A Christian View of Reiki

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"Jesus came down the mountain with the cheers of the crowd still ringing in his ears. Then a leper appeared and went to his knees before Jesus, praying, "Master, if you want to, you can heal my body." Jesus reached out and touched him, saying, "I want to. Be clean." Then and there, all signs of the leprosy were gone. Jesus said, "Don't talk about this all over town. Just quietly present your healed body to the priest, along with the appropriate expressions of thanks to God. Your cleansed and grateful life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done."

Matthew 8:2-4 (The Message)

Is such healing the stuff of mere Biblical history, performed once and only by Jesus himself, some 2000 years ago?  Or is healing (even dramatic healing like in the Bible verse quoted above) meant for us today?

Many Christians are hearing about a healing technique called "Reiki".  But what is a Christian view of Reiki?

As a Christian, I believe that the healing power of God--the healing power of Jesus--isn't simply historic in nature, meant to be a mere "belief"--or an ancient tale to be retold in church on Sundays.

The same power that Jesus used to perform his miracles, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to us today, and not just "in theory", or "in principle"--not even "in belief"--but for real.  This healing power is available to us in its fullness right now, right here, and right where we are--if we but know how to "tune in" to it and get "in the flow" of it.

One of the great challenges Christians find in accepting the possibility of radical healing (especially "energy healing" technologies like Reiki) is many think that if they actively participate in bringing about the healing of body, mind, or spirit, that this fact alone will tarnish the image of Jesus, and will "dumb him down" to being merely a human being with "some healing powers".

On the other side of the equation, a Christian view of Reiki (or other energy healing techniques, possibly including acupuncture, acupressure, and chiropractic) may include the belief that one who practices it or participates in it is eliminating the need for Jesus, and is creating a secular theology where God and Jesus are no longer necessary.  Sometimes this erroneous belief is expressed as "I can just go ahead and do this healing myself, and I guess I don't really need God anymore to work through me."

But, participating in your healing is quite different (in my opinion) than being the Originator and Chief Cause of your healing.  God can never be replaced, as God is the Source of all healing. Trying to heal yourself without acknowledging and connecting with your Source is like trying to operate a car with an empty tank of gas--you won't get very far.

However, when we take a Christian view of Reiki (or other energy healing techniques) and learn some of the methods through which God's healing Grace can come to us, we become "not merely hearers of the Word, but doers" (James 1:23).

Imagine continuously praying to God to heal you of obesity, not realizing that God, in His infinite wisdom, has inspired some of the great books, DVDs, motivational audio, personal coaching programs, and teachers around the world to supply you with all the information you need about healthy diet, exercise, and detoxification. (We merely need to clear the channel of our own consciousness in order to be able to "let in" the presence of the healing answers we are looking for.)

But even more than this, God Himself is also always personally available to you as the Inner Voice, Inner Presence, and the deep inner joyful experience of love, peace, and harmony that characterize the experience of communion with God's Holy Healing Spirit.  Merely being still and "knowing that I am God" (Psalm 46:10), and relaxing into the deep well of God's Loving Presence can often be enough to bring about the change in consciousness necessary for total personal healing.

In a sense, we are partnering with God to help bring about healing.  God cannot bring about an end to world hunger, for instance, until we become loving and compassionate enough ourselves (through prayer, meditation, study, service, fellowship, and other ministries) to become a conscious "channel" for God's grace to flow.

A Christian view of Reiki thus can include the idea that one of the main purposes of hands-on healing is to help us "clear the channel" of our perceptions so that we may more fully hear, feel, know, and realize the Truth of God's Presence and God's Will.  When we are in harmony with the Divine in this way, healing can more easily flow to us and through us, out into the world.

Becoming a conscious place for healing to flow really strikes at the heart of what a Christian view of Reiki is all about.  Though "energy healing" can seem weird and new-agey to some Christians at first (probably because this type of healing is still not very commonly practiced in the Christian community), I believe that it is one of the many ways Christians can further the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
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