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
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
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.
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. How should Christians treat others who heal in the name of Jesus, but do not
have exactly the same beliefs as one’s own?
A. We read in the Gospel of Luke, 9: 49-50, " Master" said John, "we saw a man
driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because his is not one
of us." "Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for
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.