This post is a first: I’m not going to write about a thriller or even a work of fiction. (Well, actually, some of you may think the work I’m going to chat about is fiction.) Usually I read thrillers, mysteries, something in the “Who done it?” category. For the past few years, though, I’ve been delving into those same areas but in the non-fiction realm.
Those of you that have read my books, know that both Edgar Cayce and Atlantis play a prominent role in them. I first learned of Edgar Cayce around eight years ago. Since that time, the man has fascinated me. For those of you unfamiliar with his work let me give you a quick bio:
Edgar Cayce was born on 1887 in Kentucky. He had a normal enough childhood except for two things:
1) He occasionally saw and played with ghosts as a child.
2) If he fell asleep on top of a book, he would wake up knowing its contents.
As Cayce matured, his psychic abilities also developed.
All right, all right. For those of you already rolling your eyes: Edgar Cayce is an incredibly well-documented psychic. Cayce’s most documented skill was his ability to diagnose and treat ailments while in a trance. His ability reached a level where someone could give him a name and an address and he could diagnose them. And he had an 86% accuracy rate! In fact, some of the treatments he recommended were new in his time but are now actually used.
Cayce also did readings of people’s past lives. Some of those lives were spent in Atlantis. The Atlantis life readings only make up a small portion of his overall readings, but they are beyond fascinating. I think we are all intrigued by this idea of an advanced ancient civilization that met its doom. Cayce’s descriptions of this ancient civilization involve technology, relationships, even its downfall.
I’ve been working on my third book and as a re-result decided I needed a refresher on Cayce’s take on Atlantis. So I re-read Edgar Cayce on Atlantis. And yet again I am intrigued!
The last few years I’ve spent researching pre-diluvian archaeological records. That research combined with Cayce’s readings, is imagination inspiring. Cayce unintentionally argues for a much earlier start to human civilizations, we’re talking 50,000 BC. For me, the joy of Cayce’s work is the similar joy I experience while reading a good thriller novel: the joy of what if.
What if we actually began on this planet much earlier than is currently recognized? What if there was this incredibly powerful civilization that existed prior to the Ice Age and through its own technology, destroyed itself? What if a disaster wiped out our advances in this distant past, bringing us back to low level of technology?
Then I apply these ideas to modern life. I think about what would happen if a disaster hit now. Now, I can use a computer. But I certainly can’t build a microchip. I imagine the same problem would have faced people thousands of years ago.
Cayce was also a proponent of reincarnation and karma, although he didn’t identify it as such. Reading about reincarnation, well, it made me wonder what I did in a previous life to end up where I am now.
One of the components I liked best was Cayce’s assertion that the people you find yourself with in this life have been in your past lives as well. When I look the people important in my life, that idea makes me feel good and even more connected.
So if you’re looking for a little window into ancient civilizations, even if you are not entirely sure you believe in Cayce, take a look at Edgar Cayce on Atlantis by Edgar Evans Cayce. If you think he’s a quack, that’s fine. Just pretend your reading fiction. Either way, it’s a fun way to pass a few hours. 🙂