Channeled New Age "Teachings" (from 1995)
... and counter thoughts.
Back at the time that I was being "guided" by what seem to have been
New Age spirits (1995), I got quite a lot of "information." Most of
it was channeled (not through me); some of it was from books that I
was "inspired" to buy. At the time I thought the information was
true. Now, well ....
Here are some of the New Age claims and "teachings" (along with
what I consider better counter-teachings):
- One rejoins one's Higher Self after death; one's Higher Self is
one's true self, etc. (This same "Higher Self" was the cause of a
disastrous "vision quest" that caused me, and is still causing me
(over a year later) many problems.) I first read this in some New Age
commercial publications, but this was later reiterated by the spirits.
Counter-teaching: A friend has said that many so-called Higher Selves
that he's met have either been imposters, or the most arrogant
sub-personality of a person. It takes a mistake or a lot of careful
digging to find this out beneath the shiny veneer, but it's there....
- This is not explicitly stated, but some people seem to imply that
one is better off relying on one's Higher Self, rather than turning to
the Light/God. Counter-teaching: Considering that it seems that many
"Higher Selves" are imposters or are arrogant sub-personalities (see
above), is this a good idea? Considering that God is the highest
Source of good (wisdom, joy, caring, truth), is it good advice
to seek solace from a less-than-holy entity? Is anything that
seeks to turn one away from God really there for your benefit?
- The closer to the Light an angel is, the more the angel is bound
by rules. Counter-teaching: God is an advocate of free will; as such,
angels are creatures of free will, and all actions are voluntary.
Coercion/binding is a sign of evil, not of good!
- There are multiple universes, each with a different Light and a
different Dark (sort of in different colors). I later heard this
reiterated by some New-Age influenced people I met --- much talk of
"pink universe" and "yellow universe" etc. Possible conter: Some
people have described the astral realm as covering a spectrum of
colors, with those toward red being nastier, and those toward violet
being much nicer. The Light is (some have said) above all the
- Just as one is a part of one's Higher Self, one's own
soul-fragments are part of yourself. The spirits used various
trickeries to convince me that my soul was fragmented (they even used
cartoony character-actors to play the part of each fragment). I later
found channeled texts on the WWW that exactly mirror the "teachings"
that I received on this. Counter-teaching: it is possible for
souls to fragment, but not this ridiculously, and not for such trivial
reasons as "That incident with the stolen toy traumatized your soul."
- Learn and study and improve all areas of your life (as evidenced
by all the fragments wanting me to play the violin more often, paint
more often, exercise more often, etc etc; also, evidenced by advice to
brush up on foreign languages so as to please close relatives, etc). I
have found similar sentiments echoed in New Age texts.
Counter-teaching: While bettering one's talents is certainly not a bad
thing, one's motives need to travel in the direction of caring for others.
Self-centered self-improvement is not a path to giving freely to others.
- Destructive or selfish tendencies should be accepted and
incorporated. Counter-thought: How the heck is this supposed to make
anyone more selfless, caring, and a better person in general?? It
does make sense to honestly acknowledge destructive tendencies, but
then such things need to be cast off, especially if they are
externally (psychically) caused....
- Dissenting voices or thoughts in one's mind are signs of a
divided house or a fragmented soul. Such thoughts or voices represent
subconscious desires and needs that need to be fulfilled or placated.
Counter-teaching: Sometimes this may be true, but what's far more
likely is that a spirit hitch-hiker/parasite is attached to the person
for its own selfish reasons. Capitulating to those who advocate paths
that lead to self-destruction seems hardly wise.
- This one was a subtle impression, not a direct teaching. The impression
was that the Light (God) is a fairly passive entity. The angels are the
active ones. Meanwhile, the Light is a place of stagnation (or so the
implication went). Counter-teaching: I have since gotten the impression from
various sources (such as books) that God allows us to screw up, but is
hardly passive; it is the Light that sends angels, that offers advice, that
extends light and healing to those in need.
- There are several supreme states of being. Each is a type of
enlightenment. It is possible to reach such supreme states by taking
the path of darkness, or of light, or remaining neutral or somewhere
in between. At the moment of enlightenment, one can choose a different
path, or one can graduate and move to a different universe and start over
there. Counter-thought: How can a destructive path (such as darkness)
ever lead to enlightenment or true understanding? Not one major religious
teacher (such as Buddha) has ever encouraged such a thing. Buddha himself
taught that one must release desires and travel the path of compassion ...
which is very similar to what Jesus taught.
- Implied: All paths lead to the same place. Everyone will
eventually get to the same place. (While the particular spirits I
dealt with implied the universe-hopping route noted above, many others
seem to say that all souls will reach the Light at the end.) ...But what if not all paths lead to the same place?
- Reincarnation is fun and exciting and is a fast way to learn.
Reincarnate for fun and profit! Counter-thought: Gee, why have the most
respected religious teachers all argued against the path of death or
the path of reincarnation? Reincarnation is frought with perils, and
many spirits seem to encourage reincarnation for the purpose of "riding"
the incarnate (deriving pleasure from being able to experience physical
life without the pain of actually living in it). This is not to say
we don't have lessons to learn from life ... but it is to say that there
are other ways out.
- Karma demands that one reincarnate and replay karmic
debts. (I didn't hear this one, but I've heard it implied by other
New-Age-influenced people.) Counter-thought: Since when has God
become a loan-shark? I wonder how Jesus' words: "You are forgiven"
apply? Some say that karma is our own attachment to our own desires;
if we truly decide that we are free of something, we will be. As for
reincarnation: even some New Age writers have acknowledged that there
are other ways to work out karmic debts, such as by working for
others' sakes after death, without reincarnating. There seems to be a
very big lie floating around that one isn't allowed to enter the Light
UNLESS (something). What one desires or fears ultimately decides
whether one will reach the Light or not --- would God stop the
prodigal son from returning?
- Contracts are binding. Well, OK, I've heard conflicting versions
of this one: some imply this is true, some say this is not.
Counter-thought: Ben Swett tells a great story of a spirit who insisted
he couldn't go home, because he had sold his soul to the devil. But the
angel's reply was: "God didn't recognize the sale; come on home!" When
would God insist that one keep a contract made to a loan shark?
- Implied teaching: Don't pity the poor and the weak; they chose
their destiny and are evolving. Counter-teaching: Whatever happened
to compassion and humility? Looking down (as some do) on others
because they're "not evolved" is not a humble act. ("You're
suffering? Oh, it's just a stage, because you're not very evolved.")
Leaving people to their pains because "they chose it" is not an act of
compassion. Yeshua (Jesus) means "God saves," not "God sits
back passively and nods in approval as people evolve."
Final thoughts: There is, there must be, a better truth, a higher
truth, a purer and cleaner truth. The fruit of lies is broken trust,
cynicism, an inability to trust, an unwillingness to hope. Yes,
caution is called for, skepticism is important --- but it is
discernment that is critical. For if we completely give up hope, then
we too are lost, and we too feed the black pit of despair and
helplessness that we so despise in others. We must fight on for
truth, even if it is a long, bitter fight. Because there's Light at
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