Historical Dictionary of New Age Movements by Michael York

By Michael York

TheHistorical Dictionary of recent Age hobbies is a reference guide proposing the foremost recommendations, actions, teams, humans, and overlapping domain names of the modern spirituality referred to as New Age. the focal point contains historic antecedents in addition to modern recommendations for swap and survival that hyperlink the teams and events variously identifiable in the New Age rubric as an more and more emergent twenty-first century religiosity.

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It is instead when considering what is spiritual that the two orientations are to be differentiated. Consequently, New Age reveals a long legacy that stretches from ancient gnosticism, the Masonic and Rosicrucian lodges from the middle ages, ceremonial magical pursuit of the Renaissance, New England transcendentalism, spiritualism, theosophy, New Thought and the 8 Introduction American metaphysical tradition. For the most part, it occupies a middle ground between such differing expressions as the Holy Order of MANS (HOOM) and Heaven's Gate.

In the New Age milieu, especially its more Christian wing, the Course has emerged as a prominent focus-one that consistently promotes the New Thought side to New Age orientation. ACUPUNCTURE. The world's oldest medical system in which fine needles are inserted into the body at specific energy nodes. Acupuncture is first presented in the Nei Ching of China (The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine). ), this work describes the flow of ch 'i or subtle energy through the body's fourteen meridian lines.

See ASTRAL. ASTRAL TRAVEL. Soul flight, exteriorization, or out-of-bodyexperience. A basic technique in shamanism, dream-work and visualization, astral travel refers to conscious experience of the self beyond the confines of the physical body. " It is described as the experience of one's consciousness as appearing separate from the physical body. Similar experiences are recorded by people who have had near-death encounters. In many religions, a core belief involves the idea that the human spirit detaches itself from the physical body at the time of death.

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