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The Crystallizing New Age

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  • Mathew Morrell
    Clearly it is non-sense to assert that the New Age and Islam are totally alike. Modern Islam is an ancient religion, complete in itself, with its own set of
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 16, 2006
      Clearly it is non-sense to assert that the New Age and Islam are
      totally alike. Modern Islam is an ancient religion, complete in
      itself, with its own set of rules and rituals, even an aesthetic.
      Islam reached its culture apex 1500 years ago, whereas the New Age
      movement is still in the formative stage and yet to fully define
      itself by any strict theological/philosophical standards. Slowly it
      is gaining breadth and depth by borrowing from diverse sources,
      incorporating Oriental philosophy, 19th century occultism,
      transpersonal psychology, Native American shamanism, neo-paganism,
      Gnosticism, into one rather large category. As it incorporates,
      analyzes and absorbs these sources into its body of experience the
      movement is becoming less etheric, less eclectic, and more definitive
      toward what it embraces and what it does not embrace. At this point
      the New Age is half solid, half liquid, on the one hand a loose
      collection of healers, writers, seekers, artists, on the other hand a
      multi billion dollar industry that garners the most powerful and
      successful churches in the world, i.e. the Unity School of
      Christianity (headquartered outside Kansas City), the Ramtha School
      of Enlightenment (out of Yelm, Washington), Transcendentalism
      (India), Anthroposophy (founded in German), and a whole mass of other
      esoteric and occult movements.

      Since the New Age draws from so many diverse sources---Buddhism,
      Christianity, Sufis-ism---it is easy to understand why all world
      religions are understood as equal; and that no religion is greater
      than the other; that all religions convey the same basic message; and
      that it is only a matter of choosing which religion, or no religion,
      suits the individual seeker. The objective is to discover the
      underlying truths inherent in all religions---truths that can be
      found only by pealing away the ritualistic dogma of tradition. Taken
      to an extreme, however, this level of ultra-acceptance can lead to a
      brand of syncretism that wrongly attempts to reconcile elements of
      religions that can't be reconciled. It is logically impossible to
      unify all the theologies of the world, without being vague and self
      contradictory. For as a result of leveling all religion to a
      horizontal plane of equality, they've flattened the mountain peaks;
      mixed all the world religions and native religions together only to
      produce a bland mush lacking substance. Recently we've seen Native
      American writers repulsed by "white shamanism"---Wendy Rose, Leslie
      Marmon Silko, Geary Hobson---who are Native Americans, disgusted by
      the misuse of their tribal belief systems.

      There is an element of silliness to the New Age that it shares with
      all Late Civilization religious movements throughout history, in
      which old expression-forms die, calcify from lack of growth, to be
      replaced by the meaningless, artificial, portentous---and silly---
      movements that surge up from the discarded waste of past greatness.
      From the painted porches on which Socrates preached, later grew the
      brittle mind-cult of the Logicians and the Stoics; and from his
      bleached white bones the hedonist---the pleasure-seeking
      Megalopolitan Man, i.e. the Epicurean. These world-wary souls of
      Late Civilization seek novelty and distraction, the nerve excitement
      of a psychic reading over the spiritual nourishment of holy
      communion; environmental dooms day cults over the simple steepled
      church on the corner; UFO conspiracy theories over the blissfulness
      of the Buddhist tractates; their interests lie in séances over quiet
      hours spent in meditative self-reflection; repetitive, dull, "spacey"
      pentatonic scales; Yanni over the day light intelligence of a Bach
      symphony. Silliness starts to evolve in Late Civilizations out of an
      inability to find genuine spiritual paths leading to self-
      actualization. In the New Age smash hit What the Bleep Do We Know?,
      even the most intelligent souls are made into mere buffoons
      attempting to objectively prove that the universe is totally non-
      objective; that instead of being real, the world is only what we
      think it is: a communal dream created by the subjective thoughts of
      the individual observer.

      What the Bleep? proves that relativism is starting to play a
      prominent part in New Thought philosophy. We can see relativism
      crystallizing in that part of the New Age that has hardened over the
      last thirty years, to become a movement that is no longer so diffuse
      and insubstantial. Now it stands for something, the doctrine that
      states that there is no universal truth, but rather personal truths
      based on a person's subjective experience. The relativist gravitates
      toward quantum mechanics and the many-world-theory because these
      sciences, according to their interpretation, seem to justify their
      world view. Rather than "the truth", "a truth". What is true, right
      and just is determined by individual perspectives, not on universal.
      No good or evil exists, only choices. Ultimately, reality is all in
      the mind. Relativism, taken to this extreme, leads to interesting
      conclusions, a number of which are elucidated in the docudrama What
      the Bleep Do We Know? If reality is all in the mind, then the mind
      must have the same form as reality. Mind-as-Reality is the
      philosophic root in a new age religion struggling to find itself and
      stand up on its own two feet. Again, there is no truth. There are
      only subjective impressions. Objective reality is, therefore,
      impossible in New Age thought. "There is no objective reality!"
      writes the author of Molecules of Emotion, Dr. Candace Pert, a
      molecular biologist whose home-spun philosophy played an influential
      role in the making of What the Bleep. Another scientist in the
      movie, David Deutsch, extends relativism to the realm of the self,
      saying not only our reality, but our self identity is relative. That
      is, our sense of self is an illusion. There is no single self---no I
      AM. We are a series of copies all existing on separate parallel
      universes. "Many of those Davids are at this moment writing these
      very words. Some are putting it better. Others have gone for a cup of
      tea." [He writes in The Fabric of Reality] David Deutsch's
      literalistic interpretation of the many-worlds-theory marks him as
      the "quantum fundamentalist" of the New Age movement.

