- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Crossing Press; 1 edition (April 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895947366
- ISBN-13: 978-0895947369
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 464 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art Paperback – April 1, 1995
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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.
THE AUTHOR SCOOP
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.
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This is an interesting read if you've already had reiki training, but it's been the introduction to reiki for thousands of people, which is problematic. It's worth keeping in mind that you'll see a lot of One True Wayism about the meanings and purposes of the symbols out there ("The class *I* paid a grand for is the Only True Reiki!"), but what can't be denied is that there is an enormous amount of material in this book that has absolutely nothing to do with reiki, and someone who comes into reading it not knowing how to filter those things will come away with a severely distorted view of the practice and the philosophy behind it.
I'm not a "purist" by any means, just to clarify the point. I've used reiki in conjunction with shamanism and fofo for many years. But when I set out to teach someone reiki, that's all I teach them -- no personal additions or other methods or philosophies unless a student wants to learn that and has finished the study in reiki first. I wish Stein had written with that goal in mind, but the book isn't entirely valueless as long as you go into it aware of what you're getting into.
I also choose to avoid using the nontraditional symbols that are included in this book. I requested Takata's original symbols from the ICRT and use those. I want to use the symbols closest to the ones used by Usui.
Some Reiki folks who follow a more traditional (American-traditional that is) approach dislike sharing the information this way. They think it should be limited and controlled. I agree with Stein's assessment that the need for healing in the world is greater than ever before and we need all the healers in action we can get. The book itself states it is not a substitute for attunement, so any criticism on that basis is misplaced. It is a beautifully done introduction and reference work that every Reiki (and those interested in becoming one) would do well to read and keep handy.