That first day of SU was one of those crisp,
bright blue October days special to Colorado. Excitement was in the air.
Initially we registered, got room assignments, bought books and supplies and
settled into our dorm rooms. We were housed at the Chateau Motor Hotel on
Nevada Ave. in Colorado Springs. It was not a great area of the city about
a ten minute drive from LaTourelle. The church had leased the motel mainly
for housing but they also rented some of the rooms to the public.
J. A. and W.Z. ran the front desk. Peter Arnone,
A.C. and J.G. were also part of the motel staff at some point.
The motel restaurant was converted to a cafeteria
for staff and students. There were also staff offices set up in some of
the motel rooms at the Chateau. James McCaffrey and his secretary M.B., and Dr. Boumaís chiropractic clinic were there as well as a room for
the bookstore that K.M. ran. Computer services, Edward Francis and
Murray Steinman also had offices
there. We were bussed back and forth to LaTourelle.
Simultaneous to level three of SU, Saint
Germainís quarter (the seventh quarter held to date) of first level was in
session during that fall of 1975 at LaTourelle. Third level had sixteen
students. I think there were at least 40-50 first level students. The
third level classroom was the former bedroom of Mark and Elizabeth Prophet on
the second floor. First level had class in the chapel on the first floor.
This was the first level three that had ever been held. Because the pink third ray is that of the Holy Spirit, the Maha Chohan, the
representative of the Holy Spirit, sponsored third level. Every day we
heard a taped dictation from the Maha Chohan via Mark Prophet. During the
quarter, I came to realize that most of the dictations through Mark Prophet did
not contain much concrete information. I just chalked it up to the Holy
Spirit releasing "radiation" instead of information. I called
We also had The Greatest Salesman in the World by
Og Mandino as a text. I think it was one of Mark Prophetís favorite books.
(Mark Prophet had a background in sales.) Twice a day as a group we read outloud one of the chapters from the book per the
Third level curriculum included a speech class
that Jerome Armstrong taught. As always, I enjoyed Jeromeís wit and
Monroe Shearer had a class on leadership with a textbook
entitled The Governing Elite. (This title bothered me. Over the
course of Monroeís class I came to believe I was not leadership material
because I did not feel a part of the elite. Never didÖand still
donít.) Monroe also had us purchase a biography of George Washington.
Guy Ballard was supposedly embodied as Washington and Monroe used him as a
leadership role model. Unlike the previous classes that Monroe had taught
at SU, I didnít get much out of this one. Monroeís aloof, impersonal
and aristocratic style of leadership was not something I cared for or wanted to
Third level texts also included a book about
Padre Pio. I think Mrs. Prophet did talk about him during the quarter but
I donít recall ever reading the book for an assignment. We also
purchased St. Therese of Lisiuexís Autobiography but we never did anything
with it during the quarter.
The second Leaves of Moryaís Garden published
by the Roerich foundation was also something we purchased but I donít think we
used it. Mrs. Prophet lectured from the Letters of Helena Roerich also
published by the Agni Yoga society. One or two of these lectures were
delivered at Sunday morning services to both levels.
Mrs. Prophet taught mainly from one of the I AM
books entitled Unveiled Mysteries. This book was written by the Ballards
under the pseudonym Godfre Ray King. It recounts Guy Ballardís supposed
early encounters with Saint Germain and other masters. It makes for
fascinating reading and it was my favorite third-level course with Mrs. Prophet.
[Aside: The Prophets recommended that
students purchase and read the first three books of the I AM series which
included Unveiled Mysteries, The Magic Presence and the first of The Discourses.
Mrs. Prophet told us that in later years Mrs. Ballard began to lose it as a
messenger and so the rest of the I AM Discourses were considered suspect in
terms of content.]
In third level, we listened to many more taped
lectures than in my first two quarters in Santa Barbara. We heard several tapes
of Mark Prophet and some tapes of Mrs. Prophet to staff.
