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Martin Lawrence « Marty » Weitzman (born April 1, 1942, in New York City) is a well known-economist and a Professor of Economics at Harvard University.
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The Temple of Set was established in 1975 by Lt. Colonel of the US Army Michael A. Aquino and certain members of the priesthood of the Church of Satan, who left because of administrative and philosophical disagreements with its founder, and, as Aquino said, because he was disgusted at the corruption within the Church of Satan. The Temple of Set was incorporated in California that same year as a nonprofit church.
The Temple of Set holds an annual conclave where members of the Temple can come together to meet and exchange ideas. Workshops are held in which members discuss a wide variety of topics and activities. The conclave usually lasts about a week and is held in various global locations, though it usually takes place within the USA. There are also occasional regional gatherings, organized and attended by interested Setians, at their own initiative.
In addition to the international organization, the Temple sponsors initiatory Orders and local groups called Pylons. Pylons generally explore a wide range of metaphysical topics and exercises, since their members are determined largely by the accident of residence. Order members share specific interests, and Order activities therefore focus more deeply on these selected interests.
The Temple also makes available to members a variety of informational resources for individual reference as desired. The central of these resources is the Jewelled Tablets of Set which contain information relevant to the Degrees of the Organization. The very core of their teaching can be found within the material provided to the I* of the Temple, The Crystal Tablet of Set. All further volume in the series are built upon this document’s foundation.
The Temple adheres to selective membership policies; fewer than half of all applicants are accepted for membership with the two year recognition period. The Temple’s membership does have a fairly large turnover rate; most members leave eventually for a wide variety of reasons. Only a minority of members remain with the Temple more than a decade. Members pay a membership fee. The Temple admits members on all continents except Antarctica, though it is largely a U.S.-based organisation.
All officers and workers within the Temple of Set are volunteers. Some receive reimbursement for expenses incurred for the Temple; none receive a salary. All officers are selected from within the Priesthood.
The philosophy of the Temple of Set may be summed up as « enlightened individualism »: enhancement and improvement of oneself by personal education, experiment, and initiation. This process, necessarily different and distinctive for each individual, is referred to within the Temple by the Egyptian hieroglyphic term Kheper, or « Xeper » (a phonetic of _Xpr_), as the Temple of Set prefers to write it. Xeper is symbolized by the scarab beetle, significant of personal rebirth and immortality within the Temple of Set. The term is deemed central to Setian philosophy and practice, having been introduced at the founding of the Temple of Set in 1975, when Aquino made the claim that the Egyptian god Set communicated the word Xeper in the sense of « become » to him during the « North Solstice X Working » aka « The Santa Barbara Working. » The Word was re-uttered in 1996 by Don Webb in the more focused translation « I have come into being. »
Setians recognize several levels or degrees of initiation, and identify their members by their degree. These degrees are:
- Setian ( First Degree )
- Adept ( Second Degree )
- Priest / Priestess ( Third Degree )
- Magister / Magistra Templi ( Fourth Degree )
- Magus / Maga ( Fifth Degree )
- Ipsissimus / Ipsissima ( Sixth Degree )
The Priesthood of the Temple of Set is restricted to members holding the Third Degree or higher. Full membership comes about on recognition to the second degree, which has a time frame of around two years. Recognition is performed by members of the priesthood, though it is up to the individual to find a priest to work with towards this end. However, there is no set criteria for recognition and no obligation for the priesthood to work with new initiates towards recognition.
- ^ a b Aquino, Michael (2009) (PDF). Church of Satan (6th ed.). San Francisco: Temple of Set. http://www.xeper.org/maquino/nm/COS.pdf.
- ^ « California Secretary of State – California Business Search – Corporation Search Results ». http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/corpdata/ShowAllList?QueryCorpNumber=C0756672. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
- ^ url = http://www.xeper.org/pub/gil/xp_FS_gil.htm
- ^ KHPR 001: So you’re thinking about joining the Temple of Set?
- ^ AKHPR 001: So you’re thinking about joining the Temple of Set?
- ^ a b Webb, Don. Xeper: The Eternal Word of Set
- ^ Aquino, Michael A. The Temple of Set
- Flowers, Stephen Edred (1997). Lords of the Left Hand Path: A History of Spiritual Dissent. Runa Raven Press. ISBN 1-885972-08-3
- Webb, Don (1996) The Seven Faces of Darkness: Practical Typhonian Magic. Runa Raven Press. ISBN 1-885972-07-5
- Webb, Don (1999). Uncle Setnakt’s Essential Guide to the Left Hand Path. Runa Raven Press. ISBN 1-885972-10-5
- Webb, Don (2004). Mysteries of the Temple of Set: Inner Teachings of the Left Hand Path. Runa Raven Press. ISBN 1-885972-27-X
- U.S. Department of the Army (ed.) (2002). « Temple of Set » in Religious Requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains. University Press of the Pacific. ISBN 0-89875-607-3
Satanic subversion of the U.S. Military
by Jeffrey Steinberg
On February 5, 1999, in U.S. District Court in Lincoln, Nebraska, an extraordinary hearing occurred in Paul A. Bonacci v. Lawrence E. King, a civil action in which the plaintiff charged that he had been ritualistically abused by the defendant, as part of a nationwide pedophile ring linked to powerful political figures in Washington and to elements of the U.S. military and intelligence establishment. Three weeks later, on February 27, Judge Warren K. Urbom ordered King, who is currently in Federal prison, to pay $1 million in damages to Bonacci, in what Bonacci’s attorney John DeCamp said was a clear signal that « the evidence presented was credible. »
During the February 5 hearing, Noreen Gosch stunned the court with sworn testimony linking U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael Aquino (ret.) to the nationwide pedophile ring. Her son, Johnny, then 12 years old, was kidnapped off the streets of West Des Moines, Iowa on September 5, 1982, while he was doing his early-morning newspaper deliveries. Since his kidnapping, she has devoted all of her time and resources to finding her son, and to exposing the dangers that millions of children in American face from this hideous, literally Satanic underground of ritualistic deviants.
« We have investigated, we have talked to so far 35 victims of this said organization that took my son and is responsible for what happened to Paul, and they can verify everything that has happened, » she told the court.
« What this story involves is an elaborate function, I will say, that was an offshoot of a government program. The MK-Ultra program was developed in the 1950s by the CIA. It was used to help spy on other countries during the Cold War because they felt that the other countries were spying on us.
« It was very successful. They could do it very well. »
Then, the Aquino bombshell: « Well, then there was a man by the name of Michael Aquino. He was in the military. He had top Pentagon clearances. He was a pedophile. He was a Satanist. He’s founded the Temple of Set. And he was a close friend of Anton LaVey. The two of them were very active in ritualistic sexual abuse. And they deferred funding from this government program to use [in] this experimentation on children.
