The Dangers of Reiki

The Dangers of Reiki

The Truth about Reiki & Energy Medicine from a Catholic Perspective…

The Dangers of ReikiThere has been an explosion of popularity in the field of holistic health today.  This includes Reiki and other forms of energy medicine; such as, Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, Hands of Light, Qigong, etc.  It is rapidly gaining acceptance in hospitals, clinics, and personal alternative practices.  Even many Catholic hospitals are buying into this Eastern Oriental practice, and a number of Catholic lay people and religious orders practice it devoutly.

Yet, Reiki is spiritually incompatible with Catholic faith.  The following will briefly outline the problems with Reiki and show why it is incompatible for Catholics (or for any Christian) to practice or even participate in.

Who Started Reiki?

It is generally accepted that Dr. Mikao Usui founded Reiki on Mount Kurama in Japan.  Dr. Usui was on a 21-day Buddhist retreat at a Buddhist temple.  It was here that the great “Reiki Energy” was said to have entered into his crown chakra (the energy center in his head) bestowing on him a new gift – the ability to heal people without diminishing his own energy (

What is Reiki?

Reiki comes from the Chinese word Chi, or the Japanese word Ki, also known as prana, which is a universal life-force energy that everyone and everything in the universe supposedly possesses.  Proponents of Reiki claim that everything in the universe is made up of (and is permeated by) this life-force energy – even human beings.  Thus, when someone is feeling sick, depressed, or unhealthy in any way, it is an indication that their energy is “out of balance.”  Consequently, it is the function of the Reiki practitioner to channel positive energy into the person, bringing them back to balance and wholeness.

The Problems with Reiki and Energy Medicine

There are two problems with Reiki and energy medicine.  First, there is little to no scientific evidence for Reiki in the medical field.  Secondly, and more importantly, the beliefs and practice of Reiki contradict those of Christianity.  Since the spiritual problems are more problematic, we will be spending more time on those.  If the scientific aspect of this article doesn’t interest you, just skip down to the spiritual below.

The Dangers of Reiki

“Animal Reiki”

Scientific Problems of Reiki:

Many Reiki practitioners assert that energy medicine has the full backing of science, that it is scientifically and medically proven.  However, this is an unprovable claim and entirely untrue.  With that being said, there are many other practitioners who understand that the energy of Reiki is a spiritual energy which cannot be verified or demonstrated by science.  Moreover, the Eastern Oriental religions from which this practice originates also considers it a spiritual energy, and therefore could never be measured empirically by science.

Many Reiki and Healing Touch practitioners do not understand the energy of Reiki.  I personally interviewed a number of Reiki masters and energy healers.  I asked them all the same questions regarding what the energy is, how it works, and other similar questions.  Yet, every practitioner gave me a completely different answer demonstrating that no one really understood and the energy they claimed to be a conduit for.  Some said it was a spiritual energy.  Others said it was only a physical energy.  Others said it was both.

How can something be seen as sound “medicine” when all it’s adherents contradict each other?  The fact of the matter is that Reiki, according to Usui and the earliest Reiki beleifs, is a spiritual energy coming from the universe.  This is something that science could never empirically prove.

Even the Foundation for the Advancement of Energy Medicine, Inc. states regarding putative energy [the unseen, unprovable energy]; “Due to the lack of unquantifiable evidence of these purported energies, therapies based on putative energy are more controversial.  The postulated energies are claimed to be of a more subtle nature and have not been directly measured by reproducible methods.”

Even national health care groups working against fraud warn that energy is not scientifically proven, and many times it can be a complete sham.  Recent tests have been performed by major institutions including the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. They set up a major study on fibromyalgia and found that Reiki had no effect (  The more scientific the studies are, the less evidence there is.  For those who still accept that Reiki can be demonstrated scientifically, they could win a lot of money.

“In 1996, the James Randi Educational Foundation offered $742,000 to anyone who could demonstrate an ability to detect a ‘human energy field’ under conditions similar to those of our study.  Although more than 80,000 American practitioners claim to have such an ability, only one person attempted to demonstrate it.  She failed, and the offer, now at $1,000,000, has led to no further takers despite recruiting efforts, including a direct appeal to Dr. Krieger” [Founder of Therapeutic Touch]. (Article: Why Therapeutic Touch Should be Considered Quackery).

Even if energy medicine could be demonstrated someday through scome scientific means, from a Christian point of view, the spiritual problems of Reiki pose a much greater concern.  Thus, we will now examine the spiritual problems of Reiki.

ReikiSpiritual Problems with Reiki

One of Reiki’s many problems, spiritually and theologically, is that God is seen as energy.  God is said to be an impersonal energy force, or even a “loving” energy.  Energy emanates and proceeds from God (or the universe) who are often seen as one and the same.

The problem is that God is not energy in any way.  It does not emanate from Him or come from Him.  God is not the universe or part of the universe.  Therefore, channeling energy is not a Christian practice and finds no foundation in Jesus Christ or the Catholic faith.  Unfortunately, many priests and religious have fallen prey to this false Eastern Oriental belief.

The Bible clearly states that God created everything, and nothing exists without Him (John 1:2-3; Col. 1:15-17). God created all things and this absolutely includes energy. The Catechism of the Catholic Church confirms this in paragraph 296 where it states that God created everything from nothing, and creation itself is not an emanation from his divine substance (emphasis added).  Moreover, Scripture states multiple times that God is spirit (John 4:24; 2 Cor. 3:17), and spirit is not energy.  As we have stated, the concept of energy is not a Christian one, but an Eastern Oriental one which finds no place in the Bible or 2000+ years of Christian teaching.

There is another problem.  While Reiki teaches that mankind is alive because of life-force energy, Catholic doctrine states that we are made up of body and soul, and that it is the soul which gives man life. (Catechism #355-368). The Bible mentions the soul over and over again (Matt. 10:28; Mark. 8:36-37; Mark. 12:30), yet not a single word regarding a supposed life-force energy.

