Seven Reasons Why Love and Light May Come with a Price
Okay, okay, I know. For those of you who are aware of my work, this topic might seem a bit hypocritical, but hey — I’m only human. I’m on this same ride of spiraling unfoldment as you are, so just know this: I pledge to continually refocus my view of reality, adjusting to and testing new info as it’s presented and never wasting my mental energy on fixating upon one belief system for too long. All I can do is gnostify my way through this web of opposing energies until I’ve landed on something I can stomach for long enough to write an article about.
Sure, that sounds negative, but c’mon, are we not living in the most impermanent universe ever? How are we to become rigid about any form of thinking when we truly have NO IDEA what’s going on out there?
But honestly, I find comfort in that impermanence. I like that I don’t know. I love that there’s more to know and I won’t stop in my pursuit of truth no matter how arduous the journey becomes — I can promise you that!
Please note that I write this article not as a venting arena for my own discontent but, rather, because I believe that all of us deserve the opportunity to continue to expand our awareness. It has come to me intuitively that certain aspects of this New Age belief system feel almost incomplete — like there’s something more beyond its scope that we’re not being let in on.
As I adopted this investigative mindset and began observing the movement with new eyes, many inconsistencies started to sift out. The most glaring of which is simple: the New Age movement has embedded in its tenets the disempowering surrender of one’s capacity of free-thinking to an outside force. Sounds a bit like religion, right? “Please let the priest caste tell me how God wants me to live! I know no other way.” Well, unfortunately in the case of the New Age movement, we’re replacing priests with Ascended Masters, Angels, and ETs.
Simply put, the New Age movement has us looking outside of ourselves for new learnings and wisdom. This was quite a revelation to me as it contrasted with my age-old belief that all true wisdom must come from within the individual. And interestingly enough, I thought that the movement had this rule covered — but boy, was I wrong. More on this in a minute.
Following are seven aspects of the New Age movement that I find a bit fishy and if we take just a minute to unravel this mess, maybe we can begin to find the surface for some fresh air.
1. Promotion of Division
Unfortunately, the New Age mentality is truly divisive in its language and even though it promotes Love and Light, there might be a darker agenda at play. Let me explain: notions of hierarchy such as transcendence, ascension, and raised vibration perpetuate a thinking that promotes division. If I have a higher vibration than you, I may easily think of myself as different or even better than you. Terms like these invite the ego to rub shoulders with a much more fundamental level of self which unwittingly has us fusing spirituality with competition. This can be very destructive thinking and yet it is promoted whole-heartedly in the New Age movement.
2. A Solipsistic Worldview
Solipsism: the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.
Ever noticed how the New Age movement promotes the idea that the perception of the single observer holds the only true reality and all other forms of life are merely illusions in their grand virtual arena? Is there anything more self-aggrandizing than this perspective? It seems to me that honoring all lifeforms, not just a distorted mind stuck in a life-like video game is the more rational and morally-sound path.
Furthermore, it’s irresponsible to simultaneously live from this perspective and promote service to others over service to self. The idea that you are the center of your universe and you’re in service only to others is completely contradictory. The idea of “service to” in and of itself promotes not only division but subordination as well. Isn’t the point of all this to stand in our own spiritual sovereignty and not be in service to any entity? Think on that for a minute.
3. Mother Earth’s Dispensability
Probably the most abhorrent item on this list is the ridiculous notion that our Mother Earth is base, gross, and of a low vibration. To refer to her in this way is to blaspheme the very life we’ve been birthed into. All too often the New Age movement mentions the need to transcend this 3rd density suffering or to disallow ourselves from our Earthly indulgences and lower nature.
I choose to embrace my creature-hood, thank you very much. If being an Earthling is so detestable, then let us move to Venus and be done with it! Wrong. We are here for a reason. We are here to honor she who lives and breathes beneath us. We are here to see her for the planetary incarnation of the Divine Feminine that she is. So beautifully physical on one hand and vexingly multi-dimensional on the other. As we grow, she teaches and forever gives; as we suffer, she comforts. She is perfect. And while we’re incarnated upon her, she is our link to our higher nature — to connecting with that radiant fractal within us — and from which, to the Universal Mind of Unconditional Love. I only hope to honor her in everything I do.
4. The Chakra System: Our Blissful Prison
Ok, this one might come as quite a surprise. But, just think for a moment about our seven chakras. What if I were to submit that these nodes within us that correspond to both our nervous system and our etheric bodily layers may be implants placed in us to distract us from discovering our single connection to Infinity? Would you immediately recoil in discomfort or would you be open to the idea?
Look at it this way: as you are born into this world, you are the sum total of an already aligned chakral system which is why you’ve been able to incarnate in this highly-attuned spiritual body in the first place. The idea that we possess from birth a corroded and malfunctioning chakral system that constantly needs tuning and updating is the same idea as Original Sin. To think that we were born with a malignant and impertinent spectrum of spinning wheels which directly correlate to our either embarrassingly low or our divinely high vibration is just silly.
Frankly, any ideology that promotes a disenfranchisement of my very being merely because I exist is at least a distraction and at most a deliberate subversion. Now, I’m not saying that chakras don’t have their place — quite the contrary, in fact. My reasoning with the notion allows me to accept our chakras as our 4D body (to use the New Age parlance), and the goal is to move into an Infinite self-identification through alignment with a 5D body, which is simply to live in harmony with that fractal of the Infinite Universe within. This process is simply a shift in perspective and as a result, a quickening or refining of our vibratory patterning. We exist in an “ascended” state already, why would we surrender this power so easily?
