An Overview: Visualization, which is making a substantial impact in our culture, is the use of mental concentration and directed imagery in the attempt to secure particular goals, whether physical, psychological, vocational, educational, or spiritual. It attempts to program the mind to discover inner power and guidance. However the relationship between visualization and the occult is the greatest concern. It is often used as a means to, or in conjunction with, altered states of consciousness (e.g., as produced by meditation), and is frequently used to develop psychic abilities or make contact with spirits.
In fact, in occult writings the spirits themselves often recommend visualization practices as important components for securing occult goals, including spirit contact.
Although visualization can be adapted to almost any philosophy, in its popular usage it is loosely tied to a monistic or pantheistic world view that sees humans as divine and creators of their own reality. The practice itself enhances and perhaps even sets up the development of the monistic ("all is one") states of consciousness foundational to the New Age movement. Visualization is commonly used in occult practice, from casting spells to contacting "inner advisors" or spirit guides. As such, Scripture prohibits New Age visualization. Yet even alleged Christian forms of visualization are insufficiently critiqued, of dubious value, and subject to abuse.
Visualization New Age Danger
Part One of this series examines the nature, influence, and varieties of visualization, as well as the reasons people use it. Part One considers the world view commonly associated with visualization, dangers inherent in its practice, its occult aspects, and the question of whether Christian visualization can be a safe and biblical practice. [Detailed article covering many aspects of visualization]
Visualization and Imaging
"Imaging" and "Visualization" are increasingly appearing as Christian meditation, "mind-stretchers," or a consciousness-awakening experience in Christian workshops. Christians cannot allow themselves to develop an occultic worldview which has simply substituted Bible words for occult words, but which leaves the basic operating principles the same. Nowhere does the Bible say the mind is a creative force, and in fact, the idea that the mind is brimming over with psychic energy, which creates what it imagines, is basically occultic and non Christian. [This article is a short overview of the subject]
Also See (New Age Section)
Roots of Evil
While the majority of people may be unable to define New Thought, hundreds of thousands are increasingly becoming influenced by it, since it is the cornerstone for most of the formulas for happy and successful living. Reduced it to itís essentials, New Thought very simply believes that your thoughts play a crucial role in the kind of life you experience. It is unlikely that many Christians are aware of the common roots of some popular beliefs in the church and the New Thought beliefs without. From Clement Stoneís Positive Mental Attitude to Robert Schullerís Possibility Thinking and Oral Robertsí seed-faith principles, they all stem from common sources.
a film produced by Prime Time Productions, consists of a series of interviews and dramatizations related to "The Law of Attraction".
Word of Faith
If the New Age movement is the greatest threat to evangelical Christianity from without, the word-faith/positive confession movement is its greatest threat from within. This is not entirely true. The Word of Faith movement IS the New Age movement... with a few Christian terms and concepts sprinkled in for to keep it believable.