Jesus as a healer: a non-denominational understanding

For many people, there is a formal religious understanding of Jesus of Nazareth not only as a prophet, but as Lord and Savior. Usually these people identify themselves in some way as Christians. Those who possess this spiritual understanding can be powerful forces for good in the world.

For others, including this writer, Jesus was and continues to be a great teacher of humankind. He represents not only some of the best spiritual qualities of people, but more to the point of Reiki, an incredibly powerful point of view on the role of healing in daily life.

One of the most quoted pieces of Scripture quoted to support the divinity of Jesus is this:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” — John 3:16

Fascinating because it does not say “For God so loved human beings.” It says “the WORLD” (my emphasis).

What if in this case of oft-quoted Scripture, for secular people, the Son represents not only Jesus, but humankind itself? Men and women are created in God’s image, as written in Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

That leaves the question: Why would God, who so loved the world, create human beings?

Obvious answer to a Reiki person: To heal and protect the world.

Newsflash for the uninitiated: Reiki people see themselves, every day, as carrying the healing presence of the Universal (Rei) Life Energy (Ki) with them all the time. All they have to do is center themselves, surrender to the energy, “do by not doing” and stop trying, and let the healing love/life energy flow to everyone and everything around them, going where it wishes, directing itself, and helping the world.

Most Reiki people equate this with a sign of grace, of some kind, existing in the universe. Many equate it with a gift from God, and Christian Reiki practitioners believe Jesus foretold it:

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” — John 14:12

But as a more secular student of religion, I always interpreted “faith in me” not as a requirement to believe in his divinity, but to believe in his teachings about lovingkindness.

So there you have it. Whether you are Christian or not, Jesus offers a lot to teach about channeling the healing presence in our lives. His example is a good one for the healer, religious or secular.


More thoughts on the intersection of spirituality/religion/healing can be found in the book Reiki Psychology which is in print and available on all e-readers as well.


About Dr. R. Wolf Shipon

Dr. R. Wolf Shipon (Dr. Why Not?!) is a human performance expert and licensed psychologist in NY and NJ who mobilizes people to make no-excuses, immediate change. He has extensive training and certification in neurolinguistic programming (NLP) consults with executives all over the world.
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