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Reiki healer brings her own beliefs with her to the Reiki table, and in my case
those beliefs are Christian and Biblical. There is no contradictionin this because
Reiki is not a religion, and there is nothing in pure Reiki which conflicts with
the truths taught in scripture. Usui Reiki advocates only a simple set of principles
for moral behavior which are compatible with any spiritual belief.
energy comes from God as an expression of His unconditional love.My Christian
clients have reported intense experiences of the Holy Spiritrevealing God's presence
and Love during their Reiki sessions.
When I give Reiki, I pray for the
person who is receiving it. I do not presume to tell God what you need, because
He sees you so much more completely than I can and He knows exactly where your
true needs are.
Whatever your beliefs, you can know that I am praying for
your highest good. Whatever your circumstances, Reiki can do no harm.
is a gift and a blessing from God. If you are unsure of this, I hope your questions
are answered below.
Should Christians Practice Reiki?
let me say that the only reliable authority on this subject is the Holy Spirit.
A Christian has an obligation to settle this question through prayer. I came to
my own sense of peace about Reiki over a four-and-a-half-year period during which
I took time off from Reiki and gave scripture and the Lord a chance to get through
whenever I had questions about what I was learning. If you genuinely want to please
the Lord, He can certainly reach your mind and your heart with the truth.
So far, the critics I have read fall into three categories. One
is people who dont believe ki and the human energy system exist at all.
Another is people who have misunderstood Reiki before and now reject it. A third
is people who do not see how Reiki fits with scripture.
The first group
could learn more if they wished by reading some recent science and learning more
about healing energy. The second group does real harm to Reikis reputation
by their inability to separate their individual experiences from simple Reiki.
For example, one persons experience was strongly colored by associating
Reiki with massage and his own lust for the woman who introduced him to Reiki.
The third group is right in saying Reiki is never mentioned in the Bible
per se, but then neither are penicillin and many things we use today. Healing
is listed as a spiritual gift (I Cor. 12:9), and Jesus tells us that anyone who
has faith in Him can have the power to heal like He did (John 14:12), so the main
issue is whether Reiki healing comes from God and can be used by God. We can tell
that Reiki does come from God because it can only help, heal and comfort; it can
only do good and not harm. All good gifts come from God (James 1:17).
Christian Research Institute, a conservative Christian watchdog group, has written
that Reiki cannot be good because it is associated with world views that are in
opposition to Christianity and practices that are forbidden in scripture, specifically
channeling which I discuss below. The only teaching beyond the how-tos which
is part of the original Usui Reiki are these Reiki Principles: Just for today,
I will feel gratitude. Just for today, I will let go of anger. Just for today,
I will let go of worry. Just for today, I will do my work honestly. Just for today,
I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing. To me, this sounds more
like a healthy AA meeting than a dangerous philosophy. There is nothing here to
mislead or undermine any spiritual convictions. If people with world views other
than Christian ones practice Reiki, that does not make it evil.
I wrestled with repeatedly was why, if Reiki is a gift from God, anyone can practice
it regardless of their beliefs. Each time I came to the same conclusions. God
is generous with many gifts, such as intelligence, artistic ability, strength,
and beauty, regardless of beliefs. We all have the ability to love, to communicate,
and to care for others. Since Reiki is available to anyone, it is clearly a general
ability to do good for one another that God built into His creation. The section
on ki explains this. It is impossible to do harm with Reiki, but what any individual
teaches in addition to simple Reiki is something that individual will be held
accountable for. We are all called to walk in obedience to God's Word and His
"No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good
fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit" (Luke 6:43-44).
Ki (or Chi or Prana) Exist?
This question can lead to the intersection
of ancient spirituality with modern physics. (If you enjoy learning, find physics
books that are written for your level of knowledge. You may be pleased to see
how science is tending in a philosophical and spiritual direction, unlike the
anti-spiritual direction of the 19th and early 20th centuries.) Physics has clearly
proven that the entire universe is composed of energy and physical matter is a
concentration of energy. Your own energy field can be perceived by scientific
(Editors Note: to read a scientific description of Reiki and energy
medicine please download this file Science
and the Human Energy Field.)
As people who believe that "all things
were created by Christ and for Christ and in him all things hold together"
(Col. 1:16-17), it's not hard to believe in a universal life force (ki, chi, prana)
that comes from God and animates all living things. This is the energy which science
is learning to perceive. This is the energy with which Reiki heals.
practitioners treat the human energy system
Many people who do not have
Reiki can feel the human energy field and some can also see it. This is easy to
learn and does not require any spiritual activity of any sort. Since this field
does exist and has always existed, it only makes sense that people have perceived
it in all centuries and cultures, especially those that have not been raised to
believe that nothing exists besides what we can sense with our five senses. Except
for our faith in an unseen God, Christians are as affected by the science-oriented
culture we are raised in as everyone else.
