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What’s the new time? Not a religion but a world philosophy

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This is going to be a discussion of the “New Age” – which should have happened much earlier – and is addressed to all those who are just curious (like me – Lee – used to be).

Perhaps one of your friends gave you this article to help you understand what they are doing right now. Maybe you were concerned that they joined some cult.

You don’t have to read any of that “creepy” channeled material to understand your friend and this information is not offered to you to make you change your faith. The aim is only to inform you and possibly increase your level of tolerance.

Who actually writes this piece? Well, I am a so-called “channel” and author of a number of books; but before I became ‘eccentric’ I had been a sound engineer for twenty years and a logical and honest person.

I still think I’m a decent person, just a little strange maybe. As a technician you are not devoid of free spiritual thoughts. My intuition regarding spiritual matters eventually won over what I had been taught about God from birth. It made a lot of sense to me, more so than the myths of history.

Many people who hear the words “New Age” immediately see the whole picture of biased – media-driven – ideas and think they know what it is all about. Some people immediately think of flying saucers, cults, astrology, tarot , alien autopsy, past lives , and hordes of people queuing up with the clairvoyant. admittedly; many of these things can play a part in the overall picture of the New Age   , but let me give you some other points of view first.

Christianity and the New Age

First, let’s establish the beliefs associated with the following concepts: Jonestown , Waco Branch Davidians , Heaven’s Gate (suicide cult that, by dying, joined a flying saucer behind Comet Hale Bopp), and a Denver cult that currently (May 1999) in Israel waiting for the Millennium so that their leader can die in the streets of Jerusalem, only to rise from the dead after three days.

Strange and disturbing things, isn’t it? And the faith behind this? Christianity! What? Didn’t you think? The Jonestown and Waco groups were originally followers of Christian Evangelists. The Denver sect now in Israel is called “Distressed Christians.” The people of “Heaven’s Gate” were not ‘New Agers’ despite the fact that all the media called it that. (I suppose if you commit suicide to board an invisible flying saucer chasing a comet, you automatically become New Age!)

The facts show that the Heaven’s Gate sect itself declared itself to be a Christian group! It was on their website and they quoted the Bible and Jesus. After they left, everyone could view the site for another week.

Why am I telling this? Because the mainstream Christianity clearly does not resemble these isolated, dramatic groups. Conventional Christianity has integrity, no cults and very lovingly invites you to join a family-oriented, love-based religion. But the eccentrics are there too – obviously!

The New Age belief isn’t about cults and eccentrics either, but because we also have our fair share of eccentrics, that’s often all the media talks about. There is a reason this is happening and why there is little opposition to this kind of reporting; first, we are evangelistic!

So if you are a skeptic who has been asked by a friend to read this piece, know that when you finish this, your friend will not ask you to join, make a life decision, kneel down, meditate, go to a channeled meeting, have a reading, or even read the book! They’d probably just be happy if you told them you understand them a little better now—and love them more.

The New Age is not a religion but a philosophy

The New Age is not a religion and there is no associated doctrine to study. Rather, it is a world philosophy. There is no headquarters that New Age people have built with common contributions.

There is in fact no central government or headquarters of any kind. That’s why we cannot use political influence against those who want to ridicule us. We have no organization. We have no intercession in our political arena.

There is no priesthood or ministerial training, no special schools or even courses where people are ordained as ‘New Age Pastors’. There are no elsewhere or deacons and no programs to train pastors for the Church. Oh, by the way, did I mention there’s no church?

That means we don’t have New Age schools, influenced by New Age teachers, for children. There is not a single person we call “Leader” to whom we can turn when there are difficulties. We have no holy Shaman , past or present.

There is nothing to join, nothing to follow and no central “Book” explaining what we believe! There are no regular gatherings, no private television programs, no clergy to support and no rules to follow! What a cult, isn’t it?

Oh yeah, and there’s no place to send money either!

So you could say it sounds pretty lame. That’s true, I thought so too; until I realized what was going on!

The New Age and knowledge

The New Age philosophy stems from intuitive knowledge that we believe every human being possesses.

And this knowledge shows an unimaginable ambiguity.

No matter where on earth my wife Jan and I go, our seminars are attended by thousands of people, who understand this ‘soft’ philosophy as if all central buildings and teachers exist! There seems to be a Wisdom at the cellular level that understands even some of our strangest concepts.

Regardless of what language is spoken, what culture we are in, or how many people are present; people somehow “know” intuitively what we teach. It’s also ‘a part of them’! Our belief system exhibits a collective understanding almost topic by topic, as if it’s all written down somewhere—inside!

Okay, you might say, you just gave me a laundry list of what you’re not, but what are you?

We are a group of people with a philosophy that teaches that we all go through life cycles. Indeed, that means past lives. We believe there are no coincidences, but rather challenges or lessons, which we actually help create on some spiritual level. That means we believe in taking our own responsibility for everything in our lives.

The average New Age thinker would never join a cult, never follow a leader in suicide, and would never disapprove of others for who they are. A New Age thinker is aware that tremendous power resides within the Human Being. Self-esteem is taught, as well as the processing of fear and uncertainty. Human Empowerment is the Key and ‘Intention to create positive changes in our lives’ is our mantra.

balance

We believe there are forces at work that can balance people (who want to use these energies). We regularly use laying on of hands and energy work to balance others. We pray for others, meditate for world peace and strive to become wise; so that we can love others unconditionally.

hey…. what about those flying saucers? Even Shirley Maclaine talked about UFOs.

