Tree Angel


Here’s a fascinating story about a near-death experience that changed a man’s life, and is changing our environment for the better. It comes from Catriona MacGregor, author of Partnering with Nature. The story will appear in her upcoming book, Dreaming a Runaway Horse: A Love Song for our Descendants.

“David Milarch, was a hard living, hard drinking forty-one-year old from northern Michigan. He had been working in his families nursery business for over two decades, had a wonderful wife, and two sons he loved, but he was dying of renal failure.

“David was an alcoholic. He tried to go cold turkey on his own, to change his life for the better, but the abrupt withdrawal from his daily alcohol intake was causing his body to shut down. Rushed to a hospital emergency room with fluid in his lungs, the doctor on staff told him he only had a day or two to live.

“A day after David was sent home, presumably to die, he felt a hard pulse in his heart. He died. As his spirit floated up to the ceiling, he looked down at the bloated, abused body below. He felt he had wasted his life. His attention was then drawn to a dazzling white light. Out of the light he saw a beautiful female angel in a white gown emerge. She eased his fears and shame with a gentle touch.

“The angel took David into a tunnel of light. At the other end of the tunnel, was a heavenly paradise of light and love. David was told by the angels there that he had work to do on Earth, and was sent back into his body to live and complete his mission on Earth.

“Some months later, after David had started to recover and be able to get out of bed, he felt the angels near again, this time with a clear plan that came through to David via automatic writing. Here is what he wrote:

“My heart raced as I read through what I’d written. The earth’s trees and forests are getting sicker, weakened by pollution, drought, disease and bugs able to survive the warmer winters. I was to clone the biggest, strongest, hardiest trees—trees that had lived hundreds, even thousands of years—so the world could one day be restored to its natural order by the giants of the forest. I felt like Noah, a simple man told to become a shipbuilder and a zookeeper …”

“Within a year after this divinely inspired mission, David Milarch, lanuched Archangel Ancient Tree Archive. Its mission is to propagate the world’s most important old growth trees before they are gone; reforest the Earth with the offspring of these trees; and archive the genetics of ancient trees in living libraries around the world for the future.”

Catriona notes: “The importance of trees in first saving and then protecting the planet, cannot be understated. But it is just not fully comprehended. This is because we are still in the elementary learning phase with respect to these magnificent beings, Masters of the Three Realms – below the Earth, on the Earth, and above the Earth.”


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Spiritually Naked


This evening (March 13), we were on a radio show called Spiritually Naked, with Steven Banks and his partner, Stephanie Banks. It’s one of the most unusual and interesting shows we’ve done. A little background…

In 2012, Stephanie had a bike accident in British Colombia, where she and Steven live. As she describes it on her website,  she misjudged her surroundings and narrowly avoided death as her body and bike collided with a rock wall before falling into a rocky crevasse below. As her body lay in the gully, her spirit reunited with her guardian,Ruby, where she experienced her life and the universe from another perspective. After her encounter with Ruby, she decided to return to her life and found herself back in her injured body, with no memory of her journey.

After her near-death experience, during her long recovery, Stephanie began doing a lot of journal writing and discovered that she was channeling through automatic writing. As Steven says, “She channeled many different guides, teachers and passed loved ones through writing for the next four years. Six months after her accident she met with a friend to look at what she was channeling in her journals. He asked her if she wanted to try channeling verbally and that night and one other a month later she did. It was amazing. But she was so full of doubt that she continued to channel through writing until December of last year. When she channeled for me and a friend last December, I asked who they were and got Solomon as the messenger for the group.”

Steven realized that the information and wisdom she channeled should be shared, and he and Stephanie started their radio show, Spiritually Naked. For the first 25 minutes, guests talk about their work – in our case, we talked about synchronicity and our new book on precognition, Sensing the Future. For the next 25 minutes, guests ask Solomon questions. And this interaction makes the show unique.

Steven and Stephanie are gracious hosts who have experienced various types of synchronicities. Stephanie told a story about a client who tended a tree in his backyard – the one thing in the yard that he loved enough to nurture. One day, he called her in a panic. Something had happened to his beloved tree. Could she stop by his place to take a look? So she did and discovered that half of the tree had died overnight. What’s it mean? her client asked in a near panic.

Stephanie didn’t know. But both she and the client recognized the incident was significant and not positive. Two days later, the client passed away. This incident is a good example of how nature is often a vehicle for precognition.

During the break, Steve explained that the next segment would begin with him using the singing bowl. Stephanie would put herself in a receptive state of mind to channel Solomon, and then we could ask questions. We’d prepared some questions before the show and once Solomon had greeted us, we asked: Given who is in the White House, what’s the future of this planet?

“Sometimes the catalyst for change is something in opposition to what people globally want,” Solomon said. “What’s needed is for each of you to reflect on your own lives and ask yourselves what positive changes you can bring into your own life. What habits of thought can you change? What you are working toward globally is a more compassionate planet…”

We asked about aliens, abductions, UFOs. Solomon’s take was intriguing. He says that for many abductees, an agreement is already in place for the experience – an agreement often made before birth. If an abductee finds the experience frightening, as many of them do, the course of the agreement can be changed through intention, focus.

We also asked about manifestations. How can people manifest more abundance, more money? “All is perception. Many people are fear-based about money. There’s fear of not having enough money, a feeling of incompleteness, a fear they won’t be able to pay for necessities. Don’t focus on the DON’T WANTS. Instead, focus on the WANTS. We encourage you to place yourself in the feeling place of what you DO WANT.”

We also talked about synchronicity with Solomon and about what it’s like being non-physical. “In the non-physical, there are no limiting beliefs. Everything is possible.”

You can listen to the entire interview here.


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A Hemingway Synchro in Cuba

I experienced a lot of synchros in Cuba, but two were really stunning. This one happened in La Floridita, a bar in Old Habana.

On our second day in the city, a Friday, we headed into Old Town and walked for miles. I finally sighted La Floridita, the bar Hemingway made famous, and we all agreed to go in and have a drink and pay homage to Hemingway. At this point, our group had grown by one. Megan’s former roommate, Nick, had joined us for the weekend. So the head count was: The Macs – Rob, Meg, me – Watts, Erin, Jessie and Nick, which brought us up to 7.

La Floridita was crowded, people everywhere, all the tables and bar stools filled, a band tuning up near the door. We made our way toward the closest space – which was behind some bar stools to the left of the band.

In a corner of this area stood a huge bronze statue of Hemingway. No doubt from this classic profile pose who it is. The Europeans and Canadians in the bar kept moving past us to take selfies with Papa.

Here’s Rob with Hem.

Here’s a long shot of the wall – and Megan and a couple of her friends.

We ordered our drinks from a a bartender who wore a red vest just as they’d done in Hemingway’s day. Mojitos and beer.

As I sipped at my bar and took in the atmosphere, I remembered it wasn’t just Hemingway who visited the Floridita. British novelist Graham Greene (Our Man in Havana), Chilean author Pablo Neruda (Google him) and American essayist John Dos Pasos had also frequented this bar.

But it was Hemingway who was celebrated, a twenty-year expat who wrote numerous novels while living here, including his Nobel winner, The Old Man and the Sea. He was Castro’s favorite yanqui!

I looked at the photos on the wall above and around Hemingway and nearly swallowed my tongue. There, to the left of his photos with Castro, was a photo of my Gemini buddy,  Hilary Hemingway, Papa’s niece, daughter of Hemingway’s brother. She and her family had visited Cuban 13 years earlier, when she was writing a script with Andy Garcia on Hem’s last days in Cuba. Someone had photographed her and hung the picture on the wall.

I texted Hilary but it didn’t go through, so I pointed out her photo to everyone in our group. It was particularly meaningful because several years earlier, Hilary and I collaborated on a script based on my novel Ghost Key. It made it into the semi finals of one of the major screenwriting contests,  Final Draft. The important thing is that  Hilary taught me how to write a screenplay.

It’s strange, I think, to be related to a famous person, especially someone like Hemingway, but she fulfills her part with grace and dignity, even in a bar in Habana Vieja. There she is in that pic, the blonde, composed Hemingway.

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Blog post predicts London Westminster attack

The picture above was posted on a blog site called 4chan (fortune?) about 24 hours before the attack on the bridge near Westminster Abbey and the subsequent stabbing death of a police officer.

Next to the image – and not visible in the photo – was a series of dashes and dots that turned out to be Morse code. No other information was provided in the mysterious post, which appeared on 4chan’s “Politically Incorrect” board.

Several readers translated the code to precise geographic coordinates that turned out to be the bridge where one day later the terrorist plowed into dozens of people, killing three. One person responded to the post this way just minutes after it appeared: “Big Ben?”

It seems there are three ways of interpreting the post. First, the person who made the post knew what was coming and the post was a veiled warning. Second, it was coincidental, and the poster had no knowledge of the upcoming incident. In the case, it would be a  meaningful coincidence—a synchronicity, the message from our collective underlying reality that had surfaced.

But there’s also another way of interpreting the post. It could’ve been the work of a remote viewer, who psychically predicted the location of an upcoming terrorist attack—the attack symbolized by the two guns. The guns might’ve meant two attacks or two attackers, or the use of guns in an attack – which was incorrect.

It will be interesting to see if the blog poster comes forward or the person’s identity is discovered, and we learn more.


A PS. (Trish here.) If you click on that link, you’ll find a very strange forum. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it. You can post anonymously, in many different categories. Yesterday when I checked the link, it claimed that more than 197,000 people were on the site.


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More Bermuda Triangle weirdness

It seems that the infamous Bermuda Triangle is still working its weird effects around people associated with it. I just finished co-authoring my second B.T. book with Bruce Gernon, a pilot who flew into the heart of the B.T. phenomenon and survived. One of the outcomes of Bruce’s mysterious flight, in which he and his two passengers were instantly shifted about 90 miles from near Bimini to Miami Beach, was a development of psychic abilities – specifically an ability to ocassionally glimpse future events. We wrote about Bruce’s visions in THE FOG and include more in the upcoming book, Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (New Page Books, July, 2017).

But there is much more in the way of peculiar and synchronisitic events that have taken place  recently related to the Bermuda Triangle. For example, on March 1, I was contacted by a TV producer about plans for a new TV series on the Bermuda Triangle. On March 3, I was contacted by a second producer from another production company who said the same thing. She wanted to talk to me about plans for a new TV series on the Triangle. Of course, my first thought was that it must be the same people, even though the names of the production companies were different. I figured they must be working together. So I wrote the first producer and he said, nope, his company was working independently and he had no knowledge about what the other company was doing. It was a surprise to him.

So a couple weeks passed, and I decided to see if there was anything new with the two projects. Both production companies had asked if I wanted to be involved, possibly as one of the on-air investigators. One producer told me she would probably know more in a week. When I talked to the first producer who had contacted me, he told me they needed to fill out their team of investigators with a younger B.T. expert, someone between 35 and 40, and he asked me if I knew anyone.

After thinking about it, I remembered a guy from India who is very enthusiastic about the Bermuda Triangle, had his own theory, and had produced a  YouTube video about it. He appears to be in his early 30s. I looked him up on FB, since I hadn’t heard from him in a couple of years and couldn’t remember his name. Then I went back to my email to write the producer about Manoj Rai. (How they were going to deal with the fact that the ‘young’ BT expert lived in India was not my problem!)

Meanwhile, a new e-mail had just arrived from Bruce Gernon. So before writing the producer, I opened it and to my astonishment it contained a forward e-mail message from…guess who?

Here’s the message:

Hello sir,

I am Manoj Rai from India. I hope you had remember me. I wrote you regarding my theory based on your flight at Bermuda triangle. sir I am again writing you because last week one of the leading Indian news channel has broadcast my show on their channel. last year also one on the local Indian news paper has published my research on its paper.

Sir I want to tell you that Indian people having the interest in your experience and they want more. Indian people like my theory which explain your journey at Bermuda triangle and I am talking with one more leading news channel and if you give me the permission, we will make one show together.

With regards
Manoj Rai,

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Seriously, Dudes?

Today on Huffington Post, I saw a photo and headline that really made me seethe.

The headline: Room Full Of Men Decides Fate Of Women’s Health Care. And here are the boys who want it to happen, a photo tweeted by a proud Mike Pence:


Granted, it’s easier to seethe now during this trump era, but this headline triggered scenarios from how life used to be for women 40, 50, and 60 years ago. Think about this for a moment:

Until 1978, when the Pregnancy Discriminaiton Act was passed, women could be fired from their jobs for being pregnant.

Until 1974, with the passage of the Equal Opportunity Act, women couldn’t apply for credit.

The first time that a court recognized sexual harassment in the workplace was in 1977 and it wasn’t until 1980 that sexual harassment was officially defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Before the 1970s, a woman couldn’t refuse to have sex with her husband. Yeah, you read that correctly. By the mid-1970s, most states recognize marital rape, but it wasn’t until 1993 that it actually became criminalized in all 50 states.

 Then there’s Roe v Wade in 1973, which protected a woman’s right to abortion until viability in most states.

And that era of prohibitions on women’s rights is where that roomful of men hope to take us back to. As the Huffington Post points out, the Affordable Care Act created a list of “ 10 essential health benefits that all health insurance plans must cover. Pregnancy, newborn, and maternity care are on that list.” Before Obamacare in 2010, women had to pay more than men for the same health coverage, only 12 percent of plans offered maternity coverage, and it was legal for insurance companies to refuse coverage to women who were pregnant or might become pregnant in the future.

“But many Republicans argue that this pre-2010 system was better, because men shouldn’t have to pay for things like maternity care.”

As House House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, the GOP health care bill could end up “making being a woman a pre-existing condition.”

So, okay, dudes. Why should your insurance cover vasectomies and Viagra? Or prostaste problems and checkups? Let’s strip these things from your insurance and have the government pass some legislation about your bodies. One Texas state representative – Jessica Farrar – has introduced legislation that would fine men for mastubating and require them to undergo counseling before obtaining a prescription for Viagra. Her bill, according to The Hill, is an effort to highlight anti-abortion laws that place restrictions on women. It would “impose a $100 civil penalty for “masturbatory emissions” that take place outside of a woman’s vagina or a hospital. Each incident would be “considered an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life,” the bill reads.

“Her bill would allow doctors to refuse to conduct vasectomies, write prescriptions for Viagra or perform a colonoscopy if those actions violate the doctor’s personal, moral or religious beliefs. Patients would be required to wait 24 hours before a procedure is performed, and doctors would be made to read a state-printed booklet, “A Man’s Right To Know,” to the patient.

“Doctors would also be required to perform a “medically-unnecessary digital rectal exam” and an MRI before performing vasectomies or colonoscopies or before prescribing Viagra.”

All those self-righteous men in that photo? Get real, guys. As much as you would like to take women back 50 years, it ain’t gonna happen, and here’s why. Women aren’t your toys, consorts, fuck buddies. They are your equals.

The dudes  in that proud Mike Pence twitter pic  believe they own you,  ladies. Let’s show them otherwise.

And I can’t believe any of this is an issue all  these decades later.

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The Tarot on Trump

This evening, Rob and I asked if trump would be gone by June. This spread is called The Ladle and is from Power Tarot, the book I co-authored with Phyllis Vega. The deck is Tarot of the Cloisters.

The first position, starting from the left, is the issue, the second is what’s hidden, then what’s emerging, what’s visible, what is scooped out, and the resolution.

He asserts his point of view.  If he sticks with the status quo – lying – he could attract disaster.  3rd position –  the 8 of pentacles. Messages, rapid communication – i.e., more tweet distractions. 4th card,  trump as king. 5th card –  3 of wands – the ship comes in…the truth? 6th card, the resolution…he is gone.

My next question for the tarot is going to be whether, when he leaves, we can dump the entire administration.


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Ghostwriting and Impulses


Most of us experience this at some point in our lives – a tightening in our guts, the sense that we better pay attention to what our emotions are telegraphing. So we try to take it in, understand it, decipher it, and come up with – well, zero. But impulses are another facet of this and I tend to act on them when I experience them.  This happened to me recently with a ghostwriting project.

Ghostwriting projects usually have their own level of weirdness, depending on the name attached to the actual project. The arrangement is one in which a writer is hired to write someone else’s novel, memoir, self-help book, or whatever. The writer usually gets no credit, no share of the royalties, and because of that is paid more to write the book.

Our first experience with this was with a Mafia woman in New York. Our second experience was with an actor in a popular movie who wanted to come to our house and sit with us as we wrote the book. In the love scene we’d written, he said, we hadn’t depicted how he made love to his wife.

We turned that project down.

Ghostwriting is a peculiar relationship. Your client has a particular vision for novel or nonfiction book and your vision, as the writer, may be leagues removed. One client, for instance, wanted her novel to begin with the last chapter of the book.

“Why there?” I asked.

So that her protagonist’s story could be shown to come full circle. Well, it was good she knew the end of her story, but it didn’t belong at the beginning of the book. Every novel, every story, has a beginning, a middle, an end. Jerzy Kosinski used to write his endings first, a process that actually makes sense, even if the ending changes. You have a beginning, an end, and what lies in between is the mystery, the weirdness, the clues, the character and plot development.

With this particular project, I don’t hear from the client for long stretches of time. It slows things down considerably – the writing and my payment. One day I had the impulse to  just write her and ask if she was still on board with the project. This got an immediate response. Yes, she was. Then, another long period of silence. Once again, I had the impulse to email and ask if she was in or out of the project. And I got another quick response. Yes, she’d been traveling and had some notes to send me. Once the notes are integrated into the story, she would be ready to move into the next phase of the project.

So now, because I acted on an impulse, I know this is just her MO. But it’s not MY M.O. Novels have a momentum all their own. If too much time passes from page to page, that momentum lags or dies altogether. It’s now been more than 3 months since this project began. We have an outline and 5,000 words. In this same time frame, I’ve written 200 pages- about 50,000 words –  on a new novel.That’s my M.O. Get the first draft down fast. Then revise.

My sense is that the ghostwriting project is headed for the graveyard called, Done, Unfinished, & Buried. No viewing, no funeral. Please don’t send flowers!


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I’m putting this up because it made me laugh – and many of us probably do need this drug!

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Lights Out



I’m reading Lights Out  by long-time journalist Ted Koppel, about how vulnerable our electrical grid is to hacking. Considering the current news, I think Koppel has really hit on something.

When you measure people’s feelings and intuitions about 2017 and a Trump presidency, they’re all over the map. Facebook, the dog park, emails, neighborhood conversations: no collective consensus.

On Facebook, one woman said she felt it might spell the end of humanity. An Aussie commenter on our blog, Darren, said he didn’t feel humanity would end, but that the volume of dissent so prevalent during 2016 would get really loud. At the dog park, I half-jokingly do a countdown to Armageddon (which was the the inauguration, now 8 weeks past).   I speak to former Sanders supporters who reluctantly voted for Clinton and they say the Democratic party needs to move toward a more progressive platform.

So where are we as a country, a nation, a society?

Well, sadly, we seem to be caught in a nightmare. You know the kind of nightmare I mean. The dark cellar you can’t escape, the place where monsters are breathing hard but you can’t see them, the grave where the dead whisper, If you don’t learn from history, then history repeats itself. We are in the midst of a Stephen King novel where the monsters are larger and more powerful than even King imagined.

We have a president  who tweets his foreign policy stuff, pisses off countries like China and North Korea, and then has his blonde Barbie doll, Kellyanne Conway, go on TV talk shows to spin whatever he says. We have a racist- Jeff Sessions – who  for attorney general – and a VP who tried to mandate funerals for every aborted fetus, a climate change denier and CEO of Exxon as Secretary of State. We have billionaires and millionaires as the guys who will dictate policy at every level.

If Trump lasts for four years, we may be wearing oxygen masks like they do in Bejing just to get through the day. But since Trump dismisses the intelligence community, we may be facing something even more dire: a blackout that lasts weeks or months because the electrical grid is hacked – by the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, Iran, who knows? Trump has made a lot of enemies already.

Koppel argues that it’s not a matter of if the grid goes down, but when. Think about it. No running water, no sewage, no heat or AC, no gasoline, grocery store shelves go empty, no internet, email, facebook, instagram, twitter. Social media goes as dead as everything else. Koppel‘s sources estimate that one in ten Americans would be dead within the first year.

Given the recent headlines, the president and his policies, his  cabinet, Lights Out may be the ultimate Dystopian novel – except that the book is non-fiction. My question is what can we do collectively and individually, within our own lives, to minimize this man’s influence? Can we collectively imagine and set intentions for a saner government? Is that enough?


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Edgar Cayce & Astrology

This post came about as a result of an astrology proposal on astrology’s WOW factor – the planet Jupiter.

Edgar Cayce was born on March 18, 1877, at 3:03 p.m. in Hopkinsville, Kentucky – 140 years ago. He had a Pisces sun and his Jupiter- that fancily shaped 4 in house 5  was in Capricorn. That’s his chart in the illustration. You can see Jupiter in his fifth house of romance, children, and creativity.

At its most base expression, a sun in Pisces – a mutable water sign – can indicate a propensity for addiction, escapism, and ambivalence that makes everyone around them nuts. But at its highest expression, a Pisces sun exemplifies everything that Cayce was – a humble man with an extraordinary gift that touched thousands when he was alive and millions more since his death in 1945.

Cayce was conventionally religious, also in keeping with the Pisces archetype. In the many biographies written about him over the years, his religious beliefs are depicted as the bedrock of who he was. They sustained him, kept him whole, grounded. The beliefs also collided several times with the expanded worldview that his psychic readings eventually gave him. This conflict in beliefs may explain why Cayce was able to read for people only while in a trance so deep it was like sleep. After the publication of Jess Stearn’s biography about Cayce, he became known as “the sleeping prophet,” the title of Stearn’s book, an apt nickname.

His diagnostic abilities surfaced when he was 23 and had lost his voice. He was newly engaged to Gertrude, who would become his wife, and the loss of his voice delayed the marriage. It also delayed his work, particularly when the voice condition, despite expert help, persisted month after month.

Al Layne, a hypnosis enthusiast, finally hypnotized Cayce and asked him to explain the problem. Cayce, in a voice that was resonant and normal, explained there was partial paralysis of the muscles around the vocal cords and directed Layne to give him a hypnotic suggestion that would increase the blood circulation around the vocal cords for twenty minutes. Cayce’s voice returned.

Layne was so blown away that he offered himself as Cayce’s next subject. While Cayce was “asleep,” he gave Layne a full medical diagnosis of his condition and within several months, his vocal cords improved dramatically. Cayce was astonished and terrified at what he’d done and didn’t wasn’t to continue. But when his voice began to fade again, he turned to Layne once more.

Eventually, Layne was having Cayce diagnose other people. This is where his Jupiter in Capricorn started kicking in – a slow, steady rise toward his calling, his true north, his grail. Capricorn, a cardinal earth sign, is symbolized by the goat, that intrepid critter that keeps climbing and climbing to reach the summit. When the goat comes up against a barrier, it either finds a way around it – or rams its way through it. One way or another, it gets to where it wants and needs to be. It reaches its goal.

Cayce was surprised by what was happening, but didn’t attach any spiritual meaning to it. He just wanted to forget about what he was doing when he was in trance and didn’t even want to discuss it with his family. But word got around town and the reaction was mixed. Some people made fun of him, skeptics chided him, but others marveled at the young Cayce’s ability.

The first case that convinced Cayce about his life’s work was that of a six-year-old girl who lived in Hopkinsville, the daughter of a former superintendent of schools. For two years, she’d had as many as twenty convulsions a day and was basically a vegetable. She had seen numerous experts, but the consensus was that her parents should keep her comfortable until she died. Hardly the sort of thing a parent wants to hear.

While Cayce was in trance, he said her ailment was due to congestion at the base of the brain. He prescribed a treatment, followed up as needed, and within three months, the girl was in perfect health.

Over the course of Cayce’s life, there were many healings like this one, unconventional treatments for that time that worked. In A Seer Out of Season: the Life of Edgar Cayce, author Harmon Hartzell Bro, who knew Cayce, said he couldn’t use his ability to exploit others or to help others gain advantage over other people. If he tried, his ability abandoned him. “Instead, he had to use it for those with real needs, who would invest themselves and grow personally as they explored and applied his counsel.”

In the 40 plus years that Cayce worked as the sleeping prophet, he gave 14,306 readings on 10,000 different topics that are housed at the Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Development – A.R. E – in Virginia Beach. There are nearly 8,000 indexed references to astrology and five broader categories in the database of information: 1) health-related information 2) philosophy and reincarnation 3) dreams and dream interpretation 4) ESP and psychic phenomena 5) spiritual growth, meditation, and prayer.

During the decades that his reputation and fame grew, Cayce found his grail by doing what the Capricorn goat does – moving steadily and inexorably toward the summit, and building his skills and talents as he climbed. If his quest can be summarized simply, it’s that despite financial problems and profound skepticism from the society and time in which he lived, Cayce ultimately embraced his abilities. And this fact enabled him to develop those abilities fully, and use them to help whoever came to him. What he found, his grail, was that he was of service to thousands of people who needed answers and help.

On March 19, 1919, when Cayce was 42, he did a reading on his own birth chart. His wife, Gertrude, and a stenographer were present. Gertrude asked the questions. One of the most interesting facets of this reading concerned astrology/the planets.

Gertrude: Do the planets have anything to do with the ruling of the destiny of men? If so, what? And what do they have to do with this body?

 From Cayce in trance: They do. In the beginning, as our own planet, Earth, was set in motion, the placing of other planets began the ruling of the destiny of all matter as created…

 The strongest power in the destiny of man is the Sun… then the closer planets, or those that are coming in ascendency at the time of the birth of the individual. But let it be understood here, no action of any planet or any of the phases of the Sun, Moon, or any of the heavenly bodies surpass the rule of Man’s individual will power – the power given by the Creator of man in the beginning, when he became a living soul, with the power of choosing for himself.

These two sections are particularly interesting. According to Cayce’s clairvoyance, the sun rules the “destiny” of man, but no planet or celestial body surpasses our own free will, the power to choose for ourselves.   

The inclination of man is ruled by the planets under which he is born. In this far the destiny of man lies within the sphere or scope of the planets. With the given position of the solar system at the time of the birth of an individual, it can be worked out – that is, the inclinations and actions without the will power taken into consideration.

 As in this body here [Edgar Cayce] born March 18, 1877, three minutes past three o’clock, with the Sun descending, on the wane, the Moon in the opposite side of the Earth (old moon), Uranus at its zenith, hence the body is ultra in its actions. Neptune closest in conjunction… in the ninth house; Jupiter, the higher force of all the planets, save the Sun, in descendency…

Here, Jupiter is identified as “the higher force” of all the planets except for the sun.

Hence the inclination as the body is controlled by the astrological survey at the time of the birth of this body, either (no middle ground for this body) very good or very bad, very religious or very wicked, very rich or always losing, very much in love or hate, very much given to good works or always doing wrong, governed entirely by the will of the body.



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Chill Pills


I had a minor manifestation this evening at my yoga class. I was getting ready to start when I noticed a small aromatherapy bottle on the shelf as I was setting up my music. I picked it and saw that it was called Chill Pill. So I turned to one of students, who’s a doctor’s wife, and showed it to her. I said to her, jokingly: “Your husband should prescribe this for his patients.”

She looked at it closer than I did and said, “Oh, lavender and chamomile. I used to put lavender on my son’s pillow to help him sleep.” She went on to say she grows it in her backyard, and I asked about how easy it was to grow.

Then I went to the front room to see if any other students had arrived and what did I see…but a bouquet of lavender on the counter by the computer where I check people in. It probably had been there, but I hadn’t noticed it until I’d gotten into a conversation about it. So I consider that a minor manifestation. Sai Baba I am not. But that impressed me.

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Synchronicity, even when it doesn’t entail spirit communication, is a kind of kind of alchemy that transforms us or a decision we’re making in an essential way. The alchemy occurs because of what the synchronicity says to you, its impact on you. This was certainly the case for Carl Jung during a visit in the 1950s with Henry Fierz, a chemistry professor with whom he had become friends over the years.

Friez had dropped by at five o’clock one afternoon to talk with Jung about a manuscript by a scientist who had recently died. Friez felt the manuscript should be published, but Jung, who had read it, thought otherwise.  Their debate about the manuscript apparently became somewhat heated and at one point, Jung glanced at his watch, as if he were about to dismiss Friez.  Then he seemed puzzled by the time and explained that his watch had just been returned from the repair shop, but it read five o’clock, the time that Friez had arrived.

Jung asked Friez the time; it was 5:35. As Richard Tarnas recounted the incident in Psyche and Cosmos, Jung apparently said, “So you have the right time, and I have the wrong time. Let us discuss the thing again.”

In the ensuing discussion, Friez convinced Jung the manuscript should be published. “Here, the synchronistic event is of interest not because of its intrinsic coincidental force,” Tarnas wrote,  “but because of the meaning Jung drew from it, essentially using it as a basis for challenging and redirecting his own conscious attitude.”

Many of us might not draw a correlation between a stopped watch and a discussion. But synchronicity, by definition, is the coming together of similar inner and outer events in a way that is meaningful to the individual and can’t be explained by cause and effect. This means that the outer world – and all of nature and our surroundings – can carry meaning just as the inner world does. Jung, who was accustomed to perceiving and thinking symbolically, recognized the synchronicity and changed his thinking accordingly.

Tarnas noted that Jung recognized all events as “sources of potential and spiritual significance.” It didn’t matter to him whether they originated from human consciousness or from the “larger matrix of the world” because he saw nature and a person’s surrounding environment as a living template of “potential synchronistic meaning that could illuminate the human sphere. He attended to sudden or unusual movements or appearances of animals, flocks of birds, the wind, storms, the sudden louder lapping of the lake outside his the window of his consulting room…as possible symbolic relevance for the parallel unfolding of interior psychological realities.”

In other words, Jung used everything in his environment as potential signs and symbols. It seems that once you recognize coincidence as meaningful, once you’re in the flow of it, the inner self and the larger outer matrix chatter constantly to each other. We only have to listen.

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