The New-Age Hippie Spirituality is the "New Spirituality"

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    The hippie counterculture revolution is making a comeback and its leaders will soon usher in a new age and new world order. The spirituality of the New-Age hippies of the 1960s has found its way into many Christian Churches. This is causing a growing number of Christians to radically transform their faith so that it embraces the hippie New-Age Hindu/Buddhist spiritual philosophy. Many are doing this to prepare themselves and the world for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the fullness of the Kingdom of God on earth.

    The hippies' New-Age spirituality of the 1960s is now being called the New Spirituality. A big part of what is causing the New Spirituality to increase in popularity is the fact that modern-day scientific discovery has revealed that, both, the central foundational dogma of Christianity/Catholicism is a false dogma and Hindu beliefs and scientific truth are compatible.

    One of the leaders of the New Spirituality movement is the internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian Rev. Matthew Fox, a former Roman Catholic priest. He will be one of the speakers at "The New Spirituality" session during an upcoming Science and Nonduality Conference.

    Some of the people who have embraced the New Spirituality say they are of a " [COLOR=#0000ff][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#000000]new form of Roman Catholicism[/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]" and that they now have a " [/FONT][URL="http://004db15.netsolhost.com/sermons/archive/TheoCons/1246_1995TC06.mp3"][COLOR=#ff0000][COLOR=#0000ff][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#000000]new eschatology[/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/URL][COLOR=#ff0000][COLOR=#0000ff][COLOR=#000000][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]." They are beyond the dogmatic boundries of the Roman Catholic Church. However, they believe that eventually the Holy See will [/FONT][URL="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/the-other-side-of-the-catholic-tradition/2011/06/14/AGQuyeUH_blog.html"][COLOR=#ff0000][COLOR=#0000ff][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#000000]"deconstruct"[/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/URL][FONT=Arial] [COLOR=#ff0000][COLOR=#0000ff][COLOR=#000000][COLOR=#000000]the church and then establish a new church that will have the New Spirituality. I also believe that a new church will be established. And I believe that it will be named the Wahkon Catholic Church.[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR]



    More information about this topic is located at Hippyland/Coolove.org

    Article Review: by Wahkon (Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer)

    Excerpts from:

    The New Spirituality
    Dismantling and Reconstructing Reality

    Peter R. Jones

    Our culture is reaching a tipping point of momentous implications where the "New Spirituality" may well represent the next phase of the faith and practice of modern autonomous humanity, whose goal is nothing less than the construction of a new Sodom and Babel.

    Few were expecting this. Most merely saw a cloud the size of a man's hand appearing on the Western horizon. That marginal "hippy" revolution of spiritual and sexual experimentation would quickly dissipate. The real threat was secular humanism. The fact is this New Age "cloud of unknowing" has morphed into a perfect storm of latter rain that intends to irrigate the entire planet with the Aquarian "living water" of integrative monistic oneness.

    The cloud has become a tsunami; the Sixties' sexual liberation was not a mere dream of hippies who had opted out of public life. In fact, in a long march through the institutions, the "Flower Power" children cleaned themselves up and became the "establishment" them-selves. They have demonized the patriarchal society of Western and biblical civilization as the greatest expression of human evil, and replaced it with a radical egalitarianism that knows no gender roles and believes that the murder of unborn babies is not only settled law but vital to the emancipation of women. In one generation, this sexual liberation has become public policy. The ideas behind these social changes are deeply and spiritually pagan-as even a cursory examination of Romans 1:18-28 will show.

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    More excerpts:

    Indeed, the Sixties was a spiritual revolution that has now morphed into a worldview that promises to alter how we all believe and act in the planetary era. The New Age began to change when the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who died February 4, introduced notions such as tran-scendental meditation, "mantra," and "karma" into the mainstream through converts like the Beatles, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Mia Farrow, Merv Griffin, Joe Namath, and Deepak Chopra. Marilyn Ferguson published her significant work, The Aquarian Conspiracy with the significant subtitle Personal and Social Transformation in the 1980s, in which she asked hundreds of scientists, philosophers, and spiritual seekers to name the person most influential in their lives: first and second were Teilhard de Chardin and Carl Jung!

