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文:安德鲁·鲁兹   来源:starark.126.com   时间:2005-1-31 8:28:58   点击:320

What Is The New Age?
什么是新时代?

The New Age movement means different things to different people. However, I feel that most all New Age topics have one basic underlying theme. That theme is personal spiritual development. Every day there are thousands upon thousands of people around the world who are waking up to the knowledge, understanding and realization of who they really are, where they came from, and why they are here.

新时代运动对不同的人的涵义是不同的。但不管怎样,我觉得绝大多数的新时代议题都有一个基本的潜在主题。那主题就是个人灵性的发展。世界各地每天都有成千上万的人被这些知识唤醒,明白和意识到他们究竟真正是什么,他们从哪里来以及他们为什么来这儿。

This collective transformation of individuals can be described as the New Age movement. As a whole, the New Age movement is dynamic, rapidly-growing, and gaining momentum. The New Age movement provides the framework and the tools to assist people with their own personal growth and spiritual development.

由个人组成的集体转型可被描述为新时代运动。作为一个整体,新时代运动是动态的、发展迅速并且来势越来越强劲。新时代运动向人们提供了协助他们个人成长和灵性发展的框架和工具。

The New Age movement itself is somewhat of a paradox, since to organize into some kind of "movement" could be considered to be contrary to the fundamentals of individual spiritual development. That is why there is some ambiguity to the meaning of the New Age, because it can mean different things to people. But that's okay. What is important is that each individual embarks on their own journey of learning, adventure, and discovery.

从某种程度来说新时代运动这种说法本身有点自相矛盾,因为要把它归入某种“运动” 势必与其个人灵性发展的基本原则相冲突。那就是为什么新时代的意义中有些不明确的地方,因为它对不同的人有不同的涵义。但那无伤大局。重要的是每一个个人都着手开始他们自己学习、冒险和探索的旅程。

A key component of the New Age which many people prescribe to is the belief that our planet and its population are literally moving into a New Age. This New Age is one of awakened consciousness where people give up their limited third-dimensional survival mode of existence and awaken to a higher, more enlightened world. This coming New Age is an era of harmony, progress, knowing, and enlightenment.

新时代被很多人赋予的一个核心组成部分是对我们星球以及它上面的居民正确实进入一个新的时代的信仰。新时代是一种觉醒的意识,在那里人们放弃了他们在三维世界中生存的带有局限性的模式而对一种更高的、更加开明的世界觉醒。即将到来的新时代是一个和谐、进步、博学和启悟的纪元。

What About Metaphysics?
关于形而上学又如何?

The New Age is strongly related to some of the concepts defined in the branch of philosophy commonly referred to as metaphysics. Although the academic branch of metaphysics is most concerned about the nature of ultimate reality, popular metaphysical topics often include discussion and analysis of subjects beyond the physical third dimension. Some examples of metaphysical topics include: free energy, out of body experiences, UFOs, psychic phenomenon, alternative healing, and other topics that our conventional sciences find difficult to explain.

新时代与一些通常被称为形而上学的哲学分支中概念有紧密的联系。尽管学院派的形而上学最关心终极实在的本质问题,但通俗的形而上学论题经常包括对超越三维物质事物的讨论和分析。一些典型的形而上学论题包括:自由能、出体体验、幽浮、心灵现象、交替状态中的治疗和其他一些我们传统科学很难解释的问题。

What About All the Various New Age Tools?
各种各样的新时代工具是怎么回事?

A study of the tools of the New Ager can help define the task at hand. A person may include crystals, candles, incense, tarot, runes, a pendulum, bodywork, meditation, toning and chanting, drums, and more. These tools can help a person transcend into various states of consciousness, and thus ultimately help a person turn within to look inside oneself for understanding and awareness. One reason that there are so many different tools to assist the New Ager is that different people find different &#118alues within each tool. For many, the Tarot works well. Others like crystals. Others meditate or channel. It matters little how one achieves higher understanding and wisdom. What is most important is that an effort is being made to transcend our limitations and seek out a higher good.

