An interesting article on one woman's journey from Catholicism to something called "New Thought". The article is entitled
"I Shopped for a Church...and Found Spirituality Instead".
New Thought sounds alot like Gnosticism and old line paganism to me:
"New Thought...is a modern spiritual philosophy stressing the power of right thinking in a person's life, the idea that our thoughts and attitudes affect our experience and that God (or whatever other name a person might have for a Higher Power) is within the individual."
It also sounds so very easy and accepting:
"What I know unequivocally is that I feel deep peace when I attend the Sacred Center. New Thought doesn't ask me to discriminate, feel guilty, dwell on suffering, judge, worship a punishing God or be anyone I'm not."
The ultimate arbiter is self. In fact this God is the self.
Also, there is no "church", no real community here. Only self discovery,nothing real outside one's own inner self. One may enjoy the company of like minded individuals but with God reduced to feelings and preferences there is no "other" to relate to only a collapse into "me". This makes community impossible.