Shepherding & Charismatic Movements
to Cosmic Consciousness
give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all
things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate
witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this
commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the
appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he
shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the
King of kings, and Lord of lords;
only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which
no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen,
nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting.
Jacob Boehmes and George Fox's mysticism, it is described in
New Age writings as "cosmic consciousness." Evelyn
Underhill, a New Age Gnostic, writes: "Cosmic
Consciousness...is seen at it's full development in the
mystical experiences of Boehme, Fox and Blake..." 32.
contemplation appears ... the Subject ceases to perceive
himself in ... his general consciousness. He is raised above
himself .... In this state ... the mystic is conscious of
being in immediate relation with God Himself; of
participating in Divinity." 33.
Headquarters for AMORC,
which stands for Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, has
it's headquarters in San Jose, California. The headquarters
also houses the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. According to
their definition, mysticism is part of experiencing the Divine
or Cosmic Consciousness.
Rosicrucian path incorporates both metaphysics and
mysticism. Metaphysics is that which falls beyond the
five physical senses; for example, intuition, visualization,
and healing techniques....Mysticism is simply the process by
which you may eventually experience direct, conscious union
with the Absolute, Divine Mind, Universal Intelligence, or
what some Rosicrucian students call the God of their Hearts.
This is not done by adhering to specific tenets or beliefs,
but by learning and applying natural laws which, over time,
allow you to experience Divine or Cosmic Consciousness. The
Rosicrucian Order does not attempt to define the nature of
the deity." 33B.
James’ “Gifford Lectures,” delivered in Edinburgh,
discuss mysticism and cosmic consciousness in depth. He
related the experience of psychiatrist, Dr. Bucke, who also
characterized the mystic phenomena of Fox and Boehme as
the least mystical of you must by this time be convinced of
mystical moments as states of consciousness of an entirely
specific quality...A Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. R. M. Bucke,
gives to the more distinctly characterized of these
phenomena the name of cosmic consciousness.
Consciousness in its more striking instances is not,”
Dr. Bucke says, “simply an expansion or extension of
the self-conscious mind with which we are all familiar,
but the superaddition of a function as distinct from any
possessed by the average man as self-consciousness is
distinct from any function possessed by one of the
prime characteristic of cosmic consciousness is a
consciousness of the cosmos...the life and order of the
universe...there occurs an intellectual enlightenment
which alone would place the individual on a new plane of
existence--would make him almost a member of a new
species...With these come what may be called a sense
of immortality, a consciousness of eternal life,
not a conviction that he shall have this, but the
consciousness that he has it already." (Cosmic
Consciousness: a study in the evolution of the human
Mind, Philadelphia, 1901, p. 2)
Bucke's own experience...which led him to investigate
others... 'My mind...was calm and peaceful. I was in a state
of quiet, almost passive enjoyment, not actually thinking,
but letting ideas, images and emotions flow themselves, as
it were, through my mind. All at once...I found myself
wrapped in a flame-colored cloud. For an instant I thought
of fire...the next I knew the fire was within myself...there
came upon me a sense of exultation, of immense
joyousness... immediately followed by an intellectual
illumination impossible to describe...I saw that the
universe...is a living Presence; I became conscious in
myself of eternal life. It was not a conviction that I would
have eternal life, but a consciousness that I possessed
eternal life then; I saw that all men are immortal...cosmic
order is such...all things work together for the good of
each and all..." 34.
James Moffett relates: "The main criterion Richard Bucke
used in determining which individuals have entered cosmic
consciousness was their experience (which he once had himself)
of being immersed in a flame or a rose-colored cloud
accompanied by joyous exaltation and an illumination of the
world as a whole." 34B.
perhaps noteworthy that Moffett's suggested reading list for
Universal Spiritual Traditions include:
Hall~ The Secret Teachings of All Ages;
Max Heindel~ The
Rosicrucian Cosmo Conception;
Aldous Huxley ~ The Perennial
Eliphas Levi~ The History of Magic;
The Egyptian Book of the Dead; Walter
Mercea Eliade~ Shamanism: Archaic
Techniques of Ecstasy; Gershom Scholem ~ On the Kabbalah and
Dionne Fortune ~ Mystical Qaballah;
Steiner~ Christianity as a Mystical Fact & Occult
Mysteries of Antiquity, which "describes...the true,
esoteric Christianity, kept alive by heretical groups like
the Bogomils and Albigensians."
fire and other manifestations described by Bucke and Moffett
are described with Kundalini experiences, Toronto Blessing,
Azusa Street, the Keswick, Fire/Holiness movement and sorcery.
