Press Release: The New Age Goes into Retirement

People all over the world are reacting with shock, disbelief and also relief at last week’s announcement that the New Age has decided to go into retirement.

“Was it something we did?” sobbed Rainbowchild Dewdrop Flower into her organic coconut milk chai, outside her tipi here in Nevada County, California. “Did we not chant fervently enough? Were our prayer flags not plentiful enough? Were our affirmations too predictable and clichéd?”

In fact, the New Age came of age in the late ’60s, and, just like many other baby boomers, is ready to collect Social Security and to retire to Key West, Florida. The New Age has just gotten old, that’s all. Ol’ New Age plans to live out the rest of its years hanging out in all-you-can-eat steak and shrimp bars, and drinking margaritas during Happy Hour. “I’ve been in this gig way too long, bro,” said New Age recently to a close confidante. “Heck, even my inner child is married with kids and a dog and shit now. I tell ya, I’ve eaten enough tofu and sprouts, and worn enough tie-dye for one life time. I deserve to live out the rest of my days in peace.  Nah, forget peace.  I’m ready to be loud and gross.”

So how does the announcement of New Age’s retirement affect the average recovering hippie, like you or me?

Here is a handy quick-tip guide to how last week’s announcement might affect your daily routine.

1.  Moving forwards, “Howerya Doin,” “Aloha,” “ Wazzurp Dawg,” “How Do You Do?” and  “Namaste” are all considered to be equally reverential means of greeting anybody.

2.  If you’ve been living on a diet of brown rice, seaweed, Bragg’s Amino Acid and coconut water, the word’s out, you can relax now. New scientific studies reveal that even eating recycled cardboard can be good for your health, if you stop worrying, and eat what is in front of you with gratitude.

3.  If you spent the last years trying to manifest “prosperity,” “abundance,” or “financial freedom,” the game plan has officially changed. More than 2 billion people live on less than a dollar a day. So if you are a lucky dog, with a warm place to sleep, food to eat and friends around you, your next step is to think about how to help other people.

4.  If you’ve been channeling Archangel Michael, the Pleiades, or Elvis, its time to cut it out. From here forward your responsibility is simply to connect the words that come out of your mouth with the thoughts and feelings that are passing inside of you. Codeword: honesty. Known to lead to: intimacy.

5.  If you spent the last several decades immersed in the traditions and religion of a culture other than the one into which you were born, its time to get back to our roots. For example, for many of us the Lord’s prayer, Psalm 23, or Shakespeare may be worth a revisit.  If you are Jewish, call you mother.

6. If you’ve been collecting eagle feathers, owl feathers or rabbits feet, please return them immediately. Word on the street is that the eagles are getting chilly and pissed off.

7. If you are entertaining hopes of getting chummy with visitors on a UFO, fuggedaboutit.   A recent survey of 1037 randomly selected aliens, conducted by Pew Research, asked who they would be most likely to visit, if wanting more contact with human beings. From the four multiple-choice options, 63% selected Nobel prize-winning scientists. 19% selected elected leaders of nations. 17% chose leaders of indigenous peoples. And 0.8% selected people holding hands and humming.

8.  If you’ve developed a fondness for spending time with people of a “high vibration,” or have been avoiding people with “negative energy,” this will no longer be necessary. Your mission on earth will be accomplished here by paying close attention to whoever happens to be right in front of you.

9. If you’ve been collecting crystals or other sacred objects, you can expand your horizons. With the retirement of the New Age, any object whatsoever will become immediately sacred when you look at it with fresh eyes.

10. Most important. Listen up, people.  If you’ve been participating in drumming circles after 10 PM within a mile of anyone trying to sleep, please stop. Please, please, I beg you please, stop. It’s 2 o’clock in the f**king morning, dude.

Of course everyone had a lot of unanswered questions about what comes next. We’ve got space just for a few of them here.

Question:  Does this mean I can get a refund on my aura-balancing organic Chi enhancer, attuned to dolphin mating sounds?

