Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Politics Of NewAge Spirituality

*Looking at the links is a very important part of this post. I will continue adding more updated links over time to make the point even clearer:

"Somehow over the decades there's been a revolution in morals. Deficits, obfuscations and trickeries that were once unthinkable are now the norm."

That's the New York Times's David Brooks discussing politics, but really discussing the influence of NewAge occult thinking on American society as a whole. Don't believe me? Look at this definition of NewAge from the very-Christian Watchman Fellowship:

"Man is not sinful since his true essence is divine and perfect. The only discontinuity between man and 'God' is man's ignorance of his unlimited potential. Man is divine. He creates his own reality. Absolute truth is replaced by relativistic, subjective experience."

And here's one, from Lawrence A. Pile, while commenting on NewAge's effect in the secular world of management:

"There is no ultimate distinction between God and creation, or between one individual and another. The distinctions we see are unreal or illusionary. This means (among other things) that God and man are the same,...if man is God, then man has unlimited potential, able to accomplish anything he desires,...further, if "all is one," then there are not only no distinctions between God and man, there are also no distinctions between truth and falsehood, right and wrong, good and evil. In fact, all distinctions are mere illusion,...thus, the problem of humanity,...is that we have forgotten our own divinity. This lapse of memory must be overcome by undergoing what is called a 'paradigm shift,' a drastic change in the way we view the world around us."

So, pretty much, people are becoming full of themselves, doing whatever they want, without anyone caring about right or wrong, which allows for "deficits, obfuscations and trickeries that were once unthinkable" to occur on a regular basis. And if others get hurt? Well, those people should have joined the I'm Divine And Will Hurt You Party already.

Remember: Because there's no right or wrong in occult thinking, eliminating anyone that can't forget there's a right and wrong is O.K.. Actually, they must be eliminated, otherwise believers could be reminded they do bad things. And they can't have that, can they? They're "divine". Plus, the betrayal of the last occult-inspired good time - The Holocaust - was enough for most people.

Look at the happy Auschwitz workers above. Can you imagine those smiling faces once someone showed up and said "Killing the Jews is wrong"? The Nazis were occultists. Nazis believed in the "ancient" teachings so many feel compelled to study these days. That's what inspired the Steven Spielberg movie Raiders Of The Lost Ark - and it explains why Germans, instinctively, hate cults like Scientology. They've been there already.

The whole "reaching your full potential" route - becoming health-freak "supermen" who will "save the planet" by redefining right and wrong for others - that didn't work out too well. But the Nazis that made it to America brought many of these ideas with them, teaching at the Esalen Institute and Stanford. For instance, former-Nazis, like Carl Jung and Jakob Wilhelm Hauer, brought yoga to the West. NewAgers are on the same occult trip but, this time, without the immediate taint of Nazi violence. "Occult" means "hidden" and these are ideologies with a lot to hide - preferably right under your nose.

"There's a long history of embarrassing siblings, wives, children; candidates ought to be thankful that the public really doesn't care."

- Robert Watson, a political scientist at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, quoted in the Christian Science Monitor.

"In the Pew polls, the biggest turnoffs in a presidential candidate – atheism and a lack of political experience – had little to do with their divorce count or the number of phone calls they get each week from their children."

- From the same article

See? "The public really doesn't care." So someone betrays the people who loved them most - who cares? There's no right and wrong, and the only people they hurt are the people who they, previously, defined right and wrong for - their wife, kids, and friends. Who cares if they put them in Hell? The occult is all about Hell for anyone who was dumb enough to actually believe what they said - that believed in right and wrong. And that's not you - you don't trust politicians, right? And even Hitler hated atheists.



It's all so simple when seen that way. Those ignorant people, who believe in ethics and morals; they deserve the pain they get at the hands of those who don't.



So who are the NewAgers? It's pretty much anyone who's bought into the culture-covering tapestry of the following:

Astrology, auras, black and white magic, bioenergy, Brahman, Buddhism, chakras, chi energy, Christ-consciousness, Christian Science, Church Universal & Triumphant, crystals, Druidism, Eastern mysticism, ESP, est, extraterrestrials, The Landmark Forum, firewalking, Gaia, gnosticism, Hare Krishna, higher consciousness, Hinduism, Homeopathy, human potential movement, Kaballah, karma, Magick, Mind Science, Native American spirituality, near-death experiences, neo-paganism, nirvana, parapsychology, prana, psi, psychic, reflexology, reiki, reincarnation, Religious Science, shamanism, Silva Mind Control, spiritism, Tai Chi, Taoism, tarot cards, Theosophy, therapeutic touch, trance-channeling, Transcendental Meditation, transpersonal psychology, UFOs, Unity School of Christianity, Witchcraft, yin-yang, Yoga, and Zen.

