Great post, OP! I've been so fed up with this "love and light" delusion of New Agers that I was actually going to write a book about it.
From '99 to 2001, I lived in Sedona, AZ, the mecca of New Age flakes... and I was one of them. At first, I felt extremely attracted by the seemingly
non-judgmental and loving attitude of those "highly spiritual" people. They felt almost Jesus-like to me... until I realized that they were just as
egocentric and uncaring as the next guy but covered it up with their "love and light" bullsh*t.
They were the greatest friends to have, as long as you were always positive, completely undemanding, and never had any problems. But woe unto you if
you went back into "normal person" mode... they just couldn't handle it.
... you voice your disappointment that they didn't show up when you invited them for dinner: "You know, I'm living in the moment and I can't make
any plans. I never know what Spirit has in store for me. Let go of your expectations, sister, and live in the Here and Now. If you learn to truly love
yourself, you won't need those expectations anymore."
... you have a problem and want to talk about it: "Sister, God is love, the Universe is infinite love. That's all that matters. Everything else is
just an illusion."
I also realized that very few of the New Agers I knew actually walked their talk. The bard who sang about romantic love was a womanizer; the
"preacher" who thought himself equivalent to the Hopis' White Brother neglected his little daughter and exploited women to support him; the
psychics who professed to have direct connections to highly advanced beings were, under their thin veneer of spirituality, mean-spirited, nasty
I still believe in many of the basic New Age principles, i.e., how the world works. But I think it is necessary to approach this stuff in a
down-to-earth way, not floating five feet above the ground at all times. I also think for many, pure "New Ageism" is nothing but an escape route
from their own, "inconvenient truths."
Most New Agers, I noticed, are scared to death of the dark side of all things and try to avoid it at all costs. Most of all, they're scared of the
Shadow (as C.G. Jung called it), the dark side within themselves. The healthy thing to do would be to look their own Shadow straight in the eye,
accepting what they see and dealing with it, so that they can integrate/shrink it gradually. Instead, they act like little kids that are afraid of
monsters under their bed: they pull the covers over their head and hope the monsters will go away. On top of that, they also pretend monsters don't
Many New Agers, if you ask them about it, will tell you that "ultimately, there is only the light. Light is our ultimate truth. The Creator is pure
light..." etc. etc. This, IMO, is downright dangerous. I have personally had experiences with what I call the "Dark Side" (the external shadow as
opposed to the internal one) and it does exist, I assure you. I'm talking about the "agents of darkness" here, as in demons, evil spirits, etc.
They can also possess or influence people. I've been there, seen it, not nice.
My theory is that New Agers -- many of which do spiritual practices designed to make them more intuitive/psychic, "connect with other dimensions,"
or "raise their vibration/consciousness/awareness" -- involuntarily turn themselves into virtual beacons in a world of gray shades (from the
viewpoint of the Dark Side).
Many great spiritual role models (Jesus, various saints, Buddha?) had to battle with evil spirits trying to "turn" them. I believe you need to be
forearmed and protected if you want to be victorious in such a battle. If you practice those "sensitizing" spiritual exercises without knowing how
to defend yourself, you make yourself vulnerable to attacks/attachments from the Dark Side. And for some reason, souls on the path to spiritual
evolution seem to be irresistible to them... like some kind of trophy, compared to the souls of "unrefined brickheads."
I've seen sooooo many New Agers (especially gifted, naturally psychic ones) under the influence of something very, very dark. I've seen someone's
face literally shift and being replaced with another, darker one. I've seen a small demonic-looking entity cling to someone's neck. I've had
experiences with the human minions of the Dark Side and barely got away with my life.
I believe the Dark Side cannot just possess or attach itself to anyone -- they have to trick us into it somehow. To that end, they have three tools:
Temptation aims at the fulfillment of your greatest desire. That's how they got to me at least twice. Sometimes the approach is even more direct: I
heard directly from the "face-shifter" I just mentioned that "If you only make a small commitment, you can have anything you want..."
If they can't get you that way, they try scaring the living crap out of you... which, if they're successful, can make a hole in your aura through
which they can gain access.
Denying that the Dark Side even exists is another of their favorites. It means you're letting down your guard and opening yourself wide to all kinds
of negative influences. People who don't believe in the objective existence of the Dark Side don't shield themselves (from what?) and, being
completely unarmed, become easy prey for those entities.
All of this might sound way out there, but it comes from decades of personal experience, not some BS I've read in some book. So, believe me or
don't, but this is what I've learned the hard way.
[edit on 23-10-2008 by sylvie]
[edit on 23-10-2008 by sylvie]