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LTRP Note: Recently, Lighthouse Trails author Ray Yungen told us that Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the Soul books have now sold over 500 million copies worldwide.1 We found that astounding as well as extremely troubling in light of the New Age element that permeates the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. For instance, as author and former New Age follower Warren B. Smith points out in his book A “Wonderful” Deception, the very first quote in the very first Chicken Soup for the Soul book in 1993 was by panentheist mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. What a way to kick off a series that would end up selling 500 million copies! Below Ray Yungen talks about Chicken Soup for the Soul,
“Every religion I’ve looked at has some technology— … I’ve studied all of them and found what works for me and I’ve tried to make it available to others. What works for me is a combination of disciplines: I do yoga, tai chi which is a Chinese martial art and three kinds of meditation-vipasana, transcendental and mantra (sound) meditation. If you have to pick a yoga for me, I lean towards bhakii in the sense of devotion, adoration, singing, feeling love and joy exist in my heart.” Jack Canfield, (from Choosing To Be Happy)
The Chicken Soup Phenomenon By Ray Yungen
Over the last two decades, a series of high profile, immensely successful books (500 million sold) have impacted the lives of many Christians. They are the Chicken Soup for the Soul books by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Although these books are filled with seemingly charming and uplifting stories, Canfield’s New Age spirituality is quite disturbing from a Christian viewpoint. In understanding the foundational views of these two authors, one must ask, “Can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Luke 6:43)?
In 1981, in the Science of Mind magazine, an interview revealed Canfield was no less than a teacher of the highly occultic “psychosynthesis” method developed by a direct disciple of Alice Bailey (see Bailey’s clear occultism and birthing of the term New Age in chapter two). In some of his most recent writings, Canfield openly reveals he had his “spiritual awakening” in a yoga class in college where he felt God “flowing” through all things.1 Hence, Canfield also promotes many occult writers.
In order to draw a conclusion on the spiritual persuasions of the Chicken Soup for the Soul authors take a look at one particular book they both enthusiastically endorse. The book is called Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul, compiled by Arielle Ford. Its format is identical to that of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series—101 stories by different authors on a particular theme.
Ford’s book permeates with Eastern and New Age metaphysical content. A panoply of psychics, mediums, astrologers, channelers, and especially Hindu mystics present a wide array of stories. One such story is about a psychic who writes of her abilities.2 Another story in the book is about a Hindu holy man who manifests “holy ash” out of thin air.3 Yet another involves a man who claims to be the reincarnation of the apostle Paul and writes that the message of Jesus is “God dwells within each one of us [all humanity].”4
Co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Mark Victor Hansen, agreed with Ford’s book so wholeheartedly that he wrote the foreword. Listen to a few excerpts from this foreword, which reveal Hansen’s view:
[E]nlightening stories will inspire you. They will expand your awareness, . . . you will think in new exciting and different ways . . . You will be renewed through the tools, techniques and strategies contained herein . . . May your mystical soul be united with the mystical magical tour you’ve been wanting and waiting for.”5 Jack Canfield echoes this praise on the back cover by stating, “They [the stories in the book] will change your beliefs, stretch your mind, open your heart and expand your consciousness.”6
In March 2005, Canfield came out with his book, The Success Principles. As can be expected, one of these success principles is about meditation. Canfield relates, “I attended a meditation retreat that permanently changed my entire life.”7 Canfield does a superb job of integrating metaphysics with the needs of business creativity. He emphasizes:
As you meditate and become more spiritually attuned, you can better discern and recognize the sound of your higher self or the voice of God speaking to you through words, images, and sensations.8
These books are selling like hotcakes in some evangelical bookstores because they are positive. If someone would have told me fourteen years ago that such books would someday be selling in Christian bookstores, I would have said they were nuts—no way!
Sadly, other such books have seeped into Christian bookstores. In one store, Sara Ban Breathnach’s book Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, was spotted under a sign, which read, “For Devotions.” In this book she informs her readers we are all “asleep to our divinity.”9 Yet, in spite of her obvious connection to the New Age, I have been told that women’s prayer groups at evangelical churches have ordered this book in bulk!
A vast number of Christians feel they are safe from being misled, simply because they have been professing Christians for so long. This is not the case at all. Considering today’s spiritual and social climate, both adults and young people desperately need keen spiritual discernment. As we move closer to the return of Christ, Scripture makes clear reference to the deluding spirits that will manifest themselves with increased intensity and effectiveness.
Notes: 1. Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Dare to Win (New York, NY: Berkeley Books, 1994), p. 195. 2. Arielle Ford, Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul (New York, NY: Penguin Putnam, 1998), pp. 244-247, 361. 3. Ibid., p. 36-39. 4. Ibid., p. 15. 5. Ibid., pp. xiii-xiv. 6. Ibid., back cover. 7. Jack Canfield, The Success Principles (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2005), p. 316. 8. Ibid., p. 317. 9. Sara Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy (New York, NY: Warner Books, 1995, October 31).
