By Reverend Mark Hunnemann
Nobody has a higher view of our military than myself. Had I not felt called to the ministry, I had a longing to be in the military. I have always felt a sense of regret and guilt that I never served in in our nations military.I have read numerous books recently regarding life in the military and they both inspire and haunt me.
Nevertheless, a few years ago a friend of mine lent me a copy of, "The Men Who Stare at Goats", but for whatever reason, I did not read it until recently. It was unnerving. Of course, there was a major motion picture based on this book.
Jim Channon figures heavily in this book...below is a quote re: Channon from Wikpedia...
According to the book The Men Who Stare at Goats by journalist Jon Ronson, Channon spent time in the 1970s with many of the people in California credited with starting the human potential movement, and subsequently wrote an operations manual for a First Earth Battalion. The manual was a 125-page mixture of drawings, graphs, maps, polemical essays and point-by-point redesigns of every aspect of military life. Channon imagined new battlefield uniform would include pouches for ginseng regulators, divining tools, food stuffs to enhance night vision, and a loud speaker that would automatically emit "indigenous music and words of peace." A movie based on the book-released in Autumn 2009-starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey, fictionalized the First Earth Battalion as the New Earth Army.
Channon believed the Army can be the principal moral and ethical basis on which politics can harmonize in the name of the Earth. Channon declared the First Earth Battalion's primary allegiance was to the planet earth. Channon envisioned the First Earth Battalion would organize itself informally: uniforms without uniformity, structure without status, and unity powered by diversity, and members would be multicultural, with each race contributing to "rainbow power". Channon proposed as a guiding principle that members of the First Earth Battalion seek nondestructive methods of conflict resolution because their first loyalty is to the planet. Warrior Monk
Channon coined the term "warrior monk" for potential members of the First Earth Battalion.
According to the book Mind Wars by Ronald McRae, each member of the First Earth Battalion would be sworn to uphold a credo of "high commandos and guerrilla gurus":
I have the capacity and therefore the duty to contribute to the development of myself, my associates, and our planet, simultaneously, now!
I will organize a self-supporting high commando group that will create and perform evolutionary breakthrough actions on behalf of people and planet. One people, one planet.
I will then pass on this concept to others whAo are capable of generating further self-organizing commando teams.
I will await the time when my group can connect naturally with others at higher and higher levels of awareness and performance - the Natural Guard.
Apparently, Channon lives in Hawaii, a wealthy man. His manual has had a profound impact on the military, according to the book. But the people affected the most tend to be upper brass and special forces.
What seems to be clear is that in NC (Ft Bragg and elsewhere), the highest ranks experimented with remote viewing and other occult practices (e.g.staring at goats in an attempt to kill them)
The book closes around 2004, and the author had been contacted, informing him that remote viewers were being sent to Iraq.
Folks have speculated as to why UFO activity has accellerated above military bases in the last few decades.Some have assumed that it had to do with our nuclear capabilities, and others more conspiracy oriented.
What struck me as an odd coincidence is that the UFO sightings coincide with Channon's/military/CIA interest in the occult.
This is not a review of the book--where the goat staring occurred and what happened--the vital point is that the Occult was introduced to the military in earnest the same time the New Age was infiltrating the rest of culture.
So, I end more with a question--did Channon, and the military upper brass endorsement (some of them anyway) of his ideas, open the doors to the demonic? It HAD to. That it was/is the military that has black ops using occult methods explains with more specificity as to why our country is being demonized. The Lordship of Christ over the totality of life is being replaced by the influence of the occult over the totality of life.
We need to pray for revival and reformation. In Jesus alone,