ENCINITAS -Twenty-eight years ago, the Reverend Eugene Larr began preaching
something that most people hadn't even heard of.
"It was a very unusual thing to do back then," he said, not that it's so
common now. Larr is a psychic spiritualist minister. He claims the ability to
the future and into the past, including past lives.
And, through the Chapel of Awareness he founded here five years ago, he
teaches about 250 others to do the same.
"We try to bring about peace of mind," he said, "to see things more clearly.
Future events are just approximations that can be changed, but the closer an
to happening, the easier it is to be seen.
"If you see something bad is going to happen tomorrow, it would give you the
opportunity to step around it. On the other hand, if you see something good, you
make it even better. That is the only reason we see into the future."
Larr himself began seeing things, "spirits", when he was nine years old. The
young Southern Baptist soon turned to Buddhism and later to spiritualism to find
answers he felt compelled to search out. Now 50, the psychic recently recruited
mother to join him as a student in the chapel.
Spiritualism has been around for decades, but the brand Larr espouses is
distinctly different. "There are probably as many variations in the spiritualist
as in Christian faiths," he said. "Here I think we take a broader view. We see
larger picture of the development of mankind.
"So many spiritualist churches are like modified Baptist and Methodist
churches, using a dogmatic approach which literally turns off a lot of people.
no dogma at all here."
Another major difference is that Larr teaches reincarnation "as a tool for
evolution. Literally, we are using each life as a lesson," he said. Each
chosen carefully, he said, down to choosing parents and death.
"We choose our lifetimes and generally everything about it," he said. "Usually
we look at life and see an area we have not explored. As a great example, look
Mozart. Obviously, he came in with something in mind."
The most important lesson, one that is learned during many lifetimes, is love,
he said. "Mankind spends more lifetimes learning that lesson than all the others
together. You can even see that on an intellectual level. If you're truly a
person, you will build harmony and beauty around you."
Through meditation, always in silence without chanting, Larr said his students
can develop the sensitivity to see into the future or past, or to see their
situations more clearly.
"Everyone is born with psychic abilities," he said. "It's a matter of fine
tuning and adjusting sensitivity. Anyone can do it if they pay attention to
Larr will be talking about those exercises in San Diego this Sunday, during a
weekend convention of psychics, hypnotists and holistic
healers. The convention,
begins this afternoon at 5, will continue Saturday and Sunday at the El Cortez
with admission set at $3.
The "New Dawn" convention featuring more than 40 groups from Southern
California and Arizona, is the second to be held in the last year. The last,
November, drew mixed reactions from spectators and participants alike.
Some attacked the convention as "commercial", and Larr agreed that "it was a
"We have a great many different groups who kind of look upon their
philosophies as good business. I just hope there's no ulterior motive such as
money," he said.
However, he added, "the convention is like an exhibition of what's available.
It'll give the people an opportunity of really exploring, and there are some
beautiful people at the convention.
"Which pathway they follow is up to them," he said. "There are almost as many
pathways to truth and understanding as there are people."