Sinister New Age
Who or What is speaking?
article appeared in "From the Flames- Radical feminism with Spirit" -
issue 22 - winter 98/99
images and text were chosen by Monica to accompany the article. We have added
"Mother Earth in Pain" to page 2.
The article is based on an extract from a longer pamphlet by Monica,
which was published in A4 format of 40 pages in 1998. Click
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"Leif, my young son, gone to the Otherworld Aug. 1985.
I wrote "New Age and Armageddon: the Goddess or the Gurus ?" after
the death of my oldest son from virulent cancer in 1987. He had become involved
with Rebirthers, New Age therapists, with disastrous results. In the book I
discuss, among other things, New Agers' reactionary and patriarchal worldview,
their denial of life's natural cycles, their envy of birthing mothers (they
believe in rebirth without the mother), and their concepts of
poverty-and-prosperity-consciousness, which goes along with the "you create
your own reality" thinking. They inevitably end up guilt-tripping the poor,
oppressed and ill. This explains the self-satisfied and intolerable smugness of
affluent white New Agers, who congratulate themselves on their good Karma and
good fortune, claiming that "Money is my friend" (see
and that physical
immortality should be their birthright.
While I was writing and gathering material for the book I became increasingly
alarmed and frightened by the right wing, racist, anti-feminist assumptions in
much New Age thinking. What emerged was a hidden agenda behind the facade of
Light, love and healing, an agenda that supports US corporate free market
capitalism, patriarchal science and other horrors. At that time, however, I had
not looked closely at New Age channelings. I have since done so and have found
I am not an academic and will not apologise for perhaps at times sounding
crazily unacceptable to the academic mind. In this article I am trying to follow
the distorted, patriarchal, reactionary reasoning of New Agers/channelers, which
leads me into having to discuss spirit communications, which I believe are
possible, as well as Aryan supremacy theories, so prevalent in the West until recently. These theories have re-emerged in the
New Age movement and elsewhere. As the mother of two sons who now live on in
the Spirit-world, one of whom was/is of mixed race, his father African-American,
I'm not speaking as an outsider, but as someone who experiences the Otherworld
forever present. I believe that my son and his distant Africans ancestors work through
me now as I confront white supremacist, racist & misogynist New Age thinking.
New Age channeling of discarnate entities originated in and has been
fashionable amongst the affluent whites on the west coast of USA since the early 80's. Many channelers have made fame
& fortune for
themselves. For example, Mrs. J. Z. Knight, who channels the supposedly 30.000
year old entity Ramtha from her securely guarded and armed "
fortress" in the small town of Yelm in Washington State. It turns out that
this supposedly ancient wise entity Ramtha, "The Enlightened One,"
admired "King Reagan" and supported the dismantling of the US
welfare system. These just happen to be Mrs. Knight's own views, as expressed in
her autobiography. While struggling to save my oldest son from cancer, and in
despair over my youngest son's death at the age of 15, I got involved in Spiritualism. After a while I couldn't help but
notice that the majority of the mediums were women, but women who hid behind
male personae and voices, in a world where not long ago mediums /Wise
women/Witches were burnt at the stake. Male spirit guides, Secret Masters, and
now more recently ETs (Extra Terrestrials), adepts who mostly express right-wing
patriarchal views supposedly speak through women mediums. These women seem once
again to be acting as passive vessels for masterful male entities.
Are we to believe that even the spirit realms have been imperialised by the
patriarchs? Why is it that one doesn't hear the messages and voices of the
dark Neolithic women who created ancient cultures and had evolved mind and intelligence, as they had already studied the lunar cycles in the Palaeolithic?
