Hands of Light
This article is sort of a review of the Bantam New Age book “Hands of Light” by Barbara Brennan. It presents itself as a scientific review of the human aura with personal clairvoyant impressions from the author. It rings of great truth and detail. If you ever wanted to know more about the human aura or anything related to it, this book is certainly a great read for that information.
This book coupled with another I was reading at the same time by Jim Humble entitled “The Responsibility of Enlightenment”, has led me down some interesting thinking. These two books come from the same basic world-view, that being, “The New Age”.
I would like to think of myself as a rational being with an “open mind” but my mind is not open. It has chosen to accept the essential textual and historical views of the Bible and specifically the words and life of Jesus (Yeshuah) including His resurrection as historical fact. This defines my world view and colors all my judgments of other things with it.
That said, this article is an exploration of the differences between the Christian and New Age world views and my critical and tentative conclusions of which system to adopt and why.
I think the core difference in world views between these two systems is “reincarnation”. It arises over and over in the New Age literature and fully contradicts the purpose and meaning of the life of Christ as described in the gospels.
What reincarnation is, as described by the New Age literature I have read, is the re-hosting of our spirits into new lives throughout history. There appears to be a pool of souls with a journey they follow through multiple lives. Explanations for the why for this is usually for “drama” (Jim Humble) or “experience” or enflolding/infolding which is the unwinding/rewinding of life force into physical forms and back into pure spiritual energy. The meta-idea of this is a pantheistic view of God where She experiences life from all possible points of view through the lives of our souls. Our souls are in essence God incarnate, each person being a drop of a sea of God that lives the multifaceted life of God through our lives. Somehow, though we are each part of this pantheistic God, we are also individuals with a track of progress measured through our lives that eventually leads to our soul entering “Nirvana”, a state of perfect being, one with God and at full peace. There is no “other place” like hell in this view.
The various views I have heard closely resemble this idea with many variants.
Barbara Brennan compellingly presents a coherent view of the human aura based on historical accounts by other clairvoyants and her own observations that resembles peer-reviewed research which brings together the experiments and hypothesis of others and builds upon it. This all has the strong appearance of the scientific method with no bias.
On the surface it is quite difficult to argue with the information found in “Hands of Light” and it is actually quite fascinating. Healing via the aura appears to be legitimate and repeatable so long as the practitioner has the proper knowledge and sensitivity to perform it.
I personally have consulted an energy healer for ailments that allopathic medicine is simply unable to address. Applied Kinesiology is an example of a very simple technique to diagnose disease and determine a treatment.
Add to this the complimentary inputs of other published clairvoyants and scientists such as Madam Blavatsky, David Bohm, Mesmer, John Pierrakos, William Reich, Rudolf Steiner, Bill Tiller, etc. and a coherent picture emerges that gives us what one would think was a scientifically proven field of study.
There is however, a very big problem that any Christian will have with all of this and which I certainly have been asking for wisdom on.
The problem is twofold. One is the “antithetical problem” and the other is the “deception factor”.
Christ died on the cross for our sins. We hear this in every gospel meeting we might ever attend. The crux of the gospel is that our sin is an unpayable debt we owe to God. It is impossible for a sinful man to atone for his sin. He needs a mediator that is both God and man to meet this bill. Christ is that mediator and his death is the price God paid himself to free us from the law of sin and death. In accepting the atonement of Christ we enter into God’s infinite grace and become sons/friends of God. We inherit eternal life and will be with God forever in some new state of being that leave the old nature of the flesh behind. God gets all the credit, glory and honor. We simply make a trade – our lives for His – such a deal!
This idea is antithetical with reincarnation and pantheism. The death and resurrection of Christ has no point in a reincarnation world view. The New Age idea of “Karma” is a balancing of energies. There is no real good or evil in this view as those are merely the yin and yang of God in his enfoldment/infoldment of “drama” that is the multifaceted life of God.
Because of the antithetical nature of the New Age vs Christianity, it is impossible to rationally hold both ideas together. I am one that always seeks a viewpoint that is broad enough to encompass all the information I have to reconcile all things to a common belief system. It makes simple sense that if one seeks truth one must deal with all the information available to come to a proper model of the world. I in fact, seek out, contradictory views precisely because this information should be most useful to my forming a correct world view – one that encompasses all the different information I can amass. I want to break my hypothesis so I can find a better one.
So which is it? Is Christianity the truth or some short-sighted viewpoint meant to be a training-wheel philosophy given to the world to hold it together till the proper evolution of the collective consciousness would take place?
II Baruch, a book from the Apocrypha, notes that in the end times the good and evil of people will become plainly visible. Their bodies will begin to reveal their souls and they will be as easily readable as a road sign.
