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Reiki and the Occult

reiki massageAnyone who remains skeptical about Reiki’s occult-connection should read this article by William Lee Rand, founder and president of the International Center for Reiki Training in which he gives practitioners tips on how increase the “strength and value” of their Reiki treatments.

Keeping in mind that the “source” of Reiki power is an unnamed entity [he calls it by a variety of names, from Jesus to Buddha], the following are the kinds of entities he recommends to be called into the room where a session is about to be held.

“Smudge the room with sage before and after a treatment to release any negative energies left by past clients and to act as a blessing," Rand writes. "As you smudge, call in the ancestors and the ascended masters and Reiki guides asking them to bless you and your client and to help you with your healing treatment. Place pictures of Dr. Usui, Dr. Hayashi, and Mrs. Takata around the room and ask them to be present also.”

Before the client comes in, practitioners are advised to “sit in a meditative state with your hands on your legs doing Reiki on yourself. Then after a few minutes, use your dominate hand to intently draw the Reiki Power symbol in light on each wall, and on the ceiling and floor. [Known as the Choku Rei, it is used to beckon the powers of the universe.] As you do this state ‘I bless this room with light’ three times for each place. Then draw the power symbol in the center of the room and send Reiki into the room to fill the room with healing energy. You can also send distant Reiki to your client while they are on their way to the session so they will be relaxed and in a receptive state when they arrive.”

He goes on to remind them that “giving Reiki is a spiritual experience and is more appropriately given with reverence. By meditating on the flow of Reiki as it passes through you, rather than talking [socializing during a session], you will not only experience the energy more directly, but will also increase its flow. . . . By using your inner eye, you may also be able to see the Reiki energy. This may appear as tiny particles of white or golden light, or other colors of energy flowing through you.”

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Adding prayer to your Reiki treatments is also an effective way to increase its strength, he says. “While you are giving a treatment, you can pray out loud or to yourself. Call on the ascended Reiki masters, or on Jesus, St. Germain, Buddha, Krishna, Babaji, or other ascended masters, angels, or spirit guides, or pray directly to the infinite God/Goddess or to the Reiki energy itself.” (Notice how Jesus is interchangeable with other gods and entities.)

“As you pray, ask that your Reiki be strengthened and ask it to bless you and your client . . . . By praying as you do Reiki, your prayers will be more powerful because when doing Reiki, you are more directly connected to the higher power which is the source of all answered prayer.”

He goes on to say that “special healing guides” can work with a practitioner to help improve the treatment. “While Reiki comes directly from God, there are spiritual guides who are adept at healing. They can add their Reiki energies to yours and also channel Reiki directly to the client. Many have reported that they felt additional hands on them and the presence of someone else in the room during a Reiki treatment. Having a sincere desire to help and praying that a healing guide or angel will come to help you can bring this about. Also, using the ‘Meet Your Reiki Guides’ tape listed in the newsletter can create this connection.”

He erroneously cites God as the source of Reiki power, even though this is utterly false. No where in Scripture does God reveal Himself to be an impersonal energy force. Instead, He revealed Himself to be a personal being, such as when Moses asked Him to identify Himself. The Almighty responded, “I am Who am”, not “I am what is”.

God also never allows His power to be channeled by anyone. Even though Christians often mistake the laying on of hands as a kind of Reiki, this is an incorrect interpretation. The hands are seen only as a symbol of intercession and have nothing to do with channeling energy. Nor does Jesus ever rely on His hands to heal. He also healed merely by spoken word.

Rand goes on to suggest that people use practices such as Chi Gong and Tai Chi as “methods of developing your Chi and opening the pathways that Chi or Ki flows through.” He goes on to say that “The pathways that are opened in these exercises are the same ones that Reiki flows through. On the average, most people who have practiced this type of moving meditation have stronger Reiki than those who have not.”

The bottom line is that Reiki is one of the most occult-based energy medicine practices in existence today and poses great spiritual danger to both practitioners and their clients.

The U.S. Bishops knew what they were doing when they condemned the use of Reiki in all Catholic institutions, saying that it “finds no support either in the findings of natural science or in Christian belief. For a Catholic to believe in Reiki therapy presents insoluble problems. In terms of caring for one's physical health or the physical health of others, to employ a technique that has no scientific support (or even plausibility) is generally not prudent.”