The DANGERS of Contemplative Prayer and it’s occultic connections
see: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon – The Occult Nature of Meditation
“Millions of people today do not realize that most meditation is occult in nature. The practices result in altered states of consciousness, psychic powers, kundalini arousal, spirit contact.” And,
“Decisive behavior changes follow from this state of consciousness, and the full realization of actuates a permanent alteration of the consciousness… aspects of his ego and of his normal consciousness are abandoned, never to arise again.” In other words, the individual person is radically affected, and aspects of his being are destroyed, “never to rise again.”
“Almost all forms of meditation lead to the development of psychic abilities. This is acknowledged by researchers and practitioners alike… …Psychic power expresses itself in many forms. It is known as intuition, clairvoyance, clairaudience, precognition, mental telepathy, telekinesis, cosmic perception and spiritism”.
Thomas Keating is one example of the ripened fruit of contemplative prayer. A Trappist (Catholic) monk, and priest, known as one of architects of the Centering Prayer, a contemporary method of contemplative prayer, that emerged from St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1975. He is a founder of the Centering Prayer movement and of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.
He is one of three architects of Centering Prayer, a contemporary method of contemplative prayer, that emerged from St. Joseph’s Abbey in 1975. William Meninger and Basil Pennington, also Cistercian monks, were the others. In 1984, Fr. Thomas Keating along with Gustave Reininger and Edward Bednar, co-founded Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., an international, ecumenical spiritual network that teaches the practice of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, a method of prayer drawn from the Christian contemplative tradition. Contemplative Outreach provides a support system for those on the contemplative path through a wide variety of resources, workshops, and retreats. [Wikipedia]
The goal of occultic or new age meditation is to put a person in an altered state of consciousness, which allegedly leads to “Spiritual enlightenment”. The primary way this is accomplished is through stilling the mind by focusing on one’s breath, or on a word or mantra, or repetition of a word/ mantra. Though many may believe there are no dangers in this “meditation” , this is a dangerous mistake.
This meditation uses the mind in an abnormal manner and, subtly at first, but over time radically restructures a person’s perceptions of self, of God, and of the world – toward a new age/ occultic orientation.
When meditative altered states of consciousness are entered into on a regular basis, there can be many adverse phenomena: Physical, emotional and psychological damage, (from disassociation to psychosis); And psychological conversion to the occult, and even demonic possession.
Contemplative prayer is little different from TM and other forms of eastern meditation. As Christian Author Dave Hunt notes: “The whole purpose of TM is to bring the meditator into contact with spirit beings” that masquerade as whatever is necessary to deceive and seduce the practitioner.
Hunt further notes: “The mind exercises an active influence on the physical system. In an altered state, however achieved, this normal connection is loosened, allowing an alien mind to operate the brain. This alien mind could be a hypnotist, or it could be a demonic spirit being.”
And that, “The altered state of consciousness is the perfect setup. Having gained control over the mind left passive and open to its influence… a demon may then begin to activate the neurons of the brain. I this manner an entire universe of illusion could be created in order to convey false ideas… An “inner experience” will be transmitted that will seemingly validate the false ideas”.