Will you please tell me about concept therapy?
3rd May, 2004 - TCE replies:
What is Concept-Therapy?
thank you for your enquiry.
We apologise for the delay in replying as a result of a heavy work schedule.
[In the first section of text containing quotations (from www.concept-therapy.org ) we have high-lighted in bold the promoted ideas which are blatantly and outright falsehoods from a Christian viewpoint]
Concept Therapy appeals to the desires of the human soul through such invitations as: 'Would you like to realize your full potential?'
It claims to be a practical, workable philosophy of life with the motto: 'Know Thyself'. It promises to give you 'the tools for self-knowledge', to enable you to 'adapt constructively to the environment in which you presently live and work ...by thoroughly understanding and applying the universal life principles in Concept-Therapy, you will begin to build the life of health, happiness, peace, and prosperity that you desire'.
It claims to have helped tens of thousands of individuals from all walks of life, starting with a 19-
hour foundation course, and claims to be 'everything you'll need to know to create the life of your dreams'.
What are the ideas behind the claims of 'Concept Therapy'?:
'Attitudes and every circumstance in your life today are the result of inherited and/or acquired concepts. If any of these areas of your life - your health, your work, your relationships - seem bogged down by negativity, it means that you have some negative concepts operating. By addressing this through the teachings in Concept-Therapy you will learn to create positive, beneficial concepts while discarding negative, destructive ones. When you do, you will be able to enjoy the best life has to offer.'
It claims to heal relationships by learning 'how to create harmony among the important people in your personal and professional life, [so] you can all work together to achieve mutually beneficial goals' and claims the 'easy-to-understand model' is drawn from 'the areas of agreement found in science, psychology, and theology.'
Claimed origins of the basic concept behind 'Concept Therapy'?:
It claims that 'you can create mental images of a positive nature that will enrich your physical, mental, and emotional health'. It also claims to draw on 'The Wisdom of the Ages' and that 'truth has always existed in every culture and every era' by 'co-ordinat[ing] these truths, presenting them in simple, everyday language, that makes them both comprehensible and workable'. It supposedly 'deals only with facts, not with theories or fantasies that cannot be proven' and promises that 'by understanding and applying these life principles, you can turn unhappiness, despair, stress, and failure into joy, peace, health, and prosperity'. It speaks of 'Life's Immutable Laws ... scientifically based principles [that] have governed the universe since time began'. The further claim is that by: 'work[ing] with them instead of colliding with them you bring yourself into alignment with the creative potential of the universe'.
Concept Therapy hides behind phrases such as 'A METAPHYSICAL APPROACH TO THE WISDOM OF THE AGES' and claims to present, in 'in simple, understandable language' the 'truths regarding the great Unknown Power and the Laws of Life' which 'are not the revelation of any one person, nor can they be attributed to any particular group or age'. Again, it claims 'they are the result of the hopes, the aspirations, and the dreams of enlightened souls of all the ages' and 'merely coordinates these truths and makes them more comprehensible.' It claims that it 'explains the underlying Principle, The Golden Thread of Truth, from which ALL philosophies, religions, and the methods of healing spring.'
What is 'the POWER' at the root of Concept Therapy?
It claims to be 'the medium by which one may gain not only health, and peace but wisdom, and with wisdom one can live his or her life in harmony with the Divine.' This supposedly comes through 'an idea in the consciousness of a person' which brings about 'healing qualities', although admitting that 'a concept, or an idea, which has become fixed in the consciousness may be true or false, constructive or destructive'. It therefore claims to be capable of 'changing faulty concepts in the consciousness' and to teach 'the methods by which false concepts may be discovered, understood and removed, or replaced by true concepts'.
'Concert Therapy' claims 'to understand how CONCEPTS, or ideas, become FIXED in the consciousness' and 'to know how they are developed or created'. Thus the root of 'Concert Therapy' begins its instruction with 'the UNKNOWN POWER - the Source of all created things and, ultimately, of all IDEAS or CONCEPTS.'
