The 1950s and '60s were an outgrowth of the era that preceded them. The New Age worldview now prepared to establish its hold in the spiritual, political, economic and social areas of life. Eventually, the idea of a humanity solving its problems through personal and global transformation would spread worldwide.
As Humanism chewed away at the Christian tradition, a spiritually hungry world sought after demonstrations of psychic and occult powers. Many saw no other choice but to believe man must become his own savior, and mankind must unite to do accomplish that. To this end, each man set up his own value system, which often turned out to be, "If it feels good, go for it." Hidden behind it all was Satan's army, leading men down the road to a new consciousness.
1950 - END-TIME PROPHECYPius XII There were occasional rumors of visions and "angelic" phenomena associated with Pius XII during the entire duration of his papacy (1939 - 1958). He reportedly experienced mystical visions of both Jesus and Mary. After one of these visions he told one of his assistants, "Mankind must prepare itself for sufferings such as it has never before experienced." He expressed dismay at what he saw facing humanity in the not so distant future, describing those times as "the darkest since the deluge". He described the times that were unfolding as a period of great spiritual conflict, noting, "The hour has struck - the battle, the most widespread, bitter and ferocious the world has ever known, has been joined. It must be fought to the finish." The message was this: if the world could be consecrated to Mary's Immaculate Heart, the tribulations which he saw in his visions could be mitigated. He also experienced the Fatima vision of the Miracle of the Sun. Two days later, he made Mary s Assumption into heaven a doctrine.
1950 - ASSUMPTION OF MARY MADE DOCTRINEPope Pius XII proclaims the Assumption of Mary bodily into heaven as doctrine. In his encyclical, Munificentissimus Deus, dated November 1, 1950, a year of Jubilee, the pope declared:
"By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory. Hence if anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which we have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith. . . . It is forbidden to any man to change this, our declaration, pronouncement, and definition or, by rash attempt, to oppose and counter it. If any man should presume to make such an attempt, let him know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul."
1950 - THE BEATNIKSrevived ZEN MEDITATION (see 1200).
1950 - THE URANTIA FOUNDATIONwas incorporated to disseminate "The Urantia Book," teachings that reinterpret God, Christ, humanity and the universe.
1950 - LUCIS TRUSTchanged its name from Lucifer Publishing (see 1922). It publishes and promotes Alice Bailey's 24 channeled books and "THE GREAT INVOCATION," the "prayer of the New Age." It is closely linked with the U.N. as a world service organization dedicated to world cooperation and sharing.
1951 - ASTARA founders: Robert and Earlyne ChaneyThis organization was named after a Greek goddess, it s formation being influenced by spiritism, occult doctrines and practices, and "Modern" mystery schools. It promotes "the Hierarchy" of Alice Bailey and teaches followers to become light bearers, meaning the Luciferic initiation experience, through a new consciousness.
1952 - NORMAN VINCENT PEALE"[I] fully appreciate what Ernest Holmes [United Church of Religious Science (see 1926)] did for me. He made me a positive thinker." Peale s ministry was a product of New Thought, Science of Mind and Mesmer, and gained much acceptance in Christian circles.
1953 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Sabana Grande, Puerto Ricoto Barrio Rincon - Marian visions and prophecy.
1954 - PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE OF REINCARNATIONReincarnation became a reasonable hypothesis after Morey Bernstein hypnotically regressed Virginia Tighe and "discovered" that Virginia had lived another life as BRIDEY MURPHY in Ireland. A movie followed, giving the theory of Reincarnation even more respect.
1954 MARIAN APPEARANCE Dayton, Ohioto Sr. Mil. Neuzil - Marian visions.
1955 - SCIENTOLOGYincorporated.
1955 - URANTIA BROTHERHOOD formedIt was concerned with "the spiritual regeneration and evolutionary advancement of mankind" (see 1934). Here we see an example of how the doctrines laid out in the 1800s and 1900s were being placed into organizations that would now reach the public.
