New Age Religion Is not new. It is a retelling of age-old Hindu philosophy and spirituality.
And religion is a bit of a misnomer. The New Age is more about spirituality than about organized religion
The Hindu Religion began in the distant past, more than 25 centuries ago, in Northern India. It is a philosophy of the Cosmos, of a Field of Consciousness that permeates the Universe. In Hindu, it is called Braman. New Age Religion calls it Universal Consciousness or Oversoul or Spirit or God. The Field is the basis of all that exists. All life is an extension of the Field. The extension of Braman within each human is call the Atman. Other religions call it Soul or the Christ Mind or Budda Nature.
Human beings are eternal. As eminations of the devine, there has not been a time when we did not exist, and there will never be a time when we cease to exist. After death, the Atman (Soul) returns to the Field and after a time may be reincarnated as a new life on earth--or elsewhere in the cosmos.
Hindu philosophy gave birth to other Eastern religions such as Buddhism, Taoism, Sikism, and Jainism. It spread into Europe in the writings of Christian and Islamic poets and prophets, as well as Jewish Kabbalism.
Hindu philosophy found expression in Vedanta and Hebrew prophecy, in the Tao Te Ching, the Bhagavad Gita, the Platonic dialogues, the Gospel according to St John, the Mahayana theology, in Plotinus and the Areopagite, the Persian Sufis and the Christian mystics of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Across the Atlantic, the founding fathers based their political ideas on this core philosophy. These ideas blossomed in the 19th century with intellectuals such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Mary Eddy Baker, and others. In the 20th century New Thought expanded with writers such as Wayne Dyer, Ekhart Tolle, Deepok Chopra. New churches sprang up; Unity, Religious Science and Christian Science and others.
And finally, quantum physics is providing tantalizing theories that may back up the Hindu ideas.