5. A Culture of Systemic Disempowerment
As promised above, yes, it’s time to talk about disempowerment. Ok, so let’s get one thing straight: we all agree that there is a pervasive scourge affecting mankind on every level of society which works tirelessly to repress the true power of the human spirit for financial and material gain, right? (If you don’t agree with this on some level, then this probably isn’t the article for you — sorry.) So, if we can agree that there’s a problem, then can’t we also agree that there’s a solution?
Now, if we’re facing something as pervasive as, say, sociopathy run rampant — would you say that the solution is to love the sociopath until they choose to stop their sadistic acts? Or, would you say, yes, we still must come from a place of love but choose to act in another, more effective way like seeking justice, spreading education, reforming legislation, peacefully protesting, boycotting, etc? Probably the latter, right? I mean, let’s be realistic.
The New Age movement would not just pick the former from the above options, but unfortunately, for all intents and purposes, it would be suggested that we ignore the problem altogether, denying its existence, simply because everything is “love and light.” Focusing on a problem would be “creating more of a problem” from the New Age perspective. And yes, I must admit that until recently, I too carried this belief. I truly felt that the vibration of love can heal all — and when it comes to yourself or a trusted relationship run askew, yes, love is the best option always — but not with a force upon the material plane that threatens to end your very existence and oppress the human spirit for eternity if nothing drastic happens to change it.
Change like this is not brought about solely through group meditation and forgiveness — justice must be served!
Perhaps the above sounds unspiritual but would you rather live in a prison that you’ve learned to — or rather been tricked into loving? Or break free of this prison so we can love freely and without restraint for the foreseeable future? To the latter, I say “yes, yes, yes!”
6. The Pineal Problem
What is Ascension without the raising of consciousness, right? What if I told you that the mythos of the enigmatic third eye had also been inverted? Stay with me and I’ll explain.
The worship of the Pineal gland as a path to transcendent enlightenment is pervasive throughout ancient culture. Often depicted symbolically as the pine cone, the Pineal was as reverent as it was obscure. Even our oppressors (mentioned above) — whose methods of control stem from the age-old edicts and religions of Babylon and surrounding areas — glorified this mysterious gland. But why?
Physiologically, the Pineal is the producer of melatonin (the drug which induces sleep); and because of this, the gland is very sensitive to light. It is believed that when stimulated in a waking state, it becomes a portal connecting the outer world of the physical with the inner world of the symbolic and imaginative. And, as a hypnotherapist, I don’t deny its efficacy in performing this duty. In fact, from a therapeutic standpoint, the Pineal is definitely my friend. But, this article isn’t about therapy.
Ok, now that we have a background understanding, let’s look into the Pineal in New Age culture. As you probably know, this gland is touted as the “doorway of perception,” “the sixth chakra,” “the seat of the soul,” or “the psychic center” in New Age thought. But what is its true purpose? Why are our ancient controllers on board with these notions? Didn’t they want to repress us spiritually? Why would they promote the widespread use of this gland of awakening?
Simply put, the Pineal of the New Age allows for the glorification of the head over the heart. The Pineal is the path to intellectual glorification over intuitive engagement. Yes, the Pineal can be a true path inward (and this is the dual nature of the gland itself) but, there are two sides to it. The New Age has co-opted the therapeutic version of the Pineal and repackaged it as the path to true awakening when it is anything but. The very fact that “the seat of the soul” would reside above the neck rather than below it is ludicrous and should make you think twice about how the gland is being represented.
Unfortunately, this strategic diversion has lead many down the path of an egoic entrenchment rather than a private and humble spiritual awakening which would be characteristic of the path of the heart over the head. An Intellectual awakening leads to the experience of what we call “bliss,” which brings me to my next and final point.
7. The Bliss Epidemic
The last stop on this journey is pretty cut and dried. When one engages in a “blissful experience,” (or one precipitated by the successful peaking of Kundalini during meditation, sex, prayer, chanting, etc.), they’ve effectively given themselves over to a “religious experience.” In reality, what’s occurring is the systemic outpouring of dopamine and serotonin to such a degree that a transcendent state is experienced by the subject. This “bliss” is actually a powerful chemical high.
After the experience subsides, dopamine wears off and serotonin and oxytocin (the love drug) pervade the system, leaving the subject calm, compassionate, and connected to all of life. But what occurs when this all wears off? Imagine an MDMA come-down times fifty! We like to call it the “post-festival blues.” All that love and light must come to an end at some point, leaving the subject withdrawing as they would from any other drug. It’s the hard truth most don’t discuss. It remains quiet, I believe, because of the denial of the glass ceiling of the New Age movement itself.
If followers of the movement were to admit that their devotion hasn’t actually lead them to unending happiness; that maybe this path isn’t the answer after all — then what’s it all been about?
To conclude this rather pointed article, I would simply like to say that every new angle of perception is the present point of a very personal journey for the seeker. At no point along my journey would I wish judge harshly any one person for any one decision if they believe said decision is furthering their path toward knowledge and happiness. I believe that experiencing and checking the boxes of the above list is probably essential for anyone following a spiritual path, and because of this, even these distractions are building a very useful ladder to the truth.
This article is for those, like me, who have incessantly climbed this ladder and have forever felt, to varying degrees, an emptiness in these practices. It is as though the truth we sought had fallen to the bottom of the bag on our shoulder as we walked that path, only to realize as we sat for a drink of water that it was there, deep down, right next to our canteen.
I know now that the answers I’ve sought rest deep in my heart. The metaphysical heart is a sanctuary, an alchemy lab, an infinite repository of sacred wisdom. My heart is my anchor, my vane, and my sail. No matter what knowledge I seek, it ever provides, and this truth is paramount to any that might come from outside of me.
All will align in truth if you gnostify your right to seek freedom, happiness, and love for yourself. Boldly discern the offers of outside influences in your pursuit of these virtues and be well on your journey.