1956 - EXTEND SACRED HEART S RULE TO THE WORLDIn his encyclical, Haurietis Aquas, Pope Pius XII prayed that the devotion to the Sacred Heart would spread to the whole world to establish his reign:
"These were not satisfied with establishing a feast in honor of the most Sacred Heart of the Redeemer and extending it to the Universal Church; they were also responsible for the solemn acts of dedication which consecrated the whole human race to the same Sacred Heart. . . . [May] the Sacred Heart of Jesus and its sweet and sovereign kingdom be extended more widely to all in every part of the world: the kingdom "of truth and life; the kingdom of grace and holiness; the kingdom of justice, love and peace."
1957 - TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION TM, Maharishi Mahesh YogiTM s roots are in Hinduism, with initiates receiving a personal mantra at induction for the purpose of absorption in the All.
1958 - SUMMIT LIGHTHOUSE (C.U.T.) Church Universal/Triumphant: founder: Mark ProphetClare Prophet is the current leader, and she is known as the "Mother of the Universe." C.U.T. is a unique blending of East and West spirituality, an offshoot of Theosophy and the "I AM" cults. It believes in and promotes the coming of the "Ascended Masters" that are leading humanity into the Aquarian Age. St. Germain bought evolutionary salvation for humanity "with a price" and cleanses people from sin by his purple light that radiates from him. Pictures of Germain look much like those of the Sacred Heart.
1959 - UNIVERSALIST AND UNITARIANchurches merge to form the Unitarian-Universalist Church.
1960 NEW ORDER OF THE LATTER RAINwas declared heretical by the Assembly of God.
1960 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Balestrino, FranceCaterina Richero - visions
1960 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Turzovka, Czech.Matous Lasuta - visions and prophecy
1960 - GURUSStarting around the sixties, an avalanche of gurus from Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. flooded this country. Some of the more well known ones were: Swami Mukutabda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Bhagwan Rajneesh, Sri Swami Satchidananda, Swamis Prakashanand Saraswati, Rama, Babaji, Ram daas and Da Free John.
1960 - HARE KRISHNA (ISKON) International Society of Krishna Consciousnessarrived in America. This cult was an offshoot of Hinduism. They distributed literature titled, "Return to the Godhead" (see 1486), promoting Eastern gurus and Utopian radicalism.
1960 - THE TERM "NEW AGE"gained popularity, and "Humanistic education" was introduced by Behaviorists.
1960 - EXISTENTIALISMtook root in millions of teenagers in the rock culture, which used drugs for the purpose of ideological development in a religious sense.
1960 - NICHIREN SHOSHU BUDDHISMsurfaced in America, promoting its "name-it-claim- it" doctrine and grew rapidly (see 1253).
1960 - SPIRITUALISTSin England succeeded in repealing the laws against witchcraft and occult activity; freeing many witches to immediately go on speaking tours.
1961 - MAJOR MARIAN APPEARANCE Garabandal, Spain4 local girls - apparitions, mystical hosts, healing and prophecy. Garabandal would later be named as the location where the next world-wide Marian phenomena will take place. This phenomena was reportedly promised to the current pope by an appearance to him of the Lady of Fatima.
1961 TEILHARD DE CHARDIN Chardinwrote "The Phenomenon of Man" which presented the LAW OF "COMPLEX-CONSCIOUSNESS." By that is meant, the evolution of humanity as a whole (meaning, from matter to spirit) gets more complex as it progresses, raising humanity's consciousness until a point of convergence with "God" is realized (the Omega point). This Omega Point is the point at which all of humanity experiences a change in consciousness at one time.
1962 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Janonis, LithuaniaRamute m-Mapiukaite - visions
1962 - ESALEN INSTITUTEThe Institute was called "the Harvard of the human potential movement." Esalen is said to be responsible for exporting "virtually all the avant-garde psychological methods of the 1960's." Its practices include meditation, body work, Eastern religious techniques, and psychotherapy.
