and Conversations with"God"
Berit Kjos - February 2005
"The Indigo Child concept was first popularized by the book, 'The Indigo Child,' written by the husband and wife team Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. Carroll also portrays himself as a channeler for 'Kryon,' a spiritual entity [demon] who predicted the coming of the Indigo Children." 
"INDIGO is a film about loneliness, redemption, and the healing powers and grace of the new generation of Indigo (psychic and gifted) children being born into the world."
During a flight delay in Chicago in the late nineties, I spent my time browsing the airport bookstore near my terminal. When a young woman next to me picked up a copy of Conversations with God, the first book in the popular series by Neale Donald Walsch, I had to ask, "Are you familiar with that book?"
"A friend told me I should read it," she answered. She then told me she was a Christian.
"But it's not about Christianity," I warned her. "It may sound good and use a lot of Christian words, but its message turns God's truth upside down."
She thanked me and put the book back. My thoughts drifted back to a Christian conference some years earlier where several publishing house editors had concluded that the "New Age movement had peaked." No need for more books on that topic, they said, for the faddish seductions of 'the beautiful side of evil' would soon fade away.
They couldn't have been further from the truth. While those early blooms of occult enticements might have peaked in interest among Christians, the seeds of deception sown during the sixties and seventies had already taken root in well-cultivated soil across America. Since then, the poisonous fruit disseminated through the Beatles, Napoleon Hill, Shirley MacLaine, Marianne Williamson, Hindu gurus, goddess worshippers and countless other spiritual advocates of New Age spirituality and the power of positive thinking have been sprouting everywhere -- in schools, churches, movie theaters, television, books, the news media and the internet. Syncretism, mysticism and subjective, self-made spirituality have become the norm.
So it was no surprise to learn in early January this year that the award-winning movie "Indigo" would be released at select theaters and "churches" in all 50 states and 40 countries on January 29. Starring the famed Neale Donald Walsch who placed his occult Conversations with God into the public consciousness, it would surely accelerate America's paradigm shift toward a global spirituality incompatible with our God and His Word.
Wondering whether to see the movie or not, I searchedthe internet in mid-January. The website Metagifted Education Resource Organization (MERO) gave an interesting description of the Indigo personality:
"Being Indigo is not a disorder! It's a Spiritual Evolution that manifests physically and appears to be a Cultural Revolution. This is the new Aquarian energy....
"Indigo Children are the current generation being born today and most of those who are 8 years old or younger.... The name itself indicates the Life Color they carry in their auras and is indicative of the Third Eye Chakra, which represents intuition and psychic ability. These are the children who are often rebellious to authority, nonconformist, extremely emotional and sometimes physically sensitive or fragile, highly talented or academically gifted and often metaphysically gifted as well, usually intuitive, very often labeled ADD, either very empathic and compassionate OR very cold and callous, and are wise beyond their years....
"Their nonconformity to systems and to discipline... will help them accomplish big goals such as changing the educational system.... The Indigo Children are the ones who have come to raise the vibration of our planet! These are the primary ones who will bring us the enlightenment to ascend....
"About 85% or higher of children born in '92 or later, 90% born in '94 or after and 95% or more born now are Indigo Children!"
Then I perused the website for the Indigo movie. Even two weeks before the opening date, theaters in my state were sold out, but seats were still available in alternative "churches" such as Unity, Unitarian, Congregational and Christian Science. After much prayer, I bought a ticket from a local Unity "church" and arrived in time to browse its bookstore before the movie opened.
The first book I noticed was The Purpose Driven Life, prominently displayed near the front door. But I saw neither Bibles nor other familiar Christian literature. There were plenty of metaphysical books, including Mr. Walsch's Conversations with God. Other shelves carried crystals, symbols, and books by Thomas Merton and other, more obviously Buddhist gurus. Here mysticism and meditation from the East and West all mingled together. Glancing through some of the books, I kept seeing traditional words and phrases such as redemption, faith, righteousness, holiness, transformation, abundant life.... But all the words had been given new meaning. Their occult context twisted everything into spiritual lies and half-truths. Just as the serpent did to Eve back in the garden, I thought.
