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In this episode, we are joined by our friend T Allen Greenfield and two more gnostic bishops, +Dositheos and T Naamah. Our initial focus is the history of the Antient et Primitif Rite of Memphis-Mizraim. We talk about the origins of this branch of esoteric Freemasonry and how it has transmuted into a variety of modern strains, this particular one being ecclesiastical and magical. This is illustrated by the close associations of lodges and gnostic churches and the necessity for consecration in the Gnostic and Apostolic Succession for those involved in these points Chauds workings.
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T Allen Greenfield returns to the show in podcast episode 120 to discuss congregational illuminism. Greenfield begins the interview by describing the extraordinary growth of the congregational illuminist ‘movement’ in the past several years. Next, he talks about the historical origins beginning with “heretical gnostic masses” in northern California, the neo-Thelemic Ordo QBLH, and the establishment of the EGnU in 2000. The authority to do this Work stems from Greenfield’s consecration as a gnostic bishop in 1986 by the Neopythagorean Gnostic Church and charter for a philosophical research lodge of the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis-Misraim in 1992 by Michael Bertiaux. Greenfield expounds on the four tenets of congregational illuminism:

Spiritual growth is incompatible with authoritarian structures.
Scientific illuminism requires a non-dogmatic, experimental approach.
A free society linked in free communion should be actualized.
We facilitate, we do not lead. We do the work, we do not extract oaths or dues, nor require dogmatic beliefs.
We discuss how some of those involved with congregational illuminism are working simultaneously, for various reasons, within hierarchical organizations. While this may seem contradictory on the surface, the reasons for this primarily extend from existing loyalties. Greenfield notes that free illuminism is a radical and experimental approach to spirituality and he believes it should be viewed as a threat by hierarchical organizations.

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