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A Brief Dictionary of New Age Terminology

(Unless otherwise cited, adapted and/or excerpted from David L. Brown, Th.M. -- Investigative Researcher with Logos Communication; and from "The Vocabulary of the 'New Agers,'" Sept/Oct 2001, The Perilous Times.)

The average Christian has little idea what the concepts and ideals of the New Age really are. Then when they encounter New Age vocabulary, confusion really sets in. New Agers often play semantic word games, using the same words Christians do, yet the definitions used bear no resemblance to the Christian definitions. This brief dictionary is designed to help you understand New Age terminology as they define their terms. -- David L. Brown [3]

Contents

A

Age of Aquarius

Astrologers believe that evolution goes through cycles corresponding to the signs of the zodiac, each lasting from 2,000 to 2,400 years. New Age advocates say we are now moving from the cycle associated with Pisces into the one associated with Aquarius. The Aquarian Age will supposedly be characterized by a heightened degree of spiritual or cosmic consciousness.

Agent

A person sending a telepathic message.

Akashic Record

Imperishable records of every person's every word, thought, or act [allegedly from "outer space"] inscribed in the earth or spirit realms, allegedly from "outer space" (known as "ether").

Alpha

The physical body.

Altered States of Consciousness

An altered state of consciousness (ASC), also named altered state of mind, is any condition which is significantly different from a normal waking beta wave state. The expression was used as early as 1966 by Arnold M. Ludwig and brought into common usage from 1969 by Charles Tart: it describes induced changes in one's mental state, almost always temporary. A synonymous phrase is "altered state of awareness".

  • Accidental/pathological

An altered state of consciousness can come about accidentally through, for example, fever, infections such as meningitis, sleep deprivation, fasting, oxygen deprivation, nitrogen narcosis (deep diving), psychosis, temporal lobe epilepsy or a traumatic accident. Altered states of consciousness also occur in healthy women experiencing childbirth, hence the introduction of the term gender-specific states of consciousness.

  • Intentional/recreational/religious

An ASC can sometimes be reached intentionally by the use of sensory deprivation, an isolation tank, sleep deprivation, lucid dreaming, hypnosis, meditation, prayer, or disciplines (e.g. Mantra Meditation, Yoga, Sufism, dream yoga, or Surat Shabda Yoga).

ASCs can also be attained through the ingestion of psychoactive drugs such as alcohol and opiates, but more commonly with traditional hallucinogens of indigenous cultures, plants such as cannabis, psilocybin mushrooms, Peyote, and Ayahuasca.

Another effective way to induce an altered state of consciousness is using a variety of neurotechnology such as psychoacoustics, binaural beats, light and sound stimulation, cranial electrotherapy stimulation, etc.; these methods attempt to induce specific brainwave patterns, and a particular altered state of consciousness.

Angstrom

A ten-billionth of a "meter." This is connected with "wave lengths."

Animism

The belief that inanimate things (such as plants) possess a soul or spirit. New Age advocates see animism as a way of rededicating the earth.

Anthroposophy

An esoteric cult founded by German mystic Rudolf Steiner. The term literally means "wisdom of man." It teaches that we possess the truth within ourselves. The system of thought is occultic and spiritistic.

Ascended Masters

Main article: Ascended Masters

Refers to those who have supposedly reached the highest level of spiritual consciousness and have become guides of the spiritual evolution of mankind.

  • Many influential leaders in the New Age Movement openly acknowledge their debt to these Bailey "Tibetan" teachings. Among those making such open identification are Robert Muller, the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations; David Spangler, the former co-director of the Findhorn Foundation as well as being a Board of Directors member of the Kirkridge Center; and Donald Keys, former World Federalists representative to the United Nations, a founder of SANE, and co-founder of Planetary Citizens along with Norman Cousins and former UN Secretary General U Thant. Oliver L. Reiser, a now-deceased former professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a signer of the 1933 Humanist Manifesto did likewise. So did Robert L. Moore, the founder of the Sheraton Hotel chain. A Planned Deception: The Staging of a New Age Messiah by Constance E. Cumbey


Ascension of Christ

This is reinterpreted in a mystical way to refer to the rise of the "Christ-consciousness" in mankind. It describes the awareness that man is divine.

Astral

The word is from "star" (as in "ASTROnaut" and "ASTROnomy"). Here, it refers to an "after-death, out-of-the-body" experience. In Humanism, demonism, Satanism, and Theosophy, the extended umbilical cord holds the "astral" and the "physical" together. The experience is an "astral flight." Literally: "STAR FLIGHT," known on TV as "Star Trek."

