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The Best Reiki Books (Updated 2015)

Individuals who are interested to learn Reiki or any other practice still find it reasonable to look for materials that are established and have good reviews. In this article, we list down some of the most coveted books that students of Reiki have in their library.

Best Reiki Book for Beginners

Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art

Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art

Author: Diane Stein
Pages: 168
Publisher: Crossing Press; 1st edition (April 1, 1995)
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, Diane Stein breaks new ground in her classic guide to this ancient practice. While no book can replace the directly received Reiki “attunements,” Essential Reiki provides everything else that the healer, practitioner, and teacher of this system needs.

Recent Reviews:
+ an excellent resource for beginners
+ a great way to lean what Reiki is all about
+ great for students
+ easy to understand
+ leaves you with enough curiosity to further your Reiki learning
– a feminist feel to it
– wordy, a bit repetitive

Reiki for Life: The Complete Guide to Reiki Practice for Levels 1, 2 & 3

Reiki for Life: The Complete Guide to Reiki Practice for Levels 1, 2 & 3

Author: Penelope Quest
Pages: 320
Publisher: Tarcher (April 15, 2010)
An exciting and comprehensive handbook, Reiki for Life contains everything readers need to know about the healing art of Reiki. This practical guide covers all points: basic routines, details about the power and potential of each level, special techniques for enhancing Reiki practice, and helpful direction on the use of Reiki toward spiritual growth. Penelope Quest also compares the origins and development of Reiki in the West and the East, revealing methods specific to the original Japanese Reiki tradition. Suitable for beginners, experienced practitioners, and teachers alike.

Recent Reviews:
+ well written and easy to understand
+ lots of background information on the history of Reiki
+ in depth / extremely thorough
+ an excellent reference book as well
+ complete with illustrations

The Reiki Bible: The Definitive Guide to Healing with Energy

The Reiki Bible: The Definitive Guide to Healing with Energy

Author: Eleanor McKenzie
Pages: 400
Publisher: Sterling (September 1, 2009)
The Reiki Bible provides a comprehensive, stunningly designed guide to this ancient spiritual system. It covers Reiki’s origins and development; the energy and body systems; and the three levels of Reiki. All the hand positions appear in easy-to-follow captioned photographs, and there’s advice on using Reiki for friends and family; at all life stages; for health and well-being; for alleviating common conditions; and in tandem with other therapies.

Recent Reviews:
+ comprehensive
+ easy to follow
+ beginner friendly
+ nice illustrations
– minor inaccuracies

The Reiki Sourcebook, Revised and Expanded

The Reiki Sourcebook, Revised and Expanded

Authors: Bronwen, Stiene
Pages: 434
Publisher: Ayni Books; Revised edition (September 12, 2008)
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. Bringing together every important piece of information that has been taught, discussed or written about Reiki since its development in the early 1900s, it includes information from sources such as living students of the Reiki teachers, Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi and Hawayo Takata.

Recent Reviews:
+ well researched and put together
+ provides good info on the history of Reiki
– the words are not as engaging as other books

Best Reiki Books for Further Learning

Reiki The Ultimate Guide Learn Sacred Symbols & Attunements

Reiki The Ultimate Guide Learn Sacred Symbols & Attunements plus Reiki Secrets You Should Know

Author: Steve Murray
Pages: 304
Publisher: Body Mind Productions (June 25, 2004)
This first guide in the best-selling Reiki, the Ultimate Guide series makes Reiki knowledge accessible to everyone! It’s the book some Healers do not want published. The book includes: Photos and Illustrations that show step-by-step how to activate and use Reiki Symbols, how to give and prepare for: a Reiki 1st, 2nd, and Master Attunement, Reiki Psychic and Healing Attunement. You will also learn how to Beam and Scan with Reiki, how to remove Psychic Debris, why the variations in Reiki Symbols, why Reiki Secrets are not needed, what to expect after an Attunement, and how to protect yourself, plus much more Reiki information.