Note this quote from II Baruch 50:
1 And it shall come to pass, when that appointed day has gone by, that then shall the aspect of those who are condemned be afterwards changed, and the glory of those who are justified. 2 For the aspect of those who now act wickedly shall become worse than it is, as they shall suffer torment. 3 Also (as for) the glory of those who have now been justified in My law, who have had understanding in their life, and who have planted in their heart the root of wisdom, then their splendor shall be glorified in changes, and the form of their face shall be turned into the light of their beauty, that they may be able to acquire and receive the world which does not die, which is then promised to them. 4 For over this above all shall those who come then lament, that they rejected My law, and stopped their ears that they might not hear wisdom or receive understanding. 5 When therefore they see those, over whom they are now exalted, (but) who shall then be exalted and glorified more than they, they shall respectively be transformed, the latter into the splendor of angels, and the former shall yet more waste away in wonder at the visions and in the beholding of the forms. 6 For they shall first behold and afterwards depart to be tormented.
7 But those who have been saved by their works,
And to whom the law has been now a hope,
And understanding an expectation, And wisdom a confidence,
Shall wonders appear in their time.
8 For they shall behold the world which is now invisible to them,
And they shall behold the time which is now hidden from them:
9 And time shall no longer age them.
10 For in the heights of that world shall they dwell,
And they shall be made like unto the angels,
And be made equal to the stars,
And they shall be changed into every form they desire,
From beauty into loveliness,
And from light into the splendor of glory.
So in all fairness, I want to believe the New Age. It is attractive in that it provides explanations for life in a system that could be true and it leaves one with a very positive view of the future. Death is no longer feared and life has a course to run no matter how meaningless or confusing a life may be at the time. Jim Humble sees himself as a “player” in this world, changing its state as he lives, this being the only constant that persists between lifetimes for him. It has driven him to accomplish great things and inspires him and others.
The New Age proponents also give their own personal experiences and memories as evidence. Jim remembers his past lives to some extent as does Barbara Brennan and many others. They have personal experiences of auras and healing and miracles and past lives.
But for the Christian there is still the gotcha. It is interesting to note that the bible predicts in Revelation that there will come a time of massive deception – so strong, that even the “elect” might be deceived. It speaks of “lying wonders” and “miracles” that will deceive many. In the Christian world view, there is a legion of fallen angels under a single evil leader who is bent on breaking the faith, bodies, and spirits of men. Satan has chosen to take Gods place by force and has lost the war and is merely living out the last days of his miserable example to ultimately bring great glory to God as he will eventually be revealed as an old impotent man of deception.
Demons and angels both live forever. They have a history that goes back to the first days of creation. They were created as witnesses of Gods creation and “watchers” (the book of Enoch) commissioned to observe history. They left their native state and married the daughters of men before the flood creating the “Nephilim”. They explain the UFO phenomenon quite well. Beings from another dimension who have come to “help” us evolve to the new higher consciousness the universe is evolving into. Beings that also could easily conspire together to deceive mankind throughout history with perfect coherence to willing seers.
This idea I call the “deception factor”.
So we have the testimony of Clairvoyants vs. the testimony of the inspired authors of the Bible. Both have miracles and personal experience supporting their views.
There is only one thing that differs from these witnesses. That difference is prophecy.
One thing that makes the Bible stand out from all other sources of religious knowledge is prophecy – the accurate prediction of future events by the word of the testators.
If you are not a Bible student you might not know the many prophecies about Christ’s first coming (and second) and about historical events like the Babylonian captivity and release of Israel which not only specify with amazing accuracy the events but sometimes the times of those events. Prophecy also predicts the great deception coming upon the world before the final judgment – something I hold as yet unfulfilled.
New Age too has its prophetic voices but no warnings of deception. All paths lead to the light and there really is nothing to fear because in the New Age way of thinking there is no terminal hell. Sure you might waste your time for a few eons but no real big problem here because all eventually get to Nirvana. Their prophecies predict wars and major changes in the human condition but only in generalities – not with precise mathematical detail the Bible gives (that I know of).
This is not to say that there are not prophecies of interest besides those in the Bible, but to my knowledge, no prophecies in other literature come close to the precise and numerous ones written by different authors in different places and times that coherently and accurately predict some of the most unexpected events in history.
So let’s compare the two views, Christianity and the New Age once again. One says that our decisions are critical to our eternal state, the other, that they mean nearly nothing. One says that we can use our guides (guidance in the words of Barbara Brennan) to learn truth and evolve, while the other claims all good and truth lies in a single God and knowing Him is the most important thing you can ever learn.
I have no doubt that there is a spiritual dimension to life and the human aura and many other aspects of the clairvoyant testimony are likely true. There probably are 10 dimensions to reality. There are spiritual beings, alternate states of consciousness, enhanced high perception, chakras, pineal glands that give us a third eye, and on and on.
But what IS the truth of the matter?
If the Christian is wrong, like Pascal’s bet, then he is simply a deceived soul living a pointless incarnation, eventually to be righted in a future life and ultimately ending in the same place as everyone else – for after all, in the New Age view, there is no hell.
On the other hand, if the New Agers are wrong, then they are in for a giant disappointment when they enter the higher evolved states of consciousness, travel the universe in their astral bodies and come to meet God at his wedding banquet at the 9th level of heaven, only to find they have no white garments and are not properly attired for the event. They will hear from the Master: “How did you get in here?” Then they will find themselves led by spiritual servants into outer darkness – “where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”.