1962 - VATICAN II BEGINS
1963 - JANE ROBERTS (1924-1984), SETHRoberts started channeling the spirit "SETH" after "meeting" him through a Ouija board. The Austin Seth Center was eventually founded to study his messages and hold seminars and annual conferences. Seth is still popular today, and Robert s work brought a dramatic increase in interest in the art of channeling spirits.
1963 - HAIRPopularized the song "Age of Aquarius" and the idea of a New Age.
1963 - THE CENTER FOR DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACEmystic Samuel L. Lewis, Fairfax, Va. This is a worldwide organization. This organization was formed to popularize dancing in concentric circles, believing that this will lead the world to oneness and peace. They have centers on the goddess and her dance, combining dances with various forms of mysticism, such as Catholicism, Zoroastrianism, Christian, Celtic, Jewish, and others.
1964 - MARIAN APPEARANCE San Damiano, ItalyRosa Quattrini - visions
1964 - ECKANKAR (ECK)Master Paul Twitchell He was known as "God in the flesh . Eckenkar is called the religion of "The Ancient Science of Soul Travel," meaning astral projection or Out-Of- Body-Experience. Its basic axiom is that "Power is the only force generated by Occult Knowledge." Its development was influenced by Scientology, the San Mat tradition of India and the Tibetan lamas, psychic exploration and various Eastern gurus.
1965 - DE MONTFORT"The Secret of the Rosary" is translated into English.
1965 - HELEN SHUCKMANbegan to receive a channeled book from a voice in her head, "A COURSE IN MIRACLES: Seeing Yourself As Sinless." The teaching is the heavy Gnosticism of 2nd century Rome.
1965 - VALUES CLARIFICATIONThe basic principles of values clarification were formed in order to introduce it into schools. The Goal: teaching students to make deliberate choices based on their own value system rather than that of their parents. This would free them up to accept New Age techniques, doctrines and practices.
966 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Montichiari, ItalyPiercina Gilli - visions and prophesy
1966 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Port San Stefano, ItalyEnzo Alocci - locution and prophesy
1966 - RAJNEESHISMSir God came to America. Origin: East Indian
1966 - CHURCH OF SATANfounder: Anton LaVey
1966 - TIBETAN BUDDHISMDali Lama was now becoming popular in the West
1966 - FINDHORN COMMUNITYFindhorn was a prototype New Age learning center in Scotland offering ongoing educational programs in New Age spirituality and world service. This is important. All that happened in the 1960s was bent on getting everyone in the world obsessed with the idea of bringing in a New Age.
1966 - HEDONISMThe 1960s found a new popularity for this ancient Greek philosophy, meaning the attempt to find temporary pleasure in anything that will satisfy.
1966 - NARCISSISMNarcissism s impetus was the view that everything exists for an individual's pleasure. This became an open door into the irrational, illusionary realm of non-reason and prepared the way for the union of Eastern mysticism and the culture of the West.
1966 - EASTERN MYSTICISMThis philosophy denounced the Christian idea of knowing God through Biblical revelation. Instead, man can know the monistic/pantheistic "It" through his intuitive awareness by meditation and other direct mystical states. Once man's ignorance of his own divinity is thus dispelled, he can attain what he had been seeking all along. The promise, in fact, is for the complete transformation of the world into a global village in proportion to the transformation of any number of individuals in the world. The MARRIAGE OF EAST AND WEST was becoming mankind's new hope.
1966 - NAPOLEAN HILLHis book, written in 1937 which promoted the use of spirit guides and guided imagery for the purpose of getting rich, reached 7,000,000 in sales with the printing of its 42nd edition (see 1937). This is a good example of how the influence of spirits in people s lives was made acceptable.
1966 - FELLOWSHIP OF ISIS founder: Lawrence Durdin-RobertsonThis organizations origins were from occultism, goddess worship, witchcraft and the secret ceremonies of the Mystery religions. Robertson's vision was that God is a woman, with his beliefs being grounded in the nature religions of GAIA and witchcraft.
