Chakras: ‘New Age’ or Old? (re-visited)
Late last year I received a comment from a reader (Sarah) in response to a post I put up on the subject of Chakras – Are Chakras ‘New Age’ or old? The post was actually a re-print of an article by Dr David Stewart (Raindrop Messenger). This was what Sarah had to say:
” You outta be ashamed of yourselves! Chakras ARE promoting NEW AGE. Your article in which you say Chakras are biblical is so OUT OF CONTEXT of biblical exegesis that it is almost unbelievable. If you wanna do what you are doing, which is delving in the New Age, then fine, but don’t twist scripture and call it Christian. All you are doing is leading people astray. You are a false teacher [a wolf in sheep’s clothing] I pray The Lord convicts you! “
Initially I gave this comment short shrift, but since then I’ve given her remarks some thought and the following post is what I probably should have written to her. I know some of my readers would probably say, “why bother?” Fair point, as I suspect the following would probably not convince Sarah. However what I penned may clarify a few concepts and ideas for other people, so for what it’s worth here it is:
the label “New Age” is one of the most bandied around in the last 50-60 years. Initially it was probably directed at elements of the 60’s and 70’s counter-culture, but by the 80’s it became a label given to almost anything that’s strange or out of the ‘normal’. You have subjects as diverse as reincarnation, channeling, meditation, Wicca, environmentalism, UFOs, homeopathy, crystals, herbal medicine and even essential oils, being thrown into the one mish-mash. But what do UFOs have to do with herbal medicine? Or crystals with environmentalism? And when we come down to it, what’s ‘new’ about many of these subjects? Let’s use chakras as an example, seeing that you insist they ARE New Age.
The word Chakra is Sanskrit for ‘wheel’. There are references to the chakras in the Hindu Vedas which go back at least 4,000 years. Hardly new. And nor is this just a Hindu idea or doctrine. In his landmark study of the Ancient Egyptian temple of Luxor (The Temple of Man), the French scholar R A Schwaller de Lubicz, was able to convincingly show that the Egyptians knew of and understood the functioning of the human chakra system. And much, if not all, of Ancient Egypt,s knowledge was passed on to the Greeks. And if the Ancient Egyptians knew of it, you can bet your bottom dollar, the Hebrews would have learned of it. Hardly ‘new’ is it?
You claim that I (and Dr Stewart) are twisting scripture and calling chakras Christian. I’m sorry if we gave you this impression. This wasn’t the intention. What Dr Stewart was trying to demonstrate (and what I’ve just highlighted above) is that the Chakras are referred to in all the major cultures of the world, going back thousands of years. Including the Christian and Judaic scriptures. Dr Stewart even pointed out that one of the oldest Christian churchs – the Eastern Orthodox – are aware of and understand chakras.
The Old and New Testaments are full of symbology. Dr Stewart gave the example of the Jewish menorah of seven candles, symbolising the seven chakras. He also quoted the Book of Revelations (1:10-15) “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet . . . And I turned to see . . . and being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man . . .and his voice as the sound of many waters.”
You appear to speak as if you are some authority on the scriptures. Perhaps you are. But you are by no means the only human who has extensively studied the bible. Dr David Stewart, in addition to having qualifications in science and biology, studied theology and philosophy at Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri…and was a pastor in Missouri. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Dr Stewart once when he came to Australia and have corresponded with him on occasions. He is a person of good character. In fact I found him to be a very decent, kind and humble person. He’s certainly not some con-man (or “false teacher” as you would refer to him).
If you wish to disagree with another person’s interpretation of scripture, that’s fine Sarah; but please spare us your sanctimonious and self-righteous language. As for your last sentence where you “pray The Lord convicts” me. Convicts me?? Say what? I wasn’t aware God did such a thing. Humans convict other humans Sarah – humans.
Till next time
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