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e welcome you and thank you for your interese in learning more about the Rosicrucian Order, AM ORC. Your reading of this booklet indicates that you have felt an urge from within, a special something that drew you to the Rosicrucian Order. Perhaps you have already explored the vast sea oí metaphysical and self-help books, programs, lectures, and seminars, and you may have found yourself wondering how to make sense o f it all— how to put it all together in a way that is practica! and truly relevant to you. You can acquire a lot oí inform ation from books, lectures, and classes, and you may even discover some very useful techniques for improving certain aspeets of your life. But this approach to self-improvement is always incomplete, because most books, seminars, and study groups have a limited focus, such as personal prosperity, improving relationships, m editation, spiritual attunement, or developing psychic abilities. And focusing on one area oí study doesn't provide balanced development. T he Rosicrucian system is unique— it provides a foundation that ties together all oí the different aspeets o f metaphysical study, and demonstrates their interconnectedness. To our knowledge, its the only system that does this. Understanding the natural lavvs that govern all realms— physical, mental, emotional, psychic, and spiritual— leads to true prosperity and peace of mind. This is exactly what the Rosicrucian Order provides— a systematic approach to the study oí higher wisdom that empowers you to find the answers to your questions about the workings oí the universe, the interconnectedness of all life, your higher purpose, and how it all fits together. Much of the material íound in the Rosicrucian teachings cannot be íound anywhere else. lí you ve already spent many years studying metaphysics, you’ll find that the Rosicrucian system organizes this informarión in a comprehensive way and acts as a unique catalyst ofskills and accomplishment. The knowledge yoave already acqtiired atraías a higher dimensión o f

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meaning when you can place it in the context of a powerful whole. Further, chis knowledge also translates into increasingly focused, skillful action and attainment in life. If you’re completely new to this area of study, you’ll find that this comprehenR o s ic r u c ía n sive approach makes your QRDER. learning easy. As you progress step-by-step through the Rosicrucian eourse of study, you’ll see how each subject relates to all the rest, giving you a sense of completeness and confidence in your understanding. Through simple weekly lessons that you study at home, you’ll have the opportunity to learn useful techniques which you can use on a daily basis to awaken your higher faculties, leading to improved health, hetter life situations, more harmonious personal relationships, and an increased sense of happiness and peace. These goals can be achieved through a process which Rosicrucian students aill self-mastery. W hat exactly does self-mastery mean? It means learning howr to chart your own course through life. How to ftnd the means to make the right choices and decisions. It means seeing your present circumstances as unlim ited opportunities for grow th, because yoti do have the ability to change your situation. It means being able to take charge o f your life and help those around you to achieve a happier and a healthier existence. The Rosicrucian teachings are not based on the ideas of any one individual. Unlike many New Age movements, the Rosicrucian philosophy has been developed over centuries from the combined efforts of many great itiinds. Ancient truths are incorporated into practical time-tested techniques which you can begin to use immediately. The lessons are structured in a sequential system to provide safe, gradual development o f your natural psychic and spiritual abilities. 1 his is a school of practical mysticism, which encourages you to be open-minded, questioning, and to test the valué of the principies you are learning by actively using them in your daily life.

IS T H E RO SICRU CIA N O R D E R , A M O R C , A RELIGION? No. AMORC, which stands for Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, is not a religión and does not require a specific code of belief or conduct. Rosicrucian students come from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. Becoming a Rosicrucian student does not require you to leave your church, join a church, or change your religious beliefs. H O W IS T H E O R G A N IZA TIO N STRU CTU RED ? I he Rosicrucian Order, AM ORC, is a nonprofit, educational charitable organization which is classified by the United States Internal Revenue Service under section 501 (c)(3). Its activicies and services are supported by dues and donations received from Rosicrucian students. After expenses are covered, all additional funds go back into the organization to further benefit its students, allowing us co expand our services, develop new programs and other projects that will help us accomplish our hum anitarian goals.

