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           A Prophet Who Slept His

                  Way To The Top

            Did Edgar Cayce really see into the
            future? Or was he a huckster and a

          Suddenly, from out of nowhere, on  April 18,
          1900,   a    timid   21-year-old    Kentucky
          photographer lost his voice.The doctors he
          consulted told him he had paralysis of the vocal
          cords and would never probably specak again.
          The younf man who’d long believed he could
          absorb the contents of books (like his favorite,
          The Bible) by sleeping on top of them, turned to
          sleep once more and sought help from hypnosis.
          Ten months later, the cure worked. His voice
          returned! Along with something new. Something
          extra special.

          After a stint with hypnosis, Edgar Cayce was
          able to drop into a trance at will. While under, he
          astounded witnesses with his uncanny ability to
          diagnose complex medical conditions, using
          jargon that a lay person could not have known.
          He could even diagnose and recommend
          treatments - none of which he could remember
          when he woke from his hypnosis state - for
          patients hundreds of miles away.
                 Cayce’s exotic abilities caught the
          attention of the public. Patients started coming
          from all across the country to meet with the
          amazing healer; newspapers and magazines              But we know he read a lot of osteopathic  oddsmakers say that odds are if you make
          trumpeted his successes.  The New York Times   literature - describing what today we’d call    thousands of predictions and diagnoses in your
          even called him “America’s Most Mysterious     “naturopathy” or “homeopathy” - which would     lifetime, at least some of them will prove true.
          Man.”                                          have taught him a lot about the body. His       Put that together with followers who want to
                                                         followers often mention that he seemed to know  believe, and you may have Edgar Cayce's life in
                                                         more about the patient than he could possibly   a nutshell. []
                                                         know. But what they fail to point out is that
          During the next 43 years, 14,000 people would
                                                         Cayce performed many of his readings on            The Bible and Flying Saucers
          contact Cayce for readings, the records for most
                                                         faraway subjects who’d send him letters
          of which are still on file in the archives of the                                                        Continued from Page 12
                                                         outlining their conditions, information he could
          Association for Research and Enlightenment, a
                                                         parrot during a reading.And the treatments he   In the passage concerning Philip and the
          Virginia group formed to study Cayce and his
                                                         recommended - ointments, chiropractic           Ethiopian eunuch, there is no physical
          mystical powers.
                                                         adjustments, natural foods - are the type that  description given concerning what “the Spirit of
                 When he wasn’t in a trance, Cayve was a
                                                         rarely hurt anybody and may help simply         the Lord” looked like.  But this passage connects
          mild-mannered, reclusive type who shunned
                                                         because of the placebo effect.                  with the general biblical view, Old and New
          fame and fortune - in fact, he very often didn’t
                                                                                                         Testament, that there is some kind of
          charge for his readings. He would make
                                                         THE PROPHET HAS NO CLOTHES                      extraterrestrial transportation system connected
          appointments with faraway patients every day at
          either 11 a.m. or 3 p.m.. He’d spend most of his  Cayce had quite a few high-profile failures. He  to the angels, and sometimes humans can be
          day fishing or gardening, and at the appointed  became involved with the Lindberg kidnapping   carried in this heavenly UFO, whatever it is.
                                                                                                         It is my hope that we are not too far from the
          time, he’d come inside and lie on his couch.   case (for which he failed to produce any useful  time when either the United States government
          He’d place his hands on his abdomen, draw      information), and with an unsuccessful search
          some deep breaths, and relax. When his eyelids  for buried treasure. After the digging had been  decides that telling the  American people the
          fluttered, the reading began; his assistants would  going on for several weeks and nothing was  truth about the alien/angelic presence that is
          provide some details about the subject’s life, and  found, Cayce’s defenders started claiming - a  flying in our skies is the right thing to do, or else
          Cayce would come up with a diagnosis and       little hysterically - that there had been treasure  that the eyes of religious leaders will be opened,
          recommendation.                                there but it had already been dug up. Or perhaps  in spite of government denials, and realize that
                 But within a few years, Cayce was       it would be buried there in the future.         there are important religious issues in regard to
          ranging away from medical problems in his              He had made numerous predictions        our UFO and alien/angelic presence.   I realize
                                                                                                         there are risks here, for both the government,
          trances. He began expounding on the nature of  about Atlantis (claiming that the United States  and for traditional biblical religion.  I also
          reality, and on reincarnation; he talked about the  would find an Atlantean death ray in 1958) and
          past - telling of lost prehistoric civilizations and  world events that just didn’t come true. His  believe there is treasure here, but in some sense,
          the life of Jesus - as well as predicting the future.  diagnoses were often screwy too: he     it is buried, we just don’t see it.  Like the
                                                         recommended oil of smoke for a leg sore,        disciples on the Emmaus Road with Jesus, we
                                                         bedbug juice for dropsy, and fumes of apple     just do not recognize what, or who, we are
                                                         brandy from a charred keg for tuberculosis.     seeing.
          Many things speak for Cayce’s truthfulness: the
                                                                                                            Finally, I want to thank Jonathan Wright and
          fact that he didn’t generally  charge for readings,                                            Adrienne Bouley for their technical help in
          his grasp of medical terminology, and the      FINALLY FOUND MR. RIGHT?                        preparing for the publication of this book. []
          accuracy of his diagnoses and predictions.     But what about the stuff he got right?  The
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