For over 12 years now (as of the year 2021), the Knights of Awakening have been pushing the limits of exploration of the inner and outer worlds of philosophy, metaphysics, religion, Magick, and much more. For years, the KOA has provided countless hours of conversation, learning, and entertainment on multiple media platforms. Starting as a single radio show, the KOA has grown to encompass an extensive world perspective. We are a group of Mental and Spiritual explorers that share a foundational set of beliefs which include 11 “Knightly Agreements”: Responsibility, Respect, Family, Grace, Courage, Faith, Hope, Mercy, Justice, Generosity, and Nobility. “Awaken the Knight Within!” is more than just a tagline here. This environment is what you will find at the Knights of Awakening, a commitment to the pursuit of Service, Betterment, and Enlightenment.
The Knights of Awakening (KOA) was founded in May of 2009 by David Edge and me, Jedi community members, and Masters of the Jedi Order of Ashla Knights. After the fall of Ashla Knights, which was caused by a destructive hacking at the hands of unknown person(s) for a second time, David and I decided to expand out and away from the Order of Ashla Knights while another rebuilding process took place there.
Groups were slowly moving away from the days of the old forum boards or being shut down altogether. Still, only a few people ventured out into a multi-media approach to teaching and interaction in those days. Rather than taking Ashla Knights in this direction, we decided to build a new group dedicated to real-world applications of Mind/Body/Spiritual topics through on-air conversations, written lectures, videos, and more. We debuted first at BlogTalk Radio (BTR) on 06/12/2009 with the “Knights of Awakening Radio Show.” Other radio shows were added over the next few years, including: “Dissonance: The Dark Aspect” hosted by Khaos, “Ashla Knights Radio” hosted by Derek Thompson, and “The Labyrinth” hosted by Charles McBride.
The Knights of Awakening show primarily focused on interviews with people who could help us expand our audience’s minds and provide a perspective that we were not qualified to give. We shared personal experiences in a way that brought the ideas that seemed “far out there” to a more practical and down-to-earth manner. We sought out, exposed, and called out those who preyed on the weak and susceptible. All the while, championing and sharing the good works and deeds of those who were making this world a much better place to be in! In those days, we weren’t working on becoming anything more than just a media-type outlet. We were happy with providing content that helped people think profoundly and improve both our lives and theirs.
Unhappy with BTR ownership policies, the KOA moved to a private hosting platform in early 2012 that lasted until late 2014. Thanks to the hard work and efforts of Charles McBride and David Edge. The amount of trial and error and the amount of coding and configurations needed to make it work were mind-blowing! Not to mention, these two had an even more daunting task teaching me how to make it work without them holding my hand.
The KOA added more shows during this time. These shows were: “Force Realists Radio” hosted by Alethea “Ally” Thompson, “The Circle” hosted by Michael Hannigan, “Shaterpoints: Points of Contact” hosted by Jordan Bates, and a few other smaller series hosted by multiple existing hosts. By late 2014, the KOA was left with four remaining hosts and content creators (myself, Charles, Derek, and Ally) to try and pick up the ball and move forward, as the other hosts had moved on to for one reason or the other. We slowed down in 2014. Some of us (myself mainly) began to experience burnout after roughly six years of nonstop content creation. Without my Co-host and friend David, Charles and Ally did most of the administration and posting of content. I am lucky to have had them do this for me; they helped keep us afloat for some time until February of 2016.
I suffered a terrible accident at work, which left me unable to do much of anything. I could only sit in contemplation at this point, so that is what I did. I gradually became reinvigorated during this time, and a fire was lit back up in me. I knew what I had to do; I had to get the KOA back up and running at full strength again! Thanks go to Charles, Ally, and Derek (once again) for helping me to re-launch the KOA, where we focused mainly on our YouTube channel, a few blogs, and some live shows. We said goodbye to “Force Realists” at the beginning of 2018 as host Ally wanted to focus her efforts in this area elsewhere. Ally is still hosting and creating content for the “Jedi Journal” and “Wandering Sinai” podcast series.
We are here in the now! You and I! This will serve as the starting point in a new direction for the Knights of Awakening. We are beginning a new chapter in our history, and that starts with you! Let’s get started, shall we? Very much in line with our values and foundation, we seek to not only reinvigorate our passion for what we do, but in the spirit of growing and becoming more than we were, we strive to open a new chapter on who we are and what we do. It is not enough to sit on the sidelines and wait for others to do this for us; that time has come and gone. The KOA still produces videos and podcasts; we are also expanding into blogs, books, lectures, and academy studies. We now work to move beyond simply creating and producing content for consumption; I am attempting to create a vehicle for betterment, physically, mentally, and spiritually.