That doesn’t mean much. If they are there, so be it. Following flying saucers and getting kidnapped is not an everyday part of New Age philosophy; in fact, most abductees are not New Age thinkers. Many of us believe that there is other life in the universe and that there is a good chance that we are even part of their biological evolution. Pretty crazy, isn’t it?

(By the way, scientists are beginning to believe that there is a good chance of ‘life exchange’ from planet to planet, through visits from one celestial body to another, via comets, asteroids and even meteors). We cannot prove this any more than Christians can prove heaven and hell, or that the Pope is divine. I mention this as a comparison, not to pass judgment on another belief system.

We believe that today’s ‘madness’ is tomorrow’s science—perhaps even tomorrow’s religious doctrine; if anyone can figure out how to build a church around it. Ten years ago, science said that God is dead and that there was no evidence of life elsewhere in the universe.

Today (according to Newsweek magazine) science has “found” God! There is positive evidence that other life could exist, and at the time of this writing, astronomers have discovered 12 planets outside our solar system! Yesterday’s New Age madness (1980) has become mainstream science today (1999). We believe that much of our “intuitive” teaching will be confirmed over time, as it is happening all around us now.

Judgments

We make no judgment. We believe that ‘loving one another’ implies tolerance of one another’s faith. We honor the miracle in everyone’s beliefs. We honor the pure seeking of God (Allah etc, etc.), no matter by which way or under what name.

Many New Age thinkers attend church regularly. Participating in the new age ideas also does not mean that you have to give up your love for Jesus, Elijah or any other master (just in case someone told you that).

We are happy when things are in balance and we like to get together with anyone – of any religious persuasion – who wants to pray with us (meditate, etc. etc.) for a common human purpose. We don’t say that others are ‘wrong’. We don’t tell our believers that God alone is pleasing to us.

to believe

We believe that taking care of our personal spirituality is the catalyst to change the planet. We do not believe that it is our job to change others. Each individual will have to decide that for themselves. Many who look into our beliefs find it difficult to understand because there is no structure, no rules and no doctrine. Some have called us the ‘church of what’s happening’, a comical critique that indicates that we let ourselves go with the flow and seem to float.

That ‘floating’ feature of our belief is that there is no – man-made – structure around God. It is not pigeonholed that are easy to understand. We believe that people are empowered to make important spiritual decisions for themselves. That is different from the current religions, in which there must be a system. Jesus taught the same thing. According to scholars who studied the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jesus was called “the wicked priest” by the Jewish priests of his day.

That was because He told the common people that they were in their own power (all by themselves, without all the religious ceremonies of the time). He told them they could be just like Him; i.e. Children of God. That is what the New Age thinkers also believe – only responsibility at the cellular level for all that IS.

We believed in guides and angels long before the worldwide explosion of angel shops. Our channelings (this is that ‘weird’ part) are in line with many of the prophecies of the planet’s indigenous peoples. Ten years ago, our intuitive information talked about the weather patterns we can see outside our window today.

For decades we have been giving you so-called unfounded healing techniques. Suddenly, in the last year, many of them were confirmed by scientific study; as reported in the November 11, 1998, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

We also believe in a future for humanity that is starkly different from Armageddon, or from Nostradamus’ ‘hell and damnation’ predictions. We believe that the things you see in the world today are much closer to what we told you would happen than what others – in their fear-based scenarios – have predicted.

We invite you to explore all of this. Not to persuade you – rather to help you understand that there is a grander and greater image of God than you might have imagined. Maybe people are bigger than you thought. Perhaps we are more grounded than you thought.

Do you believe in an afterlife?

85% of the world’s population does (according to a Time Magazine article in 1998) and so do we. That means most people in the world believe that humans are somehow eternal. The New Age thinker believes so too. We also think that an eternal being is created in the likeness of God and that perhaps that means we are a part of God. We also believe that is exactly what Jesus taught—that all mankind shares in the likeness of God—divinely, with free choice, and for all eternity!

That’s why we honor you! It really doesn’t matter if you join us or not. We learn that there is no heaven or hell and that when we die, we return to our original spiritual state. We are going home. We believe that we are all family.

What do we want from you? That you think like us? NO. We ask for tolerance and understanding. New Age people who come together to meet, take on their own spiritual responsibility and practice Self-esteem and Forgiveness are not scary, strange people who are outside of everyday reality.

We haven’t been ‘blown up’ or brainwashed. We are a spiritually unstructured group of peace-loving people and we don’t care if you believe the same as we do. But we’re disappointed if you’re afraid of us.

Does that fear come from your heart or from what others have told you? Without judgment of your doctrine, we ask for your love and in return there will be a bond between us that transcends all doctrine and yet leaves us free to follow our own path.

I want to conclude this explanation with an example that millions of people in the world have seen in the form of the most popular movie ever made.

I don’t know if director James Cameron was aware of the metaphor he created in the final scene of Titanic. I almost fell off my seat at the cinema when I realized what he was doing. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, I won’t spoil it – but I have to tell you the ship is sinking (sorry).

Many who have seen the film will recall that the final scene had something to do with an elderly woman standing on the bow of a modern research vessel about to throw something away; they have forgotten. The last scene, on the other hand, is a metaphysical statement that we are all eternal.

We are all shouted at that after death comes the realization that the game is over, the performance is over, and even the villains stand there beside the heroes with a smile and welcome the very last member of the family home. The full lineup was there – young, enthusiastic and clapping for the last one to come home. What a statement. What a love!

Thank you, James Cameron. Your cellular intuition has given us the ultimate visualization of what the New Age is really about. It’s about loving each other. It’s about spiritual equality. It’s about Family.

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