Contrary to what many have been told, metaphysical practices or disciplines suchas clairvoyance, numerology, astrology, handwriting analysis, meditation, pastlife regression, tarot, and others are very much in harmony with ancient (beforethe Catholic Church) Christian teachings. The Church, since its early days, hasdemonized these practices in an attempt to keeptheir followers' focus on Church doctrine instead of elsewhere.To provide more clarity, we've included the following excerpt from our book, YourLove Life and Reincarnation: Why the Past is Affecting Your Present and How to Fixit(http://www.holisticmakeover.com/about_the_book.htm ):"Whether the Bible is to be taken literally or figuratively, there are those whoclaim that reincarnation was once discussed and accepted. According to Edgar Cayceon Reincarnation by NoelLangley, the Byzantine Emperor Justinian (483–565 A.D.) ‘summoned the FifthEcumenical Congress of Constantinople in 553 A.D. to condemn the Platonicallyinspired writings of Origen.’These writings apparently referenced the pre-existence of the soul.Moreover, according to The Christian Conspiracy by Dr. L. David Moore, the Biblewas edited for more than 500 years for political reasons after the crucifixion ofJesus Christ:‘Although it may be somewhat difficult for some to believe, the Bible in itspresent form didn’t always exist. In fact, there is a lot of historical evidencewhich states that the old Testament, in its present form, didn’t exist until some60 years after the death ofChrist; and the New Testament in its present form didn’t exist until almost 300years after that. The major point to be understood is that the Old Testament uponwhich so much of early Christianity depended in order to have a historical basisand to become legitimized, didn’t officially exist until well after Christianityhad been established and even after much of what later became the New Testamenthad been written. In addition, one major reasonfor establishing the Old Testament as canon was because during the first centuryC.E., Christianity was distorting the historicalrecord in order to enhance their own new religion.'In addition to the extensive editing and rewrites of the Bible, there was theinfluence of the Inquisition or the Holy Calling (1231–1820).This was established by the Papacy to punish anyone who expressed a belief inreincarnation or practiced anything metaphysical that would threaten the universalcontrol of the Church. They proclaimed these beliefs as the work of the devil andany believers were sent to dungeons, tortured, or burned to death. Countlesspeople have died because their beliefs (or beliefs of which they were accused)went against those of the Church, including the millions put to death for"witchcraft" from 1484 to 1775. Fears of persecution may remain in thesubconscious minds of many alive today. We are conditionedto believe that anything metaphysical is invalid in part because "inquisitionalviewpoints" still exist.Organized religion continues to provide support and structure for those who chooseto use it. However, some organized religions, which may be based on fear andguilt, continue to openly condemn and spread misinformation, intentionally orunintentionally, about metaphysics. This is unfortunate, since many have foundthat boththeir metaphysical viewpoints and their traditional religious background can existtogether peacefully."