The Holy Yoga Controvercy

Therapeutic Yoga (www.yogamuskegon.com) Lisa Bush, Yeshi (Christian) Yoga


Yesterday I was shown that my second daughter had also completed the training for certified trainer in Holy Yoga. She has followed her younger sister as a professional leader. I should be proud of them both, but decided to research what they have gotten themselves into. Let me attempt to post several viewpoints, and let you decide. If you are religious you may understand better than we seem to.

THE CHURCH SEEMS TO HAVE NO PROBLEM DESCRIBING THIS

My research on my favorite search engine, Google, led me directly to Johnette Benkovick and her Women of Grace program on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network, Catholic, cable access) It happened I was watching when doing this, and there was her eclectic image right on my monitor! (God is spooky that way.)

This was an old piece, of April 30, 2012 called, “Don’t Fall Into the Holy Yoga Trap“. You can read it linked here, but it basically states, “It’s New Age syncretism (amalgamation of different religions, cultures or schools of thought). You cannot Christianize Hinduism: Which is combining two incompatible philosophies.[womenofgrace.com]

The Holy Yoga website is another interesting source I should link here. It is a smart website that will chat if you ask stuff. (holyyoga.net)

Danette, Southwest Regional Director for Holy Yoga Ministry #holyyoga


And here is another helpful site, sounddoctrineministries.wordpress.com got my attention. See if it makes sense to you.

[I am bringing this older weblog — doingjourneytogether site back up because It has gotten some interesting comments that challenged me to rethink some conclusions; and, you may agree.]

HOLY YOGA IS WELL ESTABLISHED AND NOT EASY TO LEARN

Here is what Heidi Schlumpf writes in the National Catholic Reporter, Yoga makes me a better Catholic“. She gives us a quote from Pope Francis. “You can follow a thousand catechism courses, or a thousand spirituality courses, Zen or Hindu cources, but none gives you the freedom as  child of God like the Holy Spirit does.

If you were sold on your community’s program, and have the big bucks upfront to sign up, and you decide to pursue such a rigorous program, be sure to ask all the small print features like safety, starting slow, building up strength, who do you know and like in the group. I seem to think if you recruit someone with you, you get extra credit.

1 Timothy 4:6-9 (Amplified) says ,  

If you point out these instructions to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished through study on the words of the faith and of the good Christian doctrine which you have closely followed. But have nothing to do with irreverent folklore and silly myths. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness keeping yourself spiritually fit. For physical (yoga) training is of some value, but godliness spiritual training is of value in everything and in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come. This is a faithful and trustworthy saying worthy of full acceptance and approval. (parens mine)

FATHER SPITZER DESCRIBES THE MYSTICAL WORLD THAT APPLIES

The blind priest known for his exploring the world of mysticism, tells us that “God will never allow the dark angel, or evil demonic forces to gain our attention, unless we make the active free-will choice to let it happen. It won’t take you long to learn the difference. You freely choose Saint Michael, or Satan’s forces. Your choice matters.” He said. (Fr. Spitzer’s Universe, magiscenter.com, spitzercenter.org)

Fr. Spitzer made reference to rules for spiritual discernment. You may like to know them, and learn if they can guard you from the cardinal sin of spiritual pride. The real mystical state is sensitive to normal responses. . .”interior boasting causes the Holy Spirit to withdraw instantly”. A desert path we quickly learn to avoid. “God leads us in a gentle and loving way.” (ignatianspirituality.com)

NOW WE CAN RELAX KNOWING SOME DEEPER THINGS ABOUT GOD

Are we worried about my daughters? Not in the least. If their good, solid, Christian, Protestant education has not prepared them for their life and work, then we certainly trust our loving Heavenly Father to take up the slack. Yes Sir-ree Bob!

Needless to say, I am proud of all my daughters for keeping themselves in good shape, and learning the awesome task of leading others both physically, emotionally and spiritually. Amen and amen.

