Brain-washing the 'New Age'
'New-Age' alternatives seem to provide a very real positive substitute; something that can feed our souls as well as our bodies, unfortunately the 'mind' doesn't often come into it.
There are thousands of publications, books and websites feeding people bullshit; equally there are millions who eagerly lap it up without question.
Just one example is 'The Law of Attraction' - think happy, positive thoughts, put your intentions for what you want 'out there' - say health and happiness - radiate it, spread it and you will get it returned to you - sometimes, if this is to be believed, 3-fold or maybe even 10-fold - WOW. Rubbish - wrong law.
Everything in this universe follows its laws of physics, its laws of energy (even magical or spiritual energy) and 'The Law of Attraction' is that OPPOSITES attract - try playing with magnets; the positive sides repel each other as do the negative sides, put the positive to the negative and they rush together like an express train. Likewise in the laws of energy everything has an EQUAL and opposite reaction - not 3-fold, not 10-fold. I don't care if you have Harry Potters effing wand, you are never going to make an apple fall upwards when it comes off the tree.
There are many, many, many more examples but this isn't about pulling New-Age beliefs apart; this is about WHY the New-Age is so full of misinformation; it is also about WHAT the solution may possibly be.
Go back and re-read my first sentence. Now let me ask you a question. Do you think that the people at the top of this capitalist, consumer society actually want or would benefit from the masses finding meaning, purpose and an alternative to their system?
Of course they wouldn't; if the majority of people suddenly became 'free-thinkers' and stopped buying into their system it would collapse, they would lose their power and control over the masses and worse still they would lose their economy, their wealth.
What benefits them is to keep us masses 'enslaved' to them, working hard for a pittance to produce the materialistic tat that they reap the profits from. We then hock ourselves up to the eyeballs to buy these products back because we have been brainwashed into believing that we cannot live without them. We man the services that keep their systems running smoothly thus self-regulating ourselves and at every step the profits go to the people at the top.
Let me ask another question. How would you prevent people from finding a real substitute for your system? From finding a 'way' that empowered them, a 'way' that was full of elements that actually worked; the real-deal - a 'way' that handed back control over their own lives and enabled them to create their own outcomes.
The best prevention is to fill that 'way' with misinformation; things that sound as if they could be plausible but are never going to work in a month of Sundays (enter 'The Law of Attraction'), things that will keep people occcupied and have them believing that they really have found a 'way' to put meaning back into their lives. Result - because the 'mind' is still not coming into it, people have been brain-washed into believing whatever bullshit is fed to them; hook, line and sinker, without questioning.
To illustrate the level to which things have deteriorated, whilst using Google Chrome to search for a suitable image to demonstrate misinformation, I was presented with the following advertisement (copied and pasted).
Love n' Light - vs - Peace n' Power
What we are left with is a lot of people who will claim that they are 'Pagan' (or one of many other alternative spirituality paths) who will tell you emphatically that they 'only work with love and light' and that they 'couldn't possibly work with anything negative'. They will claim that this is the answer to all of the worlds ills and evils.
These people do truly believe that all that there is 'to it' is to put the intentions of love out into the universe and all the wrongs in the world will be overcome. Result (again) for the people at the top who are now free to run around causing whatever chaos is going to serve them best and to hell with everyone else. The only opposition that they are going to face from this group of 'free-thinkers' is a bunch of benignly smiling faces beaming love and light.
On one of the 'Druid Forums' I came across a post where somebody was getting there knickers in a twist about the use of the word 'warrior'. Their point was that we shouldn't use the word 'warrior' as it implied the use of war and aggression and that the Druids of old were exempted from partaking in war.
Firstly in the 'old' sense a warrior is somebody who defends, and secondly from what we do know of the 'Druids of old' they were capable of stopping warfare by walking into the middle and holding their hands up in a 'stop' sign. Why were they capable of doing this? The Druids could do this because they had POWER.
Now, POWER has become another concept that is something to be avoided at all costs. Power is something bad, something that corrupts, something that is seen as an undesirable trait to possess - power hungry, power freak, we should not chase power.
To maintain peace we have to be in control and, like the Druids of old, to be in control we need power. Without power we are weak and unable to defend that which is important to us - Peace.
Third result for the people at the top - they have convinced people following many alternative 'ways' to willingly give up their power - just hand it over.
The Next Exit
I promised near to the beginning that this was also about WHAT the solution to all of this may possibly be. Usually when people put forward potential solutions it is about learning something new, something useful that can provide an answer. My proposal is the opposite.
We need to 'take the next exit' - get off the highway of information overload. We need to 'unlearn' all the false values and misinformation that has systematically been engrained into us, we need to stop being frightened by that which demands no fear (power); the fear of which has been created and instilled purely for the purpose of robbing us of it.
I am a great believer in genetic memory; that our DNA carries information and knowledge passed onto to us from our ancestors through time immemorial, we need to go back to what we know instinctively. In this day and age, if we truly revere the Earth and the natural world around us, if we are opposed to the destruction of all values within society then we have to be willing to take on the perpetrators who are causing it - the people at the top.
We are not going to achieve this through falling prey to their tactics of misinformation (if you want to work with energy and utilise it for attainment purposes, at least use the right law of physics to do it). We need to 'unlearn' and stop believing the things that have been responsible for our loss of meaning and purpose and regain our powers of free-thought, undo the damage that has been done. Result - we take away their control over us - let's become part of
The Great Undoing
For an alternative way of thinking visit https://celticearthspirit.co.uk/old-shamanic-ways/ - especially the 'World View' section.