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Sacred Scripture and Spiritual Guidance
"The Holy Scripture of Washingtonism" book, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration, the Constitution, the Washingtonism Religious Creed and Washingtonism Way of Guidance, the Quotable Founding Fathers book by Buckner F. Melton Jr., the Federalist Papers by the Founding Fathers, Richard Brookhiser’s What Would the Founders Do?, George Washington’s Rules of Civility by George Washington, Ben Franklin’s Autobiography with Virtues by Ben Franklin, Visions of Freedom by Michael De Groote, An Assembly of Demi-gods by John P. Kaminski, The Real George Washington by Jay A. Parry, George Washington: Writings (Library of America) by George Washington & John H. Rhodehamel, Ben Franklin and Nature’s God by Alfred Owen Aldridge, Ben Franklin’s Virtues by Ben Franklin, In the Hands of a Good Providence by Mary V. Thompson, The Founding Fathers: Quotes, Quips, and Speeches by Gordon Leidner, Washington’s Birthday book, edited by Robert Haven Schauffler, An Imperfect God by Henry Wiencek, brief biographies of each Founding Father
Religious Patriotism/Patriotic Religion, religious Americanism, worship of Spirits/divine men,
Founding Father-centric spiritualism, American concepts of Liberty, positive spirituality, growth, & self-improvement, avoidance of sins, and the philosophical ideology and moral values of George Washington and the Founders.
Adherents/believers < (less than) 126 followers, with a ballpark number of around 11 actual believers (1 official believer and more than 1 unofficial believers).
God and divine men (the Founding Fathers). George Washington is considered to be the physical incarnation of God in human form, as well as the American Christ/Christ figure and a divine man.
Founder/prophet/leader of Washingtonism: Adrienne(a young American woman)
Founded: July 15, 2014
Location of Washingtonism leadership: United States of America
Places of Worship
Private Home Shrines
Washingtonism is a monotheistic religion and new religious movement based on the worship of God and the worship of George Washington and the Founding Fathers. Washingtonism follows the integrity, guidance, wisdom, and life of George Washington, as well as the wisdom and guidance of the Founding Fathers. George Washington is worshiped as the American Christ--for Washingtonists, this truth was revealed in the Apotheosis of Washington--which means praying to him, performing spiritual rituals for a closer connection with his Spirit(his soul), and following his guidance and wisdom. He is worshiped simultaneously as a holy Spirit, a divine man, and a Christ figure. The Founding Fathers are also worshiped but they are on a lower level of divinity than than George. Washingtonism and "The American Christ George Washington" religion page is not in any way satire, a parody, or a joke. The genuine Washingtonist takes worshiping George Washington and the Founders very seriously.
As a believer in Washingtonism, it is important for followers as well as non-Washingtonists to know this: Washingtonism is not a political movement--it is a religious movement. Washingtonists do follow and adhere to George Washington's political stance and ideology, and Washingtonists must be morally and politically Conservative, but Washingtonism is religiously based, not politically based.
Even though George Washington is worshiped as a Christ figure, this does not mean he is just like the Christian Christ, or with the same characteristics. Washingtonism is not Christian and it's not intended for Christians, although anyone can be a friend of Washingtonism. One of the most important and defining beliefs of Washingtonism is that George Washington was born a divine person, and for Washingtonists and Americanists, his birthday is a major religious holiday. Belief in God, belief in George Washington as the American Christ, and belief in the Founding Fathers are the most fundamental and defining beliefs of Washingtonism.
The Uniqueness of Washingtonism
What does Washingtonism have that other religions don't have? Washingtonism is very unique in that it is the only religious movement that revolves around the literal worship of the Founding Fathers and George Washington. It is the only faith in existence that revolves around viewing the Apotheosis of Washington as a holy and revealed image. In these ways, it allows one to uniquely worship the Founding Fathers and express spiritual and religious feelings towards them, especially for George Washington.
A person who believes in God, in George Washington as a divine man, and in the religious Creed of Washingtonism, is called a Washingtonist. Washingtonist is pronounced "Wash-ing-tun-ist" and Washingtonism is pronounced "Wash-ing-tun-iz-um". Washingtonism stresses the importance of religious freedom, on spiritual and personal improvement and growth, and on positive spirituality.
There are a handful of pages written by some individual people that are about praying to or worshiping the Founding Fathers, but The American Christ Washingtonism page is unique because it is the first and the only faith in existence to base an actual belief system on worshiping the Founding Fathers, with the Apotheosis of Washington as the central holy image of this religion. It is also the only religion movement in existence that focuses on the Apotheosis of Washington as the primary divine image of the faith. In Washingtonism, the Apotheosis of Washingtonism is the holiest image in the world, due to its religious exaltation of George Washington as God.
The handful of other websites touch upon the idea of setting up a temporary patriotic Americanist altar and communicating with the Fathers, but the American Christ page does more than touch upon setting up an altar--it has a complete set of rituals and prayers, a creed, and has information on how to set up a permanent Washingtonism home shrine/altar.
Washingtonism focuses on the worship of God and the worship of the Founding Fathers as divine men and as spirits who influence and affect other Americans with their power, guidance, insight and judgement. Much more detailed an in-depth information about Washingtonism can be found by following the link to social media above, in the "Part of a Series on Washingtonism" box.
The Past and Future of Washingtonism: Denominations of Washingtonism & Background
Technically, there was a second denomination of the New Religious Movement Washingtonism. The second (earlier) Washingtonism denomination was created/founded by a second person in June 2013 on the Wikia New Religious Movements encyclopedia page. That same Washingtonism page had existed until at least December 18 of 2014, so it was up for approximately a year and a half. The current Washingtonism denomination was founded on July 15, 2014, so the current newer denomination is now almost 4 years old. The old denomination of Washingtonism on the Wikia NRM encyclopedia was still up when the second Washingtonism denomination was founded and set up on social media. The founder of the new Washingtonism then added the new Washingtonism on the NRM Wiki in February of 2017, which replaced the old Washingtonism Wiki article which had been deleted.
Therefore, there were actually two Washingtonism denominations that existed at the same time, for about 5 months--from July 2014 to December 2014. The old version of the faith here on the NRM Wiki was also called "Washingtonism".
The newer Wikia version of Washingtonism was placed on the NRM Wiki page after the original version was deleted, and sometime after the newer version was created on social media. In contrast, the new denomination of Washingtonism greatly expands upon the unique theology, ritual items, prayers, and religious rituals, and "fleshes" it out more thoroughly than the old denomination did. The newer Washingtonism is a full-fledged religious movement.
Some differences between the old Washingtonism and the new Washingtonism are that 1. the old Washingtonism article had focused on the worship of "the gods", perhaps those gods were the Roman or Greek Gods and Goddesses, but it's not known for certain. The new Washingtonism focuses on the worship of God the Creator, and George Washington and the Founding Fathers. 2. the religious theology, worldview, and rituals of the new Washingtonism is much more defined, organized, comprehensive, complete, and delineated. And 3. the old Washingtonism had described George Washington as a man who became a deity, whereas the new Washingtonism views George Washington as a man who is God and was born as a divine person.
