Cayce, Charles Thomas Taylor (1942– )
Charles Thomas Taylor Cayce, the president of the Association
for Research and Enlightenment, (ARE) also president of
the Edgar Cayce Foundation, (ECF) and the grandson of seer
Edgar Cayce, was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on October
7, 1942, the son of Hugh Lynn Cayce. The Cayce family had
lived at Virginia Beach since 1925. Charles Thomas grew up
there and worked in his father’s office. He attended HampdenSydney
College and later did graduate work at the University
of California at Berkeley and the University of Maryland, from
which he received his Ph.D. in child psychology in 1968. He
taught college for several years and worked for the U.S. State
Department before returning to Virginia Beach in 1972 and
joining the ARE staff as the youth director. As a teenager,
Cayce had become alienated from the ARE and had decided to
pursue a career elsewhere. However, after delving into his
grandfather’s work, he found ideas and concepts personally
helpful to him. His continued study of the readings made him
both open and then supportive of the work.
Four years after Cayce began work at ARE, his father had a
heart attack. In the wake of Hugh Lynn’s illness, immediate
plans for succession were made. With the approval of the
board, Charles Thomas was named president of the corporation.
In that position, Charles Thomas initially emerged as an
administrator, rather than a writer or speaker like his father.
Throughout the 1990s and at the beginning of the 21st century
Cayce evolved into one of the key writers, lecturers, and
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key spokesperson for the ARE and the ECF. He traveled across
the United States, and internationally spoke on behalf of his
grandfather’s work, as well as his own work with children and
youth. Both he and his wife, Leslie Cayce, devoted their time
and talents to furthering the ARE’s work with younger people.
He has developed a research program testing gifted youth and
studying the role of meditation and dreams in furthering psychic
development. Cayce served on the Board of Advisors for
the National Association for Transpersonal Psychology, with
other notable psychologists, including Dr. Bernie Siegal.
In an interview with Daniel Redwood in 1995, Cayce talked
about his grandfather, the ARE, and the programs and schools
that have emerged from it. Much of his excitement was focused
on the possibilities of the Internet as he gradually worked to
make his grandfather’s readings available online. Cayce noted
that Edgar Cayce’s readings were not meant to encourage a
person to make a decision based solely on a reading. Rather,
‘‘The readings suggested that our purpose on the earth is to
learn to make our will one with God’s will. This is a simple little
phrase, but very complex when we try to apply it. I think if we
forego the opportunity to make decisions, and try to get psychics
to do that for us, then we are foregoing opportunities to
grow spiritually on the earth, forgoing our major purpose for
being on the earth.’’
At the beginning of the 21st century, Cayce continues to
participate in workshops and seminars at the Virginia Beach
headquarters, offering such topics as, Your Soul’s Purpose in the
New Millennium, and Potential of the Human Mind and Finding
Your Mission in Life. ARE Headquarters at Sea, offers cruises with
Cayce and his colleagues for the Edgar Cayce Cruise of Enlightenment,
on a regularly scheduled basis.
In the Redwood interview, Cayce emerged the idealist along
with his role as the benevolent administrator when he stated
that ‘‘. . .my fondest dream for the A.R.E. . .would be for the
A.R.E. to go out of business. . .the role of the A.R.E., through
my grandfather’s readings, is to help people awaken to their
spiritual nature, to help people see ways to manifest that spiritual
nature in this physical world. . .It would just be wonderful
if that were to happen more and more, to the point where those
structures weren’t necessary, including the A.R.E.’’
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