EDGAR CAYCE ON
CHANGE, CHANGES AND EARTH CHANGES
by Kevin J. Todeschi
the years I have spoken to literally hundreds of individuals who were
concerned about forthcoming earthquakes, the Big Quake, or “safety
lands” – areas of the world that might somehow be free from geological
disaster. I have been amazed at how many people seem to be familiar
with Cayce’s “predictions” (at least with what they believe to be his
predictions) while at the same time being unaware about much of the
rest of his work. In fact, the number of individuals who can cite such
“facts” as California and/or Japan sliding off into the ocean, Europe
disappearing in the twinkling of an eye, a shifting of the poles, or
the Great Lakes emptying into the Gulf of Mexico is absolutely
Even among those individuals who state they have
read books about Cayce, there is often little or no familiarity with
any of the material on holistic health, spirituality, dream
interpretation, or human relationships. But those same individuals can
generally mention one of Cayce’s earth change predictions. This is
especially amazing when you consider that more than 9,500 of the
readings deal with the physical body and health and less than 20 even
discuss the subject of earth changes!
Why is it that so many of
us are fascinated with cataclysmic change? Did the Cayce readings
actually state that earthquakes are inevitable? Are psychic predictions
from a reliable source unavoidable? When might we expect the changes to
occur? Just what is this “New Age” business of change, changes, and
earth changes all about?
Our Fascination with Cataclysmic Change
1974 I began my involvement with the Edgar Cayce material. In that same
year I became convinced that I needed to be living and working in
Virginia Beach, Virginia, NO LATER THAN December 31, 1982. My
justification for moving within that time-frame was what I thought at
the time were Cayce’s earth change prophecies coupled with an
astronomer’s prediction of “the Jupiter Effect” – a planetary alignment
that was expected to place excessive strain on continental-plates and
fault-lines already stressed to the breaking point.
eight years between 1974 and 1982, I became focused on “when and how” I
would finally make the move from Colorado to the beach. My friends and
family became confused, concerned, even frustrated about my complete
determination. But there was no convincing me otherwise, I had to get
to Virginia Beach. My conviction about the impending “Big One” was so
complete that I remember telling many individuals that a car I had
purchased in 1980 would be “my last car” since the world as we knew it
would soon cease to exist. (I have replaced my automobile five times
I made several visits to Virginia Beach before the
actual move. I even made an aborted “move” to the area for a brief two
months in 1980. Finally I achieved my goal within the self-imposed
time-constraints and landed at the Norfolk, Virginia airport on
December 26, 1982. I started work as a member of the A.R.E. staff the
very next day.
Shortly after I joined the staff, I began talking
with people on the phone about their own “sense of urgency” in regards
to the impending disasters. At the time I was eager to send out as many
“Moving to Virginia Beach” packets as were requested. I (like many
others) was still convinced that the “Big One” was just around the
corner. Even though the long-awaited Jupiter Effect had come and gone –
without apparent physical happening – I just knew the time was short.
Since then I have come to recognize this feeling of urgency to be more
of a call-to-change rather than a call-to-move.
For the next
several years I continued to be convinced that the quakes were coming.
In time, however, I began to grow frustrated by the number of people
who were not only convinced that the era of the big quakes was upon us,
but who also seemed to be looking forward to them. In fact, I was
surprised at how many of us involved in this type of work were eagerly
waiting for God to somehow “wipe the slate clean” so that we could just
simply start all over.
By the time of the “Harmonic Convergence”
in 1987 my understanding of the “changes” had undergone some major
reclarification. When calls came in from individuals who were convinced
that the Quake-to-End-All-Quakes was coming, part of our conversation
always included this suggestion from me: the subconscious mind would
use whatever it took to bring about a personal transformation – even
fear of earth changes. If the individual felt that he or she was being
guided at a soul level to relocate, it wasn’t simply to escape from
“disaster.” The person was also being prompted to make some personal
changes. During the brief media blitz of the Harmonic Convergence, a
few New Age organizations predicted that the dates August 16 and 17,
1987, would culminate in major geological change. When A.R.E. was
contacted a number of times by representatives of the local media for
interviews on the subject, I repeatedly suggested that the shift was
“vibrational and consciousness-oriented” and that people should not
expect physical calamity to certify the happening. But with only one
exception, the local newspapers were not interested in what we had to
say, turning instead to others with more sensational interpretations.
