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Sharon Lee Giganti
Author / Speaker / Certified Catholic Catechist

This 1 hr Conversion story was taped in Southern California in 2003. St. Joseph’s Radio hand-picked Sharon’s conversion story to be included in the global radio show “Magnificat Proclaims”

The message is strong and relevant

…people need to be warned!

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With her conversion story, Sharon began warning the public about the dangers of New Age Thinking, six years ago-long before “The Secret”, “A Course in Miracles” and “The Law of Attraction” became household names. One of those very first talks remains a favorite – given at the North County Magnificat in 2003, you’ll hear Sharon tell how her own family’s horrific crisis woke her up to the hidden dangers of New Age “spirituality”, and brought her back to the Light of God’s Truth.

Sharon Lee Giganti, a former Miss San Diego County, and runner-up to Miss California, left Hollywood at the height of her success to pursue a “Higher Purpose”. Believing that she had found the true way to serve God through her devotion to a channeled spirit named, Abraham, and the New Age “bible” known as, A Course in Miracles, she had intended to teach “a new and more enlightened way to be loving” with these popular Law of Attraction and New Thought philosophies.

But by 1999, disillusioned with the devastation these teaching so often produced she realized they were deceptive, and lacked the real presence of Jesus Christ. Thankfully, Sharon’s diligent search for Truth began to lead her home, to authentic Christianity. And, when-still clinging to some of her New Age beliefs-tragedy struck her family, she finally, fully realized the dangers of the occult, and walked away from the world of New Thought for good.

During a year of incredible loss, (the murder of her 4 month old nephew and subsequent life sentencing of her brother) Sharon says she saw clearly, as if for the first time; the real consequences of sin, the fallacy of many “New Thought” tenets, and the true teachings of the Bible playing out right before her eyes, a mid the tragic events surrounding her. With courageous honesty, she reveals how her “New Age” influence may have unwittingly played a part in her family’s tragedy-and how God’s Saving Word brought her out of that spiritual darkness and into the Light of Truth!

Now a certified Catholic catechist, a novice with the Holy Family Institute, and a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live Radio, her testimony can help other families to avoid similar heartache as her true story exposes the hidden danger of actually applying some of the New Thought Movement’s most popular principles. Her original message is a timely one, as the very same infectious ideologies she first spoke of, are now being taught and heavily promoted in the media; in books such as, “The Secret” and “A New Earth”, and on popular television shows such as Oprah and Larry King. Sharon hopes her story can help turn the tide, back towards the Truth
and the True Love of Jesus Christ.

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Sharon Lee Giganti

Is Oprah Leading People Away From Christ?

“…In my years as an apologist, I’ve heard many compelling stories, but I was amazed at Sharon Lee Giganti’s–Jimmy Akin, Director of Apologetics and Evangelization, Catholic Answers

A former New Age teacher, now a Certified Catholic Catechist, she tells how she went through a dramatic realization that the ideas and principles of the New Age Movement are actually dangerous and can have deadly consequences in people’s lives.

You’ll be fascinated by what you’ll learn from listening to this 3 CD set.

You’ll learn how the New Age gurus . . .

    • Deny reality

 

    • Reject logic and reason

 

    • Promote delusional thinking

 

    • Encourage self-centeredness

 

    • Push people over the edge

 

    • Dismiss sin and evil

 

    • Pretend to be God

 

  • And much more

 

Oprah Winfrey arguably has more influence on the culture than any university president, politician, or religious leader, except perhaps the Pope.

Even if you don’t watch her TV talk show or listen to her radio show or read her magazine, you or someone you lovewill be affected by what she’s passing off as “spirituality” these days.

In its article, “The Church of O,” Christianity Today reports:

Oprah Winfrey has become one of the most influential spiritual leaders in America . . .

Believe it or not, she has become. . .a spiritual icon.

Because of her, New Age teachings are being pitched to millions of our fellow Catholics – many of whom are being taken in by the mega-popular Oprah Winfrey and her promotion of three key books in the New Age Movement: The Secret…A New Earth…and A Course In Miracles.

Now that Oprah has become a New Age propagandist, we have a duty to expose her and her “guru” guests so that we can rescue Catholics and other Christians from this dangerous ideology…

Keep watch. Be vigilant. The New Age ideas being pushed by Oprah cannot be easily dismissed. They’re building steam and gaining ground-even among our fellow Catholics.

Sharon Lee Giganti’s new 3-CD set is an ideal tool to help educate and inform people about the dangers of the New Age.
Won’t you join us in the effort to liberate souls from its deadly clutches?

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Click here to read more why Jimmy Akin and Catholic Answers feel so strongly about this 3 CD set!

PLEASE READ THE LETTER BELOW

It is posted with permission from Catholic Answers; “Excerpts taken from original letter”

This endorsement is from the well respected; Catholic Answers and Jimmy Akin, explaining perfectly the reasons why this information is So Important.


Dear Friend of Catholic Answers,

Karl Keating asked me to write you this letter to alert you to a serious spiritual threat.

My name is Jimmy Akin, and I’m the director of apologetics and evangelization for Catholic Answers.

If you know my personal story, you know that I am a convert to the Catholic faith from Evangelicalism.

What you may not know is that before I was an Evangelical, I was a New Ager. That’s right. When I was young and impressionable, before my religious convictions matured, I was a follower of the New Age Movement and its bizarre beliefs regarding reincarnation, astrology, clairvoyance, psychic healing, Atlantis, “Earth changes,” automatic writing, ” Christ consciousness,” and all that stuff.

But I grew out of it.

By God’s grace, I was led to embrace the Christian faith … and then the fullness of the Christian faith in the Catholic Church.

Unfortunately, many people are still trapped in the New Age Movement, and now it is more dangerous than ever.

You’ll be fascinated by what you’ll learn from listening to this set.

You’ll learn how the New Age gurus …

Deny reality

Reject logic and reason

Promote delusional thinking

Encourage self-centeredness

Push people over the edge

Dismiss sin and evil

Pretend to be God

And much more

  • It’s hard to believe that one of the most well-known, most popular, and most influential women in the world is also one of the most dangerous because of what she’s teaching to millions of unsuspecting people every single day.
  • She’s Oprah Winfrey. You know her as a wildly successful TV talk show host; you’ve seen her equally successful woman’s magazine, “O,” at the checkout stand in the supermarket; you may have heard her popular radio program.
  • But if you are like many people, you’ve assumed that she’s just been pumping out the same kind of confessional TV talk show pablum, pop psychology, and feel-good self-affirmation that you find on so many other programs.
  • If that’s what you think, you haven’t seen her show in years.
  • Oprah has totally transformed herself and her media empire. Believe it or not, she has become …a spiritual icon.
  • In its article, “The Church of O,” Christianity Today reports:
  • Oprah Winfrey has become one of the most influential spiritual leaders in America …
  • To her audience of more than 22 million mostly female viewers, she has become a postmodern priestess — an icon of church-free spirituality.
  • Oprah Winfrey arguably has more influence on the culture than any university president, politician, or religious leader, except perhaps the Pope. Even if you don’t watch her TV talk show or listen to her radio show or read her magazine, you or someone you love will be affected by what she’s passing off as “spirituality” these days.
  • Because of her, New Age teachings are being pitched to millions of our fellow Catholics-many of whom are being taken in by the mega-popular Oprah Winfrey and her promotion of Three key books in the New Age Movement: A Course in MiraclesThe Secret – A New Earth
  • Again, if you haven’t heard of these books, you probably don’t subject yourself to watching the Oprah Winfrey Show. But the teachings contained in them-particularly A Course in Miracles-are very dangerous because they are the opposite of real Christianity. And yet … They Claim to Come from Christ Himself!
  • In this riveting, 3 CD set, you will hear many New Age philosophies discussed, But Sharon Lee, zeroes in on the most powerful, destructive top New Age Ideologies

