"I love explaining Reiki to Christians. I feel the Holy Spirit speaking through me, advocating unity among the people of God."
There is a Reiki Scare
There is a Reiki Scare and this is true. The scare is like a campaign from people who do not understand. It is a campaign from people who love God and want the flocks to be safe against occult or what they call devil attacks.
I fully understand those people who launch this Reiki Scare Campaign. I fully understand that they just do not know what Reiki is.
The Answer to USCCB On The Allegations About Reiki
I love when people search on the net about Reiki and and come back to me with a question on USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) statement against Reiki. This gives me an opportunity to explain Reiki and the need for understanding and healing a segment of our Catholic Church.
There are three key points that the USCCB had emphasized on their statement against Reiki. First, Reiki is a healing by natural means not by Divine Grace. Second, Reiki lacks scientific credibility and third, Catholics will fall into danger with the integration of Reiki to Catholic practices. With the love of God, this Divine Love within my heart, let us understand:
1. Reiki is a healing by Divine Grace not only by natural means
Reiki is not a religion, but it is a spiritual healing in nature. Connecting to Divine God is a must in order to channel the healing energy of Reiki. Otherwise, one will use one's own personal energy, thereby depleting one's body after the healing. The real healer, as we were taught, is the Divine God and He works with the faith and willingness of the healee. The Reiki practitioner is also a channel or conduit of the Divine God to facilitate the healing.
Reiki is not a religion and it is for the practitioner to integrate one's own religious or spiritual practice to do Reiki. When I teach Reiki to students from from different religions (Buddhism, Islam, Catholics, Christians, etc.), I encourage them to call the Divine Guidance in the way they know. For my own practice, I ask God to send the Holy Spirit. I also call Mother Mary, my angels and all my favorite Saints and to name a few -- Fr. Pio, St. Francis of Asisi, St. Hildegard, and St. Benedict.
If to practice Reiki is to call the Divine God through the personal expression of the practitioner, how can this be without Divine Grace? God is merciful to bless those who call for help and guidance.
Does the USCCB mean that this Divine Grace is only bestowed to Catholics? I don't think this is the real teaching of Catholicism which from the root word of katholikos means universal.
Let us compare the concept of healing Reiki and the concept of healing by Divine Grace defined by USCCB:
Calls the Divine God or the Spiritual energy for healing.
Is a healing through Spiritual Energy: Rei means spiritual and ki mean energy.
Reiki is complementary to all forms medicine and healing.
Healing by Divine Grace
Invocation of the name of the Lord Jesus, asking for healing through the power of the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit whether in the form of the sacramental laying of hands and annointing with oil or
prayers for healing.
Recognizes the other healing through natural means.
I don't see the difference. The only difference will depend on the spiritual or religious practice of the Reiki practitioner. However, if the practitioner is a devout Catholic or Christian, the Reiki Healing will be through the Holy Spirit and will be invoked in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. Reiki Healing is supported with Scientific Credibility
Reiki is a healing technique that falls under energy medicine. Energy medicine has been studied over the century. Brenda Brennan a former NASA physicist has studied energy medicine and founded the Brenda Brennan School of Energy Medicine in Florida.
Energy medicine is now called bio-field Therapy. There is a new understanding of science now which goes beyond the physical matter. Western Medicine is not the only medicine in the world. The USCCB must have not been updated since the old Newtonian Science into the new science of quantum, noetic sciences, or electro-magnetic field. I can understand this because it is a reality that sometimes some parts of the Catholic church are late to catch up with new "real" science. It is common knowledge that in the 16th-17th century the Catholic church persecuted scientists who formed theories contradictory to the teaching of the Church. Nicholas Copernicus (tagged as sinner) and Galileo Galilei (tried for inquisition) were two scientists who declared that the earth revolved around the sun, a theory known now to be true. Both of them were banned by the Catholic Church, yet now, these scientest were proven right.
I copied here some of the answers from the International Center for Reiki Training on the allegation of USCCB that Reiki is not scientific.
