We hosted a webinar in March about the Human Potential Movement which explains how many of today’s large group awareness programs being offered in American companies are New Age or based in religions that are not compatible with Christianity. The following story is an excellent example of how this is being done – and what happens to employees who complain!
E asks: “Is Guy Finley a New Age Author?”
During our webinar on the Human Potential Movement, we were asked about a motivational speaker named Brian Tracy and whether or not he is New Age?
SH writes: “I have been getting regular facials at an Aveda salon. At the beginning of the facial, she rubs scented oils on her hands and places the palms of her hands directly above my face and lets them hover there for about a minute as I breathe in the oils. Is this a form of Reiki? It makes me uncomfortable as I feel it is a sort of energy channel when she does this. Also, they offer placing hot stones on your hands or feet and wrapping them in a towel during the facial. Is this ok?”
GD writes: “I have just heard of the Tabata form of exercise. Does it have any element of New age to it? From what I read of it, it seems ok. I would appreciate it if you could shed more light on it.”
LR writes: “Psych K is something that finds a person’s negative self statement through muscle testing (if the arm stays up and strong when pushed down, they believe the positive statement, if the arm goes weak, the person believes the negative self statement. Through some movements the person “reprograms” the negative statement to a positive one”) Can you comment on this?”
JS writes: “What are your views on myofascial release therapy and John Barnes, who has several sites promoting this therapy?”
SL writes: “Do you have any information on the workout program called Cathletix? I don’t want anything having connections to yoga or Pilates or anything New Age. Are you aware of this program? Is it New Age? I appreciate any information you can offer . . .”
AL writes: “I am sending this article from www.americancatholic.org for your discernment. Fr. Mark’s use of the word praydream sounds a little like New Age. I have studied from Fr. Timothy Gallagher’s Discernment of Spirits book and listened to his teachings which I believe are very informative. I would like to know what your discernment is of this approach to discernment.”
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.”