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An Analysis of Differing Accounts, Contradictions and Inconsistencies

in the Literature o f AMORC and Harvey Spencer Lewis Books, Documents

and Articles in the Light of Cognitive Persuasion, A Subtle Method of
Mind Control Uncovered by the Latest Advances in Neuroscience.
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The Use of Cognitive Persuasion in the Creation, Modification and Amplification of the Stories of the
Founding of a lOO-Year-Old Religious Cult

By Pierre S. Freeman

An Analysis of Differing Accounts, Contradictions and Inconsistencies in the Literature of AMORC and
Harvey Spencer Lewis Books, Documents and Articles in the Light of Cognitive Persuasion, A Subtle
Method of Mind Control Utilizing the Non-Reflexive, Instinctual W ay of Thinking Uncovered by the
Latest Advances in Neuroscience

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...there is only one universal Rosicrucian Order existing in the world today, united in its various
jurisdictions, and having one Supreme Council in accordance with the original plan of the ancient
Rosicrucians manifestoes... This international organization retains the ancient traditions, teachings,
principles and practical helpfulness of the Order as founded centuries ago. It is known as the Ancient
Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, which name, for popular use, is abbreviated into AMORC.
Statement of the Grand Lodge of the
English Language Jurisdiction,
AMORC, Inc., Publishers of

Cosmic Mission Fulfilled

by Ralph M. Lewis
1966 Edition

AMORC Origin Stories

It was quite some time ago when I left AMORC, determined to find a way to prevent present and future
members from having to endure the psychological trauma and life-destroying consequences of its subtle,
but highly effective mind, control system.
In my various books,

The Prisoner o f San Jose, AMORC Unmasked, The Emperor-Imperator-Speaks: Tales o f

the Puppet Master, Daring to Speak o f Darkness, Mayhem on the Astral HighwayM ind Slaves o f the Rosicrucian
Collectorum Parti, I have spoken of various methods by which AMORC has lured prospective members into

its stronghold of deceptionbut mostly remotelythrough its advertising and its books, and now, through
the wonder of the Internet.

How I Came to Look a t the Origin Stories More Closely

In Tales o f the Puppet Master, I presented a series of reviews of various books of H. Spencer Lewis and
commented on the account of one of his origin stories in my review of the official Rosicrucian Manual.
Following my discussion of Tales and its publication that included some commentary of a huge controversy
about Lewis' account of its origin as presented there, I found I had left an important piece out, Lewis own
which was supposedly first published in 1916.
autobiographical account,
Although I knew about its existence, I could not seem to locate it.
Still curious after
was published, I spent some time looking for it, realizing that I had run into it
but the title of the web pages that carried it had thrown me off. It seemed like it was only part of the book,
but a closer inspection found that it was rather short, some 26 pages, and was really the whole thing. Very
shortly after it was published, it was taken out of print, according to an official 1957 publication from
AMORCs organization in London and was permitted republication by the Imperator Ralph M. Lewis, the
son of H. Spencer Lewis.
Why was it taken out?
The answer to that is probably the cornerstone of my discussion.

A Pilgrims Journey to the East,


ThePower o f Origin Stories in M ind Control

I have always known that one of the fundamental building blocks of AMORCs mind control system as
in many other cults are its origin stories. Just like in comic books where one is always interested in the
origin of superheroes, people are always interested in the origins of religions and religious figures because
origin stories provide a platform for how institutions or their leaders gathered their authority. And since
AMORC claims to be a super cosmic organization, an ancient occult fraternity that sometimes proclaims
that it is the only true connection between God and man, a vital determinant for our species taking the
right course for human history, origin stories are important in establishing that monolithic, all powerful
In classical hypnosis and in various forms of mind control, the whole basis for creating a trance in a
subject is preceded by validating the practitioners authority and power. For this reason, AMORC, its
Imperator and its leadership, must serve that purpose. In cult mind control in general, the objective is to
transfer the sense of their themselvestheir essential sense of self (true personality) or what Robert Jay
Lifton calls the Protean Selfto a cult personality (false or synthetic personality), which will pay homage to
a cult leader and their organization. At that point, the dimensions of control that they can gain over
another person are unfathomable.
I know. I was one of AMORCs mind slaves for twenty-six3 years, a reality that I have fully documented
in my book,
AMORCs literature about itself and some outside commentary, including this discussion, reveals that
For those interested in the true history of AMORCs creation,
this can be a fascinating journey but for those who are hoping that AMORC is what it pretends to be,
perhaps a rather disappointing one.
It really is hard to entangle to find even a kernel of truth.
We are talking here about multiple and contradictory origin stories, or so it appears. If one keeps up
with the comic books or perhaps more likely Marvel and DC films about superheroes, you will notice that
there are multiple origin stories about Superman, Batman, and Spiderman. They all have similarities, but, if
you want to be nitpicking, there are a lot of differences. We can easily forgive that because we all like good
superhero adventure stories and the variety is interesting.
But having a distinctive difference in an origin story is not necessarily so appreciated when you are
dealing with critical narratives of an organization with extraordinary claims that can affect the entire

The Prisoner o f SanJose {link).

AMORC has notJust one origin story, but several.

direction of your whole life. Those kinds of variations in stories, perhaps, are worth picking apart because
they cast a shadow on the organizations claims? Do they reveal the truth, or does their very contradictory
nature reveal the possibility that there is another origin story altogether, one held back from the public and
from the majority of those truly invested in the story like the current members of AMORC?
Very intriguing possibility.

WhyDo Origin Stories Have Such Power?

In all my books so far, I have emphasized one mind control element as the decisive factor in total cult
indoctrination. That component that I believed was the decisive factor in creating full compliance from a
cult member, and which I still believe to be true, is trance induction. This technique is combined with
various hypnotic triggers to create a state of suggestion capable of even creating positive hallucinatory
experiences on a regular basis. Ultimately, trance induction heightens suggestibility to such an extent it
helps to create buffers in the human personality that repress both the normal or Protean personality,
allowing a false or cult personality to emerge as the predominant conscious decision maker.
The Protean personality is a term used by the famous anti-cult analyst, Robert Jay Lifton, and conveys
the idea of an essential, core identity of all human beings, one that can be suppressed but does not go down
fighting and can actually war against the cult personality. I have fully described my own battle in the
(link). I still have some of the aftereffects of that battle.
This type of mind control, featuring the hallucinatory elements, creating a division so great in the cult
member that it can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms, is common in religious or
paranormally-oriented cults, which need "the miraculous or "other worldly events to support their
But there is another factor, another element of persuasion that is not trance-based and has recently
come to the fore as a major factor in various kinds of human decision-making like politics, marketing or
even family interactions, and that is the power of the narrative through the neurologically-based activity of
framing. I call this type of mind control
Before we discuss the actual technique of cognitive persuasion, let us take a peek at some of the terms
used in cognitive linguistics, a subset of neuroscience that looks at language in the face of scientific

Prisoner ofSan]os&


used in cognitive linguistics, a subset of neuroscience that looks at language in the face of scientific
discoveries about the way we think and talk. One of those scientists is George Lakoff, who classifies himself
as a progressive political thinker concerned about the way neuroscience discoveries reveals the persuasive
power of storytelling, which serves to propagandize certain political views that actually have the power to
overturn the rational and ethical ways of thinking demanded in human rationality.
"Frames, as explained by George Lakoff, a cognitive scientist, are "structures of ideas we use to
understand the world. Frames, he purports, allow us to internally organize and simplify the things and
events around us. Each frame is related to a specific neuronal level which, when activated, can actually be
observed and measured. Frames strung together in a certain way create narratives, and narratives used in
storytelling can be used to trick the mind into a premature act of belief.1 This power to trick the mind is, in
fact, what I have called cognitive persuasion, a non-trance form of mind control used a great deal in
political propaganda and commercial advertising for centuries, but only today is the scientific basis for this
type of mind control being discovery as it is based on the way people are naturally inclined to think, as
demonstrated in laboratory experiments.
According to Lakoff, there are two reasons, one allegedly proven and the other still speculative, that give
narratives a special power over the human mind.
One is that the part of the brain that responds to, say, seeing or moving things responds in identical
ways to
that we are seeing or moving something. This is called mental "stimulation." This means
that there is a certain reality to what happens in our imagination that equates internally to what happens in
the real world. Yes, we can generally distinguish between the two, but because of this, in some way, unless
disciplined by specific oversight coupled with rational thinking, the two appear to have almost equal
weight in the mind of the undisciplined recipient. What happens in the real world and the mind has
somewhat of an equal power. This process is affecting the brain in this way is called "mental stimulation.
Lakoff says on page 39 of


The PoliticalMind.

The same part of the brain we use in seeing is also used in remembering seeing, in
dreaming we are seeing, and in understanding language about seeing. The same parts
of the brain used in really moving are used in imagining that we are moving,
remembering about moving, and in understanding about moving. Mental

"stimulation" is the technical term for using brain areas for moving or perceiving,
imagining, remembering, dreaming or understanding language. It is mental
stimulation that links imaginative stories to lived narratives.2
But, again according to Lakoff, there is a possibility that there is something called "mirror neuron
circuits which link our own sense of lived narratives to the narratives of another person. So, in a sense, we
experience what another person is alleged to do in the same manner as we experience ourselves doing
The way "your lived narratives are linked to someone else" could be, according to Lakoff, because of
"mirror neuron circuits, a kind of brain activity" proven in macaque monkeys, but only plausibly assumed
to take place in human beings.
Mirror neuron circuitry" implies that when you see someone in an action or perform it yourself, there
are two-way pathways that connect to the brain in the same way: to the primary motor cortex, connecting
to neuronal activity in the muscles, which can directly control muscle movement and to the part of the
brain that integrates sensory information in the visual, auditory, and somatosensory regions of the brain
what is called the parietal cortex. Also, the positive and negative emotional pathways are connected
through the insula.
Also, in this theory of mirror circuitry, there is a connection to the posteromedial cortex, which
actively supports the experience of empathy, say, in compassion and admiration. Finally, there is a
connection to the prefrontal cortex that supposedly contains the "super-mirror neurons, which modulate
the activation of the mirror neurons and limit or enhance their capacity for empathy.By understanding the equation between real experience and imagined experience and ones own
experience and another, powerful influences can intentionally create in words or in media that have an
influence on recipients that, without conscious reflection and due diligence, can override one's rational
processes and unwantedly influence the human personalities predilections, desires, and interpretations
about events. This is a way of controlling the mind without trance induction or even some kind of
submission of authority to a third party through something like psychological transference.
Again, I call this form of mind control cognitive persuasion. No drugs, no trances, no enhanced
interrogations utilized spontaneously in the past by people with a shrewd understanding of human nature

and how people could be easily manipulated whether they knew the scientific underpinnings or not.
We shall see how cognitive persuasion works in AMORC shortly, but first let us take a deeper look at
AMORCs self-described beginnings.

The fact is that there are, indeed, several origin stories about AMORC. In this book, I will present eight of
them chronologicallysix from AMORC and two from outside skeptics about AMORCs stories. Three from
AMORC were initiated by H. Spencer Lewis himself with one of those a posthumous biography by his son,
Ralph Lewis, and another by a so-called Rosicrucian historian, Christian Rebisse, but both heavily derived
from Harveys own writings. A third AMORC writer is "Grand Master" Julie Scott.
was undoubtedly ultimately developed, in part, without Harveys supervision,
but depended on it. Two more stories, one created by R. Swinburne Clymer, the founder of the Rosicrucian
Fellowship, and the other described and analyzed from the historical record by Robert Vanloo, an author
and ex-member of AMORC, who has taken considerable efforts to study and report of these origins.

Rosicrucian Manual,


A PilgrimsJourney to the East

By Harvey Spencer LewisI

How H. Spencer Lewis, who has studied Rosicrucian literature and engaged in various literary and social
activities involved in studying psychical and spiritual matters, makes a personal journey to become an
initiate in the Order. This was an autographical account by H. Spencer Lewis, published in 1916 in
This is was the first published autobiography, but apparently, according to
its 1957 republication by the branch of AMORC in London1, it was not available for many years, probably
quite soon after its original publication. When you see how much it was altered, it is not too hard to figure
out why? Yet, there was so much evidence that it was altered, it is sometimes difficult to figure out why

Pilgrims Journey to the Far East.

they were not more careful.

Rosicrucian Questions and Answers
By Harvey Spencer LewisIn this story, H. Spencer Lewis is a self-professed descendent of the founders of a Rosicrucian Order in
America who projects that the true Rosicrucian Order operates in 108 year cycles. Having professed he
started an organization to explore Rosicrucian traditions and history, he is eager to start a new cycle of the
Order in America. Having been encouraged by a Legate" from India, mentioned in the 1929 book,
he goes to France to gain the authority to start the Order. This story
omits certain information mentioned in a magazine called Cromaat, published in 1918, which indicates
who that "Legate" may have been, a Mrs. May Banks-Stacey, a controversial participant in the written
history of the Order.

Rosicrucian Questions and Answers,


Rosicrucian Fellowship in America
Which Contains a Formerly Published Brochure:
Not Under the Rosy Cross
By R. Swinburne Clymer2
Perhaps Lewis most vocal and litigious opponent. Clymer was challenged to a public debate by Lewis in
December of 1933. He replied by inviting Lewis to a "complete and impartial tribunal composed of high
Masons. When Lewis refused, he wrote this scathing expose of the connection between AMORC and
Aleister Crowley, the Black Magician. His claim was that Lewis initiation in France was totally bogus and
claimed it took place in England under Crowleys umbrella. He takes great length to show the connection
between the symbolism, teachings, costuming, and rituals of AMORC are not Rosicrucian but from a much
darker place.


Cosmic Mission Fulfilled
By Ralph M. LewisThis autobiographical account of Ralph Lewis father, the former Imperator of AMORC, borrows explicitly
but attempts to integrate certain features in other versions of H.
Spenders Lewis story in
and in the obituary of May Banks-Stacey. He speaks of his father in
the third person, assuming that he wrote it and includes portions of his fathers Last Will and Testament,
which perhaps makes it somewhat more personalized. The book seems like an attempt to integrate and
explain some of the contradictions in the other versions, but, on inspection, it fails in its purpose.

A Pilgrim's Journey to the East

Rosicrucian Q&A


The Rosicrucian Manual
Initiated and Overseen by H. Spencer Lewis
And, Later, Probably Other Imperators with Help of Staff2

Rosicrucian Manual

This later version is mentioned in the 1971 edition of the

but it may have been printed
before. This edition develops the idea that Mrs. May Banks-Stacey, a representative of the Order in India,
provides Lewis with certain documents and jewels that gives him the right to start the Order. He then
travels to France to start the Order. It draws on information mentioned in the 1918 edition of Cromaat
about Mrs. May Banks-Stacey but not mentioned in the 1929
In this
story, she is the descendent of the English sponsors of early settlers of the original Rosicrucian Order in
America and had been made a Legate from the Rosicrucian Order in India.

