Reiki is also identified as the Usui system of Natural Healing. It is presented as: ‘an effective system for healing and stimulating mental, emotional and spiritual growth’, offering relief from stress, unhappiness, depression and disease. Its essential philosophy is identified in the two components of its name:
Rei – invisible and universal source of all being
Ki – life force or energy
Ki is comparable to the chi of Chinese acupuncture and other expressions of life force in different cultures and traditions.
The InternationalCenter for Reiki Training describes Reiki as “spiritually guided life force energy.” After receiving the necessary attunements, a Reiki practitioner can channel this energy for life. The Center describes the attunement process as “a powerful spiritual experience” that “is guided by the Rei or God-consciousness.” What’s more, this experience “is also attended by Reiki guides and other spiritual beings who help implement the process.”
Practicioners said to work by channelling energy into the body by placing the therapists’ hands on 12-20 specific areas, usually over energy centres called chakras, for a few minutes. Seven chakras are usually described: crown, forehead, throat, heart, solar plexus, sexual and root, which are said to relate to all body organs but particularly endocrine glands. These are openings where spirit guides enter the body to bring healing.
Exactly who, or what, are these Reiki spirit guides? The occult initiation of Reiki induces familiar spirit or powers from the realm of the earth, which resides the fallen principalities of darkness disguised as a worker of light (2 Cor. 11:12-15). We can read of the account in which Apostle Paul casts a demonic spirit from a woman who possessed a spiritual guide (Acts 16:16). In his second letter to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul linked such events to the power of Satan (2 Thess. 2:9).
If Reiki is channeling God’s healing energy, or imitates Jesus, then let us compare the purpose of Reiki in light of how Jesus healed. Jesus not only healed incurable cases, such as blindness from birth, but His healings revealed He was the Messiah, brought people to faith in Him as the Savior, and glorified God. His healing was also part of saving people from sin. Is this what Reiki is doing? In fact, it is not. Reiki is based on principles of secret teachings, and on a belief in the accessing and channeling of a force. These principles are occultic and not Biblical.
Reiki springs from belief systems that deny sin, deny the need for a Savior, and deny the Bible as God’s word. Reiki not only denies what Christ taught, but if it has any power, it is not demonstrating the complete healing and saving power Christ demonstrated, and therefore cannot be how Christ healed.
All energy healing techniques, such as Therapeutic Touch, Touch for Health, Polarity, Cleansing or Smoothing the Aura, and methods claiming to balance or unblock the chi or prana (a divine force believed to be taken in by the breath), such as Ayurveda, acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu, chi kung (also spelled qi gong), and much of Traditional Chinese Medicine, are based on similar principles of the life force and manipulation of energy as Reiki is. Some of these systems, such as acupuncture, have engendered biological theories on how they work. Some may be combined with scientific treatments. Yet the basic principles of these methods assert that healing comes through balancing, unblocking, manipulating and/or channeling an energy or universal life force which replaces God, or is thought to be God or from God.