The Reiki community is all a buzz about this decision. If you haven't heard about this yet, here's the nitty gritty:
Catholic Church Recognizes:
- Healing by divine grace
- Healing that utilizes the powers of nature
- Reiki does not support natural science or christian belief.
- Trust in Reiki is operating in the realm of superstition.
- Inappropriate for Catholic institutions or church representatives to promote or provide support for Reiki therapy.
From the Blogosphere
Riazat Butt, The Guardian: Catholic Bishops in US Ban Japanese Reiki - Reiki master Judith White, who is a Christian, said the bishops had misunderstood the therapy. "There is so much bad information about reiki, anti-Christian information, on the internet," she said. "It says we channel spirits and that's not true. Reiki balances energy in the same way as acupuncture or reflexology. I know of two nuns in the Philadelphia area, one who runs a retreat centre, who have done wonderful work. The bishops weren't talking to women like that."
Mary Riposo: Catholic Bishops Denounce Reiki - When I heard about this pronouncement made by the Catholic Church, I was initially saddened. It was clear to me that the people who wrote it were coming from a place of fear and misunderstanding. Reiki is not a religion and is not in opposition to the Catholic Church. The energy that we channel as Reiki practitioners is pure God consciousness and is available to everyone. As I sat in ghasso position with this information in my consciousness, I realized that Reiki healing is being called for in this situation. Since that time, I have been ending Reiki to the situation, and to the Catholic Church for their highest healing.
JoAnn Robinson: Reiki denounced by US council of Catholic bishops - The first interesting thing I found was that Reiki must be seen as an awful threat to the Catholic church. And I find that a very sad thing. For such a gentle, beautiful practice as Reiki to be viewed as a threat to anyone, or anything is really quite sad. So my heart goes out to my religion of birth. The Reiki Master in me reaches out to all of the church members who are now in conflict and wishes that only the "highest healing" take place.
Witchwyd: Catholic Bishops: No Reiki Treatment - I guess I’m confused since I did not realize that scientific proof was a such a big deciding factor for the beliefs of the Catholic Church. Until relatively recently they believed the earth was flat, and the sun orbited the earth. Then there is the question of evolution which is does have the support of science behind it. I also wonder if the lack of scientific support will cause the catholic church to shun the ‘laying on of hands’ ,’faith healing’, prayer, and exorcism and faith to name a few. It is very unlikely because the church has a history of nay-saying science in general.
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