USCCB News Release

March 26, 2009

Reiki lacks scientific credibility
Catholics trusting Reiki operate in superstitious no man's land
Reiki inappropriate for Catholic health care institutions, retreat centers, chaplains

Reiki Therapy Unscientific, 'Inappropriate for Catholic Institutions,' Say Bishops' Guidelines

WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops have issued guidelines that call Reiki therapy, an alternative medicine originating in Japan, unscientific and inappropriate for Catholic institutions.

They outlined the position in "Guidelines for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy." The guidelines were developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, chaired by Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Connecticut. They were approved by the USCCB Administrative Committee, March 24, during its spring meeting in Washington. The Administrative Committee is the authoritative body of the USCCB to approve committee statements.

The document can be found at

The Guidelines describe Reiki as a healing technique "invented in Japan in the late 1800s by Mikao Usui, who was studying Buddhist texts." The guidelines state that "according to Reiki teaching, illness is caused by some kind of disruption or imbalance in one's 'life energy.' A Reiki practitioner effects healing by placing his or her hands in certain positions on the patient's body in order to facilitate the flow of Reiki, the 'universal life energy,' from the Reiki practitioner to the patient."

The Guidelines state that "Reiki lacks scientific credibility" and "has not been accepted by the scientific and medical communities as an effective therapy."

"Reputable scientific studies attesting to the efficacy of Reiki are lacking, as is a plausible scientific explanation as to how it could possibly be efficacious," they state.

The Guidelines note that "Reiki is frequently described as a 'spiritual' kind of healing as opposed to the common medical procedures of healing using physical means." They assert, however, that there is a radical difference between Reiki therapy and the healing by divine power in which Christians believe: "for Christians the access to divine healing is by prayer to Christ as Lord and Savior, while the essence of Reiki is not a prayer but a technique that is passed down from the 'Reiki Master' to the pupil, a technique that once mastered will reliably produce the anticipated results."

In sum, Reiki therapy "finds no support either in the findings of natural science or in Christian belief," the Guidelines state.

"For a Catholic to believe in Reiki therapy presents insoluble problems," the Guidelines state. "In terms of caring for one's physical health or the physical health of others, to employ a technique that has no scientific support (or even plausibility) is generally not prudent."

The guidelines warn that in using Reiki for one's spiritual health, "there are important dangers."

"To use Reiki one would have to accept at least in an implicit way central elements of the worldview that undergirds Reiki theory, elements that belong neither to Christian faith nor to natural science. Without justification either from Christian faith or natural science, however, a Catholic who puts his or her trust in Reiki would be operating in the realm of superstition, the no-man's-land that is neither faith nor science," they state.

"Superstition corrupts one's worship of God by turning one's religious feeling and practice in a false direction," the Guidelines state. "While sometimes people fall into superstition through ignorance, it is the responsibility of all who teach in the name of the Church to eliminate such ignorance as much as possible."

"Since Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientific evidence, it would be inappropriate for Catholic institutions, such as Catholic health care facilities and retreat centers, or persons representing the Church, such as Catholic chaplains, to promote or to provide support for Reiki therapy," the Guidelines said.

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Other Christian Sites in Opposition to Reiki

All listed Church-web sites and Christian-ministries write about reiki, in one Voice!
These web sites are written to clarify about the occult of reiki and to point towards the Grace of God, in Christ Jesus our Lord. To share the biblical Truth about reiki and tell about practical experiences with ex-reikians. We are listing these websites as a unified Christian voice, to warn you about reiki and guide you Home to God. Because there is Hope, there is a better alternative for reiki, found in Jesus. Just repent and turn to the Truth, the Light of Salvation which is found in Jesus Christ, get saved and set free. We are blessing you, not condemning, in fact this is between you and God and not between Church and you, nor between christians and reikians. The bible says clearly; Eph 6,12: for we are not wrestling with flesh and blood, (people) but against the powers (reiki) against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere, (reikidemons) ...this is not personal, it is spiritual. We have selected more then 30 websites from all kind of Churches and from saved ex-reikians who proof reiki spiritually occult, dangerous and not from God. It will proof this out of what the Word of God teaches us about reiki, practical experiences and from what deliverance ministries have to say about reiki. So, you can spiritually turn to Jesus Christ before it is to late and you can get saved.