1967 - RUTH MONTGOMERYA Search For The Truth Newspaper reporter Ruth Montgomery published "A Search For Truth," discussing her spirit guides, automatic writing, spiritual and physical planes of existence, and psychic ability. She was immediately flooded with requests to speak in Protestant churches and Catholic universities. She was the first to write about "Walk-ins," spirits who change the personalities of people who have had near-death experiences. She later wrote six other widely accepted books. She was influenced mainly by the writings of Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet.
1968 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Zeitun, EgyptFarouk Atwa - he and hundreds more saw the apparitions above St. Mary's Coptic Church, which were photographed and televised.
1968 - MARIAN APPEARANCE San Damiano, ItalyCarmella Carabelli - visions and prophesy
1968 - HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGIST ABRAHAM MASLOWMaslow promoted the idea that man's "inner nature is good or neutral rather than bad." He also put forth his concept of TRANSCENDENCE, defined as man's ability to become united with the whole of reality.
1968 - CARL ROGERSA human potential psychotherapist, he asserted that individuals hold within themselves the answer to any problem and only had to connect with the UNIVERSAL MIND, making them the ONLY judge of their own actions.
1968 - TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGYThis philosophy was the development of unitive consciousness, peak experiences, mystical experience, self-actualization, oneness, cosmic awareness, and transcendental phenomena. Its goal was to integrate the spiritual with humanistic philosophy, raising secular humanism to the level of cosmic humanism. It embraced Eastern practices, e.g., meditation, yoga, Eastern consciousness, and mixed the expansion methods of the East with ideas of the Western sages.
1968 - CARLOS CASTANEDAHis Native American Shamanistic adventure, "The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge" was extremely popular.
1968 - AUROVILLE COMMUNITY"The City of Dawn," Hindu guru Sri Aurobindo He promotes "Supermind" through Karma Yoga, the next step in man's evolution beyond mind and spirit. His religion practiced worship of the Mother Goddess, numerology and Hindu occult symbols.
1969 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Akita, JapanSr. Agnes Sasagawa - visions, prophecy, bleeding and crying statues of Mary
The New Age Movement Born - 1970-1979Eastern thought was in place and flourishing unchecked because there was no critical standard for judging true supernatural reality. Reason had been rejected as a means of understanding spiritual things, and the supernatural as related in the Bible was discounted. For many in the West, Christianity seemed lifeless, powerless and meaningless. Traditional values continued to disappear, resulting in a general loss of personal identity (Who am I? Why am I here?). But as the general public began to "shake off its spiritual amnesia and remember that man is divine," the search for unrealized human potential was propelled into the metaphysical world. Secular Humanism turned toward Cosmic (or Spiritual) Humanism and secular terminology was adopted by the latter. Initiation into the enemy's spiritual realm, always forbidden by the true God, became evermore acceptable as the New Age movement grew. Soon, its thoughts, ideas and terminology would be commonplace. Soon, the idea of human potential would shift from the individual to the corporate, paving the road for the new humanity of Hubbard and Chardin and Creme. Soon, the acceptance of spirits under the guise of human potential would have prepared men to cleanse the earth of disunity and hindrances to unity.
1970 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Vladmir Province, UkraineJosyp Terelya - visions and prophecy
1970 - EARTH DAY I
1970 - ALAN WATTSpublished "The Way of Zen."
1970 - YOGA and the HUMAN POTENTIAL MOVEMENTwere given a large boost by humanistic therapists of various mystical inclinations.
1970 - MAN S INNATE DIVINITY AND POWERwere nurtured by Modern philosophy, psychology, science, psychiatry, sci-fi movies and other literature.
1970 - TRANSPERSONAL EDUCATIONHumanistic educators moved toward "transpersonal" education. The student would be fully indoctrinated into the New Age philosophy.
