Updated: Nov 30, 2019
During the many years of being a spiritual teacher I have become aware that there is an interest in energy healing and spiritual development within the Christian Community. While I understand that many people who choose to receive their Attunements from the Academy of LivingReiki Therapies will come from a variety of religious backgrounds, I want to add a section for those of you who are from a Christian background in the hope that this will alleviate any fears or worries that you might have about practicing the healing art of Reiki.
My own story is one of being brought up within a Christian family.
I was born and brought up as a Christian and was christened as a baby to the Church of England. I attended Sunday School and would regularly read the bible throughout my childhood, teenage years and into adulthood but I always felt that there was something missing, something else that was out there and waiting for me to discover. I continued to be a strong believer in the Christian faith throughout my childhood and teenage years, regularly attending church services every Sunday and prayer meetings during the week. At the age of 16 I discovered the Evangelical movement and was baptised as a Born Again Christian. I still however felt that there was something else out there that I needed to find and it was only after suffering with a debilitating illness called Agoraphobia that I discovered what I was searching for. I found Reiki. Now while I understand that there has been a lot of bad press about Reiki within the Christian community about it being evil and comes from the devil. I can promise you that Reiki never has and never will have anything to do with the Christian Devil. Reiki is not evil and it does not connect you to the energies of lower spirits and demons. While these beings do exist the information that is being portrayed by the Christian community is one of ignorance and a serious lack of information.
To put everything into simple terms, Reiki is Life and Reiki is the spiritual force that Jesus himself used. Jesus used Reiki when he performed the laying on of hands. Jesus used Reiki when he healed individuals of their sickness. Jesus used Reiki when he performed every miracle that is spoken of within the Christian Bible and many other religious texts from around the world. What we learn in Reiki and what Reiki practitioners do is no different to what Jesus did.
It was only when the founder of Reiki Mr Mikao Usui spent many months and years searching for his own connection with the divine that he was blessed with being given the sacred spiritual knowledge that we now call Reiki. This is the same knowledge that was given to Jesus and it is the same knowledge that you can also gain when you open yourself up to the world of energy healing and the spiritual awareness of your own divine right to use this energy to benefit your own spiritual and life’s path.
The following Questions and Answers have been taken from the website http://www.christianreiki.org/ and are used with full credits going to the founder of the Christian Reiki website.
Q1. How do we know that healing is appropriate for Christians to do?
In I Corinthians 14:1 Paul tell us to eagerly desire spiritual gifts. In I Corinthians 12: 28 Paul says that healing is one of the gifts. Paul also says that each of the gifts is best expressed with love. Also, Jesus is quoted in John 14:12 as saying, "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father." We know that Jesus practiced laying on hands type healing, therefore, it is scriptural for Christian to practice healing by laying on hands.
Q2. What is the best way for a Christian to practice Reiki?
Reiki provides a very wonderful way for Christians to make use of God's power. When giving or receiving Reiki Attunements or treatments, call on God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to work directly through you and do the healing for you. This can be done through prayer before Reiki sessions, Attunements or classes etc. Christians have also found praying for additional healing power from Archangel Michael, Gabriel and the other angels of God to be very effective. In this way your connection with God's love can become very powerful and act as a source of guidance, healing and love that will always be available to you.
Q3.. Why is the Reiki attunement necessary? How does it work?
The attunement is a process that turns on your healing energy. During this process God is able to connect you more strongly to his power which strengthens the healing energy coming from your hands. While everyone has some healing ability we know from experience that those who receive a Reiki attunement have noticeably stronger healing energies coming from their hands and are able to help others in a more effective way with their Reiki treatments. As a Christian it is recommended that you say a prayer at the beginning of the attunement process asking that God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit will perform the attunement through the Reiki master. Christians have found this to be a very valuable and uplifting experience that strengthens their connection to God and increases their healing ability.
Q4. How do we know that Reiki comes from God? I've heard some people say Reiki comes from Satan. How can I know the truth?
Our understanding about Satan comes from the Bible. Nowhere in the Bible do we find an instance where Satan healed someone. Satan tempts people to sin but Satan does not heal people. Furthermore, in Luke 6:44, Jesus says, "Each tree is recognized by its own fruit." Which is to say that if something is beneficial and helps people, and those results are long lasting such as the healing people receive from Reiki, then it must be good and come from God.