Rosicrucian Questions and Answers.


Controversy around a Document? -Is the A.M.O.R.C.
an Offspring of the O.T.O. or Not?
By Robert Vanloo, BA12

In a sense, Vanloos version of the origin of AMORC raises more questions than gives conclusive answers. It
certainly throws doubt on the role of Mrs. Banks-Stacey and the Toulouse initiation. On the other hand,
although the connection between Crowley and Lewis seems rather clearly demonstrated, Vanloo does not
see AMORC as a true branch of the OTO as promulgated through Crowley (or anyone else for that matter),
although he sees the possibility of some kind of non-Crowley involvement in the early years. Later on, there
was a definitive connection between Reuss OTO and Lewis, but not anything substantive in relation to the
content of AMORCs teaching. Crowley, in somewhat of speculative effort by Vanloo (because names are not
mentioned), does appear to be a kind of witness to Lewis deceptive practices, particularly with Mrs. May
STORY # 7 - 2 0 0 9
H. Spencer Lewis - Restorer of Rosicrucianism
By Christian Rebisse, FRC
Featured in a podcast, movie and article. The 2009 date appears as a copyrighted version of the
podcast and video. As it is so prominently featured, it appears to have the fullest possible authority by
AMORC as it is featured in their new multi-media publicity machine.
STORY # 8 - 2 0 1 0
Clemence Isaure: The Rosicrucian Golden Isis
By Grand Master Julie Scott, S.R.C.
This article focuses on an anecdote taking place and preceding Lewis initiation in the Hall of the Illustrious
in Toulouses city hall
The Difference in AMORC Generated Stories #1 , #2 and #5
The first question which we believe should be addressed, why are there differences between these
different AMORC-originated stories #1, #2, and #5, however small? We are not particularly focusing on

Ralph Lewis biography because it is basically an amalgam of Stories #1 and #2. We will be addressing
Christian Rebisses version a bit later.
In my opinion, when you develop a mind control or hypnotic script, you want it to be power packed
with authority as much as possible. And if you dont particularly care about the truth and you dont think
you can easily be caught, why not change things around and improve on them? Another related possibility
is that things may have come up in the stories that made AMORC more vulnerable to its subterfuge about its
early history being uncovered and maybe there was a value in hiding these components. Remember, earlier
in its history, AMORC was under attack from various opponents, including a legal battle with R. Swinburne
Remember all this is done in the days before the Internet when investigating something like this would
mean going to libraries or, even more possibly, visiting newspaper morgues or traveling to or
corresponding with bookstores or even individuals to find books that probably wouldnt be found in the
ordinary library.
I would like to state here that although it is clear there are inconsistencies in the stories, there may be
other documents existing that provide a more complete account of the early AMORC era than I have so far.
Any assistance by readers having access to other relevant documents would be very much appreciated. My
guess is that additional documents would probably expand the variations in these stories since their
obvious intent is to convey whatever the controlling author wished and not necessarily to relay the
historical truth.

TheD evilis in the Details

In order to explain the difference in these origin stories, I will go into some of the details. As I will go
into later in this discussion, the human mind is easily swayed by certain types of narratives, and the hope is
that someone truly concerned with the various influences that control his or thinking and life will take the
time to make sure these influences are pure and unfiltered by a secret agendabe it commercial, political,
or personal. For such a person, the devil is in the details.

Rosicrucian Questions and Answers and look how the

A Pilgrim'sJourney (please note my

Let me first quote from page 170 in the book,

narrative differs slightly from what is in the manual itself and also from

It was in 1909, also, that I made my visit to France for a similar purpose. For many
years I had held together a large body of men and women devoted to occult and
metaphysical re' search along Rosicrucian lines. As editor of several occult magazines
I had made contact with various Rosicrucian manuscripts and had discovered that I
was related to one of the descendants of the first Rosicrucian body in America-that
which had established itself in Philadelphia in 1694. This gave me access to many
of their old papers, secret manuscripts, and teachings. These we discussed, analyzed,
and attempted to put into practice. Among ourselves, the society, composed of several
hundred persons in professional life, was known as
It is worth noting that this story from the 1929
told in the 1971 Manual, which says on page 6.

The Rosicrucian Research Society.

Questions and Answers differs somewhat from the story

"Having had passed to him in the proper way certain knowledge preserved by the
descendants of the first foundation in America, he prepared himself through various
courses of study and association with metaphysical bodies, for the work he was to
undertake in 1909. Then in the month of July of that year he went to France where he
was introduced to the proper authorities and inducted into the mysteries and
methods of carrying out his life mission.
; One can note here that it does not, in this passage from the manual, mention that he was a descendant,
but rather he had the information "passed to him in the proper way.... Standing alone that would not be a
problem, but later in the Manual, on page 129, it says that after many years of scientific and psychic
research, Lewis...
...made his first contact with the work of the Rosicrucians through obtaining copies of

the secret manuscripts of the first American Rosicrucians, who established their
headquarters near Philadelphia in 1694. A member of the English Branch which
sponsored the first movement in America, Mrs. May Banks-Stacey, * descendant of
Oliver Cromwell and the DArcys of France, placed in his hands such papers as had
been officially transm itted to her by the last of the first American Rosicrucians,
with the Jewel and Key of authority received by her from the Grand Master of the
Order in India, while an officer of the work in that country.
For her role in the alleged role in the formation of AMORC, Mrs. May Banks-Stacey is designated in the
as the Co-Founder and First Grand Matre in U.S.A. in a caption below her photograph
even though it is alleged that the Grand Matre did not sign the first Manifesto in (check). A passage
seemingly confirming she was the "Legate was published on page 27 in Volume D in a Rosicrucian
Magazine called
back in 1918.

Rosicrucian Manual


I further state that the said Jewels and incomplete instructions were delivered into
my hands by the R.C. Masters of India, representing the Supreme Council of the World,
and that I was there made an initiate of the Order and a Legate of the Order for
America. I also state that the said Jewels and papers were represented to me as coming
direct from Egypt and France, and that they were given to me to be formally handed
to that man who should present certain papers, documents, jewels and key in
America. Such a person having matured and being Brother H. S. Lewis, I did the duty
expected of me, fulfilled my commission and with pleasure express the joy at seeing
the work so well under way in accordance with the prophecy made in India to me in
person. The history of the Jewels and papers are, to my knowledge, exactly as stated
herein and as described by Mr. Lewis, our Imperator, in the History of the Order as
published in the Official Magazine.
Interestingly, this quote is published in an article colorfully entitled, The Supreme Matre Emeritus
Raised to the Higher Realms." The article is actually Mrs. Banks-Staceys obituary.

Rosicrucian Questions and Answers,

published in 1929, on page 165, it clearly states that before 1909,
when Lewis first visited France, as a descendent himself of the original founders of a Rosicrucian settlement
at Ephrata in Pennsylvania, he was going specifically to gain official authority to start a new cycle of
Rosicrucianism in America, He says:
I have said that as the year 1909 approached, many men and women journeyed to France or other parts
of Europe seeking not only initiation into the Order, but some official permission to aid in the
establishment of the Order again in the United States, for its new cycle.
So, again, his mission to go to France was clearly to found this Order, not just because of a personal
passion as described in A Pilgrims Journey (which we shall fully document later). One can only imagine
that the "Legate mentioned in the following passage on page 171
Mrs. Banks-Stacey, but Lewis does not mention her. This is what he says:

o f Rosicrucian Questions and Answers

Just before 1909 there applied for membership in our society one who presented
papers proving appointment as...Legate of the Rosicrucian Order in India. Many
weeks of close association with this member revealed the fact that I might be
successful in my search for some form of authority to introduce the true Rosicrucian
work in America at the right time. Every means of communication with any official of
the Order in foreign lands was denied to me until early in the year 1909 when I was
informed that the year for the public appearance of the Order in America was at hand
and that definite arrangements for the new cycle had been completed.

Rosicrucian Manual

Yes, in Story #2 in 1929, it does not identify Mrs. Banks-Lacy as the Legate, although it, like the
her role was published explicitly before in 1918. Further, in 1971, the
says that she was the descendent, not Lewis.
Why all these strange little discrepancies concerning Mrs. Banks-Staceys role and Lewis background
and mission?
For the moment, let us look at some notes from Soror Rectifier at the beginning of the 1916s
republication in 1957. She states that the republication occurred, after years of its
being out of print, by the largesse of Ralph M. Lewis, H. Spencer Lewis son, who was the then Imperator. In

to the Far East,

Journey to the Far East

A Pilgrim's

the 1957 notes, she says,

The information contained in this booklet is given out as a privilege to members. The
present Imperator, Fra. Ralph M. Lewis, wishes it to be understood that no questions
can be answered in connection with the contents, and that there will be no
correspondence about it. It is a publication of the history as written by Dr. Lewis, and,
therefore, since he has passed through transition, no one is further qualified to carry
on correspondence with respect to his personal experiences.
I think this is quite interesting because given anyone's sensibilities about what was published already,
there surely could be many questions. But I suppose the voice of the current Imperator might be taken as a
kind of thoughtfulness on his part out of respect for his deceased father? Or would it have opened a
Pandoras box of questions if one had read
the obituary in
this is before the Internet and books not printed for a number of yearsespecially obscure oneswould be
very hard to find.

Questions and Answers and.

TheReasonforLewis Going to Paris as Related in "APilgrim'sJourney"?

In a further statement in the 1957 prologue to A Pilgrims Journey,


the story about Lewis being a

descendent from Questions and Answers is repeated which clearly states that a Legate from India
appeared to him and told him "that I might be successful in the search for some form of authority to
introduce the true Rosicrucian work in America at the right time.
None of this is mentioned in the beginning of
nor does he mention his desire to open
a branch of the Rosicrucian Order in America nor his alliance with a "Legate from India.
Instead, it is said that he actually writes to the editor of a Parisian paper the following question: How
can I learn of the method to pursue which will secure guidance to the Rosae Crucis?
When the editor writes back, he tells him to call on the studio of a Professor of Languages in Paris. Lewis

A Pilgrim'sJourney

After many years' study of the exoteric work of Rosaecrucianism and an increasing,
obsessional desire to join with the Brotherhood, unselfish in its great undertakings for
the betterment and unity of man, I wroteafter a deep inner impression to do soto
the unknown editor of the Parisian paper.
Why, pray tell, if he knows the Legate of the Order in India, is he forced to write to an unknown editor
in France? After all, the Legate supposedly came to him before he left for France in 1909, according to
Rosicrucians Q&A. Still, when he wrote,
published in 1916, it isnt clear he had much
certainty about anything, much less the influence of the Legate. He hadnt come up with the idea yet.
Further, speaking in
he says:

A Pilgrim'sJourney,

A Pilgrim'sJourney,

Determination I had, and the visions I dreamed by day and by night kept alive my
ambition and my faith. It was early in July that I received my letter from Paris;
possibly by the following year I might find it convenient to go to Paris. W hat was a
year of waiting? Had I not waited two, three, four, five years in the hope of even
learning that the Order still existed? And so I folded the letter carefully and put it
among the precious papers that constituted my hopes of the future.
But he knows the Legate from India! He knows the Order exists. To repeat Lewis quote from Story #2 in

Rosicrucian Questions and Answers.

Just before 1909 there applied for membership in our society one who presented
papers proving appointment as...Legate" of the Rosicrucian Order in India.
Flash forward to his meeting with the professor, who asks him, and why do you seek to know a Brother
of the Rose Croix?
At this critical juncture you would expect him to say, if the
is true that he is
a descendant of the Founders of the Order in America and wants to start the new cycle there. But, instead,
Lewis says, stumbling:

Question and Answervexsion

"Because I want to know if the old Order is still in existence and if it is.... I was lost for
words. I could not say that I wanted to become a member. One could not bluntly ask
such a privilege in the presence of a man like Professor "X.
The Professor replies, "And that is your only excuse for coming to Paris, for coming here? Is it what you
call a curiosity?
Then Lewis gives his reason.
"Ah, no, Professor, I began, feeling that I had wrongly expressed myself and had done
an injustice to my real motives. "I am not acting out of idle curiosity at least. I want to
know because I want, some day, to be one of them, if I may.
The professor is not impressed until he finally seems to show the real motivation behind his journey. He
"But, Professor," I began again, I only want, desire, to learn how I may proceed if I am
ever to have my fond hopes realized. I make no demand now for admission into the
Order; I ask for no rare privilege or honour at this time. I come to you only as a seeker
for knowledgefor light.
His speaking of his ardent desire is what opens the door for hima purely personal reason. Yes, the
professor knows his background as an occult journalist and lecturer, his college degree and recognition by a
French academy. But it is desire for Light that opens the doorcertainly not his yet unmentioned pedigree.

What This ShouldSoundLike if Story #1 was True?

First of all, Lewis wouldnt be writing to an unknown Parisian letter. Having an acquaintance with a
"Legate from India, he would probably be given an address, perhaps to this alleged Professor in France. If
he told him a few things in the letter, but not his connection to the mysterious "Legate, perhaps the
conversation would go like this: If the version in
were true, wouldnt the
story go more like this?!!!!

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Hypothetical Conversation in Paris with Professor if Lewis Had Come for Reasons
Cited in the

Rosicrucian M anual

Professor: So-1 have read your letter and consented to see you. We do know of this
Legate and so I take it you have a serious inquiry?
Lewis: Yes, professor, first I would like to present to you some documents from my
family that can document the fact that I am related to some of the earliest members of
the American Rosicrucian Order, which was established in Ephrata in Pennsylvania.
The Professor looks over the papers.
Professor: We have done some research on you after we received your letter. It is my
belief that these documents are authentic. So why are you here?
Lewis: I represent a group of people who have spent years with me researching and
studying what we could find about Rosicrucian traditions. I am convinced that not
only would I personally make a permanent connection to the Order, but I believe
myself to be associated with enough earnest and serious students of the occult as to
warrant my being authorized to revise the American Order.
Professor: Well, Mr. Lewis, that indeed is a lofty ambition. You wish to initiate the
108-year cycle in America?
Lewis: With all my heart.
Professor: Im in no position to grant you your wish or to speculate on your
possibilities, but I think I can say, if you are serious, there are a few people I think you
should speak to.

But what about Story #3? How would that go if that were true?