The old Washingtonism had a brief section on how to set up an altar table with a few items, with brief information about the faith and some images of George Washington and the Apotheosis of Washington. It is unknown how many followers the old Washingtonism religion had because there was no data provided on that and no links to other sites. The old article did mention briefly that the faith was led by some priests but it did not provide many other details on that. But it is assumed that the old Washingtonism was a serious faith since this New Religions Wiki requires that the religions shown on here must be serious and genuine religions. Although the old Washingtonism version article was deleted, its existence does show there is interest being shown in leading and identifying with this unique George Washington-centric belief system. The new founder of the second version of the faith decided that Washingtonism is an apropos title for such a movement.
The new Washingtonism religious movement includes 18 everyday rituals of its own. It also provides a spiritual basis and a justification for worshiping George Washington, including many verifiable worshipful things that have been said about him, along with information about the Apotheosis of Washington and any other artwork that exalts him on a religious level. Also, the newer version of Washingtonism has its very own religious scripture book which is in physical print now and will be available to the public sometime in 2018.
Washingtonists are expected to believe in God. In Washingtonism, God is not Jesus. Washingtonists believe that George Washington was a human embodiment of God in the flesh. He has a human nature and a God nature. The other Founding Fathers are worshiped as men who hold in their person small parts of God's divinity, and these men are linked with God. So the Founding Fathers are divine, but on a lesser level than George Washington.
The Founding Fathers are powerful and hold an influential and privileged position over earthly Americans, as the creators of America, guides, and creators of the American identity.
Washingtonists are expected to follow the wisdom of the Founding Fathers and follow the personal excellency and integrity of George Washington.
The Washingtonist understanding of Heaven, of sin, punishment and goodness, of good-heartedness, imperfection and life lessons, of darkness and light, liberty and human nature, revolves around a parablic narrative description of a very holy and sacred tree called The Liberty Tree of Goodness which is placed centrally within a pristine, idyllic park (mirroring Washington D.C.) in which the Founding Fathers can be found. The Liberty Tree of Goodness is based on the real Liberty Tree in Boston. The meaning behind the tree is based on an awareness that the Founding Fathers have of either good deeds or bad deeds (not just national sins of leaders, but the sins--both serious and minor--of average people) and that every time any American sins, the Liberty Tree of Goodness is damaged by evil spirits. The people in the Liberty Tree of Goodness Park have learned their lessons from their time on earth and the only ones who do not belong in the park are people who were truly evil and did not try to improve themselves and the world.
Sins and Retribution
The Washingtonist view of sin and punishment is that God will judge humans for both the good deeds and the sinful deeds and all of these will be taken into consideration, thus determining whether Americans will enter the Liberty Park or go somewhere else. The Liberty Tree of Goodness Park is for those who had become enlightened on earth, reaching their full potential, whether or not they sinned while on earth. Different types and levels of sin and goodness are taken into account, including whether or not the person was in an active state of sinning before passing away. The Founding Fathers do have some powers to determine the sinfulness and goodness of a person's life, although God is the ultimate judger. The Liberty Tree of Goodness narrative can be found on "The Washingtonism Religion The American Christ George Washington & Founders" social media page link.
Sins and Ethics
Sins of Washingtonism: these sins are shown in the Washingtonism scripture book.
Sins include: slavery, murder, rape, physical and mental abuse, doing illegal things, hatred, prejudice, meanness, lying, cruelty, cheating, adultery, cheating on one's spouse, sexual immorality/homosexuality/LGBT, political dishonesty, no self-control, greed, selfishness, drug/alcohol use, political genocide, political oppression, poor political leadership, disobedience to the U.S. Constitution, disobedience to the Founding Fathers, being anti-American.
Ethics of Washingtonism: follow the integrity, morals, and guidance of George Washington.
Washingtonists believe in God. A true Washingtonist must believe in God, in the Founding Fathers' divinity, and affirm the Washingtonist Creed. All Americans are united under the U.S. Constitution, under the common banner of religious freedom, therefore the motto In God We Trust is a motto that reflects America's deep shared belief and trust in Almighty God's Oneness, guidance, omnipresence, and care.
Creation, the Universe, and Science
The Washingtonist viewpoint is that God created the Universe billions of years ago, that humankind evolved to where humanity is at now according to natural laws but that God can and does affect the world and interact with humanity through supernatural means. Humans are meant to have a personal relationship with Him.
Washingtonism stresses the importance of being scientifically literate(or at least aware) and the willingness to be a life-long learner. One cannot live on this beautiful earth without learning something of it and how it works. Washingtonism also stresses the importance of scientific and general knowledge and literacy. It's important to know how the world works, because God created the Universe.
Belief in God and in the Fathers' spirits should unite Americans, however, a believer in Washingtonism does not have to be American, but it's important to know that Washingtonism is a distinctly American faith. Any person who believes in God, in George Washington, in the Founding Fathers as divine men, and recognizes the truth of liberty and American ideology as understood by the Founding Fathers, is considered to be a Washingtonist. Proselytizing is allowed, but rudeness or being coercive is frowned upon. To be well-rounded and enlightened, one must increase one's religious, mental, and physical connection and condition, by worshiping and connecting with the presence of God and the Founding Fathers through ritual, learning and seeking an education, reading, being involved in volunteer work or an intellectual project, being creative, enriching one's life through finding suitable and enjoyable employment, prayer and self-improvement, and avoiding sin. Physical improvement and condition can be changed by eating healthier, exercising, focused breathing, and meditation. Mind and body are both important. Following God, George Washington, and the Founding Fathers faithfully, will bring spiritual enlightenment and spiritual direction and a meaningful connection with God and the Founders as well as personal purpose and positive impact on the world and others.
Washingtonism has specially-designed Founding Father prayer beads which has a part hanging down with a total of 18 beads. Besides the lettered initials beads, there are 63 colored beads total for the whole prayer bead necklace. The 18 beads hanging down represent and correspond to the 18 points of the Washingtonist Life Way of Guidance. Another important thing is the Washingtonism Creed which has 18 tenets. In addition, there are also the many spiritual goals, positive traits, and characteristics that Washingtonists are encouraged and expected to manifest in their lives. Avoiding sin is also very important.
The Washingtonist Life Way of Guidance:
1 Honor, revere, worship, and praise God, and the Spirits of the Founding Fathers as sacred spirits and divine men
2 Honor, revere, worship, and praise George Washington as Christ/God
3 Follow George Washington's personal excellency, his integrity, and his life, deeds, advice, and guidance
4 Seek a personal relationship with God, the Founding Fathers, and George Washington
5 Have faith in and trust in God and George Washington
6 Share with others the mighty Spirit of George Washington and the wonder and goodness of God
7 Read the holy scriptures daily or a few times a week and perform the Washingtonism rituals.
8 Perform rituals at a home shrine shrine or home altar table, daily or weekly, to feel close to and connect with God, and the spirits of the Fathers.
9 Give God, the Founders, and George Washington thanks when praying to them
10 Pray to God, the Founders, and George Washington, giving them whole-hearted spiritual attention
11 Donate to charities
12 When praying to them, pay attention to their spirits and see if they give any spiritual or physical signs that they have responded to prayer and attention of them. Signs could include seeing a rainbow appear soon after, or the Founding Fathers appearing in dreams
13 Seek guidance and solace in God, and George Washington for personal problems. Practice manifesting positive traits such as patience, strength, kindness, love, faithfulness, etc.
