Mental, Spiritual, & Emotional Aspects of Healing
The Edgar Cayce readings clearly indicate that the non-material aspects of healing can be just as important as the material.
Cayce often said that mind is the builder, and the physical is the result. This truth is also reiterated in the Biblical passage, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." (Prov. 23:7). What that means in regard to healing is that one's attitudes and emotions can and do have a direct bearing on the success or failure of the treatment process.
If a person maintains a positive, hopeful, expectant attitude, keeping an open mind to real possibilities, and praying to God for healing and restoration, therapeutic endeavors are likely to be significantly more effective than if one is filled with doubt, fear, and unbelief. Negative thoughts--as well as negative attitudes and emotions (like anger and resentment)--seem to build a resistance that is difficult, if not impossible, for some treatment modalities to overcome, particularly those recommended by Edgar Cayce (such as the radial appliance and wet cell battery). Some readings even went so far as to say that NOTHING could be accomplished until and unless negativity--towards situations, circumstances, self, others, and God--was dealt with and eliminated.
According to the readings, a person usually develops the more serious conditions and diseases because they are needed for soul development. For that reason, it is IMPERATIVE that the spiritual dimension be considered in treating them. As an example, Cayce often advised patients to read, apply, and live the truths taught in Exodus 19:5, Deuteronomy 30, and John 14-17 (for the powerful impact of Deuteronomy 30 on one man's quest for healing, read "Winning Over Lou Gehrig's Disease").
Everyone can think of ways to draw closer to God (like listening to Christian radio, regular church attendance, reading the Bible on a daily basis, etc.). Determine what approach to your Creator works best for you and then follow through on it (for me, it was inviting Jesus into my heart as Lord, Savior, Master, Guide, and Friend). You may be surprised at what a difference it makes in your overall health and well-being!
Many readings stress the importance of prayer (talking to God) as an adjunct to the healing process, and numerous passages from Scripture affirm the wisdom of that advice. According to James 5:16, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." The Apostle Paul, in First Thessalonians 5:17, admonishes us to "Pray without ceasing." Prayer changes things; it moves the hand of God; and, according to the Cayce readings, it is ALWAYS answered (although, to be sure, not always when and in a manner we want or expect). One reading said that, had a sufficient number of people prayed to that end, World War II could have been averted.
Cayce also stressed the importance of meditation (communing with the Divine within) as a tool for attaining health, strength, guidance, and healing. For best results, meditation should be practiced DAILY. To obtain a free three audio cassette course on meditation, Meditation Made Easy, write to
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"Introduction to the Cayce Readings on Health and Healing"
"The Meaning of Healing"
"True Healing of the Body"
"Mind as Related to Healing"
"The Healing Power of Prayer"
Prayer is Good Medicine
God, Faith, and Health
The Faith Factor
The Power of Meditation and Prayer
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