Current Update as of April 26, 2002
Inspired by The Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies
Edited by HENRY REED, Ph.D.
An Essay on Skip Atwater's Captain of my ship: Master of my soul, published by Hampton Roads
of the more extraordinary of the stories about Edgar Cayce's psychic ability
is the time he was preparing to do a reading for a client in a distant
location. As he, he noted that the client was not present at the location
mentioned in the client's letter requesting the reading. In a moment,
Cayce announced, "Oh, here he comes now" and began the reading. The client
had just returned home.
few years back, on a television program called "Put it to the Test," they
showed a demonstration of Joseph McMoneagle, who had worked as a "psychic
spy" for the CIA. In the session, McMoneagle was asked to psychically
spy a location far away known only to a couple of individuals. It was
the Los Angeles harbor. McMoneagle does a pretty good sketch of the major
visual elements of the scene. As he does so, a large freighter passes
through that point in the harbor. McMoneagle notes that something has
come onto the scene that is blocking the view. The television reporter
was flabbergasted at the immediacy and accuracy of McMoneagle's demonstrable
particular television program was in response to the startling revelation
that the CIA had been using psychic spies. In an unusual break with secrecy,
the existence of "Stargate," the code name for the government project
to use the clairvoyant skill of remote viewing as an intelligence gathering
method, was headline news. The fallout of this revelation was gradual
"coming out" of persons who had participated as psychic spies. Another
fallout was that remote viewing catapulted from an arcane laboratory methodology
to the subject of many new consulting firms serving corporations and investment
firms who wanted to gain the latest advantage.
The impression created about remote viewing from the publicity surrounding its birth into public awareness was that it was a "psychic power" with all the ambivalence that the word power evokes. It could be used for competitive advantage and personal profit. It was lacking in spiritual value. The term remote viewing, with its technological tone, adds to that impression of sterility. What would be a spiritual use of remote viewing? Edgar Cayce once surmised that the highest use of psychic ability would be to hear the voice of God. As remote viewing is outgrowing its birthing rags, it is beginning to approach the idealism of Cayce's vision. It would seem that intuition, or psychic ability, first had to be put into the most sterile, technological and practical of terms to gain recognition, and now can be rejoined with its spiritual roots.
a teenager, he used his abilities to see into his hot rod's engine to
facilitate repairs. He was guided to join the army, to apply for the intelligence
division, and to then start the remote viewing operation. After retiring
from the Army, Atwater joined the psychic training organization, The Monroe
Institute, near Charlottesville, Virginia. In this atmosphere, Atwater
expanded the remote viewing methodology to embrace spiritual guidance.
He proposes a variation of Cayce's vision of "oneness" with the idea of
"All That Is." Psychic ability is a natural byproduct of our being one
with "All That Is." He explains that remote viewing is not really "traveling"
or "seeing," but merely an expression of our being "All That Is."
tone is down to earth, personable, and reassuring. Reading the book makes
you feel that you, too, can realize your connection with "All That Is,"
to know your spiritual identity, to realize your purpose for this lifetime,
and to gain the necessary guidance for the next step of your mission.
The book certainly turned around my feelings about remote viewing. In
his final words, echoing Cayce's ideal of "individuality in oneness" Atwater
"Open your heart. And with an open heart, speak the truth. Say to yourself from your heart, ‘I reveal the truth and realize that I Am.' Put a smile on your face and carry love in your heart. Show the world you know that you are a divine expression of God I Am. See you around the campfire."
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