This morning, I received a complaint about yesterday’s post ‘Can Christians Use Reiki?‘ Apparently it was ‘fear-motivated’ and I’m ‘waging war’ with my change of paths. I was also accused of not writing posts that are ‘not self-reflective’ any more.
While I feel there is little merit to my change of path or my writing being fear-motivated, and while I am definitely not in the business of waging war (though Christ warned us that he did not come to bring peace), I paused to reflect on my supposed lack of self-reflection since following Christ.
Is it true? Do I reflect less on where I am at in terms of soul growth? Do I write less about these matters than before? <— Evidence of self-reflection.
Less of Me
No, it simply isn’t true. Going back over my posts since 24 of April, when I surrendered my life to Christ, about the same mix of self-reflection, sharing my own experiences and teaching is still present. I used to teach a lot on my esoteric blogs… but those teachings were obviously a lot more palatable to anybody denying the Lordship of Christ.
Yesterday’s post was based on my own, considerable experience of energy healing and Reiki. I’m sorry if that doesn’t sit well with non-Christians but the post was written with the intent to help Christians who are unfamiliar with Reiki, not with the intent so sow ill will toward anybody.
The post about if Reiki is safe to use for Christians was preceded by a post where I share about my experience of healing miracles with faith healing. There is plenty of self-reflection in that post (and in many of the preceding posts).
However, if there is less and less of an element of self-reflection on this blog, then that will be because I’m being guided away from keeping an inward focus. You see, I don’t want my life to reflect me any more anyway–I want it to reflect Christ in me. If I’m constantly engaged in measuring my own soul’s progress, how can I be an effective servant of Christ in a sick and dying world?
Self-Reflection without Christ?
When we reflect on our soul without the example of Christ, how do we know where we are heading? In the New Age, I was constantly encouraged to follow my heart and to trust in my own wisdom. I also spent endless hours doing shadowwork and ’embracing my dark side.’ None of that worked and if anything it brought me (and others) much pain and suffering. There was no grace.
People are going to be offended by this change of paths–I knew that when I changed course. I’m not going to engage in personal battles over it with anybody, nor do I take it personally; it literally is par for the course.
Navel-gazing is not a term used in the Tarot community, yet that is exactly what is going on whether you label it ‘self-reflection’ or not. I know because I used to be there, going around and around on the monthly Tarot challenges, doing ‘shadowwork’ and creating endless Tarot spreads for greater self-understanding.
A Better Way…
In the New Testament, we are commanded to go out in the world, spread the gospel (the good news), heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead. While I’m reflecting on the fact that I have yet to see the dead raised in the physical sense, I have complete faith that it is possible. Reiki doesn’t even go there because resurrection power is in the gospel and in the gospel alone.
The Old Man dies with Christ and is resurrected with Christ when we surrender our lives with God. Suddenly, life has both meaning and direction; it revolves around Christ instead of around the ego. After much self-reflection, I realised that was a better way of being.
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.Galatians 2:20