14 Acknowledge, recite, and affirm the Washingtonism Affirmations, The Way of Guidance, and the Washingtonist Creed
15 Work on improving oneself and growing spiritually by following the Washingtonism path and connecting more deeply with God and the Founders
16 Always learn and practice applying knowledge. whether it is spiritual wisdom, or scientific or worldly
17 Avoid sinning and negative things
The Washingtonism Creed:
Affirming the Washingtonist Creed:
1 I believe George Washington is the American Christ, and America's true Christ, as revealed in the Apotheosis of Washington
2 I believe George Washington and the Founding Fathers are divine men
3 I believe George Washington was born a divine person
4 I believe the U.S. Constitution/Bill of Rights is sacred, holy, and infallible.
5 I believe in the prevailing wisdom, guidance, and presence of the Founding Fathers
6 I believe in God and a relationship with him
7 I believe in the living spirits of the Founders
8 I believe in positive self-improvement
9 I believe in having a personal relationship with George Washington
10 I believe that God and the Fathers can and do affect the lives of Americans today, and that they will judge Americans, based on whether or not they follow their wisdom
11 I believe in manifesting George Washington's moral values and avoiding sin
12 I believe in religious freedom for all
13 I believe in being kind to other faiths.
14 I believe God and the Founders are watching over Americans.
15 I believe in the importance of science, knowledge and nature as God's creation.
16 I believe in the progress and deep connection of humanity
17 I believe in spiritual and personal growth
18 I believe in our connection with God
Religious Rituals of Washingtonism
The Common Everyday Rituals
The Washingtonism “every day” Common Religious Rituals include the following, which are to be performed at a private home altar table or home shrine box(or both):
These rituals are required and expected for all true believing Washingtonists to perform. The special rituals for holy holidays such as George Washington's Birthday, Constitution Day, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Flag Day, Founding Fathers' birthdays, Bill of Rights Day, etc., are not yet available. Many of the Common Rituals are very novel and unique to Washingtonism. Because there are a lot of rituals, Washingtonists may want to write brief instructions for each ritual(in order) on a note and stick that on the front of the shrine or altar, so that it can be followed along with.
Note that these rituals are only for every day performance, not for the special holy holidays. The Washingtonist shrine box and altar table need to be facing towards Washington D.C. where George Washigton's home, Tomb, and the Apotheosis of Washington is. So for example, if a Washingtonist lives in Maine, the shrine/altar needs to face South-West. If they are in Washington State, the shrine/altar needs to face South-East. If a Washingtonist is in the West, the shrine/altar needs to face East. If a Washingtonist is in Texas or Florida, the shrine/altar needs to face North-East.
There is an asterisk next to each unique ritual, identifying it as especially unique. The order to perform each ritual goes from 1 to 18.
Washingtonism has many of its own very unique and uniquely American rituals. Several of the rituals are completely novel. These rituals are called the “Common Rituals” because they are the most common rituals that are performed daily at the shrine and altar. Each number below includes a description of the ritual to be performed.
Although there are 18 shrine rituals which seems like a lot, performing all of them in one sitting only takes about 8 minutes.
The 18 Common Rituals are meant to be performed at the home altar/shrine, but other rituals can be performed while not at home, like praying, focusing on the Washingtonism symbol or Washington's Apotheosis, singing a Washingtonism religious song, praying to God and the Founders, counting the Prayer Beads, etc.
Here are the everyday Common Rituals (rituals that are performed regularly at the home shrine on non-holiday days):
1) Cleanse One’s hands before approaching the altar/shrine: Sacred cleanliness and washing of hands--before approaching the altar/shrine, wash hands with soap and water, or make sure hands are already clean. This symbolizes that the body is clean and the spiritual heart is pure and genuine when going to worship at the altar/shrine.
2) Holy water ritual: *holy water is used in many different religions, however in this ritual, the practice of rubbing the palms together in a circular motion, and rubbing them 9 times(9 on ritual 2 plus 9 on ritual 16 = 18 Beliefs of the Washingtonist Creed) is very unique to Washingtonism. The 18 symbolizes the 18 beliefs of the Washingtonism Creed, which can be found on the link to Washingtonism on social media above.
Using a small bottle, use just enough water to squeeze out (one or two or three drops) into palm. The water should be consecrated beforehand--bless it to purify it in the name of God, George Washington, and the Founding Fathers’ spirits.
Approach the Washingtonism altar/shrine table, take the holy water bottle and squeeze out one or two small drops, just enough for a small dab or two of water to sit on the center of palm, then rub palms together as if rubbing on lotion, spreading the water around on palms in a full circular motion 9 times, keeping both hands together as the palms rub the water together. Mentally count 9 times while making each circle.
*While washing of hands and ritual use of holy water is very common in many faiths, Washingtonism’s ritual of rubbing the water on the palms in a CIRCULAR motion 9 times is uniquely Washingtonist.
3) Ring the ritual bell 18 times: *religious bells are used in many different rituals, however, this ritual of ringing it 18 times is unique to Washingtonism.
Ring the ritual hand bell 18 times. This is highly significant as it represents the number of tenets that make up the Washingtonism Creed, and the Founding Fathers who are symbolized with their initials on the Washingtonist prayer beads (15 Founders).
When finished with ringing the bell, set the bell back down on the altar table or shrine box.
4) Summoning the Founding Fathers’ spirits and drawing them into the earthly realm: *This ritual of summoning the Founding Fathers is very unique, as there are very few people who literally and directly invoke the Founding Fathers’ spirits.
Say “Dear God and the Fathers, please be present with me now. Please hear my prayers, and see my rituals in your honor and praise! I honor, praise, and worship you.”
5) Turn on the battery-operated faux candles using the switch on the bottom. *Candles are used around the world in many faiths, but the Washingtonism faux candles uniquely represent the Founding Fathers' spirits, their ideals, guidance, and wisdom, and the everlasting light of American Liberty. Faux candles are 100% safe to use for shrine rituals because they have no smoke, hot wax, or flame at all.
6) take the Washingtonist prayer beads from the altar/shrine, holding them in hands and recite each Founding Father’s initials. Then put them on. *While prayer beads are used around the world, this ritual is unique to Washingtonism, as it uses very custom-made prayer beads that have the initials of 15 of the Founders. Founding Father prayer beads did not exist until the creation of The American Christ George Washington religious group. And these prayer beads were carefully designed to have specific meanings for each part of the beads.
7) Perform the Freemasonry ritual at the altar/shrine: *This ritual is completely unique to Washingtonism and has never been tried, until now. This symbolic gesture is NOT a gesture from Freemasonry, it is a Washingtonist ritual gesture to honor George who was a Freemason and it is very uniquely Washingtonist, because it symbolizes the famous symbol of Freemasonry (a compass and a square). and it symbolizes George Washington's role, importance, impact, and significance as a Freemason. For this ritual, the first gesture is by making a peak with the hands, as if the hands are the peak of a roof. The second gesture is just the opposite direction, turning the hands outwards. The first gesture also represents the peak/apex of the Washington Monument, which represents George Washington and God.
8) The Washingtonism religious symbol ritual *This ritual is completely unique to Washingtonism and has never been tried before, until now.This ritual is uniquely Washingtonist: This ritual is significant because it represents the religious symbol of Washingtonism, and the three most basic beliefs of Washingtonism.For the first gesture, fold the pinky and thumb down to where only the index finger, middle finger, and third finger are sticking up in the air. While doing this, make a half-circle sweeping gesture in front. Then for the second gesture, fold all fingers down except for the index finger. Do not move hand for this gesture but keep it still. These gestures are very important. The first gesture symbolizes the rainbow in the Apotheosis of Washington, which represents his divinity and Apotheosis. There are three colors in the Washingtonism religious symbol (red, white, and blue), please visit the link to social media to learn more about the Washingtonism religious symbol.
