I grew up deep in the Christian church, although at the time of my youth, Reiki and energy healing were unheard of. What was often discussed was the 'laying on of hands,' where members of the church would pray over one another, touching the individual on the shoulder, arm, or head, as if to reinforce God's work.
In modern days, Reiki now causes a deep divide between those who use the Bible as their book of worship. Some label it as evil or occult (the meaning of these two words is not synonymous), while state that it is a helpful practice that brings one closer to God. Bible verses are thrown backwards and forwards as ammunition, each one adding validity to the argument of the opposing sides.
I find no conflict between the two. I am now Rastafari, therefore I still follow the Bible. I believe that Reiki is an extension of the curative capabilities of Jah or God (or the name you use to describe the higher power who you believe in) that works within us. During a Reiki session, I become connected to the Creator, and allow His energy to flow through me into my client. I am therefore doing His Work. However, to provide my own biblical ammunition, I present Mark 16:15-18 (italics added):
15 And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Those who believe shall have the power to heal.... What is your opinion?
~ Shelby Fizer