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Welcoming Occult "Healing'
Reiki "Power" and Rick Warren's Health Plan
By Berit Kjos - March 9, 2011
"Pastor Rick Warren [is hosting] three health experts – including the star of the 'Dr. Oz Show' – at Saddleback Church... 'The Bible says that God wants us to be as healthy physically as you are spiritually,' Warren said... 'This is God's prescription for your health." Rick Warren, Dr. Oz to partner on health plan
"Reiki has become a sought-after healing art.... Pamela Miles has been instrumental in the integration of Reiki into conventional medicine and has written an intelligent, sensitive guidebook to this remarkable healing practice." –Mehmet Oz, M.D.
"As the Reiki Practitioner places her hands lightly on your head, you feel yourself drawn into a sweet state of relaxation....You notice that sometimes her hands feel warm, even hot, and deeply soothing. Each hand placement brings a sense of ease...."Pamela Miles, REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide
Is Rick Warren telling the truth? Does the Bible really say that "God wants us to be as healthy physically as you are spiritually"?
No, it does not! Though Jesus often healed the sick and continues to do so today, our spiritual and eternal life with Him is far more important than our physical and temporary life on earth. Countless faithful martyrs have faced torture and death because they refused to compromise their faith! Of course, we should take care of our bodies and help each other, but our highest priority is to trust God and follow His narrow way no matter what the cost. And that's not bad news:
"Even though our outward man [the body] is perishing, yet the inward man [our soul/spirit] is being renewed day by day....For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Holistic practices such as Reiki clash with God's guidelines. But they sound good to those who don't know Him. After all, "empowered" Reiki masters offer what people have always wanted: relief from stress, pain, and disease. Praised by Dr. Oz and Oprah Winfrey, Reiki's popularity has soared.
This belief system may work wonders for some. But what is the true source behind its unseen force? Is it similar to the "intelligent" power behind Ouija Boards, Tarot Cards, shamanism, and Theosophy?
The Mystery behind Reiki, Polarity and other "Holistic" Practices
To maintain my RN license back in the seventies, I attended a Holistic Health Conference. The keynote speakers included Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (who dabbled in spiritualism) and Dr. Carl Simonton. Dr. Daniel Amen, one of Rick Warren's three health experts, wrote the following in his 2010 book, Change your Brain - Change your Body:" [see page 4]
"My interest in the brain-body connection started more than thirty years ago. As a college student, my thinking was influenced by the work of O. Carl Simonton, the oncologist who taught people to use visualization to boost their immune system in order to fight cancer. In medical school, I became trained in the use of medical hypnosis and began to see the powerful effect it can have on healing the body.
The list of optional classes included a workshop on Polarity, which is similar to Reiki. It seemed to be an interesting way to earn my "continuing education" credits, so I signed up. As a new Christian, I knew little about spiritual dangers and nothing about New Age healing.
At the start of the class, the therapist promised that her massage would "balance the energies" in the (volunteer) patient's body. That should have alerted me to the spiritual danger ahead, but it didn't! Before we left, she assured us that she could fix any kind of back problem, including mine, which stemmed from childhood polio. Impressed, I signed up for a future private therapy session.
A few weeks later I drove to her clinic and was ushered to a massage table. I began to feel a bit nervous – especially after noticing a mystical drawing on her wall. "What’s that?" I asked the therapist when she came into the room.
"It’s like a spirit guide," she answered.
Praying for wisdom, I asked, "Where does your power come from?"
"It’s from the universal force," she began. "It goes through my spirit guide into me, then through my hands into you." [see note]A much belated fear swept over me, and I almost jumped off the table. But after a quick and fervent prayer for God's guidance came a comforting assurance that He would keep me safe in Him. I silently praised Him, prayed through the parts of His armor [Ephesians 6:10-18], then soundlessly sang the hymn, "How Great Thou Art" as I waited.
As soon as the therapist touched my back, she began to cough. Soon she was coughing so hard that she could hardly breathe. So she squatted on the floor next to me. Minutes later, I turned my head and asked, "What are you doing down there?"
"Re-aligning my energies," she finally answered. She stood up to try again, but the moment she touched me, the coughing resumed. Angry, she stepped back, waited to catch her breath and then announced, "I can’t help you. MY POWER WON’T GO INTO YOU! You might as well go home."
"Thank You, Lord!" I whispered. I tried to explain that He had protected me from the spiritual source she trusted. But she didn’t want to hear about the difference between my God and her cosmic energy force. "Just leave," she warned. I did, and all the way home I praised my Lord who had shown me that"He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."[1 John 4:4]
The Eastern Occultism that Drives Reiki
Since some of you may question the similarities between Reiki and Polarity, let's look at the beliefs behind the two practices.