 

  • Let’s start with A Course in Miracles. It’s a foundational book of today’s New Age Movement-and it’s one that Oprah Winfrey is promoting so religiously on her show.
  • It’s a 1,249-page, 3-volume set that was written in the 1970’s by a woman named Helen Schucman -a psychologist from Columbia University.
  • She claimed that she “heard a Voice” that she identified as Jesus. He spoke to her and dictated this entire book. She merely “scribed” everything he said, and she later dictated that to another writer.
  • It took her seven years to write A Course in Miracles (Jesus speaks slowly, I suppose)-but even when she was finished with it, she curiously wanted to “re-write” the whole thing!
  • The bizarre (and dangerous) claim behind this book is that it is “divine revelation.” In fact, its proponents claim that it’s a “Third Testament” that should be included with the Bible.
  • The set has been popular for decades. When I was a New Ager, I saw it all the time on the shelves of the (then small, now huge) New Age section in the bookstores. But now the course has been carried to new heights of popularity.
  • Oprah Winfrey, who already had a long history of promoting New Age ideas via the guests she featured on her show, has locked onto A Course in Miracles and chosen to do a 365-day, non-stop “lesson a day” program that would present it to her millions of fans.

What does A Course in Miracles teach?

“Revelations” from “Jesus” such as …

–There is no such thing as sin.

–Evil, pain, suffering, sickness are all illusions.

–Since man never sinned, he has no need of salvation.

–A slain Christ “has no meaning” and so we should not cling “to the old, rugged cross.”

–The name of Jesus Christ is a symbol “of all the gods to which you pray.”

–To recognize God is to recognize yourself.

 

  • Oprah also promotes another New Age guru…
  • His name is Eckhart Tolle, author of the best-selling book A New Earth.
  • He, too, denies fundamental tenets of Christianity-even though he quotes Jesus more than any other “teacher” in his books. He says …
  • “Never personalize Christ. Don’t make Christ into a form identity. Avatars, divine mothers, enlightened masters, the very few that are real, are not special as persons.”
  • Tolle also pushes the New Age nonsense that you are God.
  • “The Truth is inseparable from who you are. Yes, you are the Truth. If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived every time. The very Being that you are is Truth.”
  • “There can be no subject-object relationship here, no duality, no you-and-God.”

What did Oprah say to all this?

  • She calls her work with him perhaps the most important and exciting thing she has ever done.
  • How big is Oprah’s influence…
    You see, this past spring she hosted 10 Monday-night “Web seminars” with him (over the Internet). As many as one million people watched these “webinars” live, and 27 million more downloaded them afterward.

It was described as one of the largest single events in Internet history.

  • So, what does all of this have to do with you? It’s very simple. The bottom line (and the reason I’m writing to you about this subject) is this …
  • Oprah Winfrey and Her “New Age Gurus” Are Deceiving Tens of Millions of People And Leading Them Away from Christ.

 

  • Alarmingly, the ideas behind the New Age Movement are (and have been for some time) creeping into Catholic parishes all across the country. They’re disguised in various forms-often as “meditation” or “self-awareness” workshops.
  • Many were duped by Oprah Winfrey into purchasing the runaway bestseller The Secret by Rhonda Byrne-which, by the way, contained absolutely no secrets.
  • Instead, it’s chock full of the 19th century hogwash known as The Law of Attraction-which gratuitously claims that you can change your life merely through positive thoughts, which will then cause unexplained “vibrations” that “travel throughout the universe” and magically result in good things happening to you, any time you want. The universe is at your command!
  • For instance, The Secret has the audacity to claim that if you’re feeling physically ill, just ignore it! Don’t give your illness any attention. Don’t even talk about it to anyone-presumably, not even a doctor! And if anyone tells you about his illness, change the subject immediately and think happy-happy thoughts so it will all go away.
  • I know you must be shaking your head in disbelief. But I’m not making this up. Back when I was a New Ager, we were taught to “visualize” whatever we wanted to happen-and if we visualized hard enough then it magically would!
  • It’s sad, but people are now believing that this is how you’re supposed to “relate” to God. “God” is actually you. You control the universe through your thoughts.
  • People everywhere can be seen tossing aside their Christian beliefs and acting like they are God because of Oprah Winfrey’s non-stop promotion of the anti-Christian ideas contained in these books I’ve mentioned above.
  • She’s become the high priestess of the New Age.
  • I could go on for several more pages about the unbelievable nonsense that’s passing itself off as true “spirituality” thanks to the New Age Movement.
  • But instead, I’ll let Sharon Lee Giganti give you the scoop when you listen to her eye-opening and riveting story, which gives the crucial background on all these movements … who their key players are … what they believe in … what their fallacies are … and, most importantly, how these dangerous ideas affect people’s lives in disastrous ways.

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  • Ideas have consequences. The worse the idea, the worse the consequences.

Believing that “you are God” is perhaps the worst idea ever sold to the masses!

  • Keep watch. Be vigilant. The New Age ideas being pushed by Oprah cannot be easily dismissed. They’re building steam and gaining ground-even among our fellow Catholics.
  • I feel strongly about this because I myself was once trapped by the lies of the New Age Movement. Millions of people still are, and it is up to us to help them.
  • Sharon Lee Giganti’s new 3-CD set is an ideal tool to help educate and inform people about the dangers of the New Age.
  • Won’t you join us in the effort to liberate souls from its deadly clutches
  • Sincerely in the real Christ,
  • Jimmy Akin, Director of Apologetics and Evangelization

Compiled By: Sharon Lee Giganti, 2008©

www.crossveil.org This is Clare McGrath Merkle’s website – – she’s a faithful Catholic, and a great New Age denouncer-having been there herself! This website is awesome-it has MANY articles, notes, Church Documents, and much helpful information on all things New Age and New Thought . . . everything from reiki, yoga, the enneagram, centering prayer, A Course in Miracles, eastern forms of meditation . . . you name it. (A great resource: her 4 taped EWTN interviews with Johnette Benkovic, called: “New Age, yoga, reiki: Health or Stealth?” Available for purchase on the Living His Life Abundantly Web site, listed directly below) Clare echoes on this site, time and again, what most apologists and former New Agers say: that it truly is difficult to get those caught up in New Age / New Thought, to see it’s fallacy and danger, as most will no longer listen to “reason” or “rational thinking”. At the end of her article, “Yoga, health or Stealth”, (on her site) she explains why . . . and states again the general consensus, that INTERCESSORY PRAYER offers the most hope in drawing the victims out of New Age delusion. The next best tactic: she says that it also helps, of course, to arm yourself with knowledge of whatever New Age practice is being “delved into”, so you can be prepared on your end of the dialogue, to reasonably point out it’s errors or weak points hence, her website, offering you a wealth of information. Truly a treasure.

 

www.LHLA.org Ditto for Johnette Benkovic’s website 800-558-5452 (toll free order line)-another great Catholic and expert at denouncing all things New Age . . . I have read her book, The New Age Counterfeit and it is very helpful. It is designed so that it can be used as a “study guide” for anyone who wants to investigate these New Age topics with a group – – with “Reflections” and “Scripture Points” at the end of each section as well as simply being a handy guide for personal use. Here are the New Age, Eastern, and New Thought topics that are discussed (briefly, but powerfully) in this 124 pg. book: Centering Prayer vs. Authentic Contemplation, Freemasonry, Gnosticism, Transcendental Meditation, Wicca, Pagan spirituality, the Creation Spirituality of Mathew Fox, the occult roots of the enneagram, Carl Jung’s Influence, the Human Potential Movement and the idea that, “You Create Your Own Reality”, Christ Consciousness, How most aspects of Buddhism and Hinduism contradict our Catholic Faith, Zen, Theosophy, certain types of Catholic Feminism, Occult practices & Spirit Guides, Methods of Spiritism . . . What a gold-mine of information! Also, as stated above, you can purchase the Clare McGrath Merkle (regarding New Age) 4 taped EWTN interviews on this site, along with other helpful materials.