A selection of English Christian web-sites concerning reiki:

Christian site from saved ex-reikians from all over the world who tell about the demonical impact of reiki, with a lot of testemonies. "Who will tell you otherwise about our deliverance + salvation through Jesus Christ ".
(Joined site from Pentecostal Church and Christian ministries)

Testemony of a Christian family who came into reiki trough the uncle reikimaster and got delivered again.
(Catholic Church)

Answers about several aspects of the occult of reiki and new-age, with many other links.
Revealing the demonical aspects and many dangers of reiki.
(Christian answers for new-age)

4- www.reikiandchristians. worldpress
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?
Catholic Church article: ¨a disturbing substitute for faith¨ There are a number of Christians (incl.nuns) who have been drawn into reiki.... with links.
(Catholic Church)

5-Reachingout ministry/reiki.html
Clear and short overview why christians shouldn't use or get into reiki.(Evangelical Church)

Good and complete overview of biblical and practical examples about reiki. (Catholic Char. Renewal)

A web site from the Catholic Charismatic renewal.(Catholic church)

Christians for Christians, a short info-site about reiki, the reiki promotion, about the occult of reiki,
Jesus and reiki, the Bible and reiki, with a clear call towards Christians to stop with reiki. (Pentecostal Church)

9 - www.thecross and veil.reiki

A lifter of the blindness/deception about reiki, by a saved ex-reikian and tantric master.(Catholic Church)

10- www
Site to support Churches, Pastors and active Christians; about how to pray for ex-reikians, information for sermons and biblical teachings about reiki, with a Church-deliveranceprayer book for ex-reikians,
in Jesus Name. (Pentecostal Church)

A well visited church site about reiki and new-age.(Catholic Church)

12- to be free from reiki
Testemony site of ex-reikian, ¨to cut the spiritual cord of reiki, in Jesus Name, and the Bible.
ministry whose mission is to assist the Church)

Well known from radio broadcasts and Christain information and support centre, with several well documented Biblical comments about the use of reiki. (ministry whose mission is to assist the Church)

presentation of several Christian books and web sites about the dangers of reiki, new-age etc.(Christian publishers)

Untited website from saved ex-reikians/ masters worldwide and Church; a spirtual info-site about the occult of reiki and it's demons, the Bible and the way out of reiki through Jesus, with testemonies.
(Pentecostal Church)

16- www.cana.html
A lot of information about several aspects of the occult of reiki and the Bible, with many other links. Thus confirming the demonical aspects and many dangers of reiki.
(Christian answers for new-age)

From Christians to Christians; for your home-Church, a small poster to evangelize and
warn about the occult of reiki, just print it and put it in your Church !
(Pentecostal Church / saved ex-reikians)

God loves you and wants you coming Home, through the provisions made by Jesus Christ on the Cross. Stop with reiki, repent and turn to His Light of Salvation. God is talking to you right now, Gods Word about reiki is clear! This selection of 30 Church- web sites from around the world are very clear and are unified about the occult of reiki. The many warnings about the dangers of using reiki are both Biblical as practical and are speaking for themselves. Jesus Christ is waiting to hear your decision right now, it is now between you and God, be blessed !



Demonic Accusations and Jesus

This accusation of healing by demonic aid is an old one.  The same charge was leveled against Jesus.  As recorded in the Gospels, Jesus does not deny the charges.  He takes a different approach to his critics.  It was a good answer 2,000 years ago.  Its a good answer now.


Mark 3:  (King James version)

 22And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

 23And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

 24And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

 25And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

 26And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

 27No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

 I do not believe that Jesus was using reiki.  He was not.  Still, if Jesus could be accused of healing with demonic aid; any healer can be so accused.  How little things change. 

Christian Reiki is a Christian site that takes a pro-reiki stance.  It speaks for itself.



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