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The Findhorn New Age developed out of the hippy culture of the early 70's ... but added into the mix some esotericism and mysticism, plus 'channelings' - in particular, Eileen Caddy was told what to do by an inner 'voice of God', and David Spangler from an entity called 'Limitless Love and Truth'

It is interesting to try and list what was included in the New Age and what was not (I include an approximate date of when these movements occurred, I mean the New Age as it appeared at Findhorn, and by 'excluded', I mean it never happened at FH):-

'Allowed' in FH New Age 'Excluded' from FH New Age

Hippy culture (1970-75)
Mystical and Esoteric stuff (from 1962)
Channeling (1964, stopped in 1974)
Personal Growth (began 1975)
Humanistic psychology etc (began 1975)
Green movement/ Ecovillage (since 1983)

Drug taking (never allowed at Findhorn)
Any organised religion (on a large scale)
Conventional left-right politics

Postmodernism (no overlap ever)

Punk and Reggae (little overlap)

New Age Travellers (almost no contact)

This is not a criticism, it is how things are, but Findhorn is essentially clean, straight, white and wealthy. (those are the people who are able to say "there must be something better" and set out to find it, and meaning something internal not external).

Since I discovered Foucault and Postmodernism, I am shocked at the lack of interest in them in New Age Circles, to the extent that it seems like a deliberate exclusion. Perhaps this is an exclusion of questioning and intellectualising ...... but I want to repeat that this seems like an exclusion (rather than an omission or not noticing).

Foucault's most popular work "The History of Sexuality" was published 1978/85/86 and is available in Penguin books

The New Age and Postmodernism seem to have had almost no overlap with each other - none of the major figures in either movement are valued by the other, and they might even be ridiculed (perhaps deservedly so)

Debatably, both movements are now complete and unlikely to change much, though people may still be drawn into them and learn a lot. Debatably, the same could be said about a 3rd element, the green movement

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