The New Age offers a path to personal enlightenment and a deeper understanding of the Universe and humanity’s relationship with it. The New Age teaches us that we hold the inherent power to manifest whatever experiences we desire for ourselves as we live within the shared reality and physical realm of existence. The reality is that humans are just a part of the vast expanse that is the Universe and because of this we are searching for knowledge and greater understanding. There is no end to our seeking because there isn’t meant to be one.
I have made this list (in response to Doreen Virtue’s) as an aid (and contrary list to hers) to help you identify and embrace these spiritual practices. I wish someone would have compiled a similar list and given it to me so that I might have begun my own spiritual practice years prior. My list is written with the intention of sharing knowledge and person experiences that I may have about these practices and I encourage my readers to explore any practices that they resonate with or feel drawn to do. I love each of you and support you as you travel your spiritual path.
I believe in the existence of demons, Lucifer, The Devil, and Satan, but my personal understanding of who and what they are, is not necessarily the same understanding as yours and definitely NOT the same as the beliefs held by many if not all Christianity. I have had brief encounters with some of the aforementioned entities, but I prefer to avoid interactions with most of them if I am given the choice. Some New Agers may believe that demons, Lucifer, The Devil, and Satan don’t exist, but may have the understanding that “negative” spiritual entities do and some may even understand that even “light” entities may hold individual agendas that do not resonate with that of humanity, so to make any generalizations about those who practice or resonate with New Age thought is to do a disservice to a large audience of individuals.
I personally believe that many spiritual entities that are quickly labeled as demons, Lucifer, The Devil, and Satan are actually thoughtforms created from a collective vibrational frequency of fear and negativity or may be a different spiritual entity that has been misidentified. Jesus is NOT the ONLY cure.
People make promises they cannot keep. They set expectations on themselves and others that cannot always be fulfilled. These disappointments we experience in our lives is due to their own misunderstanding of our own nature, the nature of other humans, of the gods, Spirits, and ultimately the Universe. It is not the devious ploys of a serpent that is leading us astray; it is our own ignorance and self-deception. Beware anyone that is attempting to tell you otherwise. These New Age practices will enable you to find the hidden knowledge that you hold within you, that you were born with, but have been severed from through the influence and distractions of modern life.
Doing or not doing these practices doesn’t make you a “bad person” as there are no “bad people”, in my opinion. We are all sacred manifestations of The Universe and are perfectly who we are meant to be. None of these practices are a demonic trap though some may require skills or knowledge that you may be essential to acquire before you are able to practice them with success.
If you’ve been engaged in these practices and have found knowledge, personal gnosis, or enlightening experiences that you’d like to share with others, I encourage you to do so in a comment to this blog post OR to create a YouTube video and share the link here with me as I would love to hear what you would like to share. We can all learn from each other.
The New Age is about love, light, and peace. I believe that there is a balance that is beneficial to attain … that sometimes it is within darkness that one can find the brightest light and through this illumination find the peace that is being sought. The New Age is not an endless journey of seeking peace and love and never finding it; The New Age is about seeking personal enlightenment and a deeper understanding of the Universe and humanity’s relationship with it.
Please feel free to share, post, copy, publish, and translate this article with others. Someone needs to see this list and the actual definitions of what each of these entries are and how they may be tools that may aid in your own personal enlightenment or spiritual practice. Guilt can weigh heavily on the mind and consciousness of our psyche and understanding what each entry actually “is” as opposed to what one might perceive each item to be may aid in relieving some of that guilt.
If this list offends or upsets you, it’s likely because someone has cultivated a fear within you which has been oppressing you and creating a dissonance with my words. Whoever planted this seed of fear was attempting to control your thoughts and actions because they don’t want you to stray from their “straight and narrow” path. They don’t want you to think for yourself or exercise your own Will. They don’t want you to explore other possibilities and constantly tell you that they have “The Truth” or the one true “Way” to paradise / Heaven / Paradise. If you’re filled with guilt, anger, and fear, I empathize with you. I know how that feels and I am able to be a support for you if you feel the need for one. You can contact me through email.
