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Review: Mindslaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum – Mayhem on the Astral Highway (Part 1 Illustrated) (By Pierre S. Freeman)

Mindslaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum - Mayhem on the Astral Highway (Part 1 Illustrated) Source: Smashwords

Mindslaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum – Mayhem on the Astral Highway (Part 1 Illustrated)
Source: Smashwords

Length: 31 pages

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Roger Bloomfield lost his childhood dream. He could no longer become the actor he wanted to be. Failing almost every class of the Drama Department in NYU could do that to a person. No longer accepted in the department, Roger forces himself to find a new dream, finally settling on becoming a computer major. Maybe he’d be good at it and become, and create, the next big thing on the internet. But one class into his new life as a student of computers and Roger knows that his dream was a forced one, one that would never feel genuine. So when Rebecca Towne, the beautiful woman in his class with the long, red hair, capturing eyes, and wondrous smile tells him that he would be a natural at astral travel, Roger finds a new, genuine dream. Roger becomes obsessed with the cosmic world, devouring books after books, when Rebecca tells him that she can get his into the organization that can help him realize his dreams. What follows is Roger’s discovery of astral travel, and his discovery about the organization and its wealthy and apparently esteemed leader, the Imperatrax.

My take:

Mind Slaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum – Part 1- Mayhem on the Astral Highway Illustrated is the revamped and renewed version of the book with the same name by Pierre S. Freeman. And the new one is definitely more interesting and appealing than its predecessor.

The first thing that it has going for it is its lack of typos and grammatical and spelling errors, something that had really hindered the flow of the earlier version. The second thing that really adds a nice touch are the illustrations. They add a bit of color to the story, making the entire book even more enjoyable. Plus, it isn’t that there is an illustration on every other page and their limited number makes them quite perfect.

As far as the story goes, it is a wonderful mix of drama, comedy, and reality. What I really like about Freeman’s work is his understanding of human nature. The way he depicts Roger’s life and need to find a dream that is genuine, resounds with reality. You can almost imagine someone you know going through the same thing. Then there’s the fact that he masterfully ridicules the practices of so many cults that pass off as cosmic and parapsychologic organizations. Freeman gives you an insight into the almost ridiculous manner in which the leaders of these organizations make people believe that their wealth and the adorationbestowed upon them is justified and even deserved. And yet, the satire does not take away the seriousness and reality of the situation.

While still being entertaining, Freeman manages to bring forth many concerns and issues that affect people who get sucked into such cults and the families of these people. He also gives you a practical look at these concerns, in effect, making you really think twice before considering getting into the midst of such groups or people who try to advocate such ideas.

On the satirical side, Freeman truly delivers. The book is quirky and while the beginning may seem a bit rocky, it develops into a story that can keep you gripped. That is a good thing too since this is only Part 1 and it ends with you wondering just what is going to happen in Part 2. Needless to say, I’m going to read Part 2 when it comes out for sure!

Although it has a really long name, the book itself is quite short, making it an ideal read if you’re looking for something witty and quick. Great to carry along on short journeys, this book can be enjoyed by people who have an interest in parapsychology, people who have an interest in the occult, and people who simply want a quick, fun read. That’s how I discovered this book which, in spite of not really following Freeman’s work earlier, I really enjoyed. And right now, Smashwords is offering this book for free!

– Rishika

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Review: AMORC’S First Temple Degree Initiation Illustrated – The Full Version

AMORC'S First Temple Degree Initiation Illustrated - The Full Version Source: Goodreads

AMORC’S First Temple Degree Initiation Illustrated – The Full Version
Source: Goodreads

Length: 38 pages

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

AMORC’s First Temple Degree Initiation Illustrated – The Full Version is a non-fiction by author Pierre S. Freeman that describes the journey taken by the newbies of AMORC as they begin to step into a world of, as they believe, self realization and higher consciousness. There is a smaller, abridged version of the book, with this one being a more detailed account of the entire initiation process as well as its adherence to actual ancient, esoteric practices. Most of the book is written as a recollection of the process of initiation. Freeman adds to this narrative, through his commentary, an insight into what the neophytes feel and are made to feel, as well as a satirical take on why this may be so. Having been a part of the same organization for over twenty six years, Freeman brings authenticity to the book in a way that only first hand experience can.

My take:

I have read AMORC’s First Temple Degree Initiation Illustrated – The Abridged Version and have also reviewed it on this blog. I picked this book up to see if it could shed more light on many of the concepts that seemed half finished in the abridged version and I was not disappointed.

The Full Version has Freeman’s signature style of sarcasm and satire that makes an otherwise serious topic seem oddly amusing. However, it never loses its seriousness and addresses the curiosity that many people probably feel towards cults and their magnetic pull. Freeman describes, step by step, what each new member goes through in the initiation process in a simple yet descriptive and accurate manner. While reading about this process though, you are bound to ask yourself many questions beginning with a simple ‘why’. Why is it that such a simple procedure has such control over the newbies emotions and willpower? Freeman provides the answer as he explains every small detail that goes towards turning a simple step into an effective procedure. Every small detail, including the turning on and off of music is mentioned to give you a real feel for everything that the newbies feel. He also explains how, through the use of varying pitch and tone, lighting, and even costumes, the newbies are maintained in a state of mind that would best suit AMORC’s purpose of incorporating them as members. But he also continues to describe how, to an outsider, this would seem very much like a dress up party and that too one that is not very successful.

