AMORC Unmasked

Second letter to F.B. Berlin/Germany

Hi, F. B. Thanks for your fascinating account about your adventures in AMORC. I certainly appreciate the value of your testimony- as a member actually knowing and participating with people directly in AMORC activities.
Whereas I am not so sure that most everyone I met in AMORC is “nice” and “sincere,” I do think there are a generous proportion of people in AMORC with demeanor, including some truly sincere people who have come to AMORC for the right reasons. In terms of your analysis of the different types of members, I have also noticed that there are “social climbers” in AMORC whose motivation maybe what you meant by looking forward to a “career” in the organization. They are comfortable with the people, the titles and the positions there. Others do stress their high spiritual station- perhaps more than their participation in their group. Some of those clearly covet the spiritual “powers” they believe they are accumulating and the Cosmic Blessings they are receiving.
I think you can somewhat guess that the ones who appear to be “schizophrenic” in their regards to AMORC- sometimes looking at you as a “renegade” because of your somewhat free expression of your own doubts or concerns and sometimes freely expressing their own severe doubts- these are the ones to focus on- because that kind of “schizophrenia” or duality within is a sign of a conflict between the authentic self and the cult personality. Those are people for whom, like me, the ‘brain washing’ or ‘Mind Control’ probably sunk in. I realize that cults like ‘Jonestown’ or ‘Heaven’s Gate” or “Aum Shinirkyo” with their inner or outer directed focus on lethal force- are more dangerous. Yes, there is a difference between a car accident where you spend three years in rehabilitation in a hospital and one that kills you. The latter cults fit into the lethal car accident variety, but taking people, essentially innocent people who are looking for the truth- and indoctrinating them with a bunch of lies and treating them to a program that could easily result in making them auto-hallucinate is very dangerous.
I remember one story which Hassan talks about in his new book, “Freedom of Mind,” where he demonstrated to a cult member that some of the visual light phenomena he associated with the presence of the Guru could be easily produced by hypnosis- was the turning point in the cult members interpretation of what he had been into and was a key factor in his decision to leave the cult. Hallucinations are a symptom of psychosis and are a factor related to the PTSD-like symptoms related to this inner division blended with special exercises that can produce hypnotically-induced hallucinations, which for some members, account for their “spiritual growth.”
So, anyway, keep up the good work, F.B. Don’t be a stranger to this forum. Your insights are quite welcome.

 

 
F. B. said:
Dear Mr. Freeman, thanks for your answer.

By the way, here in Germany the most members seem to be quite nice people and sincere seekers. But this doesn´t change the core of the organisation and its goals etc. I observed different types of people in the lodge. There are the ones who always say the right things and look like they are in search for a “career” in amorc. Than there are the ones who a very proud of there grades and being “Illuminati” (quite a claim, isnt it?) and there are a few which apear almost schizophrenic. One time they are looking for someone to talk about their doubts and the next time they treat you almost like a renegat. One thing that really pissed me off was the fact that behind all the secrecy and all the grades there are no real secrets. I mean in the first temple degrees there are just basic physics and philosophy. And further on you find stuff which is prolonged over weeks and months (and you pay a lot for it) which you can read more elaborated in a esoteric pocket book for a few bucks. It is a mixture of “new thought”, “theospphy” a lot from Atkinson, a bit “golden dawn” etc. Certainly a lot of plagiarism and not some secret ancient stuff. I guess you can get the whole thing in a book for under 30 dollars (which you can read without any initiations) – this you can read in a few days instead of reading monographs for years. So what did I learn from this? If someone says: We are the only authentic school…we are the only ones with a real lineage … we are the only ones who inherit the truth: It is better to stay away on the long run. But I would also say that amorc is quite harmless compared to other groups out there

My Reply to F.B.
Hi, F. B. Thanks for your fascinating account about your adventures in AMORC. I certainly appreciate the value of your testimony- as a member actually knowing and participating with people directly in AMORC activities.
Whereas I am not so sure that most everyone I met in AMORC is “nice” and “sincere,” I do think there are a generous proportion of people in AMORC with demeanor, including some truly sincere people who have come to AMORC for the right reasons. In terms of your analysis of the different types of members, I have also noticed that there are “social climbers” in AMORC whose motivation maybe what you meant by looking forward to a “career” in the organization. They are comfortable with the people, the titles and the positions there. Others do stress their high spiritual station- perhaps more than their participation in their group. Some of those clearly covet the spiritual “powers” they believe they are accumulating and the Cosmic Blessings they are receiving.
I think you can somewhat guess that the ones who appear to be “schizophrenic” in their regards to AMORC- sometimes looking at you as a “renegade” because of your somewhat free expression of your own doubts or concerns and sometimes freely expressing their own severe doubts- these are the ones to focus on- because that kind of “schizophrenia” or duality within is a sign of a conflict between the authentic self and the cult personality. Those are people for whom, like me, the ‘brain washing’ or ‘Mind Control’ probably sunk in. I realize that cults like ‘Jonestown’ or ‘Heaven’s Gate” or “Aum Shinirkyo” with their inner or outer directed focus on lethal force- are more dangerous. Yes, there is a difference between a car accident where you spend three years in rehabilitation in a hospital and one that kills you. The latter cults fit into the lethal car accident variety, but taking people, essentially innocent people who are looking for the truth- and indoctrinating them with a bunch of lies and treating them to a program that could easily result in making them auto-hallucinate is very dangerous.
I remember one story which Hassan talks about in his new book, “Freedom of Mind,” where he demonstrated to a cult member that some of the visual light phenomena he associated with the presence of the Guru could be easily produced by hypnosis- was the turning point in the cult members interpretation of what he had been into and was a key factor in his decision to leave the cult. Hallucinations are a symptom of psychosis and are a factor related to the PTSD-like symptoms related to this inner division blended with special exercises that can produce hypnotically-induced hallucinations, which for some members, account for their “spiritual growth.”
So, anyway, keep up the good work, F.B. Don’t be a stranger to this forum. Your insights are quite welcome.

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