The New Age Movement is an eclectic blend of mystical experiences,
Eastern philosophies and religions, occult practices, and mind-bending
encounters. It can be likened to an explorers trek into a psychic and
spiritual wilderness; an expedition which introduces the spiritual
adventurer to a host of various elements. From crystal pyramids to UFO
cults, from visitations by "angels of light" to unexplainable psychic
phenomenon, from secret books of esoteric knowledge to the ancient
continent of Atlantis and other lost kingdoms of occult lore—the New Age
Movement is rife with strange and exotic mystical quests.
One aspect of the New Age Movement that reveals its "heart and soul"
is in the area of "communications." That is, channeled messages from the
beyond that teach, guide, and direct the individuals and groups that
adhere to them.
The Donning International Encyclopedic Psychic Dictionary defines
"channel" and "channeling" as,
CHANNEL—a person who allows his body and mind to be used as a
mechanism for the etheric world intelligences to bring psychic
information or healing energy to others; comes through in physical and
mental psychic skills, while the person is in a deep or semi-trance
state; used in inspirational speaking, writing, psychic surgery, etc.
CHANNELING—to allow an etheric world intelligence to enter one’s
mind and impress thoughts upon the consciousness to be spoken aloud,
using one’s own voice; medium’s body is relaxed and mind is
uncluttered and free of former concepts and opinions; awareness is
heightened and medium senses another presence operating through him or
her but does not sense the significance of the material until
afterward; the knowledge brought through is beyond normal
comprehension of the medium and must be studied to be understood;
currently becoming very popular (Encyclopedic Psychic Dictionary,
Did you catch all that? In a nutshell, "channeling" is allowing your
mind and body to be possessed and used by an outside spiritual entity in
order to impart special words of knowledge. But who are these entities,
and what is their message?
As diverse as the New Age Movement is, these "etheric" beings
likewise exemplify a wide range of personas. Sometimes these unseen
messengers present themselves as extraterrestrial life forms—alien
beings from a distant galaxy or solar system. Angels too are at times
credited to this role of an inter-dimensional message bearer, as are
Devas, god-like beings which in the Sanskrit tradition are part of a
hierarchical order of advanced spiritual super-beings.
Ken Carey, author of The Starseed Transmissions—a compilation
of messages he claims to have channeled in the late 1970s—writes this
about the entities who worked through him,
At times I considered these extraterrestrial, at other times,
angelic. Occasionally, I thought of the entities as informational
cells within a Galactic organism of some sort. Toward the end of the
transmissions, other, more mythical perspectives emerge, about which I
will make no comment here (The Starseed Transmissions, p. 2).
New Age and esoteric teachers also claim that these message-bearers
are "Guided Masters." Supposedly highly evolved humans, these entities
have been called by various names, including Enlightened Ones, Hierarchy
of Initiates, Planetary Hierarchy, Custodians of the Plan, Spirit
Guides, and the Ascended Masters of Wisdom. Popular guided masters in
the New Age Movement includes the Master Jesus the Christ, Maitreya the
Christ, and Djwhal Khul (also spelt Djwal Kul). [Keep in mind, in
esoteric doctrine Jesus Christ was only a man who evolved into a state
of god-hood, an evolved human super-being. This is not the Jesus of
So what are these "Cosmic Messengers" saying?
Almost without exception, these channeled messages speak of
self-godhood, human perfectibility, planetary oneness, and a coming time
when all human energy collectively emerges in a "Christ-like" state of
cosmic consciousness. Moreover, these ethereal entities are
communicating these messages in order to aid humanity in this ultimate
One channeled message through an "extraterrestrial visitor" explained
this larger goal; "We are aware of probabilities for Earth…as a member
of the universal races, it is our responsibility and also our gift to
assist planets in their evolutionary steps" (Lyssa Royal and Keith
Priest, Visitors from Within, p. 48).
Maitreya the Christ, an Ascended Master made famous through the
public relations work of author and lecturer Benjamin Crème, revealed
this lofty purpose in a September 15th, 1977 message,
The vanguard of My Masters of Wisdom are now among you. Soon you
will know Them. Help Them in Their work. Know, too, that They are
building the New Age, through you. Let Them lead and guide, show you
the way; and in doing this you will have served your brothers and
sisters well (Messages from Maitreya the Christ, vol. 1, p.
And in building this New Age, the core principle as defined by these
messengers is the discovery of the God-divinity within you. The being(s)
who spoke to Ken Carey communicated this simply; "You are the Presence
of God. God is present on Earth because of you" (The Starseed
Transmissions, p. 51). One message from an Ascended Master given to
Elizabeth Clare Prophet on July 5, 1975, boldly proclaimed, "I AM Alpha!
I AM Omega! When you know that you are Alpha, that you are Omega,
then—and only then—will you find yourself in the white-fire core of the
Great Central Sun. Children of the One: Forge your God-identity!" (The
Great White Brotherhood in the Culture, History and Religion of America,
All of this smacks of the Great Lie given to Eve as found in the book
of Genesis. Paraphrasing, the Lie basically said, "God is hiding the
truth from you, disobey Him and you too will become as God."
In his letter to the churches of Galatia, the apostle Paul warned
against heading doctrines given by deceiving angels. "But even if we, or
an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have
preached to you, let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:8). Driving home the
seriousness of the matter, Paul repeats this warning once again in the
following verse; "if anyone preaches any other gospel to you…let him be
The bottom line is that channeled messages proclaiming
self-deification is not the gospel as presented by the true Jesus
Christ. Instead of man actually being a God-in-process, Jesus Christ
taught that we are all sinners who have fallen short of God’s standards,
and that we are helpless in this state. Moreover, man must swallow his
pride and recognize that he is lost—that he is not a god in the making
but an individual steeped in sin and pride—and that Jesus Christ alone
is "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).
The difference between the message of Jesus Christ as presented in
the Bible verses the "Jesus-entities" of New Age is monumental; one
proclaims life through admitting who we really are—sinners, the other
repeats a lie that’s many millennium old—that you can seize God’s throne
on your own.
One message leads to life, the other brings a curse (Galatians