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The New Age Movement This Paper Outlines The New Age Movement As A Social Movement Including Their Basic Beliefs And Goals, Who They Are, And What They Do, As Well As Their Place In Society.

1846 words - 7 pages

When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
The Age of Aquarius
Aquarius!
Aquarius!

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind's true liberation

-Excerpt from the song "Aquarius" in the 1968 musical Hair.

These words from this song help to explain some of the beliefs and thinking that define the New Age movement. This movement started in the late nineteen-sixties among the younger, hippie generation. The use of mind-altering drugs like LSD opened their eyes to a greater reality that called for explanations that traditional religions could not give. Its concepts of God and Love were too narrow to accommodate the overwhelming experiences they had on their trips. Self-realization, yoga, transcendence, meditation, all part of existing traditions, were being rediscovered and practiced.
Originally this movement had been given the name Age of Aquarius to signify the new era of spiritual enfoldment as foretold in astrology. This could be called a millennial movement because many followers believe that humanity is at a crossroads between two ages. We are now in the Piscean Age where Christianity rules and the occult is undervalued. The coming age, the Age of Aquarius, is going to be a new stage in human evolution, spiritually, psychologically, and socially, not physically. It will be a new golden era of peace, brotherhood, and progress and the occult will have a prominent place. (Kyle 8-9)
What is and is not considered "New Age" is hard to define. It is a vague term that encompasses many different experiences and worldviews. It is a highly eclectic movement with a wide range of constantly changing fads, rituals, and beliefs. It had little structure and institutionalization and is not a church, denomination, or other readily definable religion. The movement is lacking of a framework for a clear identity, so defining the "New Age" is not an easy task. Furthermore, not everyone who calls themselves New Age believers follow the same system of beliefs. The reverse is also true, many people believe in things typically associated with the New Age movement, but don't consider themselves New Agers. This makes is hard to know exactly how many people are part of the movement. (Kyle 5) There are, however, a number of common assumptions that most followers adhere to.

1.You have certain challenges to face and overcome in this lifetime. If you don't learn your lessons this time, you'll get them again.
2.There is no such thing as coincidence.
3.There is more to life than meets the eye, much more.
4.Nothing really matters in this life unless it is done for the benefit of others.
5.We are not alone.
6.We are multidimensional beings currently having a human experience.
7.We are all receiving more help than we know, from...

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