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Posted on 11/30/2012

The Process Church of the Final Judgment

by Michael Lee Röhm

By all rights, I shouldn't be writing this - or, rather, I should be, but no one should care, because this group was really just one of a million weird cults that cropped up in the 1960s and died out or stopped becoming newsworthy in at least the mid '70s.  Does anyone but me know, or care, about The Solar Lodge, The Brotherhood of the Ram, The Om Lovers, The Children of God, The Source Family, Jesus Freaks, etc?  Doubtful.

With the exception of a couple major blood-baths (Manson's "family," Jonestown) the world of '60s and '70s cults is basically unknown.  An entire cultural movement happened, but no one really remembers it. Somehow, The Process Church has survived, at least to some degree, where those others have become little more than trivia topics (or obsessions for freaks like myself).  Interestingly, The Process Church has its origins in one of the biggest, best known, and most reviled cults of the 20th century - Scientology.

A brief run-down of Scientology: L. Ron Hubbard was a pulp Sci-Fi author and ceremonial magician who hobnobbed with one of Aleister Crowley's proteges, Jack Parsons.  Whether guided by a divine force, cash-hungry, or simply hitting upon an idea that worked, Hubbard began The Church of Scientology in 1953, which itself was based on a method of psychotherapy that Hubbard had developed called Dianetics.

Ten years later, two former Scientologists took Scientology, gave it a twist, called it Compulsions Analysis, and set up shop in London. Those two former Scientologists were Robert Moor, a well-off architecture student, and Mary Ann MacLean, a prostitute who grew up in poverty in Glasgow.  The two met at the Hubbard Institute of Scientology in London, where they both worked as auditors (spiritual counselors in the CoS).  The two fell in love and, after Moor divorced his first wife, married.  The couple decided to adopt the sinister moniker De Grimston.

They also, as I said, adapted Hubbard's methods and broke away from the CoS (after stealing a number of e-meters, which Scientologists use to measure a person's spiritual state), setting up their own psychotherapy clinic in London.  They were declared as "Suppressive Persons" (basically, Scientology's term for heretics, apostates, infidels, etc.) after that by the CoS.

According to Ed Sanders, who I shall fully introduce later, Moor was declared "Clear" before his break from Scientology.  In Scientology terms, a "clear" is, essentially, a person who has been freed of all his, as the hippies would call it, "hang-ups."  His unconscious mind is no longer affected by past traumas, and he is able to move at will with no "psychic baggage" in tow.  Of course, it is much more involved than this and involves Scientology's spiritual ideas of Thetans, etc. but that's the basic gist.

Their psychotherapy practice was fairly successful, and by 1966, the De Grimstons decided to drop the unwieldy moniker of Compulsions Analysis and change it to a more friendly, forward-looking name: The Process. If their name was friendly, their attire was decidedly not, because by this point, the De Grimstons and their followers began wearing a uniform consisting of black robes and capes, with the Goat of Mendes (Baphomet by Levi) stitched onto the capes.

Both the De Grimstons and their followers moved into a mansion in Balfour Palace, Mayfair, London, and followers gave everything they owned to the De Grimstons. While the followers panhandled on the streets and solicited people to the cause, Robert and Mary lived in style and rarely deigned to be seen among the followers. What had begun as psychotherapy had become a quasi-religious order with a totalitarian bent. This totalitarian bent was no accident. While the former Robert Moor was not necessarily totalitarian, the former Mary Anne MacLean was. She was an admirer of the Nazis and had a very authoritarian personality.

Mary Ann is a curious figure on her own, because it appears that she enjoyed making up stories about her life, and the hard facts are difficult to come by.  She was born in poverty in Glasgow, UK, in 1931 and during the '50s and '60s, she supported herself by turning tricks until she met Moor. She claimed to be formerly engaged to Sugar Ray Robinson and involved in the Profumo affair (a 1963 scandal in British politics that involved prostitutes and national security).  Neither claim is true, of course.  She also claimed to have astrally projected as a child into Hitler's bunkers, where her spirit would whisper to Nazi generals. While this, unlike the Sugar Ray Robinson and Profumo claims, is not able to be proven false, let's just say that most people now tend to think it's likely she was engaging in a bit of wishful thinking.

There are only a couple of surviving images of Mary Ann. While Robert was the public face of The Process, Mary Ann kept to the shadows. One image which has made it on to the internet is a photograph of a photograph that was removed early on from the Balfour Mansion on Mary Ann's orders. She was at this point seen as a goddess figure by the Process movement, while Robert was her anointed prophet and consort.

