It is easy to be deceived by reiki. It draws people in with promises of peace and healing and claims to be non-religious and therefore suitable for Christianity. Who is there who does not need – and seek – healing?
As mentioned on the Catholic Culture article entitled
A DISTURBING SUBSTITUTE FOR FAITH,
there are a number of Christians (including many nuns!) who have been drawn into reiki, as the links below show……………
This page on the reiki.org site tries to tell us of the
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE HEALING OF JESUS AND REIKI
REIKI FOR CHRISTIANS says that the purpose of the site ‘is to answer questions Christians have about Reiki and to provide a place for Christians who practice Reiki to share their ideas and experiences’.
A REIKI HEALER has a page devoted to Christian Reiki.
REIKI AND CHRISTIANITY DO MIX according to a podcast by a Minister of the The United Church of Canada, the Reverend Dawn Vaneyk, on the Australian site reiki.net.au!
A CATHOLIC REIKI PRACTITIONER from the US actually calls his site ‘Catholic Reiki’. (Interestingly, he has a page detailing how he has developed a specifically Christian type of reiki attunement, using Christian symbols!)
ANOTHER ROMAN CATHOLIC REIKI MASTER – this time from the Philippines.
I mentioned before that the PRIORY OF OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL at Sayers Common in Sussex apparently held a reiki conference at its retreat centre a while ago. In its defense, the centre is advertised HERE as being open to all faiths, so maybe they feel unable to censor who the centre is hired out to.
The convent at Roehampton, Surrey, UK has reiki courses available at its KAIROS CENTRE too (I was once told that there was a nun there who practiced reiki herself, although I cannot verify this fact).
(N.B. The page above which shows reiki available at the Kairos Centre has gone offline. However, the Nuture Life Centre website shows that reiki is still taking place at the Kairos Centre)
Elsewhere in the world (especially the United States) there are plenty of other nuns/convents offering reiki. Here are a few links:-
SISTER ANN MATIEU, OSF. is a member of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. She lives in Springfield, Illinois and is a reiki master!
SiSTER MARYANN ENGELHARDT, SDS is a nurse and reiki master in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
THE SISTER OF PROVIDENCE in California have a ‘Spirituality Centre’ which offers a course entitled ‘Opening to the Healing Power of God’ which includes reiki and reflexology.
SISTERS OF ST BENEDICT FERDINAND, INDIANA (these offer first degree reiki courses!)
SISTERS OF CHARITY, CINCINATTI (two reiki nuns here!)
SISTERS OF MERCY, CINCINATTI: LADY OF THE PINES RETREAT CENTRE offers reiki classes
URSULINE SISTERS OF LOUISVILLE Reiki is offerered in their 2008/9 schedule.
DOMINICANS IN RACINE, WISCONSIN. No reiki nuns, apparently; but a United Methodist minister is one of two reiki masters providing courses here.
TABOR HOUSE OF PRAYER (THE SISTERS OF ST FRANCIS, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) offered reiki in their 2007 brochure
UPPER ROOM SPIRITUAL CENTRE, NEPTUNE, NEW JERSEY. Sister Maureen Conroy is the reiki nun here!
Last, but by no means least, the purereiki.com website provides the following article which was apparently printed in August/September 2005 edition of Vision (the newsletter for the National Association of Catholic Chaplains):
REIKI PRACTICE OFFERS A CHANCE TO CONNECT.
UPDATE 2nd July 2010
Fr. Patrick Joseph Leonard has has written a book entitled ‘REIKI FOR CHRISTIANS‘, the preface of which was written by Dom Irineu Danelon (Bishop of Lins in Brazil, Coordinator of Sobriety Pastoral, a member of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil and known well by the current pope).