There are many people, who are dealing with a physical or mental illness and are looking for healing. But many of these people, who are sick are often looking in the wrong places. One of these places is a Reiki practice. Reiki seems harmless, but is it really harmless? What is Reiki exactly? Where does it come from? What is the history of Reiki? May a Christian practice Reiki? May a Christian visit a Reiki therapist? What does the Word say? What is the danger of Reiki? In this blog post I would like to answer these questions and look at what the Word of God says about it.
What does Reiki means?
Reiki is derived from two Japanese words: ‘Rei’, which means ‘spirit’ or ‘soul’ and ‘Ki’, what means life energy or power. Reiki means spiritual energy. The western translation of Reiki is ‘universal life energy’, also called ‘the life’.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is an alternative therapy, whereby through the laying on of hands, a transfer of energy takes place. The Reiki therapist is a mediator and transfers universal life energy, also called cosmic energy or spiritual energy to the patient. This energy should restore the harmony in the body of the patient, and quicken the natural healing process (mentally and physically). Any blockade in the energy streams of the body, which are caused by traumatic experiences or negative experiences from the past, will be dissolved by the laying on of hands.
There is no need for a medical diagnoses of the problem, because the energy finds its way by itself, through the body and spirit of the patient (although they call it spirit, it is in reality the soul).
Because of the fact that a Reiki therapist doesn’t use his/her own energy, but a universal energy, any mental illnesses (tensions, depression etc.) or physical diseases from the Reiki therapist will not be transferred to the patient.
The life energy can be transferred, not only through the means of laying on of hands, but can also be transferred from a distance.
The energy the Reiki therapist uses is present everywhere. They consider this energy; this power as the fundament of the world.
The history of reiki
Reiki is developed by the Japanese buddhist: Mikao Usui (1865-1926). He developed a system as a way to happiness, harmony and spiritual development. Through fasting and meditation his system took on a more concrete form and through teachings he passed it on to others.
After WOII, Reiki came to the western world.
Three grades of Reiki
There are 3 grades of Reiki. At each grade the student is being taught new techniques, so that the energy becomes more powerful and more intense
- During the first grade (Shoden) the student will learn the basics of Reiki, the principles, and chakra’s. The student will receive four initiations, through which (s)he can transfer universal energy and through which the channel is being activated. Different forms of hand positions will also be taught during the first grade.
- During the second grade (Okuden), three symbols will be activated. The student will learn to use symbols, which will expand the opening of the energy channels. The student also learns to apply Reiki from a distance, and transfer energy through the mind to a person.
- During the third grade (Shinpiden), which is divided in part A and B, the student will be taught more symbols and mantra’s, which belongs to the symbols. If a student passes part A, (s)he becomes an aspirant master (the student has the master energy, but without the symbols which give the authority to teach Reiki to others). If a student passes part B, (s)he becomes a Reiki master and will receive the symbols, which allow him/her to teach Reiki to others and initiate them.
The use of symbols
Reiki uses symbols, which originate from Tantrism, buddhism, and Gi-Gong. By using these symbols it is possible to send energy and to initiate processes. Symbols are being used to evoke energy. The Reiki therapist makes a connection by using these symbols. To give an example: they us the mantra ‘hon-sha-ze-sho-nen’ , which means the following:
No past, no present, nor future
The buddha in me reaches the buddha in you to give enlightenment and promote peace
You are unlimited, you are
Use Reiki techniques to build bridges
By applying Reiki techniques, you can build bridges to the past, over distance to other persons, and to the future.
- Reiki builds bridges to the past
If a patient has suffered a traumatic experience during childhood or adolescence, the therapist can use Reiki techniques to connect to another time period. What the therapist does, is that (s)he goes back to the moment of the traumatic experience, and re-live it. But now the patient makes another decision, and because of that the outcome will also be different.
