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Edgar Cayce's Prophecies

Edgar Cayce 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 late 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 way, this was not unusual for the time, living on a farm. 

Cayce’s outlook on his life was undoubtedly influenced by the Christian revivalist meetings which were popular at that time all over the country. At the age of seven or eight Edgar was sitting in a wooded clearing reading the Bible when he saw what he described as a bright vision of a winged figure clothed in white.

The vision asked the child what he 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 his mind he heard the voice of his vision telling him to ‘sleep, that you might be helped’. The boy did as he was told, laying his head on his spelling book.  

He woke up later, to find he knew the spelling of every word.

Edgar Cayce 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 the time 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.

At 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 prepare a special poultice and apply it to the nape of his neck, at the base of his brain.  To appease their son, his parents did as they were told, and in the morning, Cayce was completely recovered.

This was Edgar Cayce’s first health reading, and he soon discovered that he could do the same reading for others.  Cayce 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 for a wholesale stationery company.

At this time Cayce developed a gradual throat paralysis that developed into aphonia, and 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 hypnosis, but this had no useful effect either.  It occurred to him one day to attempt re-entering the same type of hypnotic sleep which had enabled him to learn his schoolbooks when he was a boy.

Edgar Cayce found a hypnotist who 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 should be done to cure them.  Edgar Cayce had succeeded in curing himself.  This launched him on a lifelong career as a psychic diagnostician and healer.

For more 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 couch, 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 universal consciousness, also known as the super-conscious mind.

It made no difference to Cayce if his patient was sitting next to him in the same room, or a total stranger living hundreds of miles away.  Preparations for any reading Edgar Cayce made were always the same.

As Cayce himself described it, he would first loosen his clothing in order to have a perfectly free flowing circulation.  He would then lie on the couch in his office, with his head to the south, and his feet to the north.  

Placing his 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 hands to 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 problem.  

Cayce might pause a while before repeating the name and address until he had succeeded in 'locating' the patient, he would 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."

In  this 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?

It was this sleep-like trance state that gave him the nickname, “The Sleeping Prophet”.  Answers he gave while in the trance have come to be known as "readings".  

Edgar 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 good student as a child.  Later in life, he would become renowned for how educated he sounded when he spoke while in a trance.  

In his conscious, waking state, he appeared to his contemporaries as a quiet, humble, self-effacing man, somewhat unschooled, and deeply religious.

Today his psychic readings constitute one of the largest and most impressive records of intuitive information to come from a single individual, with 14,879 in total, on over 10,000 different topics. 

This vast array of subject matter can be narrowed down into a smaller group of topics that, when compiled together, deal with the following five categories:

  1. Health-Related Information
  2. Philosophy and Reincarnation
  3. Dreams and Dream Interpretation
  4. ESP and Psychic Phenomena
  5. Spiritual Growth, Meditation, and Prayer

For many years the information he gave, dealt mainly with medical problems. Eventually the scope of his readings expanded to include such topics as meditation, dreams, reincarnation, and the future.  

The transcripts of these readings have provided the basis for over 300 popular books about Cayce's life and work.

In 1933, when he had been giving readings for 31 years, he explained that he still understood very little about what he was doing.  

Cayce claimed,

"Apparently, I am one of the few who can lay aside their own personalities sufficiently to allow their souls to make this attunement to a universal source of knowledge -- but I say this without any desire to brag about it.

In fact I do not claim to possess anything that other individuals do not inherently possess. Really and truly, I do not believe there is a single individual that does not possess this same ability I have.

I am certain that 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 self-interest that it takes to develop those abilities.

Those who came into contact with Edgar Cayce were continually amazed by the depth and breadth of medical knowledge he displayed during his sleep state.  

He would frequently recommend the use of drugs which were not generally known, not 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 have spoken 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 found in 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 consciousness in the cells of the body, each contributing to the total consciousness of the person.  Health, he explained, flowed from a perfect harmony of body and mind.  

In accordance with the concept that we are what we eat, think, and believe, Cayce would often urge his patients to improve 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 as special baths, oils, heat, light, colonic irrigation (enemas), massage, diet and exercise.  

