In Joy’s Way, Dr. Brugh Joy recounts a famous moment in the history of New Age. As he recounts in “Joy’s Way: A Map for the Transformational Journey,” the physician had begun exploring the energy fields of his patients. Later, browsing in the Bodhi Tree bookstore in Los Angeles, he chanced upon an illustration in a book on Tantra Yoga.
“My God,” he exclaimed aloud, “I have discovered the chakras.”
Why was it a such big deal that the New Age leader had re-discovered the chakras? Here was 10,000-year-old knowledge, from a venerable tradition of Sanskrit speakers. A tradition dominated by Enlightened sages, renunciates who devoted their lives to meticulous study of vibrational frequencies.