Q: Is Reiki against religion?
A: No. Reiki is not a religion or a religious practice. It is a spritual practice. If your religious leaders speak out against Reiki, they may not understand what Reiki is really about. Or they may be coming from a place of fear of the unknown, thinking that something that is not defined in their religious literature must be “wrong.” I can’t change someone’s mind if they have that view.
However, I will tell you what I believe, along with the many others I know who practice Reiki. We come from a wide variety of religious (and non-religious) backgrounds and beliefs.
I believe that life force energy exists in all living beings. This is the same energy that Reiki is at its essence. When I am offering Reiki to another person, I am offering that person more of what they, themselves, are made of, and are lacking in some places (which creates imbalance in those areas).
In addition, the person receiving Reiki is in charge (consciously or subconsciously) of exactly how much energy is received, and where it goes. I am simply offering energy to that person for that person to take, as one might offer a jar of lotion to someone who may then take some and apply it where needed.
If Reiki energy is the same life-energy that we have as part of us from conception, it is what we have been given by our Creator, however you choose to define that Source. Therefore, offering some of the same, which doesn’t come from me, but instead through me, is just more of a universal redistribution of the same Source energy that’s part of All That Is.
Prayer is another way of intending that energy move and change someone’s situation. Asking for help from Source is pretty similar to asking that energy re-balance a person where needed. Reiki is not prayer, but there are parallels. If prayer is not against religion, neither is Reiki.
I welcome comments, but hateful or religiously judgmental comments will be deleted.