• Julie Von Nonveiller Cairnes

The ‘New Age’ Mental Illness

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

A global psychiatric disorder of pandemic proportions

New Age teachings not only give extremely false expectations through mis-use of the Law of Attraction, by those who don’t fully understand how that Law really works — these fake and dangerous teachings often blame and shame the victim. This article is all about completely turning that dynamic around. And digs deeper to explore the sinister occult origins of many of those teachings.

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If we view the mostly useless and often damaging tenets of New-Age spiritualism and teachings as a global mental health issue — a psychiatric disorder — then we might finally start down the road of real planetary recovery.

Let your critical thinking set you free.

Here we grab the reigns of our psychological understanding, and examine a number of destructive New Age clichés, with the goal of ripping them apart and exposing their dark underbelly. Because most of them have no innate value whatsoever, have a nasty hidden agenda, and only hold you back from the truth. And from any real healing.

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Of course, I’m not delusional and don’t have the fantasy that it will be easy to convince the many who’ve been brainwashed and blinded by the false light of the New Age.

The well-planned mental health issues caused by the New Age doctrines have been perpetrated on this planet by people who call themselves by many names, but are thinly-disguised Luciferians, who believe they can lead and save the world from itself.

Too many beautiful people are now dead or suffering further ills due to the utter incompetence, hidden barbs of toxic poison, and deadly uselessness of many New Age teachings.

The problem is that underlying the uselessness of the teachings is a much more sinister intent, and that is of global culling. Yes, yet again we see the intention of the global cull in its many disguises.

And so, we must see the links and once again join the very same dots. The search for the origin of the lies keeps leading us back to the same places.

The Psyché through the ages

Many therapeutic modalities took hundreds of years to develop, and the research was extensive.

The philosophers and psychologists who delved into the human psyché, usually through delving first into their own and their patients, wrote extensive treatises exploring madness and sanity, character archetypes, and deep soul and psyché disturbances.

Some of these emotional, soul and mental health issues rendered the person unable to function effectively in their daily life, experiencing excruciating emotional and spiritual pain. Thus immobilising a once healthy, creative, loving human.

The historical annals are filled with descriptions of madness, and the terrible mistakes by past practitioners in their healing experiments, with asylums filled with instruments and medications creating torments often akin to torture chambers.

These were the extremely negative effects of experimental psychological and psychiatric research and studies.

However, on the other side of the atrocities perpetrated against those experiencing emotional, mental and soul disturbances, are studies that helped and healed.

But also it must be noted that many philosophers of the psyché had affairs with their patients — with no real ethical guidelines and different social morés outlined in those times.

The evolution of Ethics

The field of Ethics has now significantly evolved, and we must all live by them, as our understanding and awareness advances.

It’s now a given that Practitioners must NOT enter into a sexual or personal relationship within the therapeutic relationship with their patient. There are now clear time-frames attendant on this in Codes of Ethics for all fields, in terms of how long a practitioner must wait after cessation of therapy to even think about relationship with patient or client.

When we turn our attention back in time to research of the psyché, we remember Carl Jung’s incredible studies, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s wonderful guide to the erratic path of Grief developed in her work in palliative care hospices; fascinating and uplifting ‘life between life’ case studies from well-researched interviews with those who survived near-death experiences; Kierkegaard’s 18th century expositions on anxiety; and Hegel’s studies on dialectical techniques.

These are just a few of the amazing studies done on the psyché that led to brilliant healing and multi-theoretical healing modalities available to those suffering with mental health issues these days.

Ancient psychology— where it all began

Even further back in time, in 100 BC, the Dead Sea Scrolls wrote of dividing human nature into two temperaments, in 600 BC we have many Greek temples providing havens for healing of psychosomatic illnesses, and the Ebers Papyrus (1550 BC) discussing thought disorders.

Plato (387BCE) wrote of the body existing to serve the soul and the brain as the seat of the mind; Aristotle (350 BCE) wrote of the soul and mind in his work De Anima; and Socrates became known as the father of western philosophy, developing the original dialectical methodology.

Hippocrates (460–370 BC) scientific studies based on logic and observations denying the presence of demons and spirits, are the birthplace of modern mainstream medicine. And there were many more deep thinkers and theologians who contributed to powerful dialogues and extensively researched studies that underpin the psychological and medical practices of today.

And not always good — some practices were barbaric and deadly, for sure, and others were deeply healing. Psychology has always been, and always will be, a work-in-progress. It evolves as we learn more about our own nature and the many impacts of our environment. The study of the psyché of the soul is ever-evolving, although the truth is singular and unchanging.

These days, the Dalai Lama often speaks of how the world would deeply benefit from returning to the practices of ancient Indian psychology.

