For some people the religion of their parents and their culture plays a big part in their lives and fulfills their need. For others the natural quest for a deeper meaning leads to exploration of an inner kind.
They are not the first. The world's religions had secret teachings for their advanced students; Gnosticism, Sufism, Kabbalah.
For five hundred years, mankind has investigated Earth and the near Cosmos, has advanced technology and medicine, has gone as far as possible into isolation, and in doing so has forgotten his connection to All That Is.
The search has still left him hungry.
Back since the beginning of time, mankind has sought to understand. Tribal peoples have worshipped the Planet and Nature; the spirit of the land and the magic of it all. Pagan lore was increasingly lost, but the search for a deeper meaning led to an interest in the occult, the paranormal. People like Madame Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, Theosophists introduced us to a spiritual hierarchy, psychic phenomenon, fairies, séances, trances, ectoplasm, mediums, transfiguration and clairvoyance.
Over time, our evolution brought the emergence of the modern ‘spiritual’ movement: nothing new, just the next stage.