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What is the New Age



The area referred to as the New Age can be very misunderstood as there’s a tendency to meet one person behaving a certain way and assume that person is a reflection of ‘New Age’ beliefs. While such thinking is not at all logical, it happens frequently in a world accustomed to judging and boxing things into categories. Such assumptions and judgements account for the majority of dismissals of something as being ‘new age.’


With organised structures such as orthodox religions, the majority of people involved in it are all sticking (more or less) to a doctrine imposed by that organisation. So when someone says they are a Christian, most people have a good idea of their beliefs and how they are trying to conduct their life. Of course, some don’t do that, but there’s a clear distinction that shows us that fact.


However, with what has been called the ‘New Age’ (a term originated by scholars) - is a situation where you have the largest possible variety of people who don’t follow any rigid doctrine or leadership. The result is the widest, most diverse range of individuals possible, each sitting at different points in their personal understanding of what life is about and their own ideas of how to reflect that. With millions of such differing individual ideas, we may see someone dressed in fairy wings with glitter in their hair, ungrounded and blissed out in love who sees nothing negative in their world - to the opposite end of the spectrum of someone seeing everything as a conspiracy and not trusting any established systems. So which is it? The answer is - all of them. Before leaping to judge the New Age, what needs to fully grasp is it is not something that can be successfully placed in a slot. That is its pure essence and intent - to go beyond any indoctrination and control - to be unfettered, alive and in continuous creation.  

This current wave of spirituality spanning across the Earth, referred to as the New Age, involves millions of people each expressing in their way, their current understanding of how to help Earth become a better place. It comprises people from every walk of life; royalty, doctors, garbage collectors, actors, authors, street sweepers, housewives, etc. In fact, it includes people of every profession or walk of life and a multitude of religions.

There are some common denominators. They all have an inclination to help, which can express itself in many ways - it may be helping people; animals; wildlife; other awakened souls; the environment; the ecology; providing new ways to do things; promoting peace; applying various forms of holistic healing or counselling; using subtle healing energy healing methods such as flower essences or the more scientific use of mathematics and sacred geometry, etc. Whatever the vehicle used, the end goal is the same for all these people - to make the world a better place - a goal served by many different groups, philosophies and religions.

Other common denominators for this particular band of people helping the Earth at this time, would be the idea that everything that exists is God; a concept encompassing ‘All That Is’ rather than perhaps the belief of one Being sitting in the sky. They also believe raising their own vibrational frequency of light and becoming more loving (helped by divesting themselves of negative thought patterns and heavy emotions) and more their true self as a spiritual being - helps themselves as well as contributing considerably to their overall goal of assisting the planet. Individually and collectively, they work toward becoming balanced in mind body and spirit, being non judgemental, unconditional loving (i.e. to love without conditions attached), grateful and to act with integrity. They are very willing to share any wisdom they’ve experienced and integrated, through their actions and words. Some view themselves as caretakers of the Earth and her life forms. As a collective group, the term Lightworker is often used to define them.

It’s generally accepted that higher planes of existence hold finer frequencies of light, with no limited concepts (e.g. time) or individualization. However, living in the 3rd dimension can be helped by using practical tools existing within its realities, such as linear time. So, some people use various tools deemed to be useful in addressing and resolving life issues. These would include ideas of karma, past lives and higher angelic realms (includes the concept of Jesus).

All in all then, the New Age could be seen as millions of different people of all nationalities, each at different points in their own evolution and their individual grasp of an overall higher picture of life, but all united in bringing together solutions to produce a critical mass point of change, being brought about by the uniting of sufficient numbers of humanity in a common goal of love and caring for each other and the Earth.




Precise scholarly definitions of the New Age differ in their emphasis, largely as a result of its highly eclectic structure. Although analytically often considered to be religious, those involved in it typically prefer the designation of spiritual or Mind, Body, Spirit and rarely use the term "New Age" themselves.

Dictionary definition:   New Age  noun - A broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western  culture, with an interest in spirituality, mysticism, holism, and environmentalism. 


Encyclopaedia Britannica - New Age movement is a movement that spread through the occult and metaphysical religious communities in the 1970s and ʾ80s. It looked forward to a “New Age” of love and light and offered a foretaste of the coming era through personal transformation and healing. The movement’s strongest supporters were followers of modern esotericism, a religious perspective that is based on the acquisition of mystical knowledge and that has been popular in the West since the 2nd century ad, especially in the form of Gnosticism.  


WIKIPEDIA    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Age

The New Age is a term applied to a range of spiritual or religious beliefs and practices that developed in Western nations during the 1970s. Precise scholarly definitions of the New Age differ in their emphasis, largely as a result of its highly eclectic structure. Although analytically often considered to be religious, those involved in it typically prefer the designation of spiritual or Mind, Body, Spirit and rarely use the term "New Age" themselves. Many scholars of the subject refer to it as the New Age movement, although others contest this term and suggest that it is better seen as a milieu or zeitgeist. As a form of Western esotericism, the New Age drew heavily upon a number of older esoteric traditions.

