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Other Energy Healing Methods

All energy healing techniques, such as Therapeutic Touch, Touch for Health, Polarity, Cleansing or Smoothing the Aura, and methods claiming to balance or unblock the chi or prana (a divine force believed to be taken in by the breath), such as Ayurveda, acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu, chi kung (also spelled qi gong), and much of Traditional Chinese Medicine, are based on similar principles of the life force and manipulation of energy as Reiki is. Some of these systems, such as acupuncture, have engendered biological theories on how they work. Some may be combined with scientific treatments. Yet the basic principles of these methods assert that healing comes through balancing, unblocking, manipulating and/or channeling an energy or universal life force which replaces God, or is thought to be God or from God. These healing methods are not just techniques, but are interwoven with spiritual philosophies about who God is, who Christ is, and how the world and the body work. They are not based on science or medicine, but on spiritual beliefs. None of these beliefs point to the God of the Bible, but rather to pantheism. They may speak of Jesus, but only as a cosmic Christ who came to heal but not to save, since the existence of sin and need for salvation are usually denied.

Jesus the Messiah, however, spoke of sin and sickness together, and of man’s need for Him: "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means, I desire compassion and not sacrifice, for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, (Matthew 9:12, 13). Jesus practiced healing and saving from sin together. Even if Reiki were to truly heal physically or emotionally, it would not heal on the spiritual level. True healing in the most holistic sense of the word acknowledges the need for spiritual healing through deliverance from sin. This healing comes only by recognizing Jesus as the Son of God who offers forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God (Mark 2:10; Luke 1:77; John 9:35-38, 11:25, 26, 14:6; Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 5:18, 19) through the pouring out of His blood on the cross (...for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins, Matthew 26:28).

He said to them, But who do you say that I am? (Matthew 16:15)

And he who beholds Me beholds the One who sent Me. I have come as light into the world, that everyone who believes in Me may not remain in darkness. (John 12:45, 46)

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish, (John 11:25, 26).          

4. Reiki

Maranatha briefing, April 2002 [See]

© The Maranatha Community, 102 Irlam Road, Flixton, Manchester M41 6JT Tel: 0161 748 4858 Fax: 0161 747 7379

Reiki is being intensively promoted today. Concerted efforts are being made to present it as an acceptable, harmless and beneficial technique of healing. It is, in fact, deeply rooted in the occult. It originates in and is heavily influenced by Eastern religions. This folder gives basic information about Reiki.


Reiki practitioners claim it is a technique of healing and a form of therapy. It is also called ‘healing touch’ or ‘healing energy’ by some. It was initially promoted in this country in New Age circles, at ‘psychic fairs’ and advertised in occultic journals. It is being offered to the public as a legitimate, complementary therapeutic technique. It is being promoted in a growing number of countries and an international network has developed. According to ‘Reiki Plain and Simple’ by Vincent Amador, Reiki is “a system of enlightenment, a hands on healing art….” It is also described as a “spiritual healing technique and an energy healing technique. Spiritual healing brings fundamental healing by helping us to become part of the universal consciousness, while energy healing centres around removing the symptoms of mind and body disorder.” (‘Reiki History 2002’, The story of Mikao Usui). 12.

What Does Reiki Mean?

It is a Japanese word meaning 'energetic spirit' or 'universal or spiritually guided life force'. (The UK Reiki Association: ‘The Usui system of Reiki’). Rei is a term for a spirit or spiritual quality. It means “supernatural knowledge or spiritual consciousness. This is the wisdom that comes from God or the Higher Self.” (The International Centre for Reiki Training: ‘What is Reiki?’). God is seen as “higher self” and not a transcendent being. Ki is a term used to describe an all-encompassing cosmic energy or life spirit. Ki means the same as Chi in Chinese and Prana in Sanskrit. Reiki believers claim that this impersonal dynamic power (ki) can flow through a channel (rei) as a healing force.

Ki “is used in meditative breathing exercises and by the shamans of all cultures for divination, psychic awareness, manifestation and healing.” (The International Centre for Reiki Training: ‘What is Reiki?’). Reiki is, therefore, a spiritist ‘channelling’ technique akin to that used in séances or with ouija boards.


It was devised in the early 1900’s by a Japanese Buddhist, Mikao Usui who was born in 1865. He sought the key to the miraculous healings of Buddha and Jesus. Following a fast on a sacred mountain he said a light suddenly struck him in the ‘third eye’ and the Reiki symbols were revealed to him. It is said that he was then able to miraculously heal people by laying on of hands. Contradictory claims are made about him. It is suggested he taught at the Christian school at Kyoto and attended Chicago University. Both institutions have no record of this (William Rand: ‘Reiki: The Healing Touch’). It is known that he was born in Japan into a Buddhist family and became a Buddhist monk. He studied Sanskrit scriptures and the Japanese form of qigong and practised martial arts. He had some knowledge of medicine and psychology, and was involved in fortune telling. He was a member of one of many spiritualist groups that existed at this time. It was “a metaphysical group dedicated to developing psychic abilities” and Usui is described as “a sensitive spiritualist” by Reiki Master William Rand in ‘Reiki, The Healing Touch’. Many practitioners falsely claim Reiki is an ancient art, steeped in the centuries. It is, in fact, a comparatively new technique, but with similarities to Tibetan Buddhist healing practices called the ‘Medicine Buddha’, which also involves laying-on of hands. The other similarity is that healing is transmitted through empowerment given by a teacher, as in Reiki attunement. (‘What is the History of Reiki?’: The International Centre for Reiki Training).

How Did Reiki Develop?

A retired Japanese naval officer, a psychic, Chujiro Hayashi, was taught by Usui and established a ‘clinic’ in Tokyo. He committed suicide. His work was continued by a Japanese-Hawaiian lady, who he had taken on as an apprentice. She practised for 40 years, and in 1970 began to train other masters. She claimed “With Reiki comes health, happiness, prosperity and long life” (Kajsa Krishni Borang in Thorsons’ First Directions book ‘Reiki’). She died in 1980 and passed leadership to her granddaughter Phyllis Lei Furmoto and Barbara Weper-Ray. Before she died she initiated 22 masters and gave permission to masters to initiate others. There are various schools of Reiki such as the traditional Usui Reiki (based on Mikao Usui), Tibetan Reiki, Raku Reiki, Angelic Reiki, where information on healing was supposedly given by the Archangel Michael, Seichim Reiki, which was developed after a spiritual experience in the Great Pyramid in Egypt and receiving a Sufi (which is a Muslim occult practice) empowerment, and many more. These different schools further emphasise the occult nature of Reiki.