Answer: No.

Question: So who is in fact the true Avataar come to save planet Earth?

Answer: You are. Splash some cold water on your face, and get busy.

Question: Now that the New Age is officially over, what is the next evolutionary step for humanity?

Answer: Sanity.

103 Responses to “Press Release: The New Age Goes into Retirement”

  1. Gudula January 7, 2013 at 6:49 am // Reply

    I love it 😉 I did all of that stuff … you are speaking my own heart
    thank you

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    • arjunaardagh January 7, 2013 at 9:31 pm // Reply

      aaahhhmm
      and how do you think I know so much about it all myself?
      Guilty as Charged

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      • Bretton February 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm // Reply

        You’re a cute one. Don’t retire.

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  2. Catharina Roland January 7, 2013 at 7:45 am // Reply

    Thank You Arjuna, my neighbour sends her gratitude for the nightly drumming advice 😉 Fresh snow in my face – and I am ready to do the work! I look forward to again co-create with you! Lots of love
    Catharina

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    • arjunaardagh January 7, 2013 at 9:30 pm // Reply

      hugs to you, Nina
      give those drummers sh*t from me!

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  3. tove January 7, 2013 at 9:22 am // Reply

    love this..and already had a strong feeling about this for some years now.thank you for having the courage to go for this…its so true..thank you…eating my chicken with gratitude..lol

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    • arjunaardagh January 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm // Reply

      Tove… chicken today, Big Mac tomorrow, you are on the fast track to the glories of true American mediocrity!

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  4. Patricia January 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm // Reply

    Love this, your best yet!

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    • arjunaardagh January 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm // Reply

      Patricia, i bet you say that to all the boys…

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      • Crystalline Ruby Muse January 10, 2013 at 2:45 am // Reply

        You are too funny!

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  5. Gay Hendricks January 7, 2013 at 9:19 pm // Reply

    Arjuna–this is sheer genius, brother! And, as a fellow practitioner of the wordsmith arts, I’m amazed at the dazzling evolution of your writing style. If there should ever be a Hall Of Fame for people who convey spiritual wisdom in a profound and humorous manner, you’re in it for sure.

    Thanks for everything you do.
    Gay

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    • arjunaardagh January 7, 2013 at 9:28 pm // Reply

      Gay, this comment from you IS my induction into said Hall of Fame. Thanks for your kind words!
      hugs to you, and please pass the smudge stick
      aa

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  6. Jen Klarfeld January 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm // Reply

    Brilliant as always Arjuna! Your tie die picture is worth a thousand words & you chose the true words that are worth even more! Your wake up medicine is always greatly appreciated & worthy of sharing! Joyful LOVE Old Friend… Don’t I know you from a past life?… Jen PS See you on the ships!

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    • arjunaardagh January 9, 2013 at 6:52 am // Reply

      see you on the ships…
      what am i missing here?

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      • Jen Klarfeld January 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm // Reply

        the spaceships Arjuna, where Santa Fean New Age-ers gather, on their Retirement Holiday!

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  7. Cherie January 9, 2013 at 12:19 am // Reply

    Wow! Arjuna this is absolutely genius. Spot on and so eloquent. I LOLʻd each time I read it (3 times now) !!
    Awesome and mahalo nui loa for all you do.

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    • arjunaardagh January 9, 2013 at 6:52 am // Reply

      Thank you Cherie, and rapanawo mursach wonbatlo to you! I mean that with sincerity and deep malakantapaw.

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  8. mary mapel January 9, 2013 at 10:57 am // Reply

    This as hilarious as it is brilliant and absolutely strikes a cord with me. I saw it posted on facebook and is my first introduction to your writing. I look forward to learning more about your work.

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    • arjunaardagh January 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm // Reply

      Well Mary, you are welcome, but please be warned, I am cranky as hell and very, well… strange

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  9. Tinker January 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm // Reply

    Hilarious, Nick, er, Arjuna! Made getting up this morning worth it! I guess it’s time to toss all my gilded Vedic chant books, eh?

