Edgar Cayce was born in Christian County, KY in 1876. Cayce was an restless
child who enjoyed playing in the woods behind the family farm. One afternoon,
Cayce felt an presence, although the sunlight obstructed his view, he was able
to make out the profile of an woman. Cayce became uneasy until he heard
her soothing voice, she said "your prayers have been heard, tell me what you
would like most of all, so that I can give it to you." Cayce replied,
"most of all, I would like to be helpful to others, especially sick children."
The woman slowly nodded her head. Before she disappeared, Cayce noticed
shadows behind her back, in the shape of wings.
In school, Cayce was a restless
child, considered slow by his teachers. His homeroom teacher was his
Uncle Lucian. When Cayce arrived home, he overheard his Uncle complaining
to his father about his lack of concentration. His father demanded Cayce
learn his lesson after dinner. Cayce studied long and hard, once his father
quizzed him, he proceeded to get every answer wrong. They tried again
and again with the same results. Suddenly, Cayce heard the soothing voice
of the mysterious woman he encountered in the woods. She said "if you
can sleep a little, we can help you." Cayce asked his father if he could
take a short break, his father nodded.
Cayce laid his head on his
books and took a short nap. When he awoke, his father quizzed him, he
got every answer right. Cayce grew into a handsome young man. He
would marry a woman named Gertrude and they would have two sons. Cayce
decided to pursue a career as a traveling salesman. Around this time,
he began experiencing migraine headaches. He was prescribed a strong sedative,
the side effect would affect his vocal chords, his voice became a strong whisper.
Out of desperation, he invited family and friends over, he put himself
Under hypnosis, he spoke normally.
He went on to describe his condition in medical terms, although he had no formal
medical training. He gave himself a correct diagnosis that would prove
successful. The word of his remarkable ability spread quickly throughout
his community. Sick people and children began showing up at his doorstep
throughout the night. Cayce turned no one away. He would put himself
in a self-induced sleep, talk in medical terms, give a diagnosis and prescribe
Many patients improved and
many were cured. Cayce made national headlines when the Sunday magazine
section of the NY Times ran a headline on Oct. 9, 1910. "Illiterate Man Becomes
A Doctor When Hypnotized-Strange Power Shown By Edgar Cayce Puzzles Physicians."
After the article appeared, people flocked to Cayce from all over the
world. He gave two medical readings a day, 600 per year. Cayce's
readings cured people of every imaginable illness. All was going well
until family tragedy struck. Cayce's son was developing film in the darkroom
when flashlight powder exploded in his face leaving him blind. Eye specialists
were consulted, they came to the same conclusion. He would never see again.
Cayce refused to accept this
diagnosis. He put himself in a self-induced sleep and gave a diagnosis
for his son's treatment. Cayce applied the treatment, his sight returned
to 20/20 vision, he was cured. Shortly afterwards, Cayce's wife Gertrude
would be diagnosed with tuberculosis. Cayce gave a reading, the tuberculosis
would disappear from her body completely. To meet the demand of his patients,
Cayce increased his workload to 4-6 readings per day which equaled 1,385 readings
per year. The strain became to much. Cayce would suffer a major
stroke and collapse.
He would die on Jan. 3, 1945,
he was 69 years old. His wife would die three months later. Cayce
practiced medical diagnosis by clairvoyance for 43 years and gave over 30,000
medical readings and cured over half of his caseload and he never charged for
his services. He left stenographic reports of his cases to the Edgar Cayce
Association For Research And Enlightment Center in Virginia Beach, VA.
He also left hundreds of case reports containing affidavits by the patients
and reports by physicians.
People suffering from all
types of illnesses continue to flock to the Edgar Cayce Association for Research
And Enlightment Center, his diagnosis's continue to cure people, 58 years after
his death. Unsolved Mysteries televised a segment in the 90's on which
a woman developed an incurable eye illness that would leave her blind.
She consulted several doctors, there was no cure, she would go blind.
She was referred to the Edgar Cayce Center, she traveled to Virginia, she received
a diagnosis for her illness, applied it, her vision was completely restored.