Jesus vs. Reiki

What is Reiki?
Similarities between the
Healing of Jesus and Reiki
by William Lee Rand

John 14-12: "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me, can do the same miracles I
have done, and even greater things than these will you do."


One of the outstanding aspects of Jesus' life was the miracles he worked. According to
the Bible, Jesus walked on water, fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and
two fishes, changed water to wine and raised people from the dead. However, the most
meaningful of his miracles were the healings he performed. These healings include:
paralysis, lameness, fever, catalepsy, hemorrhage, skin disease, mental disorders, spirit
possession, deafness and blindness. Many of these healings were accomplished by the
laying on of hands. This is indicated frequently in the New Testament, Luke 4:40 states:
"When the Sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of
sickness, and laying his hand on each one, he healed them."


In Matthew 8:14-15, Jesus uses touch to heal Peter's mother-in-law of a fever. In Mark
1:40-42 Jesus uses his hands to heal a man with leprosy. This is also mentioned in Luke
5:12-13. Matthew 20:29-34 describes how Jesus healed two blind men by touching their
eyes and in Mark 8:22-25 Jesus uses his hands to heal another blind man. In Mark 7:32 35
he uses touch to heal a man who is deaf and can't speak. In Luke 7:12-15, Jesus raises a
dead man by touching his coffin and in Luke 8:49-55 Jesus uses touch to return a dead
girl to life.


There are many similarities between the laying on of hands healing Jesus did and the
practice of Reiki. One important similarity is the fact that Jesus could pass the power to
heal on to others which is similar to the Reiki attunement process. We read in Luke 9:1-2
that Jesus gave his twelve disciples power to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.
We do not know by what process Jesus gave healing power to his disciples, but the fact
that he was able to pass it on to them indicates an important similarity with Reiki.


Another aspect of Jesus' healing practice that is similar to Reiki relates to faith. While
faith was required for many of the healings he performed, it appears that the healings
Jesus did with his hands did not require faith. Mark 6:5-6 states: "He could not do any
miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was
amazed at their lack of faith." So, in spite of the fact that they did not believe, Jesus was
still able to use laying on of hands to heal. This is one of the important aspects of Reiki:
It does not require faith on the part of those receiving a treatment in order for the Reiki
to work.


The fact that Jesus had secret teachings he gave only to those who he had given healing
power is clearly indicated in Matthew 13:10-11 and Mark 4:10-12 & 34. Secret knowledge is
also part of the Reiki teachings in that the symbols as well as the process of doing
attunements are traditionally kept secret and only made available to those who take a
Reiki class.


It is not known whether Jesus was born with the ability to heal through touch or if this
was something he acquired. His activities between age twelve and thirty are not
mentioned in the Bible. It has been suggested by several researchers that during this
time Jesus traveled to the East and was schooled in many of the mystical teachings of
India, Tibet and China. If this is so, it is possible that Jesus was initiated into a healing
technique, during this time.


On the other hand, it is possible that Jesus was taught directly by God or the Holy
Spirit or simply had these abilities from birth. There is some good information indicating
that the healing methods of Jesus were preserved by the Church of the East and
passed on by it's missionaries who traveled along the Silk Road and other trade routes
to India, Tibet and China. It is possible that this information on healing could have been
incorporated into the religious teachings of the East and therefore could have been the
original source of the Reiki techniques that were used by Dr. Usui.


The early followers of Jesus' teachings were made up of several groups. One such
group was the Gnostics. They practiced laying on of hands and professed to have a
secret knowledge that had been passed on to them by Jesus and his disciples. The
Gnostics were made up of many smaller groups some of which were known as the
Docetists, the Marcionites, and the Carpocratians. They were united by their core
beliefs which included: a personal experience of Jesus or the "kingdom of heaven
within," their freedom and lack of rules, guidelines or creeds and their reliance on
inspiration and inner guidance. Their existence is attested to by the Gnostic gospels
which are part of the Nag Hamadi Library which was discovered in Egypt in 1959. The
fact that Jesus had additional teachings not recorded in the Bible is attested to in a
letter written in the second century AD by the early Church father, Clement of
Alexandria. In Clement's letter, he spoke of a secret gospel of Mark which was based on
the normal canonical one but with additions for special followers of Jesus, referred to as
"those who were being perfected" and "those who are being initiated into the great


When Christianity became organized after the second century, its teachings were
centered around faith and the official teachings of the church, rather than healing or
"good works" and inner guidance as practiced by the Gnostics. At this time, those
promoting the organization of the church began subduing and banishing those Gnostics
who would not conform to the authority of the newly developing Church. In addition
they tried to destroy the Gnostic gospels. With the elimination of the Gnostics and the
establishment of the Official Christian Church, the practice of laying on hands by lay
Christians was strongly discouraged.


Jesus possessed great confidence in his ability and was able to heal in an instantaneous
way with spectacular results. It is clear that he had perfected many skills and used them
in conjunction to get the results he created. Clearly the Bible indicates that he did
healing by laying on hands and also indicated that we could do the same. The teachings
of Jesus, as well as the example he set are a great inspiration for us.