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:


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

1: Chakra Descriptions


2: Mikao Usui, Reiki Founder


3: Reiki and the Chakras


4: Reiki Level 1 Step-by-Step Attunement


5: Reiki, Questions and Answers


6: Reiki Sensations


7: The Reiki Symbols


8: What Is the History of Reiki?