As we are ushering in our nation's Bicentennial, there
appear to be many in our country who are questioning the celebration and
expressing dampened enthusiasm due to the economic hardships that seem
to abound in America and elsewhere. Daily, as we read or listen to the
news, we hear of "inflation," "recession," "lowering
of the gold standard," "the high unemployment figures,"
"famine, drought and starvation in many parts of the world,"
and so forth. Truly, these appear to be "times of crisis"; many
have even compared our current state to that of the Great Depression of
the 1930s. If there are any similarities, it would behoove those of us
familiar with the clairvoyant readings of Edgar Cayce to turn to the insights
afforded us in these readings for effectively dealing with economic crisis.
Because so many people both during and after the Depression asked questions
dealing with solutions to their financial and material concerns, a wealth
of practical suggestions for effecting "economic healing" can
be found in these readings. The theoretical insights, as well as the practical
suggestions, offer us much knowledge, hope, and inspiration by which we
can encounter these times.
I first became interested in researching this particular area in the Edgar
Cayce readings during August of 1974. I had just returned from a sabbatical
trip abroad, and, due to the inflated prices in Europe, the trip had cost
much more than anticipated. Concurrently, the speakers' committee at the
local A.R.E. council polled the Study Group members to gather their suggestions
for topics to be researched and presented at the monthly workshops. One
of the topics most often selected was "economic healing." Since
I had a month off from school, was "broke," and felt in need
of an economic healing, the committee agreed that I was a "qualified"
candidate to research and present the workshop. I have benefited greatly
from the information found in the Edgar Cayce readings, and, through applying
many of the concepts discussed in this article, I personally have experienced
the desired economic healing; so too have several other members of our
Study Group. By applying the same ideas at the level of the local council,
the budget has gone from broke in January to a most ample balance in four
months. Also, our council enacted numerous successful fund-raising events
for the A.R.E. Library Fund. Because many of us feel the impact of applying
the laws of prosperity discussed in the readings, we feel the desire to
share our research and enlightenment with other seekers.
This article will be written primarily from a first person point of view,
but without the help of my husband and several other local Study Group
members who shall remain anonymous (and receive their reward in heaven),
there would be no story to share and no article in which to share the
Because questions concerning financial matters were asked frequently throughout
Edgar Cayce's psychic career, the present attempt has been to select only
the more clear and dramatic quotes and to present them in a format that
reveals an organized context in which economic healing may be approached.
A theoretical framework will be presented first and will provide the appropriate
basis for the more "practical" approaches enumerated in the
latter part of the article. Interspersed throughout will be relevant Biblical
references as well as anecdotal material from people who have applied