History UsefulNotes / NewAge

29th Jun '17 12:31:23 AM CaptEquinox
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The New Age movement more or less originated in the late 18th century, but took fire in the 1960s among [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippies]] and other young idealists. It went mainstream in The80s with the CatchPhrase "Create Your Own Reality", and the writings of Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, popularizing certain speakers who claimed to be [[WillingChanneler WillingChannelers]]. The core of the New Age movement developed as an offshoot of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosophy Theosophy]], particularly the syncretistic variation propounded by 19th century mystic Helena Blavatsky.

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The New Age movement more or less originated in the late 18th century, but took fire in the 1960s among [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippies]] and other young idealists. It went mainstream in The80s TheEighties with the CatchPhrase "Create Your Own Reality", and the writings of Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, popularizing certain speakers who claimed to be Creator/ShirleyMacLaine and her film ''Out On A Limb'', which enshrined an assortment of [[WillingChanneler WillingChannelers]].Willing Channelers]]. The core of the New Age movement developed as an offshoot of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosophy Theosophy]], particularly the syncretistic variation propounded by 19th century mystic [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Blavatsky Helena Blavatsky.Blavatsky]].



** Other popular conspiracy theories include the 9/11 Truth movement, Autism and the anti-vaccination movement, and the medical-industrial complex suppressing cancer cures.

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** Other popular conspiracy theories include the 9/11 Truth movement, Autism autism and the anti-vaccination movement, and the medical-industrial complex suppressing cancer cures.



* MagicalAsian: For those with Eastern inclinations. As with the prevalence of the terms "chi," "reincarnation," and "karma," it's become a stereotype to see white twenty-somethings gush about how Hindu/Chinese/Japanese religion is so much "better" than boring/repressive/evil Western religions. As with Native Americans, Asians are greatly displeased at the commodification of their culture.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: So you wanna earn a living selling NewAge faith? Just offer the whities sweat lodges, [[VisionQuest vision quests]], and teach them how to find their "[[YouKeepUsingThatWord totem animal]]." Better yet, write books claiming to "pass on" the wisdom of "the ancestors." You might say that actual Native Americans are ''not'' amused.

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* MagicalAsian: For those with Eastern inclinations. As with the prevalence of the terms "chi," "reincarnation," and "karma," it's become a stereotype to see white twenty-somethings gush about how Hindu/Chinese/Japanese religion is so much "better" than boring/repressive/evil Western religions. As with Native Americans, Some Asians are greatly displeased at the commodification of their culture.
culture, while others are amused.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: So you wanna earn a living selling NewAge faith? Just offer the whities whiteys sweat lodges, [[VisionQuest vision quests]], and teach them how to find their "[[YouKeepUsingThatWord totem animal]]." Better yet, write books claiming to "pass on" the wisdom of "the ancestors." You might say that actual Native Americans -- particularly the Plains peoples -- are ''not'' amused.amused.
** This has caused rifts within some Native societies. Native people who have undertaken to teach sincere non-Indians the proper way to do sacred things, they too have been labeled "New Age frauds" and "twinkies" by their own people.
29th Jun '17 12:15:04 AM CaptEquinox
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The New Age movement more or less originated in the late 18th century, but took fire in the 1960s. The core of the New Age movement developed as an offshoot of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosophy Theosophy]], particularly the syncretistic variation propounded by 19th century mystic Helena Blavatsky.

The term "New Age" itself refers to the coming Age of Aquarius, which will result in massive changes for Earth and humanity. Exactly what these changes entail, and when they did/will take place, depends on whom you ask.

Likewise, their views on the divine vastly differ. Early New Age teachings focused on incorporating elements of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Gnosticism. More recent new agers may be Christian, neopagan, deist, [[UsefulNotes/{{pandeism}} pandeist]], pantheist, or even agnostic. Most often, their spirituality is a hodgepodge of concepts from various faiths, philosophies, and superstitions, for better or [[SadlyMythtaken for worse]].

Many new agers use terms that have been misappropriated from the scientific community, and due to the difference in the way they use these terms have more or less created a language barrier that can make it difficult to understand their philosophies at first glance. For example, where a scientist uses the word "energy" to mean "the potential to do work," new agers tend to use it to mean an ethereal substance akin to vital force.

