The Secret War Against the New Age: Introduction



DISCLAIMER: The following is an historical analysis of a broad-based and amorphous movement that is generally misunderstood. The point here is understand how belief systems arise and how the Establishment responds to them. As the concept of belief itself is up for grabs in the West, I believe that it's worth looking at the last major challenge the religious and scientific establishments faced and exactly how they handled that challenge.
To most people, the New Age is a joke. The picture you usually get in the media is that the New Age is a conglomeration of hucksters and charlatans peddling mystical claptrap to bored, eccentric housewives. Despite the popularity of figures associated with New Age - Oprah, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins - the movement isn't taken very seriously by most people.

In fact, it's not even really a movement at all anymore, just a catchall phrase for a host of different practices and philosophies, vaguely based in a synthesis of Eastern and Western traditions. And the thrust of today's New Age is distinctly feminine and distinctly somatic, with the various massage therapies and aromatherapy and so on.

But it wasn't always that way. Before "Shirley MacLaine" became a buzzword for ditzy but harmless mysticism, there actually was a New Age movement that included psychologists, scientists, soldiers, artists and clergy. The movement came to be seen as a serious threat by some very rich and powerful people, who had their own cultural movement fighting for dominance, namely Evangelicalism.

No one can argue the fact that the Evangelicals won the secret war; when the still-Communist government of China is bankrolling Christian churches in hopes of sedating their stressed-out factory hands (shades of Animal Farm), there's no mistaking which faction is dominant in the new world order today. In fact, the Evangelical movement is spreading like wildfire all across Africa as well, financed in large part by US tithes- and taxpayer dollars.

Certainly Evangelicalism is in decline in the US (when a devout Mormon like Glenn Beck is seen as the head of the new religious right, you know the movement is in trouble), but religion always follows where global capital leads, and the resources are obviously needed elsewhere.

Even so, the New Age movement put such a scare into the vast Evangelical power elite that you can still find reams of digital propaganda out there darkly warning about the "threat" the New Age poses. This began in earnest in the late 60s, and by the mid-80s anti-New Age literature was a staple at Fundamentalist bookstores and gun shows. At the same time, megachurches began incorporating New Age practices into Evangelicalism in an attempt to co-opt the competition.

Government scientist Levitt attacks dissident professors- note childish visuals

But that in itself was not enough to derail the "New Consciousness"so a parallel movement was created to hack at the foundations of the New Age - the "Skeptic" movement. Comprised of a host of media figures and government-beholden scientists, the Skeptic movement went after the various claims and teachings of the New Age, hammer-and-tongs.

Even though the movement was tiny, it was never lacking for media attention. And with few, almost token exceptions, the Skeptics completely ignored the claims and teachings of the Evangelical movement.

It wouldn't be until the Bush years when the New Atheists hit the scene that some skeptics would man up and go after the Evangelical behemoth with some of the energy it reserved for such dire threats to civilization as palm reading and biofeedback.

But many prominent skeptics
still claim that Evangelicals should be left alone and the movement should only target ideas associated with the New Age. A civil war has resulted in the skeptic/atheist axis between the "absolutists" and the "accommodationists." (Will a similar civil war break out between the declining Evangelicals and the Mormon ascendancy?)

This is a rough sketch of the ideas I will be exploring in this series. In classic Secret Sun fashion, it will be an exploration, a work-in-progress. Also in classic Secret Sun fashion, it will be updated as inspiration allows. But I think there's a fascinating story here, one that tells us a lot about what is happening in Western culture and why.

Is there a new New Age emerging as the polarities of absolute belief and absolute disbelief lose their appeal? And is that necessarily a good thing?

After all, there is a precedent in the Imperial Roman era - a constantly shifting and mutating grab-bag of beliefs and practices cobbled from other sources. It too was a minority movement comprised of weirdos and spinsters, and it too got its fair share of criticism and official discouragement. But once that big cosmic clock bell rang, there was no turning back.

We all know how that turned out.

48 comments:

  1. New thoughts on New Thought. Gotta love it...

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  2. Yes. The pure terror the establishment holds in letting people rewire their own hardware is somewhat funny considering how the establishment would just as soon splatter that hardware over the pavement.

    Ahh, the age of sacred terror...

    And just so you know I think the Atlantis myth in all it's glory might be the highlight of the "New Age" sphere of thinking.

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  3. The new age has begun. Eating better, green tech,sustainable tech, Tao,Raw,Syncromysticism etc. The Ixtian slaves and priests are on their way out. People voted for Obama because he is not a dumb ass. The syncromystic priests put such xtian folly in it's proper space. The dung heap of history resides in pie in the sky religion of no-thing. Our minds eye is opening to the truth. Get on the majic bus and the new age, everyone! Dennis(eat apples-now)

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  4. Great points and good examples used, However i think our mutual friend greg at OOP said (or quoted) it very well when he exclaimed -

    '' The concept of a new age is kind of like trying re-invent the wheel ''

    Or words to a similar effect , Anyway my point is - while it is clear that a 'NeW' way of thinking and living is permeating into our modern lives, when is there a time that this has not been the case ?

    I guess this idea is not so much of a response to the article but more toward our mental conception of this phenomena in general.