The Dangers of ReikiJesus did NOT Practice Reiki:

Many Reiki masters, including Catholic practitioners, falsely assert that Jesus was a Reiki Master.  The claim is that when Reiki Masters lay hands on people to heal, they are only imitating Jesus who laid hands on people. Of course, this is a false comparison.  While Jesus did lay hands on people for healing, and while the approaches may appear similar at first, the two are incompatibly worlds apart.

First, whereas Reiki claims that healing comes from energy and ultimately the universe, the Bible states that the healing of Jesus’ was by the power of God.  Jesus merely touched people and they were healed on the spot forever with no regression (Matt. 8:1-3; Matt. 8:14-16).  In stark contrast, the energy healer stands over a person for 45-90 minutes channeling an unseen energy and without the results of Jesus.  The healings are usually “emotional” or “mental.”

How often has it been said that a person came in with some sickness, and even though the sickness was not healed, the person left “feeling more relaxed.”  Making someone “feel more relaxed” isn’t miraculous in any way and can’t be compared to the miracles of Jesus or the Bible.

Moreover, there were many times Jesus did not touch the sick but merely uttered a few words, and the people were cured instantly and permanently (i.e. Matt. 8:5-13; Matt. 9:2-8; John 5:5-9). Our Lord even raised people from the dead in this way (John 4:47-53).  Can Reiki raise people from the dead, make legs grow out on crippled people, or cure tuberculosis instantly?  On occasion, people who touched Jesus were healed instantly to demonstrate His divine power (Matt. 8:20-22).  The above Biblical verses are unambiguous, and the reader will find no mention of energy healing anywhere.

Now some people still won’t give up on their practice just yet.  They seek to still find support for it in the Bible.  However, an honest examination and study of Scripture will demonstrate that Reiki is not taught or even hinted at anywhere in the Bible.  Since most Christian practitioners resist examining the evidence too deeply or don’t study it from an authentically Christian position, here are some questions to show that Reiki is NOT Biblical.  Answer the following:

  • Where does the Bible (or where does any Catholic teaching) mention energy, a universal life-force energy, an energy aura, energy centers (i.e. charkas) or energy medicine?
  • Where does the Bible state or even hint that healing comes through channeling energy?
  • Jesus and His apostles may have “touched” or “laid hands on” people, but where does the Bible show Jesus or His Apostles standing over them for 45 or 90 minutes channeling energy, or letting the unseen energy force “direct itself”?
  • Where does the Bible mention attunements? (An attunement is the formal process needed to become a Reiki master where energy is passed on from master to student. It is said that an attunement is akin to turning a radio dial to a station that comes in that comes in more clearly.  In like manner, this process opens up the practitioner to higher frequencies of Reiki energy”). So, where does Scripture teach attunements, or show that attunements are necessary in order to heal?
  • Where is evidence in Scripture that demonstrates people going to school, taking courses, and paying money to learn how to heal?
  • Where does the Bible mention the use of Reiki symbols to heal people – symbols such as the Power Symbol or the Distance Symbol, for example?
  • Not everyone in Reiki uses spirit guides or crystals, and not all talk about past life regression, psychic experiences, or the Higher Self, but many practitioners do. Even a Catholic nun states, “I ask permission from unconscious patients on the mental level, knowing that their Higher Self will respond.” Higher Self? Where does the Bible or the Church say a word about any of these aspects except for the condemnation of them?

The fact is that Reiki and energy medicine are of Buddhist and Eastern Oriental origin with many additions from the New Age Movement and sometimes occult practices.  Reiki is unbiblical and is not found anywhere in Christian history. The healings that Jesus performed, and what He Himself claimed to do, are light years removed from what Reiki purports to be.

No Christian Reiki

The Bishops of the Catholic Church state in no unclear terms in their document on Reiki;

“Without justification from faith or natural Science, a Catholic who puts his or her trust in Reiki would be operating in the realm of superstition, the no-mans-land that is neither faith, nor Science… [Therefore], it would be inappropriate for Catholic institutions, such as Catholic health care facilities and retreat centers, or persons representing the church, such as chaplains, to promote or provide support for Reiki Therapy” (Emphasis added).

So, naturally, now that the Bishops have spoken, this settles the question right?  For many, yes.  For many others, the document does not answer their questions sufficiently and so they choose to ignore the people God put in charge.  They have even changed the name Reiki to something like, “Relaxation Message,” or some analogous title.  Their document is clear though.  Summed up, there is no Christian Reiki, and the Catholic Church does not adhere to nor allow any participation in this practice.

I have expanded the bishops thoughts in this article and shown why Reiki is incompatible with Christianity.  The full information on this subject will be released in a book I’m writing on the New Age Movement.  As a side note, everyone should be aware that Reiki is done on people in hospitals with and without their permission.  This information is important to know, please share it with others and may God set people free!

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About Bryan Mercier

Bryan Mercier is a professional Catholic speaker, retreat leader, author, YouTuber, and a Catholic apologist who has been teaching and preaching for almost two decades. He has also been aired on TV and radio in different states, including Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Sirius XM Satellite, and EWTN. He is the founder of "Catholic Truth," a non-profit dedicated to the New Evangelization and helping Catholics to know, love, and live their faith with purpose and passion each day!
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100 Responses to The Dangers of Reiki

  1. I would recommend looking into the type of Christian Charismatic healing that Jesus taught us and of which He is the Power behind. I would not give up on healing your friend or praying for his healing, but I would avoid the dangerous avenues like Reiki and stick more with Christian healing. Christ has all the power of the universe, all the power of healing and over evil spirits. Sticking close to Him and the way He taught us is the best way. Or find a Christian healer who can help.

  2. Hi Paul, I’m not sure that I said God “did not create energy.” If i did it was a typo because i don’t believe that. Obviously energy exists. I actually said in my blog post that God “created all things and that would include energy.” My whole point is that God himself is not made up of energy. Rather energy is a creation of God. My other point was that Jesus taught us how to heal, He gave us the model, and it wasn’t through energy. That is a recent Buddhist concept that Christians later co-opted and attempted to Christianize.

