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Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  4,225 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
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, D ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Crossing Press
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Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reiki
Diane Stein is one of my favorite authors and this is a good starting place to learn about Reiki. She got a lot of flack from the Reiki community when she published this book because she published the secret Reiki symbols that no other Reiki master had ever revealed publicly. But Diane's perspective is that Reiki is such an important tool for the transformation of all the beings of Earth and for Mother Earth Herself, that it needs to be shared with as many people as possible and a person's wealt ...more
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read. As a non-traditional Reiki student who is fighting for Reiki to be free and available to everyone and all creatures, I really vibe with everything that Diane teaches in this book. It has exposed truths to me that I have known since I was a child and forgotten. Not only is it beautifully written, but Diane is an amazing, brave soul for writing it. I have had no traditional or conventional Reiki training yet as soon as I began to read this book ...more
Lynne Carol
Mar 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
I am a Reiki master, and can follow my lineage of master teachers. I am 5th in line after Usui, the originator of Reiki. In our area, we have found Reiki to be taught wrong by others who claim to have the knowlegde. Our issue is to please pass on the information correctly. I am very saddened from reading this book. Stein's representation of some of the symbols is incorrect and her method of initiation keeps me wondering. It is everyone's right to express themselves, but I do not find this book a ...more
Casey Smith
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found this book at the library long before my sister recommended I read it!

Throughout this book I learned the art of Reiki and healing touch natural therapy at a time when I was able to incorporate what I read into practical application. By no means am I a master and I probably learned just enough to show me that I wanted to learn more; however, I was certainly able to provide my ailing Father with comfort and loving touch in the days leading up to his death from Alzheimer's.

Since that time,
May 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
I am not a reiki practitioner. I was curious about the concept and what it was and my friend is a level 2 and said this would be a good introduction into reiki.Here are the things I question:
1st part of the book the author states that humans did not evolve but are decedents of other planetary beings and that reiki was brought from them. As of yet we have not found evidence of life on other planets and even if we did, I would highly doubt we would share the same DNA/chemical make-up as their sola
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wellness
I've been reading this off and on for the past 3 years, so I can't claim it's a fast read (for me), but I found the material very useful. Highly recommended to anyone interested in Reiki, even if it is mostly written for women. What I need to reconcile going forward is whether her system of one attunement fits all is the approach for me, and which versions of the symbols - particularly her radically different dai-ko-myo - strike a chord with me. One small complaint is the certainty or near-certa ...more
May 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Wow! She's a total pioneer in Reiki. Interesting read. Also goes against what I have learned (sharing symbols prior to attunements). However, I like her philosphy of giving everyone healing and attunements, regardless of whether they can afford it. Controversial for sure, bold and I love it.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
A good beginning for anyone interested in learning about Reiki
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cual si estuviese dictando una clase en persona, la autora expone su método sobre esta herramienta de la que aparentemente, está al alcance de todos. La explicación es tan cercana y sencilla que a pesar de que al finalizar se sospecha que va a requerir releerse en un futuro, la perspectiva queda considerablemente ensanchada incluso si no se estaba familiarizado con el tema.

El libro habla de una peregrinación concebida de pruebas donde por el contrario de cumplir pautas preestablecidas, se ve una
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reiki
This was a very courageous book for Diane Stein to write and publish at the time. Although I am skeptical about the channelled information that she presents regarding the origins and history of Reiki, her passion and dedication to Reiki is clear. (The verifiable facts of what we do presently know about Mikao Usui and how he created the Reiki system can be found in the works of Bronwen and Frans Stiene.)

I learned some interesting things in this book that were not shared with me by either of the
Kiyoshi Takahashi
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art by Diane Stein is a must-have for any Reiki or reiki practitioner. Diane's book is the first Reiki book to "break the secrecy" behind the powerful Reiki Symbols, which previously cost the average Reiki Master $10,000 -- the equivalent of $56,100 in 2012 -- to learn.

Diane's presentation of Reiki information is 100% accurate for the time it was written in, and therefore represents a significant turning-point in Reiki History. You may or m
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
This book has been mentioned to me and I have seen it cited in other books so I decided to read it. Unfortunately it left me with mixed feelings. While there is some useful information, parts of the book are speculative and Stein seems to want to marry Jesus and Reiki to Buddhism. In parts of the books Stein comes off as a bit of a loose cannon. Some of her advice makes you wonder. For example there is a table for emotional sources of disease and for migraines the source is "anger and perfection ...more
Sherry J
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a wonderful book explaining not only the history of Reiki the author also shares here personal experience and philosophy with regards to using and sharing the healing method. Those interested in learning more about Reiki and/or expanding your personal healing skill set reading this book is a great place to start.

