The Occult Practice of Reiki Part 3: WhyHealing in the Name of Jesus and Healing with Reiki Symbols Cannot Truly be Reconciled

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:

https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-4-my-personal-experience-with-reiki/

To go back to part 2, click here:

https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-2-why-do-some-christians-practice-reiki/

 

Links:

1: Bible Gateway

https://www.biblegateway.com/

 

2: Christian Reiki Articles: Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.christianreiki.org/info/FAQ.htm

 

3: What You Should Know About Reiki

https://truthinreality.com/2012/07/28/what-you-should-know-about-reiki/

 

 

 

 

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The Occult Practice of Reiki Part 2: Why do some Christians Practice Reiki?

This is part 2 of a series on Reiki, why Christians shouldn’t do it, and why it is a dangerous spiritual practice. There is a list of numbered links at the end of this article, which are also referenced throughout the post.

 

This post has come from a combination of observation, research, personal experience, prayer, and soul-searching. I know the struggle of being a Christian and doing Reiki because I have gone through it. Christians usually turn to Reiki because they have a God-given desire to heal others and a compassion for those who are sick and hurting, but they find little room in the church for this gifting. Before I elaborate, please note that when I speak of the church, I am referring to a portion of the church that maintains certain attitudes that quench the Holy Spirit, not to the church as a whole, by any means.

Dr. Randy Clark, founder of Global Awakening, talked about reasons that healing is lacking in the church during a workshop at a healing conference in 2005 (link 6 in the reference list). One of these reasons is the false doctrine that the gifts of the Holy Spirit were only meant to prove the credibility of Jesus and the apostles. This doctrine is called cessationism, and its promoters believe that the gifts of the Spirit are no longer given or needed now that the church has been established and the scriptures have been written. Another reason for the lack of healing in the church is the influence of materialism, which is reductionistic because it simplifies human beings and the rest of the world to their physical forms, omitting or minimizing a spiritual reality (see links 1, 4, & 6). Despite the fundamental doctrine of Christianity that a spiritual reality exists, the paradigm of materialism has had a part in shaping the church’s disbelief in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The belief that all miracles have natural explanations and the tendency to interpret Biblical accounts of miracles metaphorically rather than literally are characteristics of liberalism. The church (particularly Catholicism) has also taken an elitist stance on who are qualified to be healers (see link 6). Yet another reason for the lack of healing in the church is that many people feel hurt that someone important to them did not receive healing or that they themselves have not received healing, and thus they come to believe that it is not God’s will to heal.

 

Below is a list of several additional reasons why Christians might turn to Reiki:

1: They have not developed the discernment to differentiate between the Divine and the demonic. The Bible states that Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). Many Christians who pursue Reiki have only had seemingly positive experiences with it and thus do not recognize that the energy that they channel and the spirits that they communicate with are disguised as benevolent. Many Christians experience cognitive dissonance and existential conflict in attempting to reconcile Reiki with their faith, so they pray for answers and receive synchronistic confirmation, the real source of which they do not recognize.

2: Reiki is sometimes taught in churches or by independent Christian Reiki practitioners. Although Christians who practice Reiki are well-meaning, they become examples for other Christians who desire gifts of healing. Thus, Christians may turn to Reiki because they were ill-advised by other Christians whom they look up to as role models and whose discernment they trust. It is important for Christians to take responsibility for their own discernment.

3: Furthermore, many Christians who practice Reiki may not be aware of healers who represent Christianity as an institution because of their experience of the marginalization of healing in the church. Not knowing about prominent Christian healers could be one factor that contributes to Christians seeking role models from healing traditions outside of the faith.

4: As mentioned in the first post in this series, the first tale told in America about Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, was that he was a Christian minister. The story goes that he was a teacher at a Christian school and that one of his students challenged him to find out how Jesus healed. So he searched Christianity and other religions until he finally found his answer in a spiritual experience on a mountain while fasting. Other than the part about his “enlightenment” on the mountain, this story was fabricated, most likely to make Reiki a more acceptable practice in the West due to the political climate of the day between America and Japan. In reality, Dr. Usui was a Buddhist, and he did not teach at a Christian school (see link 3). Still, the tale that Dr. Usui was a Christian is passed on to this day, and many Christians who are drawn to Reiki either believe it because they have not heard the real story or because it fits with their faith.