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T H E SYSTEM O F STUDY Each month, you’ll receive a packer of weekly lessons, called monographs, to read in the privacy o f your own home. The lessons, about six to eight pages each, introduce certain ideas and experiments in a straightforward and simple manner. We ask that you devoce about one and a half hours once a week to study that week’ s lesson and perform any exercise or experiment given. For the remainder o f the week we encourage you to periodically think about the im portant ideas concained in that lesson, and make repeated efforcs ar accomplishing the exercises. We ask you for this simple com m itm ent because the lessons are not just a body of knowledge, but a way of life. If you only read them and don’t attem pt the experiments or practice the

Neophyte Section Right from the start, the introductory monographs present Basic Rosicrucian concepts thar you can apply in practical ways. O ne o f the first things you learn as a Neophyte is that you are a dual being. In addition to your five physical senses, you also have a psychic sensc. Exercises in these introductory lessons are designed to gradually awaken and develop the psychic facuIty. Exercises presented here and throughout the entire Rosicrucian system allow you to discover for yourself through direct experience how these principies work. Temple Section Having com pleted the lessons o f the N eophyte Section, you stand at an im portant m ilestone in your progress along the mystical path. N o longer a Neophyte, you are now ready to leave the Atrium and enter the Temple. Your studies in the Neophyte Section established the foundation for the lessons of the Temple degrees. You have been introduced to the various elem ents of the Rosicrucian system and had the opportunity to practice many of the prin­ cipies presented through simple experiments. The Temple degrees will further develop these elements, providing additional depth and practical applications o f the principies. The Rosicrucian O rder is not just a course of study, but a way o f life. White the essentíal Rosicrucian teachings are covered in the first five years, the exploration of universal laws is truly a lifelong study. As long as we live, we never stop learning. Therefore, the Rosicrucian lessons continué for many years, providing you with even grearer insights and exploration of rhe Rosicrucian principies and techniques. T H E IN IT IA T IC T R A D IT IO N The Rosicrucian Order is a fraternal order. As a mem­ ber, you are not just taking a course of study. You are passing through degrees o f study, rituals, ceremonies, exercises, and demonstrations that have a long historical background with new information constandy being added.

Rosicrucian initiations are fraternal rituals designed to mark the milestones of a students progress on the mystical path. In these beautiful rituals, mystical laws and principies are demonstrated in a dramatic form, in order to borh inform and inspire the Rosicrucian student. Al most all of the degrees of Rosicrucian study are pre­ ceded by an initiation ceremony , written in an impressive and brief form that can easily be performed at home during your study period. You also have the option of receiving these initiations in a more elabórate form in the O rders affiliated Lodges il you like. You (1 find that these initiations, when conferred in the Temple of a Rosicrucian Lodge with all officers participating, are even more impressive to the psyche. Both the home ceremonies and the Lodge initiations are specially prepared to introduce toyou in an impressive, symbolic, and dramatic way the importance of each new degree hito which you are entering. FRATERNAL AFFLIATIO N The Rosicrucian Order, as a fraternal organization, maintains a system of local Rosicrucian groups to sup~ plement the home study program. As a student of the Rosicrucian Order, you have the option and privilege of attending an affiliated Lodge, Chapter, or Pronaos if there is one in your area. Here you can enjoy the company o f fellow RosicruB * AN0 i cians, hear inspiring lectures, engage in mystical experiments with other students, and partici­ pare in beautiful ceremonies and stimulating discussions. In addi­ tion, you'll have the opportunity to attend a variety of special events, sem inars, and conventions. No Rosicrucian member is obligated to associate with a local Rosicrucian group, but it is highly recommended. This is a special privilege offered to you, and provides a uñique oppor­ tunity to enrich your membership experience. Many local groups offer regular open meetings, where members of the public can attend a brief lecture and meet Rosicrucian students in an informal setting. To find out if open meetings are offered in your

area, you may cali or write our Rosicrucian Groups office at: Rosicrucian Order, AM ORC 1342 Naglee Avenue San José, CA 95191 (408)947-3600 or check the Calendar o f Events on our World Wide Website at w w w

