AMORC is definitely interested in Alchemy, literally initiating its more public outreach with an alchemical demonstration in 1916. Later on, it would offer some classes in alchemy.
But as to using the philosopher’s stone for the purpose of prolonging life- this does not appear to be a major interest, although there seems to be some interest in the creation of medicinal elixirs.
AS to ascension, AMORC clearly says-
From a Rosicrucian point of view, Jesus did not die at the time of his crucifixion. Therefore, he could not have been raised from the dead three days after this ordeal. As… Continue reading
In the March/April 1988 edition of the Rosicrucian Digest, there is a very interesting article called “Chinese Alchemy: A Search for Immortality,” which speaks about the wei tan- or external method for attaining immortality- and the nei tan- or internal search. Wei tan- involved external methods- like diet, breathing techniques and medicinal elixirs to prolong life. Nei tan involved complex meditative processes- of which the martial art, Tai Chi Tuan- is like a mirror of internal processes.
Immortality has always fascinated me and, in one respect, Eastern and Western alchemy- in regards of the external discipline- both have attempted to… Continue reading
In one of my last blogs, I focused on a Message from the Supreme Grand Lodge entitled, “Dare to Think!” published in the Rosicrucian Digest of Spring, 1992. This message focuses on the untrustworthy nature of our external senses. But what are we to replace it with, according to the writer?
In a remarkable piece of rhetoric, we are told that, though our eyes are valuable tools in exploring our environment, perhaps the most important, but they are somewhat deceptive. What’s the solution? We must train our hearing.
Hmmmmm…. Our eyes our deficient in objectivity, so we must train our… Continue reading
Now, what I am going to say is my opinion- but I think that meditation and hypnosis are profoundly different procedures, although they both open the door to the subconscious in different ways. As I mention in AMORC Unmasked, the word, “hypnosis” comes from the word “sleep” in ancient Greek. I believe that this is a clue to what hypnosis is most like in human consciousness. On the other hand, meditation is about increasing awareness.
If I were sitting down in my sanctum, meditating, I would be “cultivating awareness,” a term associated with various kinds of meditation. This awareness could… Continue reading
In a Message from the Supreme Grand Lodge entitled, “Dare to Think!” in the Rosicrucian Digest of Spring, 1992, the spokesman ventures,
Dare to Think! This command will be heard when you are about to free yourself from the bondage of ignorance. It is the goal, which the teachings of AMORC are striving for; its students strive to become free individual who learn to use their own mind and think for themselves.
Many of my critics have harped on the “liberalism” and open-mindedness of AMORC, undoubtedly focusing on statements like this. Yet, on inspection, the article focuses on various elements… Continue reading
In The Prisoner of San Jose, I unveiled the methodology by which AMORC was able to create heightened states of hypnotic trance by a program that mainly relied on weekly lessons, delivered by mail to its members and weekly Lodge Convocation. In AMORC UNMASKED, I discussed more precisely how these hypnotic means were affected through a progressive platform of hypnotic suggestion. I published these sixteen steps in Prisoner.
Since many of my critics constantly comment, usually without any explanation, that AMORC is not a cult, I would like to review these 16 steps, somewhat modified and enhanced by my experience… Continue reading
According to a 1996 monograph, written by Gary Stewart, the former Imperator of AMORC, who was displaced by Christian Bernard, the Nodin Manuscript is “the actual key to the Rosicrucian system and the fundamental basis of our teachings.” According to Stewart, Nodin’s work, which predated the 17th century documents I have referred to previously in The Prisoner of San Jose and AMORC UNMASKED, was in two parts.
It was never published in its entirety and “always remained in the possession of the principal Rosicrucian adept, and later, the Imperator.”
Steward, who now is the Imperator of the Confraternity of the… Continue reading
On August 7th, 1990, Christian Bernard assumed the mantle of Imperator under a very fragile moment for AMORC. Not only had the Order been racked by an upheaval by the termination of Gary Stewart as Imperator as ordered by the Supreme Council, but funds for a variety of reasons were extremely low and this was partially, attributed, at the time, to the actions of Gary Stewart. In a Special 1991 edition of the Forum, a Q&A section addressed the question: How could something like this happen to AMORC? Isn’t the Imperator cosmically guided? Part of the answer was:
We are… Continue reading