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... easy to see why this book has been heralded around the world as 'the Reiki book'. -- WellBeing Magazine

... filled that gap in Reiki literature waiting for a solidly researched history of the various Reiki methods, lineages, techniques. -- Adyar BookNews

A must read for all Reiki followers! -- Art of Healing Magazine

The depth of the research is inspiring. -- A to Zen Magazine

The most comprehensive book on the system of Reiki ever produced. -- Nature and Health Magazine

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Why The Reiki Sourcebook is an excellent resource for teachers and students of Reiki:

The 40 Page Glossary - Quickly research Reiki facts - any fact.... - Find Reiki related names of people (historical and modern) with their basic information - Find Reiki Branch names - Find Reiki technique descriptions - Find symbol and mantra names and histories (both traditional and non-traditional)

The Lineage Chart - Trace your lineage through the historical chart to explain the History of Reiki clearly

Japanese Traditions and Reiki Levels - Discuss Japanese traditions to ground students in the Japanese culture - Know the levels that are practised in traditional forms of Japanese Reiki and their origins and show where what you teach today has evolved from

Scientific Research - Back up what you teach with scientific facts for technically minded students

Reiki Techniques from all Branches - Know where the techniques you teach originate from and what their influences have been - Compare traditional techniques with modern versions to see the changes that have taken place - Show the concept of techniques through the illustrations provided

History - Use this unbiased (fully footnoted) research into the origins of the system of Reiki in Japan and the West

Worldwide Associations, Schools, Newsletters and Internet Resources - Find contact details easily of other practitioners for students who are moving - Find Reiki support for family overseas - Direct students who wish to be a member of the larger Reiki community

Mikao Usui Memorial Stone Translation - For teaching the history of Reiki an excellent translation of the memorial Stone is irreplaceable

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: O Books, John Hunt (December 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903816556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903816554
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,870,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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108 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Venus A. Rachal VINE VOICE on June 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Since I've worked with Reiki, I have not come across a book that is so well researched and put together and which remains unbiased. My first impression of the book was that the authors had done such a good job of explaining the history of Reiki and its offshoots. It is much more detailed than some of the other books I've seen and though I have found books which go into the differences between Japanese Reiki techniques and Western techniques, this book does not advocate any one system over the other.

One of the major drawbacks to many Reiki books that are in print now is that the authors are very opinionated about how Reiki should be taught and what is "true" Reiki and what is not. I love this book because when you look at all of the directions that Reiki has taken, you see that there is NO TRUE Reiki. The energy belongs to the universe and various Reiki Masters have adapted certain techniques to activate and harness this energy. This book shows how even amoung Usui's students and his students students, you get various differences in the applications of Reiki and that Usui taught differently based on the background of his students (some were taught symbols, some were taught mantras, some were only taught meditations, and some were taught symbols and mantras). I think this is very significant in a time when many Reiki pratictioners feel the need to compete with one another and fight over issues of effectiveness, authenticity, and whether or not to share Reiki information with the general public.

I will say that the authors could have given more detail in the section at the end which covers the "new age" branches of Reiki. This is the only section which I feel contains any kind of bias.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Chapman-Sorci on May 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased Bronwen and Frans Stienes book `The Reiki Sourcebook' and have only put it down to sleep (actually it fell out of my hands when I couldn't fight it any more).
I am a Reiki Teacher with both Western and Japanese lineages, and I'm so thrilled with this book, I just can't stand it. ALL of the info on ALL of the branches and every method, technique, website, association, newsletter and more! All served up with no prejudice, ego or slant whatsoever.
The Stienes have tirelessly researched, interviewed and documented to be able to give us "everything we ever wanted to know about Reiki but all of the answers were never in one place...until now!" (which I think should be the sub-title of the book).
This book is my new best friend and I'm sure will be the most used reference book in my library. In fact, I can probably donate 20 or so of the other books I have on Reiki as all of the info is in one place now.
Thank you Bronwen and Frans!
The Reiki world owes you many gasshos.

Lisa Chapman-Sorci
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Oliver on July 26, 2004
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If you teach Reiki, are a Reiki practitioner or are just plain interested in Reiki itself, then this book will take your knowledge of Reiki to a whole new level!

Written by Bronwen and Frans Stiene, The Reiki Sourcebook is the ultimate in up-to-date information on everything Reiki. It is unbiased and clears up a lot of the conflicting stories you often hear about Reiki.

My favorite part of the book is the section on Western and Japanese techniques. There is so much detailed information in this book that I know I will have it by my side constantly so I can easily refer to it.

If you are a teacher of Reiki then you simply must have this book in order to share the best information possible with your students! If you are a Reiki practitioner this book will expand your knowledge and help you to understand this wonderful system of healing and where it came from and where it is today. If you are not yet attuned to Reiki but are thinking of becoming involved then this book will answer any questions you may have about the the what's, why's and how's of Reiki.

Namaste,
Maureen Oliver
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Shirley McMadden RN on February 13, 2005
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There are books which pretend to be a reference point, and there are those which not only are, but also exceed readers' expectations. These are some of those! Read them twice and heal the universe. A library worth having for every healer.

(1). Reiki The Ultimate Guide Learn Sacred Symbols & Attunements by Steve Murray

(2). The Power of Divine: A Healer's Guide - Tapping into the Miracle by Tiffany Snow

(3). The Reiki Sourcebook by Bronwen & Frans Stiene

(4). Reiki: The Healing Touch by William Lee Rand

(5). The Healing Energy of Your Hands by Michael Bradford
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jacques on February 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
There are books which pretend to be a reference point, and there are those which not only are, but also exceed readers' expectations. « The Reiki Sourcebook » is certainly one of the second category.
The book starts with a study of the origin of the word Reiki. Right at the beginning we then discover that no stone was left unturned. The history of Reiki is introduced with many details, including among others, a detailed diagram (p42-43) showing the links between the different lineages from the founder (Mikao Usui) up to now. A chronology is also there.
A chapter is dedicated to the original teaching of Mikao Usui. The basic precepts are introduced as well as their origin. Others subjects, like the relationship between the Reiki and the Waka poetry, or the hands positions, are also described. A section is devoted to the mantras - with an amazing chart of symbols.
There is a review of Reiki as it is practiced in Japan since the death of Mikao Usui. The contact and the transfer of his teaching to the west is also tackled. We even find some explanations on Japanese customs! Thus the reader will more easily understand in which cultural context the traditional Reiki evolves. A review of Reiki as it is practiced in the west has of course been done.
The characteristics of the different branches, Japanese and western are explored in details. A summary of each with their link to the founder, the number of levels taught and the approach taken are completed with contact details. This will most certainly be of interest for those who want to explore the Reiki at its Japanese source. Many other references are available, such as associations, newsletters and internet websites. Also, the complete translation of the memorial stone of Mikao Usui can be found.
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