Healing by Jesus and Reiki #2

 

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Japanese Madonna

Hello Lightworkers,

According to Mrs. Takata, who helped to disseminate Reiki healing in the United States, the founder of Reiki, Mikaomi Usui, had been a Japanese Christian schoolmaster. He developed Reiki, in the late 19th century, at the prompting of a spiritual meditation upon the healing powers of Jesus. How did Jesus heal?

Mikaomi Usui pondered, also, the healing powers manifest among Buddhists. He prayed and fasted on a mountain in Japan, Kurayama, not far from Kyoto, in order to discover the secrets of spiritual healing.  There, a mystical experience occurred on day 21 of his retreat. He saw a bright light, which remained with him. Once he descended the mountain, his healing abilities were evident. He cured himself of a toe injury and a woman at a diner of a toothache.

Some historians of the movement say that Mrs. Takata, who brought Reiki to the USA after the second world war, in a climate of American prejudice against Japanese, created a legend about Reiki’s founder, so that it would appeal to Christian pieties. In fact, Mikaomi Usui had been scrutinizing Qigong methods, when he discovered Reiki healing modalities.5437109

Whatever the origins of Reiki, some Christians gain acquaintance with spiritual healing — including the healing powers of Jesus –through Reiki. These practices enable people to heal by “laying on of hands,” a technique practiced in the Bible by the early Christians.

Is Reiki a counterfeit version of authentic Christian healing? as some Christian evangelicals claim? See: Healing by Jesus and Reiki #1 Or: are Reiki and Christian healing both benign but only superficially similar? Again, does Reiki and energy healing come close to the kind of healing performed by Jesus himself and by Christians in his name?

12a4On the history of Reiki, see: History of Reiki and On the History of Reiki
For Christians who are beneficially influenced by Reiki or practitioners themselves, see : On Reiki and Christianity and Christian Reiki

3 Comments

  1. As a Chinese who was raised as a Buddhist/Daoist but was thrown out of the house by my father (since reconciled) when I became a Christian at the age of 20, I find the story of Mikao Usui disguising his acceptance of Christianity to be very believable. I have a Chinese friend from mainland China who has three different American names so that it would be difficult for the communist Chinese to trace his activities in the United States as a Christian. And if no burial directives had been given beforehand, devout Buddhist Asians may give a Buddhist funeral service for their Christian loved ones who had passed on in order to “save face.”
    Have you seen the movie “Silence” starring Andrew Garfield? It’s the story of a Catholic priest during the time of feudal Japan when Christianity was outlawed. The priest was forced to renounce his Christian faith, but at his “Buddhist” funeral pyre, he is clutching his crucifix. I find Takata’s story to be thoroughly believable.

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