The July 2008 issue of Charisma Magazine featured a story about Oprah Winfrey entitled "Oprah’s Strange New Gospel" by Ken Walker
In the article, Oprah, a self described "Christian Free-Thinker" is said to have reconciled her current beliefs with her Christian beliefs. She said she "took God out of the box." In the "box" were belief systems, rules and doctrines. She took God out of that box. WOW!
As indicated in The New Enlightenment Pt.1, our leaders must be challenged to repent, open their spiritual eyes, and fight the battle for Christ instead of the battle for popularity, book sales and associations.
Some examples of New Enlightenment materials making it into our communities through corporations and the educational system include material and teachings by The Pacific Institute or Seattle, WA. According to their advertisements, this self help and corporate human potential company provides services for slightly over 50% of America’s Fortune 500 Companies and a growing list of schools and private entities. Their program centers around current theories of cognitive science (CS) and cognitive psychology (CP). Their programs encourage visualization, meditation, identification of alpha states of consciousness, self talk (called affirmations), learning subjective truths and relativism. This is done in an almost occultic and extremist encouragement.
Here are some specific examples of elements of the program:
Pg. 37- "All that is comes from the mind; it is based on the mind, it is fashioned by the mind."
The Pali Canon, 500-250 B.C. (In Unit 5- How The Mind Works)
As if it weren’t problematic enough to be confronted with Buddahism and especially mind worship, either in the captive places of work or school (where religion is "supposedly" banned) the program goes even further by making arguments against elements of Christian religion seem normal:
Pg. 157- (regarding the problems with coercive motivation) "As a child, or maybe even as an adult, you outrun the flames of hell your whole life. You’re not trying to be good because of the right reasons to be good, you’re doing good so you don’t go to hell. That is restrictively motivating oneself."
Obviously, there could be any set of circumstance named that is known as "restrictive motivation" but in this case the course deliberately uses the Christian concept of Hell and paints a broad brush polemic against it in order to gain agreement against the concept. The greater aim is to gain agreement against Christian doctrine in general as the rest of the program displays.
Pg. 175- "What is the purpose of education? Let’s just say it’s to develop the causative power in every child. The causative power. Not positive, causative. It’s called self-efficacy."… "Efficacy, very simply means to cause, bring about or to make happen."…"Self efficacy is the appraisal of your own ability to cause or bring about or make happen what you want in your life." … "It’s your ability, your own perception of your own ability, to make something happen for yourself."Nothing wrong with encouraging positive action, and nothing wrong with encouraging human action but the overt humanism comes directly from the Paul Kurtz’s Humanist Manifesto 2000. That goal is restated as follows:
This next statement reveals the intents of this sort of program toward our children. Take a careful look:
Pg. 41- " The course of action I would like to encourage you to be able to translate to young people is this: it’s the quality of information that you hold here in your mind that determines your success. It isn’t luck. The locus of control is really inside of you, not outside of you. It isn’t in the stars, it isn’t in the horoscope, it isn’t so much outside as it is inside. The quality and quantity of your image of reality has a lot to do with the way your life goes."
WOW! That almost sounds right. But the "City Of God" as Paul Kurtz describes it, is systematically being replaced with the "City of Humanity". Further "the locus of control is inside of you." and the "quality and quantity of your image of reality has a lot to do with the way your life goes" These are clear declarations of metaphysical reality constructed by the mind.
Assimilation: Pulling ideas into the subconscious realm of our cognitive process therefore making new visions a part of our lives. After a student or teacher is encouraged to make a written "affirmation" which is problematic in and of itself, they are further encouraged to:
1-Read the words
2- Visualize or picture it
3- Feel the emotion
According to the material 21 Keys Pg. 103 –104 These things are known as the keys to proper Assimilation. When this is done your reality will begin to change on "the subconscious level"
Visualizations: To recall of form mental images from the imagination; to make perceptive to the mind; forethought; mental stimulation. Creative visualization is often a means of unblocking or dissolving barriers that we ourselves have created.
Meditation and Visualization according to occultists, this is a shortcut to unlocking all the mysteries of mysticism. In the 21 Keys program visualization is a major emphasis.
"You can teach your kids to stretch their comfort zones with visualization. That’s what we make affirmations for, to stretch our comfort zones. Have your students practice in their minds before they go to their next class. You’re going to be so good at this. You’re going to have them practice before they take the test, you’re going to have them practice before they get the play, you’re going to have them practice before they need to go someplace that’s new or fearful to them. You’re going to be good at this and so will all your students." 21 Keys Pg. 115
As mentioned this technique is a staple of most all New Age and occultic philosophical concepts. It attaches our emotions to couple it with the success and achievement of children. That’s the hook, create emotional attachment, call it "positive thinking" and slide in metaphysical elements to achieve the goal.
Affirmations: Usually found in religious materials and circles, the Pacific Institute has redefined affirmations as follows for this program:
"A cognitive act that establishes a specific course, direction, outcome or state of being for the future; a confirmation or ratification of a truth. Affirmations are written and spoken in the first person, present verb tense to emphasize their attainability."
Challenge Of Truth…Don’t Worry, They’ll Redefine It For You.
Upon closer examination PI’s definition of Affirmation is in part, "a confirmation or ratification of a truth" PI holds that all truth is relative to our preconceived notions, perceptions, belief systems and are therefore non-static and expendable:
"We are acting in accordance with the truth as we believe it; that’s the whole premise of this curriculum. We behave not in accordance with the truth as it really is, but what we believe it to be. If it’s not the truth, it doesn’t make any difference; we’re limited by it. We’re limited by our beliefs." 21 Keys Workbook Pg. AJ 41
This type of teaching holds that all prior beliefs or "truths" as we know them, are incompatible to future growth and development:
"Is your belief level really the truth? If you’re still stuck with a belief from your youth, even though it’s not the truth, it affects your behavior as an adult."21 Keys Pg. 47- (Unit 6 "The Truth as I know it")
Look at this type of gnosis (mystical knowledge) that the program encourages:
In 21 Key Unit 4 ‘Filtering My Thoughts’ a modified form of critical assessment is encouraged and strangely similar to information gathering in many modern cultic philosophies:
"When you know this you can set magnificent goals because you don’t need to know where the resources are or where the information is coming from when you set the goal. You don’t need to know, you just need to know that you can know. You set the goal then you find the information you need." 21 Keys Pg. 32
The 21 Keys Program as well as it's counterpart Imagine 21 encourages teachers to learn how to experience and teach subconscious psychomanipulation using the psychotechnologies contained within the program:
"The best time to affirm is when you’re in what is called the alpha state, or the daydreaming state. You’re naturally at the daydreaming state just before you fall asleep at night, and usually just upon awakening. Your subconscious is much more receptive to your affirmation in this state."21 Keys Pg. 104-105
Finally, another of the most popular concepts in the course centers on the ability if the individuals to use their imagination to create reality "on the subconsciousness level" Look at this:
I x V = R or "- I = imagination, V = vividness and R = reality or I x V = R. "So vividness means any time we get a clear picture with emotion and have it repeated, it becomes reality on the subconscious level." 21 Keys Pg. 65
This is just one popular program that introduces Eastern religion, redefines truth and moral values, teaches visualization and metaphysical reality, the identification of altered states of consciousness and is designed to retrain teachers so that they can retrain their students who happen to be….OUR children.
I had my fight and answered the call of God against much criticism. Go here to see for yourself. Be careful because these sort of teachings could be coming to your city soon, If it’s not already there.
Stay tuned for Pt. 5 where we discuss Gentle Reminder 911, the "May You Be Blessed Movie" and providing an update on the Oprah Cult watch.