John-Roger, a self-anointed spiritual adviser and preacher of human potential who founded a New Age movement that for a time achieved an aura of glamour and attracted celebrity adherents while provoking along the way accusations that he was running a cult, died on Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was The church, which was incorporated in , is nondenominational, with familiar religious and New Age tenets at its core. Christ is its leading figure, but in concert with some Asian traditions, it holds that the individual soul, mired in the earthly world, can be liberated with prayer and meditation — or spiritual exercises, as John-Roger called them — and the expression of unconditional love.
For over 50 years, John-Roger, DSS Doctor of Spiritual Science , has traveled the world, guiding people to find the Spirit within themselves and teaching how to live a healthy, loving, peaceful, and rewarding life. In , John-Roger, DSS founded the nondenominational Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, through which he has shared the teachings 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. Besides his own show, John-Roger has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and been a featured guest on "Larry King Live. He is also the founder and chancellor of Insight University, which offers a doctorate degree in Transformational Leadership, and the founder and spiritual adviser of Insight Seminars, which offers experiential, transformational seminars. John-Roger is a prolific writer, with over 50 books to his name and 4 bestsellers, including a 1 New York Times bestseller. Paul Kaye , as well as Fulfilling Your Spiritual Promise and many others, are available for order online through Amazon and are in bookstores nationwide. To keep up with his writing, he founded Mandeville Press, an independent publishing house that publishes books offering a contemporary look at ancient wisdom. John-Roger has also produced over a dozen films with friend and actor Jsu Garcia, including three feature films.
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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.
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. According to Susan, one woman was told she had had a miscarriage because she had hugged one of the infidels. He worked for a time as a night orderly in a hospital psychiatric ward and as a telephone operator with the police department.