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Understand and Deal with Childhood Experiences
All of us have had our childhood hurts. These events, along with the feelings of pain, sorrow, fear, or inferiority - may be memories buried in the subconscious.
Analyze and Eliminate Negative Tendencies
Through the study of psychiatric principles, as well as those of psychoanalysis, and mental abnormalities, students are able to determine if one is affected by any of the phobias, anxieties, compulsions, complexes, or inferiorities which lurk in so many subconscious minds. We teach a method by which one can remove these impediments to health and happiness.
Master Your Emotions
Every emotion registers itself in the body. One who cannot control negative emotions is ill to some degree. Fear in the mind serves to raise the blood pressure and may interfere with proper heart action. Worry can disturb an otherwise normal digestive system. Hatred and jealousy have brought untold illness in their wake. Each negative emotion has an affect and bodily health suffers as a consequence.
Control of the emotions is the great secret. Valuable knowledge on control is taught in Psychiatric Principles. Psychiatric Principles shows how these memories may affect behaviour, unknown to the conscious mind. Frequently, this causes difficulty unless understanding is brought to bear.
Guide Children with Understanding
If you learn how the mind works, as a parent or teacher, you will be in a position to guide children to grow up happy as healthy individuals. Children can be taught to make good grades in school, to get along with playmates and avoid squabbles and disappointments, plus a host of other things. Parents and teachers who take the course in Psychiatric Principles have at their command a powerful tool to assure children of better, happier lives.
Improve the Family Health
Negative thinking and talk may affect a person's health. Not only can one make oneself ill, but such feelings tend to spread to others in the environment. Many people can become ill from psychic causes originating in others.
That is why we have a great, new science of healing called Psychosomatic Medicine. The word 'psycho' has to do with the treatment, therefore, is 'Treating the Inner Forces to Cure the Outer Body.'
Get Your Ideas Across
As a salesman, a club, church, or lodge member, there are times when you want your ideas to prevail. You can be in a much better position to exert influence among your acquaintances once you learn more about how the mind works.
Learn the Art of Giving Suggestions
Everyone is amenable to suggestion. If a person gives a negative suggestion and it is accepted, then a great deal of harm has been done. On the other hand, if a positive suggestion is given and accepted, a great deal of good can be achieved. Learn this and be a power for good in the world. Remember...
The Kingdom of Heaven is within You... and He Who Knows Himself Will Find It.
Understanding One's Self
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the main principles of psychiatry so that one may one's self. That self strives to express through the reasoning mind. Until we are aware of the principles involved, we stand defenseless and open to all kinds of negative influences and psychic infections. We can guard only against that which we know about. With this knowledge, life will be healthier, happier, and more satisfying.
The testimony of a participant in the 'therapy' confirms the goals aimed for:
'Concept Therapy is the KEY which unlocks the door leading to freedom and higher Consciousness. Concept Therapy provides the tools required to maintain perfect balance on all three planes (physical, mental and spiritual) and to reach a state of peacefulness.' (Johanne St-Louis, Montreal PQ)
'Concept Therapy' promotes the usual blend of Hinduism, while trying to dress it up as compatible with all other religions. Subsequently, anyone partaking will be made familiar with a false 'God,' a false 'Christ,' a false 'faith,' false 'healing', and a false 'redemption' [no redemption required!]. We see the same kind of approach made popular by the Christian heretics, Hagin and Copeland in the positive-confession movement. For them, 'faith' is also a 'force' like electricity that 'God' used to create the worlds. We, as little gods, can create with our words and get whatever we want by using the same 'laws of faith' their false 'God' obeys.
Theosophy is another cult system (deriving its name from the Greek term theosophia, meaning literally, divine wisdom) akin in thinking to 'Concept Therapy' which describes its philosophy as 'a contemporary presentation of a perennial wisdom underlying the world's religions, sciences, and philosophies.' And, in the words of J. H. Russell, its teachings are :
At the same time religious, philosophic, and scientific ……[postulating] one eternal, immutable, all-pervading principle, the root of all manifestation. From that one existence comes forth periodically the whole universe, manifesting the two aspects of spirit and matter, life and form, positive and negative, 'the two poles of nature between which the universe is woven.' Those two aspects are inseparably united; therefore all matter is ensouled by life while all life seeks expression through forms. All life being fundamentally one with the life of the Supreme Existence, it contains in germ all the characteristics of its source, and evolution is only the unfolding of those divine potentialities brought about by the conditions afforded in the various kingdoms of nature. The visible universe is only a small part of this field of evolution.
