...Some of the traditions which flow into New Age are: ancient Egyptian occult 
practices, Cabbalism, early Christian gnosticism, Sufism, the lore of the 
Druids, Celtic Christianity, mediaeval alchemy, Renaissance hermeticism, Zen 
Buddhism, Yoga and so on.(15)

(15) In late 1977, Marilyn Ferguson sent a questionnaire to 210 "persons 
engaged in social transformation", whom she also calls "Aquarian Conspirators". 
The following is interesting: "When respondents were asked to name individuals 
whose ideas had influenced them, either through personal contact or through 
their writings, those most often named, in order of frequency, were Pierre 
Teilhard de Chardin, C.G. Jung, Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, Aldous Huxley, 
Robert Assagioli, and J. Krishnamurti. "Others frequently mentioned: Paul 
Tillich, Hermann Hesse, Alfred North Whitehead, Martin Buber, Ruth Benedict, 
Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, Tarthang Tulku, Alan Watts, Sri Aurobindo, 
Swami Muktananda, D.T. Suzuki, Thomas Merton, Willis Harman, Kenneth Boulding, 
Elise Boulding, Erich Fromm, Marshall McLuhan, Buckminster Fuller, Frederic 
Spiegelberg, Alfred Korzybski, Heinz von Foerster, John Lilly, Werner Erhard, 
Oscar Ichazo, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Joseph Chilton Pearce, Karl Pribram, 
Gardner Murphy, and Albert Einstein": The Aquarian Conspiracy. Personal and 
Social Transformation in Our Time, Los Angeles (Tarcher) 1980, p. 50 (note 1) 
and p. 434. 

Psychology is used to explain mind expansion as "mystical" experiences. Yoga, 
zen, transcendental meditation and tantric exercises lead to an experience of 
self-fulfilment or enlightenment. Peak-experiences (reliving one's birth, 
travelling to the gates of death, biofeedback, dance and even drugs – anything 
which can provoke an altered state of consciousness) are believed to lead to 
unity and enlightenment....

"The point of New Age techniques is to reproduce mystical states at will, as if 
it were a matter of laboratory material. Rebirth, biofeedback, sensory 
isolation, holotropic breathing, hypnosis, mantras, fasting, sleep deprivation 
and transcendental meditation are attempts to control these states and to 
experience them continuously".(70) These practices all create an atmosphere of 
psychic weakness (and vulnerability)....

...Christian prayer and the God of Jesus Christ will easily be recognised.(93) 
Many people are convinced that there is no harm in 'borrowing' from the wisdom 
of the East, but the example of Transcendental Meditation (TM) should make 
Christians cautious about the prospect of committing themselves unknowingly to 
another religion (in this case, Hinduism), despite what TM's promoters claim 
about its religious neutrality. There is no problem with learning how to 
meditate, but the object or content of the exercise clearly determines whether 
it relates to the God revealed by Jesus Christ, to some other revelation, or 
simply to the hidden depths of the self....

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