    Regarding your friend (which i’m sorry to hear about) the Power that God heals by is just that… His very own power which is eternal and infinite. God is a Being of perfect power and wisdom. He can do anything. As demonstrated when He came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ who healed everyone who ever came to him. He was healing by His own power, his own essence. Energy is not God’s his power and any substitute can never take the place of the real thing. (Look up Sister Breige Mckenna and Fr. Fernando Suarez and other world wide healers and the miracles they do in the powerful Name of Jesus. So, I guess in summary, keep praying for your friend, but only pray to Jesus and for his power. There is no need for energy when you have the power of God which is so far higher. (Also, I might add that Jesus doesn’t heal everyone right away. We leave the judgment and timing to God. Sometimes he allows us to suffer for some specific reason or to learn some particular lessons. This needs to be discerned too. Remember the person who was paralyzed in the Bible? The first thing Jesus said was “Your sins are forgiven.” This man’s sins were an impediment to healing. I’m not saying that’s the case with your friend but only that sometimes God allows us to suffer for a reason. Perhaps it’s not the right time for someone to be healed. God is in control of that. We don’t dictate when the healing will take place, we leave that to Him knowing how much he loves us whether we are suffering or whole. Jesus himself showed us the value and redemptive quality of suffering when he did so for us on the cross.). Hope that helped a bit.

  3. EJ says:

    Right, because faith is only possible through Christianity. Really? Really?!

  4. Beverly Briggs says:

    This demonstrates the insecurity of religions bashing the belief of anyone or philosophy that differs from our own. There is no scientific proof that god actual is or how the many events happen according to the bible.

  5. Beverly Briggs says:

    This is a good example of religious bashing of anyone or any philosophy that is different. There is no scientific proof that God exits or how stories of healing was achieved according to the bible.

  6. My friend, this is not religious bashing. Reiki is not a religion, so it can’t be religious bashing. Second, bashing is just insulting something or degrading something without anything to back it up. I offered ample evidence for my points. Perhaps your comment is religious bashing because it’s different than yours?

  7. Nobody made that point. Strawman argument.

  8. Lynne Galbraith says:

    I am a Reiki practitioner and feel blessed to be able to help people,even if the help only lasts a couple of hours or a couple of days.
    How can spirit working through you be so wrong and even saying that it says as such in the bible. So you are saying when Jesus was healing it was wrong. Where do you think Jesus received his gift from, for that is what it is, a gift. End off.

  9. Kayla says:

    This is why people are so sick of some Christians. And this is why people are leaving Christianity. I’m so sick of this. This is one of the many reasons why I left Christianity.

  10. Kayla says:

    I find it funny that some Christian group can post lies about other religions, But if someone were to do the same thing to you people would freak out. (and let’s keep it real it would probably be in the news) I wish people would understand that there are other beliefs other than Christianity. I do know many Christians who understand this. But to the people that don’t, you need to understand that Christianity is not the only way.

  11. Ummm, I wonder if you even read my blog from beginning to end. I don’t think so. If you had, it would have answered your questions you just mentioned. Jesus’ healings were good, but there were not a “gift” as if he acquired them or something from above. His healings were done by His own power because He is God. The same God who created the universe. He also gave that power as a gift to His apostles and to many others down through the ages, but you just receive the gift. You don’t have to learn how to use it, go to school for it, have to receive an attunement, or anything else connected to Reiki. That is something else entirely than what Jesus taught, a horse of a different kind.

    Moreover, Jesus also told us that there was a good Spirit, the Holy Spirit, and bad demonic spirits who can disguise themselves as “good” spirits. He laid out specific guidelines for following Him and His commandments. If we don’t, and do things against what He commanded, than no matter how much good we think there is in something… it’s just not good. You may have a desire to help and heal people, and that is good, but if someone claims to follow Christ, it has to be his way with His Spirit. Reiki is not that way, as I outlined in my article and youtube video.

  12. Sarah says:

    One thing that I thought of while reading this is whether one could find support in Scripture to back up Western conventional medical practices. Where does the Bible talk about taking natural materials, extracting components of those materials, altering them to be something that can be patented, and then giving them to people to cope with symptoms, while making profit? Where in the Bible does it tell us to take medicine that will help us cope but have a list of side effects that will cause harm to the body? Where in the Bible does it say that a person can be healed of illness by looking only to their physical bodies, ignoring their emotional and mental well-being? Where in the Bible are we encouraged to have our bodies cut open to provide further healing? Where in the Bible does it say that all things must be proven empirically through controlled trials for them to be valuable? I personally have a disease called endometriosis and the only treatments, other than surgery, are hormonal treatments (often birth control) that stop my reproductive organs from functioning naturally, where in the Bible does it say that we can try to control our organs by the use of synthetic, man-made chemicals? I am by no means saying I think Reiki is a good idea. I am not disagreeing with you, I am only trying to wrap my head around how Western medicine can truly be seen as what God had intended for us, and as Scripturally sound. I personally haven’t been helped at all by conventional medicine. The only help I have received is through alternative therapies, some of them energy-based. I don’t feel comfortable with Reiki however. I guess I would just be interested to know what you think about backing up Western medicine with Scripture? Especially when things like contraception, abortion, euthanasia, sex reassignment, etc. all come from this system? Everything seems pretty grey to me on either side.

  13. Christine Patterson says:

    I was reading the article, especially the questions toward the end, and then substituting words associated with Western medicine for the terms associated with Reiki like- a doctor healing a patient with instruments powered by an unseen energy force (electricity), or the word medical degree. One can see that the most common forms of healing seem to be out of alignment with the bible in a way similar to Reiki. I am a Catholic but feel disillusioned by my experiences in the Catholic faith. There is so much focus on sin and condemnation, fear and exclusion. I don’t know about Reiki, but in my personal experiences, I have grown much more in the way of love, forgiveness, healing, wholeness, and wellbeing by drawing from eastern methods and philosophies as well as my already firm faith in God than I did with living a strict observance of Catholic orthodoxy. Living in that “pure” Catholicism, I became very fearful and paranoid of anything unpure or spiritually harmful that it eventually led me to lose my entire life and everything I loved ( family, friends, children, my sanity). Thank you for your article. I will continue my research.