Reiki practitioners claim to be a channel for a 'life force' to flow through them, supposedly directed through the practitioner’s hands to the client’s body. They believe that this life force brings healing by activating and accelerating the flow of energy and by restoring balance within the body. A sinister aspect of Reiki treatment in hospitals is that patients are not being made aware of what type of treatment they receive. Reiki teams “have also found it best not to use the word "Reiki" at first …, but to talk about healing energy. Later, after trust has been gained, they explain more

about the technique and that it is called Reiki. …Volunteers at the Reiki clinic have found it helpful not to use metaphysical terms when talking to patients or to hospital staff about Reiki.

Terms like aura, chakras, energy bodies, etc. tend to cause confusion and mistrust. It works better to explain Reiki in simple everyday terms by simply saying that touching is something that everyone needs and enjoys.” (William L Rand: ‘Reiki in Hospitals’ The International Centre for Reiki Training 1999). Significantly, Rand observes that some patients “have reported spiritual experiences” after Reiki.

The Reiki Promise

The Reiki practitioner will offer peace and harmony, self-empowerment, inner transformation, release of repressed emotion, relief of physical tension and mental stress, and removal of emotional and physical blockages. It is presented as being gentle and offering power to the giver and to the receiver. Reiki practitioners even claim the power to achieve distance healing and also the treatment of animals and plants. Like many other New Age systems, Reiki is particularly concerned with self-healing and self-empowerment. The Reiki Outreach International co-ordinates what they believe to be the sending of energy to world situations.

The Reiki Transaction

A fundamental part of Reiki teaching is that there must always be payment for the ‘treatment’ provided. Registered Reiki practitioners are obliged to charge for their services and clearly one of the motivations for practising may be financial gain. Initially, Usui was treating patients without payment. However he noted that patients who had been ‘healed’ returned after some time, having lost their ‘healing’. After meditating, he decided that patients became ill again because they did not sufficiently appreciate the Reiki ‘healing’ and so he began to charge money for his services. (Clare McGrath Merkel: ‘Reiki and Tantric Magic’). 13.

Adverse Effects

According to its proponents, Reiki is never harmful: “Because Reiki is guided by the god-consciousness, it can never do harm… One never need worry about whether to give Reiki or not, it always helps.” (W. Rand: ‘Reiki, the Healing Touch’). Those coming for Reiki 'treatment' are often people in great need. They may do this without any knowledge whatsoever of the nature and origin of this force and the implications. Those who subject themselves to Reiki lay themselves open to unknown influences and the possibility of emotional and spiritual contamination. Even Reiki 'practitioners' recognise the risks of receiving bad, sick or negative energy. Reiki practitioners are more explicit about the dangers that can occur if anything goes wrong in the initiation process. Jason Storm in ‘Reiki Revolution’ warns students not to proceed too quickly with their Master training for the following reason: “If you do it quickly, you can expect increased and amplified symptoms of clearing, and especially with the Level III clearing, it can be very, very emotionally and karmically unpleasant”. Even more explicit is the website of Angelic RayKey which quotes ‘Reiki-frequently asked questions’ (1992-98) warning Reiki teachers to be selective with their students: “If they are carrying karma that must be released, it WILL. When they are not ready to release it, there can be disastrous consequences. It is like raising the kundalini without a guru watching over the person. This can result in madness and death.”

If this can happen during the training process – what could happen to patients having Reiki treatment? It is claimed that the Reiki ‘healing’ brings peace, comfort and serenity. Experience reveals that it can also bring disturbance and severe emotional and physical trauma.

What is the source of Reiki energy?

Some Reiki practitioners claim that the energy knows where to go and what to do once it gets there, whereas others say the energy is being directed by a higher intelligence. Significantly, one practitioner, David Herron, publishes an affirmation –“I invoke the healing Buddha and the master spirits of Reiki”. The International Centre for Reiki Training states: “Reiki energy comes from the Higher Power…When viewed clairvoyantly, Reiki energy appears to come down from above and to enter the top of the practitioner’s head after which it flows through the body and out the hands.”


Reiki practitioners believe that every individual has a field of energy surrounding him or her. This is called the Aura. They also believe that every individual has seven chakras in which emotion and healing is rooted. They also believe that routes or pathways connect with and lead to the chakras. Many Reiki practitioners use dowsing to identify their problems. This is done by holding sticks or a pendulum in the manner of shamans and witch doctors.

New States of Consciousness

In common with other occult techniques, Reiki encourages people to enter into altered states of consciousness. The official Reiki Handbook (Third edition 1984) speaks of enabling people to move from the physical level through levels of “higher consciousness”, “transcendental awareness”, and “spiritual awareness” to the “cosmic plain”. This is seen as the level of “Universal Consciousness-Light”. (Barbara Ray & Yesnie Carrington: ‘The Official Reiki Handbook’ 3rd edition 1984).


Reiki teachers are first asked to accept five basic innocuous principles that are designed to help empower the student and bring about an awakened mental and spiritual state. These principles are Buddhist in origin. According to ‘Reiki Plain and Simple’ by Vincent Amador: “The secret method of inviting blessings, the spiritual medicine of many illnesses: For today only, do not anger, do not worry. Be grateful and do your work with appreciation. Be kind to all living things”. There are other versions of these principles, for example ‘do not be angry’, ‘do not worry’, ‘be grateful’, ‘live a life of honour’, and ‘honour your parents, teachers and elders’. To channel Reiki energy it is claimed that you must first have had an ‘attunement’ by a legitimate Reiki teacher. ‘Attunement’ is an initiation procedure to supposedly establish a strong connection between the person concerned and the universal life force energy. During this process, Reiki Symbols and ‘energy’ are placed into the meridians, aura, ‘energy body’ or Chakras of the recipient. Reiki masters prepare other Reiki teachers by claiming to open up an energy channel in the practitioner, from the top of the head to the hands. The International Centre for Reiki Training describes what happens (‘Reiki, Questions and Answers’; 1999): “During the attunement, the Reiki Master will touch the student’s head, shoulders, and hands… The attunement energies will flow through the Reiki Master and into the student. These special energies are guided by the Higher Power… During the attunement, some students feel warmth in the hands, others may see colours or have visions of spiritual beings.” This process is presented as gentle and non-intrusive but students are often told that what happens to them cannot be reversed and that once the energy transmission is activated it remains for life. Students are obliged to go through a process of initiation, which is secretive and occultic. This follows a series of levels or degrees. The First Degree is primarily concerned with the physical dimension, the Second Degree is primarily concerned with the emotional dimension, and the Third Degree is primarily concerned with the spiritual dimension. The UK Reiki Association states: “Each step of the Reiki path has a specific monetary fee: $ 150 US for a first degree, $ 500 for second degree and $ 10,000 for Mastery. The fees call out a student’s commitment at each level and lead the student into a deeper understanding of the energy of money.”

