AMORC – The Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucius
I’ve joined the Rosicrucians. I always thought it was a secretive outfit where highly spiritual members were invited. But it’s anybody. Even me. They send me pamphlets and emails on spiritual matters. Luckily I’ve already got one of their three sacred books: ‘The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz Anno 1459’ wonderfully illustrated in pastels by David Newbatt.
Here’s what my Penguin encyclopedia says: An esoteric movement which spread across Europe in the early 17th century. In 1614-15 two pamphlets appeared in Germany and were attributed to Christian Rosenkreutz (1378-1484), who claimed to possess occult powers based on scientific and alchemical knowledge he had brought from the East. He founded the Order of the Rosy Cross, and the pamphlets invited men of learning to join. No trace of the Order has been found, but many occult organisations claim Rosicrucian origins.
I’ve edited this text by the Rosicrucians:
Rosicrucian teachings are a combination of occultism and other religious beliefs and practices including Hermeticism, Jewish, Mysticism, and Christian Gnosticism. The central feature is the belief that its members possess secret wisdom that was handed down to them from ancient times.
Members are able to achieve their highest potential in all areas of life … physical, intellectual, artistic, psychic, spiritual, and more …
# Broaden the 5 senses through the awakening of psychic analogues (Que?)
# Study and apply psychology, parapsychology, comparative religion, philosophy, psychic and spiritual healing, creative visualisation, aura perception.
# Metaphysics – a body of non-rigorous scientific knowledge which has yet to be fully modelled by scientific theory but which has nevertheless been used on a practical level by Rosicrucians for centuries.
Psychic self-healing, relaxation techniques, the proper use of breathing, life energy, and enthusiasm for life.
THE INTUITIVE FACULTY
Augments the 5 physical senses. The result is a far deeper experience of life and the ability to see through the outer appearances of things and events in order to perceive their true underlying nature.
It’s used as an aid to self-healing and general psychological well-being. Among the many benefits are poise, balance, and competence in one’s actions, as well as a sense of peace, well-being, intellectual acuity, and higher levels of achievement in all areas.
A tool for the achievement of one’s goals in life. Every endeavour begins with a plan. The clearer the plan and the clearer the visualisation of the final outcome of one’s endeavours, the greater the chances of success.
We believe that the Rosicrucianist AMORC can help you find answers to … What is my purpose? Is there more to this wonderful universe than I see around me? … through the study of the metaphysical laws that govern the universe, including the difference between actuality and reality, the true nature of time and space, and how consciousness manifests itself throughout the universe.
When I think of my Philosophy degree, my training and practice as a Samaritan, a counsellor, and a spiritual healer, my flirtation with Buddhism, and my meditation, I tick a lot of their boxes. I think we’re in the same league – but, unlike them, I’m struggling to avoid relegation.
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The Greek Olympics, thought to have begun in 776 BC, inspired the modern Olympic Games begun in 1896. Originally the Games celebrated the skills needed for combat and telecommunication. These days all sorts of activities have been introduced that have no connection whatsoever with combat or telecommunications. Imagine two armies facing each other kicking footballs and firing tennis serves at each other.
On second thoughts … it sounds like a damned good idea.