New Age organization. The Lorian Association was founded
in 1973 by David Spangler soon after his return to the United
States after a three-year stay at the Findhorn community, a pioneering
New Age community in northern Scotland. Among the
15 individuals who founded the Lorian Association was Dorothy
McLean, one of the co-founders of Findhorn, who also
moved to the United States that year. The purpose of Lorian
was to explore and celebrate the emergence of new spiritual energies
that could bring about human transformation, both personal
and social. In 1982 Spangler and the founders issued a
statement of interdependence affirming a commitment to such
New Age values as cooperative decision making, harmlessness
in interacting with the environment, the wise use of energy, a
diversity of cultural expressions, and communion with superhuman
Channeling was a vital part of the association in the early
years. Just as Eileen Caddy had received messages that guided
the developing Findhorn community, Spangler and McLean
channeled and the messages were published by the association.
The association was located in Wisconsin through the 1970s but
moved to Issaquah, Washington, around 1980. There it survived
into the 1990s, but the community has recently disbanded.
Spangler radically revised his opinions concerning the New
Age in the late 1980s and abandoned the basic New Age hope
of social transformation.
McLean, Dorothy. To Hear the Angels Sing. Middleton, Wis.
Lorian Press, 1980.
Spangler, David. Channeling and the New Age. Issaquah,
Wash. Morningtown Press, 1988.
. Conversations with John. Elgin, Ill. Lorian Press,