Learning Reiki in theory is an important basic step towards mastering the art of this spiritual practice. Basically, there are two themes in Reiki books – the traditional Japanese approach filled with spirituality and that “buddhist” feeling, and the Western books, focusing on healing practice mixed with New Age ideology.
This is a review of a book entitled “The Reiki Sourcebook“, authored by Bronwen and Frans Stiene, Reiki teachers from Australia. And this book can be described as 400 pages of harmony between modern and traditional approach to Reiki.
Book’s description on Amazon states:
The most comprehensive book on the system of Reiki ever published, this book will become an invaluable asset for Reiki novices, students and teachers alike.
The book has received countless recommendations from many well-respected teachers and practitioners in the world. Is it really that great?
Bronwen and Frans Stiene, the authors of this book, are well-respected teachers from Australia, the founders of the International House of Reiki. They own a very popular website on Reiki under the very same name – IHReiki.com. They approach to Reiki, as presented in their teachings, is closer to traditional Japanese spirituality than to modern New Age teachings. Their Reiki teachings include the elements of both Taoism, Buddhism and Shinto – the core elements of the Reiki traditional practice.
With this in mind, I’m happy to see that the book doesn’t try to persuade the readers to the “only correct path”. Actually, Bronwen and Frans have found a way to write a book that creates harmony between both the traditional and the modern approach to Reiki. What is this book really about?
The book has been published by O-Books in 2008 (the date of publishing the revised edition). It’s not a manual or how-to book, really. It’s more like a “Reiki 101 – everything you need to know“. Within the 400 pages you will read:
With this book, you learn both traditional and non-traditional terms and ideas, that helps you learn what Reiki is really about and what all these websites and other books talk about. All of this is supported by nicely done layout and really nice drawings that have this “Japanese” feel to them.
The book is written with a simple language, so no reader should have any problems with the book’s content. And really, there’s a lot of content.
What I really love about the book is the way the authors remained neutral while talking about so many non-traditional and modern paths of Reiki that are so different from Stiene’s teachings. In the way the book has been written I truly feel the way Reiki made Bronwen and Frans very tolerant and very compassionate. The Reiki Sourcebook doesn’t judge – it just provides information in a grounded and professional way.
It’s not a type of a manual that a teacher gives to a student. But it’s a book that every responsible Reiki teacher should recommend to his or hers students, and it’s a book that every responsible Reiki practitioner should read. It’s a great introduction into both the Reiki spiritual and healing practice, as well into Reiki community and everything that is related to this community, with its practices, branches and non-traditional ideas. Really, the book contains everything any beginner in Reiki should learn before even attending a Reiki class. With this book, it’s easier to move around so many different Reiki branches, practices and ideas.
In the end, I really recommend this book for every Reiki practitioner and/or teacher in the world, whether a beginner or experienced. It’s a very educating reading, written in a peaceful way, full of theoretical and practical knowledge. It’s something to start the Reiki path with!
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