The Rise of the New Age

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The Rise of the New Age

<p>From the Ascended Masters to the powers of positive thinking, and Orgone; to the science of getting rich, the New Age has been around for a long time now. We look at the historical roots of this

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From the Ascended Masters to the powers of positive thinking, and Orgone; to the science of getting rich, the New Age has been around for a long time now. We look at the historical roots of this movement and explore the ideas behind it, examining a fantastic cast of innovators, pioneers, players and unlikely gurus.


SUGGESTED READING

  • The Secret Teachers of the Western World, Gary Lachman
  • As a Man Thinketh, James Allen
  • You Can Heal Your Life, Louise L. Hay
  • The Secret, Rhonda Byrne


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Colonel Olcott, Madame Blavatsky and Theosophy: The emergence of alternative spirituality. Publication and popularity of “The Secret Doctrine.” The idea of the Ascended Masters and how they have continued to fascinate. Sexuality and secrets. India, Ceylon and independence. Capturing a social history through unusual figures.
  • Emma Curtis Hopkins, Ralph Waldo Trine and New Thought: The role of the female teacher. Lifting a society up. Successful ideas and creative journeys in the New Thought literature. States of mind the idea of self-creation.
  • Wilhelm Reich, Ida Rolfe, Louise L. Hay and Ideas of the Body: The body as inspirational text. Ideas of suppression and transformable lives. Ideas, anecdotes and corporeal history.
  • The Law of Attraction, Rhonda Byrne and The Secret: Parking spaces and cheques on the ceiling. The author as cultural phenomenon. The question of intertextuality. The place of tradition. Shaping new thoughts.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Recognise the history of the New Age as an important cultural and literary force.
  2. Describe some of the great teachers of the movement and what made them stand out.
  3. See how new social movements emerge, and how the literary products of those new teachings later become artefacts of a myriad of social narratives.
  4. Discuss the importance of the New Thought movement and how it is used even now.
  5. Consider the reasons and meanings behind illness and pain – how have thinkers seen the body as text, as something people would eventually read, or as a true manifestation of thought and history.