Monday, December 12, 2011

The Golden Dawn Paradox

 

The incredible paradox between the founders of the GD and the teachings they delivered is the real key to the mystery.   

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Playing in the Shores of Eternity



At some peak point in his fantastic life as Alchemist and Mathematician, Sir Isaac Newton wrote in his memoirs: " I felt like a child playing in the shores of eternity". Probably this remarks were the result of one of his many moments of oneness and perception of the Great Work.

That thought was right on the spot of placing us, the human race, in the perfect perspective when facing the challenge of the Task of the Great Work ahead, our inner mission of self-transformation toward the Cosmic Consciousness.

However, we can go beyond that child astonishment tuning into the flow of Eternity, streaming forth into it, following its call to the Source so we can feel the joy and the overwhelming experience of attuning with the universal ocean of Light that are us and surround us, blending ourselves into the Divine Light, transcending our senses and opening ourselves to the Cosmic Consciousness.  




I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well

Note: This is not a work of fiction but a deep research into the subject supported by many years of study and practices and directed to sincere students of the Rosicrucian Traditions. 

Released eBooks by Frater T.A.S. ::FRC XIII:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Limits of Eastern & Western Minds



I came to a conclusion that our power is inversely proportional to our limiting beliefs.   

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Big Picture



Because I am not identifying myself anybody by organization's labels, I see all of us on the Path to find our actual nature and divinity. That's all. I have been on several paths, and all of them have been contributed to my vision of the human development toward their Higher Self. That's what matters. Each one of us is trying to get most of this life to get somewhere, to surpass the limitations we are experiencing in life. Each of us feel the Light at the end of the tunnel. We simply don't know for sure how to get there.

That is why we resource to 'esoteric schools'. In the past those who had an internal realisation were just a few and we need to have a good karma to meet them. Nowadays with the popularisation of the "esoteric" we experience an abundance of 'initiatic schools' claiming that they are able to get you there. But we need to know that is only business for survival of the tradition, which once were only an oral tradition delivered to a few.

The real initiation will happen internally, as like everything else we "experience". Some are able to see the big picture, the majority don't.  



Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Secret Chiefs or The Invisible Rosicrucian Adepts (Magis)


Seems that the Golden Dawn community is having a hard time to believe that the Secret Chiefs are real, or that exist a higher Order of Rosicrucian Adepts overseeing the entire R+C teachings and external manifestations of the Tradition over the Centuries. Also they seem not believing that someone, I mean someone which already have elevated themselves enough to get their attention from the Magi, can actually have met them in flesh.  



Sources or Testimonies

However, there is at least another person (apart from S.L. Matthers) who had reported just that. His name was Raymond Bernard (1890-1977), an advanced French Rosicrucian Adept with extensive works on the esoteric tradition. He was one of the leading esoteric philosophers and mystics of our time. He was formerly an international leader and Grand Master of the Rosicrucian Order AMORC, and a founder of sacred initiatory and traditional school of mysticism (Rosicrucian, Martinism, Templar) for French-speaking countries. As an Elder Brother and mystic, Frater Raymond has travelled extensively all over the world, to initiate and encourage seekers from every kind of background and denomination to help them find their own personal way of expressing the divine goodness in human nature. His books have been translated in many different languages. However, most of them have now been out of print . As a result I would suggest to peruse through this site built in his memory (use the link below). The site also provide all files for download and study offline.

In his book "The Secret Mansions of the Rose-Croix", Fr. Raymond tells us of his encounters with the High Adepts and his visit to their Rosicrucian Mansions, the Houses of the Spiritum Sanctum. He mentioned his visits to the secret mansions in Amsterdam, Vienna, Lisbon, and in Madrid. He also mentioned that there are 144 mansions all around the world and that their location may vary according to the world conditions. He said that apart from promoting and monitoring the development and expansion of the Rosicrucian Tradition all over the globe, the Adepts select a few high advanced students to be part of their secretive organization to help them with the Great Work of supporting humanity towards its spiritual unfolding.

Fr. Bernard's work includes plenty of detailed description of the visited locations, his initiations and rituals performed in the houses of the Spiritum Sanctum but their exact address and other details must remain hidden from the public.

Another current example is provided by Josephyne McCarthy and account of her contacts with Inner Plane Adepts, as part of her magic manuals series entitled Magical Knowledge I to III (covering the Neophyte, Initiated and the Adept). 

See Also:



I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well

Note: This is not a work of fiction but a deep research into the subject supported by many years of study and practices and directed to sincere students of the Rosicrucian Traditions. 