« Where they deliberately split off the personalities of these children into multiples, so that when they’re questioned or put under oath or questioned under lie detector, that unless the operator knows how to question a multiple-personality disorder, they turn up with no evidence. »
She continued: « They used these kids to sexually compromise politicians or anyone else they wish to have control of. This sounds so far out and so bizarre I had trouble accepting it in the beginning myself until I was presented with the data. We have the proof. In black and white. »
Under questioning from DeCamp, Gosch reported: « I know that Michael Aquino has been in Iowa. I know that Michael Aquino has been to Offutt Air Force Base [a Strategic Air Command base, near Omaha, which was linked to King’s activities]. I know that he has had contact with many of these children. »
Paul Bonacci, who was simultaneously a victim and a member of the nationwide pedophile crime syndicate, has subsequently identified Aquino as the man who ordered the kidnapping of Johnny Gosch. In his February 5 testimony, Bonacci referred to the mastermind of the Gosch abduction as « the Colonel. »
A second witness who testified at the February 5 hearing, Rusty Nelson, was King’s personal photographer. He later described to EIR another incident which linked King to Aquino, while the Army special forces officer was still on active reserve duty. Some time in the late 1980s, Nelson was with King at a posh hotel in downtown Minneapolis, when he personally saw King turn over a suitcase full of cash and bearer-bonds to « the Colonel, » who he later positively identified as Aquino. According to Nelson, King told him that the suitcase of cash and bonds was earmarked for the Nicaraguan Contras, and that « the Colonel » was part of the covert Contra support apparatus, otherwise associated with Lt. Col. Oliver North, Vice President George Bush, and the « secret parallel government » that they ran from the White House.
Just who is Lt. Col. Michael Aquino (ret.), and what does the evidence revealed in a Nebraska court hearing say about the current state of affairs inside the U.S. military? Is the Aquino case some kind of weird aberration that slipped off the Pentagon radar screen?
Not in the least.
Aquino, Satan and the U.S. military
Throughout much of the 1980s, Aquino was at the center of a controversy involving the Pentagon’s acquiescence to outright Satanic practices inside the military services. Aquino was also a prime suspect in a series of pedophile scandals involving the sexual abuse of hundreds of children, including the children of military personnel serving at the Presidio U.S. Army station in the San Francisco Bay Area. Furthermore, even as Aquino was being investigated by Army Criminal Investigation Division officers for involvement in the pedophile cases, he was retaining highest-level security clearances, and was involved in pioneering work in military psychological operations (« psy-ops »).
On August 14, 1987, San Francisco police raided Aquino’s Russian Hill home, which he shared with his wife Lilith. The raid was in response to allegations that the house had been the scene of a brutal rape of a four-year-old girl. The principal suspect in the rape, a Baptist minister named Gary Hambright, was indicted in September 1987 on charges that he committed « lewd and lascivious acts » with six boys and four girls, ranging in age from three to seven years, during September-October 1986. At the time of the alleged sex crimes, Hambright was employed at a child care center on the U.S. Army base at Presidio. At the time of Hambright’s indictment, the San Francisco police charged that he was involved in at least 58 separate incidents of child sexual abuse.
According to an article in the October 30, 1987 San Francisco Examiner, one of the victims had identified Aquino and his wife as participants in the child rape. According to the victim, the Aquinos had filmed scenes of the child being fondled by Hambright in a bathtub. The child’s description of the house, which was also the headquarters of Aquino’s Satanic Temple of Set, was so detailed, that police were able to obtain a search warrant. During the raid, they confiscated 38 videotapes, photo negatives, and other evidence that the home had been the hub of a pedophile ring, operating in and around U.S. military bases.
Aquino and his wife were never indicted in the incident. Aquino claimed that he had been in Washington at the time, enrolled in a year-long reserve officers course at the National Defense University, although he did admit that he made frequent visits back to the Bay Area and to his church/home. The public flap over the Hambright indictment did prompt the U.S. Army to transfer Aquino from the Presidio, where he was the deputy director of reserve training, to the U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Center in St. Louis.
On April 19, 1988, the ten-count indictment against Hambright was dropped by U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello, on the grounds that, while there was clear evidence of child abuse (six of the children contracted the venereal disease, chlamydia), there was insufficient evidence to link Hambright (or the Aquinos) to the crimes. Parents of several of the victims charged that Russoniello’s actions proved that « the Federal system has broken down in not being able to protect the rights of citizens age three to eight. »
Russoniello would later be implicated in efforts to cover up the links between the Nicaraguan Contras and South American cocaine-trafficking organizations, raising deeper questions about whether the decision not to prosecute Hambright and Aquino had « national security implications. »
Indeed, on April 22, 1989, the U.S. Army sent letters to the parents of at least 56 of the children believed to have been molested by Hambright, urging them to have their children tested for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), because Hambright, a former daycare center worker, was reported to be a carrier.
On May 13, 1989, the San Jose Mercury reported that Aquino and his wife had been recently questioned by Army investigators about charges of child molestation by the couple in two northern California counties, Sonoma and Mendocino. A 9-year-old girl in Santa Rosa, California, and an 11-year-old boy in Fort Bragg, also in California, separately identified Aquino as the rapist in a series of 1985 incidents, after they had seen him on television.
Satanic subversion of the U.S. Military by Jeffrey Steinberg
Softies on Satan
When the San Francisco Chronicle contacted Army officials at the Presidio to find out if Aquino’s security clearances had been lifted as the result of the pedophile investigations, the reporters were referred to the Pentagon, where Army spokesman Maj. Greg Rixon told them, « The question is whether he is trustworthy or can do the job. There is nothing that would indicate in this case that there is any problem we should be concerned about. »
Indeed, the Pentagon had already given its de facto blessings to Aquino’s long-standing public association with the Church of Satan and his own successor « church, » the Temple of Set. This, despite the fact that Aquino’s Satanic activities involved overt support for neo-Nazi movements in the United States and Europe. On October 10, 1983, while traveling in West Germany on « official NATO business, » Aquino had staged a Satanic « working » at the Wewelsburg Castle in Bavaria. Aquino wrote a lengthy account of the ritual, in which he invoked Nazi SS chief Heinrich Himmler: « As the Wewelsburg was conceived by Heinrich Himmler to be the ‘Mittelpunkt der Welt’ (‘Middle of the World’), and as the focus of the Hall of the Dead was to be the Gate of that Center, to summon the Powers of Darkness at their most powerful locus. »
As early as April 1978, the U.S. Army had circulated A Handbook for Chaplains « to facilitate the provision of religious activities. » Both the Church of Satan and the Temple of Set were listed among the « other » religions to be tolerated inside the U.S. military. A section of the handbook dealing with Satanism stated, « Often confused with witchcraft, Satanism is the worship of Satan (also known as Baphomet or Lucifer). Classical Satanism, often involving ‘black masses,’ human sacrifices, and other sacrilegious or illegal acts, is now rare. Modern Satanism is based on both the knowledge of ritual magick and the ‘anti-establishment’ mood of the 1960s. It is related to classical Satanism more in image than substance, and generally focuses on ‘rational self-interest with ritualistic trappings.’
