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New Age

or: The Archaic Revival

or: Ascensional thinking

or: The New Age of understanding

Wikipedia defines the idea of the New Age movement:

The New Age movement is a non-religious spiritual movement that developed in Western nations during the 1970s. Precise scholarly definitions of the movement differ in their emphasis, largely as a result of its highly eclectic structure. Nevertheless, the movement is characterised by a holistic view of the cosmos, a belief in an emergent Age of Aquarius – from which the movement gets its name – an emphasis on self-spirituality and the authority of the self, a focus on healing (particularly with alternative medicine), a belief in channeling, and an adoption of a "New Age science" that makes use of elements of the what adherants call the new physics.

The New Age movement evolved from an array of earlier religious movements and philosophies, in particular nineteenth-century groups such as the Theosophical Society and Gurdjieff. It also incorporates strands from metaphysics, perennial philosophy, self-help psychology, and various Indian teachings such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Yoga. In the 1970s, it developed a social and political component. Its central precepts have been described as "drawing on both Eastern and Western spiritual and metaphysical traditions and infusing them with influences from self-help and motivational psychology". The term New Age refers to the coming astrological Age of Aquarius.

The New Age movement includes elements of older spiritual and religious traditions ranging from monotheism through pantheism, pandeism, panentheism, and polytheism combined with science and Gaia philosophy; particularly archaeoastronomy, astrology, ecology, environmentalism, the Gaia hypothesis, psychology, and physics. New Age practices and philosophies sometimes draw inspiration from major world religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Chinese folk religion, Christianity, Hinduism, Sufism (Islam), Judaism (especially Kabbalah), Sikhism; with strong influences from East Asian religions, Esotericism, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Idealism, Neopaganism, New Thought, Spiritualism, Theosophy, Universalism, and Wisdom tradition.

In other words, the "New Age movement" is a generalized term for the synthesis of the truth kernels at the heart of all the religions (including scientism) — though perhaps often without a strong emphasis on discernment, i.e. often approached in an epistemologically naïve way (the same approach as pseudo-skeptical cynicism, but from a different ontological perspective).

On the nebulous definition of "New Age", Wikipedia continues:

The New Age phenomenon has proved difficult to define, with much scholarly disagreement as to how this can be done. Religious studies scholar Paul Heelas characterised the New Age movement as "an eclectic hotch-potch of beliefs, practices and ways of life" which can be identified as a singular phenomenon through their use of "the same (or very similar) lingua franca to do with the human (and planetary) condition and how it can be transformed." Similarly, historian of religion Olav Hammer termed it "a common denominator for a variety of quite divergent contemporary popular practices and beliefs" which have emerged since the late 1970s and which are "largely united by historical links, a shared discourse and an air de famille." Sociologist of religion Michael York described the New Age movement as "an umbrella term that includes a great variety of groups and identities" but which are united by their "expectation of a major and universal change being primarily founded on the individual and collective development of human potential". Adopting a different approach, religious studies scholar Wouter Hanegraaff asserted that "New Age" was "a label attached indiscriminately to whatever seems to fit it" and that as a result it "means very different things to different people."

Many of those groups and individuals who could analytically be categorised as part of the New Age movement nevertheless reject the term "New Age" when in reference to themselves. Thus, religious studies scholar James R. Lewis identified "New Age" as a problematic term, but asserted that "there exists no comparable term which covers all aspects of the movement" and that thus it remained a useful etic category for scholars to use.

York described the New Age movement as a new religious movement (NRM). Conversely, Heelas rejected this categorisation; he believed that while elements of the New Age movement represented NRMs, this was not applicable to every New Age group. Hammer identified much of the New Age movement as corresponding to the concept of "folk religiosity" in that it seeks to deal with existential questions regarding subjects like death and disease in "an unsystematic fashion, often through a process of bricolage from already available narratives and rituals". York also heuristically divides the New Age movement into three broad trends. The first, the "social camp", represents groups which primarily seek to bring about social change, while the second, "occult camp", instead focus on contact with spirit entities and channeling. York's third group, the "spiritual camp", represents a middle ground between these two camps, and which focuses largely on individual development.