It 'begins its instruction with the creation of the world', and 'resort[s] to the only two authorities available to us, namely, science and theology. Science teaches that the entire material universe is constructed of small particles of matter called sub-atomic particles and from these particles the world was created. Science neither admits nor denies the existence of God. It merely states that the existence of a Supreme Being cannot be proved by scientific means. Theology teaches that God created the world either from Himself or from nothing. The human mind, being taught that for every effect there must be a cause, is unable to accept the premise that something can be created out of nothing. Such a proposition violates the dictates of right reason. Therefore, we are able to consider only two possible explanations, science or theology. A careful study of these two precepts will show that, in reality, there is no conflict between them. Both say the same thing but in a different way. If it is true that God is everywhere, then He must have been in each sub-atomic particle. Thus it will be seen that the two interpretations are synonymous in meaning. One may begin at either of the two causes, and by a process of logical reasoning the student will arrive at the same conclusions that we reach in CONCEPT-
Why 'Concert Therapy' is mere dressed-up occult Hinduism:
'Beginning then, as we do, with God and the sub-atomic particles, we show in our instruction the different phases of creation, and we find that the instruction parallels both the teaching of science and theology. The student learns how the sub-atomic particles existed in a void, so to speak, which constitutes the first stage of creation. It is startling to discover that even in this stage there was a CONSCIOUSNESS in each sub-atomic particle, a CONSCIOUSNESS which goes from stage to stage gathering attributes and increasing intelligence until we finally reach the phase of rational human life. This wonderful story of creation, presented as it is, can be compared to an assembly line wherein one may view the construction of an automobile from the raw materials to the finished product. The student of CONCEPT-THERAPY will actually be able to visualize the creation of the Human from the first cause to the most highly developed specimen.'
In talking about 'The Laws of Life' it declares that: 'When the plane of HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS is reached in the study of CONCEPT-THERAPY, one becomes aware that the Human is something more than mere body. The Human is a SOUL, and has what he or she calls a mind and a body. Each of these component parts of ones personality - body, mind and soul - plays an important role in life and is governed by exact immutable laws. Concept Therapy teaches, further, that we live in a Universe of Law and Order, but to obtain health, happiness and peace of mind one must live in accordance with the LAW. One who understands the Laws which govern his or her health and one's personality is naturally better prepared to live by them. Concept Therapy teaches the student how to attune himself or herself to the INFINITE POWER and how to utilize the Power'.
The definition of the 'INFINITE POWER' - or 'UNKNOWN POWER', as it referred to it earlier, is never given in terms compatible with the orthodox Christian theological view of God.
It makes dangerous claims when it talks about 'THE SECRET OF HEALING', claiming to 'give[s] its students a thorough understanding of the methods and principles underlying ALL HEALING... [to] show[s] why ALL HEALING METHODS sometimes fail, and ... enables the student to know just what happens WHEN a cure is made regardless of HOW it is performed'.
Every true Christian should be concerned about a method that dares to talk about healing in such a manner. How many contemporary Christians have indulged in New Age (occultic) techniques because they foolishly accepted reflexology, aromatherapy, etc. as bona fide healing methods instead of dangerous occult practices.
Lulling the unsuspecting by including genuine healing methods with occult methods under consideration:
'To give an idea of what such an understanding brings, let us investigate the various sciences of healing that attempt to cure human illness. Medicine, chiropractic, osteopathy, naturopathy are physical sciences which treat or work on the BODY to alleviate disease. Each has its merits, and each has a place in healing. Each also has its successes and failures. However, when confronted with a disease, which has its origin in the mind, all fail to bring about a cure. They fail because they are then treating effects when the CAUSE lies in the mind.'
Which methods does 'Concept Therapy' recommend for 'healing the mind'?
Now it finally refers to the dangerous occult methods: 'Psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, Christian Science are mental sciences which treat, or work on, the MIND to alleviate disease which is expressed in the body. Religious cures, prayer, faith healing - and other methods - work through the medium of the human SOUL to alleviate dis-ease. There is no question that these systems do cure a great many people. However, when attempting to treat a disease, which has a purely physical origin, they also fail - unless those who use these methods understand the GREAT SECRET behind all healing'.
All of these methods - 'Psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, Christian Science' - are of occult origin and should be avoided.
Now they are getting to their great selling point - 'Concert Therapy' is claimed to be superior to all other systems: 'Concept Therapy presents the method of effecting cures under ANY and ALL systems. The PRINCIPLE underlying ALL HEALING is made clear. One who understands this principle is then able to eliminate disease on all three planes - physical, mental and spiritual. It is erroneous to think or believe that one must become religious, change one's religion, or engage in any religious work in order to use Concept Therapy. Quite the opposite is true. Your work is done on a strictly scientific basis with an understanding of the Laws involved.'
Again, the danger to Christians is revealed - no Christian should indulge in practices that are clearly based on occult methods. And you can be certain that there will not be any 'strict scientific basis' or real understanding of 'the Laws involved.'
