Is ‘Energy’ of God?

Had I written this article a year ago, it would have had a different thesis and a different conclusion.
I’m writing with the hope that maybe my story will mirror yours.

My Story:

I returned home from my mission and met my little brother for the first time. He had been born while I was serving.

I already knew a little bit about his medical struggles, but when I arrived home, I heard all the details.

Not long after Heber was born, he began to break out in painful, itchy, rashes all over his little body. He hurt too much to sleep, his face would bleed, and he would constantly cry–It was hard.

My parents took him to every specialist and dermatologist within hundreds of miles but no one seemed to have any answers. What my parents kept hearing was that this was likely a life-time allergy with nothing that could be done.

My parents were desperate for anything that could offer an answer.
When a family friend suggested that they visit a naturopathic doctor who used muscle testing, my parents were ready to try anything.

Using muscle testing, this doctor diagnosed the problem as a yeast infection and sent my parents home with diet and supplement instructions.

And the rash began to disappear.

My parents were ecstatic!

When I arrived home, they took me in for a health check-up with this doctor. I’d always planned on going into medicine, and I’ve always had an inclination towards natural methods. It seemed to me that muscle testing and naturopathic medicine was exactly what I’d want to do for the rest of my life.

It worked!

…and it seemed like that was all that mattered.

I made school plans and started to work toward a degree in naturopathic medicine.

Then, after a year of school, some friends began to talk about ‘Christ-centered Energy Healing’. I hadn’t heard of it, and became curious to learn more.

The questions I asked and the answers I received have completely changed my life plans. A year ago I never could have imagined all of the things I would learn.

What is Christ-centered Energy Healing?

The ‘Christ-centered Energy Healing’ movement is becoming increasingly popular among LDS members, especially among women.

Its philosophy is based on the claim that emotional, physical, spiritual, and social success is determined by the balance and flow of invisible energy forces within the body; energy that’s contained in channels (called meridians) and vortexes (called chakras).

It claims that all problems (emotional, spiritual, physical, etc) have their source in negative energy (or in an imbalance).

LDS energy healers claim to access the light (and/or atonement) of Christ in order to manipulate and balance the body’s energy in order to restore a proper flow to these unseen channels. They claim that restoring balance offers a cure to any disease or struggle.

Practitioners speak of their unique power to control or manipulate spiritual energy as a spiritual gift. A healing session with these practitioners includes hand-gestures and touching the body in certain locations. Practitioners speak about seeing spirits during their sessions, having their hands controlled by unseen forces, and tangibly feeling unseen spiritual energy that they are bending or pushing.

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My Journey

When I began to research and talk with people about energy healing, I realized quickly that this was very real!
These people were manipulating real power–real power with real results.

Yet, it seemed that I kept being led to people who would tell me the following.

I do not want to judge people who are deceived by Satan because they do not recognize this as dangerous. It may look innocent and appealing because you are hurting and will grab at what will take away the pain but that will blind you to what this really is. The easy fix is just that, but at what cost. Satan can heal. Healing is NOT an indication that it is from God. Having had personal and extended family who have been involved with energy healing, we have firsthand experiences that confirm Satan is at the helm. The package that it helps people and it is worldwide might give it a feel of legitimacy, but the world is filled with those who are lead astray. It is my concern that many good people, who love God and want to do the right thing, will buy into this because they want to be open-minded and help others with little or no effort.” -Samantha (name has been changed)

“I paid hundreds and hundreds of dollars for classes. Then a year ago, Heavenly Father taught me how dangerous of a path I was on. I started on that path because I hungered for knowledge…I went to people teaching the philosophies of men MINGLED with scripture. I thought I was being enlightened and gaining Heavenly Knowledge. Wow! Did I ever underestimate Satan and how very clever he really is!!! I don’t want to be contentious, but I feel the need to warn over and over again that this is not of God! This is of the Devil and it is carefully and cleverly wrapped up in truth as to deceive the very elect.” -Susan (name has been changed)

These kind of comments left me unsure of what to think…

I’d always felt that, “by their fruits ye shall know them”–and it seemed like healing people was good fruit.

So,

I kept asking questions and searching for people to talk with about it.

I kept digging deeper.

