Children and the New Age - Indoctrinating The Innocent
The dictionary defines innocent as "having or appearing
to have the simplicity or naivete of an unworldly person,"
(Random House Dictionary, p. 687). What better way to describe a young child than with the word innocent? They are so very trusting of adults, believing they would never
be lead astray by their parents. But what if the parents are themselves in darkness, walking
that path that leads to eternal damnation?
For many such parents, the gift that awaits their child is a
Pandora's Box. Found in this box may be a myriad of New Age presents -- everything
from something as subtle as children's story books to the more
blatant Yoga for the young.
In a brochure from Trenna Production: One To Grow On!, a New
Age Children's book publisher it is stated, "One To Grow
On! stories teach... basic new age values that allow children
to become masters of their own lives," (Taking The
Growing Pains Out Of Growing Up, p. 2).
The brochure continues by describing several of the books which
are available. In Don't Blame Others, the brochure explains children will
be taught to "...look inside for your answers, and creating
your own reality," (Ibid). Other books discuss realizing one's own magical ability, and
meditation exercises. The brochure concludes with the statement,
"They are stories adults can feel comfortable giving to
children..." (Ibid, p. 3).
This is not an isolated incident. There are many New Age children's
products being produced by a variety of companies.
From The C.R. Gibson Company in Norwald, Connecticut comes a
book entitled, Waldo, Tell Me About God. In this tale, Waldo, a large sheep dog tells young Michael about
God. Waldo explains, God is "...in everything. So when
you love Him in a flower, in an animal, in a rock, in a friend
and even in a beautiful sunset -- then it becomes so easy!"
(p. 26). This is New Age Pantheism!
Aside from children's books there are also children's games.
One such game is STAR + GATE. Similar to Tarot Cards, this game
allows the players to practice "creative visualizing techniques
called Picture Stories (which) will lead you to your inner
awareness," (STAR + GATE: Keys To The Kingdom, p. 13). The guide book explains "This is an excellent game to play
with children.... Children from about the age of nine or ten
can use STAR + GATE..." (Ibid, p. 248-249).
What is this inner awareness that the children will be led to?
"We find we are god-stuff and star-stuff," (Ibid,
For the serious New Age parent there is always Yoga and relaxation
techniques. The book See and Be: Yoga and Creative Movement for Children
purports to be "a delightful way for parents and teachers
to help pre-school children develop self-awareness..."
From the organization Gateways Institute parents can
purchase cassette tapes which are designed to be "Especially
For Children." These tapes, "recommended for ages 3 to 10 years...,"
will teach children to "...learn to use creative visualizations
in a state of relaxation," (Discoveries Through INNER
QUEST, Fall 1988, p. 16).
Though these products are available, the question may be asked,
do parents really teach their children to do such things? The
answer is an unequivocable YES!
In the New Age magazine, Body Mind & Spirit, Cynthia
Ouellette, tells of her experiences in teaching her children
the doctrines of Karma, Reincarnation and calling on spirit
guides. She declares, "Knowledge of reincarnation -- the idea that
we have lived and died many times before -- can help children
understand how they create their reality, how Karma works and
can help them overcome their fear of death.
"You can explain to them that before they were born into
this life, they made certain decisions about how they wanted
this life to be," (March/April 1989, p. 37).
She continues with, "A couple of my children have seen and
talked to my mother even since her death. They even get up
in the middle of the night to play with her!" (Ibid).
Not only do her children see their dead grandmother, but also
"It can be very reassuring for children to know that they
can call on their Spirit Guides for help when they are experiencing
a negative event," (Ibid, p. 38).
In the conclusion of her article, this mother encourages other
parents to follow on the same path. "It can be both challenging
and enlightening to help our children understand and deal with
their paranormal experiences," (Ibid p. 62).
While it is tragic when anyone is deceived by a cult, it is
especially heart-wrenching to see children drawn onto this
path which leads to eternal damnation.