Your Vatican has graciously issued an open invitation to
dialogue on New Age issues. Please refer to Items No. 1 and 6.2. We at Inner Quest are pleased to accept. We only hope
that our acceptance and sharing of information will be viewed by those of you
here in the same spirit of brotherhood and cooperation in which they are given.
Although everyone of us may believe and interpret the divine teachings
differently, nevertheless, we all know in our hearts that there is only One
God, One Truth and One Brotherhood.
Because of the length and detail of the Vatican document, our response is
likewise necessarily detailed and involved for clarity and completeness, as
possible within the space provided. This response although very long is posted
here in its entirety so as not to break the trend of thought of the Vatican presentation.
However, the thoughts and ideas that are in the Vatican document and those that
we have included in our response are all open to subsequent discussion. All
views and opinions for or against are welcome.
Vatican on New Age
An invitation to dialogue
Foreword - The study is a provisional
report. It is the fruit of the common reflection of the Working
Group on New Religious Movements, composed of staff members of different
dicasteries of the Holy See: the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for
Interreligious Dialogue (which are the principal redactors for this project),
the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council
for Promoting Christian Unity.
These reflections are offered primarily to those engaged in pastoral work so
that they might be able to explain how the New Age movement differs from the
Teachings of the Spirits of Truth
following explanations are here offered in the hope that they can contribute
towards everyone obtaining to a better understanding of the New Age Movement
and the New Divine Teachings.
they may appear at first to digress and conflict with traditional Christian
teachings in the view of some, they are nevertheless the introductory phases in
the unfolding of that body of knowledge that Christ alludes to when he told us, “There
is so much more I want to tell you.”
age-old conceptions are now in the process of upgrading in recognition of our
increased capacity to understand the Higher Truths. These are the Teachings of
the Holy Spirit(s).
1 It (This document) is an
invitation to understand the New Age and to engage in a genuine dialogue with
those who are influenced by New Age thought. The document
guides those involved in pastoral work in their understanding and response to
New Age spirituality, both illustrating the points where this spirituality
contrasts with the Catholic faith and refuting the positions espoused by New
Age thinkers in opposition to Christian faith. What is indeed required of
Christians is, first and foremost, a solid grounding in their faith.
should remain open-minded and be encouraged to try and understand new
teachings. No one being perfect, therefore everyone has much to learn, still.
To learning, there is no end.
Knowledge and Truth are not to be feared. All new information are to be
embraced or rejected only after we have conducted a diligent study and
evaluation, not opposed or refuted beforehand. Everyone should continue to seek
in order to learn and comprehend the deeper Truths.
And where necessary, everyone should stand ready to let go of their mistaken
beliefs, break down their old belief patterns and build anew.
1.3 When one examines many New Age traditions, it soon becomes clear that there
is, in fact, little in the New Age that is new. The name seems to have gained
currency through Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry, at the time of the French and
American Revolutions, but the reality it denotes is a contemporary variant of
Western esotericism. This dates back to Gnostic groups which grew up in the
early days of Christianity, and gained momentum at the time of the Reformation
in Europe. It has grown in parallel with scientific world-views, and acquired a
rational justification through the eighteenth and ninetenth centuries.
instruction is progressive but necessary builds and expands on what were taught
teachings and all old conceptions are today clarified and upgraded. Freemasonry
and Rosicrucianism having been established centuries earlier are technically
not part of the New Age Movement.
the more recent developments during the last 200 years should be considered as
parts of the NAM, but only to introduce it and prepare the world for its
imminent arrival in force. In fact, they provide the incontrovertible and
scientific proofs that will validate the New Teachings. They are the
initiatives taken by God’s Holy Spirits and the Great White Brotherhood
working together to prepare for the coming of the New Age and the return of
It has involved a progressive rejection of a personal God and a focus on other
entities which would often figure as intermediaries between God and humanity in
traditional Christianity, with more and more original adaptations of these or
is too far divorced from earthly conditions. His true nature cannot be fully
appreciated until we can become more like Him, perfect as Jesus intimated.
Instead, He sends His Holy Spirits, our ascended brothers, to whom He has
delegated the work of guiding us so we too may become holy like them.
Due recognition is given to other advanced entities that are tasked by God to
guide us in our development. They act much like bishops, priests and pastors.
They are our Divine Guides and Teachers, only that they are far more highly
evolved and competent in the performance of this work.
