ESOTERIC (root meaning, inner)
Intended for, or understood by, an elite group of initiates; mysterious. As religions go, esoteric religions necessarily have an upper echelon of spiritually elite—priests, monks, lamas, etc.—who alone are privy to secret doctrines, mystical teachings, and enlightenment. Esoteric religion is for the elite, not the majority of humankind. Mystical religions are esoteric.

Enlightenment comes from the Word of God. “Your commands make me wiser than my enemies. . . . The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:98, 130).

Djwhal Khul

DJWHAL KHUL (meaning is uncertain, possibly light/flame in Sanskrit and region/jurisdiction in Tibetan; so…“Region of Light”? “Jurisdiction of Flame”?)

Calling himself “The Tibetan,” this discarnate (having no body) transmitted New Age doctrines to occultists Madame Blavatsky in the late 1800’s and Alice Bailey in the early 1900’s. Some of DK’s channeled works have been criticized as racist and anti-semitic. Yet his teaching forms the basis for the United Nations World Core Curriculum, educational standards set for children worldwide and compiled by Robert Muller.

See Ascended Masters

Demon Possession

DEMON POSSESSION is more correctly known as “demonization.” The indwelling of one or more evil spirits, usually considered to be angels who followed Satan in rebellion against God and were cast out of heaven (Revelation 12:4).

Apparently demonization may be involuntary (Mark 9:17-29) or as a result of deliberate involvement in occult activities. Evil spirits take control of the person’s body and personality at will. Symptoms may present as mental alienation, trembling and swelling, change in voice, hostility to teaching about Jesus.  See http://www.eternaldestiny.com for a longer list of possible symptoms.

A possessed person’s apparent terror of so-called “sacred” objects, such as holy water might well be pretense. Demons are deceivers, after all.  Faith in Jesus and in the authority of His word, along with fasting and prayer are presented in Scripture as effective against demons.

Related terms: ascended masters, shadow people, spirit guides, deities, apparitions, spirits of departed relatives, angels of light, qi gong, channeling.

Many who were demon-possessed were brought to [Jesus], and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.” (Matthew 8:16.17)

Demon Fortress


The nickname for the Tibetan Buddhist monastery which was the home of the Dalai Lama’s chief spiritual advisor, Nechung, a possessed monk. So named because the walls are covered with paintings of demonic images, tortured, disemboweled humans, etc.

Crowley, Aleister

CROWLEY, ALEISTER  (1875-1947)
An English occultist, writer, and yogi. Calling himself “666” and “The Beast,” Crowley immersed himself in black magic, homo-eroticism, raja yoga, and summoning demons, gods, and aliens, as well as channeling, astrology, ancient occult religions, and drug-induced experiences with laudanum, opium, cocaine, hashish, alcohol, ether, mescaline and heroin. He established a hedonistic anti-monastery called the “College of the Holy Spirit” in Sicily.  He was considered a racist and a sexist by many, and took pride in the title the media gave him: The Wickedest Man Alive.

The Beatles featured Crowley on the front cover of their eighth album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Crowley greatly influenced L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, a popular religion among the Hollywood elite, notably Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light . . . who to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight,” (Isaiah 5:20).

Crossing Over

CROSSING OVER is a form of spiritism in which a medium claims to help the soul of a dead person “go toward the light” after successfully dealing with unfinished business in this life.

Related terms: necromancy, consulting the dead, séance, ghost whisperer

Check out this wikipedia article on John Edward, the host of the TV show “Crossing Over.”

“Let no one be found among you who . . . consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord,” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

Course in Miracles

(A) COURSE IN MIRACLES is a book of New Age doctrine using Christian terminology. These revelations were channeled to Drs. Schucman and Thetford by an entity calling himself “Jesus Christ”. The book has been popularized by Marianne Williamson and Oprah Winfrey.

Though the 1500-page original manuscript was said to be channeled directly by Jesus, the book had to undergo many edits, cuts, and revisions over several years by the authors and by Hugh Lynn Cayce, son of celebrity psychic Edgar Cayce, before it was finally deemed ready to publish.

Neither contemplative (thinking), nor prayer (talking to God), this mind-emptying meditation technique was imported into Christian practice from Buddhist/Hindu theology. Nearly identical techniques are found in all forms of mysticism, shamanism, occultism, and in at least one attempt to contact extra-terrestrials. Generally the process includes measured breathing, mantra/chant, emptying the mind, use of an amulet or other sacred object, and/or a magic circle, labyrinth, or other sacred space, the goal being to stop all thought and to achieve the experience of “union with the divine.”

See Altered State

“If you’ve eliminated all thought, how would you even know you’ve had the experience?”  —Lynn Pratt

CHRIST-CONSCIOUSNESS is a term used by Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) and other teachers of Hinduism and New Thought to describe the divinity available to all through higher yoga practice. Imbedded in this term is the doctrine that Jesus was merely the first person to achieve Christhood.

“As your consciousness begins to bond with the Christ child, it will grow and eventually ascend to dwell on the throne of Christ.” Norman Paulsen, student of Yogananda.

Books which purport to detail the developmental process Jesus went through in finding his own “Inner Christ Self” include The Urantia Book, published in 1955, and A Course In Miracles, published in 1976 and dictated by an entity who called himself “Christ.”

The Judeo-Christian title Christ (anointed) and the name of the Hindu deity Krishna (black, dark) are incorrectly interchanged in the teaching of Christ-consciousness/Krishna-consciousness.

Author Leonard Sweet introduced the term into the Christian mainstream: “The church is fundamentally one being, one person, a comm-union whose cells are connected to one another within the information network called the Christ consciousness.” (Quantum Spirituality, p. 122)

Related terms:  Planetary Christ, Cosmic Christ, Solar Logos, Co-creator

“For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible” (Matthew 24:24).


CHENREZIG (eye, continuous, look)
The Tibetan god/goddess of mercy. This god is invoked with the enigmatic chant, Om padm—, which may be translated “The jewel is in the lotus.”  According to a website for teen Buddhists, it’s beneficial to visualize this deity, or the Dalai Lama (who is said to be his incarnation) “inside or outside your body” while reciting the mantra.

See Avolokitesvara, demon possession