Cayce, Edgar - He was with me at the river
Type of Spiritual Experience
The great spiritual divide. Psychopomp as saviour.
A description of the experience
Edgar Cayce – Joseph Millard
In the spring of 1918, Edgar received a telegram from a distant cousin, a girl who had always sneered at stories of his power. Now, she begged an immediate reading for her sister, who was pregnant and very ill. Doctors had abandoned hope of keeping her alive long enough for her baby to be born.
The reading (4925_1) said that the girl’s life could not be saved. There were, however, medicines prescribed that would make her more comfortable and keep her alive long enough for a normal birth. After the first dose of medicine, the girl said positively, "This is cousin Edgar's medicine. I know because I feel better already."
She lived without pain for forty days, gave birth to a healthy daughter (605), and died peacefully within two hours afterward.
Edgar never forgot the letter of contrition from the skeptical sister. But this was not the end of the story.
Some years later, he happened to be in that town and stopped at the barber shop. A man was in the chair, being shaved, and his little daughter was playing around the shop. When Edgar sat down, she scrambled into his lap and threw her arms around him.
The man in the chair sat up. "I'm sorry mister. I don’t know what got into her. She usually runs and hides if a stranger even smiles at her". To the girl he said, "Get down, honey - you mustn’t bother the man. He isn’t anyone you know”.
The girl hugged Edgar tighter. "He is so. He was with me at the river."
Edgar and the father both stared blankly. The barber, who knew Edgar, performed introductions. To Edgar, it was one of the most shattering experiences of his life. The man had been the husband of his dead cousin. The girl was the baby who would never have been born if Edgar's reading had not prolonged the mother's life.
He was with me at the river. The words and their vast implications haunted Edgar.