A small Unity publication on "Transformation" caught my eye, and I pondered its interesting interpretation of Romans 12:2. While the Biblical translation tells us,"do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind," the Unity version changes the meaning:
"To not be conformed to the world is to have the courage to trust our own intuition, even if it conforms not to the teachings of this world's authorities. It means to put faith in our inner knowing of truth more than to succumb to the voice of authority."
Interesting, I thought. That's the opposite of what God tells us in the Bible! In fact, Proverbs 3:5 reminds me to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding."
This emphasis on personal intuition and rejection of outside authorities was well illustrated by the movie that soon followed. The Indigo child was the granddaughter of Ray, the character played by Mr. Walsch. Arrogant and self-confident, the precocious Grace followed her feelings and conversed with the invisible spirit world that both filled and surrounded her. Mental telepathy, divination, necromancy (communication with the dead) and the "healing touch" came naturally to this Indigo child, for she had intuitively tapped into a "universal force" -- a seductive reservoir of occult wisdom, strength and "prophetic" voices.
According to the movie script and to the promotional message from the producers, all who were touched by Grace's life -- including her grandfather -- were transformed:
"The dramatic core of the film is the relationship that develops between a man whose life and family have dissolved due to a fateful mistake and his 10-year-old granddaughter with whom he goes on the run to protect her from a would-be kidnapper. Along the way, he discovers the power of his granddaughter's gifts which forever alter the lives of everyone she encounters."
Grace was aloof, willful, sassy, and disrespectful. The list sounds familiar, doesn't it? The profile is typical of television-trained children from today's permissive homes. But in the context of this fictional movie, those contentious attitudes made Grace a valuable change agent within her dysfunctional family. And since the script was written to affirm her condescending ways, I was not surprised by the laughter and cheers from the audience. The fact that contemporary children share many of Grace's characteristics only strengthens its metaphysical message: "send the energy" to everyone.
While some of us grieve the real-world consequences of this cultural revolution, a rising chorus of voices demands acceptance of today's paradigm shift. Their positive spin inspires visions of an evolved humanity that is bursting out of the old shackles of Christian morality, traditional guidelines and parental restraints. The new civilization would be led by children and youth driven by the spiritual visions and universal energies that are steering the world toward occult transformation.
Neale Donald Walsch's part in the production and promotion of the award-winning movie helps clarify the source of this deception. He freely admits that he receives his inspired messages through the occult practice of "automatic writing." In the Introduction to Conversations with God, Book 2, he tells us, [Emphasis added]
"On a blank sheet of paper, I would merely write a question... and no sooner was the question written than the answer would form in my head, as if Someone were whispering in my ear. I was taking dictation!”
Tragically, his popular series has effectively imbedded a new, twisted understanding of "God" into millions of minds, including those who call themselves Christian. And he is only one among thousands of authors, artists and leaders who feed distorted truths and outright lies to gullible seekers. No wonder the public awareness of God has shifted from its Biblical foundation to a more feeling-based, pluralistic, and "positive" position. For example, in Conversations with God, Book 1, Mr. Walsch invites his "God" to describe himself. Ponder the answer of his god:
[9, pages 25-26]
"To some of you I am pure energy. To some, the ultimate feeling, which you call love.... I AM. I am the wind which rustles your hair. I am the sun which warms your body. I am the rain which dances on your face.... I am the beginning of your first thought....
"Whatever works for you, whatever makes it happen – whatever ritual, ceremony, demonstration, meditation, thought, song, word, or action it takes for you to 'reconnect' – do this. Do this in remembrance of Me."
