Reiki, Religion, and Spirituality

Reiki is not a religion, has no dogma, nor requirement to believe in any set being. Yet for many people Reiki deepens their pathway to spirituality.

For many people the most natural thing in the world is to embrace Reiki into their spiritual path.

Mikao Usui comes from a country where most people do not have the sense of belonging in religion. Commonly, people have Shinto ceremonies when a child is born, Christian marriage ceremonies, and Buddhist ceremonies when a child dies. Temples such as Kurama Mountain have had both Buddhist and Shinto worship sites for hundreds of years. Some stories connect Mikao Usui to all the major traditions of Buddhism. While we have not found support of Hawayo Takata's story of Mikao Usui having been a Christian monk, some sources site Mikao Usui's most famous student, Chujiro Hayashi, as a Christian Methodist. Dr. Hayashi is the one who taught Reiki to Hayao Takata.


Reiki does not cause harm, the receivers body draws the ki it needs to heal itself.

Reiki breaks some of the rules of manifestation. Many traditions believe that if you focus enough intention on what you want, that thought, whether good for you or not, will happen. Reiki, however, always works for the highest good.

If you are angry with someone, send them Reiki. You will send positive energy both that person and yourself. This makes Reiki an ideal modality for people of all backgrounds.

Many people pray first before sending Reiki.

The Reiki Ideals (original Japanese version)

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.

Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart
and chant these words with your mouth

Usui Reiki Treatment for the improvement of body and mind
The founder
Usui Mikao

Some Web sites on Reiki for Christians

There are a number of great web sites on Reiki for Christians. Here are a few, with excerpts from the tops of their pages. Click the heading to go to their website.

Welcome to Reiki for Christians:

As the popularity of Reiki grows, many Christians are becoming interested in this healing art and have begun to practice it. They have found that Reiki is a useful technique that helps them express compassion toward others and relieve suffering at the same time that it creates a closer connection for them to God. Because Reiki is a laying on hands healing technique similar to what Jesus practiced, it is especially appealing.

The purpose of this 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.

This web site has been created by Christians who practice Reiki.

Every Reiki healer brings her own beliefs with her to the Reiki table, and in
my case those beliefs are Christian and Biblical. There is no contradiction
in this because Reiki is not a religion, and there is nothing in pure Reiki
which conflicts with the truths taught in scripture. Traditional Usui Reiki
advocates only a simple set of principles for moral behavior which are
compatible with any spiritual belief.
Reiki energy - like all good things in this world - was created by God
as an expression of Gods' unconditional love and desire to bless us.
My Christian clients have reported intense experiences of the Holy Spirit
revealing God's presence and Love during their Reiki sessions.
When I give Reiki, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ for the person who
is receiving it. I do not presume to tell the Lord what you need, because
God sees you so much more completely than I can and knows exactly
where your true needs are. Whatever your beliefs, you can know that
I am praying for your highest good. Whatever your circumstances,
Reiki can do no harm.
Reiki is a gift and a blessing from God.
If you are unsure of this, I hope your questions are answered below.

Christ the Healer

Reiki for Christians

by Gabrielle Chavez, Christ the Healer UCC

What Is Reiki?

“The wind blows where it will, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (Jesus speaking of the Spirit to the Pharisee Nicodemus in John 3:8)

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a form of laying on of hands developed (some say rediscovered) in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 20th century. In Japanese, the character for rei suggests meanings that include universal, wind, spirit and ghost. Dr. Usui paired this word with ki, a term for the invisible energy which sustains life–also known as qi or chi in Asia–to name the system of healing energy that he taught called “Usui Shiki Ryoho.”

The story goes that Usui pursued a quest or calling to learn a method of spiritual healing that would not depend on the practitioner’s level of qi, that is, use up one’s own quota of energy. After years of study, he undertook a 21-day prayer vigil at a Buddhist monastery on Mt. Kurama. There he experienced a downpouring of energy coursing through him which he could flow through his hands to others without depleting himself. Usui named the energy “Reiki” and began to heal and teach in the poor neighborhoods of Kyoto. For his students, Usui developed ethical Reiki principles as well as simple teaching protocols to pass on the gift of Reiki. This has enabled the Reiki system to multiply around the world.

