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Top Ten Reiki Books

Anna Parkins, Reiki Master Teacher

There are many reasons that I have collected books about Reiki (besides a past life as a librarian). Some books I read cover to cover and some I just pick segments. As my current library reaches over 90 on this subject, I am debating the leap to Kindle and more use of the internet. Still, I do like to hold the pages of a book!


Usually my Reiki reading occurs around facilitating Reiki workshops or classes, just to gain a new perspective or refresh my memory. I mean, who can remember all the historical facts and dates about Reiki when it is important to share the tradition and practice of Reiki. Here are my reasons to buy books about Reiki:


  •  As a reference tool.
  • To learn something new.
  • Get a variety of perspectives.
  • To dig deeper.
  • So I can go crazy with markers and sticky notes!


There seems to be four categories of books:

  • The training manuals or workbooks, books for each level.
  • How-to’s, different from a workbook. Some authors are prolific.
  • The autobiographical type.
  • Illustrated books, lots of photos with a little script.


Please note that you can find books about Reiki under several headings. For instance, at Barnes & Noble and Half Price Books, they could be under alternative medicine, fitness, Eastern religions or even under Reiki. It just depends on each store. Plus they may be in multiple places (or am I giving away secrets?)


Of course, you can go online and locate websites for Top 10 Reiki books. So how might you choose your Top 10 or next purchase? You can use your intuition, use a pendulum, seek recommendations or simply buy what you see on the shelf. I scoured several lists I found online to see what books I did not have and discovered there are over 125 which really makes my ears perk up. This does not include the myriad articles and files available on Kindle. For me, Kindle is in the future, But believe me, there is much information available, so be selective in your choices. You may never buy a book again!


The first Reiki book I was introduced to was Essential Reiki by Diane Stein. Over ten years later, this is still one of my favorite books. It covers a wide scope for Reiki practitioners, and if you can look past the feminist and wiccan tone, this book has a lot to offer. If you resonate with the feminist and wiccan tone, then this book is a must for you.


The Beginner’s Guide to Reiki or Reiki for Beginners by David Vennells is my choice for those new to Reiki. In particular I like books written by English writers (such as this author) as they are mostly well researched and substantial in content, plus the information is not diluted.  Note the variations in title as this book has gone through re-publishing. I like older books from Europe and Australia that are not watered down or generalized, mixing it up with other energy medicine techniques or methods.


Reiki teachers like myself also like The Everything Reiki Book by Phylameana lila Desy and William Lee Rand’s The Reiki Touch to use as textbooks or reference material. Both these books or packages are great resources for the Reiki student or practitioner.


Another book from England is Sandi Leir Shuffrey’s Reiki which I devoured in a couple of days. I was motivated to read this book as I loaned to a friend before I read it and she said she received a healing while reading this book. I just had to read it then! It too was filed in my Reiki brain.


Some books you can read cover to cover, others you just pick at like Magick of Reiki by Christopher Penczak, full of great information, modern symbols, etc.


For more advanced students of Reiki, there is Lawrence Ellyard’s book The Ultimate Reiki Guide for Practitioners and Masters. This author has written other books, but this one comes to mind for my Top 10.


A book full of techniques for the different levels of Reiki is Reiki Best Practices by Walter L├╝beck and Frank Arjava Petter, both prolific writers.  The Reiki Sourcebook by Bronwen and Frans Stiene is another book I could not do without. These pioneers have a vast website, many books, and clear insights about Reiki.


One of my latest purchases is a book by Maureen J. Kelly called Reiki and the Healing Buddha, which looks hard at the symbols used in Reiki and Buddhism.


It was not easy making my Top 10 choices, but it might inspire you to compile your own list or help you choose your next book.  Besides Amazon, consider e-books, or E-bay.  Books provide stories, historical data, various techniques and can inspire, encourage and entertain you. Happy reading and devouring!





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