Astral Body

A spiritual body capable of projection from the physical body. The astral body survives death.

Astrology

Astrology consists of a number of belief systems which hold that there is a relationship between astronomical phenomena and events in the human world. In the West, astrology most often consists of a system of horoscopes that claim to predict aspects of an individual's personality or life history based on the positions of the sun, moon, and other planetary objects at the time of their birth. Many cultures have attached importance to astronomical events, and the Indians, Chinese, and Mayans developed elaborate systems for predicting terrestrial events from celestial observations.

Astral Flight

Soul travel occurring particularly during sleep or deep meditation.

Attunement

A New Age counterpart to prayer. Also referred to as at-one-ment, the term relates primarily to the New Age idea that complete oneness with God can be experienced by human beings. One attains a hypnotic consciousness of an amoral, neuter "state of being" through meditation: Krishna consciousness, Nirvana, Prajna, Samadhi, etc. Various consciousness techniques are used to cause this "oneness": meditation; guided imagery; yoga; hypnosis; chanting of a mantra; ecstatic dancing; channeling of spirit guides; New Age music; and positive thinking or Alpha Mind techniques.

  • "Self-Awareness"
    • The second law (In satanism): [4]
      • This sounds modern, but in effect comes from ancient Babylon. The teachings basically are: All is one. Man is a divine being within. Life's purpose is to realize the divine within. Other terms used to describe this are Nirvana, the atonement or at-one-ment, God-consciousness, the satori, and the samadhi.
      • This state of Gnosis, or Self-Realization of who you are can be finally attained, though Yoga meditation or the like, only by turning within. Then, you self-realize that all life and all about you is Maya, or Self-Illusion. When this is achieved, you now recognize you are God!
    • Anton Szandor La Vey, The Godhead Within:
      • Anton Szandor La Vey, founder of the First Church of Satan in San Franciso, California, and author of a satanic bible, incorporates many of Aliester Crowley's formulas for divination and more. His pupils report that when you recognize your individual potential, through recognizing self-awareness by turning within then, you have achieved "godhead." Then you are a creator.
      • La Vey's students say, this is the core of Satanism!
        • ... and what does the Bible say about reverse speech, talking backwards, ect... in order to divine (divination) the future... Clearly, God said to avoid those things. In Deuteronomy 18:9-14, we are advised by God to stay away from those things and the people who do them. "You're not to have anything to do with them," He warns. Or, "I will turn my Face from you (Leviticus 20:6)." We are cautioned by God when He spoke through His prophet, Isaiah, that He is God in Isaiah 42:5. ... and that we are to bring our desires, ...our wants, ... our petitions to Him and none other, otherwise, the reverse will turn us away from depending upon God and He will Chastise us for it (see Psalm 5:2; 6:9, 55:1; Philippians 4:6). The Holy Writ has never instructed us to create what we want with our minds, thoughts, or words. God cautioned very strongly in Ezekiel 28:3, how we are to look upon our nature. He said, "But you are only a man, and not a god, though you boast yourself to be like God."
  • Todo?
    • Aton (Aten or Aton, the disk of the sun, regarded as a deity in ancient Egyptian mythology) > Atonement > reaching/worshipping the sun/light/lucifer?

Aura

Radiated glow or halo surrounding living beings.

Automatic Writing

Writing produced without conscious thought of a living person; written message given through a spirit guide with a pencil or typewriter.

Avatar

A person who "descends" into human form from above as a manifestation of divinity and who reveals divine truth to people. Such a one has supposedly progressed beyond the need to be reincarnated in another body (i.e., there is no further "bad karma" to work off).

B

Bhagavad Gita

Hindu sacred scripture.

Biofeedback

A technique in which brain waves are monitored to bring normally unconscious, involuntary bodily functions under conscious, voluntary control. Biofeedback can lead to altered states of consciousness and mystical experiences.

Blood of Christ

This is understood by some New Agers to refer to the "life-energy" of the Cosmic Christ. This "blood" supposedly flowed from the cross into the etheric (or spiritual) realms of the earth. From these realms, the Christ seeks to guide the spiritual evolution of mankind.

Bodhisattva

A being who has supposedly earned the right to enter into Nirvana or into illumination, but instead voluntarily turns back from that state in order to aid humanity in attaining the same goal. The "Christ" is said to be a Bodhisattva.

Buddha

"The Enlightened One." An avatar or messenger.

C

Chakras

The seven "energy points" on the body. Yoga is practiced through the Chakras; the "crown" Chakra is, naturally, on top of the skull.