5: Many Christians who are chaplains, psychotherapists, massage therapists, and other mental health and medical professionals use Reiki because it is covered by some insurance companies. Insurance coverage is an advantage because therapists receive reimbursement for services and patients can better afford services (see links 2 & 5).

6: Therapists should use treatments that are culturally appropriate. Therefore, Christian therapists who would like to provide healing treatment for clients of diverse belief systems might choose Reiki because of its supposed spiritual universality (see link 5).

7: Some Christians turn to Reiki because they likely do not understand the authority and power that they already possess in Christ as believers to heal (Mark 16:17-18; Matthew 10:1; Luke 9:1). If they believed that the gift of healing comes solely from the grace of God and the power and authority bestowed by Jesus Christ, then they would not believe that they need to undergo an activation ritual in order to receive the ability to heal. Christians who pursue Reiki do not fully understand that they do not have to do anything to earn, acquire, or attain the gifts of God, not even a ritual, because God’s favor is unmerited and His gifts are free (Colossians 1:12; Ephesians 4:7-8; Romans 12:6). All we have to do as Christians is ask our Heavenly Father in prayer and believe that we will receive because He is a God of His word (1 Corinthians 14:1; Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:16; Mark 11:24; Matthew 7:7-8; Philippians 4:6-7).

8: Some Christians may believe that they do not have the gift of healing or the authority to heal because they have tried praying for others and did not see results. Thus, they may find Reiki appealing because of the signs it tends to offer, such as hot, cool, and tingling sensations in the hands or verifiable information about others received psychically. Such Christians are making the common error of walking by sight rather than by faith, as the Bible says (see 2 Corinthians 5:7). In other words, they are basing their faith on experiential evidence rather than on the truth of who God is and who we are in Christ. Of course, signs and wonders increase our faith, and are integral to the kingdom of God. However, our faith must be founded in the Giver rather than in the gifts, and in the Truth rather than in proof.

9: Some Christians may misinterpret nothing happening when they pray for healing as a sign that they are unworthy of God’s gifts, or they may feel discouraged from trying to pray for healing in the first place because of core feelings of inherent  unworthiness. They may or may not be aware of this thought process consciously. Somewhere deep down they know this is a lie, but they can’t shake it off. Thus, they may pursue Reiki with its impartation ritual and spiritual signs in hopes of finding disproof of their perceived spiritual unworthiness. It may be easy to fall into feelings of unworthiness, but remember that those feelings come from the enemy. Our worth is found in the Father of lights, not the father of lies.

10: Many Christians have been taught that healing requires faith and/or that they are to blame for not being healed because of their faithlessness. Wounded, they may find hope in Reiki because it offers the possibility that faith is not required for healing to flow. Though the Bible is clear that Christians are called to have faith (E.G. Matthew 17:14-21; Romans 14:23), there are also scriptural examples of healings that took place without the faith of those being healed (E.G. John 11:38-44; Luke 17:11-19, 22:50-51). Whether we have faith or not, God is always faithful.

11: Many Christians may trust in Reiki as a safe practice because they believe that Satan does not and cannot heal people. They are right in that Satan would not heal if he could because this would sabotage his agenda (see Mathew 12:22-37). However, Satan can alleviate symptoms, thus creating an illusion of healing, so that people will be deceived and worship him instead of God (see 2 Kings 1).

12: Reiki may be more accessible than Christian healing to some minorities. For example, the church often regards people in need of healing (such as people with medical conditions or disabilities) as recipients of ministry rather than as ministers of God. Thus, there may be fewer opportunities and less encouragement for these people to serve with gifts of healing. Reiki would be appealing to such people, therefore, because it is inclusive in that regard.

