Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"The Age of Aquarius and a Promise of Peace" by Caryl Matrisciana

Here is an excerpt from Caryl Matrisciana's book Out of India from the LTRP website. You may remember her from the documentary Gods of the New Age. If you haven't watched this, please do. It is a real eye opener. (You can see that here). As we review this dangerous subject, I want to provide some new resources that will help us spot this movement when it invades our churches through the back door under "Christian" sounding terms....stay tuned.


Category: * A Global Spirituality
Source: Caryl Matrisciana

LTRP Note: Born and raised in India, Caryl Matrisciana was surrounded by a strange and mystical religion, seeing first hand the effects Hinduism had on the people of that nation. After leaving India as a young adult, she became involved in the counter-culture hippie movement, only to find that the elements of Hinduism and the New Age were very much the same. Eventually, Caryl would discover that this same spirituality had entered not only the Western world, but the Christian church as well, unbeknownst to most people.

"The Age of Aquarius and a Promise of Peace"
by Caryl Matrisciana

Millions of people who are being influenced by the New Age do not realize they are being conditioned by a powerful religious and political structure: globalism is the goal, and peace is the promise.

I remember endless conversations with peers in the '60s who were predominantly focused on hopeless gloom. With unrelenting paranoia, we discussed the inadequacies of society. "Everything," we agreed, "is corrupt." This included medicine, food, environment, politics, and education.

A cultivated atmosphere of fear and doom forced us to escape into our own man-made solutions, since answers could only come from us, the awareness brigade, and our enlightened alternatives. Like millions of others, we concluded that a new world order was our only salvation. Our spiritual resources, if encouraged and tapped correctly, could bring goodness, harmony and peace to the world.

The results of nearly fifty years of New Age infiltration into the Western world are staggering. In 1980, Marilyn Ferguson, a major New Age prophetess, wrote a veritable manifesto of New Age philosophy titled The Aquarian Conspiracy. Explaining the choice of title for her best seller, she says this:

Conspire, in its literal sense, means "to breathe together." It is an intimate joining. To make clear the benevolent nature of this joining, I chose the word Aquarian . . . after a dark, violent age, the Piscean, we are entering a millennium of love and light—in the words of the popular song, "The Age of Aquarius," the time of "the mind's true liberation."1

Although countless arguments will continue to debate the insinuation of New Age thinking into our culture, the consensus is that a widespread shift in consciousness is taking place. And this is displaying itself in our everyday lives, right under our noses!

New Age proponent David Spangler describes this hope of a New Age world:

The earth [is] entering a new cycle of evolution, which [will be] marked by the appearance of a new consciousness within humanity that would give birth to a new civilization . . . They would then enter a new age of abundance and spiritual enlightenment—the Age of Aquarius.2

This "spiritual enlightenment" can be capsulated in these characteristic points of the New Age:

1. God is seen more as a flowing energy or creative force that exists in all things rather than as a personal God who is distinct from man and creation.
2. Man is seen as divine, essentially a part of God.
3. Salvation for the soul is something attained when one becomes an awakened soul by understanding one’s divinity and oneness with all. This awakening comes about through the use of various rituals and mystical practices that help remove one’s attachment to the world.
4. The gap between good and evil is eradicated. In other words, there is no evil--all is divine.

The New Age offers new ideas of peace, love, integrity, and community--all that a needy world is hungry for. It attempts to reform religious ideals based on Judeo-Christian principles with an improved formula of application. It seeks to replace age--old sentiments of patriotism and traditional moral standards with a new philosophy. All of the old-fashioned ideals are dismissed as mundane and archaic.

It also casts the more serious charge that the "old ways" only serve to impede the progress of a society bent on an upward evolution to a higher consciousness--the new power.

The conditioning of a potential New Age disciple may start subconsciously at an early age. Perhaps he is trying to find answers and purposes for his life. A difficult family environment may urge him on. Disillusionments and disappointments may create needs. Dissatisfaction with religious hypocrisy may cause him to explore other philosophies. In my case, all of these contributed to my sense of powerlessness and resultant quest.

I became deeply committed to the New Age agenda, although I must admit I did not understand the spiritual implications. I merely longed for self-improvement and hungered after some kind of peace and love. In more troubled moments, I sensed a strange recognition of New Age teachings and sometimes felt a disturbing tension to realize that some wonderful new idea of mine had originally been written thousands of years before--in Hindu teachings.

My life experiences had taught me more about India and its religious ramifications than any of my enlightened friends would have dared guess. And in my recollection, nothing to be found along the streets of Calcutta, Bombay, or Madras promised a better life to anyone.

So, in accepting New Age teachings in the 1960s, had I somehow accepted the very religion that had frightened me so much as a child? If so, had I somehow misunderstood the sights and sounds and smells of my childhood? (from Out of India by Caryl Matrisciana, chapter 1)

1. Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy (Los Angeles, CA: J. P. Tarcher, Inc., 1980), p. 19.
2. David Spangler, Emergence (Delta 1984), p. 17.

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