As I’ve searched and pondered, I have realized

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#1. The Nature of Deception:

Prophesies about the last days are interwoven with warnings about the danger of deception.

For in those days there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant. – Joseph Smith -Matthew 1:22

Deception is incredibly dangerous because embracing anything that isn’t, “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” bars the doors of the celestial kingdom.

Living by any lie, regardless of size, separates man from God.

“If the pure in heart shall see God, then the impure in heart shall never see God…lies (may) encompass relationships, body issues, philosophies of men, educational fallacies, corrupt politics, false doctrines, false religion, false tradition, and every aspect of our mortal experience and what we believe our world to be.” (The Triumph of Zion pg. 311)

Satan doesn’t care how big the lie that’s swallowed is. He loves to offer a main dish of truth with just a garnish of falsehood. A dish of deception leads to good people who see only the good, ignore the bad, and are unwilling to change in response to a call to repentance. 

And consider that if Satan is trying to deceive the covenant members, as the Savior warns, he is OBVIOUSLY not going to do that by doing something clearly evil.
Can you see any temple-recommend-holding member chasing after a witch carrying a cauldron?

The recipe for deception is ingredients of truth with just a pinch of lie.

Satan wants members to become more converted to his cleverly woven mix of lies than they are to the Lord’s prophet and to Christ’s church.

Satan is both subtle and powerful. He is able to transform, “himself nigh unto an angel of light(2 Nephi 9:9)

If only good were as easy to know as something that looks good and has Christ’s name tacked on!–yet the Savior himself warned us that such is not the case.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them; you never knew me; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” -Matthew 7:22-23 (JST added)

This verse seems to be talking about good people, who were trying to do good things.
They fully expected to be welcomed by the Savior–and yet he, “proffess(ed) unto them” that they had been working iniquity.

Think about the implications of the word ‘professed’. Sounds like it was a surprise to them.
Think about the strength of the term ‘iniquity’. The Savior might have said, “Good try, I sure appreciate the effort.”

It would seem that the Savior is teaching us that in matters of eternal exaltation,

“It is not enough to be sincere, we must be right.” – President Benson

As the second coming draws ever closer, we know that Satan’s lies will become ever more subtle–otherwise how could he hope to deceive the, “very elect according to the covenant.” The question is, what can be done to detect and then avoid the lies

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#2. The Nature of Healing:

Mesmerism, was the name given by the German doctor Franz Mesmer in the 18th century to what he believed to be an invisible natural force possessed by all living/animate beings (humans, animals, vegetables, etc.). He believed that the force could have physical effects, including healing” –Wikipedia ‘Mesmerism’

“Mesmer…believed in the presence of invisible fluids in the body and that disease resulted from an interruption in the free flow of these fluids. The flow of the fluid could be corrected through magnetic force. Eventually he came to believe that his own body possessed special magnetic forces.” -Merriam Webster: Biographical Note

Said Brigham Young about Mesmer and his philosophies,

“Mesmerism is an inverted truth…Have the sick been healed? Yes, both by the power of God and by the power of the devil…I know of many whom Mesmerism has led out of this Church; they would see the sick healed, and attribute it to the power of God; would fall under its influence, embrace and practice it, and thus give the devil power over them to lead them out of the kingdom of God. They could not tell whether it was the power of God or the power of the devil. What is the reason? They had not the light of revelation within them; they had not the knowledge of God. Are you not aware how easily we may be deceived?”
(Discourses of Brigham Young : 6 : 68 : – Discourses of Brigham Young : 6 : 86 : 5, CHAPTER VI, THE POWER OF EVIL)

(When I came across this quote from President Young, I began to research Mesmerism. I was stunned by how closely the philosophies of Mesmerism mirror the modern energy healing and Eastern Medicine movement.)

Satan and his angels have the power to work miracles and to heal.

As emphasized by President Young, the devil will do things that appear to be good in order to get good people to,

“embrace and practice it, and thus give the devil power over them to lead them out of the kingdom of God.”

When good people become MORE converted to the visible miracles of the devil than to the church and the words from the Lord’s prophet, they cut themselves off from exaltation.