Use three fingers to make this first gesture. The first gesture represents the three most basic Washingtonist beliefs--belief in God, belief in George Washington and his Apotheosis, and belief in the Founding Fathers.The second gesture symbolizes the Washington Monument which honors George Washington, and it also represents God, hence the ritual is pointing UP to God. The symbol therefore symbolizes George, God, and his connection with God.
9) George Washington Faux Cherry ritual: *This ritual is very unique to Washingtonism and has never been tried before, until now. Pick up one of the faux cherries from the bowl in the shrine, and lightly and briefly touch the cherry to the mouth, to symbolize eating it, but of course don't really eat it. Then set the faux cherry back in the bowl on the shrine/altar. These faux cherries represent the non-perishable, eternally present and everlasting virtues, strength, humbleness, and noble character of George Washington. *This ritual and symbol is uniquely American and Washingtonist.
10) *This ritual is entirely unique to Washingtonism. For this ritual, gently and slowly touch the foreheads of each Founding Father statues and busts that are on the shrine/altar table, with the right hand. Gently touch the head/forehead of each Founder statue/bust with the pads of the fingers. This beautiful ritual symbolizes belief that the Founding Fathers are divine men, that the temple of their head is divine and special, that the American heart resides in a spiritual and mental Temple, represents faithfully following the Founders, and giving praise to them. After touching each of their foreheads, place the pads of the fingers on one's own forehead. Then take hand away and proceed with ritual 11.
11) Place spiritual goals and prayers in the Washingtonist Prayer Box with prayers, wishes, goals, and traits one wishes to have manifested in one's life. God, and the Founding Fathers will answer them. It is easy to do, just cut out little strips of paper with prayers on them, and slip them into the Washingtonism prayer box. If a believer feels like they need a lot of specific guidance for a certain situation, and need specific guidance right away from God or the Founding Fathers for something that cannot wait through finding help with the spinner, then use this special box: use a box with a slit in the top of it and place the issue in the slot. For example, if feeling emotionally weak, write down the difficulty on a small piece of paper along with the specific situation struggling with and place it in the slot for God and George Washington to read.
12) kneel and bow in front of the altar/shrine on knees with hands in prayer. In the Washingtonism bowing prostrating position, A. first kneel on knees on the prayer pillow with arms relaxed, B. next put arms and hands in the prayer position C. then bend over on the floor, keeping rump flat against the calves of the legs, keeping hands and arms together in prayer in front of knees. Washingtonists may kneel on a prayer pillow to cushion the knees and elbows from the hard floor. D. After this position, lift the chest back up away from the floor and into the normal sitting position, still on knees and keep hands and arms in the prayer position. Believers should do steps B and C at least 2 or 3 times. This ritual symbolizes obedience and yielding to God’s will, to the Constitution, and to the wisdom. presence, and guidance of the Founding Fathers. E. Finally, stand up from kneeling and proceed with ritual 13.
13) Raise arms in front of body, with palms facing straight ahead as if palms are flat against an invisible wall. Hold hands like this for a few moments (for about 15 seconds). Hands should be about level with the face. When doing this, energy from the Apotheosis of Washington is being channeled from Washington D.C. This gesture represents the spiritual energy that emanates to all states from the Apotheosis of Washington. This gesture also represents the fact that the Apotheosis of Washington is a heavenly gateway to the spiritual realm and George Washington’s spiritual resurrection.*This ritual is completely unique to Washingtonism. Then put hands down and proceed with ritual 14.
15) Musical Summon: play a jingling bells, Triangle, or maracas to summon and communicate with the spirits of the Founding Fathers. These are simple musical instruments that can be used to properly connect with the Founding Fathers. It's not neccessary to have to know how to play a song or notes, just make a random jingling, ringing, or shaking sound with any of the instruments listed. There are a wide variety of simple musical instruments that can be used to summon the Fathers and let them know believers are aware of them and paying attention to them. Creating a sound allows believers to summon and focus on their spirits, channel spiritual focus on them, feel their powerful energy, and open up the space between the spiritual realm and the earthly realm.
16) Take one of the Founding Father magical dolls, kiss him, and then lift up the doll with both hands, lifting him up in front of the body and head. This represents recognition of his spirit, which the doll represents, and his elevation in the American heart. While lifting him up, say “Please, Founding Fathers, may your spirits be with me now, may this doll represent your spirits, powerful presence, insight, constant guidance, and timeless wisdom. I raise you up as wise men and give you praise.” Then set the doll back down. *This ritual is completely unique to Washingtonism, not only because a Founding Father doll is used in religious ritual but also because of the unique ritual of lifting up the doll. Each Founding Father doll has his own magical/supernatural power that affects the wearer of the doll.
17) Repeat holy water hand ritual from 2): Take holy water bottle once again, and squeeze out one, two, or three small drops. Then rub palms in a circular motion once again, 9 times. 9 rubbings for ritual 2 plus 9 rubbings for ritual 16, equals 18 which is the number of beliefs in the Washingtonist Creed
18) Close with an acknowledgement of God, and the Founding Fathers: Dear God and the Founding Fathers, thank you for being with me as I connect with you and thank you for listening to my prayers." Then turn off the faux candles.
The Washingtonism Meal Ritual (Prayer and Thanks to God For Food): Eating In Public. Here is a quiet, discreet, humble, yet effective acknowledgement ritual of God when thanking Him before eating a meal in public. You could simply close your eyes or bow your head without doing the finger ritual, but an actual ritual with some sort of physical activity with the hands is much more effective than just silently and passively thinking a prayer in your head. A physical ritual allows you to manifest the spiritual and bring the spiritual down to earth in a concrete way. This is why Washingtonism has a lot of great rituals for believers to perform. Physical rituals actively allows engagement with God and the Founding Fathers.
This ritual is uniquely Washingtonist. This ritual can be performed anywhere such as when eating with a group of people or eating in a public place. Slowly place the tips of your index fingers together, and your thumbs together, but fold the rest of your finger tips down. Close your eyes, bow your head, then tap your index fingers together 13 times. When you do this, whisper "Thank you God for this sustenance. I am grateful to You always. Praise to God, George Washington, and the Founding Fathers." Each tap should match up with each word. Then open your eyes, lift your head, and eat your meal. The closing of eyes while tapping your fingers together is also very relaxing.
Washingtonism Praise/Worship Music
The religion of Washingtonism does have praise/worship music available for believers to listen to. There is currently one official Washingtonism song for believers to listen to which you can find right on the link to social media(it's free to listen to), and 32 other songs and music videos that are patriotic, for believers to listen to. The 32 other songs were not made or sponsored by the founder of Washingtonism. The one official Washingtonism worship song was made especially for Washingtonists and in future, there will be more official praise/worship songs available to listen to. Although there is currently only one official praise/worship song, the 32 other patriotic songs are also very spiritual and beautiful. The official Washingtonism praise song/music video was compiled by and was sponsored by the founder of the Washingtonism faith.
Music is extremely powerful and can help Americans truly feel the power of God, George Washington's Spirit, and the Founding Fathers. Please visit the link to social media to listen to the songs.
