My teacher once told me, “If something is spiritually correct, it must also be scientifically correct.” This makes imminent sense to me and has motivated me over the years to find the parallel streams of consciousness in these two approaches to truth.
The ideas presented in The Mystical Christ are drawn from a wide range of experiences, the most profound of which I had while being trained in the Holy Order of MANS, an esoteric school of initiation, from 1970 to 1977. While in the Holy Order of MANS, I came to know the great Sufi teacher, Murshid Samuel Lewis, attending many of his lectures in San Francisco. Also in SF, during my priesthood training, I took a complete course in the Tarot given personally by Jason Lotterhand, the renowned Tarot expert and one-time head of the Builders of the Adytum in Los Angeles. These lessons were generously supplemented by Mother Ruth Blighton, the co-director of the Holy Order of MANS, who spent many hours with me one-on-one explaining the deeper truths hidden in the Major Arcana, the first 22 cards of the Tarot.
In the mid-1980s, I had the good fortune of meeting, conversing, and meditating with Katagiri Roshi, student of Daisetz Suzuki and head of the Minnesota Zen Center in Minneapolis. One of Katagiri’s students is Natalie Goldberg, the famed author of Writing Down the Bones. I am forever in her debt for getting me started as a writer. Among other books and authors to whom I am indebted are A Course in Miracles, Huston Smith, Joseph Campbell, J. Krishnamurti, and the scientists David Bohm, Richard Feynman, and Hans Jenny.
In the ensuing years, I have also received extensive training in Landmark Education, a personal development program based largely on the teachings of Werner Erhard (est) and the philosopher Martin Heidegger, and I spent a few years in studying New Thought through Unity School of Religious Studies. I also immersed myself in the works of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami of the Himalayan Academy on the island of Kauai.
My first love, however, is the Holy Order of MANS, and I have maintained close, personal relationships with former members of that Order, especially Masters Timothy Harris and Jessika Lucas of the Gnostic Order of Christ in San Jose, California. Through the HOOM, I fell in love with the teachings of the Rosicrucians, the Theosophists, and Rudolph Steiner, all interpreted through the inimitable Father Paul Blighton, founder and head of the HOOM. These teachings continue to influence me deeply and guide me in my inner work.
Books by Michael Maciel