NEW WEBSITE:www.ephesians-511.netAUGUST 2004, AUGUST 2009, MAY/OCT/DEC 2012/JULY 2013
R e i k i , a n d H o l i s t i c H e a l i n g WHAT IS REIKI? Pronounced as “ray-key”, REIKI is a Japanese word that means “Universal Life Force Energy”. It is a kind of ‘healing energy’ that was supposedly ‘rediscovered’ by a medical doctor named Mikao Usui in the 19th century. However, different schools of this ‘New Age’ technique have evolved, and, with them, several versions of its origin and development, differing in some details. Sterling Publishers of Delhi, in their New Age ‘New Dawn’ ‘All You Wanted to Know about…’ series of pocket-sized books on Alternative therapies, says this on Reiki which is “dedicated to the Lotus Feet of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba” by Sumeet Sharma:
“REIKI is a Japanese word comprising two parts –Rei and Ki, and these are Japanese Kangi characters.
REI means universal spiritual wisdom or consciousness. The wisdom that comes directly from GOD or the HIGHER SELF. It is not only God-conscious but is also all-knowing. It understands each person completely, with the root cause of the person’s problems and difficulties, and knows how to heal them.
KI means the LIFE FORCE, and this is referred to by the Chinese as the CHI, [and] by the Indians as PRANA…
Anything that is alive has a life force circulating and surrounding it, but the life force departs when it dies.
When the life force is high and free-flowing, one is less likely to get sick, and vice-versa. It animates the body and is also the primary energy of our emotions, thoughts and spiritual life. KI is present all around us and can be accumulated and guided by the mind. There is no doubt that Reiki energy is present everywhere. But one cannot learn Reiki healing by merely reading books, because one has to be initiated as a Reiki channel or healer by a Reiki Master.
The attunement process is a sacred and secret one. It opens the psychic Chakras in the body, and establishes a spiritual link between the student/channel and the Reiki source.”
ORIGIN AND HISTORY According to the International Center for Reiki Training [ICRT] web site at http://www.reiki.org/, the Usui System of Reiki is attributed to Mikao Usui or Usui Sensei [Sensei= Master].
“Usui was born August 15, 1865 in the village of Yago in the Yanagata district of Gifu prefecture, Japan.
It is said that he entered a Tendai Buddhist school on or near Mt. Kurama ("Horse Saddle Mountain") at age four.
He also studied kiko, the Japanese version of qigong**, which is a health and healing discipline based on the development and use of life energy. [**see earlier write-ups such as CONYBIO, Acupuncture, etc.]
The young Usui found that these healing methods required the practitioner to build up and then deplete his own life energy when giving treatments. He wondered if it were possible to do healing without depleting one's own energy.
He went on to study in Japan, China and Europe, and his curriculum included fortune telling.
Usui was also a member of the Rei Jyutu Ka, a metaphysical group dedicated to developing psychic abilities. As a sensitive spiritualist, Usui Sensei [= Master] had spent much time meditating on the power spots on Mt. Kurama where he had received his early Buddhist training. So he decided to travel to this holy mountain, where he enrolled in Isyu Guo, a 21-day course sponsored by the Tendai Buddhist Temple located there, and during this training that the great Reiki energy entered his ‘crown chakra’. This greatly enhanced his healing abilities and he realized he had received a wonderful new gift - the ability to give healing to others without depleting his own energy!”
Sumeet Sharma again: “Reiki is as old as mankind itself. It was however in use for a long time without any distinct identity. Information from clairvoyants like Michelle Griffith throws light on the origins and metaphysics of Reiki. According to Griffith, Reiki was originally brought to the earth by the GREAT BEINGS during the Lemurian times over 100,000 years ago. This was the first place where humans were incarnated on the earth. They had a GREAT BEING among them who revealed the secret of Reiki. Finally when Lemuria sank, the knowledge of Reiki was also lost.
The Great Being also realised the problems emerging out of the negative Karma, viz. greed, lust, anger, jealousy and delusion. Reiki helped in overcoming these, and, being a perfect energy, establishing the connection with God. 1.
NOTE: FOR INDEX, SEE PAGE 93
Reiki does not expect one to be spiritually inclined for it to work, because it is UNCONDITIONAL HEALING ENERGY. Reiki was again brought back to the earth by the GREAT BEING to the Atlantis city some 50,000 years ago…
However, Atlantis also sank, and with it the treasure of Reiki energy. Some 7,000 years ago during the Egyptian civilization Reiki was brought back for the third time, and continues to remain with us even today…
The clairvoyants of the New Age School of thought believe that Reiki is a contract between Mother Earth and God, in order to heal Mother earth and its denizens”.
[New Agers believe in the lost continent theories, karmic debt, reincarnation, higher beings and spirit guides etc.]
