New York Times bestselling author Sydney Kirkpatrick, speaking about the research process for his latest book, True Tales from the Cayce Archives, which was co-written with his wife, Nancy Kirkpatrick. Sydney wrote one of the definitive biographies of Edgar Cayce, Edgar Cayce, an American Prophet.
“You can know more about Edgar Cayce now, in this day and age, than ever before. Science is finally catching up with Edgar Cayce. Spirituality – we get it, and we can have more insights than we’ve ever had before. It’s a better time to study this.”
– Sydney Kirkpatrick
“I think Cayce is still so far ahead of science today, and concepts for living. I find some of the medical information the most interesting, in terms of science catching up. Cayce talked years ago about color in food, and now we know about phytonutrients and how color brings certain elements in nutrition. Sometimes he recommended that a person eat all yellow foods, as an example. And alkaline and acid balance – he gave thousands of readings on that, and we can now go out and buy books on it.”
– Nancy Kirkpatrick
More than any other teacher, mentor or writer, Edgar Cayce has had the greatest influence in my awareness and understanding. The contents of this blog as well as the context of my book, Dying is Weird: A Journey of Enlightenment would be incomplete without mentioning something about Edgar Cayce and his life’s work as a healer and clairvoyant. Cayce is the most documented clairvoyant in history, and there are 14,306 written records of specific readings that he gave on a vast range of subjects. Most of Cayce’s readings were personal healings done for people with various kinds of illnesses and health conditions. Cayce would go into a trance state, and he somehow was able to scan a person’s body and received precise information on that person’s physiological organs and overall physical health. In his trance state he often used medical terms that he was unfamiliar with, but were well known to doctors.
In 1905, Cayce told doctors how to heal a badly broken leg of a Hopkinsville, Kentucky man, George Dalton, by inserting a nail into the broken bone. The doctors had told Dalton that he would never walk again, but after following Cayce’s instructions Dalton recovered and was able to walk again, despite the dire predictions. Many people believe that this was the first time in medical history of the use of a nail to heal a broken bone. In 1911 doctors told Edgar Cayce’s wife Gertrude that she was going to die of tuberculosis, and she followed her husband’s treatment directions, and she recovered quickly. In later years, Edgar’s son Hugh Lynn Cayce accidentally burned his eye, and asked for a reading. He was told by doctors he would never be able to see through his damaged eye again, but Cayce’s reading prescribed a specific kind of compress that restored his son’s vision.
Cayce’s predictions were amazingly detailed in terms of medical information.
“His psychologic terms would do credit to any professor of anatomy… while in his normal state he is an illiterate man, especially along the line of medicine, surgery or pharmacy, of which he knows nothing,” one doctor said.
As word spread of Cayce’s clairvoyant abilities, articles were written about him in local newspapers and the New York Times and he soon became famous as a healer. However, Cayce was concerned that the publicity was a distraction from the importance of the healing work, and he never charged anyone for his readings; he only accepted donations. Cayce’s readings covered an amazing range of health issues, from childbirth, longevity, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries to arthritis, cancer and psoriasis. He is sometimes called the Father of Holistic Medicine, as he was ahead of his time in his descriptions of the human body, and advocating for a balanced approach of healing integrating the mind, body and spirit. The treatments that were channeled often involved the use of unusual electrotherapy, ultraviolet light, diet, massage, crystal gemstones and rest and relaxation.
It’s hard to assess the scope of Cayce’s clairvoyance, because his readings covered many topics beyond healing, including business dealings, oil drilling, predictions about the 1929 stock market crash, the Great Depression, World War II as well as metaphysical and philosophical other subjects. Many well-known people sought guidance from Cayce; Thomas Edison received readings on the nature of electricity, Woodrow Wilson received readings on his heart condition, and Nikola Tesla, George Gershwin and Nelson Rockefeller also received readings.
Cayce dreamed of establishing a hospital where patients could receive the help they needed with their healing. In 1925 Cayce was guided through his readings to move to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to carry out his healing work. Eventually he established the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in Virginia Beach, which houses the original archives of all his various readings and correspondence. The A.R.E. is a great resource and has been a wonderful part of my life; in fact, I saw Dr. Eben Alexander give a presentation through the A.R.E. and of course, I was profoundly moved by what he had to say about death and the afterlife.
In the process of reading my book, asking questions about death or healing, I hope people will learn more about Edgar Cayce and the classes, workshops and resources available through the A.R.E.
“I do not believe there is a single individual who does not have this same ability I have,” Edgar Cayce said. “If they were only willing to pay the price of detachment and self-interest to develop this information.”
You can visit the A.R.E. web site and learn more about the life and legacy of Edgar Cayce at http://www.edgarcayce.org/.