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- I. Profile Report
- Name: Association for Research and Enlightenment
- Founder: Edgar Cayce (1877-1945). Cayce was born on
a farm near Hopkinsville, Kentucky. It is claimed that he showed
evidence of his psychic intuition at a very early age, as he
mastered his school lessons through "osmosis" by sleeping
on his books. Melton describes Cayce as "the last major
exponent" of a psychic ability called "travling clairvoyance:
the ability to 'tune in' to another, even at some distance, and
diagnose his condition and prescribe for it" (Melton, 668).
This capacity was quite popular in the ninetheen century.
- For most of his adult life, Cayce was able to provide intuitive
thoughts into almost any question imaginable. He did this by
placing himself in a deep, trance-like sleep, during which he
would respond accurately to virtually any question asked. His
responses came to be called "readings." Eventually
Cayce would give over 14,000 readings on over 10,000 different
- In 1930 he founded Atlantic University in Virginia Beach,
Virginia, which was designed to allow individuals to gain insight
into the creative and intuitive mind so that they may achieve
personal growth. The Association for Research and Enlightenement
emerged out of this learning center.
- Year founded: 1931
- Where founded: Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Brief History: The organization was founded to preserve,research,
and make available insights from Cayce's information, dealing
mainly with medical problems. During Cayce's lifetime, it expanded
to include such topics as meditation, dreams, reincarnation,
and prophecy. Today, this non-profit organization explores an
even wider variety of subjects, such as health and healing, ancient
civilizations, earth changes, ESP, and life after death. The
A.R.E. considers themselves to be a network of people who actively
study and apply Cayce's wisdom and practical suggestions in order
to experience a better life. They offer periodic conferences,
workshops, lectures, home research projects, and informative
mailings to those interested. These are offered in many national
and international communities and are designed to allow for open
discussions of the of the material contained in Cayce's readings,
as well as providing for contact with some of A.R.E.'s best resource
- Sacred or Revered Text(s): Cayce's extensive readings
are considered the primary "sacred texts." The A.R.E.
Visitor Center in Virginia Beach, VA houses a library that holds
Cayce's 14,000+ readings and a parapsychology collection of nearly
- Cult or Sect: Negative sentiments are typically implied
when the concepts "cult" and "sect" are employed
in popular discourse. Since the Religious Movements Homepage
seeks to promote religious tolerance and appreciation of the
positive benefits of pluralism and religious diversity in human
cultures, we encourage the use of alternative concepts that do
not carry implicit negative stereotypes. For a more detailed
discussion of both scholarly and popular usage of the concepts
"cult" and "sect," please visit our Conceptualizing
"Cult" and "Sect" page, where you will
find additional links to related issues.
- Beliefs: The A.R.E. believes that by following the
wisdom and practical suggestions of Cayce's readings, one can
achieve a better and more fulfilling life.
- Size of Group: Unknown; however, the organization
has regional offices throughout the United States and Canada.
In addition, there are Edgar Cayce Centers operating in many
- II. Links to A.R.E. Web Sites:
- A.R.E. homepage.
This is the Association for Research and Enlightenment's official
home page, and it is maintained by the organization. It explains
the purpose and goals of the organization, as well as providing
many links to current information on membership, history, and
other materials. It also offers visitors to the site the opportunity
to contact the organization via the Internet.
- A.R.E. Visitor
Center and Headquarters.
This site offers information about the Visitor Center and Headquarters
of the A.R.E., including its founding and programs offered by
the organization. It also contains information about Atlantic
University, and offers many links to other web sites.
Edgar Cayce (1877-1945).
This page reflects on the life and work of the A.R.E.'s founder,
- Journal of Cayce Studies
The Journal of Cayce Studies is an on-line semiannual
publication "devoted to the life, teachings, and legacy
of the American psychic Edgar Cayce. The journal is independent
of any Cayce organization" and edited by David Bell. http://www.ciis.edu/cayce/
Edgar Cayce Companion" Homepage.
The "Edgar Cayce Companion" is claimed to be "the
single most extensive reference book on Edgar Cayce readings."
This site explains its depth of focus and allows the visitor
to order it if desired.
- AUM~Sparky's INDEX
Edgar Cayce Readings
Another pretty extensive set of Cayce readings plus links to
other resources. Loads faster than the above site.
United States Region Contacts. This site shows the fifteen
regional branches of the A.R.E. and provides those interested
with information that may allow them to contact their regional
- A.R.E. Press.
The A.R.E. Press publishes a variety of mediums that promote
their messages. This page expounds on what the A.R.E. Press has
to offer, plus their newest releases.
The Heritage Store. This site features "Edgar Cayce
products derived from nature." Located in Virginia Beach,
VA, it is an offspring of the A.R.E.
- III. Bibliography
- Bro, Harmon. 1970.
- Edgar Cayce on Religion and Psychic Experience. New
York, Coronet Communications.
- Bro, Harmon. 1971.
- Begin a New Life; The Approach of Edgar Cayce. New
York, Harper & Row.
- Bro, Harmon. 1989.
- A Seer Out of Season. New York, NAL Books.
- Cayce, Hugh. 1985.
- Venture Inward. San Francisco, Harper & Row.
- Johnson, K. Paul. 1998.
- Edgar Cayce in Context: The Readings. Albany, NY:
State University of New York Press.
- Lucus, Phillip. 1995.
- "The Association for Research and Enlightenment: Saved
by the New Age," in Timothy Miller, Ed., America's Alternative
Religions. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. 353-361.
- Melton, J. Gordon. 1994.
- "Edgar Cayce and Reincarnation: Past Life Readings as
Religious Symbology" Syzygy: Journal of Alternative Religion
and Culture. 3 (1-2): Reprinted on-line in Journal
of Cayce Studies
- Melton, J. Gordon. 1996.
- The Encyclopedia of American Religions. Fifth Edition.
Detroit: Gale Research Inc. pp. 690-691.
- Sechrist, Elsie. 1971.
- Meditation, Gateway to Light: Self Discipline. Virginia
Beach, A.R.E. Press.
- Stearn, Jess. 1968.
- Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet. New York: Bantam
- Sugrue, Thomas. 1968.
- The Story of Edgar Cayce: There is a River. Virginia
Beach, VA: A.R.E. Press. 1997. Revised edition. Originally published
- Thurston, Mark. 1997.
- Edgar Cayce's Millennium Prophecies: Predictions for the
Coming Century from Edgar Cayce. New York: Barnes and Nobel
- IV. A.R.E. in the News
- Colton, Michael, 1997.
- "Prophet Center: In Virginia Beach, Edgar Cayce's Followers
Meet to Meditate With One Eye on the Calendar," Washington
Post, December 31.
- V. Audio and Videotape Resources
- The Edgar Cayce Legacy, 1994.
Videotape produced by the Edgar Cayce Foundation. A good introduction
to the man and the movement he inspired. 30 minutes. Available
through A.R.E. Bookstore.
- An extensive collection of writings by and about Cayce,
audiotapes, and videotapes are available throught the A.R.E.
Bookstore A catalogue of A.R.E. publications is available
by calling 1-800-723-1112.
- Developed by Hilary S. Ritter
New Religious Movement Student, Fall 1996
Last modified: 04/19/01
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