LIES THAT CLAIRVISION TOLD ME
Clairvision claims they are not "New Age" but in reality this is just part of their marketing to make it seem more appealing or "real" or "advanced" to attract the "real seekers".
Clairvision practices and teachings include:
-past life regression
-teachings from a mix of multiple religions/spiritual traditions including Gnostics, Christianity, Judaism, Rosicrucianism, Christian theosophy, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Tantra
-4 volumes of required reading about the "legends" about Atlantis (Atlantean Secrets)
-required readings about the possible future (Bleeding Sun)
-alternative or "holistic" healing techniques
-connecting with divine presences/angels through meditation and other practices
It's helpful to look at a decently standard definition of what New Age means to make a more accurate assessment for yourself instead of just taking what they say as fact.
From wiki: [en.wikipedia.org
"As a form of Western esotericism, the New Age drew heavily upon a number of older esoteric traditions, in particular, those that emerged from the occultist current that developed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries...
Despite its highly eclectic nature, a number of beliefs commonly found within the New Age have been identified. Theologically, the New Age typically adopts a belief in a holistic form of divinity that imbues all of the universe, including human beings themselves. There is thus a strong emphasis on the spiritual authority of the self. This is accompanied by a common belief in a wide variety of semi-divine non-human entities, such as angels and masters, with whom humans can communicate...
Typically viewing human history as being divided into a series of distinct ages, a common New Age belief is that whereas once humanity lived in an age of great technological advancement and spiritual wisdom, it has entered a period of spiritual degeneracy, which will be remedied through the establishment of a coming Age of Aquarius, from which the milieu gets its name. There is also a strong focus on healing, particularly using forms of alternative medicine, and an emphasis on the notion that spirituality and science can be unified....
There is no central authority within the New Age phenomenon that can determine what counts as New Age and what does not. Many of those groups and individuals who could analytically be categorized as part of the New Age reject the term New Age in reference to themselves. Some even express active hostility to the term. Rather than terming themselves New Agers, those involved in this milieu commonly describe themselves as spiritual "seekers", and some self-identify as a member of a different religious group, such as Christianity, Judaism, or Buddhism."
This is almost an exact description of what goes on in Clairvision - so really, it seems like CV falls into that category of New Agers who actively "reject the term New Age in reference to themselves" more as a marketing ploy rather than it being a claim based in any kind of reality.
What Clairvision says about "New Age":
"...it is pertinent to state that Clairvision School is not a "New Age " organization. Its methods and techniques are based on principles quite different from those normally found in the New Age movement . In particular, in no case do the Clairvision techniques employ any type of channeling ("channeling"), creative imagination or positive affirmations. Neither hypnosis nor autosuggestion is used. The techniques of the Clairvision School are based on a direct awakening of the energy body, and the philosophy and foundations of the school are found in the Western tradition of knowledge"
"Clairvision is not a New Age organization. The age of enlightenment on Earth is certainly a very noble ideal that all people of good will would follow. The "New Age" movement is often marked by shallowness, both in doctrine and in practice. Sometimes theories advocated by the New Age movement lead to misleading nonsense."
According to Karen Kingston, one of the more famous CV students:
"Please note that the Clairvision School does not teach the usual New Age nonsense that is often associated with Atlantis, past-life therapy, entity clearing, and so on, and strongly dissociates itself from anyone who does."
I actually disagree that there is no channeling in Clairvision, they just call it something else. I went through the instructor training multiple times, and essentially what they teach you is that when you're teaching a group, you're plugging into a higher consciousness and letting that consciousness help you know what to say next. Some instructors have stated they had no idea what they were going to say until it "came from above" from The Archive presences or beings. If that's not channelling, well, I don't know what is... it sure seemed very similar to me, Clairvision just changed the words to fit their agenda and disassociate itself from "New Age nonsense".
Plus, I really question whether IST is a hypnotic process or not. If you break it down, both meditation and hypnosis are trance states. Trance states can be helpful, but if you're in them all the time (which you essentially are at Clairvision retreats) they can become not so helpful. Here are some examples of how people in the industry define hypnosis:
"Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions....I think it safe to say that hypnosis is the act of a person being guided into a meditative state to overcome a particular challenge or obstacle....In my opinion, what sets hypnosis apart from meditation is that hypnosis is more closely related to clinical practices, whereas meditation is more on the spiritual side. Some states require that hypnotists be licensed and/or registered to practice. Meditation, guided or self-induced, does not require any sort of certification. Having said that, when I listen to a guided meditation and a hypnosis session, I cannot tell the difference."
"Essentially, hypnosis and meditation are the same things, because they are both based on the principles of being in a trance-like state of mind. The hypnotic state can be induced by yourself, with self-hypnosis, or by a hypnotist or hypnotherapist who will use various techniques to get their clients into that state where they are between sleep and consciousness – a total subdued state of extreme self-awareness....Meditation is about your self-awareness, mindfulness, and living within the present moment, whereas hypnosis is about tapping into memories from your past that is trapped within your subconscious mind....Hypnosis has this amazing ability to set your mind into theta mode. The theta waves can make you feel so subdued that you might even feel paralyzed at times when you are under the influence. This will pass, it is simply part of the process....Hypnosis and meditation are both very similar, except the one help you to dive into your present moment and revel in it, and the other helps to awaken the subconscious thoughts and memories."
"Hypnosis is a trance-like mental state in which people experience increased attention, concentration, and suggestibility. While hypnosis is often described as a sleep-like state, it is better expressed as a state of focused attention, heightened suggestibility, and vivid fantasies. People in a hypnotic state often seem sleepy and zoned out, but in reality, they are in a state of hyper-awareness."
Other thought provoking reading about hypnosis and trance states:
There are tons of other articles out there about hypnosis and how to induce it in both people who are aware it's happening and those who are not.
(This also leads me to believe that vision spaces the way CV does them are really just hypnotic states as well that are induced through continual invasive eye contact).
IST is an induced trance state, one that is facilitated by an IST connector/practitioner. Some people are more susceptible to suggestion than others, and I have definitely heard IST practitioners giving suggestions about how to relax and "go into the space", where to look, what they say, which is essentially giving information to someone in a trance state, who may take that information and start to believe something about themselves that isn't really true, but because their trusted IST practitioner said it, and they've been told that they are NOT under hypnosis and they are in full control (they aren't) they believe it. It seems to me that IST has a lot in common with hypnosis and just because Clairvision says that what they are doing isn't hypnosis doesn't mean it's true.
It seems like this denial of Clairvision being "New Age" and how they try to control the meaning of certain words to fit their own agenda is just another example of the elitism thing people pointed to earlier in this thread - Clairvision is better and more real than "New Age" - it's for the "real seekers" who want something more real. Don't fall for it - they are as New Age as any other group like them is, it's just part of their marketing ploy to recruit the over achievers and elitists.