      The movie achieved nearly universal acceptance in the New Age
      community. Therefore, it can be used as a barometer to gauge the
      general attitudes and thoughts penetrating the New Age movement as a
      whole. We've already seen that it is relativistic and syncretic, and
      that it is being inwardly compelled to explore the region outside
      traditional religious expression forms. Aspirants reject exoteric
      religion as a means of freeing consciousness, in favor of a mystical-
      disciplinary approach that includes meditation exercises. The
      purpose of these exercises is to free the individual from the
      biological/neurological constraints prohibiting humanity from
      becoming pure mind. Once freed from bodily constraints,
      the "ascended" master is without limitations of physical mass; he is
      pure spirit living in a virtual reality of his own making, a spirit
      capable of creating his own reality instead of living the inherited
      reality of his former masters, the Archons, or the gods, whom JZ
      Knight considers an alien race that created mankind to be slaves on
      the earth.

      JZ Knight is the channel who appears in What the Bleep? Off camera,
      Knight presides over the American Gnostic School, located in Yelm
      Washington, which offers weeklong training camps channeled by Knight
      herself. She is the true inspiration behind What the Bleep?. In
      fact, the producers of the film---William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark
      Vicente---all belong to the school, along with the star of the film,
      Marlee Matlin, and most of the cast. Critics accuse the movie of
      being propaganda designed to recruit new members. Although
      recruitment seems to be one purpose, this ignores why the movie is
      successful and enjoyed world wide acclaim. Currently it is the
      second highest grossing documentary in history, and was called "The
      Passion of Christ" for the far left movement. In a not so subtle
      display of Christian bigotry, Marlee Matlin's character attends a
      grotesque Christian wedding where everyone is fat and lecherous. The
      wedding forms the background as scientists' blast
      Christianity's "ugly superstitious concept of God". Elsewhere in
      the movie, while channeling Ramtha, JZ refers to the "backward"
      religion of Christianity that doesn't appreciate the fact that the
      parables of Jesus can be explained by photon waves and probability.
      Like David Deutsch, she has evolved into a quantum fundamentalist.

      Nonetheless we can't understate Knight's importance. Like no other,
      she has synthesized the chaos called the New Age movement,
      incorporating the science of neurology, quantum physics, molecular
      engineering, and combining these sciences to illuminate spiritual
      disciplines like remote viewing, meditation, field work, labyrinth
      work, and yogic breathing exercises. One might say she has elevated
      ancient wisdom to the modern age. Though the evidence is
      overwhelmingly against Knight being a channel for a 35,000 year old
      ascended master, her school continues to attract thousands of
      students, including celebrities like Marlee Matlin and Linda Evans.
      Devotees of the film also include pop singer Madonna and Michael
      Keaton, as well as a long list of prominent New Age writers and
      scientists. Through this little woman from Texas with her bleach
      blond hair, and silicon injected lips, the New Age is defining
      itself; it is realizing its potential; crystallizing what was
      formerly soft and etheric.

      Here is where the New Age and Islam meet---at a most delicate place
      and at a most delicate time. Jesus-as-Son is rejected. Instead they
      embrace Jesus as prophet; not Jesus the Redeemer, but Jesus as social
      liberator; not Jesus Judge of the Living and Dead, but Jesus as wise
      man. The Son is a clear theological contradiction within Islam, and
      also a contradiction within the evolving theology developing
      organically within New Age churches.

      "Those who say: `The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a
      monstrous falsehood, at which the very heavens might crack, the earth
      split asunder, and the mountains crumble to dust. That they should
      ascribe a son to the Merciful, when it does not become the Lord of
      Mercy to beget one!" [Koran 19:88]

      The theology of Islam stresses the complete otherness and
      transcendence of God so where God's direct involvement in the world
      would be unthinkable---even blasphemous. Saying God is apart of
      world, by bringing forth a son, would within Islam be the same as
      saying God is "of the world", which is a distinctly non-Magian, non-
      Muslim thought. Heaven and the world two are separated by dualism.
      Satan is of the world, not God. Yet Muslims believe that a
      historical Jesus existed in first century Palestine. Their own holy
      book states Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary, that he ministered,
      healed the sick, and that he was "lifted" up by God. It was Jews and
      Christians who misrepresented, and lied, about the events that
      transpire in the Bible. "The Jews say Ezra is the son of God, while
      the Christians say the Messiah is the son of God. Such are their
      assertions, by which they imitate the infidels of old. God confound
      them! How perverse they are?" [Koran 9:30]

      Muslims also believe that the crucifixion was a hoax. Jesus did not
      die on the cross, according to the Koran. Rather it was someone
      posing as him who died. The book Holy Blood, Holy Grail makes the
      same assertion, and has been dramatized in fictional-form into a book
      called The Da Vinci Code, which was made into a movie starring Tom
      Hanks. It would be impossible to underestimate the influence that
      these books have had on the New Age movement, and on Christian
      churches growing increasingly dissatisfied with Jesus-as-Son
      theology. The New Age believes all human beings are "sons" of God---
      not just Jesus. To them, it is ridiculously to say that God created
      one son, but made the rest of us bastards of the universe. To them,
      Jesus was the metaphysical "superman" who preached love, peace,
      tolerance and pacifism, but is not our Savior, not an inter-
      dimensional vehicle for our personal Salvation. More and more, the
      New Age is being defined by The Da Vinci Code, and Holy Blood, Holy
      Grail, two powerful works that achieve far-reaching conclusions
      concerning Jesus' nature. We can summate these conclusions as
      follows. Jesus did not die on the cross. He survived the
      crucifixion, married Mary Magdalene, had offspring, and lived in
      Western Europe. His blood line gave birth to the Merovingian line of
      royalty. This blood line is the Holy Grail, guarded by the

      Mathew Morrell
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