Dave Hunt & T. A. McMahon wrote in The Seduction of
Christianity that the flame was related to Sufism and also
manifested with tongues. What is described can only be a man
becoming demon possessed.
Schuller's good friend...Gerald Jampolsky...tells of his
meeting with Swami Nuktamanda: "He touched me with
peacock feathers. I began to have the impression that our
minds were joined. He touched me on the head. After this,
beautiful colors appeared all around me, and it seemed as
though I had stepped out of my body and was looking down on
it...I began to speak in tongues. A beautiful beam of light
came into the room and I decided at that moment to stop
evaluating what was happening and simply be one with the
experience, to join it completely..." 34C
biography of Jacob Boehme, (also Bohme) in the online
Encyclopedia Brittanica, clearly shows his occult, pantheistic
was a] German philosophical mystic who had a profound
influence on such later intellectual movements as idealism
and Romanticism…1623; The Great Mystery), is his synthesis
of Renaissance nature mysticism and biblical doctrine....Böhme
was born at the end of the Protestant Reformation period.
After receiving a rudimentary education, he went, in 1594 or
1595, to nearby Görlitz, a town where controversies over
Reformation issues seethed. Here crypto-Calvinists
(Lutherans charged with maintaining Calvinist views),
Anabaptists (radical Protestants), Schwenkfeldians
(followers of the Reformer Schwenkfeld), Paracelsian
physicians (followers of the occultic physician Paracelsus),
and humanists vied with orthodox Lutherans. Martin Möller,
the Lutheran pastor of Görlitz, was "awakening"
many in the conventicles that he had established....Böhme,
probably stimulated by Möller, had a religious experience
within the period of a quarter hour wherein he gained an
empirical and speculative insight that helped him to resolve
the tensions of his age....
wrote] Aurora, ... [which] was a conglomeration of theology,
philosophy, and what then passed for astrology, all bound
together by a common devotional theme...A period of silence
ensued during which Böhme's ideas matured ...He read the
"high masters" as well as other unnamed books that
were lent to him by the circle of neighbours and friends who
were awed by the book-writing intellectual cobbler. These
friends--some physicians, and others of the
nobility--introduced Böhme to speculative alchemy,
especially to the writings of the Swiss physician Paracelsus
which were then quite popular. The alchemical and mystical
views of Paracelsus further inspired Böhme's interest in
nature mysticism [pantheism] and gave him the terminology
that, in a partly integrated way, dominated his next
period... 2 " 35.
One of Jacob
Boehme’s more famous disciples was William Law (1686-1761),
whose writing pushed the Holiness or puritan theology. Law,
educated at Cambridge, embraced Boehme’s mysticism and
became embroiled in the Occult, kabbalism
and it’s symbolism. Indeed, the 1995 Encyclopedia Brittanica
article “Christianity” states, “His [Bohme] teaching was
the main formative influence on the developed outlook
of William Law and William Blake.” 36
Knight's Templar website >http://www.commandery.com/> "The
Commandery of Knight's Templar" are listed Masonic
resources, which are recommended for learning of their
beliefs, "...We will cover topics that are briefly
mentioned within the Masonic Curriculum or the seven arts, but
will not limit ourselves to these." Clicking on 'Sources'
takes you to the recommended list. There is found the article
"Jacob Boehme's Supersensual Life" by Jacob Boehme, Translated
by William Law.
Underhill of the Golden Dawn wrote in 1911 that, “…the
language of alchemy was largely-though not always accurately
and consistently used by the great mystic Jacob Boehme; and
after him by his English disciple, William Law.” 37
The Abingdon Dictionary of Bible and Religion article on
William Law, states, “Law directly influenced John
course is the founder of Methodism and the movement of the
“second blessing” which developed into the Keswick and
Holiness movements and subsequent Pentecostal, Charismatic,
faith-healing and Hebrew roots movements. Wesley was also
involved in developing the social gospel which was based on
It is very
odd that we find occult and New Age expert, Dave Hunt of The
Berean Call, promoting William Law’s book, Power in the Spirit. Amidst controversy
over writing the Introduction for it, Mr. Hunt took the stand
that there were good things in the book. That would be so,
when one includes the Word of God in anything. The Word of God
is not bound by the intentions for it's use.
of using occultists as a source for theology and Biblical
truth has no substance in Scripture. However, the idea is not
unlike renowned Berit Kjos, another 'expert' on the New Age,
who stated in her book, “Your Child and the New Age,” that
there is a “bright side’ of the occult in schools that
would, by her statements, be acceptable over the "dark
side." The goal seemed to be to teach parents that as
long as one worked alongside well-meaning teachers, one could
control the depth of the occult teachings.
