As a Reiki Master and practicing Christian, I often come across misconceptions and misinformation about Reiki.
Because of this misinformation about Reiki, people can get scared about the practice. They will feel led to ask questions like, Is Reiki evil? Is Reiki witchcraft? Is Reiki from Satan? Is Reiki Demonic? Or Is Reiki against Christianity?
In this article, I want to dispel some of the myths and shed light on the truth about Reiki, from the perspective of someone who practices Reiki while also embracing Christian faith.
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What is Reiki
Reiki is a form of energy healing that originated in Japan in the early 20th century. It is based on the belief that there is a universal life force energy that flows through all living beings, and that this energy can be harnessed and channeled by a practitioner to facilitate healing on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Reiki is not a religion, and it does not require any specific belief system or religious affiliation. It is a holistic and complementary therapy that can be practiced alongside any faith or spiritual path, including Christianity.
Is Reiki Demonic
One common misconception about Reiki is that it is associated with Satan or evil forces.
In Matthew 12:22-30, Jesus was accused by some Pharisees (religious leaders of his day) of using demonic powers to cast out demons. Jesus responded by explaining that Satan would not cast out Satan, as that would be against his own interests. Jesus said, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined… If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand” He went on to say “If I drive out demons by Beelzebub (the prince of demons), by whom do your people drive them out?”
Isn’t it interesting that Jesus himself was accused by religious leaders of embracing Satan? That any healing he was performing was done so by a demonic power.
Anyone who is familiar with the Bible will tell you that Satan is not attributed with any acts of healing or miracles that benefited people. What the Bible does say about Satan is that he “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking who ever he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Reiki, on the other hand, is based on the principles of love, compassion, and healing. It does not involve any invocation or worship of evil forces. Reiki practitioners believe in harnessing the universal life force energy for the highest good of the recipient and do not engage in any form of harmful or negative practices. The notion that Reiki is of Satan is a misunderstanding of the core principles and practices of Reiki.
Another section of scripture that I really love on this topic is Mark 9:38-41. In this section of scripture Jesus’s followers see a man driving out demons and tell him to stop because he was not one of them (a known follower of Jesus). Jesus tells his followers, “Do not stop him, For no one who does miracles in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.”
I really believe that what Jesus is telling his followers here is that if someone is doing good for the benefit of others they are doing Gods work.
Is Reiki Witchcraft
Another misconception about Reiki is that it is related to witchcraft or occult practices. This belief is often based on a misunderstanding of the nature of Reiki and its techniques.
Reiki is a non-invasive and gentle form of energy healing that involves the laying on of hands or the channeling of energy by a practitioner to facilitate healing in the recipient. It does not involve any spells, incantations, or rituals, and it does not invoke any deities or supernatural beings. Reiki is a natural and simple technique that can be learned and practiced by anyone, regardless of their religious or spiritual beliefs.
Witchcraft, on the other hand, is a complex and diverse set of practices that may involve the worship or invocation of deities, the use of spells or rituals, and the manipulation of energies for various purposes. Reiki does not involve any of these practices and is not associated with witchcraft or occultism.
It is important to differentiate between Reiki and witchcraft based on their principles, techniques, and practices.
Is Reiki Evil
Reiki is based on the principle of unconditional love and compassion. The primary intention of a Reiki practitioner is to facilitate healing and well-being in the recipient by channeling the “universal life force energy”. Reiki practitioners do not have any harmful or negative intentions towards the recipient, and the energy used in Reiki is believed to be inherently positive and healing in nature. They also believe this energy is of Divine origin.
This may lead you to ask if I personally believe that the energy Reiki practitioners channel for healing is the same energy that the Holy Spirit uses for healing? The answer is Yes, I do believe this energy is one and the same.
Furthermore, Reiki is guided by a set of ethical principles known as the Reiki precepts or the Five Reiki Principles, which include statements such as “Just for today, do not anger,” “Just for today, do not worry,” and “Just for today, be grateful,” among others. These principles emphasize the importance of mindfulness, compassion, and self-improvement in the practice of Reiki. The ethical guidelines of Reiki promote positive intentions and actions, and do not involve any form of evil or malevolent practices.
It is also worth noting that Reiki practitioners do not claim to have supernatural powers or abilities. They believe they are a conduit through which healing energy flows. They do not see themselves as superior or more powerful than others, and they do not engage in any form of manipulation or control over others. Reiki is a holistic and complementary therapy that aims to support the natural healing abilities of the recipient.
Laying on of Hands
The laying on of hands is a practice that has been used in various religious and spiritual traditions throughout history as a form of healing and blessing. In Christianity, the laying on of hands is mentioned in the Bible as a spiritual gift and was practiced by Jesus and his disciples.
In the New Testament of the Bible, there are several instances where Jesus and his disciples laid their hands on people for healing or blessing. For example, in Mark 1:40-42, Jesus healed a leper by laying his hands on him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” In Acts 8:17, the disciples of Jesus laid their hands on the new believers to receive the Holy Spirit. The laying on of hands was also used as a way to impart blessings or commissioning, as seen in Acts 13:3, where the leaders of the church in Antioch laid their hands on Paul and Barnabas before sending them on a mission.
