While its so awesome that God gave us these very capable nad curious minds to reflect on and assess the various things of the world we live in, we also have a church which provides us wit the much needed guidance when trying to sort things out on our own.
Respectfully, I am just a little struck that These replies sound like a lot of opinion, without a lot of consulting the teachings of our Church. If we truly trust that God has formed our Faith, than wouldn’t the most healing solution be to trust Him and what the Church teaches, until something changes? Even Galileo, in his day, was faithful to submit his findings to the Church because he saw the grace-filled opportunity of choosing obedience and faith over self-reliance and invention. Shortly thereafter the Church, who was a leading intellectual force in that day could make the declarations about his scientific findings and all was in the right order for him to be most humble in the gifts of scientific discovery he was given, for the sake of the world and advancement of civilization.
Its prudent to exercise caution about what exactly are the “energies” being manipulated by these various techniques, and are there ordinary and material ways to address the issue at hand so as to not go against the teachings of our faith for the sake of some superstitious hope in disguise as easy healing…
Here’s below is some solid input IMHO from Women of Grace, and thanks for letting me share. I have personal experience that these things go way off track really easily, and am just concerned for your relationship with Our God of all Healing who does really want whats best for us, and for the dignity of your whole person to not be broken up into someone elses version of little energy bits…
Is it Christian?
Compounding this problem are attempts by practitioners to apply a Christian veneer to these practices to make them more palatable to the faithful. For instance, some practitioners claim that Jesus may have used Reiki, or claim the energy they are manipulating is actually the Holy Spirit. Others say that one can simply substitute the name of Jesus or God for this energy force, or choose to believe its source is God, and they will not be violating Christian tenets.
But this is not true simply because the very basis of energy medicine – the energy itself – is not a Christian belief, but a thoroughly New Age concept.
“The New Age god is an impersonal energy, a particular extension or component of the cosmos; god in this sense is the life-force or soul of the world,” writes the authors of the Pontifical document Jesus Christ Bearer of the Water of Life.
“This is very different from the Christian understanding of God as the maker of heaven and earth and the source of all personal life. God is in himself personal, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who created the universe in order to share the communion of His life with creaturely persons.”
In addition, Christians believe that man is a union of body and soul and that the soul is an essential form of the body – not an energy force.
“From a spiritual perspective, it is the soul that is the life-principle of the body, not something else. Consequently, there is no spiritual ‘life energy’ animating the body,” write the apologists at Catholic Answers. “Any energy used as part of the body’s operations” such as the electricity in our nervous systems “is material in nature, not spiritual. . . . Since this is contrary to Christian theology, it is inappropriate for Christians to participate in activities based on this belief.”