The list author says: "My Reiki adventure began with a book, loaned to me by my first Reiki Master and it continues to this day. With enthusiasm and joy, I began reading book after book about Reiki in order to become the best practitioner I can be. These are the books I recommend, both to beginners and experience Reiki practitioners."
"The emphasis of this book is on traditional Japanese methods of working with Ki. Many of the exercises in this book are to be used by those who are attuned to Reiki already, but some of them can also be used by anyone to increase their Ki. There is also good advice in how to find a Reiki Master/Teacher here."
"This is the book that has been recommended by more practitioners I know than any other book. Diane Stein discusses Reiki as taught to her, as well as her struggle to find a teacher at an affordable price. There are great stories, but I'll warn you that she has published the symbols, which many teachers prefer to pass on in person."
"This book is a manual for Reiki I and II, and was the text book my Reiki Master used four our class. The author is the founder of the International Center for Reiki Training, and the publisher of Reiki News Magazine. Very useful, includes hand positions as well as some traditional Japanese techniques."
"Going to the source means getting back to basics. Sensei Usui Mikao had a handbook that he gave to his students, and this includes views of the original text, as well as a wonderful set of hand positions and Japanese breathing and meditation techniques for the Reiki practitioner."