No so fast! In 1982, the Temple of Set fissured over the issue of Aquino’s emphasis on Nazism. One leader, Ronald K. Barrett, shortly after his expulsion, wrote that Aquino had « taken the Temple of Set in an explicitly Satanic direction, with strong overtones of German National Socialist Nazi occultism … One fatality has occurred within the Temple membership during the period covered May 1982-July 1983. »
The handbook quoted « Nine Satanic Statements » from the Church of Satan, without comment. « Statement Seven, » as quoted in the handbook, read, « Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all fours, who, because of his ‘divine and intellectual development’ has become the most vicious animal of all. »
>From ‘psy-ops’ to ‘mindwars’
Aquino’s steady rise up the hierarchy of the Satanic world closely paralleled his career advances inside the U.S. military. According to an official biography circulated by the Temple of Set, « Dr. Aquino is High Priest and chief executive officer of the Temple of Set, the nation’s principal Satanic church, in which he holds the degree of Ipissimus VI. He joined the original Church of Satan in 1969, becoming one of its chief officials by 1975 when the Temple of Set was founded. In his secular profession he is a Lieutenant Colonel, Military Intelligence, U.S. Army, and is qualified as a Special-Forces officer, Civil Affairs officer, and Defense Attaché. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, the National Defense University and the Defense Intelligence College, and the State Departments’ Foreign Service Institute. »
Indeed, a more detailed curriculum vitae that Aquino provided to EIR, dated March 1989, claimed that he had gotten his doctorate at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1980, with his dissertation on « The Neutron Bomb. » He listed 16 separate military schools that he attended during 1968-87, including advanced courses in « Psychological Operations » at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and « Strategic Intelligence » at the Defense Intelligence College, at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.
Aquino was deeply involved in what has been called the « revolution in military affairs » (« RMA »), the introduction of the most kooky « Third Wave, » « New Age » ideas into military long-range planning, which introduced such notions as « information warfare » and « cyber-warfare » into the Pentagon’s lexicon.
In the early 1980s, at the same time that Heidi and Alvin Toffler were spinning their Tavistock « Third Wave » utopian claptrap to some top Air Force brass, Aquino and another U.S. Army colonel, Paul Vallely, were co-authoring an article for Military Review. Although the article was never published in the journal, the piece was widely circulated among military planners, and was distributed by Aquino’s Temple of Set. The article, titled « From PSYOP to Mindwar: The Psychology of Victory, » endorsed some of the ideas published in a 1980 Military Review article by Lt. Col. John Alexander, an affiliate of the Stanford Research Institute, a hotbed of Tavistock Institute and Frankfurt School « New Age » social engineering.
Aquino and Vallely called for an explicitly Nietzschean form of warfare, which they dubbed « mindwar. » « Like the sword Excalibur, » they wrote, « we have but to reach out and seize this tool; and it can transform the world for us if we have but the courage and the integrity to guide civilization with it. If we do not accept Excalibur, then we relinquish our ability to inspire foreign cultures with our morality. If they then devise moralities unsatisfactory to us, we have no choice but to fight them on a more brutish level. »
And what is « mindwar? » « The term is harsh and fear-inspiring, » Aquino wrote. « And it should be: It is a term of attack and victory-not one of rationalization and coaxing and conciliation. The enemy may be offended by it; that is quite all right as long as he is defeated by it. A definition is offered: Mindwar is the deliberate, aggressive convincing of all participants in a war that we will win that war. »
For Aquino, « mindwar » is a permanent state of strategic psychological warfare against the populations of friend and foe nations alike. « In its strategic context, mindwar must reach out to friends, enemies and neutrals alike across the globe … through the media possessed by the United States which have the capabilities to reach virtually all people on the face of the Earth. These media are, of course, the electronic media-television and radio. State of the art developments in satellite communication, video recording techniques, and laser and optical transmission of broadcasts make possible a penetration of the minds of the world such as would have been inconceivable just a few years ago. » Above all else, Aquino argues, mindwar must target the population of the United States, « by denying enemy propaganda access to our people, and by explaining and emphasizing to our people the rationale for our national interest. … Rather it states a whole truth that, if it does not now exist, will be forced into existence by the will of the United States. »
Oct 24, 2004
from DragonKeyPress Website
I was twelve years old. I had read about Aleister Crowley in a British music magazine called Sounds. The article was actually about Genesis P-Orridge founder and lead singer of the Industrial Noise band Throbbing Gristle and then later the occult, atmospheric band, Psychic T.V. Crowley had been as much of an influence on P-Orridge as P-Orridge was on me, so I figured that I had to look into this mysterious Mr. Crowley. I went to a rather esoteric bookstore near where I lived and went right for the Occult section. Low and behold there it was: Magick in Theory and Practice by one Mr. Aleister Crowley. I must admit to not understanding a word of Crowley’s doctrine. His book was filled with ideas, terms and language that flew right over my young, budding intellect.
I spent hour upon hour trying to decipher the meaning of each chapter. Occasionally I would stumble upon a ray of lucidity only to be dumped back into a bed of ignorance. I just couldn’t get it. “What was this man trying to say?!” Regardless of my inability to understand Crowley’s esoterica, I just could not put his book down. I began collecting his other books: Book Four, 777, Magick Without Tears. I started picking up books by his disciple Israel Regardie: The Tree of Life, The Middle Pillar, Garden of Pomegranates. Now the fog in my head began to clear. I began to understand that it wasn’t so much what Crowley was trying to convey that made understanding so difficult, but the way he said it. Crowley was so well-educated that even when he attempted to dummy up his doctrine for the masses, it was still way over most readers heads. His disciple Mr. Regardie was able to make this doctrine much more clear.
Crowley’s magick, revealed in the proper context and correlated with more recent philosophies, was easier to understand. Crowley’s magick is based on the secrets and ceremonial rituals of an occult organization known as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. In the late 1800s the Golden Dawn flourished under the leadership of one S.L. Macgregor Mathers. The idea was to ritually invoke various God-forms in a hierarchical fashion from the lowest gods to the highest in order to reach the original primal God-head and achieve supreme enlightenment. Put in a more modern context: The aim is to become possessed by various archetypes in order to make your very limited self whole.
