(Health Secrets) The Association for Research and Enlightenment was founded by Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) in 1931. Its purpose was the research and exploration of subjects such as holistic healing, personal spirituality, intuition, philosophy, reincarnation, dreams and dream interpretation. Its mission is to help people change their lives for the better through the ideas and information found in the writings of Edgar Cayce, a much misunderstood man who was known as a medical intuitive, and who has much to offer us today.
In his biography of Cayce, titled There is a River, Thomas Joseph Sugrue paints him as a man who struggled to accept his amazing gift of medical clairvoyance and integrate his ability with fundamental Christian beliefs and practical country working man’s values. Cayce was a product of his culture and the farm life of rural Kentucky the late 1890. He was an introspective man who worried about being a good person and not disappointing God and his family.
This autobiography is highly interesting and well written. It displays the true essence of what it means to be an individual in the U.S., which is quite unlike what is displayed in television and movies, where sensationalism and shock are the watchwords.
Cayce was known for falling asleep and going into a deep trance. During this trance he was able to give clairvoyant or psychic readings about an individual’s health and lifestyle. Although, his ability to view the human body from a distance and correctly diagnose medical issues seemed phenomenal at the time, and even today as well, other individuals have displayed this ability across time. The Association for Research and Enlightenment is committed to documenting his individual case studies and creating a pattern of validity.
Cayce’s life and work demonstrate that the Mind/Body/Spirit connection is constantly at work for our health and healing. At first one tends to believe that Cayce’s work can’t be real, that there must be something untrue or fake about what he does. But no one has been able to establish that. The information and documentation for his psychic health readings, collected over thirty years, are available for anyone to study and research.
One of the most striking examples of Cayce’s ability is the story of his son Hugh Lynn. In the 1890s, Cayce made his living as a photographer. At that time they used flash powder to create enough light to get the image on the photographic plate. His young son some how caused a large amount of flash powder to ignite and severely burn his face and eyes. Cayce picked the screaming boy up and ran to the nearest physician’s office. The physician did what he could, and consulted other local doctors. Their belief was that the boy would be permanently scared, blind, and that one of his eyes should be surgically removed or the boy would die.
Cayce’s wife said if ever they were going to trust in the gift of the medical readings, now was the time. Cayce went home, where he went in to a trance and what he referred to as Spirit gave he and his wife a treatment plan for their son. They followed the plan exactly. Hugh Lynn did not have any facial scarring and after about five weeks time, scar tissue peeled off his eyes and he could see perfectly.
Our current allopathic medical establishment will never research these therapies because there is no profit to be made from doing so. They cannot patent these therapies as they belong to the Association for Research and Enlightenment. The association makes the therapeutic knowledge available to members for free. By U.S. standards membership is not expensive. The current complaint about the therapies is that they seem old fashioned.
In fact, the therapeutics are old-fashioned. When Spirit spoke through Cayce, it gave therapeutic recipes using products available at the time. Spirit utilized established medical schools of thought when appropriate, and recommended the appropriate use of allopathic, homeopathic, osteopathic manipulation, chiropractic and psychological treatments. Cayce’s writing often made recommendations on dietary change, cleansing of toxins, herbs, and massage techniques.
The recommendations from Spirit never did harm to any individual, unlike current medications that have cumulative long term and even deadly side effects. If the therapeutics recommended by Spirit did not work, the case was investigated. Lack of success was related to the individual not following the therapeutic plan exactly.
Perhaps one of the reasons individuals did not follow the therapeutic plan exactly was because it was free. We tend to look askance at, and do not have full faith in things that are free. The nature of our current culture is that profit is king, and nobody gives anyone anything of value for free. Nevertheless, money paid to the Association for Research as membership is used to support the building and its workers. The knowledge to be had there continues to be freely given.
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