Released eBooks by Frater T.A.S. ::FRC XIII:
  1. The Rise of the Adepti Volume I: Rosicrucian Origins and Metaphysics AU$20.00
  2. The Rise of the Adepti Volume II: The College of the Adepti.                 AU$20.00
  3. The Rise of the Adepti Volume III: The Adept's Initiation Chamber.       AU$20.00



Your comments will be appreciated. 


Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Magic of Harry Potter

 
 
 

I have seen them, all of them, I confess. They are so good! Particularly the last instalment, the Deathly Hallows Part II. 

So is the 'magic' of Harry Potter, delivering 'magic' or selling an Hollywood image of a school of wizardry to the masses? 

What kind of 'magic' we can see in Harry Potter franchise? 

What lies behind it's success, considering the prejudice we face in a society that reputes magic as something related to dark forces or evil? Do you know that here in Australia, some schools refused to allow their students to watch the first movie under the same allegations? 

Does do Harry Potter a disservice to the propagation of real Magic in the western society because use the Hollywood formulae to make it work? To resource to well know cliches like the battle of good against evil; to resource to violence in the battle to "evil", to materialise evil so it can be destroyed (!?). They even corrupted the sacred wands converting them into ray-guns! Like they haven't any other purpose than be used for attack/defence... and they seem only to obey their owner like a dog! Not to mention, that those wizards need a parallel world to live, because 'people will be upset if they discover that magic is real' as one of the movie character said. 

So what HP and his mates learned in the school of wizardry? 

May be they have learnt how to power up their wands (ray-guns and locker-breakers). Or how to confront wanders and get scared. Even how to solve puzzles presented by their masters. But where are the real lessons? May be to persevere no matter what! But what about the inner strength and balance? What about concentration and clear mind? And what about the development of the ability to get inner guidance from the inner Genius (Higher Self)? What about the role of human consciousness into the oneness of the Universe? Some hints on skrying in the pool of dreams? Using the Crystal Ball? Tarot in the school class? A bit of herbology and spells? Above it all they learned how to face the wonders of the Cosmos and survive and learn. Yes, they are all in the movie... 

And there is something else... if we recall, the last movie shows that the evil Valdermor's power grew as part of HP growth, inside of him, like his shadow... And that final confrontation with it to survive and evolve. That was advanced! 

Even at the end, after HP have conquered the evil Valdermor (his own Demon?) but he didn't get the place of his master (the dead Wizard), why I wonder... 

Anyway, the presence of Magic in our world will be imprinted in the mind of the young... may some of them will want to get further on that, like what happens to myself. 

Today I understand Magic as an a Path of a few, those who are willing to tread the hidden ways of the mind and the Universe. 

This reminds me Plato, when he said that if you know thyself you know the Universe, which immediately reflects the maximum of Hermes Trimegistus in As Above as Below, the works of the One. 

As defined by the Esoteric tradition, Magic is way to walk on the Path of Return, to your own Divinity manifested, thus being more than Human, being One with the All. That is my definition of Magic as well. Early in my life I realised that I was treading the Path of Light, which do not have a way back, only forward! Because? Because this is a transformative path, it is a transmutation path, and there is nothing behind where you can go back. 

I have this kind of fascination by the Divine Light that propel "myself", my middle self (ego) towards the unknown to fulfil my destiny, which I do not know yet to come. But it is irresistible and I am put myself totally into it, body and soul. That's my call. 

What I rationally do is trying to figure out my way toward that goal. I believe that there are clues left behind by those who already tread this Path. I want to heal myself enough to see them on my path and follow them. One of the big clues resides in the concept of the Higher Self or Genius. That's in my option is the first real step in this Path. Because this is a real unknown territory we need a true guide. Our minds are too limited to figure out those clues, which requires higher learning and perceptive skills. Those clues are out of time and space, a real cosmic riddle put before ourselves as the critical test of endurance and worth. We need to be conscious outside the limited mind frame, conditioned by the linear language and thought flow. 


I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well

Note: This is not a work of fiction but a deep research into the subject supported by many years of study and practices and directed to sincere students of the Rosicrucian Traditions. 

Released eBooks by Frater T.A.S. ::FRC XIII:
  1. The Rise of the Adepti Volume I: Rosicrucian Origins and Metaphysics 
  2. The Rise of the Adepti Volume II: The College of the Adepti.                 
  3. The Rise of the Adepti Volume III: The Adept's Initiation Chamber.       