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    • arjunaardagh January 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm // Reply

      Tinker! Since when have you spoken fluent Canadian? eh?

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  10. Stefanie January 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm // Reply

    Arjuna… I just LOVE this piece of art. Every cell in my body screamed: YES YES YES and finally I feel no longer guilty for never having eaten tofu, or drummed or worn tie dyed clothes and all the rest. Looks like I skipped the New Age and jumped right into Sanity lol
    Lots of love to you

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  11. Alvaro Lopez p January 9, 2013 at 5:57 pm // Reply

    very very funny … intelligent
    thanks so much jajaja

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  12. Tonya January 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm // Reply

    I absolutely love this. Thank you soo soo much for writing it and sharing it! xoox

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  13. Bob January 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm // Reply

    Brilliant – thank you so much. Yes I had come to a similar place – giving up going to courses, eating weird diets, and all the other stuff – but still like playing the Gongs though!

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  14. Karin January 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm // Reply

    Wonderful! Thought provoking, funny, wise…

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  15. Harriet January 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm // Reply

    Ah, this kind of humor is so welcomed out of the often too serious nature of seeking/seekers. Good on you bro and thanks

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  16. Honeysun January 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm // Reply

    We defiantly need more humor in our work..I see situations in cartoons, which has sometimes got me into trouble, because of the silly grin I have plastered on my face! Love the part about helping the person in front of you.

    Lots of love to your and your wife.

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  17. Marlyse January 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm // Reply

    wow brilliant Arjuna, what an eye opener – that’s why I am involved in dzogchen studies

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  18. Beverly January 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm // Reply

    Humour: wisdom combined with exposure while leaving us laughing out loud at ourselves!! Thanks Arjuna – yet another great meaty piece.

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  19. Miha Plohl January 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm // Reply

    hehe, heheheheheh, hehehe :)

    best article so far!

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  20. Padma January 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm // Reply

    No more rules?!? We don’t have to “earn” it?!?! We can just hang out with whatever’s here, just as we are?!?!? I can eat as much chocolate as I want?!? Hot damn.

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  21. Cheryl January 9, 2013 at 7:56 pm // Reply

    :) Funny & Real…just like life itself xx

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  22. Malin Helena January 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm // Reply

    Funny piece. I’m just wondering how it ties up with your recommendation the other day of the “SAGE & ARCHANGEL MICHAEL’S 2-MONTH ULTIMATE ABUNDANCE IMMERSION!”-course?

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    • arjunaardagh January 9, 2013 at 10:59 pm // Reply

      Malin, this is a very astute question! What is written here, on this page, represents my true views on the subject. I am not a New Age Enthusiast. We had made a promise to put a mention in our newsletter before seeing the material. Anyway, well spotted!

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  23. Barry January 9, 2013 at 8:40 pm // Reply

    Fun and interesting take. I think you missed the mark with the UFO material, however. It’s an insult to aliens.

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  24. Ellinor Carlander January 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm // Reply

    Wonderful! Be honest and be yourself. Follow your intuition. Be in the present and give help and support whenever you can. No rules! No must. Just give and recieve love… Works perfectly well in Sweden too.

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  25. Ellinor Carlander January 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm // Reply

    Wonderful! Be honest and be yourself. Follow your intuition. No must. No rules. Give and recieve love. let go into the flow!

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  26. Stephanie January 9, 2013 at 9:52 pm // Reply

    Found you and this link thru a friend on FB. Gonna send it to everyone I know! (who would remember)

    Maybe we should hold a service! It is kinda sad tho… but like all things we were once attached to, it deserves a proper memorial! I think you have just given the sermon.

    And as a footnote of confirmation many of the old vintage ‘spiritual bookstores’ are going out of business! (Bodhi Tree & Gateways are 2 prime examples!) End of an era. The ‘old timers’ have read all the books or have ‘woken up’, and apparently such venues don’t speak to ‘newcomers’ . . .

