Meditation: Healing and Reiki

Last Sunday, the deacon at the church I’ve been visiting in San Francisco spoke about her experience of being raped.  It was a new way of engaging the Scripture texts in the Christian calender for the season of Lent.  The Scripture focus was on resurrection and the power of new life in the Spirit (Ezekiel 37: 1-14 – Romans 8:6-11 – John 11:1-45).  Reiki restores the body to health through mindful use of energy and touch.  Reiki is a beautiful way to address the body’s need for physical and emotional well being.

Christians – both Protestant and Catholic – are often known for making the body a contested space.  Pro-Abortion vs. Anti-Abortion.  Pro-Capital Punishment vs. Anti-Capital Punishment.  Pro-Gay Rights vs. Anti-Gay Rights.  This list continues with many debates regarding the body.  The sermon on Sunday bypassed all debates as one person offered her  struggle – in mind and body – to heal.  Of course this process is more messy than can be described in a few words.  Yet, her sermon offering was beautiful.  There are some things from which we recover but never fully heal.  Jesus still had his wounds after his resurrection.

In my journey, I’ve experienced the pain of a false accusation. False accusations can be a subtle or less acknowledged form of abuse. Nevertheless, being the recipient of this form of abuse allowed me to be more compassionate towards those who’ve experienced bodily violations in any of its various forms – be it mental, verbal, or physical.  I’ve also experienced the particular joy of serving people on the margins of society.  It’s an honor when someone invites you to participate in their healing.  Reiki practitioners offer healing.  We’re all called to offer the energy of love, peace, compassion, and healing. Touch the earth gently.  Touch all life with compassion. Enjoy the journey.

anthony glenn miller


Only the soft overcomes the hard,  
by yielding, bringing it to peace.  
Even where there is no space,  
that which has no substance enters in. 

Chapter 43 – Tao Te Ching


Brothers and sisters:
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin,
the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit dwelling in you.

Romans 8:1-11