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Should I confess Reiki… again?

May 9, 2009

I went to confession and confessed getting receiving reiki treatments, and the priest told me it was not a sin, as it was offered at parishes in our diocese. Now, however, I've read that the Church has condemned reiki. Do I need to re-confess? –Mary

The priest who told you that should be disciplined by the Bishop for leading his flock astray. I am very weary of priests and others who assert their disobedient or ignorant views and thereby harm the faithful.

As for your confession, I do not think you need to re-confess. You confessed it and the priest absolved you. His ignorant opinions do not affect the validity of the Sacrament. -Bro. Ignatius Mary OMSM
Parish priest promoting Enneagrams and Reiki

May 31, 2009

Our Parish Priest has teaching the Enneagram, using Reiki on unsuspecting parishioners and promoting the book "The Shack", even doing a homily on Christmas Day re: "The Shack".

Recently he was challenged regarding the teaching of the Enneagram and seems to be upset with those who have challenged him.

Some of the parishioners have been saying the Saint Michael prayer immediately following the mass. This has been challenged by this priest. He states that he must be out of the immediate area of the church and in the vestibule before the prayer of St. Michael can be said. He stated that it not fair to other parishioners and the children of the school who may be attending the mass and that they are being "trapped". This sounds to me that he almost has a fear of the prayer.

Please comment on this issue. I am praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for him and a woman parishioner that seems to be helping him promote this New Age stuff. I am also trying to get the Vatican Document out to as many as I can titled "Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life" which I found on your website. –Jeannie

I am saddened to hear about this. There are so many priests trapped by their pride and ego, which is the cause of these sorts of things.

I would send the priest a business-like letter that expresses your concerns, co-signed by others with the same concerns, if possible, that includes a copy of the Vatican document. If this does not resolve the situation then it is time to write the Bishop, also co-signed by others who are concerned.

In the letter to the bishop report your steps to resolve this and the priest's responses to those efforts. This includes copies of any correspondence sent to the priest or the priest sent to you. Any verbal communications should be summarized as accurately and factually as possible. The letter to the Bishop should be in a business-like and professional manner expressing the concerns of yourself and the others. Keep to facts and the facts of the priest's response to your concerns. Do not speculate on the priest's motivations, or characterize anything. Stick with objective facts and concerns.

Canon Law gives you the right to express your concerns about matters such as this:

Canon 212.1 Christ's faithful, conscious of their own responsibility, are bound to show Christian obedience to what the sacred Pastors, who represent Christ, declare as teachers of the faith and prescribe as rulers of the Church.

.2 Christ's faithful are at liberty to make known their needs, especially their spiritual needs, and their wishes to the Pastors of the Church.

.3 They have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ's faithful, but in doing so they must always respect the integrity of faith and morals, show due reverence to the Pastors and take into account both the common good and the dignity of individuals. -Bro. Ignatius Mary OMSM

August 10, 2010

When my Mom was unconscious in the hospital for many days and weeks, one of my daughters told me a teacher from the high school or a former teacher from the high school would do Reiki on patients. I thought it was a good idea, and he did Reiki on my mother who was around 80 years old, she has since passed away. Did we sin by doing this? Did we introduce the demonic into her body? I had no idea that Reiki was evil until I read from your website. If somebody has no idea, does the possession still happen and is the person still damned for eternity? –Wanda

Reiki is a serious and dangerous activity. It can, and often does, lead to demonization. To ask a Reiki person to come in and perform this on one's mother is, I believe, a sin. It is a spiritual assault and battery. You need to bring this to Confession and in addition, renounce this activity (see our Spiritual Warfare Prayer Catalog linked below).

It is important for you to confess this sin and to further renounce it since your requesting Reiki to be done on your mother can open the door for demonic harassment upon you and your family. One cannot open the door for the devil without getting burned in some way great or small.

I have no idea whether or not your mother may have been harassed by demons as a result of this before she died. But, your mother is with the Lord now, thus whatever effects caused by this Reiki are passed.

Reiki does not automatically cause possession. It mostly causes a lower levels of demonization, but often levels that are difficult to remove.

As to a person's eternal destiny: Whether or not a person is demonized, or even fully possessed, has no direct bearing upon a person's eternal soul. The devil cannot possess the soul. A possessed person can be in a State of Grace and thus go to heaven when he dies regardless of the possession.

As for a person "in their innocence" doing something like Reiki, the devil does not care. He can still attack. Innocent people are attacked all the time. A person innocently sticking their finger in a light socket because they are ignorant of the consequences will still get an electrical shock.

