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together at the river."

This gave even Cayce a start. For a reading, that only his family knew about, he had seen himself in a 

previous life on a raft on the Ohio River, fleeing from a band of marauding Indians. The Indians 

finally caught up to their quarry and massacred them, which was probably just as well, for the were 

slowly starving to death anyway.

In the year 1923, Cayce's direction took a startlingly new turn. Until then he had only given the 

physical or health readings. But in that year, prodded by the sharp questioning of Arthur Lammers, a 

Dayton, Ohio, printer interested in religious philosophy, Cayce began the life readings which traced 

man's experience in past lives. This was Cayce's introduction to reincarnation, the soul's return to 

earth in a different body—a concept, ironically, he was not yet ready to accept Lammers, preoccupied 

with man's purpose in the universe, had thrown all sorts of questions at the psychic with an apparently 

endless fund of knowledge. Lammers asked what every sensitive man had been asking since the 

beginning of time:

"What is the human soul?

"Where does it come from, and where does it go?

"Is man but another of Nature's creatures, put on earth for a brief cycle, then turned to dust like the 

fallen trees?"

At these questions, the conscious Cayce could only shrug. "Try the Bible," he said, "the answer for 

everything lies there."

Lammers grimaced. "I've read the Bible, and I'm still asking you."

It had never occurred to Cayce to delve into the areas of life after death, and as a fundamentalist born, 

he balked at a philosophy not accepted by orthodox Christianity.

"Reincarnation," Lammers argued, "is simply a belief that the soul is eternal, at intervals appearing 

again in other physical bodies, so that it can continue as an instrument of its own development." He 

pointed out several Biblical references that apparently showed acceptance of reincarnation. "Those 

Jews who didn't recognize Jesus as the Christ," Lammers observed, "asked if he were Elias, here to 

herald the coming and the Messiah and He replied that Elias bad already come and they knew him 

not." He quoted from the Bible: "'Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the 


Cayce was not convinced, but under the gentle prodding of Lammers and his friends, his subconscious 

began invoking past life experiences. These took the subjects back to not only such exotic known 

lands as ancient India, China, Persia, and Egypt, but to such legendary places as Lost Atlantis and 

sunken Lemuria in the Pacific. As these life readings progressed, they became at times more 

interpretative than narrative. Cayce outlined how past life experience had influenced the present, and 

what fee individual must overcome to fulfill this life. Unlike many reincarnationists, indulging In

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