A few words, a cuppa and anotha

Greetings! Good to see you! Well, I can’t see you see you, but—oh, you know what I mean. Tonight I’ve got a couple of quick personal updates and then I’ll share something I’ve found recently on the web while surfing the web doing important research for an important writing project. Ahem. 

The updates. 

First: If you follow me on Twitter, then you’ve probably seen my tweets about my sister. She’s been going through some rough times with some painful health issues. She’s doing better but still has a way to go to be fully healed. To those of you who have been praying, thank you. I appreciate it and so does she, very much. Twitter & blog family prayer warriors rock!

Second: Little Miss Lucy Dawg has had a bad cough (or sneeze, whatever it is, it’s weird) for a while now. First the vets put her on Temaril-P but we had to stop because the Prednisone seemed to be causing an ulcer and led to some very messy events. Argh. The less said about that the better. Then they said she had an enlarged heart and congestive heart failure, so they put her on Lasix and sent us to a pet cardiologist. One ultrasound and $400 later (oy vey!) the cardiologist tells me that there is absolutely nothing wrong with Lucy’s heart and to stop the Lasix immediately. Sigh. He says we should look at pulmonary problems next. Great. That would make both of us with lung probs (I’ve got sarcoidosis). Double lung-ers. Double sigh. Prayers for my sister and my dawggie are most welcome and appreciated. Thanks!

Anotha cuppa. Ah. Now what I found on the web. 

I first heard of Reiki when I was a new ager. It was in all the magazines in all the new age stores. But I never bought a book about it, never went to any of their “healers” or looked into it beyond glancing at an article or two or whenever it popped up in one of those magazines or in a book about new age healing practices in general. I had had experiences that I was trying to understand and that led me to look into a lot of blind alleys and dead ends back then, but not that particular dead end blind alley.

(Let me just say I’m not one of those people whose hair is constantly catching on fire. I’m not running around screaming about the latest conspiracy theory. But I was a student of the occult for many years and my antennae work quite well to warn me when danger is present. I don’t need Robbie Robot to tell me to watch out. What I dimly sensed then I clearly see now: The spirit of Reiki is something all Christians need to stay away from. Far away from. If someone offers you a Reiki healing or to make you a Reiki person, say no. And not just no!

And when people who pretend to be all sophisticated and spiritual look down their nose at you and tell you that you’re just being silly for saying no to the spirit, you tell them that there are spirits and then there are spirits. Not all spirits are interested in your wellbeing. And not all spirits are sent by God. Some spirits hail from very dark places, indeed. And they do not want you to flourish, thrive and succeed.) 

Reiki never felt right to me and I never got interested in it, I pretty much ignored it.

Until now. 

No, I’m not interested in trying it out, that’s not what I mean. I am interested in learning about it because I’ve been reading on the web that many Christians are falling for it in a big way. And of all people who should know better, even Catholic religious—nuns and monks—are falling for it. I thought retreat houses offering Centering Prayer was bad enough. (Don’t get me started. I used to have to do book tables for that stuff at local parishes.) And the Enneagram. (Good grief.) But this is ridiculous and going much too far. Catholicism has so many pathways of real spirituality. It’s not necessary to go hunting in dark alleys for false yet tantalizing tidbits unless that’s really what one is after: to be tantalized. 

But if that is what one is after, one has no business in a religious house. Monks and nuns are supposed to be doing the serious work of becoming more and more united to the Lord, along with whatever other work in which their charism consists. They are not there to indulge in the ego-ridden smorgasbord of anti-spirituality offered in the backroom of every occult bookshop on the planet. It’s Carmel, not Shambhala. Even one person straying onto such a path can wreak havoc in a monastery or convent.

Although, to tell the truth, I haven’t heard of Carmelites being so much involved in the new age as Benedictines and Franciscans. Not that I’ve looked much into this yet. I wonder now how many and which orders are dabbling (or worse) in the occult. 

Got an experience to share?

If you have anything you’d like to share re Reiki, your experiences with it, or with people, including religious houses, promoting it, please do. You can leave brief accounts in the comments or longer stories through the contact page. My email address is there or use the contact form if you prefer. 