Nor do we hear the voices of the Wise women of Europe or the shamans (women and men) of indigenous peoples everywhere who were put to
death for believing that Earth and all life is sacred and is born of and returns to the Dark/Light Mother. The emphasis on male channeled entities
continues unabated in the New Age movement and the messages are mostly
Many would dismiss New Age channelings as harmless if fanciful nonsense. That
is a view I do not share. I want to make it clear, though, that I do believe in
the possibility of spirit communications between the worlds or realms or
dimensions. My two sons live on in the spirit-world, of that I am convinced, and
they communicate with me in my dreams. All ancient, as well as present day
indigenous peoples have gained the powers of prophecy and healing from the Ancestors in shamanic states. I have
experienced such states at the ancient sacred sites of the Goddess in the land
itself and such visions have inspired my art.
But the entities - whether Secret Masters, Extraterrestrials or spirit guides
- that apparently speak through New Age channelers seem to be of another order
entirely than the spirits of Earth and ancient realities. These channeled
entities, so beloved of the New Age movement, give messages that are
patriarchal and life-denying, they seem hostile to earth-based biological life
and to the Earth Mother that gives us our life and being.
It is very convenient to be able to say, " It was my Spirit guide who
said....." , thereby renouncing any responsibility for the message. As
someone said, channeling is a monologue that no-one takes responsibility for.
People seem to be in awe of and never question such entities.
I have not found any discussion or questioning of what the New Age
channelings are about, or who the entities might be, and I have mostly found
myself a lone voice when giving workshops and talks at camps and gatherings,
challenging New Age Patriarchy and its channelers. It seems that people are
either taken in by it all and lose their critical faculties OR they dismiss it
entirely as irrelevant. I am trying to do neither.
The Racist Legacy of Alice Bailey
The New Age movement has inherited many of its reactionary notions from the
Theosophists. The Theosophical movement, founded by the Russian aristocrat
Helena Blavatsky in the USA in 1875, was THE New Age movement of its time and
was very influential. Alice Bailey and Rudolf Steiner, both of whose thinking
has reached deep into the New Age psyche, started out as Theosophists.
Madame Blavatsky first channeled the so-called Hierarchy of Masters, occult
adepts, Mahatmas or the White Brotherhood, who are said to be immortal, and to
materialise and dematerialise anywhere at will. More recently New Age channeler Phyllis
Schlemmer, for instance, has stated that her "Council of 9" are the
same Secret Masters that Blavatsky and Alice Bailey channeled. These Masters
are said to rule the world by occult means.
Alice Bailey's books (channeled to her through "Master DK") and the
many organisations that she spawned (such as the Lucis Trust, the New Group of
World Servers and the Goodwill Foundation), have had a reactionary and racist
influence on the whole New Age movement. Her work has been avidly studied at
Findhom, the 'Light Centre' and New Age Mecca, in Scotland. She
adopted from Madame Blavatsky the thoroughly racist concept of Root Races, condemns
indigenous dark peoples to extinction, to make way for the Aryan/white Caucasian
peoples whose time this is to be. Alice Bailey was right-wing, light obsessed
and demonised darkness. When the atomic bombs were exploded over Hiroshima and
Nagasaki in 1945, her "Master DK" welcomed this as a great spiritual
event because it would "liberate" light from within the dark womb of
the atom or matter; justifying the destruction of the Japanese people, who, they
said, were due to leave their physical form and belonged to an earlier Root Race
anyway! It should come as no surprise to find that the Nazis studied Blavatsky's
writings. And like Blavatsky, Alice Bailey was also anti-semitic.
Racist thinking like this thrives within the New Age movement David Spangler,
the American guru at Findhorn in the early 70's, was an admirer of Alice
Bailey's teachings, and wrote of how we are to overcome the ancient shamanic
(lunar/female/Goddess) mind which hears the voices of Nature. According to him
it is with the "Aryan mind" that human mental powers came into their
own and brought the Masters into being. This "Aryan mind" is the
alienated dualistic onlooker consciousness of Western patriarchy which has set
about dominating and destroying the Earth, turning Her from a biosphere into a
Alice Bailey's Master DK also
claims that the "Secret Masters" have all along been influencing
men's (and I mean men's) minds, implanting ideas and sudden inspirations that
have led to inventions and scientific "breakthroughs" such as the
splitting of the atom, and taking an instrumental role in the creation of
patriarchies, industrialism, imperialism and the birth of male science.
