What is the official Catholic teaching on chakras, auras, healing crystals, and herbal remedies?
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.
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.
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 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".)
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?