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Friday, May 22, 2009

William Lee Rand issues rebuttal to bishops on Reiki, others preparing responses

It's been nearly two months since the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' new guidelines denouncing Reiki, and now some of the best-known names in Reiki are issuing responses. 

William Lee Rand, executive editor of Reiki News and president of the International Center for Reiki Training in Southfield, Michigan, issued a prepared statement earlier this week. The statement began with words of caution about Internet research:

"When considering the value of the bishops’ statement, it’s important to note the sources they accessed. Much of their research came from information published on Internet Web sites. Overall, the Internet isn’t a good source of factual information because there is no requirement that information published there be checked or approved for accuracy. Anyone can set up a Web site and publish anything they wish," the statement said.

Rand's statement goes on to correct some common misinformation about Reiki and cite several scientific studies on humans and animals that found Reiki to be helpful for various conditions. He also cites the American Holistic Nurses Association's response to the bishops' guidelines.

The statement concludes:

Meanwhile, in Australia, Frans and Bronwen Stiene of the International House of Reiki have announced that they "busy getting ready a VERY long article about Reiki and the Catholic Bishops" as many of their students have been asking for a response from them.

We'd like to hear from other Reiki teachers and practitioners: have you prepared a response to the bishops' guidelines to give to clients, students, and/or your local media, or posted a statement on your blog or web site? If so, please send us a link. The Reiki Digest has become a hub of information about the controversy and we'd like to make our collection of news items and comments on the subject as comprehensive as possible. 

Send your statement or comments to, or add them as comments to this post on our web site.


Anonymous Pamir | Reiki Help Blog said...

While the Bishops' statement is not irrelevant, I question (with an open mind) if it's really worthy of so much attention and energy.

I've been teaching Reiki for 15 years and haven't received a single question from my students.

I haven't commented here for the reason below and am doing so now to say this:

"Opponents confront us continually, but actually there is no opponent there. Enter deeply into an attack and neutralize it as you draw that misdirected force into your own sphere." --Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido

2:40 PM  
Blogger David said...

It's unfortunate that the Bishop's statement is not completely irrelevant: Reiki is being discontinued in certain Catholic institutions.

I, too, wondered about the energy being spent trying to "reason" with an almost completely "unreasonable" institution. Logic is not what makes the Catholic Church tick.

It is imortant, however, that everyone who is writing so eloquently and energetically is presenting the truth about Reiki to the public, and that the Bishop's ignorance is being challenged.

Thank you all for doing it!

4:35 PM  
Blogger Dorian said...

Reiki is a high form of praying. Superior to the form that we learn in church. It uses portions of the brain that most of us don't use in our daily life.
Most Christian descent churches, have a well known history of manipulating people. Although they have advanced meditation/praying techniques they don't share them with members of the church.
Is this statement an action in the same direction?

Peace and Light,


10:55 PM  
Anonymous Pamir | Reiki Help Blog said...

Reiki is and will always be. This is a blip on the horizon of Reiki.

8:54 AM  

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