The Importance of Transcendental Meditation in the Emergent Church
“The goal of the New Age Movement has consistently been to bring in the Age of Aquarius when all will recognize ‘the God within themselves.’ A major step towards this, in the words of the New Age prophetess Alice Bailey, is ‘the regeneration of the churches.’ Her vision was that, ‘The Christian church, in its many branches, can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness, and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished.’ In a word, she desired the time when the ‘Christian churches’ would embrace the New Age concepts of illumination and self-realization.” — Richard Bennett, Can Mysticism Lead to God
Alice Bailey (1880-1949) was an apostle of New Age occultism, and her writings were considered to some to be mystical revelations. She deliberately told the world the path it will be taking, and how it is going to be done–in essence, she provided a combined manifesto and blueprint. The fact that much of what she predicted has actually happened, gives even greater credence that her work really could be the design for the one Paul called “the son of perdition.”
Bailey’s writings were influenced by the works of Madame Blavatsky. Bailey taught, as did Blavatsky, a form of universal spirituality; the type that transcended denominational identification, believing that, “Every class of human beings is a group of brothers. Catholics, Jews, Gentiles, occidentals and orientals are all the sons of God.” She stated that all religions originate from the same spiritual source, and that humanity will eventually come to realize this; and as they do so, the result will be the emergence of a universal world religion and a “new world order.”
The late Marilyn Ferguson helped to further the efforts of New Age occultism. Ferguson also deliberately told the world the path it will be taking, and how the New Age Movement would conquer the world. As you read her book, you will see how she unashamedly opens the plan on how to create a world revolution in a matter of fact manner. She believed her plan would be a bloodless one, because of disenchantment with the current culture. Using the 60s as an example, she said that it was ripe for social turbulence, because of impotence of government, schools, medicine, church, business. She believed this same discontent will become ripe again, and the world will be willing to accept the philosophies of the New Age Movement.
The way her book was written, it appears that this discontent was intentionally engineered. Especially when you consider the new truth movement, and hidden political, financial, education, health and business corruption that has been coming to the surface over the past few years. As for a bloodless revolution, other New Age writing indicates otherwise.
As we continue… in Marilyn’s book Aquarian Conspiracy, from the chapter titled The American Matrix for Transformation, Ferguson explains how transcendentalism was a logical extension of the American Revolution – because it led to spiritual liberation, a freedom guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. It was because of this freedom that cults rose up during the 1800s, and were able to strengthen and find disciples.
Transcendentalism is a group of ideas in literature and philosophy that developed in the 1830s and 1840s as a protest against the general state of culture and society, and the state of intellectualism. Among the transcendentalists’ core beliefs are in an ideal spirituality that “transcends” the physical and empirical and is realized only through the individual’s intuition, rather than through the doctrines of established religions.
Most of the cults during this era were part of the Transcendental Movement, such as: Christian Science, Swedenborgian Church, New Thought, and Swedenborg, just to mention a few.
These cults borrowed from the Eastern religions, and adapted the material to suit the Western mind, which were materialistic, and worldly-centered. So, transcendental meditation was presented, not as a religious exercise involving initiation into Hinduism, but as an exercise for relaxation. Yoga traveled a similar path. It was presented as a merely physical exercises to relax the body, and enhance health. Because of the western presentation of these eastern spiritual exercises, vast numbers of Christians have involved themselves in them, some claiming to have ‘christianized’ them.
Thus, many involved in the Transcendental Movement are also involved in Transcendental Meditation (TM). TM helps the practitioner to enter altered states of consciousness, which leads to a “higher” self, often called the “divine-within.” In this altered state of consciousness, “all is One” — only one essence in the universe, everyone and everything being a part of that essence. The TM practitioner can meet angels or demonic (lying) spirits in this state when they have revelations in the spirit. It is my belief that since this is the overwhelming message communicated to all those who participate in TM, the experience will lead to the acceptance of the one world religion and world government. This can be communicated subconsciously by spirits, or by spiritual blindness caused by TM.
This desire by Rick Warren and the Emergent churches to teach TM opens the door to these spirits and the teachings of the New Age Movement. They are intentionally preparing their churches to accept the one world religion and the world government. This confirms Alice Bailey’s statement concerning the use of the Church to be a vehicle to bring in its evil agenda.