A powerful trend in modern Western culture which has given space to New Age
ideas is the general acceptance of Darwinist evolutionary theory; this,
alongside a focus on hidden spiritual powers or forces in nature, has been the
backbone of much of what is now recognised as New Age theory.
evolution and physical evolution are separate and different things and
being Spirit, created us spirits, in His image and likeness. However, we were
in the beginning, innocent and ignorant, but endowed with every potentiality to
attain to perfection through our own efforts. And we are destined to attain
perfection, in the end, after we undergo life after life after life
(reincarnation), learning from our own personal experiences. Jesus knowing this
affirmed, "You must be perfect as the Father in heaven is perfect."
faculties or psychic powers are inherent but latent properties of every spirit
entity. However, these powers are now fully explained and they can be developed
by everyone, if we should so choose.
theories should properly be understood to refer only to physical things or
bodies (forms) and not to the spirit self. Moreover, Theosophy in fact proposes
a different theory, altogether. Here, the introduction of new improvements and
faculties attaching to physical bodies or vehicles are designed by Higher
Intelligences. Succeeding spirit-students can then avail of these new
“life-forms” when they manifest in the physical worlds.
1.5 There is also a call in all of this to come closer to Jesus Christ and to
be ready to follow Him, since He is the real way to happiness, the truth about
God and the fulness of life for every man and woman who is prepared to respond
to his love.
the Spirits of Truth enjoin everyone to live according to Christ’s
ethical teachings. God’s heaven is reserved only for the righteous who
actually do His will in their everyday life.
2 Christians in many Western societies, and increasingly also in other parts of
the world, frequently come into contact with different aspects of the
phenomenon known as New Age. Many of them feel the need to understand how they
can best approach something which is at once so alluring, complex, elusive and,
at times, disturbing. These reflections are an attempt to help Christians do
– to identify elements of the developing New Age tradition;
– to indicate those elements which are inconsistent with the Christian
Nevertheless, given the underlying vision of New Age religiosity, it is on the
whole difficult to reconcile it with Christian doctrine and spirituality.
the guidance of the Spirits of Truth, the old truths are made plain and the New
Teachings are advanced for our consideration. The most important principles are
1 The existence of God
God may be defined as Infinite Intelligence. Imperfect as we are and still
greatly influenced by matter, we are unable to completely understand the true
exact nature of God. Finite minds cannot comprehend the infinite. In addition,
our vocabulary is so poor that we are unable to more satisfactorily define God.
While we may attribute to God certain very desirable and positive characteristics,
we should never feel that God is confined to such attributes. To do so would be
to limit God, Who is unlimited. However, we will be able to know and comprehend
God more fully just as soon as we become totally freed from earthly influences
and approach the righteousness that is God according to His ethical teachings.
2 The existence of the Spirit
God created us spirit beings in His image. However, at our creation, we were
created perfect seeds, innocent and ignorant, but endowed with every potentiality
to grow and develop to full maturity or perfection through our own exertions.
3 The reality of the Spirit World
There are other dimensions of being, other worlds apart from the physical
worlds and the earth in which we live at the moment. There are “many
mansions” in the Kingdom of God. We leave these more spiritual worlds
temporarily when we are born to earth, and we return to them at physical death.
And there, we will live for all eternity as soon as we prove ourselves worthy.
4 Oneness and brotherhood of all
At this earthly stage of our development, most humans are just beginning to
curb their selfishness and selfish interests in favor of the common good. We
are only now considering our planet as a single spaceship or boat in the vast
sea of space. We are only now learning not to rock the boat lest we sink the
ship and drown all of us, together. But, eventually, gradually, we will come to
learn that all are one.
In order to further develop spiritually, we spirit beings repeatedly come to
earth and other physical worlds by motivating physical bodies which will enable
us to undergo all the necessary experiences that afford learning until such
time that we are able to arrive at a certain prescribed standard of spiritual
6 The Law of Karma
This is the Law of Harmony that provides for the restoration of balance to all
things. This is also the law of cause and effect and sowing and reaping.
Relative to ethical matters, the law was not intended to punish offenders as
much as to teach us right from wrong and good and evil.
7 Infinite progression of the Spirit entity
No one will be committed to suffer forever in hell. All who are not yet fully
developed or perfected will continue to be given every opportunity to improve
himself in the Lower Worlds. This process continues until we are able to attain
to the perfection that God intended. We are destined to come live with Him in
His Kingdom after we have completed our earthly studies.
