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Welcome to the website of the Order of Essenes course, a New Thought correspondence school founded in 1938 by Burks L. Hamner. The Order of Essenes supplied lessons to its students free of charge, supporting the work entirely through donations.

Hamner called his teachings Life Science: a genuine science of living that can be applied by anyone to attain health, happiness, and success. A successful businessman and philanthropist, Hamner studied the New Thought teachings of his time carefully, taking the best principles from the systems he encountered and testing them relentlessly in the laboratory of his own life. The resulting teachings were published in a series of courses, each of them divided up into weekly lessons.

The Order of Essenes has completed its most recent cycle of activity, and the entire collection of Hamner's courses has now been placed with the International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals (IAPSOP) for its online archive. All the lessons may be accessed and downloaded free of charge there. If you benefit from these lessons, please consider making a donation to IAPSOP to help them continue their work.

Click here to go to the IAPSOP Essene Lessons page.