On an October night in 2004, I was visiting my parents on the other side of town in north Phoenix. After dinner, I started surfing the Internet to see what I could dig up about some of the fascinating, esoteric topics I had recently been introduced to. I searched for articles on the history of Masonry and found myself looking into the Knights Templar, the predecessors of the Freemasons. I read that there were three degrees of the Knights Templar that exist today within what is called the York Rite of Freemasonry.
While browsing several sites on various orders around the world that exist today, I stumbled on the site of the International Order of Gnostic Templars or the IOGT.
Of all places around the world, their headquarters was in Sedona, Arizona, only an hour and a half drive from my house. Sedona is internationally known for the uplifting power of its vortex meditation sites. The sites are said to be enhanced energy locations that facilitate prayer, meditation, mind/body healing, and exploring one’s relationship with one’s soul and the divine. That was a perfect environment for me.
What caught my attention was that it was an order dedicated to the revival of Gnostic Wisdom of the original Knights Templar; deep stuff. They sought to complete the mission of the original Templars by working to show the common links between the spiritual traditions of the East and West. They were dedicated to living in accordance with the ideal of the spiritual warrior, one who is able to effectively, and without fear, meet any and all challenges that life places in his/her path.
I said to myself, “That was me, Mr. Neutron, the spiritual warrior!” I knew that if I wanted to carry out my Presidential manic missions, I had to do it with ancient wisdom and God guiding my way, kind of like ‘the Jedi Force’ in Star Wars.
I also learned the IOGT is associated with the World Alliance for Planetary Enlightenment, which is an affiliation of people and organizations who are dedicated to the creation of a new society and spirituality throughout the Earth. It is composed of Religious Sects, Mystical Orders, Indigenous Cultures and many individuals who were currently answering the call to evolve humanity and unite all the divergent sects and nations into a one-world family. I said, “Have no fear, Mr. Neutron is in the house.” I was eating up every word. I was practically drooling with excitement.
Without fear or hesitation, I e-mailed the Grand Prior of the IOGT order, Mr. Ahmaroo, to set up a meeting to discover more about Gnosticism and the Knights Templar. I had been taught a little about the early Christian Gnostics from the Jesuits at USF, but didn’t really grasp the essence of what they stood for or did.
Mr. Ahmaroo, his wife Andrea, Mariam and I decided to meet at a coffee shop in the downtown area of Sedona. Mariam and I entered first. While we were waiting I caught the eye of a man about the same age as I. His eyes opened wide and he approached me. He said he knew me. I said,” Okay. From where?” He says right away, “You were a pharaoh in a previous life.” I replied, “Oh really. And what does that mean for me?” He said, “You are destined for greatness in this life. Wow, I am privileged to be in your presence.” Then we shook hands, exchanged names and went our own way. I brushed it off, primarily because I didn’t believe in reincarnation and past lives. It stuck in the back of my mind though for when I went to Egypt later on.
After that strange exchange, Mr. and Mrs. Ahmaroo walked in through the doorway. We sat down and got to know one another a little before we started to get into the talking about the order. Mr. Ahmaroo had just authored the book called the Guardians of the Holy Grail which is about how the Knights Templar guarded the secrets of the Grail and the actual Grail itself. I, like many, understood the Grail to be the cup that was used to fill the blood of Jesus on the cross when he was pieced with the spear, but the essence of what the Grail actually was or represented, was still unknown. The book alleges the Holy Grail existed thousands of years before Christ and was passed on through a through a lineage including John the Baptist, Jesus Christ and John the Apostle. It was really an alchemical energy, not a specific person or object.
I was certainly intrigued by the whole scenario and was very impressed with Mr. and Mrs. Ahmaroo’s knowledge. Another aspect of the order I liked was that, not only was it international, it allowed women as members. Freemasonry does not allow women in the ritual work. There were many overtones of masonry in the IOGT, but the IOGT was much more encompassing. The IOGT was operating under the auspices of the Scottish Knights Templar, one of the oldest secret societies in the world. I thought the order might be a more elite group with more secretive knowledge than the American Freemasons.
Certainly that is what Mr. Ahmaroo had me believe before I left the meeting.
I bought his book that night and had him autograph it for me. I immediately started reading it when I got home. From page one my jaw was wide open. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was an epiphany like finding life on Mars or something. Unlike the Da Vinci Code, the content was purportedly fact based with hundreds of references to noted works in the bibliography.
In his story, the Grail is sort of an indwelling spiritual force called Kundalini or Holy Spirit that, when awakened, ultimately bestows the state of Divine Union with God for those that are seeking truth. We all possess this energy; however historically, it manifested itself more in some people more than others. The energy can be passed on from one person to another. There were and are lineages of this energy throughout the ages, for example John the Baptist passed the energy to Jesus, who passed it on the St. John the Evangelist and other disciples, and perhaps, to his very own bloodline, namely his wife Mary Magdalene. There is evidence he may have had a wife and children prior to his death on the cross.
This was all news to me; a real mind blower to say the least. Something started to click with me. When I was in Switzerland and Miami and I thought I was Christ himself. Now I was thinking I was imbued with that special Kundalini energy that created the Divine Union. I did some research and discovered that Christian mystics claim that the soul may be lifted into a divine union with God so close and so complete that it is merged in the being of God and loses the sense of any separate existence. That sounded like my experience. I was God Himself striving to attain my full potential within; therefore, I was the Ruler of the Universe or, you could say, Bruce Almighty.
At that juncture, all I wanted was more knowledge. In addition to wanting to learn about history, myth and lore, I wanted to piece together an explanation as to what was going on in my head such as why I thought God was telling me to become President in 2012. I believed now that I had godlike powers that I had to tap into. In retrospect, this was dangerous, potentially toxic information for a guy with bipolar disorder.
After reading Mr. Ahmaroo’s book and meeting him a few times later, he invited my wife and me to petition to be part of the order. I had a new manic mission; to be knighted in the IOGT in Edinburg, Scotland at Rossyln Chapel, which was made famous worldwide by the Da Vinci Code. The chapel was built in the fifteenth century by the Sinclair family who were descendants of the original Knights Templar from the twelfth century. According to the Da Vinci Code, their bloodline stretches back to Jesus and Mary Magdalene.