  14. Hello Christine, thank you for your honest and candid comments. I too grew up like you with a Catholicism that was routine, guilt infested, and focused a lot on sin and following rules. Oh, and you are not supposed to question God… you just need to “have faith.” It’s no wonder I didn’t find god on a close and personal level. Unfortunately, that is what Catholicism has become (not all of it) over the last 50 years. Thankfully I went to one of the best Catholic colleges in the country where everyone was incredibly happy, joyful, loving, accepting, peaceful, and really non-judgmental. These people loved me for who I was and it was here at this college of Franciscan University that I found Jesus in a real way. Not the God that was angry all the time and watching every little thing I did, but the real God of the universe, the one who changed my life upside down and backwards, replacing my hate with an overflowing love, sadness with a bubbling joy and happiness, and my brokenness with peace and complete fulfillment. Even when I sinned against Jesus, He took me back lovingly and unconditionally every single time. And the power of His love that I felt I can’t explain. In short, real Catholicism done right is not just about sin and rules. That’s a counterfeit. It’s about a relationship with the God of the universe who is madly in love with us and wants to bring us joy. Now, of course there are rules. We can’t do whatever we want, but it’s not about the rules. It’s about the relationship. Like my wife. I don’t say, “Oh darn, I can’t cheat on her, abuse her, or get drunk and beat her.” The fact is I can’t do those things but I wouldn’t want to… because I love her. Same with God. I live the Catholic faith now with all my heart and it’s a love relationship with God. I have learned that God is on my side and not against me; He wants me to get to heaven, and He would die for me if he needed to in order to show me that… which He did do in Christ. So, I guess I can relate to you, but I want to say don’t leave Catholicsm. Just leave (or don’t follow) the people who do it wrong. Many people in the Catholic Church know ‘of’ god but they don’t ‘know’ God. The closer you come to God (and not mere religiosity) the more loving and virtuous you will become (not rigid and angry) just like Mother Teresa and all the other saints before her. 🙂 With all that being said, there are things that are right and others that are wrong. There are great people and practices from the East, and the Catholic Church is not against anything that is incompatible with our Catholic faith. However, Reiki is against it and so I had to say something. Not trying to be mean or condemn, but to inform and educate Catholics so they know… since so many have had questions on the topic and ask me my thoughts.

    Not to shamelessly plug myself, but I would recommend my new book: “Why Do You Believe In God?” Found on Amazon. It addresses proof for the existence of God and a lot of the misconceptions people have about Him, as we discussed above. It’s loving and positive and discusses the Catholic faith in the way it should be… charitably. 🙂 I think you would like it and get a lot out of it. If you have any more thoughts or questions, feel free to let me know. Thanks and God bless. 🙂
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  15. Follower says:

    Just would like to repeat Reiki is not any religion, is not any God is just the way of helping yourself by using an energy which is created by God to heal yourself by yourself…. Jezus said ‘ your faith healed you’. The Reiki practitioners are just the tools, they don’t heal they just channel the energy, everyone has the power to heal ourselves. The faith is the ‘golden pill’ or we can say ‘miracle’. To get to the conclusion modern medicine, acupuncture, psychotherapy ect. or Reiki there are for people and we are allowed to use them to heal our body and spirit. This can leads us to miracle of healing ourselves phisically or spiritually even to experience God no matter the religion. There are different ways to get to the ‘source’. And please don’t be an ignorant or think that you already know everything.There is no wrong way if lead us to God. In a name of God we supposed to be united and respect diversity, culture and religions sharing love to each other. God bless you all. Open yourself to the good angels (good energy) and spirits ( saints) because there are here to help us to find the right way to ourself and God as every single of us is a part of our Creator.

  16. reader says:

    Several things need to be addressed here: Firstly, since when did the catholic church consider scientific data?? There is scientific data supporting evolution. yet the catholic church doesn’t acceot it. Therefore, the presence or lack of scientific data cannot be used as a deciding factor; you are already contradicting yourself. In addition, what kind of scientific data is there to support that there is a god, or healing power in prayer?
    Secondly, Catholicism taught me to treat my body as a temple. Based on that, I try to avoid the use of drugs to treat ailments/disease and gear towards natural, sustainable methods of healing the body, which would include Reiki, accupuncture, massage, and homeopathy, just to name a few. If Reiki and the like is condemned by the church, is that to say that toxic drugs are acceptable to consume, despite that the same drugs that may or may not help in treatment, also have the potential of being misused or potentially cause more harm than good, including addiction? Treating your body as a temple but condemning healing methods that do just that, is also a contradiction.

  17. Bay says:

    This method of healing was used on me under the deception and masking using all the right Christian language. I was deceived by a so called Christian. I am not a catholic but do see that the catholic religion brought much mystics into their religion. One example is the book Brother Lawerence. My question is how to get free from these manifestations that are in my body. I was guilliable and used as an experiment. I don’t know now how to have a personal relationship with Jesus or even what to expect from him now.

  18. Emily says:

    Thank you this thorough article. As a Catholic with relatives who are Reiki practitioners, I have tried to be open to hearing different beliefs, but have always suspected that I could not personally endorse energy healing. Your article has clearly laid out why this is the case. I do not believe that you have bashed the ideology of energy healing or any Oriental or New Age faiths. Rather, you’ve simply laid out why, as a Catholic, they are incompatible with our worldview. I don’t see why anyone should be honestly upset with that. You are not trying to start a war, you are simply drawing a line between two belief systems when so many Christians trying to find their way could find that guiding line useful. I believe that Christian healing is possible, but only by the power of God, a God who is personal and divine, whom we can see evidence of in the world He created, but who is above His Creation, and who, in His Love, made Man exclusively in His image, providing the gift of the Holy Spirit as our help. For any Christians who have practiced Reiki in the past, God is always willing to forgive us, and looks on us mercifully when we become confused by the practices of this world. Moreover, our past in no way has to dictate our future relationship with Christ.