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The New Age movement more or less originated in the late 18th century, but took fire in the 1960s.1960s among [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippies]] and other young idealists. It went mainstream in The80s with the CatchPhrase "Create Your Own Reality", and the writings of Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, popularizing certain speakers who claimed to be [[WillingChanneler WillingChannelers]]. The core of the New Age movement developed as an offshoot of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosophy Theosophy]], particularly the syncretistic variation propounded by 19th century mystic Helena Blavatsky.

The term "New Age" itself refers may refer (there are several schools of thought on this) to the coming Age of Aquarius, which will result in massive changes for Earth and humanity. Exactly what these changes entail, and when they did/will take place, depends on whom you ask.

Likewise, their views on the divine vastly differ. Early New Age teachings focused on incorporating elements of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Gnosticism. More recent new agers may be Christian, neopagan, deist, [[UsefulNotes/{{pandeism}} pandeist]], pantheist, or even agnostic. Most often, their spirituality is a hodgepodge of concepts from various faiths, philosophies, and superstitions, for better or [[SadlyMythtaken for worse]]. \n\n The word "sycretistic" is used by them a lot.

Many new agers use terms that have been misappropriated from the scientific community, and due to the difference in the way they use these terms have more or less created a language barrier that can make it difficult to understand their philosophies at first glance. For example, where a scientist uses the word "energy" to mean "the potential to do work," new agers tend to use it to mean an ethereal substance akin to vital force.
force or ''chi''.



Another concept you'll stumble upon sooner or later in the new age community is the concept of "indigo children" - that is, people who have incarnated on Earth specifically for the purpose of helping humanity to get its act together. Exactly how you tell who an indigo child is depends on who you ask, and the concept itself has been criticized heavily due to the "indigo traits" usually being overly generic or more likely being a sign of a developmental disorder, most commonly [=ADHD=]. The metaconcept of indigo children has branched out to include other types of souls with specific purposes, with equally shiny and colorful names such as "[[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles diamond]] children" and "[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows rainbow]] children." Similar is the more recent concept of "crystal children", ostensibly the offspring of self-described indigos, and most commonly linked with autistic spectrum disorder.

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Another concept you'll stumble upon sooner or later in the new age community is the concept of "indigo children" - that is, people who have incarnated on Earth specifically for the purpose of helping humanity to get its act together. Exactly how you tell who an indigo child is depends on who you ask, and the concept itself has been criticized heavily due to the "indigo traits" usually being overly generic or more likely being a sign of a developmental disorder, most commonly sensory integration dysfunction, dyslexia, or [=ADHD=]. The metaconcept of indigo children has branched out to include other types of souls with specific purposes, with equally shiny and colorful names such as "[[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles diamond]] children" and "[[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows rainbow]] children." Similar is the more recent concept of "crystal children", ostensibly the offspring of self-described indigos, and most commonly linked with autistic spectrum disorder.
20th Jan '17 11:12:16 AM CorahsUncle
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The NewAge movement more or less originated in the late 18th century, but took fire in the 1960s. The core of the NewAge movement developed as an offshoot of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosophy Theosophy]], particularly the syncretistic variation propounded by 19th century mystic Helena Blavatsky.

The term "New Age" itself refers to the coming Age of Aquarius, which will result in massive changes for Earth and humanity. Exactly what these changes entail, and when they did/will take place, depends on who you ask.

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The NewAge New Age movement more or less originated in the late 18th century, but took fire in the 1960s. The core of the NewAge New Age movement developed as an offshoot of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosophy Theosophy]], particularly the syncretistic variation propounded by 19th century mystic Helena Blavatsky.

The term "New Age" itself refers to the coming Age of Aquarius, which will result in massive changes for Earth and humanity. Exactly what these changes entail, and when they did/will take place, depends on who whom you ask.



Something you'll hear a lot about is raising one's vibrational level. The concept is that everyone's "energy field" (IE, [[LifeEnergy spirit/chi/lifeforce]]) vibrates at a certain frequency. Higher vibrations are supposed to enable your PsychicPowers and such nifty things. Generally speaking, prayer, meditation, eating right, and being kind and positive is supposed to raise your vibration, whereas unhealthy eating, focus on the material, and being negative lower it.