- Reiki builds bridges from a distance to other persons
How do you build a bridge (connection) from a distance to another person? By saying out loud the name of the person 3 times and why you want to connect to this person. Then you will say the symbols, and think about the person for 20-30 minutes.
- Reiki builds bridges to the future
Reiki techniques can be used to build a bridge to the future. You are not able to change the future, but you are able to change the way that you will go into the future and change that. You can ‘purify’ the future.
When a patient has physical problems, then the therapist can also use massage therapy. Through massage therapy, they will try to dissolve the blockades. By using massage therapy the accumulated energy at a certain place will be spread.
Different forms of Reiki
There are different kinds of Reiki: Usui Reiki, Usui Reiki Ryoho, Usui Teate, Essential Reiki, Angel Reiki, Lightarian Reiki, Seichem, Tera-mai, Keltische Reiki, Tummo Reiki, Jikiden Reiki, Shambhala Reiki and Angels energy.
Reiki en chakra’s
The hand positions of Reiki on the body, cover and treat all the main chakra’s in the human body.
The seven chakra’s in the body are connected with the organs and the different layers in the aura. The chakra’s take energy and transfer these, via channels through the body
The chakra’s are therefore responsible for activating bodily functions, like breathing, walking, speaking etc.
Through yoga and meditation you can open chakra’s in your body. You can read about the danger of opening chakra’s in the blogpost ‘the danger of yoga’
Reiki vs the Word of God
Now that you know what Reiki is, and where it comes from, let us have a look at Reiki and what the Word of God says about it.
Reiki and the creation
Reiki originates from buddhism and says: “there is no God”. They don’t believe in God, nor a god or gods, but they believe in a universal energy. The whole universe, and all there is within, is created out of this energy.
What does the Word say about creation?
God is the Creator of the heaven and the earth. Everything is created through the Word (Jesus) by the power of the Holy Spirit. God spoke the Word, and through His power it came into existence.
In the beginning, El-Elohim (Plural God; God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit) created the heaven and the earth (Gen 1:1)
Let them praise the name of the Lord Jehovah: for He commanded, and they were created (Ps 148:5)
To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: He called them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one fails (Isa 40:25-26)
“I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded”
Thus saith God the Lord, He that created the heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that gives breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein (Isa 42:5)
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded (Isa 45:12)
For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else (Isa 45:18)
God, who created all things by Jesus Christ (Eph 3:9)
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist (Col 1:15-17)
The two spiritual kingdom in the universe
There are two spiritual kingdoms:
- The kingdom of God
- The kingdom of the devil
Every person, who is born on this earth, belongs to one of these kingdoms. There are no more choices, and there will never be more choices. It is impossible to belong to both kingdoms, it is either one or the other.
Reiki is not based upon the Word of God
In the Word we read that the heavens and the earth, and all there is within, is created by God, El-Elohim (Jehovah-God, the Word; Jesus, the power; the Holy Spirit). Nothing is created outside of the Word.
Reiki isn’t originated from, nor build upon the Word; Jesus Christ, but has it’s origin in Buddhism, the teachings of Buddha, a human being. Reiki is a philosophy and doctrine of man, therefore it belongs to the kingdom of the devil, and not to the Kingdom of God.
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe (1Co 1:20,21)
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness (1Co 3:19)
Reiki gets its energy and power
from the kingdom of darkness
Both kingdoms have power and might. When you don’t get your power out of one kingdom, you automatically get your power out of the other kingdom.
Reiki doesn’t act in the Name of Jesus, but acts by itself, by opening yourself up for energy; universal power. This energy, that is being generated, is not derived from the Holy Spirit. Because only a born-again Christian, who is born of water and Spirit, possesses the Holy Spirit and operates in His power.
A person, who is not born again, acts out of his own power and moves in the spiritual world in its own power; soul power. This can be very dangerous, because if you enter the spiritual world out of your soul power, than you open yourself up for demonic forces (evil spirits) to enter your life. These evil spirits take possession of you and will rule your life. They will possess you completely.