Recent Reviews:
+ professionally done and full of valuable information
+ a good guide overall
+ a no nonsense approach to Reiki
+ great step by step pictures
+ a “must have” in your Reiki arsenal
– may not be a complete book for beginners

Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life

Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life

Authors: Elizabeth Fulton, Kathleen Prasad
Pages: 240
Publisher: Ulysses Press (April 5, 2006)
Whether you’re a newcomer to the field of energy medicine, an experienced practitioner or an animal lover committed to learning everything you can about your companion’s health, Animal Reiki will open your eyes to a new level of healing and well-being. From dogs and cats to horses and birds, this book is everything you need to understand and appreciate the power of Reiki to heal and deepen the bond with the animals in your life.

Recent Reviews:
+ a book for Reiki practitioners who want to expand on their skills
+ a good resource for healing and comforting animals in distress
+ a fast read for anyone trained in Reiki
– lack of step by step instructions
– not a how-to book

The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui

The Original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui

Authors: Mikao Usui, Christine M. Grimm
Pages: 79
Publisher: Lotus Press (January 3, 1999)
Translated to English for the first time, Dr. Usui’s hand positions and healing techniques can now be studied directly.

Dr. Mikao Usui developed the Reiki system and founded the original Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai organization. This book shows you the original hand positions of Dr. Usui’s Reiki handbook. It has been illustrated with 100 photos to make it easier to understand. The hand positions for a great variety of health complaints have been listed in detail, making it a valuable reference work for anyone who practices Reiki. Now that the original handbook has been translated in English, Dr. Usuis hand positions and healing techniques can be studied directly for the first time. Whether you are an initiate or a master, if you practice Reiki you can expand your knowledge dramatically as you follow in the footsteps of a great healer.

Recent Reviews:
+ very thorough about hand placement
+ a good addition to your Reiki library
– not as comprehensive
– not easy to follow
– pictures at the end of the book doesn’t help

Best Reiki eBooks for Beginners

Learn Reiki FAST: The Ultimate Crash Course to Skyrocketing Energy, Health, And Well-Being With Reiki Healing

Reiki: Learn Reiki FAST: The Ultimate Crash Course to Skyrocketing Energy, Health, And Well-Being With Reiki Healing

Author: Jonathan Chow
Pages: ~34
Publication Date: April 1, 2015
This book is endowed with information on Reiki practice and how you can learn it in record time. It gives an in depth description of the practice, its origin and on its use. The book highlights the benefits of the practice to the Reiki enthusiasts and gives a clear guideline on how to carry out the practice for beginners. Are you looking for a way to learn Reiki healing practices? This book will leave you knowledgeable and will guide you on your journey to becoming a Reiki master.

Recent Reviews:
+ gives good introduction to Reiki
+ helps you get started quickly
+ covers a few other topics beyond the basics
+ well written

Reiki Healing: How to Heal your Body through the Power of Reiki

Reiki Healing: How to Heal your Body through the Power of Reiki

Author: Trevor Morgan
Pages: ~32
Publication Date: April 9, 2015
Imagine how exciting it would be if you have healing powers in your hands. This book will show you the way.

Here Is A Preview Of What You’ll Learn:

  • The Spiritual World of Reiki
  • A Brief History of Reiki
  • Fundamentals of Reiki
  • Chakras and Meridians in Reiki
  • Hand Positions in Reiki
  • Aura Cleansing

Recent Reviews:
+ provides bonus information on Chakras
+ gives sufficient details on the topic
+ teaches correct hand positions

Reiki: The Healing Energy of Reiki – Beginner’s Guide for Reiki Energy and Spiritual Healing

Reiki: The Healing Energy of Reiki - Beginner's Guide for Reiki Energy and Spiritual Healing

Author: Nirjharini Tripathy
Pages: ~43
Publication Date: March 29, 2015
This book aims at explaining in simple and easy terms, the basics of Reiki as a Healing System. You will find that the methods described in this book are simple yet powerful in their implications. The results will be visible soon enough for you to check out the progress as you move ahead.

The uniqueness of this book lies in the fact that it focuses more on the practical means to use this powerful technique in your daily lives and in situations that you are likely to come across every day.