When I consider the way that US controlled multinational corporations, the
World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and so on wage war against the
Earth, holding Third World and Eastern bloc countries to ransom, wrecking entire
economies as well as the livelihoods of peasants and women everywhere,
destroying whole ecosystems all around the world in the name of freemarket
capitalism and the New World Order, this doesn't seem totally far-fetched. I
can't help wondering what the members of Alice Bailey's
organisations might be up to. Are they in fact heading capitalist corporations,
wielding financial and political power?
Calling in the Light
Christianity has demonised and desacralised Earth, seeing
it as dark and female. The "God" of the Christians (Moslems, Hebrews,
etc.) on the other hand, is eternal light and male by definition. I call him the
absentee landlord as he clearly is not seen as indwelling in "his
creation". This is in contrast to the ancient Mother Goddess who was/is
both dark and light, both of this world and of the Otherworld, the Mother of the
living as well as Mother of the spirits.
Ramala, an entity channeled from Glastonbury, advocates the removal of
darkness from the world and is oblivious to the fact that life
evolved in a world of both light and darkness, and that we grow in the dark
womb, and that nothing would live, heal, or grow without
darkness, nor would we dream or communicate with the spirits. In contrast,
African shaman Malidoma Patrice Somé says in "Of Water and the Spirit"
for his people, the Dagara, who are matrilinear, darkness is sacred and it is forbidden to illuminate it since that
scares the spirits away. The night is the day of the spirits, and of the Ancestors
who come to speak with us and share their wisdom.
I understand that the Neolithic people of Europe were most likely related
to the present-day shamanic arctic peoples, they were
not white and Indo-European. They saw the Dark Goddess as the lifegiving Earth
while the White Goddess was the Mother of the
says that since all matter is mortal, it is in order, in
our quest for consciousness, to sacrifice aspects of
Nature! This at a time when Earth has been abused
& raped beyond Her endurance. It also assumes that Nature is not conscious.
This reminds me of a spokesman for president
Chirac who said to the Guardian newspaper (see
that the continuing nuclear tests in the Pacific, under
the Mururoa atoll and against world opinion, were about
"the freedom of man rather than the contemplation
of the innocence of nature." Many New Agers would agree with this and most New
live in cities where electrification is god and
the maternal darkness is truly banished,
and nuclear power, the Matricide which rips
apart the womb of matter to create artificial light, is seen as a necessity.
Bailey's "The Great Invocation" has been promoted worldwide,
becoming a sort of New Age hymn. It has been translated into 75 or so languages, and is used as a
sort of hypnotic mantra, repetitively invoking Light, the
Will of God, and the Plan on Earth. New Agers
constantly call in "the Light" ,
in meditations and in gatherings, but the light they are invoking is not of this world, and I
they are preparing for a mass death while speaking of Earth healing and Earth
experienced the white light of the Otherworld as I flew with my brain-dead son on great white
in a kind of 'near-death' experience.
Agers' channeled entities, Masters
and Extra-terrestrials, seem to be envious of, and hostile to Mother-born life
on this Earth. What is called " Rebirth into light" seems
to be about the destruction of the lifegiving Dark
Mother, who all patriarchs, it seems, hate and fear.