SO, WHICH IS IT FOR YOU? 

Do you see the subtle shift in direction here? First the critical assessments, then the hopeful, then the transcending points. I had written before about this subject, but actually lost track of it. Now, there is enough material to help you.

May the Lord bless and keep you,

Charles

@wordlifejournal

[As an EWTN Media Missionary, I have the pleasure to present special features with Catholic programming. Please do feel permitted to reply and comment with your viewpoint on this topic (or other sources). I will respectfully acknowledge you.]

[See also, Anatomy of a Woman’s Dream, which touches on my former mysticism study. For further study: Can Yoga and Christianity Go Together? by Pastor Joe Suozzo, holyyogaapp.net/Instructor FAQ]

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TEAM PRAYER

GENERATING PERSONAL SOCIAL MEDIA CONNECTIONS FOR CHURCH COMMUNITY SUPPORT

[Photo credit Wikipedia, Sergei Frolov]


(How much prayer can a prayer team pray if a prayer team could be team prayers?)

GETTING STARTED

This week is unique, God has given me a job through my devoted wife that has turned out to be a treasure. Our day’s inspirations seemed to collide. She with her restoring of our home’s wall hangings, and my leading to research ‘dimensions of prayer’.

So she came into my coffee hour all smiles and showing me the frame of Martin Wiscombe’s flower-poster renderings that has begun to peel up.

“I have a project for you!” She said.

And I thought at first, oh-oh, what has she done now — but because of her light attitude, I was accepting and open to helping her. The pair of prints are something we found in one of the many Sample House stores in Dallas Ft. Worth, when we had the resources to invest in such things. (Pastor Rick Warren, recently touched on marriage relationship-concerns to fix.)

 Martin Wiscombe still life that matches the two we have only frames differ

These pictures have hung significantly in the dining room corner over a chest of drawers used for serving and storage of plates and pots — for the entire 15 years we’ve been here in Alabama — everything else seemed to get moved around.
MEANWHILE BACK TO MY INSPIRATION

I had heard from God what I thought was original. ‘Look up dimension of prayer‘ which is what I was reading about, and got the point of it well enough that I might take the frame and go to my workbench in the shed, thinking, ‘There are seven dimensions of prayer, according to James 5:13-16.‘ (walterbright.org)

I was all set to meditate on God’s Word, while working a restoration of a valuable frame. [If I think like a monk and work like a monk, then I must learn to pray like a monk.]

Last week’s post was an effort to chrystalize pastor Rick Warren’s sermon because God spoke to me about prayer, powerfully. ‘Find 4 people who are available to pray with you.’ (In the sense that I don’t have them yet.)

So I selected them and did message them, but got only two to respond. My thoughts were thankful for the one of the four as I entered the shed, opening both doors. Then, I turned to the frame rework. (one plus one out of four is not bad. It is a start.)

I tried Goo gone, carborator solvent, and gasoline on the glued covering, and nothing worked like I had hoped this might be easy. Then I wipped out my trusty Leatherneck Wave (knife-tool) and started scraping. It was slow but it worked. Then I began to meditate on the prayer ‘dimensions’. [This knife-tool blade is surgical steel and I am alert to maintaining its sharpness.]

The first dimension is praise.‘ I thought as I scraped. By the time I thought through all seven, I had scraped off the paper on the back of the frame. Well, okay, this was going to take all day. But I noticed something unusual . . .

Scraping through the paper, and scraping off the adhesive, there remained an ebony black wood that was not phased by my scraping. My knife was sharp and it took an under-scraping to clear up the character of the base wood. It is hard enough to resist any scratching. And the grain is very faint. So I looked it up on Google with my phone . . . and learned, it is an African Blackwood: Rare and very hard.

I felt instantly this project was well worth the effort to rework-restoration. Only my hands are tender for the excessive use of elbow grease (Scraping with a vertical sharp edge, back and forth, at a pace quick enough to produce a reasonable rate of progress. Also my thoughts of dimensional prayer were easily reviewed again and again.

