基督徒可以學習/使用靈氣嗎?



基督徒可以學習/使用靈氣嗎?Should Christians Practice Reiki? by Marcia Backos

最近三場對話令我相信許多基督徒都被吸引所靈氣,但他們都不確定靈氣可否成為他們生活的一部分。我有一個學生花了幾個月時間去決定是否加入學習靈氣。直到她上課之前,我才知道她掙扎了很久,他說:“如果我的父母知道我在這裡,他們會高興的把我燒死了。”她尊重她父母基督教的“版本”,但她完全相信她是被神召來世上成成為治療師。

但她父母不肯為他提供治療師訓練。她終於決定,她必須接受上帝的呼召和靈性的禮物,並相信靈氣提供了道路。

在與我教會中於另一牧師的對話中,我問了他對靈氣的看法。他隨便觀察到,他聽說過一個靈氣大師曾經虐待過學生,所以他不鼓勵學習靈氣。

我提到天主教會的悲劇經歷,祭司們性虐待兒童,但都沒有引起人們改變他們對基督教的看法,也沒有影響人們去教堂。顯然他重申了他的意見。當天晚些時候,他要求我跟最近被診斷患有腦癌的男人安排一些靈氣治療的方法。

離開商店後,另一個朋友滑倒在冰上。他來到教堂舉行會議,並告訴小組他的經驗。他坐在會議廳時顯然很痛苦。之後,我的一個學生和我提出給他接受他的靈氣,儘管他不認為這樣做會很好。他之前已經墮了幾次,落在他脊椎的底部,他從痛苦和痛苦的經驗中知道,他可以期待第二天。在本週晚些時候,他通過電子郵件告訴我,他第二天感覺很好,決定再接受一些靈氣,想知道更多。

他在教堂參加了治療服務,並參與了聖餐。雖然他似乎受到服務的影響,他還沒有再來,也沒有要求任再接受更多的靈氣治療。本週他告訴我為什麼。他是一個周到的內省顧問,經過一番想法,他沒有感到任何痛苦。此外,他對人們共同合作治療他人形成的社區不感興趣。

每個人都從不同的方面知到了靈氣的存在。一個人感到精神上的呼喚,儘管反對而回應。

一個人對靈氣沒有很好的了解,沒有想到公平,有其他的解釋和興趣。其中前兩個是這篇文章的原因。由於靈氣的做法已經在30年內蔓延到世界各地,並迅速進入公眾意識,基督徒已經以各種方式接近使用。越來越多的基督徒將靈氣視為一種做法,提供了一個機會,更緊密地追踪耶穌治愈病人的教義和例子。其他人擔心靈氣有東方出身,正在尋找更多的信息和經驗,然後再決定如何回應。周到,忠誠的基督徒尋求準確的信息,並作出指導,作為決定是否採用靈氣進入生活的一部分。

我們世界的每一個新想法或變化都會挑戰我們,以適應新的知識和經驗。有時候新知識對我們的宗教價值觀和信仰有影響。

認真對待精神生活的人往往需要時間收集有關新課題的信息,思考和祈求指導。在這個過程之後,可以決定如何或如何將這些新思想或做法納入日常生活。這是處理這種事情的精神成熟的方式。在研究期間,人們將通過確保使用準確的信息並對他們正在探索的主題進行誠實和公正的描述來獲益。

通過閱讀,尋求給予或經歷靈氣的人,並祈禱有洞察力和指導,基督徒可以做出關於靈氣如何在他們的生活中發揮作用的決定。

重要的是要記住,雖然許多基督徒已經發現靈氣是一種精神上的實踐,但並不一定是每個人。

基督教會有一個悠久的傳統,採用基於聖經描述的耶穌行為的例子來增強其成員的精神生活的做法。一些教會使用音樂和禮儀;別人用沉默和啟發禱告;星期六(七日復臨信徒)等星期天的一些崇拜;一些使用舞蹈和其他人坐在大部分的服務;有些人通過灑水浸在頭上;一些榮譽聖徒,尋求幫助,而別人尋求天使的經驗。在基督教崇拜中,十字架被用作蠟燭,音樂,禱告珠,鐘聲,香和其他儀式物品的崇拜焦點。這些多種多樣的做法表明不同基督徒團體遵循聖經的教義並接近上帝的方法的範圍。他們不同,都屬於基督教的定義。

