Vigor: The WORD of the Day


I don’t normally write posts about the word of the day because I don’t want to interrupt the flow of the subject that I have been blogging on, which currently happens to be Reiki. However, God has made it clear that He wants me to write about the word of the day today, or more specifically His Word. Therefore, this post will remain on topic with the series that I have been writing thus far.


Basically, vigor means physical and mental strength, health, and vitality. It is all well and good to have vigor, but what about when we get tired, stressed out, depressed, foggy-minded, and so on? Alternatively, what if we have mental and physical vigor but are struggling spiritually? Then what do we do?

Well, the answer depends on the person. Some people turn to medicine, others to sleep, others to therapy, others to exercise, and still others to relaxation. Of course, all of these things are necessary and fantastic ways to renew the mind and body! However, medicine runs out or wears off, therapy must come to a close, the wake-up alarm must go off, and so on. So what about the spirit?


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).


In Jesus, the Son of God, we have life (or vitality, if you will) that is eternal, not temporary. Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross for us to save our lives. When He died, He took the penalty for our sins upon Himself, and when He rose again on the third day, He conquered sin and death once and for all. Because of this, we are free, forgiven, righteous, and washed clean of all of our sins if we believe in Jesus and receive His gift of salvation.


Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NIV). In order to have vigor, we must rest. Nothing offered by this world can provide us with spiritual vigor. Therefore, God offered His Son, who is our only true source of spiritual vigor. The world is always telling us to do, earn, and achieve. We are expected to go, go, go until we exhaust ourselves, neglecting our spiritual needs in the busy chaos of society. Thankfully, while the world is works-based, Christ is grace-based. In contrast to the world, God tells us to rest, to trust in Him, and to rely on His grace. On our own, we are weak, no matter how much effort we exert; but with God, we have strength and power simply by resting in His grace.


“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).


You are probably wondering how this relates to Reiki. It has everything to do with Reiki. This energy healing practice is said to promote a sense of peace and wellbeing, as well as health and vitality. The Reiki practitioner, who channels universal life force energy, is said to be allowing the very love of God to flow through their hands to the recipient. Life force energy is said to be warm, soothing, and tingly. That sounds like grace, doesn’t it?


In truth, however, Reiki is works-based. “Okay,” you might say, “but what makes it any different from medicine or therapy?” Let’s use these two as examples. Medicine is used to treat a person physically and psychologically. Therapy involves a professional helping a client with their mental, emotional, social, and spiritual issues. However, neither claim to give a person spiritual life as Reiki does. Yes, the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected, so means such as medicine or therapy can have positive effects on the spirit by benefiting the mind and body. Therapy can even have a direct positive effect on the spirit when spiritual issues are addressed, especially if God is called upon for guidance. In that event, God would be the source of spiritual life, not the therapy itself. Nevertheless, spiritual assistance and spiritual life are two different things.

Reiki, however, not only claims to directly give, but to be, spiritual life; hence universal life force energy. So which is it, then? Is Jesus the way, truth, and life, or is Reiki? Jesus and Reiki are obviously not synonymous. While Jesus is a personal member of the triune God, Reiki is supposedly an impersonal force. Since Jesus is the life (John 14:6), then life is a person, not a force. That being said, universal life force energy isn’t really life force energy at all.


Reiki practitioners believe that they are passively allowing energy to flow through them and that the energy is intelligent, doing all of the healing work. In reality, many Reiki practitioners meditate in the sense of attempting to achieve higher states of consciousness. They use mental exercises in order to receive psychic information. They supposedly manipulate energy by hovering their hands over the recipient for a long time, combing through the auric field with their fingers, and using visualizations to cleanse and balance energies. In other words, they use superstitious techniques, as if these will heal a person. Furthermore, Reiki requires rituals, and often money, in order for a person to gain healing ability in the first place. The Holy Spirit cannot be earned, however, because He is a gift of grace (Acts 8:18-24).