The 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;

"His psychological terms and description of the nervous anatomy would do credit to any professor of nervous anatomy. There is no faltering in his speech and all his statements are clear and concise.

He handles the most complex jawbreakers with as much ease as any Boston physician, which to me is quite 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 pharmacy, of which he knows nothing... in six important cases which had been diagnosed as strictly surgical he stated that no such condition existed, and outlined treatment which was followed with gratifying results in every case.

It was Dr. Ketchum who persuaded Cayce to start a business as a psychic diagnostician, giving readings twice a day.  It wasn’t long before Cayce was receiving sacks of mail every day from people anxious to use his services.

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.  

Cayce also predicted, fifteen years before the event, the creation of the State of Israel.

Edgar Cayce's prophetic powers 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 with financial matters, although Cayce's readings repeatedly stressed that they should not be used for personal gain.

In fact Edgar Cayce himself found 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 physically.  Each attempt at personal gain from one of his own readings brought on headaches and stomach upsets.

Other people however, were not affected.  Cayce gave advice to businessmen who were worried about the location of their holdings or the stability of their stocks.  

On occasion, he pointed to the location of oil wells, and correctly foretold a real estate boom in the Norfolk-Newport area of the United States.

In April of 1929, six months before the stock market crash, Edgar Cayce warned people to sell everything they owned in the market.  Many who had followed Cayce before, failed to pay attention to his warning, and lost everything.

His most disturbing predictions, however, concern vast geographical upheavals which by the year 1998 were to result in the destruction of New York, the disappearance of most of Japan, and a cataclysmic change in Northern Europe.

Edgar 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 Hall of Records containing all the wisdom of their lost civilization and the true history of the human race.  

"It 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 individuals were preserved -- the one in the Atlantean land, that sank, which will rise and is rising again; another in the place of the records that leadeth from the Sphinx to the hall of records, in the Egyptian land; and another in the Aryan or Yucatan land, where the temple there is overshadowing same.” 
(2012-1; Sep 25, 1939)

"...the entity joined with those who were active in putting the records in forms that were partially of the old characters of the ancient or early Egyptian, and part in the newer form of the Atlanteans. These may be found, especially when the house or tomb of records is opened, in a few years from now.” 
(2537-1; Jul 17, 1941)

...[the entity] was among the first to set the records that are yet to be discovered or yet to be had of those activities in the Atlantean land, and for the preservation of data that is yet to be found from the chambers of the way between the Sphinx and the pyramid of records.
(3575-2; Jan 20, 1944)

Q: “Give in detail what the sealed room contains.

A: “A record of Atlantis from the beginning of those periods when the Spirit took form, or began the encasements in that land; and the developments of the peoples throughout their sojourn; together with the record of the first destruction, and the changes that took place in the land; with the record of the sojournings of the peoples and their varied activities in other lands, and a record of the meetings of all the nations or lands, for the activities in the destruction of Atlantis; and the building of the pyramid of initiation, together with whom, what, and where the opening of the records would come, that are as copies from the sunken Atlantis. For with the change, it [Atlantis] must rise again. In position, this lies -- as the sun rises from the waters -- as the line of the shadows (or light) falls between the paws of the Sphinx; that was set later as the sentinel or guard and which may not be entered from the connecting chambers from the Sphinx's right paw until the time has been fulfilled when the changes must be active in this sphere of man's experience. Then [it lies] between the Sphinx and the river.”    
(378-16; Oct 29, 1933)

Edgar Cayce prophesied that this Hall of Records would be rediscovered and opened between 1996 and 1998.  Egyptologists using ground penetrating radar have in recent years found what seems to be a chamber under the right paw of the Sphinx.  Cayce connected the opening of the chamber to the second coming of Christ.

Readings were individualized to the person asking the question.  Each reading was transcribed by Edgar Cayce’s personal secretary, Gladys Davis and the person asking the question was noted by a numeric code on the transcription, such as 378-16. 

The numeric code was a set of two numbers, the first being an arbitrary number assigned to any person asking a question, followed by the number of times that person had asked a question.  So 378-16 meant that this was the 16th question asked by person 378.

