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psychics try to predict the future, all they can actually do is foretell a possible 

future based on current happenings. If events continue to occur the same 
course - if people's attitudes, lifestyles, and world conditions remain the same- 

then psychics can "see" what the result will be. However, the readings make it 

quite clear that each of us has the gift of free will. If enough people use their 
free will and change what they are currently doing, this in turn will have 

dramatic effects on the future.

In the Bible, Jonah went to the evil city of Nineveh to tell the people about the 

destruction that was about to come upon them. However, the people of the 
city repented of their evil ways. With their free will, they changed their lives 

and, as a result, their city was saved. The ability of precognition, then, is 

subject to many more influences than either telepathy or clairvoyance.

The fourth major category of ESP shown in the Cayce readings is 

retrocognition, the ability to see past events. For example, in the life readings 
(those readings which dealt with the soul) Cayce would often repeat aloud 

significant happenings in a person's life while going back over the years until 

the date of the person's birth. In one reading, he said, "1935-'32-disturbing 
periods-'31-'36-'26-not any too peaceful!" etc. (1650-1). In another life reading 

(1462-1), Cayce was given the incorrect date and location of birth for a young 

girl. In going back over the years he responded with, "We don't find it here". 
(He had been incorrectly told that the child was born on January 24, 1919 in 

Cleveland, Ohio). Then, after a short pause, he finally said, "Yes, we have the 
record here (looks like it's the wrong place and date)." It was later discovered 

that the girl had been born on January 23 (a day earlier) in New York City and 

not in Cleveland.

More than eleven years before the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947, 

Cayce's readings described a sect of Judaism about which scholars knew 
little. This group was the Essenes. Cayce gave a great deal of information 

about their work and their life in the community. For example, he claimed that 

in the Essene society men and women worked and lived together. At the time 
of the reading, scholars believed that the Essenes were a monastic society 

composed exclusively of men. However, in 1951, more than six years after 

Cayce's death, archaeologists made further excavations at Qumran near the 
site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. They discovered evidence that 

both men and women lived together in the Essene society.

These are just a few of the many examples of ESP in the Cayce readings. 

Because "psychic is of the soul," the Cayce information suggests that it is 
relatively easy to induce personal psychic experiences. However, the 

phenomenon that manifests itself through psychic channels can oftentimes 

get us off the track. The readings suggest that instead of seeking psychic 
experiences for the sake of having them, we should seek only those within the 

context of spiritual growth, of learning about ourselves, or of being of service 

to others.

People often have the tendency to make psychic experiences seem unusual, 

out of the ordinary, special, somehow set apart, or perhaps even frightening.

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