Channeling

A New Age form of mediumship or spiritism. The channeled yields control of his/her perceptual and cognitive capacities to a spiritual entity with the intent of receiving paranormal information.

Chela

A "Guru's" pupil.

Chinook Learning Community

A New Age educational community located in the Pacific Northwest. This group sponsors both long and short-term educational programs on personal and social transformation, New Age spirituality, and how to live with an ecological perspective.

Clairaudience

Ability to hear mentally without using the ears.

Clairvoyance

Ability to see mentally without using the eyes, beyond ordinary time and space limits; also called "Second Sight."

Color Therapy

Chromotherapy, sometimes called color therapy/colour therapy, colorology or cromatherapy, is a complementary medicine method. It is said that a therapist trained in chromotherapy can use light in the form of color/colour to balance "energy" wherever a person's body be lacking, whether on physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental levels.

Consciousness Revolution

New Age advocates call for a "consciousness revolution," a new way of looking at and experiencing life. The primary focus of the new consciousness is oneness with God, all mankind, the earth, and with the entire universe.

Control

The Spirit that sends messages through a medium in trance.

Cosmic Christ

In esoteric schools of thought, the Christ is considered to be a universal spirit or a cosmic force. The primary goal of this impersonal spirit or force is to guide the spiritual evolution of mankind.

Cosmic Consciousness

A spiritual and mystical perception that all in the universe is "one." To attain cosmic consciousness is to see the universe as God and God as the universe.

Cosmic Humanism

In contrast to normative humanism that sees man as the measure of all things, cosmic humanism sees man as having virtually unlimited potential because of his inner divinity.

Crystals

New Age advocates believe that crystals contain incredible healing and energizing powers. Crystals are often touted as being able to restore the "how of energy" in the human body.

D

Deja Vu

A French expression, meaning to relive life over again after another "incarnation." Transmigration of souls is also connected with this. The feeling of having already experienced an event or place that is being encountered for the very first time.

Discarnate

The soul or personality of a living creature who has died.

Dowser

A sensitive who uses a forked stick that points to hidden water, oil, buried money, lost articles, or people.

E

Earth Logos

Some New Age advocates believe that the Earth Logos is a great spiritual being who is the ensouling life of planet earth. The earth is considered a physical manifestation (or body) of this spiritual intelligence. This pagan religion is called "Animism."

Ectoplasm

A white filmy substance pouring from a medium's bodily openings, supposedly denoting the presence of a disembodied spirit.


Ecumenism

Esalen Institute

  • A "growth center" that offers a wide variety of workshops for mind, body, and spirit. It is located in Big Sur, California.
  • The Rockefellers supported Esalen and it's "Esalen Soviet-American Exchange Program." Esalen is involved in paraspychology, self-actualization, self-hypnosis, with similar techniques of manipulation and mind-control as Tavistock. Esalen's activities include psychological manipulation to solve political problems [5] (Research Manual: America 2000/Goals 2000, p. 100)

Esoteric

A word used to describe knowledge that is possessed or understood only by a few.

Esoteric Christianity

A mystical form of professing Christianity that sees its "core truth" as identical to the "core truth" of every other religion (i.e., man is divine). This form of Christianity is at home with Aldous Huxley's "perennial philosophy." (See: Perennial Philosophy.)

ESP

Extrasensory perception encompassing paranormal abilities such as telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance.

ESP Cards

A pack of twenty-five cards bearing five symbols, including stars, squares, circles, crosses, and waves.

Exoteric Christianity

A form of Christianity identified with historic or orthodox Christianity that New Agers would describe as being devoid of all spiritual authenticity.

F

Fall of Man

Refers to the fall of man's consciousness. A fallen consciousness is one that recognizes the existence of only the material realm. The Christ is believed to have "redeemed" man in the sense that He enabled man to perceive the spiritual world behind the material world.

Findhorn Community

A legendary New Age community located in the North of Scotland. This group offers an ongoing educational program in the principles of New Age spirituality.

G

Gaia

A Greek name for the goddess of the earth. It also refers to a scientific hypothesis formulated by James Lovelock whereby all living matter on the earth is believed to be a single living organism. In such a scheme, humanity is considered the nervous system of the living earth.

Globalism

A modern-day term referring to the need for a transformation from the present nation-state divisions into a one-world community.

Gnosticism

A tradition going back to the second century which holds that salvation comes through intuitive "gnosis" or knowledge of one's supposed divinity.

God

A being who has "many faces." He (it) is considered a radically immanent being who is often referred to as a "universal consciousness," "universal life," or "universal energy." The New Age god is more or less an impersonal force that pervades the universe.