The long historical road of profound intellectual studies of psychology — of heart, mind, body and soul — is seen to be in stark contrast to the often shallow, superficial and often very damaging platitudes of the New Age, which seem to have extensively and significantly regressed the art of healing.

The negative impact of glib New Age adages stands apart even from the damage done by many religious aphorisms, which claim a very special place in psychological studies of severe damage done.

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In this article we’ll explore together the significant adverse impact of New Age teachings, and the harm they’ve had on healing and the overall well-being of humanity.

I’ll examine well-known New Age precepts to expose the deep dysfunction within them. In this way we can perhaps move forward intelligently in the world of psychological soul healing once more.

The ethical and compassionate relationship between therapist and client is the bridge to real healing

In the world of psychotherapy, it’s a given that the underlying bridge to healing lives within the actual relationship between therapist and client. Yes — the most important factor is truly this.

If the therapeutic relationship is fragmented, unsafe, sexually charged, untrusting, dismissive or aggressive and so on, the potential for any real healing is lost. And in fact, creates a further need for healing. And who needs that?

But when the therapist is able to bracket their own personal interests and place the spotlight on the client to give them safe space and sanctuary for healing, the value is immeasurable and priceless.

When I say ‘safe’, I don’t mean not challenging.

Being therapeutically challenging can be a great thing. ‘Safe’ means the self-interest of the therapist is not met by the client.

The therapist gets their personal needs met outside their workplace and not with their clients. They are purely there for the client. The floor belongs to the client, and the spotlight is on them.

As in Reiki, the light that flows through the Reiki practitioner as a clear channel from Source to the client is an unexpected mutual benefit that happens of its own accord, but is not the aim.

Any self-disclosure by the therapist should be used as a skilled tool, and not for fulfilling their personal need. There may be great reward gained in the exchange with the client but this is not the aim, just a peripheral joy for the therapist.

The safe and ethical relationship between client and therapist is of critical importance as the bedrock foundation for a sanctuary created between them for real healing.


Following are a number of New Age maxims taught by ‘spiritual teachers’ to unquestioning eager followers, that I’ve identified as dangerous pop psychology. When examined more deeply they’re actually found empty of sustenance, and detrimental to real healing. I’m sure there are many more than these, so it’s just a starting point:

‘The only way you can heal is to forgive those who harmed you’

This call for compulsory forgiveness is completely toxic and holds zero fundamental understanding or knowledge of any real psychological healing process.

Many well-meaning faith leaders will tell someone recovering from severe trauma they should forgive the people who’ve brought about traumatic situations in their life, and that God expects this of them.

The person may see this as a very lofty goal, which may be simply unattainable at the time, as they may be re-assessing all their spiritual beliefs.

Their faith can be deeply shaken and challenged by the loss and wounds of serious trauma, and they are rebuilding their spiritual relationship with God during an often long and painful healing process.

Others will find their faith carries them through this time. But forgiveness comes in its own time, you cannot push the river.

And not all faith leaders are well-meaning.

Many who preach forgiveness are themselves perpetrators.

The truth within this startling revelation cannot be underestimated in its veracity. Their contradiction in action and intention is a crime against humanity that most often goes undetected.

Some points to remember about urging premature forgiveness:

  • The anger naturally arising after being hurt or abused shouldn’t be ignored and treated like some kind of illness or virus, with the integration of heavy emotions preferable to insistence at compulsory forgiveness

  • Urging people to let go of their anger before they’re ready is a fairly ignorant request to suppress feelings, which again can be detrimental

  • When the abuse is still ongoing or recent, it’s inadvisable to push someone to forgive, as the pain is too raw and present to enable any genuine shift at such a time. In fact, the focus needs to be on their safety and sanctuary from the abuser, and not on forgiveness, whilst still at risk from the abuser

  • Challenging the abuser can be more valuable than forgiveness. However, the apology may realistically never arrive, even when confrontation has occurred

  • Again, who is asking whom to forgive? We need to ask, in each case, if it’s even appropriate

  • In fact, the act of counselling forgiveness to an individual or group/s of people who may have sustained severe trauma is highly questionable and quite ignorant

Forgiveness is a beautiful thing, it cannot be denied.

But to counsel forgiveness to those who’ve been through (or are still going through) severe trauma, abuse, or badly injured, needs to be seriously thought through as an appropriate recommendation.

It denies the individual nature, natural time-frame and healing process of the person being advised.

Denying the reality of the pain and advising the person to forgive prematurely is adding illness to injury — with more layers of shame for those genuinely not yet ready to forgive.

‘Get over it already — stop living in the past’

As an experienced trauma therapist, this is easily seen to be one of the most insidiously damaging New Age clichés.

Leaving an unexamined past behind filled with terrible trauma and ignoring the weeping wounds, is a recipe for psychological disaster.