Supposedly, 'the student learn[s] the significance of the ancient precept 'KNOW THYSELF' ... is taught how to cope with negative factors in the personalities of others as well as in his or her environment' and 'is able to live in the realm of POSITIVE thought instead of the NEGATIVE, and he or she finds real PEACE.'
What does the 'Concept Therapy Institute' offer to start you on your path to 'enlightenment'?:
'a condensed course in Psychiatric Principles designed to acquaint you with your own subconscious, that your life may be more peaceful, happy, and prosperous. You are instructed in how to cope with detrimental influences which may come to you from the depths of your mind. The instruction given in this short course is not intended to create a Doctor. The course is designed to give a comprehensive explanation of the methodology used to rid the mind of unwanted tendencies. The mind of a young child may be likened to a field wherein one plants seed. Childhood experiences are the seeds that are planted in the child's mind. Many painful experiences become lodged in the memory box, just as seeds get planted in the ground. When conditions are right, these negative experiences (taking the form of attitudes or concepts) are inclined to express themselves in the actions of the person - regardless of age. The individual involved is usually not aware that they are memories of incidents which may have happened many years earlier. In fact, one may have forgotten them entirely. They come forth as a vibration that triggers an act or actions. In standard books on Psychiatric subjects, there are long lists of Tendencies which are classified as interferences with a person's normal behavior. Among them will be found Phobias (fears), Anxieties, Compulsions, Inferiority Complexes, and Tendencies Toward Illness. With the proper instruction, you can learn to recognize these tendencies in yourself and can be taught how to cope with them.'
They claim that 'Through this study, one can 'Know Oneself' and 'With the knowledge of what to do about abnormal tendencies, you can eliminate Negative expressions from your life, gaining better health, peace of mind, and freedom from enslavement to subconscious direction'.
Again, they look for support from the occult schools of thought that support such bizarre and illogical theories as this:
'Doctor's of various schools have found that many physical diseases may have their origin in the subconscious. For instance, Chronic Indigestion may result from disgust related to other persons with whom one is associated. What one may be saying with the body, because they fear to say it with words, is 'You make me sick'!
In many cases, Stomach Cramps and Colitis may occur in persons who, living a life of sacrifice, giving of themselves, doing favors and being considerate of others... feel that they get very little in return. Actually, they may be seething with resentment at the apparent unfairness of it all... causing bodily discomfort.
Skin conditions, Rashes, Eczema etc., may be expressions of irritation at something or someone.
Attacks of this type may be related to a feeling of hostility in association with an event which has already or may be about to occur.
Resentments and feelings of hostility that we experience are usually associated with those who are either near and dear to us or those whom we fear. We are often unable to give expression to true causes, hesitant at hurting those we love or, we fear the possible penalty of asserting ourselves to those we fear - parents, employers, or others in authority'.
Concept Therapy sets a 'goal is to find some way to communicate our need for understanding from those we love or fear, relative to certain situations' claiming that 'A doctor can do much for patients by obtaining knowledge and taking the time to understand their feelings'. They claim that 'This seldom requires a long, drawnout analytical program or time-consuming techniques' but 'calls for only a short period needed to pinpoint the patient's resentments and hostilities and show how they may be expressed through the body'.
Again, these symptoms and resulting feelings and acts are true for many people and can be elicited by many counselling methods. But the conclusions and treatments offered by 'Concept Therapy' are not compatible with the Christian view of the fall of man and the worldwide affect of sin.
Concept Therapy offers a 'course in Psychiatric Principles' which claims that it 'teaches the student to correct in himself - or another (if qualified to do so) -maladjustments of personal, emotional, social, and spiritual life'. The 'therapy' claims that 'It is well known that the body and mind are not separate but closely related and coordinated.... In both health and illness they act as one, a composite - a true unity of function... A person cannot experience an emotion, mild or intense, without its registering in every cell or tissue of the body. Various physical symptoms may arise on the basis of underlying emotional problems.'
Thus Concept Therapy makes claims that simply cannot be harmonised with Christianity or supported by scientific FACT, but claims to use them to deal with the following perceived ailments:
Identify and Treat Illness Originating in the Mind
Many illnesses have their origin in the mind. Individuals with such conditions are often given treatment as if their symptoms were due to organic causes. What may be indicated in such cases is the uncovering of hidden emotional problems of which the physical effects, like headaches or nausea, are only physical expressions.
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