Graphology

Character analysis and foretelling based on handwriting.

Great Invocation

A New Age prayer that has been translated into over eighty languages. The purpose of this prayer is to invoke the presence of the Cosmic Christ on earth, thus leading to the oneness and brotherhood of all mankind.

Group Guru

A slang New Age term referring to the idea that the Cosmic Christ is incarnate in all of humanity. All mankind is seen as a single "guru."

Guru

Teacher or master (sometimes "Gura."). The opposite of "Chela." The Guru is the Buddhist "Master." The "Chela" is his pupil.

H

Harmonic Convergence

The assembly of New Age meditators gathered at the same propitious astrological time in different locations to usher in peace on earth and one-world government.

Holism

The theory that all reality is organically one. Everything in the universe is viewed as interrelated and interdependent. It is the basis of Hinduism and Buddhism, now taught in all colleges and universities in America that followed Einstein's "theory of relativity." It is called "Yin and Yang" in Chinese and will be found on the national flag of Korea, as a symbol.

Holistic Health

Holistic health sees the body as an inter-related organism. Its goal is to treat the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) as opposed to merely treating a particular sickness.

Hologram

A three-dimensional projection resulting from the interaction of laser beams. Scientists have discovered that the image of an entire hologram can be reproduced from any one of its many component parts. New Agers use this to illustrate the oneness of all reality.

Homeopathy

A system of medicine rooted in occult ideas that was developed by Samuel Hahnemann. It claims to manipulate the "vital force" of the human body by transferring the power of homeopathic medicines that have been potentized by a process of dilutions and succession (vigorous shaking with impact).

Human Potential Movement

A movement with roots in humanistic psychology that stresses man's essential goodness and unlimited potential.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is "a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination.

I

I Ching

A Chinese textbook, used in Red China, showing how to "divine" (a counterfeit way to tell the future) by throwing sticks into six-sided figures as in "666" (cf. Rev. 13).

Initiation

This occult term is generally used in reference to the expansion or transformation of a person's consciousness. An "initiate" is one whose consciousness has been transformed so that he now perceives inner realities. There are varying "degrees" of initiation (i.e., "first degree initiates," "second-degree initiates," etc.).

Inner Self or Higher Self

Refers to the inner divine nature possessed by human beings. All people are said to possess an inner self, though not all are aware of it.

Interdependence or Interconnectedness

These words are used by New Agers to describe the oneness and essential unity of everything in the universe. All of reality is viewed as interdependent and interconnected.

J

Jesus

Not to be confounded with Yeshua Ha Mashiach which is the real name of The Christ son of YHWH.

An avatar who attained a high level of attunement to the Cosmic Christ. This enabled him to become a bodily vehicle for the Christ for a period of three years. (See: Avatar)


Jungian archetypes

Carl Gustav Jung developed an understanding of archetypes as being “ancient or archaic images that derive from the collective unconscious”.[1] The archetypes are also referred to as innate universal psychic dispositions which form the substrate from which the basic symbols or representations of unconscious experience emerge

K

Kabala

Main Article: Kabbalah

Hebrew mystery lore based on mystical interpretation of the Bible; magical, occult practices stemming largely from the Middle Ages. (Cabbala, Qaballah)

Karma

Refers to the "debt" accumulated against a soul as a result of good or bad actions committed during one's life (or lives). If one accumulates good karma, he will supposedly be reincarnated in a desirable state. If one accumulates bad karma, he will be reincarnated in a less desirable state.

Kirlian

The source of energy in people; it is supposed to be lying at the base of the spine, slightly lower than the navel; it lies "coiled" there, as a serpent (cf. Isa. 27:1; Rev. 12:1-6; Gen. 3:1).

Kirlian Photography

A photographic process that measures living auras.

Kundalini

The elemental energy of the human body which, like a serpent, rests coiled at the base of the spine.

L

Levitation

Raising of objects or people off the ground without using physical energy.

Lost World

Lucis Trust

Originally incorporated as the Lucifer Publishing Company, the Lucis Trust oversees the Lucis Publishing Company, World Goodwill, and Arcane School. Lucis Trust owns all the copyrights of the Alice Bailey books.