8 Personal responsibility and salvation through individual
Having been given free will, we alone have the right to decide regarding
personal matters. “We are the captain of our soul, the master of our
fate.” We only need to learn the divine laws and their consequences and
abide by them in order to ensure for ourselves the kind of life we desire. It
follows that God won’t and Jesus cannot save us because this is in direct
contravention of His divine will. Instead, Jesus having shown us the Way, we
now need to save ourselves through our own personal efforts.
9 Mediumship as a means of communication with the Spirit World
By developing our higher faculties, we are able to break through the barriers
between this world and the Higher Worlds thereby obtaining undeniable proofs
and further divine instruction.
10 Love and service as the Way
Emphasis is given to righteousness, which is love in action, and active service
to our fellowmen as the Way to obtain release from the necessity of further
incarnations and the attainment of eternal life in the Spirit World, the World
All other attendant and more worldly concepts and teachings are only corollary
or supportive of these main spiritual teachings, of which there are infinite
levels and aspects. Each corresponds to a specific stage in the order of
evolution. Everything in its rightful place.
Emergence of Spiritism and
2.1 The Age of Aquarius has such a high profile in the New Age movement largely
because of the influence of theosophy, spiritualism and anthroposophy, and
their esoteric antecedents.
about 1850, to call our attention to the more spiritual aspects of our being
and commence the necessary preparations for the coming new age, two important
major movements drawing extensively from supernatural sources were initiated,
one by the Great White Brotherhood, the other by the Spirits of Truth. Eastern
and Western, they constitute two seemingly different approaches, but each
complements the other and both are working for the same goals. There is only
One God and one Truth.
By 1875, the great libraries had all been razed to the ground or ravaged by war
and almost all of the old sacred books and records were destroyed. To
reintroduce the Wisdom Teachings of the ancients, the Great White Brotherhood
commissioned the services of their "chela," Madame Helena P.
Blavatsky. With the use of her spiritual faculties highly developed from past
incarnations, she clairvoyantly accessed the lost information from the Akashic
Records and compiled them all in ‘The Secret Doctrine.’ She also
founded the Theosophical Society to oversee the dissemination of these ancient
teachings and prepare candidates for "chelahood," a state where
candidates have qualified for acceptance as a student of the Masters,
henceforth meriting direct and personalized guidance and instruction.
Theosophical studies cover the origin and development of the cosmos and human
development in all the planes of being from its beginning to its end.
Following in this tradition a century later, the Tibetan lama, Lobsang Rampa,
was tasked to further simplify, clarify and upgrade the Eastern teachings.
Adept at soul traveling, highly clairvoyant and telepathic, he recounts his
experiences and provides us with startling revelations relating to the Unseen
World. Highly evolved himself, he understands the divine teachings more
completely and he teaches and explains them in his books which became
As early as 1850, the Spirits of Truth with the spirit guides and guardian
angels had already initiated their own work in the Christian context. Their
primary objective then was to provide proofs of the survival of the spirit.
Countless Spiritualist mediums in Europe and America now began to manifest all
sorts of magical and highly entertaining phenomena. Tables rapped messages, so
did ouija boards convey information from beyond. Ghosts and apparitions regaled
and frightened. Objects flying all over the place appeared and disappeared from
view. Much of these manifestations were subsequently proven to be false, but
enough of the genuine articles convinced those with open minds that there is a
greater reality, another world beyond ours.
After the more thoughtful among the people got over their fascination and
wonder, they began to question why all the fuss, what does it all mean. This
time, the Spirits chose a Frenchman, Leon-Denizarth-Hippolyte Rivail, a member
of several learned societies and a scientist-researcher well known in
scientific circles to disseminate their explanations and teachings. Through
various mediums and countless seances, a special team of Spirit teachers, among
them the Apostle John and St. Augustine, communicated to Rivail the beginning
basis of the promised revelations, the All Truth referred to by Jesus, the many
things kept hidden since the foundation of the world, which in Jesus’
time, the people would not have been able to understand.
Rivail included all these revelations in his books, ‘The Spirits’
Book’ and others under the penname of Allan Kardec, according to the
instructions of the Guides. They later formed the underlying teachings of
Spiritism, which term simply means guidance by the Holy Spirit. In the Philippines and in Brazil in the mid-1900s, psychic surgeons belonging to this school performed
their barehanded and painless operations and attracted large followings.
In the United States today, Channeling has taken over from Spiritualism. Each
addition to the series brings in new insights and reveals deeper aspects of the
same eternal Truths.
Other implied truths
Some of the traditions which flow into New Age are: ancient Egyptian occult
practices, Cabbalism, early Christian gnosticism, Sufism, the lore of the
Druids, Celtic Christianity, mediaeval alchemy, Renaissance hermeticism, Zen
Buddhism, Yoga and so on.
is some truth in all schools and religions. All of the Truth was not given to
any one person or group, alone, but to everyone in part, in proportion to his
development. To know the Whole, we must draw from each of them those parts that
were entrusted to them. However, all the old conceptions should be reviewed in
light of every new information.
Much of the old teachings have already been rendered obsolete by more recent
findings and revelations. There is always progress in all things.
Here is what is “new” about New Age. It is a “syncretism of
esoteric and secular elements”.(16)
They link into a widely-held perception that the time is ripe for a fundamental
change in individuals, in society and in the world. There are various
expressions of the need for a shift:
– from Newtonian mechanistic physics to quantum physics;
– from modernity"s exaltation of reason to an appreciation of feeling,
emotion and experience (often described as a switch from "left brain" rational
thinking to "right brain" intuitive thinking):
– from a dominance of masculinity and patriarchy to a celebration of
femininity, in individuals and in society.
explained earlier, New Age concepts and teachings relate both to the things in
the world and the things of the spirit and of heaven.
physics and our physical brain functioning are worldly concerns.
thinking is part of spirit development and at our present stage, we are just
beginning the early phase of abstract thinking. Though largely unremembered,
intuitive thinking relates to the knowledge gained from our past life
experiences. Masculinity and femininity are just two different aspects of our being.
In our many incarnations, we will at times be male, female, gay or lesbian
until we are able to attain to a more complete and balanced development. Until
such time that we are already “perfect”, every seeming abnormality
or aberrant behavior is for us really a normal condition and learning
experience in the spirit sense, they being within the realm of human
Perhaps the clearest example of this, in terms of the relationship between New
Age and Christianity, is the total recasting of the life and significance of
Jesus Christ. It is impossible to reconcile these two visions.
“vision” of the Church in regard to Jesus is its own conception and
not at all according to how Jesus introduces himself and his God in his own
words. The Holy Trinity is also another of these purely Catholic conceptions.
Jesus never did teach these. All thoughts and teachings by others including
those of the Church that contradict his direct teachings should be rejected,
should listen instead to Jesus – To the Master who knows, not his
students who don’t. His words are clear in the Gospels. Truth just needs
to be more clearly understood.
2.21 One of the most common elements in New Age “spirituality” is a
fascination with extraordinary manifestations, and in particular with
paranormal entities. People recognised as “mediums” claim that
their personality is taken over by another entity during trances in a New Age
phenomenon known as “channeling”, during which the medium may lose
control over his or her body and faculties.
convince skeptics initially, the medium or psychic performs only during deep
trance, receiving and delivering messages given to him word for word, in a
voice not his own, secretly and privately, under cover of darkness. Upon
returning to consciousness, he remembers nothing of what transpired. Usually,
the communications go far beyond the extent of his personal knowledge and
acceptance grows, further proofs become unnecessary and the medium is allowed
to receive and relay information consciously, interpreting pictures and
thoughts during daytime and in public. He can also recall everything that
happened. Finally in the advanced forms of mediumship, the medium’s eyes
can be open and his body will exhibit no extra physical exertions or rigidity.
Telepathy most closely approximates normal, unimpeded communication here on
language improves and ideas are more effectively concretized, the messages
become more meaningful, rational and better suited to the target audience,
according to the audience’s capacity to comprehend. At this advanced
stage, the rules that apply in our evaluating information coming from any and
all sources, whether from an authorized source or unauthorized, confirmed or
unconfirmed, should at all times be observed fully.
Other friends and counsellors from the spirit world are angels (which have
become the centre of a new industry of books and paintings). Those who refer to
angels in the New Age do so in an unsystematic way; in fact, distinctions in
this area are sometimes described as unhelpful if they are too precise, since
“there are many levels of guides, entities, energies, and beings in every
octave of the universe... They are all there to pick and choose from in
relation to your own attraction/repulsion mechanisms”.(22)
These spiritual entities are often invoked "non-religiously" to help in
relaxation aimed at better decision-making and control of one"s life and career.