ROSICRU CIAN PARK Beautiful Rosicrucian Park in San José, California, serves as headquarters o f the Rosicrucian Order. Fountains, exotic plants and trees, statuary and Egyptian-style buildings add to the special ambience o f Rosicrucian Park. In addition to our administrative offices, the Park also houses the Rosicrucian Research I.ibrary, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, and our Egyptian-style Grand Temple, which is the meeting place o f the local Lodge. Rosicrucian members may attend convocaúons and other activiries at the l.odge, and attend sessions of the Council of Solace, which are also held in the Grand Temple. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the Park grounds and take in the special atmosphere. RO SICRU CIA N EGYPTLAN M USEUM T he Museum offers an exciting chance to travel back in time and discover the mysteries of ancient Egypt. The Rosicrucian Order has the largest collection of Egyptian artifaets on display on the West Coast, and

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J R O SIC RU CIA N PUBLICATION S As a m em ber o f the Order, you will receive the following publications in addition to your lessons: The Rosicrucian Digest T he official magazine of the Rosicrucian Order. The Rosicrucian Digest, published quarterly, contains fascinating and informative articles related to mysticism, philosophy, the sciences, and the arts and is o f partic­ ular interest to Rosicrucians and their friends. The Rosicrucian For uní This quarterly publication, which supplements the Rosicrucian teachings, contains in-depth articles on aspeets of the Rosicrucian studies and answers questions from Rosicrucian students. It is a prívate publication for Rosicrucian students only. C O U N C IL O F SOLACE The Council of Solace is a group o f Rosicrucians who m edítate daily on behalf o f others who are struggling with health, emotional, financial, or other challenges. 1he Council direets metaphysical assistance to those in need through a unique and mystical sys­ tem of direct healing attunem ent. Rosicrucian stu­ dents receive complete information about the services of the Council o f Solace in their first packet o f introductory materials. Anyone, whether or not they are members of the Rosicrucian Order, may request the aid of the Council o f Solace. To request metaphysical assistance, write to: Council of Solace, Rosicrucian Order, 1342 Naglee Avenue, San José, CA 95191, e-mail:


MUSEUM * S ° n^ y museum * n the world housed in a building with authentic Egyptian architecPL A N É T A R IU M ture Museum, one o f the largest tourist attractions in San José, California, allows visitors to see the fascinating objeets and ritual items the Egyptians used in their everyday life. Rosicrucian members, along with one guest, receive free admission to the Museum. RESEARCH LIBRARY The Research Library contains a remarkable collection of books and other research materials on most esoteric subjeets, as well as cultural, scientific, and other fascinat­ ing material. Rosicrucian members living in or visiting the San José area are encouraged to visit the Library. We also offer a special program of library membership to visiting scholars, researchers, and the general public. R O SE-C RO IX UNIVERSITY IN TERN A TIO N A L Rosicrucian students are eligible to enroll in classes sponsored by Rose-Croix University International. This

optional program offers in-depth courses which expand on certain aspects of the Rosicrucian srudies. Its purpose is to offer Rosicrucian students opportunities for personal development and spiritual growth in a classroorn environm ent under the personal instruction of faculty members. The Rosicrucian faculty are qualified experts in their fields of instruction and members o f our International Research Council.

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We cordially invite you to unite with us as we explore the marvelous frontier of self and the universal laws of nature. By accepting this invitation, you will not be agreeing to study a mere correspondence course, but you will become part of a worldwide mystical fraternity of men and women who share your spi ritual interests, zest for higher knowledge, and hum anitarian ideáis. We welcome you to a lifetime of learning that will enable you to experience real, prac­ tical benefits on a daily basis. To become a Rosicrucian student, simply fill out the enclosed application and return it to us, along with at least one quarters dues. The dues rates are listed on the application. Aside from your dues, no other fees are required, ñor must you purchase any books or other supplemental materials in order to advance through the studies. W hen we receive your application, it will be reviewed by the Membership Com m ittee, who will notify you by mail upon approval o f your petition to receive the Rosicrucian teachings. This normally takes no more than two to three weeks.