 

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A list compiled by Sharon Lee Giganti, 2009©

These pages list just a few examples, of the grave theological errors being taught to unsuspecting Catholics, through the “Contemplative Outreach” literature and media of Fr. Keating’s Centering Prayer Movement. Please know that Fr. Keating has stated, “The heart and soul of ‘Contemplative Outreach’ is the network of “Centering Prayer Groups’“. To allow one to set up camp in your parish is to allow the other.

All of your parish members who sign up for centering prayer meetings, will be lead through Fr. Keating’s spiritual teaching and mentoring (which becomes more and more dissenting, the further you go along) – book by book, video by video, and also through their many “special events”. (All emphasis is mine)

#1 Fr. Keating claims that IT IS OUR DUTY TO BECOME GOD

The paragraph describing Segment 17 of 21 in “Integral Contemplative Christianity” reads as follows:”The Purpose of Being Human“:

Father Thomas says, “If you don’t want to become God, you’ve missed the boat. If you’re too humble to think you can become God, if you think you are not worthy, that is a false humility, because it’s not yours to decide.” It’s God’s choice.According to Father Thomas, it is your duty to become God.Centering Prayer and contemplation are the only modern methods that we have to listen to God, to perceive God, and to see the world as God sees it.Listen in as Father Thomas offers you the invitation to become God.

The paragraph above, is the description for clip #17 in Fr. Keating’s 21 part series on what he calls “Integral Contemplative Christianity”-it’s part of a video series offered on Ken Wilber’s “Integral Life” website.

In this same section, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler, the president of Fr. Keating’s “Contemplative Outreach”, described the clip where Fr. Keating and Ken Wilber discuss “The Future of Christianity” in this way: “Fr. Keating and Ken Wilber give us a glimpse of what it means to be fully human and fully divine.”

#2 Fr. Keating contradicts the Truth that Jesus Christ is the only person who is both fully human andfully Divine, claiming that each one of us can achieve this too:

“For human beings, the most daunting challenge is to become fully human. For to become fully human is to become fully Divine.”—-Fr. Keating From his book, Manifesting God

The four Gospels contain Jesus’ program for revolutionizing our understanding of the Ultimate Reality and hence of ourselves and other people, and indeed of all created reality. This is the God that is manifesting who he is at every moment, in and through us and through all creation. Jesus’ teaching initiates us into how to take part in this cosmic adventure. For human beings, it is the most daunting challenge there is — the challenge of becoming fully divine. For to become human is to become fully divine.”
—-Fr. Thomas Keating, on www.incarnationalcontemplation.com

#3 Fr. Keating is teaching monism when he says:

“The beginning of the spiritual journey is the realization that there is a Higher Power or God, or to make it as easy as possible for everybody, that there is an Other; Capital O. Second step: to try to become the Other; still a Capital O. And finally, the realization that there IS no Other; you and the Other are One. Always have been, always will be. You just think that you aren’t.”

It appears that Fr. Keating is expressing here, the (pantheistic and false) core tenet of many Eastern Religions which says; “We are all One, and this One is God“.

The above expression of monism contradicts the Catholic Truth that we are each unique individuals, distinct from creation, each other, and from God-we are creatures of God, and we remain eternally creatures.

Also, our Catholic Catechism states that, for love to be authentic, it presupposes / requires the reality of an “other”.

To hear Fr. Keating say this on film, click on this link to You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd2LPjpd9As

#4 Fr. Keating is teaching the Hindu (and non-Christian) concept of “Atman is Brahman and Brahman is Atman” – or, in Western terms-“My soul is God, and God is my soul” when he says:

“At our deepest level, we are more God than ourselves.”
– Fr. Thomas Keating

– In “The Theological Foundations of Contemplative Outreach; part I” (See Contemplative Outreach News Volume 15, Number 2, Spring / Summer 2001)

“Our basic core of goodness is our true Self”…

and

“…God and our true Self are the same thing”

— Fr. Thomas Keating (Both quotes are from his book: Open Mind, Open Heart)

Again, this contradicts the teaching of the Catholic Church, that we are creatures of God-distinct from God– and we remain eternally creatures. (A total absorption or dissolving into God does not ever occur) In the Catholic faith, we are not taught that God created us out of His own substance-but out of nothing. It hardly matters that he begins the above quote by saying, “Though we are not God…” the implication is still clear; like a drop of ocean water that is not the whole ocean… yet, the drop and the ocean are the “same thing”… Fr. Keating appears to believe the same can be said of our soul and God- indeed, he goes on to say just that: “God and our true Self are the same thing“. The assertion is further evidenced by the fact that he deliberately capitalizes the word Self!

#5 Fr. Keating contradicts the Catholic Church’s teaching on the reality of hell-the condition of eternal separation from God– when he says:

If God is present everywhere, it follows that under no circumstances can we ever be separated from him. We may feel that we are; we may think that we are. But in actual fact, there is no way that we can ever be apart from God even if we try.”
— Fr. Thomas Keating (From his book, Manifesting God)

In stark contrast to Fr. Keating’s words, our Catholic Catechism states the truth of the matter, according to God’s own Revelation to us- in paragraph #1033 we read, “Our Lord warns us that we shall be separated from him if we fail to meet the serious needs of the poor and the little ones who are his brethren. (See Mt 25: 31-46) To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God’s merciful love means remaining separated from him for ever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called ‘hell'”.

Paragraph #1035 continues: “The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity… The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs.”

Fr. Keating’s quote, above, is an excellent example of the type of theological error, or, at the very least, confusing or misleading “teaching” found in the Centering Prayer Movement’s literature. (The paragraph was taken from The Contemplative Outreach of San Diego’s Quarterly Newsletter, Fall 2009, Volume 1, Issue 1)

#6 Fr. Keating is a founding member of Ken Wilber’s “Integral Institute”-specifically, the “Integral Spirituality” branch. The theological and philosophical concepts of Wilber’s “Integral Spirituality” are most contrary to our Catholic Faith.

See for yourself and read below… and then ask yourself if Fr. Keating should really be teaching a video/DVD series with Ken Wilber, entitled, “Integral Contemplative Christianity” and “The Future of Christianity“, and if he should really be recommending two of Ken Wilber’s books in his own book, “Invitation to Love”-namely, Wilber’s “Up from Eden” and “No Boundary”.

In the closing pages of Ken Wilber’s book entitled, “Integral Spirituality“, we get a glimpse of what this “Integral Spirituality” is all about- namely it’s belief system that posits:
“…your own Original Face is God in the 1st person…”
“…the entire manifest universe – the Great Holarchy of beings-is God in the 3rd person…”

As you continue reading below, keep in mind that Fr. Keating, the founder of Centering Prayer, is also a founding member of the “Integral Spirituality” branch of Wilber’s “Integral Institute”…

Page 209 of Ken Wilber’s, “Integral Spirituality” asks you,

“How much of this book… did you think you had to read in order to find spirit… whenthe very reader of this sentence is God fully revealed?”

He continues: “Feel the Feeler in you right now, and you are feeling the fully revealed God in his and her radiant glory; a One Taste of the divine Suchness of the entire Kosmos, a not – two – ness of self and Self that leaves you breathlessly enlightened and fully realized in this and every moment.