from the Body
In many channeled books - from
"Starseed Transmissions: an Extraterrestrial Report"
written by Ken Carey
in 1982 during eleven days when he claimed to be overshadowed by the
Archangel Raphael, (who sounds more like an Alien
hostile to life on Earth), to the recently
published "The Only Planet of Choice" channeled by the medium Phyllis Schlemmer over a period of more than 20 years from "The
9", a sort of Intergalactic council or cosmic board of directors from a "zone
of cold and superconductivity". There is a repeated theme
that Earth is a lower and fallen realm, and above all that
She has no autonomous creative powers to create life. Instead we
are "seeded" from other planets, and/or
we are a failed genetic experiment carried out by "space
brothers". There is definitely something inherently wrong
in being biologically human, living in a physical body. In many channeled
books it is said that super-computers exist in
space and one can be excused for thinking that "God" is
the ultimate linear, left-brain, alienated
computer-mind. This is of course our inheritance from Christianity and other patriarchal monotheistic religions
set out to desacralise and demonize the Earth, which
they say is full of illusionary form and female darkness. The Devil is the creation of those who
deny the Goddess. Christianity seeks to separate spirit
from matter, mind from body, and declare matter and body female, lower, impure. It is said that Male
spirit seeks to free itself from female matter. This is also what the
digital/Net/Virtual Reality computerised
revolution is about, as the
computer/machine is envied for its "purity"; pure linear mind "fathered" by scientists, originally
developed to facilitate the making : of the Hydrogen
bomb in the 40's. A flight from the
"messy"-bleeding-excreting body born of woman.
Those who follow this line of thought clearly
hate the dark Mother Earth so much that they
welcome Her destruction or see Her as disposable.
all channeled books in recent years accept that our future
will be computerised and genetically
engineered. Most of the books are written by white Americans who are
oblivious to what the USA is doing in the world
at large, where US multinationals, who are a law
unto themselves and aspire to create a US dominated World Order, rip off the Third World
and indigenous peoples, stealing their land, seed and even genetic material. In return
they have introduced the misnamed
"Green Revolution" and sterile genetically engineered "improved" seed that can only be
maintained at great cost and dependence
on foreign petrochemical companies, the purchase of
tractors, etc. Vandana Shiva, the Indian scientist and ecofeminist, writes in
Alive: Women, Ecology and Development" that indigenous women peasants of India were
always the guardians and care-takers of the
soil, the seed, the trees, the waters, and perceive Nature and the Earth as
a great sacred living Mother/Shakti. To
claim that we are seeded or genetically engineered in an imperialist
way from other planets strangely reflects today's realities. Genetic
scientists plan to manipulate genes and our DNA, to produce hybrid animals and plants. They
imperialise women's bodies. Women scientists have warned again and again of how male scientists desire to become "male
to clone themselves, that they speak of women as "foetal environments"
and ovarian "egg farms".
Surrogate motherhood has been created and birth itself becomes increasingly
high-tech and alienated, especially in the USA, as women
are wired up and "managed" by
male obstetricians. In the ancient world,
however, birth was considered a
sacrament, an experience that opens one up to shamanic realms and states, and women gave birth within the sacred precincts of the Great
presided over by priestesses who were also midwives and healers.
has struck me when reading about the innumerable UFO abduction experiences, as retold by
many Americans - being taken into the computerised environment of
a space-ship, being operated on and prodded/examined by terrifying masked
alien beings in a blinding light - that this is strikingly similar to
the actual experience of a hospital birth. The terrified newborn
child dragged out of its bleeding mother - (in the USA it is now so
common with perfectly unnecessary caesareans and also hysterectomies
for that matter) held up and slapped by alien masked beings in a near-blinding
light which hurts the child's sensitive eyes (see
wonder whether this experience is replayed and experienced as an
alien abduction at times of heightened psychic emotion and/or stress?
Just a thought.
has also been suggested that the so-called aliens or ETs might be our
own future (genetically modified?) selves returning on time-travel
visitations. For what purpose I don't know. Barbara Hand Clow in "The Pleiadian Agenda"
and Barbara Marciniak in "Earth: Pleiadian Keys
Living Library" certainly claim that the
Pleiadian beings, which they channel in a sort of stream of
consciousness, are our past as well as future selves. For a change their books
are not antifeminist; they even speak of the Goddess and of sexuality and women's blood as
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