The energy must come from somewhere, it is either out of the Kingdom of God (power of the Holy Spirit), or out of the kingdom of the devil (power from demons (evil spirits))
The danger of Reiki for therapists
Reiki therapists empty themselves and open up their channels for evil spirits to enter their lives. They receive power and energy, which originates from the darkness. This energy and power doesn’t bring forth healing or life, but disaster, other illnesses, sickness and death.
Reiki therapists consider Reiki as harmless. But what they don’t know is that the devil gives them power and energy, and in return he demands sacrifices from the person.
What you will see in the life of a Reiki therapist is, that in the beginning (s)he will be successful, and the patients will see a positive result in their lives. But after a period of time, things will change. Maybe the Reiki therapist will become tired, moody, unhappy, depressed, developing fears, anxieties, become ill, sick, involved in sexual uncleanness and commit adultery, or his/her marriage will go down the hill and ends in a divorce.
The devil shall give more power, but at a certain moment the Reiki therapist will have to pay the price for it. When a person opens himself/herself for the power of the devil, it will not be without consequences and without danger.
The danger of Reiki for patients
There are many patients, who are ignorant and don’t realise that during the laying on of hands, demonic forces will be transferred and that after their treatment, they belong to the darkness, whether they want to or not.
When you visit a Reiki therapist, you will enter the territory of the devil. When you enter the territory of the devil, it will not be without danger.
Not only is your body and soul dedicated to the devil, through the laying on of hands and by certain rituals, but you will also experience these dark evil forces in your life. You shall become possessed with these demonic forces, which will express in serious diseases, depressions, moodiness, fears, anxieties, anger, sexual uncleanness etc. (These are the same things that the Reiki therapist will experience)
The devil is an imitator
The devil will always try to imitate God; what God does, he will also try. Jesus says, that when a person is born again of water and Spirit, the person belongs to the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit will dwell in the born-again believers, and they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover (Mark 16:18).
Now, the devil copied this for his own kingdom and for his followers.
The Christians; the followers of Jesus, lay hands in the Name of Jesus (in His authority) upon the sick, and they shall recover. They cannot lay hands on the sick in their own authority and out of their flesh, their soul power.
The devil knows the power of laying on of hands, and that it is a biblical principle. But he uses this principle for his own purpose and his own kingdom. He twists the truth into a lie.
By using visions, the devil has inspired a man (Mikao Usui) and instructed him, by using satanic symbols, to open himself up for the so called universal life energy, which is nothing more than demonic energy, and to transfer this energy through the laying on of hands to every given individual. These individuals will also receive this energy, and therefore open themselves up for demonic forces. Through the laying on of hands many people are taken captive by the darkness; by the devil, and he will not let go easily.
Do Christian Reiki therapists exist?
No! When you say that you are a Christian; a born-again believer, and you practice Reiki, than you are nothing more than a name Christian, and therefore you are no Christian. Because there are no name Christians in the Kingdom of God, only sons of God; born again believers. A born again believer would have a discernment of spirits. Therefore a born again believer would see the danger of Reiki.
The truth is that you belong to the kingdom of the devil, and you work in his kingdom using his power. You work with the strategies that come from buddhism, which belongs to the kingdom of the devil, and has nothing in common with the Kingdom of God.
If you would work in the Name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, then you wouldn’t need symbols, principles or strategies, to generate this universal life energy.
Is a Christian allowed to visit a Reiki therapist?
No! Because you have been bought with the blood of Jesus; you belong to Him. You don’t belong to yourself anymore, but you belong to God. He is your Jehovah-Rapha; He is your Healer.
Reiki is occult and has nothing in common with the Word of God.
Christians shouldn’t visit a Reiki therapist, but instead they should hold on to the Word of God; believe and stand on the Word, and uncover the evil works of darkness.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light:for whatsoever doth make manifest is light (Eph 5:11-13)
Unfortunately, through a lack of knowledge of God’s Word, and through a lack of knowledge of the Kingdom of God and the spiritual world, many people walk into the trap of the devil and will eventually fall and be destroyed.