    Clearly, we were no longer dealing with chakras and crystals, but with a spiritual/intellectual worldview movement based on "spiritual" evolution and the new psychology of the subconscious. It was Jung who said, "We are only at the threshold of a new spiritual epoch." This epoch of the New Spirituality claims to be able to put our deconstructed world back together again scientifically, philosophically, economically, geo-politically, ecologically, and spiritually through the power of the myth of the divinity of Nature. James Herrick calls this movement the "New Religious Synthesis," and believes it has already eclipsed traditional "Christian" culture.
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    Except: The Major Themes of the New Spirituality

    God-The Christian God is transcendent, the pagan godhead is immanent.

    Jones believes that traditional Christianity views God as "transcendent", meaning God is above and apart from the universe. Theists generally claim that attempts to make God immanent in humanity and nature are pantheistic, and therefore, unacceptable to theistic religion. Jones also believes that the New Spirituality views God as being "immanent", or exclusively in the Universe and manifesting impersonally as the Universe. He is wrong about this. The New Spiriuality does not view God as being pantheistic, it views God as being, both, panentheistic (transcendent and immanent) and pantheistic (immanent), and ultimately, totally transcendent.

    Jones also believes that (in another way) traditional Christianity views God as "transcendent"... or, in other words, Jones believes that traditional Christianity also views God as being above and apart from human beings... and that Christianity's New Spirituality (a type of New-Age hippie spirituality) views God as "immanent" or within every person. This is true, the New Spirituality views God as being within every individual human being. And it views each individual as being essentially God-in the same way that Jesus is God, infinite, extending indefinitely, even beyond the boundries of the universe, being both immanent (in the universe) and transcendent (beyond the universe), and ultimately, totally transcendent, believing the universe will not last forever, but that God will last forever. Hinduism, likewise, believes that "what we know as our own self goes all the way to the point of absolute identity with the supreme Being."

    Excerpt: Nature-According to York, in paganism there is a "comprehension of nature's inherent vitality" reifying nature into "a divine object worthy of worship...[seeing] nature and humanity as essentially divine.

    The New Spirituality views nature as being essentially "divine," but it does not advocate worshiping It. Jones wrongly indicates that the people of the New Spirituality are pantheistic monists who worship Nature. Wikipedia states: Much Hindu thought is highly characterized by panentheism and pantheism. The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Yogi whose teachings the Beatles promoted, was a Hindu.

    When referring to the divine entity that is the expression of God that is immanent and exclusively in the Universe, and who is the Universe/Nature, or the "Earth"-including the cosmos that surrounds it, David Spangler, one of the founding figures of the modern New Age movement, wrote: "It is generally not accorded the status of being the ultimate source, or Creator, but might be looked upon as a great angelic or archangelic being presiding over the well being of the world, or as the gestalt, the wholeness of all the lives and patterns that manifest upon, and as, the earth."

    Another expert on this topic, Jame Lovelock, has compared the statue of this entity with the Roman Catholics' "Mother Mary."

    God Almighty, the God who can create and manifest a living and [essentially] divine entity from Its own spiriutal energy created "Divine Nature." God Almighty is the God accorded the status of being the ultimate source, or Creator, and It alone is worthy of worship.

    Father Mitch Pacwa, a world renowned lecturer, author, spiritual director and the host of TV shows on Eternal Word Television Network, is the author of an article entitled: Catholicism for the New Age: Matthew Fox and Creation-Centered Spirituality. In the article Pacwa stated that there is a type of panentheism called "explicit panentheism" and that it "holds that the creation is inherently divine and masks as pantheism." Pacwa also indicates that Fox is of this type of panentheism, which he believes is actually Pantheism.