Affirmations & Law of Attraction: Is The Secret Real?-Jack Canfield
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Is The Secret Real? | Jack Canfield
Awhile back I was featured in the groundbreaking movie and book, The Secret, which introduced the world to the Law of Attraction in a massive way. Since then, I’ve heard many people ask whether or not The Secret is real. Here’s my answer. http://bit.ly/2pZugjT
YouTube has been increasing its censorship of content, claiming that the platform is simply taking further steps against hate speech. However, as everyone knows by now, YouTube isn’t just cracking down on hate speech. It’s censoring and banning content that isn’t supported by the woke left. As an example from my channel (Acts17Apologetics), YouTube recently blocked a seven-year-old video for condemning honor killings in Islam. How far is YouTube going to go in its war on free speech? Time will tell.
View my video on Islamic honor killings on Bitchute:
Leftist activist Vanessa Taylor, who recently appeared at a June 26, Washington, DC, New York University (NYU) event against “Islamophobia,” is “black, queer, and Muslim,” according to an online description. Her prominence in like-minded circles only highlights that their understandings of these identities are in various ways disturbing, incoherent, and superficial.
Taylor’s claims to “know what it’s like to be a black Muslim woman” and to be a Muslim leader are suspect given her brief time among Muslim believers. This African-American Minneapolis, Minnesota, native has been a Muslim for fewer than three years since embracing “Black Muslim liberation theology” in 2016. In her online account, these views “boiled down to one simple question: Allah, how are we getting my niggas free?”
Taylor quoted 1960s black firebrand Malcolm X for her inspiration:
I am a Muslim, because it’s a religion that teaches you an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. It teaches you to respect everybody, and treat everybody right. But it also teaches you if someone steps on your toe, chop off their foot. And I carry my religious axe with me all the time.
This founder in 2015 of a Black Lives Matter-inspired group in Minneapolis, the Black Liberation Project, correspondingly integrates her Islamic faith into a worldview of unrelenting racism and black victimization. She has written that “global anti-blackness is served up as the world’s main course,” while her previous writing reflected her NYU event comments that “Islamophobia is built on white supremacy, imperialism, anti-blackness.” She also declared there that “slavery is continuous” while “black people are denied the category of humanity” and “dehumanized and viewed closer to animals than they would be to the rest of the population.”
Taylor even stated that “Islam and the United States cannot be compatible” given the “construction of this country” that historically enslaved African-Americans, many of whom, she claims, were Muslim. “Black American history,” she has previously written, has a “foundation of an identity that ultimately began with the subjugation and oppression of African Muslims woven into the original drafts of this nation.” Alternatively, she has never analyzed whether her Islamic beliefs are compatible with her impassioned abolitionism. Often brutal Islamic slave trades lasted far longer and enslaved many more millions across disparate geographic areas than slavery within historically Christian societies such as the United States, which ultimately led global abolition efforts.
Viewing the world through an ideological racism lens unsurprisingly has led Taylor to dismiss condemnations of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s antisemitism. These merely result from “her uniquely threatening triple identity as a black Muslim woman,” Taylor has written while playing race cards. “Black women’s public humiliation is an accessible form of entertainment offered to the American public,” and the “backlash against Omar must instead be understood through the lens of what is known as the ‘afterlife of slavery.’”
Taylor has correspondingly radical attitudes towards law and order. Reiterating her past writings, she condemned at the NYU event Minneapolis’ federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program as a “surveillance and entrapment program” that “has targeted the Somali community.” Meanwhile, she caustically responded to violent leftist Antifa assaults on the journalist Andy Ngo in Portland, Oregon, with the tweet that she has a “list of names who all deserve more than some silly string and milkshakes.”
The “queer Muslim” Taylor’s ideas about LGBT ideologies and their relationship to Islam are perhaps most bizarre yet, such as her claim that “White colonialism itself constructed the anti-Black gender binary we all must grapple with today.” Her gender-insane twitter account lists “they/she” as her preferred pronouns, while the Queer Muslims website promotes her alongside “Transphobia is Haram” t-shirts. The hijab-observing Taylor has also collaborated with Advocates for Youth (AY), an organization that sexualizes young people with LGBT, pro-abortion, and other agendas through activities including the Muslim Youth Program.
While Islamic doctrines have become infamous globally for repeatedly brutal treatment of homosexuals, Taylor sensed little contradiction between her lesbian and Islamic identities during an October 31, 2018, AY interview. She airily declared that she “centers Islam in liberation work” and is “reimagining and constantly questioning want Islam can be for me and what it is going to actualize in my life.” “Islam is something that is always going to be shifting,” and thus “when I think of Islam, I think of water and I think of things that move within it.”
