According to an article written by the “guru” of Reiki, William Lee Rand, the popularity of Reiki (and other energy healing techniques) is growing by leaps and bounds and is becoming common in many US hospitals. “At hospitals and clinics across America, Reiki is beginning to gain acceptance as a meaningful and cost-effective way to improve patient care,” Rand explains. “Personal interviews conducted with medical professionals corroborate this view,” (1) he adds.
Rand says that the general public is “turning with ever-increasing interest to complementary health care, including Reiki,” and according to one study, one in every three Americans has used this type of “care.” Another survey showed that “1.2 million adults and 161,000 children in the U.S. received one or more energy healing sessions such as Reiki.”
For those who understand the nature of Reiki and other energy healing methods (e.g: therapeutic touch, healing touch, quantum touch, Pranic healing, and Brennan Healing Science), these figures are alarming.
Researcher Ray Yungen explains that energy healing “is a force or energy pouring out of the practitioner’s hands into the client or subject. This energy always has a spiritual component and is supposed to alleviate a variety of ills and problems” (FMSC, p. 53). Yungen describes the nature of energy healing:
Occultists [i.e., New Agers] believe that man has more than one body, that there are other invisible bodies superimposed on the physical body. They refer to one of these as the etheric body and believe there lies within it energy centers called chakras (pronounced shock-ras). The term chakra means whirling wheel in Sanskrit, the ancient Hindu language. They were seen by those with clairvoyant powers as spinning balls of psychic energy. It is taught that there are seven chakras, which start at the base of the spine and end at the crown chakra at the top of the head.
Each chakra is supposed to have a different function corresponding to certain levels of awareness. The chakras act as conduits or conductors for what is called kundalini or serpent energy. They say this force lies coiled but dormant at the base of the spine like a snake. When awakened during meditation, it is supposed to travel up the spine activating each chakra as it surges upward. When the kundalini force hits the crown chakra, the person experiences enlightenment or Self-realization. This mystical current results in the person knowing himself to be God. That is why kundalini is sometimes referred to as the divine energy. According to New Age proponents, all meditative methods involve energy and power, and the greater the power, the greater the experience.
Basically, what all energy healing entails is opening up the chakras through meditation or transferring the kundalini power from someone already attuned to it. (FMSC, pp. 76-77).
While Reiki is clearly a “spiritual” practice, one involving New Age components, efforts to convince Christians, along with mainstream society, that Reiki is legitimate, religiously neutral (a person of any religion can practice it) and safe are being made. In an article titled “Explaining Reiki to Christians,” William Lee Rand tells readers to visit a website called Reiki for Christians. The website says that even Jesus practiced this kind of energy healing and suggests that we can become more compassionate if we practice Reiki.
Ray Yungen explains the “power” that is behind Reiki and how even children are being introduced to it.
“One practitioner describes the [Reiki] experience in the following way:
When doing it, I become a channel through which this force, this juice of the universe, comes pouring from my palms into the body of the person I am touching, sometimes lightly, almost imperceptibly, sometimes in famished sucking drafts. I get it even as I’m giving it. It surrounds the two of us, patient and practitioner.2
“One obtains this power to perform Reiki by being attuned by a Reiki master. This is done in four sessions in which the master activates the chakras, creating an open channel for the energy. The attunement process is not made known for general information, but is held in secrecy for only those being initiated. . . . New Age teaching is that once someone is attuned he or she can never lose the power; it is for life. Even distance is not a barrier for the Reiki energy, for the channeler may engage in something called absentee healing, in which the energy is sent over long distances, even thousands of miles. One master relates:
Just by having the name or an object of the person or perhaps even a picture in your hand, you can send Reiki to them to wherever they are in the world.3
“What Reiki is really about is using this power to transform others into New Age consciousness. As one Reiki leader states:
[I]t also makes a level of spiritual transformation available to non-meditators, that is usually reserved for those with a meditative path.4
“Statements like this reveal that Reiki is in line with all the other New Age transformation efforts. It changes the way people perceive reality. Most practitioners acknowledge the truth of this. A German Reiki channeler makes this comment:
It frequently happens that patients will come into contact with new ideas after a few Reiki treatments. Some will start doing yoga or autogenous training or start to meditate or practise [sic] some other kind of spiritual method. . . . Fundamental changes will set in and new things will start to develop. You will find it easier to cast off old, outlived structures and you will notice that you are being led and guided more and more.5
“What concerns me is that Reiki apparently can be combined with regular massage techniques without the recipient even knowing it. A letter in the Reiki Journal reveals:
Reiki is a whole new experience when used in my massage therapy practice. Massage, I thought, would be an excellent tool to spread the radiance of this universal energy and a client would benefit and really not realize what a wonderful growth was happening in his or her being .6
“Of all the New Age practices and modalities, Reiki holds the title to being the most intriguing and perhaps eerie one. This is brought out in the following observations made by one of the leading Reiki masters in the country. He reveals:
When I looked psychically at the energy, I could often see it as thousands of small particles of light, like “corpuscles” filled with radiant Reiki energy flowing through me and out of my hands. It was as though these Reiki “corpuscles” of light had a purpose and intelligence.7
“Since Reiki is not something taught intellectually even children can be brought into it. In one Reiki magazine, I found an ad that was offering aChildren’s Reiki Handbook: A Guide to Energy Healing for Kids. The book is described as a ‘guide that provides kids with what they need to prepare for their first Reiki Attunement.'”8 (from FMSC, Ray Yungen, chapter 6)
If you or someone you know will be staying in a hospital anytime soon, it would be a good idea to tell your doctor and nurses that you do not want Reiki performed on you during your stay. William Lee Rand says that there are over 1 million people in the US alone now practicing Reiki.9 This is not something that should be taken lightly. Sooner or later, you or family members will come across Reiki. And the results could be detrimental.
2.”Healing Hands,” p. 78.
3. “Vincent J. Barra Psychic Healer Transmits Reiki Energy” (Meditation Magazine, Summer 1991), p. 31.
4. Paula Horan, Empowerment Through Reiki(Wilmot, WI: Lotus Light Publications, 1990), p. 9.
5. Bodo J. Baginski and Shalila Sharamon, Reiki Universal Life Energy (Mendocino, CA: Life Rhythm, 1988), pp. 33, 49-50.
6. “Sharings” (The Reiki Journal, Vol. VI, No. 4, October/December 1986), p. 17.
7. William Lee Rand, “The Nature of Reiki Energy” (The Reiki News, Autumn 2000, p. 5.
8. The Reiki News, Spring 2006, p. 43.
9. William Lee Rand, “Keeping Reiki Free” (Reiki News Magazine, Spring 2005), p. 37
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