We have had questions from readers whose loved ones are dabbling in a New Age occult-based process known as “Ascension” which is causing a variety of serious physical, mental and spiritual health issues which they consider to be normal.
C writes: “I have a co-worker who’s mother attended séances with a psychic medium (the medium is Christian). The medium would start the séance with a ‘prayer of protection’. My co-worker’s mother said she always felt ‘good energy and lighter afterwards.’ The medium taught her to say, ‘I surround myself in a bubble of white light and nothing bad will come to me.’ Can you unpack some of these statements? And what resources (books, websites) can I recommend to my co-worker to help him learn more on the Catholic views of this topic?”
AC asks: “I just heard about the 26 year-old woman who was killed on train tracks that are supposedly haunted by the Pope Lick Monster who lures people to their deaths. What is this about?”
New research has found that the so-called “placebo effect” can activate the same neurotransmitters as powerful drugs which explains why some people believe they’ve been helped even when the “drug” they were taking is nothing more than a sugar pill.
There seems to be no end to the self-made gurus who are jumping onto the yoga bandwagon with the hopes of cashing in on this multi-billion dollar market – which is now including people with anger issues.
A reader sent this email to our blog: “My therapist has a strong Catholic presence throughout her clinic and plays EWTN for me while I work out on the treadmill and bicycle. She attends daily noon Mass. She “sees” my deceased aunt hovering behind me and said Aunt I. has a concerned look on her face. I showed her several pics of deceased relatives and she picked out Aunt I. Once when talking to me during a rest period she excused herself and walked out of the room for a few minutes…like she had to recover from what she ‘saw’ around me. I was too scared to ask and she did not volunteer any information. Should I continue working with her or do you think she is new age?”
BB asks: “What is a gong bath? Is this something Catholics can participate in?”
MB writes: “Do you know anything regarding a so-called Medical Medium named Mr Anthony William? I couldn’t find much about his background. Apparently he discovered some kind of ‘healing gift’ when he was a child. What bothers is that he call himself that this gift comes from the ‘Spirit?’ but never refers to God or Jesus Christ. Which tells me it might be he got a ‘gift’ from the wrong spirit.”