Bashar, the most convincing of the channeled entities, sums up our "New Age of understanding" as being a transmutation of dense matter into light — a process known as Ascension, which, ontologically and epistemologically, is "the realization that you are the dimension you previously believed you existed in".

On a social and organizational level, the methodological skeptic and psychedelic philosopher Terence McKenna called it "the archaic revival" — a return to the (voluntaryist) partnership society that existed before the emergence of the dominator culture (the control system) that took over society some thousands of years ago.

Is there anything wrong about the New Age movement?

Only the partially-complete understandings of different people whose intuition (and other more subtle senses) plays a larger role than in physicalists, but whose communication with their Higher Selves is not yet completely clear — i.e. free from ego resistance. As metaphysical teacher and researcher Teal Swan explains:

Is The New Age Movement an Illuminati Conspiracy? - Teal Swan

Summed up, the conspiracy goes like this. "The New Age Movement is created by the Illuminati seeking to create one world order... a collection of false beliefs given by either false prophets or the Illuminati members themselves which will cause chaos and enable them to do what they want here on earth. The Illuminati has created this new age spirituality so we can have a false sense of freedom, and so we over look our Earthly events on the "false" promise of Ascension".

The new age philosophy is a fusion of beliefs which originated far before the Illuminati even existed; beliefs which prove to be true again and again when a person seeks God or enlightenment within themselves. The true new age movement is not in the business of feeding people beliefs. Instead, it is in the business of having you question your beliefs and letting you choose the ones that serve you personally. This is hardly a recipe for control. It is a recipe for freedom.

Those who say the new age is merely a design of the new world order, would have you believe that you cannot trust yourselves as individuals. They would have you believe that you are capable of being led astray by false prophets.

But the entire principal of the new age movement is that you can be trusted and should trust yourself to know the teachers that are out of alignment from those who are in alignment. Ultimately, you are the ones as individuals who are capable (if you listen to your own heart and emotions) of deciding what is best for you.

Putting faith and power in the individual, is the exact opposite of a recipe for control. It is the understanding of the New Age Movement that your connection to God is YOURS. You do not need to seek that connection through a spiritual teacher. You do not need to seek truth externally. Our only desire is to help you recognize that connection that you have individually to God that no one else can break.

When we do this, it is our understanding that you will never be able to be controlled by anyone else. Not a spiritual teacher, not a government, not a one world order.

This is the gift inherent in the New Age Movement. Its aim is not to lead you astray. It is to put you in touch with yourself and your internal compass to such a degree that you could not ever be controlled or hurt by anyone.

The new age movement is the opposition to the Illuminati and the new world order. And perhaps, their greatest trick yet, is to convince you that those of us who lead the new age movement are one of them!

We agree completely. The only problem with the New Age movement is the incomplete understandings that many people are too quick to preach, and the generally lacking understanding of the mechanics (physics) of reality due to the objective reality delusion that is memetically programmed into our unconscious by the control system. Physicist Tom Campbell has already derived quantum mechanics and general relativity from a virtual reality model within the subjective reality metaparadigm. In other words, fundamentalist-materialist science and New Age teachings such as the Law of Attraction are derivable from the subjective reality metaparadigm — which is precisely what The Biggest Picture attempts to do.

Criticisms of the New Age movement

Criticism of New Age ideas range from those based on physicalist dogmas (e.g. Wikipedia) to those based on cutting-edge metaphysical understandings.