  19. Leslie says:

    I also read another article similar to this one.It warned about the dangers of reiki.It lumped reiki together with people who are consolidating powers for powers sake. I disagree.As Jesus said “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”If reiki is from an evil source it cannot bring healing to people.”It does. Oh yeah..speaking of lusting after power for powers sake..doesn’t that sum up the entire history of the Catholic Church in a nutshell?

  20. Thank you Emily! I appreciate it and am glad you found the article helpful. God bless you.:)

  21. Bay: First, you have to reject Reiki, the spirit of Reiki, and everything to do with it. Cut all ties mentally and emotionally and ask God to forgive you from the bottom of your heart, and He will. Then, start praying to God (Jesus) and ask Him to remove the darkness and fill you with his light, peace, and love. begin praying every day if you do not already and if you continue having problems of any kind, i would talk to a priest. I hope that was helpful. If you have any more questions, please let me know. Sorry you were duped by a Christian who themselves have been duped. That is why this article is here. God bless.

  22. To Reader: The Catholic Church has never been against science and has considered data on things for over 1300 years. So, I think you need to learn a bit more about Catholicism and her beliefs. Because first, the Catholic Church forwarded science more than any other institution for over 1000 years, started the scientific method and her priests and people have made some of the biggest discoveries in history. Second, The Catholic Church is NOT against evolution. One of the co-founders of evolution, Alfred Wallace, was a Catholic, and one with more scientific degrees than Darwin. Also, the last 5 popes have spoken out in favor of evolution stating that it is probably true based on the evidence. So, I’m not really sure where you are getting your information from.

    Second,as you hinted at, abusing any drug is contrary to the Catholic faith and to God. But certain drugs used and given by doctors that can help people are acceptable because they are not contrary to God physically or spiritually (unless we abuse them). We must treat our bodies ‘and’ souls as God would want, the physical ‘and’ the spiritual… and the spiritual is more important. Reiki is an affront to the Christian spiritually… because it’s spirituality and belief system contradicts what Jesus and Christianity teaches as i laid out in my video and in many of these comments. God bless.

  23. In reply to Leslie: It sounds like you have a non-objective and biased view of the Catholic Church. And the answer to your questions is NO, the Catholic church has not been after power for her entire history. I think you might want to study actual Catholic History. The Catholic Church started orphanages, hospitals, civilized barbarians and the vikings, helps to combat drug and child trafficking, and works to make the world a better place. Mather Theresa, Pope Francis, and countless others who are a light in a dark world.

    Second, Your whole take away as to what my article was about was actually nothing close to what my article was actually about. So, you may want to read it again. 😉

  24. Lynne, I think and know that Jesus is God Almighty… as He claimed to be, and so His power was His own. Did you even read my article? If so, did you get to the end. You are making a straw man argument here. Jesus taught us how to heal and there are many instances of it in the Bible. However, it is not the same as the Buddhist ideology of Reiki. The two healings are completely different. Lynne, show me in the bible where it shows Jesus standing over people for 45-90 channeling an unseen energy. Show me where it talks about Reiki symbols and auras. Show me where it says you have to go to School to learn this power. ALL of this is contrary to what Jesus did and taught and what His Apostles handed on. The spirit of Reiki is different than the Holy Spirit of the Bible who is the one who heals people in Christian healing, you know, like when Christian pray and someone who is blind receives their sight back, someone who is lame can walk, someone who is deaf can hear, and not just for a couple of hours or days, but permanently healed. That is why the Bible warns us and tells us to “test all spirits” because not all spirits are from God. Any spirit not of God is always wrong. For there is only one true, good and Holy Spirit, and that His God Himself. All other spirits are false.

  25. Candy says:

    This has been an interesting read. It shows me how divisive our beliefs are. I have been a lover of Jesus since childhood. As a middle aged woman in meditation being attuned to Reiki level master, my guide came to me, named Jesus. It was beautiful and I tried denying what I was experiencing, because who am I to be up close and personal with him? Who am I NOT to be?? I DO NOT believe Jesus/God condemns Reiki or any other energy healing done with pure intent. I appreciate that we can be of different beliefs and do not tell them what their path should be. The people who come to me are not looking for miracles only relief. I do not claim to be a healer. They find the peace of mind inside themselves that allows them to see answers.

  26. joe says:

    I have explored energy healing for over 20 years. I have found that the energy is neither evil nor good. It is just there. Energy is neither created nor destroyed. But it can be manipulated. As with all things in the human mind, energy can be used by immature individuals and by trained individuals. Training to use energy involves preparing the body to accept greater amounts of higher vibration. Think of yoga poses (asanas) which prepare the body to flow with prana (energy). Also, the mind training involves a very deep journey into one’s mental and emotional layers. These layers are interconnected and are, of course , energy.
    Having said the above as only scratching the surface of my understanding of energy, I must admit that there is no healing that I do, but that which is the Father which dwells within. And as Jesus stated, all these things and many more shall you do.

    I offer blessings to all who read this, and wish you achieve clarity and the peace which passes understanding. And I offer you the wisdom that I have achieved from allowing Jesus to teach me.

  27. You may be right about the energy and being to manipulate it, but even if you were, this is the opposite of Christian healing Jesus Christ talked about in Scripture. No matter how much we like something or are attached to it, one cannot claim to serve God/Jesus all the while participating in practices that come from Buddhism and contradict our Christian faith. Jesus was blunt about following God in the way He mapped out and not adopting pagan practices. Reiki is just that, and it came over a millennia later by a Buddhist man named Mikao Usui who was on a 21-day Buddhist retreat at a Buddhist temple. The meditation in Usui’s Reiki handbook is Buddhist as are many of his ideologies and teachings.