JAMES 5:13-16 MESSAGE VERSION

This version of my text is the easiest reading from what I think is the best paraphrased translation. Let me explain how my mind came to thinking of this. Personally, I have a weak left eye. It was a birth defect that was corrected somewhat when I was six. This makes me unable to have depth perception. So I see everything in only two dimensions not three.

Applying spacial concept into a spiritual concept is not perfect, but helps understanding somewhat. A third dimension of prayer cannot exist without the first two. Two dimensional prayer is thanksgiving and praise (verse 13) with authority (verse 14a) , this gets us into the gate and into God’s court. (Psalms 100:4) [Authority is Scripture plus Church tradition, and is the source of the next dimension.]

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRAYER

Notice the text explains, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders (ordained leaders) of the church, and let them pray over him, ANOINTING him with oil in the name (Authority) of the Lord.” [verse 14]

Dimensions of praise . . . authority . . .  and anointing, all three are foundational to the church ministry.

And this is only three dimensional! God and his church are involved here . . . so far. What is missing is explained as stepping into the “Twilight zone” — as the fourth and fifth dimensions.  Healing requires these: Faith and confession.

THE FOURTH AND FIFTH DIMENSION

And the prayer of FAITH shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins they will be forgiven him.” [verse 15] and, “CONFESS your faults one to another and pray for one another, that you may be healed . . .“[verse 16a]

This text tells us how the depth perception of three dimensions of prayer is focusing on provisions needed. The purpose of our spiritual life is able to become clearer, we are called to do something. Prayer is focused powerfully, like a beam of cleansing. Like a surgeon’s scalpel, to cut out the bad and show forth the good . . . to refinish and reveal quality.

OUR OBJECTIVE – THE WORK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (verse 16b NAS)

We can conclude with this. The last two dimensions we are talking about is work and righteousness. Since we already understand how this is God’s work — the ‘finished work of the cross’, getting ourselves right with God always includes dealing with sin. Jesus prayed using minimum words of command and sin or evil departed. Jesus’ Church is the same.

My greatest sins have occurred with family relationships. My wife sees me differently than I see myself. I write what I believe God the Holy Spirit is saying. Being obedient to God is key here. It is not the same for everyone. My pride has to step back for a while. But my wife has her own opinions, she is not always in agreement. [Is this not uncommon?]

“Where there is love there is no labor.” (Benedictine Sisters, novena to the Holy Spirit, day 3)

THE CHURCH’S BETROTHED HUSBAND MODEL

“One reason [that someone’s husband is flawed and his wife seeks his transformation] is the function of prayer in the relationship between Christ and his Church. A wife relates to her husband the way the church should relate to Christ. The church prays to Christ–or to God the Father through Christ.” Said John Piper, author of This Momentary Marriage.

“When the church prays to her Husband, she asks him to do things a certain way. If we are sick, we ask him for healing. If we are hungry, we ask for our daily bread. If we are lost we ask for directions. And so on. Since we believe in the absolute sovereignty of Christ, to govern all things, this means we look at the present situation that he has ordained, and we ask him to change it.

“I am only drawing out an analogy here, not an exact comparison. The church never confronts Jesus with his imperfections. He has no imperfections. But we do seek from him changes in the situation he has brought about. That is what petitionary prayer is. So wives on this analogy, will ask their husbands to change some ways he is doing things.”  (US Copyright fair use credit Crossway.org)

My marriage is not yet a prayer team, as you may assume; but with professor Piper’s contribution here, there is hope we each can learn team prayer principles. I needed to understand the analogy, because I don’t have to feel threatened. And, my wife can know her prayers are church sanctioned. She is praying for me to become more considerate and loving.

