Please first read MY thoughts :
... definitely not ALL "Phluff" ..
I've read in some of your journals the expression "fluffy bunny" for New Age and New Agers, which makes me laugh, being kind of sweetie-sweet ..
BUT .. I think this qualifier concerns only (as always) certain people who tend to 'shoot sideways', people that I would call
"esoteric tourists", exhaling ho's and ha's at any shudder, any experience with a twinge of super ...natural, of mysterious, a few candles and breaths of incense or anything that makes them feel they're different from the crowds.
"A 'miraculous' occurring is not a breaking of natural laws. It is these laws themselves that are still incomprehensible."
For me, something quite different is happening (covered by that name as well). It is an emerging paradigm which does not deter from the basic One Truth underlying all existing religions. It might well constitute the beginnings/elements of a new 21st Century formula.
Through many tribulations and dramatic wounds and losses, humanity is painfully hoistering (is there such a word or am I making it up ? ) to another level of conscience.
Many phenomenoms are taking place, unexplained by science as yet, but which science will at some stage HAVE TO consider, accept and decipher.
What is the missing link between Monkey and Man ? it is ... US (not to mistake with U.S. only :-)
I feel we are still extremely basic, rough materialistic lumps ! with the seed within us, to give an image : an 'Angel' seed : the fully evolved beings which we will eventually grow into : the New Man.
All ocurring phenomenoms (Near Death Experiences, various psychic happenings, interferences from other levels of existence, talking to our Departed, cases for reincarnation) are glimpses of that other reality, which will be ours some time. (I personally experienced some of those).
Why 'play' skeptic ? because it's more 'in', more intellectual, more clever, to shrug shoulders ?
An open mind is willing to 'consider' and accept the nature of reality (multi form reality, not necessarily our only worldly one).
Any valid opinion has to be backed up by solid knowledge and studying along with the open mind.
That would include reading and studying the arcana of knowledge that the centuries and our ancestors have left us - not hidden by monks any more (ref : Movie: Name of the Rose), but OPEN to all inquiring minds. Knowledge is the key of true freedom.
Right now, some brilliant, "solid" people (doctors, intellectuals, university professors, etc ..) have taken the trouble to make extensive researches, and are delivering the result of their efforts. You will find a really EXTENSIVE bibliography (including of course some well known pioneers such as Kenneth Ring, Robert Monroe, Dr. Raymond Moody, Prof Ian Stevenson, and many, many others) in the appendix to a recent book (2000 for the US, 2002 for the French edition) by Dr. Melvin Morse, Professor of Paediatrics at Washington University titled : the Divine Connexion.
I can't think you won't enjoy and be fascinated !(cross posted)