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In defense of the much-maligned, New Age

A spiritual author argues that the movement that drew its name from the Age of Aquarius is simply about connecting to the God within

GUEST COLUMN: ELAINE MURRAY

New Age Spirituality is all about getting back your power. Not that you ever lost it . . . sometimes you gave it away, misplaced it — or forgot you had power in the first place.

And why does the term New Age Spirituality seem to bother some religious leaders — especially leaders of the Christian faith? After all, we are in a new age: The Age of Aquarius.

The concept of an Age exists within ancient spiritual traditions, and lasts 2,000 years.

(Above: Catherine Keener and Steve Carell in the final scene of The 40 Year Old Virgin).

It denotes a cycle in the evolution of consciousness for the good of all. The energy which entered this plane over 2,000 years ago, at the beginning of what astrology calls the Piscean Age, was Agape (brotherly and sisterly love) — love of one human being for another, simply because each is worthy of love and part of the same human family.

That energy is only now being accepted in any general manner. It has taken the entire Age for us to “get it.” Christ brought this love-energy to our world over 2,000 years ago, and we humans have been working on it ever since. We are just beginning to be open to sisters and brothers everywhere.

Now that The Age of Aquarius is finally here, maybe we have developed that critical mass of love-energy that is needed for a “New Age” of spirituality. This time, the message expands to: “Not only are we brothers and sisters, we are one.” The Piscean Age taught us that we are all connected and we must love one another as ourselves. The “other” is an illusion. You and I are one consciousness, reflected in an infinite rainbow of seeming difference. All is one.

The Age of Aquarius is referred to as the “New Age,” but there is nothing new about it. It is simply an evolution in human thinking.

“New Age” thinking asks that each person take responsibility for everything that happens in life — because everything in life is connected. We must learn to love ourselves, for out of love for one’s self comes love for others. The person who is bound by a negative image, wallowing in self-doubt, does not have the time or energy to really care about anyone else.

When we confront ourselves and understand the causes for our feelings of hatred and anger, we can change the feelings — or even let them go. This involves taking responsibility for what we feel and becoming more consciously aware of why we feel what we do. In doing so, we are expanding our conscious awareness.

To use a New Age term, we are “raising our consciousness” about our unconscious perceptions of who we are and how we are behaving. Peace for the world begins with peace within ourselves. The biggest hurdle is learning how to create that inner peace and balance.

The best way to inner peace is to go within. And how do you go within? You meditate. If prayer is talking to God, (Divine Intelligence, Source, Creator or whatever word you prefer to use) then “meditation” is the art of listening to God while in an altered state of consciousness.

By going within, you connect with your God-Source, and you can receive the answer to any question about your life that you might pose. This is what gives you back your power. For you truly are a child of God — and as a child of God, a co-creator, you are One with the Infinite.

You do not need a priest or a minister to intercede for you. And that scares your religious leaders. They recognize that you no longer need them in the same way you did in the past. They also recognize that they can no longer control you through guilt or fear. Is it any wonder the concept of “New Age” spirituality frightens religious leaders?

There is no doubt: We have left the Piscean Age, symbolized by the sign of the fish, and have entered the Aquarian Age symbolized by the water bearer. It is time to take back your power. It is time to remember you had it all along.

Elaine Murray is the author of the book, A Layman’s Guide to New Age & Spiritual Terms, and co-creator of the game, Jewels for His Crown.

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