Reiki Healing Energy
Condemned by Catholic Church


Reiki Power Symbols - Catholic Reviews

Reiki is another method of psychic healing in which a "Universal Life Force Energy" is transferred from the healer's hands into the patient's body. According to the Reiki-for-Holistic-Health website, the technique works by invoking energy from Reiki power symbols. The following symbols are most commonly used by Reiki practitioners:

The main power symbol looks like a musical note with a spiral design in the center. To use the power symbol, the practitioner invokes the name of an entity called "Cho Ku Ray," three times. The practitioner can also draw the symbol on the person's body using the palms of his or her hands, or the practitioner can visualize the symbol on the patient's body, or even spell the symbol's name three times.1

Other symbols include "Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen" which is used for spiritual enlightenment. The "Tam-a-ra-sha" symbol looks like a peace sign with additional characters in the center and is used to "unblock the energy chakra centers allowing the energy to flow." The most powerful of all symbols, which can only be used by Reiki Masters, is "Dai Ko Myo." This symbol takes the form of a lightning bolt, and when this entity is invoked, it has the ability to "heal a person's soul."2

As the New Age movement continues to grow, many Catholics find themselves being lured away from the teachings of the Church and venturing into the realm of psychic healings. To make matters worse, a number of Catholic convents have been offering Reiki energy treatments to unsuspecting retreat attendees. Although most Catholic Reiki instructors would claim that the spiritual energy that is being channeled into a person's body is coming from God—what they fail to understand is that God doesn't use the names of demonic power symbols to heal people. God's healing power flows naturally into a person's life when that individual spends time maintaining an authentic relationship with the Blessed Trinity.

The devil also has the ability to make a person feel better and even appear to be healed. For example, in Job 2:7, "Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head." To create the appearance that Job had been healed, all Satan would need to do is stop inflicting the sickness on Job, and he would recover.

God also has the ability to heal his beloved children, but this process usually requires personal growth in the area of holiness, and a deeper commitment to serve the Lord in spirit and in truth. The Lord's healing process usually requires people to turn away from their sins of idolatry, to denounce all occult and New Age practices, and according to James 5:14–16, "They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed."

For more information on why Reiki has been condemned by the Catholic Church, please view the Conference of Catholic Bishops document entitled, Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy. In this document the Conference of Bishops state: "Since Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientific evidence, it would be inappropriate for Catholic institutions, such as Catholic health care facilities and retreat centers, or persons representing the Church, such as Catholic chaplains, to promote or to provide support for Reiki therapy."


Scripture Passages to Set the Captives Free


"Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly." — Matthew 17:18

"That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.'" — Matthew 8:16–17

"If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in his sight, and give heed to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will not bring upon you any of the diseases that I brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you." — Exodus 15:26


Catholic Reiki Practitioners

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The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition copyright © 1993 and 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

  1. Reiki-for-Holistic-Health website, "Reiki Symbols, Their Meaning and Methods of Activation": http://www.reiki-for-holis tic-health. com/reikisymbols.html
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