The main goal of the New Age movement is to usher the world into “the Age of Aquarius”- the age in which all of mankind will be united and spiritually evolved. Many people have pointed at the fulfillment of this future dream.
Dr. Jean Houston, a New Age scholar (who taught Hillary Clinton guided imagery) said in an interview: “I predict that in our lifetime, we will see the rise of a New World Religion…I believe a new spiritual system will emerge…”
Robert Muller, an international civil servant of the United Nations (a Catholic, who received a golden crucifix from John Paul II) said:
“[H]ow can one speak of a global spirituality in a world of so many religions and atheists…[and some] religions like Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism which have no God? However, there is a common denominator when humans see themselves as part of a very mysterious and beautiful universe. From that awe emerges a spiritual approach to life. Everything becomes sacred…regarding the mysterious force which rules the universe.” (New Genesis: Shaping a Global Spirituality, 1982, 134)
This is the common vision of all New Age groups– the Silva Mind control, the Grail Message, the Aetherius Society, Tassawuf, Findhorn Community and many others. This blueprint was charted over 70 years ago by a New Age guru, Alice Bailey, who wrote under the “inspiration” of her spirit guide (Djwhal Khul). She indicated that a destructive force was to be released on earth in the 20th century to usher in the New Age:
“The decision to release the Shamballa force during this century into direct contact with the human kingdom is one of the final and most compelling acts of preparation for the New Age. The Shamballa force is destructive and ejective…[It] will bring about that tremendous crisis, the initiation of the race into the mysteries of the ages (The Externalizing of the Mysteries, 1:171)
There were some key events in the 20th century that played out this destructive force:
1. The drug movement. During the 1960s, hard drugs became popular in use than before. What many users didn’t realise was that psychedelic drugs like harshish, heroin, marijuana, LSD etc had been used as tools by pagan shamans to experience the spirit realm. Aleister Crowley (who called himself “the Great Beast”) was the first western satanist to publicly introduce the use of hallucinogenic drugs as tools to expand the consciousness into spiritual horizons.
These psychedelic drugs are used by occultists to “blow open” the third eye. The third eye (Ajna Chakra) is an occult “gland” which allegedly exists between and slightly above the eyebrows. Most witches and occultists aim at opening this third eye in order to see into the spirit realm. The physical effects of the heavy drug use in the 60’s was immediately apparent, but the spiritual aftermath was a bit hidden. As many people used them, a huge population of people became demonically defiled (and spiritually initiated) and they began to experience “trips” and out-of-the-body-experiences, which led them to embrace New Age philosophies.
2. The Ecumenical movement. The bringing together of world religions under the toga of praying to the “common God” or for “world peace” started in the 20th century, with the Catholic “church” being the fountain head. This was part of the plan Alice Bailey predicted:
“The Workers in the Field of Religion…[are] to formulate the universal platform of the new world religion. It is a work of loving synthesis and it will emphasize the unity and the fellowship of the spirit…The platform of the new world will be built by the many groups working under the inspiration of The Christ.” (Discipleship in the New Age, 1:38)
The “Christ” and “spirit” she referred to are the false Christ and the false spirit that control the New Age religion, and they are the same spirits behind the ecumenical movement.
Through ecumenism, many Catholics, both clergy and laity, have embraced New Age and Eastern religions. Numerous books have been published by Catholic press praising Eastern religions, e.g A Taste of Water Christianity through Taoist-Buddhist Eyes, Love Meets Wisdom etc. An entire issue of Catholic World affirmed the New Age movement without a word of condemnation or correction. During a certain ecumenical gathering:
“Priests in Roman collars talked with saffron-robed Buddhist monks, and Rastafarians engaged in animated discussions with turbaned Sikhs…On one night, followers of the neo-pagan Wicca religion performed a full moon ritual…” (Los Angeles Times, Sept. 5, 1993, p. A1)
Catholicism functions as the dark bridge that will bring Christian churches that have formed unity with her into the New Age agenda. The Emergent church movement also serves this purpose.