The next big expectation for The Quake focused on May 10, 1988. Based
primarily upon a number of individuals’ interpretations of the
prophecies of Nostradamas, the Big One was pinpointed (even down to the
hour!) for May 10, 1988 at 12 noon. That date was also indicated by the
interpretation of a number of Indian prophecies. A.R.E. announced the
date and time as a possibility in two of its membership publications
(A.R.E. Journal, July 1980, and Venture Inward magazine, May/June
1988). The date came and went without incident. In October 1989, the
San Francisco Bay area earthquake of 7.1 on the Richter scale caused
many individuals to believe that the series of “cataclysmic quakes”
were finally upon us. However, it was not the case. Nevertheless, the
tragedy did result in many individuals remembering their concern that
the Big One was just around the corner.
A minor media sensation
occurred when the Browning Report (1989) predicted a major quake of
magnitude 8 for New Madrid, Missouri, for December 1990. Although
newspapers carried the information, videos were created and sold on the
topic, and perhaps as many as a hundred people called A.R.E. for
advice, nothing happened. The report was soon forgotten.
catastrophe advocates received a new date to consider when new psychic
predictions announced that January 11, 1992 would herald in the dawning
of personal enlightenment. Although this prophecy (dubbed “11:11”
because of numerological factors) did not necessarily suggest there
would be earth changes – resembling instead the vibrational activities
of the Harmonic Convergence – many believed that some type of physical
change would occur nonetheless. Beginning in the winter/spring of 1993,
my office was inundated with phone calls regarding the latest
prediction that the California quake would inevitably occur on or
before May 9, 1993. The prediction received only minor media attention
but the number of metaphysically-oriented individuals familiar with the
claim was astounding. In March, I had a verbal argument with one man
who was very angry that A.R.E. wasn’t “broadcasting” the information
about the quake, allowing individuals to “get out” and therefore save
themselves. Finally, when it became clear that we were finding no point
of agreement, I suggested that the person call me back on May 10. The
call never came.
For decades, much hype surrounded the year 1998
as being very significant. In fact, for years many speakers affiliated
with the Cayce work seemed to imply that something physical would
definitely happen between 1958 and 1998 – a forty-year period which the
Cayce readings saw as being extremely significant. I remember stating
in my own lectures that I would be glad when December 31, 1998 finally
passed so that people could get over their earthquake fascination – I
was naïve in my estimation. The year 2000 only bought with it more
potential prophecies and 2001 is lining up to be just as anticipatory
for the earth change enthusiasts.
What if we are all looking at
this material wrong? What if we really need to understand that the
changes have already occurred? Whatif we need to get on with our lives,
and our real mission of transforming the earth?
What Did Edgar Cayce Really Say About Earth Changes?
I had originally been so concerned with Cayce’s earth change
predictions, I was surprised when I eventually counted them for myself.
Less than twenty of the readings even discuss physical earth changes!
Some of these readings suggest that the entire planet can expect major
earthquakes and inundations before the turn of the century. A few,
given concerning the period 1932-1936 are especially fatalistic.
Oftentimes, they are the very readings that have been quoted out of
context or have proven to be inaccurate. Just one example is the
frequently quoted reading which states, “The earth will be broken up in
many places. The early portion will see a change in the physical aspect
of the west coast of America...” (3976-15) This reading was even quoted
in A.R.E.’s long-running “Introductory Film” (1975-1993). But the
question to which Cayce was actually responding dealt with the changes
to be expected in 1934!
The readings also pinpointed 1936 as a
year of major cataclysmic change. The irony of this date is that
although no physical earthquakes resulted (nor did a predicted pole
shift occur), 1936 did mark the outbreak of civil war in Spain, Chiang
Kai-shek’s declaration of war on Japan, and Hitler’s reoccupation of
the Rhineland – an event which many pinpoint as the impetus for the
eventual outbreak of World War II. Since the year did result in many
changes (as suggested by the readings), we could theorize that what
Cayce had once foreseen in the vibrational future somehow took on a
different manifestation. Rather than earthquakes, the changes expressed
themselves in the affairs of humankind through the outbreak of war.
other readings, Cayce’s perspective of the events leading to the end of
this century are much more positive. These readings suggest that the
changes will be gradual not cataclysmic, resulting in the dawning of a
“New Age” of hope and community for all of humankind. The underlying
theme was that the period between 1958-1998 would be one of great
global transformation. These changes would enable us to move from the
vibrational consciousness of the Piscean Age into that of the Aquarian.