The laying on of hands in Reiki is similar in principle, as it involves the channeling of energy through the hands of the practitioner to the recipient for healing and well-being. However, in Reiki, the energy used is believed to be universal life force energy, rather than specifically tied to any religious or spiritual beliefs.
It is also worth mentioning that the gift of being able to channel the healing energy of Reiki is passed from Reiki Master to new practitioner through an attunement ceremony. This ceremony involves laying on of hands and is very similar to how the disciples passed the gift of the Holy Spirit on to new believers.
Reiki is All About Love and Healing
At the heart of Reiki practice is the belief that love and healing are fundamental aspects of our existence as human beings. Reiki is based on the principle of unconditional love, and the intention of a Reiki practitioner is to facilitate healing and well-being in the recipient through the channeling of this universal life force energy.
The practice of Reiki involves various techniques such as hand placements, energy scanning, and distance healing, which are all aimed at balancing and harmonizing the energy system of the recipient. The belief is that when the energy system is balanced and flowing freely, it promotes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing.
Reiki practitioners also believe that healing is a holistic process that involves addressing the root causes of illness or imbalance, which may include unresolved emotions, past traumas, negative thought patterns, and blockages in the energy system. Through the use of Reiki, practitioners aim to facilitate the release and healing of these underlying issues, promoting a state of wholeness and well-being.
The emphasis on love, healing, and holistic well-being in Reiki is in alignment with the teachings of many spiritual and religious traditions, including Christianity. The message of love, compassion, and healing is central to the teachings of Jesus in the Bible. Reiki practitioners see their practice as a way to align with these principles and promote healing in the same spirit.
Spirit Guides in Reiki and the Bible
One aspect of Reiki that is sometimes misunderstood or misinterpreted from a religious perspective is the concept of spirit guides. In Reiki, it is believed that practitioners can work with spiritual guides, who are seen as higher-dimensional beings or enlightened entities that offer guidance and assistance during a Reiki session.
Spirit guides are often described as benevolent, loving, and wise beings who are dedicated to assisting humans on their spiritual journey. They are believed to provide guidance, insights, and support to Reiki practitioners and recipients, helping to facilitate the healing process and promote spiritual growth.
However, some individuals from a religious background may view the concept of spirit guides as incompatible with their faith, as it may seem to involve communication with entities other than God or angels as mentioned in Christian teachings. It is important to understand that the concept of spirit guides in Reiki is not the same as the worship or invocation of deities or entities separate from God.
In Christianity, there are references to angels as messengers and helpers of God, who can offer guidance and assistance to humans. For example, in the Bible, there are instances where angels appeared to provide guidance or protection to individuals, such as the angel that appeared to Mary to announce the birth of Jesus (Luke 1:26-38) or the angel that appeared to Joseph in a dream to instruct him (Matthew 1:18-25). These angels are seen as messengers of God, who act in alignment with God’s will.
Similarly, Reiki practitioners view spirit guides as entities that work in alignment with the divine or universal energy, and their role is seen as supportive and benevolent. They are not seen as separate from the Divine, but rather as instruments of the Divine’s healing and guidance. Reiki practitioners do not worship or invoke spirit guides, but rather work with them in a respectful and cooperative manner, seeking their assistance for the highest good of the recipient.
It is important to note that Reiki practice encourages practitioners to use discernment and follow their own inner guidance when working with spirit guides or any other aspect of the practice. The intention is always focused on promoting healing, well-being, and alignment with the divine, and practitioners are encouraged to approach the concept of spirit guides with an open heart and discerning mind.
From the view point of a Reiki Master who is also a Christian, Reiki can be seen as a complementary approach to healing and well-being that aligns with the principles of love, compassion, and holistic healing found in Christianity.
Is Reiki a religion? No, and it does not involve worshiping or invoking any deities or entities. It is a form of energy healing that is based on the principles of balancing and harmonizing the body’s energy system to promote healing on multiple levels.
While there may be concerns or misconceptions about Reiki from a religious perspective, it is important to approach the topic with an open mind and discernment. As with any practice or modality, it is essential to understand its core principles, values, and techniques before making judgments or forming opinions. It is also crucial to recognize that overly zealous condemnation of new practices or beliefs, without proper understanding or investigation, may lead to misunderstandings, fear-mongering, and unnecessary division.
Jesus was accused of casting out spirits with the power of Beelzebub, as mentioned in the verses in Matthew Chapter 12. However, Jesus refuted these accusations and emphasized that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. He also taught the importance of discernment and understanding the true nature of actions and intentions.
Is Reiki Demonic? Reiki is not evil, or a satanic practice. It is a holistic approach to healing and well-being that is based on love, compassion, and the alignment with the divine or universal energy. It is a practice that focuses on promoting healing, relaxation, and balance in the body, mind, and spirit.
It is also important to highlight that Reiki is not a substitute for one’s faith or religious practices. Reiki does not require any specific religious beliefs or rituals, and individuals of all faiths or belief systems can practice and receive Reiki. Reiki practitioners respect the individual’s faith and beliefs and do not impose any religious perspectives or practices during a session. It is a practice that promotes inclusivity, tolerance, and respect for diversity.