The God-forms are the archetypes (figures taken from the worlds mythologies) that represent various aspects of the human psyche. This was understandable. I had read Carl Jung, so having Magick put to me in this way was not a problem. I could now read Crowley with a minimal amount of discomfort and I could pretty much understand most of the things he wrote about. But he would still refer to certain things in a cryptic manner. He would say things like “But this doctrine is only for the initiated”, or “Only members of the IX degree would have any understanding of the meaning behind this symbolism.” So here I was again. I had penetrated the veil of obscurity regarding one aspect of Crowley’s magick Yet was faced with a wall of secrecy. But not for long.
In my constant search for all things Crowley, I had come upon a book called The Cosmic Trigger by Robert Anton Wilson. Wilson revealed to me the key to Aleister Crowley’s Magick. The secret was – sex!! Crowley had combined yoga breathing and concentration techniques with the sex act. I had heard about Tantra, the Indian Left-hand path. In religious rituals the male would take on the identity of the Hindu God Shiva, and the female would play the role of the Hindu Goddess Shakti. In the act of sex they would combine the duality of male/female, dark/light, positive/negative represented by their coitus and achieve the trance of Oneness where all opposites are melded into a unity: the unity of the Cosmos. This ritual awakens the fire-snake or the Kundalini that is believed to lie dormant at the base of the spine. The Kundalini is the primordial power that lies behind all phenomena. This is what Crowley was doing, but instead of putting it in an Eastern mystical context he was bringing it to the west and utilizing our God-forms as well as the God’s from Ancient Egypt.
Now I understood Crowley’s basic secret. I began to find books that revealed more and more about this sexual magick. The best author on this subject turns out to be Mr. Kenneth Grant, an Englishman who was actually under the tutelage of Crowley during the last few years of Crowley’s life. I learned that there is more to this magick then just utilizing the sex energy to reach higher states of consciousness. There is also a method of sorcery in which the genital secretions of the partners of this rite are co-mingled and imbibed as a sacrament. This sacrament can grant the magician almost unlimited powers.
So where did Crowley obtain this information? Where did all of these very esoteric and specific rituals come from? In the year 1913, Crowley was approached by a man named Theodor Reuss. Reuss claimed to be the Grand Master of an organization known as the O.T.O.: The Ordo Templi Orientis or The Order of the Templars of the East. Reuss accused Crowley of revealing very important secrets of the O.T.O in one of his books. Crowley was dumbfounded. He had done no such thing! Well, apparently he had. Reuss went to Crowley’s book shelf and took down his Book of Lies. Turning to chapter 36 Reuss read:
“Let the Adept be armed with his Magick Rood (and provided with his Mystic Rose).”
Later in the same chapter it is written:
“Let him drink of the Sacrament and let him communicate the same.”
The Rood is the penis and the Rose is the vagina. Drinking of the Sacrament is the imbibing of the genital secretions. Without even knowing it Crowley had revealed the most esoteric secret of Western Ceremonial Magick!
“It instantly flashed upon me,” wrote Crowley. “The entire symbolism not only of Freemasonry but of many other traditions, blazed upon my spiritual vision.”
After this meeting Reuss immediately made Crowley the Head of the O.T.O of Great Britain. As the British head of the O.T.O Reuss had to make Crowley privy to where these secrets had germinated from. In the latest Crowley biography, Do What The Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley, by Lawrence Sutin, the author quotes Crowley’s good friend Gerald Yorke who remembers speaking with Crowley about this meeting:
“[Reuss] explained to Crowley the theory behind that school of Alchemy which uses sexual fluids and the Elixir of Life. He enlarged upon the Baphomet tradition of the Knights Templar and traced its alleged survival through the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light [a nineteenth century esoteric society]. He then showed the connection with those Tantrics who follow the left hand path [utilizing ritual sexual intercourse as a means of spiritual union with the godhead], and the Hathayogins who practiced sexual mudras [sacred postures].”
Now there were two more connections: the Knights Templar and their idol of worship, the Baphomet. But where had the O.T.O come from and what was their relationship to these Knights of Christ?
The O.T.O and The Knights Templar
The O.T.O had been founded in 1895 by a man named Karl Kellner. Kellner had been a high grade Mason. This fact will appear more important later in this article. Kellner died in 1905 and was replaced by his partner Theodor Reuss. The secrets that the O.T.O possessed had been handed down from various organizations the most notable being the Knights Templar. The Templars had been accused of all sorts of blasphemous things.
They were accused of holding rituals that contained rites which culminated in participants spitting on the crucifix, trampling on the crucifix, and basically blaspheming the name of Christ and the Church. They had also been accused of holding rites of a sexual nature. According to the O.T.O these are the rites that have been passed down for centuries, culminating in the IX degree rite of the O.T.O.
According to Lawrence Sutin:
“…the esoteric lineage of the O.T.O, drew both from Indian Tantraism and from a host of past Western secret societies, including (as the name O.T.O confirms), the Knights Templar.”
The one Order which was supposed to protect the Roman Church and its followers, an order that represented themselves as Knights of Christ, were, according to the O.T.O., practicing sex magick!
As soon as Crowley had been made the British Head of the Order he took on the name Baphomet. This is the idol that the Templars were alleged to have worshipped. The Baphomet has many meanings but for Crowley he believed the name came from a Greek word meaning “baptism of wisdom” or “absorption into wisdom.” The 19th century occultist Eliphas Levi designed an image of the Baphomet depicted as a goat’s head with a hermaphroditic body (representing the uniting of male and female).
Baphomet lore was considered by Theodor Reuss to be crucial to the O.T.O. I think that, principally, in the uniting of opposites within this image; above and below, waxing and waning Moon symbols, and the female breasts combined with the male generative organs, that this symbol represents all the secrets of the western esoteric tradition, specifically: sacred sexuality.
Apparently, after the Templars had been disbanded in 1307, various members (those who had not been executed) had carried on the Templar traditions and had passed on the secrets. They formed other esoteric societies and kept the secret doctrine alive. This secret doctrine passed into the hands of those later to be known as the Rosicrucians, the Freemasons and finally the O.T.O. But how had the Templars obtained this information? From what source had these rites been handed over to them? According to many sources the Knights Templar were carrying on the tradition of the one and only Jesus Christ!
Christ, Simon Magus, and the True Secret Doctrine
According to the latest research being conducted by certain New Testament scholars, Jesus Christ and his consort Mary Magdalene had been practicing sex magick, or sacred sexuality rituals. It is believed that Mary herself had initiated Christ into a sex magick order. The book The Templar Revelation by Lynn Pickett and Clive Prince meticulously goes over the latest findings to make a very good case for this theory. It is well known in most occult circles that the archetype of Jesus Christ – the dead and risen God – is the same archetype as Osiris from Egypt.
