The term "New Age"
refers to the completely ambiguous time of change from the current
age of Pisces into the next age, the Age of Aquarius.
The New Age movement started at least a hundred years ago when
Helena Blavatsky mentions that all religions were simultaneously
true. According to Blavatsky, humans came from Atlantis over 9000
years ago and that the Age of Aquarius is going to begin any time
soon. She also claimed that the Atlanteans were descended from the
Lemurians who gave birth to the first humans.
The New Age movement was a revivalist movement that swept through
metaphysical New Thought churches and Spiritualist and occult
organizations in the 1970s and 1980s. As a result, many people
accepted either a metaphysical or Spiritualist perspective, and both
communities grew significantly. The New Age idea of replacing the
present society with a coming of the golden age of peace and love
for the next generation transformed both communities. By the
mid-1990s, the idea of a New Age had largely died out but had left
the psychic community permanently changed.
Roots of the New Age
A noticeable New Age vision, the
triumph of the hopes and ideals to which occultists gave their
allegiance, was given a certain limited expression throughout the
twentieth century. Often that hope was seen in the arrival of what
was termed the Aquarian Age.
In astrology, an "Age" is defined by the location of the sun at the
moment of the spring equinox each year. Because of the tilt of the
Earth's axis, that sign changes approximately every 2,160 years.
Depending upon the astrological system one uses, the sun is making
the transition from the sign of Pisces to that of Aquarius sometime
in this century
As the New Age movement emerged through the 1970s, it had a social
vision that saw the merging of New Age vision to older movements
centered upon world peace, environmentalism, and multiethnic
Healing became an important metaphor of the New Age and the holistic
health perspective provided an alternative program to the common
scientific medicine built upon drugs and surgery. It suggested an
emphasis upon preventive medicine and the eradication of disease
through a natural (and frequently vegetarian) diet, healthful
practices (exercise, Hatha Yoga, living in a non-polluted
environment), and attention to clearing problems by developing
spiritually and cleansing the emotions. The various forms of body
work (chiropractic, massage, and related practices) have been
immensely popular in New Age circles. - The realization of a
spiritual truth. Facilitating the personal transformation were a
number of New Age transformative tools: channeling, crystals,
divinatory techniques (tarot cards, astrology, etc.) and a whole
range of holistic health practices. Responsibility for bringing in
the New Age is in the hands of individuals who must take
responsibility for their lives and the direction of society.
The understanding grew, that Planet Earth, or Gaia, is a Sentient
being, that our Planet has her own “Consciousness”, and that we are
“Care-Takers” and Earth-experiencers. We are not to be the “users”
and “abusers” of this planet. – That all consciousness is evolving,
and we are at the threshold of becoming a “New Human” – a Galactic
Multidimensional Being, that we are part of a Galactic and Universal
Society… A Human that has an expanded horizon of who they are, way
more that we have been told, and that our Personal Power comes from
“Direct Source”. That we are Eternal Spirits having a Human
experience. And that we all belong to the One Universal
Consciousness. That we are to be re-connected to our true 12
stranded DNA, our True Nature.
New Ageaers are bonded by their experience of inner transformation
and their common work for the coming transformed society. Through
the next decades channeling became a well-known phenomenon, the use
of crystals and that the heart of the movement had always been the
personal transformations experienced by individuals and the
spiritual perspective on life it gave to people. There is a social
vision of Peace and Love, and the people have a postmillennial
outlook where each person is expected to create their own heaven on
earth by personal spiritual transformation.
The New Age Movement can be described as a Westernized form of
Eastern religions' beliefs combined with occultic practices,
self-help, holistic medicines, and forms of astrology. The New Age
Movement is not a single organization. The term "New Age Movement"
refers to a large number of autonomous groups and individuals. There
are hundreds of groups and religious leaders in North America that
could be described as New Age.
The New Age Movement desires a change in society's collective
consciousness. The term "new" does not refer to time but to its
differences from traditional Western beliefs. New Age beliefs have
been held by Eastern religions for thousands of years. The New Age
Movement does not approach spirituality from a Christian
perspective. Not every New Age group admits that its beliefs and
practices are religious. Many depict their tenets as secular,
scientific, or self-help philosophies.
Date of Beginning:
The New Thought Movement, Spiritualism, and the Theosophical Society
first introduced New Age beliefs and practices to America in the
1800s. These ideologies gained popularity during the counterculture
of the mid-sixties and early seventies.
The New Age Movement has no central
headquarters or leadership. The movement is an informal alliance of
individuals, groups, and businesses.
It is impossible to determine the number of people involved in the
New Age Movement. There are hundreds of New Age groups and
spokespersons. However, most of these organizations do not have
formal memberships. Many who espouse New Age beliefs do not identify
with a specific group. Religious surveys indicate that 20 percent of
Americans accept at least some New Age beliefs but most do not
consider themselves New Agers.
The New Age Movement contains great
diversity. However, the following ideas characterize most New Agers.
(1) Pantheism-God (god/goddess) is All and All is God (god/goddess).
(2) Monism-All is One. (3) Reincarnation-After you die you will be
reborn as a baby and live another life. (4) You are God, and must
discover your divinity. (5) Good and evil do not exist, therefore,
there are no absolutes in morality. (6) Separate the historical
person of Jesus from the Christ Spirit. (7) A New Age of
enlightenment and transformation is coming.
New Age groups and practices rarely identify themselves as New Age.
Their beliefs and occult practices identify them. This Belief
Bulletin examines these New Age beliefs and offers a Biblical
People Are Divine
Many New Agers teach that our sensation of existing as finite
creatures is an illusion. Humanity has forgotten that it is divine.
As a result, people need to become enlightened about their true
divinity in order to experientially become one with the All.
- A New Age of Enlightenment and
Transformation Is Coming
New Agers believe the universe is evolving. Our world is about to
undergo a transformation to a higher level. This change will be
brought about by a shift in human consciousness toward New Age