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The Rosicrucian O rder is known internationally by its traditional and authentic title, the Ancient Mystical O rder Rosae Crucis, from which is derived the acronym “AM ORC.” The Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis is the Latin form o f the organizations ñame, which literally translates into the Ancient Mystical Order of the Rosy Cross. There is no religious connotation associated with this symbol; the Rosy Cross symbol predates Christianity. * 1 he cross symbolically represents the hum an body and the rose represents the individuáis unfolding consciousness. Together, the rose and cross represent the experiences and challenges o f a thoughtful life well 1 ived. Thus, by our ñame and symbol we represent the ancient fraternity of Rosicru­ cians, perpetuating the true traditions o f Rosicrucian movements from centuries past to the present day. The history of the Rosicrucian Order may be divided into two general classifications: traditional and chronological. T he traditional history consists o f mystical allegories and fascinating legends that have been passed down for centuries by word o f m outh. The Rosicrucian O rder’s chronological accounts are based on specific dates and verifiable facts. For detailed information on the history of the Rosicrucian Order, visit our website at www


If someone living in your household is also interested in studying with us, please don’t hesitate to take advantage of our Com panion Membership program, which offers considerable financial savings. Under the Com panion program, two people living at the same address share a single set of lessons, magazines, etc., yet they both have full membership benefits. For further information about Companion Membership, please see the applicafion form. H O W T O CO N TA CT US \Ve thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and the benefits we have to offer. If you have any further questions about the Rosicrucian O rder and its teachings, or if an application was not enclosed with this booklet, please feel free to contact us. ROSICRU CIAN ORDER, AM ORC 1342 Naglec Avenue San José, CA 95191, USA Phone (408)947-3600 FAX (408)947-3677 Additional information is also available on our World Wide Website at



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Dear Friend, Greetings! T hanks for your interest in the Rosicrucian Order. Enclosed is the introductory booklet and application you requested. And let me also extend congratulations. By asking tor this booklet you have taken the first step that can change your life forever. W hat does m em bership entail? M em bers receive weekly lessons that are read in the privacy o f their homes. All that is required is about an hour per w eek o f study. And the results are tremendous. The teachings o f the Rosicrucian Order have changed my life significantly for the better. And I am sure that most o f our m any m em bers worldw ide w ould say the same thing. M em bers report improved health as a result o f applying the ideas and principies offered in the studies. On a material level, our m em bers often attribute increased financial prosperity to what they learn in their studies. They report a sense of joy and security from being on the right path, a path well-worn by some o f the greatest minds o f the past. M em bers discover the ability to respond easily and creatively to life’s stresses and challenges. They often report improved intuition and a greater connection with others, with nature, and with the universe. They find a great sense o f peace and oneness. And, since the Rosicrucian Order is not a religión, it is not dogm atic in its teachings. We strive to present many sides o f an issue for the stu d e n t’s consideration. Do you ever sense that som ething might be missing in your life? Som ething beyond material possessions and personal status? Then the Rosicrucian Order is for you. You have already taken the first important step by requesting the enclosed booklet. The introductory booklet should answ er many questions that you might have about the benefits o f joining. If you have any additional questions about the Order, please let us know, and we will be happy to answer them. The Rosicrucian Order is a nonprofit organization, and m odest m em bership dues are required to pay for administrative expenses. As a m em ber you will receive the weekly study lessons, and our three quarterly m agazines: the Rosicrucian Digest, the Rosicrucian Forum, and the English G rand Lodge Bulletin. You will also be assigned to an instructor w ho will help with your studies w hen needed.

I sincerely hope that you will respond positively to what you read in the booklet and that you will continué to take action by sending in the application. I look forward to w elcom ing you into the Rosicrucian Order. With all best wishes for Peace Profound, Sincerely yours, Rosicrucian Order, A M O R C

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