Ryan James Hite (February 3, 1993 – ) is an American author, blogger, philosopher, and entrepreneur who, at the age of 20, published Through Minds’ Eyes. He is the founder of the Epochalism Philosophy and is the first and current Prophet President of the Inner and Universal Aquarian Epochal Chancellate.
Hite was born in Englewood, Colorado in February of 1993 and had moved with his family to Conifer, Colorado in 1994. He stayed there until the year 2000, when he moved to Littleton, Colorado. During that time, he would experience what he says is a crisis of faith in 2008 and early 2009. In May of 2009, he had a revelatory experience and embarked on a new path in life. After being involved in the Roman Catholic Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he embarked on his own religious path from late 2011 into early 2012.
From early 2012 to early 2013, Hite would write and publish his first book, Through Minds Eyes. After that time, he would go on to publish eight more books to date and is in the process of his most ambitious project. He declared the end of the first part of the journey after a revelation in 2015. He founded the Inner and Universal Aquarian Epochal Chancellate in 2016, of which he is the presiding president and the prophet of the movement.
Hite is in the process of producing many revelations through his books and his blogs. His teachings are an eclectic mix of different religious traditions, borrowing heavily from Catholicism, Mormonism, and Buddhism, to found Epochalism.
Hite is considered by many people today to be a guardian and guiding force due to the nature of his philosophy. He considers himself to be a die hard Epochalist and strives each day to be a part of the community and set a good example. He is a Master Mason and is involved in a few charities. He does a lot of outreach to the churches in his area and encourages religious dialogue through increasing education.
One thing that distinguishes Hite from his contemporaries is his assurance that his life and journey has been guided by visions, angels, and transitions. He is sometimes compared to Joseph Smith, who made similar claims about visions and revelations. This has garnered a lot of criticism by some people who dispute the claims that he makes.
The single biggest revelation that he has had was Through Minds’ Eyes and associated manuscripts, which is said to contain millions of words and thousands of pages. In addition, he has amassed a large library of biblical interpretation and other manuscripts. Other pieces of revelation are published on his website as the Epochalist Doctrine and Covenants. Most of his revelations come with the phrase, “Lo, and behold all of the things I say to you for now and forever”. They cover a variety of teachings that are said to be relevant to the world today.
As a result of the revelations as well as the ideas presented in his book, he has developed a unique theology that is similar to other New Age movement religions. These unique religious customs have come to be known as Epochalism. Main themes include the Trinity Model, the Seven Virtues and Vices, the Universal God, the Example of the Christ, the Succession of the Angels, the Guardian Angels, the idea of the Epoch, the role of the Prophets, the three tier Canon System, the ten angelic levels, and the immortality of the soul. In addition to that, he has been instrumental in developing the systems of the Major and Minor Sacraments, the Order of the Liturgy, and the Cycle of Weekly and Monthly Readings.
His political views are Libertarian and these views are reflected in the beliefs of the movement and in his practices. He believes in the reinvigoration of traditional practices in a new way and he also advocates for the belief that people have the right to do what they want.
Here is a list of publications by Hite:
- Through Minds Eyes (2012)
- Virtues and Vices (2013)
- Through Minds Eyes Reduced Edition (2013)
- Through Minds Eyes 2: The Journey (2014)
- Through Minds Eyes 2: The Letters (2014)
- Through Minds Eyes 2: The Prophecies (2015)
- Through Minds Eyes 2: The Wisdom (2015)
- The Grand Epoch of Through Minds Eyes (2016)
- The Valley Authority (2016)
- Through Minds Eyes 2: The Christs (2017)
- Through Minds Eyes 2: The Transcendence (2017)
- Through Minds Eyes 2: The Stories (2017)
- Through Minds Eyes 2: The Covenant (2017)
- Through Minds Eyes 2: The Revelations (2017)
- The Grand Epoch of Through Minds Eyes (2017)
- The Deuterocanon of the Grand Epoch of Through Minds Eyes I (2017)
- The Deuterocanon of the Grand Epoch of Through Minds Eyes II (2017)
- The Deuterocanon of the Grand Epoch of Through Minds Eyes III (2017)
I highlight the journey of life as the most important part of the life of anyone and constitutes a large portion of my philosophy, which is where Epoch comes from. The people and the experiences that you have throughout your life make you into who you are. These experiences also bring you along the path to the light that all people will eventually come to. I talk about aspects of my journey a lot and the people and events that defined certain parts of my journey and my philosophy. The hope with displaying it is that all people can look at their own lives and the people and events that shape who we are and what kinds of things we can take away from the seemingly innocent and insignificant events of our life. There are people, visions, and times of trials that influenced the direction of my life.