The Process flourished while in Mayfair. They opened a coffee shop in the basement of the Balfour, named Satan's Cavern, and in keeping with the occult-chic of Swinging London, held open classes, engaged in "I Ching" readings, held meditation circles, instructed on Tarot, etc. and attracted a number of followers.  Unfortunately for the Process, they also attracted negative publicity and were dubbed the 'Mayfair Mindbenders.'

Journalist Alistair Cooke, for example, recounts his own exposure to the group when, according to Cooke, the group brainwashed his step-daughter and daughter.  Cooke and his wife had to take action to get the teenagers away from the group. (read it here)

Mayfair was also where the group began collecting Alsatians (German Shepherds). First, Mary and Robert both got one, then followers began getting them, leading to the group having a large pack of the dogs.  One wonders if Mary Ann's Nazi fetish led to the pair getting German Shepherds...

Due to the bad publicity, the leaders decided to leave Mayfair in 1966, followers and dogs in tow, and ultimately ended up in Xtul, in Mexico, where they once more had a large estate where the peons worked and Robert and Mary Ann lived in luxury. At least, they did until Hurricane Inez.  Inez was a Category 1 hurricane, but it nevertheless led a trail of death and destruction behind it, and the Processeans were right in the line of fire.  It was here at Xtul, under the onslaught of Inez, where The Process would go from a quasi-religious psychotherapy cult to a bonafide religious group.

We Come From One

According to official Process doctrine, spirits - the "Gods" - recommended that the Mayfair Mindbenders escape England and go elsewhere.  More likely, it was the negative publicity and legal woes that prompted this exodus, but the result was the same - in mid-1966, the De Grimstons, with 35 followers, and a pack of German Shepherds, left England.  The group believed that they were leaving England for good.

By this point, the conflicts with parents, legal "authorities," and the general collapse of the Western World led the group to believe that the end was near - and getting nearer by the day, and it led to an 'us vs. them' mentality.

The Processeans first left for Nassau, then the Bahamas.  Then the spirits led them to Mexico, and finally to Xtul, where they formed a community.  Miles from civilisation - miles even from a populated town - the group continued their spiritual work, and got down to the work of survival in the jungle.  Considering that all of the members were from England at this point, the fact that they even survived in this wilderness is amazing unto itself, and the group took that as validation that the Gods were with them. That sense of validation would receive a tremendous boost in late September of 1966, when Xtul was battered by hurricane Inez.

Timothy Wylie gives a vivid description of Inez in his book LOVE SEX FEAR DEATH. The hurricane battered the home of the movement and destroyed much of their work.  For three days and nights, The Process was under siege.  When the hurricane left, and the rubble was cleared, all members had survived.  This was a storm that claimed quite a number of lives (1000, according to  Clearly, the Gods were with them.

During this period of time, a piece of work known as the Xtul Dialogues was composed - or, perhaps, channeled by Robert from the Gods.  It was in fact written in November of '66, after Inez, and consists of seven dialogues and a epilogue called 'Diversion.'

In the first Dialogue, the new purpose of the group is established - love.  To establish love, one must combat the enemy of love, that is, ignorance.  The psychiatric underpinnings of the group are still present here.  The unconscious is ignorance.  Consciousness is love.  The unconscious is rejection, whereas the conscious is acceptance and truth.  God is identified with the conscious mind.

14) But is that possible when there is unconscious conflict?

By the conscious separation of the two. Just as beings have one choice only with regard to GOD, to include or to exclude ,so they have one choice only with regard to the unconscious, to identify or to detach,to be submerged or to separate.
With GOD the valid choice is to include. With unconsciousness the valid choice is the inversion, to exclude. to detach.

15) Why is this?

Because whereas GOD is truth and acceptance, unconsciousness is lies and rejection.It is motivated by conflict and responsibility, both of which are rejections of the truth.

16) How has this come about?

Through the exclusion of GOD. All doing, thinking and feeling which are motivated by unconscious pressure are produced in order to fill the gap left by the exclusion of GOD.

17) What is valid then?

Being. The only choice which is not motivated by unconscious conflict, is the choice of inclusion or exclusion of the unconscious. If the unconscious is deliberately and consciously excluded, then all doing,thinking and feeling become valid. Exclude the unconscious and replace it with GOD.

It is here that The Process first  established its identification with God - and first established its first deity, Jehovah.

Jehovah is an English rendition of the holy name of God which in Hebrew is spelled out by the Hebrew letters YOD HEH VAU HEH, or, YHVH (or YHWH).  The Hebrews, like many ancient peoples, considered the name of their god to be too powerful to be spoken.  If one knew the true name of a god, one could gain power over the god, thus the injunction against using the name of the "LORD" in vain.

