1. Of or relating to a complex of spiritual and consciousness-raising movements originating in the 1980s and covering a range of themes from a belief in spiritualism and reincarnation to advocacy of holistic approaches to health and ecology.
a. a philosophy, originating in the late 1980s, characterized by a belief in alternative medicine, astrology, spiritualism, etc.
b. (as modifier) New Age therapies
1. of or pertaining to a movement espousing a broad range of philosophies and practices traditionally viewed as occult, metaphysical, or paranormal.
What is New Age?
What I see and understand of the new age movement is that is is a mix between taking the old and applying it to the new helping us to have a better and deeper understanding of . We look at ourselves from the prospective of mind, body and spirit needing to be in harmony for an individual to work towards peace and understanding. Common themes throughout the various version of the movement are everything being viewed as connected, social change require change of the consciousness of the people ( I am extremely rooted into this idea), we need to be aware of what we do to the environment, be non violent and work to develop a community yet again so that people can grow and develop.
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“Although these books, periodicals, and organizations did not speak with one voice, commentators found that many of them sounded common themes:
- Our world does not reflect who we at our best can be.
- All our most significant social and political problems go back at least 300 years.
- The political system therefore needs to be transformed, not just reformed, with the help of a new political theory appropriate to our time.
- Holism – seeing everything as connected – is the first step on the way to creating that new political theory.
- Doing away with the categories of “left” and “right” is another essential part of that task.
- Significant social change requires deep changes in consciousness; institutional change is not enough.
- Above all, consciousness needs to become more ecologically aware, more feminist, and more oriented to compassionate global unity.
- Desirable values include nonviolence, diversity, a sense of community, and a sense of enoughness.
- Human growth and development, not economic growth, should be the overarching goal of New Age society.
- Ownership and control of institutions is important. But the size of institutions is at least as important. We must move away from big governments, big corporations, and other large institutions to the extent it enhances our lives.
- We can begin this process by interlacing hierarchical structures with horizontal networks.
- Global unification is a key goal, but is probably best accomplished by networking at many levels rather than establishing a centralized world state.
- The agent of political change is no longer the working class, or any economic class. Instead, it is all those who are developing themselves personally and spiritually – all who aspire to live lives of dignity and service.
|Theism||General and abstract idea of God, understood in many ways and seen as superseding the need to anthropomorphize deity.|
|Spiritual beings||Many believe that gods, devas, angels, Ascended Masters, elementals, ghosts, faeries, Spirit guides and extraterrestrials can spiritually guide people who open themselves to such guidance.|
|Afterlife||New Age thinkers have expressed a variety of beliefs about an afterlife. Every New Age person must find their own path — whether it involves reincarnation, non-existence, or a higher plane of consciousness. Some believe consciousness persists after death as life in different forms; the afterlife exists for further learning through the form of a spirit,reincarnation and/or near-death experiences. The New Age belief in reincarnation can differ from the Buddhist or Hindu concepts: seeing a soul, for example, born into a spiritual realm or even on a far-away planet, and there is no desire to end this process; there are also beliefs that either all individuals (not just a minority) can choose where they reincarnate, or that God/the universe always chooses the best reincarnation for each person. There may be a belief in a limited number of earthly lives which are followed by some guaranteed higher existence. One version is that the individual must incarnate once under each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. There may be a belief in hell, but typically not in the traditional Christian sense or Islamic sense of eternal damnation. Universalist views of the afterlife are common.|
|Age of Aquarius||Some New Age thinkers have declared that, sometime before the 21st century, the world began entering an age of Aquarius. For example, in her book The Aquarian Conspiracy(1980), Marilyn Ferguson acknowledges being drawn to the notion that we are leaving a dark Piscean age and entering “a millennium of love and light – in the words of the popular song, ‘The Age of Aquarius’, the time of ‘the mind’s true liberation’.” In the 1990s, spiritual writers Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson drew on their knowledge of astrology to declare that we are entering an age of Aquarius, which would be characterized by intuitive thinking, group consciousness, and planetary service, and could be expected to last about 2,100 years. Other claims about the developments associated with the Age of Aquarius include, but are not limited to, human rights, democracy, innovative technology,electricity, computers, and aviation. Esoteric claims are that the Age of Aquarius will see a rise in consciousness.|