THE MODERN ‘RE-DISCOVERER’ OF REIKI
Sumeet Sharma continues: “Dr. Mikao Usui was the principal of Doshisha Christian University in Kyoto, Japan…
Once when he was asked by one of his students as to how Jesus Christ healed his followers, Dr. Usui could not give an answer… Ashamed, he resigned from his [job] and started his quest to discover how Christ had healed.
He traveled to Chicago and studied there for 7 years and acquired a degree in theology, although he was unsuccessful in finding the answer to his question. He later traveled to India and Tibet, learnt Sanskrit, and finally studied the sacred Tibetan Lotus Sutras and found clues to the healing power of Jesus. He then returned to Japan and focused on Buddha as he was known to have performed the same miracles as Jesus. His journey finally led him to a Zen Monastery where he read the Sutras, writings and teachings of Buddha. On the advice of the monks, he took to meditation… “Fasting and meditating for 21 days atop a holy mountain near Kyoto… he received enlightenment when a golden light hit his forehead with the sacred Reiki symbols and he heard a divine voice… Dr. Usui ran down the hill in excitement and hurt his toe, and it started bleeding profusely. He placed his hands on the area of pain and the pain vanished in minutes… He went to the Zen monastery the following day, and on seeing a monk suffering from acute arthritic pain, he simply placed his hands on the area of discomfort, and the monk was relieved of the pain”. Usui was said to have originally desired to heal the masses, and first lived in the slums near Tokyo, performing seemingly miraculous healings on the poor without charge. Then, after a time, these same patients who had been healed returned to him, having lost their ‘healings’. He meditated on why this was so and how he could remedy the problem. He decided that they became ill again because “in any action of man, there should be an exchange of energy, thus Karmically releasing the other person from any debt that may take fruit in the future” [S. Sharma], and so he began to charge money for his services.
However, Dr. Richard Blackwell who claims to have discovered and translated some of Usui’s own original notes in 1993, disagrees with the above version. According to him, Usui was neither a Christian nor the dean of a college.
As a youth, Usui reportedly had a powerful vision. He then studied Shingon Buddhism which was founded in 7th century Japan by Shuichi and Kukai who themselves had been trained by Indian Buddhist Masters in China.
Blackwell believes that Usui was a reincarnation of Kukai and in earlier life would have already mastered the practices of ‘The Tantra of the Lightning Flash which Heals the Body and Illumines the Mind’ known to Kukai.
Since there was no living guru who knew the tantra, Usui began to practice all by himself and finally received empowerment. He poured water empowered by this tantra on his hands before healing.
BEYOND USUI Dr. Usui continued to propagate Reiki throughout Japan till around 1926, and gathered 16 teachers, one of whom,
Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, founded the first Reiki clinic in Tokyo. One of his students, Hawayo Takata, a Hawaiian widow was suffering from various ailments was healed through Reiki and succeeded Hayashi as Reiki grandmaster when he died in 1941. Before her death in 1980, she had created 22 Reiki Masters in the US and Canada.
Today, Reiki is propagated world-wide by three major organisations: The Reiki Alliance founded in 1981 by Phyllis Furomoto, the grand-daughter of Takata, The International Association of Reiki [centered in the Czech Republic, Poland and Scotland], and The American International Reiki Association, founded in 1982 by Dr. Barbara Weber Ray [see below]. One of Reiki’s foremost proponents and author of several best-sellers on the therapy is Paula Horan [see below]. She has made several visits to India.
According to Paula Horan, the Level III Reiki in use today is only the first of seven levels of tantric practice.
HOW DOES REIKI HEAL?
“Reiki heals one physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, offering solutions to most known diseases and maintains the connection with god... The God-consciousness called Rei guides the life force called ki and these two together jointly become Reiki. All those who use Reiki can practically experience how it guides itself with its own wisdom. The Reiki energy automatically flows to wherever the healing is required, although the practitioner may have overlooked the exact area where the healing is required. “It has been observed by clairvoyants that Reiki energy is bipolar in nature. It is made up of both male and female healing energies. The male part comes from above i.e. the Crown and other higher Chakras and is known as the Shiva energy in Tantra Yoga, and the female part comes from below i.e. the Root Chakra and is known as the Shakti energy in the Tantra system. 2.
These two energies communicate with each other and decide how much polarity is needed so that when the energies leave the hands they have the proper combination of male and female healing energies.
“One will be amazed to note that when more than one person works on a subject, the Reiki communicates with all the practitioners involved, channeling the male energy from some and the female energy from others, and properly mixing the two energies needed to heal the subject. “Reiki can never cause harm as it is guided by the God-consciousness. It always knows what a healee needs and adjusts itself to create what is appropriate for the person. The practitioner does not direct the healing nor decide what to heal because he is only a channel or instrument through whom the Reiki flows to the healee. The healer is also not in danger of taking on the Karma of the subject being treated… Practitioners’ energies are never depleted as it is a channeled healing [and] continuously receives the Reiki once he or she is attuned” [Sumeet Sharma]
According to ICRT, “Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way.”
