Development, Edgar Cayce’s Approach For A New
By Kevin Todeschi
Digested by Lorrie
Kazan for Intuitive-Connections
Have you ever asked yourself, “Who am I and why am I here? What’s
my purpose in life?” These are questions most of us ponder at different
times. They are certainly questions which were asked of the most documented psychic,
Edgar Cayce, and which he frequently addressed during his readings.
Cayce saw each of us as an entity that had experienced lifetimes in which we’d
both gained and lost. Gains were generally made as a result of our being of loving
service to others, and losses were generally due to selfishness, and greed.
A devout Christian, Cayce was startled by what he learned from the transcriptions
of his readings. The readings described his clients’ past lives, which
he said he were recorded in something he called the “akashic records.” Every
soul’s thoughts, words and deeds were apparently etched in those records,
and Cayce claimed that with proper attunement, any one of us could perceive them.
To reach these records, Cayce would go into his sleeping “trance.” Soon
he would see himself like a dot out of his body traveling through layers of different
worlds until he reached a divine library, which had no walls. There an old man
would lead him to a book and point out the section most relevant to his client’s
It was through those records that Cayce was able to advise a client of where
they had gained and lost in past lives, what soul talents they had cultivated,
and what issues they needed or were being given the opportunity to transform.
Cayce stressed that there was no greater determinant than a soul’s free
will and by that will one could over-ride any misfortunes or lose one’s
self abjectly. It was not what happened to you but how you dealt with it that
made the difference in whether your soul progressed or regressed.
So, to the question of “who am I?” one might rightly ask, “whom
do I declare myself to be, and by what standard am I willing to live?”
We are companions and co-creators with God, in Cayce’s view, and as part
of our soul development, it was important for us to follow a program of self-mastery.
Basically we were to set a spiritual ideal, such as love, or patience, work with
personal attunement, such as prayer and meditation, and apply right action in
our lives. Right thought leads to right action.
For Cayce, nothing exceeded the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would
have them do unto you.” His advice in all situations was to be patient,
kind, “long suffering,” and selfless. Each of us was here to learn
to work cooperatively with each other. We are all sparks of that same celestial
light. Our soul purpose was to bring a sense of heaven, or godliness, here on
Unlike many new age philosophers, Cayce did not regard suffering as a sin but
as a stepping-stone. Often he told a client that he or she was “meeting
self,” someone or some way that person had been in a past life. This is
for the soul’s understanding and correction. He viewed our hardships as
processes through which we might become more godlike.
In response to difficulties, he recommended that we choose role models, such
as Buddha or Christ, and ask ourselves how they would have responded to our particular
circumstances. For instance, do we react to someone’s criticism with hurt
feelings, or even shame, or do we take a step back and ask how Christ or Krishna
would have viewed our offender? Certainly we have the opportunity to do both
and decide which provides the greater access to insight and freedom.
Cayce frequently recommended that we use the following process for guiding our
development: Take a sheet of paper and arrange 3 columns. Label the first column, “My
Spiritual Ideal,” the second column, “My Mental Attitude,” and
the third, “My physical Activities.” Under spiritual ideal, write
a word or a phrase that best expresses a way of being you wish to embody. Some
examples sited were love, compassion, and understanding. Our ideals will change
over time as we continue to grow through application and practice.
In the second column, list the attitudes congruent with that ideal. For instance,
Mr. Todeschi ascribes forgiveness, love, understanding and openness as mental
attributes consistent with the ideal of compassion.
“Physical Activities” is the column that is meant to be the most
detailed. “For every attitude, there should be at least three corresponding
activities that you can begin doing in your relationship with other individuals.” If
compassion is in our ideals column, and love in our mental attitudes section,
the author proposes activities such as, “To verbally express feelings and
love every day. To do something loving for another person with the thought of
receiving anything in return.”
Meditation and prayer were Cayce’s suggested method of attunement to higher
vibrations. “…Whatever the mind dwells upon—whether in meditation
or by constant thought—becomes a greater portion of the individual.” Cayce
created spiritual affirmations to be used in meditation and contemplation, and
Mr. Todeschi has included a generous selection of these.
If you want to be more psychic, Cayce said, become more spiritual, and the psychic
will naturally arise as an offshoot. Become a blessing to others. Contribute
in thought and service so that you make the world, or your corner of it, a better
place for your having been there.
Cayce told us that the soul has an “affinity to things of a spiritual nature.” In
reading 3393-2, he advised, “…Take time to be holy. Be holy purposefully,
and ye will find much of that ye have looked for, hoped for, will come to thee
in new environs, new surroundings.”
Mr. Todeschi reminds us that each of us “is ultimately a companion to and
a co-creator with God. Although inevitable, this relationship is not forced but
only comes to pass as each soul chooses to allow its occurrence. We have the
free will to postpone the inevitable, but not to change it.”