Thursday, July 14, 2011

Reflections on the Path of Knowledge



A Frater, friend of mine, wrote: "My aim is to do my inner work to get in contact with the Cosmic Mind, doing things related to my spiritual development."

When I asked for clarification, he also explained: "What I did was to funnel (select) my sources from where I can seek knowledge instead of open myself to a wide range of sources as you do."

As my friend is a serious seeker of the Great Work, I started to consider his thoughts.

I think he got a point in saying that we need focus, as concentration is the main tool in the Rosicrucian Path of self-development. However, I think the main point is not the focus, but the contact with the Cosmic Mind, that is the real issue of his preoccupations. He thinks that through psychic exercises provided by the AMORC system of teachings the "contact" can be achieved. He also mentioned that he has a very disciplined routine of meditation and practices to achieve his goal of contact with the Cosmic Mind. During our conversation he mentioned that he is pretty happy with his results and that he considered himself enlightened somehow already.

Then I was considering to myself: We live in a reality of possibilities and opportunities and these only become concrete, real for us, when we choose among so many endless options given to us by the Cosmic Mind.

Besides, if we think a little beyond the distinction of 'inner' and 'out', and if we consider the Rosicrucian dito which said that ALL IS MIND, that is all we perceive and think is part of the Cosmic Mind, so what aspect of our life that is not related to our spiritual development? Is it possible that there is something that is not part of It?

My conclusion is that my enlightened Frater put himself apart from the Cosmic Mind when he thinks in terms of duality. What he must realized is that it all part of the show, we are never out of it. That he needs to seek not the Cosmic Mind but the Cosmic Consciousness, which is our perception of the whole, the continuum of energy and consciousness "between everything" that we perceived as individual things and beings. Those aspects that we consider 'outer' that make it difficult for us to contact the Cosmic Mind. That's why we need to overcome the Abyss between the dualistic perception and that of Cosmic Unity.

That's why we need to travel from our concept of 'out' to 'oneness' pushing the limits between the concepts of "exterior" and "interior". We can only established contact with the cosmic mind, when we become conscious of being part of it.  

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fulcanelli and the Secret of Alchemy

 

Louis Pauwels, in his book "The Morning of the Magicians", Chapter III, 1960, quotes the alleged encounter between the co-author of this book, Jacques Bergier and Fulcanelli (the Alchemist) himself: 

(Fulcanelli said to Bergier:) "The secret of alchemy is this: there is a way of manipulating matter and energy so as to produce what modern scientists call 'a field of force'. This field acts on the observer and put him in a privileged position vis-a-vis the Universe. From this position, he has an access to the realities which are ordinarily hidden from us by time and space, matter and energy. This is what we call 'The Great Work'." 

Interesting is that I have read this book several times and I didn't notice that quote and its powerful implications. 

Sphere of Sensation, Aura or The Field

Thinking about what Fulcanelli was saying to Bergier about The Field a couple of concepts came into my mind, like the Sphere of Sensation (Golden Dawn terminology); Aura (Theosophical concept) or simply "The Field" (new physics - refer to McTaggart, Lynne 2003). Seems that he was talking about a our energy field or the field of energy that envelops and it's the core of every piece of matter in the Cosmos. On our bodies, that Field also acts as a protective shield against the various environments (physical and non-physical ones), but if it was powered by special exercises (concentration and pranayamas) it may become something else entirely. 

The Golden Dawn teachings state that the Sphere of Sensation (our energy Field) is our mirror of the Universe (in all its dimensions), and as Fulcanelli suggests, it can also act as an interface between our consciousness and the entire sea of energy which constitutes the Universe (including us).

Extensive studies were done by modern investigations into the Field. One of the most recent of those studies on the subject of bio-energy fields are:

Carlos Castaneda and the Assemblage Point

 
Fulcanelli's statement above also made me recall the experiences of Carlos Castaneda with his tutor, Don Juan. Don Juan was able to shift Carlos's consciousness and the physical state of his body to be able to interact with other dimensions by pressing certain points of his energetic field, or moving what he preferred to call the "Assemblage Point" (aspect not yet explored in the occult circles).


Advaced studies into the Field's Assembage Point have been done by:


Conclusions


Of course Fulcanelli knew that he was talking with a profane, not with an initiate in the Arts, so he greatly simplified the meaning of the Great Work. The access to higher dimensions allows the initiate to learn by direct experience with the Universe, but the real Great Work comes from the transmutation of the subject themselves, not only their perception of the Cosmos. 

