The New Age Movement consists of an eclectic range of beliefs and practices based on Buddhism and Taoism, psychology, and psycho-therapy; paganism, clairvoyance, tarot and magic.
The New Age Movement is probably best characterized as a “spiritual supermarket” from which individuals are free to pick and mix those spiritual beliefs and practices which they feel best help them achieve peace of mind or realize their full human potential. The New Age mind-set has touched almost every area of life: education, culture, history, religion, politics, psychology, science and health.
The Movement has no central headquarters; therefore, no leadership or membership lists are available. So we have no clear statistics that tell us how many people are followers. Some have sought to determine the number of adherents by other means, such as by finding out how many people hold to one or more of the major beliefs of the New Age.
“The human potential movement among the New Agers is based on the faulty premise that each person is god and needs only to have his consciousness enlightened so he will realize that fact. And the means to this enlightenment is meditation.”
The incel community has been very critical in regard to new age philosophy. It is believed that self-help culture originated from this movement. Self-help in of itself is not a bad thing, but when its used to gaslight and subvert it loses its intended purpose.
It is argued that the Redpill Community formed within the ashes of the human potential movement. Blackpiilers deny most aspects of this philosophy because self-improvement and maximizing potential in isolation is not meaningful enough to lead a fulfilling life.
In addition, new age is technically a religion but one without rules. It encourages spirituality without guidance and is sort of an open-ended framework that encourages people to create priorities and values in their own minds. It is often viewed as a hypocritical movement because it implies that individuals are responsible for their own happiness.- and this can be achieved by bastardizing different aspects of other religions in order to achieve a higher mental state and ultimately, happiness.
This raises an important question. If New Age teachings are so helpful to mankind, why haven’t these teachings helped improve life in the countries where such ideas originated? Robert J. L. Burrows is on target when he writes: “The vision [Fritj of] Capra believes will deliver us seems to thrive in cultures where misery is perpetually rampant and corruption is rife. India is a case in point. Christians know that the problem is perversity, not human perception - holiness, not holism.”