For the purposes of comparison to Teal Swan and Bashar's conception the "New Age", in the following audio interview, ponerologists Mark Passio and George Kavassilas discuss how, from their perspective at least, the New Age movement was created and designed for the purpose of "pacifying" the warrior souls who are incarnating on Earth with the purpose of helping liberate humanity from its state of mental enslavement:

Super Woo Radio - Episode 21 - Mark Passio - "Natural Law & The New Age Deception"

[Published on Feb 10, 2014] Description: Mark Passio is an independent researcher, public speaker, radio talk show host, conference organizer and freedom activist from Philadelphia, PA. Mark has undertaken the task of assembling vast amounts of research in the areas of metaphysics, occultism, spirituality, symbology and consciousness studies. In 2007, Mark began presenting this information in the form of a presentation series entitled What On Earth Is Happening, with the intention of bringing the implications of this body of knowledge to greater public awareness. Mark launched his own web site in 2008 at WhatOnEarthIsHappening.com. In 2010, Mark began hosting his own weekly internet radio show, also called What On Earth Is Happening, which continues today in the form of a free podcast on Mark's website. Mark is also one of the co-hosts of Free Your Mind, the Philadelphia-based conference on consciousness, mind control and the occult. Over the years, Mark has worked closely with activist groups in his area such as the Tesla Science Foundation, and the Truth, Freedom, Prosperity and Survive & Thrive Meetup. Mark's latest endeavor is teaching an intensive seminar called Natural Law: The Real Law Of Attraction & How To Apply It In Your Life.

Topics discussed in this interview are: Natural Law, the New Age Religion, the new age subjugation of passion, The Church of Satan, Satanism, the "Biggest Lie", solipsism, moral relativism, derailed spiritual mission of incarnated warriors, the imposter divine feminine, wilful denial and wilful ignorance, emotional mind control, the need for a pro-active approach, and more. This is a most enjoyable, inspiring and deeply confronting conversation as Mark walks his talk and is not afraid to tell it how it is. For further exploration of Mark's work please visit: WhatOnEarthIsHappening.com FreeYourMindConference.com

In this episode george and mark speak home truths that people definitely need to hear ... NOT what they WANT to hear. If peoples sensitivities are a bit fragile, then there is a good chance they may be affronted. george and Mark do NOT cater to people's belief systems. They are here to confront them. In fact they are here to break them and even shatter them! This is a very raw, direct, and liberating episode! So enjoy this passionate discussion between two warriors of Truth telling it how it is!

Another fascinating researcher of metaphysics and ponerology is Cameron Day:

Cameron Day - The Problem with The New Age

The new age movement has been touted as some sort of cure all to our problems but it is not. Although it has some valuable ideas it must be seen in context in order not to fall into its cul de sacs.

Our guest is Cameron Day of http://www.ascensionhelp.com.

In second grade he realized he was from another reality, simply dreaming a dream in this world that he would one day wake up from. Shortly afterwards he had my first lucid dream of being back home in a world of indescribable beauty, a world where everyone and everything emanated pure, gentle divine light. In this world, everyone knew everything about each other. There was nothing hidden, no secrets, and it wasn't weird at all. It was just how it was, and it felt wonderful.

At 20 he re-realized that "Life is all about Love" and set about finding a way to fully live that realization without much success at first. He eventually partnered with an experienced energy worker, doing remote energy clearings full time for about 3 years.

In mid-2007 he began to get subtle messages from his Higher Self that he should do energy work again. He finally started listening in 2008 when he was very simply told by my Higher Self "You have a gift, share it."

The false light

In the axiom of "as above, so below", it would be foolish to assume that there isn't an almost inconceivable level of deception happening within the idea of the New Age movement and at the cosmic level beyond the Earth sphere. The most significant aspect of this seems to be the idea that beings of light are all necessarily benevolent — that beings calling themselves angels, etc, always really are what they claim to be:

The Truth about Angels - Archangel Michael - Angels & Demons - The Watchers - Nephilim

[Uploaded on Aug 17, 2009] Short clip by Tobias Lars from What's the biggest misunderstanding about angels? Why all 'Light' is not 'good' or loving. How can you know the difference between 'Good' & 'Bad' Angels? Who is the God Pan? Who are 'The Watchers'? The Nephilim

Tobias Lars calls it "power light", while other researchers like Cameron Day and George Kavassilas call it the "false light" or "synthetic light". Naturally, New Agers who ignore the evil happening on the physical density are more prone to being subtly manipulated by unhealthy/evil beings in the higher densities.