But, Wanda, you are not completely innocent. Reiki is bad news on its face and every Christian ought to inherently know that. All validly baptized people have within them the Holy Spirit. If we will listen to the Holy Spirit we will not find ourselves in such messes. If we know our faith we can avoid much heart-break.  We cannot have that "gut" feeling that something is wrong if our minds are not informed by the Faith, and/or our spirit is not listening to the still small voice of our Lord warning us to stay away from certain things.

In any event, you know now. You need to inform your children. -Bro. Ignatius Mary OMSM

May 1, 2011

I babysat my fiancés nephew last night and he woke up in the middle of the night screaming as if someone was hurting him. We went into the room and he was standing up banging on the walls. When my fiancé went to pick him up the boy started hitting him. Once he was picked up he put his head down on my fiancé and stopped screaming, he then lifted his head up and looked straight into my fiancés eyes and started laughing. He could not wake him up, but once he put his head back down we put him back into bed. The boy did this two more times but I picked him up instead the next times and I am very devout Catholic might I add. When I picked him up he woke up and said he had a bad dream but wouldn’t tell me what it was. He was too afraid to back to bed so we had him in our bed until he fell asleep and put him back. My daughter was sleeping in the same room as him and never woke up once while this was happening (maybe the guardian angels protected her and helped her stay asleep?)

I found out today when we went over to my fiancés moms house that she had given an over the phone Reiki healing to the little boys mom the night before. When I brought my worries up with my fiancé he told me he didn’t care and that it was his mom! He started saying that I was saying his mom was evil when all I was doing was explaining to him the evils of reiki.

I’m worried that if I leave my children with his mother one day she might do a reiki blessing as she tried to give me and my daughter one today. I stayed away from their house when she gave the boy’s mom another reiki blessing today. I don’t know what to do about this. I love my fiancé but I’m worried that it might be dangerous for my daughter and I to stay with him. Also, this little boy use to have night terrors but hasn’t had one in almost two years and never laughed when he did this and was always able to be woken up during the night terror. What should I do about my fiancé and his mother? His sister is also becoming very much into this and this is very scary for me. Could this boy have acted this way because of reiki? It seemed as if he was possessed when he started laughing the way he did. -Serenna

Well, in my opinion you have only one choice -- call off the wedding and break up with this guy.


If you marry him you will be inheriting a heap of trouble--from him and from his family. You have already witnessed the demonic influences upon this poor child you babysat due to Reiki. The mother's bondage with the devil through Reiki and your fiancé not caring about it means that he is ineligible for marriage.

To put this bluntly, you will be a fool to stay with him and you will be placing your children in danger. Your fiancé’s family is obvious steeped in bondage. If you wish to avoid that bondage yourself and avoid risking your children you must leave this man and never see him or his family again.

Your "feeling" of love must be overridden by your duty and obligation given to your by God to protect your children, and yourself. God says true love rejoices in righteousness. There is nothing righteous (right) about this situation.

You have to make the decision and you have to live with the decision you make. But, this is my advice. We will be in prayer for you and your children, and the fiancé (hopefully soon to be "ex) and his family.

November 8, 2012

I found your site giving a testimony about a demonic attack in connection with reiki. I was attacked by Satan but in my fighting I found Jesus and he saved my soul. I was mentally ill afterwards but by the grace of the Lord healed and am set free again. I live without any anti-psychotics again since more than 2 years without relapse, the doctors are very surprised. God gave me a new life and love. I have a very strong faith now. I am happily married since one year for the first time.

Now my question. I bought during my possession a cross on a chain as protection. I still have it. Should I throw it away because it was on me at the time during the attack or can i keep it? -Alexandra

I truly praise God for your remarkable story of your deliverance and healing.

As for the Cross, if that particular Cross is a trigger for you, that is, if it constantly reminds you of your affliction or you feel an evil attachment on it, then bless the Cross with Holy Water and bury it in the ground. We have instructions on how to do this. Otherwise, have a priest bless it and it should be okay. A priestly blessing should cleanse the Cross of anything. -Bro. Ignatius Mary OMSM

How can I protect my granddaughters from Reiki?