    P.S. And Energy can be created because God created it. Just because WE can’t create or destroy it doesn’t mean God can’t. 😉

  28. Rochelle says:

    Hello: I would like to point out that Catholisism is not the perfect religion! To begin with knowing our Lord has nothing to do with religion! I am a Reiki Master, and from beginning to end “Intention” is the key! There is a lot pain in the world right now, and if I can bring some relief to even one single human being, then I am in the right path! I am not a healer! I am only the channel, calling on the Universl Love and Light, on behalf of the person that I am treating! The one who does the healing is our Lord and your body! This healing addresses The spiritual, Mental, and the Physical!

  29. Thank you for your message Rochelle. It is commendable that you want to bring healing and hope to people’s lives. But if you are a Christian, Reiki cannot be that path because it is against Jesus and the Church. You may alternately want to look into Christian healing, which is an appropriate path for healing and giving hope.

    I have to say too that knowing Jesus ‘does’ have to do with religion mostly because Jesus started the Catholic Church (which is a religion). Catholicism is the most perfect religion too because it was started by Jesus who was the fullness of truth and the greatest authority on earth. Now, the people in the religion are far from perfect, but the religion itself and what it teaches it perfect. When you leave what Jesus taught and you begin to start making your own religion (which is in effect what you are doing) then big problems start to surface.

    You said you call on the Universe. Well the universe cannot help you, and you need to know that. The universe is dead, and does not know anything and cannot do anything. The Lord God created the universe and is not part of it. See, this is exactly what happens when you leave Jesus and the truth. You begin to believe almost anything.

    Lastly, it has almost nothing to do with intent and everything to do with ‘truth’. A math teacher may be well intended when they want to do surgery on someone who needs it, but since they are not a doctor and are not trained, they absolutely should not do any surgeries no matter how well-intended they are. Likewise, Someone who hasn’t been through boot camp shouldn’t just go into war because he will be killed. It does not matter that he has good intentions. Analogously, someone may call on demons to try to heal them but they ended up getting possessed instead. It doesn’t matter if they had good intentions, what matters is whether something is right or wrong. Good or evil. True or untrue. We should always be well-intentioned in life, but that doesn’t mean everything we do is therefore good, right, or true.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing this Bryan. I respect all religious paths. However, the last 5 years of my life have been a living hell. I believe that it began…5 years ago…when I began allowing people to use reiki on me. I filled my home with Crystals and Buddha statues. Images of Ganesha and other Hindu deities because it was part of the “salad bar” spiritual cmunity I have been involved in. I hate to blame them…or new age. I have met some wonderful people. I don’t want to judge them. But I am being drawn back to Christianity and I feel that these practices are hindering my well being. I condemn no one else. Again…thank you for sharing your opinion and giving me some clarity.

  31. Truth seeker says:

    Dear Bryan
    What a crock of shit. First of all, this is just your opinion and everybody has one like a butt hole. Your whole opinion is based on a book that, you have NO idea how it or Christianity “REALLY” Got started or put together. Or how may times it has been rewritten and reworded so that words changed to the opinion of the church that totally changed meanings. You need to do some serious studying and research about Rome and where the religion that you so boldly claim things about Started and smell the roses. Take the Red pill if you want to know the Real Truth.

  32. Research huh? It’s ironic that your name is truth seeker, and yet you lead with assumptions not based off any truth? For starters that I read a book and my whole opinion is based on that. Not true. Secondly, that I haven’t researched the Catholic Church. Not true. I have researched it in depth for the last 20+ years and am a professional Catholic speaker. So, I know about the Church, the REAL truth, more than most people who just read bumper sticker snippets about Catholicism and never actually study it.

  33. Anonymous, thank you so much for your candid and honest comment. You are not the only one who has messaged me saying Reiki has completely messed up their life and they have a hard time putting it back together and getting themselves back to normal. Keep coming back to Christianity and the real Lord Jesus. Let His power set you free. Reject Reiki forever, and all it’s effects, and all it’s influence. I will pray for you, I’m glad you found this helpful. I will be coming out with my new book around October on the New Age Movement.

  34. Alex says:

    It helped me when you explained that Reiki is the universal life-force energy that exists in everyone and that if the Reiki is polluted, then there is a possibility for the person to be sick or unhealthy in any way. My friend has actually tried so many things for her illness, but none of them seemed to work. That is what led me to believe that it has something to do with her energy. Maybe we should see a professional just to know if it will work. Thanks.

  35. Caroline Roddy says:

    Thank you for your wonderful article. I too have looking into why the Roman Catholic church teaching. I am critical illness and I have found that my faith now support me daily to Coe. Why look to another religion when we got the only true religion founded by God. No other religion can claim to predict the coming of Jesus who came to forfill the old testament over 1,000 years before his incarnation. Yes there are evil spirit. Who in their right mind want to call on an evil spirit for help? The evil one is the father of lies after all. I would rather offer up my suffering in union with Jesus for the good of other souls. If Jesus want to heal me He can and if not I thank God for this gift of acceptance. Please re-read this wonderful article and listen to this what this intelligent man is try to explain. Please remove the blinkers. He is not condemning anyone, he is pointing out how people have been mislead. This article explains how to see the truth for yourself. God bless you. Caroline

  36. g says:

    SO much lack of awareness and understanding on both the Christian and non-Christian sides of this controversy!

    Eastern medical science is probably ahead of the western world in many respects. A few problems here-
    1) Western medicine is unaware of, or lacks knowledge and understanding of a great many legit practices emplyed by Eastern medicine,
    2) medicine (especially Eastern) is usually tied into the religious belief system of the culture practicing it- making unfamiliar-but-legit medical practices look illegitimate because of the paganism associated with it (OR resulting in a wholesale [and unnecessary] ‘swallowing’ of the paganism associated with the legit medical principles being adopted), and,
    3) Eastern medicine employs a mix of legit, scientifically supportable medical practices, and spiritism (associated with dangerous occult powers and without scientific basis).

