Edgar Cayce has been called the "sleeping prophet," the "father of holistic medicine," and the most documented psychic of the 20th century. For more than 40 years, Cayce gave psychic "readings" to thousands of seekers while in an unconscious state, diagnosing illnesses and revealing lives lived in the past and prophecies yet to come. In the first half, Kevin Todeschi, executive director and CEO of the Edgar Cayce's ARE (Association for Research and Enlightenment) discussed how Cayce's material speaks to us today in a way that has never before been explored and without the sometimes difficult-to-understand language of the original readings. Todeschi recounted Cayce’s life and work as a medium and how it eventually wore him down, so that he died in 1945 at the age of 66. Many believe as Todeschi said that Cayce "did wear himself out giving readings."
Todeschi has been studying the prophet since his teen years, and recalled a time where he wished to receive a dream message about his life purpose. Two nights later, Todeschi dreamt Jesus told him that "more than anything else, you need to work on your thoughts." During calls, Elaine in Florida told of recurring dreams of conflict with long-dead family members. Todeschi interpreted this as symbolic of difficulty making a decision in life. Andrew in Connecticut told of a strange dream that appeared to take place in the 19th century. This was interpreted by the guest as symbolic of an inner conflict and perhaps a memory of a past life where similar problems were encountered. Ultimately, Todeschi said Cayce’s teachings were "about the oneness of God, the spiritual nature of humankind, the purposefulness of life, and the connection of body, mind and spirit."
In the second half, paranormal pioneer Steven LaChance discussed his book about a case of possession and exorcism that inspired the book and movie story of The Exorcist. LaChance had his interest in hauntings was sparked with a series of startling disturbances in a home where he moved with his kids in 2001. The building exhibited strange noises, dark, shadowy figures, and eventually the sounds of screaming "like a man being tortured or killed." LaChance later discovered that the land had been owned by a cruel and evil person who lived there in the 19th century. The entity followed LaChance's family when they moved, but finally disappeared after LaChance had a near death experience during heart surgery many years later.
He has researched the original 1949 story of a young boy who appeared to be possessed by a demonic entity that later became the basis for the 1973 film. LaChance had access to an original diary about the case which indicates that the possession started after the boy, who later needed the exorcism, began using a Ouija board with another family member who may have been looking for hidden money by asking what she believed were spirits or advice. The diary also told the story of one of the early manifestations of the posession when the boy was lying on his bed while it shook and any questions that were asked of the spirit would appear in answer as painful welts spelling out words on his skin. LaChance explained that the film used elements of many exorcism cases to tell the story. The boy involved in the original events is still alive and in his 70s, but claims he remembers nothing of the episode. He wrote his book on the case, La Chance says, because he "wanted to bring a face of humanity back to the story."