Circle For Original Thinking

When the Buddha was asked “Are you a reincarnation of God?” he replied “No.” “Are you a wizard then?” was the next query and “No” again he said. “So “What are you?” they asked, intent on knowing. He simply replied, "I am awake.” And true enough, Buddha means “the awakened one.” Buddha’s life work was teaching how to awaken. These days, however, there is a backlash against being woke, as if being awake to what is really happening in our country is a bad thing. Many people want to go back to sleep. Can the nation awaken? Does it want to?  

One of today’s guests, Christopher Naughton, has written a new book on this subject titled: America's Next Great Awakening: What the Convergence of Mysticism, Religion, Atheism & Science Means for the Nation. And You. We are also very pleased to be joined by Reverend Nicole Charles who is the recently installed CEO of Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.). Together we will delve deep into what it means to awaken in these turbulent times.

Today’s program was recorded on the premises of the Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., and we are very grateful for the use of their facilities in the production of this episode. 


Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) 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 of his adult life, 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. Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) organization was founded by Edgar Cayce in 1931, with the purpose of helping people to transform their lives for the better. The mission of the A.R.E. is to create opportunities for profound personal change in body, mind, and spirit through the wisdom found in Edgar Cayce’s work. 

Rev. Dr. Nicole Charles is CEO of Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment, and an ordained Interfaith Minister. She holds a doctorate in Interfaith Theology specializing in spirituality and health, and a masters in Integrative Health. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses specializing in Community Health, Integrative Nutrition, and Behavioral Health. Her passion is being in service to others so they may be change-agents in their communities.

Rev. Dr. Charles has concentrated her career in non-profit executive management and higher education institutions. She seeks to forge alliances towards community engagement and capacity building that supports multi-generational participation and action.

Christopher Naughton is a former prosecutor, civil litigation attorney, and multiple Emmy award winning host and executive producer of the constitutionally based The American Law Journal. He has hosted New World Radio, addressing comparative belief systems. He writes on the intersection of history, law, and spirituality for Medium and Substack magazines and lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with Valerie, his beloved partner of over twenty years.

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