    Good stuff here, looking forward to some good reading!

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  27. Antar Riddell January 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm // Reply

    Hi Arjuna, just channeled the Archangael Michaela and she says watch out, you’re about to be beamed up to Sirius B for some serious re-attunement….

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  28. Janice stephens January 10, 2013 at 12:49 am // Reply

    Love the sanity,spinning can give lots of thoughts

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  29. Crystalline Ruby Muse January 10, 2013 at 3:01 am // Reply

    I found this article very fun! I agree with you about getting back to one’s own roots … but in the U.S., I’m afraid that the main culture into which many of us were born is Western Industrial Culture. If you can call that a culture. I do think there are other options than just surrendering to that or stooping to appropriation. Find out where your ancestors came from. If you have living related elders, ask them. If they have little in the way of ancestral memory (as my own do), there are other clues & ways to find out where you came from. And learning about the traditions of one’s own ancestors ~ some of which may have been lost, distorted, desecrated, & so forth in the fallout of this New Age ~ can be a richly rooting endeavor. That is my experience anyway.

    I very much agree with the thrust of what you are saying though. Thank you!

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    • Crystalline Ruby Muse January 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm // Reply

      And Crystalline is my given name … but my parents weren’t/aren’t hippies, just Southerners, y’all!

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  30. Mariana January 10, 2013 at 3:39 am // Reply

    Thank you for your take about the new age use by date, however, havent seen the press release down under! Lighten up, get real, get our hands dirty, and yes, be grateful and help others less abundant. Bravo Arjuna.

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  31. Mariana January 10, 2013 at 3:40 am // Reply

    PS. what about dropping all these spiritual names in the dropping of the New Age, Arjuna?!!!!!

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  32. Saskia January 10, 2013 at 6:33 am // Reply

    On a serious note… there should be no more serious notes. Thank you Arjuna brilliantly written, I agree with Gay Hendricks.

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  33. Peter Atkinson January 10, 2013 at 9:10 am // Reply

    Very cool piece, I had always fondly felt I had just missed the 60’s (and been perfect for it) as born in 1960.Now I notice presence is showing itself more and more as just right, as it is, how could it be any other way?
    Thanks for the giggle

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  34. Barking Spider January 10, 2013 at 11:04 am // Reply

    11. If you changed your name to “Rainbow” or “Chameleon” or “Arjuna” to get in touch with your “true” spirit, you can go by “Nick” or whatever your given name is. It was given to you for a reason, mate. It’s rude to refuse a gift.

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  35. suzanne January 10, 2013 at 11:37 am // Reply

    oh dear I love yr article !! it makes me laugh inside out ;-)) so i’m having a relaxed heart & a dramaless day in chilly vienna .. THANK YOU !! big hug & a huge smile , suzanne

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  36. stephen January 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm // Reply

    Too funny, and well written. Seriously I am in the market for a used tipi, 2 holes max, preferably from a non-smoker.

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  37. Nina Spitzer January 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm // Reply

    You funny boy!!

    Make videos?

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    • arjunaardagh January 10, 2013 at 11:00 pm // Reply

      see the videos tab at the top of the page

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  38. Martina January 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm // Reply

    Ahhh… this is a good start into 2013 with all its resolution things and wanting to do it all right all the time….. I am not going to feel so guilty next time I will do drive through mac donalds with my kids because they just love it :)) feels good to take it more easy:) All the best to you, Martina. (from Deeper Love, Corfu)

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  39. Lord Hawarden January 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm // Reply

    “The quest for enlightenment is but the inchworm of conceit–measuring a leafless cane.”

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  40. ex-master-of-everything January 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm // Reply

    Been there, done that (at least some of it),

    now laughed a lot, cheers man! 😀

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  41. gigglegirl January 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm // Reply

    so many belly laughs! love it, made my day! but I better not catch you hanging out at Briarpatch eating tofu! I’m watching.
    Somebody recently threw the epithet “guru girl” at me; guilty as charged. Time to give it a rest.

