Founded in 1931 by Edgar Cayce, the “Sleeping Prophet,” the Association for Research & Enlightenment (A.R.E) complex at 67th and Atlantic Avenue has grown into an international organization devoted to research into holistic health, spiritual growth, and ancient mysteries. All are welcome to visit, and A.R.E. offers daily a free video introduction to the life and work of Edgar Cayce, and a tour of the Visitor Center and A.R.E. Library, concluding in the serene rooftop Meditation Room, overlooking the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Free guided meditation, prayer healing sessions, ESP demonstrations, and lectures on dream interpretation, intuition, holistic health and reincarnation are offered on a regular schedule. The Association for Research & Enlightenment Library, containing transcripts of Cayce’s 14,000 readings as well as an amazing collection of metaphysical texts, is open to researchers and the general public, and has free WiFi. A bookstore on the ground floor carries many healthcare products as well as books by and about Cayce’s readings, crystals and jewelry.
On the hill above the main building, the A.R.E. Health Center and Spa, offers therapeutic treatments based on Cayce’s reading to enhance the health of body, mind, and spirit. Appointments are available daily for massage, various hydrotherapies, acupuncture and a range of bodywork techniques. A cafe onsite offers lunch items made with local ingredients, including vegetarian and gluten-free selections.
Between the two buildings a meditation garden with a waterfall and benches is open for contemplation or picnics. On the plaza at the top of the stairs, a 40 – foot labyrinth based on the one in France’s Chartres Cathedral, invites visitors to engage in a walking meditation. A virtual cell-phone tour of the Association for Research & Enlightenment campus is also available.