Edgar Cayce predicted the beginning and end of both the First and Second World Wars.  He also predicted the lifting of the Depression in 1933.  In the 1920s, he first warned of coming racial strife in the United States, and in 1939 he predicted the deaths of two presidents in office;

"Ye are to have turmoils -- ye are to have strife between capital and labor. Ye are to have a division in thy own land, before ye have the second of the Presidents that next will not live through his office... a mob rule!"

President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office in 1945, just before the end of WWII.  In November 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas at a time when racial tensions in the United States were at their height.

In October 1935, Edgar Cayce spoke of the coming holocaust in Europe. He said first the Austrians and Germans, and later the Japanese, would take sides.

"Thus an unseen force, gradually growing, must result in an almost direct opposition to the Nazi, or Aryan theme. This will gradually produce a growth of animosities. And unless there is interference by what many call supernatural forces and influences -- which are active in the affairs of nations and peoples -- the whole world as it were... will be set on fire by militaristic groups and people who are for power expansion."

Two of Edgar Cayce's major predictions concerned the futures of the world's great Communist giants, China and the Soviet Union.  In 1944, he foretold that China would one day be "the cradle of Christianity as applied in the lives of men."

Through Russia, Cayce saw, 

"…comes the hope of the world. Not in respect to what is sometimes termed Communism or Bolshevism -- no! But freedom -- freedom! That each man will live for his fellow man. The principle has been born there. It will take years for it to be crystallized; yet out of Russia comes again the hope of the world."

Russia, he said, would be guided by friendship with the United States. Its attempt to rule "not only the economic, but the mental and spiritual life" of its people was doomed to failure.  It was not so much friendship with the US, but competition, that caused the Soviet Union to dissolve in the 1980’s.

Edgar Cayce also predicted the possibility of a third World War.  He spoke of strife arising near the Davis Straits, in Libya, and in Egypt, in Ankara, and in Syria.  Problems would arise “…through the straits around those areas above Australia, in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf."

Some of Edgar Cayce’s readings allude to massive Earth Changes, perhaps in conjunction with a pole shift in the 1930s, 1960s, or 1990s. 

Cayce people, as his believers are known, have developed several creative ways of interpreting such passages, although some were disappointed with the failure of 1998 to bring either the rising of Atlantis, the sinking of California, or the Second Coming of Christ.  

Other predictions were about dramatic changes in the Earth's surface in the period from 1958 to 1998 due to a tilting in the Earth's rotational axis which was to have begun in 1936.

The first sign of this change in the Earth's core would be the "…breaking up of some conditions…" in the South Pacific and sinking or rising in the Mediterranean or Mt. Etna area.  

Edgar Cayce forecast that, by the end of the century, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco would be destroyed.  Cayce said that "…the greater portion of Japan must go into the sea" at this time, and that northern Europe would be "…changed as in the twinkling of an eye."

In 1941, Edgar Cayce predicted that lands would appear in the Atlantic and the Pacific in the coming years, and that "…the coastline now of many a land will be the bed of the ocean. 

Even many of the battlefields of 1941 will be ocean, will be the sea, the bays, the lands over which the new order will carry on their trade as with one another."

"Watch New York, Connecticut and the like. Many portions of the east coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the west coast, as well as the central portion of the United States. Los Angeles, San Francisco, most of all these will be among those that will be destroyed before New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear. This will be another generation though, here; while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia, these will disappear. This will be much sooner. The waters of the Great Lakes will empty into the Gulf of Mexico."

Edgar Cayce prophesied that the Earth's axis would be shifted by the year 2001, bringing on reversals in climate, so that where there has been a frigid or semi-tropical climate, there will be a more tropical one, and moss and fern will grow.  Cayce indicated that by this time a new cycle would begin.

Edgar Cayce predicted that dramatic physical changes would affect the Earth in the years 1958-1998 and would begin with the eruption of Mt. Etna.

According to Cayce, the Great Lakes would empty into the Gulf of Mexico, linked with a time when ancient repositories of knowledge would be discovered.  This would happen as people reached the appropriate level of consciousness.  The three repositories mentioned are in Egypt, the Bimini area, and the Yucatan.

