Too early stages yet to ascertain whether Desteni has a Scientological "Fair Game" policy but if so then any dissenter who tries to break away could end up in a lot of trouble.
This man here seems to lend evidence towards that end:
Possibly. He implies his house was broken into, he was harassed by people from Desteni and had to relocate, but does not explain anything much else about it.
He says that Bernard Poolman is connected to the Maitreya, meaning the "World Teacher" promoted by Benjamin Creme and Share International -- [www.share-international.org
]. If there is any connection he doesn't say what it is, other than that these names crop up side by side in web searches, which proves nothing.
I'm willing to be proven wrong, but there is no evidence that Poolman actively supports the work of Benjamin Creme, Share International or the Maitreya. The only thing that connects Desteni to the Maitreya is the fact that Benjamin Creme's Maitreya project is inspired by the works of Alice A. Bailey -- [www.lucistrust.org
] -- and Bernard Poolman was also inspired by her writings. He wrote:
"I had some interesting experiences that started to change my perspective while studying Alice Bailey and I started to consider that there is a definite technology involved within the spirit world and Alice Bailey’s work very clearly indicate the technology, and when I applied it I had experiences that indicate that it actually had an impact on the reality, as we perceive it." -- The History of Desteni Session 1 -- [desteni.co.za
The books of Alice A. Bailey helped popularize the term, "the New Age". Poolman is broadly influenced by all manner of New Ageism. He criticizes it, yet most of the Desteni output has been influenced by and/or adapted from the New Age Movement; an obvious example being the Desteni strap line, "Oneness and Equality".
The Desteni recommended reading list -- [desteni.co.za
] -- contains the New Age classic, "Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East" by Baird L. Spalding, which is a work of fiction, several titles by notorious cult leader, Osho AKA Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who mixed Eastern spiritual philosophy with Western psychotherapy -- [www.culteducation.com
] -- and books on the Tao and Buddha (again, favorites to be found on any self-respecting New Ager's bookshelf).
Oddly, these few titles repeat throughout the Desteni reading list with little else added, although there is one by ancient astronaut theorist, Zecharia Sitchin, where Poolman got the absurd notion that "Originally when man was created, we were solely created for the purpose of enslavement by a race of beings called the Annunaki" -- [web.archive.org
Poolman and cohorts produce countless videos and writings on New Age and related subjects. They denounce New Ageism, yet most of the Desteni material refers to subjects such as Metaphysics, Alice A. Bailey, Nostradamus, Kryon, the Mayan Calendar, Edgar Cayce, 2012, Christ consciousness, the Galactic Federation of Light, Swami Muktananda, the Law of Attraction, Karma, Sacred Geometry, DNA Activiation, Paramahansa Yogananda, interdimensionality, Atlantis, the Hollow Earth etc etc, all of which are New Age concerns.
Although Poolman regards "channeling" as redundant (See: Bernard Poolman - The History and purpose of channeling -- [desteni.co.za
]), everything he has done to establish Desteni in the first place is to appeal to an audience with interests in "channeling", a central tenet of the New Age belief system. This began in 2007 with videos of the so-called "upgraded channel" or "interdimensional portal" AKA Sunette Spies.
In "DESTENI reveals interdimensional PORTAL activities" -- [www.youtube.com
] -- New Age-style music plays in the background as words and images in the slideshow portray Sunette Spies in an idealized fashion reminiscent of another peddler of New Age mumbo jumbo, Anastasia of the Ringing Cedars -- [www.ringingcedars.com
] -- (a fantasy character dreamed up by Russian entrepreneur Vladimir Megre). It is claimed that Sunette
Leaves her body and visits HEAVEN
Visits Viruses and Bacteria
Visits the Dolphins and Whales and swims with them
Visits Planets and Galaxies
Meets the DEAD at the moment of DEATH and ASSISTS them in leaving the body
Visits TREES and speaks with them
Visits Fairies and SPEAKS with them
visits Atoms, Molecules and Nano Fractions
Goes inside the EARTH to INVESTIGATE (finds out about the core of the earth, cities under the sea and how they work)
In 2007, one could be forgiven for thinking that Desteni was a new form of Spiritualism (which along with Theosophy was another major influence on the New Age Movement). Under "MESSAGES FROM RECENTLY DEPARTED" -- [web.archive.org
] -- it states:
"We allow messages from the recently departed to communicate to the beings on earth through the interdimentional portal"
and goes on to list various messages said to have been received from dead people.
New Age groups always promise salvation in the form of a future paradisal time of "oneness". The New Age of Desteni is prophesied by Poolman as the time when "oneness" through "Equal Money" is established in 2020 making for "Heaven on Earth".
Heaven on Earth Predicted through EqualMoney2020 -- [www.youtube.com
In 2007, Poolman also made the failed prophecy that
"Heaven will withdraw World Leaders, Political Leaders, Religious Leaders, Corporate Leaders and Crime Leaders in months to come. This will Rock the World and shake the foundations of consciousness – Primary cause of death – Heart attacks."
Bernard Poolman's Desteni is a crude attempt to revise, transform and revolutionize the New Age Movement.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/06/2010 07:05AM by Sandman.