The New-Age Barrier

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SOMEWHERE IN THE DESERT OUTSIDE ESPANOLA, NM—New-Agers are very lucky. Some can channel spirits. Some can read minds. Some can discern the future. Some have incredible success with The Secret or the Law of Attraction.

Most New-Agers though, suck when it comes to Oneness.

More below the break (huh?).

I have a saying, perhaps you’ve heard it:

The less there is of you, the more there is of Her.

Part A: “The less there is of you,”

Part B: “The more there is of Her.”

Almost everyone wants the benefit (part B). Hardly anyone is willing to make the sacrifice (part A).

What makes the situation more complex for New-Agers is that they were born with greater access to the benefit (part B) than most of us.

This “greater access” naturally instills a sense of specialness within their egos—to their sense of self.

This inherent specialness, quite naturally, makes their sense of self more, not less (the less there is of you). Their special abilities actually strengthen their identity, not weaken it.

Identifying with their special abilities leads to a very subtle but powerful barrier in their quest for oneness with God/Her.

Here’s how I learned to deal with something similar: I’m not a New-Ager. I wasn’t born with any special abilities—but I was born with a smart brain. All my life people told me I was smart—friends, teachers, parents, relatives—after awhile, I started to believe them.

I used to think, “I am smart. I am special because I am smarter than most.”

Being smart made my ego hard. It made “me” more solid. It made me more. Period.

My unexamined assumption was, “Using my intelligence, my special smartness, I should be able to figure out enlightenment.”

In other words, I (mistakenly) felt that, the more there was of me, the more there’d be of Oneness.

New-Agers have a similar unexamined assumption: “If I can strengthen my powers, it will bring me closer to God/Her.”

It was only when I started seeing my thoughts, when I started distancing myself from my thoughts, when I started dis-identifying with my thoughts, (one more) when my Frog Master climbed out of the brook and said, “See, I’m am so much better at meditation than you are because I don’t have thoughts to bother me,”—only then did I start to wake up.

I’m not smart. I just happen to find myself in a body which has a smart brain.

If you’re a New-Ager, if you have special, supernatural abilities, then modify the previous paragraph:

I’m not special. I just happen to find myself in a body which has special powers.

Want to become closer with God/Her? Want to really feel Mystical Oneness?

Then you’ve got to make the sacrifice (part A):

The less there is of you, the more there is of Her.

Posted in Advice, Best Of, Mystical Oneness
6 comments on “The New-Age Barrier
  1. Randy Vining says:

    Bingo! Bingo! Bingo!—and BRAVO—Wayne: Here in Santa Fe, NM —World Capitol of superstition—a genuine mystic stands forth like a biblical prophet condeming the worship of idols and false gods. I imagined you standing on a hill overlooking the city—holding a staff in your hand—wind sweeping your beard slightly—voice thundering—as you delivered this oration.
    Thanks for the clarity / precision /distinctions; — exactly the message the age of acquairians (and myself) needed to hear. I’m forwarding it to several friends.

  2. The Artist still own as Andy says:

    This is very much what Wilber calls ‘Boomeritis’: ie. the tendency for ‘Baby Boomers’ (aka ‘the Me generation’) – those whom you describe as ‘New Agers’ – to see themselves as ‘special’, reinforcing their sense of individual identity. The curse of the Ego: who am I ? I must be someone, I have to be someone. No you don’t. You just are. Being nobody and not defending your ‘self’ is difficult however – sometimes ‘I’ still gets caught up in the stories.

  3. Trina says:

    Ego stands for : Edging God Out. ;^)

  4. Sepia Prince says:

    Wayne, I feel compelled to add something to this conversation, but then I’d be talking just merely for the sake of talking (as an introvert I hate to do that *wink*).

    Instead, I will just emphatically nod my nodder in agreement. :-)

    ~ SP

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