The Edgar Cayce Primer, by Herbert B. Puryear

I bought this book to get a grip on Edgar Cayce. In that sense it’s a good buy: the themes Edgar Cayce talked about in his readings are explained very well. However, I expected these explanations to be based mostly on Edgar Cayce quotes, and that is not what this is.

It’s really Herbert B. Puryear’s (PHD) explanation of Edgar Cayce’s talk, with a quote every few pages at most. In that sense it’s a bit meager: after all, aside from the reputation of the author, I have no reason to trust that this is really what Edgar Cayce channeled. There is just not enough source referencing. The book does include a good index.

If you want a decent explanation and introduction into Edgar Cayce’s thought, the Edgar Cayce Primer is a good buy. If you want to know what Edgar Cayce actually said, it’s not. There’s definitely room in the market for a book that introduces the sleeping prophet in his own words. Though, I have to admit, his words do often sound rather dated. In other words: he’s not the easiest person to quote, making the ideal Edgar Cayce primer hard to compile. Still, I would buy a book like that – in fact, that’s what I thought I was buying when I got this book.

Themes covered include: how clairvoyance and channeling works, the relationship of mankind to God, the soul, Oneness, Love, time, space, patience, karma, grace, free will, ideals, soul development, prayer, meditation, decision making, holistic healing, sexuality, Christianity and the occult, good and evil, and Jesus Christ.

The Edgar Cayce Primer: Discovering the Path to Self Transformation

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New edition edition (February 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055325278X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553252781
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches

Edgar Cayce Quote on the Akashic Records

“Upon time and space is written the thoughts, the deeds, the activities of an entity – as in relationships to its environs, its hereditary influence; as is directed – or judgement drawn by or according to what the entity’s ideal is.

Hence, as it has been oft called, the record is God’s book of remembrance, and each entity, each soul – as the activities of a single day of an entity in the material world – either makes same good or bad or indifferent, depending upon the entity’s application of self towards that which is the ideal manner for the use of time, opportunity and the Expression of that for which each soul enters  material manifestation.

The interpretation then as drawn here is with the desire and hope that, in opening this for the entity, the experience may be one of helpfulness and hopefulness.”

— Edgar Cayce, Akashic Record Reader, in Reading 1650-1

Edgar Cayce Quote on Success versus Family

But the entity should know there is more to life than to live, and a success must be one in which the entity may grow in understanding and in knowledge. It must be one in which grace and mercy and truth have been and are the directing activities; else regrets, in the home, in the associations, may be the part of the entity’s experience.
Keep self, then, well balanced. Budget thy time more . . .
For he that makes material gains at the expense of home or of opportunities and obligations with his own family does so to his own undoing.

Reading 1901-1

Edgar Cayce biography: The Sleeping Prophet

This fascinating biography of Edgar Cayce, written by on the country’s foremost authorities on metaphysics, reached the No. 1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Edgar Cayce’s more than 14,000 readings are preserved at the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E), Inc., in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

“Perhaps Mr. Stearn’s greatest achievement . . . is that he has given his subject such universality. The reader is left with the firm conviction, not that Edgar Cayce was a unique ‘odd-man-out,’ but that he spoke for the sleeping prophet that lies dormant in every human being.” — Noel Langley

The life and story of Edgar Cayce is one of the most compelling in metaphysical literature. For more than forty years, the “Sleeping Prophet” closed his eyes, entered into an altered state of consciousness, and spoke to the very heart and spirit of humankind on subjects such as health, healing, dreams, prophecy, meditation, and reincarnation. Now in a 30th Anniversary Special Edition printing, Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet is a fascinating biography that will hold the reader spellbound and leaving him or her in wonder at the the potential of humankind. — Midwest Book Review


Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet,
by Jess Stearn
This biography is constantly being reprinted – that’s how popular it is. It’s currently in in it’s twelfth reprint.

Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records: The Book of Life

The psychic talents of Edgar Cayce worked through two sources: the subconscious of the person who came to him for a reading, and what’s called the Akashic Records. The term is borrowed from theosophy, where it stands for the memory of nature, or the book of life.

This book is a selection of quotes from the Edgar Cayce readings and answers questions about karma and reincarnation, by going into the past lives of many of the people who came to Cayce for readings.

Kevin J. Todeshi once again did a great job selecting the best examples about this topic for this book.

Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records: The Book of Life

Edgar Cayce Quotes on spiritual growth and personal development

If the Mind dwells upon the spiritual things, then it follows that it becomes what it has dwelt upon, what it has lived upon, what it has made itself a portion of.

But if the Mind dwells upon self-indulgences, self-aggrandizement, self-exaltation, selfishness in any of its forms, in any of its variations, then it has set itself at variance to that First Cause: and we have that entered in as from the beginning, that of making will–through the Mind–at variance to Creative Forces before it has come into the movements of matter that we know as physical, material.

EC262-78 (Edgar Cayce)

There may be different channels of approach, yes. For not all peoples walked in the field when the wheat was ripe. Neither did all stand at the tomb when Lazarus was called forth. Neither were they all present when He walked on the water, nor when He fed the five thousand, nor when He hung on the Cross. Yet each experience answered, and does answer to something within each individual soul-entity. For each soul is a corpuscle in the body of God.

Reading 3395-2 (Edgar Cayce)

Being Kind Not in some great deed of heroism; not in some great speech or act that may be pointed to with pride-but rather in the little kindnesses from day to day …

Reading 3795-1 (Edgar Cayce)

Soul development should take precedence over all things.

(3357-2) (Edgar Cayce)

Do not work self into a state of over-anxiety at the changes that will be found, or attempt to use up the strength and vitality … Forget not the sources of thine inspiration …

Reading 480-11 (Edgar Cayce)

The first lesson for six months should be

One-One-One- One;

Oneness of God, oneness of man’s relation, oneness of force, oneness of time, oneness of purpose, Oneness in every effort-

Oneness- Oneness!

Reading 900-429 (Edgar Cayce)

Edgar Cayce Quotes on Meditation

These, as we find, are slow, yet sure, if there will be kept, not only the corrections made occasionally, once a month or such, might be the more often but the meditation; and in the meditation, don’t meditate upon, but listen to the voice within. For prayer is supplication for direction, for understanding. Meditation is listening to the Divine within.

Cayce Reading 1861-19

“Meditate … in the inner secrets of the consciousness, and the cells in the body become aware of the awakening of the life….
“In the mind, the cells of the mind become aware of the life in the spirit.”
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must do so in spirit….”

Cayce Reading 5752-3

[What is meditation?]
It is not musing, not daydreaming; but as ye find you bodies made up of the physical, mental and spiritual, it is the attuning of the mental body and the physical body to its spiritual source.

Cayce Reading 281-41 (Edgar Cayce)