My trip into alternative healing to write my book, Med Free Bipolar (Amazon) led me down some rabbit holes I almost did not get out of! It was like Alice and Wonderland for sure, but I almost got lost indefinitely. Now, five years into working with clients on natural mental health in my Aspen Brain Health ministry clinic, I am more convinced than ever that not all things that start out good, end good. Traditional Meditation is one of those things, and I have seen it actually lead to psychosis and spiritual crisis, even involuntary hospitalizations! It is also being taught inside the psych hospitals, an ironic twist, don’t you think?
Meditation – Although many start using mediation or mindfulness simply as a way to calm the mind or be present when manic, it can lead to other spiritual experiences.
“If you’re not aware of meditation dangers, they can unexpectedly come and cause many troubles in your life, such as frightening visions, non-physical con- tacts, or even insanity.” –Simona Rich, Experienced Meditator and blogger (emphasis mine).
The purpose of mediation is to awaken to the Divine knowledge that you are a god yourself, and that you do not need God. In mediation, “the loss of connection to god must happen for you to realize that you are god….When you meditate you may get many interesting meditation experiences. For example, when I meditate, I sometimes hear conversations in different languages, see certain events from this and other worlds and see different beings.” – Simona Rich, Meditator. Rich, as a very experienced meditator, has great articles on the benefits and warnings when it comes to meditation. You can “google” her.
These experiences are actually quite frequent, as I am told by my brother and other friends who practice meditation. It is not just for relaxation by any means.
If you are not prepared for this or aware that this may happen, then it can come as quite a shock. If you are, then it can help prevent a psychotic episode. If you are ok with this happening, then meditation may be a viable form of stress release for you. These modalities are being introduced into psychologist’s offices, doctor’s offices, and even the schools as benign and medically backed practices, and this is where I take concern. It is not my place to judge these practices, just observe and investigate; I am for the recipients having all the facts and being educated enough to decide for themselves what treatments they want to pursue.
Contemplative Prayer- I am very progressive when it comes to Christianity. I believe in all the spiritual gifts as active for today, and in the five-fold ministry. I believe traveling in the Spirit, being seated in Heaven now, and other “weird” things that the Bible clearly talks about are very active today. I believe everything we NEED to know is in the Bible, but not everything God wants to reveal is in the Bible, but that revelation today won’t contradict the Bible.
I consider myself a “mystic Christian” (mystic means one “who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect”) because, as God told me personally, “You are not crazy, you are a Seer.” I did not like that word at the time, and He had to redeem that word for me. I don’t actually know now if I ever really was bipolar, or if I have just been healed completely, but I do know that God has told me several times since just 2017 that I am healed.
So what about the “Christian version” of Mediation, Contemplative Prayer? Well, interestingly enough, I do not have as much grid for this as I would think. I personally have experienced open visions, trances, and things most Christians would say is ‘demonic’, or not of the Holy Spirit, or not for His people today, but ALL of them were uninitiated by myself. God started them, not me. The most I had “done” to bring an experience on when one of them occurred was Fast for the day. I do not believe in “emptying your mind” but I do believe in meditating on the Word of God, and being still before Him in order to hear him. Seems like we are always talking and asking Him for stuff, when really He just wants to walk with us in relationship with Him. Everything is about intimacy with the Father. What I do not like is other Christians using “friendly fire” to knock other Christian’s experiences, because unless clearly demonic, New Age, of the occult, or clearly against the WORD, there is just simply alot we don’t know. We aren’t God.
Romans 11:33 — “Of the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! Hoe unsearchable his judgements, and His paths beyond tracing out!”
I LOVE this verse! We are always trying to trace everything out! We can’t, but we do need discernment, and those without it (or Grace, or Wisdom) need to stop pointing fingers at those whom God is taking out in the deep end.
But there is another saying that needs to stop being thrown about: “God’s power to keep me from being deceived is bigger than satan’s power to deceive.” Yuck. My Spirit does a summersault every time I hear this, and not in a good way! Yes, it’s a true/false statement. God is more powerful than anything, but God will certainly let you be deceived if you use your free will to do Eastern Meditation, Yoga, Reiki, idol worship, adultery, or anything else He considers an abomination! I was a Born Again Believer when the enemy walked right into my life with all kinds of deception. So stop saying that please, just stop! I have also seen the most beautiful angels I have ever seen turn to the side to reveal grotesque demon heads. Their ability to deceive has been honed over thousands of years, and anyone saying they are incapable of being deceived has likely already been deceived greatly. One of my pastors told me of another pastor who saw in the spirit very well, and angels led him into an affair. Perfect example of dark masquerading as light!
2 Corinthians 11:14 — “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”
Ask Daddy, he is so faithful to answer! Seek His face, spend time in His Word! Hunger and thirst for His righteousness.
(Want some scripturally sound “meditation”, try the app ABIDE. And I love WholeTones for music)
BE Salt & Light,