In fact, the evidence had been accumulating for some time. Since then they had been subjected to a campaign of hate mail, vandalism and death threats. Still, Susan believed she could confront J-R, as his followers call him, and reason with him. John-Roger agreed to meet with her in January , but his message was hardly encouraging. He spent 10 minutes telling me how they were going to make it look like a car accident. He said that no one would be able to trace it back to him. They accuse him of abusing his spiritual authority by brainwashing his followers, seducing young male staff members and intimidating dissenters. They could no longer deny their burgeoning doubts after several male staffers confessed during an informal group discussion that J-R had used spiritual threats and promises to elicit sexual favors from them.
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Hinkins was born on September 24, , and raised in the small mining town of Rains , Utah. He was brought up in the Mormon faith; as a youth, he attended the local LDS church's Mutual Improvement Associations and occasionally gave inspirational "three-minute talks". Hinkins describes his childhood as "typical", distinguished only by an early belief that he could spot auras , colorful fields that some people believe surround the human body. Hinkins relates having had a near-death experience while undergoing surgery for a kidney stone in late , after which he fell into a nine-day coma. After this experience, Hinkins says he became aware of another "spiritual personality" that had superseded or merged with his previous personality. He began to refer to himself as "John-Roger" in recognition of this transformation. Hinkins termed this consciousness the "Mystical Traveler Consciousness" and says that he was given the "keys" or began to "anchor" the Consciousness on the planet after the surgery. According to Hinkins, he was passed the "keys" by the previous receptor of the Consciousness, Sawan Singh , the late Radhasoami Satsang Beas master who died in , while he was on the "inner spiritual planes". Hinkins maintains that humans are locked in an eternal cycle of reincarnation and karma , and can only escape by ascending from Earth's negative realms into "a totally positive state of being" called " soul consciousness.
His good works continue on, guiding those studying the path of Soul Transcendence, which is becoming aware of oneself as a Soul and as one with God, not as a theory but as a living reality. MSIA continued to grow as J-R and his staff traveled extensively throughout the world sharing their love and Light with students and seekers. He was a prolific writer and speaker, authoring hundreds of books—including some NY Times Bestsellers—and delivering thousands of seminars where he spoke about Spirit in ways that ranged from the hilarious to sacred. In all that John-Roger did, he communicated living love, encouraging people to discover the nature of the Divine through their own experience. John-Roger, DSS.
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