We have numerous questions from both patients and health care providers about the use of energy massage techniques such as Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, Hands of Light, Reiki, etc. in hospitals and hospice care. Are these practices New Age; if so, why are they so prevalent in health care facilities?
RT writes: “I have heard that there’s some kind of spiritual significance to when you wake up in the middle of the night. For example, if you wake up at 1:00 a.m. it means you’re on the brink of a spiritual awakening – or at 3:00 a.m. it means your energy levels are too low. Is any of this true?”
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone would come up with a way to help us stay energized and alert throughout the day regardless of how busy we are? It sure would, but the New Age idea of restoring “energy” isn’t the way to go.
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’.”