    Case in point- ACCUPUNCTURE, often regarded as Eastern mystical wierdness, is based on Eastern knowledge of a complicated system of electrical pathways that GOD PUT THERE! Use of it does not (and should not) entail adopting the eastern religion of the people who discovered it. Releasing muscle fiber ‘knots’ to free up blocked nerve pathways, allowing electrical energy to freely flow can all be scientifically understood and demonstrated, assuming the scientist is open-minded enough to realize that we in the Western world don’t know and understand everything just yet. It is the way God designed the human body to operate, and it involves normal, natural, God-given scientific principles – its how we were designed by our Maker.
    Further, anything that electricity flows thru (including our bodies) will have an electrical aura…again, scientifically supported. Kirlian photography will capture this electrical field energy, in much the same way that the military uses technology to view heat radiating sources. Again, all lesser known aspects of the physical world, and created that way by God.
    Lastly, for this discussion, hi levels of electrical energy in some people’s bodies enable them to transfer some of it to another person…thru the hand or right palm. Someone with this ‘ability’ can even concentrate the electrical currents in their own body to aid their own natural, God-given healing properties…nothing supernatural about it, although people with this ability will chalk it up to and tie it in with their religious belief systems, usually New Age ….or they’ll adopt the eastern religions associated with them, a mistake rampant in the holistic medical community. [added note- some people with extremely hi electrical energy will even experience electrical appliances nearby breaking down! I’ve heard of a few instances of this, and it’s a scientifically explainable phenomenon…]

    Now, REIKI…look it up, and find MANY Japanese words associated with attempted explanations of it’s ‘power’ that set off all kinds of buzzers and bells…words like spirits, channeling, possession, etc. This is NOT a scientifically understandable principle that is of God…clearly it derives from occult power. Eastern practices are a combination of the legit, based on what God placed in His creation, and the occult, warned against by God, and very dangerous. How many people are aware of that and able to recognize the difference between the two?

  37. Michelle says:

    oh, and sorry dude I must correct you: Usui was a Christian and head master of a Christian school in Japan, it wasn’t a millennia as you responded to Joe (less then a century) brought to the U.S. because Usui was born in 1865 … 1922 before he developed his system of ‘laying of hands’ healing. And one more … it was a 21 day fast not a Buddhist fast. Although God IS in every breath … So… I will continue to work in the field with God’s Love to heal; you can be contrary and continue to confuse.
    I know, the ‘Truth sometime hurts’ 😉

  38. Anonymous says:

    If it is not of God why did I receive what I did not know I got in my palms this healing . At the time i got it i was dealing praying and meditating prays to God to heal me . I just felt this energy and felt I could heal but it was so painful I wanted it to go away. I asked everyone what it was and no one understood what I was talking about .

  39. Sigh. Prove to me Usui was a Christian. Quote me where he says that. Because I have His original handbook here at my house and all the Reiki scholars teach that he was a Buddhist. The History is black and white my friend. Much more info will be coming out on this in an updated YouTube video I am making and in my new book on New Age counterfeits.

    It may have been a “fast” but it was a fasting “retreat” and a retreat at a Buddhist temple. He was absolutely a Buddhist. (Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui, Pg. 11. William Lee Rand says the same thing. Pg. 7)

  40. Thank you Caroline and God bless you!! Prayers for you!!

  41. How do you know it was from God, especially since it was so painful and hurt? God does not work that way. The devil does though, so how do you know it’s God? See, when we get into practices outside of what it Godly and true, we need to become very careful. If you would like help, you may want to reach out to ex-Reiki people like Moira Noonan who needed hours of demonic deliverance. Look up her website. She could probably help you. God bless.

  42. Mike says:

    I followed this link out of idle curiosity. I am frankly appalled, how dare a representative of a church that has condoned and covered up the abuse of children by it’s own clergy (and is still doing so) criticise the followers of another path? Utterly disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  43. Which follower are you talking about? I don’t know of anyone who condones the sexual abuse scandals. It is something that ‘is’ utterly disgusting and lamentable. And the Catholic church has taken great steps to fix the problems so that it never happens again.

    Either way, that has nothing to do with whether or not this post on Reiki is true. A doctor can smoke and to be unhealthy, but that doesn’t take away from him being a doctor and being able to help other people even though he personally makes poor decisions. I know doctors who smoke and have some unhealthy habits, but they still help people nonetheless.

  44. Ally says:

    If God created everything, did he not create reiki? No one really knows how God works on this earth. But I do agree reiki is not something to be taken lightly. If not done properly it can leave a person vulnerable to outside forces. And I think that ultimately God should be the only one moving energy. So therefore, I’m not sure about my own reiki practice.

  45. Tracy Sweet says:

    And this is exactly why I turned my back on the church after a lifetime of believing. At 54, I read, researched and the scales fell from my eyes. The Church has a history of corruption and child abuse. It is the wealthiest religion in the world yet still requires more wealth until recently those that abused children were either moved to other parishes or the children S claims were refuted and the child punished. The Catholic Church is responsible for terrible crimes against women via Magdalene Laundries and mother and baby homes, where the women were treated appallingly, beaten, starved, worked til they literally dropped. Women were called sinners, dirty sluts, devils children and made to feel worthless. Babies were removed often without written permission. Is this the compassionate Catholic Church?! No. It’s a patriarchal system of religion begun by Peter (Pauk) who negated the absolute importance of Mary Magdalene by removing her doctrine and book in the bible and conspiring to remove all power or individuality from women. We have been subjugated by this man made church for over two thousand years. Deprived of property if our husbands died, ending up as charters of male relatives and if their were no make relatives to take care of her she was cast out, a nonentity, as if she didn’t no longer existed as she was unable to own land or property in her own right the church removed her from her land and have it to a man. In these times where women are beginning to find their place in this world, the Catholic Church really doesn’t want that, so anything we do is considered evil if it’s not in the Catholic way. Jesus was not a christian, he was born a jew. Christianity is a construct of man. There is evidence being found all the time that shows Jesus was no more than a preacher and a holy man who could use universal energy to heal. The same Universal Energy used in Reiki. He taught tolerance, he did not actively have any input into the Bible, it was allegedly written by his disciples saying that’s what they were told by Jesus. You either in about proof, where’s the proof that the Bible isn’t just a book written to keep an unruly population in line? Give me proof that your religion is not just a fabrication.