The readings suggested that the Piscean Age was the time period when
there was the fulfillment of “God Consciousness” coming into full
manifestation in the earth – the pattern set by Jesus being the primary
example. However, the real promise of the Aquarian Age is that all of
humankind will eventually possess the awareness of its true
relationship with God, and be able to communicate directly with Him!
I am more convinced than ever that many of us who are students of the
Edgar Cayce readings have somehow misunderstood or misinterpreted these
predictions on earth changes or that somehow those changes have become
manifest at a different level.
Are Psychic Predictions Unavoidable?
challenge that arises when working with psychic predictions is that
they are completely subject to the activities and the free will of
those individuals about whom the “prophecy” is foretold. This means
that a psychic can make predictions based only upon current events and
“thought-forms.” These thoughts and events are then projected onto a
future time-line, enabling an effective psychic to “see” the result.
because of the very nature of predictions, they are not set in stone,
nor are they necessarily unavoidable. When enough individuals combine,
utilizing their free will in a positive direction, the potential future
“seen” by the psychic is altered. An excellent example of this is the
Old Testament story of Jonah. He foresaw the destruction of Nineveh
because of the people’s own negative thoughts and deeds. God Himself
was not going to destroy the city, rather it was the people themselves
who were bringing about a destruction based upon their own selfishness
and acts of hate toward one another. In order to help the people, Jonah
predicted the city’s downfall. As a result, the people banded together,
changed their thoughts and actions, and – through the use of unified
free will – altered their foreseen future in less than forty days! The
destruction never came, and Nineveh was saved.
We might even say
that the people of Nineveh were “destined” to undergo profound personal
changes that would give them a greater opportunity to fulfill God’s
Will for their lives. It was not that the destruction of the city was
inevitable, instead it was that their own personal transformation was
going to happen one way or another. Through the use of free will, the
people were able to decide for themselves how their personal change was
to be brought about. The people transformed themselves and, in turn,
the city, rather than having external events in the city force them to
undergo personal change.
One of the most interesting dynamics of
people working together is that they can raise the “vibration” of
energy and thought to a higher level. Simply stated, this means that
literal physical earth changes seen decades ago by Edgar Cayce could
now be changes that will occur on a different level. Certainly, some
earthquakes will continue to occur as part of the natural physical
evolution of the planet. But potentially even more influential changes
could come from world-wide political turmoil, economic challenges,
wars, and many more “upheavals” that are not necessarily geological in
nature. In fact, one of the earth change readings states that the exact
nature of what’s coming is yet to be shaped: “As to the changes that
are coming...these will, as indicated, depend upon what individuals and
groups do about what they know respecting His will, His purpose with
man.” (reading #1602-6)
When Will the Changes Occur?
have become so used to change that we no longer recognize it when it
happens. Ours is the age of computer communication, satellite
programming, fiber optics, instant-access cable, and virtual reality.
Our VCR’s are voice-programmable, our grocery store checkout lines read
prices with lasers, and a wafer-thin computer disk can hold the entire
set of Cayce readings. Whether it’s medicine, relationships,
technology, ecological-awareness, or internationalism, the earth today
is very different than it was even 10-15 years ago.