Hypothetical Conversation in Paris with Professor if Lewis Had Come for Reasons Cited in the 1972

Rosicrucian Manual

Professor: So, I have read your letter and am quite excited to see you.
Lewis: May I show you these documents, Professor?
The Professor takes the documents and looks them over. At one point, he takes out a magnifying glass.
Professor: I have spent a good bit of my life studying art, including canvas and paper.
These are, indeed, very ancient. And the marks, though faded, seem quite authentic.
The Professor, seeming slightly nervous, looks at Lewis intently.
Professor: May I see the jewels?
Lewis takes a small linen sack out of his jacket and empties the jewels in the Professors hand. The Professor
sits down at his desk and takes a small microscope out of the bottom drawer, peering at the jewels for
almost ten minutes. He then hands them back to Lewis.
Professor: Thanks you so much. It is quite amazing to meet you. There must be quite a
story behind this.
Lewis: Do you know Mrs. May Banks-Stacey?
Professor: Yes, I do. I met her once in London. She is from our English Order and quite
a world traveler, I believe.
Lewis: Yes, she was a member of the very branch that originally sponsored the first
Rosicrucians in America. She is a descendent of Cromwell and the French DArcys.
Anyway, she gave me papers that had been originally transmitted by the last
descendent of the first American Rosicrucians. She also received the Jewel and the Key

of authority from the Grand Master in India. She was an officer at that time in India.
Professor: You spoke of a key?
Lewis: Yes. Would you like to see it?
He removes it from his vest pocket. The Professor takes it from him gingerly. He
shakes his head slowly as if in awe of the artifact in his hand, then hands it back.
Lewis: Is there anything else you need to know, Professor?
Professor: Honestly, perhaps I was being selfish in keeping you here so long. But you
are bearing considerable historical treasure, and I felt compelled to take a look.
Lewis: I quite understand.
Professor: Don't worry, Mr. Lewis, our Grand Master and his staff have been preparing
for your arrival. All is ready. I will give you your travel instructions later this
afternoon. Will you be able to come back to my office?
Lewis: Of course. I am quite ready for everything and anything I may have to do. I am
at your disposal.

As you can see from my hypothetical conversations based on two other versions that differ from
there is somewhat of a gap between all three stories.
But now let us get back to that original 1916 version, where Lewis is on his way to learn his destiny in
regards to joining the highly secretive Rosicrucian organization.
So, after much effort, Lewis finally arrives in Toulouse and finds himself at the Old Tower, a painting of
which he saw when he was being interviewed by the Professor. Climbing up a long staircase, he finally
reaches a room where he is greeted by an old man with a long gray beard and white hair. The old man says

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that he had been expected and, as a matter of fact, Lewis horoscope is on his desk. Lewis says:
I spent an hour examining some rare hand-illuminated books. I saw one book made in
the time of Christ, recording His work for the Order, containing a sketch in water
colours of the true Christ and other sketches of incidents of His life. The book was
bound with wood and iron, had iron hinges and an iron lockall greatly rusted. I saw
articles from Egypt, from various pyramids and Temples. I saw rare relics from
Jerusalem and other countries. And, I saw the last Oath of the Order made by Lafayette
before he came to America, the first Rosaecrucian from France to come here. May his
name ever remain sacred to the Order in America.
Following his interview with the old man, who turns out to be the Chief Archivist of the Order, he is
given directions to a great estate near the Tolosa, the old Roman city where Toulouse was eventually built.
He eventually arrived at a mysterious old building known as the Grand Temple. There, he is finally initiated
into the Order Rosae Crucis.
At the end of all this, the day he left, he was allegedly told the following directly by the Most
Worshipful" Grand Master of France, Monsier L:
Brother, these papers appoint you as a Legate of this Order for your country. Your
duty and privileges are well defined. The documents you have, and the few jewels I
now hand to you, will enable you to proceed at the tim e and in the manner
indicated. When you have made some progress you will m eet with a representative
from the Order in Egypt who will hand you, under certain conditions, other papers
and seals. From time to time there will come to you those whom you will recognize by
the signs indicated. They will add to your papers and devices until your working
papers and tools are completed. Our Archivist will send you under seal, with the
protection of the French Government, other papers as soon as you have made the
progress, which will be reported to us by our Agents. Your semi-annual reports will

warrant, or deny, your progress and assistance. The Master of the world will be glad to
administer to your wants and your requirements from time to time; and Peace and
Power shall come to America if the dictates of our Order are faithfully fulfilled.
So, in this version, he is made the Legate immediately by the Grand Master. He goes to France and is
made a Legate. And he gets certain jewels and documents then. And, yes, he is made a messenger to the
United States, but the actual original allegedly Rosicrucian community of Ephrata is not mentioned. And, as
I have mentioned before, and will mention again, whether or not the Pietists who formed this community
were truly Rosicrucian in the sense of being directly a part of an initiatic order is still a controversy. As you
can see, the story goes through various stagesnot necessarily a straight pathand tumble around. There
was not an Internet back then, and as I said, changes in documents were far harder to track.

TheFun PartAnalyzing the N arrativesfrom the Standpoint o f "Persuasive Cognition Another CultM ind
Control Technique Only Now Coming to the Forefront o f Public and Scientific A wareness
In looking at the way the mind works, one cannot ever underrate the power of narratives, especially
when embodied in storytelling. There are various reasons why, which we explore. And, despite whatever
stylistic objections one might have to H. Spencer Lewis' original origin story,
there is no doubt that it would have a powerful and persuasive interest on individuals looking to
understand various fundamental truths of reality, with the hope that by comprehending these truths, they
could better their lives. This, of course, was my hope, as I significantly explain in my memoir of cult
In discussing the effect of
I would like to point out there is probably no more
powerful kind of narrative than a first person story. In literature, this is meant to create a close bond
between the narrator and the reader because of its powerful emotional effect. And when you look at the
origin stories of AMORC and couple with them the extensive literature and monographs written or
supervised by Lewis, its first Imperator, you can understand why a first person account could be, in people's

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minds, the very foundations of AMORCs appeal. Of course, in literary creations, the protagonist who tells
the story is fictional.
However, if you are more of a propagandist than a creator of literature, you want to use narration as a
tool for creating authenticity" in the mind of the reader or listener. A story told by one person has a
rippling effect on their consciousness no simple third person narrative could have. Marry this first-person
effect with a sense of the honesty and integrity of the narrator and you have a profound step in the
direction of creating belief in the mind of the recipient. When a narrative/story is conveyed by an expert in
mind control, it can be a fundamental tool for enslaving the human mind. Hitler did it, spreading his
poison with Mein Kampf, a masterpiece of political propaganda, resulting in a great deal of Germany losing
their soul in a cauldron of well-conceived mind control.
And as we have mentioned elsewhere, it appears, by his writing, that H. Spencer Lewis was a fan and
apologist of Hitlers. And, if someone wishes to debate that, try and debate his infatuation and proximity to
Mussolini who he courted in the flesh.
Whatever the degree of untruth is in
there is no doubt it makes Hitler appear to its readers
as a real person.
In a marvelous little literary blog by Chris Gerwel called
Chris makes
some points about the manipulative power of the "voice" in narration that I find directly applicable to the
power of reader manipulation through this device. He says, speaking of the "invisible voice in literature
in a specific blog, titled "Narrative Voice as Mind-control: Thoughts on Manipulating Reader Perception:

Mein Kampf,

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Voice is the ultimate mind control, affecting how the story resonates with us, how we
feel about the characters, and what we remember when the last page is turned. At its
most impressive, it should be invisible. When we notice the voice, its influence on our
responses and perceptions is lessened.
He further says in the following excerpts from the same blog.

First person narrationwhen executed wellearns the readers instant engagement

precisely through its link to voice. The narrator is a character in the story, with their
own perceptions, predilections, and foibles. They have their own way of seeing the
world, a tendency to pay attention to certain aspects that others might not notice in
the same way. One narrator might comment on peoples appearances. Another might
pay closer attention to facial expressions. In first-person narration, we are generally
locked into the narrators voice throughout the story. Thats the trade-off we make for
building that super-close reader/narrator relationship.11

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In discussing
I would be remiss in mentioning that it is a wonderful,
intriguing little narrative demonstrating the humility and integrity of the narrator, presumably the author,
H. Spencer Lewis, very shiny and believable.
But, maybe, considering its withdrawal from republication for so many years and the substitute of
alternative stories, maybe someone in charge thought it lacked the power it needed. And maybe, given that
motive, that someone didnt mind reverting to what might be his strongest point involved in his
recruitment of AMORC membership, some more carefully crafted literary fiction.

Cognitive Persuasion
Cognitive persuasion" is a technique of mind control that rests on a peculiarity of the human mind to
favor certain types of narratives. You might cause it the result of a certain protective mechanism, built in
the brain, to favor certain outcomes, regardless of their ultimate practicality or truth.
As an example of this, let us look at something familiar to my readers, the so-called "fight or flight
syndrome. Neil F. Neimark, M.D., a Board Certified Family Practice Doctor defines it in his essay, "Five
Minute Stress Mastery.
When we experience excessive stresswhether from internal worry or external
circumstancea bodily reaction is triggered, called the "fight or flight response.
Originally discovered by the great Harvard physiologist Walter Cannon, this response
is hard-wired into our brains and represents a genetic wisdom designed to protect us

from bodily harm. This response actually corresponds to an area of our brain called
the hypothalamus, whichwhen stimulatedinitiates a sequence of nerve cell firing
and chemical release that prepares our body for running or fighting.
He further goes to point out that during this time, "chemicals like adrenaline, noradrenaline, and
cortisol are released" into the bloodstream; blood moves quickly from the digestive track to better fuel
muscles and limbs so we can better run or fight. Awareness increases while perception of pain decreases,
This is obviously an instinctive process.
But sometimes, given human values and goals, we have to fight against this natural instinctive process,
built into our physiology, in order to achieve a more important outcome than fight or flight. An example of
this would the utilization of passive resistance techniques used to fight segregation in the United States by
Martin Luther King who emulated Mahatma Gandhi who deployed this technique to bring down the British
Empire. Passive resistance often meant standing ones ground against an enemy attack and deliberately not
fleeing (often because fleeing was not all that possible in an enclosed space like a restaurant where one was
illegally perching at a soda fountain counter during the heyday of segregation. Passive resistance was a
technique to show ones determination, to block normal consumer activity unless an expected event
occurred (like serving a cup of coffee to a black person) or to shame the perpetuator of violence, who was
trying to bully, hurt or maim a non-violent person whose major crime was to be treated equally as a normal
human being. Therefore, the conscious human mind would deliberately overcome the instinctual directions
embodied in the "flight or fight syndrome.
As we have mentioned, George Lakoff is a cognitive scientist and linguist, whose metier happens to be,
among other things, the neuroscience behind political persuasion. In his book,
he points
out the powerful draw of certain types of narratives in his book, narratives that appeal to us on such an
instinctive level that they can easily be easily accepted, unless we insist that our opinions are governed by
reflective thinking. Although this book is concerned with political narratives, its findings are clearly

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applicable to other areas as well. I think, psychologically, political and cult propaganda are inextricably
The building blocks of narratives are the concept of "frames, which we have indicated that looks at a
structure of ideas we use to understand the world. Another, even more scientific-sounding account of
frames is given in Paul Thagards glossary of Cognitive Science: "Data structure that represents a concept or
schema. In that glossary, a concept is defined as a mental representation of a class of objects or events
that belong together, often corresponding to a word and a schemata as a mental representation of a
class of objects, events, or practices.
If frames are like the atom in physics, you could compare narratives to molecules because they are
composed of frames and if they are structured in a certain way can do things that atoms cannot. Although
frames can be seen as something thought of or a thought embodied in language, the whole point of
cognitive science is that these frames are also represented in actual neuronal activity in the brain. There is a
physiological correlate to frames that can be measured.
Frames can be simple or complex. When H. Spencer Lewis steps onto a trolley in
can be a relatively simple frame compared to that point when he has climbed a long staircase in the Old
Castle and is greeted by the Archivist, a little more complex frame.
I know many of you following this discussion are not necessarily interested in a complex discussion of
the neurophysiology of frames and narratives, but nonetheless, I would like to take the time to make this
concept slightly clearer.
As hypnosis and other trance states levels were first measured by brain waves through an
electroencephalograph, the EEG is sometimes used in cognitive research, but, it can also be used in
conjunction with other methodologies like an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to measure frame activity
on a neural level. To see what this might mean to scientists, let us refer to a 2012 experiment with the
prodigious title of "Tracking Down Abstract Linguistic Meaning; Neural Correlates of Spatial Frame of
Reference Ambiguities in Language, by Janzen, Haun and Levinson. Their conclusions in their Abstract
show that different specific spatial concepts, described in language and images, can be tracked down to
specific, correlated neurological activity:

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Using this method, we were able to precisely pinpoint the pattern of neural activation
associated with each linguistic interpretation of the ambiguity, while holding the
perceptual stimuli constant. Increased brain activity in bilateral parahippocampal
gyrus was associated with the intrinsic frame of reference whereas increased activity
in the right superior frontal gyrus and in the parietal lobe was observed for the
relative frame of reference. The study is among the few to show a distinctive pattern
of neural activation for an abstract yet specific semantic parameter in language. It
shows with special clarity the nature of the neural substrate supporting each frame of
spatial reference.
I mention this to demonstrate that the conclusions of cognitive scientists like Lakoff who wish to draw
conclusions about the way people think or how they are influenced are based on experiments such as this,
demonstrate neural activity through using scientific instrumentation that shows physiological brain
activity, that correlates to the facts and interpretations they are making. This actually is a huge
breakthrough in utilizing science to understand the human mindnot only the deliberative, conscious
mind but also the instinctual, built-in power of certain narratives, built out of frames in a specific way.
Since this is a complex subject and my point here is to consider the type of influence we have called
"cognitive persuasion, we will not dwell on the neural substratum of cognitive science but rather some
insights into human thought and behavior that have bearing on a specific type of influence that AMORC has
attempted to use for the same reason it has used trance inductionto control what people think.
When I say this, I dont mean that H. Spencer Lewis, during his time, actually knew about cognitive
science as we know about it today. But as a trained advertiser, he knew about the power of language and,
fully conscious or not, the power of certain types of narratives. This kind of knowledge has existed in a
somewhat intuitive level since ancient times. It is the essence of both political and commercial propaganda.
This is reflected in modern times as in politics speechmaking, campaign promises and advertising, party
platforms and public relations, and in the commercial world primarily in advertising, but also in public
relations. We have known for a long time about the power of narratives, but we did not know that much
about how and why they worked in respect of brain physiology and cognitive linguistics.

