Researchers say that as many as 60 percent of people who employ eastern style meditation techniques such as Mindfulness Meditation suffer at least one negative side-effect, including panic, depression and confusion.
SL writes: “I have been in debate lately with a fellow christian friend of mine regarding “soaking”. I have read mostly positive things, and some negative things. My friend who has participated in “soaking” before has asked me to join her again – but I declined. There’s something about it, that just doesn’t sit well in my spirit.”
DG writes: “I saw a book called the Seven Great Prayers and I cannot find anything verifying if it is Christian or not. They have the prayers available in audio as well so that you can listen to them anywhere. The authors are Paul and Tracy McManus. One tip-off is that one of the prayers says something about “attracting” blessings or something like that. This leads me to believe it is another New Age gimmick masquerading as Christian just to trap unsuspecting individuals. Can you shed some light on this?”
MB asks: “I have read Kevin Basconi’s three books on angels, called Dancing with Angels and also the seer anointing. I would like to know what you think about them.”
JB writes: “What can you say on this topic. I heard a recent story of a young woman climbing through various states of consciousness and actually going to India and connecting with a guru who teaches this. Has something to do with oneness and after these encounters with even relatives such as dead grandparents etc. there’s an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness and peace. What can you tell me about this?”
C asks: “What are the Church’s teachings about speaking in tongues? I have to admit that I was thrown for a loop while reading a book by Fr. George Montague about The Holy Spirit when he talked about speaking in tongues as though it is normal. Is this true? I am in RCIA, so still learning about the church.”