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1 - The Sleeping Wonder

It was like any other day for Edgar Cayce. He went to sleep, by merely lying down and closing his 

eyes, and then he started to talk in his sleep. But when he awakened a half-hour or so later, he realized 

from the faces of those around him that he must have said something very extraordinary. And he had. 

In trance, on that hot, sultry day of August 1941, in the same voice that he would have prescribed an 

innocent herb for somebody with the sniffles, he had predicted the destruction of most of Los 

Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.

The greatest mystic America had ever known reacted philosophically to his Cassandra-like prophecy. 

In the past, he had foreseen great wars and holocausts, and they had come to pass. From his own 

"readings," which had helped thousands, he had come to believe in an endless cycle of life, and 

though he could consciously grieve for those who knew sorrow or pain in this lifetime, he felt it was 

all part of God's plan. And so it was with a shake of the head and a shrug that he dismissed the 

forecast. "What do you make of that?" he said, scratching his head, "I hope it's wrong, but it's never 

been wrong before." "It" was the subconscious information, apparently the product of a Universal 

Mind, which had been streaming through him for forty years, and which were rather incongruously 

known as readings.

Cayce's forecast had come quite inadvertently, out of the same blue that produced his amazingly 

accurate diagnoses of ailing people whom he had never seen, and their consequent cures. As with 

other Cayce predictions, many of them already startlingly confirmed, the forecast was in response to a 

question that had little or nothing to do with the original request for the reading. A New York 

businessman, concerned not only by the continuing strain of big city life, but the threat of wartime 

bombing, had said to Cayce, "I have for many months felt that I should move out of New York."

"This is well, as indicated," the slumbering Cayce observed. "There is too much unrest; there will 

continue to be the character of vibrations that to the body will be disturbing, and eventually those 

destructive forces, though these will be in the next generation."

The businessman asked: "Will Los Angeles be safe?"

The answer came clearly, directly, without equivocation, "Los Angeles, San Francisco, most all of 

these will be among those that will be destroyed before New York even."

The mechanics of this destruction was neither asked, nor given. However, in keeping with other 

prognostications of Cayce's, it would appear that the destruction—if it comes—will be through the 

agency of Nature, and not the Bomb, unless, of course, it would be the Bomb that touched off a 

natural catastrophe.

The predicted destruction in this country, part of the general Cayce forecast of sweeping upheavals 

around the world, has been tabbed for the period beginning in 1958, and extending to the end of the 

century, when a new millennium will hopefully begin. Some of these preliminary changes, in the 

Mediterranean and the South Pacific, and in Alaska, have apparently already taken place, with 

Connecticut, New England, Alabama, Georgia, Japan, and northern Europe, among others still to be

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