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April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 126

New Age is the term used to describe a spiritual movement that has developed throughout the Western world mostly during the latter half of the twentieth century, although the term was already used in the beginning of the 19th century. The central precepts of this movement draw on both Western and Eastern spiritual and metaphysical concepts and traditions and blends them with elements of motivational and self help psychology, para-psychology, holistic approaches to health, quantum physics and research into consciousness.

The aim of this New Age movement is to create spiritualism without limiting dogmas and borders; a spiritualism that is pluralistic and inclusive. The world view of New Age believers has an emphasis on the interrelation between mind, spirit and body, with a belief that there is unity and a type of monism throughout the universe. This view integrates spirituality and science and embraces both main stream and fringe sciences.

Inspiration is drawn from most major world religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Chinese folk religion, Gnosticism, East Asian religions, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Neopaganism, Sikhism, New Thought, Spiritualism, Taoism, Universalism, Theosophy and Western esotericism. Elements included stem from atheism, monotheism, naturalistic and classical pantheism, panentheism, pandeism and polytheism, and are combined with Gaia philosophy and the Gaia hypothesis; sciences such as archaeo-astronomy, ecology, astronomy, physics, psychology and environmentalism.

While there is no single belief system underlying the New Age movement, some philosophies and spiritual practices are common among followers around the world. This includes for instance, theism, an abstract and general idea of God, which is understood in varying ways. Many also believe that spiritual beings, such as, for example, angels, ascended teachers or masters, gods, elementals, devas, faeries, ghosts, extraterrestrials and animal spirit guides can and will spiritually guide people who are open to such guidance.

Other beliefs include those in the afterlife, reincarnation and the right to equality for all - male or female, black or white, heterosexual or homosexual - as well as a coming general change in consciousness. This change is often promised with the coming of the Age of Aquarius, which some believe to be dawning at this moment in time, while others believe it began during the 1960s. In any case, a change for the better is supposed to be approaching with this age, which has ultimately given the New Age movement its name. This age is believed by many to culminate in major positive events changing consciousness throughout the world by or on December 21, 2012.

Astrology, the Zodiac and horoscopes are often used to interpret, organise and understand matters, including personal and world wide situations, events and developments. Intuition is equally regarded as a normal, vital part of perception. Meditation, channelling (of messages or of healing energies), crystal healing and astral projection, as well as holistic health, simple living, environmentalism and psychic experiences are often also elements of the New Age movement. The same applies to beliefs in phenomena like ancient astronauts, extra-terrestrial life and unidentified flying objects; earth mysteries, crop circles, and so on.

Rachel Hindle works for the psychic & metaphysical arena and is a Reiki Master, promoting discovery of the personal spiritual pathway through the use of established and expert clairvoyants, astrologers, tarot readers and mediums.



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