This pantheistic god has no moral boundaries. Anything goes. Like the devilish creed of Aleister Crowley ("Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law"), Walsch's demonic guide wants to draw humanity to himself through freely chosen feel-good experiences. Conversations with God, Book 2 makes the point well:
"Listen to your feelings. Follow your feelings. Honor your feelings.... Your feelings will never get you into 'trouble,' because your feelings are your truth."[8, pages 14-15]
"You have repressed sex, even as you have repressed life, rather than fully Self expressing with abandon and joy. You have shamed sex, even as you have shamed life...."[9, page 207]
>"So many people want to say that I am against gay sexuality – or the acting out of it. Yet I make no judgment on this or any other choice you make. "[8, page 103]
Sin, shame, guilt and judgment are obsolete. The god of the New Age -- a force that brings bondage and hate -- shuns anything that might lead to the cross and true freedom:
"Hitler went to heaven for these reasons: There is no hell... providing the chance for correction, for evolution. The mistakes Hitler made did no harm or damage to those whose deaths he caused. Those souls were released from their earthly bondage, like butterflies emerging from a cocoon."
"Hitler was created by you. He arose out of your Collective Consciousness. . . The consciousness of separation, segregation, superiority – of 'we' versus 'they,' of 'us' and 'them' – is what creates the Hitler Experience. The consciousness of Divine Brotherhood, of unity, of Oneness, of 'ours,' not just 'yours/mine,' is what creates the Christ experience." [8, pages 42, 55]
Later, Mr. Walsch asks this question: "How, then, should we educate our young?" Here's his answer from "God:"
"First, treat them as spirits... entering a physical body.... Be careful of what you put into their memory storage units.... Teach concepts, not subjects.... From the earliest primers to your more sophisticated readers, all tales, stories, and subject matter would revolve around the core concepts. . . . Your children would be introduced to the concepts, injected into the concepts, immersed into the concepts." [8, pages 122-123]
"Read the writings of the man called Rudolph Steiner. Explore the methods of the Waldorf School, which he developed."[8, page 129]
"...the human relationship, the bonding and the love which is shared in such a paradigm is just as important as any facts the teacher may impart."[8, page 130]
The "core concepts" are Awareness, Honesty, and Responsibility. That may sound good, but keep in mind that each word has been redefined to fit the New Age context of spiritual unity and systems thinking -- the notion that everything is interconnected through some sort of universal energy.[See “Character Training for Global Citizenship"]
Since traditional moral standards have been purged, there's reason for concern about sin or shame, so "honesty" has little to do with confessing a wrong. It has everything to do with "authenticity" -- self-awareness, self-disclosure and self-actualization. As in the dialectic process, you are responsible for putting your true thoughts and feelings on the dialectic table so that the group might grow together in awareness and unity.
The god: "The real question is not why do governments impose so many rules and regulations on the people, but why do governments have to? The answer has to do with your Separation Consciousness."
Walsch: "The fact that we see ourselves as separate from each other."
The god: "Yes.
Walsch: "But if we aren’t separate, then we are One. And doesn’t that mean we are responsible for each other?"
The god: "Yes."
Walsch: "If I am responsible for all others, then the Communist Manifesto was right! 'From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.'... There are those who say that the concept had to be forced because the concept violates the basic nature of man."
The god: "You’ve hit the nail on the head. What needs to be changed is the basic nature of man."[8, pages 168-169]
This call for behavior modification would be answered by the kind of psycho-social strategies already in place in our schools. America, like most of the developed world, is following the UNESCO blueprint. Other nations are being forced into this mold through the World Bank and other agencies that work with the United Nations to establish global socialism, solidarity and spirituality -- the kind that conforms to UNESCO's Declaration on the Role of Religion in the Promotion of a Culture of Peace. [See also The Revolutionary Roots of the UN]
It fits the vision for Indigo Children. Free from the traditional disciplines and boundaries, they claim self-determination as their right and follow no authorities but their own inner drive. In light of the supposed interconnectedness between human spirits and the universal force, it all fits together. As the Indigo movie and its producers (James Twyman, Neale Donald Walsch, and Stephen Simon) claim, this god is guiding the "evolution of humanity" toward "world peace" and universal oneness under a socialist/spiritual system.
