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Would the Archangel Michael Use Automatic Writing to Convey Messages from God?

I couldn't resist writing this blog in response to a press release I just received about a new book that supposedly contains words of wisdom from the Archangel St. Michael that were received via automatic writing.  According to the press release, author Joy Pedersen was approached by St. Michael to "write his book of 22 chapters" telling her: "I am Michael the Archangel. I am the angel of the Most High, created at the beginning of time to be the protector of God's purpose, empire, and position. I fiercely protect God and all of His creations."... "I hear your countless prayers." He supposedly responds to these prayers in the book, entitled Wisdom of the Guardian, which the author claims will empower people to "resolve their issues affecting money, career, and relationships as well as how to create peace on earth and prepare for heaven on earth." Can you spot what's wrong with this otherwise idyllic picture? Those of you who read Tuesday's blog already know the answer - God doesn't allow His angels to use occult means to speak to people. How do we know this? You'll find a more detailed explanation in last Tuesday's blog, but here it is in a nutshell. “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18: 10-12) God does not contradict Himself, and would never resort to means that He has explicitly condemned. For those of you who are not familiar with automatic writing, this is a form of channeling (mediumship), in which a person allows a spiritual entity to use their hands in order to write messages. Some psychologists, such as Carl Jung, known as the "Father of the New Age," believe this is more likely a manifestation of a person's higher self. Perhaps the most famous automatic writer was Alice Bailey, the theosophist and founder of Lucifer Trust (later renamed Lucis Trust) who claimed her "Ascended Master" named Djwhal Khul wrote the 24 books of The Plan through her while she was in a trance. This plan refers to specific preparations that need to be made to usher in a New Age [New World Order] and a New Age Christ. The Plan has been referred to as "an occult vision to take over the world." Helen Schucman, a professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, was the author of A Course in Miracles which she claimed was written while she was channeling Jesus Christ. Apparently, Ms. Pedersen wants her name added to this list of notables. Even though she has no idea who this entity is that she's communicating with - just that it identified itself as St. Michael - she happily reports that her book tells people how they can recieve their own communication from angels.  Of course, we already know how to do this - through prayer. Any other means, such as channeling or automatic writing, is condemned by the Church. (See Catechism No. 2116) When you consider all the above, plus what was written in Tuesday's blog, the following statement attributed to St. Michael is downright chilling: "Mankind is in trouble and we are here to help you at this time. All you need do is open your hearts and minds to us and we can help you in countless ways seen and unseen." Exactly who are we opening our hearts to, and will the average citizen who reads this book be able to discern who it really is? Ms. Pedersen may be completely convinced that she is doing something wonderful for the world, but this kind of naive dabbling in the occult is not only putting herself in great danger, but also the people she is leading to this entity whose only claim to St. Michael is the name she has chosen to give it. Send your New Age question to www.womenofgrace.com/newage

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