Ex New Ager, Spiritualist & Professional Astrologer, participated in past life regression, astral travel, spirit contact, tarot cards and had spirit guides… Marcia Montenegro is a woman who I highly admire and have loved her resources for years!!!
She’s been a guest on my radio show The Supernatural with Laura Maxwell and her articles have featured on my blog. I HIGHLY recommend you check out her blog and Facebook page. (Details at foot of her article below).
Laura Maxwell: “My own comment… When I was a new ager, I too was taught Homeopathy was a very spiritual healing modality, involving spirit energies of the herbs, plants, universe, etc. I too was influenced by Swedenborg and the many herbalists who dabbled in new age or occult practises.
My mother and I used, for example, the Bach Flower Remedies, essential oils and so on, usually only available in health food or occult stores but then selling in mainstream outlets and widely prescribed by health professionals.
I’m not against plants, herbs, etc, but like anything, if used in conjunction with occult beliefs, they will become accursed. In much the same way that we wouldn’t want to ingest herbs that a dark occultist has deliberately placed spells on or cursed, or eat meat that was sacrificed to satan or idols (a practise that still occurs today and is even documented throughout the bible), neither would we want to open ourselves to homeopathic remedies that are unknowingly cursed.
Neither am I claiming Homeopaths or homeopathic users are evil people! I once used such remedies myself before I knew the demonic attachments involved.
After I became a Christian, in 1996, I underwent deliverance ministry, where demons were cast out of me, curses broken from such practises. Since 1996, I’ve saw others be set free from such demonic practises too.
Jesus still heals today, hallelujah!”
HOMEOPATHY, THE OCCULT, AND BEYOND
By Marcia Montenegro, June, 2012
What do Dr. Oz and the founder of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, have in common? Both are/were followers of the teachings of Emmanuel Swedenborg – scientist turned mystic, angel-whisperer, founder of a “new Christianity,” and often called the father of the New Thought Movement.
New Thought, though claiming to be Christianity, is based on beliefs that man has an innate divine nature, God is impersonal, Jesus was a man who discovered his divinity and thereby attained a “Christ consciousness” or was able to receive a “Christ spirit” (in New Thought, Jesus and the Christ are not one and the same). Jesus came to correct wrong thinking, because the faulty perception that man is sinful and separated from God had kept men from knowing the truth about themselves and the world.
Swedenborg believed that illness resulted from evil thoughts, an idea that matured in New Thought as the belief that illness is a result of incorrect perceptions, a cornerstone of Mary Baker Eddy’s Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science). Much of Swedenborg’s data came, according to him, from angels who communicated with him.
From these teachings arose beliefs that man, as a divine being, has the ability to manipulate invisible powers which can be used for healing, as well as the ability to conquer illness by changing one’s thinking since illness exists only within the mind.
The idea of controlling invisible forces took shape in a popular 18th century metaphysical philosophy called Vitalism. Vitalism persisted into the 20th century and today forms the basis of most pseudo-science (especially in the healing arts) and New Age thinking, though terms other than Vitalism are used. But channeling and manipulating energy has always been an element of occult practice and is essentially occultic.
Energy and Vitalism
Vitalism was the name given to the belief in an invisible and unquantifiable energy in the universe and in the body that can be channeled or directed for healing. This idea is not new — it goes back to ancient times and is found in all cultures. As a universal force permeating all, it may be called chi (Taoism; also qi, ki), prana (Hinduism), life energy, vital energy, universal force, or other names. Sometimes this force is considered intelligent and viewed as an impersonal Divine Intelligence pervading all.
The belief in this energy undergirds New Age energy healing and occult healing practices such as psychic healing, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Qi-gong, energy balancing, aura cleansing, and others. Channeling, unblocking, balancing, and/or manipulating this energy or force is the crux of much alternative healing and the dark heart of all energy healing.
Mesmer the Hypnotist
Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) was a German physician who turned away from medicine – an echo of Swedenborg who turned away from science to metaphysics. Hahnemann not only was influenced by Swedenborg’s views, but called the alleged healing practices of New Thought pioneer and hypnotist Franz Anton Mesmer “a marvelous, priceless gift of God’ (http://wayoflife.org/files/1fb1348d18e422edab502e0649a8f3a8-471.html).
Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) believed that “the planets of our solar system exude invisible rays that affect our bodies. Mesmer called this effect ‘animal magnetism,’ and the rays ‘magnetic fluid’” (http://www.anton-mesmer.com/). Mesmer practiced a healing method which, he claimed, harnessed this “magnetic fluid” via iron and other metals, which he then placed on the bodies of his patients. This had a hypnotic effect on patients, which is why the term “mesmerize” comes from Mesmer’s name. Mesmer became famous for people falling into trances when he merely walked into the room.
Mesmerism is considered a form of Vitalism, and continued to be a cornerstone of New Thought and pseudo-scientific healing before morphing into more sophisticated sounding processes.
Energy and Dilutions
Homeopathic remedies are made by using a small quantity of original substance and shaking it in a liquid, then diluting that and shaking some more, followed by further dilutions and vigorous shakings, called succussions in Homeopathy, until barely any or none of the original substance is left. This was the invention of Hahnemann. Supposedly, the liquid holds the “memory” of the substance.
(Another basic but false belief of Homeopathy is that “like cures like” but time and space limit this writer from going into that; see links given below for more information on this and on Homeopathy and New Thought). This belief is not surprising in light of Hahnemann’s occult-based views.