  • According to their own words: The Esoteric Meaning of Lucifer
    • There are comments on the World Wide Web claiming that the Lucis Trust was once called the Lucifer Trust. Such was never the case. However, for a brief period of two or three years in the early 1920’s, when Alice and Foster Bailey were beginning to publish the books published under her name, they named their fledgling publishing company “Lucifer Publishing Company”. By 1925 the name was changed to Lucis Publishing Company and has remained so ever since. Both “Lucifer” and “Lucis” come from the same word root, lucis being the Latin generative case meaning of light. The Baileys' reasons for choosing the original name are not known to us, but we can only surmise that they, like the great teacher (and occultist) H.P. Blavatsky, for whom they had enormous respect, sought to elicit a deeper understanding of the sacrifice made by Lucifer. Alice and Foster Bailey were serious students and teachers of Theosophy, a spiritual tradition which views Lucifer as one of the solar Angels, those advanced Beings Who Theosophy says descended (thus “the fall”) from Venus to our planet eons ago to bring the principle of mind to what was then animal-man. In the theosophical perspective, the descent of these solar Angels was not a fall into sin or disgrace but rather an act of great sacrifice, as is suggested in the name “Lucifer” which means light-bearer. [6]

M

Magic Circle Ring

Drawn by occultists to protect them from the spirits and demons they call up by incantations and rituals.

Maitreya

The name has its roots in a legendary Buddha figure. Some New Age advocates believe that the "second coming of Christ" occurred in 1977 in the person of Maitreya.

Mandala

A design, usually concentric, that focuses attention to a single point.

Mantra

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matthew 6:7

A word or phrase that is to be chanted repetitively in an effort to empty the mind and attain "cosmic consciousness" (oneness with God and the universe). A mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation" (cf. spiritual transformation). Its use and type varies according to the school and philosophy associated with the mantra

Mass Incarnation

An incarnation of the Christ in all of humanity. New Age advocates say that this incarnation is presently taking place on a planetary scale, and is not unlike the incarnation of the Cosmic Christ in the body of Jesus 2,000 years ago.

Medium

A psychic or sensitive living person whose body is used as a vehicle for communicating with spirits.

Metaphysics

The science of the supernatural, although the word used in Philosophy (1600-1900, along with Axiology and Epistemology) never meant that at all. Metaphysics was the study of Causality, Cosmology, the nature of the Universe, etc. Literally, it deals with the problem of "What is real?" In the New Age, where lunacy is the "norm," it deals with "Om," "Rome," and "Mahabone": three magic words used in Oriental religions, the Catholic religion, and in Masonry. (OM symbolizes "Brahma.")

Monism

A metaphysical theory that sees all of reality as a unified whole. Everything in the universe is seen as being made of the same stuff.

N

Network

An informal, decentralized organization created by like-minded individuals who are interested in addressing specific problems and offering possible solutions. All of this takes place outside of conventional institutions.

New Age Movement

A loose organization of people, many of them "Yuppies," who believe the world has entered the Aquarian Age when peace on earth and one-world government will rule. They see themselves as advanced in consciousness, rejecting Judeo-Christian values and the Bible in favor of Oriental philosophies and religion. Among them may be found environmentalists, nuclear-freeze proponents, Marxist-socialist utopians, mind-control advocates, ESP cultists, spiritists, witchcraft practitioners, and others using magical rites.

Nirvana

Liberation from earthly things; paradise.

Numerology

Main artilce: Numerology

The analysis of hidden or prophetic meanings of numbers.

O

Occultism

Belief in supernatural forces and beings. Available only to the initiate; secret.

Also see:

Om

A word symbolizing Brahma, the Creator God.

One Worlders

Those who advocate the abolition of nations, working to hand over power to a single-world government similar in structure to the present United Nations; off-shoots of the United World Federalists founded in the 1930s.

Ouiji Board

Game board containing all the letters of the alphabet plus numbers from 0 to 9 and "Yes/No." A sliding pointer (planchette) spells out words in answer to questions asked by players.

