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New Age Spirituality In The Context Of Western Esotericism

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In researching for this essay, I encountered certain difficulties with the strict nature of classifying New Age spirituality and Western esotericism. As is the case with so many things in life, this issue is more complex than simple black and white comparisons. While the main purpose of this paper is to argue in favour of the ways in which these two systems are connected, I will be making certain concessions. One of the main problems presented by the study of these systems is how broadly defined they tend to be. The strict comparison would denote a clear understanding of what precisely defines these movements. However, as diverse of a range of ideas as is covered between the two, it's unclear that a decision had ever been arrived at for an absolute answer of what they are. Many parallels can be drawn between them, while certain other discrepancies are also apparent.
The New Age is often associated with the Zodiacal precession from Pisces to Aquarius, (ie. "Age of Aquarius"), an apparent connection to Astrological beliefs. New age ideas about astrological cycles are generally informed by modern Theosophical speculations, which, in turn, are dependent upon older traditions in Western esotericism. The New Age Movement grew in popularity during the 1970s and 1980s, but has existed in various forms since the 2nd century C.E. Beginning with Gnosticism, New Age principles have been present in a variety of groups including Rosicrucians, Freemasons, and Theosophists. New Age ideas have many different origins from a variety of places, but most of them can be traced to Eastern religious traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and other ancient religious traditions. There is a range of new age beliefs, some tending towards certain influences, into what might be called sects. Some are more environmentally focused, believing that the new era will be more of a moderate, nature-focused balance, while others are about satisfying a more superficial need of self-improvement through various material accumulations (crystals, incense etc). There are also those with grander ideas with socioeconomic implications leaning towards some kind of a unified world agency of almost paradoxical dichotomy: planetary culture without the cost of regional culture; integration of planetary world agency and regional bodies; emphasis on communication in technology and interharmony; relations between sexes would tend towards androgyny (harmony of opposites); increase of ESP and other paranormal phenomena; enlightened people. There is a strong emphasis on wholeness including diversity and individuality. "Humanity must become one large family, BUT one which honours diversity among its members; global wholeness implies some kind of world economy, BUT one which protects smaller regional economies; a global spirituality is needed, BUT one which is compatible with a diversity of traditional religions; and some kind of world government may be need, BUT not a totalitarian world order which can...

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