Frames, as we have mentioned, are relatively simple structures, but when they are strung together, they
can form a more complex structure out of frames like: H. Spencer Lewis, seeker after Truth; a cruise ship; the
office of a Professor Linguistic in Paris, the old Archivist, officious Jewels and Documents. When formed
together with a specific direction, this complex of frames is called a narrative. Narratives generally have a
Protagonist to whom good and bad things happen.
According to Lakoff, there is a structure to a narrative, which goes like this:
Preconditionspre-conditions that exist before the narrative starts
Buildupthe route to the main event
The Main Eventthe subject of the narrative
The Purposethe goal of it all
The Wind Downthe immediate aftermath
Resultthe short-term consequences
Later Consequenceswhat happens later o n This type of narrative is called an "event schema. It involves a dynamic structure and is powered
neurophysiologically caused by "neural binding, a way in which neural pathways and activities are locked
together in a certain structure. In a moment, we will examine a key dynamic event as described in the
literature of AMORC. Suffice to say that event schemas like this can have strong emotional effects via the
positive route, the dopamine circuit, which creates a sense of well-being and happiness, or the
norepinephrine circuit, which triggers negative emotions like fear or anger.

WhyA PilgrimsJourney to the E ast is a PowerfulNarrative

First of all, it is completea whole story. It is short enough to be read in one or two sittings. Secondly, it
is a Hero type of story, a power-packed type of narrative we will examine later. Let us now look at its

Preconditionspreconditions that exist before the narrative starts

H. Spencer Lewis is characterized as a profound Seeker After Truth, who has spent his adult career as an
editor and writer of the occult. Where he has various business and educational credentials, his one
overwhelming concern is the pursuit of Truth and he wants, with all his heart, to be a part of the
Rosicrucian tradition. To this end, he has even written to an editor, who he does not know, in Paris to see if
he can make contact with a real Rosicrucian contact.
Buildupthe route to the main event
When the Parisian editor responds, he takes a boat to India. On the boat, he meets a man he supposes to
be East Indian. As per his instructions from the editor, he meets a Professor of Languages at his store, which
sells artwork and photographs of French monuments. After an interrogation by the Professor, he inspects a
painting of a Tower and is sent to Southern France, where he meets his companion from the boat on a train
by accident, who proves later to be a member of the Order, who is watching him, and has various
adventures that lead him eventually to Toulouse,
The Main Eventthe subject of the narrative
Once in Toulouse, he meets a photographer who sends him off to another venue, which turned out to be
the very tower that the Professor had shown him in a picture, called by Rosicrucians, the Dongeon. There he
meets an old Archivist, who proves to him that he has been watched and approved enough to meet the
Grand Master and Imperator in his holy temple. Eventually, he heads out, as directed, to the old city of
Tolosa and to an old estate and told he will meet the Officers of the Grand Lodge at sunset. That night he is
initiated into the Order Rosae Crucias, crossing the Threshold in the Old Lodge in that same building of the
estate. He meets the Officers, takes the pledges and is made a Brother of the Order "as the witching hour of
Midnight is struck by the old chimes in the tower of the building.
The Purposethe goal of it all
The goal was to become a Brother of the Order.

The Wind Downthe immediate aftermath

Lewis remains in Toulouse for a week and gets to go to lectures, demonstrations, and private classes, He
also gets to attend the Monthly Convocation of the Illuminati as well as seeing the buildings and courts that
are used as a Rosicrucian monastery.
Resultthe short-term consequences
The day he leaves Toulouse, he is appointed as Legate for America. The Grand Master tells him:
Brother, these papers appoint you as a Legate of this Order for your country. Your
duty and privileges are well defined. The documents you haveand the few jewels I
now hand to youwill enable you to proceed at the time and in the manner indicated.
When you have made some progress you will meet with a representative from the
Order in Egypt who will hand you, under certain conditions, other papers and seals.
From time to time there will come to you those whom you will recognize by the signs
indicated. They will add to your papers and devices until your working papers and
tools are completed. Our Archivist will send you under seal, with the protection of the
French Government, other papers as soon as you have made the progress, which will
be reported to us by our Agents. Your semi-annual reports will warrant, or deny, your
progress and assistance. The Master of the World will be glad to administer to your
wants and your requirements from time to time; and Peace and Power shall come to
America if the dictates of our Order are faithfully fulfilled.
Later Consequenceswhat happens later on
He brings the Grand Masters blessings to his brothers and sisters in America. Of course, it is understood
that after he reaches America, then he begins AMORC.

The Pilgrim'sJourney to the Far East, which incidentally is about H. Spencer Lewis journey to Toulouse,
France, not the Far East, is a narrative about the humble beginnings of a Spiritual Super Hero.
For someone who actually knows what AMORC pretends to be, as described in their brochure,
and in the monographs, realizes that the position of the Imperator, whose Rosicrucian
organization is basically the only authentic and best link with the God on Earth, is more important as a
person than the kings and presidents of planet Earth, as well as the Pope and the Dalai Lama and any head
of a large corporation in the world. Such a person is a Superhero.
But, if so, why do there appear to be changes to the narrative?
I think there is one clear progressive change in the narratives. They provide more authoritative support
given to Lewis outside of himself, which gives more credence to the so-called weight of the initiations in
In the first narrative,
Lewis is really just a humble petitioner with a background in
the study of the occult who wishes to join the Order. In the second narrative,
Lewis is an
actual relative of the founders of the American Rosicrucian Order, who is influenced by a Legate of the
Order to petition the Order in France for his involvement. This "Legate, with the unmentioned name,
appears to him before he leaves for France.
He then says, referring to his first journey to France in 1909,


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Before leaving France I had the pleasure of meeting several of the highest officers and
met in America on my return the Legate from India, who presented to me the Jewels
and Papers that had been preserved from the early American foundation.25
Doesnt this "Legate seem like she must have been Mrs. Banks-Stacey? But Mrs. Banks-Stacey doesnt
appear until perhaps the fall of 1914, at least according to Ralphs account in

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It was in the fall of 1914 that events occurred that accelerated the formation of the
Order Rosy Cross for its second cycle. He (H. Spencer Lewis) wrote of this event, "There
came to me a grand old lady who had been a deep student of the occult for years. She
had traveled much abroad in search for knowledge and had been initiated in many
forms of our (Rosicrucian) work.

He then goes on to say that the lady was, indeed, Mrs. May Banks-Stacey, a descendant of the DArcys of
France and Oliver Cromwell and how she had been given a special errand and mission connected to the
Thus, on another rainy night in the month of November, on my birthday, in fact, she
unceremoniously and reverently placed in my hands a few papers, a small packet, and
a beautiful red rose! The papers I found to be some of those which the Masters had
explained to me in Europe in 1909 and which were promised to come to me by special
messenger when I needed them most.
So is this the same Legate from India who inspired him to go to France before he went to France in
1909? Again, why does
not mention her? Why are not jewels mentioned this time as they
are sometimessometimes before he leaves France, sometimes afterwards?
Remember our recent quote from
? It talks about his initiation in
1909 in France, saying he returned to meet the Legate again, who presented him with jewels and papers
from the early American Order?
Did it not talk about Mrs. Banks-Stacey giving him jewels and documents in both the 1971 Manual and
her obituary in
of 1929? And why in his sons book and in the manual does it not mention him as
being a direct descendent of the Founders in America as it does say in Rosicrucians
The stories and their components weave back and forth, jeopardizing their credibility if anyone were
wary enough to look at them carefully.
To me, it appears that Lewis alone may not have had the credibility he wanted, and then perhaps the
addition of the Legate and his own blood relationship to the Order in Ephrata gave him more power but was
not enough. But then, then the bestowal of the jewels and documents by a Legate who received their orders
from India was even more authoritative. And so these three narratives evolved, giving more and more
support to Lewis supposed initiation. But along with this authority being vested in him, why was his
descent from the American Order left out? Perhaps it was not such an easy thing to disprove? Who knows?
As you can see, the claim has not been forgotten.

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Questions and Answers?

Perhaps one of the most significant narratives today is based on a short biography called "H. Spencer
LewisRestorer of Rosicrucianism by Christian Rebisse, FRC, who is touted as a "Rosicrucian historian in
the few paragraphs before the narrative begins. It is significant because it is currently being promoted by
AMORC through a podcast and a movie. The movie is offered in many different venuesnot just through
the official website.
As you can imagine from what we have discussed about cognitive persuasion, there is a great power in a
narrative because what you see outside yourself is linked to the same processes of perception in your own
mind. And certain narratives have more of an effect than others, unless the rational mind intervenes, and
investigates what is behind the narrative.
Of course, one of the main points of mind control in cults is to utilize the power of a simple narrative to
gain the participation of the member. This is done through cognitive persuasion. But after a short time,
techniques are deployed to fatigue the mind and body of the member, which enhances suggestibility. Then,
methods of trance induction are deployed that can heighten suggestibility to the point of actually replacing
the personality of the member with a new cult personality, often partially based on changes in the
members perception of reality by creating a capacity for positive hallucinations based, in this case, on the
teaching of a religious cult.
Still, in no way should the effect of cognitive persuasion be diminished. It is a conduit to many lifechanging decisions and emerging lifestyles due to commercial advertising, political propaganda, and
religious indoctrination. In my opinion, overall, it has a more dangerous effect on society than trance
induction, which is used robustly by religious cults but also sometimes, in a variety of ways, by other types
of cults and political organizations.
So, let us now take a look at the Restorer" narrative. As we have laboriously mentioned, there are
conflicts and problems with the AMORC-generated accounts we have previously presented. But now we are
about to see more conflicts.
According to the claim of Rebisse, Lewis had a mystical experience on the Thursday after Easter that
would ultimately change his life. It was this experience that convinced him that the ultimate truth lay
within himself and that he had to go to France to contact the Rosicrucians.

There are several problems with this narrative. First of all, it seems to indicate that this experience was
the ultimate driver of the journey. And, other narratives, like in
and his

seem to speak of years of preparation. Secondly, in

certainly appears that the appearance of a Legate from India joining his organization prompted him. As
mentioned, in a quote from Mrs. May Banks-Stacey, whose story is referenced in the 1918
and referenced in the manual, it appears she brought him documents and jewels, validating that he would
be the one to start an Order in America. The
narrative and the Banks-Stacey claim
both emphasize that his reason for going to France was to be able to restart the Rosicrucian Order in

Rosicrucian Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers,

Pilgrim'sJourney to the East"


Questions and Answers

WhoD id Lewis F irst Contact in France

WhoPersuadedHim to Come to Paris?
You would think that an historian would be more careful in his discussion of Lewis background,
especially since he directly quotes
In Rebisses Restorer version it says:

A Pilgrim'sJourney to the East.

In the hope of obtaining some information regarding Rosicrucianism in France, he

(Lewis) decided to write to a Parisian bookseller whose catalogue he had obtained.
But in

A Pilgrim'sJourney, Lewis speaks of a:

...letter I received from the editor of a Parisian paper of whom I had asked the simple
question: How can I learn of the method to pursue which will secure guidance to the
Rosae Crucis?

So here we have an editor in one account and a bookseller in another. Perhaps a small thing, but perhaps
not for a biographer whose interest seems to be to identify the actual characters that Lewis connected with.
Despite the contradiction between these two claims with the initial contact, both cases, quoting from
version says that Lewis was told he should contact at "the Studio of M., the
Professor of languages at No._ Blvd. St. Germaine.



Questions and Answers

does not mention either contact, but paints the picture that the
mysterious Legate from India encouraged him to go to France since he was a descendent of the Founders of
the American Order and had studied their original documents.

How Lewis' Trip was M agicallyFunded

And How He Went to France with his Father
A Pilgrims Journal,

it does mention Lewis having some financial problems with the trip, but within a
week of determining his need to visit the connection mentioned in the letter from either the editor or the
bookseller (whichever you believe) came another:
...letter through a business proposition, which offered a most unexpected opportunity
to visit several cities in France. And I could visit Paris, my mind free and easy, and my
desires to be gratified. Surely this was a demonstration of a Rosaecrucian principle.

Pilgrim %

it does not say much about the nature of the business proposition, but in
explicit. It says:

Restorer, it is quite

Although his financial situation did not permit him to consider such a voyage, an
unexpected opportunity presented itself the following week. His father, Aaron Lewis,
an expert in authenticating documents as well as a renowned genealogist, needed an
assistant while conducting research in France for the Rockefeller family. On July 24,
1909, the two men sailed for Europe on the Amerika, of the Hamburg Amerika Line.
On Sunday, August 1, the ship arrived at Cherbourg, and the two travelers set off for
Paris by train.

How Lewis Trip was "MagicallyFunded

And How He Went to France with his Father
In A Pilgrims Journal, it does mention Lewis having some financial problems with the trip, but within a
week of determining his need to visit the connection mentioned in the letter from either the editor or the
bookseller (whichever you believe) came another:
...letter through a business proposition, which offered a most unexpected opportunity
to visit several cities in France. And I could visit Paris, my mind free and easy, and my
desires to be gratified. Surely this was a demonstration of a Rosaecrucian principle.


it does not say much about the nature of the business proposition, but in
explicit. It says:

Restorer, it is quite

Although his financial situation did not permit him to consider such a voyage, an
unexpected opportunity presented itself the following week. His father, Aaron Lewis,
an expert in authenticating documents as well as a renowned genealogist, needed an
assistant while conducting research in France for the Rockefeller family. On July 24,
1909, the two men sailed for Europe on the Amerika, of the Hamburg Amerika Line.
On Sunday, August 1, the ship arrived at Cherbourg, and the two travelers set off for
Paris by train.44
How Lewis Trip Was Magically Funded
And How, Totally Alone, He Befriended A Middle Eastern Stranger


But in
which also states the voyage on the ship began on the 24th of July, 1909, it mentions
how on the following morning he meets a dark complexioned young man who "seemed to place himself
in my company at every opportunity, above and below deck, on Saturday afternoon, and I felt that
lonesomeness, the one great equalizer at sea, was gnawing at his heart as it was at mine.

Although the reference to meeting him on Sunday, but spending time with him on Saturday, does seem
incongruent with its own narrative, the discussion of his loneliness and spending all his time with him
seems totally incongruent with the fact he was on board ship with his own father. In
this stranger
and he arrive in Cherbourg and they begin a six-hour journey to Paris, where they part. So, in
it is
his father and he who are "the two travelers who set off to Paris by train. In
it is Lewis and a darkcomplexioned man.





Restorer, it says:

The days that followed were entirely devoted to genealogical research, and it was only
in the following week that H. Spencer Lewis was able to visit the bookshop and the
professor of languages on Boulevard Saint-Germain. A Pilgrims Journey to the East
reported his meetings with the professor on Saturday, August 7, and on Monday,
August 9.
Of course, in

Pilgrims, there is no bookstore. In fact, in explicit detail, Lewis says:

store whose sole merchandise was rare and beautiful etchings and photographs o f the
monuments o f France.
I visited the Professor early one morning and found that he was the proprietor of

I will remark on this point, that is, the store being a fine art shop with etchings and photographs;
because on his second trip, he shows him one of his pictures, taken from behind one of the glass doors of a
"Among the many beautiful sights you may see while in this country is this one. You
see here only a material representation of a spiritual place. This old towera very old
buildingis one of the truly great French monuments. Some day you may see this
tower, then remember that I have called your attention to it. I believe that you will

always cherish a view of it and this is a very excellent piece of work.