It is interesting to note that Reiki training is offered at Glastonbury and Stonehenge by the American International Centre for Reiki Training. A web site ‘Reiki Healing Glastonbury’ also offers links to Tarot and Astrology readings.

The Teaching Process

According to the teaching cassette issued by the International Reiki Institute in Scottsdale, the most important aim of the Reiki initiation is to awaken what they call the Third Eye. They say “this allows the person to see the god within everyone and everything”. 14.

They also say this gives the person sight and “then you can see auras and energy...the energy awakens and activates the crown chakra which is your connection to cosmic information…It is your link with your higher-self…like a door on top of your head which allows you to receive higher information”.

The First Degree

The First Degree training includes the history of Reiki, the basic hand positions and 'attunements', which open the initiate's ability to channel ‘energy’. During the First Degree process, students are shown the hand positions for treating people. Symbols are secretly drawn over them, particularly the claimed psychic energy ‘chakra’ points. Students have to close their eyes and the symbols are not revealed to them at this stage. In the First Degree the teacher claims to open up the student’s crown chakra – the energy centre at the top of the head -and the chakras in the palms of the hands. They suppose that thus an energy channel is created between the crown chakra and the chakras in the palms.

The Second Degree

The Second Degree course includes additional attunements, absentee healing and the learning of esoteric symbols. Students are told not to disclose these to the public. Students are taught three symbols. These are memorised and then used by either being drawn with the hands or visualised, at the same time mentally saying the name of the symbol. The first is the power symbol which is used when it is felt that an increased amount of Reiki energy is needed. The second – the emotion symbol is used when mental and emotional balance is needed. The third – the distance symbol is used for absent healing. This is used for healing events of the past because it is claimed that the practitioner can channel energy both through space and time.

The Third Degree

The Third Degree leads to appointment as a Reiki 'Master' and for this course there are special visualisations and levitations and those participating are introduced to and make contact with their own Reiki 'spirit guide'. Thus Reiki is undeniably a form of spiritism. In the Third Degree, the practitioners are taught the fourth symbol – the master symbol. This is drawn on the top of the practitioner’s head and in the palm of their hands and then the symbol is ‘blown’ or implanted into the energy channel. The sinister claim is made that once this has been done, it can never be reversed since these symbols are permanently implanted.

The Secret Symbols

Reiki teachers believe that the symbols they use are holy and should be kept secret. Reiki Master William Rand writes: “There is power in secrecy…” It is likely that these symbols are of Buddhist origin. Practitioners claim to send Reiki energy by means of the symbols. They invite the symbol into the awareness of their students or they contemplate the ‘sound’ of the symbol’s name, thus charging it with Reiki energy. Master Naharao, an Indian guru, and Bill Waites in the ‘Reiki Practical Guide’ say, “the sacred symbols are universal…and confidential. In the opinion of many Reiki teachers the most closely guarded secret is the knowledge of the symbols and anyone who reveals their essence would be considered a traitor and ostracised by the community of Reiki instructors”. The symbols are graphic shapes drawn on paper and the student has to copy and learn these because the papers are destroyed after each lesson. It is never sufficiently explained why such secrecy is needed. One possible explanation is that Reiki training is done for the financial gain of the Teacher. For example, Mrs Takata charged US $10,000 for the Master training.

The first Reiki symbol ‘Cho Ku Rei’ is commonly called the ‘power’ symbol. A possible meaning is ‘God is here’ or ‘put the power here’. The second Reiki symbol is the ‘Sei Hei Ki’ or mental-emotional symbol. It is stated to be the one mind, the “Buddha Mind” and a harmony symbol. It is claimed that in the oneness of the first and second symbols that body, mind and spirit are healed and cleansed. The third Reiki symbol, the ‘Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen’ is a combination of Japanese symbol language meaning ‘to act in the realisation of absolute being-ness’. It originates from a Buddhist Chant that means “Right consciousness is the root of everything” or “A righteous man may correct all thoughts”. The last symbol, the ‘Dai Ko Mio’ symbol, also known as the Usui Master Symbol is the symbol for the “great shining light”, (Vinny Amador: ‘Reiki and Spirituality’). William Rand writes about this symbol: “It is said to be ‘a Zen expression for one’s own true nature or Buddha-nature of which one becomes cognizant in the experience of enlightenment or satori…” According to Rand, the master symbol is therefore “a powerful symbol from Zen Buddhism.”

Two additional symbols are used. The Fire Serpent symbol ‘Nin Giz Zida’ – a Tibetan symbol -is used to supposedly open the chakras. The Fire Serpent represents the ‘sleeping serpent’ coiling at the base of the spine. It opens the channel allowing the flow of the Kundalini fire. The Raku symbol is used supposedly to ground the receiver of the Reiki energy and practitioners claim that this can dissipate negative psychic energy when related to the Third Eye.

Reiki Rituals

Mrs Takata advised three rituals (Reiji-Ho), which are to be carried out before each treatment. The first is the folding of the arms in front of the chest and asking the Reiki power to flow through you. The instruction is “repeat the wish three times in your mind, that the Reiki may flow, then send the mental-healing symbol and seal it all with the power symbol”. The second stage is “pray for the recovery and/or help of the patient on all levels”. No indication is given of who is being prayed to. The third stage is “hold your folded hands in front of your third eye and ask the Reiki power to guide your hands to where the energy is needed”.

Mikao Usui arranged for his sessions to have three parts Gassho (meditation with two hands coming together in preparation), Reiji-Ho and Chiryo (meaning treatment).