    An almost whimsical and humorous and yet barbed way of refering to the movement could be '' The NEW new age ''. Now i can twiddle my imaginary moustache and feel all philosophical :D

    But yes - great reading - thanks chris

    Dan.T

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  5. I would agree that there's a new way of thinking emerging, but ironically it has more to do with not thinking (I'll explain in a moment) but I don't see it being so easily tied to New Age so much anymore. Not that someone can't come along and try to make that connection, but fundamentally it's much more focused and undeniably real. If you read, and listen to people like Neil Kramer, Eckhart Tolle, and Jason Horsley for example, you'll find they've done a good job of distilling the substantial parts of religion (mainly gnostic and eastern mysticism), spirituality, and even certain aspects of Jungian psychology down to it's undeniable core. Tolle is particularly good at this. The idea of presence, and existing without much consideration for mind and time itself is actually pretty powerful when put into practice. Being aware of the true self and being able to distinguish it from your 'story' that's merely a construct of the ego. It's a really simple concept, but difficult to describe here for brevity's sake.

    I recommend reading "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle. Don't worry about the Oprah endorsement. This guy's on to something. Not to mention, he also alludes to dogs and Sirius quite a bit, at least in his lectures. However, he did write an illustrated 'kids' book about dogs along with artist Patrick McDonnel called "Guardians of Being". The panel on pg. 27 shows a dog staring up at Sirius in the night sky. In fact, I'd say the "Stairway to Sirius" connection here is beyond obvious.

    http://muttscomics.com/images/wallpaper/1024/star.jpg

    "Give yourself completely to the act of listenting. Beyond the sounds there is something greater: a sacredness that cannot be understood through thought" - ET

    Jim

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  6. This is beneath you, Mr. Knowles. The Secret Sun is all but dedicated to the exposure and analysis of New Age symbology; five-plus days a week you bring your readers' attention to Heliotheistic, Polytheistic, Freemasonic, Illuministic, and/or Egyptological motifs in popular culture, commercial imagery, public spectacle, and overclass architecture. And yet you propagate this increasingly common idea that 1) America is a crypto-theocracy where hymns to Jesus echo throughout the corridors of power; and 2) Christians, moreover, are just worshipers of an imaginary g-d like any other, differing from the scientologists and their ilk only through historical happenstance and the tenure of their faith.

    You pegged Rick Warren as a Freemason; you suggest that the Vatican worships ancient astronauts; you know the New Age roots lurking beneath the so-called Evangelical movement. So don't fall for this stuff please. We Americans are not slaves to Christianity, but rather slaves of Caesar.

    Love your blog and read it every day, even though as a Presbyterian I think you could use a serious dose of Vitamin J. Peace Homey.

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  7. For THE best critique of the New Age Movement from a Goddess perspective I deeply recommend this book:

    Return of the Dark/Light Mother or New Age Armageddon? by Monica Sjoo

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  8. MP- Well, New Thought is not New Age or New Wave or anything like that- to me it describes a process. One of the driving principles behind this blog is that Old Thought has failed us and New Thought is very much a work in progress. But clearing away the deadwood is going to alienate some people as we see below here. But that's a necessary part of the process.

    Jimson- I think trying to boil down New Age thinking is impossible since it was more a coalition than a monolith. But there are a lot of things that it wasn't and that's pretty much everything that the Christian propagandists said it was.

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  9. Dennis- Part of the process has been incorporating the good aspects of New Age- health and planetary consciousness are high on the list- while discarding the not-so-good. Just so there's no confusion this is a historical review of how an upstart movement was quashed, not necessarily an advocacy piece.

    DanT- Well, I think Greg makes a good point in that the challenge is collating what has already been discovered- it becomes a process of discernment in that regard.

    Jim- I think you raise an interesting point in that the campaign against New Age- as well as its lack of internal discipline- can turn us against interesting thinkers if they happen to be tarred with the "New Age" label. Oprah et al have played a big role in this.

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  10. "Anonymous"- I'm very happy you weighed in since you've obviously read a lot of anti-New Age propaganda. I can nip several buds here and refer similar thinkers back to this response. Let's get into this, point by point:

    The Secret Sun is all but dedicated to the exposure and analysis of New Age symbology; five-plus days a week you bring your readers' attention to Heliotheistic, Polytheistic, Freemasonic, Illuministic, and/or Egyptological motifs in popular culture, commercial imagery, public spectacle, and overclass architecture.

    You are describing occult, esoteric, and historical motifs as "New Age", none of which are necessarily inherent to the movement I'm describing. SInce the movement was by definition amorphous, there were certainly overlaps. On the other hand New Age was much more Eastern-based, with Buddhism and Christian and Unitarian mysticism being far more prominent, as were now-popular practices such as yoga, feng shui, Reiki, meditation, etc. etc. Since Christian preachers were so terrified by the movement they seized on other facets they had already trained their parishioners to be afraid of in their propaganda. But certainly New Age was much more pantheistic or even Deistic than anything else.

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  11. And yet you propagate this increasingly common idea that 1) America is a crypto-theocracy where hymns to Jesus echo throughout the corridors of power;

    Well, first of all that's true and will be even more so after the election. Secondly, you can take all of the Masonic and crypto-Masonic orders in the United States and combine them and they still won't have the power or influence of secret societies like The Family or Opus Dei. That's the way it is.

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  12. However, you overlooked this paragraph (and similar statements) from the piece:

    "Certainly Evangelicalism is in decline in the US (when a devout Mormon like Glenn Beck is seen as the head of the new religious right, you know the movement is in trouble), but religion always follows where global capital leads, and the resources are obviously needed elsewhere."