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Something you'll hear a lot about is raising one's vibrational level. The concept is that everyone's "energy field" (IE, (i.e., [[LifeEnergy spirit/chi/lifeforce]]) vibrates at a certain frequency. Higher vibrations are supposed to enable your PsychicPowers and such nifty things. Generally speaking, prayer, meditation, eating right, and being kind and positive is supposed to raise your vibration, whereas unhealthy eating, focus on the material, and being negative lower it.



20th Jan '17 11:05:55 AM Chytus
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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: And ''how.'' Was Jesus an alien? Or was he a human with all [[MagicGenetics 12 strands of his DNA activated?]] What this celebrity or that scientist an Indigo?

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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: And ''how.'' Was Jesus an alien? Or was he a human with all [[MagicGenetics 12 strands of his DNA activated?]] What this celebrity or that scientist an Indigo?



** The NESARA conspiracy is very, very popular with this crowd, it's a supposed law that was allegedly passed in secret in March of 2000 and would have gone into force in 2001 if not for 9/11, and the WarOnTerror. The law would call for new elections, cancel all personal debt, abolishing the IRS, ending the Federal Reserve. and declaring World Peace.

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** The NESARA conspiracy is very, very popular with this crowd, it's crowd. It's a supposed law that was allegedly passed in secret in March of 2000 and would have gone into force in 2001 if not for 9/11, 9/11 and the WarOnTerror. The law would call for new elections, cancel all personal debt, abolishing the IRS, ending the Federal Reserve. and declaring World Peace.



* EvolutionaryLevels: Some believe that the "next step" in humanity's evolution is some kind of spirit/energy being.

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* EvolutionaryLevels: EvolutionaryLevels:
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Some believe that the "next step" in humanity's evolution is some kind of spirit/energy being.



* [[GaiasVengeance Gaia's Vengeance]]
* HeinzHybrid: Alex Collier maintains that humans are a mix of 22+ different alien species, which makes us "[[CriticalResearchFailure genetic royalty]]" in the galaxy.

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* [[GaiasVengeance Gaia's Vengeance]]
%%* GaiasVengeance
* HeinzHybrid: Alex Collier maintains that humans are a mix of 22+ different alien species, which makes us "[[CriticalResearchFailure genetic royalty]]" "genetic royalty" in the galaxy.



* HumansAreSpecial: For far, far too many reasons to list.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: For polluting the Earth, oppressing each other, and all that jazz.
** There is a particular hatred for the medical industry, for supposedly being "anti-nature", and therefore promoting illness and suppressing magical "natural cures".

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* %%* HumansAreSpecial: For far, far too many reasons to list.
list. (How would anyone know why without listing reasons.)
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: For polluting the Earth, oppressing each other, and all that jazz.
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jazz. There is a particular hatred for the medical industry, for supposedly being "anti-nature", and therefore promoting illness and suppressing magical "natural cures".



* LifeEnergy

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%%* LifeEnergy
* LifeEnergyMagicalAsian: For those with Eastern inclinations. As with the prevalence of the terms "chi," "reincarnation," and "karma," it's become a stereotype to see white twenty-somethings gush about how Hindu/Chinese/Japanese religion is so much "better" than boring/repressive/evil Western religions. As with Native Americans, Asians are greatly displeased at the commodification of their culture.



** MagicalAsian: For those with Eastern inclinations. As with the prevalence of the terms "chi," "reincarnation," and "karma," it's become a stereotype to see white twenty-somethings gush about how Hindu/Chinese/Japanese religion is so much "better" than boring/repressive/evil Western religions. As with Native Americans, Asians are greatly displeased at the commodification of their culture.



* ThePowerOfLove
* PsychicPowers
* {{Reincarnation}}

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* %%* ThePowerOfLove
* %%* PsychicPowers
* %%* {{Reincarnation}}



* ScienceIsBad / ScienceIsWrong: When it occurs, it may overlap with ConspiracyTheorist.

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* %%* ScienceIsBad / ScienceIsWrong: When it occurs, it may overlap with ConspiracyTheorist.ConspiracyTheorist. (Only one trope per example. Choose one.)



* YouKeepUsingThatWord: A large portion of criticism comes from the fact that they keep misusing words like "quantum" and "energy."
** In some cases ''energy'' is being used in a spiritual sense and not a scientific sense.

