Despite its complete lack of scientific evidence, grounding (aka “earthing”) is once again becoming popular. We first wrote about it in 2013 and can confidently report that in the last 10 years, almost nothing has changed except for the addition of new “earthing” products developed by folks who insist upon believing in this pseudoscience.
JM writes: “I just read the blog question and answer on homeopathy. This is a very serious matter to me as my family and I have been using homeopathic remedies very successfully over the past three years. I was introduced to them by a very conservative Roman Catholic group of ladies. In doing my own research, I was not troubled about the “vital force” that Dr. Hahneman refers to because anyone who does not know the Christian faith would of course grasp for some kind of word to describe the human soul and the life of that soul as given and designed by God, and the soul’s inter-connectedness to our physical bodies. . . .”
AA asks: “Is our spirit considered energy in a scientific way? One that we cannot see with our eyes but we know it is there. How does our Christian view differ from the new age movement? I think of our spirit as energy that cannot be destroyed and it is created by God.”
What should a Catholic do when they encounter a wellness organization that presents itself as Catholic and yet promotes Eastern meditation techniques, naturopathy, homeopathy, and other New Age modalities? Can a Catholic healthcare provider really have it both ways?
DB writes: “I listen to your show almost daily on EWTN on my Sirius XM on the way to work. I heard you talking about Reiki a few times over the last couple of weeks and I felt called to share my experience.”
PW writes: “I recently heard of a technique called EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique from a very devout Catholic friend who found it to be very useful in healing some past emotional wounds she struggled with in combination with deep prayer. She indicated that research has found medical and neurological support of this technique. Not having ever heard of it before, I was wondering what you knew of it and whether or not it is an appropriate avenue for Catholics to pursue.”
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.
JS writes: “I have a question regarding REIKI, I have a Catholic friend who thinks it is just wonderful and pratices it on his music students. Could you please give me some information about this new age practice.”