    In other words we are seeing other countries- particularly in Africa- emerge as totalitarian theocracies. Countries where there is a struggle over labor and natural resources.
    As to the second point, that something you'll have to resolve on your own.

    You pegged Rick Warren as a Freemason; you suggest that the Vatican worships ancient astronauts; you know the New Age roots lurking beneath the so-called Evangelical movement. So don't fall for this stuff please. We Americans are not slaves to Christianity, but rather slaves of Caesar.

    I'm not exactly sure what you're referring to on those first two points. I'm pretty sure I've done a hundred or so posts on religion in general and ancient astronauts. I did mention in the post that Evangelicalism- as well as pretty much all of the Christian denominations- hijacked a ton of ideas and practices from the New Age. But that's just business as usual.

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  13. Love your blog and read it every day, even though as a Presbyterian I think you could use a serious dose of Vitamin J. Peace Homey.

    Thank for the kind words. But if you do read the blog every day you'd remember I got plenty of Vitamin J- it just didn't do much for me. But please- stick around and read the rest of the series and then you can tell me what you think.

    Muzu- Again, an aspect of the New Age movement, from Sjoo's radical feminist point of view.

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  14. The New Agers and folks like Richard Dawkins, are lost in false religion. This blogger, while he may not be a born again Christian in his knowledge of symbols, is right that something doesnt add up about Rick Warren or the Vatican. He is following a trail, I hope one day, as he searches for the truth, he does find the truth. As for the Presbyterian church, they have their own "paganism" problems. The Presby USA folks had their own pagan procession at one of their recent conferences where they prayed to the 4 winds. {just like we did in the UU}

    As an ex-UU Theosophist and ex-Catholic [now born again Christian], I was basically in the New Age, since Theosophy forms some of the foundations of the modern New Age movement as well further back to mystery Babylon members Hinduism and Buddhism. The Vatican teaches many things equivalent to Theosophy with its interfaith movement as a central point and focus on the "queen of heaven" in her various mother "goddess" forms.
    That said though, the New Age has infused into the evangelical and other apostate churches. The same mysticism that was taught me in the Unitarian Universalist church for 13 years, I see now in the so called "Christian" churches not just the Catholic. The Emergent movement and others have brought it in. I heard these mystical things even in some of the lyrics in a more mainstream well known evangelical church. When they have people singing "breathe in god", you know the Bible has been departed from.

    Do not forget the world as a whole, including FALSE CHRISTIANITY is going to all rally around the Antichrist. They will believe him to be "jesus" returned but he will not be. "goddess" worship and the central teachings of the "new age" [not so new at all] combine together for the one world religion.

    http://galatiansfour.blogspot.com/2010/04/one-world-religion-beast-gets-ready-for.html

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  15. In other words, every church but yours is apostate.

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  16. 1."as the concept of belief itself is up for grabs in the West,....":By the West do you mean just the USA or the West in toto? Sometimes your comments seem terribly centered on the USA.

    2. "by rich and powerful people who had their own cultural movement fighting for dominance, namely Evangelicalism.": This kind of thing is more effective when you actually name the individuals.

    3. "No one can argue the fact that the Evangelicals won the secret war.": What do you mean by "Won?" Do you mean that there are more self-identified Protestant Evangelicals than there are self identified "New Age" mystics? Or are you implying that Evangelicals have seized the commanding heights of Western culture?

    4. "where... the government of China is bankrolling Christian churches in hopes of sedating their stressed-out factory hands...": Are you implying that the Chinese government is bankrolling the rise of Christianity in China? Or are you implying that the Chinese government is attempting to control the Christian churches in China?

    5. "there's no mistaking which faction is dominant [Evangelicals] in the new world order today": Are you implying that Protestant Evangelicals are the dominant force in the world? If so, I fail to discern their control over Japan, Europe, and China.

    6. "Certainly Evangelicalism is in decline in the US..": I thought that you just said that they are dominant?

    7. "but religion always follows where global capital leads, and the resources are obviously needed elsewhere.": So the decline in Evangelical power in the US is a planned move, as the nameless Evangelical elites are simply shifting their resources to Africa?

    8. "the skeptics completely ignored the claims and teachings of the Evangelical movement.": are you arguing that the skeptics, as you call them, were unconcerned with, say, young Earth creationism?

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  17. 1. I mean the West.

    2. It isn't a question of individuals, it's foundations, corporations, parties, etc. You can start with the Family aka the Fellowship.

    3. I mean there was a struggle and the forces behind Evangelicalism won.

    4. Follow the link.

    5. Again, the forces behind Evangelicalism, which is becoming the dominant belief system in many parts of the world.

    6. Yes, separating the forces and the lay membership, in the US here. Even in decline, however, we're still talking about tens of millions of people.

    7. It may be, but it may also be a question of resource allocation.

    8. The Skeptics themselves were less concerned with that issue than were scientific associations, teachers, etc.

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  18. It is both tragic and comical this fight between 'real christianity' and 'new age', because really they are coming from a similar solar based mythology

    LOOK--it comes to this people. The earth, home, the natural world, is very under attack. Species are becoming extinct and even BEES are threatened. Plastic is everywhere, and your probabaly breathing it in as you go about. And non-ionizing radiation coming from all the proliferating technology is an invisible poullution affecting all of life
    --All the trees are being cut down, and---Terrible weapons of war using depleted uranium are polluting everywhere. they are polluting the seas with oil and plastic....I could go on! So there needs to be *RADICAL* awakening.