This stark difference of understanding between one who has a point of view from the outside and one who is experiencing each part of the initiation procedure explains why the newbies are pulled into the cult and how they may be affected in the years to come. Freeman also explains, in complete detail, the actual practices that have influenced the initiation procedure. With a reference to a multitude of practices, across multiple religions, Freeman explains what it is that such newbies may be in search for, and what is actually taught to them through AMORC – the two rarely match, but these newbies are controlled by the belief that they truly are.

Freeman’s knowledge in terms of the many practices that have been in use over the years is expansive to say the least. He incorporates those ideas to give his readers an understanding of the meaning behind each part of the process and given the plethora of examples and references, it is quite easy for people to understand and associate with regardless of the religion or faith that they follow.

All in all, the book takes a serious look at the procedure that sets in motion life changes for some people, but it does so in a manner that is both educational and interesting. Freeman makes clear the differences between true organizations that believe in spreading knowledge of higher consciousness and others that simply use similar tactics to gain mind control of innocent people who then become financiers for years on end. Such cults are not something to be taken lightly. And Freeman’s matter of fact way of approaching the initiation procedure gives people an insight into how transparent and hollow many of these processes are – hopefully to let people make better, more informed choices if ever faced with such a need.

If you’re a follower of everything that is related to cults or have been a reader of everything that deals with the higher consciousness and ways to achieve it, then this book is a good one to add to your collection. It may not give you tips to achieve that for which you are looking. But it will surely tell you where you should and should not turn to in hopes of finding it.

– Rishika

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Review: AMORC’s First Temple Degree Initiation Ritual – Abridged Version (By Pierre S. Freeman)

AMORC's First Temple Degree Initiation Ritual - Abridges Version Source: Goodreads

AMORC’s First Temple Degree Initiation Ritual – Abridged Version
Source: Goodreads

Length: 31 pages

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Pierre S. Freeman, in this non-fiction tale, describes the initiation process that Neophytes – the new entrants to an apparent esoteric order – go through as they become a part of the order. With the help of illustrations, Freeman has described not only the actual unfolding of events but also their relationship with the rituals followed by actual and real esoteric orders. With a glimpse into the meaning of each aspect of the ritual, Freeman describes its similarity and difference to the original order; and this is followed by his opinion, through commentary, on the cause for such difference as well as what the actual meaning of each ritual is supposed to be. Freeman takes a practical, logical and satirical take on the initiation process of AMORC and allows readers a glimpse into what goes on behind closed doors that could keep people attracted for years together.

My take:

The first thing that this book made me realize was that cults are dangerous – to the people involved in them and to all those that care for them. Although that is an obvious understanding, this short story amplifies that in a simple, yet effective, way. Freeman has provided an insight into the world of cults and mind control and the association between supposed esoteric orders and real ones. The simplistic style of the book, that states everything that is happening in a straightforward manner, gives you an insight into the processes and procedures used by such groups to keep people hooked. The simplicity of these methods themselves explain how and why people could get pulled in.

At the same time however, these methods have a base rooted in older, real esoteric group practices. Freeman makes these connection evident as he explains the supposed meaning of each practice and their origin. What this gives to the reader is an understanding of where such practices were derived from and how they have been construed, and in places convoluted, to suit the desires of power and money hungry individuals – all at the cost of the people pulled into this world.

Freeman makes a clear distinction between esoteric groups that truly know what they are talking about and doing – groups that are not led by people who have found a way to use these cosmic ideologies to control others – and groups that have turned cosmic concepts into a money making and mind controlling tool, that gives the, power over others. Freeman points out this distinction while maintaining a light, satirical tone that in effect, makes the distinction all the more real and at times, frightening.

On the downside, this book feels superficial – the information provided barely seeming to scratch the surface of concepts, ideologies, and a parallel world. Freeman, having been part of a cult himself, often forgets that he possesses experience and knowledge that not everyone else does. That is why the book gives off this vibe of expecting tacit knowledge from readers that, in truth, just doesn’t exist. The information that relates the continued practices to the real ones is too short to fully appreciate and I would have liked to read more about it. Additionally, Freeman adopts a style of writing that although enjoyable, can get a bit cumbersome to follow at times. Throw in the more than occasional typos and lack of proofreading and you find yourself getting irritated. After all, the book is only 30 odd pages. The last thing you want is mistakes in presentation that manage to intermittently spoil the flow.

In spite of its few shortcomings, the book is a quick, and definitely interesting, read. But it leaves a lot to be desired in the case of depth. Yet, Freeman does state at the very beginning that this abridged version is more of a teaser of the full version. So the only question that then remains is whether the full version can overcome the drawbacks of the abridged one. To summarize, I would say that for anyone who follows literature on cults or the cosmic world, or even human psychology, would find this book an interesting read. It managed to pique my interest and I will be reading the full version soon.

– Rishika

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