In 2003, Time magazine reported (in a
feature article on meditation)
that 10 million Americans practiced meditation. Now, four years
Rick Levy, in his book
Miraculous Health, claims that
number is now 17 million in the United States alone. This means that
A Time of Departing
came out, 7 million people in this country
have embraced the practice of meditation. Dr. Levy makes it clear
that the type of mediation of which he speaks is the eastern-New Age
kind as the essence of his book is that meditation is a door way to
This is a very significant revelation to us at Lighthouse Trails
because in the Time magazine article it revealed that meditation had
grown by about 1/2 million people a year between 1993 and 2003. Now,
it appears to be growing at three and a half times that rate at
about 1.7 million people a year.
Keep in mind that we are not talking about people that have just
embraced a particular belief system intellectually or rationally. We
are talking about mystics, people who are in touch with the
supernatural realm on a continuous basis. We believe this remarkable
acceleration is due to two factors.
First is the tremendous explosion of the interest in Yoga. Yoga, for
those that don't know, means union, as in the mystical sense, the union with the divine or the Hindu concept of the divine. Most
people may think it is just stretching and a form of calisthenics
but Yoga and meditation are supposed to go together. You can't
really have one without the other and still call it Yoga.
Secondly, and more important from the perspective of Lighthouse
Trails is the explosion of the interest in contemplative prayer,
which is a westernized form of meditation. We believe this can be
contributed to the rise of the Purpose Driven movement and the
emerging church movement. The emerging church movement seeks to
jettison the traditional doctrinal expressions of Christianity and
replace it with a more mystical experiential type of Christianity,
one that fits in well with the philosophy of interspirituality.
This acceleration is startling and very sobering. To us, it means
that everything we have been warning about over the past six years
is moving at a rate much faster than we realized. Also bear in mind
that these 17 million people each have at least five or more family
members, friends, or co-workers that they can influence. ...
As Dr. Levy says in his
book, what was "fringe" 20 years ago is now mainstream--people have
lowered or dropped their natural reluctance to engage in a practice
that was once considered bizarre.
There is no turning back in the advancement of mysticism in the
United States and the Western world. Now the green light is on for
the average person. Meditation has lost its connotation as being
silly nonsense for the secular person and suspicious for the
Alice Bailey, the occultist who coined the term New Age, expressed
the goal for meditation to find its way in the mass education. This
goal has finally been fulfilled. And if more dramatic elements of
Bailey's prophecies are fulfilled next on the horizon such as the
revelation of the Coming One, then this information is of vital
importance to every Christian who cares about those around him or
her. In her book From Intellect to Intuition, Bailey states:
"The education and reorientation of the advanced human being [one who
sees himself as divine] must find its place in our mass education."
She doesn't mean the public school system but the media outlets of
society in general. She adds:
"Meditation. The question naturally
arises: 'Is that all?' And the answer is: 'Yes.' ... If meditation
is rightly followed, and if perseverance is the key note of the
life, then increasingly, soul [the divine self] contact is
established.... The results of that contact work-out in
self-discipline, in purification, and in the life of aspiration and
of service." (p. 61)
In other words once you hook up with your higher self through
meditation, then your role becomes that of meditation evangelist to
get others involved.
One thing is for certain, the public, both inside and outside
Christianity, has lost its fear of meditation. Those who realize the
true nature of meditation and its occultic manifestations will
understand that this is spiritually catastrophic.
One meditation proponent confirms:
"First and foremost, almost all
mediums agree on the significance and the importance of regular
daily meditation. This single practice, above all others, is no
doubt the very shaft that drives the wheel of development.2
17 million people are engaging in a practice that is designed to put
them in contact with spirit guides (i.e., familiar spirits) and thus
are entering realms of which man has been duly warned to abstain
from: "Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek
after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
2. Kathleen Vande Kieft, Innersource: Channeling Your Unlimited Self
(New York, NY: Ballantine Books, third printing, 1989), p. 114.