    Read John Allegro, 'Jesus' is referring to a psychedelic mushroom. This motif is connected with ancient paganism, and before where sacred vegetation were the sacred teachers (Only with the Christian myth they try and mke out it is historical and not mythological)...........You can see this in places like the 'New World' NOW where the oppressive forces of the Church and colonialism haven't 'completely' suppressed evidence and memory (though it is there to be found in mythology symbol AND hidden in the text), and people who use the sacred plants like Ayahuasca of the rainforests speak about them as being 'sacred teacher plants'.

    So is it a case we all just drop a psychedelic and hey presto we wake up? No. I have done a blog about this titled The Patriarchal Expropriation of the Sacred Fruit of the Goddess: Psychedelic Myth, and Madness where I try and show how the Christian initiates which Allegro exposes via their covert literary devices, who DID take a psychoactive sacrament, yet still interpreted the vegetation and experience in androcentric terms, and previously this has been the case when the philosophical Orphic cult (which influenced early Christianity) infiltrated the more ancient and orgiastic and Goddess-oriented and thus earth-centred Dionysian Mysteries (Google From Orphism to Gnosticism), and created a written down dogma which threatend heaven and hell, and emphasized 'spirit' being trapped in 'matter', and that only through their purification rituals could the initiate be saved, and then return to their 'spiritual home', and they diluted the sacrament

    So to get to the bones of what I am trying to say. What we NEED is not some silly divide and control nonesense of Christian versus New Ager and vice versa, but a total turn around and responsible radical understanding of the URGENCY of our ACTUAL situation here on earth right NOW. Realize that we dont need to bond with 'Jesus' or
    'God' or 'Quantum reality of Oneness' but with the Natural world. To SEE and FEEL what is actually happening, and authentic symbiotic relationship with entheogenic plants and substances are THE Medicine to help us with this undoing of all the crap heaped on us by the matrix of propaganda coming from all areas--from 'education', mass media, religious conditioning, politics, and so on!

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  19. It is both tragic and comical this fight between 'real christianity' and 'new age', because really they are coming from a similar solar based mythology

    LOOK--it comes to this people. The earth, home, the natural world, is very under attack. Species are becoming extinct and even BEES are threatened. Plastic is everywhere, and your probabaly breating it in as you go about. And non-ionizing radiation coming from all the proliferating technology is an invisible poullution affecting all of life--all the trees are being cut down, and....I could go on. So there needs to be RADICAL awakening.

    Read John Allegro, Jesus is referring to a psychedelic mushroom. This is connected with ancient paganism, and before where sacred vegetation were the sacred teachers...........You can see this in places like the 'New World' NOW where the oppressive forces of the Church and colonialism haven't 'completely' suppressed evidence and memory (though it is there to be found in mythology symbol AND hidden in the text)

    So is it a case we all just drop a psychedelic and hey presto we wake up? No. I have done a bog about this titled The Patriarchal Expropriation of the Sacred Fruit of the Goddess: Psychedelic Myth, and Madness

    And I try and show how the Christian initiates which Allegro exposes, who DID take a psychoactive sacrament yet still interpreted the vegetation and experience in androcentric terms, and previously this has been the case when the philosophical Orphic cult infiltrated the more anceint and Goddess-oriented and thus earth-centred Dionysian Mysteries (Google From Orphism to Gnosticism), and created a written down dogma which threatend heaven and hell, and emphasized 'spirit' being trapped in 'matter', and that only through their purification rituals could the initiate be saved, and they diluted the sacrament

    So to get to the bones of what I am trying to say. What we NEED is not some silly divide and control nonesense of Christian versus New Ager and vice versa, but a total turn around and responsible radical understanding of the URGENCY of our situation. Realize that we dont need to bond with 'Jesus' or
    'God' or 'Quantum reality of Oneness' but with the Natural world. To SEE and FEEL what is actually happening, and authentic symbiotic relationship with entheogenic plants and substances are THE Medicine to help us with this!

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  20. part 1--
    It is both tragic and comical this fight between 'real christianity' and 'new age', because really they are coming from a similar solar based mythology

    LOOK--it comes to this people. The earth, home, the natural world, is very under attack. Species are becoming extinct and even BEES are threatened. Plastic is everywhere, and your probabaly breating it in as you go about. And non-ionizing radiation coming from all the proliferating technology is an invisible poullution affecting all of life--all the trees are being cut down, and....I could go on. So there needs to be RADICAL awakening.

    Read John Allegro, Jesus is referring to a psychedelic mushroom. This is connected with ancient paganism, and before where sacred vegetation were the sacred teachers...........You can see this in places like the 'New World' NOW where the oppressive forces of the Church and colonialism haven't 'completely' suppressed evidence and memory (though it is there to be found in mythology symbol AND hidden in the text)

    So is it a case we all just drop a psychedelic and hey presto we wake up? No. I have done a bog about this titled The Patriarchal Expropriation of the Sacred Fruit of the Goddess: Psychedelic Myth, and Madness

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  21. part 2--
    And I try and show how the Christian initiates which Allegro exposes, who DID take a psychoactive sacrament yet still interpreted the vegetation and experience in androcentric terms, and previously this has been the case when the philosophical Orphic cult infiltrated the more anceint and Goddess-oriented and thus earth-centred Dionysian Mysteries (Google From Orphism to Gnosticism), and created a written down dogma which threatend heaven and hell, and emphasized 'spirit' being trapped in 'matter', and that only through their purification rituals could the initiate be saved, and they diluted the sacrament

    So to get to the bones of what I am trying to say. What we NEED is not some silly divide and control nonesense of Christian versus New Ager and vice versa, but a total turn around and responsible radical understanding of the URGENCY of our situation. Realize that we dont need to bond with 'Jesus' or
    'God' or 'Quantum reality of Oneness' but with the Natural world. To SEE and FEEL what is actually happening, and authentic symbiotic relationship with entheogenic plants and substances are THE Medicine to help us with this!