Note: The “not – two – ness” of “self and Self” describes the “transcendence of the illusion of the duality of subject and object” which is the essence of the (Non-Catholic) Hindu, Buddhist, and Zen concept of: “fully realizing” that, “Atman is Brahman, and Brahman is Atman”… or as we’d say in the West (if we were Hindu) “My soul is God, and God is my soul”.

This is the counter-Christian Non-duality “Enlightenment” teaching of the Eastern Religions that Fr. Keating appears to have chosen, over authentic Christianity. (See “Non-duality” and “self-realization” on Wikipedia for a good description of these concepts)

On Ken Wilber’s “Integral Institute” website, Fr. Thomas Keating is described as being “one of the few genuinely realized Christian saints in the world today.” This is very troubling because the Catholic faith is not a religion of “non-duality” as found in Eastern Mysticism, and to be “fully realized” in the Eastern traditions, means that you have “stabilized” yourself in your “non-dual” awareness that you are God… in the sense that “Atman is Brahman, and Brahman is Atman”-My soul is God, and God is my Soul.

#7 The “Integral Spirituality” that Fr. Keating is allied with, teaches Religious pluralism and syncretism—two positions that are not aligned with the teaching of the Catholic Church. On Ken Wilber’s “Integral Institute” website, we read that “Centering Prayer has contributed to Integral Spirituality”. Very troubling when you read page 209 of Ken Wilber’s book, “Integral Spirituality”-see below:

About the world’s many religions and their sometimes widely differing conceptions of God, morality, and the nature of reality, Wilber says on page 209:

“Allow it all. Swallow the Kosmos whole. You know that everybody is right. So stop lying about it and thus move from self to Self. There is room for everything in the Kosmos. Open up and let it all in.”

BUT IT GETS MUCH WORSE! About each one of us, he says, on page 300:

“We know this: your very Self is the Self of all that is and all that ever shall be, and the history of the entire Kosmos is the history of Your very own Being and Becoming, you can feel it in your bones because You know that is what You are, in the deepest parts of you when you stop lying to yourself about who and what You really are. And what You are, is the great Unborn, timeless and eternal, in its 1st person perspective as the great I – I, the great Self, the Witness of this page, and this room… All with a passionate equanimity that leaves you alone as the Unmoved Mover.

Note: The essence of Classic Hinduism says: “I exist NOT in relation to any ‘other’, but only to my Self“. Wilber continues:

You are likewise the Great Unborn… in its 2nd person perspective as the Great Thou, the Great Other… you are likewise the Great Unborn, timeless and eternal in its 3rd person perspective as the Great Perfection, the Holy Spirit, the Great Web of Lifein all its infinite perfection and dynamic chaos…” etc., etc…

Did he just say that you are the Holy Spirit? (Yes. And the Great Web of Life too) The implication seems clear to me-each one of us is God, each one of us is the entire Cosmos, each one of us is “The Great Perfection”… according to Fr. Keating’s partner, Ken Wilber… and, perhaps also Fr. Keating’s growing alliance with Wilber’s Eastern and Non-Catholic worldview, which he calls “Integral Spirituality”?

When reading Ken Wilber’s bio during a recent interview on Oprah Winfrey’s XM radio show, Dr. Oz stated that “Ken Wilber believes we should be liberated from creed, dogma, and devisive-ness… “ Is this the “liberation” you are seeking for your parishioners? Would you like to see them “liberated” from their Catholic creed and the dogma of our Catholic Church? As those who sign up for “Centering Prayer” meetings are exposed to, and influenced by, the books and teachings of Ken Wilber, they may very well begin to seek this false liberation for themselves, right on your own parish grounds.

Parish members who sign up for Centering Prayer will also be exposed, through the Contemplative Outreach literature and events, to the counter-Christian teaching of

Eckhart Tolle; who says in his book, “A New Earth“, “Mental labels of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are ultimately illusory… Nobody is wrong”…and, “You are the Truth… If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived every time…” “The world of form is an illusion”… Check out the video clip entitled, “New Age Oprah – World’s Most Dangerous Woman” on YouTube to see Oprah Winfrey learning from Eckhart Tolle, the idea that “I am God, the Creator…” (Note: Eckhart Tolle suggests “A Course in Miracles” on his Recommended Reading List-please see www.NewAgeDeception.com to read and print my free Warning on A Course in Miracles)

Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest and long-time student of Fr. Keating, who uses the non-canonical “Gospel of Thomas” in her teaching, and was quoted in EnlightenNext Magazine as giving, “a powerful description of liberation beyond all relative distinctions, including those of gender itself. The last step in women’s liberation, she states, is liberation from the fundamental identification with being a woman. She speaks about the need to be surrendered to the nondual truth of our being, beyond all relative polarities, distinctions, and identities…”(Note: As I stated above, authentic Christianity does not accept or support the false concept of “non-duality”- a notion which claims there is no real separation or distinction between subject and object, between our individual selves and others, between our souls and God etc… On the contrary, our Catholic Catechism teaches that we are each unique individuals separate and distinct from God and from creation– and there truly exists, one objective reality that we are to come to know, with God’s help)

Brother David Steindl-Rast, who was recently asked by a conference attendee this question: “Can we look to the College of Cardinals to lead us?… (into a level of green or orange on Ken Wilber’s color coded chart of consciousness- green or orange being their conception of a “higher”, more mature “consciousness”) Brother David Steindl-Rast, in responding, replied, in part, “No… we cannot look to them for leadership… you look to the Charismatic people for that… but to lead us, certainly not– not the way we look now to the Dalai Lama as a Spiritual Leader.” (Especially troubling since the Dalai Lama does NOT believe in a personal God, and even more troubling when you consider that his Tibetan Buddhist followers revere him as a god; specifically, the incarnation of the deity known as “Chenrezig”.) To hear the entire exchange, check out the video clip on YouTube, entitled, “What Good Is the Church”

Fr. Richard Rohr: Who recently had Marianne Williamson, the world-renowned teacher of A Course in Miracles, give a conference at his retreat center-and who made the Course available for purchase on his website-very troubling when you consider what A Course in Miracles teaches: “The Song of Easter is the glad refrain the Son of God was never crucified…” text pg. 428, “There is no sin; it has no consequence…” Lesson 101

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By: Sharon Lee Giganti, 2008©

A Course in Miracles is the name of a book that was written by a channeled spirit, who claimed to be Jesus. Described as “spiritual psychotherapy”, it’s been widely promoted by Oprah, and as of January 2008, she now has Marianne Williamson, the Course’s leading spokesperson, teaching this “Course” on her world-wide XM radio show.

This is unfortunate, because many of the Church’s most trusted Catholic leaders-such as Fr. Mitch Pacwa and Fr. Benedict Groeschel -(Who has been quoted as saying, “A Course in Miracles has served to undermine authentic Christianity, more than just about any other work I can recall.”) — have warned the faithful for years, to stay away from this false teaching for the following reasons:

  • The teachings of A Course in Miracles contradict Holy Scripture, Tradition, and Authentic Catholic Teaching; claiming that: Jesus was NOT God, the devil does not exist, and there’s no such thing as evil, or sin—especially original sin, as the Course teaches that man’s fall from Grace in the Garden of Eden never happened— (preface, pg. xiii) and that Holy Scripture cannot be trusted, as Christ’s apostles misinterpreted his message and taught in error. (text pgs. 94 & 95) These false tenets alone clearly show that the channeled spirit who wrote them, while claiming to be Jesus, is in fact, a counterfeit Christ .
  • The teachings of A Course in Miracles have FAILED many, if not all, of the standard “tests of discernment” the Church has used for centuries, to distinguish a true and Godly spirit from a false one.

