Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) was born on a farm near Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Even as a youth, Cayce displayed powers of perception which extended beyond the five senses. Eventually, he would become the most documented psychic of all times.
At twenty-one, Cayce developed a gradual paralysis of the throat which threatened the loss of his voice. When doctors were unable to find a cause for this condition, Edgar reentered the hypnotic sleep that had enabled him to memorize his schoolbooks as a child. Once in a self-induced trance, he was able to recommend a cure which successfully repaired his throat muscles. He then entered this trance at will and gave readings, in which spoken information would come through him from high spiritual sources in answer to questions that were asked by those in attendance.
For many years the information requested of Cayce related mainly to health problems. Eventually, however, the scope of his readings expanded to include such topics as meditation, dreams, reincarnation, and prophecy. The transcripts of these readings have provided the basis for scores of popular books about Cayce's work.
These psychic readings constitute one of the largest and most impressive accounts of psychic perception to emanate from a single individual. Together with their records, correspondence, and reports, they have been cross-indexed under thousands of subject headings and housed at the Virginia Beach headquarters of the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), which Cayce founded in 1931.