April 14, 2013

I have a three year old and one year old grand daughters. The paternal grandmother practices Reiki and my daughter has asked that she refrain from doing Reiki on these little innocents. This woman does not respect our faith, and we are fearful that when she has visits with them, she "blesses" them and does other occult practices on them. Just the other day she took the three year old to a children's play, and my grand daughter came home with a necklace (string with heart shaped "rock" that this woman gave to her), that my daughter and I immediately had a very bad feeling about. I believe God broke it, because less than five minutes later the heart rock was detached from the knotted string, without any cause: the hook was not broken and the string was still solidly knotted right in front of our eyes. We threw it away when the little one wasn't looking. I wanted to bless her with holy water, but my daughter thought that would be crazy. The next morning, the little one was playing when all of a sudden she threw up for no reason. No fever, no illness, no reason, then after we cleaned up the mess, she continued playing.
I am afraid it might be related to some occult practice that this demonic woman may have done. My daughter then let me bless the little one with holy water.
How do we protect our little grand daughters/daughters from any occult practice that may be done on them by this woman? We cannot keep her away from them unfortunately. I am very concerned as is my daughter. Also when the one year old was born, we allowed her into the birthing room and we found out later, from her, that she "blessed" this little one with Reiki. A few days later we had our Priest bless the baby. –Mary

I am sorry to hear about this. What needs to be done is clear. This paternal grandmother needs to be totally shunned and banned from the family. No contact with the children at all — no presents from the paternal grandmother, no contact of any kind even over the phone, no visits to her house and no visits to the children's house, no visits in some neutral location. A total shun.

You state that it is not possible to keep the kids from this grandmother. Why is that? Is there a court-ordered visitation given to the grandmother?

If the husband is not willing to shun his mother, then he needs to consider this — would he shun his mother if his mother was sexually molesting his kids? Well, Reiki is about the most dangerous and demonic activity one can do. The effects of this grandmother doing Reiki on these children is raping the children's spirit and psychology. It is worse than sexual molesting.

This is not an exaggeration. These children are being abused by the grandmother in ways that are about 100 times more serious and devastating than sexual abuse. Not kidding. It sounds like effects have already taken place with the vomiting episode.

The children's parents have the job to protect their kids of predators. Well, the paternal grandmother is a predator.

Your daughter must insist that her husband follow this advice. If the husband refuses then he is a child abuser in my opinion.


Short of a total shunning, the children should be blessed with holy water daily, the prayers to break spells and curses needs to be said each time the kids are in any contact with this woman, the prayer to renounce ancestral sins needs to be prayed, and the rebuking spirits prayer, against the spirit of Reiki is needed. The Hedge Protection Prayer for the household, and for the kids specifically is needed.

Anytime the kids are with this woman, the parents need to find out what happened during the visit. This needs to be done carefully.

Any gifts given to the kids by this woman ought to be blessed with Holy Water and prayed over before giving it to the children (better to not give the gift to the kids at all).

Holy Water is given to us by the Church precisely to assist us in fighting the devil. Your daughter needs to understand this. Taking the child to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is also helpful, as well as praying with the kids, teaching the kids prayers, and attending Mass as often as possible.

This is a spiritual war. Your daughter and you need to act like warriors and take all actions necessary to protect the children. To not accept this soldier's mission is to place the kids in great jeopardy. What is happening could cause the kids decades of bondage and harassment, which can negatively effect their entire lives.

Shun this woman and pray the prayers in the Spiritual Warfare Catalog. Even if shunning, the prayers will still be needed as it is likely she will seek revenge.

God is more powerful than the spirit of Reiki, but we must do our part. -Bro. Ignatius Mary OMSM

Reiki music

May 2, 2013

I was reading your post from another person on the forum about Reiki practice. I was uncertain what Reiki is.

I had been listening to a lot of the music on YouTube for ambient sound while studying my university mathematics / engineering courses.

Is there a worship or demonic connection with this music?

This may seem like an odd question, but I had heard a lot of weirdos say they have been "healed" listening to reiki in the comment sections which I take as just being ignorant.

However listening to this, while studying, I had experienced a tremendous amount of intense flash bulb memories that I found to be unbearably depressing. Can you comment please? –Jed

In short, have absolutely nothing to do with anything reiki!

Do not listen to this Reiki music ever again. Reiki is sourced in the demonic and you run the risk of serious spiritual damage, sometimes even psychological damage, and even demonization by participating in Reiki, or listening to that music. STOP IMMEDIATELY.