“The Egyptians were not able to discover the difference between the miracles of Moses and those of the magicians until they came to be tested together. And if Moses had not appeared in their midst they unquestionably would have thought that the miracles of the magicians were performed through the mighty power of God.” – Joseph Smith, Times and Seasons, 1 April 1842, 743, 745

Thankfully, the Lord has prepared his saints by giving us, “a pattern in all things.

And again, I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations” – D&C 52:14

In the same way that,

The Prophet receives revelation for the church…
A Stake President receives revelation for those under his jurisdiction…
A Bishop stands at the head of the ward…

The Lord has given us a pattern in healing so that we are never deceived.

“What is the sign of the healing of the sick? The laying on of hands is the sign or way marked out by James, and the custom of the ancient Saints as ordered by the Lord, and we cannot obtain the blessing by pursuing any other course except the way marked out by the Lord [see James 5:14–15].” – Teachings of Joseph Smith ch. 33

“In acts of healing, does the healer follow the divinely established procedures? That is, does he do it in the manner in which Jesus did, seeking faith and purity of heart and then anointing with oil?…One cannot invoke the blessings of heaven without having received the gifts and the right or authority to act in His name.” – Elder Hales in General Conference 2002

The healing power of God is eternally bound to the process of,

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church…” James 5:14

The laying on of hands and anointing with oil by someone holding priesthood is the pattern of the Lord to allow us to detect and avoid any of Satan’s deceptions.

(The incident when Mary Fielding prayed over her sick ox and it was healed while crossing the plains is cited by some as proof that there is not a need for anointing with oil. However, if the firsthand accounts are read, it is very clear that Mary Fielding asked the brethren to administer to the ox and then the ox was healed. http://scottwoodward.org/priesthood_women_mfsandox.html)

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#3. The Nature of Spirits:

Energy healers speak of seeing angels, having their hands guided, and being led by supernatural powers. There is little doubt that these experiences are very real.

The power and influence of both angels of light and their counterparts of darkness are something that members of the church need to be aware of.
More importantly, we need to know how to tell the difference between them.

Throughout the Bible we read of evil spirits, the early days of the church were filled with false manifestations, and we are warned that Satan and the spirits that followed him desire to possess the bodies of the children of Adam and Eve.
It seems unlikely that Satan has changed his core tactics–although the way that spirits present themselves may have changed.

Thankfully, however, Joseph Smith opens to us how to discover the true nature of spirits.

“Nothing is a greater injury to the children of men than to be under the influence of a false spirit when they think they have the Spirit of God. Thousands have felt the influence of its terrible power and baneful effects.”

It is evident from the Apostles’ writings [in the New Testament], that many false spirits existed in their day, and had ‘gone forth into the world,’ and that it needed intelligence which God alone could impart to detect false spirits, and to prove what spirits were of God [see 1 John 4:1–4]….

Who can drag into daylight and develop the hidden mysteries of the false spirits that so frequently are made manifest among the Latter-day Saints? We answer that no man can do this without the Priesthood,

The Apostles in ancient times held the keys of this Priesthood—of the mysteries of the kingdom of God—and the agency, power and influence of spirits; for they could control them at pleasure, bid them depart in the name of Jesus, and detect their mischievous and mysterious operations when trying to palm themselves upon the Church in a religious garb, and militate against the interest of the Church and spread of truth. … – Teachings of Joseph Smith ch. 33

What is the key to knowing which spirits are good and which are bad?
It is the keys of the priesthood!
The apostles and prophets are the ones able to discern the true nature of spirits and warn the members.

This message from the Prophet Joseph matches the warning and counsel given by Brigham Young.

“Do you know whether that works by the power of God, or by the power of the devil? You do not, unless you have the light of revelation…
I know of many whom Mesmerism has led out of this Church; they would see the sick healed, and attribute it to the power of God; would fall under its influence, embrace and practice it, and thus give the devil power over them to lead them out of the kingdom of God. They could not tell whether it was the power of God or the power of the devil. What is the reason? They had not the light of revelation within them; they had not the knowledge of God.” (Discourses of Brigham Young : 6 : 68 : – Discourses of Brigham Young : 6 : 86 : 5, CHAPTER VI, THE POWER OF EVIL)

If we wish to avoid deception from the very real power of Satan’s spirits, the sure path of safety is to follow the counsel of living prophets and apostles.