Quote==“The founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, promoted an immaterial, vitalistic view of disease: ‘…they are solely spirit-like (dynamic) derangements of the spirit-like power (the vital principle) that animates the human body.’ As practised by some homeopaths today, homeopathy simply rests on the premise of treating sick persons with extremely diluted agents that – in undiluted doses – are deemed to produce similar symptoms in a healthy individual. Nevertheless, it remains equally true that the view of disease as a dynamic disturbance of the immaterial and dynamic vital force is taught in many homeopathic colleges and constitutes a fundamental principle for many contemporary practising homeopaths.”==end quote
To believe that a solution emptied of the original substance is actually effective, and maybe even more so, due to the shaking and “memory of water” is contrary to reason. The principle in this is a reliance on a supernatural force and esoteric methods that have no basis in objective data. Such thinking is emblematic of the occult, which proposes unseen, unknown forces and arcane practices.
Hahnemann and Christianity
Though raised a Lutheran (which would be true of almost everyone in Germany at that time), Hahnemann was a Deist, according to one source, and according to other sources, including a biographer, rejected the Jesus of the Bible.
Quote==”He took offense at the arch-enthusiast Jesus of Nazareth, who did not lead the enlightened on the straight way to wisdom but who wanted to struggle with publicans and sinners on a difficult path toward the establishment of the kingdom of God. . . . The man of sorrows who took the darkness of the world on Himself was an offense to the lover of etheric [highly refined, heavenly] wisdom”
(Source: Samuel Pfeifer, M.D., Healing at Any Price?, Milton Keynes, England: Word Limited, 1988, as quoted at
In light of Hahnemann’s devotion to Swedenborg and other New Thought beliefs, it is reasonable to conclude that Hahnemann adopted, at least in part, Swedenborgian New Thought views, which are definitely not Christian.
That Hahnemann was probably not an adherent of Christianity does not by itself render his views on healing invalid. However, in the context of his teachings and the influence on him from Swedenborg, Mesmer, and Vitalism, this information is further evidence of his occult beliefs, which is consistent with his teachings.
If it works?
Any warning on something as popular as homeopathy always brings responses that homeopathic remedies work. However, this should not be the criteria for a Christian. Homeopathy and other pseudo-scientific or occult practices may seem to work due to many factors: coincidence; other treatments have been given; the patient would have recovered with no treatment; the power of suggestion; and the placebo effect.
God has created a real world (including our bodies) that operates on laws he designed and has given us a brain to discover and understand these laws. The proliferation today of pseudo-scientific healing modalities based on occult principles of energy – even among Christians — is astonishing. Let us not pay homage to such treatments by using them.
“But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thess. 5:21
“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Cor. 3:16
Laura Maxwell’s Comment:
Sources Marcia used are listed below these Facebook comments on Marcia’s wall. I feel they added extra insight to this article.
Marcia Montenegro Most people don’t realize that supplements, herbal “remedies”, and homeopathy are NOT regulated, and that is the choice of the supplement industry and alleged alternative treatments.
Marcia Montenegro Right, Jamie McMullan, they are not the same. But I also urge caution on essential oils. Those with proven physical effects may help, but many claims are false. The main purveyors are New Age companies or those who have bought into New Age.
Diane Moss Overstreet Marcia, Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. My daughter is steeped in New Age and I need to learn so I can expose the truth to her. Do you have some books I can purchase on the subject? Also, What are your speaking fees; many people in the church are blinded and I think you would help! Thank you!
Grannie Brazier Constance Butler Cumbey, her book THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF THE RAINBOW helped me to understand what I had been in, and helped me to get out of the stinking thinking… Of course, I always recommend, on you tube, THE BEAUTIFUL SIDE OF EVIL… found out her book is now $25 dollars, used… glad I have one! I recommend one prays first… deep…. Oh, Warren B. Smiths books, excellent, esp. the one of his travels out of the new age… www.swrc.com has them.. blessings.
Sarah Beazley Cunnington Thanks for this well written article. I am living in France, and sadly, homeopathy was generally embraced by many French Protestants from the 1970’s, when the government introduced state regulation of alternative medicines, for fiscal reasons. Since then, many Christians mistakenly assume that this means that homeopathy (among other therapies) is safe both medically and spiritually !!! It is always a sign that people are hooked on something that is wrong (I believe, at least) when they get totally freaked if you dare suggest their pet therapy is not “godly”. I almost got thrown out of our church for daring to run a series of conferences on alternative medicine and citing homeopathy in the accompanying booklet I’d written as one of several dubious practices. It’s effect, when it has one, is only as a placebo, but spiritually I am convinced that using homeopathy and other “energy” medicines, compromises our faith, and dulls our ability to discern other deceptive practices by which Satan is infiltrating the body of Christ. Instead of “wasting” their faith on homeopathy, Christians need to believe that God still heals today!
==Herbal and dietary supplements now are responsible for about 20 percent of liver injuries. Check out the safety of herbal products before taking them to learn whether they’ve caused liver damage in others. Herbs that can be dangerous for your liver include green tea extract, kava, and comfrey, among others.==http://www.everydayhealth.com/…/toxic-not-healthy…/
Marcia Montenegro http://www.today.com/…/five-surprising-herbs-can-damage…
Marcia Montenegro http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp…
Brent Gensler The first time I heard of homeopathy I laughed. The second time I heard of homeopathy I laughed. The third time I got angry. I can’t remember what the “active ingredient” was but I researched the amount that was supposedly in it. It came out to a tablespoon in 10 gallons. Well at least you get the alcohol…
It grieves me that professing Christians could fall for such mumbo jumbo. One person I knew that was into it was actually a nurse. When she told me about the shaking… I was done…
Christian Ministry Watchman Fellowship’s article on Homeopathy:
The occult philosophy of Samuel Hahnemann
Christian website with article on Hahnemann and influence from Swedenborg and Mesmer
Hospitals and the New Age
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