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Reiki - fantastic claims and other New Age wonders!


Reiki - fantastic claims and other New Age wonders!

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The latest in New Age movements, Reiki, has reached South Africa, with various urban legends already circulating, namely that Reiki is

a) Sanctioned by the Church, and that Pope John Paul II has attended Reiki seminars, and that various Priests and religious are running Reiki training sessions.

or as others would have it

b) Deliberately hidden secret "Gospels" of the Apostles".

Simply put, these claims are false and represent false teachings. At best, Reiki is sentimentalism (such as the past and future lives of a reiki practitioners pet), at worst it is false religion. From revisionist history to bizarre claims about Jesus Christ, Reiki is an experiment in the absurd.

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Excellent Christian websites addressing the truth about Reiki:-


Some claims about Reiki

Some of the amazing claims of Reiki include: (these are actual quotes taken from reiki websites). All emphasis has been added by the author.

A Brief Overview

"The knowledge that an unseen energy flows through all living things and is connected directly to the quality of health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times. The existence of this "life force energy" has been verified by recent scientific experiments, and medical doctors are considering the role it plays in the functioning of the immune system and the healing process."

Reiki claims not to be a religion, but is "spiritual" nonetheless

"While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

While Reiki is not a religion, for optimum well being in the light of Eastern medical theory that we are a mind-body-spirit unity, it is necessary to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures."

Past-life regressions?

Dog's Miraculous Transition by Melinda DeBoer

You may remember the article in the Fall Reiki News about Zeke’s healing from past life trauma manifesting as cancer. One of the greatest gifts that Zeke gave me was his love and passion for life. It was very hard for him to let go of his body. A psychic friend told me that a special ceremony would help Zeke release to the heart of God and would fill him with wisdom to make his choices....My psychic friend told me that Zeke will be coming back as a new species of Eagle to raise the consciousness of humankind. [Note:- Zeke appears to be a dog. That aside, a clear belief in transmigration of the soul from one species to another] 

They also indicated the attunement process itself was a powerful healing experience, releasing restrictions relating to their healing work they had unknowingly acquired when they were healers in past lives 

"His vision was confirmation of a past-life regression I had experienced in Palm Springs, California, in 1987. When we were in an altered state and told to look at our feet, I saw claws. Scanning the rest of my body, I saw a huge eagle. In that lifetime, I was able to transform my shape from human to eagle. I thought it was weird at the time because other people were having "normal" regressions, like queens and kings, Indians, Vikings, and so on, while I was flying around as an eagle! This past-life regression was in synch with my Reiki Master telling me that I was a shape shifter. I hadn't understood at the time, but after the regression it was instantly clear. Other past lives as a light being were verified through Reiki treatments when several people saw me as a body of light while I was channeling Reiki. There are two people I have worked on who have seen my spirit guide, an Eagle dancer."

Jesus Christ, not the Son of God, but merely (or possibly) a "Reiki Master", who also (possibly) spent time in the East learning Reiki spiritual mastery.

"It is not known whether Jesus was born with the ability to heal through touch or if this was something he acquired. His activities between age twelve and thirty are not mentioned in the Bible. It has been suggested by several researchers that during this time Jesus traveled to the East and was schooled in many of the mystical teachings of India, Tibet and China. If this is so, it is possible that Jesus was initiated into Reiki, or a Reiki like practice during this time as Reiki has his origins in India, Tibet and China.

The early followers of Jesus' teachings were made up of several groups. One such group was the Gnostics. They practiced laying on of hands and professed to have a secret knowledge that had been passed on to them by Jesus and his disciples. The Gnostics were made up of many smaller groups some of which were known as the Docetists, the Marcionites, and the Carpocratians. They were united by their core beliefs which included: a personal experience of Jesus or the "kingdom of heaven within," their freedom and lack of rules, guidelines or creeds and their reliance on inspiration and inner guidance. Their existence is attested to by the Gnostic gospels which are part of the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as a letter written in the second century AD by the early Church father, Clement of Alexandria. In Clement's letter, he spoke of a secret gospel of Mark which was based on the normal canonical one but with additions for special followers of Jesus, referred to as "those who were being perfected" and "those who are being initiated into the great mysteries." When Christianity became organized after the second century, its teachings were centered around faith and the official teachings of the church, rather than healing or "good works" and inner guidance as practiced by the Gnostics. At this time, those promoting the organization of the church began subduing and killing those Gnostics who would not conform with the authority of the newly developing Church. With the elimination of the Gnostics and the establishment of the Christian Church, the practice of laying on of hands by Christians was lost."  