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A Brief Summary So Far
  • In the last days, even the, “very elect according to the covenant” (temple recommend holders) will be in danger of falling to Satan’s deceptions.
  • Something done in the name of Christ is not sure evidence that it is of God. Even sincere people working, as they thought, in the name of Christ may discover at judgement day that, “ye knew me not” and they were working iniquity. (Matt 7:22-23)
  • Satan will do ‘good’ things in order to convert people to false sources of power and healing which leads them to, “embrac(ing) and practic(ing) it, and thus give the devil power over them to lead them out of the kingdom of God.”
  • The Lord seeks to help us avoid deceptions and has given us a pattern in all things. The brethren anointing with oil and laying on their hands is  “the sign or way marked out by James…We cannot obtain the blessing by pursuing any other course except the way marked out by the Lord”
  • The influence of evil spirits is very real and incredibly dangerous for the Saints because, “Nothing is a greater injury to the children of men than to be under the influence of a false spirit when they think they have the Spirit of God.”
  • The Apostles and Prophets hold the keys to exposing the deceptions of false spirits and the lies of Satan. We can look to them in order to avoid the deceptions of Satan.

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Have the living prophets and apostles spoken on the current push towards energy healing?

Yes.

Just over a year ago, the church was approached and asked to make an official statement on the Christ-centered energy healing movement. (For more information see the KUTV article, “The Business Behind Christ-Centered Energy Healing.)

The church spokesman, Eric Hawkins, returned with this answer,

“We urge Church members to be cautious about participating in any group that promises-in exchange for money-miraculous healings or that claims to have special methods for accessing healing power outside of properly ordained priesthood holders,” – Official Church Statement on Energy Healing

The above statement is directly tied to the Energy Healing movement within the church.

In this last General Conference, Elder M. Russell Ballard made the following statement. Pay careful attention to the words he chooses and the direct connections that he makes.

“We must be careful where our footsteps in life take us. We must be watchful and heed the counsel of Jesus to His disciples as He answered these questions: “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man [and I add woman] deceive you.”Today I repeat earlier counsel from Church leaders.

  • Brothers and sisters, keep the doctrine of Christ pure and never be deceived by those who tamper with the doctrine. The gospel of the Father and the Son was restored through Joseph Smith, the prophet for this last dispensation.
  • Do not listen to those who have not been ordained and/or set apart to their Church calling and are not acknowledged by common consent of the members of the Church.
  • Be aware of organizations, groups, or individuals claiming secret answers to doctrinal questions that they say today’s apostles and prophets do not have or understand.
  • Do not listen to those who entice you with get-rich schemes. Our members have lost far too much money, so be careful.

In some places, too many of our people are looking beyond the mark and seeking secret knowledge in expensive and questionable practices to provide healing and support. An official Church statement, issued one year ago, states: “We urge Church members to be cautious about participating in any group that promises—in exchange for money—miraculous healings or that claims to have special methods for accessing healing power outside of properly ordained priesthood holders.” (Note that this is a word-for-word quote of the official statement on Energy Healing) Brothers and sisters, be wise and aware that such practices may be emotionally appealing but may ultimately prove to be spiritually and physically harmful.”

Did you notice the careful connections made by Elder Ballard between:

  • the deceptions of the last days,
  • women being involved,
  • tweaking the doctrines of the church–especially as they relate to the Godhead,
  • avoiding the doctrine of those who have not been ordained,
  • and finally quoting word-for-word the church’s statement on energy healing?

Did you notice his warning at the end that, “such practices may be emotionally appealing but may ultimately prove to be spiritually and physically harmful?”

Elder Ballard could not have been more clear on the dangers of seeking, “expensive and questionable practices to provide healing and support.” By quoting word-for-word the official church statement on Christ-centered energy healing, there was no doubt which expensive and questionable practices he was speaking of.

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My Decision

As I learned all of the truths and the doctrine shared above, it became clear to me that I did not want any part in the energy healing movement–muscle testing, emotion code, foot zoning, or anything related.

As you can see from this screenshot advertising a conference for one of the biggest ‘LDS’ (note the ‘ ‘ ) energy healing companies, all of these practices are interrelated.

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This change has meant dramatic changes in my career plans and focus. Yet, I have felt it incredibly important to walk right alongside the brethren. When surrounded by such a danger of deception, the wise course of action is to follow exactly the voice of the Lord as given through his servants.

