New Age Chakras & the Seven Sacraments

June 9th, 2011

Written by: Joanne Matters

In my last post, I touched on my experience in the study of Nutrition and how I find it to be a field greatly influenced by New Age philosophies.

I have since had a conversation with a devout Catholic friend on this topic that made me realize that I cannot assume people know what the term “New Age” means or that they have even heard of it.

I think this speaks to how widespread New Age practices have become in our culture, but it also speaks to the fact that New Age philosophies do not fit under one neat definition.

Itʼs more an umbrella term that covers a broad range of thought and beliefs, drawing on Hinduism, Buddhism and Eastern Mysticism mostly, but also taking concepts from Christianity, including Catholicism.

For instance, in one of my textbooks for a course called “Psychology of Disease”, there are two chapters devoted to linking Chakrasthe chakras to the “Christian sacraments.” What are chakras, you might wonder?

Rooted in Hindu and Buddhist metaphysics, the seven chakras are considered traditional energy centers of the astral body, a subtle energy plane that coexists with the physical body.

The connection to Nutrition is that these chakras and energy centers are thought to explain illness while pointing us in the direction of healing.

This is not our belief as Catholics. And the fact that the author links chakras to the Seven Sacraments is a grave  misunderstanding of Truth. But, isnʼt that what the Devil does best? He takes Truth and shifts it just a bit, so itʼs unsuspecting victims easily fall prey.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires.” (2 Tim 4:3)

Please take a moment to listen to this audio by Fr. Mitch Pacwa S.J., who has a series of clear teachings on the New Age and how it has influenced many Catholics, and what to avoid. If you can only listen to one, I’d recommend #6.

Church Teaching, Health and Nutrition, New Age, by Catholic Chapter House.

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Sharon Walsh says:

Thanks for writing about the New Age Joanne. It is refreshing to hear the Catholic scoop on this. It is becoming harder to find nutrition and health info that is not affected by new age philosophy. Do you have any good conversation starters to get people thinking about how the new age does not jive with their Catholic faith? Any time I make a comment, people stare at me like I am from out of space.
btw Congrats on little Trinity Anne!

Miville says:

I agree with you. New Age is the religion of world commerce, not of God. The chakras simply don’t exist as the New Age wants to indicate. People want to be ascertained that divinity is inside them, for them to manipulate. The thing that exists is the seven lamps of God, before His throne (Book of Revelation). Spiritual people are saintly in as much as they reflect the light of God as in a mirror. The seven lamps can be seen in a well-cleaned mirror, but they are not in the mirror. As long as we think they are in our possession for them being seen in our mirror, much cleansing remains to be done. That error is not even peculiar to new age. All Christians tend to start by willing to enclose God inside them, but Jesus always tells them to enclose themselves in God instead.

Debra Hale says:

Thank you Joanne for writing about this. The link to Fr. Mitch Pacwa are well worth the listen!

littleflower says:

This is very interesting because just a while ago I was going to do a project on this topic. :)

I completely agree. New Age gathers truths and concepts from all types of religions and often misconstrues them in order to best suit the individual. New Age especially “borrows” from Christianity. Just ready A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Jesus was cited the most in the book. However, not in a very good way. The author incorporates truths from the Bible and re-interprets them to suit his liking as well as to foster individual fulfillment. I just think it’s a bit silly!

LL says:

Interesting timing with this article that I came across today: http://catholiclane.com/what-new-agers-have-right/