As with many other things, the practice of New Age methods, their implementations and applications can yield unpredictable and sometimes unwanted results. Some of these unwarranted effects are due to general experimentation. By experimenting with one New Age concept or another, either positive or negative results will happen. One such example of a negative effect is when a generalized idea or master narrative is adopted in order to explain why things are the way they are and the adherence to that idea becomes addictive, but not fruitful. A more concrete example of this is hedonism. “Hedonism” is the belief that pleasure is the greatest good, and some people use this theory to explain why we are here in the universe. Where this fails is when an addiction with adverse side effects defeats the purpose of experiencing the pleasure. Severe drug and alcohol addictions are classic examples.
What of the New Age, though? Are not the New Age methods intent on improving the individual and the world at large? In intent, yes, but not necessarily resulting in what was originally desired. Persons and individuals, for example, who adopt or participate in ceremonies and rituals invest a certain level of emotional energy to achieve the desired ends intended. The temptation to invest too much emotional energy is great and without a certain level of exercised restraint, one can and will cause themselves emotional damage. This may leave one with the feeling of being jaded, cynicism may manifest and a general feeling of disappointment and despair may become imminent
Groups such as secret orders, societies, circles and covens can become breeding grounds for the unstable. These New Age groups work with emotional energy weekly if not daily and these feelings become addictive. With that addiction, comes unhealthy social and emotional habits.
With the advent of both tolerance for the strange and the introduction of the new (viz. culture and technology), New Agers are collecting together more now than they have before. Toledo, Ohio is no exception and her New Agers need to be especially so enlightened. Toledo is situated in the Maumee River Valley—very few earthquakes, very few tornados, no hurricanes or volcanoes, no secret military base and so very little excitement. Toledo dwellers tend, therefore, to make up the difference for lost excitement through their confabulation of New Age tall tales—so beware this message!