REIKI ‘ATTUNEMENT’ AND THE REIKI MASTER
“Reiki is a special kind of life force that can only be channeled by someone that has been attuned to it.
It is possible that some people are born with Reiki, or have gotten it some other way. However, most healers who have not received the Reiki attunement from a Reiki Master are not using Reiki but another kind of life force.
Reiki is not taught in the way other healing techniques are taught. It is transferred to the student by the Reiki Master during an attunement process. This process opens the crown, heart, and palm chakras and creates a special link between the student and the Reiki source. The Reiki attunement is a powerful spiritual experience.
The attunement energies are channeled into the student through the Reiki Master. The process is guided by the Reiki or God consciousness and makes adjustments in the process depending on the needs of each student.
The attunement is also attended by Reiki guides and other spiritual beings who help implement the process.
Many report having mystical experiences involving personal messages, healings, visions, and past life experiences.
The attunement can also increase psychic sensitivity. Students often report experiences involving: opening of the third eye, increased intuitive awareness, and other psychic abilities after receiving a Reiki attunement.” [ICRT]
Advanced Reiki Training [ART] At the ICRT, itis a one day intensive with a price-tag of $210.00. It includes: The Usui Master attunement which increases the strength of your Reiki energy. The Usui Master symbol which increases the effectiveness of the Reiki II symbols and can be used for healing. Reiki meditation that strengthens the mind and expands consciousness. Advanced techniques for using Reiki to solve problems and achieve goals. Using Reiki to protect yourself and others. The use of crystals and stones with Reiki. How to make a Reiki grid that will continue to send Reiki to yourself and others after it is charged.
Reiki psychic surgery that allows you to remove negative psychic energy from yourself & others & send it to the light. A guided meditation that introduces you to your Reiki guides wherein you receive healing and information.
Finally, an exercise for those planning to take Reiki III/Master training. [Reiki levels are I, II, III A and III B. After attaining III B level, one can attune prospective channels of degree I, II and III A].
Generally, Reiki is held up as a rediscovery of the ancient and universal practice of the same “healing power” possessed by the prophets and Jesus Christ.
Much like other forms of“New Age” healing techniques, the following characteristics are common of Reiki:
1. The technique is promoted as special and unique but obtainable via weekend workshops; 2. Reception of power comes through a lineage of masters; 3. The power is controlled via a supernatural power, whether divine, angelic or universal; 4. It is a spiritual power operating through a quasi-scientific metaphysical & mechanistic paradigm; 5. Psychic powers accompany the reception of the healing power; 6. “Healers” may charge money for their services. Like most New Age healing techniques, practitioners and schools of Reiki vary their practice and combine it with other practices such as the use of crystals, magical incantations for protection, “psychic” surgery, group energy channeling, and spiritualism that includes the taking over of the body by one’s “guide”.
BUT HOW DOES REIKI REALLY HEAL? “Using the paradigm of the ‘chakra system’ of yoga, the Reiki ‘healer’ is said to receive an initiation that allows him or her to ‘heal’. Similar to acupuncture and yoga, Reiki posits that unseen ‘energy’ paths exist throughout the body that need only be charged with positive energy to restore each network of pathways and to restore health to the body”. (The Cross and the Veil, a Catholic website http://www.crossveil.org/.) [see pages 17, 43] 3.
Neither ‘healing’ nor ‘energy’, Reiki is actually a form of Vajrayana or the "Diamond Vehicle", the tantric or esoteric Buddhism of around 500 AD, studied by Usui (see English language section of the internet web page, BUDDHIST ORIGINS OF REIKI at http://www.geocities.com/callceb/Reiki.html ).
“This form of Buddhism employs the use of spells, symbols, very complicated rituals, and the acquisition of magical powers, in order to reach a stage of enlightenment. These psychophysical ‘techniques’ are passed on from master to disciple through various esoteric ways, which explains why we sometimes call this movement Tantric or Esoteric Buddhism”: Santa Clara University Religious Studies Department, see http://www-relg-studies.scu.edu/.
Tantra has its origin in tantric yoga, in which sexual “energy” is manipulated for a variety of purposes – from seeking a magical union of lovers, to attaining “union” with god seen as the “Supreme Self” (see Tantric Buddhism in India, http://www.tantra.com/mission/shaw.html )
Tantric yoga involves secret practices and ceremonial rituals including group sex. Lovers visualize each other as “manifestations” of the male or female aspect of God and attempt to achieve ecstasy and a monistic oneness, a melding together of souls with (red tantra) or without (white tantra) physical union.
