Association for Research and Enlightenment
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Association for Research and Enlightenment(religion, spiritualism, and occult)
The Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE) is the official organization for preserving, researching, and disseminating the psychic work of Edgar Cayce, considered the best-documented psychic in America. ARE was founded in 1931, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where the association still maintains its international headquarters. The offices have grown to include an impressive conference center and library. The association offers lectures and workshops throughout the year and its Meditation Room is a popular site for visitors. The bookstore carries all of the ARE publications plus other selected works of metaphysics. The library is one of the finest of its sort in the country. Members of the association have access to The Circulating Files, a collection of nearly 14,000 topically arranged transcripts of Cayce’s original trance readings covering matters of religious, philosophical, and medical nature. It was after Cayce’s death in 1945 that the transcripts were sorted, indexed, and later made accessible to members.
The original Edgar Cayce hospital is still on the site, and is used for massage therapy and other services and activities. Today there are ARE Centers in more than 25 countries around the world, with many more countries holding activities associated with the ARE. The association is currently headed by Hugh Lynn Cayce, one of Edgar Cayce’s sons. Subjects of interest to members include reincarnation, auras, Atlantis, the Ascended Masters, dreams, and holistic health.