Theosophy may similarly be recognized at the outset as a pantheistic form of ancient Gnosticism, which attempts to embrace religious, philosophical, and scientific truth as it is found in all religio-philosophical sources. The Pasadena, California, office explains:
A primary idea is the essential oneness of all beings. Life is everywhere throughout the cosmos because all originates from the same unknowable divine source. Consequently, everything from the subatomic to plants, animals, humans, planets, stars, and galaxies is alive and evolving. Each is divine at its root and expresses itself through spiritual, intellectual, psychological, ethereal, and material ranges of consciousness and substance.
Theosophists describe their Society in similar terms to 'Concept Therapy' as: ' a growing system of thought, the result of careful study and research,' and further 'it is nothing less than the bedrock upon which all phases of the world's thought and activity are founded.' The 'Three Declared Objects' of the Theosophical Society also gel with 'Concept Therapy' and include:
To form a nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or color.
To encourage the comparative study of religion, philosophy, and science.
To investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.
The biblical doctrine of prayer also suffers at the hand of these 'theosophical' systems of thought. In the biblical vocabulary, prayer is personal communion with a personal God, not an abstract force or a cosmic consciousness. Jesus Christ himself encouraged us to pray many times (see Matthew 5:44; 6:6-7, 9; 9:38). He repeatedly emphasized its virtues and benefits. For the Christian, then, prayer is the link with the Eternal by which man can come to 'the throne of grace' in the power of the Holy Spirit and find 'grace to help in time of need' (Hebrews 4:16).
Unlike previous ages, the coming New Age will supposedly be marked by global peace, mass enlightenment, and unparalleled spiritual advancement. Even now the earth allegedly is being made ready for a final 'transformation from outmoded habits, negative energies, and thought forms. ' Hence the deception regarding the power of audible confession has crept into the church through 'Word Faith' heretics embracing foolish metaphysical ideas which claim that sometimes a person can unknowingly bring tragedy upon themselves by making negative confessions. For example, a woman who is mugged may have actually caused that mugging if at any time prior to the experience she made comments like, 'I live in such a dangerous part of the city that I'm afraid I'll be mugged.' The woman should have been saying, 'I will not be mugged.' Similarly, someone who jokingly says 'I feel like I'm going crazy' may actually become insane. By embracing a faulty view of faith, thousands have plunged themselves into a veritable cesspool of false teachings. One doctrine inseparably linked to the belief that faith is a force is 'positive confession,' which maintains that words themselves actually contain the power to change reality (positively or negatively, depending on what kind of words are spoken) when coupled with the faith-force. They claim that: 'What you say is what you get.' Word Faith heretic Kenneth Copeland declares:
'What you are saying is exactly what you are getting now. If you are living in poverty and lack and want, change what you are saying. …… The powerful force of the spiritual world that creates the circumstances around us is controlled by the words of the mouth.'
Kenneth E. Hagin, who served for many years as Copeland's mentor, echoes his protégé: 'Your right confession will become a reality, and then you will get whatever you need from God.'
Positively confessing something is the very first step to getting what is wanted (i.e., healing, a new boat, someone to marry, etc.). The 'force of faith' coupled with a carefully conceived positive confession is really the only way to produce results because such methods are what release God's ability to bring about the things desired: 'God's Word conceived in the heart, then formed with the tongue and spoken out of the mouth becomes a spiritual force releasing the ability of God.'
The stress placed on correct 'speaking' often leads to some rather interesting instructions on how to 'make' God work and Word Faith proponent Marilyn Hickey excels in this kind of foolishness:
What do you need? Start creating it. Start speaking about it. Start speaking it into being. Speak to your billfold. Say, 'You big, thick billfold full of money.' Speak to your check-book. Say, 'You, check-book, you. You've never been so prosperous since I owned you. You're just jammed full of money.' Say to your body, 'You're whole, body! Why, you just function so beautifully and so well. Why, body, you never have any problems. You're a strong, healthy body.' Or speak to your leg, or speak to your foot, or speak to your neck, or speak to your back. …… Speak to your wife, speak to your husband, speak to your circumstances; and speak faith to them to create in them and God will create what you are speaking.
This exhortation, as humorous as it sounds, masks a cruelty that comes through whenever someone in the Word Faith movement faces trials. Just as positive words have the power to create positive (good) results, negative words have the power to create negative (bad) results, at least to the Word Faith followers. Consequently, those suffering have only themselves to blame, say the Word Faith teachers. As Frederick K. C. Price says, 'If you keep talking death, that is what you are going to have. If you keep talking sickness and disease, that is what you are going to have, because you are going to create the reality of them with your own mouth. That is a divine law.'
