Spiritual freedom in the West: Are we drifting into a culture of suppression?

As recently exposed here on The Conscious Reporter:

In the mainstream media alternative spirituality is frequently illegitimately portrayed with a negative bias as our greatest fears are turned against us in order to manipulate our view of alternative spirituality as a whole.

Despite this, there are many people who feel that standing up for our right to access and practice the spirituality of our choosing is either not necessary or the wrong thing to do. It seems we have been convinced that to resist a problem means perpetuating it, and that external censorship is okay as we will simply evolve spiritually in order to circumvent it.

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About David Arkyn

David has a deep interest in spiritual development, but has discovered there are many forces in the world working to keep people asleep. His recent interest has been researching the psychological tactics and techniques used to limit people's spiritual potential, writing about his discoveries here at The Conscious Reporter.


  1. With regards to the censorship of spirituality in the West, you might want to contact the owners of Wikipedia; who will not allow it to be published that tens of thousands of Albigensians were exterminated by agents of the Roman church for teaching, as Jesus did, that the Doctrine of “the resurrection” is a Doctrine of ‘Rebirth’; who will not allow it even to be *mentioned* on the page on “resurrection” that Isaiah, Daniel, Jesus and Mohammed *all* taught the Doctrine of “the resurrection” as a Doctrine of ‘Rebirth’. Nor will they allow it to be published that Jesus was the author of the Thanksgiving Hymns of the Dead Sea Scrolls; which would strike at the very foundations of Christian theology, and which is also certainly important for anyone seriously interested in spirituality.

  2. Snowden revealed that when the secret services spy on you, and watch what you are doing on the computer, they are not interested in your final public statements, or final private letters etc, they are interested in your ‘thought process’. They monitor what you backspace and delete, to determine your real intent and real feelings etc.

    If you think ‘thought crime’ was fictional, it’s already here.

  3. Thanks for the article David. It is really disturbing to see all the facts about how the governments can use media to influence public opinion about alternative spirituality. From all ten filters that are being put in place it seems that it is slowly the direction we are going as a society. What you say about, how later on, it could be too late to do something about is the most important thing. If this does get too far we will find ourselves in the same shoes as countries like China and Iran, without anywhere to turn or complain.

  4. “Despite this, there are many people who feel that standing up for our right to access and practice the spirituality of our choosing is either not necessary or the wrong thing to do. It seems we have been convinced that to resist a problem means perpetuating it, and that external censorship is okay as we will simply evolve spiritually in order to circumvent it.”

    I have encountered this attitude in people practicing some from of New Age spirituality. That to fight something is the same as violence, it is bad, because we focus on something we give energy to it. That even reading this article because it talks about bad things happening is to endorse it. This is a strong belief for many and it is not easy for people practicing modern spirituality to be open to the idea that fighting for our religious rights is needed, precisely because it seems that if you only come from love, you will change the world that way. It’s a vicious cycle because many ‘gurus’ and channeled messages spread this idea of changing the world through positive thinking and avoiding bad and negative things. It is a revolutionary thought that spirituality means active defense of your rights instead of passive endurance and hoping it will turn out ok.

    That’s why I think your article is great David because it’s a real eye-opener to the potential future we face in the West today. If it can happen in China, there is no reason why it couldn’t take place in the West. We think our society is free, people are free to do what they like, but how many really see the creeping censorship and attitude against ‘cults’ eating away at our rights? I hope that it will not be too late to stand against the sly oppression and change the future alternative spirituality is headed towards.

    Thank you very much David for an insightful article!

    • I have seen the same as you Laura, a denial of negative or bad things happening in the world in favour of focussing on good things. While I think it’s important to focus on building spiritual qualities, what happens if we don’t stand up for our rights and lose the ability to find the information that can help us build spiritual qualities in the first place.

      I imagine getting caught in a society like this would burst the positivity bubble quite quickly, but by then it might be too late to do anything about it.

