New Age Spiritual Tools

Excerpt from Chapter 6 - Spiritual Tools

If love is the answer, would you please rephrase the question? Lily Tomlin

Use and Misuse of Spiritual Tools. It is obvious that physical tools (like a hammer) may be used constructively (to build a home) or misused (to cause great bodily harm). It is not so evident that every spiritual tool can also be misused. Such misuse is epidemic, yet most neither recognize nor acknowledge even the possibility. A list of misused spiritual tools would include all the New Age favorites: meditation, prayer, ritual, ceremony, books, sacred objects, drumming, chanting, dancing, astrology and ecstatic trances.

One important key to determining tool misuse is motivation. If the intent for use of a tool is to acquire information, healing or guidance from the spirit realms, then that is a positive sign that often indicates quality use. Those specific conscious motivations are not enough, however, to guarantee quality; for there can be underlying unhealthy motivations which will destroy the quality of tool use. Such hidden motivations might include a desire to feel good, a wish to avoid psychological pain/hurt, a desire to please or a spiritual performance (i.e., look at how spiritual I am). These hidden motivators come from our adaptive personalities and sabotage the quality of our tool use. Such hidden motivators are all fear-based and prevent high quality alignment with our loving souls.

Some tools are less likely than others to be abused. The books and systems I recommend studying in Chapter 16 are those I consider least likely to be misused. In this chapter, I shall offer my suggestions for specific tools/actions for maximum benefit and to avoid misuse.

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© 2008 by Thayer White
Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze
Table of Contents for this New Age Spirituality Book


This Chapter
  New Age Spiritual Tools
  Spiritual Vision Quest
  Native American Vision Quest
  Daily Nature Quest - Holy Nature
  "Sacred" Meditation Trap
  Meditation Techniques
  Is Your Meditation Valuable?
  New Age Spiritual & Religious Rituals
  Short Prayers - Avoid the Law of Attraction Trap
  Unanswered Prayers
  Sweat Lodge
  Free Online Oracles
  Consulting A Free Online Oracle
  Ask The Oracle
  New Age Channeled Spirits
  Spiritual Channeling
  Getting New Age Guidance
  Spiritual Astrology
  Spiritual & Personal Goals
  Ecstatic Body Postures
  Dance, Dance, Dance - Spirit Is Calling
  New Age Spiritual Groups
  Applied Kinesiology
  Muscle Testing
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  Forgiveness Trap - Total?
  The Compassion Trap - Not Just Buddhist
  The Enneagram
  Jane Roberts - Seth Books
  Byron Katie: Loving What Is
  Byron Katie: Loving What Is II
  Muscular Endurance Training
  Healing Your Body - Bodily Health & Care
  Measure Your Inner Tension - Stress Test
  Symptoms of Stress
  One-Time-Around vs. Proof of Reincarnation
  Past Life Regression Memories
  Positive Thinking Works
  Forgiveness & Psychology

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