“whether by my own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.” – D&C 1:38

Following the Lord’s pattern in all things ensures that we hold tight to the iron rod and never get lost in the mists of darkness.

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Additional Truths and Doctrine

The History Behind Energy Healing

‘Positive’ and ‘negative’ energy as a philosophy is not new. Whether you call it ‘life force’ (Buddhism), ‘Yin/Yang’ (Chinese), Reiki (Japan), Mesmerism (Germany), or Christ-centered energy, the core principles are exactly the same. These ideas have been the staple of eastern tradition, medicine, and magic for thousands of years. Eastern medicinal practices are interwoven with the occult and encompass wigi boards and palm reading. Throughout scripture the Lord repeatedly condemned such practices and warned His covenant people to avoid them.

Therefore thou (God) hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.” -Isaiah 2:6

How often throughout scripture (and especially the OT) does the Lord warn against the Egyptians and the Babylonians? He repeatedly compared these two cultures to the embodiment of worldliness and evil.

A study of sources will uncover that both the Babylonians and the Egyptians are the inspiration for, and the source of, eastern medicine and culture.

It is worth noting that positive/negative energy along with magic find their source in Eqypt which was settled by Egyptus after the flood. Egyptus, because she was of the lineage of Cain, was unable to hold the priesthood. In an attempt to re-create and possess what was forbidden, Egyptus used the power of Satan to imitate the power of God.

“The Egyptians were not able to discover the difference between the miracles of Moses and those of the magicians until they came to be tested together. And if Moses had not appeared in their midst they unquestionably would have thought that the miracles of the magicians were performed through the mighty power of God.” – Joseph Smith, Times and Seasons, 1 April 1842, 743, 745

The Lingo of Energy

The energy healing movement has its own lingo that interconnects spirit and energy, light and spirit, and by the time they’ve finished explaining, you’ll be aware that spirit, energy, light, balance, and Christ are all supposed to fit in the same sentence and under the same definition.

Yet, the brethren don’t use these terms in that way–or even speak about positive or negative energy. As a matter of fact, they don’t use the word ‘energy’ at all. Instead, they use the word ‘spirit’.

‘A spirit of gratitude’
A spirit of anger’
A spirit of kindness’

The question we should be asking is why?

A spirit is an agency endowed being that is either with God or with Satan. Spirits follow laws outlined in scripture and have set goals and purposes. By using the word ‘spirit’, the brethren make it clear who (from God or from Satan) the power is coming from.

This is key because it puts individuals in-charge with set rules to play by. One can choose to listen to a spirit from Satan or to ignore it. The laws that invite the spirit of God are clearly outlined in scripture and are something each person can choose to act by.

By creating a new vague entity (energy), Satan erases all the laws of scripture and leaves church members with a blank slate where church doctrine and the philosophies of men can be easily intermixed.

Satan also loves to rename things because a title can bring immediate mental connections. (Hence the title ‘Christ-centered energy healing’ instead of ‘Mystical Balancing of the Chakras’)

If members are seeking to attract positive energy instead of seeking to invite in the spirit of God, it leaves the door much more wide open for false doctrine.

Some have correctly noted that each person can have an influence on others. When someone with a great attitude walks into the room, other people feel better–if someone’s having a terrible week, it usually rubs off.
Some like to call this ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ energy.

Yet, wouldn’t it have just the same meaning to say that you have the spirit with you or that you don’t? Isn’t so called ‘positive energy’ really and actually the spirit of God? Isn’t it the spirit that gives you a light in your eyes and a brightness in your countenance? Instead of seeking to keep a positive energy, wouldn’t it be much wiser, and much more doctrinally sound, just to keep the spirit with you?

The doctrine taught and the wording used by the brethren keeps members focused on the real sources of power and on how to obtain that power.

Gifts of the Spirit

The energy healing movement within the church claims the spiritual gift of healing as their unique connection to power. This spiritual gift, as they speak of it, stands independent of the priesthood.

At an energy healing conference this last year one of the facilitators was asked, “So, how does energy healing work with the priesthood?”
The response, “Energy Healing has nothing to do with the priesthood.”

