We have warned against Yoga and how is leads to a spirituality that is not Catholic.
Jeffrey Grob, exorcist at the archdiocese of Chicago and a former doctoral student at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University, says an exorcist in a large, ethnically diverse diocese might get 100 calls a month, mostly from women. The callers complain of bad luck, or they hear or see things they believe are evil.
But those who think they are possessed usually aren’t, says Father Grob. He adds that people can sin with gusto, but it doesn’t mean demons are at fault. In fact, ordinary sinning doesn’t seem to interest demons much; they go for people reading horoscopes, playing around with New Age spiritualities, lonely, alienated kids getting into a Goth lifestyle, and especially anyone having a fun night with a Ouija board. Even that yoga class at the community centre might be suspect.
Exorcists talk about “opening a door” to the demonic, meaning that not everyone who reads their horoscope will tumble to the depths of hell, but that anything that loosens a Christian worldview loosens the soul.
Now, we see Claire Wilson of All Saints Kanata and her Humble Om website
Claire Wilson is a “Guidance”counsellor at All Saints. Formerly, a Visual Arts and “Religion” teachers. Uses her OCSB email account on her private yoga website
What does Om mean?
In Hinduism, Om (also spelled Aum) is a Hindu sacred sound that is considered the greatest of all mantras. The syllable Om is composed of the three sounds a-u-m (in Sanskrit, the vowels a and u combine to become o) and the symbol’s threefold nature is central to its meaning. It represent several important triads:
– The three worlds – earth, atmosphere, and heaven
– The three major Hindu gods – Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva
– The three sacred Vedic scriptures – Rg, Yajur, and Sama
Perhaps, there is no coincidence that there is a Mindfulness room at ASH? Why go to chapel to be with Jesus?
More on mindfulness:
Interesting comment from a westerner who was a buddhist monk for 40 years:
“What is taught in the West is something that, as a Buddhist monk for 40 years, I would not bother to pass the time of day with. Something ripped out of its proper context, without the correct framework for practice is a travesty and you may just as well listen to a piece of music, drop a sedative or drink a glass of wine.
One other thing. It is damn insulting to take the central practice of Buddhism and then with the usual disrespect so rampant in the West to non-Christian religions, reduce it to a bubble gum practice, commercialize it and proceed to rip people off with fakery”