Activities by Mt. Vesuvius or Mt. Pele, or in the southern coast of California and the areas between Great Salt Lake and the southern portions of Nevada, we may expect, within the three months following same, inundation by earthquakes, more in the Southern than the Northern Hemisphere. Portions of the New York, or New York City itself, will disappear as well as the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia.

Land will appear in the Atlantic and Pacific. [Rise of Atlantis] And what is the coast line now of many a land will be the bed of the ocean. Even many battle fields of the present will be oceans, seas, the bays, the lands over which 'The New World Order' will carry on their trade as one with another.

The waters of the lakes will empty into the Gulf. It would be well if the waterway were prepared, but not for that purpose for which it is at present being considered. Then the area where I am now located (Virginia Beach) will be among the safety lands, as will be portions of what is now Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and much of the southern portion of Canada and the eastern portion of Canada, while the western land -- much of that is to be disturbed as, of course much in other lands.

The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea.

The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye.

When there is the first breaking up of some conditions in the South Sea and those as apparent in the sinking or rising of that that's almost opposite same, or in the Mediterranean, and the Etna area, then we many know it has begun.

There will be the upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the torrid areas, and there will be the shifting then of the poles - where there has been those of a frigid or the semi-tropical will become the more tropical, and moss and fern will grow.

As to conditions in the geography of the world, of the country -- changes here are gradually coming about. No wonder, then, that the entity feels the need, the necessity for change of central location. For, many portions of the east coast will be disturbed, as well as many portions of the west coast, as well as the central portion of the U.S. In the next few years land will appear in the Atlantic as well as in the Pacific. And what is the coast line now of many a land will be the bed of the ocean. Even many battle fields of the present will be ocean, will be the seas, the bays, the lands over which The New World Order will carry on their trade as one with another.

Portions of the now east coast of New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear. This will be another generation, though, here; while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia -- these will disappear. This will be much sooner. The waters of the lakes will empty into the Gulf, rather than the waterway over which such discussions have been recently made. It would be well if the waterway were prepared, but not for that purpose for which it is at present being considered. Then the area where the entity is now located (Virginia Beach) will be among the safety lands, as will be portions of what is now Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and much of the southern portion of Canada and the eastern portion of Canada; while the western land -- much of that is to be disturbed as, of course much in other lands.

Strifes will arise through the period. Watch for them near the Davis Strait [between Greenland and Canada] in the attempts there for the keeping of the life line to land open.

Watch for them in Libya and in Egypt, in Ankara and in Syria, through the straits about those areas above Australia, in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.

It is also understood, comprehended by some that a new order of conditions is to arise; there must be a purging in high places as well as low; and that there must be the greater consideration of the individual, so that each soul being his brother's keeper. Then certain circumstances will come about in the political, the economic, and whole relationships to which a leveling will occur or a greater comprehension of the need for it.”

For changes are coming, this may be sure -- an evolution or revolution in the ideas of religious thought. The basis of it for the world will eventually come out of Russia. Not communism, no! But rather that which is the basis of the same as the Christ taught -- his kind of communism.

Edgar Cayce's last reading, on September 17, 1944 was for himself.  By this time he was receiving thousands of requests for assistance.  

His own readings had repeatedly warned him that he should not try to do more than two sessions a day.  Many of the letters he was receiving were from mothers worried about their sons on the battlefields, and Cayce felt he could not refuse them his aid.

His last reading told him that the time had come for him to stop working and rest.  On New Year's Day, 1945, he announced that he would be buried on the fifth of January.  He was right.

Edgar Cayce died January 3, 1945, before most of his prophecies of later times would ever come to pass or not.  The Changing Earth theories and the readings of Edgar Cayce, are extremely similar as to what will happen and where. 

The lower Mississippi River will broaden its path by hundreds of miles, nearly the western half of the United States will be at the bottom of the Pacific.  The Great Lakes will become The Great Lake, and New Your City will be frozen solid.

These are the things to expect, if Edgar Cayce was correct.

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