Indeed, it would seem impossible to claim energy healing is of the priesthood because the majority of practitioners are women

This theme has stayed consistent as I have spoken with people in an attempt to learn more. I learned of one particular family who now openly claims that priesthood is no longer needed in their home because the mother has the spiritual gift of healing.

I have found it common lingo in the energy-healing movement to speak of people having a natural affinity–or a spiritual gift for attracting or controlling energy. Yet, the energy healing movement openly offers, and I would say even revolves around, conferences, trainers, and mentors who receive hundreds of dollars from each person that they ‘teach’ or ‘train’ on the use of ‘their’ spiritual gifts. Paying money in order to ‘upgrade your skill level’ in the use of spiritual gifts was, for me, a red flag I couldn’t ignore.

And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money -Acts 8:18-20″


For those aware of the warnings against deception given in sacred places, please ponder on:
1. The importance of demonstrated priesthood authority before accepting any messenger or message
2. How God feels about selling our spiritual knowledge for money.


As I researched, I found an excellent article done by KUTV that verified for me what so many people had told me about the financial drive behind the energy healing movement.

“But God’s children will have to pay. This is a business. The Reiki sessions Robin Johnson conducts cost $90 an hour. The conferences require attendees to buy tickets. And Ward charges a lot more money to teach healing privately.
‘I really believe that people who have invested in their time and learning how to do this should be compensated just like any other occupation,’ Ward said, defending the practice of charging for energy healing.
On her website, Ward sells package deals. One offers 24 online personal mentoring sessions with her, among other things. The price tag she’s put on her time? Roughly $1,000 an hour.
Ward pitches herself as a life coach who’s “a great example of teaching others to trust our Savior, Jesus Christ.” – KUTV Article

Consider all of this in the light of this statement from President Joseph F. Smith.

When a man comes in the name of the Lord healing the sick and performing mighty works, he will not come with the blare of trumpets, nor will he advertise his performance. Moreover, he will not teach an indefinite doctrine. He will not tell the people to join a church – any church; but he will proclaim a clear doctrine of repentance and baptism for the remission of sins and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. When one comes preaching his own doctrine, and though he may perform miracles, if he does all of this to be seen of men and by advertising his deeds to the world, it is a sure sign that he has not been called by divine appointment. On numerous occasions when the Savior healed the sick and gave eyesight to the blind, he admonished them, saying, “See that no man know it.” – “And charged them that they should not make him known.” (such admonition can be found in the following passages: Matt. 9:30;12:9-16; Mark 3:10-12; 7:32-36; 8:22-26.)

– President Joseph Fielding Smith, “Answers to Gospel Question,” Vol. 1, 178-179.

The Role of Trials

As explained above, the Christ-centered energy healing movement claims to use the power of Christ in order to heal.
I have found through my discussions with those who have attended energy healing conferences that a key doctrine taught is that Christ WANTS to heal everyone–we just need to open ourselves up to his power.

This belief that everything ought to be healed is well demonstrated by the fruits of the energy healing movement. I know personally one girl who had severe headaches that completely disappeared after attending an energy healing session. Another young man told me that his peanut allergy isn’t a problem now that he had an energy healer work on him. In my own personal experience with my brother, it was as easy as a few dollars and a short visit to solve the problem.

When I initially saw these fruits from the energy healing movement they looked so good–so easy! You name the problem and we can solve it for you. However, once you look at the teachings from the brethren and the way the priesthood functions, it becomes apparent that, yet again, a very subtle deception has slipped in that has a crippling effect on eternal development.

“Two days following the operation, I visited John and Heather in the hospital. We talked about the first time I met John in the mission field, about their marriage, about the cancer, and about the eternally important lessons we learn through the trials of mortality. As we concluded our time together, John asked if I would give him a priesthood blessing. I responded that I gladly would give such a blessing, but I first needed to ask some questions. I then posed questions I had not planned to ask and had never previously considered: “[John,] do you have the faith not to be healed? If it is the will of our Heavenly Father that you are transferred by death in your youth to the spirit world to continue your ministry, do you have the faith to submit to His will and not be healed?” – Elder Bednar CES Devotional

