Dr. James W. R. Thomas moved to California in 1960 to pursue
his career as a Chiropractor. There he began his spiritual quest, exploring a
number of Christian religions, Judaism, Self Realization and Spiritualism.
In 1964, while treating a patient in his office, he saw a yellow hue around her
body. This experience led to years of research on the chakra energy centers and
their correlation with the spine; classes at a Spiritualist Church; years of
research in parapsychology with
Thelma Moss at UCLA and study with a variety of spiritual teachers and gurus
from the Far East. These studies led Dr. Thomas to Metaphysics, his spiritual
Ordained as a Spiritualist Minister in 1972, Dr. Thomas began teaching courses
based upon his research in Parapsychology. Dr. Thomas, along with several of his
students, instituted the Church of Divine Knowledge in 1973. The following year
they opened the Thomas Institute of Metaphysics as an adjunct to the Church of
Divine Knowledge. The Thomas Institute was soon holding five classes each
evening on various metaphysical topics as well as special seminars. The
largest organization of its kind Los Angeles, a Mecca for all things
metaphysical in the U.S., The Thomas Institute was soon recognized as a model
for Metaphysical studies and research.
With all the activities at the Church and The Institute to keep him busy, Dr.
Thomas still maintained his Chiropractic practice serving many well-known
celebrities. It was in 1979 that Dr. Thomas channeled the instructions to start
a separate organization with a special Board of Directors. Initially, the
organization lacked a name but that was rectified in 1981 when Dr.Thomas'
contact with Ascended Master Saint Germaine during a full moon meditation
provided the name International Association of Metaphysics (IAM).
In 1989 Dr. Thomas moved the International Association of Metaphysics to its
present location in Lake Helen, Florida near renowned Spiritualist center,
Cassadaga. At present, Dr. Thomas continues his mission to teach metaphysics
through classes and seminars in Lake Helen. He is a certified teacher and
evaluator with the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association.