As the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui, was deeply involved in Spiritism and Buddhism, it is not surprising that Reiki relies on Spiritism and Buddhism for its ‘healing method’. The ‘Usui and Seichem Reiki Training Manual’ states “the Reiki Attunement is a sacred spiritual initiation that connects the initiate with higher levels of consciousness and permanently connects the initiate to the Reiki source”. The spiritist nature of Reiki is made clear in the Manual: “the attunement is also attended by ‘Reiki Guides’ and other ‘Spiritual Beings’ who help implement the process”. These are also called ‘Ascended Masters’, ‘Spirits’ or simply ‘Guides’ (Vincent Amador: ‘Reiki Plain and Simple’). According to the Reiki ‘First Degree Manual’ by Reiki Master, Stephen James Culshaw, those who are taught are “attended and guided by astral Reiki guides”. The Reiki Guide is a spirit being. It should be noted that many Reiki practitioners are also involved in a range of other psychic activities. It is also admitted that the process of attunement is “controlled by forces beyond the Reiki Master”. Reiki Master Diane Stein in her book ‘Essential Reiki’ says of the Reiki ‘spirit guides’, “These are a group of discarnate (bodiless) healers that take part in every Reiki Healing. The ‘Reiki one’ practitioner is probably not aware of them but with Reiki they begin to make themselves known. In Reiki three training, they are running the whole show”.

Occult Spirituality

Reiki practitioners admit the spiritual dimension of their beliefs and practices. Eleanor McKenzie in ‘Healing Reiki’ says

“Through practising Reiki we can once more strengthen ourselves fully and begin to experience fully all aspects of our humanity and the Earth as we were meant to”. She specifically states “Reiki is a spiritual path”. In referring to the Reiki symbols which have considerable spiritual significance, she freely admits “They introduce the esoteric and occult”.

Reiki and New Age Religion

Reiki is very closely associated with the New Age Movement. It is profoundly influenced by pagan and spiritist beliefs. Barbara Weper-Ray founder and First President of the American International Reiki Association confirmed the New Age dimension of Reiki in her book ‘The Reiki Factor’. She said “not by chance has this technique re-emerged at the dawning of the Aquarian Age – an age that will be characterised by science and spirit”.

Practitioners of Reiki claim not to have any association with any religious faith. They specifically claim that Reiki stands apart from any belief system. The truth is that Reiki followers have very precise beliefs, are deeply occultic and their work and beliefs have very close bonds with Eastern religions. In the book 'Reiki and The Healing Buddha' we read “the Reiki symbols are sacred symbols because of their interactions with the higher realms of Buddhas or gods”. Most practitioners of Reiki embrace belief in reincarnation. In 'Reiki -a practical guide' Master Naharo, and Bill Waites, refer to Reiki in terms of “its main aim being to build bridges to former lives”. The treatment focuses on the third-eye, the throat and heart chakras, energy centres which are 'in charge' of reincarnation. Reiki teachers are vague about the spiritual powers which they claim to be releasing, often speaking of 'Reiki rays’, or ‘divine intelligence or life force'.

Reiki and Prayer

Reiki training appears to side-step the issue of the object of prayer and intention. However, students are specifically asked to “Put your hands in the prayer position”. Some Reiki training notes specifically say “Centre your self and call in your guides and angels”.

Reiki and the God of New Age

Reiki dismisses the concept of a personal God who is a loving Father with whom individual people can have a relationship, and who brings healing. God is perceived as being an impersonal force present in all living beings (pantheism). If God is referred to it is always with the impersonal “it”. Mikao Usui himself said “I believe there exists One Supreme Being – the Absolute Infinite – a Dynamic Force that governs the world and universe. It is an unseen spiritual power that vibrates and all other powers fade into insignificance beside it”. He then decided “I shall call it ‘Reiki’”.


Involvement with any aspect of the occult is totally incompatible with the Christian faith. Reiki stands in marked contrast with the healing of Jesus and it is certainly does not accept His authority as Lord. Those who become involved in Reiki deny the many Biblical warnings against endeavouring to make contact with spirits. It is clearly stated “Who ever does these things is an abomination to the Lord”

(Deuteronomy 18:10-12). Whereas Reiki clearly runs the risk of leading people into spiritual bondage, Jesus saw His ministry as one of deliverance to those in spiritual bondage. His power is still evident in Christian ministry today, but it must be recognised that Reiki has emerged due to the neglect of this ministry by the wider Church. When Reiki practitioners place their hands on or above those who come to them, this is not to be confused with the Christian practice of the laying on of hands, which unlike Reiki, is totally related to the acknowledgement of the presence of the personal Living God and the power of His Spirit. Significantly, Reiki teaching makes no reference to the reality of sin or to its consequences. The need for salvation is, therefore, not recognised. Jarl Omholt-Jensen who was actively involved in Reiki, before he became a Christian states that “there is an occult power and entity behind these techniques” He writes “such healing offered … occupies the area of witchcraft”. He claims “Each of these activities can be made inoperative when prayed against and bound in the Name of Jesus Christ.”


Christians believe that God alone is the source of all life, love and healing, but Reiki challenges this. Reiki Masters, Ann McMurty & Stirling Marie Sexton state in their ‘Reiki session guidelines’ “It is the clients who always heal themselves”. Reiki teachers claim that “in the final analysis, nothing can free you from the conditioning that causes your suffering except you.” (Vinny Amador: ‘Reiki and Spirituality’). 16.


Reiki practitioners are doubtless sincere. Those who go to them are seeking help. Many experience some physical change and there are real effects of Reiki treatment. The source of the 'Reiki’ power, however, has to be recognised as occultic and there are very serious doubts about the long-term consequences of any involvement.

A Surprising Truth

Those within the Health Service, the Hospice Movement and even some churches who believed that Reiki was a simple massage or healing touch therapy, are often shocked to discover that Reiki ‘Masters’ are in fact spiritist mediums. Most would refuse to allow patients to be subjected to the potentially damaging influences of channelling and psychic healing’. Those concerned with healing are invariably surprised when they discover the secrecy which is an inherent part of the Reiki process and they are understandably suspicious of a process embracing symbols which must not be disclosed. Similarly, they are concerned that Reiki practitioners are reluctant to disclose secret phrases, often in Sanskrit, which are repeated in mantra form to invoke the presence of a particular spirit force.

