Exploring the Insights of America’s Most Well-Documented Psychic, Edgar Cayce By Lora Little, Ed.D., Gregory L. Little, Ed.D., and John Van Auken A.R.E. Press. $14.95 (P). Illus.
This is a compendium of 29 short essays on intriguing topics addressed in the psychic readings of Edgar Cayce. Most of them, the authors explain, are updates of articles previously published in the newsletter Ancient Mysteries, compiled by the Littles for distribution to members of the A.R.E. The early chapters focus on the authors’ interpretation of Cayce’s version of the Creation, including events and personalities familiar to Bible readers, such as Adam and Eve, Noah and the Great Flood, and Sodom and Gomorrah. This material includes information on the Lost Continent of Atlantis, as described in many readings. The midsection explores various aspects of ancient history in Egypt, India, and Latin America. Later chapters deal with Cayce prophecies such as Earth changes, the Second Coming of Christ, and a shift in human consciousness that is evolving. The book supplements Cayce’s revelations where possible with research information that has come to light since the clairvoyant’s death 58 years ago, some of it serving to substantiate his readings on these topics. For example, for many years the Cayce readings seemed to be “out in left field” on the question of the origin of civilized life in the Americas, Cayce claiming that the original migrations to the western hemisphere occurred around 50,000 B.C., whereas the conventional scientific date was fixed at 9500 B.C. “Since the 1980s, South American archaeologists have presented evidence showing that humans lived here as long ago as 500,000 B.C.,” note the authors. In other words, Cayce’s statements on this and many other unresolved questions could be easily dismissed in his time. But recent scientific studies seem to be catching up with him, supplying new information, such as DNA evidence, that was unheard of a half century ago. Thus, it is possible to say of those asyet- unverified claims by Cayce that remain at odds with conventional wisdom, “it’s too soon to tell.” For research scientists keep pushing back the boundaries of knowledge attained by conventional sensory methods, only to discover that knowledge through extrasensory means should not be discounted. On the other hand, the Cayce readings offer a fascinating story of a high priest Ra Ta, said to have lived in Egypt around 10,500 B.C., being exiled to Nubia or Abyssinia after a scandal that rocked the government of Egypt. The readings said memorials to Ra Ta “still may be seen” in the mountains of Nubia (now Sudan). Since Ra Ta was said to be an early incarnation of Cayce, this story might be called the central myth of the Cayce legacy and his organization. A.R.E. has supported explorations seeking substantiating evidence. Thus far no evidence has been found to support the Ra Ta story. “It will be interesting to watch as research progresses in these areas,” say the authors. This is a book that will merit periodic updating as modern science penetrates more of the unknowns that continue to cloud our knowledge of these secrets of the ancient world.
A. Robert Smith The reviewer, the founding editor of Venture Inward, is the editor of My Life As a Seer, the Edgar Cayce memoirs.