Listen: ED, Jim It, John discussed on Aaron Mahnke's Cabinet of Curiosities
"We normally don't trust someone who fell asleep on the job if a waiter decided to have a nap without taking our order we might find another place to eat and long haul truckers have been known on occasion to those at the wheel putting themselves and those around them in immense danger. But what happens when someone is having a crisis of faith when the world has become too overwhelming and they need a reminder of why they believe what they believe in the first place a preacher should be able to step in and guide that person unless of course that preacher also happens to not off stories of sleeping or trans preachers originated in Germany. During the sixteenth and seventeenth century however sleeping preachers have existed all over the world including Alabama southern France and Iowa. One such man was a fellow from Kentucky named Ed. Born born one of six children. Ed had always been a bit of a special boy as a child he once claimed to have seen his dead grandfather. Ten years old. His family introduced him to the church coach and it became his life over the next two years. He read the Bible. Cover to cover twelve times. His supernatural dealings only grew from there one day while reading the Bible by himself. He was visited by a woman with wings on her back. who asked him what he wanted to do with his life gazed upon her glowing figure and told her heard that he wanted to become a missionary so that he could help others through faith? The following day proved less inspiring. Ed wasn't a particularly good student. There's a child and a complaint from his teacher had angered his father. Apparently he'd been having trouble with. His spelling boy sat in a chair all night. His father calling out. What words only to have ed fail each time. His father smacked him sending his son to the floor. And that's when Ed's Guardian Angel came back you. She told him to sleep and they would help him get through it. Ed asked his father for a break so he can rest his head. His father welcome up a short while later and miraculously Oculus Lee. His son knew how to spell every word in the book. This set add on the path of strange and inexplainable occurrences while his slut for example. He wants diagnosed cure for his own back injury in his sleep which his parents administered to great success the following day as he got older he he needed to find work to help his family he started a business with his father selling insurance but a case of bad laryngitis took his voice away completely. After a year spent at home home recovering. His voice still had it returned so he sought the help of a hypnotist who said that he had a cure. As turned out. Ed's voice was just fine. When when he was in a hypnotic trance that is it was after he awoke that his voice disappeared again. He saw two other hypnotists who believe they could help. And the third. Elaine was able to break through while lane. Had Ed in a trance. Ed spoke as though someone else were there with him. Perhaps the woman with the wings from his childhood he referred sure to himself in the plural. Saying things like we and us. As the hypnotist had him described his situation that hypnotists suggested the voice loss was psychosomatic psychosomatic. Not Physical and that a rush of blood and the voice box would restore it ed or the entity controlling him did as told his throat burned and his is chest ached but after twenty minutes treatment was done and when. Ed Woke his voice said Return Lane wondered how far his subjects talents extended Ed and whether they could work on others. Could Ed cure someone else. While Asleep under hypnosis lane started by using himself as a Guinea pig he placed ed in a trance and asked him to diagnose and prescribe cures two lanes own health problems. Ed did the same for us. hypnotised as he had done for himself helping to put lane on the path. Half the recovery lane saw potential in Ed's abilities and Ed finally got his chance to help people. Just as he had told the angel as a child he gave free free readings to locals putting himself into a hypnotic trance and diagnosing. Their illnesses news spread quickly about his feats earning him coverage in local newspapers but all the hype weighed heavily on him. He was worried that if one person died from his suggested treatments. You might be labeled murderer eventually. Really stopped and sought more traditional employment as a bookshop clerk then a photographer fate would one day bring him back to his true calling by nineteen twelve. He was living in Selma Alabama and diagnosing more than just the sick businessmen wanted insights into the stock market treasure hunters asked him to locate lost gold and gamblers is one of the inside scoop on the latest horse races but ed wanted none of that opting only to help cure the sick in nineteen twenty-three though he he was convinced by Arthur lammers students to explore the possibility of reincarnation while in a trance. Eto lammers about his past lives a holy Unchristian Christian thing to do as he felt. Reincarnation went against church teachings lammers on the other hand had gotten all the proof. He needed that. Astrology and reincarnation whereas Israel as the hair on his head from their. Ed traveled with Lammers to Ohio for deeper metaphysical studies which put him at odds with his Christian upbringing. You add pivoted. Back to work and healing reconciling the metaphysical work with his religion and moving to Virginia Beach in Nineteen Twenty eight. He helped to open a hospital dedicated. To the scientific study of his hypnotic readings and then hospital still exists by the way outliving Ed by nearly a century and it continues continues to help those seeking spiritual enlightenment and healing as a result. Ed Or Edgar Casey as history remembers him has been immortalized. Used as a man of faith who never let doubt or sickness. Stop Him from helping as many people as he could. And all he had to do was take a little nap mm-hmm when an animal is hurt or dying. It tries to hide the pain so it doesn't end up as food for something else. A broken paw or a mangy coat might signify. The animal is in distress or week but it will never let another creature see. It can help it even our own pets. No matter how much much affection we showed them do their best to shield us from their helmets but sometimes the connection between human and animal is too strong to hide even though they might why not be able to communicate in words are pets can show us how much we mean to them. In other ways at the turn of the century John Charles Thomson Wyoming Surveyor. General had a collie named Jim and Jim was known all over his owners hometown of Cheyenne for being kind loving. He also had a funny affectation. Jim It seems could laugh. He was known as the laughing dog and when he would see someone he recognized he would let out a kind of audible chuckle Jim. The colleague was a beloved member of Thomson's family closer to John than almost anyone which made one fateful night in nineteen o five very difficult for the Surveyor General General. John had been walking with a friend down in Denver Colorado Street around seven thirty pm when he came upon an animal. Line in the middle of the Road Thomson hurried over over and noticed. The animal was a dog even stranger. It looked just like Jim. The dog was hurt but there was no doubt about it. This was Jim he. It was unable to stand and could barely lift his head but even in pain. Jim led out his familiar laugh when he saw his beloved owner hunched over him. General Thomson did his best to comfort the dog but whatever had heard him had mortally wounded him. John stroked his for told him goodbye and it wasn't long before Jim Succumb to his is injuries. He passed away there in. The streets is best friend right by his side. Thompson and his friend cross the street and look back at the dog but it had disappeared. It hadn't miraculously got up and walked away. It had vanished. John Wasn't sure what to think but he left and headed back to his hotel. The following day a letter arrived from his wife in aboard the sad news that his beloved colleague. Jim had been involved in an accident. The previous night's around seven thirty pm not in Denver Colorado though by back home in Cheyenne Wyoming. The bond between a person and their pets. It is unbreakable distance and time cannot keep them apart. It seems gem was proof of that. John believed that the dog he had witnessed in. The streets wasn't a look alike but a real visit by the dogs. Spirit a fantasy perhaps but also maybe a way for a faithful friend and to say goodbye one last time. I hope you've enjoyed today's guided tour of the cabinet of curiosities. Curiosities subscribe for free on Apple podcasts. Or learn more about the show by visiting curiosities. 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