In the Word Faith movement, all suffering is caused by man, rather than God. As Frederick K. C. Price says, 'You are suffering because you're stupid!' The only alternative - they claim - is even worse: 'If God is running everything, He does have things in a mess.' The stupidity to which Price refers is expressed either through speaking negative confessions or through not realizing that positive confessions will bring about good things. Kenneth Copeland explains:
Your tongue is the deciding factor in your life. …… You have been trained since birth to speak negative, death-dealing words. Unconsciously in your everyday conversation, you use the words of death, sickness, lack, fear, doubt, and unbelief: That scared me to death. That tickled me to death. I laughed until I thought I would die. I'm just dying to go. That makes me sick. I'm sick and tired of this mess. I believe I'm taking the flu. We just can't afford it. I doubt it. …… You say these things without even realizing it. When you do, you set in motion negative forces in your life.
Satan is painted into the Word Faith's picture of suffering as simply an adversary who afflicts the ignorant. Like Job, we are the ones who bring about our own problems by the words we speak. According to Copeland:
God didn't allow the Devil to get on Job. Job allowed the Devil to get on Job. …… All God did was maintain His [God's] confession of faith about that man. He said 'that man is upright in the earth.' But Job, himself, said he was not upright in the earth. He said, 'I'm miserable.'
Capps also points out that Job's problems were caused by his own words: 'Job activated Satan by his fear. …… 'The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me' (Job 3:25). Scripture, however, indicates that God did indeed allow Job to be afflicted: 'The Lord said to Satan, 'Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on this person' and 'the Lord said to Satan, 'Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life' (Job. 1:12; 2:6). Furthermore, Job did not acknowledge his misery until after he had been afflicted (Job 3:1--26). Word Faith teachers are forced into misinterpreting Job's story because they hold that there is 'no glory in knuckling down and enduring a trial.' In other words, no good whatsoever can come from suffering.
The Word Faith concept also includes a physical-symptoms-should-be-ignored principle that leads to unnecessary suffering and sometimes even death. Hagin advises that someone seeking healing 'should look to God's Word, not to his symptoms.' Real faith, according to Hagin, 'believes the Word of God regardless of what the physical evidences may be.'
Divine health is something we already possess, says Word Faith teacher Jerry Savelle: 'When symptoms come, it is nothing more than the thief trying to steal the health which is already ours. In other words, divine health is not something we are trying to get from God; it is something the Devil is trying to take away from us! …… When the Devil tries to put a symptom of sickness or disease in my body, I absolutely refuse to accept it.'
Countless tragedies have resulted from such thinking. One of the most widely publicized cases involved Larry and Lucky Parker, who, rather than giving insulin to their diabetic son Wesley, followed Word Faith teachings and positively confessed his healing. After Wesley died in a diabetic coma on August 23, 1973, Larry and Lucky were tried and convicted of manslaughter. Thousands of equally tragic stories often go unnoticed. Word Faith leaders have responded to these deadly fruits of their labour by blaming those who died. The deceased simply did not have enough faith to bring about their healing. Price, for example, admits, 'I have watched people die, and my heart went out to them, but their faith was not developed, and it couldn't bring the healing to pass, and they died. It wasn't the will of God that they die, but their faith wasn't sufficiently developed.' Charles Capps agrees, 'Many people die needlessly because they said, 'If I believe I'm healed, I'll throw away all my medicine,' when their faith was not developed to that level.'
Such cold-blooded remarks are causing even more deaths as staunch believers in Word Faith theology try to prove to themselves and to those around them that they have enough faith to be healed and that God's 'best' belongs to them. According to D. R. McConnell:
The most consistent reports of abuse caused by the Faith doctrine of healing involve the treatment of those in the movement with chronic and/or terminal illnesses. Because of the belief that listening to a 'negative confession' can infect one's faith, not many in the Faith movement are willing even to be around, much less listen to, those who are seriously ill. …… A believer is shunned, isolated, and ostracized as though he was an unbeliever----which, by definition, is precisely what he is, or else he would not be ill in the first place. …… The time when a dying believer needs a word of encouragement is when he receives a sermonette on the failure of his faith. …… When a dying believer needs his faith the most is when he is told that he has it the least. …… When he needs support of a sensitive, supportive body of believers is when he is ostracized and isolated as though he himself was infectious. Perhaps the most inhumane fact revealed about the Faith movement is this: When its members die, they die alone.
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