However we cannot forget what Arthur Clark, famous science-fiction writer, once said that "...what is today magic it is future science....". That means that what we merely intuitively discover today by means of our inner perception enhanced by the magical methods or rituals will be the subject of scientific research in the future, or even well known techniques to enhance our lives expanding our consciousness.  

Bibliography

  • Pauwells, Louis & Bergier, Jacques (1960) - The Morning of the Magicians.
  • McTaggart, Lynne (2003) - The Field. Harper Collins Publishers, 2nd Ed.


I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well

Note: This is not a work of fiction but a deep research into the subject supported by many years of study and practices and directed to sincere students of the Rosicrucian Traditions. 

Released eBooks by Frater T.A.S. ::FRC XIII:
  1. The Rise of the Adepti Volume I: Rosicrucian Origins and Metaphysics AU$20.00
  2. The Rise of the Adepti Volume II: The College of the Adepti.                 AU$20.00
  3. The Rise of the Adepti Volume III: The Adept's Initiation Chamber.       AU$20.00
More info at: 



Sunday, April 17, 2011

Invisibility According to Practices of the Golden Dawn & AMORC

A lot of controversial discussions are going on in the Rosicrucian and Golden Dawn fora about the subject of Invisibility.

May be the subject is new for the GD community, but it is not for the Rosicrucians. Since the first R+C manifesto in 1622, when the "invisible brotherhood" place their placards all over Paris, the subject of invisibility is on the table.

I am also noticing that there is some kind of difference in terms of approach to the practice of the Art. Let's take an example comparison between AMORC and GD. We may noticed that the GD teachings favours Ritual practice while AMORC approach the subject from the experimental point of view. In that sense, with GD rituals the mechanics of the phenomenon are hidden, while the AMORC 'experiment' favours the process by which the phenomenon takes place. May be that's the reason why the Invisibility hasn't gained much credit among GD magicians...

Taking the Invisibility practice, what GD offers is a ritual invocation pleading the god of appearances to hide the subject. The practitioner didn't know how it happens, hopping that the invoked god will take care of the process, while with AMORC teachings the practitioner learns what forces are involved and how to control them to achieve the desired goal. That method also has an advantage of improving the practitioner concentration skills and the ability to control the cosmic energy by the power of will. The consequences of the different approaches are obvious in relation to the psychic development of the practitioner.

For details about this exercise, from the AMORC point of view, refer to the book "Steve Richards - Invisibility" (it is available from the internet). The author quote the entire sections of the AMORC's 9th Temple degree on the Invisibility exercise, called the "Cloud of Invisibility".

Reviewing the exercise, you may noticed that it starts by the practitioner creating a cloud of pure energy by sheer concentration of the mind. Then they need to tune their skills to control the created cloud turning it into a spiral of energy. That is the real starting point for further experimentations/manifestations. At that point the practitioner have an incredible experience of the birth of the Universe. Only after several manipulations of that cloud/spiral of cosmic energy the practitioner is able to use its effects.

I would like to point out that Invisibility is a subproduct of that exercise. The real deal is about the practitioner to be able to develop their power of concentration manifesting matter from energy as well as creating a Portal do Higher Dimensions.  


I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well

Note: This is not a work of fiction but a deep research into the subject supported by many years of study and practices and directed to sincere students of the Rosicrucian Traditions. 

Released eBooks by Frater T.A.S. ::FRC XIII:
  1. The Rise of the Adepti Volume I: Rosicrucian Origins and Metaphysics 
  2. The Rise of the Adepti Volume II: The College of the Adepti.                 
  3. The Rise of the Adepti Volume III: The Adept's Initiation Chamber.  
More info at: 



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Can I have "inner" experiences or "initiations" just reading AMORC Master Monographs or Golden Dawn grade study material?

Today I received an email posing a question if we can have "inner" initiations just reading monographs. Then I sent the following answer:

Are you affiliated to a mystical or magical school/order?

a) If not you know that is possible to have a mystical/magical life by your own, taking lessons from others and applying to yourself.

b) If you are a student of any order or esoteric school and you are not leaving close to a temple, you also need to work by your own.

Either way, "inner" means YOURS. Nobody can give you "inner" experiences apart from yourself. What they do (the Masters, Gurus, instructors) is to show you the common way to do it. That's all. The "doing" is up to you, to the student.