Although Ouija boards are viewed by some to be a simple toy, there are many people who believe they can be harmful, even dangerous. Those opposed to the use of Ouija boards claim that the board facilitates contact with evil spirit's or demon's, who masquerade as cooperative ghost's or dead loved ones, then proceed to trick players into becoming spiritually possessed. Others claim that evil spirits or demons can cause a user to start using the Ouija board as though it were a drug (Spiritual Lust), eventually ignoring personal relationships and obligations. The use of a Ouija board has also been claimed to cause users to go insane. As early as 1924, Harry Houdini wrote that five people from Carrito, California were driven insane by using a board (Harry Houdini, A Magician Among the Spirits 2002 ISBN 1589638956)). That same year, Carl Wickland reported that "the serious problem of alienation and mental derangement attending ignorant psychic experiments was first brought to my attention by cases of several persons whose seemingly harmless experiences with automatic writing and the Ouija board resulted in such wild insanity that commitment to asylums was necessitated."( Carl Wickland, Thirty years Among the Dead 1996 ISBN 0787309656). In 1944, occultist Manly P. Hall, the founder of the Philosophical Research Society and an authority on the occult during the early twentieth century, stated in Horizon magazine that, "during the last 20-25 years I have had considerable personal experience with persons who have complicated their lives through dabbling with the Ouija board. Out of every hundred such cases, at least 95 are worse off for the experience." He went on to say that, "I know of broken homes, estranged families, and even suicides that can be traced directly to this source."b( Manly P. Hall, Horizon Magazine, (October-December 1944), pages 76-77). Ouija board users have reported experiences of depression, hearing voices, and seeing apparitions after using the Ouija board. Suicide's, and occasional murder's (See * Natasha Cornett & the Lillelid murders) are sometimes attributed to Ouija board use. Susy Smith Susy Smith claimed in her 1971 autobiography, "Confessions of a Psychic," that use of a Ouija board caused her to become mentally disturbed. Christians are against the use of Ouija boards, because the Bible forbids all forms of divination (and mingling with spirits). Christians believe that dead person's soul can not be summoned (Hebrews 9:27), and therefore all spirits contacted through the Ouija board are demons trying to harm humans. The late Roman Catholic priest Malachi Martin believed talking boards were dangerous and claimed that by using these devices a person opens themselves to demonic oppression or possession, topics upon which Martin spoke and wrote extensively for many years. Malachi Martin, Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Americans, (HarperSanFrancisco: 1992 ISBN 006065337X). Ouija

The former medical director of the State Insane Asylum of New Jersey, Dr. Curry, stated that the Ouija board was a "dangerous factor" in unbalancing the mind and believed that if their popularity persisted insane asylums would be filled with people who used them. Decades later, in 1965, parapsychologist Martin Ebon in his book Satan Trap: Dangers of the Occult, states that "it all may start harmlessly enough, perhaps with a Ouija board," which will, "bring startling information... establishing credibility or identifying itself as someone who is dead. It is common that people... as having been 'chosen' for a special task." He continues, "Quite often the Ouija turns vulgar, abusive or threatening. It grows demanding and hostile, and sitters may find themselves using the board compulsively, as if 'possessed' by a spirit, or hearing voices that control or command them."

Out-of-Body Experience

Leaving the physical body while at rest, asleep, near death, or temporarily dead.

P

Pantheism

Doctrine that identifies God with the whole universe, every particle, tree, table, animal, and person being part of Him.

Paradigm Shift

Refers to a shift in world views. The so-called "new paradigm" (new model or form) is pantheistic (all is God) and monistic (all is one). Practically, it means that toleration of sin becomes progress, while virtue, morality, and purity become defects. In addition, lunacy becomes normal behavior while common sense becomes a "hindrance to change."

Paranormal

Beyond or above normal human powers or senses.

Parapsychology

Study of psychic phenomena using scientific methods.

Pendulum

Heavy object on a string, used for dowsing or fortune telling.

Pentagram

Five-pointed star used in magical ceremonies. While sometimes used by Satanists, it is not strictly a Satanic symbol. (Also, Satanists use the Pentagram only in its inverted orientation, while other occultists use it almost exclusively in the upright orientation.)

Percipient

Person who receives telepathic messages.

Perennial Philosophy

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Colossians 2:8 (King James Version)


A term made popular by Aldous Huxley (coined by Liebniz) that sees all religious truth or experience as one and the same. This philosophy proposes that even though the externals of the various religions may differ, the essence or core truth is the same in each.

Plan, The

A phrase that occurs often in the writings of Alice Bailey. It refers to specific preparations in the world for a New Age and a New Age Christ. These preparations are carried out by the "Masters of the Hierarchy," a group of exalted beings who supposedly guide the spiritual evolution of people on earth. Though this teaching of the Plan does actually exist, the term has been sensationalized by some "Christian" writers. These writers have mistakenly hypothesized that New Agers are completely unified in a "behind-the-scenes manipulation" of world events in order to conquer the world for its true god, Lucifer.

Planetary Citizens

A New Age activist group committed to engendering a "planetary consciousness" among both New Agers and the general public.

Planetization

New Age advocates believe that the various threats facing the human race require a global solution. This solution is "planetization." The word refers to the unifying of the world into a corporate brotherhood.

Poltergeist

German word for a noisy, mischievous, destructive spirit (a demon).

Precognition

Advance knowledge of future events.

