Edgar Cayce on Discovering Your Soul's Purpose

Take an in-depth journey into your deeper self in order to discover your true purpose for incarnating into this life.
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

One of the core concepts in the voluminous Edgar Cayce teachings is that our life has a purpose, and our soul has a special reason for being here now. We also have innate talents and gifts that can be activated and used with our core strengths to meet our spiritual ideal and mission in life. Using this self-study, body-mind-spirit course, you'll discover your talents, strengths, and even your weaknesses through course content and workbooks, and learn how to work with your dreams and use meditation for insights. The course includes video lessons by long-time researcher and consciousness instructor Dr. Mark Thurston, Jungian instructor Raye Mathis, and life coach Lynn Sparrow Christy, along with a downloadable workbook.

What are the requirements?

  • Come with an open mind to the possibility that there is more to you than a personality and physical body

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Be aware of the karmic influences affecting your personality, relationships, and circumstances.
  • Be aware of the deeper portions of your whole being.

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who is seeking to KNOW yourself to BE your whole self, the outer and inner portions of your whole being

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome to Discovering Your Soul's Purpose!
02:08

You are about to start on an exciting adventure in self-discovery. Using the online training videos and the pages of the workbook, you'll be taken through a comprehensive course in identifying your soul's purpose – a calling that is at the heart of your destiny as a soul -- as an immortal, celestial being who is temporarily incarnating as mortal, terrestrial one. Your deeper self, your soul, has a predetermined purpose for this incarnation and longs to fulfill that purpose through self-realization and growth, through interactive relationships that add to your understanding, and through meeting karmic conditions in your life. As Shakespeare so wisely wrote in As You Like It: "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts…." Our deeper self knows the script and the role we are to play, and the many different circumstances and relationships that we are destined to encounter. Learn yours through this course.

19:56

Dr. Mark Thurston gives you the right attitude for approaching and proceeding through this discovery and then he leads you through the details of self-discovery that result in your personal mission statement or soul purpose plan. Your supplemental resource is the the 2-Part "DYSP Workbook" with helpful work sheets. This workbook is viewable and downloadable in a PDF format (Adobe Reader is the required software, but most computers come with this, or you can simply download the software for free at Adobe.com). We recommend that you fill in the workbook in pencil, for as you go through the course, you may want to change or modify your answers.

Mark Thurston, Ph.D. is Director of Educational Programs at George Mason University's Center for the Advancement of Well-Being in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. With an academic background in psychology, Mark is author of nineteen books about personal spirituality, holistic living, and the dimensions of consciousness, including The Essential Edgar Cayce (2004) and Willing to Change: The Journey of Personal Transformation (2005). For 36 years Mark worked in various capacities for Atlantic University and the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, Virginia, including co-executive director of ARE (1995-1998) and Director of Academic Affairs for Atlantic University (2000-2008). Mark is also co-founder and course leader for the Personal Transformation and Courage Institute.

Section 2: Other Perspectives
16:07

Lynn Sparrow Christy takes you further into the self-discovery process with life examples and practical concepts. Continue to use the workbook to help build your self-discovery and expanding awareness of your latent talents, skills, and motivations.

Lynn Sparrow Christy is an author, energy worker, and individual mentor who brings more than 30 years of experience to her lectures, seminars, and client sessions. She is certified as a Master Hypnotherapist, Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, Personal Coach, and Time Line Therapy Practitioner. She is also a certified trainer of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. As the author of Reincarnation: Claiming Your Past and Creating Your Future and Edgar Cayce and Christian Faith, as well as the home-study courses How to Discover Your Past Lives and Meditation Made Easy, Lynn has been a popular speaker, both nationally and internationally, for the last 25 years. Her latest book is Beyond Soul Growth: Awakening to the Call of Cosmic Evolution. In her private practice, Lynn offers a multi-disciplinary approach that engages mind, body, and spirit to achieve the results.

15:51

Atlantic University instructor and faculty member, Raye Mathis, adds a broad view you, one that includes reincarnation, karmic dynamics, and mythological meaning. She also refers to some of the key worksheets in your workbook, which you can update.