Fusion with some spirits who teach through particular people is another New Age
experience claimed by people who refer to themselves as "mystics".
communicate with those spirits that can offer us the information or help that
we need and want. It is up to us whom we want to communicate with and what
kind. Spirits are of all classes just like people on earth.
we seek spiritual guidance, then we should invoke the guidance of the Holy
Spirits. If we should need worldly advice or just want to be entertained, then
we call on Familiar Spirits.
everyone should take heed lest they be deceived. Only those who are serious and
sincere merit the attention of high minded spirits. If we are frivolous and
trivial, we will attract only those of our same kind.
all of these activities, we should be open to new ideas. We should listen. But
we should reserve our judgment until we are able to more thoroughly study the
matter and arrive at our own conclusions. Only after should we decide on a
course of action, whether to accept or reject the advice. But regardless, no
harm can come to us unless we ourselves allow it.
2.22 Phenomena as diverse as the Findhorn garden and Feng Shui (23)
represent a variety of ways which illustrate the importance of being in tune
with nature or the cosmos. In New Age there is no distinction between good and
evil. Human actions are the fruit of either illumination or ignorance. Hence we
cannot condemn anyone, and nobody needs forgiveness. Believing in the existence
of evil can create only negativity and fear. The answer to negativity is love.
But it is not the sort which has to be translated into deeds; it is more a
question of attitudes of mind. Love is energy, a high-frequency vibration, and
the secret to happiness and health and success is being able to tune in, to
find one"s place in the great chain of being.
New Age teachers and therapies claim to offer the key to finding the
correspondences between all the elements of the universe, so that people may
modulate the tone of their lives and be in absolute harmony with each other and
with everything around them, although there are different theoretical
first rule in seeking for Truth is to first analyze, test and question
everything. We are to accept only those propositions that test true in the
light of our personal experience and reject all that do not.
source in our world is 100% complete, true or accurate. Feng Shui is an art,
not a science, and while some may base their recommendations on certain valid
known or little known natural principles, much is superstition, nevertheless,
depending on the practitioner.
course, there is good and evil by comparison to one another. But no one should
be condemned because all of us are prone to error, we being still in the
process of learning. We are still on the main innocent and ignorant spirits
– many are even devilish and mischievous. Jesus said of us, “They
don’t know what they are doing.” But Jesus
also said, “You must be perfect as the Father is perfect.” And so we
all shall in His time.
even as we forgive, we should nonetheless exert all efforts to prevent the
recurrence of harm to our self and others.
must be lived. Those who don’t do not know love. It is not enough to
think or believe only. The proof of knowing is in the doing.
what New Age and other teachers say, we should “Seek
first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things shall be added
2.23 Formal (allopathic) medicine today tends to limit itself to curing
particular, isolated ailments, and fails to look at the broader picture of a
person"s health: this has given rise to a fair amount of understandable
dissatisfaction. Alternative therapies have gained enormously in popularity
because they claim to look at the whole person and are about healing rather
than curing. Holistic health, as it is known, concentrates on the important
role that the mind plays in physical healing. The connection between the
spiritual and the physical aspects of the person is said to be in the immune
system or the Indian chakra system. In a New Age perspective, illness and
suffering come from working against nature; when one is in tune with nature,
one can expect a much healthier life, and even material prosperity; for some
New Age healers, there should actually be no need for us to die.
is just saying that our faults and character weaknesses are the root causes of
all physical diseases and for that matter all unwanted situations and
circumstances that come to be part of our life.
ourselves right with God according to His ethical teachings and all will be
influence of our character deficiencies and misdeeds committed in our past
lives on our present life situations and conditions are revealed and more
clearly illustrated in the life readings given by Edgar Cayce under the
supervision of the Spirits of Truth.
of course, if we are born into the world, then we must die. How else can we go
back home to heaven.
Originally, reincarnation was a part of Hindu cyclical thought, based on the
atman or divine kernel of personality (later the concept of jiva), which moved
from body to body in a cycle of suffering (samsara), determined by the law of
karma, linked to behaviour in past lives. Hope lies in the possibility of being
born into a better state, or ultimately in liberation from the need to be
reborn. What is different in most Buddhist traditions is that what wanders from
body to body is not a soul, but a continuum of consciousness. Present life is
embedded in a potentially endless cosmic process which includes even the gods.