You need to destroy any recordings, tapes, and materials of Reiki that is in your possession. Use our instructions for Destroying Cursed or Occult Objects. Clear the cache on your browser to remove any YouTube or other files of this music. Bless you computer with Holy Water and ask God for forgiveness for listening to this music. Then renounce your involvement of listening to the music and take back the ground that Satan stole from you because of your listening to this music. You can find prayers for this in our Spiritual Warfare Prayer Catalog, [see page 129].

All this needs to be done even if you did not know the dangers and did not mean to place yourself in danger. -Bro. Ignatius Mary OMSM

August 2, 2004

I was wondering if in the case of things such as Reiki and psychic phenomena, that if one were to give the credit to God for allowing and facilitating ones use of the abilities it would absolve a person of any sin related with their practice?

Is it possible that if one can allow God to work through you and to use such talents towards a higher good, i.e. using psychic talents to ward off evil spirits, or reiki to heal someone in God's name?

Aren't there gifts that are given to people from God if one relinquishes control of their life to God and has perfect faith, as in laying of hands and tongues? Could these other occult abilities be attributed in the same way, to God in order to make them holy, an admittance that power and ability come from nowhere but directly from God himself? -Matt

The answer to your question is not just "no" but "ABSOLUTELY no". God condemns psychic divination and activities like Reiki. We can fool ourselves in thinking we are doing this in God's name, but we are not.

Think about this a minute. There have been people out there who murdered "in the name of Jesus". Does God approve of this? Absolutely not.
One of the central tenets of Christian thought is that the "ends do not justify the means." Thus even is something appears to be good coming out of Reiki or psychic divination, it is still bad. We must be concerned not only with the outcome, but HOW we got that outcome.
God does not work through psychic divination or Reiki and thus trying to give Him credit for something he is not going to do is just a rationalization to excuse oneself in their rebellion against God by involving themselves in such activities.
There are gifts that God gives to people. These gifts sometimes have similar aspects to them as occult and psychic abilities; that is because such abilities are based on the same spiritual principles.

The BIG difference, however, is that any gift from God is a gift from God, not a obtaining a gift for oneself (or from the devil). The gifts from God are unadulterated and pure. Also God's gifts are used specifically to glorify God and to build-up the Church. Psychic divination and Reiki spit on God and tears down the Church, glorifies only oneself, and leads people away from trust and faith in the True God.

The devil simply takes the spiritual principles that God created and twists them around, corrupts them, and counterfeits them to be used for his own purposes. He then seduces people into believing that his counterfeit gifts are "godly". Don't fall into that trap Matt.
There is no such thing as a "Christian psychic". -Bro. Ignatius Mary OMSM
Reiki and Hypnosis

July 24, 2004

I have anxiety related problems and I have gone to several professionals in order to treat them without much success. I have considered hypnosis as an alternative and am planning to go to a therapist. In fact I have downloaded some hypnotic mp3's from the internet that seem to be working well with me. However, I can't help thinking it could be dangerous because of some book I read that mentioned it could be so, spiritually speaking.

Another question is, is Reiki dangerous? I know this therapist has a couple of diplomas for taking Reiki courses. –Paul

While hypnosis can have some limited value in a clinical setting, especially in pain control for burn patients, it is not the best approach in other settings or for most of the problems it is typically used for; and it can be a dangerous approach. To allow our will to become vulnerable to hypnotic suggestion can be very dangerous. If one does undergo hypnosis be sure of the therapist who does it. Are they clinically qualified, do they hold views that could be characterized as "new age". If so, avoid them.
A better solution, however, for anxiety, assuming the anxiety is not such that needs medication, is spiritual counseling, not psychological counseling. Non-medical anxiety is mostly about issues of faith, problematic behavior problems, and the like. Nouthetic Counseling (based upon spiritual principles) is the best course. The best psychologists in the business are in the Bible and in the Saints.
I would recommend you get a book called, "God's Psychiatry" by Charles Alan. Meditate on the Scriptural reflection in the book. You may find that this will reduce your anxiety. "God's Psychiatry" can be purchased by Clicking Here if you wish.
As for Reiki, ABSOLUTELY STAY AWAY FROM THAT. -Bro. Ignatius Mary OMSM
Christian reiki

June 27, 2008

What would you say to this man who proposes a Christian Reiki? –Perry

This man (the link has been removed so people will not go to it) is delusional. There is absolute no way Reiki can be considered Christian.

I would refer this person to these documents from the Vatican:

A Christian reflection on the "New Age"

On Some Aspects of Christian Mediation

I would also refer him to my own essay in a previous Q&A on Reiki*. -Bro. Ignatius Mary OMSM

* See page 131
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