Encyclopedia of New Age Practices to Embrace
Aliens – The interest in other life forms beyond our planet can enable you to expand your mind. Our minds are the seat of our intellect and imagination and when we cultivate these we are able to comprehend ideas, thoughts, and concepts that are more complex and of a deeper psychic nature.
Angel Cards – Angels are a spiritual being with a broader perception and focus that human beings. If you are someone who is drawn to cultivate and work with these spiritual beings, then these cards are a good place to begin. If you aren’t interested in working with angels, but like the oracle cards then working with them will enable you to tap into your own psychic abilities and the powers of divination.
Angel Numbers – Numerology is a mathematical way of divining information into personal situations and can lend great insight and understanding that can lead to a better solution.
Angel Readings – Because angels have a greater perspective than human beings do they are able to share insight into our challenges and situations providing us with alternative choices that we may not have consciously considered ourselves.
Ascended Masters – Within Theosophy, an Ascended Master is believed to be a human being who was formerly embodied on the Earth and learned the lessons of life during their incarnations, but who has attained full union with his or her “Might I Am Presence” enabling them greater knowledge. They are able to be contacted for guidance.
Astral Projection – Leaving your physical body behind and traveling without it for a time then returning to the body is a practice that enables human beings freedom from the physical realm. Out-of-body experiences can be utilized to achieve a new perspective of human life granting the practitioner greater knowledge and understanding.
Astrocartography – Location astrology can enable an individual to use their natal charts to determine the best location on the planet to live so that their personal vibrational frequency is in alignment with their environment thus creating a more harmonious frequency for their life experience.
Astrology – The study of the movements and relative positions of celestial objects as a means of diving information has been done for thousands of years. Calculating a natal chart for yourself or having yours done by another individual can grant insight into your own personality and the seemingly hidden motives you have for doing what you do.
Chakras – The focal points or putative nodes within the subtle (energetic) body are often referred to as chakras within a variety of ancient meditation practices or esoteric traditions. The New Age movement adopted the concepts and working with these energetic points of the body through breathing, visualizations, mudras, and mantras are beneficial to understanding and working with personal energies.
Channeled Books – Some authors claim to receive truths or profound information from a channeled entity and have written books containing these messages while other authors spoke with an entity through a channel and wrote the messages down in a book. Many of these books have information that can be helpful to someone wishes to spiritually improve themselves and create a life they desire. Some famous channeled books include: Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley, Seth by Jane Roberts, A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman, Ask and it is Given and all other books by Esther and Jerry Hicks.
Channeling – This is the practice of communicating with spiritual entities to gain information that will grant greater understanding of humanity’s place within the Universe. Some individuals will shift their personal consciousness to allow the spiritual entity to use their physical body in order to communicate. Many channels nurture a connection with a specific spiritual entity such as; an angel, a multidimensional being, The Ancestors, Ascended Masters, Spirit Guides, the channel's Higher Self, the Collective Unconscious, the Cosmic Mind, or a specific god or deity.
Christ Consciousness –Described as an awareness of the higher self as part of a higher universal spiritual energy or state of mind, this concept is the understanding that there is a universal and omnipresent force that connects all sentient beings, which bringing forth unity through compassion and love.
Course in Miracles, A – This book was channeled by Helen Schucman who claims it was dictated to her by Jesus. It contains a curriculum which assists readers in achieving a spiritual transformation by teaching them how to gain a full awareness of love’s presence in their own life.
Cults – A social group with deviant or novel beliefs and practices that range in size from local groups with only a few members to international organizations with millions. The words cult and sect have been used interchangeably in some circumstances and the definitions of the words often overlap. There has been a response to new religious groups that have appeared across the globe to distinguish between legitimate religions and dangerous or unwanted cults.