Raye Mathis, MSW, attended a month-long Atlantic University retreat on meditation in the mid-1970s. She has been a student of the Edgar Cayce material since the early 60s and had attended numerous Association for Research and Enlightenment conferences at the Edgar Cayce Center. Her Atlantic University experience was the most intense application of the Edgar Cayce concepts she had ever experienced. After receiving her master's degree in clinical social work and attending the Carl Jung Institute in Switzerland for several semesters of postgraduate work, she accepted a position on the Atlantic University faculty. In addition to teaching the required courses, she has taught elective courses in symbolism, mythology, archetypes, and alchemy, all topics common to the Cayce philosophy and Jungian psychology.

Section 3: A Wrap Up with a surprisingly Galactic View!
04:40

Author and instructor and the MC for this course, John Van Auken, explains the more universal, infinite view of your soul and its greater purpose in this closing lesson.


John Van Auken is the Director of the Edgar Cayce Foundation and has been involved in this work for over 40 years. He has written more than a dozen books and recorded numerous videos and audios, many of them are free on YouTube. He's been on TV and radio programs, including the FOX show, "Opening the Tomb Live" in Egypt, Modern Marvels' The Pyramids, PBS's Religion Today and Spiritual Alternatives, several shows on the The History Channel, including two appearances on Digging for the Truth, Discovery and the SciFi Channel, including the popular show Quest for Atlantis. He is a popular leader of sacred-site tours to Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Europe, the Mayan lands, American Mounds, China and Tibet, and other sacred sites around the planet. His most recent book is Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces within You.

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Instructor Biography

John Van Auken is the Director of the Edgar Cayce Foundation. He is a columnist for the Venture Inward magazine, and author of more than twenty books and manuals. He is considered an expert in Egyptian, Jewish, and Christian mysticism and a skillful teacher of meditation—including basic "magic silence," energy-moving kundalini, and Cayce's unique “passage in consciousness" methods. Over forty years he has become a popular leader of retreats, workshops, and seminars. His topics include spirituality, reincarnation, ancient mystical practices, rejuvenation of the body, dreams, meditation, prophecy, mysticism, and of course Edgar Cayce's concepts. He has appeared on several television and radio programs, including the FOX show Opening the Tomb Live from Egypt, Modern Marvels' The Pyramids, PBS's Religion Today and Spiritual Alternatives, several shows on the The History Channel, including two appearances on “Digging for the Truth," Discovery and the SciFi Channel, including the popular show “Quest for Atlantis." He is a popular leader of sacred-site tours to Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Europe, the Mayan lands, American Mounds, and other sacred sites around the planet.

Instructor Biography

Edgar Cayce's A.R.E., The Father of Holistic Medicine, the Sleeping Prophet and the Most Documented Psychic of Our Time

Edgar Cayce (pronounced Kay-Cee, 1877-1945) has been called the "sleeping prophet," the "father of holistic medicine," and the most documented psychic of the 20th century. For more than 40 years of his adult life, Cayce gave psychic "readings" to thousands of seekers while in an unconscious state, diagnosing illnesses and revealing lives lived in the past and prophecies yet to come. But who, exactly, was Edgar Cayce?

Cayce was born on a farm in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in 1877, and his psychic abilities began to appear as early as his childhood. He was able to see and talk to his late grandfather's spirit, and often played with "imaginary friends" whom he said were spirits on the other side. He also displayed an uncanny ability to memorize the pages of a book simply by sleeping on it. These gifts labeled the young Cayce as strange, but all Cayce really wanted was to help others, especially children.

Later in life, Cayce would find that he had the ability to put himself into a sleep-like state by lying down on a couch, closing his eyes, and folding his hands over his stomach. In this state of relaxation and meditation, he was able to place his mind in contact with all time and space — the universal consciousness, also known as the super-conscious mind. From there, he could respond to questions as broad as, "What are the secrets of the universe?" and "What is my purpose in life?" to as specific as, "What can I do to help my arthritis?" and "How were the pyramids of Egypt built? His responses to these questions came to be called "readings," and their insights offer practical help and advice to individuals even today.

Many people are surprised to learn that Edgar Cayce was a devoted churchgoer and Sunday school teacher. At a young age, Cayce vowed to read the Bible for every year of his life, and at the time of his death in 1945, he had accomplished this task. Perhaps the readings said it best, when asked how to become psychic, Cayce's advice was to become more spiritual.

