AMORC Unmasked

My reply to F.B. Berlin/Germany

LETTER FROM F.B.

Dear Mr. Freeman, Thanks for your work on AMORC. I agree with nearly everything from your conclusions. I had the fortune to realize pretty soon (after a year or so) that the whole thing is a fake: there are so many things, which you can realize as a lie if you research the claims of AMORC (lineage, archives that are obvious not real etc. etc.). And if I cannot trust someone in the things I can check, how can I trust them with the spiritual things, which are not so easy to research? But there is one question open for me: What is the goal of the whole organization? The fees are not that high. In fact if you compare them to what the people in the new age movement take for their workshops etc. they are laughable. So what are they running for? I would appreciate your comment on that. Sincerely yours, Frank Berlin/Germany P.S. I hope my English is good enough that you understand what I´m talking about.

LETTER TO F.B.

Dear F.B.

You are certainly right about the modest nature of the membership costs. That goes for membership fees for the Lodge as well. But perhaps you don’t realize that there are other facets to their revenue as well. One of these is a fund called Rosicrucian Solidarity, which was developed by Christian Bernard, the current Imperator. This fund was to help out members who temporarily could not afford their membership dues. In fact, I was one of them. Somewhere in the area of 1987-1988, I was so poor I fit into that category and so I asked them for several months to fund my membership. The first two months, they did without complaint. But after the third month, they told me I would have to come up with it.

Considering that I was a very dedicated member, you can imagine that, when I had a few extra bucks (or maybe not even really extra), I would send it to the fund.

Yes, that could be a very nice little revenue stream.

But here’s another- the AMRA BOX, the box for making free contributions to AMORC- sort of like the little envelopes passed around in some churches or the renowned collection plate. The wonderful thing about this box is that it ties in with AMORC’s concept of Cosmic Blessings.

You see, AMORC claimed to be greatly aggrieved at the way the churches interpreted the 10% tithing rule- where you give 10%- off of your personal revenue stream to the church, AMORC said it should be 10% of your blessings by the Cosmic (good fortune). Of course, there wasn’t any limit to it.

I remember when I was a taxi cab driver in Miami, FL at the airport.

It was rule that you had to wait and pick up the next passenger in line waiting for the cab. It was really kind of a lottery because your actual return was not just the meter, but also the tip.

One day, I totally lucked out and received a $100- when I was poor and practically starving.

Despite my condition, I knew that I better capitalize on this “cosmic blessing,” so I stuffed a $50 bill into the box, expecting my generosity would be returned by the cosmic sooner or later. Hopefully, sooner.

I can tell you- from my experience as an officer in the Miami Lodge, I can remember a time while serving as a Supplies Officer and an Outer Guardian in the Martinest Order that my other officers- like the Secretary, the Grand Councilor, who was Vice President of a Big Miami Bank, the Master of the Lodge and others- would make shrewd guesses passed on the sign of the denominations as to who had put the big bucks into the box. And it would never be a poor, little thing like me.

But the fact is- that poor people fill a lot of collection boxes- out of proportion to their needs- because they are looking for a big blessing, no matter what church or Cosmic Order they are going to.

Another revenue stream is their publishing company, which markets all kinds of occult books as well as candles, incense and other mystical supplies. It is a separate business, yet people, like myself, who wrote in, would always address them as Soror or Frater, even though they would never use that kind of honorific language when writing back. Yet, members were specially awed by their AMORC business partners and that also was a motivation to buy from them, instead of elsewhere.

These spiritual accessories are created to have a special appeal to member, such as the incense that AMORC claims ‘specifically design for the exclusive mystical use of AMORC members.” Members never complain about the prices being extremely high, but I have found that it is easy to pick up this kind of incense anywhere you go in the states where stores sell incense for one reason or another.

But possibly a very lucrative, even the most lucrative- I surely don’t know- component of their revenue- is their appeal to members to include them in their Estate Planning. Wouldn’t you want to reserve a spiffy Box Seat in the Afterlife Amphitheater of the world’s most fraternal and probably only legitimate spiritual organization?

I knew I wanted to. But now I’m not too sure.

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