Ritual – Set up for Mind Control-First Temple Degree Intitiation Part I- with Commentaryy by Pierre S. Freeman
Covert mind control is not just a slap-dash process. A person doesn’t just read a book or say a prayer or chant something and suddenly slip into an enhanced state of suggestibility that eventually completely changes his personality and make him a compliant slave of his cult superiors. No, mind control with this aim is a rather complex process- but the use of ritual can be a very critical component in the process of conversion of a normal person to a truly functional cult resource.
AMORC differs from many spiritual cults in so far as private rituals, taking place in a home sanctum (a personalized altar) probably form the main platform for indoctrination into the cult. However, owing to AMORC’s unique claims to be an actual, though secret, fraternal organization whose roots go back to Atlantis and Egypt, it is necessary to support their claims with some kind of a public function. One important public function is the First Temple Degree Initiation, which I have written about in a recent book (which I have full illustrated in color so my readers can grasp a little more about the nature of the ceremony.)
Even if a member never or infrequently visits a lodge, the fact that a lodge is there and rather complex rituals are held and degrees are conferred publicly gives credence to the organization.
As Michael D. Langone, Ph. D., Executive Director of the International Cultic Studies Association and Editor of its ICSA Today says in an article, Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups (Revised): The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law…Mind-altering practices (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, and debilitating work routines) are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).
The ritual described in, my book, AMORC’s First Temple Degree Initiation serves several valuable functions in this light. Whereas this ritual does not deal with the Imperator in the ritual, it does consolidate the power of the officers and their authority. In the ritual, you can see the power of certain officers by virtue of their actions, their speeches and the title and how these officers are interwoven with mythic characters like Colombe (who symbolizes conscience) and Death, who is portrayed as a kind of official judge and tormenter of the unworthy. The ritual helps set up the functioning of the Order as virtually having the sacred keys and power over the life and death of the initiate and begin the process of transference, where the great authority suggested by the ritual, is reinforced by the monographs, the ritualistic granting of degrees and the hierarchy of cosmic awareness suggested by the overall teaching.
Langone’s criteria for the creation of a group with “excessively and unquestioning commitment” is well underway. Ritual, in its more benign form might serve a heuristic and even truly enlightening purpose, shedding light and consciousness on the meaning of life, but when used by a religious cult for mind control, it is simply one of the key methodologies of cultic infiltration into the consciousness of the Neophyte, endowing the cult with supernatural and authority and power over life and death. Those officers on the stage hold the golden keys.