- Who or What is being
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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. "In this important and
challenging pamphlet, groundbreaking Goddess artist,
writer and feminist Monica Sjöö takes issue with the
ideas she uncovers in a wide range of New Age
Who are these Secret
Masters, Spirit Guides and Extraterrestrials ?
Why are their
pronouncements so often right-wing, anti-woman and
Where do their ideas come
Where might they lead us?
This fascinating, lively and
wide-ranging discussion, takes in topics as various as
spirit communications, UFO's, alien abductions, and
the "New World Order" alongside an
examination of a number of channeled books.
What emerges is a disturbing
picture of a growing movement advocating a philosophy
with fascist connections, setting itself in opposition
to any earth-based, female-honouring spirituality, a
movement of White-Lighters who despise everything
dark, see the Earth as disposable, and tell us that
trying to save Her is futile.
"Many would dismiss
New Age channelings as harmless if fanciful
nonsense. That is a view I do not share...... 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
Enhanced by Monica Sjöö's
paintings affirming the strength of the age-old pagan
earth-loving spirituality, this is a passionate,
humane and intelligent essay, asking many
thought-provoking questions with the intention of
stimulating debate and discussion.
Anyone with an interest in New
Age ideas should read this.
Monica Sjöö is a radical anarcha/eco-feminist
& Goddess artist, writer and thinker involved in
Earth Mysteries. Born in the north of Sweden in 1938,
she has lived mostly in Britain since the late 1950's,
and has been active in the Women's Liberation Movement
since the 60's. Her paintings are inspired by journeys
to, and experiences at the Neolithic sacred sites of
the ancient Great Mother, and have been exhibited in
the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and the USA.
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While I was writing and gathering material
for my book "New Age and Armageddon: The Goddess or the Gurus?"
note 1) I
became increasingly alarmed and frightened by the right wing, racist,
antifeminist 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 them frightening.
Interest in New Age channelers, and their channeled books
is growing rapidly into a significant movement, with well-attended workshops,
and rising book sales attesting to their popularity. These 'channelers' say that
the material in their books is not their own work, but has been 'channeled'
through them by a variety of spiritual entities, discarnate beings, Secret
Masters and extraterrestrials. These beings proceed to impart information,
advice, and esoteric 'wisdom' to us, which taken together forms an increasingly
influential body of thought.
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, from the start, that I do
believe in the possibility of spirit communications between the worlds or realms
or dimensions. I have lost two sons who 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. They are also mostly male, channeled through mainly women mediums. Once
again, women seem to be acting as passive vessels for masterful male entities.
One can, of course, just see it all as a
gigantic hoax. I don't think so, however. I will try to explain why I don't
think so. and take a closer look at some recent channeled books.
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 camps and gatherings, challenging New Age Patriarchy
and its channelers (see
note 2). 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.
Racist Legacy of Alice Bailey
I discuss Alice Bailey, because her 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. She was avidly studied at Findhorn, the 'Light Centre' and New Age
Mecca in Scotland. Alice Bailey, a former Theosophist, was light obsessed and
demomised darkness. Her Master DK even welcomed the atomic bomb and nuclear
fusion because it would "liberate" light from within the dark womb of
the atom or matter. In common with other patriarchal religions, including
Christianity, those who follow this line of thought clearly hate the dark
Earth so much that they welcome Her destruction or see Her as disposable. They
see light as inherently male and darkness as female. This is in stark contrast
to earth-based Goddess spirituality which sees the Goddess as
both light and dark, without demonising either.
Alice Bailey had adopted the concept of the Root Races
from Helena Blavasky the Russian founder of Theosophy. Blavatsky claimed to
have been taught to channel knowledge from a Hierarchy of secret adepts or
Masters, the White Brotherhood, who supposedly live on in indestructible bodies
within the remotest Himalayas, or in the Gobi desert, in the mystical city of
Shambhala. The Root Race theory is thoroughly racist and condemns indigenous
dark peoples to extinction, to make way for the Aryan / white Caucasian peoples
whose time this is to be. When the atomic bombs were exploded over Hiroshima and
Nagasaki in 1945 Master DK said of the Japanese that they were due to leave
their physical form and belonged to an earlier Root-Race anyway! It comes as no
surprise to find that the Nazis studied Blavatsky's writings. And like Blavatsky,
Alice Bailey was also anti-semitic (see
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. Spangler 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 technosphere.