Personal Experiences of Reiki

•“As a doctor I have personally witnessed the way in which Reiki has traumatised many individuals. They have all been unaware of the nature of the spiritual power to which they have opened themselves. I would strongly caution people not to dabble with Reiki in any way”. (L.S., General Practitioner)

“Reiki healing was initially unusual, interesting, even attractive, and it worked. Then it became absolutely terrifying. I lost all my self confidence. But the power of Jesus Christ rescued me and now I’m fine. So don’t touch it, ever”. (N., Cheshire)

1. Crossveil] [see also page 43]:

Unfortunately, a number of Catholic nurses, doctors, hospitals and retreat centers have innocently included Reiki as an ‘alternative form of medicine’. One such place, The Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville, Maryland, USA, advertises on the web for a combination of Reiki and massage:

Why receive Massage or Reiki while on retreat? Because we believe that both are graced ways of experiencing Gods healing touch during a retreat. In a pastoral context massage becomes a sacrament of touch, an anointing, for it combines one of the oldest and simplest of medical treatments with the ancient healing powers of the laying on of hands and the anointing with oil. Hands are symbols of human service and communicators of the healing potential within. Oil is a biblical symbol of the divine gift of health, strength and respect for the whole person. In massage these symbols coalesce to heal, comfort, soothe, relax and strengthen the whole being. [Sr.] Mary Ann Finch

Many seriously ill patients in [Catholic] hospitals are exposed to occult techniques, including Reiki, without full knowledge or consent. While in a weakened and vulnerable state, “volunteers” perform Reiki magic over them as described in the following. According to William Lee Rand, in his web article, “Reiki in Hospitals”:

The Reiki Clinic at the Tucson Medical Center (TMC) in Arizona has a team of Reiki practitioners who give Reiki to patients in their rooms…The TMC program started in May 1995...The program first began in the Cancer Care Unit, but has since expanded to many other areas in the hospital. At first, the attending physician had to give permission for Reiki to be provided.  This has changed, and now the attending nurse makes the request. Reiki sessions are given by two-person teams as this creates a feeling of safety and confidence for both the patients and the practitioners.

A patient must sign a consent form and sessions are given in their rooms while they are in bed. It is up to the Reiki team to explain Reiki to the patient before giving the treatment. They have found that this usually works best by first taking a few minutes to introduce themselves and get to know the patient, then explain the work they do. 

They have also found it best not to use the word Reiki at first when describing how they can help, but to talk about healing energy. They explain how healing energy exists in the body but is depleted when a person is sick, and they describe their work as helping to increase the patients healing energy supply. Later, after trust has been gained, they explain more about the technique and that it is called Reiki. They also play special healing music during the Reiki session. Volunteers at the Reiki clinic have found it helpful not to use metaphysical terms when talking to patients or to hospital staff about Reiki. Terms like aura, chakras, energy bodies, etc. tend to cause confusion and mistrust.

It works better to explain Reiki in simple everyday terms by simply saying that touching is something that everyone needs and enjoys. They also found that describing their work as Reiki treatments tended to create some fear, whereas calling them Reiki sessions worked much better.

In essence, Reiki and the New Age paradigm in general, seeks to change our bodies and minds, which are temples of the Holy Spirit, into dens which spirit guides may inhabit, and which are reduced to metaphysical machines that can only be corrected and perfected through mechanistic energy infusions.  It is a power paradigm which emphasizes control and domination of psychosexual forces – a kind of occult, psychic masturbation.

Catholics practise Reiki; they also propagate it with other New Age alternative therapies. Opposing and exposing this is the raison detre for this ministry, and it is why this article is necessary.

Catholic nuns and priests conduct Reiki courses in the form of seminars and retreats. Catholic charismatics, even a senior priest, a twice former National Chairman in the Renewal in India, have been known to use it and teach it to others. Here, below are some pro-Reiki articles, the first one written by Catholics from a Reiki organization run by Catholics and other Christians. Do not permit their contents to either influence or scandalize you. They will be followed by detailed articles by other Catholics exposing Reiki healing- Michael



Q. How do we know that healing is appropriate for Christians to do?
A. 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.

Q. What is the best way for a Christian to practice Reiki?
A. 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.

Q. Why is the Reiki attunement necessary? How does it work?
A. 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.

Q. 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?
A. Our understanding about Satan comes from the Bible. No where 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.

Q. Is Reiki a religion?
A. 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 ones religion or changes ones 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 fulfill their Christian calling to help others.

Q. Is Reiki a cult?
A. 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.

Q. I understand Reiki uses symbols. I've been told that Christians shouldn't be involved with anything that uses symbols.
A. 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.

Q. I've heard of Reiki practitioners speak of Reiki guides. What's this about?

I've been told that Christians should avoid contacting spirits.
A. 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. 18.

Q. Is Reiki wizardry, black magic etc?

A. Wizardry and black magic etc. 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 fulfill ones desires. Reiki does not operate in this way. It cannot be used to fulfill ones 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.

Q. I've heard that Reiki is a Buddhist practice. Is this true?
A. 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.
Q. Is Reiki right for all Christians to practice?
A. As we can see from the information presented on this website, 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.


(i) Sister Mary Mebane OSF

I am a Franciscan Sister, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, headquartered in Redwood City, CA, and am stationed at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA, where I am a Chaplain.

I have been a Sister for 42 years and counting. I found answers to the questions I had about Reiki in the Bible.

Laying on of hands is a gift of God and was used extensively by Jesus and his followers and still is! Reiki is spiritual - a spiritual way of "Being" and not a religion. The Reiki Ideals/Principles are a firm foundation and I can always get deeper and deeper into them. In my morning prayer I always make the intention that anyone who wishes to receive Reiki through me will. (Rom. 14:7: The life and death of each of us has its influence on others.) I felt the hand of God in my life even as a very small child and I felt the call to healing a long time ago, but was not sure how to go about "getting it." I would timidly ask God for it, then withdraw the request as I did not feel I was "worthy."
In 1997 at Marian Medical Center I saw a flyer about a Retreat featuring Tai Chi, massage, and something called "Reiki." As I wanted to learn Tai Chi, I signed up. I did not learn Tai Chi, but came away with something much better, the healing gift of Reiki. In the preliminary talk I heard that I could receive this gift and that the only thing that could stop the gift was to consciously block it. I had no intention of doing that, so at Zaca Lake Retreat Center, sitting in the Sacred Grove, I received my first Reiki attunement from Jeanette McDaniel, RN. As the attunement began, I saw a huge fountain from which poured forth healing energy and a path that stretched from horizon to horizon.

