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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

Must-Have Reiki Accessories for Newbies and Professionals

A massage table isn’t enough for a Reiki practitioner. He/She should have the necessary Reiki accessories too. These items aid in making the patient feel relaxed and more importantly, allow the channeling of universal energy.

Below are some of the must-have Reiki accessories for a more efficient Reiki healing:

Earthlite Disposable Headrest Covers

Earthlite Disposable Headrest Covers (100 count)

Prior to a healing session, the Reiki practitioner must make sure that the patient feels at ease. This piece of accessory does exactly that. It gives both participants peace of mind because they are assured that the headrest is clean and that no one else used it before. This disposable cover is a very handy item for practitioners with numerous clients.

The reviews are wonderful too. Several professionals mentioned that they are very soft and thick, and thus very comfy. Some complained about the packaging, but it was certainly not a deal breaker.

Earthlite Basics Fleece Massage Table Warmer

Earthlite Basics Fleece Massage Table Warmer

Table warmers are used by some Reiki practitioners during cold months or when the healing session is carried out in locations where the temperature is normally low. Some feel that warmers interfere with their energy work while others use them out of necessity. Whatever floats your boat, this Reiki accessory is a table warmer and fleece pad on-one. As a safety feature, it has an auto overheat protection.

A lot of professionals stated in their reviews that their clients love it. The automatic cool down setting also allows for a worry-free session. The long cord is another plus for this product.

Reiki Repeating Interval Timer with Gong Sound and Reiki Symbol

Reiki Repeating Interval Timer with Gong Sound and Reiki Symbol

This timer is particularly helpful in managing a practitioner’s Reiki healing sessions. It also includes a digital recording of a gong which sounds surprisingly authentic. The timer is based on the perfect symmetries of the Kheops Pyramid of Gizah which is regarded as a source of potent energy and balance. It is powered by 4 AA batteries (already included in the package).

The reviews are great thus far. The tone is just right for both participants to remain focused and relaxed. The owners like the build quality as well as the sound quality.

Seven Chakras Crystal Healing Balancing and Meditation Kit Tumbled Stones

Seven Chakras Crystal Healing Balancing and Meditation Kit Tumbled Stones - Reiki Yoga

These are natural gemstones composed of 14 medium and large stones measuring 0.75 to 1.25 inches. As a bonus, the package adds another 7 small stones and a bag. In Reiki, these stones have the capacity to absorb energy and have cleansing as well as therapeutic effects.

Based on the reviews, the stones are beautiful. It’s just that they weren’t labeled clearly.

Top 3 Portable Reiki Tables With Good Feedback

There’s not much choice out there when it comes to the best portable Reiki table brands. You’ll most likely be choosing between products from Best Massage or Earthlite. However, both of these companies are one of the leaders in the industry. Having said that, perhaps it’s safe to suggest that you can’t go wrong with the tables that they make.

This isn’t an article about Reiki healing, so let’s get down to what it’s really about – Reiki tables. Below are the top portable Reiki tables that practitioners have had good experiences with.

2-inch Pad Folding Reiki Portable Massage Table

2" Pad Folding Reiki Portable Massage Table

This table from Best Massage has a 2-inch thick padding with birch hardwood construction. The padding is a high density small-cell foam padding that’s oil and water-proof PU leather. It also has a removable and adjustable face cradle. The manufacturer claims that this is a good table for students, novice practitioners and just about anyone who wants a massage table but with a small budget. As a bonus, it comes with a free premium carry case as well as a bunch of freebies (accessories). At $72.99, it sounds cheap, but we’ll see what customers think. Based on the reviews, a lot of practitioners were amazed at its quality. It’s arguably the best bang for the buck Reiki table on the market. On the other hand, there were some remarks on the weight. At 55 lbs., it’s not that easy to carry and disassemble. There were others too who were concerned about the creeking/squeaking sound when the table moved.


  • 72 inches long (without face cradle)
  • 27 inches wide
  • 26 inches – 36 inches adjustable height
  • 450 lb. capacity (static weight)

Sierra Comfort Professional Series Portable Massage Table

Sierra Comfort Professional Series Portable Massage Table

This table is also used by Reiki practitioners. It has a 2.5-inch high density foam padding that’s made of PU leather and a removable/adjustable face cradle. It is waterproof and oil-resistant. It has arm width extenders as well. The overall construction is beach maple hardwood. The manufacturer states that this table is focused on professional practitioners. Based on the reviews, one thing that stood out with this product is its sturdiness. A lot of customers felt safe when moving around on it. Add a 5-year warranty on the frame, and it’s surely a great price at $116.99. Users also noted that customer service was easy to deal with.


  • 74 inches long (82 inches with face cradle)
  • 28 inches wide
  • 23 inches – 33 inches adjustable height
  • 500 lb. capacity (static weight)
  • 36 lbs. table weight (39 lbs. with accessories)

Earthlite Harmony DX Portable Massage Table Package

Earthlite Harmony DX Portable Massage Table Package

Eathlite prides itself in its eco-friendly products. The Harmony DX is a testimony to its commitment to produce massage tables from earth-friendly sources such as water-based lacquer and glue as well as managed forests. This table has a 2.5-inch cushioning system that’s CFC-free and is wrapped in 100% PU Nature’s Touch upholstery. The package includes an adjustable face cradle and a carrying case. Overall construction is Maple (legs) and Birch (aircraft grade decking). At $242.79, it comes with a limited lifetime construction warranty and a 3-year warranty on foam and upholstery. This table is used by Reiki practitioners too. The reviews were mostly from professional practitioners. Many of them confirmed the professional-grade structure of this table, with one stating that this is the table you’ll need for your professional career.


  • 73 inches long
  • 30 inches wide
  • 33-36 inches height
  • 600 lb. recommended capacity (static weight)
  • Passes 2,400 lb. static load test, 450 lbs. dynamic load drop test
  • 33 lbs. table weight