Therefore, Reiki is not of grace, but it is yet another work of the flesh to drain you. By grace through faith we have been saved (Ephesians 2:8), not by works. Witchcraft is a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21), so Reiki is witchcraft. Reiki is not of the Spirit, but of the flesh; not of life, but of death; not of God, but of the devil. Reiki gives off an illusion of grace, but in reality, it is a counterfeit gift. When hurting and hungry people ask for bread (life and grace), Reiki gives them a stone (works and death), despite claiming that it offers good gifts (see Matthew 7:9-11). Unlike Reiki, God gives good gifts. He gives His Spirit, life, grace, healing, salvation, and deliverance to those who ask Him in faith. God gives us bread when we ask for it, not a stone!


“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, ESV). Abundant life is a great description for vitality. Again, Jesus offers us spiritual life. Since Reiki claims to be what it is not, it is a deception and thus a tool of the thief (Satan) who comes to steal, kill, and destroy.


“’Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6).


“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).


By our own effort we can do nothing, but through Christ and by His Spirit we can do the impossible. The vigor (strength, power, health, and vitality) that God offers is far superior to what the world offers. Reiki only creates an illusion of healing by alleviating some symptoms. Even worse, it gives many people frightening demonic experiences. Reiki offers false promises of healing. God is the only one who saves, delivers, and heals, and His promises are always true (see Psalm 12:6).


“I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26, KJV).


“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5, NIV).


Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to seek an alternative form of healing. He died on the cross to be our healing, salvation, deliverance, life, peace, and our everything! We are to seek Him (not Reiki or any other form of witchcraft) with all of our heart, and we will find Him (see Jeremiah 29:13).


“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14, NIV).

Spiritual vigor comes not from temporary fixes or from counterfeits, but from the Spirit of God! Therefore, we must put our hope and trust not in worldly things but in the Lord.


“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7, NIV).


“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:30-31, NIV).


And now for some songs, for all of my fellow music lovers out there:

I am the God that Healeth Thee by Don Moen

Strong in Us by Bethel


Our God is Greater by Shane Bernard and Shane Everett


Your Grace is Enough by Matt Maher


Everlasting God by Lincoln Brewster


To go back to part 5 of this series on Reiki and learn more about the life that Christ offers, click here:


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The Occult Practice of Reiki Part 5: Is Reiki Really for Life?

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21, NIV).


In this fifth part of this series on Reiki, I will speak life into you. As I shared in part 4 of this series, (see,

I had some freaky spiritual experiences as a result of practicing Reiki, including demonic dreams and telekinesis. When I repented of practicing Reiki, Satan put the fear into my mind that I would not be able to get rid of it and that I was therefore cursed. My friend/former Reiki master had told me during initiation that once you are attuned to Reiki, it stays with you for life. Before I had decided to renounce Reiki and was experiencing cognitive dissonance about it, I had been afraid to give it up because I thought it was a gift from God. So, I took comfort in the scripture that says that the gifts of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29), thinking that if I ever gave Reiki up but still had the ability, then that would be proof that it was really from God. Once I became certain that Reiki is demonic and gave it up, however, I became afraid that it might indeed be irrevocable. That made me incredibly sad because I thought that from then on, I would have to pray for others’ healing without laying hands on them for fear of infecting them. Needless to say, I felt very guilty, ashamed, and contaminated. I was inconsistent about whether I would lay hands on others when praying for healing or not, because half of me wanted to believe that my fear was a lie, but the other half of me believed that it was true.

Up until recently—a few days ago, in fact—I had pushed my fear to the back of my mind and buried my feelings because they were too overwhelming. In the middle of the night, however, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart that Jesus is for life, not Reiki. That truth has given me freedom. Remember that though Satan is the accuser (Revelation 12:10), there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1).

When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus opposed him with scripture, saying “It is written… It is written… It is written…” (Matthew 4:1-11). God commands us to follow Jesus’s example. Ephesians 6:13 says to put on the armor of God so that we can stand our ground when Satan attacks us. Furthermore, verse 17 tells us to use the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.