AMORC is not as advanced in terms of Western Esoterism as other Rosicrucian schools, but it has a huge infra-structure to support their students. Every small city in the world has an AMORC lodge or temple where the student can get lesson reviews, forums, support lectures, and initiations. But the essential come from the Master Monographs, which supplies the core elements for learning the theoretical aspects of the work as well as the guidelines to perform your home rituals. The lessons also provide a comprehensive set of exercises and practices to help the student to develop their own inner life and progress.

But if you look other schools (orders) they do exactly the same, even though the contents are more advanced. What they do is to hand over all the grade material to you when you are admitted to a grade and them you need to workout your curriculum by yourself.

Even the 'initiation ceremonies' do not guarantee that you will have an 'inner' initiation. That depends exclusively of your Higher Self. That's the part of your being that manage this area allowing to you what you can handle and what you need to develop yourself further. Nobody else can do it but you. Is your Path to have or not 'inner' experiences. Also depends in great deal of your exposure to such matters and if you are willing and open to receive them. That's what really matters. Not monographs or luxurious temple ceremonies. All of that is external. Is the task of your Higher Self to show you that He is the actual Self and your are a mere external and workable projection of it, which allow Him to work in the physical plane. At the highest level your lower self will be incorporated into the Higher Self and them you will live as a complete being aware of the Cosmic consciousness.

Conclusion, you can we have inner experiences with or without monographs. A lot of people either do.  

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Harvey Spencer Lewis: A Mystic, A Magician, or just a PsychicResearcher?






My researches are unveiling a entire new aspect of the real work and objectives of HSL, former AMORC Imperator for all Grand Lodges and Temples around the world...





A Personal Account


I must confess that my experience with AMORC at my first years was fantastic! Everything was new in my twenties and I learned to love my Master Monographs (at that time simply called Rosicrucian Monographs). Every week I was waiting with anticipation for some new revelation about the Laws of Nature and how can I be in synch with the Cosmos, the infinite Mind, in everything!

Off course, this entire process speeds up my mind in search for the realms beyond my mundane experience and I loved it with all my soul. But after the 9 Degree Temple I felt a jolt in my comfort zone. I realized that I should rich something, some level of consciousness, but nothing permanent really happened. The Cosmic Consciousness was still a flitting experience. Most of the “exercises” given in the 9th Temple Degree were totally different from the rest of the previous study and the Order didn’t give enough information about their purpose or even their usage. Seems they want, deliberately, to hide the whole thing and show us just the tip of the iceberg leaving us without a clue of what to do with all those exercises or "experiments" as they usually call them. As a result I needed to seek answers elsewhere, in other esoteric schools. That was the first blow. It shaked my confidence in the school and put myself as an observer, less involved with the ‘climate’ of the Order and I started to analyze what was going on. But I am a persistent person, I decided to continue my journey, going deeper to see the whole picture.

Then after five years of study, finishing the 9T, I entered in some kind of new phase of studies. The volume of material supplied for the 10T, 11T and 12T degrees were overwhelming. It took me 20 years of my life to complete the “Higher Degrees”. Definitely, that was a time to evaluate was is going on! What I've got and what I have achieved? First of all, one thing I noticed from some time in this level; the content supplied in the monographs was a total waste of time and were fabricated to extend my membership ad infinitum only. All the remaining information delivered in the monographs can be easily found in any bookshop, which as I say, amount around 90% of the "Illuminati" section. There is only one other thing that I noticed that really pissed me off. The study material was unordered and fragmented. I noticed that because I have a very accurate track of my monographs and its relevant contents and I have submitted that “index” to several reviews along those years. I wanted to make sense of the puzzle scheme of my studies. But all in vain… I really got down to a conclusion that the material was collated without any esoteric, alchemical or magical framework, just for the sake of keep the student amused with so many things… and the Mystery.

Because I didn't wanted to take this personally, I cared to talk with other "High Degree" members, to share my conclusions and listen their opinions. The majority totally agree with me saying that is the reason they are totally demotivated with their studies and do not want to get involved with the organization anymore.

The bottom line was that AMORC worked just a little bit over the exercises and experiments done on the ‘Lower Degrees’ and particularly on the 9T recommending to repeat them once and while and combining them differently. Some brief reference to the Elementals like Fire and Water, reference to clairvoyance using water as a replacement for a crystal ball, etc.. But the lack of a clear guideline in this entire section called "Illuminati" was blatant. The real focus of the entire exercise was place into was called “Esoteric Hierarchy Contact”, an experiment based on HSL work of creating an Astral construct of a “Cathedral of Souls” were all members should commune to receive guidance and psychic healing. “Meetings” on the “Cathedral of Souls” are scheduled regularly with specific sessions for different purposes. Members of this section also receive special orientation to report to the Supreme Grand Loja if they “receive” messages or visions related to the organization. This is considered a special service to the Imperator. At certain point of the studies, the monographs started to talk like the “Illumination” was about to happen at any time soon to the student, until a point where they drop the subject entirely focusing in totally different things. I had a close friend of mine, a bit more advanced in monographs than I, that at the end of this process suffered a nervous breakdown, which he never recovered completely.

