Jesus Christ was a Reiki healer


Reiki (mostly reproduced with "universal / universal life energy", literally in Japanese: spiritual life energy, spirit power) is a healing method from the USA (Hawaii). Originally from Japan, it has merged with South Asian, Taoist, Esoteric and New Age ideas and has become one of the most popular esoteric treatments in the West. The word component "Rei" describes the all-encompassing, universal aspect of energy, "Ki" (Chi / Qi as in Tai-Chi or Qi Gong) the life force that flows through every living being in its individual form. The transmission of Reiki to support individual healing processes and to vitalize body and mind happens through the laying on of hands, also as a self-treatment. The Reiki offers have differentiated themselves enormously in the past few years in a broad spiritual spectrum of Eastern and Far Eastern origins.

History and organizations

There are contradicting statements about the origin of Reiki at the beginning of the 20th century, much remains in the dark. The common legend (which comes in important parts from Hawayo Takata) is now also increasingly viewed critically by Reiki masters. The Reiki healing system was developed by the Japanese Mikao Usui (1865-1926), who was not a Catholic theologian - as the "Reiki legend" had claimed - but probably a practicing Tendai Buddhist. Happily and constantly on the lookout, the “knowledge of Reiki” on Mount Kurama near Kyoto is said to have spontaneously come to him (1922?) Combined with a light vision. Usui, who was married and had two children, worked as a teacher and healer from Tokyo until his death.

One of Usui's successors was the doctor Chujiro Hayashi, who ran a clinic in Tokyo and made decisive changes to the method. Shortly before his death in 1940, he declared his closest student Hawayo Takata (1900-1980) to be his successor. The Japanese-born US citizen from Hawaii found healing in Hayashi's clinic, became a Reiki master in 1938 and worked as a Reiki grand master in Hawaii after Hayashi's death. She also shaped the Reiki method with her own impulses, including the emphasis on daily self-treatment and the definition of a standard sequence of hand positions during treatment. She only trained Reiki masters herself since the 1970s. In the form taught by Takata, the Usui system became known in the USA, from where it spread to Europe, and since the mid-1980s also in Germany.

Among Hawayo Takata's 22 master students were her granddaughters Phyllis Lei Furumoto and Barbara Weber Ray, who both claimed immediate successors as lineage holders. Barbara founded Ray while Takata was still alive The Reiki Association, which today after several renaming as The Radiance Technique International Association (TRTIA) continues and does not recognize Furumoto's grandmaster rank. Reiki is presented and taught as an authentic science and technology (The Radiance Technique TRT, "Authentic Reiki"), which in its perfect form was transmitted exclusively to Barbara Ray. Training in seven degrees is characteristic of the Radiance style.

1983 was founded in Canada under Phyllis L. Furumoto (born 1948), who is recognized as the Grand Master and bearer of the spiritual line. The Reiki Alliance, which the majority of the masters initiated by Takata followed. The Reiki Alliance is based in practice and teaching on the "Usui Shiki Ryoho" system ("Usui method of healing"), which knows three degrees and emphasizes the spiritual dimension and loyalty to tradition. This includes daily self-treatment as well as following the “five rules of life” (see below). Since 1993, Furumoto and Paul D. Mitchell have formed the so-called Office of the Grand Master.

Both master associations have several hundred members worldwide. In addition, an independent free Reiki scene with numerous new styles and directions emerged. The doctrine was modified, the initiation sequences accelerated, which worked like a pyramid scheme, there were problems with price dumping and consecrations.

Based on the Usui method, systems such as "Rainbow Reiki" (Walter Lübeck), "Rei-Ki-Balancing" (Gerda E. Drescher / Edwin Zimmerli), "Osho Neo-Reiki" (Himani H. Gerber), " Reiki Jin Kei Do ”(Ranga Premaratna) or“ Karuna Reiki ”(William Lee Rand). Startups like that Reiki Association International (R.A.I.) by Eckard Strohm (1990) or colorful offers such as “Alchemia Reiki”, “Mahatma Reiki” or “Angelic RayKey” complete the spectrum. In the meantime, the range of forms and schools of treatment is almost unmanageable, it ranges from strongly esoteric offers to more “secularized” or “Christian” adapted versions that limit treatment to the laying on of hands.

Efforts towards quality assurance and control, a code of ethics and scientific evidence of the effectiveness of Reiki have meanwhile contributed to further institutionalization. So in 2005 the Reiki Association Germany V. (RVD) founded in 2006 by the Austrian professional association of certified Reiki therapists (ÖBRT), 2011 ProReiki - the professional association e. V. for professional Reiki practitioners of all "Reiki faculties".

Since the 1990s, greater attention has been paid to the historical background in Japan and Japanese forms (Jikiden Reiki, Gendai Reiki Ho), and the Takata-based Usui system was "re-imported" into Japan.

According to the American Hospital Association, there should be accompanying Reiki treatments in around 15 percent of hospitals in the USA. In the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (ukb) around 4000 Reiki treatments are now carried out annually by permanent relaxation therapists, especially in the field of pain therapy.

