In the intricate tapestry of spirituality, where various threads of beliefs and traditions intertwine, standing at an intersection can often lead to misunderstandings and raised eyebrows. I stand at one such crossroad, holding the title of a “Christian Reiki Master,” a combination that, for some, might appear paradoxical. Yet, spirituality is a deeply personal journey, and I’ve often felt the need to explain the nuances of my beliefs to those who might find them a departure from the norm.
Some might find my spiritual perspectives broad and unconventional. Though I’ve frequently mentioned being a Christian Reiki Master in past articles, I feel the need to elaborate on what I mean by “Christian.” This is why I felt led to write this article “What I mean when I say I’m a Christian.”
I deeply resonate with several teachings of Jesus, such as the Sermon on the Mount, the promise of “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find,” and the profound wisdom of the Beatitudes.
While I hold the conviction that Jesus emanated from a Divine source and that his teachings can illuminate the path to enlightenment, I don’t assert that he’s the sole gateway. I see God as far more multifaceted than what mainstream conservative Christianity often presents. Rather than a binary view, I perceive God as a composite of multiple divine entities. The biblical reference where God proclaims, “Let US create humanity in our image,” extends beyond a mere trinity in my belief. It encompasses masculine and feminine aspects, encapsulating not just a Heavenly Father but also a nurturing Mother Earth, among other divine manifestations.
Join me on this exploration as I shed light on my non-traditional Christian beliefs, anchored by the illuminating energy of Reiki, and embark on a spiritual journey of discovery.
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The Divine’s Many Incarnations: A Continuous Guiding Force
History, from its inception, has been witness to the ebb and flow of spiritual leaders, teachers, and guides. Amidst this vast ocean of spiritual narratives, one pattern emerges consistently – the Divine’s desire to connect with us, to guide humanity towards a state of enlightenment and spiritual growth. These aren’t just tales of redemption or salvation, but rather stories of inspiration and direction, pointing us towards a higher path.
I hold a profound belief that the Divine, in its boundless love for humanity, has incarnated itself multiple times throughout history. These incarnations are not just mere manifestations, but deliberate choices made by the Divine to guide, nurture, and steer humanity towards a path of enlightenment. While many spiritual figures have walked among us, Jesus, in particular, stands out as a beacon of this Divine light.
Jesus often referred to himself as both the “Son of God” and the “Son of Man.” These titles, while sounding contradictory, shed light on his dual role. As the Son of God, he embodied the Divine spirit, bringing with him teachings and insights from a realm beyond our understanding. But as the Son of Man, he aligned himself with humanity, emphasizing his role as a teacher, a guide, someone who, despite his divine origins, sought to walk among us, relate to our struggles, and provide guidance.
Perhaps one of the most empowering teachings Jesus imparted was when he proclaimed, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.” This statement not only underscores the potential within each one of us but also highlights Jesus’ humility. In saying this, he placed himself not on a pedestal, but alongside us, hinting that we too have the capacity for greatness, for spiritual wonders, and for impacting the world in profound ways.
To me, this reinforces the idea that Jesus did not see himself as an elevated deity, far removed from our struggles, but rather as a fellow traveler on this spiritual journey, believing in our potential, cheering us on, and guiding us towards our best selves.
Echoes of Divine Teachings in Other Spiritual Leaders
Across continents and millennia, spiritual leaders have emerged, each echoing the same underlying messages of love, compassion, and the pursuit of a higher truth. Just as Jesus stood as a guiding beacon for many, figures like Buddha, Guru Nanak, Confucius, and Krishna have also provided lighthouses of wisdom for vast swaths of humanity.
The Buddha, for instance, set forth on an intensive quest for enlightenment, ultimately discovering the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. His teachings, much like Jesus’, centered on compassion, selflessness, and liberation from suffering. Buddha’s profound wisdom, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection,” resonates deeply with the teachings of Jesus, promoting self-awareness and love as foundational virtues.
Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, shared a similar message of unity and love. His teachings, imbued with the spirit of oneness of God and universal brotherhood, emphasize the potential for Divine connection within every individual. “Recognize the Lord’s light within all, and do not consider social class or status; there are no classes or castes in the world hereafter,” Guru Nanak professed, highlighting the universality of spiritual potential.
Confucius, while not divine in origin, provided a moral compass for millions with his ethical teachings. His advocacy for righteousness, propriety, and filial piety finds parallels in the universal teachings of love and respect that Jesus also championed.
Lastly, Krishna, a revered deity in Hinduism, played a role similar to that of Jesus in the Christian faith. The Bhagavad Gita, a sacred conversation between Krishna and the prince Arjuna, delves into duty, righteousness, and the path to spiritual realization. Krishna’s assertion, “Whenever there is a decline in righteousness and an increase in unrighteousness, at that time I manifest myself on earth,” draws a striking similarity to the divine incarnations’ recurring theme throughout history, as seen with Jesus and others.
These spiritual leaders, each from different backgrounds and cultures, echo a universal message: the potential for Divine connection lies within every individual, and the path to enlightenment is paved with love, compassion, and self-realization.
My Spiritual Compass: Love, Healing, and an Embrace of Diverse Teachings
As I journey through this vast and interconnected spiritual landscape, I often find myself reflecting upon the anchors that ground my beliefs. While I identify as a Christian, it’s essential to recognize that my allegiance is not tethered to a dogmatic belief in Jesus as the singular savior. Instead, it is his teachings – the profound messages of love, compassion, understanding, and selflessness – that resonate deeply within me and shape my spiritual identity.
In addition to the teachings of Jesus, the Reiki Precepts have been instrumental in molding my spiritual perspective. These Precepts, which emphasize gratitude, integrity, humility, and compassion, offer an eloquent blueprint for leading a life infused with love and positivity. By abiding by principles such as “Just for today, I will not be angry” and “Just for today, I will be grateful,” I find myself constantly striving towards personal growth, aiming to become a beacon of love and healing in an increasingly divided world.
Moreover, I do not confine myself to the boundaries of a single faith system. In every religious tradition, in every spiritual teaching, there are pearls of wisdom that, when woven together, create a rich tapestry of guidance for humanity. Whether it’s the Sufi poets’ rhapsodies about Divine love, the tranquility championed by Taoism, or the interconnectedness celebrated in indigenous beliefs, I find truth and inspiration.
Ultimately, my spiritual journey is one of unity. In a world where divisive voices often drown out the harmonious ones, I’ve chosen to stand as an advocate for love and healing. It is not about evangelizing one path as superior to another but celebrating the shared values, the collective wisdom, and the universal messages that unite us all. For in the heart of every true spiritual teaching, there lies a call to love more deeply, act more compassionately, and to bridge the divides that separate us.
Quotes from Teachers: Universal Wisdom Across Eras and Beliefs
The tapestry of spiritual teachings is rich and varied, with wisdom spanning cultures, eras, and belief systems. These quotes, from renowned spiritual teachers, illuminate the shared themes of love, compassion, and enlightenment that are at the heart of my beliefs:
- Jesus Christ:
- “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34
- “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” – Matthew 5:9
- “Radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity.”
- “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
- “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”
- “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
- Guru Nanak:
- “God is one, but he has innumerable forms. He is the creator of all and He himself takes the human form.”
- “Burn worldly love, rub the ashes and make ink of it, make the heart the pen, the intellect the writer, write that which has no end or limit.”
- “Whenever there is a decline in righteousness and an increase in unrighteousness, at that time I manifest myself on earth.” – Bhagavad Gita
- “Change is the law of the world. In a moment you become the owner of millions, and in the other, you become penniless.”
- “It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.”
- “To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”
These quotes serve as a testament to the universality of spiritual wisdom. Though articulated in different ways and in varied contexts, the core message remains consistent: a call to embrace love, seek truth, and live with compassion.
