Have you heard of “Global Wellness Day”? Wellness is far more than spa and beauty. They define wellness as:
“Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. It is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. A good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare.
“Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – The World Health Organization.”
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It exposes the spiritual dangers posed by the New Age holistic health movement, which combines valid healing remedies with various mystical healing arts. Valuable insights are given herein into the traps of the paranormal from a Christian perspective.
Here is a list of the more common alternative healing arts that the book deals with: Astrology, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Ayurveda medicine practices, Applied Kinesiology, Biofeedback, Crystal Therapy, Chakra therapy, Dowsing and Divination, Essential Oils, Energy Medicine, Homeopathy, Hypnotism, Holistic Medicine, Iridology, Magnets, Martial Arts of many names, Meditation as in Transcendental, Mindfulness, and the Relaxation Response variations, Qi Gong, Reiki, Reflexology, Shiatzu, Secular Psychology, Vibrational Medicine, some aspects of AA and 12 Step programs. Yoga, Yoga Exercises.
The lies told by the Serpent in the Garden, “you shall not die” and “you will become wise like God,” (become a god), are the foundational pillars of paganism/nature worship. From this religious system many proclaimed healing methods have evolved.
The explanation for their healing power is to be found as an extension of the pagan doctrine of origin; that of a perfect blending of a two part cosmic energy which created the cosmos, earth, and man. When this creative balanced energy, which is said to produce life, becomes unbalanced, it is believed to allow disease and illness, and in turn, various therapeutic modalities are believed to restore balance and produce healing.
These therapies are not some healing modality simply discovered and used by ancient pagan civilizations, they are believed to function not only as a method of restoring health but also contribute to the religious trek to nirvana, the pagan’s heaven. Such methods are not dependent upon being in harmony with God’s physical laws of physics and chemistry. Science has not found them to work by known laws of science.
These holistic alternative healing practices are used as an “entering wedge,” “right arm,” of evangelism in the Neo-Pagan–New Age movement. Marilyn Ferguson in her book “The Aquarian Conspiracy,” (called by New York Times the New Age Bible) chapter 4 titled “Crossover”, refers to several of these therapeutics as “psychotechnologies” which are effective in initiating a change in a person’s world view, from the Judeo-Christian world-view, toward one of Eastern pantheism. This “right arm” of the crossover message is designed to affect and bring about a change of world view for an entire civilization and even the whole world.
A very fascinating study shows that higher amounts of purpose in life correlate with lower interleukin-6 (= pro-inflammatory cytokine) levels. In addition it reveals that educational degrees stop playing a relevant role as soon as a certain amount of purpose in life is reached.
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.