Misconceptions about New Age ideas

Many New Age ideas appear to be loony and nonsensical within the objective reality metaparadigm, but in the subjective reality metaparadigm are perfectly valid — they are just not "objectively" true, only subjectively true. Following are a few examples of diverse permission slips that in the objective reality metaparadigm are assumed to be "not real" (i.e. any effects they may appear to exert are imagined or "just the placebo effect" or "cognitive biases" like "confirmation bias"):

Crystals

Crystal healing is a pseudoscientific alternative medicine technique that employs stones and crystals. Adherents of the technique claim that these have healing powers, although there is no scientific basis for this claim.

One method is where the practitioner places crystals on different parts of the body, often corresponding to so-called "chakras"; or else the practitioner places crystals around the body in an attempt to construct an "energy grid", which is purported to surround the client with healing energy. Despite this, scientific investigations have not validated claims that chakras or energy grids actually exist, nor is there any evidence that crystal healing has any greater effect upon the body than any other placebo.

Practitioners select the stones by colour or their supposed metaphysical qualities and place them on parts of the body. Stones are placed at the feet or held in the hands. Practitioners sometimes use crystal wands, which are placed near the receiver's body. Colour selection and placement of stones are done according to concepts of grounding, chakras or energy grids.

There is no scientific basis for the concepts of "chakras", being "blocked" or "energy grids" requiring "grounding" being anything other than terms ascribed by the adherents to misleadingly lend credibility to their practices. Energy as a scientific term is a very well-defined concept that is readily measurable and bears little resemblance to the esoteric concept of energy used by proponents of crystal healing.

How could crystals or gemstones possibly have an effect (healing or otherwise) on human consciousness, a physicalist may be prompted to ask. It has no causative effect — it's just a permission slip. Teal Swan explains crystals:

Crystals (Ask Teal Episode About Crystals and Gemstones) - Teal Swan

[Published on Sep 29, 2012] Minerals, especially Crystals, are "alive". That is they are conscious. They are aware. They think and perceive. The earth itself is comprised of mostly iron, silicate rock and oxygen. You could consider mineral energy to be the original manifestation of the consciousness that we call mother earth, which also is its own living being.

To many people who are grounded only in the physical reality, the idea of a crystal being anything more than a pretty rock sounds like new age hooey. But there is more to this life than the physical dimension. Our current definition of what makes something alive versus dead is incredibly inadequate.

It is time that we began looking at the concept of "alive" in terms of consciousness. Let's define things that are consciousness as things that are aware, and which can think and perceive.

Minerals, especially Crystals are "alive". That is they are conscious. They are aware. They think and perceive. The earth itself is comprised of mostly, iron, silicate rock and oxygen. You could consider mineral energy to be the original manifestation of the consciousness that we call mother earth, which also is its own living being.

The governing law of every dimension within the universe is that of "oneness". In physical life, we have come to call this the "Law of Attraction". Simply put, only frequencies that are a vibrational match can co-exist. Therefore, in order to share the same space with another "form", you must be vibrating at the same level as it is vibrating.

Health is the natural state of any form within the universe Therefore, the natural inclination and tendency of anything within the universe is that of balance, cohesiveness and ease. This means that the natural progression of vibration is to entrain and resonate in the direction of health. Because of this, when you share the space a crystal (or gemstone) that has a resistance free vibration, instead of the vibration of the crystal adopting a non cohesive pattern, your energy will entrain with the energy of the crystal and adopt it's cohesive pattern.