Every culture has a mythological figure that represents the dying of the worldly ego and the rebirth of a higher stage of consciousness. Christ was well aware of this. Having spent much time in Alexandria he was extremely aware of the myth of Osiris. It is believed that Christ went out of his way to emulate the Egyptian God Osiris, to the extent of actually having himself crucified so that he could experience a near- physical death and live out the myth of the dead and risen God. What is left out of the Bible is that Christ needed a female consort to complete the myth. Osiris had his Isis, Shiva had his Shakti, and Christ had his Magdalene.
In the myth of Osiris, the God is cut to pieces by Set. Yet, Isis manages to scrape up all of his parts and glue them back together, except for his penis, which in some versions of the story has been eaten by a fish. Nevertheless, magickally, Isis is able to impregnate herself with this emasculated corpse, and gives birth to their son, the « Crowned and Conquering Child » Horus, who eventually avenges his fathers death. The key to this birth or rebirth is sex! It is believed that in Egypt sex had been used as a sacrament and a religious rite for centuries.
Picknett and Prince write:
“Some of the most sacred ancient Egyptian rites were sexual – for example, a daily religious observance on the part of the Pharaoh and his consort that involved him being masturbated by her. This was a symbolic re-enactment of the god Ptah’s creation of the universe, which he effected by similar means. Religious imagery in palaces and temples unequivocally depicted this act…”
A contemporary of Jesus Christ was Simon Magus. Simon had been accused of holding blasphemous sexual rites and practicing sorcery. As Osiris had his Isis and Jesus his Mary, Simon had Helen. Simon Magus had been known as a sorcerer and a sex magician, and was seen as representing the satanic opposite of Christ.
But according to Picknett and Prince:
“Simon Magus and Jesus were, as far as the early Church was concerned, dangerously alike in their teaching, which is why Simon was accused of having tried to steal the Christians’ knowledge. This is tacit admission that his own teaching was, in fact, compatible with that of Jesus-even that he was part of the same movement.
The implications of this are disturbing. Were the sexual rites of Simon and Helen for example, also practiced by Jesus and Mary Magdalene? According to Epiphanius, the Gnostics had a book called the Great Questions of Mary, which purported to be the inner secrets of the Jesus movement and which took the form of ‘obscene’ ceremonies.”
As contemporaries and as rival cult leaders, I think it’s pretty obvious that what one man knew, so did the other! This is the secret doctrine that was passed onto what later became the Knights Templar, then the Rosicrucians, the Freemasons, and later the O.T.O. »
Crowley has hinted in many of his publications that he held the real secrets of Christ. The pre-Church Gnostics were revered by Crowley as carriers of the true secrets of Jesus Christ. In one of Crowley’s most important publications, The Equinox of the Gods he writes:
“Refuse the Law, you put yourself beyond its pale. It is the Law that Jesus Christ, or rather the Gnostic tradition of which the Christ-legend is a degradation, attempted to teach; but nearly every word he said was misinterpreted and garbled by his enemies, particularly by those who called themselves his disciples.”
But Crowley knew the real Law of Christ. The Templars knew, the Masons knew and the Rosicrucians knew. The way to true enlightenment was also the way to life. Sex is the basis of all things. The uniting of opposites is the secret of the world: God and Beast, Lingam and Yoni, Good and Evil, Creation and Destruction.
Former Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin dropped out of sight after the disastrous merger with AOL. Now he’s back, selling brain painting, equine therapy, and soul communion with the dead.
- By Seth Stevenson
- Published Jul 9, 2007
Jerry and Laurie Ann Levin outside Moonview Sanctuary in Santa Monica, California.
(Photo: Amanda Marsalis)
Jerry Levin sits in a sunlight-splashed room in Santa Monica, California, overlooking a courtyard fountain and a weeping willow. He wears a droopy sweater in a muted tone and a pair of comfortable sneakers. He nibbles an organic vegan lunch that’s been prepared for us by the chef here at Moonview Sanctuary.
“We want you to enjoy the meal,” Levin says to me, “without any pressure with respect to the article that you have to write.” I tell him it’s difficult for me to hang loose when I’m doing my job. “That’s the way I used to treat business meals,” he says. “There would be food, but I never enjoyed it.”
Gerald Levin was once chairman and CEO of Time Warner. He oversaw 90,000 employees. He served as a director of the New York Stock Exchange and was a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. He was perhaps the most powerful media executive in the world.
Today, Levin is presiding director of Moonview Sanctuary, a “holistic healing institute” with a full-time staff of fewer than twenty people. Just down the hall from us is a yoga room with an extremely large gong. Another room holds tribal hand drums, Tibetan bowls, and traditional gamelan instruments—all used in ceremonial “men’s circles” led by Moonview clinicians. There’s a massage and acupuncture room. A chiropractic room. A room where Moonview clients can work on their “journaling.” In the hallway is a marble Buddha statue, posed in a mudra representing service and protection. The statue was a gift from Levin to his wife, Laurie, who is Moonview’s founder and CEO.
Levin first met Dr. Laurie Perlman in June 2002. Musing on his future plans in a CNN interview with Lou Dobbs, Levin had said he hoped to bring “the poetry” back into his life. Laurie saw the quote, and its delicate sentiment struck a chord with her. She called Levin to request a meeting, and for reasons he still can’t fully explain, he gave her half an hour the next Monday morning.
“I don’t know why I was compelled to meet with her,” he says between slow, careful bites of tofu. “It seemed like it was coming so far out of left field. At first I thought she was asking for an investment, and that would have turned me off immediately. But she was smart enough not to say that—even if she had that in mind.”
Levin, 68, sports an off-and-on gray beard and a California tan these days, but back then, he was a pale, clean-shaven executive. About a month prior to his meeting with Laurie, he’d retired from Time Warner, after ten years as its CEO, in the wake of a devastating misstep: the ill-fated merger with AOL, which he’d eagerly spearheaded and which had essentially vaporized $200 billion of shareholder money. The stock was down 70 percent since the deal. Exiled to a temporary office, he was preparing to depart in shame from the company he’d worked at for over 30 years and ran for ten.
“You could hunt elk in this office, it was so big,” says Laurie. Laurie is a blonde 54-year-old. She’s quick to smile, and there’s something girlish in the way she flops down for a chat on the overstuffed couch in her office. She spent 25 years in the entertainment industry—first as an agent at CAA (her bio says she scouted and signed Madonna and Michael Keaton) and later as the head of her own film-production company—before she changed gears and entered an unaccredited, three-year psychology program at Ryokan College in Los Angeles. Upon getting her degree, she developed a plan to create a “temple of transformation, about self-love and inner peace,” which would cater to people in the public eye. Why did she feel that Gerald Levin might help her launch a boutique wellness clinic? “Because who better would understand the need to have a safe place to take a tumble in private,” she says.