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  22. Where did I tell you to join a certain church? I am not in one. One thing happening most do not know is many Christians [who want to follow the Bible] are coming out of the churches. Jesus Christ warns against the false church system of the last days, read Revelation 17. There are a handful of good ones out there but growing less in number. One's relationship with Jesus Christ is what matters.

    "'Jesus' is referring to a psychedelic mushroom."

    The Bible preaches against the mandrake, it doesn't endorse it. The mandrakes were for the mystery schools and pagans. There are many verses but even Galatians 5:19-21 which lists various sins, includes "pharmakeia" in the Greek, sorcery [which includes the use of mind-altering plants, worldwide.]

    I wonder if the blogger here {I still need to read more of the past entries, has explored amanita musicaria [a form of the "mandrake" but a mind altering mushroom this time], and how the Popes replicate it in dress. There are many who call themselves Christians but are anything but.

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  23. Isn't the underbelly of the Mormon religion freemasonry? I think it could be argued that masonic ideas are an aspect of new age thinking.

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  24. Hey Biblebeliever, don't know if you were asking if I have eat the amanita muscaria mushroom? I haven't but have researched into its history of use and effects, and personally know people who have eat it.
    Myself, I have had the psychedelic LSD, and also magic mushrooms, and yes I am familar with the Pope's dress and other religious art, and symbolism, influenced by that mushroom, but also other magical polants and mushrooms too, and this is as I said before obviously vegetation that inspire such deep experiences in us when we ingest them have inspired most of the mythologies and religions of the past.
    But how the *interpreted* the experience is another matter! This is a very important avenue of exploration, and one I personally am very interested in, because I see the urgency of our situation on earth with the prevailing power structures and hypnotized, apathetic, and oppressed peoples contributing to this ecocide

    Your post reveals the fact that the so-called war on drugs has roots IN the Bible with its condemnation of others eating what they want without some male authority telling them what they can and cannot eat----Who you call your 'God', your 'Jesus' who wrote your 'Bible' which is your authority. You just dont dig that its not a 'God' that wrote it--it is a patriarchal elite, and they know how to keep their readers puppets so they cant think or feel for themselves for fear of the 'Devil' and 'hell'. The Bibles 'Word-s' become a prison!

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  25. IF the Bible said that food was bad what would you do---not eat?

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  26. "The bibles words a prison" To all the bible thumpers out there. Insane, mundane,Dogma. Free your mind xtians of that matrix called Christianity. Chris what exactly is bad about the new age? For me it points to water, with the precession of the equinox. And hope for a better world. Dennis

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  27. Hmm, sounds like a nerve has been struck, good. I hope everyone remembers to keep it civil, as that moves knowledge forward for all.

    Recently I was reading some Valle on another method of Power/Control structures to keep abreast of the many different avenues the weird presents itself (so they know most promising avenues to look at and how to craft deception for the rest of us): outright fishing.

    "60GCAT: Why would the KGB or any intelligence agency perpetrate such an arcane hoax?

    Vallee: Well, let me tell you a little story. About fifteen years ago there was a group that suddenly appeared in San Francisco. They had a big party downtown. And they invited everybody who was anybody in parapsychology. And they made a little speech saying, "We have all this money from somebody who wants to do good and help research, we know that there isn't much money in parapsychology; we will entertain proposals for research, give us your best ideas; we will send it to a panel who will review it and we will fund the best research." After the party, a lot of people rushed home to their computers and typed in all their best ideas, sent it on--but the organization never existed, was never heard from again. Somebody was fishing.

    So having a cover as a group sometimes, a completely weird group, can be a convenient way of getting technical intelligence. It's a good way of doing technological assessment. So some of those weird groups could be used for that."

    Vallee on the UMMO phenomena: http://www.thejinn.net/jacques_vallee_interview.htm

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  28. Muzuzu- Let it rip! I ain't stopping you- speak it. You know you have a home here.

    Bible- You know, if you press an Evangelical believer enough, salvation will be his province and privilege alone. Maybe a few hypothetical Christians out there somewhere. That's the final apotheosis of the "personal relationship with Christ" concept. Any time any Christian does anything wrong or immoral they are immediately excommunicated, which is just a way of never taking responsibility for sins of the Church or face the shortcomings of its teachings. This is a modern American Evangelical innovation, a result of the atomization and schismatic nature of the culture.

    Traditional denominations will atone for the sins of the Bride of Christ. "Believers" (read: Evangelicals) usually run and hide, which is why they are completely unable to take responsibility for the crypto-globalism of the leadership, including their onetime superhero George W Bush. A kind of cognitive dissonance sets in, but one that ultimately leads to atomization and collapse. Which is why the new Globalist Evangelicalism will almost certainly be brought under a central authority.

    How many rants have we seen warning of the phantom "New Age One World Religion?" Well boys, the real One World Religion is here and you helped put it into place. Anyone who propagated the "New Age/Occult/Masonic One World Religion" mythos is an accomplice, since that kind of literature is hugely popular in Africa and other developing countries. It's also getting a lot of innocent people killed there.