Reiki: A Divine Gift and a Guiding Light
Reiki has been a transformative force in my life, and I believe it is nothing short of a Divine gift. While many view Reiki as an energy healing technique, to me, it represents so much more. As I have mentioned in previous writings, I strongly resonate with the notion that Reiki and the Spiritual Gift of Laying on of Hands, as mentioned in sacred scriptures, are two sides of the same coin. Both are profound demonstrations of the Universe’s love and healing powers, channels through which Divine energy flows, rejuvenates, and restores.
In moments of profound grief and uncertainty following the loss of my wife to cancer, I found myself at the crossroads of faith and despair. With a heart heavy with sorrow, I sought out God, yearning for a sign, a glimpse, a touch of the Divine essence. I remember praying fervently, hoping that God would unveil Himself in a manner that would comfort my grieving soul.
The night I stumbled upon the profound energy of Reiki was nothing short of miraculous. The warmth, the peace, the sheer magnitude of the energy I felt was unlike anything I’d experienced before. It was an awakening, a clear message from the Universe. To me, it wasn’t just an introduction to an ancient healing technique; it was God answering my pleas, showing me a path filled with love and healing. This moment marked the commencement of a grand voyage of discovery that reshaped my spiritual perspectives and deepened my understanding of the Divine.
Through this spiritual metamorphosis, my perception of the Divine has expanded and evolved. No longer confined to a singular image or a monolithic entity, I now perceive the Divine as a vast collective of benevolent beings. From deities to angels, from revered ancestors to guiding spirits, this spiritual assembly watches over us, guides us, and envelops us with love and care. Their primary message remains consistent throughout time and space: to spread love, to heal wounds, and to lead with compassion.
This journey has taught me that in moments of profound darkness, when the weight of grief seems unbearable, the Universe, in its myriad ways, reaches out, offering a hand, shedding light, and guiding us toward love and healing.
Embracing a Broader Vision of Faith
In sharing my spiritual journey, my intention is not to challenge or belittle anyone’s deeply held beliefs. Every individual’s connection to the Divine, or the Universe, is deeply personal, rich, and unique. The path I’ve tread has led me to broader horizons, and in sharing my experiences and perspectives, my hope is to illuminate another facet of the infinite ways we can perceive and connect with the Divine.
Growing up, the church was my foundation, the cornerstone upon which my early beliefs were built. The title “Christian” was not just a religious identifier but a part of my identity. As I delved deeper into the world of spirituality, while certain traditional doctrines no longer resonated with me, the core teachings of Jesus—of love, compassion, and unity—still held profound significance. And it’s for these teachings, this legacy of love and understanding, that I still embrace the title of Christian.
My evolving understanding of “God” is expansive. I believe that God, in all their manifestations and representations, has always had an unyielding love for humanity and the magnificent Earth they crafted. Across the vast tapestry of history, they’ve dispatched Divine envoys, from prophets to sages, from spiritual leaders to enlightened beings, each carrying a message of love, hope, and guidance tailored for their era.
- Respect for All Paths: Everyone’s journey to the Divine is unique. Every path, every belief system, is a testament to humanity’s yearning to understand the cosmos and our place within it.
- The Universal Message of Love: Whether through Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, or any other spiritual leader, the essence of most teachings converges on love, compassion, and understanding.
- Courage to Seek and Discover: The road to spiritual discovery can be winding, with its fair share of challenges. Yet, with an open heart and a seeker’s spirit, one can uncover profound truths and connections.
- The Ever-Present Divine: No matter the name, form, or belief system, the Divine’s love and guidance have been a constant, reaching out to humanity, hoping to lead us towards unity, love, and enlightenment.
To my fellow seekers, believers, and everyone in between, let us celebrate our shared journey, our collective yearning for the Divine, and the beautiful tapestry of beliefs that enrich our world.