      I have also heard in some circles (eg. people pulling strings behind the scenes) that China’s methods of social control are looked upon as a model way to run society – which is a pretty scary thought if it truly is where we’re headed!

      • I’ve also been puzzled by the strange unwillingness among some spiritually-inclined people to deal with harsh realities happening in the world like you both mentioned.

        It is really strange that speaking the truth could be viewed as negative; the truth is the truth, and as has been said, the truth will set us free. If people view the truth as negative then they are living in an illusion or fantasy, and running away from reality. And as their illusion grows so does the darkness they hide from, whether it is within themselves or in the world, and sooner or later they will have to face the consequences of it.

        Compared to China, I think the methods of propaganda in in the West are much more sophisticated. I think it’s like how you explained in your other article David about how fear is used against us — those who founded “public relations” did so to control a population that had won too many rights to accept the brute and blunt imposition of force and ideology, in the way we still see in China.

        Instead the methods of propaganda used against us in the West can give the illusion of choice and freedom, but people are given a limited set of choices which suit a given outcome, and the methods of persuasion are much more subtle and insidious, but probably ultimately more effective.

        Consider that in China, the government cracks down on underground Churches, but they are spreading a growing rapidly nonetheless. But in the West, Christian congregations are declining in numbers in many places, yet there is not government persecution and religious freedom exists in law. We have all the freedom to pursue spirituality if we wish, yet people turn away from it, becasue they don’t want it, or have been positioned to think they don’t want it or need it.

        It would certainly be scary if we ever ended up like China, and not impossible. But it seems the powers that be have a much more effective and sophisticated strategy at work in the West.

  5. The 50 cents brigade is just absolutely shocking, creepy and very worrying. What chances is there for a little minority group to be heard among 1.5 millions paid propaganda trolls??? How can truth about censorship be heard, seen, accepted if literally millions of people are paid to say the opposite, distort the truth, and hide the facts among lies…

    This is really sad to see tolerance being so disrespected, where people’s rights have clearly no value, and even more worrying to see how this tendance is growing in the so-called free world.

    Thank you for another very good article David – been really enjoying, sharing and supporting your voice online!

    • Thanks Geraldine. I agree it is pretty shocking and scary to see a whole country mobilised against alternative spirituality. So important to stand up for our rights now before it’s too late!

  6. These examples that you’ve cited in your article are really extreme, David. Anti-cult theme parks and operas…it just shows that the dark forces which oppose the free practice of real spirituality will go to any lengths to suppress people. Paid web trolls, laws against reincarnation, it seems nothing is too far out of reach.

    We may not have anti-cult theme parks here in the West, but the use of the ‘cult’ label to marginalize alternative spiritual practice/ groups has definitely picked up in the media in recent years. For example, a recent HBO series called ‘True Detective’ featured a ‘cult killing’ theme (ie. there was a victim, body marked with ‘esoteric’ symbol(s), placed in a ritualistic pose surrounded by various ceremonial items, detectives try to catch the suspected voodoo/Satanic cult killer) and became quite popular in its first series with little advertising.

    Now that’s a fictional TV series, but it really adds right into the ‘dangerous, psychotic cult’ narrative, which is a tool used to suppress free spiritual choice. So perhaps this is our Western equivalent of anti-cult operas, complete with celebrities and cinematography. http://www.cleveland.com/tv/index.ssf/2014/03/hbos_true_detective_subverts_c.html

    • That’s a good point Dara. I recently saw a couple of TV shows that have been based around the idea of “dangerous cults” kidnapping people, feeding into the whole idea of mind control and other so-called cult criteria. Probably even more effective than an opera.

  7. Wow, thanks David for this glimpse into an almost unbelivable reality in the world now. It’s something of an Orwellian nightmare. It’s easy to think that it couldn’t transfer here, that somehow the Chinese public are more suceptible to blantant propaganda than us in the West, but it seems that the human mind, wherever it is, is often too weak to withstand intense and continuous pressure to believe something; there have been so many cases around the world of people acting with awful hatered when stimulated by fear of others.

