What am I missing about Reiki?
All living beings are alive because life force is flowing through them.
Simply put, Reiki is the life force energy itself that makes life possible. When one’s life force energy is low, we are more susceptible to illness, likely to feel stress, anxiety and fall prey to various emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, hurt and guilt.
The life force energy is so subtle that it also responds to thoughts and feelings. Negative thoughts or feelings attach themselves to the energy flowing within us and disrupt the flow of energy in our body. As a result, the flow of energy to the vital organs and cells in our body is disrupted, often resulting in physical, mental and/or emotional dis-ease.
Reiki increases the life force energy within us thereby charging the affected parts of our body to release the blocks. Reiki heals whether these blocks have already manifested as illness or are in the process of manifesting themselves. However, Reiki is not just another form of energy healing. Neither is it the manipulation of ones own energy to heal others.
Reiki is extremely simple to learn and practice and even a child can learn Reiki. This is because Reiki is not taught like any other skill, class or healing modality. It is passed on from a Master to a student in a Reiki class which “allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.” In fact, one does not need any prior skills, knowledge or intellectual capacity to learn Reiki and is therefore practiced by thousands of people across the world, across all ages, ethnicities, religions and backgrounds.
Reiki is more so a means of increasing one’s self awareness and inner refinement to tune into Supreme Consciousness. When one tunes-in to the Higher Self or that Supreme Consciousness which is the source of all and the end of all, there is nowhere else to go. In this space, everything is perfect. In this space, healing takes place effortlessly. So yes, Reiki heals.
Our inborn spiritual nature can create a mystical relationship with the Creator, giving meaning and purpose to our lives. Reiki simply creates a bridge between our spiritual yearning and the Source or the Creator.
If Reiki is spiritual, is it also Religious?
While Reiki is spiritual in nature and advances a student on their spiritual journey, it is not a religion and does not follow or propagate dogmas. Reiki works within you whether you believe in it or not.
In fact, many people who learn Reiki (with a spiritual bent of mind or the intention of spiritual advancement), have experienced that often religious teachings translate into becoming a way of life rather than simply being intellectual concepts.
I resonate with the Baha’i view that the successive prophets and messengers across the world, founded their faiths at different times in history, and each of the religions form part of one single meta-religion—a unified, systematic, progressive revelation, one school with many teachers. It is my view that at the heart of every religion and the teachings of all great beings and masters that have lived and walked this earth or have divinely imparted their teachings to their disciples, the fundamental teaching has been the same.
In the Baha’i tradition, Baha’is believe in the independent investigation of reality, and encourage everyone to question dogma, tradition and superstition by embarking on a personal search to discover the truth. Reiki sets us on the path of self discovery to discover this very truth, for those who seek it.
Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i tradition has said:
Blessed and happy is he that ariseth to promote the best interests of the peoples and kindreds of the earth…It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.
In times when there are more forces dividing us than uniting us, I turn to this beautiful teaching to seek ways in which we may unite the human race. Perhaps each one us are that torch, that light source who can spread light within the universe and bring us closer to truly being “global citizens”. Through Reiki, we begin to experience the oneness of ourselves with all that exists. Perhaps Reiki which doesn’t divide us on the basis of any labels such as religion, race, creed, caste, gender, nationality etc. is that source that can unite us all at the basic level of who we are- Life Force Energy itself.
Is Reiki in conflict with Christianity & other faiths?
As Christians seek ways to increase and strengthen their spirituality, many have adopted practices to develop what is referred to as the “Gifts of the Spirit.” In I Corinthians 12:4-12, Paul speaks of the gifts including the power to heal. Paul also describes people within the church having roles as apostles, prophets, teachers, those who perform miracles, those who heal… (I Corinthians 12:28-31). As one of the spiritual gifts referred to is healing, devout Christians taking direction from the Corinthians have turned to the practice of Reiki.
Several Christians are also in search of different means to follow the teachings of Jesus more fully and become closer to God. In this attempt we often forget the examples Jesus set for us. Many of these focused on healing others (Matt: 14:14, Mark 3:10, Luke 4:38-39). And much of his healing was done by laying on hands. Here are a few examples:
In Matthew 8:14-15, Jesus uses touch to heal Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever. In Mark 1:40-42 Jesus uses his hands to heal a man with leprosy. This is also mentioned in Luke 5:12-13. Matthew 20:29-34 describes how Jesus healed two blind men by touching their eyes and in Mark 8:22-25 Jesus uses his hands to heal another blind man. In Mark 7:32 35 he uses touch to heal a man who is deaf and can’t speak. In Luke 7:12-15, Jesus raises a dead man by touching his coffin and in Luke 8:49-55 Jesus uses touch to return a dead girl to life.
The scriptures clearly indicate healing as an appropriate practice for Christians to be involved with. If you practice Christianity (or any other religion or faith) it is undoubtedly important to you and may even be fundamental to the way you live your life. Those who have a solid foundation in their faith know that God (or the Supreme, by any such name you may call it) will always protect and guide you. Those Christians who prac tice Reiki do so within the guidance and protection of God, secure in the belief that they have been guided to follow Jesus’ example to be a healer.
If you feel drawn to learn Reiki and yet torn because you are unsure whether it would be disrespectful towards or disharmonious with your religious faith, turn to your heart.
When you open your heart to gaining a clear understanding of what Reiki is and how it will support your highest intention for yourself, you will know whether you should take up the practice of Reiki.
To know the Creator, the Self or the Source is a life long journey of discovering the “unknowable essence”. We are fortunate to have great beings, masters, saints and the Source itself in the form of Reiki that bring us closer to discovering ourselves and progressing on our inner journey. It is the limitations of the mind and layers of social conditioning that prevent us from achieving the highest.
- Tablets of Baha’u’llah
- http://christianreiki.org/ (with references from Corinthians & The Bible)
- The Source, through Rackhee Trust