Friday, August 2, 2013

See the elephant fly by the window?

Most of us spend a lot of time looking out windows. Probably much more time than we realize. Car windows, bus windows, train windows, house windows, office or wherever windows, they are still windows. And how much do we really see when we watch out windows? When your eyes are looking out the window, is your mind often wandering elsewhere? I will bet you a dollar to a donut that many of us see a thousand birds a day out the windows, but how many of them do we remember. The same probably goes for people walking along streets or somewhere else. But, if you saw an elephant fly by the window, you would remember it!

What is the difference? Our conscious minds do not process to memory the commonplace and mundane occurrences that our eyes observe everyday because we are so used to observing them. But flying elephants and naked joggers we remember, and have even been known to take a second look at.

You may be already twigging to the idea that this story is not really about flying elephants, but memorable and significant moments or actions in our lives. Approximately forty years ago, my wife handed me a book and said, “Read this.” The book was There Is a River, written by Thomas Sugrue. Never heard of him, was my first reaction I suspect, and I probably responded with my standard, “Whatever. When I get around to it.” Definitely not a memorable moment. Sure! That’s how little I knew at the time, and that book turned out to be my flying elephant.

There Is a River is the first of over thirty biographies written about the legendary American mystic from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Edgar Cayce.  For those readers who are not familiar with Edgar Cayce, I will give you a very brief history. Edgar Cayce was born in rural Kentucky on March 18, 1877, and passed on in Virginia Beach, Virginia on January 3, 1945. He gave over 15,000 psychic readings in a coma-like trance state and there are copies of over 14,000 of these readings at his Association for Research and Enlightenment, or A.R.E. for short, in Virginia Beach.  

Approximately 10,000 of these readings were medical readings where in his deep-trance state he diagnosed medical problems and prescribed remedies, including prescriptions which had not yet been invented.  Many of these patients who received medical readings had been classified as hopeless by their medical practitioners and had come to Edgar Cayce as a last resort.  

Over 300 books have been written about Edgar Cayce and his readings, including at least 30 biographies, as mentioned earlier.  For more information on Edgar Cayce you should visit the A.R.E. website at You can find the article that made Edgar Cayce a national celebrity in 1910 in the New York Times website archive. You can also read this article on an Edgar Cayce website at:

After medical readings, the next largest group of Edgar Cayce readings was reincarnation or past-life readings. What exactly is a reincarnation reading?  An individual, a parent or legal guardian of a child, or a caretaker of an incapacitated adult could request a past-life reading for the purpose of obtaining information about the past lives of the individual, information which might be beneficial in planning the future of this individual. Most of us have experienced dozens of previous incarnations. The heavenly source of Edgar Cayce's information would reveal relevant information for not all but only those past-life experiences which had a karmic connection to the current incarnation. Some readings, especially those for children, contained comments that further information could be revealed in the future when or if the individual were better prepared to understand or deal with the withheld information. 

The Edgar Cayce archives contain approximately 2,500 past-life readings for some 2,000 individuals, and it was these reincarnation readings that changed the course of my life. Almost thirty years later, after I had been given the golden handshake and a decent monthly pension check for life, I had too much free time on my hands and decided it was the opportune time to settle in and do some serious research on the Edgar Cayce reincarnation readings. Bingo! Another flying elephant sailed past my window!

I was hooked! Swallowed the line and sinker too, and didn’t even taste it. Many of you have not likely given much thought to previous or future lifetimes, as this one we are currently travelling through, often as if we were on a treadmill, can keep us busy enough. But, because I had the time and inclination to do some serious research on reincarnation and survival of our souls after the death of our bodies, I have no doubts whatsoever about this.

The last time the flying elephant coasted past my window, I grabbed its tail and held on for dear life. I commenced to write Edgar Cayce and/or reincarnation related article in 2009 and was thrilled when the first one was published in January 2010. Since that memorable day, my articles have been published in seven different countries, and my first novel, Soul Awakening, was published in October 2011 in the United States.

Now that I have a firm grasp on the tail of my flying elephant, I will never let it go. I sincerely hope that someday you can catch your flying elephant too.

© Doug Simpson 2013.

Doug Simpson is a retired high school teacher who has turned his talents to writing. His first novel, a spiritual mystery titled Soul Awakening, was published in the US in October 2011 by Booklocker. It was reissued in October 2012 by 5 Prince Publishing as Soul Awakening, Book I of the Dacque Chronicles. For further details visit them at Soul Rescue, Book II of the Dacque Chronicles, was published in November 2012; Soul Mind, Book III of the Dacque Chronicles, was published in January 2013; and Soul Connections, Book IV of the Dacque Chronicles, was published in April 2013. His magazine and website articles have been published in 2010 to 2013 in Australia, Canada, France, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His articles can be accessed through his website at     

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