by Lisa Smith
Edgar Cayce was the most documented medical intuitive of the 20th century. For over 40 years, Cayce (1877-1945) gave psychic readings to thousands of individuals while in an unconscious state. He revealed information on an array of topics, the majority diagnosing dis-ease of the body and containing detailed medical knowledge and comprehensive treatments unknown to his conscious mind.
Developing health concepts practiced to this day, Cayce stressed the importance of the interplay of the mind, body and spirit. His words, “Spirit is the life, mind is the builder, and the physical is the result,” defined his beliefs. His readings on diet, exercise, spinal manipulation, massage and meditation are still setting the standards in 2013. The relationship and development of the mind-body model today is in agreement with the basic principles revealed in the Cayce readings as early as 1910.
Cayce offered solutions to health and diet by advising people to eat natural foods grown locally and in season, 80 percent alkaline-forming and 20 percent acid-forming, low-fat, high-fiber, vegetables, fruits and whole grains, with meats and dairy in moderation, little or no fried foods, and proper food combining.
Cayce recommended mild cardiovascular exercise, including walking, bicycling and swimming. The message was regular exercise is important for good health but doesn’t require a tremendous amount. Exercise in open air and stretch slowly for the maximum benefit. Cayce was known to say, “After breakfast, work a while. After lunch, rest a while. After dinner, walk a mile.” Morning and evening exercises were also prescribed.
Osteopathy and chiropractic spinal manipulation were diagnosed for many physical and mental problems as well as relieving back and neck pain.
Cayce introduced the concept of “tone”. All body imbalances involve changes in tone. The body can have an increase or decrease in tone at the same time, causing different forms of imbalance. Conditions of excessive tone require relaxation, while those with decreased tone call for stimulation. With the use of relaxing and stimulating treatments, these imbalances can be resolved.
Physiological and therapeutic benefits of massage were recognized for relaxation, lymphatic cleansing and balancing the nervous system. Effects of massage can be both curative and preventive. Cayce recommended Swedish, osteopathic and neuropathic methods of massage depending on the corrections needed. Specific massage patterns were used on the spine to activate nerve impulses, mental and spiritual impulses, and to stimulate hormone production for glandular health. Daily spinal massages given by loving caretakers close to the patient were prescribed with remarkable results. Specific oils to be used in massage were referenced in 2,500 different readings, including peanut oil, olive oil and cocoa butter.
Cayce’s goal for meditation involved the physical and mental relaxation of the body for the purpose of stress reduction, physical healing and attuning with the divine. Cayce’s seven steps for meditation from “Edgar Cayce’s Holistic Health Program” are:
· Set the ideal
· Set a time: be regular, persistent and patient
· Prepare physically, mentally and spiritually
· Invite protection. Surround yourself with the consciousness of the presence of the Christ Spirit or your own personal alternative
· Use an affirmation
· Silence. Return to the affirmation as distracting thoughts arise
· Pray for others
I have just scratched the surface on the life works of Edgar Cayce. There are hundreds of books written and available on Cayce’s life and readings. For more information, contact the non-profit Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) founded by Cayce in 1931 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. More than 14,000 documented and categorized readings are available.
Lisa Smith, owner of Lisa’s Healing Center in Pompano Beach, welcomes new clients that want to experience Cayce techniques in their treatments. Call Lisa's Healing Center at 954-782-6564 or visit LisasHealingCenter.com. See ad page 57.