Christians are becoming interested in Reiki and are practicing it. They have found that Reiki is a useful technique that helps them express compassion toward others and relieve suffering at the same time that it creates a closer connection for them to God. Reiki is a laying on of hands similar to what Jesus practiced. Christian churches have a long tradition of adopting practices that enhance the spiritual life of its members based on examples of Jesus’ actions described in the Bible. Some churches use music and liturgy; others use silence and inspired prayer; some worship on Saturday and others on Sunday; some use dance and others sit throughout much of the service; some baptize by immersion and others by sprinkling water on the head; some honor saints and seek their help while others seek angelic experiences. In Christian worship, the cross is used as a focus of worship complemented by candles, music, prayer beads, bells, incense, and other ritual items. These many and varied practices indicate the range of methods that different Christian groups incorporate to follow the teachings of the Bible and to come closer to God. While they are different, they all fall within the definition of Christianity. As Christians seek ways to increase and strengthen their spiritual moments, many have adopted practices to develop the “Gifts of the Spirit.”
In I Corinthians 12:4-12, Paul speaks of the gifts to including speaking wisdom and knowledge and the power to heal. Also Paul describes people within the church having roles as apostles, prophets, teachers, those who perform miracles, those who heal, those who direct others and those who speak in strange tongues (I Corinthians 12:28-31). Because one of the spiritual gifts is healing, devoted Christians who take direction from the above scripture have looked into the laying on of hands and more recently, the practice of Reiki. In addition, many Christian seekers have found John 14:12 an important source of guidance as well as reassurance that becoming healers it is not only possible, but also something we as Christians should develop if we feel spiritually guided to do so: “I am telling you the truth: whoever believes in me will do what I do-yes, he will do even greater things because I am going to the Father” Within that quotation is both instruction and challenge. As Christians search for ways to follow more fully Jesus’ teachings and examples in order to draw closer to God, it is important to be aware of the examples Jesus set for us. Many of these focused on healing others (Matt: 14:14, Mark 3:10, Luke 4:38-39). 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.
· 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
In Luke 8:49-55 Jesus uses touch to return a dead girl to life.
Scripture clearly indicates that laying on of hands is appropriate for Christians. Christians who have a solid foundation in their faith know that God will always protect and guide them. Those Christians who practice Reiki do so within the guidance and protection of God secure in the belief that they have been guided to follow Jesus’ example.
Reiki and Christianity