|Eschatology||Related to the above; a belief that we are living on the threshold of a great change in human consciousness usually focused on the date December 21, 2012 when a major, usually positive, change was believed to have occurred. See 2012 phenomenon.|
|Astrology||Horoscopes and the Zodiac are used in understanding, interpreting, and organizing information about personality, human affairs, and other terrestrial matters.|
|Teleology||Life has a purpose; this includes a belief in synchronicity—that coincidences have spiritual meaning and lessons to teach those open to them. Everything is universally connectedthrough God and participates in the same energy. There is a cosmic goal and a belief that all entities are (knowingly or unknowingly) cooperating towards this goal.|
|Indigo children||Children are being born with a more highly developed spiritual power than earlier generations.|
|Interpersonal relationships||New Age writer Mark Satin found that, even in the 1970s, New Age people were rejecting traditional sex roles in favor of relaionships and ways of being that emphasized such qualities as authenticity, women’s equality in all areas of life, and freedom to choose. A pair of social scientists claims that New Agers are unusually committed to helping others, both in personal relationships (by drawing out people’s unique selves) and through volunteer activities. New Age writers Corinne McLaughlin and David Spangler point to a longing for connectedness with other members of one’s community. A variety of possible New Age interpersonal and intra-community relationships, many highlighting the wisdom and empowerment of women, is explored in Starhawk‘s futuristric novel The Fifth Sacred Thing.|
|Intuition||An important aspect of perception – offset by a somewhat strict rationalism – noted especially in the works of psychologist Carl Jung.|
|Optimism||Positive thinking supported by affirmations will achieve success in anything, based on the concept that Thought Creates. Therefore, as one begins focusing attention and consciousness on the positive, on the “half-filled” glass of water, reality starts shifting and materializing the positive intentions and aspects of life. A certain critical mass of people with a highly spiritual consciousness will bring about a sudden change in the whole population. Humans have a responsibility to take part in positive creative activity and to work to heal ourselves, each other and the planet.|
|Human Potential Movement||The human mind has much greater potential than that ascribed to it and can even override physical reality.|
|Spiritual healing||Humans have potential healing powers, such as therapeutic touch, which they can develop to heal others through touch or at a distance.|
|Time||Concept of Eternal Now as a true nature of time (including the past, present, and a multitude of “snapshots” of the pre-constructed variants of the future). Cyclic, as well as relative nature of time. “Spirit sees things differently than you do. You work in a linear time frame and Spirit does not.” A human’s choices made in the present affect his/her linear past, as the totality of time is a closed dynamic system. “You are eternal in both directions… If you look far enough into your past, you’ll find your future there.”|
|Eclecticism||New Age spirituality is characterized by an individual approach to spiritual practices and philosophies, and the rejection of religious doctrine and dogma.|
|Matriarchy||Feminine forms of spirituality, including feminine images of the divine, such as the female Aeon Sophia in Gnosticism, are deprecated by patriarchal religions.|
|Ancient civilizations||Atlantis, Lemuria, Mu, and other lost lands existed. Relics such as the crystal skulls and monuments such as Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza were left behind.|
|Psychic perception||Certain geographic locations emanate psychic energy (sometimes through ley lines) and were considered sacred in pagan religions throughout the world.|
|Eastern worldpractices||Meditation, Yoga, Tantra, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Martial arts, T’ai chi ch’uan, Falun Gong, Qigong, Reflexology, Reiki, and other Eastern practices may assist in focusing spirituality.|
|Diet||Food influences both the mind and body; it is generally preferable to practice vegetarianism, veganism and rawfoodism by eating fresh organic food, which is locally grown and in season; fasting may be used.|
|Mathematics||An appeal to the language of nature and mathematics, as evidenced by numerology, Kabbalah, Sacred geometry, and gnosticism to discern the nature of God.|
|Science||Quantum mechanics, parapsychology, and the Gaia hypothesis have been used in quantum mysticism to explain spiritual principles. Authors Deepak Chopra, Fritjof Capra,Fred Alan Wolf, and Gary Zukav have linked quantum mechanics to New Age spirituality, which is presented in the film What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004); also, in connection with the Law of Attraction, which is related to New Thought and presented in the film The Secret (2006). They have interpreted the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, quantum entanglement, wave function collapse, or the many-worlds interpretation to mean that all objects in the universe are one (monism), that possibility and existence are endless, and that the physical world is only what one believes it to be. In medicine, such practices as therapeutic touch, homeopathy, chiropractic, and naturopathy involve hypotheses and treatments that have not been accepted by the conventional, science-based medical community through the normal course of empirical testing. New Age thought often includes references to the paranormal and to parapscyhology.|