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Excellent Books on All Things Reiki

Here is a selection of books or Reiki that I recommend. Some of the books I haven't yet read, but other practitioners whom I respect and practice with have suggested those as excellent educational and inspirational materials.

The Everything Reiki Book: Channel Your Positive Energy to Reduce Stress, Promote Healing, and Enhance Your Quality of Life (2004)
by Phylameana lila Desy

For centuries, reiki has been valued by Eastern cultures as a means for relieving pain and balancing the body's natural energies. This hands-on healing method is now gaining subscribers in the Western world who seek a mind-body approach to overall wellness.

The Everything® Reiki Book introduces readers to basic reike techniques and teaches them how they can channel positive energy to reduce stress, enhance vitality, and strengthen the immune system. Packed with easy-to-follow instruction and helpful illustrations, The Everything® Reiki Book is the perfect resource for readers interested in using this effective touch therapy in the comfort of their own homes.

Reike Master Phylameana lila Désy shows readers how to:

  • Identify and tap into "life energy"
  • Make use of reiki principles for treating themselves and others
  • Channel positive energy through proper hand placement
  • Use reiki to alleviate specific ailments, such as indigestion and foot pain
  • Integrate reiki into all aspects of daily life

Written with the beginner in mind, The Everything® Reiki Book is a practical approach to all-around wellness for the body, mind, and soul.

Phylameana lila Désy (Burlington, IA) is a Reiki Master/Teacher who operates her own home-based healing practice. She is certified in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki and the Science of Intuition from the Holos Institutes of Health. She also runs the popular holistic healing Web site at healing.about.com

Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art (1995)
by Diane Stein

Diane Stein's work gives a comprehensive look at the three levels of Reiki, offering help for the novice, the student, and the Reiki instructor. Her book is sectioned into three parts, the contents of each section coinciding with the three degrees of Usui Reiki, a traditional healing system.

Part one offers the story of Reiki, historically passed down over hundreds of years from healer to healer orally, along with its chronological time line. Reiki in general is defined, also shown are step by step hand positions for giving self-treatment, healing others and participating in group healings. A single page chart indicates probable emotional sources of given diseases or physical location of pain.

Breaking with tradition in section two, Diane Stein, exposes the secretive Japanese Kanji symbols hidden from non-Reiki persons prior to her book's publication. This breaking of the rules initially caused controversy in the Reiki community of healers. Absentia healing and discussion regarding connections with spirit guide helpers is also explained. Separate Ki exercises for women and men are explored.

Part three serves as a manual for the Reiki instructor. The additional Master symbols beyond those given in Reiki II are shared. Tibetan Buddhist definition of all five symbols are summarized. The attunement process is fully explained from the view of the receiver as well as the one performing one.

Diane, a Reiki master/teacher since 1990, writes of her own experiences of teaching and passing attunements to her students. She is a respected teacher of women's spirituality and healing skills.

(review by: Phylameana lila Desy)

Reiki Fire (1997)
by Frank Arjava Petter

Reiki Fire is an absolutely practical Reiki guide. The heart, the body, the mind, and the esoteric background; it is all here. It is an excellent Reiki textbook, fresh and rousing in its spiritual perspective.

Hands of Light (1988)
by Barbara Ann Brennan

Hands of Light is a scientist's look at the field of bioenergetic healing, offering specific techniques towards expanding perceptual tools of healing, seeing auras, understanding psychodynamics and the human energy field, and spiritual healing. Trained as a physicist and psychotherapist, Brennan has spent the last 15 years studying the human energy field and working as a healer. Hands of Light goes beyond conventional, objective knowledge while retaining scientific clarity. It details a study of the human energy field and how it is intimately connected to a person's health and well being and contains essential information for anyone involved in healing and conscious health care, including people seeking to heal themselves. Science and spirituality may currently be at odds, but fortunately there will always be scientists who are spiritual seekers, and it is in the mingling of the two worlds where wisdom is born. --Jodie Buller


Light Emerging (1993)
by Barbara Ann Brennan

Brennan instructs on how to work with the "human energy field," which involves the seven chakras and the aura, to cure various physical and emotional problems. Readers searching for ways of healing that go beyond the orthodox will be best able to use this book and because Brennan's discussion is long and involved, at once fascinating and confusing, it may well attract the most devoted anyway. Despite a nod from Bernie Siegel, and evidence throughout that Brennan's methods can be effective, discussions of how people "grow cords" that obstruct relationships or why you should soak used jewelry in saltwater to destroy negative energy are sure to have skeptics shaking their heads. Brennan is not only a therapist and healer, but also a former research scientist for NASA, which would seem to lend her credibility.

