reply to post by AnnieWolf19
To me a "revival" occurs any time that someone (preacher, priest, magician, philosopher, etc.) thinks that they have discovered some otherwise unknown
facet of a religion, philosophy, or spiritual path.
John Wesley thought that the Anglican Church had become corrupt, and that instead of showing Christians the path to salvation, it was instead more
concerned with worldly power and influence. In John Wesley's mind this meant that the Church of England (the head of the Anglican tradition) was no
longer teaching the word of Christ. the revival that John and his brother, Charles Wesley, are credited with is the creation of the
, a denomination of Protestantism that sought to realign Christian teachings with
the word of Christ.
I'm not so sure if I would consider Kundalini Yoga to be a revival necessarily. To my understanding the practice has never gone out of favor, or had
to be "revived" per se
. Kundalini Yoga, at its heart, is a process of spiritual purification—through meditation—that is meant to align the
Chakra and open a metaphysical conduit for spiritual enlightenment. As I understand it, the practice is an attempt to connect Shakti
—our physical body and mind—with Shiva consciousness
—the higher mind—producing a state of spiritual awareness and
While knowledge of this practice has not always known to the Western World, due to it being an "Eastern" practice, I would not consider the interest
in it—begun in 1918 with the release of
" by A. Avalon (John Woodroffe)—to be a revival necessarily. I would categorize Kundalini Yoga, and all forms of
, as roads to enlightenment, not revivals.
Other "spiritual" revivals that I can think of would certainly include the Neo Pagan revivals. Among some of the more known are the three forms of
Celtic Polytheism: the Druidry
revival of the late 1800s and early 1900s; the
Celtic Neo Paganism
revival stemming from Gerald Gardner's 1950s Wicca movement; and the
revival started in the 1980s. Along similar lines
would be Germanic Neo Paganism
and all of its sects, traditions, and denominations, as
Non-spiritual revivals could definitely include the Age of Enlightenment
that saw in
incease in logic and reason, the widespread use of the scientific method, and a reduction in adherence to faith-based, or dogmatic thinking. Groups
and the Imagine No Religion Conference
could arguably be seen as
offshoots of the ideals expressed during the Age of Enlightenment.
Anyway, at a glance, those are a number of the "revivals" that I can think of. Hope you find some of them to be of interest.
~ Wandering Scribe
edit on 23/1/14 by Wandering Scribe because: edited the Kundalini part some