Edgar Cayce

Edgar Cayce - Photo of prophet Edgar Cayce who was born in Kentucky.
@worldwise1 (14888)
United States
November 30, 2009 12:00pm CST
I'm sure that some of you are familiar with Edgar Cayce, sometimes referred to as "the sleeping prophet." If so, what are your thoughts on him? I have heard much about him over the years; his impressive number of "readings," that were done only while he was asleep. He also was the founder of the Akashic Records. With all of the speculation now in the media about 2012 I thought that this might be an interesting subject to explore since Cayce included in his prophecies some things about 2012. Do you believe in prophets at all? Does the fact that they sometimes miss the mark negate all of their prophecies?
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@sid556 (31006)
• United States
1 Dec 09
I read some of his books years ago. I don't remember all of his prophecies because back then I was reading up on all sorts of this stuff. I was working for a medium and really got into the paranormal back in the 70's. Do I believe? hmmm. I never found any proof of anything one way or another.
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@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
2 Dec 09
You worked for a medium, sid? How interesting. I bet you really had some noteworthy experiences there! As for believing, I think that some things simply defy explanation. The way I see it is that if prophets existed back in Biblical times, why not in modern times?
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@sid556 (31006)
• United States
2 Dec 09
I did and it was weird now looking back as I was just a kid....a catholic kid no less and this sort of thing goes very against the catholic religion. My parents were open minded on things like this and curious as well. It was definitly an interesting experience...just knowing this guy. He actually was mentioned in a library book along with Edgar Cayce. His name was Charlie Hapgood. That movie Carrie?...There is a scene where it shows her in the library looking at books. My dad commented that it reminded him of me....many of those book titles are books I'd read.
@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
4 Dec 09
The name of Charlie Hapgood is also familiar to me, sid, since I have devoted some time to learning what I can about the supernatural. I wish you'd keep me posted if you remember anything else.
@GADHISUNU (2164)
• India
1 Dec 09
I have read many books of Edgar Cayce. My introduction to his works began with Gina Cerminara's Many Mansions where many of his readings have been quoted and discussed. Impressed by his works I have bought some others where he has oulined techniques of studying past lives. Now, as Hindu I have not only no problem with the concept of karma and rebrth, unlike an average Hindu my interest in Karma and Rebirth are a lot more tha academic. For one thing here is one person whose utterances support the validation of the Theory of Karma as explaining the intangible Reality.Even though a Hindu is enjoined by his Scriptures to accept Karma and Rebirth as given within the ambit of which the other principles of living are carved. However the lay hindu follower is really not much bothered about verifying this Theory. For me personally, Cayce's work provided a verification technique for the theory. That is the greatest contribution of EC. About his being a Prophet I have no opinion. For within Hinduism, we do not call our religious greats as Prophets nor do theu have anything to do with prophesying. Our greats like Lord Krishna for instance or any of the Gurus like Shankaracharya elucidate on how a consistent and cogent path must be fashioned out of the various utterances in the Scriptures. Thus being a Prophet, is of least importance. I look up to Cayce as someone who has upheld the concept of Karma and the existence of many lifetimes for a person, and many details of the modes of operation of Karma have been clearly brought out by him. Of course there are differences. Whereas the Hindu Scriptures concentrate on the way out of Karma cycle, EC's work doesn't seem to provide this way.IN my understanding this has been left open.
@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
2 Dec 09
Though I understand the principles of karma, Gadhisunu, I do not have the knowledge that would allow me to support or refute the reality of it here. Suffice it to say that some regarded Edgar Cayce as a healer while others saw him as a prophet. I think it is fair to say that he was both.
@GADHISUNU (2164)
• India
3 Dec 09
Edgar Cayce has written elaborately on Atlantis, has almost gone on record to say that was a Real Place where an Advanced Civilization lived. We know from many expeditions that this "belief" has not found any real hard evodence and the whole thing is still in the area of myth. And as for predictions wherever they have been from, whether it is Nostradamus, Veerabrahmam(In India), or several others they have been only sketchily true. It has been seen that any prediction made has made it possible to be confirmed only after the even has happened, has come and gone! Pre-emptive use of such predictions/prophecies to either saving someone or the world from disasters has not happened till date. When a I saw trhe documentary, " The Man who saw tomorrow" where in cataclysmic events beginning 1999 had been predicted for some 27 years following, the events unfolding now cannot be by any stretch of imagination be considered as close to those predicted. Perhaps the very fact that some prediction exists is sufficient for it to be falsified. If you think of an Observer Centered Universe as the structure of Reality may one could appreciate tis better: That predictions and prophecies have very limited utility. May be humanity must learn to cope with things as they come.