Although Cayce died more than 60 years ago, the timeliness of the material in the readings — with subjects like discovering your mission in life, developing your intuition, exploring ancient mysteries, and taking responsibility for your health — is evidenced by the hundreds of books that have been written on the various aspects of this work as well as the dozen or so titles focusing on Cayce's life itself. Together, these books contain information so valuable that even Edgar Cayce himself might have hesitated to predict their impact on the contemporary world. In 1945, the year of his passing, who could have known that terms such as "meditation," "Akashic records," "spiritual growth," "auras," "soul mates," and "holistic health" would become household words to millions?

The majority of Edgar Cayce's readings deal with holistic health and the treatment of illness. As it was at the time Cayce was giving readings, still today, individuals from all walks of life and belief receive physical relief from illnesses or ailments through information given in the readings — some readings were given as far back as 100 years ago! Yet, although best known for this material, the sleeping Cayce did not seem to be limited to concerns about the physical body. In fact, in their entirety, the readings discuss an astonishing 10,000 different topics. This vast array of subject matter can be narrowed down into a smaller group of topics that, when compiled together, deal with the following five categories: (1) Health-Related Information; (2) Philosophy and Reincarnation; (3) Dreams and Dream Interpretation; (4) ESP and Psychic Phenomena; and (5) Spiritual Growth, Meditation, and Prayer.

Further details of Cayce's life and work are explored in the classic book, There Is a River (1942), by Thomas Sugrue, available in hardback, paperback, or audio book versions.

Members of Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), the nonprofit founded by Cayce in 1931, have access to the entire set of 14,306 readings in a database residing in the member-only section of our Web site. The readings can also be found in their entirety in our on-site library, located at our headquarters in Virginia Beach and open to the public daily. For more information on A.R.E., please visit our About A.R.E. page.

Instructor Biography

Mark Thurston, Ph.D. is Director of Educational Programs at George Mason University's Center for the Advancement of Well-Being in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. With an academic background in psychology, Mark is author of nineteen books about personal spirituality, holistic living, and the dimensions of consciousness, including The Essential Edgar Cayce (2004) and Willing to Change: The Journey of Personal Transformation (2005). For 36 years Mark worked in various capacities for Atlantic University and the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, Virginia, including co-executive director of ARE (1995-1998) and Director of Academic Affairs for Atlantic University (2000-2008). Mark is also co-founder and course leader for the Personal Transformation and Courage Institute.

Instructor Biography

Raye Mathis, MSW, attended a month-long Atlantic University retreat on meditation in the mid-1970s. She has been a student of the Edgar Cayce material since the early 60s and had attended numerous Association for Research and Enlightenment conferences at the Edgar Cayce Center. Her Atlantic University experience was the most intense application of the Edgar Cayce concepts she had ever experienced. After receiving her master's degree in clinical social work and attending the Carl Jung Institute in Switzerland for several semesters of postgraduate work, she accepted a position on the Atlantic University faculty. In addition to teaching the required courses, she has taught elective courses in symbolism, mythology, archetypes, and alchemy, all topics common to the Cayce philosophy and Jungian psychology.

Instructor Biography




Lynn Sparrow Christy is a teacher, writer, and hypnotherapist-life coach whose central mission in life revolves around helping today's spiritual seekers to find authentic pathways to growth. She brings a synergy to her work that comes from a synthesis of the diverse aspects of her training and experience. Having more than 40 years' experience in both traditional and alternative approaches to spirituality and personal growth, Lynn sees herself as a bridge-builder.

She was first introduced to alternative approaches to spirituality, wholeness and service through the work of Edgar Cayce, which Lynn believes to be as timely today as it was when it revolutionized Western spirituality in the 20th Century. Therefore, one of her passions is in relating some of today's “cutting edge” spiritual insights to the riches to be mined from lesser-known information in the Cayce readings. As a case in point, she believes the Cayce legacy has an important contribution to make to the burgeoning “evolutionary spirituality” movement. Her forthcoming book, The Path of the Co-Creator: The Evolutionary Vision of the Edgar Cayce Readings, explores this premise both conceptually and experientially.

Lynn is certified as a Master Hypnotherapist and hypnosis trainer, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and Life Coach. She maintains a private practice in Virginia Beach, where she offers a full spectrum of hypnotherapy and NLP services, from habit change and stress reduction to exploration of deep spiritual themes. She is the author of two previous books and numerous home-study courses based on the Cayce material. Lynn has also served as a Licensed Minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Virginia, doing extended interim ministries in two local congregations in the past seven years.



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