© 2012 by Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Excerpt reprinted with permission.
In Soul-Killing State of Mind: The Irreconcilability of Far Eastern Spiritual Practices and the Orthodox Faith, I discussed the dangers of Eastern religious practices and explained, from the Orthodox perspective, how they’re incompatible with Christian beliefs and detrimental to the health of our souls. I spent some time talking about ancient practices such as yoga, focusing mainly on its postural and meditative aspects, as well as the New Age “energy therapy,” reiki. It wasn’t meant to be a comprehensive paper—just to probe some of the latent dangers of certain practices that, to the undiscerning eye, might often seem safe, helpful, and even holy. If there appears to be any goodness inherent in (or resulting from) these contra-Christian practices, the Christian must understand that it’s deceit by the evil one. Just like the devil can lure us with his offers to help us attain things like money and power, he can also lure us with illusions of improved health.
The cost of cashing in on any of his offers, however, is the eternal life of one’s soul.