Enlightened Spirituality

 


Christian Enlightenment

Is there such a thing as Christian enlightenment? What other paths are there to enlightenment? What are the steps to true spiritual enlightenment.


The New Age - Defining Its Origins and What It Is

The Ascended Master Teachings are considered New Age teachings, yet what is the New Age. An attempt to define the New Age of Spirituality, its origins and what it consists of.


What is a Cult?

Defining a cult is not easy for sociologists or individuals. Not all cults are harmful, but many are. Those who join a cult generally don't even realize they are in one. Yet participating in a cult movement can have serious consequences. This article gives some common points on what makes a cult not a sect or just a religion, and describes the difference between sects and cults, why people join cults, with examples of cults in modern history, and what makes a cult leader and what warning signals to look out for that a religious leader is really a dangerous cult leader.


The New Age "I AM" Presence

What is the I AM Presence and where did the idea originate from? Why is the concept of the I AM Presence so important to the ascended master students? Does it conflict with Christianity?


The Findhorn Founders

One of the well known New Age movements that began from a Rosicrucian and Theosophy background was the Findhorn group founded by Peter and Eileen Caddy and Dorothy Maclain in northern Scotland. Some stories and books idealize Findhorn based on its principles of organic gardening which yielded extraordinary size vegetables, but also for the groups ability to work in harmony with God, supposedly guiding them and their intimate work with the nature kingdom. But were these people really working with the inner God I AM or channeling the masters and spirit elementals? Was their apocalyptic beliefs and the "space brothers" working through them and others really going to save the world? Were they upright moral people believing in the Laws of God, or did they have a "pick and choose" philosophy in what laws they would adhere to, and what laws they deemed as passé?

Part II - Creating the FIndhorn Foundation


The Practice of Mesmerism and Animal Magnetism

In studying about the foundation of Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy, the practice of mesmerism, and her belief in animal magnetism, became a large part of who she was and why and how she founded Christian Science. The practice of mesmerism is not generally practiced today, although some believe it is another name for hypnotism, which is practiced today. They are different. In this article I present what is mesmerism and how it was applied by some and where it had its beginnings so that one can understand how the New Thought Movement and Christian Science developed in the 19th century.


Mary Baker Eddy, Her Early Life and the Founding of Christian Science

Part I

Many books have been written about Eddy, her life and the church she founded. To condense the vast history of the Church of Christ Scientists into a couple of pages, and catch the essence of who she was and what she taught, is not an easy task. But for those who do not want to take the time to read the books, I have attempted to condense the important points of her life in this article, and in part two, will continue on with the church, their beliefs and what has happened to the Church over the last century. Mary's life is surprising when you uncover the hidden, unofficial testimonies of others that the Church does not want non-Scientists to know. Is she truly the "Goddess of Wisdom" the Ascended Master Teachings made her out to be? Did psychosomatic illness haunt her her entire life? Did she practice what she preached?


Mary Baker Eddy, Early Years of Christian Science

Part II

In this part malicious animal magnetism (MAM) is introduced as one of Mary Baker Eddy's fears that carried with her from the time of the founding of Christian Science until her death, such that she began accusing anyone who opposed her of being of the effects of it, which she claimed caused her to be ill. Eddy even accused others of killing her third husband with MAM. Some of the many lawsuits Eddy instigated, as well as those against her, are presented, and finally, what are the beliefs of Christian Science, which claims to be Christian, that differ from Christianity.