Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, a Religion?
No. AMORC, which stands for Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, is not a religion and does not require a specific code of belief or conduct. Rosicrucian students come from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. Becoming a Rosicrucian student does not in any way require you to leave your church, join a church, or change your religious beliefs. Some Rosicrucian members do not subscribe to any specific religious beliefs at all. For students who do, we encourage them to participate in the religion of their choice. As a result, Rosicrucian students come from every religious denomination, and through our teachings, many find a greater appreciation of the mystical principles underlying their individual religious and philosophical beliefs. Those who do not belong to any particularreligion often discover a sense of connection with a higher intelligence that was missing in their lives before.
The Rosicrucian path incorporates both metaphysics and mysticism. Metaphysics is that which falls beyond the five physical senses; for example, intuition, visualization, and healing techniques. Mysticism is simply the process by which you may eventually experience direct, conscious union with the Absolute, Divine Mind, Universal Intelligence, or what some Rosicrucian students call the God of their Hearts. This is not done by adhering to specific tenets or beliefs, but by learning and applying natural laws which, over time, allow you to
experience Divine or Cosmic Consciousness. The Rosicrucian Order does not attempt to define the nature of the deity. Rather, you will remain free to discover this through your own reflections. This same approach applies to everything that is presented through the Rosicrucian teachings.
We don’t expect you to accept anything on faith. We want you to think for yourself, to learn how to draw upon the higher knowledge already within you. What we provide are simply the tools to enable you to accomplish this. The Rosicrucian teachings contain practical exercises and experiments that allow you to demonstrate for yourself the principles presented in the lessons and to access your own source of inner wisdom and guidance. As you do this, you’ll begin developing natural abilities that may have been left dormant throughout your life. Almost immediately you’ll begin to see your life in a different light.
How Is the Organization Structured?
The Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, is a non-profit, educational, charitable organization which is classified by the United States Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3). Its activities and services are supported by dues and donations received from Rosicrucian students. After expenses are covered, all additional funds go back into the organization to further benefit its students, allowing us to expand our services, develop new programs and other projects that will help us accomplish our humanitarian goals.
About other Rosicrucian groups
There are a number of web pages using the word "rosicrucian" in their name. Some are created by small groups who describe themselves as rosicrucian, while others are created by private individuals who simply have an interest in rosicrucianism. We're often asked if these other web sites are affiliated with the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC. The answer is: A few of them are, but most are not.
The word "rosicrucian" is so old it cannot be trademarked, so other groups cannot be prevented from using it. However, the term "AMORC" in our name, Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, identifies us as the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, and no other group can use the word "AMORC" in its name.
AMORC has been operating in its current format since 1915, and we have affiliated lodges and chapters all over the world. Many of the other "rosicrucian" groups appearing on the web have been created in just the past few years, and appear to have no physical headquarters or facilities. Further, their philosophies may vary widely from those of AMORC. It has long been AMORC policy to not comment on, judge or evaluate the concepts, techniques or claims of other organisations. Through your own investigation, you will come to evaluate for yourself the worthiness of an organisation.
Our international web site at www.amorc.org contains a list of official AMORC web sites in various languages. These are the only web sites associated with AMORC. Any other web sites are NOT affiliated with our organisation, even though their name may be similar, or the content of their web page may mimic ours.
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