As alternative medicine continues to gain in popularity, confusion will continue to increase over which practices–both medical and spiritual– are acceptable in the eyes of God. In the Old Testament, God explicitly warned the Israelites not to participate in pagan practices of the land He was about to give them (Deuteronomy 18:9-14). However, in these times, the pagan practices have come to us.
My entrance into the occult came via Reiki, an ‘energy healing’ technique that hid behind the innocuous title of ‘alternative medicine’. (I participated in many occult practices, but none ever manifested demonic activity more than Reiki did.) What is most alarming is that this practice has become an acceptable alternative treatment (and even a profession) to many Christians, and it is in this vein that I write and warn.
My Dark Journey with Reiki
Here is my story; it started in 1995.
I had just come out of atheism; in fact, I was busy getting my feet wet in the seas of agnosticism and the New Age movement when something attracted my attention. At the time, the idea of ‘synchronicity’ (simply another name for pagan ‘confirmation’, to be honest) was being bandied about in various ‘enlightenment’ circles. I found it extremely seductive that the Universe evidently crafted events to occur in my life, specifically.
All the while, I was experiencing chronic pain; as such, I was on a search for healing. One afternoon, as I was while walking through a mall, I spotted a woman working in a kiosk; she was busy reading James Redfield’s book, The Celestine Prophecy. I had just finished that book, and so I identified this chance encounter as a synchronous event–the type that Redfield mentioned in his book! After the woman and I had gushed over the book, I left, but not before visiting a health store to get her some tea for her sore throat. Beside the tea–surprise, surprise–were brochures for the alternative healing technique called Reiki. Since I was looking for healing, I interpreted this as another synchronous event.
That same week, I began chiropractic treatments, but I showed up too early for my first appointment. I looked for a place where I could kill some time, and guess what I saw across the street? Yes…a Reiki centre! (I’m sure it was even called The Reiki Centre.) In any case, back in 1995 in North Toronto, this type of establishment was very rare. The synchronicity was not lost on me: I was convinced. I signed up for the next workshop–not to be a client, but to become a practitioner; that’s when my journey in the dark and demonic world of Reiki began.
One night we–the Reiki trainees and practitioners–each brought a picture of someone who needed healing (this specific person didn’t need to be physically present); these pictures were then handed out randomly to those present. During the distant healing session, we wrote down every thought and image that came to our minds about the people who were being healed; the writing was needed for the healing energy to ‘ground’. Next, we read aloud what we had written. The other practitioners were spot-on as they spoke accurately about people they had never met. I had written many pages of either fantasy/fiction or imparted words of accuracy myself, but I had no idea which it would be.
After I read my words aloud, a woman I’d never met instantly verified mine as truthful. In my mind, I had ‘seen’ a woman in a psychiatric institution, and I had commented specifically on her hair; I had also seen a couple of boys sailing. (Altogether, I had many pages full of information.) In reality, the woman I had ‘seen’ was indeed in a psychiatric institution because of trichotillomania (the irresistible urge to pull out one’s own hair), and she had been sailing with her nephews. As the confirmations of my impressions and visions continued, I grew confident that I had tapped into true power and truth.
Reiki is often described as a hands-on healing technique that transfers universal (Rei) life force (ki) energy to a client (or yourself) in order to promote healing and restoration. To undiscerning folk, this description makes Reiki appear to be just a step away from common, acceptable forms of physical therapy. However, what is not widely known is that Reiki students and practitioners have to undergo initiations, called ‘attunements’ or so-called sacred rites, as they move up the Reiki ladder towards becoming a Reiki Master (my initiation took place in a storage room of The Reiki Centre-cum-bookstore). As you can plainly see, Reiki incorporates secret or hidden knowledge–the very definition of occult. In addition, we initiates were taught secret hand movements and symbols that are used to give power to the healing energy. This universal energy is referred to as ‘thoughtforms’–something that allowed us to have the psychic impressions. Whenever I laid hands on a client, noticeable heat and warmth would flow from the energy that was streaming through me; and many times, as I touched clients’ shoulders, their shirts would become soaking wet.