Reiki was introduced to the West by Mrs. Hawayo Takata, from Hawaii, who was cured of asthma during a visit to Japan and stayed to learn Reiki. After the Second World War, she established clinics in Hawaii and traveled to the mainland teaching and giving treatments. In the mid-1980’s, some of Mrs. Takata’s restrictive additions to Usui’s system were challenged, particularly the extremely high fee to become a Reiki master or teacher, and Reiki became even more widely available and sought after for its relaxing and stress-reducing benefits.

Today there are many thousands who have learned this simple technique. Among them are Christians who recognize the Trinitarian essence of Reiki: God as the never-failing and ultimate Source of healing, Christ the universal Love of God who comes into this world to heal and save, and the Holy Spirit or power of God moving through us as vessels. Indeed, there has been a hunger for access the promised gifts of the Spirit, and Reiki practiced as hands-on-healing prayer in Christ’s name has become a quietly satisfying way to experience and deepen one’s faith in the power and love of God.

Judaism and Reiki

There is a lot of Reiki in Israel.

Does Reiki have a place in Judaism

The ancient Japanese tradition of Reiki is emerging in Israel, and its fresh presence is posing a simple question in the heart of the Jewish world: Is there a place for Reiki in Judaism?

Reiki, “universal life energy” in Japanese, is more popular in Israel now than it was five years ago, says Eli Navon, Reiki teacher at the Israel Holyland Reiki Center and the School for Alternative Medicine in Kfar Saba.

“More people come to study- all kinds of people, including doctors,” said Navon.

As Japanese culture and healing are exported in the global village, Jewish practitioners face the challenge of integrating the foreign belief system into the Jewish domain.

The Japanese tradition of Reiki teaches mental and spiritual harmony, but it is perhaps best-known as “the laying on of hands” healing system where a practitioner channels the energy in the surrounding environment through his/her hands to the person in need of healing. To strengthen the channeled energy and increase the power of healing, the practitioner mentally focuses on ancient Japanese symbols.
Even though Reiki was received by founder Dr. Mikao Usui while practicing Buddhist meditation, practitioners tout Reiki as non-sectarian.

“Reiki can be practiced by anyone and the Reiki energy and philosophy is compatible with all other energy and beliefs. It’s a cosmic and universal language. It bonds everyone no matter belief or tradition or origin,” Navon said.

Reiki for Peace

Why Reiki for Peace?

Reiki energy leads to individual healing, and Reiki for Peace activities lead to reduced tensions and the development of open communication, trust, and friendship. Later, as more students are trained, informal Reiki clinics will be set up with easy access for all those living in this area -- making Reiki available as a treatment method and a healing path for everyone.

The principal participants in Reiki for Peace are Israelis and Palestinians. They learn Reiki, meet in mixed groups to work together, sharing Reiki treatments, and then participating in conversations, sometimes guided by a trained tri-lingual moderator, about their reactions to this close physical and spiritual contact with those who, under other circumstances, might be considered their adversaries. By working together in this way, students learn to trust each other at a level far deeper than words can effect. Thus, Reiki Sharing leads to healing for each individual and to healing for the group as a whole.

Where and How was Reiki for Peace Born?

In the region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, there live Arabs and Jews. For many years, and still today, there has been distrust and fear between these two peoples. There is a great need to develop positive opportunities for Jews and Arabs to meet, so that they can learn to communicate effectively, and build a basis for trusting each other. Moreover, it seems that the entire region suffers from strife and violence and that people living in the area are in need of healing. Indeed, the region itself needs healing!

Reiki and Islam

I know of a mutliple Reiki schools in Iran, and in Indonesia, but Muslim countries and I have taught many Reiki practitioners and master. There is some concern in islam about Reiki's origins in Japan, but since Reiki is not a religion, and Islam has a healing tradition.

Reiki and Islam

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad (SAW) is His slave and Messenger.

Before I begin I would like to say that this research was an unbiased research. I started finding about reiki when I heard about it on TV and from people who practice it. I have given account of what is reiki from the sites of institutes of reiki and also from wikipedia.

I begin with verses from the Holy Quran and Hadees of Prophet (saw).

