Elizabeth Clare Prophet was a pioneer in modern religious thought, one of the foremost female religious leaders of the twentieth century. She led a worldwide organization and her writings sold in the millions of copies. She is remembered today as a dynamic leader and a spiritual teacher who inspired many to pursue a path towards God.
Elizabeth Clare Wulf was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, in 1939. She attended Antioch College, later transferring to Boston University, where she received a B.A. in political science. Her spiritual quest sprang from her childhood recollection of past lives and her determination to find confirmation of the truth that Jesus was speaking to her in her heart. By age nine she had attended every Protestant and Catholic church and Jewish synagogue in Red Bank without finding the answers she was looking for.
From age nine to eighteen she studied the complete works of Mary Baker Eddy along with her Bible and attended the local Christian Science church and Sunday school. Although satisfied with the deeper truths of metaphysics she was learning, she knew there were missing pieces and she continued her search.
Finding the ascended masters
At age eighteen she opened a book on the ascended masters that she had seen in her parents’ library for years but never taken off the shelf. She found herself face to face with a picture of the ascended master Saint Germain. “This was the turning point of my life,” she recalled later. For the first time she had felt the presence of an ascended master, and she spent the next four years searching for someone who could lead her to Saint Germain.
On April 22, 1961, she attended a meeting of The Summit Lighthouse in Boston and met its leader, Mark L. Prophet, messenger for the ascended masters. She recognized him as the teacher she had been looking for all of her life, the one who would lead her on her spiritual path. Within six weeks the ascended master El Morya appeared to her in a park in Boston and told her to go to Washington, D.C., where Mark Prophet would train her to be a messenger.
Answering the call, Elizabeth entered a period of intense spiritual discipline and inner soul awakening. Three years later she received Saint Germain’s anointing to be a messenger of the Great White Brotherhood. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, she began delivering prophetic messages from the ascended masters.
Mark and Elizabeth were married in 1963, and they had four children over the next nine years.
A worldwide mission
With a growing staff and nationwide membership, Mark and Elizabeth moved their headquarters to Colorado Springs in 1966. Their spiritual retreat, known as La Tourelle, a beautiful mansion in the Broadmoor area, became a gathering place for seekers in the ’60s. On February 26, 1973, Mark Prophet passed on, having completed his mission. He is known today as the ascended master Lanello.
Elizabeth carried on the mission with the support of the staff and devotees of the masters worldwide. She led a spiritual pilgrimage to South America in December 1973 and held a conference in Mexico City that Christmas. In the following years she traveled to West Africa, Europe, Australia, the Philippines, India, across the United States and Canada, and returned to South America in 1996, speaking to thousands of people and reaching millions more on radio and television.
She also continued to write books—her own and compilations of Mark’s work—and to administer what was to become a worldwide organization. Her first priority remained the weekly Pearls of Wisdom (letters from the ascended masters to their students around the world).
By 1976 Mrs. Prophet was established as a prominent religious leader. She moved the organization’s headquarters to a leased campus in Pasadena, California, and two years later purchased the 218-acre Gillette estate in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu. The property was renamed “Camelot,” in memory of King Arthur and the fellowship of the Round Table.
In 1981, the organization purchased the Royal Teton Ranch, in Park County, Montana. The organization moved there in 1986, and it remains the international headquarters of The Summit Lighthouse and Church Universal and Triumphant.
Mrs. Prophet lectured in more than 30 countries and 150 cities around the world, published more than 50 books, conducted four conferences each year along with many other special seminars, gave in-depth teaching to Summit University classes, ministered to thousands of followers, and founded her own private school, Montessori International.
Her books include the new age best-sellers The Lost Years of Jesus, Saint Germain On Alchemy, The Human Aura, Fallen Angels and the Origins of Evil, and Violet Flame to Heal Body, Mind and Soul, as well as such classics of esoteric literature as the Lost Teachings of Jesus series and the Climb the Highest Mountain® series. Mrs. Prophet conducted seminars and workshops on such topics as karma and reincarnation, prophecy, angels, the mystical paths of the world’s religions and practical spirituality.
Elizabeth Clare Prophet retired in 1999 for health reasons, and on October 15, 2009, made her transition to higher octaves.
Today the Royal Teton Ranch is the international headquarters for The Summit Lighthouse as well as Church Universal and Triumphant, Summit University and Summit University Press, which carry on her mission of bringing the teachings of the ascended masters to the world and helping people expand the light within and find their way back Home.
Regarding her mission, Mrs. Prophet has said:
The ascended masters present a path and a teaching whereby every individual on earth can find his way back to God. I do not claim to be a master but only their instrument. Nor do I claim to be perfect in my human self. I am the servant of the light in all students of the ascended masters and in all people. My books and writings are intended to give people the opportunity to know the Truth that can make them free—so they can find God without me. My goal is to take true seekers, in the tradition of the masters of the Far East, as far as they can go and need to go to meet their true Teachers face to face.
Elizabeth Clare Prophet’s prior embodiments include the following:
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Elizabeth Clare Prophet has written a memoir of her early years titled In My Own Words.
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