The outdated scientific and religious paradigms should be replaced or rather supplemented with a new, holistic perspective. This new perspective is at the same time a kind of essential knowledge or religion that humanity has previously embraced. Deep down, there is only one truth. The new spirituality is a representative of this truth. This is a deep, esoteric knowledge also managed by the mystical traditions of the respective world religions. One of the interviewees refers to the Bible, which mentions such a distinction: "Yes, traditionally, in different directions, there has also been a distinction between those who have been ready for the inner esoteric doctrine. While the public may not have been. Paul, for example, tells us that he distinguishes between giving milk and giving meat."
The new worldview highlights things that the older paradigms are uncomprehending about, need to resort to more far-fetched hypotheses to explain, or to which they claim there is not even an answer. It has great explanatory potential. Humanity needs to get back to the "absolute truths," according to one respondent. With postmodernism, the big ideas, the total ideologies, have perished. This is a hallmark of the time we are living in right now. One respondent points out that he takes a positive view of things like liberalism and pluralism, but that he nevertheless hopes and believes in a renaissance for a more cohesive idea of life. However, not many people are yet ready to embrace this new paradigm.
The transition to this new paradigm will take place on the day when science discovers or recognizes the existence of "higher classes of matter", that is, the spiritual aspect of existence, which, for example, makes telepathy and the like possible. Two hundred years ago, microorganisms were seen as metaphysics, while today this is accepted knowledge. Normal science is about to make a similar discovery again. The older paradigms live on partly because we have become accustomed to looking at the world in a certain way.
There are also many criticisms of newness and the new age. Such spirituality can be perceived by respondents as overly commercial, fuzzy, dogmatic or group-oriented. It is emphasized how a new world of imagination can sometimes lead to a simplified thinking. These species are not something that respondents want to be associated with. One of the respondents had considered putting her children in the Anthroposophic Walldorf school, but changed her mind when she saw the information material sent out by the school. When a certain ideology or certain ideas about what is right and wrong are overemphasize, it can resemble brainwashing, even within the new spirituality, she says:
But I like… I like people that you see flaws, and I like… I like this, in both… All sorts of things like that, so you can see that… There is room to be human… And I don't like sitting like that… wet-in-wet in beautiful colors. And then it becomes very boring art. I think it's going to be like brainwashing, that everyone should be the same. I want the individual to come forward and do what they want.
A new doctrine can be more or less systematic or elaborate. Some directions are content with "let's worship the goddess again." A respondent who reads very different literature in the new age field notes that there are many that are bad as well and that it is important to be able to sleep. There are course yards where the goal is for the participants to develop spiritual abilities. This can be misguided and even dangerous. Nyandligheten is an industry with many fortune seekers. A lot of it is about making money. The fact that the range is so sprawling, for example in book boxes that sell such literature, is a sign of this, according to one respondent.
The New Age or the New Spirituality was a counter-movement from the very beginning (Wikström, 1998). This attitude seems to persist in the view of authority, among other things. Vitz (1977) writes:
The proponents of New Age spirituality commonly present their position as a radically new worldview. In particular, they reject old cultural paradigms based upon science, secular philosophy, and traditional religion; these are all seen to have "failed"… The proponents of New Age believe that they have been empowered to initiate a "millennium of light" that will redeem society from its obvious present ills (Vitz, 1977, Kindle location 2010).