@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
4 Dec 09
The Bible is full of predictions, and some have already come to be.
@celticeagle (117158)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Dec 09
I have read many of the books about him written by his son. I think he was a miracle. I do believe in prophets although I think that sometimes, as I do with the Bible, that they are interpreted incorrectly at times and so it makes it extremely hard to understand what the truth is. That doesn't mean the prophet is wrong.
@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
2 Dec 09
I agree, celticeagle, that it is all open to interpretation. We all know from experience that something which means one thing to us might have an entirely different meaning for someone else. That is why we should do all we can to learn more about the mysteries of life.
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@celticeagle (117158)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Dec 09
I totally agree.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
30 Nov 09
Hi worldwise, I first came upon the Edgar Cayce story about forty years ago when I read 'There is a River',the biography of Edgar Cayce by Thomas Sugrue. Having had a belief in past lives for almost as long as I could remember, I felt that I had come home. I am totally convinced that Cayce was a great prophet as well as a real Christian who had a great love for Christ and his teachings, and judged nor condemned no one. The great work that this man did has proven over and over again that he was a true prophet.I have read many of the books written about him but have seen little reference to 2012. I know that he did not predict the end of the world. The fact that Cayce accepted no money for any of his work shows the kind of man that he was. There will of course, always be those who will spread lies and try to make him out to be something else but there is absolutely no proof but that Edgar Cayce was anything but a great prophet and one of the greatest men who have ever lived. Blessings.
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@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
2 Dec 09
Thank you for the insightful input on the subject, Pose. I have made a note of the title of the book you referred to, and will try and track it down. I have also had a longtime curiosity about such things, and I am always eager to learn all that I can. Everything I've read about Edgar Cayce leads me to believe that he was a true prophet with a deep faith.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
2 Dec 09
Hi again worldwise, You can purchase the book online for $7.95. Just goggle edgar cayce A.R.E. Blessings.
@veromar (1457)
• Argentina
1 Dec 09
Sorry to say, I never viewed Edgar Cayce as a prophet. I was more intrigued by his ability to heal people. The remarkable talent he had for searching a person's body and determining what was wrong with them. It was some 20 years ago that I began reading about Edgar Cayce. Once I was hooked, I read everything I could get my hands on. Sad to say, his influence came and went in my life. He was gifted. But again, in all that I read about him, I never thought of him as a prophet. He was a healer. Maybe if I re-read those same texts, I'll see what you all are seeing. Needless to say, the "sleeping prophet" worked some miracles!
@worldwise1 (14888)
• United States
2 Dec 09
Well, veromar, I can only go by the word of people who are far more knowledgeable than myself who regard him as a prophet. I believe that a person can be endowed with more than a single gift, albeit one may be stronger than the other. That said, Edgar Cayce was a very interesting man.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
30 Nov 09
I literally grew up knowing about Edgar Cayce due to my great-grandmother who was interested in paranormal and metaphysics. No doubt is was due to him that sparked my very early interest in the possibility of Atlantis existing....and like the other poster Pose...I too have read many books about him like "There is a River"---so far though none of his prophecies have come true though since his time frame was around the late 1970s and into the 1990s--such as evidence of Atlantis rising or being found, and also the Hall of Records which is supposed to be a library of the Atlanteans and stored somewhere in the Sphinx. But while none of his predictions have come about in the time frame he stated, still doesn't make me doubt him...look at the climate changes..he did predict them and we are having them now
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@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
27 Feb 11
I just watched a tv show about him now. He was amazing! I never had heard of him before. When thinking of prophets, I would always think of Nostradmous. Now I have to do more research on Edgar Cayce and get the book too.