And, like most New Age illusions and practices, this ideology brings measurable success -- in the millions. According to critic Lorie Anderson,
"Twyman sells books and an Internet course based on the Psychic Children. He holds pricey Psychic Children conferences, camps, and fairs, charging about $300 for adults for the main conference. He offers an Internet course on telekinetic spoon-bending. He purportedly conversed with Jesus ('Jeshua') who revealed to Twyman through a 'Divine Partnership' the 'secrets of Heaven and Earth' ...
"He doesn't always make a distinction in his writings between his purported mystical interactions and actual, in-the-flesh interactions. When confronted with suspected and admitted misrepresentations, he conveys that he would rather we focus on the truth of his messages than the truth of his experiences - and this seems to satisfy many people....
"Twyman wrote reassuringly: '…as I have been telling those who inquire, Emissary of Light is not an organization, and I am not a guru. ... This is not about me. It is about peace.'"
It's not God's kind of peace! As enticing counterfeits develop, they will surely widen divisions among those who call themselves by the name of Christ. While the world calls for unity at any costs, His people can't conform to its ways, visions, hopes or dreams. “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth," warned Jesus. "I did not come to bring peace but a sword." Matthew 10:34
On the other hand, our Lord promised peace, strength and eternal hope to all who know, trust and follow Him. "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27-28
But those who heed counterfeit promises and seek spiritual favors from occult sources become blind to His grace. Deceptions will multiply, but discernment and victory will follow those whose hearts are set on Him. Therefore,
"Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ." Colossians 2:8
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things..." 2 Timothy 4:2-5
1. Lorie Anderson, "Indigo: The color of money," at http://selectsmart.com/twyman.html
2. Indigo: "The Story," at http://www.indigothemovie.com/behind_the_scenes.html
3. This conclusion was shared at a Christian Writers Conference, which I attended in the early nineties, soon after my books Your Child and the New Age and Under the Spell of Mother Earth had been published. Both books were selling briskly, but others who shared my concerns would have little opportunity to share their messages through Christian publishers. Apparently they found little interest among Christians for such warnings.
Robin Evans, "Spiritual awakenings: YOUNG CHILDREN LEARN THE RITUALS OF THEIR PARENTS' RELIGIONS, San Jose Mercury, February 2, 2005.
4. http://www.indigothemovie.com. The old list of theaters that showed the movie has now been deleted. For the other details, see #7.
5. Wendy H. Chapman, "What's an Indigo Child?" at http://www.metagifted.org/topics/metagifted/indigo/introduction.html
6. Robert Brumet, Transformation, Unity School of Christianity, Unity Village, MO; page 9.
7. "Winning the Audience Choice Award at the Santa Fe Film Festival in December 2003, this worldwide theatrical debut spans all 50 U.S. states, 40 countries and six continents. More than 90,000 people will view 'Indigo' during the two-day event. For the 60 million Americans who consider themselves 'spiritual,' but not necessarily 'religious,' a new genre of film is rapidly emerging -- films with heart and soul -- called 'spiritual cinema.'"
"Independent film, 'Indigo' premieres in two local screenings," Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 2-1-2005. http://dailychronicle.com/articles/2005/02/01/features/roundup/indigo.txt
Conversations with God, Book 2 (Hampton Roads Publishing
Company, Inc., 1997)
9. Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God, Book 1 (Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc., 1996)
10. Read about Aleister Crowley in the second paragraph of "Popular Occultism" at http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/2003/occult-rpg.htm, second paragraph.
You can read more about Neale Donald Walsch at http://www.reinventingjesuschrist.com/.pdf/chapter_3.pdf
Warren Smith’s book, Reinventing Jesus Christ, can be ordered from Discernment Ministries, PO Box 2535, W. Lafayette, IN 47996, Call in orders to: 903-567-4524.
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