Deities and Divinities – A supernatural being or beings considered to be divine or sacred and is revered by human beings. These deities and divinities interact with humanity, both positively and negatively, in ways that enable human beings to experience a new level of consciousness, beyond the grounded preoccupations of mundane existence.
Divination – The attempt to gain insight of a situation by way of occult practices or rituals. There are various forms in which an individual can ascertain this hidden information; cards, stones, bones, signs, omens, are among just a few tools available. A diviner sees the patterns or seemingly unconnected things as indicators of wisdom and is able to interpret them in such a way that they will provide the desired guidance.
Dream Catchers – The charm woven by the women of the Ojibwe people from sinew on a willow hoop is decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads. The tradition originates from the legend of Asibikaashi or Spider Woman. The Native American tribes believe that Asibkaashi takes care of the people of the land, but as the Ojibwe Nation spread across North America it became increasingly difficult for her to reach all the children so the mothers and grandmothers of the tribe crafted the charms for protection. They were meant to catch any harm that might be in the air just as a spider’s web catches and holds whatever comes in contact with it.
Drumming Circles – Originating with indigenous spiritual practices of different cultures these gatherings focus on the shamanic nature of the spiritual practices. They are a facilitated circle where the drumming is simple and repetitive used as a method of trance induction or as a form of prayer.
Earth Angels – Sometimes the term is interchanged with light worker, this human being is believed to be an incarnated angel, a spiritual being of a higher evolved energetic frequency who is able to channel his or her positive attributes to those who are otherwise unreachable. They have a soul contract with the individual they are here to guide in life so that he or she is able to fulfill and understand their life purpose. They work with human beings on a subconscious level through meditations, dreams, and visions.
Empowerment – This refers to the degree of sovereignty and self-determination within the individual in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible way. It is the process of becoming confident in the ability to control one’s life overcoming any sense of powerlessness and lack of influence within their own life experience.
Energy Healing – Because all things are comprised of energy, all things are able to be manipulated for the benefit of the individual as well as to their detriment. Tapping into the energy field of a human being and working directly with the physical body and the emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual an individual is able to identify any disturbance and remove any resistance within the flow of energy. Some techniques used in energy healing are; Acupuncture, Crystal Healing, Reiki, Quantum Healing, and Qigong.
Entity Group – A group or collection of non-physical or spiritual entities that speak through a human channel and usually have an ascribed name or identity in which they are referred to as by the channel. Abraham, channeled by Esther Hicks, is an example of this and has described themselves as “a group consciousness from the non-physical dimension”.
Fairies – A mystical ethereal creature or sprite included in various traditions and folklore of the Celtic, Gaelic, and Germanic people. These creatures are described as human in appearance, but possess magickal powers and are most commonly associated with the elemental forces of the planet (earth, water, fire, and air).
Feng Shui – One of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, Chinese geomancy is a science that uses energy forces to harmonize the environment as well as individuals. It is classified as physiognomy or the observation of appearances through formulas and calculations. It utilizes the invisible forces that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together or qi to harmonize.
Goddesses – The sacred feminine; the immanent, transcendent, and manifested aspect of the supreme creator deity. Whether she is experienced as a personified deity or as an ethereal incorporeal form the divine force is present in all of nature and living beings. All ancient cultures have a pantheon of gods and goddess that they worshipped and honored within their traditions illustrating the balance between all polarities of the physical environment they lived.
Harry Potter – The main protagonist in a young adult fantasy novel series written by J.K. Rowling, the books chronicle the lives of a young wizard and his friends all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A major theme in the series of novels is death and the quest for immortality at any price.
Horoscopes – A stylized map of the heavens over a specific location at a particular moment in time used as a divination tool to gain insight regarding events and circumstances of an individual’s life.
Hypnosis – An altered state of human consciousness involving focused attention and is susceptible to suggestion. Some hypnotists use this altered state to aid individuals therapeutically so that they are able to overcome traumatic events in their past. Spiritually this altered state of consciousness also referred to as “trance” to seek hidden truths held within them.