I heard a voice saying that I could step on the path if I wanted to. I did not have to be told twice!

I mentioned that I make my intention daily to be a healing channel for anyone who wants to receive it from me.

God has given each of us free will, and God will not violate this. When I ask patients if they would like me to pray with them, they know I am praying for healing. I ask permission from unconscious patients on the mental level, knowing their Higher Self will respond. Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes no, sometimes I do not get an answer.

In that case I send Reiki with the provision that if the person does not want to receive it, that it go to someone who does. My model is Jesus asking the man at the pool of Bethzatha (The Sheep Pool) if he wanted to be healed. (John 5:3-9) He did not just heal him without his permission. Healing of body, mind and spirit is exemplified for me by Jesus in the story of the 10 lepers (Luke 17:11-19). They came to him for healing and they were healed: physically, emotionally and mentally (their self-esteem was restored and they "got their lives back") and they were restored to the worshipping community. It is interesting to note that the one who returned to express gratitude for the healing was not a Jew, he was a "foreigner."

Dr. Usui, as we know, was Japanese and a Buddhist.

In the matter of sending Reiki, it is good to remember that Jesus sent healing also. Note Matt. 8:5-13, the cure of the centurion's servant and the cure of the Syrophoenician woman's daughter (Mk. 7:24-30). In Luke 10:1-6, the disciples were sent out and were to send "peace" to whatever house they wanted to stay in. If the peace was not accepted, it was to return to them. So, too, if Reiki is sent and is not wanted, it is sent back to you, or you can send it to others, or to Mother Earth.
I have sometimes given a gift of Reiki, a bear or piece of jewelry, etc., which I have charged with Reiki energy.

This, too, is very Christian. In Mt 9:19-22 and Mt. 14:35-36, healing flowed out of the hem of Jesus' cloak or the fringe on the cloak. In Acts 19:11-12, handkerchiefs or aprons that were touched by Paul brought healing to the sick and people would place the sick where Peter's shadow would fall on them and bring them healing. Last, but not least, Jesus Himself told us (Mk 16:18) that we would lay our hands on the sick and they would recover and in John 14:12ff Jesus said that "I tell you most solemnly, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, he will perform even greater works because I go to the Father." I believe there are many paths to healing, but the Reiki path is the one I have been called to, and with the Lord's help/support/encouragement, through the Bible and through those people He places on my path, I hope I will become an even better Christian and Sister. I ask God to continue to bless me and my work as a Practitioner and a Teacher. Peace, Love, Light, Sister Mary Mebane, OSF

(ii) Sister Anny Vogeizang, Sisters of Charity of St. Charles Boromeo

I have become a REIKI master to fulfil my vocation, which began with a dream. After overcoming my hesitations I began my master training in 1991 and as from January 1993 I have been giving REIKI courses every month, to a group of at most 9 students. My religious congregation fully supports our activities and purchased a building for us in 1994. We call it “REIKI Centre DRIELUIK”. . The room is 40 square metres. Behind this big room are still another two little rooms half the size of the big room.

Our Reiki classes contain a cross-section of society: pastors (both roman-catholic and protestant), engineers, manufacturers, contractors, teachers, employees, housewives and housemen, healthcare workers, students etc.

Dick and Corry have participated in all the courses as assistant-masters. In October 1994, after they both had received the 3rd degree, Dick continued the master training and as of spring 1995 Dick and I take turns in giving the course, assisted by Corry and Dick or me. We have chosen for quality, 9 students with 3 all round teachers. It already has begun to bear fruit. People who come here have often been made aware of “DRIELUIK” and its teachers by former participants. I see it as my goal in life, following the Lord Jesus Christ, to help alleviate suffering that is unnecessary. Jesus did good, laid his hands on the sick for healing, talked to people who were in pain or in trouble etc. Dick, Corry and I do the same.

The students transfer the money to the Project “Vagrant Children Philippines”. In this way, our helping hands reach further than the Netherlands. As from January 1993 more than NLG 150,000— was transferred to the Philippines.

In the Netherlands it is not required for a religious person to specify to the church authorities in detail what your activities are. Within the general goals of religious people there is enough room for anything you prefer, especially for the explicit words of Jesus, namely: “Lay your hands on each other for healing”.

I quote the bible: Marcus 16:15 “Travel around the world . . . . . Mc. 16:18 “…and if you lay your hands on the sick, they will become healthy.”

Sometimes fellow-nuns or religious people of other congregations join us for a REIKI course. Within our “DRIELUIK” premises, we give REIKI information once a month. We are also asked to provide information elsewhere.

We send you the cordial greetings of our threesome, Corry, Dick and yours truly,

Anny Vogeizang, Member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Charles Boromeo.

“DRIELUIK” Perikweg 41, 7512 DM ENSCHEDE, The Netherlands

(iii) Anglican Priest

I am the Vicar of St John's Read and St Peter's Simonstone, near Burnley, Lancashire, England. I have always had an interest in medical matters including complementary therapies. About three years ago I was browsing a bookshop and came across several books about Reiki but at the time didn't do anything about this.

Later that month I was ministering to a woman who was terminally ill with cancer. It turns out she was receiving Reiki treatments. She had been one of my church ‘stalwarts’. The Reiki didn't save her but I have never seen anyone face death with as much composure as she did. After her death I reasoned that perhaps Reiki had something to do with her outlook on her situation. That same week I received through my door a program of courses for a local college which offered Reiki training. Curiosity made me enroll and I have never looked back.

(iv) The Experience of a Roman Catholic Reiki Master, by Jasper T. Suquila

Hello Everyone. Hi I am Jasper T. Suquila, age 29, from Caloocan City, Metro Manila, the Philippines. I am interested to join your group and I thank the Lord Jesus that I am not alone as a Christian who practices Reiki.

I am a Reiki Master from the traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho stream, and am practicing Reiki actively for the past three years already. I am a Roman Catholic, (and I still am), temporary professed Dominican Third Order, graduated AB Theology from a Dominican school and currently finishing my MA Applied Theology (with concentration in Religious and Values Education) from De La Salle University - Manila as a scholar.