对新时代人所运用的工具的考察可以帮助我们定义手头的工作。有人会将水晶、蜡烛、香料、纸牌、古文字、钟摆、身体的装饰、冥想、音调和圣咏、击鼓等等包括进去。这些工具可以帮人提升入意识的不同状态,并最终帮人向内观省自身以获得了悟。新时代人之所以会用那么多不同的工具来求助理由之一是因为不同的人对每一样工具的评价是不同的。对很多人来说纸牌相当不错;另外的人则喜欢水晶、冥想或通灵。一个人究竟如何达到更高的理解和智慧并不重要。重要的是为超越我们的局限、寻找更高的善我们为之曾作出努力。

Is the New Age A Kind of Religion?
新时代是一种宗教吗?

Although it may be spiritual, the New Age is far from being a formal religion. In fact, many New Agers tend to shy away from the structure and confines of traditional religious practices. But at the same time the New Age is and can be intensely spiritual. The New Age person often prefers a direct spiritual experience rather than one from organized religion.

尽管它可能是精神性的,但新时代和正规的宗教有显著的不同。事实上,许多新时代人都倾向于羞怯地避开传统宗教修行的结构和界限。但同时新时代是,并且能够成为非常强烈的精神性的。新时代人经常宁爱直接的灵性体验胜过有组织的宗教。

All religions are essentially cultural institutions, reflecting the cultures that manifest them. Thus the growth in numbers of people exploring New Age topics would suggest that as individuals and as a society, we are willing to explore alternative explanations of who we are. The New Age is simply one path to choose on the road of spiritual growth. It matters little which label we put on the path, since in the end all paths ultimately converge at the same place. Everyone is searching for the eternal truths to some of life's most challenging questions, it is simply the way that people choose to go about their own search that is different. One reason the New Age path is popular is that it is more concerned with the ultimate truths themselves, rather than the process of how they are arrived at.

所有的宗教从本质上来说都是文化的建构,反映着使其彰显的文化。因而探索新时代议题的人的数量增加会提醒我们注意无论是个人还是社会,我们都愿意去探索我们究竟是谁的另类的涵义。新时代只是我们选择灵性成长的道路之一。将这条道路贴上什么标签并不重要,因为在最终所有的道路终将会集于同一的地方。每一个人都在寻求生活中某些最具挑战性问题的永恒真理,不同的只是大家所选择寻求的方式。新时代之所以流行的原因之一是它更关注终极真理本身,而不是达到它们所采取的步骤。

Are There Any Common New Age Beliefs?
新时代有没有一些共同的信仰?

Here's an unofficial list of beliefs that some individuals in New Age may have in common:

  1. You create your own reality and destiny. This is a planet of free choice, and you have your own free will.
  2. You have certain challenges to face and overcome in this lifetime. If you don't learn your lessons this time, you'll get them again.
  3. There is no such thing as coincidence.
  4. There is more to life than meets the eye, much more.
  5. Nothing really matters in this life unless it is done for the benefit of others.
  6. We are not alone.
  7. We are multidimensional beings currently having a human experience.
  8. We are all receiving more help than we know, from angels, spirit guides, ascended masters and others.
  9. We can heal ourselves, our society, and our world.
  10. The ultimate transformation for mankind is ascension.

这儿列出的是一些非正式的新时代中一些人共同的信仰:

  1. 你创造了你增加的实在和命运。这是一个自由意志的星球,你有自己的自由意志。
  2. 在此生中你有某些需要面对和克服的挑战,这次如果你没有吸取教训,下此你还得面对。
  3. 巧合这种事是没有的。
  4. 除了我们眼见的以外生活还有更多的,很多。
  5. 在此生中没有什么是真正重要的,除非它是为了他人的利益。
  6. 我们并不是孤立的。
  7. 我们是目前具有人类经验的多维存在。
  8. 我们都接收比我们所知的更多的帮助,天使、灵性导师、升天的大师等等。
  9. 我们能够治愈我们自己、我们的社会、我们的世界。
  10. 人类最终的转型是升天。

What is a Lightworker?
什么是个光修者?

A lightworker is a person who is defined by their mission. That mission is to share light and love with others on this planet, empowering them toward their own paradigm shift and spiritual awakening. The lightworker's goal is to help show others that they have a unique spiritual energy, and that they are free to explore and connect with the unlimited universal life force energy available to us all.

