Mind and Spirit Terminology


Astrology – For centuries, astrologers have theorized that the positioning and movement of the stars can have enormous consequences for a person. Today, they use that information to counsel individuals about emotional, professional or health-related problems.

Aura Color Healing – Drawing equally from ancient Hindu beliefs and work of modern psychic healers like Edgar Cayce, aura or color healers look for a dark or grayish area in a multi-colored aura field surrounding the body to indicate potential health problems. Color healers apply remedial colors where they notice a color deficiency.

Avatar – A person who “descends” into human form from above as a manifestation of divinity and who reveals divine truth to people. Such a one has progressed beyond the need to be reincarnated in another body (i.e., there is no further “bad karma” to work off).

Channeling – A New Age form of mediumship or spiritism. The person channeled yields control of his/her perceptual and cognitive capacities to a spiritual entity with the intent of receiving paranormal information.

Clairaudience – Ability to hear mentally without using the ears.

Clairvoyance – Ability to see mentally without using the eyes, beyond ordinary time and space limits; also called “Second Sight.”

Cosmic Consciousness – A spiritual and mystical perception that all in the universe is “one.” To attain cosmic con-sciousness is to see the universe as God/Goddess and God/Goddess as the universe.

Crystals – It is believed that crystals contain incredible healing and energizing powers. Crystals are often touted as being able to restore the “how of energy” in the human body.

Deja Vu – The feeling of having already experienced an event or place that is being encountered for the very first time.

Dreamwork – Counselors use a client’s dreams to help awaken a better understanding of psychological or emotional disturbances. Some methods focus on teaching a client to do effective dreaming to change basic behavioral patterns or overcome certain problems.

ESP – Extrasensory perception encompassing paranormal abilities such as telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance.

Fung Shui – (pronounced Fung Shway) This ancient Chinese art holds that arranging one’s environment into certain harmonious patterns can bring a sense of abundance, balance and happiness into one’s life. From the proper placement of the headboard to the addition of water to a garden, Fung Shui combines beautiful design concepts with an underlying sense that a person’s space can be an important factor in their psychological and spiritual well-being.

Gaia -A Greek name for the Goddess of the Earth. It also refers to a scientific hypothesis formulated by James Lovelock whereby all living matter on the earth is believed to be a single living organism. In this, humanity is considered the nervous system of the living earth.

Globalism – A modern-day term referring to the need for a transformation from the present nation-state divisions into a one-world community.

Gnosticism – A tradition going back to the second century which holds that salvation comes through intuitive “gnosis” or knowledge of one’s divinity.

God – A being who has “many faces.” He (it) is considered a radically immanent being who is often referred to as a “universal consciousness,” “universal life,” or “universal energy.”

Graphology – Character analysis and foretelling based on handwriting.

Guru – Teacher or master.

Holism – The theory that all reality is organically one. Everything in the universe is viewed as interrelated and interdependent.

Human Potential Movement – A movement with roots in humanistic psychology that stresses man’s essential goodness and unlimited potential.

Initiation – This term is generally used in reference to the expansion or transformation of a person’s consciousness. An “initiate” is one whose consciousness has been transformed so that he now perceives inner realities. There are varying “degrees” of initiation (i.e., “first degree initiates,” “second-degree initiates,” etc.).

Inner Self or Higher Self – Refers to the inner divine nature possessed by human beings. All people are said to possess an inner self, though not all are aware of it.

Interdependence or Interconnectedness – These words are used by New Agers to describe the oneness and essential unity of everything in the universe. All of reality is viewed as interdependent and interconnected.

Intuitive/Medical Intuitive – Intuitives help their clients reach a better understanding of their characters, past influences and future prospects. Practitioners may choose to use various forms of divination (tarot, astrology, numerology) in their work or they may rely on natural psychic talents. Medical intuitives focus on health issues affecting their clients.

