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A few members of my family and their friends are looking into Qigong to see if it will help with headaches, other problems, etc. I have a very strong negative reaction to this every time they talk about it. Incase you are looking for more info on it go to http://www.qi.org. Anyway, does anyone know what the Church's standpoint is on this or other practices (like Yoga, etc.)?
-- Mark Wishneusky (IamWishing@aol.com), April 12, 2004
Beam me up!
-- Mark Wishneusky (IamWishing@aol.com), April 12, 2004.
Like, Yoga, it depends if they get into the 'zen' aspects of it. Tapping 'cosmic energy' to do your will, is magick. Magick is forbidden by the Catechism because it is trying to control supernatural forces, which is in the purveiew of God, not man.
-- Bill Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 12, 2004.
looks like just another fad to me. Chinese is Chi, Japanese is Ki. i have no clue where they are getting this Qi idea, except that it makes the word look cool. Self harmony is healing to anybody, and you dont need to practice buddism or what not to find it either, its right here in Christianity.
-- paul h (dontSendMeMail@notAnAddress.com), April 12, 2004.
Qigong is not about acquiring supernatural power, it's about a better control and management of the energy you already possess. Just like modern medicine, Qigong is just another theory on how the human body functions. It's a hoax if someone claims to be to able to obtain magic or supernatural power through Qigong. I clearly don't see how the practice of Qigong will interfere with teachings of the Church.
-- Bob (email@example.com), April 13, 2004.
about a better control and management of the energy you already possess
But that 'energy' comes from where and consists of what? Again, it is an attempt to control and manage a 'force' that normal humans can't. A force beyond what is normally tapped in life, a supernatural force. That is what magick does.
-- Bill Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 13, 2004.
Now Bill, with that attitude you will make people think that the story "The Little Engine That Could" is all about trying to control supernatural forces....(teehee).
-- GT (email@example.com), April 13, 2004.