elyse curtis dec A Memorial Celebration of Elyse’s life of service is scheduled for Sunday, September 17, at 6 pm, at our Center. Please join us and bring photos, articles and memories you wish to share.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Norman Curtis c/o Edgar Cayce Center at 153 West 27th Street, #702, New York, NY 10001.

Last Sunday, September 3, at 3 pm, 30 people gathered at our Center to share our love and prayers for this Wisdom-Keeper and luminary who dedicated so many decades to researching and educating the NYC community about the Edgar Cayce work.

Norman Curtis, her husband of 45 years, shared the synchronicities of how they met at the original A.R.E. of New York Center when he responded to her recently posted flyer asking for a musical director. Elyse’s son Mitchell Robinson and his wife Ruth came in from Phoenix, Az., and Martha Curtis, Norman’s niece came from Richmond, Va., to share memories and condolences.
170903 prayer gathering for elyse170903 prayer gathering for elyse2Board Members Sylvia Chappell, Rev. Kev O’Kane and Elizabeth Tomboulian facilitated the gathering which included a recording of Elyse singing her songs honoring Edgar Cayce’s legacy accompanied by Norman.

Many spoke lovingly, and with humor, of how generously and passionately she shared her knowledge of the Edgar Cayce readings, as well as her keen intuitive insights. She was a mentor and catalyst for the spiritual development of many of us at the Center. We are so grateful for the enlightenment she has brought to the Edgar Cayce work in NYC for six decades.

OpenDoorNewsletter Jul Sept2017The new issue of The Open Door (TOD) is packed with current news, timeless Edgar Cayce wisdom, holistic health info, 20th Anniversary memories and more.

Read it now for these great features:

  • Our 20th Anniversary: Celebration events, memories and history of our NYC Center
  • Peter Woodbury, teacher of our Life Coaching course, calls himself a “bridge person.” Learn more about this superb course and the unique “Renaissance Man” who teaches it.
  • What did Edgar Cayce say was the most important experience in life? Finding a career? Getting married? No—Cayce said the most important experience was setting a Spiritual Ideal! Learn how.
  • The “Disease of Kings” is increasingly common in the 21st Century. Mother Nature’s Remedies offers holistic healing for gout.
  • A past life in 19th Century Virginia teaches an important lesson.
  • And more!

Please note: To assist with your Ideals Work, we now have a special section on Ideals on our website, with information and resources to help you get started.

TOD is the quarterly newsletter of the New York Edgar Cayce Center. We welcome your responses—thoughts, questions, discussion. Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We also invite you to submit your articles, poetry, photography or artwork to TOD.

helen mawnOur warmest thanks go to Helen Mawn as she moves on from her Volunteer position at the Center. Known as Mighty Mawn for her amazing ability to track down bargains and manifest donations of office furniture and other essentials. Helen has served with patience, generosity of spirit and dedication since 2014 in key administrative roles of Receptionist, Purchasing Agent and all-around helper.

We wish Helen the very best in this new phase of her adventures and hope to continue to see her at Community events. Helen, you will be missed!

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This is just the beginning of a larger online store that features a carefully chosen selection of remedies deeply rooted in the readings of Edgar Cayce, known as “The Father of Holistic Medicine.”

Coming soon: more products and more information designed to guide you to the best formulas for your well being.

Our NYC Edgar Cayce Center benefits, too, receiving a small percentage of your total online Baar Products order placed within a day of clicking from our site to theirs. Thank you!

Of course, you can visit our NYC Center where we offer NYC's largest selection of Cayce remedies and books in our beautiful and bountiful Cayce Book & Gift Shop.
Open regular Center hours (M-W-F 1-9 pm, Tu-Th, 9 am-9 pm, Sa-Su 12-5 pm). Note: our 10% discount for NYC Center Members applies only to purchases in our physical store.

sydney francisAt our June 13th Board meeting, Sydney Francis was elected to a 3-year term. She’s been a seeker from childhood who has explored several religions and spiritual traditions, and now sees the personal connection to God as paramount. She brings impressive credentials and experience to our Board as a lawyer, business owner, abundance raiser and Board member for other non-profits, seeing herself as a “compassionate doer.”

As a Board member Sydney seeks “to bring the Cayce message up to date… [to explain] why it is relevant today.” She wants to help the Center get new people to participate and contribute. “I also see myself being one who is cheerleading and helping people to achieve their highest and best possible.” Sydney has already made valuable contributions donating readings at our monthly Psychic Fairs.At this point in her life Sydney celebrates a visceral knowledge of and reverence for all things magical and of Divine Spirit.  The adventures that have caused her path to veer one way or another have given her first hand knowledge that the amazing exists just beyond the veil. A rational and well educated woman, circumstances have nonetheless forced upon her the understanding that mankind lives on the precipice of existence; if open, human beings can routinely experience wonders beyond our imaginings.

Please join us in welcoming Sydney to our Board!

Thank you, Harrison Klein. Harrison resigned from our Board mid-June. We are grateful to him for 9 months of service, particularly for his insights and guidance in manifesting abundance for our Center.

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More About Sidney Francis

Growing up in Brooklyn she attended parochial school and later Catholic High School in Queens.  Her best friend’s mother introduced her to Buddhism, which she studied and practiced for a while.  In later years the man who would eventually become her husband introduced her to Islam which she studied and practiced for a time until the practical application of the religion clashed with her personal beliefs as a woman.

As an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, Sydney participated in a study abroad program at the University of Legon in Ghana.  There she was made a potential victim to amazingly life threatening circumstances which caused her to witness, first hand, the work of a JuJu or spirit practitioner.  This primal yet loving soul literally saved her from two grizzly and potentially lethal animal attacks.  This experience called into question all she thought she knew.  

Sydney graduated from Temple University School of Law.  Soon thereafter she became a junior partner in Gracia, Francis & Associates, one of the first women and minority owned business affairs management companies in the entertainment industry.  Eventually, she was promoted to  Executive Vice President in charge of global affairs for the firm’s clients, managed the second office in Miami Florida as many of their Latino clients did business in south and central America and the Caribbean and traveled the world regularly on business for the firm.

During this time Sydney began meditating as part of her daily centeredness regimen.  This ushered forth a series of amazing, sometimes off putting and frightening but always magical, moments.  At one point during the course of her meditation, she began channeling, and was introduced to a group of what she refers to as her “Guides” from other planets in other galaxies.  This large and varied group of being from whom she has received life altering messages for the past 30 years, has resolutely confirmed for her that there is indeed vibrant life from other planets, and communication has, and is, occurring regularly with many on our planet, whether it is made common knowledge  or not.

Over the course of the many communications, Sydney channeled the contents of her first book STEPS TO ASCENSION. She continually experiences moments of incredible timing, profound synchronicity and wondrous movement.  She is a person of faith consciously free of any specific religious affiliation.  She devotes her heart to the love of and respect for the One and All Infinite Creator and practices that love daily through her communion with Spirit through meditation and her love of and attention to the needs of her fellow human beings. Sydney lives in New York City with her family; she has one child.

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