1970 - WORLD GOODWILLWorld Goodwill is a political lobbying group whose goal is to unfold "the Plan" channeled through Alice Bailey in the book, The Externalization of the Hierarchy. The Hierarchy will be manifested in response to praying "The Great Invocation," the New Age s substitute for the biblical prayer, The Our Father. The organization is sponsored by Bailey s Lucis Trust (see 1950).
1970 - PLANETARY CITIZENSPC is a lobbying group to the United Nations, an organization founded by activists committed to bringing about a "planetary consciousness" among New Age groups, the public and world leaders. They are aiding in the work for a "non-threatening global security system."
1970 - SETHThe spirit guide "SETH" channeled "The Seth Material" through Jane Roberts, which was advertised for sale by major book chains (see 1963). It was a big sign the New Age was catching on.
1971 - THE NEW AGEmovement GALVANIZED in 1971. It was now making major moves into the public arena.
1971 - EAST/WEST JOURNALThis New Age magazine began publication. It was one of the first for the New Age philosophy, and hundreds of others would soon follow in its footsteps.
1971 - ERHARD TRAINING SEMINARS (EST)Erhard was influenced by Scientology, Mind Dynamics, Zen, yoga, Silva Mind Control, and Erhard's own transforming experience. Like other Human Potential organizations, he believed that each person creates his own reality by discovering his unlimited human potential, with each man answerable only to himself.
1971 - NATURE RELIGIONSThe Great Mother, Mother Earth, Goddess worship and WICCA gained acceptability through the ECO-FEMINIST MOVEMENT.
1971 - TARA CENTERThe Center is headed by Benjamin Creme, the "John the Baptist" of "Lord Maitreya." Influenced by Buddhism, Creme s followers believe that when the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, reached Buddhahood, he immediately transferred the divine essence to Maitreya, the loving compassionate one. The organization promotes the emergence of the New Age in society, politics and economics, while preparing the way for the coming of Maitreya, the New Age Christ to the world.
1971 - MAHARISHI INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY (TM)founded.
1972 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Milan, ItalyFr. Stefano Gobbi - locutions and prophecy
1972 - AGNES SANFORDThe Christian Church was introduced to the power of visualization through Sanford s book, the "Healing Light." This is a good example of how New Age principles, technique and practices came into Christianity. A little juggling of terms, and voila, New Age literature is transformed into a Christian best-seller.
1972 - HELEN SHUCKMANfinished channeling "A Course In Miracles," a three-volume set of study materials. It includes a 622 page Text, a Workbook for Students, and a Manual for Teachers. Though it denies the real Jesus, the Course was widely accepted as a Christian work (see 1965), and is still very popular today with Seminars being held in the churches.
1972 - CHINOOK LEARNING CENTER founders: Fritz and Vivienne Hull, Seattle, WashIt s purpose is to teach people to live in harmony with the earth.
1972 - "SETH SPEAKS"More transcripts of "his" channeled material were hitting the public through this magazine on a regular basis now.
1973 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Belgrade, YugoslaviaJulka - visions and prophecy. On April 21, 1973, Veronica Lueken experienced the coming Warning while in ecstasy. She said, It's as though everything has exploded in the sky. There is a great flash! Then it's very hot - very warm - and it feels like you're burning. There is a huge explosion, and the sky becomes very white. . . and then there are colors - blues, purples. . . It 's like a huge explosion. Now this voice -- the voice ...! And the voice, Our Lady says, is a voice within you: Your warning before the Chastisement! Flash, fire, and the voice within you! The final Warning before the Great Chastisement. She said this would happen unless there was sweeping return to traditional values.
1973 - DIVINE LIGHT MISSION founder: Guru Maharaj JiJi was considered by some to be "The Christ" of this age. Origin of his cult: Hinduism. This is a Self-realization cult.
1973 - HUMANIST MANIFESTO IIWritten by Paul Kurtz, he declared "no deity will save us; we must save ourselves. . . . nature may be broader and deeper than we now know." This Manifesto was the door to Spiritual or Cosmic Humanism.