Lewis on the Loose In Toulouse

Various Twists on thatjoum ey
Since there is no father in Pilgrim's, on his first trip by train out of Paris, with the destination being
Avignon, he meets up with his friend from the steamer on a train. After various adventures, not mentioned
he finally arrives in Toulouse. There, he visits the "Hall of the Illustrious, and then, later he rides
in a carriage to his next destination. He says:


I was, in fact, practically skirting the city. I say old churches, old buildings, some old
Roman Bridges across the Garonne, some ruined places - and then - ah, at least, the Old
There, before me, was the actual tower itself, the one I had seen in the picture at the
Professor's store in Paris. I notified the driver to stop, I paid and dismissed him. And,
in rapture and doubt, I stood before that Old Tower (known to Rosaecrucians as "The
DongeonFr. Donjon,) for many minutes with a feeling in my heart that, somehow
this was the goal. My search was ended.


This, indeed, is a momentous moment in

because it is there that Lewis receives his next
directions, after meeting the old Rosicrucian Archivist and seeing he is clearly on his way.
But in
it says something quite different. Lewis doesnt even go to the Old Tower. His father
does, and it appears to be a public place, where Lewis' father can consult the city archives, presumably about
material related to the Rockefeller genealogy research.


On Tuesday, August 10, the two men left Paris, and following some adventures that
H. Spencer Lewis interpreted as his having been put to the test, they arrived in
Toulouse on Wednesday. On the following day, his father resumed his work and

probably went to the Donjon (Keep or Old Tower) to consult the city archives.
Meanwhile, H. Spencer Lewis went to the Salle des Illustres (Gallery of the Illustrious)
of the Capitol, where he met an individual who was instrumental in bringing his quest
to a successful conclusion. After a brief discussion, this person gave him a piece of
paper on which was written the name of the street where he should go so as to meet
some Rosicrucians.


In the
version, at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, Lewis engages a taxi and goes to the address
provided, and as we have said, his encounter with the Archivist in the Tower completely left out of the story
and the Tower appearing to be a place where there are city archives, which would probably not be in a
building belonging to a secretive Roscrucian Order.
Why are there these discrepancies? Then again, in another passage, another seeming problem occurs.
After passing through the old town of Tolosa, he arrived at a stone edifice encircled by high walls and
situated on a hill. It was in this castle that, according to
he was initiated into
the Rosicrucian Order. Although this text does not give any details regarding this ceremony, his
autobiography provides some intriguing information. We are told that the person who greeted Lewis was
Count Raynaud E. de Bellcastle-Ligne, a seventy-eight-year-old man, who lived here with his widowed
daughter and whose means of living were modest, despite his noble origins.
Although it clearly says that this information about the identity of the Count is supplied in
it is not there at all. It is rather located in the book called
Why would the Order allow such obviously sloppy attributions be made, which further points to
the fictionalization of AMORCs origins narratives but also to a kind of a cavalier attitude towards being
We know that
out of print sometime early in AMORCs history and that it was
republished, perhaps as a brochure, in the 1950s, a long time before the Internet. Perhaps it was allowed to
slip out of print again.

A PilgrimsJourney to the East"

Journey to the East,


A Pilgrim'sJourney went

A Pilgrim's
Rosicrucian Questions and

Robert VanLoos A rticle Revisited

I have tremendous respect for the research of Robert VanLoo as revealed in his article, Is the A.M.O.R.C.
an offshoot of the O.T.O. or not?49 When attacked by a reader for alleged plagiarism of Clymer's writing in
a Google Group, one reader with a rather well known pseudonym (Christian Rosencreuz) said:
In his online materials Robert Vanloo is also critical of Clymer's arguments.
He examines issues of AMORC legitimacy that Clymer did not, particularly the status
of the Pronunziamento #1 and Lewis's variousclaims. Certainly if Clymer was aware
of the Pronunziamento with the OTO" written on it, he would have used it in an
attempt to link Lewiswith Crowley.
Vanloo's research was initially undertaken while he was in the AMORC and I believe he
was ousted when the results of his work started to threaten people's beliefs in Harvey
Spencer Lewis. So the work was not initially prepared with the intent of hostility to
In fact, Vanloo's work is copiously referenced from source materials, and the
arguments are developed by analyzing those materials.
It's noteworthy that in the six years since the publication of his work, Les Rose-Croix
du Nouveau Monde, AMORC, with all its resources, has not been able to mount a
scholarly reply to his arguments at all.
Doesn't that say something?

Tales o f the Puppet Master,

Rosicrucian Questions and Answers or A Pilgrims Journey to the East.

At the time that I wrote

analyzing some of H. Spencer Lewis books, I had not
come across either
Although I obviously
have not believed in anything about AMORCs fairytales about its legitimacy, I did not have the source
material to realize their profound lack of consistency.
VanLoos research brings us to the point, again, of askingWhy?
In my work, I always look at the mind control, and now, with the cognitive persuasion component
platform that Lewis was creating. But, with this in mind, it is a question whether Lewis was engaged in a
kind of cover-up, where he feared he might lose his credibility to the nefariousness of the connections he
may have unwittingly initiated in the beginning of his efforts in forming AMORC.
According to VanLoo, the problem might have been with the connection between the O.T.O. (Ordo
Templie Orientis) and AMORC. Had AMORC been originally trying to derive its authenticity from the O.T.O.,
but had he found that its connection to sex magic, which would severely color AMORCs commercial
success in often very Victorian-minded America? Or even worse, was there a direct connection between
Alistair Crowley, a man whose reputation in early twentieth century America could alienate the middle-ofthe-road potential customer base of Lewis?
This claim of some type of connection between the O.T.O. and AMORC was not invented by VanLoo but
was developed in detail by R. Swinburne Clymer, whose authenticity as the leader of a Rosicrucian Order
(the Rosicrucian Foundation) and protector of Rosicrucianism was challenged by the then upstart AMORC
His book is titled,
A section under the title defines the purposes of the
book specifically.


Presenting documentary proof that H. Spencer LewisImperator of AMORC, a

spurious R.C. Orderfabricated and copied secret lessons from published books....
Lewis admits that Crowley, Baphomet Anti-Christ, is his Secret Chief, and the Black
Cult of O.T.O., as source of his authority, shows his connection with Black Magic and
inverted triangle.

The book, published by Clymers Rosicrucian Foundation, which is, incidentally, located in
Quakerstown, Pennsylvania, (the state where Ephrata, the alleged but sometimes disputed first colony of
Rosicrucians were established in America) claims to contain a facsimile explanation of its documentary
proof. The page following the title page, defines its mission: "An Expose of the Imperator of AMORC, His
Pilfering Charlatanism and His Connections with ALEISTER CROWLEY, Notorious Black Magician and
O.T.O. ORDO TEMPLI ORIENTIS Despised Black Cult.
To show his eagerness to spread the word, a single page following the foregoing says: "Not Copyrighted.
Permission to copy granted. The courtesy of credit is requested."
In quoting the following passage and in our further explication of what Clymer says, we are not in any
way trying to confirm that Clymer represented a true Rosicrucian Order nor that his specific allegations
against H. Spencer Lewis are true in the way he formulated them so many years ago. We are presenting
them and other claims, such as made by Crowley himself, as evidence of the antiquity of these claims and an
explanation of why Robert VanLoo and others, including myself, continue to try and unravel the truth
about AMORCs origins, an organization which continues to recruit and indoctrinate hundreds of innocent
members a year.
Our main points of view in this book can be summarized as follows: the origins of AMORC are unclear
because there are so many versions and contradictions in them. That we postulate the reason for this is
Lewis instinctive understanding that certain narratives have a more persuasive power than others, an
understanding that is buoyed up by the discoveries and interpretations of the results of cognitive science.
This power of narratives was understood even back then by commercial promoters and advertisers, as well
as confidence men, steeped in fraud and criminality. We call these methods of influence, utilizing
narratives instinctively favored by our minds
But in addition to the use of certain persuasive narratives, changes in these narratives may have
occurred to hide certain realities in Lewis actual history. It is well known that he had communication and
even alliances with some strange bedfellows, particularly in his adventure with the formation and
promotion of FUDOSI, which was formulated, as we have previously discussed, with anti-Semitic and antimasonic prejudice.


Even though the history of the origins is not clear, there is little doubt that H. Spencer Lewis was
involved in some way with Reuss and Crowley, both affiliated with an organization originally calling itself
the O.T.O. an organization that splintered into different groups. Nonetheless, it is probably not in the
bombastic way that Clymer presents, yet Clymers claims and his person are a part of the history of the
Order. As is Crowley. As is Reuss.
Here is what Clymer's preface to his book,
(which he calls a brochure,
despite the fact it is 130 pages, single-spaced) says about Lewis and his motives.


This brochure presents and makes available to all students of the occult sciences and
mysticism; members of secret schools, societies and the churches; serious seekers of
the Rosy Cross, and especially to all members of A.M.O.R.C., a picture in miniature of
the astounding career of a most successful deceiver; a vile impostor, a clever charlatan
and a crafty sorcerer, who, having formed in 1915 an organization under the stolen
name of a holy order, under the false pretense that it was an authentic Rose Cross
Orderan order of White Magic and of the White Brotherhoodwhile at the time of
such organization, at all times since, and is now a member and affiliated with the
a notorious Black Cult of the Black Brotherhood; who,
O.T.O. (
since 1921,
by and
under the direction of Aleister Crowley, its founder and Secret Chief, a notorious and
despised Black Magician, and who has,
long intended and now,
is attempting by a process slow b UT sure to convert its organization, the
A.M.O.R.C., into a Cult of Black Magic under the dominion of Crowley
ANTI-CHRIST, whom he acknowledges to be his

Ordo Templi Orientis),

has been acting under the authority o f a charter issued by the O. T. O.,



as it is clearly

Secret Chief


Clymer, perhaps Lewis most flagrant opponent, in his brochure/book tells quite a different tale about
Lewis initiation in 1909 of which we have already two somewhat complete, but different stories in
and in
By publishing this ancient claim, we are by no means asserting its veracity. Nor do our



quotes from Clymer diminish the fact that his bone fides as to being a "true Rosicrucian have been
challenged by others. One thing is certain, his prolific attack on Lewis was prodigious. Even Crowley, whose
proposed association with Lewis made him the key villain in Clymers claims against Lewis, had this to say
about Clymers ceaseless attempts to defame AMORC and its exalted Imperator.
...filled with nothing but hatred. It is to me an extraordinary circumstance that a man
should be so eaten up with passion that he can put hours of time and quite large sums
of money into such a monument of abuse. Even in the Middle Ages, I dont recall any
controversy so prodigiously documented. An interesting point is that Clymer seems to
have acquired almost magical powers through his fervor. He has obtained possession
of documents which even I, who had my nose in the business since 1912, have never
Clymer certainly does make strong accusations against Lewis, challenging his authenticity in a variety
of ways. Perhaps some of his strongest statements are as follows:
In the beginning of his spurious Rosicrucian activities in 1915 and for some time
thereafter, Mr. Lewis claimed and frequently published his claim that in 1909 he went
abroad and was received into or initiated in some kind of a Rosicrucian Order and that
he had received authority to establish his work in America in 1915. His claims
concerning the source of his authority, as in the matter of his sponsor, have been
vague, contradictory, and confusing. He has made claims of authority from Egypt,
France, Germany, Switzerland, and other sources.
He further says:


Not in Toulouse France, as He Claimed
It now appears that prior to and during 1909 Mr. Lewis and Mr. Albert H. Postel were
employed by a publishing concern or associated in the publication of a mystery
magazine in New York City. Mr. Lewis was the artist and Mr. Postel the astrologer. An
investigation by the United States postal authorities made it advisable, if not
necessary, for them to leave the country in the year 1909. Mr. Postel tells us that he
left for Paris, while Harvey S. Lewis, as he was then known, paid a visit to London,
where he received his initiation in 1909, about which has written so much and so
far I have not been able to track down too much about Allen H. Postel except that there was an
astrologer named Postel and he made interesting claims. Here is the cover of the March 1907 edition of a
magazine called the Nautilus which contains an advertisement highlighting Postel's claims about his
astrological gifts.


Ntw York Professor Perfects System by
Which He Quickly Reads the Secret
Characteristics and Lives of
People Though Thousands
of Miles Away.
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DR. DEROLLI, Astrologer,

Hofei Pelham,

Boston, Mass.

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traveler. hat completed arrangements by which dabt
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he hopes to render a great service to humanitr.
Thousands of men and women in all walks of life
PROP. Alcor N. Mizaro,
are seeking the advice of this eminent aatrolojrer. B o . 9 4 * .
and many voluntarily send thankful letters, highly
praising the profesior for bis kind and helpful
services. The following arc samples of letters re*
ceived by Professor Postel:
Mr. William Payne Cole, of Grange, Md.
writes: I do. indeed, thank you for the grand
work you hare done; things of which you spoke
have already come to pait. I feel that if I had
this reading two years ago I would have been bet
ter off today. May God bless you and your good
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ceived my ilorosccpc and I am well pleased with
it. You have a wonderful knowledge of human
life. It is the best Horoscope I ever had. Please
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fon t

But like all claims about mens foibles, the claim of or about another man, his relationships, activities, or
wrongdoing or his reality as a once living person does not point to any kind of validation of a specific claim
against him. To date, I have not been able to confirm anything more about Lewis and Postel and the alleged
initiation in London. But it is intriguing that there is a record that Postel exists. But so what?

