Oprah and Tolle fuel New Age revival (Addendum)
Posted by wordforit on April 12, 2008
The WordPress staff must have been working on the site this morning (Thank You!) when I posted “The Twisted World of Oprah and Friends” because it would not let me add the following:
A few years ago, I began to receive mail from a psychic in California who was trying to convince me that I was missing out by not sending money to finance a full disclosure of “The Secret”. The letters were written in a voice of foreboding to which even the least superstitious would want to react with an immediate forward of a check. I’m paraphrasing because the letters were thrown out, but I do remember the content was intriguing and spoke of “The Secret” being around for many years and that I was one of only a few chosen to participate.
In the interim, I have learned that Alice Bailey was one of the first to introduce the concept of “newly channeled doctrines” who spread the message most successfully (the link provides names of others). In short, it goes much deeper and is more sinister than appears on the surface. “New Age” is a misnomer in that it is not “new” and the proffered “enlightenment” is a (very) slick invitation to darkness.
Berit Kjos has an extensive site with background information and awareness to help us become better equipped to avoid and warn others of snares. I have recently noticed that “Jesus” is being quoted from “The Course in Miracles”. Please at least acknowledge the warning signs before dismissing them out-of-hand.
“This book’s main purpose is … to bring about a shift in consciousness…. Not everyone is ready yet, but many are, and with each person who awakens, the momentum in the collective consciousness grows.”[1,p.6-7] Eckhart Tolle
“Oprah is helping propel the spiritual enlightenment book [New Earth] to dizzying heights, thanks to an unprecedented online promotion that includes a 10-week interactive Webcast discussion…. Oprah: ‘I am a Christian who believes that there are certainly many more paths to God other than Christianity.'”
“Jesus said… ‘No one comes to the Father except through Me.‘” John 14:6
The New Age revolution seemed to fade away, didn’t it? But instead it was spreading its hidden roots across America. Now its mysticism and sexual “freedom” are back in full bloom! And countless ex-hippies — who cut their hair and joined mainstream America — are reviving Eastern meditation, yogic “breathing” and other pathways to “collective consciousness.”
This “awakening” is a natural part of the postmodern rejection of truth. Neither facts, logical thinking, nor Biblical faith are relevant to the new spirituality. So it’s not surprising that Eckhart Tolle, celebrated author of A New Earth, dismisses them all as “form” or “ego“: distracting “attachments” that block awareness of human Divinity and oneness with “God.”
Tolle’s teaching is anything but new. One of his sources of inspiration was the 13th century “father of German mysticism,” Meister Eckhart, who wrote, “He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.” It’s interesting that Tolle did “let go” of any attachment to his original first name, Ulrich. He changed it to Eckhart.
“The greatest achievement of humanity is… the recognition of its own dysfunction, its own madness. In the distant past, this recognition already came to a few individuals. A man called Gautama Siddhartha, who lived 2,600 years ago in India, was perhaps the first who saw it with absolute clarity. Later, the title Buddha was conferred upon him. Buddha means ‘the awakened one.’”[1,p.14]
“…religions, to a large extent, became divisive rather than unifying forces. … They became ideologies, belief systems people could identify with and so use them to enhance their false sense of self. Through them, they could make themselves ‘right’ and others ‘wrong’…”[1,p.15]
“…movements developed within all major religions that represented not only a rediscovery, but in some cases an intensification of the light of the original teaching. This is how Gnosticism and mysticism came into existence in early and medieval Christianity, Sufism in the Islamic religion, Hasidism and Kabbala in Judaism, Advaita Vedanta in Hinduism, Zen… in Buddhism….
“Only a small minority of people had access to them. Their numbers were never large enough to have any significant impact on the deep collective unconsciousness of the majority.”[1,p.16-17]
Since the spiritual climate has changed, “enlightened” prophets expect the current awakening to reach a critical mass that will usher all of humanity (except uncompromising resisters) into the New Earth — a physical manifestation of the New Heaven (which has nothing in common with the Biblical heaven). Detached from “form,” all will know their identity as “I AM,” or universal “Consciousness.”
Of course, if you’re more comfortable with God’s Word than with occult experiences, you won’t share in this awakening. You can’t stand with one foot in each camp.
Into the darkness. . . Continue~ New Age Revival (new window)