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Illuminated to Cosmic Consciousness

   

1 Timothy 6:13-16 

"I 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; 

"Who 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. Amen."

Expanding on 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.  

"When 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.

The 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.

 "...The 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. 

William 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 'cosmic consciousness.’  

"Even 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.

 “Cosmic 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 higher animals.”
"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) [Bolding added]

 "...Dr. 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.  

Occultist 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. 

It is perhaps noteworthy that Moffett's suggested reading list for Universal Spiritual Traditions include: 

"Manly P. Hall~ The Secret Teachings of All Ages; 

Max Heindel~ The Rosicrucian Cosmo Conception; 

Aldous Huxley ~ The Perennial Philosophy; 

Eliphas Levi~ The History of Magic; 

Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine; 

The Egyptian Book of the Dead; Walter Scott~ Hermetica; 

Mercea Eliade~ Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy; Gershom Scholem ~ On the Kabbalah and It's Symbolism; 

Dionne Fortune ~ Mystical Qaballah; 

Rudolph 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." 

This same 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.

"Robert 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  

The biography of Jacob Boehme, (also Bohme) in the online Encyclopedia Brittanica, clearly shows his occult, pantheistic beliefs. 

"...[Bohme 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....

[Boehme 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

On the 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.  

Evelyn 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 Wesley.”  

Wesley of 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 ecumenism.

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. 

This concept 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.  

Preface-page 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 thinking."

 Pg 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

Since "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??

Isaiah 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 bitter!"
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"

Christians 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.

"The 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

"In 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 contact." 39.    

Please 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.

 Colossians 2:7

"Rooted 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:"

1 Corinthians 3:11

"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."

1 Timothy 6:20-21 

  "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."

 

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Footnotes:

32. Evelyn Underhill; Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Conciousness; p. 255; Oxford One World Publications, 1993, orig. 1911

33. Ibid. p.330  

33B. http://www.rosicrucian.org/rosicruc/mastery/1-welcome.html#anchor1967519

34. op.cit. William James, p. 305-306;  

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 Publishers, 1987  

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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