Before the Journey
Before the beginning of the journey that would lead me to what I have to this day, I was facing a crisis of identity. It was the 2008-2009 school year, my sophomore year of high school, when I made decisions that would lead me to temporary pleasure in my life, but it was predicated on half-truths that would eventually come back to bite me. At the same time, I was going through the Confirmation program of the Catholic Church and thought nothing of it at first. As time went on, however, I started to see the life that I had at the time falling apart quickly and I had to find some way to fix it or change. I considered the path that the confirmation program offered me at that point in time, but I did not consider it seriously until April when a young woman that I had known all my life up to that point provided me an example by which I could see myself going down. It all came to a head in early May when I had to make a decision.
The First Dispensation – From the first vision and the beginning of the first epoch (May 9, 2009)
Background: In early May 2009, I had my first vision. In that vision that took place in Fraser, Colorado, I was visited by two beings that told me at that moment to make my decision as to what path I was to go down. At that moment in time, I was mysteriously scratched on the back from what I thought was The first member of the Continuum because she was actually sitting right behind me. Although she denies it, the action was enough for me to make the decision that I had to make and it started a journey that continues to this day.
History: Between the first and the second vision, I had five people go through my life. I learned a lot in that short time about the nature and consequences of love. The first two were significant in that it was my first true exposure to the nature of my emotions in the interactions of those around me. I also experienced some of greatest pains and rejections, but it was all in the hope that I would find the perfect one on my own. The third one, like the first one, was one of the greats, but it was also one of the greatest falls from grace that I would ever have. The feelings of the first one and the third one would sustain itself for a number of years. The third one would also be the one to break me into finding a new path which would influence me to this day. It would bring me to the LDS Church, which would later be influenced by the fourth and the fifth, both of whom were LDS members. The church would influence my philosophy to this day. After that time, I transitioned to Boulder and all of the fortunes that I had in high school reversed themselves in college. It was at that point, being involved in the LDS church, I had to make a choice, which would bring me to the reality of the second vision.
The Second Dispensation – From the second vision (September 13, 2011)
Background: After moving to Boulder, I was faced with three paths. The first path was to go down the road that was presented to me in Boulder that was more spiritual in nature. The second path was the path that was presented to me in my senior year with the LDS Church. The third path was a path that was the one that I was on up to this point largely from the perspective of the Catholic Church. I saw an opportunity to go to Crooked Creek Ranch with a group of people in September of 2011 and I took the opportunity to do it. I went on that retreat with a purpose that would allow me a chance to get more clarity as to the purpose of my path and the direction in which I should go in now that I have been presented with three possible paths.
History: Between freshman and the end of sophomore year of college, I had seven people come into my life. The first four were all from my freshman year of college as the year of experimentation without supervision, which was influential for my life as I went through the great transition halfway through this time. The other three occurred after I ventured out on my own and constituted the second triddium up to the third vision. The first four would teach me a part of a great lesson that helped me to transition out of the religious life and into the spiritual life. The first would teach me how to be. The second would teach me what to be. The third would teach me who I truly am. The fourth would teach me how to get there. The last two would be called the two witnesses before I had to make another choice at the end of the second dispensation. The eleventh member of the continuum would be called the transition and the twelfth member would be called the one of hope.
The Third Dispensation – After the third vision (June 13, 2013)
Background: The twelfth left me at a time when I needed her the most in my opinion. Although we had been great friends before, she left me at a bad place in my life and I needed a friend more than ever at that point. This led me to thinking about where I was to go from that point. The twelfth, in many circles, has been the pinnacle of the first era of my life and I felt that there would be nobody that could compare to that in terms of sheer support and love for me and for all that I do in the transition to the public realm of my life. I never experienced that sort of mutual support and loss in such a short period in time. I went to the place that I always went to think about the path that I should go down in life.
History: After the Third Vision, the next few months consisted of the Third Transition and trying to understand what the friendships of the future would be like. The thirteenth one’s influence on my life up to that point remained unmatched in my life and that it would be that influence and those ideas about the future of my life that would lead me to consider and to go down a new path in the fall of 2013, which would be her words of encouragement for me to join the student newspaper. Little did I know that it would lead me into a new era in my life. The thirteenth and fourteenth member of the continuum occurred at the same time. After that time, I would have two more, equaling four within the third dispensation. I would learn a lot in that era leading up to the fourth dispensation.
4. The Fourth Dispensation – After the fourth vision and the beginning of the second epoch (September 27, 2015)
Background: After the end of the era of the seventeenth member, a lot of thoughts came into my life as to what the future would hold for me. I had no clear direction, but what did become more clear to me would be the realization and culmination of all the things that would come through my life. I realized that everything had a connection and that all the people that came into my life have been there for a specific purpose, even if they did not accept it and even if their significance was short. The second Epoch has been seen as the support system that brought out the best of the core of the first Epoch.
History: After the fourth vision, I went through the longest transition in my life and that culminated in a sense of realization about the way in which I conducted myself and how I would see my life through a fresh set of eyes. As I transitioned into adulthood, I saw that my philosophy transitioned into a state of adulthood as well. In 2016, the first class of the Continuing Continuum was announced.