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  29. Dennis- This ultimately is a freethought blog. I have plenty of issues with the New Age movement and have for a long time.


    Sydney - This falls under the "infiltration" aspect of the Secret War. However, Jacques is speculating about this group and its purpose, something we also see in Messengers. The UMMO group could have simply been a bunch of wackos. After the contactee cults, Vallee is right to be suspicious- we all should be.

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  30. In order to get real you have to sop worrying about getting a gold star from mr 'God' and being consigned to hell. You have to say ' I dont "CARE" if I go to Hell. I am gonna think and feel for myself and explore freely in this AMAZING life--which I am really in--what is happening'
    As long as some part of you is looking nervously over your chouilder to see if the 'Big Man' is pleased and etc then you not living fully. Your half-arsed :)

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  31. It really is fascinating how movements take on a symbolic effect in their formation. How the words 'new' and 'age' when tied together become the ''monolithic'' appearing Symbol of alternative spiritual and religous information.

    Looked at in a journalistic fashion it is easy to define as journalists take what is understood by the readership and public at large to be the determining factor.

    Yet when looked at more philosophically the strands of the 'new age' are very hard to grip hold of ... Perhaps this was what prompted you to write the post. Whatever the case it's given me a few days of contemplation :)

    Dan.T

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  32. Great post Chris. I love it when one more hole is pushed through the Demiurge's waxy and corroding exterior and we can see the paper-bound qualities of so called "Christianty" fry in the sunlight.

    The true act of creation is learning how to work it all. and we have a right to choose.

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  33. Oyin, yes, Mormonism is basically altered Freemasonry. Some time ago, I read ex-Mormon websites that showed the secret temple rituals, handsigns, priest dress of the Mormons, and it matched quite a bit.

    Muz, I know people who did mushrooms in college, but I hope you are staying away from them. Not very healthy stuff. [well the psychdelic ones, the normal ones are good}LOL. One things the "mandrake" drugs do, is open people to the spirit world, [basically demons]. This is why drugs like that are used in so many religions and cults worldwide.
    Actually the modern war on drugs is about implementing a police state, and profit, but I digress, the Bible warns against drugs of this nature because of the negative spiritual affects.

    Remember you are talking to an ex-Theosophist, [essentially I am an ex-New Ager and everything it entailed] I never did drugs, but I knew those who did them, not a good thing, whatsoever. Mental health problems, every dark thing coming into their life. Ive been around enough other substance abusers from an aunt who smoked pot every day, for 30 years, to another one high on pills, to know drugs of this nature do not bring any more "truth" to humanity, just more suffering, and degredation of the mind. That is why I find those with the belief that drugs bring "enlightment to mankind" hard to understand, haven't they watched the TV show Intervention, or seen the stoned out shells of humanity begging for change at the bus station?

    Chris, you are letting the false churches speak to you too much, they are the ones with no forgiveness, the Bible speaks of forgiveness of sin, not its opposite. There are Christians facing the sins of the "church" which is why so many have LEFT.
    This is one reason I am not in a "church", the modern churches around here with their praise of mammon and every new world order Middle Eastern war, and desire for new ones {Iran} is horrible. What we are in now is the time of the falling away, the majority of the churches and hirelings represent evil and even non-Christians with their God-given consciences can see it.

    http://galatiansfour.blogspot.com/2010/05/mean-christians.html

    There are many of us against the globalism, and realize the antichrist nature of the encroaching one world religion paired with a one world government. [the evangelicals following the neo-con pied pipers and Dominionists definitely have signed on to the luciferian side, whether knowingly or unknowingly]
    I never supported GWB and there are those out there like me.

    So this may surprise you but you are RIGHT that the fallen away war mongering evangelical leaders and spiritually blind followers did HELP put the one world religion in place. When Mormon media types can gather in the evangelicals together for a joint prayer service, that says something, since not so long ago, evangelicals warned about the false gospel of Mormonism.

    Muz, why would I want to think "I dont care if I go to hell" {Ive already been in that place, and almost did die young ending up there. Hell is real, it is not just a myth. I know some of you think hell is just something they use to make people afraid. This doesnt change the fact it is a real place.

    Dan the new age isn't new. Its old, very old. Mystery Babylon, the same lies in the garden Satan said, the same stuff the mystery cults sold.

    Anyhow overall, I hope Chris, you can realize some Christians out there are picking up on some of the things that is very wrong with the Christian church as a whole. The Bible does NOT teach go and conquer, and make war with the unbeliever. Luke 9:55-54. You are watching churches, and religious leaders that lost what Jesus Christ taught long ago.

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  34. I think Jesus was an ''absolute jew''.He NEVER denied judaism.He just brought it back to it's prime revelation : the ''kingdom'' within where everyone is intact in its excellence.Maybe christianity is just a trojan horse for that revelation alone. Don't we worry : )

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  35. I followed the link to Antonio Weiss' GUARDIAN article. I was quite unimpressed:

    "Today, estimates of Christians [in China] range between 40 million and 100 million." The 100 million figure is very suspect, as it comes from an article on the CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) website. A journalist who uses such a site as a reference does not exactly inspire confidence.

    The 40 million figure comes from a BBC report on a study sponsored by the East China Normal University in Shanghai. This report is problematic for two reasons. Firstly, the sample size (4,500 people) is quite small for such a vast country. Secondly, the BBC article states that "Their [the researchers'] methodology was not made clear,..."For that matter, even if true, a figure of 40 million Christians would only account for 3% of China's population. Given the combination of small sample size and vague methodology, I prefer to stick with the 16 million figure for Christians in China that was reported in the 2005 survey.

