Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art [NOOK Book]

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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, Diane Stein breaks new ground in her classic guide to this ancient practice. While no book can replace the directly received Reiki ...
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Overview

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, 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307783639
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 2/2/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 64,923
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

DIANE STEIN is a popular and acclaimed healer and the best-selling author of Essential Reiki and 25 other books in the fields of metaphysical healing, women's spirituality, and alternative health. She lives and teaches in Florida.

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My favorite reading is science fiction, there are new good books coming out every day.  Look at Sharon Shinn, Tamora Pierce, Ann Bishop, and so many more talented women fiction writers.

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Serve the Light, trust the Light, make a difference in the world with who you are and what you do.

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I prefer to keep future books a secret until they are finished.  No one will know until the manuscript is mailed in.

Do you eat your vegetables?
I have been a vegetarian since 1983.  I do eat my vegetables.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Wonder Woman, of course.

How long did it take you to write this book? 
I have been working with herbs for over 35 years, so you could say it took that long to write it.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Must Have for Beginners and Advance Students of Reiki

    I highly recommend this book. This is the book my Reiki teacher had our class purchase and it is the book I recommend for the people I attune to Reiki. It's a great place to start and even if you are already practicing Reiki, it's a must have for your personal library.
    It provides the history of this wonderful healing art and also shows you how to draw the different symbols. I have many books in my library and this is one of my favorites. I'm always trying to cut back on my collection of books and this one will never be leaving. I reference it often. It's very informative and you can feel the energy flowing as you read. Diane Stein is very knowledgeable and very honest. A well stocked book store normally has several copies of this book available. Which speaks for itself. Enjoy!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2005

    THE BOOK THAT CREATED REIKI RESURGENCE IN THE WEST!

    Stein is personally responsible for creating the mass interest in the U.S. that now exists for Reiki. She was the first to publish the symbols, which some believe was wrong, but she did so in order to educate and bring the healing modality to the mass public - something this country desperately needs. Reiki is no longer meant to be a secret. It's for everyone - it's universal energy!!! NOT MEANT TO BE KEPT SECRET SO A SELECT FEW COULD PROFIT FROM CHARGING TONS OF MONEY TO TEACH IT OR PROVIDE THE 'SECRET' HEALING. As for those who are put off by her persistence in using 'she' instead of 'he' in her terminology...ask yourself why that should bother you? Why are you so conditioned to accepting 'he' as the dominant way to refer to a person in the abstract? Aren't women equally human? Consider our patriarical society and THINK. I applaud her use of the feminine term in her works, it is MEANT to make people THINK. This book is fabulous!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    Healing revealed

    Having practiced Neikung (of Ch¿i Kung/ Qigong) for 20 years, and being a Reiki master as well, I have witnessed a great deal of anger between factions who find it imperative to keep healing practices secret and those who would bring the art of health to the world. I have found it ironic that there is so much anger associated with the healing arts in general. Consequently, I and most of my peers keep very quite about these issues. The reality is, anger need not enter into these practices at all. We are dealing with healing: A practice for which anger has no place. Tradition can often bring stagnation and limit growth and understanding. Practices in both the Reiki world and in Ch¿i Kung have now been opened up to a world much changed since the inception of those practices ¿ a world much in need of these art forms. I applaud Diane Stein for her efforts in bringing a much needed healing art to the masses. Her book is well written, easy to understand and revealing of history, expected ethics, and practice of the art.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2000

    Essential Reiki- What a Book!

    I have read this book from end-to-end eight times already. I got it from my public library. I have been a Reiki Master for 3 years, and have found this book to be extremely well written. I am also a practitioner of Wicca, and enjoyed the explanations of how Reiki, Buddhism, and Wicca fit together. Diane Stein is a great writer, and gifted healer.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Excellent resource

    I have the hard copy of this book. Having the nook version is a HUGE help and plus. I can easily open my nook and find what I'm looking for instead of waiting until I get home to open the hard copy.

    The pictures and drawings are very clear.

    I am very glad I purchased it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    THE ULTIMATE REIKI BOOK - & THE 1ST TO PUBLISH THE SYMBOLS

    Regardless of your background or gender, Diane's 'Essential Reiki' is by far the most powerful book written on the subject. Diane is the first to ever publish the reiki symbols. IGNORE ALL THOSE INFERIOR AND IRRESPONSIBLE PRODUCTS BY STEVE MURRAY, DIANE IS THE TRUE REAL DEAL AND SHE CAME LONG BEFORE STEVE JUMPED ON THE REIKI BANDWAGON!! I have been a ReikiMaster for many years, and I always recommend my students to purchase a copy of 'Essential Reiki'. This book is by far the best widely respected book on Reiki that has ever been put into print.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    Great Information

    I recently became interested in Reiki thruoght a freind who recommended this book to me. This book gives good history and describes the three degrees of Reiki. One of the most controversial books on Reiki ever written because it discloses all of the information to take you from Reiki I to Reiki master. I am a practicing Wiccan and have found a new way to help people through Reiki.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Good material, bad view

    The writer has good material in terms of Reiki and its uses. Its very upsetting that every reference to the Reiki practiciner is her. Her this her that. Reiki practiciners can be male or female. I started to loose interest in the writers ability to open up to the male gender because of the use of HER for everything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    Irresponsible to publish symbols

    This is a great guide, but I was disturbed by the lack of respect given to our Sacred Symbols in the decision to publish them. The Sacred Exchange between Master/Teacher and Student is disrupted, and the sanctity of the situation is made in a mockery, even though this is certainly not the authors intent. Outside of this, the book is rather nice, well written, and a great addition to any library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    should be required reading for Reiki practitioners

    This excellent book demystifies Reiki and it's history as well as giving the reader other detailed tools and resources for a healing practice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    Good information, but gender biased

    My sister, a Riki II practitioner, gave this book to start my education and training for my birthday. The introduction and history was facinating and the explination thorough. However, the gender biased overtone was somewhat offensive. Overall a good beginners book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2002

    so-so

    This was a good introduction to Reiki marred by a condescending attitude toward men and a preoccupation with extraneous New Age ephemera. The author is honest. But she is also not focused on the subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    Extremely disappointed

    I personally was extremely turned 'off' by this book. I thought that the energy behind it would be better or more Universal, like some of the ther Reiki books I have read. I do appreciate her honesty in her experiences. Maybe if I were Wiccan, which I am far from it, the book would be more intuned with my spirit and spiritual quest--but I think that it would be a difficult journey to the end of the book if you care nothing about Wiccan traditions and if you care even less about the Western feminist idea of replacing he with she for everything (I actually prefer genderless terms). Stein wrote the book as if she only worked with women, which her stories in the book says otherwise, and not all Reiki practitioners are women and not all of the people seeking healing are women. This book could be considered a 'must read' for Wiccans and those in the Goddess tradtions, but for those of us seeking a more balanced style of living, I wouldn't recommend it at all, the energy can seem rather scattered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2001

    Very detailed, very informative and helpful for beginners!

    I've read only the beginning of the book so far because I'm learning about the first degree. It is very informative and I appreciate her for advocating that this wonderful healing technique be widely and cheaply available for any who wish to learn. She is very straightforward in her teachings and it has enabled me to understand Reiki much faster and even when my instructor is not present. 2 thumbs up!

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