3. Spirit guides and “Ascended Masters.” These are spirit beings or spirit teachers who allegedly give wisdom and spiritual power to people who seek them out through occultic techniques (such as Yoga). Here is an example from A Journey Between Your Feet:
“Close your eyes and breathe deeply to relax…Picture in your mind a place…ask to meet a guide. An animal, person or being will accompany you and give you whatever power you might need…Watch…this new companion…Listen to what it says. Go wherever [it] wants to lead you.” (quoted in Berit Kyjos, Brave New Schools, 1995, 89)
The fastest way to pick up a spirit guide is through visualization. This adds a dangerous twist to it, because a spirit guide can appear (or be conceived) in way a that suits a person’s religious persuasion. A Catholic can call it the virgin Mary or “St” Joseph. A Buddhist can name it Buddha and a Christian can name his as “Jesus.” But they are demons nonetheless. Ex-New Ager, Johanna Michelson had such a spirit guide:
“By this time [in the cult] Jesus had been to me my guru, my great guide, my avatar…When I wanted a spirit guide, I chose Jesus. Then we went into our psychic laboratories and mind control rooms (a place we created in our minds where we could go to develop our powers and send “transmissions”) and brought open a special door and there he was! Jesus in all his glory with light shinning round about him…This “Jesus” was definitely real but it was something that was absolutely demonic because I [later] found out when I tested it by the Word of God that the beautiful, ecstatic Jesus that I created for myself was the wrong one.” (Transcript of a Seminar with Dave Hunt)
This is the main trap New Agers fall into. They have no objective standard for evaluating their spiritual experiences. If it feels, and appears good and resonates with their impressions, they accept it as valid and become deaf to any Biblical criticism. These demon spirit guides deceive people by pointing to the coming Antichrist as the world saviour.
Christian scholar, Robert Yarbrough observed that:
“New Age views have gained popularity in the fields of medicine (holistic health), politics (globalism), education (values clarification), religion (meditation), ecology (Green movement), science (Capra’s Tao of Physics), music (Yanni), psychology (“fourth force” psychology), and business (transformation technologies).” (The Portable Seminary, Bethany House, 2006, 407)
These teachings are also infiltrating the church. Sarah Young recently wrote a “Christian” bestseller, Jesus Calling, which is highly esteemed by many, but when you strip it of the appraisals and hype, what you find in this devotional book is a channeling of a New Age Jesus with a New Age gospel. I once read Roy Lawrence’s How To Pray when Life Hurts. The first few chapters were quite harmless and Biblical, but after chapter 6, the book evolves into occult mysticism- teaching its readers how to meditate and visualize “the ring of peace,” travel into it or use it to shield others. Interestingly, this book was published by Scripture Union. Some Christian publishers have become purveyors of spiritual death. We must not tour the mulish path, “prove all things” with the Bible and reject evil teachings (1Thess. 5:17).
Napoleon Hill freely admitted the source of his teachings:
“Now and again, I have had evidence that unseen friends hover around me, unknowable to the ordinary sense. In my studies, I discovered there is a group of strange beings who maintain a school of wisdom. The school has masters who can disembody themselves and travel instantly to any place they choose to give knowledge by voice.” (Grow Rich! With Peace of Mind, 158-160)
These “unseen friends” and “strange beings” are demons and the so-called “school of wisdom” refers to Satan’s kingdom. This explains why New Agers in different fields and from different religions have a common theme about cosmic consciousness, personal evolution, emergence of new species (homonoeticus) and the one world government. They are deriving them from the same demonic realm.
“Now I knew that one of these masters had come across thousands of miles through the night into my study. I shall not set down every word he said, much of what he said already has been presented to you in the chapters of this book…[He said:] ‘You have earned the right to reveal a supreme secret to others…You have been under the great guidance of the great school, now you must give the world a blueprint.” (Ibid)
And what were the “supreme secrets” and “blueprints” in Hill’s books? The idea that humans have potential of infinite wisdom and power within them which they must tap into; the human mind can achieve whatever it conceives (“positive mental attitude”). All of these boil down to self-deification; the old lie of the Serpent from Eden.