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  42. gigglegirl January 10, 2013 at 6:44 pm // Reply

    yikess, i think the spaceships ate my comment! I’ll see if I can beam it back down. I was recently given the epithet “guru girl” and I almost fell on the floor as it nailed my spiritual ego to the wall. Time to give this holier than thou persona a rest. No more Briarpatch; meet you later for a Bigmac.

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    • arjunaardagh January 10, 2013 at 10:59 pm // Reply

      see you at the patch… this is humor!

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  43. Michael Burnstein January 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm // Reply

    Love it !!!! So much, I have to comment (I even read all the comments)…..From the looks of it you (Arjuna/NiK…) are due for a name re-change, a diet re-change, a new job, a new community (unless the current one is on board with New Age’s retirement), a new doctor,and more… and oh shit…. I was about to become a Bikram instructor, that’s got to be out too, I guess I’ll go back to making completely unjustified squillions selling real estate….. think I need to go for a walk with you to discuss this are you around?

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    • arjunaardagh January 10, 2013 at 10:58 pm // Reply

      it is just a joke, bro!
      No need to give up your life!
      And yes, lets take a walk together!

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  44. Adrian Abrahams January 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm // Reply

    Cool dude
    Just reminds me I think I’ve got some stash down in couch from 50 years ago.Maybe just give it a try and read this artical again.Does ‘Instant Karma’ count as inspirational music…

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  45. Chi January 10, 2013 at 9:23 pm // Reply

    I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys R U Kid..wink

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  46. Sonjan January 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm // Reply

    Very funny…and damn well written. I had a good chuckle with you this. I haven’t seen you in years, but you played a pivital role for me in ’92 when you came to Orcas. Thank you. Keep up the good work.

    ps: I mentioned you in my new book.

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  47. Kristine January 11, 2013 at 2:14 am // Reply

    Forgive please, I’ve owned a Gravatar in my life..and please don’t tell the entire world I’ve also never owned anything tie-died in my life, the colors just clashed with my hair color, whatever that may have been at any given time.
    I’m just guessing that even inwardly thinking “wonder what sign they are” will emit a high frequency squeal alerting the ex New Age fun police. I get it..I’ve been warned…great article, thanks for the giggle :)

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  48. Nicole January 11, 2013 at 11:06 pm // Reply

    Utterly brilliant article, which made me laugh,..still,..I’ll always be universallove,..and believe we need to open doors of our understanding to go I to other rooms for growth,..it’s the heart,..and it’s letting go,..it might seem spiritual babble,?but believe me,.When you’ve loved,..and loved deeply,..you want to learn how to love more..Blessings,..rainbow child,..errrr tahriel ,NICOELELLA X

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  49. Enya January 12, 2013 at 5:37 am // Reply

    A woman I had just met was on the phone with her 9 year old daughter and she said, “My nosy daughter wants to know what you do”. I answered, “I teach Yoga, I make herbal remedies, I give workshops at festivals, I make Art…” so she told her daughter, “She’s a Hippie”.
    LOL!
    Yesterday I just read bacon is actually good for you! Made my day!! Gave my tie dye to my daughter’s friend…it might take a while to transition…the purple will grow out of my gray hair…
    Loved your article, will pass it on! 😀

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  50. Kuru January 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm // Reply

    The hippies were right! And they are here! Just in a different get-up with a new name. Thank heavens for the hippies.

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  51. Nancy January 13, 2013 at 4:11 am // Reply

    This is hilarious, but I love the underlying message. It’s not about the bliss, or feeling holy … it’s all about loving others and looking for ways to give.

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  52. rory January 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm // Reply

    Very funny!!! Didnt want the article to end…..

    Although i’m not sure i can give up my addiction to people of ‘higher vibration’…

    IE people like you Arjuna….

