the
or Yucatan land, where the temple there is overshadowing same.”
Sep 25, 1939)
entity joined with those who were active in putting the records
in forms that were partially of the old characters of the ancient or
Egyptian, and part in the newer form of the Atlanteans. These may be
especially when the house or tomb of records is opened, in a few years
(2537-1; Jul 17, 1941)