Some of the old 'perennial philosophy' crowd (James, Huxley, Evelyn Underhill) posit a beneficial relationship between religion as spiritual tradition and individual spiritual experience. A spiritual tradition has the knowledge base to provide a grounding and help you distinguish the good from the bad. Is that God talking to you or are you the Son of Sam, as it were.

I agree with your assessment of New Age stuff. It began as exploration but has become commodified in an unhelpful way.

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Alan Tabor

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Berkeley Backpacking Biz Lifer, System Builder, Coder, Community Organizer, Music and Evolutionary Biology Geek. Sign up and my projects at http://altabor.org/

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