To prepare for her meeting with Levin, Laurie consulted an unusual confidant. “Before we met, I Googled Jerry’s info and started to pull up the articles around Jonathan and his murder,” she says. In 1997, Levin experienced the worst tragedy imaginable for a parent. His 31-year-old son, Jonathan, who’d chosen to work as an English teacher at a public high school in the Bronx, was brutally robbed, tortured, and killed in his Upper West Side apartment by a former student and an accomplice. They bound Jonathan with duct tape, cut him with a knife until he revealed his ATM number, went outside to withdraw $800 from his bank account, then returned and shot him in the head.
Inside Moonview SanctuaryFrom left, the office of Moonview’s medical director; a marble Buddha statue in a hallway that was a gift from Jerry Levin to his wife, Laurie.
(Photo: Misha Erwitt)
“I meditated and got myself into a place where I was very relaxed and awake,” says Laurie. “You remain empty to receive the answer, and you see what comes through. And Jon talked to me. I thought he was preparing me for the meeting. But he was also preparing me for Jerry’s and my relationship, though I didn’t know it at the time.”
She did not mention to Levin, at this initial meeting, that she’d spoken with his dead son. But six months later, the two of them went to dinner at Michael’s, and the mood became more intimate. Laurie decided this was a good moment to discuss what she calls “soul communion.”
“Normally, it would have offended me,” says Levin. “Particularly when anyone mentioned my son, I would just shut down. But without knowing why, from an emotional point of view, I received this as being real. It was so far beyond my own belief system, yet in an intuitive flash it seemed so real to me and so believable. So I was drawn to that.”
He was drawn to Laurie too. It was on this night that Levin says he first realized they would be “partners in love.” They began to talk on the phone eight hours a day. Soon after (though he says his marriage had long been dying of its own accord), Levin asked his wife of 32 years for a divorce.
Although they won’t disclose Moonview Sanctuary’s revenue, Laurie and Jerry say it’s very close to breaking even. And it’s been successful enough that they’re now actively seeking to open a second branch in New York. Laurie has already bought furnishings for a New York Moonview. She spent several days in Bali choosing them, and they’re now waiting in storage. “She’s got some extraordinary pieces in,” says Jerry with pride. They’re looking for about 8,000 square feet somewhere in Manhattan. At one point, they had a deal on a space in Chelsea, but it fell through.
“The need is enormous there,” says Jerry. “The wellness stuff is there—Chopra has a center right in Manhattan. But on the high end right now, people get sent to Pennsylvania, to Tucson, to Promises.”
Whatever business potential it might hold for Moonview, for Levin a return to New York is a weighty move. It was only five years ago that he fled Manhattan. “The merger drove him to reinvent himself because it was such a public failure,” says a former colleague, who knew and worked with Levin for many years. “After that, he left his job, his industry, his city, and his marriage.”
How does one recover from a failure like that—as Laurie puts it, “a tumble”? As a CEO, Levin says, “I had the arrogance of power. The ability to do things, to fly anywhere, and whether I was being written about positively or negatively, it didn’t matter because I was always written about. That suffuses into your identity.” If and when he comes back now, it will be on far humbler terms. Among the old Time Warner guard, there are embers of resentment that flame at the mention of Jerry Levin. Of course, much of the animosity stems from the AOL merger. (There’s a feeling that Levin has never really apologized for his role in the debacle, and former co-workers left holding ravaged pensions harbor a particularly acute rage.) But the antipathy goes deeper: Levin’s climb up the corporate ladder left him with a fair number of enemies.
A former attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Levin got his start with Time Inc. at HBO. One might even say on HBO: Levin was the first person to appear on the network, welcoming viewers when it launched with a hockey game in 1972. Three years later, in a brilliant move, he pushed to have the channel distributed over satellite. The world’s first satellite-TV broadcast was the live HBO telecast of the Muhammad Ali–Joe Frazier “Thrilla in Manila” boxing match. The accomplishment drove up Time Inc. stock and forged Levin’s reputation as a media-industry seer. Levin was Time Inc.’s (and later Time Warner’s, after the 1990 merger with Warner Communications that he helped negotiate) eggheaded “resident genius”—aided by a perceived facility for quickly grasping the possibilities of new technology.
By the end of 1998, Levin’s vision seemed golden. His was the biggest and best-regarded media conglomerate in the country, prompting the New York Times to refer to “the wonderful world of Time Warner.” The stock shot up 61 percent over a twelve-month period. With hits like ER and Friends, Warner Bros.’s TV division was throwing off billions. And Levin’s $12 billion acquisition of Ted Turner’s cable networks and 2 million new cable subscribers—at a time when the cable industry was thought to be on the wane—were proving to be shrewd, forward-looking moves. And so, in January 2000, when Levin believed wholeheartedly that then-hot America Online would be the savior of his “old media” behemoth, he kept some of his top managers in the dark about the deal, rather than seek their counsel. Levin traded 55 percent of Time Warner in exchange for AOL stock. Then the Internet bubble burst.
Expanding the EmpireLevin was the CEO of Time Warner from 1992 to 2002, years in which it grew into the biggest media company in the world. From left, Levin and Ted Turner announcing Time Warner’s acquisition of Turner Broadcasting in 1995; a tieless Levin, with AOL’s Steve Case, announcing the AOL-Time Warner merger in 2000.
(Photo: From left, Maiman Rick/Corbis Sygma; Mike Segar/Reuters/Corbis)
On his way to the top, Levin honed a gift for boardroom machination. He was, as a former colleague puts it, “a corporate killer.” Michael Fuchs is an especially disgruntled victim. For a long time, he was the head of HBO, then moved to run Warner Music. Until Levin fired him. Fuchs still holds a grudge, frequently trashing Levin in public, most recently in a charity-event speech at HBO last month.
“No one has ever left a company more disliked than he was,” Fuchs tells me. “He didn’t have one friend in the company. Or one friend outside the company. Nor has anyone left such a powerful company in worse shape. He killed everyone in the way of keeping or getting his job. We called him Caligula.”
Levin now explains his infighting as a perhaps misguided pursuit of what was best for the company—not just in business terms but in terms of its obligations to society at large. “I thought I had a handle on both the financial and philosophical interests of the company,” he says, “and that I had a destiny to fulfill. I saw deficiency in others to understand the larger purpose of the enterprise”—Time Warner—“and to pull it off. That was my rationalization for what might seem like very severe and competitive behavior.”
