Edgar Cayce Potomac Area
 Programs & Events

Mind is the builder ... the physical is the result. (Reading 349-4)

Programs & Events


People come from around the Potomac area region, as well as visitors to the DC metro area, to attend our programs. During the spring and fall of each year, we have the privilege of hosting a prominent speaker from Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.  In the past, we have hosted Charles Thomas Cayce,  Kevin Todeschi, John Van Auken, Peter Woodbury, Dr. Mark Thurston, and Dr. Norm Shealy.


The A.R.E. MidAtlantic Retreat is another opportunity for people from the Potomac region to connect.  The retreat is held annually in June of each year in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  Prominent speakers, well-versed in the Edgar Cayce Readings,  provide information and activities set in a beautiful venue, Shepherd University, located in northeastern West Virginia, on the banks of the Potomac River.  

We also host local speakers who provide practical information from the Edgar Cayce Readings as well as their own experience.


True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives

Lives Touched and Lessons Learned from the Sleeping Prophet

Edgar Cayce

Join us on Saturday, May 14, 2016, for a day of discovery led by Sidney Kirkpatrick and his wife, Nancy.  This is a day to peek behind the biographical pages of the life of Edgar Cayce and the people who surrounded him. The Readings have had a broad scope of effect on many people's lives.  What were the dilemmas these people faced, compromises they made, and contracts they fulfilled.

The message of Edgar Cayce is as relevant today as it was when it was given during the early 1900's, before the Internet, Facebook, and Twitter.  Since that time, much has been written about the Christian mystic, Edgar Cayce, a humble man whose prayer, since childhood was to help others.

The True Tales program will both entertain and delight you within the context of the beautiful and spacious congregation hall at Unity Fairfax. You will hear, firsthand, about Sidney and Nancy’s findings: what they discovered in their travels contacting the people associated with Edgar Cayce … the weird, the wacky, but all wonderful stories.


*Who were the people instrumental in helping Edgar Cayce develop his ability and give Readings?

*Did Edgar Cayce’s family have psychic ability? Did any of them help him develop his ability?

*Was Edgar Cayce wealthy, did he enjoy good health, and did he ever give a Reading for himself?

*Was Edgar Cayce a man of God, did he read the Bible, or affiliate with a Church?

*Who did Edgar Cayce consider members of his soul group and what can we learn from them?

*The Edgar Cayce’s readings seem rather serious; did Cayce have a sense of humor?

*Did Edgar Cayce ever give Readings for or about very famous people, like movie stars or politicians?

*What did Edgar Cayce have to say about the future of science and scientific investigation?


These and all of your questions will be answered in this captivating program using movie clips, newspaper articles, and personal interviews. With warmth, humor, and insight, Sidney and Nancy will share little-known facts about Edgar Cayce and the people around him. You will discover why the New York Times called Edgar Cayce “the most fascinating man in America” alive.

As given, use that thou hast in hand; and as the ways open for the activities in relationships to those about the body, the entity, there may come that needed for the next steps (Reading 441-1)

To register for this conference, contact the A.R.E. Conference Registrar at 800-333-4499 or register Online.

Sidney Kirkpatrick, and his wife, Nancy, are investigators extraordinaire of the life and work of Edgar Cayce.  They were given full and unrestricted access to Edgar Cayce's personal papers so that a comprehensive and definitive story of his life and his work could be told.  In 2000, Sidney's biography titled, Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet, became an internationally acclaimed New York Times bestseller.  The New Yorker magazine described the book as "a codex for the New Age." 

The subject of this conference is based on Sidney's second book on Edgar Cayce, recently published in 2015: True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives.  It is yet another extensively researched work focused not only Edgar Cayce, but also on the people who received Readings, as well as on the people who supported Edgar Cayce in giving those Readings.  Sidney and Nancy were curious about the impact the Readings had on the people who surrounded Edgar Cayce:  how had the information and the experience changed their lives, or had it? 

There were many topics covered in the Readings. How and why is any of the information from the Readings relevant to us today? The answer to this question could be found in a provocative Reading given to psychic researcher Arthur Lammers in Dayton, Ohio. In this Reading, Edgar Cayce was asked if anyone else could channel psychic information; to which he replied, “All can do it.”