    Actually this type of panentheism, "explicit pantheism", is not Pantheism as it is generally understood . This type of panentheism holds that only the immanent part of God, the part of God that is in the universe, is pantheistic. This type of pantheism is also called theopanism. Theopanism holds that God is, both, panentheistic and pantheistic. The Hindus call the pantheistic part of theopanism or "explicit panentheism" by the name Brahma. Brahma is the Universe/Nature or the Earth-including the cosmos that surrounds it. Brahma is earth centered and has a personality. A popular New Age and United Nations name for Brahma is Gaia. Rev. Matthew Fox uses this name for Brahma.

    Fox's expression of Creation-Centered Spirituality is "explicit panentheism." The expression of pantheism within "explicit panentheism" is radically different than the type of pantheism that holds that God is exclusively in the Universe, is impersonal and worthy of worship. New Age spirituality/The New Spirituality - and Matthew Fox's expression of Creation-Centered Spirituality is "explicit Panentheism" and it holds that Brahma/Gaia is only fundamentally good or divine and is therefore not worthy of worship.

    After reading articles and books by New Age movement leaders, I wrote:

    (1.) The belief in a world soul that is honored and prayed to, as is Gaia, by New Age Gaians, is not just a contemporary belief and spiritual practice. This belief and spiritual practice is ancient and found in both Eastern and Western culture.

    (2.) The world soul is a spiritual principle having the same relation to the physical world as the human soul does to the body. New Age Gaians of the New World Religion believe the world soul (Gaia) is not accorded the status of being the Ultimate Source, or Supreme Cosmic Spirit, but might be looked upon as an archangelic being, or Brahma in the Hindu religion, or the White Buffalo Cafe Woman in the Lakota people's Native American religion, or Mary the mother of Jesus in the Roman Catholic religion.

    (3.) The world renowned James Lovelock wrote: "What if Mary is another name for Gaia?" Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is not worshiped.

    (4.) When referring to Gaia as the world soul, David Spangler, one of the founding figures of the modern New Age movement, wrote: "It is generally not accorded the status of being the ultimate source, or Creator, but might be looked upon as a great angelic or archangelic being presiding over the well being of the world, or as the gestalt, the wholeness of all the lives and patterns that manifest upon, and as, the earth."

    (5.) Robert Muller (1923 - 2010), who was for a time the Assistant Secretary-General of the UN and called the "Prophet of Hope, wrote, "Hindus call our earth Brahma, or God, for they rightly see no difference between our earth and the divine." Brahma is not the Hindus Supreme Cosmic Spirit, or almighty God, and is considered somewhat corrupt. Hindus believe Brahma is divine, but most Hindus do not worship Brahma, or the Earth.

    (6.) The New World Religion views the world soul as the spirit of the "earth"-including the entire cosmos, physically manifesting itself as the "earth", or Brahma/Gaia, who presides over the well being of the world and is subject to the authority/will of God almighty.

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    A Hindu/Hippie New Age/Christian New Spirituality/Creation-Centered Spirituality (explicit panentheism) belief:

    Brahman/"Father" (God-who is monistic) manifested some of Its spiritual energy as an imperfect God called Brahma/Gaia. Brahma/Gaia then became the Universe. By manifesting as Brahma/Gaia and then creating the Universe, Brahman/"Father", while remaining transendent, also became, immanent, visible and personal to us for a while. The material Universe will be around for a while, but It will eventually come to an end. Its spiritual energy will then return to its source, Brahman/"Our Father in Heaven".

    The universe is a part (but not the whole) of deity. When viewing the Universe as a part of who God is, She/He is preceveive as God-immanent, personal and manifesting as a monistic oneness of all the cosmos. The medieval mystic Meister Eckhart states: "Being is God's circle and in this circle all creatures exist. Everything that is in God is God."

    In respect to the part of God that is immanent (in the universe) and manifesting as the Universe, it is true, as stated by Jones, that the 1960s hippie New Age "cloud of unknowing" has morphed into a perfect storm of latter rain that intends to irrigate the entire planet with the Aquarian "living water" of integrative monistic oneness. However, Jones' statement is ultimately incomplete, God is greater than the Universe and transcends It. And there is, both, a type of intergrative monistic oneness associated with the universe, and there is also a type of monotheism associated with the Universe.

    Pantheism is the belief that everything composes an all-encompassing, immanent God, or that the universe (or nature) is identical with divinity. Pantheists thus do not believe in a personal god.