當基督徒尋求增加和加強精神時刻的方法時,許多人採取了發展“精神禮物”的做法。在哥林多前書12:4-12中,保羅說禮物,包括說智慧和知識,有權力癒合。保羅還描述了教會內的使徒,先知,教師,執行奇蹟的人,醫治者,指導他人的人和那些用奇怪的舌頭說話的人(哥林多前書12:28-31)。

因為屬靈的恩賜之一就是癒合,所以從上面經文那裡得到指導的忠心的基督徒們,已經看到了手中的奠基,最近看到了靈氣的實踐。此外,許多基督徒尋求者已經發現約翰福音14:12是重要的指導來源,以及保證成為治療者不僅是可能的,而且是我們作為基督徒應該發展的東西,如果我們感到精神上的指導:“我是告訴你真相:誰相信我會做我所做的 - 是的,他會做更多的事情,因為我要去父親“(TEV)

在這個報價單中,既是教學又是挑戰。當基督徒尋求方法來更充分地遵循耶穌的教義和例子,以便更接近上帝,重要的是要意識到耶穌為我們所設定的例子。其中許多著重於治愈別人(馬太福音14:14,馬可福音3:10,路加福音4:38-39)。他的大部分治愈是通過放手來完成的。以下是幾個例子:在馬太福音8:14-15中,耶穌用觸摸來治愈彼得的婆婆發燒。在馬可福音1:40-42中,耶穌用他的手醫治痲瘋病人。這也在路加福音5章12-13節提到。馬太福音20:29-34描述了耶穌如何通過觸摸他們的眼睛來治療兩個盲人,馬可福音8:22-25耶穌用他的手醫治另一個盲人。在馬可福音7:32 35他用觸摸治療一個聾啞人,不能說話的人。在路加福音7:12-15中,耶穌藉著觸摸他的棺木和路加福音8:49-55耶穌藉著觸摸將一個死去的女孩帶回生活。

聖經清楚地表明,治愈是適合基督徒參與的事情。對他們信仰有堅實基礎的基督徒知道上帝將永遠保護和引導他們。那些在神的指導和保護下練習靈氣的基督徒,相信他們被引導遵循耶穌的榜樣來成為治療者。

你被神和聖靈召喚來練習治療的禮物嗎?如果答案是肯定的,靈氣是否適合你?經過仔細的調查,並且了解到靈氣是什麼,你最好的方法是決定你是否應該接受靈氣的練習,可以通過禱告得到最好的回答。

我們邀請Christian Reiki從業者與其他基督徒分享他們的經驗,發送您的見證和經驗info@christianreiki.org

文章轉載自: http://www.christianreiki.org

英文原文

Three recent conversations have convinced me that many Christians are drawn to Reiki but are unsure that Reiki should become part of their lives. One of my students spent several months deciding whether to enter a Reiki workshop. I was not aware of the how intense her struggles had been until she observed in class, “If my parents knew I am here, they would cheerfully burn me at the stake.” She was respectful of her parents’ version of Christianity, but she was totally convinced that she was called by God to become a healer. Her parents’ denomination offered no healer training. She had finally decided that she must accept God’s calling and the spiritual gift of healing and believes that Reiki offers the way.

During another conversation with one of the pastors of my church, I asked his opinion of Reiki. He casually observed that he had heard about a Reiki Master who had somehow abused his students, so he didn’t think much of the practice. I mentioned the tragic experiences in the Catholic Church with priests sexually abusing children which had not caused people to change their opinion of Christianity nor to stop going to church. Apparently he rethought his opinion. Later the same day, he asked me to speak to a man recently diagnosed with brain cancers about arranging some Reiki treatments.

Another friend had slipped and fallen on the ice after leaving a store. He came to a meeting at church and told the group about his experience. He was obviously in pain as he sat through the meeting. Afterwards, one of my students and I offered to give him Reiki which he accepted, though he didn’t think it would do much good. He had fallen a couple of times previously, landing on the base of his spine, and he was aware from experience of the pain and soreness that he could expect the next day. Later in the week he emailed me to say that he had felt just fine the next day and decided there was something to Reiki and wanted to explore it further. He attended a healing service at the church and participated in the laying on of hands after communion. While he seemed affected by the service, he has not come again nor asked for any more Reiki treatments. This week, he told me why. He is a thoughtful introspective seeker, but after some thought he decided that he might not have felt any pain anyway after his fall. Further he wasn’t interested in the community that forms as people work together to heal others.

