Edgar Cayce was born on March18, 1877, near Hopkinsville, Kentucky. At the age of 5 or 6, he told his parents he could talk to people of his family recently dead. Of course his parents did not believe him. Some years later, as he was trying to lear his spelling lessons, he felt asleep on his class book and when he woke up, he knew everything in it.
In 1898, he gradually lost his voice and eventually could only speak in a whisper. This posed a real problem as he had just found a job. All the doctors he went to were unable to cure him with their remedies.
He had the idea to ask a friend to give him the suggestions to put him in a self-induced hypnosis. As soon as he was asleep, his voice returned to normal and he could diagnose what the problem was and specify what remedies were needed. His voice was restored.
People heard about this healing and began to ask for treatment. So he started his health readings.
Once while he was under hypnosis, incidentally a friend called Lammers asked him about astrology, and then he answered about planets and their aspects. He finished by a reference to past lives.
When he woke up, he was horrified when he discovered what he had said under hypnosis. Reincarnation could not exist ! He was then very near to give up readings. Long time ago, he had make to vow to read the Bible once a year. His belief in it was complete and he accepted it as literal truth. After a while, he read it all through again and he did not find any opposition against the principle of reincarnation.
And he went on making readings.
He said that every time he was under hypnosis, he was guided to the Akashic Archives and that he was shown an open book where he could read about the person asking for help.
Around 1940, he was told while channeling not to exhaust himself and not to do more than 2 or 3 readings a day, but he could not help it and he went on giving readings until his death on January 3, 1945.
Edgar Cayce gave over 14,000 readings, more than 2,500 of them treat of reincarnation, called "life readings", giving a lot of details about Atlantis, Egypt, Lemuria
Beside medical problems and reincarnation, his readings include also such topics as meditation, dreams, and prophecy. The transcripts have provided the basis for over 300 popular books about Cayce's work
These readings are all kept in Virginai Beach, at the ARE, Association for Research and Enlightenment, a foundation that Edgar Cayce has created.
If you want to know more, do visit Higher Realms, a site where you will find detailed informations about Edgar Cayce and his readings with direct quotes.