Yet this man’s books are bestsellers, with millions of readers swallowing the philosophies he got from Satan’s school of foolishness. Let me point out two common New Age philosophies being spread (also through modern entertainment):
(a) “Embracing your dark side”
New Age author, Rainer Wilkie said that we must love and accept the “dragons” within us and go deeper into darkness to discover the root of our existence. This is an integral occult philosophy. The “dragon” or the dark side represents all secret evil and perverse fantasies that the polite society will not tolerate. Embracing it means loving and expressing your most disgusting, evil and violent inner thoughts and breaking all your personal moral boundaries.
This is based on a myth of witchcraft which says that the Great Goddess descended into the underworld and mated with the Lord of the Underworld and by this learnt the secret of rebirth. All occultists are thereby encouraged to emulate this. Ex-Witch high priest, William Schnoebelen, said this was the condition of receiving occult power:
“I had to absorb my Shadow, my personal darkness, the darkest part of my nature which I never exposed to anyone, I had to ‘love it and become one with it’ even as the Great Mother had to love and mate with the Dark Lord.” (Wicca: Satan’s Little White Lie, 1990, 30)
In Lady Gaga’s hit “Marry the Night”, her lyrics reflect this idea:
I’m gonna marry the dark
Gonna make love to this dark
I’m a soldier to my own emptiness
I’m a winner.
I’m gonna marry the night
Gonna marry the night
I’m gonna marry the night
I’m not gonna cry anymore
(Then she chants the word “the night” 17 times).
New Age Catholic priest, Matthew Fox wrote:
“God is ‘superessential darkness’ and to make contact with the darkness is to make contact with the deepest side of the Godhead” (Original Blessing, 1983, 137, 162).
Of course, this is not the God of the Bible. When more people “embrace their dark sides” and “marry their nights”, we will see more murders, anarchy, rapes and destruction in the world. It is a door to demonic control. Light and darkness have no union. We confront darkness and overcome it with the Light of Christ but we do not embrace it to find God. (Jh 8:12).
(b) “Look within yourself”
New Ager, John Price wrote: “The Spirit of God where you are-in and around and through you-is your Spirit” (The Super Beings, p. 34).
This New Age teaching says that you are a God, so you have to look inside yourself, to that “God within” to tap power, wisdom and enlightment. They tell people to use “the force” inside them to get whatever they desire; that all you need is a “self realization” that you are a God and when you realize that you don’t need God because you are already a God, you can achieve whatever you want to achieve.
This is a hoofprint of Satan. For instance, when Wiccans invoke their horned god and great goddess, they call them forth from within themselves. Famous witch, Laurie Cabot once conducted a ritual on a TV program years ago in which she held a pentacle (5 pointed star) and chanted: “Earth…air…fire…and water…and the Great Spirit, I invoke the god and goddess within my body.”
You are most likely to hear these same lines today in the Avatar cartoon and some other TV programs specifically aimed at children. In Satan’s kingdom, self must be exalted to the peak for him to enslave. But in God’s kingdom, self must die for Christ to reign. Christians look “unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” and are to be “rooted and built up in Him” (Heb. 12:2, Col. 2:7). God says “Look to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth” (Is. 45:22). We are not gods either here or in eternity.
New Age author, Barbara Hubbard stated that when the “new age” comes, those who will reject the system (Christians) will be eliminated:
“When the word of this hope has reached the nations, the end of this phase of evolution shall come. All will know their choice. All will be ready to choose… All who choose not to evolve will die off; their souls will begin with a different planetary system…” (Happy Birthday Planet Earth, 17)
The New Age religion is full of Satan’s philosophies. It is paving the way for the Antichrist, though the “mystery of iniquity is already at work” (2Thess 2:7). We are to “contend for the faith” (Jude 3) and guard against blindly following any teaching we come across.