others easy. There is no one correct path. All paths eventually reach the
top. They anticipate that a new universal religion which contains elements
of all current faiths will evolve and become generally accepted worldwide.
New World Order
As the Age of Aquarius unfolds, a New Age will develop. This
will be a utopia in which there is world government, and end to wars,
disease, hunger, pollution, and poverty. Gender, racial, religious and
other forms of discrimination will cease. People's allegiance to their
tribe or nation will be replaced by a concern for the entire world and its
from Aries to Pisces
the fish circa 1st century CE. This happened at a time when
Christianity was an emerging religion, and many individuals changed from
animal sacrifice in the Jewish temple to embracing the teachings of
Christianity. The church's prime symbol at the time was the fish.
from Taurus to Aries
the ram circa 2,000 BCE. This happened at a time when the Jews engaged in
widespread ritual sacrifice of sheep and other animals in the Temple.
from Gemini to Taurus
the bull circa 4,000 BCE. During that sign, worshiping of the golden calf
was common in the Middle East.
A method similar to that used by Spiritists in which a spirit of a long
dead individual is conjured up. However, while Spiritists generally
believe that one's soul remains relatively unchanged after death, most
channelers believe that the soul evolves to higher planes of existence.
They usually try to make contact with a single, spiritually evolved being.
That being's consciousness is channeled through the medium and relays
guidance and information to the group, through the use of the medium's
voice. Channeling has existed since the 1850's and many groups consider
themselves independent of the New Age movement. The popular A Course in
Miracles was channeled by Jesus through a New
psychologist, Dr. Helen Schucman over an 8 year period.
Crystals are materials which has its molecules arranged in a specific,
highly ordered internal pattern. This pattern is reflected in the
crystal's external structure which typically has symmetrical planar
surfaces. Many common substances, from salt to sugar, from diamonds to
quartz form crystals. They can be shaped so that they will vibrate at a
specific frequency and are widely used in radio communications and
computing devices. New Agers believe that crystals posses healing energy.
A process of blanking out the mind and releasing oneself from conscious
thinking. This is often aided by repetitive chanting of a mantra, or
focusing on an object.
New Age Music
A gentle, melodic, inspirational music form involving the human voice,
harp, lute, flute, etc. It is used as an aid in healing, massage therapy
and general relaxation.
The use of various techniques to foretell the future, including I Ching,
Pendulum movements, Runes, Scrying, Tarot Cards.
The belief that the orientation of the planets at the time of one's birth,
and the location of that birth predicts the individual's future and
personality. Belief in astrology is common amongst New Agers, but
definitely not limited to them.
This is a collection of healing techniques which have diverged from the
traditional medical model. It attempts to cure disorders in mind, body and
spirit and to promote wholeness and balance in the individual. Examples
are acupuncture, crystal healing, homeopathy, iridology, massage, various
meditation methods, polarity therapy, psychic healing, therapeutic touch,
Movement (a.k.a. Emotional Growth
Movement) This is a collection of therapeutic methods involving both
individualized and group working, using both
mental and physical techniques. The goal is to help individuals to advance
spiritually. Examples are Esalen Growth Center programs, EST, Gestalt
Therapy, Primal Scream Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Transcendental
Meditation and Yoga.
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