First, re-read the previous post -- The Whole Visionary Apparatus -- then read about Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul: 101 Stories of Angels, Miracles, and Healings. Author Arielle Ford (Little Debbie's snack-cake sister) writes on her books page...
The stories range from miraculous occurrences, near-death experiences, contacts from "the other side," divine intervention, angel sightings, personal transformations, mystical animal experiences and fantastic coincidences. The stories in "HOT CHOCOLATE" are for those who love magic and mystery and know for certain that "an unseen presence is watching over us." I like to think of these stories as fairytales for adults ...The Booklist review says...
Ford, who does public relations for such New Agers as Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, and Marianne Williamson, has collected first-person anecdotes in which a variety of people (many involved in aspects of spiritual healing) recount modern-day miracles and visits from otherworldly beings. The collection is like a box of supernatural bon-bons -- once you start, it's hard to stop. Patrons looking for quick and easy inspirational reading will find it here. Still, there seems to be a disconcerting trend developing: books packaged as spiritual comfort food, aspiring not to elevate the spirit but to tranquilize it, like chicken soup or hot chocolate. What's next? Literary Jack Daniels for the fevered brain?Well, not quite (or not yet), but there's more where that came from.
Don't miss her New-Ager-name-dropping video -- especially if you want to get yourself on Oprah! -- and here's even more promo copy she worked into that page.
the unlikely story of how America slipped the surly bonds of earth & came to
believe in signs & portents that would make the middle ages blush
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New Age "Asiatic" thought ... is establishing itself as the
hegemonic ideology of global capitalism. (Zizek)
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The following is from The Consolation of Theosophy II by Frederick C. Crews (The New York Review of Books, Volume 43, Number 15, October 3, 1996. Subscription required.)
...we should not overlook the broad epistemic likeness between Theosophical dreamers and the ideologues who smoothed the way for the terroristic Nazi state. The common factor was their shared rejection of rational empiricism. By pretending that reliable knowledge can be obtained through such means as clairvoyant trances and astrological casting, the original Theosophists encouraged their German colleagues to "uncover" in prehistory just what they pleased; and the resultant myth of how Aryan hegemony was broken by quasi-simian races formed a template for the infectious post-World War I story of betrayal by Jewish materialists and the vindictive Allies. The whole visionary apparatus -- the vitalistic sun cult, the mystic brotherhood, the pygmy usurpers, the lost ancient continents, the millennial cycles, even the idea of a conspiracy by a cabalistic "Great International Party" of diabolical antitraditionalists -- was already there in The Secret Doctrine. There needed only a specific historical grudge and a fevered demagogue to set in motion the march toward paranoid eugenics and actual extermination of the "polluting" social elements.