Month: August 2004

Old New Age vs. New New Age

Last week I was engaged in a wonderful motivational dialogue. I’ve always been interested in the Magic that dwells within human experience, so the New Age philosophies have been a natural part of the psychic landscape of my journey. At some point I became disillusioned by the limitations of catchy phrases such as “Do what you love and the money will come” and “By spending our money, we make room for more abundance to come in.” Yeah, right.

I did what I loved and spent money like it was going out of style. And then I looked up one day to discover myself $10,000 in debt, and feeling empty in my experience. I looked at a couple of more objective concepts. “If you spend more money than you make, you will be depleted” and conversely “If you make more money than you spend, you will have a surplus.” This helped me dig myself out of the hole, and I am continuing my climb back toward the sunshine. I also became a prisoner for a while of five of my senses and a limited view of my potential, and so my existence continued to feel meaningless, but I had simple concrete, if uninspired, goals.

In the conversation I was talking about, my friend, Sean, pointed out the difference between Old New Age philosophy, “Everything happens because it is supposed to” and New New Age philosophy, “I am the creator of my life through the CHOICES I MAKE.” These concepts aren’t mutually exclusive, but the former focuses on acceptance of our situation while the latter focuses on our responsibility to decide what to do with the situation at hand. I have become more and more aware of choices available in my own life, and how soft my decision-making muscles have become.

The question at hand is: “What do I want my life to look like?” I need an answer to this in order to inform the decisions I make from moment to moment.