CC writes: "I have a friend that is very much into "Divine Healing Hands". Master Sha is the head of this 'movement'. I tried to read the book she gave me but was not really inspired so I only read the first few pages. I was wondering what you know of this 'movement' and the Catholic church's viewpoint on it."
I'd like to answer this question with a series of questions because I think this is the easiest way to make my point.
What would you think if a man walked up to you and said he could heal whatever ails you by downloading new "soul software" into you. What if he told you this software was created by God who is using him as a channel to reprogram your malfunctioning organs? What if all you had to do to receive this tremendous healing was to stare at his hand through which a brilliant light flows (but can only be seen by your "third eye")? And what if he tells you that he also received the gift of being able to heal your karma which enables him to get rid of all the bad in your past lives - the killing, cheating, lying, etc. and replace it with good karma such as good health and positive thinking and emotional balance - all of which attracts blessings from God? Wouldn't you be happy to hear that this powerful "karma cleanse" was currently being offered to you for $450 rather than the usual $900?
If such a man walked up to you and told you all these things, would you give him a try or head for the nearest exit?
If you chose the latter, you would be among the majority who don't believe a word spoken from the mouth of the man known as Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha. Even though he has an MD in conventional medicine, he's relying on ancient traditional Chinese medicine and just plain sorcery to hoodwink the public into believing he has some kind of special healing powers. He calls himself a "grandmaster" of all of the major ancient Chinese disciplines, such as tai chi, qi gong, kung fu, the I Ching, and Feng Shui (all of which include occult arts, superstition, and belief in an alleged universal life force known as "chi").
"Through four-thousand-year-old lineages, he holds powerful ancient wisdom and secrets of healing, rejuvenation, longevity and the spiritual journey," his website states. "Above all, he is a special chosen divine servant, vehicle and channel who brings us the treasures of divine soul power. He shares profound soul secrets, wisdom and knowledge, as well as simple and practical soul power techniques through his bestselling books and more."
I watched Sha deliver a healing blessing on this YouTube video and it wasn't pretty. While he stood on a stage with his hand in the air, commanding people to "look at my hand", the audience is told by a red-headed woman in a sari that "countless holy beings accompany him during these healing events" and that a light so brilliant as to be almost blinding emanates from the Master's hand (although you can only see it with your "third eye" - an alleged invisible eye that can see beyond the physical realm).
People in the room are told to "open yourselves up completely" to these millions of light beings - thus allowing themselves to be infected with whatever spirits Master Sha is channeling.
He also give these "blessings" every day at 9 a.m. Pacific Time for 15 minutes. For those who want more, Sha or his Worldwide Representatives "who are also Divine Channels" give the blessing for a full hour on Saturdays from 11 to 12 noon Pacific.
But this dangerously bizarre practice is eclipsed by his claims that he as ability to download new "soul software" into sick organs which allow them to heal themselves.
"Everybody understands software," Sha said in an article appearing on Wired that has since been removed. "The soul software download is like a spiritual program that the Divine created. Divine downloads carry divine frequency. This divine frequency can transform the frequencies of our body systems, organs, cells, DNA and RNA. It removes energy blockages, and rejuvenates and prolongs life."
He claims to have performed his first organ soul download in July 2003 while teaching acupuncture at a Toronto retreat.
"The Divine came to me and said, Zhi Gang, transmit my soul software -- a spiritual program -- to humanity for healing," Sha explains. "The Divine also told me to transmit soul acupuncture. He told me, I will download a soul acupuncture needle. Silent DownLOAAAD!! Now I offer free remote downloads to more than 1,000 physical human beings in one session."
This is total nonsense that would be funny if it wasn't so dangerous. The fact that people are actually paying for these "downloads" is incomprehensible to me.
But I wasn't surprised to see that many of the people who are posting on this site, which is dedicated to alerting the public to the dangers of Master Sha, call his "movement" a cult. If what these posters say is true - that he sends his lawyers after anyone who criticizes what he's doing - then I would have to concur because silencing critics is one of the chief characteristics of an authentic cult.
Needless to say, none of what Master Sha does is compatible with Catholic teaching and because so many of his practices involve the occult arts, Christians should avoid both his books and especially his demonstrations where these "holy beings" are said to gather.