Jesus – An avatar who attained a high level of attunement to the Cosmic Christ. This enabled him to become a bodily vehicle for the Christ for a period of three years. (See: Avatar)

Kabala (Caballa, Qaballah) – Hebrew mystery lore based on mystical interpretation of the Bible; magical, occult practices stemming largely from the Middle Ages.

Karma – Refers to the “debt” accumulated against a soul as a result of good or bad actions committed during one’s life (or lives). If one accumulates good karma, he will be reincarnated in a desirable state. If one accumulates bad karma, he will be reincarnated in a less desirable state.

Kirlian Photography – A photographic process that measures living auras.

Kundalini – The elemental energy of the human body which, like a serpent, rests coiled at the base of the spine.

Levitation -Raising of objects or people off the ground without using physical energy.

Mandala – A design, usually concentric, that focuses attention to a single point.

Mantra – A word or phrase that is to be chanted repetitively in an effort to empty the mind and attain “cosmic con-sciousness” (oneness with God and the universe).

Meditation – This is a mental technique. Meditation helps to focus and calm the mind, creating a restful state of physical being.

Medium – A psychic or sensitive living person whose body is used as a vehicle for communicating with spirits.

Metaphysics – The science of the supernatural.

Monism – A metaphysical theory that sees all of reality as a unified whole. Everything in the universe is seen as being made of the same stuff.

Nirvana – Liberation from earthly things; paradise.

Numerology – The analysis of hidden or prophetic meanings of numbers.

Occultism – Belief in supernational forces and beings.

Om – A word symbolizing Brahma, the Creator God.

Out-of-Body Experience – Leaving the physical body while at rest, asleep, near death, or temporarily dead.

Pantheism – Doctrine that identifies God with the whole uni-verse, every particle, tree, table, animal, and person being part of Him.

Paradigm Shift – Refers to a shift in world views. The so-called “new paradigm” (new model orform) is pantheistic (all is God) and monastic (all is one).

Paranormal – Beyond or above normal human powers or senses.

Parapsychology – Study of psychic phenomena using scien-tific methods.

Past Lives/Regression Therapy – Based on the belief that current physical and emotional problems stem from unresolved issues from early childhood or even past lives, therapists use hypnosis or other techniques to bring a patient to an altered state of consciousness and to help the individual finally resolve the root causes of their problems.

Pendulum – Heavy object on a string, used for dowsing or fortune telling.

Precognition – Advance knowledge of future events.

Psychic Healer – A person who aids in healing mental or physical ill-ness from the cosmic energy emanating through the healer’s hands.

Psychoanalysis – Tracing mental and physical ills back to hurtful childhood experiences; based on Sigmund Freud’s theories.

Psychometry – Reading information from an object about events involving the person who owns it, usually by handling it.

Reincarnation – Refers to the cyclical evolution of a person’s soul as it repeatedly passes from one body to another at death. This process continues until the soul reaches a state of perfection.

Shamanism/Shamanic Healing – Many people associate shamanic healing with the use of Native American rituals to help correct a spiritual or physical imbalance within a person. However, every culture has its shamanic healing rituals in its spiritual traditions, and today shamanic healers in North America may draw from Tibetan rituals or African teachings as easily as from Native American thoughts.

Veda – The most ancient of the Hindu scriptures.

Yin/Yang – Chinese names referring to the active and passive principles of the universe. Yin refers to the female or [in-active] negative force; Yang to the male or active force. These two polar forces continually interplay with each other. The words are used to describe the constant How of motion and change in the universe (i.e., the “Tao”).

Yoga Instruction – Yoga instruction is a general term for a range of body-mind exercise practices used to access consciousness and encourage physical and mental well-being. Some forms concentrate on achieving perfection in posture and alignment of the body; others aim at mental control to access higher consciousness. Between these two forms are yoga’s that focus on the interrelationship of body, mind and energy.

Yogi – Someone who practices yoga.

Zodiac – The band of twelve constellations along the plane of the ecliptic through which pass the sun, moon and planets across the sky. Each constellation, or sign, is attributed symbolic significance and associations that affect various aspects of life on Earth.


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