If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil. ~ Baruch Spinoza

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I read an article yesterday which took me totally by surprise. An Irish Catholic priest was cautioning his parishioners against yoga because, he said, it endangers their souls. Same goes for tai chi or Reiki, according to the reverend. These activities he deemed “unsavoury.”

I had to read the article a couple times before it sunk in. I’m sure this priest is a good man, and has his parishioners’ best interests at heart. But this kind of totally outdated thinking took me back to the days I grew up in the Catholic Church.

An old family friend also took me by surprise long ago, when I was questioning something she said—I don’t remember what it was now. Though I do remember her response: “But Father Mark (the local Catholic priest) said it was true—so it must be.”

Such luminaries as Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer recommend yoga. As do many others. It’s brought big benefits—physical, mental, and spiritual—into people’s lives. It may not be right for everyone, but it is for many.

So who’s right? The Irish priest or all the people who practice and advocate yoga? Actually, no one is right.

As my spirit guides often say, there is no right, no wrong. There is only what’s right and what’s wrong for you.

I’ve been doing yoga for years, and I’ve never felt my soul was endangered. 🙂


This short video, Beyond Right and Wrong, is powerful. Though it doesn’t relate directly to today’s post, it clearly shows how rigid “right-and-wrong” attitudes can devastate our humanity. If you’re particularly sensitive, be aware there are some graphic scenes.

Related links:

We’re Right and They’re Wrong
We’re Right and They’re Wrong: Sequel
We’re All God’s Children


What can you do to ease the global tensions over right and wrong? If you say, “Nothing,” I’d suggest you’re underestimating the vast power you have, as one individual standing alone. Please share your thoughts and comments with us below.


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