I do have a profound skepticism about Lewis being a pawn of Aleister Crowley, as claimed. I think there
is evidence against it. Still, however misinformed, there are, indeed, some strange things linking some of
AMORCs symbolism to those of Crowleys. It does appear, in some way, there were connections between all
three men, including an allegedly short and futile visit of Clymer to Crowley. That Crowley knew Lewis and
was, to some extent; involved with him personally, there is no doubt.
Crowley developed somewhat of a relationship with Lewis but Lewis basically rejected him in the long
run. To give you an idea of what Crowley thought of Lewiss charter, which he claimed to receive from his
so-called French Rosicrucian masters in Toulouse, Crowley had nothing but derisive skepticism, ...if they
had mastered all the secrets of Nature, those of the elementary rules of French grammar still baffled them.
According to Starr, Clymer actually visited Crowley around 1914-15 but was soon asked to leave. Even
back then, if this happened, there wasnt any love between the two men, and later on in June 17, 1918,
when Lewis was arrested, Crowley offered bail to him, apparently believing the charges were fallacious.
Lewis had been charged with selling bonds stating that AMORC was a part of large international
organization after seizing a charter claiming its association with an organization in Toulouse. 5 5 Whether
or not these charges had any truth to them, they were dropped as I have spoken previously about in another
When in 1934, Crowley was criminally convicted in July of 1934 with an appeal upheld a few months,
he then suffered a bankruptcy in 1934 in the following year. Crowleys appeal for help, considering his
attempts to deny Clymers claims, was answered to with a definitive refusal to assist him and a denial of his
authority to run the O.T.O. as a legitimate successor to Theodor Reuss.
I think Starrs interpretation of events is much more likely than Clymers. In any event, VanLoo quotes
from the 1935
a product of the so-called National Membership Defense
Committee, organized in AMORC to defend against attack by its enemies.
According to Martin P. Starr in his book,
connection between the O.T.O. and Lewis is much more complex than described by Clymer, who wants to
put AMORC directly under Crowleys umbrella. In fact, various commentators make the point that there

White Book DAudiAlteram Partem,

The Unknown God: W. T. Smith and the Thelemites (p. 229),

were two O.T.O. organizations, and Lewis was probably only officially involved with one under the
umbrella of Theodor Reuss.
According to Starr, in 1918, Crowley was quite eager to enlist Lewis into his splintered-off group of the
O.T.O. and offered him an honorary VII degree called the "Gage of Amity" as well as to enroll him as a
Magister Templi and a membership in the Order of Illuminati, that Starr notes was an extraordinary offer,
never made to anyone else in Crowleys lifetime. This offer was supposedly documented in a letter to Lewis
by Crowley and Jones in July of 1918, a document sold at Sothebys in a London auction in 1996. The offer
was rejected by Lewis.
In his discussion of FUDOSI, Milko Bogaard reports:
Harvey Spencer Lewis was intrigued by the information communicated to him about
all this*. In order to lend (R+C-) credibility to the AMORC organization, Lewis was in
search of traditional Rosicrucian Orders. "He wanted to contact Theodor Reuss to
know more about it. Though he did not appreciate much of McBlain Thomson, he had
to resolve himself to write to him so as to be able to contact Theodor Reuss*. Reuss
waited for six months before answering the letter. (Lewis used Thomson's name as a
reference. Reuss had just broken the connection between himself and Thomson due to
the "Zuerich disaster; one can imagine that the name "Thomson was no longer a
reference to Reuss!). Anyway, from Reuss' first letter he presents the ORDO TEMPLI
ORIENTIS as "the exoteric front or showcase of a Rosicrucian Order. As one can
imagine, Lewis showed a lot of interest in the assertions made by Reuss. Lewis started
to build up a relationship with Reuss. With McBlain Thomson, Reuss had not made a
success with the renewing of the project started by Papus in 1908. He saw in
A.M.O.R.C. an occasion to re-start this idea. Then, he sent a diploma to Lewis. This
document is a "gage of amity (a token of friendship) between O.T.O. and A.M.O.R.C.
(Lewis was "made an "O.T.O. VII Grand Councilor of the Mystical Templars). 57

It is then noted that this was an honorary degree, and Lewis never received any ritual initiation from
the O.T.O.
According to Bogaard, Lewis himself writes under the cover of his National Defense Committee that:
The committee has seen indisputable evidence (...) to the effect that the Order of the
Oriental Temple was affiliated with the genuine Rosicrucian organization as far back
as the Seventeenth Century in Europe, and in 1895 John Yarker, eminent Masonic
historian in London, was Supreme Magus of the O.T.O. Theodor Reuss (Willsson)
Peregrinuswas the elected successor to Yarker. It has seen records of a
convention of the O.T.O. held in Europe in 1906 and 1908, and it has seen a copy of
the Constitution of the O.T.O. published in Austria and Germany in 1907, proving
that the organization was a large one before 1911. It has seen evidence to prove that
charter granted to H. Spencer Lewis in the name of the O.T.O. was not granted by
Crowley, but by the well-known European mystic, Magus Theodor Reuss-Willsson of
Munich, whose Latin official name is known all over Europe as


Clearly, if this was written by Lewis, it doesnt prove anything with certainty about his relationship
with Crowley, but it does show his concern to negate that claim of Clymer and justify what is generally
conceded that he had some kind of relationship with Reuss and that his association with the "ancient
Order of the Oriental Temple was justified by its inherent legitimacy.

Looking a t the Restorer and the Pilgrim 's Version o f Lewis' Companionfrom the Standpoint o f Frames and
The purpose of a narrative by those seeking to influence a chosen audience is often to create a metaphor,
which is attractive to the human mind. What is superior about Lewis coming over to Europe with his father
than coming over to Europe with a strange, unknown companion who appears to him to be an East Indian
but turns out to be Persian but secretly is an emissary of the Rosicrucians in Toulouse? Why does Lewis

write a letter to his wife on August 13, 1909, as reported by "Pensator, who writes an epilogue to


You remember my first experience about the R. & C. about a year ago. You recall my
describing so many times since then the strange dark-complexioned man who was to
meet me. You always laughed and said it was a vagary of my mind. Well, I met him in
life on the boat and he gave me a paper, which has helped me to meet the peoplethe
officials I wanted to meet. And he has followed me part way to Toulouse and his train
was wrecked. I don't know if he was hurt or not. So he came into my life and out
again. 59


But after all this narrative, why does the mysterious stranger completely disappear in the
Further, why does
mention Count Bellcastle-Ligne in terms of the "official history of the Order
which might correctly refer to his name in the book,
while, in fact, it
seems to claim that this gentleman is mentioned in
which it is not? Why do these stories change so
often and are modified in such a sloppy way?
To me, Lewis' story is slowly morphing from a narrative that describes him an earnest, but naive seeker
who finds the Truth to a man either descended from the founders of the original Rosicrucian Order in
America or given the authority by a descendent of the Order in England that gave the American Order their
authentic connection to the Rosicrucians.
Incidentally, his hereditary connection to the founders of the American Order eventually seems to
Lewis purposes in searching to become a Rosicrucian are sarcastically challenged by a
professor and an art dealer whose role is downsized in
whereas the role of Count Bellcastle-Ligne is
emphasized. From the naive, almost floundering
Lewis is changed in the 1929,
1971 and
to the
The narrative
switches from stressing his spiritual quest, his honesty, and his thirst for truth to either his "royal
Rosicrucian bloodline or the authority granted to him by a direct descendent of the English Order (which
approved of the founding of the American Order), stressing also his authoritative experience in studying



Restorer Version

Rosicrucians Questions and Answers


Earnest Seeker A fter Truth,
Worthy Heir o f the Title o f American Rosicrucian Imperator.

occult matters, his access to historical documents by virtue of his descent or by authoritative proxy and his
strong leadership capacities, as partially expressed by his business interests and occupations.
Now we understand that besides being different than each other, there may be a qualitative difference
in the way the narratives affect the unconscious of the human mind, giving one narrative more cognitive
persuasion than anotherthat is, more of a desire to believe and be influenced by a certain narrative.
Before we proceed to explain why narratives are preferred, let us go back to "The Fight and Flight"
syndrome we have discussed as being instinctive. Many times humans make decisions based on thought
patterns that are governed by automatic responses to the brain based on unconscious processes that govern
behavior unless the individual has sufficiently analyzed and deliberated on a response dictated by reason.
Lakoff calls the more automatic responses,
and the less automatic responses, ones based on careful
and conscious reasoning,
He points out that Kahenman and Tversky, using a slightly different
nomenclature regarding reasoning in economic circumstances, came to certain conclusions that have
consequences for political behavior and, I believe, cult behavior as well.
These were:



I. People think in terms of gains and losses relative to a reference point.

An origin story is an important reference point for building the credibility of a religion or religious
organization. Think of how critical the story of Moses birth and his experience with the burning bush are;
or how the birth of Jesus in the manger and the proclamation of his identity by John the Baptist are; or the
provision of the Koran to Mohammed by an angel and his ascension to the seven heavens. Though these
stories, speaking only of them as narratives, regardless of their accuracy or actual spiritual significance,
they create a special signification to the protagonist. In the various stories of H. Spencer Lewis ascendency
to the Imperator of AMORC, there is an evolution from a lowly and humble seeker who becomes an initiate
of a secret order to a man chosen by destiny of birth or association by persons related by bloodline to the
founders or sponsors of the founders of the first Rosicrucians in America. The evolution of the latter story is
one providing greater power and authenticity to the Imperator.

Questions and Answers.

Perhaps one of Lewis losses in the origin story is one that he relates in Rosicrucian
Although there are a variety of setbacks and problems in Lewis' world, the one he truly discusses in detail in
regards to the origin of AMORC is his first attempt to get his original charter signed, which was a failure. I
believe it is for this reason that he gives an extensive account of his failure in the 6th Installment of The
Authentic and Complete History of the Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis in the July 1916 edition of
the American Rosae Crucis. He does this in order to set up a powerful narrative that explains his victory to
Here is the account of his failure in his own words:
The Authentic and Complete History
of the
Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis
The 6th Installment
Compiled by H. SPENCER LEWIS, F. R. C.
Grand Master General and lmperator of the Order in the United States
In concluding this history I feel that I must speak of the establishment of the Order in
I did not realize at the timepossibly I do not thoroughly realize nowthe great
responsibility and tremendous importance of the undertaking. Daily I am more
strongly impressed with its power for good in this country and what it will eventually
mean to America and Americans.
As the founder, organizer if you will, I have most certainly made a few mistakes in
matters important and trivial. With new and different conditions to meet and
contend with, without precedence for many acts I was forced to permit or institute
quickly, and with the war in Europe to prevent my rapid communication with the

Masters abroad, I know I have had to use discretion and judgment requiring more
mature understanding than one of my age and experience possesses.
I would that I could undo some of the errors: I would remove from the hearts and
souls of some the memory of anguish, disappointment and sorrow which I have
caused. I shall sometime pay the penalty, however, and I trust that I may have the
opportunity to do some kinder acts, sweeter deeds and more joyous matters to
recompense those whom I have pained.
It was not until the fall of 1913 that I began my outward activities for the Order in
this country and my first acts were a mistake.
My instructions plainly said that the Order was not to be made concrete until 1915.
Well I knew the year. The figures 1915 were blazoned in my mind; that was to be the
"great year" for America which many Rosaecrucian students had been looking
forward to for many years.
But my instructions in weird, symbolical language requiring careful translation also
stated that during the winter of 1914-1915, "between December 15th of 1914 and
Easter of 1915, I should make such preliminary announcements as would enable me
to have my American Supreme Council selected by April 1 st and my Officers installed
by not later than May of 1915. These instructions I had read many times during 1910,
1911, and 1912. During 1913 1 was devoted to the preparation of the necessary "first
papers, by the large, illuminated Charter to be signed by the selected Councilors, and
the first '"Black Book which I had to design, letter and bind myself, not being
permitted to have any matter pass from my hands before the Order was established,
Thus it was that as December of 1913 approached, the figures 1914 of the coming
year seemed to stand forth boldly in my consciousness and my instructions I

misinterpreted as being between December 15th and Easter of 1913-1914 instead of

My papers for the preliminary announcement were ready. I anxiously awaited
December 15 and on or about that date I made my first mistake. I announced to some
especially advanced members of the New York Institute for Psychical Research of
which I was then President, that I would have them meet with me to prepare the way
for the establishment of the Order Rosae Crucis in America.
A preliminary meeting was held during the winter of 1913-1914 and I was surprised
to find no enthusiasm and little interest. Those whom I considered interested
displayed no interest, but rather antipathy. I recall well the very rainy night when I
wended my way home from a lady's home on Madison Avenue, near 34th Street, with
my papers, charter and "Black Book under my arm, dejected and puzzled or the
twelve who had assembled (out of 20 invited). Not even one signed the preliminary
organization paper.
"Was this an indication of what the R. C. would be in America? was the question I
tried to answer later that night in the stillness of my room.
Then light came. I discovered my mistake of dates and the morning's sunlight brought
joy at the thought that no one had signed that paper nearly twelve months before it
was time to be signed. The very weather, antipathy and disinterestedness of those
there that night had prevented a grave error on my part. Truly a Rosaecrucian lesson!
(And, strange as it may seem, not one of those twenty supposedly interested men and
women have to this day shown any interest whatever in the Order in this country.)
III. People tend to choose frames that highlight gains rather than losses.
In the same installment, Lewis now transforms the historical embarrassment into a victory and, without
mentioning names, brings in the character of Ms. May Banks-Stacey as a kind of
coming to


the rescue.
However, the following winter I was even more ready and more prepared to carry out
the preliminary work. During the fall of 1914 there came to me a grand old lady who
had been a deep student of the occult for years. She had traveled much abroad in
search for knowledge and had been initiated in many forms of our work. Being of
royal descent and intimately acquainted with governmental and military authorities
here and abroad, she had been entrusted with a special errand and mission connected
with the Order. Thus on another rainy night in the month of Novemberon my own
birthday in factshe unceremoniously and reverently placed in my hands a few
papers, a small packet, and a beautiful red rose! In addition to these she gave me a
locket of gold set with stones in symbolical form, containing a rare and historical
piece or mineral. The latter was a personal gift- to be worn in her remembrance and
ever shall I remember the dear old soul whose days are numbered but who is sure of a
sweet place in the hearts of my wife, my children, and myself. (S. of the C.!)
The papers I found to be some of those, which the Masters had explained to me in
Europe in 1909 and which were promised to come to me when I needed them most,
by special messenger. The packet contained a seal and an insignia. I was pleased,
astounded, and now greatly fortified for my work.

Considering what we know about frames and narratives, we note a continuous attempt by Lewis to perfect
his narratives and this accounts for the inconsistency in his stories.
The mission of H. Spencer Lewis was very much directed to proving the existence, antiquity, and
authenticity of the Order. To this end, he assiduously worked to create an organization called FUDOSI,
which we have discussed elsewhere. Note that the point of this "Manifesto from FUDOSI essentially makes
the claim that AMORC in San Jose is the "only authorized sector of the ancient Fraternity of Rosicrucians
perpetuating the true traditions of the R+C in North and South America, with authenticity recognized by all
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V. People tend to think in terms of prototypical frames.