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  53. Doug Webb January 13, 2013 at 11:32 pm // Reply

    Newage would be so much funnier if it wasn’t so damn self-righteous….and that newage male voice…”Oh. I am balancing my female side” honey soft whisper. After we surface from the past trying to be the present, what are we to call our new-found freedom? We might be heading into the Awakened Age, but I feel like we are stuck in the Snooze-alarm Age. And tie dye is only appropriate at Dead concerts and retro parties, as a larf.

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  54. krishna January 14, 2013 at 6:16 am // Reply

    Each past moment is the retirement of new age. Just jump to ” NOT TO BE” from “JUST BE” then you never worry about retirement or no….!

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  55. Bill Lamond January 14, 2013 at 7:06 am // Reply

    I laughed at all this, but the New Age is definitely NOT retiring. It’s just that the teachers who began this new time, Werner, Ram Dass, Marianne, Deepak, etc. have said what they had to say that launched a new way of thinking and being, and we simply need a next generation that doesn’t try to keep using the same things as they said done more or differently, but will take a leap into the next level/world of this thinking and living, not different from tube radios were replaced by transistors, which were replaced by electronics. We’re just at the beginning really! Interesting how we’re willing to do that with machines, but not with ourselves.
    For 25 years, I have been teaching the next generation out from possibility, which is opportunity or fulfillment. It blesses and thanks possibility thinkers, but it is a whole universe out from possibility.
    That’s really the way of evolution.

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  56. Mary Evans January 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm // Reply

    My laugh for the day…I have been feeling that way for quite some time!

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  57. roy pales January 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm // Reply

    well said!

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  58. david January 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm // Reply

    I will email this out to everyone on Dancing Turtle Ranch.

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  59. Susan January 15, 2013 at 1:53 am // Reply

    Tie Die tee shirt? $15. Watching The New Age retire? Priceless.

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  60. marta macbeth January 15, 2013 at 3:10 am // Reply

    thanks for the laugh at myself. and here I thought I was so unique.
    Well if any of the other folks want to come on one last adventure before retirement to drum for dolphins, wear tye dye, drink coconut water from a real coconut,play music, dance and drum on the beach in Costa Rica then please check out my website and join us! http://www.wilddolphinjourneys.com
    peace, love and glutenfree cupcakes
    marta

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  61. marta macbeth January 15, 2013 at 3:16 am // Reply

    Thanks for the laugh at myself. Here I thought I was so unique. Well if anyone wants to come on one last adventure before retirement and drum for dolphins, wear tye dye, drink coco water from a real coconut, play music, sing and drum on the beach in costa rica, then join us!!
    http://www.wilddolphinjourneys.com
    peace.love and gluten free cupcakes,
    Marta

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  62. david January 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm // Reply

    arjuna, I have never seen any of your writings before. I came here yesterday from a early retirement forum link and smiled. Today I came from a link about a friend Peter Makena. I know the spiritual black hole is sucking me in.

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  63. Maili January 17, 2013 at 3:41 am // Reply

    Maybe my sense of humour is faulty at the moment but all your clichés of the New Age are met with Truths also spoken by the New Age.

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  64. Frank Michael January 17, 2013 at 7:57 am // Reply

    Ha! On the old Farm, we were both hippies AND lived on $2 a day.
    And it was okay. No time for Tarot or chanting Cumbaya, we were practical idealists and did a lot of good stuff… but then we got older and creakier. Good memories, and still trying to save the world.

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  65. Rem January 18, 2013 at 11:40 am // Reply

    I have read about STD – spiritually transmitted diseases by Mariana Kaplan in Huffington Post and her premise on the problems of spirituality is so related on what you have discussed here. Thanks for such clarity of thoughts.

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  66. Amanda January 23, 2013 at 4:29 am // Reply

    I really hope you’re not right! There is a whole new generation of us that look to you guys for inspiration. And we’re not the drugged out wannabe’s either. We are trying so hard to keep it all together and every time we see another retired soul eating chicken it’s seems like just one more reason to stop trying. We’ll keep the train moving, so I guess you guys can retire. But please stop eating meat!…that’s just betrayal :) lol (o.k., not really kidding. You guys know better :)

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  67. Bretton February 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm // Reply

    this is adorable. what’s going to happen when my generation, genX retires? No more Winona Rider films?