I am a Christian Living/Values Education teacher in the High School for more than seven years already, and I do give reiki to my co-faculty teachers and students alike when they ask for it. I also use Reiki when I give counselling to my students who have family problems and behavioral problems. I am so glad to know and find that there are a lot of people who worship and serve the Lord Jesus and yet are practitioners of Reiki. I thought that I am the only one in this predicament/situation. I have encountered a lot of "conservative" (read: narrow-minded) Catholics who think that I am practicing superstition and "pagan" methods of healing. There are also other Christian sisters and brothers from other denominations who profess to "love" Christ and yet are the first one to "cast stones" to Christians who are Reiki practitioners whom they deem as "followers of Satan" and are considered as "damned" or lost.

I have been a member of a Catholic Charismatic renewal community and I praise God for giving me the gifts of healing and teaching. When I came to a Reiki introduction talk, I am amazed and at the same time critical of Reiki, because it seems to me that Mikao Usui received also the gift of healing from God. As I attended my Level I Reiki, I am still cautious of it and I prayed very hard to Jesus to protect me from any "harmful spirits" who may be going around and enter my body. During my first attunement, I asked the Lord Jesus to cover me with His Precious Blood, and invoked the Holy Spirit to protect me from any spirit from entering me. I have a personal relationship with Jesus, and I told Him: "Lord Jesus, if Reiki comes from you, let its power flow through me, if not, I ask you to cover me with Your precious Blood and seal me with Your holy Light. Send forth your angels to! surround this place in Your Name." I prayed intensely while my Reiki Master was attuning me. 20.
Guess what? The power of Reiki flowed through me and I felt the tangible presence of God. I thought to myself "This is the Shekinah of YHWH!". The sweet presence of God filled me, and the experience is akin to my Baptism of the Holy Spirit during my Catholic Life in the Spirit Seminar, which I attended years ago, and I felt the loving touch of the Holy Spirit surrounding me and filling me, just like my experience during the Sacrament of Confirmation when I was a child. While in gassho position I began praising Jesus for this wonderful gift of Reiki.
My life has never been the same again with Reiki. For me, Reiki brought me closer to Jesus, and also, was more in touch with Jesus' mission on earth, which is to heal the sick and proclaim the Reign of God in our midst.

My hands are very hot whenever I "pray over" the sick using Reiki.

As a Reiki Master, I define Reiki as "God-directed life force energy". I even equate Reiki to a manifestation of the healing presence of God in Christ Jesus. I believe that Reiki is the gift of the Holy Spirit. Reiki is indeed one of the charismatic gifts of healing (as mentioned in 1st Corinthians chapter 12). I believe in the sacramental and incarnational dimensions of Reiki to others. Let me elaborate it theologically.
Leonardo Boff, a Franciscan theologian, in his book, "Sacraments of Life, Life of the Sacraments" expresses his view that any object or person can be a "sacrament", if that thing or person leads you to God, and that person or object becomes for you a dynamic and visible symbol of the invisible presence of God. We encounter God in the midst of ordinary human experiences. The utter transparency of the invisible healing presence of God is made visible through Reiki.

When we touch others to give Reiki, we are making visible the invisible healing presence of God in our midst.

Touching is a human action where we make others feel that they are loved and cared for. Touching is a universal human action of affection. When we give Reiki to others by touching others, we make them feel the healing presence and power of God, who is Love Itself (1st John 4:18) and let us remember that the love of God has been poured out through the Spirit (Romans 5:5). In Scripture we read in First Corinthians 12 we the phrase: "gifts of healing" (NRSV). The word "gifts" is in plural form. It means to say that there are a variety of "gifts" of healing, not just the traditional method of laying of hands found in the New Testament. Remember that Jesus of Nazareth healed in a variety of ways. We do not see a "uniform or standard way" of healing the sick. I believe that Reiki is one of them.
As St. Irenaeus of Lyons said: "The glory of God is a human fully alive!" I believe that Reiki is part and parcel of the healing tradition that has just been recovered by Mikao Usui. We must recall that Reiki only seeks the highest healing good of a human person, and that brings a person's frequency or auric field and state of being into balance and perfect health which we call homeostasis. We cannot use Reiki to harm others or do evil. It will not simply work.

When we give Reiki, we give glory to God, whose perfect Will and mission for human beings is wholeness and perfect balance in health, "fully alive!" as I have mentioned above.

For those who think Reiki cannot be reconciled to Christianity, just remember that first, Reiki is not a religion.

It is a charismatic gift from the Spirit. In the Charismatic tradition, one receives the gifts of the Spirit through the laying of the hands, just like Reiki is received and open us up to the reservoir of God's manifold healing virtue through attunements (done through laying of hands also.) We are Christians who just happen to be Reiki practitioners and not the other way around. Second, God is the source and origin of Reiki, not Mikao Usui, or the Reiki Masters. Reiki Masters do not own Reiki, they are just channels of Reiki. Reiki Masters only open the uninitiated to the power of Reiki, but is not the source of Reiki. Third, The Principles of Usui is very much Christian and more closer to the spirit and intention of the Christian Scriptures.

Always remember the theological principle regarding the primacy of God's unconditional love for all human beings and all creation. God reveals Himself in many different ways through different people (Hebrews 1:1), and I do believe that Reiki is a manifestation of His healing presence to others. We cannot put God in a box or put Him nicely in our own limited human perceptions of reality. God is more than what we say or think of Him. You cannot say that: "God can only do this or do that" or say: "God cannot be the source of Reiki". God is more than who we think He is. In the book of Isaiah we read about God:" For My ways are not your ways and My thoughts are above your thoughts...."
I have a lot to share. But this is all for now. With all my love and respect, Jasper T. Suquila
A Roman Catholic who happens to be a Reiki Master
(v) The Revd. Dr. Alan Sowebutts

Nowadays I am a Reiki Master and have also taken Karuna [Reiki] training.

Looking back these events seem to be more than mere coincidences (synchronicities/divine guidance...)

I currently practice Reiki for the benefit of my parishioners and their contacts, some of whom are chronically ill with MS and ME. These I have attuned to first level and they are treating themselves; all attest the benefits.

I have never found any incompatibility between Reiki and The Christian Faith as I have experienced it and being able to help people in their health has been immensely enriching for me and for them as in my ministry I try to imitate Christ.