Becoming a Believer in Washingtonism
Becoming a believer in Washingtonism is free. To be recognized as an official believer in the faith, Washingtonists must express genuine belief in God, belief in George Washington as the American Christ/the Christ of the American nation, belief in the Founding Fathers as divine men, and recite (and believe) the Washingtonism religious Creed, keeping a permanent Washingtonism shrine/altar at home, and performing the Washingtonism rituals.
Adherents/believers: Washingtonism categorizes adherents/believers of the Washingtonism faith in two basic ways--unofficial and official.
The number of unofficial believers may include people who have not visited or liked the Washingtonism page who are NOT included in the number of people who have actually liked the "The Washingtonism Religion The American Christ George Washington & Founders" religious page, even if they are not named, because some Washingtonists are counted as unofficial believers, based on qualification details the founder of Washingtonism has taken into consideration.
Being a recognized Washingtonist believer and to be considered as an official Washingtonist involves both public announcement of genuine belief in the faith and Creed, and in the beliefs of Washingtonism, as well as privately having practiced the faith, which includes praying to George Washington and the Founding Fathers, following their guidance and writings, and performing the Washingtonist rituals weekly at a private(and permanent) home shrine/altar.
How unofficial believers/adherents and official believers/adherents are counted:
"The Washingtonism Religion The American Christ George Washington & Founders" page shows that there are currently 126 people who have liked the page. This includes friends of theWashingtonism religion (who are non-believers but who may be considering becoming a believer), as well as people considered by the founder of the faith as unofficial believers of Washingtonism. The number of official Washingtonists is 1 (the founder of Washingtonism), however, the number of unofficial believers who are considered Washingtonists unofficially (it is accurate to say the range is < 126 (less than 126). It is important to know that, the number of actual unofficial believers is likely less than 126, however, it is certainly more than 1, and the founder of Washingtonism has guesstimated that unofficial Washingtonists ballparks (at the moment) around 11, which includes both official and unofficial Washingtonists. It is important to know that these unofficial Washingtonists have not been listed or welcomed as members/believers (yet), but that doesn't mean they don't exist. A Washingtonist believer may ask to be listed or welcomed as an unofficial or official Washingtonist. Please see the section on "a warm Washingtonist Welcome".
What Makes a Washingtonist?:
All Washingtonists are Americanists because they believe in the Founding Fathers, but not all Americanists are Washingtonists. This is because many Americanists may worship the Founding Fathers but some of those Americanists do not worship George Washington specifically. Washingtonists are Americanists who worship God, the Founding Fathers, and George Washington.
People who express these unique, unusual, and rare religious beliefs can definitely be considered Washingtonists.
A) Unofficial Washingtonists qualify as believers/adherents of the Washingtonism faith if they clearly state, suggest, or express all of the below in A, or a combination of A(the combination which qualifies a person as a Washingtonist is determined by the founder of Washingtonism):
1. believe George Washington is a divine man
2. believe George Washington is the American Christ/a Christ figure
3. believe in God
4. believe the Founding Fathers are divine men/belief in their spirits
5. they set up a shrine/altar to the Fathers and George Washington and perform rituals to them
6. they pray to the Fathers and George Washington
7. they believe that Americans need a uniquely American faith that is based on worshiping the American Founding Fathers as divine men
8. they believe in the guidance, presence, power, and influence of the Founding Fathers' spirits on people today, and in George Washington's Spirit
9. they believe there will be an incarnation of George Washington in the body of a man on earth
10. they suggest praying towards the Apotheosis of Washington as a powerful source of spiritual, holy, and divine energy and they encourage others to do the same
11. they express a desire to belong to a religion that worships George Washington and the Founding Fathers
12. they believe in the Apotheosis of Washington as a spiritual and holy icon with special powers with energy that is connected with George Washington's divinity and his Spirit (his incorporeal soul in the realm of the afterlife)
13. have indicated, suggested, or expressed genuine belief in the above, either all of A, or a combination of the above.
B) Official Washingtonists are believers/adherents of the Washingtonism faith who:
1. believe in and state all of the above in A, a combination of the above, and
2. have publicly announced their belief in the Washingtonism religion by name, and privately practiced the faith of Washingtonism, and
3. who have announced their wish to follow and abide by the Washingtonist Creed, and
4. follow the Washingtonism way of life, which includes adhering to the Washingtonism Creed, praying to George Washington and the Founders, reading the Washingtonism body of holy scripture(the Founding Fathers’ writings), and keeping a permanent Washingtonism shrine or altar at home.
A warm Washingtonist Welcome: Washingtonists may wish to be welcomed as an unofficial or official Washingtonist on the Washingtonist page.
The Internet and Practicing Washingtonism
Although the Washingtonism religion has its leadership presence and leadership origins in an online existence, this does not have any bearing on the fact that it is a genuine New Religious Movement which expects that its believers practice and express the faith in real life--in their own lives and in the community. It's important to recognize the validity of Washingtonism as a real and genuinely-practiced faith.
This means Washingtonists should feel proud, secure, confident, and have the certitude of their religious beliefs and awareness of their religious freedom to call themselves Washingtonists, practice Washingtonism, and express their genuine beliefs by praying to God and the Founding Fathers, doing the Washingtonism rituals privately in their homes, wearing their prayer beads and Washingtonism symbols (like the Apotheosis of Washington) where Washingtonists want to wear them, including in public, and sharing about the beliefs with others.
The leadership and religious address(sermons) of Washingtonism is virtual, however, that does not mean that the spirituality and religious beliefs and practices involved in the faith are not real--all Washingtonists are expected to:
- keep a real and permanent shrine/altar in their homes
- . perform the Washingtonist religious rituals weekly at their shrine/altar ,
- pray to God, George Washington and the Founding Fathers,
- read the Washingtonism body of holy scripture.
- attend to Washingtonist duties and activities such as keeping the altar table clean, organized, seeing if the Washingtonism prayer beads needs to be re-strung, washing the altar table cloth, organizing the Washingtonism travel shrine box if going on vacation, sharing with others information about the faith, etc. All of these religious activities are done offline.
The sermons of Washingtonism are virtual, but the spirituality and religious practice of Washingtonism is real and must be practiced offline. The leadership of some churches, temples, and other religious groups have an entirely-online presence but that does not make those groups invalid religiously, because their practice is done offline, even if their leadership is online. It is a bit like online classes--although the teaching of the course is done online, the actual practice of the coursework and the learning process (like the practice of Washingtonism) is done offline and students are expected to get off the computer to read a real book and to study. Likewise, while the sermons and leadership of Washingtonism is online, Washingtonist believers are expected to get off the computer and actually do the rituals, pray, and interact with God and the Founding Fathers in a meaningful way that cannot be achieved by just reading about Washingtonism on the internet. Washingtonists are expected to express the spirituality and religious practice of the Washingtonism faith in real life, not just online.
Also, the presence of the Washingtonism leadership as being online doesn’t mean that Washingtonism will not hold religious meetings, groups, and sermons in-person someday. Someday, Washingtonism very well could have a building, area, or physical meeting place where religious meetings and sermons are held. For now, the sermons of Washingtonism are online and that’s okay.
Leadership of Washingtonism
The only leadership that the faith of Washingtonism has currently is the female founder of the current denomination of Washingtonism, who calls herself a Washingtonist priestess. The founder of the faith would like to have other leaders of Washingtonism, in the future. Although the founder of the faith accepts both male and female leaders, she believes Washingtonism will eventually have an ultimate leader who is a man who is the incarnation or the perfect representation of George Washington himself. Although the female founder of the faith has influence over the development and beliefs of the faith, she is female so she cannot be the ultimate representative, as that must be a man.
