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A contradiction within itself-New Age Spirituality

I’m back from a two week holiday in the sticks & I’m causing trouble already!!

Is New age spirituality a contradiction within itself when it judges judgment & the ego as being bad, judgment is bad because it’s of being judgmental & the ego is judged as being bad because it’s of desires according to new age spiritualists.

Isn’t judging being judgmental a judgement therefore bad within itself & to judge the ego as being bad isn’t that being judgemental? So are new age spiritualists actually manifesting the so called bad of the world? You have got to wonder because before they became spiritually aware they didn’t have a problem with egos & judgment & a multitude of other things.

Take the following quote that was recently presented on an internet site “The problem is not enjoyment; the problem is attachment”, enjoyment usually represents attachments of some kind as an emotional human being can’t attach itself usually to something that isn’t enjoyable in some way, this would psychologically be impossible.

I could go on with this but the question is, is new age spirituality a contradiction within itself & is it manifesting/adding to the problems in the world?

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    May 10 2013: Judgment is only bad when you attach information that isn't relevant. You judge things constantly. Merriam Webster defines judgement as "the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing".

    This, in itself, is not inherently negative. However, when you evaluate something and add unrelated data it can become negative.

    Let's say you find a red box on the side of your house. You open the red box to find a snake inside. From that point you judge all red boxes the same. "They must have snakes inside". You can see how that judgment is flawed. There's no way to know what a box has inside until you open it.

    However, this judgment is a way you protect yourself. There is a chance, based on logic, that all red boxes have snakes. The issue is you have no way of evaluating the probability of this assumption. This is because the judgment is not based on probability or what outcome is more plausible. It is based on assumptions.

    Judgments based on assumptions are also not inherently negative. They should serve as a guide. "This red box could have a snake in it".

    Instead of refusing to open the box you should take precautions. Embracing assumptions with no substantial information to back them up can set you up for failure. Even if you had found a snake inside the red box you cannot assume every red box must contain a snake. It should only add to the list of possible outcomes. The frequency of snakes inside red boxes would serve as a better indicator of probability.

    There is no evidence that new age spirituality is causing the problems in the world. I am not really sure what you are using to link the two.
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      May 10 2013: G’day Henry

      To make judgment period is conflictive no matter what, a true spiritualist does not judge therefore they have no conflicts however after being on a number of spiritual forums I find self-titled new age spiritualists are judgmental therefore have to be conflictive in some way which of course they say their not. They soon judge me after I disagree with them which are contradictory to their beliefs.

      There are too many spiritually aware people who call themselves spiritualist but they are obviously not because they judge & any judgment period is conflictive but a true spiritualist doesn’t judge because they know there is no reasoning in judgment even of oneself however when one is spiritually aware as opposed to being a spiritualist one has to have conflicts to achieve fulfilment through experience & that is what we are here for I believe.

      Here is an example of how some self-proclaimed spiritualists can be ignorant & judgmental. Science has proven while meditating you still think but most spiritually aware people won’t have this so I’m ostracised in some way which by the way isn’t very loving either which is yet another thing. Blatant deliberate ignorance & being contradictive within one’s own belief system would have to add to the troubles in the world, it wouldn’t help.

      So many spiritually aware people have conflicts while becoming aware like certain words are supposed to be negative, the ego is negative no matter what, & judgment is negative as well, if one was to look at each other & the world as just vibrative matter living out certain different modes of thought to others we wouldn’t look at everything, while becoming spiritually aware, as negative or positive just a difference, this is true acceptance. It’s scary what is being taught out their like manifesting for yourself for instance, not too spiritual to me but that’s just me I suppose.

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      Mathew

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