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.
Before the beginning of the journey that would lead him to what he has to this day, He was facing a crisis of identity. It was the 2008-2009 school year, his sophomore year of high school, when he made decisions that would lead him to temporary pleasure in his life, but it was predicated on half-truths that would eventually come back to bite him. At the same time, he was going through the Confirmation program of the Catholic Church and thought nothing of it at first. As time went on, however, he started to see the life that he had at the time falling apart quickly and he had to find some way to fix it or change. He considered the path that the confirmation program offered him at that point in time, but he did not consider it seriously until April when a young woman that he had known all my life up to that point provided him an example by which he could see himself going down. It all came to a head in early May when he had to make a decision.
In early May 2009, he experienced the first vision. In that vision that took place in Fraser, Colorado, he was visited by two beings that told him at that moment to make his decision as to what path he was to go down. At that moment in time, he was mysteriously scratched on the back from what he thought was The first member of the Continuum. Although she denies it, the action was enough for him to make the decision that he had to make and it started a journey that continues to this day.
Between the first and the second vision, he had five people go through his life. He learned a lot in that short time about the nature and consequences of love. The first two were significant in that it was his first true exposure to the nature of his emotions in the interactions of those around him. He also experienced some of greatest pains and rejections, but it was all in the hope that he 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 he 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 him into finding a new path which would influence him to this day. It would bring him 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 his philosophy to this day. After that time, he transitioned to Boulder and all of the fortunes that he had in high school reversed themselves in college. It was at that point, being involved in the LDS church, he had to make a choice, which would bring him to the reality of the second vision.
After moving to Boulder, he was faced with three paths. The first path was to go down the road that was presented to him in Boulder that was more spiritual in nature. The second path was the path that was presented to him in his senior year with the LDS Church. The third path was a path that was the one that he was on up to this point largely from the perspective of the Catholic Church. He saw an opportunity to go to Crooked Creek Ranch with a group of people in September of 2011 and he took the opportunity to do it. He went on that retreat with a purpose that would allow him a chance to get more clarity as to the purpose of his path and the direction in which he should go in now that he had been presented with three possible paths.
Between freshman and the end of sophomore year of college, he had seven people come into his life. The first four were all from his freshman year of college as the year of experimentation without supervision, which was influential for his life as he went through the great transition halfway through this time. The other three occurred after he ventured out on his own and constituted the Angels of the Transition up to the third vision. The first four would teach him a part of a great lesson that helped him to transition out of the religious life and into the spiritual life. The first would teach him how to be. The second would teach him what to be. The third would teach him who he was. The fourth would teach him how to get there. The last two would be called the two witnesses before he 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.
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 fourteen 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.
The twelfth left him at a time when he needed her the most according to his writings. Although they had been great friends before, she left him at a bad place in his life and he needed a friend more than ever at that point. This led him to thinking about where he was to go from that point. The twelfth, in many circles, has been the pinnacle of the first era of his life and he felt that there would be nobody that could compare to that in terms of sheer support and love for him and for all that he did in the transition to the public realm of his life. He never experienced that sort of mutual support and loss in such a short period in time. He went to the place that he always went to think about the path that he should go down in life.
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 his life up to that point remained unmatched in his life and that it would be that influence and those ideas about the future of his life that would lead him to consider and to go down a new path in the fall of 2013, which would be the words of encouragement for him to join the student newspaper. Little did he know that it would lead him into a new era in his life. The thirteenth and fourteenth member of the continuum occurred at the same time. After that time, he would have two more, equaling four within the third dispensation. He would learn a lot in that era leading up to the fourth dispensation.
After the end of the era of the seventeenth member, a lot of thoughts came into his life as to what the future would hold for him. He had no clear direction, but what did become more clear to him would be the realization and culmination of all the things that would come through his life. He stated that he realized that everything had a connection and that all the people that came into his 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. After the fourth vision, he had stopped the Continuum and had established the Continuing Continuum. After the fourth vision, he went through the longest transition in his life and that culminated in a sense of realization about the way in which he had conducted himself and how he would see my life through a fresh set of eyes.
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 and the structure and classes of the Chancellate.
He highlights the journey of life as the most important part of the life of anyone and constitutes a large portion of the 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. He talks about aspects of his journey a lot and the people and events that defined certain parts of his journey and his 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 his life.
His political views are Libertarian and these views are reflected in the beliefs of the movement and in his practices. He believes in the re-invigoration 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)