The New Age is a cultural and spiritual movement that emerged in the late 20th century, characterized by a focus on individual spirituality, holistic health and wellness, and a belief in a coming era of global transformation and awakening. The New Age encompasses a wide variety of beliefs, practices, and lifestyles, including Eastern spirituality, alternative healing, environmentalism, and the search for higher consciousness and self-discovery. Some common New Age beliefs include a focus on personal growth, the interconnectedness of all things, and the idea that humanity is undergoing a spiritual awakening. The movement is often criticized for its lack of a coherent doctrine, its appropriation of ideas and practices from various cultures and spiritual traditions, and its embrace of speculative and pseudoscientific beliefs. However, for many people, the New Age provides a way to explore spiritual and personal questions, connect with nature and the universe, and find meaning and purpose in life.