C'mon - you're in there somewhere - you planet-saving, yoga-using, Buddhist health-freak you.

No, these are not just the tin-foil hat crowd. They're as common as Catholics. They're the people who are always suggesting one should "keep an open mind" - but not so open you can think they might be wrong or don't know what they're talking about:





And, obviously, such people seem to be everywhere now. Listen to this description of Hana, on the east coast of Maui, Hawaii:

"This remote fleck of paradise some 52 miles, 617 hairpin curves and 56 one-lane bridges away from the nearest city possesses mana, “a life energy,” an unseen spiritual force,...recent émigrés like Woody Harrelson, Kris Kristofferson and George Harrison. Most recently there is Oprah the Divine,...Paul Fagan, a paternalistic San Francisco zillionaire,...various Gettys, Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco (above) and other A-list haole."
"Oprah the Divine". Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? (Courtesy of the New York Times.) It does sound good, as long as you ignore the fact that she promotes every bad idea under the sun and causes great harm to people by doing so. Oprah keeps "an open mind" about everything. And she's everywhere - America's highest paid celebrity - which is all that matters. She can do no "wrong" because there is no "wrong" to do in her world of "find your own truth.".
My point is, despite their ubiquitousness, there are places believers gather. They call them "power spots". In America, they're mostly well-known places like Mount Shasta, Sedona, Arizona, Boulder, Colorado, and (of course) Burning Man. In politics, there's Bill Clinton's Global Initiative and many other places where people gather to decide what to do with the rest of us. Listen to Bill discussing raising our "higher consciousness" at Davos (yes, I've shown this clip before, but I love it):



It's all so tacky. So much hubris. A man who openly cheated on his wife (giving others the impression it's cool to betray your loved ones) while letting Osama bin Laden freely kill Americans (but now complains the president isn't going after him correctly) and who now hangs out with con men like Tony Robbins (above) is also deciding he knows, along with his rich friends, what's best for the rest of us. That takes balls.

But, since he and "Saint Hillary" are NewAgers (she even helps bad-mouth his lovers) it's all "relativistic, subjective experience" that counts, so - in Bill's own NewAge mind - they're A-O.K.. Until - just like the Nazis - somebody calls them on it.

So, being the political beast that I am, I'm calling them on it. I'm calling all the NewAgers on it. It's time for this nonsense to stop before more people (or our country) gets hurt - just as Germany did - by occult ideas.

As we should have learned after WWII, ideologies are dangerous things. They don't conform to reality, that's why so many are demanding we conform to the occult ideas they - no matter what their stripe - decide to embrace.

San Francisco, of course, is a power spot. And a quick look at today's San Francisco Chronicle reads like primer - with my links as an expose - on popular occult ideas and how they fit in real life:

Just another wild ride at 15th anniversary of Critical Mass in S.F.

This is the headline of an article celebrating the group-think that regularly attacks people with violence who commit the crime of driving cars.

President's switch on climate criticized as lacking new policy.

Here, the paper ignores the idea that the president might have bigger priorities or that the environmental movement has been taken over by ideologues.

The Sunset District's new supervisor meets the people.

This is good because Supervisor Carmen Chu (above) just hours after being appointed by the NewAge mayor, Gavin Newsom, admitted she got the job though "I don't presume to know much about District 4."

Nourishing souls with the poems of a great mystic.

Because we all know how important words from the "great mystics" (from the year 1207) are to us all. Why it's enough to make you think Osama bin Laden's 13th century philosophy is right on target, right? I mean, NewAgers always say "People are free to believe what they want to believe." And - since nobody's actually thinking - who needs their head for that?

But, when it comes to politics, you do need your head. You do need to make distinctions. You have to make choices, between good and bad, right and wrong. You have to learn to separate your beliefs from reality because your beliefs aren't reality:

They're just your beliefs.

And - in the serious business of politics - forgetting that can get us all killed.

11 comments:

  1. "Astrology, auras, black and white magic, bioenergy, Brahman, Buddhism, chakras, chi energy, Christ-consciousness, Christian Science, Church Universal & Triumphant, crystals, Druidism, Eastern mysticism, ESP, est, extraterrestrials, the Forum, firewalking, Gaia, gnosticism, Hare Krishna, higher consciousness, Hinduism, Homeopathy, human potential movement, Kaballah, karma, Magick, Mind Science, Native American spirituality, near-death experiences, neo-paganism, nirvana, parapsychology, prana, psi, psychic, reflexology, reiki, reincarnation, Religious Science, shamanism, Silva Mind Control, spiritism, Tai Chi, Taoism, tarot cards, Theosophy, therapeutic touch, trance-channeling, Transcendental Meditation, transpersonal psychology, UFOs, Unity School of Christianity, Witchcraft, yin-yang, Yoga, and Zen."

