Colton, Ann Ree (1898–1984)
Ann Ree Colton, spiritual teacher and founder of the Ann
Ree Colton Foundation of Niscience, was born in Atlanta,
Georgia, on August 17, 1898. She had extraordinary psychic
experiences during her childhood and in her 20s established
contact with a set of supernormal entities she termed the masters
or great immortals, similar to the masters contacted by Helena
Petrovna Blavatsky of the Theosophical Society. She
began her public ministry in 1932 and four years later opened
a church in Florida. The church continued through World War
II (1939–45), and following its closing in 1945 she entered a period
of transition.
In 1952 she met Jonathan Murro (1927–91), who she eventually
married. Together, the following year they founded the
Foundation of Niscience in Glendale, California, and Colton
began the mature era of her ministry. Colton projected the picture
of the spiritual hierarchy, at the highest level of which were
the archetypes of God—the blueprints of creation, and the
highest beings—Jesus, his disciples, and the archangels. At a
slightly lower level were the masters who worked on Earth
through a set of cosmos disciples and telepathic disciples who
resided in earthly bodies. Colton taught that individuals can
become open to the highest levels of the universe and believed
that she had been united with the Niscience archetype. She was
told that the ‘‘hum’’ of the archetype would bring a spiritual renewal
uniting people with the Jesus ethic.
Colton expanded on her teachings in more than 20 books
written in the 1960s and 1970s. She taught at the center in
Glendale, and her students founded groups across the United
States and in several foreign countries. She initiated the Niscience
Guild through which students may become ministers.
Murro assisted her and dedicated himself to preserving and
distributing her writings. Following her death on June 28,
1984, he succeeded her as head of the foundation.
Sources
Colton, Ann Ree. Men in White Apparel. Glendale, Calif.
ARC Publishing, 1961.
———. The Soul and the Ethic. Glendale, Calif.. ARC Publishing,
1963.
———. Vision for the Future. Glendale, Calif. ARC Publishing,
1960.
———, and Jonathan Murro. Prophet for the Archangels.
Glendale, Calif. ARC Publishing, 1964.