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Children of Jesus and MaryThe Order of Christ Sophia$
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James Lewis and Nicholas Levine

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378443.001.0001

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Beliefs and Practices

Beliefs and Practices

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(p.31) 2 Beliefs and Practices
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Children of Jesus and Mary
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Nicholas M. Levine

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378443.003.0002

This chapter examines the order's beliefs and practices. Earl Blighton, known to Holy Order of MANS (HOOM) members as Father Paul, wedded new thought and an esoteric belief system that included elements from Indian yoga systems to traditional practices from Catholicism. Order of Christ Sophia situates itself firmly in the tradition of the Holy Order of MANS. This is evident in the Holy Order of Christ Sophia's (OCS) theological terminology, clerical attire, and day-to-day rituals. There have also been certain additions to the original HOOM synthesis. Perhaps the most important new element is the addition of a psychotherapeutic dimension that engages members in a kind of ongoing group therapy as an integral part of their spiritual practice.

Keywords:   Order of Christ Sophia, Holy Order of MANS, Earl Blighton, Father Paul, group therapy, spiritual practice

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