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: A large portion of criticism comes from the fact that they keep misusing words like "quantum" and "energy."
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" In some cases ''energy'' is being used in a spiritual sense and not a scientific sense.
6th Jan '17 11:46:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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* [[FreudWasRight Jung Was Right]]
22nd Nov '16 8:18:35 PM Ingonyama
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** The NESARA conspiracy is very, very popular with this crowd, it's a supposed law that was allegedly passed in secret in March of 2000 and would have gone into force in 2001 if not for 9/11, and the WarOnTerror. The law would call for new elections, cancel all personal debt, abolishing the IRS, ending the Federal eserve and declaring World Peace had.

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** The NESARA conspiracy is very, very popular with this crowd, it's a supposed law that was allegedly passed in secret in March of 2000 and would have gone into force in 2001 if not for 9/11, and the WarOnTerror. The law would call for new elections, cancel all personal debt, abolishing the IRS, ending the Federal eserve Reserve. and declaring World Peace had.Peace.



* [[GaiasVengeance Gaia's Vengeance]]



* [[GaiasVengeance Gaia's Vengeance]]



* ThePowerOfLove



* ThePowerOfLove
10th Sep '16 12:45:52 AM Morgenthaler
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Likewise, their views on the divine vastly differ. Early New Age teachings focused on incorporating elements of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Gnosticism. More recent new agers may be Christian, neopagan, deist, [[{{pandeism}} pandeist]], pantheist, or even agnostic. Most often, their spirituality is a hodgepodge of concepts from various faiths, philosophies, and superstitions, for better or [[SadlyMythtaken for worse]].

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Likewise, their views on the divine vastly differ. Early New Age teachings focused on incorporating elements of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Gnosticism. More recent new agers may be Christian, neopagan, deist, [[{{pandeism}} [[UsefulNotes/{{pandeism}} pandeist]], pantheist, or even agnostic. Most often, their spirituality is a hodgepodge of concepts from various faiths, philosophies, and superstitions, for better or [[SadlyMythtaken for worse]].
5th May '16 11:35:22 PM GoldenSeals
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Many of them come off as this, partially due to the fact that they [[YouKeepUsingThatWord use words and terminologies in ways that are utterly incomprehensible to the average person]].

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Many of them come off as this, partially due to the fact that because they [[YouKeepUsingThatWord use words and terminologies in ways that are utterly incomprehensible to the average person]].
11th Feb '16 12:22:48 PM Sharysa
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* MightyWhitey: A whole lot of New Age people are taking heat for not only appropriating other cultures' religions, but outright claiming to have a ''better'' version that they cobbled together from different paths.



* SadlyMythtaken: A point of contention for many people, particularly Native Americans, who have had their spiritualities misappropriated by self-proclaimed new age gurus. Also, if they believe in karma, they likely as not [[http://books.google.com/books?id=TOwVHLKkuIAC&pg=PA78&dq=%22Popular+Misconceptions+of+Karma%22&hl=en&ei=GZzETNfwCIL58Ab0hK3ZBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Popular%20Misconceptions%20of%20Karma%22&f=false have it wrong]].

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* SadlyMythtaken: A point of contention for many people, particularly Native Americans, who have had their spiritualities spirituality misappropriated by self-proclaimed new age gurus. Also, if they believe in karma, they likely as not [[http://books.google.com/books?id=TOwVHLKkuIAC&pg=PA78&dq=%22Popular+Misconceptions+of+Karma%22&hl=en&ei=GZzETNfwCIL58Ab0hK3ZBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Popular%20Misconceptions%20of%20Karma%22&f=false have it wrong]].
16th Dec '15 10:52:54 PM Sharysa
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** MagicalAsian: For those with Eastern inclinations. As with the prevalence of the terms "chi" and "karma," it's become a stereotype to see twenty-something-aged white people gush about how Hindu/Chinese/Japanese religion is so much "better" than boring/repressive Western religions. As with Native Americans, Asians are greatly displeased.

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** MagicalAsian: For those with Eastern inclinations. As with the prevalence of the terms "chi" "chi," "reincarnation," and "karma," it's become a stereotype to see twenty-something-aged white people twenty-somethings gush about how Hindu/Chinese/Japanese religion is so much "better" than boring/repressive boring/repressive/evil Western religions. As with Native Americans, Asians are greatly displeased.displeased at the commodification of their culture.
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