However Taylor has conceded that not all LGBT individuals have a similarly fluid view of harsh Islamic realities. “When I enter LGBT+ spaces wearing an easily recognizable hijab style, my body and the way it is clothed, becomes perceived as a threat,” she has written. When going to a 2016 LGBT parade,
I left my house wearing an abaya because it was also Ramadan. I would need something to pray in later. After arriving at the gates, I consciously removed the black abaya, because I knew keeping it on would frighten people. The myth that all Muslims are heterosexual and inherently homophobic persists.
Taylor’s writing indicates that she is perhaps even more isolated among Muslims. “My LGBT+ community primarily exists in Black Muslim group chats and late-night group sessions,” she has noted. Accordingly, “my community has formed itself online, outside of physical bodies and spaces. We know how to read each other, but nobody else knows what to make of us.”
Yet even online, Taylor has encountered opposition from Muslims opposed to her homosexuality. “Saying you’re a queer Muslim is the same as saying I’m a [insert random sin] Muslim,” she tweeted to one female Malaysian Muslim, Umm Yusra. She has likewise tweeted a Malaysian sign that “is part of an awareness campaign to reject LGBT and the foreigners promoting its ideology” and has thanked a person “for standing up to the rainbow mafia.”
Umm Yusra has tweeted support for anti-LGBT Muslim authorities who have far more experience with Islamic teaching than the initiate Taylor, such as the mufti for Malaysia’s Federal Territories. “MUFTI: Standing against the LGBT and other perversions is a form of jihad,” she tweeted in a summary translation of a mufti thread.
Umm Yusra most starkly and disturbingly differed from Taylor in supporting Brunei’s recent implementation of Islamic hudud criminal law with its cruel corporal punishments, including the death penalty for homosexuality. Umm Yusra tweeted:
Congratulations on implementing hudūd, Brunei. May Allah accept it. Self-proclaimed human rights activists don’t bat an eye when the US and Europe kill millions of Muslims through war, sanctions and occupation; apparently they only value the lives of sodomites and rapists.
The philosophical chasms between the self-identified Muslims Taylor and Umm Yusra easily explain why the former blocked the latter on twitter within an hour of Umm Yusra’s first tweet to Taylor.
Of course, no such condemnation of homosexuality by Muslims such as Umm Yusra could ever bring woke Taylor to criticize Islam and/or condone Israel in the slightest. Taylor at the NYU event repeated the hackneyed slanders that Israel uses “pinkwashing,” namely Israeli pro-LGBT policies, to cover a supposed “genocide that is occurring there” against Palestinians. Meanwhile, she faulted the LGBT community for “homonationalism” and “Islamophobia.”
Confused individuals such as Taylor may pursue their radical foolishness within the safe spaces provided by free societies such as the United States, but she deserves no serious consideration. The axes and other sharp objects she so unsettlingly invokes can, in the hands of Muslims, chop off not just the body parts of her opponents, but of people including Taylor herself. Support for such intellectual and physical mayhem simply dishonors socially respected institutions like NYU, as a further article on this event will examine.
DARMSTADT, Germany, July 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A family court has decided that a married homeschooling couple should be allowed custody of their minor children.
Homeschoolers Dirk and Petra Wunderlich lost legal custody of Machsejach, Joshua, Hannanjah and Serajah in August 2013 when police removed the children from their home. Thanks to the recent court decision, the guardianship of Hannanjah and Serajah, now the only minors in the family, has been returned to their parents.
The girls have indicated that they want to be educated at home.
According to CBN News, a Christian news website, the judge who ordered the removal of the children in 2013 was replaced in the case “on the grounds of bias.”
The surprise decision follows the Wunderlich family’s unsuccessful attempt to regain custody of the children through the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) earlier this year. The court refused to concede that parents have the right, under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights, to educate their children exclusively at home. Refusing to send children to school is against the law in Germany.
Robert Clarke, director of European advocacy for ADF International, was the lead counsel for the Wunderlich family at the ECHR. In response to the German court’s new ruling, Clarke reiterated that parents have the right to determine their children’s education.
“The right of parents to direct the education of their children is a fundamental right, protected in international law,” Clarke said.
“We are pleased to see that the German court respected this right and acknowledged that the Wunderlich children are doing well,” he continued.
“As we wait for referral to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, we hope that, there too, the rights of the Wunderlich family will be safeguarded,” Clarke said.
According to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, the Wunderlichs’ long struggle with the German justice system began in 2006 when a court fined the parents “several hundred euros for homeschooling.”
In 2008, the devout Christian family left Germany to continue homeschooling in France. In 2009, after intervention by the German government, French authorities removed the Wunderlich children from their home but returned them a few days later. In 2012, after being unable to find long-term employment, the Wunderlich family returned to Germany.
