2013 Pathways to Paradise
Tina Quizon Host Olelo; Countess Tatiana Bobrinsky, Grand Dame of the Order; Aaron Davide Mahi, Knight; Dr. Sandra Rose Michael; et al.
Some of the quotes and 'soundbites' from this recent conference include:
Countess Tatiana Bobrinsky, Grand Dame of the Order:
She explained that the Knights of St. John (aka Knights of Malta, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, etc.) had its origins with the Amalfi merchants
These sailing merchants later established hospitals and offered protection for pilgrims to the Holy Land (see more information below).
The Maltese Cross originally represented the 4 Cardinal Points of the Compass used by the sailors (now all pointing inward on their insignia).
This Red Maltese Cross was, according to Countess Bobrinsky, the forerunner to the Red Cross of today (an Rosicrucian organization, or 'Rosy Cross').
She further explained that the Knights of Malta began as a Catholic order, but that today they embrace religious tolerance and that 'people are just people'.
Another attendee at this conference was Effie Chow whose work includes the integration of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine.
In July 2000, Dr. Chow was appointed by President Clinton to the original 15 member White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.
She is a world-renowned Qigong Grandmaster energy healer, acupuncturist, author, international speaker, Humanitarian, Futurist, and Visionary.
She founded the East West Academy of Healing Arts, and the Qigong Institute, was established within EWAHA to promote its further use.
Ms. Chow is involved with QiGong, Eastern Philosophy of Dao / Tao, Energy Healing, Reiki, and Chinese Medicine.
She also promotes 'tolerance' among world religions and philosophies and is active in teaching even the 'little ones' to learn and use Reiki energy healing.
Another speaker, Dan...? commented on the Order of St. John's collaboration for collection and storage of a Rare Disease DNA Database.
This DNA Information Storing will be used by researchers for Pharmaceutical Drug Development.
A Priory for the Order of St. John has been set up in Hawaii. It works with the Hawaii-based Partners in Development Foundation, a 501c3 organization.
Knight Aaron David Mahi of Honolulu noted that Hawaii serves as a 'bridge' between East & West.
He also explains that the Order of St. John stresses 'Service to ALL Humankind'; and that the order is 'inclusive of all'.
The Order's 'Purpose of Service' includes all persons and has an ecumenical basis - inclusive and accepting of other religions.
The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, also known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM).
The Order of Malta or Knights of Malta, is a Roman Catholic lay religious order of, traditionally, a military, chivalrous and noble nature. It is the world's oldest surviving order of chivalry. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is headquartered in Rome, and is widely considered a sovereign subject of international law.
SMOM is the modern continuation of the original medieval order of Saint John of Jerusalem, known as the "Fraternitas Hospitalaria" and later as the Knights Hospitaller, a group founded in Jerusalem about 1050 as an Amalfitan hospital to provide care for poor and sick pilgrims to the Holy Land.
The Order has a large number of local priories and associations around the world, of which Hawaii's priory is one.
The supreme head of the Order is the Grand Master, who is elected for life by the Council Complete of State, holds the precedence of a cardinal of the Church since 1630 and received the rank of Reichsfürst (Prince of the Holy Roman Empire) in 1607
Some other Key Points related to the Knights of Malta:
- Order of Malta (Freemasonry), a Masonic order closely associated with the Masonic Knights Templar
- The Knights of Malta or Knights Hospitaller were a Western Christian military order during the Middle Ages.
- Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the Rome-based successor of the Knights Hospitaller
- Order of Saint John (Bailiwick of Brandenburg), the Berlin-based Protestant branch of the Order, from which it separated during the Reformation