AGE OF THE NEW AGE
“When the moon is in the Seventh House, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars.” Oops, what happened? Many of you may remember these words from the song “Age of Aquarius” by the 5th Dimension. The birth of a New Age, or a smokescreen of traditional spirituality? I was asked once by the NBC Today Show if I were a New Age Prophet. I answered, “New Age? No, I am too old to be new.” They did not understand my answer then, or years later when I was interviewed by other new age publications.
How many remember the New Age human potential movement? Seminar trainings such as Est, Dale Carnegie, L. Ron Hubbard, Encounter, Transactional Analysis, Subud, and Mind Dynamics by Alexander Everett, which included teachings based on Rosicrucian and Theosophy, as well as Edgar Cayce and Jose Silva who also founded Silva Mind Control. The list can go on and on. If one were to examine each of these teachings, one would find a common theme of Eastern Religion within them. Perhaps one can observe these origins by searching the time when the Beatles made Maharishi Mahesh Yogi their public guru.
In the 60’s, you had the hippies experimenting with drugs, free sex, and of course protesting the Vietnam War and traditional Christianity. This group of young people wanted and accepted change, so the tread of Eastern Religion began its influence into the subcultures of the United States and Europe. But what about prior to the Hippies? What about the Beat Generation who took their teachings from Jack Kerouac in 1948 and called themselves Beatniks? The Beatniks were characterized by anti conformist youth of New York. The Beat generation sold books, solid black turtleneck sweaters, bongos, berets, and dark glasses. Jack Kerouac is recognized for his method of writing, including spiritual teachings to this group based on Catholic Spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, and poverty. His writings inspired other writers such as Ken Kessey, Bob Dylan, Richard Brautigan, Thomas Pynchon, Lester Bangs, etc. To be a Beatnik you had to wear the part. Ann Charters wrote that the term Beat was appropriated to become a Madison Avenue marketing tool. Was this the beginning of New Age spirituality for a show versus substance? But wait, what was before the Beatniks? Ten years before a group of outcast students and dropouts from Columbia University, set out to establish a social movement. The outcast group was started by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. Could this small outcast group have planted the seed?
Perhaps these people have been influenced by William Blake, who used the term New Age in 1809 in “The Freemasonry Journal of the 1800’s”, also titled “The New Age.” Or perhaps as Carl Jung stated, “1940 is the year when we approach the meridian of the first star in Aquarius. It is the premonitory earthquake of the New Age.”
I could go on and on, but to prevent boredom it seems each generation is aching for a new different age to appear. Is it the will of human suffering that so dislikes one’s own life, that they seek to find a better new age? What makes a New Age popular? What makes a New Age guru?
Could it be what I have termed the Curvature of Universal Nature, occurring every two thousand years creating a different frequency of energy? Could it be humans unconsciously feel a need to change?
What about two thousand years ago? What was occurring, on this rock we call earth? Out with the old, in with the new? How long did it take for the new to be a new version of the old? The Holy Roman Empire falls, and it is replaced by the Holy Roman Church, each with armies promoting pain and suffering. What is it in human nature that desires to simulate change? Yes, the more change the more the old remains. We can use different words, we can choose from one old religion and add to a new religion and pretend it is a change. We can even pretend we do not allow ourselves to recognize self deception. It reminds me of a person who came to me some years ago with a serious drinking problem. He loved his bottle a day of vodka. He claimed he had healed his issue with vodka and had not had a drop of vodka in six months. He went on to describe how much he now enjoyed wine, two, three bottles a day. He believed he had healed, and he refused to recognize self deception. He refused to look at the old patterns in his life, of why he lost his job, his family, and his friends. How many believe they have released the past only to adopt new vocabulary, which keeps them, in their safety net of old painful beliefs.
Is it the will of human suffering to find a religion, a spiritual practice that promotes human suffering? Let’s not limit it to 2000 years, let’s go 4000, or 6,000 plus years into the past. If indeed every two thousand years the Curvature of Universal Nature occurs, what is it that keeps the old in place? How common was human sacrifice? How often were virgins used, abused, and mutilated? One can look at the Sumerian Religion, or the Hindi Religion as recorded in the Vedic Sanskrit, The Babylonian Mystika, or the Greco-Phoenician Eleusian, the Dionysian Mysticism, Judaism, Islam, and Judeo-Christianity to the current.
Why did the God’s demand human sacrifice, especially virgins? What about the Hebrew warrior Jepitah, who sacrificed his virgin daughter to God, so he would grant him victory in war, and God was pleased. Why do Christians believe Jesus had to sacrifice himself to save humanity? Again having to do with virgins and sacrifice, why do so many religions need virgin martyrs for divine intercession? But even beyond this, look at the Aztecs, Toltec’s, and the Incas. They also needed to sacrifice virgins to please God.
