Hi Jodie! I wasn’t sure where to ask my question, so I thought I would put it here, hehe.. I “stumbled” across your page awhile ago, looking for information one day about Edgar Cayce and Atlantis and I found you! :D I really enjoy reading your entries and find myself reading and re-reading everything you have here.. Love it! So, the other day I was talking to a friend and was a bit conflicted. He mentioned that not once does “Jesus” get mentioned when referencing the “New Age movement”.. In that, he doesn’t know who is behind these notions of lets say, Law of Attraction, or Living in the Now, etc. etc. So, I was a bit conflicted by that because he used to be all about researching Osho and everything that he lumps into “New Age” now, which includes channeling (the Seth readings, Abraham-Hicks, Bashar via Darryl Anka, etc.), crystals, psychic readings, etc. etc. So, I guess my question is, how do we know what is right and what is wrong? If reading these books, researching about law of attraction, etc. is “evil” and not information that is of Jesus and the church, but we are learning about it with good and pure intentions, does that still put us in the wrong? Will we not be “saved”? Honestly, I don’t know much about religion, but feel like the information out there about this so called “New Age Stuff” is positive and I wanted to see what your take on it was.. I might sound naive and I hope I don’t offend anyone, but it made me question my “faith” and I have always thought I was in the right (but his views made me question myself, which scared me). (VanessaM)
I’m almost jokingly tempted to write, “Yes, Vanessa, there is a Jesus in what you are learning about.” But, I won’t.
You’re questions are good questions to ask. To answer them, go back to much of what Jesus said at different times.
I’ll preface all of this with the statements that like any system of beliefs, what is called “New Age Thought”, is many times used to lump so many different beliefs under one name. Since that is what we have to work with, I’ll go with it, even though some of the beliefs of the “New Age” have been around longer than many versions of today’s religions.
Let’s take a look at Jesus’ ministry. During that time, his message was overwhelmingly about how we behave towards one another. There is no mistaking this. The first two commandments he gave were about love. Love God above all else, and Love your neighbor as yourself. His admonition to know who was a follower of His, was along the same lines, when he directed that we will know one another by our demonstration of the Fruits of the Spirit – the fruits being loving kindness, mercy, patience, charity, brotherhood, compassion, cooperation, forgiveness, understanding, faith, and more.
At the same time, I’ll mention that Jesus did not condemn other religions – he condemned hypocrisy and self-serving agendas. Even though he walked among the Romans, he never condemned the Romans or that they had different beliefs. In fact, John, the Baptist, also didn’t condemn the Roman’s beliefs, but instead said to the Romans, to be honest in their dealings as Romans. John did condemn some actions which were also self-serving.
We can look at every religion, and hold to the same questions that you have. How do we tell who is sincere in their following God? The answer I adhere to is whether they practice what they preach. If we want to label one religion as the only right one, or any religion over any other, then I think we”re missing Jesus’ message – that the main question we need to ask ourselves isn’t about what we believe, as it is what we do with our beliefs. Do we use our beliefs to bring brotherhood, harmony, kindness, forgiveness, mercy or understanding in dealing with the people in our lives? Or do we use our believes as weapons against others, bringing separation, condemnation or hatred into ours and others lives? Do we use our beliefs to unite one another, sowing peace instead of war, or do we use our beliefs to go to war, attacking others in some way?
For the most part, every religion I can think of has the ability to bring more peace to this world, but every religion also gets used to bring war into this world.
That which we believe lies inside the mind and is a belief system (called a paradigm,) but how we live, demonstrate and activate our beliefs, comes from the heart. If we hold forgiveness, patience, kindness in our heart, our beliefs are in line with the one who said “Love one another, as I have loved you.” However, if we choose to hold criticism, bitterness, resentment, hatred, vengeance, prejudice, contention or separation, in our hearts, no paradigm of beliefs will ever counter that using any rationality or logic. Our life simply will not be one of Love.
Like every religion or any other way of believing – whether it be science, math, psychology, philosophy, politics or anything – they all have adherents who go both ways with regards to their hearts, and therefore their beliefs. Those who wish to use any of these beliefs to serve their own judgements and condemnations, supporting their own agendas will find ways to do that within the paradigm/belief system they’ve chosen. Those who wish to use any of these beliefs to love more, support brother and sisterhood, be more forgiving, understanding, or kind, also will find ways to do that within their own paradigm/belief systems.
As it is said, “God seeks mercy, not sacrifice.” We don’t need to sacrifice any belief we have that we feel brings us to love more and then demonstrate love more. Know that what a person has in their heart, is what guides a person in how they show themselves to the world.
If any of us find our beliefs changing as time goes on, then wouldn’t it be harmonious to let those new beliefs help us to love God more, also? And then to Love our neighbor as ourselves more?
Every way of believing has the potential for Christ to be a part of and to come forth from within it. Why? Because, His message was “Love one another, as I have loved you.” and we can bring this forth in any setting or context using any language or ideology. It depends on us, and how we manifest our beliefs.
There are some that go around professing the name of Jesus Christ to anyone within earshot. They will make sure their beliefs are known to those around them. And they wear Jesus’ name on their sleeve, as if only saying the name is all that’s needed to live in our world.
There are others that quietly go around doing acts of kindness to someone who is beaten down by life’s circumstances. They extend patience and help to others who are struggling with the burdens they’re carrying. They show mercy to those that are suffering in darkness, and understanding and compassion to someone who needs a friend in a moment of pain. They don’t speak loudly the name of Christ, so everyone can know about them, but they do pray quietly within their own hearts for those they know could use a helping prayer.
Which one do you think actually knows the real Jesus Christ?
I will say this truly – Jesus Christ lives inside the act of kindness, not the act of criticism. Christ lives inside the act of compassion and understanding towards another and not speeches of judging others. If we find kindness, understanding and compassion in people, it will be these people that live with Christ. When we practice the kindness, the understanding and compassion for people, Christ will live within us. Then and only then will those beliefs we choose for ourselves be ours that connect us directly to Christ.
Finally, I’ll let you in on a secret. No one is so bad, that there is not some good in them – some kindness, some forgiveness, some understanding of another, etc. and hence with Christ inside them. And no one is so good, that there is not some bad in them – some lack of understanding, some prejudice, some contention, some bitterness – which causes Christ to be set aside.
“It’s impossible for a closed mind and an open heart to exist in the same person both at the same time. One will eventually overcome the other. Either the closed mind will close the heart, or the open heart will open the mind.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2006, Jodie Senkyrik)
“We don’t have to be perfect to share what we have learned.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2013, Jodie Senkyrik)
“We give God to others, when we give Love to others. ” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2013, Jodie Senkyrik)
Beautifully stated, Jodie. And, Vanessa, come back to this writing as you journey. Apply the criteria that Jodie has stated to what you observe in your own life. Build your own personal list of what you will and will not do. You find the peace you are seeking when you have made YOUR last judgement. Enjoy the trip.
I really loved what you wrote in this post, especially this line:
That which we believe lies inside the mind and is a belief system (called a paradigm,) but how we live, demonstrate and activate our beliefs, comes from the heart.
Thank you for the bright light you shine into the world, Stephanie
We all know the source of that Light, right?