Edgar Cayce Potomac Area
 There is a River

There is a River


The Edgar Cayce Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland communities joined together for the purpose of providing an internet presence for people interested in learning about and growing from the work of  America's most documented psychic, Edgar Cayce.  We have found the concepts and principles of the Cayce material to be both inspirational and transformational.

As the two groups came together in spirit and purpose, we identified a common boundary:  the Potomac River.  This was then adopted as an identifier for our group and the name for our web site:  Edgar Cayce Potomac.  Known affectionately as “the Nation’s River,” the Potomac River is important historically, geographically, culturally, economically, and to our group, symbolically.

The Potomac River, located along the Mid-Atlantic coastline, is approximately 405 miles long and is named for a confederation of Powhatan tribes once located along the Northern Neck of Virginia.  The River is popularly known for its great water fall.  About 35,000 years ago, the Potomac River began carving out the well-known Great Falls of the Potomac.  It cascades over a series of 20-foot falls, falling a total of 76 feet in elevation over a distance of less than 1 mile, making Great Falls the steepest fall line rapids of any river in the eastern United States.

The area surrounding the Potomac River and its tributaries is known as the Potomac River Basin and is made up of counties from the states of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania as well as the District of Columbia.  It is the fourth largest river along the Atlantic coast of the United States and the 21st largest in the United States.  Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland are joined by the river at its North Branch.

Like the historical Potomac River, which name means the place where tribute is brought, our Edgar Cayce Potomac region group brings people together for participation in spiritual growth groups, retreats, local programs, and regional conferences.

It was not long after identifying ourselves as the Edgar Cayce Potomac region when we noted the correlation to one of the most popular books on the life of Edgar Cayce, There is a Riverby Thomas Sugrue.

Thomas Sugrue came to know Edgar Cayce through his friendship with Edgar's son, Hugh Lynn Cayce.  Hugh Lynn shared with Sugrue about his father's abilities; and, being a bit dubious of Hugh Lynn's claims, Sugrue decided to accept an invitation to the Cayce home to see for himself.  It was years later, after working as a reporter, that Sugrue came to live with the Cayce family seeking help for a severe arthritic condition.

During that time, Sugrue came to know Edgar Cayce not only as what we would today call a 'psychic' but also as a friendly charismatic person, a family man, a Sunday school teacher, and a photographer.  It was his gift of going into a trance-like state and providing help for people that intrigued Sugrue the most.

Upon request, Cayce would enter a sleep-like state and provide information for people about their physical health as well as their mental and emotional state.  In addition, he gave discourses on spiritual growth, world events, history and prophecy.  This body of information came to be known as the "Readings."  Sugrue received some 76 readings, which are on file at Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Sugrue documented Cayce's work and, subsequently, authored a biography that is still popular today; There is a River, which was published during WWII in 1943.  Despite the difficult times, the book, together with an article that appeared in the Coronet magazine by Harmon Bro, catapulted Edgar Cayce to international fame.

Cayce began receiving bushel baskets of mail, much more than he and his small family staff could handle.  Humbly desiring to help everyone who sought his assistance, Cayce began working longer and longer hours.  Working only for donations, he gave as many readings as he could physically do, often pushing himself to the point of exhaustion.  This would eventually take its toll on his health and lead to his demise in 1945.

Many people wonder how a biography of Edgar Cayce came to be titled, There is a River.  

The answer to this question may surprise people who do not know that Edgar Cayce was a man of God.  He meditated and prayed every day seeking God's direction for his life.  He struggled with the work he felt called to do.  Being a psychic, at that time in history, was frowned upon and viewed as carnival 'fortune telling.'  In fact, Cayce was arrested (and later released) once on just such charges.  He continued his work because he saw how his gift helped others.  In that, he took his solace and prayed for direction and strength.

Cayce treasured the Word of God and read the Bible, cover to cover, each and every year of his life.  It was from one of Cayce's favorite Bible verses, Psalms 46, that Sugrue chose the biography's title, There is a River.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of  

the tabernacles of the most High.   Psalm 46:4

Long before meditation became popular in the US (in the 1960s) Edgar Cayce encouraged people to seek direction and support for themselves through meditation.  Meditation, he said was about turning inward, away from the busyness of life.  Once quiet, Cayce advocated working with a spiritual ideal or principle to focus the mind.  Cayce knew the mind to be a powerful force that directed our lives (for better or worse).  After a period of focused silence, he recommended, sending prayers and good thoughts to others.  In so doing, we become as "channels of blessings to others."

I seek that there may be the opening of the hearts of my people, and THOU mayest be

a channel of blessing to many.   257-88

We can each be a channel of blessings to someone in need.  And while this singular act may seem small and insignificant, consider this an act of selfless service.  Cayce gave this admonition more than once in his Readings for people:

You'll not be in heaven if you're not leaning on the arm of someone you have helped.  

You have little hope of getting there unless you do help someone else.  3352-1

Consider also that our little channels might join together forming a mighty river of blessings much as the tributaries form the Potomac River.  Collectively, we can create a powerful force for good in the world that can shape the destiny of not only our own lives, but those of our families and friends, our communities, and our world.

Note: Since the book's original publication, a philosophy section has been added by the organization that supports and forwards the work of Edgar Cayce, The Association for Research and Enlightenment, popularly known by its initials, A.R.E.  This book is also available in an audio format.