Allah says: And they ask you (o Muhammad (saw)) concerning the ruh (the spirit). Say: “The Ruh (the spirit) is one of the things, the knowledge of which is only with my Lord. And of the knowledge, you (mankind) have been given only a little. “ (Surah 17 Al-Isra , Ayat # 85)

Narrated by Abdullah (Bukhari book 003 hadees 127)

While I was going through the ruins of medina and he was reclining on a date palm leaf stalk, some jews passed by. Some of them said to the others . Ask him (the prophet peace upon him) about the spirit. Some of them said that they should not ask him that question as he may might give a reply which would displease them. But some of them insisted on asking, and so one of them stood up and asked, “O abu-al- Qasim! what is the spirit?” The Prophet remained quiet. I thought he was being inspired Divinely Inspired. So i stayed till that state of Prophet ( of being Divinely inspiration) was over. The prophet then recited the above verses. (surah 17, ayat 85).

Muft Says


It was over 1,250 years ago that Muslim scholar, jurisprudent, scientist and teacher, Ja'far al-Sadiq said, "There are some lights which, if thrown from a sick person to a healthy person, can possibly make that healthy person sick" (The Minister p.5). However, it has only been recently that modern science has had the ability to understand how this can happen. Considered a "new" field in modern medicine, vibrational healing aims to heal illnesses by working with these subtle human energy fields that affect us beyond the physical level (Sharanananda, p.2). In fact, the vibrational energies of the body are so strong that scientists have theorized that disease within the physical body actually occurs at the cellular and bimolecular levels. In this scenario, healing extends from the bimolecular level to the cellular and finally, to the anatomical. This is because the bimolecular properties of the physical body are based on vibration. The vibration of the life-force, which we receive through our five senses, possess electromagnetic properties. Mitogenic energy (mitosis) is generated in the form of electromagnetic energy, which creates the energy of light (ethereal fluid) that surrounds each cell (Gurudas, p.56).


Reiki has nothing to do with religion. It is a training exercise for one’s conduct.

However, since it deals with certain spiritual aspects, one should not regard it as sufficient for purification of one’s inner self (Islaah and Tazkiya) which is one of the fundamental aspects of Islam.

Reiki and Hinduism

Rx: Reiki Hinduism Today

((Not all the details are quite correct in here, but it does show how Reiki is done in India))

RX: Reiki
Born in India and evolved in Japan, an ancient spiritual healing skill comes home


Can gall-bladder stones disappear without surgery, and umbilical hernias vanish? Can cancer cure itself? These have been some of the amazing experiences of people who have practiced reiki, the Japanese art of self-healing which has its roots in ayurveda. The word Reiki (pronounced "ray-key") is Japanese for universal (rei) life-force energy (ki). It is this energy which is flowing throughout the cosmos and to which each living being is connected from birth. It is known as prana in ayurveda, and it is referred to in the Atharva Veda (one of the four Vedas). It was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in Japan about 175 years ago as reiki, an unconditional, divine and loving healing energy. (See also page 46.)

Since then, reiki has caught on in many parts of the world, becoming a passing fad for some, a way of life for many. Now it has come full-circle back to India, where the idea of self-healing first originated. The ancient Atharva Veda verse observes, "Skilled, dexterous and empowered by the Divine for healing is our left hand, for it removes blocks in the free flow of joy. And yet more potent is this divinely empowered right hand, for it contains all medicinal capacities of the universe, its all auspicious healing touch bringing peace, harmony, welfare, opulence, joy and liberation from all toxic conditions of matter--birth, death, old age and disease." In cities like Delhi and Bombay, reiki is the new buzzword, with people from all strata of society turning to it for their physical and mental well-being. Doctors are using it on cancer patients, policemen are leaning on it and disabled children are expanding their abilities because of it. Reiki is also a fashion fad for high society ladies and a coping tool for government servants.

Several reiki Sensei's, or initiating teachers, reside in India. Among the most well known are husband-and-wife team Nalin and Renoo Nirula, who co-authored the best-selling Joy of Reiki (220 pages, Full Circle, New Delhi, Rs140). Nalin is qualified in ayurveda, homeopathy, pranic healing, naturopathy and reiki, and is a psychic. Renoo is a psychoanalyst and clairvoyant.


Reiki and Independant Spiritual Paths

Not everyone follows a mainstream religous path. Many people are on a personal path for spirituality. Reiki can be very helpful for them.

Be it Unitarian Universalist, Unity, Bahai, or even paganism, and shamanism, Reiki offers a safe, effective way to connect into the world of spirit that is not dependent on faith or creed.