Fine print: Please do NOT share names of individuals or of religious houses (I mean, tell me the name of the Order, Benedictine or Franciscan, for example, but not anything more specific.) I don’t want to be sued for libel or slander. And I certainly won’t publish any names here even if you do share them.

I may regret asking for this. The project is only beginning to take form in my mind. I have no idea where this will go, if anywhere. We’ll see.

Thank you for visiting and reading. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, may the Lord bless you and may His peace be always with you.

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    • I have read Catholics and the New Age by Fr. Mitch, yep. I read it while I was still discovering the Church and I didn’t like it back then. I dunno what I’d think about it now. It’s the only one he’s written on the new age that I’m aware of. I linked to it in a previous post along with his lecture series on the New Age (based upon that book, I think). Someone uploaded the audio to YT. Let me get the link to the post.

      Here it is from June 4th, Six talks about Catholics and the New Age, URL: https://wp.me/puOmN-2vE

      Thanks for reading and commenting and reblogging my post, hope you have a great day. God bless!

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  1. I have no experience with reiki, however, I have known Christians who very casually converse about their current yoga practices, or use of crystals, tarot cards or other means of divination, “casual” endeavors in witchcraft, and interest in the occult. Otherwise, I know Christians who are not involved in these, but rely on what are essentially “tingly feelings” to gauge their “level” of spiritual ascent (when in reality, sensible consolation to any large degree is often afforded only to beginners) and can become “occult” very quickly because they have to “feel” something. (for anyone interested: St. John of the Cross can elaborate much better in “Dark Night of the Soul” and “Ascent of Mount Carmel.”)

    It is relieving to see someone else who recognizes the dangers of such things. After some time entrenched in the occult myself, there is certainly a more acute sense for it – it is like a bad smell in a room or an invisible cautionary sign that repels. Because of that, it is unnerving to see that there are Christians who not only practice these things, but defend them – presumably because they are unaware of the damage they can cause. I think it goes hand in hand with the current practice of avoiding altogether the concepts of sin and evil (we shouldn’t obsess over them either), and turning Jesus Christ into our “buddy”, when in actuality He should be viewed reverently as a judge and Lord of creation and our love should stem from true respect (A king may consider a peasant his friend, but the peasant should always consider the king a king and treat him as such). This is not a convenient religion, but it is true, and good sailors were never made by calm seas.

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    • Howdy, Aquilonis, welcome to the blog. Thanks for the reply. You nailed it!

      Here are some common responses from Catholics to my warning words re Reiki and other new age false spiritualities (using the term loosely):

      “Oh, you’re just too narrow-minded. You need to look into these things.” (I was a new ager for many years and rejected it finally in 2008).

      “Oh, don’t be silly. There is no such thing as a demon. Don’t be so superstitious.” (That there are demons prowling about the world seeking souls to devour is a teaching of the faith and Scripture, not a superstition.)

      “As long as I use these things in a Christian way I’ll be fine. Chill out.” (I don’t think these things can be used in a Christian manner. Slapping Christian names onto pagan practices involving demonic forces does not change them into anything remotely Christian. One merely deceives oneself.)

      The faithful are not taught the faith nor are they taught about the interior life, so they are gobsmacked when they stumble across what seems an oasis of spirituality only to discover too late (if at all) a mere mirage of new age nonsense. And the faithful are not taught because the priests and religious who would teach them also are not taught. It’s as if the whole Catholic world had contracted amnesia. We have forgotten who we are and what we are about.

      All of this being said, I think it’s important to point out how seductive and addictive the occult truly is. It can be difficult to give up since it weakens the will and that is exactly what is needed to break free of it. Well, that and the grace of God. Without His grace, freedom is not possible. And I know from experience that all the best arguments in the world will not be enough to free a person from the grip of the occult. Prayer—the great means of salvation offered by the Church: God’s grace in the Sacraments, the Rosary and Divine Office, and the desire at first and then the commitment to amend one’s life—I had all of this and it still took me eight years to get free. And even longer before I could look back at yoga and new age stuff without being drawn back into it.

      Thanks again for reading and commenting, Aquilonis. I appreciate your depth, wisdom, and clear-eyed assessment. God bless you!

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  2. These Cuppa are real treats. The author’s relaxed style is transmitted to my nervous system, so I relax. AND learn. AND think. AND look forward to the next cup☕️

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