Does the Church dissmiss these things as magic or New Age myths, or do they believe that they have some merit? Or do they not have any position on them at all?
Serious answers only, please.
Catherine V: Yes, I understand that occult and superstition are forbidden for Catholics. My question is; do crystals, chakras, auras, etc. fall into the category of occult and superstition; or not? I’d like to learn more about them, but I want to make sure that my religion doesn’t consider them to be sinful.
Catherine: I’ve read a little about chakras, and I went to a crystal shop last summer and the woman there said that crystals were like a religion, but it was okay for Christians to use them but I’m a little skeptical. I don’t know much about auras other than some people can see them but most can’t.

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  • The blame should not be on watered down catechism.It’s unfortunate that the past generation failed to give the correct teaching of the church. Materialism blinded their eyes.High time we make a U-turn to the altar.

  • Its not a good idea to drink Holy water. Especially water that has been lying about in a bottle for some time. As a nurse i’ve been involved with nursing and treating chest and pneumonias. I’ve seen patients get better with iv antibiotic and then become re-infected and again treated successfully with iv antibiotics and again become re-infected. Then it was discovered that the family when they come in they give the patient holy water out of a bottle that had things floating in it. Holy water sent for analyse showed same bacteria was responsible for repeated pneumonias. Holy water I believe is a powerful Christian practice but it needs to be fresh and without salt if to be consumed.

  • Look up Hildegard of Bengin, she’s a medieval catholic saint who worked with herbal rememdies, some crystals, and spiritual healing through Christian virtues and vices. VERY interesting woman and her works were approved by the Catholic Church at her time.

  • I too am seeking answers to this question regarding chakras etc.
    I am a practicing Catholic and acknowledge one God ad the source of all that is good.
    Energy is very real within our bodies. There is no doubt that we can emit negative or positive energy from within ourselves based on what we think or how we act. That in turn, affects other people’s energy.
    Crystals come from the earth which God made. I like to see them as “herbal” remedies that are in the form of stones.
    They carry certain vibrations with them that can have healing properties so to speak that correspond with certain areas in the energy vortex within our bodies.
    As long as we are directing all good things prayers and intentions to God and not to the universe, how is this occultish?
    He made the crystals, He made our bodies and He is the energy that holds everything together.
    Should we not become out of balance at times?
    This I read has to do with quantum physics, I believe. Energy is tangible in the way that their frequencies can be measured.
    So as long as one is not idolizing or worshipping the crystal or a false god, how is this evil when science can back this up especially when the objective of science is to glorify the One Who created it, God?

  • Chakras are real aspects of the human condition. To ignore them is to ignore reality. Christianity can have no problem with this truth unless it is a priesthood that sees something as a threat to them.
    Life is a wonderful journey.

  • Chakras, auras, and crystals are considered occultic. One is considering the “spirit” of the item as beneficial.

    Herbal remedies are not, because they are used for their actual physical/chemical properties. We don’t consider them to be “imbued” with some kind of “spirit” which aids us.

  • Catholics are warned not to fall into superstition or the use of the occult (See “Catechism of the Catholic Church” – 2111 and 2117). The Catholic Church teaches that superstitious and occultic practices are grave offenses against the virtue of religion.

    The belief that certain substances and practices possess a _natural_ ability to help the body to heal – such as medicines and certain herbs – is not generally superstitious.

    But a belief in certain _supernatural_ or _magical_ powers, apart from recourse to God, inherent in an object or a practice may become superstitious, and should be avoided.

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    Dear ILoveThe90s,

    As a Catholic, I would feel qualified to discuss with you what you know about auras, crystals, etc., and how you would approach using them in light of what you and I have both read about superstition and the occult in the Catechism. That I would know how to do.

    Beyond that, as far as giving anyone the “official Catholic teaching” on a specific matter, perhaps to ask a priest at a Catholic site – such as http://www.ewtn.com – would be more reliable? (Yahoo Answers is very good, but you really never know precisely who it is that’s answering you – can be such a “mixed bag”.)

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    Edit: Perhaps it would make sense to say, then, that if an item is a purely natural remedy, then it is like any other health product we might use, and not a thing of superstition?

    But if, instead, its use has to do with some other “religion”, then might it not be best to steer clear?

    • Catherine, I completely agree with you that to believe in magical powers is occultish and should not be practiced under any circumstances.
      But what about the reality that we contain an energy field inside and around us?
      Could this energy become negative at times in our lives? Why is it that crystals and stones from the ground also emit certain energy vibrations?
      I’m just saying that just how God put healing properties in the ground in herbs, why couldn’t He have done the same in the crystals/stones that also grow from the earth that He made.
      Just trying to figure it out.

  • I was indoctrinated in Catholicism as a young child. I’m now an atheist.
    I don’t remember the catholic church embracing crystals and stuff, but they are real woo woo on holy water, rosaries and little medallions on a chain.
    I had a sore throat when I was a kid and I asked my mom if I drank the holy water, would it cure my sore throat. She stared at me for a few seconds and then laughed and handed me a tin of Sucrets. lol

    • Starstuff, I am so sorry that you are now an atheist coming from a Catholic background.
      Unfortunately, alot of us received a watered down catechism of the Faith back in the day.
      I invite you to revisit your faith.
      And might I add, that I think that was a brilliant idea to drink the holy water for a sore throat! Especially if it was from Lourdes

  • Variations of those items may be available around the world in cultures where there have been attempts to force blend European Catholicism into very old, secular, tribal religions?

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