Each of these individuals approached Reiki from different perspectives. One felt a spiritual calling and responded despite opposition. One did not have a good understanding of Reiki and had not thought of it fairly, and one had other explanations and interests. Of these, the first two are the reason for this article.

As the practice of Reiki has spread round the world in a 30-year period and is rapidly entering public awareness, Christians have approached its use in a variety of ways. More and more Christians view Reiki as a practice that provides an opportunity to follow more closely the teachings and examples of Jesus healing the sick. Others are concerned that Reiki has an Eastern origin and are searching for more information and experiences before deciding how to respond. Thoughtful, committed Christians seek accurate information and pray for guidance as part of deciding whether to adopt the practice of Reiki into their lives.

Each new idea or change in our world challenges us to adjust to the new knowledge and experience. Sometimes new knowledge has bearing on our religious values and beliefs.

Those who take their spiritual lives seriously will often take time to gather information on the new subject, think about it and pray for guidance. After this process, a decision can be made about if or how those new thoughts or practices might be incorporated into their daily lives. This is a spiritually mature way to deal with things of this nature. During the time of research, people will benefit by making sure they make use of information that is accurate and gives an honest and fair description of the subject they are exploring.

By reading, seeking those who have given or experienced Reiki, and praying for insight and guidance, Christians can make decisions about how Reiki might play a role in their lives. It’s important to keep in mind that while many Christians have found Reiki to be a spiritually fulfilling practice, it is not necessarily for everyone.

Christian churches have a long tradition of adopting practices that enhance the spiritual life of its members based on examples of Jesus’ actions described in the Bible. Some churches use music and liturgy; others use silence and inspired prayer; some worship on Saturday (7th Day Adventists) and others on Sunday; some use dance and others sit throughout much of the service; some baptize by emersion and others by sprinkling water on the head; some honor saints and seek their help while others seek angelic experiences. In Christian worship, the cross is used as a focus of worship complemented by candles, music, prayer beads, bells, incense, and other ritual items. These many and varied practices indicate the range of methods that different Christian groups incorporate to follow the teachings of the Bible and to come closer to God. While they are different, they all fall within the definition of Christianity.

As Christians seek ways to increase and strengthen their spiritual moments, many have adopted practices to develop the “Gifts of the Spirit.” In I Corinthians 12:4-12, Paul speaks of the gifts to including speaking wisdom and knowledge and the power to heal. Also Paul describes people within the church having roles as apostles, prophets, teachers, those who perform miracles, those who heal, those who direct others and those who speak in strange tongues (I Corinthians 12:28-31).

Because one of the spiritual gifts is healing, devoted Christians who take direction from the above scripture have looked into the laying on of hands and more recently, the practice of Reiki. In addition, many Christian seekers have found John 14:12 an important source of guidance as well as reassurance that becoming healers it is not only possible, but also something we as Christians should develop if we feel spiritually guided to do so: “I am telling you the truth: whoever believes in me will do what I do-yes, he will do even greater things because I am going to the Father” (TEV)

Within that quotation is both instruction and challenge. As Christians search for ways to follow more fully Jesus’ teachings and examples in order to draw closer to God, it is important to be aware of the examples Jesus set for us. Many of these focused on healing others (Matt: 14:14, Mark 3:10, Luke 4:38-39). And much of his healing was done by laying on hands. Here are a few examples: In Matthew 8:14-15, Jesus uses touch to heal Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever. In Mark 1:40-42 Jesus uses his hands to heal a man with leprosy. This is also mentioned in Luke 5:12-13. Matthew 20:29-34 describes how Jesus healed two blind men by touching their eyes and in Mark 8:22-25 Jesus uses his hands to heal another blind man. In Mark 7:32 35 he uses touch to heal a man who is deaf and can’t speak. In Luke 7:12-15, Jesus raises a dead man by touching his coffin and in Luke 8:49-55 Jesus uses touch to return a dead girl to life.

Scripture clearly indicates that healing is something appropriate for Christians to be involved with. Christians who have a solid foundation in their faith know that God will always protect and guide them. Those Christians who practice Reiki do so within the guidance and protection of God secure in the belief that they have been guided to follow Jesus’ example to be a healer.

Have you been called by God and the Holy Spirit to practice the gift of healing? If the answer is yes, is Reiki right for you? After careful investigation and gaining a clear understanding of what Reiki is, the best way for you to decide if you should take up the practice of Reiki can be best answered through prayer.

We invite Christian Reiki practitioners to share their experiences with other Christians by sending in your testimonials, and experiences to info@christianreiki.org

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