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Book Review - The Essential Edgar Cayce

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2009-01-13 08:01:03     
Article by Sherry Kulakowski

Here is a remarkable overview of the most important concepts in the Edgar Cayce material, by Mark Thurston, who has devoted much of his life to studying the readings, writing books, lecturing, and teaching. Noted author and philosopher Jacob Needleman calls it "Unquestionably the best general introduction to the teachings of this phenomenal American seer, healer, and spiritual philosopher." Thurston has elegantly distilled the substance of over 14,000 readings into small topic-specific sections.

A comprehensive introduction outlines the history of Cayce's life and work, and neatly categorizes and defines his philosophy in 12 essential themes. Ideas which have been difficult for some to accept literally, such as the existence of Atlantis, have been reframed to make sense to skeptics and newcomers to the world of the Cayce readings. In each of eight main chapters, with titles such as The Nature of Reality, The Psychology of the Soul and Spirit (including meditation and dreams), Holistic Healing, The Soul's Journey, and Social Vision, the author presents the subject matter and clarifies the sometimes-complicated premises. Verbatim Cayce readings pertinent to the subject provide the reader with context and a broader understanding. Four appendixes provide the readings' unique story of astrology from the viewpoint of the soul's path; help on reading the readings; a soul perspective on sexuality; and resources for further study.

This book will be an invaluable, much-turned-to resource for anyone who has an interest in the Edgar Cayce concepts or would just like a better understanding of the mysteries of the universe and our soul's journey through time. Those with a passion for the Edgar Cayce concepts will come away with a deeper and richer comprehension of this work.

THE ESSENTIAL EDGAR CAYCE

Edited and Introduced by Mark Thurston, Ph.D.

Tarcher/Penguin. $14.95 (H)

Sherry Kulakowski is the Human Resources Coordinator for the Association For Research and Enlightenment, founded by Edgar Cayce in 1931 for the purpose of promoting holistic health and transpersonal studies like dream interpretation and reincarnation.

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URL: http://www.edgarcayce.org
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