Originally posted by Skyfloating
Im reminded of this friend of mine who has wanted to be rich for many years now. She has tried visualizing, crystal-gazing, ritual magick, shamanism,
meditation and a whole host of other things so that she could "get rich". After all these years she still struggles to pay her rent but somehow
pretends that she is richer than she used to be. A method she has not tried yet is work. She represents to me what is wrong about large parts
of the "new age movement"; the tendency to delude themselves into airy beliefs that do not support them in day-to-day life.
I know of people that I would put in the same category as your friend.
However, I also know people, such as myself, who are completely dedicated to work and taking action, and yet I am still open to the ideas of
visualizing, shamanism, meditation, manifestation, etc.
Yes, like with ANY other spiritual/religious idea (Christianity, Judaism, Muslim, etc) there will be 'lazy' people who attach themselves to these
ideas with the belief that JUST believing in it will make everything all better.
However, no one, not even Jesus, spoke of 'just believing.' Jesus said if you believe in what he is teaching, then you will LIVE the way he lived.
Jesus took action. Jesus worked. Hard.
I was raised to work hard. I don't believe that we need to be meditating 12 hours a day, praying for the world to be better, and viola! everything is
fixed. But, I do believe that mediation is essential in calming the mind and getting in touch with your personal intuition and communion with God. And
'prayers' are just thoughts focused on an intention. Every though is a prayer, really. But if we take time to align our thoughts with God and with
Spirit and with Love, then our prayers are that much powerful. What we think, we say. What we say, we do. What we do is what we are. What we are
creates the world. If you 'pray' and understand the power of your mind, you will also understand that you are fully capable of doing whatever it is
you want to do. But, the trick is, you've got to KEEP doing it! If you keep working and keep praying and keep believing and you don't stop, then I
promise some miracles will start happening and I promise you experience moments that make you question just how 'real' this life is.
There is no 'New Age Movement.' There are just ideas. Just thoughts. Just tidbits of truth strewn about here and there. Everyone knows the truth
within. Walk away fast from ANYONE who says you have to 'buy this or that' to figure out enlightenment, especially if they claim to be enlightened
This is the age of information. We are discovering our true selves. We are discovering that there is more to reality than we have previously thought.
Yes, our thoughts matter. Yes, we materialize what it is we think about.
Example: If you have the thought 'I want a sandwich,' well...if you get off your @$$ and make a sandwich, viola! you just manifested that sandwich
into existence with your thoughts. Everything about your thoughts made that happen. You thought about standing up.You thought about getting the bread.
You thought about making the sandwich. And before you know it....you're eating a sandwich that didn't exist 5 minutes earlier. Sounds pretty magical
All I'm really saying, is that is is EQUALLY as silly to say that all New Agers are wrong than it is to say that all Republicans, or Democrats, or
Christians, or etc etc are wrong. All people are looking for love. Everyone wants to make the world better, if not for everyone, at least for their
self and those they love. The 'New Age' is just a label. A label to classify those who are ready to experience God on a personal level that has yet to
be seen on such a grand scale.
Good luck to everyone on your path, no matter what path you choose. But yes, the darkness does exist, and yes, I take full responsibility for sharing
as much light and inspiration as I can while I am here, forever how short a time I exist or how small a ripple I make.
edit on 26-1-2013 by eleven44 because: (no reason given)