C5 writes: “I listen to Catholic Radio and have heard that partaking in acupuncture and other alternative therapies. I have been to a natural healing center and the practitioner uses muscle testing which she says uses acupuncture ideas about energy flow in my body. That our bodies can let us know what part of our body is being challenged and what it needs to get back into balance. She uses her technique as an assessment tool not as treatment. If what she says is true then it would have to be of our God because it is amazing and miraculous. What is ‘bad’ about this?”
CR writes: “I was at an introductory workshop (free) teaching a few TKM® procedures. It seems a little new age to me, but it is also based on research and espoused by a Christian institute. Do you know anything about it?”
VR writes: “I have been getting homeopathy treatment from a chiropractor using Auricular Medicine. It is a bio-energetic medicine testing protocol that enables them to objectively determine which homeopathics are appropriate (and not appropriate) for each patient. Is this New Age medicine?”
J writes: “Are you familiar with this technique invented by a Dr. Bob Marshall called QRA (Quantum Reflex Analysis)?”
JZ writes: “I purchased a Halsa Swedish acupressure mat in a local health store. The box said The Natural Alternative to pain relief medication. The insert said the mat has roots in India, where spike mats were first used about 5000 yrs ago by fakirs,and yogis. The mat has spikes in it to stimulate the body’s acupressure points. I assume this is a New Age product. I lost $40 on the dumb mat. Have you heard of this? What a rip off, I’ll stick to a regular pillow.”
If your son or daughter comes home from school one day sporting a little macrame-style bracelet with bright colored beads called a “Shamballa bracelet”, it might be time for a heart-to-heart talk on how not to throw money away on worthless baubles.
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.