[Aside: Markís lectures always had the
most intriguing titles. I found that most of them did not live up to their
titles, though. He had his moments, but after I heard several of Markís
lectures I felt that he meandered too much. I thought then if I had met
Mark Prophet I probably would not have been sparked to join TSL the way I was
when I first saw and heard Mrs. Prophet that July night in 1973.]
I donít recall that Barbara Armstrong taught
any third level course but I may be wrong. Annice Booth stayed in Santa
Barbara to head up the Motherhouse but she may have commuted to teach her
ascension class to level one. I donít remember. Kay Steinman was
the TA for level three and I think L.L.C. was the TA in first level by
Unlike my first two levels in Santa Barbara,
clearances were an emphasis during this quarter. Both level one and level
three students received clearances from Mrs. Prophet in person. The
process of clearances at SU had evolved a bit by 1975. Mrs. Prophet wore a
long purple robe and used a short blue sword. (This sword was given to her
by T.Y. a first level student from the spring quarter of SU in 1974
in Santa Barbara.)
During the clearance, the whole class would be
decreeing up a storm as an individual student knelt in front of Mrs. Prophet
while she silently read that personís confession letter. After she read
the letter, Mrs. Prophet would do a physical clearance on the student which
included lots of "bolts" and "blazes" and invocations as
well as physical cutting actions around the studentís aura.
clearance, she told me to make calls surrendering my substance to be cleared as
she performed the clearance action. I prayed for all I was worth!
"What an opportunity!" I thought to myself. ) How much
"substance" the person had to be cleared determined the length and
difficulty of each clearance.
Although she named no one specifically, Mrs.
Prophet did tell the third-level students that some of the first level students
had much substance to be taken. Mrs. Prophet said that she was required to
cycle the substance from the clearance through her being. It was part of
her role at SU as messenger. She would be burdened for a certain period of
time after doing clearances as the substance cycled through her.
For my clearance letter I wrote down every bad
thing I could remember that I had ever done even though my first two levels at
SU had included life confession letters. I guess I felt the first two
didnít really take because I hadnít been there in-person when Mrs. Prophet
did her spiritual work on me. Anyway, I felt cleansed after my clearance
although I felt guilty for burdening Mrs. Prophet with my stuff. I was
very grateful that she was willing to bear the burden of my substance.
I was choked up with gratitude towards her.
Each clearance was a lengthy process. It
took most of the quarter to do everyone. It put a terrible strain on Mrs.
Prophetís voice. Not far into the quarter, Mrs. Prophet lost her voice
and was ordered on a voice rest by her doctor. (At that time, there
were no medical doctors on staff. This was an outside physician.) He
said she may lose her voice if she did not rest it. During her voice rest,
Mrs. Prophet did not speak at all. She would come to class and teach by
writing on the chalkboard.
The Fall conference was held in San Francisco in
mid-October. Mrs. Prophet flew to California while SU stayed in Colorado
Springs. When Mrs. Prophet returned from the conference, she recounted to
us how she had no voice but when she opened her mouth to deliver Lantoís
dictation, she was able to speak. Lantoís dictation was about an hour
long and considered a landmark address in later years. (Lanto spoke of his
journeying to the Great Central Sun and promising Omega to stay to serve
Earthís evolutions even though his attainment merited his moving on.) The
return of Mrs. Prophetís voice was viewed as somewhat of a miracle although I
thought it was no big deal for an ascended master to heal her voice for the
Of course, fasting was central to the SU
experience. We fasted on water on Saturdays. I knew that Saturdays
were a write-off for me after noon. The student I roomed with was really
into enemas and took them often. I always found them a bit disgusting and
I took one only when it was mandatory.
A few weeks into the quarter, level-three
students also did a special three-day broth fast. The night before our
fast began, I was desperately hungry. Dinner did not satisfy me. It
was Friday night and we would not be eating anything again until Tuesday.
And I knew all we would have on Tuesday was rabbit food to break our fast.
Psychologically, I needed to get some treats to
psych myself up for the fast. Have you ever done that? There was no
vending machines at the motel or nearby. I had to get to a store for some
food but there was nothing close to the Chateau and I had no transportation.
Busses did not run along Nevada Ave. I had no choice but to walk.
