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For him it wasn1t nearly as important to who individuals had once been, 

or even what they had been doing, as it was paramount that they focus 
on the present and the opportunities and challenges that faced them in 

this time, in this place, right now.

In terms of remembering your own past lives, the Edgar Cayce 

information provides a variety of approaches. In fact, oftentimes 

individuals who received readings would ask about such things as 
memorable dreams that were on their mind, personal traits and talents 

that they had always been drawn to, and even intense positive or 
negative relationships with other people in their lives Cayce described 

how each of these things could be tied to past-life memories. With 

these things in mind, in order to remember your own past lives the 
Cayce readings recommend such things as personal inventories of 

your talents, abilities, likes, and dislikes; working with meditation and 

dreams; taking part in imaginative past-life reveries or self-hypnosis, 
and so forth.

From Cayce's perspective, the reason for believing in reincarnation is 
not so that we can dwell upon the past or brag about the possibility of 

once having been someone famous, instead it is to enable a soul to 

understand the consequences of previous choices and to know that 
each individual is ultimately responsible for shaping and creating his or 

her life in the present. From the Cayce readings1 perspective, the past 
merely provided a framework of potentials and probabilities. An 

individual1s choices, actions, and free will in the present would 

determine the actual experience lived this time around. Rather than 
being a fatalistic approach to life, it is much more one of nearly limitless 


Cayce teaches the reality of reincarnation and karma, but as 

instruments of a loving God rather than blind natural laws. Its 

purpose is to teach us certain spiritual lessons. Animals have 
undifferentiated, "group" souls rather than individuality and 

consciousness. Once the soul evolves through a succession of 

animal incarnations and achieves human status, it is not then reborn in 
animal form. Cayce's view arguably incorporates Theosophical 

teachings on spiritual evolution. Each person, in his view, existed in a 
self-conscious form before birth and would exist again after death.

As well as his health readings, Cayce gave many hundreds of so-called 
"life" readings, during which he would describe his subject's past lives. 

A number of those readings referred to past incarnations in the 

legendary lost land of Atlantis. In all, Cayce referred to Atlantis no 
fewer than seven hundred times in his readings over a span of twenty 


From Cayce's perspective, we are not simply physical bodies or even 

physical bodies with souls, but are instead spiritual beings who are 

currently having a material experience. As souls, we have

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