 

 

As a last note, I recommend the following books:

Healing Energy: Whose Energy is it? By Randy Clark and Susan Thompson

Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack Deere

The Essential Guide to Healing by Bill Johnson and Randy Clark

 

To proceed to part 3 of this series, click here:

https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-3-whyhealing-in-the-name-of-jesus-and-healing-with-reiki-symbols-cannot-truly-be-reconciled/

To go back to part 1, click here:

https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-1-so-what-is-reiki-anyway/

 

Links:

1: Materialism

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/materialism

 

2: Our Vision – Christian Healing Certification

https://healingcertification.com/about-chcp/our-vision

 

3: Mikao Usui, Reiki Founder

http://reikiinmedicine.org/popular/mikao-usui-reiki-healing/

 

4: Reductionism

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/reductionism

 

5: Reiki, Questions and Answers

http://www.reiki.org/faq/questions&answers.html

 

6: Workshop 4 (Healing Conference 2005) Randy Clark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj0Pkun62n4

 

 

 

The Occult Practice of Reiki Part 1: So What is Reiki, Anyway?

This is part 1 of a series on Reiki, why it is a dangerous spiritual practice, and why it is not compatible with Christianity. At the end of this post is a list of numbered links, which are referenced as well throughout the post.

 

Before I begin, I would like to apologize for taking forever to write a new post—okay, roughly two months, but still. I ran into some… er, um… rather unfortunate events that stood in the way of my progress. But now, I have returned! So let’s get started.

 

Reiki is a modality of energy healing that originated in Japan. The founder, Dr. Mikao Usui (1865-1926) was a Buddhist, but studied world religions. The first story circulated about Dr. Usui in the U.S. was that he was a Christian minister. However, researchers have found that though it is possible that Dr. Usui could have been a Christian, it is not likely. The claim that he was a Christian was most likely invented to make Reiki more acceptable to the West because of the political tension between America and Japan at the time. Dr. Usui’s supposed healing ability was acquired through a spiritual experience on a mountain after fasting. In his experience, the Reiki symbols were imparted and interpreted to him (see links 2 & 8). The symbols stand for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing (see link 7).

Doing Reiki involves laying hands on or over the recipient and channeling so-called “Universal Life force Energy” through oneself in order to stimulate the body’s healing process by balancing the recipient’s energies (see link 5). The practitioner focuses on the seven “chakras,” through which the energy flows. Chakras are supposedly spinning wheels or vortexes of light in the person’s spiritual anatomy. The objective of balancing the energies is to cleanse the person of negative energies. Supposedly, the seven main chakras are located on the pelvic area, lower and upper abdomen, heart, throat, forehead, and crown. These chakras supposedly correspond to the vibrational frequencies of the colors of the rainbow, as well as the notes of the musical alphabet. Additionally, there are said to be chakras on the palms of the hands. Healing energy is said to flow through the chakras of the practitioner to the client (see links 1 & 3).

Individuals become practitioners and masters by undergoing rituals to activate their healing energies and awaken their consciousness. In these rituals, a Reiki master draws invisible symbols on the hands and forehead of the person with their finger, and blows healing energy onto the person as a form of impartation. The recipient of the ritual closes their eyes so as not to see the symbols being drawn (see link 4). The ritual is quite more involved than that, but that is the gist of it. Sometimes, individuals have spiritual experiences as a result of undergoing this impartation ritual (see link 5).

When an individual practices Reiki, they may experience a number of signs. These include, but are not limited to, the sensation of warm energy flowing from the head to the hands, receiving psychic information, and hot, cool, or tingling hands (see link 6). Psychic information is received through the chakras. For instance, seeing visions or images is associated with the third-eye chakra, hearing sounds or voices is associated with the throat chakra, and receiving a knowing or wisdom is associated with the crown chakra. During a session, the practitioner may receive information about the client, including messages from so-called “spirit guides,” spirits who appear to be the deceased, and spirits who seem to be religious figures such as angels, Buddha, or Christ (see link 1). The practitioner may receive information about the client’s past lives, spiritual conflicts, emotional wounds, relationship issues, finances, and so on (see link 5).

