Edgar Cayce was world-renowned as "The Sleeping Prophet," but there's more to discover at his Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach!Whether you prefer the term "psychic," "medium," or "clairvoyant," Edgar Cayce (1877–1945) was world-renowned for his ability to give readings while in a trance-like state. Called the "father of holistic medicine," Cayce founded the non-profit institute Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in Virginia Beach in 1931. Today, the A.R.E. campus has many attractions, including a Health Center & Spa, a guided labyrinth walk, a meditation garden, a library of over 14,000 readings performed by Edgar Cayce over his lifetime, and a bookstore and gift shop. Visitors can also learn about Cayce's life history and the organization's ongoing work, like mentorship programs, camps for children and adults, and workshops focusing on topics relating to the mind, body, and spirit. [caption id="attachment_4570" align="aligncenter" width="403"] Photo of Edgar Cayce.[/caption] There is also the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage for those looking to learn a skill relating to holistic health, as well as the Atlantic University, whose mission is "to provide an environment where all learners personally integrate the concepts and theories of the body, mind, spirit connection while striving to achieve higher human potential, to better understand their interconnected relationship to all life, and to be of profound service to others." Some of Atlantic University's fully accredited curriculum includes holistic studies, psychology, literature, spiritual traditions, science, creativity, visual arts, and inner life work. They also have Master of Arts programs in transpersonal psychology and leadership studies.
Cayce was considered to be very influential of the New Age movement in its modern-day form. According to a piece titled "The Life and Times of Edgar Cayce," he "gave thousands of these readings, prescribing cures, revealing past lives, telling the future, and giving advice from beyond the material world." Some people believe that his readings still have profound impacts on the world today. For more information about A.R.E. in Virginia Beach, please check out their website. What are your favorite spots to check out in Virginia Beach for meditation or relaxation? Have you ever been to the A.R.E.? Leave us a comment, and let us know!