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Reiki & Anointing

Before learning what you need to know to be a REIKI receiver, or even considering being trained in the technique to help people, you will want to increase your understanding of the meaning of energy and compassion-in-action.

Photo of Niamo in lavender field

Smelling lavender in a lavender field.

REIKI and Anointing often overlap. Anointing is associated with the Christian tradition of laying-on-of-hands, even though this is a somewhat unspoken  tradition in Christianity. It is currently being revived by nuns, believers and congregations whose goal is to re-introduce this missing piece of the loving-humanity puzzle.


In the New Testament’s John 12:3, Mary Magdalene is said to have anointed the feet of Jesus with essential oil of nard. Observers were astonished as she used one of the most expensive oils to do so. We may think this was a highly unusual thing to do but in those times guests’ feet were often washed as a sign of respect and welcome into someone’s home, after the long trek it took to reach the home on foot.

People did not just jump in a car, bus, or take a train wherever they had to go. Or even a horse, donkey, carriage, or jitney. They walked everywhere.

So knowing that one’s guests feet were weary from the long walk; it was a natural practice to give their feet some love when guests arrived.

The type of oil Mary used–said to be nard or spikenard (this is debatable but we’ll go with it)–was very expensive. She is also said to have used her hair to wipe Jesus’ feet. Again, the emphasis is on this expensive “perfume” (some translations) which permeated the air.

The vibrational frequency of everyone present rose appreciably not only due to witnessing the act, but also because the scent was strong.

This anointing example has to be understood in light of the spiritual healing energy or REIKI, that was really being expressed.

Spikenard is the first scent that I ever used to put me immediately in a state of meditation. It is very thick and in ancient times was used as the main part of healing balm, and today it is recognized as being very good for the skin.


Photo of tribute flowers post-homegoing party

Rev. Deborah Singletary’s painting captures the freshness of spiritual waters, and evokes the freshness of the home-going celebration flowers. Visit her at VisionCarriers (dot) com

The original form of spiritual healing energy is seen all over the world every time a mother hugs or consoles a child. The  impulse to touch and convey compassion is universal. When this impulse is stifled, kept hidden out of fear, abused or in other ways unexpressed and unacknowledged, serious emotional and social problems are the result.

As pointed out in my book Nine Principles for Loving Living, “Receive” is a universal law and principles by which the human being is expected to live. Harmony with the ever-giving earthly sphere, and cosmos, are the birthright of humanity. Because many of us are out of touch with the Receive principle however, and often don’t know how to receive (accept, allow) the good that is natural for us, practices like REIKI are needed.

Most people are inundated with media messages that go against this natural living message.  Since we are bombarded by over 750 commercial messages every single day, it is no wonder that we need something to refocus and realign ourselves with who we really are as spiritual and universal beings.

REIKI connect us to the universal and to what many call Spirit. If you prefer non-religious language, REIKI connects us to ONENESS, The All. The new religion of the 21st century is The Religion of Spirituality–spirituality meaning connection to one’s understanding of God. The human being will never stop longing to be connected to his fellow human beings and Whatever That Is That Created Everything.

REIKI and Anointing share a similar genesis. They are spiritual practices meant to inspire reverence and reflect love.

I offer a special REIKI ANOINTING session that uses more than the one oil I may typically use for a regular session.

Each body and soul is different and the oils chosen will support the challenges facing the person, or address their intention for the session.

The combination of REIKI and essential oil anointing is a powerful approach to personal transformation and to accomplishing the goal of “self-healing power and therapy.” (Fu Kiau)


To Solomon we committed the wind at his disposal, traveling one month coming and one month going. And we caused a spring of oil to gush out for him…  HQ Saba [Sheba] 34:12

GOD is the light of the heavens and the earth. The allegory of His light is that of a concave mirror behind a lamp that is placed inside a glass container. The glass container is like a bright, pearl-like star. The fuel thereof is supplied from a blessed oil-producing tree, that is neither eastern nor western. Its oil is almost self-radiating; needs to fire to ignite it. Light upon light. GOD guides to His light whoever wills (to be guided). GOD thus cites the parables for the people. GOD is fully aware of all things.   HQ Nur [Light] 24:35