Does Reiki Involve Channeling?
am a Usui Reiki Master and a Karuna Reiki® Master, and I believe I am a gifted
healer and teacher of Reiki . . . but I do not channel any spirit guides or angels
or ascended Reiki masters. My only guide is the Lord Jesus Christ through the
working of the Holy Spirit. However, I am only an authority on my own experience,
and I cannot speak with certainty on what happens with non-Christians. By most
peoples definition of the word "channel" Christians channel the
Holy Spirit and the prophets all channeled God. We dont use the word because
of its connotations of spiritism and mediumship, but the word itself doesnt
denote evil. In the same way, our receiving guidance from God could be called
a psychic experience because it comes through supernatural means. When we try
to sort through these issues, its good to separate the actual meaning of
a word from some of the ways it is used in other contexts.
said, it is still true that Reiki practitioners are encouraged to ask for spiritual
guides to guide our Reiki sessions so that we are able to intuit where a client
needs to receive Reiki. I was already a Christian when I began to use Reiki, so
I already knew that my spiritual guide is the Holy Spirit and believed it would
be wrong to ask about anyone else. Besides, the energy which comes from God and
which we can feel with our hands is really enough to tell us where Reiki is needed
without asking for additional guidance.
It seems possible that God does
send angels to help us practice Reiki -- in fact, I am quite sure I have experienced
their help -- but here again I have felt it is wrong to ask to know more about
them. All that a true angel desires is to glorify God, not to receive any attention
itself. I simply pray that theLord will give my client what He knows they need
and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me. How Gods will is accomplished through
Reiki isnt necessarily for me to know.
Many Christians' fear about
spirit guides is that they are actually demons disguising themselves as the Buddha
or angels or whomever. I think this is unlikely, due to my experience of the great
good that Reiki does and how impossible it is to think of any way to misuse Reiki.
I'm not sure evil beings would even be capable of healing. It seems more likely
that people who don't have the Holy Spirit to enable them to recognize the work
of the Lord can be deceived into believing the power of Reiki comes from some
otherspiritual source. If all good gifts come from the Lord, then Reiki comes
fromthe Lord, but Satan tries to steal His glory in the same way he does with
anything that is created by God.
What about the Reiki symbols?
practitioners who achieve Level II and above use Japanese-looking symbols with
Japanese names to focus different aspects of Reiki energy. The symbols have no
meaning in themselves and the names are descriptive and harmless. The symbols
represent different frequencies of healing energy which the practitioner receives
through a laying-on of hands so that s/he can access that energy when it is needed.
The symbols are neutral and the energy is good.
It may help to remember
that no symbol, no matter how strong its associations, is good or evil in itself.
The swastika and even the pentagram have been used in past centuries simply as
decorative designs. Today people cannot use them without raising the idea of great
evil, but that is because of the groups which have used the symbols, not because
of any actual power in the symbols themselves. The same is true for a symbol of
great good like the cross. It is just two lines, just a pattern without any power
to do good in and of itself, yet it reminds us of the greatest love that was ever
shown to humankind.
Why not just use prayer instead of Reiki?
could just as well ask Why not use prayer instead of medical care?
or instead of anything else we turn to for help with a problem. Hopefully, most
Christians use prayer AND medicine (or whatever) and remember to thank God for
the answer to their prayers. I use prayer AND Reiki, and I think it is much more
obvious that God is doing the work with Reiki than with medicine. (I am not implying
that Reiki should ever be a substitute for medical care, though it is true that
it can heal people.) If a person objects to Reiki because
or Reiki receive all the glory instead of the Lord, it is the practitioner who
has the problem. In humility, any Reiki practitioner of any belief system should
know that they are not the source of Reiki energy and that they cannot truly make
Reiki do anything. Reiki comes from God and He determines how it will help the
person who receives it in the same way He does when we pray for someone.
I have found that Reiki greatly benefits my prayer life in the peace that I have
myself and in the confidence I have in the Lord to hear my prayers for others.
Something about the fact that I cannot control Reiki and make it do what I want
it to do for a person has deepened my ability to let go and let God.
Less and less do I tell God what I think He should do and how He should do it.
More and more I simply take a person or situation before Him in prayer and trust
that He knows far better than I what is best.
If you would like to experience
Reiki for yourself, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call me at Phone 610-626-6647 - to make an appointment or ask any questions
you may have.
* This article was copied with permission from Judith's web site