As an Omnist, I’m part of many faith groups on Facebook, and one in particular I love to loiter about in is Christian Reiki, a group, as the name suggests, for Christian Reiki practitioners. As I was browsing the latest posts, I came across Robert Lip Seng Kee’s explanation of Reiki, which was a response he gave to a friend when asked how he reconciles his Christian faith with Reiki and other forms of energy healing as they are seen to be very “new age”. With Robert’s permission, I am sharing this with you to show you that Reiki truly is universal, and is for everyone.
“There is nothing created that isn’t created by God.
Qi or Ki is merely a common noun that originates from a period of time where there was no concept of modern biology, chemistry or physics, let alone quantum physics. So the language and concepts used to explain it would naturally be those that were taken from the originating culture’s cosmology and understanding of the natural order.
Today, we know that the body does utilise a complex organic chemical called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) to to drive many processes in living cells, e.g. muscle contraction, nerve impulse propagation, and chemical synthesis. J.R Knowles paper describes ATP as the “molecular unit of currency” of intracellular energy transfer. Sounds like a modern day description of Qi to me.
The fact that almost every object as well as our environment emanates a magnetic field is also known. So it isn’t too much of a stretch to see how one can effect the other.
So if somebody described this phenomenon in 350 BCE as Reiki (灵气), it merely reflects their cosmology and understanding of the natural order in that period and we have merely claimed it for our use in this day and age.
The thing with this as well as other traditional and complementary healing modalities is that while the effects are observable, and duplicatable in most instances, the actual process and what makes it work remains either unknown or only partially known. So it still doesn’t check all the boxes in the scientific method. Then again, neither does a lot of quantum physics theory.
So in that sense, I don’t see how it contradicts my faith. The New Age movement may have claimed many of these terms and concepts in their attempts to synthesize a broad syncretic spirituality but it doens’t negate the inherent “neutrality” of these concepts if we were to apply a critical eye to it with full sympathetic cognisance of its historical, philosophical and cultural contexts.
And I have come to believe that “New Age” is merely “Christianese” code, primarily from the Western Church tradition, to label things that are not culturally western and requires a bit more nuance to comprehend but we’re too lazy to. LOL
If the Oriental Orthodox did not use crosses, profess the Creed and chant the Kyrie, we would probably label them New Age too.”
-Robert Lip Seng Kee, The Reiki Refuge