Hi I am Jasper T. Suquila, age 29, from Caloocan City, Metro
Manila, the Philippines. I am interested to join your group and I thank the Lord
Jesus that I am not alone as a Christian who practices Reiki.
I am a
Reiki Master from the traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho stream, and am practicing Reiki
actively for the past three years already. I am a Roman Catholic, (and I still
am), temporary professed Dominican Third Order, graduated AB Theology from a Dominican
school and currently finishing my MA Applied Theology (with concentration in Religious
and Values Education) from De La Salle University - Manila as a scholar. I am
a Christian Living/Values Education teacher in the High School for more than seven
years already, and I do give reiki to my co-faculty teachers and students alike
when they ask for it. I also use Reiki when I give counselling to my students
who have family problems and behavioral problems.
I am so glad to know
and find that there are a lot of people who worship and serve the Lord Jesus and
yet are practitioners of Reiki. I thought that I am the only one in this predicament/situation.
I have encountered a lot of "conservative" (read: narrow-minded) Catholics
who think that I am practicing superstition and "pagan" methods of healing.
There are also other Christian sisters and brothers from other denominations who
profess to "love" Christ and yet are the first one to "cast stones"
to Christians who are Reiki practitioners whom they deem as "followers of
Satan" and are considered as "damned" or lost.
been a member of a Catholic Charismatic renewal community and I praise God for
giving me the gifts of healing and teaching. When I came to a Reiki introduction
talk, I am amazed and at the same time critical of Reiki, because it seems to
me that Mikao Usui received also the gift of healing from God. As I attended my
Level I Reiki, I am still cautious of it and I prayed very hard to Jesus to protect
me from any "harmful spirits" who may be going around and enter my body.
During my first attunement, I asked the Lord Jesus to cover me with His Precious
Blood, and invoked the Holy Spirit to protect me from any spirit from entering
me. I have a personal relationship with Jesus, and I told Him: "Lord Jesus,
if Reiki comes from you, let its power flow through me, if not, I ask you to cover
me with Your precious Blood and seal me with Your holy Light. Send forth your
angels to! surround this place in Your Name." I prayed intensely while my
Reiki Master was attuning me.
Guess what? The power of Reiki flowed
through me and I felt the tangible presence of God. I thought to myself "This
is the Shekinah of YHWH!". The sweet presence of God filled me, and the experience
is akin to my Baptism of the Holy Spirit during my Catholic Life in the Spirit
Seminar, which I attended years ago, and I felt the loving touch of the Holy Spirit
surrounding me and filling me, just like my experience during the Sacrament of
Confirmation when I was a child. While in gassho position I began praising Jesus
for this wonderful gift of Reiki.
My life has never been the same again
with Reiki. For me, Reiki brought me closer to Jesus, and also, was more in touch
with Jesus' mission on earth, which is to heal the sick and proclaim the Reign
of God in our midst. My hands are very hot whenever I "pray over" the
sick using Reiki.
As a Reiki Master, I define Reiki as "God-directed
life force energy". I even equate Reiki to a manifestation of the healing
presence of God in Christ Jesus. I believe that Reiki is the gift of the Holy
Spirit. Reiki is indeed one of the charismatic gifts of healing (as mentioned
in 1st Corinthians chapter 12). I believe in the sacramental and incarnational
dimensions of Reiki to others. Let me elaborate it theologically.
Boff, a Franciscan theologian, in his book, "Sacraments of Life, Life of
the Sacraments" expresses his view that any object or person can be a "sacrament",
if that thing or person leads you to God, and that person or object becomes for
you a dynamic and visible symbol of the invisible presence of God. We encounter
God in the midst of ordinary human experiences. The utter transparency of the
invisible healing presence of God is made visible through Reiki. When we touch
others to give Reiki, we are making visible the invisible healing presence of
God in our midst. Touching is a human action where we make others feel that they
are loved and cared for. Touching is a universal human action of affection. When
we give Reiki to others by touching others, we make them feel the healing presence
and power of God, who is Love Itself (1st John 4:18) and let us remember that&!
nbsp;the love of God has been poured out through the Spirit (Romans 5:5). In Scripture
we read in First Corinthians 12 we the phrase: "gifts of healing" (NRSV)
. The word "gifts" is in plural form. It means to say that there are
a variety of "gifts" of healing, not just the traditional method of
laying of hands found in the New Testament. Remember that Jesus of Nazareth healed
in a variety of ways. We do not see a "uniform or standard way" of healing
the sick. I believe that Reiki is one of them.
As St. Irenaeus of Lyons
said: "The glory of God is a human fully alive!" I believe that Reiki
is part and parcel of the healing tradition that has just been recovered by Mikao
Usui. We must recall that Reiki only seeks the highest healing good of a human
person, and that brings a person's frequency or auric field and state of being
into balance and perfect health which we call homeostasis. We cannot use Reiki
to harm others or do evil. It will not simply work. When we give Reiki, we give
glory to God, whose perfect Will and mission for human beings is wholeness and
perfect balance in health, "fully alive!" as I have mentioned above.
For those who think Reiki cannot be reconciled to Christianity, just
remember that first, Reiki is not a religion. It is a charismatic gift from the
Spirit. In the Charismatic tradition, one receives the gifts of the Spirit through
the laying of the hands, just like Reiki is received and open us up to the reservoir
of God's manifold healing virtue through attunements (done through laying of hands
also.) We are Christians who just happen to be Reiki practitioners and not the
other way around. Second, God is the source and origin of Reiki, not Mikao Usui,
or the Reiki Masters. Reiki Masters do not own Reiki, they are just channels of
Reiki. Reiki Masters only open the uninitiated to the power of Reiki, but is not
the source of Reiki. Third, The Principles of Usui is very much Christian and
more closer to the spirit and intention of the Christian Scriptures.
Always remember the theological principle regarding the primacy of God's unconditional
love for all human beings and all creation. God reveals Himself in many different
ways through different people (Hebrews 1:1), and I do believe that Reiki is a
manifestation of His healing presence to others. We cannot put God in a box or
put Him nicely in our own limited human perceptions of reality. God is more than
what we say or think of Him. You cannot say that: "God can only do this or
do that" or say: "God cannot be the source of Reiki". God is more
than who we think He is. In the book of Isaiah we read about God:" For My
ways are not your ways and My thoughts are above your thoughts...."
I have a lot to share. But this is all for now.
With all my love
Jasper T. Suquila
A Roman Catholic who happens to be
a Reiki Master