Many New Age ideas and many other written spiritual realisations are entirely justified, some of them are completely misunderstood and others are in fact dangerous nonsense. The refusal of the scientific community to separate the wheat from the chaff and to put an end to this nonsense and, on the other hand, to consider its own position speaks volumes about the split and mutual ostracism of the two world views.
Both sides see a simplified world in which important and relevant elements of the other respective perspective are excluded and both – in their complacency – produce fanaticism and violent blind spots on the spiritual maps of their supporters. Today, let’s take a look at the really harmful aspects of the New Age teachings:
I myself create my reality
The true core
Of course it is true that our brain is designed to recognise patterns and constantly seeks confirmation of the known. It is also correct that our state of consciousness has an influence on our environment, regardless of whether one wishes to explain this by radiance and impact on others, by quantum effects or synchronicity.
A pinch of bullshit
However, to conclude from this that external problems in fact become less real, pressing and important only because we afford them less space in our thoughts is a massive misconception. Studies clearly show that depressed people assess their situation more realistically than optimists. As such, it is rather a question of the degree of supression how sunny and unthreatening one can consider the world situation – not the other way round, a morbid obssession with negativity when one does not manage this.
Bullshit for advanced
But the reproach goes even further: whoever calls an evil by name (= thinks negatively) attracts it and gives it energy. Therefore, do not try to point out wrongs as you only summon more. What a perfect twist that wants to turn the fire brigade into the arsonist.
And if it is true?
The famous reality tunnel, which creates a world from expectations, is only partially acceptable as a model because, according to this postulate, each and every one of us has in fact to be in a separate reality bubble and, through ignorance, we can prevent events from affecting us.
The more relevant question is: what are the consequences when it is not correct?
Perhaps everyone is a separate universe on a journey through possibility space and can choose whether they are heading to a flowering meadow or a thorn bush. In this sense, it is certainly of interest and sensible to work on one’s own mental discipline and to observe what a difference that makes – but to act outwardly on the basis of this assumption (or rather to refrain from acting) as if it were a well-established fact is completely absurd and irresponsible.
Two problems emerge from this: one being that, in the pool of those lofty dreamers, there are many well-intentioned and lovely people (an influence desperately lacking in the real world just now), caught up in collective blindness and, therefore, not participating in the world defining processes and decisions which determine our path at breakneck speed. They just leave the field to the materialists unopposedly, at most occasionally sending positive energy through incense and candles.
On the other hand, the esoteric scene thereby strikes in the same notch as psychology which, although partially doing good work, also consolidates problems and is involved in the exclusion of different ways of thinking.
None of the three camps sees a reason to re-think this attitude as they are each confirmed by two other schools of thought. The collective supression is perpetuated and protected – and most fervently by precisely those who, in many respects, hold the key to change in their hands.