A STUDY OF BOOKS ON REIKI, THEIR CONNECTIONS WITH ESOTERICISM/NEW AGE1.Das Offizielle Reiki Handbuch, Grand Master Dr. Barbara Ray I have rarely come across a handbook on Reiki that does not use the ‘OM’ symbol or recommend the ‘OM’ mantra for chanting along with practice of Reiki. Ray’s book follows the line. There are also references to yoga. Her Bibliography too is revealing: Several of the listed books are authored by prominent New Agers like Fritjof Capra [The Turning Point, The Tao of Physics] and Ken Wilber [The Spectrum of Consciousness, Theosophical Publishing House].
Other books are Handbook to Higher Consciousness, The Mystic Spiral- Journey of the Soul etc.
2.New Life Reiki I and II, Grand Master Dr. V. Sukumaran [International Institute of Reiki, Chennai; Affiliate of World New Life Reiki Foundation, UK].
“Reiki can be used for emotional, physical and spiritual balancing. …Advantages of New Life Reiki Healing are… chakra meditation, mind-cleansing rebirth exercise, special third eye opening… [The healeee] will be attuned to the universal life force healing energy by opening his/her inner channel during a sacred initiation ceremony… He/she will be taught …aura cleansing, chakra energising, karmic blockage removing, …to work with the sacred and secret Reiki symbols, …practice of sending and receiving Distant Healing etc… Attunement is the very core of the Usui method, and can only be transmitted by a trained Reiki Master.” The books have charts on the chakra system and the colours, elements and mantras associated with them. Some of the recommended steps in Reiki Meditation are: Awakening of subconscious mind, Visualizing Reiki energy, Energising with Reiki, colour and affirmations. Chakra Meditation is “a journey through the energy centres in the subtle body” with the help of chanting the mantras and visualizing the colour of each chakra… The mantra of the ajna or third eye chakra is ‘OM’ and its colour is indigo. One is then led to create an energy circle around oneself which helps one to “locate the exact position of each chakra and feel its rotation; increase the inner guidance, intuition and clairvoyance; keep the pathway of Kundalini Shakti free of blockages for natural awakening.”
VISUALIZATION: In Reiki Distant Healing, you visualize the patient in front of you. You “fix your third eye contact” on him for the whole session and then go through the normal routine of cleansing, energizing and so on. In Reiki Golden Ball Massage, you visualize a golden ball splitting into tinier ones and massage them into your skin.
For Reiki Breathing, “inhale blue colour for healing and energising inner wounds, exhale white, seeing [visualizing] the toxic energies leave your body, and dispose of them in violet fire.”
SYMBOLS:In the Level II programme, Sukumaran instructs the students in the use of a number of esoteric symbols- their names and pronunciation, purpose, how to draw them, and where to. They can be ‘drawn’ using one’s fingers [physically], by mental projection using the third eye, and at the aura or spiritual level. There is the Shanti or Peace symbol for healing the past and living harmoniously in the present. A ‘Hosanna’ symbol used for clearing and healing. Even a Cross, the compulsory final symbol for the act of sealing the energy. Others are the Crescent and Star, and the Swastika to be used on your doorstep to ward away evil. The OM is of course always unavoidable.
How to use them? An example. To clean a room: First cleanse with the Cho Ku Ray, then use the Hosanna, the Trisnari or Trishul which destroys negativity, the Aguipa which burns away evil spirits. To be done 5 times along the sides and diagonally. Next energise with Cho Ku Rei, the Vel [or spear] followed by the OM, the six-pointed Star, the Swastika and lastly the Cross for sealing and protection. The energy, according to Dr. Sukumaran lasts for 12 hours.
His Reiki Foundation offers courses on Pendulum Dowsing, Crystal Healing, Magnetotherapy, Aromatherapy, the use of Kirlian Photography etc. He also runs the Kumara Reiki Hospital and the Kirlian Photography Institute in Chennai. With an MD in Pediatrics, Dr. Sukumaran says that “Dowsing is an ancient and scientific art of asking questions and receiving answers from the universal energy field using a pendulum… [and is useful for] those who are interested in finding their future path and selecting their lucky numbers, colours, dates, gems and so on.” 4.
3.Reiki, Grand Master T. N. Indira The cover pages are adorned with the ‘sacred’ Reiki symbols, the yin-yang and the OM. Indira introduces us to Reiki with 10 points that include such gems as “You will receive a body. You may like it or not, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around… When your ‘there’ has become a ‘here’, you will simply obtain another ‘there’…
The answers to life’s questions lie inside you… Whether you think you can or can’t, in either case you’ll be right.” Included in her 6 principles are “Release your desires to your higher selves. They manifest when it is right for you to receive… Thank the universe even before it is given… The universe will test you … The universe is blessing you.”
She provides a list of short prayers, all of them directed to “O My Lord, Universal Power”.
