Reiki healing has been emergent in the historic times. It has been used to improve the flow of energy and remove blockages from the bodies of the patients. The healer lays his or her hand on the patient to pass on the universal life force energy through his or her palm.
We do not associate reiki with any cult or religion even though its founder, Mikao Usui, is a Japanese Buddhist. Usui had high respect for all faiths, and he wanted Reiki to be a spiritual healing technique that helps everyone.
The concept and method of Reiki do not require one to give up his or her faith to practice or receive healing. Even some Christians who had Reiki experience or tried to practice healing say that the method brings them closer to God.
However, some Christians believe that Reiki is in contrast with what is being taught in Christianity. They say the method encourages people to have faith in their own being and that you can take matters into your own hands. It is a New Age belief that has become popular as people search for the true meaning of spirituality.
We have different beliefs, opinions, and interpretations, so it is better to understand and consider all aspects. In this article, you will learn how Christians perceive this healing method and what the bible says about Reiki. You will gain knowledge on why there are still many Christians interested in practicing Reiki despite conflicting beliefs.
Reiki from the Christian perspective
In the narrative from the Book of Genesis, God created the first man and woman (Adam and Eve), placed them in the Garden of Eden, and forbade them to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge. Adam and Eve were disobedient and ate the fruit after the serpent tempted them to do so. When they ate the fruit, they felt ashamed of their nakedness and because of that, God banished them from the garden.
This narrative from the first book of the Hebrew Bible reflects the fall of man and how humankind desires to be independent of God. Christians believe that Reiki encourages the same thing, basing it on the faith that they put in their own being and that they can synchronize our bodies with the life force energy and the universe.
In Reiki and energy healing, there was no recognition of the one true God. Some believe that the persons who practice this healing method made themselves their own God. It is a form of worship as one puts his or her full trust to his or her own self and the cosmic symbols for self-healing.
From the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament, the bible tells people that they have to come to Him (Jesus) for healing. “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” For Christians, God is the source of life and the One who came to heal.
Why Christians practice Reiki
Despite the conflicting opinions about Reiki, some Christians find that the healing method brings them closer to God. They believe that it is a gift of the Holy Spirit that lets them be compassionate and help others. They believe that the Reiki method of laying on hands is like what Jesus Christ has practiced as stated in the Holy Bible.
Some Christians have confidence in Reiki as a spiritual gift of healing. They trust that through Reiki, they follow the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ healing the sick as described in the bible. They view laying on of hands as spiritual guidance and something that Christians should develop.
Christians’ approach to Reiki
Christians who view Reiki as a gift from the Holy Spirit believe that the healing technique helps them build a close relationship with God. They feel the divine energy that flows within their body, which helps them with healing.
Although some perceive Reiki as a non-Christian custom, some Christians are still practicing it and even teaching it to others. Below are some aspects that Christian Reiki healers take into consideration when performing the healing method.
Starting with a prayer
Saying a prayer is one of the strong foundations of Christianity, as it said to deepen one’s faith. People find it a personal way of connecting to God. The Lord’s Prayer was Jesus Christ’s well-known public address at the Sermon of the Mount, and with this, He represented a way of praising God and submission to God’s will.
It is also part of the Christian teachings to say a prayer, all the time, on all occasions. Hence, it is no surprise that a Christian who practices Reiki would begin the healing process by saying a brief prayer.
Practicing Reiki regardless of religion
Some Christians may practice Reiki, but they are open to the idea that the said healing method is not exclusive to Christians alone, nor they associate it with any religion. It is a gift to anyone willing to learn and receive attunements for him or her to heal others.
Reiki attunement is a process where an apprentice receives the healing energy from his or her Reiki master. It is a ritual that activates and awakens a student’s natural energy healing ability.
Getting divine guidance
Some Christians believe that they may be the ones performing Reiki, but they are only channeling the divine energy from God. They help provide comfort and ease someone else’s pain, but they don’t take the credit. For them, Reiki allows them to seek spiritual guidance from the Divine.
We are in no position to judge people who commit and pursue Reiki healing as a profession. Believers of Reiki and the energy healing practice have their own beliefs and spiritual purpose in life. While it’s true that we see things based on our own religious beliefs and cultural influences, we also have to consider that others may have a different point of view on things.
Now we know Reiki from the point of view of Christians and how Christians perceive energy healing. We can use this knowledge to understand why some oppose Reiki. The one who wants to practice healing has every right to decide his or her own course.