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  68. Carol March 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm // Reply

    All very true. But at least every quirky, odd, strange thing we did, after a while we could take it off, cut it off, or cut it out. Unlike the tattoos of today. (Loved the article, really.)

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  69. Kemila March 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm // Reply

    I didn’t even know the New Age was there. I only eat food which is in front of me, be it steaks or sprouts or white rice… Now I know the New Age is retired.
    But I still enjoy your blog.

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  70. Christine Hoeflich March 30, 2013 at 12:27 am // Reply

    Haha! Love this article ARJUNA ARDAGH! I’m all for getting real!

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  71. Zen April 15, 2013 at 1:00 am // Reply

    Really? The New age just started 12/21/12! What do you mean it is over already? Retired after less than 5 months? That is pretty damn lazy… even for a hippie!

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  72. iyan December 15, 2013 at 2:39 am // Reply

    WOW!
    Thank you. I knew and since I came to yoga 13 years ago I said ‘no! it is not real world. I take yoga for my life, not my live for yoga’.
    We can have a big dream, yet the fantasy and the reality is certain.

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  73. Suzy December 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm // Reply

    Trying to be funny but just another tired bunch of cliches about a small portion of a generation from 40 years ago who didn’t want to be the plastic, corporate, sexually repressed, racist, sexist polluters that controlled , and still control, the larger culture.

    Thank those ” hippies” for starting the ball rolling on everything from trying to keep the environment healthy to equal rights for minorities and women to acceptance of a larger spirituality to keeping traditional artisanal practices and crafts alive.

    Yes, tie dye was and is pretty hideous, but in all fairness it was nothing more than an attempt to create something handmade, rather than mass produced.

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    • arjunaardagh December 16, 2013 at 7:49 pm // Reply

      Hi Suzy. I come from England, and grew up on Monty Python. My British sense of humor is not always well received in the US. No offense intended, it is just humor…

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  74. Bruce December 16, 2013 at 1:09 am // Reply

    It’s now December 15; and it’s not going well: Eternal Flamers (aka ‘baby’ “boomers”), RE-FIRE !

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  75. Maharainbowstarseedavatar December 18, 2013 at 2:40 am // Reply

    So now that we have woken up ages ago ! can we finally go to sleep again ?
    I Am so fricking tired man !
    LOL big timer !

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  76. Andy December 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm // Reply

    I prefer to think of New Age as undergoing the needed transformation from the cocoon into the butterfly – the seed sacrificing itself to become the plant contained within its potentiality. Long ago it had been said that the revolutionary ideas my generation (boomers) sparked had become the common sense of the next generation.

    That being said, many are the movements that need to make a further transformation from mere form (e.g. the use of chanting, sacred objects, or whatever) to something of real substance. As an example, when a needy, hungry person is right in front of you, true enlightenment consists of feeding the person – not reciting platitudes.

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  77. Jolly Goodday February 16, 2014 at 2:59 am // Reply

    I laughed until my eyes ran tears when I read this article by you….it was my first exposure to your works. However, when I announced it was “hilarious” and posted in on my Facebook page, not one soul, including my more erudite friends, responded. Made me wonder if I’d misinterpreted your motives, so I wen’t back and read it again…..another fit of laughter ensued. You are helping us poke fun at ourselves, and surrender our cherished rituals, dogmas, and methodologies in favor of plain old common sense! Thank you, you’re like a breath of fresh air to this weirdo. I think I love you! :-) Write more please….

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  78. Jolly Goodday February 16, 2014 at 3:12 am // Reply

    I left a comment, but it seems to have disappeared? :( Laughed and laughed. Thank you! xo MORE….please…

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  79. Samaya Adelin April 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm // Reply

    pure awesome Arjuna, thank you! :)

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