And a great way to never heal.

Look, total healing of any wound of the psyché is a big ask and scarring is usually permanent. We bear these injuries often throughout many lifetimes, and pretending they don’t exist is again ignoring the elephant in the middle of the room.

Each person will have a modality of healing that works best for them.

Some may find incredible magic lives in simply in talking things through in counselling sessions; others may find writing, art or music as the outlet for the pain.

And yet others may find emotional release as the definitive release from pain held with the cells of the body and soul. Or a combination of any or all these.

The aim is to reach a place within where we’re able to function in our daily world to our highest capacity possible, given the often initially almost crippling impact of a trauma.

People can be almost immobilised by the weight of pain, a pressure cooker of emotions with the lid firmly held down on potential explosions that can rock not only their world but that of those around them.

The lid must be safely lifted on that pain in order to let it go, and with loving encouragement, this can be done in incremental phases that enable you to go about your daily life, without being wiped out by any sudden and overwhelming release of incredibly toxic emotions.

However, attempting to move forward without some kind of compassionate exploration and release only fills the world with more of the walking wounded.

Being rejected, judged and dismissed or met with explosive rage by the abuser when any wrongdoing is brought up by the victim for discussion, is a common experience. Perpetrators are notorious for advising their victim to ‘get over it’ and ‘stop living in the past’.

No matter who we are , what we’ve been through, and whether a victim or not — when our feelings are so obstinately dismissed and mocked, it’s extremely difficult to move forward from any abuse, assault or disaster.

For the victim of a perpetrator it’s particularly frustrating to continuously suffer through such constant devaluation and invalidation of their lived experiences.

‘You can’t love or be loved until you love yourself’

What is this? How very untrue — please feel free to delve into such destructive maxims and intelligently rip them apart, because they only create further grief for you, holding your life in abeyance.

Waiting for some mythical date when you’re finally ready to be loved, and therefore allowed to fully live because you’ve at last reached that elusive state of perfection encompassed in ‘loving yourself’.

Oh, my beautiful friend. To be sure, loving yourself is a great gift, but don’t let those times of self-hatred and self-criticism hold you back in life. These feelings really do exist for us all, unless you grew up in some kind of bubble, and to gloss over them by ‘totally loving yourself’ is a near impossible ask.

Our self-standards are unbelievably high and almost impossible to reach in any given lifetime. We’re often held back by the frailties of our body and the unrelenting and difficult circumstances of our life.

Therefore, we must be able to function, flaws and all. Or not at all.

Self-love can be achieved and reclaimed bit by bit, when you’ve come from an unforgiving and critical background.

Which many of us have.

The media perpetuates our self-criticism and we constantly pick away at ourselves, with eternally shifting values of beauty, both internal and external based on the fashion flavour of the day.

What does it even mean — ‘loving yourself’?

Does it mean unconditional acceptance of yourself no matter what? Does it mean a warm and glowing feeling whenever you think of yourself? Does it mean feeling you have the ability to achieve anything you set your mind to, because no matter what, you always do the right thing?

To wait to be in relationship until you feel a certain way is to place yourself in prison.

I well remember my friend Jenni, who told me she met her husband when her life was at its lowest, things were falling apart and she was feeling absolutely terrible about herself — in a kind of a psychological breakdown.

But he saw through it all to her true essence, and she’s since turned her life around. And their relationship continues to thrive. If she’d waited until she ‘loved herself’ to be in relationship with him, well, it simply wouldn’t have happened.

They’re still working on their own respective healing of a lifetime of respective traumas, and are able to do this whilst in relationship with eachother, messy moments and all.

And that’s a beautiful thing. Do you get my point?

‘The Law of Attraction and the Power of Positive Thinking’

I well remember the interview I recorded with one of the original speakers from the well-known film ‘The Secret’, based on New Age ‘Law of Attraction’ concepts.

He was keen to very publicly debunk these concepts, and used the opportunity of our interview to full advantage.

The point he wanted to make in this public exposé, was that as a famous celebrity coach and published author in the USA, and after almost three decades of living, breathing and teaching the Law Of Attraction, he now urgently needed to rescind, retract and renege on those very teachings through which he’d made his name.

This very large backpedal was based on his personal experience as an alcoholic who’d based his recovery on these ‘Laws’, and getting sweet nowhere.

He finally had to admit 25 years later, after daily practice of the ‘Laws’, that he was still an active and very sick alcoholic with an entrenched abhorrent alcoholic personality.

He brutally confronted himself, as is his wont, and used a deeper and much more effective therapeutic style to overcome those issues relentlessly destroying his life. He proclaimed loud and clear that the use of positive thinking and affirmations were completely useless unless a certain profound depth of healing and enlightenment had already been reached.