7 "The purpose of this book is to expose the New Age
deception and to equip families to stand together in
confident loving resistance. It is not to condemn schools or
media presentations. Countless wonderful teachers continue
to bring good values to the classroom. Many books, movies,
and television programs still reflect Judeo/Christian
26 "…this embrace of spiritual propaganda reaches
beyond the bright side of the New Age. Defiantly challenging
the patience of God and the cruel power of Satan, schools
dare welcome even the dark occult." 38
"New Age" is the occult or satanic---What could
possibly be considered the "Bright Side" of
"New Age"??? Is this thinking aligning with
the idea that there is white magic and black magic--and the
white is okay? or, Parents or our children can put
up with it?? Or is it thinking that a "little white
lie" is acceptable to Christians??
5:20,21 "Woe unto them that call evil good and good
evil: that put forth darkness for light, and light for
darkness: and put bitter for sweet, and sweet for
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent
in their own sight!"
who leave their children in the public school system are not
only allowing their children to be taught the occult, but are
allowing their children to be indoctrinated by the educational
system foundations. That being, secular humanism and the
Humanist Manifesto, which is based on atheism, a rejection of
God. To say less than this, is a denial of the facts.
Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge: A Christian
Perspective" shows the similarities between the mysticism
of George Fox and Jacob Boehme and the Jewish mysticism of
Freemasonry and Kabbalah.
Mackey's article on Medieval theosophy, he admits
connections between masonry and spiritist influence,
"First," he observes that "those with whom
the history of freemasonry has most to do were the mystical
religious thinkers of the eighteenth Century." Next, he
acknowledged that they claimed supernatural inspiration for
their beliefs. Among those mentioned are Emanuel Swedenborg,
a spiritist and highly influential occultist, who if not
himself a masonic reformer, has supplied the materials of
many (masonic) Degrees." Finally, he states that,
"theosophic freemasonry was in fact, nothing else than
an application of the speculative ideas of Jacob Bohme, of
Swedenborg and other mystical (i.e. mystical/occult)
philosophers of the same class." And he admits that
they were devout believers in the Kabbalah and in spirit
understand the significance of these connections. The root of
Christianity must be in Jesus Christ and the Word of God.
Neither has roots in the occult. The occult root is a separate
system, of which all the movements or waves we've been
discussing have invariably come from or been leavened with.
The Gnosis and false teachings have been used to try to
corrupt Christianity from the inside out, meaning the physical
church and individuals. If building on anything but Jesus
Christ and His Truth, we have erred from the faith.
and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as
ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of
the world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all
principality and power:"
other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which
is Jesus Christ."
"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust,
avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of
science falsely so called: Which some professing
have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen."
They Shall Be as gods
32. Evelyn Underhill; Mysticism: The
Nature and Development of Spiritual Conciousness; p. 255;
Oxford One World Publications, 1993, orig. 1911
33. Ibid. p.330
34. op.cit. William James, p.
34B. James Moffett; p.20; The
Universal Schoolhouse: Spiritual Awakening Through Education;
San Francisco; Jossey-Bass Publishers. 1994
34C. p. 58, Dave Hunt & T. A.
McMahon The Seduction of Christianity: Spiritual
Discernment in the Last Das; Eugene Oregon, Harvest House
35. "Böhme, Jakob"
Encyclopædia Britannica Online. [Accessed February 4 2000].
36. Encyclopedia Brittanica, 1995,
15th Edition, Article: Christianity, p. 333
37. Evelyn Underhill: Mysticism: The
Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness, p. 141;
Oxford, Oneworld Publications, 1994, orig, 1911
38. Your Child and the New Age, Berit
Kjos, Victor Books, 1990
39. John Ankerberg and John Weldon,
The Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge: A Christian
Perspective; Moody Press, 1990 ; p. 250
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