In the view of a former Time Warner insider, Levin’s new incarnation is right out of his standard playbook: When under fire, retreat to an ethereal, philosophical plane. “At the start, Jerry didn’t have a typical CEO image, and he was competing with the Malones and Turners and Redstones. So he took on the image of the visionary to compete in that world.”
At the very least, it has always been true that Gerald Levin sees things that others don’t.
Levin is involved with every single client who comes through Moonview. He sits in on all the practitioners’ meetings, where the healing approaches are planned. And he joins in every men’s ceremonial drumming circle. “It’s using a ritual, archetypal setting to get at the most fundamental questions of life,” he says. “Instead of a male hierarchy, it becomes almost feminine in its openness. Normally, you’re defended, calculating, with an agenda. Here, it melts away. Each session is particular to the individual and to the group, depending on what’s needed. Does somebody need a rite of passage? Does somebody need an understanding of love? Ultimately, we’re trying to break down male culture.”
Though he is in no way trained or licensed, Levin also offers himself for one-on-one conversations with both male and female clients, using his own story as a jumping-off point. “I feel I’m open and have nerve endings now to understand people,” he says. “And I’m not limited by professional boundaries—which is very helpful. This is a temple of transformation, and I’m the poster boy.”
I am sitting in a room at Moonview Sanctuary, gripping a small round object in each fist. These objects have wires trailing from them, and the wires attach to a machine in front of me. The objects vibrate against my palms, in alternating bursts every second or so—left fist, right fist, again and again. Meanwhile, my eyes follow a small red light at the top of the machine. It blinks a path from left to right, right to left, in sync with the buzzing. The overall effect is disorientation: My brain feels mildly weirded out.
This is eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR. It’s been found to help victims of post-traumatic-stress disorder. “I’m fascinated by EMDR,” says Levin. “It’s a recent phenomenon, but I actually have a shaman’s artifact used hundreds of years ago where the medicine man would go like this”—Levin waves a bony finger back and forth in front of my face, looking into my eyes with his—“and get people into a state. All these open up the psychological things that are imprisoned in your body, and that I find fascinating.”
In addition to EMDR, Moonview offers neurofeedback “brain painting.” In this treatment, your brain is connected to a computer through electrodes. When you’ve aligned your brain waves in a healthy distribution, gentle music plays, and the computer’s monitor shows you a video of a pretty green island in an empty ocean. When your brain waves get off track, the music goes silent and the video abruptly stops. The idea is to train your mind, over time, to lock into that optimum wave state.
There’s also equine therapy. Moonview brings you out to a stable in Malibu, where you attempt to clean a horse’s back hoof without its kicking your ribs into pulp. (“It’s about finding attunement with another living being,” says Gaetano Vaccaro, Moonview’s deputy clinical director.) Most recently, Laurie and Jerry have been exploring a therapy called “holotropic breathwork”—a hypnotic technique using rhythmic breathing and music. “Jerry and I have both done it,” says Laurie. “There’s nothing here we don’t try ourselves.”
For treatments like these (plus the men’s circles, the acupuncture, the standard talk therapy, and everything else on offer), Moonview’s clients pay a single flat rate of $175,000 per year, or lesser fees for shorter periods. Cases are actively managed by a team of ten to twelve practitioners, who meet frequently to discuss the best course of treatment.
The sky-high price and L.A. setting tend to attract a clientele stocked disproportionately with celebrities and Hollywood players. About 50 percent of Moonview’s clients are dealing with some sort of addiction problem—alcohol, drugs, sex—and to cater to this crowd, Moonview guarantees absolute privacy and confidentiality. The facility is located in a nondescript office complex in Santa Monica. A celebrity can be driven into an underground parking garage, ushered into a private elevator, and led into Moonview’s offices entirely out of sight.
Inside Moonview’s corridors, the discretion is maintained. Group sessions (like the drum circles) don’t involve multiple clients in a circle with one staff member—instead, it’s multiple staff members with a single client. The staff also coordinates client movements to ensure there are no random encounters in the hallways. When I was given a tour, staff members peeked around every corner before signaling that it was okay for me to follow. Laurie emphasizes that this degree of personal service is what distinguishes Moonview, where the programs are “all designed for the uniqueness of you.” I get the sense that she views herself as a sort of social activist, bettering humanity one fragile, wealthy soul at a time.
“Moonview is a temple of transformation, and I’m the poster boy,” says Jerry Levin. “Ultimately, we’re trying to break down male culture.”
Many of Moonview’s treatments are in and of themselves fairly mainstream and widely practiced, including EMDR, though Harvard psychology professor Richard J. McNally feels the lights and buzzers of the machine are (almost literally) “bells and whistles.” He says that no convincing evidence has demonstrated that the eye movements the machine induces have any effect. As for equine therapy, McNally had never heard of it. When I described it to him, his response was a chuckling “Ooookaaaay.”
Gerald Levin believed in cable television. He believed in AOL. Today, he believes in his wife. I’ve seen Jerry and Laurie smooch in the hallways of Moonview, and their body language is all giddy adoration. The most recent time I spoke to them, over the phone, they’d just returned from a vacation in Kauai, where she hiked, he jogged, and they meditated together every morning and night. “It’s hard to fight when you meditate together,” says Laurie. I ask Laurie what attracted her to Jerry. “First of all, I’m stroking his head as I answer,” she says. “You can write that. To answer your question: I love the generosity of his wisdom and the patience with which he listens.”
I then put the question to Jerry. “I love the profound nature of our relationship,” he says, “which is constantly searching, aspiring, and questioning together. Laurie radiates a light that makes you feel warm and inspired at the same time.”
I’ve sensed only genuine love and devotion between them, but it’s clear to me that their relationship could be construed by some as distasteful, or perhaps even sinister. Cast in the coldest, most cynical terms: Laurie sought a meeting with a wealthy man and, after laying a bit of groundwork, told him she’d communicated with his tragically murdered son. The wealthy man believed—no doubt wanted to believe—in her supernatural tale, and within months, he became both her lover and her business partner.
Jerry and Laurie view this as a “narrow” and ridiculous interpretation of what really happened. Jerry has emphasized to me repeatedly that their relationship is “the most unusual thing. Other people like to put things in a familiar category, but this relationship is unique.” Laurie dismisses the notion that their love was built on a foundation of grief. “Jon had been dead five years when we met,” she points out. “It wasn’t about the resolution of grief. It was about the inspiration of a new perspective: that we are eternal.”