    Another significant error emerges when Weiss discusses the reasons for the alleged growth in the popularity of Christianity in China. Weiss' first reason (that people are turning to Christianity as a source of strength in tumultuous times) is perfectly commonplace. His second reason, however, is historically problematic. Weiss states that the Chinese are drawn to Christianity for its very foreignness, "rather like South Korea in the 1980s." One of the key reasons for the popularity of Christianity in South Korea lies in its lack of foreignness, as the early Christian missionaries made a point of allying their faith to Korean nationalism during the period of Japanese occupation. Even in South Korea, by far the most Christian society in mainland East Asia, only 29.2 % of the population identifies as Christian, a figure that is far exceeded by the 46.5 % who profess no religion at all.

    Zhao Xiao: Weiss seems to think that the Chinese elite have been influenced by Xiao's Weber-Tawney redux theories on the relationship between a successful market economy and Protestant Christianity, and that this accounts for their recent interest in Christianity in China. This is possible. However, it is equally possible that the Chinese government is simply ensuring its control over a potentially troublesome religion.For that matter, recent years have also seen a revival in Confucianism in China.

    Christianity in China: I might also add that Western observers have been prophesying a Christian China since at least the end of the 19th century. It hasn't happened yet, and Weiss' rather unconvincing article has not persuaded me that it is going to happen anytime soon.

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  36. 1. "You can start with the Family aka the Fellowship." I sincerely hope that you are not relying too heavily on Jeff Sharlet's THE FAMILY: THE SECRET FUNDAMENTALISM AT THE HEART of AMERICAN POWER. Frankly, the book struck me as an extreme exercise in political paranoia.I might also add that certain sections display a rather remarkable lack of historical insight.I actually giggled over his ludicrous take on Jonathan Edwards and Charles Grandison Finney. Before you ask, I am an atheist/agnostic, with very little, if any, sympathy for Protestant Evangelicalism.

    2. "I mean there was a struggle and the forces behind Evangelicalism won." : Since Evangelicalism is a mere epiphenomenon in your scheme, why do you waste time discussing it?I would greatly appreciate it if you devoted more time to discussing these "forces" that you feel are controlling Evangelicalism.

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  37. Biblebeliever said: Muz, I know people who did mushrooms in college, but I hope you are staying away from them. Not very healthy stuff. [well the psychdelic ones, the normal ones are good}LOL. One things the "mandrake" drugs do, is open people to the spirit world, [basically demons]. This is why drugs like that are used in so many religions and cults worldwide.
    Actually the modern war on drugs is about implementing a police state, and profit, but I digress, the Bible warns against drugs of this nature because of the negative spiritual affects.

    me: I disagree. The biblical authoritarian elite creates a taboo and prohibition against mind-CHANGING drugs for precisely the same reason the secular world does---to "suppress" consciousness. Because if they can control your consciousness they have got you haven't they? You cling to THEIR authority and are fearful of thinking and feeling for yourself.
    If you look at the military and cults in general this is the tactic they will use so as to stop any means of seeing through what they are about--which is hooking you to their belief system. Of course a plice state and profits are also included in this of course.

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  38. Biblebeliever said:

    Remember you are talking to an ex-Theosophist, [essentially I am an ex-New Ager and everything it entailed] I never did drugs, but I knew those who did them, not a good thing, whatsoever. Mental health problems, every dark thing coming into their life. Ive been around enough other substance abusers from an aunt who smoked pot every day, for 30 years, to another one high on pills, to know drugs of this nature do not bring any more "truth" to humanity, just more suffering, and degredation of the mind. That is why I find those with the belief that drugs bring "enlightment to mankind" hard to understand, haven't they watched the TV show Intervention, or seen the stoned out shells of humanity begging for change at the bus station?

    me: you sound very confused here in your reasoning and insight.
    For one you claim to never even had psychedelic experience? So how then can you condemn it if you've never experienced it?
    Also you seem to be confusing non-psychedelic drug taking with psychedelics.
    MANY people in this hard oppressive world do resort to taking drugs to 'self-medicalize' and/or escape. It can also be manic shopping, eating, self-harm, and manic bible preachin :)

    Thing is if you knew the research about psychedelic drugs, not only now but in indigenous cultures which go far back in time, you would know that they can very deeply HEAL chronic habitual destructive paterns of behaviour.

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  39. Biblebeliever said:
    Muz, why would I want to think "I dont care if I go to hell" {Ive already been in that place, and almost did die young ending up there. Hell is real, it is not just a myth. I know some of you think hell is just something they use to make people afraid. This doesnt change the fact it is a real place.

    me: Please don't patronize me. I have had hellish experiences too as I am sure many people have. I am not on about that, I am on about the Christian dogmatic concept of heaven and hell, where they describe the latter as being everlasting hell with the 'Devil' as 'God's' enemy. I am on about that myth, and the damage it does.
    That in the believers fear of all that nonesense THEY will create hells for others whilst thinking they are savin their own arses. Heard of the Inquisition? Or was that done by not-real Christians...?

