Note: As a Christian Reiki practioner, I understand that many people have misgivings about Reiki. This is an article written by Lansdowne, Pennsylvania Christian Reiki practitioner, Judith White. If you would like to experience Reiki here in Sulphur Oklahoma please use the "Book Now" link above or elsewhere on this website instead of the links from the article.
Every 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 contradiction in this because Reiki is not a religion, and there is nothing in pure Reiki which conflicts with the truths taught in scripture. Traditional Usui Reiki advocates only a simple set of principles for moral behavior which are
compatible with any spiritual belief.
Reiki energy - like all good things in this world - was created by God as an expression of Gods' unconditional love and desire to bless us. My Christian clients have reported intense experiences of the Holy Spirit revealing God's presence and Love during their Reiki sessions.
When I give Reiki, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ for the person who is receiving it. I do not presume to tell the Lord what you need, because God sees you so much more completely than I can and 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.
Reiki is a gift and a blessing from God. If you are unsure of this, I hope your questions are answered below. If you are a Christian who uses Reiki, you may email me to join a discussion group for Christians who use Reiki.
Should Christians Practice Reiki?
First let me say that the only reliable authority on this subject is the Lord. A Christian has an obligation to settle this question through prayer and searching the scriptures. I came to my own sense of peace about Reiki over a four-and-a-half-year period during which I twice took time off from Reiki because I had questions about what I was learning. I gave scripture and the Holy Spirit a chance to get through to me. I was confident that if I opened my heart to the Lord, asking to be shown the truth about Reiki, God would show me what I needed to know in addition to answering my questions. If you genuinely want to please the Lord, the Holy Spirit 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 don’t 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 Reiki’s reputation by their inability to separate their individual experiences from simple Reiki. For example, one person’s 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). This is not to say that Reiki healing is the same as Jesus' method of healing or the spiritual gift of healing. I am only saying that hands-on healing is mentioned in the Bible, but drugs and surgery, etc., are not. The main issue is whether Reiki's healing
energy was created by God and can be used by God. We can tell that Reiki energy was created by 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).
The Christian Research Institute, an extremely conservative Christian 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). One problem with their argument is that many things Christians use daily are associated with world views and practices that are in opposition to Christianity. TV has
great power to form and condition our minds with what we see and hear, yet how many Christians carefully limit what they watch on TV? How many movies we see, businesses we patronize, and service providers we use are associated with world views that are in opposition to scripture? Sometimes we go ahead and expose ourselves to those world views. Sometimes our using a service or spending time with a person does not expose us to their underlying world views at all. This can be the case with Reiki if you go to a person who practices traditional Usui Reiki. Traditional Reiki will be all Reiki, with no add-on teachings, tools or techniques.
The only teaching beyond how to give Reiki that 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 an 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. Very few people would even think of asking doctor whether the science he is using is based on a Christian world view. In fact, few Christians feel the need to pray about whether to see a doctor instead of praying and giving the Lord a chance to
heal them first.
One question 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. It is not a spiritual gift through the Holy Spirit. The section on ki explains how the energy is made available to all. Through prayer, I have come to understand that God built everything we would ever physically need for our health and well being into creation. Sadly, we have spent much scientific effort on learning how to help ourselves without God's guidance. Unlike taking medication or having surgery (which do have their place in restoring our health when we have not been able to maintain it) it is
impossible to do harm with Reiki healing energy. What any individual teaches in addition to simple, traditional Reiki is something that individual will be held accountable for. We are all called to walk in obedience to God's Word and His will.
"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).
Does Ki (or Chi or Prana) Exist?
This question leads us 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 that physical matter is a concentration
of energy. Your own energy field can be perceived by scientific instruments.
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 was created by God and informs all living things. This is the energy which science is learning to perceive. This is the energy with which Reiki heals. We do not understand it yet, but both biologists and physicists on the cutting edge of science are studying it. Christ created it and controls it, and we are blessed with the ability to use it.
Reiki 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. This is harder for we who have 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?
I 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 people’s definition of the word "channel" Christians channel the Holy Spirit and the prophets all channeled God. We don’t use the
word because of its connotations of spiritism and mediumship, but the word itself doesn’t 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, it’s good to separate the actual meaning of a word from some of the ways it is used in other contexts.
That being 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 Reiki energy and the human energy field we can perceive with our hands is 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 the Lord will give my client what He knows they need and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me. How God’s will is accomplished through Reiki isn’t 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. 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 other spiritual source. If all good gifts come from the Lord, then Reiki comes from the 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?
Reiki 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?
We 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 the practitioner 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.
Personally, 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.
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