REIKI BY ANY OTHER NAME?
The Energy of the Universe Flows Around the Bishops' Blockage

May 2010By Hurd Baruch with Moira Noonan

Hurd Baruch, a retired attorney living in Tucson, Arizona, is the author of Light on Light: Illuminations of the Gospel of Jesus Christ From the Mystical Visions of the Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich (Maxkol Communications, 2004). Moira Noonan, a native Californian, is a former Reiki Master Healer turned Catholic catechist and international speaker. She is the author of Ransomed From Darkness (North Bay Books, 2005), which chronicles her journey from New Age spirituality back to the Catholic Church.

Do you remember the "Masters of the Universe"? Even if you weren't introduced to them by Thomas Wolfe's novel The Bonfire of the Vanities, surely you read about them in your newspaper. They were the thirty-year-old guys who were pulling in multimillion-dollar bonuses for arbitraging Russian rubles against Thai baht, for stuffing GMAC bonds into pension-fund portfolios, and for packaging subprime mortgages into those triple-A-rated collateralized mortgage obligations (then called "CMOs" and now known as "toxic waste").

Well, forget them — if you can. With the economic collapse, they have passed from the scene. Allow us, instead, to introduce you to the "Mistresses of the Universe." Who are they? They are the women who purport to channel the energy of the universe, bringing it down to the level of your body, as an alternative form of healing. The most widespread technique they practice is known as "Reiki therapy," and, according to an article in the National Catholic Reporter, "Many women in Catholic religious orders have become Reiki masters or practitioners and regularly teach or practice Reiki therapy at their orders' retreat facilities or spiritual centers around the country" (Apr. 16, 2009).

What, exactly, does Reiki (pronounced ray'-key) claim to do? Name your ailment, and Reiki supposedly can help to heal it. According to William L. Rand, a "Reiki master" who has written a popular instruction manual, it has "aided in healing virtually every known illness and injury," including multiple sclerosis, heart disease, cancer, influenza, and impotence. Even treatments lasting as little as a few minutes have allegedly set and mended broken bones.

Contrary to the claims of medical science, Reiki practitioners say that our health problems stem from negative psychic energy in the body or its "aura" (the multi-layered energy patterns that surround every living thing). What a Reiki treatment does is to surge energy through the aura and the body to break apart the negative energy blocks and charge the body with positive energy, thereby healing it.


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I am very happy to see this article, shedding some light on Reiki, and by extension, on many "new-age" practices that have infiltrated the church. My own past involves being a 13-year teacher of "Transcendental Meditation. We TMers had the same deliberate schizoid marketing approach as Reiki: emphasize the "alternative healing" aspect and downplay (lie about) the mystical when you are trying to get in the door. Once in, emphasize the mystical to flatter your adherents sense of discovering a secret, long-hidden knowledge. The spiritual damage we visited upon people was great. I left the TM movement because of the deception that was standard practice. Years later, when I became a Christian, I was refreshingly and increasingly drawn to what Chesterton calls "orthodoxy."

So imagine my surprise, when as a Presbyterian seminary student, I often visited a local Catholic seminary's library to do research(this was pre-google) and found Reiki and the Enneagram and American Indian sweat lodging and umpty-ump other trojan horses happily celebrated by my Catholic brethren in high places.

As I now draw closer and closer to Rome, I admit it was the Roman churches seeming tolerance for heresy and syncretism that kept me away. Not that Evangelicalism is any better. When we find a wayward church, we simply walk down the street to another one. The entire Christian church seems so eager to be viewed as tolerant that little distinctiveness remains.
Posted by: eberwein
May 10, 2010 05:57 PM EDT
Like a lot of things, the devil takes small truths and spins it into evil things. While "psychic" energy or whatever is ridiculous and it's users probably blasphemous, there is some truth to "energy" and aura's in the body, or for that matter, many things.

Everything has a frequency. You could think of it as vibration. Your body does. Even the earth does. The Empire State building does (see Nicola Tesla's earthquake machine....google it). Any mechanical engineer can tell you that.

In regards to a human body, a german scientist in the 70's discovered biophotons, or small emissions of light that come from your DNA. I think the guys name was Kopp.

In theory, when you have some disease, the normal "frequency" of your body or a certain organ is not as it normally would be. Applying energy adjustors to it is the idea to try to bring in back to normal. Energy adjustors (my term) are supposedly things like magnets, touch, cold laser therapy, etc. Those have merit. Calling in "energy" from space or something is a crock and probably evil. A distinction needs to be made between the two.

God bless all.
Posted by: stuartmsu1
September 16, 2010 09:01 PM EDT
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