Because of this entrainment effect, crystals and gemstones are incredibly adept at bringing us back into a vibrational state of health and harmony. Anything with an inherent energetic pattern of non resistance can act like a tuning fork, by offering a vibration that we can use to re-tune ourselves to a healthy vibration.

This is what is really happening on the energetic levels of substructure when you listen to a song that makes you feel good, or spend time near a person that makes you feel good, or take a homeopathic remedy.

Many people, who are mentally limited by the physical dimension, would have you believe that you are personifying an inanimate object when you treat rocks as if they are pets or people. But... these crystals are living beings. So, once you can get over the socially conditioned embarrassment of talking to a rock... you will discover that they are more like very good friends or family members than they are "tools".

Magnetic therapies

Magnet therapy, magnetic therapy, or magnotherapy is a pseudoscientific alternative medicine practice involving the use of static magnetic fields. Practitioners claim that subjecting certain parts of the body to magnetostatic fields produced by permanent magnets has beneficial health effects. These physical and biological claims are unproven and no effects on health or healing have been established. Although hemoglobin, the blood protein that carries oxygen, is weakly diamagnetic (when oxygenated) or paramagnetic (when deoxygenated) the magnets used in magnetic therapy are many orders of magnitude too weak to have any measurable effect on blood flow.

Methods of application

Magnet therapy is the application of the magnetic field of electromagnetic devices or permanent static magnets to the body for purported health benefits. Some believers assign different effects based on the orientation of the magnet; under the laws of physics, magnetic poles are symmetric.

Products include magnetic bracelets and jewelry; magnetic straps for wrists, ankles, knees, and back; shoe insoles; mattresses; magnetic blankets (blankets with magnets woven into the material); magnetic creams; magnetic supplements; plasters/patches and water that has been "magnetized". Application is usually performed by the patient.

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The worldwide magnet therapy industry totals sales of over a billion dollars per year, including $300 million per year in the United States alone.

A 2002 U.S. National Science Foundation report on public attitudes and understanding of science noted that magnet therapy is "not at all scientific." A number of vendors make unsupported claims about magnet therapy by using pseudoscientific and new-age language. Such claims are unsupported by the results of scientific and clinical studies.

According to Bashar, this (and magnetic technologies in general) is, for most people, one of the most powerful permission slips to heal on multiple levels of being:

What [a Japanese magnetic bed pad] is doing is setting up a magnetic field that is pulsing at a certain rate, that allows your bodily crystalline structure, atomic structure, to align with the Earth pulse, seven and one half cycles per second [7.5 Hz] — so it puts you in an automatic meditative state which realigns and centers you. Magnetism can do this, and this is why we have said, that you will begin to discover, as some of you have, that some of your medical magnetic resonance imagining devices, are not only in that sense good for diagnosis, but good for the cure as well.
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Any individual who can magnetically align and center themselves within the blue-white electromagnetic field of your planet, in that blended and balanced state — what might be called the idealized blueprint state — can not by definition contain any disease of any nature at all.
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It will be being the electromagnetic pulse, or flux, itself; it will be homogenization — so that no one idea stands out, no one fragment stands out, no one compartment, no one portion of yourself stands out more than any other portion. You literally become liquid light — blue, electromagnetic liquid light. Then you can re-crystallize yourself in whatever format is most indicative of the strongest belief system within you at that point.

Bashar, 1987

More pseudoscientific permission slips

See Wikipedia's "list of topics characterized as pseudoscience" for the impressive list of permission slips (along with many genuine anachronistic misconceptions) that physicalists (fundamentalist-materialists operating within the objective reality metaparadigm) have collected and dumped into the "impossible" bin in their minds... which includes such ridiculous ideas that we ought to dismiss as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda (along with any other non-biomechanical models of medicine).

Interesting YouTube comments reflecting New Age understandings/perspectives

If in reality there is no objective reality, then anecdotal evidence is the best evidence.

