Catholic bishops in US ban Japanese Reiki
As many of us sannyasins both practice or use Reiki this recently reported move by the Catholic Church again demonstrates what Osho was always saying about the dangers of Catholicism. Not so dangerous maybe as other fundamentalisms, but to be definitely watched. Furthermore the arguments described in this annotated news item seem so medieval, one wonders what century these Bishops are living in.
Reiki, an alternative Japanese therapy, is “unscientific” and “inappropriate” for use in Catholic institutions, according to America’s bishops.
Guidelines issued by the committee on doctrine at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops warn healthcare workers and chaplains that the therapy “lacks scientific credibility” and could expose people to “malevolent forces”!
The document also claims that for a Catholic to believe in reiki presents “insurmountable problems”.
Reiki means “universal life energy” and was developed by the theology Professor Dr Mikao Usui at the turn of the 20th century, from Buddhist beliefs and Sanskrit teachings. The client lies on a couch, clothed and relaxing, while the therapist’s hands rest lightly on the body in a special sequence. This practice has many authenticated healing properties.
Amazingly, the church’s guidelines continues: “A Catholic who puts his or her trust in reiki would be operating in the realm of superstition, the no man’s land that is neither faith nor science. Superstition corrupts one’s worship of God by turning one’s religious feeling and practice in a false
The document ends with the view that since reiki therapy is incompatible with Christian teaching and scientific evidence, “it would be inappropriate” for Catholic institutions, such as healthcare facilities and retreat centres, or people representing the church, such as chaplains, to
promote or provide support for it.
Such hogwash, is there any hope?