PSI

Term used in place of psychic or paraphysical; ESP.

Psychic Birth

A quickening of spiritual or cosmic consciousness and power. This new consciousness is one that recognizes oneness with God and the universe. Psychic birth is an occult counterpart to the Christian new birth.

Psychic Energy

Extrasensory energy that enables people to do miracles.

Psychic Healer

A person who cures mental or physical illness from the cosmic energy emanating through the healer's hands.

Psychoanalysis

Tracing mental and physical ills back to hurtful childhood experiences; based on Sigmund Freud's theories.

Psychometry

Reading information from an object about events involving the person who owns it, usually by handling it.

Psychotechnologies

Refers to the various approaches or systems aimed at deliberately altering one's consciousness.

R

Reflexology

Reflexology, or zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on what reflexologists claim to be a system of zones and reflex areas that they say reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. Reflexologists posit that the blockage of an energy field, invisible life force, or Qi, can prevent healing. Another tenet of reflexology is the belief that practitioners can relieve stress and pain in other parts of the body through the manipulation of the feet

Reincarnation

Refers to the cyclical evolution of a person's soul as it repeatedly passes from one body to another at death. This process continues until the soul reaches a state of perfection.

Retrocognition

Knowledge of past events learned paranormally.

Right Brain Learning

The right hemisphere of the brain is believed to be the center of intuitive and creative thought (as opposed to the rational nature of the left hemisphere). New Agers have seized on this as a justification to bring "right brain learning techniques" into the classroom. These techniques include meditation, yoga, and guided imagery.

Rolfing

Seeks to relieve energy blockages in the body by applying deep pressure or massage.

S

Séance

A gathering of people seeking communication with deceased loved ones or famous historical figures through a medium.

Second Coming of Christ

Understood by some as the coming of the Cosmic Christ in all of humanity, related to the New Age concept of the "mass incarnation." The Second Coming is supposedly now occurring in the hearts and minds of people all over the earth. Others associate it specifically with the appearance of Maitreya as the avatar of the coming age.

Self-realization

New Agers use this as a synonym for God-realization. It refers to a personal recognition of one's divinity.

Sensitive

A person who frequently demonstrates extrasensory gifts such as clairvoyance, telepathy, or precognition.

Seven rays

  • Mythology
    • Seven rays (Mithraism), The Seven Greek Vowels (Gnosticism)
      • Symbolised the seven heavens, or Planets, whose harmony keeps the Universe in existence, each vowel having seven different methods of expression corresponding with a certain Force, the correct utterance of these letters and comprehension of the forces typified being believed to confer supreme power, bringing success in all enterprises and giving complete control over all the powers of darkness. [7]

Shaman

A medicine man/woman or witchdoctor, who uses hypnotism, charms, drugs, chants (mantras), "Chi" energy, etc., to open his victims to demon possession and controlled responses.

Solar Logos

Believed by some to be a mighty spiritual being who is the ensouling life of the solar system. The material solar system is simply a physical manifestation (or body) of this living intelligence.

Spirit Control

A disembodied spirit who relays messages from dead people to the living through a trance medium.

Spirit Guide

A spiritual entity who provides information of "guidance," often through a medium or channeled. The spirit provides guidance only after the channeled relinquishes his perceptual and cognitive capacities into its control.

Spiritual Hierarchy of Masters

  • New Age advocates believe these spiritual "masters" are highly evolved men who, having already perfected themselves, are now guiding the rest of humanity to this same end.


The Ascended Masters are the Fallen Angels Benjamin Creme's theology is directly founded on the teachings that were published by Helena P. Blavatsky (HPB) and Alice A. Bailey (AAB) as dictated to them from various Ascended Masters. Through a closer examination of their beliefs it can be shown that the so-called "Ascended Masters" who developed their twisted theology are in fact the Fallen Angels of the Judeo-Christian tradition. [8]

  • According to AAB, the Hierarchy of Ascended Masters who are responsible for humanity's evolution are led by a (Unholy) trinity of Supreme Beings. This trinity is explained in the following chart, taken from AAB's The Destiny of Nations, p.23
    • I. SHAMBALLA - Will or Power - Planetary head centre,
      • The Holy City / Purpose . . Plan spiritual pineal gland. (todo: related to the pine cone?)
        • Life Aspect
          • Ruler:- Sanat Kumara, the Lord of the World. (Note: Sanat, as well as Santa are acronyms for Satan)
    • II. THE HIERARCHY Love-Wisdom Planetary heart centre.
      • The new Jerusalem Consciousness.
        • Group Unity
          • Ruler:- The Christ (Maitreya)
            • The World Saviour.
    • III. HUMANITY Active Intelligence Planetary throat centre.
      • The city, standing foursquare Self-Consciousness.
        • Creativity
          • Ruler:- Lucifer.
            • Son of the Morning.
            • The Prodigal Son.

