Edgar Cayce was a famous twentieth-century Christian mystic who regularly entered an altered state of consciousness from which he answered questions and gave information on a broad range of topics. His psychic dissertations included historic data on famous and completely unknown people and events. Within this broad array of material was a generous amount of detail about the history of Britain, including many of the people, places, and events recognized by mainstream historians. But there is also much information on the inner lives of individuals -- their thoughts, feelings, and motivations. This encompasses the soul dimension of human experience, that is typically not part of historical analysis. When asked about the source of the information, Cayce responded that the thoughts, actions, and intents of each individual are recorded in the skein of space and time called the Akashic records, also known as God's book of remembrance and the Book of Life. Cayce claimed to be able to "read" the akashic records during his trance states, thus his psychic discources became become known as "readings." The readings were assigned numbers to protect the privacy of those who sought his guidance.
Among the various types of readings provided by Edgar Cayce were hundreds of "life readings" -- that discuss personal history at a soul level, including past life scenarios -- in other words, reincarnation. Thus the personal, soul dimension of history is embedded and interwoven in the fabric of collective, public history. The key to understanding the Cayce perspective on history in this broader sense, is to recognize the soul dimension of experience and appreciate the importance of soul development. The earth experience is like a classroom in which the soul learns and grows in consciousness, even if some of the lessons are difficult and painful.
Soul experience is not isolated. Rather it is embedded in relationships with other souls who tend to incarnate together in groups. Since most of the Cayce readings that discuss human history are provided as part of a life reading for an individual -- who in turn is a member of a soul group, the historical periods described in the readings tend to be episodic, rather than strictly chronological. In other words, Cayce seldom gave readings on a period of history laid out in a chronological listing of people and events. Rather, the psychic perceptions tend to focus on clusters of individual stories around a core -- soul groups dipping in and out of space-time with issues to be worked out with other members of the group. For example, thirteen individuals received readings from Edgar Cayce that discussed past lives in Britain as Hebrew refugees -- who migrated from Palestine when there were invasions and captivity during the reigns of Hezekiah and Zedekiah in the six and seventh centuries BC. They were not the only readings given that discuss the Lost Tribes of Israel, but they do form a fascinating perspective on ancient migrations -- especially with regard to Britain.
The next major group of readings, from a chronological standpoint, involve Romans that entered Britain beginning with Julius Caesar in the 55 BC. For the next four and half centuries Romans interacted directly with the native populations in various ways, including warfare and conquest, but also in commerce and social exchange as part of the expansion of the empire. After the Romans left in the early fifth century AD, Germanic peoples migrated into Britain in what has been called the Anglo-Saxon invasion. A few centuries later when the Vikings invaded, a prominent Anglo-Saxon leader named Alfred -- played a pivotal role in overcoming the Vikings and uniting the diverse groups in the land -- instilling educational, political, and legal programs to raise the standard of living of his people.
Incidentally, the reading for the individual who was said to have lived as Alfred the Great -- was Edgar Cayce's father in the twentieth century. One of the Vikings who invaded Britain and became assimilated into the culture as a monk -- was Hugh Lynn Cayce, one of Edgar's sons. So there is definitely a soul group aspect to these clusters of incarnating souls as they weave into the fabric of what we call history. The next major grouping of readings associated with British history cluster around the crusades -- both from the perspective of warriors who trekked to the Holy land to fight the Muslims -- but also on the homefront where family, and particularly wives and companions, were left to fend for themselves. Several of these cases describe the social and economic hardships -- and the management of resources (and occasional misuse of privilege) in those difficult medieval times. The next major grouping of readings focus on the House of Tudor, with notable readings for individuals said to have been Anne Boleyn (one of the wives of Henry the Eighth) -- and Queen Elizabeth, daughter of Henry and Anne. Even one of Henry's court jesters is cited in a reading. When Elizabeth failed to produce an heir, the monarchy shifted to the Scottish House of Stuart.
This group of readings includes King James V of Scotland and Queen Heinretta (wife of Charles the First who was beheaded). The civil war that precipitated the execution of Charles I was led by Oliver Cromwell. A reading for the individual who was said to have been Cromwell anchors a cluster that also includes numerous associates -- who participated in the civil war and subsequent socio-political events.
The final group of readings in this collection, center around Charles II -- with particular emphasis on the period of his exile in Europe. During that sojourn, Charles was supported by numerous individuals who also received readings -- including Edgar Cayce's wife Gertrude -- who was said to have been a member of the household where Charles hid while in exile. Certainly there are some limitations in this approach of historical exploration. Each section is essentially a composite made up of multiple perspectives -- each consistent with the readings given for individuals of that place and time (despite many years between readings). The personal stories are like facets on a gemstone, some rough and a bit crude -- others highly polished with great detail and sophistication. So there is some inherent unevenness in the coverage -- but that comes with the territory.
All data provided in the life readings was chosen by the entranced Cayce so as to be relevant to the current life -- not as a curiosity, historical or otherwise -- and yet in aggregate, they do tend to shed some light on what we generally regard as history. Certainly there are readings for several other prominent individuals of historical import -- that are not associated with a soul group or cluster of readings. And these extend do beyond the reign of Charles II.
But the general pattern of soul group incarnations discussed in the Cayce readings -- make a definite geographical shift after Charles II, to the colonies in North America -- where a new nation was forming from its British roots. I hope you enjoy and benefit from this glimpse into the reincarnational history of Britain.
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