Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Terry Taylor's life after Thee Satanic Church

I've posted a few times before regarding local figure Terry Taylor, who was behind the local Satanic organization Thee Satanic Church during the 1970s (also known as The Orthodox Satanic Church, and Thee Orthodox Satanic Church of the Nethilim Rite).  Taylor also ran the esoteric bookstore House of the Occult.  After splitting with his partner in the church, Dr. Evelyn Paglini, Taylor seemed to have disappeared. 

I'd searched for information on Taylor regularly and never had any luck until finding his obituary this week.  It looks as though Taylor passed away in 2009.  He turned from Satanism in the late 1970s and moved on to hypnosis, spiritual psychology and past life regression.


Terry Taylor of Schaumburg A memorial service for Terry Taylor, 64, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, Barrington. Cremation was private for the family at the Countryside Crematory. Born Oct. 3, 1944, the son of Walter and Hazel (nee Dennis), he died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, in Schaumburg. Terry owned Spiritual Awakening Center, where he helped to change many lives. Survivors include his former wife, Janice; children, Suzie (Andrew) Hofer, Myles and Brittany; grandchildren, Jessie and Justin; sister, Pamela; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailyherald/obituary.aspx?n=terry-taylor&pid=132908914#sthash.5V9TM3LL.dpuf
Terry Taylor of Schaumburg A memorial service for Terry Taylor, 64, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, Barrington. Cremation was private for the family at the Countryside Crematory. Born Oct. 3, 1944, the son of Walter and Hazel (nee Dennis), he died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, in Schaumburg. Terry owned Spiritual Awakening Center, where he helped to change many lives. Survivors include his former wife, Janice; children, Suzie (Andrew) Hofer, Myles and Brittany; grandchildren, Jessie and Justin; sister, Pamela; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. For information, 630-529-5751 or www.countrysidefuneralhomes.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailyherald/obituary.aspx?n=terry-taylor&pid=132908914#sthash.5V9TM3LL.dpuf
Terry Taylor of Schaumburg A memorial service for Terry Taylor, 64, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, Barrington. Cremation was private for the family at the Countryside Crematory. Born Oct. 3, 1944, the son of Walter and Hazel (nee Dennis), he died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, in Schaumburg. Terry owned Spiritual Awakening Center, where he helped to change many lives. Survivors include his former wife, Janice; children, Suzie (Andrew) Hofer, Myles and Brittany; grandchildren, Jessie and Justin; sister, Pamela; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. For information, 630-529-5751 or www.countrysidefuneralhomes.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailyherald/obituary.aspx?n=terry-taylor&pid=132908914#sthash.5V9TM3LL.dpuf
Terry Taylor's Obituary

Terry Taylor, 64, of Schaumburg died Sunday, August 30, 2009 in Schaumburg. Born October 3, 1944. He was the son of Walter and Hazel, nee Dennis. Terry owned Spiritual Awakening Center where he helped to change many lives.

Survivors include former wife Janice; children Suzie (Andrew) Hofer, Myles and Brittany; grandchildren Jessie and Justin; sister Pamela and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be Friday, September 18, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Willow Creek, 67 E Algonquin Rd, Barrington. Cremation was private for the family at the Countryside Crematory.

erry Taylor of Schaumburg A memorial service for Terry Taylor, 64, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, Barrington. Cremation was private for the family at the Countryside Crematory. Born Oct. 3, 1944, the son of Walter and Hazel (nee Dennis), he died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, in Schaumburg. Terry owned Spiritual Awakening Center, where he helped to change many lives. Survivors include his former wife, Janice; children, Suzie (Andrew) Hofer, Myles and Brittany; grandchildren, Jessie and Justin; sister, Pamela; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailyherald/obituary.aspx?n=terry-taylor&pid=132908914#sthash.ZxptxWhD.dpuf