 

EVEN FOR THE NON-CHRISTIAN, THE VERY REAL DANGER of studying “A Course in Miracles” can clearly be seen in what the Course asks you to believe: Claiming that physical life on Earth is really just a “nightmare” the collective human race is having while in a state of psychic sleep, (text pg. 18 and throughout) the Course teaches that: everything you see around you is an illusion,(lesson #14 and throughout) that sin and guilt are not real but, “solely an invention in your own mind”(lesson #70) that, you can neither hurt others, nor be hurt (text pg. 96 and throughout)… that “you can and should deny any belief that error can hurt you”… the false promise that: if you see your neighbor as sinless, “you will be released entirely from all effects of sin” (text pg. 474) that “the reality of everything is total harmlessness” (text pg. 158) … that you alone are the sole cause of anything hurtful that’s ever happened to you (lesson #23, #304, and throughout) … that, “The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist.”(lesson #14 and throughout)

MANY FORMER STUDENTS OF A COURSE IN MIRACLES , and it’s founding teachers attest to it’s core message: that if enough people, (an amount large enough to affect “mass consciousness”) -or if even just one person realizes and integrates these “truths” fully, the human race will “awaken” from it’s psychic nightmare and find that we’ve never left Heaven. The only condition necessary for this amazing occurrence is this: the student must make NO EXCEPTIONS in the application and full acceptance of the ideas. (Workbook intro. Pgs 1 & 2, Lesson #1, and throughout) Course students all over the world are seeking to be “the one” to hasten this “great awakening”, because they’ve been taught that when it occurs, “in the twinkling of an eye”, the entire world of “form”, with all its’ suffering and sorrow, will disappear and we’ll be back in Paradise.

 

THE HAZARDS OF ADOPTING THIS OUTLOOK ON LIFE cannot be stressed enough-to give just a brief example, lest you think I’m exaggerating– the 14th lesson, which is to be accepted as true by the student, reads as follows: “With eyes closed, think of all the horrors in the world that cross your mind. Name each one as it occurs to you, and then deny its’ reality. God did not create it, and so it is not real. Say for example: God did not create that war, and so it is not real. God did not create that airplane crash, and so it is not real. God did not create that disaster, and so it is not real. Suitable subjects for the application of today’s idea also include: Anything you are afraid might happen to you, or to anyone about whom you are concerned.”

ANOTHER POISONOUS TENET the student of A Course in Miracles is asked to accept, is that– any unjust, hurtful, or violent incident that happens to you, is, in actuality, merely an illusory “manifestation” of your own fearful “attack thoughts” projected outwards, like an image on a screen. . . (Workbook pg. I, lesson #23 and throughout) This is another reason, according to the Course, that no forgiveness is ever warranted since your own ego is the “cause” of anything hurtful that ever happens to you. (text pg. 649 and throughout) One could say, this is a perfect example of why our adversary, the devil, has been called, “the accuser of the brethren”.

THE FAITHFUL ARE TO BE WARNED: The Course is very deceiving, as it uses Christian terminology but gives the words alien meanings. For example, many people may have heard that the Course is “all about forgiveness”, but they’re most likely not aware, that “forgiveness” according to the Course, means saying to yourself, “since no sin ever occurred, no forgiveness is necessary.” (text pg. 548, manual pg.79, and throughout) According to the Course, teaching our brother that he has NOT hurt us, is how we forgive. Another example: the “Atonement” , according to the Course, is: ” the acknowledgement that I am NOT in this world”, (text, pg. 97) and this “atonement” teaches that: “never having sinned, I have no need of salvation.” (Text, pg. 237)

I WAS A DEVOTED STUDENT AND TEACHER OF THE COURSE , before returning to my Catholic Faith, and I’ve now devoted my life to exposing the very real dangers of A Course in Miracles and other “New Thought” teachings such as Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”, and the Law of Attraction teachings as found in “The Secret” and the books and workshops of Abraham-Hicks. (I formerly taught their material and was known as an “Abraham Ambassador”)

I’VE SEEN WITH MY OWN EYES , and have often shared my belief, that the living out of A Course in Miracles lessons, and the like, can, and did, spawn such tragedies as rampant divorce, suicide, mental breakdown, and even murder. I’ve publicly stated my opinion, that “You cannot study A Course in Miracles without seriously jeopardizing your faith, and putting your mental, physical, and spiritual health at risk.”

I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN WHO I WAS DEALING WITH, when I read in the Course, that, after finishing the lessons, mighty companions would walk beside me… that, “helpers are given you in many forms. . .their names are LEGION.” (Teachers Manual, pg 87) Unfortunately, it was only years later that I would read in the gospels, the story of Jesus healing a man possessed by unclean spirits, and that, when casting out those demons Jesus asked, “What is your name?” and they replied, “WE ARE LEGION, for we are many. ” (Mk 5:9 & Luke 8:30)

PERHAPS YOU’VE ASKED YOURSELF THE QUESTION that seems to be on everyone’s mind lately: Can I still be a good Catholic and devotedly watch a show like Oprah’s which promotes New Thought teachings, study A Course in Miracles, or embrace the lessons of “A New Earth”?

FOR ME, THE ANSWER RESOUNDS IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES OF OUR CHURCH: The following passages are found in 2nd John chapter 1. I’ve used the words of the NAB and Douay-Rheims Catholic Bibles, all emphasis is mine.

“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, (the complete, apostolic doctrine of Jesus Christ and the historical truth about Him), DO NOT RECEIVE HIM INTO YOUR HOUSE, or even greet him, wishing him “God-speed”; for whoever greets him or wishes him “God-speed” shares in his evil works.” Verse 10

Douay-Rheims Bible footnotes regarding these and other such verses: ” This admonition is in general, to forewarn the faithful of the dangers which may arise from a familiarity with those who have prevaricated and gone from the true faith, and with such as teach false doctrine. BUT, this is NOT forbidding a charity for all men, by which we ought to wish and pray for the eternal salvation of every one, even our enemies.”

“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh: THIS IS A SEDUCER AND AN ANTICHRIST” Verse 7

“Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God.” Verse 9

And from Ephesians chapter 5

“Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient– SO DO NOT BE ASSOCIATED WITH THEM”. Verses 6 & 7

“TAKE NO PART in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret…” Verses 11 &12

MORE DEADLY QUOTES FROM: A COURSE IN MIRACLES

Lesson #14 – “The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of our own making, and it does not exist.”

Lesson # 101 — “You need the practice periods today. The exercises teach sin is not real, and all that you believe must come from sin will never happen, for it has no causesay: God’s Will for me is perfect happiness. There is no sin; it has no consequence.”

Text page 158, Line 2 – “The reality of everything is totally harmless, because total harmlessness is the condition of it’s’ reality.”

Text page 96, Line 19 – “The Holy Spirit says you cannot either hurt or be hurt. Your brothers need to hear this. Perceive only this need in them and do not respond to any other.”

Text page 474 – “Christ’s Vision is to see your brother as sinless -do that and you will be released entirely from all effects of sin.”

A Course in Miracles asserts again and again that: A sense of guilt for having done “wrong” is an illusionary invention of our own minds, and is to be downplayed or overlooked as much as possible.

