- Religion and Philosophy
The New Age Deception
I had another therapy session on Wednesday and it certainly was not what I expected. The first session was great. We spoke about what causes anxiety and how we can cope with it. As usual I did all the talking because the others are so quiet and depressed being in-patients. In the session the therapist (a locum because my usual one is celebrating Eid) brought out these mattresses to lie on. We were going to have a relaxation session. Immediately I thought we were going to lie down and practise some breathing exercises in the event of a panic attack. It went greater than that and more sinister.
Once we reclined on the mattress, the therapist popped in a CD in the player for us to listen to. This man started talking in a hypnotic manner to music. I actually had to stifle a laugh because he sounded so ridiculous. Just too incredibly corny. He started to describe what we should visualize. Excuse me for not being able to recall some of it because it got so lame in places that my mind started to wonder and that was not the objective of the exercise.
Here is an example of the "relaxation exercise"
I first thought of each year of my life, the good and the bad, and that sparked off some tears. I clutch at every opportunity to cry because it is so healing. I hate it when I try to the tears refuse stubbornly. I also visualized cremating all evil people and evil itself and scraping the ashes with a spade into a pit never to be seen again. I also visualized me placing all suffering and suffering people into a bubble and handing it to Jesus. I had to concede that I cannot take on the suffering of the world. I pick up a figurative sword and sway it in front of evil trying to penetrate its barriers but sometimes I fail. Often I fail. I cannot penetrate the barriers of many people and one must not force others to see things your way even if it is vital to see the truth.
The narrator told us to swim in the ocean but this was a special ocean and you could breathe in it and would never get wet. This type of thing just doesn’t appear to me at all. Perhaps the kind of things shaman see when they take their psychedilecs. Quite frankly I don’t want to picture myself doing that so I would take key words and think of my own interpretation. It focused on Jesus. I pictured being baptized. Then we had to picture descending a dark staircase and at the bottom was a door. A beautiful garden was on the other side. Some entity was there, a guardian angel or more, and it said something to us. I just pictured Jesus saying, “I will never leave or forsake you.” Then we were told that we were bathing in light of glory and that we were beautiful and immortal.
And that is when my stomach started to rumble and I was fantasizing about my donut that I was planning to buy at the hospital’s restaurant. All the concentration went out of the window. I got bored and wanted to leave. It ended shortly but I left feeling worse. My mom came to fetch me (I hate driving) and I told her about my experience. Once in the car I told her, “It was very New Age orientated.” She had been reading a book about New Age and she didn’t like it. She’s actually very pissed off that I was exposed to that. I reminded her that the therapist was more likely unaware that it was a New Age exercise. When I came home, a business card advertising New Age therapy was lying near the kitchen basin. It reminded me of Shirley McClaine, the famous New Ager, who was introduced to New Age when a book in the library dropped from the shelf by her feet. Was this Satan? Most definitely yes. He can spring upon you when you least expect it and this therapy session was the last thing I expected.
Those who are not familiar with New Age will probably not see the correlation because New Age practices and my therapy session so I will explain it:
To put it bluntly, this therapy was a meditation session. Meditation is an Eastern Mystic practice taught as Yoga, Zen, etc. It teaches to detach oneself from the world of things and ideas by freeing one’s mind from all voluntary and rational thought. Concentration on a certain thing is the first step, which is usually accompanied by a soft voice with flutes and harps playing and the like which I had to endure. I had to visualize my jaw unclenching, imagining all the pain and anxiety slipping away. It is state of Contemplation and is the ultimate state of consciousness. During this experience one is conscious of the cosmos and realizes he/she is one with it. I have to imagine myself as part of the universe. This concentration leads to a higher consciousness called “higher” states separate from your normal conscious state. Eventually one would achieve “God-Consciousness” where one actually realizes that he or she is God. These states of consciousness can be attained through various other practices including LSD, hypnosis, voodoo and witch-craft which obvious insinuates the occult. But who is this God that we are supposed to become? It can’t be Jesus as Christian teachings never state we could ever be divine like Him although Gnostic Christians believe this to be the case but they are a sect of Christianity that came after Jesus. One cannot help thinking of the story of the Garden of Eden story. In this figurative story, Eve is rebuking the snake, Satan, for tempting her with the apple. He said sneeringly, “But of COURSE God doesn’t want you take a bite from this apple because He knows you will become like Him, a god. This is exactly the objective of New Agers. Christianity does not appeal to them for various reasons. One because of bad Christian behaviour but another reason which over-rides that is the idea of enlightenment and to become a divine being. I think it is clear that New Age is a dangerous deception by Satan. Unfortunately my uncle is a New Ager. My mom once remarked to him that she would like to walk hand in hand with Christ, which did not bode well my uncle. He said, “But you can become a Christ, too!” New Age has being around for a long time in the United States but is taking hold in South Africa now.
Here is an example of what I’m talking about:
- As you get up in the morning, before starting the day's activities, sit down for a while quietly and in a relaxed mood. Then concentrate upon your true self as an instrument of the Divine. Or, as an active center of the dynamic world-spirit. Or, in case you have inwardly revolted against all religion and philosophy, you may concentrate upon yourself as a creative artist. You are an architect of new, higher values. Your life has been given to you - with all its impulses and urges, thoughts and emotions, talents and handicaps - as the raw material to be fashioned into a thing of beauty and joy, by whatever creative ability you can summon."
- Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, Bengaliintegralphilosopher
The New Age movement was established in England in 1960 where practices such as astrology, channelling, Hinduism, Gnostic traditions, Theosophy, etc, were already established. It gained popularity in the 1970s. Seminars were held in North America called “New Age Seminar” run by the Association for Research and Enlightenment, Shirley MacLaine, the lady I mentioned earlier, is the most prominent figure.
View the video below, which I did post in the United Nations blog to find out more.
Perhaps the most pertinent objective of the “relaxation” CD was to encourage a “personal transformation”. It involves guided imagery (imagine this or that) and meditation to bring about the enhancement of oneself attaining our full potential. We were told that we were beautiful and immortal by the narrator. Classic Christ consciousness thinking. Through meditation, we were taught to heal ourselves which, of course, defies the point of a therapist.
The ultimate goal of the New Ager is to participate in the New World Order erroneously believing that there will be end to wars, disease, poverty and where there will only be one religion, one nation and one leader for the entire world.
And that leader, according to Freemason Albert Pike, is Lucifer otherwise known as Satan. And everybody the New World Order is perceived to be is the complete opposite because that is the New Age deception.
Finally, the most perturbing of the therapy session was that we had to concentrate on the light. What light? Isn’t Lucifer the light bearer? Jesus is also known to be the light of the world but we know that New Age rebuffs Christianity.
Obviously that therapy session was wasted on me because I was worshipping Jesus in my mind and not myself.
Learn to identify the subtleties of New Age because it is cunningly packaged into something appealing and appears to be good. And what is the most appealing to mankind? The ego.
“Vanity is my favourite sin” – Satan in the film, “The Devil’s Advocate”