SYMBOLS: “They are sacred and secret. It is part of the Reiki tradition that they be kept confidential…
The attunement actually empowers the symbols so that they will fulfil their intended purpose… Before the attunement, the symbols do not seem to have an influence on the Reiki energies… Whenever a Reiki symbol is used by someone who has second-degree Reiki, the God-consciousness or Rei responds by changing the way the Reiki energy functions. This process has been created by a divine covenant between God and those who have second degree Reiki…
The symbols must be drawn and used correctly to activate them. Reiki symbols have their own consciousness, so it is possible to meditate on them and receive guidance directly from the symbols themselves, on how to use them.
You do not have to be in an altered state of consciousness when you use any symbol. All you have to do is draw it once (physically or mentally) and say it three times (orally or mentally)… Do not discuss symbols with Reiki I therapists or with non-Reiki persons, as outside of Reiki II context the symbols have no meaning.” The Cho Ku Rei, Sei Hei Ki and Hon Shan Ze Sho Nen are the 3 basic symbols taught to II degree channels.
REIKI DISTANT OR ABSENTEE HEALING: Its symbol is Hon Shan Ze Sho Nen. “Its purpose is to bring down the energy into your heart chakra and open the mind so that Reiki can operate beyond time and space… Sometimes a picture of the client is used in conjunction with the symbol… You can use it to send Reiki into the future… It can also be used to send Reiki into the past… This technique can also be used to heal problems that stem from past lives.” Detailed stepwise instructions are given on how to send Reiki into one’s childhood and into the future.
GROUP DISTANT HEALING: “A group of Reiki II practitioners can send distant healing with powerful results.”
Two methods are employed; the senders arranged either face to back in a spiral formation in a chain laying-on of hands with the outer person sending the Reiki, or in a circle with the healee imagined to be in the centre.
In all cases the symbols must be use for the energy to be effective. Indira also recommends that a teddy bear or even a pillow may be used to represent the patient, provided it is imagined as him and his name is used.
BEAMING: “It is possible, using the distant healing symbol, to beam Reiki to your client from across the room.”
ALTERED STATES: “Focus your mind only on the Reiki as it flows through you. If other thoughts come into your mind, gently brush them away… By doing this you will enter an altered state that allows the energy pathways to open more than normal. It will also allow your Reiki guides to more easily add their energy to yours.”
PSYCHIC SEALING to keep out negativity is done by locking the tip of the tongue to the palate.
This method is employed in the Meditation on Twin Hearts of pranic healing to establish a connection between the front and back chakras so that the prana [or ki] will flow with increased potency. According to Indira, this seal would be effective for a period of 2 days, and any negativity coming against the healee would bounce back as positivity.
CONNECTING TO THE HIGHER SELF: “Invite your guru/master/god dead or alive. Send symbols.
Take their blessings and permission to talk to them. If you have questions you will get the answers.
When the meeting is over, thank him by bowing down for having visited you. Experiment sending Reiki to Jesus, Krishna, Sai Baba, Buddha, God, the full moon, the earth, your spirit guides etc.”
MEDITATION: “By intoning OM, you add its powerful vibration in your body…
The ‘O’ is experienced as a vibration in the direction of the third eye. Jointly the two sounds of OM help you experience the poles earth and heaven, the forces of yin and yang.
AFFIRMATIONS: Affirmations change our thought patterns, and therefore our lives, according to Indira.
“If there is any part of us that does not ‘buy into’ the affirmation, then change may not occur at all or may be incomplete.” One such affirmation: “From the Lord God of my being to the Lord God of the Universe, I release any vows of poverty, chastity and sins of my ancestors that I have taken in this or any other lifetime, so be it and so it is!”
[I request readers to read that again and let the real meaning of this ‘affirmation’ be clearly understood.]
Pranic healer Choa Kok Sui has invented several affirmations including “I am a divine being. I AM THAT I AM”. 5.
4.All you Wanted to Know about Reiki by Sumeet Sharma Sharma has been extensively quoted by me in this write-up. Like all exponents of Reiki, he often includes references to higher beings, spiritual guides and masters, the power of intuition, benefits of yogic exercises, balancing of the chakra system, kundalini awakening, the subtle or etheric or astral body, past lives, karmic levels, and freedom from the cycle of birth and death [associated with the Law of Karma, and reincarnation].
5.The Practical Book of Reiki, Healing through Universal Lifeforce Energy by Rashmi and Maharaj Sharma
This book treats Reiki in far greater detail, but basically says the same things as most other books on the subject. Though Reiki’s origin is in a Japanese, it is highly significant for us that all its proponents, whether Eastern or Western, cannot explain its working without the use of what is inherently Hindu [or Vedic] in character, the chakras and kundalini. That is because everything in Reiki rests on the basic monistic premise of an all-pervasive universal energy, call it ki, qi or chi. Whichin Sanskrit is prana. These energies operate at the level of the subtle or energy body that is ‘seen’ clairvoyantly as the aura around the physical body. There has to be a vehicle for this etheric energy vis-à-vis the physical body, for ‘healing’; hence the meridians, nadis and chakras.
The goal of Reiki is clear when the Sharmas say, “The more the life energy is free to move in the body, the easier it is for Kundalini, the spiritual transformative energy, to be awakened.” Through the energy awakening, the goal of kundalini yoga is enlightenment, self-realisation, and self-deification.
Books recommended are Auras, See them in only 60 Seconds by Mark Smith, and Chakra Workout for Body, Mindand Spirit [‘blends the traditions of yoga, Sufism and Taoism for the modern seeker’] by Blawyn and Jones.
6. Reiki, Universal Life Energy by Bodo J. Baginski and Shalila Sharamon
‘A holistic method of treatment for the professional practice of absentee healing and self-treatment of body, mind and soul’. Before experiencing Reiki, Shalila learnt meditation ‘under an Indian guru’ and went to spiritual healers of different ancient traditions. She is also an expert in ‘holistic astrology’. Bodo was initiated at Findhorn, the world’s premier New Age commune in Scotland and is trained in various alternative therapeutical practices.
They affirm, “We are standing on the threshold of a new age which will either be brought about by a new quality of human consciousness or else by the radical destruction of old, outlived structures… Reiki has nothing to do with spiritualism or the occult… or with the calling up of ghosts or demons, nor is it concerned with hypnosis or any psychological technique.”
According to them, ki or chi is “named the Holy Ghost by Christians”. The Reiki laying-on of hands is compared with Mark 16:18 ‘they will lay their hands on the sick and they will recover’. The monism of the Upanishads [tat tvam asi] is justified they say in Jesus’ words in John 10:30 ‘I an my Father are one’. “Patients will come into contact with new ideas after a few Reiki treatments.
Some will start doing yoga or start to meditate or practise some other kind of spiritual method…
The speed of these new developments may be too fast and they will want to lay Reiki to one side for a while.
A friend of ours had very definite Kundalini experiences after treating someone with Reiki…
We know of a couple who teach yoga, rebirthing and reincarnation therapy and who have begun to practise Reiki too.”
[“Indeed, Reiki, pranic healing and many such new age therapies are but facets of yoga rediscovered.
In all these non-pharmacological therapies, the fundamental belief is that man is in essence consciousness and therefore he has within him the power to heal himself.” ‘Faith Heals, Folio, The Hindu, March 2000].
They frequently refer to prominent New Agers Marilyn Ferguson, Fritjof Capra and Rupert Sheldrake, other New Age practices like kinesiology, Touch for Health, Kirlian photography, Transcendental Meditation, Bach Flower Remedies, and quote the sayings of its founder Dr. Eduard Bach, and from the works of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda, C.W. Leadbeater [theosophist and 33rd degree freemason], and the Tao Te Ching. The authors recommend the use of a good dowser to locate the Reiki couch for best results.
They discuss the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain and the National Federation of Spirit Healers in England.
So much for their denial [italics, above] that Reiki is associated with spiritualism and the occult.
REIKI CRYSTAL HEALING Crystals are believed to vibrate at the perfect frequency of the universal energy and are used as tools along with Reiki, to work on the subtle energy body. T.N. Indira recommends holding a crystal in the palm for greater effectiveness. There is of course the separate art of healing with gems and crystals known as gemology, often used in tandem with the sister practice of chromo- or colour therapy. Pranic crystal healing is offered as a separate course apart from the basic, advanced and psychotherapy levels.
According to Sumeet Sharma, “Crystals work as capacitors of energy, both positive and negative. They are capable of producing a mechanical movement known as piezoelectric effect used in quartz watches. Since they store energies, they can be given Reiki, and can [be used as ornaments] within our aura level to continuously emit Reiki.” 6.
THE REIKI GRID A crystal grid using 8 crystals can be created and charged with Reiki. The crystals have to be selected using intuition, cleansed with salt water for 24 hours, prayed over, and attuned to the creative energies of the earth, sun and moon during the days of the full moon. The one that intuition says has the most yang is selected as the master charging crystal. The grid is a circle with six crystals placed at equidistant points facing inward and one in the centre. One has to channel Reiki into each crystal while praying to the spirit guides. The master crystal is used to keep the grid charged through Reiki meditation. It is claimed that the grid will continue to send Reiki energy for 48 hours or more.
REIKI PSYCHIC SURGERY It may be applied for not only physical but also emotional or spiritual afflictions.
One of the recommended symbols is the Christ Light. The cross is visualized as standing on the patient’s crown chakra, the flow of positive energy from the cross arms to the healer and the negative energy going back to the cross.
REIKI AND HYPNOSIS Sumeet Sharma says, “Since Reiki basically works on the mind, anything that calms the mind will enable Reiki to go deeper. When one is not open and receptive, one closes his outer aura and no healing can enter without the subject’s permission. In the hypnotic state, if Reiki is beamed with strong affirmations, the recovery is faster.
Healing is quicker when we combine Reiki with hypnosis or neuro-linguistic programming or Silva Mind Control techniques.” Sharma is also the author of Reiki and Hypnosis for Success and Self-Realisation.
TREATING ANIMALS AND PLANTS AND NON-LIVING THINGS WITH REIKI Since everything is energy and energy is everything, the same principles of applying Reiki on humans can be extended to all things, directly or from a distance. “For best results try talking to your plants” suggests Sumeet Sharma.
Small articles may be held in the hand when energising. If they are large, visualize them as small.
“Allopathic medicines can also be energised with Reiki symbols, when they work faster and deeper. Shalila and Bodo devote two chapters to this.
REIKI’S COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER ‘NEW AGE’ ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES
We have already seen good examples of this in the analyses above. Additionally, *“The best part of Reiki is that it crystallises very well with any therapy, be it… ayurveda, acupressure, aroma therapy, shiatsu, Bach flower remedies, homoeopathy, massage, yoga, meditation, even hypnosis” [Sumeet Sharma].
He explains how to enhance the benefits of each of these therapies by applying Reiki. *“Other practitioners we know of use Reiki with acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, ayurveda, Bach Flower Remedies, colour therapy, homoeopathy, shiatsu, tai chi etc” say Shalila and Bodo. Their book is illustrated by Alois Hanslian who is described as teaching ‘New Age Art.” The artist’s conception of the earth [in a drawing on page 68] is that of the landmass as a single continent, the ‘one-world order’ of the New Age Movement. *The December 2000 newsletter Universal Rhythm of the Karnataka Reiki Council, Bangalore states its objective “to integrate Reiki with other complementary therapies”. *The Sep./Oct. 2000 newsletter of Shree Sharada Lokaseva Foundation, Bangalore apart from concentration on Reiki, conducts courses and carries information on mind-imagery techniques, yoga, pranic healing, pendulum dowsing, self-hypnosis, crystal healing etc. *HOMAT 2003, the Holistic Medicine and Alternative Therapies international exhibition in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia organized in collaboration with the Malaysian Homeopathic Council had participants in the fields of homoeopathy, ayurveda, acupuncture, therapeutic touch, aroma therapy etc. and Reiki. *Advertisements in the Mylapore Times [Aug 29-Sep 4, 1998] and Adyar Times [May 9-15, 1999] offer crystal and gem healing, pendulum dowsing, magnified healing, shamanic healing and tarot card reading along with Reiki by Grand Master Shobhaa Ramji who operates the Cosmic Healing Centre in Chennai. She is also a hypnotherapist, feng shui consultant and Sufi healer among many things. Her visiting card sports the triangle yantra with the six-pointed star in it and the OM at the core. She operates the Divvine Retreat centre at the prestigious Spencer’s Plaza, that sells everything from lingams to laughing Buddhas, and sacred herbs with mystical properties to vaastu & feng shui charms. *Usha Sethuraman, another Chennaiite, combines treatments using Bach Flower Remedies, magnets, colours, yoga, feng shui, astrology, pranic healing and Reiki.
She is additionally a graduate from a homoeopathic medical college [Grand News, August 13, 2003]. *“Reiki, psychic healing etc. are gaining steam despite not being regarded as fields of medicine by the Indian Medical Council” say Sultana Khadija and Jayalakshmi Menon in ‘Finding Dr. Right’, The Asian Age, July 20, 2003.
*Dipti Sitwala was a mental health specialist in the US when she got disenchanted with the efficacy of drugs.
“Breaking the rules, she stopped medication and used the healing chants of OM instead. The results were very encouraging. Awed by all things divine, she learnt shamanism and to heal the shamanic way…
She took to techniques of meditation. Sai Baba of Shirdi was a lifechanging experience.” Then she graduated to Reiki… guided by Paula Horan. [‘Tapping Energy the Reiki Way’, Deccan Herald, July 9, 2004] 7.
*The danger from Reiki and other therapies to the ignorant and those under authority who have no freedom of choice is great. The January 2000 issue of Society [Healing Hands] reports that mentally challenged students at the SPJ Sadhana School in Mumbai have been trained in Reiki since 1997 by their principal Dr. Radhike Khanna.
It is reported that they gave Reiki to a Sr. Gaitonde, to their parents, and, using visualization and distant healing, on the transport system to stop a BEST bus strike. *Under the caption ‘Reiki treatment for cops mooted’, The Indian Express of April 13, 1999 reported that the Indian Reiki Foundation [IRF] which has a tie-up with the Ramachandra Medical Hospital to treat cardiac patients with Reiki, “has sought permission from the government to train the State police to enable them to get rid of their stress and gain natural energy… Treatment would also be extended to students and prisoners to develop a positive thinking among them.” IRF director, Dr. V. Sukumaran [see above] according to ‘Occult Obsession’ [India Today, July 10, 2000] is ‘a dowsing expert. He will divine the cause of your misery through a small pendulum that swings madly when suspended over affected body parts.”