  46. Poor Tracey, I’m sorry you received many bad lessons about Catholicism. You clearly do not understand it. It is true that the Catholic Church world wide has money, but what you left out is (not that it “needs more”) but that the Catholic Church has been the largest charitable organization on the face of the planet. The Catholic Church feeds more people, clothes more people, shelters more people, educates more people, and helps more people than anyone else on the planet earth by far.
    In other words, that Catholic Church does so much good with the money it has. After all, Jesus said to serve the poor and help those in need. The Catholic Church does that more than anyone else.

    Scandals: Second, you do not know much about the scandals it seems. It was a very tiny minority of priests. You make it seem like it’s the whole church when it’s not. I made a YouTube video on that clearing up the common misconceptions you and many people have. Anyone can watch this video to see what the truth is. There is no doubt that the Catholic Church has messed things up sometimes, or even done evil things. However, the thing you leave out is that the Catholic Church was started by Jesus Himself. When you leave the Church, you leave Jesus and His bride. JESUS HIMSELF said there would be bad people in the Church. So, why are you so shocked? Jesus also said he would be with his Church until the end of time.
    The book of Mary Magdalene was never part of the Bible and should not be. It was a Gnostic gospel, not an actual gospel of Jesus. It was written much much later, and does not have historical accuracy. The true Mary Magdalene of history is not found in that book or in any Gnostic gospel.

    The bottom line is that you can’t make up your own truth. Jesus already started the truth, and that truth is in the Catholic Church. You might have personal issues with it, but that is between you and God. You can’t knowingly leave his church and be saved. you can find all the excuses you want to make up your own religion and something that’s more comfortable for you. But Jesus is the ultimate truth and he already gave us that truth in the Bible and in the church.

    There is no truth that shows that Jesus healed with energy, and that is historically bunk. Jesus started Christianity even though he wasn’t a Christian. He is the founder of Christianity. And what he taught us is in the Bible, and he inspired the biblical writers through his Holy Spirit who he said that he would leave with the church in order to guide it into all truth. The bottom line is that Jesus is God and not a mere raking master. He healed by the power of God which is infinite, and not by some lame technique developed by a mere man in modern times.

  47. Gene W Meenach says:

    I practiced Reiki for ten plus years. My wife and I worked our way up to level 3 and became Master/Teachers. I went onto study Reiki Holy Fire. The whole time I thought to consult Scripture for validation this was NOT EVIL or DEMONIC . I realize now that you can always find a fragment of Scripture and twist it into whatever you want to support your beliefs. When I first “Attuned” to level 1 I did feel, different enough to go to a New Age Shop and get an Aura Photograph which shows energy emanating from plants or humans. I have attached that photo. It was explained that the light spots on my shoulders were “Angel Wings”. I was supposed to be flattered I guess. I was proud to show it off to prove I was on the right path. I am 70 years old and have been listening to Moody Radio Sermons alot and heard a series that changed my life and direction forever. It was on The Unseen World and Occult. After hearing them, I Googled (Is Reiki evil or occult?) After reading the article , I immediately gathered all things I had connected with Reiki, which amounted to over $700.00. Stones, books, grids, Reiki table , etc. I was so ashamed that we could be mislead so easily. I went to bed that night confessing my sin of searching for energy or power outside of God’s realm. I asked forgiveness and am in the process of repentance as I write this. I would like for anyone so inclined to share this cautionary tale with whomever they feel needs it. In closing, I have a new found definition of what is standing behind me in this Aura pic. And it is not an Angel. It is Satan welcoming me into deception. Upon looking closer, I see there is no way to attach a photo. So I will rely on the fact that you believe me. Occult can be defined as many things. Be careful not to be lead astray.

  48. Thank you so much for sharing. Praise God for rescuing you, and may He continue to bless you. Please pray for others trapped by the evil spirit of Reiki.

  49. Absolutely clueless and full of fear. Reiki, Qigong, Pranic Healing and other energy work techniques have helped countless people. I will debate you anytime. I can sense energy and have hundreds of clients that can verify that as well as the healings they received.

    Mark 10:16
    And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.

    Luke 4:40
    While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them.

    Acts 8:17
    Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.

    Acts 6:6
    And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.

    Acts 28:8
    And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him.

    1 Timothy 4:14
    Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.

    2 Timothy 1:6
    For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

    Matthew 19:15
    After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.

    Mark 6:5
    Verse Concepts
    And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.

  50. Hello friend, It’s sad that people just accuse people of being fearful without even knowing the person. That’s a rash judgment based on nothing. It has nothing to do with fear and everything to do with being educated in the Catholic faith and the Scriptures. All you proved was that Jesus laid hands on people and healed them. But that is not Reiki or energy healing. Not one single passage you mentioned above says anything about a suppose it energy, energy force, energy or a, the need to go to school and get in attunement, or anything else because that’s foreign to Christianity, Christ, and the Bible. Jesus and his apostles did not channel any energy. Jesus is God and heals people by his own power, not some cheap trick of being a conduit. This is exactly why I teach what I teach because people like yourself are very confused on the matter.
    Even if you can sense energy, it doesn’t mean it’s a good thing, and it doesn’t mean it’s a Christian art of healing because it’s not. I used to practice energy to when I was into martial arts, and most of it is demonic. This is why many nuns and people who have practiced Reiki have needed demonic deliverances and healings themselves. I have a full video coming out on this very soon. With a lot more information.

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