LAGUNA BEACH (1932-1940)


April 1933: After becoming acquainted with his work and philosophy through The Invisible Ocean, Mrs Lalita (Maud) Johnson invites Adamski to teach at the Little White Church for the Order of Loving Service which she established earlier that year in Laguna Beach, an artists colony on the California coast.


November 1933: Mrs Johnson purchases a property in Laguna Beach for the Royal Order of Tibet. While that is being readied, the Royal Order HQ operates from Hotel Green (Castle Green; pictured) in Pasadena.


January 1934: The Royal Order of Tibet opens its ‘monastery’ – the Temple of Scientific Philosophy – at 758 Manzanita Drive, Laguna Beach, with 17 rooms, a lecture hall, and a spacious garden. Meetings are held on Fridays and Sundays.


December 1935: The property is sold to Marguerite H. Weir of Universal Progressive Christianity, of which the Royal Order of Tibet is now a ‘fraternity’ of about 50 members, with ‘closed’ as well as public meetings.


1936: From January, publishes Universal Jewels of Life as a free monthly newsletter for those attending the meetings. Besides Adamski, talks are also given by Marguerite Weir, Alice Wells, and others.
From May, the Royal Order has a weekly 15-minute slot on local California radio stations KFOX in Long Beach and KMPC in LA (until 1938).
Wisdom of the Masters of the Far East is published.


1937: Publishes Petals of Life, a collection of twelve poems “compiled by Professor G. Adamski”.
From 10-12 September organizes a festival dramatizing “the teachings of the universal masters”, and a round-table discussion focusing on “unifying all mankind”.
Publishes The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, a tract that emphasizes each individual’s responsibility for the human condition.


1938: Before leaving for India for good, Mrs Johnson gifts Adamski a 6-inch telescope which is installed at the Temple of Scientific Philosophy “to create an interest in the study of astronomy”. (Photo: LA Times)


8 July 1939: Robbed at gunpoint, while walking along the street in Laguna Beach around 8pm. (As reported in the Santa Ana Register, 10 July 1939)


January 1940: Announces move to Valley Center, CA, in March that year, to set up a spiritual retreat. (Originally, a “dude ranch” was a guest ranch where tourists could experience the nostalgia of Western Frontier days.)
Note: The occupational description of ‘economist’ in this report seems an early indication of Adamski’s interest in socio-economic reforms that would later inform much of his teaching.


(Sources: Gerard Aartsen, GAsite.org, LA Times, Santa Ana Register, Torrance Press.)