Chrystal Healing. Spirits and Magick. Channeling. Astrology. Reiki and the Chakras. Astral Projection.

It's no wonder so many are terrified by the mere suggestion of looking into New Age philosophies and techniques. The buzz words alone are enough to make the average person run and hide.

Sadly, one of the most negative aspects the spotlight on metaphysics and New Age subjects over the course of the last 20 years has caused is a substantial number of the world’s population to get entirely the wrong idea about venturing into those realms where spiritual enlightenment and personal awareness lie.

For instance, the fear that:

    New Age philosophy involves all kinds of weird obscure practices.(It doesn’t.)

    • You'll suddenly start hearing supernatural voices and get yourself in so deep by exploring your own spiritual essence in unorthodox ways that you'll lose yourself in the process.(You won’t.)

    • You'll become so obsessed with way-out teachings that you start sacrificing livestock for good luck or worshipping crazy symbols and idols on a daily basis. (Nope, not by a long shot.)

    • You’ll lose your own religious beliefs. (Impossible; New Age insight can only bring deeper meaning to your already-established spirituality. It steals nothing from you.)

Undertaken as a simple, slow journey toward awareness, New Age exploration won’t involve anything so heavy, ominous or the least bit bizarre.

You won’t be bombarded with a complicated mix of buzz words that essentially mean nothing until you have ventured into the subject far enough to learn precisely how to grasp these complex concepts.

If the thought of even tip-toeing into new fields of spiritual study causes you to break out in a sweat or leads you instantly to think, "I can’t do this, it’s too left field for me,” it just might be time to take a closer, more concentrated look.

Time to give these unconventional philosophies centered on tapping into your own consciousness and place within the Universe on the spirit level a chance to grow on you.

Slowly. Gently. Comfortably.

For instance:

Experience the power of your own visualizations.

Sit quietly and visualize yourself actively engaged in the work - your true calling - which you know deep inside your heart you were put on this earth to do. Genuinely see yourself in this capacity and feel the sense of achievement and personal fulfillment it brings you.

Draw in a huge breath and hold it as you visualize lifting in your hands a multi-faceted gold bar above your head that captures and reflects intense shafts of sunlight in all directions around you. Hold that bar in your hands above your head and take several deep breaths as you feel its vibrancy and experience the intense power of those shafts of sunlight.

It isn’t unusual to do such visualizations and suddenly find change – real change – taking root in your life. New career choice? The right opportunity designed to take you away from the unrewarding job you are currently in can very easily present itself as if by magic, turning you in the direction you want your professional life most to take.

Yes, the power of such visualizations can actually make it so.

Practice a little fun meditation. For example, Laughteryoga.

Yes, you read that right! Laughteryoga is well-recognized for its ability to improve many physical health conditions (lowering blood pressure, reducing stress hormones, strengthening the immune system, helps asthma and bronchitis sufferers, etc).

Yogalaff, a laughteryoga workshop situated in New York City’s garment district, is led by Vishwa Prakash who is a certified laughter therapist and master trainer. The website states, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people and improves interpersonal relationships. It removes your inhibitions, develops your personality and enhances your leadership qualities.”

And best of all, the program is completely free of charge something you will encounter frequently as you study New Age philosophies.

Many organized teaching centers and places for learning New Age subjects will be just that - 100 percent free.

Studying new and different spiritual techniques and beliefs doesn’t mean that you lose yourself to a bunch of half-baked ideas but rather that you find yourself by exploring the reaches of your own being.

Think of it as merely experimenting with new ideas that aren't focused on any one religion but on learning new ways to expand your own spiritual horizons toward happiness and fulfillment - now and in the future.

You decide what works for you and what doesn't as I present in article form various New Age subjects for you to consider. Slowly. Gently. Comfortably. Nothing scary about that!

Author's Bio: 

Deborah Leigh is the Official Guide to New Age on The author of “The Message: Your Secrets in the Cards”, Deborah is also a member of the faculty for the University of Metaphysical Sciences in Arcata, California. She offers instruction and life coaching from her website Psychic Love Doctor.

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