Auras are twofold. That which indicates the physical emanations, and that which indicates the spiritual development.... The aura, then, is the emanation that arises from the very vibratory influences of an individual entity.... (Reading 319-2)

In this program, you will have the rare opportunity to see a device that Edgar Cayce recommended be used to assist with enhancing the development of one’s psychic ability: a device that captures the human aura. Called an aurascope, there are only two in operational existence today. This device allows people to see color patterns and other phenomena similar to those described by Cayce, who was able to see them naturally without any assistance. 

Meet Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick

Nancy and Sidney

Sidney D. Kirkpatrick is not only a best-selling author and speaker for A.R.E., but an award-winning documentary filmmaker.  He has published numerous books and produced documentaries including My Father the President, a documentary film on President Theodore Roosevelt as seen through the eyes of his daughter, Ethel Roosevelt Derby, which was a winner at the American Film Festival.  HBO, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the A & E Television Networks have all featured his work. Biographical profiles of Kirkpatrick have appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, and Playboy. Nancy, who has studied Edgar Cayce since high school, was the inspiration behind Sidney’s interest and commitment to understand Edgar Cayce, the man and his teachings.  Together they make a compelling team who bring different, yet complementary skills:  Sidney, the storyteller exemplar, and Nancy, the insightful philosopher.

Sidney Kirkpatrick Discusses the Edgar Cayce Readings

In this interview, Sidney Kirkpatrick discusses his introduction to the Cayce Readings and the transformation he experienced as he went from Cayce skeptic to Cayce biographer. He highlights his research findings while preparing to write his book, Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet.

All those, then, that were cleansed by Him, have been called - are called - for special missions, for activities in each experience in and among men, that they - as souls, as portions of the life, as portions of the whole - may demonstrate, may give, the blessings to many. (Reading 295-8 )

Mary Magdalene

From Biblical Harlot to Cayce Supporter

Mary Magdalene by Da Vinci

Join us on Saturday afternoon, April 30, 2016, as author, speaker, and researcher Ann Jaffin provides a provocative look at a fascinating woman from Biblical history, Mary Magdalene, who was a leading follower of Jesus.  What did Edgar Cayce have to say about this extraordinary woman and how is her life relevant to us today?

Meet Ann Jaffin

Ann Jaffin

Ann Jaffin, M.S., is a life member and field volunteer of A.R.E. She coordinates the Suburban Maryland branch of the Edgar Cayce Potomac Region surrounding the Washington, D.C. area. She has been an active member of a Study Group for over 40 years.  In addition to writing several articles for Venture Inward magazine, she is author of the A.R.E. Press book, Past Lives and Present Karma.

Ann has traveled the world, frequently with A.R.E. Tours, and is a dedicated user of Cayce’s remedies and therapies. Her husband, Stan, whom she introduced to the Readings, shared her passion for the Edgar Cayce work; and also wrote articles for Venture Inward. They married in 1975 and frequently vacationed in Virginia Beach attending conferences. Years later, to their astonishment, they learned many family members had received Readings from Edgar Cayce. Stan passed on July 13, 2010. You can learn more about the Jaffin family in Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. Virtual Library under the Jaffin Family Archives and Research Project.

The Mary Magdalene program is from 1:00 to 4:30 pm in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information and to register, please contact Ann Jaffin at 240-669-6032 or sjaffin@juno.com.  Program cost is $25. Make checks payable to A.R.E. Midatlantic Suburban MD. Mail checks to Ann Jaffin, 3246 Gleneagels Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906. Please write your phone number on your check. Seating is limited.


Past Lives and Present Karma is a well researched book about reincarnation and its relationship to karma. Filled with many illustrations from the Edgar Cayce Readings, Ann clearly presents the evidence that links past lives to present conditions. She includes examples from her own life to provide guidance to readers who want to apply this information to their lives.  For it is in the application, looking within at one's personal 'condition,' that the opportunities for soul growth exist. For the law is, "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."



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