There Is A River
by Gina Capristo-Gajdosik
No one has a monopoly on life; each person serves a distinct role, no matter their station. Failure is success if you learn from it. Think about it this way, it is nearly impossible to learn only from books and instruction. At some point, you need experience, which means getting out into the world and making mistakes. Sometimes failure is our best teacher…sitting at home thinking about doing something is not doing something. The poor, the homeless, the ill, the rich, the obnoxious, the evil, the saintly, the abuser, the foreigner, the weak, the strong…all live in the same world you do. No one has less or more of a right to be here and to live freely. We are here to learn and to share. In fact, we are all here to learn something specific. Do you know what it is?
In the biography, “There is a River,” about the life of Edgar Cayce, the “Sleeping Profit,” the lessons are stark. In case you’re not familiar with Cayce, he was called the “Sleeping Profit” because he would literally make himself fall asleep and then give a “psychic reading” about a specific person who was ill. A secretary took down every word and when Edgar woke up, he had no idea what had taken place. Yet, his diagnosis was always correct and when the various tonics and therapies were given, the subject got well.
Cayce, a committed Christian, farm-boy from Kentucky knew the seasons and the rhythm of nature, but was ignorant about the wider world. He knew the Bible – read it through from beginning to end many times over- yet, he knew the lessons only in the way in which he was equipped to learn. It was Cayce’s experience in life, his many disappointments in getting a hospital built, countless experiments of trial and error which made him the kind of man who could do one thing that was invaluable to him: change his mind. It was late in his quest to build his hospital in Virginia that one of his supporters, Arthur Lammers, had a hunch and played his hand with Edgar. Cayce went to sleep, while Lammers this time asked very different kinds of questions; about metaphysics and reincarnation and the soul. When Edgar woke up, he was astounded by what he had supposedly said to Lammers; about our mission on Earth, other worlds in the universe and how everything happens for a reason. Cayce was stunned and being a fairly uneducated man, was inclined to believe it could be a stunt, not from Lammers but from the Devil. But, what makes this story so astounding is the amount of trust Cayce had in his own ability to consider and ponder, and eventually come to the truth. He labored over the bible and really read it in a new way. He found passages that confirmed in the idea of reincarnation and he opened his mind enough to trust his own readings. The facts were that people did get well by following the instructions given to them while he was asleep, in a “trance.” The evidence was overwhelming. Yet, why did his efforts to build a hospital and an association falter again and again? One of the reasons he and his son Hugh Lynn believed was due to the fact that the Association had to be born of the hundreds of people helped by “the readings.” Only they could vouch for their experiences. They went to Edgar sick and eventually got well. This was proof of the power of his work. Their eyes were opened from a reading Edgar gave on the subject:
Ye have an organization then with a physical being, with a mental being, with a spiritual concept. And only that which is not merely idealistic but with keeping with God’s “Christ’s precepts, Jesus’ anointing, may be that which may grow and become as a living thing in the experience, in the bodies, in the minds; yea to the very awareness of the souls of men whom such a group, such an organization would serve.”
The Cayce’s finally had the answer to their specific question; the Association of Psychic Research would become realized by a known force of will: man and God, together. This was the missing piece all along. Edgar Cayce passed away on January 3, 1945. Three months later, his wife Gertrude was laid to rest beside him. In the files at the hospital in Virginia Beach, over 14,000 readings are kept as a testament to the work of the Cayce family and all their volunteers and partners. Today, the association is still going strong.
Ref: There is a River by Thomas Sugrue