Tony Robbins, a popular motivational speaker and self-help guru who counsels his fans on the science of personal achievement may need to take some of his own advice as he struggles to recover from accusations of sexually abusing followers to labeling fans who underachieve as “losers.”
We have received a question from a reader about a form of trance dancing known as the 5Rhythms. Is it New Age? And are there any connections to the occult?
MM writes: “I have looked with great interest at some interviews with Caroline Leah – Switch on your Brain. How science is catching up with God’s Word. It seems like great stuff. She offers a detox program of 63 days to change our mind habits. I would like to know what are your thoughts on her methods and teachings.”
TD writes: “I am concerned because someone I know has recommended this book [by Pam Grout entitled E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality] to me and even the image on the cover scares me. Have you heard of this woman?”
MH writes: “Besides praying for the Holy Ghost to enlighten my friend’s mind, on Oprah’s Life Classes, do you have any suggestions as to what to say about them not being Christian? I’ve been to her site where she has New Age speakers, and know about Oprah, from reading your excellent article on her under New Age. Any explanations or other good information on these classes would be very helpful.”
GF writes: “I used to be a fan of Brian Tracy, Joseph Murphy and Terry Cole Whittaker untiI I started recognizing that their teachings seem to deviate from bible principles although their books quote Bible verses to make their point. So I stopped reading their books. I recently purchased a book called The 4:8 Principal, the Secret of a Joy Filled Life by Tommy Newberry. Would you please advise if his motivational teachings are aligned with biblical teachings.”
During our webinar on the Human Potential Movement, we were asked about a motivational speaker named Brian Tracy and whether or not he is New Age?
Yesterday’s “mass hypnosis” event on the Dr. Oz show yesterday, which featured popular British self-help guru Paul McKenna, has people asking about the neuro linguistic programming (NLP) he claims to use to help people lose weight.
ME writes: “Do you know anything about Earl Nightingale’s “The Strangest Secret”? Is it New Age?”
PM asks: “Do you have any info on ‘The Secret Scrolls’ by Rhonda Byrne. I have a friend who is believing this stuff and I have concerns.”