01/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

The New Beauty

As an avid observer of trends, I have noted a significant shift in what we find beautiful in our culture. Instead of continuing to value youth for the sake of youth and flawlessness for the sake of flawlessness, as we are "awakening" to the higher truths of humanity, we are starting to let go of commonly held ideals of external beauty. The new ideals are (a) beauty that shines from within, emitting a fresh, natural glow, and (b) personal authenticity.

Any good art designer or plastic surgeon can produce a perfect image, based on the current trends. The new beauty, however, makes us feel good through and through. We are discovering that stocking up on beauty products, slathering on anti-aging creams, getting liposuction and facelifts, and taking pharmaceutical drugs do not add up to real beauty. The hallmarks of the new beauty are inner clarity, love, and light -- which are only possible in healthy, energized, clean-celled bodies. In our "new energy" bodies, we will blossom into natural beauties -- both spiritually and physically!

I have also noticed that my contemporaries are resolving to clear the toxic clutter in their lives in order to seek more authentic experiences. Is it any wonder that in this day and age we prefer the company of those who are pure of purpose and spirit? Is it any wonder that we find ourselves drawn to the courageous, free-thinking, independent lights among the crowds of conformity? The people I think of as beautiful are those who are true to themselves, and choose friends, dates and mates who embody their inner beauty first.

It may be hard to imagine this shift taking place as the world now stands. But I am certain that this is where beauty-consciousness is going. Being fake and made-up is about as attractive to others as a microwave dinner -- it might photograph well on the package, but offers nothing life-generating or satisfying. An authentic glow, on the other hand, comes from releasing old patterns, aggressions, and fears and thus becoming our best selves. This is the new "hot." It's up to you. Are you ready to sizzle this holiday season?