After being thrown back into the New Age environment last week I feel inspired to write about my experience. Yes, hands up, I was a ‘New Ager’…. but it served its’ purpose. Without this experience I may never have been able to embrace Christianity and accept the Faith required.
So to start from the beginning - my background has always been to only accept concepts and theories which are scientifically 'proven'. Then for some reason I was drawn to learn reflexology and discovered crystals – but my rational mind was able to dispense with the spiritual side and put it down to ‘science which we are yet to understand’.
Then it all changed…. I went on a Reiki course – and there was definitely something very strange going on there! I could feel energy running through my body from hands which weren’t even touching me. I saw colours and patterns. So this heralded a huge change - I finally accepted that there are mysteries in life outside of science. With this new understanding I pursued Angelic Reiki and embraced the whole holistic scene. But I never felt quite at home there – I dismissed this feeling with the belief that I needed to get better at it – become more in-tuned etc. But now I see it was not right for me.
But my New Age experience certainly opened my mind - and without that I may never have become a Christian. Perhaps this was mapped out for me and I do wonder in terms of spreading the Word of God, whether this is an area which could be explored. You have people who are already open minded to the Supernatural.
So back to my experience last week. I spent a day teaching reflexology in a room I hire at a Crystal/Reiki/New Age inspired shop. It felt so wrong. Previously I have loved that room – considering it full of good energy, but not this time. This all came home to me when I attended Sunday Service at Church. I felt such an energy of love and ‘rightness’ and it really made me compare the experiences.
I do not want to particularly knock New Age and indeed I do have some very good friends who are part of this – lovely, kind, good people. But I do see inherent problems in New Age – such as it being very money orientated, promoting the love of the ‘self’ rather than others, and a lack of moral framework. And of course, there are Christian reasons for not engaging in New Age in terms of attracting dark energies masquerading as good.