Religious Patriotism: Why Washingtonism isn’t Christian, Jewish, Pagan, or New Age--Its Relation to Americanism & American Civil Religion
Washingtonism is not a form of or denomination of Christianity, Judaism, Paganism, or New Age.
Above all, Washingtonism is more similar to (and related to) religious Americanism rather than to either Christianity, Judaism, Paganism, or New Age religions. Washingtonism cannot really be considered as Pagan because most Pagan faiths involve rituals that revolve around natural things, natural cycles and objects of nature, which hold a spiritual place of importance in most Pagan worldviews, such as the Wiccan and Pagan celebration of Mabon and Ostara, including such pagan religions as Wicca, Druidry, etc. And most Pagan faiths worship the pre-monotheistic Gods and Goddesses. Washingtonists worship God (the Creator) which means that Washingtonism is monotheistic (and worships George Washington as a human incarnation of God), but believers and non-believers alike should also not make the mistake of assuming this means that Washingtonism is Christian, Jewish, etc.
The Bible is not the holy book of Washingtonism. It has its own holy book. Washingtonists do not worship the Pagan, Roman, Celtic, Greek, (etc.) deities, even though the Apotheosis of Washington does show the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Apotheosis of Washington is Washingtonism’s primary holy image, believed to have revealed by God through the nation, the truth of George Washington’s divinity to the world.
Washingtonism is closely-related to religious Americanism and Washingtonism can be considered a kind of “Religious Patriotism” or “Patriotic Religion”. It is not merely patriotism, since it elevates George Washington and the Founding Fathers to a religious level, something that no other religion or religious movement does.
Washingtonism is inspired by Christianity a little bit--for example, the idea of a Christ figure and some other similar ideas. But there are major differences between the two faiths. Calling George Washington the American Christ does not mean that Washingtonists believe he is just like the Christian Christ Jesus. Washingtonism cannot be considered a sect or denomination of Christianity. Washingtonism is a religion of its own, in its own class, with its own religious beliefs and its own Creed that is unique only to it. Washingtonism is slightly similar to Christianity but this does not make Washingtonism Christian.
Also, Washingtonism has some elements of spiritualism because believers of Washingtonism do believe in communication and worship of the Founding Fathers’ spirits( as well as worshiping them as divine men), but it is not primarily spiritualist. There are many different kinds of spiritualists: Christian, Pagan, Australian Aboriginal, the I AM movement, Native American, New Age, Washingtonist, Americanist, etc.
Another reason that Washingtonism is not Christian is that, for one, Jesus the Christian Christ has NO part at all in the Washingtonism religion or its beliefs. George Washington is worshiped as a divine man, and unlike Christianity, Washingtonists worship the Founding Fathers as divine men in their own right. Washingtonists worship God the Creator, George Washington as a Christ figure, and the Founding Fathers are divine men. Although there is no Satan figure in Washingtonism, Washingtonists do believe in evil and sinful spirits, as well as angels and good spirits, and imperfect/foolish spirits.
For two, Washingtonism now has its own religious scripture book which is now in print and in the near future, there will be more copies of this book available to the public. Washingtonism also has other material considered to be part of the Washingtonism sacred documents and books. Washingtonists worship George Washington as a Spirit (the soul of George Washington) and as a Christ figure and Washingtonists worship him as both an incarnation of God and a Christ/divine man, but Washingtonists also recognize that he is totally human and did sin himself which is considered to be a reflection of his human side but he also manifested perfect qualities and attributes which are a refection of his divinity. Washingtonism provides visual, spiritual, religious, musical, and written evidence that supports the belief that George Washington is divine. Much more information about Washingtonism and the proofs, evidence, and examples of George Washington's exaltation can be found by visiting the link to social media, above in the "Part of a Series on Washingtonism" box.
The Similarities Between the Exaltation and Praise of George Washington & Jesus
When referring to George Washington as "The American Christ", it shouldn't be inferred that he is worshiped for the same reasons that Jesus is worshiped for or that George had done the same things that Christians believe about Jesus(like walking on water, that he was put on a cross, etc.).
It should also not be inferred that Washingtonism should be considered as "Christian"--it's not Christian, it’s its own unique faith. By calling him the “American Christ”, this title is referring to the fact that he is exalted in similar ways to Jesus and on the same level as Jesus, and that he is a spiritual figure, a divine authority and a source of guidance, direction and wisdom. And a further reason why he is called this (and why it’s useful), is because people in the United States are more likely to grasp what Washingtonism is essentially about: George Washington is worshiped as a Christ figure, a divine man. Most people in the Unites States would not understand it if the religious description used for George Washington was a word like “Adideva” (Adideva is a Hindu word for Lord Krishna, the man Hindus worship as divine/God). Adideva means “God”. Most people in America understand and associate the term “Christ” with a man who is worshiped as God, not a word like Adideva, even though this Hindu word means essentially the same thing, albeit to describe another man.
By calling him the American Christ, this name for him is also referring to the fact that George Washington is a divine man. Although the founder of the Washingtonism faith would like to avoid drawing too close a similarity to Christianity, this descriptive religious term for him has already been “adopted” by the Washingtonist faith, it’s in long-term unchanging use, so it should not be made too much of an issue.
So when it is said that he is "The American Christ", what is really meant is simply that George Washington is divine and his divinity is clearly showed in the Apotheosis of Washington, in a way that is similar to Jesus's exaltation in certain pieces of artwork. And Washington's exaltation is portrayed similar to Jesus--he is shown sitting on a rainbow. The founder of the faith has considered not calling him "The American Christ" anymore, so as not to draw too close a similarity to Christianity, however, since other people have also called him "the American Christ", the founder will continue to use this term for him, but let it be known and keep in mind the above paragraph.
The similarity between George Washington and Jesus is not because they are exalted for the same reasons, but because they are exalted in similar ways. The Apotheosis of Washington which is an image in the U.S. Capitol that exalts him over a rainbow, does not call George Washington the "American Christ" by name, but the image is extremely suggestive and it strongly implies it. Visually, religiously, and symbolically, it does exalt him as exactly that. Apotheosis even means to exalt a man as God or to exalt a man as a divine person. The “Apo” part of the word means “to raise up” or “to exalt” and the "theosis" part in Apo-theosis means "God". So basically, this image is visually and religiously proclaiming him to be a divine man. There is some similarity as far as their exaltation, between the two men. George Washington has been given intense exaltation by various people.
The Apotheosis of Washington exalts him over a rainbow on the ceiling of the nation's Capitol, exactly like images that exalt Jesus over a rainbow on the ceiling of the Vatican. Another similarity is that George Washington’s birthday, while not as popular as Christmas, is extremely popular with Americans and is by far the most popular birthday of all the Founding Fathers. And like Christmas, George’s birthday is a Federally-recognized holiday.
Washingtonism in Relation to Religious Americanism and American Civil Religion
Washingtonism is a pure form of religious Americanism. It is truly Religious Patriotism/Patriotic Religion.