    While pantheism asserts that 'All is God', panentheism goes further to claim that God is greater than the universe and transcends it. The Universe is the manifested part of God. The Universe is the pantheistic expression of God. But as It relates to God-in a panentheistic setting, It's a personal expression of God.

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    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

    According to Sehgal, "the Vedas and the Upanishads preach and propagate neither pantheism nor polytheism but monotheism and monism". There are many Gods, but they represent different aspect of the same Reality. Monism and monotheism are found intertwined. In many passages ultimate Reality is represented as immanent, while in other passages ultimate Reality is represented as transcendent. Monism sees Brahman as the ultimate Reality, while monotheism represents the personal form of Brahman.

    Jeaneane D. Fowler too discerns a "metaphysical monotheism" in the Vedas. The Vedas contain sparse monism. The Nasadiya Sukta of the Rigveda speaks of the One being-non-being that 'breathed without breath'. The manifest cosmos cannot be equated with it, "for "That" is a limitless, indescribable, absolute principle that can exist independently of it - otherwise it cannot be the Source of it." It is the closest the Vedas come to monism, but Fowler argues that this cannot be called a "superpersonal monism", nor "the quintessence of monistic thought", because it is "more expressive of a panentheistic, totally transcendent entity that can become manifest by its own power. It exists in itself, unmanifest, but with the potential for all manifestations of the cosmos.

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    Excerpt: To be sure, the New Spirituality is not an organ-ized religion, but neither is it a mere hodge-podge of unrelated notions. Scholars of religion identify two coherent types of spirituality: 1) esoteric (inner) pagan religion, the God within, finding truth within the human heart, since humanity is divine; and 2) exoteric (outer) theistic religion that finds truth beyond the sphere of nature and humanity in the person of God, Creator, and Redeemer. These two religious possibilities are radically antithetical, as Paul said with surprising clarity 2,000 years ago (Rom. 1:25)

    The pagan type of spirituality mentioned above could be put in the context of pantheism or panentheism and pantheism. Jones wrongly believes the New Spirituality preaches and propagates pantheism, when in fact it preaches and propagates panentheism and pantheism.

    God, who is Spirit and impersonable, both, transcends the Universe and is in the Universe, and while in the Universe...God is also immanent, personal and visible, She/He is the Universe. This is a type of pantheism/panentheism where God is precieved as being both personal and impersonable, visible and invisible, as well as immanent and transcendent.

    Here is a footnote excerpt from the book Autobiogaphy of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda:

    Father, Son and Comforter: These Biblical words refer to the threefold nature of God as Father, Son, Holy Ghost (Sat, Tat, Aum in the Hindu scriptures). God the Father is the Absolute, Unmanifested, existing beyond vibratory creation. God the Son is the Christ Consciousness (Brahma or Kutastha Chaitanya) existing within vibratory creation; this Christ Consciousness is the "only begotten" or sole reflection of the Uncreated Infinite. Its outward manifestation or "witness" is Aum or Holy Ghost, the divine, creative, invisible power which structures all creation through vibration. Aum the blissful Comforter is heard in meditation and reveals to the devotee the ultimate Truth.

    When Jesus disciples asked Him to show them the Father, Jesus said "when you see Me you see the Father." At the time, Jesus' identity was one with Brahman. Jesus had the ability to lower His identity down to the level of Brahma. So when Jesus said "the only way to the Father is through Me" He was in the Brahma (Son of God) state of Being or identity.

    Sri Yukteswar said: "Jesus meant, never that he was the sole Son of God, but that no man can attain the unqualified Absolute, the transcendent Father beyond creation, until he has first manifested the 'Son' or activating Christ Consciousness within creation. Jesus, who had achieved entire onenness with that Christ consciousness, identified himself with it inasmuch as his own ego had long since been dissolved."

    The path to the unqualified Absolute, the transcendent "Father" beyond creation is through the creation. We need to first become one with the Universe, who is an imperfect expression of God, and then we can become one with the "Father" who is perfect.
     

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