Many Christians are name Christians; they say that they believe, but their works and their walk contradict what they say. They are not born again, and don’t bear the fruit of the Spirit, but they live like the world, and therefore bear the fruit of the world.
Many people in church think that the spiritual world, and speaking in tongues is over-exaggerated. They do not believe in the laying on of hands in the Name of Jesus Christ. While they do believe in reiki and practise Reiki, yoga and make strange sounds, and take buddha’s into their homes. Without knowing they open themselves up for the devil and demonic forces to enter their lives.
Many churches copy Reiki methods
Unfortunately many churches not only use psychological methods, in order to help and heal people, but they also use Reiki methods. They don’t rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, but they rely on human methods.
To give you an example: when you look at the phenomenon ‘building bridges’, we read that by means of these bridges, a person goes back in the mind, to the past, to the moment of a specific traumatic or negative experience, and makes another decision. Because of making another decision, the negative or traumatic experience, will be solved.
Many churches do the same thing. The only difference with Reiki is, that they go back in their mind to the past with Jesus. They go back in their mind to the moment of the traumatic experience, and give it to Jesus and that way solve the problem.
But these are lies of the devil. Jesus doesn’t have to go back with you in your mind to the past. Because the Word says, that you’rein Him a new creation, and that old things; your past and your former life, have past away, and all things have become new.
No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:62)
The problem of many believers today is, that they’re not willing to let go or can’t let go of their past. They won’t or are just not able to lay down their old life; the old man. Because of that, they walk around, carrying heavy burdens from the past. While Jesus wants to give them a new life. But they just won’t or can’t let go.
What does Jesus say about the universal life energy; life?
The universal life energy is also called ‘the life’. What does Jesus say about the life? The Word says:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not (Jn 1:1-5)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (Jn 3:16)
He that believes on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him (Jn 3:36)
“For as the Father has life in Himself; so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself”
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life (Jn 5:24)
For as the Father has life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself (Jn 5:26)
For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst (Jn 6:33, 35)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me hath everlasting life (Jn 6:47)
Read also John 6:22-59, where Jesus testifies several times about ‘the Life’
It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing:the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (Jn 6:63)
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life:he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believes in me shall never die. Believe thou this? (Jn 11:25-26)
I am the way, the truth, and the life:no man comes unto the Father, but by me (Jn 14:6)
Jesus is the life, and without Him a person is spiritual death. Therefore, when a person, who is spiritually death, dies, (s)he shall enter eternal death.
The godly energy
The only energy which is spoken of in the Word, is the power of the Holy Spirit. Everything is created by His power. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, nothing comes into existence. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are the Trinity Godhead. They always work together.
All signs, miracles and wonders, that Jesus did during His walk upon the earth, were done by the power of the Holy Spirit. The new creations; the sons of God, should also walk like Jesus did, and perform signs, miracles and wonders, by the godly energy; the power of the Holy Spirit.
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee (Luke 4:14)
And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandet the unclean spirits, and they come out (Luke 4:36)
The power of the Kingdom of God
Jesus speaks about the power of the Kingdom of God. Several scriptures are:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever (Mat 6:13)
You do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God (Mat 22:29, Mark 12:24)
Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power (Mark 9:1)
The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you (Luke 1:35)
Jesus gave authority and power to His disciples
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19)
Jesus promised His disciples power, by the coming of the Holy Spirit:
But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you (Acts 1:8)
We can conclude, from the Word, that everything has its existence in Him (Jehovah God, Jesus the Word and the Holy Spirit). The truth is that Jesus has the highest authority in the heavens and on earth; all power has been given to Him.
However each person decides in which power (s)he walks in; the power of God or the power of the devil.
‘Be the salt of the earth’