This is part 3 of a series on Reiki, why Christians shouldn’t do it, and why it is a dangerous spiritual practice. There is a list of links at the end of this post which are referenced throughout this article.
Christians who practice Reiki have to revise what they believe about God more than they have to revise Reiki doctrine in order to reconcile the two, as I will demonstrate in the next few posts. Yet, the Reiki for Christians website claims on their FAQ page that “It [Reiki] does not require one give up one’s religion or changes one’s religious beliefs in any way to practice it” (see link 2). In this post, I will address how Christians who practice Reiki do, in fact, have to change their beliefs about God and His power, as well as their beliefs about the Reiki symbols, in order to resolve cognitive dissonance. Alternatively, Christians who do Reiki may not understand and thus not believe the truth in the first place, so they may not have to change their beliefs much in order to feel okay with practicing Reiki. The post that follows comes from what the Holy Spirit has revealed to me through prayer, hearing the word, and personal experience.
Because of their belief that the power to heal comes from God rather than from symbols, some Christian Reiki practitioners feel discomfort toward the symbols and thus choose not to use them when performing healing treatments (see link 2). However, their actions do not make much sense because in order to gain Reiki ability in the first place, they had to receive the impartation of the symbols during activation rituals. Other Christian Reiki practitioners believe that the symbols of Reiki are no different than the symbols of Christianity (see link 2). Many Christians who practice Reiki choose to believe that the Reiki symbols are powerful in the sense that they are meaningful rather than in the sense that they actually carry spiritual power. However, even the Reiki for Christians website acknowledges on their FAQ page that each Reiki symbol connects the practitioner to a specific energy and that Reiki attunements, which utilize the symbols, activate a person’s healing abilities (see link 2).
This claim leads me to share a crucial but overlooked line of reasoning: Do Christians normally believe that the symbol of the cross connects them to a certain kind of energy? NO. Yet, the cross is symbolic of the greatest act of power that God has done and will ever do, which was sacrificing His only son, Jesus Christ as an atonement for our sins and resurrecting Him from the grave on the third day. If even the symbol of God’s greatest act of power does not carry spiritual power in and of itself, then the claim that the Reiki symbols have the power to connect a person to certain types of energy and to activate their healing ability should be a huge red flag. If God were the source of Reiki, then His power alone would be sufficient to heal, and there would be no need for the symbols. If the Reiki symbols were only thought to be meaningful rather than to carry spiritual power, then they would not be deemed necessary as a means of impartation.
Essential to understanding my next points are ten scriptures shared below, which I have taken from the New International Version on Bible Gateway and to which I have added emphases (see link 1). Please bear with me as you read them thoughtfully and prayerfully.
1: Mark 16:17-18
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
2: Matthew 28:18-20
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
3: Colossians 1:18
“And He [Christ] is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.”
4: Luke 9:1
“When Jesus had called the Twelve together, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”
5: Philippians 2:8-11
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
6: Romans 8:11
“And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.”
7: Ephesians 1:18-21
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.”
8: Ephesians 2:6-7
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
9: John 14:6
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
10: Acts 4:12
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
As we can gather from the scriptures above, Jesus has given his followers the power and the authority to heal people who are sick in His name, which is above every other name. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives within those of us who believe and brings healing to our bodies. Isn’t it amazing that the same Spirit that performed the greatest act of power, God has given to those of us who believe to live within us? Isn’t it amazing that Jesus, having been given all authority in heaven and on Earth (including over us), selflessly gives His power and authority to those of us who believe?
Christians who practice Reiki do not understand this fundamental truth. If they did, they would realize that Jesus’s name is above—has authority over—the names of the Reiki symbols. Jesus said that we are to heal the sick in His name, not in the name of another or in addition to other names. Who needs choku rei (the Reiki power symbol) when we have the power of Jesus Christ?! To attempt healing in the names of Reiki and its symbols is to settle for less than the name of Jesus. Furthermore, Truth in Reality authored an article in 2012 arguing that the names of the Reiki symbols are actually the names of demons (see link 3), and based on my bad experience with Reiki (which I will share in a later post), I would agree that this is likely, if not definitely, the case. Doesn’t the claim that the Reiki symbols connect a person to different types of “energies” seem rather vague? Energies?—More like demons.
Christian Reiki practitioners have sought apart from God something that Jesus has already given them. Believers don’t need Reiki activation rituals because Jesus has already given us the power and authority to heal, and we don’t need Reiki symbols because Jesus has given us His name. Reiki comes from Buddhism, Hinduism, and New Age spirituality, but true healing comes from Jesus. Jesus is our healer, not Reiki. As we read in the scriptures listed above, Jesus is the life, and His Spirit gives life to our mortal bodies. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus. We can only receive salvation and healing from the Father through Jesus. Furthermore, the only One who saves is the only One who heals. Jesus is our Savior, and since Reiki cannot provide salvation, neither can it heal.
I do not write this post to condemn those of you who are Reiki-practicing Christians, but to share the truth so that you might find freedom (John 8:32). Rejoice, for Jesus is our Savior and our healer! He has already given us as His children His name, power, and authority to heal! You do not need Reiki anymore, and you never did. Jesus is all we need! ❤
To end this post on a powerful note (pun intended), here are some songs.
Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture
Call Upon the Lord by Elevation Worship
To proceed to part 4 of this series, click here:
To go back to part 2, click here:
1: Bible Gateway
2: Christian Reiki Articles: Frequently Asked Questions
3: What You Should Know About Reiki