Weighing the Grail Message: Dark Philosophies

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The Bible opens our eyes to the realms of reality, which we can also term as dimensions.

There is a physical realm of space/time/matter universe in which human beings live, where they are subject to the five senses. But many tend to make the fatal mistake of believing that anything beyond the realm of these physical senses is simply not there.

There is also Heaven, a realm of pure existence where God reigns as Sovereign. In this second “dimension” is where the throne of God is and His glory is fully manifested.

This realm was bridged when God chose to become Man in the person of Jesus Christ. Everyone who is in Him can access this realm of God’s infinite power, love and justice.

There is also a third dimension of spiritual darkness, controlled by Satan and his hosts. Though this sphere is divided into several sub-kingdoms rigidly ruled by hierarchies of fallen angels, it is presided at the top by “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2).

This third dimension is a domain of the forces of great deception and wickedness, hence, it consists of all who have willingly pledged allegiance to the god of the world and are in rebellion against the one true God revealed in the Bible.

Indeed, it’s not strange to find individuals or organizations, claiming to possess some “keys” to luminous ascent, mystical insights or powerful spiritual practices whose sources are actually plugged deeply into the bowels of the kingdom of darkness.

From what has been documented so far, the Grail message is one of such destructive revelations.

Destructive, because, at some point in their teachings, the self-professed “cross bearer” is directly introduced to the very occult philosophies which used to be taught only to secret initiates of modern Witchcraft – until some few decades ago.

In this piece, I will be focusing on chapter 15 of In the Light of Truth Volume 2, titled “Thought-Forms” to unravel how those who follow the Grail path, however sincere, are like the proverbial frog in the kettle, being slowly boiled till they end up in the dinner plate of the Lord of darkness himself.

The first three paragraphs of this chapter castigate materialists whose conversations are hollow; their thoughts empty and their interests oppressively narrow. In the words of Oskar, “many people are not very much different from animals.” He continues:

“They cannot and will not understand that life on earth, with all its pleasures and joys, only gets its real meaning when one has become more or less familiar with the Ethereal World, and knows about the reciprocal actions connecting us with it, for then one no longer has the feeling of being at the mercy of chance.”

As stated previously, the key emphasis behind the occult is interaction with the spirit world and the spirits therein.

The ethereal world, as explained by the Grail message, is the spiritual world from which emanate “alternating currents” and “intuitive perception.” It’s said to be the world of spirits where humans came from and the grail “God” resides.

Of course, the Ethereal World is not Heaven. Our God does not inhabit, nor is He part of, the spirit world or physical world. The spirit realm Ab-dru-shin speaks of is the same one that New Agers and Witches tap into to wield their spiritual energies. 

This is a dimension of spiritual darkness. It does not acknowledge Jesus as the only Way nor the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus emphatically stated: “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).

“For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Eph. 2:18). The Christian fellowships with God only through the Holy Spirit. But the god of the Grail message is one that can be found in trees, rocks, animals and all other creation.

“Rejoice that all around you lives, into seemingly immeasurably far away regions! Nothing is dead; nothing is void as it would appear. Everything is working and weaving in reciprocal action, in the center of which you stand as humans to continually form and direct anew the threads, as both starting points and final goals.”

Here the seeker is introduced to the two core beliefs of Witchcraft/Paganism: Monism and Animism.

Monism, which literally means “one-ism,” teaches that all is one and one is all. It asserts that all reality may be reduced to a single, unifying principle partaking of the same essence and reality.

In other words, people only think that a rock lying in a field is entirely separate from the field in which it’s lying. But monism says that the rock is the field, and the field is the rock.

Animism is the belief that all things – from rocks to amoeba to trees – is infused with life force or energies. In other words, the entire earth is a living, breathing organism. In the words of a witch, “The ancient world view did not conceive of a separation between ‘animate’ and ‘inanimate'” (Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, Penguin Books, 1986, p. 29).

This is why the Grail message says “nothing is dead.” Their god is like a force or power pervading and pulsating through everything and it can be manipulated like a thread to spin and reach your goals.

Christian researchers, Jill Martin Rische and Kurt Van Gorden note that:

“The New Age movement is an all pervasive, all-encircling philosophy, birthed from Theosophy and Hinduism. New Age groups comprise a united syncretistic religion; everything comes together under one philosophy. Their divine absolute principle is not a person; it is not God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The absolute principle is an impersonal entity that inhabits all creation, whether they call it consciousness, energy, vibrations, spirit, force, Mind, Brahma, or the One” (The Kingdom of the Occult, Thomas Nelson, 2008 p. 193).

“Awake! Use the power given to you in the full knowledge of this mighty happening, lest in your stupidity and obstinacy, or even in your indolence, you bring forth only harmful deformities which choke all that is healthy and good and finally cause you as their author to totter and fall.”

This is one of the starting techniques of witchcraft rituals: how to control and utilize impersonal energies or forces and direct them to work your magick.

This is the same philosophy Napoleon Hill was espousing decades ago:

“A healthy ego makes you more receptive to the influences which guide you from a region beyond the power of our five senses to know … Unseen, silent forces influence us constantly…” (Grow Rich With Peace of Mind, Ballantine books, 1967, pp. 215-20).

This is why even an unwary Christian who relies on the teachings of self-help or motivational cults can slowly end up embracing and practicing the occult. The occult is a very subtle path; it’s like peeling off layer after layer of an onion until you get to its terminal bud.

Many early seekers of occult mysticism are drawn in by the pursuit of wisdom and the heady feeling of using their “mind power” to alter their lives, but by the time they are properly trapped in occult snares, they realize they have been enslaved by vicious demonic forces that know no mercy.

“This is the strange world of thought-forms, the vital activity of which comprises only a small part of the giant mechanism of the whole Creation. Its threads, however, run both into the Gross Material World and further up into the more Ethereal World and in the same way they also run downward into the realm of Darkness. Like a gigantic network of veins or nerve-strands, all is intertwined and interwoven, un-tearable and inseparable!”

What he is talking about here, in cliched phrases, is the dark philosophy of using your mind through the agency of demonic power to control the physical world and navigate the spirit world.

In the ethereal realm that Ab-dru-shin introduces his followers to, there’s a supposedly “pure region” and the lower “dark region.”

But we know that “God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all” (1 John 1:5). He “lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see” (1Tim. 6:16). There are no “inseparable” spiritual network of veins in the universe linking God’s kingdom with the kingdom of darkness. Such a teaching is straight from the pit of hell.

Psalm 113:4 says “The LORD is exalted over all the nations, His glory above the heavens.” No man can control God or His power, and man is not the author of it. Anyone that is teaching stuff about “using” or “controlling” some impersonal energies or “animated substantiality” in creation is working with demon spirits!

The Creative Power flowing through man concentrates ethereal matter through the focused volition of a completed thought and combines it into a form which expresses the volition of the thought.”

This is actually an occult ritual. In Witchcraft, the practitioner is taught to use the power of visualization in making his/her spells effective.

According to Hermetic tradition, the Egyptian god Thoth, known to the Greeks as Hermes Trismegistus (The Thrice-Powerful), was the originator of alchemy. He taught that the physical world could be transformed through mental imagery.

In his Magic: An Occult Primer, an occultist, David Conway explains the necessity of visualization for performing ritual magic:

“. . . the technique of visualization is something you will gradually master, and indeed must master if you are
to make any progress at all in magic… it is our only means of affecting the etheric atmosphere. It enables us to build our own thought forms, contact those already in existence and channel the elemental energy we need down onto the physical plane” (p. 59).

In an article, Visualization in Magic, a witch explained:

“We live in a Universe where everything is energy … You see, as human beings we have the potential to focus and manifest the kind of energy that we want to experience in our day-to-day life. This gives us immense power and creative potential. When we visualise an image in our mind – a goal that we wish to achieve, a place that we’d like to live in, the perfect job – we are bringing it closer into reality. We are concentrating that free flow of energy into a singular thought, and the more attention we give to it, the more it grows and starts to manifest in our daily life.”

Christian researcher, Dave Hunt pointed out that both old and new occult rites follow the same underlying formula:

“When the witch doctor slits a rooster’s throat, sprinkles the blood in a certain pattern, and mumbles a secret incantation, the spirits must respond with their magic as part of the bargain. So it is with the new paganism and its new rituals” (Occult Invasion, The Berean Call, Oregon, 2010, p. 83).

The difference now is that, priests and priestess of the new occult spirituality usually employ “scientific” terms and often introduce “bloodless” rituals to the initiates. But the old methodology of witchcraft – directing demonic powers to work using the mind – remains unchanged.

Thus this form is something real, something living, which now, in accordance with the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species, attracts what is homogeneous in this world of thought-forms or is attracted by them, depending on the strength it possesses.”

In chapter 53 of this same Volume II, Oskar Bernhardt delves into the pagan worldview of animism when he states that each individual species of matter – every stone, plant and animal – produces its own specific radiation.

This radiation blends with the radiations of the other species with which it is combined, and together these form a harmonious halo of radiations which is already recognized today and simply called Od or aura.

This is the mystical twaddle that Grail followers pride themselves in, that they find the ‘law of attraction’ directing them towards colourful radiations emitting from other souls in the Grail movement.

Like my friend Fola, the first Grail adherent I personally knew, told me, when I asked why she often avoided some fervent Christian coursemates during our university days. Her answer was quite revealing, “The vibrations emanating from them do not harmonise with mine.” That’s the same thing any occultist would say when they encounter a Christian filled with the Holy Spirit.

In the aforementioned chapter, Ab-dru-shin actually reveals how the gate of occult power is opened through sexual rites:

“Until the sexual power awakens the process is the same as with a baby. Through their radiations the material cloaks absorb only what they need in order to mature. When the sexual power sets in, however, the spirit stands fully equipped, the gates are then thrown open, and an immediate connection is established.”

How satanic can you get.

“Unfortunately, however, it is hate, envy, jealousy, lustfulness, avarice and all other evils which, through their greater numbers of adherents, form the strongest power centers in the world of thought-forms.”

Like most occult/New Age organizations, Grail adherents are taught that doing some good acts and avoiding certain foods with “bad vibes” will make their ethereal (spirit) bodies light and ascend into the “realms of light.”

This ethereal delusion is all that the devil needs to prevent a person from receiving eternal life freely offered by God through Jesus Christ.

They are also taught that bad thoughts will weigh heavily on their ethereal bodies and make them dense and earthbound, and thus sink into the realm of darkness. In my personal engagements with Grail adherents, I’ve not yet met a single one that hasn’t displayed the sins listed by their guru in the quote above.

This shows that they only flaunt these virtues in speech, their actions bespeak the opposite. The Bible says “wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it” (Luke 7:35). You cannot tap into devilish wisdom and bear godly fruit.

The philosophies espoused in the Grail message do not come from God but from the powers of darkness.