Idols – An object of extreme devotion or a representation of an object of worship, they have been present within religions and cultures for years. These items represent that which we are unable to perceive with our physical eyes whether due to the ethereal or conceptual nature of that which is represented.
Journeying – A shamanic practice of intentionally sending the spirit of the self out of the physical body to experience another place or realm of the earth in order to heal, obtain information or knowledge, or to work through psychological issues.
Law of Attraction – The concept is rooted in ideas that stem from various philosophical and religious traditions while greatly being inspired by Hermeticism. The core belief is that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into the individual’s life because both people and thoughts are comprised of energy. In order to effectively change negative thought patterns the individual must feel the desired changes have already occurred so that with a combination of positive thought and positive emotions the individual will allow positive experiences and opportunities to manifest in their life.
Mandalas – A spiritual and ritual geometric pattern or symbol that represents the cosmos; a microcosm of the universe. The basic form is a square with four gates shaped in a T, containing a circle with a center point. The symbol is used for focusing attention of the practitioners, as a spiritual guide, establishing a sacred space, and as a meditation and trance aid.
Manifesting – The desired outcome of working with the Law of Attraction or magick. It is the physical appearance in your life of your focused intention, it is the creation of something that you are wanting and have been applying effort and attention on with the understanding that it will appear.
Meditating without God – A beneficial way in which to bring the body, mind, and spirit into balance which is important for over-all health and well-being. It takes practice to condition the mind and not all ways of meditating will appeal to everyone. There are numerous techniques that can be used; focused meditation, spiritual meditation, movement meditation, mantra meditation, mindfulness meditation, and guided meditation.
Mediumship – The ability to communicate with the spirits of the dead. Mediumship abilities may manifest as hearing spirits, feeling spirits or generally seeing them. Tools that may be used for by mediums for communicating are; Spirit Boards, mirrors, tables, or cards.
Mercury Retrograde – The optical illusion which creates the appearance that the planet Mercury is moving backwards from our viewpoint on earth. The planet Mercury is generally associated with all forms of communication, information, and travel so when the planet is in retrograde all situations connected with these categories may seem to work against your intentions.
Mindfulness – Being aware of the sounds and activities that are happening around you allows the human mind to be unattached and to flow easily and without resistance from one thought to the next. This practice is considered a meditation and is used to aid in stress reduction.
Numerology – The study of numerical value of the letters in words, names, and ideas and the relationship between that mathematical value and the ideas expressed. The belief is that the life of the individual is affected by his or her birth date, birth name, and other factors surrounding them and by determining the numerical value of this information insight can be gained about the individual and aid them in making more beneficial decisions in their life.
Oracle Cards – Cards with images or illustrations on them that are used as a divination tool created to provide insight to the user. There is no specific structure to an oracle deck; no set number of cards, no traditional symbols, or meanings and can vary greatly from creator to creator.
Out-of-Body Experiencing – Leaving your physical body behind and traveling without it for a time then returning to the body is a practice that enables human beings freedom from the physical realm. Astral Projection can be utilized to achieve a new perspective of human life granting the practitioner greater knowledge and understanding.
Paganism – A fourth century term used by early Christians for people in the Roman Empire who practiced polytheism. Alternative labels for the same group were; hellene, gentile, and heathen. The term was used originally as a derogatory term for polytheism implying that the beliefs were inferior to Christianity. After the Middle Ages the word was applied to any non-Abrahamic or unfamiliar religion and presumed a belief in “false gods”. Modern Paganism possesses a world view that is generally pantheistic, polytheistic, or animistic though there are some that hold a monotheistic perspective and most incorporate beliefs or practices regarding the worship or honoring nature.
Pantheism – Dating back thousands of years in various religions, this belief is that reality is identical with divinity and that all things compose an all-encompassing, immanent god with no distinct personal anthropomorphic presence. God is the world and the world is god.
