FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are these practices “occult ”?
By “occult”, many people mean demonic or satanic.
The Occult has been defined as any activity which is esoteric (employs knowledge that is not known to the general public, but which is only revealed gradually to a selected few in training), depends upon those talents which lie beyond the five senses, and engages with the supernatural.Source data
Answer – Alternative or complimentary methods of healing over the past 30 years have become known and taught to the general public,uses talents often tied into the five senses as well as intuition, personal “energy field” and faith.
There is nothing supernatural about eliciting a relaxation response in the body, creating an internal predisposition for the body to heal itself. The methods utilized have been practiced and accepted for centuries world wide.It is a fairly recent phenomenon(Considering 200 - 300 years as recent) to discount what is seen as “supernatural”.
Is this “Quackery”?
The methods most often used today were employed by indigenous people around the globe, it has been only relatively recently modern science has caught up, eg. White willow bark and the now common ASA tablet.
Historical data - spring 1998 … survey of ..16 Canadian medical schools … what education is being provided in the area of complementary and alternative medicine. Most
schools reported that they include complementary and alternative medicine
in their curricula, usually as part of a required course.. A recent survey
of all 125 medical schools reported that 67% of the schools offered stand-alone
courses in various topics related to complementary and alternative medicine. Nearly all of the other schools 30% incorporated these topics as part of required courses.
Source data 'Alternative and complementary medicine in Canadian medical schools: a survey' John Ruedy, MD, CM; David M. Kaufman, EdD; Heather MacLeod, MA CMAJ • MAR. 23, 1999; 160 (6)pp 816-817
Scientists whose research shows the existence of detectable energy (Prana, Chi, Ki, different names for the energy field)within and surrounding the human body
It has been shown energy within and surrounding the human body is detectable and quantifiable. Russian scientists discovered that living organisms emit vibrations at a frequency of 300 to 2,000 nanometers.
What do you mean Shamanic?
The practice, study and experience of the shaman are not limited to any single cultural group. …The word 'shaman' is from the language of the Tungus of Siberia.
It is variously 'shaman', 'saman' or 'haman'. Among the Tungus it is both a noun and a verb. The Tungus themselves have no word for 'shamanism'. It is something that is done by a shaman. It is by no means the name of their religion or of anyone's religion
Although Euro-American cultures don't support the classical role of a shaman, there is a modern effort to re-introduce shamanic practices to the West. Known as neo-shamanism, this spiritual movement adapts the methods of the shamanic trance-journey to the needs of modern society.
Like traditional shamanism, neo-shamanism is not a religion, but a set of practices and techniques used within existing belief systems and cultures and is finding acceptance not only within alternative belief systems but also among some Christian and other mainstream religious groups, as well as in certain branches of psychotherapy. Neo-shamanism focuses on spiritual and psychological healing as well as supporting physical self healing.HOME