Teaching and practice

Ki or. Reiki is explained as in other Ki movements as universal, cosmic energy, which is known in many cultures and knows numerous forms of expression. Parallels are in the Hindu Prana, in Egyptian Ka, in the cabbalistic Yesod, in the Healing power of nature in Hippocrates or in the Christian Holy Spirit to find. This “pure spiritual power” is always and everywhere available and is always available “for various purposes”. It is passed on through the hands, either by gently laying them on or by holding them at a distance of a few centimeters. This requires a one-time initiation (initiation / attunement). "Once a person has been opened as a 'Reiki channel', the universal life energy flows spontaneously and in a concentrated form from his hands, and this ability is retained throughout his life" (Baginski / Sharamon). Since the treating person acts as a channel, they do not give off their own energy, so that there is no exhaustion (“Reiki effect”). Practitioners assume that Reiki flows exactly where it is needed in the treatment that is beneficial. A diagnosis is therefore not required for treatment. The treatment does not make a diagnosis, it does not replace a doctor, medication or prescribed therapies.

The half-hour daily self-treatment as well as the full body treatment (approx. 60 to 90 minutes) are each carried out with a set sequence of hand positions. Already graduates of the 1st degree can transfer the energy, from the 2nd degree also through remote treatment ("Fernreiki"). Reiki is practiced by some in combination with other esoteric methods, e.g. B. "Reiki and Bach flowers", "Reiki and Auro-Soma", but also with chakra work, channeling, shamanic techniques and the like.

The main goals include (physical, mental and emotional) preventive health care and support for physical and psychological self-healing powers, for example by releasing “energy blockages”. However, not only people and animals can be healed and flowed through with universal energy, but also food, plants and objects of all kinds, which can then be detoxified, refreshed, repaired or otherwise energized.

To explain this, some refer to the holistic theoretical approach of "energy medicine", according to which the mode of operation is presumably based on the phenomenon of the change in vibration. In this understanding, illnesses can be traced back to bad attitudes of the mind or soul, to "disorder on the mental, emotional and spiritual level". Ultimately, it is about the harmonization of body vibrations (for example through "high-frequency energy"), which could essentially get mixed up due to psychosomatic mechanisms. The underlying understanding of energy has been lost to modern (western) science.

Degree of initiation and rules of life

The Usui system based on Takata knows three degrees. The 1st degree is acquired at a weekend seminar (costs around 200 euros). In four initiations, the participants get the ability to transfer the Reiki energy to themselves and others. The 2nd degree (at least six months later, several days) enables you to strengthen the Reiki power, also for mental healing and remote healing; the three originally secret symbols created by Usui are taught (cost: several hundred euros). The 3rd degree is the "master's degree", which requires a longer period of training with the initiating master and costs up to 10,000 euros. The initiation, which entitles them to teach and train others, takes place with the help of a so-called master symbol, which consists of Sino-Japanese characters.

The Radiance technique according to Barbara Ray has seven stages. From the 3rd degree onwards, there is an additional subdivision into A- (for personal growth) and B-line (additional initiation and teaching qualification). For example, 3B includes the ability to teach 1st and 2nd degrees, etc.

The “five rules of life” are said to have been the core of the Usui method in the earliest practice and are understood as spiritual and practical guidelines: “1. Especially today don't get angry. 2. Especially today, don't worry. 3. Right now, be thankful for all blessings. 4. Especially today, earn your bread honestly. 5. Especially today be loving to all living beings. "


The effectiveness of Reiki has so far not been scientifically proven convincingly. In rare cases, a basic course can be subsidized by a health insurance company (as a "relaxation technique"; through cooperation in the hospital sector, see above). In addition to the positive experience reports, reports about negative effects of Reiki treatments (which can hardly be explained as "initial deterioration") or about negative experiences with dubious "Reiki masters" should not be concealed. According to a decision of the Federal Constitutional Court in 2004, Reiki applications are possible by spiritual-spiritual healers, provided they do not make a diagnosis, prescribe no medication and point out that their treatment does not replace a visit to the doctor or alternative practitioner (see BVerfG, 1 BvR 784 / 03, 2.3.2004). This is also intended to counteract an overemphasis on psychosomatic diagnoses and exaggerated therapeutic promises.

The transmission and effect of Reiki is independent of religion and belief, it is often emphasized. Not infrequently, Reiki is offered as an exclusively secular treatment method. However, the ideological background is considerable. There are esoteric assumptions about the energy model, a cosmic-energetic understanding of God and a corresponding image of man (e.g. gross and subtle body, energy flow models / chakra theory); Initiation rituals, mantras and symbols are important elements. Oliver Klatt calls the Usui system of Reiki a spiritual path with reference to transcendence, an "esoterically shaped system", whose central process of initiation can hardly be explained other than the existence of supernatural powers. It is "a complete system of energy healing" which, as an "energetic healing method and spiritual discipline", aims not only at physical and mental healing, but also at the spiritual development of the practitioner. The Reiki practice also creates a mystical community.

For Christians, striving for sick and suffering fellow human beings as well as knowing the healing power of faith are part of the practice of faith, which includes the laying on of hands, the prayer of the sick and anointing. However, not every healing has to be the action of the Holy Spirit. A Christian prayer of intercession is not a transfer of energy ("remote treatment"). The Christian faith confesses that the Spirit of God "blows where it will" (Jn 3: 8). Restraint towards suggestive practices and a method available to humans (“laying on of hands is enough and the energy flows”) is therefore advisable. Based on the biblical image of man, there is neither the need nor the possibility of an “initiation” by a master to “open” the energy channels, for example. Access to God as an approachable and personal counterpart in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit is open to everyone “by faith alone” (justification). A congruence between the biblical Pneuma and the Asian concept of the cosmic Ki-Energy or that Prana does not exist.


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Dr. Friedmann Eißler, April 2014