Reiki (2000)
by William Lee Rand

The knowledge that an unseen energy flows through all living things and directly affects the quality of health has been part of the wisdom of many cultures since ancient times. The existence of this "life energy" has been verified by recent scientific experiments, and medical doctors are considering the role it plays in the functioning of the immune system and the healing process.

Reiki, a technique for stress reduction that also promotes healing, allows everyone to tap into an unlimited supply of "life energy." Reiki was discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist, early in the 20th Century. Reiki is easy to learn. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radience that flows through you and surrounds you. It creates many beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well being. Many have reported miraculous results. Hospitals and doctors' offices are beginning to include it as part of their therapy, and this new edition describes several successful approaches now being used across the US to integrate Reiki into patient care.

This revised and expanded edition includes important new information on the theory and practice of Reiki, including the Japanese Reiki Techniques taught by Dr. Usui as well as the Hayashi healing guide. Also included are pictures of the Usui Memorial in Tokyo, and of Mt. Kurama where Reiki was rediscovered.

This book is a must for anyone wanting the latest information on Reiki. Its referenced history of Reiki contains the most detailed and verfiable information currently available. Written with inspiration, clarity and vitality, it captures the essence of Reiki and is an excellent introduction to the subject as well as a user-friendly manual for the experienced practitioner.

The Reiki Touch (2005)
by William Lee Rand

Who doesn't know someone who has experienced Reiki? In the past decades, this energetic healing art from Japan has exploded in popularity. Now, Reiki master William Lee Rand has created the first comprehensive, interactive "tool kit" for the hundreds of thousands of Reiki students to use in their personal or professional practice. Listeners at all levels, from recently attuned beginners to experienced practitioners,will discover an indispensable source of teaching on audio, video, and the printed page in The Reiki Touch. This one-of-a-kind kit includes:

  • Detailed training on DVD, featuring step-by-step instruction on Reiki energy techniques
  • 20 reference cards for the key hand positions used in Reiki healing
  • Guided meditations on CD for spiritual protection, quickening your healing process, and spiritual techniques for problem solving
  • Music CD especially designed to accompany Reiki practice
  • 100-page workbook, complete with illustrations and diagrams, covering such topics as sending Reiki healing over distances, using Reiki to see auras and explore past lives, energizing your creativity, and much more

Through independent publishing alone, William Lee Rand has sold over 120,000 handbooks for Reiki students. Now with The Reiki Touch, he brings to anyone interested in this popular healing art the definitive all-purpose guide for every aspect of Reiki practice.

William Lee Rand is founder and president of The International Center for Reiki Training, creator of the Karuna Reiki system, and author of Reiki: The Healing Touch (Vision, 1998), Reiki For a New Millennium (Vision, 2000), and numerous other Reiki articles and tapes. He received his master level training from five lineage-holding Reiki masters in 1989, and has taught in the U.S. and around the world.

Reiki For A New Millennum (1998)
by William Lee Rand

We are experiencing the change of the ages and are in the middle of a global transformation that is affecting every aspect of life. Reiki is the technique that can foster qualities in us necessary to make the transition easily and create the unity and love that will be the essence of the new millennium. In this book a wide range of topics are addressed that explain reiki and show how it can help usher in the new millennium. William Rand is a reiki master of the Usui lineage. He has 25 years experience in metaphysics and healing work.

Reiki Universal Life Force Energy (1998)
by Bodo Baginski, Shalila Sharamon

The first book written on Reiki! This runaway bestseller began the rebirth of interest in Reiki, an ancient energetic healing technique which is transmitted from master to student. It is the favorite of Reiki Masters because of its purity and power. This book gives a history of the Reiki Master lineage through Hawayo Takata, describes how Reiki is used and how one can learn it. This classic has been translated into many languages, spreading Reiki all over the world.

Principles of Reiki (1997)
by Kajsa Krishni Borang

The ancient healing system includes hands-on healing and distant treatment and works on the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels.

Empowerment Through Reiki (1990)
by Paula Horan

Reiki is a Japanese term which means "universal life energy" -i.e. the energy that lives in all creation, that is inherent to all living beings and that nourishes them and keeps them alive. This book describes exactly how Reiki energy works, the way it can be used and the effects that can be achieved with its help.

Reiki The Ultimate Guide Learn Sacred Symbols & Attunements plus Reiki Secrets You Should Know (2004)
by Steve Murray

This 300 guide pages makes Reiki knowledge accessible to everyone! It's the guide some Healers do not want published. Nothing like it published! If you desire to heal yourself with Reiki or become a Healer, this Ultimate Guide is for you.

Steve Murray is a Usui Reiki Master, Tibetan Karuna Reiki® Master. He is an author of several books including the best selling Reiki The Ultimate Guide, the first book in the Reiki The Ultimate Guide Trilogy. Steve also has 24 successful self-help & healing programs on video and DVD including a series of five Reiki Attunements.

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