- Gebundene Ausgabe: 316 Seiten
- Verlag: Whitford Press,U.S. (6. April 1989)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0898657237
- ISBN-13: 978-0898657234
- Verpackungsabmessungen: 22,9 x 15,2 x 3,6 cm
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Hugh Lynn Cayce: About My Father's Business (Englisch) Gebundenes Buch – 6. April 1989
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I had the good fortune to meet Hugh Lynn on a couple of very memorable occasions in the 70s. He was engaging and direct, yet charming and thoughtful in those moments as he is portrayed in Smith’s biography.
A number of things in the book seem worth emphasizing in a brief review. First, the narrative gives an excellent picture of the Cayce Work chronologically, geographically, philosophically and people-wise as well. I was exposed to many things which I had not viewed from other sources.
Secondly, the nuts-and-bolts aspect of running the A.R.E. business, that went through many stages and passages, ups and downs over decades, gets much light in the book. After the Second World War, Hugh Lynn took charge and practically built the Association for Research and Enlightenment. Of course, he had much help and took over the reins of the organization which his father and mother and Gladys Davis birthed and nurtured in fits and starts for years. Hugh Lynn Cayce filled the bill to put the pieces together and make the A.R.E. into a real business, a teaching organization and a light for others to emulate.
Thirdly and maybe most importantly, About My Father’s Business is a candid picture of the internal - emotional, personal, and spiritual - struggles which Hugh Lynn confronted for most of his life. Rather than trying to describe them, let me just say that Mr. Cayce and Mr. Smith seemed forthright in letting the painful and embarrassing parts as well as the triumphs of the Work play out in the course of the book. The Truth can bear it, just as Hugh Lynn did.
This book suggests that Hugh Lynn may still be remembered as a bit of a king and tyrant, but much more so as a giver and friend, a teacher and helper to thousands. His gifts continue through his example and writings, the A.R.E. and the Work.
But as for myself, a not-so-enlightened reader and not a member of A.R.E., this is a book too far. Hugh Lynn's work to preserve his father's legacy might make an interesting magazine article, but to achieve book length the author was forced to reprint long quotes from Hugh Lynn, passages of numerous letters from Hugh Lynn to his father, and father to Hugh Lynn, as well as extensive sections of Hugh Lynn's diary. This minutiae is of interest to serious A.R.E. fans only.
It is to the author's great credit that he did not write up Hugh Lynn Cayce in the style of the lives of the saints; Hugh Lynn's flaws are documented as much as his virtues. It's too bad that the author did not have a more interesting subject to start with.
Fortunately, two things happened, first of all, Cayce's dedicated secretary, Gladys Davis, refused to allow any disposition of the records until Hugh Lynn Cayce (Edgar Cayce's son)returned from World War II. Upon returning home, HL decided to make taking his father's work to the world his life's work.
A. Robert Smith writes about Hugh Lynn's amazing life with both admiration and honesty. Those early years saw Hugh Lynn making trips to anywhere people would listen, free will offerings at one venue provided expense money to get to the next one. Slowly the dedicated efforts of HLC bore fruit: ARE grew at a steady rate. Eventually the organization was able to purchase the original Cayce Hospital, lost during the depression, as its headquarters.
The publication of Jess Stearn's book about Edgar Cayce, "The Sleeping Prophet," in the late '60s touched off another wave of growth. A growth that was both a blessing and a challenge, how does a growing organization honor the past, meet the present needs, and build to a successful future?
Hugh Lynn struggled with those challenges. The same force of will that brought ARE back from the brink of extinction in 1945, now had to learn how to turn the work over to others. The ARE, as it exists today, is ample proof of how those challenges were successfully met.
Author Smith provides a rich, full description of Hugh Lynn,s struggles, not only to fulfill what he saw as his life's purpose, but also with his own inner demons of doubt, and anger. I had the pleasure of hearing Hugh Lynn speak on several occasions, both in Toledo, and also in Virginia Beach. He always impressed me as somewhat aloof, always open to sharing his counsel as needed.
I have talked with many who treasure their time with him. I have also spoken with folks who found him imperious, and dismissive of their ideas. You can't separate these characterizations, much as one might want to. It is the measure of the man that even burdened with the weight of his own flaws, he has made such a profound, and lasting contribution to the world.
The most profound thing I ever heard him say was "I don't work for the ARE; I don't work for Edgar Cayce--I work for Jesus Christ!" His faith in his "boss" showed in his dedication to his life's work. It is also reflected in his relationship with his sons, and the thousands of Boy Scouts he guided during his life.
There is little doubt in my mind that when Hugh Lynn passed away on July 4, 1982, that he heard his "boss" say, "well done, good and faithful servant!" A great book about a great man.