On my recent live Christian meditation Q and A, I was asked if a Christian should practice Reiki? As I stated during the webinar, I have never been to a Reiki practitioner, however do know a few and it is my understanding that they use some sort of energy to heal the body. From an intellectual point of view, I don’t know enough about Reiki to give an opinion; however, from an experiential one I do. I personally would not use Reiki based upon the knowledge I have today. The reason I say from an experiential experience is because I have a very good friend who attributes Reiki to the demonic oppression she has been suffering from for the past 3 years.
My friend, who was vibrant in every way began seeing a Reiki practitioner because of a pain she was experiencing in her body. My friend loved the Lord, taught fitness classes at the church, founded the health and wellness ministry, was in school to become a nutritional counselor, full-time worker, and was a happily married grandma.
However, all this changed while going through a physical detox and seeing a Reiki practitioner. During this time, she began experiencing severe pain in her stomach. At first she thought it had to do with the supplements she was taking for the detox but weeks went by with no relief. From there, my friend began to experience mental and psychological problems. She heard noises, had strange sensations in her body, felt oppressed, and began to experience severe depression. This later turned into nightmares, the inability to sleep, and a feeling that God had abandoned her. She also left her job of 20 plus years.
It has now been 3 years and my friend is still suffering. She believes she has lost her salvation and has no peace or joy in her life. Although she is slowly getting better, she is not completely free from her internal torment. Over the past years she has sought numerous treatments through counseling, mental evaluation, deliverance from demonic spirits, medication, and more. She is continually seeking her healing and I believe that God is going to use this as a testimony in her life. I personally believe that my friend is suffering from a spiritual and mental stronghold. Although all of her physical symptoms have long disappeared, she has adopted a fear-based mindset and having difficulty breaking free from that mental cycle.
Therefore, based upon my friends experience, I personally would not use Reiki. I do believe there are many helpful spiritual disciplines and modalities and as Christians we should not operate in a spirit of fear, but wisdom. However, when it comes to healing and allowing people to lay hands on us, we should be cautious about whom we give that liberty too. There is so much we don’t know. If you do decide to try Reiki, I would only do so with someone you know and who also professes Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Perhaps there are some born-again Christian Reiki practitioners that can shed more light on this subject. If so, please use the comments section below.