Cosmic confluence

A south Oregon town is a magnet for spiritual seekers who reject mainstream religion but are searching for enlightenment ASHLAND, Ore. – In Ashland, North America’s newest spiritual mecca, the well-off, educated residents who fill the coffee bars, boutiques and healing centers do not see themselves as mere Americans. They see themselves as citizens of […]

New Age magazine’s publishers are ready to enlighten you

For 25 years, Guy and Jeanne Spiro have been ushering in the Age of Aquarius one reader at a time. From their vantage point at the Monthly Aspectarian, the monthly New Age magazine they publish from modest offices in Morton Grove, the Spiros have watched beliefs and practices once considered pretty “out there” become part […]

Divine Revelations in Copyright

Summary: Can new-age teachings be trade secrets? New-age self-help groups such as the Arica Institute often go to great lengths to make sure their revelations are for paying customers only. Many require students to sign confidentiality agreements, or protect their documents with high-tech devices and guards. Other programs prevent both students and teachers from keeping […]

New Age aging well

Once labeled alternative, the Evolving Times Expo has flowed into the mainstream The Evolving Times Expo is a countercultural trip down memory lane. There’s something nostalgic – very late ’60s and early ’70s – about all the swirling tie-dye, gleaming healing crystals and overall hippie ambience at this trade show for all things alternative and […]

Cleese on finding Holy Grail

Satirist of religion in Monty Python now a spiritual man John Cleese and his co-conspirators in the Monty Python comedy troupe always loved to the skewer the sacred. Their satires on the search for the Holy Grail, the life of Jesus (a.k.a. “Brian”) and the pomposity of Sunday morning worship are among the cult classics […]

Quack addicts

Cherie and Tony bonding in a muddy Mayan ritual – it’s the ultimate example of how mumbo-jumbo has inundated Britain, writes Francis Wheen in this final extract from his fascinating new book Everyone was at it. In Britain, allegedly the home of the stiff upper lip, the loopier manifestations of soul-baring may have been mocked […]

Jach Pursel has turned `channeling’ for an entity he calls Lazaris into a golden empire

ORLANDO, Fla. – (KRT) – It’s a story that Orlando resident Jach Pursel has told probably hundreds of times: Sitting quietly on his bed one day in 1974, he slipped deep into meditation as his wife watched. Then words spilled from his lips, and Lazaris made his first appearance through Pursel. For nearly three decades, […]

SQ is latest corporate mantra

After IQ and EQ, the new quotient that has captured the interest of corporate India’s is SQ, or Spiritual Quotient. And its advocates say it’s here to stay. With the Indian economy growing at over seven percent, the tempo is high. But with it comes higher stress. And New Age gurus are offering SQ as […]

Casting A Wider Spell

‘Mainstream’ is definitely the word for this flourishing category After years on the fringes, New Age—which includes some alternative health, addiction and recovery, psychology and spiritual titles, as well as books on Eastern traditions—may finally be approaching the middle of the road. Today yoga centers dot cities and towns throughout the country, and subjects like […]

Motivational program teaches trust in angels

Leadership project helps youngsters deal with childhood issues The Desert Sun, Mar. 2, 2003 By Kimberly Trone, The Desert Sun INDIO — About 130 children from across the valley participated in a leadership training program Saturday that encouraged them to trust in the power of angels. The annual Angel Light Academy Youth Leadership conference […]

Woman pleads guilty to taking

Judge indicates Marie Taliaferro, 57, likely will get seven years in prison Contra Costa Times, Feb. 21, 2003 By Corey Lyons, CONTRA COSTA TIMES A former university cashier has pleaded guilty to embezzling $4.5 million from UC San Francisco, a scheme that funded a short-lived spiritual magazine and an angel-theme gallery in Lafayette. Marie […]

Consumerwatch: New-Age Pet Treatments

WTAE, Feb. 21, 2003 Wendy Bell If you’re an animal lover — you’d likely do almost anything to keep your favorite pet happy and healthy. But would you drive several hours to see a special veterinarian? WTAE Consumerwatch reporter Wendy Bell reported Feb. 21, 2003, about an Ellwood City animal clinic that’s a bit […]

Vatican Weighs in on New Age Movement

Vatican Study on New Age Movement Says Some Aspects Positive, but Not Replacement for Religion The Associated Press, Feb. 3, 2003 The Vatican weighed in Monday on the New Age movement, saying some aspects of the search for inner peace were positive but warning that they can’t replace true Christian religion. In a 90-page […]

Holistic healers flock to Hayward

Massage therapists, herbalists, and yoga masters rush to meet city’s pent-up demand The Oakland Tribune, Jan. 27, 2003 By Julissa McKinnon – Staff Writer It smells like aroma therapy in the town that the New Age wave almost forgot. Almost. Slowly, quietly, the tide of holistic health has crept into Hayward, perhaps the only […]

Beware New Age, Vatican tells flock

The Guardian (England), Jan. 31, 2003 Sophie Arie in Rome The Vatican is to urge Catholics to resist experimenting in cranky “alternative” lifestyles, in an attempt to prevent its flock being led astray by the growing popularity of New Age spiritualism. Vatican officials, including the British archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, who is president of the […]

Mother knows best: Jewel’s mom is manager, New Age author & philanthropist

Star Tribune, Jan. 10, 2003 Jon Bream It was getting embarrassing. No one in the music business would take them seriously. So, early in her career, pop singer Jewel had to stop calling her manager “Mom” and address Lenedra Carroll by her first name. Now, 16 million albums sold later,

A new age attitude

Southwest Florida abounds with New Age spirit through classes and more, but not everyone thinks it’s a positive move Naples Daily News, Jan. 18, 2003 By JENNIFER GRANT New Age spirituality has gone mainstream. What once was thought of as out of the ordinary or even off the wall has become acceptable. It’s on […]

The three Rs: Reiki, relaxation and reflexology

What prompts schools to offer alternative enrichment classes? Ha’aretz (Israel), Nov. 29, 2002 By Efrat Shalom Morning at the Shazar high school in Tel Aviv. The students are waiting for the teacher to turn on the cassette player next to the blackboard. It is turned on and quiet music fills the room. The students […]

Santana: An average guy and his angel

Santana, with new success, stays grounded when mom preaches humility. There is also a spiritual entity, he says, who told him to give back by speaking out about his past. Los Angeles Times, Nov. 3, 2002 By Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer Concord, Calif. — Carlos Santana doesn’t always act like a spiritualist rock […]
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