New Age philosophy may be the vehicle to move
people from the dark ages to the next step, but it to does not go far enough –
it’s just another stepping stone that is moving very slowly and is destined to
box itself in.
There were centuries of life on the planet before religion
came along where man fought to get a foothold on dry land and survive the
elements. As he became more comfortable with his life out of the ocean, he began
to organize his random thoughts into cohesive sentences so that others may
understand what he was thinking. Communication between tribe members brought
about curiosity about whom he was and why he was here. Because he was getting no
answers from the sky or from the ocean, he began to make things up and imagined
all kinds of things. Some of the tribes more creative members found that they
could get special treatment for telling their stories and so the seeds of
organized religion were created.
For centuries humanity’s imagination has been locked inside
religious boxes. Centuries of religious dogma have not brought about the promise
of equality, peace and brotherly love that was promised. Laws based on religious
moral laws have not kept us from war between countries, special interest groups,
or family and neighbours. It has not brought equality to the sexes or sharing of
our natural resources. The system has failed us, yet it was inevitable and a
natural step in the evolution of primitive cultures.
New Age is the present door that offers alternatives to
religious faith. Its major theme is oneness as apposed to the duality taught by
many religions. The other major difference is that it does not seek to change
the world, but to allow the thoughts of the individual to evolve. Because New
Age believes that we are all connected as one mind, any thought that one has,
will be communicated to the whole and eventually accepted as the new truth.
Therefore it does not need to be organized or have institutions. New Age
philosophy teaches that it is the natural tendency for all things to evolve to a
higher level of awareness or experience. Because New Age philosophy is not
centralized or boxed, it encourages evolution outside of its own philosophy.
This insures its survival in the process of humanities evolution, because it is
not an end unto itself. The seeds have been spread and allowed to germinate
sporadically around the world.
As a New Age writer and one who has helped to spread the
philosophy, I can see the end of it unless it is willing to take the next step
itself. Not unlike religion, New Age is getting quite comfortable with itself
and is enjoying a surge in popularity and recognition. It is in danger of
becoming another money making venture as has religion.
The motive behind writing and teaching New Age must be its
basic philosophy of expanding humanities awareness, not how much you can make
from it. There is nothing inherently right or wrong about making a living
teaching New Age philosophy or religion. And I support these people as I don’t
believe a life lived in poverty or want is a good example of how well a system
However, it must be the goal of the writers and teachers to
move their readers and students past its philosophy for the benefit of all. In
other words if I teach you my truth, you will develop a new truth and teach me
yours. And so this leap-frogging will keep moving us to the next step of greater
awareness and evolution. The very meaning of life is “movement” and without it
there is no life. And therefore there is only limited life in a closed system; a
box is a closed system. So any philosophy that teaches one to stay in the box is
doomed and so is the believer.
New Age has moved God/Creator closer to home. It talks
about “the god within,” “oneness with God,” “one mind,” but all these terms are
dualistic in nature. There is the Creator/God and you joined together; which
means that you and God are different entities with divided power.
You will never be fully able to manifest what you desire
until you know yourself as the creator.
In other words you cannot be God until you know and proclaim yourself as
God. The truth is for example, that I am God manifesting in the physical body
known as Roy. In order to facilitate fully the law of
attraction and move myself to the next step of enlightenment; I will have to
know myself as the law, as God. This is where New Age is lacking. It is
embracing the age of this realization but cannot go forward because it and the
rest of the world is not ready to accept that responsibility. And there is still
money to be made in religion and writing New Age books, (Not that there is
anything wrong with that).
I am not saying anything different than what religion has
been saying for centuries. There is a path back to the Creator. What I am saying
is that You/God can continue in the physical life knowing who and what you
really are. I am saying that you and your creator have never been separated, but
have lived with the illusion that you are. In knowing this you can take control
of your own personal power to create the life that you want to experience and
life will be much easier. Understanding the bigger picture will bring great
satisfaction knowing that it is you who creates the circumstances of your life
and that you have the power to change it at any time.
History has shown that the first step is usually the
hardest and the slowest. New Age will be a little faster, and the next step will
be a quantum leap into something else. Our technology best demonstrates this
point, if you consider where we were 150 years ago.
Most people will experience the end of the world, because
they believe that it will happen. For the few that have moved past that belief,
there will be an easy transformation from one state of existence to another as
matter cannot be created nor destroyed. The universe is changing shape but it
will never be lost.
All beliefs are relevant, they are all appropriate as the
creator moves from one to the other to experience what the mind can only
conceive. As the creator you can make yourself aware of this movement by letting
go of your old concepts and open the doors to other possibilities. By
understanding that you are not just the body, but the energy that animates it.
No thought should be the end, but a new beginning.
Roy is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. An international published author, a student of NLP, spiritual philosopher, New Age Light Worker, Teacher and Phenomenologist. Roy's books and articles are thought provoking, and designed to empower your imagination.
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