As New Age leader Marilyn Ferguson documented nearly 20 years ago in The Aquariun Conspiracy, this new paradigm had “already enlisted the minds, hearts, and resources of…Nobel laureate scientists, philosophers, statesmen, celebrities….” At the same time, however, there is stiff opposition to any attempt to actually define nonphysical or psychic power. The new “spirituality” is strongly ecumenical, and it now dominates not only religion but politics as well.
It is now an apparent advantage for political candidates to profess some kind of spirituality, and the less defined the better. Vice President Al Gore, though a Southern Baptist, worships the mother goddess Gaia and advocates “reliance upon a Higher Power, by whatever name.” In his plenary address to the 1990 Global Forum in Moscow, cosponsored by the Soviet Academy of Science (which drew from 83 countries participating scientists as well as religious leaders from among Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, “Christians,” et al), Gore advocated a “new spirituality” common to all religions.
Any number of spiritual leaders, such as Pope John Paul II and his close friend, the fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet, wield considerable influence on the world scene. Of the Pope the Dalai Lama says, “Both of us have the same aim.” The Pope is sought out by top political representatives from all major countries. Likewise, the Dalai Lama is highly honored in the circles of world power, from the United Nations to the Vatican. Yet he is one of this generation’s major purveyors of occultism.