I've been a hedonist most of my life (I'm significantly better now thank you) and 3 out of the last 4 1/2 years were spent very involved in the New
I worked among, socialized, helped organize events, and dated from that circle. From Shamans to best-selling new age authors I've heard the
philosophies and seen their lives up close and personal.
It was a mess. From selfish Prosperity Gurus to Lightworkers to Reiki Practitioners to the ubiquitous "Personal Coach."
I saw many good folk who succumbed to the philosophy that we are all God and that there was no such thing as definitive evil or good--that they were
both just different sides of the same coin and necessary for our 'growth' (it's also a good way to avoid looking at the wreckage of our past that sin
In the end I came away from that experience knowing EXACTLY how quickly most of those folk can go from "Peace & Love" to a rabid intolerance that
easily escalates to hatred.
The "intentional community" for example reveals folks true natures pretty quickly. You'll see some peace & love go out the window real quick when
"peace & love" goes from hyperbole to being tested for real!
Then there's the subject of Christianity. Furious teeth get bared real quick. To most of them it's Christianity that's holding back the new world of
peace & love from reigning.
And, having experienced many of the same tragic things they have from so-called Christians as I matured in life, I somewhat understand and certainly
The funniest thing happened on the way to the forum though so-to-speak: My work brought me into contact with the worst of the worst (I thought): Real
small-town mountain born redneck Christians!
You know: The kind that were supposedly intolerant and backwards.
Thing was though, they weren't intolerant at all but turned out to be genuinely accepting and demonstrated real love to those around them.
Not the pseudo kind: I'm Okay, You're Okay. But the humble of spirit and self-sacrificing love that seemed to ultimately escape my "Peace & Love"
I was there between two worlds and although I wasn't ready to believe the Bible just yet, I sure could see the difference! It was eye-opening.
I even brought one of my new age lesbian friends (the loud & proud type and boy is she loud!) along to meet them in relation to the work I was doing
She was ready to be dissed and I promised that if that happened I would raise heck, we would leave, and I would trash the footage.
But she found love and acceptance and is very involved in an off-shoot of what these Christians do. She hasn't "flipped" so to speak, but she's been
spending A LOT of time with them. Funny that.
The New Agers WILL accept an NWO that promises to erase what they consider to be the abomination of Christianity. Especially if there's a lot of
"Green" legislation with it that promises a less polluted world.
I still love my new age friends although I don't hang out in mass social settings with them. Those I see today are on an individual basis generally.
The one's who I have had a chance to reveal my new belief system to have been somewhat gobsmacked ha. Irritated even.
However, to their credit: They still call and wanna hang out with me…maybe it's working on them too?
edit on 11-9-2011 by The GUT
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