One of my favorites is the story of the Son of God. God sent his son to earth as a human, by impregnating a human female. This male child became an initiate in the temple and is seen as divine, giving the divine word of God. He was brutally murdered and rose from the dead. What makes this story intriguing to me is his name, Dionysus, a Greek child, his father Zeus, his temple of worship was the Eleusian Mysticism Temple. This occurred in the 6th Century BC. Also I find intriguing, how this story correlates with the Jesus story and how history paints the image of their fathers as one and the same. Look up pictures of Zeus and Michelangelo’s portrayal of God on Google Images. Dionysus became the God of wine, but Jesus turned water into wine. They both had superb taste. Of course, we also have Horus, the son of God, born of a virgin, the son of God Osiris, born in a cave, an angel announced his birth. The similarities of a man/God coming to earth to save, control, or somehow become a controlling authority in religious tradition are sprinkled throughout human history.
I could go on, and on with mans history of religion, the point being each religion evolves into another religion and has through recorded history. Is the New Age being turned into a New Age Religion, based on remnants of Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism, or perhaps a combination of Mysticism of King Solomon, Enoch, the Ancient Eleusian or even the Celtic Druids?
Throughout my studies of man’s religions, I have found a common thread. God requires pain suffering and sacrifice. The majority of the world’s population believe in one religion or another, is there any thought to understand why the majority of the world’s population are depressed, give their power away, become passive, and/or non responsive? I work daily with people who claim to be a part of the New Age Movement, or somehow relate to the New Age Movement. I do not find the majority are happy, joyful, and are fulfilling their dreams.
I do find some who have taken non-ego information to heart and created change from a painful life into a joyful life. I am proud of their accomplishments. In my experience those in pain and remain in pain usually have a common denominator, religious beliefs. I will get over and over again, “But I have released my religions indoctrination.” I can go step by step into their patterns and point out how they just changed the words, but not the spirit of intent. They still hold onto religion and its deep hook into the human soul. It appears non-ego information is not a hot commodity in this age.
Could it be that this new age is again evolving into a new religion? My teacher Jonah has taught for nearly 30 years the “The What If Syndrome.” What if there actually is hell, what if my life is so terrible because God is cursing me? What if I missed the boat on having a savior? What if, what if, what if? The what if syndrome can go on forever. The religious teachings, which promote pain, and punishment for millenniums have run deep into the human soul. Even those who say they no longer accept religious beliefs of pain and punishment can still transmit the pain and abuse through their unconscious beliefs from mass consciousness.
An old European expression, “Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.” Indeed, can there be an element of truth hidden deep under religious indoctrinations of pain and punishment? Can there be an element of truth in the Eastern Religions? Could reincarnation be a reality? Perhaps we do not return as a cow or insect, but rather again as a human to continue our journey? Could the law of karma be a reality, but not a spiritual law, rather a law of physics? Perhaps the rapture is about one ascending into their higher intelligence. Although some new age teachers have replaced the rapture with mass ascension to a higher dimension. Yet could this be another concept polluting consciousness with old age religion? What if all spiritual laws were not actually laws at all, but rather a lack of understanding of the complex workings of the universe, which will be understood in future exploration of quantum physics. What if the deities of all these religions not limited to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, are not deities at all but rather man’s imagination to seek something greater than themselves? Some time ago a young Greek man sought my counsel and posed the question, “What would occur if I curse Zeus”? I answered him and said, “Before you can curse Zeus, you must first believe he exists. Once you believe he exists he becomes your God of control. Therefore, young man what do you choose to believe?”
What beliefs do you choose to impregnate into your mind? What do you choose to accept as truth, doctrine, or fantasy? How powerful is your mind? Do you choose to accept a God of pain and punishment, thus creating a life of pain and punishment then blame it on the God you choose to accept?
What if the majority took this moment during Curvature of Universal Nature and made a decision in letting go of all old beliefs that promote pain, punishment, fear of being left behind, or fear of not being loved? What if those who truly desire a fresh start within a new age, make a conscious decision in not bringing any religions of pain and suffering into the equation? What if some of these new age teachers were to stop teaching the world is going to end in 2012? What if some of these teachers were to stop leaving a trail of bread crumbs leading you back into religious suffering by simply changing the words? What if this is your time to heal and move beyond the millenniums of human suffering. What if this is your time to stop being a victim of a God looking for a sacrifice? What if the daughter of Jepitah told her father, “Hell no. I will not allow you to sacrifice me to your God.” Is it not time to stop sacrificing our hearts, our minds, our souls to a God, a religion, a tradition, seeking to be pleased by your pain? Is it not time to take our new self in this new age and allow the religions of pain and suffering to fall into the wastebasket of history.