The Occult Potential & Spiritual Dangers Of Martial Arts Including Tai Chi

The Occult Potential & Spiritual Dangers Of Martial Arts Including Tai Chi

The Occult Potential and Spiritual Dangers of Martial Arts – Part 1

By: The John Ankerberg Show
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By: Dr. John Ankerberg; ©2012
In this article we will examine three concerns with martial arts: 1) the occult origin of some of the martial arts; 2) the spiritistic potential of the traditional dojo; 3) the ability of martial arts practice to develop psychic powers by “generation” and manipulation of psychic energy (ki, chi, etc.). These three facets underscore the occult nature and dangers of much martial arts practice.

The Occult Potential and Spiritual Dangers of Martial Arts – Part 1

Occult Origins: Two Illustrations

At least some of the martial arts were influenced by or developed from occult experiences. For example, although its origins may be traced to twelfth-century Japan, the modern developer of aikido was Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). An article in Yoga Journal by Buddhist scholar and aikido instructor John Stevens states, “Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido, looked like a Taoist immortal, acted like a Hindu swami and spoke like a Shinto shaman.”[1]

Aikido was developed out of Ueshiba’s experience of enlightenment. In the spring of 1925, when Ueshiba was walking alone in the garden, suddenly, “a golden spirit” sprang up from the ground. “I was bathed in a heavenly light; the ground quaked as a golden cloud welled up from the earth and entered my body. I felt transformed into a golden being that filled space—I am the universe.”[2] Further, “At the same time, my mind and body turned into light. I was able to understand the whispering of the birds, and was clearly aware of the mind of God…. At that moment I was enlightened…. I have grown to feel that the whole earth is my house, and the sun, the moon and the stars are all my own things.”[3]

Ueshiba’s meditation practice had produced in him an occult enlightenment typical of Eastern gurus and other occultists. It also produced dramatic psychic powers. Such was the occult form of “enlightenment” from which aikido sprang.

The Occult Potential and Spiritual Dangers of Martial Arts …

The development of Tai Chi is often … energy developed in the martial arts is equivalent to occult energy in general. This chi or ki energy can be used for the …

The Occult Potential and Spiritual Dangers of Martial Arts/Part 2

By: The John Ankerberg Show

By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999
In this article we will examine three concerns with martial arts: 1) the occult origin of some of the martial arts; 2) the spiritistic potential of the traditional dojo; 3) the ability of martial arts practice to develop psychic powers by “generation” and manipulation of psychic energy (ki, chi, etc.). These three facets underscore the occult nature and dangers of much martial arts practice.

The Occult Potential and Spiritual Dangers of Martial Arts – Part 2

Another example of psychic development in the martial arts is seen when Tai Chi, visualization, and meditation are used to develop psychic power:

The use of visualization serves a double purpose of cultivating the psychic power of imagination. In order to feel the ch’i, we must first imagine it to be real. We must imagine it circulating through the energy channels, gathering in the psychic centers…. In this way we are employing a meditative technique, which allows the ch’i to take root, and we are actually hastening its development. The psychic energy cannot but have an effect on the object of its imagination. Two criteria are necessary—the energy must be positive and we must have a deep and abiding faith that it is real.[1]

The end result of the visualization induced psychic energy is the recognition of the alleged truth of occult philosophy that “All is One.” “T’ai Chi Ch’uan (the form and discipline) is organized specifically to discover that unifying essence or soul (the T’ai Chi) which is present in everything… [reflecting] the living connection and life-affirming oneness of all things in the universe.”[2]

NOTATION:

As D.L. Moody once said: “The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it.”  The Bible is our straight stick.  Every other way is crooked, including tai chi.  There are a billion ways a stick could be crooked, but only one way to be straight.

 

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