I’m definitely interested in all of the topics, and I agree they are all popular “new age” topics. But I still always kind of cringe when I hear
the term “new age” --- It always conjurers up images of hippies hugging trees and taking acid.
The worse is when people group all my favourite topics under the term: “new-age religion” --- it combines images in my head of acid tripping
hippies crossed with narrow minded bible thumpers. (And of course Yanni is mixed in there somewhere
So I cringe at that term as well.
(And please note: the above mini rant on the term “new age” was not meant as a criticism of the OP or the thread itself
--- just that imho, the term “new age religion” has been marginalized to the point where people who adhere to it are seen as silly dreamers. When
imho, all of the topics you mentioned are very interesting and definitely worthy of further study/discussion.
I love the study of Reincarnation. Whenever I try to explain it to my traditional family --- my mentality is that --- if it was just one past life
researcher that was regressing people into past lives than I could write that researcher off as a fraud or an idiot. But when there are so many other
past life researchers who consistently report cases of clients also recalling past lives under hypnosis (and these clients are able to research and
validate details of these past lives) --- all of this supporting evidence adds validity to the Reincarnation Theory. I’ve been reading alot of
Dolores Cannon books lately --- and her books definitely delve into the more “out there” topics --- but still makes for a fun read.
What I disagree with or find difficult to fully wrap my head around though, is one of the conclusions many past researchers have suggested --- which
is that prior to incarnating on earth --- we --- together with our guides choose what kind of challenges and life events we’d life to tackle. And I
just can’t possibly see why someone would choose to have a life where they have the potential to become someone really evil like a pedophile or
likewise why someone who choose to be a victim.
According to some researcher there is --- at the higher levels, no such thing as evil or good --- everything is simply an experience. But I still
can’t see any benefit to such awful suffering one witnesses everyday in the world.
Regarding the concept: “We are all one”
Believe or not --- that was the concept that partly got me into all of this esoteric stuff. I was in a low point to my life, out of work and watching
way too much TV. And one day, I came across a documentary on creation of the Universe. And afterwards, as I was falling asleep, I started thinking
about our Universe and I realized that on a purely physical level --- I was not separate from anything on this Universe rather that I was a part it
and it was a part of me.
Almost like if you picture a fish floating through the ocean. This fish is both part of the ocean but also separate from it as well. And so going a
step further --- one can see that the earth that we’re a part of is part of the universe ect...and eventually we should end up with everything
together makes up one “God.”
So when I look at the concept “we are all one” --- even from a purely physical level, to me, this makes sense. I am both part of the
Universe/Multiverse?/Everything and exist separately within in as well. Just like that fish is part of the ocean, yet separately living its life
within the ocean.
Now on a spiritual level, though I spent many years as an Atheist, I was raised a Christian and if I remember correctly: Christianity speaks that
“God is both inside us and also all around us” --- which really makes sense with the “new age” twist added on. However, Christianity teaches
us to revere God whereas new age philosophies suggest that we worship the “Godhead within.”
I remember reading a story of this lady who “channelled” an entity called “Ra” and the information that she relayed speaks to the idea (unless
I’m mistaken) that “we are all one” and I think that she talks about the “law of attraction.” (Which on a side note: is I think the basis
for the book/movie/CD/movement lol “The Secret”)
Which is simply put: Like attract Like. So if you’re positive and look on the bright side --- you’ll like see the world as positive and experience
both good things. To me, that theory is almost like psychology 101.
However, I think it was Dave Chapelle who rightly pointed out that if ‘you’re starving in a 3rd world country” --- no amount of positive
thinking is going to materialize a hamburger for you. So, despite all the praise and common sense of “law of attraction” --- there are obvious
Because I’m quite convinced that reincarnation is very possible, I also think incurring good or bad karma is possible as well. But I think it’s
important to be careful regarding this topic --- because I it would be an incorrect assumption to believe that people who are suffering “bring it on
themselves” due to bad karma. The past life researcher Dolores Cannon has reported cases in which she found people deliberately choose to lead as
difficult a life as possible in order to gain as much experience as they can.
Ascension --- that’s a hard one. When I was in my teens, a man that I worked with at pizza joint, actually lent me a beautiful book on Angels and
ascension and I’m embarrassed to admit that when I read it back then I laughed and thought it the most ridiculous concept I’d ever heard.
But...now I don’t know. I love the idea that there are Angels out there trying to help and guide us. And of course, I would love to be able to
“ascend” so I don’t have to reincarnate anymore. But I honestly haven’t made up my mind on this topic. I’m very skeptical --- but open to
Service to self versus service to others --- I’m honestly not sure. I think this concept arose from the Ra material which I’m not 100% sold on
(though find very interesting) and also I think the project Camelot people mention this idea as well. You know that saying “don’t throw the baby
out with the bathwater” --- imho, this idea applies to both Project Camelot and the Ra material. (And also David Icke lol) A lot of what they spout
is likely just dirty bath water --- but every now and then they come up with a very interesting concept.
To me --- this idea of wanting to serve other versus serving oneself --- is quite similar to the concept of good karma versus bad. Though if you go
back to the idea that “we are all one” --- I could argue that when serving others, one’s in essence serving themselves.
Anyways great thread!
Thank-you and apologies to anyone who read all or any of this rambling!
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