A consumer watchdog group has filed a complaint against actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s New Age lifestyle brand, Goop, which is very popular among women, for providing deceptive information to market its products.
A Catholic nurse is campaigning to encourage hospitals to provide full disclosure to patients about alternative therapies, particularly practices such as Reiki which have spiritual aspects, by utilizing a spiritual consent form designed to inform patients of possible spiritual conflicts and protect institutions from potential legal liability.
A reader writes: “I have a question about whether it is alright to pray with a rosary made of crystals? A Carmelite order in the USA, the Sisters of Carmel, offers a custom rosary making service and it is possible to select semi-precious stones like amethyst or jade for a beautiful and unique rosary. Is there anything dangerous or New Age about praying with such a rosary?” Read the rest…
We recently received this testimony from a reader of our blog who warns that even people who consider themselves to be devout in their faith can be seriously harmed by dabbling in New Age and/or occult-based practices. As this reader warns: “The devil seduces Christians into the New Age by making it seem harmless.” It’s not!
A writes: “I’d love if you could include the Capacitar practice, or movement, on the Women of Grace New Age Blog Index as it’s not there yet. Here in Ireland I see it may be coming into vogue and again, it’s popping up in Catholic Church circles. It doesn’t take much research to see that it’s New Age as on the website www.capacitar.org in the About section it’s quite clear that it’s derived from Eastern sources. It’s sad to think that vulnerable people, victims of trauma in poor countries, are being subjected to this. Not just poor countries now either.”
RVS writes: “What should we believe regarding statements that linen is healthy. The site appears to be Judaeo-Christian. I’m considering buying the feminine products to reduce plastics in contact with my body but I am concerned about supporting a new agey type business when they speak of ‘frequency’.”
New Age energy medicine comes in all shapes and sizes and has a remarkable capacity for reinventing itself. I never cease to be amazed . . .