Saturday, September 22, 2012

Reiki and Christianity (Part 4 - Conclusion)

Do They Conflict?


Many people have asked if Christians can practice or receive Reiki treatments. Reiki is not a religious practice, and therefore does not conflict with any religious belief system.

If the word “Reiki” is not in the Bible, should Christians practice Reiki or receive Reiki treatments?

It is true that the word “Reiki” is not in the Bible.  “Reiki” is the Japanese word that Dr. Usui used to name the form of healing therapy he discovered.  “Reiki” is made up of two words:  “Rei” and “ki”. “Rei” is literally translated “Divine” and “ki” is literally translated “energy of life”.  God created the energy of the Universe . . . He created everything!  My viewpoint is this:  just because “Reiki” as a word is not in the Bible (the Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek, not Japanese) does not mean that the truth behind it isn’t in there.

The word “Rapture” is a word that is not found in the Bible either, yet this word is taught in most Christian churches on a regular basis as doctrinal fact.  On the other hand, the word “meditation” is a word found in the Bible, yet many churches teach against it.  If used correctly, meditation (on God) can bring a great deal of peace in times of trouble.  Meditation is also recommended in the medical field to aid those who suffer from anxiety and PTSD.

What about Yoga and other physical fitness activities?  They promote the physical well-being of the body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit for Christians.  Is everyone who participates in these activities under demonic influence?  No.  The main thing to remember is intent of purpose.



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Are you meditating to have a closer relationship with God?  Are you practicing Yoga to improve your flexibility?  Are you taking herbal supplements to improve your health?  Or are you practicing these wonderful activities as a form of worship to “false god” or as a member of a “cult”?  Intent of purpose is important.

Because “Reiki” is not stated in the Bible, and because it originated from a Buddhist, some fear that to practice or receive Reiki is an abomination unto God, and would therefore be forbidden.  This is similar to the previous example I gave about Chiropractic care, or becoming a Chiropractor.

Consider the following additional examples:  it is also forbidden to use “drugs”, or the Greek word “pharmakeia”, in God’s Word, yet people go to doctors every day for this purpose.  Does that make it wrong?  No, because God’s Word is forbidding the use of drugs in sorcery.

I personally look for alternative treatments, such as herbal treatments, instead of the chemicals that physicians prescribe.  Herbs are sometimes associated with earth-based spirituality, does that make those who visit herbal and health food stores pagan?  I think not!  My personal stance on this is, God created the plant and gave mankind the knowledge of its medicinal use . . . therefore if a God-created plant can be used to treat an ailment such as frankincense for rheumatoid arthritis, then it should be done.  Does that make it an abomination?  No . . . wouldn’t it be a worthy alternative to a lab-created pharmaceutical that might be recalled in a few years for adverse side effects?

What about chemotherapy/other cancer treatments, MRI’s, CT scans and x-rays, surgeons, dentists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, psychiatrists, counselors, physical and massage therapists, Quantum Touch Therapy, color and sound therapy?  These are all medical advancements that have been made since the time of Christ, and therefore not included in the Bible.  Were the founders of these advancements all Christians?  If not, then should a Christian question the religious background of the founder of these diagnostic or treatment techniques before participating?

Where does the knowledge come from for medical advancement in treatment of the body and mind?  Does it all come from satan?  I would think not. God creates us as individuals; some are very gifted, creative and intelligent.  Mankind is created in God’s image . . . it is no surprise that may people throughout the ages have been born on this earth and made beautiful contributions to assist society, not only in medicine but also in architecture, technology, philanthropy, and the art forms.

Just as there are many out there who are suffering and benefit from the many medical advancements that have been made throughout the years, there are many out there who are suffering and could benefit from Reiki.  They are hesitant because of the misconceptions about what Reiki is and what Reiki is not.  It is my goal to help others with similar concerns, to understand that Reiki is acceptable for Christians as a complementary form of healing therapy.  I too had these concerns. After a great deal of study and prayer, I believe Reiki is acceptable for Christians as well as non-Christians.  I stand on this truth.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Reiki and Christianity (Part 3)

Do They Conflict?


Many people have questions about the religious affiliation of Reiki's founder, Dr. Mikao Usui.  I will address these concerns in today's post.

Wasn’t the founder of Reiki a Buddhist?

As a Master/Teacher and student of Reiki, I understand the history of its founder, therefore I realize that Dr. Usui was originally a Buddhist monk, but research will show that he did respect the teachings of Christianity.  In order to understand Reiki, one needs to understand that Reiki is not taught as a “Buddhist” belief . . . nor is Reiki associated with any other religious belief.  It is taught as a type of oriental (alternative) medicine.



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The one thing about this particular point I do not understand is that most people do not express concern about other medical discoveries, and the religious affiliation of those who discovered them.  For example, the founder of chiropractic care, Daniel David Palmer, was a Spiritualist.  Many Christians go to chiropractors, and I wonder if they give any thought to the religious preference of the founder.  I wonder if they accuse their Chiropractor of being a “satanist” or of being “deceived”.  I have been to a Chiropractor myself, and it never occurred to me to ask him why he practices a “Spiritualist-founded” form of alternative medicine!  Does that mean a Christian cannot be a Chiropractor or seek out chiropractic care?  No.  The point is, it works . . . regardless of who founded it . . . and many people from many different cultural and religious backgrounds benefit from chiropractic care.

Being a Reiki Practitioner is no more a “religion” than being a Physician, a Psychiatrist, Chiropractor or a Store Clerk is a ”religion”.  Therefore, I do not hide the fact that I am a Christian to be a Reiki Practitioner, nor do I hide the fact that I am a Reiki Practitioner to be “accepted” as a Christian.  Reiki Practitioners come from diverse religious backgrounds, just as Physicians, Psychiatrists, Chiropractors, and Store Clerks.  Reiki can be a career choice or a calling to help others, and for most Reiki Practitioners it is also a way of life.  Part of the Reiki Teaching is the daily practice of the Reiki Principles.  By incorporating the Principles in daily living, peace can be achieved.

The Reiki Principles are good words to live by, and are very similar to Biblical Teachings.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Reiki and Christianity (Part 2)

Do They Conflict?


I have been challenged with many questions in the short time that I have been a Reiki Practitioner.  One such question is:

Is Reiki “Demonic”?

No.  Reiki can only be used for the well-being for others, and causes no harm.  Reiki uses God-breathed life-force energy from His creation (the universe).  The healing energy comes from the Creator, not from the Reiki Practitioner.  The Reiki Practitioner is simply a vessel through which this God-breathed energy flows through, in a “laying on of hands” or “hands-off” type of treatment.  Distance Reiki Treatments work through a process similar to meditation . . . focusing the God-breathed energy to the individual receiving the distance treatment.  There is no contact with demonic forces.  Reiki comes from a place of pure ("agape") love.

I have come across a YouTube video where a woman was speaking out against Reiki.  She claims the force behind Reiki is demonic.  I watched this video . . . and listened carefully as she told her story.  The woman in the video admits that she had dabbled in various “occult” practices before taking her first Reiki course.  She also admitted that spirits she later identified as “demons” told her a “better way” to do what she was doing.  She actually listened to them, and obeyed what they told her.



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She completely changed her methods and still called it “Reiki”.  This is NOT part of the original Reiki teaching, nor is it part of Reiki Therapy.  What this woman was doing was not “Reiki” at all.  It is misinformation like this out there on the Internet that causes great misunderstanding as to what Reiki Therapy actually is.  Reiki has nothing to do with any religion, nor is it “occult” in nature.  I do not know who or what the woman in the video was communicating with, but it is not Reiki.

Although Reiki Therapy is not associated with any specific religion, as a Christian, I incorporate silent prayer into Reiki practice, and I ask God to heal according to His purpose.

Can Satan “pretend” to do something good, such as healing people?

In God’s Word, it states that satan can disguise himself as a “being of light”.  I would imagine this is what the woman in the video was talking about when she started listening to the beings that were telling her to change what she was doing into something other than Reiki.  She admitted she was told that the method the “beings” were teaching her was a “better way”.  She had already invited satan to use her by her involvement in occult practices, and was misrepresenting her actions by continuing to call it “Reiki”.  She simply changed the simplicity of Reiki practice, and involved herself in occult practices.

As for satan being able to heal people, I do not believe this is possible . . . deception is possible, but a true and lasting healing . . . no . . . healing comes from God.  If someone is healed through Reiki, or any other form of treatment, whether alternative or traditional medicine, it is because God used that method of treatment to heal them.

In Psalm 103:3, we see that it is God ". . . who heals all your diseases.”

In Exodus 15:26, God states, “. . . I am the Lord that heals you.”

All healing comes from God . . . it's that simple.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Reiki and Christianity (Part 1)

Do They Conflict?