It's a wonderful book explaining not only the history of Reiki the author also shares her personal experience and philosophy with regards to using and sharing this healing method. Thos
May 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Fiercely feminist, and with techniques that deviate greatly from traditional reiki, this book should be read as a supplement to your education, not as an original source. She angered a great deal of people when she printed the symbols, and some people refused to teach her because of this and also how she changed Usui reiki into something that is similar, but maybe not quite reiki.

She also goes quite woo-woo at times, e.g., speculating on how reiki might have come from another planet, which makes
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: go-read-this-now
This book takes what you may call a defiantly non-traditional approach to an ancient healing art.

I've seen & felt Reiki work, so whether it exists or has a use is not a question for me. Therefore, this book was a welcome & lucid summation of What It's All About. An open mind and a little patience with the author's mostly-charming quirks may be required. Or just treat it like speculative fiction if that's easier for ya :)
Ron Campbell
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: healing, reiki
Stein's book I find to be very helpful in understand some of the history of Reiki and in the Reiki Symbols. It is with this book that I started by 5 years of studying Reiki.

Most of my issue's with Stein's book is her philosophy of both Reiki and of the process of Healing. Although there is much in the way of positive information in the book, Stein does need to take a share of the responsibility in how Reiki has been so commercialized over the last decade or so.

Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am a Reiki Master myself, and I find the information (pertaining to reiki itself) to be reliable. There are parts of the book where I am skeptical as to where she got the information (i.e. Jesus in India), but as with any book, take everything with a grain of salt. If it sits well with you, great, and if it doesn't, don't believe it. We are created with a brain to decide for ourselves what we will accept and what we will not, so use it.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
It was a good book, informationally, though I might have prefered a bit less channeled material, and the writer's style didn't make me very comfortable. It's very oriented towards women, almost to the point of disregarding men as reiki practitioners. Still, the information's all there, but if you're looking for a first book on the subject, I might try elsewhere.
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Erin by: Pam Halton
This book did have some good tips about Reiki and using the symbols, but there is something about the book I don't like all that much. I'm not sure what it is exactly, except maybe that much of it is opinion-based, and I don't necessarily agree with that opinion. I think a book that delves deeper in to the origin of Reiki is what I need.
Apr 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
The inclusion of the attunement process itself is a bold and controversial move. The process is fully explained from the view of the receiver as well as the one providing the attunement. However "against the rules" this may be I found this less disturbing than Ms. Steins attitudes towards men in this interesting addition to the literature on Reiki.
Jul 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is very opinion based and left me with more questions than answers. The opinions given are not always relevant to Reiki which can just confuse the reader. There was a lot of worthwhile information but nothing that is not available through other sources. I know it is usually looked upon as the 'go to' Reiki handbook but it would not be what I would recommend.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: massage
I feel somewhat taken back by the authors approach to the reiki system. I also find that my training has been much different than she suggests. I appreciate the efforts made but feel too many discrepancies.
This was the first book I read when I became interested in Reiki. Reading it spurred me on to learn more and eventually to take classes and become certified. I am still an occasional fan of western medicine for certain ailments, but do seek alternatives for life living events. I
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I re read this one every time I teach another Reiki class. I do not agree with everything that Stein writes but I do believe this book is a must have reference for Reiki practitioners and teachers. It contains a solid foundation of practical, fundimental Reki knowledge.
Sarah B.
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is indeed essential to any serious Reiki practitioner. Well written. Makes information that many traditional/conservative Reiki masters believe should be kept from the general public very accessible.
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Every paragraph is a study all it's own. I've read it cover-to-cover several times, and every time I pick this book up, I learn something new! It's been an invaluable reference on my journey as a Reiki Master in Diane Stein's tradition.
Rift Vegan
Oct 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I re-read this book every couple years. I am a Reiki 1, and an atheist, so much of this book does not apply or interest me. But I do need a reminder as to why I do Reiki, and Diane Stein is a very passionate lady. :)
Apr 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
A very folks-y approach to Reiki. Lays out what it is, how it works and what you can (and can't) do with it. The author does interject a lot of Wiccan ideas and some man-hating rises to the top, but overall, a very informative book.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book which exudes a warm loving energy within the words. It explains Reiki in a wonderful easy to understand way, making it accessible to all which is the authors aim. A must read for anyone interested in Reiki & healing.
Kayce Pearson
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love that she gave information I hadn't read or been told before my attunements, but I do wish it had been a little longer with more information. It's good as a crash course in Reiki and the levels, but I wanted more out of it for being an Essential guide.
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Diane Stein (1948 - Present) is a natural healer and teacher of women's spirituality for thirty years. She is the author of thirty-three books on healing, natural remedies, metaphysics, women's spirituality, and the Goddess. Diane lives in Florida with her dogs. You may also find her at:
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