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New Age Studies Are Older Than You Think

New Age is a catchall phrase used to describe metaphysical sciences, beliefs and teachings. It, and the practices that fall into this category, is often misunderstood and brushed under the carpet; but the truth behind the matter often surprises skeptics.

While the word “new” is used in the term New Age, don’t let this fool you. Many of the practices that fall under this broad classification rely on ancient wisdom and have scientifically proven results and benefits for users.

The term New Age first gained attention in the 1800s, but the movement itself didn’t really get off the ground on a widespread level until the 1900s. It includes many well known metaphysical sciences that have roots in ancient practices. Although seen by some as “trendy,” “hokey” or even imaginary, the metaphysical sciences that fall into the New Age movement are widespread - with many, in fact, being accepted on a broad scale.

At their very heart, most metaphysical sciences do focus on the power of the mind and the subconscious mind. They are considered “science” because it has been proven in many laboratory observations that thought can, and does, affect matter. What once was called “alchemy” is now considered viable, respected and legitimate through such “New Age” practices as:

Acupuncture and acupressure – This ancient practice dates back more than 8,000 years in Chinese history. It treats health conditions by stimulating specific points in the body, known as health points. The practices of acupuncture and acupressure fall into the New Age category, but are widely accepted as a legitimate means for treating health concerns.

Hypnosis – This practice seeks to unlock the power of the subconscious mind and is not only used in New Age practices, but also in psychology and psychiatry.

Meditation – Often used in New Age practices, this ancient art seeks to put a person on a path to enlightenment. In addition to being a major component of yoga, meditation is often recommended to help people combat the effects of stress and teach them to strike a balance in their lives.

Yoga – This ancient Indian practice focuses on the union of mind, body and spirit. In addition to affording practitioners a pathway for better physical health, its followers seek personal enlightenment.

New Age is a term that encompasses a wide variety of practices that tend to actually have rather old roots. Many of the practices that fall into the New Age classification seek to harness the power of the subconscious mind to achieve tangible and beneficial results in the physical world.

Although some still see New Age practices as unusual, the acceptance of such forms as yoga, acupuncture and hypnosis is impossible to deny. The connection between mind, body and spirit has been proven. The reality is the mind and thought can affect matter for the betterment of humanity.

New Age might have negative connotations in some circles, but, in truth, it’s difficult to argue with the reliability of many of its practices. Many, in fact, are recognized by the Western world as highly beneficial.


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