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expense of divesting ourselves of some of our most precious religious concepts. To be a Jew or a 

Christian and to say that the psychic world is a myth is to introduce confusion into our methods of 

thinking and thus into our lives as a whole.

The Bible presents man as a spiritual being who is in that manner like unto God. Man as a 

physical creation with a mind capable of creative activity, even to the extent of denying his 

Creator, does not detract from his spiritual origin and existence. This spiritual reality, described 

rather explicitly in the Bible, is the basis-as Edgar Cayce sees man-for his inherent ability to 

perform in a manner which we call psychic. Thus, Cayce presents a challenge, not only to the 

physician-although he is perhaps primarily involved as far as this book is concerned but to every 

reader, to evaluate the factual material which is present in the readings and to look at it with the 

degree of honesty and open mindedness that scientists must use in approaching a research 


This might lead one, then, to accept the implications in this mass of data and understand 

man's psychic capabilities as a part of one's daily life. Cayce would suggest that this then would 

bring all events of one's life into perspective as they relate to the activity of the soul and would 

lead one to see all events of life-even illness as a necessary and perhaps a learning experience 

as man passes through time and space.

Leaving supposition, implication, philosophy, and other imponderables aside, I should point 

out that this book is written consistently in two parts. In the major structure of the writing, Mary 

Ellen Carter has created a picture of factual data revolving around the lives of several people 

(some critically ill) and who, through suggestions given by Mr. Cayce in his sleep-state, regained 

their health as well as a different perspective on life. The information in these stories is factual, 

and the details can be found in the library of the Association for Research and Enlightenment. 

People were interviewed, stories were substantiated, and the material from the readings was 

deliberately drawn upon to unfold the events in these people's lives. Mrs. Carter has attempted to 

portray in these stories the human events that take place within a home and a family as sickness 

of a serious nature strikes. The doubts, the confusions that come about as people seek to find 

healing for their bodies in different manners is for each person, perhaps, a time of crisis in his life 

experience. For these same doubts and confusions and what one does about them may indeed 

shape and color one's total life accomplishments. These people are like most of us. They, 

however, asked for information from a source most people at the time considered to be really 

"way out"-a source that just could not be truly understood. For most people of that day, Cayce’s 

information just "did not compute."

Carter's accounts is followed by a discussion of the physiological concepts and the various 

therapeutic modalities which Cayce suggested and which were then a part of these various lives. 

I have tried to be factual and objective in my approach while adding to the discussion the 

concepts which seem to evolve out of this psychic data concerning the manner in which th

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