REWORK A PEALING FRAME TO REVEAL DIVINE CHARACTER

The work of prayer happens because of faith and confession. Do you desire to pray? I recommend for you to commit to praying up to a tithe (tenth) of your day. But that may not work for you. It is no sacrifice if it doesn’t cost you something. I have asked for the Lord to show me how to do it, an hour at waking, an hour before nap, and half-hour at bedtime.

As I became open to learn the Rosary, and associated Novenas (Latin for nine, prayer for nine days). The next development was to seek who is the patron saint for those I learn needs focused prayer. This has built an extensive prayerlist which includes family, relatives (younger ones), friends, followers, pastors, priests, sisters, government leaders, and journalists.

[“No person is greater than his prayer life.” Leonard Ravenhill]

Bottom line: a team prayer describes a work within a person’s heart. To be able to humbly kneel and consistently say the words God shows you to pray for those he shows you to pray for. To begin this, requires a simple commitment. As St. Ignatius of Loyola, patron saint of prayer warriors, prayed, Suscipe (Latin, Receive); thankfully trusting for the best:

“Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve You as You deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward save that of knowing I am doing your will.” (Catholic.org/prayers)

Until next time, may the Lord bless and keep you,

Charles

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OVERCOMING IMPOSSIBLE DEMANDS

YOUTH IS FAVORED WITH WISDOM SAVING FROM PERILOUS DECREE.

(Portrait of 90 year old Daniel writing memories of when he was 16. From H.W. Armstrong, Plain Truth, 1973)

Have you ever been given an impossible assignment where the deadline meant you must get this done or it will cost you your job or sacrifice team members or your very life? What can you do to find the solution? When you know only God knows the answer, the prophet Daniel tells us the solution. At 16, he had been prepared as a Jewish youth by Torah study.

SADDLEBACK PASTOR RICK WARREN PREACHES SITUATION NOT UNCOMMON TODAY


When given a choice Sunday morning, to go to church in Alabama or California, I was shown the latter, and the online service timing went directly to live message, that is a good indication that God is leading. This made me sit up, grab my notebook, and get ready to hear from God. Even today, Humpday, I am filled up with personal help-thoughts he shared.

Generally we are familiar with the prophetic content of the book. However, I have learned the unique part is twofold. Written in two languages, Hebrew and Aramaic (Chaldean), the names are peculiar for the foreign country; but the level of sovereign royalty is something not fully appreciated — the king of Babylon was ruler of the entire known world.

The lives of all royal advisors — magicians, diviners, sorcerers, astrologers, and conjurers — were threatened if they were unable to tell the king what he dreamed. Of course they could not. The text emphasizes that a sovereign king can call for their lives on the line. They can be replaced by a more gifted and capable court — so their death as Gentiles was justified.

BUT DANIEL AND HIS COMPANIONS (NOT GENTILES) WERE INCLUDED

Somehow Daniel (‘God is judge’) got wind of their pending execution as they were being prepared to join the King’s service. (Dan. 1:19) “So they looked for Daniel and his friends to kill them.” (2:13b)

Pastor Rick said Daniel knew to do eight (8) things to learn the solution to the king’s demand. In the telling of these insightful points, he said three things that spoke to my heart. [ If God is in this pastor’s anointing, I have to share this for my weekly post. Our conscience can catch God’s personal message, so when thinking about it, our heart knows to obey willingly.]

First, 1) he didn’t panic. The next verse says Daniel was ‘cool’ when replying with ‘discretion and discernment’ to Arioch (‘Lion face’) who was captain of the executioners . . .(verse 14)

Then 2) he asked why:

“Please tell us sir, what is the reason behind this decree being so urgent? And Lion-face told him. (verse 15)

Then, without hesitation, Daniel went to see the king,

“Please, your highness, 3) appoint some time for us to research your dream and then declare the interpretation?” (verse 16)

[Helpful Note: This is the point when pastor asked, “What’s wrong in your marriage that you have been putting up with?“] (Now, this is close to meddling! But a realistic prayer concern. Thanks Lord, we need to address this.)

