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Holistic Philosophy



Source - http://www.edgarcayce.org/health/database/health_resources/schizophrenia.asp


In keeping with the holistic philosophy of the Edgar Cayce readings, the following is a therapeutic model which addresses the dimensions of body, mind and spirit. In the simplest possible conceptualization, this approach can be represented as:

1. Establish a therapeutic milieu with an emphasis on "spiritual" qualities, such as patience, gentleness, altruistic service, etc., while simultaneously providing opportunities for growth and development. Outdoor activities in the sunshine and fresh air are also emphasized. Companion therapy is sometimes necessary to implement and maintain a therapeutic milieu.
2. Provide somatic (physical) interventions which address the fundamental physical dimension of this disorder. Manual medicine (such as osteopathy, chiropractic and massage), electrotherapy (including vibratory metals), diet, exercise, and appropriate pharmacology play a crucial role in the physical treatment of schizophrenia.
3. Utilize suggestive therapeutics to rebuild and redirect the mental processes of the client. Various cognitive and behavioural techniques are employed in conjunction with naturalistic hypnosis so as to apply the principle "mind is the builder."


Joseph Campbell observed that the schizophrenic is drowning in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. Edgar Cayce made the same observation in his readings (e.g., 281-24).

Cayce himself was a mystic who swam in some rather deep waters. The philosophy presented in his psychic readings is consistent with a long tradition of thought called the "perennial philosophy." As with all versions of the perennial philosophy, Cayce's perspective is expansive and comprehensive.

The terms "dementia praecox" and "schizophrenia" are of relatively recent origin when one takes the larger view. Throughout the ages, peoples of all cultures have recognized insanity. It is the interpretation of the various forms of psychosis which sets the modern viewpoint apart as distinctive.

To appreciate this distinctiveness, we must take into consideration the world view (and even the cosmic view or cosmology) of other cultures, both ancient and modern. At the crux of this distinction lies our beliefs about the origin of our species, the nature of reality, and the meaning of life. In other words, what constitutes reality?

Modern medical science (including psychiatry) is derived from and based upon a materialistic view of reality. That which is real is physical, or at least can be measured in a physical manner. From a materialistic viewpoint, reality is substantial.

This is no small point when we are determining someone's sanity. In fact, the clinical assessment procedures used to determine sanity are heavily weighted toward a materialistic interpretation of reality. As has been noted, to be "out of touch" with material reality is by psychiatric definition, to be psychotic.

The Edgar Cayce readings on schizophrenia acknowledge that persons experiencing psychotic symptoms are out of touch with material reality and find it difficult to maintain the activities of daily living. Therefore, Cayce considered schizophrenia to be an illness. Yet, he also noted that such individuals are closer to the "universal" or divine consciousness than most sane individuals.

To explain the mystical aspects of schizophrenia, Cayce often relied on terminology from perennial philosophy of other cultures and times (such as Hinduism, yoga, etc.). Thus, his readings on schizophrenia sometimes make references to kundalini, karma, possession and so forth.

The various therapies recommended by Cayce for this illness were not only directed toward nervous system regeneration and coordination, but also tended to help the afflicted persons to be more focused in material reality. Much emphasis was placed on simple, physical activities to assist these individuals to be more incarnate in their bodies and to attend to the physical world.

Two books describing Edgar Cayce's perspective on schizophrenia have been published. The Treatment of Schizophrenia: A Holistic Approach is a scholarly work written in APA (American Psychological Association) style. Case Studies in Schizophrenia is a less technical work describing individuals who sought Cayce's help in cases of schizophrenia. Both books were written by David McMillin and are available from A.R.E. Press of Virginia Beach, Virginia.


"I'm very spacious about this kind of thing, because I've seen people spend time in catatonic stupors in mental hospitals as a result of drugs, and later they turn out to be more effective as human beings, more alive to the moment, than people that went through Harvard and came out summa cum laude. Even with my relatives, whose kids got doped and started to fall apart, and the parents put them in a treatment program, because they freaked because the kid wasn't going anywhere. And I understood the parents' fear, but when I looked at the parents' own lives, I thought, what is it they're trying to do? They're trying to justify their own lives., which has a completely dysfunctional mythology connected with it. And if the kid says, "I don't want to play the game", is that health or is it sickness? Are you asking them to be initiated into a pathological system?

Ram Dass - interviewed in Gnosis No. 26 Winter 1993

Joseph Campbell -



Or Google - "Joseph Campbell & schizophrenia"

The mystic, endowed with native talents... and following... the instructions of a master, enters the waters and finds he can swim; whereas the schizophrenic, unprepared, unguided, and ungifted, has fallen or has intentionally plunged and is drowning.

"It is true that overcoming obstacles and difficulties accelerates spiritual progress. The most serious lifetime difficulties, like severe psychiatric illness or physical disability, may be signs of life progress, not regress. In my opinion, it is often the very strongest souls who have chosen to shoulder these burdens because they provide great opportunities for growth. If a lifetime can be likened to a year in school, then lifetimes such as these can be likened to a year in graduate school. This is probably why difficult lifetimes are more frequently recalled during regressions. The easier lifetimes, the "rest" periods, are usually not as significant."

Brian Weiss, MD - Through Time Into Healing

"...there are often times when custodial care is required for a person, because he is doing work. You see, I'm very far out and I'm somewhat scary from a societal point of view, because I'm not sure I can tell you that two years in a mental hospital isn't much more advantageous in one's growth as a being than four years of a college education. And that maybe six months in prison could be comparable to a post-graduate education in education."

Ram Dass - The Only Dance There Is
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