Friday, April 4th 2014
Two years ago, ABC-TV journalist Dan Harris flew from New York City to Phoenix to interview me and the Teenage Exorcists for feature reports on ABC-TV’s Nightline and Good Morning America. He spent a day watching us cast out demons and minister to hurting people. As one of America’s premiere television hosts and reporters, Harris has covered everything from the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut to the Haiti earthquake. I suspect one of the reasons ABC sent Harris to do our story is because he has often focused on faith issues, including evangelical Christianity. Needless to say, he got an eyeful of the supernatural when he witnessed me and the Teenage Exorcists casting out demons.
Harris has just released a new book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works – a True Story. He tells how motivational gurus and various religious leaders encouraged him to meditate with positive results. Harris admits that the pressure of his job lead to self-medicating with recreational drugs, including cocaine. What pulled him out of that negative spiral was “secular mindfulness meditation.” Since one of the people he says influenced him is former NBA coach Phil Jackson, we can assume there was a heavy dose of Zen. He now advocates meditating at least five minutes a day to be at least 10% happier.
I have met many of the most popular and successful television hosts and journalist, from Diane Sawyer to Dr. Phil, Oprah to Anderson Cooper. Harris is one of the genuinely nicest, friendliest, and least pretentious. I’m sad he had such a battle with his “demons.” But if those “demons” were real DEMONS, then he’s seen firsthand the real solution to peace of mind from spiritual bondage – deliverance. If you want to know more about what’s wrong with secularized meditation, read the extensive analysis of that issue in my 575-page LARSON’S BOOK OF WORLD RELIGIONS. (To order CLICK HERE.) Most meditation, that isn’t Christ centered, is a temporary emotional bandage at best and the pathway to demonization at worst. My advice to Mr. Harris is this: Don’t settle for a 10% increase in happiness. Centering your mind on Jesus the whole day gives 100% peace!
An encouraging word: PERFECT PEACE
The search for personal peace in our world of multi-tasking and multi-stress leads down many roads, most of them leading nowhere. Walk the aisle of your local pharmacy and glance at the scores of medications and sleep aids which are used to tamp down the restlessness of the human soul. And that’s just the legal over-the-counter solutions. Worse yet, alcohol and recreational drugs hold out false promises of escape from the pressures of life. But Isaiah has a simple solution: You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV). If you are looking for perfect peace, medications and meditation isn’t the best answer in the long run. Centering your mind on the Lord is the only way to have the peace that “passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).
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