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 birh 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,
in pursuit of financial and political power?
The Destruction of the Earth
The New Age movement, heavily influenced by Alice Bailey's
ideas appears to see Earth as redundant, an old dark indigenous Mother to
transcend. They speak of Her as low-fallen-dense-material. Since they desire to
escape Earth they welcome in ETs, Aliens, Space "Brothers" and they
imagine that life and humans were "seeded" here or genetically
engineered from space and other planets. They cannot even imagine that life
originated here, that we were born of the Earth Mother, who is a great spirit, a
planetary being in space, who gives us consciousness and all that we are.
When New Agers speak of coming Earth-transformations they
actually seem to mean the death of Nature, of Earth Herself. On the bidding of
"the Lord" above She is to sacrifice Herself, becoming Light-filled
and ascending into the Fifth dimension of bodylessness and eternal light. To my
knowledge this is a state reached only after death.
For example Diana Luppi, the woman channeler for the
note 4) suggests that
Earth Herself had asked for the "coming evolutionary jump" and has
been preparing a long time for the arrival of the ETs who are coming to reclaim
the planet in the name of "the Light" (male "God") who is
"the source of all life and creation". According to her we are to
rejoin the "cosmic family" away from Earth's "dysfunctional
system" - in American therapy-speak.
In the meantime, she writes, the Council's invisible
fifth-dimensional starships are encircling the Earth, and wait for the time when
those of us the starpeople who have preprogrammed DNA, "detonate" at
a preset time. This is so that this elite, planted here, will be able to include
more light that the mere human type. We are cautioned that it'll all be
traumatic as Earth changes. The thing to remember is that " you are an
interdimensional Master and an expert at transforming collapsible
realities". She believes that since everything is predestined it would only
prolong the agony to do anything to stop the corporate destruction and rape and
pollution of Earth and its dark peoples. It would also be "negative"
to dwell on such things. In the current environmental crisis attitudes like
these are particularly alarming. It seems that these New Agers are trying to
brainwash people into passivity and non-action just when action is needed the
most. In whose interests are they working?
Tampering with Earth's Energies
In a world where frontiers are closing everywhere in the
Western world against dark peoples fleeing from famines, torture and wars - most
of this as a result of the globalisation of poverty imposed and sanctioned by
this same Western world - white New Agers jetset freely, speaking of themselves
as global citizens, the world their oyster.
New Agers travel the world to sacred places where they
attempt to manipulate Earth's sacred energies, planting crystals at standing
stones and in similar places. Their plan is to facilitate the entry into this
realm of extraterrestrials by changing the energy patterns of the Earth, and
this, not Earth healing, was also the purpose of the so-called "Harmonic
Convergence" in August 1987.
I was recently at a New Age festival in North Cornwall and
heard one such New Age jetsetter, the Australian channeler Sandy Stevenson
speak of her journeys around the world. She also boasted that she spent most of
her time already in the fifth dimension and is personally tapped into the
Sandy announces in the final section of her book "The
Awakener" that Earth is now functioning on the New Higher Vibrational Leyline system and at midnight
on 25th November 1996 the Earth "slipped
free" of the "denser" energy leyline system that Earth has used
since the days of Atlantis. She told us how on that night she had been on the
Cornish coast near St Austell carrying an "Atlantean laser crystal"
and had cut the last of the four corner cords that held the old leyline. Earth
was now getting ready for the final stages of her "ascension", to be
completed by 2012. It seems the so-called "light force" have been
focusing light into sacred sites and leyline points throughout the world,
creating a grid/leyline system to replace the old one. This is apparently part
of "The Divine Plan for Earth".
As a lover of the Earth and her ancient
sacred sites, I felt very close to evil when I heard her speaking and I could
see clearly how New Agers using occult powers, taught by the likes of Alice
Bailey, are attempting to tamper with Goddess Earth and Her ancient sacred
Things will get even crazier as the Millenium approaches
and even more so with 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar and according to some
New Agers the end of time.
I too would like to see the transformation of the Earth -
but in ways totally other than what New Agers are anticipating. My dream would
be for oppressed peoples to rise up. Earth's women to throw off our chains, and
patriarchy finally come to an end. So may it be...
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