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Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art [Kindle Edition]

Diane Stein
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Reiki is an ancient and profoundly simple system of “laying on of hands” healing derived from Tibetan Buddhism. In the West, Reiki has been kept highly secret for many years. ESSENTIAL REIKI presents full information on all three degrees of this healing system, most of it in print for the first time. Teaching from the perspective that Reiki healing belongs to all people, Diane Stein breaks new ground in her classic guide to this ancient practice. While no book can replace the directly received Reiki “attunements,” ESSENTIAL REIKI provides everything else that the healer, practitioner, and teacher of this system needs.

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* An invaluable video guide for students, practitioners, and teachers of the laying-on-of-hands healing tradition, available on DVD for the first time.
* Includes more than four hours of instruction.
* Universally formatted DVD plays on U.S. and international DVD players.

About the Author

DIANE STEIN is a popular and acclaimed healer and the best-selling author of Essential Reiki and 25 other books in the fields of metaphysical healing, women's spirituality, and alternative health. She lives and teaches in Florida.


Read any good books lately?
My favorite reading is science fiction, there are new good books coming out every day.  Look at Sharon Shinn, Tamora Pierce, Ann Bishop, and so many more talented women fiction writers.

If you had to boil your book's message down to one sentence, what would it be?
Serve the Light, trust the Light, make a difference in the world with who you are and what you do.

What are you working on now?
I prefer to keep future books a secret until they are finished.  No one will know until the manuscript is mailed in.

Do you eat your vegetables?
I have been a vegetarian since 1983.  I do eat my vegetables.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Wonder Woman, of course.