1973 - 58%of Americans have had ESP experiences.
1973 - UNITY-AND-DIVERSITY COUNCILThis Council is a New Age "meta-network" of 100 educational, scientific, religious, cultural, philosophic, esoteric, and occultic organizations from around the world dedicated to New Age global cooperation and interdependence on a worldwide scale.
1973 - THE ACADEMY FOR FUTURE SCIENCEor The Keys of Enoch founder: J. J. Hurtag He authored The Book of Knowledge called The Keys of Enoch. He was influenced by the writings of Alice Bailey, his own "trip to Heaven," the Christian Bible, and UFO societies. He believes humanity is evolving into a "corporate Christ."
1973 - INSTITUTE OF NOETIC SCIENCE founder: Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar MitchellThis Institute promotes Holistic Medicine and explores telepathy, clairvoyance and telekinesis for the purpose of developing man's consciousness. Man's mind is believed to be part of the earth's natural force.
1974 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Putot-en-Auge, FranceMadeleine - locutions and prophecy
1974 - LIFESPRING founder: John HanleyLifespring fosters human potential practices in business management, showing the strong penetration the New Age had made in all areas of life in just 10 years. Hanley was influenced by intellectual concepts, self-love beliefs, parapsychology techniques and Eastern disciplines. The organization teaches ESP, astral travel, and the occultic concept of the Third Eye. Its given purpose is to break down the old belief system in the subconscious and create a new one based on New Age principles. It believes man is good, perfect and just, and creates his own reality.
1974 - JACK PURSELLbegan channeling "LAZARIS," whom he met after he "fell asleep" while meditating. Lazaris, along with Seth, are two principle spirits working to reach the public through channelers. Soon Ramtha would be a third strong influence from the spirit world to channel instructions to humanity.
1975 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Calabria, ItalySr. Elena Aiello - visions and prophecy
1975 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Binh Loi, VietnamStephen Ho Ngoc Ahn - visions, healing, and transportation
1975 - SPIRITUAL LEADERS CALL FOR A UNITED WORLD RELIGIONA convocation of spiritual leaders of all faiths issued this declaration at the UN: "The crises of our time are challenging the world religions to release a new spiritual force transcending religious, cultural, and national boundaries into a new consciousness of the oneness of the human community and so put into effect a spiritual dynamic toward the solutions of the world's problems."
1975 - PHYSICIST FRITJOF CAPRApublished "The Turning Point," stating that man must see himself as one with all of creation.
1975 - HOLISTIC MEDICINEThe practice of HOLISTIC MEDICINE gained much acceptability. Malcolm Todd, President of the AMA, assumed a defensive position regarding holistic medicine at a medical conference. Within a year, he endorsed the concept of "humanistic medicine" that deals with the "body/mind." Later, he endorsed the use of holistic techniques in medicine, based on the premise that the health of humanity determines the health of the planet.
1975 - "BRAIN/MIND BULLETIN"This magazine was first published by Marilyn Ferguson as "a vehicle for pulling . . . information on mind and consciousness together."
1975 - THE DOORS OF SCIENCEwere opened wide to the New Age belief system by Fritjof Capra's, "The Tao of Physics." He presented parallels between ancient Eastern mysticism and modern science to show the unity of all things, the non- existence of an independent external world and the unity of opposites.
1975 - GREENPEACE USAThis organization is under New Age leadership, with a worldwide membership in 1975 of 2.5 million. Its ultimate goal is to engender a "planetary consciousness" in the world toward the environment.
1975 - TEMPLE OF SET founders: Dr. Michael and Lilith AquinoAn offshoot of Le Vay s Church of Satan. Set is a sophisticated form of Satanism based on an ancient Egyptian destroyer-god.
1975 - A COURSE IN MIRACLESfinally published after being channeled for seven years and (see 1972).