After learning this, it was much easier to learn of Taylor's activities over the years.  Some of his writing can be found online, including an essay on the Spirit of Ma'at website:  What is Ascension? The Pathway To Your Next Consciousness


Terry Taylor of Schaumburg A memorial service for Terry Taylor, 64, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, Barrington. Cremation was private for the family at the Countryside Crematory. Born Oct. 3, 1944, the son of Walter and Hazel (nee Dennis), he died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, in Schaumburg. Terry owned Spiritual Awakening Center, where he helped to change many lives. Survivors include his former wife, Janice; children, Suzie (Andrew) Hofer, Myles and Brittany; grandchildren, Jessie and Justin; sister, Pamela; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. For information, 630-529-5751 or www.countrysidefuneralhomes.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailyherald/obituary.aspx?n=terry-taylor&pid=132908914#sthash.5V9TM3LL.dpuf

Terry Taylor of Schaumburg A memorial service for Terry Taylor, 64, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, Barrington. Cremation was private for the family at the Countryside Crematory. Born Oct. 3, 1944, the son of Walter and Hazel (nee Dennis), he died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, in Schaumburg. Terry owned Spiritual Awakening Center, where he helped to change many lives. Survivors include his former wife, Janice; children, Suzie (Andrew) Hofer, Myles and Brittany; grandchildren, Jessie and Justin; sister, Pamela; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. For information, 630-529-5751 or www.countrysidefuneralhomes.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailyherald/obituary.aspx?n=terry-taylor&pid=132908914#sthash.5V9TM3LL.dpuf
Terry Taylor's biograpy read:
Terry has worked in the Spiritual Community for 35 years, owning two metaphysical Bookstores and the School of Advanced Esoteric Studies. Degreed in Clinical Psychology, he has operated within a private and group practice since 1975. His residencies consist of Madden Mental Health Center, Phobicare Group Practice, Garret's Wellness Center, Mel Doerr's Health and Holistic Center and now the Spiritual Awakening Center. Terry Taylor's practice is an integration of psychotherapy, clinical hypnosis and spiritual psychology leading towards your ascension into your next level of consciousness. He can be reached at: TerryTaylor@Ameritech.net, www.SpiritualAwakeningCenter.com.

While the Spiritual Awakening Center website is no longer active, it is archived on the archive.org site.  Many PDFs of his writing can be found in the archive of the Spiritual Awakening Center's "Archives" page: 

https://web.archive.org/web/20080702223438/http://www.spiritualawakeningcenter.com/archives.html

While Taylor publicly moved away from Satanism during his later years, that doesn't mean that he avoided controversy.  One exposé on CBS2, as archived on the website "Cult Education Institute" is particularly damning. 


Critics also worry that Taylor's technique could result in false memories being implanted in the minds of his clients -- like those who now believe they had relatives in a past life who sexually abused them.
"The danger is that they believe these things and they may carry some of these feelings into the current life," says Stephen Kahn.
Taylor says he's qualified to handle possible dangers telling potential clients, "You have to make sure you are with a hypnotist who knows how to work with that. Remember I am also a psychologist too."
But he's not. Taylor only has a Master's degree in psychology -- but no Doctorate degree and no state license. Both are required for Taylor to legally call himself a psychologist.
"I'm told you can't say that," Zekman says.
"No probably not," he replies.
In brochures, Taylor calls himself a transformational psychotherapist.
"Is that a name you made up?" asks Zekman.
"Yes, yes. That's the name I put out there to show what I'm doing," says Taylor.

Like many other Chicago occultists (such as L.W. de Laurence) Terry Taylor seems to have walked the line between being an influential leader and shameless huckster.  As always, I would love to have more information about Terry Taylor, to learn more of his work.

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  3. I was with Terry from 1987 through much the 1990's.

    He was NO Satan worshipper!

    He taught me self hypnosis and was very deeply concerned with the welfare of others.

    He had some "unique" perspectives on things out of the mainstream but I resent persons and websites that diminish his person.

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