“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12, NIV).


If you are a Christian who has practiced Reiki, and particularly if you have had spiritually traumatic experiences with it and fear that you’ll be stuck with it for life, then here are your weapons.


It is written: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).


It is written: “Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life’” (John 4:13-14, NIV).


It is written: “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive” (John 7:37-39, NIV).


It is written: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:28-30, NIV).


It is written: “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).


It is written: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’” (Galatians 3:13, NRSV).


It is written: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).


It is written: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV).


It is written: “For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29, NIV).


These scriptures reveal that, not only is Jesus for life, but He is for eternity! Jesus sacrificed His life for us on the cross as an atonement for our sins so that we may have eternal life. Then, He filled us with His Holy Spirit, His living water, when we believed in Him. Since we now have everlasting life in Christ, Satan cannot snatch us out of God’s hand! Satan cannot undo, whether with Reiki or some other form of spiritual bondage, what God has done for us. You don’t have to worry anymore that you are cursed for life with Reiki, because Jesus took our curses away when He bore them on the cross! Now this is the good and perfect gift of God that is truly irrevocable! Nothing—especially not Reiki—can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ! Reiki isn’t our life force, Jesus is!


“A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy” (Matthew 8:2-3, NIV).


Back in Biblical times, no one would dare touch someone with leprosy for fear of catching it, but Jesus touched this man and made him whole! Therefore, fear not! You are not untouchable to Jesus! Once when Jesus healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, He referred to healing as saving life (Mark 3:1-5). Therefore, fear not, because Jesus has saved your life from the life-long sentence of Reiki! You are not contaminated, my sisters and brothers in Christ.


“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:13-15, NIV).


If you are not a Christian and have had frightening experiences with Reiki, and you want a way out, then Jesus is your answer! When the first humans, Adam and Eve, fell prey to temptation from the devil and sinned by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, this caused humanity to fall from grace (Genesis 3). This brought death, sickness, curses, oppression, and more sin into the world. God gave humanity laws to obey, but it was impossible for humanity to be perfect, so they atoned for their sins by sacrificing animals (Exodus 20). Finally, roughly 2,000 years ago, God sent His only Son, Jesus to the Earth. He was born of a virgin, Mary, as a human (Luke 1:26-38). During His earthly ministry, Jesus showed the Father’s love by forgiving sins, preaching the good news, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead (John 11; Luke 4:18-19; Mark 1:34; Matthew 8:16), but the religious leaders and the world rejected Him and thus crucified Him (Matthew 26-27). However, it had been the Father’s plan all along for Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross as a once-and-for-all atonement for our sins so that we can have everlasting life and freedom from condemnation, sin, death, curses, sickness, and oppression (John 3:16; Galatians 3:13; Matthew 8:17; Romans 6:23). God resurrected Jesus from the dead three days after His crucifixion as proof of our new life in Him (1 Corinthians 6:14; Romans 6:4). When we believe in Jesus and that He sacrificed His life for us and rose from the dead, then we become children of God, born again of the Spirit (John 1:12-13, 3:1-21). If you want Jesus to be your personal Lord, Savior, deliverer, and healer, then all you have to do is confess your sins to Him, pray for His forgiveness, and ask Him into your heart. God gives us the gift of faith, and when we believe in His Son and what He has done for us, we receive His free gift of grace (Ephesians 2:8). God has given the gift, and all you have to do is receive it! Jesus will set you free from Reiki, and from all of your sins!


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:1-18, NIV).


Finally, here are some songs to touch your heart and sing life into you:


How Can It Be? by Lauren Daigle

Give My Life to You/Our King has Come by Elevation Worship



Eternal Life by Eric Welch




1: Bible Gateway



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



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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





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:

To go back to part 1, click here:



1: Materialism


2: Our Vision – Christian Healing Certification


3: Mikao Usui, Reiki Founder


4: Reductionism


5: Reiki, Questions and Answers


6: Workshop 4 (Healing Conference 2005) Randy Clark




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?