These would be conventional, typical frames that come to mind. I would say that both "ardent seeker finds
the truth is one example. The story of Gautama Buddha questioning the reason for death, disease, and old
age and then finding enlightenment under the Bodhi tree is this kind of a success story, paralleling the

narrative the Lewis search for a Rosicrucian Order, ultimately taking him to the initiation in Toulouse. The
other frame is based on authority being passed on by virtue of the royal blood of a descendant, which would
be the story of most Kings and Queens gaining their position or by a spiritual authority delegating authority
to a successor as Jesus did to Peter. Lewis stories of his succession are:
1) That he himself is a descendent of the Founding Fathers of the American Order.
2) That he is given authority by a descendent of the English Order that permitted the founding of the Order
in America.
These are kind of a hybrid of sacred stories about the seeker thirsting for spiritual knowledge and gaining it
and a man granted spiritual leadership by authority of his descendants or someone elsesa variant of
authority by the blood of royalty in one way or another, popular, well-known narratives historically or by
legend or hearsay.
VI. People tend to adapt to a new state and take it as a new reference point.
This vulnerability of people accepting new frames and leaving others behind, not even really worth
exploring, explains why AMORC can get away with rewriting their historical narratives. This was a lot
easier before the Internet.
VII. People tend to substitute more accessible frames for more accurate but less accessible frames.
This is clearly related to the "new state preference for frames. The new origin stories told by AMORC are
much more accessible, particularly for entranced newcomers. You still have to do a lot of searching to find
them, presuming you question these stories in the first place. This is why the organization of this material
in this way is rather new. Perhaps it has been done beforethat is, comparing these various narratives in

this way and analyzing them in terms of cognitive persuasion. But frankly, I could not find this kind of
discussion in this way, and it was laborious to put it together.
This is maybe the most obvious reason that AMORC has worked so successfully to promote and maintain its
exalted image. It is also why politicians and CEOs pasts are so often forgotten. They simply dont
investigate much of the frames they have accepted.
I dont think simple laziness is the reason that people dont check the central stories they believe instories
about politics, religion, and business and why they seem so forgiving about the misdeeds that are quoted to
them from time to time that challenge their beliefs. To some extent, perhaps it is a neurophysio logical
nudge not to overload their pure, confused selves with too much investigation. Whatever the reason, most
people do very little probing of an investigative nature into their core beliefs.
I believe this is why we are saddled with so much corruption in politics, religion, and business and why so
much of our thinking, as members of the human race, is so often reflexive.
Reflective thinking involves hard, conscious work and certainly the acquisition of facts. That is why it is so
much easier to believe, instead of to know.
In the case of AMORC, many of the facts that I am presenting here are buried in old documents, thankfully
preserved, but in the recent past, difficult to obtain without the Internet and its capacity, a capacity fueled
by people who have archival interests in preserving knowledge in manuscripts, books, and audio-video
media, to increasingly catalog and restore some our recently lost knowledge. And it is for that reason, along
with the help of a few researchers, we have been able to come closer to an appreciation of this most
important reflexive function of our brains to challenge what we are told, to investigate and come to our
own conclusions. Even in the Internet, most members of AMORC probably rarely use it to fact check or to
see if they can challenge the official story. They are more inclined to accept what they believe and what they
can easily access.

Ralph Lewis Takes Up the N arrative Gauntlet


We have discussed
what appears to be the most contemporary story of the seven stories we
have discussed but now lets go back a bit.
In 1966, Ralph Lewis first released his book,
and it has gone through several
editions. Recently, along with Christian Rebisses work,
components of it are available for podcast. I have taken my comments from Chapter 1 of the podcast.
In Ralph Lewis version, after much time searching, in great consternation for information regarding
the Rosicrucians, Harvey Lewis finds a letter from Paris in the mail. He tears it open and reads an answer to
his question that he had written to the editor of a Parisian paper. The question is: How can I learn of the
method to pursue which will secure guidance to the Rosae Crucis? The answer is as follows: "If you came to
Paris and found it convenient to call at the Studio of Mons, the professor of languages a t ____ B'l'v'd St.
Germain, he might be able to tell you something of the circle of which you inquire....Certainly a letter to him
announcing your coming (by date and name of boat) would be courteous. The substance of the letter in the
broadcast with one sentence left out ("It might be advisable to hand him this note) is identical to the quote
subtitled, "And I Journeyed to the Eastern Gate, published in as the Fifth
Installment of the Complete and Authentic History of the Order in
in May
of 1916. The podcast also paraphrases the claim that Lewis had put a special mark in the letter, a symbol he
had received in a dream.
Ralph Lewis book follows nine years after the 1957 republication of
a copy of which
contained a note to the reader that Lewis would not respond to any questions about the short
autobiography. Could it be that this new version had been developed, quoting the original source, because
there had been various problems concerning Lewis account that had been troublesome for some readers
particularly in the account in
In both the
podcast and the early version of
an economic deficiency
haunts the ardent Harvey Lewis in regards to an immediate journey to Paris. In
the solution is
presented, somewhat vaguely, through a business proposition, which offered a most unexpected
it is directly through Harveys
opportunity to visit several cities in France. In the podcast, like in

Cosmic Mission Fulfilled

H. Spencer LewisRestorer o f Rosicrucianism,

A Pilgrim'sJourney to the East,

American Rosae Crucis Magazine


Rosicrucians Questions and Answers?

Cosmic Mission Fulfilled




father, Aaron R. Lewis who supposedly had become an expert on forged documents was also a genealogist
and had been commissioned by the Rockefellers to research their family history in France. In the podcast, he
had been doing so for a number of years with his wife, Catherine, but now his wife could not go so he
decided to take his son.
On the steamer, Harvey Lewis is mystified by the experiences he is about to have on the steamer. In the
podcast version of
Harvey is with his father, who does not appear to be on the ship as in
Ralph mentions that Harvey, like in
met a mysterious stranger on board who besides
signing a postcard with the names of the passengers, also hands Harvey a separate piece of paper with his
contact information. It is, of course, rather strange that this one single incident with a stranger handing an
extra piece of paper to Harvey is deemed as an experience worthy of the term, "mystification. After Harvey
goes to Paris, he meets the Professor who owns the art store. Although perhaps slightly embellished, the
story is basically the same as in
a strange book because although it is written by his son, it is not written in the
first person as though by a loving son about his father, who he has replaced as Imperator. It generally seems
to be written by an appreciative, but very much third person narrator. It also seems very derivative with
long segments taken directly from
and from


Cosmic Mission,

Cosmic Mission Fulfilledvs,



Rosicrcucian s Q&A.
And YetAnother Variation...
In a short but poetic article, titled Clemence Isaure: The Rosicrucian Golden Isis, Grand Master Julie Scott,

S.R.C. relates another variation of AMORCS origins, providing specific, seemingly inside information, of an
event described vaguely in the Hall of the Illustrious in Toulouse's City Hall.
In a
it does not describe or name the painting that Lewis studied but it does talk about
him approaching a photographer who seemingly makes a Rosicrucian sign. He then goes up to him and
says, in the following passage from



"Pardon Monsieur," I said, but I believe I am addressing a gentleman who has some
information for one who is seeking Light. That seemed to be a very proper way of
addressing him.

His reply was in French, and I could understand but one word, "Yes. Seeing my
embarrassment he took from his pocket a paper and with a pencil he wrote some
words and handed it to me to read. I can read more French than I can speak. In fact
that is not the proper comparison. I can read about one hundred French words and
can speak only three or four. What he wrote, however, said: Why did you so study
that one painting in the alcove? I was disappointed at what I read. At first I thought it
was a statement. It was only the question mark that enabled me to realizewith my
limited knowledge of Frenchthat it was a question. And such a question after all the
"Because, Monsieur, I said, "it seems so beautiful, so wonderful and expresses what I
believe. I see in it a very mysterious meaning, a symbol of.... He was smiling. He could
not understand what I was saying, and I was going along rapidly, enthusiastically, as I
recalled the deep impression the painting had made. Then he wrote again on the
paper: I understand, I appreciate.
That is fine, maybe the Grand Master knows something, but then she, like so many others, returns to the
story of Lewis coming to the palace and tells yet another variation of the story.
In 1908, twenty-four-year-old H. Spencer Lewis had a mystical experience in which he
was directed to seek out the Rosicrucians in France. Not knowing exactly where to
begin, he wrote to a Parisian bookseller who had recently sent him a catalog of
mystical books, to ask if he might be able to help him in his quest. The bookseller
suggested that H. Spencer Lewis come to Paris. Following many synchronistic events,
H. Spencer Lewis was able to travel to Paris a year and a half later.


As mentioned before,
states that it was a professor of languages that had an art store who
called for him to visit Paris, not a bookseller. In fact, considering the Professors avocation and the big deal
he makes in showing Lewis a picture of the Old Tower and Lewis apparent interest in art (besides being an

illustrator and calligrapher himself), it is a puzzling omission unless it is because of other AMORC origin
stories floating around.
Further, it is puzzling that she says, "Following many synchronistic events, H. Spencer Lewis was able to
travel to Paris a year and a half later. Perhaps the key synchronistic event was that, although when he
received the letter in early July, he did not have the funds to go but then, after a week of great concern over
the then financially unobtainable promise:
...came a letter through a business proposition, which offered a most unexpected
opportunity to visit several cities in France. And I could visit Paris, my mind free and
easy, and my desires to be gratified. Surely this was a demonstration of a Rosaecrucian
principle.... I wrote once again to Paris, this time announcing to the professor, my
coming on the steamer America, leaving New York on July 24th, fifteen days
Going back to the old problem with who accompanied him on his journey to France, would he really talk
about his chance to go to Europe as a "business proposition in the mail, when his father had asked him
allegedly to do genealogical research?
I think of all the questions I might be asked by people curious as to why I spent twenty-six years trapped
in the Rosicrucian mind control system; this is the one that is the most important:
Of all its components, what is the most serious deception in the AMORC mind control system?
In the
which is my most extensive account of my personal odyssey through
AMORCs system, I discuss how I only gradually accepted AMORC as the key factor in my life, the first being
my familys economic survival. I came to the United States from Haiti after securing a paycheck from the
government of Haiti as long as I lived in the United States. At that time, for reasons I will explain, I was not
worried because I believed my connection with AMORC gave me the protection I needed "to beat the

Prisoner o f San Jose,

economic survival game."

As I said back then when I wrote
As things progressed, AMORC would slowly become the
center of my life and, eventually, my only connection to God.
The reason I thought this is profound and complex is because it required that AMORC slowly, primarily
through its monographs, weave a complex web around my rational mind.


AMORC holds that to pray to God, you must enter into contact with the Cosmic.
Contact with the Cosmic is actually a state of consciousness which some might say
would be equivalent to the mystical Christian state of unity with the divine. According
to AMORC, this is best done through rising to the level of the Celestial Sanctum. This is
the best platform for seeking Cosmic Attunement...To enter the Celestial Sanctum is
only possible to those that are in deep harmony with the Master of the Universe. And
this works most effectively if one is a member of a true initiatic or mystical
organization on Earth.
Notice this one point in the foregoing quoteprayer works most effectively if one is a member of a true
initiatic or mystical organization on Earth.
At one point in discussing the monographs, I wrote:
AMORC speaks of the seven true mystical organizations, which are all from
seventeenth and eighteenth century. The only ones of these that are still in existence
are AMORC and the Freemasons. But according to AMORC, the modern Freemasons
are a sleepy organization, meaning that they are not the authentic organization they
ought to be.
Being sleepy means the Masons no longer are really providing the cosmic connection one needs to
effectively communicate with Deity. I then further said:
It did not take much thinking to realize that I had to be in harmony with AMORC in

order to reach the Cosmic. Whenever I felt doubt about the AMORC organization, I
quickly suppressed it and complied with their teachings at all cost because I did not
want to lose what I then believed to be my only connection to God.
This discussion demonstrates how certain areas of the brainwashing are in the more or less private
literature of AMORC like the monographs, whereas other elements are quite public.
This book opens with a quote to be found at the end of
It is a statement from the
Grand Lodge of the English Language jurisdiction of AMORC, Inc., the publishers.

Cosmic Mission Fulfilled.

...there is only one universal Rosicrucian Order existing in the world today, united in
its various jurisdictions, and having one Supreme Council in accordance with the
original plan of the ancient Rosicrucians manifestoes... This international
organization retains the ancient traditions, teachings, principles and practical
helpfulness of the Order as founded centuries ago. It is known as the Ancient Mystical
Order Rosae Crucis, which name, for popular use, is abbreviated into AMORC.
If you have read this book carefully, you might see how puzzling this statement is because it seems to
imply that AMORC, the organization that I belonged to, which was created by H. Spencer Lewis is now the
central Rosicrucian Order.
But this Order was supposedly only permitted to exist by the official largesse of a separate international
organization that first gave AMORC the authority to exist in America. Consistent with this view, the
manual, after speaking about being granted this permission provisionally, then states that after various
organizational meetings were held, two officials of the International Council of the Order came to America
and approved of the Order in America, making it an independent Jurisdiction but under guidance of the
aforementioned International Council of the Order (no longer under the French Jurisdiction that Lewis was
originally connected to). It says:

And this gave the Ancient and Mystical Order Roase Crucis (AMORC) of North America
a representation in the International Council, in its National and international
Conventions and Congresses, and made the American AMORC a part of the AMORC of
the world. Therefore, the A.M.O.R.C. of today is the ONLY Rosicrucian movement in
America having such authority and connection.
It is my belief that over the years, a kind of deceptive switch was made from AMORC in America being
represented as an independent organization affiliated with an ancient worldwide organization to it
becoming the worldwide institution itself.
This was my belief when I was a member of AMORC: They were the supreme organization in the world
today, the only real connection to God and I better stay in or risk the loss of my divine connection.


The PoliticalMind: Why You Can't Understand 21 st -Century American Politics with an 18th

1. George Lakoff,
(New York: Viking Penguin, 2008, 22-24

Century Brain
2. Ibid., 39

3. ibid, 101, 118

A Pilgrims Journey to the East" The American Rosae Crucis, May, 1916, 12
Lewis, A Pilgrims Journey to the East" 1957 Republication by the London

4. H. Spencer Lewis,

5. H. Spencer


Rosicrucian Questions and Answers. With Complete History o f the Rosicrucian Order (San

6. H. Spencer Lewis,
Jose, Supreme Grand Lodge of AMORC Printing and Publishing Department, 1929)

Rosicrucian Fraternity in America:Not Under the Rosy Cross, Book V,

7. R. Swinburne Clymer,
p. 269, one of
several book selections in this compendium of different works, (Rosicrucian Foundation Beverly Hall,,
Quakerstown, Pennsylvania 1 9 3 5 )- book was published as a "brochure probably in 1934

Cosmic Mission Fulfilled, (San Jose, Supreme Grand Lodge of AMORC Printing and

8. Ralph M. Lewis, F.R.C.,

Publishing Department, 1966)

9. H. Spencer Lewis, Ph.D., F.R.C. (In 1918, prepared under the supervision of probably up to his death then
subsequently supervised by succeeding Imperators)
(San Jose, Supreme Grand Lodge of
AMORC Printing and Publishing Department, 1971)

Rosicrucian Manual

10. Robert Vanloo, BA, Controversy around a Document? -Is the A.M.O.R.C. an Offspring of the O.T.O. or
Not? (2001),
11. Christian Rebisse, FRC, H. Spencer LewisRestorer of Rosicrucianismpodcast version (2009),


12. Christian Rebisse, FRC,

13. Christian Rebisse, FRC,








Restorer, Rosicrucian Digest, No. 2, 2014, 9

14. Julie Scott, S.R.C, Grand Master, Clemence Isaure: The Rosicrucian Golden Isis/
1. 2 0 1 0 ,4 6 .

Rosicrucian. Digest. No.

