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Author Topic: The term 'New Age' and criticism  (Read 16810 times)
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« Reply #3: January 24, 2009, 09:15:06 am »


Speaking only for myself: "New-agey" is crystals, channeling, spirit work, animal totems, Reiki, and more--but it's those things *taken out of any context*. "Ooooh shiny!" I did work with crystals as a Wiccan years ago; there was a background taught with that work, and a framework in which to use it. Jane New-Ager doesn't necessarily have that background, she may have read a book that told her "use black tourmaline to absorb negativity" and now she's a crystal-worker. The appropriation of animal spirits is another "new-agey" thing that gets my goat (so to speak). For someone who works within a First Nations framework, I think it's highly appropriate. For me??? Not so much. Ja, I am very much drawn to otters, and every "what's your totem animal" internet quiz I take tells me that's my totem. Do I think that gives me the right to practice animal-spirit work? Um--no.

There's a certain "I'm so counterculture I'm so cool and you're not"-ness to "New-age" things, IMO. It's not so much about the beliefs, as the trappings--and that, ultimately, is meaningless and shallow, and not of much use in a spiritual/religious way.

(The above is the opinion of the writer and in no way represents the opinions of others here or elsewhere.)
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