Sandra, wow, you have totally misread my post! Its my fault actually because I had several things going through my mind when I wrote that first post, so I was kinda jumping around 3 different topics.
It is just as much my fault. Yes I did misread some of what you stated.
But then I went into my feelings about New age stuff, which by now you know how I feel about , Lol.
Oh yes I got the point of how you feel about it.
However that I still disagree with. If you think about it, how long has Christianity been around as a Religion? Like you have said there are many belief 'systems' mixed in with New Age, but just because you choose to believe in truth from different organised groups, does not mean you are evil. That is what I thought you were suggesting? I'm Native American and a Catholic, there is nothing I can change about that and frankly I love myself for who I am, but my entire life I have been subject to ridicule by some of my Catholic Family for participating in both cultures. That is ignorance to me. People could even view me as New Age, well I don't have any problem with that here is why:
A Christian claiming New Age is the work of the Devil
Is no Different than:
An Atheist (New Age) claiming Christians are immoral.
Without a superior attitude- I stand outside this. I've stated my beliefs about Atheism- as far as I believe they are believers in God. One thing people haven't heard me talk about, is my acceptance of them. I do not believe God blames them. There is one thing God wants from us, and it is not mere worship. It is to know ourselves. To know who we are, and live truthfully and honestly with love. I believe many Atheists are doing much better getting to know themselves in a truthful manner than many fundamentalists. Atheism serves a purpose. If getting to know themselves in the best way they know how is to reject Christianity and world organised religion or the thought that they believe in God then that is the road that they must take. However, I believe all organised belief systems will be falling apart, they are meant to in the light of the truth. They will no longer be needed. In the face of natural disasters, and just world changing events, these differences will gradually unveil the truth, that we are all not so different after all. That under every rock, he can be found.
We are all doing what we can right now, and that is the most important thing to remember.
Then I changed directions again, and was talking about how I think the Christian bible is full of beautiful verse, especially the Psalms. I then said that whatever is a persons truth is what they should follow, in which I meant American Indian.
Okay yeah see, I thought you were going down a different road with that.
I should of tried to see what you meant in your post better.
So should I have, sometimes my words come out silly, I need to structure sentences much better.....maybe I'll improve when I start back college this April.
I would like to give you a couple of examples of American Indian traditions being used in a New age ritual, from books I have had for many years, and from actual practice. One would be the use of smudging with sage. Yes, I know other traditions use smudging, like Catholics, and Buddhists, but I'm talking about NEW AGE practices. Sage is often used in ceremonies in conjunction with White and Black Magic, much like it was originally intended , but with different and dark intentions. The other would be the use of drums. Again I know other traditions use music and drums, but that's the whole point, New age mixes it up and pours it on thick.
Thank you for giving me this explanation of New Age with Native Tradition, it helped me understand.
Although I will note something. I know an elder that will sing his songs at a lodge and beat his sacred drum, they use the medicines like sage during the ceremonies. This elder all the while supposedly blessing people is only worried about what he is going to personally gain from people who offer him gifts for his services.....thats wrong, thats what you call an old Indian who has turned' New Age'
. If an old indian practicing his own traditions can be New Age, I believe anyone can be. New Age cannot be defined by merely people practicing beliefs and rituals outside of their origins.
Long time ago there was only one Native American real tradition, and that was to live with love and harmony, to know that what we did to the circle of life we did to ourselves.
There is only one tradition we should all have, to try and accept and love ourselves. That sounds more simple than it is.
I respect your belief of what New Age is, and the idea of trickery playing its part, just as much as I respect Humphrey claiming he does not believe in God. They are your thoughts, and they are there for a reason.
Have a safe trip to see your son! And by the way, I have also enjoyed your posts, I've learned quite a few things from them.