Sedona: New Age Capital of the World
Birth of the New Age Movement
Anyone who has ever taken a close look at the New Age Movement can attest to it being a very complex religious philosophy of many sources. It’s best known as the movement that spread through the occult and metaphysical religious communities in the 1970s and ʾ80s.
The New Age Movement professes a broad-minded openness to all religions, but its basic underlying philosophy represents a carefully calculated undermining of Judeo-Christian beliefs with various combinations of gnosticism and occultism. The New Age philosophy is basically a synthesis, in varying degrees, of Hinduism, Buddhism and Western materialism. It is known by terms like Eastern Mysticism, New Thought, Higher Consciousness, Occultism, and the Human Potential Movement. The New Age also encompasses a wide array of notions: spiritualism, astrology, bioenergy, Chi energy, chakras, nirvana, Christ-consciousness, Native American Spirituality, Prajna, out-of-body/near-death experiences, reincarnation, and other occult disciplines. Traditional occult practices (e.g., tarot reading, astrology, yoga, meditation techniques, and mediumship) were integrated into the movement as tools to assist personal transformation.
The Father of the Modern New Age Movement
The New Age Movement was in its infancy, referred to not as the New Age but the New Consciousness. The New Age movement is not a unified, traditional cult system of beliefs and practices, even though its roots derive from Eastern religions and the occult. The contemporary roots of the New Age movement can be found in the counterculture movement, led by, among others, Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary. 
Do a Google search on the New Age Movement and you’ll find the name “Timothy Leary.” In fact, Timothy Leary is considered to be by some, “The Father of The Modern New Age Movement.”  Journalist Don Lattin writes in his new book, The Harvard Psychedelic Club, the hallowed quads of Cambridge, Mass., are where the New Age movement began referring specifically to Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert.
The Esalen Institute, founded in 1962, in California, is a Human Potential Movement think-tank and center. They were central to the development of the Human Potential Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and are sometimes cited as a direct forerunner of the New Age movement. Esalen alumni included psychologist B.F. Skinner and Carl Rogers, R.D. Laing, Werner Erhard, LSD gurus Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary. 
Some have even gone as far as saying the key New Age spokesperson who first promoted and popularized the term “New Age” was Richard Alpert who worked closely with Timothy Leary at Harvard University.  Others have even stated Timothy Leary’s most important book, High Priest, redefined the psychedelic experience and was an empowering spiritual development and thereby spawned the enduring New Age movement. 
Why is the New Age so Seductive, Widespread and Destructive?
The New Age basic beliefs are exactly the same temptation Satan used to cause the destructive fall and alienation of man in the beginning. The temptation appeals to the primordial nature of man. In essence, with the Self at the Center, the psychology of the movement attempts to replace religion using methods of the “New Age” gurus who encourage people to make themselves into a “God.”
In Dark Secrets of the New Age, Texe Marrs wrote:
The New Age is a universal open-arms religion that excludes from its ranks only those who believe in Jesus Christ and a Personal God. Buddhists, Shintoist, Satanists, Secular Humanists, witches, witch doctors and shamans — All who reject Christianity are invited to become trusted members of the New Age family. Worshipers of separate faiths and denominations are to be unified in a common purpose: THE GLORIFICATION OF MAN.
The relationship of these Satanists to the “New Age” Movement is quite clear; they seek a magical relationship with pre-Christian Pagan gods, as do many “New Age” practitioners, including Wicca (the so-called ‘white witches’). Like the “New Age” people, they seek personal spiritual power separate from God.With the Self at the Center, psychology attempts to replace religion using methods of the “New Age” gurus who encourage people to make themselves into a God.
The “New Age” is hardly new. In fact, it is very old. A better term would be the “Old Occult.” The New Age, it seems, is just the old paganism repackaged in modern terms. Remarkably it appears the movement is still very active and alive perhaps undergoing a significant revival even today with news reporting Hilary Clinton’s Campaign Director, John Podesta, who was invited to a “spirit cooking dinner” by performance artist Marina Abramovic, to take part in an occult ritual founded by Satanist Aleister Crowley. 
Aleister Crowley Timothy Leary, Israel Regardie, and The Golden Dawn
Aleister Crowley is generally considered to be the most important and influential occultists of the 20th century. Cleaver, well educated, and a prolific writer, Crowley was a walking encyclopedia of occult thought and practice. Dubbed the “Wickedest Man in the World” by the British Press, Crowley preferred his own synonym, “The Great Beast 666.”
Ironically sometime in 1971, Timothy Leary revealed after a Tarrot Card reading designed by none other than Crowley himself that he was in fact “Aleister Crowley reborn and was to complete the work Crowley began preparing humanity for cosmic consciousness.” Leary publicly acknowledged his common destiny and powerful connection to the great Beast. 
Having the “Father of the New Age Movement” calling himself “The Great Beast 666” indeed makes the connection between the New Age Movement and the occult very clear. There’s just no way of denying the agenda of this movement that ultimately made its way to Sedona, Arizona, which in time would come to be known as “The New Age Capital of the World.”
Israel Regardie was also an occultist, writer, and the legendary Aleister Crowley’s personal secretary, aid, and transcriptionist, widely known for his books and commentaries on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. As an adept of the now defunct secret order of the Golden Dawn, he became famous among the occultists of his day for breaking his oath of secrecy and publishing the order’s complete rituals in his book “The Golden Dawn.” Today this book is a classic best seller and has been revised and re-issued several times.
Almost every contemporary occult writer and modern group has been influenced, directly or indirectly, by the Order or its members, making The Golden Dawn one of the most influential occult books of the past 100 years.
