At the age of six, he moved to Morocco in North Africa where his father was assigned as a counterintelligence agent for U. Army Intelligence. He lived there for six years, returning to the United States when he was twelve in He attended Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts , though his time there was interrupted when his family moved to Phoenix , Arizona , where he graduated from high school. He attended Arizona State University where he was working for a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry but continued to pursue other subjects of interest. Clairvoyant development[ edit ] From his earliest years, Spangler has argued he was clairvoyantly aware of non-physical entities.
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The book contains speeches given by Spangler already in at Findhorn, a New Age community in Scotland. Spangler has edited one of his more controversial speeches, "Lucifer, Christ and God" and appended a new article, "A Retrospective on Lucifer, Christ and God". An article called "A letter to the Findhorn Community" has been dropped. Rather, we are supposed to be here. Humans are expressions of Spirit attempting to come to grips with dense matter.
We are on an evolutionary journey which takes us down, deeper and deeper into the material world. We are supposed to evolve stable egos and self-conscious personalities. However, our spiritual evolution has gone dangerously wrong, since most of us have forgotten our mission and identify with matter so completely that we no longer believe in the spirit-world.
Both the Buddha and Christ came to remedy this situation. Christ was a spirit-entity who overshadowed the human Jesus. When Jesus was crucified, his energy patterns somehow merged with those of the planet Earth which is a kind of living organism , making it possible for humanity to attain wholeness again and continue its journey. According to Spangler, the Christ is really a kind of cosmic energy or life force. He is the power behind our spiritual evolution. Lucifer plays a similar role.
At one point, Spangler relates Lucifer to the Jungian Shadow, which must be incorporated rather than suppressed to make humans whole. Satan feeds on the negative or "evil" energy patterns which are really the creations of human beings.
Spangler has often been fingered as the "founder" sic of the New Age movement. There is indeed much in this book which any new agey baby boomer can relate too: the Cosmic Christ, the Age of Aquarius, spiritual evolution, a positive view of matter, "evil" simply being misused energy or energy out of place, the idea that suffering is a learning experience, etc.
The "initiation" is a kind of fast-track evolution, in which millions of years of slow and steadfast growth are crammed into a few centuries. The whole idea sounds like a New Age version of postmillennialism. At one point, Spangler calls the Findhorn community "the Second Coming"! The edition of "Reflections on the Christ" contained the rather unfortunate statement: "Maybe to enter the New Age, we all need to take a Luciferic Initiation".
This quote sometimes in suitably enhanced versions has been used for good effect by both Christian fundamentalists and anti-New World Order conspiracy theorists. Poor Dave has been cast in the role of the Anti-Christ or worse. Some conspiracy websites claim that he is employed by the United Nations! Imagine that. As already noted, Spangler has responded to the furor by simply expunging all references to the Luciferic Initiation from the edition.
Search for "David Spangler Luciferic Initiation" on the web and see what happens In contrast to "Subtle Worlds" reviewed by me elsewhere , this book sounds more dogmatically esoteric.
I mean, Lemuria? Sanat Kumara? Still, "Reflections on the Christ" could be of interest to those interested in the more hidden history of the New Age, far away from Carlos Castaneda, Shirley MacLaine or the crystal craze. For that reason, I give it four stars. Luciferic Initiation, anyone? Here are some quotations from this book: "The Christ represents the supreme educative force in creation.
Jesus was an individual who himself had to recapitulate certain stages. He built upon the pattern the Buddha had established He had to in his consciousness touch this Christ pattern. It does not describe that thought-form of Satan who seeks to lead man down the path of sin and wrongdoing. This is a human creation Man is his own Satan just as man is his own salvation. It is not through any kind of trance that I receive that which I receive when it comes in this form.
It is a quality and a motive within each person. There is a lot of loose talk about people being avatars without a real understanding of what this entails, and I was the subject of such talk I was shy and somewhat formal anyway; I have always been impersonal in my dealings with people Dangerous, Diabolical preachings of a sociopath By Loose Goose Utter garbage.
Consider this quote Consider this quote by Spangler. Endorsed by the UN, no less: This quote says it all: "Lucifer comes to give to us the final gift of wholeness. If we accept it, then he is free and we are free. This is the Luciferic initiation. It is one that many people now, and in the days ahead, will be facing, for it is an initiation into the New Age. No one will enter the New Age unless they will take a Luciferian initiation.
Reflections On The Christ
The book contains speeches given by Spangler already in at Findhorn, a New Age community in Scotland. Spangler has edited one of his more controversial speeches, "Lucifer, Christ and God" and appended a new article, "A Retrospective on Lucifer, Christ and God". An article called "A letter to the Findhorn Community" has been dropped. Rather, we are supposed to be here.
DAVID SPANGLER REFLECTIONS ON THE CHRIST PDF
On our globe the title given to this great Official is the Lord of the World. It all occurs, by the vast majority, in your country OR influenced by your country. The whole freedom of man consists either in spiritual or civil liberty. Your sins are forgiven. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy.