Reiki is based on the same occult "universal life force" as reflexology, acupuncture, etc. Reiki is regarded in fact as being one step before the dreadful practice of "healing" involving "angels" which uses "energy" to make people think they are "healed".
Also please see the file on Reflexology on this site.
As a remedy for having been involved with reiki, I suggest mentioning this in Confession, and if possible getting into the practise of sitting before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament each week. He is the Healer we all need.
Reiki Lie #1: Usurpation of the work of the Holy Spirit.
An article from James McCoy in San Francisco Faith" (July 1998 edition) reads:
"The Marianist Center advertisement says that the "source from which Reiki energy comes is the Source of All Life. Because the Creator of All Life is the source of this healing, it is unlimited, boundless, mysterious and profound."(italics mine)
But the Catechism of the Catholic Church applies the term "source of all life" to the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. And "creator of all life" is reserved for God alone. The advertisement's terminology raises questions.Can you conclude from it that "Reiki energy" is just another name for "grace"? If so, why not say so? If "Reiki energy" does not come from the Holy Spirit, from what spirit does it come?"
In the Catechism, paragraphs 2116 and 2117 we read:
". . .Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, **the phenomena of clairvoyance**, and recourse to **mediums** all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone."
All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one's service and have a supernatural power over others even if this were for the sake of restoring their health are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her own part warns the faith against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either powers or the exploitation of another's credulity."
Reiki Lie #2: Denial of the One True God, with instead a teaching of pantheism, that "all is God"
Monotheism is the belief that there is One True God. In reiki, the 'universal life force' (or qi, ki, chi) is drawn from the earth or atmosphere, through the reiki practitioner, and channeled into the recipient (or 'patient.') This channeling of energy [allegedly] brings about a physical change in the patient. Some reiki practitioners will call this 'universal life force,' 'God.' [Catechism] paragraph 2117 condemns this practice, even if it is being used to restore one's health.
From The International Center for Reiki Training article : How Does Reiki Work? we read
"We are alive because life force is flowing through us. Life force flows within the physical body though pathways called chakras, meridians and nadirs. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. ...From The International Center for Reiki Training article : What is Reiki? we read:
There were two clairvoyant healers I knew who had highly developed abilities. They could easily see the life force flowing through a person's body, as well as see the aura and chakras. They could also communicate with a person's guides and Higher Self. They were adept at moving negative psychic energy out of the body as well as channeling healing energies.
Reiki is guided by the God-consciousness."
"Reiki is Spiritually Guided Life Force Energy"...
It is the God-consciousness called Rei that guides the life force called Ki in the practice we call Reiki. Therefore, Reiki can be defined as spiritually guided life force energy. This is a meaningful interpretation of the word Reiki. It more closely describes the experience most people have of it; Reiki guiding itself with its own wisdom, and being unresponsive to the direction of the practitioner. . .
The word Rei as it is used in Reiki is more accurately interpreted to mean supernatural knowledge or spiritual consciousness. This is the wisdom that comes from God or the Higher Self. This is the God-Consciousness which is all knowing. It understands each person completely. It knows the cause of all problems and difficulties and knows what to do to heal them."(italics mine)
Reiki Lie #3: Promotion of the lie of reincarnation (see also the Reincarnation file on this site)
Here is a quote from the magical-musings website:
"[One] level upon which reiki works is the karmic...Often, problems in this life are results of karmic issues from past lives. However, unless you are regressed through hypnosis by an extremely reliable & trustworthy hypnotherapist, there is no way for you to identify these past life issues, let alone start working to correct them. This is where reiki comes in. You don't need to tell the reiki, "I need to work on my past life as a Sioux medicine man during which I harmed many people through negative use of my energy & abilities." Since reiki has an intelligence all its own, it already knows what you have done in your past lives. Furthermore, the reiki energy also knows where your karma needs correcting; and, it also knows that some karmic lessons need to be experienced for your own spiritual growth - so those issues it will leave in place."(italics mine)
So we see that the lie of reincarnation is another fundamental aspect of this reiki "energy".
Reiki Lie #4: Denial of the problem of sin.
This problem is especially troubling in regard to Christians who practice Reiki. See here for questions to ask in this regard.
Reiki Lie #5: The lying claim that Jesus healed using Reiki.
The biggest difference, of course, is that Christ's healing came from God. Reiki healing does not invoke God at all, but rather channels "energy" or power from some other source. The "energy" has an intelligence all its own, and goes where it will. The reiki practitioner has no control over it, except to pass it on. So why dis Jesus realy heal?
Matthew 9:4-7 reads:
"Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? 6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home." 7 And the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men."
Jesus healed to show those on earth that He had authority. His healings were also intended to lead others towards a knowledge of the True God. He never chargesd others for His helaings, and he certainyl didn't need several "sessions" with those He healed. To claim Jesus used Reiki to heal is to blaspheming the Holy Spirit, the Very Author of Life Himself.
Reiki Lie #6: The association of electromagnetic fields with the "universal life force".
The problem with this idea of course is that Reiki practiocioners claim Reiki is a non-physical energy. If it is non-physical, then it is not electric, and it is not magnetic. Therefore Reiki has nothing to do with the electromagnetic fields which are generated by people'S bodies (and upon which such valid medical techniques as NMR are based) and to claim a connetion is in fact eing intellectually dishonest. Furthermore, the electromagnetic energy associated with a person's body is energy particular to that person's body and has nothing to do with any "universal life force".
If you are in any way invloved with Reiki, come out of it now. It is poison to your soul and will lead you further and further from the One True God.
Other useful links
CPATS Answers to Reiki Questions
Catholic Answers files by Fr. Mitch Pacwa
Refutation of the New Age Movement