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Mathew Naismith

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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 23 2013: New age, what is it? No one I know would say they belong to New age-spirituality, but some of them would probably say that about some others and it would be different persons who got labelled, depending whom I asked. I sometimes use the label and it never has a positive value when I do.
    So it´s easy and there is no risk involved if you bash New age...

    About judgement and ego: In meditation- and through teachers of meditation, masters of meditation, poets, sages, mystics - I have seen the possibility to watch the judgement and watch the ego- just watch- and you will see how much more there is to existence, then those two small concepts. No need to stay all caught up and entangled - even if you wanted you can´t because everything is changing...

    Life is full of contradictions and anyone who gets upset over that will have trouble!
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      May 23 2013: G'day Anna

      This is a very good reply but of course only because I agree with everything you said here.

      In regards to ego & judgement all we have to be is more aware & as you say stop being entangles within it, become the observer.

      Thank you for such a thought provoking answer Anna.

      Love
      Mathew

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