It was dark and windy and it was starting to snow. I trudged through the
storm for about a mile. Finally, I found a drug store that had some
chocolate-covered peanuts. I would have preferred some sweet cakes but
this was all I could find so I bought them and headed home. By this time,
it was snowing heavily and Nevada Ave. did not have sidewalks along most of that
mile. I had to eat my contraband on the way home because I didnít want
my roommate to know I had it. I trekked through the storm in the dark
along the roadside with no sidewalks in a bad part of town with a stiff breeze
in my face while I consumed my candy. It turned out to be quite an adventure.
By the time I got home I was exhaustedÖbut "fortified for the
victory." The trek upward was worth the inconvenience.
The main thrust of third level was outreach.
Our project was organizing and executing a weekend retreat to recruit new
members. A lot of our time was spent doing that. Along with this
project and all the tapes we heard, Mrs. Prophet did not teach us much compared
to my quarters in Santa Barbara.
One day in class Mrs. Prophet had a discussion
with the TA Kay Steinman. From what was said, I gathered that Kay had told
Mrs. Prophet we were not ready to have her teach because we hadnít heard
certain tapes yet.
I was irritated by this conversation. I
thought that the masters instructed Mrs. Prophet when to come and teach, not Kay
Steinman. I resented the fact that Kay was calling the shots and depriving
us of sitting at the feet of the messenger.
[Aside: Knowing what I know now about how
Mrs. Prophet did things, I suspect that Kay was instructed to play certain tapes
and then let Mrs. Prophet know when we had heard them. There were probably
way too many for us to listen to. Kay was probably just following
instructions but I did not know that at the time.]
Our third-level retreat weekend went fairly well.
We held it in a beautiful facility in Estes Park, Colorado. We had a few
new people attend.
Towards the very end of the quarter, third level
went on an evening field trip with Mrs. Prophet to a Foursquare Gospel church in
Colorado Springs. We attended a service and the minister spoke with us as
a group afterwards. For some reason, the minister placed his hand on Mrs.
Prophetís forehead during our meeting with him.
I inwardly gasped when
he touched her. By that time I had such awe of the messenger that I knew
that one did not touch the messengerís person without an invitation.
The next day Mrs. Prophet told the third level students that she had had the
most horrendous night "she had ever experienced" because the minister
touching her third eye had opened up the astral plane.
As the quarter drew to a close, Mrs. Prophet
began to solicit for staff. I wanted to be on staff so badly! This
was the first time that the opportunity to become an official staff member had
presented itself to me and I jumped at the chance.
Other than answering
the phone, I wasnít sure that I had any talents the messenger could use but I
couldnít get my application in fast enough. Although I had taken Typing
I a couple of times and never quite got the hang of it, I applied to do
transcribing after Mrs. Prophet spoke of the big backlog of tapes of her and
Mark to be transcribed. I was so happy the day I received a memo from N.J.
informing me that I had been accepted for staff and would
receive a stipend of $30 per month.
At the same time she was recruiting for staff,
Mrs. Prophet also spoke of establishing teaching centers because of the
attrition rate of students who came to SU but fell away and were never heard
from again. I know there had been a chela house of sorts in Los Angeles in
1974, but San Francisco became the first official teaching center in 1976 as I
recall. Annice Booth and R.I. pioneered it.
One of the final events of SU was the foot
washing ceremony. Mrs. Prophet read the account of the Last Supper when
Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Then she personally washed each SU
studentsí feet. I was uncomfortable with her stooping to wash MY feet
but I was moved by her humility. As time went on, this task was delegated
to TAís at the end of each SU quarter. The ceremony was eventually dropped.
I had great expectations of third level.
Although I ended level three flying high emotionally, all in all, I was a bit
disappointed in my third level at SU. I donít think enough planning went
into it. We did not even crack several of the books we had bought for
texts. I did not feel I walked away with much in terms of concrete
knowledge or even experience. There had been far too many tapes and not
enough live teaching from the messenger. Kay Steinmanís conversation
with Mrs. Prophet in class that day stuck in my craw for a long time to come.
This is the Oliver twist ending.
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