Lawful Sons of B****
What did Cayce say about Atlantis? Except for a single interview, later given as a lecture, the bulk of Cayce’s references to Atlantis are offhand. In 1988 his granddaughter, Gail Cayce Shwartzer, and author Douglas Richards collated the comments and published them as Mysteries of Atlantis Revisited.
In a nutshell, Cayce stated that mankind’s true arrival on Earth came approximately 10,000,000 years ago--despite the scientific evidence that dates the origins of our species no earlier than around 200,000 BC. Cayce explained that man’s arrival wasn’t in physical form, for humanity is, in actuality, a linked spiritual entity. Out of sheer boredom, it would seem, we endeavored to make physical forms of themselves so that we could exist as all of the other creatures did. We thus fashioned a body that best suited us. These were the early hominids – Zinjanthropus, Australopithecus, etc.. We went on to create better versions of these early prototypes (kinda like Windows 3.1, Windows ‘95, Windows XP, etc..), and eventually came up with homo sapiens sapiens.
Some spirits liked these new bodies so much they refused to leave the physical plane. In effect, they became bodyholics. These spirits would tenaciously cling to their precious highs until their bodies either malfunctioned or wore out. They became so enthralled by life, that they forgot what they really were.
(“Who are these bodyholic spirits,” you ask? Hint: take a look in the mirror.)
The other entities were more like social drinkers. They could enjoy a good in-body experience every now and then, but they knew their limits. But wouldn’t you know, just like a mean drunk, the bodyholics caused a lot of damage. Their zeal to manipulate the environment, according to Cayce, caused the first destruction of Atlantis, occurring approximately 100,000 BC. The inhabitants got so annoyed by the animals that roamed around the perimeter that they decided to nuke them with atomic weapons. (Interesting note: Cayce said this in February 1932, when no such weapon existed.) They wound up sinking a good deal of the island in the process, and knocked the Earth off it’s axis. As a result, the Arctic, which at one time was a temperate zone, became the geographic North Pole.
After the catastrophes, those spirits who only indulged their physical desires every now and then were loath to let a bunch of yahoos spoil it for everybody else. Yet, they were divided on how to handle the situation. Cayce called one major faction the Law of the One, led by the High Priestess. The LotO attempted to enlighten the bodyholics as to who they actually were, and the consequences of their actions.
The other faction, which Cacye called the Sons of Belial, said “Aw, screw ‘em. Make ‘em slaves.”
Today, there are two distinct factions of esoterics who have believed in Cayce’s vision centuries before Cayce’s birth. These are the main two flavors of esoterica that one will find. It would be too pat to say that certain organizations are clearly allied with the Law of One or with the children of Belial, for you’ll find both within all arcane societies.
Nevertheless, understanding these two groups from Cayce’s perspective helps a lot in explaining the role esoterica has played in public life.