I am a Reiki Master in two traditions of Usui Reiki and have taken dozens of students from beginner through Master Teacher certification in Reiki at the Ministry of Sophia. A not unusual question from those who first experience the flood of energy through their hands that apparently does good things to improve the health of their clients is: “Was Jesus doing Reiki? Is this how he healed people?”
Everyone except a handful of enlightened beings hold firmly to one or more dogmas until they can reach higher perspectives. I have held to one in particular ever since I could read, round about the age of five. It is this: “Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.” I found by experience that the quotation may have been incomplete. The ending should have been….” But first it will make you miserable.”
I have noticed since beginning to live in America that almost everything is done to the extreme. No middle ground. No grey. Everything has to be black and white. And I’m not talking race here either.
Whenever an American religious or political leader persuades the people to be afraid of some other people and gives them the name ‘enemy’ then it seems to follow immediately that anyone who has anything true to say in praise of the ‘enemy’ is either unpatriotic, a heretic, or a traitor, or all three.
When I was an evacuee during WWII I lived with many sets of foster parents who included Congregationalists, Baptists, Methodists, Church of England, Plymouth Brethen and a few other very minor Christian cults. Half of the families were convinced that the English version of the Bible that they used was literally true. All of it. I even suspected that some of them thought that Jesus had existed, for the personal benefit of their trifling sins, and spoke English.