光修者是这样的人,他们赋予自己以使命。那使命就是与地球上其他人分享光和爱,用他们自己模范的转型和灵性的觉醒来强化别人。光修者的目标是帮助他人使他们明白他们具有一个独特的精神能量,并且能自由探索和与无限的宇宙生命能量相沟通。

As people awaken to their true nature and connect with their higher selves, they too may choose to perform lightwork by manifesting unconditional love into the physical world around them. This goal of manifesting the Christ consciousness onto the earth plane, also known as creating heaven on earth, is a key component of a lightworker's mission.

当人们对他们自己真正的本质觉醒并与他们更高的自我沟通时,他们也会选择通过向他们身边的物质世界展现无条件的爱来实行光修。这种向地球层面展现基督的意识,或者说在人间创造天堂的目标是光修者生命的重要组成部分。

Do We Have Free Will, Or Is Everything Destined?
我们有自由意志,还是每件事都是注定的?

This philosophical question is one of the more curious contradictions in the study of metaphysics and free will:

这个哲学的问题是在研究形上学和自由意志时有更多好奇的冲突的其中之一。

Some metaphysicians would argue that a rational universe is always based on cause and effect. That is, every effect is preceded by a cause, all the way back to the First Cause, that being God or the Divine.

一些形上学者会争辩一个理性的宇宙一直是建立在因果之上。那就是说,所有的后果都跟随某种原因,所有的道路都回归第一原因,上帝或神。

On the other side, the act of pure, genuine, uncaused free will is considered somehow to negate the divine rational order and makes the universe seem irrational.

另一方面,纯粹、真正和无原因的自由意志被认为在某种程度上否定了神圣的理性秩序而使宇宙看来非理性。

My interpretation: Although certain things may occur in one's life that may be destiny, we do have free will. This is important. And as time passes, our ability to manifest things and situations will accelerate so quickly that we will see that we can create and manifest results quickly and easily. To me, if we can bring about such change, this means we do in fact have free will.

我的解释:尽管某些事情在一个人的生活中可能是注定要发生的,但我们具有自由意志。这是重要的。随着时间推移,我们让事件展现的能力会飞快地加强以致我们会看到我们能够快速和轻易地创造和显示结果。对我而言,如果我们能带来这种改变,这就意味着我们确实拥有自由意志。

Do New Age beliefs contradict science?
新时代的信仰和科学冲突吗?

Many people feel that new age thinking just simply isn't rational. Traditional scientific models often include observation, analysis, testing and measurement. Quite often these things cannot be easily performed on paranormal and metaphysical phenomena. So how can someone believe in something they can't even see, measure, quantify or analyze?

很多人感到新时代的思想方式并不理性化。传统的科学模式一般包括观察、分析、测试和度量。相当频繁地,这些并不能被容易地运用于超常和形上学的现象。那么怎能让人相信这些他们不能看见、度量、定量和分析的事物呢?

It all comes down to beliefs, and often a deep inner knowing. It involves intuition and trust. It involves listening. It involves a whole lot of things that are currently beyond the scope of accepted scientific thinking.

所有这些都要求助于信仰,经常是一种深层的内在认识。它包含直觉和信任。它包含倾听。它包含所有许多超越当今所被接受的科学思考方式以外的东西。

The important thing to remember is that new age beliefs don't reject science. Modern science has brought tremendous good to our society in many ways. New age beliefs simply expand beyond accepted thinking in the exploration and search for life's eternal truths.

要记住的重要一点是新时代的信仰并不排斥科学。现代科学给我们当代社会带来巨大的利益。新时代的信仰只是扩展那些在探索和追寻生活的永恒真理时的所被认可的思想方式的领域。

A Call To Action
对行动的召唤

We are one. To grow individually means we all grow a little bit. And that is why now, at this time, it may be essential that all New Agers, lightworkers, starseeds, walk-ins, and others who choose to make a difference work together at this critical time and help each other. It is vitally important to get together with like-minded spiritual souls at this time and amplify the effects of positive energies. Try to link up globally, via the internet, and locally, in your own community. We will leave no one behind.

我们是合一的。我们分开地单独成长意味着我们只成长了一丁点儿。那就是为什么现在,在此时所有的新时代人、光修者、传播思想者、内省者等等能够选择将彼此不同的工作在这关键的时刻汇集在一起,彼此帮助是如此地重要。现在将具有相近思想和灵性的心灵结合在一起,将正面能量的影响放大具有绝对性的重要性。尽力在全球范围内通过国际互联网联结,在本地的社区内联结。我们不会落下任何人的。

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