Looking Around in this Blog


I started this blog somewhat in hope that someone in the AMORC high echelons or the High Council (or should I say board of directors in the new business model?) would reflect on my clues and change the direction the organization is heading. I called out for hints in the timeline where HSL was elaborating his plan to develop AMORC even further. If you look at this blog index (at the right side) you will find many interesting advances from HSL to expose AMORC students to the Western Esoteric arts.

o HSL Opening the CR+C Vault in USA 1918.
o The use of the Hermetic Rosicross lamen. 
o The use of Dark Mirrors with selected members of the 12th Degree.
o Does A.M.O.R.C. Prepare the Student to Become an Adept?
 

What All of that Tell Us?


We found that Harvey Spencer Lewis (HSL), as a publicist and first Imperator (Supreme Grand Master of AMORC) found many ways to promote his idea of an organization dedicated to de study and development of psychic abilities, such as Telepathy, Psychometrics, Clairvoyance, Astral Projection as well some of the mind powerful abilities such as Creative Visualization, Memory Enhancements, Subconscious Programming, etc.. Off course, in those areas HSL was up-to-date with the most recent advancements rivaling Silva Mind Control™, (very popular at those times). HSL also resourced to the wonder of the mysterious East and old Rosicrucian Tradition to create a seductive image for his new organization, AMORC.

Exactly when I was meditating on that, that the entire picture came like a revelation! I was contemplating AMORC history and their study materials (the monographs), when every part of the puzzle seems to felt into place. Them I came to a realization that the HSL stories like his ‘initiation’ in a Rosicrucian temple of the continental initiates in France in some unknown chateau, the alleged CR+C vault found in the Pacific coast, the possession of old Rosicrucian manuscripts that he “translated”, alchemical transmutations and all this stuff never happened. That kind of arguments was easy to use in the beginning of the 19th Century, where people do not have access to document sources and travel was difficult. But today in the world of Internet, they cannot stand anymore. The public information level has been raised to such level that façade like that is not working anymore. But removing the smoking screen, we can see what HSL was heading to. What he really wanted was to expand his psychic researches, started years before the AMORC concept came into life. The Order was actually part of his strategy to extend his researches to a grand scale, including almost the entire world. He also wanted to adventure in the realms of the mind in a totally different approach. He wants people willing to participate, seduced by his offer, promoting better results. That formula was AMORC. A psychic experiment vested in the robes of an ancient Rosicrucian Order, with root in the wisdom of the ancient Egypt! That was really great! A Master Plan.

The Master Plan


It is obviously that there was a plan, or a plan that unfolds as it went. The first stage was to create the nucleus, done by a direct “Master”-disciple relationship, between HSL and his first students. The first ‘teachings’ were transmitted in a temple-lodge setting in a Masonic quasi style. After some build up and publicity, he decided to create a 5 year course, structured in 9 ‘degrees’. He borrows the grade terminology from the rising Golden Dawn, to use the momentum, and launched himself into it. In 9 years the first team of ‘initiates’ was ready and the organization need to feed them with something new to keep them going.

That was the rising of the second stage of the Master Plan, the creation of some kind of Inner Order, or High Degrees. The 10th, 11th and 12th Degree were created and delivered. But this time the plan was conceived to fix the small amount of time to keep the students paying their fees. For the contents he resourced to Theosophy and other esoteric material obtained from the passing and appropriate time of the F.U.D.O.S.I., even the ascended Masters (KUT-HU-MI, Moria-El and Saint Germain where called to help!). The degrees need to be extended enough to not require any other level any time soon, giving the organization time to breath. Thus the 10th degree was designed to include 250 monographs approximately; the 11th degree to include approximately the same number and the 12th with around 350 monographs! Considering receiving a pack of four monographs a month, it would take 212 months or 17 years to complete the new stage. That time enough!