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    WHat do all these things have in common, besides the fact that they aren't Christian?

    Don't you argue that "there is no difference because we are all one" is a lie?

    Follow that line of reasoning : An Hare Krishna, a Buddhist and a Hindu aren't "all one" either.

    There are DIFFERENCES, aren't there?

    Or does that only apply when you feel like it?

    "All Asians look the same to me!" Is that the deal here?

    It sounds to me like you are making up "your own reality" as you go, just like the new agers you condemn, quite frankly.

    I find this to be very childish and an intellectually lazy approach. And your strained attempts to somehow connect "Eastern mystcism" with the Third Reich are of course beyond the pale and laughable.

    Ghandhi and Hitler were both vegetarians too - does that make the Hindu owner of the corner store near my apt. responsible for Auschwitz? Give me a break.

    You need to put down the Christain conspiracy literature and go outside and talk to some real live human beings for a change.

    While I don't know you personally it certainly seems to me from reading this "web log" that what you are doing now is obsessive and unhealthy.

    Good luck.

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  2. "WHat do all these things have in common, besides the fact that they aren't Christian?"

    As an atheist I have a problem with all of it. And when I did "go outside and talk to some real live human beings for a change" they all seem to focus, exclusively, on Christianity as a problem - allowing new age beliefs to get a pass - no matter what kind of harm it causes. I find that bizarre. I'm familiar with the horror stories associated with new age beliefs - something most people want to deny even happens - though they are all well-versed on, say, the Catholic church and pedophilia, and want it stopped. Why allow one and not the other? Especially when that's exactly what cults want?

    "Don't you argue that 'there is no difference because we are all one' is a lie?"

    No, I say spiritual ideologies are a lie. I don't care which one you pick.

    "Follow that line of reasoning : An Hare Krishna, a Buddhist and a Hindu aren't 'all one' either."

    Sure they are: they're all spiritual beliefs.

    "There are DIFFERENCES, aren't there? "

    No. They all coax people to escape logic and reason.

    "Or does that only apply when you feel like it?"

    No. I wish such things had never entered my life. But there they are, whether I feel like them or not. I don't rely on my feelings for too many things.

    "'All Asians look the same to me!' Is that the deal here?"

    No. "All spirituality is the same to me!" is closer to the mark. What you're proposing is racist.

    "It sounds to me like you are making up 'your own reality' as you go, just like the new agers you condemn, quite frankly."

    I can't "make up" my reality: I was a foster child. Being surrounded by beliefs was handed to me from birth. I don't have to like it.

    "I find this to be very childish and an intellectually lazy approach. And your strained attempts to somehow connect "Eastern mystcism" with the Third Reich are of course beyond the pale and laughable."

    Laugh all you want. I didn't put Carl Jung's introduction in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. I didn't tell Steven Spielberg to research the Nazi SS and find the occult. What you find "intellectually lazy" is my acceptance of metaphysical thinking (or unconscious symmetrical thinking) on it's own terms. It isn't supposed to look intelligent to outsiders. Do you think a homeopath looks "intelligent" to me? No. But there are people who are MDs that swear water is medicine. I have to deal with that - and try to explain it to others. People like Oprah. I look silly saying she hurts people but that doesn't make me wrong.

    "Gandhi and Hitler were both vegetarians too - does that make the Hindu owner of the corner store near my apt. responsible for Auschwitz? Give me a break."

    No, but it does mean the guy at the corner store believes some pretty bizarre shit, just like Ghandi and Hitler did.

    "You need to put down the Christain conspiracy literature and go outside and talk to some real live human beings for a change."

    I did. They told me to see an astrologer. So I went back inside and started this blog. I read all kinds of shit, secular, spritual, and religious. Christians have actually done a lot of good work on investigating new age thinking. They see the threat, though to them, it's a threat to Jesus.

    "While I don't know you personally it certainly seems to me from reading this 'web log' that what you are doing now is obsessive and unhealthy."

    It is - no doubt - but as long as people insist on believing things that hurt me, personally, I've just got to do what I've got to do. Believing things does have consequences - for others - y'know? Look at all the people killed because Newsweek spread the bogus story that U.S. Marines flushed Korans down the toilet. These things happen, on a large and small scale, all the time. It would be better if we just stopped with the nonsense and tried to be logical. Like saying to ourselves, "You can't flush a Koran down the toilet - it's a square-shaped book." That simple, logical, calculation would've made Newsweek a better magazine - and saved a lot of lives.

    "Good luck."

    Thanks.

