Behind the Scenes
Although AMORC has been fairly widely publicized over the years and has even gone through various legal battles, why has it not developed a public image as a cult? Since you appears to be the first book indicting AMORC’s practices and it has been around for decades, why have other dissatisfied members not stepped out before?
THE CLAIMS OF AMORC
In your book, you claim that AMORC indoctrinates its members with fantastic claims about his authority. What are those claims and how are they used to recruit members?
Compared to the hands-on techniques of the Chinese Communists or the never-ending, fatigue-producing hands-on approach of the Moonies towards recruits, AMORC’s correspondence course and silly rituals at home, coupled with an occasional visit to a lodge, seems rather mild. How could this kind of remote indoctrination have such a powerful effect on members?
EVIDENCE FOR HISTORICAL CONNECTIONS TO ANCIENT ORDERS OF THE PAST
Surely members must question the veracity of the claim of AMORC that ties it to earlier Rosicrucian orders and to the rites of ancient Egypt. Is there any weighty evidence that proves that connection? If not, how do they get away with it? Is there any kind of evidence revealed later on in the course of studies that is at all challenging and meaningful to prove their case?
IMPLICATIONS OF REMOTE INDOCTRINATION
You make the point in the book that there might be political implications for remote indoctrination. Do you think political or commercial entities use remote indoctrination in their outreach to the public?
There has been a lot of purported evidence for psychic powers in parapsychological circles- ranging from clairvoyance to telekinesis (moving objects). Do you believe such powers exist and does AMORC actually train people to be able to accomplish such feats as telepathy or seeing auras?
CULTS AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS SYNDROME
Various anti-cult organizations and exponents have claimed that cult followers suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome? Do you suffer from or do you know anyone who has suffered from these types of symptoms as a result of their experience in AMORC?
AMORC- A MAGICIAN IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING
In this book, you talk about the Way of the Spiritual Seeker and the Way of the Magician. You say AMORC cloaks itself in the clothing of an organization serving the goals of the sincere spiritual seeker, but actually it is a façade. According to you, it is an organization of an entirely different kind with a completely different kind of program for its membership.How is AMORC disguised and what does it really offer?
THE DYNAMICS OF MIND CONTROL
Inyour first book, The Prisoner of San Jose, you gave a vivid picture of how vary, common cult techniques of Mind Control were used to indoctrinate you and alter your personality. In this book, you drill down in details of AMORC’s doctrines and training never before released in such detail. Why did you feel releasing this information, much it never before seen by the general public, required you to go beyond what you have already done- as a whistleblower and expatriate of AMORC?
AMORC’S CULTIVATION OF THE EGO
In discussing AMORC, you speak a lot about the bait being the promise of occult powers, which is, I am sure, ego gratifying. Yet, in your new book, you say, in the Rosicrucian teachings, there is a certain emphasis on what they call Cosmic Communion, which involves a certain loss of ego. Why does this duality exist- this conflict between ego inflation and ego submersion in higher consciousness? How much do they promise about training members in telepathy, out-of-body experience, past life regression- and the like? Is this training have any real consequences and how is it connected to Mind Control?
TRAINING IN THE OCCULT ART OF ASSUMPTION
In the book, you talk about the art of assumption. You say how the AMORC, in its monographs, admits that “assumption,” is another word for ascension in Orthodox Catholicism, as in the ascension to heaven by Mary and Jesus. But, AMORC, also points out another way to use the term. In AMORC practice, assumption is the deliberate practice of taking over the bodily functions, the thoughts, feeling and consciousness of unwitting persons. Is it true that this not only includes using the device to interest a prospective employer or business associate, but also actual leaders of governments? Are AMORC members actually encouraged to take over the consciousness of business leaders? How far does AMORC go in trying to influence government organizations in intervening in World Affairs?
ORIGIN OF THE COSMIC MASTERS
Despite the continual pronouncements that AMORC has a real lock on its exclusive position in the world, your book contends that much of its information is derivative. In fact, you claim that this is particularly so with its discussion of the Cosmic Masters, which seems pretty much out of stuff developed by Theosophy in the 19th Century. How derivative do you think AMORC really is?
THE MYTH OF THE OPEN MIND
In speaking of your critics, you often speak of how they say that AMORC gives them perfect liberty and that they are not dogmatic or authoritarian as you claim? If this is true, what are you seeing that they are not, since many of them appear to be members of AMORC?
AMORC’S PROGESSIVE HYPNOTIC PLATFORM
You were obviously in AMORC a long time- twenty-four years- and say that one step led to the next in terms of indoctrination and the slow alteration of your personality. Can you briefly outline how this is done? Further, you develop the idea that there is a step-by-step progressive hypnotic platform. How is that connected to the creation of positive and negative hallucinations and their promise to give their members special, occult powers?
AMORC’S WAY OF ADDRESSING MEDICAL PROBLEMS
One the most disturbing claims you make is related to AMORC’s secret practice of energy-healing. You claim that that their training in human physiology and anatomy is very thin; that they have a healing protocol that they claim is scientific, but produce no data to verify it; that they are encouraged to work with family and friends but promote their techniques by saying that it is ancient and authoritative. How does this healing protocol work? How extensive a part of their training is it? How do they get away with it without any kind of certification? How effective is it? Despite their disclaimers- such as their specific instructions to get medical help along with utilizing their healing platform- is AMORC exposing its members to any kind of risk by offering this treatment?
YOUR BACKGROUND IN HAITI
Some of your critics suggest that you were attracted to AMORC because of your lack of education, your economic upbringing and your coming to America without a plan and proper preparation. They say those factors made you exceptionally vulnerable to failure economically in America- and you can’t blame AMORC for it? Yet, as far as I can see, you had made your own significant economic climb before you came to America and you were quite well educated- so that, in a sense, you didn’t really need AMORC to help you. Yet, you did fail economically when you came here? What is the truth about all this- and how did AMORC interfere with your economic prosperity once you came here?