Here is an excerpt taken directly from the text: “When you realize that all guilt is solely an invention of your mind, you also realize that guilt and salvation must be in the same place. In understanding this you are saved. The seeming cost of accepting today’s idea is this: It means that nothing outside yourself can save you; nothing outside yourself can give you peace. But it also means that nothing outside yourself can hurt you, or disturb your peace or upset you in any way. Today’s idea places you in charge of the universe, where you belong because of what you are. This is not a role that can be partially accepted. And you must surely begin to see that accepting it is salvation.” (lesson# 70)

According to the Course, TO FORGIVE means, you: “hold not the proof of sin before your brother’s eyes… You must attest his sins have no effect on you to demonstrate they are not real”.

The Course teaches, in a thousand ways, its’ axiom that: “In our defenselessness our safety lies”. While this may sound “spiritually loving”, the Course’s teaching of this idea goes seriously awry; for, according to the Course, no defense is ever warranted since “in reality” no offence or attack really occurs. The Course teaches that sin and guilt are not real, and therefore, neither are any of their “seeming effects”.

Marianne Williamson believes that A Course in Miracles can, and does generate real and lasting peace. Many have rightly pointed out that she will most likely be a key decision-maker in our Government’s “U.S. Department of Peace” if she is successful in getting it established. She is the founder of The Peace Alliance , a grassroots campaign group whose goal is to install in our Government, this “Department of Peace”, as “a compliment”, they say, to our Department of Defense. This group’s numbers are growing daily, nationwide, thanks in part, to Oprah’s longstanding and enthusiastic promotion of Marianne Williamson.

Marianne has said that the head of the Department of Peace will be VERY influential in our Government’s policy making, “having the ear of the President” as it dispenses advice on the art and science of “Peace keeping”. Knowing that Marianne Williamson is a world renowned devotee of A Course in Miracles and the channeled spirit who authored it, and knowing full well what the Course teaches, I find myself thinking of a certain passage in Scripture: And Jesus wept, for they knew not the ways of peace”. —- Luke 19:41 (paraphrase, and emphasis mine)

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By: Sharon Lee Giganti, 2008©

(Note: This list is far from complete- but should at least give you a good start!)“Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. ” – – – – 1st John 4:1 NAB

“Deception is possible in spiritual phenomena and may be tested by its relation to Christian doctrine (cf 1st Cor 12:3): those who fail to acknowledge Jesus Christ in the flesh (some ancient manuscripts read . “every spirit that annuls or severs Jesus. “) are false prophets and belong to the antichrist. Even though these false prophets are well received in the world, the Christian who belongs to God has a greater power in the truth. . ” – – – – From the NAB footnotes re: 1st John 4:1-6

THERE IS TO BE NO NEW REVELATION:

Canon 66: According to Canon Law. . .” No new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ. ”

THERE IS TO BE NO ” SURPASSING” OR CORRECTING THE REVELATION OF CHRIST:

Canon 67: According to Canon Law… Christian faith cannot accept “revelations” that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such ” revelations” . – – – -See Paragraph 67 of Catholic Catechism

THE DENIAL OF ORIGINAL SIN IS NOT OF GOD: 

According to the infallible dogma of the Church: ” If anyone asserts that Adam’s sin harmed himself alone and not his posterity, and that the holiness and justice received from God which he lost, was lost for himself alone and not for us too; or that stained by the sin of disobedience, he passed on to all mankind death and bodily punishment but not sin as well, which is the death of the soul, anathema sit. ”

– – – The Council of Trent, Decree on original sin

THE TRUTH IS NOT IN ANY SPIRIT THAT DENIES THE REALITY OF “SIN”

According to 1st John 1:8-10 “If we say we have no sin, – – refusing to admit that we are sinners – we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth (which the Gospel represents) is not in us – does not dwell in our hearts. ” . . .” If we say we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us – the Divine message of the Gospel is NOT in our hearts. ” – – – –

ANY SPIRIT OR TEACHING THAT CONTRADICTS HOLY SCRIPTURE IS IN ERROR.

ANY SPIRIT OR TEACHING THAT CONTRADICTS THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC MAGISTERIUM IS IN ERROR.

THOSE CLAIMING TO KNOW JESUS CHRIST, BUT DO NOT KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE DECEIVED AND MIGHT DECEIVE OTHERS —

According to 1st John 2:1 “The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments. Those who say, “I know him”, but do not keep his commandments are liars, and the truth is not in them. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him.”

ANY SPIRIT WHICH SAYS JESUS CHRIST DID NOT COME IN THE FLESH IS NOT OF GOD —

Meaning: any spirit which denies that the historical and Biblical Jesus of Nazareth was both God and Man, is not of God. Any spirit which denies the incarnation. . . any spirit that denies God became man on Earth in the person of Jesus Christ, is not of God. The most common way you’ll hear this false view expressed is the statement: “Jesus was a great teacher and prophet, but he was not God”. . . or. . . “Jesus was just a man like any one of us, but a man who achieved enlightenment” . . . or “Jesus never claimed to be Divine-Jesus never claimed to be God”. These false ideas express the error: “Jesus was not the messiah.”

THE SPIRIT OF ERROR IS PRESENT IN ANY TEACHING THAT UNDERMINES OR CONTRADICTS THE APOSTLES (Either their teaching in the Gospels or in Apostolic Tradition) —

1st John 4:6 says, “He that knows God, hears us. (The pastors of the Church that Christ founded). By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”

Mathew Arnold, the Creative Director for St. Joseph Communications, rightly states, “But even those pastors must remain in the spirit of the Church, as St. Paul warns, even those who profess to be Catholic can become deceived and begin to teach a ‘contradictory gospel'”. In Galatians 1:8 St. Paul says,”But though we (the pastors of the Church) or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema.” (Some versions read, “If we, or even an angel from heaven preach to you a gospel other than the one we have preached to you. . . let him be anathema.” (Anathema refers to something excommunicated, or like “a cursed thing”) “Therefore”, says Arnold, “It is only agreement with the tradition of the Church that guarantees you are reading Scripture in the Spirit by which it was written.” (see 2 Thess. 2:14 Douey Reims Bible)

God bless you and. . .KEEP THE FAITH!

“And they defeated the enemy with the blood of the Lamb, and the words of their testimony. . .” Rev. 12:11

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness but instead, expose them. . .” Eph. 5:11

Note: All quotes from A Course in Miracles are from the combined three volume 1992 edition, published by The Foundation for Inner Peace (Now called The Foundation for A Course in Miracles)

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THE 29 LAW OF ATTRACTION “TEACHERS” WHO CONTRIBUTED TO “THE SECRET” BOOK AND DVD, AUTHORED BY RHONDA BYRNE… and others who were given special acknowledgement, and/or specialize in teaching “The Law of Attraction” and other New Age “manifesting techniques”.

A list compiled by Sharon Lee Giganti, www.NewAgeDeception.com

Listed below, are the names of well-known teachers and leaders of the New Age and “Human Potential” movements, who teach the “manifesting technique” known as, “The Law of Attraction”, and other modern versions of ancient, occult methods of magic and sorcery –even though many don’t realize that, this is indeed, what they are; practices which have been forbidden by God according to Holy Scripture, Apostolic Tradition, and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

While many non-Christian spiritualities and “Human Potential” teachings contain some true statements, (even some that are helpful, as per “common sense!”) the materials of the following speakers and authors have also been known to contain tenets, principles, and supposed “truths” and/or “universal laws” that contradict the Christian Truths of God’s Word and our subsequent Catholic Faith.

The counter-Christian New Age principle most often taught by those listed below, is “The Law of Attraction”—the erroneous claim that you are attracting everything that happens to you by virtue of the “vibration”, or “creative property” of your thoughts and feelings and “mental picturing”. That you can control all that happens to you, by adjusting your thoughts and emotions to “better feeling vibrations”—or by virtue of more constructive “visualizing”– is the false conclusion too often drawn, by those who embrace this theory. And too often, it is the false promise held out to those studying these supposed “Universal Laws”.