15. H. Spencer Lewis, Rosicrucian Q&A, 170

Manual, 6
17. H. Spencer Lewis, Manual, 129
16. H. Spencer Lewis,

18. H. Spencer Lewis, "The Supreme Matre Emeritus Raised to the Higher R e a l m s
1918, 27
19. H. Spencer Lewis,

Rosicrucian Q&A, 165

20. Ibid, 171

21. H. Spencer Lewis, Pilgrims, 1957 Republication, 1
22. H. Spencer Lewis, Pilgrims,

Rosae Crucis, 12

23. Ibid, 12

Rosicrucian Q&A, 171

25. H. Spencer Lewis, Pilgrims, Rosae Crucis, 14
24. H. Spencer Lewis,

26. Ibid, 14
27. Ibid, 14

Cromaat, Volume D,

28. Ibid, 14
29. H. Spencer Lewis, Pilgrims,

RosaeCruris, 26

30. Ibid, 26
31. Chris Gerwal, The King of Elflands Second Cousin (blog), "Narrative Voice as Mind-Control: Thoughts
on Manipulating Reader Perception, /2011/05/17/narrative-voice-asmind-control-thoughts-on-manipulating-reader-perception/
32. Neil F. Neimark, M.D., "Five Minute Stress Mastery,
33. Neil F. Neimark, M.D, "Stress
34. Paul Thagard, "Glossary of Cognitive Science,
35. Janzen, Haun and Levinson, 2012 Experiment "Tracking Down Abstract Linguistic Meaning; Neural
Correlates of Spatial Frame of Reference Ambiguities in Language

The PoliticalMind, 17
37. H. Spencer Lewis, Pilgrims, Rosae Cruris, 27
38. H. Spencer Lewis, Rosicrucian Q&A, 173
36. George Lakoff,

39. RalphM. Lewis, F.R.C., 122

40. Ibid, 122

Rosicrucian Digest, 10
42. H. Spencer Lewis, Pilgrims, Rosae Cruris, 12

41. Christian Rebisse, FRC, Restorer,

43. Ibid, 12
44. Christian Rebisse, FRC, Restorer,

Rosicrucian Digest, 10

45. Ibid, 10

Rosae Crucis, 12
47. H. Spencer Lewis, Pilgrims, Rosae Crucis, 17
48. 41. Christian Rebisse, FRC, "Restorer, Rosicrucian Digest, 10

46. H. Spencer Lewis, Pilgrims,

49. Robert Vanloo, BA, "Controversy

50. Google group/topic: AMORC

Not Under the Rosy Cross, Title Page

52. R. Swinburne Clymer, Not Under the Rosy Cross, (Rosicrucian Foundation
51. R. Swinburne Clymer,

Beverly Hall, Quakerstown,

Pennsylvania)this preface is quoted from copy of original brochure, which does not appear to be dated.


53. CrowleyLetter to Christ Kraemer, October 27, 1938 as found in the GJC Collection; referenced in
Martin P. Starr, (Bolingbrook, Illinois,) The Teitann Press,
Bolingbrook, Illinois. 2003). 230

Unknown God- W.T. Smith and the Thelemites,

Not Under the Rosy Cross, 335

5 5. R. Swinburne Clymer, Not Under the Rosy Cross, 336
56, Martin P. Starr, The Unknown GodW.T. Smith and the Thelemites, (Bolingbrook, Illinois,) The Teitan
54. R. Swinburne Clymer,

Press, Bolingbrook, Illinois. 2003). 230

57. Milko Bogaard, F.U.D.O.S.I., VERSION 1.2, November 2000,

58. Ibid.
59. H. Spencer Lewis, Pilgrims, 1957 Republication, Epilogue
60. George Lakoff,

The PoliticalMind, 224

61. H. Spencer Lewis, The Authentic and Complete History of the Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis:
Sixth Installment, The

American Rosae Crucis,

62. Ibid, 12
63. Julie Scott, S.R.C, "Clemence", 46
64. H. Spencer Lewis, Pilgrims,

Rosae Crucis, 22-24

65. Julie Scott, S.R.C, "Clemence", 49

66. H. Spencer Lewis, Pilgrims,

Rosae Crucis, 12

67. RalphM. Lewis, F.R.C., Cosmic, 365


A Pilgrim'sJourney to the East- The American_Rosae_Crucis, May 1916

Q&ARosicrucian Questions and A nswers, 1929-1954
MANUAL The Rosicrucian Manual, 1971
RESTORERH. Spencer Lewis, Restorer o f Rosicrucianism, by Christian Rebisse,

FRCprinted in the

Rosicrucian Digest Volume 93, Number 2 2014

ISISClemence Isaure: The Rosicrucian Golden Isis, Grand Master Julie Scott, S.R.C Number 1, 2010

Cosmic Mission Fulfilled 1966 and 1978 Editions cited


W H A T K I N D C O N T A C T IN P A R I S C O N V I N C E D I.F .W IS T O C O T O P A R I S ,
W H E R E I I E W A S A L L E G E D L Y I N I T I A T E D IN T O U L O U S E ?

s o d r c i:


A fte r m an y y e a rs stu d y o f th e e x o te ric w o rk 1916
o f R o sa c c ru c ia n ism a n d an in crea sin g ,
o b se ssio n a l d e sire to jo in w ith the
B ro th e rh o o d . u n selfish
its g reat
u n d e rta k in g s fo r th e b e tte rm e n t an d u n ity o f
m an . I w ro te a lte r a d e e p in n er im p ressio n
to d o so to th e u n k n o w n e d ito r o f the
P a risian p ap er.

PA C .E n

B U I I N 1 9 0 9 , A C C O R D I N G T O R O S I C R U C I A N S QSfcA. I I E K N O W S T H E
L E G A T E F R O M IN D IA - S O H E A L R E A D Y H A S A C O N N E C T IO N . W H Y
N O T M E N T I O N T H E L E G A T E IN T H E 1916 D O C U M E N T A N D H IS
K N O W L E D G E * T H A T H E W A S A D E S C E N D E N T O F T H E F IR S T
M E N T I O N E D IN T H I S B O O K .


Ju st b e fo re 1909 th ere ap p lie d fo r m e m b e rsh ip

in o u r so c ie ty o n e w h o p re sen te d p a p e rs
p ro v in g ap p o in tm e n t as L eg ate" o f the
R o sic ru c ia n O rd e r in India.


Ju st b e fo re 1909 th ere ap p lie d fo r m e m b e rsh ip

in o u r so c ie ty o n e w h o p re sen te d p ap e rs
p ro v in g ap p o in tm e n t as " L e g a te o f the
R o sic ru c ia n O rd e r in India.



F U L F IL L E D , I T M E N T I O N S T H E L E T T E R T O T H E P A R I S I A N E D I T O R
A N D N O L E G A T E " IS M E N T I O N E D ? A R E W E M O R E O R L E S S B A C K T O
T H E P I L G R I M 'S V E R S IO N ?


IN A N A R T I C L E B Y G R A N D M A S T E R J U L I E S C O T T , S. R . C ., S H E C L A I M S
E D I T O R M E N T I O N E D IN P I L G R I M 'S . N O L E G A T E A S W E L L .


1908. tw e n ty -fo u r y e a r-o ld H . S p e n c e r I^cw is 2 0 1 0

h ad a m y stic al e x p e rie n c e in w h ich he w as
d ire c te d to seek o u t the R o sic ru c ia n s in
F ran c e. N ot k n o w in g e x a c tly w h ere to b e g in ,
h e w ro te to a P a risia n b o o k se lle r w h o h ad
rec e n tly sen t h im a c a ta lo g o f m y stic al b o o k s,
to ask if he m ig h t b e ab le to h e lp h im in his
q u e st. T h e b o o k se lle r su g g e ste d th at II.
S p e n c e r L ew is c o m e to P aris. F o llo w in g
m an y sy n c h ro n istic e v e n ts. II. S p e n c e r L ew is
w as ab le to trav el to P a ris a y e a r an d a h a lf

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IN A N A R T I C L E B Y C H R I S T I A N R E B I S S E , W H I C H C I T E S A P I L G R I M
Q U O T E J U L I E S C O T T 'S A F O R E M E N T IO N E D A R T I C L E ? N O L E G A T E
M E N T IO N E D H E R E .


In the hope o f obtaining some information regarding

Rosiemeinnism in I'raitcc, he decided lo write to a
Parisian bookseller whose catalogue he had obtained.



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As editor o f several occult magazines I had
made contact with various Rosicrucian
manuscripts and had discovered that I was
related to one o f the descendants o f the first
Rosicrucian body in America-that which had
established itself in Philadelphia in 1694. This
gave me access to many o f their old papers,
secret manuscripts, and teachings.
After many years o f continuous scientific and 1971
psychic research...he made his first contact
with the work o f the Rosicrucians through
obtaining copies o f the secret manuscripts of
the first American Rosicrucians, who
established their headquarters near
Philadelphia in 1694. A member o f the
English Branch which sponsored the first
movement in America, Mrs. May BanksStacey, desccndent o f Oliver Cromwell and
the D 'Arcys o f France, placed in his hands
such papers as had been officially transmitted
to her by the last o f the first American

IN I W , W H E N H . S P E N C E R L E W I S C R O S S E D T H E A T L A N T I C IN A
S T E A M S H I P IN O R D E R T O G E T I N I T I A T E D , W H O W A S H I S C O M P A N I O N
S P E A K S A B O U T IN A P I L G R I M 'S J O U R N E Y ? H E S U R E S E E M S T O B E .


T h e tw e n ty -fo u rth w as o n a S a tu rd a y . E a rly on 1916

S u n d a y m o rn in g 1 m ad e th e a c q u a in ta n c e o f a
d a rk -c o m p le x io n e d y o u n g m a n . w h o m 1
b eliev ed to b e an E ast In d ia n . H e se e m e d to
p lac e h im se lf in m y co m p a n y at ev ery
o p p o rtu n ity -a b o v e an d b e lo w d ec k -o n
S a tu rd a y a fte rn o o n , a n d / felt that

I*. 12

/anestmteness. the one great equalizer at sea.

was gnawing at his heart as it was at mine.
I N 1 9 * 6 . I N C O S M I C M I S S I O N F U L F I L L E D , A L L E G E D L Y W R I T T E N B Y
H A R V E Y L E W I S * S O N , R A L P H . I T E X P L I C I T L Y S A Y S T I L <T H I S F A T H E R
H O W H IS M O T I IE R C O U L D N O T A C C O M P A N Y H E R H U S B A N D , A A R O N ,
R O C K E F E L L E R L S O N O F J O H N l>. R O C K E F E L L E R O F S I A N D \ R D O I L .
S O H O W C O U L D III'. B E C O N S U M E D B Y L O N E L I N E S S . A S E X P R E J i S E D IN
P I L O R I M ' S I F H E W A S W I T H T H I S F A T H E I t?
P. 1X4 - 8 5
A aro n a p p ro a c h e d his o ld e r so n . H arv e y . I '><,

W o u ld h e g o to E u ro p e w ith h im ? T h is w as
ju s t o n e w eek a fte r H arv e y h ad rece iv ed the
le tter fro m P a ris su g g e stin g th at h e jo u rn e y to
th at city to fu rth e r h is q u e st. O n e o f the
p a sse n g e rs, ta ll. d a rk , im p re ssiv e , ap p a re n tly
an E ast In d ia n , m ad e h is a c q u a in ta n c e . T h ere
w a s an e n ig m a tic a ir o r a u ra th a t se e m e d to
su rro u n d th is p a sse n g e r th at in trig u ed H arv e y .
(B u t o n th e n e x t p a g e , it sa y s w ith an
u n a ttrib u te d q u o te . " B u t h is jo v ia l
p le a sa n trie s an d |>ositivc av o id a n c e o f any
su b jec t p e rta in in g to the o c c u lt g av e m e no
reaso n to b e lie v e o th e rw ise th an th a t he w as
an E ast In d ia n . B ut m y a tte m p ts to d ra w him
o u t a lo n g o c c u lt, an d e sp e c ia lly E ast Ind ian
p h ilo so p h ic a l lin e s, g a v e h im a very in tim ate
a c q u a in ta n c e w ith m y o w n p h ilo so p h ica l
id eals an d b e lie fs." A D IR E C T Q U O T E from
P ilg rim .

IN A N A R T I C L E B Y C H R I S T I A N R E B I S S E , W H I C H C I T E S A P I L G R I M 'S
F A T H E R O N E S S E N T IA L L Y A B U S IN E S S T R I P , A N D , A G A IN , IF H E D ID ,
T H E G R E A T E Q U A L IZ E R A l S E A , IF H IS F A T H E R W E N T W IT H H IM ?


A lth o u g h his fin an cia l situ a tio n d id not perm it 2 0 1 4

h im to c o n sid e r su ch a v o y a g e , an u n e x p e c te d
o p p o rtu n ity p re sen te d itse lf th e fo llo w in g
w eek . H is fa th e r. A aro n L e w is, is. an e x p e rt in
a u th e n tic a tin g d o c u m e n ts as w ell as a
re n o w n e d g e n e a lo g ist, n ee d ed an assistan t
w h ile c o n d u c tin g re se a rc h in F ran c e fo r the
R o c k e fe lle r fa m ily . O n Ju ly 2 4 . 1 90 9. th e tw o
m en sailed for E u ro p e on the A m e rik a . o f the
H a m b u rg A m e rik a L in e. O n S u n d a y . A u g u st
1 . th e sh ip a rriv e d at C h e rb o u rg , an d th e tw o
tra v e le rs set o ff fo r P a ris b y train .

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Conventions and Congresses, and made the
American AMORC a part o f the AMORC of
ihe world. Therefore, the A.M.O.R.C. of
loday is the ONLY Rosicrucian movement in
America having such authority and



1978 FOUND
There is only one universal Rosicrucian
Order existing in the world today, united in
its various jurisdictions, and having one
Supreme Council in accordance with the
ROSICRUoriginal plan o f the ancient Rosicrucians
manifestoes. This international organization
ORDERretains the ancient traditions, teachings.
principles and practical helpfulness of the
Order as founded centuries ago. It is known
as the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis.
which name, for popular use. is abbreviated
into AMORC "