wars and rumors of war broadcast around the globe in the blink of an
eye. We hear of floods and famine and hate-crimes as they occur; and a
day doesn’t pass when we don’t see renewed evidence of gang-wars or
drugs or our inhumanity to one another. But all of this information has
become so common that we may often simply shrug our shoulders, change
the channel, or turn the page. In many places, the world has become
more fractured than ever before, as politics, race, sexuality, culture
and especially religion divide us. Countless thousands of individuals
have been killed, are dying, or have given up all sense of hope. The
dis-eases of the our time have crippled bodies, tortured minds, or
imprisoned souls. And yet, in spite of the fact that CHANGE IS ALL
ABOUT US, some of us continue to wait for the Big One as evidence of
On a more positive front, our age of change
has also had more life-affirming ramifications. Many events in the last
few years have been hope-renewing: the reunification of Germany, the
collapse of Communism, a greater sense of unity and focus within the
United Nations, an annual global event that unifies untold millions of
individuals in prayer every December 31, the formation of the European
Economic Community, the awareness that we must bind together as one
planet to heal the ecological world we call home. There has even been a
renewed sense of faith in God for hundreds of thousands. We are now
allies and friends with those we once fought. We have the technology
and the desire to bind together in the face of natural or man-made
disaster, helping those who have been impacted with food lifts, medical
supplies, and restoring hope.
Many changes are underway that seem to suggest our potential unity as one human family.
Change, Changes, and Earth Changes
my own life, as I look back it seems as though a number of “changes”
have somehow unexpectedly crept up on me. Things have occurred that I
never would have expected twenty years ago when I first became aware of
the Cayce material. On the negative side, I’ve encountered divorce,
financial difficulties, depression, and a recurring sense of wondering
what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. On a more positive front, I
have had many wonderful opportunities and activities present themselves
because of my involvement with A.R.E. I have finally realized that life
is to be lived and enjoyed as a process NOT as a series of achieved
goals, and I have had the opportunity to make best friends as far away
as Japan and Egypt! I have also discovered that the changes are as much
an internal process as they could possibly be an external one – and I
am confident that there are even more to come.
From my own
experiences and observations over the years, I believe that many of the
changes Cayce foresaw seem to have taken on a different vibratory
level. The changes are now affecting the economy, have resulted in
political upheavals, or are helping to facilitate global
“transformations” that are every bit as powerful as earthquakes. It’s
time for all of us to wake up and realize that THE CHANGES CAYCE
PREDICTED ARE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. Our world, our civilization, and our
personal lives are all undergoing dramatic personal and collective
change. And yet, this is sometimes hard for us to recognize because the
changes have not been a single event. They have been a process. We must
keep from expecting the “Big One” any moment. We must avoid thinking
that God is going to wipe the slate clean, allowing us to start over.
We can’t simply quote Cayce’s earth changes predictions – ones that
some of us suppose are “going to happen no matter what” – and let that
be our only response to his foreseen changes.
predictions are not really about earthquakes. Instead they are about
the fact that a new world is being born. The changes provide an
opportunity to get our priorities back in focus. The promise of the
Aquarian Age is that this refocus is indeed going to happen. Our
actions and our attitudes alone will determine the course we take in
order to arrive at this inevitable future. The experiences we require
to get there are “changeable” – open to choice – but the destiny is not.
we’ve collectively lost track of our purpose in the earth. The changing
events in our world and in our lives are to enable us to remember why
we are here. If our faith is currently placed in money – our finances
will be tested because we’re not in the earth for monetary gain. If
we’ve placed all our hopes for the future in government, then we can
expect political upheavals. If we put our security exclusively on the
solid ground where we live, then we may need an earthquake or a
cataclysm to redirect our lives. Whatever we’ve focused on previously
may be taken from us. Simply stated, the changes are the testing which
will enable us to put God first in our lives.
that’s the only reason for this business of change, changes, and earth
changes. Our planet is in the midst of upheavals that will enable
individuals everywhere to eventually gain this realization: with God as
our Creator we are all part of the same family. That understanding and
experience is our collective destiny. As I reflect upon Cayce’s earth
change prophecies, that is the reason we are undergoing change. This is
the promise of the New Age. By our thoughts and deeds as individuals,
we contribute to how long it’s going to take us to get there.
don’t want to fool ourselves: the geological condition of the planet
makes some earth changes inevitable. In other words, there will
continue to be earthquakes. But the purpose of the changes we are
experiencing is not for the earth changes themselves, it is so that we
will undergo personal transformation. Just as the people of Nineveh
were faced with inevitable change, humanity today is in the midst of an
unavoidable process. Our need to come together as one global community
is greater than ever before. It is a necessary part of fulfilling our
destinies as a human family; it is a necessary part of our heritage as
spiritual beings manifesting in the earth.