Monday, October 26, 2009

Reiki and Yoga

Too many Catholics think there is nothing wrong with a Catholic practicing yoga or Reiki. They should read this article:
If you listen to the gurus and yogis; the practices of yoga, Reiki, centering prayer, transcendental meditation and all similar methods lead to experiences of self-fulfilment or enlightenment.

Unfortunately, many people today think yoga and Reiki are something that is compatible with Christian doctrine. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even though in many communities, "Christian" yoga and Reiki may be used, it is contrary to what the First Commandment teaches us. They instruct us to go down to the level of human realizations that are man-made and not from God. This is very dangerous.

The Catechism teaches us that "all practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others – even if this were for the sake of restoring their health – are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion." No. 2117

Also, the Church cites idolatry as being against the First Commandment, saying: "Idolatry consists in divinizing what is not God. Man commits idolatry whenever he honors and reveres a creature in place of God, whether this be gods or demons." The New Age ideology promotes self-divinization in many forms.
Read the rest here: Reiki and Yoga

H/T to Sue Cifelli


Soutenus said...

GREAT article....I re-posted with H/T to you (and link back), comments and references to two other posts on the subject over at my blog.
Thanks for the info!!!!

Esther G. said...

My pleasure Peggy!

SQUELLY said...

I was at a talk the other night with one of our bishops and one of the audience said that they really had no idea about this so the more info we get out there the better. Thanks Esther!