JS writes: “I was baptized Catholic as a child. For the last 10-15 years, I disregarded the faith and favored eastern philosophy, even though I never stopped believing in God. I became a massage therapist about 7 years ago and also do chakra therapy. I do chakra workshops where I basically categorize life issues with the chakras and look at their psychology. . .
Just when you thought this world couldn’t get any weirder, proponents of the controversial practice of “tapping” now claim you can clear bad vibes and create good ones just by tapping on certain areas of the body. If only it was that simple!
TC writes: “I have a question about Bach Flower Remedies. I am trying to find out if these remedies are considered New Age. I have a few books book about them which state that it “treats the individual not the symptoms / or disease. They work on an emotional condition of the person concerned.” “The effect of taking the remedies is not to suppress negative attitudes but transforms them into positive ones, stimulating self-healing.” Can you let me know what the Church teaches about this product?”
DG asks: “There are so many alternative medicine practices out there. Some of them sound very suspicious to me and refer to ‘life force energy’ and ‘spirit guides’ but some sound okay. I even know of a Catholic chiropractor who prays before treating people but he’s a Reiki Master! How does a Catholic know which ones are compatible with our faith and which ones are not?”
CC asks: “Can you tell me if ‘dry needling’ is a New Age practice? I have heard a couple of people mention having had it done by their physicians in recent months and had never heard of it.”
BL writes: “What can you tell me about these Blu Rooms where people go to improve their health? Are these rooms legit?”
PT asks: “I am writing you about craniosacral treatment. It is a kind of massage, physical therapy variant. In the Vatican document it is not referred to directly but I understand that it is based on oriental “energy” belief system. Would it be possible for you to enlighten me about this some more. People have been asking me.”
RG writes: “I met a woman on a plane ride back from CA who told me about some ‘exercises’ her husband did 10 yrs ago which seemed to have cured his MS type debilitation [Guillian Barre]. It goes by two names- one is ‘falun gong’ another is ‘falun dafa’ and The Strbegan in China. He had been unable to walk, could not work and was very depressed. After doing the exercises he regained movement and was healed. The doctors were stunned and said it was a complete recovery. There are meditation type practices as well. . . .”
LW asks: “Do you have any info on Scalar energy products like pendants, flasks, bracelets. I tried one not knowing what it really was and had a horrible experience. I believe they are the part of New age healing energy products. . . .When I put it on, I had no idea what it was all about, but I started to feel strange, restless, very anxious, weepy, no peace…