What makes one cynically smile is the Jack Canfield, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and company's ridicule and smug contempt for "fundamentalism" when they believe things like that! Likewise with John E. Fetzer and his belief in "channelings", "devas", and the like.
One of my blogspot forum contributors sent me information posted to my blogspot article of September 6, 2016 about the Threshold Foundation. I did not fully focus on it then as I now know I should have. Researching the Fetzer book and its ramifications, I came across a frequently recurring name in many New Age circles, that of Harriet Crosby. Harriet Crosby is a mover and shaker in circles of Institute of Noetic Sciences, Friends of the Earth, various Soviet-American dialogue groups, the White House, and others. Quoting from the linked online source, we read:
During the Clinton administration, Harriett worked in the White House Office of Environmental Policy and with the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. She was bringing innovative thinkers, like David Brower, Father Thomas Berry, Amory Lovins, and Paul Hawkin into the Council on Environmental Quality for regular brown bag lunches and writing speeches for VP Al Gore. She still serves actively on the boards of Friends of the Earth and the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Fox Haven Organic Farm and ecological retreat and learning center. She is working with both Congress and corporations like General Mills to get GMOs and pesticides out of our food, and providing an alternative to chemically intensive industrial agriculture at Fox HavenThat was from her Fox Haven website. From our 2016 kindly contributor, this was posted to our comments section:
The Doughnuts: In 1981, Joshua Mailman convened a secret meeting in Estes Park Colorado, bringing together a semi-mystical New Age group of 22 wealthy young heirs who called themselves "The Doughnuts." They named themselves after a circular cloud that appeared over the meditation circle they had formed in their outdoor council, where they contemplated "the sacredness of the earth as a living organism" and their duty to save it and its indigenous peoples through joint use of their inherited wealth. The mystical circle became the permanent symbol of their spiritual origins and, in artsy stylization, remains the logo of the present, more secular, Threshold Foundation.
In early 1982 Mailman co-opted the Threshold Foundation name and funding away from the London institution for the use of his informal organization of wealthy "Doughnuts." Each "Doughnut" was sworn to absolute secrecy about their commitment to lofty quasi-religious goals, the projects they funded, and their personal identities. Their internal newsletters used only first names and initials for last names.
The projects they funded, like their gatherings, were typically the self-indulgent, romanticized, and quixotic acts of youth and unearned wealth.
Gatherings: They held retreats and journeys in the Arkansas Ozarks; at Paradise Island (Nassau, Bahamas); Mount Sinai, Egypt, to watch the sunrise; "Green Gulch Community" for its "serenity of cosmic consciousness" in Marin County, California; Esalen on the Big Sur cliffside for personal transformation; the Yoga Center Fire Walking Ceremony at Area - a hot New York club.
Early Projects: Several Doughnuts bought an "eco-lodge" in the Amazon jungle of eastern Ecuador; the entire group attempted to buy a gypsum mine in Arkansas to provide crystals to encircle the U.S. White House and Moscow's Kremlin in a magical crystal peace spell; one Doughnut (Harriet Crosby, General Mills money) founded the Institute for Soviet-American Relations in 1983 to prevent World War III; Richard Perl (his father was a wealthy New Jersey entrepreneur), who was still in Columbia Law School (with a business card saying "Peace Entrepreneur"), would become CEO of Deepak Chopra's holistic health corporation, Infinite Possibilities International and follow Mailman into founding the Social Venture Network.
What they are financing and working for frantically is "transformation." Howe they expect to come is aptly summed up on the very Germanic New Age website, "Spiritual Wiki." From its English translation, I quote:
In the course of evolution , humanity has experienced several existential crises, which ultimately resulted in a transformation of the general level of consciousness after a period of disruption .Daily news these awful days suggest nothing short of a "period of disruption." Chaos has been a major element of the New Age game. The years of my life have doubled since this group was organized by Joshua Mailman<2> in 1981 -- the year I personally discovered and started reporting on the New Age Movement. We may have slowed their agenda down that long -- those promoting the Maitreya the Christ crusade that clearly intended Fetzer Institute creator John E. Fetzer. Brian Wilson's book that is enthusiastically promoted by those preserving Fetzer's legacy makes that abundantly clear.<1> He may well have been part of the funding for the half-million dollar ad campaign that ran banner size full page newspaper ads on April 25, 1982 proclaiming "The Christ is Now Here." He was not the only one with money. According to another much earlier (1997) book on the life of John C. Fetzer, JOHN FETZER: ON A HANDSHAKE by Dan Ewald, Fetzer pursued his obsession "to his dying breath." (page 10) Very, very sad!1>2>
I have much more to say -- the Fetzer book is not a mere history of an interesting quirky but wealthy person. I believe it is a type of literary and "civil society" coming out party that intends to make the New Age the very "Now Age" Examining the 990 reports of these networking institutions it is apparent they have vast sums of money at their disposal -- the type of money that buys media support. There are now claims and studies claiming a majority of USA residents now have New Age beliefs.
Well, their "Golden Motorcycle gangs" appear to be riding. I doubt if they make it to the biblical Streets of Gold!
I will be writing much more. Please make your inputs here as well. Many thanks to the 2016 contributor who anonymously posted the Joshua Mailman and "doughnut" group information. And, yes, chaos sufficient to bring down the USA is still very much part of the New Age agenda as it was when I first discovered their doings back in 1981. The difference now is that many have gone back to sleep, apathy again rules the day, and technology has advanced sufficiently to enable them. I will present summaries of the wealth of some of these organizations (Fetzer Institute, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Tide Foundation, Center for Conscious Evolution) in my next posting.
May the Lord help us all!
<1> Wilson's book reveals that current Fetzer Memorial Trust President Bruce Fetzer, a great nephew of John E. Fetzer read the Creme books on the "Reappearance of the Christ" with his uncle in the 1980s. Fetzer was a major circulator and promoter of the Great Invocation. According to Wilson, Fetzer reproduced the Great Invocation in both of his genealogical works. This book makes it clear that Fetzer put his money where his New Age mouth was. According to another book on Fetzer's life, 1>
<2> Joshua Mailman was and is a considerable force both in New Age and in economic circles. This is from the Bloomberg website: Mr. Joshua A. Mailman, also known as Josh, serves as President at Sirius Business Corporation. He serves as a Managing Director at Sirius Change Investments. He is also Managing Director at Serious Change L.P. Mr. Mailman serves as an Investor and Senior Advisor at Impact America Fund. He serves as a Partner at The Social Entrepreneurs' Fund. Mr. Mailman founded Social Venture Network in 1987, Business for Social Responsibility in 1992 and Threshold Foundation in 1981.2>