In the West, since the time of Lessing, reincarnation has been understood far
more optimistically as a process of learning and progressive individual
fulfilment. Spiritualism, theosophy, anthroposophy and New Age all see
reincarnation as participation in cosmic evolution. This post-Christian
approach to eschatology is said to answer the unresolved questions of theodicy
and dispenses with the notion of hell. When the soul is separated from the body
individuals can look back on their whole life up to that point, and when the
soul is united to its new body there is a preview of its coming phase of life.
People have access to their former lives through dreams and meditation
is consciousness in a physical body. But we don’t wander aimlessly. We
enter into pre-planned experiences that will help us in learning what we came
to earth to learn in the first place and build and refine our character.
is similar to coming to an earthly classroom to learn our lessons. Here on
earth, we are learning all about good and evil, right and wrong by undergoing
the precise experiences that afford learning.
is coming to class and death is returning home. After a hard day’s study,
we then look back at the plan we agreed on with our guides before coming to
earth to review the lessons that we learned and determine whether we
accomplished our objectives. Afterwards, we can then plan for our next
intuition, dreams and meditation, we may be able to obtain insights relating to
our past lives and likewise receive messages and inspirations from above. But
this is allowed only when such a remembrance and message will be helpful to us
in our present life situations.
2.32 The essential matrix of New Age thinking is to be found in the
esoteric-theosophical tradition which was fairly widely accepted in European
intellectual circles in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was particularly strong
in freemasonry, spiritualism, occultism and theosophy, which shared a kind of
esoteric culture. In this world-view, the visible and invisible universes are
linked by a series of correspondences, analogies and influences between
microcosm and macrocosm, between metals and planets, between planets and the
various parts of the human body, between the visible cosmos and the invisible
realms of reality. Nature is a living being, shot through with networks of
sympathy and antipathy, animated by a light and a secret fire which human
beings seek to control. People can contact the upper or lower worlds by means
of their imagination (an organ of the soul or spirit), or by using mediators
(angels, spirits, devils) or rituals.
man still on earth does not have the faculties or the sufficient experience to
fully appreciate higher concepts and realities, nevertheless to some limited
extent, we can relate them to everyday happenings and things here.
We could think of the cosmos as a school system for developing spirits. The
earth then would be simply as a classroom.
Theosophical studies cover the origin and development of the cosmos (school
premises and everything in it) and human development in all the planes of being
from its beginning to its end. They include the physical facilities, teaching
methodologies and all other support systems in place in the school. All that
have happened in the course of our studies are likewise covered in large part,
along with some previews of things yet to come.
Spiritism or Guidance by the Spirits of Truth takes up the lesson proper. The studies
are directly supervised by holy spirits and it is their task to help us become
In all of these studies, there is much truth, but at the same time, there is
much more that are false. It is for every student to discern for himself which
is which. "If you adhere to my teaching, you will really be my disciples;
and you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free."
People can be initiated into the mysteries of the cosmos, God and the self by
means of a spiritual itinerary of transformation. The eventual goal is gnosis,
the highest form of knowledge, the equivalent of salvation. It involves a
search for the oldest and highest tradition in philosophy (what is
inappropriately called philosophia perennis) and religion (primordial theology),
a secret (esoteric) doctrine which is the key to all the “exoteric”
traditions which are accessible to everyone. Esoteric teachings are handed down
from master to disciple in a gradual program of initiation.
eventual goal is spiritual (ethical) perfection. Knowledge is just the
accompanying resulting component and is simply “added
to us” automatically. Knowledge not applied is useless, just as
“Faith without works is dead.”
perfection entails our attainment of God’s divine qualities and
character. And they are to be applied consistently in our daily life. Deeds are
secret doctrine of Theosophy is God’s Divine Plan of Evolution that is
now being made available to all those who desire to learn more about it.
It reached its clearest form in the ideas of Helena Blavatsky, a Russian medium
who founded the Theosophical Society with Henry Olcott in New York in 1875. The
Society aimed to fuse elements of Eastern and Western traditions in an
evolutionary type of spiritualism. It had three main aims:
1. “To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without
distinction of race, creed, caste or colour.