Despite its highly eclectic nature, a number of beliefs commonly found within the New Age have been identified. Theologically, the New Age typically adopts a belief in a holistic form of divinity which imbues all of the universe, including human beings themselves. There is thus a strong emphasis on the spiritual authority of the self. This is accompanied by a common belief in a wide variety of semi-divine non-human entities, such as angels and masters, with whom humans can communicate, particularly through the form of channelling. Typically viewing human history as being divided into a series of distinct ages, a common New Age belief is that whereas once humanity lived in an age of great technological advancement and spiritual wisdom, it has entered a period of spiritual degeneracy, which will be remedied through the establishment of a coming Age of Aquarius, from which the milieu gets its name. There is also a strong focus on healing, particularly using forms of alternative medicine, and an emphasis on a "New Age science" which seeks to unite science and spirituality.


I found a very long article and as I think it’s a pretty fair summation of ‘New Agers’ I’ve extracted some of its points.  See ahead


The New Age movement is not impossible to describe, just difficult. It is a complex sociological phenomenon. The New Age movement is best understood as a network — or, to be more exact, a meta-network (network of networks). Networks are “spontaneously created by people to address problems and offer possibilities primarily outside of established institutions. Networks tend to be decentralized, often having no single leader or headquarters, and with power and responsibility widely distributed. The New Age movement, then, is an extremely large, loosely structured network of organizations and individuals bound together by common values. Networks “see” through many perspectives, although the unknowing observer may think they have only one point of view.  The many perspectives of a network derive from the autonomy of its members. All have their own turf and agendas, yet they cooperate in the network because they also have some common values and visions.

Within the New Age meta-network and movement are hundreds of smaller (but still sometimes very large) networks and movements encompassing a wide variety of inter­ests and causes (all compatible with the ends of the larger network). The consciousness movement, the holistic health movement, the human potential movement, all have contributed generously to the New Age movement, as have the followers of many Eastern gurus and Western occult teachers. However, participation in one of these movements does not always indicate conscious or actual participation in the New Age movement (remember that networks have fuzzy borderlines).

The New Age movement is not a cult by any accepted sociological definition of the term. Cult membership is by far the exception, and not the rule, for New Agers. New Agers tend to be eclectic: they draw what they think is the best from many sources. Long-term, exclusive devotion to a single teaching, teacher, or technique is not the norm. They move from one approach to “wholeness” to another in their spiritual journeys. New Agers consider spirituality much more a matter of experience than belief. Any teaching or technique that facilitates experience is welcome, but there is most often no loyalty to a rigid, elaborate system of belief.

All New Agers believe that “all is one”— everything that exists composes one essential reality. New Agers explain that man is separated from God only in his own consciousness. New Agers believe that any or all of a variety of techniques for altering the consciousness (including meditation, chanting, ecstatic dancing, and sensory deprivation) can enable the seeker to consciously (mystically) experience his supposed oneness with God. For the New Agers, experience and intuition are the final authorities.

In addition to the above universal beliefs, almost all New Agers adhere to the ancient Hindu doctrines of reincarnation and karma.

It has a con­viction that personal transformation leads to planetary transformation. It considers that it need only achieve a “critical mass” (not a majority) of public support to overturn the cultural strongholds of secular humanism and traditional religion.

The New Age movement is a loosely knit network, and not a tightly run organization, participants are free to dismiss statements made by other New Agers as not representing their own views. Quoting a New Age leader is not the same as quoting a spokesperson for a denomination, sect, or cult.

New Agers are generally sincere. Many are also intelligent — if one grants their basic world view premises, their beliefs are not as irrational and inconsistent as some think. By and large New Agers are genuinely humanitarian, sometimes putting Christians to shame by their willingness to serve humanity.

The New Age movement is not primarily a youth movement, but spans all ages.  The New Age movement is not anti-establishment. New Agers have not continued the hip­pies’ emphasis on free sex, though their morals could hardly be called “traditional”. While mind-altering drugs were the doorway to the spiritual realm for most hippies, the mysticism of the New Age movement is largely drug-free.

New Agers as a rule are very health and growth oriented. Much of the movement’s activities centre around these themes. It needs to be noted that there is nothing wrong, and everything right, with desires to grow and be whole. The quests for spiritual reality, authentic identity satisfying relationships, and greater health are all, in and of themselves, desirable cultural trends.

New Agers are (understandably) very concerned about the many threats to global survival (such as the nuclear arms race). They don’t believe they have to watch helplessly as the fate of all humanity is shaped by the vested interests of short sighted political and economic powers. Just as they’ve embarked upon personal transformation by taking responsibility for their own lives, they believe that a critical mass of transformed individuals can take responsibility for society as a whole and bring about planetary transformation. Their highly optimistic view of human nature encourages them to believe that not only can the global crisis be survived, it can be turned into an evolutionary opportunity to realize our racial potential in a relative utopia.


May this help bring greater understanding,


Sandy Stevenson