I wanted to write a post on how Reiki fits with religion. One of the comments I get most is, “but you’re Muslim, how does that work?” It’s such a broad area, but as a Muslim, I have found that practicing Reiki has help me become clearer and stronger in my faith. There are some that frown upon Reiki because of its origins in Buddhism, but what we need to understand is that Reiki is a spiritual philosophy that is not at odds with anything. It is compatible to all religions.
First of all let me say that in my view, religion is a prescribed way of practising faith. It is a structured way of demonstrating affiliation to a particular belief system. Religion has its rituals and set prayers and practices, and the act of doing these generates feelings of closeness to Creator. Faith is faith, no matter what religion, belief or practice. This is the key thing to remember. I am a Muslim, I practice the prayers that I have been taught to practice, but since learning Reiki, and understanding that energy, the Source and where it comes from, my practice of prayer is done with more clarity. I pray in my own words, I pray without words. I am constantly aware that I am connected to something greater and that which created me lives within me, around me and in everything. I am one with it. This understanding that I have explored by myself is just as valuable as the rituals that I was taught.
As a young Muslim, I was taught to read the Quran, I was taught how to do my ablutions, how to pray my 5 a day. I was taught not to anger, not to worry, to be humble, to be honest and to be compassionate. These are the Reiki principles and it doesn’t matter what you call yourself, these are principles based in humanity that can be found as a common thread across all spiritual philosophies. What I feel is important for people to understand is that what I am pracising comes from those core principles. It does not separate me, it brings me further in to my faith. The way I was taught didn’t really help me to understand and explore my own spirituality. It felt restricted and limited. It didn’t feel ok to stray away from that. Once I realised, this is the Source and everything is one, it felt safer and I started to understand. I am still learning and the more I learn about other faiths and my own, the more it confirms for me that faith is the foundation and practice is the reflection.
I think with anything, we have a fear of the unknown and the more we demystify Reiki and other forms of healing, the more people will be open to receiving the benefit that comes from them. As healers, it is really important for us to talk to as many people as possible about the principles of humanity that we practice. We all came from the same source, just so happens that we have different names for it. We are all one and we need to help each other.
Amongst us are people with tremendous potential to heal others around them and it is our responsibility to try and awaken that in them. The fear of trying Reiki comes down to it being a bit of a mystery, again because we have given it a name. There is no separation. There is One Love, One Source. That’s all. It is safe to explore your faith and who you are and the more people come to an understanding of Humanity in this sense, the more light there will be in the world. We are all the same. We come from Love, and that is all we came to learn here.
Peace be with you.