Manifestation Books: The Good, the Bad... and the Ugly Truth About LOA, Channeling, and the Dark Side
There are many books about manifestation out there that you can read. Now, the question is, which ones should you read?
Just like the quality of your thoughts determines what kind of person you become, the quality of what you read and believe will determine what kind of manifestor you become.
You see, I believe the meaning of life is to grow spiritually, develop a closer relationship with God, and gain wisdom; you could call it “soul evolution.”
Note that wisdom is not the same as knowledge. Knowledge in itself is cold and lifeless. Knowledge + spiritual growth = wisdom.
You can learn manifestation from all kinds of sources, but not all of them are wholesome and good for you. In fact, some people would argue that none of them are. (But more on that another time.)
For starters, I would recommend to stay away from two types of Law of Attraction books:
I’ve had many supernatural and paranormal experiences throughout my life, and I can tell you with 100% certainty that what I call the “Dark Side” is real. I’m talking about Satan, demons, etc. They're not, as you may think, metaphors for "the evil in the world and in the human psyche." That's what they would like you to believe... but no, they are real, conscious entities, and they have an agenda.
I've personally experienced two hauntings, numerous astral attacks, and a few encounters with Satan's human minions. At least one of the latter was visibly possessed, and the possessing demon offered me “a small commitment” that, if I were to accept it, “will give you anything you want.”
(If you ever hear that line, “Do <fill in the blank> and you can have anything you want,” turn around and run in the other direction, as fast as you can! I don’t care who that line comes from, you can be sure it’s a trap.)
Even though it’s mostly invisible, the war between Good and Evil is an actual thing. The vast majority of ordinary folk will never know and so is especially vulnerable to falling prey to the Dark Side.
Spiritual warfare is real, and there’s no neutral zone. A lot of people serve the enemy, whether they know it or not. That includes channelers like LOA author Esther Hicks (the Abraham books) and authors who purport to speak with and for God, like Neale Donald Walsch of Conversations with God fame.
I used to believe that at least some of those channeled spirits were actual advanced masters and “wisdom keepers.” But decades of research and personal experience have convinced me that there aren’t any good channeled entities.
They’re all demons pretending to be spiritually evolved and benevolent. No exceptions.
Many years ago, I was a huge fan of channelers and their invisible friends. All I wanted was to be one of them and transmit messages of vital importance to mankind.
I read everything I could get my hands on, from Jane Roberts’s Seth books to Barbara Marciniak’s Pleiadian series. Conversations with God practically became my bible at some point. It took me decades to realize what was really going on, simply because I refused to believe it.
One day, I excitedly bought a ticket to a J.Z. Knight event in Germany. I couldn't wait to see a famous channeler in person. The room was packed. J.Z. Knight came on stage and launched into an introductory speech about who she was, who her channeled friend Ramtha was, and so on.
Then she started to channel. Ramtha came through, speaking in a gravelly voice, almost a growl. Instantly, the atmosphere in the room thickened; then I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. I'd had the same sensation when a dark entity had attacked me in my own home years earlier. I immediately knew I was in the presence of pure evil.
I got up and left the room. As soon as I was outside, I immediately felt better.
I developed a certain suspicion toward channeling, but I still believed that there were good and bad entities, and that you just have to find the good ones to listen to. It took me another decade or so until I realized they’re all the same. For some reading material, I highly recommend the book, The Siren Call of Hungry Ghosts, by Joe Fisher.
I always thought Christians were party poopers who didn’t want New Agers and pagans to have any fun. But the more I dug into the matter, the more it became clear that they were right.
For example, it is very strange that every single “advanced master” and “disembodied spiritual teacher” (and many LOA books) promotes one or more of the following ideas:
You might say, “Well, that’s because they’re right. Christianity is this old-fashioned, ridiculous belief system, and it has no validity in today's modern world."
That’s what I thought for the longest time.
But consider this: Any evil entity—even down to alien abduction scenarios—can be stopped by rebuking the entity in the name of Jesus Christ. (Any exorcist will tell you this, and I experienced it myself.)
If it were all just a myth, why would his name have any power?
If you think I’m some kind of religious wacko, I can’t blame you. I would have thought the same thing just a few years ago.
I was a hardcore New Ager with all the fixings, i.e., the full belief system that comes with it. It was incredibly tough to make the turnaround and realize that I had been deceived.
So which LOA books should you read, then?
Ideally, none. LOA authors who base their teachings on Christian/biblical principles are Norman Vincent Peale and Florence Scovel-Shinn, but recently I've been on the fence about those two as well.
The reason: Even though they use a lot of Bible quotes, manifestation is still manifestation... which means instead of asking God and trusting in God to provide for you, you exert your will and magical techniques to manifest something that you think you need. You see how you're teetering at the top of a very slippery slope here?
I'll leave it up to your own discernment, but do try to stay away from the ones that lure you into believing you're all-powerful; they lead nowhere good.