Belief in the validity of the Law of Attraction is not compatible with the Catholic Faith. In fact, the 2003 Vatican Document, entitled, “Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life”– which was “A Christian Reflection on the New Age”—stated on page 85, that, “The widespread New Age conviction that one creates one’s own reality is appealing, but illusory.” This document reaffirms that, “Our limitations are a fact of life and part of being a creature.”

“The Secret” teachers listed in the book as, “featured co-authors”: (in alphabetical order)

John Assaraf
Michael Bernard Beckwith
The writings of Genevieve Behrend (1881-1960)
Lee Brower
Jack Canfield
The writings of Robert Collier (1885 – 1950)
Dr. John F. Demartini
Marie Diamond
Mike Dooley
Bob Doyle
Hale Dwoskin
Morris Goodman
John Gray, PH.D.
The writings of Charles Haanel (1866 – 1949)
John Hagelin, PH.D.
Bill Harris
Dr. Ben Johnson
Loral Langemeier
The writings of Prentice Mulford (1834 – 1891)
Lisa Nichols
Bob Proctor
James Arthur Ray
David Schirmer
Marci Shimoff
Dr. Joe Vitale
Dr. Denis Waitley, PH.D.
Neale Donald Walsch
The writings of Wallace Wattles (1860 – 1911)
Fred Alan Wolf, PH.D.

Others who have been associated with, or apparently share a worldview similar to “The Secret” and it’s (occult) “Law of Attraction” belief system, and who were thanked and acknowledged in “The Secret”:

Joseph Campbell
Charles Fillmore
Dr. Robert Anthony
Jerry and Esther Hicks, and the teachings of “Abraham” (the spirit entity that Esther channels, whom the press dubbed, “The Secret Behind The Secret”)
David Cameron Gikandi
Catherine Ponder
Gay and Katie Hendricks
Stephen MR Covey (He edited “Quest; The Spiritual Path to Success” which included Marianne Williamson as one of the experts, and has also appeared with Deepak Chopra)
Eckhart Tolle
Debbie Ford
The Transformational Leaders Council
The Spiritual Cinema Circle
Agape Spiritual Center

Note: Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, and Deepak Chopra are three other celebrated authors and teachers, who have taught “The Law of Attraction” as a supposed “Universal Truth” for decades.

By: Sharon Lee Giganti, 2010©

This document is designed to combat the assertion (from Course devotees) that Catholics and other critics of A Course in Miracles have “misinterpreted” it, or that it is to be understood and applied “only in a metaphysical sense”… or that “it applies only in the spiritual realm, but not the physical…”

A Listing of the “NO EXCEPTIONS” Directives Within The Text Of:
“A COURSE IN MIRACLES”

A List Compiled by: Sharon Lee Giganti (All emphasis mine)
All quotations are taken from the Combined Volume, Second Edition, of
A Course in Miracles

This document is designed to combat the assertion (from Course devotees) that Catholics and other critics of A Course in Miracles have “misinterpreted” it, or that it is to be understood and applied “only in a metaphysical sense“… or that “it applies only in the spiritual realm, but not the physical…”

Trust me– as a former “Course” student and teacher, I can assure you that unfortunately, such is emphatically NOT the case. When the Course says, “The body is not real… the body is not a part of you…” and, “At no single instant does the body exist…”, it means exactly what it says. The Course confirms this, IN IT’S OWN WORDS!!! (This document lists some of these specific quotes) And, yes—this is the same “A Course in Miracles” that is still being taught by Marianne Williamson, a lesson a day for 365 days, on Oprah Winfrey’s Official Website.

Many times, fans of A Course in Miracles, when hearing criticism of the Course’s bizarre claims, often say of former students of the Course, like myself, who are now denouncing it, that we’ve “misinterpreted” the ideas, or taken them too literally, or that the Course, “when properly understood”, would have the student use common sense when applying the ideas and perhaps make appropriate exceptions when the “situations” involve something like cancer or a heroin addiction, or something equally potentially hazardous.

The following quotations taken directly from the pages of A Course in Miracles, however, should suffice to prove that, in actuality, such an assertion is not true– the student reading the Course is, in fact, directed by the Course itself, NOT to make ANY exceptions when it comes to the application of the ideas– even when (according to Lesson 14) the student is being directed to “deny the reality” of such things as a war, or an airplane crash.

Page 2 of A Course in Miracle’s Workbook, for example, instructs the student to: “be sure that you do not decide for yourself that there are some people, situations or things to which the ideas are in-applicable.

All the examples below, of actual Course quotations, should come in handy for the critic of A Course in Miracles, who is being told that he or she has “misunderstood” it, or that the Course is only to be interpreted and applied in a “metaphysical” sense.

The sad fact is, A Course in Miracles itself states within its’ own pages that such is NOT the case! Therein lies the danger of the Course’s teachings.

But, could the Course really mean it, when it says things like, “the body is a dream” (vol. 2, pg 409) and “at no single instant does the body exist at all”? (vol. 1 pg. 362)

Unfortunately, the answer is “yes”, and for verification, one needs only to consult the actual text of the Course—and read the following passages:

“You have surely begun to realize that this is a very practical course, and one that means exactly what it says…”
—Text pg. 159

“The purpose of the workbook is to train your mind in a systematic way to a different perception of everyone and everything in the world. The exercises are planned to help you generalize the lessons, so that you will understand that each of them is equally applicable to everyone and everything you see.”
—Workbook Intro to Lessons, pg. 1

There must be no exceptions. Your consistency is called on despite chaos. As long as you’re assailed by any doubt, His accomplishment is not apparent in you.”
—Text pg.110

“If true perception has been achieved in connection with any person, situation, or event, total transfer to everyone and everything is certain. On the other hand, one exception held apart from true perception makes its accomplishments anywhere impossible.”
— Workbook Intro to Lessons, pg. 1

“The only general rules to be observed throughout, then are that the exercises be practiced with great specificity, as will be indicated… (Note: example of exercise: “…this war is not real, this earthquake is not real, this airplane crash is not real”… from Lesson 14) This will help you to generalize the ideas involved to every situation in which you find yourself, and to everyone and everything in it.

Second, be sure that you do not decide for yourself that there are some people, situations or things to which the ideas are in-applicable. This will interfere with the transfer of training. The very nature of true perception is that it has no limits. It is the opposite of the way you see now.”
—Workbook pg. 2

“The overall aim of the exercises is to increase your ability to extend the ideas you will be practicing to include everything.”
—Workbook pg. 2, #7

“Some of the ideas the workbook presents you will find hard to believe… they may seem quite startling. This does not matter. You are merely asked to apply the ideas as you are directed to do. You are not asked to judge them at all, you are only asked to use them. It is their use that will give them meaning to you, and will show you they are true.”
—Workbook pg. 2, #8 (Note: Remember that Lesson 1 says, “This body does not mean anything…” and Lesson 13 says, “Nothing without meaning exists”. Also, Lesson 14 says, “God did not create that war, and so it is not real… God did not create that airplane crash, and so it is not real…” Are those ideas really “true”?)
Note: A Course in Miracles states, on page 2 of the Workbook, that using the ideas will show you “they are true”. Take a look at the last paragraph of Lesson 14; it says:

“The idea for today can, of course, be applied to anything that disturbs you during the day, aside from the practice periods. Be very specific in applying it. Say: “God did not create a meaningless world. He did not create [specify the situation which is disturbing you], and so it is not real.” (Note: What if the “situation” that is disturbing me is a cancer diagnosis—is it really “true” that the cancer is “not real”?)