Spiritualist or Spiritist

Person who believes in the ability to contact departed souls through a medium.

Subject

Person used for experiments in ESP studies.

Sufism

Persian mystical religion based on Islam.

Syncretism

The attempt to combine or unify differing religious systems. New Age gurus often claim that all the world religions teach the same core truth: all people possess an inner divinity.

Synergy

A principle which states that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

T

Tantra

A word invented to describe the Hindu and Buddhist "scriptures" (which are actually called Sutras and Vedas) which show people "shortcuts" to getting Prajna ("enlightenment").

Taoism

A Chinese religion and philosophy that sees the universe as engaged in ceaseless motion and activity. All is considered to be in continual flux. The universe is intrinsically dynamic. This continual cosmic process is called the "Tao" by the Chinese. (The process is described in terms of Yin and Yang -- see: Yin/Yang). Tao is that which is formless, yet the mother of all forms, and that which is timeless, yet prior to all manifestations, and that which does nothing, yet leaves nothing undone. The most outrageous Taoist doctrine for Bible believers would be Lao Tzu's adage "Forget right and wrong, and it will be better for everyone."

Tarot Cards

Deck of seventy-eight cards that supposedly reveal the secrets of man and the universe.

Telekinesis

he ability to move physical objects by force of will or mental energy alone; also called psychokinesis.

Telepathy

Communication between minds by extrasensory means.

Tetragram

A magic diagram shaped as a four-pointed star.

Theosophy

A school of thought founded by Helena P. Blavatsky. The term literally means "divine wisdom." The goals of Theosophy are to (1) form a universal brotherhood; (2) do comparative study of world religions, science, and philosophy; and (3) investigate the psychic and spiritual powers latent in man. Theosophy is the forerunner of much New Age thought.

See What is Theosophy

Therapeutic Touch

A "therapy" in which the practitioner "channels" the universal life energy for the patient and then helps the patient to assimilate this energy.

Third Eye

An imaginary eye in the forehead believed to be the center of psychic vision.

Trance

A mental state resembling sleep during which the conscious mind rests while the spirit entity takes over the medium's body.

Trance Channeler

The newest term for "trance medium."

Transformation

New Age advocates promote both personal and planetary transformation. Personal transformation involves the changes wrought in one's life by increasing Self-realization. As more and more people are personally transformed, the planet too will be transformed into a global brotherhood.

Trumpet Medium

A psychic or "sensitive" who brings forth "spirit voices" through a trumpet at séances.

U

UFO

Unidentified flying object; flying saucer.

Unity-in-Diversity Council

A New Age "meta-network" of over 100 networks and groups rallying for global cooperation and interdependence.

Universalism

Universalism, in its primary sense, refers to religious, theological, and philosophical concepts with universal application or applicability. Religion in this context is defined as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

In its secondary sense, a church or community that calls itself Universalist may emphasize the universal principles of most religions and accept other religions in an inclusive manner, believing in a universal reconciliation between humanity and the divine. For example Abrahamic religions like Judaism, Christianity, and Islam still claim a universal value of their doctrine and moral principles because they feel they are inclusive. Also see Ecumenism

V

Veda

The most ancient of the Hindu scriptures.

Visualization

Also known as "guided imagery," visualization basically refers to "mind over matter." It involves the attempt to bring about change in the material realm by the power of the mind.

W

Warlock

A wizard or sorcerer; a male witch. (Some male witches claim that "warlock" does not refer to a male witch at all, but merely means "oath-breaker.")

World Goodwill

A New Age political lobby that aims to unfold "The Plan" as spelled out in the writings of Alice Bailey.

Y

Yin/Yang

Chinese names referring to the active and passive principles of the universe. Yin refers to the female or [inactive] negative force; Yang to the male or active force. These two polar forces continually interplay with each other. Briefly, it means that "good and evil" and "right and wrong" are actually the SAME; they simply appear as opposites. Get rid of all the Opposites (seen and unseen, hot and cold, up and down, back and forth, day and night, high and low, etc.), and you can attain perfection (Nirvana, Samadhi, Prajna, etc.).

Yoga

A means of becoming united with the supreme being, or with the universal soul.

Yogi

Someone who practices yoga.

Z

Zodiac

see: Occult symbolism: Zodiac

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