Forms of Americanism (as well as forms of spiritualism which is a closely related belief) are practiced by different types of people, (some who are not even aware they are practicing it and they don't know that their belief in worshiping the Founding Fathers is called Americanism or Washingtonism) but many do not practice Americanism in its truest form. Impure forms of Americanism include several Christian varieties of Americanism(including Christian Spiritism--the founder of Spiritism mentions George Washington’s and Ben Franklin’s Spirits: Americanist-leaning spiritualism is related to Americanism), Pagan/Wiccan Americanism(some Americanist Pagans/Wiccans worship the Founding Fathers as divine men, or communicate with or talk about their spirits), Mormon Americanism(Mormons are known for revering the Founding Fathers--not quite worshiping them but almost, and they elevate and exalt the Constitution as a divine document), Japanese Americanism(some American Japanese Shintoists worship George Washington’s Spirit), Deist Americanism(some Deistic people have Americanist beliefs in the divinity of the Founding Fathers), the "I AM" Ascended Master religious movement(this movement believes that George Washington is a divine man who was an incarnation of another divine man and believers of this faith semi-worship George Washington and view the Apotheosis of Washington as a holy and divine image), etc.
With many of these impure forms of Americanism, Americanism is diminished and treated as a secondary belief system which is dominated by the main faith of the person following it. The Washingtonism view of religious Americanism is that Americanism is NOT the American Civil Religion theory--the concept of Civil Religion as Robert Bellah described is not an actual religion. True religious Americanism is not merely an abstract theory but is practiced as a real and stand-alone faith, as in the case of Washingtonism.
Some people sometimes describe and associate the Christian Conservative Right with the words “religious patriotism” because the Christian Right is known for being very patriotic and the Christian Right is labeled as being the “most patriotic” religion in America. What they don’t know is that Washingtonism is actually the most patriotic and a more true form of “religious patriotism”--far more religiously patriotic than even the Christian Right.
It's important to understand from the Washingtonist point of view, that Americanism here means the religious practice of literally worshiping the Founding Fathers as religious figures, not Americanism in the political sense. Both the words “Americanism”/”Americanist” and “Washingtonism”/”Washingtonist” have been thrown around casually (and a bit too randomly) over the decades to refer to a political stance that supports American culture/American ideas, or it has been used to refer to or mean the general politics of Washington D.C. and American politics generally. The kind of Americanism and Washingtonism that Washingtonism refers to is NOT this political definition. Washingtonism uses the words Americanism and Washingtonism to mean a literal religion that worships the Founding Fathers and George Washington. A few people other than Washingtonists DO use the words Americanism and Washingtonism to refer to an American religion that they describe as worshiping the Founders, but it had never been previously used (until now) to describe an organized religious movement based on the worship of these men.
Religious Americanism is more specific than the vague “American Civil Religion”. Likewise, Washingtonism is much more specific than either religious Americanism or American Civil Religion.
All Pages Similar to the Washingtonism Religion
Please visit the link to Washingtonism on social media to view more information about pages that have beliefs that are similar to the beliefs of the Washingtonism faith.
Changes to the Washingtonism Religion Over Time
Originally Washingtonism had many religious rituals which were just like the rituals of other religions, but the rituals are now very unique and never existed before the founding of the Washingtonist faith. Also, guidance from non-Washingtonism people and holy scriptures used to be included, but Washingtonism now primarily includes just guidance from the (now printed but not yet available to the public) Washingtonism holy scripture book, and the writings of the Founding Fathers, which is considered to be part of the body of holy scripture. So Washingtonism has become more purely Americanist and more unique over time. It’s important to remember that the founder of the Washingtonism religion movement is still trying to understand and figure out what Washingtonism is truly all about. Since the first day the leadership page of the faith was launched, Washingtonism has been evolving, and the founder of Washingtonism has come to the conclusion that Washingtonism must be unique and reflect uniqueness, and truly be a pure form of Religious Patriotism/Patriotic Religion, therefore, Washingonism should have its own entirely unique rituals and religious scripture book, based on the worship of the Founding Fathers.
Washingtonism is a pure form of (religious)Americanism, in comparison to the Christian form of Americanism which is mixed with but dominated by a Christian worldview. Purity in this sense of the word, in the context of Washingtonism, refers to the fact that Washingtonism is a stand-alone religious movement (it is pure theologically, or at least as pure as currently possible, certainly Washingtonism is the most pure form of religious Americanism/Religious Patriotism that has ever existed in American history), rather than being mixed with other faiths, even though Washingtonism has some beliefs that are similar to Christian beliefs. It is also a full-fledged new religious movement based on worshiping the Founders and George Washington, a Founding Father-centric faith that did not exist before.
The theological purity of Washingtonism refers not to whether or not it's more theologically righteous in comparison to another religion, but in regards to the fact that Washingtonism as a form of pure Americanism, is a religion that is practiced detached from other religions.
Another extremely important definition that defines pure religious Americanism, is that the Founding Fathers are literally worshiped and pure Americanists and Washingtonists worship them and pray to them--and--this is key and the defining aspect--are fully conscious of following the Founding Fathers in a spiritual and religious manner. Some Pagan/Wiccan Americanists do communicate with the Founders, pray to them directly, and set up (typically) temporary altars only on special occassions, but typically, the Wiccan person primarily follows a non-Washingtonist religion like Wicca, and the Americanist beliefs are treated as being secondary in importance to that main faith. Pure Americanists called Washingtonists, keep altars and shrines which are set up permanently.
Washingtonism follows and worships George Washington as a Christ figure and some of the other beliefs in the faith resemble Christianity, although--this is also very important to understand--the religious beliefs in Washingtonism are similar to Christian beliefs but not because Washingtonism follows Jesus or the Bible. Washingtonism has some beliefs that are similar to Christianity but the Washingtonism faith remains its own religion, distinct from other faiths, and the practice of Washingtonism avoids as much as possible the mingling with any other religions or their influence, so therefore Washingtonism is theologically pure--pure Americanism.
Avatars/Incarnations of George Washington
Certain people are considered by Washingtonists to be avatars, representatives, or incarnations of George Washington. These avatars are temporary until a time when God will send the Founding Fathers and George Washington to earth to guide and see the progress of Americans. An avatar or a representation of George Washington can only be a man--not a woman. Washingtonists believe that there will someday be an ultimate avatar of George Washington--a high Priest of Washingtonism who will lead the Washingtonism religious movement and who has the ultimate authority and spiritual insight and knowledge of George Washington to speak for him. This priest will be the primary representative of George, and must follow and reflect him in every way. Minor representations of George Washington are the historical re-enactors who re-enact and answer peoples' questions about George Washington's views and beliefs. (for example, the man who pretends to be George Washington at Mount Vernon is considered to be a living representative of George).
Since George Washington has not yet been sent to earth, Americans require an avatar of him to help direct and guide Americans' moral and religious values, both on the national level and on the individual level. The current founder of the current Washingtonist denomination is a woman but even though she is the founder and prophet of the movement, since she is a woman she is not and cannot be the avatar or direct representative/representation of George Washington. Washingtonists believe God made George Washington a divine person.
Details of Washingtonism
The Details of Washingtonism article explains many rituals and ethical concerns.
Ritual Items used in Washingtonism
Rituals used in Washingtonism include prayer to and communication with God, George Washington, and the Founding Fathers. Ritual items used at the shrine include: holy water, prayer beads, an altar table and shrine box, faux candles, ritual bell, a prayer pillow, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and Declaration, images or busts of George Washington and the Founding Fathers, pictures of the Washington Monument and the Apotheosis of Washington, faux cherries, Founding Fathers dolls which possess Founder magic (Founder powers), an offering bowl, the Federalist Papers, the Founders' writings, the American flag, and musical instruments used in Washingtonism. Images of the Apotheosis of Washington and the Washington Monument are magical and hold energy from the original site of his holy Apotheosis image in the Capitol.