The origins and etymology of Jehovah are too involved to get into here, and there is much debate over whether or not Jehovah is even an acceptable way of pronouncing the holy name (Yahweh is a far more popular term in scholarly circles).  Still, it was clear that The Process doctrines identified God with Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews, Jews, and Christians.

In the first Dialogue, the believer in The Process is told to simply be.  Stop struggling, stop trying to figure things out, and just be.  Determining things on one's own excludes God.  This is, of course, beneficial to any sort of religion or cult that aims to establish control over the mind of the believer and is a standard doctrine taught in a number of 'mainstream' Christian and Islamic churches and mosques to this day.  The Jews, of course, tend to be far more interested in arguing and fighting over minute points of Talmudic lore for this to ever work on them!

Communication with the spirits and gods is recommended, but of course, such a practice will eventually to divisions. The second Dialogue sets out the cosmology of The Process.  There are multiple universes, with multiple gods, but those gods are all parts of the 'True God'.  Each God is also a universe unto itself.  Jehovah is "the knowledge of the physical universe."

Humans possesse five physical senses, but there are up to thirteen in the physical universe.  Humans can only truly grok a small element of the physical universe.  Telepathy is a prerequisite to all consciousnesses, not a "sixth sense." Sorry, M. Night Shamalyan!

The second Dialogue continues to differentiate how physical consciousnesses can and cannot be part of god. In the third Dialogue, a new term comes into play - xtummer (pronounced "shoo-mer"). According to the notes:

7) To xtumm (pronounced 'shtoom'; oo as in 'good') is to kill either physically, spiritually ormentally, depending on the context.The extent of the 'death' can vary. For example: to xtumm someone can mean simply mean to silence him, to knock him senseless or to destroy him completely. Also atmospheres can be xtummed, contact betweened people can be xtummed, etc. In the present context a 'xtummer' refers to one who kills contacts and atmospheres on a spiritual level, with heavy deadening projections and attitudes.

In other words, this Dialogue is about how to deal with someone who is an outsider, or a nonbeliever. The way to deal with this person is simply to ignore him or her.  People are at different levels of spiritual awareness and ability, and it is foolish to let yourself be inconvenienced in any way by someone who cannot, or will not, contribute spiritually.

The fourth dialogue continues in similar wise, about how one should be focused on the physical and let the spiritual take care of itself.  Working on the spiritual on your own is futile.  The spiritual is the domain of God.  Let God deal with it.  One's responsibility is to the physical only, and even on that level, the responsibility is minimal.

7) What do we do about demands we instinctively make on ourselves and those around us, that give us agony and frustration?

At the stage the group has reached, these can only be spiritual demands, presumptuous demands, demands that have no relevance to your environment whatever. Physical demands can be made and met without pain or frustration.The most prominent physical demand is security. This is best met with discipline in the form of set formulas of living that that eliminate choice in the primary areas and make it as wide and free as possible in the secondary.

8) What are the primary areas?

Sleeping, eating and working. The less choice in these areas as regards time, quantity, quality, etc., the more freedom you feel in these areas, and that includes freedom from demand, requirement and expectation, as well as rigid control, the better.

Notice that the demands made in the primary areas should be physical and most definitely not spiritual.

The other dialogues continue in similar wise, with emphasis on focusing on the physical demands and letting the spiritual take care of itself, because it is the domain of God.  In some ways, this is analogous to the doctrine in some Churches to not "try" to be good, but to let Christ "work" on that for you.

The Dialogues were not meant for outsiders.  These were meant for people already inside.  These were the "Rule of St. Benedict" of the Process Church. The final part of the Dialogues is called "Diversions," and attacks coincidence, but from what I read, it appears to be more along the lines of a, "huh, what a funny coincidence" line of thought rather than a more meaningful understanding of synchronicity.

4) Why is humanity fooled by Coincidence?

Because Coincidence offers himself as an escape route from the ever present threat of Recognition.

'Down this alley', he cries, and off the terrified human goes, choosing to be amazed by the antics of Coincidence rather than face the overwhelming evidence of Significance and thus fall into the waiting arms of Recognition.

Unfortunately for The Process, even before Inez, parents and lawsuits were still plaguing them, and once Inez had destroyed Xtul, The Process decided to return to London, and back to Balfour. They had come to Xtul as kids caught up in the occult craze of Swinging London, and they mixed that with psychotherapy and Scientology. Now, they were a religious community with a sense of direction and doctrine, and their duty was to draw in other lost souls.

Sunday Mirror 1969

To be continued...

Michael Lee Röhm is a writer currently residing in Northamptonshire, Massachusetts. He can be contacted here