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  3. I would suggest you read my posts on the homeopathic "doctor" in Nevada who, recently, killed two people. And, especially, look at this link:

    http://faculty.uml.edu/sgallagher/NIRB.htm

    Then tell me if my outlook is "unhealthy" or if everyone else is blindly allowing a concern for their health to kill people. I think it's funny how the political scientist that made that site (and whose sister was killed) and a family of real doctors (whose father was killed) are all as "unhealthy" as I am. Remember:

    They killed my mother-in-law too.

    http://themachoresponse.blogspot.com/2007/08/wade-in-water.html

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  4. And one more thing:

    Not only is it "funny" that what I'm doing is seen as unhealthy but (in a black humor kind of way) it's "hilarious" that these new age deaths can occur - right under everyone's noses - and speaking against them is labeled "unhealthy". Like openly murdering people IS healthy.

    It's really a sick joke.

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  5. "Your strained attempts to somehow connect 'Eastern mysticism' with the Third Reich are of course beyond the pale and laughable."

    From today's Wall Street Journal Opinion Page about this story:

    "Before it was the symbol of National Socialism, the swastika was a Hindu emblem of good luck."

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  6. The danger in your post is the broad brush you're using. Let's touch on the subject of the Inquisition and the Crusades if you'd like to start talking about the lethality of religion.

    I am a Christian, but I strongly disagree with you.

    The idea that we are all connected is even mentioned in the Bible, "For in him we live and breathe and move about."

    Your stance puts you right on track to start burning people at the stake, it is intolerant and not well documented.

    The problem is not one spiritual belief or another, it is the fact that people are taught to pigeon hole logic into one box, spirituality into another. We segment off our 4 modes of experiencing the world into tidy little compartments, this is physical, this emotional, this is spiritual, this is intellectual. And when we do that, we very often lose the reality.

    I do not believe that all New Age philosophy is inherently bad or linked to evil. I think the departure from personal accountability and accepting statements as fact without properly checking sources is.

    I would agree with you that there certainly is a right and wrong, but Christ said himself that the spirit of the law outweighs the letter of the law.

    There will always be those who want to blow of their responsibility and there are certainly many people claiming their tie to Christianity who manipulate, lie and steal, and worse still do it in the name of our Lord.

    Most of the fundamental truths permeate all the major religions of the world. Certainly "Love thy neighbor as thyself" has mention in Judaism, Hindu, Taoism, Buddhism. The way it is said may vary slightly, but the truth is present all the same.

    Your stance on this topic is that of the dragon slayer and quite honestly, I find it to be fear based thinking.

    Remember one more thing, "Let him without sin cast the first stone."

    All the best!
    Bill White
    Synchronicity

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  7. Dear Bill,

    I'm not defending Chritianity. When you say "I am a Christian" what you are saying, to me, is "I live in a world of make-believe as well", so it doesn't surprise me that you'd defend new age beliefs. I know such beliefs are from a time when people thought the sun and moon revolved around the earth, so I don't regard either as valid (That's my "broad brush" and I think it's accurate.). Furthermore, it was Christians who burned people at the stake, so, please, let's not lay that at my doorstep.

    You may believe it is "fear based thinking" that drives me (and, considering it's believers that have always hurt me, I can understand that) but you'd be wrong: it's a respect for sanity that is my motivation. I think of belief, itself, as a fact of history - I know I live in a country started by men who based much of it on Judeo-Christian values - but not as a fact of existence and, especially, not as anything that I have to respect in 2007. My life-long lack of "faith" is proof that belief isn't necessary to live. And while you may choose to exclude believers "who manipulate, lie and steal, and worse still do it in the name of our Lord" to maintain your belief, I will do no such thing:

    I, Sir, have no "Lord".

    I appreciate you writing in but I wonder if you can come up with anything but what the Bible says to defend your position - I'm providing links to real information of people being conned and killed by beliefs - so, respectfully, I ask you:

    What else have you got?

    Because, honestly, "the Bible tells me so" isn't going to cut it around here.

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  8. "Follow that line of reasoning : An Hare Krishna, a Buddhist and a Hindu aren't 'all one' either."

    Sure they are: they're all spiritual beliefs.

    "There are DIFFERENCES, aren't there? "

    No. They all coax people to escape logic and reason.

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    So you are saying that all beliefs are the same then? If they are all the same then why do you go out of your way to bash asian cultural traditions. This doesn't make sense unless you are simply a bigot.

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  9. O.K.:

    I'm a bigot in favor of "thinking" - screw beliefs - Asian or otherwise. They're all nothing but trouble - as the link I posted (to Bill White) proves.

    Anything to say about that?

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  10. This will not have effect as a matter of fact, that's what I suppose.

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