That October, a German district court took legal custody of the Wunderlich children away from their parents and gave it to German social services.
In August 2013, the children were removed from their home for three weeks.
Dirk Wunderlich described his anguish on that occasion to Deutsche Welle this January, saying “August 29, 2013, as 40 officials stood before our door, was the most horrible day for us.”
Apparently, the authorities had been contacted by neighbors who claimed Dirk had said he would rather kill his children than send them to school. He called the allegation “nonsense” and “invented.”
On September 19, 2013, the children were returned to their parents on condition that they attend public school, and their passports were revoked. The following August, the passports and custody of the children were returned to the family by order of a German court. The following month, the Wunderlichs resumed homeschooling.
Then in April 2015, both the Homeschooling Legal Defense Association and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International filed an application at the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the Wunderlich family. The following year, the ECHR decided to take the case. In January 2017, the German government presented its defense to the ECHR. In April 2017, the HLDA and ADF presented their response to Germany’s arguments.
However, on January 10, the European Court of Human Rights sided with the German government against the Wunderlich family. According to newsmagazine Deutsche Welle, the court found that the family “had not provided sufficient evidence that the children were properly educated and socialized” and “that a government removing children from their parents to ensure they receive an education did not violate Article 8” of the European Convention on Human Rights.
In an interview with CBN News, the older Wunderlich children indicated that they thought their stint in public school was a waste of time.
“When there are so many children and they are talking about all kinds of things, it’s really loud,” Joshua said.
“In homeschooling, I felt like we were able to learn a lot more in a shorter time,” Machsejach added. “In school, they always make it so long and still you learn less than in homeschool.”
(Publisher’s comment: We carried the original story when these precious children were removed from these stalwart Christian parents. We are so happy to be able to report on these happy results. We commend those who stood by them in prayer and support.)
DOCUMENTARY BY KATIE HOPKINS OF THE U.K.: “HOMELANDS” EXPLAINS THE EXODUS OF WHITES, JEWS BEING DRIVEN OUT BY MUSLIMS, TREATED LIKE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS
COULD THE U.S. BE NEXT?
Groundbreaking documentary exposes downfall of Europe
It’s a struggle in the U.K. to try to show Katie Hopkins’ documentary Homelands about the exodus of Jews and Christians from Western Europe. Because of censorship, it was shown in an undisclosed location and with a select amount of people.Watch the full documentary below:
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes:
A Canadian medical committee has ordered a chiropractor to pay $100,000 for sharing “anti-vaccine” views on social media.
The ruling, publicized Thursday, orders Dr. Dena Churchill of Halifax to pay the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors for “professional misconduct” after she shared “her personal views that vaccinations could be harmful.”
“Dr. Churchill’s conduct brought the profession of chiropractic into disrepute,” the committee wrote.
The college maintained social media posts Dr. Churchill made in 2018 were an “egregious breach” of the national chiropractic association’s guidelines, which reportedly order chiropractors “not to discuss vaccines in any capacity,” according to the CBC.
“Dr. Churchill was responsible for social media posts outside her scope of practice which were harmful to the public,” the committee wrote, noting she was defiant of regulators and refused to delete certain posts.
“Dr. Churchill maintained significant social media activity which is outside the scope of practice of chiropractic in Nova Scotia despite direct instruction to stop. That is egregious conduct.”
The committee also noted that Dr. Churchill refused to bend to pressure, maintaining, “Her personal views are her personal views,” and that she “does not retreat from those views” that vaccines can cause harm.
“The entire matter could have been avoided if Dr. Churchill deleted offending posts from her social media account, the committee admits, adding, “She refused.”
“Dr. Churchill has been found guilty of the charges that have been filed against her,” the Hearing Committee wrote.
After taking her finances and health into consideration, the committee decided to allow Dr. Churchill to pay $100,000 over the course of 10 years, maintaining that if she didn’t pay “at least a total of $30,000 by January 2, 2022,” she’d have to pay the total in full.
In a Facebook post Friday, Dr. Churchill thanked the CBC for its coverage of her story.
“My sincere hope is that my example will awaken more of the public to the control and manipulation of the medical industrial complex,” she wrote.
“[T]he article is perfectly correct in that I have no remorse and I would do it all over again if I had the opportunity,” said Dr. Churchill.
“VACCINES ARE DANGEROUS educated people know this if they study the research. ‘Anti’ is a word used to divide the population, I’d encourage you to BE VACCINE INFORMED.”
“Silencing us doctors in any discipline is against the charter of rights and freedoms,” she added. “And to silence us when we are trying to relate dangers to public based on research is criminal!”
Dr. Churchill did not immediately respond to Infowars’ request for comment.