Pros: It is liable to open that closed door and awaken you from your coma !
Cons: You may never know life to be the same after reading this !
This book, supported by members of the Western Esoteric Traditions, introduces the world to Edgar Cayce's Readings
which are delivered by K.Paul Johnson with truth and fiction intertwining accordingly. Johnson approached the State University of New York in mid-1997 with the works penned by Edgar Cayce's faithful assistant during his many 'trances' he used to heal, observe, claim and assist in modifying somehow, futures of people he knew nothing about, a little about or everything about. The book was released one year later.
Edgar Cayce, born March 18, 1856 was a clairvoyant without really knowing it and accepting it not till much later in life, but from his early beginnings he was aware something was different about him. He had the religious roots nurtured by indoctrination at an early age when he discovered he really liked attending church. Liking the Disciples of Christ so much, by the age of twelve and well-versed in the religious ways, became a sexton. It was at the Old Liberty Church, in the empty pew where he became fascinated by parables and history of which the bible is full of.
He experienced his first awakening to a spiritual calling in which he believes, and Johnson agrees by adding this in the Introduction, was a direct result of him loving Christ and his mission so devotedly. It is noteworthy to mention that this book, not just used in the academic teaching arena, but also in the personal transformation category, one can hear an echo of profound higher intellectual stimulation knowing Cayce only finished the eight grade. K. Paul entertains us with the notion that despite scholarly advances, Cayce was beyond educated but not by the system, just himself and that makes for very appealing literary consciousness to unfold.
Although he clearly never studied ancient dialects, various cultural practises besides his own, and annunciated perfectly the names of towns, cities, buildings and people he was surely never in contact with or read about, his readings indicate he was 'worldly'. The description Johnson illuminates us with is an incredible travel through time and space. Cayce never ventured off the couch in those 'trances' that sent him down the street or to another state or country, but he could tell you every street, every turn and every corner in the surrounding area because his camera-mind recorded every detail !
K. Paul Johnson enlightens his readers by introducing important people who were in and out of Cayce's tumultous and fascinating life. There were doctors, lawyers, politicians and members of his study groups state-wide that knew a believer when they faced one. Johnson demonstrates the simple relationship Cayce had with the ocean, already so balanced in both calm and tumultuous tides, that the creation of where I stood in 2002, Virginia Beach, Atlantic University, home of the Association for Research & Enlightenment, was the best deed Cayce could do for the multitude of peoples lives he touched, metaphysically. Johnson hails Edgar Cayce as the "Miracle Man of Virginia Beach" and I felt his presence there stronger, just after reading this book. It brings you in and keeps you there with gentle strokes to the spirit and not just the ego.
I enjoyed the book as a whole because I learned alot about clairvoyance, which I recently discovered is prominent in my being. I nurture that which is essential to my self-improvement by absorbing the 'success process' of those who offer life-affirming thoughts in which Cayce had and gave to all of his readers and believers. It is quite the inspiration of a man who saw his camera as valuable when you are the one directing your own movie and reaping the rewards of a good first run !
In "Edgar Cayce in Context" you are introduced to trances--a state of mind separate from awakedness and operating from a different will other than your own." This altered state he entered into was not always embraced by everyone in a positive light, the skeptic remains therefore stupid. Johnson describes the Holistic Health Advisor, the Christian Theosopher, the Clairvoyant Time Traveler and the Esoteric Psychologist--all facets of the late great Edgar Cayce, a remarkable prophet. Johnson has done a superb job in delivering us something positive to think about and challenging to adopt, but well worth the effort read and the rewards, AMAZING !