1976 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Betania, VenezuelaMaria Esperanza - continuous Marian apparitions, the fragrance of roses was manifested and healings
1976 - KAROL CARDINAL WOJTYLA (the future Pope John Paul II)"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel."
1976 - CONGRESSIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE ON THE FUTUREThis is a very influential legislative service organization that aids Congress in assessing major trends affecting the future. It is a governmentally-sponsored forum for New Age approaches to social problems and the formation of a global community.
1976 - THE WINDSTAR FOUNDATION founder: John DenverLocated in Snowmass, Colorado, it promotes the New Age consciousness, drawing well-known personalities and movie stars.
1977 - J. Z. KNIGHTbegan channeling "RAMTHA," whom she met in her kitchen while experimenting with "pyramid power."
1977 - SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESSof the New Age was now considered fully awakened as humanity headed for the 80s.
1977 - A SURVEYin 1977 showed 15%of adult Americans believe they've been in contact with the dead. 40% of school children believe in Astrology.
1977 - STAR WARSDale Pollak, George Lucas's biographer, told of the deep New Age religious significance of the Star Wars Trilogy:
"The message of STAR WARS is religious. . . Lucas wanted to instill in children a belief in a supreme being - not a religious god, but a universal deity that he named the Force, a cosmic energy source that incorporates and consumes all things."Ten million flocked to see the impersonal, New Age god, THE FORCE, in action, promoting the idea of a New Age pantheistic god who is energy, relative, amoral.
1977 - DAVID SPANGLERwrote "The Birth of a New Age" in which he calls for a "LUCIFERIC INITIATION in the New Age." Lucifer, according to Spangler, is not Satan, but a mighty planetary consciousness.
1978 - MARIAN APPEARANCE Chiang Si, Chinavarious witnesses - apparitions
1978 - "CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND"threatens to outdraw Star Wars as millions flock to see "the encounter with extraterrestrials." Ray Bradbury says in an interview, "This is a religious film."
1978 - NASApresses for $42 million to scan the heavens to seek extraterrestrial intelligence.
1979 - JAMES LOVELOCKLovelock wrote on his hypothesis of GAIA (The Earth as Being), GAIA being the Greek name for the earth-goddess. The principle on which he based his writings was that all matter on earth is a single, living organism, with man being the nervous system of the living earth.
1979 - TERRY COLE WHITTAKER MINISTRIESTV's "priestess of prosperity This ministry was an offshoot of New Thought, EST and Scientology.
1979 - ELAINE PAGELSwrote "The Gnostic Gospels," stating that the orthodox believer had only faith, but the Gnostics had knowledge of oneness with the One. Pagels won the NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS AWARD for her work.
1979 - SHATKI GAWAINwrote "Creative Visualization," translating spiritual ideas into simple concepts and language to make it easier to alter one s consciousness.
1979 - THE SELF- PROCLAIMED WITCH "STARHAWK"published her book "The Spiral Dance," which demystified witchcraft as a religion. Among the topics covered are invoking the Goddess, casting spells, performing rituals, and exercises linked to trance states. Her techniques were used at an Earth Day event we attended in the 1980s at a Benedictine Prayer Chapel. Doing speech tours, she visits schools and churches to relate her techniques.
The philosophies became organizations and humanity was being structured to move toward a New Age, mankind bit the New Age bait out of sheer hunger for something spiritual to eat. Mary and the pope were on the move, too, with visions and apparitions dramatically increasing to the point of becoming commonplace.
Next week we will look at the 1980s, when the New Age openly raised its tents, set the tent posts and put out signs announcing that the New Age is not a fad, but is here to stay. It tightened its foothold in government, religion, telecommunications, economics, education, entertainment, medicine, business, health, leisure - in every area of life on planet earth. The 1980s would boost the New Age to the level of a global movement. It was now on the verge of Going for it! And if we have time, we will show that they definitely are headed by the spirit posing as Mary, who has now confirmed that she will bring about the reign of Christ in the year 2000.