Past-Life Regression – The work of Madame Blavatsky, co-founder of the Theosophical Society brought popularity to the process of using hypnosis to uncover hidden memories of previous incarnations or past lives. It has been used in therapy since it was developed by psychologists in the 1950s and is used today by psychiatrists and mediums to aid the individual in recovering from trauma or to gain insight into personal habits and beliefs.
Peace Signs – An internationally recognized symbol for peace, this symbol also known as the CND symbol, was designed for the British nuclear disarmament movement by artist Gerald Holtom. The symbol is a combination of the semaphore signals for the letters "N" (person holds two flags in an inverted “V”) and "D" (formed by holding one flag pointed straight up and the other straight down). When superimposed these two signals form the shape of the center of the peace symbol.
Pendulums – A weighted item (bob) hung from a string or chain. These tools can be used for divination or healing work. When used as a divination tool it acts as an antenna to amplify the energetic signal from the realms beyond. The vibration caused the bob to move in a specific direction providing the answers sought. When used in healing work by dowsing, seeking out invisible energies, and working to clear out any blockages that may be present within your chakras or auric field.
Polytheism – Dating back thousands of years in various religions, this worship or belief in multiple gods or deities usually assembled into a group or pantheon, which possess specific rituals and practices. Many polytheistic religions the deities are representations of forces of natural or ancestral principles.
Prosperity Gospel – This is a Christian belief that financial donations to a religious cause or specific church will increase their material wealth by God’s blessing. The doctrine emphasizes the importance of visualization, atonement and donations, which will break the curse of poverty brought on by the lack of faith or broken faith the individual possesses.
Psychic Readings – Discerning information that is attained through the use of psychic abilities is a practice that has been done for thousands of years. The information is shared with the client who then is able to use this information to make better choices and decisions within their life. These readings can be done in a number of ways and some psychics may use tools to aid in the gathering of information. Some common types of readings include; Tarot reading, palm reading, aura readings, astrological readings, and psychometry.
Reiki – A spiritual healing art created and originally taught by Mikao Usui allows the practitioner to become a conduit for sacred life force energy or (Ki) which flows through all living things. Receiving a healing session will ease tension and stress found within the physical body by releasing these energetic blockages and allowing the energy to flow freely which will promote the body’s natural healing to occur.
Sage – The savory herb is listed as one of the essential culinary herbs along with parsley, rosemary, and thyme, but also has a historical reputation for use as a diuretic, local anesthetic, fever reducer, styptic, and emmenagogue. It appears in recipes for Four Thieves Vinegar, a blend of herbs which wards off the plague and other nasty conditions. There are indications that in the past the plant has been used for hair care, insect bites and wasp stings, nervous conditions, mental conditions, and oral preparations for inflammation of the mouth, tongue and throat. Research has suggested that extracts from the herb may have positive effects on the human brain.
Sacred Geometry – The belief that a deity created the universe according to a geometric plans and that these geometric shapes and proportions hold symbolic and sacred meanings. When human beings adopt these concepts and geometric shapes into their daily lives they will connect with this divine energy.
Shamanism – A specific practice that involves a practitioner (shaman, witch doctor, priest) reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with the spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this shared reality. The practitioner gains knowledge and power to heal upon entering the spirit world where the healing, cleansing, and recovering of “lost” spirits is done. The shaman is granted power by their spirit guides though s/he is always in their presence even when they are not actively engaging with them.
Sorcery – The use of extraordinary means such as magick, divination, or necromancy (communion with spirits) to gain power and influence or manifest change in the shared reality whether for the benefit or detriment of those involved or affected by the intended change.
Spirit Guides – A spiritual entity that acts as a guide, mentor, teacher, or protector to a living incarnated human being. The spirit lives as energy, in a spiritual realm, but may not always be of human descent. Some guides may have been people who incarnated multiple times, some may have been other physical beings from other times or places. Regardless of their origin the spirit’s purpose is to guide the individual they are bonded with during their life experience.
