Welcome back to our column on all things spiritual in North County. This month we are taking a closer look at the curious dome-shaped chapel atop Mount Ecclesia in Oceanside that is home to the Rosicrucian Fellowship. Have you ever driven by and wondered what that structure was?
There is rich spiritual history in Oceanside’s San Luis Rey Valley of the Vortex. Yes, Oceanside possesses a powerful vortex of ethers and is one of the Power Centers of the world. Many spiritual seekers came up this valley starting with the indigenous Indian tribes that held sacred ceremony. The Mission San Luis Rey was founded by Junipero Serra a Franciscan monk who was a known clairvoyant.
He was well aware of and had clear perception of invisible worlds around him along the El Camino trail back in 1798. The same vibe was picked up by Max Heindel when he chose this particular location to launch The Rosicrucian Fellowship on Aug. 8, 1909. He was given one of those ethereal divine downloads and this 40-acre plot of land unites a vortex in California.
We have lots of gold energy in the soil, which calls in solar energy — the highest energy available on the planet. This is just some of the mystical stuff in the Rosicrucian belief system. Most of us locals think of this as a mysterious secret organization, curious and odd. However, the congregants are quick to welcome those seeking enlightenment beyond the veil. The veil of material thinking into spiritual thinking.
This particular school of thought is just that. A school of thought — and philosophy, theology, numerology, astronomy astrology, mathematics and symbolism. Most religions that began to profess God Within, became secret back in the day because any attempt to advance science and religion was met with strong persecution and was punishable by death.
Many religions kept their societies and their manuscripts secret. The International Headquarters has been an integral part of Oceanside’s history and development and is an important neighbor. So many were interested in the Rosicrucian philosophy, Oceanside was given its first federal post office building and raised its rating from fourth class to second class in 1936 because of the amount of courses mailed out from the center.
People were congregating at this spiritual center from all over the world and the correspondence and newsletters were printed in several different languages, and still go out to a broad worldwide following today. With the unique blend of the arts, science and religion, this Christ-based philosophy expouses living according to Cosmic law and order with awareness of our place in the planetary system along with bible symbolism and esoteric Christian philosophy.
The law of reciprocity is also professed as in do unto others or karma. To spread the gospel and heal the sick. To welcome in the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. They know there is no quick entry into spiritual enlightenment. One must do the work.
The basic thread that unites the Rosicrucians with many other religions and practical beliefs of today is the ultimate principle of “Know thyself.” To think beyond the four senses and open up to the invisible universe that resides within. That we are co-creators with God and that they have a great responsibility to share that information with others. The world is becoming more spiritually awakened and we are undergoing a global paradigm shift. The days of never wondering what we are actually doing on this planet are coming to an end.
The desire for a deeper understanding of our purpose in this universe is a need Rosicrucians have been filling with centuries-old knowledge of the cosmic consciousness that links us all to the divine. The divine that is within each one of us. You are the secret — the spiritual self within. The power of prayer is also a strong link to this system and the ability to heal has been landscaped into the meditation pathway of the center that follows the seven chakras and glands of the human body. This, too, is open to the public.
Check out the center on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the chapel. A vegetarian lunch in the cafeteria is offered for a nominal fee. A forum is available after lunch at 1 p.m. to ask questions and discuss the bible verses that were given at the service. The Holy Spirit inspires the sermons. Listen to the call of the Soul on Fire. Is it taking you to Oceanside? Whatever your quest — keep doing more of what makes your soul on fire. Next month we will check out the Chopra Center in Carlsbad. Namasté.