during the past generation. As the millennium comes to a close, the New
Age is expected to expand, promoted by the social backlash against logic
Many of the above groups have dismissed Tasawwuf (Sufiism) as a New Age cult. In reality, Sufiism has historically been an established mystical movement within Islam, which has always existing in a state of tension with the more legalistic divisions within Islam. It has no connection with the New Age.
Some conservative Christians believe that a massive, underground, highly coordinated New Age organization exists that is infiltrating government, media, schools and churches. No such entity exists.
Some conservative Christians do not differentiate among the Occult, Satanism, Wicca, other Neopagan religions. Many seem to regard all as forms of Satanism who perform horrendous criminal acts on children. Others view The New Age, Neopagan religions, Tarot card reading, rune readings, channeling, work with crystal energy, etc. as merely recruiting programs for Satanism. In fact, the Occult, Satanism, Neo-pagan religions are very different phenomena, and essentially unrelated. Dr. Carl Raschke, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver describes New Age practices as the spiritual version of AIDS; it destroys the ability of people to cope and function." He describes it as "essentially, the marketing end of the political packaging of occultism...a breeding ground for a new American form of fascism."Monism: All that exists is derived from a single source of divine energy. Pantheism: All that exists is God; God is all that exists. This leads naturally to the concept of the divinity of the individual, that we are all Gods. They do not seek God as revealed in a sacred text or as exists in a remote heaven; they seek God within the self and throughout the entire universe. Panentheism: God is all that exists. God is at once the entire universe, and
universe as well.
After death, we are reborn and live another life as a human. This cycle
repeats itself many times. This belief is similar to the concept of
transmigration of the soul in Hinduism.
The good and bad deeds that we do adds and subtracts from our accumulated
record, our karma. At the end of our life, we are rewarded or
punished according to our karma by being reincarnated into either a
painful or good new life. This belief is linked to that of reincarnation
and is also derived from Hinduism
An Aura is
believed to be an energy field radiated by the body. Invisible to most
people, it can be detected by some as a shimmering, multi-colored field
surrounding the body. Those skilled in detecting and interpreting auras
can diagnose an individual's state of mind, and their spiritual and
A profoundly intense mystical experience will lead to the acceptance and
use of New Age beliefs and practices. Guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation,
and (sometimes) the use of hallucinogenic drugs are useful to bring about
and enhance this transformation. Believers hope to develop new potentials
within themselves: the ability to heal oneself and others, psychic powers,
a new understanding of the workings of the universe, etc. Later, when
sufficient numbers of people have achieved these powers, a major
spiritual, physical, psychological and cultural planet-wide transformation
A belief in the importance of uniting to preserve the health of the earth,
which is often looked upon as Gaia, (Mother Earth) a living entity.
Since all is God, then only one reality exists, and all religions are
simply different paths to that ultimate reality. The universal religion
can be visualized as a mountain, with many sadhanas (spiritual
paths) to the summit. Some are
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