New thinking for a New Age
I had an interesting conversation with my cousin on Saturday about how a mutual friend had referred to me. About 2 years ago I attended a Bible study with a few young folk at the aforementioned cousin’s house. Anyone who knows me and my views on religion will not be surprised to hear that I was a reasonably lone voice in a room full of very educated and undisputably dedicated Christians….. did I hear someone say Hallelujah?!
My faith is this, I believe in God, the one and only. I believe He takes an active role in my life and that I am able to communicate with Him through prayer as well as by listening to the various messages He sends through people I meet and things that happen to me in my life. Sounds ok so far? Well this is the part where it messes up for most people; I do not follow a single religion. I take pride in not being religious because I don’t think you have to be religious to have faith, but you can have religion and no faith*. I take truths and affirmations from many and I’m open to looking at and respecting all religious opinions and doctrines (except Paganism….sorry!).
Now imagine 3 hours in a room of about 15 Nigerian Christians with me providing examples of my opinions based not just on the Bible but Buddhism, The Koran, Japanese mythology, Jonathan Cainer and my old friend Mr Coelho and you may start to understand why it is that I got labelled ‘New Age’! Not that I see myself as New Age, that’s a whole belief system in itself! I do find it interesting though, because I think calling me New Age was an attempt to be a bit more polite than “your crazy cousin”!
I must confess that I take secret pleasure from shocking an awful lot of Nigerian Christians with my opinions, they just don’t know what to do with me. My mother tells me it’s just a phase, other people such as those at the Bible study, go quiet, look at me with pity and feel the need to pray for me!
I feel like I’ve finally reached the right balance. I’m accepting that I will always be an enigma to anyone who feels that the only path to God is through their religion and no other, so I’m gonna take my chances on the independent road! If you see me doing a dance on Thornton Heath High Road in homage to Mother Earth…..don’t worry about me, it’s all part of this New Age thing you see! 😉
I’m currently reading Trust Your Vibes by Sonia Choquette, 3 chapters in and I would already recommend it for anyone who needs a bit of a push in the obvious to help them listen to their intuition more often! (girls, I have a feeling this might be in your Xmas stockings!)
* I was once one of the Christian Youf; at the tender age of 14, I was attending Church 3 times a week, night vigils every Friday, Mission to London gatherings at Earl’s Court every year, but to be honest, I didn’t find my true faith and connection with God until I ‘back-slid’ and figured out what was real for myself!