Statues – A free standing realistic carved or cast figure representing a real or mythical person or animal. These representations tend to be life sized and crafted in durable material life wood, metal, stone, or other material. Many religions and spiritual paths create representations of their gods or spiritual teachers as focal points during prayers or meditation.
Sweat Lodges – This dome-shaped structure is made of all natural materials and is referred to as the lodge while the religious ceremony performed within it is called a sweat or a purification ceremony. The healing and prayer ceremony was only led by the elders of the nation, who knew the language, songs, traditions, and safety protocols. The ceremony originally held by the Indigenous people of the Americas (Plains Indians) has been adopted by numerous other nations.
Tapping – A combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology, this simple method works to physically alter your brain, energy system, and body. The practice consists of tapping with your finger tips on specific meridian points while talking through a traumatic memory, which allows you to balance your body’s energy. This practice is also referred to as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Unicorns – A legendary creature described as a beast with a single large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead. The horn is said to have the power to render poisoned water drinkable and to heal sickness, but only a virgin could capture the creature, which is a symbol of purity and grace. The Bible describes an animal, the re'em, which some versions translate as unicorn.
Universalism – The philosophical and theological concept that is centered on the belief that religion is a universal human quality with a focus on the universal principles of most religions. It understands that the living truth is more far-reaching than the national, cultural, or religious boundaries or interpretations of that one truth.
Universe – All of space, time, and their contents including planets, stars, galaxies, and all other forms of matter and energy, which makes determining the size of it unknowable. It is because of the definition of Universe that individuals will use the word to reference “god” or “the gods” or “Creator” from a pantheist perspective.
Vision Board – A tool used to help clarify an individual’s life goal or intended purpose. It works as a point of focus for the individual’s visualizations which will aid in the manifestation of that which they desire to experience. The board is any type of board on which images, photographs, words, or other items that represent the desired intention or outcome.
Wicca – Also known as “The Craft” or “The Old Religion”, it is a diverse and decentralized religion with many denominations or traditions; Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Dianic, Faerie, Eclectic, and many others. Each tradition varies in size, structure, purpose, symbology, deities, and ritual practices including whether initiation is required to join the tradition and when initiation is required these practices will vary from tradition to tradition. Gerald Gardner is credited with introducing the religion, which draws upon ancient pagan and hermetic themes, to the public in 1954. The traditional core beliefs, principles, and practices were outlined by Gardner and Doreen Valiente through published books and secret written and oral teachings passed to the initiates of their coven. The celebrations within the religion encompass the cycles of the Moon (Esbats), the cycles of the Sun (Sabbats), and the cycle of the seasons. The rituals of the religion involve the practice of magick.
Witchcraft – Practice and belief in supernatural skills and abilities exercised by a solitary practitioner referred to as witch. The individual has the skill to manipulate the energies of the natural world to influence the mind, body, spirit, and environment of themselves and others whether in accordance with that individual’s will or against it. The practice generally includes; spell casting for various intentions and with specific purposes, healing, necromancy, and demonology.
Yoga – A group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices, which originate in ancient India. Though there are six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy in the Western world the term “yoga” is often used to denote a modern form of Hatha yoga, which includes asanas or physical postures. This form of yoga emerged around the 11th century with origins in tantra (esoteric traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism). Gurus from India introduced yoga to the West and it became popular as a physical exercise, but it is more than this; it is a meditative and spiritual practice related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.
Zodiac Signs – The “circle of animals” is a zone in space projected onto the celestial sphere through which the planets move. The sun sign is the most familiar astrological fact for most individuals. The geometric construction of the zodiac is divided into 12 signs, which are used as a divination tool to gain insight regarding events and circumstances of an individual’s life. Some astrologers don’t use the signs when determining an individual’s horoscope and will focus instead on the astrological aspects and other features of the natal chart.