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THE GLOBAL MESSAGE
BEHIND MYSTICAL THRILLS
By Berit Kjos
May 7, 2003
"I was taught in ritual magick how to go to different planes of existence outside the physical body," explained Peter, a former Temple Master in the occult Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn who is now a committed Christian.1 "I could create a realm there in which I could practice ritual magick and perfect my magical skills. What I did on the physical plane was what I had practiced on the astral plane through creative visualizations."
Then he added the vital thread that unifies all occult orders and ritual magic: "Through my will and imagination, I made things happen on the physical plane. As above, so below! This ritual magick is a manifestation of the power of your will."
His words reminded me of Starhawk's formula for magic and spells. Author of The Spiral Dance and founder of the "Covenant of the Goddess" she taught her followers that,
"As above, so below." These four words summarize the core of magick, explained Peter. But it was new to me, so I did an Internet search. Countless sites came up, linking the occult phrase to occult beliefs such as theosophy, kundalini yoga, the dialectic philosophy behind the yin-yang symbol and Theodynamics. The latter deals with "cosmic or First Force energy and the frequencies supposedly generated by the shape of the pyramid."
A more useful site gave the history and meaning of this simple phrase. But before you read the summary below, let me explain why I share this with you. As you have seen, these old occult teachings -- once hidden behind closed doors in secret societies and mystical brotherhoods -- have now gone mainstream. Yet, few recognize their dark, occult nature or the forces behind their timeless formulas. We cannot afford to be ignorant any longer. To avoid experiencing evil, we need to discern the evil. So take note of the esoteric concepts in the excerpt below. Many of these have been adapted to Christian counseling, mystical prayer, holistic health and other familiar practices. They sound good to those who are blind to the popular "wiles of the devil":
This is a devious lie! But it's a message that Satan, masquerading as an "Angel of Light," has used to deceive God's people since the beginning of time. Remember what God tells us about this cruel "prince of the power of the air:"
While he still exercises his allotted power here on earth, Satan neither keeps his promises nor follows our rules. Behind all the tempting promises of worldly unity lurks a cold, heartless cruelty that few Americans can even imagine. But those who still remember the Nazi concentration camps or bear the scars of torture in Communist prisons understand the terror of a human nature trained and dominated by the forces of darkness.
Peter was part of that dark cruel world, and his description was chilling:
Those who love and follow God, will be repelled by occult myths. And those who love today's popular occultism will run from God's unchanging truths and boundaries. For if we follow God's way, we will -- by His life in us -- "abhor what is evil and cling to what is good." It's that simple.
The world cringes when it hears such truths. Its myths and fantasies are too enticing. That's why people find all kinds of arguments to justify their misdirected love.
In an article titled, "J.R.R. Tolkien: Truth and Myth," Tolkien's biographer, Joseph Pearce, wrote:
Do you see the strange reasoning? For example, if Tolkien's mythical realm of occult magic and multiple gods "makes the unseen hand of providence felt by the reader," what message does it actually teach? Does Pearce really believe that God's all wise providence can be felt through the man-made gods in the Lord of the Rings? If so, the seductive myth has blinded his eyes and distorted his view of God's reality.
But that's just what myth does. It provides counterfeit answers to life's deepest questions and shuts the door to the only God who can provide eternal, life-giving answers. Small wonder the UK-based Tolkien Society chose the uroborus, a circular serpent swallowing its tail as a symbol for its organization. On one of its pages, this pagan society highlights the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Peter's former battle ground:
Do you see the raging battle for truth and clarity? What, then, can parents do if their children are caught up in the mystical worlds of fantasy games? Peter made these suggestions:
To prepare your child for daily battles against tempting spiritual counterfeits, show them how to put on The Armor of God. These six truths expose and counter today's most popular deceptions. Even more important, they show us the way to an intimate relationship with God.
1. Peter is not his real name. For his safety, we prefer to keep him anonymous. If you have questions for him, you can contact Him at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Theodynamics at www.theodynamics.com/theo/volume2/ chapter10.html
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Berit Kjos is a widely respected researcher, writer and conference speaker. A frequent guest on national radio and television programs, Kjos has been interviewed on Point of View (Marlin Maddoux), The 700 Club, Bible Answer Man, Beverly LaHaye Live, Crosstalk and Family Radio Network. She has also been a guest on "Talk Back Live" (CNN) and other secular radio and TV networks. Her last two books are A Twist of Faith and Brave New Schools. Kjos Ministries Web Site: http://www.crossroad.to/index.html
"To work magic is to weave the unseen forces into form, to soar beyond sight, to explore the uncharted dream realm of the hidden reality... to leap beyond imagination into that space between the worlds where fantasy becomes real; to be at once animal and god..."