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  40. "The Family" is interesting reading, take it further then Sharlet does and realize that the latest political Christian Riught trend is via the New Apostolic Reformation folks, and they defefinitely have their connections.

    http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/04/coalescing-of-christian-right-with.html

    Muz I know youd probably disagree with me. Just be careful of those drugs, you do not control their affects do you? The drugs control you. I do not teach blind obedience to anyone, and if fact spend a lot of time telling Christians NOT to blindly follow the politically compromised hirelings. So the authority I put first is God's. You are right about the military and cults, and the other uses of mind control. This is why I tell people go and read the Bible find out what Jesus taught, he didnt taught be a slave to the politicians.

    As for psychedelic experiences, havent you ever had a bad trip? As for the Inquisitions, those folks were doing Satan's work, [it is one of many reasons I reject the Catholic church] and I have written on my blog:

    " There are many antichrist workers in the world getting the minions ready. I once told a friend, that it won't be the non-Christians [who we should of course pray for and that they come to Jesus Christ] that will serve as the Christian's greatest foe, in the last days, but those who claim to be “Christians”. John 16:2 “They shall put you out of the synagogues; yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think he doeth God service”. How much in history has that been true? Remember during the Inquisitions they all thought they were working on behalf of God. History could repeat itself".

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  41. "No one can argue the fact that the Evangelicals won the secret war; when the still-Communist government of China is bankrolling Christian churches in hopes of sedating their stressed-out factory hands (shades of Animal Farm), there's no mistaking which faction is dominant in the new world order today."

    Nice! and @daniel_poeira's collary:
    "The more your workers believe in God and afterlife, the less you need to pay them to keep working."

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  42. Biblebeliever said: Muz I know youd probably disagree with me. Just be careful of those drugs, you do not control their affects do you? The drugs control you. I do not teach blind obedience to anyone, and if fact spend a lot of time telling Christians NOT to blindly follow the politically compromised hirelings. So the authority I put first is God's. You are right about the military and cults, and the other uses of mind control. This is why I tell people go and read the Bible find out what Jesus taught, he didnt taught be a slave to the politicians.

    me: Was 'Jesus' against sacred plants?
    Can you quote me where he warns off people using entheogenic plants and substances?

    Biblebeliever said: As for psychedelic experiences, havent you ever had a bad trip? As for the Inquisitions, those folks were doing Satan's work, [it is one of many reasons I reject the Catholic church] and I have written on my blog:

    " There are many antichrist workers in the world getting the minions ready. I once told a friend, that it won't be the non-Christians [who we should of course pray for and that they come to Jesus Christ] that will serve as the Christian's greatest foe, in the last days, but those who claim to be “Christians”. John 16:2 “They shall put you out of the synagogues; yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think he doeth God service”. How much in history has that been true? Remember during the Inquisitions they all thought they were working on behalf of God. History could repeat itself".

    The so-called bad trips can be the most powerful and the ones you learn most deeply from, because all the fears you face are part of you that you need to face, and not fight against.
    I sense you are an apologist for the Christian belief system. it expses itself for what it is such as the Inquisitions and you just clame the doers of that for being bad Christians which means your in denial WHy that could happen via that belief

    For example, did you not say before you believe in the Christian dogma of everalsting hell?
    And have you not said your God is against the use of psychedelics?

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  43. Establishment master-race wannabes will of course choose Evangelicals over New Age. To be a good Evangelical, you have to suspend or give up critical thinking. That makes them easily manipulated - something that happens in those churches every Sunday.

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  44. I see both sides as giving up critical thinking. Does that surprise you? And yes that includes untold numbers of evangelicals who listen to the messages of this world instead of God. Look any Christian who tells you not to use your mind, has lost the plot. God desires we use our reason.

    Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

    Heres the deal both the red and blue pill are poison.

    Muz yes Jesus Christ was against the mandrake.

    What do you think the "wine of Babylon" represents, all those references to drunkenness?

    1Th 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

    The people that did Inquisitions, was the pagan influenced Catholic church, not Christian at all. They were never Christians and directly disobeyed the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    When you are on those drugs, you do at least accept you are not in control of your own faculties. I believe the drugs open you up to other forces. Some that are definitely malevolent.

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  45. Biblebeliever says: I see both sides as giving up critical thinking. Does that surprise you? And yes that includes untold numbers of evangelicals who listen to the messages of this world instead of God. Look any Christian who tells you not to use your mind, has lost the plot. God desires we use our reason...

    me: But you dont practice what you preach. I dont see you critically thinking at all, or using reason at all. You are just blindly UN-critically following some old text written by men from a very different culture and era from your own long dead.

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  46. Biblebeliever says:
    Muz yes Jesus Christ was against the mandrake.

    What do you think the "wine of Babylon" represents, all those references to drunkenness?

    1Th 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

    The people that did Inquisitions, was the pagan influenced Catholic church, not Christian at all. They were never Christians and directly disobeyed the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    When you are on those drugs, you do at least accept you are not in control of your own faculties. I believe the drugs open you up to other forces. Some that are definitely malevolent."

    Well the irony!!! here we have a mythical character, 'Jesus', who IS really referring to a psychedelic mushroom given the script that taking 'mandrake' is forbidden? LOL
    Hmmm whats going on here then
    And by the way, taking psychedelics is not the same as drunkenness. Alcohol is a depressant, and psychedelic is psychhedelic. VERY different.

    Your not getting it about the Inquisition are you? Look--all you warn about, the language you use etc is of that ILK. Your worry about 'demonic plants' bringing you 'demonic spirits'. You dont think the torturing inquisitors thought the same?

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  47. ditzy she may have been, shirley maclaine's out on a limb made the new age genre viable for publishers.

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