Recent Reviews:
+ a good introductory book for beginners
+ contains quite a bit of information
+ easy to understand (for the layman)
– poor use of the English language

Top Bike Locks from OnGuard

OnGuard is a company specializing in bike locks. It is famous for its combination U-locks and its policy on stolen bicycles. Depending on the lock model that you buy from them, each product comes with an anti-theft protection plan that covers bikes costing up to $5,000. A registration fee is required for the policy to be activated.

OnGuard also created several lock technologies that are currently being used in its product lineup:

  • X2 Power Dual Lock Down Deadbolt Locking Mechanism – provides high pull resistance holding power second to none.
  • X2 Power Double Bolt Locking Mechanism – provides added strength and high pull resistance by locking tight 2 sides of the bar.
  • X4 Power Quattro Bolt Locking Mechanism – provides unequaled strength by locking the cross bar to the shackle on four sides, maximizing pull resistance.
  • Steel Ball Click-Combo-Gear-System – offers high security with superior protection from pick and pull attacks
  • Z-Cylinder – offers high pick protection and features BumpBlok technology rendering bump keys useless. Lock mechanism is encased in ultra-hardened steel to resist drilling or pulling.
  • M-Cylinder – similar to tumbler systems found on high-end European autos and has over 100,000 possible key combinations and features BumpBlok technology. Additionally, the tumblers will not turn unless the key is properly inserted protecting both key and tumbler from damage due to misuse. For more protection, the lock mechanism is completely encased in ultra-hardened steel to resist drilling, picking or pulling while an integrated dust cover protects internals from moisture and debris.


  • 5 disc tumblers dramatically increase picking difficulty
  • Renders bump keys useless
  • Ultra-steel encased mechanism defeats drilling

Let’s take a look at the top bike locks from this brand:

OnGuard Brute STD 5001 Bike U-Lock – about $70

OnGuard Brute STD 5001 Bike U-Lock

The Brute STD 5001 contains a unique cylinder that provides optimum resistance against physical attack and picking. It is also equipped with the Quattro Bolt Locking Mechanism. Additional features include:

  • 16.8mm massive ultra-hardened steel shackle provides maximum cut resistance
  • Reinforced sleeve over crossbar and cylinder for additional security
  • Triple layer steel crossbar
  • Rotating dust cover protects cylinder
  • Protective vinyl coating on shackle
  • Double rubber coating on crossbar
  • Anti-theft protection plan

Based on the reviews, this bike lock has proven itself to be heavy duty. The locking mechanism has to be regularly lubricated with a WD-40 or similar products like a sewing machine oil so that it doesn’t freeze. Being a full-fledged and bulky U-lock, it isn’t closely fitting like its “mini” counterparts. The plastic casing was also an issue to some due to its delicate assembly.

OnGuard PitBull MINI DT 5008 Bicycle U-Lock – about $40

OnGuard PitBull MINI DT 5008 Bicycle U-Lock and Extra Security Cable

The PitBull U-Lock has two variants, the PitBull Mini U-Lock 3.5″ x 5″ and the full 4.5″ x 9″ version. Both feature a massive 13mm hardened ultra steel shackle. They also come with 5 keys, one of which is lighted for nighttime use. The PitBull is equipped with a Double Bolt Locking Mechanism.

Many users who provided feedback had issues with the mounting bracket. Since it is made of plastic, it tends to break after some time.

OnGuard Akita 5041 Bicycle Combination Cable Lock – about $14

OnGuard Akita 5041 Bicycle Combination Cable Lock

The Akita 4041 uses a Steel ball combo locking mechanism and includes a 6-foot vinyl-covered flex cable in the package. OnGuard positions this product towards students and small town bikers. In other words, the lock is ideal for medium security areas. With a combo lock, users need not worry about freezing locks, lost key or machine oil. To reset the combination code, pliers or a similar tool is needed.

Based on the reviews, the locking mechanism and the cable is strong enough. Although one reviewer had issues with the plastic number wheels during regular use. There were also times when the lock failed to open even with a valid combination. Nevertheless, the price is justified at a little over $14.