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New Age Meditations - Catholic Reviews

There are many different types of New Age meditations that promise a vast range of benefits, everything from spiritual enlightenment to psychic healing. These practices include techniques like centering prayer, creative visualization, Zen and Buddhist practices, yoga, and other energy-based meditations. Most of these forms of meditation begin by chanting a sacred mantra in an attempt to enter a trance-like state.

According to one Hindu tradition, commonly referred to as Transcendental Meditation, a mantra or sacred Sanskrit word is given to the student to meditate on twice a day. Once the instructor gives the student the sacred mantra, he is never to divulge it to another person. The student is then advised to repeat the mantra over and over again while "assuming a passive and accepting posture."

On one Sanskrit-Mantra website a list of mantras is offered to help people overcome various life issues along with a definition of the meaning for each mantra. For example, the "Ganesha: Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha" chant is asking a spiritual entity named Ganesha to remove all obstacles in a person's life.1

"Lakshmi: Om Shrim Mahalakshmiyei Swaha" is addressing a feminine energy asking her to bestow all manners of wealth in a person's life. "Durga: Om Dum Durgayei Namaha" is another feminine energy that has a hundred arms, each equipped with a different weapon of destruction. By chanting this mantra, the participants pay tribute to Durga and ask her to protect them from all negative influences.2 (Note: Christianity may be considered a negative influence by this entity.)

Other forms of meditation are more contemplative. Instead of chanting a mantra to invoke various gods and goddesses, one New Age site recommends a more direct approach by saying, "Set your spiritual intent to contact your spirit guide. If you like, do a prayer to ask for spiritual support as you make contact with your spirit guide.

"Inwardly, call in your spirit guide. Start to open up your awareness of their presence. You may see them, feel their presence, hear them communicating, or somehow just know they are there. As spirit, say 'hello' to your spirit guide. Allow yourself to receive a 'hello' back from your spirit guide.

"Breathe and just be in their presence. Without speaking, ask your spirit guide if they have a message for you. Be still and allow yourself to receive their spiritual communication. Just be...and listen.

"After a few minutes, or when that feels complete, bring your palms together in front of your heart. Finish by saying, 'Thank you' to your spirit guide for all their support in life. Let go of focusing on your spirit guide and focus your attention on yourself."3

Although these types of practices may sound alluring to those who are hungry for deeper spiritual encounters, they are very dangerous because they are an open door for demonic influence. Once the doorway has been opened to the demonic by chanting mantras or inviting spirit guides into your life, it will be very difficult to get these entities to leave. These entities may seem very helpful at first, but after they develop a stronghold in your life, they will hinder your relationship with God and lead you into deeper forms of bondage along with a never-ending search for enlightenment.

Although Catholics are encouraged to meditate on Sacred Scripture and practice contemplative prayer to discern the Lord's will for their lives, they are not allowed to chant mantras to demonic entities or to invite spirit guides into their lives.4

 

Scripture Passages to Set the Captives Free

 

"Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night."
— Psalm 1:1–2

"Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long. Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are my meditation." — Psalm 119:97–99

"With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord. I will keep your statutes. I cry to you; save me, that I may observe your decrees. I rise before dawn and cry for help; I put my hope in your words. My eyes are awake before each watch of the night, that I may meditate on your promise." — Psalm 119:145–148

 

Meditations for Contacting Spirit Guides

 

Notes

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition copyright © 1993 and 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

  1. "Extract: Some Simple Mantras, If You Are Just Starting Out, A Selection from The Ancient Power of Sanskrit Mantra and Ceremony, Volume I": http://www.sanskritm antra.com/simple.htm
  2. Sanskrit Mantra website: http://www.sanskritmantra.com/simple.htm
  3. The Auras Expert, "Meditation and Insights for Contacting Spirit Guide": http://www.the-auras-expert.com/contacting-spirit-guide.html
  4. Contemplative prayer is described in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2709–2724.
  5. The Auras Expert: http://www.the-auras-expert.com/contacting-spirit-guide.html