Despite Jerry’s protestations about how “unique” these circumstances were, I was struck by something odd that happened in the midst of one of my interviews with Laurie. She suddenly interrupted the conversation. “Is there a connection that you have with Ian Schrager?” she asked. I told her I’d spoken to the hotelier once for a story. Oh, and I’ve stayed in his hotels on occasion. “So you have spoken to him, and he’s someone you’ve connected with,” she nodded, latching onto an inflated notion of our relationship. “I think you’re a link to help me get to him. I’ve been trying to get in touch with Ian because if Moonview expands, I felt like we could do something as a partnership.”
A few weeks later, I brought this exchange up with Laurie. She told me that Ian Schrager’s brother was a friend of hers in high school and that Schrager’s dead mother has “come to” her over the years. “Blanche came while you and I were talking,” Laurie explained to me. “I felt my energy pulled, and I knew I was having a simultaneous conversation with the other side. So I felt compelled to ask you about Ian. I felt I was meant to bring it up.”
Richard Parsons, Levin’s successor as Time Warner’s chairman and CEO, says that even in Levin’s corporate-killer days, there were flashes of a “holy man” within. “It’s just that Jerry had a day job that kept him from pursuing this side of himself.” (Parsons has announced that he plans to retire in the next year or two, but he tells me he has no spiritual bent akin to Levin’s that he’s waiting to break out. “I don’t have the philosophical orientation that Jerry has,” he says. When I ask him about his postretirement plan, rumored to include a run for mayor of New York in 2009, he laughs. “I’m a vintner. I like wine.”)
“Some might see Jerry’s current life as a pose,” says a former Time Warner colleague. “But that’s Jerry: He has the type of personality that’s amazingly convincing in whatever he embraces. I’ve seen him talk about Moonview, and he had the same earnestness when he talked about the AOL merger. He could have backed out of the merger at any time, but it was that one-mindedness that kept him locked into it.” Still, says the colleague, “A lot of people were surprised by how quick the transition was to his new persona.”
Michael Eisner, who’s known Levin for 25 years, was pushed out as CEO of Disney in 2005 after shareholder outcry. Perhaps identifying with Levin’s quest for a fresh start, Eisner says he sees no artifice at work in Levin’s new identity. “I don’t think it’s an act. I think people who have that view are being disingenuous themselves. I think he’s committed to this and to his wife.”
Laurie says that during the planning stages for Moonview, she personally consulted Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.
“Even before I met Laurie,” Levin says, “one morning I got up and said, ‘I’m 63, I have no belief system.’ As a CEO, I may have worked on mergers and satellites, but I never stopped and went inside and said, ‘Why am I here? Where am I going? What’s eventually going to happen?’”
He claims he never quite felt at ease in the corporate world. “There was the ‘me’ that was doing that,” he says, speaking about his time as a suit-clad warrior, “and the ‘me’ that was observing what was going on. I’m kind of looking at myself participating in negotiations, board meetings, shareholder meetings, speeches—I would kind of wind myself up and go in and perform. I stopped paying attention to myself, let alone my family.”
At Moonview, he revels in the opportunity to help the type A clients hurtling down the path he at last diverged from. The advice he gives them: “Everyone you interact with, you should come at with patience and understanding. Of course, it’s hard to do that in the male-oriented, brutal environment that modern corporations exist in.”
Certainly Levin was primed to embrace Laurie’s conception of the afterlife. In Parsons’s eyes, Levin’s transformation has little to do with the bitter fallout from the AOL merger. Or the simmering pressures of life in a ruthless, male-oriented environment. Or the general urge to reinvent oneself after a public failure. It has everything to do, argues Parsons, with the unimaginable horror and pain that Levin endured when his son was murdered.
“People tend to put them back-to-back,” says Parsons, “but you can’t compare those two things. AOL, that’s a business transaction. Losing a child is the one thing that no human being is equipped by nature to deal with.”
‘It happened to be a son who shared the same birthday as me,” says Levin. “Who was teaching, doing what I aspired to do. Who loved sports the same way I did. To have him taken away, without any warning, in the most brutal fashion. To see it portrayed in the media. It was getting so much attention because it happened to be the son of a CEO, and that really got to me. But I had no response for it. I had no way of dealing with it. So I didn’t deal with it. But it was the most powerful thing that has happened to me in my life.”
There is something distinctly solemn about Levin. He speaks in a slow, even voice, always quiet and never rushed. He hunches his head low over his sloped shoulders and bends his chin into his hollow chest. His eyes look watery and haunted. Not long into our lunch at Moonview—and slightly out of nowhere—he reveals to me that he has suffered from epilepsy and that more recently he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “It’s another trauma,” he says. “We deal here a lot with people who’ve had medical diagnoses that turn their lives around.”
Moonview has in some cases done “end of life” work with its clients, preparing them emotionally and spiritually for their own deaths. In certain situations, Laurie will also delve into “soul communion”—assisting a client in contacting someone who is dead. She uses the same technique she employed to speak with Levin’s deceased son. “My life’s mission has been proving that we are eternal,” says Laurie. “That we don’t die and that we graduate to a guidance realm.”
Laurie is also writing a book, and attempting to file a patent, regarding “the way a corporation or an endeavor can be founded using ‘the other side’ as your partners. You’re bringing in souls past and present.” As Jerry describes it, “Organizations can consult the guidance of an unseen realm. The metaphor is that it gives off into the ether, and it’s always there, like a television signal. Everything that’s ever been broadcast is somewhere out there.” Laurie says that during the planning stages for Moonview, she personally consulted Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. She says Moonview as a whole consulted “Christ, Buddha, and doctors who’ve made breakthroughs.”
“This isn’t like writing a letter to Santa,” she says. “These souls are operative all the time, but we have to invite them in. This is built into the fabric of Moonview. We consult parts of the unseen world in everything we do.”
“The founding of Moonview has been inspired by—to use a word everyone is comfortable with—angels who died,” says Jerry. “This is not The Secret, this is not What the Bleep, it’s not something for Oprah—not to demean anything. This is a very profound understanding that’s there to help people.”
Laurie consistently refers to Moonview as a “temple,” and the ultimate role of any religion—be it Judaism, Christianity, Scientology, or soul communion—is to provide its faithful with some sort of reassuring template for processing death. It’s easy to see why Levin was drawn to Laurie: She offered a soothing answer to the eternal question. More important, she gave Levin his son back.
“If I didn’t have this traumatic call,” says Levin, “I probably would have gone down some conventional path, I guess. I like to think that there was something inside of me and that everything here just brought it out. I always thought I was a little unusual for being a CEO. But I think what you’re getting now is the real me. I think everything that’s happened to me was meant to happen. I don’t live with regret, and I’m not into do-overs.”
He gazes out the window, and speaks once more in that measured incantation of his. “I wouldn’t redo anything, actually,” he says.
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