Name: Edgar Cayce
Super Power: Clairvoyance (sporadic omniscience)
Born: March 18, 1877
Died: January 3, 1945
Edgar Cayce was a self-proclaimed psychic who could enter a trance-like state in which he could produce a helpful answer to most any question. He would lie down and close his eyes, and a visitor would ask a question. He'd respond, and his answers were usually remarkably intelligent and helpful. This was surprising, given that he wasn't highly educated. The eighth grade, which in his time was like modern high-school in level of instruction, was his highest degree of scholastic achievement.
When Cayce would wake up after a session, he'd have no memory of what he'd said. Someone who was there while he was in a state of trance would need to tell him what information he'd revealed in order for him to know.
Cayce specialized primarily in diagnosing and treating diseases. His treatments weren't physically administered by him. Rather, he'd tell an ailing individual or a friend of theirs the steps that needed to be taken in order for the person to make a sufficient recovery.
He could diagnose and prescribe for someone whether they were there in person or not. If he was told their name and location, even if they were miles away, he had no trouble investigating their ailment. A few of his treatments called for a technique or medicinal combination that at the time seemed odd, but would later become widely accepted as a modern practice.
One of Cayce's successful treatments was given to a girl named Aime Dietrich. She was developmentally disabled, and plagued by seizures. Doctors had determined she would never recover from her condition. The treatments Cayce suggested allowed her to return to normal health.
Besides physical, mental and spiritual health, the areas in which Cayce's talents were channeled included business advice, dream interpretation, astrology, reincarnation, and Atlantis. While some of Cayce's concepts coincided with New Age ideas, they predated them.
The business advice Cayce gave often didn't pan out, but some believe this has to do with the selfish motivations of those requesting such advice.
Cayce's readings where physically strenuous, and often exhausted him while draining him emotionally. Four years after he had stopped giving readings, on January 2, 1945, he had a stroke, and died the following day.
Cayce's readings weren't always correct, but his sons and others theorize that the intentions of a person asking for advice, as well as many other variables, had a hand in determining whether or not the information given would be accurate. However, his readings were remarkably consistent with each other over the more than forty years during which he gave them.
From 1901 to 1944, Cayce gave over 22,000 readings. From 1923 onward, the readings were written and preserved. Of all Cayce's reading, only 14,000 exist on record.
Cayce believed ESP abilities are a natural side-effect of spiritual growth.
Tens of thousands of people have become students of Edgar Cayce, studying his life and works. Many are located in the U.S. and Canada, but there are also Edgar Cayce Centers in 25 other countries. Cayce is promoted primarily by the Association for Research and Enlightenment, which was established in 1931 by Cayce and his supporters, and is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.