Reiki was "discovered" in 1922 byDr. Mikao Usui "during a mystical experience on Mt. Kurama, a sacred mountain" in Japan. The Buddhist seeker soon began to explore the mystery of "mental harmony" and mind-body connection. Months later "he founded the 'Usui Reiki Healing Society."
Reiki-- specifically the second syllable ki (or chi) -- refers to "Universal Life Energy." The following quotes describe it well:
"Reiki is a form of spiritual healing using "universal life energy" channeled through the practitioner to the recipient.... In the western world many practitioners use the standard hand positions.... The energy flows wherever it is required (spiritually guided) and can normally be felt as a warm sensation or tingling in the body... Reiki--
Balances the energies in the body...
Treats symptoms and causes of illness.
Adapts to the natural needs of the receiver ...
Releases blocked and suppressed feelings.
Aids meditation and positive thinking....
"The ability to use Reiki is normally given via an...initiation. There are 3 levels of Reiki: Reiki 1 and 2 and the Master level."
The "Reiki Power symbol" [above] is credited with power of its own. Called Choku Rei, it means "Place the power of the universe here." The following descriptions point to the dark power behind Reiki healings:
The power symbol can be used to increase the power of Reiki. It can also be used for protection. See it as a light switch that has the intention to instantly boost your ability to channel Reiki energy.
"Draw or visualize the symbol [The end of our "Symbols" page shows what can happen] ...and you will have instant access to more healing energies....The symbol...is especially effective if it is used in the beginning of a session to empower the Reiki energy or when used at the end of a session to close the session and seal off the Reiki energies.
"You can focus the Reiki energies... on a specific point of the body... The Power symbol can be used to spiritually clean a room from negative energy."
The next statement links Reiki to the Hindu/Buddhist Kundalini force. When awakened by certain yoga meditations and practices, this energy or prana -- visualized as a coiled serpent -- rises from the bottom of the spine up through the seven chakras to the top of the head:
"To understand Reiki and the hand positions used one will have to have some knowledge of the chakras.... Chakra is a Sanskrit word and means 'wheel.'...A chakra will spin in relation to the energy level....These chakras are situated at the top of the head, forehead, throat, heart, solar plexus, the navel and at the bottom of the pelvis....The third eye chakra belongs to the brain, face..."
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Compare the key elements of Reiki with the force behind Polarity
"Polarity therapy is the life work of Dr. Randolph Stone (1890-1981)....He traveled extensively... particularly India, researching how energy might work in the body, also studying the Esoteric teachings of those countries. From these comprehensive studies, he formulated the East-West synthesis that became known as Polarity Therapy....
"[It] is the 6000 year old Indian system of Ayurveda (Ayu=life, Veda=Study) that forms the cornerstone of Polarity energetic theory.
"Dr. Stone chose the ancient symbol of the Caduceus or Staff of Hermes as a representation of the elements in the body... In Indian philosophy and medicine the Caduceus is intimately associated with the system of energy centers called chakras.... The 2 serpents coiling around the staff [represent positive and negative forces like] the Yang and Yin of Chinese medicine.
"The crossing over of the 2 serpents creates 5 energy fields in the body.... [These] energy centers known as chakras... can be visualized as spinning wheels of energy which maintain the energy centers."
Though Reiki features five chakras in contrast to Polarity's seven, the similarities point to a common mystical/occult source:
"Central to Polarity Therapy is the concept of a life energy.... Disease is a process which occurs when the life energy is blocked or out of balance. It could be said that there is only one disease, that of disturbance of the energetic system.... To overcome these problems [the illusions of disease] Polarity therapy uses a system of gentle bodywork supported by a specific set of exercises (Polarity Yoga), advice on diet and nutrition, and counseling...
"The doctrine of ...'As we think, so we are' is adopted by Polarity therapists..."
"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie..." 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
"...be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age...." Ephesians 6:10-14
1. Erika I. Ritchie, "Rick Warren, Dr. Oz to partner on health plan," The Orange County Register, January 11, 2011, http://www.ocregister.com/common/printer/view.php?db=ocregister&id=283583
2. Reiki, Medicine, and Self Care with Pamela Miles at http://reikiinmedicine.org/pamelas-book/
3. Pamela Miles, REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide Welcome to Reiki, p. 5. www.freado.com/player/bookplayer.php?contentid=561&authorid=295&preview=1
4. See Theosophy, Jung, Swedenborg & Blake and Warnings - How mysticism & the occult are changing the Church
5. "What is the History of Reiki?" The International Center for Reiki Training, www.reiki.org/faq/historyofreiki.html
6. "What is Reiki?" at http://www.reiki.nu/reiki/reiki.html
7. "The Reiki Power symbol: Choku Rei," www.reiki.nu/treatment/symbols/chokurei/chokurei.html
8. "Reiki and the chakras," www.reiki.nu/treatment/chakra/chakra.html
9. Will Wilson, "Polarity Therapy: An Introduction,
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