(vi) Reiki in the Name of Christ by Warren L. Kurtze

Many of my Christian friends have refused to accept the spiritual gift of Reiki.

They often claim Reiki will not work in the name of Christ and/or is contrary to scriptures.

The intent of this article is to share some joyful experiences involving Reiki and a Born-Again-Christian.

Hopefully, these experiences will help others in sharing Reiki with their Christian friends.

It was November 27, 2003, when I was in the Colorado Mountains enjoying the holidays and providing Reiki treatments.

During this time a strong Born-Again-Christian was visiting our home. I invited her to my healing room. There I provided some basic Reiki information using wall charts of auras and etc. To my surprise she was cautiously receptive. At one time she had practiced massage and believed in a healing touch, but not healing energies.

The next morning she woke with a level 8-sinus pain and a running nose. With her permission she was treated with Reiki. To her amazement she was healed within minutes. Her joy and excitement led to tears and praising the Lord.

An hour later I invited her to morning meditation. During meditation she was lead through a forest with the sounds of birds and the smell of flowers. We came to an opening with a blue pond being filled by a waterfall. I asked her to sit beside the water and talk with her Lord. Once again, to her amazement, she actually had a conversation with Christ. Several minutes later we returned to the present. Her joy was overwhelming. She broke down into sobbing tears mixed with laughter. Without exaggeration she was unable to walk for several minutes. She was completely paralyzed with joy. Frankly we both began to sob and laugh.

The joy, the compassion and the experience with her Lord were truly beautiful.

Two hours later I received a call from a client in serious pain. This person's pain was so great that assistance into the house and the healing room was required. I asked my Christian friend to help in the healing process. She was taught basic Reiki techniques and was asked to use Jesus as her guide. During the healing treatment her hands became red hot. She began picking up the clients pain and releasing it. The client even commented on the Christian's hands being so hot. Now my Christian friend does not understand it, but she heard a voice of her Lord telling her to place her hands on the client's hip where the pain was centered. Please remember that the client-needed assistance to enter the house. This is important because after the treatment the client "danced" out of the house, requiring no assistance.

Clearly, a Christian who used her faith in the scriptures called upon her Lord as a guide and then used the basic principles of Reiki to heal with tremendous results.

In concluding this article, I wish to share the view that REIKI is a tool for anyone to use, regardless of theology.

With Love and Compassion, Warren L. Kurtze

Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master/Teacher. ICRT Registered Karuna Master, Levels I and II. Reiki practice in the Colorado Mountains and Kansas City.
Kansas City Telephone 913-897-7257; Cell 913-530-7807; Mountain Practice (when there) 719-942-4577

Nuns, Priests and Ministers: If you practice Reiki and would like to write a testimonial letter explaining how Reiki supports your Christian faith please send it to:


By Sister Mary Matthias Ward. Special to The Independent

Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola at The Independent: (505) 863-6811 ext. 218 or

For this time I choose to write on Healing of Mind, Body, and Spirit. I choose to do it because in our society, among both Protestants and Catholics, there are such misunderstandings. I choose to write this article because as I write this, we, the people of the Diocese of Gallup, need healing.  With the accident of Bishop Donald Pelotte, SSS, we are in crisis and we need an inner healing. Bishop Pelotte needs both a physical and an inner healing.

When there are areas of the unknown, we readily jump to labeling things as “New Age” as “being of Satan” and criticizing without asking for an explanation. Here at Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Gallup, we have a Reiki Retreat. We have a labyrinth, yoga, and Centering Prayer. All of these from time to time have been labeled as “New Age,” and we have received our share of criticism.

Our center’s mission statement declares that we strive for wholeness and holiness.  Is there anyone among us that doesn’t need an inner healing? How many of us pray daily for the healing of others as well as ourselves?

It does seem that attitude toward health, spirituality, our way of life and our place in society has changed dramatically.  People search for answers to daily problems. During these times of chaos, we humans suffer from physical and psychological stress. The environment struggles for survival as well. We have no power to control these developments, but we can face them. We need to own our healing gifts (God’s power within us) and look at what blocks God’s power and what diverts God’s power.  As we walk our journey carrying our crosses, we can experience God and find inner healing.

For myself, I’m able to find an inner peace by walking among nature, by walking the grounds of Sacred Heart Retreat Center, and from seeing and appreciating God’s artwork from every direction. I am able to balance my life by taking the time to communicate with my God, in prayer, in meditation, in spiritual reading, and in contemplative living.

As unique as each of us is, so is our finding inner healing. On Wednesday evenings we offer Centering Prayer. For some this contemplative prayer is what they need to sustain them. For others there is a Thursday night prayer group that finds praying together, reflecting together, sharing faith together is what is needed to sustain them.

St. Paul says that healing is one of the spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:28). Jesus says: “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” (John 14:12). So, why do we fear healing? Why do we fear the laying on of hands?

Here at the retreat center on the last weekend of August, we will offer a retreat entitled “Journeying with our Angels through Reiki.” This retreat will highlight how our angel guides us on our journey to healing, balance, and harmony. What an experience of inner healing! 22.

Reiki provides a marvelous way to make use of God’s power. The Reiki Master will call upon God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the angels… especially Michael, Raphael and Gabriel - to work through the person and to heal the person.

Yes, I know I’ve been accused of bringing Satan into the Diocese of Gallup.  Satan tempts people to do evil. Satan does not heal. Reiki is not a religion. Reiki is not a cult. Reiki can be a religious experience which brings one closer to God. Reiki is in alignment with the teachings of the Bible.

I dare to say, not all of us will be attracted to Reiki. That is all right. But, let us not “down” persons who are attracted to the process of healing. We don’t all communicate the same way with our God.  But, hopefully, we all do communicate with God.

During this chaotic time in our diocese, within our world, let’s try to be open to how each person chooses to communicate with their God, how each person seeks to sustain inner healing, an inner peace. St. Paul says “Be transformed by the renewing of your minds” (Romans 12:2). I pray this for myself and for each of you as you may read this.

Sister Mary Matthias Ward, Ursuline Sister of Maple Mount, KY, is the director of Sacred Retreat Center in Gallup. She can be contacted by mailing her at P.O. Box 1338, Gallup, N.M. 87305 or calling her at (505) 722-6755 or (505) 870-5679.

This column is written by area residents, representing different faith communities, who share their ideas about bringing a spiritual perspective into our daily lives and community issues.

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