Philosophy, teachers, and teachings
Washingtonists worship George Washington as God and a Christ figure (the American Christ), and believe in and follow his religious, moral, political, and philosophical beliefs and deeds. His guidance and beliefs are considered primary over the beliefs of any of the other Founding Fathers, though they are still very important to follow a well. Teachings, philosophy, and guidance include: his Rules of Civility, his religious beliefs, his ideas on religious freedom, his beliefs on God, his Godliness, his beliefs on sin and human faults, his beliefs on marriage and friendship, his honesty, his merits, his beliefs on good citizenship, his beliefs on life, his beliefs on government, and his political beliefs. The Founding Fathers are also followed and their beliefs on these same topics are followed as well, though George Washington's beliefs and guidance have supremacy over the other mens' beliefs. It is very important for Washingtonists to make George Washington proud and happy by trying to be as much like him as possible and to manifest his values in one's life.
Although the teachings of the founder of Washingtonism are very important, the religious focus of Washingtonism is not on the founder of this faith, but on God, George Washington, and the Founding Fathers. A focus of Washingtonism is the practice of positive spirituality and improvement and the belief that most people are capable of improving themselves through practicing a spiritual path. Another focus is on kindness and charity. Doing positive things to improve the lives of the people around and for the world is important and so is avoiding sin.
The ideology and practice of Washingonism is closely related to religious Americanism. Washingtonism is more than just patriotism, because it elevates the Founders to a divine level, thus making it no longer in the realm of simple patriotism, but into the realm of spirituality and religion. Washingtonism can be called "Religious Patriotism" or a "Patriotic Religion".
Holy scripture and Spiritual Guidance
Washingtonism has its own holy scripture book and additional material belonging to the collection of writings, books, and documents that are considered to be the body of holy scripture of Washingtonism. The following are books and documents that are considered holy and must be read and followed by all true Washingtonists; reading the Founding Fathers’ writings (their ideas, philosophy, and wisdom) and following (and putting into practice their moral guidance) is required for all believing Washingtonists.
The following group of books and documents are considered holy because they were 1) written directly by the Founding Fathers who are considered to be divine men in Washingtonism and 2) these books may have the writings and commentary or annotations of someone who is not a Founding Father, but nevertheless the material included in them are still very vital to and an integral part of the Washingtonist collection of books considered to be holy scripture.
In these books, some or most of the writing is about the Founding Fathers rather than writings that were written directly by the Founders, but are still considered part of the body of Washingtonist religious scripture, because they lend some deep insight about the Fathers. An example of a book that is considered important but that has a mixture of both material written by George Washington and material and commentary by others about George Washington, is the "Washington's Birthday" book by Robert Schauffler. Another example is "An Imperfect God" by Henry Wiencek with vital information and insight about George Washington and the Founding Fathers.
Washingtonism is complete by itself and even has its own holy scripture book, called "The American Christ and the Founding Fathers: The Holy Scripture of Washingtonism--a religion that worships God, George Washington, and the Founding Fathers--its Creed, Beliefs, and Rituals". Copies of this book will be available for the first time, for free to anyone later this year. It will also be donated to the library so that the public can access it for free there as well. But the other material, documents, and books, is also very important. It is expected that all the material is to be taken altogether as being part of the collection of sacred and holy scripture of Washigtonism.
For those wanting to be a believer in the Washingtonism religion, there is a large collection of material available to read. Here are the religious scriptures, spiritual guidance, and holy documents that are used and followed in Washingtonism. The following list of material (in part 1.) is considered to be the primary collection of authoritative religious scripture for the faith of Washingtonism.
Reading the Founding Fathers’ writings, their ideas and wisdom, and following what is in A.) is REQUIRED for all believing Washingtonists to be recognized as official Washingtonists. Washingtonists or those interested in following the religion may check out the books at a library, or borrow them from a friend.
A.) The following is REQUIRED reading for all believing Washingtonists who want to be recognized as official Washingtonists:
a. Reading a copy of the Washingtonism scripture book (copies of this book will be available for free this year of 2018),
b. The Bill of Rights, the Declaration, the Constitution, (in booklet form) by the Founding Fathers
c. The Washingtonism Religious Creed and Washingtonism Way of Guidance
d. The Quotable Founding Fathers book by Buckner F. Melton Jr.
e. The Federalist Papers by the Founding Fathers (Madison, Jay, Hamilton)
f. Richard Brookhiser’s What Would the Founders Do?
g. George Washington’s Rules of Civility by George Washington
h. Ben Franklin’s Autobiography with Virtues by Ben Franklin
i. An Assembly of Demi-gods by John P. Kaminski
j. The Real George Washington by Jay A. Parry,
k. George Washington: Writings (Library of America) by George Washington & John H. Rhodehamel,
l. Ben Franklin and Nature’s God by Alfred Owen Aldridge,
m. Ben Franklin’s Virtues by Ben Franklin
n. In the Hands of a Good Providence by Mary V. Thompson,
o. The Founding Fathers: Quotes, Quips, and Speeches by Gordon Leidner,
p. Washington’s Birthday book, edited by Robert Haven Schauffler
q. An Imperfect God by Henry Wiencek,
r. Brief biographies of each Founding Father
Views of the Afterlife
The Apotheosis of Washington(original site), Mount Vernon, the Washington Monument, the original Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration in the National Archives, a personal home Washingtonism shrine/altar, all memorials, homes, tombs, and statues of the Founding Fathers.
The symbol of Washingtonism is a patriotic rainbow behind the Washington Monument. The rainbow symbolizes George's Apotheosis and his exaltation. Prayer beads are used in Washingtonism. There are 15 groups of lettered beads, with the first and last initials of the names of 15 of the Founding Fathers. In the middle of the prayer bead necklace is a single group of beads labeled with "GW", representing God and George Washington as the central focus of Washingtonism, and at the end of the beads is a group of beads labeled "FF" representing the Founding Fathers as a cohesive group. 32 of the colored beads represent the birth year of George Washington: 1732. Cherries are holy and used as a symbol of George Washington--both faux cherries and real ones. An offering bowl of faux (pretend) cherries are kept on the altar/shrine at all times, to represent, honor, and acknowledge him. All images, memorials, tombs, busts, and statues of the Founding Fathers are considered holy.
George Washington's Birthday, 4th of July, Bill of Rights Day, The National Day of Prayer, Thanksgiving, Constitution Day.
The Washingtonism page on social media has special prayers for these special holidays but it's important to know that rituals, praise, worship, and prayer to God and the Founding Fathers is not limited to just holy holidays. Washingtonists are supposed to pray whenever they can.
Washingtonism as a New Religious Movement
The faith and theology of Washingtonism was born out of a desire to start a new religious movement based on the truth that George Washington is the American Christ, and following his guidance, (and the Founding Fathers) after having had a divine revelation after seeing the Apotheosis of Washington. The founder of the current Washingtonism denomination/religious movement (who is a young American woman) also realized after having researched similar pages and even seeing some people mentioning worshiping or communicating with the Founding Fathers, that there is interest being shown in this kind of faith with a great need for such a Founding Father-centric religion.
The basis of Washingtonism is that George Washington's Spirit ascended to heaven when he passed away. This is how it is possible to communicate with him and follow his Spirit.
Washingtonism on social media: https://goo.gl/uADp6G