The CIRT stated the following:
- Dr. Oschman had studied and researched and discovered several important scientific studies that point to a scientific basis for energy medicine based on the laws of physics and biology. Among his discoveries are: 1) There is an electrical current that run through every part of the human body. These currents are present in the nervous system, organs, and cells of the body; 2) The fields around each of the organs pulse at different frequencies and stay within a specific frequency range when they are healthy, but move out of this range when they are unhealthy. ; 3) The hands of healers produce pulsing electromagnetic fields when they are in the process of healing, whereas the hands of non-healers do not produce these fields. When a healer places his or her hands on or near a person in need of healing, the electromagnetic Field of the healer’s hands sweeps through a range of frequencies based on the need of the part of the body being treated.
- Many medical professionals, hospitals, and health care facilities recognize its benefits and accept it as an adjunct therapy. In Holistic Nursing, A Handbook for Practice, Chapter 2 “Scope and Standards of Practice,” the American Holistic Nursing Association lists Reiki as an accepted form of treatment. According to the American Hospital Association, in 2007 Reiki was offered as a standard part of patient care in 15% or over 800 hospitals across the US. Dr. Mehmet OZ, one of the most respected cardiovascular surgeons in the US uses Reiki during open-heart surgeries and heart transplants.
Anyone who does not believe in the science of energy medicine is living in the old world view. It has been a known fact that beyond the smallest particle of matter is an empty space - energy.
3. No one will fall into a danger with the integration of Reiki to Catholic Practices
If God is called into any action with the purity of the heart, no one can be in danger. To do a pure Catholic practice is not a ticket that one will not be in danger. It is not specified by the USCCB the danger that a Catholic can face through practicing Reiki. However, I will surmise that the 'danger' presumed might be one's involvement with the occult or the result of some demonic or sinful act.
The key to remaining in the safety of God lies in the purity of the heart of the believer. We have seen how many Catholic priests fall into grave sins which can be seen as the work of the devil. The danger lies not on the integration of Reiki into Catholic practice but on failing to understand on how God works in each one of us and how we are adversely affected by assuming the false ego.
Reiki is represented through the Holy Spirit in the Catholic faith. How can one be in danger under Divine Providence?
We cannot use our own personal energy during healing. We are just a channel of the healing
energy coming from the Divine.
We can only channel the healing energy if we allow God to use us as a channel.
We continue to heal ourselves to be a good channel for healing energy. We also follow the Five
Reiki Principles as a guide for living. (Just For Today, I will not be angry. Just For Today, I will
not worry. Just for Today, I will work hard. Just For Today, I will be grateful. Just For Today,
I will be kind to others.)
Healing By Divine Grace
Whereas the gifts of the Spirit are received spontaneously by an act of faith; the fruits of the
Spirit are produced overtime through abiding or persevering faith. (Luke 8:15)
The Holy Spirit manifests in Reiki
It is understandable that conservative Christians will not agree to call Reiki, the Holy Spirit. "Anything that heals and brings people closer to God, cannot be the work of an evil."
However, it cannot be denied that the Holy Spirit manifests in the Reiki practices as seen from all documented results of Reiki healing and the lives of the practitioners. When one says that the devil is cunning and he can also heal, this is a misunderstanding. Only God and good can heal, as healing is not only about the physical body but also the spiritual, which means connecting to God. The devil does not connect us to God. As I always say,
There will come a time when Reiki will be understood by many Christians just like as the Catholic Church has now accepted the scientific evidence of those who have been ex-communicated by the church for science. St. Joan of Ark was judged and burned as a witch before redeeming her as a saint and patron of French Revolution. Persecution also happens within the church. However, God is a living God. God will continue to work through the Holy Spirit to spread the light to those who are ready to receive.
God is a universal God.
God manifests in love and service.Reiki is love and service.
I am a Reiki Teacher.
I am a Christian.
Love and Lights,
photo credits from google photos;
ref: Center for International Reiki Training