How long did it take you to write this book? 
I have been working with herbs for over 35 years, so you could say it took that long to write it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2190 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Crossing Press; 1 edition (February 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5ZYDS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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290 of 297 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book July 26, 2001
Being a Reiki practitioner I prefer Diane's guide over the rest. Of course, it is not the be-end of all books dedicated to the craft of Reiki, but it is a great guide.
For those who don't know about Reiki, it is the art of holistic hands-on healing with the use of sacred symbols drawn on the palms of the hands of the practitioner and on the "patient" in order to start the flow of healing energy from his or her God. (I know that is a rough definition, but please understand that there are whole books dedicated to what Reiki is.)
The reason why this book is so controversial is because, as far as I know, Diane decided to publish the actual drawings of the symbols which is considered taboo. The symbols are supposed to be secret -- only revealed to the people who actually get an attunement (and people who have not received a Reiki attunement cannot perform Reiki on another person. Although that has been questioned as well.) Because of this, Diane has been looked upon as a type of "black sheep" of the Reiki community.
However, I personally am not one for secrecy and find her book extremely informative. Most Reiki guides keep out so much information on Reiki, because it is considered "secret" that their manuals for first-time practitioners can be confusing. Obscure references do not make a master of the student. Personally, I've had practitioners of my own become confused and ask questions constantly. After having them buy her book instead, they understand more. In other words, despite the fact that Diane's book "crosses the line" in some areas, she explains in great detail what each symbol means, when they are given to practitioners as well as step-by-step instructions on how to use them.
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150 of 156 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An encyclopedia of Reiki! December 13, 1997
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This is the most comprehensive book on Reiki that I have ever come across. I was so fascinated that I stayed up and read the whole book in one night--and I have read it, or even single chapters, again and again. Diane Stein's experiences in trying to find a way to learn Reiki (since her financial means were limited) were especially intriguing to me. I was convinced by her view that all people are meant to know Reiki, and as a Reiki Master, I have attuned everyone free. I do not have the time to teach extensively, so I explain the basics and see that the student has William Rand's Reiki, The Healing Touch for a basic introductory text. (I use a book in Japanese for those who don't read English.) For people who want more information, I always recommend Essential Reiki. I think taking classes with good teachers and classmates on whom to practice is probably the optimum way to learn Reiki, but as Ms. Stein says, that's not always an option.
Like the writer of another review, I do distant attunements, and the idea for doing so, and the instructions, I got from this book, although it seems that Ms. Stein does not herself do distant attunements intended to replace in-person ones.
Another piece of information I first encountered in Essential Reiki is the fact that doing too many attunements at once can exhaust a person. Her account of her own experiences was most helpful to me. It explained some odd experiences I had seen or heard of from others.
I don't always see eye to eye with Ms. Stein, as when she says one needs to put both hands on the body to do Reiki. I give myself Reiki on the train going to and from work, with only one hand on my body and the other hand holding the book I'm reading.
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170 of 182 people found the following review helpful
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I read Diane Stein's book before I received my attunements. It was highly suggested by my Master Teacher. I found it to be a very comprehensive study and well illustrated. I was delighted to find the symbols for all 3 levels of Reiki and a complete explanation of her workshop sessions. I have 6 books on Reiki with their own style of writing, some more comprehensive than others on healing animals and varied information on the history, and healing techniques. Though I like them all (traditional), Essential Reiki is the most complete reference book that I have found. I am not wiccan, and I'm not a feminist. My background is Christian. The meta-physical side of me embraces the Truth in all religions. I am a Reiki Master in the non-traditional sense. Personally, I would exclude the power exercises in the back of her book, and refrain from the feminist slant that her book promotes. For this reason my rating is a 4 instead of a 5. At the same time I'm grateful that she had the courage and knowledge to write this book! The main difference I find between Diane's book and traditional Reiki is...non-traditional isn't secretive, and isn't exclusive because of cost. I teach in a workshop setting and give Reiki treatments. I am open to travel, and teach other self help workshops. You are welcome to contact me for further information.
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Source for Reiki Energy January 19, 2000
This is one of the two books I, as a Reiki Master, recommend to my own Reiki students. I suggest this book for those who are more advanced or more curious than those who are only experimenting with a New Age healing modality, or are merely looking for a spiritual practice to replace a Western Judeo-Christian paradigm. Diane Stein thoroughly researches (& sometimes debunks) the Reiki legend while preserving the essence of Reiki philosophy. Her controversial book has offended many Reiki traditionalists because she exposes the Reiki secret symbols & attunement process. If you are looking for an integrative explanation of how & why Reiki healing works, then this is the best book your money can buy. If you choose to see Reiki as an exclusive healing modality to be ranked in preference to other healing modalities, then you will probably be offended because this book definitely does not present Reiki as a religious practice. Marvelous integration of historical fact, divergent philosophies, & esoteric practice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is amazing. So much good information
This book is amazing. So much good information. Although a 'hard' read for me. It takes me some time to process what I've read particularly when unfamiliar with the subject, I am... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Katie H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best reference I have found
This is the third time I have purchaced this book. This is a great reference, I keep lending it out and it never seems to come back...
Published 5 days ago by Karen Bierman
5.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent
Feels like you are right there getting personal training from this true Master of the Craft
Published 6 days ago by Mark R
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best books I have read on Reiki, very informative and detailed
Published 6 days ago by jim kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A keeper
Published 8 days ago by Standing Tall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 8 days ago by Frances M Beacham
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great book
Published 20 days ago by pam hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to have the book
Published 22 days ago by C. Boisvert
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reiki
Its okay. Not what I thought it would be
Published 29 days ago by Rebecca Gillen-Gonzales
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy it's available and purchased mine
In my experience-- this is by far the clearest most comprehensive book on the subject I've come across!! Happy it's available and purchased mine, and will keep for work reference! Read more
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More About the Author

DIANE STEIN is the author of ESSENTIAL REIKI, ESSENTIAL ENERGY BALANCING, and more than 30 books in the fields of metaphysics, women's spirituality, and alternative healing.

She teaches ESSENTIAL REIKI and ESSENTIAL ENERGY BALANCING workshop weekends, mostly for women, in Florida (contact if you are interested in attending). See her website for books, handmade gemstone Goddess jewelry, antler and crystal ritual wands, workshops for women and more.

Coming up: books on ebook, and some formerly out of print books returning on ebook and in print. New--PROSPERITY AND THE LIGHT from ARE's 4th Dimension Press, HEALING FLOWERS A-Z from The Lotus Press, and Diane's first children's book RACHIDA FINDS MAGIC from If and Or But Publishing. Watch for the LORDS OF KARMA WORKSHOP on DVD--coming soon, see

Diane does private phone sessions for healing, karmic release, psychic reading, etc. Cost is $125 for 1/2+ hour. Contact

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