But people are persistent and they got there as well. And now? It is the time for the crown of the Master Plan. Recently AMORC devised a new level of monographs (their source seems bottomless), The Planes or also called the Ordo Summun Bonvn. The actual number of monographs is unknown but they also changed the entire system of monograph delivery. Now the new and old members are receiving only a pack of 2 monographs per month, which will double the time spam for the entire system, requiring the new student their entire life span of affiliation do get the samething as I got. Now AMORC also have guarantee of a life-time fees from its members. That was sad but a real smart marketing move! Strategy conceived by the New Management.

Conclusions


In the overall picture, despite the Master Plan, AMORC did a significant contribution to the acceptance of the para-physical side of the human nature, as well as the methods to manage our mental powers. Their system also demonstrate that with persistence, common individual are able to incorporate into their daily routine exercises and practices to expand their consciousness without relaying in any guru or eastern techniques. Also prove, beyond the shadow of doubt that there is an interest in the metaphysical side of the reality we live in and related things. That people are seeking beyond the appearances and they are willing to sacrifice significant parte of their lives to achieve Enlightenment. That’s the best part of it. Should AMORC turn to its good side, incorporating the authentic Rosicrucian Tradition (Kabbalah, Theurgy, Astrology and Alchemy - the arcane sciences)? There is much that it can be done with such infrastructure around the world. It up to them to see what they really can do for humanity.

References

For more information, refer to Wikipedia: Rosicrucian Monographs



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Saturday, February 19, 2011

AMORC in the 50's was referring students to the Golden Dawn?



Reviewing the monographs I have received in the 70's (in Portuguese) I found a paragraph written by HSL (probably in the 40's since the Portuguese translation in the 50's have not been updated) that, in my point of view, he is referring AMORC "advanced" students to seek further advancement in the Order of the Golden Dawn. The referral is located in the 11 Temple Degree, Mon. 9, from page 1 to 2. It is contained in the heading entitled "Alchemical Symbolism"; this session talks about the Dark Night of the Soul. It is the third paragraph in that section.   

Text in Portuguese published by the Grand Lodge of Brazil (70's)

"Segundo alguns escritos misticos, parece que houve toda uma organizacao conhecida como a Ordem do Aureo Alvorecer, as vezes citada por suas iniciais. Supoe-se que isto seja referencia ao mais alto desenvolvimento na fraternidade Rosacruz. (...) e' muitas vezes dito que somente os Membros da Ordem ou Fraternidade do Aureo Alvorecer conhecem o verdadeiro trabalho dos Rosacruzes. Alem disso, alguns escritos declaram que a verdadeira fraternidade dos Rosacruzes so' poderia ser encontrada nessa Ordem do Aureo Alvorecer."

My translation back to English

"According to some mystical writings, it seems there was an entire organization known as the Order of the Golden Dawn, as often quoted by his initials. It is assumed that this reference is the highest development in the Rosicrucian brotherhood. (...) and often said that only Members of the Order or Fraternity of the Golden Dawn know the real work of the Rosicrucians. Moreover, some writings declare that the true brotherhood of Rosicrucians could only be found in this Order of the Golden Dawn."

Smurf (gchamberland@cogeco.ca) Rosicrucianism@yahoogroups.com also found similar references:

I too would have received this monograph in the 70's.

"In some mystical writings, it would appear as though there was an entirely separate organization known as the Order of the Golden Dawn, sometimes referred to as the G.D. This is supposed to refer to the highest development in the Rosicrucian fraternity."

Frater Garard (tilyon2002@yahoo.ca) Rosicrucianism@yahoogroups.com also found:

"I have the same thing in my French mono. 11 temple degree no. 9 page 2."

However, comparing that text in more recent monographs, related to the same degree, I noticed that the contents has been changed and the references to the "Order of the Golden Dawn" or its initials "G.D." have been removed.

Different points of view

Some fraters that replayed my posts seemed surprised or others a bit ungry about such referral, saying that HLS would never say something like that because he believes that AMORC was the TRUE Rosicrucian Order. Others said that the referral was a "misinterpretation" since the lesson talks about the Dark Night of the Soul and the "Golden Dawn" is not another order, but a state of being after the DNS, the illumination.

Frater André Klynstra (rosaecrucius@gmail.com) replayed:

"I don't believe for a second that HSL was referring to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (1888 - 1903) when he was talking about Golden Dawn or that he recommended that Order to AMORC members, which b.t.w. was already dissolved when he wrote this monograph. He was totally convinced that AMORC was the only and true R.C. Order."

My answers

I wouldn't be so sure about what HSL believed. Actually he seemed to be very open mind about related mystery schools as you can see from his diverse affiliations through the F.U.D.O.S.I. and others. He also published his O.T.O. certificate in the Rosicrucian manual.