For some time Regardie was the personal aid of the world famous even now to this day Aleister Crowley who was perhaps the most famous practicing occult Magician to date. During such time Regardie would take notes and was said to of taken vows of secrecy to keep the magical working and discoveries of Aleister Crowley secret. Years later for whatever reason Regardie broke those vows and wrote a book called “The Golden Dawn.” This book on ceremonial magic, specifically works on Soul Traveling or Astral Projection is considered by many to be the book that started the modern occult movement. 
Beginning in 1928 Israel Regardie traveled through Europe as Crowley’s secretary and student. Although he later parted company with Crowley, he defended him from those who disliked his exploits in magic and sexual liberties, and spoke of his “real genius and grandeur.” Regardie was well aware of Crowley’s more controversial exploits, but was willing to overlook much that might be objectionable because of what he recognized as Crowley’s true magical genius. 
After reading Part I of Book 4 by the Crowley, Regardie initiated a correspondence which led to his return at 21 to the U.K. at Crowley’s 1928 invitation to become his secretary. When the two parted company four years later, in 1932, Regardie distanced himself from Crowley personally, but still retained a great deal of respect for his writings. In 1931 he wrote A Garden of Pomegranates, a primer on Qabalah based on notes he had taken while working for Crowley. 
Overshadowed by his association with Crowley, much of his work has been left unappreciated by those outside of the realms of high magic and occultism. Israel Regardie’s writings and the students he taught or influenced provide much of the foundation for modern Western occultism. In addition to preserving the knowledge, Regardie also preserved a valid branch of the initiatory lineage of the Golden Dawn in America the alchemical melting pot where the New Age was incubating which ironically really took off in places like Sedona.
Regardie later became a chiropractor and, following the outbreak of war with Japan, served in the U.S. Army. After the war he settled in California, where he practiced chiropractic and psychoanalysis until moving to Sedona Arizona in the 1980’s where he stayed until passing away in 1985.
The New Age reached the forefront of Western culture in the 1960’s. This period was called the Counterculture. Its effects have been felt even today in 2017 from the language we use to the clothing we dress. The Hippies seemed to love it, but many of the lower level Hippies didn’t realize that the leadership of the Hippies had ties to the military industrial complex. One of the Hippie leaders was Professor Timothy Leary. He was a drug guru that promoted LSD. He was also a trained Jesuit who attended the College of Holy Cross in Worchester, Massachusetts.
One of the most famous large, New Age communes on record was run by none other than Dr. Timothy Leary who ultimately called himself “The Great Beast 666 Reborn.”
There’s a lot of evidence to support the claims the Aleister Crowley movement was evil and served Satan. The Satanist Crowley readily admitted this was the case, but was equally adamant that New Age adherents are serving the same god, Lord Satan, but they are too chicken to realize it or admit it. Of course, this claim is exactly what Anton LaVey, another famous occultist who ironically lived in the Sedona/Verde Valley region for some time, made in his book, “The Satanic Bible.” It has been reported Antone LaVey laughed at the New Agers who believe they are serving the god of Light and Love. LaVey says they just do not have the courage to believe the truth, i.e., that their god is also Satan. 
Why is the New Age so seductive, widespread and destructive? The New Age basic beliefs are exactly the same temptation Satan used to cause the destructive fall and alienation of man in the beginning where the temptation presented appealed to the primordial nature of man. This can be demonstrated by looking in the Bible itself in Genesis 3:1-7. Here we find that Satan is far more crafty than all. We are also reminded in the New Testament that he can even appear as an “angel of light” in his disguises and seductions (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Satan ultimately came to Eve and subtly began to question the character of God, specifically His goodness, benevolence and wise rule (Genesis 3:1). Satan also tempts Eve to question the validity of God’s Word (Genesis 3:1,4). Satan has continued this pattern in many of the seminaries and churches today, causing the obvious death of liberal churches.
Satan’s third ploy was to declare that there is no death, no consequences to sin or disobedience (Genesis 3:4). And finally, Satan proclaims that if Eve partakes of this hidden and secret wisdom (Gnosticism), man will be as God (Genesis 3:5). In other words, Satan attacks the essence of God’s revelation and relationship to us. Satan wants to destroy the nature of faith - man’s total dependence upon the Eternal God as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Instead Satan beguiles man to believe that he doesn’t need God but he himself can “sit in the seat of God” (Ezekiel 28:2).
Finally it must be asked, “Why are all the top famous occultists and even the Vatican itself (Chapel of the Holy Cross) drawn to the Sedona/Verde Valley area?” Were they drawn to Sedona’s fledgling New Age Movement to assist in its development to become the New Age Capital of the World or were they compelled for other reasons? What is it about the Sedona/Verde Valley area that attracts so many people of all walks of life?
We all know there is always a going to be a question of who the real father is of every child born including the New Age Movement. French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard De Chardin was another interesting person who people also considered another “Father Of The New Age Movement.” This man has a few connections between the Vatican, the New Age movement, the United Nations and the wider New World Order.
Gary Kah, in his book ‘En Route to Global Occupation’ (p. 41), said of Chardin:
“[He] is one of the most frequently quoted writers by leading New Age occultists.”
A claim further supported by Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon, in their book ‘The Seduction of Christianity: Spiritual Discernment in the Last Days’ (p. 80) when they said:
“Teilhard dreamed of humanity merging into ‘God’ and each realizing his own godhood at the Omega point. This belief has inspired many of today’s New Age leaders.”
With the Vatican at the Sedona Chapel of the Holy Cross, famous occult residents like Antone Lavey and Isreal Regardie, plus over 4+ million visitors a year, there’s really no question about it, “Sedona is the New Age Capital of the World.”
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