In the words of Elder Maxwell,

“If certain mortal experiences were cut short, it would be like pulling up a flower to see how the roots are doing. Put another way, too many anxious openings of the oven door, and the cake falls instead of rising. Moreover, enforced change usually does not last, while productive enduring can ingrain permanent change. (See Alma 32:13–16.) Likewise, by seeing life’s experiences through to the end, on our small scale, we can finally say, as Jesus did on the cross, “It is finished.” (John 19:30.) We, too, can then have “finished [our] preparations,” having done the particular work God has given each of us to do. (D&C 19:19; see also John 17:4.) However, our tiny cup cannot be taken from us either. For this reason have we come unto the world. (See John 12:27.) In a small, but nevertheless sufficient way, we will experience what it is to suffer “both body and spirit.” (See D&C 19:18.) Some afflictions are physical, others mental, or so begin. Often, however, they are interactive, forming a special pain.”
-Elder Maxwell ‘ Endure It Well’ CR

The power of the priesthood seeks to know the will of God and it is of paramount importance to possess sufficient faith to accept with humility whatever the will of God might be.
Some challenges the Lord intends us to rise above by walking through.

An understanding of the essential nature of trials in personal development reminds us to

“seek not to counsel your God.” -D&C 22:4

The theme of the energy healing movement that everything can and ought to be healed has a crippling effect on true faith and development. True faith was perhaps most clearly expressed by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo when they said,

“…our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” -Daniel 3:17-18

It can be hard to walk away from the easy fixes offered by Satan’s power. Yet, we know that Satan,

“will not support his children at the last day, but doth speedily drag them down to hell.” – Alma 30:60

Leaving God’s children dependent upon false power, lacking the ability to endure well, and with a misunderstanding of true faith are all key steps towards an individual unable to inherit exaltation.

The ‘Law of Attraction’

So, what exactly is the ‘Law of Attraction’?

As described by Neil Farber M.D. Ph.D,

“The law of attraction (LOA) is the belief that the universe creates and provides for you that which your thoughts are focused on. It is believed by many to be a universal law by which “Like Always Attracts like.” The results of positive thoughts are always positive consequences. The same holds true for negative thoughts always leading to bad outcomes.”

The idea that you get back what you send out is perhaps best known as ‘Karma’.

As this TV commercial demonstrates well, the ‘Law of Attraction’, or ‘Karma’, claims that everything you send out comes back to you.

The scripture most often cited by LDS members in support of the Law of Attraction is D&C 88:40 which reads,

“intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom receiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; mercy hath compassion on mercy and claimeth her own; justice continueth its course and claimeth its own; judgment goeth before the face of him who sitteth upon the throne and governeth and executeth all things.”

However, the ‘Law of Attraction’ represents yet another subtle, yet dangerous, mind shift.

Please pay attention as we discuss how Satan has used the ‘Law of Attraction’ to put a slight twist on an eternal truth; it’s a deception that, yet again, results in a distancing from God and from living prophets and apostles.

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“intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom receiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; mercy hath compassion on mercy and claimeth her own; justice continueth its course and claimeth its own; judgment goeth before the face of him who sitteth upon the throne and governeth and executeth all things.” – D&C 88:40

The truth being taught in D&C 88:40 is that there are eternal laws that exist independent of God. God reigns because of His obedience to these eternal laws.

God, in His perfection, is able to perfectly follow eternal law and, consequently, completely deserve every eternal reward.

In other words, God’s ‘like’ returns ‘like’.

The very next verse confirms this interpretation of D&C 88:40.

“He (God) comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever.” -D&C 88:41

God possesses perfect intelligence, wisdom, truth, virtue, light, mercy, and justice; consequently, all these things cleave unto him and so rolls on the reign of God.

Heavenly Father desires His children, in eternity, to rise to the perfection enabling them to also deserve the glory of godhood.

However, in this mortal life the most that any man could deserve is damnation.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:23

“save it should be an infinite atonement…our spirits must have become like unto (Satan), and we become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our God…” -2 Nephi 9:7,9

“Since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone…” – Alma 22:14

If exaltation and blessings were dependent upon ‘like attracts like’, mankind would be faced with a very unhappy future..

“I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another—I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.” – Mosiah 2:21

The atonement and grace of Jesus Christ are the source of all blessings that come into our lives.

