“New Age” and “Spiritual” Beliefs



Sometimes it appears as though the “new age” or “spiritual” movement has created many more boxes, labels and limits. Often times we see another set of beliefs created with these new movements and to be clear, this is a very big trap many of us end up falling into.

At times the “fluffy” side of spirituality can create beliefs that don’t allow us to not face what’s inside. We may run from our inner darkness and to not face it. It can suggest that everything must be happy and bright all the time, no exceptions. It has created ideals that are not concrete, that make things seem like something they are not, but they are so often said. It is not so much that these are bad, but that they have become another belief that is followed blindly. Phrases or knowledge we repeat but don’t act on.

We can get caught up in these new empowering beliefs as it runs to the ego and creates a new identity even more slippery than the one prior. The ego hides itself very easily in this new identity because we begin to think we are beyond it and it does not exist within us any longer. Not always, but sometimes we begin to pass off our judgment as “observation,” we look for the ego in everyone and point it out whenever we can. We try to find answers and reasons for everything we hear or see because we are now in search again. We are not happy with just being, we still must find out more, to show that our new spiritual beliefs are something powerful and it begins to take power over us.

We don’t want to admit it, but we begin to think and feel like we are above others. We pass this off with words but deep down we don’t completely mean them. We are, at our deepest state, still afraid to completely face ourselves, to completely give up our entire identity.  It is what we are running from when we get too caught up in our new “beliefs.”

Everything is not ALWAYS easy, bright and happy, and it isn’t supposed to be. Earth is a place to experience duality, darkness and density. It is ok to feel emotions and to let them play out. It is only when we become attached to that or allow them to charge our experience do we then let them control us. But aside from that, it is OK to feel upset, to feel mad or angry. It is OK to have “down” moments, it is in these “dark” moments that we can often do what we came here to do, awaken. They are there to learn from them and then help ourselves attain peace moving forward.

Until the world here has changed quite a bit, we won’t always have “perfect” days in the way we understand the word “perfect.” We are still of this system in some ways and the collective still has an effect on all of us.  FEEL your emotions, but understand where they come from and why they are there, if it doesn’t present right away, ITS OK. Keep digging within to find out why you react or are feeling the way you are.

This may not have been as empowering as some messages may have been, but it’s something we must all see and realize. I can only share what I feel, see and experience myself first hand, and that is what I am doing now. We have an ego and a dark side to us, don’t run form it, love it, thank it, and face it. Without it, we would not awaken or experience the things we have experience in our souls evolution.

 

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6 comments on ““New Age” and “Spiritual” Beliefs

  1. It is a great message and just underlined the following to me: “One step at a time. Breathe in between and explore and embrace all. Things do not have to happen all at once”

  2. Good article. I suggest checking out the book “Cutting through Spiritual Materialism ” by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpiche

    • Minker Chang

      Excellent counter balancing article to the New Age tendency to focus only on Light which can disguise ego as spiritual ego, and likewise Chogyam’s book highlights all the subtle pitfalls of the Western mindset. As Sivananda-ji said “Everyday should elevate us a little and practice is the most important thing.” OM Shanti

  3. Silvia

    thank u Joe, a lot of little pieces fall in place now.
    i like that you say that maybe its not as impowering as other massages. to me… it’s perfect ;)

  4. aaron

    excellent article joe. spirituality to me just means one persons quest for a truth that is true to them and starts with self exploration. all religious icons & philosphers & even scientists (even Darwin & Nietzche) are spiritual people in my eyes. the thing has always been when they spread their message there will always be followers who are people with the herd mentality which has been so essential to our development. however as these people have always got their answers from society, a leader or a book and not from looking within they seek to make a new society or religion from the message which is what will inevitably always happen.
    i agree with taking the good with the bad, i think some spiritual people close themselves off from that. i dont think we were given these senses & emotions just to shut them off and hide from life on top of a mountain.

  5. Good chunk of truth there Joe :D

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