I was a Christian many years before I came across Reiki.  I discovered Reiki in my search for healing.  I needed healing because I am a survivor of various forms of abuse . . . you name it, I have been through it.  I also have congenital scoliosis, and I was told at age 34 that I would not be walking in five years.  Within three years, I was walking on a cane some days.  A year after that I needed the cane almost every day.

Many years ago, I received my calling to help others like me to heal.  Like most, I ignored it for a season.  The one thing I could not understand was how I was supposed to help others, when I was so isolated from people that I had not driven a car in three years, and had not been out in the sun in six!  I questioned whether or not helping others was what I am really supposed to do.



I was in a relationship at that time where everything I did on the internet was monitored via keystroke recorder; even the books, television shows and music I listened to was restricted.  I had to believe what he believed about God, regardless of what the Holy Spirit had taught me . . . regardless of the inaccuracy of his sources.  I was told that God does not answer people in prayer, and that God does not use people as instruments to bring comfort and healing to others anymore.  This is simply not true!

I walked away from this situation with a worse case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder than I had originally been diagnosed with in 1998.  Back then I was still able to function in society, but by the time he was done with me, functioning in society seemed to be impossible.  I was afraid to drive, because it had been so long and I would panic and get lost within my hometown!  I could not remember what I did all day by the time evening came.  I had nightmares regularly.  I was afraid to be around people.  He had isolated me from my friends to the point that I had none, and had also isolated me from my family. I had no support system whatsoever.  I also feared God would judge me and refuse to forgive me for leaving because of the false information he fed me about what God forgives and what God does not forgive.

Because of the abuse I had suffered since I was a child, and the situation I had just come out of, I was in desperate need of healing.  He had prohibited me from seeking much needed medical and dental care for five years . . . my medical care stopped once I got my “wheelchair” prognosis.  During that time I researched alternative methods of healing.  In my search I discovered that there are a lot of herbal treatments out there for various medical conditions, and a lot of awesome complementary healing modalities too . . . including Reiki.

In my research I found that, not only has Reiki been integrated into the medical field and used as a complementary treatment for various medical conditions, Reiki is beneficial for treating and releasing past traumas from abuse.  Reiki has been used successfully to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well.  I have only recently discovered that Reiki has been used to bring some relief from the side-effects of scoliosis.  Thank you to my fellow Reiki Practitioners for this wonderful news!

I also studied the Bible, took a few seminary classes (with him), and prayed over whether or not Reiki was acceptable for a Christian to learn and practice.  I came to the conclusion that the two do not conflict, as Reiki is not a religious practice; it is universal and beneficial for all.  During this time, I was fighting my calling to help others who have also suffered from abuse and/or PTSD, and I was prohibited from answering that calling.  I had repeatedly expressed my concern for the situation, asked for the situation to change, but it did not.  I had to stand up for myself, finally, and leave my situation . . . so I did just that!

After allowing myself time to breathe, time for seeking medical advice for the physical issues I have, and time to just enjoy my new-found freedom, I started “digging in” and working toward my calling.  I enrolled in Usui Reiki I, and I am working toward Reiki Master/Teacher.  I am blogging about the details of my story and my journey to wholeness.  I have also started writing an autobiography.

I understand that there is a lot of “negative press” out there regarding Reiki and Christianity.  It is sad, because I am a Christian myself (though I am more "Esoteric" I suppose), and I cannot understand for the life of me why it is so difficult to see that Reiki is a gift from God, as are all good things.

I would like to address some questions I had myself regarding Reiki, and answer some of the questions that other Christians might have.  Please understand that Reiki is new to the area in which I live.  I live in what is often referred to as “The Bible Belt”. It is a wonderful place to live . . . but it is filled with “Fundamentalist” type churches that are “old-fashioned” in their beliefs.  Many will reject the idea of Reiki, and it is my hope that the ones in this area who are suffering will see the great benefit of Reiki practice.

Although Reiki has been around for decades now, it is still a fairly new concept.  To me, it is no different than herbal therapy, physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, or any other type of complementary medicine . . . except for one fact . . . Reiki is often misunderstood.

Some of the questions I have been asked, or wondered myself are as follows:

  • Is Reiki “demonic”?
  • Can satan “pretend” to do something good, such as healing people?
  • Wasn’t the founder of Reiki a Buddhist?
  • If the word “Reiki” is not in the Bible, should Christians practice Reiki or receive Reiki treatments?

I will be addressing each of these questions in continuing posts.



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