Current Update as of February 13, 2005
Inspired by The Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies
Edited by HENRY REED, Ph.D.
Kevin J. Todeschi is editor-in-chief of Venture Inward magazine and a director and spokesperson for A.R.E.
The phone rang and I heard an all-too-familiar greeting, "Hello, I was told to call you…I think I’m the reincarnation of Edgar Cayce." To be sure, this time the caller was female but her story, her "memories" and her conviction were the same as I had heard on more than a hundred occasions.
Over the years so many individuals have contacted A.R.E. about being the reincarnation of Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) or about being in ongoing psychic communication with the soul of Edgar Cayce that the organization has had to create form letters to respond to those numerous letters, phone calls, and in-person visits. Because of the numerous queries, the FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) portion of our Web site also includes an abbreviated version of the very same material.
this kind of communication with A.R.E. may have experienced a slight increase
since 1998, the phenomenon is not new. In fact, Edgar Cayce’s elder son,
Hugh Lynn Cayce (1907-1982), used to tell a variety of stories in his
lectures about individuals claiming to be the reincarnation of his father,
or about people who were somehow convinced that they were in constant
psychic communication with his father.
the lecture several people came up to speak to me. One of the first was
a man who told me that he was the minister of a local spiritualist church.
He said that he was very sorry to have to give me the message he had for
me but that Edgar Cayce had been at the lecture, standing at my right
head of the organization and elder son of Cayce, for years Hugh Lynn received
these types of communications – in person, on the phone, and through the
mail. So insistent were many of these individuals about the validity of
their contact with Edgar Cayce that finally Hugh Lynn began asking them
a question that Edgar Cayce himself would know the answer to: "What
can you tell me about Gail?"
Hugh Lynn’s death in 1982, individuals who believed they were in communication
with Mr. Cayce continued to present themselves [and individuals who thought
they were in communication with Hugh Lynn Cayce began to appear, although
with much less frequency].
terms of the experience of psychic communication, many people are not
aware of the fact that information can come from the "other side"
without being from the individual who claims to be giving the information.
Although it may sound unusual, it is possible that individuals are actually
"hearing" or "receiving" information
from a discarnate entity (deceased individual) who claims to be Edgar
Cayce and is not.
Lynn considered this type of psychic communication an "unwarranted
psychic experience." In addition to hearing voices, other unwanted
experiences included such things as feeling the presence of a ghost, sensing
that someone is invading your thoughts psychically, picking up on unwanted
psychic information, etc.
Perhaps surprisingly, this last suggestion is one of the hardest for many people to accept. I have personally spoken to dozens of individuals who have no intention of "stopping" the phenomena; instead, many of them truly want the experiences to continue because they have somehow acquired a sense of "importance." Some have even stated that their life wasn’t really that interesting or rewarding until the experience started to happen.
In terms of the bodily reincarnation of Edgar Cayce, there are several reasons why individuals may honestly think, feel, and "remember" being the reincarnation of Cayce without it actually being a valid reincarnation recall experience. Those reasons include the way in which the process of soul awakening works as well as the possibility of past-life connections with Edgar Cayce or even with one of his previous incarnations.
During the process of "soul awakening" an individual may experience feelings and even memories from the past that resurface in the present. Part of the challenge in this process is sorting through all of the images, memories, and feelings, attempting to separate what is "real" from what is caused by something else. Sometimes individuals have such strong feelings and images about a particular person from history that he or she may actually begin to personally associate with those memories.
For example, in 1936 a 47-year-old man asked Edgar Cayce during the course of a reading about his own connection to a famous personality. The man was convinced that he was the reincarnation of President James A. Garfield. Not only did he have memories and feelings of being the 20th president but another psychic had also confirmed the connection. Cayce, however, stated that the individual had simply been a very close friend and associate of Garfield’s and not the president himself (1151-4).
this in mind, it is very likely that individuals who think that they are
the return of Edgar Cayce actually may have had a close association with
him and his work, or they may have been connected with Cayce in one of
his past incarnations.
Another way that memory can work is as a symbolic metaphor. For example, a soul memory of the Crusades can just as likely be about the fact that an individual is on a "crusade" or a mission of some kind in the present as it may be about the reality of her or his former incarnation. In fact, oftentimes past-life memories come to the surface in conscious awareness and dreams because they correspond to similar patterns and experiences that the individual is encountering in the present.
addition to the possibility of a past-life connection, another reason
individuals may sometimes think they are the reincarnation of Edgar Cayce
is because of a comment Cayce gave in one of his own readings in 1932
suggesting that he would return in 1998 (294-151).
enough, in December 1997 the A&E’s Biography did a program
on Edgar Cayce’s life. At around the same time, a 26-week series on Edgar
Cayce’s life and work called The New Millennium started airing
on the Wisdom Cable Channel.
the other hand, if the comment regarding Cayce’s possible return in 1998
was literal, did it mean Edgar Cayce was destined to be born in 1998 or
did it mean that he would make his presence known in 1998? Also, would
a physical return of that soul even have an impact on the work he left
behind as Cayce?
story of Elijah is contained in the first book of Kings; he is considered
to be one of the most prominent Hebrew prophets. His name even means,
"Yahweh is my God." Together with Samuel, he founded
a school of the prophets at Mount Carmel.
day long the priests of Baal prayed to their god while the people of Israel
watched, and nothing happened. Elijah joked with them that perhaps their
god was asleep or perhaps he had gone off somewhere. Still the priests
of Baal prayed and performed all manner of rites and ceremonies, and still
the New Testament we find that John the Baptist is the named forerunner
of Jesus (Matt. 3). Later, Jesus actually states that John the Baptist
was, in fact, the reincarnation of Elijah (Matt. 11:14). Edgar Cayce also
confirmed this in his readings.
when all of the above is sincerely explained to individuals, many persist
in their claims that they are in communication with Edgar Cayce or that
they are the physical return of Edgar Cayce. Oftentimes, they are not
really concerned about the way soul memory works. They don’t want to hear
about lying discarnates.
other day when the phone rang again, I realized it was another such caller
after hearing: "Hello, I was told to call you…" However,
to my surprise the caller said something this time that was totally new
the real Edgar Cayce please stand up?
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