Peace at Gateway, Lemurian Order Home

What is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? – Camus

View of Main Shop with lower reservoir in foreground.  3/04 Shown on 3-14 as 60th LO anniversary  Shown on 3-14 as 60th LO anniversary
View of Main Shop across lower reservoir 

The property selected by Dr. Stelle and approved by the Elder Brothers in Ramona’s Valley of the Sun is off the beaten path, tucked back against rolling hills in a quiet rural setting. Since 1954, it has been the home of the Lemurian Order, known as Gateway.

For over sixty years, with the Lemurian Fellowship’s patient guidance, the Lemurian Order has worked to create what Dr. Stelle termed “the ideal life,” in which the wellbeing of others is as important as our own. Lemurian life is based on the laws and principles that made the Lemurian civilization an outstanding success, and stresses cooperation, consideration, and mutual respect. To the degree all involved adhere to these ideals, it infuses a growing feeling of security and purpose rarely found in the world today.

When anyone works hard to create harmony and peace, this effort can be felt in their environment. And when many people work together to realize these spiritual blessings over a period of years, their community gradually takes on the higher vibration we associate with true spiritual living. Eventually, this becomes palpable enough that people begin to notice it.

Those of us who live at Gateway sometimes take its tranquility for granted, but seldom do we drive in the entry road that we don’t feel the cares of the world begin to slip away as our eyes light on a spread of purple fillaree, or the chuckle of a meadowlark soothes our ear. For some of us, the sense of peace starts with the coruscating colors of the dawn sky or an especially clear rainbow. Or it may be the bass chorus of bullfrogs after a rain, or the warble of five or six coyotes vying to sound like a dozen.

For students and Order members who visit Gateway, the contrast to their normal lives is usually sharper. One recent visitor said, “I felt the need to put aside some of the more vexing problems and allow situations to be as they are without interference. It is nice to let go and relax when resting in a grove of trees with the wind blowing softly and the leaves rustling, each bird song adding beauty to this scene of tranquility and peace.”

Another said, “When we walk the land on a quiet day, with the breeze nodding the flowers, and with sunlight and shadows playing on the grass, there is a continuity of peace each of us can carry away to our separate lives, that can bring us together in reflection and meditations, or in time of need.”

And when strangers, unacquainted with Lemurian ideals and unaware of Gateway’s purpose, comment about what they feel here, it’s always gratifying, an indication that we are succeeding at what we’re trying to accomplish. Often, a contractor will pause while installing a water heater or repairing a phone line to say, “You really have a peaceful place here.” And not long ago, a delivery crew brought a new mattress that was scheduled to arrive in the afternoon. They didn’t make it until after dark and they were all tired and in a hurry to be done by then. Yet, the one who carried the mattress in, paused a moment to say, “It’s really peaceful here.”

It really is.

Lemurians Talk About Longevity

When Lemurians talk about longevity, Eileen knows about the ups and downs of the golden years. At 77, after two difficult hip operations, she moved across country to be close to the Lemurian Fellowship. Seeking balanced growth through study and action, she found many ways to participate in Order activities as a member of the Lemurian Order, developing her artistic talent to create and sell paintings and greeting cards. “I feel so proud of being even a very small part of what is going on here,” she offered.

 Turning ninety made Eileen think more seriously about life and death:

“I feel no uneasiness about passing on because, through my Lemurian training, I have learned there is no such thing as death . . . just a gentle transition from one way of life to another . . . as we are primarily spiritual beings.

“Of course the body doesn’t last forever. Eventually it breaks down and stops working. This happens to everyone until they have advanced spiritually to the point where they no longer need to come back into a new life. While I would like to stay and enjoy life and learn more about spiritual advancement,

our Philosophy teaches there will be no change in consciousness after transition. I look forward to returning at the right time.

At 95, Eileen told us:

 “I awaken every morning grateful for my blessings and say, “Thank You.” I’m not sure why I’ve lived so long except that I have so much yet to learn. I use Lemurian recommendations for good health. Moderation is very important.

“Life is good at ninety-five. I can care for myself, read and study, plant and reap, cook and eat and enjoy friends and family. And I can look forward to another great adventure when it’s time to go. As always, I say ‘Thank You.'”

At 99, she wrote:

I get my breakfast every morning and my helper Angie comes every day to check on me, to clean, shop and do laundry, so I am not overworked in the least. She does a lot of cooking, and my son comes to lunch two days a week.

Though I use a walker all the time now, today I stood long enough to make chicken salad. I’m so fortunate to be well and able to care for myself at 99!

Lem plays a violin "in the white" in Gateway Chapel. Undated Shown on 6.12 (SSS)
Mel plays a violin “in the white”

At 100  Another veteran Lemurian, Mel, a student for fifty years, built violins and trained others as part of the Lemurian Crafts, then struggled with loneliness after losing his wife. He wrote of the comfort his Lemurian training brought:

“The Lemurian Philosophy has taught me many things about life – how I was created, why I am on the physical plane, and where I will go when I leave. It has taught me to understand and live in accordance with God’s Laws, and the truth of life from the beginning of civilization.

“Everyone seeks peace of mind and there is only one way to attain it – by understanding God’s Laws and thinking and living by them. ‘And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'”

Mel added: “This is more like a sermon. Maybe it’s too much.” But we don’t think so.

The Day the News Brought Peace of Mind

The morning paper arrived as usual, but the news was anything but.

The front page headlined the 60th anniversary of a group called I Love a Clean San Diego just completing their annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. They’ve done hundreds of cleanups, removing over 200 tons of litter a year. They believe education can make people want to change their behavior. “We don’t support propositions, bans, or lawsuits,” they said. A surfer added, “They do a really good job of showing people what they can do, instead of what’s wrong with the world.” A deeper understanding of service.

This group joined an Earth Day parade that attracted 60,000 people to Balboa Park and the 300 environmentally friendly exhibits at the EarthFair. Organizers say it’s the world’s largest free environmental fair.

Also on the front page, after declaring for weeks that it would have to close, the San Diego Opera decided it would do whatever it takes to remain in business after all.

There was an inspiring story about a local Ramona pharmacist who decided to check on an elderly customer who hadn’t picked up his prescriptions. His calls unanswered, he drove to the man’s home, and when his knocks brought no response, called the sheriff. Inside, they found the man lying in the bathroom after a fall two or three days earlier. He’s glad to be alive now, thanks to an alert young man thinking about helping others.

These stories caught our eye and raised our spirits. Oh, there was other news, little noted and unremembered – bad weather cut through several states, hospital errors were up, there was a killing somewhere – the kind of story you find every day. But why make ourselves miserable scouring the globe for the most upsetting world conditions, then beating them to death every night on the news? How does this bring greater peace of mind? If we think so much about catastrophes, are we becoming more afraid, even attracting a disaster of our own?

One Lemurian said recently, “I used to listen to the news on my way to work, and was filled with anxiety over all I heard. Listening to the Lemurian Viewpoint CDs is a much healthier way to start my day.”

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” wrote James Allen.

So what shall we think about? The choice is ours. The troubles of the world? Or all the good that positive, hopeful, and ingenious men, women, and children do every day in spite of the trouble and unhappiness around them? Who do you want to think like? Who do you want to be like? Who do you want to be?

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. – Paul the Apostle