Do you fit into a labelled box or do you resent it when people try to stuff you into a category like New Age?
Maybe you have never considered yourself a New Ager, but prefer to think of yourself as a Free Spirit who does not run after every guru or enlightenment fad packaged under a new label.
Maybe you are down-to-earth, inquisitive, open, and you’ve simply had your fill of plastic shamans and others who have discovered the ultimate truth-of-the-year, revealed only through them and they will gladly share it with you for a price.
If you are like at least 50 million adults in the U.S., you find you don’t quite fit neatly into the pollsters demographics. Take New Agers, for example. Some people might put you into that box if you have a private spiritual practice which respects the earth, but just aren’t into crystals. Or maybe you do “tune in” to crystal and gemstone energies but don’t get your wisdom from “channelled” beings from another plan or another planet.
Remember when the New Age was actually new? Individuals and small self-forming groups, influenced by modern physics or the ecology movement and/or the civil rights and womens rights movements pushed beyond the boundaries of cultural and racial stereo-types to ask some important questions. If there is a God, can we really limit his, or more revolutionarily, HER, to a single name, culture or book of wisdom? Exploration was the norm, but somehow, the marketing engine started to run the show, and it all became about putting on a new label and selling to the “New Age” market.
So why amd I talking about a new label anyway?
When I first heard of this new label “Cultural Creatives” being coined by a book of the same name, I was skeptical. It sounded like yet another guru gimick, but I was intrigued by the description of this new group on the website about the book:
“The Cultural Creatives care deeply about ecology and saving the planet, about relationships, peace, social justice, and about self actualization, spirituality and self-expression. Surprisingly, they are both inner-directed and socially concerned, they’re activists, volunteers and contributors to good causes more than other Americans. However, because they’ve been so invisible in American life, Cultural Creatives themselves are astonished to find out how many share both their values and their way of life. Once they realize their numbers, their impact on American life promises to be enormous, shaping a new agenda for the twenty-first century.”