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Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in 1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief system.  Read his story here.

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Pranic Healing and Master Choa Kok Sui

Note: This article was written in response to an inquiry concerning Pranic Healing as taught by Master Choa Kok Sui.

After signing our guest book on you asked my opinion concerning pranic healing as taught by Master Choa Kok Sui. I will answer concisely. First may I refer you to the primary website promoting this person and his beliefs:

If you will notice in the opening paragraph on the front page of this site the following assertion is made: 

"Prana" is a Sanskrit word that means "life-force". This invisible bio-energy or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health. In acupuncture, the Chinese refer to this subtle energy as "Chi". It is also called "Ruah" or the "Breath of Life" in the Old Testament.

The first error in this belief system is relegating the Holy Spirit (the Ruach Qodesh - Heb.) to nothing more than a mere "life-force". "Prana" and "Chi" are words describing an impersonal cosmic energy--an "IT" not a "HE". On the contrary, the Holy Spirit is very personal. He is a PERSON: the third person of the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). The difference between an impersonal cosmic energy force and the true, personal God is an unbridgable theological gap. Please see the following links on the True Light site for a deeper explanation:

Also, pranic healing is based on a belief in chakras. Please see this link from the true light site:

There may be some legitimate healings that take place through the pranic healing methods, for there is a tremendous power even in unregenerated men, something that Watchman Nee calls "the latent power of the soul." Some of the supernatural phenomema that take place in non-Christian religions can be traced to this source. However, I must say that when human beings attempt to penetrate the spiritual world without going through the door (Jesus said, "I AM THE DOOR.") they also become vulnerable to demonic influence. I did during the time I spent as a student of yoga and meditation. Many of the yoga practices were aimed at increasing the flow of prana within practitioners to aid in lifting them to higher spheres of conciousness; instead, these practices often open such persons up to demonic influence. Please read the following link:

Healing, real healing, is available through the true power of God, the name of Jesus and faith in His atonement according to the Scripture. The prophet Isaiah foretold the Messiah's death and announced that "with His stripes we are healed." (Is. 53:5) In the last chapter of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus foretold that, "These signs shall follow them that believe. In My name they shall...lay hands on the sick and they shall recover." (See Mark 16:16-18) 

This is God's promise. Though laying on of hands may be practiced by a Christian along with prayer for someone's healing, it is much different than pranic healing. Healings come from God through the power of Holy Spirit, not by the soulish life-force of human beings who have not yet been saved, who have not yet become vessels of the Spirit of God. 

Furthermore, healings truly performed by God are normally used to lead people to a true salvation experience through the acceptance of the message of the cross of Christ. (See Acts chapter 3) You will not find this happening among those who practice pranic healing. For this reason, I would insist that pranic healing is a counterfeit of the real thing. Then why do people turn to it? Unfortunately many Christian churches have lost faith in the healing promises of the Gospel and no longer promote the availability of miraculous healings through faith in the Name of JESUS. Consequently many are turning to other methods to try and receive a needed miracle. So part of the problem is the lack of faith in the "full" Gospel among those who call themselves Christians. Thank God that is changing and there is a great renewal among Christians of all faiths taking us back to the faith and practices of the early church.

Whether you asked for this information for yourself, or for someone you are concerned about, please be assured: there are great deceptions lurking in the Far Eastern approach to spirituality, a deception that is dangerously penetrating and permeating our society. And without a doubt, it is not compatible with Biblical Christianity.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email me.

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