So Daniel went home and told his associates, Hananiah (‘God’s been gracious’); Mishael (‘Who’s like God’); and Azariah (‘God has helped’) the fix they are in. (verse 17) This is his plan: That all four of them should pray (beg) God’s compassion; for revelation of the mystery (secret) dream to prevent their execution and all the court; 4) let’s pray for mercy! (verse 18)

[Helpful Note: This is where pastor asked, “Who is on your prayer list, who is in close agreement in your faith? You need 4 or 5 trustworthy people whom you can call — or they can call you for prayer.“] (Thank’s Father, I can do this.)

5) PRAY EXPECTING

“God is able to give wisdom (supernatural help) when we ask for it, and we ask in faith:

“Any of you who lacks wisdom, must ask God, who gives to all generously and without scolding . . . But the prayer must be made with faith, and no trace of doubt . . .” (James 1:5,6a NJB) “You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:2c,3 NASV)

“Also Jeremiah (‘God establishes’) a contemporary with Daniel, [who’s not a bull frog] (laughter) tells us if you need to know something you are ignorant of, to ‘Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great (and mighty) secrets of which you know nothing.’ (Jer.33:3 NJB)

6) WORSHIP GOD

“Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven: (verse 20-23) [biblegateway.com]

A. Praise God for who he is . . . for his Name . . . for his Character! [The name of God IS his character.]

B. Honor God for what he does. “God is light and in him is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5)

C. Thank God for helping me, today and tomorrow. (verse 23)

7) USE WHAT GOD GIVES TO SAVE OTHERS

“God has never made a person he didn’t love.” Pastor Rick said.

“So Daniel rushed to Lion-face, ‘STOP! Take me to the king! I can tell the king his true answer!’ (verse 24)

[Future Note: Pastor Rick shared about Saddleback growth called the church peace plan to begin a witness in San Diego this week, and then witness by Christmas in San Francisco . . . to save others.] (verse 25,26)

8) POINT TO GOD (TAKE NO CREDIT)

So Daniel went in to the king. He answered first that this information is not accessible to your average wise men, conjurers, magicians, nor diviners — they miss the mark here and cannot declare this to the king. (verse 27)

Pastor said, “My most favored verse in the bible, ‘There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.’ (verse 28)

“And God has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar (‘Nebo’s border’) what will take place in the latter days. This was your dream and visions in your mind while on your bed.” Daniel said to explain what God showed him . . . “Your thoughts were about what would happen in the future, and He who reveals mysteries, has made known to you what will happen.” (vs 29)

“But this is for our understanding, It’s not about me — it’s about God! . . . Evangelism means Good news!

[Key to success here: The more you point people to God, the more he will increase your platform.]

The pastor summarized Daniel’s telling the dream and interpretation to the king, conversationally. It was gratifying to hear every detail that Daniel was shown, and to hear the king confirm every word. The interpretation details explained future world empires to follow: The Medo-Persian, the Greek, the Roman, and the Everlasting Kingdom. (verse 31-45)

BOTTOM LINE

Pastor Rick emphasized that Daniel claimed not to be a special person, as any godly man can do this, given the place he was placed into. (verse 30). But knowing the story is true, it begs the question, when were you ever in such dire straits that you had to pray all night long, to just ask God to show you how to fix some threatening situation?

(Okay, this was the bottom line for me. I can honestly confess there was only one time in my life that made me feel so threatened, but happened quickly, when I learned a medical claim was disapproved, and that really upset me. Alone, at home, I screamed, What can I do now!?   And immediately I heard, What do you want to do?  And that got me thinking.

That experience showed me, God is ever-present and all knowing to help us in times of need. But that didn’t take all night. This message was less teaching and more preaching. I need to be sharing this and requesting friends to be available for prayer. And, personally, my part in our marriage can use some tweaking. (Thank you Father, for your help here.)

May God bless and keep you,

Charles

@wordlifejournal