    There are certainly signs of the not-so-early steps towards religious and spiritual persecution and suppression in the West. Even the weight of the intellectual prevelance for aethiest thought in Western countries is a huge pressure on peoples’ ability to think independently, and often to find a spiritual reality.

    I also wanted to add something about the Panchen Lama – I believe his kidnap (a.k.a protective custody) effectivly serves to break the line of the Dali Lamas of Tibet. His role is to identify and find the Dali Lama reincarnate, and should go through a life of special training for this. It seems the Chinese are trying to break a process inherent to the survival of Tibetan Buddhism. I also heard they had ‘outlawed reincarnaion’! It seems silly, but with a law like that in place who knows how it can be used.

    Thanks again for helping to get this message out there!

    • The propaganda in China is extreme, but unfortunately there is already a lot of anti-spiritual propaganda towards New Religious Movements in the West, especially through current affairs type news shows. I can see how we could easily move in China’s direction if this was ramped up in the same way and other areas of government and the public mobilised against it.

      This has already happened to a degree in France where they have an anti-cult law that can be used to disband groups, and they have made psychological manipulation a crime (despite “mind control” being debunked in many circles), which I feel opens small spiritual groups to attack by anyone who might dislike them.

      Thanks for sharing that information about the Panchen Lama, it makes more sense now why they would kidnap him.

  8. Thank you very much David, this looks very scary indeed! Anti-cult movements cooperating and supporting themselves across the borders, plotting with governments and police sounds like a witch hunt on spirituality to me. It is very sad that in 21-st Century we seem to be going back to the times of inquisition.

    “Worship Science” slogan would sound good to me, if they meant a whole science, that is, including the conscious explorations of the inner worlds. There are indeed many parallels between the findings of the physicists and the findings of the mystics, and it is very inspiring to see how these 2 worlds are meeting when somebody is open enough to see the wider truth. Some most visionary scientists we know of have always worked in an intuitive way, suggesting the links between these 2 worlds.

    “The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the power of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms- this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of all true religions.” A. Einstein

    “Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion.” I. Newton

    “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence” N. Tesla

    • Thanks for sharing those quotes Lucia, I especially like the Tesla one.

      It certainly seems like the inquisition to me – except that this one has no religious backing, they seem to see spirituality as the enemy of state – maybe because it sets people free.

  9. A very eye-opening article David, it’s interesting to see the anti-cult agent in full bloom so that people can see where the west is heading to if people don’t put their foot down and say no to the spiritual oppression that is emerging through web censorship and web filtering.

    To me it’s a very fundamental right and the foundation of all human rights. If we lose the right to choose, express and experience our spirituality, we lose all other human rights. Because this right gives our society the principles by which to live that doesn’t need government and corporate control. There is much more freedom in spirituality than in a wold without it, and if we don’t defend it today, we are enslaving future generations in ways we have no idea of the oppression they will experience.

    I’m so glad you put this information out, as now we can see that there is much more to lose than what we are being told.

    • Thanks Layla. It’s hard to imagine a world where you have to go underground if you have spiritual beliefs / practice, and even then get persecuted and harrassed, I had no idea it was so much of a reality before starting to do some research. It is definitely a threat not just for us but for future generations as you said, as if we don’t stand up for our rights there will be less and less people to stand up in the future as spirituality will be squashed out of existence and people won’t even really know what they’re missing!

  10. Thank you for the article. It’s helpful to see what happens in other countries related to religious/spiritual suppression. I feel like that is the kind of information that can help to change what we do now with regards to this issue. I can also see the strength behind researching the truth of things. Imagine if people questioned the opinion that was put to them and did actual research into it. It would be a strong knock to the pushing of false information.

    • I think you’re right Aleks, researching what’s going on seems to help reduce fear about it and make you immune to the psychological effect or less easily manipulated as you understand the methods being used against us.

      I hope that people won’t just think it has nothing to do with them, but will make sure not to let it happen in the Western World!

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