Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan Accelerates – Tells Followers to Practice
4-7-8 Hinduistic Meditation
“Many people have unwittingly become New Agers by simply seeking to improve theirphysical and mental health through meditation.” - Ray Yungen
Two and a half years ago, Lighthouse Trails first reported on Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan
health program. That initial article titled “Rick Warren’s New Health and Wellness Initiative
Could Have Profound Repercussions on Many,” said that Rick Warren was launching a
“Decade of Destiny,” that would include focusing on health issues. Our article pointed out
that the three doctors, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman, whom Rick
Warren had partnered with to help develop the Daniel Plan, were all strong advocates of
eastern meditation and the philosophies that go with that. Consider the following three
statements, one for each of the Daniel Plan doctors:
1. Dr. Amen is a proponent of tantric sex (the combining of sexual activity withmystical practices), which is probably the most extreme form of meditation.
2. In Dr. Hymen’s book, The Ultramind Solution, Hyman emphasizes meditation,saying that it doesn’t matter what religion one has to benefit from it (p. 322). Dr. Hyman
suggests that “Mindful meditation is a powerful well-researched tool, developed by
Buddhists” (p. 384).
3. In January 2010, Dr. Oz brought a Reiki master onto his show to demonstrateReiki and then ended the show saying, “try Reiki” as the #1 “Oz’s Order.”
It would make sense that Dr. Oz would tell his viewers to try Reiki – his wife is a Reiki
practitioner. If one needs more evidence to understand what these three doctors believe
in and teach, see the article links below under Related Material. After seeing the evidence,
there can really be no doubt that Dr. Hymen, Dr. Amen, and Dr. Oz each have a strongly
devoted affinity to the practice of entering altered states of consciousness through
meditation in order to attain to what is known as the “higher self” (i.e., the divinity within
every person). So a fair question to ask is just how much of this New Age spirituality has
rubbed off onto Rick Warren and the Daniel Plan? Well, we think quite a bit has. We would
like to offer a convincing example. On September 26th, on the Daniel Plan website (owned
and operated by Saddleback Church), an article titled “How to Manage Your Stress in 76
Seconds”was posted. The information below should be read and watched with discernment
and in no wise is an endorsement from Lighthouse Trails. On the contrary, the practice we
refer to below, if practiced, could potentially lead to dangerous Kundalini experiences. But
we find it necessary to post this information because this is the direction that much of the
church is heading right now. Our urgency to warn outweighs our hesitation to post this.
People’s lives and souls are at stake.
The Saddleback article on September 26th is written by Dr. Joel Kahn, who tells readers to
practice a technique called the 4-7-8 relaxation breathing sequence. First giving the usual
instruction for meditation to sit up straight, Kahn then proceeds to give the steps for this
breathing exercise with a sequence of breath in for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 7 seconds,
and exhale for 8 seconds. The rest of Kahn’s article tells readers of the benefits of doing this
relaxation exercise. But let’s take a look at a video by another advocate of the exact same
method – the 4-7-8 sequence – that gives more detail and explanation. As we stated a
minute ago, because this is the direction the church at large is heading through the
contemplative prayer (i.e., spiritual formation) movement (and the Daniel Plan movement),
we are compelled to show this with the hope it will unveil the true nature of this and other
forms of meditation.
A photo from Dr. Joel Kahn’s website
proponent. He received his medical degree from Harvard University and is the Director of
the Center for Integrative Medicine of the College of Medicine, University of Arizona. Dr.
Weil is not a fringe personality. (If you cannot see this video below, click here. Our report
continues below this video with some vital information.
breathing techniques (including those used in Yoga) come from India (i.e., Hinduism).
Lighthouse Trails has been trying to tell Christian leaders that for 11 years now! And
contemplative prayer is in the same category as “breath” prayers, and both are spiritually
dangerous. Ray Yungen elaborates:
When we compare meditation techniques used in stress reduction with the type ofmeditation used in New Age spirituality, it is easy to see these practices as basically the
same. Both methods use either the breathing technique or mantra exercises to still the mind.
Unknown to most people, a blank mind in a meditative state is all that is necessary for
contact with a spirit guide.
An example of this is found in John Randolph Price, founder of the QuartusFoundation and initiate of the December 31 World Healing Day Meditation. Price became
involved in New Age metaphysics through just such a meditative encounter. He reveals:
“Back when I was in the business world, the American Management Association putout a little book on meditation, which indicated that meditation was a way to attain peace
of mind and reduce stress in a corporate environment. So I decided I’d try it . . . I
discovered how to come into a new sphere of consciousness. Consciousness actually shifts,
and you move into a realm you may not have even known existed.”1
As one meditation teacher explains:esoteric knowledge of their own mystical tradition.”2
Thus, many people have unwittingly become New Agers by simply seeking toimprove their physical and mental health through meditation. Two examples on this issue
are comments made by two authors who honor the higher self view of man, Joan
Borysenko and Ann Wise. Borysenko, a medical doctor, revealed:
“I originally took up secular meditation for its medical benefits and in time discoveredits deeper psychological and spiritual benefits.”3
Ann Wise, who works in the corporate field to improve decision-making abilities forbusiness people, makes an identical observation:
“Those who initially participate in this work purely for enhancements to theirproductivity in the corporate world are often startled and pleased by what one VP called
“the value and inevitable focus on spirituality that evolved from the work.” . . . I often find
that individuals who began brainwave training [meditation] for a specific, objective purpose
also become quickly interested and involved in seeking higher levels of spiritual
consciousness.”4 (from A Time of Departing, pp. 98-100)
What this means is that the people at Saddleback and the people who are participating in
the Daniel Plan have been introduced to a meditation practice that can potentially turn them
into New Agers! And remember, in the New Age, there is no room for the Cross at Calvary
because the higher self takes the place of a need for a Savior.
Incidentally, some people may think that the term “spirituality” means Christianity, but that
is not it. When the term spirituality is used, it is referring to the idea that God is in everyone
(ie., the higher self).
Dr. Amen, Dr. Hymen, Rick Warren, and Dr. Oz
meditation technique. It was introduced to the Daniel Plan onOctober 14th 2012,
One more thing you should know – on December 3rd, Rick Warren’s new book, The Daniel
Plan, will be released. The co-authors of this book are Dr. Hymen and Dr. Amen. As we
stated earlier, Dr. Amen is an advocate of tantric sex; and Dr. Hymen is connected to a
shamanic organization called Four Winds (“where modern science meets ancient wisdom“).
By all appearances and logic, it looks like Rick Warren is going full speed toward the New
Age/New Spirituality with the throttle fully engaged.
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Rick Warren Speaks Out Against Those Warning the Church of Meditation
Saddleback’s Response to Criticism Over Daniel Plan – An Unscriptural Paradox!
Changing Science, Changing Mind – Healthcare More Than You Bargained For
NEW PRINT BOOKLET TRACT: Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan – The New Age/Eastern
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