Cayce, Edgar  
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1877  - 1945
Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), dubbed "the sleeping prophet," was the most documented psychic in the 20th century. As a young man, Cayce developed a reputation for giving psychic "readings," during which he was said to go into an altered state of consciousness and help people overcome illness and disease. He often worked with physicians to verify the cases.

In 1923, after 22 years of these health-related readings, Cayce began to describe people’s past lives and make prophecies.

By the time of his death at the age of 67, his 44-year career had resulted in 14,306 readings for more than 6,000 people. This work is stored in the library of Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment, founded in Virginia Beach, Va. in 1931.

The author of dozens of books, Cayce’s legacy also includes Atlantic University in Virginia Beach, established to integrate "the body, mind, spirit connection."
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Edgar Cayce portrait- Wikimedia Commons

Edgar Cayce historic marker- Flickr- photo by Jimmy Emerson, DVM (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Book/Journal Source(s)
Melton, J. Gordon, 2009. Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions, Eighth Edition. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale.
Web Source(s)
Association for Research and Enlightenment, "Who was Edgar Cayce?"
Edgar Cayce books
Web Page Contributor
Sandi Dolbee
Affliated with: Former Religion and Ethics Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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