- : dubiously or outlandishly mystical, supernatural, or unscientific thinking, practices and beliefs
- And she has written a book … in which she dismisses what she calls “woo-woo spirituality” in favor of some straight talk on living with loss …
- — Linda Richman
- Energy beams from the eyes certainly sounds like woo-woo stuff …
- — Steve Blow
woo–woonounOne man's woo-woo, of course, is another's deeply held belief system. — Julia Moskin
When teaching therapeutic massage at a local college, one of the classes I taught was on watching out for quackery or "woo woo" as it is wont to be called in the field. I endeavored to instill in students that not every modality that is available to them in massage therapy is something they might want to risk charging people for and that making dubious claims, perhaps outside their scope of practice , may cause them nothing but trouble.
I demonstrated not only the dangers of but the lousy science associated with ear candling. Ear Candling is the idea that vast amounts of debris can be drawn out of the ear canal with a flaming cone candle which sets up a suction drawing the debris out of the ear. It does not and cannot work as advertised and it is dangerous to boot. Some charge $50 for this service and it is simply a useless procedure. I demonstrated this by doing an ear candling on a student and burning another candle in a cup. I then unrolled both and had them tell me which one was in the ear and which in the cup. They were both the same. The "wax" came from the candle, not the ear.
Another bit of woo woo was "Ionic Foot Baths". In this, one's feet soak, and it feels great, in a slightly electrified foot bath with salts added to the water. Soon "scum" makes it's appearance in the water and was once said, until the Government said enough of this BS, yellow scum was from the speen, brown was nicotine, green was from the liver and so on. Like foot pads that "release toxins" in the feet, it is bogus. If one leaves the feet out of the bath, the salt and electricity produce the scum anyway. It's bad science and a $50 scam I warned them not to sell in their practice if they knew what was good for them.
In Therapeutic Massage some are taught "to drink a lot of water because we push around a lot of toxins" Studies has shown this to be less than dramatically true and "a lot of water" for some is cup while others will risk death and drink gallons.
Sermons in the churches of God can stir up a lot of toxins as well or more than not, be the source of them driving one to drink without being advised to.
I once worked for a Chiropractor who had a stim unit with three settings. Low, Medium and Spirit. No really, the highest setting was "Spirit! " I asked him why he had that and he admitted he didn't know and "It's just bullshit" and smiled. We lost more clients on that setting than the other two combined. His Reflexologist made life decisions by asking Spirit to show her three yellow truck on the way to work if the answer was yes to her questions. Woo Woo. She almost got fired for making a client winch when getting reflexology and when he did said, "Did that hurt? Hmmm....you have a heart condition." Woo Woo! and practicing outside the scope of her practice as do Dave Pack , Gerald Flurry, Bob Thiel , and all other split, splinter and sliver Woo Wooartists.
I have my doubts about practices such as homeopathy, (all our drinking water has "the essence" of every drug ever produced), reflexology (do I affect my heart stepping on small stones too?) and various forms of "energy work."
At a seminar once, when my skepticism was still fresh from my WCG experience, we were doing energy work and "feeling" the energy around the body without touching it. "Can you feel it?" asked the teacher, Everyone said "uh...yes! I feel it". Well ....I said, "Not really" and then it began. "I don't actually either...", "Me either....." and before it could spread too far the teacher said it was not important yet at this point to feel it and moved on quickly. LOL
There is plenty of Woo Woo in the Churches of God and in the leadership of those churches.
Dave Pack is a Woo Woo Master with his never ending Waterhousian speculations about how Christ will return, when and where along with his glorious part in it all. He's simply full of Woo Woo and NONE of what Dave says will every happen . In fact, I guarantee it, both in this age and in the age to come . Dave's use the scriptures is pathetic and toxic to his followers. It will not end well.
Gerald Flurry is also a Woo Woo Master in the style of Dave Pack, or maybe it is Dave who is in Gerald's style of Woo Woo. Gerald is given to Prayer Rock, Stones of Scone and Ark of the Covenant Woo Woo . There is some Song of Solomon Woo Woo thrown in their somewhere for some reason but that is called Woo Hoo in some circles.
Dr. Thiel is a Woo Woo Master as seen in his self ordination simply because someone asked Bob's God to give him a double portion of the Spirit when being anointed for sinus drainage. (Just kidding. I don't know the malady he had when anointed. Perhaps Biggisegoitis which is a swelling of the head. From that Bob practices his own Woo Woo and then dreams himself into a Prophet and Head Woo Woo Master of yet another only true church. Bob has a tendency to Major in the Minor Woo Woos when he sermonizes but how he got to be so important a theologian in his own mind is by pure Woo Woo, mystical and magical.
Ron Weinland was a Financial Woo Woo Master with a major emphasis on a message of End Time Woo Woo, which, like Dave Pack's Woo Woo, never did, ever will or ever could come to pass. His Apostleship was also a function of Woo Woo magic and theological maneuvering and manipulation. It's difficult , and you have to be creative in anointing yourself an Apostle with no backing from others, but with the right application of Woo Woo, it happens like magic! You simple wear down your congregation and by the time they have had enough and want to go eat lunch, you announce, "And yes brethren, I am an Apostle." Sure, fine, whatever....let's eat.
Joe Tkach got himself caught up in Evangelical Woo Woo complete with Gods a many , well three and all the Woo Woo of Incarnational Theology. While this is the mare traditional theology of Christianity, Woo Woo nonetheless and like all religious thought, can be contemplated but never proven to be real or factual. It's a feel good Woo Woo with precious little appeal to Church of God types who simply have to have their prophetic Woo Woo to keep them in their seats, paying, praying, obeying, gyrating and staying.
Quackery is alive and well in the Churches of God. It mainly settles around the self proclaimed credentials of the Woo Woo Master and his prophetic rants, speculations and pathetic manipulation of scriptures making them mean what they never meant or can mean. While entertaining at times and providing excellent examples of how the human mind can become toxic with God-Haunted views, those associated with, following minus critical thinking and caution and just sure their man is preachin' God's truth are going to be in for one sorry surprise in time.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof and there simple is none for the claims of the Church of God Woo Woo Masters.