90’s Heartthrob, Andrew Keegan, Is The Founder And Leader Of The New Age Temple ‘Full Circle’
In the heart of Venice Beach, resides a church, Full Circle, that is one block away from Gold’s Gym and a hop skip and a jump away from the Google offices. The founder of this new age spiritual temple is 90’s teen heartthrob, Andrew Keegan, best known for his role in Ten Things I Hate About You.
The building holds a lot of stories of the neighborhood religion. It once housed a standard Protestant congregation before becoming a Hare Krishna temple and, later, a new age brand of Christian fundamentalism. But since May, it has become a place of “advanced spiritualism” or the start of movement with “the highest spiritualism founded on universal knowledge.”
When asked what the meaning behind Full Circle was, Keegan responded, “Synchronicity. Time. That’s what it’s all about. Whatever, the past, some other time. It’s a circle; in the center is now. That’s what it’s about.”
During a Sunday service, meditation time, crystals were used. “We’re very, very aware of the shift that’s happening in the mind and the heart, and everybody is on that love agenda. We’re very much scientifically, spiritually, and emotionally aware of how it works, meaning that there’s power in the crystals, there’s power in our hearts, there’s an alignment, there’s a resonance… and it transfers through water.”
Why is Keegan so invested in Full Circle. Well like most people who go through a very traumatic experiences in life, an inner peace and a need for change and enlightenment become prevalent. For Keegan, his awakening occured on March 11, 2011, when he and two friends were attacked by what he describes as gang members in Venice Beach. One of them pulled a gun on his manager, and after a full-on brawl, Keegan had to go to the hospital for stitches. “The significance of this occurrence is that it happened at the same time the tsunami hit Japan,” Keegan said. He then related this incident to a series of odd events, which he believes play a large role in how “synchronicity” brought him to realize his true calling.
“I had a moment where I was looking at a street lamp and it exploded. That was a weird coincidence,” he said. “At a ceremony, a heart-shaped rose quartz crystal was on the altar, and synchronistically, this whole thing happened. It’s a long story, but basically the crystal jumped off the altar and skipped on camera. That was weird.” Keegan explain that these were some of the incidents that led him to conclude that “the mission is to take the war out of our story, which is essentially peace, but activated peace.”
Keegan notes that, although his congregation of followers find him a visionary and a leader, his community is not cultish. “I very much speak what comes through [while] in the collective. We create a resonance of balance and equality of the crew,” he explained. “When you feel those chakras aligned, there’s guided messaging coming in. If there is something of spiritual ego within that, it must not exist.”
Keegan is not the first nor the last celebrity to get mixed up on cultivating new religions, especially in such a diverse religious city like LA.
Los Angeles has been at the epicenter of various new religious movements since the inception of Hollywood. Aimee Semple McPherson gave Pentecostalism a boost with the help of some old Hollywood magic, counting members like Charlie Chaplin, Milton Berle, and Anthony Quinn, who also played sax in the church’s choir. More recently, Hollywood has seen the rise of Scientology (a true celebrity religion) and the Kundalini movement started by Yogi Bhajan, which has its biggest center in Los Angeles and boasts followers such as Demi Moore and Gerard Butler.
Celebrity religious figures like Tom Cruise (a saint in Scientology), Jim Carrey, and David Lynch are all vocal advocates for Transcendental Meditation as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (the Pet Detective even went viral with a recent “spiritual talk”), and there’s a slew of celebrities who have adopted pseudo-spiritual babble (like Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling”).
And now we can add Andrew Keegan, well for the time being anyway. It seems that his spiritual ambitions are currently in jeopardy, as the building his church is housed in went on auction on August 10, which could potentially affect his lease agreement. He is unsure if he can win the bidding war in the rapidly gentrified neighborhood of Venice Beach. Keegan’s budding movement is about to receive its biggest test, one that challenges the core tenets of his philosophy—the power thought has to move the world.
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