*Farah Baria, the writer of the article, informs us that Shruti, a Gurgaon-based Reiki healer also “uses cosmic sounds like ‘OM’ as therapeutic tools for mental and physical empowerment.” *The cover story of The Week of May 23, 1999 was titled ‘The New Mantras of Healing’: “From yoga and meditation to Reiki and pranic healing, urban India is finding new ways to manage stress.”
The feature was researched by two Christians, Sunil Thomas and Samuel Abraham. They list a large number of corporates that have included such ‘stress management’ programmes for their employees.
“Stress guru Prof. Rooshikumar Pandya has been training officers of Mumbai Police for over 12 years…
Reiki healer Prama Bhandari from Delhi’s Tushita Buddhist Centre, in association with the NGO Cancer Sahayog has been working with terminally-ill women patients at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for the last three years.”
A large number of hospitals like the Apollo Group have started to offer alternative therapies like pranic healing and Reiki to terminally ill patients who are in a vulnerable position.
KARUNA REIKI AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SYMBOLS This system was developed by William L. Rand.
Its symbols were reportedly channeled by several other Masters including Marcy-Miller, Kellie-Ray Marine, Pat Courtney, Catherine Mills Bellamont, and Marla Abraham. Karuna is a Sanskrit word that means ‘compassion’.
It is the energy made available by all enlightened beings who are working to end suffering on earth.
The argument is that when individuals experience enlightenment, they realise that all beings are one, and therefore it is natural for them to extend compassionate action or Karuna to everyone without distinction.
For some time only the two Japanese characters of Rei-Ki were used. In Reiki III A degree, the Dai Ko Myo is taught.
It is known as the Master symbol. While using it to open the third eye, one must thrice repeat the affirmation ‘I establish my divine presence on earth’. But as Reiki flourished there were continued additions.
Most of them are, to say the least, grotesque. That includes the Hosanna Power symbol accredited to Eileen Gurhy of New York. While it is drawn, one has to say ‘Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna.’ The Zonar symbol, a ‘Z’ with the Greek symbol of ‘infinity’ on it, is said to be one of those ‘retrieved’ from the past for modern man by Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It is applied for “past-lives, and karmic and interdimensional issues.”
Using numbers from the Bible and the [esoteric Jewish] Kabbalah, a Silva Mind Control instructor named Bert Goldman constructed the Midas Star symbol.
The six-pointed star or Star of David is a combination of two triangles representing male [upward-pointing] and female [downward-pointing] energies. The symmetrical superimposition of the two brings about a balance of the two energies. This star is very popular in yantras. In many yantras the central figure is a six-pointed star inside a circular pattern of lotus petals. In the Ganesh yantra, there is a triangle inside the star. Other shapes too are given symbolic importance.
A circle represents the cyclic force. Triangles, associated with pyramids have esoteric connotations.
An equilateral triangle represents a balance of energies. A triangle in a square forms the most basic yantra pattern. In the Sarvatobhadra Mandala a square with its points upwards is used. The square, a circle within the square, a triangle within the circle and a point inside the triangle makes the most powerful yantra pattern as in the Tara yantra.
World Reiki Day is celebrated on January 6th. World Reiki Year was celebrated in 2000.
CHRISTIANS ON REIKI 1.Understanding the New Age
Russell Chandler [Religion writer of the Los Angeles Times]
In the chapter on Holistic Health and Healing, he remarks, “Yoga, Reiki, Rolfing and a host of other ‘bodywork’ therapies are based on the assumption that the body needs alignment of its physical parts and vibrational energies.”
2. The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine
John Ankerberg and John Weldon
“Reiki is a process designed not only for psychic healing, but also for personal spiritual [occult] transformation as well. During the process of learning the technique, the master injects psychic energy into the student, allegedly opening his psychic centres [chakras] and activating his ‘life force’. This process is reminiscent of the Eastern gurus’ dramatic transmission of occult power into disciples, known as shaktipat diksha...
It is an occult technique designed to manipulate occult energies. Reiki instructors function in a manner indistinguishable from psychic healers who utilize spirit guides… The practice appears innocent any many people assume it can’t hurt. Unfortunately, occult practices can and do harm and they are anything but innocent.”
3. Reiki: Healing with the Force
Marcia MontenegroHoly Spirit Interactive: New Age# 60 February 27, 2005
A brochure advertising Reiki, an energy healing technique, translates the word “Reiki” as “guided Universal Life Force Energy,” (Ana Jones, certified Reiki Master-Teacher, Professional Intuitive, and Interfaith Minister, in her flyer, Reiki, Natural Healing). Jones further asserts that “Reiki Masters are spreading Reiki throughout the world… bringing Reiki into private practice, centers, hospices, clinics, and even some hospitals.” This indeed is the case.