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The term New Age was used as early as 1809 by William Blake who described a coming era of spiritual and artistic advancement in his preface to Milton a Poem by stating: "... when the New Age is at leisure to pronounce, all will be set right ..."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Age
She's right ... most New Age pursuits are for "feel good" purposes, and actually encourage our attachments and aversions. She was very kind to New Age.New Age is not every religious concept/spirituality outside of Christianity ... Islam is not considered New Age.New Age is the adoption of Eastern concepts, or Native American concepts, or any fringe concepts ... milked down to make them easy to swallow, effortless to follow. Just like Christianity, in the modifications, the essence is often lost.Unfortunately, with New Age endeavours, no real behavior change occurs, no actual growth. But we get to feel pretty darn good about ourself, to move around with ethereal smiles on our faces, until something happens that annoys us.Hon, my mom became "New Age" back in 1930 ... I've grown up in this culture and still move through it. The only ones I've seen who have overcome their knee-jerk emotional reactions and have actually cultivated inner peace and compassion ... are the ones who had been serious and dedicated Buddhists and have had a primary teacher to guide them.Sorry ... but that's how I call it after 62 years of moving within the New Age sub-culture (I've only been a Buddhist myself for 11 years).
The definition of New Age could be this:New Age is every Western type of religious belief or spirituality outside the established Christian churches;
I think "New Age" ends up being a habit of "going wide" instead of "going deep."