“Remember only this; you need not believe the ideas, or accept them… or even welcome them… you may actively resist them… none of this will matter or decrease their efficacy. But do not allow yourself to make exceptions in applying the ideas the workbook contains, and whatever your reactions to the ideas the workbook contains, and whatever your resistance to the ideas may be, use them. Nothing more than that is required.” (Note: Remember that Lesson 1 says that the body does not mean anything…)
—Workbook pg. 2 #8, #9

Make no allowance for differences in the ‘kinds’ of things to which they (the ideas) are applied. The statements should merely be applied to anything you see… use it totally indiscriminately—only be sure that nothing you see is specifically excluded. One thing is like another as far as the application of the idea is concerned.” (Note: remember, you’ve been told that their use will show you that ‘they are true’, and Lesson 1 says, “That body doesn’t mean anything”…)
—Workbook, Lesson 1

The Holy Spirit opposes the idea that differences in form are meaningful, emphasizing always, that these differences do not matter.”
—Text pg. 115

“For the body is a limit on love. The belief in limited love was its origin, and it was made to limit the unlimited. Think not that this is merely allegorical, for it was made to limit you.” —Text pg. 364 (vol. 1) (Note: so, ‘you’ are unlimited?? Really??)

BOTTOM LINE: The handful of examples listed above should suffice to prove that any student of A Course in Miracles who actually applies the ideas and lessons of A Course in Miracles, to real people with real problems is not “mis-reading the text”, nor are they “misinterpreting the Course” or taking the directives, “out of context”.

Again, the text of A Course in Miracles states within it’s own pages that, “this is a very practical course, and one that means exactly what it says…”
—Text pg. 159

The rest of that paragraph, found on page 159 of the Text, has the supposed “Jesus” who dictated the Course to Helen Schucman saying, “I would not ask you to do things you cannot do, and it is impossible that I could do things you cannot do. Given this, and given this quite literally, nothing can prevent you from doing exactly what I ask, and everything argues for your doing it. I give you no limits because God lays none upon you.” End Quote

Of course, nothing could be farther from the Truth, and I know from past experience– as a former student and teacher of the Course—that one is never farther from God’s Truth, than when one is reading, believing, and acting on the ideas found in A Course in Miracles.

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WHERE TO FIND SOUND CLARIFICATIONS AND REFUTATIONS OF NEW AGE & OTHER POPULAR ERRONEOUS TEACHINGS

“Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life; A Christian Reflection on the ‘New Age’”

By:  Pontifical Council for Culture, and Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue  http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/interelg/documents/rc_pc_interelg_doc_20030203_new-age_en.html

“A Call to Vigilance:  Pastoral Instruction on the New Age”

By:  Archbishop Norberto Rivera Carrera  (Became a Cardinal in 1998)

http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/dissent/newage1.htm

Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy”

By:  Committee on Doctrine; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://www.usccb.org/doctrine/Evaluation_Guidelines_finaltext_2009-03.pdf

“Statement on [the book] Quest for the living God:  Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God by Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson”

By:  Committee on Doctrine; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

http://www.usccb.org/doctrine/statement-quest-for-the-living-god-2011-03-24.pdf

“On Some Aspects of Christian Meditation”

By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/teach/meditation.htm

“Notification on the book, Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism by Father Jacques Dupuis, S.J.”

By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20010124_dupuis_en.html

“Notification Concerning the Writings of Father Anthony De Mello, S.J.”

By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19980624_demello_en.html

“Notification on the works of Father Jon Sobrino, S.J.”

By: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20061126_notification-sobrino_en.html

“Declaration ‘Dominus Iesus’ On the Unicity and Salvivic Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church” By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20000806_dominus-iesus_en.html  

“Notification Regarding Certain Writings of Fr. Marciano Vidal, C.SsR.”

By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20010515_vidal_en.html

“Notification on the Book ‘Jesus Symbol of God’ by Father Roger Haight S.J.” By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20041213_notification-fr-haight_en.html 

“Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church”

By:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (note: This document seeks to answer the question, “Did the Second Vatican Council change the Catholic doctrine on the Church?” Hint: NO it did not!)http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20070629_responsa-quaestiones_en.html

“Declaration in Defense of the Catholic Doctrine on the Church Against Certain Errors of the Present Day”

By: Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19730705_mysterium-ecclesiae_en.html

ALSO HELPFUL: 

“International Theological Commission”, Volumes 1 & 2,  Ignatius Press

Google Books gives the following description: “This is a [two-volume] collection of texts and documents issued by the International Theological Commission (ITC), a body of theologians that advises the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The texts and documents of the ITC address pressing theological issues, drawing upon theological experts from around the world who represent differing branches of theology yet who share a common commitment to authentically-Catholic theological reflection. 

While I don’t have a list of themes contained in the first volume, the Google Books description says:  “Volume 2, 1986-2007, includes texts and documents exploring the following themes: faith and inculturation, the interpretation of dogma, eschatology, God the Redeemer, Christianity and world religions, the Church and the faults of the past, the diaconal ministry.” I also know that this volume contains a few very clarifying paragraphs on the false but very popular New Age belief in reincarnation.

“Enneagram:  A Modern Myth”

By:  Father Mitch Pacwa

http://www.cfpeople.org/Apologetics/page51a076.html

 

By: Sharon Lee Giganti, 2011©

The Vatican Document on New Age, “Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Lifelists the following documents in Section 8, under the heading, “Resources; Documents of the Catholic Church’s Magisterium”

Some of these documents may require that you search for an English translation 

1.  John Paul II, Address to the United States Bishops of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska on their “Ad Limina” visit, 28 May 1993. 

2.  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Letter to Bishops on Certain Aspects of Christian Meditation (Orationis Formas),Vatican City (Vatican Polyglot Press) 1989. 

3.  International Theological Commission, Some Current Questions Concerning Eschatology, 1992, Nos. 9-10 (on reincarnation). 

4.  International Theological Commission, Some Questions on the Theology of Redemption, 1995, I/29 and II/35-36. 

5.  Argentine Bishops’ Conference Committee for Culture, Frente a una Nueva Era. Desafio a la pastoral en el horizonte de la Nueva Evangelización, 1993. 

6.  Irish Theological Commission, A New Age of the Spirit? A Catholic Response to the New Age Phenomenon,Dublin 1994. 

7.  Godfried Danneels, Au-delà de la mort: réincarnation et resurrection, Pastoral Letter, Easter 1991. 

8.  Godfried Danneels, Christ or Aquarius? Pastoral Letter, Christmas 1990 (Veritas, Dublin). 

9.  Carlo Maccari, “La ‘mistica cosmica’ del New Age”, in Religioni e Sette nel Mondo 1996/2. 

10.  Carlo Maccari, La New Age di fronte alla fede cristiana, Turin (LDC) 1994. 

11.  Edward Anthony McCarthy, The New Age Movement, Pastoral Instruction, 1992. 

12.  Paul Poupard, Felicità e fede cristiana, Casale Monferrato (Ed. Piemme) 1992.

13.  Joseph Ratzinger, La fede e la teologia ai nostri giorni, Guadalajara, May 1996, in L’Osservatore Romano27 October 1996. 

14.  Norberto Rivera Carrera, Instrucción Pastoral sobre el New Age,7 January 1996. 

15.  Christoph von Schönborn, Risurrezione e reincarnazione, (Italian translation) Casale Monferrato (Piemme) 1990. 

16.  J. Francis Stafford, Il movimento “New Age”, in L’Osservatore Romano, 30 October 1992. 

17.  Working Group on New Religious Movements (ed.), Vatican City, Sects and New Religious Movements. An Anthology of Texts From the Catholic Church, Washington (USCC) 1995.

 

 


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