Reiki has miraculous healing powers

"Reiki sessions cause patients to heal faster with less pain," says Marilyn Vega, RN, a private-duty nurse at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York. "Reiki accelerates recovery from surger, improves mental attitude and reduces the negative effects of medication and other medical procedures."


"In my work I have found it valuable to call on the services of clairvoyant healers to help with my own healing as well as to gain a better understanding of how healing energies work. One of the most clear clairvoyants I have worked with is Michelle Griffith. She has the ability to see and understand Reiki energy and tell the difference between different kinds of Reiki and other healing energies. In addition, she can read the aura and chakras, communicate with your guides and higher self, read past lives and help you understand and heal your issues. In the eight years I have worked with Michelle, I have never encountered an issue she was not able to help me with."

The Healing Power of Symbols

"I drew the Reiki power symbol on my hands and continued to do Reiki on myself, then asked her what she saw. She said, "Now I see the healing energy coming in your crown, but it goes right back out and forms a box of light around you - you are protecting yourself." Protection is one of the uses of the Power symbol!  Reiki uses various symbols, including

The Reiki Symbols
Activating Reiki Symbols
The Power Symbol
The Mental/Emotional Symbol
Healing Unwanted Habits
The Distant Healing Symbol
Using the Distant Healing Symbol
Group Distant Healing
Empowering Goals
Hand Positions for Self-Treatment
Alternate Treatment for Self or Others
Hand Positions for Treating Others
Scanning and Beaming
Giving a Complete Reiki Treatment "

New Age gibberish

Blessed By Spiritual Beings by William Lee Rand

Reiki can by used to develop and strengthen your connection to spiritual beings. This can be a very positive and helpful experience especially when you choose an enlightened being or work directly with God. In fact, for the most part, I suggest when using this technique, you focus on only connecting with enlightened beings or with God as these level of beings are the most trustworthy and can provide the greatest help. By enlightened beings, I am referring to those who are one with God, free of all ego and filled with compassion and wisdom. These include Jesus Christ, Mother Mary, the Holy Spirit, the Archangels, Quan Yin, Krishna, Buddha, and others. Also, when I refer to God, I am not referring to a male or female God, but to the One Supreme Being who is beyond male/female, yin/yang etc.

First decide which spiritual being you would like to work with. Choose one you are familiar with or feel guided to work with. If you are unfamiliar with enlightened beings, I suggest doing some reading about any of those mentioned above or any others you discover in your research. If you have any trouble deciding, I suggest you simply choose to work directly with God.

Once you have a spiritual being in mind, sit in a quiet place and say a prayer to the being asking to be more strongly connected with them and to receive their blessings. The use of a picture of the being can be helpful also. Then draw out the Reiki distant symbol along with any other symbols you are guided to use such as the master symbol and begin sending Reiki to them. As you do so, continue to pray asking that your connection become stronger and stronger. You can also pray for guidance for any project or issue you need help with, ask that your skill as a healer be improved and that your Reiki healing energies become more effective, or say prayers for others. 


Needless to add, Reiki is NOT associated with the The Church, the Catholic Charismatic Movement, or any other Christian ministry associated with the Church. It is nothing other than pure heresy, which detracts from Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord.

Clearly very popular, a keyword search on the Internet reveals over 3 million webpages devoted to Reiki. The writer found no websites dedicated to communicating the truths of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, and disclaiming the heresies expounded by Reiki followers.

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