Evolving Beyond the ‘New Age’ Stage

Some of the Pollyanna tenets of the New Age movement are not a good fit for the present reality of the world any longer. What used to be quite believable in the heyday of the New Age now appears to be magical, over-simplistic, self-centred thinking focused on manifesting things for oneself. Let’s explore some of the myths of the New Age and take these concepts to a higher level of consciousness.


This law went mainstream with the publication of The Secret in 2006. It made some believe that they could manifest mansions, millions, and out-of-this-world romance at the drop of a hat.  Notice how much of its focus was on the material world.

But this law is far more complex, as it interacts with other universal laws in a mystical way.  We need to factor in such spiritual laws as the law of transformation, cause and effect or karma, the law of action, compensation, and many more. Even then, we still won’t be able to “figure it out” with analytical, left-brain thinking since the soul is not intellectually-based.

The Law of Attraction has been used in misguided ways that don’t foster healing, such as “how did you attract cancer to you?” Or, if something “negative” happens to a spiritual person, it is often surmised, “how did they attract that bad thing – they must have been doing something wrong.” Worse yet, some use this law as an excuse to form a negative judgment about another to meet their own ego-based agenda.


At a recent Caroline Myss seminar, based on her book “Defy Gravity,” she asked the audience to ponder the idea that since they were spiritual, “bad” things would not happen to them. There was a noticeable showing of hands in agreement with this Pollyanna-based thinking.

Have you ever noticed how much you grew spiritually when you were presented with a tough challenge that you felt you did not deserve? The spiritual challenge of moving through this situation is not to spin your wheels to determine how you attracted it, but rather to ask how you can grow from it. The real learning comes from how you moved through the challenge and how you dealt with it. Ask the Divine to provide you with fortitude and guidance, and when you come out on the other side, you will see how much you spiritually grew!


Some people go to fortune tellers to try and figure out why certain things happened in their lives – why did she divorce me, why did I get sick, why did I lose money, or why can’t I find my soul mate, etc. While it’s always important to examine and learn from our issues, often we will never understand the total reason why they have arisen. We bang our heads against a wall instead of getting on with learning our soul lessons and moving forward to a new way of being. A quote from Hugh Prather sums this up: “Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived.”


To make the transformation from being guided by the soul versus driven by the ego takes many years along the spiritual path. Some “spiritual” types just don’t make this transformation at all; for example the craving for fame and power that comes from being a popular spiritual author or speaker, being spiritual yet still needing to control everything, or playing God because someone needs to learn a lesson.

Check your responses to people and situations and ask “Am I coming from ego or soul?” If you are resentful or indignant – how dare they speak to me that way! – you are definitely in your ego. Are you familiar with the expression “I need to speak my truth?” Here, again, inner examination is needed.  Are you speaking the truth of your soul, a bruised ego, or a distortion of a wound?

And if someone tells you they are on their ‘last lifetime’ you can rest assured that they are coming from ego. Or if they say their work is ‘over’, let’s be reminded that you will have soul learning to do until the day you die.


This type of thinking is often associated with ascension, 2012, and the art of intention.  You cannot intend your way out of a situation if you are meant to go through it as part of a soul lesson, which is what karma is all about.  The soul lesson may have nothing to do with the present – it could be past life related or simply mystical, requiring you to “step into the mystery.”

Most of our learning comes from transforming ourselves through difficult challenges in which we experience painful suffering. We can be alchemically changed by going through the fire or the eye of the needle. We will, however, experience joy when we become empowered by celebrating our learning.

This is a pet peeve that Caroline Myss discusses at length and is rampant in society on many levels. Spiritually, some barter with God in that, because they meditate every day, do yoga, etc., that He owes them something for this – a life of smooth sailing, tons of prosperity, and only joy and loving relationships. The Divine does not operate on a system like collecting travel points on your credit card.

This myth can get shattered very quickly when life throws you a curve ball that you were not anticipating. Your challenge then is not to figure out how you attracted it, but to nobly move through the test so that your soul evolves further.

Also, let’s not get addicted to new age gimmicks. These are only meant to be tools that you can use to assist your inner guidance system in connecting to the divine.  You will still need to do your inner work if you want to grow spiritually.

You can understand why the New Age has had a bad rap with mainstream media. At T.A.C., we prefer to identify with the concepts of Mystical Spirituality, for through its spiritual practice you will come to know the very truth about yourself, which will be challenging, insightful, and empowering. It requires dedication and discipline to do your inner work; however the payoffs will happen in ways that you never imagined!

Gord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak are co-founders of the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training. The College offers professional training programs in Spiritual Psychotherapy, Spiritual Director, Holistic Health, and Coaching. For more information or for a course calendar, call 416-484-0454 or 1-800-TAC-SELF, or visit www.transformationalarts.com. To receive their monthly e-newsletter, email marketing@transformationalarts.com

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