Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness
Concluded from Part 2
Most seekers who criticize the ‘new age’ movement seem worried that it can cause others to give their power away instead of recognizing that the task of spiritual evolution is up to us. They’re right to be worried about this in a sense, because some are more interested in waiting for channeled predictions to manifest than doing the necessary inner work.
You can’t paint everyone in the ‘new age’ crowd with the same brush, however. Many ‘new agers’ (as the article’s author referred to them) have transcended the limited beliefs that once held them back and embraced the idea that spiritual evolution is their responsibility and no higher-dimensional entity can change this world for them.
We’re all experiencing spiritual evolution, and it starts off shallow for any seeker but eventually grows deeper and more refined.
Many ‘new agers’ first start out with the idea that higher dimensions exist which boast entities who want to help us along our spiritual growth. Some will follow the words of these channeled entities without question, and they might even wait around for predictions to manifest or something bold to happen before they inevitably start their inner work.
There’s a next step in their spiritual evolution, however. They don’t just stay at the shallow perceptual level they initially occupy, and even if it takes years, everyone eventually finds their way to the deeper, more liberating and empowering concepts that encourage them to take responsibility for their own evolution.
I honestly think the intention of channeling is to get us to connect with our intuition; our higher self; whatever you want to call the innate Christ consciousness we can all access and communicate with.
Yes, some seekers start out on this path with airy, almost fictional concepts that are hard to take seriously, but the idea that these beliefs somehow trap them or coerce them to give their power away for eternity is a little insulting and disempowering.
I think we should have more faith in the conscious community – even those among us who advocate concepts that run the potential of discrediting spirituality in the eyes of the rest of the world.
I think these beliefs are catalysts that are intended to lead us to connect with our intuition; our Christ consciousness. Instead of rebelling against them or judgmentally crying foul at the seekers they resonate with, we can recognize that they, like every belief system, are necessary to get us where we’re intended to be.
To rebel or express judgment against beliefs that we think are outlandish (but that actually help others) is to feed the division that’s held us back for centuries. Instead of fighting each other, let’s recognize that we’ve all come here with different philosophies and respect our differences in belief.
After having advocated a wealth of sensationalistic ‘new age’ concepts myself, I’m ready to lay all of it to rest and, to quote Ziggy Marley (Bob’s son), embrace love as my religion.
This simplistic outlook on spirituality is so much easier to manage than any claims of an exalted higher-dimensional status. Until we can all see that our beliefs are intended to lead us to embrace love and our intuition, we’ll remain stuck on limiting beliefs and we’ll continue to fight against other beliefs in the name of our own self-righteousness.
I started out as one of the biggest ‘new agers’ you’d ever see, and this path led me to embrace love and my intuition. I don’t regret any of it – not one channeled message from an ‘Ascended Master’; not one ‘new agey’ article about walk-ins or anything else; none of it.
I recognize that it was all necessary for me to reach the place I’ve now reached – a place where I don’t wholeheartedly embrace any concept or idea, but simply observe it all. I think this is a great way to live, learn and grow, because it doesn’t entail attachment to any limiting or confining belief system.
It doesn’t lead me to give my power away – to a medium, channeler or their higher-dimensional ‘source’; to a spiritual teacher; or to any figure whose put on a pedestal. It’s love, unity and acceptance, plain and simple, and I’m happy to say that embodying the archetype of the annoying ‘new ager’ is what led me here. I couldn’t feel more liberated.
No matter what belief system you advocate right now, I hope it helps you reach the place I’ve reached – a place where strife, disharmony and the desire to argue over my spiritual philosophy have dissolved into dust.
I can read articles like Era Denmark’s without descending into hurt feelings or thinking I should ‘fight’ the ideas she presented. I can simply observe all of it, taking what resonates with me and letting the rest fall away with the knowledge that what doesn’t resonate with me will resonate with others.
I used to fight about my beliefs, but now, it doesn’t really matter to me whether or not others believe or feel what I do. I recognize that nobody has the full picture, because none of us are in the higher realms.
We could grow into these realms and find that any Ascended Masters, Pleiadians/Sirians/Andromedans etc. were completely fabricated from the beginning, and it wouldn’t bother me one bit because I have no beliefs or philosophies to protect or hold close.
We could reach the higher realms and find that all of these entities are real and genuinely wanted to assist us, and if this happened, I wouldn’t stick my tongue out at those who didn’t believe in them or say ‘na-na-na-boo-boo!’ I’d simply think ‘oh, neat’, and be on my merry way up to more and purer dimensions.
We really don’t know – even those of us who are convinced we do – and we’ll only know when we’re back in the higher realms. For now, let’s recognize the importance of unity and transcend the perceived need to rebel against beliefs that might seem fantastical to us.
Beliefs we think are crazy have helped others find a significant degree of liberation, and nobody here on earth has the one, perfect truth that could never be opposed. There are flaws in every belief system, and yet, any given belief will lead us home as long as we recognize the importance of doing our inner work and refusing to give our power away.
The best things we can empower are love and unity, and they’re realer and more graspable than any belief system. When we rebel against beliefs that don’t resonate with us, we fall short of our loving and unitive potential and we hold the entire world back from the very things we seek to help them find – unity and spiritual liberation.
Let’s think about this the next time we want to descend into judgment over the beliefs of another – even if the beliefs seem particularly airy, vanilla coated or sensationalistic.
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