The New Age movement has experienced a boom in recent years. More and more women are now openly participating in spiritual practices once considered taboo.
Full moon rituals, Tarot cards, and crystals aren’t limited to witches and fortune tellers anymore.
But all that glitters is not gold.
I’m here to warn you against the New Age movement so that you will not be deceived like I was.
Here’s the story of how I went from backslid Christian to manifestation coach to Christian blogger.
Why I left the New Age movement and came back to Jesus
I grew up in the Christian church and backslid a time or two (or three or four).
In 2016, I slowly (and somewhat unknowingly) became a part of the New Age movement.
What started out small ended up becoming an idol that consumed me for a solid 2 1/2 years.
I went from vision boards and affirmations to teaching about chakras and energy healing.
Because I drew the line at things like Tarot card readings and seances, I told myself I would be fine.
I still called myself a Christian but was listening to false teachers who preach the prosperity gospel. I then became a manifestation coach and author myself.
Deep down I knew that some of what I was repeating wasn’t completely in line with scripture. But the prosperity gospel sounds so good that you want to believe it.
I loved (almost) everything about the New Age world and the so-called “spiritual” coaches, leaders and gurus.
I lapped it all up and felt special and excited to experience a spiritual awakening and to be able to enlighten others.
I truly believed that I needed to share this sacred information with others. I wanted them to be able to experience the sense of power and enlightenment I was feeling.
Which was awesome, minus the noticeable increase in anxiety, fatigue, and bad dreams which I now believe are of demonic origin.
It wasn’t until I came across this article by Doreen Virtue that God began to open my eyes to the dangers of the New Age movement.
Even still, I didn’t fully quit teaching manifestation until months later.
My manifestation coaching business was not successful despite 17 months of sheer dedication and over $10,000 in investments.
I thank God for this now because looking back I can see that He couldn’t bless it because it was not His will for me.
Walking away from my business (which I truly loved) would have been so much harder had it been monetarily successful.
The Bible says that teachers will be judged more harshly (James 3:1), and so the longer my disobedience continued the worse off I would have been.
The warning signs were all there
And while there are verses that appear to support manifestation (such as Matthew 21:22), they are only intended for believers through faith and prayer if what they are asking for lines up with God’s will.
When we tell God what to do we’re being God.
He’s not a genie in the sky waiting to grant our wishes.
We are to humbly serve Him and boldly make requests through prayer and petition.
We are to learn, as Paul did, how to be content in all things (Philippians 4:11-13).
Not to focus on our own selfish desires and prioritize what our flesh craves over obedience to His word.
Satan is using the new age movement to destroy women in particular
In Genesis 3 the serpent (Satan) tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil so that her eyes would be opened.
As we all know, she was deceived and this became the first sin. She then went on to coax her husband Adam to follow suit. And God punished mankind for this.
What happened to me (and what I have witnessed happen to many others), was that I was deceived and lured in.
My participation in New Age practices opened my eyes to hidden knowledge I now believe we humans were NEVER meant to have.
This knowledge took me further away from God because it put me in the drivers seat instead of God.
It caused me to rely on my own strength and believe in things that the Bible says are evil.
And then, just like Adam and Eve, I shared this knowledge with my husband who then followed suit.
Others in my “spiritual” circles did the same. In many instances their relationships ended when the man wouldn’t get on board with the woman’s new “spiritual” path.
This is a win-win for Satan who seeks to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
The New Age movement is darkness disguised as light
“Love and light” is a common New Age term that feels good.
In fact, all that is taught sounds positive, as it focuses on love and forgiveness and abundance.
There is also a strong emphasis on releasing old wounds to heal parts of ourselves from trauma, and raising our vibration to become more like God.
Many who are drawn to the New Age movement experienced sexual, mental, physical and/or emotional abuse in their childhood and/or as a young adult.
The allure of being able to rise above this abuse where we are the ones in control is very strong.
We feel empowered, and can become addicted to that feeling.
Then for many of us, the dark and unpleasant symptoms of our “spiritual awakenings” begin to pop up.
But we are told that it is all part of the journey to enlightenment. That this must happen so that we can live at a higher vibration and be more like God.
This process is typically followed by the “dark night of the soul” where we can feel completely separated from God for a time.
Empty. Alone. Tormented. (aka right where Satan wants us.)
And if we survive this–I imagine some people commit suicide at this point–we are told that we will reach enlightenment and inner peace.
My heart hurts for those who are being deceived and are still actively participating in the New Age movement.
I know many of them are kind souls who don’t yet understand that they are committing wickedness in His eyes.
Others have publicly renounced the Christian faith in favor of the religion of “love” or “all religions”.
My hope and prayer is that God will use me to spread the truth of the New Age movement.
Romans 8:28 says that God uses all things for good for those who love Him and I believe that includes our mistakes. I am now uniquely qualified to help others turn away from the New Age movement like I did.
I know this information can be difficult to read if you are still wrapped up in the New Age world. It took me months after reading the Doreen Virtue article to be able to walk away. It was not easy and I still struggle over having this forbidden knowledge because I cannot unlearn it.
But there is hope and freedom in Jesus when we repent and turn from our sin.