SA writes: “Years ago, I was invited to join a seminar on Pranic Healing. It is a method of healing that uses enegry(prana). Among the organizers of the said seminar was a religious nun, so I felt it was ok and somehow it is allowed in our Catholic faith. . . .”
AA asks: “Is our spirit considered energy in a scientific way? One that we cannot see with our eyes but we know it is there. How does our Christian view differ from the new age movement? I think of our spirit as energy that cannot be destroyed and it is created by God.”
Our ministry was recently contacted by a reader who encountered a practitioner of QEST (Quantum Energetic Structured Therapy) who claimed the energy involved in this practice was electro-magnetic and it was therefore okay to use.
SH asks: “I am wondering if constitutional homeopathy treatment is considered part of the new Age movement? I am giving it to my 9 yr old son for ADHD and allergies. I am a little concerned as I heard it can be related to occultism.”
RL writes: “My sister is involved with a group of Catholic women who pray together. Recently, one of the more elderly women who often ‘leads’ the group told the women to watch a clip of Oprah who interviewed Panache Desai ‘Change Your Energy, Change Your Life.’ My sister felt very uncomfortable and has asked for my comments. I turn to you for the best explanation of this speaker.”
DK asks: “I noticed at Christmas time these Alex and Ani bracelets were very popular. I even saw they come with the Blessed Mother and saints varieties. They have a tag on them that say ‘ infused with energy ‘ and I was wondering if you knew anything about these. And how they would even do that? I went to their website and it is definitely new age talk there.”
Even though it can be found in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes across America, the popular “massage” practice known as Reiki is not only steeped in occult practices, but it also has no scientific backing. Is it any wonder the U.S. bishops consider it to be “inappropriate” for use by Catholics?
Not all alternative medical practices are bogus, but if you’re considering trying any alternative that is based in the existence of a “universal life force energy” – otherwise known as chi, qi, prana, or yin yang - our upcoming webinar New Age Alternatives: What Everyone Needs to Know About Energy Medicine is likely to save you some hard-earned bucks!
JA writes: “I am wondering what ‘send energy’ is? I recently offered to pray for a friend and she requested that I ‘send positive energy.’ What does that mean? If this is new age lingo, what commandment is it breaking?”
MG writes: “My daughter has invited me to a talk about Broadcast Energy Treatments by Ethan Borg. Is this method related to new age? As I read the website some of the names used for the method were Fu Xi Wen, Open Source Medicine, Spirit Branch Medicine, Qu Infusions. I am wondering if this could be helpful medicine? As a Catholic I am skeptical but want to inform my daughter of its scientific usefulness too.”