At the time, I was attending university and living with my parents. Once into Reiki, I noticed that my room had become considerably colder than the rest of the house. I also felt touches on my arms, and I saw objects move by themselves. These abnormal events concerned me, but my Reiki Masters reassured me that these presences were my spirit guides, who were just letting me know they were ‘there’. The Reiki Masters told me that if I got scared, I could call on the Archangel Michael, and he would take away the bad spirits. Understandably, I was a bit confused as to who the ‘good’ and who the ‘bad’ guys were, but I was a novice, and I thought I would learn in time.
One night, I ordered a spirit to leave my room. Moments later, something in the doorway whispered my name. ‘Pam’, it said, in my mother’s voice…but it wasn’t my mom! (Only my mother calls me Pam; everyone else calls me Pamela.) That demon counterfeited my mother perfectly; such is the magic of Satan and his demons.
The voice imitation was not the end of the supernatural activities: I also felt puffs of breaths on my forehead every night after I’d gone to bed. One night I decided to allow a breath flow inside me and through me (I don’t know how I knew to do that, as I had not read about it anywhere). I also don’t know how this demonic energy sensed that it had the ‘permission’ to flow through me, as I had not said anything; I’d only thought it. So I simply relaxed and let this breath in. At once, I felt a swirling sensation inside of me, and I immediately fell asleep. I woke up in the middle of the night, feeling dehydrated and nauseated. I wonder now if I was on the brink of full demonic possession. Fortunately, I didn’t take this ‘allowing breaths’ practice any further; unfortunately, I figured the scary parts were simply part of the deal.
Regardless, I went on to my second level of Reiki certification and then pursued and learned various New Age practices and techniques for another five years and a bit. Reiki was my gateway into everything occult, and it eventually led me into witchcraft. The moment that God revealed the truth about His Son Jesus and the Gospel was the moment I knew Reiki and every practice I had been participating in was terribly wrong.
It is only by God’s mercy and grace that I am no longer deceived and that I am able to warn about this demonic practice today.
Reiki: A Warning
See how the writer at this ‘Christian’ website defends Reiki and makes it appear biblical by twisting theology and mauling Scripture. I’ve included the link only to show what some in the faith are facing. If you have questions, or if you can’t see the aberrant viewpoints on the website, please email me or ask your question in the comment section; I will be happy to respond.
As seen on the website, many deceived people think Jesus used Reiki to heal people. Well, Jesus is God–He doesn’t need a ‘technique’ to heal.
I have heard people say, “I don’t experience anything demonic when I receive Reiki”. Friend, Satan is a con man. He’s not going to scare the daylights out of you or you just might repent and stop what you are doing! I think I had the manifestations because I was a practitioner and directly channeling demons. Also, I didn’t know my Savior, so whom was I going to run to? These dark forces seemed like my only option, as I didn’t know I was on the wrong side.
There is such a focus on healing in the occult: Energy medicine, crystal healing, chakra healing, feng shui, hypnosis, acupuncture…the list is long. It’s no wonder then that aberrant church movements focus on healing so much (healing crusades, health and wealth gospels, affirmations, “binding” diseases, etc.).
I do believe God still heals today, and I do not deny the existence of miracles–my conversion was a miracle. However, I do see the obsession with healing as concerning, as it forces us to focus on ourselves, our comfort, desire to escape pain, and our obsession to achieve optimal health. Because of sin, we will never be fully healed this side of Heaven.
I pray that God reveals the truth behind this Reiki deception and that He frees the captives. Reiki is a very dangerous and demonic practice; so please, if you know of a friend who is involved in it, please pray for them and warn them!
Soli Deo Gloria,
Note: I am not saying fear is a measuring stick to determine what is evil (that was my experience though.) Evil practices don’t always (very rarely) result in fear to participants, as there is no benefit for Satan in making us afraid of these practices. Satan wants us to let our guard down; he wants us to feel comfortable, so he can capture us. He’s a con man, a master manipulator.