Christmas Eve 2017
Some guys can’t handle authority.
Christmas Eve 2017
Some guys can’t handle authority.
At age 12, Walt Manis had a vision that he would someday be a father, and have a little girl, and name her Chloe.
He eventually married a neighbor and childhood sweetheart, Annie, ten years his younger. They were unable to conceive, and eventually chose to adopt.
When they met the woman who would become the birth mother of their child, Walt saw that she bore a striking resemblance to the little girl he had seen in his dream. The mother informed them that the name she herself had chosen for the baby was Chloe.
Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) is the most thoroughly documented clairvoyant in history.
Typically, he would lie down on a couch as if to take a nap. A “conductor,” normally his wife, would read certain directions to him. Thereupon, he would begin to speak, from this sleep-like state, and answer questions that were posed to him.
In this state, he seemed to have access to an infinite storehouse of information. He spoke of things and concepts he could not possibly have had knowledge of in his waking life: chakras, kundalini, the titles and authors of obscure books, the names and addresses of health care practitioners whom he had never heard of, and who had never heard of him, in real life.
A secretary was normally present who would record everything he said in shorthand, and afterwards transcribe it on a typewriter.
Each of these discourses is called a “reading.” More than 14,000 such “readings” are archived — and catalogued and thoroughly cross-indexed — at the Association for Research and Enlightenment, in Virginia Beach, VA, the organization that was founded for the study of his words.
The vast majority of readings fall into either of two categories: “physical readings” or “life readings.”
A “physical reading” involved a written request from some person suffering a physical ailment. The person had to provide an address where he or she would be at the time the reading was to take place. Cayce’s words in such a reading normally began with, “We have the body,” and then he would proceed to speak as if he were physically present with the patient in person. He would examine the person’s physical body as with some sort of X-ray vision; opine about the nature and origins of the ailment; and prescribe treatment. If the treatment instructions were followed as given, the patient invariably found relief.
A “life reading,” in contrast, involved an examination of an individual’s current life and supposed past lives, toward the end of understanding the issues and opportunities the person faced. Cayce’s words in such a reading normally began with, “We have the entity,” “entity” meaning, in effect, “soul.” He would proceed to set forth the astrological positions of the planets at the time of the person’s birth,(*) and then summarize each of the person’s lives, beginning with the present life and following with each preceding life, in that order. Thus the words that came up again and again, “Before this, the entity was …”
This catalogue of previous lives was not presumed to be exhaustive. The Cayce source concerned itself principally with those lives where events and issues occurred most pertinent to the events and issues the seeker faced today. The Cayce source claimed that it got all that information about the person’s previous lives from “the Akashic records,” a supposed record “on the skein of space-time” of everything the entity had ever done.
On one occasion, after a life reading, Cayce gave a description of the dream-like experience he normally went through when giving such a reading. That text appears in the next post here below.
Some of the readings use vague, disjointed, almost incoherent language, pretty much just what one might expect from any man talking in his sleep. Most, however, are so cogent that one can hardly believe they came from a sleeping man. He speaks lucidly and at times with passion about different aspects of the human condition; of episodes in Bible history, and the person and significance of Jesus. Those readings have gained him an avid following.
(*)In preparing for this post, I came across an excerpt from Amazing Randi’s Flim Flam that presumes to debunk Edgar Cayce completely. By turns sarcastic and — sarcastic — Randi opines that many of the concoctions Cayce prescribed were probably noxious, and that many patients would likely have gotten better without following Cayce’s directions at all. It came to me: anyone wanting to confirm or disconfirm Cayce’s accuracy could easily do so by checking the astrological information present in each life reading. The subjects’ birthdates are all in the record.
Don’t torture your conscience over whether or not, on any given occasion, to give or not give to a panhandler.
Go with your gut.
This study affirms some common observations about color perceptions and emotional states. When one is enraged, the color red appears more vivid in one’s perceptions; when depressed, the color blue. When one feels elated, all colors appear brighter, and in times of severe depression color perception can all but disappear; the world looks black and white. Or, perhaps, bleak and white.
The study attempts, and IMO fails, to attribute these things to the activity of neurotransmitters such as dopamine. But there is no finding of direct action by such neurotransmitters on the color-perceiving apparatus of the visual cortex.
Psalm 150:6: “Let all things that have breath praise the Lord.”
At the homeless shelter where I stay, we’re required to attend chapel every night. Monday, for the first time in months, Jervis Ray preached. His text was Psalm 23. However, he was soon enough back to his same old same old, haranguing us that we’re not grateful enough for our “blessings.” “God woke you up in your right mind,” with the use of two arms and two legs.
He calls us to praise God that our bootstraps aren’t like others’. “There are lots of people in hospitals who don’t know where they are.”
That stung me, as my oldest brother will be soon enough in just that state.
Last Wednesday I copied here a post from Messiah Truth. Here I copy what was the very next post on that same thread, from 2006-12-02, reporting some scientific research strongly suggestive of the existence of an interpersonal or transpersonal, or possibly “spiritual” or affective, “field.”
… reported in latest issue of Edgar Cayce magazine:
(1) Information was transmitted between two atoms at distant locations at speeds greater than that of light; this is also known as “teleportation.” This turns out actually to be “old news”; one’s entree to the articles may best be as follows:
“Quantum physics: Push-button teleportation,” by
H. J. Kimble, and S. J. van Enk. Nature 429, 712 – 713 (17 Jun 2004).
(2) Pairs of romantically involved persons were separated and monitored, once via EEG and once via a different instrument measuring electrical impulses to the gut. When one partner contemplated a photograph of the other, within moments the latter person’s monitors indicated a response. My source provided the following bibliographic info:
Sources: Radin, D. I. Event-related EEG correlations between isolated human subjects. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2004, Vol. 10, pp. 315-324. For a copy of this paper, see http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/107555304323062301
Radin, D. I., & Schlitz, M. J. Gut feelings, intuition, and emotions: An exploratory study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2005, Vol. 11 (1), pp. 85-91. To purchase a copy of this study, see http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/acm.2005.11.85
Originally posted in July 2005 at Messiah Truth:
Religiosity can express any of various impulses, including these:
(1) Desire to placate the gods.
(2) Desire magically to assure desired outcomes. This is the essence of the Baal cult. Robert Jenson says it is also the essence of all religions except Christianity (:lol ).
(3) Desire to understand, and live in harmony with, the truth.
My earliest childhood memories are of a sense that there is more to the world than we perceive with our five senses, and of a desire to understand and correctly relate to that larger world. I have my moments or months of what some call doubt, of agnosticism or atheism, but in the end this thing always comes back. I feel it in my flesh and bones. This is ONE foundation of my religiosity.