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Practice of the religion involves meditation upon these principles to develop "spiritual Psychokinesis". It appears that there is no recognized deity per se in the philosophy, but rather that we are all part of the mind of the universe and that the universe collectively constitutes something great and worthy of study and meditation.
Another interesting aspect of Summum is mummification and transferrence of the dead. This service is offered to people of any religious belief with an estimated cost of $67,000. The service is even offered for pets. Since Summum does not request nor accept donations, it is probable that these mummification services are a major source of financial support. Their research into the process of mummification has assisted Egyptologists in understanding the ancient processes. The process has even been featured by National Geographic.
It has been reported that there are over 200,000 followers of this philosophy.
Summum followers have gained a certain notoriety of late in that they have proposed their seven aphorisms be placed in public places along side the ten commandments, specifically in several locations in Utah. (It is unclear from the available documentation what the precise form of these seven aphorisms would take on these proposed monuments. Perhaps just a list of the seven principles, perhaps something more.) Christians and town fathers have objected on the basis that the ten commandments are of great historic significance to the United States, and as such are not solely a religious statement, whereas the seven aphorisms are a modern philosophy with no significant historical bearing on the country.
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