[Francis West] Best of all, we could stop paying so much attention to the few (so much less than it was 10 years ago) people who seem bent on telling us we're all stupid - and just focus on the awesome, fun, exciting messages we get to hear these days!

[kissalexx99] When I'm happy I find I don't come in contact with those who aren't. Actually when I'm happy I repel those not in my same vibration.

[Joanne McKay] [AGW is g]overnment pseudo science orchestrated to maintain control from the elite to maintain control over the masses....ethical science is obsolete until consciousness is raised.

[brycehoff] @McGeeRF the biggest miracle in science "the big bang theory is based on belief, something that came from nothing. that's why its a theory. most of science is based on theory's. unified field theory, string theory, Darwin's theory of evolution, The Theory: The Copenhagen Interpretation, need i go on? none of which can be proven true. most of science doesn't make scientific sense if it did u wouldn't have so many theories in science, u would have only one consciences and not different opinions.

[Kourosh Taheri-Golvarzi] @bthegood I've had more than a few people I've told of him tell me that they think he's scamming, etc. For my own perspective, I personally believe that whether he's actually channeling or not is totally irrelevant. To me, what matters is the knowledge being imparted. The Man is laying down some serious cosmic wisdom that everyone can learn from. So far as my own beliefs as to whether he's being accurate, I believe he honestly is channelling an extraterrestrial entity. Either way, love always!

The New Age movement in the West

Wikipedia summarizes the historical antecendents to the modern New Age movement:

Antecedents

The New Age movement is a form of Western esotericism, and thus has antecedents stretching back to southern Europe in Late Antiquity. As such, it has various antecedents within the esoteric milieu. Some of the New Age movement's constituent elements appeared initially in the 19th-century metaphysical movements: Spiritualism, Theosophy, and New Thought and also the alternative medicine movements of chiropractics and naturopathy. The author Nevill Drury claimed there are "four key precursors of the New Age", who had set the way for many of its widely held precepts.

One of the earliest influences on the New Age movement was the Swedish Christian mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772), who professed the ability to communicate with angels, demons, and spirits. Another early influence was the German physician and hypnotist Franz Mesmer (1734–1815), who claimed the existence of a force known as "animal magnetism" running through the human body. A further major influence on the New Age movement was the Theosophical Society, an esoteric group co-founded by the Russian Helena Blavatsky (1831–1891). In her books Isis Unveiled (1877) and The Secret Doctrine (1888), Blavatsky claimed that her Society was conveying the essence of all world religions, and it thus emphasised a focus on comparative religion.

A further influence was New Thought, which developed in late nineteenth century New England as a Christian-oriented healing movement before spreading throughout the United States. An additional influence was George Gurdjieff (c. 1872–1949), who founded the philosophy of the Fourth Way, through which he conveyed a number of spiritual teachings to his disciples. A fifth individual whom Drury identified as an important influence upon the New Age movement was the Indian Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902), an adherent of the philosophy of Vedanta who first brought Hinduism to the West in the late 19th century.

Popularisation behind these ideas has roots in the work of early 20th century writers such as D. H. Lawrence and William Butler Yeats. In the early- to mid-1900s, American mystic, theologian, and founder of the Association for Research and Enlightenment Edgar Cayce was a seminal influence on what later would be termed the New Age movement; he was known in particular for the practice some refer to as channeling. Another prominent influence was the psychologist Carl Jung, who was a proponent of the concept of the Age of Aquarius. Former Theosophist Rudolf Steiner and his Anthroposophical movement are a major influence. Neo-Theosophist Alice Bailey published the book Discipleship in the New Age (1944), which used the term New Age in reference to the transition from the astrological age of Pisces to Aquarius.[citation needed]

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In the East, the New Age was never quite not.

Quotes

When birds fall from the sky and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the Earth from many colors, classes, and creeds. And who by their actions and deeds shall make the Earth green again. They will be known as the Warriors of the Rainbow.

Hopi Prophecy