Q5. Is Reiki a religion?
Religions are usually involved with issues such as heaven and hell, sin and salvation etc. and have a doctrine or code that one must believe in in order to be a part of the religion. Reiki does not deal with these things. Reiki is a simple healing technique. It does not require one give up one’s religion or changes one’s religious beliefs in any way to practice it. Most Christians who practice Reiki state that Reiki brings them closer to God, to Christ and to the Holy Spirit and because it is a method of healing, it helps them fulfil their Christian calling to help others.
Q6. Is Reiki a Cult?
In order for something to be a cult, it must have certain detrimental effects on its members. A usual requirement is that they must give up their previous religious beliefs and accept the new beliefs of the group without question. In Reiki, this is not required. People are free to continue with any religious belief they have previously chosen and in fact people of all religious beliefs practice Reiki. In most cults, there is a leader to which members must follow and obey. Reiki has no leader. Practitioners can practice anyway they want and are not controlled by anyone. In addition, in most cults, members are asked to give all or most of their possessions to the group, they often live communally and contact with the outside world is discouraged. None of these conditions exist in Reiki. Reiki is religiously neutral.
Q7. I understand Reiki uses symbols. I've been told that Christians shouldn't be involved with anything that uses symbols.
Keep in mind that symbols are part of Christianity. The fish and the cross are Christian symbols. Note also that Catholics make the sign of the cross over their chests for protection and to become empowered with Christ. Symbols are used in Reiki to connect with different kinds of Reiki energy and since Reiki healing energies all come from God, the symbols are a way to connect with God. However, if a person doesn't like the idea of symbols, they are not necessary to use with Reiki as in Reiki I there are no symbols.
Q8. I've heard of Reiki practitioners speak of Guides. What's this about? I've been told that Christians should avoid contacting spirits.
The idea of Reiki guides is not actually part of the original Reiki teaching, but was added later by Western practitioners. Therefore, one doesn't have to contact a spirit guide to use Reiki as Reiki energy comes directly from God and spirit guides are not necessary. However, it is possible as a Christian to use a similar concept when practicing Reiki. Keep in mind that Jesus, Mary and other Biblical figures received help from spiritual beings in the form of angels. Angels are spiritual beings that God has created to be his messengers and it is possible for Christian Reiki practitioners to make use of their help.
God's angels can help heal and also provide guidance. It is also possible to call on God directly and especially Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to be present and provide healing energy directly from them, but sometimes God will send an angel to do this also. Remember, the entire book of Revelations was given to John by an angel - indicating the responsibility God sometimes gives to angels to act as spiritual guides.
Q9. Is Reiki wizardry or black magic
Wizardry and black magic is always used with the idea of gaining power over others or gaining some personal benefit regardless of God's will. It does not call on God but on lower powers or other lower beings to help fulfilone’s desires. Reiki does not operate in this way. It cannot be used to fulfilone’s personal desires unless they are part of God's plan. Reiki can only be used to heal and to help people and is always guided by God.
Q10. I've heard that Reiki is a Buddhist practice. Is this true?
While Mikao Usui who founded Reiki was a Buddhist, he had respect for all religions including Christianity which he had studied. At one point in his life he lived with a Christian family and had Christian friends. He did not want Reiki to be a religious practice but wanted it to be a simple healing technique that anyone could use. Because of this there are no Buddhist practices in Reiki. Reiki is religiously neutral. Reiki energy comes from God, which is understood to be the one or Universal God.
Q11. How should Christians treat others who heal in the name of Jesus, but do not have exactly the same beliefs as one’s own?
We read in the Gospel of Luke, 9: 49-50, " Master" said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because his is not one of us." "Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for you."
Q12. Is Reiki right for all Christians to practice?
As you can see from the information presented, Reiki is in alignment with the teachings of the Bible. Yet, it is not likely that that all Christians will be drawn to practice it. If you are interested in Reiki and are in the process of making a decision about receiving a Reiki treatment or attending a Reiki class, it is suggested that you pray about it and then follow the guidance that comes to you from God.