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‘Karma’ and the ‘Law of Attraction’ are based in eastern philosophies that form the foundation for atheist doctrines seeking to establish ‘good’ and ‘bad ‘without the need for God.

The ‘Law of Attraction’ ignores the grace of Christ, the enabling power of sacred ordinances, and even ignores God as the source of eternal justice and mercy.

It claims to connect man directly with natural law and then would entitle man to an eternal reward of his/her own merit.

It claims to entitle man to some reward entitled by ‘nature’.

Notice the subtle lie?

Remember,

“Since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone…” – Alma 22:14

The ‘Law of Attraction’ is such a quiet, yet significant, shift from the scriptural injunctions,

“Look unto me in every thought…” -D&C 6:36

“Look unto me, and be saved, all ye ends of the earth, for I am God and there is none else.” – Isaiah 45:22

Pushing God, Christ, and the Lord’s church to the side while focusing on personal effort, entitlement, and the vitality of ‘natural’ laws lacking any mention of the grace of Christ, the ‘Law of Attraction’ seeks to put man in the drivers-seat of his/her own fate.

Can you think of anything Satan could possibly desire more than convincing every mortal that they have no need of the power of Christ?


Coming soon:

Priesthood vs ‘Law of Attraction’

 

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6 thoughts on “Is ‘Energy’ of God?

  1. Thank you! I have always been frustrated in my efforts to explain to my siblings and mother why I don’t embrace energy healing, like they all do. I’m the lone sibling who has always felt that what they believe to be true is in fact, inspired of the devil—which offends them. Now I have something for them to read that clearly states everything I have always tried to explain in response to their queries. Thank you so much!

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    1. There have been so many people that have helped me put this together and thanks goes out to all of them! The only thing we could hope is that this compact format will help you share with others what you already know; we each have such a great responsibility before God to stand, always with love, for the truth!

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  2. This is a well written article and explains why the “Christ-centered Energy Healing” movement is deceptive. I share your concern on many of these points. As a point of clarification, here is another quote from Brigham Young to help us understand what he means when he says “inverted truth”. In this quote he is referring to hypnotism. “Hypnotism is an inverted truth; it originated in holy, good, and righteous principles, which have been inverted by the power of the devil … Show me one principle that has originated by the power of the devil. You cannot do it. I call evil inverted good, or a correct principle made an evil use of.” (Journal of Discourses, 3:156–57). You have shown how modern day “energy healers” have inverted, in a subtle way, several principles that we consider good and righteous. This is very helpful to avoid deception. In fairness to those who work with the concept of energy in natural health, we need to remember that before the evil use of a correct principle came, there was something good and righteous that it originated from. It is through the power of the devil that we have inverted truth to lead people away from God. But the author of all original truth is God. We must be careful and discerning in this crazy world where “all things are in commotion” and “people are ever learning and never coming to a knowledge of the truth.”

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    1. I appreciate your note on hypnotism. While I haven’t researched it, likely hypnotism involves spiritual control as well. Here is the link to the actual journal of discourses and the source was cited correctly. President Young’s statement is that, “Mesmerism is an inverted truth.” http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/JournalOfDiscourses3/id/9595

      I also appreciate your note that energy healing is a subtle twist on eternal principles. It has been amazing to see how priesthood, spiritual gifts, and personal spiritual experiences have been subtly changed by Satan and evil has been made to appear good.

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  3. “If the pure in heart shall see God, then the impure in heart shall never see God…lies (may) encompass relationships, body issues, philosophies of men, educational fallacies, corrupt politics, false doctrines, false religion, false tradition, and every aspect of our mortal experience and what we believe our world to be.” (The Triumph of Zion pg. 311)

    This is a quote from John Pontius’ book. He has been denounced with many energy healers.

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    1. Through my research, I have become aware that John Pontius is criticized as being a ‘bridge’ to energy healing work. This is largely because of his focus on a personal relationship with Christ. The doctrine from the brethren on this topic was stated well by Elder McConkie in his 1982 BYU address titled ‘Our Relationship with the Lord’. (https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/bruce-r-mcconkie_relationship-lord/)
      I cannot endorse John Pontius as an author nor can I comment fully on the accusation related to energy healing as I have had only very limited exposure to what he has written.
      The quote included is because I do believe that one statement to offer an excellent summary of the principle.

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