From East to West in Reiki

Article by Reiki Master Sunetra Dasgupta

Since the time Reiki Rays has started publishing my articles, I have got really good publicity, made new friends from all over the world and most importantly came across like minded people from whom I have gained immense knowledge.

One day when my friend and I were having a chat he asked me a very interesting question, which made me think deeper and wonder about a lot of things, hence I decided to write an article on the same!

He asked me Reiki was developed by a Shinto Priest in Japan. So how is the association with Archangels, which are taken from Judaism and Christianity, formed with Reiki? Furthermore why is Archangel Michael associated with negative energy clearing?

My answer was Reiki 霊気, means “mysterious atmosphere”. It was around 1975 some English authors pseudo-translated the meaning of Reiki as “Universal Life Energy”.

I would like to rewind and take it a little further before Reiki was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui. Reiki was first discovered by Lord Gautam Buddha, and he had written about it in Lotus Sutra, after Gautam Buddha it was again practiced by the Son of God – Jesus, who never used symbols but just used his intention to heal people. Archangels were in Biblical times known as saints. So Archangel Michael was St. Michael and Archangel Uriel was St Uriel.

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We can say Jesus’ work on earth after his resurrection got divided amongst the Archangels. Similarly, in Buddhism after Buddha’s ascension, there were Bodhisattvas and monks who carried on with Buddha’s work. It is incredible that this divine energy has changed cross cultural hands so many times!

So here we have the sources of Reiki being a Buddhist and a Christian. Reiki is not a religion and is based on eastern science. According to the Eastern philosophy, if there are any karmic issues in our soul, or our aura is blocked and dirty it gives rises to physical and emotional discomforts in our body.

But when Reiki was introduced to the west, the philosophy changed, because as per western science if our body suffers from any physical or emotional damage our aura and soul suffers, as western philosophy emphasizes more on mind and less on soul. This is a classic example of which came first the chicken or egg.

Answering the question on Archangels and Reiki, Reiki is a wonderful and a multidimensional energy which has no boundaries. It is safe and the energy which can be experimented maximum without any ill effects of it.

Most of the Reiki Practitioners, who have done 2nd level of Reiki, have learnt about the beautiful connecting symbol – Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen. The literal meaning of the symbol is “The Buddha in me sees the Buddha in you”. This symbol can be used to connect to spirits be of higher or lower realms. Hence with the help of this symbol we can connect to gods as well as Archangels. It is by this beautiful combination of Reiki and Archangels, the Angel Therapy and Angel Reiki came into existence.

Archangel Michael was given the task by God to clear energy from a space, remove Karmic attachments from a person’s aura and also for removing spirit attachments. In the ancient times Lucifer had betrayed God and wanted to battle with God. He raised an army of followers. God in turn chose his chief Angel known as Archangel Michael and Michael defeated Lucifer. Sometimes spirits are evil and Michael can be called upon to defeat evil. Hence even in Reiki we use Archangel Michael for negativity clearing.

Sunetra Dasgupta
Sunetra Dasgupta

When she is not a professor teaching undergraduate students Mathematics, Statistics, and Business Communication, Sunetra Dasgupta is a Reiki Teacher. She is emotionally attached to Reiki as she feels, when she was nowhere, Reiki came to rescue her. She has channeled Gajanan Vinayak Reiki, and heals and teaches Traditional (Usui) Reiki, Karmic Reiki, Karuna® Reiki, Soulmate Reiki, Fusion Reiki, Wagle Reiki, Angel Reiki, Tiger Reiki, Lavender Flame Reiki, 30 more types of Reiki, Magnified Healing, DLA, Akashic Records, Access Consciousness, Aura Brushing, Cord Removal, Hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression, EFT, Psychic Surgery, Angel and Tarot Card Reading, Runes, Tasseography, Violet Flame, Herbs and Oils, Candle Magick. She is also an Angel whisperer. She lives in India and can be followed on her Facebook Reiki Page: Soniele Daniel Reiki Her Tarot Page which she has formed with 2 other members and her crystal page She has also written a book “Lessons I learned from Reiki” which can be bought from



  1. I must say..your basics are very clear….unlike many reiki masters i have come have the explanation for every question a student can ask.i guess its because of your logical approach towards spirituality and not just blind faith.

    This article revealed so many facts i never knew.
    Thanks a ton 🙂

  2. Hi Sunetra. It’s always nice to read your articles. Although I have done 3 levels of Reiki, my relationship with it is off and on. I have recently shifted to Thane, and wish there was a group of like minded people who could meet regularly, and keep each other in touch with everything. . Can you help with this. .?
    Thanks and regards ,
    Dr. Anupama Raj.

  3. Hi Anupama ! I also live in Thane and has done 2 levels of Reiki and keep looking for like minded people for discussions and further enlightenment , where r u stationed ?

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