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The New Age Movement
Transcript of The New Age Movement
Highly inclusive Western Spiritual Movement
What is New Age?
Considered to have developed in the latter half of the 20th century (in the 1960's and 70's specifically)
West meets East
The Term "New Age" originally referred to the current or coming "Age of Aquarius"
New Age is defined very broadly and a wide variety of people can fit under this umbrella term
Melting Pot of Belief Systems
Draws from a plethora of different belief systems but its primary roots lie in Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism along with other ancient spiritual traditions
Vagueness of New Age beliefs often brings criticism of "wishy-washiness." However, most "New Agers" see this flexibility and willingness to accept new truths as strength.
-This is a philosophy of Zen Buddhism, which has had a
particularly immense influence on the New Age Movement
Generally monistic with an abstract idea of God -
But what about New Age Hindus? Aren't they polytheists?
Holistic view of connectedness between Mind, Body, and Spirit
Promote self-improvement and/or enlightenment through various holistic practices such as yoga, meditation, lucid dreaming, astral projection, tarot, etc.
While we can't absolutely define New Age beliefs, some generalizations can be made fairly
Humanistic and Environmentalist ideologies
In the Words of a New Age Hindu
Art & Music
Political Motivations & Activism
Generally individualistic, but more recently a platform for social change, activism and equality.
Evolution of consciousness necessary to see through the reality we are presented with.
Symbiosis Gathering - Oakdale CA
Downtempo music designed to create artistic inspiration, relaxation and optimism.
Used for yoga, massage and meditation sessions
Incorporates nature sounds, Hindu and Buddhist chanting.
Influences from: Electronic music, Psychedelic rock, world music, celtic music, free jazz, new wave.
Astrology and Tarot
Alternative Health and Nutrition
Rolfing (deep tissue massage), healing,
Rhonda Byrne (The Secret)
Practices and legacy
Origins and Influences
The Theosophical Society
New Thought Movement
Indigenous traditions, Buddhism, Hinduism, among others...
Psychedelic movement of the 1960's