‘New Age’ spirituality

Paul Heelas

in Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571390
Published online August 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199665037 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbook in Public Health

‘New Age’ spirituality

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What might be thought of as ‘New Age tradition’ underpins great swathes of spirituality in the contemporary world. In countries ranging from Sweden to Pakistan, resources are to be found, resources that are neither secular nor sacred in the form of the God-on-High so typical of religious tradition. Elucidation of the characteristics of this ‘New Age tradition’ is called for — what health and healthcare mean in this context; the nature of the dynamics linking spirituality with the shift from ill-being, to normal (‘I’m feeling okay’) wellbeing, to even better-being (‘feeling on top of the world’), ultimately, for some, to the experience of perfect health.

Chapter.  8501 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Palliative Medicine

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