i was brought up by a new age family member , and now as a grown up, i can say this: -why is it so impportant to ALWAYS "be positive"???: i have seen examples of people who have lost total contact with REALITY because of their obsession with being (and thinking) positive. they couldnt face the real world out there, and wouldnt allow other to be critical and so called "negative". It is for me a form of fachism, not to be allowed freedom of speech and thought..... they say it destroys the general atmosphere... the vibrations.... -karma: i beleive in it, but some people have a simplistic view of karma, they think there is a simpel answer.... like: if you are poor, its a sign that you deserve it. it you are hadicapped, it a sign that you have done something very bad in your past life and that you are actually in a lower form of evolution. i've been in india, and the view of karma is much more widespread there than in the west, and... i can tell you that i can see a coldness in their hearts because of it>a cow, for instance, bleeding to death, because of a reckless driver, and they wouldnt even come near it to try to help or see if it can be helped. they would just go inside their houses and hide and wait that the cow would go away: they think the cow was hit because of bad karma and they want to avoid contact with it, because some might think that you have to keep distance from bad karma. (for me its bad karma NOT to help the cow...) -crystals, gold, gems.... sure, there is some power there. BUT! do you know what MINING does to mother earth!!?? its RAPE, the american indians used to call it. mining has a damaging effect on the earth= the new age movement is supposed to be super dedicated to mother earth, and still, people are living in 2 separate worlds: the REAL world (were the earth gets sick because of destruction, water problemes and road construction, related to mining), and the new age word, a dream world were everything is possible (ecept the negative...!) the time of the spider and the fisherman (the age of pisces) is over, or almost.... it was 2000 yrs of dreaming and believing. it was about ILLUSION. BUT, have you heard of the age of AQUARIUS? i really do think we are getting there now .... aquarius is the contrary of dreaming. it's about WAKING UP.... please, dear friends, open your eyes and let clarity enter your mind and soul and body. what is clarity? stop beleiving, start being critical, seeing and understand the illusion/system, and entering something NEW, but before you can enter the new world, you need to clean up= clarity..... it's the first step.