2. “To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and
3. “To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in
the study of Theosophy, every student is free to make up his own mind regarding
any of the teachings. Everything is open to question. There are no hidden
agendas. No dogmas. No recognized authority. Not even Helena Blavatsky.
Everyone on earth is merely a student. No one is perfect. Everyone is prone to
is provided by the Masters or the senior students that include all the
spiritual masters, gurus, adepts and other advanced beings that have ever lived
and studied on earth.
2.341 New Age involves a fundamental belief in the perfectibility of the human
person by means of a wide variety of techniques and therapies (as opposed to
the Christian view of co-operation with divine grace).
is no other Way to God but through Righteousness, Love and Service to our
fellowmen. Christ by way of his own example symbolizes this Way. However,
through the application of the twin principles of Reincarnation and Karma,
exacting divine justice automatically eliminates the need and exercise of
2.342 “All is one”. This unity is monistic, pantheistic or, more
precisely, panentheistic. God is the “life-principle”, the
“spirit or soul of the world”, the sum total of consciousness existing
in the world. In a sense, everything is God.
was first and better known as a Hindu teaching that predates Christianity by
is also essentially the exact-same divine principle that Christ teaches in his
Parable of the Vine and the Branches and our being One with the Father and with
him in the Book of John. And so does St. Paul elaborate on this basic principle
in I Cor., the One Body of Christ.
“Christ” is a title applied to someone who has arrived at a state
of consciousness where he or she perceives him- or herself to be divine and can
thus claim to be a “universal Master”. Jesus of Nazareth was not
the Christ, but simply one among many historical figures in whom this
“Christic” nature is revealed, as is the case with Buddha and
others. Every historical realisation of the Christ shows clearly that all human
beings are heavenly and divine, and leads them towards this realisation.
to what the Christian Churches teach, Jesus Christ himself affirms this truth
in his own words.
is my mother? And who are my brothers?" Then he
pointed to his disciples and said, "Look! Here are my mother and my
brothers! Whoever does what my Father in heaven wants him to do is my brother,
my sister and my mother." (MT 12)
said, "But you are to become perfect, just as your Father in heaven
is perfect." (MT 5)
also said, "All that I have done, you, too, can do." (JN14)
The heart of genuine Christian mysticism is not technique: it is always a gift
of God; and the one who benefits from it knows himself to be unworthy”.
for God creating us and endowing us with eternal life and every potentiality to
become like the Father, there are no free gifts. Our enjoyment of everything
else is based on merit.
is just that God and His Holy Spirits will do for us what we cannot as yet do
for ourselves. But they will leave us to do for ourselves all that by virtue of
our own development we are already competent and capable of doing.
Let the Light shine in
6.1 People who wonder if it is possible to believe in both Christ and Aquarius
can only benefit from knowing that this is very much an “either-or”
was the Sanhedrin in Jesus’ time faced with this similar dilemma. But
this hard-line position of the Church is misguided and regrettable and should
not be adopted or followed.
this Age of Aquarius is in fact the promised return of Christ. And these
teachings are part of the “so much more” that he
wanted to tell us but didn’t, because we would not have been able to understand
them anyway, at the time.
if it should ever come to a choice, we can all be certain that whoever
positions himself against the Lord will not prevail.
those who refuse to go forward will discover much to their regret that they
will be falling behind. Their friends and classmates will advance to Higher
Studies in the Higher Realms. They on the other hand will be joining the next
batch of spirit-students and undertake another round of physical existence
– suffering more pain and hardships - on similar material and earthly
6.2 The Catholic Church has its own very effective networks, which could be
better used. For example, there is
a large number of pastoral centres, cultural centres and centres of
spirituality. Ideally, these could also be used to address the confusion about
New Age religiosity in a variety of creative ways, such as providing a forum
for discussion and study. It must unfortunately be admitted that there are too
many cases where Catholic centres of spirituality are actively involved in
diffusing New Age religiosity in the Church. This would of course have to be
corrected, not only to stop the spread of confusion and error, but also so that
they might be effective in promoting true Christian spirituality. Catholic cultural
centres, in particular, are not only teaching institutions but spaces for
confronted by new concepts and ideas, especially those that would seem at first
to disagree with our long-held beliefs, there is the normal tendency to refuse
to listen, misunderstand or be confused in the beginning. But confusion is the
beginning of learning.
all those among you who are now ready, let
the mysteries unfold!
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Written by Angel Luz for Inner Quest http://www.innerquest.org.ph/
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