Also the original H.O.G.D. & A.O. didn't die in 1903, it continued to have active temples until the 40's and even later in New Zealand until 70's. Not to mention other less known temples in Russia, Austria, German, Switzerland, etc which had Adepts who helped to re-started new G.D. wave of modern temples. So the G.D. was very much alive when HLS wrote those teachings in our monographs. He knew that other mystery schools were more advanced than AMORC, and that AMORC was not the ONLY TRUE Rosicrucian order. Have a look at your 10T, 11T and 12T degree's Aditums and Initiations. That is were HLS introduced initiations and teachings from various mystery schools, like doors for the advanced student.

Do you mind to check again if your monographs have any match with the referred section above? Could you pass to me the original English text for this paragraph?

My hypothesis

Let's consider the time HSL wrote that monograph. May be he was very conscious that AMORC was not designed to supply its students with the level of mystical and magical knowledge offered by the G.D. The AMORC history tells us his involvement with the F.U.D.O.S.I. at that time, his close contact with so many other Rosicrucian societies/schools, and the immediate effect of the Golden Dawn teachings had in the Western Esoteric groups. He may be tough of a possibility of further collaboration between the schools (AMORC and HOGD/AO) as we can observe in other movements, such as the Martinism which adopted the Kabalistic Order of the Rosicross as its 4th degree since that school showed advanced studies in Cabala, topic related to the Martinist studies.

In my opinion, after more than 40 years of AMORC studies, is that HSL didn't use "Order" as a replacement for a state of being. He did not mistake the mentioned initials of the "G.D.". He knew very well about the HOGD. I have confirmation from other jurisdiction, like the Portuguese and Canadian (French), that this is the exactly text of the monographs. What is happening is that after the 70's AMORC has been removing progressively those references in the new revisions, may be because is an embarrassment to the actual administration who have a very different vision. Nowadays AMORC see other similar mystery schools as competitors for world audience, not as partners in the Great Work.

May be HSL had other vision for AMORC...

Later Additions to the post:

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Posted by: "Morgan Drake Eckstein" Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:27 pm (PST)
[golden-dawn-group@yahoogroups.com]

I would float the suggestion that starting in 1937 that one no longer needed to seek entry into the Golden Dawn to study the material of the Golden Dawn, thanks to the fact the Regardie started to publish the material of the Order. I would be surprised if HSL did not own a complete set of the Regardie volumes.

Now, is that a reasonbable assumption or am I overlooking something?
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My answer plus some after thoughts:

Hypotesis One: As you may know, reading Regardie (what I am sure HSL did it) is really not enough to achieve the G.D. highest purpose, or to contact your HGA (or Higher Self), and in my opinion that's was also the main objective of HSL higher teachings passed on the AMORC higher degrees. HSL mindset was targeting a full guidance in such delicate path of self-realization and I am sure he will not relay on published literature, which btw doesn't cover the R.R.et A.C. in full, since Regardie only reach the 5=6 Adeptus Minor grade (in the Stella Matutina, not in the HOGD/AO).

Because in that monograph HSL was talking about the Dark Night of the Soul and the following state of Illumination or the golden dawn, he knew that was necessary for the student to engage themselves in a full Order study to achieve that further state of realization, which such course of study AMORC wasn't fully prepared to support.

To support my conclusion, just compare the AMORC and the HOGD/AO curriculum and you will agree with me.

AMORC curriculum: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosicrucian_Monographs (full curriculum)

HOGD/AO Curriculum: http://www.osogd.org/library/Theses/ByNamesAndImages.pdf (an example of it, I am working on a better one)

Hipothesis Two: (Which may work in conjuntion with Hipostesis One) HSL may also new that an organized HOGD/AO wasn't existing anymore at that time (1940-50), that is why he said that no visible Order can be found. However, he also knew that the Order initiated several Adepts and that they were arround and the possibility of study with one of them on a one-to-one (Master - Disciple) basis still was a possibility, and that's why he included the referred clue in the monongraphs. May be he was not actually "referring" his students to the Golden Dawn, but only point out another possibility of mystical/magical development for those who dare.


I would like to open a discussion regarding the concept of an Adept and its required preparation in an esoteric school settings like the Rosicrucian orders, not only AMORC but other Rosicrucian schools or orders as well

Note: This is not a work of fiction but a deep research into the subject supported by many years of study and practices and directed to sincere students of the Rosicrucian Traditions. 

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