Cayce Comprehensive Symptom Inventory (CCSI)
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    Edgar Cayce used the expressions "psychological" or "psychopathic" in three hundred eighty seven readings.  While some of these readings addressed what might be regarded as mental illness, most often Cayce was referring to "psychosomatic" factors.  In other words, attitudes and emotions are intricately interwoven into the fabric of our beings: physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Thus, thoughts and feelings affect our physiology.  The biology of the body produces psychological effects.

    Certain attitudes and emotions were cited as particularly noteworthy with regard to psychosomatic effects:

  • "... an attitude of RESENTMENT will produce inflammation ..." (1005-7)
  • "No one can hate his neighbor and not have stomach or liver trouble.  No one can be jealous and allow the anger of same and not have upset digestion or heart disorder.  (4021-1)
    For Edgar Cayce, psychology takes on a broader meaning than modern systems of thought which strongly emphasize the material aspects of our being.  "Psyche" means soul - "ology" means "knowledge of."  Literally, psychology means soul knowledge.

    Cayce's view of the soul includes concepts such as reincarnation.  Therefore "karma" is regarded as a psychological factor often manifesting through thoughts and feelings:

  • "... from the psychological come a karmic condition."  (3221-1)
  • "Psychologically, these have to do with the karma of this body ..."  (3075)
  • (Q)  Why does she have such a fear of falling? (A)  This is part of its karma - for it made many others fall far!  (3057-1)
    Karma is an ancient concept which refers to the "law of cause and effect."  The Cayce readings
present a panoramic view of the human condition which parallels the Eastern religions (particularly
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism).  From this perspective humans are regarded as immortal beings
evolving toward unity with the divine source of being.  This view includes reincarnation and the ability of each individual to choose certain key probabilities concerning a particular lifetime.  Naturally,
genetics play an important role because heredity provides a relatively stable and predictable means
of having the necessary life experiences to encounter one's personal karma.  Cayce sometimes traced physical illness to genetic tendencies with a past life source: "Karma is cause oft of hereditary conditions so called."  (3313-1)

    In cases involving karma, Cayce typically emphasized the mental and spiritual aspects of healing.  "Soul development" was sometimes given as the purpose for illness and healing.  However, even in instances involving significant karma, physical modalities were often strongly encouraged in addition to mental and physical therapies.



    An ideal is a standard by which one lives.  The readings frequently suggest an ideals exercise designed to examine and modify dysfunctional attitudes and behaviors based upon spiritual considerations.  This exercise consists of writing down one's ideals on paper.  The process involves making three columns headed: SPIRITUAL, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL and listing words under each which signify the meaning of each category.  The spiritual ideal is a person or concept which conveys the highest sense of purpose or meaning to which one may ascribe.  The mental ideal is the mental attitude which is consistent with the spiritual ideal.  The physical ideal is the behavior or physical manifestation of the spiritual ideal.  Thus, the holistic perspective is maintained by the coordinating of physical, mental and spiritual ideals.


    Edgar Cayce often recommended prayer and meditation for sick individuals struggling with dysfunctional attitudes and emotions.  Cayce often counseled, "Why worry, when you can pray."

    Likewise, meditation provides a means of disconnecting from the experience of illness and psychological turmoil.  Attunement to a higher power by whatever name is likely to decrease depression and anxiety resulting in increased relaxation and sense of well-being.


    Edgar Cayce sometimes recommended various forms of hypnosis for persons with psychosomatic issues.  Formal hypnosis by a trained professional using a standardized technique for inducing a hypnotic trance was suggested for some individuals.

    An informal technique of entering a light trance state during meditation was also recommended.  Using this approach, affirmations of health and healing can be utilized as a form of self-hypnosis.

    Suggestive therapeutics is a naturalistic form of hypnosis utilized by caregivers during physical
treatments and during the early stages of sleep.  The idea is that certain physical therapies, such as
massage, electrotherapy and manual therapy can induce hypnotic trance.  Edgar Cayce
recommended that this natural trance state be used as a means of stimulating healing and addressing
behavioral issues.  The first few minutes of sleep (the hypnogogic period) offers a similar trance state
where the unconscious mind is open to suggestion.

     Because this technique utilizes trance states which are commonly associated with various physical therapies and sleep, the person providing the suggestions does not necessarily need to be a mental
health professional trained in hypnosis.  In other words, suggestive therapeutics allows one to bypass training in learning formal hypnotic induction techniques.


    Bibliotherapy involves reading and applying inspiring literature.  Having an extensive background in Biblical studies, Cayce most often recommended certain important passages from the Bible (especially the 30th chapter of Deuteronomy and 14th, 15th and 16th chapters of John).


    Edgar Cayce often encouraged sick individuals to find someone who is worse off than they are and be of service.  The best way to help oneself is to help someone else.


    Options for further assessment include:

  • Brief Symptom Inventory
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Anger or hate 5046-1, 3254-1, 3246-2, 1125-2, 412-7, 272-1, 42-1
Resentment, bitterness, or jealousy 3254-1, 3246-2, 3035-1, 2469-1, 1125-2, 1005-7
Anxiety, worry, or fear 5046-1, 4820-1, 4610-1, 3684-1, 3662-1, 3650-1, 3254-1, 3171-1, 3098-1, 3057-1, 2976-1, 2929-1, 2924-1, 2551-1, 2441-1, 2153-8, 2106-1, 1903-1, 1377-3, 1360-1, 1125-2, 1124-2, 1000-1, 770-1, 700-1, 592-1, 522-1, 412-7, 294-121, 279-1, 264-44, 143-7, 39-5 
Depression 5046-1, 4509-1, 4376-1, 3958-1, 2469-1, 770-1, 411-1, 272, 241-1
Hereditary predisposition for illness or prenatal condition 3313-1

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