JA writes: “I am wondering what ‘send energy’ is? I recently offered to pray for a friend and she requested that I ‘send positive energy.’ What does that mean? If this is new age lingo, what commandment is it breaking?”
TK asks: “Do you have any information on Color Therapy?”
EB writes: “I have been seeing a certified acupressure therapist. Does this pertain to the New Age category like chiropractors?”
The is the second of a two-part question from AR: “ . . . (M)y mother is very much into alternative medicine and healthy eating, etc, and I grew up going to an iridologist and have been amazed at some of the things she picked up on in my body. For instance, she noticed “irritation” in my lower back, and a few years later, due to strenuous activity, I thought I had developed a seriously problematic spinal condition, but doctors said I was either born with or it happened when I was a baby and was just aggravated by the activity. Anyway, even if you think iridology is bologna, it doesn’t seem to be problematic with our faith, as it’s not like its reading palms or anything whacky like that…it is looking at the iris and seeing if something is not quite right. BUT, I still wanted to check with you all.”
AC writes: “. . . I have ordered items from a company that offers clothing geared toward various athletic activities. One of these activities is yoga, but there are many others (surfing, golf, skiing, etc.). . . . Now that I’m learning more about the new age, it is especially disturbing to me to have found that they created a logo symbol for their company that they are calling their “chi logo.” At the bottom of one of the pages on their website they define “chi” as “the circulating life energy inherent in all beings.” On the ordering website, you can click on “chi blog” and go to the blog area which they describe as a ‘collaborative blog for connecting active, athletic, women to the energy of inspiration.’
People write to us all the time with questions about the various energy medicine techniques – from Reiki to tai chi and everything inbetween – so I decided to write a general overview of energy medicine that can provide additional details for those who wish to learn more.