Although Reiki is a Buddhist practice in origin and popular in New Age spirituality, the chakra system is an idea taken from Hinduism (see link 3). Promoters of Reiki believe, however, that this practice is compatible with any religion or belief system because the energy is universal and therefore available to everyone (see link 5). As I will show in later posts, however, Reiki is not compatible with Christianity. This post has been a brief overview of what Reiki is. If you want to know more about this practice, then you will need to do your own research. The purpose of this summarization of Reiki is to set a foundation for my series of posts on this practice and why it is not compatible with Christianity, as well as why it is dangerous to mess with.

To proceed to part 2 of this series, click here: https://proclaiminglibertyblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/the-occult-practice-of-reiki-part-2-why-do-some-christians-practice-reiki/

 

Here is the promised list of links for your additional research:

1: Chakra Descriptions

http://psychiclibrary.com/beyondBooks/chakra-descriptions/

 

2: Mikao Usui, Reiki Founder

http://reikiinmedicine.org/popular/mikao-usui-reiki-healing/

 

3: Reiki and the Chakras

http://www.chakras.info/reiki-chakras/

 

4: Reiki Level 1 Step-by-Step Attunement

http://www.vitalitylink.com/tutorial-reiki-293-reiki-level-step-step-attunement-procedure

 

5: Reiki, Questions and Answers

http://www.reiki.org/faq/questions&answers.html

 

6: Reiki Sensations

http://iarp.org/reiki-sensations/

 

7: The Reiki Symbols

http://www.reiki.org/reikinews/symbols.html

 

8: What Is the History of Reiki?

http://www.reiki.org/faq/historyofreiki.html

 

 

Proclaiming Liberty: A Blog for People Recovering from the Occult

If you are into the occult, coming out of the occult, or recovering from the occult, then you have stumbled upon this blog for a reason.

Hi, curious readers. You did not land on this blog by chance. God has a purpose for you to be here right now.

Let me introduce myself. I go by Gabriella Claire. To be 100% honest with you, this is not my real name, but only my screen name. Those who have come out of the occult will understand that there are various legitimate reasons to remain pseudonymous.

The short version of my testimony is that I was raised a Christian, delved into New Age ideas and practices, wound up in a crisis of faith, and joined a cult that caused me to have traumatic spiritual experiences. The good news is that God was looking out for me, and Jesus delivered me. After leaving the cult and turning my life to Christ, it took a while for me to completely leave New Age ideas and practices behind as God gradually revealed His truth to me.

Ever since Christ set me free from the occult, I have desired to help others who have come from similar situations because God has placed compassion in my heart to do so. Recently, I looked on the Internet to see if there is a Christian support group for people recovering from the occult, and I was surprised not to have readily found anything. (If you do know of such a group, please comment that information below this post). Needless to say, there are a lot of questioning, confused, conflicted, and traumatized souls out there who are not getting the help that they need. While I am not necessarily qualified to make this an official support group, here is what I will offer:

1: Posts about my testimony and experiences with the occult.

2: Posts offering a fresh perspective on why the occult is false. You won’t just get a “Don’t do it because I said so” from me. I will share insights that God has given me on the subject.

3: You may contact me with prayer requests, if you need a friend to confide in, or if you need to ask questions. E-mail me at:

gabriella.claire33@gmail.com

I will attempt to check my e-mail at least once daily because I understand how immediate spiritual crises can be, and I would like to get back to you as soon as possible. I must add a disclaimer, which is that I cannot guarantee the confidentiality of your messages since electronic mediums of communication have limited security. However, I will not tell anyone what you share with me without your prior permission.

Well, that is all that I have to share for now. Stick around for future posts.

Take care, and blessings,

Gabriella Claire

 

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor” (Isaiah 61:1-3).

[Also see Luke 4:18-19].

 

P.S. Here’s a song…

 

Matt Maher – Isaiah 61: